Sunday, May 22, 2016

LaForet Harajuku Virtual Tour by Kawaii.i

Japanese kawaii fashion and beauty channel Kawaii.i just posted a three-part virtual tour of Harajuku branch LaForet, and it is in THREE-SIXTY DEGREES so when watching, click and drag around to see various angles!

I thought this would be a fun and interesting tour for my readers.  If you find any point you would like to see more, you can pause the video and still click and drag around to see in 360 as if it were a 360 photo!

If you are planning to go here it could be useful to take a virtual tour first.  Technology is providing us with lots of handy tools!  Seeing the physical shops of certain brands I love really makes me want to visit =^.^=

Be sure to check out Parts 2 and 3 as well if you are interested!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cyber Lolita at the Lolita Market

Lolita fashion may be pricey for brand name items, but if you can buy secondhand it's a good way to get a bargain.  Being able to see these items in real life makes it easier to see the condition of clothing, so I really enjoy purely Lolita-theme markets.  This one also included handmade items and took place at Flora Salon, which is a salon that allows anybody to experience a Lolita photoshoot.  They provide clothes, makeup, and hairstyles, and then take photos for you.

Leading up the narrow hallway was a line of boyfriends waiting on their Lolita girlfriends to finish their shopping ^-^  The space is quite small.

  I'd never been there before, and it was PACKED!  So I didn't take many photos inside because I didn't want to risk taking photos of anybody that didn't want their photo taken.  There were almost all Sweet Lolitas, some people in regular kawaii fashion, many brolitas, a couple men, and a couple Goths/Gothic Lolitas.  We're definitely a very sweet community.
Basically this times 10.  There were only ten vendors who could fit!

There were no "must have" dresses/prints for me (my wallet is thankful) but I DID score the LARGE Swimmer bag I've been wanting ever since I saw DORO and Laina have it in varying colors!

It cost me NT$1000 (US$30) which is pretty good because the original price tag is JPY2500 (US$23) so it's not much of a markup at all.

I also wore a new style for me: cyber-lolita!  My dread falls have been sitting in the closet for four years or so T^T  And this is the first time I've worn them in public, as I previously have only worn this style to night-school or for photoshoots ^_^;
Before heading out

With my new bag!! Excited!!

I also bought a handmade double-clip for Teddy from my friend's brand, M.S.Rose (on facebook)

Overall it was a really great experience.  Usually these types of markets have a ticket price, but this one was free!  That may be a reason it was so crowded, I suppose.

There are several Lolita pop-up markets in a few cities every year.  I hope to go to more of them in the future!

Do you have Lolita markets where you are?  What are they like?  I'm curious!  And if you don't have these, I hope something can be arranged in the future ^_~  Most of these are organized by Lolitas for Lolitas.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Recent Sewing and Other Projects

It's been quite some time since I've done a sewing post.  After dropping out of school I actually completely stopped sewing for about a year, taking on only a few commissions and very few personal projects.  Then, at the beginning of this year, I suddenly took a big style change, but did begin sewing and crafting again.  Here are some photos of things I've made so far this year!

First is quite a simple fishnet sweatshirt that I made for Ano:

Then I made some simple hair accessories.  The bat wing clips are available on my Storenvy currently!
I also made a kinda silly "monster" set of hair ribbons.  Haven't actually worn them yet.  They were a bit spur-of-the-moment!  When inspiration and motivation happen to strike at the same time, you don't hesitate!

 Then I moved on to more clothing items.  First is a spiderweb pattern tank top with a lace back:

 Then a couple of chokers.  The base is actually detachable bra straps!  They are from old bras, so I thought I'd repurpose them.  The inside is plush and soft and comfortable to wear; perfect for chokers!
Spooky skull moth thing

 Then I finally completed this old project.  It was originally going to be a kigurumi pajama, but I did not have enough fabric so I made it into a hoodie instead for Ano!

Then I made a spooky dress:

And you've seen this skirt in my last meetup post.

This jacket uses the same print in a different color, red.  I'm not completely happy with it because  it's quite loose-fitting.  I would have preferred a tighter fit to avoid looking baggy or chunky when worn, but the overall look I'm quite satisfied with!

Then I made another necklace on the whim.  I plan to add some decoration to the bears!  It's quite the statement piece, but I wore it out to ART2016 as seen in my post.

Finally, some custom lower lashes!  I've since added more gems in varying sizes to this particular pair.  Custom lashes is quite fun, though it's incredibly finicky to work with something so delicate and small!

