Outfits For Japan

Japan Outfits

So I am obviously going for comfort over style here. In order to insure my back does not go haywire while traveling, I am only bringing comfortable, supportive shoes. My wardrobe in general is pretty neutral so gathering neutral pieces was not a difficult task. These neutral pieces will make mixing and matching much easier and with the exception of the two chambray tops, all items will stay wrinkle free. I bought a travel size Downy Wrinkle Releaser to help with that.


I over pack. I am a over prepared person always thinking “what’s the worst that could happen” and then trying to prepare for that potential problem. The only way I can avoid over packing is after checking the weather of my destination, I make a list. From that list I make outfits, try each outfit on and take a photo with my phone. Then I can decide if it’s a “yes” or “no.” If there is any outfit that I am not 100% sure that I will wear, I scrap it. For this trip in particular, I watched videos about how most adults dressed in Tokyo, which was helpful in picking out particular styles of sandals and tops. For example, low cut tops (even without tons of cleavage) is not typically smiled upon in Tokyo but showing a lot of leg is normal. So, I only included two v-neck tops and made sure they were not too low.

Typically, you want to wear the bulkiest items to the airport. So I will wear the Nike tennis shoes, the everyday jacket, and use my backpack as my carry-on bag.

Number of Items
  1. Tops- 8
  2. Bottoms- 6 (3 pairs of the same black capris)
  3. Jackets- 3 (4 if you count my rain jacket)
  4. Shoes- 3
Other Packing Ideas
  • Use packing cubes
  • Use shoe bags
  • Pack outfits together so you remember what goes with what
  • Take a laundry or plastic bag to store dirty clothes
  • Utilize the zipper compartments inside your suitcase (e.g. shove your pajamas in that zipper pocket on the side of your suitcase)
  • Leave a little room for souvenirs
  • Leave the hair dryer at home (I checked to make sure the hotels I booked had hair dryers)
  • Leave valuables at home (I am not taking my Barbour jacket, fine jewelry, expensive handbags, or anything that if lost would completely devastate me)
  • Travel size is more expensive but sometimes necessary. I have those little travel size bottles that I will be using for my facewash but other than that I need a mini dry shampoo, hairspray, Lysol, and toothpaste to abide by the 3.4 ounce rule.
  • Check out TjMaxx and Marshalls for less expensive luggage, packing organizers, and accessories
  • Pack at least one change of clothes in your carry-on.
  • Practical versus stylish- if you’re a girl who looks at Pinterest, you know you have seen these cute girls with their Louis Vuitton carry-ons and stylish outfits but here’s the truth: do you want to accidentally scratch that Louis Vuitton carry-on or have blisters on your feet? Carrying an expensive purse is one thing but if you are flying a very long distance, I would avoid worrying too much about how fashionable you look. Of course, if you are taking a private jet, this does not apply 🙂







Packing For Japan & China- Clothing

Japan Clothing

I am finally taking the trip I have been dreaming of all my life! I am going to see my grandmother’s home country at the end of Spring this year. I have never been more excited about anything in my entire life. I have already starting planning and packing. I have picked 18 (actually 20 because I have three pairs of #11) comfortable, practical, and inexpensive pieces of clothing. All are neutral and can be mixed and matched. With these pieces I can make it 6 days in Japan and wash the day before we head to China for 9 days.

Though this is for my particular trip, I think most people will find this helpful. Next will be the actual outfits I am planning to wear and what I’m packing in my carry-on bag. I will be talking about the actual trip and sharing photos on Monarch Way after the trip.






pixie glow tonic


This tonic does give my skin a glow. However, I feel like it may break my face out. I have oily skin so I use it as an astringent. The smell is awful and I discussed the toxicity of this product in my Think Dirty & Skin Care Trials post.

Repurchase? NO

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleansing Gel


This was a huge waste of money ($38). Number one, it is pretty toxic according to the Think Dirty database. Number two, it is as thin as water and does nothing. It did not help prevent or treat breakouts. I didn’t even feel like my face was fully clean after using it.

Repurchase? NO

Almay oil-free makeup eraser sticks


I have had the same pack of these eraser sticks for years. They are nice to fix my eyeliner when I draw my wings unevenly or if I go a little overboard with the “flick.”

Repurchase? YES

desert essentials Tea tree shampoo


This shampoo is the only one that helps with my horrible winter hair due to not only this horribly cold weather but also our gross water. I have oily hair but during the winter my scalp gets so dry. This shampoo works to balance the scalp, however it strips your hair of color and makes your hair feel dry. My husband loves it.

Repurchase? For my husband, but not for me.

Dr. bronner’s toothpaste


No fluoride and apparently pretty safe but my teeth just don’t feel a squeaky clean after brushing versus Crest.

Repurchase? NO

benefit Roller lash

Roller Lash

This is the only mascara that I want for my lashes ( I use Maybelline Lash Discovery for my lower lashes). I curl my lashes, apply this, allow to dry, and curl again. This mascara holds the curl and does not get clumpy. I love this stuff. However, you definelty know when it is time to throw it out. My aunt recently sent me Lancome Grandiose mascara so I will be trying it first. I am also trying IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara and I hate it as of this moment.

Repurchase? YES, eventually.

tarte cC Undereye corrector


I purchased this corrector because Ulta was out of the Tarte Shape Tape and do really like it. It is very hydrating (I have very dry undereyes) and it covered well. I used it everyday but I still feel like I used it up unusually fast.

Repurchase? YES (once I used up my Benefit Erase Paste)

Elf hd LOOSE powder


Until I finally bite the bullet and buy the Laura Mercier Loose Powder, this $6 powder will work just fine to set my undereyes and liquid highlight (Tarte Shape Tape). It is a low cost option for “baking” as well.

Repurchase? I’m already halfway through my second one.

Elf pressed translucent matifying powder


It is okay. I have really oily skin so it did not work well as a touch up powder. Eventually it broke so I used a fluffy powder brush to apply it as a setting powder and it really did not control shine or last very long.

Repurchase? NO

IT Cosmetics CC+ Full Coverage Cream


I love this cc cream. My mom uses it, my aunt uses it, and I use it. We all have different types of skin and it does a great job giving us medium coverage. Again, I am an oil slick and I have acne so it does not provide me with flawless shine-free skin but it is a nice option for people who hate the way foundation feels on their face and want more coverage than a traditional bb cream. I apply this with both a beauty blender and my fingers and it blends wells.

Repurchase? YES

NARS Turkish delight


I have had this lip gloss for years. I probably should have just thrown it away. It is a cult favorite and works well as a “topper” over a lipstick that you want to lighten.

Repurchase? NO