Category Archive: Shopping

[Seoul] ÅLAND Multi-brand Store & ÅLAND after ÅLAND Outlet

Seoul is well known for its shopping. Among the stores I’ve visited on a recent trip to Seoul, I call ÅLAND my favorite. The first flagship store opened in Myeongdong in 2006, ÅLAND stores can now be found in most shopping districts in Seoul. It provides high fashion brands from a multitude of local Korean designers, as well as some popular international brands (including TOMS shoes). The concept of the store is sort of like Urban Outfitters, where you can find items from different brands, along with handmade jewelries and quirky lifestyle/household items. The price ranges from barely affordable to wallet-breaking, but some stores offer a vintage/used section (which i love) where you can find cheaper gently used clothes.

If second hand items aren’t your thing, head to one of ÅLAND’s outlet stores for last season’s stock at discounted prices. The one I visited was ÅLAND after ÅLAND, located in Seoul’s Hongdae area, right next to the famous aA The Design Museum & Cafe. Though this place is harder to find I’d say it’s definitely worth the trip if you’re looking for quality designer items from Korea for cheap(er).


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[Shopping] Little Sparrow – Adorable Thrift Store in New Taipei City

One of the things I miss most since moving back to Taipei is thrift store shopping. Of course women in Taipei can easily find cheap and fashionable clothing in many local stores as well as online. However, I missed wandering through thrift stores for interesting and unique pieces. Luckily Taiwan is starting to embrace the idea of thrift shopping in recent years. Weekend flea markets and small independent second hand stores are popping up almost everywhere in Taipei.

Here’s an adorable used clothing store worth checking out! The name’s Little Sparrow and it’s hidden in a quiet alley close to New Taipei’s Jiangzicui (江子翠) MRT station. I paid the store my first visit couple weeks ago and was instantly smitten! The shop is tiny yes and from the outside it didn’t look like much. However, the decor of the shop was simple but thoughtful, and the staff were very friendly! Little Sparrow carries a good number of gently used clothing items and accessories (for cheap too), along with some brand new items, and pieces created by local and international independent artists. I honestly think this is one of my favorite second hand stores in Taipei. So if you’re ever in town, do make time to visit Little Sparrow, you might just be able to discover a side of Taipei you may not have explored before =)

小麻雀二手買與賣 Little Sparrow Shop

No.48, Ln. 125, Sec. 2, Wenhua Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City
02 8259 5738

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Vancouver Fashion Week

so i’m flying back to vancouver this fall for Vancouver Fashion Week! it’s going to be my first fashion show ever and i have to admit i’m quite looking forward to it =) though fall is still more than 6 months away, i just can’t wait to share some of my favorites with you from the previous season at the VFW! i hope you will enjoy these collections as much as i do!

(photos: VFW Flickr)

Vancouver Fashion Week

March 18th-24th, 2014
Chinese Cultural Centre
50 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC