Discovery of Romance / Finding True Love Episode 1 Review Kdrama Fashion
What is it with reunited casts in Kdramas these days? There’s Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook in Hotel King, Jang Na Ra and Jang Hyuk in Fated to Love You, Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo in Temptation and now Eric and Jung Yu Mi, who first got together in the drama Que Se Ra Se Ra.
I again walked blindly into this drama, not reading plots or synopsis. I just knew Eric and Sung Joon are going to be in it so I added it to my to-watch list.
Eric plays the role of Kang Tae Ha, an average guy. He seems to be head-over-heels in love with his girlfriend, Han Yeo Reum, played by Jung Yu Mi. Just before their anniversary, Yeo Reum suggested they go to a hotel on their anniversary. Tae Hae sputters on his drink, a tad incensed that Yeo Reum would bring up that topic over lunch, in a crowded resto. But being a guy, he considered it for a moment and agreed.
Get Han Yeo Reum’s Dress:
Lucky Chouette Sailor Collar Pleats Dress, 298,000 Won
Both seem to be ill at ease with checking in at a hotel. They lingered for a while until they decided to just go home.
Because they’re still in college here, their styles are very collegiate. Think sneakers and plaid shirts. I do love Yeo Reum’s printed sneakers here though. I mean, how cute is that bow?
You can’t see it in my screenshot but she’s wearing this bag here:
Biker Starlet Aurelie Mini Bag, 320,000 Won
Their plans to “do it” at a hotel was foiled by their self-consciousness about checking in so they just agreed to do it at Kang Tae Ha’s room.
Get Han Yeo Reum’s Dress:
Thursday Island Dress, 90,300 Won
Years go by and their relationship seems to be growing strong.
Kang Tae Ha speaks to an invisible someone about his relationship that ended after its 10-year-streak.
He’s obviously an accomplished professional now – the clothes and the office are a dead giveaway.
Han Yeo Reum also speaks about her relationship. She starts reminiscing about their break up five years ago.
On their 10th anniversary, they went to the first place they met. But after alighting the train, Yeo Reum is sniffing and wiping away tears. Tae Ha asked if she’s crying and Yeo Reum said no. He didn’t pry. Instead, he started talking about their itinerary. This set off Yeo Reum and asked him if he’s not at all curious as to why she’s crying. Tae Ha humored her and asked her why.
It’s his indifference, she said. He’s there but it’s like he’s not. She asked why they even bothered going here if Tae Ha’s going to be callous. Tae Ha said he only agreed to go because she wanted to, because she’s been depressed these past few days. This seems to be the last straw for Yeo Reum. She told him they should just break up.
Han Yeo Reum’s skirt here is from Eight Seconds.
Present day: Yeo Reum’s happy now with someone else and flashes her promise ring. Scene cuts to Nam Ha Jin (played by Sung Joon), who is also wearing a similar ring on his finger. He’s at a jewelry store, picking another ring. He’s going to propose to his girlfriend on her birthday, he said.
Han Yeo Reum and Nam Ha Jin met through Do Joon Ho, Ha Jin’s colleague. He was setting Ha Jin up with Yoon Sol, Yeo Reum’s friend, but Yoon Sol declared he isn’t her type. Yeo Reum defended Ha Jin’s eligibility and this thawed out the awkwardness between them a bit. They seem to hit it off quite instantly.
That same night, they had their first kiss.
Yeo Reum is wearing a pretty white dress. She draped a polka-dotted cardigan over her shoulders and capped off the look with a pair of white shoes. Pretty! As for Nam Ha Jin, he’s dressed to impress in a brown suit and printed shirt.
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Plastic Island White Fit and Flare Dress, 58,060 Won
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These two are not bad dressers as well. Do Joon Ho looks so preppy in his attire.
Things are going so well in paradise. Ha Jin secured a date with Yeo Reum and they give each other phone kisses. Joon Ho teases Ha Jin about being all lovey-dovey with Yeo Reum when he’s about to go to another blind date – his third in a while – without Yeo Reum knowing about it. Wait, what? Is Nam Ha Jin cheating?
Joon Ho seems to be more loyal to Yeo Reum so he told Yoon Sol about the blind date, who ended up telling Yeo Reum.
Get Han Yeo Reum’s Ear Cuff:
Stonehenge Ear Cuff, 134,300 Won
Han Yeo Reum marched to the hotel where Ha Jin is meeting his blind date wearing her work clothes. Her work clothes actually look great. Denim jeans, soft button down shirt, pumps – casual chic. Love the clutch bag too!
She slouches on the couch behind Ha Jin’s and writes something on a doily, intending to ask permission to stay to the man occupying the seat across her. The man lowers down his newspaper and behold – it’s Kang Tae Ha! I couldn’t tell which one is more surprised – Tae Ha or Yeo Reum.
She tried to snatch the paper back but Tae Ha was quicker. He read the embarrassing message, now knowing that Yeo Reum is here to spy on her boyfriend.
Kang Tae Ha’s shirt is from Club Monaco.
There was a lot of eye communicating between Yeo Reum and Tae Ha, you almost know what’s going on in their minds, until Yeo Reum remembers why she’s here: to check in on her cheating bf. She had to listen to Nam Ha Jin tell the girl she’s so pretty, she no longer needs surgery. He’s a plastic surgeon, you see.
Having had enough, Yeo Reum stands up and exclaims a loud “ya!” Not to Ha Jin but to a startled Tae Ha. Everyone in the room stops to stare at her. Ha Jin freezes in his seat.
Yeo Reum, still directing her anger to Tae Ha, tells him why he has to go on a date behind her back. Does he really like the daughter of a hospital director/owner that much? It becomes clear to Ha Jin the tirade is for him as he squirms in his seat.
