6.30.2015

Stationery in Japan! - Layover - Midori traveler's notebook and more

Anyone who is a close friend of mine or follows me on instagram (shameless plug) knows how much I love stationery. Planners, journals, stickers, etc. are really exciting for me since I've been a little girl. I now use a personal sized red domino Filofax as my main planner. I have been wanting a Midori travelers notebook for a while for the main purpose of journaling and a keepsake from my layovers and travels. That's why when my work called me and said "You're going to Japan!", I was beyond excited. It has been a long time since I had been to Japan, and the last location that we went to was so close to the airport that there wasn't much to see. The area that I stayed in this time (Yokohama) had a lot more in terms of shopping to offer.

With my jet lag, I ended up sleeping a grand total of 4 hours. I woke up and just couldn't get back to sleep. So I woke up, got directions to the closest convenience store and had a makeshift breakfast.



Definitely not the most glamorous or nutritious, but was it tasty? YUP! 

Soon after eating I took a 30 min nap and watched a few youtube videos as I waited for the stores to open at 10:00 AM 

I started heading out at 9:50 thinking that it gave me plenty of time to walk to the store. I didn't account however how close it was to the hotel -_-" I got there early and stopped for the sweetest Chai tea latte in existence.



FIRST STOP - TOKYU HANDS
I loved Tokyu Hands. I had read online that it was part stationery store, part homegoods store and  part hardware store. When I got there, the store encompassed several floors, and I was immediately overwhelmed.

I first started in the home goods section, and after much  explanation and finally google translate when I found out they had free wifi, I was directed to the stationery floor. I almost had an aneurism. This is how I felt:











There were rows and rows of stationery. I was ecstatic. But most importantly, they  had the Midori limited edition blue cover and the Panam collaboration pieces.


I obviously bought a fair amount to start up my Midori journals. I did somehow stay under my $100 budget however!




That was the most exciting part of my day. I did however, also stop at Daiso which is a 100 yen store in Japan. It also has enormous presence around the world. 100 yen stores are the equivalent to our dollar stores but on crack. They have everything! I bought 9 rolls of washi tape, which spanned from designs with Tokyo skyline on it to winnie the pooh. All in all it was a great trip for me. I then went back to my hotel and attempted to nap once more before heading back to Toronto!




Here are a couple more shots from my layover!














6.02.2015

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor blush - Rosewater - Review and swatches





PROS:
> Very easy to use. Dab and blend
> Color is very wearable for spring/summer
> The texture is very liquidy and dewy making it ideal for that natural dewy look

CONS:
> I assume this does not work especially well with powder foundation as it really relies on that dabbing and spreading to make it blend nicely


OVERALL:

I think that this blush is perfect for that no fuss day. I have been using it when I'm just running errands. I throw on a little BB cream, a little eyeliner, watercolour blush, highlight and BAM! summer goddess... or you know something like that LOL. I definitely feel that this is perfect for summer, the pool, the beach, and no fuss days!

4/5

Let me know if you've tried this out and what your favourite no fuss makeup items are!