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: 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


Easy Move

This is an example of a casual outfit (for me).  Or really an outfit that makes me feel easy-breezy but not overdressed.  I think that in the blog world, I’ll never be overdressed, but in my real world, there are times that I dress up a little more than I should.  This, however, seemed to be just the right outfit for lunch and a stop at the thrift store (just in case you didn’t know:  good food, good coffee, and good thrift store hunting are my new favorite things).

I’ve been looking for a piece of furniture to store some of my clothes.  I share half a closet with Chris, so you can imagine how I’ve been overcrowding his side with my clothes and accessories (and my growing supply of handbags–more on that later this week).  I didn’t want to buy a heavy armoire (although I’m sure that’s what I would need) because we have a small apartment that I’m sure we’ll move out of sometime in the near future.  So, what was the next best thing?  How about a vintage kitchen cart with three shelves?  I liked the movability and the surprising spacious capacity of the cart.  So, this has become my new dresser:

I know, it looks silly, but I figure, it’s easy to move, and I could always use a wheeled tray in the bedroom in case I’m feeling extremely lazy and want breakfast in bed (although the likelihood of eating in bed is pretty low due to the fact that 1) I’m a messy eater and I wouldn’t want crumbs in the bed, and 2) there is no TV in the bedroom–so, sadly, I can’t think of another reason to have a rolling cart in the bedroom).

So, I managed to haul my thrift store finds into our apartment wearing this outfit.  Oh, and I also did grocery shopping which I managed to do in record time (I think I was in and out in less than 30 minutes–not bad considering we haven’t been to the grocery store in about two weeks).

I hope to post more on my thrift store shopping adventures sometime this week.  I hope everyone had a good weekend!

P.S.  Despite the very concerned look on my face, I had a nice weekend.

P.P.S. Stay tuned for Easter photos!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Xhilaration/Target

Tank top:  Mossimo/Target

Jacket:  TJ Maxx

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Carysma/vintage

Purse:  vintage Coach

Bracelets:  gifts


Those Wear the Days

Remember when I said I was going to post some shots of my last week of self-styled work clothes (that’s okay if you don’t remember–I’ll forgive you)?  Well, the time has finally come!  Spring is in full force, so I should share with you my outfits from yesteryear before it becomes too ridiculously hot to even look at a sweater.

First up, speaking of sweaters, here is a long one that I had just gotten for my birthday back in late November:

I actually wore this sweater yesterday.  It’s not heavy, so it was perfect to wear on a relatively cool, dreary day.  The shirt is pretty awesome, too.  It has a boatneck top and a pop of red at the cuffs.  I love the simplicity of the design and the unexpected burst of color.

Next, is one of my favorite work-appropriate outfits (of this particular week):

I do enjoy wearing purple.  Since I started this blog, I realized that I own many shades of purple.  The belt actually came from a pair of shorts (I’ve surprisingly never worn the two together before).  It was fun going head-to-toe in purple (note:  I’m wearing purple loafers!).

The last two outfits are pretty similar.  For both days, I went with the same theme:  button-down shirts underneath cotton shirts:

These were supposed to be my more professional looking outfits.  I like the ease of pairing a button-down shirt with a shirt or sweater.  In milder weather, a shirt with three-quarter length sleeves is a nice complement to the more conservatively buttoned-up shirt.

So, there you (finally) have it!  I’m also debating whether or not I should go back to shorter hair in the summer.  I do miss my shorter hairstyle!  In the meantime, enjoy the warmer weather!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Outfit 1:

Sweater:  Style & Co./Macy’s (gift)

Top:  Jonathan Saunders for Target/Target

Pants:  Gap/donated

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Outfit 2:

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shoes:  Xhilaration/Target

Belt:  from a pair of Calvin Klein shorts

Outfit 3:

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Button-down shirt:  Converse/Target

Pants:  Gap/donated

Shoes:  Xhilaration/Target

Outfit 4:

Top:  Merona/Target

Button-down shirt:  Converse/thrift store

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage