two lovely ladies selling yaki tori; yummy grilled meat on sticks!!
chinese buns stuffed with minced chicken and eggs & glutinous rice stuffed with fillings((:
Walking down the streets, it is indeed difficult, to feel hungry. There are so many stalls selling yummy food and it is difficult for me to pick something which I love the most!! There are glutinous rice wrapped in a pyramid shape, traditional rice cakes, tako balls which are squid or prawns wrapped inside flour which is grilled into a ball shape, other yummy pastries and ice cream!!
(the menu showing the range of flavor the stall offers. amazing isnt it?!)
It is fab to be eating something so cold in winter and the flavors!! They aren’t the usual vanilla and chocolate which we know. There are ginko nut flavor, rose, green tea, almond, sesame etc etc. BUT, I was only adventurous enough to go for the green tea one=p
Japan is a country which is heavy on traditions and till date. Many of these are still being carried out. One of the most noticeable ones is the wearing of kimonos, which are full length, traditional Japanese garments, during special occasions.
During my vacation to Japan, I had the opportunity to see a couple of Japanese girls and ladies donning these beautiful garments while they’re on their way to the temple and during a wedding reception in the hotel I was staying in. Furthermore, I had the chance to see a true blue sumo wrestler in his full gear (he was clothed!!)
Look at her beautiful kimono!! So bright and pretty((:
Also, one might associate Japan with geishas, thanks to movie, Memoirs of the Geisha and of course!! I was all hyped up when we went to Kyoto prefecture where geishas are commonly sighted due to Gion, being a famous geisha district. Thus, when I spotted the bright kimono, and intricate hairstyle from downhill, I began running in my heels. Up. To meet with her!! Hahah!! Thinking back, it was pretty funny, me barging right up. But~ hahaha, it’s one of my must do, in japan=p
In addition, I did something which I never imagined I’d do in my entire life!! Haha, So at one of the hotel we stayed in, there was actually a real hot spring in it. And having been to Korea and Taiwan where I;ve tried and loved their hot springs, of course!! I;ve gta do it again in Japan this time round. But there’s a catch~ the only suit u can wear is your birthday suit. Hahahaha.
So, after getting over the initial shock of ladies yakking away as they shower, I took a deep breathe and took a dip. Wow it was amazing and super relaxing. Slept like a baby the moment I went back to my room. Hahaha
so i had the opportunity to go to a temple in Kyoto and it;s awesome!!
this is the section in the temple in which traditionally, people belive that if they wished hard enough for something, leap off the edge, land amongst the trees and survive. their wish will come true!! haha wht's mind boggling is that there're a couple of people who belived in this myth and lost their lives as a result!
this is actually blessed spring water and it is passed down from generations that if you were to drink from either of the 3 stream of water, you'll be blessed with good looks, great health or intelligence!!
Also, the girl in the kimono is actually dressed that way probably because she was at the temple to give thanks or because it's her birthday!!
And how can I end this without talking about THE ICON which represents Japan as much like the Statue of Liberty represents America and the Eiffel Tower to France? Seeing Mt. Fuji alone have left me awe struck and being on the mountain is so so surreal~ Coming from the tropics, seeing snow alone is enough to blow my brains out. The beauty of the sleeping volcano is truly remarkable and it’s left all lost for words yet again~ hahaha
omg. if ONLY we had enough time to go shopping.
so, the suckiest thing about this trip was that we didnt get any time off to go shopping at tokyo, one of the fashion capital of the world. so, i;ve got to make do with the shopping in Osaka, in the famed Shinsaibashi district.
and so, shopping~~ that's whn my mom went mad in her search for burberry blue label. yupp. u've heard me. blue label. it's only available in japan so!!! for those of u planning a trip to japan; be sure to check this out(((: hahaha
there were so many things to see, so little time~ hahaha but as usual, i do enjoy people watching and wow!! it's just so different from Singapore!! Of course, we dont wear coats and jackets but. wow. it's fabb!!
