Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sporty & spice in Daikanyama

coat: Forever 21
T-shirt: Adidas
jeans: Comptoir des Cotonniers
shoes: Adidas
bag: Bershka
sunglasses: ZeroUV
glasses chains: Alma Chains

I'm all about mixing two totally contrasting elements because it's so much more interesting that way. This Forever 21 faux-fur coat could be glammed up, but I thought I'd tone it down with something sporty. Then add some more key items such as this embroidered Bershka bag and my new ZeroUV cat eye sunnies and these pretty Sandra Dee chains from Alma Chains. The sunglasses and the chains go so well together, I love it! Viktor from Okami Kult and I trekked through the area between Daikanyama and Shibuya for these shots - so fun to explore new paths and hidden spots in Tokyo, even after 3 years of living here.

すごいコントラストのあるものを合わせるのは結構好き。だって、その方が面白いじゃない!このForever 21のフェークファーコートはとてもグラマラスに着こなすのは簡単だけど、ちょっとスポーティーテーストのものと合わせてみました。そして更にキーアイテムをプラス。BershkaのエンブロイダリーバッグとZeroUVから頂いたサングラスとAlma Chainsのお洒落な眼鏡チェーン。サングラスとチェーンの組み合わせがぴったりすぎて、興奮。Okami Kultデザイナーのビクターさんに撮ってもらった写真は、代官山と渋谷の間のエリアなんです。私も初めて見つけました。3年間住んでても、知らない場所がまだまだあるから、いつも冒険心は忘れずにいるよ!

All photos by Viktor Farkas

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ZeroUV sunglasses for fall & winter

I can't complete an outfit anymore without one of my ZeroUV sunglasses. I'm so excited to pair my new collection of sunnies with my winter outfits. 


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Comptoir des Cotonniers 2016 Spring/Summer Showroom

I always love visiting the Comptoir des Cotonniers showroom, and this time my friend Amy and I checked out their lovely 2016 Spring/Summer collection. Starting with their trademark "Canyon Pink," this collection embodied everything sweet and feminine, created with beautiful colors and textures perfect for spring. My favorite were the "La Slash" shoes with the shoelaces on the side. How cute are they? Thanks Eri and Comptoir for having us!

Comptoir des Cotonniersのショールームはいつも楽しみにしています。そして、今回は2016年の春夏コレクションを拝見させて頂きました。春のトレードマークカラー「カニオンピンク」をはじめ、このコレクションはとても軽やかでフェミニンな感じに仕上がっていました。素材の肌触りがよく、春にはぴったりのカラーも豊富でした!私のお気に入りは「ラ・スラッシュ」のスニーカー。靴ひもがサイドにあるのは、めずらしいですよね!コントワージャパン、いつもありがとうございます!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

EGOIST Spring/Summer 2016 Exhibition

I visited a couple exhibitions for the upcoming Spring/Summer collections this week, but I don't think I'll be able to post about them all. EGOIST is a popular Japanese women's fashion brand, but it was my first time checking out their collection. Denim, pastel colors, and silks were among some of my favorites here. Since it's so cold outside that I can't leave without a coat, the spring and summer vibes from this exhibition were just what I needed. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Accepting yourself

In the last 5 years, I've changed significantly - my look, my style, the way I view life. 5 years can seem long to some, short to others. To me, it's both. I went from a university student studying piano to Tokyo-based model, went from long, light-brown locks to short, black chops. In terms of looks, I've learned to fully appreciate the features given to me from my parents. Even my terrible complexion that is half-genetic and also caused by stress and other factors, are now my battle scars. 

If I had stayed in my hometown after college, I would have never known the world I am in right now. Living alone, away from my family, trying to navigate this country that is sometimes familiar, more oftentimes confusing because of my American ways. I've lost people, but gained connections and friendships of more people who have watched me grow, suffer, then grow some more. I am nowhere near perfect, but I'm finally learning to accept myself, the things I cannot change, and also the things I can improve. 

It might take some a long time before they are truly comfortable in their own skin, and that's fine. But it really doesn't help to compare yourself to others, to be better than other people, and not be a better version of yourself. I can say that it didn't really help me. Find inspiration in others and your surroundings, and incorporate that into your ever-changing self. Then maybe, people will find inspiration in you, too. Love yourself first - it will change everything only in good ways.




Photos by Ryo Maeda, hair & makeup by Tadaaki Higashimura