Posted 1 month ago
Hi, do you have a PDF or tutorial on how to make the cat donuts? Please and thank you!
sjcastaneda03 asked

All the donut cats were prizes from crane games in Japan (better know there as UFO catchers) won using some odd combination of skill and sheer luck.  I posted a picture of the machine that I won the mustache ones from here, but if you’re curious about the sort of cute prizes that can be won, I have lots of pictures posted under the UFO catcher tag. =3

Posted 2 months ago

My back up outfit for Enchanted that never got worn.

Outfit rundown
Hair Accessories and Jacket Chain: Handmade by me.
Jacket: Atelier Boz
Brooch: Off-brand
Blouse: Off-brand
Skirt: Atelier Pierrot
Tights: Tutuanna
Shoes: Fluevog

Posted 2 months ago

A tourist's guide to Tokyo: Written for tourists by a tourist

I’ve been working on some guides for friends of mine who are going to Tokyo or are considering a trip there.  It’s written in a very casual manner and I hope it’ll be both fun to read and useful to people.  Lots of pictures that I hope will help illustrate the topics mentioned.

Here’s a little photo excerpt:

Department Store Basement Gormet Food Halls (depachika) - Food courts are usually thought of as pretty low class in the west, but these department store food halls are stylish, diverse and extremely tasty.  You can find anything from local specialties to guilty pleasures to top notch gormet classics.  Desserts are usually separated into their own area on one end and raw ingredients (raw meat, fish, veggies, etc) on the other end with a wide assortment of ready-to-eat take away offerings in between.  

You can find many of the same foods that can be found in restaurants and convenience stores, though the quality tends to be better than conbini (as expected for the higher prices).

One of my goals for my New Years trip was to try “osechi” which is the traditional food for the first 3 days of the new year.  They’re usually ordered far in advance in sets large enough for an entire family and can be extremely costly.  Depachika was the only place I found individual meal size portions during our trip.

The variety was amazing and  you can have some truly delightful take away meal sets for about $10.

There was even lobster in some of these sets!  I ate until I was full to bursting and still had leftovers.

There are even “customizable” sets where the side dishes are pre-packed and you pick your own main.  In this case, the booth specialized in special types of rice dishes and they pack your set with whichever flavour of special rice you select.

Of course there’s sushi as well, at prices that will rival budget kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi joints to boot.

If you’re really hungry for sushi, there are sushi sets, too.  These sets are super meaty.  You won’t find them skimping on the seafood here.

And if you just want a smorgasbord of goodness, there are lots of booths that offer various chirashi-don, a mix of small pieces of sashimi and sides spread on top of a bed of sushi rice.  Tasty and extremely affordable for big eaters on a budget.  

Plenty of combination bentos as well for those who can’t choose and want a little bit of everything.

Posted 2 months ago

I am an international business lolita, on a very important international business trip.

I love jackets.  They make me feel so tidy and all serious business.

Outfit rundown:
Jacket: Atelier Boz
Blouse: Alice and the Pirates
Skirt: Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Hair corsages: Surface Spell
Necklace: Angelic Pretty (modified by me from a bracelet into a necklace)
Tights: Tutuanna
Boots: Axes Femme

Posted 2 months ago

A couple of Liz Lisa items I picked up.  I’m super surprised that they fit me and aren’t too short (I’m 5’7/170cm tall).  Even more surprised by how crazy comfy they are.  I think I’m hooked.  Gonna wear nothing but Liz Lisa all summer long~~~~<3

Posted 2 months ago

Trying to plan out some outfits to wear with a complete emphasis on range of motion and comfort for an upcoming convention that will be 36 hours of work over 3 days.  Full shirring and stretchy knit for the win.

Outfit rundown:
Dress: Innocent World
Bolero: Metamorphose
Necklace: Axes Femme
Belt: Ozz On

Posted 3 months ago

An older picture of one of my favourite dresses from my favourite indies brand, Haenuli.  This is the Sleeping Beauty print in black.  I wore it in February 2013 for a Valentine’s Day meet up (which I never seem to manage to stay on theme for) along with a necklace that I made after realizing that all my more elegant lolita jewelry was in gold-tone…

Outfit rundown:

Dress: Haenuli
Hair Corsage: Surface Spell
Necklace: Made by me
Purse: Black Peace Now
Everything else: Off-brand

(Outfit photo courtesy of Cadney)

Posted 3 months ago

Some more detailed shots of my outfit for the Enchanted event in London, England.  My outfit was inspired by some of the outfits from Grimore’s 5th anniversairy event which featured some beautiful vintage lace gowns.

Outfit rundown:
Dress: Vintage
Headdress: Handmade by me
Parasol: Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Shoes: Fluevog

(Worn photo courtesy of Archangeli.)

Posted 3 months ago
Hey! :D I saw your post about Ikebukuro Animate and the Free! shops - I'm visiting Tokyo later this month, do you know which exit from Ikebukuro station I can use to get to the shops? Thanks! :3
costlypunch asked

Take the exit towards Sunshine City.  Most of the shopping are in that direction.  There’s one “main street” that most people seem to follow to get to Sunshine City from the station.  It’s just off this main street and not hard to find at all.  You’ll find the same/similar merchandise at pretty much any Animate though.  There are equally convenient and impressive locations in Shinjuku and Akihabara.  If you haven’t been to Tokyo before, I’m working on a couple of geek tourist guides for my friends (http://amy-the-yu.livejournal.com/), many of whom are also going within the next month.  The area guide isn’t complete yet, but it should be about done if you check back in a week. =)

Posted 3 months ago

Go big or go home, right?  

My outfit for the Enchanted event in London, England.  I decided to go with an outfit inspired by Grimore to pay homage to Hitomi Nomura who was a guest.  It was my first time in Europe and I am absolutely in love with the culture and wonderful people there.  So many lovely people.  I miss you all.


Outfit rundown:
Dress: Vintage
Headdress: Handmade by me
Parasol: Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Shoes: Fluevog

(Photos courtesy of Archangeli.  3rd photo shows Archangeli and I with shironuri artist Minori)