Friday, October 17, 2014

Back tracking for fun

You know, I thought that with dropbox, uploading and editing photos would be much quicker, but...!
I guess, even with the added convenience of not having to plug in my phone and manually download photos, I still procrastinate. OTL!!! So photos sit in my dropbox for the longest time....

Anyway! Slightly old-ish photos.

From when Mar, Natsuki and I went to Ramen Hakata and puri for lunch a few weeks ago :o!

And puri!
Oh my goodness, it is unbelievably hot inside of Cosplay and Charm, almost got a heatstroke from doing puri in such a small and poorly ventilated space x_x;; And their scans are so small/low-res. :( ...

The following day, Phi and I went to Tanoshii to have lunch, and stopped by a local coffee shop, too.
I found them on Facebook via someone's likes, but it's a really cute, small space! Method Caffeination and Fare advertised these lavender macarons that I had been wanting to try for the longest. Sadly, they were out that Sunday. I did, however, try their lavender coffee. Really strange but also very tasty.

My Chantilly order also arrived!

In the process of editing photos for these, but I'm really pleased with the designs. *__* That review will hopefully be up soon.

Trying to coord this dress;; Haven't really had a chance to wear this but it seems most of my friends have haha;;;

I've been torn lately between letting my hair grow out and actually getting a hair cut/dye job... decisions! I definitely want purple again, but I can't be arsed to at the moment. So we'll see.

Anyway, typing this up at work so cutting it short,
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ahoy, Inktober!

Trying to convince/inspire myself to draw more so that there will be some improvement lol... decided to join in on all of the October festivities, namely the popular #inktober!

I had really wanted to last year, but perhaps it was a time-related issue. Nevertheless, I'm trying to complete this challenge despite all of the other million projects I have going on at the moment.

Also, I figured it would be a good time to revive my old, old, old OCs.
At this point, I also realized I have maybe 6 pages (front/back) left in my sketchbook so.... trying to cram as many drawings on one page as I can while I'm at it is proving to be tough!

Below are days 1-8!

 Some miscellaneous October-themed sketches
 Aaaaand OC stuff

I'm not happy with a lot of these but hopefully I will be able to log some kind of improvement over the course of this month.

In other news, I recently purchased a head bow to go with my white OP *__*!!! Aaaaand finally made it over to the H-Mart in Plano! The Whole Foods by my work stopped receiving macarons from their normal supplier (???? and they are awful), so it's nice to know tasty and organic macs can be found elsewhere. This was at Tous les Jours. I tried the lavender-blueberry and respberry flavours. The former tastes too much like soap, but the latter is wonderful.

Thanks for reading ��

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy Birthday High Tea

This past 26th and 27th was Mar and our friend Natsuki's Birthday!
I'd never gone to high tea before, so this was really exciting/cute/ahhhh  o A o) We went to the French Lavendou Bistro. It was super cute inside!

Unfortunately, I was burning up with a fever the same day! TT
I couldn't really taste or smell anything until a few days after, so sad! We got there maybe like 2-3 minutes after the posted time and most of the treats were gone... haha;; We got to eat at H-Mart later that afternoon, though. Everyone went to karaoke/shopping after high tea until late.

Really wish I had been feeling well enough to grab a photo of everyone's beautiful coordinates! There were so many people (30-35?) that went.

Pretty much selfie hour after tea.

Annette, Phi and I stopped for purikura before changing and heading back to meet everyone else.

Got to dress Annette up for this meet as well!! hehe * 0 *
I wore my new Guilty Meltin Sweets Town JSK. You can't really see my tights but they had bows at the faux suspender area!

Most of my photos are blurry ahhh apologies in advance.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello, September!

Where has the year gone...?! Work has really been eating my time and sanity (more than usual, might I add)! It's already this late in the year and it doesn't feel like I have accomplished what I wanted to.

And while other people are experiencing autumn-like weather, it's still a sunny 102° F!!!!  Honestly, my entire wardrobe is built for cold, dark, gloomy and harsh nights. Funny how I can't get rid of my awful farmer's tan when I'm wrapped head to toe most of the time. Remind me why I live here again.....

Some treats from last week! It feels like I am at Sweet Mix way too often these days- been helping Phi with a few things at her new place. :o) One of our clients surprised me with a Starbucks gift card, so sweet of her! ;3;) It's appreciative gestures such as this that help me tolerate all the other things ahhhh...;;;;;

We attended a birthday meet for our pal Emily recently. Why do I bother lugging my dSR around when I can't even be arsed to pull it out.... -_-) It wasn't really a formal meet so not everyone dressed up in the fashion.
So we went roller skating and after one round, I slipped and fell on my wrist. It's not broken, thankfully, but the pain has made work life about 10 times more painful l|l - -)

Lunch! I forget the name of the diner we went to, but our waitress was so excited it was adorable. Emily also baked treats for all of us-- how cute!

Later that night, I ended up meeting with Phi and Annette for ramen at Old Taro!
I think this was butter miso ramen? It was so good! There have been more and more ramen places popping up recently and that makes my inner Naruto very happy.

As it turns out, With Photo, the purikura shop, has officially closed its doors. I am terribly sad to see it go. A new shop, however, has purchased on of their machines so my purikura addiction will live on! For the interested, the shop is Cosplay n Charm in Richardson just north of Dallas.

I've bought a few things, but that will be in the next post (in the far off future).

That's all, thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

GotG Movie Meet

I've been very pressed for time in between con prep, personal projects, my aching back/hips (old age?!), my spoiled pup, and work. o_o)!! That being said, I get less and less sleep every night it seems.

Last weekend, Annette and I attended Mar's Guardians of the Galaxy movie meetup!

Coordinate! First time wearing out my BtSSB Twinkle Girl JSK.

JSK - BABY // blouse - bisoubisou // shoes - AN TAI NA
tights - handmade // accessories - XXI // purse - EVILIVE // wig - ebay 

I need new and much shorter wigs, it must have been 100+ degrees outside. _(:3 」∠)_
I've tried staying away from dark red lipstick for the longest, but sure enough it has now become my favorite shade.

Everyone looked darling!

Dressed up lovely Annette in the new AaTP JSK I ordered.
In the middle of striking some JoJo poses.
We went out to eat at a really nice Japanese restaurant up in Grapevine, too. I've never had such tasty Agedashi Tofu anywhere else, such a shame this is like 45 min+ drive for me _(:3 」∠)_ ....
(left and middle pictures unrelated!)

That's all for now, thanks for reading!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Doodle Post

Quick update! So a lot has happened in the past month/few months!
We got back from San Japan a week ago and I'm finally getting around to editing the photos. - -)l|l
Hopefully photos will be up sometime this week between work and my prints prep.

On top of that....!

I was in a car accident two months ago... So I put off going out because I was too pissed at myself to see anyone and do not enjoy borrowing cars for the sake of doing leisure activities. But! I! Have! My! Car! Back! And all the work done to the front made it look brand new again.

On the upside, I did get a lot of drawing done and motivated myself to take some commissions!
I'm really excited to finally start doing more CG work but it's also time for a new computer and a new tablet (!?).

I'm currently working on all my prints for AnimeFest in a few weeks. ALSO! My friend Annette and I are collaborating on a Free! zine. It's really been too long since I last did a collab (2005 maybe?!?!?!?!?) and I'm really happy to work on this.

We went to lunch at Eno's Pizza (best pizza ever if you live in DFW!) and purikura this last weekend and found out they won't be closing the shop until the 24th of August. Hopefully, we can drop by a few more times before they close for good. ;___;

That's all for now, thank you for reading!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

{ Tutorial } DIY Patterned Tights

I've ordered dozens upon dozens of cute tights from overseas in hopes that they'd be long enough and will actually match with my dresses. Wrong. Absolutely wrong. Or maybe I just didn't feel like paying upwards of $40 for a pair of Grimoire or Sakizo tights (also with a high chance of not making it past mid-thigh).

Over the past few months, I'd began designing lots of cute tights with no practical way of getting them printed. That didn't cost an arm and a leg. That wasn't shady. That wouldn't steal and resell my design. Etc etc.

In my search for a custom tights printer, I encountered several DIY tutorials for tights. The patterns were cute, but very simple. Being the overachiever I am, I decided to try this for myself. The trick was designing something that was single colored (for the sake of cost and ease) and matched with most of my Lolita dresses.

So let's start!

  • TIGHTS! I purchased off white opaque 80 denier from Forever21 for about $6.
  • Multi-purpose colored paint of your choice (I've used metallic champagne gold acrylic)
  • Sponge brushes
  • Paint palette
* I recommend using fabric paint and sticky sided stencils

Not pictured:
  • 20 x 30" poster or matboard cut into leg templates appx. 6" wide x 36" tall
  • masking/painters/washi tape
  • stencil in shape of your choice (I used star)
  • circle shape for dotting (I used a non sharpened pencil and thin end of a chopstick)
The next step is stretching the tights over your cardboard template and masking off your shapes in layers. As you can see, I started with the vertical stripes.
To keep the tights from rolling into themselves I had to pin it into my wall. Another solution depending on your design is to paint directly onto your tights while you wear them.

Closeup of the design. The larger circle were done with the pencil, the smaller dots with the chopstick. Crosses were free-handed and stars done with a stencil.

If the paint is applied too thick it will seep through and stick your tights to the template.
Peeling the tights away was definitely the most difficult thing in the entire process. My nails are long so I constantly felt like they were going to tear.
Little bits of cardboard stuck to the inside of the tights which can be remedied by soaking them in warm water.
They'll look scrunched when your done if you stretched them over something.
You can see from this photo that I didn't bother painting the side seems nor the back to the anklet.
At this point, my carpal tunnel forced me to forgo all of that. This is a trial run after all, but they look just fine without those two things (imo).

The final product! Wearing these with my Enchantlic Enchantilly After Tea Party OP. ★
Overall I spent about 2.5 hours designing, laying out the pattern and painting. I really liked the outcome so I'll probably not trash these. There's a lot of unevenness to them, but they're cute enough to be functional.

Hopefully this has helped those of you who asked. Let me see your designs and thanks for reading! ❤