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Friday, April 29, 2011

Japanese day

My son's school had its Japanese day today. It was scheduled for the week of March 15 but the earthquake changed all the plans. The earthquake also put an end to the big food fair that the school organises every year. However, the super moms of the school decided to have a bake sale to raise money for the victims of the earthquake. So far, the school have raised 5 millions yens and the donations keep on coming. Impressive, isn't it.
Anyway, for today's events I decided to wear a Japanese jacket that I love. I purchased it almost 10 years ago at a flea market in Tsukuba but never got the chance to wear it. I was inspired to do so today (since all the kids at school were supposed to wear something Japanese). Upon arrival at school, I realise that I was not the only foreign mom who thought about wearing Japanese clothes. And I did get some praise from my Japanese friends.

Here are the pics:

Pink scarf- Langkawi night market
Japanese silk coat (or Haori) with flowers detail on the back and on the sleeves - Ibaraki flea market
Hanes t-shirt - Homes
Maternity pants -Ross
Faux crocodile skin room shoes - H&M
Beaded necklace - Shasa
Flower earrings - gift from my aunt
Hope for Japan wristband - St Maur school

The back of the Haori

Close up on my face (and destroyed make up)

The shoes: made for home but used for the outside world

These wristbands coast 300Y that will go directly to the earthquake relief fund.
They have for messages:"Hope for Japan" and "Let us support Japan" (written in Japanese)

Love these earrings. Too bad they are starting to get ruined.

 I spent way too much money at the bake sale (providing some cakes baked at home and buying 10 samosa that my Indian friends made) but I do not regret it because it is for a good cause. I guess I was compensating for my guilt at not being able to do much more for this country that I love.
And you? Have you donated (time or money) to help our Japanese friends?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cooking class

Today I finally had my cooking class. It was meant to happen a month ago but due to the earthquake, it was rescheduled for today. My son's school has a great support group for the mothers. Mothers with skills offer their services for free. Therefore, almost every month of the school year, there are cooking classes among other courses. Today was my turn. I had 7 students and I hope they had as much fun as I had today. Cooking is not my forte therefore I am still skeptical that they really enjoyed it. I am telling myself that since they took all the left overs home, there is a slight chance that they found the food tasty.
Anyway, here is what I wore today. Not really appropriate for cooking but I wanted to stay away from my mommy outfit (jeans and flowy top)

Hounds tooth scarf- 99c store
Sequined tank top- Honeys
Silk dress- Gap
Yellow cardigan- Old navy
Trench coat- H&M
Grey leggings- Ross
Fake snakeskin flats- H&M

                                                  Me in the kitchen just before the class started

Love the yellow and navi combo

It was a bit chilly today so the trench came in handy

The accessories: filigree earrings bought in Sandaga market and blade shaped pendant gifted from my mother

                                                               Golden bangle from H&M

These are supposed to be room shoes but their are so cute I could not resist wearing them outside.

And here are some pics of the food

The tomato stew with meatballs

Served with white rice

Pineapple salad

My son was also in the class....I am wearing an apron made from a leftover cloth

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Snap Woman (or how I realised I did not know much about fashion)

I discovered an interesting magazine today. I was shopping in a convenient store, ready to pay the bill when my eyes wandered and dropped right in front of this magazine. I browsed through it and knew I had to have it.

I rushed home and checked it out while giving the kids their snacks. And I did not regret the 880Y I invested in it. This magazine is a mind blower. Think The Sartorialist on glossy pages, and organized trough categories: tops, bottoms, accessories...

The magazine offers pictures of women (age range: 30 to 50) on the streets. It does not tell a story behind every outfit (for example: who is the designer and how much it cost), nor does it tell us where the pictures were taken. All it does is show pictures, and make small comments. Moreover, it offers similar items  that the ones on the pictures that can be purchased in Japan.

Going through each page, I was just blown away. I told myself that if that was how women dressed everyday around the world (or at least in the US. I had the feeling it was the US or Europe), I could just stop blogging about fashion, because obviously I do not know squad. Here I am having two blogs about fashion, writing my ass off, shopping my ass off, styling my ass off, and these ladies just go about their day being drop dead gorgeous effortlessly. Oh! I just hate myself....

Anyway, I decided that since I do not know what the hell I was talking about fashion, I will just do like the Japanese ladies did back in the days: buy a magazine and copy the style down the tee. And I realized that I did not even need to shop, because I have at least one version of all the items in the magazine somewhere in my closet. So be prepare to read many daily look based on The Snap Woman.

                                               This was the 1st edition that I do not have

                                                                  Inside the magazine

Here is my version:

2nd edition

                                                           Inside the magazine (seriously, who wears that?)

                                                                    Other pages

                                                                   Real women dress like that?

Monday, April 11, 2011

A day in the park

Today was another beautiful day of Spring. It started out cloudy but by noon, the sun came out.
I had to go to Machida to have lunch with some colleagues of my husband. Here is what I decided to wear:


I am laughing in the train. (I do not ride the train as much as I should and I have to admit that I miss it)
- Beige scarf (Joa)
- Faux leather jacket (Shimamura)
- Flower print shirt (Pratunam market)
- Black tee (Hanes)
- Skinny Jeans (Ross)
- Jeweled flats (Shimamura)
- Longchamps bag (Chatujak market)


                                              Back in the house (do not mind the background)

I am in love with this shirt. It was one of the thing I discovered in Pratunam market. I wanted a different color but it was one of the last item she had in the store. Actually the print I wanted was in another design shirt. And I absolutely wanted a buttoned down shirt. Therefore I took this print instead. It felt great wearing something so pretty and colorful on such a blessed day.


