Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback to Tokyo

In Shibuya crowds shot by Siiri

Monday, July 20, 2015

holiday planning: Berlin

Although Vienna sounds good and Havana is not bad either, I've decided to make a little trip to Berlin instead - so let me know if you have any tips what to see and do there. 

photos are from a job Tokyo where there was so much waiting around and doing nothing so I was lucky they had good coffee and a stack of Wallpaper City Guides. 




naked&famous jeans

somehow I have lived at least past 6 years without wearing any real blue jeans, always black and only black...and now I have switched sides again. 
By fortunate accident I am now owner of men's jeans from Canadian company Naked&Famous that uses high-quality and most amazing rare denim fabrics produced in Japan. By rare and unique I mean blended fabrics like cashmere, silk, wool and camel hair denim. No fuss, just top quality denim and modern fits, no washes or embroidery. 


/leather jacket - All Saints, sweater - Alexander Wang, jeans - Naked&Famous, shoes - Adidas/

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Izakayas in Asakusa

Izakayas in Japan are a bit like wine&tapas bars in Spain, you sit by the bar, order beer and then a variety of small snacks like edamame beans or grilled meat on skewers. They are casual places for after-work drinking. The traditional red lanterns outside indicate that drinks and food are served on the premises. 



tropical vibes


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fashion notes from Tokyo vol 2

This Saturday my second and last Tokyo fashion diary was published in Arter. Now looking forward to new adventures to write about!

See a little preview here and then go read the full article. 
Adorable  iPhone cases by Japanese artist Keora Keora
I was about to buy one the soft ones for myself but couldn't decide between the colours. Check out her site for more styles and maybe you'll even find some DIY inspiration.



Friday, July 10, 2015

silver-coated

kind of panda bear gone metallic look from a job the other day...

Guide: good smoothie and juice bars in Tokyo

Tokyo is not like health/diet fanatic New York where you find cold pressed juices and superfood smoothies on every street corner. 
Out of very few smoothie bars I found, many of them didn't boast with very good quality or taste. On some occasions smoothies were more like overly sweet fruit cocktails rather than healthy drinks. After 1,5 months I learned at least something and knew where to go for a good one..

I list some of favourites here for the next visit to Tokyo

Urban Research's Greenbar with a mascot bear named Smelly.
inside Q Plaza Harajuku, 1st Floor
6-28-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Beside smoothies and coffee they also had a selection of jewelry and nailpolishes that (unintentionally) matched with the green smoothie. 

Bebible

Acai smoothie - I loved the thick texture that made it very fulfilling and replaced a light lunch.

Cosme Kitchen Juicery
The Juicery is sidebusiness of Cosme Kitchen - the best store in Tokyo for organic beauty/hair/health products
located just inside Daikanyama Station
smoothie I tried was good, juice not so...


ELLE Café 
Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo ‎

prettiest juices I have ever seen!

I had a smoothie called "Roots Rouge" -  finally a smoothie with a lot of ginger in it, that hot spicy kick was exactly what I needed.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Shrine is located close busy Harajuku station but it's surrounded by large forest making it one of the most peaceful places in Tokyo. It's not far from my apartment in Shibuya but somehow I hadn't been there until last Sunday. 

I was lucky to witness a Japanese wedding ceremony. The bride and groom looked just spectacular in the traditional wedding clothing.

wedding guests

Barrels of sake donated to the Meiji Shrine


purification fountain near the shrine's entrance to rinse hands

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Deus Ex Machina cafe in Harajuku

amazing matcha lattes and mason jar salads upstairs, awesome exhibition of illustrations downstairs

Deus Ex Machina TOKYO3-29-5 Jingumae, Harajuku, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001



Sunday, June 21, 2015

too cool for school

No, not really... I'm still planning on going to college in the next couple of years, but I really do like Korean beauty brand called too cool for school. Good news, it will be launched in US at Sephora very soon!


