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Photographed by Mike Diep // Discovery Park

TOP: From Japan (adore this)  //  COAT: ZARA (sold out, adore this in B&W or this)  //  BOTTOM: ZARA  //  BOOTS: Charlotte Russe (old, similar here or here)  //  SUNGLASSES: Forever 21 



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Hi LOVEs! Happy Monday!
I hope your new week is going to be fabulous! Can you believe that the first month of 2015 will have passed us by already in a few more days? I definitely can't believe it!

A few weeks ago it was my pleasure to work with a very talented local photographer, Mike. He was a suggested user on Instagram and I've been enjoying his work for a long time. It was first our time shooting in almost 4+ years. We had been s et up this photoshoot for the longest time until recently, so I'm glad we finally did and I am really excited to share the results! Here is the first set!

Since I've got this awesome silver/blond hair, I really wanted to showcase it as an integral part of my outfit on the first set. Well..... he totally killed it! I am just so overjoyed with how the color is changing every day and the hair looks totally different depending on the weather. If you follow me on my Insta (@AikasLoveCloset), you know that I snagged this lovely killer fur coat on sale at ZARA. I believe investing a little extra money on a coat is always the right choice during this the cold season, since it becomes the major piece of the whole look. I mean, if you have to wear a coat to keep warm, then be sure to make a statement, too!
Even though a lot of people (including myself ) are looking forward to the warmer weather, the reality is that the temperatures will stay low for a while. Thanks to this cute coat, I don't have to endure cold temperatures  anymore. It does a great job at keeping out the cold air, so lately I rather enjoy dressing up on chilly days! I adore its pale pink hue, fluffy textures and volume around the sleeves. There are lots of fun elements in this one coat, and it makes me want to go out with it every day, all day! I can't get enough of how the coat really goes with my hair, either. 

To highlight the coat and hair even more, I went for an all-black color scheme underneath. I just simply styled it with my old body-hugging V-neck top and black skinny jeans. Then, I topped it off with my favorite platform boots. I put on some pale  pink lipstick to keep an "ICY" vibe as my finishing touch.


How did you like this set? Stay tuned for another one in chic city-oriented look!
Have a lovely day dolls! 


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Burgundy n' Navy


Photographed by Teban S. of Asian Impressions // Downtown Seattle

LACE CROP TOP, JEANS, CASCADE CARDIGAN SWEATER , NECKLACES, EARRINGS & BRACELETS: c/o Charlotte Russe
FISHERMAN'S CAP (Similar here or here): Isabel Marant pour H&M
SILVER PLATFORM HEELED SANDALS: c/o Missguided
MINI SATCHEL BAG (Similar here or here): 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
LIPSTICK: Audacious Lipstick - Sandra by NARS 


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Hi LOVEs! Happy Friday!
Now I have to admit that burgundy and nave blue, together is one of my ultimate favorite color combos for fall! I love how the colors give a modern, chic and even a richer touch to an outfit. Burgundy is such a gorgeous color thanks to it's deep wine red hue, it's an earthy earthy color that works perfectly for the season, and it's a lovely color for an accent that adds depth to an ensemble with its sophistication. The color can be incorporated with other fall colors like gray, camel and of course black. On top of that, it's effortlessly coordinates with whatever you already own. What's your favorite combination color with burgundy?

My feelings have been complicated these past few weeks because on the one hand  I am kind of brought down by the the gloomy days of late (yes, I definitely miss the bright sun already!), but one the other hand I am more than pleased to rock the defining  colors of autumn and get cozy with layers! Recently Ryan, one of my good friends who I met through Instagram, sent a bunch of amazing fall pieces from Charlotte Russe as a final package while he worked there. (So sad, but I am very happy about his new journey, and now he is working for Betabrand!) When I opened the package, he totally WOWed me and today's ensemble immediately came to mind when I saw them - a burgundy lace crop top, light wash jeans, cascade aztec cardigan sweater, and some killer jewelry!

I modeled  one of the trends this F/W, which is Bright Color, in my previous post, and another seasonal trend I am totally into and definitely want to try is VICTORIANA -- laces, collar necklaces, dark sides/goths, and chunky boots... I think you can see a little bit of that vibe in this look, and I LOVE IT! Since I wanted to achieve more of a casual look, pairing light color denim is the right pick. This cascade cardigan sweater, oh my gosh. How chic and fun is that? Plus, it's amazingly warm! I am very fascinated with the fisherman's cap that totally matches with the cardigan as my finishing touch.

 I am mainly a very enthusiastic and lively person, yet it's definitely fun to reveal my dark side through fashion. Fall is the perfect season to do that, and wearing dark lips really conveys that vibe. That's why I love fashion so much and like to keep my style versatile because I can be anything I want to be!
 I recently found the perfect dark lipstick called  SANDRA from NARS, and their new lip collection - Audacious Collection - is something you don't wanna miss out on. The collection is mind blowing, especially with the vast amount of beautiful colors that literally makes me want to try each one! Personally I really love how my lips feel with their lipstick, it's smoother than any other lipstick I have. If interested, click HERE to read my article about the collection.

I hope you enjoy today's burgundy and my first look with a Victorian vibe! I am about to go get some brunch with my friend at a shabu shabu restaurant -- yummy huh? Then, off to my second round of shopping for tomorrow's Downtown Seattle Rock the Runway
Wishing you a very fun weekend, cuties!           



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FALL into Cobalt Blue

Photographed by Teban S. of

Asian Impressions

// Alki Beach

BLUE MESH KNIT SWEATER (Similar Here or Here): H&M

FLOWY WIDE-LEG TROUSERS (or these ones): MANGO

ZEBRA PRINT BELT: Thrifted

PLATFROM SANDALS: Missguided

STATEMENT PANDANT & EARRING SET: Nasty Gal

SHOCKING ORAGNE TOTE BAG (Similar Here): JustFab

LACE BRALET: Aritzia

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Hi LOVEs!

I have been so inspired by all the different looks people are coming up with for Fashion Weeks, and even though I couldn't attend any of them (one day for sure, thought!!), this outfit is one I would definitely want to rock! It's bright, bold and surely a head-turner.

I actually have done 

the all cobalt blue look during last summer

, and I absolutely loved how it came out. So I decided to try another one with a totally different vibe, using the same top, which I am so very fond of. In addition to that, '

Bright Color

' is one of the top F/W trends I am intrigued by. You can't miss if you try it out!

None of the pieces are new here besides this gorgeous pendant necklace. I really love wearing the new seasonal items and I get excited just to find them online or in stores. But, there is nothing wrong with oldies, so if you have something you really adore and think that you can wear it all time, then go for it!!! I pulled everything out of my closet to achieve this bold and vivid hues ensemble. I was debating on a skirt style or pants style. Since I wanted to create an elevated and more classical touch, I decided to go for wide leg pants.

Sadly enough , I have short legs which makes it harder to pull of wide leg pants. However, I am always up for challenges and always want to explore new solutions to these problems. That's when I came across a great way to wear them, especially if you have short legs like mine: paring the platform sky-high shoes! The higher, the better! (a wink emoji!)

 I added a shocking orange tote bag to compliment the whole look, and wow... the combination of bright blue and bright orange! I have never done it previously, yet it totally worked! I can't wait to try more bold color styles in the upcoming months!

Although I said I couldn't attend any of Fashion Weeks, I am more than happy and thrilled to go to

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway

, Seattle's biggest fall fashion show, this coming Saturday! It will be a blast, without a doubt, and I am super ready to get inspired by all the collections I will witness! Don't forget to

follow me on Instagram

for the on-the-go moments! 

Have a lovely Tuesday cuties!

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A Little Yellow Dress


Photographed by Bryan Lee // West Seattle


LITTLE YELLOW DRESS (Similar Here. Here or Here) : Charlotte Russe

BOWLER HAT (Similar Here or Here): ALDO
FLOWER MOTIF NECKLACE: Buffalo Exchange
BELT: H&M
NUDE PLATFORM SANDALS (Similar Here)& GOLD RING SET: Forever 21
LEOPARD WATCH: JustFab

BAG: Steve Madden 



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Hi LOVEs!!!
I generally adore wearing bright colors all year around, not just during summer, and this little lemon color dress is definitely one of the favorite dazzling dresses in my closet! In addition to its color, the flirty flare of the skirt and the open back cut-out design is just so irresistible! I love the way the whole thing just screams, "Hey, look at me!"

I wore this outfit recently when I spend some time with my best friend. We had not been able to meet for a long time due to our mutually crazy schedules! So I wanted to dress up to celebrate a quality night with my bestie!  Summer is almost over ( So sad, isn't it? :(( ), so I decided to wear this dress before fall arrives. A skater dress like this is so cute by nature and there is no effort required to make yourself look extra girly! Such an amazing dress for a special occasion, especially for a lovely date or girl's night out. In cooler weather, just throw on either a chunky cardigan or a biker jacket over it, and you are good to go!!

I dressed it down a bit by putting on a bowler hat, tucked my hair into it and roughly curled my bangs because last time I wore this dress was with my hair in a bun and I wanted to wear it differently. If your hair is being uncooperative, this way of wearing a hat could help you look stylish while covering your untidy hair. Also, hats are one of the great transition items that you can't go wrong with! I paired the dress with nude sandals that completely match with my tanned bag, plus they are magical for elongating my legs! Adding a statement necklace is always a great idea to elevate your look, so how about this adorable flower motif collar necklace?


 I am going to a photoshoot today with a photographer from LA! I never get tired of working with new talented people... So excited!
I hope your week has been going incredibly good!




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Rosey White Out


Wearing white in summer is fundamental, yet it is still considered to be a major look. This ensemble always remains a hot trend. It's impossible not to love how the crispness and how an all-white look can produce a crisp, luxurious and rich feeling?

Photographed by Bryan Lee


OFF-SHOULDER CROP TOP: ASOS
LACE MINI SKIRT (similar here or here ): TOPSHOP
MESH SLEEVE BOMBER JACKET: Urban Outfitter
ROUND BAG:H&M
RETRO SUNGLASSES: Free People
STATEMENT NECKLACE: Bad Kitty
OPEN-TOE LACE-UP BOOTIES (similar here): Shoe Cult By Nasty Gal 

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Hi LOVEs!!!!
I am so happy that I finally have a chance to share this all-white sporty-inspired look with you guys! I thought I lost the SD card that had the photos on it, but I found it as I was packing for my recent move!! It sucks to lose something, but the moment when you find, it is such an absolute relief.

I wore this look a month ago when I went to a fashion event at Zebra Club! In my previous post, I mentioned that I want to enjoy the bright summer days by wearing with vivid colors as much as possible, and I think whites can be counted as vivid, too.

When I got these awesome open-toe lace-up booties, this looks instantly popped into my head. Since my hair is pink now, I thought it would be fun to mix up a theme of sweetness and sportif all together. I am totally in love with this combo! While an off-shoulder cropped top and a lace mini skirt emphasize the femininity, it doesn't look too girly and is actually more bouncing and lively because of the bomber jacket and lace-up booties.

Personally, I believe an all-white look can be transformed into an expensive, crisp appearance when paired with gold accessories. However, I styled this one up with silver jewelry this time because I was eager to wear this gorgeous statement necklace from Bad Kitty Accessories that definitely gives some WOW to this look!

If you follow me on Instagram (@aikaslovecloset), you know that I recently toned my hair to bring back a mermaid look again. I have no words to express how much I love this color at the moment. I am planning to make a post regarding my new hair color, so look forward to it!
One last note, I am performing at the Seafair Torchlight Parade this coming Saturday, the 26th. This is my third year performing, and this time I am assigned to be the leader of a flag team (We also have a dance and brass band group!) I've been working so hard towards the parade since March, such as choreography, practices, leads meeting, and etc... It's been some crazy and hectic days, but all I am overflowing with full of excitement! I am lined at the top to lead the whole group which is more than 100 people! Isn't it thrilling? If you are in Seattle this weekend, please come watch me downtown!!! I bet you will have lots of fun :)



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Summer Tweed Zig Zag Dress


Photographed by Takuya Akiyama


ZIGZAG TWEED HALTED DRESS & CREPE COLLARLESS MOTO JACKET: 1.State
NEON BELT: UrbanOG
TOTE BAG: JustFab
EARRINGS & NEON STRAP SANDALS (similar HERE): H&M
INFINITE LOVE WIRE BRACELET: Fashionista Problems



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Hi LOVEs! Happy Monday!!
Back in March, I was warmly invited to an 1.State launch party. I'd never heard of the brand before, but it didn't take long to fall in love with their splendid line. I am a sucker for SPORTY trends this year. I think I've mentioned that countless times. I really embrace their sporty-inspired pieces, and they are quite a new brand and are a contemporary sportswear collection that launched exclusively at Nordstrom this year. I am impressed with how they integrate the femininity and sport motif into the collection, and their collection is mostly simple, yet has a feeling of modernness, architectural-highlights and is sleek with novelty textiles. So, I am more than happy that I can collaborate with them again to show you my favorite picks from their new spring/summer collection! I have actually shown other pieces already last week, featuring ALL WHITE ensemble! 


