Handmade jewelry: How to make, what you need, and where you can find jewelry making supplies in Korea

Hello everyone! Hope you guys had an amazing weekend! To brighten up your Monday here I am with something I am obsessed nowadays, which is jewelry! πŸ˜† I guess most of the women have a thing about jewelry. I usually buy a lot of lockets whenever there’s a sale in the nearby marts. But being a South Asian girl, I am more into heavy jewelry set with tiara/tikli kinda head-wear, layered earring etc. than single locket or earring. So, I was searching thorough ebay, the cheap ones there are not that good looking, and I would rather kill myself than to buy something out of my budget. Lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yup, I am a scrooge, I know 😎

So, I was searching for the alternate, and suddenly I remembered my Lab-mate’s sister often makes small jewelries, for her class projects, so may be it would be available somewhere nearby. But I always have a busy schedule and a big fan of online shopping because of the fact that they send those things just in front of your door. So I searched in G market, one of the biggest online shopping site in Korea. And guess what, there’s a varieties of options! From copper wire, elastic wire, beads (from size 4mm to 10mm), even stones of different sizes and colors are available. So I placed my order two times! Because I didn’t realize at first how much I need and so the first supplies were a littleΒ  short. Anyways, the seller was really responsible and I received the package within 24 hours. Here’s what I made:

For the round disks in the middle of the earrings and tiara I used the copper wire. But in the necklace, I used one of my old bangles. For the pearl string I used a thick thread from Diaso. And in the middle to hold the 10mm beads, I used glue. I bought the glue gun from Diaso. The finishing was not really as good as professional though. But it was ok for me lol πŸ˜‰ The necklace ends could be joined with a necklace hook, which is also available in G market. But as this was my first time and there were 7 layers, I couldn’t find a better way of putting a hook without making a mess lol πŸ˜‚Β I used a stud earring of a small pearl to hold the round disk first and then I attached the layer of strings later.

Beads/ stones, wires are sold in set/ singly depending on the size. The price range is in between 1000KW. Here’s another picture:

I had to use around 1200 of 4mm beads, around 500 of 6mm beads, and around 60 of 10mm beads. I used around 20 cubic ziroconia of 5mm, 70 of 2mm. One wire bundle is more than you need to make one complete set πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know of your thoughts! β™₯

Munira Chowdhury, 06/11/2017

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Modest getup tips for hijabis

When you areΒ someone from a muslim country, who moved to a new country which has a whole new different level of culture and tradition, the first problem you gonna face is your getup. I remember the second day after I came to Korea, I was walking around the street, wearing a salwar-kamiz, with my husband and out of nowhere a drunk women woman came out and shouted at my face, “your dress is so cool!” And I was like, WTH! So, I hope you understand, if this was the reaction from someone drunk, then what was from other pedestrians who weren’t drunk at all? πŸ˜‰ I don’t blame them, humans are curious and totally okay to be curious. So, if that curiosity makes you uncomfortable, this post is for you!

  • First thing first, if you are kinda fatty like me, try avoiding wearing jeans with short shirt. The structure of jeans are made to make your shapes visible, which makes skinny people looks more skinny and fat people like me, to look more bulky. 😦 I never wear anything without salwar-kamiz, after I entered teenage period. So, little knowledge I had, about other dresses. So, at first, after coming here, I had tried some jeans with shirts, but eventually I learned I can make myself look better with other dresses.
  • Try something long and which has minimum length of being 4inches above your knees. And remember to check the side area of the dress at its bottom. Because usually these dresses are shaped to be narrower in the bottom or to fit the waist.
  • You can always try long gowns. They will never be out of dates, besides they are modest. You will have plenty of options if you check online sites like e-bay or G-market here in Korea.
  • Now, you may say, most of the dresses or gowns you find in a non-muslim country are sleeveless. Well, why don’t you try with a cardigan? Or some short coat? But remember that, some cardigans make your hands look more visible. So, if you have fat arms, you know like me, lol πŸ˜‰ try buying one size larger.
  • Don’t wear leggings with a short dress. Use leggings with long tops.
  • If you got fat arms, try wearing your hijab in a way that covers your shoulder well. This way it creates an obstacle to have a direct view over your arms.
  • Don’t ever forget to give it a try whatever you are buying in the trial room!
  • Avoid short shirt, but you can always try long shirts with jeans. If you are short heighted like me, avoid wearing loose jeans. The combo of long shirt with long jeans usually makes people look more short than they usually are.
  • Long skirts with short shirt is a good option though. πŸ™‚

