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Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Year That Was - When Sushi Met Tokyo

Well 2007 certainly rocked the Casbah in so many more ways than I thought possible.

Bringing in the year in super fine spirits back at home in Australia certainly helped to kick the year off nicely and set a wonderful vibe that seemed to flow throughout the year. A swish birthday bash for my 30th worked wonders and was a great continuation of the holiday parties and outings. Much of January was about getting ready and steady for TOKYOMADE to get up and go go go! And boy did it ever! They say time flies when you are having fun, they ain't kidding. I am sure that part of the reason why it feels like 07 has flown by is the intense amount of fun we have been having caring for our new lil babe and the overwhelming response we have had.

Although we had been planning and daydreaming for quite sometime February was when all of dreams became a full blown reality, making way for new dreams and adventures to unfold. While sushizume took a back seat for a bit it was full speed ahead with a new blog with a whole new set of readers and friends.

March was all about decadence. We celebrated the blossoms and beautiful friends with the yummiest and possibly the pinkest cupcakes this side of Kyoto. Just looking back at them they look simply divine and we are eternally grateful to the talents efforts of our lovely friends Nick and Lindsey for a fabulous bake off that ended in a delightful river side feast.

Just when we thought it couldn't get any tastier, we were contacted by Japan's No. 1 English mag Metropolis. TOKYOMADE was a hit. Naturally I sent off copies to my ma and nan, they were proud as punch.

was all about the Earth and making connections. Tokyo began to shine and put on a spectacular performance for our highly debaucherous hanami party Shinjuku gyoen. Earth Day in Yoyogi made for a glorious end to the month.

Things starting really cooking in May with the sweet wiff of burlesque in the air as we were invited to sponsor the very glamorous Dr Sketchy's Tokyo Anti- Art School events. Lucky ducks we are. We also headed on back to our original dreaming and scheming grounds, Tokyo Design Festa, t meet up with friends and creators from all over Japan.

June was about sketching, waxing, drooling, hair cuts, umbrellas and TM featured in N.E.E.T magazine.

July shattered all past records and became the month of complete newness. Had I have known that a big plastic ring could bring about so much elation and change, both physically and emotionally I would have picked it up a lot sooner. Masao was Prime Minister for a day sharing his gorgeousness with Gala and Carnival came to Dr Sketchy's Tokyo. Being a Broad, an inspirational community for women in Japan wrote a wonderful review in their July issue. I reminisced about Paris and TM was splashed on billboards all over Shibuya. Oh yeah, and I became slightly addicted to Facebook.

Mama Mia came to Tokyo in August and we sock shopped the month away, with a quick trip to super serene Nikko. Big fun. Lots of pics, snacks and tired toes. I got the best surprise pressie of all, a cotton candy colored Hula Hoop, my mummy spoils me so. We spent a day in the gorgeous (sweltering) summer sun celebrating the Tokyo Pride day and I learned that wearing a pink wig, red dress and dancing well into the night surrounded by stunning drag queens can only end in one way...slumped in a karaoke box couch, drooling on a microphone, slurring Tina Turner songs with your mother, not so charming. My mum also become a Geisha and stunned us all with her beauty.

was all about hoops, cocktails and chandeliers. My love for all three continued to intensify. We rejoiced upon discovering that our humble abode was fit for funky parties and fabulous friends. As schedules became impossible to match up I took to the streets and hooped whenever I had a free moment. Studying from youtube and DVDs I began to develop my own style and hoop dreams began to sprout. More to come in 2008...

Looking back October was basically one big party, no wonder I can't remember much of it (a shame really cos the pics make it look like a whole lot of fun) Giveaways, Art Shows, birthdays, wild goose chases, karaoke, opera, sketching and Halloween all packed into one short and fun-filled month.

gave us the opportunity to be a part of Asia's biggest Art Show, Design Festa. A flurry of plans, ideas, packing, constructing, painting, nuts and bolts, shipping and two great days of friends new and old. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

has been all about celebrating the successes of the year and setting wheels in motion for the new one.

It has been such a wonderful year and we have so many truly beautiful, talented and loving people to thank for it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for your support, your comments, ideas and well wishes, thank you for thinking me into your life.

We have amazing plans for 2008. Our goals are set, venues booked and plane tickets to think about. Wishing you all a friggin splendid end to an intense year, set your sights high for 2008 because it is going to be a wild one! Nothing but the best to you, may all your hopes and dreams come true!

