The Kawaii Society: Soft Launch

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Have you heard of The Kawaii Society? It’s an adorable organization recently founded in the United States! The Soft Launch took place at Radio Star Karaoke in New York City on Sunday, April 2. I was invited to the Soft Launch as a press blogger, and I’m excited to introduce you all to The Kawaii Society.

Here is The Kawaii Society’s mission statement from their Facebook page: “Kawaii Society is an organization that aims to share Japanese pop culture world wide. We are passionate visual artists, fashionistas, gamers, otaku, entrepreneurs, bloggers, musicians and so much more! Join us in discussion, collaboration, events, and celebration of all things kawaii!”

The Soft Launch was definitely full of amazing artists and designers, kawaii fashion, and more. Before I go over my experience at the Soft Launch, I want to share my interview with the founder of The Kawaii Society, Miss Candyholic.

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1) How were you introduced to Kawaii culture?

“I was introduced to kawaii culture as a child thanks to my older cousin. She was like a big sister to me and loved anime and cosplay which inspired me to research more about Japanese pop culture. I soon fell in love with harajuku fashion and became an avid reader of Fruits and Gothic & Lolita Bible magazines.”

2) What inspired you to create The Kawaii Society?

“I have been deeply involved in the otaku and J-fashion community since middle school from every aspect- convention attendee, cosplayer, Lolita, maid cafe, J-pop performer, Twitch streamer, artist alley, etc. My goal is to bring all the experiences and connections I’ve made throughout the community together under one brand. I have made so many friends who are bloggers, musicians, fashion icons, and more, and that is something to be celebrated. We often have to rely on meetups to share our love for kawaii culture with others, but I want to create something much more than that where everyone’s talents are utilized.”

3) What’s your favorite fashion style and why?

“I don’t think I can pick one specific fashion style because my favorite fashion styles are those that don’t follow the rules. However, I will say that my favorite aesthetic is pastel and magical girl inspired. Anything baby pink and dream-like gives me life. I also love gothic styles but there is no inbetween – either all pastels or all black.”

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Magical Girl inspired wands by Miss Candyholic

4) How did you start your brand Candyholic?

“Entrepreneurship has been in my nature since high school. I used to make and sell animal hats, bonnets, and jewelry to kids at school and people online in the EGL community on Livejournal. Miss Candyholic was just a username I always had since I love sweets and sweet motifs, but I didn’t turn it into a serious business until after college when I had more time to create and market myself on social media. I was invited to sell at my first con, Chibi-Con, a couple years ago and then things just took off from there.”

5) Where do you find your inspiration for your designs?

“Magical girls are a huge inspiration for me. I like to think of myself as a designer for the modern day magical girl. I also like to ask myself questions like “If Cinderella went to college, what would she wear?” Other than fictional characters, I find a lot of inspiration from my kawaii friends and J-fashion groups thanks to social media.”

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Miss Candyholic’s designs are definitely fit for the modern-day magical girl! She also made the maid dresses for the adorable maids of the Candyholic Café. You can check out her Facebook page here.

Now, onto the Soft Launch! When I arrived to Radio Star Karaoke, there was already a line forming outside the venue. So many different alternative fashion styles were represented! I saw people in line wearing fairy kei, sweet lolita, gothic lolita, and other forms of street fashion.

There was a great turnout at the Soft Launch! There were a lot of people, but it wasn’t too crowded. It was still easy to find your way around, and seating was accessible too. There were a bunch of vendors at the event too, and I was impressed by all the cute items for sale. I bought a necklace, a bunch of rings, and secondhand boots (my very first pair of Demonia Shoes)! My favorite find were definitely those secondhand boots. They look so cool, and I’ve always wanted Demonia shoes. Besides shopping, food and drinks were for sale at the event too.

Check out these cool cocktails:

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I had the Pink Sugar Heart Attack drink, which is composed of vodka, peach, lime, and lychee. It was delicious!

Since The Kawaii Society Soft Launch took place at a karaoke bar, there was lots of karaoke-ing! It was really fun watching different people sing their favorite songs on the karaoke stage. For this stage, many people in the audience sung along too! “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey is definitely a karaoke staple.

Me and Bubbles (our table’s maid for the evening

One of my best memories of the Soft Launch is definitely the Candyholic Café! This was my first time at a maid café, and it did not disapppoint. All of the maids were adorable! I was so happy that Bubbles was assigned to our table. It was a long time since I’ve seen her, and she looked like she was having so much fun working at the café too!

The dessert came out first, but I didn’t mind at all! This pastel cheesecake was so sweet and yummy. Following dessert, I had crispy onion rings! While eating, me and my table-mates chatted about random things: from fashion to food to music to yaoi.

During the Candyholic Café, I really enjoyed the performances by KuroPOP! They even performed one of my favorite K-pop songs: “Excuse Me” by AOA. Another memorable performance by them was “Boombayah” by BLACKPINK.

