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! ❤

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A-kon - kind of

Long time no see!
I intended to update much quicker than this, but I've been working on a few personal projects...!

As luck would have it, I didn't get a table at A-kon this year. :^( Thinking back, I don't ever buy a badge unless I get into the AA so it was weird to be there.
We only ended up stopping by for an hour or so and decided to have fun elsewhere.

I'm ashamed to say I only took these two photos while there....
This was so so so good I can't even begin to explain. Seems my Death Note fanaticism still hasn't died down (haha...)!
My friend Kelly's (middle) cosplay.

Cheki with pals!
We took lots of purikura too!
It turns out that the move to Valley View mall really affected the purikura shop so they will be closing! I'm so sad to see it go, we always went for special occasions and the shop owner is such a sweetheart!! If you happen to be in Dallas please drop by while you can.

Wearing my new dress Berceuse OP by Atelier Pierrot. 

I really fell in love with this dress, the length is perfect and it is so light/airy. ♥ For some reason, this wig photographed better than it is???? It's a taro color, but outside of photos is too close to my skin tone. (my never ending struggle with light wigs -_-) Will probably end up dying it a little darker this week.

We all also went out for hot pot on Sunday!

Also funny, a week or so prior a spider bit my cheek so my face was entirely swollen. Ugh, it was absolutely awful! My immune system/recovery is weak (and my skin is already in shit condition) so it has taken some time to properly heal. u_u

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

{ Review } Evil live Heart Purse

Today, I'll be reviewing a recent purchase I made; Evil live's Heart of Valentine 2 purse.

I'd seen them only in photos from the shop and never in person, so I was a wee bit skeptical. 
Later on at Anime Matsuri, I saw a girl running around with the cutest heart backpack adorned with little gold zipper pulls. I was completely sold.

The problem with a lot of cute purse finds is that they are way too small to be practical.
Usually I can only carry the bare minimum: phone, compact, mirror, and lipstick while my keys and wallet clip to the outside. Sometimes, the poor things appear as if they'd tear at the seams.

Let me start off by saying I purchased the smaller of the two sizes, which measures approximately 14" x 12.5" x 3.5".
The price for this size ended up being $158 with a 5% discount and EMS (2-3 day) shipping.
I sent an message via Facebook on a late Tuesday night then Su Min told me to fill out an order form and send it via email. I received it just a few days later on Thursday morning. I actually had no idea that it had been sent out after placing my order, as most shops usually send you a tracking number after your order has been processed.
However, I'm sure if I had emailed her she would have provided it.
Needless to say, shipping was incredibly fast.

Su Min included her business card along with some sweets! The packing was a lot better than most online shops, providing about 4 inches of bubble wrap to all sides of the purse. Box was definitely roomy enough, and I received it with no scuffing/welts/etc.

You can see here the purse comes with three straps; one hand bag with removable bows and two shoulder straps that can be worn in two ways.
The D rings at the bottom can be used for wearing it in backpack style (not pictured). The bows can be clipped on to the shoulder straps as well for added length/decoration.

On to the details....!
Like I mentioned above the bow clips are removable. All studs are heart shaped, and zipper pulls are hearts as well.
The inside is lined with a french gray suedette fabric and features the standard zipper pocket and mobile phone + other open pockets lined with gold piping.
I really wish the inside were patterned and pink or at least black but this doesn't detract from the overall charm.

As far as size goes, I can fit the following withought billowing out the sides of the purse:

dSLR + instax camera + 3DSXL + large makeup pouch + phone + wallet + keys
pair of flats + instax + small makeup pouch + phone + wallet + keys

It is worth mentioning that the more bags per order, the less expensive each bag becomes both in actual item cost and shipping cost. So if you are indeed interested in purchasing one, a group order is definitely the way to go. (I was impatient.)
Taken from their Facebook page:
Price : 130 USD

Shipping cost(EMS) : 35 USD for every where
1EA = 130USD / [1 by 130USD ]+ Shipping cost 35 USD = 165USD
2EA = 240USD / [1 by 120USD ]+ Shipping cost 35 USD = 275USD
3EA = 360USD / [1 by 115USD ]+ Shipping cost 45 USD = 405USD
4EA = 440USD / [1 by 110USD ]+ Shipping cost 55 USD = 495USD

So I'll go ahead and run it down by rating below--
  • Ease of Use: ★★★★★
  • Accuracy: ★★★★★
  • Shipping: ★★★★★
  • Communication: ★★★☆☆
  • Material/Design/Quality: ★★★★★

I'm giving 3/5 for lack of communication that the item was actually sent out to me. If anything, the purse looks much nicer in both color and texture in real life than in the stock photos. This item is synthetic leather/Vegan friendly for those of you concerned.

Thank you for reading! xoxo

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Took forever to get these off of dropbox and onto my hd but.....!!!!

Mar, Gabi and I saw Chromeo back in April.

Safe to say it was one of the best concerts I've been to and my shitty (mobile) photos do these guys no justice whatsoever.

Now, onto the good stuff!!

I was really hoping they played Needy Girl, and sure enough?!?!?!?!? We were actually the first ones there so we got to stand at the very front ( / ✖▽✖)/ Everything was so, so good.

Anyway that is all.

Thanks for reading!