How to Transition Your Wardrobe Effortlessly From Fall To Winter

Is it too cold yet? Is it only a little chilly? It’s a good idea to pay attention to this guide for f/w wardrobe transition.

Even state-of-the art weather forecast apps aren’t accurate enough for Mother Nature’s whims, just like every one of you who probably stepped out in a lightweight fall ensemble the very day it decided to switch to winter. Without warning, a silk scarf, a skimpy corduroy mini skirt, and a denim jacket wouldn’t cut it — even if the combo is #OOTD gold. Because thin, barely-there layers won’t stand a chance against the thick sweaters and fur coats as we start plowing through the chilling months, it’s time to bulk up your arsenal with winter-proof upgrades, and ditch the classic fall standbys. Once you start incorporating these seasonable wardrobe changes, you’ll be ready to face winter’s most frigid days while still being able to remain chic as ever. And fortunately, it only takes a few key pieces of clothing accessories to easily make that fashion transition. Who said change is hard?
Out with: Thin pullovers
In with: Chunky sweater
Leave light layers behind in favor of lush, chunky sweaters – it’s now cold enough to stash all your sheer, thin clothing in the back of your closet. If cotton frocks are your go-to, consider swapping in the dresses with a more substantial texture, like velvet or corduroy.


Out with: Flimsy sandals
In With: Chelsea boots
It’s time you put away your thin, sleek ballet flats for lace-up oxfords or even better, black ankle boots that will prep you to deal with slick, icy street grounds. They can range from thick Doc Martens to clunky steppers – everything that you own from the autumn season already!


Out with: Warm Earth Tones
In with: Deeper Color Palate
The warm earth tones of fall are typically replaced during winter with deep indigo, crimson, shimmery gold and crisp iPod-white to complement the season. Add a charcoal gray wool tunic, a navy blue peacoat or a pair of orchid-purple pumps to your wardrobe to represent the current color trends and to get through the winter blahs.


Out with: Single-piece Cardigan
In with: A Staple Statement Coat
Much of your wardrobe works for both seasons, but your winter coat is your statement piece and serves as a canvas for broadcasting your personal style, so take full advantage of it. Unlike fall when you can get away with donning a lightweight knitwear or cardigan on colder occasions, you probably need a proper coat that is wearable everywhere even in the coldest months. Opt for a neutral shade that goes with everything, such as matte black or slate gray, or take this chance to sprinkle some color over your normally muted winter wardrobe, such as indian pink or a toned down mustard.

2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Whenever the seasons shift, the vast majority of us find ourselves fumbling through our closets, plagued by confusion, not sure whether we should dress for the current season, the upcoming season, or some weird hybrid of the two (if that is even possible). Because transitional seasons are always so difficult, we always come up with a series of questions: do you dress for the weather or the season? How do you look fashionable and timely when the temperature and season of the year seems to be clashing? Don’t sweat it, mind your fabrics, work those wool, and say goodbye to fall. After all, a smooth transition to winter comes down to identifying how you want to spend your time and creating wise new style habits for the next four months.

– Ashley Kim (’18)


Departures and Arrivals: A Review

We’re glad this play arrived, but we’re sad to see it depart.

Who’s ready for an amazing night full of laughing, crying, and bonding of special individuals bring everyday airport stories to life? From Thursday to Saturday, the KIS Theatre Department brought on the 2015 Fall Play named Departures and Arrivals into action, after three months of intense preparation. In 22 separate vignettes set in an airport departure and arrival lounge, the play captures a spectrum of a delightful variety of travelers awakening to a contemporary limbo. I, as an excited guest, was lucky enough to grab the ticket for the opening night of the show, Thursday on the 12th of November.

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Ticket and program for Departures and Arrivals.

The play featured 17 talented student actors and actresses under the director Ms. Lauren Cuellar, composed of Emma Kang (9), Skylar Kim (9), Jisoo Hope Yoon (9), Jessica Kwon (9), Danny Jung (9), Jared Son (9), Daniel Kim (9), Joonjae Kim (9), Jee-In Kwon (10), Joey Park (10), JD Choi (10), Noah Kim (10), Jae Won Shim (10), Eunice Na (11), Alex Kim (11), Scott Kim (11), and Subin Hur (12). Also, there were four stage managers in total, along with multiple backstage members dealing with lights and sounds. Some members had plenty of theatre experience in the past, while this show was the first time ever for the others. Nevertheless, the cast was able to write some of their own scenes to be integrated into the play – an aspect different from the original production.