Big love and sweet dreams

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Death and Life of Ice Cream

A glorious masterpiece making me think of warmer months and frolicking at the beach! Ahhhhh

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Another gorgeous day in Tokyo but a little chilly for my liking. I taped one of my hoopdance warmups this morning. Our tatami room is gorgeous in the mornings with sun flooding in. It is a little small for my wild hoop dancing but great for warming up!

Monday, December 24, 2007

All Year Round

Happy Holiday loves!

(From this time last year - me and my nan. xxxxx)

"Remember that giving, whether your gifts are tangible or of the soul, always feels good, whatever the occasion. However you prefer to celebrate the holidays, practicing the ideals of the season every day means experiencing the beauty of the holiday season all year long." Daily Om

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Holidays is Here!

Hey people, BG and I will be taking around a week and a half from the blog. I'll be on family vacation in Osaka for the next few days and then be back in Hong Kong; BG already has plans with friends packed for the holidays. Anyways, I know BG already did a post on affordable posts yesterday, but here is a list of presents that I want and I'm sure most of you would love as well, (mind you, not all of them are quite so affordable):

Remember the Nex Check Halter dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs? I blogged about it a few weeks ago thinking that blogging would take it off my mind, but I still want it! It gets many ticks on my list of criterias for an ideal dress: cute, versatile, nice material, good colours, plain enough to be worn more than once without being too plain.
Miu Miu bags have had that golden buckle design for a few seasons but I'm still really liking it. This tan leather bag looks like such a nice and casual day bag.
Black classic Christian Louboutin shoes. No explanation needed.
Tom Ford's Whitney sunglasses. I don't care how overrated Tom Ford is. There just aren't a lot of sunglasses out there that look so cool and fit me as well as this pair.
BG did a post on Tiffany rings a week ago. The one I want is the Frank Gehry Fish ring in brushed sterling silver (or perhaps plain sterling silver). I haven't seen it in real life yet, but I imagine it would look like a small, sleek sculpture on my fingers. Loves it!
I was looking at the calendars of TV shows on Amazon, but I was disappointed not to find a Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas is a book about the fashion retail industry. As an over-thinking shopper, there are all sorts of little facts I would like to know in this book. I'm still waiting for it to come out in paperback.
Gossip Girl calendar. Really, don't they know how many girls would love to be able to stare at the gorgeous actors and actresses throughout the year? (Plus wouldn't it be good marketing for CW?) Anyhow, if you haven't read the Gossip Girl books yet, go read them! They're not the same as the TV show but still very juicy.
Veronica Mars is one of my favourite shows of all time and this TV season just hasn't been as exciting since the show's was cancelled. So everyone, get yourself the Veronica Mars DVD box sets!
Have a fabulous Christmas people! We'll see you in the new year!

Friday, December 21, 2007

She Did it Again

(Indie Kylie in red changed my life (well my wardrobe atleast) and rocked my world!)

My gorgeous sister just sent me the new Kylie album, X. I guess she thought Kylie would keep me company here in Tokyo this winter while she was whooping it up ski bunny style on the French Alps. She was right!

The 10th album from Kylie, it almost makes me cry every time I listen (and I have been listening to it on repeat!) Kylie always was an intense role model for me but what makes these tunes so powerful and full of life giving energy is that Kylie is no longer a sassy little girl flaunting her hips and lips, she is a courageous woman who has over come breast cancer, she is a powerful, sexy woman who follows her dreams and lives them. There is no better role model.

Every song on this album could easily be a hit, in my humble teeny bopper opinion, but the first 4 (2 Hearts, Like a Drug, In My Arms, Speakerphone) are definitely going to get crazy amounts of radio play. I am sad that I am not in Australia or UK to celebrate Kylie's super success fully and be gloriously bombarded with her images everywhere I go. So I will do it from a far!

Kylie and Japan trivia

- X was released in Japan before any other country in the world. Japan's release date was Nov 21 while Australia and UK dates were November 24 and 26 respectively.

- The last thing Kylie says on her song Nu-di-ty is douitashimashite (meaning you are welcome in Japanese) followed by the Kylie giggle.

To celebrate the release Kylie performed a one off show called The Kylie Show. I may have lost my water had I been there to witness this...

Getting all choked up.... wwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Warming Up With Supa Plushes

Word on the street is it's about to get real chilly round these parts. Today was breathtakingly divine! Ah the brilliant blue of a winter sky in Tokyo completely makes up for the fact that we can't see stars here at night!

J*wls dolls

We have some cuddly new friends staying with us at the moment. Created by Parisian super talent J*WLS the Supa Plushes are inspired by the tanuki and it's magical myth in most of Asia. They can turn themselves into anything they want and are considered lucky charms here in Japan. They love to play and pull tricks on humans, but if you decide to adopt one of them, they will surely become your best companion.

Each character is hand made here in Japan, using fabrics and accessories from all over the city. J*WLS gives each of the little rascals their own French name and meaning. Every cuddly critter has a unique personality and can be adopted individually or as a family.

For more smooth style by J*WLS check out her blog creativeaddiction.

Check out Josephine the super kawaii muffin muncher and Leon the colorful chameleon. More Supa Plushes up for adoption soon!

J*wls dolls-Josephine

J*wls dolls-Leon

Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas

Now that the holiday season is upon us in full force, so is the time for last minute Christmas shopping. Thats right, we cannot prolong it anymore. Typically the gifts we have left to buy are for those who already have everything they want (that we can afford anyway). So what else is there left to buy them? Well, here are some ideas:
Something pretty and cute, like these floral knit ear warmers and colored leg warmers from Urban Outfitters. Personally even though they are not that expensive, I wouldn't spend too much on such items that I may or may not wear next season. But if it were a gift....then I definitely wouldn't mind! I especially love the floral ear muffs! Is this a strange train of thought on my part? I also wouldn't mind getting more basics in different colors. Namely, opaque stockings in bold colors (black, purple, pink, maroon) and quality plain colored tees, like this one from American Apparel. One can never have enough of these! (especially the stockings which always runs!)
Catering to vanity, we have this very pretty mirror from UO (though personally I'd like one of those SERIOUS vanity mirrors with the light surrounding it). Then there is this set of photoframes. When I get to design my own room, I aspire to have a wall of simple photoframes just like this with pictures of fashion inspiration, artsy photos I've taken, my family and my friends. This set is also from UO. As much as I don't really like the quality of UO apparel, I DO love their furnishing and bits and pieces. They are all so funky, funny and cute, yet affordable. They make the perfect gifts!
More photo related things, there is this photo clutch and this snow globe frame. I LOVE the snow globe frame. I bought two this season and lugged it all the way across the Atlantic.
Another thing I wouldn't mind receiving would be a fun board game like this Grey's Anatomy and I've Never board game. A few months ago, I would've scoffed at the idea of board games as something little kids played. But after a really quite excellent house party this Thanksgiving, I'm a convert of board games. Its a great way for a large group of people to bond and have fun.
Gift cards is also a very good idea. As unpersonal as it sounds, it really is the best thing to give if you have no idea what the other person wants. Better let them get something they like than get them something they don't like that will end up cluttering the back of their closet. Choose a store they like, and if you have no idea what that is, department stores like Bloomies and Saks are a good idea. For the younger generation who shops online, Shopbop is also has gift certificates. Ok, so this might not be exactly THAT affordable, but it does come in different price ranges!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Image Sources: Saks, Bloomingdales, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel,

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I Dream of a Lifestyle Involving Many Cocktail Dresses VI: FCUK

This season, I have really liked FCUK's selection of dresses. They have a fantastic selection of shift dresses (basically like a huge T-shirt,) which are young, sparkly and trendy. I liked them so much that I've been to French Connection more than to any other high street store this season and tried on most of their dresses in store. The last time I went to the FCUK shop in Covent Garden, all the salesgirl were wearing one of FCUK's dresses in their own style, (with their own accessories). The whole store felt so festive!

One of the things I've thought about FCUK were that for a highstreet shop, it has really pretty clothes. But I also feel that its clothes never quite justify the original prices, which is why I always try to wait for the things to go on sale. Anyways, onto the dresses:

The dress that everyone has probably seen is this sequinned dress. The white version is SO gorgeous! If only we had the events that celebs go to to wear shift dresses...

I really like how the studs are of the same colour as the dress (so the dress wouldn't look like one big mess) but they're just light-reflecting enough to see the pattern. The problem with sequinned and studded dresses though are that I can't really get a tailor to cut the dress shorter. The dress ends at almost the knee for me, when I think it's supposed to end mid-thigh. Sigh.

I've only seen this dress online before. I like that it looks so cute and summer-y and party-ish. Tube dresses are hard to wear though, and the bubble effect at the bottom doesn't make it any easier. But still, if you were partying on some hot and resort place, then you might want one for the parties!

