May 31, 2020

Social Distancing Party, May 16!

Another weekend, another hot Saturday, another chance to hang out with a friend and have a drink and some snacks under a ramada. This time it was at her house and she'd made a wonderful salad platter. We brought our own drinks and pizza this time. Outside of a Zoom meeting at work, this is the only times I see friends- on the patio. We usually switch off locations each weekend.

The yukata? An odori (dance) yukata, half white and half indigo and a deep red hakata obi. A fancy zig-zag haneri (collar), white studded belt and colorful sandals complete the cool, fresh look. The twisted aluminum earrings are by one of my favorite local jewelry designers (And my friend) Angela Rose. A classic look and really appropriate colors for Memorial Day, but why not now?
Thanks for looking.

In front of my friend's mud adobe wall and brilliant blue door. 

Social Distancing Happy Hour Party, May 9

Another party with drinks and snacks on the patio, another reason to wear kimono! This time, we met at my house. Another hot day requires a yukata, so I wore my vintage (70-80's?) yukata featuring hibiscus with yellow geta. I call it my 'red bean' yukata because of the color. I have a very open weave ro opened Nagoya obi that I was creative with- folding like a fan and belting it to create something new and fun. I have never worn this obi before and thought I didn't have anything to go with it until I saw the colors in the yukata! And of course leopard pretty much goes with everything. Let me know what you think!

Social Distancing Happy Hour, May 2

Hello again
My friend and I had another social distancing happy hour get together at her home this time on Saturday, May 2nd. It's starting to get hot here, so another yukata was in order. I put htis outfit together rather quickly because of the heat! I wore the green butterfly yukata, same one as I wore to the Seattle obon last year. This time, I dressed it up with an orange heko (soft) obi and a zebra print belt and some fun jewelry by on of my favorite jewelry designers, Sally Bass. 
The flowers next to my friend's patio seemed to be the inspiration for my outfit....or was it the other way around?
Until next time!

Big-ass sunglasses!

May 25, 2020

Social Distancing Happy Hour, April 25

Another weekend, another chance to wear kimono and have a drink with a friend. I have this yukata that I was going to sell....I'm not so sure now! It's just too amazing. Look at the sleeve length! 

The design is very abstract and doesn't look too flowery and girly, which I also really like. 
I've been experimenting with folding obi rather than tying and it's really nice- easy to do and looks really good when you have a fun belt! It's a trend I have seen on Instagram quite a bit, especially in Japan. One other advantage- it works well with a too-short obi. 
I think it looks modern and very chic and looks best with an obi with contrasting colors or patterns on each side. 
I wore western-style sandals this time, I think the yellow looks works well with the yukata. Plus they are more comfortable than my yellow geta. 
Photos taken at my friends adobe home in the desert. 
Ciao ciao,

Social Distancing Happy Hour, April 18

Another weekend, another social distancing party!
This time I'm wearing a pale grey yabane pattern hitoe kimono (washable poly!) and a fabulous chuuya obi featuring a kingfisher catching a shrimp on one side.

The obi design is really amazing- very subtle colors of blues and gold-tan, a woven design. The other side is black with yellow and lime green shibori tie-dye, which looks like this. 

There are various water plants, waves, and even a suggestion of shells and a fishing net depicted. I picked up some of the tan with a gold obiage; the obijime is blue and white stripe. Zori are grey-blue polka-dot with grey tabi sox.  The haneri is from Ichiroya/Kimonotte and is actually for summer but I couldn't resit the fish and wave motif!

The sun was starting to go down....

April 13, 2020

Easter Social Distancing

This past weekend had some weird weather- I had planned a social distancing happy hour in my garden on Saturday but a cold-front moved in and it was a chilly 53 F and rainy! So I postponed our event until the next weekend. And sadly, no kimono.
However, the next day (Easter Sunday), the weather was lovely. After a mildly strenuous walk in a local state park, we came home and our neighbor texted to stop by for a drink in the garden. Since this was quite spontaneous, I put a wonderful dochougi over my t-shirt and jeans rather than a kimono.
This Japanese jacket was a very special find. One side is ki-zome (yellow dye) Kihachijo (Woven on Hachijo Jima in Japan) vegetable dyed plaid silk on one side and a grey, red, and blue stripe silk on the other. Fully reversible, it has pockets and himo ties on both sides. It's a fabulous jacket, like a haori but with different sleeves. I wear it quite a bit at work since the sleeves don't swing, it's easy to wear. It's one of my favorite Japanese clothing pieces! And it looks great with almost anything, including a concert t-shirt. And my black bandana!
Ciao ciao,

Social Distancing Happy Hour Party, April 4!

Another party, this time and my friends home, in her back yard garden. It was warmer this time, so I opted to wear a new wild zebra yukata from SalzTokyo. I wore it in the trendy new style: the obi isn't tied but it's folded and belted.

Outfit Details
SalzTokyo yukata, zebra belt from Target, black and white/violet reverse hanhaba obi from LA's Japan Town, violet bangasa from an event in downtown Tucson. Delicious vegan tacquitos from Charrovida.
Ciao ciao!
Easy and chic!
Tacquitos and white wine! The perfect picnic

Social Distancing: The March 28 Party!

Hello again! We had the social distancing happy hour party at my house this time, and the weather was also amazing! I got to wear another one of my newer kimono- a soft teal kasuri, hitoe (unlined) for spring.

Outfit details
Teal silk kasuri worn with a Taisho Roman era (1912-1926) chuuya obi featuring yuzen dye techniques. The modern wild mushroom obiage is from Kimonotte. A dark red and turquoise stripe haori brings out the teal and soft turquoise in the kimono and obi.
Ciao ciao,
Campari and soda anyone? 

The other side of the chuuya obi is black shusu silk with turquoise stripes

Husband took this photo- there was a cactus coming out of my head, so I cropped it! 

Social Distancing Party!

A friend and I decided to do a happy hour-social distancing party every weekend (Started March 21), alternating houses. It's easy: set small tables and a chair out for each guest on a lovely patio or garden, 6' or more apart. BYOB, picnic, etc. Play some music, chat, drink wine, etc. I decided it would be a kimono challenge, so I have 3 weekends in a row where I am wearing a kimono! The weather has been great- on the cool side and sunny, these parties have been perfect springtime events.
Enjoy the distancing!

Outfit details.
I'm wearing one of my newer acquisitions: an indigo-dyed cotton kasuri kimono with an asanoha (Hemp-leaf) motif. It's vintage, unlined, so a good choice for spring. The color is rich and the fabric is soft like your favorite pair of blue jeans. Obi is a vintage Nagoya, striped obiage from Kimonotte. The orange tsubaki (Camellia) pin was a gift from a friend's Japanese mother-in-law. It's made of chirimen silk. The blue bracelet is from Alexis Bittar.
Showing off new earrings by Angela Rose!

Standing by a large glass and metal sculpture by Aureleo Rosano!

March 22, 2020

Oh hey everyone
I'm on Instagram in case you would like to follow- @Redhotkimono!
I often post new photos there before I do on my blog...
Yesterday, I was at friend's home and art studios- standing in from of a wonderful metal and glass sculpture!
More posts soon, so check back.

February 2, 2020

Kimono Time! Jan. 2020

Hi everyone.
I've had a chance to wear kimono twice in January- once for the Tucson Japanese Festival volunteer meeting and for the festival itself. I did some serious multi-tasking at the festival- I did a kimono dressing demonstration, played taiko, and helped dress people in yukata in the photo-booth! It was a wonderful event and seems to be growing. Hopefully it will be longer next year.

For the festival volunteer meeting: understated grey kimono with colorful floral vintage Meisen haori and black accessories. This kimono is new and washable poly. I'm also wearing statement jewelry here- a black polka dot  bracelet and big chunky mixed metals ring and silvery earrings. Black and white striped tabi socks and red and black zori complete this casual look.

Hitoe (unlined) kimono with yabane design

Leopard belt as obijime, black and white striped obiage; obi features tachibana design. 

Kimono worn at the Tucson Japanese Festival: ultramarine blue vintage komon kimono with hot pink obi, lime green obiage and colorful haori. The vintage haori has a blue background that almost exactly matches the kimono. The haneri is a floral and geometric print. 

Casually festive for the festival!

Obi features a rose (bara) design. 

The back of the haori- vintage Meisen.

Haori features roses, bush clover, and lily motifs. 
 My friend also volunteered to help out at the photo-booth and she had the most amazing kimono that she purchased in Japan. Check out the obi musubi (knot)!
Cockatiels and houndstooth! 

Super cute tabi and zori!

A mouse obi musubi- for the Year of the Rat!
(My friend is sitting seiza here.)
 More kimono soon.