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Candyholic Café, the Maid Café at the Soft Launch

If you were at The Kawaii Society Soft Launch, please share your experiences too! I hope everyone had tons of fun like I did. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay the entire time; I had to leave early to catch the subway back home (and of course, get ready for the work-week grind). Definitely check out The Kawaii Society if you are in the New York City area! April 30th will be their Unofficial Sakura Matsuri After Party. I am sad I won’t be able to make it to this party, but hopefully I’ll be able to attend other events in the future. If you go, take lots of photos! I’d love to see what the After Party is like.

To end my blog post, here’s a coordinate rundown of my outfit for the event:

  • Headbow and Skirt: Metamorphose
  • Small Bows: Offbrand
  • Blouse: Bodyline
  • Capelet: Offbrand
  • Wristcuffs: Classical Puppets
  • Tights: Offbrand
  • Boots: Bodyline
  • Purse: Offbrand
  • Rings: Offbrand

Note: Photos of Miss Candyholic’s designs and of the Candyholic Café are directly from Miss Candyholic and included in this blog post with her permission.

 

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Instameets

Have any of you heard of Instameets? They’re basically meetups among people who are active on Instagram. I had never heard of these meetups until I moved to NYC. I got invited to my first Instameet by theamazingknight, and it was a cool experience!

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Photo by theamazingknight

My first Instameet was the Broketographers one on January 21, 2017. I got totally lost trying to find the meetup location though… It was in Battery Park, and I had never gone that far downtown before. Other Instagrammers told me to look for people with DSLR cameras, since this was a photography meetup. However, there were a lot of people with DSLR cameras. I awkwardly asked a group of people, “Are you guys here for the Broketographers meet?” And they were like: “Uh… we’re just tourists.” Right. Tourists sometimes carry DSLR cameras too.

Eventually, I found the meetup (but it was after wandering around aimlessly for over an hour, plus buying a hot dog from a stand and messaging people on Instagram trying to figure out where everyone was).

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The meet itself was pretty chill and fun! Lots of people were there, but the vibe was generally friendly and cool. I didn’t know anyone, and it was also my first time meeting theamazingknight. Since the group was so big, it split into smaller clusters of people. There were also many more photographers than models, so I noticed a bunch of photographers would cluster around a single model or two models. There was some fluctuation though when people would switch groups or break into smaller groups.

I also went on the Staten Island ferry for the first time! We basically all went on the ferry to Staten Island, took some photos, then immediately hopped back on the ferry to Manhattan.

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Photo by theamazingknight

Next, people started wandering off for dinner or to find other things to shoot. I joined a quickly forming group too, and we all introduced ourselves and decided to walk to find food. However, it took us hours to actually get food since the photographers kept stopping to capture cool shots. Street shots, creative shots, and more! I modeled in some of the shots too.

Here was one of my favorite street shots, captured in the financial district:

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Theamazingknight used a prism to create this effect! His photography style is so unique and memorable.

Our travel to get food took forever… We ended up getting some roast duck in Chinatown after dumplings at a cool hole-in-the-wall place down an alley. When we got the roast duck though, there was no seating so we had to get it to-go in a paper bag/plastic bag combo. Eating this duck on the sidewalk was an awkward experience (and involved me leaning over the bag like in the following photo collage).

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Yes, we were getting stared at. Nope, we didn’t care. One of the photographers was joking about how this is a model’s true habitat. No one can separate me from my roast duck! After food, we went to the rooftop of a tall apartment building in Chinatown to try to capture the view of the city. It was a beautiful sight! The stream of lights from the cars traveling down the street between clusters of high-rise buildings was definitely something I’ll remember. Here are some candids Ktodoma captured of me on the rooftop:

 

 

If you want to see more photos from the Broketographers Instameet, visit this Facebook album!

The second Instameet I attended was the HEX NYC Photowalk hosted by Moodygrams on March 4. I didn’t stay at this meetup very long since it was super cold and I was shivering even with my winter jacket (and my plenty of layers underneath: thermals, big thick sweater, thick jeans, fleece socks). I really wanted to go inside, but it was a Photowalk which meant… walking outside, of course. It was really windy this day too.

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Photo by Ronith

You can see a glimpse of my sweater in the photo below. Fun fact: the sweater and jeans are hand-me-downs from my mom! They’re both articles of clothing from the 1980s. I love vintage clothing because the quality is so nice.

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Photo by Richard Wu

I don’t have too much to say about this Instameet since I didn’t stay very long. My body was exhausted and I couldn’t handle being out in the cold for an extended period of time, even with my heaviest winter jacket (which is an L.L. Bean jacket by the way, so definitely manufactured for the cold).

I haven’t seen any other photos of me from the HEX/Moodygrams Instameet, but if you see any, let me know. Thanks! If I ever find photos from this meet in the future, I’ll add them to this Facebook album.

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Did it for the Vine: Best Vine Memories

As some of you may know, I’ve been a big fan of Vine since 2014. I posted my first Vine on December 18, 2014, and I vined until the end. I loved doing things “for the Vine,” even though fitting things into a 6-second video was a huge challenge for me. Many of my Vines had multiple parts! I did have some successful 6-second Vines though. I was very sad to hear Vine was shutting down since I have had so many great memories making Vines, and I also looked forward to making future Vines. (I also have a bunch of videos in my backlog that will never become Vines now…) Feel free to check out my Vine profile! Even though Vine is shut down, the Vines we posted are at least here to stay (I hope).

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In loving memory of Vine, I will be sharing my favorite Vines that I’ve posted since the beginning!

 

  • Attack on Lolita – Here’s my very first Vine! I wasn’t really sure how to make Vines at the time, but my friend Arien explained it to me and… since then, I Vined until the end. [Attack on Titan]
  • It’s a Video! – This is the first of many times in which I trick my friends into thinking we are taking a selfie, but in reality, it’s a video clip. I have probably at least 100 of these videos now… [Haikyuu!!]
  • Nice Pitching – How did this get over 17k views?! (Also, you can hear Miyuki actually slapping Sawamura’s butt.) [Daiya no Ace]
  • Begging – This actually hurt… The things I do for Vines (and for Miyusawa), though. #DoItFortheVine [Daiya no Ace]
  • CockBlocked – When you’re cockblocked by a volleyball though… I’m sure they love volleyballs, but this is not the right time. [Haikyuu!!]
  • Uptown Funk – This was just something random we did in Stella’s dorm room, and I posted it to Vine on a whim… and it got a surprising number of views. And someone once recognized me as “that Sawamura in the Uptown Funk vine.” [Daiya no Ace]
  • Gangnam Style – Well, we got to cross this off our bucket list: that elevator scene from Gangnam Style, cosplay edition! [K Project]
  • Vine Videos are Short – In which Kuroh is a terrible person (and we’re literally talking about Vines). [K Project]
  • H-E-L-L-O Venus – AKA Yata and Kuroh do a sexy K-Pop dance. [K Project]
  • That One Looks like a Baseball! – What do you see in the clouds, Sawamura? Everything is baseball. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Unwanted Visitor – This is one of my favorite dance memories! At the rehearsal for our YumeProject Debut Live, there is a random Silent Hill character trying to join in with the idols’ dance… [Multifandom]
  • Pick-Up Line – I live for baseball puns, and this is one of my favorites. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Renai Circulation – Watch Japan teach Greece how to dance~! [Hetalia]
  • Serenade – This is the strangest crossover ever… Poor Kuroko. [Multifandom]
  • Call 911 – These are baseball idiots, but I love these baseball idiots. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Len is Ripped – AKA, some Black Vow silliness (and my friend’s first time open-chest-binding). [Vocaloid]
  • I’m a Cat – Of course, everyone in Nekoma is a cat. [Haikyuu!!]
  • Lying on the Cold Hard Ground – This Vine was stuck in my head for weeks at one point, and it was so annoying… but this Vine is one of my all-time faves! [Daiya no Ace]
  • The Second Date – Honestly, this might happen on every single date… [Daiya no Ace]
  • Cat Collector – Remember when everyone was playing Neko Atsume? I played this game for a bit but then uninstalled it. I remember that literally everyone I knew was obsessed with it though, even coworkers (who were not into fandoms or geek things)! [Hetalia]
  • Bird is the Word – The things I do for Vines… I did quite a few Dubsmashes for Vines during my time here. [Haikyuu!!]
  • Restaurant – That is NOT how you use chopsticks! I really liked my reaction at the end, haha. [Hetalia]
  • Nice Legs – This was a really fun Dubsmash to do! [Haikyuu!!]
  • Share a Coke with… – Miyuki is the Captain, and Sawamura is… ?! [Daiya no Ace]
  • Double Bubble – Shoutout to my friends Arien and Jase for teaching me how to blow bubble gum though! I literally spent two decades trying and failing and now I can finally blow bubbles. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Pocky Game – That girl staring at the end though… Oh my gosh. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Some Anime Eye Problems – These are as wide as these eyes are gonna get. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Baseball, Dancing, Same Game – I still can’t believe I was dancing with that injured ankle… I did it for the Vine! [Daiya no Ace]
  • Jun, Stop – These seniors are so proud of their kouhai, but they express their pride in different ways. [Daiya no Ace]
  • IncorrectDNA – One of my favorite quotes from IncorrectDNA… So happy we got the chance to Vine this! [Daiya no Ace]
  • Will You Marry Me? – When you try to propose but your boyfriend has a one-track baseball mind. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Lolita Makeup – I really liked my makeup this day! I used the Meipai app for many of my fashion/beauty Vines since it was really easy and had cool effects and music. [Non-Fandom]
  • Black Vow of Baseball – I still can’t believe we pretended to play baseball in Black Vow Vocaloid cosplay… [Vocaloid]
  • I Don’t Dance – My favorite High School Musical song, to be honest. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Gwiyomi – Nai is literally the cutest thing and I adore him. Gwiyomi suits him! [Karneval]
  • Just Moved In – Poor Judy Hopps… (this scene made me laugh in the movie, hahaha) [Zootopia]
  • You are my Angel – I love Seventeen so much~! I posted a bunch of Vines from my first K-Pop concert. It was also the only concert I’ve been to, but I hope I can attend another one in the future. [K-Pop]
  • Technical Difficulties – I was so impressed by Ailee’s performance! The music stopped playing, but she continued on with amazing vocals and stage presence. [K-Pop]
  • Selfies – Kunikida is judging us. [Bungou Stray Dogs]
  • DDR – Kunikida is still judging us. [Bungou Stray Dogs]
  • Yaoi Though – “You can eat my yaoi stick at your leisure” ~Quote from an unknown anime we discovered at our first yaoi panel [Haikyuu!!]
  • Wedding Day – I can’t believe you’re doing this on our wedding day! [Zootopia]
  • WildeHopps – It’s called a hustle, sweetheart. [Zootopia]
  • Baby, I Make Bodyline – Everyone loves Mr. Yan (not)… [Non-Fandom]
  • Swing, Swing, Scream – Swinging gone wrong. [No Game No Life]
  • What’s going on?! – Kunikida is just trying to fix his hair though. [Bungou Stray Dogs]
  • Christmas Crabs – In which I convince everyone at the NYC Sports Anime Meet to do this with me. [Multifandom]
  • Hearts in your Eyes – Everyone has heart eyes for Viktor, TBH. [Yuri on Ice]
  • Seesaw – This is supposed to be a fun time in the park, but… [No Game No Life]
  • Space Puns – In which Furuya is so done. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Viktuuri Fangirl Attacks – Yes, we were born to make history! (or at least we were trying to) [Yuri on Ice]
  • Good-bye, Vine! – My very last Vine. [Non-Fandom]

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Over 1 million loops, over 900 followers, over 400 vines.

Vine was a great app, and I am sad that it’s gone, but I’m happy that I was able to make some great memories. It looks like most of my favorite memories from Vine were Daiya no Ace videos, and that makes sense, since Daiya no Ace is my favorite fandom. Moving forward, I hope I can still make videos. Maybe I’ll post funny videos to Twitter and Tumblr and Instagram? It’ll never be the same as Vine though, and I also cross-posted many of my Vines to other social media. It feels strange: I’ll never be able to “do it for the Vine” again. There was something charming about 6-second videos on infinite loop.

Do you have any favorite Vines? Feel free to share them with me. Vine, you will be missed!

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[LBC] 2017 Lolita Resolutions

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Time for some Lolita resolutions! To be honest, I still need to figure out my 2017 resolutions (in general). So far, the only general resolution I have is to be healthier and try to get more sleep.

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Resolution: EAT ALL THE DESSERTS (just kidding but I’ll probably eat lots of sweets anyways)

Luckily, Lolita resolutions are somewhat easier to write.

  1. Wear Lolita at least once a month! I definitely want to get back into this habit of mine that I had during college. I remember sometimes I would wear Lolita weekly! I definitely want to get more use out of the pieces in my wardrobe.
  2. Sell pieces that I don’t see myself wearing. I have a bad habit of being a packrat… Not just when it comes to Lolita. I’m a packrat in general. I don’t like letting things go. If they don’t fit me anymore, I’ll donate them. But for items I like, I always hang onto them even if I barely wear them. I really need to look at my lolita wardrobe and try to give away or sell pieces that I don’t see myself wearing. Even if I love the item, that doesn’t mean I should keep hging on to it. (Especially since I love almost EVERYTHING.) One thing that will make this resolution difficult is the fact that I do not have access to a printer… Also the post office is so much more inconvenient now than it was when I was in college. No more nice campus post office. 😦 And for those who know me IRL, you’ll know the extreme stress the post office has given me ever since I moved.
  3. Meet more Lolitas! I really want to meet more Lolita friends, both online and offline. I find that I tend to lurk in the Lolita community online, but I’d love to talk to and interact with more Lolitas. tumblr_o1178xWe491u83thio1_500.png
  4. Wear some more casual Lolita coordinates. Again, I wore Lolita more often at college, and therefore, more types of coords emerged. I want to wear more casual Lolita coords and also wear my Punk Lolita pieces more often. Hopefully I can move my whole wardrobe to me soon (although I have no idea how they’ll all fit in my puny room but I’ll figure something out).
  5. Get some more jewelry/accessories? I feel like I’ve been re-using the same jewelry and accessories over and over and over. Which is fine with me, since I love the ones I have, but I should spice things up a bit. The issue is budgeting and saving up so I can get some more Lolita things to add to my wardrobe. I haven’t purchased anything in 2017 yet, which is good since the year just started. I’m paying off medical bills at the moment due to lots of recent health issues/procedures, so hopefully I won’t be struggling in future months. January started out as a big roller coaster ride.
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That’s all I can think of for now, but it’s better than nothing. Happy New Year, everyone, and I hope you meet your resolutions!

