[Translation] MINA May 2015 Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 8

This Month’s theme is: “Styling Starting from the Shoes”

When I spoke with the team at the last photoshoot about the theme for this time, we decided we did not want not to feature red shoes because red is pretty common for shoes in print.  I get pretty embarrassed remembering that triumphant look on my face at that time, as I was all for doing a different color but ultimately it ended up being red. (LOL)

Normally when I buy new shoes I always take a polaroid of them and stick it to the outside of the box and then stack them in the hallway, but this pair of Nike Air Command Force’s really pulled me in so I just had to make them the main feature. I wanted to put together clothes in a lighter color, so I decided on a light color denim jacket and grey shorts. Since I specially curled my hair, I lightly placed the hat on.

Recently I have been really into socks, so today I put on white ones that just peek over the shoes. I also like when women wear socks and sneakers together or socks and sandals together. I heard that in general it’s something that men don’t like, but that’s strange to me because I think its really cute!

Also on the subject of Woman’s shoes, there’s something I’ve always wanted to do! For a woman’s birthday, I want to take her to eat at a restaurant where you have to take your shoes off. *** When we go to leave, her shoes would be replaced with a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes**that I had secretly prepared as a present for her. (The magazine staff members all sequel unison) Ahh but if that was done to me with NIKE’s I wouldn’t like that…. Maybe women are the same? LOL

Today’s Necklace

This is the Tiffany and Co. Necklace that I bought when I went to Paris for the first time on my own in my off time. This collet necklace that I admired and fell in love with at first sight is a keepsake from that trip to Paris. I like to shop at a travel destination, so it’s something I also look forward to during a concert tour.

Translator’s notes:
*** Taking your shoes off at a restaurant is still common in Japan, especially at Japanese restaurants.

** Christian Louboutin Shoes are very expensive high heels that are known for their red soul and are known as some of the most coveted heels for women next to Jimmy Choo.

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

 

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Japanese Fashion- Fashion Diary: Spring Blues

The weather has been warming up over the past month in Japan and the Cherry Blossoms have all dropped their petals. Now that warmer weather is upon us, it’s time to break out the Spring Fashion! Blue has been my favorite color to wear this spring, and pairing it with lighter colors, like white and grey, I think is an amazing combination. Fashion-1 Coordinate 1: Top: Earth Music and Ecology Skirt: Noela Fahsion-2 This First outfit is one of my favorite to wear to work. I love the white color and the flower print of the skirt. The shirt is blue, giving contrast to the white, but bringing out the blue and grey flowers in the skirt. The shirt has a white collar and cuffs, which compliments the white of the skirt against the blue shirt. Fashion-3If you look closely, there is pink in the flowers of the skirt too! I have always been a fan of flower print, but this Spring and Summer Flower print is one of the major trends here in Japan. You can see it in dresses, skirts, and tops everywhere in stores recently.     Fashion-6 Coordinate 2: Skirt and Top: Noela Fashion-5I was never into Tule skirts until last Fall. I always thought that they were too poofy for my style and were hard to wear. That all changed with my first purchase of a tule skirt last fall, and now this skirt that I have in this coordinate. A HUGE trend in Japan right now is midi-length tule skirts. This top is a light sweater that is grey white stripped, which again gives a contrast to the navy blue skirt. Fashion-4This Tule skirt is so feminine, but conservative at the same time so that I can wear it to work. I am only 150cm, or 4’11, so this skirt may seem to be a bit on the long side, but it hits me right under the knees and the underskirt is just at my knees, making it the perfect length for this midi-skirt trend. Fashion-9Coordinate #3 Cardigan and Dress: Earth Music and Ecology Fashion-8This dress is actually one that has been in my closet from last year and was part of the Ray x NEWS x Earth Music and Ecology 3 way collaboration. Even though it is a year old, you can never go wrong with an A-line dress that is a bit longer for work. I think it is classy and a piece that can stay in your closet for years and never go out of style. The dress also came with the belt, and it cinches in the waist very nicely. It was also reasonably priced, at around 7000 Yen. For Japanese Fashion, Earth Music and Ecology makes good quality clothes for a reasonable price, compared to some other brands in department stores. Fashion-7The cardigan I also bought last year from Earth Music and Ecology, and it is also something that I reuse time and time again. I love stripes and it goes perfectly with this dress, or any other solid color dress or top in an earth tone (Brown, Blue, Green).   All of these coordinates are combined with black flats and black tights, as the night still get chilly. For work, I cannot wear heels, so I am constantly wearing these black Tory Burch Flats. When the temperature gets warmer, I will stop wearing tights and wear lighter shoes combined with these same outfits until around the end of May. All of these outfits are also conservative enough to wear to a work setting here in Japan, but of course check what your office clothing policy first! Fashion-10   I hope you enjoyed this fashion post! What are some of the trends in this post that you like? Press the like button below and let me know what you think in the comment section!

