subscribe

My Photo

Just a young girl completely in love with travel and fashion.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tokyo Tower Mayhem

After the soulful revelation I had experienced in Hiroshima, we were already on the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) headed towards Tokyo. I was excited to visit Tokyo because it is one of the most fashion forward cities in the world. It was not only a dream come true to visit, it was an honor. 
 Tokyo can be compared to Times Square in New York City or Las Vegas, Nevada because Tokyo never sleeps, especially in districts such as Shibuya and Roppongi. When I was in Tokyo, I felt like I was no longer the young girl with extraordinary dreams who lived in a small town that could no longer foster my dreams for they were too big to handle. But I became a young girl with extraordinary dreams staying in a city where nothing was too impossible to accomplish. 
We stayed in Shinjuku, Tokyo in a large youth hostel that had more than 20 floors and met people from all around the world including Thailand, Korea, France, Australia, and China. 
The youth hostel in Shinjuku isn't a five star hotel complete with all the amenities. In fact all the girls along with Sensei (my teacher) had to stay in a cramped Tatami room where we slept on the floor, there was only one public shower for all the women in the hostel which was inconvenient and wifi was never available unless you were in the lobby, and did I mention there was a curfew?
But staying there was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything because by going through experiences such as this makes you appreciate what you have back at home. Such as having your own personal shower for instance.
As in Hiroshima, it was raining and pouring in Tokyo, but the rain didn't stop me and my friends from exploring the city. By the way, these one dollar umbrella's from Daiso ( One Dollar Store) don't hold up well.
We did not get to visit Studio Ghibli Museum as originally planned because unfortunately our reservations did not go through, so that was a bummer. If you don't know by now, I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's animation and Joe Hisaishi's music, so I was a bit disappointed we did not get to go. So one of our first stops as a group was the Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest buildings in Japan. 
From the bottom looking up, it looks like something from an old folk's tale called Jack and the Bean Stalk, because the tower (the bean stalk) seemed to shoot straight into the sky into another world beyond our own...
 
(via diviantart.com)
And the only way to cross over into that world, was to go on up.
This design was part of the ceiling inside of the tower, it's quite ingenious and pretty.
Our tickets were about 30 dollars to go all the way to the top. The employees there gave us complimentary souvenir cards since it was raining that day.
The elevators of Tokyo Skytree were decorated aesthetically in different seasons, some represented winter, some represented spring. This one was a winter theme, see the snow flakes?
The elevator was designed to move very fast inside of Tokyo Tower, so it only took 7 seconds to get to the top. Much less work than climbing a bean stalk.
This was the view of Tokyo from the top. To be honest, there was not much to see at first because it was raining and the clouds were blocking the view. But then the clouds moved away for a couple of minutes...
In a way, being on top of Tokyo Skytree was indeed like climbing the bean stalk and crossing over into another world. I became Jack, a curious fellow who had a once in a life time opportunity to look down on Tokyo in all it's grandiosity amongst the misty clouds-wondering who lived where, what everyone else was doing down there, and if they were all looking up here thinking the same things I was...
After wards, we all went for lunch. I had a radish salad and hot green tea!
 Then a friend and I went around to explore and by some sort of miracle, we stumbled into a Studio Ghibli store, where I finally bought Chibi Totoro. This store was everything! Even though it may not be the Studio Ghibli museum, I was happy to find it.
They even had a giant, life size Cat Bus out in the back! There's Chibi Totoro looking out the window.
In case you don't know what a Cat Bus is, it's an animation character from the movie Totoro. It's a Cat in the form of a bus, who carries lost children and helps them find their way home. He kind of looks like Cheshire Cat from Alice and Wonderland.
They even had a Cat Bus library filled with books and films for you to gaze at and purchase.
The best part of this shop was that they had a Totoro who was snoring! His belly was moving and up and down with Satsuki's sister on top of him. 
Then we took some pictures with Totoro.
 And Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service.
Tokyo Skytree was indeed, one of the tallest buildings I've ever visited. It was an experience becoming Jack, being Jack, climbing the giant bean stalk, and coming back down to blend in with the rest of the Japan. Or at least try too with my fashion taste!
 It was raining and pouring when we took these pictures, but the show must always go on, that's what Tyra Banks would say!
More adventures in Japan to come, so stay tuned! For those who follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin, and Google +, thank you so very much, I will continue to write wonderful stories for you all to read.

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Beautiful.

Love,

V


Follow me on Bloglovin!


Outfit Deets

BCBG MAXARIA Ruffle Dress 

Express Lace and Leather Jacquard Skirt

Handmade Flower Headpiece by Tigers in Paris

Nike Athletic Shoes














Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life In Your 20's

 Many women who are in their 20's think that they should have their life completely together, all wrapped neatly in a big box with pretty wrapping paper and tied with a big beautiful red bow.
 I used to be one of those women who felt that way. I felt that I should have finished college at 21, have a successful and lucrative career at 23, married to the love of my life when I'm 26, and a house and kids sometime before I'm 30. I used to be disappointed when those things didn't happen systematically.
 Women beat themselves up when their lives aren't going a certain way and when it all doesn't go according to "the plan"...but the truth is, there is no real plan.
Your twenties are going to be full of ups and downs, some more than others. You're going to find times where you've hit rock bottom (several times) and have to start all over when you've worked so hard to build everything...
Letting go of a long term relationship is one of those rock bottom moments. No matter how long that relationship was, whether it be 1 year, 3 years, 5 years...it mattered because you were planning your whole lives together. When that's all gone, your left feeling empty, anxious, and confused on what to do next. You feel like you have to start over and feel a tinge of jealousy for those that don't have too. And the thought of starting over is exhausting.
But as hard as it may seem to refocus your thinking, you have to realize that your twenties aren't about finding someone to love you. Our twenties is supposed to be our pass for our freedom! It's our time to explore, travel, pursue our passions, our hobbies, our hopes, and our dreams! It's not about waiting for someone to love you or hanging on to bad relationships.
Our twenties should be the most carefree years of our lives because it's our time to make something of ourselves. It doesn't mean you give up when you find that things don't go your way. It just means that you have to make some very tough decisions. And that's what your twenties is all about, learning to make those decisions for yourself.
For those who are married, who have kids, and who have a nice home, I applaud you. There is nothing wrong with having it all before you are 30. I'm telling those who don't have it all, to not worry so much, because those things will inevitably happen for you. 
Finding love happens at different times for everyone. We may go on a hundred dates and may not even find the one. But you know what, it's all going to be okay because there is no need to rush. Wouldn't it be better to be single then to be in a horrible relationship with someone who isn't good for you? You deserve better than that.
Besides, our twenties aren't suppose to be about finding a man to adore and love you. It's about learning to accept who you are as an individual and learning to love yourself, flaws and all. Because if you don't even love yourself, how can you expect another human being to love and accept you? 
So love yourself, chase your dreams, work towards your goals, go off and explore the world. This is what your twenties are supposed to be about. Marriage, kids, and a home to call your own, will happen when it's meant to be.

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Beautiful.

Love

V

Follow Me On Bloglovin'

 

Outfit Deets

Tulle Skirt, Handmade by V

Lace Bralette, Love Culture

Chain Necklace, Rachel Roy

Pearl & Rhinestone Necklace, Kenneth Cole

Leather Jacket, Obey

Nude Heels, Dolce Vita