The Little Striped Dress

August 11, 2014

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Sorry for posting late! I just got back yesterday from New York and I was really tired. So many colleges so many decisions ahhhh. I wish I could just continue everyday styling outfits to blog about…anyway back to the actually topic…

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I am in love with this dress so much! It’s not often that you see a dress with so many elements that you like. First of all the color combination caught my eye. With the stripes and the blue it kind of gives off a nautical type of feel but then boom pair it with yellow and it creates something completely different! Maybe you guys think I’m exaggerating but the mustard yellow and royal blue stripes just look great together! Who knew right ?

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Besides the colors I love how the dress comes in at the waist and flounces out (oooh flounce I like that word). It makes it so fun and playful in addition to the already playful colors. When I was wearing it I was constantly spinning around because I liked the way the dress would twirl, kinda like a dancer’s skirt!

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Now its time to talk about the handbag! Its a handbag from Angela and Roi that I have been constantly using and loving for a couple months now. It was not sponsored but I was approached by the brand and they asked me if I was willing to spread the word about their brand. I took a look and loved the bag design so I bought it on my own (again its no sponsored I used my own money!).

The best part of Angela and Roi is that their concept is fashion meets philanthropy with each of their handbag colors representing different causes such as lung cancer and diabetes. Five dollars of each purchase goes to that specific cause depending on the color you choose and they even use vegan leather!

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The Celine inspired winged out shape is my favorite part of the bag. It looks classy and not to mention it both is and looks high quality! I’ve actually gotten quite a few compliments on the bag and people are always surprised to find out that its not from any big name luxury brand. So far using it multiple times its still in good condition, the shape holds up and the leather is not easily dirtied so mine still looks pretty new. I honestly do recommend you guys check it out! There’s more styles and more colors available!


A Little Lace

August 2, 2014

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I kept this outfit nice and simple since I thought that the dress itself added enough to the outfit. Its a dress from Free People and keeping it flow-y its definitely a more boho feeling outfit. I’m not that crazy about boho style personally but I loved the dress when I bought it. The color and the lace detailing drew me in for sure.

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I usually add a belt to the dress instead of wearing it loose fitted but for some reason the day I shot the pictures I didn’t feel like it. I would say it looks good with or without the belt but it makes a pretty big difference by changing the feel and style. Adding the belt gives a more polished look but the flowy look is more casual.

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For the bag I went with this pale pink bag, I felt like I wanted to add some pop of color since my shoes and dress are both dark burgundy red. It keeps it feeling bright and summer-y!

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Not sure what I was trying to do or say in this picture ? Looks like I was in mid sentence or something, oh well ^^

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So one more exciting thing to tell you guys is that I’m actually selling this dress ! On Poshmark !

I just recently made an account because while I was on my New York trip (I’m going to Boston tomorrow!) I realized I had way too many clothes and I wanted to get rid of some. A lot of my stuff are still in good condition so I didn’t want to just give it away or throw it away and then found poshmark. If any of you have one you can find my account @couturecrushrei . I only have 3 items listed right now but I’m going to have tons and tons posted once I get back to Hawaii next week.

I’m also thinking of doing another giveaway (last time was on a different blog) either on this blog or as a sponsor on another blog either way but I wanted to have ideas on what you guys are interested in to be given away. Beauty products? Clothes? Accessories? Leave comments below!


Romantic

July 27, 2014

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Sorry for being a bit late on the post ! I’m still jet lagged from the time difference between Japan and New York ! It’s like a 13 hour time difference. I thought I would get used to it by now as its already been a week but I guess not! Although it’s already the end of July (so sad!) it’s still as hot as my outfits are still summery (is that even a word? probably not). As you can guess from the title this look is a romantic feminine look with the pink dress and pale pink shoes.

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I just really love this corset/bustier dress. I actually got this dress from Victoria’s Secret years and years ago, way back in middle school! But hey it still fits! What I also like is that the look is not too girly and soft. I added a bit of an edge to it by pairing it with a black headband and black bag to contrast with the pink.

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Here’s a bit of a closeup. The headband is a wrap around type where you tie it at the top of your head. It’s hard to see from this picture but when you tie it (double knot) the ends stand up or stick out and it looks like bunny ears! Super girly and cute. I made it so that it doesn’t but wearing it like so is super popular in Japan especially during the summer season.

