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ViVi Mitsuki Oishi / Winter coordinates

Some winter sweet & lovely fashion styles picked up from ViVi’s “fashion 7 days”corner. Full coordination of each set belongs to individual brands. Any favorite styles from any brands?
My first coordination pick ups from model, Mitsuki Oishi. She sure looks cute!

For more details about these coordinates, please inquire through the blue button at the bottom.

Japanese fashion / girly fit and flare dress coordinates

Mini dress strewn with tiny prints looks sweet & girly.
(1) Fit and flare dress strewn with tiny leaf prints, decorated with lace at the front.
(2) Dress strewn with cute tiny poodle prints complete with peter pan collar, layered with tweed coat featuring faux fur collar.

Knee high boots and booties are in vogue. They look equally fabulous, pairing with mini dresses.

DREAM the closet

  • 1-1. Tiny leaf prints fit and flare dress / 13,986yen
  • 1-2. Black suede knee high boots / 15,570yen


  • 2-1. Tweed coat with faux fur collar / 13,545yen
  • 2-2. Tiny poodle prints white chiffon dress / 4,935円
  • 2-3. Studs embellished pink bow barrette / 1,050yen
  • 2-4. Chain pouchette (cat design) / 2,940yen
  • 2-5. Black suede bootie / 7,245yen

Japanese magazine sweet fashion styles

Coats with bright colors are a challenge in winter!
(3) Fit and flare duffle coat can be worn as dress like such.
(4) Knit dress layered with vintage inspired teal coat.

Berets and lace up booties have been all over fashion magazine this season. They are recommended as fashionable add-ons when it comes to stylish look for this season.
These two coordination are simple yet sweet, owning to the unique coat colors.


  • 3-1. Red duffle coat / 15,225yen
  • 3-2. Black short lace up bootie / 15,225yen
  • 3-3. Black mohair beret / 8,400yen

collect point

  • 4-1. Teal metallic mix coat / 14,700yen
  • 4-2. Mohair knit dress / 5,985yen
  • 4-3. Studs embellish wool beret / 2,940yen
  • 4-4. Wine red shoulder bag / 6,930yen
  • 4-5. Black lace up bootie / 5,985yen

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Christmas nails and decorations in Japan

The year end sees Christmas as the next big event after New Year’s Eve. But is it unbelievable to know that Christmas is a working day in Japan?
Let’s see how the Japanese indulge in the mood of Christmas. These are picked up from Japanese magazine Ray.

Christmas nails have become part of the Christmas dress up for lots of Japanese women.
Ray’s answer to Christmas nail art are snowman, snow crystals painted on silver and gold gradation base coat.

Red base coat, a popular color choice for Christmas, bryon in simple shape of heart and stones are added for decorations. You still have the choice of stars, laces and flowers for picks if you prefer a tone down version of Christmas nails.

Any of Ray’s simple Christmas nails caught your eyes (*^-`)v

Bryon nails, snowman,  snow crystal, stars, bow painted embellished with stone

Idea of a Romantic Christmas? Christmas decorations is a must then.
What could be more romantic and relax than spending Christmas in your own home, surrounded by dimly lighted Christmas candles. Look at the candles trying to fit into the theme of Christmas. They come in houses of all sorts, snowman and even Santa Claus itself! (@.@)
Oh but… Imagine a melting Santa. That’s too sad (T-T)

And of course,what is Christmas without Christmas wreaths? Like the idea of red wreaths that enhance the mood of festive season.

And Christmas snow dome. To me they are so nostalgic and mysterious. I wouldn’t mind having one for a gift.

So what is your Christmas Wish?
Christmas scented candles, Christmas gifts

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ViVi Lena Fujii / Winter fashion coordination

The many faces of Lena Fujii with her versatile styles in fashion.
Today’s coordination pickups themes will be on some elegant and feminine styles.

For more details about these coordinates, please inquire through the blue button at the bottom.

Japan's fashion / Simple & chic coordination

Oversize coats is the next trend to watch out for.
(1) Cocoon coat with a fur collar worn over elegant polka dots dress looks so classy and chic. Saves you the hassle of layerings too.


  • 1-1. Fur collar cocoon coat in beige / 16,590yen
  • 1-2. Black chiffon pleat dress (white polka dots) / 6,930yen
  • 1-3. Fine multi-chain necklace / 1,995yen
  • 1-4. Purple wedge boot / 9,135yen

(2) Ever thought that one-tone coordination could look so stylish?
ViVi make use of fantastic pinky tones thanks to the floral print top that doesn’t look overly too sweet, paired with shade darker pink corduroy short skirt. Large collars pink cocoon coat completes a very ladylike, feminine style.

Lily Brown

  • 2-1. Large collar pink cocoon coat / 27,300yen
  • 2-2. Pink tone chiffon floral print top / 8,820yen
  • 2-3. Pink corduroy short skirt / 7,770yen
  • 2-4. Pearl embellished earrings / 3,570yen
  • 2-5. Red velour wedge pumps / 10,920yen

apan's fashion / feminine, sweet coordination

(3) Doesn’t this knit looks cute with its loop yarn sleeves?
This style is featuring a one-tone, white coordinate. The light color, beige baroque print pant blends in nicely. Very stylish, very feminine.

Lily Brown

  • 3-1. Cute white knit with loop yarn sleeves / 9,870yen
  • 3-2. Beige baroque prints pant / 9,870yen
  • 3-3. Pearl necklace / 6,930yen
  • 3-4. Silver tassel pumps / 12,810yen

(4) A swingy knit dress with fit and flare silhouette, with puff sleeves, tulle on the front. A dress with every details designed with the sweet and girly style in mind.

  • 4-1. Tulle & puff sleeves fit & flare knit dress / 12,810yen
  • 4-2. Metallic knee high socks / 945yen
  • 4-3. Red ribbon barrette / 2,625yen

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Japanese fashion magazines (Dec/Jan) & e-Mook

Magazine freebies for Dec & Jan issues plus e-Mook (magazine & premium gift). Some magazines had made their release two weeks ago, but I still pick them up for those wanting a reference.

There are a lot more fashion magazines in Japan. Please feel free to ask any even if they are not listed here.

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Little Twin Stars Kikirara / Plaid cosmetic pouch (Size: W21 X H13 X D7cm)

Japanese fashion magazine SPRiNG (Jan)

non-no - Jan issue

LAVENHAM / Navy quilted pouch (white polka dots)
(Size: W20 X H13 X D8cm)

Japanese magazine liniere (Jan)

liniere - Jan issue

Snoopy & MILKFED / HAPPY tote bag (Size: W22 X H21 X D10cm)

Japanese fashion magazine SPRiNG (Jan)

SPRiNG - Jan issue

SAZABY / Monogram flap pouch (Size: W16.5 X H10 X D3cm)

Japanese fashion magazine InRed (Dec)

InRed - Dec issue

31 Sons de mode / Casual cute bucket tote
(Size: W31 X H22 XD19cm)

Japanese fashion magazine With (Dec)

With - Dec issue

Clathas / Camellia print black enamel bag (Size: W36 X H20 X D11cm)

Japanese fashion magazine Steady (Dec)

Steady - Dec issue

Gorgeous make-up cosmestic bag (Release date: 29-Nov)

Vanity pouch (winter collection)

gelato pique 2012-13 Winter collection (e-mook)

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Samantha Thavasa’s dream bag

Ever wish that you have just a All In One handy bag that won’t feel out of place for whatever occasions your bring?

Japanese brand, Samantha Thavasa might just have the answer for it.
A collaboration project between Japan’s morning show and Samantha Thavasa itself, the “DREAM Bag” was born with seeking and combining opinions from female guest commentators, on what their ideas of a DREAM bag should be like.

Besides the “kawaii” design, the bag was filled with wonderful ideas from all the six female guests. I picked up a few of the selling points.
Do ideas like such echo your very own?

1. A mini bag that can bring for lunch or even use for events like party.
(Solution) The design that comes with a detachable cute mini bag “child” that can be used on its own or as a set.

2. Should length could be lengthen or shortened.
(Solution) Design with adjustable handle strap.
– Wow! That’s innovative! w(@o@)w

3. I can’t seem to organize my things. Bag interior is always messy.
(Solution) An internal pouch like bag is added for keeping messy things out of sight. They have this interesting term in Japan, “BAG in BAG”.

4. Able to check myself in the mirror in the train, escaping the eyes of other commuters.
(Solution) A flippable mirror attached to the front pocket.
– This is the trigger for me. The MUST BUY catalyst (” /><)/

5. Cold drinks or wet umbrella can be dumped into the bag at ease.
(Solution) Special built-in holder for pet bottle holder or umbrella use.
– And so I had just dropped one into the shopping cart (`_`;)

6. It will be good to be used as shoulder bag occasionally.
(Solution) Shoulder bag strap comes as set.

As from 22nd-Nov, Samantha Thasava started accepting pre-orders online.
Price: 29.925yen
Color: Black, Beige, Pink beige

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Japanese bag brand / Samantha

Multi purpose bag

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Stapleless Stapler, an invention by Japan

Japanese had created countless innovative products that never ceased to amaze the world.

