Hai guise look! I bought cute spring stuff, too!
I went to Dongdaemun yesterday and Myeongdong today to get some spring/summer shopping done. When are either of those places not crowded? Dongdaemun Sunday afternoon was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with screaming large groups of Chinese tourists and I wanted to kill everyone because it was so noisy and crowded. However whenever one of the Chinese tourists body slammed me or stepped on me or elbowed me or walked right into me, which was quite often, they said “Sorry” which I could appreciate. I didn’t have to go to work today (Monday) because the vice principal insisted I stay home to recover from my kidney infection, even though I insisted I was fine… my school actually offered to give me TWO WEEKS paid off work to ‘recover’ but I just took this one day since I was already feeling perfectly fine after my first few hours in the hospital. Myeongdong was actually not too crowded, and I was able to move freely about in the stores and streets without getting agoraphobic. I am so lucky because both these places, which I’d say are the biggest shopping areas in Seoul, are very close to my apartment.^________^ The perks of living in the generally uncool and geriatric Northeast part of the city.
Here is my lovely general shopping haul. Can you say ‘pastels’??!
Pretty crystal earrings from Doota! I think I paid too much for them… but I fell in love. From Dongdaemun.
From Dongdaemun. I love this bird pattern! I had actually seen it on various dresses and skirts all over Korea, but the clothes were always too small… or, one time I almost bought a dress with this pattern, and it was so cheaply made it was already falling apart. So now I found it, in the form of a collar and matching sleeves! Put a bird on it!
I love the Bambi pattern on this loose, flowing sleeveless shirt from SSFW in Myeongdong! The Bambis looks like illustration in an old 1950s Golden Book.
This sleeveless shirt (and the mint one) from H&M in Myeongdong were kind of a steal at 25,000 since similar styles are usually more expensive in Korean stores. At least in H&M you can choose a size that actually fits your body well. Although these are sleeveless I’m hoping they will be work appropriate for those really hot, gross summer days when I am wilting at 8 AM after the arduous hike to school (why must my school be on a mountain?!?!)
A pretty hair bow from SSFW.
My curtain skirt! From Doota. The saleswoman was telling me it was ‘very Korean style’ but come on, this is definitely Japanese style. Or Victorian style. Or decorative window hanging style.
I also bought some makeup^^ This was really a shopping spree. There are some new (or, new to me) roll-on perfume sticks at Skin Food so I bought one to keep in my bag for when I get sweaty and start to smell bad in the summer heat. (Maybe I am over-emphasizing how sweaty and smelly I get in hot weather….) I also bought a liquid eyeliner there (I think it’s called Eggplant Liquid Marker) and it’s fantastic. It doesn’t smudge and it’s so much easier to apply than liquid eyeliner brushes since it has a tip like a felt tip pen.
Bonus photo! I just re-discovered this awesome poop-head alien a student drew for me over a year ago while uploading the clothes photos. It is amazing!