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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.

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Grey Pencil Skirt with Tippi Sweater

 

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I am always a fans of pencil skirt.  I think it helps to lengthen one’s body figure, especially for petite girl.  When you tuck in the top into the skirt, it will also accentuate the body curvature.  I bought this light grey pencil skirt last year from Banana Republic, and it has been my all time favorite.  I can wear it casually, pair with T-shirt or tank top, and white sneaker.  Or, like what I am wearing here, a bit dressed up or for work.  I am pairing with a Tippi yellow sweater from J.Crew.  I like how the sweater is not too loose, which it also goes well with the shape of the pencil skirt.  I also like the color combination.  The yellow pops out when it contrasts with the grey.

I will be taking off tonight to Hong Kong.  I know I won’t have time to have new post for my blog for the next two weeks, so now I am rushing to get this post up.  I will have more posts about my trip after I come back.  In the meantime, please follow me on my Instagram @Jennisssy for travel updates.

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Packing for Trips

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The past weekend I started to pack for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong and Tokyo.  I am leaving this Thursday for two weeks.  Since I have a busy work schedule during weekdays, so I packed over the weekend.  When it comes to packing for trip, it is always a long and thoughtful process for me.  I am not that type of person who is able to pack light.  Although always attempted to try, but……!!  Also, it depends on the destinations and the activities.  For Hong Kong, I know I will be meeting up with friends and dining out a lot; for Tokyo, I will be shopping, sightseeing, dining, and strolling around.  So, I like to prepare, mix and match my outfits for each day.  That includes shoes, bags, and accessories.  Somehow, I always pack more outfits than I actually need.  I usually would prepare extra outfits for activities that I might do (but might not).  Such as……maybe I will go for a hike? to the beach? or heels to parties and drinks?  Does this scenario sound familiar to you?  Do you have any tips on packing?

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Spring Blooming

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Finally back to sunny and warmer weather the past two weekends, despite of few week nights of heavy rains.  My mood usually gets better during sunny days, and I finally feel that I am in the Spring season and wearing lighter clothing.  At the moment, it is also the cherry blossom season.  You can visit Golden Gate Park and see the blooming cherry trees.  The past Sunday, I attended the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown, which I had not been for many years.  It was packed with people.  Traditionally, besides the music, games, shopping for souvenirs, Japanese food was the biggest attraction.  I went there with an empty stomach since I wanted to try their food stalls.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try any of them because all the lines were way too long.  I was too hungry to wait, so just had some bits in a nearby restaurant.

I always like to add some colors to my outfit, especially during the Spring season, and here I am wearing an orange loose sweater.  I am pairing it with a pair of black and white pattern sloan fit pants and silver heels.  I can wear this outfit to work, since my firm doesn’t require me to wear very formal attire.  Or in a causal weekend, I can change my heels to flats, and strolling in the park.  I like to wear loose sweater, not only it is comfortable, but I can also play around with different styles.  Here, since the sweater is hip length, I half-tuck the front part into the pants and roll up the sleeve to 3/4 length to create the polished look.

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Black Base + Camel Boots

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Sometimes I do like to size up the sweater so I can wear it like a loose fit top with leggings.  The sweater that I am wearing, although a bit plain at the front, there is a row of button at the back.  I find it quite interesting.  I usually wear XS from Banana Republic, but I was looking for a sweater that I can wear it with leggings.  So I sized up to medium, which it fits perfectly on me.  Since I am only 5’2″, I think wearing leggings with a loose top will make me look taller…lol.

Wearing overall black as the base could be simple and fun.  I can accessorize the outfit, without the feeling of “too much going on”.  Here, I am pairing it with camel boots and a necklace.  If you pay more attention to the detail, you will see that my boots, necklace, and handbag, all share one common language subtly — pieces of gold.

Sweater: Banana Republic  |  Leggings: H&M  |  Boots: Coach (similar)  | Bag: Kate Spade