Posted on Leave a comment

Tokyo Community: InstaBasics is back!

A LOT has changed in the world of Instagram since Victoria from Bikudesigns and I facilitated a number of ‘Instabasics – Instagram for small business’ classes back in 2019.

We revamped to course content to reflect those changes, new features and strategy approaches – if you are a small business owner based in and around Tokyo and would like to level up your Instagram game in 2022, this class might be for you!

Dates:
Tuesday, 8 March 2022 – SOLD OUT
Friday, 11 March 2022 – SOLD OUT
Saturday, 12 March 2022 – SOLD OUT
Tuesday, 19 April 2022 – 1 SPOT AVAILABLE
** NEW ** Wednesday, 1 June 2022  – 6 SPOTS LEFT

Posted on Leave a comment

Styling video: Make your entry way your welcome way

Home Style with Alex & Cherie

The entryway is where the story of your home begins, however it is often just an afterthought when decorating. 
Cherie and  I explore ways in how to make your entryway your welcome way in our latest short video.

Shop the look

Posted on 2 Comments

Styling video: 1 console table – 3 looks

Home Style with Alex & Cherie

Our new home style video is out! This time we took one console table and styled it three different ways.
I’d love to get your feedback: which style is your favourite? 1, 2 or 3?!

Shop the looks

Posted on 1 Comment

Tokyo Food: Some of my favourite local food-related small businesses

If you follow my Instagram / Facebook Stories, you might have noticed my slight obsession with food.

These days it’s more about food we consume at home rather than out & about, so I thought I share some of my favourite local food-related small businesses with you:

Oishimon Organic Farm 

Oishimon in Saitama is run by Simon, a Dutch farmer. We subscribed to the weekly organic veggie box about a year ago and I still look forward to every delivery. Lots of leafy vegetables, salads, herbs, root veggies etc arrive every Tuesday on our doorstep.

Eco Hachi Living

Marisa of Eco Hachi Living makes beautiful reusable beeswax food wraps using Japanese fabrics. They are pretty much in daily use I our kitchen and make great gifts too!

Punk Doily

Pies – glorious pies! And sausage rolls.
Savoury antipodean style. 

These tasty beauties are a staple in our freezer. Yummy buttery crust, juicy fillings – each one of Punk Doily’s pies is a savoured treat in our house.

Posted on Leave a comment

This month I’m … November 2020

WATCHING
The Queen’s Gambit

We are about half-way through this totally addictive series and LOVE it! 

GETTING COZY

with those beautiful cotton throws that arrived from Thailand a few days ago! 220 x 110 cm, ¥4,000
I’ll add them to the online store sometime next week – please get in touch to purchase before they go up online!

LOOKING FORWARD
to the Holiday Pop-In with Bikudesigns & My Moniko!

Save the date! 26th November @ the Showroom. Further details to follow!

READING
Pomegranate Soup

Beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, in damp and lovely County Mayo, sits the small, sheltered village of Ballinacroagh. To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much-needed safe haven. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a land of “crazed sheep and dizzying roads,” they might finally find a home.

Posted on 1 Comment

Styling video: How to create a stylish outdoor space for summer

Hi everyone & taaa daaa!

May I present the first installment of quick home styling videos with the fabulous Cherie Jones of Cherie Jones Design 🤩

Given that most of us will spend the summer in our homes this year, you may want to turn your outdoor space, no matter how tiny or large, into a stylish oasis for the season. Small changes can make a huge difference to the mood and feel of a place.

Please let me know what other areas in your home you’d like us to tackle in future videos.

Keep smiling,
Alex x

Shop the look







Posted on Leave a comment

Getting closer

Remember the Bikudesigns x Turquoise Port creative collaboration we keep talking about? Well today you can see some of the limited edition items in close-up that will be launched VERY soon.

The Meera clutch is made by hand in India from a combination of gold rattan, hand-embroidery and hand-beading. Inside there is a nifty little detachable antique bronze chain making this a perfect little bag for a brunch or evening cocktails. It’s so easy to dress up or down depending on the event.

The Musubime cuff is so light and easy to wear that you won’t even know it’s there. Made from a turquoise vintage iro-muji kimono, the bracelet gives you a little hint of the matchy-matchy with the Meera clutch, without overdoing it.

Posted on Leave a comment

Creative collaboration update

A couple of days ago Victoria from Bikudesigns and I launched our creative collaboration project and cheekily didn’t show you the items we have been working on. So here they are on an actual person, on a street in Tokyo. All of the jewellery pieces are made from a single turquoise iro-muji vintage kimono.

Our collection comprises of:
Meera clutch-hand embroidered and beaded with a chain strap
Harisashi stud earrings
Saya dangle earring
Saya fabric pendant on a chain (long or short)
Musubime neckpiece
Musibime bracelet

Launch day is fast approaching so make sure you are firmly in the loop to hear about when and how you can get your hands on these limited edition pieces.

Thank you to our amazing models:

https://www.instagram.com/qintokyo/
https://www.instagram.com/sayamatcha/
https://www.instagram.com/lia__kim/