The Travel Look – Because fashion is a state of mind

Last week we traveled to Busan. A beautiful coastal city at the southern tip of South Korea. Busan is the second most largest city in Korea both in terms of population and popularity after Seoul. A 2 night 3 day trip which wasn’t very awaited turned out to be one of the most memorable trip of my life. Maximum fun with minimum luggage with free hands to capture what our eyes see in Camera is my husband’s travel mantra. I abide it. Therefore a long light pink shrug, a pair of light leather-like comfortable boots, a pair of black shorts, 2 tops, a bag with essentials and a pair of cool sunglasses. 

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The experience of sunset added further to happy minds and curious souls.IMG_7149

The pink shrug was so ideal amidst nature and the cool breeze 

 

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Cool water splashes at the Gangwali bridge at night was awesome.
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I was just beginning to take that 4.7 km trail path right behind me. Unplanned of course.
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Boutique Shopping…. The Full Spot Factory & Moeum

Seoul is truly a shopping haven. Unlike other destinations of Asia (where I haven’t been yet) Korea prides itself for its made in Korea label. Unlike any other metropolis Seoul has all of Michel Kors, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Farrago, Forever 21, Burberry, H&M and all yet here exists a great behavior of boutique shopping trends. The best places of Seoul to check out boutique stores would be Itaewon (where I stay ), Appujeong, Gangnam and Garosagil . It was in Garusagil one day while I was wondering with my camera where I came across two stores about which I would like to mention in post today.

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The Full spot Factory – Now this is a popular brand from Italy. Though it has made its presence felt very much in Europe, its now in South Korea for some time. However unlike the trend of getting every single consumer centric name to the glitzy image of ruthless ‘brandism’ the Full Spot Factory is playing it quite and niche among the selective buyers in Seoul. I happened to have strolled into their shop, primarily because of the attractive colors and loved every bit of it. I did not know about this brand before. The Full spot factory Seoul outlet is mainly endorsing bags at the moment and they are worth a buy. Sleek, bright and different would be the 3 words I would like to describe them with. They have different sizes and are priced from $75 (US) and above. Check them out at http://www.fullspot.kr/shop/main/index.php or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fullspotkorea/info.

2 3 4 5 Moeum – Honestly, it was their very inviting walkway décor to the store, which got me. Moeum’s footwear style was classic and honestly was not anything I hadn’t seen before. But even the classic designs, which they displayed, were stylishly unusual. Specially the colors used and the intelligent use of leather. Their collection of summer flats and gladiator flats were very distinct which I have not seen in Seoul or other parts of Korea before. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/moeum/timeline. The décor including the wall art was breathtaking. It will surely attract any buyer’s attention.

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Summer Foot Wears

It’s peak summer now in Seoul and humidity seems to be in its best form. Though this period is very short-lived yet it gives everyone a hard time to cope up with it. Apart from the experience of the lush green view, bright sunshine and a lovely outdoors culture the site of cool casuals and amazing summer footwears are in abundance to experience in the everyday life.

It was few days back I took my Canon T3i camera and went to try out my amateur photography skills.   I thoroughly enjoyed checking out the footwears worn by others. Sharing below some of clicks:

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Spring is here

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Spring is probably one of the seasons when Korea looks very pretty and bright, full with energy and bustling with joy. No matter what the season is Koreans in general are very outdoor people and spring gives them the opportunity to enjoy cherry trees also known as “Sakura” blooming throughout the city. During this time the daytime temperature ranges anything between 18 degree Celsius to 26 degree Celsius while at night it can dip down to 5 degree Celsius. It is very pleasant. That definitely calls for interesting clothes to be worn to enjoy this great season and to bring out the best in you. Unlike some warmer spring experienced in other parts of the world, a light chill still remains in the air throughout Korea particularly in Seoul (Since it is in the northern part of the country). Therefore spring fashion in Korea is really not full-on floral prints and bright colored stilettos. Listing down below some of my recent looks I had wore during my evening outings with my friends and husband

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to wear this day as I felt like wearing a skirt and everything I had in my closet were heavy fabricated winter Skirts or very light summer Skirts. I decided to wear that one with a thick black stockings as my sweeter was black. I felt it would complement the sweeter. Guess it worked.

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Since we were planing to walk through the ‘Namsan’ mountain to enjoy the lovely colors of spring I decided to go for opt for a flat footwear.

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I was enjoying a late afternoon Cafe latte when my husband captured this snap. He totally got my lazy mood.

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I had picked up that bi-colored top few years back H&M. Since I have a curvy body frame,I feel ideally this top should be worn with a skirt, but I somehow liked wearing it with this pair of pants

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I guess my shifting dressing pattern throws good insight into the the unpredictable nature of weather in Seoul.

