Lonely Hearts makes the best lingerie. I failed to find the cutout bodysuit from this collection but was stoked to see that one of my favorite stores Bona Drag had ordered some pieces.
(gifted Shakuhachi lace shirtdress, Alexander Wang bra, Levi’s shorts, Deadly Ponies bag, Dolce & Gabbana wedges, Karen Walker sunglasses, H&M jacket)
It’s been hot for the past couple days…triblend romper hot. Kind of disgusting, but fun for acai bowls in the grass. Felt pretty prepared with a blanket and all but turns out full-on pavilions are de rigeur these days. Where are people even buying these things? I never see them for sale in stores. Cause you know I want one. I may or may not settle for a tent with lots of zippers.
Shakuhachi gave me a reason to love pink. Australian designers just keep on coming out with those pieces that are as wearable as they are different.
Mini Anden styled by Camille Bidault-Waddington
My favorite part of this is that it looks like the lonely enjoyment of the fruits of a really good trip to the thrift store: basic cuffed white shorts, flimsy bits of pastel silk, and an inexplicable print here and there. What we’re really looking at: Vivienne Westwood knit bodysuit, Bernhard Wilhelm socks, Miu Miu cotton dress, Emma Cook face print dress, and a Martin Margiela dressing gown belt layered over bits of vintage lingerie. And everything I want to wear right now.
The second day in Tokyo I got really sick..I guess it was some kind of flu that I got in the airplane but I wasn’t about to let it interfere with my plans to show Colin the strange land that is Akihabara. So I stocked up on cold medicine, aspirin, and eyedrops (I swear I saw lychee ‘flavored’ eyedrops) at the supermarket by our hotel. The cracked out bear felt my pain.
Taking my shiny new drugs with water and coffee.
Cutting through buildings to avoid getting rained on..I guess you can only barely see here but I tricked out this camera with a Balenciaga strap and a BCBG studded attachment. The other camera has a vintage ’70s strap from eBay..I’m not really into that cheesy black branded one that comes in the box..
Holding two drinks in one hand is one of my few talents.
Going the wrong way is fun.
So is taking pictures of anime girls in the train station.
But then again I also like taking pictures of the ground.
Stepping onto the streets..wearing vintage coat (children’s section = very short sleeves), Forever 21 armwarmers, YSL ring, vintage Chanel backpack, vintage scarves, Topshop Unique suspender skirt, Zara henley, Target socks, and Jeffrey Campbell boots. I really like this skirt but the suspenders/garters are hopeless at staying put. I gave up the 500th time they came undone. Shot by Colin of course.
There’s nothing I hate more than these machines with clumsy groping claws. Not once has one retrieved me a stuffed anything. But I had to look cause these ones were really big and complicated.
We won’t talk about what was down those stairs.
Freezing. Soon soba would help.
View from inside the soba place.
A girl advertising a “maid cafe” in a fetching outfit. These are establishments where nerds can experience varying amounts of attention from females, no strings attached..not such a bad arrangement, right? Yukiko filled me in on the finer details.
Her accomplice across the street. Points for Love A Lot being magically attached to her skirt. She and Swift Heart were my favorites.
It’s easy to feel small here.
Even when you’re taller than all the cops. Undone again. And heading back to the hotel to pile on all my clothes for the next adventure.
(Camilla and Marc “Somewhere Sometime” dress, Topshop ankle boots)
On Thursday I hosted a party at the Live on Sunset store in West Hollywood, it was a lot of fun (Buttercake Bakery cupcakes and Minx manicures yay)..I wore a Camilla and Marc dress that I got on the spot (I was going to wear all Topshop but I just fell in love with this the second I saw it) and a lot of double stick tape. Met some amazing people and saw some of my favorites. Thank you to everyone at LOS!
Bliss Lau Zelda bra
Vanessa Bruno F/W 10.11
Gail Sorronda mask and headband
my photo, taken at the K3 showroom in Tokyo
Jena Theo asymmetrical cardigan
Pamela Love cage ring
Acne Shank boots
Alexander Wang slit sweater
I had no idea there was a Topshop in the middle of Harajuku so I was pretty excited to stumble upon it. And having bought and returned a similar Christopher Kane for Topshop grommeted dress because it was too big made it that much better to find this one in the sale section.
There’s all kinds of shiny stuff to obsess over in Tokyo. My favorites are milk tea that comes out of the vending machine hot, green tea Kit Kats, those creepy face mask cloths for 100 yen, and anything that involves a free gift of a flag-bearing horseman.
