Cool Girl Chic

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Just when I thought I had my bearings on where to find all the "dope" brands in Japan, I get slapped in the face with an even cooler label. I had heard of Hysteric Glamour in the past and for some reason wrote it off as another Japanese, hipster brand. WRONG! It was actually the kid's line, Hysteric Mini, that caught my attention. After my immediate love affair with the tots line (more on that coming), I fell head over heels for the adult collections. The Japanese luxury brand features tops and hoodies inspired by musicians from the 80's and 90's, artists such as Andy Warhol and garments reflecting the era of grunge and punk rock. Not typically under my style repertoire,  but paired with minimalistic basics and stream lined pieces, the designs are totally hip and scream Cool Girl Chic. Tokyo has so many original brands under it's belt. No wonder it is the home of countless fashion pioneers. Feeling Giddy, LET'S ROCK!

Straight from their Style Book. OOTD inspiration

Loving the Mustard Yellow long peacoat. A fun twist of color away from the traditional gray and black.

Who says flats can't be fab? HG makes flats looker cooler than the flip side of your pillow.

Hoodies are hip, let's call a spade a spade. Wear under your leather jacket and throw some heels on to glam it up.

This sweater would look awesome with leather pants or flared legged jeans.
Varsity Jacket Swag

Love a fab wedged sneaker. Plus snakeskin? Get outta here

Love this sweater for the holiday season. I'd style it with a leather or printed pencil skirt and heels.

Glam up this Skull tee with a structured blazer or tweed trousers.

Let these leopard socks peek out of your ankle booties and roll up your hem a little bit to show them off.

Skull garden pants paired with your Winter knits. Total Cool Girl Chic
Everyone needs a little LOVE your their life.


Harajuku Fashion Video

Friday, November 8, 2013
For the past three and half years in Japan, I have been infatuated with Harajuku Fashion. I've spent countless hours people watching, roaming, shopping and soaking in all that is Harajuku. I even spent my last week of pregnancy with a warm tea and my Mom, as we checked out the amazing ensembles from a corner cafe. Last year, I shot, edited, and directed a small video about the birth and growth of the fashion epicenter of Tokyo. I interviewed one of Tokyo's biggest Stylists, Misha Janette for the scoop on what has made Harajuku such an enormous attraction to tourists and celebrities.

Check it out HERE.

*Please forgive my squeaky narration voice and blabbering, I was never meant for film really.

Nursing Fashion: What Do I Wear Now?

Monday, November 4, 2013
Konnichiwa to my fellow breastfeeding mamas out there!

When I first started breastfeeding, everyday felt like a styling challenge. "OK, I want to look glam and sophisticated. Wait, not that top, I need to have access to the boob. Alright, no to the boat neck sweater and yes to the plunging neck line." The internal dialogue continued for a few minutes, usually with me moving my lips like I am actually having a conversation with someone (weirdo), and some days ending with me just throwing on a v-neck, burn-out tee and calling it a day. As the month's progressed, I finally embraced the fun of strategic outfit planning and found a way around "frumptastic" nursing clothes.

I recently wrote a piece on nursing fashion for Savvy Tokyo, sharing a few tips I learned along the way. Some by trial and error, *note, do not wear solid colored, cotton jersey without breast pads, and some that just really worked for me and my everyday lifestyle. Click HERE to check out the article and the items that I find most useful! 

Isabel Marant x H&M

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In just a couple weeks H&M's newest collaboration with Isabel Marant will launch! I don't know about you, but I am counting down the days. The Parisian cool, French house of fashion, will release embroidered and textured sweaters, sleek leather pants, menswear inspired jackets and fringe booties that are budget friendly! I am a huge fan of her effortlessly cool and chic, street-style designs and love nothing more than a diffusion collection at a reasonable price point. Christmas came early! Hooodee hoo!

Sleek leather pants with beaded and embroidered sweaters coming to an H&M near you..
Menswear inspired Jackets

Ankle booties with fringe detail

Baby J.Crew

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I've always been a fan of J.Crew. A perfect stop for the basic blazer, a cozy cashmere sweater and without question, their lovely bridal selection that ensures your bridesmaids will take their dress for a second spin.  In search to find baby stores that deliver internationally, a light bulb went off in my head, J.Crew! I love their children's line, Crewcuts, and was ecstatic to find they launched a line for babies. The label's signature high quality materials and everyday basics trickle down into infant sizes with adorable graphics to boot! The prices vary, some reasonable and others marked a tad too high for a garment that will be outgrown in a couple months. However, the gender ambiguous pieces make for a good investment for those who plan on expanding the family past one child.

