Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TRAVEL | tokyo misc

About a month ago my sister and I travelled to Tokyo for 8 days



On day 1 Kelly and I decided to keep it simple and just explore our neighborhood. We lived in the Asakusa district so there was plenty to explore. Since we rose early that morning (due to extreme jet lag) we got to see Asakusa before the swarms of tourists filled up the streets. Since we had absolutely no idea where to start, the hostel staff kindly pointed us in the direction of Sumida Park for a stroll down a road lined with cherry blossom trees. It was pretty amazing and I now have a newfound appreciation for spring.




For our last two nights in Tokyo Kelly and I moved to a Ryokan in the Ueno district. It wasn’t too far from our original Asakusa district so we just packed our bags and hopped onto a cab. They say never take cabs in Tokyo because it’ll cost you and arm and a leg but it was soooooo worth it. By our 5-6th day, Kelly and I were dead tired from all the walking—10pm bedtime was inevitable. Anyways, we rented a room at the inn for two nights. It was adorable! Complete with sliding doors and tatami floors. While I was initially disappointed our Ryokan didn’t serve traditional japanese breakfasts anymore, the service and other accommodations were wonderful. 
Pictured above: Our neighborhood. Very charming, barely any tourists, and only a 10 minute walk from the famous Ueno park. If you happen to visit Ueno Park in the spring, go buy some dango (団子). Hands down best thing I ate that night.

Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY | large foldover clutch


Done and done!

I sewed a fold over clutch for a friend. We browsed the fabric store last week together and she chose this basket weave textured piece. It was lovely to work with and the finished product looks pretty great (It actually folds more naturally than my own fold over). I gave it to her last night and I was pretty happy when she used it straight away.

There was also some leftovers, so I used the rest to make myself a flat clutch.

100% hand sewn. Again and always inspired by Ms. Vivier.

PERSONAL | first post



After much consideration over the past several months, I have finally decided to make the move back to blogspot from tumblr. In the beginning I found blogspot a little too difficult to use but after coming back and seeing all the changes made, the platform seems much more streamline and user friendly. I still find some difficulties editing the layout and organizing photos, but I am so happy to be back.I don't have too much to post about right now, but in the meantime I'll be slowly moving some old posts from tumblr to this blog. Can't wait to get this up and running. Stay frosty peoples

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DIY | clear box clutch




The other day I came across a DIY transparent clutch. I thought it looked like such a fun and simple project so I attempted to make my own. I stopped by the container store yesterday afternoon to pick up some materials. Personally  the 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" lucite tray seemed a little big making it too clumsy and heavy to carry so I opted for the smaller 7" x 5" hinged box instead.

Special thanks to Mr Martinez for helping me since I didn't have all the tools available.

Make your own! 1, 2, 3