Photowalk: Happy Holidays from Deku (BNHA Cosplay)

Hi everyone! Happy Holidays! And Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, so December 25 doesn’t feel any different than yesterday. But I figured this would be a perfect time to share photos from our holiday-themed winter photowalk in NYC!

Some of you may remember my blog post last year about Instameets. This photowalk was an Instameet too — I was invited to join the group by one of my friends, and to organize the photowalk, everyone conversed via Instagram group direct message. 

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PC: Stuffwhy

For the photowalk, I decided to do an ugly Christmas sweater outfit as my first-ever Deku cosplay! I have cosplayed Ochako from Boku no Hero Academia, but I’d never cosplayed Midoriya Izuku yet. He’s so cute, and I thought his hair color was perfect for the holiday season (it reminds me of a Christmas tree).

It was freezing cold that day, so I should have worn extra layers under my costume. I could have gotten away with it too, but it didn’t occur to me in my rush to get dressed that morning. I went to meet the group at Bryant Park, but they had already left that spot by the time I got there. It’s a photowalk and not photo-stay-at-the-same-spot, after all. >w< At least I got to see the pretty Christmas tree briefly in Bryant Park! It was super crowded there though. 

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While I was in Bryant Park trying to figure out where to go, I used some holiday present ribbons (red and white striped, green) to wrap around my legs. I figured if I was wearing such an ugly Christmas sweater and a gift box on my head, I might as well turn my legs into Christmas presents too. 

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Luckily, someone texted me where they were headed to so I was able to meet them near the Rockefeller Center area of Manhattan. We had a good-sized group of both photographers and models! Some were in cosplay and some were doing Christmas fashion (or technically they could be in femme! Santa Claus cosplay or sexy Mrs. Claus cosplay?). The below three photos were taken by Ismael Ordonez. 

I loved the backdrops of giant ornaments and giant Christmas lights! So colorful and fun.

The photowalk continued on into dinnertime, but I left before dinner to commute back home. I like the flexibility of a photowalk, but I don’t think I’ll do another photowalk this winter. It’s so cold. I could see my breath the entire time, was mostly shivering, and had a runny nose from the cold weather. It also rained a bit that day!

I just realized my past Instameets were during cold weather too… I really need to check out an Instameet/photowalk during spring and/or summer! Have you ever been to an Instameet or photowalk?

Click here to check out more photos from this Photowalk!

And special shoutout to my friend Bambi who went to the photowalk with me and was kind enough to help me carry my winter jacket (not seen in the photos) and my bag. The baggy red sweater and scarf I was wearing on top of my ugly Xmas sweater were borrowed from her. 

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Wishing everyone a happy holiday season filled with joy, and a happy and healthy New Year! ❤ One of my goals for 2019 is to blog more regularly, so hopefully you’ll see me here more often too. 

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[Photoshoot] Royal Lolita

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This was my first fashion shoot with Samuel Lim, and it was a pleasure working with him! We wanted to do a royal-themed fashion shoot with studio lighting. I also wanted to try something new with makeup: adding gems to my face! I rarely stick things to my face, so I was a bit nervous about this. Luckily, nothing fell off my face during the shoot!

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I really love the concept photos like the one above. Who needs my face when you can stare at the gorgeous details on this Voodooodolly crown, Innocent World JSK, and BTSSB princess-sleeved blouse?! I’d rather look at these pretty pieces than my face any day.

I truly love the red lighting in the background…! Especially since the wine red edges match the color of the JSK… (And red is my favorite color, so any shade of red delights me!) What do you think of the background color in these photos?

Samuel asked me to bring some props too, so I brought this Angelic Pretty Mook with me as a prop. I love looking at the photos inside the Mook! I don’t own anything displayed in this catalog, but maybe someday… Do you have any favorite Mooks? (In case you don’t know what a Mook is: it’s a cross between a magazine and book! Brand Mooks promote a brand’s products, and usually show off the latest releases and styles from that particular brand.)

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Coordinate Snap

Coord Rundown:

❀ JSK: Innocent World

❀ Blouse: BTSSB

❀ Cameo Necklace: Vintage

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Crown: Voodooodolly

❀ Bows: Twylite Fashion

❀ Stockings and socks: Offbrand

❀ Shoes: Offbrand

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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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Photo by theamazingknight

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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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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Have you ever been to an Instameet? I’d love to hear about your experiences too!

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SteampunkWEAR: Mourning Veil

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SteampunkWEAR sponsored this lovely Mourning Veil. I love this piece: it is elegant, dramatic, and versatile. When you look at it, it’s simply a square piece of sheer cloth trimmed with soft lace all around. However, it is a great piece to add to an outfit! You can wear it many ways; above, I have it secured on my head with a headband. You can also secure it with barrettes or bobby pins, or you can put it under or over a hat. You can even position the veil to cover your face if you would prefer!

Here is the package I received from SteampunkWEAR:

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The padded mailer arrived safely, and the veil was neatly folded inside, wrapped in paper. The shop owners even included a cute thank you card! Check out the photos in the slideshow below for the first time I laid my eyes on the veil!

