My second trip to Tokyo was a whirlwind of work and play! I was able to dress up as a geisha, whittle down my foodie wish list and even visited a tourist attraction (other than a mall, of course). My first trip to Japan was pretty stressful, but this time, I made sure to pause and capture some footage to share my visit with you! I'm still a novice vlogger, and it takes more courage than you could imagine to vainly shoot oneself in public, but I tried my best! Many thanks to my talented friend Tony for helping me edit this travel vlog ♥
Proenza Schouler Handbag
TUMI 33" Luggage (40% OFF)
Tom Ford Sunglasses
Shu Uemura False Lashes
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204
Burberry Pencil Eyeliner in Black
Cle de Peau Concealer in Almond
La Mer Loose Powder
Marc Jacobs Contour
MUFE Nude Artist Palette
Tom Ford Blush in Frantic Pink
Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Pink
Lancome Lip Shine in 357
Splendid Button Front Shirt
Splendid Striped Tee
For those curious, my Chanel eyeglasses style number is 3292A. I got them earlier this year after randomly stopping by an eyewear boutique in Los Angeles. They're lightweight and comfortable. I actually purchased another optical frame during this trip to Tokyo, but I will share them with you via my travel series "Everyday Luxe" on ICON in a few weeks!
My Proenza Schouler bag is the classic PS1 Medium in Smoke. I love it so much that I'm considering the new Pepe suede version here. The design is understated and casual, crafted using a luxurious yet lasting leather. I have a few different handbags ranging from Chanel to DailyLook, but the PS1 Medium is the most functional! I highly recommend Proenza Schouler if you're trying to stay away from logos.
My jewelry during this trip was all gold — a pretty rare switch for me. I'm obsessed with the mix of Dior's bold earrings and Gjenmi's delicate necklaces, so it was effortless in the way of planning. I am not naturally talented when it comes to styling, unfortunately, so I usually have to try really hard to put outfits and accessories together. I love finding pieces that always coordinate well because that makes packing (and my life in general) much, much easier!
I revisited several department stores such as Isetan and Takashimaya as well as specialty boutiques in Hakajuku to shop. I plan to compile a Tokyo Shopping Guide next month to highlight the best fashion and beauty stops. Let me know if that would be of interest to you! Now that I've been to Tokyo twice, I feel much more confident in recommending where others should make time to browse! I've visited during the sale seasons, so I have been lucky in the shopping arena and can clue you in on what the best deals were.
Now for some foodie tales.. I cannot begin to explain how much I love eating in Tokyo. I wish I had a larger appetite so I could eat more. I am very sensitive to salt and MSG, but I have no problems eating out in Japan because everything is fairly healthy! I especially enjoy eating seafood in Asia, but Japan takes freshness to a completely different level. Even the veggies taste better! The giant scallop at Tsukiji was inexplicably succulent and I had the best sashimi I've ever eaten at Inakaya, so I may not be able to stomach the sushi in LA anymore. I hear from many seasoned travelers that the food is Osaka is tenfold better, so I plan to make a trip out there just to eat my heart out!
Last but not least, here are some more images from my geisha photoshoot with fellow blogger Ivy! I arrived at the studio with a made up face, so I requested a subtle but signature geisha look. The makeup artist kindly obliged, so she used a dusting of white kabuki powder all over my face with pink eyeshadow on the corners of the eyes. She heaped on a brighter pink blush in a c-motion around my eyes to the top of the apples of my cheeks. The kimono was much heavier than I anticipated, but the most interesting costume element was the wig. It looked so intimidating when she brought it out! Once she formed and styled my bangs, however, it looked much more natural against my face. It's hard to imagine that geishas of the past used only their natural hair to achieve those full looks. No wonder they had to grow their hair down to their ankles! Hope you enjoy the pictures (taken by photographer Ash) xo