Posts Tagged "japan"

MURUA

Posted on Friday, 28 March 2014

Things went very well in Tokyo. Too well that I still can’t believe how I was able to stand properly after meeting so many wonderful people!

One of the major highlights of my recent trip was meeting MURUA creative director and Japanese style icon Momoko Ogihara herself. I’ve watched her fashion for about 3-4 years now, and I always get giddy whenever I see her in my magazines because I’m such a fan of her signature look. Japanese girls named the high-cheekbone / under-eye blush style after her. Such a trendsetter.

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I really believe that she is partly responsible for the popularity boom of Japanese MODE style. She definitely plays a huge role in setting trends for girls who want to dabble into edgier, more mature coordinates by combining classic, wearable items with unique MURUA accents. 

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Ogihara-san with MURUA press Kotake Asami-san. 

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I’ve been in contact with Kotake-san for a while now because she sends me stuff from MURUA to share on my blog and Lookbook. We used to just pass by each other in fashion shows last year but I’m glad we finally got to meet! She is one of the nicest people I know and I always have a huge smile on my face whenever we talk on LINE because she is absolutely adorable. I love her new hair! 

I started feeling a little sad that I wasn’t able to communicate to them as much as I wanted to because my Nihongo is still not very good, but nonetheless, they didn’t make me feel like it was a problem at all. I kept on thanking them and saying sorry and telling them that I’ll study harder so we can all casually talk better next time! They were so kind and I couldn’t be more grateful.

I’m really thankful because they trusted me enough to share MURUA to the world. I’ll study harder so I can translate more information about Japanese fashion into English.

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We met up at the MURUA in Shinjuku LUMINE EST.

Another favorite MURUA store of mine is the one at Shibuya MARUI. One of the shop staff there can speak and understand English!

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I swear we didn’t plan on wearing matching stripes/borders. I just wore it because it seemed like a very MURUA thing to wear. True enough, both Kotake-san and Ogihara-san wore stripes too!

They personally picked some items as presents for me! I can die now. This included one of their currently super popular items - the off-shoulder striped top that she’s wearing. You can also see it on the mannequin in the picture of me and Kotake-san. It’s so popular that it already sold out in other MURUA stores.

After a short introduction, Ogihara-san toured me around the store and showed me some of their key S/S items. Of course, I took pictures so I can share them with all of you.

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Studded pointy heels in MURUA colors.

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Graphic pullovers, chain necklaces in pastel colors, and dangling earrings (the girl on the sweater has them too).

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Stylish everyday shoes with gold accents to match your gold jewelry.

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Off-shoulder statement sweaters, linen bomber jackets, sleeveless knits, denim miniskirts in white and dark gray washes.

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I wanted the black and white pointy heels so bad but they ran out of stocks in my size! 

MURUA wedges are still a huge thing. 

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Round sunglasses and leather caps.

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Monk straps and low heels.

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Dark blue version of the denim jacket that I’m wearing. It comes in 3 washes!

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Whole outfit from MURUA minus the bag and shoes. Would’ve worn my MURUA wedges if only I didn’t have a lot of walking to do that day!

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Florals for spring, but not in the usual powder pink that we see everywhere. 

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Blue/purple and yellow seem to be the top colors for MURUA S/S14.

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MURUA’s signature black and white with a pop of color. I got this bag for myself because I realized that I don’t have a lot of yellow bags! And to think that I really love yellow.

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It’s all about edgy and unique accessories with MURUA.

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Lace, gray denim, and a pale green cardigan. Classy color combination.

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Oversized pastel cardigans, embellished tops, stripes (lots of them), and nostalgic ’90s-vibe jumpers.

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Cardigan-top-skirt sets and fun patterns. 

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Berets! I kind of regret not buying any during my trip because they were so popular, but the mere thought of the hot weather in Manila strongly discouraged me from doing so.

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MURUA scents! I have the vanilla one (gray) and it smells so good!

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With sexy mom-to-be Cheesie and real life doll RinRin.

Hope you had fun with that little tour of MURUA’s current collection. Don’t you want to just buy everything?

Thanks MURUA for this opportunity! MURUA stores can be found all over Japan, but they also have stores in Hong Kong (The One mall), China, Taiwan (FAVVI Party), and Hawaii. You can check the specific list here.

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RANDA

Posted on Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Back from Tokyo! I had the busiest time but I’m not complaining. I originally planned this trip as some sort of vacation, but so many work opportunities came up and I just suddenly found myself having no free time at all! 

One of my agendas while I was in Tokyo was to take up RANDA’s offer to visit any of their stores. I always pass by the one in Shinjuku every time I’m in Tokyo, so I chose this particular store as I was most familiar with it. 

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I blogged about them last summer, and I remember mentioning how much I swear by Japanese shoe brands. You can never doubt the quality of their shoes because Japanese girls walk around A LOT, and I don’t think they can survive walking (and sometimes, running) around the whole day in poorly-made shoes. 

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Maho-san from RANDA gave me two pairs as presents (YAY) but I bought two additional pairs because I couldn’t resist all the pretty shoes. I also never owned a pair of white/off-white boots so I finally got one that I can comfortably walk around in.

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I also took the opportunity to take photos of their latest S/S14 collection. So many girly designs that you can easily pair with your floral skirts and light denim bottoms.

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Perfect beach shoes! 

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Tropical print is still popular for most S/S collections in Japan. These shoes are sure to be a hit!

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Bejeweled flats for lazy days! No need to excessorize anymore.

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The most popular silhouette for flats right now. RANDA offers them in unique designs that you can’t find anywhere else.

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RANDA collaborated with famous blogger Zina from Fashionvibe to create these shoes. So chic! I can already imagine them paired with tattered boyfriend jeans (another popular S/S trend).

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Not your ordinary booties.

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Summer sandals! RANDA always has the most interesting wedge designs. Makes your feet look like a million bucks.

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A whole wall of RANDA shoes. Can I live here?

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One of my favorites from their latest collection. Kawaii yet classy!

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Got the black version of these flats for everyday use. I love the subtle bejeweled heels.

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RANDA x Hello Kitty collaboration! So many girls in the store fit the beige Hello Kitty loafers. 

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Wore my RANDA boots immediately! They are insanely comfy, and the heels are just the right height for walking. I traveled around Shinjuku and Shimokitazawa that day and my feet didn’t hurt at all.

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Thanks to the RANDA Shinjuku shop staff for the hospitality! I wish my Nihongo were better but I tried my best, lol.

She is wearing a pair from the latest S/S collection. Two-tone also seems like a huge trend this season.

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A better view of my outfit (thanks to Asian Impressions for taking this picture). Can’t wait to show you my new shoes in the next couple of weeks!

Fortunately for us who can’t go to Japan all the time, RANDA opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal!

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Tokyo October 2013 Part 2

Posted on Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Crying deep inside because this will be the last of my Japan posts this year, and I won’t be spending Christmas in Fukuoka. I got used to it already - I could totally use some warm Ippudo and Christmas lights at Hakata Station. /tears

The good thing about it is that I can finally do the whole Christmas Eve with relatives thing again, a tradition that I also miss very much! And I’ll still be traveling with my family during the holiday break. We decided to fly to a place we haven’t visited together in 5 years - Taiwan. I’m pretty excited about it because I can’t remember much the last time I went there. I’ll make sure to properly document it this time.

Anyhow, I spent my last day in Tokyo with some Filipino bloggers who are based in Japan. They are an amazing bunch, and I wish they could adopt me so I can join their Japanese fashion escapades regularly! Even if I only met them for the first time, I felt like I knew them already because we shared so many similar interests. They made me feel like I belonged.

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Harajuku sun. Don’t be fooled - the weather was horribly bipolar the time I was there. It was right in the middle of summer and autumn, and I suffered so badly from the drastic weather changes and developed a bad cold, aggravated some more by lack of sleep and the adrenaline rush from my EMODA activities. 

