it had been a while since i packed for cold weather. but it was exactly what i was wishing for! sayang naman the coats and boots i bought during sales, nabubulok lang in the manila heat and humidity hehe... two weeks before i leave for a trip, i start to monitor the weather of my destination via wunderground.com. i check every day to see if the temps are consistent from day to day, if there is light or heavy rain, if it's windy, if temps drop drastically at night, etc. all these elements come into play when planning my wardrobe. arte ba? well, there's nothing worse than being unprepared, especially if it's colder than you expected!
i was invited to tokyo by kérastase to visit their labs and attend a regional press conference for their new product called intialiste (available in may). day 1 was all about the airport, airplane, driving two hours to the lab straight from narita, another two to the hotel, then having 15 minutes to get ready for a press con. so i've got nothing to show for that!
day 2 i was better prepared. temps were in the mid-to-high teens (15-18°C), so really pleasant. no need for thermals, gloves, thick mufflers, or heavy coats. it was still a working day, but after my official business, i had time to walk around roppongi hills. this is what i wore (without and with coat) (and matchy-matchy with the hotel lobby sculpture):
day 3, i had to check out of my expensive, sponsored hotel in roppongi hills and move to a more affordable boutique hotel in shibuya. then it was time to explore on my own. my friend pierra (check out her family's blog, the happylab.com.ph) made a walking tour for me, which i just followed. temps today dropped a bit to below 15°C, so it was chillier. here i am at some quaint and quiet café just off the busy and crowded takeshita lane:
day 4 was super gloomy and drizzling all day... and biting cold! it must have been around 10-12°C. i had planned to switch to a lighter coat today, but i had to stick with the thick brocade coat by H&M. i was picked up at my hotel by a japanese couple, who are friends of the hubby, and they took me around. first stop: ueno park, which has the most number of sakura trees in tokyo. so beautiful!!
day 5 it was time to go home huhuhu... i had to leave my hotel at around 745am and walk two blocks to the bus, which would take me to the airport. and it was 8°C eek! so layers that are easy to peel off is key, especially since i was landing in 34-degree temps eek!
till the fash packs again!