BG and I like to imagine we have fancy dinners to go to (without going out afterwards,) so we thought these dresses would we perfect for the dinners. I really liked the silk, block coloured dress on the left, and BG like the knit dress on the right. Unfortunately, hardly anyone dresses up for fancy restaurants in Hong Kong so the only place we would get to wear dinner dresses would be in the States and London. Perhaps the two of us should organise a fancy-dress-wearing dinner sometime.

Two other dresses that would be great for dinners.

Now I thought this lime green dress looked pretty chic when I saw the model wearing it. However on me, it wasn't short enough and it felt and looked like I was wearing a green box -wide and flat.

The difference between two colours of one dress never looked so apparent until this dress. The light-coloured one is so much prettier. No wonder it's sold-out whereas the pink/purple dress is now on-sale in stores.

Pretty by itself, but not sure how pretty it looks on a person.

I really like colour-block designs and the sequins make the design look young and 'now'. I still haven't managed to try it on yet, although I did notice that it was accessorised with a wide belt at the FCUK window displays.

The two dresses which I seriously condsidered buying were these two. The black chiffon dress (left) is so cute. It looks sort of prim (black, chiffon) but it's also modern because it ends at mid-lower-thighs. It's a nice LBD for dinner and formal cocktails. On the other hand, the sequinned dress (right) that I liked is the navy blue version because the pattern shows up better. It's such a sparkly, party dress. The problem with sequinned dresses though, is that they fall out really easily, so it would probably not last more than a few wears. Nevertheless, if only I had the occasion to wear it...

What do you think of the FCUK dresses this season? Bought or tried on any?

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Strawberry Kid w/ Strawberry

gifted for Xmas

Something like a Phenomenon

(I have no idea where this photo came from but I kept it for obvious reasons! We all have different goals for 2008...)

I am sitting here after a gloriously long bath, an action packed term and an eventful year staring at my exquisitely pristine new schedule book and collection of neon pens thinking about all number of things. Top of the list is 2008. What an earth shaking, core quaking, tummy rumbling thought. For all the right reasons 2008 is about to shape me like no other year in this lifetime has done. 2008 holds the coming together of years of thoughtful concoction, planning, idea sprouting. 2008 offers no limits to fulfilling each part of the full potential. I cannot even begin to explain how intensely life altering 2008 is going to be.

2007, while far from over for me, has been filled with newness, greatness, sacrifice, decisions, sleeplessness and hard work. All of which has twisted and turned itself into the most miraculous creations, connections and a very real and clear path. This will be so exciting to watch unfold.

One of my most wonderful connections, Gala put me in touch with this site today. One of the cutest things about the coming of any new year is the positive and powerful predictions made by so many around the globe.

Here is what Astrostyle had to predict for me. How wonderful that I already know it is all 100% spot on!

In 2007, Jupiter was Jupiter is in your twelfth house of endings, sacrifice and surrender. It was a sleepy year that could have felt sluggish or demanding. You need a break!

Well, get ready. With Jupiter in Capricorn, you're entering a brand-new 12-year cycle. Get ready for a major life reinvention and a fresh new chapter. It will be like night and day for you, Capricorn. Here's where to set your goals in 2008:

* Put yourself out there full blast
* Go for that impossible dream, risks be damned
* Get a radical, edgy makeover
* Trade the corporate pinstripes for something colorful, plunging and sexy
* Move, relocate, take a new job
* Hire a publicist
* Work in a creative field
* Book more "me" time and leave the martyr stuff to somebody else
* Vow to speak your mind

What have you got planned?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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N.E.E.T Magazine

How we love you so! The December 2007 issue of N.E.E.T magazine is out with a deliciously good spread on why we should all be buying handmade this holiday season!

Check out N.E.E.T for "grassroots creativity" and tons of hot picks from super cool handmade sellers from all over the world, including TOKYOMADE.

BLITZ Kiss makes me ga ga


EEK! The BLITZ Kiss bounty is in full effect. Supa Novas, Day Glo Dazzlers, Bow Ties and Play Girls!

Party time peeps. Tokyo treasures to you all!

p.s It is getting chilly here, time to snuggle up under the blankets and wait for the blossoms to arrive me thinks.

ANTM Cycle 9- Spoiler!