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After my touristy morning at Meiji Shrine, I met up with fellow Filipinos Ashley, Gervin, and Kiko somewhere in Harajuku. They brought their pretty friend Junko along, and it was all so wonderful and kawaii kawaii doki doki hajimemashite lol you get the point. Junko is a popular Japanese blogger, and you might recognize her if you follow some active Japanese Lookbookers! She was so sweet to drop by and meet me even if she had a lot of activities that day! Can I swap faces with her? She is absolutely gorgeous.

Ashley contacted me when I tweeted about going to Tokyo, and I’m really happy that she did because I wouldn’t have had as much fun during this trip if it weren’t for this meet-up!

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Legit Harajuku street style snap with Junko and Ashley! Red hair, blonde hair and brown hair! I’m wearing a top and necklace from EMODA F/W 2013.

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Junko had to leave early but was kind enough to snap a photo of the 4 of us! Here I am with my new friends Kiko, Gervin and Ashley. Sorely missing them while I type this entry out. I now have more reasons to go back to Tokyo. 

I love how we all sort of had matching outfits. Red is totally the color of the season.

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We had a fun, spontaneous field trip to Koenji which is located in West Tokyo. I haven’t finished reading 1Q84 yet (I’m only a few pages in) but it’s apparently set here. As is Dare mo shiranai/Nobody Knows, a heart-wrenching movie I was able to watch in Japanese Film class back in college. Don’t watch it if you don’t want to be depressed, huhu I am scarred for life because of that movie

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We got lost for a while because it was everyone’s first time here. This couple was lost too. I love the girl’s Chun-Li hair!

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We stopped somewhere to check out Google Maps and to camwhore a little because we knew our time together was limited huhu

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I changed to flat shoes because of all the walking we had to do! Slip-ons also from EMODA.

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Shopping area near the Koenji station.

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The cutest neko drawing.

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The stores in the area were very quaint! Koenji is supposed to be popular for this kind of fashion, as well as for selling very good used clothing. I wasn’t able to do any shopping but it was nice to just browse through all the pretty.

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Old shoes that were glued to the ground.

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Kiko and Gervin (who changed to his sporty ninja-inspired look). Somewhere in this area, we found an owl cafe! Ashley was game to try it out but the rest of us were like HUU~ THEY LOOK SCARY!

Now I’m like, why was I afraid of a bird

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Bike props. Of course, they have to be kawaii.

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The most adorable pink bike.

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Not quite summer, not quite fall.

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I love the light in Japan. Achieving this quality doesn’t require any effort. Soft, natural lighting wins forever.

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Floresta Nature Doughnuts. So cute it would be a shame to eat them.

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The donut is looking at our lattes and secretly judging us.

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With teacher Ashley! She teaches elementary school kids for work! If I had a teacher like her, no question she would be my instant fave. 

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Families passed by as we had our little coffee break in a corner. Noticed a lot of kids in this community.

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Back in Harajuku before dinner time! My condition was so bad at this point I couldn’t think straight anymore and just wanted to go to bed and sleep. Which I did. The walk back to my hotel felt painfully longer than usual.

I wish I could go back and have more adventures with Kiko, Gervin and Ashley when I’m not sick anymore! Universe, let’s make it happen soon.

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I love that all-pink outfit!

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Grabbed something to eat in Shibuya before heading back to my hotel. I settled for something quick, and McDonalds was selling McPepper. I couldn’t resist. Way to make myself feel better. With fast food. 

I also dropped by the BIC Camera in Shibuya to buy a gift to myself for finishing my book - a new camera! My friend Edric talked me into converting to Fujifilm.

One of the best decisions I made this year. I am so in love with my X Pro 1. It also helped that the salespeople at BIC Camera were kind enough to give me a quick tutorial, as well as tourist discounts on top of the existing promotions that they had.

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The next day, I had a few hours to kill early morning before my flight back to Manila.

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I went to Ginza, which is a very upscale area in Tokyo that is known for high-end shopping and luxurious everything. 

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The Uniqlo there is amazing!

