Last November 20th 2013, world famous shoemaker Noritaka Tatehana opened POCKET, his self-founded art space located at T6M Store Building in Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo which measures 4 square meters. Literally pocket-sized indeed! Its goal is to introduce new visionary Japanese artists to the world and to give a new identity to Japan as a haven for artists of different medias. As for its debut show, POCKET featured “THE DAUGHTERS” artworks by graphic designer and illustrator Komtena and Hiroshima-born manga artist Nobuki Kato.
Busy, busy, busy!!! Life is so busy. No, wait, the ADULT life is so busy. Busy with work, business and all those grown up stuff. You pay this, pay that, secure your self for the future. I hate all of these. Can’t we go back in time when things are easier and go in a very slow pace? I know I have to deal with this but can we just stop the world from turning around…even just for a day? I know it’s never gonna happen for one person only, and even for a billion more! Just gonna deal with that fact. But what if it did?
At least I was able to stop by and appreciate the fact that autumn has descended upon us in Tokyo. It’s not a secret how much I love this season. Usually with clear skies and a perfectly cool weather that doesn’t require much layering. It’s something that I want…just like how much I want life to slow down a little bit. I love all the warm colors of the leaves that gives me joy and appreciate the beauty of the world. I walk around the park with my friends in this edgy look that contrasts the dreaminess of the scenery. I love the autumn leaves and it couldn’t be helped if I wanted my photo to be taken with them.
My good friend Sayoko of Kika Style gifted me this beautiful Ryan Storer ear cuff and earring. My jaw dropped when I saw its beauty when I visited the store and it dropped even more when Sayoko sent me this for my birthday. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Kika Style for the wonderful gift. Now I feel like I was Miranda Kerr-ified or Nicole Ricci-fied in an edgier sense. Now that’s hot!
Faux leather jacket from MODE OFF, H&M shirt, gifted pants, Zara shoes and Ryan Storer ear cuff from Kika Style
Since we’ve talked about the ADULT life, I think it’s time for me to test different waters. I’m on my way to a new adventure which I will reveal early next year. New year, new life, new things to conquer. I wish to succeed and I know I will. I have faith! And I wish for everyone’s support on this one. Thank you, guys!
photos by Carey Kho Watanabe
An all noir look with all the needed drapes and unconventionality, this is an ensemble that I wore in the middle of Shinjuku National Park with my friends to view the beautiful autumn leaves. Talk about the attention I get from looking like a priestess for the Roman god of the sea Neptune with this dark look and humongous pendant choker. This is also the result of my latest purchases during the past few months to the pursuit of having a more defined style which is dark and edgy. I’ve been way too eccentric in the past, trying different looks on myself, which makes me think I don’t have an identity of what my style is. I felt like I was all over the place until I bumped my head somewhere and realized this was it. I need to unify my looks by giving them a common denominator. Now, I can’t explain how happy I am with my fashion choices. I like being all dark and edgy because not everyone has the guts to do it…and not everyone can look so good in it. Rarity is beauty so we must all embrace ourselves and always aim for uniqueness.
Azul by Moussy cardigan, vintage Dior sweater, UPSTAIRS Shibuya shorts, Zara shoes and OS Accessories Neptune choker (click HERE to buy)
photos by Ashley Dy
What I wore during my surprise birthday bash from my friends. The monochromatic existence plus the textures going on in this outfit makes it look warm but layering with 3 thin pieces (a poncho, knit sweater and a tank top underneath) weren’t enough protect me from the cold. I underestimated the weather a bit too much, thus, I suffered from a really bad cold during my birthday week. When Carey finally revealed that they have a surprise birthday party for me, I thought what I was wearing wasn’t good enough for a birthday party. But now, looking at the pictures, I think it’s not that bad after all. Fine, I LIKE IT! The first and last time I wore this poncho was 2 years ago when I watched a concert in Odaiba. It’s amazing to think how these two outfits look so different even though they have the same poncho for a fashion point. I guess I’m making better choices in fashion compared before.
Azul by Moussy poncho, Giordano knitted sweater, H&M pants, UPSTAIRS Shibuya hat, Diesel bracelet and Zara shoes
Photos by Rexcy Domingo
You know you’re a shopaholic when you don’t have enough money to make you last for 2 more weeks but then you choose to buy a studded biker jacket made from the finest leather because it comes in a VEEEEEERRRRRRYYYYYYY good price. That was the story of my life when I laid my eyes on this beautiful spiked piece for the first time in a vintage/second hand store in our town. I was only supposed to buy garlands for props for my students when I decided to pay the store a visit after a long period of time of not doing so. At first, I saw this vintage YSL clutch made from snake skin and was already decided to take it when I took another spin around the store and spotted the jacket. It was such a no-brainer decision to choose the jacket over YSL because it’s true leather and was very cheap for something so good. I hope Monsieur Yves won’t take this abandonment as blasphemy to his brand.
