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My other new favorite place to shop in Japan: Don Don Down on Wednesday

Being on a shopping ban, did not stop me from checking new places to find a bargain. I was on my way to 390 Mart in Yokohama station when I saw a colorful new shop opening right next to it. I went inside to check it out. I was a 3 stories thrift store. The staff was still working on arranging the racks and they told me that their big opening was for the following week. They gave me a pamphlet and ask me to come back. I went home and checked them online and vow to return the following week. Back to my boring routine, I had completely forgot about it until I decided to take my sister in law (who came for a visit) shopping in Yokohama. Obviously we checked the shop and she was happy to find great pieces for herself. I also got a nice bag for my mother.

The shop is called Don Don Down on Wednesday. The principle is that:

1- you can sell your clothes
Usually a kilogram equals 500 Yen. But if you have brand items, you can sell them for a higher price.
Every Monday and Wednesday, you can se…

Animal print for the Zoo?

Hey Folks!
These couple of days were kind of fun. My son being on Fall leave, I decided to take him out. Well, most of the people I know took their kids to Disneyland, but since I am not made of money yet, I took them to USA land. USA land is a small indoor amusement park (nothing compared to Disneyland) located in Honmoku not far from my place. Inside you have a huge playground, some games, bicycles, rides but what I like the most is that even adults can enjoy the place. It has massage chairs, karaoke booth, magazines, drinks and such. And you can also bring your own food. The plus is that you pay around 480 for one hour of playtime, or 800 yen for the whole day. I always pay more because it is kind of hard to pull the kids out of there after just one hour. Anyway I went there yesterday with my favorite Japanese mum friends. And we chatted while our kids had a blast.

I wanted to be comfy all day so I wore this:

White beret - random shop in Cial Yokohama
Ruffle leopard scarf - H&M

Lunch on a TV set, and why I am not popular

Last Tuesday I went to have lunch with my friend Angie. Since we live in the same area, we decided to have lunch once a month to catch up. We went to Applause which is supposed to be a French buffet restaurant, but in reality was a buffet restaurant with a Japanese cook and I have not seen anything that was typically French on the menu. Nevertheless the food was great: usual salad, with gnocchi, pasta, curry, croquettes, grilled fish and a divine cheese risotto. The restaurant looked more like a cafeteria but what made it interesting was that the set of TV Kanagawa was inside the restaurant. So, we had lunch while watching the crew and the announcers working on the noon show. It was to say the least entertaining. And for 850yen (or a 1000 yen with drinks), I cannot really complain.
Anyway, here is what I wore:



White studded beret - random shop in Cial Yokohama (bought just days before they closed)
Grey dolman sweater - Fam's market
Men's shirt - H&M
Cargo pants - Shimamura

Exhaustion + Business call for Fun Weekends!

The last few weeks so many things prevented me to blog on a frequent basis but also to check my favorite fashion bloggers. First, my sister in law came for a visit. She stayed for 2 weeks and I took it upon myself to show her all the spots that deserved to be discovered on such a short time. Result: we were out almost every day of those 2 weeks except for one. There was a typhoon coming so we stayed at home. Needless to say that after she left, I was so exhausted. Truth be told I have not recovered.
The second thing that happened was that the computer I was using broke for reasons unknown. I still had another one to fall back on but I had to use it standing up and I was not having it. Thank GOD, the hubby who is a genius when it comes to computers, found another one pretty quickly. Still, I am craving for an I pad.
Lastly, I am trying to get more involved in my son's school by helping out with some activities. It is fun but time consuming.
Thankfully, I had two occasions to just…

More buttoned down shirts please!

Fall did not even creep up. It came full blast. One day it was 30 degrees, the next 21. Fall came so fast that I have not had time to take my Winter clothes out of my suitcase (Either I have too much clothes or not enough closet space; nevertheless when season changes, I put away some clothes and take out the ones I need), and dry them under the sun.


Under those circumstances, it becomes quite hard to dress up. As a resort, I go to my button down shirts. And add a cardigan when it is really chilly. They are very easy to put on and style. Plus the cardigan hides the spots that are wrinkled.


Black Cap- Ross
Beige cardigan - Walmart
Chambray shirt - Ross
Skinny jeans - Ross
Clutched bag - Random shop in Takeshita dori (Harajuku)
Shoes - Sandaga market


I like these leopard flats but they are falling apart. This is the second pair of leopard flats that are failing me. I am for the look out for a great one that would last. Any suggestions?

I wore this to run some errands with the hub…

Heavy rotation challenge : final week

The final week was a blur so please bear with me


Day 23 Sept 21
Typhoon number 15 came so even though I planned to go out I stayed home all day!!!

Day 24 Sept 22
Green scarf + Yellow shirt + Green pants + Black flats (added item) + Basket bag




It was another rainy day. However when I left home it was so sunny I did not think about carrying an umbrella. Result I had to get one. It was raining hard and my shoes (who really are room shoes) were soaked wet. Yet, my outfit was very comfy for the day.

Day 25 Sept 23

Leopard scarf + Grey cardigan (not pictured) + Tie dye dress ( added item) + White pants + Striped flats + Basket bag



I went to visit some friends with the family. I wanted to dress comfy so I pull out this summer dress I thrifted at 390 Mart. This dress was originally from Walmart. And when I was living in the US, I spotted online and coveted it but once in the store, it was sold out. So I did not even tried it on when I saw it at the racks of 390 Mart. May I should have becaus…