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

Cool Look for the Cold

I’m sorry for my lack of posts last week.  Unfortunately, it was a long week for me.  But don’t fret–I’m going to start up again with a post that just happens to be chronologically out of order (my dress from the holiday party will be posted soon).

I have an aversion to cold weather.  I kept my coat on for the pictures, because I couldn’t bear to expose my forearms.  So, really, you’re getting a peek at what I wore to a farewell/birthday party for Chris’ colleague.  As you can see, this is one of my dressier coats.  I wear it pretty much anytime I have to wear a short dress.  It’s warm, but it would have been warmer had I chosen to wear a long-sleeved sweater (why do I sometimes sacrifice my comfort for style?).  I also wore a scarf because the dress is pretty low-cut and I didn’t have a necklace that I felt matched my outfit.  So, the scarf seemed to do both the trick of giving me an extra layer, as well as functioning as an accessory (I’m all for two-for-one deals).

The boots also helped to keep me warm; they’re lined with a fleece-like material.  These are the first pair of boots that I’ve owned that are truly knee-high.  I love to wear them with skirts or with dresses.  It’s probably already pretty obvious, but these boots are just a tad too big for me.  But, surprisingly, they are pretty comfortable (as long as I don’t walk around in them all day long) and snug around my feet.

Wrong size and coldness aside, this is probably one of my favorite outfits of the year (so far).  I especially love the velvet material of the dress.  That alone, may be why I think this outfit is just so cool.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Coat:  Guess/Macy’s

Dress:  American Rag/Macy’s

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Scarf:  gift shop in Paris

Boots:  Franco Sarto/DSW

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Earrings:  Charter Club/loaned

A Gem of An Evening

I’m finally wearing a dress that I’ve been wanting to wear for a few months now.  It’s a unique combination of a jersey t-shirt and a semi-ruffled dress.  I was instantly attracted to the unusual composition of the dress, but the high price turned me away.  As I’ve mentioned before, if I don’t “have to have it,” I’ll wait until the price is lowered.  Luckily, my patience was rewarded, and I was able to buy this dress at a significantly reduced price (so far, this technique has worked for me at least three times in the past two years, although, I, unfortunately, have purchased a jacket at the initial sale price of $30 that was later reduced to $20 after I bought it–hey, you win some, you lose some).

I also covered up with a coat that I wore when I went to Paris last year, but I had to wear a light, black trench coat underneath to keep my arms covered.  Unfortunately, the overcoat has three-quarter length sleeves, which is not an acceptable means to keep warm on a cold, fall night, so I doubled up the layers.  Similarly, I kept my lower half warm by wearing calf-length boots and tights.

The dress also came with a sparkly bonus:  the faux gemstones on the belt buckle paired well with a jeweled necklace that I purchased from Paris, so I wore them together.  Not only do I love buying and wearing jewelry (when I can), but I love to find pieces that are different yet distinctive of a certain time period or a place (this probably explains my affinity for vintage or antique objects; I enjoy things that have a story).

This outfit was worn during a very fun and memorable dinner with friends.  Unfortunately, we probably won’t get together again until after the new year.  Either way, it seems that we’ll have a lot to look forward to.  So, here’s to fond memories of the past and happy times in the future!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:   BCBG Max Azria/Marshalls

Coats: (overcoat) Vertigo/Marshalls; (trench coat) Nine West/Nine West

Boots:  Nine West/Marshalls

Necklaces:  (jeweled) boutique shop in Paris; (beaded) loaned

Purse:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls