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“Mioko”

Photographed by Helen Jade (@helenjadephotography)

Hair and Makeup by Emily McKay (@emilymckaymua)

Styled by Uzochi Okoronkwo (@plaitwoman)

Clothes provided by Don Don Down Shibuya and from the stylists personal wardrobe. (@dondondown_shibuyaofficial)

Wishlist: Offwhite Industrial Belt

Now I’m not much of a belt person but I definitely have to be because of my disproportionately small waist/hips and large thighs that require me often to go up a size in pants just so I can pull them up over my legs. Though my body shape makes belts a necessity to execute my signature style of tucking my shirts into pants and jeans (I can’t remember the last time I didn’t do so) I often don’t invest much money into them and get them cheap at fast fashion stores such as H&M. That’s till I saw the Off-White belt in orange worn by various celebrities who support Virgil Abloh’s brand. The thing I like about this belt is that it can be worn through belt loops and also used to tie a dress or a suit jacket for a more interesting addition to an ordinary outfit. The price tag is 211 dollars which is something I even have trouble paying for a pair of shoes (I’m cheap y’all). Since getting my part time job/hustle as a fashion tagger I think the extra money might go to this as my first expensive belt purchase.

Link to purchase

-PW

Nasty Gal Haul 

Though there are many in the ranks of shops I could’t afford a couple of years ago (i.e. Nordstrom, Banana Republic and non-sale Topshop items) Nasty gal is one of those online stores I used to fawn over as a broke college student. I would spend a considerable amount of time on their site, looking at Jeffrey Campbell boots, and other brands they use to carry and I used to be obsessed with. Since moving to Japan, the ability to get designer clothing (at amazing prices at that) has been overwhelming and the time I spend looking online for clothes has diminished considerably. This is why it was very strange for me to get curious on one of the nights I couldn’t sleep and see what Nasty Gal had been up to since I took a hiatus from checking their site. What I found was surprising. A 50% off everything sale. EVERYTHING, even sale items. My first thought: go through absolutely everything, collect my tings and run these people their check. My second thought: why is everything on sale like this? Third: What happened to all the recognizable brands that used to be featured? This thought process I just outlined brought me to Google, where I promptly found out that Nasty Gal had filed for bankruptcy, closed its two stores (that I didn’t even know existed, yes PW has been out of the loop concerning any news of the American variety) in LA and had been bought by the same company that owns Boohoo, another fast fashion online retailer. I was a little heartbroken for the company because I knew they had emphasized being what they call a “girlboss” or women who are successful in business and other similar fields. BUT then my thoughts were transported back to the 50% off sale and all was well.  Keep scrolling to see what I came away with!

-PW

These earrings are definitely making an appearance on my trip to Bali this Christmas 🙂

 

These ones too 😀
All my pants, are black or blue (with the exception of my Burberry pants) so I needed some colorful pants.
Fell in love with this 90’s style bikini. For Bali, I really wanted to get a new bathing suit and I knew this one would look great against my skin tone!
I know winter is approaching, but that didn’t stop me from buying this cropped tank. I have laid off wearing crop tops for nearly a year now, and opt instead to wear shirts tucked into high waisted skirts/pants. I liked the tie detail and color of this particular top so I bought it.

Everything I Want I Have…

“…Money, Notoriety and Rivieras”

-Lana Del Rey

Hey y’all, I’m glowing.

Shirt: Zara

Jeans/Belt: H&M

Earrings: Nasty Gal

Shoes: Adidas

Sunglasses: DKNY

-PW

 

How I made my apartment my home

Ever since the second semester of my sophomore year in college, I’ve had my own room. To many, it might not seem like a big deal, but growing up in a family where you are one of four kids and spent a lifetime in a room with someone else, this was a major change and affected my whole outlook on life. I became more relaxed, more at peace and the big one: (a little) less anxiety. With moving to Nagoya in May of 2016, with my new life, job and passport, came a new apartment. Single occupancy. I was ecstatic. I was ready to decorate and make my apartment my HOME. ideas of colorful bean bag chairs, low coffee tables and art work hanging from the walls filled my head. Until it dawned on me that I was living in a city I did not like one bit which took me about a week.  After the new Japan car smell wore off and I realized how much Nagoya did not match my hopes, dreams and expectations for my life in Japan I felt there was no use to put and homely touches on a place I knew I wouldn’t see myself living for more than  year (the length of my job contract). Towards the end of my year in Nagoya, I had a burst of life into my spirit and I decided to go for it: Tokyo. Where I had originally wanted to be. I first tried to transfer to a Tokyo branch school within my company but they brushed off my request and did not take me seriously. This really sent me over the edge and I went into “Uzochi, you’re going to do this on your own and you’re going to get it if you work hard enough” mode. Every day after work for 2-3 hours, I would search the internet for teaching jobs in Tokyo, and would get no answer. Just as I was starting to give up and reserve myself to going back to Maryland, I got the interview that I was hoping for and one week later, the job! Fast forward to moving into my apartment. I knew Tokyo was somewhere I was going to stay for a least the next two years, so I made it a point to make my apartment look exactly how I wanted my home to look. This started with my clothing rack.

