If you follow me you should know by now that one of my favorite contemporary and minimalist brands is GRANA. High quality fabrics, impeccable fit, affordable pricing (for the quality) and trend independent design are the reasons why you will keep seeing me in GRANA's clothes.
They just released their swimsuit line for Summer 2017 and it's BEAUTIFUL! The color palette (as per usual) is sophisticated and earthy and the fits are perfection. Seriously, finding a one piece that hugs you in all the right places is not an easy task!
I got two one piece swimsuits, olive green deep v neck and nude blush scoop back, which would double as bodysuits if paired with jean shorts and a set of high waist bikinis (black). Btw all the pieces are double lined so don't worry about transparency.
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Now I just need to book a beach vacay! Any recommendations?
Today I want to introduce a brief photo collection of “Ema” - wooden wishing plaques that can be purchased at many Japanese shrines. People write their wishes or prayers and then hang it up on the shrine grounds.
I love reading people's wishes because within seconds it becomes obvious how no matter our physical appearance or the variety of languages we speak we long for the same things.
Let's start with probably the funnies one I found:
Hi guys!! Bric's is having a PRIVATE SALE for the LIFE PELLE line at the wooping 65%-70% OFF. The Life Pelle Collection is iconic Italian, with full grain vegetable tanned Tuscan leather and made in Italy.
Since I'm in Morocco I'm a little late to share the SALE but they are still some good pieces in there! Check it out: https://goo.gl/Rm5vys
I'm heading somewhere warm next so I've been shopping for new summer pieces. Here are the best things I found
If you have a day to spare during your stay in Tokyo you should visit the Miyagi Zao Fox Village. It's located in Shiroishi (Miyagi Prefecture) - an easy train ride away. Hundreds of really cute wild foxes run free in the large forest-like sanctuary. Surprisingly (given how adorable the foxes are) this is a less popular destination for tourists compared to bunny island, deer heaven Nara and all the countless animal cafes. Are you interested?
How to get there
From Tokyo take the Shinkansen to Shiroishizao station. If you board on Tokyo station you won't even have to change trains! Use the Hyperdia scheduling tool to find a convenient time. My advice is to leave Tokyo as early as possible so you have maximum time with the cute foxes (the village closes at 4pm)
Once you arrive at Shiroishizao station, you'll need to get a taxi to the fox village. The train station has a small JR tourism office out front and they will call you a cab if they are none outside the station. Look around for other travelers going to the fox sanctuary and you can split the cab fare. The cost for the ride would be 4000-5000 yen each way (bring cash).
Entrance fee for Zao Fox Village is 1000 yen.
When you are ready to leave, exit through the gift shop and ask the checkout register to call you a taxi back to the train station. It takes about 20min for the cab to come pick you up.
Check the weather. We went there end of March and there was still snow. I wish I had gloves and a warm scarf with me
While in the village you will hear announcements on the loud speakers. We didn't know what they were about but it turns out that they tell you when you can go by the entrance and hold one fox in your lap and cuddle it. I recommend it but beware they smell a little bit:))
Read the directions given to you at the front office carefully but don't freak out. They make it sound like the foxes will attack you which in reality is not true. They are very playful and if you have any dangling things they will attempt to snatch them but they mean well.
You can totally give the foxes some food (the special food you buy on the spot, 200 yen) off the feeding platform. The moment they hear the plastic bag in your pocket they will follow you around (they won't attack you, at least they never attempted attacking us). It's better to drop the food on the ground or throw it gently in the air to avoid an accidental bite. Using the food is a good way to capture some close up photos of these majestic animals.
Shinjuku Gyoen was the most magical place to witness the full sakura bloom in 2017. We were floored by the beauty of the cherry trees.
Shinjuku Gyoen attracts a lot of people so make sure to get there as early as you can (it's worth it). The park has a 200 yen entrance fee (most other parks are free) and does not allow big picnic blankets in most of the main areas (YEY, because that means better photos).
The above picture was taken at one of the few pink trees in the park. What a show off ah?!
Stay tuned for more magical photo from this Sakura season in Tokyo:)
I'm happy that Kyoto granted us some warm days! I got to wear my super comfy Silk Mini V-Neck Slip Dress by Grana (in Stone blue). My favorite part about this dress (and their camisole tops as well) is the deep V back that gives the dress such a chic vibe <3
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The weather in Tokyo has been colder than expected. For two weeks we did not see any cherry blossoms due to the unusually cold weather. But this week (finally) the sakura is facially making an appearance and yes it's as magical as advertised.
This picture was taken at Sumida Park in Tokyo. It's one of the more local places to enjoy the cherry blossoms and I can't recommend it enough. Sakura season attracts HUGE crowds so if you are looking for a peaceful stroll amongst beautifully blossomed trees head to Sumida Park in early morning and you won't be disappointed.
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Japan has made me fall in love with simplicity and structure. I can't think of a better place to wear GRANA's super comfortable modern basics! Use code ZORYxGRANA for 10% OFF and FREE super fast international shipping! Stock up on some beyond-trend goodies and be ready for spring.
Shirt: Linen Boyfriend Shirt