This dress was the best thing I found in Tokyo. When I walked into Hotel55 boutique, my eyes found it immediately…it was so full of volume and texture, and the detail spilling down the shoulder was so lovely. It’s my favorite color too-it reminds me of the undyed cotton batiste fabric my mom used for her line Atlantis Underground back in the day.
The scarf is also The Dress & Co. and was found at a boutique called Casbah in Lumine 2. Casbah carried all of the same designers that Hotel55 did.
Worn with Givenchy flats (very worn in now-remember when I first posted them?)
Vintage Michael Morrison belt
Bangles from Elements here in Dallas
This dress reminds me of the costumes and mood of Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock…just not as uptight. I thought of this when I first tried it on. Such a great scary movie. Funny, I think my best friend and I may watch it tonight…
I've been to Tokyo three times now, and I'd like to think of my tour of Tokyo as the Hardcore Shopper's Tour. I go for the clothes. It's the ultimate trip to make for avant-garde enthusiasts. While I've only seen a limited amount of what Tokyo has to offer, I'm afraid my list is pretty hefty. See below for my picks.
Hotel and location are important-some of the larger hotels in Tokyo have a very clinical, shopping mall feel to them that can be pretty suffocating. We stayed at one of the massive hotels in Shinagawa last year and by the end of three weeks we were about to lose our minds. It was a very strange part of town. This time we stayed at the Cerulean Tower at the recommendation of an editor at Elle Girl Japan. It's 40 stories high and located near the enormous Shibuya cross-section. We had a beautiful view of the city on the 28th floor. Comfy beds and super showers. My mom and her friend Beth had great food at the hotel Mediterranean restarunt three nights in a row. The bar on the fortieth floor has a breathtaking view of the city. The staff was so helpful and spoke excellent English. We all had a wonderful experience here and I'll be certain to stay here again. It's a very fun location-at night Ronnie and I had fun getting lost in the maze of Shibuya and discovered some great restaurants close by. You're also right by the new eight story Opening Ceremony store. The hotel is within walking distance of Harajuku.
Spend a day checking out the many levels of the Laforet fashion mall in Harajuku-I spent most of my time on the fourth floor at furfur and Hotel55 boutique and in the basement buying magazines and markers and pens. You have got to see some of the wacky magazines they have to offer. On the third floor is Cafe F.O.B.-a good place to have an iced tea and people watch.
Look at these beautiful crayons I got! I found them in the magazine store in the basement of Laforet-they are called Sakura Coupy-Pencils
Nearby on Omotesando is the Forbidden Fruit cafe, which is the secret entrance to Bedrock. You have to go just to see the store. I can almost guarantee that Bedrock is the coolest shopping experience you will ever have. The Forbidden Fruit cafe is next to the M.A.C. store wedged in Omotesando Hills. I would highly recommend the hotel's smoothies and green vegetable curry. The curry is delicious. To get to Bedorck, you have to go through the secret, forbidden looking silver door in the back, and go down a winding staircase. Down here you will find Bedrock, carved out like a little post-apocalyptic cave shell, with a large terrarium and abandoned motorcycles. The atmosphere has a twinge of New Orleans voodoo too. They play good dubstep. Here you will find Le Grand Bleu (L.G.B.) and If Six Was Nine, as well as Givenchy, Ann Demeulemeester, John Galliano, and Rick Owens. Forget about trying on any of the beautiful shoes if you're any larger than a 38. If you're a denim enthusiast, try on some of their jeans-they're amazing. Try on the men's jeans too.
Up the street is Cafe Anniversaire. It's a very trendy and upscale cafe where you can sip a gin and tonic and watch three Western style wedding processions in one sitting. It's really a magical experience. The staff is very friendly and the drinks are excellent. Another reason to come to Cafe Anniversaire is to see all of the floofy dogs in baby strollers the customers bring in.
Park outside of the Lawson convenience store on Omotesando with your
camera. Stylish people hang out here just waiting to get their photos
taken for streetstyle blogs.
One of my favorite restaurants is off of Omotesando, and it came recommended as a vegetarian friendly option from a reader last year. The Brown Rice cafe is located next to the Crayon House and features an all vegan menu resplendent with different varieties of tofu, pastries, and teas. The vegetarian curry is our favorite. Here is their website.
