Monday, July 27, 2015

Tanabata Festival 七夕祭り

A Japanese summer is not complete without a summer festival, also known as "matsuri" in Japanese. My mother and grandparents used to take my brother and I to the matsuri every summer we visited Japan. The endless street food vendors, toys, games and the bon-odori and taiko performances have always fascinated me as a child, and even now as an adult. This matsuri I attended yesterday is the Tanabata Matsuri to celebrate the reunion of Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year on July 7th. This is probably one of the biggest matsuri in Saitama, and I just can't get enough of the lively atmosphere despite the immense humidity!

This year, some of my friends and I got together for a BBQ, and was later surprised with a beautiful birthday cake, gifts and flowers. I don't think I've ever been surprised this many times in one birthday - I am truly a lucky girl :) I am always grateful to be surrounded by such kind & giving people. Thank you so much♡


Friday, July 24, 2015

BABY-G x Humming Birds Magazine x Vita Coco

Summertime and the living's easy. I finally made my way out to the beaches of Miura, my first view of the ocean this summer. This used to never be the case when I was still in California, but what can you do when you're in Tokyo? Anyways, my friend Justine and I participated in the BABY-G event at Beach Bum, a beach house in Miura. This was in collaboration with Humming Birds Magazine, a brand new sports/ fashion magazine for women, and Vita Coco. All the girls participating were able to experience SUP (stand up paddle boarding), which was so much fun. I have never surfed or snowboarded in my life, but I think paddle boarding might be my thing. It was much more easier than I had imagined, and the ocean breeze and the slight waves were perfect. The delicacies made with Vita Coco coconut oil were also delicious. And of course, the BABY-G Beach Traveler series were perfect for a day at the beach <3

夏はやっぱり海ですよね!今日は、友達のジャスティーンと三浦海岸の方へ行って来ました。Beach Bum でBABY-G のイベントが行われていて、新しいファッション&スポーツ雑誌Humming Birds とVita Coco との最高のコラボレーションでした!参加したモデルさん達は、SUP(スタンドアップパドルボーディング)をすることが出来ました。初めての経験だったので、はじめは緊張しましたが、すぐコツがつかめて、ほとんど立ってパドルボーディーングができましたよ!海風がとても気持ちよくて、本当に楽しかったです。Vita Cocoのココナッツオイルを使ったアペタイザーも美味しかったし、ココナッツウオーターを使用したフルーツウオーターもさっぱりしていて、美味しく頂きました。そして、BABY-Gのビーチトラベラーシリーズもめっちゃ可愛かったです♡夏の思い出ができて、良かったです!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

OUTFIT | A Tokyo summer with zero UV

hat: zero UV
sunglasses: zero UV
top: Zara
shorts: Forever 21
shoes: Vans
clutch: Dezso

The awesome thing about the sunglasses brand zero UV is that they are from Surf City, California, just like me. Zero UV was kind enough to meet me out here during this immense heat wave in Tokyo.  We chatted over French toast and coffee at Aaliya cafe in Shinjuku, and shot some footage for their website afterwards. Amazing, amazing brand & team. Thank you for such a fun time and hope to see you again soon, zero UV!

最近愛用しているサングラスのブランドzero UVは、私の実家のハンティントン・ビーチからのブランドなんです。本当に偶然!今回は、zero UVさんが東京で出張にいらしていたので、お会いすることができました。新宿のアーリヤでお茶しながら美味しいフレンチトーストを頂いて、そのあとはビデオ用の動画を撮影。とても楽しい時間でした!可愛いサングラスをいつもありがとうございます!

All photos by zero UV

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

self portrait

This past year, my blog has grown significantly in many ways and I'm thankful for all the people that made it possible, including my photographer, my friends, my readers and my sponsors, to name a few. But with my birthday and the responsibility I feel with the age I am now, I had to seriously rethink my career path and what I really need to prioritize. I'm not saying I'm going to stop blogging, because no way am I going to throw away all the time and hard work I put into this platform, but I do want to put aside more time for the things I truly want to accomplish. There is a possibility I may be posting fewer times a week, but I will still be producing new content! I love you guys for being patient and keeping up with my crazy blogging schedule. Here's to a new year with more amazing, new experiences :) Thanks always x


Saturday, July 18, 2015


This smiley bag is one of the many amazing gifts I received for my birthday. My agency is so awesome and so thoughtful. Smiles to brighten my day :) Thank you so much!