Here’s some of the modest getup ideas for you: ^_^

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Though I know some people who are really comfortable with salwar kamiz or burkha/ abaya here. And hats off to those ladies! But here in Korea, people give you a strange look when you go out with our traditional dresses. That’s why it felt like, other muslim ladies in other placesΒ may also need these tips.

So, that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 12/04/17

Birthday outfit: all the credit goes to husband <3

So, today is my birthday and this one is like my best birthday ever! My husband is surprising me with gifts from two days ago and he says, he’s not finished yet, there’s more to come ❀ So, he’s planning this for a long time. He remembered every little thing I wanted to buy for last couple of months. Like, after release of Kung fu Panda 3, there’s a panda doll similar to the one in the movie, in every mart here. From the first day I was in love with the doll, but I really didn’t want to spend money for a doll at this age lol πŸ˜›

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As you can see, I don’t have to worry about it anymore, I already have it now ❀

Ha, ha, Here’s my birthday outfit, which is also a gift from him:

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For the first time, he chose a dress for me, all by himself. I am kinda impressed by his choice. ❀

Now the makeup:

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I have used L.A. Girl smokey eye shadow collection palette here πŸ™‚ This one is also a gift from him. Two days ago, just after lunch, we were talking about stuff, and I just told him that, I saw there’s a sale on this palette and in the evening when he went for some grocery shopping, he came back with this beauty. ^_^ I was totally surprised. All these days, when I was saying something about makeup stuff, I never thought he listened to me this carefully.  Though I didn’t tell him which palette I would like, nude or the smokey one, he chose smokey one by himself. Gosh, I’m proud of my man! ❀ Not only he remembered the name, but also he chose wisely!

That’s all for today! Bye! ❀

Outfit of the day :)

So, nowadays gown is my new favorite. I am like crazy about gowns, as they are pretty comfortable and also very modest. πŸ™‚

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 I bought this gown from Korean online based shopping site, G market. Took 9900 Korean won. Actually it was from him, I didn’t buy it. πŸ˜›

Like I said before, Bengali people love wearing colorful dresses, which is another reason why I love this gown. The coat was from H & M, during a sale, also 9000 won.  And, this is in front of my university gate. πŸ˜€ And it was a candid one -_-

I love wearing gown with coat which makes a very formal looking combo but it is kinda difficult wearing coat in this humid weather of september. :/

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This one is taken during lunch time, at Mom’s touch. One of my favorite places in Korea for burgers and fries. If you ever come here, must try their french fries, they are the best in the town! ❀

These are taken at NC mart. I almost go everyday in NC mart, because it’s just beside my university. It is fun to check out all those lovely clothes, bags and shoes when you are feeling down and stressed with all the research. πŸ™‚

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And here’s a glimpse of the makeup I tried today, pink cut crease:

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So, that’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed the post! ❀

My first visit to a Chinese couple’s wedding in Korea

The best part of living abroad is getting opportunities of learning and experiencing new things. Last April, I had an honor to visit a Chinese couple’s wedding in here. It was the first time I attended any wedding abroad.

Though back in my country I was not that social to attend any wedding. Because bengali wedding is kinda crowded. I have no idea why we invite all these people with little acquaintance. A virus of showing off of inviting maximum people gripped our bengali society. You can’t even imagine the waste of food or money happens in a bengali wedding. Sometimes even more than thousand people attend the program. πŸ˜₯ Attending a bengali wedding you can’t even believe that Bangladesh is a third world country. Even during the time of my wedding, when there was political unrest throughout the country, more than 300 people attended the ceremony. And my family had to manage arrangements for 600 people. πŸ‘Ώ

Sorry for all these irrelevant talking but I kind of hate this system. Could not control the anger when I started writing.

