Turning Japanese, I think I'm Turning Japanese

Updated on Nov 10, 2008
black Zara belt - black Anthem shoes - black Mango dress
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I really think so….

Believe it or not this was my mom’s vintage dress that was really a night gown from Tokyo, Japan back when she graduated college in 1979, She was 21 years old yet wise beyond her years to know that a dress like this deserved a parade. Her prize for graduating Magna Cum Laude in BS Economics was a trip to Japan alone. It was too good an opportunity to pass….So she went. And this was one of the things she brought home with her.

Basically, I felt the need to dress 70s-ish in advance (the real theme is set for tomorrow) since that is the theme one of my closest friends, Nina set for her official 22nd party to be held tomorrow at Embassy. Everything…clothes and MUSIC will be from the Seventies. So I love it! Very STUDIO 54, Disco Chic Era. I’m going as poster child for studio 54 and activist Bianca Jagger!

And I will wear something totally from the 70s from mother dearest back when she was 18 years old!!!

According to my mom this was a Japanese night gown (she found it in those Japanese silk shops) with Japanese designs of cherry blossoms and bamboo print in chiffon. The fabric is really soft when I felt it despite the 29 years for wear and tear and it’s not the traditional chiffon texture. It’s very light and airy. Almost like it’s nonexistent. That’s how light and thin it was!

She planned to wear it as a dress for fancy dinners back here since it was too nice to waste as traditional sleep wear, so she bought it, despite the very expensive price tag. And she did wear this to such occasions several times until she had to retire it. I found it in an old box of costumes in our attic and fell in love with the very intricate print and detail. It reminds me of that novel turned movie, Memoirs of a Geisha since it seems like something a geisha would totally wear. And when I wore it, it felt so elegant and soft. I could not help but move all gracefully. The dress needed to be worn with justice. I felt I didn’t deserve to wear it but it was tooo nice to pass up on.

This was actually the second time I wore the dress. The first was in the world-famous Boracay beach here back in 2007. I wore it for a night out in the island paradise and simply put a black swimsuit under. It served as an elegant and sexy cover-up for the beach.

This time, I wore it like my mom originally intended to do so and did back in the 70s…for a dinner party. My friend Nina celebrated her 22nd birthday today with an intimate dinner at her cousin’s condo in Makati and since I practically nagged and bombarded her all weekend to get me Lechon from Butuan, she invited me to eat lechon with her family for her dinner. Since it was a house dinner, I wanted to be elegant yet very comfy in what I wore…

And so, WHAT BETTER WAY TO BE COMFY THAN TO ARRIVE IN A DRESS THAT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE A DASTER/ NIGHTGOWN RIGHT?

I just styled it up with a studded belt for a touch of modernity and Gladiator heels so I won’t look like I’m ready to go to bed. And it worked miracles. Nina’s aunt could not believe it was pantulog or sleepwear.

TO THOSE WHO THINK CEBU LECHON IS FAB (Filipinos!!!):
Wait till you taste Butuan Cebu!!! It’s absolutely divine! I tasted heaven in it and believe my cholesterol went up the roof of their 30th floor condo. And it was so flavorful, i didn’t need to put sauce in it!

To everyone else who think I am talking in riddles, lechon is a traditional Filipino delicacy which is basically just roast pig. To those who enjoy Chinese food, since i believe there is China Town everywhere, it compares to the Suckling Pig dish they serve with dimsum for starters. The marinate of the pork back here, however, is different from the Chinese version which gives it a more unique flavor and taste.

So that was basically another story to what I am wearing.
I seem to love red lately huh?
I will wear red accessories/ excessories ONE LAST TIME for her party tomorrow and then stop wearing it for a long time! I miss all the other colors!

Hope it worked. Considering it was a night dress and not a dress for a night out.

Lemme know! XOXO

Song inspiration:

TURNING JAPANESE by the Vapors

_I’ve got your picture of me and you
You wrote “I love you” I wrote “me too”
I sit there staring and there’s nothing else to do
Oh it’s in color Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there’s no one else around

I’ve got your picture, I’ve got your picture
I’d like a million of you all round my cell
I want a doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You’ve got me turning up and turning down
And turning in and turning ’round

I’m turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
I’m turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so

I’ve got your picture, I’ve got your picture
I’d like a million of them all round my cell
I want the doctor to take a picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You’ve got me turning up and turning down and turning in and turning ’round

I’m turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
I’m turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women
No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it’s dark
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a cyclone ranger
That’s why I’m turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
I’m turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I’m turning Japanese
I really think so_

Till the 70’s! Hahaha xoxo!

Comments (47)

NathaliaV
NathaliaV on August 01
beautiful
Metric
Metric on August 04
I love this dress!
OphelieDePenelope
OphelieDePenelope on July 21
love how you gave the feminine dress a funky look with the studded belt!~
Canon_Girl
Canon_Girl on August 18
What a beautiful dress and a great belt!
bjkdAnc3r
bjkdAnc3r on March 18
nice!
inKARLcerating
inKARLcerating on November 17
i love et!!! its like a dress made by valentino!!! wow! yer mom is super adorable! its in the genes JL ey? ehhehhe
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 17
Indeed she is K! my very first fashion icon! is my mum! hahaha it was totally a japanese night gown! hahaha i love her taste! xoxo babe!
victoriakay203
victoriakay203 on November 14
Beautious! I like the punk belt with the feminie flowy dress...
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 15
thanks so much dear! haha cheers!
azzbot
azzbot on November 13
i love this!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 15
thanks so much!!!
kiM_ie
kiM_ie on November 12
you're just simple gorgeous..every piece and style suit you so well!!i want that shoe!!and luv the every story behind the dress from ur mum..:D
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much! i am very flattered! teehee and the shoes are a good find! cheers!
cloudo3
cloudo3 on November 11
...even cooler dress !
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank you so much dear!
LizParker
LizParker on November 11
you are such a pretty doll!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank you so much dear! i am very very flattered =)
YoureWrongImRight
YoureWrongImRight on November 11
i keep missing commenting on all your outfits but its a basic " WOW" lol you loook amazinnnngggggggggggggggggggggggg and i always love your song choices too!! lOL
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much dear! Wow, that comment truly made me smile! thanks thanks thanks! you are too nice! xoxo
Coconut
Coconut on November 11
you are always chic !!! <3
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank yo very much dear! cheers!
rainelyn
rainelyn on November 11
classy. hm i wish my mom saved some of her stuff for me : ( and i used to loove lechon when i was little. oh wait, more like that sauce (what is it again?) .
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks darling! i know! i wish my mum saved most of her stuff! haha some she donated and gave away these were the few i could salvage! haha and the sauce is mang Tomas...liver sauce right?
iceeeee
iceeeee on November 11
hahaha! sana you brought me home some balat! =( i shouldve knooown!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Oooh im sorry brow! i should've brought home the whole lechon na tira teeheee! kidding! i love lechon! lets have a lechon party soon!!!!!
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on November 11
lovely dress! you're mum is one chic Stylistah! and i think with this dress, you just turned japanese! haha! cute! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much i got your msg on the shoes! too bad im a 37 but will check out havent been in g4 in ages! hahaha last was april i think! teehee i know right? loves it!
anggina
anggina on November 11
love love love the dress!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so very much dear!
gerri
gerri on November 11
v pretty!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
thanks dear!
Gingergirl
Gingergirl on November 11
You are a princess!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
there are some days i totally wish i am! hahaha thanks dear! xoxo
wattabouts
wattabouts on November 11
wow that dress! turning it into something , youre so amazing i must say red looks fab on you and your moms too awesome does she have an account in here or something?. haha :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much! i am very flattered and yes red is becoming my fave color as of the moment! i think it brings out the fire aura in me! hahaha thanks and yes my mum is awesome! unfortunately she has no account teehee =)
pixienish
pixienish on November 11
BEAUTIFUL!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank you so much!
Mi_Mo
Mi_Mo on November 11
awwwww!!!!! your sandals!!!!! are fantastic!!!! love it!!! *___*
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
thanks so much! cheers!
Nanny
Nanny on November 10
It looks awesome, I'd never guessed this was intended to be a nightgown! The belt is très Carrie! You got a very elegant mother obviously, when do we get to meet her here? :o)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much dearest! yes my mother is iconic! she is one of my icons too! teehee will post a photo soon! xoxo
lynnisms
lynnisms on November 10
It's a beautiful dress, and from the photos it doesn't seem like a nightgown at all! Your makeup matches the outfit well x) and your description is cute, it made me smile
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much! i am happy it doesnt i mean who'd wear THAT to bed right? i prefer my pjs since this is tooo awesome to waste! thanks! im glad to have made you smile!
wendienguyen17
wendienguyen17 on November 10
very pretty!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
thanks a lot! =)
faa
faa on November 10
the dress is beautiful! haha i think the song fits the outfit very much!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks dearest! i am indeed turning japanese! hahaha
belinda
belinda on November 10
i love those shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! beautiful!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks dearest! xoxo
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on November 10
I can't believe that this is a night gown!!! It's sooo beautiful!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much! it's a grecian cut but the print and patterns are japanese! hahaha thanks dear and who'd wear it to sleep right?
InstantVintage
InstantVintage on November 10
I wish I could raid your mom's closet. You're coming up on some great stuff!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks dear! i am i am! i really get amazed! i 've been raiding her closet for ages and i still always discover something new!!!!
suibug
suibug on November 10
teeheheh, the dress is indeed very Japanese~ I can see similar patterns on a kimono
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
I love that! yaaay! hahaha my mums tokyo escapades! tsk tsk tsk!!!
shmicole
shmicole on November 10
that dress is lovely! ;) your mom is one stylish person.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
She is indeed! i love her finds from different countries she totally roams the place for the best and rarest stores!
megz29_29
megz29_29 on November 10
very cool, I love the studs with the dress!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much gorgeous! xoxo
plastikneon
plastikneon on November 10
I love the pattern on that dresss
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank you so much!
NinaS
NinaS on November 10
OMG. i need to raid your mom's closet, too! you look absolutely stunning...absolutely!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Hahaha raid away dear! i love your clothes so much too! and thanks so much! so do you in anything you wear!
lycaong
lycaong on November 10
awwww love it!!! night gown has never been this awesome!! kilig!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much babe! kilig teehee xoxo! night gowns are in! yaaaay!
simpletonfashion
simpletonfashion on November 10
your nightgown is gorgeous! the belt matches perfectly
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much! im happy it did indeed!!!
thenoircollective
thenoircollective on November 10
the design on that dress is so beautiful, you look great in that colour!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks so much darling! i love your style so much! one of my faves! and yes gotta love red!
ninjaneko
ninjaneko on November 10
chic as always :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank you very much!
piasunga
piasunga on November 10
nice dress!!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks cuz! it was mums back in the day!
19007
19007 on November 10
I've always wanted to try the nightgown as dress thing, you definitely pull it off!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Oooh try it try it! at the end of the day its all about accessorizing babe! teehee xoxo!
hirondelle
hirondelle on November 10
you're so lovely:9 love the shoes
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks a lot sweets! xoxo love your style!
h8nd5
h8nd5 on November 10
love the belt!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thanks dear! got it in zara!
glamourstains
glamourstains on November 10
I love how the accessories and shoes make the dress a bit edgier. Very nice outfit.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank you very much! Studs to delicate vintage fabrics are indeed a modern twist! thanks dear!!!
jetaime
jetaime on November 10
just beautiful! The shoes and belt really modernise this(:
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 12
Thank you so much!!! I am very flattered!
fashionchalet
fashionchalet on November 10
I love that song. I love your dress, shoes and makeup!! 100%! CHIC.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 11
Likewise! thanks dear! you are very chic yourself!!!
fayeangelica
fayeangelica on November 10
The dress has such a gorgeous print and I love the song! I was just singing out loud the other day to irritate a friend! hahahaha..
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 11
Thanks so much! so do i! =) turning japanese is such a kulit song! teeheee
becks
becks on November 10
I love how you turned this into a dress! I love the pattern!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 10
Thanks so much! it was my mom's and I do love her style and fashion choices! xoxo
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