Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sushi & Shoes

Beautifully decorated barrels of sake on the trail towards the Meiji Shrine

Cute decor outside of a Japanese shop

 Conveyer belt sushi almost everyday!! Fresh & delicious

 Shopping in Harajuku

Coat: Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack Sweater: H&M (similar) Dress: Forever 21 (old) (similar, similar) Tights: Target (old) Boots: Carlos by Carlos Santana via TJ Maxx (old) (similar) Scarf: Target Purse: Nine West (old) (kind of similar) Necklace: The Limited Watch: Michael Kors Bangles: H&M (similar)

Looking back at these pictures makes me miss Tokyo already! Jet lag was tough though... we were up at 6 am and exhausted by 9 pm everyday! Lame right? These pictures are from our first full day in the city, we went to the Meiji Shrine (pictures not allowed there, sorry!) and walked around Harajuku area which is big on shopping. First thoughts on Tokyo? Hands down, best customer service in the world. No matter where you went people were bowing to you (common practice in the Japanese culture), everything was passed hand-to-hand, and it was clean, everywhere! Another part I love and miss about Tokyo is the warm toilet seats! My buns were spoiled the 4 days we were there :) (TMI?)

On to my outfit... I picked up this Michael Kors wool coat a few days before the trip for $75 on clearance! This was such an upgrade over my H&M coat (last seen here) which was almost 90% polyester so I could definitely feel the extra warmth all of that wool provided! Don't you just love the fuchsia color? Another great buy a bit before my trip was the H&M bangles - the few rose gold ones were what caught my eye but then I realized that H&M is now sizing their bracelets! These fit so much better than most bangles/bracelets do and it is because they are an XS/S. I can't wait to shop for more accessories there - and they will actually get more wear since they fit better! And the appropriately on-trend black-and-white striped scarf from Target was another last minute purchase :) Gotta love the tarjay!

I found the cutest little shoe store (of course) called Diana Shoes and bought the above-left amazing heels (online in black)! Two aspects of a shoe I was looking for - cap toe & neutral! Diana Shoes had the best customer service I have ever experienced in retail - the saleswoman was very helpful in determining my shoe size (23 in Japan... never even heard of that sizing scale before!) AND when my boyfriend mentioned that the shoes seemed a teeny bit big on me, she pulled out some sole pads... once I tried it on with them and confirmed that they fit better, she had them SEWN IN under the inside lining for no extra cost! It completely blew me away and I know that if/when I ever return to Tokyo, I will be hitting up this store again for sure! I also loved that you could smell the rich quality leather as soon as you walked in the store and every shoe I picked up felt buttery soft and extremely well made. Bonus? All of the shoes are made in Japan! If you are ever in Tokyo this store is a must-visit! (PS... check out the wallpaper behind me on the right pic... that was in the store's elevator!! Shoes wallpaper - loving it!)

By the way - guess who just joined twitter? I am new to this so bare with me but please follow me and I will follow back! @99boxesofshoes. While you are at it, follow me on instagram as well for live updates :)

Long post, I know, but I hope this makes up for the lack of posts lately :) hope everyone is staying warm! Stay tuned for another post coming on Thursday!

92 boxes of shoes on the wall... (The Diana ones count as #92 right?)

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