Friday, April 18, 2014

Lolita Blog Carnival: Your First Lolita Item

Oh boy, it's been quite some time since I've done a Lolita Blog Carnival post, but this was too good to pass up!

Five years ago, BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT opened up lucky packs to overseas buyers. It was... a completely chaotic mess of frantic clicking, overloaded systems, and accidental leaks.

The original page on EGL is here if you want to see our madness

I hadn't been planning on buying anything, but after being in the thread and commenting around I got pretty excited and then went on the BABY site just to check it out. Eventually I was just putting a lucky pack in the cart to see what it'd cost, but then the system screwed up and let several of us order about half an hour to an early for a few minutes. Yes, I was one of those people ^^;

Also, I got TWO in my cart because the system was messing up so much. They shut the shopping system again until the PROPER ordering time, which was midnight in Japan's time zone, but a few of us had already ordered and got confirmation emails so our orders were still valid. BABY later did another round of lucky packs to make up for the fiasco of the first round and forbade anybody who had ordered early from ordering in the second round, but hey, it makes for a great story!

I got two of the same lucky pack, but the main dress was in two different colors (pink and black) so that's nice! I ended up selling a set of the hairpins, but kept everything else. They came with plain knee-high socks and a simple camisole as well as two sets of hairpins. I consider the One-Piece dresses my official first lolita item though! :D Love them still!

Here are some unflattering photos haha:




What was your first Lolita item? If you haven't started obtaining clothing yet, what would you like your first item to be?

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Other Lolitas' First Items:
Spoon and Fork
Sparkling Girl Read More......

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Outfit shot!

Thanks for all the positive replies on my previous post! I put on some nicer clothes yesterday, the first day of midterm tests!
The socks I'm wearing are the funniest cute/scary unicorn socks ever! From the top/front it looks very cute, but then you turn it around and realize its got a mouth going down its neck....
I made the skirt and fur ribbon and modified the tank top.

I'm going to try and slowly accept myself and tell myself I do deserve to have pretty clothes! So thanks to the people who encouraged me ^_^ FIGHTING! Read More......

Friday, April 11, 2014

Am I Still Lolita?

It has been quite a long time since I've worn or done or made anything Lolita. I still admire it but I've been rather down on myself this past year and haven't felt like being beautiful.

School and work have both been immensely difficult, so I apologize for the lack of real updates!

For my Fashion Design class we had to choose a brand to introduce to the class (just a very quick, basic overview) and I chose BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT because that is my favorite aesthetic. I made a PPT but I don't think it can be embedded here. I may upload it as a video instead :)

Now, we have to design looks for the brand we chose, so I hope this will help me get back into living the life I really enjoy!

Anybody have any ideas on how to get your kawaii mojo back after you fall out of it? It's been just over a year since I've really Lolita'd it up. Wearing my BTSSB dress for the presentation a couple weeks ago felt really nice, so I'd like to get that feeling back more! Read More......

Monday, March 31, 2014

Insomnia Version!

I can't sleep so I made a BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT version of 2048 here! Each level is a different category of item so hopefully it's easier than the Angelic Pretty version Laina made :) You start with an accessory, and then it grows to socks, and then larger and larger items. The final winning item is... a secret! I haven't defeated it yet myself :P Read More......

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Angelic Pretty 2048

Hello dearies, has anybody else been addicted to the 2048 game?
If not, you should get on that, defeat it, and then play the Angelic Pretty version!


I find the Pretty version much more difficult because it's hard to remember the order the dresses go in, being that it's not an arbitrary system like numbers...

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fashion Week Photos!

This entire project was very rushed, so I was unable to get decent-quality photos and had to edit and compile my entire portfolio in one day! Still, I think the result is at least acceptable.

I hope you enjoy them too ^_^
I added captions and words afterward to cover up parts that were cut off since I had to take the photos myself, and that meant a lot of running back and forth between the camera and to the pose!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Intensive Care Unit

Fashion Week has just ended and I spent this week with a friend from WAAAY back in middle school!
So I've been very busy and need to do a portfolio by next week!
I have a quick snap of my whole line, titled Intensive Care Unit. I will get editorial-type shots next week (I hope!)
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Barbie Cafe in Taipei

Lolita has brought many stranger together, and today I finally got to meet an online Lolita friend, Helen/Elenoa! We went to the Barbie Cafe in Taipei ^_^v and walk around and chat. It was pouring out, but we were too fab to care.

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It's been over a year since I wore Lolita, so today felt extra good! I also tried a new makeup shadow look using vertical gradient, which I'd avoided before due to having double lids, which creates a "break" in the colors. It's difficult to tell here, but I decided to mix blue and pink below and above my crease so it's extra cool:
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The Barbie Cafe is EXTREMELY pink and fluffy! I'll just let you see some photos we took:
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Helen

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Me

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Me when I'm normal

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This is actually the door to a bathroom stall in the bathroom!

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I'm a Barbie Girl

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With Barbie ice cream

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Helen is a Barbie Girl with bedazzled salt and pepper shakers. The backlight was strong and I tried to fix it on Google+ haha! She's not really that red/pink!

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My face is really strained here because I am not good at self-taking photos... check out Barbie's perfect smile instead!!!

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This is the outside so you can't miss it! BRIGHT LIGHTS SCREAMING BARBIE!!!!

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Here is a quick outfit shot of the day!
Outfit Rundown:
bolero, sweater, tights: Offbrand
socks: BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT
biscuit bag: a shop on taobao.com (I don't remember it because it was a group order!)
shoes: AN*TAI*NA
everything else: handmade by me Read More......

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sale Post on my Storenvy!

Wow the break really goes by fast! I am back at work and busy as ever. My mom is also moving house and I need to clear out some of my clothes so I have to sell or throw away many items. I've already thrown away two bags of clothes, but I'd like to offer some for cheap on my shop!
The shop link is here.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

DiHua Street for Chinese New Year!

This past Saturday I headed to buy fabric from the fabric district, which happens to be located night next to 迪化街/DiHua Street, which always gets very crowded for Chinese New Year! I did notice that this year there were fewer traditional stands and quite a few more "modern" things. I snapped some photos to share:

Grilled Stinky Tofu:
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This is one of the most famous Taiwanese foods. I like the grilled version the most, but the the fried version is most commonly seen because it is the fastest and the fragrance is less obvious. There is also the original type, which is boiled, but the flavor is most pungent and a lot of foreigners are afraid of the taste. If you ever get the chance, I definitely suggest you give it a try at a few different places, because each stand and stall makes them a bit differently!

Nougat:
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Handmade nougat is another popular Taiwanese food and is very popular for gifting at Chinese New Year! There are SO many flavors and you can sample them all, too ;)

Socks:
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Erm, just random

Food stall:
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Balloon Octopus:
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This was for a stall selling dried seafood goods. This is also very popular!

Pizza on a truck:
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This guy had a whole stone oven on the back of his truck. Food trucks are immensely popular in Taiwan, but I've not seen one with a whole stone oven installed before! It seemed pretty fun :)

Lucky lottery:
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Gambling and lucky packets are a must-have for Chinese New Year! In America, we used to get together with other Taiwanese families and the parents would gamble real money playing Mahjong while we kids would gamble with coins playing dice games.

Toast:
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It really wasn't very good to be honest...

Entrance:
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We actually got to the entrance after going through the whole street since we came from the fabric building.

Lucky words, spring couplets
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Another must-have! You can get couplets for the door frame or single square words that you can hang. It is very common to get "spring" and "prosperity" and hang them upside-down because it sounds like the word for "arriving" and is lucky!

Candies, dried seafood, imported candy:
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These are also very common

Fish catching:
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A Japanese game of catching fish

Games:
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More modern games!

Goose Eggs:
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I bought one and split it with my friends. The ratio of yolk to white is much higher than in a chicken egg! These eggs were baked and the lady peeled and cut them for us. Very yummy!

ZhangYuan Gao
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This is made by grinding up uncooked rice and then moistening it with water to make it mildly sticky. Then it is layered in the wooden mold with flavor powder (either peanut or sesame) and the lid is put on. The mold is placed on a metal pole which channels steam of 300 degrees to rapidly cook the whole bundle. It is a bit like a rice ball, but much finer because the grains of rice were all smashed beforehand and takes only seconds to cook!

An attempt at Western-Eastern fusion resulted in a truly baffling Hawaiian hula dance performance complete with Chinese paper (I think it was the paper money we burn) at the back of the skirts:
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I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this .___.
Sometimes Taiwan's attempts is incorporating other cultures goes not quite right... such as pole dancers at temple offerings (supposedly to attract good spirits) or the Taiwanese take on belly dance, which sort of lost the sensual aspect and simply turned it into a sexy, clubbing type of deal without enough focus on the dace as a whole, based on what I've seen professional teachers teaching and presenting on TV. Still, I think cultural integration is great!

Does your country have any "fusion" of traditional and modern things? Maybe it is because I grew up in America so I'm used to fusions of cultures and mish-mash of everything! I'd love to hear about other cultures' take on this too! Read More......