Akiba

I am obsessed with cute dessert/cafes.  I know I have mentioned before that if there is a cute sign or kawaii design to a store or restaurant, I will immediately want to go in.  We passed by this cafe one day and out of the corner of my eye, I saw this cafe.  It was so cute.  Naturally, i got super excited and forced the husband to go in with me.  Turned out to be a true gem.  I loved everything about this cafe.

Great menu ranging from crepes to coffees and teas.  I gravitated toward their dessert selection which is listed on a separate menu.

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Wouldn’t you want to walk in if you were passing by?

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Shibuya Box = So good! super OISHI!

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Typo.

They just recently opened a store called Typo at Stonestown in San Francisco.  Given my natural draw to stationary and office supplies, I was excited to see this store.  They have such cute notebooks, journals, office supplies, washi tapes, stamps, and stationaries.  I believe they are an Australian brand associated with another clothing store I like, called Cotton-On.  I am very appealed to the aesthetics of this store and wanted to buy everything!  Unfortunately, the stuff is on the pricier side.  A girl can still dream though!  Here’s a few items in the store I was drawn to:

Yes, this is definitely my store — They have a Bunny Kit!!! Now, what is a bunny kit???  I have no idea.  It was so cute though!  Look at my ecstatic expression.  I am a sucker for anything that has cute bunny and/or is bunny themed.

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Artsy prints + disposable cameras.  Enjoyed the photographic, colorful prints on canvas.  The canvas gives it an artsy feel in spite of its mass production.  Love it!

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Just a snippet of the many notebook and journal designs.  I would totally buy these if I was still in school.  Otherwise, I have no use for them really.

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I am happy they opened this store at Stonestown.  I will make sure to pay a visit every time I make my way to that mall.  The mall now has two must go-to stops: Yesstyle + Typo ❤

Cherry Blossom Festival

Went to the Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend.  It was bustling with many people.  Had my favorite food stand go to’s – ichigawa yaki & fried mocha.  Yum!  Then we went walking through the crowds and into my favorite stores.

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Maido Finds.  First is decorative tape.  They had a nice selection.  I am a fan of the plaid and panda tapes.

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And of course, rilakkuma products.  This is the one reason I’d want an iPhone – otherwise I’ll stick with android.  Must find a rilakkuma case for android phones!!

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Japantown walkway.

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Rilakkuma paper clip holders.

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yummy festival foods

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My favorite store: Maido

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Cute things in Maido

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Must have this pencil case!

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Vendor that had cute products for sale.  Check them out.

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Great day at the cherry blossom festival.  There are no cherry blossom pictures though because the cherry blossom trees were wilting.  Spring came too fast

Food days

I look forward to my weekends when I can indulge in eating out.  Last weekend we had Paris Baguette and tried a new ramen store in Santa Clara.  Miss living there so much.

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Paris Baguette Creme Brûlée: Tasty, but not my personal preference.  I am still in love w/ Andersen Bakery’s more humble and simple creme brûlée.

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I am all about this packaging.  I love how cute they made their cups.

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If there is any food that I would be willing to eat at any time, it would be ramen.  Love Ramen.

Tea Time

Tea makes my days brighter.  Sat down to make myself a little afternoon tea with tea snacks.  A mix of savory and sweet snacks goes very well with green genmaicha tea.  

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 Also, I just downloaded Instagram for Android.  Previously, I was using Mytubo, which has really nice filters too.  You can tell the difference in quality though – the above photo is instagram, while the photo below is mytubo.  The only thing I don’t like about the instagram is that you have to crop the photo. 

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Handmade Gift Basket Idea


Lately, I’ve been in to making handmade gifts for friends.  It’s so much fun to put together, plus it gives me a chance to attend to the packaging aesthetics.  This was a gift I put together for Christmas, but it could be for any day of the year.  This package has a homemade sugar scrub, green tea facial mask, and a bar of soap.  Click here for the homemade sugar scrub tutorial, and the green tea facial mask tutorial.  I love how both feel and the effect it has on my skin.  It always feels more clear and bright after these treatments.

