Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cardcaptor Sakura x animate cafe

Yesterday I finally made it to the Cardcaptor Sakura x animate cafe pop-up cafe!
Sakura + 知世
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Anime Cosme Cardcaptor Sakura Blush and Balm

Most recognizable costume and magic staff

Magical girls are a staple in anime and manga, and in recent years mahou shoujo has leaked into real life!  In addition to cosplay, there is now real, daily fashion, accessories, and cosmetics.  Sailor Moon is probably the #1 magical girl series, but I personally have always adored Cardcaptor Sakura!  CLAMP is my favorite manga creator group due to their art style and the fact they have some of the best costume designs in my opinion.

This year is also the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura!  Since I didn't have paid TV channels growing up and wasn't allowed to watch much TV at all (books to the rescue!) I had only ever seen snippets of the anime.  Recently, I finally sat down and watched all the episodes in the span of about three days.  Because I'm an adult.  I can do what I want.  

I did watch the series in Japanese with a Chinese subtitles, so if I use some wrong terms when describing some things, that may be why :P

Riding on the high of Cardcaptor Sakura marathon, the very same day I finished watching the last episode, a pop-up cafe of the same theme opened!  I do plan to go if I have friends who want to go with.  Actually, I'd probably go alone just because I want the Clow Card beverage and also to buy some of the goods they are selling.  This is getting off topic.

Anyway, back to the topic of real-life magical girls!  Anime Cosme!!  

Lots of Sailor Moon
I already knew Bandai had created a Cardcaptor Sakura set of blush and lip balm, but never found it for sale in person.  However, I was searching online and found that it could be ordered through Watson's site (similar to Walgreens in the USA) despite having never been in any of the displays!

So of course I ordered one.  It arrived the day after payment and I made a small film to show it!  I've realized that filming is immensely difficult, stock image photography is immensely difficult, and lighting is both difficult and confusing!!  So please excuse the shoddy editing and footage ^_~

Though some fans purchase these types of goods for the sole purpose of collecting them, I do intend to use them.  In fact, I've already used the lip balm~  Cosmetics do expire and the main attraction point is the packaging anyway.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Little Dipper Chiffon Lace Lolita Foundation Blouse Review

Blouses are a basic staple in any Lolita's wardrobe, but with the hot summer months fast approaching, sometimes it feels stifling to wear so many layers!

Chiffon blouses are definitely a hero to this situation in my opinion.  To be honest, it's been quite a long time since I've worn a cotton blouse, and they hang unloved in my closet.  Chiffon is just much easier to handle, especially as they don't wrinkle nearly as much!

I have a couple chiffon blouses in both short and long sleeve that I wear, but recently joined a group order for a different type of chiffon blouse - it's cropped to prevent too much bulk at the waistline due to blouse + petticoat (and sometimes + underskirt) + bloomers/shorts issue.

The blouses we ordered were Chiffon Lace Lolita Boat Neck Inner Foundation Blouse Short/Long Sleeve from Little Dipper.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Perfume and Pearls

It's been incredibly rainy here in Taipei -_-

I was running late and took a taxi.

No filter
But you have to brave the weather to get to a meetup!

 The theme for this meetup was "perfume bottles" and I sewed a dress that was perfect for the theme!  If you follow me on instagram you would have seen it already~

We met at a lovely little cafe called 好時光/Plus Belle Arts Bistro because we had a coupon for shared set meals.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

How to Cover "Toothy" Headband

Headdresses are usually tied on with a ribbon, but I actually prefer to have them on a headband; it helps them stay on more easily without pins in my opinion.

Brand headbands tend to be completely covered with fabric, but I like the type of headband that has teeth on the underside to help with griping, as my hair is rather slippery.  Recently I made the above canotier style headdress on a toothy headband.  Though it was in a coordinating pink color, I covered the top side with lace and took photos along the way!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Dragon Boat Festival 2016

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!  I could have sworn I had a post about the history of this festival, but when I checked previous posts I only found a rather morbid comic I'd posted about suicide (related to the festival, I swear!)

