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Fukubukuro

Finger Lickin’ Santa

Are you enjoying your Christmas? Did you get your Christmas KFC?

Crispy for Christmas
Families order weeks in advance to share KFC in Japan. Yes I’m weirded out by it, too. KFC and Japan Christmas info here and here.

New Years Fukubukuro

EDIT: Since it’s going to be 1/1 soon in Japan,  both girlswalker and love-ex have new bags up. Love-Ex has me-jane and Golds Infinity. Girlswalker has those plus Mar*s, Duras, Lip Service and more.

The tradition of New Years is so huge in Japan and other than Hatsumode (first visit of the temple) and eating soba (most soba shops are packed), the concept of fukubukuro is everywhere. Fukubukuro are lucky bags and although 109 stores have them, so does most every apparel business in Japan. Most make-up counters do it as well, and you can often get some serious deals at make-up counters.

Each bag usually cost 10,000yen or around $100.00. Some stores offer bags of $200, $100, and $50.00. Others do multiple different lucky bags of $100.00. It’s a mess, but a happy shopping mess. ✌⋰˚◡˚⋱✌

My lovely friend Sebastian is nabbing me Lip Service, w<3c, and Glad News bags. I admit I’m tempted by both the Liz Lisa and Valentine’s High fuku bags because they’re so cute. ༶❤_❤༶

109 shops have been setting up reservations for their bags, but some just release the day of. Fashionwalker still has some of their bags available, while 109 shops one their website have also been releasing them.

LoveEx which has its own worldwide shipping service also has a few lucky bags up. Maybe more will release on 1/1.

EDIT If you don’t like knowing or are only used to buying through shipping services that use Y! auctions, after 1/2 many should be up and opened showing all items. Or if you’re especially looking for your favorite store like One*Spo or DIA who don’t offer on-line sales of fuku.

Also, for those of you IN Tokyo, while 109 is closed on 1/1, Lumine EST and ALTA are both open so you can try your luck at both of those which have Gilfy, Mars, Swordfish, Valentines High, Cecil McBee, Lip Service and more.

Jagura‘s 109 bag is Kitson-like and does a cute plushy tiger in honor of 2010 as the year of the tiger.

Adorable! It almost convinces me to get the bag.

Spiral Girl has an awesome bag out, but it’s both sold out on fw and their website ㌔_☖#

MeJane is looking a lot like their sister brand Mar*s in their bag’s print

They’re also teasing with a watch similar to the one I bought for $90.00

Valentine’s High‘s bag is simple adorable! I’m not 100% about their clothes, but I’m admittedly tempted by this bag.
EDIT They promise 5 items not available in stores including an outer and a long-tee shirt.

Cecil McBee shows all of what will be in its fuku and I am not as keen to get it now.

Liz Lisa (and Liz Lisa Doll) offers a luggage-piece as its fuku bag. I admit it’s girlish splendor. Both Liz Lisa and Tralala’s bags available at r-shop
EDIT: Liz Lisa promises a coat, a one-piece, a knit top, either shorts or a skirt, a muffler or a hat, and new year item
Liz Lisa Doll  promises an outer, a top, an inner, a bottom, a onepiece, and a fashion piece
The 5200 yen bags offer a one-piece and one more item.

Gilfy‘s newsprint bags are really cute! I’m tempted just by the bag.
EDIT: According to Rakuten’s English website they have pictures of the lucky bag Gilfy items

Now my problem with this is I see a couple of items that ARE Gilfy and some that definitely are not <_<
Another problem is Gilfy is showing these boots here. Which did not sell well in Japan because of the lace-up plus overbuckle skin which is just a pain in the booty when you’re in Japan and often having to take off your shoes. So they’re not selling items created for the fuku, just unloading stuff that didn’t sell well (-_~-)
I’m now hesitant about the Gilfy bag. (↓;д;↓)

JSG‘s cute sling bag fuku is one sale through CREDGE

Ji.maxx also has its fuku up on Credge

 

Cocolulu has both 1man and 2man bags. The 2man is a roller.
1man bag offers: original outer, long tee, a parka, something small, and the bag
There are some of the options. Both 1man and 2man bags are up on their website

Egoist‘s bag although plain offers 3-6 items costing between $300-500 approx. They’re really keeping it a lucky bag. Goes on sale today at 12:00.

Glad News bag really isn’t my look, but I am really tempted by what’s inside.
You get a blouson outer, leggings, leopard fur beret, cut onepiece, food print long-tee, something random, and the bag. As a present for those who order on-line, you also get a cute skull-mickey notebook here.
Borderless Rakuten offers the GN fuku here, too! No shipping service needed ❤

Delyle is having a slow release of their fuku. Next time is 12/28 midnight.


Since they enjoying copying Chanel, it’s only appropriate their bag looks like the Spring leather shopping bag Chanel put out.

LB-03, LDS and Love Boat have their fuku all up for sale and most still look available. The LB-03 bag (above) looks really cute.

For the himegals, Jesus Diamante has four types of fuku available through the Parco City website. $200, $300, $500, $1,000 and a $1,500. Oh my so pricey The $200 bag offers a knit item, the bag and a small item. The $1,500 bag offers pieces that are worth>_< more than $4,500, but still ^_^;; I’d have to disavow all shopping to ever transform to himeism.

Swordfish has not one but 3 different $100 and 2 different $50 bags to choose from. All on sale here

 
 Mar*s and Real Mar*s has their fuku out. According to their news on-line fuku starts 12/26.
The Mar*s one has room wear inside. ^_^  I love the Real Mar*s leopard print bag(・m・)☆

One*Spo: Info via the onespo mixi community says there will be a jacket, a onepiece, a top, a skirt, mokomoko roomwear and an accessory. Items totalling 4-5man.

Lip Service: According to the bubbly rakuten store you get an outer, a onepiece, a tanktop, a camisole, and a long tee. I am not a big fan of the bag, but I still ordered it. (⇔ο⇔)
 
Duras offers a “total coordinate including an outer” that is worth 5man. Goes on sale 1/1 at FashionWalker

What fuku are you buying or wish you could buy?

The ASK ANYTHING post

Curious Mitsu answers info

These are a response to the earlier post of which I asked readers if they wanted to know anything about gal in Japan/tips/general Japan life/or me. Everything is considered and more questions or topics are welcome!

So far we have: japanese gals interpreting gaijin gals, street snap, winter sales and christmas events, lingere (un-info >_<;; sorry malignita!), dressing in the summer when Japan’s in the winter, cheap clothes, weight of Japanese women, my transformation into gal, personal sizing questions. Keep them coming!

bloomzy asks:

How Japanese Gals interpret foreign Gals, and whether they’re approachable etc. 

Well hmmm. As I talked about in my friends post, it’s best to meet people in places they might be more open to talking (bars, clubs, music events). However, not concerning friends it just depends.

As a gaijin, especially as a non-Asian gaijin, there is a definite divide. You are constantly stared at (and let me tell you it is definitely not the discrete glances a lot of the time but a dead-eyed fish stare). No matter if you are here for 2 days or 2 years some will quickly assume you speak 0 Japanese. However, like many things things in Japan that is just the surface. Most people here can be slow to warm up to you, but you will find many do warm up to you and open up.

The way I look and dress in gyaru style people sometimes ignore my face or see me from the back and then when they see and notice I’m white, they go “whoaaaaa gaijin!” to their friends. This can happen sometimes several times a day. It’s like a game where they’ve found Waldo, aka the gaijin gal.

Sometimes people assume I’m a haafu  *corrected (half Japanese half white), which is quite silly since I have naturally blonde hair and blue eyes, but since so many people dye their hair and use color contacts they don’t really accept the reality of my face simply because of my ability to speak coherent Japanese.

Let me just put this out there: I have no desire to be Japanese. Just because I like ONE Japanese style does not make me want to turn into a Japanese person.

There is a big difference between dressing a Japanese style and WANTING to be Japanese. I have zero problem being white, I am okay with being an American.

In living here, you become more knowledgeable about popular culture, inside jokes and amusing pieces. If you share a similar lexicon, people tend to accept you easier. Gaijin (especially non-Asian gaijin) are however oddities, and curiosities. Not so much a freak show, but we inspire their curiosity. You can combat this by being open about yourself, sharing common interests and keeping yourself humble.

As I’ve said before. Like living in any foreign country, and being an outsider, it’s best to grow a very strong spine and keep your head up even if people are unkind to you. Suck it up and be more awesome than them!


Anon asks:

Have you ever been picked for a street snap? 

I was asked once when I was walking to the train station in Shibuya. I was dressed in head to toe Mar*s with fitted jacket, fluffy skirt, garter belt tights and high heeled mules. My hair took hours and I was looking quite Agejo.  However, it was the time it took that made me late to go pay my rent which was why I was headed to the station. Sadly, I was in too much of a hurry to do it. 


This however was a rarity since Street Snaps have become increasingly not so spur-of-the-moment, but now there are special areas for people who come to want street snaps and Egg magazine and such often advertising a time and place for their street snaps. They also sometimes drag shopstaff out of 109 to quickly shoot their picture. 


Sada asks:

I would appreciate a topic on how to take care of japanese extensions, as mine always become shitty after a few weeks… and also, cheap places to buy gyaru clothes.

Japanese extension info is in the extension FAQ. Extensions do want to die after a few weeks. You might also want to switch your stylist, sometimes the hair quality is different in each shop. Also, many shops sell treatment just for them. I’ve noticed while using the treatment my hair tends to stay less tangled even if damaged.



To be honest, I don’t really like to discuss cheap places to buy clothes, because usually their the trend followers and offer a lower quality piece that often fails stylistically. If their design is good I’m all about supporting them, but when construction and quality fail I’m hesitant. 

ANAP is one of the rare exceptions to this, since they offer so many pieces you can often find something good if you look hard enough. They also have so many brand labels such as ANAP USA for more flashy looks, ANAP Chille which offers are more girly style, ANAP Mimpi for the hippi in everyone and even ANAP Outlet in Harajuku for the cheap of the cheap. 


For the quick and dirty both aBaB in Ueno in Tokyo have cheap stores selling gal clothes, and Namba Walk in Osaka is full of tons of cheap stores (pictures of some to come in the Osaka III post).


reiko asks

I want to know when the winter sales start! >__< And if you can tell what special things I can do this X-mas in Tokyo cause I will be there!