For once I actually managed to watch the ANTM finale without knowing who actually won. It was that much more exciting and fun to watch. So yes, I am now going to talk about the finale and who won etc etc. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Overall, I thought the quality of girls this season was better than the last and that they were in general more likeable. There was really nothing much to complain about, it was a decent round of ANTM. Not terribly compelling but not horrible either. I DO love the fact that they went to China though. China looked really pretty, exotic and fun through their lense. I've only personally been to Shanghai once a few years back (well..maybe 5) and didn't quite get the vibe that they portrayed...maybe its time I go back again!
I thought the final runway for Qi Gang in this exotic palace next to the Forbidden City (is that what they said?) was very awesome with the dancers on stilts etc. It was all very oriental and grand. Though maybe the whole entourage thing following Tyra down the runway to her throne was a bit too much..... Qi Gang's dresses were also really gorgeous in an oriental couture sort of way. I especially loved the grey dress Chantal wore on her second run!
Judging from over all performance, I do think that Saleisha was the right choice between the two finalists. I mean, both girls were there for the right reasons, both were very loveable and both took very good pictures and all, but Saleisha clearly rocked the runway. Even minus the tripping the stilts guy with her dress incident, Chantal's walk wasn't that inspiring. Random thought: doesn't Saleisha look like a model even before her makeover? Though I think her new hairstyle is very cute. It took her a while to grow into it, but she eventually did. I wish I can carry that off without looking like a mushroom head.....Oh and you got to admire her make up application. In some scenes in the show, she totally had huge eye bags. But she covers it up so well. What did Tyra say? Brown eye liner on bottom lid?
Saleisha's continuously good photos. I loved the jumping one at the Great Wall, she really went out of the box there. The only one I didn't like was probably her Garden of Eve one, which had really dead eyes.
Besides her catwalk, I think I was secretly vouching for Chantal, just because she's soo cute and I like her personality just a teensy bit more. She also did a better job in the Covergirl commercial.
I loved the dragon dance photo shoot. The colors were just so exuberant and she just looked so edgy here.
Then there was Jenah who came out third. It really was too bad about her misunderstood personality. She indeed takes very very gorgeous pictures- I especially love how she looks in this rock climbing one. I thought her come around speech in the judging room about why she's misunderstood was also very eloquent and well done. Too bad her competition was just too strong.
Now here is a girl that I cannot believe lasted for so long. I thought she did a good job at the Go See's and was very professional and really wanted this. But to be honest, I just didn't like her look. I don't mean to be mean or anything, but I just didn't think any of her pictures made her look very good (edgy wise or pretty wise) no matter how much make up, super photography, angles and photoshop applied. She looks kind of....scary manly.
And then there was Heather. Ah Heather. There was no question that she was amazingly pretty and effortlessly took beautiful pictures (if only we all had this gift). And it is indeed very brave and incredible that she was able to overcome her Asperger Syndrome in this competition. But I thought in the end, she really just couldn't handle the stress of being in the competition. Especially when she had so much trouble with the Go Sees and getting along with the girls. The modeling world and the fashion industry really don't cut anyone any slack.

Other random thoughts. I can't believe that Ebony just gave up like that and she really DID have an attitude problem no matter how much she said she was misunderstood...Hmm what else is there to say about the show this season... there really isn't much. As I said, it was a "not bad" season. None of the photoshoots were terribly exciting, but then maybe I am just getting jaded after having seen 9 seasons of this show and the countless photoshoots.

Maybe it is time to make a graceful exit Tyra. 10 seems like a nice complete number.

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Dave Tedder

Monday, December 17, 2007

Underarm Sweat Sheets

Silk clothes are all the rage these days. Silk is great in that it makes your clothing, whether its from a high-street store or a designer shop, look expensive and sleek. Another great thing about silk is that it really lets bold colours (another trend this year) really shine out. But one really annoying thing about silk clothes is that you can't just throw it into the washing machine, or even handwash it for that matter. And dry-cleaning is so bothersome and costing that I prefer wearing the silk item many times before bringing it to dry-clean.
I really hate getting sweaty, which always happens when we go out in the summer or go to crowded clubs. So I was really happy recently when I saw an ad in a magazine about these underarm sweat sheets and my mum found it for me in a Japanese drugstore (Sogo.) According to the box, there are four types of underarm sweat sheets, depending on what type of clothing you want to stick it onto. I got the type for clothes that are short-sleeved or made of light material (the orange box.)

This is how they look like. Basically, you fold and stick one piece onto each underarm area of the top/ dress. It's like using bandage. The white cloth supposedly has anti-smell properties so it prevents armput BO from adhering to your silk top. And after a night out, I peeled the sticky sheet off my silk dress and it didn't ruin the silk at all. Great huh? It totally made me feel like I could be less conscious about not ruining my silk dress last night. So if you feel the same way about silk clothes, go see if they sell these in the Japanese drugstores near you!
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