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10 Year Anniversary of Living In America & 15 Life Changing Lessons I've Learned from Living Abroad By Myself

10 Year Anniversary of Living In America & 15 Life Changing Lessons I've Learned from Living Abroad By Myself

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of my moving from Japan and living in America. Living in a foreign country isn’t a piece of cake but has taught me a number of invaluable life changing lessons but here are my 15 valuable of lessons I learned from past 10 years!

Special “Bubbly” Gift to Someone you LOVE - Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad

Special “Bubbly” Gift to Someone you LOVE - Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad

Happy Valentine's Day my LOVEs!!!! How are you celebrating?
This year, I decided to celebrate the <3 Day by gifting something "Bubbly Lovely" tasty from Segura Viudas - a Spanish wine brand - to my bestie! Keep scrolling to check out what's all about!!

Make A Scene // Win A Pair of Shoes & A Fun Party at Your Favorite Spot

Make A Scene // Win A Pair of Shoes & A Fun Party at Your Favorite Spot

It's officially summer season! Get free pair of summer shoes or sandals! A N D... free party at your favorite place! Read more how to enter!

Tribal & Personal Talk

I'd been itching to play with some prints! Also, there is a little personal talk today that I'd love to share with you.

Photographed by

Sarah Wolfe

 //  Downtown Seattle 

DRESS: c/o 

SheIn

SHOES: JustFab (old, similar 

Steve Madden

Nine West

, at 

SHOPBOB

  )

BRA: Walmart (Similar 

Romwe

Free People

 )

BAG: JustFab (similar 

HERE

)

SUNNIES: 

Free People

JEWELRY: 

H&M

 Earrings, 

ASOS

 Necklace, Vintage Belt

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Hi LOVEs!

How was your weekend? I really hope that you have started off this new week amazingly! If you follow me on social media, you have probably saw that I felt very ill yesterday when I woke up, and it was totally unexpected. In general, I am a very optimistic, cheerful, and positive person. I believe that my most charming characteristic is a BIG SMILE! (I hope you agree with me <3 ) Yet, sometimes it is just really hard to stay positive and to believe in myself. Concerns eat away at me - I haven been single for almost three years now, my whole family lives a million miles away, and even though I have amazing friends here, I still have days when I feel a deep loneliness. The reality is that my parents are not 100% supportive of me pursing my fashion dream in America. I know, it's kinda sad, right? I frequently wish for them to be more supportive of what I am passionate about. My parents' happiness is my happiness. Of course I wanna make them happy. But my decision to go for my dream has resulted in making them very unhappy. As such, I then feel that I am such a bad daughter because I choose my dream over my parents happiness... At one point, I made my parents cry... That's one of the worst moments in my life.

Then, yesterday I fell apart completely, and naturally I burst into tears due to my deep feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, and the extreme struggles that I have to go through as a foreigner. Even though I am happy to finally be able to stand on my feet and pursue my dream after such hard decisions, I have been struggling with not being able to share and talk about these struggles with my beloved family. This cycle of success followed by regret constantly torments me.

Nonetheless, I realized yesterday that I have a lot of friends, my fans and followers who sincerely care about me and even believe in me more that I do. Receiving heartfelt comments, snaps, and messages really brightened up my worst moment and saved from deep devastation. They are all so sweet, and I felt very loved and sensed a great amount of compassion. It made me feel so much better, and I was able to have a good cry. I actually thought that I should not share my negativity on social media because I knew I might end up giving people an unfavorable moment. However, some of them shared their stories of how they had been in the same shoes and of their struggles. One of my friends came over and gave me tight hugs, and then took me out for dinner and coffee. On the way home, we saw the most beautiful rainbow that I have ever seen! Seeing such a rainbow was as if the universe was telling me: "don't lose hope; you will be fine!" It was a breathtaking moment.

Although I don't have a boyfriend or family close to me, I couldn't be happier and more appreciative to have those people in my life, especially on my blogging journey. I really wanted to thank all of them including YOU who come to read my blog, leave comments and support me with lots of love!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS! I seriously can't thank you enough! 

Life isn't only about happy things and isn't always smooth and pleasant. It may not go however you are wishing it to. Some of you may be struggling or suffering over tons of stuff more than your surroundings. Then you may have to confront countless obstacles that easily put you down. However struggling with problems makes you stronger. The most challenging times are opportunities for us to realize moments change, and great struggles enable us to attain immense good fortune. Those who have experienced great suffering can develop into outstanding people. Those who have undergone painful trails can help many others. Such difficult moments intensify the happy moments. The key is to take one step, even half a step, toward what you are going for, no matter whoever stands in front of you disagreeing and preventing from your dream. And all you need to do is to have courage and get back up whenever you fall down. I know as long as you keep fighting through, you can definitely win!

