Monday, 26 June 2017

A TRIP TO TOKYO WITH MY DAUGHTER

Traditional Japanese umbrella
I just recently came back from our trip to Tokyo.  It was my second trip to the country of the Rising Sun.  I was there in 2010 with my husband and we had marvellous time.  This time I went with my 16 year old daughter, Georgia and let me tell you it almost killed me.  The difference between travelling with another sensible adult and a teenage girls is like between day and night.  In addition that her energy level is much higher then mine and are points of interest generally are totally polar, she is a true blue vegan and I am not so as you can see we were different on almost every level.
Glitzy Ginza



Saturday shopping around Ginza
The main reason for this trip was to take her to DisneyLand which I promise I would do because I think that every child should visit this magic place but for us living in Australia, LA is too far to travel just to visit a amusement park so we decided to go locally, for us it is and settled for Tokyo.  Besides, they also have DisneySea which would be an icing on the cake.
Ginza by night
I must give her a credit, she did a good job researching the place and we did come up with the itinerary that looked quite innocent on paper but when the time came to put it into practise, I feared that I overestimated my level of patience and underestimated her determination to explore this mega city in under a week.
Designer shops of Ginza
We stayed at Daiichi Hotel that was 10 minutes of walking distance to glamorous and glitzy Ginza, most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, restaurants, galleries and a myriad of other seemingly expensive enterprises.  While I was admiring the window displays of Valentino, Gucci and the likes, my daughter spotted a Uniqlo store and rushed right in.  It occupied 12 levels and she was determined to check out all of them at once.  It took me half an hour to convince her that we will come back here later on.
Window display at one of myriads of Ginza fashion shops

Window display at one of myriads of Ginza fashion shops

Window display at one of myriads of Ginza fashion shops

Window display at Fendi, Ginza

Window display at Fendi, Ginza

Window display at Fendi, Ginza

Flagship Uniqlo shop in Ginza
The following day we went to an area call Shibuya or how they called them, city wards, centre for youth fashion and culture and obviously high on the radar for my 16 year old girl.  A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the pedestrian crossing called scramble outside Shibuya trains station which is on the list of 10 top things to do in Tokyo.  This area is always packed with hundreds and hundreds of people and when the lights turn red simultaneously, this multitude of people is on the move to make it to the other side.  You really have to be on your toes if you don't want to be left behind.  The best vantage point to watch this phenomenon is from the second floor of Starbucks.
Famous Shibuya crossing

Famous Shibuya crossing

Famous Shibuya crossing at night
And of course what teenager would miss a trip to Harajuki, the epicentre of teenage fashion culture and its focal point, Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.  
Takeshita Street
We spend good couple of hours walking up and down this street, popping in and out of the stores that attracted our attention and where I bought socks that I fashioned on Instagram.  
This colourful character we found Takeshita Street

This colourful character we found Takeshita Street

Waling along Takeshita Street
I found Japanese fashion is very fast forward, people dressed very differently to our tastes but look very stylish and trendy.  They love their jeans very wide from the hips and frayed at the bottom.  They paired them either with Adidas sneakers or open tow shoes on a very thick platform and they like to wear the lace socks with them and that's where I picked up this trend.  In fact they wear socks with almost every kind of footwear and I saw young men doing it too.
Street fashion

Street fashion

Street fashion

Street fashion

Street fashion
One day, while Georgia went inside the shop to check out the latest fashion, I took a sit outside, got my camera out and started aimlessly taking photos of random people walking by.  When I looked at the roll lately, i was fascinated to see how fashionable most of them look.
Street fashion

Street fashion
We were curious to see the other side of Tokyo, its peaceful beautifully designed parks where you can find respite from the hustle and bustle of the city with the ponds fulled of coy where you can find respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and its graceful shrines and temples and where you can find inner piece and recharge your body and mind for the next adventure.
We found some respite inside this beautiful park

We found some respite inside this beautiful park
The one area that was on my daughter's list was Asakusa, one of Tokyo's district where you can feel the atmosphere of the old Tokyo and its main attraction, Sensoji, an ancient Buddhist temple known worldwide for the giant red paper lantern.  Its Tokyo's oldest temple and most significant.  The road to the temple is closed for traffic and both sides of it lined up with many shops selling souvenirs to tourists, traditional Japanese fans, jewellery and kimono and local sweets.  From my first trip I totally got hooked up on backed buns filled with red or black beans.  I must've eaten hundreds of them then and this time there was no exception.  
In Asakusa in front of of Sensoji Temple

Asakusa Shrine



In Asakusa in from of Sensoji Temple

Taking photo with traditionally dresses young women
Let's not forget the main purpose of this trip, a visit to both Disneyland and Disney Sea.  We allocated one day for each and they were absolutely full on.  
In DisneySea along the Vinice canal

In DisneySea over the Venice canal

In DisneySea over the Venice canal
We both preferred Disney Sea. It was less commercial, different sets where the action was taking place looked so natural that when I saw a gondola pushed along the canal by the sailor wearing black uniform with red and white striped bandana around his neck, for a split second I thought that I was back in Venice.  
Entrance to Tokyo DinseyLand
The were more exciting rides, less merchandises and the night light show was sublime.  Japanese people love Disney parks.  Almost every one of them that we saw, children and adults alike, were making an effort to get into the groove of the world of fantasy.  Some were wearing heats resembling a Disney character, some donned Micky Mouse ears on Minni's bows, some couple were wearing matching t-shirts depicting a Disney character or a theme or else.  
I too decided to get into the mood and tried on Micky Mouse inspired sunglasses while my daughter purchased Micky Mouse coned hat head gear.

