A Sunset in the land of the rising sun

Summers in Nagoya are unbearably  hot and humid. The evenings are a bit more bearable – but I am just completely over summer right  now. I can’t wait to get back to wearing my leather jackets and vests and alternating between my Sam Edelman’s and Nike’s. The summer sales make up for it though. I got some pretty good deals on clothing from brands like United Arrows and Theory.

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I think catching beautiful views in Japan is quite easy. The sunrise here is unbelievably early, and the sun sets very early as well. I’ve been trying to take it easy, and really enjoy and appreciate my surroundings more. Working full time all day can make someone easily miss out on the small things.

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Unfortunately I’ve somehow lost the charger to my camera, so I’ve had to rely more on my iPhone to capture the shots. It does a decent job on capturing the moments in my neighborhood. I have also been interviewed for a small bit for Nagoya TV on my life in Nagoya, but not having a TV (not using it, rather) made me want to pass on the whole thing anyway. But it was fun, and I think making positive memories in Nagoya will make me more attached to the city.

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Written on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:22 AM by Alina Varvarici

ALINA IN AICHI

It has been six months since I moved back to Japan. The atmosphere is so much different here in Aichi, than in Akita where I used to live. I’m still getting used to my surroundings. I’m  trying to make my apartment feel like home, and IMG_0248 IMG_0575

sometimes that can be difficult. I miss everyone back in Toronto, but I also learn to make the best of my time in Japan. Becoming a Japanese resident is something I never expected in my life, but I welcome the change. Currently, I’m trying to be more physically active, and thinking about starting ballet lessons next month. I have also wanted to start jogging again – but the heat is just too unbearable in Nagoya right now. Mostly, I have been getting back into sketching and watercolor again, and working on my left sleeve – which I’m most excited about. Traveling around Japan and collecting pieces from the best tattoo artists in Japan has been a big highlight.

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For regular updates on my shenanigans in Japan, don’t forget to follow me on my social media, under the “Profile” tab.

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Written on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 12:14 AM by Alina Varvarici

Sunday Night with Selfoss

Last night I had the amazing chance to see Selfoss again, this time at The Rivoli. I had the pleasure of meeting the band and seeing them at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto earlier this Fall.


If you're into contemporary shoegaze, or just amazing music in general - I highly recommend giving them a listen, better yet, to attend a show. I plan to completely enjoy the rest of my time here in Toronto before I start work in Japan in a few months. Attending shows and concerts I enjoy will be tough in Japan, not only because of the difference in music styles, but of course the work hours. I am yet to discover contemporary Japanese shoegaze, so it's one of the things on my to-do list before departure.


Their sounds is absolutely phenomenal - refreshing, genuine, something difficult to find in today's music.
Make sure to check them out:
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Written on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM by Alina Varvarici

Changes: North to South

It is with both joy and sorrow that I can now officially announce that I will be moving to Aichi prefecture in just three months. Soon, I will be received my diploma and will be moving back to Japan. As of now, my time is spent mostly preparing for my leave: getting things organized, moving out, and so on. I am extremely happy that I will be living in Aichi prefecture, and you should expect regular updates once I get settled in! I am happy that I will be back in Japan and I will get to see some of closest friends; however I am also sad to leave some friends behind and having to postpone my plans of attending graduate school.

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Written on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM by Alina Varvarici

May 2014 Favourites

I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of June. Where did Spring go? This summer I will finish my final classes in university and get my degree, which means I will be moving back to Japan this year! Because of that, I haven't been posting on the blog. Finishing university AND moving all in one season can take a toll on a person. But I have decided to do monthly favourites as a way nice and quick way of maintaining the blog until I get the time to blog on a weekly basis. So without further ado, here are my monthly favourites for May!
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1. Victoria’s Secret Strawberries & Champagne Fragrance Mist: I only tend to use this during the spring and summer and I am almost out of it. Although I like the scent, I don’t think I’ll repurchase this again because I doesn’t last very long and I have about a million other mists to finish. Regular Price: $14
2. Hollister Fringe Backpack (Tan): I love the size of this backpack! Not too big, not too small! Its very roomy, and I love the size of the straps. The fringe is very delicate and adds the perfect touch. I thought this back would be perfect in the summer and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it. Canadian Price: $64.95 (also available in Light Tan)
3. Abercrombie & Fitch Meredith Tank: I wore this way to often this month with absolutely everything – jeans, skirts, shorts, cardigans and jackets! This probably the best purchase I made this season – and I know I’ll wear it tons this summer. Not to mention, it’s super soft and light. Canadian Price: $30 (also available in other prints / colors)
4. Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Lace Shorts (Cream): I wanted a pair of quality white lace shorts for a long time and I am so happy I got them! They go with some many things and give a casual look without being sloppy. Canadian Price: $54 (also available in Navy)
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5.NARS Eyeshadow Palette (Hanamichi): This is a stunning Holiday 2011 Collection Eyeshadow Palette, so I apologize for it’s limited availability, but its just stunning! I know that sites like Amazon still offer it, so it’s not completely unattainable. This palette features for beautiful shades and comes with a gorgeous pouch and brush. US Price: $65
6. L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm (#218 Rose Elixir) : I love this lip product! I love the added SPF 15 and the color is a gorgeous sheer light pink that goes with absolutely everything. If I don’t know which lip color to wear or if I’m in a hurry, I know I’ll use this. And the packing is stunning. Price varies.
7. Essie Nail Polish (#168 Spaghetti Strap): I needed a new nail polish for castings: something simple and sophisticated but that won’t attract attention. This is a very classic and natural shade of pink that doesn’t clash with anything and does distract. I simply love it and wore it to all my castings this month! Price varies.
8. Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder: I was lusting over this for a long time until i finally decided to get it a few months back! Like the Essie nail polish, this doesn’t clash with any outfit or makeup and is very natural. I can’t get enough of this blush, and I am so happy with it! Highly recommended. Canadian Price: $36
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Written on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:55 PM by Alina Varvarici

Hiatus Declaration

I officially declare this blog on hiatus. I’m swallowed in work (both academic and professional).

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The “empties” products reviews have been one of my favorites to read from my favorite bloggers, and I’m currently keeping current empties to feature when I do start posting again (beginning or mid winter) – so my “blog vacation” is not all in vain.

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Written on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM by Alina Varvarici

Fion Gardener’s Organic Green Tea Essence

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to blog about this item, but it’s just soo good, I couldn’t resist. It’s Fion Gardener's Organic Green Tea Essence Pure Cleansing Oil with Pure Olive Oil, Green Tea Extract and Hotspring Water. I went on a little shopping spree at Loft a while back, and it’s one of the many things I picked up.
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It costs 1260円 for 150ml. I haven’t seen it at other department or drugstores because I never had to look for it there, but I have to say, this is worth hunting down. I’d say it’s very comparable to either the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and even the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. It removes makeup and purifies skin so beautifully. The only bad thing is – for international readers – I don’t think this is available outside Japan, and I have not seen it sold online. But if you do spot it, do let me know.
I can spend hours and hours just browsing through Loft, and I’m so pleased I found this.
XOXO,有菜。

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Written on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM by Alina Varvarici