Still continuing their charade, Yeo Reum throws water at Tae Ha. “Let’s end it here”, she says. ”Did you even love me?” Tae Ha looks up with the question and becomes more serious. ‘I did love you”, Tae Ha answered, “and I’ve missed you this whole time”. Yeo Reum said he should have said that when she wanted to hear it. Tae Ha admitted he was wrong and asked if she can give him another chance. Yeo Reum pauses, wondering how her mock conversation with Ha Jin became a serious conversation with her loose ends with Tae Ha.
Kyaaa! The feels. How did this ridiculous, indirect confrontation just managed to make my insides feel giddy? Lol.
Ha Jin gets up and tries to take Yeo Reum’s hand. She pushed him away and walked out on her own, pausing to take her cell phone on the table – only, it’s not her phone. It’s Tae Ha’s.
Ha Jin explains the blind dates are his mom’s doing. They’re meaningless to him and he just wants to fulfil her birthday request. Yeo Reum seems momentarily pacified.
While they were patching up, Kang Tae Ha was watching, still holding Yeo Reum’s phone.
Han Yeo Reum’s shoes are from Lovely Shoes.
So there, they meet again after their break up five years ago. She told the story to Joon Ho and Yoon Sol.
While doing her make-up, someone called Tae Ha’s phone. She’s only now just realizing it’s not her phone!
The caller is Tae Ha’s right hand man, Jung Mok. Yeo Reum gave him her phone number. The call is about an injured employee. Tae Ha wanted to make sure he gets proper care for his burns.
He calls Yeo Reum and asked if they can meet up to switch phones. Besides, how did she know how to open his passcode-protected phone? Yeo Reum scoffs and said his passcode is the easiest: 1234. Tae Ha asked her about her passcode: it’s 1234 too. lol.
This is what Han Yeo Reum wore to shop for watermelons. I’m starting to really like her style. From waist up, her style appears no-nonsense. Love the addition of the lace pencil skirt and the pop of color care of her shoes.
The watermelon is actually for Ha Jin’s mom. She’s hoping she can get on the good graces of his mom. But it turned out Ha Jin’s mom isn’t really against her – she just doesn’t like how they’re putting off marriage when they’re already in the marrying age.
Get Han Yeo Reum’s Skirt:
Benetton Lace Pencil Skirt, 151,200 Won
Get Han Yeo Reum’s Bag:
Marja Kurki Finn Juhl Chain Bag, 650,000 Won
Get Han Yeo Reum’s Shoes:
Suecomma Bonnie Stiletto 211 Salmon Pumps, 348,000 Won
These are the accessories she wore with this outfit:
Disney Watch Silver, 60,170 Won
Stonehenge Teardrop Earrings, 102,530 Won
Stonehenge Chain Necklace, 96,860 Won
Stonehenge K0207 Ring, 119,700 Won
Stonehenge G1966D Ring, 441,000 Won
As for Tae Ha, he’s completely engrossed with Yeo Reum’s phone. He has already learned so much about her – that she’s way behind in her apartment rent and that she seems to be short on money.
He also browsed the many photos of her and Ha Jin.
This is An Ah Rim. She delivers fresh juices to the hospital where Nam Ha Jin and Do Joon Ho works.
Get An Ah Rim’s Stripe Shirt,
Codes Combine Basic Stripe Shirt, 24,570 Won
Her pants are from PLAC jeans and her shoes are from Adidas.
Nam Ha Jin seems to have a fascination with a certain shape of scar on the arm. He has been looking for it on patients with arm scars.
With a day like hers, she definitely needs to unwind. Yeo Reum went to her sister’s place and told her about Ha Jin’s mom wanting them to get married already. The reason why she doesn’t want to get married is not because she’s not ready but because she doesn’t have money and she’s ashamed to tell everyone about it.
Yeo Reum is a bit of a drinker. While waiting for Tae Ha to show up so they can swap phones, she dozed off. Tae Ha is all too familiar with her drinking habits.
She found a bunny in the bushes and wanted to adopt it. Tae Ha wondered out loud if it’s okay to touch it as it might have germs. Yeo Reum yelled at him that he still hasn’t changed, that he still doesn’t know what’s really important. She forced him to hold the bunny and appreciate how soft and warm it is.
Yeo Reum wondered how a bunny got there. Is she dreaming? Tae Ha said she isn’t dreaming. Because she never appeared in his dreams, even if he wished for it to happen. And then Yeo Reum said, nah, she must be dreaming because Tae Ha, the callous guy she knew, would never say something as sweet as that.
Han Yeo Reum has a sudden urge to pee. They ended up in the nearest place where she can relieve herself – Tae Ha’s apartment.
She also gave the bunny a bath. She lost control of the shower head in her drunken state and ended up drenching herself and Tae Ha who came to her rescue.
Something about towelling her dry brought up memories of their first time being together (I’m assuming that time they decided to go to Tae Ha’s room instead of the hotel) in Tae Ha.
Han Yeo Reum’s next conscious memory is in bed. Hugging someone familiar. But not Ha Jin. When she opened her eyes, she’s in bed with Kang Tae Ha.
To make matters worse, Nam Ha Jin is calling her phone. He greets her a happy birthday and asked her where she is. She’s at home, she fibbed. He’s on his way to her house. In fact, he’s there, ringing her doorbell.
So Yeo Reum made an excuse – that Yoon Sol and Joon Ho are fighting so it’s not really a good time for company. But Yoon Sol and Joon Ho are outside. And then Joon Ho covered for her, saying she must have been at her mom’s house. But her mom’s there. lol.
Yeo Reum hung up after saying she’ll explain later.