T-24 to Shanghai
The 24 hours before my trip to Hong Kong were an absolute race to the finish. I spent every day from the 23rd to the 25th doing absolutely nothing and it was one of the best Christmas’s I’ve ever had. I baked the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made, got pizza and ice cream with the bf, and had our first try at shooting a lookbook (more on that to come).
As relaxing and wonderful as my Christmas was, I seriously paid the price the day before my trip. I had to figure out all my outfits, pack, and figure out my game plan for Shanghai and Hong Kong.
I started off in Myeongdong at Olive Young, basically the CVS of Korea. Right away I found the perfect stick-on nails for Shanghai. Pandas!! 🐼 For ₩9,000 ($9.00) I was off to a great start.
Seriously worried about money, I decided to keep it cheap and get chicken egg gimbab for lunch. I always start missing Korean food as soon as I leave Korea, so I wanted to fill up my “hansik” (Korean food) meter before my trip. Although chicken and egg sounded so yummy, the egg was hard boiled!!! What the heck-!! At least it was healthy. 😫
My first shop stop was Style Nanda in Myeongdong. I had visited the flagship store in Hongdae and loved it, but seen on Instagram that the Myeongdong store was gorgeous. I wasn’t disappointed in the shop’s aesthetic, but I didn’t end up finding any clothes. 😭😭😭
I spent all afternoon shopping and decided to get some street food for dinner. I had always been curious about the “meatball ddukgalbi” in Myeongdong so I gave it a shot – it was so good!!
Feeling drained and FREEZING cold I took a breather in Starbucks to try the twinkle berry mocha and organize my thoughts.
New shoes, new nails, new sweatshirt, and a Christmas present for my bestie, I headed home to pack.
These nails are amazing. They’re just stickers but they last forever and they really look like gel nails!! For just $9 you could get a new pair every week and it’d still be cheaper than real gel nails!
Now came the hard part – putting together my outfits. PLEASE ignore the mess. My room is clean now, this is just what happens when I pack. 🙈
Outfit 1 (plane/Shanghai in December):
For my first outfit I needed something comfy and warm for the plane and Shanghai. I wanted something I could disappear into that could double as a blanket and bed on an airplane seat. This is what I came up with, and it did just the trick. (I ended up going with the green skirt.):
Outfit 2 (Hong Kong in December):
For my second outfit, I wanted something early autumn-y for the Hong Kong weather. When I Googled “Hong Kong in December” I saw a lot of light jackets and sweatshirts, so this is what I came up with:
Outfit 3 (active):
Honestly, I’ve been wanting an Adidas sweatshirt forever, there’s a reason it was in my “What to Get a Woman for Christmas” list (here). This outfit had nothing to do with Hong Kong, but I was going to take any excuse I could get to buy this sweatshirt. These hats aren’t trendy in Korea anymore, but I can’t help loving them! And I thought it went along with my “Coffee Cats Kimchi” thing. I saved this outfit for my hiking adventure in Hong Kong (coming soon).
Outfit 4 (dressy):
I ended up not wearing this outfit, but I did pack it! I’ve been in love with this dress since Rome, but I don’t get to wear it very often. Now that I think about it, I packed it and didn’t wear it in Rome, too! It always seems just a bit too fancy for touring. I did wear it in Daegu, though!
After trying on all of my outfits and packing all night, the sun was up. Rather than risk missing my flight for a quick nap, I decided to go to the airport early and take a nap there instead. I figured a nap at the airport, sleep on the plane, a quick nap in Shanghai, and I’d be good to go. Completely exhausted, I put on outfit #1 and headed for the subway.
Will I make it to the airport awake? What’s for breakfast? Will I get to Shanghai in one piece?
Find out when the story continues next week, stay tuned!! 😂