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The iconic Ginza Wako. There has always been a clock tower in this building since the late 1800s.

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I went so early in the morning! There weren’t a lot of people yet.

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Would’ve shopped here for my grandma if I only had enough time! She would totally love it in Ginza.

Shortly after this, I had to get my luggage back at the hotel and head to the airport. The best way to go to Haneda Airport from the city is by bus/airport limousine. I took the one in Shibuya Mark City as it was nearest to my hotel. 

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Last sushi meal in Japan. 

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Took photos in the bus because I was already missing Japan even if I haven’t left yet.

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Wonder if I got included in his photo.

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Gloomy day in Shibuya.

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A view I can never get tired of.

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To Shibuya Hikarie.

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Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree from afar. I haven’t had time to visit it yet, but hopefully next year I can come back and check it out! Another place I should visit is Shimokitazawa. I’ve heard great things about it. 

Must make good use of my multiple-entry visaaa. In an ideal world, I would fly to Japan 4 times a year. Once every season.

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Watched Shingeki no Kyojin episode 1 and 2 again on the plane. Day made. See you again soon, Tokyo!

Tokyo October 2013 Part 1

Posted on Saturday, 9 November 2013

EMODA flew me to Tokyo for the second time this year, and it made my October even more memorable. It didn’t matter that my flight was scheduled so early the morning after my book launch, since I was on such a #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook high that I didn’t care if I was running on 2 hours of sleep with a full schedule ahead of me. 

On days when I didn’t have work, I went around Tokyo on my own to take pictures as I always do. What I love most about Tokyo is its “organized chaos” that speaks to me very strongly. I don’t think any other place in the world can compare to it, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it either. I qualified for a multiple-entry visa when I just applied for single-entry, so expect more Japan travel diaries in the next 3 years!

I was just there last May, but it didn’t dampen my enthusiasm at all. You will never run out of interesting things to find and experience in Tokyo. This time, everyone was preparing for Halloween, and imho, no one does Halloween better than Tokyo. Sadly, I missed all the Japanese Halloween events as I’ve been traveling all over the US since late October, but at least I got to experience it in Times Square NYC! 

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Shibuya crossing.

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Who’s watching Ando Roid ~ A.I. know LOVE? 

How can I not watch this when they casted 2 flawless actors as the leads? 

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Hysteric Glamour’s Shibuya store on my way back to my hotel.

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ASOKO! Somewhere in between Shibuya and Harajuku. The lines outside this place were crazy long, so I wasn’t able to go in because I didn’t have the luxury of time.

I did, whoever, manage to take a quick peek inside before I left. They sell really well-designed novelty goods at super affordable prices. I thought I saw a sign that read 20 yen and 100 yen! 

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Because no Japan post will ever be complete without some Arashi.

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WEGO Harajuku! One of the most affordable places to get the latest trends. Prices are generally cheaper than brands in Shibuya 109 but the themes are quite similar. 

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Halloween-themed fashion!

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Limited edition MCM. If you follow K-pop closely, a lot of male idols have sported MCM backpacks in the past.

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Things that I don’t normally see in places outside Tokyo. 

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ROLA! I love her so much, I can’t even. 

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Walked along Harajuku and had to take a photo of the pretty light and shadow play on the buildings.

P.S. This giant Nike has free wifi, hohoho

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This brand is always brings me back to those days when I dressed in a more girly-dainty style.

merry jenny is also a MARK STYLER brand like EMODA, MURUA, etc, and also presents collections at touchMe fashion shows.

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In front of Shibuya Hikarie.

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KEIKO AND KYOKO IN ONE MOVIE. SO MANY FEELS. 

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Through the years I have mastered the art of taking pictures of interesting backs.

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When matchy matchy goes extreme.

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Subtle fairy-kei? They were so cute I wanted to put them inside my pocket! 

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Hello Kitty is cute, but I just have to point out the Bananas and Pajamas illustration! (!)

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Shibuya Crossing before the chaos.

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Kata-cute, lol (I finally get to use it!) Kowai-kawaii~!

