Kyoto Nishiki Market and bento box hunting

I still have lots of photos and blog ideas left from my summer 2016 Japan trip so I try to keep blogging about some places I visited slowly but surely. Soon it will be 2017 so I better get more quickly at finishing my posts, haha… In this post I am going to share some pictures from Kyoto`s famous Nishiki Market and talk a little about my Bento box hunting!

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Nishiki Market in Kyoto is probably one of the “must see” places I Kyoto and although I visited there already in summer 2015 me and my boyfriend wanted to revisit there on our second trip. Nishiki Market is full of small shops where you can find all kinds of food related things such as seafood, knifes, sweets and different kinds of “Kyoto specialities” like tsukemono (“pickled things”) besides some souvenirs and accessories.

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Different kinds of tsukemono.

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The small boxes in the middle have some uni in them!

This year my main mission for the Nishiki Market was to taste some uni (sea urchin). After watching Japanese tv-series called “Amachan”, in which both diving and eating sea urchins plays an important part, I had gotten really curious about how uni actually tastes like.

My wish came true and we easily found some raw uni and ended up buying a tiny box of it. I personally liked the flavor (I think) but my boyfriend thought the taste was slightly “sea-water-like” to him and later during our trip we ended up trying a few actual uni dishes and even I had a little mixed feelings about them, haha… It takes a while to get totally used to the taste I guess! I still hope to try unidon (the food they constantly eat in Amachan) one day!

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I love this package design, ah!

Nishiki Market is a great place to find some traditional kinds of snacks and sweets and getting some food related souvenirs (among other things). I absolutely love Japanese package design and even more affordable products are often very beautiful packed, also in Nishiki Market! I admit buying several products only because I liked the packaging but trying out new things won`t probably do harm, hehe. I have found most of the snacks and sweets really yummy so far!

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Nishiki market`s cute “SUGI honey shop” carries different kinds of honeybee products

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Snacks, tea towels, hand fans and much more.

Nishiki Market has nice atmopshere, interesting possibilities to try out different foods and I like how the place looks like but unfortunately it is often really crowded… Personally I get really tired if I have to spend too much time in crowded places so I try to avoid the busiest times if just possible. I would guess that the best time to visit places like Nishiki Market are normal weekdays and possibly kind of early in the morning.

Last summer one of my shopping goals for the trip was to find myself a cute bento box! In Finland lunch boxes tend to be kind of basic and even a little ugly so compared to that Japan`s lunch box selection seems almost endless.

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Korilakkuma Halloween Bento by Shirley Wong

Seeing cute food and bento by Shirley Wong on instagram always makes me smile and I hope to try out some of her recipes one day. During my trip I also bought a few bento specialized cookbooks from Book Off (a second hand book store chain) so I naturally still needed to find a bento box, haha… During my lunch box hunt I decided to snap some photos of my favourite bento boxes: I photographed mostly cute and colourful boxes but especially Tokyu Hands had also more traditional and simple designs available!

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Han (introduced a few posts earlier) had some really cute lunch boxes and their furoshiki selection was also quite good!

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I admit that my criterion for the lunch box was mostly cuteness and not so much the practicality. There were also lots of different designs available from simple, traditional and mature to cute and artsy which made my decision quite difficult!

I noticed that the many of the boxes that appealed to me the most were kind of small: some of them might have been meant for children or then I may be more used to bigger portion sizes, eheh… While looking for my Bento box in Kyoto I visited Han, Bento&co and Tokyu Hands before I found my favourite lunch box.

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Bento&co`s window display

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Tokyu Hands

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These bento boxes in Tokyu Hands were among my favourites!

I think that Tokyu Hands` selection seemed especially diverse and interesting which is handy, because they have stores all around Japan (so you can find them outside of Kyoto too!)!. In the end I fell in love with an oval shaped lunch box they had by AIUEO. I couldn`t resist their charming illustrations and cute pastel shades! I bought two sets of bento boxes featuring the bird character (each set includes three small boxes) and a matching furoshiki.

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AIUEO lunch boxes at Tokyu Hands

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I love their style!

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Two bento box sets I bought (pictures from AIUEO online store)

Red and velvet for the October girl

Hi there little foxes, I hope autumn is treating you well!

I am still trying to get used to cooler weather and learn to dress up warmly again: I think we can expect the first snow quite soon here in Finland, huh! Luckily I have managed to get a few new additions to my A/W wardrobe which has helped to make dressing up more a little more fun for me.

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This look reflects some of my autumn inspirations pretty well and I was also highly influenced by Anna Karina’s look in the film “Une femme est une femme”. I still hope to properly re-create some of her looks from the film in future! Before that I want to do some preparations like find some blue eye shadow, hehe…

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hair bow & skirt: Katie / turtle neck: Jouetie / shoes: Clarks / magazine: “murmur magazine for men”

Lately I am very much in love with big hairbows and I almost feel like they could become a part of my own “signature look” (to be honest I don`t think I have one quite yet hehe…). Many iconic actresses and models “in the old times” seemed to have some kind of signature style and browsing their pictures makes me think how big role for example their hairstyle played. When thinking about a certain iconic actress or model such as Marilyn Monroe or Twiggy you can immediately remember their signature hair!

I find this fascinating since these days it seems to be more common that celebritites keep changing their hair and style constantly: having the same look for longer periods could be even considered just boring!

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My bangs would had needed a little combing I guess haha….

I have personally had bangs (or fringe) for about 10 years now although my hair colour and style otherwise has varied. Always when I consider growing my bangs out all I have to see is one cute girl with bangs and I already change my mind. I am just hopelessly in love with bangs I guess? ; )

Do you have a signature hairstyle? If not but you had to choose one, how would it be? 

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My A/W 2016 inspirations: “a-60s-Parisian-girl-wanna-be”

Autumn has gone so fast that I can hardly believe that it is already October! Luckily autumn this year has turned out to be quite pleasant and the weather has been really sunny and beautiful! I miss the warmness of summer already but I still think that autumn is the best time for dressing up nicely! Like last autumn I am full of inspiration and I am (probably a little too) excited to talk about my autumn/winter 2016 favourites! Heh…

I guess that my taste hasn`t really changed dramatically since last year: I am still nuts about the 60s, Larme magazine and girly style generally so I am afraid that my choices might be a little predictable haha… I think that in a nutshell my A/W 2016 inspiration could be called something like “a-60s-Parisian-girl-wanna-be”  althought the reality doesn`t probably match with that description totally. In the end I am not sure how an authentic 60s Parisian girl would be plus everything I like is not 100% 60s style.

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Brigitte Bardot and Anna Karina wearing red. Love-love!

COLOURS: RED / BEIGE / LEOPARD

This autumn/winter I am loving quite classical colour combinations and I especially like red, beige and black. My favourite colour in clothes at the moment is definitely red – although this colour has only quite recently re-arrived into my wardrobe. My curiosity for red started already last autumn and the curiosity has slowly developed into a small obsession I guess, hehe. I love red because it is bold and colourful but still so sophisticated. It gives me a nice retro feeling and I also find it very feminine colour at the moment! This year at least bordeaux red seems to be a trend colour since I have noticed many brands using it lately.

Beige and camel (brown) haven`t been much present in my wardrobe either but lately I have started to like this kind of shades more and more. I currently like beige/camel especially in skirts and coats and somehow they look really nice worn together with some red colour. Beige feel very classical and “vintage” (inspired?) to me and I like that impression!

I´d love to recreate this The Umbrellas of Cherbourg inspired look by Katie!

I´d love to recreate this The Umbrellas of Cherbourg inspired look by Katie!

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Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot

My third favourite colour for this A/W is actually not a colour but a pattern: my leopard madness continues! Leopard pattern seems to also be a mainstream trend at the moment so it is a great timing for all the leopard pattern lovers to look for the pieces their wardrobes have been missing. I like leopard pattern in skirts, berets, cardigans, coats, bags and… Well, apparently in about everything (when talking about clothes and accessories) heh! In any case my personal “rule” for wearing leopard pattern would probably be to stick up with only one leopard piece at time to avoid any accidental tackiness. Maybe wearing a leopard beret or + a leopard skirt or something similar together would still be acceptable even in my books though haha… But yeah, this totally depends on your personal taste!

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Skirt by the Virgins

MY FAVOURITE PIECES FOR A/W 2016

After rambling a little about the colours I still wanted to talk about some “must have” pieces for A/W 2016. Naturally these are only my personal choices but even though I try to not obsess over trends some of the the items I like are probably more or less trendy at the moment too. Considering my taste and the things I already mentioned above many of my favourites are not probably that surprising! ; )

Lately I have tried to start paying more attention to the materials of the clothes I buy (or plan to buy). So far I have had quite little knowledge about the qualities and downsides of different materials but I am curious to learn more about this subject. I am also more and more interested to invest in good quality and ethical products, although unfortunately everything I buy doesn`t fill these requirements 100% at least yet. But yeah, I am trying to learn to consider my purchases more carefully!

When shopping Japanese brands (that I like so much) online I have also noticed that suprisingly many brands sometimes have rather high prices considering that the material they use might be “just” polyester, acrylic or similar (something that you don`t probably consider that good quality). Several times when randomly browsing different brands on Fashionwalker online store I have seen clothes that are priced around 70-150€+ but the main materials are still polyester and acrylic. So yeeees, this year I think I will be curiously eyeing the material tags a little more carefully than before and if I see some natural fibres mentioned I consider that positive. :’)

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COATS: a beige trench / camel (coloured) wool coat

This year my favourite coat styles are a classical trench and a vintage style wool coat (I already admired some last year!). In colours I adore beige and camel that are both quite timeless shades. I would wear the trench during the autumn and go with the wool coat during cold winter period.

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wool coats by beautiful people and Katie

After not buying a new winter coat for a few years this autumn I finally gave myself permission to buy a new winter coat and I would love to find a classical (camel coloured hehe) wool coat! Maybe it is still a little too early autumn(?) or something but so far have had problems to find the simple vintage inspired designs that I am looking for… Besides this I have realised how many coats that look like wool coats are actually not made of wool but for example… polyester (again)! :’) Many of these polyester coats are awfully cute but I wonder if they are warm enough for the freezing Finnish winter… Hmmm… My search continues!

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Emerald green and bordeaux red vintage inspired dresses by F.i.n.t and Milk.

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Jill by Jill Stuart

DRESSES: a velvet dress 

I have liked velvet for years already and I already own a few kind of basic velvet pieces that I consider as my “autumn clothes” (generally speaking velvet seems to be worn mostly in autumn and winter time?). I like how velvet feels and looks and luckily it is quite warm too! I remember seeing velvet pieces well presented in A/W collections for years already and also this year they seem to be trendy and popular again. This is fine for me because I would happily welcome a few new velvet pieces into my wardrobe, hehe! Lately I have spotted velvet pieces most often in black, light pink, emerald green and bordeaux red and my personal favourites are (based on my favourite AW colours naturally, hehe) black and bordeaux red.

Currently my favourite styles are the simple skater dress (I have two of these myself!) or camisole dress and the ones with white collars (vintage inspired look). Lately I also find myself liking some patterned velvet pieces like the dress (see the image above) from Jill by Jill Stuart. Especially floral patterns on a dark background appeal to me but unfortunately I can`t find this kind of style too often…

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Skirts by Topshop, Katie, River Island (no longer available) and Jill by Jill Stuart.

SKIRTS: a velvet skirt

Besides velvet dresses I am also in love with velvet skirts: they are comfy and cute! I like black velvet skirts the best: they are super easy to coordinate and create a nice contrast when worn with other colours.

