Four Things that Sparked Joy (in Photos)
These photos are several weeks old now, but they still spark joy every time I look at them. Incidentally, they were all shot on the same day.
The first was the only one I planned to shoot—after months of casual sleuthing online, I had finally found this rainbow-arched stairway and asked my friend if we could check it out on our usual girls’ day Friday. It turns out it’s part of Etude House (Color Factory) on Garosu-gil, which we’ve passed I’m not sure how many times now in the almost two years I’ve been in Seoul.
The shop itself is much smaller than I imagined, but the stairs take you down to a unique custom Korean beauty experience; if you schedule an appointment, you can make your own lipstick where the shade is matched to your skin tone and you can choose from a selection of cases (and even have yours engraved). I’m planning to bring my friend who is visiting this summer to gift her one as a memento.
We continued along Garosu-gil and happened upon this quirky shop. It’s called Spoonz and it’s the flagship store. I’m still not sure what it’s supposed to be, but we must have arrived on its opening day.
What initially caught my attention was what looked like a Kellogg’s box in the window display, which was a surprise in and of itself. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it said ‘Sellogg’s,’ and then I noticed all the other variations of items you’d find in an American grocery store—Spoonz canned beans and Spoonzells noodle soup, Panta, Spoonzken, and Bitz crackers. It was so strange to see these familiar yet unfamiliar packages and the whole thing made me laugh, so of course I had to stop inside and snap a couple photos.
After a hot day of delicious Italian for lunch, walking, talking, and window-shopping, we cooled off at a cafe/coffee shop with some sweet treats.
On my way home, I finally discovered what had been wafting the heavenly floral scent in our neighborhood in the evenings. These trees had flowered overnight with what I thought was jasmine but turned out to be chionanthus retusus (or the fringetree, a cousin in the oleaceae or olive tree family). Floral scents are my favorite, and particularly jasmine. I stood under them for a few moments just to take in the smell, wishing I could bottle it up.