July 16, 2013

Korean Fashion is Dainty, Detailed and Divine!

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Molangg Tumblr 
Lately I've been inspired and intrigued by Korean fashion. I started fancying their style ever since I stumbled upon a brand new quaint boutique called Alice's in my parent's hometown of Hacienda Heights, CA.

The owner, Alice, is very cordial and explained that she takes a trip to Korea once every 1-2 months to handpick new trends, styles and accessories and display in them in her store. I just loved everything. The clothes are so much more intricate than a typical American Forever 21 or even Nordstrom. It's pricey, but I think it's worth it.

You can find clothes here that no one else will have -- from dresses, maxi skirts, flannel shirts, tops, t-shirts, blazers and everything in between! The style is actually very similar and cohesive. It's very girly, preppy, detailed, whimsical and chic. Korean styles are also perfect for smaller frames (though Alice stocks for larger sizes mostly!).

I loved the collection so much that I insisted Mimi check it out. And she loved it too! In fact, we're planning on an upcoming collaborative post showcasing our awesome finds from Alice's. It's so new that it doesn't have a proper Yelp page yet. I'm going to change that!

Until we get a chance to get together and create a mini fashion show for you all, here are some of the similar Korean styles I found around the web. Note the intricate details!

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I love the brown, black and white mix of neutrals.
It's probably one of the few black dressed I'd ever wear in the summer!

July 9, 2013

Frances Ha is a Simple, Gorgeous Film

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Here at Love Jadore, we love to admire and appreciate the simple things in life. This appreciation of simplicity is exactly the feeling I got after watching the film Frances Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach. It's about the life of one stunted mid-20's woman and her best friend Sophie in NYC.

This summer, there have been so many big, anticipated movies hitting the theater--so many that I think Frances Ha, a smaller indie film has been slightly overshadowed.

The starring actress plays the role of the lost millennial flawlessly. She's relatable, but doesn't adhere to the cookie-cutter millennial stereotypes that you often hear (self-absorbed, entitled, etc.). Frances Ha is much more real and granular than that. It's about the real conversations we have with our best friend...the real challenge that comes along with our tech-driven generation...the real fear of missing out as life speeds forward. Writer Britt Julious at WBEZ.org agrees and says Frances Ha gets millennial women right.

I loved it not just for its story and dialogue but also the beautiful cinematography. Baumbach shows us riveting, romantic landscapes of Paris and New York -- all in black and white.

It's gotten rave reviews from many critics (91% on Rotten Tomato)...even though it's not exactly a blockbuster hit like Despicable Me 2 or Iron Man 3 (ugh sequels). The brief last scene sent a joyous chill down my back as Baumbach symbolically explains the significance of the film title. It sums up the sentiment beautifully, yet simply.

Here's the preview + some beautiful cinematic scenes you have to see!...

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