That's all for now.  I hope to continue creating things as I figure out just what it is I want to do with myself.  It's quite anxiety-provoking to not have a plan for your future, isn't it?
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Art Revolution Taipei 2016

It's that time of year again!  Or it was, from April 21-25; Art Revolution Taipei!  I did not take as many photos this year. The majority of exhibits were still traditional art, which is beautiful, but honestly looks much the same after seeing dozens of them -_-;

Still, it is really nice to see the gorgeous and unique things people create from all over the world!

Of course, I stayed mostly at Ano's area ^_~
Onward to art!
Door Gods
 Pixelated door gods to protect your home!  I remember we put door gods on our garage doors when I lived in Rochester, MN.  After we moved, we never replaced the gods though :o
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Long Time No Wear Meetup

 The thrills of finding a Lolita dress at a bargain deal is addicting!  So much so, that sometimes we can go overboard with buying and never get a chance to wear the dresses out.  Well, that may have affected some moreso than others, and was the theme for April's meetup!

Hako chose this theme, and it was quite fun to see what everybody wore!  In the end, I lost because my skirt was the newest (made two weeks ago) and Hako and NiYa both wore dresses they'd bought at the end of the year in 2013 O_O;

We went to an oldie but goodie, Rose House!  It's my favorite afternoon tea place because they've always got nice decor, good space, and really good afternoon tea at a reasonable price, and the foods on the platters change periodically.  I definitely suggest giving it a try!  Though the franchise branches tend to not have food that is quite as good, the tea is always spot on!
Group Photo
It was my first time wearing punk lolita, though it is one of my favorite styles!  I also tried a new makeup look for the first time @_@  I'm still on the fence about whether I like it or not... 
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lace and Ribbon Hair Bows Tutorial

Small hair ribbons are easy to make and dress up any hair style easily.  They can also be pinned or clipped onto boleros, handbags, wrist stoppers, etc.

Today I will show a quick and eay way to make some lace and ribbon hair bows, which can be made completely by hand if you don't have any sewing machine!  You also only need very few materials ^u^v

*Edge lace trim
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Love Chocolate Meetup

Every year, Sweet Lolita brands put one one (or several...) chocolate prints.  Chocolate often shows up in other sweets prints as well, either as toppings, dips, etc.
So with this month's meetup theme of "chocolate," you would think that it would be quite easy!
Well, I flipped through every dress and skirt in my closet only to find... I'm the worst Sweet Lolita ever!  I have NO chocolate!

So that means I had to draw for next month's theme -_-;;  But the meetup was still great fun!  Of course everybody else had a plethora of chocolate prints to choose from ^_^v

In the end, I wore my new BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT 2016 lucky pack dress and KC
None of my photos really turned out well today though!  Oops...
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Lolita Fashion X Weapons (??)

On Feb. 27 we had a Lolita meetup with a theme from me... weapons!  I didn't really think it through very well when I submitted my idea to be honest -_-; but it was a fun challenge.  Surprisingly, most of the Lolitas were able to find swords in dress prints, but 柔柔 actually brought a cosplay sword that coordinated with her outfit quite well!  And NiYa brought a toy gun and grenade from her brother's toy collection <_<;;

The lighting was yellow and space was far too cramped so we did not get good photos indoors.  By the time we made it outside, it was already dark so this time there are not many good photos, sorry!
NiYa and her weaponry

Winner!  Amazing look

Group photo!
 I'm wearing BABY's Swan Lake skirt, which has images of the prince holding a sword, so that was my weapon print :P  It's only about 2cm tall, but I'm the one setting the rules so there!
Kamiko actually would have been the one to not pass because she wore a Peter Rabbit print and claimed the farming tools the mice held were weapons.  Logic being that the pig 豬八戒 from Journey to the West (西遊記) uses a rake as a weapon (九釘耙)
This guy
He wasn't exactly very useful throughout their journey though, to be honest...
My face of the day
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Quite the Start to the New Year

I was originally going to post in the first few days of Chinese New Year but it's been quite a negative start to the year so I'll skip over all that childish drama

Just look at our food

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Yoki Watch X Taiwan McDonald

Completely unrelated to fashion, but I'm super excited that Taiwan McDonald also got a collaboration with the cute and popular cartoon, Yokai Watch!  I first saw that Japanese McDonald had collaborated and created "storage containers" which, let's be honest, are FRENCH FRY HOLDERS.

I bought one.
I plan to buy more.

Also, one branch of McDonald completely redecorated to be Yokai Watch themed!

The show is basically about a grade school student who was given a watch by a demon named Wyss (I'm not 100% sure of the English names) that allows him to see and communicate with demons in our world.  He solves problems the demons cause and befriend them, earning him a medallion he can later use with the watch to summon the demons to aid him.

Do you watch Yokai Watch? If so, who's your favorite character?  I love Jibanyan (the red cat demon) the most!  Though all the featured characters here are my top favorite characters.

Hopefully I can visit here while it lasts!
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