Micky Mouse is good for the soul

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Think it was couple seasons ago, Marc Jacobs had a collection where Disney’s iconic ambassador, Mickey, was prominently featured on crop tops worn by seriously seductive models. Shortly after, Miley Cyrus sports the look right on the money, winning countless features in fashion magazines everywhere.

I mean, who can blame Miley? Mickey Mouse is hot! I had been looking for an affordable-non-Marc Jacobs-version of an everyday shirt with Mickey front and center for a long time, so you can imagine my giddiness when I spotted this grey cotton tee at an Uniqlo in Tokyo. It was our first night in the city and we were so overwhelmed by every bit of Shinjuku, so much so that we only allotted 10 minutes to shop (you can’t NOT walk into a ginormous Uniqlo when you see one).

Needless to say, I sneaked back into the fitting room and changed into the shirt immediately after checking out—I looked in the mirror and somehow felt more Tokyoan than ever.


Guys, what shoes are you wearing?

I am going to go out on a limb and say that a guy’s chance of successfully getting a date/hook up/girlfriend or whatever form of impressing an attractive female will increase by 55% if he had on better shoes. Better than the ones he’s wearing right now. Yes, look down at your feet, what shoes are you wearing?

Are they scuffed up?

Are they pointy and pointed upwards like elf shoes?

Are the laces so worn out they’re now thin and strappy vs. thick and sturdy?

Are you really wearing summer dress shoes in the middle of winter?

Or…are they just plain ugly?


I made my opening comment not because I think all women are super facial, rather a good pair of shoes tells me that:

1. You have taste. You appreciate and take interest things that are atheistically pleasing. I could trust that you’d share similar good taste in music, books, and movies. 2. You know what to splurge on. Shoes for men are like handbags for women, a key accessory that sets you apart and adds style. If you care at all to be stylish, that is. 3, You are not 23 anymore and still think Aldo is couture. You are a grown man who takes the time to take care of himself. Most importantly, you know there’s value in dressing well and isn’t afraid to show it.

Be good to yourself, gentlemen, and go get a good pair of kicks. Obviously, don’t do it just for the women.

Heigh Ho, High Low


 Last Sunday we went out for a walk. Knowing summer is almost over, I was looking for every opportunity to get my shorts on.

 Dior with denim cut offs

Bejeweled necklace with a plain black tee

Nautical striped espadrilles 

Such is the simplicity of a weekend stroll

Comfortable. Chic. Carefree


Let there be light -Style staple #14 Sun dress-

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It’s summer in Canada. Which is maximum 2 months out of the 12. Finally it’s hot out, which means you and I need a new summer dress.

I’ve always pictured the perfect summer dress as light, airy, and undoubtedly floral. After all, it’s not summer unless  it’s filled with flowers, everywhere.

I am old now and can no longer sport anything super short. Instead, I opted for something just above the knee, showing just the right amount of legs without hanging my behind out for the world to see.

I like something that flows, for those rare moments when you feel like twirling in circles as if you were 5 again.

And as the saying goes, “happiness is a beautiful dress that doesn’t need ironing”, so be sure to look for a dress that doesn’t wrinkle easily and you’ll be able to wear it as soon as you land in a sunny destination.

Even if you can’t get away, I would still urge you to visit a park, pack a picnic, and hop on the green lawn in your favorite summer dress.

Animal Instinct -Style staple #13 leopard print-

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Leopard print is like the fresh strawberries on top of a gourmet cheesecake. The cake may still taste good without the fruit topping but it wouldn’t look nearly as mouthwatering. You won’t deem it as Instagram worthy because deep down, you know something is missing.

That’s how leopard print works. It was never meant to serve as the “main dish” as you’ll end up looking like something escaped out of a zoo in head-to-toe leopard. Rather, it acts as the strawberry that punctuates your look.

It’s as universally flattering as black, if styled in the right way, best with denim of all kinds: jeans, shirts, and daisy dukes. Leopard has a way of injecting excitement to your look like the same way that extra shot of vodka does.

Try adding a leopard belt to an otherwise opaque ensemble.

Wrap yourself in a leopard scarf to add warmth to a basic black turtle neck.

Pair leopard flats with cuffed up jeans. Sport a leopard headband. Change up your watch wrist band from plain leather to leopard print.

… et al

Find your basic animal instinct and add some strawberry to your cheesecake.

The Bling Ring -Style staple #12 the right hand ring-

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 Many years ago, there was a diamond ring ad campaign I loved called “The Right Hand Ring”.

It featured quirky and empowering slogans that read your left hand says “I love you” and your right hand says “I love me too”.

I liked the refreshing perspective of celebrating you and you alone. It’s a novel idea to own an important ring that’s neither for your engagement nor wedding. It’s to acknowledge a milestone you’ve achieved, award a promotion you’ve earned, and to remember a journey you took. It’s about pushing yourself higher when you’re feeling down and pulling yourself together when you’re flying high.

Here, I want to try a few “right hand ring” lines myself:

Your left hand knows its limits. Your right hand wants to have it all.

Your left hand asks for permission. Your right hand begs for forgiveness.

Your left hand writes the wedding vows. Your right hand plans the Bachelorette party.

Your left hand says “I’ll think about it”. Your right hand says “I’ll take it”

“Women of the world, raise your right hand”

Your arm, hand, and shoulder’s best friend -Style staple #11 the bag-


Did you know…

your best arm candy is not your current boyfriend nor your future husband.

It is your beloved bag.

We are not talking about your trendiest purse nor the sexiest evening clutch, but your everyday companion, who is perfectly attractive on its own but has never stolen your spotlight.

It complements you; makes you look taller, slimmer, and prettier.

It travels with you around the world, to Paris even, winning approving looks from the toughest fashion critic, the Parisian women.

It accompanies you to the fanciest dinner parties as well as to the dullest places like your doctor’s office or the grocery store.

It holds your hand and latches onto your arm through the busiest crowds, never parting you.

It sits quietly near you when your focus is elsewhere like watching a movie or catching butterflies, patiently awaits you.

It will not blame you when you have a “fall out” and will be just as happy to reunite as the first day you brought it home.

It’s like your best friend but better. I guarantee that you will never have a quarrel or a misunderstanding.

I am grateful to my best bag friend. And I hope you are too.