I wear so much pink now, and I totally blame it on the sakura obsession I brought with me from Tokyo. It was actually my first time to see a fully-bloomed cherry blossom tree, as my past trips in Japan were (strangely) always scheduled after everything is over. I used to just see one or two rogue trees with a few blossoms, but never the kind where it has blossomed enough to fill a whole picture with pink! Too pretty! Will share the photos soon!
I’m immensely envious of everyone in Tokyo right now because they can experience hanami and all, but this only gives me more reason to come back next spring! On a slightly related note, congrats to one of my friends who just got engaged in Ueno Koen with cherry blossoms in the background. This scenario has always been my dream proposal so hopefully my boyfriend and I can cook something up in the future too! He already knows that I’ve always wanted a pre-nuptial/wedding photoshoot with sakura in the background. And a sakura-themed wedding. (He never reads my blog so I can freely talk about this stuff here without him knowing, lol. Unless one of my friends sells me out.)
I just want to sakura-fy EVERYTHING!
Relaxed weekend outfit. I haven’t worn dresses like this in a long time! Now that it’s officially summer in Manila, simple, one-piece items are slowly becoming my uniforms. I refuse to think anymore when the temperature is this high.
What’s worse is that whenever I go inside air-conditioned places, I still get cold enough to need to wear a jacket. Someone teleport me to a place that is 10 degrees Celsius right now. Maybe back to sakura-filled Japan because I’m obviously still not over it.
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.
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.
Ogihara-san with MURUA press Kotake Asami-san.
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.
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!
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.
Studded pointy heels in MURUA colors.
Graphic pullovers, chain necklaces in pastel colors, and dangling earrings (the girl on the sweater has them too).
Stylish everyday shoes with gold accents to match your gold jewelry.
Off-shoulder statement sweaters, linen bomber jackets, sleeveless knits, denim miniskirts in white and dark gray washes.
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.
Round sunglasses and leather caps.
Monk straps and low heels.
Dark blue version of the denim jacket that I’m wearing. It comes in 3 washes!
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!
Florals for spring, but not in the usual powder pink that we see everywhere.
Blue/purple and yellow seem to be the top colors for MURUA S/S14.
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.
It’s all about edgy and unique accessories with MURUA.
Lace, gray denim, and a pale green cardigan. Classy color combination.
Oversized pastel cardigans, embellished tops, stripes (lots of them), and nostalgic ’90s-vibe jumpers.
Cardigan-top-skirt sets and fun patterns.
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.
MURUA scents! I have the vanilla one (gray) and it smells so good!
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.
First time in a long time to wear creepers, and I’m still a little on the fence about them. I often see Luanna from Lookbook rocking them so naturally, pairing them with her effortless punk, grudge style that I could only wish to pull off. I do love that they give a much-appreciated height boost without sacrificing on comfort and that the thick soles make them perfect for cold weather dressing, but I still prefer sleeker, more sophisticated footwear that can give my legs a more svelte silhouette.
Anyhow, one day, I just thought it would be cute to wear a more cutesy, not-so-badass outfit with these shoes. Of course, there had to be cats involved.
This was my Christmas Day outfit! Decided last minute that I didn’t want to wear red because I already exceeded my self-imposed red quota last December. So hipster of me to take the less popular option. There’s a little bit of gold, at least?
I spent most of Christmas Day with my mom’s side of the family. It’s all a blur now because I can’t remember doing anything else but eat every few minutes. And Mario Kart (of course).
Day ended with a perfect Christmas dinner with the boyfriend Rg. I don’t know how I ever got to this point where I remember my days by the food that I eat. Holidaze.