WINDOWSHOP IN KOREA // Kakao Friends Store in Starfield Hanam Mall

Thursday, August 2, 2018

//are you ready to windowshop with hop?//

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I visited the Kakao Friends store inside Starfield Hanam Mall during my first week arriving in Korea this summer!


THERE WERE SO MANY CUTE PHOTO OPPS!
But I had no selfie stick and no tripod at that time so I couldn't take any good photos of myself "hanging out" with my adorable Kakao Friends. Bummmer... They look like they are having so much fun hanging out at the beach!


These characters are basically the mascots of the popular Korean messaging app called Kakao. People in Korea use Kakao for so much more than just messaging though! You can use it to share your life just like Instagram (but it ain`t the trend anymore) and you can even use it to call the taxi and pay through the app (Kakao Taxi)!

The characters are more on the funny and strange-cute side in my opinion though so I guess in a way they're kind of quirky and comedic.


This is inside Starfield Hanam Mall located in Hanam near Paldang Station on the Gyeonggui Line. It is the second biggest mall in Korea and probably is the biggest mall nearest to Seoul. The biggest mall in Korea is Shinsegae Centum City Department Store in Busan and also biggest multi shopping center in the world.

If you're unfamiliar with the characters, here is an introductory photo below:
Photo Credit | KoreaNetBlog



Can you guess what this is?? What does it look like !? hmm...


It has charging ports!


And it even has a mirror! It's a portable charger that is disguised to look like a cosmetic compact mirror powder/foundation thingy (I don't wear makeup often y'all so I am sorry I don't know the actual name).


So cool! I could pretend I am doing makeup... but actually its a portable charger!


eyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy


There are so many cute things here like accessories and stationary that I want to buy! 






They've got some cute phone cases with mirrors in the back, just in case you need to admire yo-self or.... well fix your makeup.


Omg I almost almost...payed $40 for a long pajama shirt here. But I am proud I resisted!


This leather-y travel themed set of accessories is kyuuute too.


I AM A FAN OF APEACH. APEACH TOO QQQQ


If I had a pool, you can find me floating around on these!



The plushies were so soft and cuddly!






There were so many cute products including:
  • pajamas
  • beach towels
  • tote bags, pouches and other types of bags
  • washi tape, notebooks, sticky notes, pens, etc.
  • phone cases 
  • clocks
  • plushies
  • plants you can grow
  • wallets
  • portable chargers
  • laptop cases 
  • soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • mugs, tumblers, cups, etc.
  • and so many more kawaii things! 


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WINDOWSHOP IN KOREA // These Cereal and Candy Are Actually Shoes!

I love windowshopping in Korea! 

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On the first week I came here for teaching English, I decided to check out Starfield Hanam Mall which is located near Paldang station. You have to take a taxi or bus though (BUS #50 Stop at Starfield) because this ain`t walkable from the station at all.

While browsing around, my foodie senses started tingling as I slightly walked near this store called Wonderplace. It seems to be a store selling street and sporty type of clothing but what caught my eye were these shoes with foodie packaging!


These slippers and shoes are made to mimic snickers and kit kat candies! Some of my fave candies to be honest... 
I saw slippers and shoes that have nostalgic packaging meant to mimic classic candies and cereals! HOW FREAKIN` COOOOL.

Here is the store front. I usually wouldn't go to that type of store since it looks too street and sporty for me ...LOL but the food. THE FOODIE STUFF! I seriously wanted to buy it all but one pair was .... 69,000 Korean won. THAT IS BASICALLY $69. UNBELIEVABLY EXPENSIVE. So.... I will just enjoy with my eyes. 


Do you know what this is supposed to remind you have? Nverquit...NESQUIK! I used to drink Nesquik when I was little. Chocolate milk was yummmm.


Just look at them cool slippers! I kind of want.... but my bank account T___T. *cries* (debating if I should use my English Teacher pay for this....hmmm but I don't even wear slippers...ever...)



I even love the way they do the nutrition facts. LOL to the teeeeeeee






Upon further research through the cyber world, I discovered that these shoes are from a brand called SWITFISH

Apparently, it is a brand that is based in Seoul and Los Angeles. And actually a very very new brand too. SWITFISH just launched in 2018 in Vegas and specializes in making fun and witty footwear in collaborations with artists and more! 

Check out their website and more shoes here:




And... they have an INSTAGRAM:


Y'all know I love Oreo's, so this Oreo inspired slipper makes me wanna throw all my money away. THAT PACKAGING THOUGHHHH.



You can find Wonderplace, the store, in many malls and locations in Korea! I've seen it around in Myeongdong and Lotte Department store before! 


If someone gives out Halloween candy this year, please let the candy be this.... 



On the reals though I honestly think the shoes look kinda ugly. Like... the bottom is so poofy and bulky looking. Are they even comfy!? And the slippers basically looks like someone slapped on a knock-off candy wrapper on it. But... the packaging... is where it's at~~. Now that I think about it... I might like the packaging more than the actual footwear itself.



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What do you think of this brand? And the delicious packaging?? Would you fork over $50 - $70 for one of these kicks?
Or nawwwwwwwwwww ?!



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