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t’s basically like headband the girl is wearing above. This is from a cover of my favorite Japanese magazine ViVi!

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I also added this cute bow cuff to go along with the romantic/girly kind of theme with this outfit. That and I just love bows in general. I definitely think this could be a nice lunch date with your friends type of outfit or a literal date either way !

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I hope you all are enjoying your summer as August approaches ! (oh no) For me it really feels to be somewhere other than Japan or Hawaii. I can’t believe I’m in New York. But coming from Japan it seems so much dirtier… the air the subways..no offense to New Yorkers! Nevertheless I’m still enjoying it, there’s so many different stores and shops that I would never find anywhere else, like the all the juiceries, delis, cronuts etc etc.

If anyone lives in New York tell me where I should check out!


Summer Colors

July 19, 2014

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This outfit is a combination of yellow, red, and orange all bright colors that are nice for the summer. To contrast with the bright orange and red I made sure my yellow skirt was more of a pale yellow than a super bright one to tone it down a bit.

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I also found these blue flowers so I tried incorporating that into my background since it kinda matched my floral patterned blouse. It’s fun to play with angles and experiment a bit. I’ve always liked really artsy pictures and It’s definitely worth seeking out different backgrounds and ways to show your outfit which I’m trying to do more often!

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Sorry  it was a pretty short post but I’m off to New York tomorrow for fashions summer classes so I’ll definitely be doing longer posts on that!


White on White

July 12, 2014

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Okay so if you’ve noticed the background is pretty different from the usual and that is because I found this wonderful new spot! It’s in Omotesando area and at the very top floor of a shopping center called Tokyu Plaza. It looked so chic and trendy and very modern, abit garden-y type of outside area with lots of people stylishly sipping on coffee,  I just felt like It really went with my outfit. It wasn’t the best shooting time of the day as it was late afternoon but I still managed to get decent lighting I think.

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I usually don’t wear white, I am actually not too fond of the color but recently I’ve been kinda more open to it. Maybe it’s because it’s hot and its summer but either way I’ll try to be incorporating more white. I’m also into like matching set outfits these days. Its really really super popular in Japan. I swear every store they always sell things in sets, as in matching pattern top and bottom or they basically have an outfit put together for you as a set with a discounted price. I’ve never seen this kind of marketing/sales in America but I don’t know its usually a pretty good deal.

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Every time I wear white I always feel it’s so sophisticated and classy or ladylike and thats why I kept this outfit simple. As you can see I used more pastel or muted colors with my light blue bag and taupe-ish heels. Speaking of my shoes they are my favorite pair right now! The taupe brown color is a great neutral color that really can go with a lot of my outfits and the best part are that they are so comfy! They’re pretty high and chunky heels but they don’t make my feet tired and the material is suede and super nice.

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Due to the lack of eye popping bright colors in this outfit I accessorized with my favorite pair of sunglasses! It just fit perfectly on my face and it has nose pads so it doesn’t fall down like a lot of sunglasses usually do, due to my flat nose…and It’s summer so I wear sunglasses all the time. I’ve always liked how it always made me feel cool like a celebrity or something, hehe childish I know but ..it’s true.

I really can’t believe it’s already nearly the end of July! Time is going by way too fast.


Want to be Queen B

July 4, 2014

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 Do you like my post title ? It’s pretty catchy isn’t it ? and it rhymes too! Basically this outfit is heavily inspired by Blair Waldorf or Queen B from Gossip girl. I’m a huge huge huge fan of her, the show, their fashion everything! I basically fangirl every time I meet someone who is into the show just as much as I am! If you guys don’t know Blair then I suggest you go watch the show.. like right now!

Seriously Blair has impeccably style and it makes me want to copy almost every outfit (without losing my own sense of style of course).

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Not exactly the Met steps in New York but hey, I tried

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What I really love about this dress is that it’s really versatile. You could but a bandeau under it for more of a summer-y look or a tank top, crop top, shirts, lots of options!

Here I went for that school girl type look with a white blouse. Then I realized it looked a bit plain so then I used a ribbon from a different shirt I had and tied it into a tie and just tucked it in and voila!

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The headband was the most blair inspired since she actually did wear a yellow headband with a navy school girl type of outfit in the show and pairing the outfit with a red bag to top it off.. well I didn’t wanna look too red white and blue you know ? So I thew in a dark green bag to go with it !

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Hope you guys are having a wonderful summer ! Comments always make me happy (even if I don’t always reply, sorry! I’m working on that) so comment comment comment and send me emails too! I would love to make blogger friends or just meet fashion or Gossip Girl fans! (:


KYOTO Trip 2014 Part 2

July 2, 2014

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Now for the second part of the trip is focused on the food! I would have millions of pictures because trust me I ate a lot but  I was too busy actually eating to take any more pictures. We stayed at a traditional ryokan which are traditional Japanese “hotels” usually associated with hot springs. Upon checking in they serve you tea and small sweets, some kind of wagashi (japanese sweets like dango) usually. That’s the first picture above, green tea and manju with red bean paste inside.

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The second picture was during dinner which as customary, is brought to your room. An entire course with usually 6 or 7 dishes in small portions are brought, it’s called kaiseki.

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We also went to a river restaurant for lunch during our 2nd day. Don’t freak out about the picture, I know it may look gross or inviting to some of you but nevertheless it is delicious. It’s a cooked/grilled river fish and it is very normal to see these types of dishes in Kyoto. Back to the river restaurant. It’s in an area of Kyoto called Kibune which is very famous for their many restaurants by the river. You are so close to the water you can touch it! It’s perfect during the summer as it’s very refreshing and cool. There’s also many restaurants you can choose from that are built on different parts of the river! I’ve been to two of them but they were both amazing! This is the one I went to this time http://kibune-beniya.jp/

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I also stopped by a little cafe on one of the streets and these are the three things my friends and I ordered. Yes, they are all green tea flavored! I swear I had so much green tea during this trip. It was everywhere, not that I mind since I love green tea anything. I think I had green tea soft cream at least three times! The top picture is green tea ice cream with pound cake, the second is a green tea parfait and the third is green tea shave ice that came with red pean paste, jelly, and shiratama (type of mochi) My friends and I finished everything down to the last bite and we weren’t even that hungry! One thing about Japanese sweets I really enjoy is that they aren’t too sweet usually and the green tea taste was so authentic (at least in Kyoto).

So basically that’s all the food pictures I took, I know it’s not a lot but I hope it still helped you get a little idea of my trip!

Also I don’t know if you guys have heard of the brand Angela and Roi but they are a company that sells hand bags promoting awareness for various colors with each handbag color representing a cause such as , AIDS, Cancer, and Diabetes. A part of the profit goes to a specific organization for that cause.

Right now they have an ongoing project called the The Ribbon Project  which delivers hopeful personal messages and positive energy to Cancer and Disease fighters and it would be great if some of you would participate ! It’s really simple and easy and won’t take too much time, I’ve already picked a patient (:

(1) Visit this link: http://bit.ly/ribbonprojectFB 
(2) Pick a patient you would like to support 
(3) Leave a get well comment 
(4) We hand write your message and deliver it to the fighter under your name 


Perfect Summer Lips with 3ConceptEyes Review

June 28, 2014

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I know the title sounds a little funny… summer lips with 3concept “eyes” but 3 Concept Eyes is actually a brand that I have been absolutely loving recently and for a while now. I’ve already talked about StyleNanda a couple times, and I am still obsessed with that but, 3concepteyes is their makeup brand.

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I’ve mainly only tried out their lipsticks shown above but they have a lot of other cosmetic items as well. But today I’ll be just blogging about their lipsticks which I think are perfect for light summer lips. I know the colors look fairly similar but trust me they are all different shades of peachy pinks and corals. The lipsticks are super creamy, about $20 and what I really love about them is that they give just enough color to keep your makeup looking light and bright (oh rhymes) and they are not sticky at all.

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This is my attempt to try to show you guys the color of the lipsticks on my lips but because of lack of lightening or yellow lightening etc It was pretty hard to get an accurate color but you can kind of tell right?

