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Koenji, Japan, ootd, casual chic look, minimal, simple style, strap kitten heels, paige jeans, straight legged jeans

Koenji, Japan, ootd, casual chic look, minimal, simple style, strap kitten heels, paige jeans, straight legged jeansKoenji, Japan, ootd, casual chic look, minimal, simple style, strap kitten heels, paige jeans, straight legged jeansKoenji, Japan, ootd, casual chic look, minimal, simple style, strap kitten heels, paige jeans, straight legged jeansbad hair day hat, monochromatic outfitkorean aesthetic, korean hats, bad hair day cap, ootd casual chicSimple kitten block heel sandals, minimal style, ootd, auxilliary bag Japan, koenji, tokyo, ootd, casual chic vibe, bad hair day cap
h&m top, Paige straight leg jeans, Aritzia coat, J. Crew kitten sandals, hat from Leberment Kōenji

Hello is anybody out there? I’ve been gone for over a minute (a tad bit of an understatement) but I promised I wouldn’t forget about you guys, so here I am. I’m sorry there has not been any new content on this site for several months now. To give a short explanation, there were many different things happening in my life that occurred simultaneously in a very short time span. It took from me mentally and physically so I decided I needed to set some time aside to focus on my well-being. I am now feeling much better and am so happy to be back.

On a more cheerful note, the past few months have also been remembered by several special events. These include a beachy bachelorette trip (a post on that coming soon), my dear friend Lina’s wedding vow renewals (nope, I’m not even kidding), Nathan’s first birthday celebration, and 13 days of tranquility in Japan, which I could not be more grateful for.

Jackson and I returned from Japan six days ago, giving us both ample time to recover from our stubborn flus, jet lags, food comas and pining to be back in Japan. During our trip, we visited five different cities (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji, Kobe), each of which provided with an endless number of things to see, do…and eat, which I am excited to share with you soon! For this trip, I made a note to pack simple and versatile clothing pieces to afford more flexibility if the sun decided not to show up, and also to save luggage space for all the goodies I was prepared to bring back home.

In my luggage were my wardrobe staples, including a pair of my most comfortable sandal heels. I’m always looking forward to being comfortable first and foremost, then polished. The heels paired together with this cute and honest “bad hair day” cap gave the look a casual chic vibe, which was exactly how I wanted to feel. Jackson and I spotted this cap at a cool minimal shop in Kōenji, the vintage district of Shibuya. We were so amused with it that we decided we both needed one in our closets. I love to couple match with him but am secretly more happy about now having two colour options to choose from, don’t tell him I said that.

This trip was my second time visiting Japan and Jackson’s first. I remember the first time I arrived in Tokyo, I experienced a complete culture shock. Japan was like an endless sensory stimulating machine with all the bold flashing lights, the palpably fast heartbeat, delicious umami aromas, sounds of a million footsteps shuffling by and the meticulousness yet fluidity of everything. I was hooked and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love. Fast forward two years later, I thought I would be coming back to more of the same, but this time around, Jackson and I got the chance to experience all of that and more. We were welcomed by a newer side of Japan that felt… more peaceful, neat, relaxed and simple. I was so taken with this new Japan that I suppose it also rubbed off on my outfits too?

More photos from our trip to come so please stay tuned. Oh and I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing and restful weekend!

 

Photos by Jackson Shen 

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