chanel smokey blue bag

In my previous post, I talked about my star buy shoes of this year.  If you ask me what was my star buy BAG of last year, it would definitely be my smokey blue Chanel bag.

I only have two Chanel bags and one is black classic version which was passed on from my mother.  And this one right here.  I love small bags that is functional and this piece would not dissapoint you.

I carry very little things that would be my wallet, iPhone, lip gloss and my house key.  And nothing else.  Even on a 10 hour flight, I think i would only add my glasses and passport to that list.  No big luggage on the flight.

So when I saw this piece at the store, a little pochette that turns into a purse which has coin case and a card holder inside, I knew it would be a keeper.  But so many color selections.

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I would normally go for the Black, Beige, Grey kinda basic color.  I would have never thought of getting this color but hold on.
I will be in a hot summer Singapore and already have black Chanel bag.  Shouldn’t I get a color that is more playful?  But not too bold as I wouldn’t want the bag to stand out too much.

So I decided to get this smokey blue color which has a tint of grey.  Very neutral blue.  Not a hard-core blue.

It matches well with my basic style items as the tint of grey complements my clothes.

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What was your star buy bag of last year?   Probably for this year, my Celine trio bag is at the top of the list!

 

food art japanese

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a great week so far.

I haven’t been back in Tokyo for 3 months now and this is making a record as I have been back every now and then since I moved out of Japan.  When I miss home, I start to cook more Japanese food and especially use my Japanese plates.

I am loving these Japanese plates I brought back from Japan.  This is passed on from my grandmother and it’s at its 3rd generation. Many different kinds of shape which makes the food presentation unique.

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In my previous post, I wrote about ‘defining your own style‘ and how my choice of style has changed over the years.  I can say that this is also the same for ‘food’.  In my 20’s, food was just something to fill my stomach and I would eat fried stuff, lots of cheese and pasta.  Now in my 30’s, I like to know what I am eating and how I am eating.  Okay, so what does ‘how I am eating’ mean..

I like to cook and choose my own ingredients.  Most importantly think of how I would like to present these food.

I love to think of which plates to place the food and what plate combination.   Same for fashion.  How do I want to style my clothes is the same as how I want to style the food I made.

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Now that Singapore has only one season,  I like to use these Japanese traditional plates to feel the four seasons I miss.  In the Summer time, I would use glassware, blue and white color plates.  For Winter and Autumn, more of maroon and brown, or red color plates.

I would like to have a good quality of life now and also quality of food.  This is one of my ways.

up to date with topshop slip-ons

What do you do, when you have all the clothes but it doesn’t seem to be up to date and in trend…

I wear my Topshop black slip-ons more often and I must say that these have been my star buy of this year so far in the ‘shoes’ department.  It was a bit unconfortable at first, probably because of the shape but they are brilliant now.

I am usually 24.5cm but for this one, I got a half size larger which was 39 EUR size.

They can go with practically anything I wear, casual or non-casual and also bring pretty much up to date with what I am wearing.  I love to wear them with a black or grey skirt, but they go great with jeans and pants as well.

The one from Topshop was about 30$SGD so very affordable piece to buy, and a convenient way to update your style.

Here are some ways to wear these slip-ons.  My favorite one is the first one with black skirt.

I am just wearing some super basic items such as Black skirt, stripe Ts, white denim, grey denim… etc which all of you may already have.  And with these basic items, you can bring the style in trend and up to date with just this slip-ons.  An awesome piece to add to your wardrobe.  And you won’t regret it as it doesn’t cost so much.

What is your star buy so far for this year?

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when casual meets birkin

Hi everyone!   Last weekend was exhausting but fun as I had couple of friends over at my house to watch the World Cup games.

Sleepless nights but it was a good game.  Finally soon to be over, which team will win?

Last year at this time, I was rushing to pack my things within two weeks as I was relocating from Hong Kong (was very sad to leave) to Singapore.  This was the 4th relocation in 6 1/2 years so packing was an easy thing for me.  Plus I was always down sizing my closet everytime I moved so less things to pack each time.

