명동 (MyungDong, subway stn. blue line #4) is my favorite place to shop! It has everything you could want in one area — Korean street stores and brand names, cosmetic stores, boutiques, sports brands, major American brand names, street foods and restaurants — you name it!
From March-April, I bought a few basic T-shirts for work from Zara, 4 Etude House lipsticks (planning to review these too), and a variety of things here and there from 명동.
However, included in my April shopping haul, I ended up with more accessories than I expected, and here are my favorite four:
(from left to right, top to bottom)
- New York Yankees New Era MLB Flat Brimmed Hologram Fitted Cap
- New York Yankees Watch with Gold Head and White Rubber Straps
- Vintage Boxed Shoulder (Camera) Bag
- Metal Spike Studded All Black Converse Shoes
New York Yankees New Era MLB Flat Brimmed Hologram Fitted Cap
Purcahsed Offline from: Hatson (MyungDong branch)
Price: 59,000 won ($55 USD)
Size: 7 1/4 (58)
Availability: In stock (as of April 23)
Online Store: Hatson.co.kr; Product Link
This cap is bad-ass. Hologram effect on brim, logo (front), button (top) and MLB logo (back). When you move around or go under different lighting, the hat’s color and brightness will change!
I was debating between a variety of New Era and Yankees hats — all black, all black with gold embellished logo, or all black with hologram effect — and the hologram was just so unique I had to get it. This cap is so sick!!
My size: 7 1/4 (58) // 7.25 inches (58 centimetres)
When choosing a hat size for yourself, your hat should fit snuggly on your head and not fall off even if you shake it lightly or lower your head. You should be able to fit one finger comfortably between the hat and your head. The brim of the hat should sit just above your eyebrows.
In picture: T.O.P., TaeYang, and G-dragon of BigBang; Park JaeBum (former 2pm member)
Sandra Park (2ne1)
Hats On, offline store, Myungdong Branch
Offline Store Addresses (click to enlarge; click Hat’s on Blog > Hat’s on STORE > page 2 > 약도보기 to view maps)
MyungDong Branch: first floor, 14-55 Myungdong 2ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (near Myungdong and Eulji-ro 1ga subway stn. on green line #2)
Hongdae Branch: first floor, 346-51 SeoGyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (near Hongdae subway stn. on green line #2)
COEX Branch: #159, Samsung-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul (inside COEX mall, Samsung subway stn. on green line #2)
New York Yankees Watch with Gold Head and White Rubber Straps
Purcahsed Online: 11st.co.kr; Product Link; or search keywords “금 시계” (gold watch) on 11st.co.kr
Price: 24,700 won + 2,500 won shipping ($23 + $2.50 USD)
Size: Unisex (I buckle it at the last hole and it’s still a bit big for me, so should fit men as well)
Colors: Gold with White Strap, Silver with Black strap, all Silver, and all Gold
Availability: In stock (as of April 23)
With original packaging — great as a gift.
You will see me say this over and over again, but I love unisex or men’s clothing/accessories. What’s even more weird is, I find it even more flattering when a guy truly compliments one of my clothing/accessory item in a way that they would want to wear it for themselves — how cool is it for a girl to wear something that even a guy would want to wear?
I don’t get these kinds of compliments often. Actually, I can count them all on one hand, but a while ago, I wore this watch to class, and at the end of class, one of my male students said to me, “Sharon, I REALLY love your watch — gold and white — really good.”
I’m actually trying to build a hip hop outfit — not 2ne1 style, but true original hip hop (I want to do a post of this eventually, because lots of people don’t know what this actually is!). I didn’t want to get a fully gold watch because that’s just too much for me, so I decided I want something that was gold and white — and found this perfect match!
I would totally get the Superman watch, which comes in two sizes for Women and Men (or couple watch), but I can’t find one with a plastic strap. I don’t mind the gold steel strap but sizing is less flexible compared to a plastic strap with holes, and I’m afraid it might not fit T_T
Vintage Boxed Shoulder (Camera) Bag
Purcahsed Offline from: SSFW (Seoul Special Fashion Week)
Price: 52,000 won ($48 USD)
Colors: Brown and Black
Availability: Out of Stock (as of April 23)
Online Store: SSFW.co.kr
SSFW has sooo many nice bags. I finally settled on this one (also after my ‘go-and-come-back’ shopping tactic the next day) because I’ve been wanting a box-shaped bag (I know, everything I see is something I’ve ‘always been wanting’ T_T but it’s true! That’s also how I always end up spending so much money ㅠ.ㅠ).
It’s a lot like camera bags for vintage box-shaped cameras.
My bag wouldn’t be able to fit my DSLR though : / (unless I took it apart to carry)
SSFW sells mostly vintage items. They also have a SSFW Accessories branch that sells only accessories.
Offline Store Addresses (click picture to enlarge; SSFW.co.kr > scroll to bottom of page > OFFLINE SHOP)
Branches available in Myungdong (subway stn. blue line #4) and Shinsa (subway stn. orange line #3)
Metal Spike Studded All Black Converse Shoes
Brand: gunt (my9unt.com)
Purcahsed Offline from: Aland (MyungDong branch)
Price: 159,000 won ($147 USD)
Colors: All Black, Classic Vintage Black and White (more colors available online than in stores)
Availability: In Stock (as of April 23)
gunt Online Store: my9unt.com, Product Link: click my9unt.com > shoes > Basic Stud Converse Hi All Black
Aland Online Store: A-land.co.kr; Brand (gunt) Link
I have been wanting a pair of shoes like these since FOREVER and forever — probably for 3 years — a pair of black, comfy, high ankle, Converse-style (but didn’t have to be) shoes with a twist and edge to it.
However, any out of the ordinary Converse-style shoes (with sequins, extreme shoelaces, or whatever) are usually quite expensive. I could just never find a pair that was nice enough for me to justify the costs — until I saw these (and even then I still had to make myself leave the store and go back another day to buy it to make sure I really wanted it — that’s my shopping tactic now to make sure I don’t buy things I don’t really need or want that much T_T).
I was hesitant to buy these shoes at first because I thought the studs were cheaply glued on, but my friend opened up the insides of the shoe and pointed out that they were actually stapled on.
The next time I went to try the shoes on and they are CRAZY comfortable. You don’t even feel like you are wearing shoes!
So all things considered, justified my purchase a lot more! XD
The only colors available in store are the All Black and Black & White ones. I would’ve went with the all black silver studs either way.
I only held up the Big Size Stud ones and they are REALLY heavy. I didn’t even try them on and wouldn’t recommend it to girls unless you don’t mind a lot of extra weight on your feet.
The Black & White ones just looked too normal — it looked cheaper and more everyday (although it’s actually more expensive!).
Lee Jung Shin (이정신) from CN Blue
Seo InYoung (서인영) on Sunday Heroes (영웅호걸)
Aland sells a lot of quirky and vintage items.
Aland and SSFW are not stores I usually go into myself — I’m not so into the vintage scene. However, I was shopping with a girlfriend that day, and she loooves vintage.
That’s one of the reasons why I like shopping with girlfriends — they always bring me into stores I would normally never step into myself, and even get me to appreciate different styles and items that I may not normally consider for myself! ^^
PS. I added a product list to my Lookbook: Three makeup look. I had actually meant to do it but forgot T_T What’s the point of seeing a makeup look without at least knowing the products right?
Next time, I’ll take a picture of all the products I used as well.
FTC: All products in this post were purchased with my own money.