Traveling for the Holidays

by jennine on November 23, 2009

murakami chair

Starting next week, I’ll be traveling until the first week of January! I’ll be blogging the whole time and working, but we have some exciting news to share!

Seoul Searching

First off, we will be going to Seoul, Korea. Rocky won the Designboom Green Life Award, and we will be going to Korea to attend the award ceremony. The award winning designs are the Murakami Chair, which uses energy generated from the rocking motion to power a reading light using OLED nano-dynamo technology. He also designed a thermodynamic cooler that keeps your food at a reduced temperature using no electricity. Rocky put these together for his Master Thesis, and I’m really happy that he won this, because he really worked hard on these projects.

We’ll be in Korea for about a week, from November 30-December 1st. I don’t know much about fashion and shopping in Seoul, except that it’s on the upswing. So if you’re in Korea, or if you have any special tips, I would LOVE them!

Home is where the heart is, and hearts are left in San Francisco

I haven’t been back to SF since we moved, and I dearly miss it, well, mostly friends, family, food and Painted Bird. We have some business to attend to, but I’ll be sticking around from December 10-21st, so if you’re around, let me know!

Christmas in Sunny Southern California

As many of you know, I am from SoCal, and my family still lives there. I’ll be going to my mom’s house, mostly to eat tortilla chips otter-style with the bowl on my belly (less crumbs!) and watch trashy cable TV on their giant screen. I’d like to do a day trip to San Diego or LA, so if you’re in town over the holidays I’ll be there from December 22nd-29th. Any shopping tips are appreciated!

Holy moly, looking at this, it just looks really crazy.

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1 Nickie Frye November 23, 2009 at 10:04 am

WOW! That chair is brilliant! Congratulations to your man, that is really exciting. :) Enjoy your trip!

Re: San Francisco, have you been to Ramblas? It’s a tapas restaurant in the Mission that we randomly discovered the other night after a concert at the Elbo Room. OMIGOsh, the basil vodka lemonade is incredible & each tapas we ordered was better than the next. The cheese plate was tdf.

Re: LA, I can only say ugh. I’m from the South Bay & I rarely visit. When I do though, I always like to visit Melrose Ave. The stores there have changed a lot. While I loved the punk rock vibe back in the day, it’s pretty chic now. Also, there’s nothing better than roller skating from Torrance Beach to Venice Beach.
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2 jennine November 23, 2009 at 10:19 am

ahh, ramblas! that place is good! i’ve been there many a time. watch out for the aoli…yeow!
roller skating sounds so fun! outside too!


3 Nickie Frye November 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

No way!! I thought it was new. I need to go back there. That lemonade is calling my name big time. Safe travels!
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4 dreamsequins November 23, 2009 at 10:12 am

OH MY FREAKING GOD. My family is from Korea- I spent part of my youth there. I’ll pull up a good list for you as some friends were at Seoul Fashion Week. I also grew up in LA. :) I’ll be in LA for Christmas break, too! I would love to say hi if our schedules overlap.
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5 jennine November 23, 2009 at 10:17 am

oh my goodness, you’ve done everything! i would LOVE a list for seoul. and let’s try to meet in LA. I’m starting to organise things.


6 dreamsequins November 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

ALSO: Congratulations to Rocky on the award. I nearly forgot to add that! You must be so proud of him.
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7 jennine November 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

thank you…


8 missmilki November 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

O wow! I had seen that chair before on some design blog and I loved it - can’t believe its your Rocky that designed it - The internet world is a small place! A huge congratulations to him and I hope youhave a great time in Korea!
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9 jennine November 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

oh my goodness, it is a small world on the internet!


10 ambika November 23, 2009 at 10:47 am

Congrats on what sounds like an amazing upcoming trip!
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11 Alana November 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

Have so much fun- sounds like you have some amazing things ahead of you!
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12 Audrey November 23, 2009 at 11:07 am

Check out Insadong- not the best place for trendy clothing, but definitely a beautiful spot (it’s the traditional area of Seoul), and a great place to pick up some souvenirs. Also look for the Starbucks- it has a lovely exterior. Have a wonderful trip!


13 jennine November 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm

ooh thanks for the tip! it sounds lovely!


14 Alicia November 23, 2009 at 11:52 am

I’ll be crossing my fingers that I can meet up with you on the 22nd!


15 Ashe MIschief November 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

Jennine! These are SUCH exciting trips! I’m so jealous of you, for one, and how much fun you’re going to have. I can’t wait to see pictures from your travels.

And a big fat congratulations to Rocky! That is a brilliant design, and I’m glad to see his hard work paid off.
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16 yulanda November 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Seoul — so envious! I was there earlier this year and the trip was far too short. The food is amazing! And there’s a big café culture there too. Always a great way to unwind for a bit.
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17 jennine November 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm

hoping to do that! really, really looking forward to the food!


18 crystal tomlin November 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Wow, that chair is so cool!
I live in San Diego if you want to meet up for lunch or some shopping :o ) I would love the chance to pick your brain about how you got started/manage to keep up with your blog.
Let me know if you are interested and I will email you my number!


19 hanako66 November 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm

How exciting!!!! Congratulations to Rocky, that’s wonderful!

I’m a socal girl, so let me know if you need anything!!!!
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20 Korka November 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Congrats on the trip and on Rocky, Jeannine!

Please do post more tips on good clothing stores in SF please! I remember you did that before you moved away, but I’m always hungry for more, since I moved to SF from Europe when you did the opposite.

Have fun traveling!
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21 ohladye November 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Ooooh congratulations to Rocky!! I’m in Korea right now (until June). You should take some time to check out Dongdaemun - it’s a huge shopping complex in the middle of Seoul. It’s a little bit crazy, and you should take an entire afternoon to browse. And don’t forget Insadong, as Audrey mentioned before. It’s a little bit touristy (cheesy souvenir shops and the like), but you can also try traditional Korean rice cakes and snacks in the tea shops.

There are a bunch of other places I can’t think of off the top of my head… will get back to you once I remember them.

And don’t forget to try kimchi! :)


22 K-Line November 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Congrats to Rocky! That’s great. As soon as I saw that photo I thought, Rocky designed that. I totally love it! And have a great time on your travels…
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23 Chessa! November 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm

sounds wonderful!! all of that traveling is enviable…love it! have fun:) can’t wait to see what you pick up everywhere.
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24 Crosby November 23, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I will be in SF then! Dec 12-14!!
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25 jennine November 24, 2009 at 8:54 am

Yay! let’s make a point to see each other in either city!


26 Crosby November 23, 2009 at 11:55 pm

oh and of course in SD that week, yay!
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27 Retro Chick November 24, 2009 at 3:41 am

Oh wow! That is brilliant for Rocky, congratulations to him! The chair looks amazing and the cooler just sounds fantastic. I spend a lot of time in hotels and have occasionally been known to take one of those tiny portable fridges with me, that would be a great alternative.

I hope you have a great trip all round. Unfortunately all I know about Korea comes from M*A*S*H so I would recommend Rosies Bar, but it’s possible that doesn’t exist….
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28 jennine November 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

hahahah… i think we both have the same level of knowledge about korea…
how do you smuggle a tiny fridge out? i’m curious!


29 mahret November 24, 2009 at 6:05 am

Great news! Congrats to Rocky! And have fun in Seoul. Looking forward to your postings from there!
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30 jennine November 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

thank you love! i guess lots of great ideas/people come out of frankfurt right?


31 Nomi November 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

Congratulations to Rocky! That is great. Please be sure to announce it on your blog when the cooler & chair go into production. I read up on both of them on the competition website. I would totally buy both products.


32 elena November 24, 2009 at 10:15 am

Have a great time traveling! Congratulations to Rocky, that chair looks amazing! I had no idea you lived in the Bay? You should definitely come back soon!! We need more fashion forward lovelies here!!! ;) Have a great Thanksgiving!
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33 Audi November 24, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I live right in the heart of SF and will be around the whole time you’re in town — I’d love to meet up!!
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34 meligrosa November 26, 2009 at 12:02 am

that is awesome!!! just dont become branggelina!! he heeee JK
ok luv, dec 10-12 ar emarked on my calendar. lets hit it!!

xo.m welcome back home, my fellow golden statenite <3
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35 EmilythePanda November 26, 2009 at 11:43 am

Safe travels!! It will be very beautiful in San Francisco and SoCal this time of year. Can’t wait to hear about your time in Korea too!
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36 Heather December 11, 2009 at 12:21 am

Wow. I’m going to bed now, but just needed to say wow!!!


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