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

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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: 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


Boots Fantastic

It was a fun weekend.  Chris and I took a short trip where we got to catch up with family and catch up on sleep (although I still felt like I was in a daze the whole weekend–unfortunately, prolonged sleep deprivation equals poor speech and comprehension skills).

I was convinced to wear my boots when I happened to see someone in the city wearing a very similar outfit with booties the day before (I even muttered “that’s my outfit” as I passed her because I was surprised to see someone wearing something that I had planned to wear for the next day).  Actually, if the ground wasn’t wet with rain, I probably would have worn my new black shoes instead (alas, I’ll have to save the shoes for another day).

This is my latest vintage Coach purse.  I think I’m addicted to buying old purses.

Chris and I took some pictures and got to take a stroll before we headed home.  It was the perfect way to end the weekend.   Hope you have a good week!

P.S.  I noticed that there is always something interesting to my left.  I couldn’t tell you exactly what.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Shorts:  Marshalls

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Boots:  Xhilaration/Target

Purse:  Coach/thrifted

Necklace:  flea market


Must Wear Glasses

I’ve been in a glasses mood.  Well, more of a too-lazy-to-put-in-my-contacts mood.  I actually came up with this outfit based on the fact that I was going to wear my red glasses.  I thought, “what better way to match my red glasses, than to wear a nice, red top?”

I seem to enjoy what I’m wearing more when I wear at least two layers.  In my opinion, a great complement to a deep shade of crimson is a deep shade of purple.  I used to think that red and purple clashed, but I’ve come to realize that they actually look pretty terrific together.

Of course, I was also influenced by my awesome Fair Isle pattern-inspired socks.  These socks have pulled together many an outfit.

I realize I should have ironed my shirt.  The wrinkles mar the overall sassy look.  Fortunately, I didn’t let the unpressed look spoil a fun day of grocery shopping and noshing on some Lebanese food.  Well, the food part was fun, not so much the grocery shopping.  I wish I enjoyed food shopping as much as clothes and decor shopping.  Oh well–you can’t have it all, eh?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top (red):  Merona/Target

Top (purple):  Xhilaration/Target

Pants:  Banana Republic/Banana Republic Factory Store

Socks:  Xhilaration/Target

Boots:  Xhilaration/Target

Earrings:  gift


Dance Party!

I like to support bands and artists that deserve more attention.  I also like to support family any way I can.  So, here is another plug, this time for the group Holy Ghost! (who may or may not have my brother-in-law doing sound for them on tour). For those who are unfamiliar with them, Holy Ghost! plays fun, upbeat, electropop music that makes you want to move and groove.  When Chris and I went to their last show of the tour, I felt like I needed to put more elbow pumping into my dance moves just to create a pocket for more breathing room (note:  I’m not used to the expected closeness at concerts; unfortunately, I don’t go out enough).  All in all, we had a great time, although my new red shoes got scraped and scuffed (expected casualties from a jamming environment).

My souvenir for the evening was this rad shirt.  I was in a color-block, ’80s-inspired mood (must have been all the ’80s movies that I watched over the weekend), so I wore this loose-fitting magenta and black dress underneath.  I, unfortunately, didn’t have an appropriate blazer to wear (I’ll save that for this upcoming weekend, I think), so I went with a gray cover up.  I also wanted to wear an outfit that showed off my platform heels from my Family Ties post, but I wasn’t in the tights-wearing spirit, so I decided to wear my black, white, and gray argyle socks.  I was hesitant to wear the socks with the heels, but Chris did his “squint and assess” and told me it matched (although he was probably trying to get us to leave the apartment for food–I’m not sure).

So, this is what I wore to celebrate my birthday.  At my parents’ house.  Hey–when you can’t bring your parents to a club, you bring the club to them, right?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Holy Ghost! concert

Cover-up:  Charlotte Russe/gift

Dress:  Rampage/Marshalls

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/Marshalls

Socks:  Target

Heels:  Esprit/donated


Smile in Style

Please bear with me and my creative self-timer portraits.  It was raining today, so I had to settle for a photo shoot indoors.  And, unfortunately, since we have a small space, we don’t have a lot of well-lit areas.  So, I stayed near the door since there was more light and not as much mess (I mean clutter–please try to avert your eyes from the random things that you see in the pictures).

Before I realized it was raining (I think there is something to the old practice of sticking a hand out of the window to see what the weather is like), I had a silly urge to wear a dress that had all the fall colors (brown, yellow, orange, and red–with a dash of green).  As usual, I had to keep warm by covering my legs.  I went with a pair of knee-high socks (that are probably a little too busy or non-matchy, but they’re warm!) and donned a pair of brown ankle boots.  I also layered up with a hoodie and a sweater thinking it would be sufficient–I was half right (at least the hood came in handy once I realized it was raining, and I was actually getting wet).

I ended up getting a little haircut today (which only led to a wild and frizzy look due to the dampness), and then I did some shopping (don’t worry–I only bought groceries today).  As I was breezing through the store, a woman stopped me and said, “I like your look” with a big smile and without a hint of sarcasm.  I thought it was a nice thing to say to a complete stranger on a rainy day.  Unfortunately, since I’m not good at conversation, and I wanted to head home before the rain came down harder, I smiled back, said ‘”thanks” and flew out of the store (I’m horrible at the ‘stop and chat’–but I’m sure we could have had a pleasant conversation).  But in all honesty, I think the world be a better place if we all just smiled at strangers (without malice or pretense–meaning, don’t be creepy about it) and handed out genuine compliments (seriously, it felt good to be complimented!).

In conclusion, the pictorial presentation of my outfit is quite unorthodox today, but I’ll see if I can have my trusty dad act as my photographer again next week .  I’ll also see if I can tame my hair for my next post.  Hope you have a good, sunshine-filled weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Hooded sweatshirt:  aerie/gift

Sweater:  Arizona Jean Company/JCPenney

Socks:  Target

Boots:  Enzo Angiolini/vintage