Be prepared to wait a while for a table. While you wait, go across the street to the Crayon House bookstore/toy store. That's where we found our cat Nao! The kids here are so adorable.
It's touristy, but Kiddyland is a very fun stop if it's not too crowded. Each of the eight floors has a very different selection of toys to offer.
I must admit that if I had to pick and choose my toy stores, I would much prefer the one in Ginza that so many readers recommended to me. It's name is Hakuhinkan. They have an amazing selection of plushies….and just look at this cat thermos I got there!
Go to Ginza on the weekend when it's closed off to traffic. You will be amazed at how calm, slow, and quiet the masses are as they move through the streets for their Sunday shopping.
If you discover that you really like Hotel55 boutique, you may want to check out Casbah in Shinjuku at the Lumine 2 mall. They carry Jelly Garcia and the Dress & Co as well. They have a great bookstore on the top floor of Lumine 2 as well. Find the address here.
Wearing one armed leather vest, tank top, jeans, and pouch bag from L.G.B. and Bedrock
If you fall in love with Bedrock, I would recommend you check out the L.G.B. sister store in Roppongi. They have a much larger selection of denim and men's clothing, as well as some very high end bags and jewelry. While you're there you might want to stop into the storefront cafe for some delicious tartines. You will find the adresses for Le Grand Bleu and Bedrock here.
Go to a bookstore, grocery store, and drugstore. If you're a beauty junkie, you will love the makeup in the drugstores. I stock up on makeup brushes when I'm here, and if you're super pale like me you will be happy to find many shades of pale foundation.
I really want to see the Studio Ghibli Museum-I missed it this time around. You have to reserve your ticket in advance.
Go to the Comme des Garcons store in Aoyama (it's only right up the street from Omotesando). It is so much cheaper than it is the states. The staff is so helpful and sweet and the selection is *incredible*. Invest in one or two Comme des Garcons basics and you will never regret it.
If you're at Kiddyland, walk towards Laforet-take the very first side street to your left and go to the end of the street. Here you will find amazing Thai food-cooked right in front of you! Ronnie and I loved it.
Have fun exploring Tokyo-don't be afraid to wander. (Isn't that how you find the best restaurants?) Hope my guide was of some help!
During my stay in Tokyo in 2009, I discovered so many cool labels and stores. I have worn the things I brought home from my last trip to death! I decided that for this trip I would research where my favorite labels were stocked around Tokyo and shop very carefully for things I could get a lot of wear out of.
I have to say I think I did pretty well! I'm trying to photograph and style all of the things I bought in Tokyo in my next few posts.
Last year I got some amazing Jelly Garcia pieces from Hotel55 boutique in the Laforet mall in Harajuku. It's on the fourth floor, right by the furfur boutique. I think Fur Fur has a much stronger following now than it did last year-I've seen it being covered on more fashion blogs. Cool! I must say that I didn't find anything I liked there this season…but last year I brought home a ton of things I loved from furfur, like my yellow brocade pants and crazy lace patchwork cardigan and shirt.
Lace patchwork cardigan and shirt from furfur (two separate pieces! Its a little hard to tell here)
Yellow brocade trousers from furfur:
I just thought I should mention furfur for anyone out there looking for labels to check out in Tokyo.
Anyway, back to Hotel55 boutique: to my knowledge it is the best place to find Jelly Garcia clothing. Cute name, huh? The thing I love about Jelly Garcia is that the focus is all on volume–you may have noticed that I love 'poofy'.
I am really into this double layered vest/dress I got there. It has two layers-underneath the army green 'utility vest' is a muslin lining and underskirt. It looks cute zipped up but I prefer it with the muslin showing.
Worn with a shearling/goat hair vest purchased in Austin (from Big Bertha Vintage) Wearing a brown The Dress & Co skirt underneath the vest (more on this skirt later) and Ann Demeulemeester lace-up sandals.
Hey, like our new living room? It was my mom's project with Sam of Style Swoon, another Dallas interior/design blogger. Our house looks so dressy now! It inspires me to dress up too.