Sunday, January 25, 2015

blondy 2015 SS Lookbook feat. Samantha Mariko

I had been waiting for Japanese fashion brand blondy to post their 2015 SS Lookbook on their website. And finally! they did. This was my first lookbook gig as a model, and I'm not shy to say I am proud of my work here. The blondy team was also very pleased with the outcome, which is one of the best feelings as a model when your client is happy with your work. 

The theme of their SS collection is "My Standard Forever," meaning it's all about quality basics that can be worn for a lifetime. I loved wearing each of the items during the shoot - I could tell the design team put much time and care into each piece. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

待ちに待ったblondy 2015 SS Lookbook がウェブで公開されました!今回は、私がモデルをさせて頂きましたので、本当に光栄でした。このコレクションのテーマは「My Standard Forever」、ずっと変わらないもの、ずっと着たいと思えるもの。まさにそういうラインに仕上がっていると思います。是非ご覧になって下さい!

Check out the rest of blondy's 2015 SS Lookboook here.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A little black dress at the Imperial Hotel

dress: Sheinside; heels: Steve Madden; turtleneck: Uniqlo;
clutch: Michael Kors; ring: Good After Nine
watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Sometimes, even a girl like me enjoys getting dolled-up in a little black dress. Sheinside was kind enough to send me a LBD of my choice from my wishlist a little while back, and here it is. I thought this little dress would look better in a more refined setting, and the Imperial Hotel in Hibiya was the ideal location. Beautiful chandeliers, lush red carpeting, and a huge bouquet of red roses right upon entrance, if you can even call it a bouquet (I don't even know what to call it). Needless to say, the hotel was gorgeous.

Since it was much too cold to wear it bare, I layered a basic black turtleneck underneath. I finally got a chance to wear my pearl ring from Good After Nine - how pretty does it look underneath the lights! Dressing up can be so fun sometimes... yes, I am such a girl :)

For more cute dresses for day or evening, check out (my flare dress was only $26.00!)


Monday, January 19, 2015

Modern and vintage vibes in Ochanomizu

Coat: Le Ciel Bleu; sweater: Madewell; pants: Zara
shoes: Vans; clutch: Wego; watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

I hope the weather stays this nice in Tokyo for the rest of winter. No matter how cold it gets, the sunlight always makes a difference. Even in pictures, it makes a huge difference. Lisa from Paint with Stars sure knows how to use the natural light to her advantage! This time, we trekked over to Ochanomizu, an area in Tokyo I've never took the time to explore until this weekend. I instantly felt like I was walking through a retro version of Tokyo, with the old-fashioned architecture, rusty bridges, and peaceful temples. Sometimes the contrast between a modern-looking silhouette against a vintage backdrop is... weirdly perfect.


By the way, I can't thank you all enough for the amazing support with my blog name switch. To tell you the truth, I was a bit nervous about it, but I don't regret it at all. Thank you so much for your kind words <3

Saturday, January 17, 2015

black & gold details

Black & gold is my favorite combination, whether they be the colors of my accessories or the items I keep on my bedside table.

Do you have a specific set of favorites at the moment?


Thursday, January 15, 2015

from Letters Impromptu to Samantha Mariko

Happy almost Friday! I have a big announcement to make - my blog name has changed from Letters Impromptu to Samantha Mariko. I know I should've made an announcement before the change took place... sorry about that. Why did I make this change? I started blogging as Letters Impromptu back in college, and after much thought, I decided it was time to move on and fully embrace my own name. 

The rebranding process was made possible thanks to my very good friend Alex, who met with me to discuss the rebranding process while I was in California (he stayed at the cafe with me for 5 straight hours!), and gave me suggestions for layouts, fonts, etc and etc. I am so pleased that my blog looks just the way I had wanted it to look. I am so lucky to have a smart, patient and talented friend like Alex. 

重大な発表です!ブログの名前をやっと変えました!今までLetters Impromptu としてブログをやっていましたが、これからは自分の名前、サマンサ麻里子としてブログを続けて行きたいと思います!今後もどうぞよろしくお願いします。

You can now access my blog via, which is linked to 

And do me a favor and check out my friend Alex's website at !

Let me know your thoughts :) Have a great weekend!

New layout courtesy of Alex Ziebol