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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo Styling Inspiration and Review of the K-Drama

There was a time when I used to watch Korean historical drama other than fantasy series. I'm not into television shows that are simply intriguing and engaging. I want more of that. I like thrilling scenes, action-packed series and fantasy. Things change when I've seen a clip of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo one Monday morning. There must be something about this cheerful and sweet sports drama. So I started looking for available episodes to watch on YouTube and started it albeit reluctantly. I was only hooked because the leading characters stayed true to their promise - making us believe that life is colorful and we should live it with love and sincerity.

Today, I've decided to have a styling challenge with Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo Korean drama series as an inspiration. Lee Sung Kyung, who was dubbed as Gigi Hadid of South Korea, caught my attention when I saw her photos online displaying her modeling prowess. My favorite is the chic street look as she's wearing a pair of baggy tattered jeans and white t-shirt. Her eyes speak it all: fashion is key. Digging deeper, I found her awesome Instagram posts and photos for her leading role of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo K drama. That exactly led me to finish watching the television show and read more about her online.
The Look

Honestly, I find it hard to channel Lee Sung Kyung's look. My idea is to create a simple style that would represent he fierceness in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo television series. During shopping for the materials, I headed to different shopping malls, four vintage shops and I even checked my closet. I ended up buying this massive printed shirt that's really enticing. After all, it has the same color of the jacket donned by Lee Sung Kyung in the photo that I chose as my style peg.

Outfit: Top | Oversize Printed Shirt | Black Pants | Payless Booties | Lipstick from Beauty MNL

To face my dilemma during conceptualization of this photo shoot, I thought that the easiest way to channel one of Lee Sung Kyung's look is find a photo that made her stand out. She's so young and beautiful so I have to find a way to have an age-appropriate interpretation of her look. I haven't left my love of wearing massive printed shirts so I've decided to create this one. Luckily, I found a perfect shirt that is helpful for me emulate her style.

The Inspiration

I found a really amazing photo of Lee Sung Kyung at Amino Apps so I finalized the concept immediately. She's wearing a light pink hoodie jacket over a chic top. With her pensive mood and sweet appeal, she looks even more determined in this photo. I love the youthful look, the expression of her eyes and the innocence drawn out of her fresh style.

Obviously, I need a strategy to execute the plan. I might not copy everything of this look, which is admittedly impossible, I can draw out some creativity by producing two photos: the first one is her determined look and the second one is her sweet look. To achieve the second styling option, I made it look like I just had a new haircut. As usual, I've created a style board at Polyvore to inspire me to write this styling post. Although I don't have a pair of black wedges yet, the Payless booties work the same way to achieve an effortless sporty look.

Recreating the style is also very tricky since I have huge bright eyes. So I just appear natural and didn't smile in front of the camera to achieve the first look. That made me learn from this styling challenge - trying different styling options is fun.
The Review
Here are my thoughts about the Korean drama series, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. To give my heartfelt review of the show, I'll share my favorite scenes. I know some of you are hoping to see this on national television so I'll consider that. For those who have finished watching the Korean drama, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

1. Kim Bok Joo is a sweet daughter. I really liked the scene where she helped her father in delivering the chicken to her school wherein one of her schoolmates Jung Joon Hyung and his friends are waiting for the order. She even said it's free leaving us thinking about his father's reaction to what she did. Here, the acting is really sweet and engaging. It would give us a clue as to what kind of friendship she would have with Jung Joon Hyung.

Also, it was around this scene that I felt the actor playing as his father was the one who played the right hand or agent of Lady Mishil in Queen Seon Deok drama series. Have you noticed it? I found it out later by research and I was right.

2. I'm always interested with the Libertango. Kyung Soo Jin played the character of Song Shi Ho and has provided us an amazing rhythmic dance number in one episode. As I watch it on YouTube, her appearance in a red lace dress that's perfect for a famed gymnast made me think she's on a fiery mission to win someone back. She has a past relationship with Jung Joon Hyung and you can imagine how it affects her first performance of the Libertango.

Aside from that, I was waiting for the scene where she would dance Libertango again in a gymnastic showdown and I got it in the latter part of the story. Why would she give up on her dreams in that way? For me, she wanted more out of liberty that she's willing to change everything. When she took Kim Bok Joo's health diary to made known the latter's secret, she did it out of jealousy but she realized she can't do anything about it in the end. She has to let Jung Joon Hyung go without regrets. I was happy she became a true friend to her ex-boyfriend and even told him that she was considered to be an assistant coach. She wasn't asked to play a typical jealous third party of a beautiful relationship so I was really happy. I can't forget her graceful movement and emotional representation of the Libertango. What an awesome rhythmic gymnast for the show!

3. The most intriguing scene is the one wherein Kim Bok Joo's friends discovered her true relationship with Jung Joon Hyung. This is the same scene that attracted me to watch the whole series. She was so furious seeing some girls meeting up with her boyfriend that she was forced to tell her secret to all of them. I can imagine my millennial friends can relate to it.

Nam Jo Hyuk played his part well by acting so afraid of his weightlifter girlfriend so the scene is so hilarious and engaging. I didn't know his acting skills here proved to be tremendous as he also appeared in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo and it didn't disappoint all of us.

There are other memorable scenes but I'm so moved by these three examples. The coming-of-age K-drama is actually easy to watch, so adorable and cheerful. Many people can relate to it since there are scenes that are shown relaying events in real life. Korean drama fans can relate to the life struggles of Song Shi Ho as she was trying to win her ex-boyfriend back while facing the challenges of becoming a successful rhythmic gymnast to fulfill her mother's wish. She felt lonely, less fortunate and forgotten. On the other hand, Kim Bok Joo is a dreamer and someone who hides her insecurities by showing her tough side. She isn't insecure, though. She's just going through the normal feelings of someone in love that she wouldn't mind hiding some silly things to be true to herself.

All in all, Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is truly inspiring and marvelous. As it is inspired by the life of Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran, we can learn a lot from the story. It has taught us the lessons of being a true friend and a loving member of a family. I was caught by the Weighlifting Fairy fever so I know how you feel. It's going to be shown through ABS CBN soon so you already have a glimpse of it. Don't forget to check my short YouTube video at Miss Karen Lopez YouTube Channel for this look. Cheers!

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