Departures and Arrivals
Did you catch the “cameo” by a KIS theater alumni Jeongmin Cho (’15)?

The overall concept is pretty simple: the show presents an indeterminate length of time in a typical public airport space, depicting 22 different daily events that occur in the area. There were even one constant episode of soap-opera-esque scenes between two female and male flight attendants, divided into four parts. Every aspect of the physical theatre set, ranging from the very familiar signage overhead directing the audience to Departures and Arrivals, set of stools set around to create the airport lounge feel, metal detectors, luggages, and so forth, was all an integral character to the show.

Departures and Arrivals
Departures and Arrivals

Throughout the course of the play, the audience was introduced to silent actions, back-and-forth of conversations and interior monologues all of which told us fragments of the dynamic lives of the passengers and crews who pass through the lounge. The tone also varied from insanely comic (provoking belly laughs) to fiery-passionate, subdued melodrama to deeply moving reality, astonishingly straightforward to furtive innuendo. Even snippets of different soundtracks played during scene transitions heightened the atmosphere, effectively grasping the audience’s attention the whole time.

Departures and Arrivals
A lot of Daniel Kim’s (9) acting was actually impromptu — talk about a skilled actor!

One of the greatest strengths of the play was the costumes of the students. So many different characters featured in the show meant that each actor and actress had plenty of room to show off their emotions by embodying different styles and personas. Therefore, the austere yet efficacious costume changes and signage worked flawlessly to capture the detached environment of an airport, which contrasted with the quirky and whimsical personalities of the acting individuals. It was evident that the crew had a limited source of costumes available for the actors/actresses, but the way they reused and restyled each outfit to fit all the different characters told me that they had put a lot of thought and practice into every single element of the play. Furthermore, when it came down to the transitional scenes, changing spotlights and continuing character motifs, both the cast and crew did a consistently exceptional job in maintaining continuity to not break the flow of the show. Also, the pre-recorded voiceovers were perfectly in-sync with the mouthing of the actors and highlighted their impeccable acting as well as their dynamic face expressions.

Departures and Arrivals
Surprise! This skit drew some laughter when the character revealed to only have one eye.

All in all, this play was an ambitiously sensational, textured, and engaging production definitely worth seeing and investing in two precious hours of my busy schedule. Regardless of the risky decision to go upon a wide emotional palette that could have gone chaotic more or less, the show resulted in a captivating, phenomenal performance with a delightful explosion of standing ovation.

– Ashley Kim (‘18)

Featured Image: JohnDavid Choi (’18)

Why Fall is the

Fall into fall…with Blueprint.

Leaves have turned brown, red, and yellow. ‘Tis the season for warm, cozy, Starbucks drinks. That’s right, it’s fall. And let’s be real here: fall is the best season out of the four. If it’s not obvious to you, here are some reasons why fall is the, and why you should appreciate the season!

1. Please. No more bugs, sweat, and air conditioning.

I mean, sure, summer is cool. We’re finally released from a long, long year of school, and off to paradise (if you’re stuck studying for SATs, sorry). We get to enjoy ice cream sundaes, the beach, and the sun — what more could we ask for? Not much, but obviously, God decided it just wasn’t enough because every summer, we’re stuck with hundreds of mosquito bites, sweat stains, and extremely harsh air conditioning. I’m done with it already. Aren’t you? So thanks summer, but step aside.


2. Sweater weather…duh.

Everything’s better when you’re wearing a sweater (it even kind of rhymes). You can snuggle in the sleeves of your sweater, be super comfortable, and yet, still manage to look cute. T-shirts and tank tops are great and all, but who doesn’t like being cuddled up and comfy in a blanket you literally get to wear? Fall is the best time of the year to rock your sweaters, so take advantage of the weather and the temperature!


3. Goodbye, smoothies, hello, warm drinks.

Pumpkin spice latte. Need I say more? No, but seriously. I’m honestly quite tired of the cups of jamba juice; give me some of that hot cocoa, topped with marshmallows. There’s hundreds of recipes for hot beverages we definitely need to try, so we better get started now. Plus, we can drink them from pretty mugs!


