I wear so much pink now, and I totally blame it on the sakura obsession I brought with me from Tokyo. It was actually my first time to see a fully-bloomed cherry blossom tree, as my past trips in Japan were (strangely) always scheduled after everything is over. I used to just see one or two rogue trees with a few blossoms, but never the kind where it has blossomed enough to fill a whole picture with pink! Too pretty! Will share the photos soon!
I’m immensely envious of everyone in Tokyo right now because they can experience hanami and all, but this only gives me more reason to come back next spring! On a slightly related note, congrats to one of my friends who just got engaged in Ueno Koen with cherry blossoms in the background. This scenario has always been my dream proposal so hopefully my boyfriend and I can cook something up in the future too! He already knows that I’ve always wanted a pre-nuptial/wedding photoshoot with sakura in the background. And a sakura-themed wedding. (He never reads my blog so I can freely talk about this stuff here without him knowing, lol. Unless one of my friends sells me out.)
I just want to sakura-fy EVERYTHING!
Relaxed weekend outfit. I haven’t worn dresses like this in a long time! Now that it’s officially summer in Manila, simple, one-piece items are slowly becoming my uniforms. I refuse to think anymore when the temperature is this high.
What’s worse is that whenever I go inside air-conditioned places, I still get cold enough to need to wear a jacket. Someone teleport me to a place that is 10 degrees Celsius right now. Maybe back to sakura-filled Japan because I’m obviously still not over it.
Things went very well in Tokyo. Too well that I still can’t believe how I was able to stand properly after meeting so many wonderful people!
One of the major highlights of my recent trip was meeting MURUA creative director and Japanese style icon Momoko Ogihara herself. I’ve watched her fashion for about 3-4 years now, and I always get giddy whenever I see her in my magazines because I’m such a fan of her signature look. Japanese girls named the high-cheekbone / under-eye blush style after her. Such a trendsetter.
I really believe that she is partly responsible for the popularity boom of Japanese MODE style. She definitely plays a huge role in setting trends for girls who want to dabble into edgier, more mature coordinates by combining classic, wearable items with unique MURUA accents.
Ogihara-san with MURUA press Kotake Asami-san.
I’ve been in contact with Kotake-san for a while now because she sends me stuff from MURUA to share on my blog and Lookbook. We used to just pass by each other in fashion shows last year but I’m glad we finally got to meet! She is one of the nicest people I know and I always have a huge smile on my face whenever we talk on LINE because she is absolutely adorable. I love her new hair!
I started feeling a little sad that I wasn’t able to communicate to them as much as I wanted to because my Nihongo is still not very good, but nonetheless, they didn’t make me feel like it was a problem at all. I kept on thanking them and saying sorry and telling them that I’ll study harder so we can all casually talk better next time! They were so kind and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I’m really thankful because they trusted me enough to share MURUA to the world. I’ll study harder so I can translate more information about Japanese fashion into English.
We met up at the MURUA in Shinjuku LUMINE EST.
Another favorite MURUA store of mine is the one at Shibuya MARUI. One of the shop staff there can speak and understand English!
I swear we didn’t plan on wearing matching stripes/borders. I just wore it because it seemed like a very MURUA thing to wear. True enough, both Kotake-san and Ogihara-san wore stripes too!
They personally picked some items as presents for me! I can die now. This included one of their currently super popular items - the off-shoulder striped top that she’s wearing. You can also see it on the mannequin in the picture of me and Kotake-san. It’s so popular that it already sold out in other MURUA stores.
After a short introduction, Ogihara-san toured me around the store and showed me some of their key S/S items. Of course, I took pictures so I can share them with all of you.
Studded pointy heels in MURUA colors.
Graphic pullovers, chain necklaces in pastel colors, and dangling earrings (the girl on the sweater has them too).
Stylish everyday shoes with gold accents to match your gold jewelry.
Off-shoulder statement sweaters, linen bomber jackets, sleeveless knits, denim miniskirts in white and dark gray washes.
I wanted the black and white pointy heels so bad but they ran out of stocks in my size!
MURUA wedges are still a huge thing.
Round sunglasses and leather caps.
Monk straps and low heels.
Dark blue version of the denim jacket that I’m wearing. It comes in 3 washes!
Whole outfit from MURUA minus the bag and shoes. Would’ve worn my MURUA wedges if only I didn’t have a lot of walking to do that day!
Florals for spring, but not in the usual powder pink that we see everywhere.
Blue/purple and yellow seem to be the top colors for MURUA S/S14.
MURUA’s signature black and white with a pop of color. I got this bag for myself because I realized that I don’t have a lot of yellow bags! And to think that I really love yellow.
It’s all about edgy and unique accessories with MURUA.
Lace, gray denim, and a pale green cardigan. Classy color combination.
Oversized pastel cardigans, embellished tops, stripes (lots of them), and nostalgic ’90s-vibe jumpers.
