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 !





loved this blue blouse. (this is the back)


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this yellow shirt was my favorite purchase of the trip.
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.


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)


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

scarf: f21


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


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


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 !


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:

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

get shopping!

the sales are absolutely crazy right now! it is a great time to stock up on summer clothes or look forward to fall. i, laura, have been doing some major shopping- here’s what i got!

off the shoulder dress from asos $30
short boots from urban $40 (these sold out but similar one here)
purple t-shirt dress from urban $30
white jeans from express $48
black tank from urban $20

happy shopping!

an afternoon in philly

i (jane) am in philadelphia ! i got here in the afternoon and was able to spend a few hours downtown touring around. we made the most of our only evening here and ended up walking 8.3 miles but enjoyed every step.

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we started at independence park and the liberty bell. obviously a must for first timers to philly. it was a sunny, beautiful day and the history and significance behind the buildings was very interesting and meaningful.

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we drove by the rocky steps ! (it would’ve been fun to run down them if we weren’t on a crunch for time.)

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next was the spruce street harbor. amazing. colorful, comfortable hammocks hung between all the trees for anyone’s use + a gorgeous view of the delaware river + gourmet food trucks (with delicious water ice!), outdoor games, and more = the highlight of my day.

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then we walked down south street and eventually to macy’s center for some shopping. we ended the day with dinner at the oldest italian restaurant in america (100 years old) – ralph’s italian restaurant.

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thank you philly for a great few hours; i’ll be back someday.

weekend finds

happy friday ! today, we have some fun and interesting links and reads to start your weekend off right.

to click

rookie mag. – we recently came across this amazing corner of the internet. it’s a digital monthly magazine with everything from fashion to advice to books to things to do and we are obsessed. every month has a new theme and february’s is “on display.”

studio diy – kelly mindell’s adorable creations and ways to add your own personal touch to anything worth celebrating.

messy heads’ post about staying connected – these two always have the best advice and this time it’s about good times to stay connected and when we all need to put the phones down.

to buy

the sock drawer – the most unique and fun socks ever at great prices. men’s, women’s, and kids.

beyoncé’s world tour – all hail the queen.

all the awesome sales this weekend – thank you buzzfeed. includes 60% off at jcrew factory, 25% off at free people, and 40% off at nordstrom. (plus 32 more!)



clean the camera roll

here are the explanations and stories behind jane’s recent pictures. (@janeck on vsco)

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my winter break started with some last minute christmas shopping and visits to the mall.
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i discovered my new favorite coffee shop (urban bean in uptown  mpls) and have managed to get a mint tea many times in just two weeks.
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downtown mpls. a late night decision to take the scenic route home.
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the low fog made for an even more scenic drive than i expected.
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whole foods had the prettiest display of oranges.
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i set aside a day to visit the walker art museum in mpls to see their new exhibit “hippie modernism: the struggle for utopia.”
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while there, i also found two other exhibits that i really enjoyed. one was the andrea büttner gallery pictured in both of the above photos.
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and what’s a trip to the walker without visiting chuck close’s “big self portrait.”
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for nye, i headed up north and celebrated 2016 with skating, sledding, tubing, and snow.
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nisswa, mn.

catch ya later.

weekend in chicago

laura spent a quick weekend with some family in chicago, illinois! although it was short, the shopping, touring, and family time was fun.

here are some pictures from her weekend away:

started friday off at the bean!
started friday off at the bean!
selfies feel very necessary at the bean
selfies feel very necessary at the bean (with my sisters, bella and mia, here!)
sweatshirt here, coat (similar) here

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enjoyed some of the classic sights, like this theatre, while shopping on saturday
enjoyed some of the classic sights, like this theatre, while shopping on saturday
loved this foggy day
loved this foggy day
we went to the top of the willis tower (formerly, sears tower)- although the wait was long, the view was amazing
we went to the top of the willis tower (formerly, sears tower)- although the wait was long, the view was amazing.
my fear of heights was definitely put to the test
my fear of heights was definitely put to the test!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presethad a great weekend, thankful for my awesome family!