This week VH1 premiered Crazysexycool, a movie about TLC. T-Boz, Chilli and Left-Eye opened the door for women and young girls in a different way. They were not about showing off their bodies which is a dominate way that women are portrayed in the media. This song is to celebrate how they influenced me when I was a teenager.
Sometimes people come into the shop because they are curious about the name. (P.S. if you didn't know Halmoni means grandmother in Korean and the picture on the tags are of my halmoni.) Sometimes people come in because they are Korean and wonder what halmoni and vintage have to do with one other.
I am always excited when Korean folks come in because the word rings a bell in their head and they are curious about the shop. I am having a moment of Korean pride because I am proud to be who I am. I am Korean but I am also half black.
Being a small business owner has it's ups and downs but there are lots of small moments that make me think about how far I've come. The shop has started its 3rd year of business and my mind is blown. I just wanted to share :)
I like to think I have a green thumb and I want to spread the love.
I enjoy gardening and I think it's because I'm a Virgo...we are an earth sign.
Any-who. I've been playing around with succulents a lot and I'm glad at what I've created. Come down and visit to see what we have in the shop...new clothes, new shoes and new plants!
Usually I like to feature a song from the past but today I thought this song was a must hear...it's actually the video that is a must see! I've heard the song a bunch but only the version with Macklamore.
I hope you enjoy it as much as me. I kinda teared up off and on while it played.
Halloween is upon us and I'm kinda getting into it :)
I went to a haunted corn maze this weekend with some friends and screamed my head off. It was surprised how many times I got scared. It was disorienting to be in the dark and in a field of corn( I've seen all of the "Children of the Corn" movies). I'm definitely not done because I want to conquer other scarier mazes!! I feel a bit unfulfilled because I didn't get my hot apple cider and funnel cake fix.
So I'm on the search for bigger and badder haunted corn mazes...that have hot apple cider, hay rides and funnel cake! Any suggestions??
One of the best parts of being a vintage boutique owner is not only the clothes and people but also decorating the windows for the holidays. I've lived in apartment buildings my whole life so taking pride in decorating for the holidays was limited to just inside the apartment.
I love when I see homeowners go all out and decorate every inch of their homes so doing the visual merchandising and decorating for the shop brings me joy. I usually work with what I have and do a lot of DIY.
I saw a really cute way to make ghost decorations so here is how I made it my own. I didn't have all the materials to make to ghosts so I just used what I had here at the shop. You can check out the original blog post here.
The original DIY I found called for foam balls to make the heads. Instead of the foam balls I used newspaper that I smashed up to make a ball ;) I had some vintage hankies and napkins to use instead of the lace and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. There was some yarn sitting around the shop that worked well to secure the head. After securing the head I cut another length of yarn so that I could hang them on a nail for the window display. It was super easy!!
Do you love it? Have any easy Halloween decorations you'd like to share??
The weather is changing...leaves are falling off the trees and we are breaking out the sweaters and jackets. This song reminds me of the winter-time in NYC.
Last year a friend recommended me to be a part of Hear Here, a pop-up radio project of KALW, a local public radio station. Hear Here "was designed to illuminate life in Oakland and San Francisco."
I was really excited to be approached about this project. Someone out there thought my story was awesome enough to be documented...blushing :) The interview happened so long ago that I forgot about doing it. It was such a pleasant surprise to receive an email, just a few days ago to help refresh my memory. It made me cry. I am so proud of myself and how far I've come.
Here is the recording!
There was a one night showing of The Punk Singer last night in Oakland. I'm so glad I made it. (Thank god for the 12 minute short they played before the film. I was late.) The Punk Singer is about Kathleen Hanna, the singer of punk band Bikini Kill, Julie Ruin and Le Tigre. (P.S. If you didn't know I'm such a fan!!) I am a rebel girl. Seeing this movie unlocked so many memories of my life when I was in my early 20's.
Bikini Kill is a radical feminist punk bank and I discovered them when I was in college. I remember coming into myself hanging out in the riot grrrl scene in NYC. I cut all my hair off and rejected the pretty in pink mold I think most women are fed. There isn't anything wrong with pink but it was really nice to reject all expectations of being a woman and empowering myself with that. I went to catholic school my whole life and wore a uniform so self expression was very hard for me because being an individual was not encouraged.
What I love most about the movie is how much it spoke to how music saves us sometimes. When I was in my early 20's I was really angry with men. I use to get cat called a lot and just straight up harassed and I wanted to revolt against that. Bikini Kill, riot grrls and feminism helped me to empower myself and reclaim my space. I appreciate the journey that I have been on in my life because it has shaped me.
This movie is so moving to me...I cried at the end. Check out the trailer of the documentary below and see if it is playing at a theatre near you. I highly recommend it.
This weekend I spent time with my homegirl doing face masks, watching Project Runway and eating cake.
What did you do this weekend that was for self care?