The residents of Hera Palace have returned with literally killer looks for season 3. Each character has their own aura and aesthetic that intertwines well with their story so I was so excited to try some of their looks. Check out the TikTok below and shop the looks!

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The ladies of Hera Palace always slay 💅🏽 ##penthouse3 ##kdramafyp

♬ Boss Bitch - Doja Cat

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I'm so excited to finally share this with everyone!

    I've always wanted to design concert merch for one of my favorite artists either casually or professionally. As of now it's not "official" but I'm proud of how it came out and I think it reps the Miyavi brand well.  

For those who don't know...Hello, my name is April Jay and I'm a mega Miyavi fan. :D Sounds like I'm in an AA class but maybe more MFA (Miyavi Fans Anonymous. Lol.) Now if you haven't heard, Miyavi is returning with a new album titled "Imaginary" along with a new tour!!! I'm so glad tours are back. I've missed them so much.

He'll be making stops all over the states so make sure to get your tickets here!

 

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Ready for the ##miyavi tour this fall 🔥 ##miyavi_ishihara ##diystyle

♬ Bang! - MIYAVI

Coming up with the merchandise I wanted to make came to me quite easily. I sat down and brainstormed what could represent the legacy of Miyavi. The first few items I jotted down were of course face masks because 1. I make them for a living and 2. We still have to wear them while out and about. After that I wanted to add pieces that I could DIY and create without having to purchase much supplies (because we're trying to style on a budget right? Lol) I was also thinking about if it were official merchandise the manufacturing cost should be reasonable but not take away the quality of the product. Oh look...there goes my fashion classes peaking through after a decade. Lol.

In total my "collection" totaled 6 with 2 handmade items, 3 diy'ed items and 1 gifted Miyavi nail set. :D

July 14, 2021 in

Top 5 Anime Crushes

With the limitless choices of anime out there's no way not to have a plethora of baes. Either old school or new school characters - they all get added to your list. So let's dive into my top 5 and made sure to share yours in the comments!

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Risking it all.... ##animedit ##deathnotelightyagami

♬ hottest mfers - amina

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Top 5 Anime Bae's

5. The Medicine Seller

Mononoke: The Medicine Seller  

Weird choice but I love his magical abilities and mysteriousness. Take me now.


 

Have you checked out rookie girl group StayC yet? If you haven't then you're missing out. 

The ladies debuted with the Electropop track 'Bad" under High Up Entertainment in 2020. For 2021 the group returned with the upbeat, feel good track 'ASAP' featuring quirky, mid-2000's KPop styling reminiscent of the 2NE1/F(x) era. Ever since I've watched the video I've searched my closet for similar styled items to rock and have had the song on repeat (it's the first track on my workout playlist.) So check out my take on StayC's ASAP style and shop the looks below!

 

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StayC Girls...it's going down⭐ ##stylechange ##staycasapdance ##kpopfyp

♬ ASAP - STAYC(스테이씨)

 

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    All around entertainer Taemin recently released his EP and song ADVICE right before heading to his mandatory military service in June. I along with the many other Taemint's had a meltdown knowing our TaeMAN was going to go away for a while. But luckily Taemin leaves behind an amazing discography to listen to as well as a plethra of fashion looks for get inspiration from So here are 3 ADVICE fits to try to get all the Taemin feels. Shop the looks below and share!

 

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Taemin's Style Advice ##fashioninsp ##taeminadvice ##pinkblood

♬ Advice - TAEMIN

 

 Hello everyone!

    I hope your summer (or winter depending on where you live) has been well. Now that things have opened up a bit more people are eager to attend all kinds of events. I recently went to a Hot Air Balloon outside event that actually made me realized I missed not being around a lot of people. Lol. I think I'll stick to smaller events for the time being. Other than that I've been working on creative content for my socials. Below you can check out my Versailles/Au Natural themed shoot I did. 

    I've kinda been a roller coaster of getting inspired, preparing everything then the next day feeling like a tub of goo not wanting to get out of bed. Lol. So I've been trying to find a good balance. I believe I've finally found a solution so I hope I put it into action. Please look forward to the new content!! I'll be sharing everything on here and all my socials so you can follow any of them to stay updated.


Get your poses and ring lights ready...Selfie WRLD KC is here!


 
 
Recently I had the chance to visit the fun and interactive Selfie WRLD located in Leawood, KS at Town Center Plaza. For one hour you can snap non-stop photos in the various vibrantly decorated rooms. In addition to being in a selfie dreamland you're equipped with a large ring light, shutter button optional props AND a changing area to keep the wardrobe fresh for every look. 
 
Keep scrolling to get a look at some of the rooms!


The action packed KDrama Vincenzo staring Song Joong Ki and Jeon Yeo Bin recently wrapped up but us Corn Salad stans have not been able to say goodbye just yet. Along with the twists, turns and cliffhangers of each episode the dapper styling of Mr. Cassano and Hong Cha Young or the streetwear corporate combo from Taecyeon's character Jang Jun Woo was a must-see. So if you'd like to add the Vincenzo style to your work looks keep reading and shop the looks below!

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Hello everyone! 

It's Beauty Wednesday! I'm back to review another Korean beauty item that I've been in love with. This week it's all about Black Snail Collagen Cream by Coxir. It's an anti-wrinkle and nourish cream containing snail, collagen and black bean.  Don't forget you can use rewards code APRILJAY88 for special offers on YesStyle.com.




What it is:
Moisturizing cream

Key Ingredients: Snail Mucin: helps protect skin from moisture loss and blemishes - Black Beans: rejuvenates and nourishes skin - Collagen: diminishes fine lines and helps firming and lifting

How to use
: At last stage of skincare routine, apply a moderate amount of product to your skin then gently pat for better absorption.

Now let's dig into the ingredients more.

What is Snail Mucin/Secretion?

Park Youn Hee is the creative mind behind the eccentric brand Greedilous - a portmanteau of the words greedy (욕심많) and fabulous (아름다운) creating the image of "a goddess of beauty" through unique print/pattern designs and individuality. Greedilous is one of the many Korean designers showing at this years Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2021.


Flared Trousers 495,000 Credit: Greedilous.com


Her items have been worn by icons such as Beyonce, Paris Hilton. You've also seen her items in SNSD's Lion Heart video and most recently Twice's Fancy music video. Other Korean stars includes actress Han Chae Young, rapper Mino, singer/rapper Jessi and comedian Park Myung Su. Greedilous has also collaborated with many big names over the years including Hyundai, Mui Mui, Prada, My Little Pony, Ty Hunter, UMF (Ultra Music Festival) and many more. 

There's still a lot of mystery about who can attend and who you can see at Seoul Fashion Week so I'm here to answer all your burning questions. 


Can anyone go to SFW?

*Pre-Covid Yes, for the most part. Tickets usually are sold on various Korean sites such as Yes24. Front row is usually reserved for VIP but you can grab a seat if there is one available. When seats are full, depending on the show, you can still join but in the standing area. *Post-Covid - Shows are being shot indoor and outdoors with live virtual and pre-recorded shows.

Ateez has returned with their newest single Fireworks (I'm the One) filled with some of the most creative fashion they've worn to date. One look in particular worn by member Seonghwa and San really caught my attention. 



They both wore cool oversized cloth brooches on their jackets. San styled in a skull and body shaped one while Seonghwa wore a turtle. While admiring I quickly realized that I could make one for myself - thus this KDIY was created.


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Ateez Fashion DIY ##diyprojects ##ateez ##kpopchallenge ##kpopfashion ##seonghwaedits

♬ Caution - Kaytranada

The 2021 Fall/Winter Seoul Fashion Week has kicked off for a 6 day event at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) with brands such as C-ZANN E, Beyond Closet and BIG PARK showcasing their latest looks. This years SFW Ambassador, international actress Bae Doona, is seen in various YouTube and IG videos promoting all the greatness in store this year. 


Trend setting solo singer Sunmi recently released her sultry title single Tail along with a passionate accompanying music video. Her styling featured looks from iconic brands like Saint Laurent and Louboutin showing a dark and sleek sexy side of Sunmi that we hadn't been exposed to before. At first listen I fell in love with the song and fashion so I was quick to see what I had in my closet to recreate her looks. 

What was your favorite fashion moment from Sunmi's Tail? Let me know in the comments!



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Tried a few looks from the best song of 2021 - Sunmi's Tail 🐈 ##sunmi ##kpopfashion ##kpopfashioninspired ##fashiontok

♬ 꼬리 (TAIL) - 선미

Dance queen Hyuna has recently returned with her new album featuring the singles I'm Not Cool and Good Girl -  both packed with cool choreography and fun fashion that's she's known for you. I loved her look so much in I'm Not Cool that I wanted to try my hand at it as well as some of her most iconic looks from Bubble Pop and Red

Let me know what you think in comments! If you'd also like to try her look click the image photos below! Also check my YouTube video to see the whole process of styling like Hyuna as well as TikTok video below!




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The men of SHINee have returned with their new album & single Don't Call Me. With Taemin wrapping us solo activities and Key, Onew and Minho recently finishing their military service, the group quickly banded together to create their next iconic comeback. Don't Call Me serves a streetwear look we haven't seen from the guys in a while to go with the hip-hop based dance song. Since this comeback is all about not defining SHINee with one painted brush I wanted to reminisce on their myriad, iconic, non-defining looks they've served us over the past decade. 


What are your favorite iconic SHINee looks? Let me know in the comments!



This Black History Month I wanted to highlight some of my favorite black creators. Each and every one of them are about uplifting anime, gaming and or Kpop centered POC voices. These ladies are friends/supporters in real life and online so I'm so excited to show MY support to these amazing creatives!

Please click the links below to follow and support these women. And if YOU have a favorite Black Creator be sure to add their name and links in the comments!


February 19, 2021

10 Year Blogiversary


Back in Feb 2011 this blog started out as The Pink Fashion Ninja.com (and I the Pink Fashion Ninja :D) where I shared my favorite fashion pieces in college. It quickly transformed into a Hallyu oasis reviewing the coolest fashion from 2nd Gen Kpop artists and actors. 


The Pink Fashion Ninja was also a way for me to share my experience of moving to South Korea for the first time. I moved right after college at the young age of 22 and experienced so much of my life there - in which so many of you experienced with me through every YouTube video and blog post. 


Unfortunately throughout the last 5 years I've only blogged every so often and pretty much stopped YouTube due to life but I always had a yearning to be able to give the love I used to give this blog.


Fast forward to today and I've rebranded as Sweet x Aesthetic by April Jay. I'm now at a time in my life where I can work full time on my blog, social media and Etsy shop. My creativity has returned after being stagnant for so many years so I'm so excited to share all I have in store. 


I also created a 30 Day Content Challenge that starts next week so if you'd like to stay up to date on all things April Jay / Sweet x Aesthetic, SUBSCRIBE by email on the side bar or follow me on any of my social medias. 


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I'd love to know when you first started following Sweet x Aesthetic/Pink Fashion Ninja? 
Let me know in the comments or by email at shopcontact.sxa@gmail.com. <3

The title pretty much sums up this post: if you haven't seen any of these shows -  you're missing out! Korea has been producing the most innovative and fun shows for the past decade and shows no sign of stopping. So here are my top 5 favorite Korean shows you should watch right now. Seriously, go ahead and open the Netflix tab.....right after you're done reading this post of course. :)

Share this post with your friends and have a binge party!

1. Space Sweepers

- Movie, Sci-fi

Starring Song Joong Ki, Kim Tae Ri, Jin Seo Kyu and Yu Ha Jin, Space Sweepers is South Korea's first sci-fi film. Personally I loved this movie for many reasons so check the video below for my full synopsis!




 


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Hello peeps,

Today I'll be reviewing the Abib Heartleaf Essence Calming Pump from YesStyle. I'll be doing beauty reviews every Wednesday now so please look forward to it. :D Use rewards code APRILJAY88 for special offers on YesStyle. :)


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My Fav Korean beauty item omg**Link to review in bio#fyp #skincare #myskincareroutine #koreantiktok #TrulyGlowingSelfieLove

♬ 은하 오또케송 - 은비덕 BUDDY

What it is: Essence

Main ingredient: Houttuynia Cordata, a flowering plant native to South East Asia, that contains polyphenolic flavonoids that exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.  

How to use: 2-3 pumps after cleansing and toner

Hello again! This week we'll check out the Spring 2021 Runway from Virgil Abloh's OFF WHITE.

Again let me know your thoughts and if you agree with the list!


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Valentino

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1. Bam Bam of Got7 stunting in this yellow jacket at an awards show.



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Every year February 14th either brings joy to our hearts or an eye roll. Whichever lot you're in it's at least a time to stuff our faces with decadent chocolates and some good movies. This year I'll be home but it didn't stop me from creating some sexy and fun Vday looks featuring outfits from FemmeLuxe.com

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Glam Serve

For my glam look I went with the Emerald Bardot Cowl Neck Ruched Midi Dress with a black and gold belt from Shein. I really loved this dress and how it fit my body. Out of all the dresses I felt this one was the best match for a Vday outing.

February 06, 2021 in

90's Love


If you're either a 90's kid like me or currently experiencing the 90's aesthetic for the first time: one thing's for certain - it was one of the most awesome decades ever! From the fashion, dial up internet culture to the iconic hits - how can one NOT be obsessed with the 90's? 

