Esprit Dior: The World of Dior Exhibition

After almost two months of wanting and dying to go, finally, I found the time to visit the Esprit Dior: The World of Dior exhibition in Ginza. It has been on going for almost the same time I’ve been wanting to go and it also coincides with Esprit Dior 2015 Tokyo collection fashion show which was held at the vast-spaced Ryugoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium. The FREE, I repeat FREE, exhibition allows visitors to take a peek at the world of one of the most powerful fashion houses and see its evolution from the old days of history to the present times. From the founding days of Monsieur Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano to the current Raf Simons era, it showcases how rich its past is and how it still gets inspired by tradition of femininity but with a touch of modernity.

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A portrait of Monsieur Dior by Japanese artist Iximia Kuniyoshi. It felt kind typing that name because the Japanese don’t usually use the letter ‘x’ in writing their names in romaji/alphabet.

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The exhibition specially emphasized on the special relationship of Dior and Japan. There were precious photos of Margot Fonteyn in her Dior costume for Madame Butterfly, Princess Michiko in her custom-made Dior wedding and old fashion shows that took place in Japan years ago. Haute couture pieces from the Dior archive were up to showcase the apparent inspiration from Japanese culture and tradition- from famous paintings, origami pleats, obi belts and others.

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Funktique Tokyo’s 2nd Anniversary

Last week, I went to Funktique Tokyo’s second anniversary party at their shop in Harajuku. I can’t believe how they were able to penetrate the Harajuku scene in a span of two years. Thanks to the hard work of Misato and her husband Hijiri! Funktique Tokyo came about after the Great Tohoku Earthquake  when Misato’s family decided to move to the city from Iwaki in Fukushima for their child Coco’s safety. Since then, the Harajuku store soared high and became one of the most well-known stores in the world famous fashion district.

Harajuku’s street style icons like Hirari Ikeda and Elleanor and other shop owners and staff from the area like Dog Harajuku, Bubbles, Punk Cake and others attended the event and enjoyed a night of drinks, sweets, snacks and good music.

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I felt so little of myself when I had my photo taken with these two Harajuku icons. I bow down to thee! Thanks to Funktique for this photo!

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Merry Christmas from Funktique Tokyo!!!! These sweaters are cute.

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Congratulations to Hijiri, Misato and their very cute angel Coco for a wonderful second anniversary! More power to you!

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Tokyo Disneyland December 2014

I just can’t believe that this blog’s been running for almost 5 years now and yet, I haven’t posted anything about my Tokyo Disneyland adventures. Well, that’s fine because I’m doing it now and this is the best Disney adventure I’ve ever had in my life. It’s indeed the happiest place on earth but thanks to my blogger friends- Ashley, Kaila, Kiko and Emika- this place became even more fun.

Actually, I was having second thoughts of joining the gang because I was already out of money and I was days away before pay day. Plus, the weather forecast the week before said there was 40% chances of rain but how could I resist the calling of happiness??

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The obligatory group shot in front of TD’s welcoming arch. From the left- me, Kaila, Emika, Kiko and Ashley.

My work is a station away from Maihama station (where Disney is) so I always see these kids and lovers wearing these costumes and head gears whenever they go there. I usually I don’t get the point but I gave in to the trend since I was going there with my kawaii ambassador friends.

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Since it was a Sunday and Disney’s doing it’s Christmas Fantasy theme, a huge crowd welcomed us as soon as we entered the gates of the theme park. It was also Christmas when I last went here with my best friend Zowie two years ago and it was nice seeing this huge Christmas tree again. Continue reading

Share That Light

Hello guys! How are you doing? It’s getting colder and colder here in Tokyo and I think this year’s winter is even worse than last year. As each day passes, it’s harder to get up from bed in the morning and make my lazy ass move.  Good thing, we’re a few days away from winter vacation. I can’t wait to recharge after all those stress and pressure that the busy second term of school gave to me. Moreover I can’t wait to spend Christmas and New Year with my family here in Japan and hang out with my friends more.

