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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

Location Shooting in Boracay, Philippines for Body Magazine & FHM

My first job of the year was an amazing collaboration of shooting a catalog for new sandals brand, Plip Plop, cover and inside spread of Body Magazine, and shooting for FHM Taiwan. I was invited by my friend and photographer David Barker to meet him in the Philippines, Boracay Island to shoot.

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It was just after New Years so the island was bustling with people from all over the world enjoying their vacation. Coincidentally, my friend from Tokyo was there on vacation as well so I was able to meet up with her and her mom and spend some relaxing time together outside of Tokyo. It was really nice.

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The shoots consisted of my own hair and make-up and my own styling, which I had never done before but it was actually really fun. It was so natural and smooth. And it was more like we were just having fun shooting pictures on a beautiful island than actually working. I am very lucky to have a friend as a great photographer. All of the pictures turned out beautifully on our two-manned shoot. I’m waiting excitedly to see them in print!

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So if you’re in Taiwan or China, Please keep an eye out for me coming to magazine racks soon and make sure to pick up a copy! Great pictures plus interviews in both Body Magazine and FHM. And as always thank you for all of your support!

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!!!

http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

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)

Channel: NHK WORLD TV


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”!!!

Xx,
Melody

My Valentine’s Surprise!!!

I arrived home to find a note on my front door reading…

“HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE!!!!”

Which was very unusual since it was one day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th…

I proceeded into my apartment with caution because I thought surely this is for my roommate and her boyfriend came to surprise her. I opened the door into my apartment and there was a small bouquet of flowers in the entryway with candles lit all throughout the hallway, living room, kitchen, and powder room. Still a little unsure of who this Valentine’s Day Surprise was for, I slowly followed the carefully placed arrows and signs leading me to the living room. That’s when I realized, that this wasn’t for my roommate, but for me!! I couldn’t believe it. I was in complete utter shock. As I made my way through my apartment, I found little presents all along the way, but the best present of all was when I opened the door to my room and found my amazing boyfriend standing there.

This is the best Valentine’s Day I could have ever wished for and the best boyfriend in the whole world. I am so thankful and lucky to have him in my life. Thank you baby for making this the best Valentine’s Day ever!!

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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

Xx,

Melody

D R E A M

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dream with eyes open,
love with hearts open,
speak with minds open,
for the sun will rise again to bring a new day

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.

With REED KRAKOFF~☆

PL DICORCIA

MIKA NINAGAWA

REED KRAKOFF

WING SHYA

STEVEN SEBRING

CHEN MAN

SHEILA METZNER

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!

Xx,

Melody

Rickzilla

Yesterday I met up with fellow Carte Blanche X girls Arissa and Wendy (who are visiting Tokyo Yay!), Tokyo blogger Mai-chan, and a few more friends and we went to an awesome private sale with brands like Anne Demuelemeester, Dries Van Noten, Nina Ricci, Rick Owens, Sacai, Sacai Luck, and Superfine. It was a madhouse but so worth it.

Check out the pic!

Since I couldn’t resist all of this fashion treasure, I decided that it would be an early Christmas present to myself and ended up purchasing my first Rick Owens jacket and Anne Demuelemeester dress and top. I am so excited about my R.O. jacket as I probably would of had to save a long time to get one at retail value.

After the sale my friend Hiroko from Pred PR took us to the Rick Owens store in Aoyama to check out “Rickzilla”. What is “Rickzilla” you ask? Well let me show you…

It is a huge Godzilla inspired wax figure of Rick Owens, hair and all…

I was actually quite disgusted by Rickzilla, but I think that was the purpose. It is a big (expensive) joke by Rick. There are actually only 3 in the world and are travelling around the Rick Owens stores. The other 2 are of a realistic Rick Owens and a peeing Rick Owens.

Besides Rickzilla at the store in Tokyo, the staff informed us that it was Rick Owens’ birthday! Can you believe he is 50 years old!? So they were serving champagne and in the spirit of birthdays, I had a glass at 3 in the afternoon, which was actually the first thing I had to eat all day because I was busy.

Rick Owens M&Ms not for sale ;)

Yesterday turned into a a great day for fashion, shopping, and my closet!

Rick Owens jacket :: Mink Pink leather shorts

Happy Birthday Rickzilla! I mean Rick Owens!!! Thank you for my beautiful jacket!!!

Xx,

Melody

 

Fashion’s Night Out Tokyo

November 5th, 2011 :: VOGUE presents Fashion’s Night Out in Tokyo, Japan!

The pure amount of fashion muscle out on this night was amazing!!! All of the Vogue editors from all around the world, including the Godmother of fashion Anna Wintour, international fashion designers, international celebrities, and international fashion bloggers, not to mention all of the amazing local Japanese designers, editors, stylists, models, bloggers and fashionistas that keep Tokyo at the top of the fashion scene!!!

Needless to say, nothing like this has ever happened in Tokyo!

Ready to start the night~

At Rag & Bone with models Liv Lo and Kana

Half American & Half Japanese girl! ;-)

Time for a little TV interview

Stopped by the Marc Jacobs store

Bumped into model Juliana at Marc Jacobs

We stopped by one of our favorite jewelry stores, Star Jewelry

With sexy SJX model Stefano! Thank you Chiyomi-san!! We love Star Jewelry and SJX!

Ooo child! Look who we ran into next!

Feeling fabulous with Liv, Jonte, and Danielle

Next stop, Michael Kors After Party at the U.S. Ambassador’s House.

(Passports, I.D. checks and invitations were strictly necassary!)

Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Jennifer Hudson, OH MY~

With Daniel, Misha Janette, and Shin

Getting our drink on at the Michael Kors After Party. I loved Liv‘s Michael Kors dress!

Jennifer Hudson live!!!!

With models Elli-Rose and Sara Mary

The end to a very unforgettable night!!!

I wonder what next years FNO Tokyo has in store!

Xx,

Melody

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?

!!!

Xx,

Melody