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Alice au Pays du Salève

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Photographer: Studio du Petit Oiseau

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As some of you may know, I spent my spring semester studying and interning abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. My last two days in Geneva was spent photoshoot-ing with the amazing Studio du Petit Oiseau. I worked with them a few times over the course of my semester abroad, and every photoshoot was a lovely experience. This will be a photo-heavy post because I love too many photos from this set!

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Basically, here is how these photoshoots worked out: I took a bus to the Swiss/French border, and that’s where Studio du Petit Oiseau met up with me. For the Alice au Pays du Salève shoots, we drove up Salève (a mountain, which I called my home mountain throughout my stay since I could spot it from anywhere in Genève) each day to shoot. The first day was difficult since there was a mysterious car rally going on; I’m still not sure what was happening to be honest. The next day, we went up the mountain and were able to take many more photos.

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“Mais je n’ai nulle envie d’aller chez les fous”, fit remarquer Alice.
“Oh ! vous ne sauriez faire autrement, dit le Chat : Ici, tout le monde est fou. Je suis fou. Vous êtes folle.”
“Comment savez-vous que je suis folle ?” demanda Alice.
“Il faut croire que vous l’êtes, répondit le Chat ; sinon, vous ne seriez pas venue ici.” 

-Alice au pays des merveilles

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And now, let’s look at some of the photos from the second time we went to Salève! (And this was my last day in Europe. The day after this shoot, I flew back to the United States!)

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In the background of some of these photos, you can see Lac Léman and Genève~!

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This shoot was part photoshooting and part sight-seeing…

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It was really cold up in the mountain! I should have brought a warmer jacket with me… (Down in Geneva, it was really hot. What a stark contrast in temperature!)

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Merci beaucoup, Studio du Petit Oiseau!

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Aren’t these cows so cute? The time spent photoshooting on Salève will always be in my memories, even if they feel like dreams now. If I ever return to Switzerland, I definitely want to visit Salève again. Is there a place you wish you could return to?

Check out my Facebook albums for more photos from these two photoshoots: First album & Second album.

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Parc des Bastions Photoshoot

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Photographer: Studio du Petit Oiseau

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Studio du Petit Oiseau is an amazing photographer! I had the honor to work with him during my time studying abroad in Switzerland. Working with him was a great experience in many ways. The most important thing I gained was self-confidence. I gained self-confidence in different areas: posing/modeling and speaking. I did not think I was fluent in French, but I gained more confidence in my French speaking skills over the course of the semester.

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Studio du Petit Oiseau and the other photographers I worked with all spoke French, so all of my photoshoots were, in fact, francophone. I was shocked when one of them asked if I was French; they knew I was a student studying in Switzerland for the first time but didn’t realize I was American. Studio du Petit Oiseau knew I was American but complimented my French and also gave me valuable advice. He was patient when I asked questions, kept an open mind, and was a pleasure to work with!  edit_DSC3180web

The purpose of this particular photoshoot was to get good photos for the hair accessories that were sponsored. Read my Captain Miaow product review for more info about that!

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This photoshoot was my first time working with Studio du Petit Oiseau and my first time modeling abroad! I requested this location: Parc des Bastions. The academic building with most of my classes was literally in this park.

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I’ve done homework while sitting on this bench before:

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Some of these photos are edited, but some are un-edited, by the way! You might be able to tell the difference. Even the unedited photos look amazing though!

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If you want to see more photos from this shoot, check out my Facebook album! The album only has edited photos, so hopefully I can find time to edit more photos in the future. I may update the album far in the future though… (But late is better than never, right?)

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LBC: Plan Your Ideal Holiday Trip To Tokyo For Frills

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This week’s prompt is to plan your ideal holiday trip to Tokyo for frills! For this dream vacation, let’s just pretend I’m rich and can afford to go on a shopping spree (and buy ALL THE THINGS)… because I’m going to make a huge list of place I want to shop! Realistically, it would mostly be window shopping. But I definitely want to see these stores in person at least. For my ideal holiday trip, I would love to go with family and friends, but I think a big group would be difficult to manage (unless we split up into smaller groups upon arrival). Maybe groups of 2 or 3 people would be ideal? I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t want to go around alone (especially since I have absolutely no sense of direction). I will focus mostly on frills-related shops, but I will also branch out into my other interests. If I’m planning a dream trip to Tokyo, I might as well include everything I’m interested in, right?

