Monday, August 31, 2015

Thakoon's journey

Last Saturday, we were watching portions of "The September Issue" in my AVP class. At one point, they featured an interview with Thakoon, and I immediately wondered: "Where's Thakoon?"

He was one of the young designers to watch a few years ago, especially after he created looks for the FLOTUS. While he was on that streak, he designed a capsule collection for Target.

After that, I didn't hear as much about him as before. So, I decided to search on google and check what he's been up to. That's when I found out that he's the Kohl's designer for their Designation collaboration series.

Like his predecessors, he was asked to choose a city to be inspired by, and his choice was London. So, it's not a surprise to see a lot of plaids and florals in his new collection. And since it's a F/W collection, the colors are more muted and dark.

Historically, Kohl's collaborations don't get as much mileage or hype compared to Target or Macy's. So, let's see if this collaboration will be more successful than the ones that came before it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Perfect Ten(don)

A few months back, Tempura Tendon Tenya opened their first branch in SM Megamall. And despite its proximity, I haven't dropped by to check whether it's as legit as the one in Tokyo.

To me, Tempura Tendon Tenya will always be one of our go-to eating places when we're in Tokyo. When Mark and I run out of ideas as to where to have lunch or dinner, we often end up here. Particularly the branch in Nakano.

Their soba sets are really good, as well as the prices. So it's no wonder why we always end up here.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Crimson Tied

Tyler has always been a good source of "classics with a twist."

When they were just starting, I'd often go there for their tailored pieces and easy fabrics. What I liked about Tyler's clothes was the fact that there would always be a nice detail. Whether it's a hidden pin tuck or a slight drape - it always added character to the garment.

After it was acquired by a big fashion company, I noticed that their clothes became more mainstream and commercial, and I didn't drop by as often as I did before. (Even though they have more branches now.)

But I'd still drop by occasionally, in the hopes of finding a piece that's classic Tyler. And when I did yesterday, I was rewarded with this great find.

It was a classic, well-tailored shirt dress in a bright, crimson hue. The top was cut close to the body, and the skirt had a lot of body and flounce. It was a fashionable and flattering combination.

What made it even more striking was this large ribbon tied in front. It elevated the dress from the usual to more chic!

Ate Bullet is a big fan of shirt dresses, and I'm sure she'll be glad to have this in her closet.

Friday, August 28, 2015

FMM: O Captain (and Tennille), my Captain (and Tennille.)

Captain and Tennille was a major music force back in the 70s and 80s.

The duo was best known of their monster hits such as "Do that to me one more time," and "Love will keep us together." Songs that we know and often sing in videoke joints.

What I didn't know was that they had their own version of "Happy Together." Yes, that classic song by The Turtles.

The arrangement is very different - thanks to that touch of electronica and pop - but it's still fun to listen to. And the video, can you say cinematically psychedelic? Hahaha.

I think I'll put this song on repeat for a few hours.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Last week, when we went out Ikebukuro station, this stall automatically caught my eye.

I'm used to seeing "Cold Stone Creamery" in Manila, but it was the first time to encounter a "Cold Stone Ice Candy" store.

By the way, "Ice Candy" in Japan means popsicles. And boy, did they have popsicles in every make and flavor. Some were simple and refreshing, while others were elaborate and rich.

Mark and I pored through the menu for a few minutes before buying our ice candies. He went for a milk concoction with toppings that can rival a cake, while I chose the grapefruit-lychee sherbet popsicle. How me!

We were happy campers after this little dessert detour. If we had the time and appetite, we would've probably gone with another order. But I had a flight to catch that evening, so we'll just go back here some other time.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lemaire at it!

After poring through the lookbook of the Lemaire x Uniqlo collection, methinks this dress is the key piece.

It has a very easy-going, laid-back yet luxe and modern vibe to it, which is what Lemaire is all about.

The question is, will this collection be available in Manila?

We shall see.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Greeking out

Since Creamy Delight is the account of one of our sister companies, I decided to try it out.

And I'm sure glad that I did! This is really, really, really good yogurt! It has the right level of sweetness, and the consistency is so creamy, much like soft serve.

Initially, I thought I wouldn't like it because it didn't have fruit bits, or any bits for that matter. But it was definitely a surprise. A creamy, delightful surprise.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meals with Mark: D.I.Y. - Dinner It Yourself

Mark knows that I'm a frustrated cook. I'd like to do D.I.Y. dishes, that's why I like places such as Slappy Cakes and Project Pie. That's also why I always take on the role of breakfast cook whenever I'm in Tokyo.

On this trip, he told me that we're going to a restaurant that I'll surely enjoy.

What restaurant was this? A D.I.Y. Okonomiyaki restaurant, of course!

Tucked away in a part of Harajuku, the place was packed on a Friday night. The entire restaurant was filled with a cacophony of chatter, laughter, and sizzling grills. You could order ingredients for Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba and Monjayaki, and we went for the first two.

The cooking process was a bit trickier than it looked. You had to do a lot of stirring and flipping to make sure the ingredients won't be overcooked. At one point, the waitress helped me out because she thought my okonomiyaki was too big.

By the end of the night, our dinner was a success! We were able to enjoy Seafood Okonomiyaki and Squid Ink Yakisoba. And the best part was, I got to cook it myself!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lost in Translation

Last Friday, Mark and I dropped by Flying Tiger in Odaiba to check out some cool stuff. 

Apparently, they're into the whole adult coloring book craze, too. There were a few coloring books at the shop, and even the name itself is, uhm, adult. Harhar.

And here's another book that will outdo anything beside it.

The Danish language and Tagalog will definitely make strange bedfellows. Harhar.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hello Cocoa!

Yes, one of the things I had to do while I'm in Tokyo is to buy my favorite cocoa drink.

This is going to be a good weekend in Japan.