Korea Shopping Haul

[My last Korea post, I promise!]

Considering my current employment state, I was pretty conservative with my shopping in Korea. Which was difficult, because the second you arrive, you’re inundated with malls and boutiques and underground subway shops and swap meets. EVERYWHERE. It’s kind of ridiculous. And (mostly) so very cheap, as long as you stay away from all the imported goods. Some goodies I brought home (for myself or as gifts!):

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Delicate gold rings and bracelets. I saw this type of jewelry being sold everywhere by street vendors and boutiques at varying prices [the cheapest going down to ~$5/ring or bracelet (!!!) if you bargain], but overall, they were a FRACTION of the price they’d be in the U.S. Aren’t the rings super Catbird-esque? Lurve. I think these were all from Garosugil, a super popular/trendy shopping strip in Sinsadong.

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Cute/kitschy earrings from Hongdae (college town), grosgrain ribbon (triple the yardage of the spools sold at Joann’s for less than $3/spool!) from Namdaemun (a traditional marketplace), kraft paper labels (from Daiso, which has way better stuff than the Daisos in LA -_-), bird book tabs (from Hongdae), and a teal iPhone flip case (from a street vendor in Gangnam).

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Socks. Socks in Korea range from $0.50-$2.00/pair, depending on where you buy (the cheapest being the “shijangs”– street markets). They come in tons of different prints (weird/cute/goofy) and the quality is awesome. The longer socks on the left were from Hongdae, the shorter ones from Namdaemun.

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Prescription sunglasses and glasses from Namdaemun. Also a FRACTION of the prices of glasses in the states. Frames + double-compressed lenses (I’m nearly blind) were about $50-$80 each after bargaining… though if your eyes aren’t as bad (i.e. your lenses don’t need to be compressed) and you choose cheaper frames, they can be even less than that– $30?. Also a few leather wallet/pouches from A-Land in Myeongdong for gifts, and a rad keychain for a friend from a boutique in Hongdae. Fun fact: Myeongdong is listed as the ninth most expensive shopping street in the world!

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Skincare products! It’s a pretty undisputed fact that Korea has some of the best skincare and beauty products in the world. Marie Claire says South Korea is about 12 years ahead of the U.S. in terms of technology (read: innovative products) and the average Korean woman uses 18 (!!!!) skincare products a day. Anyway, I bought a bunch of things from Innisfree, which is a popular brand that boasts all natural ingredients– kind of like the Origins of Korea. What I actually purchased is pictured on the left (along with 3 other products, not pictured), and the picture on the right is all the free samples they gave me for my ‘big’ purchase! Insane, right? Can’t wait to try them all. 

I also bought some clothes and a pair of cute ankle boots, which completed my shopping wish list. I think I did well. And now I have a good idea of where to shop the next time I visit. 😉

Thanks for keeping up with my Korea posts! I’m all done. 🙂

Tina Made a Banner (+BS deets)

Well, more like paper bunting. But I already have a blog post titled ‘Tina Made Bunting,’ so that wasn’t gonna work out, now was it?

First, a couple of details from my friend Grace’s bridal shower:

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Favors for the guests were tea cups from Daiso with a tea bag and some pretty paper shreddies (?) inside. Cups were bagged (clear plastic bags, also from Daiso) and tied with twine with a tag attached (printed on regular paper and mounted on pink scrapbook paper).

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Prizes for the games were single-use face masks. These are a Korean brand (Koreans get it right when it comes to skincare, seriously) and I wrapped sets of 3 in kraft paper with a strip of floral scrapbook paper glued on.


And now, a quick paper banner/bunting tutorial!

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1) Brown flags: Cut into 6″x5″ squares. Cut out a triangle from the bottom– measure half the width, so 2.5″ in from the sides, and 1.25″ in from the bottom. [see pictures 1 & 2, top left and right]

2) Ivory flags: Cut into same shape as brown flag, but 1/2″ smaller around the entire perimeter. Mount on brown flags using glue or mounting squares. [see picture 3, bottom left]

3) Letters: Printed from Microsoft Word, font Tw Cen MT in size 350. Cut out letters. Glue onto ivory flags. [see picture 4, bottom right]

4) Optional heart: Draw (freehanded or from stencil or use clip art) and cut. Glue onto ivory flag.

5) Hole punch (I used a 3/16″ Crop-a-dile punch) at the top of brown flags, about 1.25″ in from left and right sides. Weave twine through holes from back to front.

…..I almost bored myself to sleep typing that out. No more bunting for awhile. I promise.