A Lifestyle Blog With an Expat Twist.

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    Fast Fashion Finds: Coated Denim

    This month’s “Fast Fashion Finds” is dedicated to my current apparel obsession: coated denim. On my wish list for the past year, I’ve found some fantastic…

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    The Daily 8

    It’s the end of another week and boy was this a busy one for Craig and I with lots of late nights working. Exciting new things to come to this space starting Monday. Here…

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    Small Kitchen Missions: Red Velvet Mug Cakes

    I’ve never been a baker . . . although I’ve happily been a consumer of baked goods for almost 28 years. I prefer to leave everything from birthday cakes to Christmas…

  • OctoberBeautyBuys

    October Beauty Essentials

    As the climate has changed, I’ve already noticed changes in my skin and am starting to change up my skincare routine for the colder, drier months. While my skin never gets…

  • MtMitakeMain

    6 Happy Sights

    I’ve learned the best experiences often occur with the least amount of advanced planning. You have an idea and just bite the bullet and go for it. This was the case when…

    DailyEight74

    The Daily 8

    As we get closer and closer to Halloween, more and more Tokyo businesses are putting up decorations and selling special Halloween-inspired items. Since Halloween wasn’t always…

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    The Daily 8

    Today is a gray, rainy day and it’s been the perfect excuse to do some planning. Changes are on the way to this blog. All good things, starting…

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    The Daily 8

    I’m pretty stoked about tonight’s dinner (“Stoked” –> Can you tell I worked at Urban Outfitters?). I found some Chipotle-inspired recipes online and tonight we dine…

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    The Daily 8

    Today my legs are still recovering from a great hike this weekend. It’s always a treat to get out of the city and into nature, even…

    GivingGiftsMain

    A Gifting Culture

    In Japan, gifts are a staple of social interaction. My cooking instructor gave me a gift of appreciation for taking her class — a small cosmetic pouch. Craig…

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    The Daily 8

    TGIF. I had another successful bootcamp class this morning and feel ready to make the most of the weekend, especially now that the rain is gone.…

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    The Daily 8

    Craig and I booked out tickets this week to fly home Jan.1 and we couldn’t be more excited — it will have been almost 11 months…

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    The Daily 8

    After an absolutely picturesque day yesterday, today has been gloomy and rainy so far. But compared to how other parts of Japan have been impacted by…

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