Monday, March 31

A Taste of India

I try to visit my friends' events as often as I possibly can and I was thrilled to be able to check out A Taste of India sale exhibition in Shibuya last Saturday. Yuka has an eye for selecting beautiful textile and jewellery pieces in Jaipur, India and I always love to find out what new products have been added to her stock. This time she had selected some really gorgeous jewels designed by Manish Arora, an Indian fashion designer, among other treasures. I couldn't resist to the pair of earrings (pictured below) and it was hard not to get one or two kantha shawls with their stunning colours & delicate embroideries... Check for yourself!

A Taste of India is hosting several events throughout the year, mostly taking place in Tokyo area. Keep in touch with upcoming events via their Facebook page here.

The next event will take place at the gallery cafe niwa-coya in Sengawa from April 22 until May 18, 2014. Mark your calendar friends!

➣ We had organised an event at my home last year, read all about it here and learn about Yuka and how we became friends here.

Happy week!

Tuesday, March 25

Uguisu, the little shoppe {Tokyo}

I have finally made some time last week to visit Uguisu, a sweet little shop nestled in Azabudai between Roppongi & Kamiyacho stations. I initially heard about it a year ago from a friend and I met shop owner Hiki at an exhibition at Gallery Doux Dimanche, but somehow I didn't manage to go until last Friday. Well, it's a shame because this shop is a little gem. The perfect place to purchase gorgeous and unique handmade gifts by local and international artists. Hiki speaks perfect English too and will happily assist you in your shopping. Here below is a glimpse at the delicious atmosphere of Uguisu the little shoppe. Enjoy!

Pictures above summarise quite well all what I would have loved to take away with me from Uguisu... The poetic ceramic jewellery by Kimiko Suzuki, Aiko Fukawa's illustrations, the glass jewellery pieces by Harrys or the antique looking silver necklaces by Jona. Not to forget the beaded accessories by Midori Sanada (HARVEST) or Emma Cassi... 

D・R ・E ・A・ M・ Y

Uguisu is the name for a little Japanese bird whose enchanting singing voice is a sign of the arrival of Spring. Very charming indeed...

I went back home with a cat illustration by Ai, a stamp by Mihoko Seki, super cute paper balloons by Isono (the last company in Japan to produce these traditional toys) and a heart-shaped card. Uguisu is also selling the colorful vases by Polkaros, as featured on the postcard in my photo above.

If you are in Tokyo, please check Uguisu the little shoppe!

Uguisu the little shoppe
Warou Flat 4, Room 7
3-3-23 Azabudai, Minato Ku
Opening hours: Friday through Sunday
Fri-Sat: from 12pm to 7pm
Sun: from 12pm to 5pm

Not living in Tokyo? Don't fret, there is an online shop carrying most of the products featured in this post: visit now, click here!

Wednesday, March 19

aosan, a stylish boulangerie {Tokyo}

In the neighbourhood of gallery/cafe niwa-coya [see my previous post here] is a very popular bakery called aosan. So popular that people are queuing in front of the shop before its opening time and that their bread get sold out by 3pm! The selection of bread is fairly limited and there are no croissant, pain au chocolat or Danish pastries here. I purchased some bread (1/4 loaf at 280yen) and it was good, I can only wish I had tried their scones (sold out) or some of the other products still available when I visited (such as the baguette)... I will have to go back!

The highlight of this post - more than the food itself, is really the interior design of the shop. I loved the contrast of the raw finitions of the walls with the shiny gold bread clips (photo above) and their choice of lightings. Add some (vintage?) wooden furnitures, industrial details and a green floor and you are in for a visual treat!

I found out a more detailed review of aosan on a Japanese blog, if you want to check it out [here].

Sengawacho 1-3-5
Choufu, Tokyo182 0002
Tel: 03 5313 0787

opening hours: 12-6pm
closed Sunday & Monday

Tuesday, March 18

NEW! Embroidered lace earrings

Discover the new collection here!

I am happy to launch in my Etsy shop a mini-collection of delicate embroidered lace earrings in a limited range of colours. My earrings* are all hand-embroidered by myself using sequins, beads and of course lace. I will continue adding different designs until the end of March as I have many more ideas floating in my mind... I must bring them to life!

Subscribers to my newsletter had the privilege to preview the collection since last Friday - and a special offer, which I am now extending to all my readers: shop today and until March 31st and enjoy a 30% discount with coupon code SPRING30**. 
We are celebrating the arrival of Spring, yeah!

* Earrings can be changed to non-pierced if necessary and I can customise the colors for you if you have something specific in mind. 
** Note that shipping fees still apply.

30% off with coupon code SPRING30

How to shop?
It's easy, really. Let's have a look:

1. Go to my Etsy shop [click here]
2. Click on the left hand-side, the "earrings" section [short-cut, click here]
3. Choose the pair of earrings that you like most (probably the hardest part)
4. Click "add to cart"
5. Fill in the necessary information: message to seller (optional - pierced or non-pierced earrings etc...), shipping info and payment method
6. Insert your coupon code: SPRING30 (right below the payment method)
7. Proceed to check out

If you have any problem, you can email me at marie[at]etincellecreativestudio[dot]com and I will assist you as early as possible.

Feel free to leave me a comment below and happy shopping!

Monday, March 17

Oaxaca, a Mexican exhibition in {Tokyo}


How are you all doing? Spring is on its way, we had an awesome sun today! Here is a little  review (and many pictures!) together with an invitation to check out trensa's current exhibition at niwa-coya, a charming cafe located in Sengawa, in suburban Tokyo.

You may remember trensa as we collaborated for an event last year, when I created accessories using Mexican products that the label sells in Japan (check out my post here and here). I really enjoyed going to my friend's exhibition (we went twice!) at niwa-coya. The atmosphere there is very peaceful and relaxing although it does get busy at meal times. The food was excellent, fresh and tasty. And you can buy some biscuit or vegetables to take home too. 

The exhibition will end on March 29th, make sure to check it out if you are in Tokyo! In the meantime, you can enjoy my photos and get some inspiration for decorating your home ~

I was lucky to be able to share my lunch with some lovely ladies, and connect over a delicious lunch!

A rather healthy lunch!

Here below is the outdoor stall at the entrance of the cafe where you can purchase the vegetables. 

Wakabacho 1-28-28
Choufu City, Tokyo
closest train station: Sengawa (Keio line)

open 9am-6pm daily (closed on Monday)

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