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Friday, July 20, 2012

Mutant X

Still alive under this heat? Me? I am melting! But apparently fat does not melt as fast as I thought it would so I am still alive.

Anyway, today I went over to visit a Japanese friend who recently had a baby. I wore this:

White scarf - Walmart
Black dolman cardigan - Shimamura
Neon pink dress - H&M
Jeans - Ross
Shoes - $9.99 store in Harwin
Bag and sunglasses - Daiso

Necklace - Gift

I recently had a post in my other blog about the little perfect dresses that I so covet. They are easy to style and easy to wear (require no ironing and such). Well, this dress would have been the perfect dress if only it was not in neon pink. I mean, really what was I thinking when I got that thing? I remember that months ago, I was telling to a Mom friend whose daughter was wearing a neon pink dress that I would never dare wear such a thing at my age. We had a good laugh reminiscing all the neon clothes we wore in our teens (neon leggings and bicycle shorts anyone?). Now here I am with a neon dress that I like but every time I wear it I feel sorry for all the people that cross my way. I have the feeling that I am blinding them. Actually I feel like Cyclops from the Xmen who was killing with his red beam of a gaze.

But hey, what can I do? Except try to tone it down with a dark cardigan.

Anyway I had a great time with my Japanese friend. Her husband is black so she has the cutest mixed raced kids. Her older boy was playing with mine while I was drooling over her new baby daughter. A truly blessed family whom I am wishing the best.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fading (Old favorites)

I had a crazy fun week.  Since my kids are out of school, I have to do things to entertain them. My idea of entertainment is to take them to the nearest park or to the pool one day and rest the other. But I always get invited to do something and I find myself out almost every single day. I do not want to complain because back when I was living in the States I so longed to be a social butterfly (lol). But now, there are some days I just want to lie down and do not move. 
Anyway, today was not one of those days as I had to go out with the kiddies again. Comfort trumps fashion in my book so I went for old favorites here:

Scarf - Jerusalem Halal meat shop
Top - Gap
Skirt -Gift from Hubby
Shoes - $9.99 shoes store in Harwin
Accessories - Joa and Sandaga market

Yep Just one picture, did not have time for much more

The top and skirt are older than my sons. I think they must have each 8 and 6 years of age (or longer). The top was a purchase at Gap Harajuku (now the shop is in a different location). They also had it in orange if I remember correctly but I chose the fuchsia. This top followed me on almost all my trips to tropical locations because for me it personifies Summer. Moreover it has longer sleeves than my usual summer tops so no need to layer to be covered up. I only wished that its color did not fade.
The skirt was one of the first thing my husband bought me when we moved to the States. I think it was either a bit before my son was born or soon after. Needless to say that come Summer I like to wear it. And as the top, its colors are fading as well. But it is such a beautiful and comfortable skirt that I wore it twice this week already.

Do you have items in your closet that are old but that you still love to wear even if the colors are fading?

Monday, July 16, 2012

For rainy days

It rains a lot in Japan. In fact it rains enough for rain not be a factor in everyday life. In Japan, even a typhoon would not stop people from going to work or out.
Coming from a country where people will not put a feet outside their doors even for slight rain, living in Japan was a bit challenging a first. But I overcame the challenge. Hell, I even became a pro at mastering being covered under the rain by riding my bicycle with one hand while grabbing an umbrella in another.
Because it rains so much, Japanese people know how to get ready in case of rain. And some ladies do it in such style, it is hard not to admire them. Here is what they arm themselves with:

A Trench:
You all know about my love of trench coat. I would die for the perfect one. Apparently in Japan, it is also the article of choice once it rains. Many ladies would adorn one in the beige color. And the brand of choice is Burberry when you can afford it.

Trench coat available at Free's mart for less than 10.000Y

Poncho style short trench coat available at Rakuten for 3800Y

A Rain Coat:
Everywhere you go in Japan, you can find rain coats. The ones at your convenient stores are probably not the most stylish-they just look like plastic bags. But in many department stores and boutiques, they offer a wide array of stylish rain coats. My favorite, a blue rain coat with white dots or a blue raincoat with stripes. However, I often find them a bit overpriced. My favorite ones will set me back 4000Yen at Shimamura (and that is the cheapest I could find). How crazy is that?