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plaid skirts by allamanda and F.i.n.t

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Noela and F.i.n.t

a vintage inspired plaid skirt

I recently watched the film “Darling” from 1962 and saw the main character wearing a tartan style plaid skirt together with a tight fitting turtle neck: “so cute!”, I thought.  Afterwards I ended up looking at my 60s themed style books and now it is official: I am in love with all kinds of plaid skirts! I already have a few plaid skirts (in shades of brown and in black & white) but this autumn I have grown to like also the red version. I used to have a tiny pleated red plaid skirt when I was about 14 but at some point I started to dislike it a little and since then I haven`t worn check skirts in red. Right now instead of wearing a super tiny plaid skirt I think that the ideal length for me would be the little longer midi version.

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So cute but… why so short? Skirts by Jouetie and titty&Co.

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Jouetie and Topshop (no longer available)

an a-line leopard skirt

My third favourite skirt style for A/W 2016 would naturally be a leopard skirt! This autumn an a-line leopard skirt is apparently also a trendy item because I keep seeing them everywhere and I personally find them super cute too! Unfortunately many of the skirts I have been eyeing have seemed super short and right now would prefer something that covers my butt even if I bend over a little. :’) I generally notice myself liking a little longer skirts than before: maybe I am getting old… :’)

I love the earthly colours of these two NET ViVi coordinates!

I love the earthly colours of these two NET ViVi coordinates!

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Wego and titty&Co.

TOPS: a ribbed turtle neck

My choice for “the must have top” for this season would be a ribbed turtle neck. Ribbed tops have been popular for a while already (maybe even for a few years..?) and I also personally like their texture! Turtle necks keep you (hopefully) warm and they create a nice vintage inspired look worn together with many skirts and they are great for layering. One of my favourite A/W 2016 looks is a slip dress worn over a turtle neck! This autumn my favourite colours in turtle necks are naturally red, beige and black.

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Fifi Chachnil`s fluffy angora heaven!

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Katie (red), Fifi Chachnil (light beige), Milk (light pink & light blue)

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Last year I was kind of obsessed about fluffy things (especially eyelash cardigans and such) and I still adore fluffiness but I am starting to prefer a little more “toned down” look. Fifi Chachnil’s cruelty free angora knits probably present the “ideal kind of fluffiness” for me but owning one myself remains as my dream for now since the quality has its price. :’) I am not sure if it is partly a coincidence or not (Fifi Chachnil seems quite popular in Japan) but I feel that this autumn many Japanese brands are offering a bit similar style cardigans. Long cardigans seem to be especially trendy this year but I am currently personally more into the shorter ones.

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berets originally from Topshop (no longer available)

HEADWEAR: berets

I have worn berets on and off for years and this autumn I like them a lot again! Berets are perfect for a “wanna-be-Parisian-girl” look and once again they are super timeless. Currently I like especially berets in – once again: red (the ultimate favourite!), black (goes with everything) and in leopard pattern (I might need one, ught!). Btw: am I the only one who sometimes finds it suprisingly confusing to find berets that fit you “just the right way”?

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velvet hair ribbons

I am personally quite bad at using accessories and I hardly wear any jewellery or such. Hair ribbons are my expection and lately I notice myself wearing one almost every other day! In Larme magazine hair accessories like different kinds of ribbons are commonly used and I also love how some vintage actresses (Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karin, Brigitte Bardot…) used to wear them. I find hair bows super cute and they instantly add some girlyness to your outfit. I wish people wore hair ribbons more often these days too!

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American Apparel, Katie and Noela

This autumn I love especially velvet ribbons and at least from Japanese brands they are kind of easy to find. Etsy is probably another great source for all kinds of hair ribbons and if you are a crafty person you can probably make one yourself quite easily. ;)

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This post turned out a little longer than I expected but hopefully reading about my inspirations was somewhat interesting to some of you! :’) Are you inspired to dress up for the autumn and winter? What kinds of things you look forward wearing this year? :)

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Brands mentioned and their webshops: Katie, the Virgins, beautiful people, F.i.n.t, Milk, Jill by Jill Stuart, Topshop, River Island, allamanda, Noela, Jouetie, Wegotitty&Co., Fifi Chachnil, American Apparel

