After some time of living in Japan, friends abroad started making requests for help with shopping requests. One of my first big shopping trips was to Laforet mall in Harajuku and Maruione in Shinjuku, to pick up some items. I hadn’t really been in there before with any sort of serious intent to purchase anything as the prices are about as high as many luxury brands, and had no idea that there in fact were some affordable things. I always dislike going into a store to browse without making a purchase, but this time was different. While I was there they made me try some stuff on, and I felt so glamorous. I hadn’t worn anything brand before, so it was really exciting for me.