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Kawaii International Ep. 03!!

Hey Everyone! I’ve been working on an international TV show called “Kawaii International”. It showcases “kawaii” culture from Japan to all over the world. It is a really fun TV show and every time we learn so much. “Kawaii” means “cute” in Japanese and it has taken off onto it’s own culture with fashion, brands, hair and make-up, accessories, music, and even slang!

Our guests for Ep. 03 are fashion blogger from Malaysia, Cheesie, and fashion model from U.S., Rin Rin.

A fun “kawaii” quiz!

If you thought you might have recognized her, you’re right! It’s fellow Miss X, Misha! I love her new wig brand PLUMB!

With Cheesie! She is so cute and so sweet! Please check out her blog here: http://cheeserland.com/

With Rin Rin! She’s a Cali girl just like me! She was also very cute and sweet! Please check out her blog here: http://ameblo.jp/angel-rinrin/

Look how cute this shoe is!

On Ep. 02 we learned how to make D.I.Y. Kawaii items and Rie-san makes things out of wool. She brought us a start-up kit so we could try it ourselves. Thank you so much!

Please tune into NHK World TV Channel to watch “Kawaii International”!

And check ☞ http://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii-i/next/index.html

In UTC or Universal Time Coordinated, timings are as follows:
June 29, Fri. 23:10
June 30, Sat. 3:10/ 7:10/ 11:10/ 15:10/ 19:10

In JST or Japan Standard Time,
June 30, Sat. 8:10/12:10/16:10/20:10/
July 1, Sun. 0:10/4:10

Be sure to CHECK! IT! OUT! ( •ॢ◡-ॢ)-♡

Xx, Melody

New TV Program “Kawaii International” introduces Kawaii Culture and Fashion to the World

Hey Everyone!

Today is the start of my new TV show, “Kawaii International”. I will be co-hosting the show which will be introducing the best of Kawaii Culture and Fashion in Japan and around the world. I’m really excited to be doing a program in English and to showcase “Kawaii” to everyone all around the world.

The best part is that it is a program in English and can be seen from anywhere by live streaming online from NHK World TV!!!


Program: Kawaii International

Streaming dates: Feb. 19, Sun. 1:10/ 5:10/ 9:10/13:10/ 17:10/ 22:10 (UTC=London Time)

Feb. 19, Sun. 14:10/ 18:10/ 22:10/ & Feb. 20, Mon. 2:10/ 7:10 (JTC=Japan Time)


Co-hosting with fellow C.B.X. girl, Misha Janette!

We love KAWAII!!!

Along with Kawaii.i you can get live chats and news updates about the show.

Stay Kawaii!!! And Please make sure to watch “Kawaii International”!!!


A little bit about Me – Melody Yoko Reilly

I posted this on my Japanese blog and thought it might be fun and interesting to share with you all here on Carte since I don’t think I ever formally introduced myself!

Love you and thank you always for all of your amazing comments and support!

Let me introduce myself~*

Name Melody Yoko Sakakibara Reilly

Birthday 07/30/1988

Hometown Redondo Beach, California

How long have you been a model? 5 years

Hobbies Dance, yoga, swimming, shopping, baking, traveling

Favorite color? Red, White, Black

Favorite animal? Stingray

Favorite food? My mom’s cooking, chicken, white rice

Favorite flower? Plumeria

Favorite book? The Alchemist

Favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz, The Fifth Element, all of the Batman movies, Almost Famous, Ace Ventura, City of God

Favorite place? Bali, the ocean

Favorite fashion style? Casual, sexy

Favorite fashion item? Denim shorts, bikinis

What accessory do you alway wear? A diamond ring that I bought from Ahkah, hoop earring

Who inspires you? My mother and father

How did you become a model? My mom sent my pictures into a model search.

What did you want to be when you were younger? A detective, a singer, a whale trainer

Are you left or right handed? Left handed

When was your first kiss? When I was 13 years old

What is your favorite nail polish color? Uslu Airways x ACRONYM’s matte black color

Do you have any pets? At my parents house in CA, I have one dog named Mickey.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you. I have a stuffed animal named Doggy that I take with me everywhere and that I cry easily.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? Hmm…that’s tough, I guess I’ve never counted…

What is your favorite restaurant in Tokyo? I like El Torrito Mexican Restaurant. The thing I like most there is that you get all you can eat chips and salsa!

Number one place you would like to go? Brazil

Do you have any beauty secrets? Drink lots of water, eat vegetables and fruits, and get a proper amount of sleep.

What is your “charm point”? My eyes and my lips

What is your New Years Resolution? to Eat Healthy, Be Healthy. to blog more! ;) to learn a new language, I’m thinking Mandarin! Wish me luck〜♥

I hope you enjoyed this little Q&A with me!

If you have any more questions you would like to ask please write them in the comments!

bye bye



SEVEN for SEVENTY | Coach 70th Anniversary

Happy 70th Anniversary Coach!!

I attended Coach‘s “SEVEN for SEVENTY” Event at Tabloid in Tokyo to help celebrate their 70th Anniversary. “SEVEN for SEVENTY” showcases seven amazing photographers collaborating with Coach’s beautiful 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Red Bag.

The photo exhibitions were beautiful and inspiring.

The live performance was creative and full of life.









