Know, first, who you are;
And then adorn yourself accordingly.
~ Epictetus

Friday, December 21, 2012

Revelations on Rabbits, German Dresses and Socks

Holy wow, has Christmas shopping sucked everyone completely DRY yet? Hahaha. But I've been extra generous this year and I've also received such thoughtful gifts in return. I never expect presents, so the thought put into them for me is the best Christmas feeling. I love my friends. ;w;

Sooo, lately I've been waiting (and waiting) for Le Cadre du Chat (Rabbit) to pop up but I'm dumb and missed TWO that were being sold just last October on comm sales. I also (apparently) missed the re-release of it just earlier this December, ahh go me. ):

In my feverish state I had a revelation--I actually REALLY don't like Alice at all. Rabbits are my all-time favorite animal but there are hardly any rabbit-themed dresses I like. I tend to shoot for deer motifs instead because it stays more true to a classic woodland theme (like Bambi)--but I feel rabbits are much more open-ended than deer because of the many things they symbolize. They also have this kind of creepy-cute look to them, haha. I really think that current designs featuring rabbits are stagnate/heavily held back because anything remotely rabbit MUST be Alice. It's quite irritating.

Pieces of Inspiration

German dresses! DID I EVER TELL YOU I'M IN LOVE WITH HELGA G. PATAKI. She's my most favorite fictional character ever. I quote a local lolita this: "She's my spirit animal." We might do a matching duo of this version of her, heehee.

Lena Hoschek Tradition - Herbst/Winter 2012 (Fotos: LUPISPUMA Fine Photography)
I'd also love to also do something like this with IW pieces. I really like the underbust style, braided hair and chain of florals in her hair. (I actually hadn't realized I was into this whole german-look until I saw all three things I liked together into a photo.)

Fannie Rosie! I try not to focus too heavily on how one person dresses in particular but there's always something about her outfits that draw me back to her. :) I guess you could say she's my fashion idol. I actually think she was the one who inspired me into classic! Anyways, here's one outfit I like in particular (that once again I'll "match" with IW, lul).

I can't decide on white or black lace!!! D:

I think Grimoire still does international shipping, at least I hope they do. I wanted to start collecting their tights. I'm actually not that big on socks, which is surprising to me...

Une bibliothèque secrète is making me long for the Royal Palace Library JSK more than ever. :)

And that's about it! Thanks for reading!

(PS. Lmao this makes me feel like a pervert. It's a game where you don't get caught peeking at Helga's pink diary):

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy belated Intl Lolita Day! EOS Candy Pink and Brown Lens, and more makeup reviews

Photo by Ivy Maiorino
Yay, that second time of the year!! This time the Boston comm went to Upstairs on the Square (courteously arranged by sew_sweet) at Harvard and I was very excited because I had never tried this place before. It's also the first ILD I've been to wearing brand! (Although I'm not wearing everything I wanted to, haha.) The meetup itself was great, but to be honest I didn't enjoy the restaurant as much as L'Espalier. There were too many flaws that were hard to overlook, especially since both places cost the same for high tea. My biggest complaints were stale/cold savories, clumsy waitstaff, dregs in tea and poor presentation skills (savories were stacked messily and some of it spilled, the sugar dispenser was really just paper packets in a tin can, no spreadables, etc). In fact, I couldn't even eat the grapes that were offered as a part of a vegan option because they weren't even washed! I had to rinse them in my cup of water, and when I wiped it on my napkin it left behind black smears. GROSSSS. D: Step it up, Upstairs on the Square! Your service was completely embarrassing.

Bah, I'm feeling lazy about editing photos because I don't have photoshop on my laptop anyway. I have a lemon of a laptop and nothing ever runs on it anymore except for skype and league of legends, Baw!! I'm thinking of buying a camera of my own (been borrowing boyfriend's) as well as a new computer (also been borrowing... mainly for freelance art, though.) I just want a working system so I can do these things that are supposed to be fun with ease. .__. I at least got a new webcam!! If you're thinking of trying out Microsoft's LifeCam, it's amazing! It shoots in HD, has focus ability and can detect depth. It was half off on black friday. ^.^ Pixlr made it grainier than it actually is, so ignore that part haha.

Ahh oh, I'm growing my hair out so I can braid it. I've been wearing this style often these days, do you like it? :3 They're braided pigtails wrapped like laurels! I don't have a full photo of the outfit since no one took it and I forgot to take one of myself.

EOS Candy Pink x Brown lens review
Looks cute, right?
I'm also learning a lot more about makeup and circle lens. If you remembered the pink & brown circle lens I had mentioned before, I've actually decided that I don't like them at all. <__<; I barely even want to wear them to show for the blog, so here's minimal effort photography. :T

Product Description:
Weight: 0 kg, 100 grams
Stock: Stock available
Brand : E.O.S
Diameter : 14.0mm
Water Content : 38%
Base Curve : 8.6mm
Life Span : 1 year disposal

I don't like the color. The pink ended up looking more creepy pink-red than a light, cute and pleasant pink, but maybe it's because I have dark brown eyes and there was no dark ring to help define the pink. The true pink color would show up best under super bright light (like the sample photo). It also helps a lot if you wear pink, because it makes the lens appear more pink than red, but it sucks that I have to do so much to make these lens work. :l I wish these lens had a less reddish tinge and a little bit of light purple mixed in instead--it would feel more like a "pink" than a "vaguely lighter version of red"--if you get what I mean.

The lens itself is very soft and comfortable, I'm just not a fan of the color combination. But I'm glad I bought it, because I wouldn't have known this from just the stock photo anyway. It was a learning experience. I can't find the product on the store I bought it from (maybe because of how unpopular this lens is, hurr), but it was from Pinky Paradise.

Perhaps I will try pink lens again, but that's for another time when I have money to burn. Until then, I'd really love to have a brown lens next time! I LOVE the Geo Princess Mimi collection, I wear my sesame grey ones all the time. The grey/blue looks great on all skin colors and it's pretty no matter what color my hair is. I'll try their brown ones next. :D

Another makeup rant~
I think Naru Narusegawa/Saati Namba has subconsciously been inspiration for my brows ever since I read an interview of Ken Akamatsu about them. .__.
YoungBlood foundation in neutral
Tarte Amazonian clay brow mousse
EYEMAZING x Zipper UNA x 80s Disco lashes
Geo Princess Mimi Sesame Grey lens
Revlon Colorburst Lip butter #085
Sephora Eyeshadow in cocoa
Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection
The Multiple by NARS in Portofino
The Balm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner
Watt's Up! highlighter by Benefit
Hair dye is photoshopped. Hah!

Ok, I wanna talk about eyebrows really quickly. I was getting tired of my brow pencil I bought from Shiseido, and honestly for a pencil it was good enough (not too soft, had the right balance of wax in it), but I wanted to look into other formulas. I saw Tarte's Amazonian clay waterproof brow mousse on Sephora and it looked exactly like what I was craving for. The reviews basically gave it a 5/5, so I went ahead and bought it! I was indecisive between medium brown and taupe at first, but thinking about Kimura made me want to go ahead with taupe. And... I love it! It is SO smooth. The easiest brow definer I've ever used. The brush is brilliant. The color isn't too heavy, it's very natural looking and frames my face so nicely; it just totally enhances everything. I deeply recommend this to everyone!! *__* I was one of those people who didn't think brows mattered much, but they definitely do.

I think I want to make a separate post about how I do my eye makeup altogether and different ways I did it, because it took a couple of tries to see what worked best for my eye rather than following all these japanese makeup tutorials online and in magazines word for word. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Terry's Birthday

Last Sunday it was Terry's birthday, so we went to a Shabu Shabu restaurant in Boston for a celebration! It was a small meet but it was very fun, I was able to wear a mostly full coordinate from Innocent World that day. Terry was excited too because she was able to wear her first brand, Angelic Pretty. The style just suited her so well, I was so excited for her! 

JSK, Bolero, Socks, Bag: Innocent World
Shoes: Nine West

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Innocent World shipping recap

Hi! Just wanted to log my experience with Innocent World's shipping speed.


^ The days marked in red are the days they typically have off. It took one day to send my money and one day to handle and ship out. The transit took 3 business days.

Oct 26- Submitted order form, received an automatic reply with my order number.
Oct 29- Recieved an invoice from Nakano Yumi, paid on the same day.
Nov 01- My order has been shipped out!
Nov 06- Package delivered.

ZIP code
Nov 2
Osaka prefecture
Nov 3
Dispatch from outward office of exchange
Osaka prefecture
Nov 04
Arrival at inward office of exchangeAMC JFK NYUNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Nov 06
Processing at delivery Post Office02134UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Nov 06RetentionRetention period:02134UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

I honestly thought it was going to arrive around Wednesday (not Tuesday), so I overslept and missed the mail man haha. Overall the waiting time was very short!

I didn't know what retention meant at first and worried that it meant customs since I needed my package by sunday. I learned that it just means your parcel is waiting at your local post office to be picked up since you missed it during delivery. Whoops!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NARS : Cruising Nude Pink (1088) review

A Soft Romantic Pink

It's late at night and I can't sleep, so here's another cosmetics review. (I know I promised to upload pictures of the pinkxbrown lenses--I will post that soon. I'm sorry I forgot haha!)

Today I purchased a lipstick from NARS in Cruising (1088). I pay so much attention on how to apply eye makeup that sometimes I forget lips can be just as important too. I needed a new color because drugstore lipstick does not catch the more specific subtle shades of pink I look out for. (I'm guilty of frequently buying drugstore lipstick and returning it.) Anyways, I wanted a light and soft subtle pink, one that looks very natural and feminine like in The Duchess (below).

Here is some info from both the NARS and Sephora website:

"A beautifully sheer formula infused with ingredients to improve the condition of the lips. Sheer, long lasting color pigments have been suspended in this tranlucent formula to provide a sophisticated shine."

"What it is:
A pure, creamy lipstick formula for bold color.