Translation – Mina February 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 5

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This Month’s theme is: “Adult-Like” Coat.

Massu’s popular “My clothing style” column. This time, the main item is a lovely trench coat. A well arranged style will be shown!

Going along with the theme, this time I played around with this DIOR HOMME trench coat. A trench coat with black shorts is a definite style for me. For girls, I think wearing a trench coat with a check-patterned skirt is cute. Ah, but pairing it with neutral colored pants is also cute! Because the coat is an A-line silhouette, I think having a tight bottom-half is also good.

I wanted to go with a “basketball” feel so I pared it with a T-shirt, sweatpants-shorts, and a headband. I used to be apart of the Basketball club, so I have lots of headbands from that time. But using them in coordinating outfits was recent. I thought about using a red cap with this outfit, but in the end because I wanted it as a “basketball mix”, I used the headband instead. That, and the feeling of the basketball pants. I like the baggy style, and I have lots of them! In public I have a sporty style, and because I see it around a lot is probably also why I wanted to go with a basketball style this time. When talking about “sporty style”, there are lots of people that wear caps or knit caps in a loose style, it’s awesome! I also like going with this style.

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation: Ray October, 2013 – Earth Music&Ecology x Ray x NEWS Dress Collaboration Part 1- Koyama and Tegoshi Cross Talk

Tegoshi and Koyama Special Talk:

They both declare that they like dresses, but they have different tastes! Starting from their tastes in dresses, we asked them about their “ideal woman image”.

 

Let’s start from “buying a cute dress”:

Tegoshi: I love the style of girls wearing dresses!

Koyama: All men like it don’t they! Individually what do you like? Will it be similar? Let’s say it together at the same time!

(at the same time)

Tegoshi: Plain

Koyama: Flower Pattern. Oh! Totally different!

Tegoshi: Personally, even though there is a lot of Rock-like style, I like a softer feeling. A pink dress with the girls hair twisted back is my ideal.

Koyama: Patterned fabrics are really difficult, but in winter and fall for a cool, composed feeling, flower print is easy to challenge isn’t it? If I went to pick up my girlfriend and she appeared in a flower print dress I would be really excited! I would totally get that she showed up being fashionable.

Tegoshi: I also want her to wear a dress on a date too! My ideal is meeting after class is over at school and if she was wearing a pink dress that would be the best!

Koyama: Because Tegoshi has a rock taste in clothes, it’s probably better for balance for the girl to wear a plain style right? If she skillfully pairs a belt and accessories with it, it’s fantastic.

Tegoshi: A bit high-waisted, it hits at the waistline nicely and has a good balance.

Koyama: Would you go shopping together [with the girl]?

Tegoshi: If it was a girl that I liked, I would. I also like just hanging out together. But, if we went around to lots of stores and in the end she says that she wants to go back to the first store, I couldn’t do that! LOL

Koyama: Just like our Masuda right! LOL What about items to pair with the dress? With a flower print dress, pairing a plain cardigan or a leather jacket is cute isn’t it?