Rain Boots:
When I returned to Japan a year ago, I had to have rain boots because I kept seeing them everywhere in town. I finally got my pair for 2000Y but I wished I had waited a while, because mine are cute (pink with geometrical patterns in white) but they are more for teens than an adult women who pretends that she is stylish. Had I waited I would have gone for these following looks: jockey style rain boots, rain boots with heels, rain boots with more subtle style. I really like the jockey style rain boots and they are so well made they look like real leather boots. They are overpriced as well and as a Welsh friend of mine pointed out, paying 5000Yen or more for a pair of "Wellington" boots is just crazy.

Two toned jockey style rain boots available at Nissen or Rakuten for less than 5000Y

An alternative to rain boots that I also fancy (as much as Japanese ladies) are flat rubber shoes. It is the trend nowadays and every self respecting stay at home mother has one or two. I have to admit that these are not the jelly sandals you used to wear when you were five. No! These come with cute details that will brighten you up even on rainy days.

Melissa Campana Zig Zag shoes or knock off at every Zakka store (Don Quijote for starters)

Japanese people do not own one umbrella but several. After living here for a while, you will probably collect them as well. Most of them will be in vinyl available at every convenient stores. But more than usual, you will invest in a very good and sturdy umbrella in a nice design that will survive a typhoon. The latest trend is Wafu or Japanese style.

Yamato Modern Japanese Style Umbrella for 4980Y
Knock offs are cheaper at every Zakka shop ( a shop where you find small things needed for everyday life like plates, pens, notebooks and such)

There are other rain goods that will make your life easier in Japan from  the animal shaped pouch where you can keep your foldable umbrella to the water proof spray that will prevent your clothes to get wet. In fact, rain brings an important business to Japan. And the wide array of rain goods available only shows the high adaptation skills of Japanese people to all kinds of weather.

How do you brace the rain where you at?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Knits, Summer brights

Color Blocking | Everybody, Everywear
Hi Y'all! Summer is already here, although if you ask my closet, it has been here for the last three weeks at least. The crazy weather brought by Tsuyu (or Japanese raining season) had made the temperatures relatively low. However that did not stop me from wearing my favorite summer outfits plus a little something something to keep me warm.
Case in point this outfit I wore for a day at the pool:

Scarf - Langkawi night market
Knit - Gap
Dress - Ross
Shoes - Target
Bag - Takeshita dori, Harajuku
Accessories: Sasha, Charming Charlie

The thought of wearing a knit for Summer was always foreign to me because I never lived somewhere that was cool in Summer like Europe. In my country Senegal, Summers are really hot, and do not even get me started on the furnace of Houston and Japan. Therefore I never really needed a  Summer knit. I would just wear a light cardigan to go out particularly when I knew I would be in malls or offices, where the AC is fully on.
However, as I was shopping in Gap last week, I saw this bright yellow knit that I coveted back in early Spring on sale for just 500Y. I tried it on and it was matching my colorblock dress. I knew this baby had to follow me home. So I grabbed it and went at the register only to pay 380Y because there was an extra 20% off on all things in the store. I think that must have been the cheapest thing I ever bought from Gap.

I was supposed to keep the knit till Fall but two days after the purchase, the temperatures were around 18 so I decided to take it out. I have to say that this thing is very comfy, cozy like when you seat on your favorite sofa with a snuggie around you. I just wish Gap had the same knit in blue on sale as well. I may have to try other locations to see.
Are you into Summer knits?  Or is it way too hot where you live to wear such a thing?

BTW: these shoes are cute but they are not as comfy as I wanted them to be. I was shopping at the last minute looking for tan sandals in Target when I spotted these on sale. I had barely 5mns to try them one and decide to purchase them. Well I tried to walk with them and let us just say that the heels are not as comfy as my other wedges. Besides for some reasons, I un did the straps and my feet were sliding on the shoes causing me extra chaffing. I had to buy some flip-flops to save my feet. Don't you hate it when you think you bought a great pair only to realize that they hurt like hell. I guess these shoes will be worn only for short distances.

Charming Charlie watch

Clutching my clutch

How is your Summer so far?

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