Happy Monday Y’all! Johnny and I are having an absolute blast in Gangneung while we are here for the 2018 Winter Olympics! It’s absolutely surreal to think we’ve been here for a few days and have witnessed history! Our first event was the Men’s Figure Skating and if you follow me on Instagram you know it’s been a crazy roller coaster! On Sunday (in Korea, Saturday for those in the United States), Johnny and I didn’t have any events. Gangneung is third largest coastal community in South Korea and the beaches did not disappoint. Early in the morning, we went to Anmok Beach. Coffee culture in South Korea is very strong, so it’s not surprising the street parallel to the beach is called Coffee Street. Almost every retail space sells coffee and there is even a coffee festival!
These beautiful rooftop views were taken at Cafe Bossa Nova, which is an impressive four stories. There is a terrace on the third floor with whimsical sheer curtains where you can sip your coffee, enjoy a pastry and take in the stunning views of Anmok Beach. Despite temperatures being around freezing, Johnny ordered a cold brew. However, I went for a latte and enjoyed it! Many others were bracing the winter wind to enjoy the views as well. If the cold isn’t your thing, there are floor to ceiling windows on the second and third floor of the cafe where you can stay warm.
I’m borrowing Johnny’s Nike Team USA jacket because it’s just too cool. It’s lightweight but provides warmth and blocks the wind. Made with a smooth and soft fleece it looks sleek and modern. The sans serif USA on the back is probably my favorite detail along with the American flag patch on the sleeve. I have been getting lots of questions about how I’m able to stay warm while not looking like a marshmallow. Base layers are key here. I start with a cashmere tank or a lightweight wool sweater. Over top, I’m layering this burgundy pullover, which is designed to keep you warm. Also, I always wear at least two layers for bottoms. These hyperwarm leggings over a pair of cashmere long johns really do the trick.