Winter sales: Start on Janurary the 5th and go through the 9th. The week before will be pre-sales and you might find some good bargains there. January 1st is when fukubukuro are on sale. If you haven’t reserved your items expect to wait the night before in line to even get a shot at getting the good ones.

Things to do for Christmas: Tokyo Disneyworld has a special seasonal parade, great merchandising, and a cosy atmosphere. Shinjuku South Exit towards Takashimaya has their illuminations set up. Roppongi Midtown and Odaiba both have good Christmas light displays as well. But enjoying yourself out on X-mas in Japan is just like Valentine’s Day in America. So expect a certain amount of crowds.

The Christmas lights (イルミネーション) in Odaiba

My view from 2007
The city ligthts are also pretty



malignita asks

Lingerie: Lingerie is one of my shopping weaknesses, so I couldn’t resist! What should foreign gals keep in mind when shopping for lingerie in Japan? Are there any specific shops or brands that cater to larger shapes or sizes?


LOL I am absolute fail on this question. My cupsize is 34D which puts me far out of the range of bra buying in cute gal shops. I’ve heard there are some places and a friend bought from one, but I cannot recommend them since I did not think they flattered or did the lifting one needs. Now 34D is a normal-ish size in the states and I just make sure to buy all my needs back in the states

Gal Recessionista: What sort of ways can gals save on clothing, accessories, and cosmetics without sacrificing their look?- will now be an upcoming article!

Education & Work Opportunities: Practically speaking, what opportunities exist for girls who want to continue with gyaru style but go to school or have a career? Gals be ambitious! – will now be an upcoming article!



anon asks

Flirting/Dating tips?

this is one that definitely has to come with my disclaimer: I am one white girl being a gal in Japan, my experiences are just one of the many foreign experiences. Also, people tend to discuss their relationships when they are not doing so well, so as a friend you hear often not the positive parts.

I’ve been with my man long before I started living in Tokyo and there’s no one for me, but him. He’s one of a kind and perfect for me. I’m currently and always rabu-rabu about him. 

So… Hmmm I don’t have experience with dating in Japan, but I do know gaijin friends who have/are dating someone and they’ve shared their experiences. I do have some experience with flirting, since hey getting the occasional free drink and practicing Japanese… I can deal with that.

As I’ve said before in the Love Hotel article, sex is a different concept in Japan. Many relationships start out with sex first and then dating. Sometimes they expect 10 minutes of small talk and a free drink at clubs means heading to a Love Hotel then and there (I’ve been asked that a few times, of course I said NO). 

Also, there is the perception about gaijin women as being loose. And definite curiosity about appearance. Especially since Japanese women only slightly trim their pubic hair and all have brown nipples. Too put it bluntly, they’re interested in grooming and pink nipples. Often they’ll ask about your grooming, the popular term for being all shaven is “pie pan”. The Japanese wiki article is less than flattering picture shows more. NSFW


It’s common that Japanese men lack the ability to be chivalrous, it’s just not socially necessary. They’ll be kind and carry your handbag, but it sometimes doesn’t extend beyond that. “Ladies first” ( レディファースト) is how Japanese view American male chivalry and many of my gal friends lament the lack of “ladies first”. As one of my friends puts it, Japanese men can be “Ore no tame ni”, just for me


Having said all of that, some are kind and sweet and want to work hard to be with you. For these guys many expect the slightly dominant Japanese female role to be played by you, especially if they haven’t spent time abroad. So they’ll expect many e-mails, and you asking to do things and setting up dates instead of them.

It is much more common however to see Japanese girls with gaijin guys. I rarely see Japanese guys with gaijin girls as a couple.

Here are my tips-bits of info to flirting and dating:

  • Smoke at a club (or just fake it), that way you can ask for a lighter
  • Separate yourself from your group, men are more likely to approach you if you’re alone
  • Absolutely nothing wrong with a little smile and some sexy dancing at a club
  • If you’re at a non-club, start off the conversation like… “kyou hitori desu ka?” are you out by yourself?
  • Many guys like a dependent girl, so say you’re thirsty if you want a drink or ask to go out somewhere else
  • Ask them to teach you Japanese. A relationship can’t turn serious without some deep conversation and that comes with language skills.
  • A little skinship is always good, like a touch to the arm or playful slap on the hand
  • A common question to ask someone is if they’re an S or M. Not as much slutty s&m, but more do you like to be in control (S) or you prefer someone else to take the lead (M). 
  • Some guys are out at clubs just to collect phone numbers, but that’s alright. Maybe a nampa (pick-up) guy can turn serious
  • Expand your horizons. Most all gals I know are not dating gyaruo. Instead they’re sticking to guys who are spending less money on their clothes and more their girlfriends. Often the gyaruo couples are highschool or started dating in highschool
  • Don’t put your hopes up on one guy unless you’re dating. Finding your perfect someone doesn’t come without trial and error.
  • suki is commonplace, don’t consider it love and don’t expect guys to speak of their love or it’s sometimes hollow. Words of love do not carry the same weight in Japanese. I got two mails today of friends telling me they loved me, casually of course. They’re just being sweet.
  • Cheating happens in Japan. Two of my friends have been the other woman, accidentally or not. Two of my other friends have found someone else to be the other man, so it’s not just guys.
  • Carry condoms! USE THEM! STDs are never sexy.

