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A 30 something blogging about her love affair with Fashion.....among other things!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Flowers today, showers tomorrow

I had a nice time this week end. I had some people over for lunch Sunday and we talked, ate and laughed a lot. I always say that I hate having people over because I am lazy to cook and clean (Cooking the Senegalese way takes forever by the way so you get my point). However I am always happy when they are here and wished they could stay more...

Anyway, it is getting hot so now I am pulling out all outfits that are comfy and light like this jumpsuit.

Scarf - Jerusalem Halal Meat
Tee - Shimamura
Jumpsuit - Shimamura
Shoes - $9.99 shoe store in Harwin
Bag - Daiso 100 Yen store

I always forget how comfy this jumpsuit is. It may not be the most flattering but truly when it comes to heat, I could not care less. If I could walk around naked I would. But since I cannot, this thing I am wearing is pretty much close. And I got this tee just last saturday. I realised that I only owned one white tee. I had to go get myself another one because white tee are what I need the most in Summer to wear underneath my non -sleeves tunics, dresses and jumpsuits. I got two at Shimamura and may go back to get two in black.

I snag this bag for 210 Yen at the Daiso last week. I wanted a nice bag that could hold my swimsuit and towel (I go swimming every week) and I found it. But it is so cute, I may use it daily. It is perfect for Summer, the beach, the park...Actually I just realised that I have a cuter looking weaved bag but it is so big and not comfy at all that I barely use.

It is going to rain a lot this week. So I can say that today may have been our last sun-shiny day for a while. I am not a big fan of the rain but I will have to deal with it until the heat comes......Not a fan of that either but I would rather be hot than cold.....

Sayonara parties

As the International schools are closing their doors for Summer in Japan, Sayonara (Farewell) parties are booming. Many expats who have stayed in Japan over the past years find themselves leaving for other horizons or to go back home. Yokohama is not left behind and this week only I attended two Sayonara parties for three ladies.
Here is what I wore for the 1st party:

Fedora hat - Fremantle market Perth Australia
Oversize sweater dress - Shimamura
Jeans - Ross
Shoes - H&M

This sweater dress is the comfiest thing I own now. I bought it two days ago. Life was kicking my butt and I needed retail therapy. I went to Shimamura actually looking for cardigans but found this jewel and another similar one in white and blue on sale for 700Yen each. If you know me, you know I cannot resist a good striped top (or dress for that matter). I actually owned a similar top but it was a bit tight and I have been looking all over for a piece that would be big enough. And I could not beleive my luck after finding two.
My first sayonara party was great. I had lots of fun talking and eating. It was a potluck party so all of us brought something. I made beef Gyoza (or Japanese dumplings/ meatpies). Most of the guests were French so for the entire time I was eating in French cuisine (even though there was no quiche my favorite). I left the party so exhausted (who knew talking and eating was a sport?) afterwards that I did not even want to attend the other Sayonara party on the following day.
But I did and here is what I wore:

Scarf - Daiso 100yen store
Cardigan - Ross
Eyelet top - Walmart
Skirt - Thrifted
Shoes - $9.99 shoe store in Harwin

I wanted to wear a dress or a skirt today because the weather was nice. I opted for this skirt I thrifted a while back. It is a wrap around and actually it is a bit small at the waist so the skirt does not really wrap around my body. But I still decided to buy it. I paired it with this top I love so much but for some reasons makes me look pregnant. For the shoes I was debating. I had so many great options but I finally went for these because they are comfy and colorful. Actually I have a similar pair like this that I left at home. Those shoes were my go to shoes when I was pregnant 3 years ago. I wore them everywhere and the colors made me happy. They are badly beat up that is why I had to get another one like them. And I did back in Houston (although the colors are slightly different) I know nothing matches in this outfit but I do not care.

The party was great. It was another potluck so it had so much food from all over: Japan, Indian, Thai...The ladies there were also much more dressed up wearing cute printed wrap around dresses with kitten heels. I felt a bit casual but I did not get the memo that we had to dress up. Besides I was different. I just realised that I do not dress up like any other person on the planet. I may have the same item as you but there is no way I will wear it the same way you will. I am different, maybe not in the quirky, crazy, bold kind of way but.... And I like it. I am becoming my own when it comes to style and I like it. 

