The Korean Girl's Guide to Summer

Hello.

So, Seoul's getting cold. The long padding brigade is out in full force but a number of our YB family in the Southern hemisphere asked for a quintessential Korean girl guide to summer. While I can't speak for all Korean girls out there, I've compiled a list of things that sum up my Seoul summer.

Hello.

So, Seoul's getting cold. The long padding brigade is out in full force but a number of our YB family in the Southern hemisphere asked for a quintessential Korean girl guide to summer. While I can't speak for all Korean girls out there, I've compiled a list of things that sum up my Seoul summer.

1. Summer beauty

Seoul is a city with very clearly defined seasons so seasonal beauty is a major thing here. First,🌅 sun protection is ramped up - I do double duty on the sunscreen, topping up at noon and again in the late afternoon.

Second, I stock up on cooling sheet masks that calm my skin down. This year, having moved to Seoul, I also got into modelling masks, which helped keep my face from looking like an oil slick.

Last but not least, mists!!!! They were a godsend not only in cooling me down but helping my skin from turning into sandpaper with the arctic air conditioning.

1. Summer beauty

Seoul is a city with very clearly defined seasons so seasonal beauty is a major thing here.

First,🌅 sun protection is ramped up - I do double duty on the sunscreen, topping up at noon and again in the late afternoon.

Second, I stock up on cooling sheet masks that calm my skin down. This year, having moved to Seoul, I also got into modelling masks, which helped keep my face from looking like an oil slick.

Last but not least, mists!!!! They were a godsend not only in cooling me down but helping my skin from turning into sandpaper with the arctic air conditioning.

2.Summer Music

Three songs summed up summer in Seoul for me, and I'm sorry but it wasn't BTS (although I absolutely adore them). Siren by Sunmi, Way Back Home by Shaun and Love Scenario by Ikon seemed to play at every cafe, bookstore and boutique I entered and will define the summer of 2018 for me.

2.Summer Music

Three songs summed up summer in Seoul for me, and I'm sorry but it wasn't BTS (although I absolutely adore them). Siren by Sunmi, Way Back Home by Shaun and Love Scenario by Ikon seemed to play at every cafe, bookstore and boutique I entered and will define the summer of 2018 for me.

3. Fans. Portable handheld cute little fans.

I started selling these on the YB store purely because after having used them for the first time this year in Seoul, I cannot go back to sweating like a pig as I struggle on public transport. These little fans are the only thing that got me through summer and I loved them more than a few close relatives (jk, but not really).

3. Fans. Portable handheld cute little fans.

I started selling these on the YB store purely because after having used them for the first time this year in Seoul, I cannot go back to sweating like a pig as I struggle on public transport. These little fans are the only thing that got me through summer and I loved them more than a few close relatives (jk, but not really).

4. Picnics by the Han River

If you're in your twenties and you're picnicking in Seoul, there are two places to go - either by the Han River or in Yeonnam.

In the former, there's a food truck festival every weekend so even if you don't prepare a full homemade spread you can make an impressive meal.

In Yeonnam, there's a new park affectionately called 'Yeontral Park' as homage to Central Park. You can buy picnic blankets from one of the convenience stores and only in Yeonnam do picnics stretch into 4am.

4. Picnics by the Han River

If you're in your twenties and you're picnicking in Seoul, there are two places to go - either by the Han River or in Yeonnam.

In the former, there's a food truck festival every weekend so even if you don't prepare a full homemade spread you can make an impressive meal.

In Yeonnam, there's a new park affectionately called 'Yeontral Park' as homage to Central Park. You can buy picnic blankets from one of the convenience stores and only in Yeonnam do picnics stretch into 4am.

5. Summer food

One of the best things about living in Seoul is definitely the seasonal food. In summer, I am all about the delicious shaved ice desserts called 'patbingsu'. There are so many crazy flavours out there but my favourite is the traditional red bean, injeolmi combination with some sliced dates. For savoury dishes, one of the most popular menu items has to be chilled soy milk noodle soup, which has an amazing creamy flavour with silk, slippery noodles.

5. Summer food

One of the best things about living in Seoul is definitely the seasonal food. In summer, I am all about the delicious shaved ice desserts called 'patbingsu'. There are so many crazy flavours out there but my favourite is the traditional red bean, injeolmi combination with some sliced dates. For savoury dishes, one of the most popular menu items has to be chilled soy milk noodle soup, which has an amazing creamy flavour with silk, slippery noodles.

from seoul with love