So be safe, be sexy and put yourself out there. 


Miki asks:
Because I live in the southern Hemisphere our seasons are the opposite of the Northern which means that we are 6 months behind in Fashion. Would you suggest that, for example during our winter I should use trends from the winter which has already passed in the North??

It gets a little confusing with seasonal changes. There are small things which I can keep up to date with such as make up or hair but something with certain clothes, colours or prints, it just doesn’t work.

Mitsu’s response:

I actually think you get the best of both worlds. You can and mix and enjoy a nice sexy blend.
In your situation it’s best to consider these trends without a seasonal reference. Things like plaid, dot patterns, lace and studs all can work in either summer or winter. Cardigans are popular and work as a lightweight jacket on a cooler summer night. For bottoms, consider damage jeans work whether you need shorts of jeans. Leggings are often fine during the summer too.

Tokyo’s winter actually tends to start mid to late October lately, and there is very little of Fall, so you will find people in t-shirts in October.

The only thing I would suggest following that is a purely summer trend is shoes. Strappy open-toed heeled sandals were very popular as were mules. Also, summer is a great time to experiment with color. Winter in Japan people tend to wear only pops of color, but summer can be a great explosion of color if you want it to be.


steph asks

I’d like to know whether is it true that gals in Japan eat a lot (that’s what my boyfriend said). When I was in Japan, I noticed that many gals in Japan eat heartily and do not look like they starve themselves – but they still look really thin.

For many I do think they’re anorexic. I think magazines and dieting also encourage this extreme diet restriction. I am sure there are some binge-purge women as well. I also believe that with the less equality of men and women it forces the society to punish the women who aren’t of the considered societal pleasing shape (sociological too much ^_^;;)

Yes, many gals are thin, but some are just genetically slender. Walking is some part of it, but walking really isn’t that physically taxing and most people only walk 30 mins a day here. Also, as an American I walk fast, I use my long legs and move. Japanese tend to walk quite slow, thus lessening their physical empact. I think their weight has a lot more to do with genetics, the greater emphasis on physical fitness in highschool, portion size, and their conception of food

  • Most Japanese women have small frames which means packing even extra fat on can just look more like a medium frame. For those of us with large frames (read more about frame sizing here), we pack on a little meat and BOOM we’re chubby. Small framed girls can accept more weight. Also, genetically I think Japanese have good metabolism, they mostly do not seem to have much of the obesity gene lying around. I mean when you get to the countryside of course there’s a greater range in sizes.
  • Physical fitness class is much more important in Japanese high schools than in American ones. While it was solely the jocks and a few credit requirements, most Japanese schools have a lot more athletic emphasis built into their curriculum. Therefore, many of these gals who are only 2 or 3 yrs from that musculature haven’t had time to bloat.
  • Portion size in Japan is also much much smaller than in the US. I mean with the exception of ramen (which is just soup), most foods are very small portions. Steak may be a tiny steak pieces, a katsu piece is usually small as well. 
  • Japanese TV is obscenely dedicated to covering food. Food stores, food oddities, the celebration of seasonal food, the cheap places to get it, reviews around the country… it’s everywhere. Although the US has the food network, I think the normal American mentality is not to savour the food. When you go out to eat with someone in Japan expect to bring up what you ate for an hour afterwards.  It feels like people really treasure their food here, even if its cheap and simple. Because of this enjoyment, I think women eat less per day, keeping them thin.

Anon asks:

I know this has probably been touched light upon but are gal brands startin to branch out of the standard M size and into L and even LL clothing.

The quick and dirty answer: nope. Even though many gal brands have 3 sizes in fitted items such as jeans, they mainly go to an American size 2/4 (So the sizes would translate to 00 – 0 – 2, or sometimes 0 – 2 – 4). Though discount brand Honey’s (located in 109-2), has L and LL, I am pretty sure LL = 4, and that’s in a very select few styles.

EDIT: For some of the girls outside the American L range, the mall aBaB in Ueno on the 5th(?) floor stocks larger sized clothing such as jeans and such. Do not expect the most current styles or cutest looks, but there are still several outfits and looks to be found within.


vividancer asks:

I’m curious as to what got you into doing gal styles when you first started and how you got started. any interesting tidbits to share on the transition between girl to gal?

The simple answer: I moved to Japan. In actuality I moved in 2007 and hadn’t really heard about the gal resurgence. Instead I had this picture in my mind from Fruits books of mamba or something that was just too colorful and baked and not me. Thankfully I met a friend and she liked the new gal before she came and then together we discovered a lot more.

Me as a light blonde in 2007
Trucker cap: aBaB
Jacket: Gilfy
Necklace: Gilfy
Dress: Swordfish



Oh I think I was fail at times back then and other pieces/looks I still like. I fell in love with Gilfy quickly and that was easy enough to lure me in. I considered it very easy to get into it because I had both access, the most current info and a lifestyle void. It was easy to get into, but much harder to make strides in it. I’m not a big make-up person, and I needed to learn to spend time on my hair and several things went very slowly. I really do think gal is best done with a drastic hair change.


