Friday, January 31, 2014

Coordinating for Katsucon~!

Hello cuties~! Wow! Two updates in one week...? I really have been busy. (I am actually super proud of myself for this second post- I'm on a roll ;3;). As you might have read in my last post, I'm going to be attending Katsucon this year! Long story short, on a whim one night I texted my girlfriend about going (and bribed her by offering to pay for her ticket..) and now myself, her, and my best friend Rin will be going! Unfortunately since it is so last minute, we'll only be going on Saturday, but I'm definitely not complaining! The only difficult thing will be figuring out what to wear hmmm.

Well, to start, at least I have a theme! Typically to every convention I wear decora on the busiest days, so I'm definitely do that. For this convention, I'm going really over-the-top with my hair decorations! I want to go even bigger than the previous time because uh, honestly! Every time I wear decora it seems I go bigger and bolder. So why not even larger this time~! In addition to the decora, my theme is also on the lines of magical girl~! Sooo.. Mahou Shoujo Decora? ; w ; I'm having trouble deciding on what exactly to wear, so maybe you can help me out?


At the moment I have three base outfits I'm deciding between. Essentially, I've broken down my wardrobe and have decided at least which articles of clothing I would be interested in wearing at the convention! Now to go outfit by outfit~!


So for the first outfit, this is clearly heavily magical girl inspired! Between the fluffy clouds, rainbow castle, and heart sailor collar, the magical girl inspiration is definitely strong~! I love this look because it coordinates so well together! I just feel like every piece really goes so well. My only downside, is that I've already worn something so similar to it before...
(~*~ flashback~*~) 

It's just so hard not to wear the skirt and shirt together! It's like they were made for each other hehe... Anyway ~ c;

I'd wear my Starlight Castle t-shirt with a collar from Reves de Pastel that's paired with a Pinkly Ever After brooch.

Then I'd tuck the shirt into my darling Holley Tea Time skirt~~! My favorite thing about this skirt is all of the details on it ; w ;

The little moons are perfect for a magical girl look especially considering that they have little wings on them! The suspenders I'd pair with it also have little wings so it'd match perfectly.

Then for my legs, I'd wear some Holley Tea Time tights (for warmth) and also wear some knee highs paired with baggy legwarmers.

Lastly, footwear!

To be honest, I don't have a good reason for wearing my Rocking Horse Shoes other than wanting to be taller ; 3 ; This specific pair I bought from Qutieland- it's out of stock now, but feel free to browse their selection if you like. (the original shoes are from taobao. QL is essentially a shopping service.)

Another idea that I'm toying with is pairing either of these looks with my baby pink robe. It's probably going to be rather cold, and this will keep me a little warmer while still be thin enough so I wont get hot in crowded areas.

The only issue with that is it would cover up my cute suspenders.. ;__; !

Decisions, decisions...


My next Mahou Shoujo look is actually a little less magical, and more casual and fun!

What I really like about this look is that it's so colorful and fun! With all of the different colors I can play with my styling a bit more. I also love the silhouette! The skirt with a tutu under it makes it sooo bouncy! The major downside though (which sounds silly, but) is that even though my sneakers are so cute- they don't make me any taller! I love wearing things with heels or platforms oh no ;n; Hmm..


The shirt is actually an Infanta Cutsew that you can buy frommm Qutieland, Clobbaonline, or the original online shop (which I believe is also taobao based...?)

This top has a really cute sweets theme design~! This particular coordinate itself is also very candy themed as well as being a little mahou shoujo themed ;^;

The skirt is a Milklim skirt that I actually bought second hand ;3; Feel free to browse their site, or even the Fairy Kei Sales on facebook to possibly find other milklim things though. (I know Lolitadesu as a few this as well!)

(The underskirt is just a generic pink tutu that you can find on Bodyline, at Hot Topic, or at Anime Conventions) I looove the pattern of this skirt~! With the little candy hearts to spell milklim it makes it even more precious ;3;

As far as shoes are considered, I actually dont have a closeup because they are very dirty right now heh. But they are actually thrifted sneakers that I've painted! If I wear them though, I need to touch up the paint for the convention.


Another coordinate I'm thinking of would still be using my Holley Team Time skirt but paired with a different Milklim skirt! The pros of this outfit are that the cut of the shirt falls perfectly with the skirt and the design with the moon AND ice cream cone fits into both the mahou shoujo and sweet theme I was going for. The downside though, is I'm afraid there arent enough colors to make it a decora look. ; 3 ;


Another thing to take into consideration would be which brooch to use as a focal point!

These are typically the four that I use~! This will always depend on what I wear though. Although pins are cute, they are never really a deciding factor in which coordinate to wear. Instead, they're more of an after thought..? Sorry little pins..!


