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


Graduation Then Vacation

If you were ever wondering, I burn first, and then I tan.  I was reminded of this last Saturday at Chris’s graduation where my shoulders got almost fried.  But on a positive note, it was a beautiful day!

After graduation, all of us (Chris’s family came down for the day to celebrate) took a little trip and ate at the Inner Harbor.  Then, Chris and I ended the day with a neat photo shoot by the American Visionary Art Museum (a wedding and an engagement shoot were happening nearby–it was a popular place for taking pictures!).

This week is going by fast.  And by fast, I mean I wake up, I eat, I work, I eat, I sleep, only to wake up a few hours later and start all over again.  In the midst of all of that, I’ve been preparing to go on vacation.  Don’t worry–when we come back, I’ll share pictures from our trip.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll see you in two weeks!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Imaginary Voyage/Marshalls

Shoes:  Nine West/Marshalls

Purse:  Coach/thrifted

Necklace:  thrifted

Sunglasses:  London Fog/Marshalls

Bracelet:  Bloom/shop in Delaware


Presenting To You…

I’m so sorry I didn’t post last week.  My mind was blank, and I had written about three sentences that were not cohesive (or coherent).  Plus, I had one of those weeks where I was always behind and never catching up.  So, speaking of catching up, here is a glimpse of what I wore over a week ago.

I wore this to Chris’s thesis presentation.  I was so proud of him for completing a project that he had been working on for over a year (by the way, his presentation went well and he looked great).

However, I think it was because I was more worried about Chris’ clothes that I didn’t know what to wear myself.  After discarding possible outfits, I ended up wearing this black dress, and as a last-minute addition, I accessorized with this belt (my standard way of dressing up an outfit).

I apologize for the little splotches on my dress and belt.  I swear I’m generally a (relatively) clean person!

My vintage Koret purse was the most logical choice for a handbag, once I realized I had a gold and black theme to my outfit.  I even wore my gold and black flats, since I had to do a fair amount of standing and walking (definitely more comfortable than my heels!).

All in all, it was a wonderful day to celebrate a long-awaited accomplishment.  Up next:  pictures of what I wore to Chris’s graduation (yay, he’s finished)!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Express/Marshalls

Belt:  vintage

Shoes:  Kenneth Cole Reaction/DSW

Purse:  Koret/thrifted


No More Rainy Days

Yay, for sunshine!  Yesterday, I was finally able to wear the Oxford-type shoes that I bought about two months ago.  Every time I planned on wearing them, it was either rainy or had finished raining.  Luckily, Sunday was rain-free and back to spring-like temperatures.

I spent most of the day cleaning (don’t worry, I managed to wear my scrubby clothes for the deep cleaning and vacuuming).  I wore this outfit on my one outing for the day–a visit to my parents.

So, my photographer for the day was my mom!  She strolled out into the backyard in her satiny, heeled Mootsies Tootsies.  My mom even squatted in her heels to take a picture of my shoes!  I love my mom and her sense of “casual” fashion.

I think the theme for my outfit was flowy, springtime comfort.  This kind of weather is perfect for me.  I wish it lasted all year round.

I hope everyone had a good Monday.  Goodbye, April; hello, May!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  Esprit/vintage

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls


Birthday Special

I just wanted to take some time today to say Happy Birthday to my special someone.

I’m not the best gift-giver, so I basically waited until the last minute (meaning yesterday) to find a birthday present.  I ended up driving around most of the late morning, searching high and low for a specific t-shirt.  Unfortunately, the first place I went to didn’t have the correct size, so I drove to another mall.  Luckily, the malls are probably only about 20 minutes apart, but I’m sure I burned a lot of fuel.

I think it was well worth it.  For those who either have kids or are just kids at heart like Chris and me, you are probably familiar with the Disney show, Phineas and Ferb.  And if you know the cartoon series, you are probably quite familiar with Perry the Platypus/Agent P.  Perry is probably the coolest character on the show.  He doesn’t talk; he just stares.  In Perry’s world, a stare carries a lot of meaning.  So, you can imagine why this shirt was too awesome to pass up (although, originally, I was looking to buy another shirt–but this shirt ended up winning me over).

So, to sum up–don’t wait until the last minute to buy presents, Perry the Platypus is the bee’s knees, and Chris is awesome in every way, especially today.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

His

Button-down shirt:  INC/Macy’s

T-shirt:  Disney/Disney Store

Hers

Jacket:  Notations/vintage store

Scarf:  vintage