Tokyo blogger Mai-chan, L.A. photographer Josh and I had so much fun at the “SEVEN for SEVENTY” party by Coach!

Thank you Coach for a fabulous night!



GARTER Exhibition S/S 2012

In the same showroom as GIZA, I took a look at the GARTER S/S 2012 Exhibition. Most of the pieces are handmade one-of-a-kind but for this upcoming season GARTER has created a few pieces in a collection that are absolutely gorgeous. I love the detailing and silhouette of the leather dresses. Even Lady Gaga is a fan as she wore the leather studded vest with the big “G” on it!

The unique designs of GARTER are definitely innovating and inspiring.

worn by Lady Gaga!

I loved this bra top so I HAD to have it!

Do you see something interesting?





And it don’t stop

This year my Halloween celebration ended up being 4 days long! I’m usually not so avid about Halloween as I tend to stress out on what to be and buying a costume and whatnot but this year was probably my best Halloween yet! Not only was it filled with costumes and make-up and friends and parties, it was the easiest and cheapest Halloween to date.

Here’s a run through of my HALLOWEEN transformations from the weekend~*


ROBOT girl
You bet I was doing the robot all night long!
Domo Arigatou Mr. (Miss) Roboto!



MINNIE MOUSE (in the Halloween spirit, I wore this to work on Saturday morning and it’s just a make shift costume using my real clothes!)


EVE (from ADAM and EVE)







Jack Sparrow had to be my favorite costume bc I got to wear a fake mustache and beard! Lol Everyone seemed to love it and told me I pulled off Jack Sparrow pretty well for being a girl! Haha

How was your Halloween??

What did YOU dress up as??


Bones, thugs, and hugs


Wildfox top, H&M jeans, Converse Jack Purcell shoes, H&M bag, vintage hat

I’m starting a new TV show in Japan called “Bazooka!!!” on October 3rd so to help introduce all of the new members they did a little introduction piece on each of us; what we do at work, what we do on our free time, etc. I absolutely love roller coasters and bungee jumps and adrenaline pumping activities, so for my piece they filmed me at an amusement park near Tokyo. The staff has been searching for the world’s most thrilling rides and adventures for me to hopefully try during the filming of this show! I can’t wait for it to start and I can’t wait to see what this show has in store!


Top 5

My Top 5! 2011 F/W fashion items

What made the list??

I hope this helps you on your F/W shopping and definitely try to mix them into your own wardrobe this F/W!


be magical



Hey everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend! I was able to spend an amazing Sunday night by the beach at a friend’s place. After all of these fashion shows and work and school, I was in need of a night off to totally relax with good friends! We had a BBQ, drinks and fireworks and spent Monday hanging out at the beach.

These are a pair of earrings that I picked up at a flea market for really cheap. I really like the design of the moon and the size is a little bigger and heavier than your regular stud earrings, perfect to add a little magic to your day.


Talk a walk for TOMS

On Friday night I had the opportunity to attend the world’s first TOMS Flagship Store Opening Party. It was one of the most touching store openings I have ever been to. After being introduced to the brand over a year ago, I have been a huge supporter and honestly believe in TOMS message and work.

The TOMS story is one of interest and made possible by love. I am very happy to be able to be involved with such an amazing brand! And for TOMS to be opening it’s first flagship store in Tokyo, Wow!!


TOMS members from all over the world also made their way to Tokyo to celebrate their first flagship store opening.
Hajime gave a little speech in English, even though he can speak Japanese fluently. Haha And after they showed a short movie about TOMS and all they have accomplished thus far.

With the help of people’s word of mouth and support of TOMS, they have been able to give over 1 million pairs of shoes to children who desperately need them. Their “ONE for ONE” motto means that for every one pair of TOMS sold, one pair of TOMS is given to a child. I was really touched to see all of the smiles on the children’s faces and amazed at all of the things that TOMS does. This year they also started a sunglasses line which also follows the “ONE for ONE” motto to help provide protection for children’s eyesight.

To have people understand what the children they support go through everyday without a pair of shoes, there was a little activity for the party attendees to try…
I didn’t realized how important having a pair of shoes is, until I had a little taste of what these children have to walk on everyday.

To know that TOMS is helping so many children all over the world and by supporting TOMS, I am too, is a wonderful feeling!

I guess there is a competition every year in the main office in Santa Monica, California and Hajime is training his way to be a top contender!

I had an absolutely magical night at the TOMS store on Friday night!!! It’s a brand I truly believe in and it’s something I like to call a “good looking cause”. Not only do you look good in a pair of TOMS, you know that you have given a pair of shoes to a child who needs them.

After the party we went out with the TOMS crew and had a few drinks around town, trying early on a Friday night to show them some fun spots in Tokyo. Hanging out with everyone was a great end to an awesome night!

Saturday, September 10, 2011 was their actual opening day so I stopped by the store to buy a few pairs I was eyeing the night before!!

Thank you Ryoko-san!!! I love my TOMS!!

If you’re in the Tokyo area definitely come check out the store in Harajuku!! But you can find TOMS pretty much all around the world and you can even shop for them online.


I’m currently up to 5 pairs of TOMS!! How many pairs do you own?? :)

If you have any interest, please check out their site and show your support! We are one world. ♥