Second part of our Cool Japan activities was a Google+ Photo Walk from Harajuku to Aoyama.
Harajuku, as you all might already know, is a fashion mecca where you can find the best street fashion and the most unorthodox items that are impossible to find anywhere else. I can’t think of any other place in the world that is on the same level as Harajuku! It definitely deserves its international recognition (special thanks to Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani?).
My first ever experience with Japanese fashion (10 years ago?!) was discovering FRUiTS magazine scans at a Livejournal community. Most of the street snaps in the magazine were taken at Harajuku, so I made it a point to include the place in our itinerary the first time I visited Tokyo. I bought a lot of cutesy bows, colorful socks, and quirky character bags! (Come to think of it, my personal style changed so much in the past decade. Nowadays, I’m all about dressing up as simply and comfortably as possible, lol.)
We had the people from METI guide us through the tour, but we also had a special navigator with us. Her name was Rei Shito, a street style photographer for magazines like FRUiTS, STREET and TUNE. I died a little inside when I saw her in the flesh! /cry :( My love for photography started when I was introduced to Japanese street style magazines. I live for moments like these. It was such a dream come true to meet an icon of Harajuku!
Now I just need to meet Kyary for my teenage dreams to be fulfilled.
Before anything else, how cute are these Sailor Moon goodies from SPINNS?
It was raining so bad so it was hard to take pictures, but I did my best!
First stop was Laforet Harajuku (ラフォーレ原宿).
So lucky I was able to catch Disney Girls Project! The whole building had these cute Disney meets fashion type of displays, and everything was glorious. Leave it up to the Japanese to create the cutest collaboration items!
Heart-shaped bag with Alice print. It can’t get any cuter than this.
Frilly Alice tote bag.
Colorful Baby-G and G-Shock watches! Reminded me so much of Time Depot!
Would you wear these accessories? Apparently, these are made out of real popcorn! Of course, they’ve been treated to be as good as plastic.
Retro look for summer!
Sailor Moon altar?
MALKOMALKA（マルコマルカ）iPhone cases. I love buying iPhone cases in Japan because you really can’t find the same designs being sold anywhere else!
Minnie Mouse meets Harajuku street style.
All things kawaii in one photo. Strawberries, polkadots and ribbons. <3
On some floors in Laforet, you can find these kinds of clothes. Good for me!
The best part about this place? Ladurée make-up!
You can only find these in Japan and France. Interestingly, they have more stores in Japan than in France, lol.
Too pretty for words. I wish I had enough time to go shopping here!
After Laforet, we braved the rain and went to other places in Harajuku for the Photo Walk.
BUBBLES is a fashion boutique that sells both new and vintage items. A lot of their clothes are inspired by ’70s, ’80s and ’90s fashion.
The owner of the store is a girl named Coi, another Harajuku fashion icon who always gets featured in street style magazines!
Ice cream, anyone?
Rei Shito on the left, a Japanese fashion blogger and icon Momo on the right.
Next stop was 6%DOKIDOKI! This brand is one of the pioneers of kawaii culture and fashion.
Japanese shop staff also serve as some sort of brand ambassadors, so it’s extra fun to go shopping and ogle at their fashion!
More often than not, people end up the buying items that the shop staff are wearing. Talk about being living mannequins!
More Harajuku fashion icons. By now I think you can distinguish the differences between Harajuku fashion and Shibuya fashion!
Yes, that is the name of the store.
Mantra for some people, but not for me. I love my work! ^_^
Funky prints everywhere. Laureen lost her mind here because everything was so her style!
Harajuku is not only known for the fashion, but it also has its own foodie moments!
More Japanese fashion icons/bloggers who were with us during the Photo Walk. Rainy days don’t get them down. It’s admirable how they still manage to look perfect after a whole afternoon’s worth of rain and humidity! I need to know what their secret is!
The most important time of the day finally arrived… and it was at Google Japan’s office! This day couldn’t get any more awesome!
They held an intimate launch event for the 100Tokyo website, and we were there to experience the whole thing. “100Tokyo” is a new website which hopes to present Tokyo’s 100 best places and things to experience.
There is seriously no excuse not to go to Japan now that they’re opening their doors to more tourists! You can check out the 100Tokyo website if you have no idea how to start your itinerary, or if you just feel like dreaming about Japan.
Snacks served during the event. SO MUCH NOM.
Chocolate and matcha cake with sakura design! Congratulations Google Japan on successfully launching 100Tokyo and thank you to METI for sending us to Tokyo to witness the unveiling of this new campaign!
Merry Christmas everybody!
This was my simple and casual outfit to lunch the day before Christmas, and to macarons and coffee with my boyfriend on Christmas Eve. I changed to something dressier for mass and Christmas salubong, but that’s another story.
Since my ama/grandma is living with us, we usually hold all our celebrations with my Chinese side of the family at our house. I’m usually bitten by the too-lazy-to-dress-up-because-I’m-just-in-the-house bug whenever these Chinese-side gatherings happen, but I made sure to at least wear heels and not my house slippers when I went out of the house for a short date with Rg.
It was also the perfect day to wear my new Baby-G watch which was Time Depot’s Christmas gift to me! I love the translucent quality to it! It doesn’t have that usual plastic and rubber feel that most of my Baby-G watches have, making it quite a unique watch that all you Baby-G collectors must add to your collections.
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If you buy a Casio Sheen watch at Time Depot any time before the end of the month, you can get a free copy of my #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook!
I was so surprised that so many people came to visit me and have their books signed! I honestly thought no one would go anymore because an overwhelming number of people already went to the book launch and 1st book signing at Glorietta. Thanks everyone for the continuous support! My book is consistently on the bestsellers list at National Bookstore because of you guys! <3
Here’s a quick photo dump before I go back to a Christmas party I’m supposed to be in, lol. I snuck out so I can post this on Christmas Eve as some sort of thanksgiving post to all those who went out of their way (especially those who came from outside Metro Manila) to attend this intimate event. I hope you guys enjoyed and I’m pretty sure I’ll see you guys again soon, yes?
Feel free to grab your photo if you find yourself in this post!
Canmake display! So yummy! I’ve been using their foundation for months now and I’m in love. Marshmallow Pink and Misty Orange are still on my list of all-time favorite lipsticks too!
Ayo-GG! These watches might seem familiar if you’ve been following my Baby-G posts for Time Depot!
Don’t forget to grab a copy of my book, Tricia Gosingtian’s 150+ Style Essentials for Every Girl if you haven’t yet! Only P295 in most bookstores (National Bookstore, Power Books, Fully Booked, Book Sale, etc.) nationwide!
My love for sneakers and sporty/street-meets-chic style is growing at epic proportions. If I didn’t have to challenge myself to wear new things everyday, my daily uniform would probably revolve around snapbacks and sneaker wedges paired with girly elements like lace and a-line skirts.
Snapback caps, however, aren’t the only things that automatically give an outfit a street/sporty vibe. I recently discovered how big, bulky watches can also add to the effect.
And coincidentally, my new Baby-G matches the exact metallic quality of my sneaker wedges. Pairing shoes and bags is an easy way to make an outfit cohesive, but pairing shoes with timepieces also creates interesting results.
Obligatory “must sell this watch” pose, lol. My denim jacket also has silver studs. Match your metals!
Have not adjusted the time and date yet when I took this. After taking this photo, I spent the next minute laughing my ass off since the watch reminded me so much of the Google Authenticator “G” logo. G is for Google. Baby-G. Just G. Tricia G. So many Gs in this world.
If anyone’s interested, this watch model is BA-110-8A and it’s available for P6995. More details here.
Mothers Day on Sunday. Already?! D:
If you’re like me and haven’t had time to buy your mom a gift, here’s an idea - personalized jewelry! Morellato, Italy’s largest watch and jewellery brand, is finally in Manila! The brand is distributed in more than 70 countries with exclusive stores in all the biggest cities including Milan, Rome, Shanghai, New York, Hongkong, Macau and Sydney.
I was able to drop by their SM The Block store last week, and it was perfect timing. Lightbulb moment. What could be a better gift than jewelry that you get to customize for your loved ones? Instead of buying a ready made gift, this will totes work to your advantage! Your mom will definitely appreciate the extra effort, and it’s not going to be one of those ordinary jewelry that don’t have any sentimental value. The wide variety of charms and “drops” (as they call it) available can be enough to encapsulate your experiences with your mom and feelings for her. If anything, even without putting too much thought in each drop, I think the fact that you customized it yourself will already say so much. :)
I was able to have a Morellato experience and customized my own necklace and bracelet. It was so much fun - you get to choose which color scheme you want, and if you want a symmetrical, matchy-matchy kind of effect, or totally different drops put together. It really puts your creativity to the test, and I don’t apologize for spending so much time in the store! It was like I was a little girl again. <3
Because blue is my favorite color, I made use of drops with blue accents. Other colors are also available. I also got two bracelets with red color accents. The pink and yellow ones are tempting~
The one with the little pearl is pre-made and is cheaper as you buy as a set. The customizable ones are charged per bracelet/necklace material, and per charm/drop, which I think is better as you really get to choose which ones you like! Plus the cost per drop (made of stainless steel, btw!) is cheaper than other stores that offer the similar concept. Only P995 per drop!
Here’s the necklace that I made! All my favorites in one. I made a minimalist design as my taste in jewelry is not so complicated, and I’m happy with simple things such as this one!
I can always go back to the store and add (or even remove) some more drops to this already-existing necklace, just to change it up.
The one at the bottom with the leather strap was also customized by me. Unlike my necklace, this one is made of totally different drops, including one with a blinged out letter T for my name. Shh, let’s pretend my real name doesn’t start with a P, okay? :D
There’s still time before Mothers Day and their SM North Edsa The Block store will be more than happy to help you customize one for your mom. <3 This is seriously addicting stuff, you guys!
Thanks to RG Gabunada for the photos.