Monday, January 21, 2019

Ten years later: Just be yourself

“Lolitas do not recognize any authority. They follow only the values they have chosen for themselves, regardless of what anybody might say.” 

― Novala Takemoto, Kamikaze Girls

New York is where you find yourself, which for me was discovering Lolita fashion.  Since I was in high school I was always fascinated by the bell-shaped skirts and lace-trimmed bonnets that were clearly inspired by another time (but still entirely unique).  I could never fathom wearing something so outrageous down the street let alone meeting people who actually wore the fashion. Staring at the Baby, Stars Shine Bright website to distract me from college essays was enough.  I could never bring myself to think to wear clothes like that in real life. 

Then I moved to New York for various reasons: the probability of a job was higher, closer to my boyfriend (now husband), to get away from my parents and finally be the adult you're supposed to be (whatever that was).  Of course, moving to the big city after a childhood in the suburbs can be an overwhelming experience and you're not sure how to survive alone.  You drift to what you're comfortable with - which ends up to be anime and fashion.  In the early ideas of New York Anime Festival, I was able to talk to people who loved to dress up and discover that they were just regular people who wanted to express themselves.  It fascinated me; it also made me curious. What compels people to wear such elaborate clothes that was clearly different from cosplay. Who are actually these people? How much confidence do you need to be so cool?

In the end, they were just people who loved to dress up no matter the day or the occassion.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Lolita's Guide to AnimeNYC 2018!

AnimeNYC is next week! Whether it's your first time or a regular congoer it's always good to plan ahead.  To help you out, here are some places to definitely check out if you love alternative fashion and the like.

Friday, August 3, 2018

6 Cool Recipes to Survive the Rest of Summer

With the weather being so humid I've been doing my best to avoid the kitchen and heating up small apartment.  Here are some simple recipes I've been referring to most of the summer. 

  • Cold Brew Iced Coffee - When it's too hot to make an iced coffee run, pouring one from your fridge is not too bad either.
  • Chia Seed Pudding - Add cinnamon for flavor and frozen fruit that will quickly thaw before you know it as you browse your Instagram or Twitter feed for the day.
  • Lavender Lemonade - This was a popular trend at the start of summer but never got around to trying it until now.  Lavender by the Bay's stall at the Union Square GreenMarket always makes it easy to grab some on your way home.
  • Banana Crumb Cake - Take advantage of those rare cool days.  Bake and eat.  Cut into 4 big slices, throw it freeze and you have breakfast to last you the next few weeks.
  • Avocado Pasta - A change from avocado toast and tossing it in your salad. Here's a handy tip to depit and a chart to determine if its ripe or not.
  • Coconut Jelly -  This recipe is vegetarian and vegan-friendly and using agar-agar powder (a plant-based gelling agent) instead of gelatin. Pour it in your favorite mold for something picture worthy.

Friday, April 27, 2018

6 Places to Check Out During Sakura Matsuri!

Sakura Matsuri is in full swing with the main celebration happening this weekend! Whether you are going this weekend or waiting until the Promenade is in full bloom, here are other places to explore if you are in that area of Brooklyn:

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Simple and clean: MapleHolistics Review!

With all the makeup applied to complete your Lolita style, it’s also important to take care of your skin after all that social interaction.  In my 30s I'm still suffering from breakouts and constantly dreaming of a healthy complexion. As such I’ve made it an initiative to develop a skincare routine and really have been investing in Korean skincare routine. At the time MapleHolistics contacted me to try out their products just when I was ready to try new products for my regime.


Attracted by their natural ingredients and production, I was willing to give them a try!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kira Kira Launch Crate review!

Subscription crates seem to be all the rage right now, but I was never really on board to get a box of stuff that's cute (but I'll never use) or snacks (that I probably wouldn't eat).  Overall I hate wasting anything. In November, Japan Crate advertised in a new crate full of makeup and skincare products.  I've been into the Korean skincare routine for awhile but I'm afraid of buying a bunch of products and then finding out none of them work and then have it unused for years.  Kira Kira Crate does all the work for you - picking a few products for you to try out without too much hassle!

I've gone through about 3/4 using most of the products from their launch crate so I wanted to do a mini review:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

7 Resolutions for the New Year That You Can Really Keep!

Post It Note wall in Union Square.
Happy 2017!  We all make resolutions that we never keep but here are a few that you can apply if you love Lolita and are in it for the long haul:
  • Closet clean that wardrobe. Having read Mari Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a few months ago I've really gotten motivated. Your styles may have changed over time or you've hung onto items long after realizing which cuts suit you best.
  • Revamp your wishlist.  Whenever you started Lolita or love of designer fashion, you've probably created a wishlist of items to own.  It's probably grown since you've started and hasn't really changed, just added on.  Now's the time to curate what you really, really want to own!
  • Budget your income. This is tricky as everyone says they want to do this but never gets around.  Start with big stuff (rent/allowance, cellphone, groceries) - these numbers don't change too much and you'll know how much to reserve. Whatever else is extra (if there is leftover) can be devoted to stuff like savings and credit cards.  Don't rely on credit cards a lot - it's a slippery slope. Hiding it outside your wallet helps too. 
  • Go solo. Have an adventure in Lolita by yourself. It's scary but it will exhilarate you and really give you a confidence boost. 
  • Treat yourself. Splurge on a meal you would never do every week.  A full dinner course (tea, dinner, dessert) at Laduree is a luxury that you should do at least once.
  • Meditate. Take 10, 20 minutes out of your day or week to meditate.  This is a good way to center yourself, clear those anxiety fears, and focus your mind on improving your cute lifestyle. I love using the SimplyYoga app and Sworkit
  • Fly away. Go on a group vacation with close friends.  Far off Lolita events like a Street Fashion Europe event or Baby, the Stars Shine Bright San Francisco anniversary tea party is a great opportunity to see sights with the people you've really grown to care about!  Or start small and go to a convention you've never been before.
What are your goals for this year?