Tokyo Disneyland

Saturday, April 12, 2014

We took our daughter to Disneyland for her 1st Birthday. We get it, she is only ONE, she isn't going to remember, or understand or care, but I wanted to do something special. We aren't back home hosting some kitschy party with our family and friends in attendance.  Instead we had an obnoxiously cute, yet intimate celebration. Just the three of us and it was magical.

The Disneyland Hotel was recently remodeled into a timeless masterpiece. The decor screamed finesse, with outrageous chandeiliers, fountains and stained glass mosaics of favorite disney classics. It was like a castle and I, I mean Maya, felt like a princess.

People looked at me cross-eyed when I said I was taking my one year old to Disney, but it actually was completely age appropriate. She enjoyed "It's A Small World", ToonTown, the boat rides as well as the teacups. Beyond rides, toddlers are stimulated just by the music, the gift shops and of course the characters. Clearly Disneyland is equipped for kids, but even toddlers and infants are in thought. Changing room facilities and snack time areas were sprinkled throughout the park and strollers had their own parking spots.

Traveling with a toddler is never easy, naps are thrown and the change of environment alters moods, but thankfully Tokyo Disneyland is only a 20 minute train ride from Tokyo Station. Painless compared to 10 hour flights.
After check in, we hit up this incredible buffet of what seemed like endless options of cuisines from all over the world.
The Mickey plates were getting me excited.
I made a plate of every dessert, which ultimately Maya had no interest in. Somebody had to eat it!

The band shook her up a bit but mommy didn't mind. Clearly Disney was only for Maya's enjoyment :).

Naptime at Disney = improvisation. We let the boat do the rocking.
TIP: In total there were about 6 rides suitable for children Maya's age. They do not allow the kids to sit on your lap and they have to be old enough to sit up next to you. 
We were planning on staying until the night parade but realized they show the same floats during the day. 
The Queen of Hearts restaurant inside Disneyland does not need reservations and provides a "Happy Birthday" treat on a cake. However, they would not allow the candle to be lit.

A little paparazzi action
My Birthday Princess

Tokyo Fashion Week Photo Diary & Wrap-up

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo ended a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to share the collection reports I wrote for online magazine Savvy Tokyo and some photos I INSTAGRAM'D along the way. Check out the articles for a re-cap on seven days of runway shows, inspiration and an insight into all of fall fashion's  trending details such as intricate patchwork pieces, treated textiles, structured dresses, modern day kimonos and an abundance of plaid, tweed and earth tones.





I have an obsession with instagram and my poor Canon has totally been feeling left out (Don't worry Mr. C, plan on zoomin' in on those cherry blossoms this weekend, aight?) Here's a few outfit shots, célfiez, and me trying to get all artistic and stuff waiting for the shows to start.

A sweet little visitor came to fashion week in her tutu, leopard and city girl tee.
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Snapshots outside of the Araisara show in Ginza
Boyfriend Jeans: Current Elliot
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bomber Jacket: VINCE CAMUTO
Purse: CHLOE

Lace Skin Series at the SOMARTA show

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Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day at the Mr. Gentleman show
Skirt: MARC by Marc Jacobs
Booties: Christian Louboutin

Please check out his collection report on SAVVY TOKYO, it was one of my favorite shows. Here is a short snippet:  "Set into motion by a live percussion performance, the “Power of Flower” theme to Saito’s fall collection was apparent with colorful floral motifs draped to perfection on models sporting two-toned hair. Contemporary adornments such as chain belts, sparkly obis, fur shawls and technicolor patterns were used tastefully, updating the kimono while still maintaining a traditional Japanese aesthetic." 

Crazy hair pieces for the men at the YOSHI KUBO show
My Grandma was so dope to me. Her style lives on. This was her chain belt that I recreated into a double gold chain necklace. The Chanel pendant was from a pair of my earrings. I lost the other one, so I made this into a necklace and wear in with an "M", for my daughter.

Leather, Camo and Feathers for OOTD on the last day of fashion week.
Leather Jacket: Fur Fur
Camo Sweatshirt: Edith A. Miller
Dress: Catherine Malandrino
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

New obsession with the brand JOYRICH. Blog post to come

The pattern on my DVF dress was used on the fans.
The Queen of the wrapdress and all her gold glory.

Videos from all the shows and more fashion week pics can be seen on SAVVY TOKYO instagram.


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