Cover of Adone Magazine: Japanese street style issue! Girly gyaru Liz Lisa dress, Peace Now shoes.

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I’m honored to show you my latest photo editorial, which made the cover of Adone Magazine, released today!

Huge hugs for my Tokyo-based team: photos by Said Karlsson and Hair by Kukukachoo.

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“ADONE presents our newest issue: Street. We explore this theme with content that is original and not mass-produced, with a feature on the Punk style in this year’s Met Gala and an interview with subculture queen, La Carmina.” The issue is available digitally; you can read it via Adone’s website.

nakano, japanese lanterns, tokyo at night

We shot these images in the streets of Nakano, an anime-culture neighborhood that’s a five minute subway ride from Shinjuku. Said’s photography comes to life as the sun is setting, and lanterns are glowing.

White lace dress: Liz Lisa, Japanese gyaru-romantic brand
Black heels: Michael Kors
White long coat: from ages ago, in Camden Market London

alternative hairstylist, colorful hair extensions, tokyo hair stylist

I loved working with Lulu Kukukachoo, a freelance professional hair stylist specializing in avantgarde, extensions and cuts. She made these hair flowers herself, out of colorful acrylic strands! Lulu’s skilled at everything from basic cuts to editorial works of art. If you need a Tokyo hairstylist, I hope you’ll reach out to Hair by Kukukachoo.

(Capturing a natural moment: I’m talking to Seby in these shots above.)

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In front of Nakano subway station, north exit, with my ultra-cute Luxy Loli phone case.

japanese game center, crane game machines, nakano broadway

Such fun to shoot in Nakano; there’s anime, manga and video game culture everywhere. I peered into a crane game machine.

nakano anime, manga, game centers, retro video games

We darted into a Broadway retro video game center for this shot. My baby-blue lace dress is Liz Lisa x My Melody, bought in Shinjuku Studio Alta.

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Lulu took a few behind-the-scenes shots. Said also runs Tokyo Faces, a Japanese street style photo-blog updated daily.

rainbow mural, nakano tokyo wall, tokyo graffiti

The rainbow mural, dotted with animals, made a nice backdrop for this outfit (notice my bunny-eared hoodie, by Peace Now).

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Lacing up my Peace Now pirate creeper shoes. I’m still sad that this Japanese brand closed down.

japanese maneki neko, pachinko parlor, liz lisa dress, my melody, lace girly dress

I leave you with a casual snap with an inflatable maneki neko, outside a Nakano pachinko parlor. Enjoy my full Adone Magazine photos and interview — kudos to my hair and photo team for the beautiful work!

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PS: arigato to
Heather On Her Travels, for interviewing me in a travel podcast. I shared my favorite food, activities and tips for visiting Tokyo.
My Destination for the Big Blogger Interview. We talk about cats, costumes and keeping things cool on the road.
Style In View, an addictive fashion search engine, for inviting me to curate a vintage alternative collection.

What do you think of my colorful-girly-pop look these days? Did you enjoy these street style images? I’ll post more from this series soon, and unveil yet another magazine cover!



  1. MelissaR
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Loooove the blue dress and white jacket! My beautiful pink haired cover girl!

  2. Esther
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I love your hair color there!

  3. Angelica
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 3:56 am | Permalink


  4. CreepyGoth
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    In love with this!

  5. Reese
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 4:38 am | Permalink


  6. Asta
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    That is AWESOME!

  7. Amelia
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Dear La Carmina, :D

    I have followed your blog for a long time and I have always wondered. How did you get this site? Like do you pay for it ? Or did someone make it? I just really want to know because I would love to have one of my own sometime.

    From your big fan ,
    Lia ^^

    • lacarmina
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lia, thanks for your kind words and for reading over the years!

      I started blogging in 2007 and built the site through trial and error… I bought this domain name ( and right now, I have WordPress installed on it. I use Amazon Cloudfront to host the images, so that they load fast from servers around the world. I do all the blogging / upkeep myself, but my friend Naomi ( designed the theme (which is the look of the blog). So right now, there is an annual cost for owning the URL (domain name), and monthly fees for the image hosting on Amazon Cloudfront, plus monthly fees for the server (I use a specialized service since the traffic is quite high). In other words… complicated! But you can start blogging for free, using a site like – and if you decide to upgrade later, you can.

      Hope that helps!! xox

  8. Lizzy
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink


  9. Ben 55
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    gorgeous model!

  10. MD
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much! Loved your big blogger interview!

  11. StyleInView
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the lovely words and thanks again for the fab collection!

  12. Anna
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    kawaii :)

  13. Amo
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Lovely hair and eyelashes.

  14. ChiWorld
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    lovely look! great style :)

  15. Elisa
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    You’re beautiful & lovely like always

  16. Shopnow
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Loved the post!

  17. DangerBunny
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    your amazingg

  18. Sara
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    love the dress! :) <3

  19. Piti
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Very cute :3

  20. Carla
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    ohh mijita rica <3

  21. Silvia Je
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    You look cute as always and it seems as if you had a lot of fun!! :)
    Keep up the great work – I love your pictures and your blogs!!

  22. Camila
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    love your hairrrr! You are amazinggggg

  23. Nia
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Strike a pose

  24. Jen
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    I like your new style. It’s whimsical and brightens up a lot of the photos. I especially like the shot of you peeking in the crane machine. The colorful items match you hair pretty well.

    • lacarmina
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I’m in the mood for lighter, whimsy, romantic looks these days…gotta change it up! By the way, lots of Japan steampunk coverage coming up that I am sure you’ll like :)

      • Joshua S Luηdquist
        Posted April 29, 2013 at 3:07 am | Permalink

        Did you have to get permission from the arcade guys to take that one? I remember I had to plead for a good five minutes with one of the guys in the vests to get a shot of me gazing through the U.F.O. catcher. He ended up taking the photo for me ٩̋(๑˃́ꇴ˂̀๑)

        • lacarmina
          Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

          heeh nope… we ran in, snapped 10 quick photos, and ran out! muahahah

  25. Sheena
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Looks like a BLAST!!

  26. Yuke
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Very nice

  27. Brian
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Love it!

  28. Elissa
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Hey! Is this is Soshigaya-okura near Tokyo?! If so, I used to drink ホッピーセット at that place! Just like an おっさん But then again, lots of places have these izakaya-type bars, lol

    • lacarmina
      Posted April 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      This is Nakano, north exit area, so probably not…

    • Joshua S Luηdquist
      Posted April 29, 2013 at 3:04 am | Permalink

      Soshigaya-okura has an amazing tan-tan-men restaurant right next to the station, go out the only exit (past all the Ultraman posters), go left and then immediately hang a sharp left (like a u-turn, pretty much) on the first street that leads behind the station and the tan-tan men shop is immediately on your right. It’s amazing, and they have a non-spicy version that is great with vinegar in it! Highly recommended!

  29. Martin
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Good photos and u ‘re pretty, wonderfull eyes

  30. petal
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    I LOVE your Hair & Makeup in this shoot La Carmina – sooooo Pretty^^

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