Meiji Shrine

Visited Meiji Shrine in Harajuku one morning. The sun was so lovely and cooperative.

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I went in from one of the many entrances, and managed to do a bit of self-reflection while I braved the long walk to the main shrine. Some people think traveling alone can make you feel lonely, but for oh-so-introverted me, I enjoy the silence very much. 

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It was a wonderful day for family bonding.

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So lucky I went the same time parents were bringing their kids to their coming-of-age ceremony. 

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Someone just got married, and I took a quick photo of them organizing themselves for a formal family portrait.

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Messages from all over the world. It doesn’t get any more international in other places than in Meiji Shrine.

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Family portrait under the shade.

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One of the interesting details I found on a gate. 4 hearts forming into some sort of 4 leaf clover. Or maybe it’s just me.

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Clear blue sky. Thank you to the rain gods for not punishing me with unnecessary drizzle during this trip.

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Looks like scene from a movie. One of my travel entry trademarks are these candid couple photos, and this one is slowly climbing up my favorites chart.

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Hai Chiizu!

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The beginnings of an anime series.

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The surreal view on my way out of the shrine. Part 2 coming soon!

One of the reasons why I’m posting this on time (and not 3 months late) is because I think I took way too many photos over here in the US. Prepare for my next travel diaries on Chicago, New York and Boston because I didn’t bring my heavy dSLR with me for once. I’m so psyched about my new baby - I bought a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 in Tokyo as a present to myself for completing my book. I could’ve easily gotten myself my dream designer bag or a pair of designer shoes, but this girl’s obviously got different priorities. :)

EMODA TouchMe Collection S/S 2014

Posted on Tuesday, 22 October 2013

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This was the reason why I went to Tokyo last weekend! So incredibly honored to be invited by EMODA again to cover the S/S 14 show alongside Cheesie whom I haven’t seen in 2 years. We shot some photos against the iconic touchMe collection background, and this one turned out best:

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Coincidentally matchy matchy poses despite the contrasting fall and spring styles. We’re both wearing EMODA F/W 2013 everything (except for my bag)!

On my way to Shibuya to meet up with Kumiko, Alicia (Kumiko’s intern) and Cheesie, someone on my Instagram feed posted a backstage photo of one of the models from the EMODA show. I was so shocked to see something entirely different from their present “BUDDY CLOSET” collection! This didn’t spoil me one bit, and if anything, I was even more excited to see the whole show.

“PINUP LADY” is probably EMODA’s most refreshing collection to date, since they deviated from the usual aesthetic they’re known for and introduced new themes that, when put together, are still amazingly, distinctly EMODA. All the individual pieces are classic, but when styled together become very trendy. The vintage-inspired hair and make-up add so much to the concept as well!

Without further ado, here are some shots I took from the show:

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Pearl earrings and pearl necklace set is totally my style! Time to bring them out again for next season.

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Pushing the limits and matching everything – top, outerwear, bottom and headband. Surprisingly, it works! 

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High neck trend from this fall/winter will still trickle down to next spring/summer.

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Off-shoulder is also far from being dead. 

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This pink jacket is everything! EMODA usually has these oversized jackets every season, but having them in pastel pink is definitely going to convert non-believers to this brand.

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Gingham and tropical print-on-print.

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Who would’ve thought the combination would work so well?

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My #1 most favorite outfit from the whole collection. I’d wear this in a heartbeat. I need this gingham jacket and bottom set in my life.

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More Prada gingham on matching top and bottom sets. Too cute!

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Suspenders trend from this season will still be relevant next season. Instead of pairing them with sweaters, leather skirts and beanies, pair them with crop tops, floral prints and cutesy headbands!

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Trends like tropical prints and matching top and bottom sets from last spring/summer will still be around for EMODA S/S. 

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Can’t get over overalls? Here’s a top version that you can easily layer over printed bras and bikini tops! What a genius idea for a cover-up!

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EMODA’s way of mixing prints. 

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Probably my second favorite from the whole collection. It is so refreshing to see EMODA mix different prints together!

