Lately, I have been finding so many things that I like at H&M (have they always been this good?), this skirt included. I originally bought this skirt in a different pattern (you can see it here) and I liked it so much that I decided to get it in red as well. This top from Forever21 is also a repeat purchase. I first bought it in cream in Japan (as it was the long sleeved version of a tank top that I like) and I liked it so much that I ended up ordering it in black as well 🙂
I wanted to share a few Halloween related things that I brought back from Tokyo. Japan has the cutest Halloween decorations, not just because of the halloween themed characters, but because they use more purple and honestly just have ‘cuter’ ideas :
When we got home, I recreated the bear in the pumpkin with things I found in the US. I couldn’t find a bear or an orange plastic pumpkin at Target, so I ended up buying them at Walmart (I also found this cute ghost candle holder). I made the batwings from a marbled folder that I bought at Target. It isn’t as cute as the one in Japan, but I still think it is cute.
Halloween Sonny Angels… I know most people find them weird but I think they are so cute.
Halloween Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma (the rilakkuma is Slow Magic’s). I put mine on my backpack :)
By the time Slow Magic and I got to Tokyo, we were so exhausted from the tour that we spent our time just kind of wandering around. We were only there for a short amount of time so we didn’t go outside of Shinjuku/Harajuku/Shibuya (which is okay, because most of my favorite places are located in those neighborhoods. You can see my Tokyo guide here 😉).
I wanted to share a few pics from one of our days wandering around Shinjuku…mostly because I want to show off my bag, which SM decorated for me. Before we left for our trip, I wanted to find a low key cross body bag for when we were just kind of exploring cities. I ended up finding this black, faux leather one from Gap. At the time it seemed perfect but once we were at home it felt a little boring. To fix it, I asked SM to just draw whatever he wanted with paint pens (I am not sure why, but I love love love the look of when people just draw on handbags to personalize them). It turned out so perfectly! xx
Now that I have all the photos from everyone, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from our wedding in Nara, Japan.
Location : Nara, Japan / Main dress : Ian Stuart / Jacket : Sretsis / Shoes : Stuart Weitzman
My maid-of-honor and I getting ready. We were reenacting the long process of making sure my eyebrow makeup looked even (I always ask SM if my eyebrow makeup looks even and if it didn't I knew he would have noticed immediately). Our matching sleep shirts are from J Crew.
We ended up scheduling way more time than we actually needed to get ready so my Mom, my maid-of-honor and I were able to just relax (...I was too excited to relax).
One detail from our wedding that I love so much is that we both wore leather jackets. It was so very us. We did not plan on doing it, but once we found my jacket while shopping at Sretsis it just seemed perfect.
(my shoes were my something blue)
My 'Glam Squad'. I think there were more people helping me get ready than there were attending the actual wedding. It was so nice haha.
My Mom, maid-of-honor and I were given a ride down to the chapel and I spent the whole ride telling them stories to try and make them laugh so that we wouldn't all cry (but all of my stories were only funny to me haha).
After the ceremony, we were given a ride in this car back to the hotel. It was one of our favorite moments because it was the first moment alone together and everything felt so dreamy and magical.
My second dress and second hairstyle (I couldn't decide between having my hair up or down, so I was happy that they were able to do it both ways).
We had the most whimsical feeling dinner after the ceremony. My favorite moments were : the speeches (everyone gave one), when people gave us advice (everyone went around the table and shared their marital advice), when everyone shared the trivial thing that terrifies them the most, and at the end when we played celebrity heads.
After dinner, SM and I ran through the halls of the hotel laughing (I cannot remember why?) and afterwards I briefly fell asleep surrounded by all of the flowers. It was honestly my most favorite day ever.
This is mainly just a shopping guide for Tokyo, not as much a guide for what to do for your whole trip (unless you love shopping of course!)
a few random things :
If you are flying to the Narita airport take the train to Tokyo (if you feel overwhelmed while buying a ticket at the airport, don’t worry, you aren't alone! Look for the person standing by the ticket lines as they will be ready to help you!).
If you are looking for a hotel, look at the Granbell in Shinjuku (our usual go to hotel), which is reasonably priced and extremely comfortable.
Never cut in line in Japan... (one of my favorite things about Japan)
The metro is a cheap way to get around and is super easy to figure out so don’t be intimidated! The people who work at the stations care so much and make sure you get to the bottom of it all.
If you don’t feel like taking the train around Tokyo, take a taxi. They are pretty inside and you can pretend you are Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation.
leave extra room in your suitcase or bring a duffle bag for things to bring back (we always end up having no room in our bags and have even had to buy a suitcase, (which if you need, you can get late at night at Don Quijote - see below)) and usually have to check a box at the airport 🤷🏼♀️
Department stores :
• 109 Girls Mall in Shibuya - super girly cute everything that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. I love to visit but it can get overwhelming quickly. I mostly like to buy socks there at a store called Dollkiss
150-0043 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043
Stand alone stores :
6-23-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo B1, 1F, 2F
Non clothing :
• Don Quijote is a store that has literally everything (including a really good drugstore makeup meets a few higher end products beauty section) and that is open either all night or super late (depending on the location) and is worth checking out.
28-6 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042
• Tower Records : music store that has a cafe and a really cozy book/magazine section
1 Chome-22-14 Jinnan, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0041
• LoFt - (I like the one in Shibuya the best) has a bunch of home stuff, beauty stuff, stationary…everything
21-1 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042
There are so many good department stores in Shinjuku but my favorites are :
• NeWoMan - might be my most favorite department store, it is so pretty and has really cool shops like Isabel marant and Aesop
4 Chome-1-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-002
• Isetan in Shinjuku (it just kind of has everything)
〒160-0022 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Also in Shinjuku, right near NeWoMan, there is an area connected to the train station called Times Square, where there is a really good pressed juice place called JUICERY by Cosme Kitchen if you are looking for something fresh.
3 Chome−38−1, JR 新宿駅, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Non clothing :
• Tokyu hands - the craziest home/travel/craft/stationary store, I'm not sure how to explain it even. I prefer the one in Shinjuku (it is less overwhelming)
〒151-8580 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya, 5 Chome−５−２４−２ タイムズスクエアビル 2～8F
• Takeshita Street : the street you are probably imagining when you think of Harajuku (the street where you can buy the pretty angel crepes)
Department stores :
• I really really really love La foret, it has a bunch of cool stores in it and things you wouldn't find anywhere else. Look for : E Hyphen World Gallery Bonbon and GR8
1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Stand alone stores :
• Sretsis Inn - my favorite store, located in Aoyama in Omotesandō
3 Chome-15-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
• Bubbles and Liz Lisa (both have stores in other department stores but there stand alone stores in Harajuku are worth going to as well)
• Kiddyland : like Character Street (see below) packed into one store.
6 Chome-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
• Katie : one of my favorite stores, located in Ebisu.
1-29-7 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 496-4885
• WEGO : it is sort of everywhere and it has cute and cheap things. Especially useful if you need more socks, or a sweater…or a hat/choker/shoelaces/anything really.
Non clothing :
• Tatsuya in Daikanyama : the best book store in the coolest neighborhood. At night it is especially cozy.
17-5 Sarugakuchō, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0033
• Village Vanguard : a book/magazine store meets everything store.
〒155-0031 Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, 世田谷区Kitazawa, 2 Chome−2−10−15 マルシェ下北沢 1F
• Character Street (located in Tokyo Station) : has individual stores for characters like Rilakumma, Miffy, Hello Kitty, etc., which sell character themed home items as well as the characters themselves. It is a little hard to find (for maybe just us?) but don’t give up on finding it!
〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1, 東京駅一番街
• Yodabashi Camera : An electronics/camera/everything store. There are a few but the best one is in a neighborhood called Akihabara (the entertainment district). I usually won't go near this area unless I'm going to this camera store because I personally find all of the weirdly over sexualized anime stuff there to be way too creepy and upsetting.
〒101-0028 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Hanaokachō, １−1
Look for (at any electronics store) :
Fuji instax film
phone cases and chargers
Buy Japanese beauty products, naturally they are so much cheaper in Japan. I highly recommend buying :
Babyfoot : an all natural chemical peel for your feet and you just shed a layer of skin, it is amazing!!
Tsubaki oil for your hair and skin
Mascara (Japanese mascara is truly truly black)
Dollywink fake eyelashes
Shisedo eye pencils (they are extremely inexpensive)
Sui sai powdered face wash, idk why but I think you would be into it
Honestly anything and everything
Also, most things are tax free with a passport.
Food in Japan is next level and I honestly cannot say that I have ever had a bad meal there. Do not hesitate to try new things and if you see a place that looks intimidating and like locals only go anyways because someone will help you.
• sushi no midori : it is on the 8th floor of a department store called Shibuya Mark City. It might be my favorite place to go for sushi, there is always a wait but it moves quickly and is cheap.
〒150-0043 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Dōgenzaka, 1 Chome−12−3, マークシティイースト 4F
• Depachika : basically a food hall underneath department stores or train stations. My favorite is Tokyo Food Show in the Shibuya JR station (you don't need a ticket to go in). Make sure to go to at least one of these, they are so amazing. They also make like to go bento boxes that you can take and eat on the train, which is so fun when you are on the long train rides.
• Tokyo Food Show : 〒150-0002 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 1 Chome−2−24−1
• Convenience stores : this sounds super weird but convenience stores (7-11, familymart, Lawson) have really good food in Japan. The onigiri (triangle rice balls) are one of my favorite things to eat in Japan, if you don't try one then you are missing out. In my opinion, the tuna mayo flavor is the best (something I wouldn't have ever tried but so many people love them I just had to). Also, in Japan, people do not really eat while walking so onigiri are perfect for if you are feeling faint and need to eat something quickly.
Be sure to try :
Okonomiyaki - look for a place that serves okonomiyaki, which is like a pancake. It is hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Shochu : to me, it is somewhere between vodka and sake. It is like the hard alcohol of Japan and (in my opinion) it is best with ice.
Suntory highball : it's like a casual drink of Japan made with whiskey, sparkling water and lemon (or yuzu).
Kaiseki : a several course meal in Japan…considered to be like, the ‘fanciest’ meal and most skillfully prepared type of meal
Go to a spa or get your hair blown out, it is so worth it.