Shoulder Padded Tee and Linen Shorts

September 20, 2020

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Officially almost out of days to post summer outfits from Tokyo, but just wanted to document this one since it's one that I wore at least 8 times in the past 2 months. There is no other neutral pairing, when it comes to outfits, that I can say I love more than a tee and some comfortable shorts. In previous summers, I've always gravitated towards denim cutoffs, but lately, I find linen shorts to be my go to. I especially love the fact that their pockets are so much roomier and the waist and cut makes it a little more forgiving for those extra fries that I always end up having with a side of bubble tea.



Shoulder-padded tee: The Frankie Shop (option two)
Linen Shorts: Aritzia (similar shorts)
Shoes: Common Projects
Accessories: Justine Clenquet choker, Monica Vinader gold bangles
Bag: Chanel WOC

Photo by Shun S.
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Neutral Leopard

September 13, 2020

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This year's summer was definitely unlike any other. I mostly refrained from being outside until late July, and by this time, it was always scorching hot. That said, I also didn't feel right to overdress or anything whenever I had to go out.

It kind of made it the perfect timing to rediscover some closet staples of mine. This leopard satin skirt is so old that I don't even remember where it's from, but by now, I've pretty much worn it all of the ways I could think of. Yet somehow, it always seem to fit any new tank that I introduce to my rotating wear-at-home-stash. Anyone else's amount of tank top suddenly went up during these quarantine days too?


Top: Aritzia (similar)
Skirt: Leopard Satin (similar)
Shoes: Common Project
Bag: Chanel 
Accessories: Justine Clenquet choker, clustered pearl earrings

Photo by Shun S.
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Casual Vintage Chanel

September 6, 2020

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I've always been about keeping it casual and simple. The older I get, the more I'm drawn and invested into timeless pieces, not just in their style but how it works for my personal life. Trousers are a classic, but finding a pair that I can see myself wearing two or three years down the line, took me some time. A pair of good trousers for me took a while to source, then altered. But alas, here we are.

I came across these vintage Chanel trouser at a vintage shop in Tokyo last year. After thinking on them for about a week or two I decided to treat myself (quite contrary to popular beliefs, yes great vintages in Tokyo are abundant, but can be quite expensive as well). When I first got it, I had to put it through a thorough dry cleaning. After that, I found a tailor so that I can get them hemmed to my height.

A good way to think about whether your clothes is worth it, is to always think about: will you pay to dry clean it weekly or have them fixed if they got damaged?

 
Top: Aritzia
Pants: Thrifted Chanel Trousers from Amore (similar)
Shoes: Common Projects (sustainable option Veja)
Bag: Chanel WOC
Accessories: Monica Vinader bracelet

Photo by Shun S.
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Summer Linen

August 1, 2020

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No idea where this summer has gone. I'm not sure if anyone is still reading this blog of mine, but I wanted to use this opportunity to share a quick outfit, and remind anyone who sees this - please wear your mask!


Top: The Frankie Shop
Skirt: Black Crane (similar linen skirt)
Shoes: Common Projects (sustainable option, Veja)
Bag: Pipatchara (brown bag option)

Photo by Shun S.


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Tokyo's Not So Secret Cherry Blossoms Spots

June 1, 2020

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It’s undeniable that Japan is one of the most beautiful places to witness cherry blossom season. Though cherry blossoms do not last very long, their fleeting nature is exactly what makes them so captivating. To top off their beauty, seeing them bloom among the urban metropolis of Tokyo, or traditionally charming towns in Kyoto is something that many people would not hesitate to add to their bucket-list.

Over the past few years of living in Japan, I was lucky enough to experience cherry blossom season in a few different ways-- as a tourist, as a second-time admirer, and as a local. When I first experienced cherry blossom season as a tourist, the whole experience can easily be described as a rush. Although I’ve seen almost four seasons of cherry blossoms by now, I still can recall the pure excitement and admiration for them, the very first time I saw them. When trying to capture their beauty, I was constantly torn between taking a close up shot to show their delicate features as opposed to taking a wide-angled shot to show how vast and abundant they were. I took note of the things I missed most about these cherry blossoms and what made them so precious to me for the second time I got to see them again.

By now, I was in Tokyo and I came to appreciate just how cool it was to see all of these cherry blossom trees engulfed over highways and giant buildings. It became clearer to me that it’s not just the cherry blossoms that are beautiful, but it’s also their sceneries and surroundings. If you’re reading this article, I’m assuming that you’ve seen plenty of cherry blossom photos with Mt. Fuji, shrines, torii gates, and trains somewhere along with your searches, and I’ll warn you now, that none of the spots that I’m sharing in this list will feature that. Instead, I want to share a few of my favorite not so secret cherry blossom spots that I’ve come to frequent and love as a local.

I've listed their general location as well as their best public transportation stations to help you locate these spots if you're looking to have a different cherry blossom experience in your upcoming Tokyo trip.

Shingashi River
Access: Kawagoe Station
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Among the locations that I’ve shared, this one is probably the most touristy but local at the same time. Kawagoe isn’t a town that’s known to many tourists, but if you come for the cherry blossom, you should also stay to check out this cool little Edo town.

Shakujii River
Access: Naka-Itabashi Station
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I hope I won’t regret sharing this spot, but the cherry blossoms here go on for miles and miles along this prefecture where it’s majority locals. Please be respectful and enjoy the calm atmosphere if you decide to check this spot out.

Sakurazaka
Access: Roppongi Station
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If you can drive in Tokyo or are able to get an international license. I highly recommend driving down Sakurazaka. It’s so scenic and stopping to enjoy these cherry blossoms is easy since there are parking spots available along this road.

Chidorigafuchi Moat
Access: Kudanshita Station
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Chidorigafuchi Moat isn’t a secret by now, but it’s locally still a spot that many people here still get excited about and go out to experience. A tip would be to get maximum time and row to the end of the moat to avoid the boat-crowd and see the almost-lake-sweeping cherry blossom branches.

Kandagawa
Access: Takadanobaba Station
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This river is one of the major ones in Tokyo and it also runs along the Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) route. You can even strategically plan out to visit this spot, then take the tram closer to Ikebukuro and access the Shakujii River location.


Camera Gear Used: Nikon D600 (body only) with 50mm F1/4 and 24-70mm F3.5 lens.
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