Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Color! and a kotatsu

Scarf: Handmade by my aunt for Matt; Cardy: Last Chance; Belt: Urban; Skirt: Draw a Crowd Skirt c/o Modcloth; Tights: F21?; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell via Last Chance


I was quite pleased with this outfit. I haven't been wearing much color lately, so this was a real pick-me-up! I find that I feel best when wearing lots of color. I got this amazing skirt from Modcloth- I was instantly drawn to the colors and the vibrant pattern.  I chose to accessorize with colors found in the pattern with my (Matt's) teal scarf and these red tights. I think this might be one of my favorites of late!

The other day, a family from our ward invited us to eat dinner at their house. I was so thrilled to eat a real, authentic Japanese family dinner! I basically squealed with delight when I saw that the dining setup consisted of square pillows and long, low tables about a foot off the floor. And get this. We ate rice from their rice field in front of their house! And everything was SO yummy. Sigh. Japanese food is my absolute favorite. Good thing I live in Japan... and stuff.

I also saw something called a kotatsu while I was there - a small, low table covered by a blanket that has a heater underneath! So in the cold winter months, you can just sit with your legs under it and warm up! Man, Japan's got everything figured out.

Today, I think I'll attempt to meet Matt downtown and attend the hanami, or flower viewing of the cherry blossoms. The only problem is, I have the challenge of buying myself a ticket and getting on the correct train, all by myself. Without being able to read Japanese. Wahhh! Here's to hoping I don't get lost... 

47 comments:

  1. oh the background of these photos looks amazing. so beautiful! ha ha welllllll getiing lost is... half the fun? getting there?? the journey???
    ...or something

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  2. It looks like you're having a great time over there! Adorable outfit too!

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  3. Good luck with not getting lost! I would be hopeless there! Thank goodness you started wearing more colour in this post because colour is what you are known for!

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  4. Libby, Vintage AplombFebruary 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    This outfit is so lovely! The skirt is just adorable, and I love the bright colors you paired it with! Good luck navigating Japan!

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  5. Your expression in the first photo is so adorable. I love reading of your new adventures -- how cool about the winter-ready tables. Good luck on getting downtown -- sure it will be fun :)

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  6. Wow! Such a cute skirt & outfit! You're so brave to hit the streets of a foreign country. I would love to do that. & I would love to eat rice that was grown in someone's front yard too -- so stinkin' cool.
    Have fun going to the flower viewing!
    <3 leigh
    veryloveleigh.blogspot.com

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  7. I love this look, Kristine! I tend to do the same thing when working with patterns; pick out colors from the pattern to accentuate with. I'm so glad you're starting to get comfortable in Japan and I really hope you figure out how to get that ticket. I'm sure you'll let us all know about your adventure tomorrow. :)

    xo
    i wander, i wonder

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  8. HAha, I am still blown away by your sense of adventure! That would totally freak me out! And it's totally silly, but it seriously made me happy to see you in color today!

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  9. i love the color in these photos, your outfit, the location... but most of all, i love that top photo of you. so adorable.

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  10. Have fun at your first hanami, we are going to try and go tonight too! You will get there, ask for help if you need to. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit, I have a skirt almost just like that. I have been trying to figure out how to wear it besides with just a t-shirt, so thanks for the inspiration!

    -Staci
    http://thismaloneysbaloney.blogspot.com/

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  11. Aww good luck! I'm sure you'll get the hang of the whole public transportation thing son. Also, love your tights!

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  12. I hope you made it to see the flowers! Sounds amazing. This outfit is so cute! Glad to see you in such bright colors again!

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  13. I think this is one of my favorite outfits too! The setting is just lovely too, looks like it's out of a dream :) Good luck getting to the hubby!

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  14. I adore the vibrant color thing you've got going on. Too bad I don't have stylish man to steal things from! I love taking color inspiration from within a pattern. On another note, kotatsu are THE BEST THING EVER. I used to visit my Japanese friend's house to "study" but it was really just for the kotatsu. I'm sneaky, I know.

    One last thing:

    がんばってね。= ganbatte ne = Good luck!

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  15. Oh, you look so cute! You should go leave a good review on modcloth for it! It's averaging at 2 stars right now. >.< And a kotatsu sounds lovely. Good luck with your adventure!

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  16. This post makes me so happy! You look like a pretty little blossom my friend! Ahhh such beautiful photos :) that is so cool you had rice from their rice field!

