Sunday, July 29, 2012

Update: Social Networking

I apologise that I won't be writing a post this week and maybe the next. I'm preparing for a bigger post, which will take a while for me to finish (or at least, I believe it would be much bigger) and there's a mountain of school work waiting for me (well... there will be one if I don't start. It's already two weeks in.)

Meanwhile, I've been thinking about using twitter and other forms of social networking to promote this blog and get a little more personal with my readers. I'm a little late because I'm not the type to constantly post things up on any social networking medium. I've put up a link of my twitter elsewhere, as well as a tumblr which has nothing to do with fashion.

Here's my twitter:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

'Round the World: Cult Party Kei

While I was attending the Harajuku fashion panel at SMASH!, they were discussing a style that I wasn't aware of: Cult Party Kei (as well as something called Magical Girl, but that's not what I'm talking about at the moment). I came in a little late so I didn't hear the whole talk.

Some describe Cult Party Kei as a style very similar to Dolly Kei but less of the Eastern European patterns and more solid and sheer fabrics. In both Dolly Kei and Cult Party Kei, there's lots of vintage clothing and layering. Personally, I think the difference is that Dolly Kei looks more like a matryoshka doll and Cult Party Kei looks like a rag doll.

Dolly Kei

Cult Party Kei

The style originally came from a store called 'Cult Party' but now 'The Virgin Mary' has taken over. 'Grimoire' also sells garments that could be incorporated into Cult Party kei. With Japanese fashion, it's a lot of mix and match and you can experiment. Excluding Lolita, most styles don't have a particular structure, require layering and are a little frumpy.

One person to look to for inspiration would be Manapyon. She's one of the more famous Cult Party Kei style icons.

So with Cult Party Kei, some of the aspects of the style you'll need to keep note of are: (ones in bold are very important)

  • Layering (very important!)
  • Vintage clothing
  • Muted and light colours
  • Chiffon (layers without a lot of bulk, so it's perfect for warmer weather)
  • Gingham
  • Red cross (it's not a necessity but it's one of the trends in cult party kei where clothes or totes have a red cross appliqué)
  • Robes 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: One Day in Paradise + Classical Puppets

So I made my first purchase from One Day in Paradise, which is an Australian Lolita supplier. I purchased a Classical Puppets petticoat from them because I needed one fast. I couldn't wait for the manufacturer to make me a petticoat and wait two months or more for it to arrive.

The packaging that it arrived it was nothing special. The petticoat was folded into a plastic sleeve.
It came along with their business card.

So overall, the shipping was 5/5. I received it on time when they shipped it on the 3rd and I received it on the 5th (of the same month), which was when they expected the package to arrive at my front door. The actual service, I'll give it a 4.5/5. I did feel like there was a lack of communication during my wait for the package to be shipped.

As for the petticoat itself, it's definitely poofy. I'm pleased with the petticoat and I don't really have anything bad to say about it except the fact that it's a little small (but that is because this was made not to my size exactly. I'm between the set sizes that One Day in Paradise offers).

I'd definitely purchase another Classical Puppets petticoat but probably order straight from the manufacturer if I can wait.

Event: SMASH!

If someone were to ask me what I've been doing during my winter break, I'd say that I didn't do much. I've been lounging around, being as lazy as I possibly could before I return back to school. I had dinner with some friends... and bought tickets to an anime convention.

SMASH! is the Sydney Manga and Anime Show for short and I've been wanting to go for years but I kept putting it off (I've had excuses from family events to school work). However, the convention does offer a little bit of fashion like Japanese street fashion and Steampunk. Unfortunately, I missed the Steampunk panel but I did make it for most of the Harajuku fashion panel held by Electric Alice.

During that event, they had four volunteers to put on a Lolita coordinate. Two people to dress up the other two, that is. The guy in the pink won. Doesn't he look pretty?

Before the "mannequins" dress up
They've already put on their blouse.
Clearly you can see who the victor is. 

Of course, there was the mini fashion show but there were some problems with the music so they walked without it. I can't put up all the models because some were very blurry pictures. Even the ones I put up are of inferior quality. I'm sure they would post the official ones on their website or somewhere else. They ended the panel with a raffle. I didn't win anything. I'm never lucky when it comes to raffles.

While I was missing out on the steampunk panel (I didn't realise the time. There were so many stalls!), I walked to the Electric Alice stall to purchase some things. I should have made it clear that the steampunk panel was early in the morning and the Harajuku fashion panel was during the afternoon, before the convention ended. So in the morning, I was lurking around the stalls.