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 Okay, now onto today's look! I wore this look for my friend's birthday party, but this wasn't how I normally dress up for one. It's good to change up your tendencies and try something you don't generally do.

I am so glad I chose

this cute tribal print dress from

SheIn

for the occasion. I haven't worn this print for a long time, and finally I get to play with some prints over plain clothes! I think the print will never go out of style, and the color of this dress is very fall-ready, plus it's long sleeve! I like the wide cut in front. This dress actually has pockets, but I totally forgot to photograph the details! I am always in love with a dress with pockets! Even though it came in a small size, I am super petite. So I had to adjust the length by adding a belt to make it more fitting and flattering! Paring it with my favorite fringe sandals adds a touch of playfulness, and I am pleased that I managed to create a color-blocking ensemble with these sandals, a 

red mini bag

and

burgundy sunnies

in addition to my mermaid hair! I am back to rocking 

statement earrings

because

that's one of the trend this fall/winter

.  I am not ready to say good bye to summer just yet, but doing our homework on what's coming next and starting to incorporate the trends into the current looks definitely help us prepare for the new season!

Thanks for reading today's long post, and I really do hope that you could relate to what I have experienced and that I inspired you somehow! And of course hopefully you enjoy today's look as well!

If you ever want to vent, please remember that I am here for you. You are not the only one who going through a lot!

Much love, AikA ❤︎

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Thank you for reading!!!!

XOXO

♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ - STAY FASHiONABLE, STAY UNiQUE - ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥

Special Sweet Delivery From NYC...♥

Can we take a moment for a bit and talk about a sweet thing?

Hi LOVEs!!!

I know, my blog mainly has featured my looks, fashion and style. But I am thinking to expand more categories such as beauty tips, lifestyle, food, and more from now on... Because those things are definitely part of my life and huge inspirations to my fashion, and I would like to consider my "Love Closet" is filled with affection from any aspect!

With that being said, I am so thrilled to share something that everyone loves today! I've received the sweetest delivery I've ever gotten in the mail a while back, and I finally have a chance to share it with you guys!

First of all, who in the world doesn't like these yummiest sweet pastries known as macarons? I've been such a busy bee lately, so I was extremely pleased that this pretty macaron box was delivered right in front of my door. Thank you so much 

MacarOn Cafe

!

Not only are these macaron sooooo delicious, but the box with a pink ribbon is also something that  makes me feel really special about this macaron box.

MacarOn Caf e

is located in New York City and was established to pay homage to the delicate French confectionery, the macaron. Their shops have been recognized as the connoisseurs of this delicious French pastry because of the wonderful variety of flavors from our master chef, Cecile Cannone. They have  many wonderful clients include: Hermès, Valentino, L'Oréal, Van Cleef & Arpels, Sonia Rykiel, Coach, and LOFT.

You can enjoy NYC macaron right where you are at because

they deliver their macron nationwide in the US and in Canada

. How awesome is this? I was really shocked with such affordable prices as well. Mine is called

Small Luxury Gift Box

and it's only $18!!!! It comes in 6 flavored macarons with two options:

Freshly Made Daily MacarOn Mix

OR

Make Your Own Fresh Mix

from the choice of 24 flavors such as Pistachio, Dark Chocolate, Caramel, Earl Grey, and Creme Brulee. You can also check how shipping works 

HERE

in case you wonder. 

I was the one who got this pretty yummy box this time, but I will definitely love to gift this one to someone who I love or have been thinking of and make him/her surprise and put smile on the face!

Did I make you feel so hungry? Well that's good because you can

order yours

now! haha 

Have a sweet Thursday dolls 

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Thank you for reading!!!!

XOXO

♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ - STAY FASHiONABLE, STAY UNiQUE - ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥

When You Are In A Mood Of...

Long time no blog guys... But I actually have a reason for that. I was freaked out.

Photographed by

Tadashi Kayo

  //  Random street in Seattle 

TOP: Nasty Gal (similar here or here)  //  SHORTS:Aritzia  //  SHOES: ShoeDazzle (old, similar here)  //  BRALETTE:Arizita (or similar)  //  BAG: c/o The YUB

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Hi LOVEs!!!!

Sorry for the lack of updates here. If you follow me on my snapchat (@fashionistaika), you already known what happened to me over the last several days... But for those who don't...I had extremely rough and tragic moment recently when my landlord locked me in the garage intentionally for freaking three hours... Yep. It sounds crazy, doesn't it? I felt like I was suddenly locked in a prison for no reasons. This was the most cruel experience I've ever had in my life. As a result, I've become kind of mistrustful of people and experience has made me hardly want to do anything. Thanks to my friends who were there for me, I am now recovering very quickly! Plus I found a new place to move to, so hopefully everything will get better!

