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The toilet seats are heated, the subways are actually clean, they sell condoms with anime bears on them, and the men carry hand bags.  Japan is definitely different from the U.S., and honestly in a lot of ways I found it to be superior.  As far as street style goes, I can't imagine there would be a better place to shoot than Tokyo. Street style photography is huge in Tokyo, especially in the Harajuku area which is where I spent most of my time.  Street style photographers actually roam these streets daily snapping photos for various websites and local magazines.  When I'm in Austin trying to take street style pics I feel like I'm doing something unique, whereas in Tokyo I felt like I was just part of the regular scene.  However, I didn't speak hardly a word of Japanese so I definitely felt awkward trying to ask people if I could take their photo (imagine me saying the Japanese word for "excuse me" spoken very poorly and pointing to my camera.) Japanese people are very polite though, and since street style photography is so common there, most people were willing to let me take their photo and many struck poses without even thinking about it as if getting their photo taken on the street was part of their daily routine.  This is the thing that makes Tokyo street style so special.  When I was in New York for fashion week I got a strong sense that the people I photographed had planned their outfits for weeks in hopes to have their photo taken.  In Tokyo, there's no need for an event. People walk the streets every day on their way to work dressed in a well styled outfit.  The street style in Tokyo is authentic, and the fashion there isn't ruled by industry standards. Some common trends I saw during my short trip to Tokyo were beanies, berets, New Balance sneakers, oversized coats, and pants cuffed high with socks showing.  Menswear seems to be a big influence right now in what the ladies are wearing, and overall the style in Japan is always playful. Continued
When I found out I had been denied a photo pass to ACL, I was only mildly bummed.  Actually to be quite honest, I didn't care at all. My friends and I skipped out on the first weekend of ACL entirely and drove out west to Marfa instead.  I even purchased an instant camera before the trip (yes I took a polaroid camera to Marfa, call me a hipster all you want), and the trip was beautiful and full of border control and toothless adventures.  I told myself I would only attend the second weekend of ACL if a ticket fell into my lap. Well, one did (I sorta knew it would because it's actually normally a lot more difficult to NOT attend ACL than it is to attend it). However, the great flood of 2013 kept me from attending more than only one day of the music festival, so I was only able to snap style photos of one day.  After witnessing the YOLO t-shirts, the guys dressed up in twin 70s tuxedos, and the amount of girls who scarily looked like they might be influenced too much by Miley Cyrus, I still stand by my historically proven theory that ACL is the worst music festival for fashion.  I tried to focus on the good, relying on my street style eye to find the hidden gems, but even the good has left me yawning.  Basically, I think I might start ripping flower crowns off girls' heads at music festivals and create a mulch company called "I'm Over It." What do y'all think about the fashion at ACL? Continued
Aly Barbour Age: 24 Spotted: outside Flattrack Coffee Wearing: top from Buffalo Exchange, American Apparel shorts, clutch from Zara, Jeffrey Campbells boots Currently listening to: The Growlers Joanna Wilkinson keep austin stylish… Continued
Sara Skinner Age: 19 Spotted at: Charm School Vintage Wearing: hat: vintage from a store in Smithville, tank: Free People, backpack: Charm School Vintage, tail: junk shop in Wisconsin, skirt: Salvation Army, shoes: Journeys Currently listening to: Lost in Translation soundtrack  … Continued