Sweden was my pick for our summer vacation and I can’t believe how well it worked out. Berlin was lovely with wonderful weather and lots of stuff to see, but I was still feeling the after effects of my ER visit and I think I got badly dehydrated for a day as well. I was able to clear up heading to Sweden thankfully. So begins my Stockholm Sweden Traveloge…
After coming from miserably hot and humid Houston to a nice 72F/22C Stockholm it was amazing. The weather was so sunny and bright and people were swimming and boating everywhere I looked. I don’t know what image you might have of Sweden, but Stockholm is super green. According to wiki “Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces”. That sum amounts to it be such a gorgeous natural-feeling large city.
I got to eat wonderful food, enjoy perfect weather, see modern and old and laze in a bit of nature. It was absolutely perfect.
I didn’t edit this photo. Damn you Stockholm for being so gorgeous.
I fell in love with Swedish Cardamom Rolls or “Kanelbullar”. This was Monocle’s recommended place to enjoy the best cardamom buns in the city. Super hipstery but they were the best.
Chubby looking Kings with tiny feet. Many giggles were had.
Not the most beautiful picture, but here is the Stockholm Photography Museum or “Fotografiska i Stockholm”. A bit of a walk from the station but it’s the largest photography museum in the world and definitely recommended.
I was there for the Helmut Lang exhibition which was wonderful, but there was a lot of other great exhibits as well.
I also went to a Gaultier works exhibit. Seeing all of his couture up close was wonderful. It was 6+ rooms of a retrospective. I wish more fashion retrospectives toured.
I found out about Riche because Emoda producer Ena Matsumoto visited Stockholm 3 times and each time she goes there. She never said it by name but finally posted a menu with the name on it. You can book reservations on-line and our hotel was right next to it, so we ate there often.
I really love fun art styles and delicious food so Riche was a match made in heaven for me. Tons of locals filled the place and I really loved it.
Their menu art is so fun!
First time Salmon! I’m not a big salmon eater so that they could make a plate clearing salmon I enjoyed, I was definitely satisfied.
Second time Riche: Swedish Meatballs! I had to get it. The lingonberries and cucumbers were my highlights however. Tons of nice flavors.
A berry and white chocolate tart. I love fruity desserts and this shared felt guilt free.
Lots of fancy summer houses and boating out for the wealthy Swedes. People were swimming at 72F/22C weather. As a Texan that’s long sleeve weather for me. LOL People are so different.
Stockholm’s trolleys are usually modern but they have a few restored ones in rotation that are classic wooden and metal and look gorgeous.
Eat all the Swedish breads.
The biggest draws in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum which is just houses this giant 17th century warship. It was apparently horribly built with too many cannons and sank immediately, but it was finally raised from the ocean floor and restored. I find it a bit funny since it’s like, “Look at this monstrosity that never worked.” It’s still really cool though.
Another no edit. Seriously Stockholm. Stop yourself from being beautiful.
On a random note, Stockholm’s 7-11s are both plentiful and nicer than both Japan and Americas. Weird, but true.
Skansen an open-air museum/zoo was a really cool visit. People dressed up in traditional clothes and sold local souvenirs but there was also baby piglets (SOOOO CUTE) and a baby reindeer. Hurray for summertime baby animals.
Even though we decided on Turkey for this Winter visit, I tried really hard to suggest visiting Sweden again. I’ll definitely be back! I want to visit Denmark first and then right back to Sweden.
Tags: europe, sweden
Alice and I went to Tokyo Disney Sea for the day last Spring and it was one of the best Disney Sea trips. The day called for rain and I think that drove away a lot of Disney visitors so we got to ride tons of rides and eat lots of Disney food.
A Mickey-shaped churro?
An edible Sinbad Chandu-tiger tail?
Eat all the fun Disney foods!
Mickey Churros. Delicious and cute! My type of food
Ariel’s resort which always looks spectacular.
Sinbad’s Chandu-man. Or meatbun shaped tail. Not the best, not the worst.
Our footwear on the merry-go-round. We do Disney in style
30 years of Disney Sea! Disney Sea is the only privately owned Disney in the world. It also is my favorite.
I love kids at Disney. Always so happy!
Check out that Princess in training!
Also the well-dressed matching gyaru that visit. Disney is all ages!
Ahh Marie! My favorite! Marie finished posing with people when I found her.
At a restaurant we got Mickey shaped salmon jelly in our seafood cocktail, was surprisingly delicious.
Disney is great during the day, but cool at night too. No wonder it’s a top date destination.
Spring carnival did a full floral Mickey.
More floral theme.
At sunset, Disney Sea is really so pretty.
To be honest I never was the biggest Disney fan until I went to the Japan ones, I have friends who say the same! Disney Sea is definitely my favorite, but all Disney is so magical.
When you wish upon a star…
Popular Ageha permanent model or senzoku, Satomin (Satomi Yukawa) has designed web-based clothing line called Michell Macaron for smaller girls in Japan. Beyond Freesize brands have shown that women in Japan are not just all “onesize” or small and medium. Instead women want to be fashionable at all sizes!