Now the last things that I need to consider this outfit are: 
What wig do I wear?
What makes it decora?

Well both of these things go extremely hand in hand when doing a decora look~! If you've seen any of my past looks, you know I like to wear a lot of hair clips. Which okay, is the point of decora, but I still feel like I manage to do OTT decora with not only clips but also huuge bows.

And I said, this time around I'm going even bigger! So something that's really important to consider is which wig- because honestly, you need a wig that's able to support the amount of clips you want to wear. In the pictures above Im wearing a Minty mix pigtail wig. Wigs that have pigtails / pony tail clips usually work the best because they can hold the most, and they can support larger sized things.

This year, I'm deciding between doing that wig, or one of my mint ones which I've added a hime poof attachment. 

(and a little preview~! sorry both wigs are unstyled... And uh, these are both just ideas of what the top head piece will look like. Whatever I end up doing will have clips scattered all the way down~!)

Ta-da~! I'm definitely going to be sporting my suuuuper large bow which unfortunately, I forget the actual brand it is because I bought that secondhand as well.. ; 3 ; But I'll also be putting in loads of things like fuzzy glasses, wands, hello kitty heads, ect! It's going to be very, very exciting!


Well then, that's all for now! What do you think? Any suggestions- or maybe, which look do you like the best! And if any of you are going to Katsucon, let me know! Maybe we'll run into each other ;3;

Have a great night cuties~!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Shopping Haul 1/29/14

Hi cuties~! So something I haven't necessarily blogged about on this blog would be my shopping hauls! Typically I'll normally take a few pictures with my phone and post them via tumblr... but, I had a really fantastic day yesterday, so I thought I would not only share my experiences with you, but also what I bought! (I also want to become a more serious blogger hmmm. It's hard when I don't have my own computer and I work so much- but, I can at least try to do a post a week!)

What I did yesterday

Yesterday I hung out with my friend Mina. Mina and I actually met a while back via conventions, and just recently discovered that we live near each other! We've hung out a couple times, and have attended a lolita meetup together so it was really great to spend time together. It's also really great to be with someone who's also interested in Japanese Street Fashion. As far as what I wore... well, hello crappy phone pictures! (I wasn't thinking of making a blog post about it oops!)

 I sported a mint Infanta blouse with dark periwinkle polkadoted skinnies, hand painted shoes, thrifted legwarmers, and a Minty Mix wig styled into a side ponytail updo. Suuuper cute~! But since I tried on clothes at the mall I ended up taking the ponytail attachment off because it kept getting stuck on shirts when I was getting changed.

Mina also dressed really cute~!

She has such a great sense of style and it was so much fun being Magical together~!

Now then... Onto what I bought, shall we?


What I bought:

We went everywhere from Goodwill, the mall, Party City, ect! I ended up doing my main shopping at Goodwill and Forever 21 but I did pick some things up at Target.

It was so hard to get everything in the picture on my little bed.. ; w ; ! I thought I spent much more money than I did, but, I actually only spent between $70-80 which isn't a lot considering everything I got c:


I'll start off by sharing with you my goodwill finds! As some of you may know, I am obsessed with thrifting and I basically buy all of my clothes from goodwill ;o;

But, yesterday I scored! I got a pink blouse, a pink hoodie, a pink pullover, AND a pink jacket hehe~! I also got.. a pink shelf! And a frilly umbrella.

My main goal in Goodwill shopping was to find things that would keep me warm because lately the weather has consistently been ten degrees eeew. So I got this lovely baby pink plush pullover, and pink sweatshirt! The sweatshirt is actually plus sized and its huge but it looks so cute because it's super baggy!

Mina also spotted this lovely pink blouse! She ended up not wanting it, so naturally I snagged it. I actually dont own a pink blouse so it was perfect! I can layer in under shirts or sweaters for fairy kei or I can even use it as a lolita blouse.

It has a peter pan collar that almost looks like petals, and these lovely vintage buttons. I'm so happy with it ;3;

Next I got this cute pink jacket~! It's essentially a denim type material? It will be fantastic for fairy kei with a tutu and some legwarmers but I can also just wear it in casual looks. What's really cool about it too...

It's a Ralph Lauren jacket! For $6.50! I am a lucky fairy c;

So for the rest of my goodwill haul, I also got a new shelf that I'm going to keep necklaces on, but that's a whole new blog post~! Lastly though, my favorite Goodwill find...

It may seem a little silly to be so excited over an umbrella, but actually its a super large umbrella that has frills on the outside making it look like a parasol. So not only can I use it as an umbrella, but it makes a cute parasol for my more classic looks.

So in the end I left Goodwill with thirty less dollars in my pocket, but $30 for a blouse, two jackets, a pullover, a shelf, and an umbrella I think I did really great~! c:

Now onto the mall shopping..


