Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside!

White Pea coat - Pink Mix
Angel Jeans - Mine (I've owned them for so long!)
Black Scarf - Mores City
Black Boots - Take 5

I've come to the conclusion that I have a slight addiction to outerwear. I've just counted and I have 4 pea coats. They're all different though! I have a red one, this white one, a casual everyday black one, and a plaid one. That's not mentioning all of the other hats, mittens, scarves, jackets, vests, coats, and boots in my wardrobe either! For not being a fan of cold weather, I sure have a lot of winter wear. Brrrrrrrr! (Also, art gallery dates are the best! *^-^*)

P.S. Sorry for being MIA for awhile. I've been getting life all situated on this side of the pond. With work, school, and buying a new car (pictures soon!) I've been a busy girl. But I'll be trying my best to update regularly!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winter Moisturizing Tips

Winter is rushing towards the area where I live as if we are red and it's a bull. And while I love a white Christmas and all the cute boots and mittens I can wear, I'm really not a fan of the freezing cold temperatures. I'm talking -20 degrees sometimes and that is not exaggerating.

One of the things I dread most about winter is how dry the air gets. I get bloody noses (sad panda) from the air being so dry, so you can image what that can do to skin and hair as well. Winter is the time to moisturize every inch of skin in sight if you're dealing with cold weather. If you live in a cold area as well, you know exactly what I'm talking about. My moisturizing tips are:

- Take warm showers, not hot. While super steamy hot showers feel so nice during the winter, they unfortunately rob your skin of much needed moisture. Hot water causes your skin to dry out even more than the winter air does, so this is a big one that I stick to. But if you just have to have those almost scalding temperatures, try to cut down on shower time to do the least amount of self-induced skin drying.

- Moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower, when you're skin is still damp. You can towel dry and obviously don't want to be dripping wet, but if your skin is a little damp, any lotion you apply will seal that moisture into your skin. It's an easy way to get extra moisture for not much effort. To make your lotion time feel a little more luxurious, you can run the bottle under hot water for a few minutes to warm the lotion up. I slather up every inch of skin I can every time after I shower. While that's not necessary, at least 1-2 times a week should keep you at a nice, moisturized level.

- Try to moisturize your face twice a day. Once when you wake up in the morning(after washing your face), while your skin is still damp and also at night before you go to bed(after you wash your face), again while your skin is still damp. If you only wash your face once, then once is okay too. I wash twice a day, so I moisturize twice a day. Your face is braving the cold temperatures bare while the rest of your body will most likely be covered up in the cold temperatures, so making sure that it's moisturized will help to keep it from becoming windburned or chapped/peeling.

- Deep condition your hair once a week. I do this weekly anyways throughout the year, but it's due to the fact that I frequently color my hair and my hair is long. Dry winter air will suck all of the moisture out of your hair, leaving it static-y and rough feeling. You can pick up a bottle of Aussie 3-minute miracle for about $3 if you don't want to go for salon brands, and it still works really well. ^-^

- Also, if you have long hair, look into an at-home brazilian keratin treatment. They do the service in many salons as well, but it costs an upwards of $250. I've heard from some people that they've paid around $400. At-home keratin treatments are a close contestant to the salon treatments if you follow the directions. And you've got to be okay with not washing your hair for 48-72 hours, and not throwing it up in a ponytail or tucking it behind your ears during that 48-72 hours as well. Most at home treatments last 30 days. Salon treatments usually last 3 months. So it doesn't quite last as long, but it's a lot more affordable, and you can do it again as soon as the first treatment wears off. You can do at least 5 at home treatments for the price of one salon treatment. What does it do exactly? It is a godsend for your hair. It makes it silky smooth and super shiny. Ever wondered why brazilians have such beautiful hair? They actually call it cosmetic surgery for your hair! Just make sure that the one you are buying has good reviews and a list of ingredients. You can look up pretty much any cosmetic product online and check out the reviews before buying. I say this because some products are marketed as keratin products without actually containing any keratin! These treatments will not last long at all; probably only until you wash your hair one time. Usually keratin will be the third to fifth ingredient in the good ones. :] Or, if you like to splurge, go have someone in a salon pamper you for a few hours. The bonus of them doing it is that you'll usually get a scalp massage during the shampoo prior to the treatment, which is really nice during stressful holiday times!

- Last of all on moisturizing, don't forget your lips! Many people get chapped lips during the winter from the dry air, or from licking their lips because they feel dry (because of the air sucking the moisture out of them). My favorite is cherry and/or strawberry flavored carmex. I even use it as a base underneath lip gloss/lipstick. It costs next to nothing, doesn't take more than 5 seconds to apply and can easily stop painful chapped lips from occurring.

So there you have it. Those are my tricks for keeping touchable, soft skin during the crazy, dry winter months. Feel free to add any comments about tips you may have!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Feeling Retro

Grey Dress - Thrifted
Pink Cardigan - Thrifted
Skinny Black Belt - Thrifted
White Long Socks - Tutuanna
Black Oxford Heels - Chiyoda
Black and White Striped Scarf - Thrifted
Chandelier Earrings - Guilty

The majority of this outfit was thrifted, which proves that you don't have to pay an insane amount to put an entire outfit together. I love going to thrift stores to find clothes. It's like a treasure hunt everytime! And it's almost guaranteed that you won't see a bunch of other people wearing the same items as you. Shopping in vintage and thrift stores is easy on the wallet too, for any of you whose wardrobes may be begging to be updated. I'm not saying you'll always find stuff that you want; I walk away empty handed plenty of times. But when you can score a cute dress or accessory for a fraction of what it would originally be, it kind of makes your day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

America, America!

I'm back to the US, I just got in about a day and a half ago. Things are a little crazy and I'm currently in the adjustment/getting settled phase. Basically, I'm running around everyday like a chicken with it's head cut off. ^-^ I will resume posting regularly ASAP! A lot of my clothes are still in route to the US, I ended up paying $80 for shipping to get about half of my wardrobe to the US. But I didn't want to live out of two suitcases until the rest of my stuff gets moved back over!

So as soon as I have choices and have re-acclimated myself with being here (can we say culture-shock?!) I'll be back with plenty of cute outfits! Also, I bought two sets of ears right before I moved! More on that in a few days!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Autumn Abyss

White Long Sleeve - Forever 21
Destroyed Denim Shorts - Hollister
Knit Stockings - Tutuanna
Long Black Socks - Tutuanna
Black Wedges - Paseos
Black Plaid Scarf - Paseos

Layering long socks over knitted stockings is really popular right now. I really like the look too, it's a little more visually interesting than just wearing long socks. However, I think it has to be worn with an outfit that is a little more subdued. If your outfit is supposed to be the main attraction, adding a lot of extra leg wear details might be a bit much. And I'm not angry in my pictures. The sun was right in my face! I did the best I could not to make the scrunched up sun face. ^-^

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cleaning Out My Closet

Pink Feather Dress - Forever 21
Gold Buckle Belt - Forever 21
Long Black Socks - Tutuanna
Black Oxford Heels - Take 5

I love long socks. I'm pretty sure I'm borderline addict. They're popular in Japan, they're cute, and they're cheap. Well, let me rephrase, some of them are cheap. Most of the socks I own come from Tutuanna, a store devoted to socks, hosiery, and underwear. While I *have* spent over $10 for one pair of long socks there (totally worth it!), most of them I get with their three-pair for 1050yen deal. That's not bad at all, considering when I look online, most stores seem to be charging $18 for one pair of long socks in the US. Insanity! I guess because they're not as popular? Anyways, I've stocked up an extensive amount of socks, stockings, and hosiery while here. When I say I have a sock drawer, I mean a drawer with only socks....that is just as big as my drawer for jeans. *^-^* Oops! The way I see it, I could have way worse addictions besides legwear!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chasing Trains

Striped Top - Thrifted
White Skirt - Forever 21
Shoes - Paseos
Hair bow - Forever 21
Earrings - Guilty

Yet another outfit from this summer. I figure I need to get them in before it's winter and completely out of place! I really like this top. However, I think the gold buttons might be a little too flashy and I'm thinking about switching them out with white ones. But then I'm afraid if I do that, then the top will look a little plain. Quite the pickle. I guess I'll just have to try it and see! I'll report back on the button change, maybe even with some pictures. That is, if it looks better!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tokyo Tuesday!

