Checks and Cherry Blossoms
Spring time style is the perfect excuse for me to play around with pretty colour palettes and step away from my winter colour wheel of moody greys, olives, navy, and a ton of black (I blame spending my youth in Wellington, NZ for that).
After a few days spent in much colder temperatures in Tokyo, packing up our apartment, my partner and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island for a couple of nights.
As I stepped out of the train station after our 3 hour Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo, the warmer climate instantly wrapped itself around me like an old familiar friend and I couldn’t wait to peel off some of my winter layers and enjoy being a tourist.
Travel style is a tricky one for me to master, as I will always choose comfort over style if I am genuinely being a tourist and taking in all the sights of a new unexplored destination. I love fashion, but I love to travel the world even more, so if I had to choose a pair of cute sneakers over a beautiful pair of handmade satin heels the sneakers win, every time. There are loads of amazingly stylish fashion bloggers out there who would be utterly appalled at some of my comfort-compromised travel style choices, but that is why they are “fashaaawn” and I am NOT haha! Don’t get me wrong, I still love to have fun with fashion and experiment with my travel style, but depending on the adventures ahead (activities, weather, climate etc.) I try to wear things that allow me to still have the best possible experience, whilst still looking like I have put some thought and effort into my outfit.
I channelled my inner girly-girl and embraced two of my all time favourite things on my adventures in Hiroshima and Miyajima Island…. Gingham checks and pastel pink.
Pink is unapologetically back in a big way, and I couldn’t be happier about. From soft pastel shades to bold and bright fuschia pinks and everything in between, there is a pink for everyone.
Confession: the pastel pink colour of my light spring trench coat wasn’t intentionally meant to be perfectly matched to the explosions of sakura (cherry blossoms), that were everywhere, but lets go ahead and pretend I am that genius and it was totally planned 😉
Checks…. Gingham, whatever you want to call it, were everywhere when I was in Japan. So, I jumped on a few purchases while I had the chance, incase it was a trend that us Kiwis and Australian girls were not so keen on. But since I have been back in New Zealand, I can see them popping up everywhere and I for one think they are a great way to add a little bit of interest to our autumn/winter wardrobes.
My trusty footwear of choice on this spontaneous trip were a pair of super-duper comfy Yeezys. As I was travelling with nothing but a carry-on suitcase (train friendly option in Japan FYI) I decided to only pack this ONE (big deal for me) pair of shoes. So, no matter the outfit my only option was to pair it with trusty Yeezys. Comfort over style? I’d like to think it was a fair fashion compromise. A day of clocking up over 20,000 steps without blisters is a fashion win in my books!
Sunglasses: Lāpiz Sensible x Chocomoo
Coat: Baby pink lightweight trenchcoat, United Arrows – Green Label
Top: Navy knit, Gallada Galante
Camera: Canon Powershot GX7 Mark II
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Pants: Cropped black & white gingham, United Arrows – Green Label
Shoes: Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Copper