Shopping Spree Time: Harajuku

FIRST, I’m going to list places in Harajuku that I want to shop at, and then move on to other stores I want to visit, other places I want to go, etc. (And I would love to hang out in Harajuku multiple times!)

  • Laforet (Harajuku)  …So many stores I want to see in here!
    • Atelier Pierrot
    • Alice and the Pirates
    • Angelic Pretty
    • h.Naoto
    • Jane Marple
    • Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE
    • MINTNeKO
    • Metamorphose
    • Putumayo
    • Swimmer
    • Super Lovers
  • Daiso … for cheap but cute things! (I heard there’s a really big one in Harajuku :D)
  • Check out stores along Takeshita St.

If I go to Harajuku, I would love to wear lolita coordinates while I shop! Maybe one day I could wear a sweet lolita coord, and another day I could wear a gothic lolita coord.

Stores / Shopping Places to find:

Now, here’s a huge list of various stores and shopping places I want to find. Some of these are lolita brands, some are gyaru, some are offbrand (or even just souvenir shops or discount shops).

  • Atelier Boz
  • Innocent World
  • Baby the Stars Shine Bright
  • Juliette et Justine
  • Miho Matsuda
  • Closet Child, of course! Maybe check out multiple Closet Child locations (if possible)
  • MILK
  • Emily Temple Cute
  • Liz Lisa
  • Jesus Diamante
  • Axes Femme
  • Amavel
  • Fi.n.t
  • ACDC Rag
  • Shibuya 109
    • Ma*rs
    • Ank Rouge
    • KOKOkim
    • Ghost of Harlem
    • GOLDS Infinity
    • Swankiss
    • Cecil McBee
    • d.i.a.
    • Liz Lisa
    • Lip Service
    • one spo
  • Kera Shop
  • Maiden Clothing (Pure Sound)
  • Prisila (to look at gorgeous wigs <3)
  • Paris Kids (cute and affordable accessories and jewelry please!)
  • Bodyline
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Studio Alta
  • Shinjuku Marui Annex
  • Thank You Mart (cheap stuff!)
  • Omotesando Hills (I really want to see the architecture of this building in person!)
  • Cat Street (Shibuya)

Other fun things to do:

  • Purikura~!
  • Play a game of Pachinko
  • Visit shrines and temples
  • Go to a cat café
  • Go to an Onsen
  • Gachapon! (Maybe at Shinjuku Yodobashi…)
  • Walk through parks and gardens
  • Go to a maid café (maybe in Akihabara!)

Shopping for my anime/manga fandom needs:

And here is where I can satisfy my otaku cravings… official anime merchandise, cosplay-related things, doujinshi, and more!

Bucket List of Specific Places:

These are places that are on my bucket list… I really want to see all of them if possible!

 …And I’m sure there are many more things I would love to do! I apologize for the messiness of this post; had to write this as quickly as possible since I want to post it on time for the Lolita Blog Carnival.

Are there any places you would like to go on your ideal trip to Tokyo that is not listed on here? Please let me know, and maybe I’ll add it to this list too! 😀

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~Be sure to read other blog posts on this topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival!

Pink Lace + Glitter, Candied Dreams, McDuff’s Auditorium, The Bloody Tea Party, Courtly Dreams For BurgherThe Wonderful World of Minnie

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Le Premier Meeting Lolita à Paris

DSCN9995 Cet évènement, qui s’appelle “Meeting avec Li-Li (et 39 ans de la vieille Mimi),” était génial ! // This event, which was for my first time attending a Parisian lolita meetup as well as celebrating Mimi’s birthday, was awesome!

Mon amie Camille a dit sur la page pour l’évènement : “Elle parle très bien français et m’a dit avoir envie d’un petit meeting Lolita et de manger des crêpes et des macarons !” …Mais, selon moi, mon français n’est pas au niveau de “très bien.” Mais tout le monde était très sympa et je pouvais parler en français sans être mal à l’aise. MERCI, TOUT LE MONDE. ❤ C’était un plaisir de vous rencontrer, j’espère que je peux vous revoir un jour !

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C’est moi et Camille! (Photo credit: Ercylla)

I wanted to make this post bilingual, but I’m rather stressed out with financial aid applications and academic work… so I’m going to write in English from here on out. If you want to see the above paragraph translated into English, just let me know and I will be glad to edit in the translation at a later time. ^_^ DSCN9975 The lolita meetup was a tea party at the Hyatt Paris Madeleine on Saturday, April 4. There were four types of green tea: matcha, sencha, genmaicha, and houjicha. And of course, there were some adorable little pastries to eat! Here was the menu:

• Deux tranches de moelleux roll cakes

• Petits sablés

• Toads : petites tartelettes façon crumble à la vanille, au yuzu ou au chocolat

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Don’t they look adorable? They were so tasty too… If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the vanilla toad!

