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なぜか、アメリカでは女の子の子供服の定番アイテムのひとつにチュチュがあります。
そう、あのバレリーナのようなチュチュ。レギンスやタイツと合わせて日常的に着てる子も多いことに最初はビビッたもののだんだん可愛く思えてきて。。。とうとうこまちゃんにも着せてしまいました!
 
2枚目は、チュチュが半円形にパフってなる定番のポーズなんだけど、うちが買ったのはチュールの層が足りなくて寂しくなっちゃいました。でもわたしは充分満足☆さすがにこれで普段のおでかけっていう気にはならないけどなかなかかわいいでしょ(*^-^*)
思わぬアメリカーナ体験でした。

| 21:05 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(0) | - |
チュニックワンピース Tunic mini dress

あれれ、なんでこれアップしてなかったんだろ。
もう買ってからかなり着ているんだけど、こちらはジャージー素材のチュニックワンピ。
レギンスかクロップドデニムであわせてもいいし、そのまま着てもカラダのラインにゆったーり沿うミニワンピになってかっこいい☆☆☆Uネックだしドルマンスリーブだから1枚(キャミ必須ね)でもちゃんと可愛いのです♪これの前にやっぱりブラウンでコットンのキャミワンピも買っていたのに、2500円という価格とダンナ君の鶴の一声でなんともあっさりゲットしてしまったんだよね〜。若干反省しながらもやっぱり満足なのです。うふふ。
そうそう、今日ボーカルで肌がきれいだから若く見えるんだねって言われちゃった!!!もう28歳なのに学生と思われることがちょっと悩みでもあったけど、肌がキレイだからって言われちゃったらそれだけで有頂天♪♪思いあたることといえば普段から化粧をしないことくらいでほんと何もしてない私。健康的な肌をくれた両親に感謝だね♪

Why on earth hadn't I introduced this dress before?
This is a jersey tunic mini dress that I got last month and have worn quite a lot already this season. I love the U-neck bit and the sleeve is dolman, which adds great character to the plain dress. I wear it either with a pair of leggings or jeans, or on its own as a slightly figure hugging mini dress, and they both look really nice. Just before this dress I had bought a different brown dress; a cotton spaghetti dress, but the reasonable price and Taishi's encouragement was more than enough to decide that this dress must come home with me, too. I do feel a little guilty but the satisfaction is far bigger, tee hee!
To end with an even happier episode that happened today; a friend at vocal training told me that I look younger becasue I have clear skin! Wow, really?! I usually don't like the fact that I look young (like an undergrad!) although I'm already 28, but if it's because of my skin, well that kind of comment is always welcome! Thank you mum and dad for giving me such healthy low-maintenance skin!
| 20:55 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(0) | trackbacks(2) |
一年中☆ For all seasons☆

ちょっとアップできずにいたらすっかり梅雨本番になり今日に至っては雨が降りこんで窓も開けられないしまつ。日本の四季ってすごいわぁ。
ということでこんなインパクトカラーのスカートはいかがでしょうか。紫のシフォンスカートとコーデュロイスカート。シフォンは春夏、コーデュロイは秋冬。ということは、一年中紫を身に付けられる環境♪なんせわたくし紫が大好きで!学生時代Abiに影響されてから集め始めて、今ではトップスもラベンダーから濃紫まであるし、もうこれは中毒。でもこんな両面性がある不思議な色ってあんまり他にないと思わない?紫って暖かくも冷たくもあって、可愛くもかっこよくもあるでしょ?私の理想象なのかも?!

I leave the blog for just a week and Japan's completely in the rain season! It's raining like mad and the wind is so strong today I can't open the window. The wonders of the Japanese seasons is amazing.
So here is a little colour for a rainy day: purple chiffon and corduroy skirt. I wear the chiffon skirt mainly in spring and summer and the corduroy in autumn and winter, so that's something purple for all seasons! See, I simply love purple! I also have a range of purple tops too, from lavender to deep purple. I guess you can say it's an addiction, thanks to my dear dear friend Abi who I met at uni. But come to think about it, there aren't many other colours that have the same ambivalence as purple. Purple is both warm and cool, sweet and sleek. May be this is how I wish to be?!
| 18:04 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(0) | trackbacks(0) |
あったかくなると・・・ Because the sun is shining?

今日の主役はなんでしょう?黄色いアンサンブルです!
これは今年買ったものなんだけど、買っているときにふと気が付いたこと⇒私ここ数年春夏になるとほぼ毎年黄色いトップスを買っている!そして家に戻るとあるある、ホルターネック、半袖カットソー、ひよこ色柄ワンピ・・・色黒肌に映えるからか、頭があまりに単純で太陽を見るとほしくなるのか・・・でもどっちにしても黄色ってかわいくも元気にも着れて本当に便利だから大好き(^^)写真みたいに着てもいいし、ベージュのプリーツミニスカを合わせてもグッドだね♪優しくて楽しい黄色にはまだしばらくお世話になりそうなのでした星

Today's garment is... the yellow knitted top!
I got this piece of garment this year and I realised something very odd at the till: I had been buying yellow clothes in the spring/summer season constantly for the past several years. I went home and there they were: yellow halterneck top; yellow fitted T-shirt; creamy yellow cotton dress... Whether it's because it goes well on my olive skin, or becasue I'm so simply made that the sunshine evokes my craving for a sunny colour I don't know, but whatever the reason, I love yellow as it is a really useful colour that can be worn with sweetness or cheeriness (^^) The combination in the photo is smart but the image would change completely if I changed the skirt to a beige pleated mini skirt♪ It looks like warm and cheerfull yellow will continue dominating my wardrone for some time still星
| 21:23 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(0) | trackbacks(0) |
10年ぶり It's been a decade!

10年くらい前、レギンスがまだスパッツと呼ばれていた頃の履きこなしって、ざっくりした大きなニットやビッグシルエットのシャツ、あるいは夏は大きい(ロング丈というよりオーバーサイズな感じ)Tシャツに合わせてあくまでカジュアルに着るものだったと思う。当時関取体型だった私は同級生がシンプルなざっくりめニットにスパッツとゴツめのブーツを履いているのを見てため息をついたもんです。「あぁ、私もあの子みたいにすっきりかっこよくなりたいなぁ。」そして足掛け10年、またヤツ(笑)がやって参りましたよ、今度はレギンスという名前で!というわけで地味〜に再チャレンジしている私。秋冬はタイツっぽく防寒対策(足首出るのは寒くて耐えられないしブーツ履いたら分からない、みたいな・笑)で履いてたけど春夏はもっと積極的に履いていきたいな☆高校時代の憧れをまんま再現するならIラインのニットワンピだけどそれだとギャル系になっちゃうから今の私が履くならふくらはぎ丈レギンス&ミニスカ、ミニワンピ系かな。というわけでワンピで2パターン考えてみたのがこちら。左はシャツワンピとの組み合わせで、細ベルトでおはしょりしてます♪そして右はジャージー生地のキャミワンピで、なんとスパッツに憧れてた高校生のときから持ってる代物!最近は部屋着ユース中心でご隠居状態だったけど合いそうなので現役復帰決定☆しかし、スパッツ⇒レギンスの1件で思うことは、自分も10年歳をとったということ・・・時が経つのは早い!

About 10 years back, when I was still in high school, my image of leggings were casual, laid back; worn with big knitted tops or shirts, or t-shrits (not dressy, long ones we see now but over-sized) in summer. I also remember sighing as I saw a classmate wearing a simple beige big knitted top with leggings and boots. I really liked her rustic yet classy style but as I was rather over-sized at that time, I wouldn't dare try it myself. But 10 years from that day look who's back - it's that old Mr. leggings! Thank God for giving me another chance! If I were to try the same type of combination I longed for 10 yeas ago it would be an I-line knitted dress but that's too harsh for my taste, so my choice is 3/4 length leggings with mini skirts and dresses. Last autumn and winter my second challenge didn't make much difference as I only used them like tights. I mean, it's far too cold to go out with bare ankles and you can't differenciate between the two once you wear boots! But as summer is coming our way, I've been thinking of more combinations I could try like these two to start with: the first one is a combination with a shirt-type dress, with the length hitched up with a belt, so it becomes more like a tunic, and the second is a combination with a jersey mini dress that has been in my possession since the days I dreamt of wearing leggings for the first time! It has been half asleep in the back of the wardrobe but it will definitely return to the front this season!
But y'know, as happy as I am that leggings are back in style now, It does feel a little odd to think that a whole decade has past already... Wow, time really flies!
| 18:27 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(0) | trackbacks(0) |
白ワンピ White dress


なななんと、白系コットンワンピもう1枚買っちゃった・・・。こないだのはミニだったので今回はふんわり高原風。
ウエストのところのクロッシェレースが少し高めの位置についているのでひざ下丈なのに
ちびっ子の私にもグッドバランス!そして前後Vのネックラインもめっちゃ好み☆☆☆夏まで待つつもりがこないだ暑かった日に着たけど、女の子らしさ全開!って感じでもう一日ご機嫌さん♪♪ミニスカも女に特権!って感じで大好きだけどやっぱり品のいい感じも捨てられないよね〜。女である以上どっちも大切な要素でございます☆

I bought a white cotton dress AGAIN... A sweet flaired miid-length that reminds you of a sunny refreshing meadow.
The croche belt bit is placed slightly higher than the real waistline so even a teeny weeny like me can wear without drowning, and I also love the deep V-line both at the front and back!
I wore it out the other day when it was unusually hot like summer, and felt really good - full of femininity but not in a sloppy way. Miniskirts are wonderful in that it's like a girls' prerogative to get your legs out to have fun and feel sexy, but looking chic once in a while is as important. Both are essential elements for a woman☆
| 17:46 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(2) | trackbacks(0) |
ミニワンピ minidress


毎年暖かくなるとほしくなるワンピース。冬のワンピもブーツと合わせたりして可愛いけどやっぱり本番は春夏だと思うんだな。そして今年もいいものGETしちゃった!しかもこれなんと美術館で買ったのよ〜、信じられる?!クレマチスの丘という美術館やレストランがある広い公園があるんだけど、そこに雑貨屋さんが入ってて奥には可愛くてお手ごろ価格の洋服たち☆☆☆というわけで美術館帰りにまさかのショッピングをしてしまったの。丈は膝上15cmくらいあるかなー。でもこれがまためっちゃ可愛くてたまらんのだ!柄の色が焦げちゃで少し落ち着いてるから子供っぽくならないしね♪ミニ丈ってわくわくするね♪テンション上がるというか、女の子でよかったって思うよ☆30歳が近づいてるけど、下品にならない程度に履き続けたいものです。

Dresses are great in winter worn with boots, too, but the real season for pretty dresse is definitely spring and summer! And this year I got this wonderful cotton minidress... at a MUSEUM! Can you believe that? There's a big park with museums and restaurants called "Clematis no Oka" or "Clematis Hills" , and they have a gift shop with a little clothes corner. I never imagined myself buying clothes at a museum, but they had really cute stuff, and for a reasonable price, too! So that was it. The length is about 15cm above the knee, so it's quite short, but it's so cute, and as the flowers are dark brown, it's not as childish at all. One thing I always feel about minidresses or skirts is that it makes you really happy that you're a girl! I'll be 30 in a couple of years but I'd like to continue wearing them as long as it doesn't look tacky.
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ナチュラル?! Natural?!

特定のものを探しに行ったつもりが違うものを買って帰ってきちゃうことってあるよね?
このゴールドのパンプスもまさにそうハイヒールベーシック&ナチュラルカラーを探していたんだけど私は肌が浅黒いからナチュラル系だと思って試着しても裸足っぽすぎるか白っぽく浮くか。だからゴールドがかえってちょうどよかったもよう☆☆☆マットゴールドだから派手すぎないし、ゴールドは毎年展開する色だからある意味ベーシックだしパンプスタイプなら秋口も履けるわよねなんて自分を納得させたりして・・・ま、ひらたく言えば一目ぼれです、はいラブラブよぉーし、可愛く履きまくるぞ!!

I'm sure many of you have gone shopping for one thing and came home with another... like this pair of shoesハイヒールI went to look for a natural and basic brownish colour pair I can wear till summer, but because I have olive skin, all the "natural" colours in the store either blended or stood out too much against my skin. Then I tried this gold pair on and the colour balance was perfect - not too invisible, not too white. The shade of gold isn't too shiny, and besides gold actually comes out every year so it's sort of "basic". Plus, I got shoes, not sandals, which means I can wear them past summer as well, so it's okay to buy them!... lame excuse? well whatever! Sometimes "love at first sight" isn't enough to direct yourself to the tillあっかんべー! Now, what shall I wear them with, and whereラブラブ??
| 13:07 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(0) | trackbacks(0) |
お嬢様 looking dainty

明日はLAに暮らしているJunkoと3年ぶりの再会ってことで、今日は朝から掃除とパッキング。で、コーディネート決めがてら撮ったのがこちら。私ファッションに関しては昔から好みがほとんど変わらなくて、その中のワン・スタイルがこういうちょいレトロ&お嬢様風。ワードローブを見る限り長く着てるものとか大事に着てるものはこういう系統が多かったりする。因みにこれは紺色のシャツワンピで、共布のベルトと裾の刺繍がポイント(見えないよ〜)。買ったのは去年の夏の終わりぐらいだったかな。写真では広げてるけどフレアも大げさじゃないし、色も落ち着いてるから着やすいんだ♪
着るものも決まったし、あとは気温がもう少し上がってくれたら文句なしだねおてんき

I've been packing and cleaning all day as I'm going away for the weekend tomorrow to meet my precious friend Junko who moved to LA 3 years ago. I took this while deciding what clothes to wear during the 3 days. I've always loved clothes but I like wearing what I like, regardless of what is supposed to be "in". And this is certinly one of my all time favourite styles; a bit retro and girly. Many of the clothes I've worn for years or am wearing with care tend to be on this line. This particular piece of garment is a navy blue shirt-dress I probably got end of last summer. It comes with a thin belt of the same fabric, and my favourite bit, although you can't see it from this pic, is the beautiful embroidery around the hem. The flaired hem isn't as elaborate as it looks in the pic, and I love the colour, too.  Now that I'm ready for the long waited reunion, all I need is some help from little miss sunshine... please let it be warm tomorrowおてんき
| 16:11 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(2) | trackbacks(0) |
初花見 first cherry blossom

春なのにほかほかアイテムばかりのファッションエントリーひやひや
でもこの時期外はぽかぽかでも家の中はかえって日陰になって寒かったりしません?うちはそう。今日も家の中は空気が冷たくてふかふかスリッパとタイツは脱げないし、衣替えなんてもってのほか。うちのあたりはそもそも涼しいとはいえ、ぽかぽか陽気の春はまだ少し先の予感。でもそんな気持ちをこないだ和ませてくれたのが↑。自分の足なんだけど桜に見えない?見えない?桜この微妙なモーブっぽいピンクっぽい色と特に形がパーフェクト!思わぬところで春を感じたのでした。

Despite the season here is another wintery snuggly photo for you. Around this time of year the air inside is just the same as being in the cool shadow, so no matter how much the air is warming up outside I still need fluffy slippers and thick tights結晶 at home and switching wardrobes to spring/summer mode isn't even on the reserve list of chores yet. Warm and cozy spring is still to come... But that longing eased a little as I put my feet up after tea... Look! a cherry blossom桜The mauvish pinkish colour, and the shape is particularly perfect! Realisation is a wonderul moment especially when you're least expecting itぴかぴか: spring is here!
| 09:54 | 着るもの / fashion | comments(2) | trackbacks(0) |
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