Black Jeans: 2nd pair EVER

I’m headed to Japan soon, and it’s likely to be rather cold. I plan to bring two pairs of jeans for the 12-day trip, one of which are these Levi’s Women’s Leggings in “Deep Night”. The other pair is $7.80 from Forever 21, which I absolutely do not trust while traveling: the buttons are janky, the zipper poor, and the stitching threatens to unravel at anytime. Why did I buy them? Well, I just wanted try out the whole ‘skinny jeans’ thing on me before committing.

Naturally, I needed second pair of skinnies that would fit into my jeans (like this). I went back to the Levi’s on so I didn’t have to go shopping and try jeans on. “Deep Night” was sold out at the time of my order: I went with Black. The last time I had black jeans was 1998, and I wore them till they were absolutely grubby and decidedly un-black anymore.


I wasn’t too thrilled about paying $40 for jeans, since my daily staple are some $16 bootcut Levi’s I get from Costco – I also bought a ‘fancier’, apparently slimming pair for $24 a few months ago – but at least they weren’t exorbitant:


They arrived overnight (Zappos’ VIP 1-day shipping is AMAZING), they make my butt look good. They do seem a tad long, but I guess jeans/jeggings tend to shrink a little? My current pair, worn in New York, also bunched a little.

I’ve started putting aside my clothes for the trip, and all I can say is…. TURTLENECK is the theme!

Uniqlo makes me happy!

In another 2 weeks’ time I’ll be in Kyushu, enjoying (hopefully) the burst of autumn colours in lovely Japan. I’ve started to think about what to pack for the cool autumn weather. Decided to ‘invest’ in a few pieces of Uniqlo’s “Heattech” clothings to start off – I may live in a sunny island 1 degree North of Equator, but being the travel-nista that I am means I have to own a small cold weather wardrobe.

I’ve heard quite a bit about “Heattech”, which is a Japanese technology that supposedly “turns moisture evaporating from your body (ie. sweat) into heat by itself”. I don’t know how it works, but I know friends (including MonoChromatic) who swears by it, and I’m not about to argue with a 10-year old Japanese technology. So off to Uniqlo I went on Thursday during lunchtime for a quick shopping trip. Bought myself a camisole and a pair of leggings to start off first – if it works really well I’ll probably get a few more pieces of long sleeve tops and leggings – it seems I may have to travel to China early next year for work, and I have a hiking trip to north-west of Spain late next Spring, which can be quite cold. So these lightweight warm clothing will come in handy.

And… guess what? Remember that orange hat that I blogged about some time ago? I saw an olive green version of it going at about 1/2 the price. So I snagged it, alongside a light, fluffy silver down vest which was on sale, at $20 off its usual price.

What a fruitful trip to Uniqlo!