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Larme inspired pink & black coordinate

About a month ago (time flies, huh?) I went to check out a local Japanese fashion themed fleamarket and this was the outfit I ended up wearing to the event! This was actually my second j-fashion themed event ever and the first one for a few years so I was a bit nervous haha…

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skirt, bag and hair bow: Katie / strappy crop top: Missguided / sheer top: E hyphen world gallery BonBon / shoes: Clarks

I wanted to make this outfit more obviously Larme (magazine) inspired since the event was focused on Japanese fashion. I decided to build my outfit around my Katie garter skirt that I actually wore out for the first time on that day! I bought the skirt already around May from the summer sale but I had been kind of “saving it” since I had been a little paranoid about ruining it somehow (a bit silly, I know!) hehe… My look turned out to be kind of “Katie oriented” but maybe it is not so weird since many of my favourite accessories and clothes are by them.

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My makeup for the event was kind of basic and quickly created: I was already a little late so I decided to keep it simple and just go with some black eyeliner, mascara and shimmery light pink eyeshadow. I also wore a little bit red blush on my cheeks and to my lips I added my favourite orange lipstick although I feel that pink or red could have been a better match for my outfit.

Ideally I would had also curled my hair a little to stay loyal to my Larme inspiration BUT since I am not very good at curling my hair I decided to save an hour or two and keep that also simple, hehe… :”)

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The event itself turned out to be a little smaller than I expected and was more focused on Lolita fashion I think, but I still had lots of fun! I was lucky enough to meet two of my online friends who share my love for the Larme magazine for the first time! Chatting with these two cuties really made my day and I was really happy I decided to go there. I love spending time at home probably a little too much (hehe) but this kind of experiences make me want to be more active and go to see events that interest me more often.

I also hope to get more active at posting my outfits here, let`s see how that goes! Taking outfit photos keeps feeling a little difficult to me but at the same time it would be fun to do small photoshoots etc. for my blog so I try to get better at that! These pictures were kindly taken and edited by my boyfriend Johannes (his instagram).

Thank you for readings this post..! ^__^

Brands to explore: S for Shoko

sforshoko1 After following Shoko London`s instagram I couldn`t miss it when she lauched her brand “S for Shoko” earlier this year. The brand is inspired by 1960s, music and art and all the clothes are made in London. The bold, colourful and retro style patterns that many of the clothes are featuring are designed by Shoko herself.

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Shoko wearing a multi coloured tweed set from her AW collection.

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So far S for Shoko has released two collections: SS 2016 collection “Light, Light me on” and AW 2016 collection called “London Dreaming”. The Spring/Summer collection features mostly colours pink, white and red and the impression it gives me is very feminine and fresh. I personally feel that the most memorable pieces of this collection are the pastel shade multi coloured tweed items and the Nouvelle Vague dress which recently appeared on Kate Nash’s music video.

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the Nouvelle Vague dress

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S for Shoko Spring/Summer 2016

I personally liked S for Shoko`s SS collection but I must say that their AW collection is my favourite so far! “London Dreaming” collection`s main colours are deep red and navy blue and these two colours together create very retro feeling. New multi coloured tweed pieces are also introduced: this time in pink (the main colour) and red (the main colour). My favourite item from this collection is definitely the red sailor style pleat dress, it is one of the loveliest dresses I have seen for a while! The rose pattern that comes in navy blue + red combination in this collection looks also very iconic to me. It actually reminds me a little of some Scandinavia patterns from the 60s!

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S for Shoko sailor dress in red

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LONDON tweed set

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So colourful and retro!

I like so many things about S for Shoko and I think that there is something unique and fresh about it. There are many brands that produces lovely clothes but I feel that these days it is getting harder and harder to create something original and new but in my opinion S for Shoko has succeeded in this. Shoko seems to be loyal to her own style and taste while designing her clothes and that is something I admire. I will look forward seeing how the brand will develop in future!

S for Shoko official website

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How do you feel about S for Shoko this far? : )