Tegoshi: In the fall and winter, something like bare legs with short boots is cute isn’t it? Your legs show with a dress, so to wear the dress you should to adjust it to your own body type and can refine yourself, right?

Koyama: Because guys will definitely notice girls wearing a dress! You shouldn’t be embarrassed when you get noticed because knowing that guys notice you wearing dress will make you prettier!

Tegoshi: As expected, appearance really is important. That love can begin from fashion really is true! If a girl wears clothes that she loves, I would want to talk to her and know more about her inner side as well.

Koyama: Also, when a girl wears a one piece, her character seems more feminine than normal.

Tegoshi: Wearing a feminine dress is a special right as a woman that should be used to your advantage. I want you to use it to your advantage and your self-confidence to increase. If we had more girls doing that, guys will have to work harder to be more fashionable too! In order to get love, why don’t you first try starting with buying a cute dress?

Koyama: Those who haven’t tried wearing a print dress yet, I would love for you to try to this fall. If you are aiming for an older guy, I want you to be able to catch him with a fashionable print dress. If it were me, I would be totally caught! LOL

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Japanese Fashion: EATME Harajuku Store Grand Opening – October 26th, 2014

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On October 26th, I went to the grand opening of EATME, a brand by the famous Model Tsubasa Masuwaka. Tsubasa is best known for being a “Gyaru” model in POPTEEN and POPSISTER Magazines (although has graduated from both) and also has two cosmetic lines, Dolly Wink and Candy Doll. She is also a singer under the persona “Milky Bunny”.

EATME is Tsubasa’s first clothing line and has been around since this past summer online at Runway Channel, but the first shop opened in Harajuku just last week. EATME comes from Alice in Wonderland, which my friend Rosie tells me she is a big fan of those kinds of styles. How I would like to describe the style is a bit on the sexy side with some of the shapes of the clothing, but the accents of it make it cute and tone it down by giving it a bit of a conservative, “British” edge. “British” is a trend in clothing in Japan recently, especially for Fall and Winter,  but EATME seems to be different where it fundamentally is based off of the British style, and not just following the trend this year.

Around noon on the 26th, Rosie and I headed over to the shop after eating lunch. She has been a fan of Tsubasa for a long time and she was excited to see the shop. The store was surrounded by flowers from people congratulating the shop on it’s opening, something that is common for shop openings, as well as stage plays and concerts in Japan. When we went to the shop, we thought we were going to have to wait but it ended up that we were given a number and ushered right in after a few minutes. We walked in and the store there was a photo backdrop on the left and a staircase to the right leading up to the second floor.

We then began to look around and just as we were looking at the sweaters on the table at the front of the store, just on the other side was Tsubasa herself! I couldn’t believe it! We were both nervous and we walked around the store for a while looking at the clothes not being able to talk to her, because she was helping other customers. Once Rosie and I decided what we wanted to try on, I went first into the dressing room. I tried on (and eventually bought) a white and blue rose- print dress from the store.

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White and Blue Rose Print Dress by EATME. Photo Taken in Yebisu Garden Place

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While I was changing out of the dress I had tried on, I heard Rosie outside of the dressing room talking with someone. I walked out of the dressing room and found that she was talking to Tsubasa finally! After they talked Rosie went into the dressing room and tried on two dresses. Tsubasa then began talking to me and asked me what dress I was going to buy. She was so nice and gave both Rosie and I advice on how to wear the dresses that we picked out and was interested that we were from a foreign country and joked around with me about letting people in America know about the brand. That day she wasn’t able to take pictures with customers or sign anything, but we were able to shake her hand! It was an amazing experience to be able to talk to the producer of the brand herself and get advice from her on how to wear the items we bought.

At the end, we checked out and took pictures in the picture area at the front of the store and then went to look up stairs. Upstairs contains vintage clothes that aren’t part of the EATME brand and it had a nice boutique feel to it.

Below are parts of the Fall Look Book from the EATME Website. I like the vintage “British” feel to it, as well as it being a bit on the “sexy” and mature side, but also has that touch of cuteness to it. I also particularly like the dresses in the collection.

