Anime meets snowwhite 😂😍
Sailormoon meets cat woman
Location: Harajuku, Tokyo
Photographers: Castiel Diallo @castiel_diallo
Michael Smith @sumisusama www.mikews.com
I was going to be in Tokyo for a second time, so this time I was going to spend it in my most favourite area of Tokyo: Harajuku!😃 and dressed appropriately 😂
As to my outfit, I of course styled it myself. Such a pleasure to style such a crazy cool outfit. All items I already had in my closet, as I have quite a variety of clothing it’s easy to always find something for a particular shoot. Basically combine anything brightly colored ( specially pastel colours), bows, children’s hair clips, fancy tights and any doll-like clothing to achieve this look. Definitely a style I would love to wear more often, if only society was more open to it.
Of course I had to also go to the famous cat cafe, even though it is very touristy and I don’t even like cats. But I mean when in Tokyo … 😻
Still to come in my next post some more photos from my second photo-shoot in Tokyo. See you guys soon
I am having many days off from work right now and it feels great to stay home. My top 5 things to do while at home are the following:
1) Look after my skin: Flying/Travelling on a non-stop basis really causes havoc to your skin. It causes dehydration and breakouts in most people. My cure:
I also like to use some facemasks when I have time like this on my hands, just for extra care.
2) Sewing and designing: I find it relaxing and inspiring. I have only started using my sewing machine some months ago and plan on really getting into the swing of things by the end of this year. As with every new project, it comes with bumps along the road and it takes effort and motivation to get through those hurdles
The first top that I alterated using the sewing machine (It used to be a dress 😉 that was way too short 😝)
3) Stay active: I enjoy working out in my apartment gym, going swimming in the pool downstairs or just dancing in my room 😝
After being in a plane all day, my most intense desire on my days off is to move around. You don’t need a gym to be active, just put on some music in your room and move about for 30 minutes. Every little helps 💪
4) Clean my home: After being away for days at a time I usually come back to a mess. Clothes and suitcases everywhere. It’s fairly overwhelming. In order to feel stress free I like to declutter my home. I feel instant bliss after cleaning my apartment, which means I should probably do it more often 😂😝
5) Cook my own healthy food: I love eating healthy, unfortunately, I don’t always get the opportunity to do so when I am always on the go. Hence, this is my chance to cook and prepare my own food, eat it in a relaxing environment without being rushed and nurish my body to the max so it is ready when chaos strikes again😆 💪
Loving advocados these days!!
You may or may not be aware that the Korean market is a big player in the world’s beauty industry. For years Korean beauty products have been sought after by people all around the globe. From snail slime to collagen, Koreans are in the know when it comes to slowing down the aging process of the skin. Below are some of the products I personally reviewed while in Seoul.
Colour I used was 01, which is fairly white. Somehow the Korean Sales assistant convinced me to go with the lightest shade, which I’m not too sure about. I know in Asia the whiter than white look is a good look but I’m not 100% sure if it’s the right look for me. Next time I would go for a slightly darker shade. However the foundation itself I found hydrating, lightweight and with excellent coverage.
Highlighter and Bronzer in one stick. Convenient, compact and does the job at 10$ a pop. Bought from etude house. (This shop can be found all over Seoul, products slightly more expensive than in Skinfood)
Now to some more non makeup beauty products. Always on top of their game with the latest inventions regarding skin rejuvenation.
Slimey consistency, translucent in colour, non-sticky. Not sure how I feel about it. Fairly indifferent meh 😕. Haven’t noticed any significant wrinkle reduction since using it. And price wise it is quite expensive average 50 ml at around 70$.
What I really liked about Seoul was the amount of different types of face masks available (literally 1000’s) All priced between 1$ -3$ depending on the active ingredients and brand.
I also loved these wrinkle reduction patches like the one below
I bought my mum something similar to this. Will see how it goes down. It claims to be as good as Botox but we will see about that if it is I will definitely let you guys know, at 12$ a pack it would definitely be a steal.
The other big thing I noticed here in Korea is the popularity of cutesy sleeping packs. Containers in the shape of pigs 🐷, fruit 🍉, Bubbletea and all sorts of stuff are used to hold thick gel like substance. Some of the active ingredients include collagen, hydrochloric acid, aloe Vera ….
This is the one I have
All in all I think Korean beauty products are very interesting and inventive but not necessarily the best quality. They look extremely cute on the outside but the quality of the ingredients used in the products is questionable.
Stay tuned for my all time favorite products from all across the globe in my next post
You can never go wrong with Bangkok. Party like there is no tomorrow , enjoy the mouth watering food, indulge in cheap everyday massages and Shop until you drop at MBK and Siam square. What’s not to love? Maybe even get a boob job or Botox while you are there. Quality treatments at affordable prices. ( not that I got any 😂 )
Then on to some dancing at sing sing theater in my very short illuminous yellow and blue striped dress (which I would only really dare wear in Bangkok) sorry picture is a little blurry,only one I had of my dress.
I suggest to order tom yum soup with shrimp, Thai green curry with chicken, fried pork and mango sticky rice. Thai food = taste explosion in your mouth.
Diet another time. As you can see from this picture I have put on some weight 😢 fat bulging out everywhere 😂😂 But what to do? Just gotta work with it.Enjoying life sometimes means putting on some weight. Soon to come: How to get back in shape while still enjoying life to the max. This post will come when I figure out how to do that exactly 😂
I just got back from Rio de Janeiro last night and once again I can say it was a trip of a lifetime. Although people try to discourage me from traveling alone I persevere with the choice I make and believe in a thing called “independence”. I don’t think you have really experienced traveling until you do it alone. Yes there are many potentially negative sides to it : danger, boredom, lonesomeness to name a few. However you are in charge of making your holiday what you want it to be. If you don’t want Danger, go to safe places, if you don’t want to experience boredom, get up and do something, if you feel lonely go talk to some people. Traveling on your own you create the holiday you desire. However for you to enjoy a solo holiday you do need to have certain characteristics, the following in my opinion are the most important: Positive attitude, independence, spontaneousness and last but not least being a yes person. So if you have these characteristics take the initiative and do it and I promise you will never look back. So here are some pics from my vacation.
I stayed in a hostel called el misti in Ipanema check it out, a very safe area in Rio. I was recommended to stay here by a friend and it was very good place to stay indeed.
I would say if you are traveling alone you should stay in a hostel as you meet people easier this way. This doesn’t mean you must stay in a dorm, you can also choose a private room which will give you some privacy. Best however is to split it up, 4 nights dorm, 2 night private room. This way you give your body and soul a break from the craziness from time to time.
On Rio’s famous beaches. Go to Ipanema beach. It’s better than Copacabana, just less crowded and touristy. Still touristy but not as much. Of course don’t bring many valuables to the beach if you plan on leaving your stuff unattended.Or if you persist, bury it in the sand, but know where you buried it haha
Hangliding, yes scary stuff but totally worth it. Not as bad as it looks. Take a risk you will love it. For me holidays are not about lying at a beach so if you are like me and always looking for something more exciting, give this a shot. Don’t waste your holiday on just boozing and beach, try some new things that you would never do at home.
I mean you kinda have to go and see the Christ while you are there but I wouldn’t say it’s the best thing in Rio. Also because a lot of times you go up in can be too cloudy to even see the Christ. I prefer the sugar loaf ( view from sugar loaf in second pic), as many others do as well. So if you are pressed for time, choose the sugar loaf.
Yes, I love being active, specially on my holidays because I have the time to practice sports I don’t normally practice. Skateboarding I do enjoy from time to time and it is very popular in Rio, especially along the beach or on the lagoon. It also helps to clear that hangover. 😉
Nothing like cachaca on the beach. Supposedly helps to clear a cold. Mmh I’m doubtful about that but definitely did make me feel better mentally but not physically haha.
The slums of Rio. Rocinha, the biggest slum in South America.You can’t see Rio without coming here. A must-see in my opinion. Of course I would not recommend you coming here by yourself ( although it did actually enter my brain 😂 because I’m a bit like that) I am very glad I didn’t though. I went with a tour, which makes you feel safe, but not only that you get all the background and inside knowledge of the place. Therefore you will really get to understand how things work there. You will see guns, wild kids and general poverty. Hence if you are feeling adventurous and like a bit of Danger, come here, but most definitely with a tour. The chances of you getting shot otherwise would be significantly higher, I imagine 😉
We are all buying them right now. They are comfortable, classic and go with anything. I bought my Nikes on my last trip to San Francisco as the USA is the best place to buy Nike.
Yes hard to keep clean, but totally worth it. Best buy in a long time.