[Translation] Mina March 2017, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 30

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This month’s theme is “MA-1”

When I was in middle school the MA-1 bomber jacket was popular and one that I got from my dad was my first. I wore it a lot, but after that it wasn’t trendy for about 10 years and only in the past few years has it come back around to being cool to wear again. It’s said that fashion trends come into popularity, make their round and then come back into popularity once again, and the MA-1 did exactly that. I have a black one from another brand, but I decided to feature this Vetements MA-1 jacket that I have really been into recently. Vetements is a popular brand from Paris that I like and is one of the brands that I have featured in this series many times. The chief designer Demna Gvasalia also designed for Balenciaga, so I am paying more and more attention (to the brand) recently!

The silhouette of the jacket matches with todays trends by  just by putting it on and wearing it in my usual rough style because it is oversized. Surprisingly, I actually like the khaki color that is easy to style with anything. I originally wanted to style it with a grey sweat-material hoodie, but when I looked in my closet these grey sweatpants totally just popped out at me to use, so I chose them! You can’t see it very well, but the shirt under the jacket is a Twiggy graphic T-shirt. My neck was bare, so I added a silver necklace as an accent. Even paired with thinner pants than these, there is a nice balance!

 

*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- Room Wear At gelato pique

Throughout  my shopping experiences in Japan, I had yet to stumble upon a store that had room wear, or lounge wear, that I actually liked. I was used to American styles, like Victoria’s Secret and their sub-brand Pink, so when I moved to Japan all I saw was frilly lingerie and room wear, which I had very little interest in. At that time, I also really didn’t care what I wore to bed, wearing some random sleep shorts and an old university t-shirt to bed, but as I became older the luxury of lounging around the house made me realize that I wanted to feel comfortable, as well as fashionable, while at home. During my hunt for some nice room wear in Japan,  back in the fall of this past year I was flipping through a fashion magazine, and I stumbled upon a section of pajamas and room wear. Some of the things were still very frilly, but I saw one set of satin pajamas in particular that I really liked a lot, which is a rarity here in Japan (Pictured below). The store that it was from was called gelato pique (Yes, all lowercase letters), and it has frilly goods, but also some really decent room wear that rivals Victoria’s secret, in my opinion.

 

 

I decided to check out their website, and realized that it was a store that I passed quite often and had seen many of people carrying shopping bags from while I was out shopping myself. I decided to stop in myself after my rampage on the website and see of myself what the items looked like and felt like.

They have a variety of goods, from hoodies to robes, hair bands and socks, as well as pajamas. They even have a men’s room wear collection as well! My favorite series of theirs though is a series called the “Moco Moco” series, which literally translates to ‘fluffy’ in english. They have socks, hoodies, and robes; literally anything that can be fluffy for pajamas and room wear, they make fluffy.

Shortly after I went into the shop, they released their Limited Edition Christmas Collection, and I was in love.

 

 

When my boyfriend was here in Japan for Christmas and New Years, I had taken him into the store to look at a Christmas present for my best friend a few days before Christmas, and ended up telling him that I really wanted one myself. I was really surprised when he just went up to the cashier and bought it right away for me as a Christmas present (after I forced him to confirm that Meghan hadn’t bought it for me as a present already), as we really don’t get each other gifts.

 

 

I have worn this hoodie to bed basically every night since I got it (as we don’t have central heating in Japan and it gets very cold at night), and I have never felt more comfy going to bed! Something that I also love about gelato pique is that they come out with limited edition items for different holidays in Japan, like Christmas, Valentines Day, and White Day.

I had been on a rampage looking at their website again ever since they had announced their Spring and Summer collection, and I went out towards the beginning of March and bought a cardigan, making it my second item from gelato pique.

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Once piece of advice that I will give you if you want to buy from this brand is that most of their items, especially the Moco Moco series, are hand wash/ dry clean. Also, their prices are more than Victoria’s Secret (about 7000+ yen, or about 60 USD for a moco moco hoodie), but it is a brand that you won’t be buying multiple hoodies a year from either.

 

Nail Salons and Nail Art in Japan

 

Getting my nails done in Japan is one of my favorite things to do. More specifically a manicure with nail art. It’s one of my little pieces of joy to see my nails nice and manicured and it makes me feel so put together in most situations.

I first started getting manicures when I was a young girl, but it wasn’t until I came to Japan that I really did “Nail Art”. Even then, I didn’t do it on a consistent basis, but since I started working I find it a nice little splurge every month to get my nails nicely manicured.

 

My nail salon of choice? A chain called Speed Nail. This was the first place that I found when I came here to Japan and I have been hooked ever since. Now, I know that nail art can be pretty intense here in Japan, but I am on the more conservative side for work purposes, so this salon is good for me and for my needs.They give me the right amount of nail art that I prefer, as well as, I can talk to the staff each time and they give me suggestions.

I go to the flagship store in Umeda, in Osaka Japan but since they are a chain, they are all around Japan. I used to go to one of the two salons in Kyoto when I lived there for 2 years and then started to go to the Umeda location when I moved to Osaka back in November of 2014.

