Well technically my weekend’s not yet over since Monday’s a holiday but I’ve reserved it for de-cluttering the apartment for the hundredth time. I don’t know what’s up with me; I just seem to attract clutter.
Anyway, last Saturday while the rest of the people attempted to scale Mt. Fuji, Frank, David, and I watched the Chofu Fireworks festival. There are a few possible options but we decided to watch it from somewhere near Nakanoshima which was just four stations away, which was convenient, especially since the train was jampacked. I’ve never seen so many people in yukatas (cotton kimonos) before – it’s the traditional garb for watching fireworks, never mind that it’s only for an hour and a half. So anyway, we were watching from the riverbanks, and it took us quite a while to find an empty spot because the crowd was huge.

So this was how it was but we didn’t have  a picnic blanket or anything to sit on and we were situated in the slopes which was a bit inconvenient. I was hesitant to take pictures because I can never really take good pictures of fireworks but David had a spare Gorillapod which I figured I could prop on my knee which is infinitely more stable than my hands. And I did turn out a couple of post-worthy pictures. And a lot of videos which I have yet to post.

The rest of the pictures are here. As for the actual fireworks display, I have no words to describe it. Pictures don’t do it justice, videos don’t do it justice, words don’t do it justice. You really have to be there and be amazed.
Going home was an entirely different story. There were just so many people – and by many I mean many; Tokyo is a crowded crowded city but this is an entirely different crazy level. You know those movies where there’s some sort of killer virus or plague or volcanic eruption and all these people are evacuating? It’s like that, just more disciplined and half the evacuees are wearing kimonos. Of course knowing the Japanese, they’re more than prepared for things like these, and even if there were a billion people outside the station we were able to board the train with very minimal jostling.
Oh, and I’ve been wearing my weird coral necklace with fishy nonstop since I got it and I really really likey. And notice how we seem to have the same bag in this photo:

Today I woke up really really late but it’s shopping day so I still hit Shinjuku even if I only had a couple of hours before the everything shuts down (most shops close at 8 pm). Zara has been on sale for two weekends now, and, well, let’s cut to the chase.

I don’t really need a new bag, I know I know. But it’s quite difficult to find bags that can fit A4 sheets without being too bulky. I usually have to schlepp a couple of documents when going to the mothership office, but all my other “office bags” are way too small so I end up ruining the documents which just ticks off the OC in me. Lately I’ve been using my Marc Jacobs giant canvas bag even if it doesn’t go with office attire at all. So anyway when I saw this bag I just thought it was perfect for work and as I went about the store I kept checking on it to see if it’s still there (it’s the last one), and it’s in those crazy moments when you want to strangle people who dare touch your bag that you just know you’re going to get it. I don’t even know why I hesitated – it’s the perfect size, the perfect color, and it’s on sale (almost 70% off!). And I’m really liking the shoulder strap. So anyway I got it and hovered about the store for around 30 minutes looking for work wear but I ended up just getting the bag. I am in dire need of office attire but I just don’t have the heart to shop for that.
So after that I headed off to MAC to buy moisturizer – I’m switching to the Lightful Ultramoisture Cream because it’s very very very hot and humid these days. On my way to Isetan I noticed a lot of people are stopping to take pictures so I looked up to where their mobile phone cameras were aimed at and it’s a rainbow!

Nicely situated in between Marui (OIOI) and Isetan, how wonderful is that?
I was hoping to see the new Color Craft collection from MAC but they didn’t have it and instead they had something similar to holiday collections because there are two brush sets, two lip sets, and two eyeshadow palettes with some sort of art deco theme. I was so so tempted to get the brush sets, but I already have most of them and they were really really expensive for brushes that are machine-made in China (the regular MAC brushes are hand-made in Japan) and I just placed another order from Coastal Scents so I passed (yay, EQ). And I wasn’t crazy about the theme either so I just got my moisturizer. I know it’s a bit crazy to buy MAC moisturizers when supposedly the Japanese have the best skincare but honestly everything is just so expensive and the Shiseido diffusion lines just don’t agree with me. Although I do love their facial wash (I have Shiseido Perfect Whip and Kanebo Kracie Naive Peach).
And then, I hope none of my friends disown me for this, I got Crocs x.x. But I got the ballerina flats, which I’m hoping is forgivable. See, my feet are just in terrible terrible shape right now from all the walking, and it’s all blistered (last weekend I got blisters from my flipflops, how unfair is that) so I really really need comfy shoes for weekends. Last winter I at least had my uggs which are the most comfortable things ever, but that’s not really an option now, is it? Anyway, I’ve had my eye on the cotton candy pink pair for the longest time and they were running out so I nabbed one.

It’s quite strange – some pairs had holes in the back and some didn’t but this is Tokyu Hands and I seriously doubt they would sell fake stuff so I just picked out a pair without holes. I have to say they’re really really comfy. And they’re such a pretty pink color; if only they weren’t so plasticky looking they’d be perfect.
And that’s it. Oh, I also got a NYX lipgloss in Smokey Look but I’m too tired to take pictures but it’s a really really pretty nude color and it smells good and is cheap too so I would say it’s ten times better than the NARS lip glosses. Anyway I’m blabbering and it’s almost three in the morning so I’ll cut this short.

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