Sunday, May 18

JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL






Saturday, May 3

HEY, MAY! BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND // DAY 1





Photography by Brittany Legg

Tuesday, April 29

WEEKEND BUDDHIST - THE TEMPLE STAY

Something I have had on my 'to-do-before-I-die' list for a very long period of time has finally been ticked off. That is, live with Buddhist monks at a temple hidden deep within the mountains. Living may be a slight exaggeration (I stayed for just one night and two days), but although the time I spent here was brief, I can firmly say that I have extracted exactly what I needed to out of this experience.

 With a country that is advancing and urbanising as fast as South Korea, it is hard to picture that beautiful places like this are still in existence. However, due to a population of people who have a deep sense of pride and respect for their nation and its history, these hidden gems are actually quite abundant. Koreans work hard to preserve their heritage. 



There are a vast selection of temples that you can choose to stay at, and from what I was told from a temple regular, each temple has its own speciality. You choose which temple to stay at based on the type of experience you want to have. Myself and my friends visited the Golgulsa Temple (골굴사), a place that specialises in the martial art Sunmudo. The schedule consisted of some brief (but challenging) Sunmudo training, a silent meditation meal and a not so great 4am wake up call. 

The temple stay cost a very reasonable 50,000 KRW, and I believe that this is pretty much the average going rate for a one night/two day stay. Food, accommodation and activities are all inclusive in this price, as is the ever so fabulous temple ensemble ;)





Tuesday, April 8

HELLO SPRING // A QUICK UPDATE!

Hey guys, well as you can tell, the blog has gone through quite a few changes. I have not posted content in a long time, and this is mainly down to the fact that I was not really satisfied with the way the blog looked. I wanted to perfect the blog and learn much more about web editing before I really started to publicise it, I am a perfectionist and putting something out there that I was not completely content with just didn't appeal to me in the slightest. You may also notice that a large portion of posts have gone, this is also because I was not happy with the quality and I was also, quite frankly, embarrassed by them. 

This blog was originally created over a year ago as a small project to aide the research for one of my undergraduate dissertations, the topic of which was the relationship between the fashion blogosphere and the professional industry. Never something I had planned to take much further than the deadline of my assignment, currently living overseas has led me down a path of some incredible life experiences, and I cannot think of a better way to share these experiences with you! 







Friday, December 13

A WALK THROUGH THE FOREST

These photos were taken at Busosanseong Fortress, which lies within a stunning forest littered with numerous hiking trails and interesting traditional structures/artefacts. There was an eerie blanket of mist that lingered around the trees, and it made for some truly striking sights, so I immediately began to snap some pictures. The hue of the forest slowly changed following the movement of clouds and presence of sunlight, from warm oranges to bitterly cold ashy shades, I slightly enhanced these images to give them colours more definition.

It was only a day later that I discovered this beguiling mist was in fact a thick billow of smog that had been blown over from China, which makes looking back on the experience slightly less magical. 






Tuesday, December 10

WINTER WEEKEND TRIP - LOTTE RESORT


Last week we went on a 3-day trip to Lotte Buyeo resort in Chungnam Province, Korea. The time was mostly uneventful with training workshops and the occasional meal, although my hotel room was equipped with a bathtub, a huge deal since I have been living off of showers for the past four months; a nice soak was long overdue. I just wanted to share some of these looks with you guys, especially these chic trousers (look 1) I found in Zara a couple of weekends ago. They’re part of the brands ‘black label’, or at least that’s what I think it’s called, and retail for 99,000 KRW. I love the unusual fit, length and cut, and will be taking more of my trousers to the tailors to have them altered into this style.









Sunday, October 13

SEOUL SHOPPING

So this past weekend I ventured to Seoul to meet up with my friends with whom I was attending Global Gathering Korea. I headed up there from Jeonju on Friday morning with the intention of exploring the city and checking out some art galleries, which, even after all this time, I am ashamedly yet to do. 

True to form, my forecasted plans for the day took a turbulent turn when I found myself in what can only be described as the apparel Holy Land of Korea, Dongdaemun ( 대문) - a true Mecca of all things retail. It is estimated that there are around 30,000 individual stores in this area, all selling a variety of different aesthetics at a vast scope of prices. Before I knew it, dusk was upon me. I spent the whole day abusing my already bulimic bank balance, but I can't complain given the value for money!

We stayed in Gangnam, which is probably my favourite area of Seoul. The place has a whimsical charisma that I cannot quite put into words, but the best I can describe it as is East meets West - it has the buzzing energy of East Asia, combined with the quaint sophistication of Europe. Arguably the most prestigious area to live in Korea, it's understandable that anyone with a love of fashion and excess will revel here.






Friday, March 8

INSTAGRAM, HOME & 21

This Sunday I turn 21, so I've decided to visit home for the weekend and have a break from the suffocation of my university dissertations. No big plans, just a meal and drinks with family and friends (I'll be having a delayed celebration in Mexico next month once my uni work is nothing but a distant memory). I'm hoping my birthday cards will be stuffed with cash so I can go and buy some more unnecessary items of clothing I will probably never wear.

I snapped these pictures on Instagram, just showing my causal look I tend to sport most days of the week. The bag is from River Island, and I advise NO ONE to buy it. I have only had it for about two weeks and the strap has snapped already. I took it back to the shop and the sales assistant said "it's not meant to carry anything, it's just an accessory", seriously? Dick.


Coat by Barbour; bag by River Isalnd; jeans by Topman; shoes from Asos; glasses by Police

Thursday, February 28

THE REVIVAL OF CASIO

It was just a few weeks ago now that I found myself staring into the watch displays at Selfridges. I was all of a sudden stricken by the presence of a familiar looking face shining back at me from the other side of the buffed glass boxes. It was the Casio watch. I suddenly began having a wistful run of emotions towards the retro staple, and before I knew it I was at the counter with my card at the ready. The sales assistant did her thing and then I was promptly ripped out of my nostalgic daydream when she asked me, "that will be £50 please". I was in shock. Is it just me or did these watches used to be the standard stock of 20p machines up and down the country? Despite this sudden boom in price, I bought it anyway. I couldn't help but fall for it's vintage charm, and it seems neither can the rest of you. Since buying the watch I've noticed it spring up on fashion bloggers from all over the place, its experiencing a real resurgence.

  
I have the one on the left. It's going for £45 on Asos, a little cheaper than mine but that's standard when buying from Selfridges, as they seem to slap that extra £5 on everything. The one on the right is a smaller version which is a bit more feminine, also on Asos for £35. To be honest I've seen them for a fraction of the price on Ebay and Amazon, but personally I am also slightly sceptical to buy things from there. 

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Saturday, February 23

STYLE SPOTTING: LANCASTER UNIVERSITY 20/02/2013

So this past Wednesday we decided to venture onto the Lancaster University campus to see if there were any stylish offerings trotting around the place. The weather had been considerably pleasant the last few days, so we went out feeling optimistic that there would be an abundance of snazzy students parading their quirky ensembles from lecture to lecture. However, this was not to be. It was just our luck that the weather decided to take a turn for the worse and cast a bitter chill over Lancashire, and with that our hopes to spot some killer fashion were hindered. Nevertheless we still managed to stumble across a select few who didn't let the baltic conditions and mid-year sombre stop them from looking chic.












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