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All Pictures are credited to the EATME Brand found on the EATME Website

I look forward to seeing more from this brand in the future! It has caught my eye and I can’t wait to see the next collection that comes out.

Check out the brand’s website below! What do you think of it? Tell me in the comments below!

EATME Brand Website

Store Layout and Location Details

 

*I am not affiliated with this brand. This is only my personal report on the event that happened*

Japanese Fashion – Fall 2014 Coordinate #2

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Hello everyone! I am back with another Fall Coordinate post, and this time is with a Fall Dress!

This fall, another trend is vintage looking flower prints. I personally love flower prints on dresses so I was instantly hooked on this dress from the start just because of that. It’s another outfit from Noela, and can you blame me? They have amazing clothes! This particular dress I bought in their Autumn set Fair, which was a dress and a cardigan for 16,000 yen. I chose a navy blue cardigan with the dress for the set, which is not shown in this post.

What do I love about this dress? First up is the collar and the coloring of the dress. This dress came in a few different colors, but the other colors were a bit too vintage looking for me (and in my opinion, a bit like “grandma’s old couch”), but this white was perfect! The base of the dress is white and the flowers are shades of grey, with the collar being a really dark brown color. As always, I love collars on dresses so this was a perfect match for me. 

SAM_0508Lastly is the cut of the dress. Noela dresses always have amazing cuts and this dress was no exception! It hits my waist at the perfect place, cinching it in. The sleeves are sleeveless, but there is still a bit of a cap to it, so it’s easy to wear with a cardigan!

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This dress was actually my graduation dress from my MBA program at the end of September, so this is a full length shot of me to give a better idea of how the dress fits. I paired it with a pair of black tights and a pair of black pumps, but to make it a bit less formal, I wear it with flats instead.

What do you think of Floral prints? Let me know what you think of this dress in the comments below! Follow me on Instagram @nihonchique to see pictures of other outfits I wear, as well as things going on in Japan!

Noela Website

 

Japanese Fashion – Fall 2014 Coordinate #1

Hello Everyone! September is finally upon us, which means Fall Fashion! This year there are so many nice trends in Japan, but I am starting out with one in particular that seems to be one of the more popular which is the The “British” trend;  Stripes and Collars and Vintage style Midi-like skirts.

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This outfit is a Short sleeved collared top that is a sweat-type of material,  paired with a striped vintage-like midi skirt topped off with a set of cotton pearls.  I love navy blue and white, as well as red as an accent in the stripes of the skirt. This whole Outfit is from the brand Noela, that is one of my favorite brands in Japan!

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I love collars on shirts, so I liked this shirt a lot! I also liked how the top was a sweat type of material that can be transitioned to wear during the winter you can layer a heat-teck shirt from Uniqlo under it to still wear it.

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The cotton pearls are so beautiful! Pearls are a trend that I love this season (Never goes out of style in my opinion though!) The cool part of this necklace is that it actually has more to it than it looks, it has a second strand that you can attach to it, as well as bow that you can take off and on and coordinate it any way you like!
Noela-Fall-Outfit-2Noela-SkirtNext up is the Midi-skirt! I love the stripped pattern on it, as it give is a bit of an a-symmetrical feel to it while walking. Now, many of you may be wondering why I decided to get a midi skirt when I am short (only 4-’11 or 150cm) Well, this skirt isn’t as long as the other midi-skirts that I had been looking at, landing at just above my knees, and I wanted to go for that vintage look this season.  As I said before, I love the red accent of the stripes. I am not a fan of red by itself, but in stripes as an accent I love it and it give it a pop of color.

I would wear a pair of navy or brown loafers with this during the fall and then a pair of heeled boots and tights with it during the winter when it gets colder.

If you would like to check out the store that I bought these clothes from, please see the websites below! They only sell and ship inside of Japan.

Noela Website

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I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I love the fashion this season and I hope that you do too! Please let me know what you think in the comments below!