The zigzag tweed halter A line dress is very elegant from the back with a little peeking around the neck while it has a playful touch from the front because of the zigzag prints. I love this print shifting because I can't get enough of a piece that helps me look fab all the way around. Even though the dress was a XS size, the length wasn't very loving. In a fashion world, there IS always a solution! I added a neon belt to tackle up to modify the length. Totally worked! Also, I could match with the neon strap heels! I think matchy-matchy accessories are fun and striking! And who said that you CAN'T rock a tweed piece in summer? This dress is such a perfect summer classic dress! 
The white crepe zip moto jacket is another great piece I chose.  You have no idea how much I love this moto jacket. To my surprise, I hadn't had a white jacket (BIG SAD!) and this year I really wanted to hunt a perfect jacket that could be worn until early fall.  I've been wearing this jacket over and over because it can go with any outfit! Although the weather is pretty sunny these days in Seattle, after the night approaches, it gets very chilly. I hate freezing, but thanks to the jacket that worry is gone now. It is light weight, so it doesn't bother me carrying it around AT ALL! So happy to have this amazing jacket now in my closet! 

If you want to get your hands on these amazing pieces, lucky you! Go check HERE at Nordstrom!! or click the link above on the outfit details for the direct links! I hope you like their line as much as I do!

Have a lovely day!


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Ocean Blue Gingham

Photographed by Steven Bodo


WHITE SHIRT & GINGHAM PRINT MIDI SKIRT (similar HERE): ASOS
BLUE METALLIC SANDALS: Shoe Cult
SATCHEL BAG: JustFab
SUNNIES & WATCH: ALDO
BRACELETS: Charlotte Russe
BUTTERFLY CRYSTAL BRACELET: Modern Trend'AIKA'S LOVE CLOST' CUSTOM NECKLACE & MIDI RING: Fashionista ProblemsRINGS: Aldo, Urban Outfitters, ASOS



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Hi LOVEs!!!!
Recently I read an article in the Trend Report of Who What Wear talking about GINGHAM as one of the major prints right now, much like floral, and this trend print immediately caught my eye and I really wanted to give it a try! Whenever I look for a particular item, I always end up going to ASOS, an amazing brand that I love so much because I can find exactly what I want. When I searched there, I luckily came across this beautiful ocean blue gingham midi dress!!! I knew this skirt could be worn as both skirt and even a shouderless dress when I saw it online, so BOOM! It's transformed into the perfect summer dress!!!! The look is definitely appropriate for any occasion.

When wearing as a dress, I wore it high and belted right under the breast. That way I can create the magic of having longer legs and a nice effect to balance the whole look. I wanted to go for a marine-inspired color palette so I paired the dresswith NEW lovely blue metallic sandals and white crisp shirt knotted around the belt, to blend with the colors of the dress. Also, I like the pop of blue on my earrings and they match with the sandals! When the wind blows, the dress becomes more flattering by floating and billowing.

I styled my hair into a messy bun because I wanted to show off my décolleté line and add an extra sex appeal when I take off the shirt. It's summer so don't be shy to let some skin show! I actually didn't know when I did the updo, the pink hightlights would shine throught! Ohhhh I am sooooo in love with this hair!

Which look is your favorite look, with or without the shirt? I know it's kinda hard to decide, isn't it? Because both looks are so lovely either way!
Of course I created another look wearing this midi skirt as-is! So stay tuned for how I coordinated it <3
I hope your week has been amazing!



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All White Is Always The New Black


Photographed by Takuya Akiyama




CLEAR EARRINGS: H&M
WHITE CLUTCH (similar HERE): Zara
BRACELETS : c/o Charlotte Russe
DIY WHITE PANTS: GAP



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Hi LOVEs! Happy Monday! 
I hope you had an wonderful Farther's Day yesterday! I wish my dearest dad were in the States with me so I could have spent a happy time and celebrate with my papa! I miss my family to death.... It's been almost three years since I saw them! :( 

It was so sweet of one of my favorite brands 1.State to send over this amazing striped tee and white moto jacket, which I am currently in love with very much! When I looked at them, the first thing that came to my mind was to create an "all white look."  I actually gave it a try last year and I was really pleased with the big-hitting look, so I wanted to really try it again! I definitely adore this all-white ensemble! I like how the outfit looks slightly different with or without the jacket! Even though I wear the jacket, it looks super fresh and I love how the striped tee lets my skin peak through. Yes, just the right amount of allure. I paired with other white items to emphasize the white palette, but I styled with metallic oxford shoes for an unexpected touch! Although my legs look so short, which is why I love wearing heels, I still look nice with this trendy look!! Because of the white hues, my new pink hair stands out really beautifully and is so playful. (OMG! You have no idea how much I love this new color! I finally could be a 'pink mermaid' <3) 

One of the must-have items for summer surely is a pair of mirrored sunglasses. They can effortlessly upgrade your look and really help to frame your face! I've own several, but you know, just like shoes and bags, it never gets enough! I ran into these killer mirrored sunglasses at ASOS! I am seriously obsessed with them! They are always in my purse now! I can't wait to hunt more mirrored sunglasses this summer hehe! 

I hope you like my new hair and hopefully you will get to play around with your hair and an adventurous color this summer! I bet it would make your summer more exciting!!


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Bold Stripe Matchy Matchy



 Photographed by Teban, of Asian Impressions Photography




MIRRORED SUNGLASSES (similar HERE), STRIPED STRAIGHT-CUT BLAZER & STRIPED TROUSERS: H&M
CROPPED TOP (similar HERE): Tobi
'STRESSED BUT WELL DRESSED' CLUTCH: ZARA
HOLOGRAM WEDGE HEELS: ShoeDazzle
RHINESTONE PANTHER STUD EARRING: c/o Charlotte Russe
AB CRYSTAL BUTTERFLY GOLD BRACELET: Modern Trend
WRAP BRACELET (gifted): Chan Luu  



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Hi LOVEs!!!!
It's finally weekend :) Do you have any cool plan to enjoy your weekend? I hope you do!

I am so glad that I was able to show a feminine side of me through the spring yellow dress outfit on the previous post... Ever since I shaved my side, I've tended to go for edgy and cool ensembles somehow. So I was very happy that it seemed like so many people actually liked/loved my 'cute' outfit <3
BUT! I am back to feel edgy and cool in today's post! I've kept mentioning so many times that I can't get away from two matching pieces this season, and I found another one again a few weeks ago at H&M! I couldn't resist buying them (Get yours HERE & HERE) because they were super affordable. Guess how much were they? They were ONLY $25 for two pieces. I didn't have any fashion-forward boyfriend inspired suit, and I especially adore these loose fit trousers. If you wake up and put them on with a tee and a biker or bomber jacket, boom!!! You are totally ready to go for a morning coffee or a little brunch! If you want to dress up a little bit, the top blazer is absolutely a great gourmet to style up with any kind of bottom. It definitely goes with a pencil skirt and even with skinny jeans! There are so many ways to use out of both pieces, right? :)  Also, the patterns on this matching set are just freaking amazing. As you can see, it's not flat strip patterns. It looks like geometric stripes so it's very eye-catchy!

It's spring and will be summer soon. I decided to wear a cropped top to show a little bit of skin. Well.... I know some of you may think that it's too much but I think it's cool? I'd had in my mind that I always wanted to try suit style and a cropped top underneath. It turned out one of my favorite combos in this season! To add a more cool vibe, I styled my hair in pony tail and put on mirrored sunglasses, yet I love how the looks still have a ladylike touch thanks to the red lips and the bright red cropped top!

Since I wanted to build extra height to balance the whole look out, I paired it with wedge heels. Yet I totally suggest you to switch them into trainers or slip-on instead, to achieve a comfy and sporty style!!! It would be fun and playful! 


I hope you enjoyed how I styled the matching pieces!
Looking forward to seeing more of matchy-matchy looks down the road!


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Simple Shades and Floral Mix




 Photographed by Felix Hidajat



TRENCH COAT (similar HERE | HERE | HERE) & FLORAL PRINT SCARF: Japan
SHORT SLEEVE COLOR BLOCKED TEE: c/o 1.State
BELT & FLORAL PRINT PANTS: H&M
BOOTIES (similar HERE or HERE): ASOS
M.A.B MINI TOTE BAG (similar HERE): Rebecca Minkoff
SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters
EARRINGS & WATCH: Aldo
CRYSTAL BRACELET: GIVENCHY

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Hi LOVEs!!!!
I am so sorry I haven't been able to update an outfit post for more than a week! I'd been with a bad cold and really needed to rest myself to fully recover! But I am back now and have so many spring outfits to share with you guys! So please be ready for that :)

As I have mentioned many times in previous posts, I've been obsessed with SPORTY and FLOWER PRINT trends, and the idea of 'why don't I combine my favorite trends in an outfit?' popped up on my head when I received this awesome sportif top courtesy of  1.State.
They are quite a new brand and are a contemporary sportswear collection that launched exclusively at Nordstrom February this year. I totally embrace how they integrate the femininity and sport motif in the collection. Their collection is mostly simple, yet has a feeling of modern, architectural-highlighted and sleek with novelty fabrics. With that said, this top is one of the amazing pieces that definitely expresses their style!