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T by Alexander Wang scuba sweatshirt, H&M pants and hat, Gucci ring and Sam Edelman sandals

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I bought this sweater as a birthday gift for myself. Actually I’ve been buying a lot of stuff for the past 3 months and I’m so proud how I was able to survive. The sweater is very warm coz it’s neoprene and is very functional with that spacious zip pocket in the tummy area.

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The whole world is free to hate now coz I’m wearing socks and sandals again. Hahahaha!!! But I really like it and I don’t see why other people find it wrong and tacky.

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I’ve said in a previous post how happy I am with how things are happening in my life right now. I was surprised with the amount of positive feedbacks I got from friends and readers and they even told me that they felt like there was a positive energy that was passed on them after reading it or hearing my stories. A cousin of mine even told me how he sees me as an inspiration. I was flattered with the words but somehow I felt pressured to be seen as a role model. Coz I know my imperfections and I’m not the person fit for that role.

But then it made realize that  once you’re enlightened, it’s your turn to share that light.

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photos by Kiko Cagayat

Last Days of Autumn

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OAK NYC leather jacket, GU Japan pants, H&M and Gucci rings, Comme Ca Ism knitted scarf and Zara shoes

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It was a three day long weekend and what better way to celebrate it than to go to a friend’s family house, watch TV all day while being served with the best home-cooked food ever. Staying at Ena‘s house overnight probably gained me a few pounds that I had to eat less for three days. I can’t afford to gain weight because I just bought this very good leather jacket which is something I’ve always wanted. It just fits me right and a few kilos will definitely make it smaller for me and I just don’t want that to happen. The leather is made from cow skin with a lot of pockets that are totally functional. The only down side to it is its weight. I feel like I have a metal ball chained to my arms whenever I wear it. But who cares? Looking good usually comes with a price.

I’m sad that my favorite season autumn is now on its final stage and preparing to bid goodbye. The trees go completely bald and the temperature drops lower. Winter is slowly coming and I hate it because it’s getting harder to get up in the morning plus the bill gets higher because of additional heating system that consumes a lot of electricity. Not to mention that the gas also gets higher in this time of the year. Oh gosh! I sound like a total complaining adult. Yuck! How I wish autumn stays forever but like anything else in this world, it must indeed go. Life goes on.

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photo by Ena Cuizon

Secret

One of the best things about blogging is discovering and giving light to budding talents which has so much promise. I learned about this new California-based street brand LATokyo through my friend Kiko and fell in love with it. LATokyo is the combination of the designers’ home city Los Angeles and their inspiration city Tokyo that carries the comfortable and laid back attitude of the famous Californian city with the fashion forward edginess of the Japanese capital.

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 LA Tokyo himitsu tank top (click HERE) and harem sweatpants (click HERE), Nike hooded pullover and sneakers and H&M brim hat

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Tank tops are not the best idea when it’s 8 degrees Celsius outside but I wanted to wear my himitsu tank when I visited my parents’ house. So I put it on my neoprene hooded pullover that I’ve been using for a long time plus another undergarment for more body heating purposes. Problem solved!

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I love this LA Tokyo harem sweats. Not only they’re cool but they’re also very comfortable and functional with all its pockets. I’ve been looking around for a new pair of sweatpants that’s totally stylish and very useful too and big thanks to LATokyo for coming into my life.

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“秘密 (himitsu)” is the Japanese word for “secret” and LA Tokyo didn’t give that name to this piece for no reason. There is a secret white logo beneath the tank top which you can unbutton if you feel like showing it. Aside from being cool and hip, I love that LATokyo makes clothes not only to sell but also to tell a story and share a part of themselves.

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But most of all, I love how their pieces can easily be matched with the current stuff I have in my closet. LOL!

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Since we’re already talking about secrets, let me ask you some questions about them.