What it does:
Nars Lipsticks are enriched with vitamin E to increase wearability and keep true color intact. Sheer finish creates the most natural, stained-looking lips. Semi-matte produces velvety, full-bodied lips. Finally, satin fashions creamy, moist-looking lips."

First off, I want to express how much I love the formula. It's odorless, very smooth, glides on creamy, and moisturizes well. I'd say that it's hard to mess up when applying. It's already my favorite lipstick!

Cruising Nude Pink is a sheer lipstick, so the shade leaves a lovely transparency. I really like that it can also be buildable, around up to about 4 layers. (Below is 4 layers applied.) After a couple of hours the soft shine will wear off, but the color will stay for the most part. I reapply after about 5 hours in. In person, the color of the stick looks like this but ends up looking more pink with my natural lip color showing through. Overall, I highly recommend it. But who doesn't love NARS?

You can buy it here: NARS, $24.00

Sorry for the derpface, it's 5AM and I look tired as hell bahah.
Apologies for the blurriness, but you get the idea of the color. :X

Sunday, October 28, 2012

London Bear!

The fabric is so light and summery! I still want to work it into a winter outfit though, the toys make me think of Christmas in Boston. <3 Here are some detail shots of the color and quality. It's a bit less brown than the photos shown on the site.

Sigh~ uwu I already placed another order online from IW.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Soon-to-buy hitlist

Just West London Bear Jumper Skirt in Almond × Chocolat

Charles Crown Jumper Skirt in Forest Green

Sigh, I've already started a payment plan on London bear. uwu;; I didn't expect such a good sale so early for a new dress, and NWT no less! Sophia bolero will have to be on hold for now. Bordeaux hair accessories sell out way too fast so I think I'm going to look back into going brown. A corsage for Lotta, a bow for London, and hopefully a VM hat for Crown.
I also think it's strange that after scouring for some nice offbrand boots, there are a ton of styles that look too similar and don't cater to a simple preference of mine. Is it so hard to find knee-high lace-up brown boots with a heel? Clobba isn't restocking their VM r*plica boots anytime soon, so I went off looking for offbrand, but hnng there's barely anything that has anything I want. I kept finding a couple I liked from Frye but they're way too expensive. I figured I'd settle for booties instead--and then I realized IW brought back boots and more shoes onto their online store. @__@

<3 Sigh... how does IW always know what I need?


Thursday, September 20, 2012

September purchases

Yeyeye! I bought these to go with the Delft Lotta! I'll probably post pictures soon with the lens on to show how they look, but there won't be any outfits from me anytime soon haha. I also made a little stamp thingy--doesn't hurt to to start using them, right?

  • EYEMAZING x Zipper UNA x 80s Disco lashes (PrettyandCute)
  • IW Scallop Lace Ribbon Comb in Bordeaux
  • Vassen Sakura Candy Pink Brown circle lens (PinkyParadise)

Cute. Comes with three pairs. The style is similar to Dollywink, I think. The label is so engrishy, haha. Disco was dead in the 80s!

My package from PinkyParadise. :3 I got a complimentary gift, which is the blue packet above. They're like these little velcro strips that hold your hair back from your face while you're doing makeup or just chilling around. I actually like them very much! I've read that the grip was too weak for others but I'm personally fine with the way they are. :) They are fun to peel from your hair, hahah.

 Color looks true to stock image. We'll see how it looks. It was such a difficult decision for me between Pink and PinkxBrown... I opted for brown since I feel like the black ring might be too harsh-looking in person. (Seems great for photos, though.)

 Shipping was much faster than I anticipated! Between the day I ordered and the day it delivered, it only took 11 business days! Although, the first pair of lens I bought (geo princess mimi) was from a different store that delivered in under a week when I was rushing to get items together in time for Anime Boston. I had a friend order it for me, I'll have to ask her which store. Derp.

The bow is a little darker than the darkest color on the dress, but it's still the same hue. I was worried that the lace would be too white, but it wasn't. :D It's like a desaturated pinkish-creme color. The bow will have to be balanced out with equally dark burgundy socks. ALL THE MOEEEE.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A little bit of progress!

Bah, there were a couple of things that I had buyer's remorse over from Comm Sales. I've given my R-Series blouse away to a friend who was fond of peter pan collars and a wine Meta bow to another who was fond of bows. I love that all my friends have similar tastes in fashion, even if they aren't into lolita haha!

I've thought twice about selling back my IW Alice JSK to fund some other stuff since it's generally easy to pick up a black JSK anytime I wanted to, but I've realized that I've worn it several times too many to want to let go anymore. Black is so easy to just put on and wear whenever! I'm still too scared to wear Delft Lotta casually.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Remaking my Delft Lotta coord wishlist

Some of these I already have! But yeah, I originally wanted to go with a blue/white/brown look , but since I'm probably getting the bordeaux colorway I wanted to change up some other things. God I've edited this so many times, but it's still too hard to see. I can't tell what else I'd need or change until I wear it; doesn't hurt to ballpark it I guess.