October 28, 2014

Autumnal Bliss

Hello everyone, no I didn't stop blogging again! I'm just going through a down patch in my life, nothing in particular is going badly, but I have to purpose in life so it leads to a bit of ennui. I don't know what to do or say and that goes for writing on the old blog as well. I would like to change as much about myself as possible but I'm not sure what I want to change into. I want to find something that makes me outstanding, shining. We all have something shining within us, some know intrinsically how to let it out, other's like me need to find the way!

So as I try to find a new way in life, I'll stop being so quiet here. Like I said I don't have much of a voice at the moment, but I'm still going out a bit and enjoying things around my town. Luckily my photos can speak for me instead. Autumn is so many peoples favorite season, how everything seems so vivid and focused, very distant and encompassing, just before it fades away into the somber lulls of winter. I love all seasons (only the early part of winter) and Autumn is my favorite as well, the world seems so easy to grasp. You can't catch the atmosphere of autumn with a camera, but everything becomes a lovely subject none the less. Hopefully you have experienced a lot of autumnal bliss yourself already, if not here is my piece.

It's quite a bit of photos, I want to make my posts a bit more geared towards my photos and a little less writing. I always have plenty of pictures to choose from when posting about Japan, but when it comes to my daily live and fashion it's really lacking. I'm not sure how moving towards a more image heavy look will be received, but I feel it's the right direction to go. The last photo here btw is taken out my apartment window, it's just one of the many spectacular sunset photos I have captured here.

September 28, 2014

Larme 012 Magazine picks and scans! Very img hvy

Good morning, happy Sunday friends! Weekends aren't as exciting for me right now while I'm between jobs but I don't seem to have become more productive online like I expected haha. I'm still doing a lot of moving and running between houses, so I guess when I'm not doing that I just want to relax and clear my mind. September has gone by in a huge blur due to all that change and business, but I did make sure to buy my copy of Larme 012 immediately when it was released haha. And I've spent the last week staring into the pages getting more and more inspired!

So I thought, why not do a "picks" post again, and show off some of my favorite and the most inspiring shots in the magazine. It's a shame that Larme is not scanned in by one of the Chinese website things, as it offers such a lovely and unique style, but I really enjoy having it in hand and being able to stare in close at the outfits haha. I didn't want to break the binding on my copy so these aren't real scans but I think I got some pretty decent pics of the pages.

Beautiful cover of Larme 012
Autumn's must have new trend items - pom poms, fur, pointed toe pumps etc
A fave Risa outfit featuring Kriss Soonik and Milk

A cute and budget friendly setup from Gal Star
Makeup tutorial
There are several other spreads in this issue that I didn't photograph simply because they didn't speak to my taste, but Larme is consistent in their styling and capturing various facets of their sweet girly look. I tend towards light colors and pastels which luckily are in style this winter season, but as always dark colors and patterns are winter staples so there were plenty of those in Larme 012 as well. Also lots of mixes of black and light colors, which is particularly appealing to me right now!

I am also extremely inspired and a fan girl of Risa Nakamura, she has such an amazing personal style and she looks so pretty in every sort of outfit Larme puts her in. So naturally most of my picks feature her haha! She looks really great as the cover model for this issue too, though the makeup they put on her wasn't the most flattering, it is one of my favorite Larme magazine covers so far.

A spread featuring red items

After reading this issue (reading should be in quotation marks as I can only read a handful of kanji...) I have gotten a long list of items I'd like to purchase. Luckily I'm too tall for a lot of the dresses or skirts so that pares down the wishlist. Of course Larme is showing lots of midi length and pencil skirts which can work on my height anyhow :D I just wonder if midi skirts are found in the magazines more than they actually are seen on the streets.

It's honestly hard to find western brands that have the right kind of cut, design and details to match  Larme-kei, but having the magazine on hand makes it easier to weed out what can work in the stores over here. So I hope these pics can be useful for you as well. In my case, I buy Japanese brand as I can afford, then make and DIY that which I can't. Adding some cute ribbons or trims to western clothing can really go a long way in making them cuter and more Larme-kei.

A spread on hair arrangements done by Shima hair salons
The Risa Nakamura x Swankiss collab - the plaid one sold out quickly online
Mon Lily is a Yumetenbo brand that often collaborates with Larme

Risa being perfect, The choker she is wearing is from Bubbles and the black version sells out quickly
I love this Verybrain skirt so much, byt the time I can afford it I'm sure it will be sold out online :D

September 24, 2014

* Sponsor Review * Venus Eye Milky Color Pink from Pinkicon

Hi everyone! Sorry about my once a week posting schedule lately, in addition to moving into my first apartment I've been living between a few houses. That leaves me feeling rather rootless and none of my stuff is ever with me when I need it D: so it's been making me a bit down in the dumps overall. I'm trying to push myself to get this blogging done, hopefully my schedule will allow me to stay at my apartment more often now and I'll get lots of posts and pictures done up.

Today I am reviewing a new pair of lenses which are quite different from the usual type I review! These lenses are from Japan as opposed to all my previous lenses which have come from Korea. I have always wanted to try some lenses from Japan, and even tho I was in Japan all the time before I never did haha. Furthermore these lenses are monthly, not yearly so they need to be disposed of after a month of daily use.

