Yesterday and today the weather was so nice that I went to see the sakura twice! Before this year, I had never actually done proper hanami (cherry blossom viewing where you sit down and enjoy the scenery for a few hours), so I was pretty excited.
I didn’t want to overpower the flowers, so I went with something simple for my outfit.
Coat: Super Star (from Grapefruit Moon)
Top: One Spo
Boots: Gift (from Texas)
I am not a big summer shoe person. I despise flip-flops and love boots. However, when I saw these flatform slip-ons, I was instantly converted. I’m also super into sandals with socks, so I’ve been experimenting with these new babies. I can tell I’m gonna be wearing these all summer.
sandals: Jeffrey Campbell
sweater top: Brandy Melville
lace gown: Heather
Now that they’re broken in, they are super comfortable. The process of getting them there was bloody, but we’re the best of friends now!
Here I paired them with some dinosaur socks for the ultimate tacky tourist look haha! What are you into this summer? Crop tops? Lace? Huge sandals? Let me know!
Recently my head has been swimming with doubt and anxiety. My time here in Shibushi is coming to and end. But I’m growing. Everyday I’m growing and learning who I am and what I want. I want happiness. I want to never stop learning and having fun. In order to continue my pursuit of happiness, I have to start over a bit, so to speak.
In August I plan to move within Japan. But every time I think about it, I cry. I am going to miss all the friends I’ve made here so much. So until we say goodbye, I’m enjoying every moment. No matter how small.
Tears don’t mean we are unhappy or weak; they are a part of growing and living. I’m so thankful for the wide-range of feelings I’ve felt here. I’ll be so sad to leave, but incredibly thankful for everything that’s happened to me.
This is happiness.
Japan is amazing, because unlike Texas, there are actually four distinct seasons. It has recently gotten quite chilly here, so I had to pick up a few warmer pieces.
I found these high-waisted pants for ridiculously cheap at H&M. Granted, they aren’t the most flattering on my body shape, but I sort of kind of don’t care. The oxblood color is perfect for this season!
I paired them with some Jeffrey Campbell boots (complete with frilly socks!) and a few different tops to suit the weather outside.
We all know fall can be a little bipolar weather wise; mornings are chilly and the afternoons can be warm, so I first tried these pants with this interesting cutout T-shirt from Asos and a vintage beret.
Next, I thought these pants would look awesome with this amazing retro cardigan I found at a resale shop. It’s just funky enough to spice up a plain outfit.
Last, I threw on my favorite over-sized cream cardigan. This look is probably my favorite because it’s super fall and super comfortable.
black cutout top: Asos
boots: Jeffrey Campbell
cream cardigan: Urban Outfitters
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Finally the second part of the stripes shoot! And now that it’s officially fall, it’s even more appropriate! As I mentioned before, I’m a little in love with stripes, so when I saw this top in La Foret in Harajuku, I had to buy it. Once again, the pallet is a bit plain, so I threw on my lollipop necklace for a little fun!
Fall is probably my favorite season (possibly only second to spring), because the weather is perfect, the trees turn varying shades of orange, and I finally don’t have to worry about sunburns and heat rash anymore. This fall is also special because it marks the beginning of what could be my final year in Kagoshima. Or at least Shibushi. I’m so excited for the changing leaves and the opportunity to change myself. The future is bright ladies and gentlemen. Bright as this bright blue wall. I’m looking forward to what’s to come.
top: didizizi from l’atlier du savon
bag: Rebecca Minkoff Mac
necklace: Tatty Devine
I hope you also take the turn of season as a chance to reevaluate your outlook at try something new. Stay tuned to see what I try next!
I’m obsessed with stripes. I never go out looking for them, but I’m constantly drawn to clothes with those black and white bands.
Here’s the first of two looks using stripes as the focus. The first is a summery look, because here in Kagoshima, it’s still unbearably hot and humid.
I paired this Zara playsuit (yes! It’s shorts!) with an oversized Asos sunhat, Tatty Devine lollipop necklace, and a Rebecca Minkoff Mac bag. All made ever so slightly naughty with my Jeffrey Campbell spike Litas.
Stripes are classic, and luckily for me, look great in all seasons. But then again I’d wear all black all year round if I could…
That being said, I am so ready for warmer weather. I’m tired of bare arms and sweating. Stay tuned for a more fall ready look!
What I’m wearing:
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace: Tatty Devine
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
If you follow my Japan-related blog amakara, you know that I spent a week in Tokyo recently. Though I live in the country-side where there are few people to impress, I’m constantly thinking about my personal style, but going to the big city makes it feel a little more important. I’ve always felt as though style is the first and most obvious way to let others know what kind of person you are. It’s wearable art. So, needless to say, what I (and my friend) wore in Tokyo was a big deal to us. That being said, Japan is so super hot and humid in the summer, and we had to do a lot of walking in the city. So enjoy our comfortable summer looks!
American Apparel and ModCloth
(Shibushi temple hopping)
T by Alexander Wang and H&M
Asos and Zara
Asos and Zara
As you can see, we did keep it mostly simple. If you’re visiting Tokyo (or other parts of Japan) in the summer, I highly recommend light, breathable materials and flat shoes! You can check out more looks on my instagram. See you soon! XO