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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ice Queen

I hope you had a great Xmas week end. In Japan, Xmas is not a national holiday. They celebrate the Emperor's birthday on the 23rd instead. And since this year it fell on a Sunday, Monday was off. I had my Japan family over for a potluck party on Sunday and Monday was spent sleeping late (God, that felt good!!), eating Sushi and taking a stroll down to Yamashita park (freezing cold). On the actual Xmas day, I did not do a single thing except for cleaning my children's play area. I am not sure how it ended up having so many toys but I was exhausted at the end of the day.

Today was spent meeting with friends, enjoying the park and shopping (for my hubby's bday).
Here is what I wore:



Beret - Cial
Grey vest - Factory 2 U
Grey sweater - Thrifted
Black tee - Walmart
Mint pants - H&M
Shoes - Shimamura
Accessories - Thrifted and random 777 store in Vivre Yokohama


I finally wore my mint pants. I bought them a month ago but never dared to wear them till today. With all that talk about wanting to be fashion forward and trendy, it is hard for me to go there sometimes. I love the color and all but I do not want to match it with a white buttoned down which would be my first choice. So I reverted to this grey sweater instead. And to hide the butt, I added the grey vest. Too much? Maybe but trendy or not, I have a dress code I need to follow: never expose the butt.



Leaf ring - beautiful but not very practical

While shopping for my hubby's gift, I found an interesting sale at H&M. Browsing the rackes, I sadly realised that I was drawn to the same colors of bright orange, neon pink and fuchsia. I love those colors but I need something more sophisticated than neon pink in my wardrobe. I want some blues and greens and black and grey. When I look at my closet, I cannot find a single outfit that is green let along blue (except for denim or chambray). Have I been brainwashed into liking striking, in your face colors or what? I was even this close to buy a mustard jacket. I stopped myself only after my son said that mustard hurt his eyes and tongue. I ended up buying a blue blouse only to realise once I got home that it was purple. Still better than neon pink though!

Now, let me wish a Happy Birthday to my Love. May all your dreams come true. May this new year brings the best out of you and may GOD protects you from all kinds of evil. Amin!

Scarf and a headband

Hello.

I had to go to town to meet a friend for lunch then take the kids to the pool. For some reasons it took me 30 minutes to dress up this morning. I hate when that happens. I had the proper pants and the proper blouse but my turtle neck (that was supposed to keep me warm) clashed with the whole look. Then I looked for my new to go denim shirt but I remembered that I just washed it. Few minutes later, I decided to wear my olive green skirt with a red sweater but I looked like a Xmas tree. I finally settled for this:


Scarf - Walmart
Beaded headband - Daiso?
Coat - Thrifted
Cardigan - Nissen online
Turtle neck - G.U.
Skirt - G.U.
Shoes - Shimamura
Bag - Chatujak market
Bracelets - Did it myself


I wanted to wear a scarf today. I rarely wear scarf because I am not a pro at wearing them. Furthermore I always have to adjust them for they never stay in place. And do not even get me started on using pins because those things scare me. That is why I often resort to wearing my scarves like a bun. But today was way too cold for that so I find a solution to my dilemna by wearing a headband. The later kind of held the scarf in place and I did not have to readjust it. I even got a compliment on it. I love the way I wore the headband but I am thinking that it may be too much for certain places. Today was a day I did not care how I look. Strike that! I cared (that is why it took me 30 mns to dress) but I did not care about people's eyes (and believe me some looked at me). I felt great with my maxi skirt, favorite cardigan, to go to boots and headband with a scarf. If everyday came with such feel good clothes, my life would be much happier (and easier). No?



I made this bracelet. I am getting hooked on making jewelry. So much fun!
 

