Shinjuku fruitsy girl and Shibuya deco nails extraordinaire

Here’s a few pics from my last Saturday in Tokyo. I started off in Kabukicho, and walking from Hotel Shirakawago I spotted this cool chick who was kind of fruitsy, and kind of goth.  One of the few NOT to be dressed hostess stylee in these parts.

I love how she has layered the leopard, and that she’s not afraid to be wacky.  You can’t really see it here but she has spooky lenses in, and lots of piercings in her ears. 
“Hey! We have the same ring”, she said. And it was true – mine was green and hers was black. Our fashion styles overlap, even if she is far more into the fruitsy style than me.
I continued onto Shibuya, for my last visit this time around.  Of course there were a zillion people waiting at the Hachiko statue. Nice to see the blossoms just coming out on the tree. Familiar to see the old dude with the long hair and beard hanging around there.
And of course, the images on the buildings give you something to look at while you wait for the lights to change. This time the ipad was being spruiked.
But it was Shibuya 109 I was heading for…
Whereupon I started at the top floor and worked my way down. As I mentioned before, I wasn’t intending to buy anything…but I did. I got a great belt buckle that I will use as a necklace or brooch.
But the most amazing thing was the nails of the girl who served me in the store.
Whoa! How does she work in those things? But she does. She packaged up my little ornament in tissue paper and the plastic sealed baggie things they have here, handled the money and gave me my change. It’s a real skill to be learned.
I did grab a few great lashes and things from other shops, but my final purchase of the day was these rockin studded shoes.

All in all, I was quite happy with my afternoon. Later that night would be the visit to the hairdresser and then to Midnight Mess – check out my earlier posts for those.

Many more Tokyo posts to come, so do pop back 🙂

Lip Service Japan 2010

I was a little confused when I first heard of Japanese gal brand Lip Service, as the US has an alternative/goth/punk brand Lip Service with quite different clothing.  This is the brand with which I’m much better aquainted.
“There’s a Lip Service in Shibuya 109?” I asked myself, incredulously. Yes, there is. And many other places throughout Japan.
Here’s a pic I snapped in the metro/underground at Shinjuku – there’s masses of shops lining each side of the metro walkways from Shinjuku station.
I’d never been in a Lip Service store on my previous visits to Japan, and now knowing it was a gal style shop, decided to have a peek on my last trip. The new range has (as it says) a cool sexy vibe – and were I to wear it verbatim, it would be entirely age innapropriate for me. It is, after all, aiming at the 18-22 year old market. But the key is to select pieces from any range that you CAN wear.
There was a lot of black and white, which I love, and even stripes! I fell in love with this circular striped bag – it matches my fave Cue jacket perfectly 🙂 I bought it.
Here are a bunch of other cool things from them, which you can browse in the Lip Service web shop. Like these darling boots, which also come in black. But you know by now that I’m a sucker for black and white. No, I didn’t buy these!
Or this summer trench with big bow – it also came in white and nude.

and this rock chick striped tee – love the stripes and rock vibe, hate the smoking
Oh, and in breaking news, just open is a new Lip Service outlet shop in Odaiba – Odaiba Venus Fort 3F.  Sugoi!! Gotta love an outlet store – the bargains!
I realised that I’d been limiting myself as to what stores I’d visit in Tokyo and Osaka. I’d only go to gothic/punk stores, perhaps thinking that other shops would be too “vanilla” and “normal” for me. But I got over myself and learned that I can find stuff I love in many places.
After all, personal style is about wearing the things you love and which suit you, not just sticking to one narrow fashion tribe, non?