Tuesday, April 02, 2013

the fash packs: tokyo (the outfits edition!)

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):

i wore a black wool double-breasted knit jacket (vintage from my mom), cotton skirt by forever 21, knee-high leather boots by paul smith, tote by longchamp, and a brocade coat by H&M. when it got colder in the evening, i added black opaque tights and a muffler, and i buttoned up the coat. those are the little tricks to protect you from the cold and wind: hidden layers (like the double-breasted style, lining in the skirt and jacket, pockets).

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:
i wore a mock turtleneck from a street market in kaoshiung, taiwan, a skirt by vivienne tam, knee-high flat patent boots by gucci. and this time i added black opaque tights and a tank top underneath. and of course i still had the same H&M coat with me.

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!!
i wore a thick red cotton turtleneck (vintage from my mom), silk/velvet patchwork skirt by christian lacroix, black leggings (because the skirt was not that thick, so i needed more protection from the cold), the same patent boots by gucci (perfect for the rain), and tote by longchamp (also ideal when it's raining).

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!
so i wore a long-sleeved men's shirt by folded & hung under a light wool sweater by tory burch, men's stretchy pants by C2 collezione (stretchy is important for long flights), boots by gucci, coat by mango. before i got on the plane, i switched to flats by tory burch. before i landed, i took off the sweater and tied it around my shoulders, and folded the sleeves of the shirt. everything else got packed into the trolley. and i always like to have a hands-free slingbag for easy access to my passport, boarding pass, and wallet.

till the fash packs again!

Monday, April 01, 2013

the fash packs: tokyo

happy april fool's day! oops, i mean happy easter! as usual, the fash pack has been delinquent. i haven't kept my promise to post regularly. so how'd you spend your holy week break? for the first time in years, i spent it at home. yes, four days, from holy thursday to easter sunday at home! as in, i never left the house! i was busy de-cluttering and segregating stuff to give to charity, to share with family and friends, and to just plain throw away! ugh so tiring when you've accumulated so much (useless) stuff. i mean, how much makeup do i really need?? (hmmm gives me an idea to have a blog giveaway...) i've also been traveling! a lot of local destinations (so much of our beautiful country i have yet to see), and just last week i went to tokyo! i can't believe i waited 30 years to go back to japan! and how lucky was i that the sakura was early this year! what a lovely sight!!
shibuya

ueno park



roppongi hills

it was my first time to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, which usually happens late march to mid april. and the flowers last for just 10-15 days, then they all fall off. it is a yearly event that the japanese really look forward to. you could really feel their excitement, taking pictures, posing in front of them, setting up picnic blankets beneath the trees (even when it was raining!), and just basking in nature's glory. 
roppongi hills

ueno park

shibuya

and i of course didn't miss the chance to have my own photo op! since i was traveling by myself, i had to ask someone to take my picture! if you ever get the chance to visit japan, don't be shy to ask a local to take your picture, they'll be happy to do it. the japanese are some of the nicest, most helpful, and most polite people you'll ever encounter! 
excited much??