Tokyo diaries: first half of trip

I thought it was going to be easy to get back into the swing of things over here, after returning from this trip. Boy, was I wrong. Hello jetlag. Hello catching up to life! Simply put, I fell in love with Tokyo. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. It was like living in a bizarro world where people were polite, things were clean, people took pride in grooming themselves, items of convenience where everywhere easily accessible, trains ran often and on time, etc. I had (and am still having) some withdrawals and my only solace is to live simply at home and plan my next trip :)

Since I spent a little over a week there, I don’t want to burden you with a post dedicated to each day (I hate when other bloggers do that). I’ll cover the whole thing in two posts, this one dedicated to the first half of the trip! I think I’ll dedicate a whole other post down the road to Tokyo style & shopping, which blew my mind (the shopping there is nothing like what I’m used to!)

We stayed at a charming little Airbnb flat that was very close to Shibuya and still quiet- we considered a hotel for a minute, but almost Airbnb’s we saw had pocket wi-fi’s included (which meant we had mobile maps & internet wherever we went!) and factoring in the kitchen for a long stay, it was definitely a better choice. Being close to Shibuya meant we were walking distance to great shopping, food, nightlife, and major transportation lines. We crossed the Shibuya crossing maybe a total of 20 times our whole trip!! It was amazingly chaotic each time!

View of the giant torii at the Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park
near Meiji shrine Yoyogi park

First of yummy snacks to be had!
Snacks in Yoyogi Park

Little did I know that my San Francisco outfits would blend me in seamlessly with the locals!

Item From Made in… BUY
J Crew oversize sweater thrifted China HERE & similar
Three Dots top USA HERE
Elizabeth & James mesh skirt thrifted China HERE
Vintage Ray Ban wayfarer thrifted USA HERE
Keds thrifted (new, hooray!) China blue version HERE

Thrift Eye, what to wear in Tokyo

We cruised around Takeshita Dori in Harajuku just absorbing ALL the people! Cute little shops everywhere
Crepes on Takeshita Dori Harajuku

They really love crepes
Crepes in Harajuku

We saw the Tokyo Rockabilly Club people get down in the park. I don’t want to overload you with pictures of them here, but it was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in my life!
Tokyo Rockabilly Club

Went to the Imperial Palace only to learn too late you really can’t get in it (basically after walking a large part of the perimeter, oops!)
Imperial Palace Chiyoda

So we walked to Akihabara instead and got our senses blasted by video games and electronics
Akihabara Tokyo

The weather warmed up so I wore this dress, but then felt self conscious by the end of the day. It was definitely a little more skin baring than the locals go

Item From Made in… BUY
no tag black dress borrowed from sister probably China -
vintage hat flea market USA -
Sam Edelman Petty boots China HERE
cat socks gift probably China HERE

Thrift Eye, what to wear in Tokyo

Thrift Eye, what to wear in Tokyo

Then off to Asakusa where we took a futuristic boat ride down the river, this was the greeting view with the Sky Tree
River views Asakusa Tokyo

Boat dropped us off in Odaiba, which turned out to be super touristy.
Odaiba Tokyo

This giant Gundam statue in Odaiba was worth the boat ride though
Gundam statue Odaiba Tokyo

Another day, we went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building just by chance
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Shinjuku Tokyo

Turns out this place has THE best views! We later read that they may have some really great food in there too, but we found out after we left!
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building Shinjuku Tokyo

We walked in, out, and around Shinjuku after. It started to rain off and on so we had to innovate a schedule.

The one and only coat I brought with me was purposely a rain coat! I had to buy this extra bag there to lug around my camera stuff. It became way too heavy to carry in my purse after all the walking!

Item From Made in… BUY
Everlane jacket Buffalo Exchange China HERE
Velvet top USA in blue HERE
J Brand jeans Buffalo Exchange USA -
vintage Ray Ban wayfarer thrifted USA -
Uniqlo kitty bag Uniqlo China HERE
Madewell purse China -
Sam Edelman Petty boots China -

Thrift Eye, what to wear in Tokyo

Thrift Eye, what to wear in Tokyo

We went to a cat cafe – turned out to be not as cool as I thought it would be (and I LOVE cats) – was overloaded with tourists
Calico Cat Cafe Shinjuku Tokyo

Shrines hold their own special places amidst the bustle of the city
Hanazono Shrine Shinjuku Tokyo

Had seen so much hoopla about the Junie Moon store online, only to learn they ONLY sell Blythe accesories & clothes, no dolls! Definitely had a Homer DOH moment.
Junie Moon store PARCO

This is definitely just scratching the surface of the first few days. Not pictured are the countless meals (I felt like an idiot taking any food photos in a restaurant, not like US at all where all meals are Instagrammed). Stay tuned for more photos!

Out of Print

I’ll keep this post short and sweet – mostly because I noticed there was a huge smudge of I-don’t-know-what on my camera lens AFTER I took these pictures. This was the best of the bunch, and it still looks pretty bad. Sorry. I’m bummed about it because I’m in total LOVE with this sweater! I never thought I’d find it second hand either. I actually just read the Great Gatsby a few months ago too, right before I found the sweater, so it was kind of meant to be. My most librarian outfit to date ;) I do want to support Out of Print more – but until they start making their clothes in the USA….I just can’t buy it new!

Item From Made in… BUY
Out of Print sweater Buffalo Exchange Dominican Republic HERE
Plenty Tracy Reese skirt thrifted China -
DKNY tights DSW no tag HERE
Rachel Comey shoes Wasteland Peru -

Thrift Eye, out of print sweater, great gatsby sweater

My skirt

How did March get here so quickly? And how is it already half-way over?! I have been trying to force myself to go bare-legged when the sun is poking out – even when I know the fog will roll back in. Who cares if I have to change before the sun sets? My legs are in desperate need of some sun! (and I’ve been keeping an extra pair of tights balled up in my purse in case I really begin to freeze). I saw some photos of girls bare-legged in NY during Fashion Week. I don’t know how they do it (or why they do it?) If you can’t figure out how to dress weather appropriate for snow, then maybe this fashion thing isn’t for you?

Item From Made in… BUY
James Perse top thrifted USA in different color
Diane von Furstenberg skirt thrifted tag ripped out -
Matt Berson flats China HERE
Bill Blass vintage watch flea market Japan -
Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings China HERE

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Hey, a simple outfit

I started this blog post with all different kinds of words – first with a whole breakdown of blogging, about style, and then I scrapped all the ideas. What this really is, is just a post about me and how some days, dressing down feels really good. I went to visit my family in Southern California to meet my new nephew and these travel outfits always end up quite interesting. Mostly because traveling between San Francisco (where it’s chilly, and has been rainy) to Southern California (where it’s inevitably sunny and warm) gets difficult when you only want to bring a carry-on. This outfit isn’t flashy, it’s not bright, it’s not even dark! (I do enjoy my all black outfits). It’s just comfortable, plain and simple.

Item From Made in… BUY
Uniqlo top China HERE
Broadway & Broome skirt thrifted China -
Vintage belt thrifted - -
Sam Edelman Petty boots China HERE

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

My thrifted outfits are starting to lean heavily towards the Made in Asia side…I have a few things I need to do. I’ll have a Made in USA post coming up soon!