Japan 2015

IMG_6855Japan was always on my bucket list and I am so glad I made an incredible trip last Fall considering that it is the other end of the globe from the U.S. In my previous blog I discussed Tokyo and now it’s time to discover the rest of Japan. In two weeks, we explored Tokyo, Kyoto, Kawaguchiko region near Mount Fuji, Gero Onsen, Takayama, Osaka, and Nara. There were so many places on my list, but it was very hard to do all of it, so we decided to stick with these cities/regions.

Bullet trains are so fast and convenient, and its probably one of the biggest invention of mankind. It made our journey so incredible that we didn’t have to take any flights in Japan. It is slightly expensive but so much more convenient than other modes of transportations. I would highly recommend buying a weekly pass or the duration you are staying in Japan.

Kyoto, is beautiful and is famous for it’s traditional pagoda temples, shrines, and food. It is a widely spread out city, so connectivity is not as good as Tokyo, but you can take cabs, which are little more expensive than the ones in New York.

Must see in Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Nijo castle, Fushimi inari-taisha,  Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji, Yasaka shrine, Imperial palace and Nuno-miya. There are other beautiful gardens and temples to see and the ideal time to visit these places would be in April, during cherry blossom festival.

Inside the beautiful temple, Fushimi-inari-taisha, Kyoto
Beautiful historic temple Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto
Walking on the streets of Kyoto on my way to the temples. Sunglasses: Miu Miu; Top: Zara; Jeans: Jbrand; Shrug: Bershka; Bag: YSL; Accessories: Turkey
Gardens of beautiful Tenryu-ji temple
Me and this guy outside Ginkaku-ji temple
Beautiful zen temple made of gold- Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto
Outside Nijo-castle, Kyoto. Sunglasses: Miu Miu; Dress: C21; Bag: Louis Vuitton; Sandals: Tory Burch; Watch: Cartier; Fitness acessories: Jawbone
On the way to Arashiyama, Kyoto
Must try this amazing place called Tsujiri Tea house in Kyoto, it is super old and famous for it’s teas and desserts.
Walk inside Arashiyama bamboo grove (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kyoto


Kawaguchiko is a small town, from where you can view Mount Fuji on a clear day. You can also take a cable car to view points and spend some time there. It is a an hour and half drive or train ride from Tokyo.

All set to go to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji near Tokyo! Sunglasses: Fendi; Top: H&M; Blazer: Zara; Jeans: J brand; Shoes: Toms; Bag: Goyard; Accessories: Turkey; Fitness accessory: Jawbone
Beautiful Views of Kawaguchiko from one of the view points
Found this camera shy cutie there
Mount Fuji

Gero Onsen is a cute laid back heritage town of natural hot springs in the mountains. We stayed in a beautiful Japanese style Ryokan that has amazing five star amenities. We wore traditional Kimonos and lived typically like any Japanese. There is a small Ghasso village and small shrines to see in this cute town of Gero Onsen.

Our Ryokan hotel in Gero Onsen




Gorgeous gardens of Ghasso village


Statue of Buddha in one of the shrines in Gero Onsen
Admiring the gardens of Ghasso Village. Hat: Forver21; Sunglasses: Aviators (find similar here) Top: New Balance; Pants: Reebok; Shoes: Nike; Bag: Goyard; Fitness accessory: Jawbone


Enjoying the zen garden of Ghasso village
Taking a quick break on the way back
Enjoying the yummy Japanese traditional breakfast at our Ryokan, wearing the traditional Kimono

Takayama is a very historic city in Gifu region of Japan. We rented bikes and rode all over the small city. Enjoyed seeing the temples, shrines and a narrow shopping street where all the stores and houses are made of wood.

View on the way to Takayama from our train
Love riding bike in the small town of Takayama. Dress: Zara; Bag: YSL; Sandals: Tory Burch
Exploring temples in Takayama


Osaka is a commercial city and very densely populated like Tokyo. Osakan cuisine is a must try, and to die for. Since I have shell fish allergy, I couldn’t eat all of it but my husband loved it entirely.

Must see in Osaka: Osaka Castle; Shinsekai area and Dotonbori is very lively and you will find street shops and street eatery also to try.

Osaka Castle, Osaka
View of beautiful city of Osaka from the rooftop of Osaka Castle
Way to happy exploring this city!
Delicious Osakan Cuisine
Donton-bari, Osaka

Nara is a beautiful small city, where you will find deers freely roaming around on the streets and parks. Todai-ji is a must visit temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the most beautiful and powerful temples in Japan.

Buddha sculpture in gold in Todai-ji temple, Nara
Petting this cutie near the temple


How gorgeous is this deer?! Isn’t it?
I don’t know what went inside me, I started dancing like a fool. Sunglasses: Aviator (find similar here); Dress: Banana republic; Shrug: Bershka; Bag: Goyard; Necklace: Topshop; Bracelets: Turkey; Fitness accesory: Jawbone
Another sculpture inside the temple in Nara
Love this one with Buddha in the background

Weather: Winters are very cold and summers are bearably hot. Fall time was pretty good, it was neither hot, nor cold. I would highly recommend you to visit Japan in April as mid of April is the major tourist season because of Japanese cherry blossom festival.

What to wear? Comfortable footwear and clothing is necessary, a lot of walking is required in exploring these gorgeous cities and towns. Keep a shrug or a shawl in your bag, sometimes it rains and it gets cold. For the cities situated in mountains, a light quilted jacket is a must, as it gets cold sometimes.

Your two weeks itinerary for Japan is ready, time to pack your bags and fly to Japan.



Red Hot Valentine!

Hello Folks!

Since it’s the Valentine’s weekend, I would like to share my recent shoot with Kichaak productions in red hot jump suit with red lips. We did this shoot in downtown Manhattan at some amazing locations. I am sure all you ladies must be going out with your man for sunday Valentine’s brunch/dinner and wondering what to wear, how to look stunning and draw all his attention to you? what make up and outfits to wear?, and so on…

My recommendation: Wear a sexy red dress with a smoking hot pair of high heels. Don’t have a red dress?, no problem, wear your favorite LBD with a smoking hot red lipstick and gorg pair of pumps. Alternatively, you can wear a pair of denims with a statement Monochrome top and blazer. Highlight your beautiful face with bold eye make up and red lips.

Here are some of the pictures from my V’ day shoot.

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s weekend!! Enjoy!


(This post is brought to you by Kichaak Productions)




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Outfit details:

Jumpsuit: H&M; Gold Pumps: Jimmy Choo; Sunglasses: Prada; Beret: Japan (Harajuku); Clutch: YSL; Cuff: NewYork & Company.


Tokyo Love!


Yes, I am in love with Japan, its culture, food, architecture and the beautiful people. We made a trip to Japan last year in October for two weeks. Before telling you guys anything, I just want to share that I have traveled decent amount of countries and no doubt, Japan has to be the most cleanest countries in the world. The credit goes to their system and the way it’s executed at macro level. We spent five days in Tokyo and rest of the time in other cities. Tokyo is rich in heritage; it is a beautiful, modern city, with a very fast-paced lifestyle. Food is so tasty and rich in nutrients, specially fish and beef are their specialities. I am a sushi, sashimi, and ramen lover, so it is a heaven for me in terms of food. It is a very fashionable city, you will see a large chunk of people carrying expensive bags, wearing expensive clothes and following expensive fashion. At the same time, you will see a different population of young generation wearing comic costumes or dressing up like their favorite animated characters. They love vending machines, you will find it possibly everywhere. Interestingly, gaming arcades are more popular than casinos. Japan has a lot of Shrines, temples and monasteries.

Points of interest:  Meji shrine, Sensoji temple, Shinjuku garden, Zojo ji, Imperial palace, Sky tower and Metropolitian government building observatory ( aerial views of Tokyo), Harajuku and Takeshita street (fashion), Kabukicho (Casinos, game arcades), Roppongi (clubs and nightlife), Shibuya crossing (time square of Tokyo), Shinjuku and Nishishinju (good hotels), New York rooftop bar in Hyatt (gorgeous day/night views and amazing dinner & drinks) and lots more.

What to wear? Casual comfortable clothes and shoes, a lot of walking is required while exploring the city, I would recommend wearing sexy dresses and heels at night for dinners.

Weather: It was very close to fall when we went there, so weather was quite pleasant. Best time of the year is April, around Japanese cherry blossom time. Since it is a famous Japanese flower festival time, sakura matasuri and you will get to see beautiful flowers blooming.

My special thanks to our team trafash, including its charter member Doug Rainwater, who joined us for the trip and did some awesome photography for this post, and our amazing friend Aya Hinata, thanks for showing us around and taking us to the best places in Tokyo. We wish to come back soon.

Day one in Tokyo
Meji Shrine, Tokyo
Walk in the gardens of Meji Shrine, Tokyo. Crop top: C21; Skirt: Forever21; Bag: YSL; Sandals: Valentino
Beautiful gardens of Meji Shrine, Tokyo
Sugar rush! Matcha mousse on the way to our next attraction
Taking a short break outside Sensoji temple, Tokyo.
Beautiful Nishishinjuku at night, Tokyo
Heading out of Hilton for sightseeing in Tokyo
Aerial view of Tokyo from the Metropolitan building observatory
In search for some food in Nishishinjuku, Tokyo
Have you tried this weird sounding flavor yet?!
In Zojoji temple. Shades: Miu Miu; Top: Necessary clothing; Blazer: Zara; Skirt: Zara; Bag: Louis Vuitton; Sandals: Valentino
Beautiful statue of Lord Buddha in Zojoji temple, Tokyo
Mouth watering sushi and sashimi at sushi Zenmai, Tokyo
Late night dinner/drinks with gorgeous night views of the city at New York rooftop bar in Hyatt, Tokyo. Dress: C21; Clutch: YSL; Pumps: Zara
Shibuya crossing at night, Tokyo
Walk in Harajuku, Tokyo. Crop top: Necessary Clothing; Palazzo crop pants: Forever21; Bag: Louis Vuitton; Wrist band: Jawbone UP2; Watch: Cartier
Crab miso soup
Trying some amazing sakes in Tokyo
Non-stop eating, heaven for food lovers like me
Now craving for this piping hot bowl of Udon
Last day before heading to the airport in Tokyo. Shrug: Bershka; Dress: Guess; Bag: Goyard; Shades: Fendi
Bidding goodbye to this beautiful city. See you soon!