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I don’t think I will never get tired of this timeless print: Polkadot. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen quite a lot of polka dot looks of mine over the past months. It’s so pretty, adorable, chic and stylish. Whenever you wear a piece in this print, I bet you naturally have a feeling of “omg I am so cute!” as you are looking at yourself in the mirror.  
Although a lot of people are so looking forward to welcoming the fall season already, I am here still wishing every day, “oh summer, please don’t go away just yet...”

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I am still so into the “single earring” thang. Instead of wearing two earrings, dangling just one earring gives a sophisticated and voguish look. Love these statement earrings that you can give it a try with a single earring. ( HERE & HERE )

I enjoy taking the time to think of what do dress for a day, but when I am so lazy or don’t have time to think of an outfit, or it’s way too hot outside, I always put on a two piece set, a cute mini dress or a romper. And this polkadot romper has been one of my go-tos. Rompers are so versatile that you can actually wear one as a top paired with a bottom such as a denim skirt or midi skirt underneath. On top of that, you can still rock them in fall by just throwing a sweater over it or pairing a knit cardigan with a pair of over-the-knee boots or ankle boots.

By the way, if you are tired of always wearing your hair in a messy bun,, add a bandana or scarf to make a look more fun and fresh!

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I don’t think I would never get tired of this timeless print: Polkadot. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen quite a lot of polka dot looks of mine over the past months. It’s so pretty, adorable, chic and stylish. Whenever you wear a piece in this print, I bet you naturally have a feeling of “omg I am so cute!” as you are looking at yourself in the mirror.  
Although a lot of people are actually so looking forward to welcoming fall season already, I am here still wishing every day that “oh summer, please don’t go away just yet...”

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I am still so into the “single earring” thang. Instead of wearing two earrings, dangling just one earring gives a sophisticated and voguish look. Love these statement earrings that you can give it a try with a single earring. ( HERE & HERE )

I enjoy taking the time to think of what do dress for a day, but when I am so lazy or don’t have time to think of an outfit, or way too hot outside, I always put on a two piece set, a cute mini dress or a romper. And this polkadot romper has been one of my go-tos. Rompers are so versatile that you can actually wear as a top with pairing a bottom such as a denim skirt or midi skirt underneath. On top of that, you can still rock them in fall by just throwing a sweater over it or pairing a knit cardigan with a pair of over-the-knee boots or ankle boots.

By the way, if you are tired of a repeated messy bun hair, add a bandana or scarf to give a look more fun and fresh! 

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Hi my LOVEs!
Today’s post will be super legathy, so I recommend you to grab yourself a coffee or tea first before you start reading it! Oh, and also don’t forge a light bites, too!

As I am start writing this post, I am quite emotional right now. Today marks the 10-year anniversary of my huge move from Japan. Yes, I have been officially living in the US for 10 years as of today!!
I still don’t believe that I’ve lived in a foreign country for such a long time and been away from home for almost 9 years.
When I first came here, I was 21, and now I am 31. The time flew by so fast!!

I initially came to the United States for studying abroad and my plan was to live here for 3-4 years because my parents allowed me to study abroad on condition that I would return back to Japan within 4 years and find a job when I got back. However, I fell in love with in here ever since I landed today 10 years ago, and I instantly knew that this would the place I wanna to live my life. 

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I still clearly remember the day I first saw the vast blue sky, big clouds that was as if I was able to reach, the crisp and clear air, and the wide roads. Everything my eyes captured extremely thrilled me. In fact, the excitement still continues even now.
I’ve lived out countless of exciting, unforgettable, incomparable experiences over the last 10 years. I would require at least 2 more blog posts telling you what was all about, but it’s not too much to say that all those experiences are definitely I couldn’t have been able to have if I lived in Japan. They have helped me shape who I am right now and will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
 

To be really honest with you, I totally underestimated. I mean, I thought it would have been way easier to live abroad.
I had to go through so many of the financial issues. I had been literally so broke about 6 months ago that I couldn’t pay my rent. I begged my friends to help lend me money so that I could pay my phone bills. The longer I live here, the more I miss my home country, my culture, my old friends. I am still facing the depressions because of that. Processing all things about being able to work here legally cost me tons of money and it takes a village to complete. Very quite often, I still feel left alone and I don’t belong to anywhere... I feel very empty inside. I cry on a Monday because I didn’t have anyone to hang out with over the weekends and that makes me feel I am so boring. I know it's a stupid thing to cry for, but I couldn't help it. 

Any adventure contains both amazing and worst experiences. And both of them are truly what makes the adventure incredible and unforgettable. My adventure in America is just like that. If someone asked me “Have you ever regret making a decision to come to America and determined to stay?”, I would in no time respond “NOT AT ALL!!!”
Yes, all those past 10 years, I’ve experienced so many struggles, so many hardships, so many falling downs. But can’t we avoid them, can we? No, that’s how life is.. We can’t live happily all the time. Well, we all wish. Maybe, my life would have been less tougher and much easier in Japan, but I would rather have many interesting stories to be read in the book of my life.
Which is better, a book with only 1 chapters or 25 chapters?
What if The Little Mermaid without Ursula and Aladdin without Jafar?
Without them, the movies wouldn't have been just as awesome and everyone's favorites. 

Living in a foreign country has taught me a number of invaluable life changing lessons: lessons that have helped me create who I wanted to be; lessons that have opened my mind, my heart and my paths; lessons that I would have NEVER discovered in my home country.
I’d like to share my 15 important life lessons i’ve learned living abroad. 

1. How important my family is

Before I moved to America, I had not very happy relationship with my parents, especially with my mom. Every time she called me on the phone, we always ended up having flights and me crying and left so much anger on her. I didn’t like my mom, I didn’t really value my family. I really didn’t care about what was going on among family. Even when they first came visited me from Japan, most of the time we fought both at the hotel and in public.
But on our third family trip in SF, my phone got snathced by a stranger on our way back to the hotel, and that was a quite incident. Also, that was when I was able to see the true love from my parents.
Right after my phone was taken, all I could do was shouting to my dad saying “ Dad! My phone was just taken by a stranger!!!!” Then he ran after him as fast as he could. You know my dad isn’t that young. But I’ve never seen my dad was running that fast!
Unfortunately we couldn’t find the thief, there were two witnesses that were young homeless. My mom was so appreciative to those young kids because they called the police right away and reported him all things they were capturing. They only have a prepaid phone, so they used their money to help me out. And my mom repeatedly said thank you to those boys with a bow in her broken English, and she handed them a small token of her gratitude.
That night at the hotel, my mom and I were able to have a deep conversation without no quarrels. And I was so very amazed by how earnest and deep we could be connected with each other. I had been waiting for this moment for 29 years.. And the follwing year, my mom and I decided to do mather-and-daughter trip to New York, which was incredibly awesome.
Now I am so excited when my mom send me messages and I am so touched that I cry every time we had a family phone call every month. 

2. Don’t be afraid of taking risks

I learned to take risks with courage. Living abroad itself can be scary, worrying and overwhelming. Yet many of my best and unforgettable memories were born when I took some extra risks. One of them are definitely becoming a fashion/style blogger in here. I described a little bit here under About. I can’t tell you all the stories yet, but I took the biggest risks in my life back in 2013. I’ve gained so much more than I could have imagined at the time I decided to.
No one doesn’t wanna get hurt willingly and naturally avoid the worst case scenarios.
But what really important is that you give it a try with knowing the anxiety and all sorts of negative feelings, but do something out of your comfort zone anyway. That’s so powerful and profound, and these risks certainly give you further self-growth.

3. Follow your heart

Sometimes you have to listen to others, but after all, it’s your life, it’s your path, and only YOU know what and how to make your life better.
Your parents expect you to go for a certain path, but is that what you really want to?
When your partner gives..

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Happy almost Friday LOVEs!! 
I am slowing gathering summer pieces lately although we in Seattle are still having chiller days quite often. I am not a beach or pool girl during summer, but what I am excited about warm days is I get to enjoy wearing colorful palette, fun prints and cute sandals during the season. 
I am all about shopping online and one of my all-time favorite shopping destinations is River Island. For those who are not familiar with this brand, YOU SHOULD KNOW!!
It's one of the biggest UK brands and I adore that they are affordable, fashion-forward and most importantly very original with unique touches. 

I am so excited to partner with River Island today and share two looks with so many cute pieces I found from them. 

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How cute is this stripe denim wrap crop top?!
I've never owned a denim top like this and I am seriously obsessed! Short frill sleeves and frayed trims make this top even cuter and flattering!!
I am so happy to add this embellished jacquard clutch to my summer bag collection. I am all about the details and how fun is this clutch with so many tassels and coins? This clutch definitely gives a perfect summer colored touch to any look. 

Every season, I always add a pretty blazer no matter what seasons because it's a perfect for any occasion from a meeting at a office to a quick brunch with friends. You guys know pink is always my top favorite color and this double breasted style blazer is just too pretty not to add to my wardrobe.
It will be also so cute with a tank top/rock tee + denim shorts + slides combos for a laid back look. I am now keeping my eyes on a pair pink trousers to make a suit style with this number! 

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As the weather is finally shifting to warmer, I did my closet cleanout and am constantly adding some new pretty pieces to my closet now! With that being said, I am so thrilled to share with you my recent finds for spring from UNIQLO.

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UNIQLO is known by super affordable pieces in amazing great quality. Because last month UNIQLO has launched the second store in Seattle, I had to go back there again to do a little shopping. My favorite prints at the moment is definitely polka dots and ginghams. So this adorable linen gingham shirt immediately caught my eyes and I love it so much!!! Did I tell you that yellow is my favorite spring color? You can’t go wrong with this bright vitamine color this spring!

On the previous post, I showed you how you can style a simple bratop in two ways and whenever I shop a piece either in stores or online, I always try to picture in my head weather or not I can rock the piece in at least 2 ways so that I won’t waste it by ending up wearing only one time. That’s why I’d love to feature another “1 piece in 2 ways” blog post today and here are 2 ways you can style this pretty gingham linen shirt.

The most chic and..

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Happy { Officially } Spring everyone!!!!
I am so excited to partner with UNIQLO again to share with you some amazing spring pieces I absolutely adore!

In spring, we all love wearing cute prints, bright colors. Yet, nothing can beat a simple yet comfortable top like this white bra top. This UNIQLO bratop is made from light-as-air AIRism material for ultimate comfort. It’s extremely soft and such a great east-to-wear piece. I love that soft cups provide a natural fit and maintain an attractive bustline.
I especially have small breasts and I am so impressed by how this top gives a super alluring silhouette around my chest.

Because seamless design stays invisible, you can totally wear it under light clothing and outer layer.
Even though Seattle weather has been so gorgeous lately, it still get chilly some days and I’ve been wearing this top as a perfect innerwear over my favorite sweaters and cardigans.

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I decided to create my spring-ready look with this bratop by opting for all-white because it’s one of my absolute favorite styles for spring.
I love denim on denim situation in white here with my new white denim jacket, which is also from UNIQLO. My current beloved way to style a denim jacket is buttoning the very end, dropping the collar and showing the shoulders. This way you can create a flattering Off-the-shoulder look with a denim jacket.
Because everything is pretty simple and plain, I added statement earrings like these ASOS Marble drop earrings to accentuate this all white outfit.

Not only is this AIRism bratop amazing for comfortableness, but it’s also perfect for activewear. Its self-deodorization prevents sweaty odor in this inner top. It keeps you lastingly dry and smooth and gives you comfort even in sweaty situation due to the AIRism material.
You can’t underestimate how one simple top especially this UNIQLO AIRism bratop can double your look from day to workout.

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Happy Weekend LOVEs!!! I hope you’ve got some fun plans going this weekend!!

Seattle has been so beautiful lately and I can’t get enough of it, especially the beautiful sunset.

The other day, I was talking about how lovely the weather in Seattle has been lately with my friend who lives in the East Coast, but she told me it’s still super cold over there and wished that it would get warmer. Omg, that’s right. Even though I am enjoying the lovely almost-spring weather nowadays here in Seattle, somewhere in the world is still frosty or even snowy. And you know, the weather definitely affects our mood on what to dress for a day.

So she inspired me to create today’s post: how you can nail a cozy-chic aesthetic.

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When the weather is shitty and so cold outside, our mood is greatly influenced by that when it comes to dressing up. All black everything is still cool and edgy, and I LOVE rocking that outfit! But if you want to change things up a little bit, try some pieces that are brighter.
Colored coats have been super popular and I am all about them. If you are a little shy about a colored coat, the best piece for you is a white coat like this one. It will still keep you warm plus out of the “head-to-toe-boring-black” category.

2. Mixing it up with prints

I know it’s tempting to hibernate in a quiet palette of blacks and grays when it’s freezing, but try adding a little print here and there to lift your spirits and your style, like I added a leopard printed skirt and cozied up with tights rather than black skinny jeans.

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