Thursday, December 18, 2014

Iidabashi

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Idabashii is our neighborhood/area and home station. It's in central Tokyo, which is great for visiting other areas
because it's about a 30 minute trip in either direction (depending, of course, because Tokyo sprawls so far and wide
that you can still spend 70 minutes on a train for a visit to a neighborhood on the outskirts). The JR station here is
my favourite- there are whales painted all over the sides of the station in different colours and sizes, and the train runs
along the canal, so it's a wonderfully scenic ride. The JR lines are my favourite because they're always above ground
and the stations are always nice.

These are from a little bit ago on a day when it was warm enough to not wear a coat in the sunshine, but chilly enough to
need one in the shade. Ryan's bike was stolen a few weeks ago ( :(! ) and it's about a 10 minute walk to this station for us,
so that's been kind of a drag. Kind of fun though too because now when we go to the station together Ryan rides and steers my
bike and I hop on the back and ride along. Today was sunny and nice though, so we just had a good walk and took a JR train
out for the day to explore some new areas.



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I can't get enough of long sleeved dresses in this weather, especially woolly ones. I love the vertical stripes
on this dress and the oversized pockets. It was one of those gems I found at the end of a very long day of shopping
and wandering. I had been through so many malls and stores and picked through so many items and passed everthing up
feeling kind of bored and ready to leave empty handed, when, on the last floor at the end of the day, I saw this dress
and it was exactly what I was looking for. Comfortable, shapeless, long sleeves, classy, and subtly interesting. bam.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hakone

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I finally got to see fuji-san! A little bit ago, Ashley and I ventured out to Hakone to see Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji in the distance and enjoy the autumn colours.
It was a really fun day- bright, sunny, windy, and clear. And the perfect jacket weather. We had a nice time walking around the lake and the cute little town.
The scene was gorgeous, and more diverse than what I was expecting too. There were some brightly coloured maples in reds and oranges, but also lots of lovely
evergreens and tall straight Japanese cedars. Walking through a cedar forest was one of my favorite parts. Further up the mountains up a tram, there was even
an area famous for its volcanic activity, and it was really cool to see the huge vents of steam gushing out of the rock.





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It was so so refreshing to be able to escape the city even just for a day. For some reason since moving to Tokyo this year, it has been surprisingly
difficult to just leave and get out for a weekend. Every weekend has brought its important errands, illnesses, fatigue, and work obligations between the
two of us,and this is the first time I've gotten 'out of tokyo' since our short jaunt to Yokohama back in October. But I don't really count that as 'out
of the city' or a nature escape in any way. When Ashley suggested Hakone I got so excited to finally see mountains and forests again. I'm so glad I got
to meet her and she's up for going on adventures with me.

Seeing Fuji for the first time was pretty epic. My first view was actually from the train windows on the way to the station and it was like it just
loomed up out of nowhere. It was a much bigger and steeper view from there but by the time I thought to take a photo the 'photo-op' had passed.
Ashley and I had a picnic right up on the lake with a view of Mt Fuji across the water, and that was pretty magical. There was about a 6 minute window
when there weren't any clouds obscuring any part of the mountain , and that view was definitely worth waiting for. Afterwards we rode a fun pirateship
ferry across the lake to the tram, which took us up to the thermal vents, and the home of the famous kuro tamago which are eggs that they boil in the
hot springs here to turn them jet black.


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I dressed in my beloved Niko And.. brand again this day...Actually, this event took place back in November before my last post, but I'm not very up-
to-date these days. I actually wore the exact same Niko And wool dress underneath this Niko And yellow jacket. The lengths lined up perfectly and the layering
was perfect for the sunny but chilly weather. I've always wanted to own a classic yellow raincoat, and I really like the cut and fit of this one. It was the
thing that caught my eye at Niko And.. during my first visit, and I kept coming back and eyeing it to see if it would go on sale. I'm glad I was patient, because
it did, and now it is mine, and we are in love<3

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Little Belleville Ingrid Collar

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As promised, here is the second installment of hand collar photos. This is another model: the Indgrid. The hands are in a slightly
different position, the hand colour is closer to a cream than a white, and the nails are a nice deep navy blue. I decided to play
off the blue nails and create a totally monochromatic look. the only thing I couldn't find was blue lipstick. The stitching on the
Ingrid is a light metallic silver, which is a fun touch, and just barely noticeable. These are the kind of details that always
get my heartstrings strummin'. Head on over to My Little Belleville to see more of Michelle's creations! Wonderful, detail-
oriented work- and there should be plenty of great Christmas gift ideas! <3



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