My trip to Japan happened at the last minute and quite unexpectedly (only because my planned Taiwan trip ended up being too expensive!!)
Even a modest pool-equipped B&B can set you back NTD43K!
On my birthday last year, I booked myself for a super expensive "glass house" B&B in the Yilan district.
I mean, ok, it's supposed to be a super expensive place right? (after checking into the room, I found two leftover lunch boxes in the mini fridge....?)
So in the end, I cancelled my booking and decided to go to Japan and found a nice little ryokan on Airbnb. Check out my adventures below!!
Today, I want to first share my experience with two lovely handbags from mizzue.
I ordered these before I left and surprisingly they arrived from Hong Kong within 4 days!
I'm used to having to wait much longer....
This is the mizzue Mira Olivo! When I bought it, it was on sale with a 35% discount.
The two bags I'm reviewing are dual-use designs.
I guess most girls won't think to bring a clutch out with them.
That's why I don't have many.
Those that I do have are like this dual-use type (attach the strap and it becomes a shoulder bag).
I don't have anything in gold, but when I saw this on offer with an attractive discount, I didn't hesitate to stuff it into my shopping cart!
I love this patchwork style design.
Sure, it might look a little plain, but I love the hardware and the way it's put together.
And it might look small, but it actually holds quite a bit!
There are three internal compartments and an outside pocket.
It really surprised me how it managed to fit my cosmetics, my iPhone 6+, Agnes b. wallet, blotting paper, passport and SONY NEX-5R camera!
The rose-gold colour is super understated, yet attractive.
I would never have imagined that the elegance of the rose-gold would carry over so well in an informal and casual design.
A few days later, I decided to go for a flowing, floral print overall and white T. The Mira Olivo at my side.
Whilst it's not real leather, there's texture and the quality is wonderful.
I got the Sheree Devot when it was offered at a around 40% discount
This one is a little smaller but although I couldn't carry my SONY NEX-5R with it, I still had my cosmetics/iPhone 6+/Agnes B. medium wallet/facial tissues and passport all nice and snug inside.
This summer, I bought a lot of things in white.
Really, I had no idea I had bought so many things in the same colour.
Last month, on a Korean online bid site, I came across the same adorable tasseled flap bag offered by three sellers. (Sadly, all three said they were out of stock!!).
I saw the Sheree Devot at mizzue and there was a great discount going.
I figured it would look superb with my full-length red cotton dress I plan to wear on my birthday.
I chose the white and black one because it had a wonderful envelope bag feel.
The mizzue logo is placed in the middle at the top and looks quite nice. It's there but not in an overly attention seeking way.
If you want a more graceful look, use it as a clutch.
If it's a casual look or you want the convenience of a shoulder bag, just attach the included shoulder strap.
I love the way you get to choose how to wear it depending on your mood.
It was a good thing I chose this dress too!
It was super super hot in Japan (it would have been nice if the slits were a little higher!)
This combination of the red from the dress and the white from the clutch looks rather me doesn't it?
Being someone used to shopping for accessories from Korea, naturally my expectations may sometimes be a little optimistic.
These two designs are from mizzue's discount selection and they're actually quite ok!
An opportunity to travel and a new bag to use. So yeah, I'm pretty pleased!
Do you like them?