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.
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.
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.
Today’s makeup and sunset in Tokyo (with a just barely visible Mt. Fuji in the distance)..actually didn’t step outside once today because I was working all day at an event in the hotel but it looked nice. The hotel is so magical and easy to get lost in that it’s a good one to camp out in. Maybe it was freezing? Blandly temperate? Tomorrow I will venture forth for the opening of the Marc Jacobs store in Aoyama but for now it’s off to sleep.