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This set looks so comfy. I want to buy it already.

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Barbie doll feels. Blue gingham is also super cute!

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Another outfit I’d totally wear.

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Matching top and bottom set in dark blue denim.

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Do not know if this top is naughty or nice.

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With all the fitted tops and bottoms in this collection, you ought to wear an oversized jacket to balance it all out.

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Tattoo stockings were all the range last year, and they’re bringing back the same idea to socks now! This one reads, “Pinup Lady”, as in the concept.

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Bringing sexy back, as well as these nostalgic mid-length shorts back! I swear fashion is just one endless cycle.

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Definitely the one outfit that stood out the most in the whole collection. 

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Peekaboo. I see you. Way to be a tease, huh?

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The classic pin-up look with a cutesy twist.

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The kind of EMODA style we’re all used to seeing, but with PINUP LADY concept hair! Makes such a huge difference.

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I can already sense that this will be my new favorite jacket.

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EMODA S/S 2014 was such a wonderful celebration of the female figure. Instead of the usual oversized silhouettes we often see from them, there were a lot of waist-baring, waist-emphasizing, hip-hugging, butt-showing items from this collection. 

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After the show, I dropped by the after party at SHOTO GALLERY for a bit. It was held at a huge 3-story events place which eventually got packed with die-hard fans of the brand.

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There were also so many girls taking selfies against the wall in the first floor! They were all doing kawaii purikura poses which makes me wonder if acting kawaii comes naturally to every girl in Japan because it really does seem like it!

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The second floor was absolute heaven! There were props in the middle of the room that you can use to accessorize with 4 different EMODA backdrops. I already thought the selfie-taking would end at the first floor, but the EMODA fangirling became even more intense on the second.

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Ashlee chose cat-eye glasses, and of course, I chose these super kawaii cat-ears headband. There were other props as well and I wish we could’ve taken more pictures…

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…but we got too distracted by all the (bottomless) sweets that were being served! This pictures taken before the room was opened to the public, but these were literally gone in a matter of minutes once the doors were opened. If this isn’t heaven, then I don’t know what is.

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You know something’s going to be up when EMODA’s invite doesn’t have any black in it. :) 

Thank you touchMe, Mark Styler and EMODA for flying me to Tokyo again! I had a fantastic time, and the show was nothing short of amazing. I’m actually quite inspired to dress for spring/summer as early as now!

P.S. If you’re wondering where Ena was all this time, she was on maternity leave! I heard her baby was supposed to be due on the same night as the EMODA touchMe show. Anyhow, congratulations to her as she finally gave birth to a healthy baby very recently! 

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If you adore EMODA as much as Cheesie and me and want to do the same things that we do for the brand, you might want to apply to be an official EMODA ambassador because they are searching for one! You can check out the details here. This is a huge deal, you guys! <3

You can learn more about EMODA through their Facebook Page, and go all-out shopping in their Global Webstore.

Here is the complete video of the show:

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Kyoto April 2013 Part 2

Posted on Friday, 4 October 2013

I’m in such a good mood today (won Best Wardrobe Blogger at the VSA last night omg thanks everyone), and I’ve nothing better than this entry to cap off a productive work week. This won’t be my last Japan entry for the year though, as I’m invited to Tokyo for the second time this year for EMODA touchMe Collection S/S 2014 with an old friend, Malaysian blogger extraordinaire Cheesie (whom I haven’t seen since this shoot back in 2011!). I’ll also be flying to the US end of October! There is ALWAYS room for more travel entries, yes?

More than the shopping part, I’m more excited to geek out and take tons of photos of the fashion show. I was initially a photographer before I crossed over to personal style blogging, and I can never, ever give it up because it’s already a huge part of me. I feel like my photography has been getting rusty recently, but traveling never fails to refresh my mind and give me new ideas. Can’t wait!

Anyhow, here’s the second part of my Kyoto trip last April. The first part consisted of a half-day tour, while this is the other half of this Kyoto-Nara 1-day tour. Already posted a separate Nara entry to avoid confusion, and well, Kyoto has a special place in my heart and I wanted to drag it on to 3 parts if it were only possible.

