Sunday, December 30, 2012

First couple of days in Tokyo

Hey Everyone,
This is the first time I've been able to use my computer for more than 5 minutes at a time. I've been in Japan for about 2 1/2 days so here's a little summary of what I've done so far:

Day 1:
After flying from San Jose to LA, I transferred from LA to Nartia. The flight was around 12 hours long but my overall airport time was about 17 hours. >__< Luckily I met a some friendly people on the way and had some nice conversations ^^

From Narita I took the train to Hiyoshi, which is where my friend lives. Her neighborhood is so CUTE!!! There's a Mister Donut right in front of the station. My favorite dounts were the Pan de Lion Rings!! This kind of donut is really different than the ones in America. It's more chewy like mochi but still soft!

Day 2:
Woke up early and went to the bank to exchange some money, then went to softbank to try to get a sim card. Unfortunately it didn't work out, but I'm just going to borrow my friend's card for the remainder of the trip :3 I'll write another post for those of you who are thinking about getting a cellphone in Japan.

After doing those errands, we went to Harajuku!! I was surprised that I still remembered where a lot of the stores were located. Not too much has changed since I was last there in 2008. ^^ It's very nostalgic! We kind of wandered around Takeshita dori for a while until we got to Liz Lisa. Apparently they were having a time sale! It was so crazy!! Basically, they have a table and one of the shop girls starts throwing clothes on the the table. They also yell really loud to try to get people into the store. It's actually pretty fun. I'm not sure how long time sales usually last but I probably came in the last 10 minutes of the sale. I got a dress and cutsew for about 5000 yen! ^^ I also came back to the store later and picked up a sweater and short pants as a set for 7000 yen!

We also went to Listen Flavor and chatted with the shop girl for a while. They're super friendly! I ended up buying a moko moko trump print sweater that I had been wanting since I first saw it online.

It's reversible too!! Super nice for the cold weather.

We went to eat at a restaurant called Butter Knife. Honestly we were drawn in by the cute name haha. I really recommend this restaurant!  It was very delicious and not too expensive ^^ The staff were really nice to us! They told us to come back and have a drink with them haha It's about 3 blocks away from Takeshita Dori.

Day 3:
Since my friend Stephanie had work that day, I went to Shibuya by myself ^^ 109 was pretty much the same as I remember it, it's terrible for people who are claustrophobic, but it is a shopper's haven. If you're going to go here, I recommend getting something to eat and drink beforehand! I had a massive headache because I hadn't had breakfast that day. Also the building is packed with people so the air kind of gets thinned out haha.
I was wearing Liz Lisa that day so every time I went to a "rock" gyaru store they would ask me, "Oneesan, do you wear this style too?" At first I was a little surprised since I usually wear rock style but I forgot that I was dressed super girly that day XD I guess most people tend to stick to one style haha.
I ended up buying a set at Tralala. I really needed a top with a ribbon tie and the skirt was just so cute ^^ It was actually cheaper to buy them together because of their special sale.


After 109, I walked to Harajuku to see La foret.
There are a lot of super cool thrift  stores and things on the way so it's a pretty enjoyable walk. I also got to see the Milk store!! OMG IT'S AMAZING!!! SO PRETTY!! I will take photos next time ^^
When I got to  La Foret I was actually stopped by a fashion blogger for a street snap. At first I was really confused and scared because he just started to follow me into the store o_o. 
Our conversation went something like:
Him: Hi, excuse me can I take your photo?
Me: (bluntly) WHY 
Him: OH because... You look cool..
The snap took about 5 minutes. It was really simple :3 I can't wait to see it when he starts his blog haha.
I will write a post on La foret later! I was really focused on shopping for the last 3 days instead of picture taking haha.
fter shopping at La foret I got hit on by a really annoying Japanese guy.. I guess I kind of looked him in the eye while we were walking past each other and all of a sudden he came up to me and said, "Jikan nai? (Are you busy?)" I feel a little lame but I just kind of ran away XD

This post is kind of getting long but honestly I did a lot more things than what's written haha. I will try to break them into chunks from now on so it's easier to read. If there's something you want to know more about, I'll try to write about it. 

Until next time,

❤ Tiffa

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Finally Arrived in Tokyo!

I didn't get to take a lot of pictures yet since I arrived at night in Tokyo, but today I will be going to Shibuya and Harajuku! I'll post many pictures of that later ^^


Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Just a sketch that I did recently.
I haven't drawn anything in a while so I was really excited to see that I could still draw anything haha.
I had forgotten how easy it was to draw with proper pencils.
I use Mitsubishi brand drawing pencils :3
Hopefully I can post more of my work on this blog as well.


❤ Tiffa

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MaruQ Grand Opening Party

Thank you for all the people who came for the MARUQ Opening Party!!
皆さん来てくれたありがとうございます! (●´∀`●) 
It was good to see many local girls and a few new faces!
Here are a couple shots that I was able to take in between working
If you have time, please visit our shop in Japan town, San Francisco!!
Unfortunately I won't be in the store again until next year because I will be spending the next 3 weeks in Japan!

