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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Heavy Rotation Challenge: Week 3

Day 15: Sept 12
Beige scarf + White shirt + Wide legs jeans + Pink and teal sandals + Sequin bag

That day was freaking hot. I would have loved to wear shorts with this shirt. The later was great under the heat. Fall is suppose to start in a few weeks but I am sure the temperatures will keep on rising until October at least.

Day 16: Sept 13
White scarf + Black vest + Colorblocked dress + Beaded sandals + Sequin bag

Another hot day called for another breezy outfit. This dress is just great. As I was walking, I realised that if ever I work someday, I would like to wear dresses as comfy as this one. I am not sure I will be allowed maxi dresses but even shorter dresses in this material are welcome. They are just easy to put on: no buttons, no belt, no ironing. Cuts the dressing up time in half in the morning .

Day 17: Sept 14
Flower scarf +White and orange tee + Skinny jeans + Aztec sandals

I love this shirt I got at Zara. I want another one like this one in a different color but I think I have enough stripes for now.

Day 18: Sept 15
I did not take a picture but I wore:
Meshed scarf + Crocheted top + Maxi skirt + Beaded sandals

Day 19: Sept 16
Black cap + Animal printed tee + wide legs jeans + Aztec sandals

I did not take a picture either

Day 20: Sept 17
Silky scarf + Oversized tee + Skinny jeans + Black flats (added item) + Tan clutch

I did not take a picture but I had a great day. We went to an outlet mall I had not been in years: Grandberry mall in Minami Machida. Having a guest at home, we wanted to take her to nice places where she could shop. I showed her around but she ended up teaching me some important stuff about shopping and myself (I may discuss about those later). Reason why I did not have time to snatch pics.

Day 21: Sept 19
Beige scarf + Studded top + Animal printed pants (added item) + Black flats + Basket bag

My guest convinced me to wear these pants I bought over the Summer but never wore. I was surprised to find that they were not very hard to style after all. Moreover, since I lost some lbs, they fit the way I like, not too tight and not to wide. I think that I will wear them more often after the challenge is over.

Day 22: Sept 20
Beige scarf + Grey draped cardigan (added item) + Studded top + Skinny jeans + Black flats + Basket bag

It was chilly today. Typhoon 15 approaching and all, it was raining. That did not stop us from checking H&M at Minato Mirai. For some reason we ended up in Motomachi once again for their Charming sale. We checked Zara that had great tees on sale but I am on shopping ban so I did not get anything. I did drool over a royal blue pencil skirt with a slit at the front. But I could not see how the skirt fitted my lifestyle so I had to let it go as well. See, I am evolving when it comes to shopping!

I wore one of my fave cardigan and was warm all day. But I was so exhausted after all the walking over the week end that once I sat, I just drifted into darkness for hours. I am getting too old for this (lol). And yes, no pics either....

Week 3 was hard. I was very busy with my guest and did not have time to snatch pictures. And I wore the same outfits I did in Week 1. Truth be told I am getting very bored with this, reason why I added two to three new items. And to think that there are still some items that I have not worn. I am ridiculous!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Heavy Rotation challenge : Week 2

So this is week two of my challenge. I am keeping it up although I have already failed last Saturday by wearing something that was not included in the challenge. I am so bad at this but ppersistence is the key. So here is Week 2 in pictures

Day 9: Sept 5
Black cap + Oversize tee + Red orange jeans + Aztec sandals + Tan clutch

I was so exhausted on Monday. I woke up thinking that it would rain so I wore this. It was Sunshine all and all of sudden it started pouring when I came back from my son's school and I did not have an umbrella on hand. I had to hide in empty covered parking lot with a friend of mine. But thankfully the rain did not last. This Typhoon number 12 is really killing me here.
I did not have time to take a pic, but my outfit looked like this minus the scarf and the bag.

Day 10: Sept 6
Beige scarf + Studded top + Red orange pants + Gladiator sandals + Basket bag

I had lunch with an old classmate today. We went to eat Sweets in Vivre Yokohama and window shop before I rushed back home. I wanted to keep my outfit casual but fun. Absolutely love the top and the jeans. I have to get the same pair but in another color like blue or green. They are so comfy.

