On body image & accepting yourself

Body image. Where do I even begin? As one who has been working in the entertainment industry for over 5 years now, it’s a constantly gnawing topic that seems to linger no matter how many times I try to brush it off my mind. It’s a controversial topic that frequently headlines all types of news … Continue Reading

How to stay motivated even if you’re in summer mode

It’s summer, and even though you know you need to finish a project here or run an errand there, it can be pretty hard to stay motivated when you’re so tempted to grab your favorite bathing suit and run off to the beach . Trust me, I’ve been there, too, and here are some tips … Continue Reading

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