April 11, 2017No Comments

Tokyo Hedgehog Cafe?!!!

Hi! Welcome to My Japan, where I'm sharing favorite off-the-beaten path, family-friendly places and things to do in Japan.  First up in Tokyo, we tried out a hedgehog cafe and it was all going so smoothly until... poo.

Make your reservation!

Hedgehog cafe: http://www.harinezumi-cafe.com/english/

June 8, 20161 Comment

Travel Capsule Wardrobe: Summer

Here's the breakdown of what made the cut, for reference only, I've linked to stuff still in stores.

For an upcoming 2 week trip to Japan, I challenged myself to pack the leanest wardrobe I could.   Here were my requirements:

  1.  Everything must feel as comfy as pajamas, but not LOOK like pajamas.
  2.  Footwear must not hurt.  Ever.
  3.  Machine-washable
  4.  Everything mixes and matches, with options for a dressed-up dinner, comfy plane/train ride and touring in hot, humid weather.

Here's the breakdown of what made the cut, for reference only, I've linked to stuff still in stores.


  • Grey viscose t-shirt: Urban Outfitters
  • Checked button-up: Madewell
  • Yellow floral cold shoulder top:  Plenty by Tracy Reese
  • Tan silk tank: Zara
  • White boho tank: Free People
  • Khaki cotton jacket:  J.Crew

An assortment of tops that can dress up or down, I'll just have to be careful when slurping ramen in silk, which I have learned the hard way.


  • Green joggers:  Anthropologie
  • Green long shorts: (can't read the label, it's been washed off)
  • Green midi-skirt: Madewell

All three of these are favorites and I purposely chose bottoms all the same color so getting dressed will only be a question of shorts, pants or skirt?


  • Tan suede walking sandal: Ecco
  • brown slip-on sandal:  Born
  • White sneakers: Adidas

With all the sightseeing, my body would be so grumpy with anything that isn't a functional walking shoe, so I bit the bullet and went in search of the "comfort sandal".  When I read the reviews, finding most are by women in their 60's on summer sandals, I knew I found the right section.  (Are we there already?)  Once I sifted through a whole lot of ugly, surprisingly, I found 2 not horrible, very comfortable options.  This trip: comfort trumps vanity.


  • long gold pendant: H&M
  • short chevron necklace: Coachellove
  • gold stud earrings: Madewell
  • rose gold watch: Invicta
  • 2 thin gold bangles: Banana Republic
  • White-rimmed sunglasses:  Rayban Clubmaster via Luxottica
  • Aviators:  Mosley Tribes
  • Panama Hat:  Cuyana

Necklaces, alone or layered always add a polished component to any outfit, plus all the jewelry here is super inexpensive and not a loss if it gets misplaced.  Stylish sunglasses are a MUST, as is a chunky watch to elevate the tourist uniform of shorts and a tee.

Of course, throw in essentials and toiletries, 1 workout outfit and I'm good to go.  With Air BnB stays, laundry will be easily accessible, and this lightens my load to make room for the camera gear I'm bringing for some next level family vacation videos.   Priorities.  😉

February 18, 2016No Comments

Palm Springs Modernism


Palm Springs + Modern Design= happy place.  I'd long heard of Modernism Week (happening now through February 21st) and finally made my first trip there for opening weekend.   Sunny and 80 degrees, it was the perfect weather for being a looky-loo in some of the coolest and most iconic mid-century modern homes in the city.  We signed up for the Signature Home Tour, and it was worth every penny, even if just to pretend for a moment that this was my pool.

I seriously need to up my succulent game.

What my living room could look like with terrazzo floors and no children.  On a good day.

Drooling over Platner dining chairs....

...and a shower that gives mine an inferiority complex.  #showergoals

My kind of garage.

As fun as it is to peek inside this lifestyle, covet it, and daydream about living in homes like these someday, this was the perfect reminder to ground myself in love for the life I've built for myself...and my vintage Eames dining chairs from ebay.  Life is good.  Thanks Palm Springs Modernism!

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