Wednesday, 16 July 2014

My Fashion Inspirations

Hi everyone! I just realised I haven't blogged in a long time, I apologise! It's Hyper Japan in just 9 days and I head off the day before so I've been making jewellery and accessories like crazy! I've just been making rosary inspired necklaces and leather chokers but I'll take some time out to talk about some fashion inspiration idols rather than just throw out a review!

Adora Batbrat has been a long time idol of mine! Her Goth style is amazinggggg *0* She's so blingy, glamorous and fun! Her attitude and personality are so nice too - some people might think she's big headed but she knows how to love herself and the others around her!

Chances are if you've searched for Rokku or Goshikku Gyaru photos on places like Tumblr, you've seen Amihamu! She's such an amazing Gyaru with an edgy style! Her makeup and hair are so perfect too *0* She is my biggest Gyaru inspiration by far!

Misako Aoki is the quintessential Lolita! She is a massive hair inspiration for me, it's soooooo perfect! She looks amazing in all styles of Lolita and has the chance to model for so many awesome brands.

Hitomi Nomura is the founder of Grimoire - she sources amazingly unique vintage clothing from all around the globe and makes her own Grimoire Verum items including iPhone cases, tights, socks and tote bags. I've had the pleasure to meet her and she was so cute and funny! Her style is so amazing and I'd love the chance to visit a brick-and-mortar Grimoire store!

I can't say I partake in Shironuri fashion much (at all haha) but Minori has revolutionised Shironuri fashion and is my inspiration for being a living, breathing work of art. Her outlook on life and fashion is so lovely too, she's so inspirational.

I have a few other inspirations including Etsuna Otsuka for her amazingly whimsical look, Marie Tuonetar for her gorgeous period-inspired look and Kinki Ryusaki for her perfect combination of cute and edgy (though personally I prefer her without cheek piercings) and strong personality.

I head to London next Thursday (eek!) and come back on Monday. I'll be staying on my own but I hope to see many friends at Hyper Japan and around London! Who are your fashion inspirations? Are you coming to Hyper Japan~? ^0^

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Goth Post Prompts: Interests that 'Clash' with My Gothic Style

*Listening to - Family Party by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu*

Today I will take one of the Gothic Post Prompts I found on The Everyday Goth's blog and talk about it - Interests that 'clash' with my Gothic style! Should be fun!

Ballpoint Pen, Pen, Colorful, Red, Pink, Orange

I think the biggest 'clash' of interests with my Gothic style is my love of all things cute, especially when it comes to homewares. I feel most comfortable dressing in edgier, mostly black outfits but when it comes to my home, I want everything to be super cute and adorable! Most recently I bought a lot of cute stationery from Taobao including notebooks, pens, pencils, deco tape, etc. I have decoden phone cases, business card cases, compact hairbrushes, etc. At some point in the future I want to do a cute homewares order from Taobao, with things for the bathroom like a cute bath mat, towels, bin, perhaps even a toilet brush, etc. as well as slippers, maybe a onesie, new coasters, etc - all with a toothachingly sweet theme and probably with some sort of character. My favourite characters at the moment are Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala and Kuromi. Part of me wishes my house to be super cute and sweet, full of all the items mentioned before but another part of me wishes it to be dark, elegant, favourite way to describe it is like a glamorous Silent Hill. There's a shop in Derby that sells weird high-end decorations but I don't think they intend to...items like this weird glittery torso sculpture:

I wanna buy weird, creepy decorations like that, and from charity shops, flea markets and fill my house with them. I wanna write with syringe and bone pens into elegant notebooks and have people unsure of whether some decoration moved or was there last time they visited. I guess part of the reason I like and buy cute things is because they are more available and cheaper than their darker counterparts. However, I haven't started buying cute homewares yet so I may try and reel it in and look for darker versions instead. As I use up stationary, I will switch to darker sets; I especially want bone pens at the moment! I wanna deco some bone pens up too and have blingy bone pens (see what I mean about glitzy Silent Hill?)! I need to focus and think of my Gothic image haha!


Although I do love Gothic music like The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Voltaire and darker styles like dark cabaret, neoclassical darkwave and heavy rock, like my love of cute homewares, there's another part of me that loves super cute and/or pop music like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Perfume, Kukui, Namie Amuro, Ayumi Hamasaki, Urban Guarde and Tommy February6. I feel no need, however, to change my music tastes as I completely enjoy listening to both 'sides'!

Colors, Makeup, Cosmetic, Fashion, Beauty, Feminine

The only other thing I can think of really is that I might be considered 'girlier' than most Goths, or at least stereotypes of Goths? I love beauty and fashion, have a complicated morning and night skincare routine in order to stave off wrinkles and I love experimenting with makeup, and enjoy hobbies like sewing. However, if you check out Adora Batbrat, Cajsa Kurayami, Victoria Ellen Eriksson and Mashyumaro, Goths are a dab hand at makeup - we have to be to look different and unique! So I guess the stereotype only applies to the more tomboyish Goths.

That's about all I can think of - other than the face that I write a journal; whilst a journal itself is quite common amongst Goths (or at least stereotypes of them), it's not filled with prose about how all life is pain and pain is life, it's covered in stamps and deco tape. XD Are there any hobbies or interests you love that don't quite 'fit' with people's expectations of you?

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

I'm in Hello Batty's Lolita Parody new video, Let Me Take a Selfie!

Hey all! Just a quick post to let you know that Kathryn Loo, AKA Hello Batty has made a super cute and funny video parodying 'Let Me Take a Selfie', put together with selfies fellow Lolitas submitted to her!

My entry is at 1.33 and here's the photo I submitted!


I feel kinda odd because most of the other selfies aren't purikura-ed...but I guess I stand out? XD Hello Batty does some great Lolita parodies, including Frozen's 'Do You Want to Have a Meetup?' (instead of 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?')! Check her videos out!