Cute and Quirky Shopping at 1300k

UPDATED: November 2014.  I updated the directions, since TGIFriday’s is gone and Forever 21 has opened!  Also, 1300k seems to have stopped carrying Hello Kitty merchandise, so check out the Sanrio Gift Gate instead!

This post is dedicated to my all-time fave shop in Hongdae for everything cute and quirky: 1300k!  (Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it!  ‘Book’, ’13-ook’?  Your guess is as good as mine!)

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Sweet Summertime in Seoul

How the crap is it mid-July already?!  I spent so much time getting psyched up for summer to arrive, and now it’s already halfway finished; mental!  I guess it’s hard to maintain those good feelin’ summer vibes when you’re cooped up in a windowless building for 9 hours, five days a week…  But at least we’ll be jetting off to Japan for our week-long summer break soon!  Can’t freakin’ wait!   We’ve been trying to save up funds for Japan by eating out less…and while we’ve been eating out less, we’ve been drinking out more.  There are so many sweet spots for cocktails and sugariffic treats in Seoul, I just can’t help myself!

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Rooftop Cafe in Hongdae…for Dogs!

As much as I love puppy cafes, they do definitely have a few drawbacks, one of the primary ones being that drinks are always hideously over-priced and usually not very good.  So, I was super happy to find this dog-friendly rooftop cafe in Hongdae last weekend!

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Hangin’ Out in Seoul’s Hello Kitty Cafes!

UPDATE: The Hongik Hello Kitty Cafe has moved!  Click here for a post about the new cafe!

I guess most people are meant to grow out of their childhood obsessions as they age into adulthood.  Before coming to Korea, I tried to make myself more ‘grown up’: got my dip-dye locks cut into a boring bob, bought professional black and white clothes: long, shapeless skirts and baggy cardigans, and gave away most of my brightly-colored clothes and make-up *sob*.  Thankfully, I quickly realized that it’s generally acceptable for fully grown women to wear bright and bold outfits and accessories plastered with cartoon characters here.  And even though Hello Kitty is Japanese, she’s just as popular here as she is in Japan.  Sooo, lucky for me, there are two cafes in Seoul completely dedicated to all things pretty, pink, and Kitty!

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