I was a little hesitant to wear this 3/4 length + black dress out and about in sweltering heat but because the material is so thin and airy, it turned out to be perfect. This LBD is from Primark and I am so happy I bought it. It'll be fantastic for city trips when I don't want to be stuffing a carry-on bag with a going out dress. In my last post, I mentioned a store to shop at if you are in Japan... If you are after a magazine, though, JELLY is one of my absolute favourites. There is so much visual content in terms of outfit ideas and the photos are a lot closer to blogging style rather than the traditional editorial campaigns you would usually see in print - i.e. fantastic for outfit inspo. JELLY have also recently brought out a hairstyle magazine which I used to see what kind of short cut I would like because for the longest time ever I have been wanting to donate my hair and I finally did it when I was in Japan! This will be my last post with long hair - eek. The next one will have a few shots from the day as well as more information about the charity I sent my hair donation to.
My first outfit pictures shot in Japan of course had to feature the jidou hanbaiki/vending machines. You may laugh and wonder why there are so many of them - sometimes only tens of metres apart - but after your third or fourth day of going from temple to shrine to temple in 32'C humidity, you begin to appreciate and to somewhat worship these machines. On one of our rest days, we went to the mall near my apartment to catch a movie (進撃の巨人 - Attack on Titan) which also meant a bit of shopping. If any of you go to Japan and want to do a bit of clothes shopping, I'd really recommend checking out AZUL by Moussy, where I found this high-neck top.
When I braced myself for the summer sales I had one thing in mind.. What could I wear and bring over into autumn? I was kind of after midi skirts but either they were a little too long or just a little too short for my liking. Then I found this one in H&M! I fell in love with it straight away because once it wasn't something black. I can't say the same about the sweater though. I was spending a few days in Leuven getting things set up in my new apartment when I decided to pop into Pull and Bear as we don't have one back in Luxembourg. I picked this up along with a few other things but told myself that I should limit myself to two buys only... but hoorah it turned out to be only 8 euros so I thought it couldn't hurt. Right? Isn't that what we all tell ourselves? Hahaha. The reptile-like texture is perfect making your casual everyday black sweater look that tad bit more interesting! (yes I'm still internally justifying my purchase. Guilty)
Summer in Luxembourg means having to be prepared when the weather turns from 24'C to something in the high tens. I tend to go for a long sleeved sweater that is quite lightweight as it means I can keep warm under a blazer but won't be melting should the sun come out. I bought this B&W blazer from H&M when I was on my trip around Andalusia, south of Spain, earlier this year. The bag, though, is the one I mentioned in my last post and it is a godsend for people like me who is obsessed with having different compartments in a bag. I especially love this one because despite it being quite open, you can zip away valuable is the middle section. The bag also has a flap where you can put business cards or tickets or much needed and easily accessible eyedrops if you're a contact lens wearer like me!