Monday, April 14, 2014


Photos and styling by Jason Mordeno 
Hair and Makeup by Azu

I made a quick blog post last month about this shoot, and finally the photos are here! What a transformation I did for this - a short, blonde wig with a pretty bold lip. At first, I doubted a blonde anything would look good on me, but Jason already knew before I put that thing on my head that it would look amazing in the photos. Thank you Jason and Azu for helping me achieve new looks that I've never tried before :)

Hope you all had a great weekend! I was a bit busy, but I promise to return the comments from my previous posts. Thanks so much <3

Much love,

Samantha Mariko

Friday, April 11, 2014

oil-free makeup & skincare

I'm trying to prepare myself for another hot, humid summer in Japan with a makeup & skincare routine that will keep me fresh all day long. 

For my skincare, I absolutely love Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins. I use it at night to lock in my toner, and my skin feels so soft when I wake up in the morning, and not oily at all! 

I have a very oily T-zone, and when I was looking for skincare products at ULTA one day, a sales associate recommended me the Mario Badescu Silver Powder. I only use it once or twice a week where I get the most oily (around my nose), and it refreshes my skin and leaves it matte. 

For makeup, I swear by Laura Mercier's oil-free products. I've been using the Oil-free foundation primer for a while, and the foundations I've used really stay put all day. I just picked up the Oil-free tinted moisturizer recently, but I already love it. The sales associate recommended I use the Laura Mercier mineral powder to finish off my sheer, not-too-done look. 

What makeup or skincare products do you use for a natural, oil-free look? 
Let me know in the comments!


Samantha Mariko

Thursday, April 10, 2014

meet Tenin from TENINDVR

Today, I'd like to introduce Tenin from TENINDVR.

We discovered each others' blogs a little while ago, and I truly enjoy her versatile fashion sense. She asked me if I would like to do a guest post, and I was more than happy to do so.

Tenin can pull off so many different looks - from casual & rocker to clean & ladylike. In the photos above, I love how she paired a leather jacket and pants, and still made it look accessible.

Sometimes, it can be hard to pull off an all-white look, but Tenin does it so well here with a clean blazer and simple white skinny pants. She added a nice pop of color with her satchel and heels. The sporty look suits her as well - I think I will try a similar look with my New Balances :)

Check out her blog here for more fashion inspiration. 

Thanks for posting about me, Tenin :)

Have a great day!


Samantha Mariko

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H&M Conscious Collection party

with Amy Ota, Harry Sugiyama, and Melody Yoko

Last night, I stopped by the H&M party for their Conscious Collection. I hope you can tell by my photos that it was a very successful event! It was great to see familiar faces and meet new ones. Many of the guests were models and talents, and everyone I met was so friendly. And I LOVE this collection- the dresses are all so unique and gorgeous, and the concept of this collection is "sustainable fashion," which is awesome. Can't wait to go shopping at H&M one of these days! 

You can read more about H&M Conscious here

Have a great week all!


Samantha Mariko 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

ithe showroom and debut

Yesterday, I visited the Ithe showroom, a Japanese apparel brand that just debuted this month with their 2014 AW collection. 

Their line consists mostly of tops and outerwear in clean, cool colors like blue, gray and white. Ever since I viewed their website, I was immediately drawn to the simple and wearable designs. I really love clean cuts and styles, so I was excited to try on some of their pieces. I recommend their sweaters layered over a plain shirt - the sweaters are made with a very unique, high quality material, and some of their shirts have satin in it, which is machine washable (!). Their concept is casual chic, which I can definitely nod my head to. The gray jacket I wore was very comfortable, and I appreciated how big the hood was because I always have a hard time finding hooded jackets with a big-enough hood. 

This brand is very new, but I sincerely wish them great success and I can't wait to see future collections. Thank you so much for inviting me!

今週末は、「Ithe (イザ)」の2014AW コレクションのデビュー展示会へ行ってきました。とてもシンプルなデザインがお気に入り!色合いがとても綺麗ですし、素材がのクオリティーが良く、肌触りも良かったです。特に、セーターと無地のシャツ、そしてジャケットがおすすめです!

What do you think of Ithe and their 2014 AW collection?


Samantha Mariko