Friday, December 19, 2014

The Line Hotel, LA




While my friend Amy was in SoCal with me, she decided to spend a night at the trendy Line Hotel in LA. It was such a chic little hotel! The lounge & bar area was spacious and clean, and as you can sort of tell, we loved the sofas. It's a little lonely without Amy now as she is back in the grind in Tokyo, but I'll see her when I'm back for New Years. See you later, Amy!


先週、エイミーとロスのThe Line ホテルへ行ってみました。とてもお洒落でトレンディーなホテル!バーとラウンジエリアを気に入っちゃいました♪エイミーが東京に戻ってからちょっと寂しいけど、またすぐ会えるから大丈夫!



Love,

Samantha

OUTFIT | Falling leaves in Shinjuku Gyoen with Jason Mordeno Photography




photos by Jason Mordeno Photography


Do any of you miss the fall foliage that just recently ended? I do, mainly because I hear it has already snowed in Tokyo, and also, you can't really experience the change of seasons in Southern California (palm trees and greenery all year round). I did another photo shoot with Canadian photographer Jason Mordeno, who I worked with earlier this spring. I'm so glad he visits Japan every few months - he is so extremely talented and a pleasure to work with. When we went to Shinjuku Gyoen last month, we spent a few hours trying out different locations in the park, different poses, etc. He started poking holes in a leaf and putting it in front of his lens, which confused me at first... but I can always trust his creativity. 


I wasn't sure about wearing this faux leather dress I picked up on sale at Zara, but I think it worked well with the backdrop. I mean, fall foliage can have a dark side, too, right?


秋が過ぎ去って、今はもう東京は雪が降っているという情報が耳に入りました。紅葉が恋しいです、本当に。この写真たちは先月、カナダのカメラマンのジェイソンさんと新宿御苑で撮影をしたものです。レザーのワンピースとジェイソンさんの撮影スタイルの雰囲気の相性が良かったと思います。すごく気に入っています。


What I wore:
boots: Target



Love,

Samantha




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

umami burger @ the camp





A few days ago, I took Amy to Umami Burger at The Camp in Costa Mesa. Two starving girls after a morning of shopping = eating our burgers to the very last bite. Umami never disappoints.

My Skyed Apparel hat is the perfect accessory for a super casual outfit. Thanks always!


数日前、エイミーちゃんを旨味バーガーへ連れて行きました。ここのハンバーガーは半端ない。腹ぺこの私たちは最後まで食べちゃいました。。美味しすぎるから。エイミーといるといつも楽しい♪



Love,

Samantha





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Huntington Beach sunset




With my friend Amy visiting my hometown of Huntington Beach for a couple days, it makes me see the city in a slightly different light. As we were driving along PCH during the sunset yesterday, she remarked, "You are so lucky to have lived in such a beautiful area." Having lived away from California for the past two years, I can understand her perspective a little better. Huntington Beach, or SoCal in general is a great place to live, and it was a privilege to have experienced the beauty of all this growing up. I will always have a deep sweet spot for HB <3 The sunset in December is gorgeous, by the way.


友達のエイミーちゃんが日本から遊びにきていて、南カリフォルニアを案内中。彼女のお陰で、実家のハンティントンビーチの良さを改めて知ることができています。昨日の夕日も本当に綺麗だった。エイミー、ありがとう!




Love,

Samantha


Sunday, December 14, 2014

hello california / milk & honey






Day 2 in California, and I'm already enjoying the weather, food and my family & friends. I grabbed a quick lunch with my mom at Main Street Waffle in Huntington Beach, met up with an old friend at milk & honey in Costa Mesa, and picked up my friend Amy at LAX. I'm so glad she was able to make it to LA during my stay here :) More photos to be coming soon x



What I wore today:
Shoes: Vans



Love,

Samantha