Saturday, June 28, 2014

mother & daughter shoot at shinjuku gyoen

photos by Lisa from Paint with Stars

My mom leaves for California tomorrow, so tonight was the last night I got to spend with her and my grandparents. I'm so glad we were able to do a mother-daughter photo shoot last week at Shinjuku Gyoen, courtesy of Paint with Stars photography. My mom said she was nervous before the shoot, but we all had a great time at the beautiful park, right in the middle of the hectic city life of Shinjuku. I will always treasure these photos. I hope I get to see her and the rest of my family soon.

Always treasure the time you spend with your family - don't take it for granted!


Samantha Mariko

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Daniel Wellington Classic Southampton Lady watch

(watch: Daniel Wellington; T-shirt: Le Ciel Bleu; skirt: Zara; sandals: Aldo;
accessories: Brandy Melville; bag: Suzutan)

Photos by Lisa from Paint with Stars

Officially introducing the Classic Southampton Lady watch by Daniel Wellington, a Swedish brand that makes watches for any and every occasion. The lightest,   most classic-looking watch I've ever owned, and I just love the strip of rose pink in the middle with the white and navy. The clock-face is rose-gold (also available in silver), and I love how sleek and simple it looks with the logo. I decided to keep the rest of my outfit simple with my ultra-soft V-neck Tee from Le Ciel Bleu, and a basic black pencil skirt I picked up at Zara a few years ago. Also sporting my new stripy sandals from Aldo - really comfortable!

Check out Daniel Wellington's website at They also have leather watches, and mens as well as women's watches. My readers can get 15% off all items when they enter the code MARIKO at checkout. You don't want to miss this!

Thank you so much Daniel Wellington for this gorgeous watch, and I'm looking forward to wearing it with my other watch strap (yep, the straps are replaceable! cool, right?). 

Thanks for reading!


Samantha Mariko

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

birkenstock madrid eva model launch party

Tonight, I attended the Birkenstock Madrid Eva Model Launch Party in Harajuku with my friend Amy. It was seriously poppin' when we arrived, and we all got to wear the new Madrid Evas during the party. My model friend Melody Yoko was the image model for this launch party, so there were posters of her modeling the different Birkenstocks all over the warehouse (she is the girl in the blue palm tree dress). It was great seeing some of my other friends at the party :) And I'm so excited to own my first pair of Birkenstocks!

Do you own a pair of Birkenstocks? Let me know in the comments!


Samantha Mariko

lauderdale part 2 & shop bop sale event

More good food, more good company. Made my way to Lauderdale once more for an all girls lunch with my mom and my friend Amy. A little disappointing that they don't serve their eggs benedict on weekdays, but we still enjoyed a delicious lunch over girls talk. I'm glad that my mom is able to meet some of my close friends in Japan!

Also, a quick announcement for a 3-day sale event over at starting Tuesday PST time.
Check out the flyer for more details :) 


Samantha Mariko