My first stop was naturally to go to Forever 21 for two reasons: the first one being that I love their clothes. But.. also because my girlfriend works there! I know a lot of people don't like F21 because their clothes are really high quality, but I feel like that's okay because they are cheap in price. You get what you pay for! And if you're like me and change styles so quickly, it's okay to have cheap clothes that don't last long because that means you can start a new style in the future!

For once though, I actually didn't spend that money which was really hard for me considering they just stocked their new Marvel line.

I ended up buy marvel print shorts, and a polka dotted circle skirt. The shorts are... interesting! They are made just like leggings, but are cut like shorts. They almost remind me of Marvel spanks, actually! hah! But I think they'll look cute with a bagg shirt and some Dr. Martens- especially in the summer time. 

Next, I got this cute skirt! While Mina and I were in the dressing room my girlfriend was actually unpacking and tagging the skirts and we couldn't resist- we both bought one!

I've wanted one of these skirts for so long~! I almost settled during Christmas time for an H&M one because it was on clearance, but I wasn't a huge fan of the material. So this one was $9.60 and was made out of a stretchy cotton. It'll be great with a tutu under it. 
But really, I'm so excited! The black and white polka dotted skirt (whether it be inverted or like this) is really iconic in fairy kei and pop kei and extremely popular with brands and companies such as Milklim and Spank!

(one of those is more of a cow print, but you get the idea)
(And all photos either belong to Tokyo Fashion or Spank!)

One of these skirts is really a must have for any sort of fairy kei/pop kei wardrobe and I've finally obtained one! I think it really has a lot to do with the fact that that sort of polka dot style is very 80s, and that's really the theme of both styles... So I am incredibly happy to start coordinating this.


The next store I bought something from was Claire's~!

I typically don't recommend shopping from them for anyone who's starting out in fairy kei or decora because a lot of their stuff tends to be overpriced for the quality that you're getting- but, I am a clearance shopper and Mina and I found some great things on clearance!

I first raided their clip selection c:

Since I'll be attending Katsukon on Saturday this year (another blog post waiting to happen..) I need new clips for my decora look! the two packs on the left are my FAVORITE little bows of all time! And lucky me, they were 50% off because a couple of the rhinestones fell off which, psshh is the easiest fix ever. I love coording them with a decora look and having them go along each side of my pigtails. The clips on the right were full price but eh, they're cute and I needed them so I bough them anyway oops.

Next, THESE CUTIES WERE ON SALE.... 50% off as well! I am SO excited about these. Mina and I both bought each pair. Apparently she's been waiting for them to go on sale for a while. I'm just lucky they had enough for the two of us. They are literally the cutest thing ever ;3; sparkly suspenders with wings on the back? Probably my favorite purchase of the day!

I also bought black earrings from Claire's, but that's irrelevant because they are just for work ;o;


Lastly, I bought some new socks~!

I feel like both pairs are essential pieces of my wardrobe that I've been missing for far too long. It seems ridiculous that I just needed these socks- but trust me, I needed them. I got the black ones from Spencers, and the white ones from Target. 


What was a really nice surprise, was after we ran into my girlfriend at her job she was able to hang out with us when she got off. Annnnd... She got me presents! While unpacking the Valentines Day themed things at Forever 21 she snagged me some things which she claims are for our "Convention Emergency Kit"... which, they are, but honestly they are just hella cute!

 So it all came packaged in this cute passive aggressive makeup bag which oh my, I will use for everything!

So she got me the makeup bag with matching haircrush and compact- then eyelashes, makeup brushes, sponges... and even! Kitten lint rollers!

My parent's actually loved these because we are quite nuts about our Kittens...

But yeah~! It was such a lovely surprise! She is definitely the sweetest ; 3 ; (and just in time for katsucon!) Speaking of though, I shouldn't really spend any more money before the convention, should I?


My last order of business with this extremely long post (I hope I haven't bored you!) is a coordinate I put together with just the things I bought yesterday. (which I think, is always fun to do!)

Pastel pink blouse with a black and white theme... Very, very cute! I like it because it mixes the sophistication of the blouse with some cute, and almost edgy! I'm hoping to get cute Adidas soon, and they would work perfectly with this outfit~! If not, I would definitely wear my Rocking Horse Shoes to bring some of the elegance back to the look.


Thanks so much for reading my blog post today cuties~! I hope you enjoyed everything I bought... now my question for you today is, where is your favorite store to shop at! I know a lot of us are big online shoppers, but going to the store and trying things on can be just as fun c;

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of your day, and maybe even week!

In the future, you can look forward to...
  • Kittywood Review
  • Katsucon Outfit Post
  • Organizing my Accessories 

Bye byyye~!