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14 Jul 2018

Cute Tokyo Bars for Larme Fans | Tokyo Nightlife

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Hi dolls! I hope everyone is enjoying the hot summer weather and the holidays that come along with them! If you're in the southern hemisphere I hope you're all keeping warm with lots of hot chocolate and blankets! 

Anyhow, onto today's topic! This time it's quite different from our usual posts. You may remember last year I wrote a blog featuring some of my favourite cafes around Tokyo (and Kyoto!). Following that post, I decided to explore a little more and see what Japan's nightlife has to offer Larme fans. I was definitely not disappointed! Below are some of my top recommendations for those of you feeling a bit adventurous!
Bar Zikkai | Ginza  
 When most people think of a bar, they think of loud music and even louder people trying to yell over the music! However, tucked away in the basement of the Ginza MS building lies Bar Zikkai. This bar offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, in which guests are surrounded by large, comfortable sofas and a seemingly never-ending supply of books. A large bookcase covering the back wall, houses all your favourite literary classics (such as Alice in Wonderland ;D) and also offers an extensive range of photo and visual art books to flick through! Its interior has an eerie yet romantic feel with chandeliers, skulls and roses scattered throughout the bar. It's drink menu features a wide selection of liquor, with it's most popular drinks being the monthly theme drinks! These are featured on their social media so be sure to check out their Instagram! Bar Zikkai operates as a café during the day, so you can visit and experience a different ambience depending on what time you go!

Price: From 1000 yen + Table Charge (Cafe time 15:00 ~ 18:00 = 500 yen OR Bar time 18:00 ~ 24:00 = 1000 yen)
Address: 2nd Basement Floor of the MS Ginza Building, 5-1-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo | 
東京都中央区銀座5-1-8 銀座MSビル地下二階
 > Take the Exit C2 from Ginza station
Opening Hours: Tuesday ~ Sunday  15:00 ~ 24:00
Closed on Mondays. Open late on Friday nights (Until 2:00 the next day)
Website: https://www.zikkai.com/
 Twitter: @zikkai
 Instagram: @zikkai
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barzikkai/

Hachigatsu no Kujira | Shibuya  

Film culture plays such a significant role within the Larme magazine and is an endless source of inspiration for both the fashion and photoshoot concepts. Hachigatsu no Kujira is famous for it's unique and exciting movie-themed cocktails, with it's menu featuring a selection of movie names and the alcoholic base for each cocktail. If your favourite movie isn't on the list, you can ask a bartender to create one especially for you! I would recommend researching the Japanese name for the movie though, as movie names can be completely different from English to Japanese (i.e. The movie 'Coco' is called 'Remember me' in Japanese). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that prices for Hachigatsu no Kujira were quite reasonable, and despite it's special concept, most cocktails are similar prices to any other standard bar. However, as one would expect, the more elaborate the cocktail, the more expensive! 

Price: From 800yen ~ + Table Charge (500 yen)
Address: 28-13 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo | 東京都渋谷区渋谷1-25-10 のんべい横町
Opening Hours: 16:00 ~ 4:00 (the next day)


Bar Piano | Shibuya  

Bar Piano is a cozy little bar nestled amongst several small and eclectic bars situated in the famous Nonbei Yokochou in Shibuya! The interior is filled with antique chandeliers, oil paintings and a myriad of cute knickknacks, leaving your eyes entertained no matter where you look! The bar itself has a maximum capacity of around 6-8 people (3 seats down stairs and large couch, curving around the walls of the top floor), making it an ideal location for a small gathering of friends. Enjoy chatting and having a drink or two while you take cute pictures with the gorgeous interior!

Price: From 1000 yen + Table Charge (1000 yen)
Address: Nonbei Yokocho, 1-25-10 Shibuya, Tokyo  | 東京都渋谷区渋谷1-25-10 のんべい横町
Opening hours: Everyday, 20:00 ~ 3:00 (the next day)


So that was a few of my recommendations for cute bars in Tokyo, Japan. Let us know in the comments which one you would like to visit! Until next time!


DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that the legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old and it against the law to consume alcohol if you are underage, even if it is legal in your home country.

27 May 2018

Style Steal: Melt the Lady designer, Aya!

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Hello everyone! Today I have another installment in our Style Steal series! This time I've chosen the wonderful Aya - a model and designer of the well known brand Melt the Lady. Below is four of her personal outfits, as well as suggestions for dupes in order for you to replicate her style! I hope you enjoy!

Aya's style is very versatile and she is a master at creating stylish coordinates by interpreting each season's trends in a unique and interesting way. Her main two styles seem to be either girly with a fitted silhouette, and featuring lots of lace and feminine details, or a more loose casual and sporty style that still keeps the Larme vibe by utilising cute accessories such as ribbons, chic sunglasses and fancy phone cases.