I actually wore this outfit to feature the top at their launch party, and it goes so well with the floral print pants. I added a floral print scarf for more feminine touch, and I loved the way I wore the scarf tied up around my neck instead of wearing loosely. Although I adore this outfit itself, I like it more when wearing the trench coat over it. Trench coats are a must-have for spring and such a practical yet fashionable item when needing a bit of layers in the spring weather. I've been wearing a lot lately, and it always elevates my looks!

These ASOS boots are something that I can't get enough of. REALLY! I'd been searching for many years to find the perfect pairs! I was so glad to finally own them! They are ankle boots; that means I still can wear them right now because it doesn't look too fall or winter, thanks to showing the ankle. Right? The side silhouette is just wow to me and they definitely look amazing with any kind of style <3

I am going to team up with 1.State to create a spring style look featuring their new collection soon! (Omg! The pieces I picked are super adorable!) I can't wait to show you the items and to share how I am styling them! Please stay tuned for the blog post!

Have a happy Thursday, sweeties!♥


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Feeling Spring in The City





Photographed by Michael Guidry



PASTEL YELLOW SHORT SUIT: Aritzia
FLORAL SHEER TOP & CRYSTAL NECKLACE (similar HERE): H&M
TRANSPARENT EARRINGS & WATCH: Aldo
LACE UP HEELS: Windsor
SATCUEL BAG: JustFab
BLUE BRACELET: Charming Charlie


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Hi LOVEs! Happy April <3

This week was April Fool's... Did you trick your friend somehow?? lol  It's so funny how I've seen every year on Facebook that at least one friend will change his/her status to be in a relationship and I totally believe it! And yes... I fell for an 'April Fool' lie again this year! :p

I am so glad that now we can enjoy the recent beautiful weather in Seattle! No more gloomy and rainy days! (not all the time of course! It's STILL Seattle...) You know, I am from Japan where there are  4 distict seasons, so experiencing the change of seasons really reminds me of Japan. Omg... I can't believe that it's been almost 5 years since I last went back to Japan. Around this time, the streets are filled with amazing blooms of cherry blossoms, and the scenery is just SPECTACULAR! I miss doing 'hanami' too (literal meaning in English is "flower viewing" - it's the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossom with delicious food and drinks!)
The day I shot this outfit was a super lovely day... I could not stop dancing like a kid! It was so breathtaking how clear the azure sky was. I got this pastel yellow shorts suit within the last year, and the preasure of wearing a suit still continues this year. I shared a fall outfit featuring this suit with some layers. Now it's time to wear it alone!

I actually wore this look to a launch party, so I wanted to go for a dress-up style. I paired it with a black floral sheer top that could match these fabulous lace-up heels from Windsor! These heels are definitely must-haves for spring and summer to instantly add a big impact to your look.
When it came to choose some jewelry to finish the look, I chose a crystal necklace and transparent earrings to add extra sparkles!  I think they beautifully frame my face. I can't get enough of this black satchel bag that I took the strap off of to use as both hand bag and clutch! It's big enough to hold my long wallet and other necessities, yet it doesn't appear overly big. It's deceptively practical and just an awesome bag that you should have in your closet.

I am hoping to get another multi-piece suit soon this spring! <3
I am so excited to enjoy tonight at my FIRST EVER event in downtown Seattle! :)


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A Splash of Lemon Shade




 Photographed by Justin Swain



FEDORA & NECKLACE: H&M
OVERSIZED FLORAL PRINT SWEATSHIRT & WHITE CLUTCH: ZARA
WATCH & LEATHER BOOTS (similar HERE or HERE): Aldo
JEANS (similar HERE): Free People
FUR COLLAR SCARF & MULTICOLORED BRACELET : Japan



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Hi LOVEs! How has your weekend been? I hope it's not as crazy as mine! <3
I spent my whole Saturday helping out with a friend's photoshoot -- and I was the stylist! This was a new opportunity for me! For a long time I have wanted to do styling, but I really didn't have a chance until yesterday. When he asked me to help, I was hesitant to take the opportunity, but I am glad I did! Even though I am confident about my styling, I was still worried about how well I could do as a stylist... In the end, I totally enjoyed working with the crew and had so much fun styling the model!! I can't wait to see the final results and share the photos with you guys! I snapped some BTS shots and posted on my Instagram, so take a look if you are interested! :)

