Weekend Vibes

Boho chic doesn’t have to mean earthy or frumpy.  Free People ads or Pinterest can definitely make you think of it like that, and it’s ok; but there are ways to elevate the style and take it to the next level. I like to think of it in a more glamorous way, more like haute boho with jewel tones and more of a 70’s glamour influence rather than flower-child. Rainy weekends like this one, when you stay in with good wine and good food, are the perfect excuse to bust out something special or mix pieces that you wouldn’t normally wear together for an extra special effect.

Boho Chic Summer shopping list via youmademelikeyou.com

HAT / SANDALS / NECKLACE / RINGS / DRESS 

 

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Kyoto Photo Diary (pt.2)

Arashiyama Bamboo forest Kyoto, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

cherry tree Kyoto, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

 

Kyoto, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Like I said before, Kyoto was like stepping into a magical land where everything is beautiful, and also kind of in the past. After visiting so many insane temples and gardens, you just kind of start to go numb and stop outwardly freaking the way you did for the first few, especially when you’re so tired you can’t even see straight. Kyoto is seriously quaint, and there really aren’t many big, shiny hotels like in other cities, although there are more under construction that will open in the next few years. Without too much to choose from, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which turned out to be awesome. This was the second hotel (after the Park Hyatt Tokyo) where I was greeted with a bouquet of flowers from the front desk. We had an amazing corner suite,E but the hotel was so overbooked that they could only give us a room with two beds. After several apologies, they sent up some people to push the beds together, which I thought was hilarious because when we got upstairs, each bed was definitely bigger than a queen. After about a half-hour of work, the two guys were done “pushing the beds together” and we went back into the bedroom to find the most gigantic bed we had ever seen. It was basically two king-sized beds made into one and, in true Japanese form, they made the bed so perfectly that we couldn’t feel the crack between the two beds. I have no idea how they did it, but it was flawless.

You would think with so many zen gardens and Buddhist temples that we would be relatively calm in Kyoto… that would be normal, but that was not the case. As usual, we had a lot to see in limited time and we both get insane cases of FoMo if we don’t get to see everything we’ve deemed to be important in a city. I was literally dragging my tired ass around, and I was definitely reflecting that, as well as the laid back vibe of the city in general, in the way I was dressing. I sort of gave up, and it felt so good. I stuck to the most basic and comfortable clothes I had with me, and covered it all up with a giant green tent of a windbreaker. Boom.

JEANS / AVIATORS / RAINCOAT / SCRUNCHIE / LONG SLEEVE TEE / YOGA PANTS 

 

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Summer in the City

Well friends, the days have raced by and somehow, it’s officially summer.  Any major travel is on hold for a bit, which means I’ll be spending most of my time in the city. While it definitely is fun, it’s also gross, sweaty and, a lot of the time, smelly. It means taking two showers a day, getting face-meltingly awful wafts of hot garbage smell and peeling your legs off the subway seats. Don’t be sad though, because it also means rosé, patios, rooftop bbq, visits from friends, cold beer, flea markets, long lazy days and slow evening walks.

I get weird about my style in the summer because, in theory, I love the heat but, in reality, it stops being cute the second I break a sweat. I like to keep it as simple as possible, with pieces that can go from day to night and can keep me cool (as cool as you can stay on a sauna-like subway platform) while looking polished.

City Summer Essentials via youmademelikeyou.com

 

PANAMA HAT / BLACK SUNDRESS / MULES / SUNGLASSES / NECKLACE / SANDALS / SHIRTDRESS 

 

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Kyoto Photo Diary (pt.1)

Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Ryokan in Hakone, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Green tea ice cream in Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Kyoto Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

This post was extremely difficult to put together because I had so many gorgeous images to choose from – I think I got my favorites, but who knows; there are hundreds. We always take a ton of photos on any trip, but, for some reason, Kyoto had us totally shutter-happy. Ok well, not really “for some reason”, Kyoto is amazing with pockets of breathtaking beauty around every corner, and inside every temple and shrine (that’s a lot!). The gardens are like nothing I had ever seen because every little detail was immaculate and well cared for (we saw a guy trimming a small plant with scissors), so every way you turn gives you a new view that you want to remember forever… by taking another photo.

Of course, by this point in our trip we were exhausted, and, as usual, trying to fit so many things into a limited time frame. When you’ve been going non-stop for weeks and are exhausted, things start to blend and you get overwhelmed very easily. We got to the point where we were basically dragging ourselves into new temples and Zen gardens, but would instantly get a second (or nineteenth) wind because the space we had just entered was spectacular. You don’t expect it – the gates are always so plain, and you have no idea what you’re in for from the outside.

It was surprising, however, going from Tokyo (where most things are pretty technologically advanced) to Kyoto, where it took us hours to find a working ATM. Kyoto is calm and traditional, which made for a lovely change of pace, but freaked out two impatient New Yorkers who needed cash to buy lunch. With a fifth failed attempt to withdraw money at a bank, I asked where the bathroom was, and the very helpful man who didn’t really speak English took me upstairs and waited as I went inside. While the ATMs wouldn’t read an American debit card, the toilet was ultra high-tech but also all in Japanese with NO symbols. I found a large, green button and figured that was surely the right one to push and while the toilet certainly didn’t flush, I could hear a faint alarm outside and people running down the hall. At that moment, there was a knock on the door and Dan just said, “ummm, that wasn’t the flush button”. Oops… I had set off an alarm through the whole bank and people were running over to help. I did, eventually, figure out how to flush the toilet before laughing hysterically all the way to the next ATM.

 

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Simple Delights

Vintage Kimono via youmademelikeyou.com

This bright and beautiful little number is a vintage kimono I picked up in Japan. I wanted to buy something special and more substantial than all the stationary and random cute things I had been filling my suitcase with, but I had no idea what to get as a memento of our trip until we got to Kyoto, and saw all these beautiful little shops selling vintage pieces. There were several of these lovely stores lining the Philosopher’s Walk (a storybook-like pedestrian path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal), and while they were all tiny, they were filled to the brim with vintage kimonos in all sizes, materials and patterns. I initially picked out the one I got because it was longer than the others and poked out from the bottom of the rack. When I tried it on, I fell in love with the pattern, gold embellishments and the overall vintage feel of the whole piece.

Picking mine out was quick and dirty, otherwise, I would never have been able to make up my mind. If you looked hard enough, there was also something for just about every budget, and I’ll never forget the incredibly luxurious black silk kimono with gold embellishment and scarlet embroidery that I definitely couldn’t afford to take home. I wear mine as a robe at home, but had I gotten one in a pattern that was just a tiny bit different or just a bit more toned down, I would take it out and wear it over my favorite pair of cut-offs and a white tee.  Oh well,  I just couldn’t resist the crazy bright colors and crazy retro 70’s pattern.

Here are some other lovely kimonos to wear inside or out (click the links below to shop):

Etro Long-Sleeve Kimono Athena Procopiou The Mediterraneo kimonoAnna Sui Embroidered Kimono Band of Gypsies Long Floral Print Kimono Sea Tile Paisley silk kimonoH&M – Patterned Kimono

 

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