I received the Milky Color lenses from Pinkicon.com which I have never worked with before, but I was very excited to try these lenses and I've enjoyed my experience working with them. Pinkicon is a large cosmetics dealer based in Hong Kong, and the lenses arrived in a timely manner and packaged very well. They included a small catalog full of cute eyelashes and lenses, as well as a circle lense usage guide. The guide is very nicely written and illustrated: it would be super helpful for those starting out with circle lenses.

Natural light

Milky Color comes in three different shades, I received the Pink version though personally I would have preferred the Blue or Purple as they would blend better on my light eyes. However the nice part of this Pink lens design is there is blue incorporated throughout as well! This creates a very nice sparkling effect :) So overall I did find this pink lens blended better than others I have tried before but I still think it's going to look best on darker eyes. The outer ring is delicate and colored brown making the lens appear very sweet and natural.

With a thinner outer ring, and 14.5mm diameter you are not going to get a big dolly eye out of the Milky Color lenses, but they do a good job of filling the eye up with their diameter. They create a very lovely look which is not bold or strong, but very beautiful and soft. I found I really loved the design, even though I like 15mm lenses I would choose to wear these lenses over the others I have. They are advertised in my favorite magazine Larme so that makes me like them more, and indeed I think these are perfect for Larme-kei and sweet, girly styles.

Milky Color Circle Lens ad in Larme magazine

One thing I did find a bit surprising was that these lenses are not super comfortable. I figured if they were meant to be disposed of sooner they would be easier on the eye, but that was not the case. I found the Milky Color lenses to be a bit more irritating than average, which could be taken care of by applying eye drops a few times. However that is not to say these were painful or anything, just I would not wear them as long as I may want to.

Overall I am happy with these lenses! If I had brown eyes, or tried the blue version I think there would be few lenses that could top them. Pinkicon carries a large supply of circle lenses, including more lenses from Japan so you can try out ones used by your favorite Japanese models.  They are located in Hong Kong and have 4 physical shops, so they are a large dealer! As well they offer make up, wigs, beauty tools and cameras. Everything you need to make the cutest selfies :D Make sure to check out Pinkicon.com they have tons of great and unique items.

September 19, 2014

The Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Oh it seems like forever since I wrote a post about Japan, time is going quickly as ever. Though I'm really excited that it is autumn, especially so when I look over the photos from this post which were taken in summer in Japan. I am so happy I am not in that miserable weather haha! Autumn is really my favorite time of year so I'm really wishing that I go out and do some fun stuff to write about here. Until then I think you'll enjoy this post today, Studio Ghibli's films are beloved and famous around the world now so the Studio Ghilbi Museum is tourist spot that certainly can't be missed!

The funny thing is I have missed it - every single time I go to Japan I have never been there, though I have attempted to buy tickets several times they are always sold out! Haha. Perhaps next time I am in Japan if I plan ahead enough I might be able to snag some. Normally museum tickets don't sell out but in the case of the Studio Ghibli Museum they limit the number of tickets sold per day so each customer can have a pleasant experience there and reduce crowding.

The view after exiting Mitaka station
Useful sign for local attractions
Heading towards the Ghibli Museum
Photos are not allowed inside the museum except for certain areas, so I guess overall it's no difference I couldn't get in - my photos of the outside would be the same either way. The outside of the museum is very much Ghibli, a mix of natural elements and lots of whimsical and thoughtful pieces from the various films. It draws the on looker in with peeps of soot sprites and a large smiling Totoro! You can see the unique artitecture a bit as well, it looks like a nice place to meander, exhibits are both indoors and outdoors so make sure to dress appropriately for the season.

The first floor of the museum is dedicated to history and techniques of Ghibli's animation, there's some very cute things that show animation with 3D sculptures of Ghibli characters. There is also a small theater there showing shorts that are exclusive to this museum! The second floor holds space for a special exhbition that changes every year or so. The current special exhibition is on Miyazaki's book adaptation of the Nutcracker, they introduce the original story and show Miyazaki's take on it. Wouldn't that be so fun to see in December!

Totoro is ready to sell you a ticket!

Afterwards you can enjoy some cute foods in their cafes, drop off your kids in the children's play area or take a stroll in the rooftop garden. I suppose you'll want a couple hours to explore the museum in your leisure, afterwards you can explore the rest of Mitaka which has a lovely park, Inokashira Park in which the Ghibli museum is located, and some cute shopping areas. I spent a good amount of time walking around the park, and just walking to the Museum itself as it's a fair distance from the station. Or maybe it just seemed so long as it was sweltering out.

Here's the actual entrance, sadly that Totoro can't help you
If you'd like to visit the Ghibli Museum make sure to visit their access page, and they also have information on buying tickets both inside and outside of Japan. I recommend buying the tickets before you even arrive in Japan to assure you getting in! You can also check out this list of attractions in Mitaka to round out your visit there. Here's a few more nice pics I grabbed around Mitaka as I explored, I wish it would have been cooler so I could've enjoyed it more!

Inokashira Park
Mitaka has lots of lovely boutiques like this

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