Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gemvara Color Muse

Over the summer, I had the absolute pleasure of collaborating with Gemvara on their Color Muse series. I spent the day showing them around my apartment, neighborhood, and studio. And of course, trying on and falling in love with beautiful jewelry by Gemvara, a bespoke fine jewelry company that's located and produced right here in New York! All of their jewelry is designed on their website with their customization tool, made to order and shipped directly to the customer in under two weeks. They have no pre-existing inventory, so everything is absolutely one of a kind; there are countless styles, 20 gemstones, and 9 precious metals to choose from. It’s so special to have a unique piece of jewelry that was not only completely customized to my liking, but also made right near my home. I'm always mixing metals and stacking rings, so I designed myself this triple ring with both gold and silver, and black onyx. I'll be sharing more from our shoot, soon, but in the meantime - check out my color story to get a peek into my world and see what inspires me!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tokyo Diaries: Part Two, Tokyo Disneyland

Wearing: Disney bow and sunglasses, vintage blouse, American Apparel skirt, Seychelles flats (old), ModCloth "Lovely and Lush" cat bag.

If you had any doubt that I would visit Disneyland in Tokyo, please allow me to put that to rest. I'm not the type of girl who wants to get married in the castle and make my bridesmaids dress as Disney princesses - though I will totally come to your wedding and dress as Snow White at your request - but I do love a day at Disney, and luckily, so does Bobby. Many of you have even asked me if I live in Disney World, and the answer is yes/duh/obviously. I live in Minnie Mouse's house (look how I'm right at home in her humble abode), which is quite a problem at Magic Kingdom, since they got rid of her house and the rest of Toon Town. Luckily, it's still intact and lovely as ever in Tokyo, and freshly decorated for Halloween. If the whole famous mouse character/fashion plate thing doesn't work out for Minnie, she certainly has a future in interior decorating. Oh, Minnie, is there anything you can't do?

The best part of visiting Tokyo Disneyland was the Haunted Mansion, which was decked out to the theme of The Nightmare Before Christmas for the holiday season, and a close second was the myriad popcorn flavors and equally varied and adorable containers. I spent half the day hunting down the red bow to match my outfit, because I'm a logical adult who makes important and adult-like decisions. Actually, I take everything back: the best part of Tokyo Disney is that everyone gets dressed up in a theme for the occasion, and many of them go all out. As you can tell by my not-so-understated ensemble, I totally appreciate that commitment. Tokyo Disneyland, you just get me!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tokyo Diaries: Part One

Kiddy Land on Omotesando, five floors of kawaii goodness. Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Totoro, you name it! I bought a few too many things. I wish I could've brought home that life-size Kiki and Lala on a unicorn, but instead I settled for a pair of unicorn slippers (which I bought at Sanrio, in Harajuku).

Ra.a.g.f. (Rabbit And Grow Fat) in Harajuku, where you can feed and play with bunnies, while you enjoy a cup of tea. You take off your shoes upon entering, and are given your choice of beverage and a dish of veggies for the rabbits. Bunnies are let out to run around and socialize for fifteen minutes at a time, allowing all of them lots of love and attention. We fell in love with this giant lady, who was so friendly and funny.

Pancake Days, because Bobby needed a mid-day pancake pick-me-up. Shouldn't every stack of pancakes have a smiley face and a triumphant flag?

Stumbled upon Oui, Ayano Ruban, where I met this adorable gal

Kitties everywhere, at Nyafe Melange cat café. It was raining, so we headed upstairs to this little cat paradise. The twins in the bucket were killing me! We also left with some kitty donuts

Just in case I didn't stand out enough as a tourist, I brought along my Kate Spade "Hello Tokyo" clutch, which I paired with one of my favorite vintage dresses, a vintage scarf, and my Nine West "Tasha" sandals...plus an umbrella we picked up at a convenience store, since it started raining while we were out. Even in the rain, our first full day in Tokyo was perfect.