So to pay homage I wanted to rewind back in time and show some of my favorite looks of the decade. 

Let me know what your favorite things from the 90's were in the comments!


Music and fashion are synonymous with each other: one can't exist without the other - that's a fact. In this generation Kpop is probably the most expressive when it comes to the two. Now obviously it was greatly inspired by the 80's, 90's and so on but when it comes to today's time - Kpop is doing it like no other.  From local designers in Seoul to French Couture: Korean stars rock it all. So here's a list of of my favorite looks from the latest runway shows that I know we'll be seeing on our favorite K stars this year. 

This edtion we'll be checking out the Spring Couture from legendary Italian brand Valentino.

Check out the list and let me know if you agree!

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1. Taeyang of BigBang, BM of Kard, or ANY Kpop boy group dancing in this gold hoodie for a music video.


Twice is one of my favorite girl groups in Kpop. From their trendy dance moves to their fun performance ensembles: they're a group that has it all. Twice' most recent Korean comeback I Can't Stop Me' continues to showcase their star power and a evolved, more elevated style for the ladies. With the styling being so fashionable I wanted to try my hand the I Cant Stop Me looks. 



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 With so much going on in the world sometimes it's good to just grab your phone and get lost in the hilarity of Twitter. So here are some of my favorite tweets to bring some laughter to your week!




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For years during Project Runway we'd hear a slogan that resonates now more than ever: "In fashion, one minute you're in and the next you're out." Those words ring true more than ever now - Loungewear is in, Dress wear is out!


Over the past year the world has spun in ways we never could have imaged. Who knew there would be a day we could do a Zoom call without wearing pants! (But I wouldn't recommend. Lol.) How relaxing now to not have to wear tights or suit jackets all day to be deemed "professional." 


So in comes loungewear that easily transitions from at-home chilling gear to work gear. Femme Luxe has an array of neutral toned loungewear sets available to match any vibe. 




Here I'm wearing the Nude 'Modern Day Antics' Slogan Print Joggers in a size 8 paired with a black key hole bodysuit, ripped light denim jacket and logo fitted cap. These joggers fit more like leggings so I'd suggest possibly sizing up if you want a looser fit. I'm wearing a size 8 in joggers. 




Next is probably my favorite fit of the bunch - the Cream Scoop Neck Ribbed Long Sleeve Bodysuit and the Stone High Waisted Oversized Cuffed Joggers. I paired it with a mocha logo beret and cute black and white printed heels. I love adding heels to loungewear as easily elevates a look. 

This fit was super comfortable to wear while I did my daily blogging and sewing for my Etsy shop at home though I would easily wear this to out to any business collaboration around town: it really screams 'I'm a girl who knows all about style and comfort."



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I really love scoop neck bodysuits because the style is best on my body shape. The joggers are literally the most comfortable pants I've ever worn: super warm, not too tight, and high waisted so they look great on many different shapes. I really can't stop raving about these pants. You all will see my wearing them A LOT!


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Lastly are the White and Black Marbled Print Cuffed Jogger paired with a black crop top, fish net shorts and black chain boots. I've been searching for marbled pants for a long time so I was super excited to finally grab some. Like the other joggers these are super comfortable, fit great, are more of a mid rise and literally go with anything in your wardrobe.





One attribute that really makes me enjoy Femme Luxe pants is that they fit thick thighs! I've always had trouble finding pants that fit the thigh area so I'm at ease knowing I can order my size and they fit correctly. So if you're similar to me then I'd recommend any of these joggers. 




Check out Femme Luxe and their array of Loungewear and more! 

 Hello everyone!



We made it to 2021. Wow, it was quite harrowing but we have been fortunate enough to come out on the other side. This year we can truly say and mean "have a happy new year" because we know all too well how it can fail to come to fruition. On a lighter note one unexpected change that occurred was how our own bedrooms and living rooms quickly became our own personal runways for our fashions that we hoped one day we could wear outside again. So I like everyone else busted out my best gear to greet the new year in my home. 

Before I even chose the outfits I was gonna put together I knew Beyonce's - Freakum Dress was gonna be my go to song. The song embodied the empowerment and confidence I needed to make my first TikTok video (:D I'm a late Millennial and I haven't done my YouTube channel for a while so I'm shy again lol) and show my favorite looks. Also I realized this song came out before some Gen Z were even born...And I oop! If you've never listened to it please go check it out.




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