in the garden

Some simple weekend cruising through a garden supply store to look for succulents – but alas, my golden slippers always seem to add a nice touch to any outfit! I’ve been working hard to bring more green into the apartment and needed some inspiration.

Item From Made in… BUY
Three Dots top USA in white HERE
Gap jeans my sister China HERE and HERE
Loeffler Randall flats Brazil HERE and HERE in nude
Rayban wayfarer sunglasses thrifted USA HERE
Madewell purse China HERE

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Tokyo diaries: second half of trip

It’s been two weeks since returning, and I’m finally returning some sort of normalcy around here. Jetlag has gone away, no more “we just got back” excuses for unpacking, all that’s taken care of! But I’m still feeling really nostalgic, and looking back through these photos isn’t helping. BUT I will say this, I’ve immediately begun thinking of my wardrobe in a new way…I want to revamp what I have, add some more essentials that are better fabric quality & better fitting. We continued each day exploring, we rarely went to the same place twice (unless it was a Lawson convenience store) – so I felt like I had to make the most of each trip! Once we got a handle of where we were going, and getting around, it was easier to make mental notes of how to return to certain spots to check out later! I think you could spend a month in Tokyo and do something new each day!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage hat flea market USA
Gap dress thrifted India HERE
Vans sneakers thrifted China
Madewell purse China Similar from this season 
Rayban glasses thrifted USA HERE
Uniqlo tote China HERE

Cruising towards Harajuku
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Little pockets of street art hidden everywhere like this
Walking to Harajuku Tokyo

Braved all the floors at La Foret – each shop had its own unique flair for every dressing style imaginable. Harajuku crossing La Foret Tokyo

We walked to Harajuku, through Omotesando, and over to Roppongi to get to the Mori Art Museum. The views alone were SO worth it!
Inside views View of Tokyo skyline from Mori Art Museum Roppongi Tokyo

Outside views
View of Tokyo Tree from Mori Art Museum sky deck Roppongi Tokyo

We spent one day in the city of Hakone – with the intentions of hoping to see Mt. Fuji or getting close to it. It was just our luck that the tram that would take you up the mountain to see it was closed because of volcanic activity. We ended up experiencing three earthquakes while there, so maybe it was for the best to not go up further! The little city is beautiful nonetheless. It’s supposed to be well known for its spas! It was very, very green here. The further you pulled away from Tokyo.
Hakone gardens Japan

We stopped by a garden that has been in Hakone for a very long time. It made me so bummed we missed the cherry blossom season.
Hakone gardens Japan

I never felt the pressure to dress in tourist type clothing or shoes. Even on this side trip.

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Three dots dress USA blue version HERE
vintage denim top flea market USA
Sam Edelman boots China HERE

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A cute little water spout in the park
Hakone gardens Japan

So we returned to the city to visit Shimokitzawa, which was described to us as vintage heaven. This area is more low key than other parts of Tokyo. I loved that it was full of American vintage and lots of cute restaurants & coffee shops!
Shimokitzawa thrift shopping Tokyo

A walk through Ginza to get to…
Ginza Tokyo

Tsukiji fish market!! We had some of the best tuna of our lives. If you like sushi & fish, please visit here. We weren’t extremely interested in catching the auctions, which you have to wake up really early for – just to eat the good food. We weren’t disappointed.
Tsukiji Fish Market Chuo Tokyo

Probably the happiest cat in Tokyo, king of the fish market
lounging cat at the Tsukiji fish market Tokyo

A quick walk away were the Hamarikyu gardens – a small piece of serenity in the city
Hamarikyu Gardens Chuo Tokyo

With an interesting view. Certain parts of the park make you forget you’re in the city, other parts are swallowed by the Shiodome city view!
Hamarikyu Gardens under the Shiodome Chuo Tokyo

I started to wear this extra layer tied around my waist most of the days – the weather would alternate between sunny, cloudy, windy (sometimes rainy) as the day went by. At nightfall, it quickly got cold. Layers were a must! Not pictured, my umbrella that shielded me from the sun.

Item From Made in… BUY
Three dots top USA HERE
vintage denim shirt flea market USA
Joe’s Jeans corduroy thrifted USA HERE
Loeffler Randall gold flats Brazil HERE and HERE

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I bet people thought I was crazy taking this picture, but I loved these sakura flower manhole covers
Sakura manhole covers Tokyo Japan

We saw the Robot Restaurant show one night (no non-iphone pictures from me because it was so dark) and some other tourists told us to catch the festival going on at the Senso-Ji temple the next day
Senso Ji Asakusa Tokyo

The Sanja-Matsuri festival was in full effect with teams of locals carrying the bulk weight of these several ton shrines. The teamwork & energy was electrifying the air. It was amazing.
Senso Ji Sanja Matsuri Asakusa Tokyo

At the Tokyo National Museum, you could spend a good part of the day there exploring vast amounts of Asian art! We saw some beautiful kimonos and the ever so popular ninja swords, as well as the statues, brushwork art and paintings.
Tokyo National Museum Ueno Tokyo

There was a peaceful garden view
Tokyo National Museum Ueno Tokyo

The museum consisted of several buildings with different themes, I liked the exterior of this modern looking one.
Tokyo National Museum Ueno Tokyo

Took the opportunity for a photo in the beautiful marble window view

Item From Made in… BUY
Clu dress thrifted USA sleeveless version HERE
vintage denim shirt flea market USA
Vans tennis shoes thrifted

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I’ll end this post with another cute manhole cover
Manhole cover Tokyo

This trip has definitely changed my life – there’s no way I can possibly even share all my photos with you guys. I’ll be updating my Flickr with some of the pictures periodically (editing them takes a LONG time, hence why these posts took so long, sorry). But going through my photos, I kept kicking myself for not having taken more! Or days I didn’t want to bring the camera along for whatever reason. Those memories will live in my head as my treasures. From memories of getting ripped off playing pachinko, to our special breakfasts each morning – those things you can’t capture with a camera. I took a small notebook and filled it each morning with things from the day before. That way I’ll have my favorite memories saved forever. I was so afraid to go, I wish someone had told me to not be afraid and to have done it sooner. Now I just want to save up and visit during cherry blossom season! I hope this inspires you go for the first time or go again!

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

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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

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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

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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!

My holiday dressing, my way

I like a good opportunity dress up, just like anyone else. But I can sure appreciate and enjoy the ability to be comfortable with your friends and family, instead of fancy but uncomfortable. I was saving this dress for a special occasion just like the holidays – because honestly, it is my first foray into wearing maxi dresses, when I said I would never wear one. *and this is the most maxi I think I will get!*

When I found this special dress, I really had to make an exception. Sea NYC is a brand I’ve admired from afar for some time. But I found a great deal at my local gem, Jeremy’s. It really is a perfect holiday dress to wear between our rainy days. I hope you had a happy holiday (or if you don’t celebrate, just an awesome week :) ) I’m wrapping up some projects and posts to ring in 2015!

Item From Made in… BUY
Three dots top USA HERE in another color
Sea NYC dress Jeremy’s SF USA
Bill Blass vintage watch Alameda flea market Japan
Marc by MJ earrings probably China HERE
Spanx tights Honduras HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots China HERE
Revlon Colorburst HERE

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