The Power of “NO”

Saying “no” can be one of the most difficult things to say to someone. It can change relationships, hurt people, and even cut ties with the other individual or party. I’ve had to do it countless times in both professional and private settings – saying no to people I considered my friends because they were … Continue Reading

How I started modeling + some modeling tips

I did not expect myself to be a model, or at least make it modeling one of my occupations. But here I am in Tokyo, slowly but surely building my career hand-in-hand with my blogging. My first photo shoot was actually during my university days, probably about 7 or so years ago (I may have … Continue Reading

How I started blogging + some blogging tips

A couple of days ago, I asked my followers on Instagram what kind of content they’d like to read on my upcoming blog posts. I mentioned having a somewhat bad case of writer’s block in my last post, and I thought the easiest way to start planning future posts was to ask you, my readers. … Continue Reading

Samantha Mariko x Büddy Starr

My photo shoot with Büddy Starr is by far one of my favorites I’ve done so far. His style of photography and thy way he directed the shoot really brought the energy level up to create a variety of  poses and expressions. One minute I was doing the sultry look, the next I was jumping … Continue Reading

Party outfit ideas for less

What better way to start the new year than with a stylish party look for less? Shopbop currently has a huge selection of items on sale, and because the dresses really caught my eye (maybe because of the holiday season), I decided to put together 4 evening looks. Everything that is curated here is all … Continue Reading

Holiday sweaters for under $100

Since the Christmas holidays come around only once a year, it makes sense not to spend a fortune on one or more holiday sweaters. I’ve picked up some cute and affordable holiday sweaters from Shopbop for your shopping pleasure. You can check out more selections here on Shopbop or by clicking one of the buttons below. … Continue Reading

Holiday gift guide & Shopbop sale!

The holidays are fast approaching, and ’tis the season for giving and receiving. Of course I’d love to give thoughtful and quality gifts for my friends, but why not do that AND save some $$? SHOPBOP & EAST DANE are both having their big sale starting now until Tuesday, November 29th at 11:59 P.M. PST … Continue Reading

7 Home decor items to spice up your room

Sometimes when you want to change up the interior decor in your room but don’t have enough time or money, just adding and changing a few items can instantly freshen the look. Here are a 7 cute home decor items I came across on Shopbop: 1.SunnyLife Large Pineapple Candle // 2. SunnyLife Large Flamingo Neon Light // 3. Gift … Continue Reading

10 Black ballet flats for every occasion

There is always a party or some other function going on in Tokyo, and of course, I like to look my best. But in a city like Tokyo where most people don’t own cars and have to take public transportation to get from place to place, walking in heels for long periods of time is … Continue Reading

Blue statement clutches for under $300

I’ve been a bit obsessed with blue recently after going to the Guerlain party (their blue theme was excellent and a nice change from the other parties I’ve been to). So I decided to compile some cute blue statement clutches for going out or even for daily use, all under $300. If you’d like to … Continue Reading