Japan – Niseko (Day 1-4)

Right, so…as a warning, ALL my travel posts will be pretty photo heavy, my apologies but really, IT’S ABOUT TRAVELING. What did you expect? 😛

ANNNND off we go.

Everyone said, when you go to Japan, you have to dress well, be fashionable, look cute.

I spent my first 4 days in Niseko-Mt. Hirafu, Hokkaido, dressed like this. #nofrostbite #thankyounorthface

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And underneath all that layered goodness…like this…#ootd 😀

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Largely because I spent the first 4 days doing my version of snowboarding…aka. falling/buttboarding. Good thing though is that after the first 2 days, I was making my way down Red slopes and doing little tricks while I was at it. Of course, I’m still much more comfortable on the bunny slope. 😛 Having a totally loveable Aussie instructor helps.

Oh. (If you don’t know snowboarding or hate wordy posts…skip to the pretty photos down below)

Here’s a story, my brother (by far the better, more confidant snowboarder) decides that it’ll be fun for us siblings to wander off for night riding…without instructors, just us. I’m game. So off we go, into the yonder. It was pretty fun, warmed up on the bunny hill then headed up the mountain on this chairlift, rocking in the wind…it was FREEZING. And the stupid thing went on for forever. Anyway, we make it to the top…brother goes “Right Jie (big sister in Mandarin), this way.” I’m like sure, now I’m at the top looking down…this slope had moguls…MASSIVE lumps of piled up snow, skiiers love ’em, some snowboarders too, but neither my brother nor I had the skill for it…

So, I’m standing there being all petrified and he starts yelling from about 1/5th down “NONONO, JIE NOT THIS WAY.” He unclips his board and hoofs it back up. Tells me to wait right there, with his unstrapped, unsecured board stuck edge first into the snow and runs to the map to check it out. Did I mention, it was night time, strong winds and we were on top of a mountain? Right, strong gust blew and his board flipped back on its side and started to glide down the slope with moguls….I freaked out, had to lunge for it and basically also nearly ended up following the board downhill. Never mind, got it under control.

He finds our actual path down, and we waddle off…it’s going good. Green slopes, little bit of red bits. #Doingmynoobthing

Then, we hit the crest of another slope that looks like another mean f@#$er. I stop. He notices and gestures vaguely to the side of the slope…”It’s easier by the sides Jie.” And he jets off down it. GREAT. I shuffle over to the sides, look down and nope, same freaking hill, same slope, same sheer-looking drop off. I must say, at this point…I’d already done about 9 hours total of ridding that day. I was tired, it was frigid, the wind was just GUSTING down hill and I had no feasible way down. So i basically sat down and bawled.

Yup. No idea how to get down, no idea how high back up it was to hike…no one around who wasn’t just swishing their expert butts downhill…

ANYWAY. Proud to say that after about 20 mins of just hating at my brother and cursing the wind. I got my little butt up, and off the sheer drop off point. It actually wasn’t that bad…I mean sure, I wasn’t exactly going down it gracefully BUT I WAS GOING. He was waiting for me at the bottom, unstrapped and ready to hike up. He thought I’d basically fallen off into the side and the trees. He was worried, I was pissed. We both made it back down the mountain and the rest of the night was uneventful (largely because I stayed at the bunny slopes :P).

Turns out. That was my first double black. HAH.

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The terrible map reader and I.

That’s all the interesting tales I have from these 4 days…PHOTO TIME. Oh yes, it was basically a blizzard for the first day. You’ll see.

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First Glimpse of Tokyo.

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Our Accommodations – 2bdrms, 1 bath   http://holidayniseko.com/asuka

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Niseko – Hanazono Pickup point

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Trails in the blizzard – Day 1

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Heading back up the Mountain – Day 2

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Coming down the mountain – Day 2
Isn’t it beautiful?

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Niseko – Grand Hirafu, Mt. Annupuri – Day 3

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Mt. Yotei, Hokkaido aka. Hokkaido’s Mt. Fuji

None of the photos were photoshopped, with the exception of Mr Robothead, my brother. Photos here and for the rest of the trip are a mix of iphone shots and D90 photos. I’ll do another post for all the food adventures in Niseko. #supergreedy #foreverhungry

Snow in March

Being the bad bad bad blogger I am, these photos are from ~2 weeks ago…sigh, AND I still have my trip and shopping haul from Japan to get to…from December. I’m terrible. I’m sorry. 😛

ANYWAY, cellphone photos because I was rushing off to class and didn’t have time to set up the tripod and camera…deal with it.

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Outfit Details

White Trench Coat: $70 USD – Old Navy

Brown Scarf: $3 USD – H&M

Black Tights: $10 USD – Korea

Boots: $160 USD – Uggs

And what I was wearing under that big, thick white coat.

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Outfit Details:

Wine Coloured Sweater-Dress: $15 USD – H&M

And because I really love frolicking in snow…(and getting snow in my boots, hair, down my sweater etc. T.T) I ran out in the middle of class to play in the snow and spotted some mysterious winter creatures…

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Sorry I looked so dishevelled…snow in the hair does something awful to it. Anyway, glad the whole multiple-feets-of-snow-overnight period is over with and I’m really looking forward to summer, and sandals and iced-drinks and maxi dresses and skirts 🙂 EXCITED.

Hopefully, my blogging gets more consistent. Thanks for reading. Stay warm, blessed and loved.

Eun ❤

Last Glimpse of Autumn

For my last Autumn OOTD mini pictorial. I decided to go red, and as always with me, COMFY. And this time, it was cold enough to put on a  proper coat as well.