When ZARA finally launched in Seattle about a month ago, I just HAD to go to the launch party to check them out! Oh my goodness... It was super crazy busy at the entire store! Still, I had a nice shopping time and snagged some great pieces, which I am wearing for today's outfit!
This beautiful pastel yellow with floral printed sweatshirt caught my eyes right away, as if it was calling me far from distance! It's definitely an ACNE sweatshirt inspired top that I'd been looking for and is also easy on my wallet. I get so many compliments every time I wear it! :) You can't ignore the pastel color trend right now, and I am obsessed with this beautiful light yellow color. Isn't it so pretty?? I really love how versatile this top is. There are so many ways to rock it. Not just wearing as a top or dress; you can also layer up. 

For today's look, I wore it as a dress top pairing with light blue jeans. Since I didn't want to cover the amazing floral prints, I decided not to wear anything over it and wore fur collar scarf to keep warm from the chilly spring breeze. I threw on a fedora and a pair of leather ankle boots to add a touch of coolness. The white clutch with an awesome fashion-related quote is also from ZARA and compliments the look perfectly. White is such a great color right now for transitioning dark colors to bright colors. Also, adding a white color can instantly change the whole look into a fresh and spring-appropriate ensemble. So if your outfit appears to be dull or you think it is not bright enough for a spring look, you just need to switch an item to white or add anything crisp! Then you will look 'springly' FAB!!!!

          
Happy Sunday lovers! 


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Black Laces + Pastel Biker Jacket



 Photographed by Justin Swain

FAKE GLASSES, HOOP EARRINGS & NUDE PLATFORMS: Forever 21
FUAX LEATHER PASTEL BIKER JACKET: ZARA
LACE TOP: Isabel Marant pour H&M
LACE SKIRT: Free People
FUR BAG & WATCH: ALDO
RINGS: Forever 21 & H&M


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Hi LOVEs! How are ya?
I wore this outfit when I went to SEE Eyewear launch party a while ago... I definitely love the combo of lace on lace. I was pleased with outcome and that the whole outfit looks like one complete dress with two different patterns combined on top and bottom. Because of one-color hue, it helps one look taller by creating an "I" figure. Thanks to the lace patterns, the skin is peeking through the clothes -- emphasizing sex appeal. I think it's safe to say that all black could be worn in Spring if skin is still showing. The lace skirt is adjustable, so I made it a midi-skirt instead of a maxi-skirt so that I could wear black socks to go with. Wearing ankle socks in any shoes is such a great idea, especially during the season when you can't wear boots because it's too hot, and you can't wear pumps or sandals either because it's too chilly. Since this outfit was for an eyewear brand launch party, I mixed a pair of black flamed fake glasses for a little playful accent and then accessorized with silver jewelry.

Now that the season is switching to spring, and it's time to let the dark clothes sit back in the closet and bring out the bright colors to play. I love black biker jackets, but I needed to update my wardrobe with some new dazzling pieces. Then, I picked up this insanely awesome pastel biker jacket from ZARA. Seriously it keep blowing me away every time I wear it. Everything is just on point! Beautiful pastel blue, its design is a bit of boxy structure that helps to stay on my narrow shoulders when wearing it over-the-shoulder. Just wearing this jacket alone is super trendy! I am even obsessed with its back silhouette. Because the jacket is pastel blue, I paired a watch with a blue bungle to match and make it pop out of the all-black ensemble. 
Whenever you are struggling with  which shoes you should go for to complete the look, pick a pair of nude shoes. You'll never go wrong with them, and they are magically harmonized with any outfit and any occasion!


Wishing you a very wonderful week, sweeties! 



