The Three Musketeers in Ikea

Shopping for a bunk bed at Ikea ended up taking all day.

Not that it took that long to choose. I had actually narrowed down the bed we wanted online and we were technically just there to buy it. But you know how it is…we had to try out every couch, gush over the system kitchen that would never fit into my apartment and ponder over how many pots for plants I need (and by need, I mean want).

We also took a break and ate at the Ikea restaurant. Not only are their dishes very cheap, they had a vegetarian dish on their menu, too! We all tried the Veggie Ball Kurozu Ankake and it was really good!

At the end of the afternoon, we finally got around to buying our bunk bed, which we somehow maneuvered into our tiny car. It was a tight fit going back home but I had tons of fun. Mission accomplished! ūüėÄ


IKEA SHINMISATO
2-2-2 ShinMisato Lala, Misato, Saitama JAPAN
TEL: 0570 01 3900
HOURS: Mon-Fri 10:00am-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm

The Christmas Tree at Kitte

For a country that doesn’t technically celebrate Christmas in the religious sense, we really do have a lot of Christmas trees displayed all over Tokyo.
Not that I’m complaining. I love Christmas trees. I’ve seen quite a few different Christmas trees this season (like this) but I think I have finally found my favorite!
The one that had me oohing and ahhing is this Christmas tree¬†covered in snow. It’s the one currently on display at KITTE Marunouchi, a new retail facility that opened this March.
It doesn’t have any illumination lights or decorations on it, it’s just a tree covered in snow but I think the simplicity of it all is what pulls me. I love it. This Christmas tree is one of the tallest indoor trees in Japan, standing a whopping 14.5 meters high inside the atrium. It was designed by Makoto Tanijiri, a Japanese architect, and will be on display here until December 25th.
KITTE is definitely one of my favorite retail facilities in Tokyo. The selection of stores is great and the outdoor roof has a fantastic view of Tokyo station, which was also renovated recently. It also has photos of the old Tokyo Central Post building displayed in various parts of the facility, which I also love. I’m glad they were able to preserve a part of the building exterior, which was originally designed by Tetsuro Yoshida and completed in 1933. Lots of history there.
So if you’re in the area this weekend and looking for something to do, stop by to ooh and ahh over this lovely tree, go (window) shopping, and/or gaze out across Tokyo station from the roof! You’ll love doing at least one, if not all, of the above. x

The Overalls

Today I took the morning off work to go to my monthly doctors appointment…and decided to go shopping before heading back to work!
I have been eyeing these overall shorts at Zara for a while now. They go with anything and I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of overalls. It could be my look this summer.
But when I tried them on today, it was like deja vu…I could swear I had the same pair back in grade school. Well…apparently I did!
I posted the picture above with my suspicion of having the same overalls on facebook and guess what my grade school friend T posted on my wall?
In response to your photo you just posted, you are correct.
You did have the exact one in grade school.
Please see exhibit A below.
(you are in the red if you don’t recognize yourself).¬†
Oh the good old 90s. Don’t you love how crazy old pictures like this can just pop up on your wall like this on facebook? The overalls, the big tshirts, the socks with Birkenstock look. I love it all because it all reminds me of how much fun we all had growing up together.
Do you sometimes walk down memory lane and get nostalgic over old photos? ūüėÄ

The Afternoon at Costco

Met up with my sister at Costco.
Costco is like Disneyland.
It’s too expensive to go everyday
but every time we go it’s like a magical wonderland.
I’ve learned to control myself at Disneyland.
I’ve learned that Bambi ears are not cute outside in the real world.
I’ve also learned that Mickey popcorn cases just get in the way at home.
But I have yet to learn to control myself at Costco.
You would think we weren’t two single girls.
Thank god for these huge shopping carts
or we would have had to get two.
But we had so much fun!
And I’m looking forward to not having to buy any
detergent or shampoo for the next 5 years. Ha.
After shopping, we headed to a near by onsen.
I love onsen in the winter.
Especially the baths outside.
We call them Rotenburo.
There’s something so relaxing and refreshing
about sitting in a hot bath outside when the air is chilly.
You can stare up into the sky and see the winter constellation.
Or the vast blue sky if it’s during the day.
But either way, I love it.
Rotenburo’s are really really great.
If you have never done this, you really need to.
We headed home all relaxed from the onsen.
And spent the rest of the night watching Happy Endings
while eating tortilla chips with cheese and salsa.
Pretty great day ūüėÄ

The Long Yellow Skirt

People with short legs should never wear long skirts.
But I don’t care what people say.
(Actually I kinda do.)
So when I found this long yellow skirt
I fell in love and HAD to get it.
(Actually didn’t HAVE to…but I did.)
And this weekend the long yellow skirt and I
headed out and took a train ride together.
I love how the skirt swooshes around when I walk.
And I only almost tripped once
when walking up the stairs to change train lines
and forgot to hold my skirt up.
(my recovery and pretending nothing happened was amazing.)
I think we’re going to have many more days together.
This long yellow skirt and I.

The Tattly Tattoos

I’m so excited!!!
Look what I found in Harajuku!!!
I’ve had a crush on these Tattly tattoos for a while now.
They are slightly dorky
and so super duper cute!!!
Don’t you think?
Here are a few of my favorites:

PS: I found some you can buy in Japan domestically online here.
But Tattly also does international delivery
so you can just buy it directly on their website.

The Shopping Spree in Chicago

After the yummy breakfast
Tennyson and I headed out to shop.

Tennyson is the best shopping buddy.
He didn’t complain while I dragged him around everywhere.
Actually I didn’t know where everything was
so it was more like me demanding where what was
and making him guide me there. haha.

You will always be Marshall Fields to me.
(Just like Sears Tower will always be Sears Tower to me.)