To both recipes, I added vitamin E oil for more moisturizing value, as well as skin damage renewal.

In the photo, I got the basket and jars from Daiso.  I got the filler from the dollar store.  The packaging consists of simple stamps, tissue paper, and card stock.  And the actual products inside were basic household products.  This is the other great aspect of homemade gifts — you can make a lot for all your friends without going over your budget.  It’s the effort and love that you put in rather than the cost!

Journal Transformation

I’ve had this pink journal that was purchased on clearance from borders for quite some time.  I’ve never had the urge to use it because it was so plain.  Hence, my decision to dress it up.  With some wash tapes and paper, I’ve transformed this plain pink journal!  Am excited to use this now.  See how much aesthetics affect me?

Before: Empty Journal getting ready to be decorated with rilakkuma stickers & washi tapes!

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During: Bunny decided to join in on the crafting!

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After: Finished Product! I ended up not using the rilakkuma stickers because it didn’t seem to fit.  But I plan to decorate the back cover accordingly.

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2012 March Birchbox Review

Decided to try Birchbox subscriptions out and I got my first box in the mail a week or so ago.  Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where you pay $10 per month to receive a surprise box of beauty product samples in the mail.  Products are a range of nail, makeup, hair, and skincare products.  I’m the type of person that likes surprises and the anticipation of getting things in the mail, so thought this would be something fun to look forward to every month.  Plus, I don’t tend to take many risks when it comes to purchasing beauty products and generally like to know whether or not something really works well with me before putting down the money.  Anyhow, here’s a picture from the website of the birchbox I received in the mail:

In the box I received the following:

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint: Felt nice and light on the skin.  Had light coverage, but it did have a nice matte finish.  I would buy this if it wasn’t so expensive.  The sample had enough for one application.  Nice, but I wouldn’t buy the full size because it is overpriced in my opinion.

Orofluido Elixir:  After showering, I rubbed this serum through my hair.  I have very damaged hair because I am growing out a perm, so was excited to use this.  I can’t say that it really did a 360 on my hair, but it did feel and smell very nice – had a nice vanilla fragrance to it, and I love vanilla scents.

One Love Organics® Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm:  This product is meant to moisturize your face, but I am usually reluctant to try anything on my face unless I am sure it works well with my skin.  Tried it on my hands, and while the initial application looked and felt greasy, the more you rubbed it in, the more my hands looked healthy and well moisturized.  I also like the size of the sample they gave to me because I think I will be able to use it for awhile, which is great considering that the actual product costs quite a bit.

Tea Forté® skin-smart™ Teas:  I am a HUGE tea drinker.  I love tea and drink it every day so I was excited to see these in my birchbox.  Unfortunately, I was not about the flavors of these samples.  I tried the Cherry Marzipan and the Honey Yuzu which did not suit my tastes.  The cherry marzipan reminded me of cherry medicine and the honey yuzu didn’t really taste like honey or green tea – it tasted very processed.  I don’t like mint, so I didn’t even try the cucumber mint at all.

Color Club Neon Nail Polish:  This was actually my favorite item in the box. I absolutely loved this nail polish.  It came in the aqua color, very pretty and matches w/ a lot of my wardrobe.  A great spring color too.  Also, I think this was the first nail polish that I’ve ever bought that’s lasted on my nails this long!  Usually within the first two days, there will be chips or it will start to come off.  This nail polish has lasted on my nails for a week already and still has not chipped.  It’s amazing because I didn’t even need to put a top coat – two coats was just fine to give it a nice professionally finished look.  Loved this product and would totally buy the full size in other colors as well.

Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien:  Gonna be honest, i was not really a fan of the scent of this perfume.  Not much to comment, it just had such a strong scent that I was not too fond of.

My overall opinion of the box is pretty favorable!  I wouldn’t buy full size of any of the products, since they’re all pretty expensive, but it’s nice to have a usable sample size of the nail polish (I may actually purchase the full size of this nail polish when I see it at drug stores… it’s a great brand!), the body balm, and hair serum — enough product to get a good use of it.  And although the tinted moisturizer was so small, it was still nice to try it out.

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