Day 11: Sept 7
White scarf +White top + Stripped dress + Aztec sandals + Sequin bag

It was such a nice day today but a minute outside and I was sweating. Thank GOD my outfit was light and super comfy. It almost look and feel like a pyjama reason why I wanted to belt it. However, since I was holding my baby with my Ergo bag, there was no space for a belt. Next time!

Day 12: Sept 8
Beige scarf + Crocheted top + African print skirt + leggings + gladiator sandals + Sequin bag

This outfit look fab in my mind but I started to hate it as soon as I wore it. The crocheted top does not go well with the skirt. And paired with the leggings and the shoes, I feel like a clown (do not ask me why). A total miss..I am seriously thinking that this crocheted top cannot be styled. Moreover, all my accessories get tangled in it.

Day 13: Sept 9
Straw hat + Studded top + Striped dress + beaded sandals + Sequin bag

I like this outfit but as I was walking I realised that I was this close to commit a wardrobe malfunction. The striped dress is very open at the arms but since I had another top on, I did not think that I needed to wear it with a tank top underneath it. However, the sleeves of the top being Bat sleeves, they also give a pretty view of my sides. Therefore, I am sure that I flashed some people on the streets (mind you, I was wearing a bra). This two items shall never be paired again....(unless with a tee or tank top underneath it!!!)

Day 14: Sept 10

I went to run errands today so I had to be comfy. I always wanted to pair these two items but I was worried that it would be too flashy (the top having some red stripes and the bottom being bright red orange). But it works. This will be a redo until the end of my Summer.

This challenge is a bit tiring because I get bored easily. However, it does make my life easier. I will talk about all the things I learned during the challenge at the end of Week 4.

See you for Week 3.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This is what you get for cheating

I got blisters on my feet because I cheated on my clothes.
Here is what I wore:
White scarf - Gifted
Flower headband - H&M
Cropped eyelet jacket - Just In
Tube maxi dress - Ross
Basket bag - Thrifted Fam's market
Shoes - Ross

For almost 10 days now, I started a challenge called Kimawashi. I am supposed to wear only a bunch of my clothes (around 32 items) and only that for an entire month. But one week after I started the challenge, I got bored with the clothes I picked up and went for this dress instead. Well, I had a good reason. Of of my juniors from high school and university, came to Japan for work and wanted to have lunch with me.  We were 3 girls coming from the same school in Senegal who ended up studying in the same university in Japan. What are the odds of that happening? Apparently pretty high, since I hear there is another new comer from the same high school, although she did not go to my uni. Did I open the doors to studying in Japan for my juniors back home? I would like to think so.
But I digress. I mean, my junior is the sweetest girl ever. I really like her a lot. But for this lunch, I wanted to impress. Why would you ask? Well, she is like 4 years my junior and she has (one) of the jobs I dreamt of having. I am not sure I know all the aspects of her life but as far I am concerned, she is the career woman when I am just a housewife. Feeling that low, I could not possibly go to lunch wearing something casual. I had to dress up a bit. I ended up wearing this dress that I love, but it kept on falling (because it is a tube dress with no straps) and these shoes I have not worn sine 2008. Result I have blisters on my toes because apparently my feet grew since 2008. And she showed up looking cute and casual in nice top and red trousers. I could have died.
Nevertheless, I had a great time talking to her and some other acquaintances that joined us. I had to rush out to take my son to his swimming class but it was a good day. I am so proud of my junior. She used to be this cute little girl and now she is the professional woman. Obviously I had nothing to do with it, but I still feel proud.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Heavy Rotation

For the rest of Summer, I am taking on a challenge to wear just a bunch of my clothes. How is that a challenge you may ask since I only wear a bunch of my clothes anyway? Well this time, I was inspired by Japanese fashions magazines which always have pieces on how to wear a few clothes for an entire month or more. They often call those pieces Kimawashi but I am calling mine Heavy Rotation.

