July 23, 2014

* Review * Lockshop's Mermaid wig in Beachy

Good day friends! I am excited to finally have time to get this review posted up, I've been wanting to for some time but first I needed to wear it, then I had to take pictures and I decided to make a video review for the first time! I think nowadays people like to watch reviews, and get the info as quickly as possible. But I personally also like to see photos and read some text, especially if I'm at work and can't have youtube come blaring up on my phone haha!

Well anyhow, I was searching for a new wig that was a natural color, with an easy-to-wear and complimentary cut, and good quality. Lockshop is well known within the Japanese fashion community and they offer a great variety of wigs geared towards lolita, fairy and gyaru styles. I had looked at their wigs for quite some time but the shipping cost/need to be a group order dissuaded me from ever ordering. However, recently they moved their shipping office to Germany so the cost is more affordable for us in the USA.

I picked the Mermaid style because of it's soft waves that look good with a face shape like mine, I always like wavy curly wigs anyhow. The length is very nice, for some it may be too long cause it brushes against the waist line but for me I like the luxury appearence of the length. Mermaid comes in many different colors, and several special blends. The blended colors are very lovely and give the wig a much more natural look, like the Beachy color I chose.

The fibers are very soft, but not slick/plasticy, so far I didn't find any problems with shine though I have not tried flash on it yet. The wefting is also very well done, it's thick without being too huge/costumey looking and you can't see the cap though the fibers at all. The parting is done on a partial skin cap which I really like. It upgrades the naturalness alot, and makes Lockshop wigs stand out above fashion wigs which generally have the one point part.

The one trouble I have with this wig is the need for more brushing and maintaince, I need this beforehand from various reviews but even just taking it out of the package it had flyaways all over. I'm rather lazy so this is a difficult point for me haha.

The shipping wasn't very quick, it took a few weeks because it was stock in processing in Germany for quite some time. But that really has nothing to do with Lockshop. They always communicate quickly and the wig was packaged up very nicely. I did actually order a second wig but I began thinking a black wig was too dark for me and sent it back for a voucher, so far they have not received it so I'm starting to worry I'm out like 50$ haha...

Well overall I'm very happy with the wig, the cost and quality are very good, the ordering process was very easy and smooth. I do plan to order from Lockshop again in the future!

July 16, 2014

Okinawa part 2 - dining and shopping!

Good afternoon! I'm trying really hard to stay on track this week with blogging but I can tell you I would much rather just lay down and nap haha. Today at work our main computer system was down so there was literaly nothing for me to do half the day, I just kept thinking how much I could get done if I was at home. Well I will change jobs soon, I will still work fulltime so I won't get any more personal time, I just hope my next job is not worse haha!

Today I will write a bit more about my Okinawa trip, I think this post will require the most research for me as I don't remember the place names at all. Put me back in Okinawa and I could take you right to these places, but ask me the name? Forget it haha! One good thing for me when traveling is my spacial reasoning so I can very easily find places with paper map or such.

When I stayed in Naha, Okinawa, I was in a hotel on a road just off of Kokusai-dori (lit. International road) which is like the main drag downtown. Kokusai-dori stretches about 2km and it's got all the tourists roaming around, as well as the USA military people getting drunk at night. Here there are tons of touristy shops and especially restaurants, bars, cafes etc. There's some conbini and there used to be a OPA mall with all your gyaru needs (Universal-doll covered it's closing here). So it's great for a stroll after a long day sight seeing as most stores along this street are open till around 11pm.

In a shopping arcade street
I didn't spend too much time on Kokusai-dori just because I was too busy really seeing the sights of Okinawa, plus while the atmosphere is interesting I had no need to check out the shops and restaurants.

For a more charming experience make sure to visit the shopping arcade streets that bisect Kokusai-dori at about the mid-point which are named: Heiwadori, Mutsumidori and Ichiba Hondori.  They are all inter-connected so you can roam around for quite a long time. There are tons of gift shops, but also fruit stands, diy craft studios, handmade goods, restaurants and a fish market. It's rathering overwhelming if you are looking for soveineers as you keep thinking "What will the next shop have??" well they all really have the same handful of items in various iterations so just buy what you like when you see it :D

Hello Kitty branded Okinawa gifts
Who in your life needs One Piece Okinawa socks :D

As for eating, we used a travel magazine for recommendations, but there should be plenty on the internet! From a western viewpoint you can check Tripadvisor, Total Okinawa, and Okinawa Hai

Like any place in Japan, there are local specialties that you must try when visiting! For Okinawa it's Chanpuru: a stirfry featuring the goya which is used often traditionally, Taco Rice: a fusion food originating from the American presense in Okinawa, Rafute: thick cuts of pig belly, Mimiga: thinnly sliced and boiled pig ear, Umibudo: seaweed with an interesting pellet shape, Purple potato: it's found in a lot of sweets. Well there's tons of amazing food in Okinawa so try as much as you can! And as always try to find a small/local restaurant for more authentic tastes.

Coming up I will cover the Ryukyuan Palace, and America Village. Please stay posted and I hope these posts will be useful during your own travels! Or if you're stuck in your home town like me - something fun to dream about haha!

July 14, 2014

Coordinate post! - Pop Doll outfit

Hi everyone, I meant to get another Okinawa post up today, and to make videos yesterday but over the weekend I mostly sat around. I'm so tired lately :( But I'll do my best to get it up tomorrow, then my lockshop review, followed by a new Kawaii Healthy episode! In the mean time I thought I would just post up this outfit that I've had laying around for a month or so - it's high time just to show it haha.

