December 20, 2010

The next thing in fashion!

I have the next big thing in fashion. As you may or may not know, hoods are very big this season, and a while back I spotted a gorgeous hooded scarf on

Alas, it was gone before I could click on the buy button. I sent off an email to the company but it seems it wont come back in.

Luckily, as is often the
case with things like this,
Rakuten came to my rescue and I was able to get my hands on this cute scarf instead.

It was a little expensive at 4000 yen, but it's quite thick and very long, and has two cute clips; one bow and one bobble thing that looks like I have testicles dangling from my neck. But the best thing is of course the hood.

So, if you're going to make a scarf-tastic purchase this yuletide, hooded ones are another cute option to consider!

December 13, 2010

festive cardigan

I discovered an amazing thrift shop in Tenjin over the weekend - actually that's a filthy lie, my friend discovered it and showed me the secret passageway through Uniqlo. Said thrift shop is a PROPER thrift shop - racks and racks of tacky garbage with gigantic sequined sea life, basset hounds and ponies glued to it at reasonably Goodwill-esque prices. ¥500, ¥300, winter coats for ¥1000, stuff like that. The array of Patsy Cline vintage-y shirtdresses was mind-boggling and the stuff dreams are made of. Sadly I am on a tight budget until payday so all I bought was this red cardigan.

The Igirisu is Back

Since I've been back at ITIL for a little while now, I thought it's about time to resume duties here at Oshare. We have a lot of new people here right now, aspiring to be wonderful and oshare just like us, so it's only right that we help guide our younger sisters (and brothers...) along.

Now enough of that.

A little while back I bought a hairband with big
flowers on it. Since one of my style icons is Blair Waldorf, I wanted to get into this whole hairband thing. But the thing is, here in Middle of Nowhere市BFI町, if you go about with something stuck on your head, you feel like a prick. Except, of course, for those stupid rabbit ear things that were here like the plague in the summer.

So, although I knew my hairband was gorgeous in every way, it's been sat in my drawer for months, looking sadly up at me every time I go by.

That was until this weekend. I was to go to karaoke with a few friends, and I wanted to have pretty hair just for once. Out came the hairband, and ... it didn't look strange.

In Igirisu-style make up news...

One of the thinks I like best about Japan is all the make-up. Of course, there is lots of different make up in other countries too. But Japanese drug stores always have the kind of "and everything else" section in its make-up aisles. For all the bits that aren't owned by big companies. I love these little bits. I use a face powder called "Clear Last" which smells sweet and also lasts a long time. Also from that s
ection is my new "extension-like" mascara. I've tried with all the expensive brands and all the stuff with the white mascara with the black on top. It just makes my eyelashes all clumpy. That was until I found "Fiber Extension" mascara. It doesn't thicken my eyelashes at all, but they become super long.

Perhaps my favourite find from the "and everything else" makeup section is the sparkly green eyeliner. I once went out clubbing with my good friend and make-up expert Kawaii Candie and as we were doing our make up, she saw me whip it out and nearly shouted at me for even suggesting to wear such bold make up. However, it can be done right. I dab a tiny bit into the outer corners of my eyes, and it really makes the blue of my eyes brighter. The second photo was taken seconds after the first so you can see that from far away it doesn't show much at all. Just gives you that extra sparkle.

Perhaps there are other members out there who are fans of the "and everything else" make-up section?!

November 30, 2010

Inspirationally fabulous

This is Welle: Erdball, a synth/chiptune group from Germany. Their first album came out in 1994 and they're still going strong today.

November 27, 2010

Fall Attire

Hi everyone! Long time no post.

I'm officially in Japan now and am officially buying Japanese clothes. Cheap cheap Japanese clothes!

Today was a fairly warm day and I had to bike out in crazy winds, so I pulled my hair back and decided to try to finally wear the pinky girly wannabe lumberjack shirt I bought at Uniqlo a million months ago. I kind of like wearing patterns and colors that aren't suited for the season I'm in. (Clearly I'm highly rebellious with my pink pink pink clothes in the fall.)

Do any of you guys dress with a particular season in mind? You know, pastels/florals in the spring, bright colors in the summer, etc?

