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tokyo in orange faux fur

February 9, 2018 |Comments

Wearing – Orange faux fur coat – shop similar Diane von Furstenberg collared faux fur jacket in orange and MSGM faux fur jacket in green from Shopbop / Albany white newsboy cap – shop similar Brixton ashland cap in white and Eugenia Kim jessa fisherman cap in cream sherpa and leather / Gucci cotton t-shirt with throwback logo – shop similar Champion Premium Reverse Weave light jersey tee and KENZO logo fitted t-shirt / White high-waisted denim jeans – shop similar Levi’s mile high ankle super skinny jeans in white and 7 For All Mankind skinny ankle jeans in white / Thigh high black leather boots – shop similar Sam Edelman varona thigh high boots and Sigerson Morrison karissa thigh high boots

I always look forward to returning to this dynamic city, and this time I’m lucky enough to be back here with my brother and parents whom I don’t get to see very often. It feels really nice to be reunited just in time for the New Year! Thankfully we also did miss the crazy Tokyo snowstorm by a day, so the weather is almost perfect. We had to visit Harajuku first because I missed my favourite fairy floss and the never ending flavours of crepes!

 

Then we visited the Hie Jinja (Shrine) in Chiyoda which is one of my favourite photo spots. It was kind of surreal seeing the temple being surrounded by snow, and the torii gates were still as picturesque as ever!

 

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.

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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