Just Shair

This month’s feature is going to be a little different. Other than the obvious, there are two lovely, talented ladies featured instead of one, we also aren’t going to technically be discussing fashion or style today. Oh no, today we’re talking comedy with Lauren-Blair and Shannon! They’re the talented, comedy duo who created “Just Shair.” Some of you probably recognize Lauren-Blair (she’s pictured on the left), exactly one year ago she was featured on my site for her blog “Prefer… Read more »

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha)

Out of all the things to see in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine was by far the most recommended sight to me in Kyoto. Everyone said to I had to see it…and I mean everyone! From random folks I met at the gym in Tokyo, to the person whose apartment I was renting through Airbnb..there were a wide variety of people saying it was a must-see. And Fushimi Inari Shrine did not disappoint! Fushimi Inari has more than 10,000 torii gates… Read more »

Closet London Dress

Shop the look: Pockets, floral print, comfortable, fit & flare, versatile…these are the words I would use to describe the perfect dress (for me, at least). So, it’s no wonder this little number from Closet London gets more use than any other dress in my wardrobe! (Sorry, the streak of experimenting with new styles was just broken…but don’t worry! I have more new styles coming up!) Closet London‘s skater dresses (a.k.a. ModCloth’s Luck be a Lady dresses) are my absolute… Read more »

Chic lover boho lace dress

Look at that! Two outfit posts in a row where I am wearing a dress outside the norm for me! This lacy, boho dress from ChicLover is unlike anything I’ve worn before. I feel as though I am not doing it justice in this urban setting, though. It deserves a pretty field or woods to be worn and photographed in. (Wisconsin would’ve been the perfect backdrop!) I also wish I would’ve had this dress for my trip to New Orleans… Read more »

Devil plus dress

“Curve-hugging” and “mini dress” are usually two descriptions that send me running for safety when I’m clothes shopping! I am just not comfortable wearing that type of dress…and I am not really a fan of having every, ah, “curve” on my body displayed. I’m not hating on my body here (or this type of dress), but fit and flare dresses are my go-to…and generally what I feel to be the most “me.” However, every once in a while, I just… Read more »

mount fuji

Holy smokes! Three weeks in a row I’ve had a blog post selected by Independent Fashion Bloggers for Links à la Mode! I’m honored! And I’m very excited that the post selected this week was my travel post, “Climbing Mount Fuji.” This would be the first time Independent Fashion Bloggers selected a travel post of mine to feature! And I wasn’t the only blogger with a travel post featured this week! From Barcelona to Austin, Texas, this week’s roundup is… Read more »

The Gold Pavilion Kyoto

Did you know there is a temple in Kyoto covered in pure, gold leaf? (Well, the first two floors of the temple, that is.) Or that there’s a castle with floors that squeak and creak every time someone walks on them…so, no one could ever sneak in? Pretty cool stuff, in my opinion! This post will be sharing a bit about these historic buildings in Kyoto. The photos above and below are of Kinkakuji, a.k.a. The Gold Pavilion. Kinkakuji’s was… Read more »

Summer outfit - ice cream purse

Shop the look: Fit and flare dress, sandals, sunglasses, novelty purse, umbrella…this is what I generally have had on every single day this summer. This “uniform” walks a fine line between casual and dressy…but above all, I feel comfortable wearing this type of outfit. Which is really important when it’s hotter than the depths of hell, and I have a lot of exploring to do! I’ve already been over my love of fit and flare dresses and Salt Water Sandals… Read more »

Kimono

I’ve always wanted to try wearing a kimono and was very excited to have the opportunity to wear one when we were in Kyoto. I felt like a real-life princess wearing it! I’m not going to lie, though, I don’t think wearing a kimono on a regular basis is something I would want to do. It wasn’t the most comfortable garment in the world (mainly because the obi was pretty tight around my midsection, I’ll blame that on all the… Read more »

Shein black dress

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime…but I think it just might be Japan’s favorite pastime too! I went to my first Japanese baseball game yesterday, and it was unlike anything I had experienced at home. The level of excitement and fan participation was incredible! The only sporting event I’ve experienced that has even come close to this was a Badger Game on Halloween. (A reference for my fellow Wisconsinites, sorry everyone else!). However, I’ll talk about the cheering and my deep… Read more »

View from Tokyo Tower

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today is actually a national holiday in Japan (Marine Day), so instead of working, we went to watch our first Japanese baseball game! It was a blast! But I’ll share more about it later because today…I’m hosting another giveaway with GPSmyCity! This time, I will be giving away 2 of my articles about Tokyo: “The Views of Tokyo” and “Visiting Tokyo’s Owl Cafe: Fukuro no Mise” (pictured below). And a reminder of how… Read more »

Shein Crop Top

Wow! Two weeks in a row, now, I’ve had a blog post selected by the Independent Fashion Bloggers for Links à la Mode! I’m pretty darn excited about that. The post selected this week was my outfit post from the Imperial Gardens: “My First Crop Top.” (If you’ve missed my posts explaining what Links à la Mode is, click here for more info.) And I wasn’t the only one in this week’s roundup featuring crop tops and florals! Plus, Mariana… Read more »

getaways in India - Mumbai

This month’s guest travel post is taking us to the bustling city of Mumbai! Nirav Dave is the co-founder of ZaraHutke, in Mumbai, that specializes in offbeat stays & weekend getaways. He is an avid traveler, a dedicated husband, and father and loves Numismatics. Check out his list of 55 amazing getaways from Mumbai, below! 55 Amazing Getaways From Mumbai That Need To Be Explored On Your Next Trip To India A trip to India is almost incomplete without experiencing… Read more »

baby snow monkey

Iwatayama Monkey Park If you’re not a fan of monkeys, this is not the post for you. Haha. And just a warning: this post isn’t going to have many words, but there are certainly a lot of funny monkey photos! (I also have a few photos from the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove if you get tired of the monkeys.) Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, and it is where the bamboo grove and monkeys are. The monkey… Read more »