Anyways, the groom is my husband’s colleague. The wedding took place in Grand Apple, at Centum city in one Saturday noon. The place is very famous for it’s delicious food and arrangements. One of the fancy places in Busan.
We were a little late in the ceremony. When we got there, the ritual part was over. The formal part was kinda same the Christian wedding we see in the Hollywood movies. But instead of a father saying verses, any elderly parson can do the job. The Groom’s professor, I mean my husband’s professor, was in charge of that as a local guardian. There was an anchor with a microphone in the side, who was in charge of presenting the program, announcing what’s gonna happen next, one after another.

Couples parents were sitting in the front. They are not Korean either, so they were only here for couple of days, for the wedding.

The couple were wearing the formal dresses for formal part of the wedding like white gown and tuxedo. And they were looking wow. 😍

Formal wedding includes:

  • First of all an elderly parson, I mean the groom’s/my husband’s professor gave a speech or said holy verses while the couple was standing in front of him. It was all in Korean, so I didn’t understand what he said. All I can say is, it was a lengthy one! Ha ha πŸ˜€ And another thing I noticed is, Professor Lee’s love for the couple. While he was there speaking, I could see the affection and blessings for the couple in his smile. 😍
  • Both of groom and bride said something to each of them. Some kind of swear may be.
  • The couple took blessings from both of the parents.
  • And the most romantic part, the groom sang a very special song for the bride. Gosh, I loved it! ❀
  • At last the buffet eating part!
  • After this formal part, bride and groom changed to traditional clothing.

The food was too good! Though I couldn’t taste most of them because of being a halal eater. But in-spite of that, there were plenty to try! I had a great time while eating and chatting with my husband’s colleagues there. When you live abroad, the first thing you always gonna miss is a people to talk. And when you get chances of meeting people and chat , you certainly will have good time. ☺

Another thing I loved about this wedding is, the gift system of giving the couple money, so that they can spend it in the way they like. Like honeymoon and etc.

But in Bangladesh, people give material things like utensils, blender, oven, dress etc. And when there’s a thousand people attend the program, there’s 80% probability that you will have same kinda gift twice. And it is a mess keeping these much things in your house.

That’s why, I believe it is better to give money instead of things as it can be used in a more useful ways.

The problem part was I didn’t understand what should I wear in the wedding. Because someone told me that, during a wedding here, the guests are suppose to wear something light. But being a bengali girl, I didn’t have anything of light color. As I told you guys before, we like to see us colorful! So, I wore the simplest dress I have then. Which was still very bright. I just hoped the guests didn’t hate me for my getup. 😦

So, here are the pictures of the program :

And there we are, the bengali love birds πŸ˜‰ :

All these pictures were collected. I didn’t take any of them.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Bye!! :*

A brown skin girl’s struggle for perfect foundation in Korea

Having a brown skin tone is a curse because most of the time you end up buying the wrong shade foundation. :/ Specially in Korea. Almost each and every foundation/ bb and cc cream or any base makeup products are of too bright shade.Usually they have two shades, 21 or 23. In some cases, you may find a little darker shade, they call ‘Ginger’. But still they are too bright for the brown tone.

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I’m not sure about it, But I think Korean makeup trend is something like, your face needs to be more brighter than your neck or hands. Everyday I see too many ladies in the streets or shops, with a whitish base, that doesn’t match their hands or neck. Well, not every people has same skin tone on their full body, for example my hands have a yellowish brown tome, while my face is just brown. Still, I do know the fact that we need to match at least our face to neck when applying a makeup. But I have seen too many ladies here wearing a different tone makeup and be confident and comfortable about it. I guess, this is the reason of the trend, why bright shades are available only.

