Shop staff week at the Doll as we ring in 2015, including this cutey from Liz Lisa in Okayama Ichibangai main trainstation mall. I’ve snapped pictures of the Liz Lisa staff here before  and I’m glad I’ve got a new shop staff to show. I took her last year at the same time I got to snap the Dazzlin Okayama cutey.

Okayama which is halfway between Hiroshima and Osaka is known as a transit town. Many of the trains going to the far West to Fukuoka and Kagoshima change over in Okayama. It does however have a cool castle, stellar gardens, and is pretty during sakura season. It may not be a big tourist draw, but it’s a nice day trip and has lots of shopping options between Okayama Ichibangai train station mall and Okayama OPA.

 

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Liz Lisa Christmas trees are the best! So happy I got to snap it along with classic Liz Lisa style. I also got to snap the tree with a Harajuku Takeshita Liz Lisa shop staff.

That casual girly gyaru style. I’m sad thigh-high boots aren’t en vogue this year but they’ll definitely come back.

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Classic Liz Lisa style shows you can never go wrong with a camel coat and and you can always transform your summer dress wardrobe to winter with the right accessories.

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She was so photogenic! I always take snaps from the “selfie high angle” because I want to take pictures of how I want pictures taken of me, but she didn’t need any angles.

Her contacts and make-up look so nice on her. Gold circle lens are so popular now and she really does the make-up to make them pop. And those Otona casual waves I’m sure she spent a long time on look effortless.

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From the side you can see her lovely orange blush and soft waves. Her nails were older so she didn’t want photos, but they’re lovely. Red it seems goes with any style.

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Her petite Chanel necklace really hung well to suit her neckline. Lovely all around style.

Okayama may be a smaller town but from what I’ve seen that doesn’t stop any of the shop staff from having great style.

Looking for more Liz Lisa posts? I’ve got you covered! So many Liz Lisa shop staff to come and mentions about their new style soon. But for now check out previous posts here

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Dazzlin (ダズリン) is a brand I don’t often talk about. Since my brand introduction talk in 2011 Dazzlin has grown from 19 stores to 33 stores. They’re doing incredibly well in this seisomotekeiotonakawaiiretrogirly popular trend movement. Their price point is low but their styles seem to attract teens to adults. Their creative director Rumi Kon (近瑠美) is now 30, but still seems to embracing the girly youth style. Good on her. I think the ageism is slowly changing.

Okayama Ichibangai (岡山一番街) is the train station mall inside Okayama train station. Okayama is a big transit point on the shinkansen between Osaka and Hiroshima. It’s always filled with travelers. I’ve snapped staff inside Okayama Ichiban-gai previously and all around Okayama, but this girl may be my favorite.

 

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My weakness for chubby cheeks. She’s sooooo cute! Dimples!

She’s in the big sweater onepiece that was a huge hit last Winter. So big a hit they’ve brought it back in plaid for this season.

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Another cute pose. Her short hair is the best!

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Holding my blog card so well I don’t have to watermark it (bonus).

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Her gel nails have gotten old but still look lovely. I love red nails partnered with nuetral tones.

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Her make-up was simple but keeping in line with Dazzlin. Simple lashes, manicured thicker brows and a sweet blush.

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Her earrings as well as her ring partnered well with the white in her sweater dress. Vintage earrings are a big trend in Japanese fashion. So many vintage shops (brand and not) are growing the market inside Japan.

I love short haired girls. I mark them if you’d like short hair inspiration. Check the tags.

Upcoming for Dazzlin style: Even though the chill is just starting to pick up in Tokyo, Dazzlin just finished its Spring/Summer 2015 exhibition. Their season is all about bright colors, knee length and midi skirts, jazzy prints on feminine dresses and set-ups. See photos here, here and here.

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EHyphen World Gallery is another Seiso Gyaru brand Popteen has introduced. Their shop is always great priced with cute friendly shop staff. EHyphen isn’t just for lady-like Seiso instead it’s great for casual trend looks like the lady below.

ehyphen gallery shop staff okayama japan

ehyphen gallery shop staff okayama japan

ehyphen gallery shop staff okayama japan

ehyphen gallery shop staff okayama japan

ehyphen gallery shop staff okayama japan

ehyphen gallery shop staff okayama japan

Sometimes shop staff give me their cards, so I thought I’d take a picture of Sunagawa Junko’s (nails by Avarice). I really like how she combined so many colors and prints without looking too jarring. Instead she just looks trendy and casual. I am really inspired by her mix fashion, Ehyphen is so talented at offering a ton of different clothing options so you can follow your own personal style.

This was taken in Okayama OPA. If you’d like to see other shop staff from Okayama and sites in Okayama please check out the Okayama search. Okayama OPA and Okayama Ichiban-gai are the two gyaru malls. I’ve taken photos of both so please enjoy hunting around.

In case you’ve missed any Shop Staff Snaps you can check the category. If you would like to see more EHyphen World Gallery and EHyphen BonBon shop staff please check my other posts.

I’m going to get straight into showing the gorgeous Okayama cherry blossoms of Okayama Handayama Park and then I’ll tell you how I ended up there after.

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Gorgeous, right!? And completely unplanned!

How I ended up in Okayama…

I had taken a plane using Peach Airlines from Okinawa to Osaka and my flight was supposed to leave at 8 but my flight ends up leaving at 9. Which made me arrive in Osaka at 11:30. The buses had stopped or were booked and they were holding one last train for passengers of my flight. So I ran with luggage to get on it.  :sweatbubble:

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I ended up being the only one on the entire train. Crazyyyy

But the train only took me to Hineno, which is still outside the Osaka city center. I had to take a cab and was freaking out about the possible $100 to $150 price. The cabbie ended up being super nice and said Peach Airlines is always late and does this. I was worried the whole cab ride, but my cabbie cut my bill in half and consoled me. I ended up arriving in Osaka proper at 1:00am, but cabbies win my heart.  :stepup:

I finally got to bed at 2:30 so waking up early for a long train trip was out of the question (which is what I had planned). Since I had a Japan Rail Pass and could go anywhere for a day trip, I looked up sakura watch on Yahoo Japan Weather and then used Hanami Walker to find that Okayama had lots of spots in full bloom that day and Okayama Handayama Park was its most recommended. (Protip: During Sakura season use both sites!).

Okayama is only an hour shinkanesen away from Osaka so it was an easy transit. :stepup:

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I rode the Sakura Shinkansen to Okayama to see Sakura. Very meta  :bow:

Lessons learned:
Sakura are gorgeous
Japan Rail Pass always is a great idea
Never book a late flight from Okinawa