November 22, 2010

Oita mountain simplicity

Top: Michael Kors
Jeggings: Who knows, from Kohls
Wool trench: Zara
Brogues: Shimamura
Glasses: Kokuraya

November 13, 2010

Letting off some steam

So, yeah. I never really dress up or have a really good sense of fashion in all honesty, but tonight I'm going out and this was the outfit I concocted. It'd be all black if I didn't add at least that belt that reminds me of home in Texas and the necklace that kinda pops it out as well. 
Those "tights" are actually the heat tech stuff from Uniqlo. I'm hoping they do me justice since I'll be riding my bike to my destination. I'll see how this goes. 
I am in love with my new boots though. These things would cost me a ton more in Austin than here. Thank god for Japanese women's obsession with shoes. Sometimes, it actually brings down the cost. 

November 03, 2010


Different shoes in each shot, all brand new.

September 17, 2010

July 25, 2010

summer comfort

Jinbei for a summer festival. Vest and patchwork/paisley skirt as swimsuit coverup. Obnoxiously large aviators.

Jinbei bottoms, linen striped top, farmer straw hat, aviators as a final touch.

July 13, 2010

ahhhhh clothes!

Hi everyone! I have a toooon of stuff to share so I'll try to be concise. I'm trying to figure out some work clothes (and more specifically, suit stuff to wear for the JET Tokyo Orientation) so any insight would be appreciated! Also, sorry for the weird cluttered awkwardly-posed photos! It's hard to take pictures of yourself, idk.

Here's suit number one. I prefer it unbuttoned:

And I prefer it even more with tights:

My worry with this suit is that the skirt is too short. Is it? Will I get in trouble? :( I feel like anything I find in my size is super short -- be it pants or a skirt. Apparently petite people usually have short legs!

My second suit option I can't even show fully because the pants are currently at the tailors! I only have my ~Daisy Fuentes~ too-tight trousers to wear with the jacket currently:

I think it's better than the first suit, but most people disagree with me, so I don't know if I should even bother bringing it to TO...

I also have a pencil skirt that I think might work for school, but my mother thinks it's too "fashionable" to wear for work clothes:

Ahhhh I don't even know what I'm doing, haha. What do you guys wear to school? Is anything a big no-no?

I also have some non-work clothes that I bought for running around Tokyo, but I'll share those next time! Thanks everyone!

June 08, 2010

look ma no black

June 04, 2010

monotonous work clothes

So, I went out and bought some more work clothes which have to be "nice" blouses and things of that nature. I'm kind of out my element when it comes to clothing in this dept. So, my stuff may be kind of yawn inducing. I bought some $9.50 shoes to go out in yesterday that I thought were a steal. I'm not exactly a fashionista, so if they are ugly, please say so that I don't go out and have everyone point and laugh at my ugly shoes. 

My favorite necklace is a necklace passed down to me from my great-great grandmother. It was made in about 1860 or so and is edelweiss. I love it dearly.

New Blouse:

Me in all of the above: (you can't see the shoes)

Those are new jeans as well from American Eagle outfitters. I had to find at least 2 new pairs of pants to accommodate my hips and butt considering that Japan does not cater to either. 
Curse you girls who can wear whatever jeans you want. It takes me hundreds of pairs to find one pair that doesn't fit really funny. Especially since I'm 5'3'' and it's impossible to find normal length jeans.

June 03, 2010

magic engrish!

Found the shirt in my closet. Think it belongs to a friend, but I'm gonna wait and see if he ever asks about it... :D

t-shirt: magic closet
cardigan: uniqlo
zebra skirt: jusco
gold boots: OPA Osaka Shinsaibashi
red bag: target
white watch: jusco
glasses: jins
XX chromosome necklace: xtina slater
black/white bracelets: they're hair elastics :)

May 31, 2010

Semi-hit, almost a near-miss.

I'm not good at this style thing (fashion is for girls, style is for guys), so I'll occasionally throw up something for everyone to judge harshly so I can learn more.

I'm very much a tshirt and jeans kinda person, but I'm also somewhat more 'chunky' than I probably should be to make jeans & tshirts panties-removingly sexy, so I'm attempting to resolve that and actually think about what I wear.

I can promise that the thinking won't always work - if at all.


I had to go to a large work function, so I decided I wanted a jacket, but didn't want a button up short because they make me look old. That also ruled out a tie.

Bright tshirts would look tacky, so I decided to find something in muted, darker colours. You can't really see it, but that t-shirt has a Neon Genesis Evangelion print thing on it. It's black print on a purply-grey, so it suited.

Also got some new jeans which are special because they're the first 38's I've fitted (just) in since just after high school. Amazing. Shoes were just a pair of black leather lace-ups, woo.

