Suited for Snow

snow in tokyo

My recent solo trip to Tokyo coincided with the heaviest snow storms in the last 50 years. Thankfully my Espirit wool trench coat kept me warm (and my head too in my new hat), and these Ralph Lauren boots were comfortable and reliable despite the snow-covered streets and sidewalks.

Incidentally, the last time I emptied out a major city with a natural disaster (read: NYC & Hurricane Sandy), I was wearing an older pair of Ralph Lauren boots, and a water-resistant DKNY trench coat instead. Same purse this time, same gloves, but I alternated between the chunky infinity scarf with a $5 ‘Heat Tech’ scarf I picked up at Uniqlo.

I miss it all already.

 

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In-flight Indulgences

I’m still reeling from my 27 hours of travel, but I certainly have many positive things to share about this journey:

I was initially quite dismayed to learn that we had a second stopover, making my journey SIN-ICN / ICN-NRT / NRT-LAX (or, Singapore to Seoul, Seoul to Tokyo, and Tokyo to Los Angeles, if you don’t speak airport code).

However, during our brief stop in Japan where I had about 20 minutes to spare, I chanced upon my new favorite face wash!

shiseidowhip

They retailed for ¥680 at the airport, or just under US$8, so I snapped up two tubes. I absolutely LOVE the rich, thick, foamy lather, and I imagine it would work splendidly with my Olay Pro-X cleaning brush!

And of course, with Korean Air’s formidable arsenal of in-flight shopping merchandise, I did not leave empty handed. They take in-flight shopping VERY seriously, with stickers for your headrest, lest you miss out!
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Despite the protests of my wallet, my vanity succumbed to the allure of SK-II, having used their range of products for a week in NYC with great results, and most recently enjoying a very decadent facial treatment at their boutique spa.

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I purchased the Cellumination Essence, and Whitening Spots Specialist, both of which cost $40 less on KoreanAir than if purchased in the US. It’s a huge splurge for me, but they really do seem to work, so I’m going to give it a shot. I can’t say that I will be willing/able to afford the rest of their range, but… oh, the scary slippery slope that is SK-II!

But it’s not all about expensive purchases on the flight. KoreanAir also had these products by Jurlique, and because I absolutely LOVE the fresh scent of lavender, I made many more trips to the bathroom than necessary, just for another spritz of the hydrating mist on my face and for a dab of lotion on my hands.
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Flying Trans-Pacific is so much more fun with lovely free toiletries and good deals to be had!