(and i;m so sorry i didnt take enough pictures on this aspect!!)
so i was queueing up for a ride at universal studios when i saw this japanese girl!! though it;s not v obvious in the photo, i love her furry coat and the way she paired that silk tunic under.
so, haha i took this on the sly and i love how that dress is peeking under her coat!! haha gosh, somehow i sound like a perv. for saying that=p lol
and of course! the way she paired those tough boots with that same dainty dress. so so pretty!!
so. sad to say. yer. i didnt take much pictures of people on the streets partly because the cam's with my dad and i was enjoying myself too much. and MOSTLY because. i honestly didnt dare approach those people!! hahah and there so many stylish folks about and especially in the amusement parks!! haha
there's not a specific type of word to describe them and honestly! every body have their own style!! it's fabb and wht i love about japan is that those young parents are really. really cool!! the themselves dress so awesome and then u see them pushing those prams with equally stylish tots in tow. i really went WOW. hahahaha
having seen so much creativity and having been part of that, it was a lil weird to be back on the streets in singapore. partly because i dont have my fab houndstooth on but; still, i cant help but look foward to my next vacation. LA, NY anyone?!! hahaha!!! OMG!! i truly hope that my parents werent joking about the american vacation!!!
and i miss you guys!!!((((:
it's 31 DEC TODAY!!!
fabb party tonight anyone!?! hahaha!!!
it's finally here!!
room's such a mess and my luggage. ohhh my luggage.
such a pain to put everything in nicely. hahaha
anyhow. there's a picture of my lovely houndstooth coat i mentioned in the prev post=p hahaha
so many things to do, so little time.
heard that the shopping is amazing in japan, esp so in tokyo and osaka, the two cities which i'll be visiting
and you know how i've been snapping pictures of people on the streets?!!
OMG!! i;m so gna try that in japan!! haha
with the language barriers and all.
i wna see how it goes!!
WISH ME LUCK!!
SEEYA IN A WEEK's TIME!!!!
wow, i couldnt believe my eyes when i saw her walking in the cafeteria!!
the zara dress which i was lusting after because it looked so much like the more affordable version of Gucci's=p haha
loved the way she added the chain to her hair;
loved the color of the dress!!!
honestly!! she made me wear my Lacoste polo in the same color today=p haha
and i yelped when i saw this pair of mary janes from jcrew!!
it's so so pretty!!!!!!
(but not such a practical choice; though=p)
as for the guy beside her, she made him pose for the picture=p
i love his Dolce belt which is covered by his shirt and
i love the cut of his jeans!!
i've gta say,
berry and navy are my two favorite color for winter((((:
and of course!! noir and blanc!!!
just bought a GORGEOUS houndstooth coat for my japan trip on the 15th and
it's so audrey hepburn!!!
and of course!! keira look so so fab in her outfit!!!
it's just so so impossibly chic!!!!
LOVE HER TO BITS!!
the playlist for the night was the fabbest and everyone just started screaming when One Republic feat. Timberland; Apologize came on!!
of course there was the food and goodies but i didnt exactly enjoy them as i was a little unwell)): still. i couldnt control my sweet tooth when i saw these LOVELY cupcakes with super CUTE ICING!! they totally remind me of LML's Modern Marie's Creation. awwwww))): how i miss you guys.
so, here's a picture of the gorgeous birthday girl, Rachel and her pretty dress from Warehouse!! LOVE the color and of course!! those fabbbb!! peep toes!!!
and i was at the mall the day before, scouring for Rach's pressie, i ended at the cosmetics dept. so i saw the burberry counter. and on the spur of the moment i decided to try their Buberry Brit scent and i was amazed!!!
i mean, it smelt sooooooooooo good and to be honest; it's a better scent for me than Marc by Marc Jacob's Daisy.
so, should i get burberry instead?!!
