Fast Fashion for the Fashion-Forward

I always have and continue to be a huge fan of fast fashion. For fashionistas who love keeping up with ever-changing trends on a budget, fast fashion is extremely convenient for the low price range. I’m not claiming that I wear fast fashion pieces all the time. I’m a proud owner of timeless, quality, sometimes … Continue Reading

Life Lessons – Go with the Flow

Every year I go back to my roots – my native hometown in southern California to refresh & rewind. It’s always an exciting prospect when I think about visiting my friends and family from back home, and it’s great to be away from Tokyo even if it’s only for two short weeks. A chance to … Continue Reading

Hints of Spring – Be Bold

Spring is finally here, and a new season marks the beginning of changes to come for many. In Japan,  cherry blossom season is when the school year ends and the new one begins, signifying change and growth. Maybe it is as simple as the warm weather and the beautiful cherry blossoms that are finally giving … Continue Reading

Tokyo Nightlife: A Guide to 10 Popular Clubs & Bar/Lounges

Disclaimer: This guide is aimed more towards first-timers in Tokyo as opposed to people who have been living in the city for some time. When I have friends visiting from other countries for the first time, the most commonly asked questions are, “What’s the night life like in Tokyo?” or “Which clubs or bars do … Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Keep Challenging Yourself

The concept of challenge has been an important topic for me in the pursuit of growth and empowerment. As a student living in the California bubble, I didn’t really understand what it meant to truly challenge myself, and was afraid to try new things. As an adult having lived in Tokyo for over 5 years … Continue Reading

5 Things I Learned After 5 Years in Tokyo

Starting a brand new life in a different country is never easy. Even if you’ve visited many times and can speak the language fluently, there are so many things you can learn from totally immersing yourself in a different culture and surroundings than the one you grew up in. This is exactly what happened for … Continue Reading

Wishing you a DOPE 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a DOPE & prosperous 2018 full of love, good health, and success. 皆さん、明けましておめでとうございます!今年もどうぞ宜しくお願い致します。2018年は皆さんにとって幸運、健康と愛に恵まれた1年になることを願っています。 How did you spend your New Years? To be truthful, my last week of 2017 was pretty shitty – I was in bed every single night with a fever (this probably wouldn’t have happened if I … Continue Reading

A Time for Reflection – Looking Back on 2017

It’s surreal to think that it’s already Christmas Eve, and that in just one more week it’ll be 2018! The older I become, each year passes by more quickly than the previous one, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who feels that way. And it’s already that time of year for reflection … Continue Reading

Jewel Tones for the Holidays

One of the perks of dressing during the holiday season is that it’s easier to find and wear items in deeper shades, aka jewel tones. Whether it’s ruby red or emerald green, these deep, luscious colors look becoming on anyone. And the best part? It makes your outfit look more expensive than it really is. … Continue Reading

Proud to Be a Woman featuring Josefinas

As Christmas season is approaching, I’ve been slowly transitioning my fall wardrobe to winter, using key pieces to make that switch.  In this post, I’ll be introducing some of my favorite items I’ve been wearing on repeat this season, including a special pair of customized shoes from Josefinas of Portugal. もうすぐクリスマスシーズン。ということで、秋から冬への移り変わりに合わせて、ワードローブもトランジションしやすいアイテムを着回してます。この記事では、最近愛用している秋から冬にかけてのアイテムを紹介します!もちろん、大好きなジョセフィナスシューズもね。 While I love wearing … Continue Reading