My outfit for the Party~
Dress: Liz Lisa
Blouse: Liz Lisa
Tights: Aldo
Shoes: Off Brand
Point of Fashion: Floral Medley 
I wore Dolly Wink Top and Bottom lashes ^^ I love them!! 
I had many people ask me and I want to let everyone know, 
YES that is my real hair. Not a wig, no extensions. ^^;

With Crystal and Rowena ^^

Hello Kitty Wine~

MARUQ Staff: Kim, Angie and I!

I'll definitely post up more pictures later!!

❤ Tiffa

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Training day 12.13

This is what I wore on my first day at work~ (´・ω・`)

My outfit of the day~

Cardigan: Off Brand
Romper: Liz Lisa
Lace cutsew: Thrifted
Knee Boots: BCBG
Over the Knee Socks: Uniqlo (Heat tech ( ´ ▽ ` )
Point of fashion: Black with Tartan

I wanted to wear a comfortable and warm outfit for my first day of work! 
The heat tech over the knee socks from Uniqlo really kept me toasty.
I'll try to take better pictures from now on!
I've been using my iphone and the pictures turn out really dark so I need to brighten them (´・_・`)

I went to see the Hobbit with some friends after work! It was really good! 
Happy Birthday Angie  (^ω^)

Our store hours will be from 11-5 and the Party will be 5:30 to 9!!
We will be giving out gift card scratchers to the first 50 people in line!!!
There will be gift bags and refreshments for guests who shop during the party ^^

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Maruq Grand Opening!

Hey Everyone!
Many people have been messaging me about more information about the store so I decided to write a little blog!

Maruq is the only retailer outside of Asia that sells Liz Lisa, Tralala and Liz Lisa Doll! We plan to carry more brands in the future as well! We will open an international online store very soon!!

★ Our official Grand Opening will be Saturday, December 15th at 5:30pm!! On that day, we will have regular store hours from 11- 5 and have the party from 5:30 til 9. We will be serving sweets & drinks, hosting a raffle, and have giveaways! Everyone who RSVPs will also receive a gift bag full of goodies with their purchase!

★  We can do special request orders for Liz Lisa, Tralala and Liz Lisa Doll for you as long as the item is still in stock at the Japanese branches! Order anything from new or past seasons!

★ Many people have already contacted me about Lucky Packs and my best answer is that if we get enough people interested, we might be able to get couple of Lucky Packs (possibly even the elusive trunk pack)! Please keep in mind that the price of the Lucky Pack will be higher because of the exchange rate and the cost of importing from Japan. If you are interested in getting a lucky pack, please like our Facebook page and send us a message or email us at

★ Please like our Facebook for more information and updates about the store!

We have a special promotion exclusively for our facebook fans:
If we get 500 likes by Saturday 12/15, everyone will receive 5% off their entire purchase the whole day (not just during the party)!
500 likes will earn 5% off
1,000 likes will earn 10% off
5,000 likes?! will earn 15% off
Help spread the word with your family & friends to receive greater discounts!
Be sure to tell us you’ve liked us to receive your discount in store ♥

Thanks!! Hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please comment below.

My first day starting at Maruq will be Dec 13th (Thursday) so please visit me ^^

 ❤ Tiffa

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dress up day

My outfit of the day~

Cardigan: Liz Lisa
Dress: Liz Lisa
Socks: Juicy Couture
Shoes: Off brand
Point of fashion: Get all dressed up and go out!!
 I got this cardigan and dress from Liz Lisa from their pop up store. The shop girl there really helped me pick out the perfect coordinate :3 It has a very vintage feel which works well during any season. I really love the cardigan because the floral design is actually velveteen! The pearl buttons on the cardigan are also so cute ❤ The print on the dress is a very earthy tone floral print with little cherubs flying around! I didn't even notice the cherubs until today! Very cute *w*)
I did soft wavy curls and simple everyday make up :3
I really need to redo my roots >___<!!

Thanks for reading!

 ❤ Tiffa

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Lazy Sunday

I haven't been able to sleep very well lately but luckily I went out to Izakaya Roku last night with a couple of friends and ate and drank to my heart's delight!! ^^ Thank you Crystal and Yuri.
I love these low key days where I can just do everything at my own pace.  So relaxing ❤  

I spent the majority of this day toying around with my webcam and trying to figure out how to make youtube videos. Perhaps I'll upload some one day haha, but for now it seems very overwelming.

This is the look I did for the practice video!
Soft curls and subtle brown eye make up

For the rest of the day I'm going to head over to Japantown and visit Maruq~!

 ❤ Tiffa

Friday, December 7, 2012

Minty Fresh Start

Hi Everyone,
This is my new blog ^^
I'm going through an incredibly exciting time in my life so I want be able to document all the fun things that will happen! I wanted to start this blog as a way to share my likes and interests as well as my daily life with my friends and the occasional blog hopper.

Things that I'm looking forward to:
  1. The Maruq Grand Opening!
  2. Seeing friends and family!!
  3. The General Christmas Cheer 
  4. My trip to Japan (Tokyo & Osaka & Nara)!!!
  5. Seeing my friends living in Japan haha! 
  6. My last couple days at Angelic Pretty, Black Peace Now and Harajuku Hearts.
  7. Starting my job at Maruq!
  ❤ Tiffa