No picture of me in this entry because I was too caught up taking pictures and the tour didn’t allow that much free time. This is why I rarely travel with organized tour groups with fixed itineraries. :(

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One of my favorite pictures in this post. The bicycles look so light and they look like they’re floating.

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First stop was Nijo Castle (二条城), built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period. 

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REAL NIGHTINGALE FLOORS, OMG. Across the Nightingale Floor a.k.a. Lian Hearn’s first book from the Tales of the Otori triology was pretty much my favorite book way back when I was in highschool. I convinced my younger brother to read the trilogy as well so when we were told that this place had nightingale floors, we totes freaked out.

Nightingale floors are called such because they squeak if someone steps on them (thanks to a few screws), thus being an effective way to detect intruders. Only expert ninjas can probably get away with it without the floor “singing”. We were able to pass through a whole corridor with nightingale floors, and they really sounded like chirping birds.

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Beautiful details.

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Ninomaru Palace, the residence and office of the shogun during his visits to Kyoto.

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Ninomaru Garden.

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O hai there! Thanks for posing for my picture!

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A little traffic on our way to our next destination, so I managed to get a few shots from the bus window. Stalking skills level up~

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Love the colors in this one. Autumn feel even if this was taken in spring.

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Second visit to Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) or Golden Pavilion, and it still looks amazeballs! I’ve always visited Kyoto around this time of the year, but I’m so curious what it would look like during fall with the autumn foliage, and during winter with all the snow.

I can easily google photos but being there is a totally different experience.

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Another view.

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Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所) for the first time. This was the former residence of the Emperor of Japan until 1869, when the capital was moved to Tokyo. This place is super strict - you need to have a large tour group with you or else you can’t go in. You also cannot drift away from your group for some reason, so it was quite hard for me to take pictures.

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So clean. Looks too perfect to be true.

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Fine spring weather! 

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The most important part of the palace. Through Jomeimon Gate is the Shishinden or the Hall of State Ceremonies.

Emperors Taisho and Showa’s enthronement ceremonies were held here.

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These details are everything. 

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Time to leave Kyoto for Nara for a while! In the background you can see those cool riverbanks where students usually hang out. Well, I’m not sure if they actually hang out here but at least they always do in manga/anime/J-dramas, lol.

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Snapped this from the bus window on the way to Nara. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think this is Ninna-ji temple? Really wanted to check this place out but we only had limited time! 

One day, I’ll go to Kyoto during fall. I’ll definitely make it happen because I’ve already been here twice and I still can’t get enough. I feel like there are so many places to see and temples to visit and take pictures of. I’m such a history geek and I love being able to experience passing through the exact same corridors as some of the greatest people who ever lived.

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Nara tour done! You can check it out here.

Now we’re back in Kyoto! This was our last night so we decided to just check out the areas near the Kyoto Station. This one is a department store called Avanti.

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First stop, RIENDA! I’m honestly not too fond of their current A/W 13 collection, but their S/S 13 collection was, imo, their best collection to date. I blogged about it here.

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Reminds me of my old hair! Long and brown with bangs. On one side of the store, they were selling really pretty lingerie too but I’m partial to practical ones like strapless bandeaus, lol.

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Yes, nothing can beat moussy. Blogged about this brand here

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First time I didn’t buy anything from Cecil McBee! I prefer their A/W stuff in general.

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Spotted, pretty Jun Hasegawa modeling Baby-G. She cut hair super short now and she looks better than ever. Of course, I’m biased because I have short hair too, lol.

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Multi-colored kicks at huge discounts! Very K-pop style! These reminded me so much of Crissey, especially the pink ones.

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Long tour day ended with a wonderful dinner at Morita-Ya. It’s on the 11th floor of Isetan in Kyoto Station. 

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Beef that melts in your mouth! We were also seated beside a huge window with a great night view of Kyoto. Must go back. Trips to Kyoto seem to get better every time.