The shoot I did with ViVi back in July is out in the October issue..this is so crazy to me! For non-Japanophiles, ViVi is one of the most popular magazines over there and I’ve been a fan forever…I love how many photos they mash onto each page, makes for a lot of content to stare at, especially during long plane rides. Plus it’s just fun for me to see an entire magazine full of half-Japanese models..way more relatable than most everything I pick up. I brought a suitcase full of my clothes to a house studio and styled them with pieces from Mercury Duo’s latest collection…you may recognize a few pieces. The girls from ViVi and photographer Osami Yabuta were so much fun to work with and this is pretty much a dream come true..ありがとう ViVi!
1. view from the Prince Park Tower Tokyo hotel
2. surprise dinner guest, photographer Yasumasa Yonehara
3. Miu Miu store in Aoyama with Yukiko and Takako from Elle, within lies the most ideal pair of leopard print ankle boots imaginable
4. random desolation
5. Chun Li buns
6. colorful bikes by Shiba Park
7. breakfast on the 33rd floor
8. current favorites in a cab through Omotesando: Obakki cowl bag, vintage/Dannijo/Forever 21/vintage rings, vintage scarf, Alexander Wang dress
Some shots from my trip to Japan a couple weeks ago: shooting with Mercury Duo and ViVi, making the most out of my proximity to Topshop and Opening Ceremony, wandering around Shibuya with my mom, breaking in my Obakki zipper bag, testing as many different coffee drinks from 7-11 as possible, jewelry I picked up along Takeshita-Dori, cheesy grins with Osami Yabuta, the wall collage that ViVi made from my blog photos, Shibuya by night, and baggage claim to mark the end.
Going back to Tokyo is always so amazing it almost feels like a relief..every time I come home I feel a little empty for a few days as I transition back. Depressing huh. But I’m working on figuring it out to where I can spend a lot more time in Japan..I’ll keep you guys posted!
The hair and makeup artists that I worked with in Japan were so so good that I kind of wanted to steal them away forever. The results were always somewhere between beachy and perfect and I’m finally inspired to learn how to use a curling iron. Maybe it’s because they’re used to working on halfies all the time? I tried to document Mio’s work from the ViVi shoot by the fading light in my hotel room. Seems like there was some kind of smudgy green eyeliner layered over the black..I dunno. Awesome though. Right after this I went out in Shibuya and got caught in the strongest and most sudden downpour I’ve ever witnessed..everyone else in sight was equipped with an umbrella of course.. err the makeup definitely looked better than the hair when soaking wet.
View of Shibuya at dusk from the Cerulean Tower Hotel and some of the shoes I brought to the ViVi shoot (I got to style all the looks!)…I got the Zara sandal/boot hybrid a couple days ago..there’s honestly a Zara on every other corner here. They’re really comfortable even though no one believes me when I tell them.