Some questions from the past week:
Do you speak Japanese? I’m pretty rusty since I have no one to practice with on a regular basis..I can read hiragana, katakana, and some kanji and would approximate my speaking abilities as roughly conversationally fluent..the longer I spend there the more it comes back…
What clothes did you buy there? A couple Topshop Unique dresses and a skirt, gray knee high socks from Uniqlo, some vintage pieces at Hanjiro, a few pairs of polka dot lacy ankle socks from a random train station shop, brown oxford wedges from Zara, and that denim smock dress I posted last week.
What were the outstanding fashion trends in Tokyo? The uniform seems to be oversized parka, black tights, and tall brown boots..even one of my aunts arrived wearing an approximation of it. Tons of black. In the more fashion conscious areas I saw a lot of drapey layers, cowboy boots, and denim shorts hahah, my favorite was a pair of extremely furry t-strap flat wooden sandals on a girl in Harajuku. Really wish I had gotten a photo of them. The girls at the Elle offices had some really good outfits..a lot of Alexander Wang.
Best places to shop? I didn’t really get too much time to shop but Yukiko from Elle Girl Japan took me to a bunch of stores as part of a photo shoot I did with the magazine, and they were amazing..including Nine, K3, Grapevine by K3, and Hanjiro. Grapevine by K3 is probably one of the coolest spaces I’ve ever seen work as a store and had everything from Tina Kalivas to Gail Sorronda to GVGV. A lot of really great stores inside Laforet of course but I don’t remember their names…found a store called Royal Flash while wandering around Meiji-dori by myself and wanted everything there, they had some stunning Alexander McQueen pieces and a lot of leather that looked like it was ready for war.
You’ll be on Elle girl Japon,right? Please let us know the detail. I’m in the current issues of Elle Girl Japan and Spur.
How did you fit so many coats/ jackets in your luggage? Determination and the strength to drag two 50 pound suitcases through the subway to Narita at the end of my trip. My arms were burning for days afterward. And I had to leave a pair of boots behind at my grandparent’s place.
What camera are you using? Canon XTI, 5D, and Sony Cybershot.
Are those green tea donuts in the window? YES. LOVE.
Who takes your photos? My boyfriend Colin and I do…the random photos are by me and the ones of me are by him.
Did you feel cold in Tokyo? The weather fluctuated by about 40 degrees while I was there..wasn’t prepared for how cold it was some days, especially the night that it snowed. But it was beautiful.
What nailpolish were you using in the previous post? OPI’s Done Out in Deco
Have you met any of your Tokyo readers? Yes, they are very sweet! And well dressed.
How is the food in Tokyo? So good. The best meals I had – when one of my uncles (who is also a professional chef) cooked pretty much a feast at my grandparent’s house the second night and at a tiny restaurant in Isogo with another aunt and uncle..will post pictures. Also you have to get one of the giant whipped cream and fruit-filled crepes on the street. I was busy stuffing my face with one when a model scout flagged me down outside Laforet..so embarrassing.
Have you done something different to your hair? No, I’m just growing it out..I’m sick of dying it.
Where did you buy the (denim) dress? At Arcakit in Kinshicho.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten while in japan? Raw anago and corn potage flavored chips. Both amazing.
Are Japanese ppl very different from US (way they act etc)? Yes. Very polite and unassuming. They always want to give you something, even people that don’t look like they should have the slightest interest in attaching dangly things to their cell phones attach dangly things to their cell phones, and everything is neatly and perfectly packaged/handed to you in a tray. My mom and I were cracking up when we asked my grandma for the remote control to the TV and she put it in a tray before giving it to us. You should have seen the looks of horror when I was packing up my suitcase at the Elle Girl Japan office and smashing my clothes in without folding them haha. BTW they were the nicest and easiest team to work with, Hi Elle/Elle Girl ♥.
Rumi are you part Japanese? Half Japanese, half white.
Are you wearing fingerless gloves? If so where are they from? Yes, I got them at this gross clubwear store in Pacific Beach. You could easily make some yourself with a pair of opaque tights..I think that’s what they did anyway.
Will you even see this? Just in case you DO: hi. Hi!
I was wondering, what whas the price for the Zara jacket? I think it was a little over $200.
When’s the best time to go to Tokyo? NOT early March. Go during the end of cherry blossom season if you can. Avoid mid-summer, the heat and humidity can get crazy..but to be honest I would go whenever the opportunity came up. I love the city a crazy amount.
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