Karyu-sama マニア asks

I’ll be going to Japan very soon and I am sacred not to find anything in my size. Shirt size: L-M Dress size: L

 While I spoke of 0-2-4 in concern with jeans, that doesn’t translate to the rest of clothing. Jeans are a very specific object that I’m sure you know can be a pain to shop for. Do not worry at all about finding things to fit. I can only loosely say this since broad shoulders are not a very Japanese friendly clothing aspect, but many gal clothes are made loose. Even if they’re fitted many are cotton which have a bit of stretch to them. 

As I’ve said before I think it’s a huge myth that 109 caters to only tiny people. Of course some things are tiny sized because MOST of Japan is tiny or medium sized. My firiend used to complain she found nothing that fit her when all she would look at were these button-up shirt dresses. I don’t know how well her body could’ve done in an American or European S-to-L system looking for button-up shirt dresses. However, once she moved to a more loose and casual look she was able to buy most anything she wanted. Loose doesn’t have to be casual. Lip Service has made a fortune this season selling many looks that are tight to the bust and loose everywhere else.

 


Markie asks

I often sacrifice fashion for bulky layers …do you have any recommendations on staying gal/fashionable even when you have to pack yourself up like a sardine?

First of all there are two main bodylines popular this season, the A-line which favors trenchcoats and peacoats, and the I-line which favors skinny jeans and sleek jackets. The A-line cut relies on keeping your legs in tights or leggings to maintain a thin shape to balance out the flowy upper body. This is a bad idea in extreme conditions.

It’s best to stick with an I-line shape, so find a very sleek coat. Combine skinny jeans with thermal leggings and rely on layering thinly. Such as thermal long-tee + long sleeve print tee + cardigan + jacket.

Also, pop your outfit with an adorable snow hat and winter scarf, preferably in a color or print.

Let your hair have volume and show from under your hat. Fluff around and let it speak for your fashion sense.


LANA asks

I can get good quality exte, and haircut that is affordable and gives a wide variety of shades for my hair

It depends on your definition of affordable, personally I think the US is much cheaper on haircuts, so it’s best to get a haircut in the states before coming and then exte. Remember that layered haircuts tend to blend exte better than blunt cuts.

Most all salons will carry blonde and there is usually no extra charge. My last time at Yu House a Lady Gaga platinum blonde was getting exte next to me. Extreme red might cost more and be harder to blend.

YuHouse
is offering their special again with 50 for 9,800. That’s a good price, but if you’re like me and wanting more than that, Extension Rhytmn in Centaagai (東京都渋谷区宇田川町35-4 plug it into google maps) seems to have a great price right now. Their straight houdai (all you can get) is 9800, and their wave houdai price is only 15800. I’m unsure if you need the coupon, but you can print it out before you leave the States 🙂

I am going to head to them next week and see if they’re good.

Lip Service, Cecil McBee opening and more.

Lip Service

It seems like any more I plug Lip Service I might get paid by them to do so, but you just can’t stop a good love affair. I bought 2 tunics, 1 shirt, a scarf and a necklace. None of them over $40.00! Everything was amazingly reasonably priced and they had lots of sexy basics. I was trusting Egoist last year for their sexy basics, but they feel a little out of trend this season.

Onto the loot…!

 
Great tunic top with Halloween flair
 
Cute monotone top
  
Funky color leopard print giant scarf
 
I tried to photoshop to color match the purple, but everything fails. 
I want shoes to match this great onepiece/cardi!

I feel like I can enjoy rotating these pieces and they all would look rockin’ with the current vest, jacket, studs love.

Cecil McBee

They just opened at new store at Lumine Est at the bottom floor. Now there are oddly two Cecil McBee stores in Lumine Est, but hopefully it’s just through transition. The new store is wonderfully set-up and well lit. It felt so much easier to shop through and well divided.

My long-time shop staff from 4th floor Cecil was working there. She runs up to meet and speaks 50 miles an hour, but she is fabulous. We looked through their new catalog (pics later) and pointed to different ideas.

My staff girl Arisa on the left with another Cecil staff girl.
I asked to take a pic for my blog…oh how embarrassing, but she’s such a good sport.

I was not a fan of the plaid, but it’s growing on me. I also like the layering sets (which this month’s Nuts talks about).

 
Casual plaid tunic that stops perfectly mid-arm for relaxing fall style. (bought!)

 It wasn’t fab on me, but it’s a cool print (not bought!)

 
They had layering style all for one price. Love using all the pieces seperately.

Valentines High

I’m usually not a big shopper of this store. I love pink, but this place always seems to be dripping with too much pink. However, I couldn’t resist the cute set.

Love the ribbon details.

Mar*s

 
Shinjuku EST display

Has been taking advantage of the set craze and putting out some cute jacket + dress combinations. At the Honten party I preordered one and keep loving the jacket. However lots of cute ones have come along.

 
I didn’t like the dress on me, but I’m in love with this rider!

The zipper pull alone is fabulous!

 
Set from the Mar*s store blog. 
Silly stupid jacket, how I want you.
I passed up on this set, but …only time will tell if I continue to do so ^_^;

Other things in Alta and Lumine EST

Reinda had some lovely adult looks going on.

 
Delyle advertising for its second Shinjuku store opening up in the same month :o!
 
Their mannequin display outside ALTA

Silver Week sales and Mar*s blogs

Silver Week

September 19 to the 23rd is known as Silver Week in Japan. We get a ton of time off all at once, so travel inside and out of Japan is more expensive ^_^;;; It’s Autumn’s answer to Golden Week. Just like Golden Week, Silver Week offers a great time to shop in Japan since retailers put out sales or special sets to get during this time.