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  17. Love the color! Red tights would intimidate me I think. You rock them well.

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  18. You look beautiful and happy in your new home.
    Good luck on the train!

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  19. love this whole outfit!! so springy and colorful :) Glad you and Matt are loving japan!

    www.makersofshoes.blogspot.com

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  20. Danielle- Sometimes SweetFebruary 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Love the skirt...and esp. the pop of RED! SO cute.

    Also: I am jealous of your food adventures over there...Japanese food is my fave too. Care to have a visitor? ;)

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  21. You couldn't have picked a more beautiful backdrop for such a great outfit. I love it.

    http://asktheduplex.blogspot.com/

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  22. I have a garden my my backyard filled with veggies but for some reason eating your own rice seems soooo much cooler.

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  23. Your outfit is so bright, happy and lovely. It's so difficult to find skirts with cute patterns that are a decent length, for some reason, so you are so so lucky. So perfect. You make me want to go wear bright colors... which I normally don't :)

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  24. Typical beginning to my comments on you blog: You're so cute!

    Also, wanted to share the blog that my friend who's living in China right now is keeping while she's there, in case you have any interest! :) http://karlamickeydee.wordpress.com/

    <3 The Daily Dani

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  25. you've totally got the train thing! sending positive thoughts your way. and i love your choice of colors. it is so bright, and that skirt is perfection.

    i love reading about all of your new experiences. :)

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  26. Okay, so I had a favourite outfit of yours the other day. NOw this is my Favourtist beyond measure. So so so cute.

    C x
    http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com/

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  27. Wow, you look SO pretty!!!

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  28. I absolutely love love this outfit!
    Combinations just amazing!
    Skirt is elegant and the matching cardy is perfect
    ~Anna

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  29. This outfit is beautiful--I love all the bright colors! It's definitely the kind of outfit that brightens your day!

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  30. New to your blog-and finding it very entertaining! It can be so much (confusing) fun moving to a different continent *I would know*!!

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  31. This outfit is beautiful indeed. I wouldn't have thought that red tights would be able to go with a floral pattern like that. so nice. Kotatsu look so comfortable. I always wanted one of those (they are allllll throughout the anime I've seen over the past couple decades I've watched it). Have fun at the hanami!

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  32. Adorable skirt! I'm so glad you love Japan. That dinner sounds yummy and so fun!
    Hope you had/are having fun at the hanami!

    Katelyn
    dailybasisblog.blogspot.com

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  33. i love this outfit. alot. the pop of color in the tights and scarf are genius.

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  34. One of my all-time favorite Kristine outfits. I love the mix of red and blue...and of course it wouldn't be quite you without a bit of pattern. Well done friend :)

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  35. Love the 1st pic where you are squinting :) So fun & cute.
    I've enjoyed reading about your exploring around your new home. What an adventure, girl!

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  36. I LOVE the red leggings@ I need something like those SO BAD! :)
    I am sooo jealous of you and your japan-ness.

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  37. Ooh I love this outfit too!! Yayyy for color! :D
    Woohoo for a real Japanese dinner!!!
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  38. You are too adorable! I love how you styled this skirt. I need to wear more color. I'm dying for some spring.

    savannah-joyofliving.blogspot.com

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  39. Well, this outfit is gorgeous! I love how you paired the really bright accessories (tights and scarf) with the otherwise muted outfit. And it all matches so well with the background behind you...you picked that spot perfectly!
    Also, good luck on the train!

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  40. Good luck! At least you will look cute :).

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  41. aw i love your outfit especially since i'm a huuuuuge fan of color!

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  42. You are cute as a button! Love the skirt and will never stop being jealous of the fact that you are living in Japan. not fair. But can I say I feel like a proud mama of your process of learning Japanese and everything??! haha.

    -Tessa
    totallytessa.com

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  43. Hope you don't get lost, girlie! And I LOVE the backdrop of these pictures. The skirt is really cute, and so are you of course :)

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  44. cute face and outfit hehe i love your little bun! good luck in japan i couldn't imagine living there without knowing the language ;P

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  45. I hope you made it to the hanami safely! Have you been homesick at all? You love Japan so much, I'm wondering if you're every going to come back to the states! :)

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  46. What a pretty, colorful look--you do color so well!! It sounds like things are going well in Japan--I'm so excited for you :)

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