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Monday, 28 May 2018

The Monday Piece - Mr. Farmer Harajuku

This week's Monday Piece is on Mr. Farmer Harajuku! In comparison to Australia and the UK it's a little more tricky trying to find restaurants that cater to dietary requirements, whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or coeliac, and with a fairly large language barrier if you don't speak Japanese it can be tough! But there are options out there and with patience and determination (or Trip Advisor) you'll be eating delicious allergen free food in no time. I'd seen a few reviews of Mr. Farmer, an organic restaurant specialising in fresh vegetables, online and I'm often in Harajuku shopping and people watching so I took Nick there for lunch to check it out - they have lots of vegan options and also tasty gluten free options too so we were spoiled for choice on what to have. I had a huge gluten free salad bowl full of veggies, meat and fish which was so delicious and fresh, and Nick had a vegan burger with parsnip crisps. It's not as cheap as the local Japanese food but prices are around £7.00-£12.00 per dish, it's definitely worth it though as the food is so tasty and fresh, also the interior is light and green with a Japanese twist!


Monday, 21 May 2018

The Monday Piece - 100 Yen Sushi in Tokyo

This week's Monday Piece is on 100 Yen sushi in Tokyo! Japan is a sushi party, on most streets and in every shop you'll find some form of sushi, whether it's raw, cooked or battered, fish, meat or veggies there is something for everyone and all tastes. The best thing about sushi in Japan is that usually it's pretty cheap, unless you go to a high end sushi restaraunt you can find a full meal for just a few hundred yen. My go to sushi bar is Genki Sushi in Shibuya, it's a sushi train style restaurant where you order your food via iPad and it arrives moments later to your spot at the sushi bar on a train - all plates are only 100 Yen  £0.67 or $0.90, and it's so tasty and fresh. They have a huge variety too including vegan and gluten free which is pretty tough to find in Tokyo! I definitely recommend this place if you're looking for cheap sushi in the middle of Shibuya, expect to queue especially at lunch time but you're not usually waiting for long as the service is speedy!


Monday, 14 May 2018

The Monday Piece - Golden Week Bank Holiday

This week's Monday Piece is on Golden Week Bank Holiday! At the beginning of May the hardworking Japanese are forced to take time off with the arrival of Golden Week, a week full of Bank Holidays to enjoy. Nick and I used the time to explore new parts of Tokyo we'd not been to before, including a trip to the man made island of Odaiba where we feasted on Indian food, shopped and spent time in the retro gaming arcade which is a must do in Tokyo! We also visited Yoyogi Park for a long walk and tandem bike ride, and the Meiji Shrine and gardens in Harajuku which are so peaceful and beautiful full of greenery and fresh air. We also rented a rowing boat in Ueno Park and ate a picnic on the lake in the sunshine!


Monday, 7 May 2018

The Monday Piece - What To Wear For a Springtime Wedding

This week's Monday Piece is on what to wear for a Springtime wedding! What should you wear for a springtime wedding?
You’ve been invited to a wedding in the springtime but what do you wear? It’s not warm enough for a cute short dress and it’s not cold enough for tailored trousers… Together with Trilogy, premium fashion retailers of brands such as Rebecca Taylor Dress we take a look at the style predictions for SS18 and how you can use this to choose your outfit for a spring wedding.
On the catwalk
Spring and summer collections always bring bold patterns, colour and styles to the catwalk and this year is no different. Of course, you don’t want to be attending a low-key wedding with one of these attention grabbing high-fashion pieces, but you can certainly take some inspiration from the designers who know what’s going to be hot.
Vintage-look florals are predicted to be a huge trend this season, as spotted on Erdem and Dolce & Gabanna models. Use this inspiration and choose a dress with a large or small floral print, depending on your preference. Flowers are ideal for spring and you can choose some tasteful prints that are suitable for the big day.
If you’re feeling bolder, take some fashion tips from Valentino. Its collection was all about contrast — subtle pastel pinks contrasted with yellow flowers. Some designers were combining red and pink (an unlikely combination) in their garments, creating a colour palette that we really aren’t used to. Nina Ricci was embracing fringe and tassels, which are perfect for a dressy and sassy outfit. Choose a spring dress with tasselled sleeves for something a bit different.
If you’re a night-time guest, don’t feel like you have to hold back on the glitz and glam. Although glitter is usually kept hidden away in the wardrobe until Christmas and new year, Ashish brought some sparkle to the catwalk with her stunning floor-length dresses.
In terms of style, there was a range of shapes and fits. Choose one that you feel confident in and go for it! There were sleeveless garments that brushed the floor, plunging v-necks and layering with crew-necks beneath slip dresses for a less dressed up look.
With accessories, it appears that the bum bag (or belt bag) is making a comeback. Gucci and Balenciaga both sported this look and it looked great! This style of bag is fab for a wedding — dance the night away with your belongings close to hand, no dancing around handbags in the middle of the dancefloor!
Styles, colours and prints
As we mentioned before, sleeveless dresses are very ‘in’ this season. Combined with ruffled shoulders, the spring dress is classy whilst remaining very modern. Showing your curves is hot this season too, with nipped waists and belted over shirts. Many designers were all about self-promotion, with belts around the waist displaying their logo in the centre — choose something understated to show off your feminine silhouette at a wedding. Choose a soft-tailored coat to keep your arms warm during the day and de-layer when you head to the dancefloor.
Feathers are predicted to be a popular adornment, too. We saw feathered stilettos last year and it looks as though that was just the start of it. If you’re not a huge feather fan, why not choose a feathered clutch or crossbody bag?
When it comes to choosing which floral print you want to wear, don’t be afraid to take inspiration right back from the 1930s as we saw on the catwalk. Style a few prints and see which you feel comfortable in — pair with a delicate strappy sandal to complete the look.
You can always opt for the classic springtime colour of yellow, too. Luxury boutiques have seen sales of yellow dresses spike in recent months and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down! You don’t have to be overly bright in this colour either — choose a more pastel hue and still look on-trend.

So, as we can see, this season is all about floral patterns, cinched waists and pastel hues. Choose a shape that you feel confident in and own it for a wedding this spring.


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