Michell Macaron (ミシェルマカロン) targets XS and S sized girls in Japan (XXS and XS in US). The style is onee sweet casual. For now it’s only an on-line store.
Michell Macaron details:
style: petite onee sweet
stores: 0 (online only)
designer: Satomin http://blog.crooz.jp/satomiik/
Michell Macaron for Spring 2014
Lots of cute adult pieces for the petite adult girl who still wants to look a bit cute.
Smileland (スマイルランド) opened in Shibuya Parco (渋谷パルコ) this March. Smileland is the large size arm of popular mega webstore Nissen offering sizes LL to 10L. Unlike brick-and-mortar stores going digital, Nissen is taking their digital presence and planning to open 30 stores across Japan in the next 4 years. Not all of the stores will be Smileland, but the large-size presence is definitely picking up.
Nissen Japanese website: http://www.nissen.co.jp/
Nissen also has an English-language global website: here where you can directly buy items including Smileland pieces.
Nissen is kind of like a Japanese Target online. Lots of home and clothing goods. Sadly they’re not selling their cutesy furniture outside Japan.
Rose Fan Fan’s capsule collection for Smileland
Smileland is not a gyaru store, although they have a line gyaru and former Shibuya 109 brand “Rose Fan Fan” to sell exclusively on Nissen and now in Smileland brick stores.
All items available in LL to 10L. No restrictions.
For those beyond the 6L size, the 6L to 10L may bring hope for more stylish options in Japan. Or for those 2L on, you’re getting another place to be stylish in Japan.
Smileland also has shoes size JP23 – 27 (JP link). A 27 is a 10 1/2 in US sizing! Some pretty cute options, too! They even have a tall size store on their website for those 5’8″ and over looking for pants especially.
The market is growing!
Stores are realizing the S-M or Onesize/Freesize do not actually fit Japanese women. Big companies like WEGO with PUNYUS, Nissen with Smileland or Yumetenbo with Plumprimo are not offering these clothes or investing these large amounts of money to start brands or open stores without market research and planning! Japan is getting larger like the rest of the world and Japanese women even now come in all shapes from petite to tall to pocchari and I for one am glad these businesses realize this and are allowing all women to be stylish.
Tags: ageha, nissen, petite, pocchari, rose fan fan, satomin, smileland
I was an adult and got excited and went to the Liz Lisa My Melody character meet and greet in Shinjuku Alta Liz Lisa. Since Liz Lisa and My Melody have teamed up to put out a line of goods they’ve been doing character meet in greets all around Japan with the LLGals, the shop staff charisma unit of Liz Lisa.
Liz Lisa My Melody collaborations have been dresses, stationary, phone cases, and cosmetic cases (photos and review). Each season they put out a catalog and a few products that usually sell out. Liz Lisa My Melody character has the flower headdress and they usually make her a dress that is a collaboration item for that season.
The character meets are advertised on the Liz Lisa blog (http://ameblo.jp/lizlisa-official/). In order to do the meet and greet you had to buy at least 20,000 yen on the day of the event and there were only 40 spots available so you had to do it pretty quickly. Those 40 spots were split up into two time bunches: 20 spots for afternoon and 20 spots for the evening session. I was one of the last numbers, I think I got number 38 so I was in the evening session.
You’re handed a ticket and a photoboard and requested to arrive on or a bit early to queue up.
They had props set out (pic above) when I was purchasing my items, but they were gone when the actual event started.
Once I arrived back for the night session there was already a line forming up. We were told to wait in line. Shinjuku Alta Liz Lisa is broken apart by stairs so it’s easy to queue without clogging up the shopping area. There was a divide between obvious Liz Lisa fans and obvious My Melody fans.
Once Liz Lisa My Melody was actually there the shop staff gave us individual instructions and made sure we had our tickets and photo boards.
Once with my Melody we got one photo for our photo boards (LLGal and Shinjuku Alta stafff Risato pasting the photos on the photoboard) and one photo with our camera of choice. Everyone chose their smartphone.
Check out the cutie Liz Lisa fan who dressed in the same Liz Lisa My Melody collaboration dress.
Liz Lisa My Melody in all her glory. I love the floral shoe touch to match her headband.
One girl who seemed to be more of the My Melody fan group gave My Melody a plushie of herself to hold and pose with.
My Melody obliged to her adoring fans.
The fan also made her own headdress to match Liz Lisa My Melody. Dedication!
Outside of Liz Lisa was clogged with curious onlookers and those who already did their photo session. The older woman with the pink hair was nudging into everyone’s shot.
After all the people who got tickets for photos were done the shop staff played pattycake games with My Melody. Since she can’t talk it’s a good idea.
Then the shop staff gathered together for some photo ops with My Melody.
Cute and silly fun with the LL Gals and My Melody.
Overall it was a lot of fun and no regrets!
Tags: character event, liz lisa, my melody