thehalaway #27

Love Yourself


Everything in this world starts with “I”. Self-love is to accept, approve, acknowledge, appreciate, embrace and love yourself unconditionally for ALL that you truly are. Life’s biggest struggle is to know and accept ourselves for all the weak, bad, ugly, inferior, and faulty imperfections that we think we may have.

Self-love is a priority in any relationship, especially the relationship with oneself. By you loving yourself first, you learn how to love others. You grow confidence of the mind + heart to love & appreciate the people around you.

By loving yourself, you are leading by example the kind of love, affection, happiness, companionship, relationship, & results you demand and want in your life. Living life, feeling and knowing you are loved & lovable is something that no one can give you or take away from you. It is solely defined by you, and only you.

It takes practice to speak up and be authentic to yourself, of your feelings ,and your needs; to appreciate your decisions and knowing that your word matters more than anyone else’s. Always keep your word to yourself, whether it be to take a yoga class, read a book, taking a vacation, anything small or big, honor your word as you would for your best friends / partner, don’t ever let yourself down because you matter.

Self-love is a continuous learning journey, it’s where boundaries are created and standards are set on how you deserve to and get to be treated by others. Self- love is often mistaken as selfishness & overlooked, but when you learn to appreciate & value yourself, you will weed out anyone who doesn’t truly value you. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anyone or anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.

Imagine a world where everyone loves themselves more, what type of energy will be transmuted out to others, and the contribution we would give to bring people together with peace & love. As we love ourselves more, we are able to be more open and be compassionate towards one another. Ultimately breaking through the limits of who we are “supposed to be “, we will be able to contribute to ourselves and the world we all live in. Be mindful of the internal conversations, interpretations, feelings, behaviors, and patterns. Get to know yourself whole heartedly, all your strengths and weaknesses and learn to love both.

Be willing to let go the thought of who you should BE in order to be who you really are. We all deserve more & the best possible for anyone.




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Below are a few of my favorite self-love positivity quotes / mantras I live by
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball
“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”– Diane Von Furstenberg
“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”– André Gide
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”– Oscar Wilde
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha
“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.”– Dan Coppersmith
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small.  My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.”– Kim McMillen
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”– Malcolm S. Forbes
“I love myself for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now.”- Louise Hay
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”– Harvey Fierstein
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”– Benjamin Spock
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”– George Eliot



beautiful red rose floral arrangement by J’adore Fleurs

rose bouquet given for my 27th birthday by my best friend 


Monochrome Moment.

Monochrome Moment.

LIFE is all about balance…Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.

“It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.”  Philip Green


Balance of your heart and head. Balance of good and bad. Balance of right and wrong. Achieving a yin-yang balance of dualism keeps you happy, healthy, fulfilled, confident, love, worthy, and free.


Yin and Yang are two contrary principles that are complementary, interdependent, interconnected forces forming a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts. Yin and Yang lives to work alongside one another to keep each other alive.



Yin is the female, cold, dark, passive power,heaven, sunshine, hard, good, white, large, sadness, odd, negative, sadness



Yang represents masculinity, light, and warmth, Earth, rain, soft, evil, black, small, even (numbers), positive, joy


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Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Over the Knee Boots (OTK) + Thigh Highs are the ultimate classic fall trend that boosts confidence and sex appeal possibly influenced by Pretty Woman. The shoe trend for celebs & fashionistas alike are OTK boots seen everywhere and anywhere,  from the streets, red carpet to runways. Boots elevate any outfit and adds that extra sexiness we all need at times. Dressed up or down these boots will add that extra oomph in your daily #ootd and make you feel & look fabulous.


“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
Marilyn Monroe


I decided to purchase the infamous Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots as an investment piece that I would love forever & ever…In homage I have curated a look book to showcase different silhouettes with my Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Over-the-Knee (OTK) boots. 95% of the clothes were purchased per “thehalaway” from great sale deals by Zara , during my bi-annual sweep held for their huge sale they have per season change mid June & end of year. All the stores I featured in this post have sales still going online + in stores, V recommend taking advantage while it lasts!! Look book photoshoot location was at West Hollywood on Sunday Funday!

theHALAway tip:

Quality over Quantity. Splurges are allowed when investing in quality pieces that will yield more uses/love than a one-nighter but may break the wallet >.<

I invested in the one thing that any fashionista would agree with. A great pair of classic leather boots that will be stylish yet comfortable to wear anywhere. Within reach, invest in a classic style boot in the best leather possible and you will have a lifelong friend.

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Classic Turtleneck Season Returns

Classic Turtleneck Season Returns

Turtlenecks are my all time favorite go to style during the cold seasons. My first memory of turtlenecks was an itchy one, a mandatory dress code in the winter per grandmas’ way. Grandma always forced us to wear them, to keep the neck warm preventing the cold. Grandma rocked her different turtlenecks all year long coining granny chic. I adore turtlenecks for their boldness & elegance with a touch of granny chic. I have been gravitating more towards comfortable fashion in my daily styles.