I ended up getting the 6% Doki Doki Metallic Milky Way Clip in light pink and gold. I've been wanting to get one of them for a while but I wasn't too keen on having to pay for shipping (seeing as Electric Alice is based in Sydney and I was going to SMASH!).

I also got the fluffy 2-way star clip as well. I believe it's from Chocomint.

It came wrapped up nicely in a pink-white striped paper bag sealed with an 'Electric Alice' sticker. They were nice enough to give me a pink balloon on a stick but that burst during the Voice Acting workshop and gave the people around me quite a fright. Especially the girl sitting right in front of me.

Anyway, you can find Electric Alice here:

There were lots of cosplayers and I thought I'd share some photos I took of them, even though they're not related to fashion.

I left the photo of my outfit last for those who were interested. It's probably the first photo of me in Lolita. It was quick photo so I was making a very strange face. It was a fun day but I was so tired at the end. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Inspiration: NU'EST

K-pop is huge in Asia at the moment and it's already leaking into the western world. I do find myself occasionally listening to k-pop but I've found myself listening to the girl groups like SNSD, 2NE1 and T-ara. I've never really gotten into the boy bands until I came across NU'EST. They're merely rookies at the moment but I'm sure they'll go on to great things.

I suppose one thing that had caught my attention was that pink is in their colour schemes. You see them clad in pink in nearly every performance of "Face". Pink is definitely a colour that men have to be gutsy enough to wear.

Of course, there's the androgynous Ren. It's always the androgynous ones that get the most attention, especially in fashion (Andrej Pejic, anyone?). He's probably my favourite out of the group simply because I think he's adorable (not to the extent of pedonoona... that's just creepy even though he's only two years my junior). Because he's androgynous, the trends he is seen in could definitely be worn by women like the masculine look. He reminds me of Len Kagamine, the vocaloid because of the boyish look and the longish blond hair tied into a ponytail. Maybe they based his image off from him?

There are certainly pieces of his outfits that appeal to me:

I'm talking about the spiked headband, the spiked collar and the studded leather bracelets but it is the headbands that make him stand out. He's not the only one I think is stylish. There's also Minhyun with his high collar. I have no idea what it's actually called but it is certainly different and fresh (probably too dressy for street fashion though). Ren still has his bracelet, headband and leopard trim combo here.

Every member sports some studs and spikes. There's some chains as well as the pops of pink.
JR, the leader wearing a spiked pink fingerless glove.
 There's always elements of punk fashion in what they wear for "Face", their debut single. I doubt this is what they would choose to wear but personally I love the studs, spikes and chains.

Recently, they've released teasers for their next single "Action".

Here I see two skeletons and a mummy.
The punk-inspired look is gone but there's still signs of spikes and studs.

I'm not sure what to make of this teaser. I have a feeling they're going for a futuristic space kind of look with all the shine from the sequins and metals as well as the lights. There's some jackets with bold shoulders and even one with mirror tiles sewed on.

I'm indifferent about what I'm seeing from the teaser. There's nothing I really like about it but there is one thing I'm not liking at all: Ren's new hairdo.

Sure, it's fierce and edgy but... all I can really think of is:

Disclaimer: These pictures were taken off from google images at various sites. The Pinkie Pie artwork is from here

Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Tea Party Shoes + another purchase

I rarely haul things or go on a shopping spree but I'd thought I'd share these two purchases in a quick post.

Firstly, I received a package containing my purchase from Clobbaonline. I bought a pair of Secret Shop Tea Party shoes in white because white suits more sweeter styles of Lolita. I must say that the straps can get very annoying to put on but they're very cute.

The cover of the shoe box. My package was wrapped in bubble wrap and a red polka-dot plastic wrapping with lots of sticky tape. 

The heel was good height for me. I can't wear flats because it would strain the back of my calf, so it must have a short heel about 2 cm. The construction of the shoe was good but I'm a little paranoid that I'll snap the straps off. It wasn't the most comfortable pair of shoes but that was partly due to the fit. I purchased it in L which would be perfect for a 24.5 cm foot but my feet were 24cm. Even with socks, it was a little loose.

Trying it on for the first time.
Overall, the service would have been a 5/5 (the replies via email were quick) and the product would be a 4.5/5.

My second purchase: a pink coat with a detachable fur collar. It was a bit of a splurge because this coat was not cheap but I got it for half price. I first wanted to get a cream coat but I knew that at first sight, it was a little bit small. The shop assistant insisted that I tried it on because she thought it definitely would fit but she was wrong. She suggested this pink coat and although it was the cream coat that caught my eye, I ended up leaving the boutique with this coat. If any Sydneysiders were wondering, I bought this coat from Fit B&b in Market City (Chinatown).