 
I wear this everyday now.....So comfy



Monday, December 24, 2012

Little Orange Dress


Ouf! Today was the last day of school and the beginning of the Xmas holidays for the kids. No more waking up super early for weeks but then with two kids under my care 24/7 for three weeks, I might go crazy. Anyway, I had another Xmas lunch today so here is what I wore:



Beret - Cial
Coat - Thrifted
Cardigan - Uniqlo
Dress - Uniqlo
Leggings/ Pants - A'gaci
Boots - A'gaci
Accessories - H&M, Tsutsumi, gifted


Let's talk about this coat. I have been looking for a camel cape coat for a long time in Japan without any real success. Last Spring on a trip to Houston, I saw this one at a Goodwill center. I tried it on but I did not like it. However I decided to get it in the meantime until I find what I was looking for. However since the temperatures dropped, I have been wearing this thing, and now I am in love! The funny thing is when I bought it, I remember thinking that it was such a "Japanese" coat. Meaning it was not a style of cape coat I would see in the US. This cut is very popular in Japan and Asia. And what do you know, yesterday on the bus, I saw a Japanese lady wearing the same exact coat.





You can't really see the front but it is a round neck empire waist dress

Now this dress is knocker. You say LBD, I say Little Orange dress. It is just perfect amid being too short but with some leggings, I will not flash anyone. I really wish I had this dress in every color. It really is the perfect dress.

Pardon the bags under my eyes but little sleep and smudged mascara will do that to you too
 

I do not have much else to add but to wish you Happy Holidays! I may or may not post again before Xmas but I am sending warm wishes in case I am off. Stay safe!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tis' the season...

Tis' the season to be jolly............
For me, tis' the season to be busy. The kids have so many shows, concerts, potluck parties and what not going on at their school and obviously I am the one who has to attend all those parties and cook for some. It is fun but believe me, a pain. I always wanted to work, and right now I am disappointed that I don't. But in the back of my mind I am thankful to be a housewife. I do not know how I would achieve all these things on top of a full time job. Working mothers, hats off to you!

Today was more laid back than usual; after my son's concert, I went to have lunch with some mothers from a baby group I used to attend.
Here is what I wore:



Beret - Cial
Coat - ???
Sweater - Thrifted
Denim shirt - Aeon
Pants - H&M
Bag - Chatujak market Thailand
Shoes - A'gaci


Me and my Baby

My son had to wear red or green for the concert so I put him in his velvet green pants. I wore red pants and a green bag at random and some mothers at school thought that I was respecting the theme of the concert. But it was totally not calculated. Or was it? I do not know. All I know is that I wanted to wear my chunky knit with a denim jacket after seeing it on one of my fave fashion blogger (Sweater Weather from Yentina, My Edit). I have become the fashion imposter, stealing style on other people's blog. I used to complain about people stealing other's style but here I am doing the same. I am not a total thief though because at least I put my own spin on things like my beret or my accessories. Rarely do I copy an outfit down to a T. How about you, are you total style copycat or you do your own thing without being inspired..? do tell!


Wearing pearl earring to go with pearl bracelets


My new fave boots. They are a pain (after a long day) but for $5 the pair, I can suffer

Bracelets and Necklaces

I rarely do DIY. I see something lovely out there and I am inspired to make it. But when it comes to actually doing something, I become lazy. Or I start something and never finish. You have no idea of how many unfinished projects are left in my guest bedroom closet waiting to be done.
Recently, however, I have been truly inspired by a gift I received for my birthday. A foreign mother in Yokohama makes these beautiful bracelets that every other mother at school is wearing. I have my own version in silver, white and fuchsia. But I have been thinking about making some bracelets for myself. Furtheremore, cleaning up my accessory boxes I realized I had so much beads lying around. I ended up making some necklaces and bracelets for friends as Xmas presents. But I did not stop there. Yesterday I went to Kiwa Seisakushou, which sells all kinds of materials for making accessories in Colette Mare,Minato Mirai. I have been to that shop before and bought just little things to vamp some basic earrings. But this time I bought crystal beads, charms and such..The staff there was also very helpful telling me what wire was perfect for my beads and other things I needed to make perfect bracelets.
And since yesterday night I have been making bracelets and necklaces. I made 6 bracelets and 1 necklace. I still have some material left and probably will buy some more to keep up with the fun work. Making something is very fun and beaded bracelets are probably the easiest thing to do ever. Next on my DIY list is making a Mickey Mouse sequined tee. I saw one at H&M men that I am dying to buy but I want to try and do it mysef. Will I have the time and patience?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Stacked!!!

