YAY! The monthly round-up is here for April!
I know that it’s almost the middle of May (dodges pitchforks, swords, and various pointy objects thrown my way… dodges Primary Admin unnie’s bombs), no excuses are acceptable, I know, but work has been stressful (impending unemployment not withstanding), and so many things happened already! ^^ But anyways, the month of April has been a good one for 2NE1 and Blackjacks alike.
First, the girls solidified their position as Adidas‘s official endorsers, attending not one, but two Adidas-related activities in the month. Earlier in the month, on the 19th, 2NE1 attended the re-opening of the biggest Adidas showroom to date, the Myeongdong store. The group showed up in red and black Adidas tracksuits, as they posed for the gathered crowd, then posed with some of the Adidas shoes inside the store. Apparently, they also tried out the various sports equipment inside, as seen in the fan-taken photos of Dara running for a bit on their treadmill.
In this event, we first saw the “SnoopDar” hairstyle, a similar one to rapper Snoop Dogg’s four-braid hip-hop style that he favored. Most liked the hairstyle, others had mixed feelings, but all I can say is that I admire Dara’s aplomb and confidence in her own skin that she was comfortable enough to flaunt a hairstyle that other idols most probably would say no to.
A scant two days later, the girls were off to another Adidas event~ the Adidas miRun event “Busan, all in for my city,” - held in Dara’s hometown of Busan! The girls totally rocked the stage as they performed some of their mega hit songs, they dressed in various Adidas apparel. Dara sported the Indian-inspired jacket from Jeremy Scott’s Adidas collection. But her reggae hairstyle definitely drew much attention! Don’t you just love how she pulled this off?
Dara’s reggae hair! <3
In fact, she updated her Twitter with her reggae hairstyle a lot. She seemed to love her hair done like this, as much as fans loved it! Personally, I like how the stylists gave different shades to the hair with some highlights. ^^ Although I bet Dara didn’t particularly love sitting immobile for 6 hours to get this hairstyle done. O_O And oh, CL and the staff all worked together to unbraid it too. IDK why, but I get a warm feeling whenever I picture that scene in my head. ^^
2NE1 made sure that this was a time well-spent, and I can just imagine Dara playing tourist guide as she showed off the place where she spent a potion of her childhood in. They were spotted at the Busan beach and a trade fair, having fun and spending time together. ^_^
Aside from the Adidas events, the girls did other fun stuff too! Like appearing on broadcasts, guesting in fellow labelmate’s internationally shown concert.. You know, the usual! Kekeke!
On the 7th of April, 2NE1 appeared in the guest seat during the broadcast of KPOP Star 2, where YGE CEO, Yang Hyun Suk is a judge, and now labelmate, Lee Hi, was once a contestant. The girls looked casual-chic while cheering on YG and the contestants!
Dara, Bom, and Minzy then went out to eat with Lee Hi, as Bommie uploaded on her Twitter.
Less than a week later, on the 13th, they were guests at Psy’s “Happening” concert, which was broadcasted internationally, via YouTube! The girls sure sparked more global fame when they burned the stage in their usual energetic, no-holds-barred performances! They looked really good in mostly black and gold, the same outfits that they wore when they guested in GD’s OOAK concert the other month.
Excuse your beautiful, flawless perfection Sandara Park, excuse you.. T_T
The last performance that 2NE1 did was for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch at COEX, on the 26th. The girls had a black-and-white theme for their outfits, with Dara wearing her much-loved striped Balmain jacket. ^_^
Dara has also been going out and about with some friends.
First, she went to the opening of Bratson’s showroom with Lydia and new friend, Marshall Bang. Dara has been a fan of Bratson’s beanies and other apparel, wearing them during performances or casual outings. The group met with Monster Woo, the owner of Bratson. ^^
Through Twitter, it was revealed that after she visited the showroom, the four of them had lunch together at a Filipino restaurant. ^^
Dara again went out with them again on the 29th, this time with Lee Hi! I am really so happy to see that Dara is spending time with YGE’s latest maknae, and taking her out on a culture trip too, experiencing other kinds of music. ^^ This time, they went to Sunwoo Jungah‘s show! It was in an intimate setting, and music jam that is a different genre from what they are used to hearing and singing. ^_^
This month also saw the release of the special 2NE1 Photobook + 2013-2014 calendar in Japan! The girls showed their diverse styles. Dara looked extremely beautiful in her black and white outfit and quirky and sexy in her orange and yellow outfit.
And lastly, we all know that Dara is a certified “dongsaeng pabo,” and I think we would be hard-pressed to name a bigger Thunder stan than Dara. ^_^ Well, Thunder‘s new drama, “Nail Shop Paris” finished shooting in the month of April! Dara showed how proud she was of her brother’s accomplishments, and how excited she is for him. On the last day of shooting, Dara made her very own support project! This is a common thing for fansites to do for the idol they are supporting, but this is the first time that I heard an idol doing a support project for another idol! The fact that they are siblings makes it cuter, IMO! Kekeke! She prepared the stickers on the food and drinks after she contacted Party Chef for the wonderful lunch!
Thunder is such a lucky dongsaeng. T_T And Dara is a lucky unnie too! In interviews with Japanese magazines, MBLAQ member, G.O, reveals that Thunder seems the happiest “When he’s talking with his family on the phone.” Thunder himself reveals in another magazine what he and Dara talk about, he said:
When I see my sister who is busy, we always talk about how we are doing these days. We make our friendship stronger and deeper like that (by talking).
Oh, let’s not forget that April is the month of “Vampire Dara!” Clio surely capitalized on her “vampire” beauty image that the media has been pressing in on her! ^^ They used the “Chic Bloom” photos, but dang, look at the vampire bite marks on her neck! Pretty awesome, huh? ^^
And here we go with the Twitter updates, woohoo! Dara is very active in Twitter. In fact, almost everything I wrote about in this roundup was mentioned by Dara in her Twitter. ^^ She had a lot of memorable updates, but here are some:
Dara tweeted up a storm about the Adidas Myeongdong store opening! She first revealed that the stylists gave her a size 105, which was totally big for her, and said that it was for hip-hop reasons and that she is the “most hip-hop in YG!” G-Dragon then told her that he wasn’t entirely sure about that, and she tweeted him this cute SnoopDar photo as her “evidence” to the fact! Cute and swag!
She also proved once again how much she cares for her friends! She bought them Clio items and told them to share them. XD
Through Twitter, we also learn that Dara has another “dream,” which is to pursue acting! This is her conversation with Mr. Lee Hyosup, the Amore Pacific marketing and advertising director that she worked with during her stint as the endorser for Etude. ^^
DARA: Went to my younger brother’s drama shooting to show off oldest noona’s support! ^____^v Should I show off my support project?!? Sandara Park-ssi, you can’t do that here!!!
SPIFFY: Ah, ah, ah Nail Shop Paris! Acting siblings, fighting!!
DARA: I haven’t even started to take up acting again~^^;;; So now, Thunder is actually my senior in that aspect ㅋㅋ
SPIFFY: ㅎㅎㅎ Even so, you have the blood of an actress, Dara-nim ㅋㅋ
DARA: I am still waiting for that day when my other secret dream will come true ^_^ For future endeavors, I’m already getting awesome help from a great teacher! With a ready attitude! Please take care of Park Sandara! (__)
After their performance in Busan for Adidas miRun event, the girls went to Jeju Island! We were clued in on their destination, when Dara tweeted about her “fisherman” fashion with the Lotte Hotel Jeju in the background. ^^
And then she went on updates with a slightly creepy look on the rocks of the Jeju beaches. XD Dorky Dara for the win!
And finally, we have our girls reminiscing about their debut and pre-debut days. T_T They might be getting nostalgic what with their upcoming anniversary coming along.. <3
And here’s a letter that CL gave Dara during their pre-debut times. T_T CL-roo who shows her concert for her Dara-unnie by telling her to eat and not be skinny. TT
And that’s it for the month of April! It’s been a whirlwind of a month, but happy to see Dara keeping busy and doing the things that she loves the most, surrounded by the people she cherishes. ^_^ Hopefully May will see a 2NE1 comeback! Let’s have our fingers crossed, eh? ^^
What is your favorite Dara moment in April 2013? ^^ Share it with us in the comments section below~! ^^ I hope you enjoy the second round of our OhDara Special: Monthly Roundup.. ^_^ Thanks for reading! <3 I hope you enjoyed reading as I enjoyed writing it. ^^
Written and compiled by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara