Monday, October 20, 2014

Floral Music Lolita Meetup

I only just realized my last mobile post failed (please recommend reliable Android mobile app for blogger?) so I'll skip right ahead to the Lolita meetup on Saturday, October 18!
Not a real dog :(
The theme this time was more complex: flower + grass/leaves + music notes (not instruments!)
Bulbasaur covered the grass theme portion (hey, it is grass-type OK!!!)
We met at an absolutely adorably quaint little shop called Victoria Garden and all the details and decor in the cafe were SO cute and elegant!!  The lowest price requirement is a bit much; each person must order a set.  Not a problem if your original intention was to eat a full meal, but I wasn't very hungry.  Luckily, they had a nice salad option that wasn't too heavy.

My boyfriend is also wearing flower + grass theme
Full outfit shot.  I think ANO (bf) used a filter because the light there was very yellow.

Detail shot by Doro (sorry for the blur!)
It was quite a small meetup, but everybody already knew everybody so we ended up having lots of really funny conversations and time flew by so quickly!!  We even forgot to take a group photo, shoes photo, and finger photos.
While meeting new people through common interests is fun, groups of familiar faces seem to bring a more lively atmosphere.  Plus, the owner and waitstaff were all very sweet and let us sort of drag out our exit even though they were closing ^^;
Currently I'm quite overwhelmed with schoolwork and may make a Fashion University post :)  It was lovely to take some time off and just be goofy and frilly with friends!  And thinking of more themed-Lolita challenges.  The next one is "snow fairy/elf" though I may be in India if the date is too late.  Haven't got any idea how to work that theme given that I'd binned my only snowflake Lolita skirt!

<b>What is your favorite Lolita theme?</b> I personally adore Lolitas who are able to work completely non-lolita things into a proper coordinate and keeping the "fashion" aspect rather than "look at my theme."  I proposed a Pokemon-theme and a fruit theme (no repeated fruit, or everybody will show up with only strawberry and cherry!) as well as a predator animals (bears, tigers, eagles, etc.) theme.  I don't even know if I'd be able to make it...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

World Chocolate Wonderland

  On Sunday I went to an exhibit in 淡水/Tamsui ALL ABOUT CHOCOLATE!!!!  So exciting!  Originally Kamiko and I planned to wear chocolate-themed clothing ,but since I sold my Little Bear Cafe, I had Teddy wear her Little Bear Cafe dress and I wore a bear-themed outfit.  That is sort of like chocolate, right???

The exhibit is split into "worlds" and you receive a little paper suitcase with three chocolate coins you can exchange for gifts at different places.  Before even entering the exhibit, there were many statues so we took photos with them!

First up was Maya Chocolate!  You could step on a scale and see how many cacao beans you weighed.  I will not reveal my cacao weight, but Teddy's was two beans.
Maya Chocolate had a little section you could roll out the cacao beans from the fruit.  Kamiko, Teddy, and I gave it a go.  We all ended up smelling of chocolate afterward!!  At Maya Chocolate world you could exchange a chocolate coin for SPICY HOT CHOCOLATE which was surprisingling delicious!!!!
After all that hard word, I had to have me a cigar.  Just kidding, this is a cinnamon stick!

Next up was Fantasy Forest!  I make the most attractive faces.

There was an adorable little house with props you could put on!  They were all children-sized so only the wings fit me....

After Fantasy Forest was a fashion Champs-Elysee room and a Future World but the lighting was very poor so we couldn't take many photos.  There were shoes, bags, masks, and hats made of real chocolate! 

The last world was a romantic one where you could exchange a coin for chocolate-covered marshmallow or a postcard.  There was also a photobooth you could take photos in!  It cost money to print, but you could scan the QR code and download for free.

There was also this game show below where you slide a digital coin on the small screen and it will fly into the big screen!!!  Like magic!!!  The goal was to hit the little white angel at the top of the fountain.  If you hit any of the other character they would still react so it was funny.  It took me many tries to hit the angel, but only took Kamiko three tries....
Hitting the angel would earn you an extra chocolate coin!  I earned two and gave one to a small child who didn't understand the game haha.

There was also an upstairs where two foreign chocolate artisans made chocolate items.
Here is a Mario spider: 
And then a KING SPIDER:

There was also a DIY class to sign up for.  We made these chocolate lollies, and the molds are gifts you can take home!  Super fun!

After leaving was a fun gift shop with loads of chocolate-theme goods such as molds, stationery objects, candies, etc.

By the time we left the chocolate world, it was dark already!!

The bridge back was shut off for maintenance, so we took a ferry instead :3
It was my first time on such a small ferry, and the roof was INSANELY low.  I'm so glad the waters were relatively calm otherwise there would be many headaches going around....

It was a really great and fun exhibit and definitely recommend everybody visit if you've got the chance.  The ticket prices are NT$240 for students and NT$280 regular.  Very worth it!  And try the spicy hot chocolate ;)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Taipei - Human Edition

Last time I posted a post only of my teddy bear,but I finally got the photos of myself!

A random lady asked me about my Biscuit bag!

I received this gift from an artist there because he said I was a movie star (it's the shades, I promise!)
 And then we took photos together by his artwork!

This is KOKOkim's stand (brand by Kimura U, who often appears on Kawaii.i or other tv and Youtube shows about Japan). The prints were adorable and posters were sweet!  I loved the bags and shoes, but the quality of the clothing was actually quite poor so I was very disappointed and didn't purchase anything :(

This girl was promoting custom-printed chocolate and interview me (via interpreter)
Her outfit is BABY THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT and her purse is Swimmer!  Super cute!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Aye Aye, Captain!

The most recent Lolita meetup was a sailor-themed meetup at a pirate-themed restaurant in 西門町/XiMenDing called Ducat Gold.  It was very goofy and lovely!
Hands up!
Hat: borrowed from Ducat Gold (they had many props!)
Sailor Boleo, Blouse, JSK: handmade my be
Gun: Disney (brought by another Lolita)
Our host DORO prepared some half-moon cakes and red/white flags for a game!  She'd only just returned from Japan but managed to throw together an amazing meetup!
These are the two flags DORO made.  We played the raise-flag game similar to Shy Guy Says from Mario Party
The Daiso Japan expression glasses make another appearance!  This is probably the worst idea for "punishment" for people who don't adhere to the theme because we all end up taking photos with these on anyway...
Still no makeup,but I'm happy to say laser vision correction has worked out very well for me so far!
My nail stickers even fit the theme!!
Seriously had too much fun with the gun props!!!!!
Paying the bill.  Teddy is rolling in dough!
We played the flag game and Teddy ended up winning D:  I actually was out the first or second round...

The tides have turned!  Help!

Best captain will defend the ship!

We all have sailor collars!

Check out our shoes

And of course finger shots.  I cheated and used two hands because I was proud of my nail stickers!

Sorry for the lack of photoshop on everything except the first photo...
Hope you still enjoy the looks!