Snapshots of Seoul

First of all, I apologize for the lack of posts! I've been working on a couple projects that I can't wait to share with you all! I wanted to share my experience in Korea this past month (It was amazing!). Please feel free to tweet me at @therubyelement or comment in the comments section below! 

Going from Japan to Korea was only about 2 hours but the difference in fashion, food, and and overall lifestyle was notable. First of all, Korea was about 20 degrees colder so I had to get even more creative with my layering process. Second, the food! Korean food always brings back great childhood memories. Nothin' like good old Korean homecookin'. Jal muk get sum ni da! (Literally, I'll eat well!-- A Korean phrase said before each meal in appreciation of the food prepared.) The lifestyle in Korea can be tough if you don't speak the language. For those of you who haven't been to Korea yet, I would recommend traveling around with a friend who lives there or have someone who speaks Korean navigate you-- it's tough out there!

[First meal at Halmuni's (Grandma's) place]

[First meal at Halmuni's (Grandma's) place]

[Duck BBQ, Seoul, South Korea]

[Duck BBQ, Seoul, South Korea]

[Spain Club, Garosugil]

[Spain Club, Garosugil]

[Paella, Spain Club, Garosugil]

[Paella, Spain Club, Garosugil]

[Ice sledding, Korean Folk Village]

[Ice sledding, Korean Folk Village]

[Korean Folk Village, 한국민속촌]

[Korean Folk Village, 한국민속촌]

[Rice wine and rice cakes, Korean Folk Village]

[Rice wine and rice cakes, Korean Folk Village]

[the elements: StyleNanda beanie, trouve leather jacket, Zara camo pant, Rebecca Minkoff Darcy satchel, Dr. Martens from Solestruck]

[the elements: StyleNanda beanie, trouve leather jacket, Zara camo pant, Rebecca Minkoff Darcy satchel, Dr. Martens from Solestruck]

[Jeonju Bibimbap]

[Jeonju Bibimbap]

[Temple at Jeon Ju, South Korea]

[Temple at Jeon Ju, South Korea]

[IFBK Seoul girls, Jina Kim of This Is A Fashion Blog & Elyse Cornett of Faith in Style]

[IFBK Seoul girls, Jina Kim of This Is A Fashion Blog & Elyse Cornett of Faith in Style]

All in all, my trip to Korea was incredible. I met so many amazing people, including the girls from IFBK Seoul (read my interview here) and spent some quality time with my family who made my holidays that much more special. I don't get to see them often so when I do, I am always reminded of how blessed I am. They truly are the best people I know. 

[Grandma & Sister at Shinsegae Mall]

[Grandma & Sister at Shinsegae Mall]

[frozen flowers at Jeon Ju]

[frozen flowers at Jeon Ju]

[Warming up with milk tea and "poop" bread (bread filled with red bean and walnut), Insadong]

[Warming up with milk tea and "poop" bread (bread filled with red bean and walnut), Insadong]

[Eating Honey Candy filled with Almonds (꿀타래- Ggultare) at Insadong]

[Eating Honey Candy filled with Almonds (꿀타래- Ggultare) at Insadong]

[Cheonggyecheon Stream]

[Cheonggyecheon Stream]

[the elements: Tobi blouse, Sweater from Korea, GORJANA necklace]

[the elements: Tobi blouse, Sweater from Korea, GORJANA necklace]

[Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea]

[Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea]

[the elements: Michael Kors fur hat, Zara sweater, Kiko Mizuhara bomber from Korea, H&M overalls, Dr. Martens from Solestruck]

[the elements: Michael Kors fur hat, Zara sweater, Kiko Mizuhara bomber from Korea, H&M overalls, Dr. Martens from Solestruck]

[Iced Americano & Chocolate Cake, Coco Bruni, Garosugil]

[Iced Americano & Chocolate Cake, Coco Bruni, Garosugil]

[By Nicky, Garosugil]

[By Nicky, Garosugil]

[the elements: Ruby Woo MAC lipstick, Hot Lips tank, red wine from Hedonism]

[the elements: Ruby Woo MAC lipstickHot Lips tank, red wine from Hedonism]

Experiencing Korean fashion firsthand is always memorable. Cute trinkets and unique buys are everywhere-- my favorite spots are in Hong Dae and Garosugil. Shopping is always fun because there are cute bars and restaurants all around where you can shop during the day and relax with a glass of wine or Coronita at night! Dong Dae Mun is also fun because you get to bargain with store owners (Just be sure you count your change before you leave!). Korean fashion is practical but for women, always feminine. Whether you're wearing a fitted coat or 5 inch stiletto heels, there's always some element of the outfit that must accentuate the feminine form. I'll be posting some Korea-inspired outfits soon (I bought so many goodies from Korea!). Stay tuned!

x [rp]

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