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Friday, July 23, 2010

Daily look: Yokohama Mama

I decided to do a daily look post today. There is nothing special about today. I just went out to buy Yakisoba (fried noodles) for lunch at the Lawson 100 store around the corner. Yet, the reason why I decided to do a daily look post is that I bought new shoes. In an earlier post, I talked about Barbie shoes. I stated that I would never get the plastic high heels. Instead, I would get a flat and comfortable one at a reasonable price. I was not really looking for one but I was lucky enough to find it.
 Yesterday, I went shopping at a different supermarket a little far from my flat. I was surprised to discover that on the second floor of the supermarket, they had a fashion section. I went inside and saw that the prices were really cheap. I did not intend to buy anything until I saw some red peep toe rubber flats. I tried them on and they fit perfectly. I was about to purchase them when I saw the same pair but in beige. I already have patent red peep toe shoes so I went for the beige shoes. And get this: they were only 490 Yen ($6)

Beige peep toe rubber shoes

So I call today's outfit: Yokohama Mama. It was inspired by all the young Japanese mothers I see out there. Some of them are really into young fashion wearing short shorts and tee shirts but some other are on the modest side. I imitated the later with my own twist:

- Green scarf - 100 Yen store
- White tee shirt - Ross
- Black tank top - Factory 2 you
- Tie dye skirt - bought in Japan years ago
- Leggings - Dots
- Rubber shoes -  Paseo Maita store

The outfit is loose and need some definition with maybe a belt and accessories. However it is so freaking hot outside, I do not want to add anything to it. It has been around 36 degrees around town in the last couple days. Sometimes, it is so hot I wish I could walk around naked or at least wear shorts. But....

(it is so hard trying to take a pic with the timer)

So what do you think?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Barbie shoes

Barbie Pink Shoes

Since I have been back in Japan, I have been so busy that I didn't have time to window shop (plus I am temporarily living in a not so hip part of town). However my daily trips to the supermarket and family restaurants made me notice something interesting/ strange I would like to call Barbie shoes.
I think every girl my age or younger living in rich or somehow developing countries knows what a Barbie doll is.I used to dream of owning one after I saw my cousins who came back from the US having a box full of them plus accessories/ I finally owned several of them including one of my favorite: a black Barbie. Anyway, remember the Barbie rubber shoes? They used to be in rubber and in pink color? Well, I saw the exact same thing one some Japanese woman's feet just a few days ago.
Now Barbie shoes are different from your usual rubber shoes or jelly sandals. They have heels and the pair I saw was bright pink. I wanted to learn more about the shoes. Therefore, I went online. On one of Japan's biggest online site (Rakuten), I discovered that they were several brands that offer the Barbie shoes but the one that caught my attention was one called Melissa.  It is a fashion house located in Brazil that designs plastic shoes. However, Melissa sees plastic as something that can be morphed into art. I am not sure I agree but their shoes are very pretty. They even design for Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon (about $300 @ Rakuten)

I do not mind wearing rubber shoes such crocs (now that they are prettier) or jelly sandals but I draw the line at Barbie shoes for the following reasons:
1- Although back in the days, I dreamt of being a Barbie (and finding my Ken) . I know now that it is physically impossible. Therefore, I do not need to borrow her wardrobe.
2- How comfortable rubber shoes with heels can be? I have not tried them, but with this heat, I can feel blisters forming themselves on my feet.
3- I am not crazy or fashion forward enough to go for Barbie shoes, as cute as the can be.
4- Last but not least: they are effing expensive ( excuse my French!) A pair can cost between 5000 Yen to 10.000 yen and more (between $56 and $114)

If I were to get rubber shoes, these I would consider:

Aco Design Rubber Shoes with flowers

Rubber shoes with Camelia flower

These shoes will only set me back for $12.

For more info about:

Melissa shoes

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tadaima (I am back)

photo stolen from http://tokyo.metblogs.com/?s=ferris+whee+1+

It has been too long. I spent 4 years away from this marvelous place where I met the greatest people, had the most fun in my adult life: Japan.

Now, I am back; and not exactly where I used to live but in a better place: Yokohama.

Yokohama is such a beautiful place with the sea near by, many parks, shopping malls. There are also many foreigners so the lifestyle is not necessarily Japanese. I used to go to Yokohama to visit my best friend who lived and worked there. On weekends, I would also go for a stroll with the hubby.

I have been back fairly 3 days and I am already in a mood for shopping. I went to one of my favorite place: World Porters to happily realized that things have not changed much. However, a walk around the neighborhood helped me see that they were new additions. I was happy to discover that international shops I so wanted to check but could not in the US were now present in Yokohama. I am thinking about H&M, Kitson and Topshop. As a matter of fact, I already check them all out. H&M was having a crazy sale with items ranging from 300 Yen ($4) to 3000 Yen ($40). I could not resist and bought myself this beautiful and very comfy coral pair of flats (for $22).

H&M Coral ballerina

So far, I have been happy to be back. Walking around the streets of Yokohama is such a delight. I get to see the crazy fashion sense of Japanese girls. It is so inspiring how they dress. And to think that I used to hate it. Now I see it as a form of art. I so want to shop some more for interesting items that I see on the streets. But I was planning to enter a 365 days without shopping contest. The plan was to stay an entire year without shopping in order for me to save money and learn more about myself. However, after a week back in Japan, I have the feeling that it will be hard for me to stick to the challenge. I may have to shop a little bit before I start it just to get the shopping itch out of my system.

1- World Porters: http://www.yim.co.jp/foreign/e_index.html

2- H&M Japan: http://www.hm.com/jp/

Store in Yokohama: Landmark Plaza 1F next to Sakuragicho station

3- Kitson Japan: http://shopkitson.jp/

Store in Yokohama: Colette Mare department store 1F next to Sakuragicho station

4- Topshop Japan

Store in Yokohama: Colette Mare department store 1F next to Sakuragicho station
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