Sunday, September 21, 2014

Letters Impromptu x That Girl E

What I'm wearing - Jacket: Uniqlo (similar here); top: Topshop; jeans: Le Ciel Bleu (similar here);
shoes: Vans; tote: Le Ciel Bleu (not for sale); sunglasses: (similar here))

What Ena's wearing - hat & boots: H&M; top: Wego; skirt: Forever 21; 
backpack: Guess (vintage)

Yesterday, I met up with fellow blogger Ena for lunch at Urth Caffe in Omotesando. She is the most bubbly and sweetest girl ever! Her older sister has done my makeup for several test shoots since I moved to Tokyo - she is also very sweet and down-to-earth. We enjoyed an organic Italian omelette and coffee pancakes (SO good), and even though it started raining, we were able to quickly snap some pictures. It was chillier than I excepted yesterday, so I threw on my faux leather jacket over a cropped long-sleeve shirt I recently found at Topshop. I dressed down even more with loose tapered denim from my work, Le Ciel Bleu. I just love anything that is comfortable and high quality, which is probably why I own 4 pairs of jeans (and counting) from my work... I guess it's true when they say you can never have too many pairs of jeans!

I loved Ena's outfit - she also wore a cropped long-sleeve top but with a full midi skirt. It was a well-balanced outfit with her hat and shoes. She said she got her Guess backpack for $6 at a vintage shop! Ena and I got to know each other when she found my blog a couple months ago, and started following me on Twitter. We finally planned to meet up in Tokyo before she moves back to the Philippines next year. She is a senior in high school aspiring to become a fashion stylist. She was telling me that she is currently trying to put her styling portfolio together. I can't wait to see her work! 

You can check out her blog at, follow her on instagram @enacuizon, and follow her on Twitter @Enaterrestine

Thanks for all the comments only previous post! You all are awesome x


Samantha Mariko

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kate Spade Saturday 2014 AW Collection Launch Party

(Jacket: Zara (similar here); T-shirt: Uniqlo (similar here); 
pants: Le Ciel Bleu (similar here & here); shoes: Vans)

Tonight, my friend Amy and I attended the launch party for the Kate Spade Saturday 2014 AW Collection. I can't believe I've never shopped at this store! So many cute & affordable items for fall/winter were available for show at the party. I especially loved their bags, wallets and pouches - so chic and high quality. All the guests received a gift plus a special art book (the paper crowns we are wearing are from that book :)). And to top it off, the lemonade and the hors d'oeuvres were delicious!

Take a look at Kate Spade Saturday's website here for more cute stuff.

Thanks for the comments on my last post x


Samantha Mariko

Thursday, September 18, 2014

a new start, new hair

A new start means... a new hair cut! This is the first time I have ever had my hair cut this short, and in a bob style. I love it! Can't wait to start rocking' this new do :)

Almost the weekend - happy Thursday!


Samantha Mariko

Sunday, September 14, 2014

OUTFIT | preppy school boy

(T-shirt: Le Ciel Bleu (similar here); cardigan: Uniqlo (similar here); jeans: Le Ciel Bleu
tote: Le Ciel Bleu (not for sale); shoes: ORiental TRaffic (similar here); 
laptop case: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here); watch: Daniel Wellington)

photos by Lisa from Paint with Stars

Thank you so much for the encouraging and insightful comments on my last diary post! I'm so glad I added that little segment in my blog. 

Right when I thought fall had arrived... it started getting warm again. The weather was fantastic yesterday when Lisa and I shot this photos, but still, it was a bit too warm for my taste. I want to wear  my fall knits and sweaters already! Anyways, I wanted to wear my new oxfords from ORiental TRaffic (probably the only shoe store in Japan that carries my size), so I paired them with my skinnies from Le Ciel Bleu and went for a somewhat pretty, school boy look. I actually work for this brand, and I already own 4 pairs of jeans.. they know how to make a good pair! I rolled up the hem to show off my oxfords. I had to go to a meeting after the shoot, which is why I am carrying my laptop with me, the neoprene Marc by Marc Jacobs case courtesy of Shop Bop :) 

I do like to dress up and accessorize like crazy once in a while, but you know what, I think I'm in my element when I'm in a plain V-neck tee and some jeans. That's where my California girl vibes kick in. I think it's a matter of how well you style them - even small details like the fit of the jeans, what shoes you wear, how you arrange the shirt can really change up your look. 

Well, I am off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday! Have a great weekend all!


Samantha Mariko

Saturday, September 13, 2014

DIARY | In between

I'm always amazed at how other bloggers can maintain their blogs beautifully, keeping readers updated and posting new content consistently. Even after 4 years of blogging, I still find it hard to maintain a consistent flow on my blog - sometimes I'll have enough material, sometimes I won't. Or other times I have to prioritize other work, which means I have to put the blog on hold temporarily. So, I'm sorry in advance when that happens, but it doesn't mean I don't look and comment at other blogs during my commutes on the train or when I have a few minutes to spare. I always look forward to reading your comments and maintaining friendships in the blogosphere :)

With that said, I do have an outfit post coming soon, and also... a haircut. It will be drastically different and I was close to being overwhelmed when the suggestion was first made (I'm doing this for work-related reasons), but now I only feel excitement for this new change. I've told several of my family members and close friends about it and I get the same response - "What????" But they understand it is for work and it'll (hopefully) suit me. We shall see!

I remember now that almost a year ago, I did change my look with a new haircut and color - I went from brown hair to black, and made a blunt bang. I also changed my wardrobe and style somewhat to suit my new look, and I am still so happy that I did. I hope getting this new haircut will add more edge to my look, and hopefully influence me to spice up my style and add more creative and quality content to Letters Impromptu. :)


Samantha Mariko