(ps/ in case u're wondering, i got her CLINIQUE's gift set which comes which this HOT PINK case! it's LOVELY!!!)
anyhow, speaking of perfume, i received a package from the good people at Buzz Paradise containing a 100ml bottle of the new Roxy Perfume, a few sample size bottles of the same perfume and a 150ml bottle of Roxy Shower Gel with Pearl Extract all free of charge!!
initially, i was sceptical if it was a scam and the darling project manager managed to buy me over and i was assured that the information i gave would be in safe hands!!
so of course!! i tried on the scent for school the next day and with all the florals and citrusy smell, it reminds me of summer and the beach and all things warm. owell. it aint too bad for me cos i;m in the tropics but for all of you who are drinking a hot cuppa while feeling all warm and toasty and in your lovely knits, you're BOUND to wish that winter would just hurry up and go away ASAP!! HONEST!!
so if you're a beach babe, summer and nature loving kind of girl. be sure to try out ROXY's newest perfume cos it;s def worth it!!
honestly. i;m busy with school and with common tests coming in 2wks time, i'll me more so. but i feel SO super guity abt neglecting this lobely blog=p so. PLEASE do gimme some ideas on wht to feature abt eh?!
THANKS A MILLION!!!
omg!! i was shopping the other day and this party of three just stood out for all the right reasons!!
love the purple dress!
the justin timberlake-ish look
the white shoes!!
and esp the hats!!!
they're just strutting their stuff and i gta literally run to catch to snap a picture(: heh
how is it?!
and keira knightley just popped into my mind when i think about fedoras!!
she totally rocked in hers!!
she's my QUEEN OF HATS!!
how i wished i rocked in those topman ones i saw the other day=p haha!!
so. anyhow. i wna post abt wide leg jeans today!!! although they've been around for quite some times thanks to kate moss and rachel bilson alikes, i choose to do a post abt it today bcos of what i saw in harper's bazaar (singapore)!!
saw rachel on justjared and she looks so so fabb!!!
note how she's worn the same jeans and paired them with the same shoes and chanel 2.55?!
i didnt even bother abt that cos she deff looks GOOD!!!
OHH QUEEN OF DENIM!!!
jeans jeans jeans. i forgot which designer. karl lagerfeld i think, he once said that, he wished he could be the inventor of those american classic, levi's 501!
jeans are the ultimate staples in ANYONE's wardrobe! and yes, although u can get a pair from walmart's.. somehow. these uber cool 7 for mankind ones are just a cut from the rest!!
though i just got my straight cut ones from fcuk and f21, i think i might consider getting one of those wide legged ones from gap!!
they are so so flattering (esp for those who are pear shaped) and they just spell casual chic!!!
anyhow. saw LC and i was groaning the whole way through...
aww!! she looks so so fab a couple of days ago and now?!! she's seen wearing some weird cut offs with chuck taylors to an event?!!
HELLO?! isnt that a lil. inappropiate?!!
LC!!! c'mon!! u're an intern at teen vogue!!
you already looked good!
please please dont go ard dressing as if u're of to the supermarket!!
haha lols. ok.
the above. just seemed so different from my usual style and i guess. that's got to do with sleep deprivation. haha!
although this isnt spectecular or anything. just tell me,
would you trade your skinnies for the wide legged ones?!! haha!
glad to know tt u guys loved the looks from the streets!! i'll be sure to keep my eyes wide opened as i scour for more of those looks! haha!!
7 for all mankind
wizard of draws
and. my interview for Su of The Stiletto Effect is OUTTTT!!! Along with the FABULOUS Kat from She's In Vogue.
Go Take A LOOK At It;
(and of course!! a lil weird. haha! )
wow for the 1st time ever, i went up to this girl in school and took her picture(: haha!!!
love SAMANTHA's floaty top and her flats remind me of the lovely Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ones.. yum=p haha!
anyhow.. went to The Sartorialist and i saw a picture of this lovely girl from Hong Kong~
everything about her outfit and make up is so so perfect!!
plus the floaty skort is so wonderful!
such a unique way of pairing them all!
and of course! whn i saw SAMANTHA's floaty tunic, i was immediately reminded of Luella Bartley's Spring RTW 2008!!
i love the 1st floaty dress!!! so girly and totally cute!!
lol and i think that BATS motif are the next HOTTEST thing that's gna happen!!