Although it was the time for school holidays, the parks were very busy with students coming to the parks after school and we spent a lot of time queuing for every ride.  These two days spent in the parks were probably the most intense and tiresome of them all.

As I said earlier, travelling with a teenage girl was quite challenging and we had a couple of rough moments when I was ready to pack my bags and run to the taxi stand to be taken to the airport but in the end, once the dust had settled, we were left with lovely memories of our sweet time together which we will cherish forever.
A TRIP TO TOKYO WITH MY DAUGHTER

Monday, 19 June 2017

A TOUCH OF PINK

It has been quite a while since I touched my blog or read the posts of my fellow bloggers, I simply had no time for it.  Figuratively speaking, too many pots were cooking simultaneously on my stove.

As you might know from following my Instagram account that that I went to Japan with my teenage daughter recently, had few deadlines that I was struggling to meet and getting ready to host a big party for my granddaughter.
Pink blouse-pencil skirt-black pumps
Anyhow I am back, the deadline has been submitted, the party is over and I can breeze easy and happy to re-join my fellow bloggers, readers, friends and followers.  I will write a detailed report about our trip to Japan later but, in a nutshell, I must tell you that travelling with a teenagers, was quite a challenge and required both physical and psychological endurance.  I am sure she has something similar to say about me.  More about it later but for know let's talk about clothes.
My most recent scrolls through Instagram and fashion blogs have revealed how many of us, present company included, like wearing pink and it is no wonder that is become one of the fashion colours for 2017 according to the Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2017
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In fact, there were not just one but a few shades of pink that made it to the Report: from pretty and pure and neutral pale pink to the attention grabbing hot hues and tones of other pink shades in between.
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I can't say that this subdued colour dominates my wardrobe, I like my hues and patterns to be more present but when I saw this blouse hanging off the rack in a Zara store few years ago, I fell in love with its muted soft almost neutral colour.  I liked the subtle presence of pink that can be matched with so many other colours and patterns and also how it reflects on the skin with a gentle glow.
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I also liked that fact that although it does not have a collar, it's open neck adds a sense of freedom. The fabric is so soft that it allows you either to tuck the blouse in a rather loose manner or not at all, without compromising on the body shape.
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All these years I have called a light pink colour blouse but after I read Pantone Report, I discovered that it actually called Pale Dogwood.
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Over the years I have combined it with all sorts of skirts and pants, depending on my mood and the occasion, although more often than not I like to play with different textures, mixing strong prints with neutrals and my pencil skirt in black and white with big bold front buttons is one of the most common combos you might see me wearing.
Pink blouse-pencil skirt-black pumps-black blazer
When it come to footwear, I have quite clear set of rules about what shoes should I wear with what outfit.  For instance, if I am going to wear a shift  or tunic dress, I would most probably would wear it with flats and if I am about to wear a pencil skirt, I prefer to pair it with high-heeled pumps or open toe shoes.   If  I know that it is going to be long day and my feet will get tired, I would settle for low-heeled dress shoes.
Pink blouse-pencil skirt-black pumps-black duster coat
I like wearing pencil skirts because they tend to make us look slimmer and high heels do the same to our legs so wearing them together seems like a perfect match. (However, it is worth mentioning, that if I am wearing a pencil denim skirt, I will wear flats matched with black tights).
Pink blouse-pencil skirt-black pumps-black duster coat
My other staple that I chose to wear with a pencil skirt is a fitted blazer which sometimes I just like to throw over my shoulders rather then put it on properly.  A black duster coat worn casually over the skirt is my other choice.
Pink blouse-pencil skirt-black pumps-black duster coat
What is your favourite?

Until then
Anna
xo
























Tuesday, 13 June 2017

MY MARKS & SPENCER COLLABORATION PART 2

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links

This post is a continuation of my collaboration with Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links.  If you missed the first part of this project, here is the link where you can catch up with the first part and also find out what other pieces of their collection I have selected.

As you might know that I am a big fan of shift dresses due to their uncomplicated style and the simple manner in which you can wear them everywhere and these two dresses fitted my expectations to a T.


I was attracted to this floral print double-layered dress with its bright and sunny colours that reminds me of spring and the interesting detailing around the shoulders which makes this dress look different from others.  And the black silk ribbons at the nape of the neck that can be tied into a pretty bow adds a youthful vibe to it.
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I paired it with ruffled open toe shoes that seem to match the light mood of the dress very nicely but again, come the cooler months and this dress will look great with black tights and court shoes for a day at the office or with booties for a night out with the girls.

Then there is this tunic dress with flared sleeves that are very hot right now, it sends a totally different message, its darker colours are more suitable for the cooler months and when paired with black tights makes it a dress suitable for the office or for after work drinks. 
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My last choice of the collection was this lovely linen jacket. I specifically love the fact that it does not have any buttons, therefore you may wear any top underneath it without it feeling tight or bulky.  And again, versatility is the key.   For a casual day-to-day wear, it would look great with skinny jeans or cargo pants, flats and a simple t-shirt underneath.  Also, I like to scrunch up the sleeves to add some urban panache to the look.  And for the office, you can wear it with a pencil skirt, smart blouse and a pair of court shoes and look smart and chic at the same time.
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Outfits details and shopping links:
Yellow shift dress: Marks & Spencer
Flared Sleeve printed tunic dress: Marks & Spencer
Linen jacket: Marks & Spencer