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Archive for February, 2011

Shoe Challenge No.9

Pool Side BootsShoes: Pool Side

Worn with: Skirt by Zara, top by H&M, cardigan by Repeat, bag by Miu Miu.

Today I did stuff for university and in the evening me and my BF went to a goodbye dinner with his family in Shinjuku. Only three more days in Japan! It was freakishly warm today (20°C!!) and these boots were actually far too hot for this weather! But I had to save them before I go back, and my plan to wear them yesterday got ruined by the rain – light coloured suede and rain is just impossible! At least it was cold again in the evening… Sorry for the lack in outside pictures, I’m just too busy packing and doing last preparations!

The boots I wore today are by the Japanese brand Pool Side. I like that they can be worn in so many different ways! Today I wore them as overknee boots (middle picture). Also, they are super comfortable and the fur keeps my legs really warm 🙂 Which one do you like best?

Here’s a close up:

Pool Side Boots

Shoe Challenge No.8

Esperanza Peeptoes

Shoes: Esperanza

Worn with: Dress by H&M, bag by Armani.

This is actually yesterday’s shoe challenge, but I took the pictures just before heading out and when I came back around 6 in the morning I obviously had other things on my mind (sleep!).  I went clubbing with a friend of mine and decided to wear one of my favourite pairs of shoes. We went to Club Vanity in Roppongi. If you ever happen to be in Tokyo you should give it a try, the interior is really beautiful and you have a nice view over the city because two walls of the dance area on the 13th floor are entirely made of windows. The shoes I wore are from the Japanese brand Esperanza and I got them sometime last year in Shibuya. From the front they are just a pair of simple black peeptoes, but from the back….

Esperanza Peeptoes

When I saw these in the store I HAD to have them. They reminded me of a certain pair of Miu Mius I had lusted after but couldn’t afford even on sale. Actually these are probably my only shoe DIY, because when I bought them they looked like this:

Esperanza Peeptoes

For me, the heel makes them a must have, but I wasn’t keen on the two different tones of pink and the strap. I think the heel is more than enough to draw attention to the shoe and deserves to “shine” on its own……so along with the shoes I bought a big black waterproof marker, and when I got home just painted over all the pink parts and also cut off the strap. It turned out even nicer than I expected and after wearing them quite a number of times the black still hasn’t come off.

Another close up post-DIY:

Esperanza Peeptoes



Shoe Challenge No.7

Pool Side PumpsShoes: Pool Side

Worn with: Dress by Oppure, bag by Prada.

Pool Side Pumps

Today I wore my “everyday shoes”. They are the shoes I wear on rainy days, on dirty roads, for long walks and so on. Since they are black patent, they are easy to clean and the block heel makes them comfortable to wear for a long period of time. I got them last year at Pool Side, as a replacement for my last pair of black patent shoes and since then they have been worn about a million times….until the heel became loose a while ago – luckily the cobbler was able to fix it! What I like most about these is, of course, the heel which is decorated with crystals. It keeps them from just being another pair of “boring” black shoes.

Pool Side is another one of my favourite Japanese shoe brands, as they make lots of cute and affordable shoes with usually good quality. If you’d like to know more about them, you can visit their homepage here (the main menu is in English).

Pool Side Pumps

Worn with: Coat by Materia Milano, scarf by H&M.

Today I went to the national library in Tokyo – again! They do have a huge selection of books, but in my opinion using this library is such a pain! You can only use 3 books at a time and there’s loads of waiting time for everything: getting the books, getting copies (you’re not allowed to copy by yourself),…. and everything is über-regulated! I hope tomorrow is the last time I have to set foot in there! But, on the bright side, there were some plum trees in front of it which were already starting to bloom – they’re so pretty 🙂

Ume blossoms

Last up, a close-up of the shoes:

Pool Side

Shoe Challenge No.6

Zara patent bootsShoes: Zara

Worn with: Jeans skirt by Zara, top by H&M, cardigan by Zara

Zara patent boots

Today I’ve only got an indoors picture because all I did was go to the library for research on my graduation thesis, so there was no nice background to take an outside picture. These boots are comfortable to walk in, but I’m never quite sure what to wear them with. So I just went with a simple outfit today….do you have any suggestions how to wear these?

I’ve just realised I’ve only posted black shoes up to now, definitely have to change that. In winter I always tend to pick the black ones even though a brighter colour would be a good antidote to the grey weather.

I did get another of Starbucks great cherry blossom season specials, though. This cake tasted really good, light and not too sweet 🙂 I’m happy I could try it before I leave.

