Fighting off the gloomy weather by posting a bright, summer outfit that I wore a few weeks back to a weekend road trip with my closest friends. Couldn’t pass up the chance to shoot an outdoor outfit post because I rarely go out of the city! You may have also noticed how I have managed to successfully settle within the confines of my little studio and plain white wall nowadays. It’s too convenient. /cry
Anyhow, I just had to wear my new wedges out because I couldn’t find anything more perfect to match with my whole outfit. Who says summer sandals can only be flat? I got these RANDA babies from my recent trip to Tokyo, and I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I’ve always adored RANDA shoes, and Japanese shoe brands in general because they are really some of the most comfortable (if not the most comfortable) shoes in the world. If you go around Japan, you’ll be amazed at how some girls can survive to walk for hours in 4+ inch high heels and not die at the end of the day. A lot of it has to do with the quality of shoes that they wear!
Another spring/summer outfit wearing the same wedges!
Fortunately for us who can’t go to Japan all the time (though thankfully we can now have multiply-entry visa, lol thank you PM Shinzo Abe) just to buy quality kawaii shoes, RANDA has recently opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal.
Hopefully more Japanese brands can go global in the next few months/years!
Their S/S 2013 collection called CHIC & PURITY is every spring lover’s dream! I couldn’t resist getting a pair of Metallic-line Ankle strap Wedge Sandals in Beige for myself when I visited their Shinjuku store. It was only a few steps away from JR Shinjuku Station!
I spent about 30 minutes deliberating on which pair I should get. Everything was so pretty, but as a normal traveler I couldn’t buy too many shoes or my luggage could go overweight (and back then, I already bought too much EMODA for the touchMe show). T_T
I settled for classic nude wedges with gold accents in the end. In all honesty, my feet can withstand hours of walking around in these high heels. What is this sorcery?!
Two-tone open-toe shoes for their main poster. I love how RANDA offers cute and trendy but classy designs that can cater to different ages and styles. The model on the left has a more mature, chic style while the model on the right has a more sweet, innocent style.
HOHOHO I’m on a roll! I come bearing more good news! RANDA is officially on sale starting today! It’s CRAZY - I found a pair of $60 flats that went down to $20.
Here are my faves from the global webstore. Enjoy shopping!
This is one cliche that I will always approve of. White has always been a staple color for spring/summer fashion, but with the black-and-white color blocking trend still staying strong, it’s the perfect time to invest in all the white that you need in your closet!
A white top can match pretty much anything and everything! I love this particular one as it has this trendy mesh detail that adds a subtle hint of sexiness. Add a pop of neon for more fun!
White pants can be difficult to pull off for most people (and not to mention, can induce major stain paranoia) but the right cut and the right fit can give you a fresh and unique look.
A white jacket need not look like a doctor’s white coat. This particular one has sequins on them, making it a good day-to-night add-on to a seemingly casual outfit. I’m actually just wearing a simple chiffon top and plain denim shorts underneath!
Second part of my Osaka trip is all about free time and shopping! Since I made the itinerary for the whole trip, I’m pretty sure my whole family expected 1-2 days for exploration… a.k.a. mall hopping. Thankfully, none of them complained about having too much free time, as they also had their own share of unique fashion finds!
Me and my brothers at Kyoto Station. Our trip also had Kyoto and Nara in between (which I’ll be blogging about in the next few weeks) but in the end, we had to go back to Osaka to take the plane home to Manila.
Traveling from Osaka to Kyoto (or vice versa) is so fast and easy that you can just take a day trip to one place but go back to your original hotel at night.
After dropping off all our luggage at the hotel, we headed straight to the Shinsaibashi area for some sightseeing… err, shopping. We stayed in the same hotel in JR Osaka Station, making it very convenient to just take the train straight to Shinsaibashi Station.
My brother Calel waiting outside Tokyu Hands. Always a good place to start shopping.
No one in their right mind would attack without filling their stomachs first! Before we did any real shopping, we went for some katsu in one of the underground passageways.
Shinsaibashi-suji is a covered shopping street that is a must visit for all shopaholics!
I particularly loved the Lowry’s Farm here as the store was huge! I make sure to drop by Lowry’s Farm every time I get the chance (also available in Collect Point in Singapore and Hong Kong) because they are one of the most affordable Japanese brands I know that carries quality trendy items.
Allamanda by INGNI. The mannequin on the left makes me miss my long hair so much! It would probably be this length now if I hadn’t cut it short.
I didn’t buy anything from this store (though I would have, if you presented these clothes to 20/21-year-old me) but it was a delight just looking at their clothes. Everything was extra sweet and dainty. Florals and pastels galore.
one spo's summer collection is to die for! I'm a sucker for black and white with yellow color accent so I pretty much ogled at everything when I was here. Daisy prints are huge right now and I couldn't blame them for placing them everywhere - tops, skirts, caps, accessories and even shoes!
The famous Kani Doraku built in the 1960s.
Why hello there, Nino! <3
Osaka Shochiku-za, a theater for kabuki plays.
Taken just before the influx of people who went here to eat dinner. Good thing I managed to snap this photo before it got crazy!
Me and the iconic Glico man, originally installed in the 1930s.
The end of Shinsaibashi-suji.
The start of Ebisubashi-suji. (Crowd was starting to get crazy here)
Dotonbori canal just before sunset.
Went back to the entrance of Shinsaibashi-suji!