 
Today was a beautiful day even though it was chilly. I do not mind the chill as long as the sun is out. I had my monthly lunch with my friend Angie. We ate at a buffet in World Porters, which I regretted because I ate way too much. I really should start dieting...
 
Here is what I wore:
 
Beret - can't remember
Coat - too old and falling apart
Infinity scarf - random Import store in Ishikawacho
Knit - Gap
Cargo pants - Shimamura
Shoes - Shimamura
Accessories - gifted and bought at random 300 yen store in World Porters
 

 
 


 
 
For some reasons, I decided to stack my arms today with random bracelets. One hand felt too lonely so after lunch I went to this random 300 yen store and bought another stack for the other hand. Interestingly, my arms did not feel too heavy, and the trend was not too outrageous since my coat hid half of the stacks. I am thinking I may keep on stacking my arms for a while. It is so girly and fun.

 
Big bracelet with charm: a gift from Hubby from Istanbul, silver ones: birthday gift and the bracelet: a gift from a friend back home

 
Pearls: bought at World Porters, silver bracelet: a gift from my Dad


 
The outfit was also put together pretty quickly this morning. I dug these pants yesterday for I have not worn them in ages and decided to keep on wearing them today. I had forgotten how comfy they were. And I added the yellow knit today because it was such a fun color. Now that I think of it, I pinned a similar outfit (but with wide legs pants in green) and look at it just yesterday. Maybe I was influenced by the pin when I pulled this look together or maybe not. Nevertheless, it may become a re run this Winter season...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wedding Bliss

Today I finally did one of the things I wanted to do in Japan for such a long time: attend a wedding. A couple that is part of my Japan family finally decided to have a wedding reception after being married for 6 years. My family and I attended.
It was such a private event with very few guests. The place was near the Tokyo Imperial palace in a venue full of natural light. The place was also very well decorated. The whole wedding felt very relax, and not stuffy at all, the same things the couple had wanted it to be. I did have a lot of fun, more than I imagined it to be. The bride was gorgeous in her white gown but even more so in her Japanese attire, decked in a Kimono with embroidered swans. Her daughters were also princesses with full set of tiaras and pearls. The couple was just an image of pure handsomeness (Is that even a word?)
Here is what I wore:

 

Scarf - random store at Dakar Fair
Jacket - A'Gaci
Dress - H&M
Clutch - Thrifted
Shoes - Ross
Accessories - Gifted


 
Accessories from hubby- have to say the man is upping his presents game and I love it!!!!


After receiving the invitations for the wedding, I had thought about wearing this dress I bought two years ago on sale at H&M. In fact, I refused to buy anything new for the party as I have a closet full of never worn dresses and shoes perfect for such occasion. But I was not hundred percent satisfied with the way I styled it. In fact, this dress made me look fat (and) or pregnant. I needed a belt or something. Because I could not find any appropriate belt for it, (after talking with the hubby) I then decided to wear Senegalese attire. However, the night before the wedding, I checked my Senegalese clothes and I did not like any of them. They were either too simple or too much for the reception. So I finally went back to the dress. And it was the perfect choice. My only regret was that I should have worn something like spanx instead of a slip underneath. The slip's material kind of clashed with the dress, and it showed sometimes. Anyway, I did not let that simple detail be in the way of my fun.
My family in Japan is special to me. They are people that make me laugh, teach me about life here and support me whenever I need it. And it is great that they also feel the same way about me. I was honored to be part of this wedding and hope to be part of many more to come. Congrats!

 
The nails of the bride painted in the national colors of my country (so darn cute!!!) and a glimpse of her gorgeous Kimono

Home sweet home

I have been dying to wear red and pink together for a while now. They are such complementary colors but for some reasons, I do not think I ever worn them together outside of the house. Everything changed when I thrifted this beautiful Summer dress at the beginning of Fall. It was in a fuchsia color (my favorite pink) and had white dots. What's not to love? Plus the cut was so ladylike. The only problem was that the straps to the dress were too long. Well, I solve that a month after purchasing the dress by cutting the end a bit shorter and re-sewing it the to the dress. And now it is perfect. I wore the dress a couple of times before with a grey sweater but I like it the best with the red one. I always get compliments on it. It is a cheap and simple dress but when I put it on, people think that I dress up.
Anyway today I had a birthday party so I decided to wear the dress again for the same effortless but chic effect.
Here is what I wore:

Beret- Cial
Coat- Can't remember but super old
Sweater - Forever 21
Dress - 390 Mart
Tee - Walmart
Pants - H&M
Boots - Shimamura
Accessories - gift, Sonia Rykiel

I decided to wear my boots and pants with the dress because the weather has been super frisky lately. Then,  five minutes out of the door, it started to pour. I was thankful I wore my boots instead of the suede sneakers. I was soaked by the time I got to the bus stop and all of a sudden, the rain stopped. The rest of the day it became super warm. I could not resist returning home and soaking in my well lit and warm living room. I have not been home for lunch in 3 weeks and I missed just resting there. I love going out with my friends and chit chatting but a breather here and there is not such a bad thing.






 
I am wearing a special kind of arm candy today. I got these bracelets as a gift for my birthday but I have been wanting them for a while. So many mothers at school do own them. And I discovered that it was another mother from a neighboring school that did them. She makes them in all kinds of colors and charms. It is also possible to have them custome made. It is such a simple yet fun idea. As I have been thinking about starting a business myself, all around me I see people starting with few things and growing from there (cake making, tea box covering, bracelets...). I see them work really hard and selling their art. It inspires me to do the same but to this day I am not sure what. Maybe someday I will have a clue and I will start something... 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Momiji

One thing that Japanese people enjoy doing is observing the changes of nature during the seasons. In Spring, they do Hanami to view the Cherry blossoms (Sakura), and in Fall, they enjoy Momiji or Autumn fall leaves. There are many spots around Tokyo and Yokohama to check beautiful Autumn colors ranging from the golden to the deep purple.
I did not have time to check the Momiji this year. I am always busy rushing here and there, and doing several things at the same time. I rarely take the time to just relax and enjoy nature.
However this week end I got a treat as we headed to Yunessan Hakone. Yunessan is a water park with hot springs that you can enjoy wearing a swimming suit unlike other hot springs in Japan you use naked.  The area around the water park was filled with Momiji and as we walked from our hotel to the place, we got to enjoy some Autumn colored leaves.

Here is what I wore:


Knitted hat - H&M
Coat - Thrifted
Sweater - Forever 21
Turtle neck - G.U.
Shirt - AEon
Pants - H&M
Shoes - Shimamura

For a short week end in Hakone, I decided to wear something super casual that I felt comfy in. I recently purchased this denim shirt on a impulse. I had planned to thrift a denim shirt in lighter color but at the last minute I settled for this one because of the length and the cut. This one is cut for women and long enough to camouflage all the problem areas (aka my tummy, my butt and hips). I have to say that it is growing on me and I have worn it three times already ever since I got it last week.


The coat is also one of my favorite things. It was something I thrifted during my last trip to the USA back in Spring. I was not really sold on it because it was not the kind of cape I was looking for. Yet, I ended up getting it for lack of a better option. Now, I wear it constantly. It is so comfy and warm. I have not felt this great about a coat in a while.
Finally about the shoes. If you read me in the other blog, you will know that I confessed my love for Isabel Marrant Bekket sneakers.


 I also said that I was going to get a "knock off" of these shoes at Shimamura. Well the store has finally came through and lowered the price of the shoes. I had to ask them for a bigger size and they ordered it from another location. It took a week of patience and these babies were finally mine. They are super cute and comfy. They hurt a bit on the sides but nothing that soft gels could not heal.

We spent a long day soaking in the hot springs of Yunessan, first in the indoors enjoying chocolate bath, milk bath, but also outside in the tea, coffee and apple bathes. I was so hot that at one point, I came out just to breathe in the cold crisp air. My body felt extremely relaxed and warm. It was a great feeling but by noon, I was ready to leave. At 2 PM, we left and drove around Hakone, enjoying more Momiji. Before arriving home, we ended our week end eating sushi. It was a great and short week end. We need more of this in the coming weeks.... 


Some Momiji ..


...around the hotel and...


...next to Yunessan


Funny English translation at our hotel lobby


Vending machines selling Hot french fries and grilled onigiri inside the hotel (and no I did not try it)
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