I thought all-white, girly and frilly ensembles would stop working on me anymore once I dyed my hair dark, but I just proved myself wrong with this outfit! It just goes to show that you can still be as cutesy and girly as you want without having to dye your hair light brown or blonde EVER! My hair quality is a little better now that I had the ends trimmed off, but it’s still nowhere near the quality of my virgin hair from… err, 10 years ago? I can’t believe it’s been this long. Somehow, I missed this natural look.
Anyhow, I actually have a ton of little white dresses that I haven’t worn yet, and I think now is the best time to whip them out of the labyrinth that is my closet. Black hair on white clothes is my new thing right now.
Good news! I was instantly greeted by the rain as soon as I got back in Manila. Someone is obviously too happy that summer is over! I feel like I’m back in my element now that the weather is a little bit cooler, and I’m not sweating like an angry bird on a treadmill anymore.
Attending A/W fashion shows in Tokyo has officially set my mood for dark color dressing! I’m slowly getting over my annual fairy phase (a.k.a. summer mode in Muggle speak), and there’s nothing like a classic shift dress to set the new season off to a promising start. Motel Rocks makes the best cold shoulder dresses, and this one is quite a gem. It can already see myself using and abusing this dress until the holiday season!
P.S. I’m blogging early today because I’ve been passing out at 8 PM every night since I got back. Jetlag is a good thing, in my case! Forces me to sleep early and wake up early too!
Someone found her way to the RANDA store in Shinjuku again! I swear, I always have to pass by this store every time I’m in Tokyo. They have the best shoes!
Maho-san from RANDA allowed me to take photos once more, as well as share their newest summer shoes, in case anyone is going to Japan in the next few months! She also prepared some gifts for me! Happy <3 I went straight from the airport!
With the nicest shop staff!
Trying on RANDA’s present for me! I don’t have ankle-strap wedges yet and I’m glad my first pair is from RANDA!
I wore these shoes to dazzlin touchMe Collection 2 days after I arrived from Tokyo, and I didn’t have to break them in? They were so comfy already!
I also got the white and tan ankle straps on the right! Lovely details.
The Hello Kitty x RANDA collection is still in stores!
Black heels and the signature Hello Kitty ribbon.
Black and white summer wedges with the cutest Hello Kitty design!
For all the Hello Kitty fanatics out there…
Subtle Hello Kitty for those who prefer more simple shoes.
Ankle straps are everywhere in Tokyo now that it’s transitioning from spring to summer.
Out with the winter boots. In with all kinds of summer sandals.
They also got these flats with embellishments for a change. Perfect for a beach weekend getaway.
These would look great with denim!
Choose your beach footwear.
I love these so much! I regret not buying the yellow and white pair!
Strappy heels in bright orange.
Pastel blue and yellow, and the cutest cross straps.
More ankle straps and color blocking.
I have the black one and I wear it constantly!
MODE style shoes. The white ones are especially popular this season!
These are perfect! Too bad the white one didn’t come in my size anymore.
They still got some of their signature edgy designs, but in pastel colors for spring/summer.
Shoe paradise! Every girl’s dream!
RANDA by fashionvibe! World-famous blogger Zina Charkoplia collaborated with them for their S/S 2014 collection, and the result was this super chic ankle strap design that I wish came in my size! These sold out so fast, and I could totally understand why.
Fortunately for us who don’t live in Japan, RANDA opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal!
I know what you’re going to say. This looks just like my previous outfit, only in black and white!
I’m on a major dress phase, and I’m seriously loving every bit of it even if my outfits are looking very repetitive recently. Nothing beats dressing in comfortable clothes when the temperature is 35 Celsius. Summer needs to be over right now. The heat is killing my creativity and productivity.
Anyhow, the highlight of this outfit are the blinged-out heels on my shoes. This pair was one of the gifts I got from RANDA when I went to Tokyo. No need for “excessorizing” anymore, when you’ve got shoes like these.
Seriously missing spring weather in Japan right now. Can’t wait for my next trip abroad in May. I’d be happy anywhere as long as it’s colder than this hot Manila summer!
Taking a break from the extensive travel posts to share the beauty of Japan’s cherry blossoms! I was 2 weeks too early for full bloom, but one tree is definitely better than nothing.
Thanks to our helpful friends from METI who researched about the earliest blooming sakura trees in Tokyo, we were able to quickly and successfully find one at Shinjuku Gyoen.
Kawazu-zakura are some the earliest-blooming type of sakura! The reason why they’re called this is because the trees’ birthplace is found in Kawazu-cho in Izu Pensinsula. There’s a street there that’s lined with bright pink (Kawazu-zakura trademark) cherry blossom trees, and they hold a festival for it around February/March.
Most of the time, we see sakura illustrations and designs in pink. But the white ones, or the somei yoshino, are the most popular kind of sakura, contrary to popular belief.
If you have friends who went to Tokyo during this year’s sakura season, you’ll notice that most of their photos show the white/light pink variety. There are other kinds that even bloom later than usual, but I’ll save that for next time I go to Japan in spring!
Anyhow, I was so lucky to catch these vivid pink ones! It was so hard to stop to take photos.
I had another jacket with me as this outfit was definitely too cold for March weather! I just deliberately wanted to match with the background, lol.
Dream come true! I’m pretty sure you guys are sick and tired of me saying that in each and everyone of my Japan-related entries. But really, cherry blossoms are EVERYTHING. <3 Seeing them will make you forget all your problems. THANK YOU MOTHER NATURE!
It’s tricky to plan ahead for hanami/cherry blossom-viewing (the weather is unpredictable and the bloom dates change every year), but more or less, first week of April is the safest time to go. I want to go again next year!
Meanwhile, you can check out 100Tokyo for more pictures of sakura. “100Tokyo” is a new website which hopes to present Tokyo’s 100 best places and things to experience.
You can also check out my blog’s Tokyo tag to browse through my past travel diaries.