Style Chronicles: Liliana Garcia

Fashion, street style, and music are my daily inspirations. These are the things that shape my mind when I have to decide what to wear. I like formal-looking clothes, as well as cooler, more relaxed and grunge stuff. I was born in 1979, so the grunge scene and rock n’ roll from the 80’s and 90’s are present in my style with laid-back looks or edgy rocker-chic style.

I worked in Public Relations in “Casino Lisboa” and I had to look impeccable every day with a classic look. But now I don’t have these rules and I have my own style because I’m totally dedicated to my blog. Lisbon is a city that inspires me to have my own style but with influences of what surrounds me. In Lisbon, I like to play with tiles. Lisbon has amazing tiled façades in Alfâma, Bairro Alto…

After ten years living in a city I moved to the countryside (my birthplace) and it was a good change because here I have more time to relax and think more clearly without the stress of a city. But Lisbon is my lover.

When I travel to other cities/countries somehow I feel the vibes of that place, the culture, the music. In Paris, for example, I would avoid wearing clothes or accessories with the name of the brand. I don’t like the big logos, it’s a little bit extravagant and out of style.

When wearing something chic, I do natural makeup, and if I'm wearing only a shirt and a pair of jeans, a red lipstick will do the trick. I think lipstick can be used like a bold accessory.

Thank you Liliana for giving us an insight into your style! Readers follow Liliana at @umblogfashion.

Style Chronicles: Samantha Mariko


My name is Samantha Mariko, a half-Japanese blogger, model and DJ from Orange County, California, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance 6 years ago, I made the bold decision to move to Japan to pursue a modelling career and have been here ever since. I started my personal style blog back in 2011 while attending university, but it wasn’t until after I relocated to Tokyo that it started to grow. On my blog, I offer practical yet inspirational styling, beauty, travel, and growth advice to young individuals in an effort to promote self-expression, empowerment, and overall well-being. I hope that my blog can be the premier source for the unique “LA-meets-Tokyo” style to young audiences around the world, in addition to providing best-in-class editorials on Tokyo life and the latest in various trends.


I’m currently a Cosmo Icon and monthly contributor for Cosmopolitan Japan,  co-founder of La Fondue Tokyo, an initiative to promote the Tokyo Underground scene, and former narrator for NHK World’s Kawaii International.


When I was still living in California, the image I had of Japanese fashion was very girly, and half-Japanese girls with long brown hair and doll-like makeup were trending. The mistake I made when I first arrived in Tokyo was trying to fit that image. While it did take a while for me to find a style, a look that really suited me, this was triggered by my first part time job at a fashion boutique in Roppongi.

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As I worked there, I realized that my style didn’t have to be all floral and lace – thanks to my colleagues I had discovered an edgier style that is also prominent in Tokyo. This is when I started to incorporate my LA style with my newly-acquired Tokyo one and it kept evolving from there. Same goes with my hair style; I went from the typical long, brown hair to jet black, to a blunt bob with a fringe, and now an edgy pixie cut that I love more than any hairstyle I’ve had in my life. I believe that discovering your personal style and what really looks best on you is a process that doesn’t happen overnight.


Since I love fashion and beauty, I can say that I made a good decision to move to Tokyo. With so many genres and sub-genres of fashion, being in the city everyday is an inspiration. I most definitely wouldn’t be the person that I am today without all that I’ve experienced in Tokyo. And by situating myself in such a diverse city that is so different from anywhere in California, I’ve come to embrace that I have a mixture of both American and Japanese culture in my personality, my tastes, and my appearance. The people I’ve met over the years have helped me realised that I can offer something unique, which is my “LA-meets-Tokyo” style.

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Style Chronicles : Javan Hoen

So...about my style:
I'm about living my life and dressing for the situation I'm in- or want to be.
I'm in love with cities and I try to combine this love with my work as a performing actor for theatre and television. With this lifestyle, I can be living in a city for just a few weeks or even months in the year.

Every city has its own atmosphere and history that totally inspires me.

I consider Amsterdam as the love of my life which I'm probably gonna be bound to forever. With Amsterdam, I keep it basic. If you have lived here long enough you will notice that the city is sensitive to hypes as it's very up-to-date with the rest of the big cities around the world. If you want to keep up with this carousel of fashion then you're going to end up looking like a clown! That's why Amsterdam motivates me to take a step back and stick to the basics. "Wherever the crowd goes, run in the other direction. They are always wrong". – Charles Bukowski. Brands like Won Hundred, Son Of A Tailor, and SamsoeSamsoe run my style.

My relationship with Amsterdam can be hectic and I can have the feeling that I'm missing out. On these moments I love to travel to Vienna, she is my best friend and knows exactly how to keep me grounded. Altogether I have lived for a year in Vienna and I feel like I really got to know her.

Vienna is the total opposite of Amsterdam. Vienna only cares about herself, the quality and durability of life; first you hate it, eventually you love it. The city is one big museum with all it's history, and there we have our mutual interest and the main reason we became friends. They don't call Vienna the capital city of classical music for nothing (!) though she can be a bit dusty, as if time has been standing still.

This inspires me to go back to my own history, I was born in 1989, so that means; Born in the 80’s raised in the 90’s. I love to wear high waisted pants with strong leather shoes, boots, or sneakers, preferable with a nice sweater that I try to tuck in my pants. To stay loyal to Vienna; keep the quality and durability up! Brands like Levi’s and Dr Martens are essential in this one.

Sometimes I hang with new strangers or old familiars like New York, Berlin, or Paris which can be inspiring and exciting! But through the years I discovered that my style is about basic quality with an influence from the city and mood I am going through. Rock, urban, alternative or hipster is what I appreciate, but I don't get lost in these styles. I try to stay true to my closest and dearest because fashion fades but style is eternal.

Words by Javan Hoen.

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