California on Film

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California on Film

Hello, friends! I know it’s been long awhile since I’ve posted but here I am! A lot has happened since the last post. For one, I had surgery. It went well, thankfully! I’m still adjusting to life after surgery (mostly eating healthier to minimize digestive problems) but everything has been well.

Anyway, for Christmas last year, Charles bought me a Canon film camera and I have been playing around with it! I took it with me to Japan but my shots came out blank. I was devastated to have spent $20 for developing and they were mostly black. After researching and reading about it, I took my film camera to California hoping and praying it would come out well. After having the film for about 3 months, I finally developed it last month and to my relief, the shots came out pretty decent!

Desert on Film

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Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Took photos of Salvation Mountain, some pool we came across, and sand dunes.

Mother’s Backyard

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Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

On our last day in California, I took some shots of palm trees and flowers in my Mother’s backyard. Oh how I miss those orchids. My dad used to take care of them before he passed and they’re still going strong.

Los Angeles International Airport

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Being in LAX is always a bittersweet moment for me: to leave my lovely Mainland home with my family and friends to go to my beloved island home always leaves me a little teary-eyed EVERY . SINGLE . TIME .

Hope you enjoyed these film shots! My goal this year was to take more film shots especially while traveling and composing a post for them. I just dropped up a film today so I’m excited to see if they developed well! Crossing fingers! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Tokyo Skytree

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View from Tokyo Skytree and soft serve from the cafe inside

Tokyo Skytree

Whatever you do, if you’re in Tokyo, do yourself a favor and stop by Tokyo Skytree. It’s a bit of a train ride from Shibuya and there’s an admission fee but the views are amazing from the observation deck. Keep in mind that there are two observation decks. We opted to pay for one (the highest deck has an addition admission) and the views were outstanding.

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Tokyo Skytree’s shadow and a glimpse of Tokyo Tower

While we were at the observation deck, we grabbed coffee and soft serve. There is a little area you stay in to consume your cafe bites and drinks. Charles and I took our time as the views were as good as everywhere else on the deck.

After the Observation Deck

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Amazing view and food from Vie en France

As you leave the observation deck, Tokyo Skytree does the tricky thing by having different products on different floors. For example, I had bought postcards on one floor and as we went down to the next floor, that store had different postcards! As someone who is very mindful of how I spend money, I applaud Tokyo Skytree for their sneaky tactic to get my money!

As you exit, you come across lots of restaurants and shops (including anime shops!). Charles and I ended up eating at Vie en France and at that moment, we became obsessed with curry donuts. I love when the curry donuts are nice and crispy with the delicious curry inside. If you love Japanese curry, I highly recommend trying a curry donut in Japan. Instantly, it’s one of my favorite things to do eat in Japan (along with everything else; you really can’t wrong with it).

Between Skytree and Roppongi Hills, I really can not choose between the two as both are equally amazing. I will say that the food options at Skytree far exceeds Roppongi Hills in selection. Roppongi Hills has a rooftop observation deck that gives it an edge over Skytree but both have their own views that the other can not beat. If I had to choose though, Skytree would be it! Happy weekend!

For my more information on Skytree (such as admission), check out their website HERE

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Cult Gaia

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Large┬áCult Gaia’s Ark in natural

Cult Gaia

One of the most beautiful bags that I have ever bought, Cult Gaia’s Ark in natural is the absolute staple in anyone’s closet. The style works so well with pretty much anything but most especially with pretty dresses when you’re out for a brunch date. I ordered the large last year; it’s perfect and I’m obsessed.

I have been eyeing their new design at the moment: the Lilleth. Definitely looking forward to adding it to my closet soon!

Which one is your favorite? The Ark or the Lilleth? Have a happy Tuesday!

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Daikanyama

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H&M coat, sweater, and pants, Zara boots, and Barneys New York backpack

Daikanyama

An outfit I wore while in Daikanyama in Tokyo. A hip neighborhood in Tokyo, I made sure to dress to impress while I was there. Charles and I walked from Shibuya (about 15 to 20 minutes) and ran into a cute coffee shop (Monkey Cafe – go, especially if you love design and architecture), hit up some shops (pet stores included), bookstores, and ate at a brewery. A very thorough blog post will be up soon but until then, hope you’re enjoying my outfit posts!

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Harajuku

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H&M turtleneck, dress from Harajuku, H&M coat, Zara boots, and Barneys New York bag

Harajuku

Sale season has been unkind to my bank account. Take for example this amazing camel coat I found in Tokyo for about $30. Not that I really needed another coat in my closet BUT how could I not resist it? The leather boots was actually an older find from when I was in LA last summer. The dress was from Harajuku at the time I was there. In fact, I found it for about $7. I wish I could say that was all that I bought but I’d be lying.

But the upside is, more clothes means more outfit posts for the blog (and on Instagram – which you can find me there more than on here, at least for now). Until then, I have tons of projects to work on with brands and can’t wait to share them with you! Happy Thursday (or Friday wherever you are)!

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