Tokyo Trip: One Last Look

And now for my last outfit of the trip (I really know how to extend my vacation, don’t I?).  It wasn’t anything fancy; just something that I could wear and be comfortable in for the long journey home.

I reworked my leggings from earlier in the trip and layered with socks (I thought that I had forgotten to pack my gray socks, but apparently, I didn’t look hard enough).  This was essentially my version of a nightgown that I could wear in public (by this time, I also had a full-blown cold, so I really couldn’t have cared less about what I was wearing).

The best part about this outfit was the vintage suitcase that I bought a few weeks before our trip.  It’ll probably be the first and last time that I’ll use it though.  The fabric started to unravel and I was afraid the whole thing was going to be in pieces by the time we made it to the airport.  Luckily, it survived–and thankfully, you all survived my drawn out recap of our trip.  I miss Tokyo, but I hope we’ll be able to go back and see more of Japan someday.  In the meantime, I’ll see you stateside!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Something Navy/Marshalls

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/ TJ Maxx

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift

Bow:  WEGO in Harajuku

Suitcase:  vintage/boutique store in Delaware


Tokyo Trip: Pocket Moments

For Day 6 of our trip, we went outside of the city and into Kawagoe, a quieter area with small shops and restaurants.  I wore a flowy top, which in my mind’s eye, was my closest approximation to a kimono (please excuse my dour face; this is when I was starting to not feel too well).

Since I was starting to get the sniffles, I had several tissues in my pocket.  I’ve realized that I feel incomplete if I’m wearing an outfit without pockets; I need pockets to store essentials or for a place to rest my hands.  Thankfully, my skinny cargo pants has many pockets.

We walked around and enjoyed the smaller town-feel.  As the sun moved out from under the clouds, the day got a little bit hotter.  I used our umbrella to shade myself, almost wishing I had a prettier parasol instead.

We went back to Ginza tired yet sad that this would be our last night in Japan.  We wanted to go to a hibachi, but since we were tired, we settled on McDonald’s and ate our food while watching a variety show in our hotel room.  An unexpected yet fun way to end our trip.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Living Doll LA/TJ Maxx

Camisoles: (1)  Merona/Target; (2) Imaginary Voyage/Marshalls

Pants:  Almost Famous/Marshalls

Flats:  Mossimo/Target

Socks:  Target

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift


Tokyo Trip: Mish-Mash Mood

This is my outfit from Day 5 of our trip.  I ended up going on a solo excursion because Chris wasn’t feeling well, so I saw this as a perfect opportunity to go antiquing.  Fortunately, there was an antique mall just a block away, so I was able to comfortably spend an hour or two perusing the display cases.  By the time I came back, Chris had enough energy to tour another area.  We decided to spend the rest of the day in Akihabara and then come back to Ginza (where we were staying).

Unfortunately, it was another rainy day, so I had to bring my raincoat.  I know the rain can’t give you a cold, but I’m sure the conditions (weather being cooler, being jet-lagged and sleep deprived, and being around someone who was already sick) helped to lower my immunity; I started to feel worn out by the end of the day.

But luckily, these pictures were before I started to feel under the weather.  I did combine a mish-mash of items to create this outfit.  I liked how an older woman on the street had worn her scarf, so I emulated her style by wearing my scarf (worn for the second time on this trip) in a similar way.   I was also in a menswear mood, so I added my vest over a Harry Potter shirt that I hadn’t worn up until that day (I packed it because I knew it would serve as a cool white t-shirt for me).

To add more color and depth to my outfit, I wore a short navy blue skirt over my jeggings.  I think I was in a layering mood that day (note:  my amused look is because I had to move out of the way to let someone pull their cart out).

Back in Ginza, I admired the store displays:

I have two more outfits to share with you.  We’re almost there!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Harry Potter/Hot Topic

Vest:  vintage/thrifted

Scarf:  Totes/thrifted

Skirt:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Jeggings:  Grane/Marshalls

Flats:  Mossimo/Target

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift


Tokyo Trip: Let’s Go For the Bow

And here is my Day 4 outfit.  It was my favorite outfit of the trip.  When I originally bought this skirt, I envisioned wearing a black cami and wearing a scarf around my neck as an ensemble.  However, when I bought this bow hair clip during a short jaunt to Harajuku earlier in the week, it inspired me to wear my black and white striped shirt with the skirt instead.  In fact, the fashion inspiration that I got from my hair clip made me want to go back and spend more time in Harajuku (which we ended up doing later in the day).

