042018 / Spring Things

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rapeseed Portraits Tokyo Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.com

As April passes, it now feels appropriate to start exclaiming how fast the year is going by while everyone eases from "oh beautiful Spring" to "omg can it be Fall already?". But really, it doesn't even feel like May -- and for some reason, I've been telling everyone I'm 25 already but my birthday isn't until August.

Springtime in Japan was honestly the blossomest Spring I've ever experienced in my life. I don't remember the last time I've seen this many different flowers, and being excited about it, if anything, is what was honestly shocking about all this. Somehow, I feel like I've lost all sense of time and its relevance to me. I'm growing up and slowing down while letting go of any control I ever had of life altogether. Just like that, the cherry blossoms trees all sprouted leaves and turned completely lush green even before the second week of April. Rapeseed turned wild fields golden yellow for a short period of time until they faded like the nemophila covering the hills at Hitachi Seaside Park too. For once, someone as uninterested in the circle of life as much as I was intrigued, by the nature of it all, looping me wherever I am, 365 days, at a time.

This month, I really feel like I've gotten to know Tokyo a little better. I managed to make a couple of friends and visited a few prefectures that even my Japanese boyfriend has never been to before. Of course, there were ups and down, as I was already mentally prepared for while moving to a completely foreign country, and still, I managed to pull it together for at least 50% of the month. With the weather warming up, I'm starting to run out of outfit options since there really isn't anything that exciting about sweaters and pants/skirt (so please bear with me for now). Promise it'll start to look up in May (but don't hold me too harshly against this since chances are, you'll see me wearing the same top at least five times on my Instagram stories).

Jacket: Alpha Industry Bomber
Top: Asos
Skirt: Black Crane Linen Skirt Similar
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Staud Clothing PVC Tote Bag
Floral Stud Earrings: Similar

Photo by Shun S.

Travel / Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo / Sawara
April 7, 2018
Sawara, Chiba Tokyo, Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.com
Sawara, Chiba Tokyo, Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.comSawara, Chiba Tokyo, Bomber Jacket Outfit, Linen Skirt Style, Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.comSawara, Chiba Tokyo, Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.com
Sawara Facades, Chiba Tokyo, Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.com

If you ever visit Tokyo on a limited time constraint and really wants to see Kyoto or the traditional vibe of Japan, I highly recommend spending a half day or a whole day in Sawara, Chiba. It's actually on the Narita train line so it's perfect if you have a layover in Japan or something too.

The specialty here is eel (unagi), so make sure to get it for lunch or dinner when you visit. If you walk around, there's even a shop that sells soy sauce gelato (which in my personal opinion tastes like salted caramel).

Outfit
April 8, 2018

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.comCherry Blossoms in Tokyo, Keepsake Dress, Japan April Flowers / FOREVERVANNY.com

Dress: Keepsake The Label / FSHNBNKR (c/o)
Shoes: Acne Studios Jensen Boots (25% off on Shopbop)
Bag: J.W Anderson Velvet Pierce Mini (new season)
Earrings: Faeber Studios

Photos by Shun S.

Outfit
April 9, 2018
Striped Tibi Top, Oversized Shirt, Streetstyle Tokyo, Japan Living / FOREVERVANNY.com
Striped Tibi Top, Oversized Shirt, Streetstyle Tokyo, Japan Living / FOREVERVANNY.com
Striped Tibi Top, Oversized Shirt, Streetstyle Tokyo, Japan Living / FOREVERVANNY.com
Top: Tibi
Pants: GRLFRND Denim
Shoes: Acne Studios
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic
Earrings: Pearl Studs Similar

Self-timered


Outfit
April 13, 2018
Acne Studios Sweater, Oversized Knit, Streetstyle Tokyo, Japan Living / FOREVERVANNY.com
Having a lot of time and a quiet neighborhood gave me no excuses to slack on honing my self-timer skill. Most days, even if I'm my usual bummy self, I'll try and get a shot or two just to keep myself busy. As usual, repurposing my boyfriend's sweater.