Today's post is not an outfit of the day. I had errands to run today and wasn't feeling the best, so I did what everyone does on those days. Rocked a Batman t-shirt, jeans, chucks, and a ponytail. So, it's Tokyo Tuesday today! :] Which means, it's going to be a post about things I bought in Tokyo this past weekend.

First things first. Heads or Tails?

If you guessed're right!

Disclaimer: It's *not* real. I promise. I love animals, I could never do that. Besides, I want a fox as a pet, not as a fashion accessory. ^-^

These tails are pretty popular in Japan. Girls will hang them off of their purses/bags or my favorite, they'll clip them to their back belt loop so it looks like they have a tail! Haha. A little different, but definitely cute. I knew I couldn't leave Japan without buying one. It's a memory and accessory I just need to have. So I bought this one in Harajuku this past weekend on what will be one of my last Tokyo shopping trips for awhile. I originally wanted a wolf one, but they looked bad and really fake. So I picked up this fox one instead. How many looks do you think I can get from having a *tail* in the US?

I also purchased this awesome orange wig:

It can be used for photoshoots, cosplay, many things.

I also got another Lolita outfit from Bodyline while I was in Harajuku. Pictures of that to come later! But that is my second one from there and my third Lolita outfit. I also have a *really* nice custom one that was gifted to me. There will be pictures in the future of that one as well.

Like I mentioned in the kick off, it's a blog with mostly fashion overtones, but will also have undertones of other things I love. So, here's to the first undertone! Cheers!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Prim & Proper

White Blouse - Pink Mix
Blue and White Bow Skirt - Pink Mix
Ruffle Socks - Yoshida
Tan Kitten Heels - Paseos

These photos were actually taken during the summer this year. I just received these and a few others though, so I figured I would sneak them in with the fall posts. This outfit is so cute and it's very common to see outfits like this in Japan during the summer. However, it's *not* very common to see foreign girls dress in outfits like these. I get stared at for wearing this style of clothing....a lot. But I've also had Japanese people tell me that I look very cute or it's good that I dress in Japanese style clothing! I'm excited to see how the US reacts to my Japanese style!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Make Me Bad

Grey Motorcycle Vest - Thrifted
Black Long Sleeve Shirt - Durer
Destroyed Cutoff Shorts - Durer
Striped Stockings - Tutuanna
Black Short Boots - Paseos
Black Patent Leather Bag - Pattern

I like changing up my look, a lot. I tend to wear outfits like this on days that I'm feeling sassy or as I like to call them, my "saucy little minx" days. Usually the bold red lips and dark eyeliner come out to play on such days. I love these striped stockings. I actually have them in a thigh high height as well. They just add a little extra edge to sassy days. And I've been loving these short quilted boots lately. Speaking of boots, I need a new pair for fall.....

Monday, October 3, 2011

Office Party

White Dress Shirt - UNIQLO
Black Sweater Vest - Paseos
Black Shorts - Forever 21
Black Socks - Tutuanna
Scarf - Over the Hill
Black Bow Headband - Forever 21
Black Short Boots - Paseos

I think this is such a fun play on business attire. I can and do wear some of the top pieces to work. Bottom pieces, not so much. But it's a great outfit for going out on the town with friends. And even better, I can wear the top pieces to work and pack the bottom pieces if I'm planning on meeting someone after the workday is finished. I would only have to do a quick change of bottoms and ta-da! Ready to hit the town in a cute outfit without anyone ever knowing that half of my outfit was worn all day. I love easy day to night looks!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Parlez-vous fran├žais?

Striped Shirt - More's City
White Skirt- Paseos
Grey Cardigan - Thrifted
White Crocheted Socks- Tutuanna
Brown Short Boots - Paseos
White Beret - Hollywood Vintage

It seems like a lot of clothes are french inspired right now in Japan. It's not a surprise, the French know what they're doing fashion-wise and Japan is a very fashionable place. You wouldn't believe how much of my clothes have a french feel to them. Probably a good 1/4 of my wardrobe. And don't feel bad if the answer to my title is no for you. I know very minimal French, since I only took it for one summer when I was 8 years old. Also, I have no idea why my hair turned out a different color in every picture in this series. I guess it was fickle in deciding what color it wanted to be. But it still is red, not dark brown or light brown.