Now, let’s talk about the general experience I had that afternoon. First off, everyone looked so gorgeous at the tea party! I loved seeing all the coordinates… And I realized how much I really missed lolita. It was amazing to finally see gorgeous dresses and coordinates in person. We had a good mix of different styles: gothic to classic to sweet. And we also had a variety of brands! From Bodyline to Moi Même Moitié to BTSSB … and even a 100% handmade lolita coordinate! I was impressed by everyone’s outfits.

The lolitas were also all very friendly, and I did not feel left out or awkward even though the only person I knew beforehand was Camille. I was so shocked by the compliments I received; quite a few people said I spoke French well. I really love the French language but feel like I struggle with it a lot… so hearing this meant a lot to me! I plan to declare French as my second major this fall. 🙂

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This was also my first time print-twinning in Lolita! Camille’s ultimate dream dress is Midsummer Night’s Dream, so she owns several pieces from the collection. I wore the ivory set, and she wore the black set. ^_^ It was so nice of her to let me wear her dream dress for the tea party! (I also absolutely love bonnets… I need to buy a bonnet of my own at some point. This bonnet was so much fun to wear! It was comfortable too.)

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After the tea party, a few of us went to Princess Crêpe, a crêperie owned by Baby the Stars Shine Bright Paris.

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I had a matcha green tea ice cream crêpe! If you’ve been here, let me know what your favorite crêpe was. I loved it so much that I went back on Wednesday. xD On Wednesday, I had a caramel ice cream cheesecake crêpe.

If I have time, I will write some more posts about Spring Break and possibly other aspects of travel! I made a new category for my blog, “Travel,” and I added my previous Paris lolita blog post to the category (from two years ago… my first time studying in Paris!). To be honest, I also have some old drafts of posts I haven’t finished… So I might work on those and post them (even if they will be belated posts). But better late than never, right? I’ll try to post them for a “Throwback Thursday” or something so they don’t seem completely out of the blue. Thanks for reading!

(Et MERCI BEAUCOUP à Camille pour m’a prêtée sa belle tenue de Midsummer Night’s Dream !)

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Born Pretty Store: Cat Ear Headband and Chain Hair Comb

Hi everyone! Today, I bring to you a review of products from this great online store: Born Pretty Store. They have so many great items at low prices!

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Born Pretty Store sent me these two products for review:

They have tons of cute and stylish jewelry, accessories, and hair trinkets! Be sure to check out their Jewelry & Accessories department. All of their products are priced very reasonably! There are so many good deals… For example, the two products they sent me are each priced at under $5! You can find so many cool accessories from Born Pretty Store that only cost $1 or $2. I highly recommend this site for people on a budget who still want stylish items! Born Pretty Store even offers free shipping. 😀 Worldwide free shipping, at that~! (Do you understand how much I love free shipping…? Free shipping is epic!) If you want to buy something from Born Pretty Store, be sure to use the coupon code “WUT10” for 10% off!  Here is the package I got in the mail: DSC_0084 They wrapped everything in a thin layer of foam, secured with tape, for protection: DSC_0085 Inside the foam, each product was packaged in a plastic bag. The items look just like the stock photos! I am very pleased with their appearance. DSC_0086_Fotor_Collage First, I will review the Pearl Cat Ear Headband. Be sure to read the whole review to see what I say about both products! DSC_0089 The detailing on this headband is so pretty, and the faux pearls don’t look cheap. I think this headband would be super cute with casual fashion, as well as more over-the-top looks. BeautyPlus_20150121171226_save I decided to style this cute kitty headband with a wig from Penny Dreads and a vintage embroidered blouse. Here, my makeup look is gyaru-inspired, so it looks over-the-top, but the headband would still be cute with a minimal makeup look. My review for Penny Dreads’ Miss Tea wig will be up soon, so keep your eyes out for that! BeautyPlus_20150121171337_save

I decided to style the Multi-Layer Floral Decor Hair Comb into a cosplay… a closet-cosplay of a cute character, that is! Can you guess which character it is?

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If you guessed Mirai Kuriyama from Beyond the Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata) … you’re right!

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These combs are really easy to use, and they stayed really well in my wig! The combs never felt loose and they never fell out. I love the triple-chain detailing on this hairpiece… It’s so elegant and pretty! The floral design of the top chain is also a great touch. I love the faux pearls and gemstones; they don’t look fake at all, and in fact, they add to the beauty of this accessory.

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This chain hair accessory makes me feel like a princess! Could Mirai be a princess? ❤ If you want to be a princess too, be sure to take a look at the Multi-Layer Floral Decor Hair Comb.