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Street Sport Luxe



Photographed by Eric Paguio


BASEBALL CAP: Aritzia
REVERSIBLE BOMBER JACKET: Isabel Marant pour H&M
CROPPED TOP & NECKLACES (similar HERE): Forever 21
JOGGERS & STRAP HEELS: Dress To Kill Miami
EARRINGS: Charlotte Russe
WHITE CLUTCH: ZARA



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Hi LOVEs!
I am very sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have a lot of outfits to share, but I've been working on a new project over the last week, which I am going to announce very soon! Please stay tuned to hear what it is all about! It promises to be exciting!!! :)

This outfit is also inspired by the sporty trend, like the one in my previous post. I am a total sucker for that trend! But in contrast with the previous look, today's look is edgier and has more of a street-style vibe. I had been looking for a nice pair of faux leather sweat pants/joggers, and this pair from Dress To Kill Miami is just right on. They are just like regular sweat pants, yet way more fashion-forward. They are loose-fitting from waist to bottom, so I can literally wear them all day long. I can even go to sleep in them.  Also they could be worn from day to night because of the faux leather material.  I paired them with a Forever 21 cropped sweater to offer a peek of my tummy for a touch of sex appeal. I elevated the sporty-ness by wearing a Aritzia baseball cap and bomber jacket, which are essentials to easily achieve the style.
Joggers and strap heeled sandals are the perfect combo! I actually didn't have a black pair. To my surprise, these strap heels are also from Dress To Kill Miami and are so fab and comfy! They are only slightly platform, so it prevents my feet from getting tired so easily. I am pretty sure I am going to wear them a lot over the spring and summer!
I finished the look with silver accessories ( I love double necklaces!) and a pop of red lips! Oh and don't forget my new awesome white clutch from ZARA! 
"STRESSED BUT WELL DRESSED" 
Soooo true!

I hope you like how I styled for the sporty group!
Again, don't miss the exciting announcement I will make this week :)

Wising you all a good start of the week! 



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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!




Photographed by Eric Paguio


GRAY STUDDED BEANIE: c/o Shop Chic Stud LA
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN! TEE & ZEBRA PRINT PLATFORM HEELS: c/o Dress To Kill Miami
LACE SLEEVE TOP & LEATHER JOG SHORTS: Thrifted via Buffalo Exchange
BACKPACK: Borrowed from my friend (brand: VICTORINOX)
EARRINGS: Charlotte Russe
RINGS: H&M, ALDO, Urban Outfitters
'LOVE' BRACELET: JustFab.com


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Hi LOVEs!!!
In past interview about me and my fashion,  the first few question I was always asked were 'how would you describe your style?' and 'what is your fashion/style inspiration?" I would quickly answer these questions with: "my style is "diverse and versatile." Ever since fashion became party of my life, I have been inspired by the variety around me.
Of course, I receive the most inspiration from the environments that I live in. Japan is a world innovator in fashion, with tons of independent and home-grown styles seen on the streets of Tokyo, as you may be aware... Although I didn't dress in all of these styles, I used to check our many of the fashion magazines and became familiar with the specifically features the particular fashion styles. Some were really crazy to me and not quite my style, but I still studied from  for inspiration. Then, I came to America, which is considered to contain one of the most diverse populations in the world. The fashions of so many cultures come together here in America. I believe my fashion is heavily inspired by both American and Japanese cultures, and so crating my own individualized look from these two influences has become my signature style.

With that in mind, unlike the previous post, today's outfit is totally different, isn't it? Once in a while, I love dressing up in a style inspired by Punks, Club Kids, and Street fashion. I got my inspiration from a Boy London style to achieve today's outfit featuring Dress To Kill Miami. I was ecstatic that they asked to work with me because they carry the styles that I love. In this outfit, I am wearing their Girls Just Wanna Have Fun tee & Lonton Trash Ceres Zebra Calfhair Heels. No doubt these instantly became my favorite pieces. I normally wear size Small, but I picked Medium to wear it oversized. Even still, it fits me just right!!! No explanation is needed for these kick-ass shoes. They are now the tallest and craziest shoes I have in my closet! lol I am a big shoe fan, and I am especially crazy about platforms. The elastic bands across the top of my foot (or vamp) give the right amount of sex appeal, too!

If you keep an eye on what is trending, then you know what the next big hit will be this spring and summer, right? Yes, SPORTY!!!! A handful of spring collections on runways channeled a SPORTIF touch fused by modern fashion, and I can't simply ignore the trends. It's too cool not to try it and super easy to achieve!!! So I went with these leather jog shorts and a men's backpack and accessorized in a studded gray beanie by Shop Chic Stud LA and gold accessories. Wearing the white lace sleeve top underneath of the T-shirt completely topped off the look and is great way to add that touch of femininity that can sometimes be lacking in street fashion.

So why not try your own hand at styling it up?
You can shop the T-shirt and zebra heels as well as other awesome pieces at Dress To Kill Miami with 10% off any order over $75 using the code "BABEAIKA"! Don't miss this special offer!


I hope you all have a lovely day! 




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