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! 

Tokyo May 2014

Posted on Thursday, 26 June 2014

Dumping all my photos from my short stay in Tokyo last May in this post, because I already posted a separate entry for Akihabara, and I’ll be posting another separate entry for Aoyama!

Japan temporarily gives me an infinite source of energy. It’s unreal how much I’m able to do in such a short span of time. When I’m here in Manila, all it takes is one blink for the whole afternoon to pass!

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Safely arrived in Shibuya! I usually stay in Shinagawa because I like going home to a more peaceful station. This time, however, I had to book a hotel in Shibuya for convenience.

It’s not that I dislike Shibuya! It’s just that the station and the areas around the station get really chaotic at times, and I have crowd phobia (i.e. just looking at Laboracay photos makes me sick - what more if I go there?).

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When I say everything in Japan is kawaii, I mean everything.

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I posted this on my Instagram and people really thought it was GD. I doubt GD would be able to freely roam around the streets of Shibuya without being mobbed by fans. 

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From the airport, I took the train to Shibuya, immediately dropped my stuff off at the hotel, and took the train to Shinjuku, where I was scheduled to visit Esperanza and RANDA

Literally had no time to breathe, but it was all good because I never seem to get tired in Japan!

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The elevator at Shinjuku LUMINE EST was so pretty.

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Dropped by the Laduree at Shinjuku to buy myself some macarons.

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Hair envy.

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My new favorite place to shop for accessories and iPhone cases is Me% in Shinjuku! You can also find this store in Shibuya 109.

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Spotted at Bic Camera Shinjuku. If this were not so expensive (4,100 yen is a little too much, I think), would you get it?

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That evening, I had an important meeting with some important people! They took me to a fancy restaurant in Shibuya where we had the most awesome dinner!

Their project just got approved by the Japanese government, and I can’t wait to share it with you once all the nitty gritty preparations are done! Keeping it a secret for now!

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I usually don’t like anything with red bean, but this was glorious.

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My view every night I go back to my hotel.

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My second day was my only free day, so I went to Akihabara to meet up with friends! Wrote about it here.

Here’s a photo of a rainy Shibuya crossing, taken as I went down the elevator in my hotel.

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With Ashley and Emika in the middle of Shibuya! You can tell that Ashley and I were in total spring mode, lol.

Emika rocks black all year round! Made me miss my all-black style circa 2010/2011 (?)

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We queued at the new Kiki & Lala Cafe, found on the 7th floor of Shibuya Parco. It only took us less than an hour, and I say “only” because on weekends, people line up for 2-3 hours! Crazy!

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The cafe also sells official Kiki & Lala merchandise! Japan, just take all my money.

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Even the menu is irresistibly adorable! We wanted to order everything!

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Emika’s camera!

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Kiko and I got Kiki & Lala lattes that come with star-shaped sugar wands.

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Ashley and Emika got Kiki & Lala sodas topped with ice cream.

I heard the reason why people don’t mind lining up for this place is because it’s only going to be open for a limited time. Kind of like a pop-up cafe! 

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Later that night, I met up with my friend Kumiko-san at Cheese Table, also found in Shibuya Parco. 

Yes, almost everything in this restaurant has cheese in it, omg! I opened the portal to the cheese dimension, and I just wanted to stay there forever.

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We had fondue (not in photo because we were too excited to eat it) and pizza. Nom!

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After Tokyo Anime Center, Animate, maid cafe and cosplay purikura with Kiko, Izumi and Emika at Akihabara, Kiki & Lala cafe with Ashley,  and Cheese Table with Kumiko-san at Shibuya, I spent the rest of the night with one of my favorite people in the world - Gervin! We talked for hours at the Starbucks in Shibuya (the one that’s visible from the scramble crossing).

I ended up going back to the hotel past midnight already. I told you - Japan gives me super powers. Super extroverted powers.

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The next morning, with barely 5 hours of sleep, I met up with the lovely Ogawa couple (Sachie-san from CANMAKE Philippines, and her husband Tomo-san who owns a clothing store in Shinjuku) for breakfast. They took me to this popular french cafe in Shibuya where they served different kinds of bread and jam.

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I swear we didn’t plan our matching outfits!

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Wore some of my new purchases from EMODA Shibuya 109. Blogged about the store here.

Speaking of EMODA, their global webstore currently has sale going on! Up to 70% off! I’m so torn whether or not to splurge again because I already bought so much stuff in Tokyo last May, huhu. SHOULD I STILL…?!

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Went back to my hotel to change! On this day alone, I changed outfits 3 times - once for breakfast with Sachie-san and Tomo-san, once for dazzlin touchMe show, and once for MURUA touchMe show.

Or 4 times, if you count my nighttime pajamas. 

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Super ladylike style for dazzlin! I was obsessive enough to match my outfits according to the brands’ concepts. I blogged about the dazzlin A/W 2014 touchMe Collection here.

After the dazzlin show, Shogo (who gave me his extra ticket to dazzlin) and I went back to Shibuya Station, where he took a cab to another work meeting, and I went back to my hotel to change outfit one last time. Then I waited for Ashley (I gave her my extra ticket to MURUA) at the station before heading back to belle salle for another show.

PHEW.