they're just so edgy and wow! i honestly cant wait to get my hands on scarves which are imprinted with bats!!
although halloween is tomorrow,
i honestly think they're gna be ard for the longest time;
just like those skull heads!!!
if luella says they're hot,
THEY'VE got to be!!!
went out with the girls and i love what aud's wearing!!
the white cardi,
rainbow striped bag which has got a sling too!
the gold necklace esp!!!!
and look what reese has got hanging frm her neck?
a gold necklace too!!!
and jake + reese look so lovely tgt!
what's more? they're tgt on a holiday in rome...
i can only dream....
yess!! omg i love this bag!! haha! saw this on mei chian (yer this is a chinese name=p) and i love it!! have never seen such a cute lil case before and it's gorgeous!!! it's real PLAID + synthetic leather!!! and at USD 40, wow. honestly. it's a steal!!
i love love mk and ash's clutches!! they're so so gorgeous!! esp ashley's frilly one=p and although the outfits are a lil mismatched on both girls.. i think that it's really their style and they rock it! no matter wht some other people say(:
anyhow.. the gorgeous girl in the center is actually designer jenni kayne.. so out of curiousity, i went to look her up and i love her!!
esp her jackets!!! they're TOTALLY different from the normal ones you see around!!
love this best!!! it's so pretty in an edgy way! and i love how this outfit is pulled together!
and i guess this is the longish version. isnt it just fabb!! haha! love it love it!! lalalas. haha. well. one can always dream=p haha!
and speaking of dreams...
sarah johnson has got like, my DREAMMM INTERNSHIP.
featured in the november issue of teen vogue, she's an intern with Salvatore Ferragamo's NY Press Office and i love the fact that she's in love with the Business of Fashion. haha! how cool is that!? lol!
and she mentioned those gorgeous varina flats!! omg!! now i'm obsessed with them!! haha! they look so so pretty in the picture but every single pair of varina flats i called out frm google just looks crappier than the next~ sigh. owell.
anyhow tt's all i've got for today and honestly!! school's killing me!!! and it's the 2nd wk!!
haha! owell. till next time=p
i probably would have got more snapshots of the random people in school by then=p haha!
so school's in and the week's over soon enough. haha!
so before i start doing my tutorials which are all due next week...
guess wht i've found?!!
this gorgeous heart shaped pendant from Guess.
so as soon as i saw this hanging off Sam's neck- i attacked her and of course she was a good sport abt it!
she even flipped the pendant over which revealed a pirate crossbone.
it was so so gothic chic! and i love it!! haha!
ps/ i love her striped scarf and goldish handbag from newurbanmale.com too!
so wht do you guys think?!
not bad eh=p haha!
one thing i've gta say though, is that french 101 was; confusing!! what with the different masculin et feminin, le verbe s'appeler au present... totally je ne comprends pas!!!
haha! anyhow back to my favorite thing in the whole world- i;ve got our lovely Su from The Stiletto Effect to give us a crash course about her amazing hometown- Lisbon, Portugal!
So first up! Tell us where are you from?
I’m from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. I've lived here since I was born and I love big cities so I can’t imagine myself living in the countryside=p
(i honestly did gasp audibly whn i saw this. it's so beeyootiful!!)
Belem Tower Monument
Lisbon at night
So, growing up in Lisbon, tell us the BEST things about your home? (Is there any particular place or food that we’ve definitely got to go or try?)
Lisbon is a very typical city, even being the Capital. We have very old, traditional and picturesque neighbourhoods in the city centre, but we also have a cosmopolitan area too.
Lisbon's Main Square
Lisbon and Tagus River
Out traditional food is Sardines (Grilled fish) and Cozido à Portuguesa (can’t translate that, but it’s a mixture of meats and vegetables). If you come to Portugal you must try those.
Portugal has almost 900 km of sea coast, so we have great beaches. Algarve, in the South of Portugal is great to go on vacations (the weather is great, just like in the rest of the country, beaches are amazing, and the nightlife rocks!)
