fashionably different

I will begin this post with a short update that yes, I managed to hurt myself again by just doing nothing. By doing nothing, I mean walking until ultimately having my index finger (on the left hand) sucked by the steel blades of our electric fan. Following another stint in the ER (barely two months after my last stint), I am back…hurt but unscathed saved for a hairline fracture on said finger. Thus, I am typing this using my usual right hand and the thumb from my left hand. Yes, nothing can deter me from blogging.

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Okay, with the update in place, things started picking up after said ER trip via a short visit to my former office where I picked u my three new magazines, bough fresh from a Japanese convenience store and shipped to the Philippines for my viewing pleasure.

my favorite fashion magazines

These three have always been my favorite fashion magazines. Like I mentioned before, non-no started my love affair with Japanese fashion magazines almost eleven years ago as a rookie reporter for a Japanese newspaper. Then, I discovered CanCam and Vivi and never looked back.

I bought the latest issues of Vivi and Cancam while the non-no was given to me by my friend who ordered M non-no (non-no’s men fashion mag) and got the girl magazine instead. Too bad for him, a couple thousand yey for me! 🙂

free stuff inside!

Aside from having insanely cute dresses and shoes and a cute lay-out to boot, the best thing about Japanese fashion magazine is the furuko or freebie stuffs inside. I’ve read somewhere that this has been the strategy of the publishers to further entice the readers into buying the mags. Usually, freebies are these little yet painfully cute items like tote bags, make-up, accessories, pouches, wallet, etc developed in partnership with famous brands catering to that particular mag’s readers.

From non-no, I got the cutest tote bag from dazzlin:

Dazzlin is an adorable clothing line based in Japan. They have this kawaii, playful vibe going in all their collections.

Then, from CanCam…I got this cute scrunchie and pouch from Coach New York:

While it looked really cute and girly…I can’t see myself using a hair accessory that…colorful. Quality of the item wasn’t really impressive and for me, it didn’t look like it was well done.

From Vivi, well — I got…nothing. Nothing, except this three page feature on the yummy boys of Big Bang:

…and oh, if you are also a fan of the Jimusho boys, do note that their adorable mugs are plastered on the May issue of non-no. Sakurai and Aiba (Arashi) is featured. As well as the adorkable mug of Toma-chan.

Looking forward to getting next month’s issue. How, I haven’t got any idea. Too bad that there’s no Kinokuniya in the Philippines.

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