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After the MURUA show, Ashley and I wanted to try out the Alice-themed cafe in Shibuya. I feel like you can never run out of places to go to in Tokyo alone!

I can’t remember where it was exactly, but I think it’s in the same building as Bershka.

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Alice coasters! 

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There was a giant merry-go-round kind of structure in the middle of the restaurant. Wish we had similar themed restaurants in Manila too! I can already imagine all the pretty photoshoots. 

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The menu. CAN I TAKE IT HOME?

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We ordered drinks just because they made them sound and look so interesting in the menu, but TBH I’d stay away from them next time! They tasted quite funky, though they were definitely Instagrammable. 

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Alice cosplay. As expected from Japan.

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While the drinks were disappointing, the food definitely delivered! Ashley and I loved this avocado and shrimp dish! It was shaped like a caterpillar too, so we couldn’t help but squeal (at the cuteness) when we first saw it.

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Rabbit-themed pasta. This tasted good too! I’d totally come back to this cafe for this dish.

Apparently, this was part of a monthly special offer, so they gave us a free Alice gashapon at the end of our meal. YAY TOYS

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My last night in Tokyo, and of course, some purikura had to be taken. <3 

After this, I just have two more Japan posts (MURUA touchMe show, and quick Aoyama tour) before I start bombarding everyone with my US travel diaries! Please stay tuned!

Just G: Sweatshirt-Sleeved Denim Jacket

Posted on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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(Just G jacket, top and shorts, Esperanza heels, Michael Kors bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Always gotta be prepared for a little chilly drizzle! It’s still generally too warm to wear knits and heavy fabric, so layering is key with this kind of transition weather we’ve been having lately. I’ve always been an ame-onna (雨女, or rain woman) though - I greatly increase the chances of rain when I go out, so I always never leave the house without some form of outerwear. I get cold easily!

Here I wore a jacket from Just G’s latest “Tribe Squad Remix” collection, and it’s an amazing cross between a sweatshirt and a denim jacket! What I like most about this particular one is that it doesn’t come with a hoodie, which is common among sweatshirt-sleeved jackets. I think it looks a little more dressy this way! Don’t you think so too?

I can’t wait to pair it with my cutesy skirts!

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The much awaited Just G Warehouse Sale will be on June 27 - August 16, 2014 at Warehouse 23, Armal Compound 2, M. Eusebio Ave., San Miguel, Pasig City. Mondays to Saturdays, except Holidays and Sundays, 8:00am to 4:00pm. They’ll only accept cash, btw! Make sure you bring enough!

Have fun shopping!

Just G boutique stores can be found in SM Megamall, Market Market, Sta. Lucia, SM Southmall, Eastwood City, SM North Edsa, SM Manila and SM Cebu. Just G and Gingersnaps share spaces at Shangri-la, Rockwell, Robinsons Metroeast, SM Baguio and SM Pampanga. They also have department store corners at SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Robinsons Ermita. 

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Le Bunny Bleu: Nifty Neon + Lettering 101 Workshop

Posted on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

(Le Bunny Bleu shoes, Bershka top, Romwe skirt, Bagfull bag, Time Depot vintage Casio watch, zeroUV sunglasses) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Summer sandals need not be boring or height-compromising! While I was thisclose to getting yet another pair of oxfords during my recent visit to Le Bunny Bleu, this bright green pair called out to me way too much that I had to get it ASAP. I have a shortage of green-colored footwear, let alone bright neon open-toe sandals that have a bit of heel on them, so this was just what my shoe collection needed. Wouldn’t hurt to go out of my comfort zone once in a while!

Speaking of comfort zones, I’m sure all of you can relate to me when I say that my life has become so digital - it’s starting to get disconcerting! Instead of manually taking down notes, it’s faster and easier to just take pictures. When I was younger (way before I got into photography), I was one of those kids in school who was always tasked with decorating the blackboard, etc. It seems like I unlearned everything as I grew older and shifted interests! Didn’t think it was even possible. However, I still have a small glimmer of hope that I can revive that non-computer-dependent side of myself that has been on hiatus these past few years.

Good thing Le Bunny Bleu is holding a basic lettering workshop this Saturday! 

This is only the first of Le Bunny Bleu’s series of our Crafts Workshops. Super exciting, right? Since Le Bunny Bleu is a romantic vintage brand with old Euro world charm combined with New York modernism, they will be holding workshops (for free!) for their dear customers to celebrate this aesthetic. Their first Lettering 101 workshop will be perfect for beginners who want to know how to do simple lettering and calligraphy. Entrance is absolutely free as well, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to go!

It’s going to be at Le Bunny Bleu’s Shangri-la store on June 28 (Saturday) 10:30am – 12:00pm. The workshop will be conducted by the great Abbey Sy! I might go (probably with Crissey if she’s free) so we’ll see you there, yes?

Participants simply need to wear their own Le Bunny Bleu shoes on the day of the workshop and reserve slots ahead of time at any Le Bunny Bleu store. Slots are limited so please inform them as soon as you can. Once you reserve a slot. they will brief you about what to bring. What’s more fun is that they will also be giving away special gifts to the participants!

Le Bunny Bleu Philippines can be found at 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza 654-2599 and 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 955-7225. You can also RSVP via mchan@quirksph.com

In the meantime, you can follow Le Bunny Bleu on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

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