1. Do you have any secrets, especially a big one that you can’t afford reveal?

2. How does it feel like having a secret that’s so big you’re not sure it’s gonna make or break your life?

3. Are you a good secret keeper? How do you feel when someone tells you a big secret?

4. Have you tried spilling another person’s secret? What happened?

Let’s try some interaction here and put your answers in the comment section below.

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photo by Karen Takegahara

PS: This is NOT a sponsored post

Settling Dust

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Vintage Christian Dior cashmere sweater, Levi’s jeans, Versace x H&M boots

Two days ago, I stepped out of my bathroom from my morning shower, dressed up, put my moisturizer on, did my hair and after all that, I looked at myself in the mirror. Then I had an epiphany: I am happy. I’m genuinely happy. I’m getting happier as I get older. I have a a good-paying job. I live in a first world country. I have a lavish lifestyle that I think I deserve because I work hard. I don’t have a romantic love life but that’s being easily covered up by the love of my family and friends. I used to hate birthdays but during the past three years, I’ve celebrated the bests of my life with the people who mattered to me the most. I used to say that I’m not a family person but lately, I’ve proven that I love them more than ever and I’m willing to do everything to protect them in case someone threatens their peace.

I think I am in a phase in my life where the dust of my childhood and adolescent years are starting to settle down. I’m getting rid off the young and temperamental me that I was and getting to know myself better. I’ve opened up to different people with differences from me and learned a lot from them. Through that, I learned tolerance. Most of all, I’m blessed and totally lucky. I used to wish I was a world wide phenomenon of a fashion blogger but I don’t see it happening sooner but my blogger life isn’t that bad at all with the friends and meaningful relationships I make through my site. Realizing all these things, it makes me happy.

Let me end this post with a prayer:

“Dear universe, thank you for showering me with all these blessings even though at times I don’t feel like I deserve them. I offer the tears and sorrows of my past and lift up the anxieties of my future to you so I can enjoy the beauty of the present. Thank you!”

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photo by Ashley Dy

Gratitude

My boy Kiko and I decided to hangout for an easy breezy autumn photo shoot in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. It was such a beautiful afternoon and how lovely to take our shots during that day. I wore this Christian Dada AW 2014 turtle neck sweater I bought during their reopening last month which I couldn’t stop myself from buying. It was slowly getting colder then and I “badly needed” a new good sweater that will warm me up when the temperature drops like hell.

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T by Alexander Wang coat, Christian Dada turtle neck sweater, GU Japan black pants, Versace x H&M boots, Gucci ring and H&M wide brim hat

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Can I just say how happy I am now that I can finally wear my oversized coat again??

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This sweater costed me an arm and a leg but I don’t regret it. It’s definitely beautiful and very warm to wear.

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My brother was kind enough to give me his Gucci ring which he got from his friend. Haha!

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My Versace x H&M shoes which has been serving me well for a very long time now. I don’t know when I’m gonna make it retire but I badly need a new pair of boots. Anybody nice there who wants to gift me one…or two?? Hahaha!!!

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I’m celebrating my birthday today. It’ll be over in a few minutes here in Asia but will still be on going in the western hemisphere. I wanted to celebrate it alone but then somehow, I mysteriously dialed my mom’s number and all of a sudden, I was on my way to my parents’ house with a box of chocolate cake. My mom cooked a Filipino tomato stew dish called “afritada” for me and even put three candles on my cake while everybody, my stepdad and siblings, sang happy birthday for me. I think it was the first time they did that for me ever.

If there’s something that moving out from my parents’ house taught me, it’s the value of my family. I realized how important they are to me no matter how much I don’t wanna live with them. I used to say I’m not a family person. I still think I’m not but now, I guess I value them more than ever.

Thank you very much to all those people who greeted me on my birthday. I think my birthdays are getting better as I get older. Speaking of older, thank you for those people who tell me that I don’t look my age. It just shows that I have chosen the right moisturizer. Haha! Thank you.

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photos by Kiko Cagayat

 

By the way, Eastdane and Shopbop are having a BIG SALE now until the 1st of December. Go and check them out before all items go gone gone gone.

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