Shopping

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I got rid of a ridiculous amount of clothing before coming here. I reduced years of accumulation to roughly three suitcases. It was freeing at the time, but I realized it wouldn't last once I got here.

I convinced myself that I did not have enough work attire. I did a little damage in Lotte World mall in Seoul as a result. A month later, I still do not think I have enough work clothes. LOL, being a minimalist takes some getting used to. Truly.

I got rid of a lot of stuff but honestly I couldn't fit it anymore. I had ballooned from a size 4/6 to a 10/12. Then I got to Korea, my eating habits changed, and I got more active. I'm in a size 8, and now I find myself needing more clothing again. 

Lucky for me, there is no shortage on shops here. I had heard that clothing in Korea was not that friendly to those of us with curves and fluff. I have not yet had an issue getting anything in my size (shoes remains to be seen).

Awww, "Queenin' " in Lotte World

Lotte World is MASSIVE and has several floors.

Found a MAC store...excitement!


28,000 won, TWICE the price here than in the U.S. (ouch!)


Lots of trendy options

Mango

H&M


All shopped out.

I was happy to find familiar stores like MAC, Zara, H&M, Toms and Mango to name a few. But the sticker shock is real. Suffice it to say, if you ordered from the stores' websites, you'd pay that or more  after shipping so I will try to make what I have last until I visit the states. There are more economical options, especially for makeup, like Etude House and Innisfree, and there are tons of boutique stores here as well.

Just about every train station has underground shopping or a whole entire mall attached to it. They are very fashionable in Korea!


Jamsil, one of the largest underground malls in Seoul.
Most of the train stations have underground shopping galore.

More to come on shopping. I have yet to make it to iPark mall in Yongsan, Coex mall (largest in the area), and I want to return to Myeongdong where I hear there's a massive Forever 21, which was founded by native Koreans by the way. The good thing is I don't have to travel all the way to Seoul (90 minutes by train) to shop. There is a brand new mall a few train stops away:

Lotte Mall Suwon Station: get into the artwork on the lawn.

Korea is so creative; figurines are posted outside of the mall.

Mall art





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