Making news headline now is the renown environmental friendly “Stapleless Stapler”. This is another jaw dropping product originated by Japan.
What is so amazing about “Stapleless Stapler”?

Have you ever heard of a stapler that works without bullet? And so this one does.

In fact, “Stapleless Stapler” is not a new concept in Japan. The product has been circulating in the Japanese market since 10 years ago. I had known of its existence on TV few years ago, but did not pay much attention to it m(_ _ )m

So the next question comes. Why is it making headline only now?
By chance, International Monetary Fund Meeting was held in Tokyo last month. And it happened that “stapleless stapler” was distributed to representatives of each countries. The representative were so full of praises for the stapler after using it seems.

The bullet free feature is highly evaluated as it is environmental & user friendly and consider very safe even for children.

Besides, famous Japanese stationary maker, “kokuyo” had put in continuous efforts to improve the stapler over the years. Efforts were tremendous, but they got paid off.
Compared to traditional stapleless stapler that allows only 3~4 pieces of papers, latest allows up to 10 pieces (*o*)!!

Wonderful, Stapleless stapler did win my attention this time round…
Creative product by Japan

The stapler cuts holes on the papers and then join them by weaving the paper pieces made through hole cutting.
stapleless stapler's mechanism

It is really fascinating that just a mere stapler can have such “unsimple” technologies. Japanese products are just awesome d(^o^)b

It will be great if people from all over the world could have a chance to use this stapler (*^v^*)

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Japanese styles fashion coordination (II)

More of Japanese fashion coordinate ideas from ViVi’s FREE’S MART.
Try looking for your ideal style from one of these.

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Japanese fashion style / sweet, girly, military fashion

1. Melton peacoat in military inspired design is a MUST BUY item. Topped with military inspired floral pant, beret hat and loose socks pulled down to above ankle and loafers, the whole coordination looks so stylish and posh.

2. Love it girly and sweet? Black sexy sheer tops paired with corduroy dress, a lovely coordination for the perfect date.

  • 1-1. Navy melton peacoat (military style) / 11,970yen
  • 1-2. Military pant inspired floral skinny pant / 5,460yen
  • 1-3. Bag / 5,460yen
  • 1-4. Black fur beret / 3,990yen
  • 1-5. Black loose socks / 1,995yen
  • 1-6. Women’s black Bit loafers / 5,985yen
  • 2-1. Light blue corduroy dress / 5,985yen
  • 2-2. Lace top (polka dots) / 3,990yen
  • 2-3. Pearl collar necklace / 2,940yen
  • 2-4. High heeled loafers (tassel at front) / 5,985yen

Japanese fashion style / casual sweet styles

3&4. Shorts could look very stylish with the right combination.
(3) Keep simple with in-the-trend cat prints cardigan over white shirt and short.
The cute, casual style.
(4) A coat and long boots add-on to plaid shorts turned elegant and feminine.
So which is your preferred style?

  • 3-1. Cats print knit cardigan / 4,935yen
  • 3-2. White shirt, collar embellished with gemstones / 5,460yen
  • 3-3. Blue short / 4,935yen
  • 3-4. Python clutch / 4,935yen
  • 3-5. Cable knit hat / 1,995yen
  • 3-6. Studded blacjkshort boots / 7,980yen
  • 4-1. Red jacket coat / 9,975yen
  • 4-2. White sheer blouse / 4,410yen
  • 4-3. Women’s plaid short / 4,935yen
  • 4-4. Faux fur bag (white) / 5,460yen
  • 4-5. Suede long boots / 8,925yen

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Japanese styles fashion coordination (I)

The brand FREE’S MART offers an affordable range of series of clothings.
This month’s ViVi features some styles of coordinating, recommended by FREE’S MART. So how about these few pieces that I had picked up?

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Japanese fashion style / sweet, girly, simple & chic

Knits are popular item in Japan. Owning one is convenient. FREE’S MART shows you two simple coordinating techniques for knits.
(1) In love with sweet and girly styles? Try this one by layering a knit over a dress.
(2) Go simple with studs knits over denim shirt, match with tweed & leather combination mini skirt. Chic and casual look never fails!

