…so. I have reached a new low (or have I?) in not updating in over a year. I have all these half-written drafts that are just… half-written. And nowhere near completion anytime soon. So here’s another of those point-form overall dump-y type of updates. :’D;;
Actually achieved a very significant milestone of producing doll wigs! Only 3 styles in 4 colors and 1 size (21cm) for now but hey, it’s a really big start!
First time having a booth in an overseas doll convention (DollPaCa in Bangkok)! We timed it so that we could launch MPC and the wigs together
Went out on a leg with T to organize a doll event in Singapore: DOLLelong. It’s currently in the booth application stage. Really hoping it’ll work out!
Attended my first Dolpa in March this year! I was a little disappointed but it was a HTDP in Kyoto, so the scale was kinda small. I’m hoping the Tokyo ones would be much better!
Skipped the annual doll trip to Hong Kong in July this year due to budget constraints, unfortunately :(!
Decided to take on a fandom-related booth at SGDC this year (Touken Ranbu) but 4 costumes proved too much for me to handle after all. In the end, we did a no-show, oops. I learned a lot in terms of Japanese-style outfit sewing when sweatshopping the costumes though! Especially because I stupidly decided to try making them as historically accurate as possible.
If you haven’t been following my Twitter (which I’m sure you haven’t), you will realise (maybe) that I have pink hair now! Actually, these photos were taken about a month after I did my hair and the color had already faded a significant bit. The top layer used to be a beautiful rose gold and the inner layers a mix of pink and peach.
I loved the color of the top layer; it was a color I really wanted. It’s such a pity that it had to fade so fast. -__-; I wasn’t as enamoured with the initial turnout of the inner layers but as the colors of the inner layers faded, I started to like it more. It’s the color I would choose if I ever were to purchase a lolita-style wig for sweet lolita, LOL.
It came as a surprise to a lot of people that I only had to bleach my hair once to achieve this color. Even I’m surprised myself, considering how light the colors are now. It took me a lot of courage to make the decision to bleach my hair and the whole crop of hair at that, but I figured that if I were to play with hair colors at all, this is probably the only chance and time I would have.
Luckily, the damage to my hair wasn’t as bad as I had feared it would be! In fact, now that I condition my hair everyday and try to use a hair mask semi-regularly (read: once every 1-2 weeks), my hair seems to be in better condition than before I had bleached it. ^^;;; It’s almost miraculous, hahaha.
If you’re interested, I did my hair at Hairloom. The coloring was by Peter. The stylists are really dedicated (we stayed waaaaay beyond the closing time of the salon. No hasty job here!) and I highly recommend them!
During the tea party with Misako, some of us heard that we would be able to collect our photographs with Misako from the next day onwards. This is what I wore that day!
When we went back to JRunway on this day to collect the photos, we were informed that we would be able to unofficially meet Misako for a short while. After lingering about for a while and told that she might have left already, Teresa and I decided to just leave as we didn’t want to wait anymore.
Amazingly enough, when we walked towards the exit, there Misako was having her photo taken by the Putumayo representative! *__* We sort of hung around until they were done so that we could ask if we could take pictures with her but just as we took out our phones to ask for permission, Misako noticed us and recognised me from the tea party the day before! How sweet is that?! :D The Putumayo rep then said since this is such a chance, might as well take photos together with Misako \o/
She then spoke with us briefly and I thought it was really funny that she asked us if we came from work because I sure as hell don’t think that my attire is work-friendly, LOL. She also commented that we weren’t in lolita that day and then asked where our clothes were from. We managed to answer Shibuya and I wanted to tell her that we had just returned from a trip to Japan but before I could, the rest of the girls hoping to meet Misako came out. XD I didn’t manage to get a solo picture with Misako during the tea party (except the official one), so I’m glad I managed to have this picture with her! :D
We also had awesome pancakes at a Japanese cafe called Hoshino Cafe that day. The pancakes are super fluffy and thick! I’d love to return again soon. *___*
Super nommy. We also had the French Toast but we neglected to take a photo because it was that good, lol. The French Toast gets heavy after a while though, so it’s probably better to share. The pancakes, on the other hand, are thick yet light, so I am pretty sure I can finish it by myself with no problem. :p
Last Tuesday, Singapore saw her very first visit by a famous lolita fashion personality and reader model, the Kawaii Ambassador Aoki Misako! As part of the launch of a new Japanese brands select shop at Plaza Singapura called JRunway, a tea party with Aoki Misako as a guest was hosted.
The tea party was limited to only 30 seats and RSVP for it was done on Facebook. As soon as I knew of it, I immediately clicked Join while consulting the rest of the girls and in the end, we all decided to go! How rare of an opportunity is this after all? Although there were some confusion over RSVP confirmations and disappointment for the latecomers, the tea party successfully took place in the patisserie chocolatier Canele in Plaza Singapura.