 

So, I am tired of using my It’s skin bb cream and Missha magic cushion foundation. I am not saying I’m bored with them, I am just saying I’m bored with the fact of using same thing. And, that’s why I’ve been looking for a replacement foundation for couple of days. I thought of ordering something from ebay, but the thought of shade matching fact stopped me from doing that. Not, every mart has the international brands like Loreal, Maybelline etc. outlets here in Busan. Well, Shinsegae Centum City has many renown international brands though. But, it’s not possible for you to go there everyday, if it’s of more than 1 hour of distance by sub-way. :/ It’s actually a no problem either, but going there often makes feel bad about myself! I mean how poor I am that I can’t buy these celestial things! -_- Anyways, Shinsegae is the largest departmental store in the world it’s totally legit that there will be only over pricey brand labeled things. :/

 

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Well, you can order some international brands in Korea, by the local online shopping site, G- Market. They are very good and reliable for both the quality and early shipping. Maximum shipping time is two days and minimum is 20 hours. Isn’t that great! ❀ But, fact is, they keep their price considering international shipping charge they had to pay for bringing the product to Korea.  Sometimes even more than ebay. But, if shipping time is your priority, then certainly G-Market is your best option.

Shopping international brands from ebay is disgustingly pathetic because of the fact that you have to pay a large amount of shipping charge. Say you want to buy a foundation from loreal or mac. Sometimes you will see that actual price is 20$ where you need to pay a shipping charge of 25$.

Well, there’s two departmental store I know (Olive Young & Watsons), that sells international brands. You may not find much variation there. But  you can find something there. But sad truth is they only keep the shade matching their own skin tone for brands like loreal, mac etc. Or, it could also be the fact that shade variations are not available in the outlets where I usually visit.  No tears for the brown skin lol :p

 

So, if you have a brown skin, your best practice in Korea is picking something out of the available Korean products that suites your skin (not your tone, cause that’s not possible anyways lol πŸ˜€ , so I meant that doesn’t harm your skin) and always apply in little amount and blend them really nicely. But sometimes when you need a party look, you have to put more than a little amount. In that case, try putting some on your exposed areas like hands or neck etc.

So, that was I’ve been doing for an year, but I wanted to have something else. And guess what! I found one!  I went to Watsons today with intention of buying Loreal true match foundation. I found a shade that barely matches my brown skin tone, but there was no better option from Loreal. So, I thought I would take what I got, just at that moment I found Catrice even skin tone foundation. And guess what? Shade 30 matches with me perfectly! Oh ALLAH, I’m so happy! Finally! So, if you have brown skin tone like me, you can go for this. I will soon add my review about it. But in another post. πŸ˜‰

So, that’s all for now. Bye!

********All the pictures are collected from internet. πŸ™‚

 

Eid Mubarak!

Eid mubarak everyone! Though it doesn’t feel like the way we used to feel back in Bangladesh . 😦 Everything’s different NOW! Eid day is a national holiday in Bangladesh, but in here it’s like the other days. I have to come to lab just as usual. Well, I could take a leave if I wanted to. But what’s the point of that, huh? I mean with whom I would celebrate the day? Friends and families are far far away, if I stayed home I would’ve been bored eventually. I miss old days!

Making all the good foods and eating together and visiting friends, relatives and neighbors, ahh those were the days! 😦 πŸ˜₯ Traditional food for Eid is a special kind of vermicelli called “Lachcha Semai”! I remember back in my country I didn’t like Lachcha Semai much, but here knowing that I couldn’t get it even if I want to, makes me craving for Lachcha Semai! LOL πŸ˜› Anyways, I cooked a special kind of Semai, using Carrot. My husband loves Carrot Semai, specially if it is cooked by his wife! πŸ˜‰ Other than that, not much cooking. Will try to make something different for dinner! πŸ™‚

Well, I did not skip my special makeup though! Ha ha! Here’s a glimpse of what I did today:

 

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As usual cut crease! Ha ha! Well this time with a light golden shade and purple-black shade! πŸ˜€ I didn’t put any extra eye lashes, as I am working on university lab, so I need to be sober, which I’m not anyways, πŸ˜‰ but I’m trying not to exaggerate. So considerate of me! lol πŸ˜€

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I love the dress by the way! But the weather a bit clumsy today! :/ I was sweating like hell, had to change the cardigan after lunch -_-  I think the combo was better with the black and white cardigan. 😦

So, that’s all for today! Have a good day everyone!