Cardigan-top-skirt sets and fun patterns.
Berets! I kind of regret not buying any during my trip because they were so popular, but the mere thought of the hot weather in Manila strongly discouraged me from doing so.
MURUA scents! I have the vanilla one (gray) and it smells so good!
Hope you had fun with that little tour of MURUA’s current collection. Don’t you want to just buy everything?
Thanks MURUA for this opportunity! MURUA stores can be found all over Japan, but they also have stores in Hong Kong (The One mall), China, Taiwan (FAVVI Party), and Hawaii. You can check the specific list here.
Make-up removal is such an important part of my daily skincare routine. I rarely go out with completely zero make-up nowadays, so I have to make sure to take care of my skin properly, or else my face will end up a huge, pimply mess. You don’t want any of your make-up to stay on your skin for too long. You have to let your pores breathe when you go to sleep.
Bifesta cleansing lotions are your best friends when it comes to removing stubborn mascara or waterproof eyeliner and lipstick. When cleansing oil and facial washes still can’t do the trick, count on Bifesta to remove your make-up properly.
It is Japan’s first water-based make-up remover and is immensely popular among Asians who believe in proper skin care. You have to trust the Japanese when it comes to these things because they really have the best skin in the world! I always get surprised whenever I meet someone I think is just around my age but is already 5-10 years older, lol. I totally need whatever they’re having.
I use the MOIST variant because I have dry skin. Bright Up helps in whitening, Agecare helps in deep nourishment, and Sebum helps in oil control. I’ve also tried Agecare too and it works like a charm.
Using it is super easy! All you need is a simply cotton ball and 1-2 pumps of Bifesta cleansing lotion.
Duo black eyelash glue, K-palette eyeliner, CANMAKE eyebrow pencil, Lime Crime Red Velvet, 3 Concept Eyes red lip marker and NAKED3 palette eyeshadow on my very dry hand. You can’t properly remove all these with just soap and water!
Ta-dah! Not a single speck of make-up left. It only took one try to remove most of the make-up except for the stubborn waterproof lip markers. I had to use another cotton to make sure none was left on my hand. You really don’t want to leave any make-up on your skin because it might lead to skin problems and blemishes in the future. Better safe than sorry!
You can experience Bifesta at SM Makati (SM Store Beauty section) from March 27 to April 2! They will be giving away samples if you want to try it out at home or give them to your friends.
Back from Tokyo! I had the busiest time but I’m not complaining. I originally planned this trip as some sort of vacation, but so many work opportunities came up and I just suddenly found myself having no free time at all!
One of my agendas while I was in Tokyo was to take up RANDA’s offer to visit any of their stores. I always pass by the one in Shinjuku every time I’m in Tokyo, so I chose this particular store as I was most familiar with it.
I blogged about them last summer, and I remember mentioning how much I swear by Japanese shoe brands. You can never doubt the quality of their shoes because Japanese girls walk around A LOT, and I don’t think they can survive walking (and sometimes, running) around the whole day in poorly-made shoes.
Maho-san from RANDA gave me two pairs as presents (YAY) but I bought two additional pairs because I couldn’t resist all the pretty shoes. I also never owned a pair of white/off-white boots so I finally got one that I can comfortably walk around in.
I also took the opportunity to take photos of their latest S/S14 collection. So many girly designs that you can easily pair with your floral skirts and light denim bottoms.
Perfect beach shoes!
Tropical print is still popular for most S/S collections in Japan. These shoes are sure to be a hit!
Bejeweled flats for lazy days! No need to excessorize anymore.
The most popular silhouette for flats right now. RANDA offers them in unique designs that you can’t find anywhere else.
RANDA collaborated with famous blogger Zina from Fashionvibe to create these shoes. So chic! I can already imagine them paired with tattered boyfriend jeans (another popular S/S trend).
Not your ordinary booties.
Summer sandals! RANDA always has the most interesting wedge designs. Makes your feet look like a million bucks.
A whole wall of RANDA shoes. Can I live here?
One of my favorites from their latest collection. Kawaii yet classy!
Got the black version of these flats for everyday use. I love the subtle bejeweled heels.
RANDA x Hello Kitty collaboration! So many girls in the store fit the beige Hello Kitty loafers.
Wore my RANDA boots immediately! They are insanely comfy, and the heels are just the right height for walking. I traveled around Shinjuku and Shimokitazawa that day and my feet didn’t hurt at all.
Thanks to the RANDA Shinjuku shop staff for the hospitality! I wish my Nihongo were better but I tried my best, lol.
She is wearing a pair from the latest S/S collection. Two-tone also seems like a huge trend this season.
A better view of my outfit (thanks to Asian Impressions for taking this picture). Can’t wait to show you my new shoes in the next couple of weeks!
Fortunately for us who can’t go to Japan all the time, RANDA opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal!