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 email@example.com
Showing off my shoulders with this dress I can see myself wearing even after summer. Cold shoulder trend is still going strong, it seems! Good for me because I’ve always loved this silhouette even when I was a lot younger. There’s just something so subtly sexy about showing the neck and collarbones instead of the usual chest/waist/hips/butt (which are all not my good points).
Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) actually came out the same year I was born! It’s admirable how timeless most Ghibli films have become. People of all ages still know them by heart decades after the films came out, and the characters have also become pop culture icons in their own right.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to go to the Ghibli museum in Japan last March. The tickets sold out so early and so fast! *cry* I’ll make it happen one day. In the meantime, I’ll probably just ogle at the pretty merchandise in Donguri Republic (a Ghibli-themed store in Hong Kong).
What’s your favorite Studio Ghibli film? Mine is a tie between Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. My first Ghibli film was super depressing though. I don’t think my heart can handle watching Grave of the Fireflies again. After the ending, I had to watch the first scene again just so I can have proper closure, lol.
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!
Styled this outfit to match my limited edition SNSD x Sheen watch that even comes with a special box! Definitely a must-have for K-pop fans and Korean fashion enthusiasts!
This was so timely (sorry I’m not sorry) because I’ve been obsessing over You Who Came From The Stars / My Love From The Star recently! Jun Ji Hyun has such elegant style in the series, and I love how her accessories are always on point. I just finished the last episode last night, and I’m still bawling like a baby.
Since I like to keep my accessories at a minimum, watches never fail to save the day whenever I feel my wrists are too bare. Instead of stacking so many accessories to create crazy arm parties, I prefer just sticking to one or two functional pieces that can speak volumes on their own. This shimmery, shiny Sheen watch from Casio does the job so well.
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