We see those fanny packs everywhere but with a new name and way to wear them; they are back in fashion. Here’s why.

by Yvette E.

So the bum bag keeps coming back season after season. We wondered about the obession behind these little bags that make things so accessible.

Origins of bags on belts
Bags attached to belts have been in use since antiquity in many cultures. One origin was the Native American buffalo pouch which was used instead of sewing pockets into clothing. Buffalo pouches may also be worn on the wrist or carried on the front of the chest via a neck strap or lanyard (via wikipedia). In fact the first belt bag dates back 5,000 years.

Want more info, check out the Men health article here.

So here are 3 reasons it’s back in style..

Security

Just has the bag originally was for tourist to keep important articles safe, we need the same feature in our bags today. Even though homicides have decreased, theft of every kind have increased. The hard to open bum bag with its circular zipper, makes it easy to notice if someone opens it other than you. Not to mention its close proximity to your body.

Unisex

Men and women have always worn this bag so the new gender fluency atomosphere most likely played a role. Beside tote bags, no other bag has this option. To further separate the sexes, men and women have taken wearing them differently. Men prefer backpack style (wearing on the back) while women prefer crossbody style (nestled under the breast).

Versatility

I do not mean the look but the style. The design of the bag is so simple, it can be rendered into any look and feel by just changing the fabric. This means designers can easily incorporate the bum bag into any season by switch fabric.

Even though the design of the bum bag has been around for thousands of years, it’s initial resurgence in the 90s remains unexplained.

Happy Monday, đź’‹

#tfgbb to all your bum bag picks to be featured on our instagram page.

By now, we all aware of the various instagram driven photo fun houses popping up nationwide. Some have mostly been a disappointment but we have gotten a sneak peak of this one and it could be the best one to hit the east coast.

Candytopia is an outrageously interactive candy wonderland

It first debuted in May in Santa Monica, CA and bills itself has a dream world of sweets. Think Willy Wonka themed fun. Candytopia features more than one dozen unique rooms and larger-than-life interactive art installations inspired by pure, sugary bliss.

Guests are treated to candy samples throughout the entire experience including sours and gummies, chocolate treats, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises.
Candytopia’s first location in Santa Monica drew sold-out crowds during its limited run and amassed a huge following among locals of all ages and A-list celebrities alike including Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff, Alessandra Ambrosio, and more.

The fun launches here on August 15 at Penn Plaza (145 W 32nd St.) and tickets are on sale tomorrow and are $34 for adults.

Happy Hump Day,

Yvette đź’‹

California has been hit with a series of instagram pop ups that have created drool worthy instagram photos from Happy Place to Candytopia and NYC has its own share. Here are few to check out this summer:

EGG HOUSE

Open in April, this instagram fueling pop up focuses solely on eggs. We hope to get am invite for a detailed photo shoot soon.

HAPPY PLACE

This traveling pop up spent time in LA and now is in Chicago till August 6th. Go to Happyplace.me to see if they are coming to your area. We hope NYC is a stop on the tour.

HAPPY GO LUCKY

This soho pop up opened this past saturday and we were able to get a press pass. If you are a fashion blogger and able to climb up and down 2 fleets of stairs then this photo exhibit is for you. If not, head over to the Egg House.

We will be posting pics from our photoshoot so you can be the judge. (43 Wooster street).

Happy Monday,

Yvette

It has been a long time that Target did a collaboration and this one is huge. Hunter, mostly know for brightly colored rain boots, collection for target spans shoes, bags and even plus size, men, and kids clothing alongside the more common women wear.

The collection drops April 14, this Saturday and I doubt it will last. Although, this time the collection is only available in select stores so not to repeat the last collaboration with famed Florida designer, Lily Pulitzer.

Price points takes a dip from the orginal brand’s prices starting at $20 dollars and the iconic rain boots drops the $125 price tag to just $40 dollars.

this pouch comes in various colors for $6.00!!

My fave item is the men bag above(first picture, bottom left). I can not find it on the site so comment below if you see it! The bags in general look like the iconic london bags…snag a tote for $35 and a bucket bag (so hot right now) for just $25.

The site says collection launches April 14 but some stores already have it in stock.

Happy Hump day!

Yvette đź’‹

Hello Readers,

I’m having such a fun time taking a trip down the memory lane of the fashion portion of our Tokyo trip and I could go on forever but alas it’s time to move on so I’m compiling the remaining two Fashion  brands into this post. I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did writing about it!

