Tokyo Halloween

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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 :

Dreamline Alliance Tokyo Halloween
Dreamline Alliance Halloween Bear

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.

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Halloween Sonny Angels… I know most people find them weird but I think they are so cute.

Dreamline Alliance Rilakkuma Halloween

Halloween Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma (the rilakkuma is Slow Magic’s). I put mine on my backpack :)

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Dream Angel

top : forever21 / jeans : weekday / shoes : frye / backpack : fjallraven //

Shinjuku

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Dream Angel

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

Shinjuku Shopping

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As I mentioned before, I want to start posting our pics from Japan with you (is it too late to still do that? whose to say). In my previous post, I started at a random part of the trip... Idk why but it made sense at the time, but I have decided that if I am going to post them I ought to do it in some sort of order...starting with our first days. ♡

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jacket and skirt : H&M / shirt : J.Crew / coat : Asos / shoes : Frye / Bag : coach /

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pants : Uniqlo / shoes : Nike /

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Ladurée Aoyama

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Ladurée Aoyama

I know it has been a long time since I have posted anything so I want to apologize (mostly to myself) for the neglect. I was getting married though, which feels like an appropriate excuse. But let’s put that behind us and move forward.

As you probably know, Slow Magic and I traveled to Japan with our families to get married (I plan to post more pics from that soon), which was so so so much fun. That being said, I have an overwhelming amount of pictures from the trip so I figured I should just start posting some. While I know these pics are low res (for fun, let’s pretend together that they are high res…hi-res?), they are from one of my favorite days of the trip. It was Slow Magic’s birthday and we spent the morning having lunch with our families and walking to Harajuku. We eventually split off into groups, and while walking to the Redwing shoe store with my parents, we happened upon a Ladurée in Aoyama. It was perfect because we all had been wanting to find a place to sit and have a drink (we had been walking in the sun and were tired and thirsty…almost angry at that point haha) and I was able to get SM something sweet to eat from a place he likes quite a bit on his birthday.

xx

Tokyo Shopping Guide

 
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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 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Shibuya :

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 :

• Fake Tokyo in Shibuya, named ‘Tokyo’s Coolest Style Collective’ by Vogue (read the article, here)

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

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Shinjuku :

There are so many good department stores in Shinjuku but my favorites are :

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• 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

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Harajuku/Omotesandō :

• 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 :

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• 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)

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• Bubbles : 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−32−12, 1F

• Liz Lisa Harajuku Takeshita Street : 1 Chome-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

• Honey mi Honey : 6-2-6 Jingumae | Harajuku Akane Bldg. 2F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

Non clothing :

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• Kiddyland : like Character Street (see below) packed into one store.

6 Chome-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

Other :

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• 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

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• 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

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Look for (at any electronics store) :

  • camera accessories

  • Fuji instax film

  • phone cases and chargers

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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 :

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.

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• 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

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• 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

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• 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

Other :

Go to a spa or get your hair blown out, it is so worth it.