4. Pumpkin everything!

Personally, I love pumpkin. And to have a season basically dedicated to a bunch of pumpkin recipes, is just…I can’t. You can combine pumpkin with anything: pie, bread, soup, you name it. The squash itself is filled with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, but still manages to be low on calories. Best thing ever? I think yes.



5. Fall colors

Fall is when wearing all kinds of colors suddenly becomes acceptable, and even fashionable. Darker colors are in, as it low key matches with the weather. Just to name a few: burgundy, crimson, mustard, and olive green. They’re something new after all the neon, bright, mess. No need to be a fashionista; just combine any of the fall colors with black and you’ve got yourself a great outfit.

So yeah, that pretty much sums up fall and why it’s the “most” season ever. It’s getting colder day by day in Korea, and it seems as though we don’t have much time with fall before another long, freezing winter takes over. Enjoy the last bit of fall we get, and make the best of it!


– Leona Maruyama (’17)

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Simple Homemade Treats to Try This Fall

Make these desserts for the upcoming Halloween party, or just to celebrate the beginning of fall.

Fall blew in strong this weekend, with the signature chilly breeze and the arrival of fleece jackets winking their hellos. Autumn flavors abound – sharp cheddar, maple syrup, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin. Welcome fall with open arms and a warm, piping kitchen with one or more of these fun, simple treats you can easily make at home. From sweet to salty to crispy – you name it, it’ll be there, specially hand-picked for the beginning of autumn.


1) Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats


Rice Krispies Treats were always a crowd-pleaser, but what about adding a fun autumn twist to make it even better? One can never go wrong with pumpkin spice on a breezy autumn day. Flush with the flavors of fall, because these munchies will blow you a dose of warmth straight to your stomach with the combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, and soft, gooey marshmallows. Guaranteed, you will practically swoon as you take a bite out of this sweet, sticky delicacy.

  • Prepare canned pumpkin.
  • Cut up 1/4 cup of it.
  • Mix the pumpkin with two tablespoons of cinnamon powder.
  • Melt a bag of marshmallows and mix it in with the pumpkin and cinnamon.
  • Distribute the batch evenly over the Rice Krispies Treats (as many as you would like).
  • Let it cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, and voila!


2) Maple Butter Syrup Popcorn

(Real Food Co.)

Wave good-bye to the standard popcorn flavors you can get at the cinema – this one’s golden. Even though syrup is produced in spring, maple always feels like such a fall flavor to us. It also goes really nicely with other fall flavors like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This popcorn has a little of each and will become your snack of choice as the leaves start to change and the weather gets cooler.

  • Pop popcorn following your preferred method.
  • Combine two teaspoons of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  • Melt half a butter in the microwave and whisk in the maple syrup .
  • Add the maple syrup into the bowl.
  • Drizzle the mixture over the fresh popcorn, stirring it so the mixture gets evenly distributed.
  • Saran-wrap the bowl and shake it, then pop a kernel in your mouth for the taste test.
  • Add more spices if you’d like, then eat immediately! The warmer, the better.


3) Salty Cheddar Crackers


Everyone probably shares the nostalgic memory of munching bags and bags of Goldfish Crackers at recess time in their childhood, as it is a universal snackage enjoyed by children worldwide. And who says you can’t enjoy it now too, and even better – made in your own kitchen? Sure, these bite-sized treats will take a few more steps and a bit of patience to make, but the end result makes it all worth it. Wake up your dead fall senses to the warm aroma of savory homemade nibblers that will make you fall in instant bliss.

  • Mix 1 cup of flour, 3/4 tsp. of salt and pepper, then add half a butter and mix well until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Add 5 cups of grated cheese.
  • Add 3 to 4 tbsp. of water until dough forms into a ball.
  • Wrap the bowl in plastic, and let it sit for about 20 minutes up to 12 hours (best if overnight).
  • Roll the dough out to about 3 cm thickness directly onto the baking sheet.
  • Use cookie cutters of your preference to cut out pieces.
  • Bake at 177 °C for 15-20 minutes until crackers turn golden brown.


The verdict’s in – first of all, I’d love to get these in my trick or treat basket and on my breakfast table on a crisp autumn day (or any day for that matter). Second of all, luscious baked goods can still fit into busy fall schedules. So enjoy these fall-licious snacks while you watch the leaves flutter and turn brown.


– Ashley Kim (‘18)