Liz Lisa has so many locations but the two we visited were in Harajuku and were having massive sales!I ended up getting a beautiful soft sweater with bows and two bags while Yvette ended up with a gorgeous faux fur sailor collar coat and tote bag! Liz Lisa was founded in 1999 and was a way for Gyaru style to evolve to a more grown up” look. Their style is feminine, sweet and 1960s all mashed together. Prices are $41-145

Next up is Swankiss which we visited in Shibuya 109. The store had a very pretty floral decorated area for picture taking and the pieces were so detailed and girly! Alas we didn’t purchase anything as we were planning to come back but didn’t get a chance too. I do however own a beautiful faux fur bag made to look like cotton candy from the brand. Saaya Hayashida is the designer behind Swankiss which has a dreamy, ballerina and doll like aesthetic.  Prices are $16-180

 

 

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last week and part of this week we covered the punk and goth stores I visited to soothe my dark little heart but the other half of me is covered in frosting and dusted in glitter so we also visited some super cute, frilly modern Lolita style stores. There were so many so I narrowed it down to three of my faves.

First up is Ank Rouge. Ank Rouge was located in Shibuya 109 but have several locations in Tokyo. Ank Rouge was founded by Japan imagination Co. Ltd. in 2010. Their style can be described as frilly and girly streetwear. They are much more casual but retain a modern Lolita esque vibe. I was over the moon in love with their designs but alas they were not plus size friendly so I could only drool and longingly ogle all the pretty designs..Thier prices range from $39-120.

 

 

 

 

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The next stop on our punk leg of the tour was a Brand extremely hard to find; Algonquins. I only saw this Brand in Kern magazine and instantly fell in love with their dark cute and rock and roll aesthetic but couldn’t find much information on the origins or even who the designers are behind the Brand! Needless to say I was very happy to come across the tiny store in La Floret mall in Harajuku. The prices are mid ranging from $60-120 and I was super excited to participate in their “lottery” for $5 in which the shop girl placed my 500 yen coin into a candy machine and turned the dial..a plastic container containing a number popped out and I won….a 2 pc Algonquins button set! Yay! I bought a bag, top and long fuzzy black cardigan as they were having a sale! You can only shop from them in Japan so be sure to stop by La Floret if your ever in Tokyo!

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I was over the moon with joy that I was able to shop brands I used to buy from the now defunct brick and mortar store Tokyo Rebel in Nyc ( they now have an online store only) and Otaku mode website. It was such a privilege to get super lost in the rainy cold looking for my favorite punk/goth brands which are off the beaten path. Sex Pot Revenge is located down a tiny side alley on Harajuku and took me several trips back to Harajuku to find it.

Sex Pot  Revenge was founded in 2000 by Takashi Eto and can be described as punk, goth and alternative with creepy cute thrown in. The Brand features oversized skirts, dresses and tees that are covered in graphics and gothic lettering and words and is unisex as well. They also make accessories and outerwear. They often make one of kind pieces they hand stud, rip and dye. I am happy to say you can buy the Brand at www.tokyorebel.com and cdjapan.jp and they ship internationally! Prices range from $35-120.

 

Hello readers!

We are back from our awe inspiring week long trip to Tokyo, Japan! Tokyo was a fashion blogger’s dream come true! Harajuku had such cute little boutiques, and adorable giggling school girls in their cute little uniforms! Shibuya crossing reminded me so much of my hometown New York City’s Time Square; except a little more people ( shocking as that is). I enjoyed the small malls with even tinier stores; namely La Floret and Shibuya 109. We will cover six brands we love and some we just discovered so I hope you enjoy!

First up is Korean Brand a Kol Me Baby that is based in Tokyo. I stumbled upon their store in Shibuya 109 while looking for plus sized brand Punyas and was mesmerized by their colorful and cool designed shop!  Their brand can be described as colorful urban/streetwear with a punk twist. They have oversized sweatshirts, checkerboard backpacks, fanny packs and duffle bags; hoodies with metal rings and giant tags hanging off to name a few of their pieces.Though the brand is described as being a girls Brand I can easily see men wearing the designs as well. Prices are $20-$70. I wanted everything I saw and I am sad to say they don’t ship internationally so if you are ever in Tokyo check them out.

The frist day of spring was nothing like we predicted with a massive snow storm. So how do we incorporate all the spring fashion we bought in lew of sweaters, these past sales?

Here are some early spring outfits you can use to beat the cold and still look hot!!

Layer like you mean it

Mixing prints are instantly cool!! Plus you can create interesting looks with any material. Some standout pieces are floral trenchcoats and belted vests (the fur vest in your closet works as well.

Add a bralette

From pleather to sweater, layering a bralette over a shirt seems an nod to the material girl. We also love the nod to future beach days.

Layer Jackets

Okay, guys! Henleys, windbreakers, anoraks, jackets and all sorts of outerwear can be layered for a cool guy vibe. Unzip the layers to show an array of colors!

Next week, Eva will take us back to Japan!

Happy Friyay!

Yvetteđź’‹