21 Apr 2017

Hexagon (헥사곤) - Garosugil Sinsadong

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I'm resurrecting 'the food series' after what has seemed like an absolute age. One of my favourite things to do in South Korea is explore all the restaurants, cafes, and general eateries that I've been eyeing up over on instagram for too fudging long. On my explorations so far, I've been happy to see that some of my favourite places from my year abroad are still alive and kicking, but also saddened that some of them haven't survived the last three years. Seoulites are a particularly tough crowd - competition is fierce

A few weeks ago - when I met up with Devina before Seoul Fashion Week - we went for a little wander around the DDP to take some photos, and then on to Sinsadong for me to see how much it's changed (not that much, but also so much at the same time), and for food. We weren't feeling anything particularly heavy, so decided to give Hexagon a go. 

Latin American food in Seoul? Ok let's go. 


14 Apr 2017

10 things I've learned in my first month of teaching abroad

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So I've been teaching for a month now - first official paycheck and everything - and it's definitely taught me a thing or two about life. I'm pleased that I wasn't ever really a complete and utter terror at school, and that I was one of those kids that actually did my homework despite not really wanting to.

Seriously, when people say that some jobs are easier than others, if they lump teaching into that I'm not going to be happy.

I teach elementary and middle school students (so from age 7 to about 14?) and they've taught me one or two things so far..

Or 10.


11 Apr 2017

Collective Korean Beauty Haul: 3CE, Chosungah Beauty, Etude House + more

Ohh it's been a while since I've actually been able to do a proper haul - yay employment and feeding into the behemoth that is consumerism! I'm so happy to be back in close enough proximity to buy some of my favourite brands without having to worry about slightly extortionate shipping fees, marking up prices, and no free samples when you pass a certain payment point. 

I was pretty damned careful with my money last month, trying to work out what you're general expenses are when you also still have startup costs to worry about it hard, but I ended up spending way less than I thought! So, that means you can treat yo' self, right? 

This wasn't all bought in one day (I think I'd cry), it's a collection of some of the bits and pieces I've picked up over the last month - and includes a new brand I've yet to try~


10 Apr 2017

[STREETSTYLE] Trend Report: Seoul Fashion Week

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If you've seen the streetstyle posts from this season of Seoul Fashion Week (if not: day 2, day 3, and day 6), you've probably got a bit of an idea of what's been trending in the style arena as we move into spring and summer. Since the weather was a little bit unpredictable, there were also some solid transitional outfits to deal with the conundrum of 'warm days, cold nights' that spring is known for. 

It's so confusing when I don't need a coat really to go to work, but as soon as I leave it's cruel and cold and a jumper just won't do.

So, if you're looking for some spring fashion inspiration to spice up your style game a la Seoul, I've done a little trend report for you. I've also included a lot of photographers that you should really check out the instagrams of!

7 Apr 2017

A graduate scheme that’s a bit different: Unlocked* #ad

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Graduates, we all know the struggle of finding employment, especially in a climate that doesn’t seem to know if it’s coming or going. We’re facing uncertain times in the world, and it’s so very very daunting when we’re trying to take those first steps after uni in becoming independent.

But have you ever thought about graduate schemes?


6 Apr 2017

[STREETSTYLE] Seoul Fashion Week (day 6)

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My favourite day was definitely Saturday. Mostly because it was my only full day at Seoul Fashion Week this season (boo at the need to work and earn money and be all responsible), which meant I could take alllll the photos, but also because it meant that I got to miss any and all April Fools Day pranks because I was busy playing ninja photographer.

And also occasionally getting trapped by photographers, because my outfit for day 6 was by far my favourite. Asos, come through with the wide-legged culottes in actual petite sizes. My tiny not-even-five-foot-three ass can actually wear cropped trousers now, thank you.

I took about 463 photos on the final day to make up for my lack of shots on day 5, so it was hard to narrow down my favourite looks. (I managed, don't worry!)


5 Apr 2017

Where did the personal style go

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I was asked one question a lot this past week: how is fashion in Seoul, or fashion in South Korea as a whole, different to fashion in London/the UK/the West? It's an interesting question, and one that I actually particularly enjoy answering rather than shying away from with answers like 'oh, they're both great!!' or 'there isn't really that much of a difference'.

Simply because there is a difference. There's a veritable Grand Canyon sized chasm of a difference when it comes to personal style.


4 Apr 2017

[STREETSTYLE] Seoul Fashion Week (day 3)

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Seoul Fashion Week streetstyle got me feelin like [insert dancing_emoji here].

Day 3 brought morning sunshine and my first real experience of the microfashion that Seoul Fashion Week has sort of become known for. Seriously, there are some incredibly dressed small people running about. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it from an ethical stance, since the parents are generally carting around suitcases and changing the kids in the subway for maximum exposure, but I'm not as salty as US Vogue about outfit changes, and if the kids are having fun then that's all that really matters? Regardless, the looks were strong, I was super happy snapping away and feeling that my photography is getting better.

Ninja streetstyle mode, activated.


3 Apr 2017

[Review]: Skinfood Yuja Water Toner and Emulsion

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I've found a pretty snazzy product for helping manage outbreaks of Milia. It comes in the form of Skinfood's yuja water toner, and oh my gosh it makes me all sorts of happy. It's a great day when samples turn out to be seriously fricking good at managing problems you didn't even know where to start with. 

2 Apr 2017

[STREETSTYLE] Seoul Fashion Week (day 2)

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The most exciting event of my calendar so far has flashed by in what seemed to be a rain-filled two seconds. Seoul Fashion Week is my actual life-blood in March and October, and although I was only doing half-days from Monday to Friday, I've been monumentally more inspired in the last week than I have done in the last year.

(Or, if we're being about as dramatic as I was over on Twitter on Wednesday, more inspired in the last 3 days than I have in the last 3 years...)

Part of that inspiration comes from the Streetstyle that Seoul Fashion Week has in absolute buckets. I've seen everything from normcore to ridiculously fashion forward. I've made a ton of new friends this week, and Saturday took the most unexpected, but most wonderfully weird turn. It's never a dull week at the DDP when the fashionistas are around. 

So, as per my escapades with Fashion Week, have some of my favourite streetstyle shots. 

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