Aya pays particular attention to detail, often choosing unique bags and accessories as a main vocal point. Sometimes these accessories are in a contrasting colour to further compliment each outfit. I personally love how she manages to make her street style look sleek and stylish, but still comfortable and easy to move around in - Perfect for a trip to Disneyland or a long day of sight-seeing!

I've selected four of my favourite outfits from Aya's Instagram and searched through many online stores such as Forever 21, H&M and Asos, in order to find items that are more widely available to you!

 Outfit One - Feminine x Leopard


Choker: Shelly de Titi
Top: Very Brain
Skirt: Moussy
Coat: HoneymiHoney
Bag: Cannabis Ladies
Socks: Unknown
Shoes: Melt the Lady
Cheaper Alternative
[click the brand name to open the shopping page]

Choker: Forever 21 $6.30 USD or Bodysuit: Boohoo $12.00 USD
Top: Spinns $31 USD
Skirt: Boohoo $17 USD
Coat: Boohoo $43 USD
Bag: Aliexpress $28.56 USD
Socks: Forever 21 $1.95 USD
Shoes: Asos $41.50 USD


Outfit Two - Denim with Red Accents

 Top: Unknown
Onepiece: HoneymiHoney
Tights: Unknown
Shoes: bubbles tokyo
Bag: Unknown

Cheaper Alternative

Top: Spinns $20.00 USD
Onepiece: Asos $103.00 USD OR Spinns $37.00 USD
Tights: Asos $12.00 USD
Shoes: Boohoo $23.00 USD
Bag: Aliexpress $6.99 USD

Outfit Three - Beige x Melt the Lady

Sunglasses: miu miu
Top: Fiction Tokyo
Pants: Fiction Tokyo
Shoes: Onitsuka Tiger

Cheaper Alternative

Sunglasses: Spinns $26.30 USD
Top: Fashion Nova $24.99 USD OR Boohoo $22.00 USD
Pants: Boohoo $23.00 USD
Shoes: Boohoo $15.00 USD

Outfit Four - Sporty Casual x Leopard

Cap: HoneymiHoney
Top: Melt the Lady
Pants: Melt the Lady
Shoes: Unknown
Phone case: miu miu

   Cheaper Alternative

 Cap: Pretty Little Thing $12.00 USD
Top: Boohoo $14.60 USD
Pants: Forever 21 $19.00 USD
Shoes: Asos $48.00 USD
Phone case: Aliexpress $3.38 USD OR Aliexpress $3.19 USD

 *I've listed prices in USD for consistency.

I hope these outfits have inspired you all to try out Aya's gorgeous style!
Which one was your favourite? Which outfit would you like to wear? Leave us a comment down below!

Thank you for reading and see you in the next post.

3 Apr 2018

Valentine's Day | Petite Dollies Fashion Theme

Back in February, Petite Dollies announced the first ever Fashion Theme! The idea was born from a discussion in the Larme Facebook group concerning the amount of similar coordinates within the foreign community, due to limited contact with the fashion outside of Japan. 
Our goal in starting this fashion theme is to encourage everyone to experiment with different styles and colour schemes, and remove ourselves from our fashion comfort zone! This is not to say that we can't still enjoy our favourite colours and fashion styles (You know I'm all for pink x black coords ;D), but we thought it would be a little less nerve-wracking for people to try out something new if we all did at the same time! Who knows, you might even discover your new favourite colour combination or clothing style!
 For our first theme, we chose 'Valentine's Day' and below are the cute and stylish girls who sent in their beautiful entries to us!
one. Nana
Instagram: @mamatiannatheo

two. Fon K.
three. Weisstariss d'Orange
 Instagram: @weisstariss

four. Marisa
 Instagram: @awkwardsquidward

five. Wing
 Instagram: @chocoreverie

Thank you to all who participated in our first ever fashion theme! You all look amazing! <3
Our next fashion theme is 'Spring is in the air'!
If you'd like to participate, please email (theauthors@petitedollies.com) us:
> Your name
> Your username from your SNS of choice (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube etc.)
> A small description of your outfit and the inspiration behind it
> 1~3 pictures of your outfit, hair and makeup
Think about what inspires you about spring! Maybe it's a picnic date? or picking flowers in a garden! What patterns and colours make you think of spring? Gingham or floral? Pinks, reds, greens, or maybe purple? Whatever you decide, we are looking forward to seeing your beautiful coordinates!
Please send us your entry for this Fashion Theme before May 31st 2018.

Note: We decided to make the theme bi-monthly to give you a bit more time to come up with your coordinates, as well as to follow along with Larme magazine, which is also bi-monthly. We may return to monthly themes in the future, although this depends on how many entries we receive!
Thank you for reading and we hope you participate!