Priyanka Chopra stars in ABC series ‘Quantico’

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It has been announced that ABC has made an order for the new series Quantico, which will star Bollywood’s biggest actress Priyanka Chopra, and is set to air this coming fall.

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The thriller television series follows a group of young FBI recruits as they go through their training at the Quantico base in Virginia. Amongst the recruits, Chopra will be playing the protagonist, Alex Weaver, a young woman who wants to learn more about her past and believes that the FBI is the place to find answers.

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Learning to be an actor and understanding the craft was a huge challenge for me,” says Chopra in her interview with Audrey Magazine.

I didn’t go to acting school. My [previously] desired career path was to be an engineer. So I listened, observed and absorbed everything that was happening around me. It gave me the foundation that I needed to build on and really paid off.”

Oh boy, did it pay off. On top of being a big time Bollywood actress, a Miss World title holder and a chart-topping singer, she now can add “the first Bollywood actress to star in an ABC series” to the list.

Be sure to tune in to Quantico this coming fall to catch Priyanka Chopra in action!

Audrey Magazine: “Fitness Friday”

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During my first experiences working out, whether it was a training class in college or at the gym with friends, I would always hear:

Keep your back straight.

Keep your core tight.

Make sure your knees don’t go past your ankles.

If you go to the gym, you’ve probably heard all this too. As tempting as it is to bump up the volume to your music and block everyone out, it’s actually really important to ask yourself why everyone talks about maintaining proper form. I’m absolutely no expert, nor am I claiming to be, but remembering these tips are important, especially if you’re just starting your fitness journey. After all, being sore the next day is enough pain, don’t you think?

So what exactly does proper form mean? According to Jeremy Likness at bodybuilding.com, whether you’re lifting weights at the gym or doing fun body weight workouts at home, there are a two things you should always remember.

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Spinal Alignment
This is where the phrase, “keep your back straight” stems from. Your spine is what allows your body to remain upright, but it is also prone to injury. Because of this, generally, your back should be kept straight by pushing your chest out and your shoulders back. Remember when your grandmother would tell you not to slouch and would pull your shoulders back so you feel your shoulder blades squeeze together? That’s how it should feel. Oh yeah, grandma knew all about proper form.

According to Likness, keeping your back straight “minimizes stress on the spinal column, but will place tension on your lower back muscles.” This is okay, because those are the muscles you want to work and strengthen to protect your back.

Joint Alignment
Just like your spine, your joints should be aligned as well. In other words. you don’t want to look like a flailing chicken with arms or legs bent in different directions! For example, think about physical education in high school. Do you recall your P.E. teacher telling you how to do a push-up? Other than keeping your back straight, your arms should be straight. This means your shoulders should be aligned with your wrist. When you do a push up, stop at about a 90-degree angle while keeping your elbows close to your body. Keeping joints aligned, strong and being aware of your body movements can avoid injuries such as popping a bone out of place or fracturing your wrist.

 

Audrey Magazine: Holiday gift ideas inspired by model Irene Kim

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Here’s round two of Audrey Magazine‘s holiday gift guides to help you with that last minute shopping.  We decided to pull inspiration from fashion favorite, Irene Kim.  Her popularity continues to grow at rapid speeds along with her Instagram following, and it’s so easy to fall in love with her quirky and playful style.  We chose a few of our favorite looks and found similar items to share. Maybe you’ll end up saving one or two on your own wish list!

 


 

1. A Killer Jacket

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Still on trend with color blocking, Kim is wearing ACNE Studios.  Though the jacket is difficult to find online currently, we found a similar version with more muted hues being offered by AllSaints Spitalfields.  A bit more on the high side in terms of budget, but if you’re looking for an investment piece to gift, the Frith jacket is available here for $900.

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 2. Animal Prints Times Two

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If you know anyone that is a huge fan of animal prints, take a peek at these two looks from Kim.  First, we loved how she layered a printed hoodie to break up the mild, dark colors of her winter outerwear. Then, we couldn’t take our eyes of her on-trend Adidas sneakers.  Interested in these styles?  We found this Zoe Karssen zebra hoodie available here for $140.  Kim’s Adidas Originals sneakers can still be found here and on sale for $84! With Christmas drawing near so quickly, we have an alternative available here for $60 and there’s a pink version.

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3. A Striped Skirt

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Black and white stripes are classic, so we hunted down an alternative style to Kim’s skirt.  High-waisted as well, this fitted Dolce&Gabbana piece features a flirty, ruffled hem.  If you are looking for a luxury, high-end gift, this skirt can be found here for $995.

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4. Keeping Cozy

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Our obsession with black and white doesn’t seem to end.  There’s nothing like a cozy, warm sweater during the holidays and we really loved Kim’s simple, slouchy plaid top.  Consider giving the gift of warmth this winter with a JOA Boyfriend Check sweater available on sale here for $35.