(i'm a big fan of yachts so wow... Lisbon honestly reminds me so much of Monaco!!)
Wow, it sounds so amazing!! But, what about music styles in Portugal?
I can say my country is the ultimate destination for night “owls”. We have very talented musicians (from techno, funk, pop, hip hop, and electro clash to the fusion between electronics and jazz, opera or traditional Portuguese music, named “Fado”).
And do you celebrate any traditional festivities?
In Lisbon we celebrate “St. Anthony’s Day”, and during almost one month the city is in total party! The older parts of town are full with people, music, dance and concerts on the streets!
That is so so fab!!! And i can't imagine how the nightlife will be.. What is it like?
We have a hot nightlife!!! While in other countries, discos and pubs close at 2 am or 4 am, here in Portugal, they close very late. Some discos close at 12 pm (the day after). Sometimes, me and my friends go out at 2 or 3 am hehe, jealous? ;) We can stay out dancing until the other day and return home at 1pm.
In Lisbon, the area with more cool and awesome pubs is “Bairro Alto”, we can call it the “Mecca of alternative culture” (every tourist must visit it).
We also have great discos, such as “Lux” where we can dance till dawn, to the sound of top international DJs.
If you are looking for all-night fun, you must definitely come to Portugal!
And what's fab during summer?
Oh! We have many cool festivals during summertime: “South-West”, “Vilar de Mouros”, “Super Bock Super Rock”, “Hype@Meco”, “Boom Festival” and others!
Summer Festivals- OMG look at the crowd!!!
So; you must have been on vacations and such - what is the one thing (especially food) that you’ve missed?
To be honest, when I’m on vacations what I miss the most is my family, my friends, my pets and my house. But I also miss Portuguese food of course, especially desserts ha ha)!
I love food from all over the world, Italian, Japanese, Chinese etc, but there’s no place like home ;)
Aww, that's nice.. haha so how's the portuguese like?
People are very nice in Portugal, maybe it’s because of the weather. We have good weather throughout the year and sun makes people feel better right? ;).
Regarding fashion and style, in the countryside people don’t care so much with fashion or following trends! But in the main cities you can certainly spot the difference. People like to dress well.
At my work place most people dress very formally and stylish, something like “The devil wears Prada” meets “Ugly Betty” (without the Betty lol)!
We don’t have many designer stores in Portugal (we have Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Hermés, Armani, Burberry, Longchamp, and a few more) but we have very cool street stores (not to mention Zara, H&M, Stradivarius, Pull&Bear etc).
Although, in the city centre, there is an area, named “Chiado”, that is considered the 9th luxurious area in the world (together with 5th avenue and others), that’s great hum?!
Yer totally!!! So, don't keep all of us waiting! Tell us about the fashion scene over there!!
that's me preparing for a night out!
people tend to care about what they are wearing. Youngsters and teenagers dress with alternative styles. But in general, when you are walking on the street, you see a very different mixture of styles (from classic, to “Carrie Bradshaw’s wanna be, to other cool styles hehe).
Ok! I’m not going to lie, you also see ugly outfits walking around the town but I prefer to forget about those lol =p
I guess the current national obsession is shorts dresses with big belts around the waist.
Ok... So, Confession Time..
What's ONE city that will honestly make you leave your home town for?
Ha ha let me see I love European cities! There’s nothing like London, Amsterdam or Paris! But I supposed if I had to choose a city to move to, I would pack my bags and definitely move to New York ;)
LOL so i suppose if i got you to choose between being a Londoner or New Yorker, you'll choose the latter?
I love London very much, but I HEART New York, so I would probably choose to be a Londoner living in New York. Just like Sting’s song “I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an English “woman” in New York”! ha ha ha!
LOL! And i gta say i love her last answer the best!!! i think that's what you call, the best of both worlds huh?! haha!!
So, that's the last part of my Global Fashion interview and i hope that you guys enjoy reading them as much as i've enjoyed doing these with Kat, Jen, Su and Liberty London Girl!!
Thanks A MILLION!
ooh, and hope that u'll love the new miu miu header=p haha!!