What there's not to love about their branding and packaging!
They have several different separate make-up and skincare lines for which they have collaborated with artists to come up with adorable but not supercutekawaiii packages. 
Check (on the left) and Dinoplatz (on the right) 

The store itself looked like some antique&curiosities store which I love! Such a nice change for all the other beauty stores here that and pink, glittery and play awfully bad music.



And it's not all about branding, I've heard the products are actually good. So far I have tried only their McGirly Lemon+Rice Wine face mask (they call it face smoothie though) which left my skin nicely smooth and bright, probably repurchasing! .. I'm tempted to get one of the lipsticks next time I go. 



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Maison Kitsuné café in Tokyo

Last Saturday I met up with Siiri who is visiting Tokyo with her friend. We walked around and I showed her some of my favourite places in Tokyo (I almost even felt like a local for a second).  Luckily we stumbled upon Café Kitsuné where I had been wanting to go since I first visited their branch in Paris (blogpost). Good coffee, tea and talk (hell yes, it was nice to talk in Estonian for a change). 

Although the cafe is modern and hip, serving one of Japan´s best coffee by baristas trained by  Kunitomo Eiichi, Omotesando Koffee´s founder, I love how they have kept their interior very traditional -  low ceilings, fusuma-style sliding doors, monogramed Japanese cedar parquet floor and bamboo walls.



Kitsune means fox in Japanese so Siiri with her huge fox tattoo was perfect fit in the cafe, although Japanese generally don't approve of tattoos, because these are associated with the Japanese gangsters (the yakuza) so you're not allowed to public pools, resorts and gyms if you have any.  


gluten-free (of course) foxy cookies!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Tokyo neighbourhood guide: NAKAMEGURO

Last Sunday I took a 25 minute walk from Shibuya you discover a more quieter area called Nakameguro. It's especially well-known for Meguro river which banks burst into bloom during sakura (cherry blossom season). I'm not gonna give you any addresses because it's best to leave the map home and just wander around the small streets by the river.

Fact time: Towards the end of WWII (March 9th 1945), a firebombing attack on Tokyo timed with high winds burned 286,358 buildings. Eyewitness accounts are clear that burn victims and people fleeing the smoke jumped into the city's rivers including the Meguro river in Nakameguro. Countless bodies ended up in the river. They say that the river got so hot it boiled (probably a myth). Old timers in the neighborhood will tell you there are ghosts in the river.

Nakameguro is a popular destination and residential area for young artists, musicians, hair stylists, designers etc. Narrow streets are packed with trendy cafes, designer boutiques, concept stores and vintage shops. 

LIFE's - lifetsyle store + hot dog and coffee stand

SIDEWALK STAND - sandwich, coffee and craft beer shop inside trendy fashion store. 
1-23-14 aobadai, meguro-ku



a hair salon's owner having a break

Coffee + Mason Jar salad at FELIZ cafe.
this laid back organic cafe had a small menu consisting only of 3 different ayurveda soups and 3 Mason Jar salads. Salad are served in glass jar which you have to shake to mix up the dressing with other ingredients. Later they still bring you a bowl to make eating easier, so I really don't get the point? 
Lunch comes with complimentary drinks, so extra points for that (and the coffee was even ver good, a rare sight!)


COW BOOKS - selling out-of-print books focusing 1960-70s social movements, progressive politics, Protest, the Beat Generation, and first editions of forgotten modern authors.
1-14-11 Aobadai, Meguro-ku,Tokyo 153-0042

Make My Day vintage store





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Look of the day - all about comfort

uh black skinny jeans... having a love-hate relationship with them. I wear them almost everyday for castings, but on my days off, I'd rather wear anything else. Therefore the comfy silk shorts with elastic waistband were very welcomed in my wardrobe, found them from a secondhand store in Harajuku the other night.

Thank you for the pics, Siiri (check out her photos on siirikumari.com)
I am kind of curious what the Trump House is..we found it on one of the small side streets in Shibuya. 

/Wearing: sweater - Alexander Wang, shorts - thrift store in Tokyo, bag - & other stories, sneakers - Adidas/