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This veil is perfect for Gothic Lolita coordinates: the simple design makes it easy to work into different outfits.

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I love how easy it is to put the veil on my head and secure it with a headband. No pins or barrettes needed for this look!

I did the same thing for the following outfit:

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Photographer: Vannak Photography

This veil would work well for gothic looks outside Lolita fashion too! I think it can be coordinated with punk looks, and you can even use this veil as a scarf around your neck if you want. It adds a touch of elegance and can give a sombre air to an outfit. I would love to see this veil used in a Victorian mourning-inspired outfit someday!

Besides fashion looks, this veil would also work well for cosplay! I used this veil to add a dramatic touch to my Hatsune Miku (Black Vow/Alluring Secret) cosplay.

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Photographer: Astro Zombie Photography

It’s long, sheer, and trimmed with lace: it definitely compliments the black dress and adds to the overall Black Vow aesthetic! Below, you can see how the veil looks from the back. It falls straight down, and the sheer fabric allows the shape of the dress and my styling of my Miku wig to be seen through its single layer.

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Photographer: Astro Zombie Photography

If I ever cosplay Black Vow Miku again, I definitely want to use this veil again! After wearing this veil a few times, I can tell it’s high-quality. There’s no fraying or snags in the fabric and lace! What do you think of this veil? Have you ever worn a veil before?

If you would like to purchase something from SteampunkWEAR, you can use the discount code “ALICE” for 10% off!

Feel free to take a look at this mourning veil in the following photo albums:

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Photographer: Astro Zombie Photography

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[Photoshoot] Snow Dot Chiffon

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Over the summer, I had my first New York City photoshoot! Xin Lolita Photography captured these lovely photos of my Snow Dot Chiffon coordinate. (Shoutout to my awesome friend Terry for letting me borrow her BTSSB parasol! <3)

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The coord was simple but quite comfortable. It was a really hot day, so I was happy to wear a onepiece dress.

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Although, to be honest, it was really hot out and I felt like I was constantly sweating. I was so sure I would sweat off all my makeup… Thank goodness for blotting sheets.

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Central Park was way larger than I thought it would be! I knew it would be huge… but I felt like I would get lost if I wasn’t following someone who was familiar with the location. I had no idea where I was this entire time. Am I still in Central Park? Yup.

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The next photo is my favorite one from the photoshoot:

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I’m so happy Xin was able to capture a jumping photo! I love seeing photos of people in the air, mid-jump. It’s amazing to see a photo of myself mid-jump as well. I’m also surprised I don’t look awkward… Since I felt like I was making weird faces of deep concentration every time I made a jump. xD;

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This photoshoot was a lovely experience despite the summer heat, and I would love to work with Xin again in the future. Now that it’s winter, I really miss summertime… I would prefer the blazing heat over the freezing cold any day! (It snowed today in my town, and now I’m upset at the weather. I was hoping for no snow this winter, but alas, it always snows in New England.) Do you have any favorite summer memories?

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Coord Rundown:

❀ OP: BTSSB

❀ Hairpiece and Necklace: Vintage

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Parasol: BTSSB

❀ Socks: Bodyline

❀ Shoes: Offbrand

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Photoshoot: Sumiko.Foto at Otakon

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At Otakon 2015, I worked with Sumiko.Foto for the first time! I agreed to write a review in exchange for a free photoshoot (and a Free! photoshoot). My first photoshoot with them was on Friday, when I cosplayed Nagisa Hazuki from Free! I cosplay Nagisa to every con I go to, and he’s definitely one of my all-time favorite characters to be! The second shoot with them was on Saturday afternoon, when I cosplayed Kill la Kill with two friends. You can see my Otakon cosplay lineup here! It was a really busy con for me.

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First, let’s talk about the Free! shoot!

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I met up with Sumiko.Foto on Friday morning by the fountains outside Otakon. There was another cosplayer there, a Gou, and she took photos of both of us at the same time. We got lots of solo shots, and also some group shots. Sumiko.Foto handled it very well, and I didn’t mind sharing the time slot with another cosplayer since the photographer definitely split up the time evenly and everything ran smoothly. As for the end results, both cosplayers got amazing photos! All of the photos on this blog post were taken and edited by Sumiko.Foto ; I did not tamper with the files at all. I’m impressed by the results!

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On Saturday afternoon, the Kill la Kill shoot took place! I cosplayed Mako, and my friends cosplayed Ryuko and Satsuki. Unfortunately, I ran late to the photoshoot because my hotel was far away from the con and it was difficult for me to commute back and forth. I had to change to Mako for this shoot, and on my way back to the con from the hotel, I got stuck in traffic. Luckily, things worked out since Ryuko and Satsuki got their solo photos as I was traveling. When I got there, we got to do the group shots!

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I got less photos back from this shoot than from the Free! shoot, but I don’t mind since the photos still look great. It was also more difficult to get great photos from the second shoot since we were in direct sunlight most of the time, and the area on top of the fountains was crowded and busy.