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8 Free Awesome Fashion Apps

It is not that I am very well learned about the latest app trend or how the newly developed apps are impacting our lives in big way. Nor is it I am very much into apps and always keep a tab on what’s coming and going out from the present time or most importantly what in working. Like any other smartphone user after getting a hang of downloading app and the ease with which one can browse anywhere, it got me a bit absorbed. It got me a bit absorbed when slowly I realized how useful the apps could become in influencing one’s identity.  I take great interest in fashion and thoroughly enjoy the shoes, fabrics, hundreds of shades of one color, hairstyles, the market behind the industry and every other thing associated with it. Unlike yesteryears when the source of knowledge was entirely fashion magazines, ATL advertising and lately to a certain extent what the Internet search engines brought to us, today its space has broadened. Nor it is limited to any particular country or culture. I say this because during my growing up years I experienced and read all the fashion savvy men and women came from the west and they were huge international experience for our “high” class people and the celebrities. Asia meant only Japan. It could be the place where I grew up or maybe that was the preferred way of entertainment journalism those days. Hispanic fashion trends, Arab sense of style or the Russian and east European couture, were subjects totally missing. The huge scene of Chinese fashion market is a vey recent observation too. There are undoubtedly thousands of apps available today over Androids and IOSs, however the following fashion apps capture the global perspective and have distinct uses –

Instagram – Instagram is certainly an online photo-sharing social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos and apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. But also it is one of the best places to share an instant look with everyone and get feedbacks. Since Intagram is used by all popular celebs and famous personalities it is easier to keep a tab on whats going around. The most distinct feature of Instagram is the old school Polaroid theme in all its photo filters.

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Pose – Now, I bumped into this app without any idea about it, but soon realized how very useful it is for everyday dressing to work, meeting friends, running errands and laying around as well. All fashionable people around the world come to this app to share what they are wearing including its price, brand and from where they have bought it. The USP of this app is it works as a fashion consultant by sharing the weather predictions of the day, seasonal dressing trend and an array of options for what to wear during a particular season of the year. If you want to know more about the what the person is wearing simply click on the dress, shoe, accessory, bag or headwear it will not only take you to the brand page from where you can shop it also it will let you search for other similar options.

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Asos – This app is ideal for online shopping. Asos app is from a UK based global online fashion and beauty retailer selling branded and own-label products. It is a popular and well-regarded brand among the fashion media having local websites in 9 major countries – UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Russia and China. The USP of this app for which I am recommending it is the free delivery service around the world. Therefore even if someone is not from the above-mentioned countries they can still purchase their liked products from Asos and get it delivered for free. It is the best place for budding designers for getting recognition and have uninterrupted interaction with all kind of buyers

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CHIC FEED – From the endless fashion blogs (including mine 😉 ) available on the Internet from all over the world, it is tough to decide which one to follow as following everyone will simply mess up the dashboard. Chic Feed is more of an info fashion app. Chic feed gathers and compiles the best photos of latest street fashion, popular classic looks, accessories, shoes etc. from web’s top style and fashion blogs together. It’s more of a browsing experience. It’s different from other available similar fashion apps because it’s very organized and the image source is genuine

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Cloth – I personally love this app, it makes me feel known, liked and followed. This app is basically digitally archive-your-looks app. This photo app lets you create a catalogue of your archived looks which would help you to refer to your past wardrobe anytime. These photos can be shared to your social networking sites and can also be submitted to clothapp.com, the shortlisted images will be displayed on cloth’s website.

It often happens with me when I am alone at home I open my cupboard and try my clothes in different ways and love my experimentation, but whenever I am going out I run out of ideas and fail to recreate that look. This app helps to categorize looks worn everyday. New and amateur fashion bloggers and photographers love this app. Cloth makes getting dressed a celebration.

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Easy makeup & hair – The design and layout of the Easy makeup & hair app appears to be ancient with a face of an Asian girl as a logo (which I don’t get) but it is a really useful app. For hairstyles or quick styling tips I usually depend on YouTube content nevertheless found this app useful especially in front of the mirror looking for quick ideas and when YouTube was taking lot of time to buffer. Nothing cannot be done much to this app and it is primarily to browse but can be kept for a while

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Style.com – Style.com is more of a global fashion news app. It offers images and videos of what’s happening in the fashion world. Style.com shares instant update from fashion shows, couture brands, launches from major fashion capitals of the world. The USP of this app is video footage from latest fashion shows, party pictures and feedbacks from the front-row faces at the fashion shows. This app is surely highlights the latest work of successful and famous designers around the world.

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Depop  – This app is probably one of the few fashion apps, which would be adored by everyone, because it lets you earn money. This app is a fun way to buy and sell your stuffs, however it is not limited to fashion only. You can add your friends from social networking websites and see what they are buying or selling. By taking pictures and sharing Depop can help you meet interested buyers as well as negotiate with them privately. All buying and selling is done through PayPal for safer transactions.

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