Extras

Merry Christmas!

I’ve finally moved back to Portugal! After 15 amazing months of living in Japan, I’ve decided to spend this year back home with my family.

However, as I am still organizing my life and trying to see relatives and friends, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands, especially because I’m clearing my closets of clutter, as well as my room.

So, just to keep up with my blog’s schedule, I’ve decided to just share my Christmas look, which was very simple but cute nonetheless (at least I thought so). Also, I think it’s the first picture I’ve posted of me wearing make-up, and that you can thank my lovely aunt for.

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This sweater was one of my finds when I tried on all those velvety clothes that are so popular in Japan, and it’s so fluffy and soft! I think you can still buy in GU, but I don’t know if they ship worldwide.

And here’s a close look at my make up:

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She made my eyes look so big! She used my new Supercat eyelines, from Soap & Glory, and it’s amazing! It was definitily a great buy! She also used a really nice blush from Benef!t and I love it, I’ll definitely go and look for it!

Well, that’s it everyone. Sorry for the short, pointless post, but I did write it in a few minutes. I’ll try and write something better in the future, but for now, Merry Christmas! And I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family and friends!

Ines

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!

Ines

Japanese Steals

Japan Style 4: Chemise Dress

Another week, another item that I was introduced to here in Japan: the chemise dress! You see these everywhere when walking around the street, in different colours and materials! I’d even risk saying that this is one of the current staples of Japanese fashion! You can wear it all year round and style it in so many different ways!

So, as usual, here’s pictures from the Japanese magazine Mer, which were really what pushed me to buy a chemise dress:

Be it opaque or see-through, velour or cotton, Japanese wearistas have taken something that has become popular all over the world and managed to take it a step further! I was so excited about all the different looks I could create with one of these that I went out and looked for the perfect one!

I tried a variety of colours and fabrics, but never really liked the options available. Mostly because the big majority were extremely low cleavage and I just didn’t like it because I have a long neck. But then Uniqlo came to the rescue once more!

They were selling velvet chemise dresses in three colours: pink, blue and black. I tried all three and just had to go for black. I know, I know, I always go for the easy colours, but I thought it would be better to choose this one because it’s something I’ve never worn before. Maybe one day I’ll buy one with a pattern but for now, let’s keep things simple.

I’ve also worn it in the summer with a t-shirt and loved it! I’ve got no regrets buying this piece and will definitely be wearing it when I get back to Portugal in December!

What do you think? Would you wear it? How would you style it? Let me know in the comments!

Ines

Ines tries...

Ines tries… velvet trousers!

As part of my trying to find my own style, I decided to try wearing things that I would never pick off the rack at a store. I wanted to try out popular fashion items (in Japan) before I finally leave to see if I liked them and if maybe they were worth buying.

Nowadays you see a lot of velvet items around, from blouses to jackets to trousers. In Japan they’re extremely popular and I see people wearing them every day. That’s why I thought I just had to try it out.

Let’s star with one of the most popular items: velvet trousers!

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As you can tell by my expression, I’m not too keen on these. I see people wearing these specific ones every day and can sometimes look cute, but they just look like pjs to me. I know I’m only wearing them with a basic top (which was just there for warmth that day) and that I should have spiced it up, but they just made my butt look flat and weren’t very flattering. So, no go for me, but if you’re interested they’re from Uniqlo and you can find them here.

But I wasn’t beaten yet! So I tried a few other trousers.

So, once again, I wasn’t quite convinced. These were still wide and pj like, but they also had a floral pattern and were pleated. But still, they made my butt look flat and I just couldn’t see myself walking around in these at home. They were from Honeys. I couldn’t find them online, but here’s their online store.

Ok so, this wasn’t going well, but I still tried one more pair!

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I seriously didn’t know I was making this expression when I took the picture, but it does reflect my feelings towards these trousers. This time I tried to copy the look from the pictures in the shop, and still didn’t like them, even though they were a beautiful colour. Anyway, they were from GU and you can find them here.

So, no success with the velvet trousers. Maybe I’ll be luckier next time I try something new. I still haven’t given up on owning a velvet piece of clothing!

What do you think? Would you wear any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Ines