A few weeks ago, my friend and I went out for a night drive. We just kept driving and enjoyed the calm night while music played on the radio. I especially adore the city lights as viewed from the freeway. This kind of night never gets old, and it always helps me clear and refresh my mind. I wish I had my own car so that I could do this as much as I want to.

We stopped at a random street and did some night photoshooting.  We didn't expect good results, but I actually like them because of how each picture gives expressions. Hope you enjoyed them, too!

Sweet dreams babes <3

~SHOP THE LOOK~

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Thank you for reading!!!!

XOXO

☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ - STAY FASHiONABLE, STAY UNiQUE - ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆

AikA's Love Insta Diary I

@AikasLoveCloset

Hi LOVEs! Happy Thursday!

I realized that I've never shared any pictures from my

Instagram

, where I post more of what's happening in my personal life! Food, beauty, new hauls, events etc.... Oh and of course, a lot of #selfies!!! lol

If you follow me already, I apologize the double grams, but at the same time I REALLY appreciate your support, love and follow!!! <3 <3 <3

If not,  follow along @

AikasLoveCloset

! And if you have your account and want me to check out yours, please feel free to leave your name on the commotion section below!

Okay here we go!!!

Right after wrapping up photoshoting, captured this breath-taking sunset at Kirkland Water Front!!! Literarly I stunned and couldn't speak for a while...

#OOTD inspo with my new "

Will Work For Clothes

" tee c/o

QTee

 - Such a perfect tee for me! If you want one for yourself with some $$ discounts, use "

QTA15

" on

Qtee.com

BEANIE :: c/o ShopChicStud  |  CARDIGAN & SHORTS :: TOPSHOP  |  NECKLACE :: c/o Charlotte Russe  |  BOOTIES :: Just Fab

A busy day with my casual rock look, and made a quick visit at Buffalo Exchange. Sold a bunch of clothes I no longer wore, and scored lovely clothes and accessories in return!! 

TOP :: Urban Outfitters  |  BOTTOM :: Forever 21  |  SHOES :: JustFab  |  OUTERWEAR :: TOPSHOP  |  ACCESSORIES :: Urban Outfitters ear cuff, Goodwill necklace, H&M hat  

Was invited to an exclusive blogger holiday event at Alderwood Mall #MerrierThursday

Stopped by Michael Kors during the event, and I was just obsessed with E V E RY T H I N G at the store!

Isn't this coat just fabulous?? @Michael Kors - Shop it

here

!

My #OOTN for the night at the event. It's all about rocking neutral color!

TOP :: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange  |  SKIRT :: H&M  |  SHOES :: ShoeDazzle  |  EARRINGS :: Crossroads Trading Co.  |  NECKLACE :: H&M  |  CLUTCH :: Pinkbasis

Hellooooo there! My new Celine sunglasses for my late birthday present - New Black Audrey via Barney's New York in downtown. LOVE THEM TO DEATH. 

RINGS :: Forever 21 

In my new AWESOME fur vest c/o

Tobi

! Super versatile and warm! Can't get enough of the pale pink, too!

Stay tuned for how I styled it as well as other

Tobi

items on upcoming post!

Staying warm in my new Heattech top c/o

UNIQLO

 for the #

FeeltheWarmth

 campaign!

"

Share pics of your own cold situations where you wish and tag #FeeltheWarmth for a chance to win one of 500 Heattech pieces

UNIQLO

giving away this season!

One of the go-to favorite ensembles! Details coming soon on the blog!

 At

Ben Bridge

, tried million Tanzanite Diamond rings! I was speechless... OMG!

Shoe hunting at Forever 21! Too many gorgeous shoes to choose from!

Finally got my hands on the perfect comfy, soft, sexy

leopard coat

for myself from F21!

Extremely cozy!

Catching up with my besites at Din Tai Fung! We completely killed 9 plates!

But first, let me take selfieS!

Spending a sunday afternoon shooting holiday outfits in

Tobi

dresses

Looking forward to the blog posts coming soon! I bet you will LOVE them!

My current #DIY nail situation, loving the navy color with a little sparkles!

Hope you enjoyed the little grams from my daily life!! Thank you so very much for all your likes and comments on my

Insta

! They are so much world to me!

By the way, it's so funny that a lot of people are talking in the morning about how many followers they lost after Instagram cleaned up all the fake users! lol I was so shocked that I've had nearly 900 of those people!! But who cares? All matters are you remain who you are, and stay positive, dream bigger!!

Enjoy your Thursday boos! 

♥ 

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Thank you for reading!!!!

XOXO

☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ - STAY FASHIONABLE, STAY UNIQUE - ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