Thursday, May 21, 2015

OUTFIT | Colorful vibes in Huntington Beach

blouse: H&M
shorts: Uniqlo
shoes: Vans
sunglasses: Free People

I currently live in an area where it takes 2 hours in the least to get to the nearest beach, so it was a real privilege growing up next to one in Surf City Huntington Beach. My brother and I took a quick drive to our local beach and enjoyed some California sun. When my dad passed away two summers ago, all I wanted to wear was black, no matter how warm it was. I always thought it was respectful to mourn for those who have passed by wearing black. Just two weeks ago, my grandmother passed away, but the things I remember most about her are her smile, laughter, her warmth and love. Instead of donning myself all in black, I want to celebrate her amazing life by wearing some more color. I hope to follow her footsteps and be a more gracious and caring person for myself and those around me.

Trying to live life more colorfully, take it day by day, and make the best of it. Until next time, California.



photos by E. Rhodes

My dear grandmother

I didn't announce my week-long trip to California this time, because my beloved grandmother passed away suddenly and I needed to spend time with my family. I couldn't believe my ears when my mom called me to tell me the devastating news. My dad had just passed away less than 2 years ago, and this time his mother... I was not planning to have to say good-bye to her so soon. She was the most beautiful woman inside and out, so gracious, caring and loving to everyone around her. I'll truly miss her southern-style cooking, her baking, the stories she told of her childhood, and just being in her presence. She taught me the importance of family and of God, and to keep them close to your heart. Grandma, you will be truly missed by many. I love you and miss you so much. May you rest in peace and watch over us from Heaven with Dad. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

OUTFIT | Black and white with a hoodie on top

jacket: AUMNIE
T-shirt: Adidas
jeans: Madewell
shoes: Vans
sunglasses: zero UV

I'm back in my hometown but only for a short week. I thought I would do a quick outfit post with photos courtesy of my youngest brother. He was nice enough to let me borrow his skateboard even though I can't skateboard for the life of me. We've been spending a lot of brother/sister time since we don't get to see each other often. And to do that, I need to be in the most comfortable outfit - a good ol' T-shirt & jeans.


All photos by E. Rhodes

Friday, May 15, 2015

daily beauty essentials

Over the past few years, I've gotten into a guilty habit of trying new beauty products and not finishing them because a) it didn't work for me or b) I found something better. I think I'm getting better about it especially when it comes to skincare products, since I want to make the most of the money I spent on it (good skincare ain't cheap!). But I did pick up a few drugstore products that I've been wanting to try, and they're proving to be good enough to stay in my makeup bag, at least for a while. A heavenly-scented hand lotion in a cute, round bottle that's perfect for traveling; a $10 eye shadow palette with all nude and brown shades imaginable with easy application; and the most amazing BB cream/ foundation that will glide across your skin and cover most blemishes and imperfections. The Shu Uemura is undoubtedly a staple in my makeup bag, since I stopped using mascara but need a little oomph in my lashes. And because we always need a cute pair of cat-eye sunglasses :) 

私は、常に新しい美容グッズを集めて使ってみるのが大好きです。でも、結構最後まで使わないことが多いので、少し控えるようには心がけているのですが。。最近、ドラッグストアのブランドで、興味があった商品をいくつか購入して、今のところとても使いやすく、気に入っています。ピンクの丸いボトルのハンドクリームはお出かけ用にぴったりで、とても使いやすいです。メイベリンのアイシャドーパレットはヌード系の色が全部そろっていて、アプリケーションもスムーズ。ラロッシュポゼのBBクリームファンデーションはびっくりするくらい塗り心地が良く、カバー力もいい感じ!忙しい朝には持ってこいのベースメークです。Shu Uemuraのビューラーは欠かさず使っていて、キャットアイのサングラスは可愛いから♪

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sugamo, a different side of Tokyo

In my previous post, I mentioned that Sugamo is a little part of Tokyo that is unlike the heavily populated areas like Shibuya or Shinjuku. The "Shoutengai" districts with rows of mom and pop shops seem to be slowly disappearing, as larger supermarkets and department stores take their places. One of my favorite things about Japan, though, is their preservation of tradition, and that people of my generation can still enjoy what still remains of it. I can't express in just words or pictures how excited and happy I was as Lisa and I explored this adorable shoutengai, but I tried my best!

Like I was told by a friend a while back, Sugamo is definitely heavily populated with folks of the older generation (hence the "Harajuku of the old ladies"). It's also originally known for the Koganji temple that is located halfway down the street, which is home to the Togenuki Jizo (diety of the children). The Jizo pictured at the bottom is actually not Togenjuki Jizo, but one that was located right outside the entrance of the shoutengai. It seemed a little lonely and out of place, but beautiful nonetheless in the late afternoon sun. I thoroughly enjoyed my mini excursion in Sugamo, especially the delicious rice crackers I bought as souvenirs!


photos by Paint with Stars and Samantha Mariko