Extras, The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Ramen Girl

It’s been a while since I’ve made any sketches, so here’s an extra one I made just for fun. It was inspired by a very colourful (and delicious) bowl of ramen (Japanese noodle soup with Chinese origins) my boyfriend and I had in Oyama city, where we spent our year in Japan.

The minute the bowl was placed in front of me I had to take a picture because this look instantly popped into my head. As soon as I got home I drew it and it’s one of my favourite sketches so far. I would definitely wear this look anytime (if I could), and I’ve just purchased a short leather skirt so, if anyone knows where I can get designs printed onto sweatshirts please let me know!


What do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments! And I’ll try and have some new sketches to try and keep this thing going.



New Country, New Life

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the radio silence, but, as some of you might know, I’ve just moved back to Portugal, my home country. I’ve spent the last month getting things organized and waiting in line in chilly government buildings.

However, I’m finally feeling like I’ve settled into my new life (even though it is a temporary life – I’ll be moving to the UK after the summer) and am finally ready to continue this blog, as well as the accompanying Instagram account (check it out here).

I’ve made quite a few changes to my life. I’ve started working out and going to kung fu lessons in Lisbon, I’ve been driving a car and can finally go back to baking (I didn’t own a stove in Japan)! So, as my life is quite different now from what it was in Japan, I thought the blog should also reflect this.

I’m still an avid follower of Japanese fashion trends, but I’d like to try and show a bit of what’s happening here in Portugal, especially now that Lisbon is trending! Portugal is a beautiful country and I hope to get some people interested in coming over to visit.

So, I’d like to introduce some Portuguese fashion bloggers that I follow and hope you’ll have a look:

Miss Tangerine
Confessions Of A Shopaholic
Maria Guedes
Sempre Na Moda

Click on the pictures to go check them out. Their blogs are in Portuguese, but as usual with fashion blogs there are a lot of pictures.

I’ll be back soon!


The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Part 7

Hello everyone!

It’s Saturday and it’s time for another fashion sketch! This one took me a while to get right, especially the pose, but because I found the kimono itself fun and modern, I decided to leave quite light and fun too.

Recently I’ve written a post on oversized hoodies (click here to check it out) and it connects nicely to this kimono sketch. The minute I saw this kimono I thought “sporty”! That’s why she’s stretching and getting ready for a morning run in her comfy oversized hoodie and colourful trainers! Have a look:

What do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments!


Japanese Steals

Japan Style 7: Short A Line Skirts

By the time this post is published, I’ll be on a plane on my way back to London from Japan. For those who don’t know, I’ve spent the last 15 months living in Tochigi Prefecture in Japan teaching English to children. It’s been a wonderful year. I was able to travel and make amazing new friends and learn about a culture I had always been curious about.

It’s with a mix of happiness and sadness that I’m leaving Japan, but isn’t that always the case when moving countries? Anyway, I’m writing this two weeks prior to my flight, as I’m going to travel a little bit more around this amazing country before going and want to keep this blog on schedule. So, on with the actual post!

Short A-line skirts have been fashionable for a while, and I actually already owned one before I came to Japan, so today I just want to share the various looks that I was so excited about from my favourite Japanese magazine Mer. Hopefully they’ll inspire you guys as well.

Notice all the colour mixes, patterns and different fabrics used and you’ll see why Japanese people have managed to grab a now mainstream item into something more:

So, which look is your favourite? Which ones do you hate? Let me know what you think in the comments!


The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Part 6

Hello everyone!

So, it’s Saturday! That means it’s time for another fashion sketch! Now, this ended up being one of my favourite ones so far. This is definitely a look I’d wear. It’s fun and cute, and I love the pattern on the black.

I do realise that the pattern on her top is different from the original kimono, but I only noticed that after I finished it, so I’m leaving it like that. I still love it, though! So, without further ado, here it is:

So, what do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments!