Friday, October 17, 2014

LBC: My Lolita Halloween

This year I've been debating about whether or not I want to wear lolita on Halloween or not. See, I haven't worn goth in about the same amount of time I hadn't worn lolita and I'm starting to miss it! But I've been seeing so many cute Halloween coords that it may just convince me to try my own hand at it! Regardless, this week's Lolita Blog Carnival topic is your lolita Halloween and this is what I want to do!

What to Wear:

If I could see the future, I wouldn't have sold my black jsk nor would I have thrown out my Jack Skellington purse and striped blazer because they would've made the perfect coord for this Halloween. Ughhhh! (This coord was what I would've worn) But the coord above I think would be a cute substitute (you know, if I actually owned all those pieces haha!

What to Do:

1. Pumpkin Carving: I've never carved pumpkins before for Halloween. It's not really a tradition in Puerto Rico but since moving to the US I've been really wanting to carve one! The three pumpkins above inspired me along with Hello Batty's Angelic Pretty pumpkin (which I sadly can't find a picture of!)

2. Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on the big screen!
I've always wished for the opportunity to watch this movie in theaters. I was so depressed when they played a 3D screening a few years back in some theaters here in the US. Well this year they're playing it again, ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT! So perfect! Best part? Tickets only cost me $6 each!

What to Eat:

Well it isn't Halloween without sweets now is it? I love baking but I've never made anything themed nor anything with pumpkin, which is strange because I love pumpkin flavored sweets and I love working with themes! I found these three delicious looking recipes that look especially delicious and I'm gonna try to at least bake one that day.

P.S. Halloween's on a Friday this year!!
What are your Halloween plans this year?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rilakkuma Day! 10.11.14

This past Saturday, San-X celebrated Rilakkuma Day at FAO Shwarz! They had so much Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiitori merchandise! Plushies of all sizes, pens, mugs, pencil pouches, kigurumis, you name it!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
They also had a Rilakkuma mascot you could take pictures with, and cute lolitas and fairy kei girls working the event! I was so excited!

My boyfriend and I took pictures with Rilakkuma together and I dressed in lolita for the occasion (something I haven't done in MONTHS!)

Sources: (mine) and 2 (The Rilakkuma Girls, including Victoria Suzanne!)

In the end, my boyfriend offered to get me any plush I wanted and my heart was set on the Korilakkuma bunny head pillow. We literally grabbed the VERY last one. I was so happy! All in all, a very kawaii day!

For more photos, search the hashtag #RilakkumaDay on Instagram!

P.S. If you're in NYC during October, the Rilakkuma displays will be up for the entire month, so don't miss it!

Cardigan: Forever 21
Necklace: Handmade by me
Bow Double Brooch: Little Banshees
JSK: Bodyline
Purse: Betsey Johnson
Tights: Forever 21
Shoes: Bakers
My poor petti died by the end of the event (lots of smooshing in between people)  
I really liked the coord though! First one I've 100% been satisfied with!

Are you planning to go see the Rilakkuma Displays?
What merch would you have gotten if you had been there?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Guess Who's Back + Giveaway!

Yes it's true, I couldn't stay away! In the time I've been away I've taken time to explore my interests and realized that I am still living "the cute lifestyle". In my head, I was associating the blog's name only to lolita but, for some reason, it never occurred to me that I can ever so slightly change my focus and still have the name fit! From now on I'll be blogging about my cute crafting, purchases and fashion. I hope you guys are still interested!

Due to the change in direction, I changed my instagram widget in the right sidebar to show pictures of my resin/clay account: SparkleWink. I also opened an Etsy under the same name. I started crafting again this summer when I found it very difficult to get a job (I applied to 30 places and when I was finally hired, the company went under and closed shop!).

I thought a fun way to come back would be to host a little giveaway! The prize will be this resin pendant made by me! It features a cute little bear chef with a sparkly yellow background. Isn't he so cute? Giveaway is only open in the USA. Sorry!

No winner! :( Most entries were invalid. The other entries were not from USA and other entries did not follow instructions. Awww man! Better luck on the next giveaway!

Monday, March 31, 2014

ModCloth Stylish Surprise Review - Positive!

Image belongs to ModCloth
"Are you ready to take a chance? The rewards could be huge! For just $10, you might get anything from a terrific top or sassy skirt, to a dazzling dress or cute coat. There’s a beautiful bevy of mystery items with retail values from $29.99 to $299.99 - now that's what we call a real deal! Ready for some fashion fun? Simply select your size, then add a chic secret to your shopping bag. Hurry - supplies are limited, so snag a Stylish Surprise while you still can!"
As soon as I got an e-mail from ModCloth presenting this offer, I was immediately like "take my money!". I know it was a gamble, but I'm a sucker for these mystery deals (I do them all the time on TeeFury haha). I was lucky because most sizes were sold out by the time I ordered, but my sizes were still available! I was a wee bit nervous about what I'd be getting because, although I love sooo much of their vintage 50s style dresses, they also have plenty other style dresses that are totally mehhhhhh.

Shipping: I ordered on Saturday night 3/22 and they shipped out the dress on Wednesday 3/26. They said typical processing time is 1-3 business days and it was accurate (it took 3 business days). Estimating shipping time was 4-9 business days and I received it on 3/28 (so it took only 2 days!) Impressive since it was from CA to NY!
Total wait time: 6 days.

Super cute packaging!