  • 1-1. Beige short knit top / 4,935yen
  • 1-2 Yellow fit and flare dress / 5,985yen
  • 1-3. Leopard print angola bow beret / 2,940yen
  • 1-4. Brown fringe bag / 5,460yen
  • 1-5. Red ballet flats with cute bow / 4,395yen
  • 2-1. Studs embellished knits / 4,935yen
  • 2-2. Ladies denim shirt / 4,935yen
  • 2-3. Tweed and leather mini skirt / 4,935yen
  • 2-4. Rhinestones embellish hairband / 2,415yen
  • 2-5. Black necklace / 2,415yen
  • 2-6. Black boots with tassel trim / 8,925yen

Japanese fashion style / christmas dates styles

3. Floral pants have been all over this season. FREE’S MART topped it with cute and simple white knit and two tone jacket completes the feminine and elegant style.

  • 3-1. Two tone jacket / 7,455yen
  • 3-2 White knit / 4,935yen
  • 3-3. Floral prints tuck pant / 5,985yen
  • 3-4. Women suede oxford creepers / 6,930yen

4. Christmas mood is in the air with this jacquard print knit dress. Colorful tight and bootie are just the perfect for a slightly bold hue. The style looks so lovely and cute, wonderful for a Christmas date.

  • 4-1. Sweet knit dress / 5,460yen
  • 4-2. Black fur beret / 3,990yen
  • 4-3. Black needle necklace / 1,995yen
  • 4-4. Color tights / 1,995yen
  • 4-5. Black bootie with bow at side / 7,980yen

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J-pop rock band Monkey Majik

I have a great passion for J-pop musics.
There is something in the music that deeply touches the very soul and heart.
And what’s really amazing is that you don’t get sick with the music not even decades down the road. Also, you don’t have to understand Japanese language to like J-pop.

J-pop band ,”Monkey Majik” is my latest addiction.
Didn’t know the group until they were featured in one of the news program, doing charity shows to help reconstruct the stricken areas, that the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake brought about 2.5 years ago.

What caught my attention was at first, the group’s formation.
A four members group, made up of two Canadian brothers and two Japanese (@o@)
They are often being referred to as the “hybrid band”.
And did it strike you dumbfounded to know that the Canadian brothers are the vocalists!? They sing and speak really fluent Japanese though.

The group actually started out from Year 2000 and had since released many famous songs. So sorry that “ME”, the country pumpkin has totally been ignorant about it, all this while m(_ _)m

What’s the question? Why I love “Monkey Majik”?
Ok,,, I love the way in how they sing in Japanese with a western-like feel, something very new, very pop, yet sounds very pleasant to the ear  (*,, ^-^)
Love how their voice has a calming and soothing effect that works like a relaxant for me (^_-)v
In general, their music have the power to touch and move me to tears, giving me hope and courage at the same time.

“Headlight” is the first song of theirs that I listened to that moved me instantly. I had the YouTube embedded too if you would take time to listen to it.

Japanese-Canadian pop rock band

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Japanese autumn winter / Fit & flare, peplum coats

Sweet lovely coats and down coats collection from ViVi magazine.

This whole of this year, we have been seeing lots of peplum and fit & flare styles. And we are going to see this trend carry on to the coats in the Japanese fashion industry.

The idea of down jackets a little too casual for your liking? Try Japanese styles Peplum Down jacket. They look so cute and sporty yet without feeling too casual.

And if you are in love with gorgeous sweet styles, the coat that Lena fujii certainly fits the theme nicely. Elegant and modern, its definitely one of my favorite styles. (^-^)b
And not to forget stylish and feminine fit and flare coats.

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Japanese fashion / elegant coats, peplum down coats

  • 1-1. Gorgeous pea coat (Snidel) / 34,650yen
  • 1-2. Black chain bag (BORNY) / 13,440yen
  • 1-3. metallic tight / 1,260yen
  • 1-4. Black bootie (R&E) / 8,295yen
  • 2-1. Black tweed coat / 14,700yen
  • 2-2. Fur beret (CA4LA) / 10,290yen
  • 2-3. Pearl necklace / 6,825yen
  • 2-4. Knee high socks / 1,575yen
  • 2-5. Camel ankle strap pumps / 8,295yen
  • 3-1. Peplum down coat (giraffe) / 25,200yen
  • 3-2. Velour clasp frame bag / 6,195yen
  • 3-3. Black bow print socks / 840yen
  • 3-4. Metal bow white ankle strap pumps / 9,345yen

Japanese fashion / Feminine fit & flare coat, sweet peplum down coats

  • 4. Brown peplum coat (Banner Barette) / 39,900yen
  • 5. Faux fur tippet collar coat (belt on waist) (RYZA) / 40,950yen
  • 6. Sweet pink peplum down coat with fur sleeve cuffs (Noela) / 26,250yen
  • 7. Grey pelplum coat with fur sleeve cuffs / 12,600yen
  • 8. Pink beige peplum down coat (Snidel) / 22,050yen

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