I handpicked some of my favorites from their website. Naturally I drool over the little girls' section, but the little boys clothes are just as sweet and charming. The collection extends into toys, soft blankets, and accessories.

This heart patterned onesie is too sweet. A perfect under garment to jazz up a basic outfit.
Stripes and Tulle. Too cute
This basic gray dress is perfect paired with a patterned onesie and could be worn in any season.
Baby cashmere? So soft for the chilly winter walks. I am in love with all four of these graphic cardigan and pullovers.

I mean.. stop it
Floral gray tunic
These sweats are rad. I wish they had them in my size.
For the pre-walking baby, these booties are adorable and will keep the piggies warm beyond socks.

To view the entire J.Crew babies collection CLICK HERE. I also fell in love with J.Crew jewelry and plan on posting some of my favorites. Very exciting to have this American brand shipping to Japan.

Throw Your Hair Up

Monday, October 14, 2013

I'm sure fellow mother's can attest, there are just some days you want to throw your hair up, put on some lipstick and pretend you still rock heels on the regular. I had my moment, and spent the day with my favorite fashion fanatic, window shopping and taking in this incredible Fall weather

Headed to our favorite vintage spots for fun inspiration and possible treasures
80 degres in late October. Summer seems never ending...
Vintage Cartier Panther Gold Chain. SWA-OON! I want, I need, I love this! On the hunt for a more affordable replica :)
Celiné is just killing it this Fall. Gray, Black, Minimal, Perfection.
The PRADA building in Aoyama is one of my favorite sites. Prestine, gorgous, genious.
My daily stroll begins down this alley of Ginko Trees. A little nature in the city goes a long way.

I am still currently breastfeeding, and although style challenges confront me every morning, I continue to have a lovely relationship with my pre-nursing closet. I  find pieces that are not restrictive or too snug and make certain they allow "access" easily and gracefully. *more on nursing fashion next week.

Denim Vest: American Eagle
Sunnies: Michael Kors
Shorts: Zara
Diaper Bag: Marc Jacobs ( I store my stuff in there as well)
Pumps: Via Spiga


Forever 21

American Eagle

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Friday Harbor

Saturday, October 5, 2013


The moment my husband and I found out we'd have a three month "garden leave", we knew exactly where to spend our hiatus from Tokyo. HOME. We wanted to experience our native land as tourists and escape to the multiple destinations it has to offer. Since being abroad I have fallen more in love with the North West. Distance really does make the heart grow fonder. To those who haven't experienced the West Coast, it is probably the most beautiful place to visit in the Summer. The varied topography across Washington state provides an illusion of jumping borders into different countries. Who needs Europe?

One of our first stops was to Friday Harbor, one of the San Juan Islands. You can only get there by boat or sea plane and the travel through Puget Sound is just as captivating as the cute and charming town you arrive upon. Amongst the beautiful scenery, you can go whale watching, bike riding, wine tasting or drive to the other side of the island and go to Roche Harbor. We tried to squeeze in as much recreational fun as possible without forfeiting lovely down time staring into the marina.

I didn't over think my San Juan fashion and kept it basic, but my most important accessory by far was the Ergo baby carrier. To new mom's and those without an Ergo, this is probably the best piece of baby paraphernalia to own. For airport travel, site seeing, basic errands and even nursing.

SHOP the Ergo Baby:



On the ferry to Friday Harbor. Baby Maya napped in the Ergo, while Mom, Dad and Auntie Casey enjoyed the exceptional view of the Puget Sound.

Maya at 4 months in here Ergo baby. She is now 8 months and still naps and nurses on the go. 
Enjoying happy hour in the grass at The Friday Harbor House.

Wine Tasting in the town of Friday Harbor. The actual winery has a resident camel that greets you for the tour. 
As always I am rocking my baby Ergo carrier. 


Checking out the Limestone in Roche Harbor
USA meets Canada


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