Packaging: The item was packed up really nicely! The package is instantly recognizable and sealed up really tightly. Inside, you find your invoice (receipt), your item and a little postcard prompting you to post pictures in your stuff on the modcloth style gallery or hashtag it in social media sites.

Finally The Dress: So as you can see, I received a dress! It's not something I would've picked out for myself but quite cute! It's from the brand Little Mistress London and their dresses are in the $100 range so I definitely got a great deal (I paid $10!) Specifically, it's  their Little Mistress Dress with Metallic Jacquard Bodice. I'm also very happy to say that it fit like a glove! I was worried because according to the size chart (which I failed to check beforehand) I'm  size small, but the size medium feels perfect! (Now I'm a bit worried to receive my second Stylish Surprise in size small... oops!)

Not a great outfit, but I was impatient to try it on!
Overall: I'm happy with my Stylish Surprise! It's a style I wouldn't have otherwise picked, but got lucky! I also got major bang for my buck. I know others don't have great luck with these things, but I'd still recommend trying. You never know, you could get really lucky for only $10!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dreaming of Warm Weather...

*sigh* Why does the weather tease me? It goes up to 50°F, my hopes soar with it and then the next day it comes crashing down to 23°F! I keep finding myself perusing the new Spring fashions, hoping that one day I'll be able to wear them without hiding them under a big, bulky coat!

This week I've been spending looooads of time just ogling the beautiful clothes on Modcloth. Mostly for the clothing (but their copywriting is superb to study!) As soon as I saw this skirt, it took me back to warmer, sunshiny days

1) Le Marais of Light Top: This shade of blue always makes me think of nice weather. It just looks like a perfect, cloudless day! Also, the white trim and peter pan collar just make my heart melt.

2) Picnic Takes Two Skirt: Perfectly named! I immediately thought of picnic blankets and warm grass when I saw this skirt. It really makes me crave a nice warm day to have a picnic in a park.

3) Sip of Liqueur Flat in Blueberry: These are definitely the cutest flats I've seen to date! If they came in pink, my heart would not be able to handle it... (Also, I can't help but like a bit of matchy-matchiness. I think it makes outfits more cohesive, but that might just be the art/design grad in me haha!)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spottie Dottie - First Finished Embroidery!

Omg... I can't believe I actually finished! It took me around a month, but I actually did it! (Leave it to me to pick a fairly complex design for my first project) It wasn't easy since I decided to embroider this little sucker on canvas (ouch, I've regained calluses in my finger like back in my jeweler days!)

I satin stitched the spots,the nose, the bow and the background. The center of the bow was done with a french knot. The headband and heart outline were done with split stitches. The outline for Spottie Dottie was done with stem stitches and back stitches.

In case you were interested in the pattern for this, I made it from a phone background I had saved on my computer. I've decided to attach it here in case anyone wanted to try it!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sebastian Masuda's "Colorful Rebellion" -Seventh Nightmare

Yesterday I was determined to catch the last performance Masuda-san was hosting in his exbition. It starred  Yuka from the famed accesories line 6% Doki Doki and I really didn't want to miss it!

Here I will leave you with Masuda-san's description of his work:
"I have created this work as I was writing my own autobiography. Struggling in this confined space of confession, I battle with the waves of darkness washing up against me in a night without end. I am not trying to express the grotesque through kawaii elements; rather, the essence of kawaii exists in the process by which individuals are attracted to, and become dependent on, kawaii things. The process by which young girls become adults is full of twists and contortions, potentially resulting in colorful mutiny. The distortion and strain of the process of a young girl maturing into an adult. The colorful rebellion of girls. That I have created a safe haven for disobedience is my most cardinal sin. The installation has 6 zones. The seventh? It's entrusted in your hands."

The first zone is “Lust” - a waking dream that is lost at the same moment it is grasped; the second zone is “Future” - hopes and dreams; the third zone is “Delusions” - a complex that expands endlessly; the fourth zone is “Fate” - a muddy stream drawing near; Zone 5 is “Wounds” - trauma that still remains; and Zone 6 is “Reality” - above the rubble of anxiety.

We were not allowed to take video of the performance, but were allowed to take pictures! I took so many haha. Also, I know not everyone will have a chance to see it, so I've narrated down below the performance from the show. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved watching the performance!

The performance was beautiful. Yuka played the part of a girl that was in a lucid dream. She explored the room in disbelief, touching everything to see if it was real. She looked around in awe at the colors and toys, the teddy bear, the bed... She sat down and she suddenly looked quite sad, her eyes seemed to be holding back tears. She must have realized that this is not reality, but just a dream (in the background a song about Cinderella called "I'm just a poor Cinderella"). The girl takes off her white nightgown and tosses it aside and falls asleep. Shortly after, she wakes up and reaches for some children's books set on the bed. She leafs through them, smiling at the pictures. She puts on a mint green nightgown and brushes out her hair and later stands on the bed. She starts dancing and sprinkling pink feathers throughout the bed and stops. She slowly climbs down and with a very sad expression she lies on the floor, her head in the teddy bear's lap and falls asleep.

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Finally I got to take a picture with Masuda-san himself! (And get this, our outfits kind of matched!)

Polka dot fans!
The exhibition was great and I'm so glad I decided to go to the last performance. If you're in NY this month, be sure to go see it! The exhibition is on until March 29th and, for further details about it, you can go to their Facebook event page.

In the mean time, enjoy this short video of the exhibition from Yani's instagram!