 

Something I KNEW I wanted in my apartment was this clothing rack. The amount of clothes I have sometimes keeps me from being creative with my outfits and so this rack acts as a visual organizer to help me put things together that I otherwise wouldn’t have.

Books. Having many around keeps me calm and in the house when I need to be. I haven’t been reading as much as I should lately because of me taking plaitwoman.com so seriously and trying to post content at least every other day. I’ll try to find more time to expand my mind with literature.


This jar of colorful stones were collected on a camping trip held by the  company I work for. I shake it sometimes to hear the pretty sound. Not a necessity but it is a nice decoration that provides an added touch to my hibiscus plant that currently isn’t blooming.


Funny story how I happened upon this tapestry. Those cute “open for a surprise” tweets where after  while you expected to open up to an adorable dog or cat. This particular tweet was of the former but one twitter user  inquired about the tapestry hanging on the wall of the photo instead of the canine. I went from there and read through the comments, hoping the user would post the site they got the art from. Luckily they did and the next day I was on Society6.com purchasing the “The One” wall tapestry by artist Sivan Karim. It’s still available and on society6 for 15% off right now!

-PW

Treasure Factory Haul #2

Back at it again with the TFH: Treasure Factory Haul. TF is officially my favorite place to shop, specifically the location in Higashikurume, an 8 minute bike ride from my apartment. I always walk away with quality articles of clothing and one of a kind pieces for extremely low prices. Without further ado, let’s get into what I picked up:

1) THE RING

This ring looks like glass and reminds me of minimalistic architecture
Only 98 yen 🙂

2) THE (BUBBLE) SKIRT

I call this my “bubble skirt”. It’s not what I’d typically wear (which is a little ridiculous to say because I don’t have a particular style) but I feel like subconsciously I’ve been gravitating more and more towards more feminine silhouettes. The belt was a surprise and tucked in a plastic bag attached to the skirt and I didn’t open it until I got home.

 

I like it paired with another belt and some black jeans. I think I’ll wear it like this more often than with the skirt it came with.

3) THE (QUILTED) SKIRT

Scored this See by Chloe mini skirt for only 750 yen! Its very similar to my H&M skirt that is a staple in my closet, but this fits me a little bit better and has an awesome quilt effect.

 

4) THE SHIRT

This is the perfect shirt that doesn’t have to be tucked in. It’s refreshing as a chronic shirt tucker-inner to have a button down that doesn’t need to be paired with something high waisted.

 

5) THE TOTE

This tote was only 180 yen and I couldn’t resist the Swedish flag printed on it.

6) THE COAT

THE COAT.
I really love this coat because of the length, checkered pattern and the price. This coat only set me back 980 yen!

7) THE FIT

Sunglasses, coat, tote are all from Treasure Factory. Paired with some old Adidas Stan Smith and a black dress.

 

P.S…

Really excited to be shooting my first official pictures for my styling portfolio this weekend. I’m hoping the pictures come out great!

-PW

What’s on Plaitwoman’s Clothing Rack #2

My second edition of my new series “What’s on Plaitwoman’s Clothing Rack?” Check it out  below 🙂

I’ve had this jacket for about 4 years and got it at my local thrift store in Howard County, Maryland, where I’m from. It’s vintage Calvin Klein and used to be one of my staples when fall weather approached. Last year while I was still living in Nagoya, I added this lipstick patch on the back for some added edge and to give people walking behind me a surprise 🙂
Bought in Osaka from resale/vintage shop. I really like this image and enjoy the people staring at it whenever I’m out and wearing it.
Pairing this vintage white blouse with a silk dress is my idea of British it-girl who has a musician boyfriend and occasionally blogs about fashion and guest writes for W magazine. Would be great paired with some low heeled sandals pale in color and dainty earrings.
Dress: See by Chloe, Shirt: Vintage
This dress is making a second appearance on my blog. I first wore it to the Night Aquarium art exhibit I attended in Chuo-ku. It’s pretty short to be worn in this season but the sleeves remind me of fall.
Jacket: Calvin Klein (vintage)

P.S…

I just went  (relatively) CRAZY at the Nasty Gal 50% off (everything, even sale items) sale. I’ll definitely post about what I bought and another post about how everything fits!

-PW