Mar*s sent me a postcard in the mail to let me know they have two cute special sets for the week. 

 
Nice note on the back
 
Also, don’t forget the sexy two sets being offered by Lip Service during this time.
Sadly, or rather not so sadly, my man is coming to visit that week so I will possibly miss out on these items (but hopefully there’s a few left over or I rush to get them Friday morning before he arrives… heehee). 
In other sexy Mar*s news, they have awesomely decided to put up blogs on the megapopular ameblo blog site of each of there store’s new items and life. I think it’s a fabulous way to see how new items are worn and to get the scoop on the new items coming into the store. These blogs were launched last month, so I don’t know how long stores will continue to keep up their posting rate but it’s wonderful while it lasts.
stores of note
honten blog 
109 blog 
realmars blog

These are definitely going on my blogroll

Requested: My coordinates for 7 days

Outifts over 7 days. I am not modeling these because… I’m not a model, TOTM (bloat-chan), and jet lag makes some great skin ^__^;;.

Wow this was quite an undertaking to shoot everything. I don’t know how often I’ll be doing this since it’s time consuming ^__^;;


Monday – School and Argent Sue Extension appt

Jacket: Mar*s
Dress: Risty (? circa 2007)
Shoes: Esperanza (bow heels)

Tuesday – School and Birthday Gift Shopping with friends

Jacket: Forever 21
Top: Cecil McBee
Bottom: One*Spo
Petticoat: One*Spo
Leggings: American Apparrel
Shoes: Esperanza (the sunday pair)

Wednesday – School, Dinner and Shopping with friends, Centaagai Bar action

Dress: Lip Service
Leggings: American Apparrel
Vest: Delyle
Bows: L..Chance
Shoes: Esperanza (the sunday heels)

Top: Lip Service
Bottoms: Cecil McBee
Bag: Mar*s
Shoes: Esperanza (the sunday heels)

Thursday – Shopping and Hangover recovery time

Dress: Delyle
Shoes: somewhere in La Foret (circa 2007)

Friday – School, Carry Nails appt, Going away party for a friend

Cardigan: Duras
Top: Lip Service
Jean skirt: VS Pink
Shoes: Zara

Dress: One*Spo
Hat: One*Spo
Jacket: Mar*s
Shoes: Zara

Saturday – Drinking with friends

 
 

Dress: Lip Service
Camisole: Lip Service
Mise Pants: Me Jane
Garter: Me Jane
Bag: Mar*s
Shoes: Bonita

Sunday – Study, lunch with friend, and Eyecandy eyelash exte appt

Shirt: Gap
Skirt: American Lip Service (dragqueens in dragsters)
Shoes: Esperanza

Senorita Shops-a-lot and more Delco-icious

I was at 109 with a friend to help her pick out a bday gift for her sister. While I was there at L..Chance I couldn’t resist the cute bow trend that is popping up in accessories.

 
I picked up 2 of these for pigtails

Sweet necklace that reminds me of Hello Kitty’s bow ❤

Sigh… two days later I ended up at 109 again…! Actually I was there because I was originally at 109-2 at Bling Me letting them do some deco work for me, and while I was waiting I headed to 109 ^_^;;

Hair done

Did my hair all poofy, so here’s pics and clearer photos of the color. I’m not in any make-up, and I do indeed have troublesome skin. Hurrah! I am not a photoshopping genius, so it be me it be simple. I do my make-up and such after hair. I tend to do my hair first and then dress, make-up, final hair touches.

 
Side

 Front

Profile (had to fix my back more)
Black metallic scrunchie by American Apparrel
 
Close-up of my streaks

Onto shopping~

I am seeing a great hot pink trend around, and I love it as a bold winter color. Moussy, Duras, Delyle, and of course Mar*s are all sporting hot pink pieces in their Autumn/Winter looks. Duras and Moussy both have hot pink shoes to match!

I usually don’t shop at Duras, because they’re expensive and their items often seem a little too basic. However, I really like their colorful mod style lately, so I shelled out the extra dough. I spoke on my twitter about Glad News and Duras doing leopard and lip print and said I loved the Glad News print more. The print itself I do, but Glad News did red lips (I never wear red) and the hoodie wasn’t as much my style.

 
I first tried on their onepiece, but I wasn’t rocking it.

So I fell in love with the cardigan instead. Which can be worn as a onepiece. 🙂


Mar*s has their trenches in! I love the gold buttons, but I passed up because I won’t buy a Winter coat unless it’s perfect. Since you wear them 100000x and it exemplifies your signature style for the season, you should adore your coat and it should say this is me and I am sexy/badass/awesome/fearless/cute/adult.

Mar*s however has awesome fur stoles and I couldn’t resist their hot pink one. Please let the comment section not turn into a fur vs. no fur debate. Japan loves fur and it is always in their fashions, whether you like it or not you have to accept it as part of the style. End of discussion. Especially since your Mitsu is feeling a bit under the weather, let’s stick to sunny topics!

 
Furry~

Shopping bags are important. Many girls carry them when they need extra room, and high school girls often use them as ways to change out of their uniform to go out. Mar*s is especially shopping bag centric. They have a selection of 3 bags and you get to choose your bag. This is their newest one.
 
The print matches the inside of my stole 🙂

I got a Scientific Calculator for Math, which I am elementally retarded at. So I had to pretty up my calculator in order to at least look at the silly contraption. Also, my professor who knows me way too well, put up a powerpoint slide of a Hello Kitty simple calculator and told me specifically I could not have it. So of course, I had to take up the dare and make my calculator HK lovely. ^__^v

 
The front: done in Rose and Light Rose AB

The back: Which I plan to deco a bit more myself.

 

Bling Me also fixed my phone’s missing crystals for 20.00. Sadly most people think of deco-den when they think of deco, but phones are one of the most mishandled objects. We drop them when we’re drunk, we set them on horrible surfaces, we’re always touching them. It’s one of the worst things TO deco. I actually recommend not decoing your phone if you’re going to be heartbroken about missing crystals, because it will happen and you will be sad.

I also went to Chiara and nabbed a pencil with predone pearl deco. I usually don’t like premade deco with stones, but the pearl seemed more otona-ppoi ❤

 
Loves it.
Now I promise not to shop for like… a while to save up for the Lip Service event >__<;;

Fall Updates in 109 stores (the extended version)

Well those who have been staying up on my twitter, which wow so many people joined. It was overwhelming, but a happy surprise. Thank you! I’m happy to follow you, but I’d like to know more about you. So please message me and let me know a little about you. ^_^v

Gilfy and Backs:

Gilfy

Backs

Both have stayed within their styles, but I’m a little saddened that they keep bringing back old trends. Back’s coat had moko-moko as the lining, which was so overblown last Winter. Gilfy keeps putting out new pom-pom ski hats even though they reached their peak in 2007. However, if you’re a fan of both stores you may be pleased by Backs sticking to classic monotone and Gilfy’s use of bold colors.

Reinda:

I usually don’t talk about this store, which is a shame because it’s a great store that provides trends while keeping looks adult and sexy. They have a great pink blazer with runched sleeves as well as traditional ones. Overall cute dresses in great slim sillouttes.

Spiral Girl:

Looks a bit bland this season. Their summer was very fun and casual, while I’m not seeing anything that says must buy or even trendsetter.

Cecil McBee:

Should have a very popular season while sticking to their half OL / half gal styling they have cute accessories, good shirts and lots of variety.

Liz Lisa:


I am a little disappointed in their season. While lace is very popular this season, Liz Lisa went a little overboard with their use of it. It’s simply dripping off skirts, tops and other bits. However, they have kept a cameo trend throughout their clothing and it looks cute pinned to shirts and dresses. I was more heartbroken that I couldn’t find a dress that didn’t involve brown, no such luck for an all baby pink OP. I love having an excuse to buy more shoes, but brown shoes aren’t exactly my thing.

Me Jane:

Looks more like itself inside the store than their online shop, which was a welcome suprise. Lots of baby pink mixed with black that looks very sweet and sexy. They have brought back their fur stoles (like other stores such as One*Spo, Mars, Lip Service), but I was too nervous to look at the pricetag since last season they were 200.00USD D:

Mar*s:

Their gorgeous trenches drop this month, so I’ll be on the hunt when they really come out to see if they are as hot IRL. Their logo houndstooth dress, as seen in their catalog, was cute and cheap by Mar*s standards at $86.00, but I resisted. Their two piece coordinate was onesize and not made for tallies ^_^;; The fall plaid onepiece was cute but made of sweater material, and while it is still warm in Tokyo it’s not getting bought by me. They really need more stock, their store was looking a little bare. They however now have a perfume, self titled and available for $60USD. I haven’t smelled it yet.

Mar*s does have new fur stoles in at a suprisingly low 85.00USD. Their trademark hotpink color was available, and I keep thinking about it.

ReDark:

They have had such low seasons for the last year that I have been worried that they might close soon. Which is shocking since it was founded by powerhouse Gilfy and should always have a market. The store looked filled with fresh Amekaji blends and much more people (even during a typhoon) than I usually see in the store.

One*Spo:

Keeps putting out great looks while staying in their “girly rock” theme this season. Great use of leopard, leather and shiny black. I was slightly dissappointed by their Balmain jacket copy (center), but overall they have a great wearable season and cute jacket + skirt combinations that are their signature every season. I am very tempted to buy the zip halter dress on the left. ^_^;

Shiny Glamorous:

Another store I usually don’t talk about. It’s on the 4th floor of 109-2 and is part of the OneWay One*Spo fashion collaborative. It in the past has looked a little too OL for me, but they’ve recently taken a page out of One*Spo’s design handbook and have brought popular looks from One*Spo’s great winter collection last season and made them more adult. The sparkle shirt and beret from One*Spo are now at Shiny Glamorous, they are also using One*Spo’s popular trend of chiffon frouffy skirts to spice up their looks. Even their baby pink lace skirts seemed sweet.

Delyle:

Their jackets turned out of to be made of a heavy cotton (twill possibly) and felt a bit scratchy. Quite a let down. However their Chanel inspired cardigans felt like cashmere and represented the luxury and adult look of the brand. There were several skirts that looked adorable, and overall they’re having a good season with lots of buys that will last you onto next Winter.

Heaven and Earth:

I am not an often shopper of here, although I do like the look. Unlike other MitsuMaru brands that often just copy what the headlining gal brands are doing, Heaven and Earth has stuck with a nice Rock and Oraora blend. Their staff is always friendly and while they didn’t have much yet in for the fall collection it all looked close to the brand style, while keeping it hard and interesting. While Mar*s has a possible Nicole Richie print, Heaven and Earth has a possible Lindsay Lohan print. The staff girl and I weren’t sure if it was Lohan or not. Either way it was strong print and looked well with their tough selection.

Glad News:

Bold prints, great shapes and hot leather. As always it’s apt to say this brand goes “balls out” and takes no prisoners. Their thigh-high boots follow their forefathers of the brand in looking deadly and hella sexy. The front is all tiny lace-up and looks befitting an S&M queen if not for the color palatte of navy or bronze. I absolutely love their heart and leopard print hoodie. It’s hot and their leather jackets are always gorgeous.

SHOES

Flag-J:

Remolded their store a little and it looks much more accessible and sexy. Having 2 down seasons, they currently provide all the shoe trends (wedges, thigh high boots, lacing styles, pumpboots, pumps in every color) and I was tempted to buy 2 pairs when I was there. It also helps that their shopstaff is continually pleasant and attentive.

Bonita:

Nothing that’s a yet, and I usually trust them for my boot needs since in Japan Winters just eat up boots.

Esperanza:

Gorgeous pumps and stylish short boots. Their sky-high hooker pumps are suprisingly walkable and while I keep laying them down since I am already tall, I keep going back to drool at their supreme sexyness. Lots of hidden platform pumps and regular platform pumps, overall cute and whether you’re a bkei chick or a hime girl you will probably find a pair you can’t live without.

Random notes on all the stores:

  • If you didn’t catch it on my twitter, most every store has a leather jacket and a blazer. It is so entrenched in most every top store that if you do not have one, you are not in fashion this season.
  • Leopard print is back, but like I said please only one item at a time. Do not burn my eyes, ladies!
  • Purple, red, grey, and lavender are key colors this season. If you are Lip Service you have also added green in mint.
  • Thigh-high boots have arrived along with booties, and I for one am super happy about both trends.
  • Fur stoles are back, and will be paired with many looks this season.
  • Sparkle is here to stay. Hair accessories, berets, shirts, watches… it’s a glittery wonderful world.

Mar*s Autumn catalog and Me Jane (?)

Mar*s has kindly put up their Fall and Autumn catalog digitally on their website. IE using their DHTML seemed to be the easiest to view it. I was happy to be finally able to open it since the catalog is full of great Mar*s style items that will drain my wallet.

Faves include…

Gorgeous trench, love the wrist bow details.

Want this so much!

Perfect fall style

Accessories and shoes, love all the bows

Props Mar*s. You will now get my money .__.;;
Why-oh-why did Mar*s decide to make Hoshiaya their spokesmodel is beyond me. Mar*s loves curves, Hoshiaya…. girl got none. She bores me ZzzzzZzzz(-_-;)

Me Jane which is owned by Mar*s on the other hand decided to get away from their style a little this fall.

I bought this the week before I left. Love it! Can’t wait to wear it 😀 Still in Me Jane style.

Still a little girly, but I’m not feeling the Me Jane.

Ehh? Kinda boring.

Both Mar*s and Me Jane have put out fur stoles for $90USD. A far cry from the $200+ Mar*s was charging last year. Whether it’s inferior fur or smaller I don’t know, but it’s safe to safe fur is again happening this winter.

Mars Night Invitation Party in Kabukicho

A friend and I decided to visit the Mars Honten (flagship store) in Kabukicho, Shinjuku for their invitation party.

You needed the invitation from a Mar*s store to enter, but even as we got there with 30 minutes left the faithful were out in line. Mar*s is a favorite brand of agejos, hostesses, and even moms buying for highschool girls.

I snuck these two pics, but often taking pictures during special events can get you in trouble.

It was sooooo packed! An hour almost later I was able to purchase one of their new items with 10% off that night and get a shirt on sale.

I reserved the set above, since it looked really cute and wouldn’t be out for a while. They’ll give me a call when they have one in.

Their new skirt with lace bottom. It looks adorable and fluffy on.
Cute undershorts that came with it in with typical Mars pink accentsThe back of a cute shirt on sale, to go with the skirt.
Since I bought 10,000 ($100) worth of items I got a coin to the special one night only Gachapon
Inside a cute bow scrunchie! Yay freeness!

Monotone ho dress on sale as well.

Mar*s does a lot of cute items and since they are a sexy brand they tend to promote different sizes as well. Personally I love seeing this brand on girls with a little more BQB than super tiny ones.

MeJane is the sister of Mar*s and has a store right below stayed open into the night as well. They also had a cute set for sale.

For 9400 ($94) you got a set of 4 items and since you can use your Mar*s point card at Mejane then it was actually only 87 ^__^ Dress, bow bust accent, tshirt onepiece and short pants are meant to be worn together on seperately. Lots of possibilities!

The fun GlamourousJane print


And after all of that shopping Me*Jane was kind enough to give its customers a bottle of orange juice to cool off in the summer humidity and a 1050 off coupon for next purchase. Nice job both stores!