Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stitch Fix #1

Last month i signed up for Stitch Fix, this awesome online personal styling service that delivers right to your door, or your friendly neighborhood post office. All you need to do is fill out a style profile, pay a $20 styling fee that is later applied as a credit towards the items you decide to keep, and one of their stylist chooses five items just for you. The best part is that you get to try everything at home, play dress-up, keep what you loved, pay online and just send the rest within 3 business days in the pre-paid envelope provided. It's that easy and fun! They also ship to military APO/FPO which is a godsend! 

What i got:

- Dolman Knit Shirt
- Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Cardigan
- V-Neck Jersey Top
- Heart Print Top
- Black Skinny Ponte Pants
I styled the skinny leggings and the asymmetrical cardigan with a simple white tanktop, Alex and Chloe jewelry from Forever 21 and black heels. I think this outfit is perfect to go from work to play, just change the black heels to black flats to make it more work appropriate. I loved loved loved this cardigan and although i wanted nothing more but to keep it, i knew i wasn't going to use it for quite a while. You know with summer slowly rolling along. The pants/leggings were really flattering but i already have leggings and black jeans, so i didn't keep the pants.

When i opened my box i could see this print through the tissue paper and i just knew this was going to be my favorite piece. This silky navy/white heart printed shirt is perfect for spring and summer! I styled it with white shorts, red Keds, a fedora and a grey/cognac bag. It is the perfect piece because it will transition nicely throughout the seasons. This was the only piece i kept from my first Stitch Fix. Even my husband said this shirt screamed my name! :)

The grey dolman shirt was alright but a little bit too pricy for just a plain sweater-like shirt. The V-Neck jersey top on the other hand was terrible!! But i think it was because i put on my style profile that i wanted 1 business looking piece in my box. Let's just say i quickly changed that. Another amazing thing about this service is that not only do they send you cute pieces, they tell you how to style each piece on your box with pictures! I noticed this after i had already played dress-up and it was fun seen how the stylist put outfits together, some a little differently then i had.

Over all it was an great experience and i can't wait to get my next fix! It was like Christmas in April! If the idea of this service intrigues you i say go for it, sign up! Even if you do it once, you'll never know if it's for you unless you try. Also, if you like all your five pieces you get a 25% discount! After paying for the items you'd like to keep, leave your feedback on their website, the better they get to know your style, the better your fixes will be!  

Q: What do you think?! Would you sign up to get a personal stylist? 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Umeda Sky Buiding: Floating Garden Observatory

And we're finally on our last attraction of our trip! Hooray! From Dotombori we took the JR line to Osaka Station and walked to the Umeda Sky Building. The building has a fun architecture, it consists of two 40-story towers connected at their two uppermost floors with bridges and an escalator. At the top it has a 360 degree observatory with views of downtown Osaka. The Sky Walk also features a love locks wall, and essentially the reason why i wanted to visit the building! We bought a personalized love lock with our wedding date and then locked it forever in the Lumi Deck. 

Q: Have you ever left a love lock in a fence, a bridge, a gate, or anywhere else? 

If you've missed the previous posts of our trip, click here to catch up! 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pin-spiration Thursdays: Wanderlust

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Maybe it's because Summer it's just a couple of weeks away, or because we booked a weekend getaway to the Yaeyama Islands for our anniversary, or because the 36 hours: Asia & Oceania book i ordered came in the mail, or that my family finally booked their tickets to come visit us late this summer, or that i may possibly be going on a buy trip for work (hello, china, thailand or vietnam), but it's safe to say i've got a case of the travel bug as a result of all of these. (yup that was a long sentence! haha)

It's already feeling a little bit like summer here, the humidity is definitely creeping in but i can't complain when the days are gorgeous! I am sooo excited to getaway for a weekend and just do nothing. But i'm overly excited for my mom, my two brothers and my sister-in-law to fly all the way to our side of the world! I can't wait to pick them up, to have them freak out over driving on the left side of the road, to show them places i've blogged about, and for them to fall in love with this little island we call home. 

Q: Do you have any travel plans for this summer? If not, what place has you wanderlusting? 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Katsuren Castle Ruins

A couple of weekends ago G was finally up to going exploring! Lately, with me working every Saturday our Sundays have become our lazy days in and we've barely done any adventuring. This particular Sunday i woke up with the urge to get out of the house, so i sat down, opened my computer went to Okinawahai and starting searching for something we could do. We decided on the Katsuren Castle Ruins, because it's in our town and because we both want to visit all the World Heritage Sites on island. It was a cloudy day but as always Okinawa did not disappoint. 

Katsuren Castle sits on a steep hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Only a few stone walls and foundations remain. Katsuren is most famous as the seat of Lord Amawari in the 15th century. According to the legend, Amawari was a sick child that got abandoned in the mountains to die. However, he survived and grew into a powerful leader who defended an oppresive lord and took over Karsuren Castle. Later he attempted to attack Shuri Castle, which ended in his death.

Q: Aren't those sea colors breathtaking?! The view from the castle ruins was definitely a treat to witness.
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