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sakura

May 6, 2017 |Comments

 

Admittedly I’ve been chasing cherry blossoms ever since I got into Tokyo, to the annoyance of my brother, so of course I made my way to Shinjuku Gyoen that has one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the city. Although it is a vast park with different garden sections, I only ended up finding one sakura tree in proper bloom. Better than nothing, I told myself, as I waited for all the tourists to clear before managing the above shots. Worth it though, right?

We took to Tokyo’s ‘kawaii’ capital next, and as expected the place was mighty packed on a weekend. I love people-watching around Harajuku and grabbing crepes stuffed with brownies at Takeshita Street, and get this: if you don’t ‘gram the biggest fairy floss ever from Totti Candy Factory, it didn’t happen.

spotted in tokyo

May 2, 2017 |Comments

こんにちは from the brilliant Tokyo! Here for the fourth time and of course you must know this is one of my favourite cities in the world. In a way, the city never sleeps, and neither do its neon lights and constant bustling roads that I surprisingly never tire of. Kyoto was a little out of the way this time, so we paid a visit to the Torii Gates Tunnel at Hie Shrine in Akasaka instead.

 

 

Wearing – Marc Jacobs spotted faux fur coat in bone and black with parrot brooch from Shopbop / Newsboy cap from Shibuya 101 – shop similar Eugenia Kim elyse hat in champagne and Brixton fiddler cap / Leather knee-high boots – shop similar Stuart Weitzman reserve tall boots and Jenni Kayne riding boots 
In truth, I’ve sat on this gorgeous faux fur coat for weeks, waiting and saving it for an ideal opportunity to sashay in around. When this spontaneous Tokyo trip came along, I knew the torii gates at Hie Shrine would provide the most perfect of backdrops, and truly it did. Throwing a quick fun fact your way: the purpose of torii gates is to divide our world and the spirit world, and are said to be influenced by other Asian cultures that have similar gate structures near holy sites. You must admit though, they do add an immense sense of wonder to the Japanese landscape.
P.S Shopbop is having a special sale on best sellers for the next 3 days! 


 

 

eau, be mine

February 17, 2016 |Comments

 In collaboration with GUCCI
The first thing I am struck by when I catch a whiff of the new Gucci Guilty EAU is its warm aquatic accord and sweet lychee notes. Unmistakably, the new flanker is a smoother and lighter interpretation of the classic Guilty, and breaks tradition by conveying a more delicate, romantic attitude. The fragrance features a milky and delicate heart of lilac, while the floral signature of the original has now been tinged with wild strawberry. Most of all, I love its musky base that emulates the sultriness of bare skin and awakens a daring sensuality that is very much the essence of Gucci.I previously met the wonderful team in New York City, and this time we were gathered in Tokyo for the unveiling of the evolved scent – an appropriate choice for its Japanese onsen experience that triggers fond thoughts of relaxation and deep inner warmth. From the careful curation of our food menu to the artfully personalised Gucci Guilty EAU sensuality spa, it seems the highly celebrated fashion house knows that the finer details are the ones that count.
 
Gucci Guilty EAU de Toilette

Gucci Guilty EAU Pour Homme
At our welcome dinner that took place at Enjyu Restaurant, we gushed over Gucci makeup products, swimming with whales and how Japanese strawberries are the best strawberries. A food coma and a very comfortable sleep after, I shined and polished up in silky burgundy for the Gucci Guilty EAU Workshop where Gucci’s very own fragrance meister gracefully presented the concept and aroma behind the scent.Admittedly the masculine version of EAU is also real dreamy. It opens up with top notes of noble woody orris, creating a heady contrasting aromatic blend of lemon and bergamot, all the while bringing an intriguing infusion to the orange blossom signature of the original scent. And at the base, a suave patchouli and musk blend creates the scent’s timbre. Swoon.
My time spent with the team revealed that the Gucci Guilty EAU individual is authentic and intoxicating, one who lives in the moment. EAU is essentially an empowering and sensual scent, and as an author once said, the fragrance of romance is gratitude. Nothing says I love you like saying I love you. And as we already know, Gucci Guilty EAU develops with body warmth, so here’s an excuse to kiss, hug and get intimate – all in the spirit of Valentine’s.
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