Sweater: Acne Studios
Pants: GRLFRND Denim
Shoes: Acne Studios
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic
Earrings: Faeber Studios

Self-timered

Travel / Ibaraki Prefecture, Tokyo / Hitachi Seaside Park
April 15, 2018
Hitachi Seaside Park, Nemophila Fields, Blue Flower Fields, Japan Travels / FOREVERVANNY.com
Hitachi Seaside Park, Nemophila Fields, Blue Flower Fields, Japan Travels / FOREVERVANNY.com
Hitachi Seaside Park, Nemophila Fields, Blue Flower Fields, Japan Travels / FOREVERVANNY.com Hitachi Seaside Park, Nemophila Fields, Blue Flower Fields, Japan Travels / FOREVERVANNY.com
Hitachi Seaside Park has been on my list of places to see after stumbling across photos of the hills covered in Kochia bushes in the fall. I was pretty bummed to have missed it last November when I was in Japan, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that other beautiful things bloom here all throughout the year. For example, in the Spring, about 4.5 million nemophila (who's responsible for counting anyway) cover the same hills to pretty much paint the ground blue, making it pretty much one with the sky.

Unfortunately, or fortunately for me, I came on a gloomy day and there weren't nearly as many tourists. The skies were grey, but honestly, it was one of the prettiest sights I've seen so far in Tokyo.


Fashion
Anouki
Anouki, Designers To Know, Silver Sequin, Fashion Designers / FOREVERVANNY.com

It's been a while since I've gotten fascinated with a brand/designer. Anouki is a brand that I recently came to learn about while acquainting myself with Pinterest (I am so late to the game, I know). Taking a step back from much of the mainstream fashion icons/brands/designers/labels that are pretty much plastered all over the majority of well-recognized Instagram handles - I've pretty much been seeking out what else is new and interesting out there - and my eyes hyper zoned into Tbilisi-based designers/labels.

In Anouki's case, I'm obsessed by Anouki Kaladze's eccentric use of silver sequins in every wardrobe's stables like trenches, button-ups and even undershirt garments which of course only elevated her latest collections of asymmetrically cut white dresses and layered able tops and skirts. Let's also not take her line of footwear lightly too.


Outfit
April 24, 2018
Oversized Blazers Style, Tokyo Streetstyle, Clear Bags, Japan Salary Man Style / FOREVERVANNY.comOversized Blazers Style, Tokyo Streetstyle, Clear Bags, Japan Salary Man Style / FOREVERVANNY.com
Moving to a new country was rough enough but finding work and dealing with starting over in a sense have been giving me quite the anxiety. Even so, I know that things will work out because it definitely isn't my first time being in this position. At the end of the day, I would rather prefer to dress up like I have a 9-5 than actually work a 9-5. Speaking of working - can't wait to show you more photos of a quick photoshoot that I did with WYETH Eyewear. Full outfit post was published earlier here.

Suit Jacket: Boyfriend's
Belt: Madewell
Shirt: Uniqlo
Denim: GRLFRND
Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood
Bag: Staud Clothing

Self-timered

Coveting
Fresh Spring Things
I've been all about fresh whites and beige tones for Spring and into Summer. It helps that PVC and transparent pieces are now prominent in a lot of brands' collections and I'm more and more intrigued by clear accessories and small bags.



Outfit
April 26, 2018
Cecilie Copenhagen Top, Linen Top, Balloon Sleeves, Loewe Puzzle Bag, J Brand Jeans, Summer Style / FOREVERVANNY.comCecilie Copenhagen Top, Linen Top, Balloon Sleeves, Loewe Puzzle Bag, J Brand Jeans, Summer Style / FOREVERVANNY.com

Top: Cecilie Copenhagen
Pants: J Brand / Shopbop
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Staud Clothing PVC Tote Bag

Photos by Shun S.

Fashion
Cecilie Bahnsen

Cecilie Bahnsen, Designers To Know, Silver Sequin, Fashion Designers / FOREVERVANNY.com
If you've been keeping up with fashion, then you've already seen the brand Cecilie Bahnsen floating around although it's only been showing for a few seasons previously. It makes me even more sure that you'll be seeing more of this brand popping up for coming fashion cycles. I came across this brand through Copenhagen Fashion Week for their Fall/Winter 2018 collection and was instantly drawn to pretty much all of the pieces featured on the runway (which is rare for me).

Cecilie Bahnsen's take on volume and texture is what I admire most about her collections since I strongly believe these are two aspects that really makes it difficult for adapting wearability for the everyday fashion enthusiastic (including myself). But hand me a random dress or skirt from her line and I can easily throw a sweater on with sneakers or boots for pretty much any occasion.

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And that's a wrap for April. Looking forward to what May has in stored.