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Outfit Details

Beige Trenchcoat: $39 USD – Old Navy

Brown Wool Scarf: $5 USD – H&M

Red Cable Knit Sweater: $8.99 USD – Old Navy

Black Bandage Skirt: $5 USD – Urban Behaviour

Black Tights: $10 USD – Korea

Brown Heeled Oxfords: $39.90 USD- American Eagle

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Accessories

Studded Ring: $2 USD – Suzy Shier

Purse: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Damier Ebene

And, a little extra. As always. Happy Fall…..I miss you already.

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Stay blessed and loved. Till next time. Xoxo

Fall Photoshoot

Okay, tbh…this was supposed to be another OOTD shot over the weekend, but my camera(wo)man, my mum and I both got way too distracted by the pretty autumn leaves and well, it turned into more of a general fall photo session than a proper OOTD…but I thought I’d share anyway 😛

Do forgive the awkward smiles and the squinted eyes…it was close to sunset and the sun was both low on the horizon and shining right at us… ❤

AND PHOTOS…

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Outfit Details

White Military Styled Blazer: $8 USD – Thailand Market

Blue Mesh-Topped Dress: $12 USD – Singapore, Orchard Road

Black Tights: $10 USD – Korea

Brown Heeled Oxfords: $39.90 USD- American Eagle

And seen below (lens are Dolly Eye Natural 3 tone Green from Uniqso)

Earrings: $1 USD – Thailand Market

Necklace: ? – Gift from Aunt

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Sorry about the useless face photo, I really liked how I looked that day… :X #shamelesslyvain

Sigh, I love Fall, have I said that yet? Haha. I can totally wait for Winter though, I hate the rain…hate.

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Oh well, enjoy the rest of the season ❤

And stay loved, warm and blessed xoxo

PS. A little extra, I took this shot and loved it. So it’s on instagram and I’ll just paste it here too…why not? It’s MY blog after all >.>Image

Fallin’ for Lace

IT’S FALL…OFFICIALLY FALL.

The leaves are orange and red and yellow and it’s just gorgeous here in my little rainy city. And a tad late I guess but here’s my first Fall OOTD. Picked a burgundy/oxblood coloured lace dress because I love warm deep rich tones in the Fall and lace is just so romantic regardless of the season ❤

(Ignore the derp face and the not-so-happy hand placement, my point and clicker wasn’t cooperating and I was getting frustrated with it, I seriously have no patience (NONE) for the 30 photos I needed to take to get one shot. >.<)

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Burgundy Lace Dress: $15 USD – Cotton On

Black Tights: $10 USD – Korea

Brown Heeled Oxfords: $39.90 USD- American Eagle

Earrings: $2 USD – Bugis Street

And as I’ve said, I joined SUC 2013, so in commemoration of the event, here’s my 2nd round photo….the fully edited version, still with no filters used just a vignette for the darker halo effect. The earrings are visible here.

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Do stop by to vote. Clicky and ctrl+f hearthealer (Yes, that’s me….long story =P)

Thanks you guys…and stay warm, bundled and happy

XOXO

Tickled Pink

OOTD #6

Unfortunately, in Raincouver, sometimes we get flash rain periods in the summer, temperatures drop a little and I bundle up again. #HATETHECOLD 😦

But it’s still summer, so I settled on my Barbie jeans….they’re pink, they’re too skinny (jeans) and they’re surprisingly comfy…..and I quite adore them ❤

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Outfit Details

Love Love Love tee: Forever 21  (USD 14.50)

Blazer: Urban Behavior (USD 19.90)

Pink Jeans: Urban Planet (USD 19.90)

Accessories – Earrings (USD 1), Ring (USD 2.99), Watch (Mum’s… :P)

Bag – Sukey Brown Trim: Gucci (USD 950)

Well there you go, this ensemble is rapidly becoming one of my favourites for Spring/Summer, it’s just so easy to toss together – a shirt, a blazer, some sort of brightly coloured/patterned jeans….#Loveit

Thanks for stopping by

Hope this finds all 10 of you happy and healthy and blessed….XOXO 

Highlight of the Week

OOTD #5

Well, after the movie that was the Hollywood adaptation of Les Misérables, the world has more or less gone nuts over the musical. So to capitalize (I assume) on this renewed fame and interest, Les Misérables started a world-tour. This June, they’ll be in Vancouver for about 2 weeks, and being a musical buff (I’ve watched Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Miss Saigon, Westside Story etc.), I could NOT not go…

And therefore, that’s what I did on Saturday, 15th June, a month-aversary for the SO and I, and we decided to treat ourselves to a Matinée performance. #studentloans (sigh)

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And I took the chance to dress up a little…so here we go (@ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver)

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Outfit Details

High-low Dress: Forever 21 (USD 24.99)

Shoes: Nose – Malaysian Shoe Brand (USD 20)

Purse: Chanel GST (USD 2300)

Accessories: Guess? Watch, Tiffany & Co. necklace, Swarovski Earrings

When I dress up, I go all out 😛 All my accessories were gifts from my parents and my SO, so the prices are largely unknown…

Anyway, the musical was amazing, incredible, absolutelymindbogglinglyfantabulous. #nowords. I was utterly in awe and humbled. And if the voices were amazing, the set was astounding. Brilliant backdrops to the stage.

Came out to brilliant sunshine and that just put the perfect finishing touch to the day. I believe summer is finally here to stay 😀

Till next time, stay loved, blessed and fed 🙂

XoXo

ps. Yes, that’s me, finally showing my face…should I? Or should I stick to stickers? Opine away pleaase ❤