ModCloth Stylish Surprise Dress

Shop the look: One day I’m planning what to wear to hang out with Geisha, and the next it’s what to wear to monkey around with monkeys on the side of a mountain. Haha. Needless to say, we had quite the jampacked weekend in Kyoto! The first couple photos of me are on Bamboo Forest Street, and the rest are at Monkey Park Iwatayama. The monkey park was so fun! All the monkeys are wild, and one of the monkeys… Read more »

A Geisha at Gion Hatanaka

I’m still a bit in shock that I was not only able to meet a Geisha, who has trained for more than 10 years, but I was able to spend an evening being entertained by her and an apprentice Geisha! It was incredible and a dream come true. They performed traditional songs and dances, and we were able to talk with them and ask questions (via a translator), and I even played a drinking game with them! Haha. But before… Read more »

makemechic midi skirt

Planning an outfit for a night out with a geisha is something I never thought in a million years I would have to think about. The only way you can even spend an evening with a geisha is if you know someone who knows the geisha and they introduce you. (And I know a total of zero people who are friends with a geisha.) However, I did a little digging and found a way to get around that this weekend… Read more »

Marvel outfit

What a great way to end the weekend! My blog post “Adventures in Harajuku” has been selected by Independent Fashion Bloggers for this week’s Links à la Mode! Just a reminder of what Links à la Mode is, it is a weekly roundup of 20 of the best blog posts selected by the site, Independent Fashion Bloggers. (You can read the full guidelines for submitting your posts to IFB, here.) Then, if you’re selected, you post the roundup in a… Read more »

snoopy museum tokyo

Are there any Peanuts fans out there? I’m a big fan! Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Haha. And apparently, there are a lot of Peanuts fans in Tokyo as well. I had absolutely no idea there was a Snoopy Museum just minutes from where I am staying. I took a different route home from the gym and just happened to stumble on this museum! I had to go in! The wall pictured above is just as you enter the museum. It’s… Read more »

Mount Fuji

I am very proud to say, that this past weekend, my husband and I successfully climbed Mount Fuji! It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! But holy smokes, I am here to tell you, I was a bit underprepared for this adventure. Everything I had read about Mount Fuji, prior to climbing it, said it was a very easy mountain to climb. And it was great for beginners. You could easily get away without using a guide to climb it. My… Read more »

hippo getting his teeth cleaned

I promised to show off my panda photos today, and I’m going to keep that promise! Haha. And, of course, the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo doesn’t just have giant pandas. They also have hippos, okapis, rhinos and even tapirs! It was pretty awesome to see tapirs or okapis in real life! And the hippos were even getting their teeth cleaned out when we saw them – it was crazy! But before I show some of the other animals, let’s marvel… Read more »

ueno zoo panda entrance

Shop the look:   Going to see incredibly adorable pandas calls for wearing panda-themed clothing! Haha. We visited the Ueno Zoo here in Tokyo, which is home to two cute pandas named Shin Shin and Ri Ri. I just couldn’t be living this close to pandas without seeing them at least once! But I’m going to make you guys wait until tomorrow’s post to see the actual pandas. (Plus a whole bunch of other incredible animals). For today, we’ll just… Read more »

The Liberty Bell

Happy 4th of July! It’s weird not being in the United States to watch the fireworks and parades with my friends and family this year. I spent my 4th of July weekend this year climbing Mount Fuji! And I’m very happy to report – I survived! Haha. I’ll be sharing photos of that experience this week.   But anywho, last year, I did get to celebrate America’s Independence Day like no other in Philadelphia. So, this post is taking a… Read more »

Fujimi-yagura (Mt Fuji-view keep), guard building within the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is a huge park-like area in Tokyo where the Emperor of Japan lives. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public and are beautiful! And they are free to tour. I’m going to show off some photos of the gardens, as well as a tour of the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace…which we had gotten very lucky and were able to tour the day we were there! But anyways, a little history lesson first…the… Read more »

Shein crop top

Shop the look: I have been working up the courage to wear a crop top for years now…and I’ve finally taken the plunge! But thanks to my lovely high-waisted shorts and midi skirt collection that I’ve been adding to over the years… I don’t actually have to show skin unless I want to. As you can see with this outfit, I’m not really showing my midriff, unless I’m reaching for something. (I did have a little skin showing when I… Read more »

Noelle of "The Classy Junk"

Noelle of “The Classy Junk” is June’s Featured Fashionista! The Classy Junk is a blog brimming with beauty, from Noelle’s enchanting writing to her stunning photos and gorgeous personal style…I am continually blown away by every post she creates. And what initially had drawn me to The Classy Junk was that Noelle’s a fellow blogger from Wisconsin! (Wisconsin will always be my home.) I really enjoy getting to see different parts of my home state through Noelle’s outstanding blog posts…. Read more »

Robot Restaurant Tokyo

If you find yourself in Tokyo someday and only have time to do one touristy thing, I highly recommend you visit Robot Restaurant! It is the most inexplicably crazy (in a good way) performance I have ever seen. This isn’t an actual restaurant, really, as the name implies. It’s a robot show where snack food and various drinks are served. It’s honestly a bit hard to describe it, and I don’t even think my photos do it justice. It’s a… Read more »