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Monday, November 26, 2012

Xmas lunch and wardrobe planning

Hey Y'all. Let me tell you about the fantastic day I had:
I had an early Xmas lunch with some friends at a nice hotel restaurant in Minato Mirai. The place is called Sirius and is located on the 70th floor of Landmark Tower (the tallest building in Minato Mirai).

Here is what I wore:
 
Scarf - Walmart
Fur vest - Thrifted
Jacket - random store in Nandemon, South Korea
Dress - G.U.
Top - Walmart
Pants - A'Gaci
Shoes - Shimamura
Bag - I world
Necklace - gifted



 
My new favorite necklace, a gift for my Bday
 
I felt like wearing all black today. But I just could not. I had to blend with grey. I wanted to look elegant, and I think black and grey are simple colors that could have made me pull it off. However, it just did not feel elegant enough. I guess it is because of the boots or the length of the vest. I am thinking that my other Suede wedge boots would have looked better. But it was going to take me forever to put them on this morning, and I was running late. So I settled for my motorcycle boots which are easier to wear.

 
View of Minato Mirai from...

 
...the restaurant

 
The ladies who lunch posing in front of a beautiful decor

The lunch was great. It was a buffet so there was lots of choice but I did not stuff myself. I had a potluck lunch yesterday that I am still trying to recover from. However, the view was to die for. I really enjoyed the decor of the restaurant.

Before heading to the lunch, I took a class on Wardrobe planning. The instructor was the lady who was "doing" almost everyone's color at school last year. I learned a lot from the class even though I had to rush out of there to be in time for the lunch. I am thinking that I may use the tips she gave me to try and clean my closet. It is getting too out of control lately. It has been a while since I bought something for myself ( more than a month) but yet I feel like there are too many things that I probably need to get rid of before I go shopping. Winter cleaning, anyone?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Vanity

I think that every fashion blogger is vain. You have to be if you take pictures of yourself and post them on the net for the world to see. I am thinking that I am as vain as the next blogger. But I am not the vainest. Actually I think the vainest of all are people who blog, post all kinds of pictures on Facebook and have Twitter accounts to talk about it. So I am not at that level yet because I do not post (many) pics of myself on Facebook and I do not even have a twitter account.

But let us get back to me. Here are the vain pictures of today (or last week)


 
Beret- Cial (it is studded by the way)
Faux leather jacket - Shimamura
Sweater - Forever 21
Turtle neck - G.U.
Bag - Thrifted
Skirt - Nissen online (it is dotted inside)
Boots - Shimamura
RIng - (barely seen) H&M
 
Last week, we had lunch with the mothers of the baby group I used to run. One of them was leaving and we all decided to have a Sayonara (goodbye) lunch for her and her daughter at an Italian restaurant in town. I wanted to look nice but still stay casual. I got inspired by the daughter of the lady who is leaving. Her daughter is four soon and very fierce. Her mother lets her choose her own outfit and everyday it is a delight to see her. One day she wears her princess oufit, the next she wears hello kitty headband. I decided to wear this tulle skirt I had since last Spring just in case she decided to be a ballerina and wear a tutu. But she came as a bunny. Anyway I had fun at the group and later on at the lunch.
I am going to miss my friend for she is such a sweet and fun person to be around. But I do wish her the best in moving forward... 


Bday Celebrations

For weeks now I have been thinking about what I was going to do for my Bday. For some reasons I wanted a week celebration. I know that I am not Kim K. and that my so not Kanye of a husband is not going to sweep me off to Italy. So I began planning the festivities in my head. First I would gather some of my friends and go Karaoke, then we will go to a fancy restaurant for lunch. Another day I will take cooking classes from my Indonesian friend (she makes a mean egg curry that I have been dying to learn). Then another day, I will go shopping to Harajuku and or Shibuya. Finally I was hoping that the hubby will get a hint and take me out somewhere nice where I get to break the nice red dress I bought months ago just for an occasion like that. (I wish!!!)
But what do you know, life gets in the way of plans. For starters I got visitors from France that I had to show the country, so I did not have time to myself, let alone plan something. Then it was the Xmas bazaar at my sons' school so every mom (myself included) was busy with the preparations. Overall, I had so many other responsibilities that having a week celebration was just bullocks.
"So what finally happened?" you may ask.
Well on the actual day of my birthday, two of my Japanese friends invited me to Bills restaurant in Yokohama. We had brunch which was very nice indeed. They showered me with gifts and I could not have been happier. Here is what I wore:
Scarf - Daiso
Sweater - Thrifted
Dress - G.U.
Necklace - Charming Charlie
Rings - thrifted and gifted
bracelet - thrifted
Pants - H&M
Shoes - Gift




I am trying this collar necklace thing!
 


Thrifted jewelry and ...
 

 
Bday gift from Hubby


 
Fritata plate at Bills
 
At night I celebrated at home with nice cakes from La Neige and by receiving phone calls and messages from family and friends all over the world.

