July 07, 2015

York, England

Hello from York!
Well, actually I'm typing this in Newcastle, back to our airbnb. We only had a one-day trip to York yesterday! By 'we' I mean my bf, my bf's family and myself. Yes, sadly no Jess this time. :(

Talk about this trip, I almost canceled it due to our recent unfortunate event (the ticket was already bought before that), but after some consideration and input from close relatives, I decided to 'just say yes' :)

Anyway! Here are my outfit and some snippets of my York trip that I've already posted on Snapchat (elleandjess)! If you want to see some videos, follow us there! x

Forever21 Top | ZARA Buttoned Denim Skirt | GOWIGASA Cara Black Leather Jacket | Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Bag | H&M Brown Belt | DITA Sunglasses | Forever21 Shoes

// Snapchat Stories //

From Newcastle to York by train~
 Apparently we are allowed to take our pets on a train, even this big. Yay to that! :D
 First view in York, this peaceful park.
 And this river <3
 Ok, I'm gonna have to ask you this, what is so interesting about this pic above? Why are a lot of my Snapchat followers screenshotted it? One even DM-ed me saying the boy is so handsome hahaha, ok maybe that's why.
 Went to this section of York where there are so many cute restaurants, shops, and cafes!!
Visited The Cat Gallery and bought this mug and some wet food for the kids! :D
 Stop and eat sandwiches!
 Ok, gotta be honest here, the sandwich was not as good as it looked.
 The weather was starting to get colder, so we bought some ice cream to heat up our body's temperature. It failed tho.
 Doesn't look like it, but this is actually a castle.
 Visited McArthurGlen outlet!
 There is this shop that sells geek stuffs, like Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Batman, etc.
 And also unique stuff like this contact lens case!
 Random mini GOT figures!
 I got Viserion and Ned Stark! Hahah not bad. I was aiming for White Walker, Joffrey, and Daenerys though!!
Ending my York trip with a bowl of Japanese food haha, was craving for rice, that's why! xD

On a different note, there's a RAMADHAN SALE going on in GOWIGASA.com!
Make sure you don't miss out!

Elle Yamada

June 23, 2015

Treasure Your Parents | A Tribute To Our Dad

#QOTD: Have you called your parents today? :)

Our father just passed away and we decided to make this video:
Mainly to share some precious lessons we learned the hard way; that we should always do our best to love and take care of our parents, no matter what, no matter how, before it's all too late.

Also, we sneaked in a little bit of good parenting tips... So, you are more than welcome if you want to watch this video with your mom or dad, or both of them. :)

To all of you guys, thank you so much for your heartwarming thoughts, kindness and support. We really appreciate it!

@joesathya @jessyamada @elleyamada

April 25, 2015

Featured in NYLON Indonesia April 2015 Issue

Click on the photo to enlarge. :)

Thank you so much, NYLON Indonesia for the feature and miss Vinny Vindiani for the interview!


April 17, 2015

Karuizawa Getaway | Winter in Japan | Tokyo Rail Days

On our first day arriving in Japan, Tokyo Rail Days took us to this hidden gem: Karuizawa!

Click the links below to see the rest of the awesome activities we had during this trip:
It took us only an hour and ten minutes to get there with Hokuriku Shinkansen "Asama".

Family portrait! Love how cute mama looks in this picture!

Jess is wearing Cozy Knit Sweater Yellow by GOWIGASA

Elle looks like @miikopanda here. XD

 Up up here we go~~~

To this Karuizawa Premium Outlet!

Enjoying the breathtaking *partly because it was very cold out there* view before going down there~

OKAY! We're ready to shop but first...


Yamahei Restaurant [やまへい]

 Love the restaurant's warm ambience!
..and what a pretty place, eh?

AND BEAUTIFUL, MARVELOUS FOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!! They are famous for their homemade Buckwheat Soba and it really was delicious!

Wouldn't mind having our lunch here every once or twice a week. ;)

GOWIGASA Cara Black Leather Jacket

Moving on... to the shopping outlets!!

Honey Bunch

 OH-SO-CUTE Hello Kitty Shoes!!!!!

:* :*

Majestic Legon

Spotted: A very pretty mannequin!

Pretty mannequin deserves at least two close up shots.


Lol just kidding! (Although it wouldn't hurt if someday we open an outlet here lol)

Souvenir Court & Sawaya

 Inside this Souvenir Court, there are a lot of interesting things, including THESE giant Pocky and Pretz:

But the GEM in this store is actually this ridiculously delicious JAM!!! #rhymes

Relax and Play!

Coming to end our visit to this laid back, cozy place, we stumbled across this 'hill' of snow and some kids sledding on it. WE ALSO WANT!!!!!!!!

And so we did.
↑ Click to play the video 


How To Get There

1. Go to Tokyo Rail Days' website here
2. Choose the tour that you're interested in (Sakura / Strawberry Pickings / Skiing / etc).
Complete information about the price and itinerary details is right there on the website.
You can also choose the day and time. So practical!
3. Contact one of the travel agents that are listed below the page to arrange the tour.
They can also rent you a portable wifi, how convenient is that?
4. Make the payment
5. Train tickets and information about the trip will be sent to your hotel in Japan

Tokyo Rail Days' PLUS POINTS

1. You're going to travel by train a comfortable one, really!
2. All the tickets, informations and guidance is prepared by them, no need to hire a costly tour guide
3. Everything is customized to your budget and schedule

P.S. The tour and ticket prices are very low because they're special price for tourists. If Japanese themselves want to go, they cannot get this price. ^^;

- - - Tokyo Rail Days - - -
Website: bit.ly/jprail
Facebook: bit.ly/trdfb03

We sincerely hope that you get to experience this wonderful trip for yourself, and better yet, with your family! :)