April 28, 2010

Hello everyone!

Hi! So, I'm new -- I was shortlisted a few weeks back through Houston and am an avid follower of fashion blogs, so finding a group fashion blog for foreigners/JETs was just my luck.

Just the basics: My name is Ashley, I'm 22 years old, and I'm a sculptor/art major graduating in two weeks from a tiny liberal arts school in Texas. For clothes, I like wearing black as a base and then covering it with really colorful things (see: scarf collection). My philosophy is "show your damn legs" so I do at every turn, either with skinnies or shorts or miniskirts. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it's worked for me so far.

For today.

White leather jacket: Charlotte Russe.
Black tank-top: ancient/tag-less/probably some discount bin.
Black skinnies: Lei.
Shoes: thrifted/label-less.
Earrings (kinda pictured in the next photo): Cheap black plastic roses from Charlotte Russe.

So I guess that's it! Thanks for letting me post. Looking forward to Japan!

April 22, 2010

for a party

Black one shoulder dress: Zara (Osaka Shinsaibashi)
Rabbit fur gloves: gift from a friend
Boots: OPA (Osaka Shinsaibashi)

This is for a party occupying the top two floors of the Aqua Hakata Building in Tenjin, Fukuoka. The dress code is "dress to impress, no flip flops." A friend of mine will be attending in a white suit. I think the gloves are a stupidly fun touch.

April 15, 2010

Hello from Seattle

Hi, was recently shortlisted for a CIR position in the JET program, so I thought I might contribute. I'm not sure of my placement yet, but I'm hoping to be in Hyogo prefecture, as Kobe is the sister city of Seattle. My friend (also shortlisted for JET program) found this blog, I think through a message forum, and sent it to me, and I've following for a bit.

For the past year, I worked as a buyer, mainly for Japanese products, at a men's clothing boutique, so if you have any questions about Japanese clothes, fashion, or textiles that you can't find the answers to on uniqlo.com, feel free to ask! Don't expect too much, though, I fell into the job by accident, and fashion has nothing to do with what I studied in school, only a hobby.

My style is pretty basic (maybe boring), I like simple, well-fitting clothes - I have a relatively small wardrobe, as I value quality of quantity. My favorite keyword is "slouchy," which I guess means "relaxed" without the connotations of ill-fitting dad pants. I usually wear plain long, drapey t-shirts, pants that are loose in the top portion, but taper to the hems, clean boots or sneakers, and a jacket, but I mix things up on occasion.

Thanks for letting me be a part of this blog, and hopefully I'll have the chance to meet some of you in Japan. Sorry my pictures are terrible, not good at taking self-shots, and my camera won't even stand up by itself. Here's what I wore the past two days:

Attachment coat
Non-branded sweater
Dior jeans
Dior boots (not shown)

Rick Owens jacket
Robert Geller shirt
Cloak jeans
Common Projects sneakers

April 06, 2010

yellow and white

There is actually no black whatsoever in this outfit.

Cardigan is from Costco, sandals from Trial, necklace from some gyaru shop near Triangle Park in Osaka, dress from some boutique in Nice, floral top from the vintage shop in my town.

April 05, 2010

bet you didn't expect this from me

I've been going a little insane at TRIAL lately...everything but the skirt in this outfit is from TRIAL: sunglasses, cardigan, sandals, white tank top. The skirt was an impulse purchase from Khrush Khrush, the hippie store.

April 03, 2010

Spring into Florals

But still sitting below 10 degrees celcius in my end of the country and there is zero sakura bloomage. :(
I love Spring fashion as it usually means we can wear less bulky coats, more colours and of course FLORALS!
After this never ending winter, the country seems to be going nuts for anything floral! From shirts to hats to shoes to shorts! You can find any item of clothing in florals!
While florals are really pretty, wearing them incorrectly can look grandma like.
Keeping this print to one item of clothing at a time is always the best bet =]
Here I am in a floral skirt with purple tights.
Since Alice in Wonderland is coming to the big screens, I have also been inspired to go Alice and added a light blue bow headband.