Monday, April 30, 2012

Stripes


shirt: Screaming Mimi's | jeans: 7 For All Mankind | jacket: Engineered Garments | shoes: Bass 
bag: Alexander Wang |  sunnies: The Row | scarf: gifted

I got word that there were Sakura in Brooklyn so hubby and I jumped on the train and headed out. Sadly, there were none. How greedy of us to think we could see these magically flowers twice in one year. We did however enjoy an amazing day at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens laying in the greens soaking up the rays. ...lovely.The energy of Brooklyn is so refreshing! We did get to enjoy the falling sakura as we sat in the warm sun. Gratefully, I was able to enjoy them both in Fukuoka and Tokyo while visiting a couple weeks ago (in this post). The beauty and serenity these flowers exude is truly breathtaking. 
 Enjoy your week! x

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Let's Swim

What better way to display your love for all things creative then to step on the beach is one of these lovelies. These bold one piece swimsuits are from We Are Handsome and couldn't have come at a better time. If you're like me, you've already started your summer shopping which includes flips, cutoffs and swimwear. I love these because they're a great way to show your personality without saying a word. They're fun, sexy and daring. Everything I try to be! 

 I mean seriously... could it get any better? Yes
Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sky High






shirt: Gap | pants: J. Crew (similar pair here and here) | jacket: Patagonia | shoes: Chloe Sevigny
bag: Alexander Wang | sunnies: The Row

I stand 180 cm tall (about 5'11) and almost always gravitate toward 5+ inch heels (usually platforms). 
Not the best choice for a New York City life but damn they look so good! I definitely embrace my stature and couldn't imagine being any other height so I make sure to enjoy what I love even if that means towering over most people while receiving tons of stares and whispers. Btw, these Chloe Sevigny Mary Ellen platforms are just magical. Um, it's cold. I was fooled by the shining sun that I underestimated the windchill. Luckily, the ultralight down jacket from Patagonia was sufficient on this lovely spring day. I really like this jacket for it's simplicity and super light weight but it also does wonders as a mid-layer piece during the winter months. I wore it with a pair of J. Crew skinny cargo pants, gap fitted oxford and Chloe Sevigny platform boots. Such a simple look with a slight chic-ness for good measure.

p.s. I have my eye on these Chloe Sevigny platform sneakers from Opening Ceremony. They would be so cute with a pair of cutoffs or a cute mini dress.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

My Skincare Routine

People always ask me what I use on my skin. And often surprise to learn that it's not some over priced celebrity endorsed product. I like gentle, cost effective products that focus on natural ingredients with little to no fragrance. Finding what's best for your particular skin type can sometimes be trail and error but once you find that perfect product life without it can seem unthought of. 
1. Cerave Hydrating Face Wash: This face wash was introduced to me by my dermatologist and is amazing! It's gentle, removes dirt, germs and oil while maintaining my skins moisture. It's also noncomedogenic which means it won't cause pimples or acne by clogging pores. Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and affordable. 

2. Origins Modern Friction Gentle DermabrasionThis exfoliate is made from refined rice so there's no rough course sand like feeling like with other exfoliators. I use this once a month to help with my pore size and appearance. It's gentle and smells like bergamot and peppermints... it's a great pick me up. 
3. Witch Hazel Tonerthe best $4 toner you can buy. I use this both in the morning and night; on my face, neck and ears. It's super gentle, refreshing and non drying. It cleanses and conditions my skin and best of all its fragrance free. 
4. Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Daily Moisturizer: I struggled for a long time to find a day time moisturizer with an SPF that wasn't oily, thick or had a strong scent. Per a friends recommendation I tried this one and loved it. I use it everyday, its thin in texture but full of moisture. Absorbs quickly so it's easy to apply makeup over it. It's noncomedogenic and has a light scent that isn't overbearing or overwhelming.
5. Cerave PM Moisturizing Lotion: A quickly adsorbing, non greasy light night moisturizer that helps repair damage skin. Again, fragrance free, hypoallergenic and affordable. I use it every night and I love it. 
6. Fresh Exfoliating Lip Polish: I like this lip polish because it gently buffs aways all the dry skin and conditions my lips with shea butter and jojoba oil. I use this maybe once a week; a little more often during the winter months. 
7. Aquaphor Healing Ointment:  I use this ointment on my lips to soothes and heals my dry skin. Best for dry and cold weather. I never leave home without this. 

While exfoliating and protecting your skin is vital to your complexion. It can only do so much.. 
I have a few other "secrets" to maintaining a young fresh look. 

Exercise: I run/ Bikram yoga/ and SLT (strengthen, lengthen, tone) 4-5 times a week. This help me de-stress and get focused but most of I sweat! I also meditate which is a great way to de-stress, and reorganize. 

Diet: I drink fresh green juices, eat as much raw local fruits and vegetables as possible and very little meat and alcohol. I get extra protein from organic beans, grains and nuts (almonds, almond butter, flax seeds, quinoa, lentils etc.) I don't eat much salt and sugar (these can make your body retain water adding puffiness and extra weight) and I drink lots of water.  

Sauna: I love Russian banyas! The sauna is a great place to clear your mind and sweat out all the toxins. They're affordable, a great stress relief and great for your mind and body.

Vitamins: I take vitamins C, D and E daily in addition to a women's multi vitamin. Cod liver has been a staple since childhood and is something I continue using. And omega 3's are like little pills of magic.

Sleep well. Be grateful. Be kind to yourself and others. How you are inside will always reflect out! 

xo

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Olives

I'm back... there's no place like home! 
Even if that means having to deal with all the craziness New York throws at you (literally).
I grew a huge obsession with camera lenses while in the capital on technology and innovation that my first stop (even while battling jet lag) was B&H. For those of you not familiar with B&H, it'a a photographers utopia and an amateurs playground. Not to mention the employees are experts and super helpful.  

shirt: Steve Alan | pants: Madewell | blazer: Madewell | shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | bag: Alexander Wang
sunnies: Ray-Ban

I can easily spend the entire day in this store. 
On this visit I left with a bag full of accessories but I have my eye on this 35mm lens perfect for the summer months and all the beach days I'm already thinking of. This day was a seasonable warm one so I went out with only a blazer, a floral oxford shirt and olive colored skinny cords (that you've seen here and here) and yes I have them in every single color! They are so damn comfy and the perfect transition piece to carry me from the winter. By the way, jet lag is a real and painful thing and by the time I left the store I could hardly keep my eyes open. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Snapshots of Tokyo

Roppongi Hills

Every city obviously has its differences and similarities. For sure I thought the fast pace and over crowded streets of New York City would be adequate preparation for any large city. Sadly, NewYork just felt like a baby city under the wing of its big brother Tokyo. And even with that said Tokyo has somehow mastered the skill of mannerly, civilized confusion. Refreshing... and definitely something to see. 

OC heaven on earth

Comme des Gaçons...

Tokyo Tower

I feel introspective and so, so grateful for life. I joined a family full of love, I found a city that made me for yearn rules and respect and I made memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. So thank you friends who are reading this for an amazing experience and over a thousand pictures. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
x, tiffany

p.s. find a surplus of pictures on pinterest

Monday, April 23, 2012

Great Buddha at Kamakura

So during my last days in Japan I had the chance to visit a friend in Kamakura. Located off the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Kamakura is about two hours south of Tokyo by train and is the cutest little city that seemed to be able to hold onto its traditions and history. I LOVED Japan but Kamakura is totally different than Tokyo, which is a huge metropolitan so dense of skyscrapers, people and traffic. And unable to escape the newly installed comforts of the west: fast food, big box stores, luxury cars, mega malls etc...

Kamakura is most popular for its giant Buddha statute 

my friend Takahiro...


Tsurugaoka Hachiman gū Shrine
Ema wishing board


jeans: 7 For All Mankind (seen here) | wrapper: Daryl K (similar one here) | shoes: F-Troupe |  bag: thrift
sunnies:Ray-Bans | scarf: gifted

Spring weather is filled with uncertainty and this day was no different. I never really knew what to wear when going out on all day trips. The greatest thing about this Daryl K wrapper is that it can be wore multiple ways. And when the sun came out I wore the wrapper as a jacket with the front open. Because the rain is unpredictable too I never left the house without my trusty ol' rain hat! (seen in this post)
Overall, this visit to Kamakura is one I will always remember. 

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