But first, Chris wanted to see a panoramic view of the city, so we went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.  We took pictures in the square and went up to the observation deck afterwards.  Unfortunately, we were unable to see Mt. Fuji, but we were able to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo (note:  all of my outfit photos were taken at ground level!).

I added Totoro to my purse because 1) he’s a cute cartoon character, and 2) I wanted to add a bit of Japanese style to my everyday look.

We then spent most of the afternoon in the Harajuku and Omotesando area.  I bought a cute vintage dress in a thrift store in Harajuku (sorry that it’s not pictured!).  I hope to wear the dress sometime in the fall or on a cool day (sadly, the material isn’t hot weather-friendly).

I’ll share more from the rest of our trip (only 3 more outfits left!).  Hope everyone had a good weekend (and a Happy Father’s Day!)!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Poof!/TJ Maxx

Skirt:  vintage/thrifted

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift

Bow:  WEGO/Harajuku

Earrings:  Guess/Macy’s

Keychain (Totoro):  shop in Nakano


Tokyo Trip: These Shoes Weren’t Made For Walking

I inadvertently showed a little bit more skin on Day 3 of our trip (hence my serious, slightly ashamed look).  That day, I noticed that there weren’t many (if any) women who wore tank tops or halter-style tops.  Before the trip, I didn’t really research the cultural norms when it came to clothing, so I felt a little self-conscious once I realized I was exposing more skin than everyone else.  I think I had to adjust and readjust my top multiple times throughout the day.

One thing I remembered about halter tops:  if they’re knotted too tightly to your neck, they can give you a neckache.  So, ladies, please consider this when buying anything that ties around the neck.

Also, when walking in an endlessly traversable city, please remember to bring your comfortable shoes.  And by comfortable, I don’t mean you can make do for a couple of hours; you should be able to wear these shoes for an entire day of travel.  I ended up wearing these shoes just once during the entire trip.  And once was enough.

We took photos at Tokyo International Forum and later, we went to Nakano for some fun shopping.

More to come!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Cover Up:  Charlotte Russe/gift

Shoes:  Eastland/vintage


Tokyo Trip: Wandering In the Rain

It’s time for Day 2 photos from our trip to Tokyo, Japan.  Chris and I were seriously jet-lagged, so we wandered the streets of Ginza at 5 am.  It was so peaceful.  It felt like we had the whole city to ourselves for about 20 minutes.

There are so many high-end department stores in Ginza with fabulous architecture.  I was intrigued by the store fronts, and Chris was fascinated by the buildings (but he took pictures of the displays for me).

We wandered over to the Tsukiji Fish Market.  There were a lot of stalls and a lot of seafood being sold.

And then we took a train to Shibuya.  I kept my coat on the whole day because it was raining.  I think I was the only person who used my raincoat for protection.  Almost everyone seemed to own a full-sized, plastic umbrella.

Thankfully, the following day was sunny.  Stay tuned for more pictures!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Coat:  Seven/TJ Maxx

Dress:  Poetry Clothing/Marshalls

Socks:  Merona/Target

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift 

Tote bag:  Little Anchor show


Tokyo Trip: Sunny Day in Mitaka

I’m finally back!  We got back from our trip to Tokyo, Japan about a week ago.  Unfortunately, I’ve been recovering from an awful cold the past week, so I didn’t have the energy to post anything.  Now, I’m finally feeling more like myself (with just a hint of jet lag left in me).  It’s time to update everyone on our adventures abroad!

This was the first time in Tokyo for Chris and me.  We loved the vibe of the city, were amazed by the architecture, and were both intrigued by the fashion.

For the first full day of our trip, we went to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.  We’re both fans of Hayao Miyazaki films, so Chris was able to purchase tickets at a Japanese travel agency in the States prior to leaving for Japan.  We weren’t able to take pictures inside the museum, but we took plenty of pictures outside.

I was unsure of the weather, so I layered with leggings and cropped pants.  As I was packing for our trip, I had a feeling that I would see a lot of young women wearing leggings.  I was correct in my assumption; however, most of the leggings were of the stirrup type (this is when I wish I took more pictures of the fashion in Tokyo!).

Can’t wait to show you more pictures!  I’ll try to post more this week!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Monamie/Marshalls

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Scarf:  Totes/thrifted

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Flats:  Mossimo/Target