Mademoiselle Privé Chanel Exhibition in Seoul

This is the 3rd time I've had to write this post because my draft kept deleting itself!
Sadly this exhibition is over now but if you didn't have a chance to see it, you can experience it here!

On June 23rd, the next chapter of the "Mademoiselle Privé" was displayed at the D-Museum (디뮤지엄) here in Korea!

Say "디뮤지엄으로 가주세요"  (Dimyujieom gajuseyo) to the cab driver or better yet show the driver the map and they'll take you there.

You'll end up at a building that looks something like this.

When it comes to fashion, I prefer classic brands such a Burberry, Givenchy and Chanel so when my lovely friend Jen mentioned the exhibition had come to Seoul we squealed and made it our mission to attend. The previous chapter was displayed in London, but I was really impatient (The queue at the Saatchi gallery had a 2 hour waiting time!) and couldn't attend.
When you walk into the first room, you enter Gabrielle Chanel's boutique that was located in Deauville. This is where she made and sold hats as well as other accessories. She also made clothes for clients which shaped the fashion industry forever.
My mother used to have a dresser like this. I remember sneaking into the bedroom to play with her jewellery and makeup as a child. Come to think of it, I also remember being on a lot of timeouts...
The next room was filled with Totems. These Totems were filled with symbols that relate to Chanel and the brand. Many of these symbols could be found in her 31 rue Cambon apartment in Paris. Karl Lagerfield made sure to carry on this legacy by including them in many current pieces.
This geometric piece captivated me the most. Not because I did a maths degree so by nature, I'm attracted to shapes but it was mainly due to the simplicity of it. Jiyong Lee curated this and it's supposed to represent the Camellia - Gabrielle Chanel's fetish flower.
Something I will always love are pearls. Throw on a pearl necklace to any outfit (Except a tracksuit of course) and it will automatically become that much more classy. That's something my mother taught me. She loved pearls!
After we walked through the draped room (which I would've taken more pictures of but I was honestly in a trance at this point) we entered into the show room displaying the twelve haute couture pieces. Here feather and embroidery work could be seen up close from the House of Lemarié and House of Lesage.

This dress was one of my favourites and it took around 112hours to make!
This part was very interesting. Mainly because I've never seen a concept like this before. The pictures here look normal, right?
Well they suddenly they began to move and I had to blink a few times to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. I let out a small scream causing the people next to me to walk away because they thought I was crazy. I thought the string holding the pictures had broken or something!! Turns out they were just reshuffling.
 Can you see the fear in my face?
"우아~~ 신기하다! 진짜!!"

The final room of the exhibition was dedicated to the Chanel celebrity ambassadors. G-Dragon, Rita Ora and Irene Kim were featured here (Just to name a few) and they can be seen wearing pieces from the Bijoux de Diamants collection which happened to be shown in Seoul for the first time!
 반짝반짝~ Jen and I tried to imitate the poses.
I think we did a good job...
 Until I spotted G-Dragon. I LOVE YOU!!!111!!1
But I love you more Jen! Thanks for making my first 2 months in Korea so fun!!
After the exhibition we found a random café and got some food down us before we jetted off to Hongdae to meet with friends. You can see a post about my first time in Hongdae here!
 ^ This fan has been my lifesaver whilst living here. It is so HOT.

We had so much fun at the exhibition and I can't wait to visit the D-museum again! For anyone visiting Korea soon and interested in exhibitions like this, you can find the website here.

Visiting 윤씨밀방 and Gentle Monster in 홍대

Last Saturday I met up with my language exchange friend for the first time.
I was really nervous because I'd never met anyone online in person before.
Especially in a foreign country!

Her name is Jenny and you'll be seeing her a lot on this blog.
Unless she runs away...
(Jenny, 지금 읽고 있는 거 알아. 도망 치면 내가 찾아 줄게~)

Now that I think of it, it was more excitement than nerves. We'd been talking since January and back then neither of us knew that I would be living in Korea so soon. So you can imagine our excitement when we found out we'd be meeting in person more often!

One place she'd always mentions to me was 홍대 (Hongdae) which is her favourite place to hangout. I'd say it's the equivalent to Shoreditch or Brick Lane in London.

We met at 상수역 (Sangsu station) and she took me to her favourite restaurant named "윤씨 밀방"
Now, when I put this into my dictionary it translates to to "Yoon's Honey House" but this doesn't make any sense because this restaurant doesn't serve honey of any form? So I think the actual translation would be "Yoon's Meal Room."

Correct me if I'm wrong!

We waited and a server came to us asking what we wanted to order. By us I mean Jenny because the whole menu was in Korean and I was waaaaay too hungry to try and translate anything. It took about 30 minutes to seat us because it was busy but it was so worth it! Our food quickly arrived and we dug in.
We opted for the 함박스테이크정식 Hamburger steak which came with rice, bread, salad and egg. (May sound like a weird combination but all of the flavours worked well together!) and also the mushroom pasta. This was served with pickles (I LOVE PICKLES) and 떡볶이 (Tteokbokki) a stir fried rice cake. Both of these totaled to 18,000원 (approx. £12).

As we were eating I noticed a weird thing beside me. I thought it was a plastic bag dispenser...

Until Jenny pulled a tissue out of it.
 ...And presenting the beautiful Jenny!

^ Being extra as usual but what's new eh?

After we filled our tummies Jenny gave me the anticipated tour! First she took me to a clothing called named Åland. They had nice clothes but I especially liked the bags there! (which I didn't photograph but I'll be buying some soon anyway)

I noticed they had an area for skincare and earlier I was wondering whether we'd be able to pop into a store that sold Cosrx. One of my favorite Korean youtuber's Joan (click her name for her vlog channel!) always raves about the One step pimple clear pads. We have the same skin type (desert dry) so I really wanted to give them a try. (So far so good!)

After we visited Åland we walked a few more minutes and I noticed the Gentle Monster flagship store! Gentle Monster is the leading designer sunglasses brand in Korea, famous for their over the top store concepts. Their new concept The SCENTS is a lab project that researches... you guessed it... different smells.

Looks more like a museum than a glasses store right? Another reason to keep coming here.

3rd Theme: Beginning Experience. 

The scent researches and displays the different emotions of nostalgia and inspiration derived by smell.


 My hair clearly isn't surviving in this humidity

After visiting the store, we roamed around with my other friend Stephanie and ended the day.

More adventures soon!