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11 posts from May 2010

May 07, 2010

What I Found in Tokyo: Jelly Garcia Dress/Vest

 During my stay in Tokyo in 2009, I discovered so many cool labels and stores. I have worn the things I brought home from my last trip to death! I decided that for this trip I would research where my favorite labels were stocked around Tokyo and shop very carefully for things I could get a lot of wear out of.

I have to say I think I did pretty well! I'm trying to photograph and style all of the things I bought in Tokyo in my next few posts.

Last year I got some amazing Jelly Garcia pieces from Hotel55 boutique in the Laforet mall in Harajuku. It's on the fourth floor, right by the furfur boutique. I think Fur Fur has a much stronger following now than it did last year-I've seen it being covered on more fashion blogs. Cool! I must say that I didn't find anything I liked there this season...but last year I brought home a ton of things I loved from furfur, like my yellow brocade pants and crazy lace patchwork cardigan and shirt.

Lace patchwork cardigan and shirt from furfur (two separate pieces! Its a little hard to tell here)

Yellow brocade trousers from furfur:

I just thought I should mention furfur for anyone out there looking for labels to check out in Tokyo.

Anyway, back to Hotel55 boutique: to my knowledge it is the best place to find Jelly Garcia clothing. Cute name, huh? The thing I love about Jelly Garcia is that the focus is all on volume--you may have noticed that I love 'poofy'.

I am really into this double layered vest/dress I got there. It has two layers-underneath the army green 'utility vest' is a muslin lining and underskirt. It looks cute zipped up but I prefer it with the muslin showing.

Worn with a shearling/goat hair vest purchased in Austin (from Big Bertha Vintage) Wearing a brown The Dress & Co skirt underneath the vest (more on this skirt later) and Ann Demeulemeester lace-up sandals.

Hey, like our new living room? It was my mom's project with Sam of Style Swoon, another Dallas  interior/design blogger. Our house looks so dressy now! It inspires me to dress up too.

More to come!

May 03, 2010

Cat Cafes

Somehow while searching for restaurants to check out I stumbled upon a list of Tokyo's 'cat cafes'. Here 1000 yen will buy an hour's worth of petting with the cafe's kitties. Since 2008 more than a dozen of these cat cafes have opened in Tokyo. Some of these cafes have as many as twenty five cats on staff. One of these cafes stays open until 5:30 AM.

I felt that our trip would not be complete without paying a visit to one of the cat cafes....so yesterday my mom, her friend Beth, my friend Ronnie, and I went to go meet the kitties of the  Chamamo Cat Room in Harajuku. 

As per cat cafe protocol, we removed our shoes, washed and sanitized our hands, and paid for our session. Cat toys are provided to play with. You may not wake up sleeping kitties, by the way. The atmosphere of the cat room was extremely hushed and peaceful.


Patrons of the cat room are encouraged to write about their experience with the cats in the cafe's guest book. I loved seeing everyone's drawings of the cats in here!

The idea of a 'cat cafe' sounded pretty freaky and maybe even a little perverted to me at first. Now that I've experienced a cat cafe for myself, I can honestly say that I totally get it. It was so relaxing to watch these magnificent cats nap and frolic. ..and if you were a regular customer I'm sure you'd become very attached to the staff. In one of the most chaotic cities in the world, I can see how these peaceful kitty sanctuaries are becoming such a phenomenon.

May 01, 2010


We've had an amazing two days in Tokyo so far.

We're still trying to get through our list of favorite stores and restaurants while discovering a few new ones along the way. I'll tell you more about our stay and favorite stops in my next post but for now I'm in a bit of a hurry. I've got to run to meet my mom and her friend Beth in front of Laforet in Harajuku in a few minutes!

I haven't had time to write the readers who so kindly sent me recommendations for toy stores and other cool things to check out in Tokyo but for now I wanted to say thank you very much for all of your help! We are having the best time ever checking them out.

I feel like I find something to freak out about every time I turn a corner in this city. My brain is fried from all this stimulation. Better let the pictures speak for themselves.


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