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find me beneath the Corsican stars where we first kissed...

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

ah another month goes by where i am MIA.  sorry. what was i doing...hmm...enjoying the warm weather, going to my first japanese baseball game, experiencing my first japanese onsen, discovering that traditional karaage...which is japanese fried chicken..is fried with potato starch, not wheat, so at some places, I CAN EAT FRIED CHICKEN. no big deal.  i also went headfirst off my bicycle and slammed my head into the sidewalk..that set me back 3 days in the hospital with a bleeding brain and about another two weeks of recovering at home.  hmm...and wedding planning!

three weeks from today, we leave for Europe!  jao and i are both presenting our research at a conference for air transportation dorks (this is our lives...conferences filled with airplane dorks), and it just so happens that this conference is in Bergamo, Italy.  damn, right?  so we'll be spending about a week, doing "work" here...

and much to my excitement, on the 3rd night of the conference, there is a gala dinner event.  i have absolutely no idea how formal this week be (my guess is not super formal...because this is a collection of engineers and super nerds, so most likely..it'll be tragic), but the words "gala" and "event" to me signal the need for an amazing dress!  natch.  so i sauntered my ass right on to the Tokyo Toyoko line train up to Shinjuku and off to H&M - and i found a GREAT blush pink, open back gown that is perfect for a summer night in italy!

i think it's perfect - conservative up front, and then a little daring in the back.  paired with white sandals, hair up, red lips...done.  

after Bergamo, we are headed to Lyon, France for a few days to meet up with a friend of ours/professor at EM Lyon for some collaborative human factors workshops, and obviously to get a bit of sun.  i have a new bikini and a new hot pink one-piece that i'm obsessed with, and a few new little sundresses...it's going to be a sick two weeks in Europe.

we also went to Hakone a few weekends ago (before i slammed my head into a sidewalk) - we did work with a group called Global Village...a bunch of high school girls from tokyo came out for an overnight fieldtrip type thing, and we were group leaders, teaching them about different cultures and helping them with their english..very fun.  and afterwards, we took the time to explore Hakone a bit and spent the night at a hotel with a private onsen in our room!  Hakone is town up in the mountains south of Tokyo, and is known for it's natural hot springs (onsen).  we had a perfect day and thoroughly enjoyed our in-room onsen (obvi).

pants, zara. top & shoes, j.crew. clutch, marc by marc jacobs. sunglasses, oliver peoples.





on the wedding front....my mom sent my dress to me!  i had a non-traditional wedding dress experience... i literally skyped into my gown shopping appointment at J.Crew on my mom's iPad and my sister tried the dresses on for me. so i picked one, my mom bought it for me and then sent it to Japan.  it was so exciting to receive a big enormous box in the mail and find my wedding dress inside.  it's all versions of perfect :)  oh, and our save the dates went out.  it seemed like...no rush guys, we have a year to go.  but now it's like...7 months or something.  and my aforementioned head-into-the-sidewalk accident only reconfirmed that i'm a lucky chick with an amazing man.  he never left my side and took perfect care of me, and i'm very lucky to have someone like him in my life!

i would, however, like to re-emphasize the importance of always wearing nice underwear...i mentioned this last year when i ended up in the hospital for an allergic reaction. but i'd like to mention it again, because i was in the ER, and they had to take my dress off of me, and i was laying there in nothing but my undies.  and thank god they were chic ones.  just a thought...

and for old time's sake...here's the latest playlist!