H&M Moon and Stars Black Satin Dress
I absolutely ADORE this black satin dress, with its beautiful moon and stars print, but in the end it still couldn't save this outfit for me unfortunately.
Will explain why later, but just so you guys know: not every outfit I ever shot was a complete success, and this is definitely one of them.
(And more often than not, those failed ones do NOT make it into this blog!)

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There is an unusual little shopping place in Seoul called Common Ground that is made up of bright blue shipping containers. Sounds cool? It is. Designed with a large courtyard that includes a kitschy food truck in the middle, fairy lights strewn all around, and "COMMON GROUND" written in big letters on the containers, it is intended to be a 100% Instagrammable. (And it is.)

Common Ground in Seoul
Common Ground in Seoul
    Food Court Common Ground in Seoul
    I was determined to do a full-blown photoshoot with the containers as my background in this second trip to Seoul since I couldn't make it happen on my first trip there in May. Shah and I got to Common Ground right before the sun went down but the moment I had a look at the first few shots Shah took, I knew the whole outfit was a fail for me.

    Initially the black satin dress dress was to be paired with a pair of navy wide-legged pants but thinking the pants looked too severe, I ditched them right before leaving my hotel room and went with this patched/ripped jeans instead.

    My mistake? Thinking any jeans could save an outfit. Even though these jeans looked fine with my oversized Cinderella top, they looked too "clunky" with this delicate dress. I've talked about a disadvantage of traveling (dressing-up-wise), and ahhh if only I had access to my whole jeans collection!

    H&M Moon and Stars Black Satin Dress
    Common Ground in Seoul
      I would have preferred a less busy, much slimmer pair of jeans, maybe with a cool raw hem (a pair of jeans that actually does not exist in my closet, though!) or perhaps my plain flared jeans to complement the dress' old-school vibes.

      The footwear would have to change to match the different jeans, too; I like how the colours in my colourful Converse sneakers match the dress beautifully but with the particular jeans here, they just don't look right to me.

      H&M Moon and Stars Black Satin Dress
      My hijab here was part of the fail, too. There are different hijab styles that suit certain outfits better in my opinion, and what I had on here just isn't the right one! I struggled with tying the red scarf into a "right" style before stepping out of the door and pretty much just "settled". It was only obvious to me how messy it was in the first few shots Shah had taken.

       FYI, you won't be seeing a clear shot of the right side of my face in this whole entire post!
      (Also: isn't it obvious how not fully comfortable I felt in this outfit?)

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      We ran out of light pretty fast but I think I salvaged the whole situation by getting some pretty shots of Common Ground, which was decorated more than normal for an event they hosted. (Ironically posing around in my Converse in a Vans event setting!) I considered not posting any pic of my outfits but since I don't appear entirely horrendous, well, why not?

      Common Ground in Seoul
      Common Ground in Seoul Food Truck
      Common Ground in Seoul
      Common Ground Seoul Moonman
      Common Ground in Seoul
      Common Ground shipping containers in Seoul
      I hope you guys enjoy this post anyway, thanks for reading! xo


      Wearing: H&M printed black satin dress  |  Mitsumaru Emsexcite jeans  |  Converse sneakers  |  Earrings from a stall near Ewha Woman University