Off to Canada!!

I’m off to Canada on Saturday!! I’ll be hanging out in the woods over there, so I won’t be able to blog, unless they have wifi in the woods…which would be pretty sick. When I get back, I’ll probably blog about girl group comebacks, the London Olympics (just fencing though, foil specifically…..), book reviews maybe, and upcoming projects!!

Electric Shock

Is June like girl group comeback month or something? I can’t keep up with all the comebacks (╥_╥)

Today it’s all about f(x)‘s electric shock!!

Mood:

Electric shock is a very upbeat and energetic song with a touch of flirty-ness to it, which is great for my mood right now.  It has some techno vibes, giving it that ‘electric’ feel (pardon the pun). It’s a great song to be blasting at the club.

The video itself isn’t really all that different from the typical k-pop video. You’ve got your dance shot(s), some close ups, and those single person mood shots, where they usually walk around or dance.

The song is very typical f(x) with the techno feel (see NU ABO and hot summer). Even the concept is very typical of their image. I love  f(x), but they really ought to switch it up a little.

I’m gonna include the choreography section here because I don’t really have much to talk about. There’s a good amount of partner work in this, it’s kind of like a signature for f(x) I think. I think the work would be fun to try and replicate, especially with some friends.

Styling:

I have a lot to talk about here because of all the close ups, so bear with me maybe?

images found via google images, as always

MV still 1 images found via google images, as always

MV still 2 OMG a corset. image found via google images

found via google images

MV still 3 found via google images

MVstill 4 found via google images

MV still 2 is monochromatic + pink with platform shoes, but as you can see, the members are all styled differently. My favorite look is  Sulli‘s, with the high-low skirt, fishnets and corset. For those of you who know me in real life and/or follow me on tumblr, you’re probably aware of my obsession with corsets. So it’s probably no surprise that Sulli’s look is my favorite.

MV still 1, like MV still 2, is also monochromatic + color (in this case its either neon green or blue) with doc martens. I don’t really have a favorite look here because I find the styling here to be kind of bland.

MV still 3, isn’t monochromatic like all the other two stills, but it’s actually quite colorful. I’m seeing a lot of red and yellow with either platform sandals(?) or sneakers. With this one, Sulli, once again, takes the cake with her crazy hair and remake style skirt.

MV still four has the monochromatic + color going again (pink or yellow) with either sneakers or platform shoes. With this one, my favorite look is actually Victoria’s, with the yellow platform shoes and bangle, black/white biker jacket, and the dot print shorts.

In the close-ups, a lot of them are wearing plastic toy earrings, which are very DIY’able. (maybe I’ll make a tutorial? comment if you want one)

Now let’s talk make-up and hair.

Sulli’s close up image found via tumblr

Krystal close up found via google images

The make-up is really simple. Feathery lashes with color accent, slight cat wing eyeliner, and pink lips. Hair is just streaks of color, which can be achieved by hair chalking or by adding extensions. In some of the close ups, some of them have shocking blue eyes, which can be achieved through circle lenses (not FDA approved, be extremely careful if/when using them).

Let’s put it all together!!

putting it all together!! the wonders of polyvore

Would you rock this look? Comment below!!

I’m a IB kid!

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It’s official! I am a ‘IB kid,’ as they say in my school. I’m shooting for an IB diploma, so that means that I have to take IB English, Math, a world language (French in my case), history, chemistry or bio (I went for Chem),  Theory of Knowledge, and Visual Arts/ ITGS (a computer software class thing, I went for visual arts.)

Apparently, with IB, you have to do community service, which isn’t exactly my thing, but I’m sure I can handle it.

So, why did I choose to do IB?

I chose IB because in my school, there’s no such thing as honors classes for 11th and 12th grade. From the beginning of freshman year, students, such as myself, have to decide if they want to take AP/IB courses, opt for college prep classes in the junior/senior year.

Not to be stereotypical or anything, but, I’m Asian, and my mom raised me to only go for the best, and from what I’ve heard from my Asian friends, it seems like their parents raised them like that too. So I decided to do IB.

Committing to IB from freshman year is hard. As a freshman, students have to double up in science if they’re committed to getting the diploma, and if they want to take Higher Level math, they have to double up on math classes too.  Or you can be silly like me and take it easy freshman year, then double up in math AND science sophomore year (no, it was not that fun). Also, there’s no flexibility whatsoever in when you can take IB classes because there’s such a small group of people who do it, let alone go for the full diploma.

AP is a bit easier, but you still have to double up in those classes if you want to take AP courses relevant to those subjects. There’s a lot more flexibility in the courses because there’s a larger number of people who take AP courses.

But with Both IB and AP, you can get college credits for the courses you take, granted that the college you plan on going to will accept them, and that you score well enough in those exams.

So what’s the difference? With IB, it’s more open-ended, whereas with AP, its multiple choice. So, depending on which you’re more comfortable with, you take the one which suits you better.

Did I mention that  doing IB is like survival of the fittest? From what I’ve heard from other people, it will make you cry, especially if you procrastinate. A lot of people in my school do drop out from the program, which does go to show.

But through all the blood sweat and tears, the IB kids (what’s left of them) cleaned house at the award ceremonies. Our Poet Laureate, Erika Mayer, basically got all the awards + a Yale book award. Two IB kids even got $10,000 scholarships to the New College in Florida, should they choose to go there.

I think that the questions that remain for me now are, will I survive IB?, will I pass the IB exams? and Will I score well enough to get college credits?

Only time will tell…


Like This – Wonder Girls

Like this yo, like this:

I’m a wee bit slow on the bandwagon here (if there is one…), but here’s the new Wonder Girls song, “Like This”

 

I am by no means a pro at discussing things, but let’s give this a whirl!

Mood:

From the first listen, I was getting a fun and upbeat mood, which I think is perfect because Finals week is coming up for me, thus marking the end of the school year and a perfect time to “walk on the wild side!” This song would be great at parties, get-togethers, those sorts of things.

I find this video to be quite different from the usual mood of most k-pop videos as it looks like it’s filmed in a public area, because most k-pop videos are filmed in a studio or in a secluded area, giving this video a casual and easy vibe.

I think that there’s a bit more of a hip-hop feel in this Wonder Girls song compared to their other songs, which is really refreshing. I mean, one can only do so much with retro without it becoming trite.

Choreography:

The choreography reflects the overall vibe of the song really well. There’s a bit of that hip-hop reflected there with the chorus, but not so much “I’m gonna shake my ass in yo’ face while I wear teeny tiny clothing” hip-hop. It’s more…..modest? These moves can be broken out at one’s homecoming and not end up being called shameless 24 hours later.

The leg wiggling movement is something very S/Mileage I think, they’re practically known for that movement. I’m sure the leg-wiggling movement was also in one of Orange Caramel‘s videos, if I remember correctly.

The movements look simple to replicate, but because they’re so repetitive, they’re really not. Anyone who’s done anything extremely repetitive can tell you that much.

Overall, I do find that this dance would be fun to do a cover of, especially with friends.

Fashion:

found via google images

“Like this yo, like this!”

Since I cannot find any stills from the video nor do I know how to make them (someone teach me), this photo will have to do.

The style here is very on trend, as the Wonder Girls always are, and suits the mood of the choreography well because it looks easy to move in and comfortable.

Let’s break down the look by trend:

  • grungy – most Wonder Girls fans would notice that the style here is a lot less refined than those of other videos, it’s still cute, just a lot more relaxed and loose. There is a bit of a DIY factor going here with the  paint splattered shirt, AC/DC shirt and the fringe shirt dress.
  • one point color – I noticed that in both the video and the image above, there isn’t so much a color explosion but more black/white with a focus of one (bright) color. With Sohee, far right, although there is that electric yellow going underneath her shirt dress, the main color focus is the coral on her jacket. With Lim, to the left of Sohee, the main focus is blue, which is expressed in her tights(?) and hair.
  • Tights/Socks – although this one isn’t expressed by the majority of the group, I still think it’s important to talk about this one. Sohee and Lim are both rocking printed tights, and Yenny (? the one on the far left) does rock some kick-ass knee-highs in the MV.
  • Flat Shoes – sneakers and those things that look like sandals but aren’t. They wore closed-toe shoes in the video, and if you are going to do a cover, I suggest you do the same, dancing in open-toed shoes can be difficult and lead to severe pain.
  • minimal makeup – Looking at the photo above, one will notice that the makeup is very simple, with only contoured cheeks, cat-wing eyeliner, and a natural colored lipstick. Not nude, but natural colored.


Putting it all together:

via my polyvore

Looks like I’ve got Diamond Jubilee fever

Ta-da!!

Comment below with your thoughts, because it’s awful lonely over here ~

-Marron