I’ve had this pair of jeans for a long time now so I decided to restyle it by putting holes. My Japanese dad got a bit upset with me because I was cutting my jeans with a knife on our tatami flooring. Good thing there were no damages caused by my fashion obsession. My pants have more edge to it now that the holes are there plus the faded situation from using it from time to time. It’s the the perfect combo with my new jacket. All I need now is a badass Harley Davidson or a Ducati.
vintage studded leather jacket, H&M tee and pants, Zara shoes
I just realized that I spend a lot during the last two months of the year. Maybe because November is my birthday month and December is the Christmas season, both the perfect time to gift ourselves (and others as well) for our personal year and a calendar year. As much as I want to stop shopping now, there is this unknown energy telling me to keep on spending until the year ends. Hey I’m not into coke, heroine, meth or anything. I think it’s the shopping gods whispering to my ears.
photos by me and Ashley Dy
I don’t celebrate my birthday anymore since I don’t know when. I would only acknowledge my natal day by buying myself a lot of gifts even if I don’t have enough money to survive anymore. But throwing a party or a solemn dinner to be thankful for having another year to be older? NO! I didn’t see the point of celebrating it because it’s the people who mattered to me who actually ruined the happy image of a birthday. It was either I’d have arguments with friends or my parents choose to do something else rather than celebrating with me. The only REAL happy birthdays I had was my 4th birthday, a time when my parents were still together and my grandparents were all alive. And my 14th birthday when my friends and classmates in the 8th grade surprised me with a little birthday feast at the rooftop of a friend’s house. All those in between were nothing but normal ones when I chose to go on with my life in my usual routine.
Last Sunday, Carey, Ashley, Kiko, Dhang, Mariye and I decided to meet up for a casual lunch and take some photos of ourselves for our own blogs. Little did I know that Carey set up a an early birthday surprise for me in one the best restaurants in Roppongi Hills with a good view of the city. When I entered the room, I was surprised that my friend Ria was there who I thought wasn’t available that day. When Carey shouted “SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY”, I thought she was referring to Ria whose birthday is on December so I also greeted her. Ria put her arms around me and Carey told me “No, this is a surprise for you!” Rexcy, who I also thought wasn’t available that day, came in and gave me a warm greeting hug. I looked around and saw that they wore monochromatic outfits and something edgy (except for Dhang who wore a pair of hot red pants which I let go of because I also love red) for the sake of the celebration. I couldn’t believe that they spent effort and time just to make me feel special. As much as I wanted to hold my emotions, I couldn’t stop myself from dropping a tear or two because I was really touched with what they did for me. It’s not the good food, not the perfect venue nor the gifts. It’s the fact that some people appreciate my existence in their lives and decided exert a little more effort to show it. I swear, it’s the best birthday bash ever!!! Thank you to my wonderful friends.
At this age, it’s really hard to find true friends. Whenever we meet new people, it’s either we love them or we clash with them at once. It’s even harder to trust people already because of past issues of broken trusts. Everything becomes worse when you go to a new place. But then, it seems like finding a diamond when we find new real friends. Truly precious! And I thank the heavens for my new found ones who are the best influence ever. They never stop believing in my capabilities and inspiring me to dream bigger. Thank you so much guys for coming into my life. Thank you not only for the surprise but for each day that we spend together and enjoying each other’s company and trust. Thank you for making the start of my personal “new year” a big bang and filled with so much love. Now I feel more positive and bright about my 27th year.
Whoever says that you can’t put a cap on a hoodie is a complete jerk. Especially if it you wanna make an impression of an ancient Mongolian warrior or something like that. I know you can’t really relate to what I’m saying right now. This is what happens when I cut my hair during the cold season and apparently, it’s affecting my sanity. Therefore, it’s necessary to protect the head against the harsh winter season. Double the protection, the better. If it comes with fangs, bones and leather, you’re definitely on the right track.
Zara hooded top, H&M pants Forever 21 leather jacket, Versace for H&M boots and OS Accessories Overbite Cap (click HERE to buy)
Are you guys sick of my OS overbite cap? I know I’ve been featuring it a lot of times here in the blog but I consider it my best purchase of 2013. I’ve worn it in so many occasions, got the attention and judgmental stares of people, been called a weirdo by wearing it and the list goes on and on. Well if you are, I’M NOT so you’ll be seeing it a few more times until I decide that I’m done it myself (which is totally in a very distant future). I’ve never really been a self-declared loyal customer to any brand (except H&M) but I can say that I am one for OS Accessories. Proud to be part of the bone gang!!!! And no, this is not a sponsored post.
photos by Carey Watanabe