Sunday, April 19, 2015

OUTFIT | Army & retro-inspired at Ebisu Garden Place

sunglasses: zeroUV
jacket: Zara
T-shirt: Le Ciel Bleu
skirt: Zara
heels: Zara

Spring / summer is the perfect season to sport your sunglasses. ZeroUV, a brand from Orange County, California, sent me some stylish shades for the upcoming season, and I was only too thrilled to feature them :) These retro round frames are ideal for dressing up an outfit because of the elegant metallic mesh cat-eye detail. I thought the gold frames would go well with army green, and that's where this Zara jacket comes in handy. Don't forget to check out all the other affordable sunglasses on zeroUV website!

We shot these photos at Ebisu Garen Place, which is where the Lancome 80th Anniversary party was held (you can read my post here). It's a fancy area for dining and shopping with beautiful architecture. I'm just loving the glorious weather these days, too :)

T minus 3 days until my mom arrives - I can't wait to see her and spend some mother-daughter time here. It just seems like whenever I make my yearly visits back home, we are both too busy to really spend quality time together. So many things to look forward to!



Friday, April 17, 2015

Samantha Mariko in FACADE MAGAZINE Issue 02

Issue 02 of Facade Magazine is out now! It's such an honor to be part of such a beautiful magazine, as there are so many amazing editorials, fashion inspiration, interviews - you name it! You can check out my blogger feature on p.15, with photos by Paint with Stars, Nahoko Suzuki, Jason Mordeno, and Hamakiya Shutter Underground. You can read the entire issue on ISSUU here, or purchase the print  here. Enjoy! :) 

アメリカのFacade Magazine Issue 02 に初めてブロガーとしてとりあげていただきました!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Maison Lancôme 80 years of French Beauty

Last night, I attended the Lancôme 80 years of French Beauty Anniversary party with some of the girls in my agency. I've known Lancôme all my life, and to think the brand has so much history! It was fascinating to read through the timeline and see all the popular products throughout the 80 years.  There were displays to introduce the innovation & technology involved in developing the products, a fragrance bar, and a make-up carousel. The hors d'oeuvres were so fancy and delicate - I've never seen such cute macaroons and sweets! Everything about this party was beautiful, and truly reflected the elegance and beauty that is the brand  Lancôme. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Deep-cleansing with Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore cleansing series

As a model, one of my daily priorities is taking care of my skin. When I was still living in southern California, I didn't have any major problems with my face (I did have the occasional breakout though). But after moving to Japan, my skin did a 180 on me, and at first I had no idea how to fix the problem. It took me a while to figure out what was good or bad for my skin, and I still experiment with different skincare products. Recently, I've realized cleansing is one of the most important steps in skincare - if you don't completely cleanse all the makeup, dirt and toxins of the day, the rest of your skincare routine is meaningless. Living and working in a crowded city really requires me to make sure everything is off at the end of the day. So, here are two of my current favorites that get the job done.

Both of these are made with Amazonian white clay, with exfoliating and detoxifying properties.
I actually started using the masque first, because I was looking for something that would remove all the dirt and debris from my face after a long day. It's very easy to use - just apply a thin layer on damp skin, and leave it on for about 10 minutes or until it is almost completely dry. My skin feels so smooth and clean after I wash it off, and my blemishes look significantly smaller after use (not kidding!).

I recently read an article on Into the Gloss about the benefits of clay, which explains that "because clay is formed in the river and is left out in the sunlight, wind, and rain for thousands of years, it absorbs all of those properties of nature. It takes on the energy, so when you look at it as a substance, you can say that it's the sum of the pull of nature's energy." Clay truly absorbs all the dirt and toxins from deep within, and using both the masque and the cleanser has seriously improved the texture of my skin. Since I don't want to use the masque everyday, I use the cleanser the other days as a cleanser/ exfoliator.

I'm experimenting with other Kiehl's products so I might post about those later. Hope this helped!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

OUTFIT | After the cherry blossoms in casual layers

trench coat: Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo
sweat parka: Aumnie
T-shirt: Topshop
pants: Le Ciel Bleu
shoes: adidas

Cherry blossom season has come to an end, as with the warmer weather we were all expecting for spring. Since I had already taken most of my winter overcoats and sweaters out to the dry cleaners, the chilly weather has got me layering up again - coat over jacket, topped with hat and scarf. And especially when I have job after appointment after job in one day, I need a comfortable outfit that will allow me to move from place to place in a timely manner. But I'm glad I had time to make a brief stop at Kitanomaru Park with Lisa. The fallen cherry blossom petals looked almost as beautiful as they did on the branches a few weeks ago.

I'm just really glad to be able to sit down and write a proper post. Is everyone having a good weekend so far? I just found out my mom is visiting Japan this month and I'm super excited to see her for a few weeks.