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Audrey Magazine: Holiday gift ideas inspired by Asian street fashion trends- Statement pieces

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If you are running around doing last minute holiday shopping or finding yourself online all day trying to find unique gifts, we’ve got you covered. We were inspired by Asian street fashion trends and we’ve rounded up a few gift ideas we think you’ll love.

Throughout 2014 we’ve seen some great statement pieces and accessories to help make outfits pop.  Below are a couple favorite street style shots and interesting products that could make a perfect gift for the most daring fashionista you know.

 


 

1. A Cool Handbag

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Spongebob’s sequined eyes on this cross body handbag immediately caught our attention, so we searched out another adventurous piece: Moschino’s Spongebob shoulder bag available here on sale for $298.

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2. A Colorful Watch

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A great watch can be an accessory lover’s best friend.  Though fashion has given us multitudes to choose from, the practical purposes of a watch makes it relatable to anyone and an easy gift to give.  This bright green band caught our eye and we found a similar style, but with a unique natural wood face—a perfect conversation starter and at a budget friendly price of $56 available here.

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3. All-Over Prints

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For the urban wear fan, Joyrich can be seen all over the Asian street fashion blogs.  Their flamboyant prints and sayings are a huge favorite for both men and women. With stores in both the United States and Asia, it’s easy to get inspired and find the designs here stateside.  If you know someone that adores bold prints, we found the tee version of this sweatshirt.  You can find Joyrich’s Cuddle Currency Shirt here for $40.

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4. A Childhood Throwback

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From Mickey Mouse to Iron Man to Looney Tunes, we’ve seen a lot of childhood favorites pop up every month on the Asian style blogs.  Check out this Tweety Bird hoodie available here for $23.

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 5. A Pop Of Color

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Winter usually means breaking out everything that is black and gray, but we loved how this stylish woman added in a touch of cobalt blue with her cropped sweatshirt and matching booties.  If anyone in your friends and family is a fanatic for all things blue, we found a great ribbed knit cropped sweater from Forever21 available here for $20.

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Asian Street Style: Interview with Joshua K. Lau, founder of retail giant YesStyle.com

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We love Asian street trends, beauty styles and brands, but there was a point in time where accessibility was difficult.  While Asian dramas were circulating online through various sites and engaging a new international audience, fans craved to have tangible products versus online downloads and streaming.  YesAsia was founded in 1998 when Joshua K. Lau and Priscilla Chu addressed the growing need of consumers interested in Asian entertainment goods along with the neologistic Hallyu wave that was flowing across Asia in the late 1990s.

As interest surged, so did the fascination with Asian clothing styles and brands being seen in that entertainment world.  As online retail reached new heights in the 2000s, YesAsia, again at the forefront, breached the barrier to Asian street fashion by launching YesStyle in 2006.  Those coveted looks could suddenly be easily searched and bought through the e-commerce giant.

From financial analyst to founder and CEO, Stanford University graduate Joshua K. Lau shares with us a bit of the history regarding the expansion into Asian fashion with YesStyle and future aspirations for this sector of his company.

 

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Audrey Magazine: As the world’s largest online retailer for Asian fashion, what compelled or inspired you to create YesStyle?
Joshua K. Lau: We found that many people were interested in and eager to try out Asian fashion, and we’re always looking for ways to serve our customers. We thought that we could provide reliable service and a large selection of quality products to fill this need. We now carry fashion from South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and recently have begun carrying fashion from China.

AM: When did you first find an interest in fashion, particularly street wear and street styles, and e-commerce platforms?  
JKL: Our business started in 1998 as YesAsia.com, which sells Asian entertainment products online, so we’re familiar with e-commerce operations. Then in 2006, I noticed that my wife, Priscilla (who’s also a co-founder of the company), was buying clothing online. After that, we decided to launch YesStyle.com.

AM: What motivates you to keep building your company?

JKL: I love to see our ideas realized. On a daily basis, we come up with and implement new ideas to serve our customers and improve our business. It’s fun to watch it happen.

 

AM: Since the establishment of YesStyle.com in 2006, can you share with our readers some of the challenges that have emerged over the years and some of your favorite accomplishments?

JKL: It’s been a challenge for us to remain competitive while also making quality a priority, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to maintain that balance. We’ve seen competitors offer fashion at very low prices but with sub-standard quality, and we think it’s necessary to avoid that path.

 

AM: What do you feel are some of the pros and cons that social media advances have presented since the beginning of YesStyle?

JKL: Social media can help us tremendously. If we serve our customers well and they’re happy with YesStyle, they’ll tell their friends using social media. It’s happening much faster than a few years ago, so we make it a priority to ensure every customer is satisfied with the products and services from YesStyle. In the end, we hope that they’ll pass their good experience with YesStyle on to their friends. 

 

AM: What are your goals for the future of YesStyle, and how do you see your company changing in the next few years?
JKL: We’re always working to improve customer experience with YesStyle. For example, we recently launched a YesStyle App for mobile devices and will update it regularly. We’re also expanding our selection with Korean beauty items and lifestyle products. We want to become the place where people can find the most fashionable products from Asia without actually travelling there.

 

AM: Finally, when you do find time to relax, what are some of your favorite things to do?
JKL: I like spending time with my 7 year-old son. We play soccer and badminton, and also go hiking together.

 

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Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable 2014

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Audrey Magazine KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable, is quickly approaching! This celebrity-studded event, dedicated to honoring Asian American achievements within the past year, will take place Friday, December 5th at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel.

This event is sure to be one of the premiere entertainment events of the year for the Asian American community. After all, this night not only consists of an awards ceremony, a gourmet three-course dinner and a hosted after-party for it’s 500 honored guests, it will also include highly-anticipated performances sure to leave any guest on the edge of their seat.

Check out this impressive line-up:

 


 

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Yoon Mi Rae, also known as the ‘Queen of Korean Hip-Hop,’ is an American born hip-hop and R&B artist under the new label, Feel Ghood Music. She was named one of ‘The 12 Best New Female Emcees Dominating Mics Everywhere’ by MTV Iggy and has been considered one of the most influential rappers in Korea. Since her debut at an early age of 16 as a singer/rapper, Yoon Mi Rae has released chart-topping albums and singles receiving several awards including Mnet’s ‘Best Original Soundtrack’. Last year, her OST single ‘Touch Love’ swept all of Korea’s music charts including Billboard Korea’s Hot 100 list. This year, Yoon Mi Rae returned to warm the hearts of many with her voice in ‘I Love You’ for the OST of Korea’s recent #1 TV drama, ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’.

 


 

Tessanne Chin
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Jamaican recording artist Tessanne Chin, who is of Chinese descent, is most known for her successful win on Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Born to musical parents, Tessanne Chin began performing at the ripe, young age of 6.  Now, she has opened for a number of famous acts, toured for three years with Jimmy Cliff and her debut album Count on My Love was released on July 1, 2014 under Republic Records.

 


 

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Arden Cho is an actress, singer-songwriter and model most known for her role as Kira on MTV’s Teen WolfIn early 2013, Arden pursued her music career with the release of her self-produced EP, My True Happy, currently available on iTunes.  With an active and growing following on her YouTube channel, ardenBCho, Arden continues to showcase her creative and music endeavors.

David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer. On YouTube, he has close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views. David has toured all over the world performing his original songs and covers in front of thousands of people. He wrote and self produced all three of his albums including “Forever and Ever.”

 

 


 

G.NA
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G.NA is a Canadian singer and songwriter who reached stardom in South Korea. Her first digital duet song with Rain was released in 2010. This was also the year that her debut mini album Draw G’s First Breath was released. She recently released the music video to “G.NA’s Secret” on her official YouTube channel which has over 160,000 followers.

 


 

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Mike Song is a dancer and choreographer most known for being part of America’s Best Dance Crew’s Kaba Modern, Step Up Revolution, BLAZE: World Tour, and KINJAZ. He has become an international performer, judge and teacher. With over 30 million views on his Youtube channel, he has established a presence as one of the most recognizable personas in the dance scene.

Terry Im, more commonly known as KRNFX, is a Korean Canadian beatboxer and singer. He is most know for competing in the first season of Canada’s Got Talent in 2012, for winning the first Canadian Beatbox Championships in 2010 and for his YouTube videos. KRFX has collaborated Mike Song to make an appearance on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

 


 

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The Kinjaz are a Los Angeles-based performance group originally created by Mike Song and Anthony Lee. The group aims to combine theatrics, intricate choreography and comedy to create a new form of story-telling. The Kinjaz include members from America’s Best Dance Crew‘s Kaba Modern, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers “LXD”, and Jabbawockeezs.

 

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Christine Wu: Audrey Magazine feature

 

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Our dear friend and longtime Team-Yellow supporter, Christine Wu is featured in this month’s Audrey Magazine!

L.A.-based, Christine is a violinist, violist, cellist, composer, producer, and engineer who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Bono, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Peter Gabriel, Placido Domingo, Michelle Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, Heather Headley, k.d. lang, Eric Benet, Martina McBride, David Sancious, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Mathis, and Annie Lennox. Christine can be heard on numerous recordings, television and motion picture soundtracks, including Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Lifetime Television’s Project Five, Ron Howard’s Academy Award Nominated When You Find MeSex in the City 2, and the upcoming PBS documentary,Salinger.  She’s toured arenas such as London’s O2, Wembley, Santiago’s Movistar Arena and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre as solo violinist, cellist and keyboardist for Paul Anka, David Foster and Slumdog Millionaire composer AR Rahman.

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