Thursday, August 13, 2015

What I did today: Mecenatpolis Mall (메세나폴리스 몰)

I haven't updated about my travels in a while because I took a week long trip around the country! If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen a few of my photos. I went to Daejeon, Daegu, Busan, Geoje, and Jinju, but came home a couple days early because I was too tired to continue. 

I took a lot of photos with my phone but not my camera, because I was too busy enjoying the sights in front of me :) I personally prefer to experience traveling by looking through my own eyes instead of a lens, which is why I haven't been documenting everything I do. Taking photos with my phone is a lot easier for me though, so soon I'll upload some shorter posts about what I did while traveling.

Yesterday, I returned to Seoul. I think I had two levels of home-sickness while traveling. One for my goshiwon in Seoul and another level for my hometown in Texas. I enjoyed seeing more of the country, but being back in Seoul feels so good!

Today, I treated myself to a small shopping trip and brunch!
I dressed up in something cute and even got to wear a sweater I recently bought, since the recent rain has made the weather a little cooler. Sorry for the bad quality in the above photo, the lighting in the hallway was quite dark!

About ten minutes away from my goshiwon is a famous shopping center called 메세나폴리스몰 (Mecenatpolis Mall). I go here often to get a few groceries from the Homeplus (kind of like a Super Walmart but much nicer), but have never looked around. 

On the third floor, I found a brunch place! I had planned to just eat something at a chain cafe like Angel in Us or Paris Baguette, but I'd been craving a good brunch for a while so this looked perfect. 

The menu included a selection of imported teas. I happen to LOVE tea, but wasn't really in the mood to drink it at the moment. I'll have to come back and try them out! 

Most menu items seemed a little expensive (typical for Western-style restaurants, though), as in most food items were over ₩10,000. I didn't look too much at the other sections (sandwiches, french toast, and pastries I think), but the omelets ranged from ₩12,000 - ₩15,000.

I ended up getting "The Eye Opener" which was ₩12,000 ($10 USD) and included a large sausage, two strips of bacon, a fried egg, three pieces of whole grain toast, side of butter and jam, a small salad (with a yummy dressing), and an Americano. For a Western-style brunch in Seoul, I think the price was pretty good actually!

After enjoying my brunch, I went to Innisfree. Since I'm nearing my last weeks of being in Seoul, I want to stock up on some products before returning. Here, I needed to get an extra No-Sebum Mineral Powder, Mineral Moisture Foundation, and Jeju Volcanic Nose Packs (pore strips). The other items I wanted to try out were nail polish, Eco Finger Mask with Rose & Rosehip, and the Chrysanthemum Lady Cleanser. 

Let me know if you would like to see a review on any of these items in comments :)

Since the total came to just above ₩50,000, the ladies were more generous with the samples. I was given two sheet masks (cucumber and aloe), a set of Green Tea Seed Cream and Eye Cream samples, a mini sized Eco Safety Perfect Waterproof Sunblock, and two small samples of their Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil. Wow! She also might have just felt bad for me since I couldn't sign up for the points membership without a Korean phone number..

Afterwards, I went to Homeplus to get a few things. I'd also wanted a small dustpan and brush set but they only had larger ones. I'll try again at Daiso later. I did buy some plum syrup to make 매실차 (maeshilcha), plum tea. I was recently told that it's good for digestion and have been drinking a lot of it. 

The other jar is strawberry jam! I miss a classic American PB&J (I already have the peanut butter) and it's something easy I can make for breakfast or lunch. 

On the way home, I stopped at Paris Baguette to get some bread and my favorite cafe drink in Korea, grapefruit-ade! By the way, this is what most bread looks like in Korea. It's much taller than the typical American loaf but comes with about half the number of slices. Most families don't keep bread around the house, so they're usually bought at cafe-bakeries like Paris Baguette or Tous les Jours, though Homeplus does carry some in their bakery. 

I know this post wasn't in my typical style, but I thought you might enjoy seeing what an average day for me looks like. I don't necessarily go shopping every day, but when I go out this is what it looks like :) 

Please look forward to some posts about my trip around Korea and more skincare/makeup reviews! Also, don't forget to join my giveaway for a Skinfood travel set by clicking on the photo below :)

Mecenatpolis Mall (메세나폴리스 몰)   
45 Yanghwa-ro, Mapgo-gu, Seoul 
서울특별시 마포구 양화로 45 (서교동)

Hapjeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 6), Exit 9, 10
(The exit will take you right into the mall)


  1. The Mecenatpolis Mall has those umbrellas on the roof/in the sky. It looks so nice! I'd like swatches of those Innisfree nail polishes because right now, I'm obsessed with doing my nails.

    Love, Anne ♥
    ✿ ✿

  2. I really enjoyed this post. You should keep them up, even it's another style <3
    Your outfit is so cute, everyone is wearing those white plereau sandals, even my cousin at her wedding, they so stylish.
    I would like to see a review of the pore stipes, I have yet to find ones that really work. The ones you get here in Germany are aweful and don't get out anything.

  3. Your posts in Korea are making me so jealous! I love how much you love being there and all the exploring you're doing! I know you're homesick too (I would be too). Your reviews are super helpful too! I've always wanted to use Skinfood but it's a little pricey over here. But now I'm definitely going to snatch up some products next time I see them. Have a great trip my dear! <3

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