One thing I learned was – always keep the best basic items.  I’m posting some of my selective basic items that does great combiations for all styling.

– White denim :: Cigarette denim from AG Jeans.  These are the most awesome white denim.  Great structure and allows a little stretch.
– Grey jersy Ts :: COS.  Loose Ts with great texture.  It has a jersy feel which makes it look classy.
– A good old bag that would last forever :: Hermes Birkin.  Just takes the casual look to another level.

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Jeans: AG Jeans
T shirt: COS
Shoes: L’autre chose
Earing: Donatella Pellini
Bracelet: Chan Luu
Bag: Hermes Birkin
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classic converse ”chic”

Hi everyone!  It has been quite a while since I last posted.

I’ve been using my Instagram account @simplytokyo  more for fasion related posts but then I had few comments that some people don’t use Instagram so decided to recap some of my fashion photos here on my blog.

Recently I have been abusing my classic Converse.  I used to wear them back in highschool but back then I would only wear them with jeans and Ts.  Just wearing them as a ‘comfy sneaksers’.

Now I am loving this classic look that converse has, simple yet makes the style casual chic.  So I’m calling this posts’ title classic Converse ”chic”.   Not just wearing this kiks for comfortableness but using it as a tool to make the style chic and classy. But of course, I still love to wear them with a complete casual look.

There are many ways to wear them but I especially love to wear with a polished ‘office’ look paired with the Converse.   It gives some what an unexpected yet a chic look and feels like it complements the whole look.

Wore it with my black trepeze skirt,  white shirt and grey jacket.  So what shoes would you – or can you wear with this look?

– Black loafers
– Black flats (like the ballerina shoes from Repetto?)
– Black or Grey patent heels  etc…
– Leopard flats?

The list would go on.  But these may be an ‘expected’ choice.  Why not conclude the shoes with something unexpected with a classic Converse.

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Shoes: Converse all stars
Skirt: Zara
Shirt: James Perse
Grey Jacket: Dressterior (Japanese brand)
Bag: Celine Trio Bag
Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana
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I also love to pair them with the Hermes Birkin bag.  Holding this bag makes the look kind of uptight sometimes and usually you would wear something more elegant or with a dress.  But I love holding this bag with a casual look. Hermes and Converse is probably the ultimate ‘high’ and ‘low’ fashion items.  This is the kind of things I like to pair up.

For this style I paired up a lace skirt with dungaree shirt.  I may wear a blue heels or a nude pumps with this look if I were to hold and Hermes birkin.  But to bring that ‘unexpected’ look, wear the classic Converse.

I feel like by bringing this ‘unexpected’ – ness, you are demonstrating sophistication in elegance and fashion and also knowing that style conveys an idea of the range of possible styles.

What do you think?

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Shoes: Converse all stars
Skirt: ADORE (Japanese brand)
Shirt: Zara
Bag: Hermes (Birkin)
Bracelet: Chan Luu
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Japan:: Tokyo sweets ~incredible chocolate waffle

Hi Everyone!  I was thinking of doing more catching up on my Tokyo travel posts however I did a short weekend getaway where in Singapore they  call it ‘staycation’ to Sentosa.  Yep, only 20 min drive. But still nice. It feels like you are away from the city to a quiet harbor.

Anyways, one of my friend went to visit Tokyo and usually they would ask me to list restaurants to go for a good authentic Japanese food which would not be in the travel guide. But this time it was a different request. He is a sweet tooth and asked me for good sweets in Tokyo.  A bit of a difficult request as I’m not that much of a sweets person.  So I only had a short list this time but wanted to provide the best of the best. And here is one of them.

Actually this isn’t Japanese sweets.  It’s a luxe chocolate brand from Belgium.

(Details of the place at the end of the post)

There is a huge chocolate culture in Japan because a Japanese chocolate brand “Glico” started a trend where on Valentines day girls will give out chocolates to the boys.  From then on, Japan started to bring in more and more chocolate brands from all over the world and some of them only carry outlet in Japan than anywhere else besides thier country.