The following day, I got to celebrate with my pal Angie. She is also a November Baby so every year we "party" together. We had Pasta at Cappriciosa and received free cakes from the place. It was so simple yet so nice. After lunch, we strolled around Motomachi looking for sweaters but ended up getting nothing.
Today was the final day of the celebrations. I had scheduled a Potluck lunch at my house. I invited around 10 friends of mine (all mothers from my sons school) and asked each one of them to bring something to eat or drink. I had so much food in my house and good stuff too: palak paneer (Indian), chijimi (Korean), quiche (French), noodles (Indonesian). I have not eaten such an International food in a while. It was like a buffet. No, it was a buffet. My friends dug in and really ate but I still have so much left over.

 
The buffet

 
Indonesian Noodles

 
French Quiche, Japanese Makizushi and Indian Bhel Puri

 
Spanish Tortilla

 
Korean Rice Cakes and Chijimi

Anyway, after we all ate and indulge in digestive cups of coffee and tea, my friend surprised me with gifts. I did not ask for anything and did not expect anything. I had only required for food and presence. I was so overwhelmed and holding back tears. But when they started singing " Michelle ma belle" (Beatles), I started to cry. I did not even recognize myself. I never cry in public or at least I try my best not to. But today, I just gave up. I cried happy tears. I felt blessed to have such good friends around who shower me with gifts. But not only that, these ladies are there for me: they ask for my help, my advice, they help me, talk to me, share their life stories, make me laugh, make me cry. Before coming back to Japan, I lived in the States for almost four years alone without any lady friend to talk to on the daily basis. I was so lonely but I stayed strong. Now I have all these women and my only regret is that I did not take more time to spend with them. In the past I had said no to so many invitations (and most of them it was not even for a good reason). But it is too late for coulda, woulda, shoulda. I will just keep on cherishing my friends and enjoy every single day with them.
Anyway, enough of the cheesy talk. Here is what I wore:

 
Crying after receiving my gifts
 
Turban - Jerusalem Halal Meat in Harwin, Houston
Dress - H&M
Jewelry - random and gift

I am done celebrating my Bday. I think 3 "parties" is enough. I am thankful, grateful. It was not what I had in mind but I am happy.. Now let me get off this blog and go praise ALLAH.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Halloween


Living in Japan, you would think that I did not have to celebrate Halloween. But no, I had to a couple of times. Halloween feels like a holiday the Japanese have invented. A month before the actual holiday, stores are decorated with paper pumpkins and skeletons. They also sell a lot of that stuff. My neighbor had put a pumpkin wreath on her front door. I felt like I was in the US. Strike that, it was never that crazy even in the US. So imagine my surprise when I took a stroll down Motomachi street after I picked up my kids from school. I had heard that the Motomachi Halloween parade is something to see. But ever since we moved back to Japan, I managed to missed it. This year, I decided to go for it. And boy, was I knocked over my socks. The narrow street was packed with people in all kinds of costumes from the scariest to the cutest. Kids would line in front of stores to receive candies and other goods. They also got some balloons. It was a frenzy. I even saw some disguised pets. The crowd was so thick I could barely walk. And after 10 minutes I was done. I just wanted to run home.
Motomachi was the only place I went but I heard that there were parties happening in the neighborhoods where foreigners live. Some houses were elaborately decorated. One was even named the haunted house. Down in Harajuku (the land of the fashionably crazy or crazily fashionable) there was a parade last Sunday with many interesting costumes. Even pop stars came to the Parade.
I do not know what it is about but in Japan they celebrate all these American holidays (except Thanksgiving). Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's day, Mother's day (but not Thanksgiving). I am thinking that it was due to the American occupation after the war. American culture entered Japan and influenced Japanese's people lives. Or maybe it is just another scam by companies to sell more candies, costumes, party goods. Whatever it is, it is pretty fun to celebrate those holidays. I could not care less before I had kids (except for Valentine's day---yeah I am sucker for romance). But with kids, you see life in a different way and you are pushed to celebrate those things specially when everywhere you turn around people are doing it. How can I tell my son that you cannot wear a costume for the Halloween party at school because we do not do that. I am happy to indulge them as long as they are young and as long as it does not cost me a thing. My kids were in costumes but one was my old scarf (he dressed as ghost) and the other one was a frog (a hand me down from a friend).
Anyway, I leave you with pictures of Halloween around Japan I found online. I did not have my hubby's camera that day. I so regretted it for the things I saw, oh my!

 
Cute kiddies disguised as animals and insects
image via soramame.nakiwarai.com

 
 
 

This pic was taken in 2006 but it shows the Halloween spirit of Motomachi: vendors from Pompadour bakery dressed as French bread giving candies to dubious kids.
image via http://www.flickr.com/photos/mawari/294494226/
 


Burger costume -winner of the Halloween contest at Kawasaki
image via twitter
 


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