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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer, the kids and the pool

It Summer. My oldest son is out of school since the beginning of the month. As Summer activities, we have been going to the pool for swimming classes two to three times a week. This all took a tall on me (but also walking around Sea Paradise Hakeijima all day yesterday), and I decided to stay at home and blog about the last two outfits I wore to go to the pool.

1st outfit:
Blue scarf - Daiso
Black tank top - old
Cropped lace top - Epice du Mode
Printed maxi skirt - stolen
Leggings - Dots
Gladiators - Bonita

Skirt worn as dress

Very fluid

                                                                     Elephant print

                                                                  Gladiator sandals

I am in love with the skirt. I told a friend of mine that I often send some old clothes at home to give to orphans or family members. She offered to give me two bags of old clothes she wanted to throw away. As I was checking the clothes before packing them, I found this gem of a skirt. I saw a similar skirt in a Bangkok market back in March but for some reasons, I could not purchase it. That is why I grabbed this skirt for myself. But I have a problem. Should I tell my friend that I decided to keep the skirt for myself or not?On one hand I do not want her to think that I grabbed all her clothes without sending them to the intended receivers. One the other, I think that it does not matter because she was about the throw the skirt away anyway. What should I do?
Another problem I have with the skirt is that as a maxi skirt, it is not too long. It arrives mid calf (I hate all things maxi that do not drop to the floor). Here I tried wearing it as a dress but the elastic waist is too wide for my upper half and it kept on sliding while I was walking (thank GOD I had on a tank top). I am not sure I really want to keep the skirt. I may have to re-think the styling.  

2nd outfit:
Scarf - Langkawi night market
Top - Forever 21
Pants - H&M
Bag - Pratunam Market Thailand
Bangle - Joa
Shoes - Bonita

H&M red orange jeans- my first colored jeans

Love this Forever 21 studded top but do not wear it too often coz it is way too big

                                                          Love, love, my new Summer shoes

I am in love with these shoes. I bought them on impulse. I was looking for wedges in Bonita store and found some true gems. But they were all a lit bit small. As I was leaving the store, my eyes stopped on these shoes and I tried them on. I decided to purchase them a size smaller because I wanted to fit perfectly. I realised after wearing them 3 times now that they are very comfy shoes. They do not heart my feet and they are very cute. They are going to be my to go shoes this Summer. And they cost only....(drum roll please) 1380Y. Cute and cheap! What it not to love?

Yesterday I went to Sea Paradise Hakeijima for the first time. I had a blast with the kids. And the hubby and I decided to make it one of our regular Summer spots. Walking around Sea Paradise, I realise why I love Japan so much: Japanese ladies are fierce when it comes to Fashion. They are not scared to try things out. I saw so many outfits that blew my mind. I even brought my camera because I envision that I could snap some pics of the ladies and make an outfit post (I was quite happy of what I wore yesterday). But as I took the camera out to take pics, I realised that I left my memory card in my laptop. I wanted to scream.....Anyway, snap pictures will have to wait for another time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My new favorite place to shop in Japan: 390 Mart (Thank you Mart)

Sometimes, my husband asked me if I miss living in Houston. I often respond that the only things I miss are watching the View every morning, the spinach quesadilla at Chacho's, the buffet at Dimassi's, being able to shop early in the morning, Walmart, Target, Ross and Goodwill. I really do miss Goodwill. I found some great pieces there that I jealously keep.
 I have not been able to thrift in Japan. Thrift shops are really pricey here. They want to give more of a vintage vibe than second hand clothes. I love going to Fam's market in my neighborhood because it is relatively affordable. However, the sizes are way too small for my beig gaijin frame.
 Therefore imagine how I felt when I entered 390 Mart and discovered racks full of clothes in American size.
 I knew about 390 Mart for a long time. The first time I entered one, I did enjoy the shop but was not interested in old clothes. I was not into thrifting then. Back in those days I could not imagine putting money into used clothes when I could get new ones for the same price (or even less). So I shopped for gadgets there and went my way.
Now that I see thrifting in a new light, I found myself being in a small heaven when I entered the 390 Mart in Yokohama station. I immediately dived into the rack of skirts. They had skirts in all colors, prints and shapes. I checked some of their labels and realized that they were from Old Navy, American apparel...all American brands. And unlike any other stores in Japan,  I did not have any troubles finding my size.  I stayed for more than one hour inside the funky store, checking, touching, undecided, and finally settled for these pieces:

- pink studded belt
- body spray

- black maxi skirt

- neon top

- silk men's vest

- 2 American magazines (Glamour and Elle, January 2011)

As the name indicates, everything in 390 Mart ( called San kyu ma-to) cost 390 Yen (409Y with taxes). I spent 2863Y. Before going inside the store I wanted to spend 1000Y but I guessed I was taken aback by all the good stuff I found. They did have more stuff that interested me but I had to limit myself because I did shop a lot this month. I suppose they will see me often at 390 Mart. It officially became my favorite place to shop in Japan.

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