                            For some reasons, I find the shirt more beautiful in reality than in these pictures

                          The accessories: flower ring from Hawaii and beads bracelet from Turkey,

                                  and Longchamps Bag (Yep! It is a fake, but a well made fake, lol)

                                                    A fabulous girls hailing a cab (can you see it?)

                                                                   Jeweled flats
After lunch, we headed back home because my husband wanted to go to the park next to our house to take pictures of the cherry blossoms. 5mns walk to our flat, is one of the most beautiful park in Yokohoma. Shirin koen is so big and beautiful, you can see people almost everyday walking their dog, jogging, playing outdoor sports, or just enjoying the greenery. I had been there many times but not enough for my taste. The last time I was there was two days after the recent earthquake. I had to get out of the house so I bought some lunch and took the kids there. It was such a blessed distraction.

Anyway, my hubby fell asleep as soon as we arrived home so I decided to let him rest and take the kids myself to the park. I did not want to spoil my shirt so I changed into this:

Cap (Ross)
Green Poncho (Shimamura)
Grey sweater (Target)
Grey tee (Hanes)
Skinny Jeans (Ross)
Tote bag (100 yen store-Saty)
Ugg inspired boots (G.U.)

I look fat in these pictures but it is mainly because I am fat. In truth, I am not sure the proportions are right. In other words, everything is too loose and baggy. There is nothing fabulous about my outfit. Yet I like it because it personifies me. I am a mother and I am going to the park to have fun with my kids (which include getting dirty). I do not need to be dolled up. I saw many ladies at the park wearing super high heels and form hugging dresses.  I kept asking myself why on earth would they do that at the park. Then it hit me: it is Hanami* season. The park was full with young people having parties underneath the cherry blossom. And since it was a party, many ladies just dress up.

                      The best 1000 yen I ever spent: the boots. They kept me warm all Winter long.

  I love this bag that I bought for a dollar. It is big enough to hold my purse, mobile phone and camera

Anyway, I think I did alright because I overheard some Japanese ladies saying "Kawaii" (cute) about me (or at least I thought it was me (they could have been talking about my kids).

* Hanami is a Japanese tradition of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms. It happens at the beginning of spring and lasts two weeks. Japanese from all backgrounds or ages would gather under cherry trees and enjoy the flowers while eating, drinking and taking pictures.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rihanna's style!!!

Stripped Kimono, ethnic print, huge bangles and loop earrings, what's not to love


It is Spring! The weather has been wonderful lately, sun shining and all (although a bit chilly some days). I started to walk around the city, happy to be back and enjoying the cherry blossom tree.

Today's outfit is just simple.

Scarf (gift, had it for 11 years)
Faux Leather jacket (Shimamura)
Striped Cardigan (Old navy)
Black tee (Hanes)
Grey tank dress (Epice du Mode)
Grey leggings (Dots)
United Kingdom flag flats (Pratunam Market, Thailand)
Leathers accessories (gift from Mongolia)

I bought this set of dress and lace cropped top a while ago during my walk in Motomachi.

                                                       Tote Bag (Omake from Baila magazine)

                                                           Lace cropped top (Epice du Mode)

I love this simple (pyjama like) dresses, but I never dare to buy any because I thought they would not fit. Well, I tried this one and it fit. What I do like about it, is that it is an easy piece to wear, to dress up and down and to deconstruct (since it is two piece set). However, I am very conscious of how the dress hugs my shape. It is not tight but it just hugs all my curves. Anyhow! I am planning to loose some weight. So I hope it will fit me better by Summer.

These shoes were just a 100Y at the Pratunam Market

                         Real leather accessories (a friend who went to Mongolia brought it back as souvenir)

Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

African Festival Yokohama 2011- Our shop

I did something very interesting over the week end. I had a booth selling various goods from Africa at the African Festival Yokohama 2011. The festival is organized every year by Afrikakiko (a shop that sells goods from Africa in Japan), various African embassies and the Japanese ministry of foreign affairs.

My husband and I rented a small booth for three days and we tried to sell arts that we had bought at home over the years but also clothes and accessories.

The festival lasted 3 days. During all this time, we met several people, mainly Japanese people who love Africa or are just curious about the continent. Many Japanese people who lived in Senegal for work,  studies or play came to talk to us (sometimes in Wolof, our mother's tongue). We also had the chance to chat with other foreigners who had booths just like us. In short, we did a little networking.

During the festival, I had the chance to check some other booths. Some were selling the same kind of stuff we had, some other were completely different. I wanted to do some shopping as well, but lately I decided to save a bit and shop less. I did manage to score some babouche and bangles from the Moroccan booth. I also watch some interesting performances such as Tanzanian dance (done by Japanese ladies) and a fashion show by a Senegalese designer based in Japan. Unfortunately, it was forbidden to take pictures of the performances. 

The entire experience was interesting. I got so many ideas concerning what goods to sell in the future from other booths that my head is spinning. I learned that selling things is not very easy. It also confirmed 2 things about myself that I knew before: I do not have the patience to sell and I am not really a people's person. I like to have ideas and design (even though I am not making it a job). If I had a real shop, you will likely find me in the back making sure that everything is working properly, then being the face of the shop, greeting and talking to people (my hubby is better at it).
Nevertheless, to have a booming business I need not only to get the patience to sell, but put myself out there by networking more. And I intend to do just that, starting from now....

Pictures of our booth:

                                                                      Sand Paintings

                                                                      Accessory Wall

                                                                  Clothes and Sculptures

                                                             Clothes, table cloth, bags...
Ps: you can check our online blog/shop at http://www.duduandmimisarts.blospot.com/
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