9.29.2012

Day 4: my yoga style

ルンルンって感じのヨガスタイルのご紹介

Introduction to my yoga outfit in exuberant mood

ヨガを始めてなんだかんだで4,5年経ちますが何事も続けるのって難しい。
ヨガだけでなく、ジムや習い事、その場所についてしまえば、なんともないのに、その場所に行くまでがおっくうになってしまうことがあります。
決まった曜日、決まったクラスにいくこと、そんなルーティンに変化をつけることによってモチベーションをUP!新しいヨガウェア、ヨガバッグ、ソックス、ちょっと変えてみるだけで気持ちが高まり、そんな自分をもっと好きになるかも!


It's been 4-5 years since I met Yoga and started.  However it's always hard to continue doing. It could be a gym membership, language or dance lessons, cooking class etc.. Once you get to their places, you will do it anyway and you will even feel so glad after that, but it’s sometimes challenge just to get there.
You show up on the class on the same days every week, at the same times, and with the same teacher.  Some tips to motivate you & break your routine by new yoggie items; such as yoga wear, yoga bag, new mat, etc.  Just change little bit with new item so that it will pumper you up for sure.  
It’s important to feel good in yourself. - Always

lululemon はかなりのお気に入りのブランドです。最近はヨガだけでなく、ランニング、ダンス、水着ラインにも力をいれてますよね。
5年前に買ったヨガパンツもいまだに愛用中。カナダの豪快な洗濯機、乾燥機に掛けまくってますが、縮んだり、生地にダメージがあったりすること全くありません。
パンツ1本100ドルを超えますが長持ちするので、買って後悔することもなく、やっぱり着ごごちがいいものっていいものです。日本からlululemonが撤退してしまったのは悲しいですが。


lululemon is one of my favorite brand like anyone else.  They have extended their fashion lines for runners, dancers, bikers, swimmers, etc recently to reach out more athletes.
I am still wearing the yoga pants that I bought 5 years ago.  I put them in washer & dryer, but it's never shrink or damaged. They are usually more than 100 CAD (merely on sale) for just 1 pair of pants. It’s pricey, but it's worth it.  very comfortable too.  lululemon left Japan market a couple of years ago, so Japanese yoga buyers must be very sad.

Addidas とStella McCarteny のコラボ商品も注目中。やっぱりデザインがかわいい。値段はちょっとはりますが、割引セールを狙うのもよしかと。

Addidas X Stella McCarteny collaboration item is something that I am interested in.  The design is so cute. It’s still expensive, but you can keep your eyes on sale! Hehe :)
my yoga style




lululemon
Top
lululemon.com



addidas
Adida
$97 - harrods.com



navy dot leggins
Polka dot legging
delias.com



yoga and dance socks by etsy
Wool socks
etsy.com



Blake Brody Women's Emma Yoga Shoe


adidas-by-stella-mccartney-pack-away
Adidas shoulder bag
couture.zappos.com



peace-bracelet-hot-neon-pink-macrame
Yoga jewelry
etsy.com



philosophy
Philosophy beauty product
philosophy.com



philosophy

9.28.2012

Day 3: Gold x Black in Fall ブラックゴールドでキラメキ度UP

Tiffany....!??

When you go to starbucks, you should have been asked your name to put on the cups, shouldn't you? This is always what I get on my cup. 
Wrong name on starbucks coffee 
No! My name is Chifumi!! 
So funny! But So sad!

When I go to restaurant to put my name down, when I go to doctor office, hair salon, optometrist, etc my name always give them hard time to pronounce it. My name is very unique, even among Japanese people, so I can understand and I forgive them :) 


In the opposite side, I can’t pronounce “R” and “L” very well, so it’s even. 


One time, my friend went to subway and ordered “club sandwich”. She was expecting to a meat yummy fresh sandwich, but what it came out of the bar was ...


“crab sandwich”


One time my boyfriend was driving and I had to navigate him. My boyfriend asked me in rush “Did you say to turn left at the bank?” 

me: “Right! ” (he though it’s “ light”) 
While we were repeating the conversation to make sure, he missed the turn and he turned at the light…..
Oh well, it happens. 

We pronounce restaurant cook/chef: “cock” コック(さん) 

Yes, I know.. When we finish to eat something that somebody cooked for you, we always say, “Gochisousama deshita” which can be translated in “You are the good cook.” So, if pronounce in Japanese way, it will be the embarrassing moment for sure. 

Anyway, It's so interesting when we pronounce/mispronounce differently.  I am enjoying this culture and languages. And.. I am so glad that my name/pronunciation doesn’t have any bad/embarrassing meaning. 


By the way, in France, Chifumi means “Rock Paper Scissors” 



Fuuuunnnn!!!!!!!!!

9.27.2012

Day 2: TGIF! Casual Friday

TGIF - Casual Friday 

Classic casual items - Jeans and Converse or falt shoes
カジュアルの定番といえば、ジーンズとフラットシューズ、またはコンバース

No client meeting. I am taking full advantage of being employee working for IT company. 
クライエントとのミーティングもなしだし、IT企業なのでジーンズ、コンバースOK

Mix up with casual item and elegant item so that you are comfortable at office, but still remain to be looked professional.
カジュアルアイテムときちんとアイテムでミックスマッチ。カジュアルすぎてもだめだし、きちっと感で金曜出勤も疲れちゃう。ジャケットできっちっと感をだしながらもカジュアルをキープ。ラフなポニーテールで爽やか感もアップ

There will be a pro and con, but...
許せない人もいるかもしれませんが...