I actually made this outfit for Kawaii.i's Leader contest, it was a series of follies with it tho. First I forgot to make the outfit when I originally had planned to, then the next weekend it was rainy and terrible. I didn't leave myself enough time to make a nice set-up. Anyway, after I saw all the cute entrants for the contest I kinda gave up hope of winning haha!

But I'll keep trying to spread Japanese kawaii culture just like I have been all these years on my own. I've spoken about Gyaru fashion at the U of M and worked with Kawaii.i multiple times in the past, so I hope I can do more like that in the future :)

top: thrift
skirt: UNIF
socks/shoes: ASOS
earrings: I'myourpresent
Actually I do like this outfit a lot, I think it has a good balance, if I re-did it the only thing I'd change is the necklace and of course the lighting haha. I haven't been able to make outfits lately either, but I have a cute one coming up that I hope people will enjoy. I'm trying harder to make a bolder look like I used to do, only more cute and not rock as I was. I guess with my face/stature I fit dark looks better, but I think fashion is about wearing what you like and inspires you, and doing your best!

July 12, 2014

My picks from some AW14 lookbooks!

Hi everyone! I'm taking a quick break from my Okinawa posts to write a bit about fashion today! It's already on my mind what my wardrobe will look like for the Autumn Winter season even though I've hardly made any Spring Summer outfits. Well when the brands roll out their look books and runway shows I can't help but start planning ahead! I'm going to cover some of my favorite brands today, of course there are lots of other brands who have inspiring outfits but it might be troublesome to just show one of this or that.

They are staying strong with light colors, seeing a bit more of a coral pink than baby pink for Autumn. They also are utilizing lavender, mustard and red. There lookbook is really focused on the white and pink tones though, which is fine for me because I love those colors and feel glad to wear them all season! I really want the cosmetic embroidery set, and the short bon-con skirt.

They have a great variety of outfits in this season's lookbook, western shirts, denim, lingerie inspired, girly dresses. I often think I couldn't pull off their looks, which is good for my wallet, but these styles jumped out at me. They also continue a light color palette, but with a good dash of black thrown in. I certainly hope I can get my hands on the sheer over shirts with rhinestone details.

They are keeping my interest going this upcoming season for sure! I like their use of trendy fall items like leather jackets and leopart print, but with their cute flourishes. I must have the lame skirt, and the plaid set is much too perfect! I plaid is a lovely autumn pattern and seems to be in so many collections, especially as skirts. Titty&co also has some lovely teal and denim items in this collection.

I also wanted to cover Lillily but their lookbook isn't up currently. I'm excited already! But I should focus on this season a bit more first haha, I haven't been improving my look as much as I had hoped. I think my outfits used to be so fun and creative and I've lost some time ago. I really want to add more cuteness and dimension to my outfits, make them more over the top as well, like I used to do. Well, I'll try harder haha! What autumn trends and items are you looking forward to?

July 9, 2014

Amazing trip to Okinawa part 1

Hey everyone! Thanks for the support of my new series Kawaii Healthy I posted on monday, I will certainly do my best to make it very useful and get it off the ground. I also plan to make more videos for reviews, outfits, etc and I'll make sure to post those here as well! But today I am going to write about something I have wanted to post for a long time - my trip to Okinawa! This is a long time ago now, nearly 2 years so I may not remember everything completely but it was very memorable. And it was the first time I traveled long distance within Japan, so it was a great experience.

My friend offered to bring me on this trip a couple years ago for fun, and it nicely coincided with my birthday (just a couple days after). We had talked about traveling to another country in Asia but ended up going with Okinawa as it was easier but still had a different atmosphere than Tokyo. I'm really thankful I had this chance because I don't think I ever will again haha.

We took a flight to Okinawa, and it's a short one about 1.5 hours I believe, so after suffering through 12 hour flights back and forth to Japan all the time this seemed quite easy. The weird part was the boarding, we had a tiny little gate then we had to board a bus that drove us to the plane. There were hardly any people on the flight, which I loved SO much, if it was the US I'm sure they would've cancelled that flight.

Anyhow we landed in Okinawa and took another bus to the airport, which was small and dated but it served. We picked up at couple of snacks at the on site conbini and boarded a shuttle to the rental car place.  Now I've only been in a car 2x (including this time) in Japan so I was scared to be driven in city traffic haha. We did have a couple issues with the car but it was solved overall.

Decorations in the airport

Sanpen tea, a traditional Okinawa tea
The hotel was small as expected in Japan, really an economy type, but there was a super market in walking distance and we were only a block off of the main drag so it was quite well located. We didn't have any time for sight-seeing that evening, just looking around the city a bit but the next day we got going early on the site seeing.

We visited Okinawa World, which is a conglomerate of touristy Okinawan things to do! It had a recreated traditional village as you may expect, a museum of Okinawan native animals with snake show, a cave system, brewery, craft stations and big gift shops. They also had a show of traditional Okinawa dances. My favorite parts were the cave and dance, unfortunately there were no pictures at the dance, but I'll let the rest of the photos speak for themselves.

After that we went to a beach on another part of the main island (we didn't visit the other smaller islands) and it was so lovely, very clean and tons of washed up coral for me to poke around in. I love collecting shells and rocks. It was close to the American base there so there were some noisy planes overhead. I certainly could've stayed there longer!

I don't want to make this too lengthy cause I really did a lot during my short stay there so this mini-series might be 4-5 parts. I still want to talk about shopping and eating, the Castle, some war memorials and America Village. Boy we packed a lot in haha! Please look forward to reading more about Okinawa, I really enjoy showing more about Japan than just Tokyo! Where have you traveled in Japan??
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