I love thier delicate bitter sweet chocolate.  Not too sweet and not too milky.  I tried thier waffle this time.

Oh, so good.  Cannot describe in words.  They are famous for chocolate but thier whip cream was exquisite.  I hate those whip cream that comes in pure white and really sweet.  This one is a pearl ish white. Not pure white. So you can tell that they use good cream and eggs.

If you visit Tokyo, there is a cafe in Ginza (address at the end of the post).  But if you missed it, there is also a dessert shop at the Haneda Airport Terminal 2. So you can stop by there on your way back. Or perhaps buy some sweets to take back with you!

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I had a dessert set that comes with coffee or tea.  Which was JPY 1,890. Which is about $18.00 USD at current rate.  Okay, a bit on the expensive side. But its totally worth it!

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Shop name: Pierre Marcolini
Web: http://www.pierremarcolini.jp/shop/ginza.html
Address: Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Ginza, 5-5-8
Average per person: $15-20 USD (Dessert set)

PS. Also a shop at the Haneda Airport.  Terminal 2.

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Japan:: Tokyo eats ~the michelin star kaiseki

Hi Everyone!  I really need to catch up more on posting my remaining Tokyo travel before I move on to my Hong Kong post.

I was really debating whether to post this favorite restaurant of mine.

The fact that it is not an easy access and you may need to take a cab to get there.  And probably when you make a booking, the staff at the restaurant will not be able to understand English.  Yes, that is the problem with most restaurants in Japan.  They don’t speak English.  I know… we are so not international!  So if you need to book somewhere, you may want to ask your hotel concierge to do this.  Or shall I start a travel agent/ coordinator to do this?  ha-ha.

I come here for really special occasions.  It is impossible to get a booking last minute so need to plan way, WAY ahead.  I love it because it is located in a very quiet neighborhood, Tokyo suburbs, where you may not even notice the place and might just pass by if you are not paying attention.

The most important thing to let you know is that they ONLY ACCEPT CASH!
And no credit card payment.  So make sure that you bring extra cash with you!

(Details of the place at the end of the post)

I’m a person who is really bad with directions.  Even if I have my Google map on, I would go completely the wrong way.  And this place is so hard to find, so I give you the entrance.

Taxi is probably going to drop you off at the main road. This is the side road on your left.

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After going in that side road, you will see this.  Yep, this is the entrance of the restaurant.

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Turn left and keep going.  Top of the restaurant is actually an apartment and they’ve used the ground floor as the restaurant.

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So this is where I usually get confused.. like all the time!  Where is the door??
Don’t keep walking after the tree on your left, because you’ll just end up nowhere.  The door is the wooden sliding door and it doesn’t have an entrance mark so watch out!

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They only have 5 counter seats and 2 private rooms. The two private rooms have 10 seating in a Japanese style room where you sit on the Tatami. And the other room is for 4 seats with table and chair.

The interior décor is basic white and wood.  Very clean cut style.

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Their food is a Japanese traditional Kaiseki.  Very healthy and non-oily.
I love each and every piece of cups and plates that they use.  Very entertaining.  Here is the lunch menu that I had.

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I think I missed 2 shots of the plates, but the final dessert is a good old Matcha with Red bean Mochi.  Very delicious.

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Oh, must not forget.  The toilet is also very white and clean.  Now this is very important for me.  No matter how the food or the restaurant is great,  if the toilet is dirty or not well taken care of… its a No No for me.  I would cross that place out for my “favorite place” list.
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Last but not least,  I was also entertained with this toothpick holder.  Steal origami folded crane.  So detailed in entertaining their guests.  From food to utensils and tableware. That is a true Japanese way of welcoming people.

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Shop name: Seisouka (青草窠
Tel: +81-3-3473-3103
Address: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Minamiazabu, 4-2-34, Tengenji Square 1F
Average per person: $80-100 USD (Lunch)

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