Most people know about Dragon Boat races and eating zongzi in relation to this holiday.  There are, of course, variation on the legend, but basically the story I grew up with is about a man named Qu Yuan who loved his country very much.  He was an adviser to the emperor, but when a the emperor proved to be selfish and care little about the country or the people, Qu Yuan jumped off a cliff into the river to kill himself.  Because he was such a good man, the local villagers quickly made some riceballs wrapped in leaves (zongzi) and rowed out to drop them in the river so the fish would not eat the body of Qu Yuan.

I remember my mother making zongzi at home when I was growing up, though now they are readily available so we just buy them :P

This year Ano's mom gave us some vegetarian zongzi (she is Buddhist) she made which were really good!

Also made with healthy rice grains mix!
I went home for dinner and had another zongzi, one my mom bought
It... kinda looks similar...
They are really filling, essentially a complete meal-to-go.  With so much rice though, it is best not to eat more than one in a sitting I think ^^;

And a random photo of today's look:
Today's outfit
I've also got an instagram now!  My username is "_sparklewolfie_"  I couldn't sign up using the username without the underscores for some reason.  It said the username was taken, but when I did a search, no such user existed :/  I sent several inquiries but never received an answer.  I post some non-lolita outfits on there and other daily occurrences.  Let me know if you have an instagram so I can follow you as well!
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Monday, June 6, 2016

50% off Disney Store

Random update to let you know that Disney Japan has some goods that are 50% off now, including the gorgeous Disney x Baby, the Stars Shine Bright skirt!

5,292円(税込)   →   2,646円
The entire Curious Gardens series is a lovely blend of pastel shades in a watercolor style.  Even if you're not a fan of the animated Disney cartoon (personally, I am not a fan of the character designs), the overall look and feel is quite soothing and sweet.
5,400円(税込)   →   2,700円
Of course there are many other series on sale if you are more interested in jewelry and TsumTsum or mobile goods ^_~

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Birthday at the PomPom Purin Cafe

My birthday was at the end of May (lvl up!) and I decided to go to the PomPom Purin cafe in Taipei with Ano, my mom, and my sister!
The night before at midnight, Ano bought me a goofy-looking little cake
I'm a mouse/rabbit/idk?
 And we played this game he got from a gacha!
Down to the last key...
Of course you are probably more interested in the PomPom Purin Cafe~
The entire shop and outside is absolutely adorable!  Purin Dog and his friends all over!
Please, come in
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Fondue Pot for Food or Fun?

Have you ever had fondue?  Cheese or chocolate, it seems like a lot of fun!  Our May meetup took place recently and there happened to be a Gomaji coupon (like a group order) for a hotel chocolate fondue afternoon tea set at WestGate Hotel, so that's where we went!

It was my first time having fondue, so I was excited!  The theme this month was "open front" as in a dress with a placket all the way to the hem.  I've never been a fan of that style, so I didn't have any and had to make one at the last minute!  Still, it was fun and I think I like the simple style I decided on.  It also was my first time making a strapless JSK!
Headband, JSK, wrist stoppers: handmade
Blouse: Little Dipper
Shoes: An*Tai*Na
Photo by Amelie

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

LaForet Harajuku Virtual Tour by Kawaii.i

Japanese kawaii fashion and beauty channel Kawaii.i just posted a three-part virtual tour of Harajuku branch LaForet, and it is in THREE-SIXTY DEGREES so when watching, click and drag around to see various angles!

I thought this would be a fun and interesting tour for my readers.  If you find any point you would like to see more, you can pause the video and still click and drag around to see in 360 as if it were a 360 photo!

If you are planning to go here it could be useful to take a virtual tour first.  Technology is providing us with lots of handy tools!  Seeing the physical shops of certain brands I love really makes me want to visit =^.^=

Be sure to check out Parts 2 and 3 as well if you are interested!

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