tokyo fashion

i, jane, just got back from tokyo, japan a few days ago! (more to come on my itinerary soon) when i went to tokyo, i had a single vision of what kind of fashion i would see. i imagined the eccentric, colorful “baby doll” style outfits that people tend to stereotype tokyo for having. however, i was instead exposed to wide spectrum of styles. something very prevalent was a french influence. french boutiques and french inspired fashion was everywhere. to further investigate, i spent a day in the western area of tokyo near the ebisu subway station to shop the french boutique filled neighborhoods.  here are a few pictures and pieces i brought home !

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loved this blue blouse. (this is the back)

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this yellow shirt was my favorite purchase of the trip.
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was also in love with this fun collar, but sadly it didn’t fit right. (and the whole store was one size fits all… which isn’t too uncommon for tokyo!)

and speaking of fashion, here’s what i wore for my week in asia.

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pink sweatshirt: h&m

black jeans: madewell

green shoes: karhu (and also the absolute best shoes for traveling. super comfortable and easy to match and work with a variety of outfits and colors)

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shirt: [laura’s] madewell top from last year

scarf: f21

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this backpack was a game changer. cute, comfy, affordable, fun, and can fit a lot of stuff… it’s got it all.

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another travel tip: reversible, packable down coat ! mine was from amazon (laundry brand). here it is in purple and a very similar one here.

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sweater: jcrew last season

scarf: above

maroon pants: paige brand here. (all their pants are super comfortable and don’t get worn or torn)

shoes: above

stay tuned !

jane

style feature: mckenna

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Mckenna. Age 17. 

What is you go-to outfit?

Black jeans and a t-shirt. Or anything with stars because I’m really into them right now.

How does your style reflect who you are?

I just wear what makes me happy. For example, this pin [Scotland flag pin on jean jacket] is from Scotland and it reminds me of my trip there and that makes me happy.

What is one article of clothing you couldn’t live without?

Hats.

What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?

My yellow baseball hat.

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thank you, mckenna.

2017

…. and 11 days later, we are finally writing about the new year.

the start of 2017 came with so many emotions. 2016 was one of the worst for us personally and universally, but it also provided many opportunities for growth. it completely exemplified the quote by joseph kennedy, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” 2016’s rough patches brought out some great people, leaders, and friends in each of us and around the world.

our favorite times included our partnerships with truce juice and artifact uprising, jane in italy, laura in nyc, jane’s birthday here and laura’s birthday here, summer exploring in mpls, a fun photoshoot , jane’s marathon, and a plethora  of concerts…

we are looking forward the fresh start 2017 will provide us with and have so many things we hope to accomplish in these next 365 days (minus 11). as for blog, we want to continue to use our space as a platform to share our love for photography and style, as well as more of our creative writings. i (jane) recently gathered my thoughts on a new year resolution via the odyssey online here. laura plans on being productive and staying inspired in 2017. personally, we will both graduate from high school this year and make some big life decisions regarding college, etc. it is going to be great! our vscos are also a great way to stay current on day to day little moments. if you do not already follow us, here’s laura’s profile and jane’s.  lastly, we loved what brit + co put together for the new year here.

let’s make 2017 a good one, friends! thank you for following along.

rainy day pink

happy monday ! today was a rainy day in minnepolis, a perfect day to pull out the warm pink turtle neck.

similar sweaters here and here

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we hope you’ve enjoyed ringing in the new year. our thoughts on 2017 and ideas for resolutions are coming soon !

 

weekend in maryland!

happy monday everyone! this weekend i, jane, visited maryland. similar to my trip over the summer, i stayed in annapolis with friends of friends. i spent my long weekend walking around town, shopping, eating plenty of delicious food, etc. we also visited the us naval academy and went to the army vs. navy football in baltimore. such a fun filled trip and adorable place to visit.

itinerary: 

day 1: fly msp –> bwi, dinner at the iron rooster, shopping “midnight madness” in downtown annapolis

day 2: dunkin donuts and naval bagels for breakfast, walking around east port, touring the naval academy, fun out on the town

day 3: tailgate and watch the army vs. navy game

day 4: dunkin donuts and naval bagels for breakfast again, fly home

outfit details:

white converse, madewell jeans, gap coat, forever 21 turtle neck

photos:

jane’s vsco

abby’s (friend) vsco 

 

concert review: mpls jingle ball

on monday afternoon, i, jane, realized that (one) i had nothing to do in the evening and (two) that some of my favorite arstists were playing at kdwb’s jingle ball later that night. i bought two tickets an hour before the show and called up a good friend to join me.

we went in with zero expectations but finished the night pleasantly surprised with the performances we heard. some stand outs were alessia cara’s song scars to your beautiful about loving your self for who you are, g-eazy’s classic crowd pleasers, and, my personal favorite, the backstreet boys !

here are some pictures from the night:

dress here.

thanks to maggie, maddie, and molly for a fun night.

fall days

as the weather starts to turn, our outdoor activity ideas have started to become more and more unrealistic. so, we have kept ourselves occupied with lots of tea and craft days with friends. here are what our fall days have looked like.

 (left) late night tea at a beloved local coffee shop

(right) late night in front of netflix documentaries

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trips to michael’s craft store to make halloween costumes inspired by studio diy’s strawberry outfit here

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fixing some well loved shoes

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craft days with friends. we made collages and colored “adult coloring books.” we have found some good ones here and here

happy fall !

we hope you find yourself sipping tea and coloring too !

jane is officially a superhuman

today, our very own jane finished her first ever marathon!!! running 26.2 miles is something that takes both an incredible amount of dedication and strength (not that i, laura, would know hahah). i am so very proud of jane for having goals and not letting the busyness of life and sports, and a foot injury, get in the way. i felt truly inspired seeing her smiling at mile 8! i feel so blessed to know this awesome, creative, strong girl and to share a corner of the internet together.

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IMG_3643.jpgjane, way to go. i am so proud of you.

fall trends

fall is here! pumpkins, halloween, sweaters… it’s all here! so, to celebrate this beautiful season, we have gathered all the trends we’ve noticed.

fashion

leotards: such a love-hate relationship with these. so nice to have a permanently tucked in shirt, but if you don’t find the right one, they can be pretty uncomfortable. good one here .

chokers: 90s attire is back! chokers are the rage. maybe try a local (mpls) jeweler here to find a unique and handcrafted one.

entertainment

presidential debates: get out and vote if you can; every vote counts!

atlanta: such a unique plot line following the lives of up-and-coming rap artists and their everyday life. watch full episodes here.

food

avocados on more than just toast: recently stumbled across this on my instagram feed and will definitely have to give it a try.

pumpkin bread: of course. a fall necessity. fall goal: to make all of these.

thoughts

feminism: jane’s odyssey on feminism here.

fascinating find on cnn.com today: a 5minute read that leave your brain thinking for hours. here.

cozy up by the fire and watch the leaves change! until next time.

recent online buys

i, laura, have been so stressed lately. everything from papers, college essays, long term projects, to politics and the civil unrest is stressing me out big time. i wish i had more hours in the day to sleep and beat this stupid cold that is bugging me and also to get my to do list done. ah! enough about that.

i have recently just decided to go for it with a few things that have been hanging out in my shopping bag for a while.

here’s what i got:

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druzy chokers from etsy
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maxi dress from antropologie
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swing tee from anthropologie
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green/grey boots from urban
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distressed light jeans from urban
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navy wool jacket from forever 21
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long black side zip jacket from forever 21

yes i realize that i may be going a tad overboard on shopping right now but hey, it’s making me feel better and i am so excited to have a good mail day!

happy tuesday, hope everyone is doing alright.