The challenge is to survive an entire month on 32 clothing items: tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, and bags. I can only wear the clothes I selected and nothing else. However, I am allowed to add one item by clothing department to avoid being stuck in the middle of the challenge. (Sundays are not included in my challenge because I stay at home wearing sweats or almost nothing all day)

Here are the items I chose:

The Tops: White blouse,Yellow men's shirt, Animal printed tee, Oversized tee, Striped top with zipper, Striped tee, Studded top and Sequin tee

 The Bottoms: Skinny Jeans, African print skirt, White pants, Wide legs jeans, Red orange jeans, Maxi skirt,  and Cargo pants

 The Dresses: Tie dye green dress, Color blocked dress, African print dress and Striped dress

The Outers: Striped cardigan, Black vest, Brown crocheted top and White lace cropped top

The Shoes:  Neon sports shoes, Brown gladiators, Striped flats, Studded sandals, Pink and teal sandals and Beaded sandals

The Bags: Striped bag, Beige and sequin tote, Tan shoulder bag and Basket bag

The Challenge in pictures
Week 1

Day 1- Aug 25:
White scarf + Striped Cardigan + Oversized tee +  Skinny jeans + Neon sports shoes + Striped bag

I planned on wearing something else for the first day. I wanted to be a bit formal because I was supposed to talk to new parents at my son's school about important school events and the parental activities. However when I woke up, it was raining so I switched to something more casual.

Day 2 - Aug 26:
Black cap + Oversized tee + Cargo pants + Gladiator sandals

Apparently this outfit is a miss. My husband said that I looked like a maid picking up someone else's child from school. He came with me to pick up our son and he saw other mothers who dressed up. So I think in comparison, my outfit looked kind of blah. Will have to rethink the styling because I love how comfy this is.

Day 3 - Aug 27
Flower scarf + Striped tee + Black vest + Wide legs jeans + Studded sandals + Striped bag

I bought this vest a year ago and this was the first time I was wearing it. I was very happy to realise that it was not very hard to style. And even if it was hot, I felt very at ease wearing two tops. Funny how I almost look like a pirate in this outfit. Thank GOD, I did not wear my striped shoes.

Day 4 - Aug 29:
White scarf + Yellow Men's shirt + African printed dress + Gladiators + Tan bag


I love this dress but since it is too short, I am wearing it as a skirt. And I am trying something I have not done since 1993: wearing a shirt and tying it. My Mother would have been appalled. I love this outfit and got compliments on the skirt. Yeah for me!

Day 5 - Aug 30:
Black cap + Animal printed tee + Black vest + Wide legs jeans + Pink and teal sandals + Tan bag

It was Eid el Fitr, the end of Ramadan so I should have worn something more fancy. But I was not going to any party and I did not want the extra attention at my son's school if I dress up so I dressed down. Maybe next year, there will be a party I can attend.

Day 6 - Aug 31:
White scarf + White lace top + tie dye green dress + Pink and teal sandals + Sequin tote bag

I am back being the coordinator of a Toddler's group at my son's school. Today we welcomed the group back and had some new members. I decided to go for a dress. I wore this outfit often during Summer. It is so hot that sometimes I go for something light and airy like this dress and this cropped top.

Day 7 Sept 1:
Green scarf + Yellow men's shirt + Skinny jeans + Gladiators + Sequin bag

It was supposed to rain that day but nothing. I walked around all day holding my umbrella like a fool . I wore my men's shirt paired with jeans in the morning but by the afternoon, I was so hot, I switched to another dress with the same cropped lace top. Two outfits in one day!

Green scarf + White lace top + Color blocked dress + Beaded sandals + Sequin tote

Day 8 - Sept 2:

Black cap + Striped tee + Cargo pants + Striped flats + Sequin bag

I loved how cute and easy to wear this outfit is. I really love my striped tee. I wish I had another one but in blue. The shoes are a bit tight but they are so much fun.

Week 1 was fun. I really enjoyed outfits for Day 3, 4 and 8. But I am getting bored with this already. What will Week 2 bring?
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