It's amazing the extra confidence a pair of tighter-yet-not-so-tight-that-my-keys-draw-blood jeans can give you. Or give me. Either one.

The problem I see with what I wore is that I need to get the jacket tailored. I bought it as part of a suit, back when I was at least 15kg heavier. I've also discovered that everyone should get their suit adjusted as soon as they buy it because off-the-rack almost always never fit correctly, so yeah. Interesting to note.

On a typical day

My name is Danica and I'll be coming to Japan in less than a month now to start working for ECC. I was with JET for a very short time period, but even then, I got a taste of the Japan life. Now I'm back for more. 
This is a very typical outfit for me. Jeans and a tee. But, I know in the coming months, these clothes will be replaced with my oh-so-awesome work clothes. sigh. 
Thanks to Krampus, I can hopefully start contributing to this site.

I ain't Nobody's fool.

On the lighter side of things, I love vintage clothing. Especially vintage dresses. Here's my favorite dress that I usually wear to formal occasions. It's a 70's sheer split sleeve dress.

I don't have any weird philosophies about what women should wear or how to wear things. I think you should wear what makes you comfortable and what you feel best fits your personality. I, for one, don't have legs to parade around in short skirts and shorts. You may be blinded by the reflection of the sun off these stumps of legs. So, you can count I'm usually in something below the knee. I'm also allergic to pastel. Anything lime green and vomit orange should be burned. I guess those are philosophies aren't they? 

May 30, 2010

maxi dresses

I gave in. ¥1000 at a cheap store. Like it so much I think I'll wear it to my violin recital thing on Saturday.

May 23, 2010


School Events

I haven't updated in a while, even though I took pictures of outfits I liked. :( Oh wells, I'm back! So these 2 pictures are from 2 consecutive days of school events. I decided to start wearing colors I normally don't wear.

Sorry, my mirror is really dirty. So this is my new H&M red x white striped ruffly blouse that I wore on Friday. That day was the Kansougeikai(welcome/farewell party) for our school so I dressed up in this blouse, black cardigan, black pants, and black flats. I really love this blouse! It fits really nicely and stretches under the boob-part so it's really comfortable. Got lots of compliments from teachers yay.

The day after the Kansougeikai (which was super fun) there was a field trip organized by one of the Social Studies teachers for the teachers to go explore the Fushimi area of Kyoto. A couple older teachers and some new young teachers at our school gathered for this event. The area is famous for Sakamoto Ryoma and sake. We visited some historical places (such as Terada-ya) and a couple sake breweries and spent the whole day drunk. :) So while we were waiting at the station for more teachers to arrive, the science teacher took a outfit snap of me. I was in the middle of reading a book so I didn't even notice he took it lol. Anyways, the outfit. SDL(Sexy Dynamite London) black t-shirt that says something like "Search and Destroy" on the back with skulls on the front, Peace Now black cardigan with an adjustable hem length, Uniqlo green x navy plaid skirt, trenka(?) black tights, black flats, Comme Ca sunglasses, and a $10purse I got in Korea.

And that's all. I want to see more outfits guys!! I'll try to contribute more too.

May 13, 2010

Two X Chromosomes

Necklace was a birthday gift from a friend. She bought it at a boutique in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

May 07, 2010

Golden Week Treasures

Outfits nicely done everyone!
I haven't been posting comments but have really enjoyed everyone's posts!

Over GW here in Japan and I've been travelling around the country and shopping up a storm.

Here are some of the treasures I've found in Toyohashi, Hamamatsu and Harajuku:

Accessories galore!!!

I do love my hairbands and own about a gazillion of them. On this GW, I have 4 new additions to my collection :)

I haven't seen Alice in Wonderland yet but I absolutely love the Alice theme from white rabbits, teapots to ticking clocks. I am in love with this new watch- It even has a mini teapot charm hanging off it <3

Because the sales have been so crazy over GW, I have also bought about six dresses!
I shouldn't have brought any clothes with me in this trip and just wear what I buy around the country!
Here are just two of what I bought:

This dress is the Liberty Shirt dress from Earth Music and Ecology. It needs a belt around the waist to give it a bit of shape, I've also worn green tights with it.

Outfit #2. Dress from Toyohashi worn with dark orange stockings. Old Steve Madden ballet flats.

I particularly liked the detailing around the straps/shoulders. Gives the dress character :)