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Hello everyone.

I've been having a hard time dealing with my hair lately. It's beyond damage, and frizzed up like a lion's main, so I had to take a chop at it.
Getting a trim in New York was anywhere between 75 dollars - 300 dollars. So, Korea's 20,000 won (a little shy of 20 dollars) cut was a super bargain for me! :D
I went to Ja3 (JaThree?) salon in Myongdong and got a 20% DC from the original 25,000 won price. If you are in Korea, or if you have a chance to visit AND you want your hair done, you should visit them since they are having their 30th anniversary discount event. Cuts and trimming are 20% off, and other services are 30% off. Different locations offer different discounts, so try doing some research before you head off. :)

요즘들어 머리 관리가 굉장히 힘들었는데, 어느 정도였냐면 사자머리가 될 정도로 머리가 너무 상해서 관리가 안될 정도였습니다. 주말에 시간도 좀 남고 해서 머리를 좀 다듬기로 결심했습니다.
뉴욕에 있었을 때는 머리 다듬는것만 75불 (8만원 정도) 에서 300불 (30만원 이상)까지 하늘높은 줄 모르는 가격이었어요. 그래서 한국의 2만원 컷은 저에게 무지 반가운 소식이었지요 ^__^*
저는 쟈쓰리 명동점을 갔어요. 쟈쓰리는 제가 고딩때 잠깐 한국에서 학교 다녔을 때 베프랑 도곡점 다녔었는데, 알고보니 올해가 30주년이더라구요. 그래서 지금 쟈쓰리 지점들 다 20-30% 할인행사를 하고 있답니다. 머리 해야 하는 분들은 기회를 이용하세용~~

So, here's the aftermath of my venture to Myongdong

Hehe.. I like the fact that I can brush my hair without ripping out a handful of tangled hair :p
Oh, and I have this really bad(?) habit when going to beauty places (med spas, salons, aesthetic spas..etc), which is buying store products before leaving. I spent more money on these products than on my actual cut.

I bought these two products because I was shocked to hear that my hair is thinning and I have patchy spots where I am losing hair (what?!) around my crown. The blue bottle is a scalp nutrition ample that you spray on your scalp once a day after shampooing. It leaves this really tingly feeling for a while and feels like mint on your scalp.
The white bottle is soothing essence for my dehydrated hair.

The reason why my hair was so big and frizzy is because it was deprived of proper nutrition and hydration. I complained that I didn't like applying essence products because it makes my hair greasy and yuck. My hair is oily to begin with, and I didn't like the idea of soaking it with more oiliness. The stylist told me that I had to apply a water base essence rather than an oil base. So, being the easily persuaded me, I bought the aqua-based essence too. :p

As for some tips with hair care, I think taking care of the scalp is extremely important for healthy hair. Of course hydrating the ends to prevent dryness is important too, but providing good nutrition and allowing proper circulation is essential for healthy roots and strong hair. Also, dry and flaky scalp prevents regular hair growth because it clogs up the openings, reducing the amount of hair growth.
Just invest a couple of minutes per day and try to massage your scalp with the tip of your fingers to stimulate circulation. Also, if you're in front of a desk or crouched in front of the computer all day long, try relaxing your neck and shoulders to provide a good flow of blood to your head. I've been really bad with my posture and not caring about circulation, but the alarming news of losing hair *sob* made me feel a bit more alert about how every little habit effects my appearance.

If you are reading this post, stop what you are doing, straighten up your back and try to loosen the muscles around your neck and shoulders to release the tension. Massage your scalp from the middle of your head around the crown, all the way down to the temples by applying some pressure with the tip of your fingers. :)

This is quite belated, but I guess I'll post it since I'm feeling a bit homesick at the moment.

Some of you might know, some might not, but I'm in Korea until the 17th. The reason is vacation + business I guess? I've left New York, and instead of heading straight to LA, I'm staying in Texas for a short period of time to work on a project I've wanted to do for a while. That project is one of the main reasons I've left New York, so I guess you guys can stay tuned since it is launching in late August or early September.

Leaving New York was a bit surreal, and I wanted to dedicate a post to it, but I somehow lost the right timing for it. I've lived in New York for 6 years, and the time there was great. There's this magic to the city and I feel very lucky to have actually lived, graduated school and worked in New York.

This was my first taste of New York. It was the very first picture I took when I was at JFK in 2005. I was very impressed with the clear sky, and amazed at the view of the city when I first went into Manhattan. I was very optimistic about my future in New York, and looking back, I think I have accomplished almost everything I could in New York.

I spent my roaring 20's in the bustling city, I went to a great school, I met some of the smartest people on the face of earth, I took many classes taught by Nobel laureates, I met great people in general, I had a great job, I lived in one of the most famous places on earth, I went to so many great world-class restaurants, I've set foot into one of the toughest industries to get into, I went to awesome museums whenever I wanted to, I jogged in central park in the mornings, I've had my share of sticking my foot in a closing subway door to force it open, I had a good piece of the delivery food scene, and the best part is, I met the love of my life in New York.

Here are some of my souvenirs from New York.

me, having fun at school

me at the Rockefeller skating rink on x-mas eve :p

resting @ central park...with my precious whole foods bag

rainbow room

Lincoln center after an opera

at boyfriend's graduation

at MoMA, cafe 2 has really good stuff to eat

sleepless nights, consumed with writing essays, were rewarded with beautiful sunrises

peaceful scene at central park north

a view from my apartment building in midtown (3:00 AM)

..and my last glimpse of the city while heading to JFK

I regret not taking a lot of pictures during my stay there. If you are planning to move to New York, or if you are already living there, all I want to say is "enjoy!" I think New York is a special experience and I hope everyone who has a chance will cherish their stay in the magical city.

Hehe, thanks for reading this long post.
I have bought some goodies for a blog giveaway today, so stay tuned for that too!
I will post the giveaway once I get back to the states.


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  1. whoa!~ love your new hair! you're so pretty ^0^ aww, thanks for sharing your pictures of New York.It feels like I've been there.your @central park pic is my most favorite! hope to hear more from you~ oh and can you please do outfit of the days too? thanks Cat! <3

  2. Oh wow you're in Texas? I just left! I should've met you there..are you staying in Houston? If so, how long, maybe I can meet you next time I visit my parents there!

    What industry are you in btw? I understand you want to keep the deets of your life as a secret, but its really been bugging me, im so curious!

  3. where u bought these two products? Please let me know and what you think about it?

  4. love your new cut! Thanks for the great pics!

  5. Love your hair! Love this post - I've been following you for a couple of years now, it's nice to sometimes see a more personal post of yourself.
    Hope you're doing alright with the move. I'm in my late 20s too and find it v difficult to move away from London - the place I graduated from and lived my 20s in. xxx

  6. Hi Catalina,
    i was browsing your blog and I came across the one where you were describing your skin type and it got me thinking how bad my skin used to be. It's no where near perfect now, but I went from having very VERY oily, acne prone skin to just oil (which i don't mind bc us grease balls age better since we're less prone to wrinkles)with a few spots during that magical time of the month. I know that no two skin types are the same, but there are two things that I'm positive played a part in my skin improving the way it has. 1.) Using the Biore toner in the morning as opposed to a full on face wash with a cleanser and 2.) NO MORE FOUNDATION. I actually have an exboyfriend to thank for this one because he suggested I try it and it really has helped a lot.

    Not sure about your skin history and if you've ever tried a foundation fast before, but it wouldn't hurt. I do feel silly telling a beauty blgger to stop wearing foundation, but I really swear by it for myself. Plus, can't complain saving all that money I would've had to have spent on foundation.

  7. i was actually doing the scalp massage exercise while i was reading about it. lolz. i'm glad you enjoyed your stay in nyc. i've been in nyc my whole life and still haven't seen all of it. lolz. i guess i take that for granted. anyway, i'll be waiting for your next update and the giveaway! have fun in korea!

  8. Awww... you make me want to love to the city! To be honest, I've always wanted to life there. I'm only across the river (literally) but I know NYC is something else, something special. Hope you are taking care in Texas!

  9. A few months ago, you sounded so distressed with your current life situation so it's a relief to hear that you're on a happier note now :) That new haircut suits you well and hope you have no problem adjusting to your new place once you're back from your trip!

  10. Hi Catalina,

    I've been reading your blog for a while now, I'm also a subscriber to your Youtube channel. (I've been on your blogtv before as well, that makes me a pretty big fan. xD)

    I've always dreamed about living in New York...New York City that is. And from reading this post makes me want to move there even more.

    This might sound a little strange, I was actually kind of sad when you said you are moving to LA. I mean...why AM I sad about it? I'm not the one leaving New York. It's probably because...other than reading your blog and watching your channel for beauty related reasons, I think one of the coolest things about you is that you lived in New York. From your blogposts/videos/blogtv,I really like that you would occasionally share some of the aspects and experiences of living in New York.
    And I really don't mind the siren in the background of your video. New York siren just sounds much exciting than sirens from anywhere else...haha, nah, I don't know what I'm talking about.

    I'm not saying that I think leaving New York makes you less interesting, LA is also a very glamorous city, but I'll miss that part of you. However, I'm sure you'll be just as great living in terms of being a guru, blogging...and other things that you do. (I also want to say that I think it's amazing you said you are a published author in Korea) I hope you would have a great time living in LA. And good luck on your project as well.

    Oh! And have fun in Korea!

    Wow, this is a long comment.

  11. hahaha! when i saw the red paragraph, i immediately and unconsciously straightened my back lOl ._.

    btw, your hair is so classy! hehe

  12. Hi Catalina,

    I really liked this post. Thank you for posting it.

    Because I loved new york as a tourist, and came here for school because of it. But work is tough, life as a student is tough, and dealing with people of a different culture is tough. My friends who visit all love it - and I sometimes stop and ask myself, don't you remember how you felt and why you wanted to come here?

    I think all those things that make me dislike the place will be the things I miss most about this place when I am gone. And it is also here that I kinda met the love of my life:)

    Thank you for the reminder.

  13. Catalina!

    This blogpost made me to think and appreciate where I lived and live. Thanks a lot!

    And please do a meetup in Seoul please! Would love to meet you in real life!!!! >_<

  14. yay ure coming to dallas!! i checked out the dallas echo on ur sidebar haha ~ :)

  15. xD nice hairstyle!! I remember you had something like this before I love it this length on you too. You look like you have plenty of hair to me. I have like way less hair than you. I'm going bald seriously -.-
    I think I need to see someone about it ><!

  16. I love your new hair cut. Very flattering.

    Have you thought about taking hair vitamins to help strengthen it. I have tried the pills from Nioxin. I thought they made my hair grow fast but it didn't do anything to thicken it.

    I have been taking fish oil pills and I have noticed that my ends are no longer dry. I used to have so many split ends, but not anymore. I take the one a day fish oil pills from costco.

    I would like to try the hair and nail pills by Phyto.
    I might get it when Sephora has the friends and family deal.

    I hope you enjoy living in LA.

  17. Oh, those memories make me tear up a bit, seems truly magical!

  18. This is a delightful post. New York looks incredible. I'm finishing up uni soon and travel is definitely on my mind. P.s. love the new hair cut!


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