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In conclusion, I was surprised by the quality of these items. Despite their cheap prices, they do not look cheap at all. The quality seems very high, and they are both comfortable and easy to wear. I would highly recommend Born Pretty Store‘s Jewelry & Accessories department! Even the shipping is reasonable. They provide free international shipping, and their shipping time was prompt. I received the package well within the estimated arrival date. The packaging was great as well; it kept everything safe and sound. Born Pretty Store labeled the package as “Gift” in the Customs Declaration, so there were no problems with customs at all. I’m not sure why the category is “Electronics,” but it did not delay the shipment or cause any problems, so I don’t have a problem with it. What do you think of these accessories? When do you think you would wear them? I would love to wear the Pearl Cat Ear Headband casually as a fun touch to an outfit, and I think the Multi-Layer Floral Decor Hair Comb would be perfect as an addition to a formal dress for a ball.

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Here’s a little reminder: you should check out Born Pretty Store‘s Jewelry & Accessories department. Seriously, there are so many things there! I wish I could buy them all! Be sure to use the 10% off coupon code “WUT10” if you make a purchase from Born Pretty Store! Happy shopping, everyone~!

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Review: Klairs Moisture Rescue Skincare Line

WishTrend sent me a set from the Klairs Moisture Rescue line to review! This is my first time reviewing skincare products, so I’m very excited to share this review with you. Here are the products that I will review:

– Rich Moist Soothing Mask

– Supple Preparation Facial Toner

– Rich Moist Soothing Serum

– Rich Moist Soothing Cream

You can buy the toner and serum together as a set here: Injection of Moisture Kit.

The skincare set was shipped in a sturdy cardboard box. All of the products were safely tucked away in bubble wrap:

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Everything was safe and sound! The Klairs Moisture Rescue line is used for intense hydration, which makes it great to use during the dry winter months.

What is my skin like?

I have combination skin: dry skin in some areas, but my T-zone is usually oily and prone to acne. My skin is also very sensitive, and I’ve been dealing with bouts of eczema all my life. Eczema comes and goes… Luckily, I haven’t had too many cases of eczema on my case this past year (although I have eczema on my legs and arms fairly often). Let’s see how well these Klairs products worked on my problematic skin…

Onto the review! 

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I will review the products in the order I used them. First, I used the Supple Preparation Facial Toner after washing my face with my normal cleanser. This toner promises to hydrate skin, neutralize skin surface impurities, and reduce skin inflammation (and therefore reduce redness).

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The toner bottle even comes with a handy stopper that prevents leaking. This stopper is easy to remove, and it is easy to moisten a cotton ball by tipping the toner bottle. I love the packaging of this toner!

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This toner has a soothing scent that reminds me of freshly watered plants, and it has a smooth texture and feels like water. I applied it all over my face with a cotton ball.

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After applying the toner, I used the Rich Moist Soothing Mask! This mask is made from 100% pure cotton and contains half a bottle of Rich Moisturizing Essence.

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When I first placed the mask on my face, it felt nice and cool and had a pleasant fragrance. There was a lot of liquid on the mask, so I wiped the excess liquid (that was on my hands from the mask application) onto my neck. A few minutes later, I felt a slight tingling sensation. I kept the mask on for about 15 minutes. When I took off the mask, there was no stickiness. My skin felt smooth and moist, and by gently patting the remaining essence into my face, the essence was quickly absorbed. It was a very refreshing face mask experience! I highly recommend this face mask.

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The next step: the Rich Moist Soothing Serum. This was my first time using a serum! On the WishTrend website, this serum is described as a “magical skin care serum that makes your skin softer and replenished with moisture.” It is recommended for sensitive skin, dry skin, red and/or irritated skin, and flaking/peeling skin. It may also prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing.

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The container for this product has a pump for easy sanitary dispensing. The pump even comes with a cap that slips on and off smoothly!

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And now this brings me to the final step: the Rich Moist Soothing Cream. This rich moisturizer is formulated for normal to dry skin. It is marketed as a cream that has a calming and soothing effect on irritated skin. It can be used as a night cream, or as both a day cream and a night cream. There is no SPF in this cream though, so if you use it during the day, wear sunblock too!

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This moisturizer has a creamy texture that does not feel oily. When I apply it to my skin, it absorbs easily and makes my skin feel so soft! It has a mild fragrance, which I think smells lovely; it’s not too strong of a scent.

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After using this moisturizer for a few days, I know for sure that I have no reaction to it. I have extremely sensitive skin, so this is a great discovery! (I’ve had reactions to well-known drugstore brands such as Maybelline and L’Oreal, so I have to be careful when trying new products.) Thanks to this cream, the skin on my face does not feel too tight and dry, despite the terrible New England winter winds. If you want a great moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and hydrated, check out this cream!

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