Pleated Plaid

Posted on Wednesday, 2 July 2014

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(Her Spot top and skirt, Romwe bag, Coach heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Back to back-to-school plaids and pleats! Whenever I wear skirts like this, I’m reminded of my own school’s black and white checkered skirt, and how much I’d love to create a set of outfits revolving around it. Y/Y?

After high school (I went to St. Paul Pasig, btw!), I kept one of my skirts around for experimentation. I had it altered to a shorter length, and actually went about my normal life wearing it. It’s gone now, but I’d love to be able to get a complete set of uniforms again one day, just for keeps! Or make that two sets - I’d keep the 1st set as is, then alter the 2nd set and turn it into a seifuku, lol. 

Call me shameless, but I really do believe that we have the best uniform! Black and white gingham all the way! If I had to choose a 2nd place, however, I wouldn’t mind wearing ICA’s dark blue skirt or Assumption’s red skirt. 

(Motel Rocks Morris Flower dress, Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady watch, MURUA boots, EMODA choker) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

So much ’90s inspiration in this look! I remember catching Léon: The Professional on TV some time ago, and instantly falling in love with young!Natalie Portman as Mathilda. That was probably the first (and only) time I thought of the choker necklace as an accessory that can instantly give even the most ordinary outfit a million cool points.

Nowadays, I wear it as a sort of security blanket because I’m simply too used to wearing high necklines and collared tops. Exposing too much chest and neck skin makes me feel naked sometimes, lol. #conservativegirlproblems 

(MGP dress, Michael Kors bag, RANDA heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

I thought all-white, girly and frilly ensembles would stop working on me anymore once I dyed my hair dark, but I just proved myself wrong with this outfit! It just goes to show that you can still be as cutesy and girly as you want without having to dye your hair light brown or blonde EVER! My hair quality is a little better now that I had the ends trimmed off, but it’s still nowhere near the quality of my virgin hair from… err, 10 years ago? I can’t believe it’s been this long. Somehow, I missed this natural look.

Anyhow, I actually have a ton of little white dresses that I haven’t worn yet, and I think now is the best time to whip them out of the labyrinth that is my closet. Black hair on white clothes is my new thing right now. 

Aoyama May 2014

Posted on Sunday, 29 June 2014

On my last day in Tokyo, before I headed to the airport, I decided to follow Gervin's suggestion of going to Aoyama. Aoyama is known for a lot of things, but among fashionistas, this is *the* place to go to if you're in the mood for some high-end local and international designer shopping.

It’s not too far from Harajuku and Omotesando, but I came from Shibuya so I took the Ginza line from Shibuya Station to get to Aoyama-Itchome Station.

Also, there are no photos of me in this post because no one was around to take my photo. #foreveralone Maybe you can spot my reflection, at least.

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Balenciaga. I covet.

Reflection #1.

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Issey Miyake Men.

Suddenly, it’s so peaceful and quiet. Nothing like Harajuku and Shibuya! 

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You can’t skip the Comme store in Aoyama. They have most of the Comme des Garcons lines, including some of their collaborations with other brands.

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People sometimes just come to Aoyama for the famous Prada store! I won’t spoil how the building looks like (but you can spoil yourself by searching on Google, I guess) but it was designed by Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron. If you don’t know who they are, they were the ones who were responsible the Beijing National Stadium / Bird’s Nest.

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Chloé flagship store in Japan.

Reflection #2.

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Trivia: Did you know that Steve Jobs’ signature black turtle necks were all by Issey Miyake?

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Tsumori Chisato. Bohemian style meets kawaii!

Reflection #3.

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The main store of Yoku Moku is also in Aoyama! You can spot their blue brick lounge from a mile away.

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I randomly chanced upon Blue Moon The Natural Bar while walking along one of Aoyama’s big streets! It’s a popular outdoor bar slash organic market that has a quirky, hipster vibe to it. I’ve only seen photos of it during nighttime so I didn’t expect that it looked like this in the morning!

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Handmade wood collectibles. TAKAIIIIIIIIIII

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Reflection #4.

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Beautiful temple in the middle of Aoyama.

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The FURLA Aoyama boutique is one interesting place. They have “FURLA yoga” on the 4th floor!

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SARARIMAN x STARBUCKS.

Also, reflection #5.

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Okamoto Taro Memorial Museum. His work reminds me of the angels in Evangelion.

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Red Valentino. Can I live here? Their Aoyama store looks like some sort of futuristic castle!

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MIU MIU! 

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The lantern-shaped Marc Jacobs flagship store. At night, the top part is supposed to light up like a lantern too!

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Jil Sander Navy! 

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Undercover. Couldn’t sneak a photo of the interiors, but on the ceiling are thousands of lightbulbs that move with the wind and make sounds! 

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I was too early for Acne! The store was still closed when I went to visit. Some of the Aoyama stores open early, while some open after lunch or early afternoon. 

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Like the Alexander Wang store. I’ve been eyeing a particular Wang bag recently, and just when I was so ready to go shopping, the store was still closed! I just took it as some sort of divine intervention. Japan, why must you always drain all my fundsss

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Oh well. Settled for pictures instead! I’d wear this outfit in a heartbeat!

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Yohji Yamamato! THE MASTER. I was so shocked when the Yohji Yamamoto display at Shibuya all contained super bright colors! I’ve always been so used to seeing just black and white from him, lol.

Trivia: Did you know that Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo (of Commes des Garcons fame) were once rumored to be in a relationship back in the ’70s or ’80s? TOO MUCH PERFECTION~

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Last shot before I got on the train back to Shibuya to catch a bus to the airport. I have no idea if I missed anything important in Aoyama, but I’m determined to come back again one day! I’m so in love!

Early that morning, I passed by a school in Aoyama and they were dancing to Arashi. Enough said.

Denim Biker

Posted on Saturday, 28 June 2014

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(MGP top, Mango vest, Her Spot skirt, Choies heels, EMODA bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Scored this biker vest at the recent Mango sale for 50% off! I have mixed feelings about going out nowadays because I always end up buying something, with all the major discounts being offered left and right. In a few weeks, I’m off to Hong Kong for a personal trip (Just overnight though!), and I’m already fearing for my wallet as early as now! I didn’t catch Stylenanda’s opening last year, but it’s definitely going to be one of my first stops in Hong Kong. I’m also going to Korea in October, and Japan again in December, so I definitely need to plan my budget better if I truly want to enjoy shopping. Let this blog entry be a reminder that starting today, NO MORE IMPULSE BUYING!