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It’s too bad there are random passerbys in some of these photos, but that couldn’t be avoided. Otakon was definitely one of the most crowded cons I’ve ever been to… There were so many people everywhere!

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My friends agreed that this photoshoot was fun, so we were all happy with the experience. Thank you for shooting us, Sumiko.Foto!

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If you want to check out more photos from Otakon 2015, look through this tag on Tumblr! Thanks for reading~!

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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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Vannak Photography: Just a Dream Away

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Day Dream Carnival: Just a Dream Away…

As you know, Angelic Pretty’s Day Dream Carnival is one of my dream prints! One of my dream dresses is the Day Dream Carnival JSK in sax blue. Over a year ago, I found the headbow in sax blue on Mbok, and that was the first Day Dream Carnival item I owned. I coordinate it with some Bodyline things, but I wasn’t able to find the dream JSK I wanted. I still have yet to find it, but I did snatch up this salopette! I was worried about purchasing it since I’ve never worn a salopette before, but it was too tempting since it came with the tights and the seller was able to do a payment plan. It took me a while to pay for the set, but I am so glad I finally have this. Maybe someday I can find the JSK… But for now, I love this salopette! I wasn’t sure if I could pull off a salopette, but it’s comfy and cute.

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A Surreal Photoshoot with Vannak Photography

Vannak Photography traveled to my campus for this photoshoot. I truly appreciate his time and efforts! We took most of the photos in the Botanic Gardens, but we also shot by the dorms. I definitely enjoy shooting on campus since I’m familiar with the environment (and the gardens are absolutely beautiful, especially during the summer time).

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The photoshoot took a few hours, and I tried some new things I’ve never done before. The end result was a total of five beautifully edited photos! Each photo is absolutely stunning, which doesn’t surprise me since Vannak’s work is always impressive! You should definitely check out his website.

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I even brought macarons with me to eat during this photoshoot! It was a hot summer day and the cream in the macarons melted everywhere, but they still tasted delicious. The tree in the above photo (the one with the swing) is one of my favorite trees on campus.

Below, you’ll see my favorite photo from this photoshoot! Vannak Photography brought a stool, and I sat on the stool for the photo. Leaning back and sticking my legs out like that was actually quite a workout… I felt so out-of-shape. But it was worth it: the end result is so dream-like!

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Here’s my coordinate run-down:

☆Headbow: AP

☆Star clip: Offbrand

☆Necklace and bracelet: Un-Re Designs

☆Cutsew: BTSSB

☆Salopette: AP

☆Tights: AP

☆Rings: Offbrand

☆Shoes: Offbrand

☆Umbrella: Offbrand

If you want to check out the photos on Facebook, here’s the album! I hope you like the photos as much as I do. ^_^

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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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UNIQSO: Luo Tianyi Wig

UNIQSO sponsored a beautiful wig and perfect circle lenses for a Luo Tianyi cosplay! In this review, I will discuss the wig. Stay tuned for my circle lens reviews as well!

If you want to buy something from UNIQSO, be sure to use the coupon code “xiaorawr” for 10% off!

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Photographer: Studio du petit oiseau

First, let’s talk about the packaging!

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UNIQSO shipped the wig in a DHL mailer. The circle lenses came in a separate package, which I will talk about it in a separate blog post.

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The wig was wrapped in multiple layers of protection.

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Inside the plastic bag is the wig and wig extension piece (and protective hairnets). The plastic bag also had a cardboard piece inside that added protection for the wig during transit. The wig came in perfect condition! Pretty fibers, not tangled at all: this was definitely a brand-new wig.

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When I took out the pieces from the bag, I was pleasantly surprised to find a free wig cap! This is the kind of wig cap I like too: the stretchy net kind with the hole on the top. This wig is made up of a short base wig and one clip-on extension. The extension has a large alligator clip, and it is one piece that has both the hair infinity loop as well as the long extension strands.

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Photographer: Studio du petit oiseau

The wig was very easy to style! I trimmed the base wig to fix up the bangs, but didn’t do anything to the extension. The gray wig has a silver sheen, and it’s the perfect color for Luo Tianyi!

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Photographer: Studio du petit oiseau

It’s too early to tell if the wig extension tangles easily or not, but the fibers are all smooth and even if they tangle, they should be easy to detangle with a wig comb or wig brush. The base wig is short and does not tangle at all. The fibers have a silvery sheen but do not look too shiny. This wig looks fantastic in photos! The base wig is also thick; my hair does not show through the wefts.

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If you want to cosplay Luo Tianyi, this wig is perfect! It’s easy to wear and saves you the trouble of trying to make the hair extensions yourself. Here is the link to the wig, if you’re interested! Be sure to use the coupon code “xiaorawr” for 10% off!

I’ll review the circle lenses next, but if you want to see the product now, here is the link. I will update this post with the link to my circle lens review once it is live. Let me know if you have any questions!

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