The famous 70s’ iconic American fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick said,” Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and elongate the figure.” I agree that turtlenecks are cozy fitting and keeps the body warm by not requiring to drag a scarf around. The high neck detail veils the bare skin accenting the face which gives the impression of a elongated physique. High necks were the most popular statement made on the fall/winter runway collections conveyed strikingly distinctively. Need we say more?! hehe. (there’s a reason why Steve Jobs always wore them lol) 

Simple Hair Styles for Turtlenecks 

GLAMOURs 15 Ways to Style a Turtleneck, not related to thehalaway 




A Pop of Color (Look 1)

TOBIs’ unique yet comfy LBD, body-hugging and tightly holding everything right in its’ place. The high turtleneck can be styled in different lengths, ribbed knit, cut out elbows, and designed to bear the legs.

Perfect dress for when its’ too cold out, but the hoe inside of you needs to show some skin… so you sacrifice the elbows kind of dress haha jk

High Bun hair tied and placed on the crown of the head to accentuate the face. Love how high buns draw attention to the face and gives a mini face-lift. High buns give off a very sleek & classy chic look that can be pulled off with any outfit.

theHALAway statement piece:

 Adding a pop of color with JustFab Janine Teal Green Fringe Sandal Heels. These flirty heels are perfect all year long to add that perfect touch to any outfit. Take advantage of their sick BOGO Buy one Get one FREE deal for just $39.95… damage done

theHALAway tip:

 MAC Satin Lipstick in FAUX (Muted Mauve Pink) which is currently my everyday lippie . The color is subtle yet flirty for everyday glam.






Photos Taken By: Tokimonstar

Outfit Details:

TOBI Piece of Me Turtleneck Dress 

MAC Satin Lippie FAUX 

Chanel Classic Earrings, SPLURGE moment ^^ ( hunt herehere, and here

Moderniquestyle Dainty Rings 

JustFab Janine Teal Fringe Sandal Heels


Colorfully Black (Look 2)

“Women who wear BLACK live colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

I have to admit 80% of my wardrobe is black. I love & live in black clothing all year long. This look is for my black clothing loving ladies who believes there can never be too much black.

Look 2 is the best duo to be warm & sexy simultaneously. A cozy warm turtleneck tunic, bearing minimal legs covered slightly with sexy thigh highs boots. Comfort + SwagtheHALAway classic

H&M Turtleneck Sweater long enough to wear as a tunic. Love 2-for tops especially when it can be worn as a top & tunic. They can be styled endlessly in both ways. The top keeps you warm to bear some legs.

Tucked-in hair (Hair Tuck) is a quick & fun classic hairstyle that complements high neck tops and scarves, while keeping you extra warm. This hairstyle takes only a few seconds and costs nothing. To achieve this look, I wear my high necks and make sure my hair is spread around my whole head not just concentrated in one area. Pull out a few strands of hair from different areas of my head for a relaxed look. Voila!  This trick can be used when you want to give the illusion of a short bob look to change it up.

theHALAway statement piece:

THIGH HIGHS!! These definitely need a separate post on their own soon (stay tuned). Thigh highs are perfect for the fall/winter making us look & feel sexy while keeping our legs warm.

theHALAway tip:

 MAC Satin Lipstick in REBEL (Midtonal Cream Plum) when I’m feeling my inner goth twin come out. Plum + Dark Red hues makes me feel confident & sexy in a dominatrix kid of way (hehe).  GIRLPOWER!!







Photos Taken By: Tokimonstar

Outfit Details:

H&M Turtleneck Sweater (rounded bottom here, and thicker here)

JustFAB Natalka Suede Thigh Highs, SOLD OUT (similar hereand here )

MAC Satin Lippie

Chanel Classic Earrings, SPLURGE moment ^^ ( hunt herehere, and here

Moderniquestyle Dainty Rings 

GLAMOUR’s 15 Different Ways to Style a Turtleneck 

PEPERO DAY 11/11 Another Guilt-Free Love Exchange

PEPERO DAY 11/11 Another Guilt-Free Love Exchange

DIY Pepero Love

Pepero Day is a “LOVE” holiday similar to Valentine’s Day celebrated in South Korea on November 11. In the states we know November 11 as Veterans Day, but for my fellow South Koreans its’ more known/celebrated as Pepero Day. Pepero Day is celebrated on 11/11 because the lines resemble the stick biscuit snack AKA Peperos. On this day Pepero is exchanged to show ones’ affection to lovers, friends, and family. The myth of Pepero Day originally started as an exchange between two friends hoping to be thin & tall just like the snacks themselves. Taking this idea further some extremists believed one must eat 11 packets of Pepero on November 11 at 11:11 am/pm on the 11th second exactly. (I would be one of these extremists only if this was true haha >.<) Regardless of the myth behind it, Pepero Day is a fun tradition to enjoy with loved-ones and friends. Pepero now comes in a variety of flavors other than the original chocolate covered ones. This treat is tasty and budget friendly averagely costing $1per packet of Pepero treats. I personally love to celebrate Pepero Day with my close friends, loved-ones, and people in my surroundings with yummy Peperos. Another day besides Valentine’s day where we can exchange love & thanks towards each other and not feel guilty eating chocolate!! hehehe

Please enjoy~ My first Vlog on DIY How to Make your own Pepero (the easy way). These can also be made for Valentines’ Day, Bridal Showers, Parties, and etc. Please be nice its’ my first amateur video! Now Watch Me ~~



Eight Interesting Facts About Pepero Day!