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!
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.
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!