2:10 am

3.1 phillip lim s/s 11

08/01/2011, inspiration, phillip lim, tokyo

The morning I went to their office, Gunji from Vogue Japan was nice enough to invite me to an exhibition of 3.1 Phillip Lim’s spring collection later that afternoon in Sendagaya. I had about an hour of free time so I booked it over there as soon as I could. There was a lot of sickening gasping and fawning done by me over his “puzzle piece” collection…I was slightly bitter that I hadn’t brought my bigger camera that day but luckily I had my Olympus in my bag. CONTINUE READING

Categories: inspiration, phillip lim, tokyo
6:20 am

the other city that never sleeps

27/12/2010, photo diary, tokyo

Still stunned by the fact that I ended up going to Tokyo 4 times this year, every time more unbelievable than the last. My two weeks there earlier this month were booked solid to the point that I only had time to see my grandparents once for like an hour, which makes me sound like a complete jerk but I’ll have to make up for that next time. I met so many inspiring people, became an expert at figuring out the most well balanced meal possible via convenience store, saw parts of the countryside around Tokyo I had no idea existed, went through four very different living situations, shot in the middle of the Shibuya kousaten, attended the Mark Styler show with Jessica Michibata, had a meeting with Vogue Nippon, was blinded by the wattage on the trees in Omotesando Hills, fell in love with clothing line Egoiste, converted my sweet manager Noriko into my Japanese teacher, changed my Starbucks order to a ginger vanilla latte, presented at an award ceremony for Japanese fashion bloggers put on by HP, went on a fuzzy sweater rampage at Laforet, dragged my suitcase through the streets to 10+ shoots, admired a tiny monkey in Roppongi for minutes, learned what it feels like to wake up at 3:30 in the morning, attended the opening of the beautiful new Marc Jacobs show in Aoyama, and saw my agency off with a night at Le Baron. Thank you to everyone I met for making the trip so special and I’m sure I’ll be back sooner than later.

Categories: photo diary, tokyo
2:38 am

vanity affair

15/12/2010, shopping, tokyo, topshop

ViVi magazine took me to the new Topshop in Shinjuku to style a look to shoot in store…I had about 15 minutes to go through the racks and pick something out. Ended up going with the chunky sweater, pony skirt, and red suede platform sandals, though that nude sequin tunic was tempting too. I used the dressing rooms set aside for their personal shopping service, so cute! With chocolates, Evian, huge rooms, and a gridded rack on the wall to be able to get a better look at your options, you couldn’t really ask for much more. Sort of wondering how hard it would be to dedicate a wall or two of my own to this floor-to-ceiling display idea. Might save a few things from being perpetually draped on the couch.

Categories: shopping, tokyo, topshop
3:52 pm

private concerns and evaluations and wishes

14/12/2010, my photography, tokyo

1. Tourmaline Beach, San Diego
2. Sunset Blvd.

Leaving Tokyo today and heading back home! I hear it’s back to summer weather in Socal, I’m so ready for it. It’s been a crazy, amazing two weeks here, I’m a little sad that I was so busy every second that I didn’t take too many photos but I’ll try to scrounge some up.

Categories: my photography, tokyo
5:03 pm

shooting for sweet

11/12/2010, tokyo

Borrowed some pieces from Mercury Duo’s new collection to shoot a couple spring looks for Sweet magazine yesterday at the cutest studio ever. Decaying velvet couch and wooden antler chandelier have been added to my wishlist along with the tiny crochet shorts and tawny cropped sweater. The skirt I got at the new Topshop in Shinjuku last week..I love the simple cut and hairiness, which is weird because I haven’t been attracted to miniskirts for a while now. Sometimes it’s just time. Sorry for lame mirror pic overdose but the EP-2 almost makes it seem ok? Almost.

Categories: tokyo