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Classic Striped Dress

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I bought this navy striped dress last year from J.Crew Factory Store, and I have been wearing it quite often.  One of the reasons is that this classic dress is such a versatile piece that I can wear it in different occasions throughout the year.  Here I am showing how I style it in two different ways.

Dressy look —  Although striped clothing sometimes could be a misconception that it is casual, with some accessories and proper shoes, it could change the look.  I added a belt to make it a bit dressier and formal, and I am wearing it with heels.  This also could be a work outfit.

Casual look — I am pairing it with white sneakers and camel scarf to create a neutral, comfortable and relaxed look.  Since this outfit will be worn mostly during the weekend for me, I added a red bag to lighten up the vibe.

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Orange Ruffle Dress

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This weekend’s temperature was rising up, which was not that typical for San Francisco weather.  Actually I kinda like it because we don’t usually have real summer in here.  Typically, no matter how warm the afternoon is, when the sun is out, a jacket is needed.  Strolling at night without wind and a jacket is rarely happened.  But this past weekend I was still fine only wearing a summer dress at night.

I am more a dress and skirt girl, so my wardrobe is always full of dresses.  This orange dress that I am wearing here, I got it from Banana Republic few months ago.  The sleeveless and silky material are perfect for the summer heat.  There is a layer of ruffle at the front that adds an extra detail to the dress.  I am wearing a size 0, but the length is too long for my 5’2″ figure.  So I needed to cut out 3 inches.   The dress is not only elegant that i can wear it to dinner and nightout, and the vibrant orange color is also perfect for any summer cocktail parties and outdoor parties.

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Tokyo Trip (Part II)

Continuing from the previous post…here are some more highlights of my Tokyo trip:

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We wanted to have a view of the Tokyo city from high up, so we decided to go up to the Mori Tower.  We went to the 52nd floor, the City View, it is surrounded by full height glass wall.  Felt a bit shaky when I stood right against the window.  We were pretty lucky that it was a clear sky despite it was raining two days before.  We also went up to the roof deck for a better view, as expected, super windy.  Since a complimentary ticket to the Mori Museum on the 53rd floor is also included, we took a quick tour.

 

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Omotesando area is one of my favorites.  It is another shopping hub with upscale fashion shops, haute couture boutique shops, young designer brands, trendy cafes, and pop-up shops.  Architecturally, a lot of the shop interiors and facades are very interesting with detailed design.  There are few shops and malls are designed by star architects.  For example, Omotesando Hills, Prada, Hugo Boss, Tod…etc.  The overall vibe, I would say it is not as luxury as Ginza, but not as young as the adjacent district Harajuku.

 

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The famous busy pedestrian intersection (some referred it as the busiest in the world)–Shibuya Crossing.  It was quite interesting just to stand at one of the street corners and watch people cross when the light turns green.  Within a minute, the intersection was jammed and people were crossing the intersection from all different directions.  The space of the intersection is huge, larger than a typical intersection.

  • Jean jacket: Rag & Bone
  • Dress:  American Eagle
  • Shoes:  Adidas 
  • Belt: Coach

 

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Tokyo Trip (Part I)

I came back from my Hong Kong and Tokyo trip few weeks already and I have been delaying my post.  In Hong Kong, mainly I met up with friends, ate, and hung out.  Since I lived and worked in HK for almost five years, I didn’t do any tourist activities, nor exploring new neighborhoods.

I also traveled to Tokyo and spent there for a week.  Japan is always one of my favorite countries to visit, and I had been there several times, almost each time to different cities.  I am a huge fans of sushi, so eating was almost the main activity for me.  This was my third time visiting Tokyo.  Not to mention the metropolitan vibe and the food that I really like and enjoy, I also love that how every neighborhood in Tokyo has something going on. Each area feels like a city hub to me–with shopping malls and restaurants everywhere.

Here are some of the highlights and photos that I took when I was there (National Art Center, Ginza Six, and Asakusa):

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Besides eating a lot, I finally visited the National Art Center for the first time.  The full height undulating glass wall is amazing.  It is brightening the space with lots of natural light.  Inside the space, there are three floor levels.  No matter where you stand, you still can get a very good view of the exterior space.  The photo above was Yayoi Kasuma’s exhibition.

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The Ginza Six department store, in Ginza, was just opened a week before we arrived (I found out when I was there).  It was extremely packed.  The interior space and finishes looks pretty luxury and well designed.  At that moment when I was there, the central atrium had Yayoi Kasuma’s art installation.

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Asakusa Area — I would say this is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Tokyo.  There is a long and crowded shopping street that leads to Sensoji Temple.  The entrance gate to this street is Kaminarimon.  In this street, shops are selling souvenirs and Japanese food, like a food stall.  This street is not wide and is always packed with tourists.  In term of the actual length, is not that long.  But because there are many distractions, people and shops, it took us almost two hours to get to the temple.  Right across from Kaminarimon, it is the Tourist Information Center, by architect Kengo Kuma, one of my favorite architects.