Starbucks Sakura Cake

I also got a great book on decorating roll cakes. When I get back to Germany I want to try it out ASAP. I wonder if it will be as easy as it looks though! If you’re interested in the book, it’s available on Amazon.

Rollcake Decoration

Shoe Challenge No.5

Charmant BootiesShoes: Charmant

Worn with: Dress by Zara, cardigan by FTC, bag by Prada.

These fur-trimmed booties are from the Japanese brand Charmant, which makes lots of cute and inexpensive styles. I got these in the sale last year, and they are maybe the best bargain I ever found: These were the last pair, my size, and were marked down to just 1000 Yen (10€), even though the fur is real! Best of all, they are super comfortable and warm. So they definitely needed to be saved! If you want to know more about Charmant, you can have a look at their webshop here.

Charmant Booties

Today it was rainy and cold again, so we just went for a quick walk around Ebisu Garden Place. They have a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, but unfortunately it was  closed today, so we just took pictures for the shoe challenge. Ebisu Garden Place looks really beautiful, especially in the evening.

Charmant Booties

Charmant Booties

Georgina Goodman Sandals

Georgina Goodman Sandals

Georgina Goodman Sandals

A pair of shoes by Georgina Goodman is definitely on my wishlist. I love her quirky designs and especially the striped sole. On this sandal, the striped sole and the fabric on the front transform a classic black sandal into a modern and eyecatching design. I just wish I had the 523€ necessary to buy them! If you do, you can get a pair at Luisaviaroma.

Shoe Challenge No.4

The First PeeptoesShoes: The First

Worn with: Skirt by H&M, cardigan by Chille AnaP, top by 81hours, belt by Little New York.

I’m happy I managed to do another shoe challenge today! As I’m only here for another few days, I have to “save” all the shoes I don’t want to take back to Germany with me. Today I wore these peeptoes by the Japanese brand “The First”. They have a lovely cut-out design which is accentuated nicely by the gold studs. If you’re interested in the brand you can have a look at their homepage (which isn’t very good to navigate in my opinion) or visit their shop for example in the Marui department store in Shinjuku. They have some lovely shoe styles for Spring/Summer!

The First Peeptoes

Here another picture without the tights:

The First PeeptoesToday I just went to get a coffee at Starbucks (I’m addicted to Café Mocha) and they already had all the Cherry Blossom stuff….I couldn’t resist and got the tumbler. Every year they make these super-cute cherry blossom tumblers, and every year I’m tempted to get another one. I love the stained-glass like design for this year! I also got a cherry blossom macaron (another addiction!) for dessert – heaven! All these cherry blossoms put me in the mood for spring, so I decorated today’s fotos with flowers 🙂 I’m a little sad though because I’ll miss this year’s cherry blossom season in Japan…..

Starbucks Sakura

Shoe Challenge No.3

For today’s shoe challenge, I picked these Louboutinesque booties I bought a while ago while on holiday in Hong Kong. These are also really high, but OK to walk in if you’re used to high heels & platforms.

Black Booties

Shoes: ? (bought at Hong Kong street market).

Worn with: Top by St.Emile, skirt by H&M, belt by H&M, bag by Miu Miu.

Black Booties

After lots of rain yesterday evening, we had sunshine again today, so I went for a walk around Daikanyama with my BF.  We had some nice coffee and a great cheesecake with berries at the Mermaid Cafe.  I also discovered a great shop which offers cake decoration lessons. As baking is another passion of mine,  I hope I can at least take one lesson before I have to go home again!

En route to Daikanyama:

Black Bootie

Worn with: Jacket with fur collar by ef-dé.

Close-up of the shoes:

Black Bootie

Poetic Licence Peep-toe Pumps

Poetic Licence Feel the Rythm

Poetic Licence Feel the Rythm

Poetic Licence Feel the Rythm

This beautiful style by Poetic Licence is called “Feel the Rhythm” and to me they do look like the perfect dancing shoes: Eye-catching, high but not uncomfortable (probably) because of the platform. I like the brown-cream coloured version best as these seem like they could be used as more than just party shoes. Apart from the colours shown above, this style is also available in orange-purple and pink-blue. All colours are available here for $134.

Buffalo “twisted” Ballerinas

Buffalo Ballerina

Buffalo Ballerina

Buffalo Ballerina

I’m seriously tempted by these cute ballerinas by Buffalo! I love the twisted leather straps and the silver toe cap. They look really comfortable and should be perfect for a hot summer day. My favourite is the rose coloured one. Which one do you like best? To get yourself a pair you can visit the Buffalo online shop, where they retail for 69,90€.

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