Mix up with cheap & expensive item so that you feel comfortable but still you can still fee that you are mature adult that you can afford to carry Hermes Bag!

安めの服にエルメスのバッグでしめる。これでいい女度もアップ。高価なものを着るとやっぱり安めの服に違いが出てしまいますが、そこをうまくコーデするのがポイント。



TGIF! Casual Friday jeans





tailor jacket
River island
$73 - riverisland.com



low rise jeans
Low rise jeans
udobuy.com



converse white
Converse shoes
$63 - blueberries-online.com



Hermes bag
Hermès handbag
fashion.1stdibs.com



stella mcartney
Stella mccartney
forwardforward.com



Day 1 Dress on! Classic Leopard Rock

Love this dress♥♥♥  

Top shop Mesh Insert Skater Dress. Simple dress, but there is a style. It's jersey skater dress with mesh V front detail. (sexy cute) You can wear be in rock, classic, girly, or dress in nerd, anything you would like by playing with shoes, accessories, and makeup. This dress is one of my must-have. 

Leopard.... 

Leopard never leave from fashion industry. Every fall is coming, Leopard is coming back in shop. How many leopard items do I have in my closet? How many times am I tempted to buy another one? A LOT! Find a simple dress and wrap with leopard classic item or your favorite fall trend item, then you are g2g! Dress on!
Dress on Classic Leopard Rock
Shoulder pad dress topshop.com
River Island beige blazer $73 - riverisland.com
Brazen bootie boots missselfridge.com
Purple jewelry 80spurple.com
Ray Ban ray ban optical $195 - net-a-porter.com

9.26.2012

Entered to 29+1 years old...

September 1, 11:07am (JST), 1982.   I was born into this world.  

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Many highlights in my life were given by many people around the world and by opportunities which grew me and shaped me as who I am in the last 30 years. 

I explored myself in teens. There was no such a word  -  "fear".    First time to cross the ocean was at the age of 12.  Little kimono girl went to Boston to performed Japanese song (Do-yo).  I was little nervous, so my trick was to take out my glasses so that I won't see people's face.  The light was hot and I saw blurry camera flashes.  I still remember.  This little kimono kid was also inspired by translator woman.  She was so cool.
This experience opened my eyes towards other culture and countries which led me to to visit to Australia and Thailand in late teens. 

I dashed through 20's.  Did I breath? I don't even remember. But I can name 20's as a golden age.  I went to Colorado State University for 10 months as an exchange student from the University in Osaka, Japan.  The time that I spent in Colorado was the best of my life.  So much fun, so many challenges, so many new things every single day.  I enjoyed myself in many ways including beer helmet.  Good times.  

I met my best friend there and traveled to New Orleans just to visit to Cafe Du Monde.  I also planed to go to Virgin island during a spring break and ended up to arrive in Virginia State by mistake!!!  I traveled as a backpacker to Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, Netherland, Germany) in winter too.   I visited to NY city and fell in love with NY. 
I took my yellow suite case to Banff in Canada in 2006, then I took a greyhound bus and came to where I am.  It was stressful to find a professional job with my lower confidence in English level and it was a painful process to renew a working visa and change to permanent status.  I also did a biggest shopping in my life. - purchased car and house. 

That's my quick highlight. 


Looking back these days, what comes to my heart first is "appreciation" ( Kansha 感謝).  Thanks to God, my parents, my families, my all friends that I met and supported me. 


This is one of my favorite quotes: 

May you always have enough happiness to keep you sweet; enough trails to keep you strong; enough success to keep you eager; enough faith to give you courage;and enough determination to make each day a good day.  

In pursuing this, there was/is great people around me.  I simply appreciate that. 

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I had a great birthday and entered in confident to 30's. My boyfriend also took me to the restaurant that I always wanted to go.  -  Tango Bistro. I found that it was very similar to IZAKAYA in Japan.  All dishes are small portion and eat as an appetizer.  We can order dishes by 1-2 each time until our stomach is full.  There are a variety of menu for vegetarian, gluten free, meat lover.  Sometimes it is hard to find a good restaurant to go with people who has a food preferences, but this place should meet your all criteria. We had... 


Braised Pear and Blackberry Salad -  Arugula, balsamic glaze, candied pecans, Canadian brie 


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Cedar Baked Brie - Sour cherry compote, crostinis
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 Seared Scallops - Parsnip nutmeg puree, wild mushrooms
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Cheesesteak Poutine -  Braised short rib, sautéed mushrooms, Montreal curds  
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Did I make you hungry now?  They were all delicious. Unfortunately, my stomach was so full so I wasn't able to eat a dessert. I wonder how and what it will be in my 30's.  It's little bit different with a picture I draw in my head when I was a kid, when I was teens and when I was 20's.  I have already feel a change mentally and physically.  I can't against the nature but embrace it. My 30's... To be continued....