In Japan, it is gel nail polish that they use, more specifically they actually use a pot of gel that they actually paint on to your nails, versus shellac that is more like a traditional nail polish. The pot method actually makes it easier to do nail art and customize it, rather than just plain color.

Also, the stones on nails seem that they would fall off easily, but they do not at all. I was skeptical about it at first, but it really does work. The method of using the pot of gel to paint the nails has the ability completely seal in the stone on the nails and they do not move at all, even for about 5 weeks. I was very impressed with the results!

 

 

Another concern would be, how safe is it for your nails to do this every month? The answer is that there are 3 types of gels that they use at this particular salon (and most salons I believe). I use the type that is the most gentle on the nails. With this being said though, each time they take off the gel nails, they do grind your nail down a bit. If you have thin nails, then getting them done every month like me might not be a good option.

Here are some more examples of the Nail Art that I have done while I have been here in Japan:

 

 

 

What do you think about Japanese Nail Art? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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 March 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 6

masus-styling-volume-6This Month’s Theme is “Loveable Hats and Sunglasses”

Massu’s popular column! This month’s styling is a close up on the fashion essential: accessories.

I love both sunglasses and hats and have tons of them. There are not many days that I don’t wear them. Like today, wearing the same necklace and T-shirt but changing the hat and sunglasses gives a different feeling is really interesting. What version do you like best, everyone?

  1. Hats in a “Mischievous” way

I don’t normally pile them on top of eachother though (LOL) I picked out a bunch and brought them for the photo-shoot. When having a flashy-clothing kind of day, a flashy cap is a must!

  1. Pop on a Flight Cap!

There are lots of gaunchy patches on it. With this the military style it also becomes “pop-like” I would hope! LO

  1. Wearing Heart Sunglasses Seriously

These are Jeremy Scott Heart sunglasses. I thought the beaded design was interesting and I bought it at first sight.

  1. Color Coordination

This pair of colored sunglasses is something that I wouldn’t normally wear personally, but trying them on I think it looks nice. I like how New Era sticks to their brand concept.

  1. To Open

The black lenses can both be opened and you can also put clear lenses in them as well, but because it looked strange during the photo-shoot it was rejected. Thus, you see the closed version.

  1. Very First Round Glasses

Round Glasses really don’t go well on me, but when I “met” these glasses it was a total “Finally!” moment. Using the broadness and the height of the hat, I tried creating a worldly, sophisticated look.

  1. I’m interested in…. Part 1

Because there are small pom poms stuck to the glasses, you can’t see out of them. About 10 of them have fallen off too. “If they are sitting in your glasses storage area, it would be really exciting!” I thought and I bought them.

  1. I’m interested in…. Part 2

I “met” this hat in a used clothing store. “THIS” I thought. I haven’t worn it outside the house even once, but I have worn it while watching TV (LOL).

  1. I’m a Playboy!

Vintage Playboy. The design was around even when it was out of style, but it came back around and I really do think it’s very cool.

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*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 – 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 – Mina January 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 4

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This Month’s theme is: Mid-Winter warm Color.

Massu’s popular “My clothing style” column. This time with the cold winter, he brings us the theme warmth of “color”!

To begin with, for winter coordinate, layering and different fabrics I really like to use to add an extra something. The theme this time is “Winter Colors”, so I was really wavering whether to show a flashy space pattern down Jacket, but I put the DISCOVERED Red Checked, fleece rider jacket1 as the lead instead. Not just that I will wear each item, but also thought laying them together and the different materials would be fun, so again I also bought these at first sight. For outerwear2, color and patterns require courage so people normally choose basic outerwear, but I really love and can’t resist the mix of different fabrics so this was an unexpectedly good choice for me!

I didn’t hesitate at all with deciding this t-shirt for the inner3.. In all honestly, I came up with it off the top of my head, but if you think about it, the shirt links the coloring of the outfit probably. Normally I would just wear  my thin blue kind of oversized pants for the bottom of the outfit, but this time I decided to turn on the “checked pattern switch”,  and spontaneously tied a check shirt around my waist with it.4   If you went out wearing this coordinate, I would want to go to the terrace of a nice café. Say that cafe gives you a blanket, it’s like I would incorporate that into my outfit coordination! LOL No matter what, I am attracted to check patterned items. I like it so much that someday I want to do a head to toe check coordinate, so coming up let’s do it! Please look forward to it!

Also, my hair is black after a long time, so it’s been fun. Even with the same outfit coordinate you get a different impression and also the types of clothes you choose and the types of clothes that suit you change too.

 

Translators Notes:

1. He uses the term: ボアライダース, “Boa Riders” for the Jacket and I asked my Japanese friend and looked it up online and this was the best translation I can find and we could come up with,  a fleece rider jacket.

2. Outerwear in Japanese means Jackets or Coats.

3. Inner is the opposite of Outerwear, meaning what he is wearing inside the jacket or coat.

4.  He  means he tied a checked patterned shirt over his pants that he normally wears, like you see some Japanese idols wear sometimes.

 

 

*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.