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The colors that I bought are all light pinks, peaches, and corals. I think they are great summer colors for your lips and when I saw them or the website I just had to get them right away. I found many of the shades to be perfectly what I like. But, for those of you who like rockin darker shades they do have a variety of fusias, reds, and even purple shades! I’ve ordered a couple more darker pinks for the fall season.

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Since It’s hard to see the colors well in my pictures here are the picture from the website. There are what the colors actually look like under perfect lighting. Don’t worry I’ve tried these lipsticks out for myself and the colors don’t fail. The pictures are pretty accurate!

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Literally these are the pictures that made me want to get the lipsticks. The colors were just gorgeous and looking at their lips I thought it to be perfect for summer. I promise I wasn’t paid, this isn’t sponsored or anything. It’s just my honest review on the lipsticks.

Oh and I’ll be posting part 2 of my kyoto trip next week so don’t forget to check back ! (:

 

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KYOTO Trip 2014 Part 1

June 20, 2014

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This is my first post that is actually non fashion or beauty related, hope you guys are okay with that ! I’m basically doing a recap of my Kyoto trip that I went to last week. I went with my two friends from China (one of them being my roommate back at school). It’s not my first time going to Kyoto but you can never get tired of it! Kyoto is definitely a popular tourist stop for those who really want to get the full cultural and traditional japanese experience.

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I mean look at these amazing streets. Talk about having a time lapse! A lot of the houses, buildings, temples are hundreds of years old. It really made us want to get some Yukatas (traditional summer type kimonos) and walk around but then we realized it was way to hot 30 degrees and above!

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Walking around on the streets you can run into some Maikos (舞妓), basically they are like geishas which are more well known, but Maikos are usually 15-20 years old and become geishas after this period of training. For those of you who don’t know what a geisha is, they are traditional Japanese dancers or entertainers. 

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The pictures above are just some pictures I took around  shrines and temples we visited. The first picture you see is a place that is used to wash hands with the cold spring water. It felt really nice because of the hot weather.

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These pictures are all from a shrine that we visited. If you don’t know the difference between a shrine or a temple, a shrine is associated with shintoism which is the traditional japanese religion while temples are usually associated with Buddhism. Of course there are many other features that differentiate them but I consider this the basic.

 In the first picture, there are couple types of candles that says different things such as health or studies and you pick one and light it up to pray for whatever the candle says. In our case we picked the student/studies one since my friend and I are going into college soon. The second picture is also somewhat similar, you buy one of those wooden boards called “Ema” in japanese and you basically write down your wish.  The third picture shows omikuji which is where you get your fortune. You pay about 100-300 yen and shake the wooden box, flip it over and out comes a number. You then give this number to one of the people who work at the shrine and they give you a piece of paper that has your fortune written that goes from great luck/fortune to really bad luck

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Lastly, right before leaving Kyoto we rode the jinrikisha which is basically like a pulled cart. It is an old type of human transportation but now it is widely popular as rides taken by many tourists. There are many times to choose from anywhere between 1-3hrs and the people take you around Kyoto and you can enjoy great scenic routes while enjoying the breeze! Going on a jinrikisha is definitely one of my favorite things to do! You can also find these in Asakusa in Tokyo as well!

A shorter Part 2 (the food part) of the trip will be posted sometime next week so don’t forget to check back !

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Pretty Colorful

June 14, 2014

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It feels like its been forever since I last blogged but actually it has been two weeks. After getting used to posting consistently every week it felt horrible to miss one! I’m sorry I didn’t get to do a post last week but I have went on a trip with my friends to Kyoto and Osaka! I’ll do a blog post about that soon ! (my first non-fashion related post). It was really hot during the trip, Its basically 30 degrees F or over here nearly everyday!

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As you can see this outfit is really colorful and bright but it doesn’t look too overwhelming or clashy (atleast to me) because I stuck with a base color in mind, orange and yellow. I feel like every summer orange is a very on trend color and I always have to incorporate it into my outfits.

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I’m really loving these Jeffrey campbell shoes too. It’s definitely great statement shoes with their big bulky platforms and also great for short people like me who need a huge boost to make my legs look nice and long! I got them a while ago but the colors matched up perfectly with my blouse and skirt.

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