I saved the best for last. Went to Shinsaibashi OPA for 11 floors of Japanese fashion goodness! This is my favorite place in Osaka for shopping as it’s reminiscent of Shibuya 109.
Laguna Moon's S/S 2013 collection was also resort-inspired like most of the other brands. Not a bad thing though, as the palm tree prints and light, breezy materials are perfect for us living in tropical countries. Matching top and bottom set is also a big trend.
LANDS OF Eden had these cute neon yellow/green accents to give spunk to dark colors and neutrals. Peplum is also not yet over!
Retro girly is still in for spring! This style is something the Japanese will never get tired of, I guess!
Sky high strappy platforms at Esperanza. Got lucky with a pair of two-tone white/yellow pointy pumps at 50% off!
OMG, SLY. I’ve been obsessing over their current collection/s for the past months. This brand has also converted me into wearing more dangling earrings and statement accessories. This is a huge leap considering my usually conservative taste in jewelry.
Current collection features Keith Haring collaboration items.
EMODA, of course. Love the leaf print series, as well as the all-white coordinates that look so neat. Minimalist but chic as always! I didn’t splurge too much here because I already knew I was going back to Tokyo anyway for EMODA’s TouchMe show. I already blogged about it here!
KOJIHARU by the entrance to OPA. She’s my AKB bias! Too pretty!
Creative Marc by Marc Jacobs store display! The head scarves make me want to try this style out one of these days.
Yakitori for dinner.
Went around the area (at this point, I didn’t bother knowing which street was which) and spotted some unique stores. Surprisingly, there was also an American Apparel in the area.
Vintage-inspired tank tops at this place where they sell gas masks and military stuff, lol. The contrast!
Vintage adidas everywhere! They were selling a lot of discontinued and limited edition items that are now apparently super hard to find.
I remember taking a photo of similar vending machine in Fukuoka, and it didn’t look anything like this, hahaha
Stylish young mom in front of McDonalds. I went to Japan just before Golden Week and they had these special burgers that I failed to try, lol. Maybe next year? *hopes and prays*
The next day, which was our last whole day in Japan, we just killed time around JR Osaka Station. There was a giant Yodobashi (electronics heaven) so we went in and geeked out for a while. Took a break from all the fashion and got myself a quirky camera bag for my dSLR and lenses. It is white and red with floral prints. ONLY IN JAPAN! Been looking out for cutesy ones for the longest time now but have only been seeing boring black ones which I know have more functionality and stuff but sue me for being a girly girl
Who can say no to all this beef?
The eggs are for our tamago kake gohan <3 I don’t normally eat a lot of rice but Japanese rice (especially with egg) is my weakness.
Chanced upon this new place called NU Chayamachi by the Chayamachi exit of Umeda Station.
There were many artists exhibiting their work in the area, but I was fortunate enough to watch this girl create her masterpiece from scratch. They weren’t just limited to drawing on walls though! Some of them created 3D art and placed them everywhere — on trees, lamp posts, etc.
KATE SPADE SATURDAY! This is only available in Japan so I totally spazzed when I saw it accidentally.
I was able to talk to one of the shop staff who wanted to practice her English! She told me she used to work for Uniqlo where she was able to meet a good friend who also happened to be Filipino like me. Now her friend is working in New York! She, on the other hand, would love to go to Paris one day. I also told her to visit the Philippines too, and then she went on and on about some of her friends loving every bit of Cebu and Boracay. Yay!
Another artist’s work.
One of the store displays along EST. Transparent bags were also everywhere, in different shapes and sizes. These heart-shaped ones were absolutely darling, and now I regret not buying one!
For cat lovers! They even had cat-shaped tape dispensers!
Afternoon coffee at this quirky bookstore.
HEP Five, also a must visit for those interested in shopping for fashion in Osaka. It’s a quick walk from JR Osaka station and you can’t miss it! There’s a bright red ferris wheel on top!
After shopping, I had some free time to sneak in some shots of people’s outfits. Everyone was walking so fast though, and my photography skills were rusty. Couldn’t keep up. :P
This girl’s shoes are killing me (in a good way)! I can never pull this look off but she worked it so well. Fell in love with the whole pastel color scheme that even matched her youthful face and hairstyle.
Ugh, they make oversized clothes look good too! <3
Entrance of HEP Five. Spotted two girls wearing vertical striped bottoms and denim jackets. Another huge trend in Japan now.
Positivity all the way! Even this brand agrees with me!
JR Osaka Station at night. It was my last night and I wanted to explore on my own a bit.
Managed to catch Arashi ni Shiyagare on TV just before I went to sleep!
Osaka was super fun - I can’t wait to go back. If someone were to ask me to choose between Osaka and Tokyo, I’d be so torn. This place is so endearing in its own special way! <3
Apartment 8’s Blair is back, and she got first dibs on new items that haven’t been released yet! So happy!
I can sense this halter top being another one of their best sellers, especially now that this silhouette is all over stores right now. One of the most endearing things about halter necklines is how they are able to flatter the narrow shoulders + small bust body type (which I happen to have), a usually tricky body type that tends to be overwhelmed by most shoulder-emphasizing clothes. Halter necklines (for me, at least) give the illusion of a broader upper body (which I totes need) but I like them most for that conservative-but-not-really element that they have.
Here’s another lust-worthy dress that’s going to be available in stores soon. The fabric reminds me of melted gold, and the unique print makes sets the dress apart from all the plain ones of the same style. Definitely a versatile piece that you can use in both casual and dressy occasions, depending on the accessories and shoes that you pair it with.