Sunday, August 17, 2014

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Gradient sunglasses

(dress: H&M (similar here); clutch:Wego (similar here); sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
watch: Marc by Marc Jacobssandals: Aldo (similar here))

Photos by Lisa from Paint with Stars

I finally got a 4-day weekend for Obon (Japanese summer holiday), so I was happy to have more time to finish up other work (sort of haha.. ) and some time to myself. I met up with Lisa again this weekend for a quick outfit shoot and a meeting for an upcoming photo shoot project. I'm excited because I will be working behind the scenes instead of in front of the camera :)

For this outfit, I kept it simple in terms of colors and patterns (as usual). I wanted to show off these awesome sunglasses I received from Shop Bop - the Classic Gradient Sunglasses from Marc by Marc Jacobs. These are the perfect shape & fit, and the lenses aren't too dark which I really like. If you haven't noticed already, Marc by Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite brands and I am starting to accumulate a Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories collection...

By the way, did you all notice a slight difference in my hair color?? I decided to try something new and add a strip of color in my bangs and the ends of my hair. When I first had it done, it was a vivid red, but since it was a hair manicure, it was starting to fade quickly, so I decided to do a violet-colored hair dye so that I wouldn't have to worry about it fading. Even though it isn't as noticeable, I like the subtle color :) 

Thank you so much for the positive vibes on my last post - it truly means a lot! You all are awesome!
Have a fantastic week ahead!


Samantha Mariko

Friday, August 15, 2014

Japanese magazine InRed Sept. Issue fashion snap

Good news! A snap of me with some of my model friends was in the September issue of InRed magazine :)

InRed magazine is a Japanese ladies' fashion magazine aimed for women in their 20s to 40s. A snap of the girls and I was featured on p.121 of this issue! This photo was taken at the Eva Madrid Launch Birkenstock party, where the model in the white & blue dress, Melody Yoko, was the image model for Birkenstock. This is my first time seeing myself in a Japanese fashion magazine, so it is such an honor! I hope more opportunities like this come my way :) 

I know I haven't been posting for a week and I apologize.. but I have been reading & responding to comments (thank you!!) and I'm planning my next few posts. I also started up my Japanese Ameblo blog again. If you can read Japanese and are interested, you can take a look here. The content is a little different than this blog, but I mostly expand on my Instagram photos, or just write about photos I post here but in Japanese. Enjoy!


Samantha Mariko

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nathalie Du Pascuier for American Apparel

(top: American Apparel; tassel kimono: old; shorts: Vintage Levi's (similar here);
purse: Front Row Shop; sandals: Birkenstock; sunglasses: similar here)

photos by Pascal Uehli

Just a quick post of an OOTD from a few weeks ago. One of my good friends gave me this American Apparel top for my birthday, and since it was becoming really humid by mid July, I decided to coordinate an outfit that would keep me cool in this heat. That's when my Levi's cutoffs come in handy, and this tassel kimono jacket I got a couple years ago balances it all out. I know I'm wearing these sunglasses a lot these days... starting to look around for other pairs to add to my collection :)

Hope everyone is having a good weekend! If you are living somewhere as disgustingly humid as Japan, stay cool!


Samantha Mariko

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Letters Impromptu x Alma Chains

This week, featuring the Derek chain from Alma Chains.

(glasses chain: Alma Chains; top: Front Row Shop; pants: Forever 21 (similar here);
sandals: Aldo; sunglasses: similar here; clutch: Wego (similar here);

Photos by Lisa from Paint with Stars

Who ever said glasses chains were only for reading glasses? The amazing Alma Chains has got every kind of chain to dress up your sunglasses, glasses, any kind of eyewear you can imagine. Alma is an Australian company founded by two ladies, Anji and Darcie. I love their concept of glasses chains - "harmonizing function with style... a 24 hour accessory." With a stylish pair of chains, you will never lose your glasses (ever), and it makes for a statement accessory.

For this shoot, Lisa and I trekked over to Kagurazaka, a cute little place in Tokyo with a beautiful shrine right behind the station. I paired my Derek chain with these sunglasses I randomly found at the Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama for 1000 yen (about $10). A match made in heaven, seriously. I wanted to keep the rest of my look minimal, just black and white with a touch of red lip color. I also love this bralet top from Front Row Shop - I'm hoping I can find something sheer that I can layer under when it becomes a little cooler (I am melting everyday in this extreme heat).

You can check out more awesome chains from Alma Chains here, and follow them on Instagram @almachains. Which chain do you like the best? Get yours today :)


Samantha Mariko

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

tanabata matsuri, a Japanese festival

July in Japan means Tanabata, a little holiday that falls on the 7th, which literally means "evening of the seventh." It's the one night where the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi are able to meet over the Milky Way. Even though it fell on the 26th, the Tanabata Matsuri (festival) in Ogawamachi, Saitama was one of the biggest summer omatsuri that I've been to so far in Japan. Ogawamachi is about 2 hours away from Tokyo - big suburban area which is a nice change from the busy city life. The festival was so colorful with all the beautiful decorations, the food stands and toys for children. I was even lucky enough to make wash (Japanese paper) for free. And the hand-made life-like Godzilla figure was just something. The local artist that created it was nice enough to let people pull a rope that emits a spray of water from Godzilla's mouth, all the while blasting the classic soundtrack from the original Japanese film from huge speakers.

I think the most special part of attending this festival was wearing the yukata (summer version of the kimono) my grandmother made for my mother. My grandmother is so talented when it comes to sewing and Japanese traditional kimonos and yukatas. I didn't get the chance to wear this pretty handmade yukata last year, so I was excited to wear this to a grand festival. 

Are there any special summer events are festivals in your country? I would love to know in the comments!

Thank you so much for all the feedback on my last post! I will be returning comments soon :)

Have a great week ahead!


Samantha Mariko