Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Japan Diary #1

After sifting through countless, countless pictures and waiting for my internet at home to work again…I finally present the first instalment of my Japan photo diary! My boyfriend and I had the most incredible time over in this beautiful country in the past few weeks. I was so glad I brought my SLR (I always debate whether I should bring my hefty camera or not overseas) but I happily obliged to carrying it around my neck every day because there were simply too many beautiful sights to capture and memories to preserve.

We went on a tour with G Adventures with a lovely bunch of people of all ages and backgrounds, and the group was small enough to get to know each other better (and makes it harder to accidentally lose someone!)

Our first stop was a monastery up on the mountain of Mt. Koya in south Osaka, where we stayed in the temple there. This was 800m above the ground and we travelled by cable car up: The snow was a pleasant surprise coming from Sydney heatwaves. It was so refreshing to breathe in the cold, crisp air of the mountains which made the freezing temperatures totally worth it.

This beautiful little garden was our view outside of the inn in which we were staying!

Atop of Mt. Koya we also visited the Oku-no-in Cemetery, which was the location of the mausoleum for the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi. It was an incredibly sacred experience to walk down past over 200,000 tombstones in a beautiful, huge cedar forest. As you can see in the pictures there was snow falling down constantly, and Tim and I actually had to turn back from this 2km walk as we were both getting sick from the cold (not quite yet acclimatised coming straight from beach weather!)

The reason why so many tombstones were here was because many people including feudal lords and prominent monks, wished to be buried close to Kobo Daishi to receive salvation.

'Cold Night Out' coat: c/o Tobi
Jeans: c/o Oasis
Hat: Bardot
Boots: Boohoo

On Mt. Koya we stayed in a monastery, in a traditional ryokan where we slept on futon mats on the floor. The rooms were surprisingly toasty and so easy to fall asleep in, especially with the lovely kerosene heaters! In the morning we watched the monks pray and hold a fire ceremony. One of the monks spoke great English and we attended a meditation session with him. Meditation is something I definitely strive to keep practicing as I feel like in the past year I've experienced more stress and negative thoughts than I used to. He taught us that when you meditate, if another thought comes into your head, imagine it as a pebble and throw that pebble into a zen garden and lose it amongst the other thousands of pebbles. With enough practice, all your worries and thoughts will become trivialised and forgotten in the grand scheme of things.

You’ll be seeing a LOT of this pink fluffy ball of happiness in the form of a beanie throughout my Japan diaries! I bought it in Bardot the day before we left and it kept me perfectly warm every day, especially over my ears.

This coat from Tobi also makes a recurring appearance in my upcoming Japan posts, and was so warm and comfy with handy pockets and the prettiest shade of pastel pink. The shape is also loose enough to allow you to layer up with sweaters and knits underneath, which was so necessary up on the cold snowy mountains, and I wore a shirt and another jumper from Tobi underneath (which I'll feature in the next post as well)! In the meantime check out more winter-warmers from Tobi with these cardigans and party pieces: dresses, bodycons, maxis, jumpsuits and skirts. Stay tuned for more instalments of my Japan diary posts! :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sweet and Tough

Floral skirt: Forever 21
Travel wallet: Typo
Watch: c/o Christian Paul
Lace up shoes: c/o Boohoo

Photography: my boyfriend

Target are no stranger to awesome designer collabs and this time they've paired up with John Paul Gaultier! I was excited to get my hands on one of the first new threads from the collection, being this lovely biker vest in a light peach hue. My style is generally more feminine and girly so this was the perfect piece to incorporate a bit of edginess into my wardrobe.

The John Paul Gaultier collection for Target will be available online and in selected stores from March 10 (tomorrow)! :) From what I can see so far the collection also features great new pieces for men and children (I can already envision my future family where myself, my husband and kid will all be donning matching leather vests!)

I also found the prettiest travel wallet from Typo the other day as I was looking for something to keep my travel documents in. I was expecting to purchase something basic and practical but to my delight I found one in a pretty pastel pink shade and my favourite, rose gold hardware! Plus it was only $24.95. I can't wait to carry it around while I'm in Japan (which is only 4 days away!)

24k Gold plate Roman numeral necklace: c/o: Onecklace

I also received this lovely customised gold necklace from Onecklace recently. I've featured Onecklace before in the past (see my personalised name necklace from there in this 2013 post here!) and it was great to see so many more pretty customisable accessories released since then on their website. This one is an elegant gold bar with my sisters' birthday (16th September 1993) engraved in Roman numerals on it. I wanted to do my birth date initially, but my sisters' birthday has a more aesthetic-looking combination of I's and the wider letters such as X and V!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Eyelet Love

'Tomorrow's Fairytale' playsuit: c/o Mink Pink
Khaki drape jacket: c/o Lookbookstore
Bag: Colette
'Jessie' Fringed ankle boots: c/o Forever New
Photos: my bf

I feel kinda silly knowing that this post (and the next upcoming posts) will be featuring an endless stream of rompers and playsuits. I guess I'm trying to get as maximum wear out of them as possible, before it gets too cold! This white little number from Mink Pink is a flirty, whimsical dream with the pretty eyelet detail and scalloped trim. I personally can't get enough of the criss cross and ribbon tie detail on the sides!

White lace always makes a great combo with bohemian touches and I wore the playsuit with my new fringed boots from Forever New. I can always be found fawning over anything from Forever New (dating back to my very first blog entries in 2012!) and I'm so glad since then they've expanded into more accessories including footwear. The fringe detail adds a playful touch and you can dress these boots up or down.

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