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My parents keep trying to get me to move out of the house. Well, technically, not me but my stuff. I've been out for years now but I left a lot of things behind. Things that I loved and didn't want to part with but things that I also didn't know what to do with, and didn't want cluttering our already tiny house. I figured I was moving out, so there should be room left in my parents house for my stuff. Apparently that's not cool with the parents, they want all the space for their own hoarding. Occasionally my mom will threaten me and tell me if I don't take my stuff she's bringing it to the dump. Which is funny...because she'd have to borrow our truck for the trip to the dump. I think I'm almost all moved out though finally (well, except for the top of that one closet but shhh...) and recently, in one last load of things, my mom gave me this dress.



It's a traditional hanbok that my parents bought me in the last year that we lived in Korea. I might have been a tomboy but I was so proud of this dress. I felt so fancy wearing it. And how cute is the little random heart at the hem of the jacket? I can't wait until we have a bigger house, this dress would look so neat hanging on a wall somewhere. Maybe in a future daughter's bedroom? No, don't get excited, we're talking really future...


This is the only half decent picture I could find of me wearing the Korean hanbok. Obviously, there was a blemish on the film and I'm almost cross-eyed but still a cute picture. The little girl on the left is my American-Dutch friend 'S', who also lived in Korea at the time. She had a beautiful multi-coloured hanbok on. I may have been a touch jealous of her multi-colour goodness back in the day... Jealousy, the green monster on my back, has plagued me for years...
Anyways, I still have vague memories of the day this picture was taken and I remember playing very carefully because I didn't want to ruin my beautiful dress.

16 comments : said...

haha aw!

Sidewalk Chic said...

Love the vintage photo of you and what a beautiful piece.
My mom has been making similar threats -- I still have most of my life's mementos stashed in one of her closets. It's fun to rediscover old clothes and books.

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Elaine said...

I love it!!!! It is SO adorable!! I didn't know you lived in Korea! That's so cool. More stories! More stories!

Linda said...

You could put those Ikea hooks on the wall. I'm telling you these Ikea hooks rock. Is that Albert in the picture with you?
So funny, you look like you.

Secondhand Stella said...

Awwww, so cute :)

C said...

Ack! SO CUTE!!

Raquelita said...

What a sweet memory! You were such a cutie!

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on the post about my wedding!

Christen said...

These pictures totally made me smile :) Isn't it great to reminisce. I have loads of old stuff at my parents' house too :)

Eva said...

I have a thing for traditional dresses without ever having actually worn any. You're so lucky they dressed you up as a child. :)

Orchid Grey said...

what a beautiful dress, and so cool that you had it while living in Korea! I still have the traditional Leiderhosen and Drndl that I wore as a child, I love seeing how tiny they were! such a good idea to hang it in a young ones bedroom, I'll have to remember!

Grace said...

Hello from Korea!
It is my first time visit to your blog and found that you lived in Korea at some point of your life. I am very glad to see you. I also remembered an American girl named Nancy who lived close to my house and we were kind of go-together. It was long long time ago and I do not remember her family name and I doubt she would remember me. I will be back to see you and read the bloggings. From Korea with Love!

Anonymous said...

I was reading through older posts of yours and let out and excited little yelp when I saw this hanbok! My family lived in Seoul from 1988-90 and I have my little yellow and red hanbok in storage - hopefully to be framed and proudly displayed at some point.

I enjoyed our time there, and it sounds like you did too :o)


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