Diploma Candidate Problems

Recently, with my (somewhat?) irrational fear of the IB Extended Essay, I have been seriously contemplating dropping out of the IB Programme. But my more optimistic side says, “You can do it! I believe in you!” Well, it would be a shame to let all the stress get to me now….

Anyway, Fish House, an indie alt-rock band recently released their new single “Diploma Candidate,” a song about excessive studying and questioning what the purpose of it all is. It has a kind of upbeat background that’s really easy to jam out to, and easily to relate to lyrics for those of us out there working towards any kind of diploma.

Do have a listen, download it, and tell me what you think of it!

I Don’t Need A Man – Miss A

Today it’s all about Miss A‘s “I Don’t Need a Man”!

Mood:

This song has a very upbeat, refreshed feeling to it  with a strong sense of independence. It’s a great song to motivate you to work, get over someone, or just feel very independent. I would expect to hear this song blasting at the clubs in Korea, because it’s got a great beat to dance to.

The formatting of this video is the standard K-pop music video format, so there’s not much to talk about here.

Would I say this is a typical Miss A song? Yes. Their songs generally have an upbeat feeling to it, with the exception of “Touch”. It’s also very ‘Miss A’ in a way that it appeals to their dancer image.

The choreography is simple, unlike some of their past works, and easy to learn. I feel like the dance has a similar feeling to that of Wonder Girls‘ “Like This”. Maybe the same choreographer? It’s a plausible explanation, considering they are technically part of the same company.

Styling: 

I’ll break this part down into group styling and individual styling.

  • Group Styling:

The group styling had a ‘sexy menswear’ theme to it, which has been done before, but not to the same type of song, at least, not that I know of.  It used suit jackets, hot pants, and heeled/wedge boots.

Miss A group shot outfits (one of many), via google images

Another group shot, via google images

  • Independent Styling:

Min:

Min’s looks were very 60’s, but with a bad-girl edge to it with the use of different textiles and accessories.

Min’s main look in the video, but without the necklace. via google images.

Jia:

Jia was the epitome of a rock princess, with the softer elements of a long tutu and tiara juxtaposing the boots, red lipstick, and leather glove(s?). The ombre hair was also a nice touch there.

Jia, the rock princess, via google images

Suzy:

Suzy had a grunge look, with the plaid shirt, bralet, and accessories. I must say, she definitely pulls this look off well.

Suzy the grunge, via tumblr

Suzy the grunge close-up, via tumblr

Fei:

Fei, like Suzy, had a grunge feel. But with Fei, her grunge was more hip-hop. Not to racially stereotype here, but she vaguely reminded me of a black girl.

Fei, secretly a black girl, via tumblr

Putting it all together:

Miss A inspired rock princess

What do you think? Do you think you can pull this look off?

I Love You

2NE1 is a mainstream artist, they sometimes sing mainstream things, but I think what makes them different is their style, and most of their songs. They dress differently, not different like say, Lady Gaga or Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the queens of all that is weird and nonsensical, but different more along the lines of bold and expressive.

Did I tell you how much I love 2NE1? Well, I absolutely adore them just as much, if not more, as I adore corsets and fashion.

So when ‘I Love You’ was announced, alongside their international tour, (they’re playing in the US! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!) you can probably imagine how excited I was.

Anyways, back on subject.

Mood:

I Love You is labeled as Electronic/pop on their YouTube description, though most of their more recent songs are more of an electric sound, I think that their last Korean release, from what I can tell, anyway, was their 2nd mini album, which had a mix of electronic, pop, rock, and some hip-hop to it.

It’s very upbeat, but if you read the lyrics, you’ll find that this is in all actuality, a very serious song. It’s easy to relate to, which makes it a great song to listen to at any time of the day. Whether you’re blasting it at a party, in your car, or listening to it all by yourself.

If you’ve seen other 2NE1 videos, you’ll find that the format of this video is no different from that of other 2NE1 videos. A lot of single shots walking around/dancing, then some choreography altogether later on with the rap. Generally, Minzi does all the dancing, CL raps, Bom does the hardcore vocal stuff, and Dara looks good. Not to say these, ladies aren’t all talented in these areas, because they are, some are just better in those specified areas than others.

Styling:

The name 2NE1 is synonymous with the word, fashion, I find. This section will probably the longest portion of the whole post, because of that.

The overall theme for ‘I Love You’ was exotic. From animal prints, vibrant colors, gold jewelry, and scarves to Dara’s half-shaven head, 2NE1 really wanted to take you on an exotic vacation into their world for this video. Kind of like a resort collection, very luxe.

2NE1’s main looks from the MV via google images.

Here you can see that Minzi and Dara are sporting animal print in the form of main pieces such as a dress or jacket, while CL opts for a more subtle touch; the animal print booties. I can’t really tell if Bom is sporting animal print, but the blue panels on her dress look vaguely like snakeskin to me.

You can also see what images everyone went for in this still. Dara was edgy, Minzy has a sexy/powerful thing going, CL was retro, and Bom went sexy femme.

Dara’s looks. Image found via tumblr

CL is retro, found via tumblr

Bom and her maxi dresses found via tumblr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look! They’re all wearing tassels! I’m pretty sure Dara and Bom’s choker are the same, and Minzy probably has one on in another shot somewhere….. I kind of want them. The MV also had a lot of chunky gold jewelry, not like bamboo hoops and nameplate necklaces, but more like coins and buttons. Like old-school Versace! I am proud to say I own a pair of sunglasses like the ones CL wore in the

MV.The colors used in the MV for the looks were fuschia, gray, gold, white, black, and what looks like jade green. There was also a bit of blue in there too.

Let’s talk hair and make-up.

I noted that Bom and Dara rocked horizontal two-tone hair.

Bom’s horizontal two-tone hair via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

Dara’s horizontal two-tone via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a more subtle note, Minzy had a bit of blue in her hair (or is it a wig?).

via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

Make-up for this vid is the usual 2NE1 smoky lids + cat eye with pinkish, doll-like lips.

Bom had this cool blue accent lash going, which I totally loved, and is totally achievable in real life with colored mascara or eyeliner. If you want to go really hardcore, you can attach feathers to your lashes with lash glue.

Bom’s cool blue lashes via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

A major (to me,anyway) thing I noticed in the MV was that everyone was sporting nail art. With it on the rise, it’s probably really important to show it.

Minzy’s make-up and nails found via tumblr

Minzy’s nail art found via google images.

Here’s Minzy’s nails.  Believe it or not, hers were actually the simplest of them all, from what I could tell. Hers were professionally done, but you can do something similar with nail polish, some nail pens or art deco polish, and nail stickers. If you guys are interested, I can put up a tutorial on how to achieve something similar.

CL and her nails via http://ada-nikki.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With these nails, however, you’re gonna have to go to your super awesome (and possibly Asian) nailist.

Now, putting it all together:

Inspired by 2NE1's I Love You
2ne1 dara I love you
What are your thoughts on this look? Love it? Hate it? Comment below!!

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!!

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

Suddenly, there was Snoop Dogg and Karl Lagerfeld


Tourism Video much?

So I was reading Fashionista today, and this popped up.

I decided to watch it, for the sake of seeing Karl Lagerfeld (who will now be known as the Kaiser), and I ended up having this sort of look : O.o

It vaguely reminded me of one of those videos sponsored by the country to promote tourism, like this 2PM one:

Maybe I should make a tourism video with a catchy theme song?

But who wants to watch a video about a smallish east coast town anyway?

-Marron