People are leaving, new people are coming. That is the eternal cycle of the life of the expat. That is also the beauty of it because we enjoy our life better, doing more things, getting to know people more because we know our life as an expat in a particular place is limited. I guess we should try to see our life this way more often, even if we are not expats. Only then, will we care more, laugh more and let go of bad things more. Don't you think?

Another grey in the sky

I wrote this a while back but I am just posting it now!

I am enjoying my days in Houston, shopping and eating. Would I like it so much if I was living here? I am not sure. Maybe I enjoy my time better here because I know it will not last.
Today, I went out to the Galleria with the kids because I promised them that I would take them to the playground "Little Galleria". Poor kids, I have been dragging them all over town under the heat to shop. They have not complained much but it was time for them to have fun.
Here is what I wore:

Fedora hat - Freemantle market in Perth, Australia
Grey leopard tee - Just in
Mint green skirt - G.U.
Shoes - H&M

As I was walking the streets to the Galleria, a lady jogging payed me compliments on the skirt and asked where I got it. I simply replied Japan and she said "Oh!"  and went her way. I felt like she felt I was being a snob but truth is that I did buy it in Japan. I know some friends back home who respond to that kind of question by "it was a gift" just not to appear snobbish. 

 I am in love with grey tees. I have 2 already at home and this one is a great addition with the leopard face print. I can already see great wears out of this one. I bought this tee on sale with another tank top, two for the price of one. I love those kind of deals. Japan should get more deals like that. One other thing Japan should learn from the States: open their shops early. In here I can start shopping at 9:00 AM. In Japan, I have to wait until 11:00 AM. And with trains and buses to ride and kids to pick up, that does not leave enough time to hit all the stores I want.  

I switch the flats for these shoes I bought in Harwin to meet my fave blogger Reiko of Gods Favorite shoes. More on that in my other blog (odetofashion.blogspot)

Anyway, I am happy that I get to check all the places I loved and missed like Charming Charlie (where I got another buy 1 get 2 for free deal on accessories). I have to admit that some shops did not have great deals like I expected but that gave me the opportunity to give others I would not have checked before a chance like A'gaci.
I am thinking that Houston may become future shopping destinations for the family...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Up in the air!

As I am typing this, it is 7:30 AM in Houston. I am still jet lagged from the trip and the hours difference between Japan and Houston but I am getting there.

My trip was OK. It started off with my sweet friend Ko dropping me and the kiddies off to Haneda airport, and ended almost 24 hours later with us landing in Houston. I wanted to be comfy yet stylish so here is what I wore:


(So sorry! With the trip, I forgot to click a proper picture but here is a snap of what I wore!)

Fedora hat - Fremantle market in Perth Australia
Beige cardigan - Walmart
Striped shirt - H&M
Jeans - Ross
Red bag - Thrifted (Don Don Down)
Pumps - Vincci Malaysia (changed to H&M flats on the flight)

I had this fedora hat for ages (since 2004 to be exact) but I rarely wear it. My friend Ko gave me compliments on it. I rarely wear it because it is kinda of big for my head. Actually I only remember to wear it when I take my braids out and my hair is kind of pouffy. The volume helps keep the hat in place.

As much as I love my hat and the rest of my outfit, I was very disappointed with the pumps. It was the first time I was wearing them, and they had big scratch on them. And the scratches kept on coming and coming. I just realize that they were poorly made. I had great expectations for them when I bought them back in December in Mayalsia. But now they will have to go and I am on a hunt for another great pair of beige pumps.

Before boarding in Haneda, my friend Ko took us to this lovely Japanese restaurant inside the airport that serves Udon (Japanese thick noodle). I ordered a bowl of creamy spicy roe Udon for me and a simple one with Agedoufu for the kids and some extra sushi rolls.

Creamy Udon bowl

The food was exquisite and as much as I loved my creamy udon (that tastes more like a creamy pasta) the simple udon soup- the one the kids ate- had so much more flavor in it. The restaurant was not cheap but the food experience made it worth it.

We left Ko and her adorable daughter after eating and boarded our long flight to LAX where upon arrival, I indulged in Reeses peanut butter chocolate and In Style magazine. 10 hours later, we arrived in a barely woken up Houston that have not changed much since the last time we left. I am really happy to be back. I did love this city after all but I realize that I love it better now that I am not living in it. Get what I mean?
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