I'm really pushing to get all my June magazines up before July's over ^.^ This is Glow June 2011 with LyricisM freebie tote in an understated paisley print.
I normally dislike paisley as I feel they're too busy, but this one seems a bit muted. So I gave it a chance.
The freebie tote is made of polyester and measures 29.5(height) x 34(length) x 13(width). Quite a large bag! The polyester fabric is quite thick and the bag is well made.
That said, it is lined with a printed polyester fabric. I'm a bit ambivalent about the lining though, as I feel the print doesn't quite match with the outer paisley print, but whatever, it's nice nonetheless.
Guess who's showing up in this ad - Lin Chi-ling!
As you can see, this magazine is clearly targeting 30-and-beyond ladies. I find a lot of their styles understated and casual, totally wearable.
Erhh...I don't really dig the blue chambray (or is it denim?) shirt dress on the left page. It borderlines frumpy to me.
I'm surprised to find the next several pages dedicated to sunglasses, which is something I don't see very often in magazines. Most they'll do is a corner or a whole page, but not several pages!
A funny story I remember about sunglasses in Japan is that out in the more rural area, depends on where you are they can carry a stigma of an "yakuza item." When I was still a JET in the more rural Takaoka, Toyama, I've heard many funny stories from colleagues who were told not to wear their sunglasses because they'll look like (and probably be treated as if they're) yakuza. Of course the reactions were always uniformly WTF?!? LOL.
The same humor cannot be found in the stigma of tattoos however, in the urban metropolis or rural countryside alike. The vast majority of onsens and sentos out there in Japan will ban people with tattoos because tattoos are so strongly associated with yakuza. I have a friend from NYC who literally has to hide a small(!) tattoo on her arm because it had gotten her kicked out of a few onsens. She's clearly no yakuza, and still they gave her crap, even with her redhead and blue eyes and all!!! If you are tattooed and are in or plan to travel to Japan, just be aware of the unwanted attention. It's not pleasant, to put it mildly.