Registration started at 6PM while the event was to start at 6.30PM. Me being me, I only arrived at 6.30PM after a particularly eventful taxi ride involving lots of blaring horns and an uncommunicative taxi driver who thinks I’m 16 and a singer because of my outfit. Right. Anyway, the moment I entered, the first person I saw was Misako sitting in the corner waiting for the event to begin. She’s even cuter in person! ♥
The tea party started with an interview with Misako where she was asked questions such as how she coordinates her outfits and her makeup style. The Q&A was later opened to the floor and other tea party attendees asked questions like her favorite type of motifs in lolita (sweets motifs like macarons, and animal motifs like poodles and bunnies), how many outfits she has (over 100), and the types of fashion styles she wears besides lolita (otome style like Milk and Emily Temple cute). It then moved on to Misako asking the lolitas questions about Singapore and her lolita culture, such as where we usually go to for tea parties, and how we get our lolita clothes when there isn’t a lolita culture here.
After the interview, a mini lucky draw was conducted where three lucky girls whose registration numbers were called would receive an autographed copy of her photo and essay book, Aoki Misako no Kawaii Kakumei. While mine wasn’t called, Shu‘s was but she gave me her ticket instead. I’m not the most graceful individual but I managed to squeeze out while taking absolute care not to topple any plates or cups with my frills, or have my skirt dipped in chocolate and cream.
How cute is her signature? It was my first time seeing her signature and I wasn’t expecting to see such an elaborate one for sure.
Following that was a photo session with Misako where everyone got to take individual pictures with her. I admit I was nervous hence the derpy face.
The photo session shortly ended since we’re pretty much near the end of the queue and while I was engaged in a discussion with a friend about which cakes were what flavour, Misako came over to our table (which was chock full of uneaten cakes and cups of tea, by the way). When Steph offered her strawberry shortcake, she accepted it and to our surprise, a chair was pulled over by one of the staff and Misako sat at our table! Trust me when I say that I never thought this would happen. We all talked a little and found out that she only touched down in Singapore that morning. Poor girl, she must be so tired! >_< ; I know I would be grumpy beyond anything if it were me. She also asked for recommendations for places to eat local food, which wasn't supposed to be a stumper but sort of ended up being one. Seriously, if you want authentic local food, you probably have to go to the coffee shops and I don't know what to recommend anyway. XD;; When we asked which idols she likes, she said she likes AKB48, in particular KojiHaru. I wanted to tell her that Takahashi Minami came to Singapore last year but before I could, she was called away by a staff because someone from another table had questions for her.
We were supposed to be eating the cakes during the interview but we barely touched it and then we had to go inside JRunway for group shots. This time round, we were allowed to use our cameras and phones if we wanted to take photos with Misako! Thus ensued lots of picture taking where Misako was the most obliging person ever.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Part of the Sparklies with Aoki Misako! (photo credit to Cher-ly) L-R: Steph, Shu, Aoki Misako, Ivory, me, Teresa[/caption]
This is where I was dumb enough not to ask for a solo photograph with her but no matter, that was resolved the next day! :3 While others were having their photographs with her, the group of us started to have our own photo session, LOL.
The event overran by about half an hour, so it was about 8.30PM that the event was officially announced ended. By then, Misako was looking really tired already. >___< Even though there were logistics hiccups, I'm really glad that this tea party was organised! It's definitely one of the tea parties I enjoyed the most. :D I hope that in the future, we'll get to have others coming here too. I'd soooo love to meet Fukusawa Midori in person! *___*
And this is my outfit for the tea party! I love this skirt so much. :D
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Skirt: Angelic Pretty Beret, socks: Innocent World[/caption]
You can’t see it in the picture but I had clips in my hair and my socks were navy blue and wine-tipped! I forgot to bring my necklace along though. /fail
Rounding off with a group shot of everyone who attended the tea party!
I wore this outfit for a tea session with the girls last Saturday at Octa Hotel Cafe :)
JSK: Innocent World
Choker: Mary Magdalene
I love this dress *____* The contrast of cream on black really shows off the delicate print without being as stark as white on black. You can’t really see it here due to the bolero but the neckline of the JSK is heart-shaped and really flattering! It’s shirred at the back too, so there are comfort points too, hee. ♥ Also, you can’t quite see it but the tights are lace-printed! :3
There was a bit of a debate during the tea session among the girls about whether this outfit was more gothic or classic. I think the lace choker probably detracted from the general classic feel and lent a more romantic edge to the outfit. I like this fusion though! It’s as if I get to combine the elements I love from both styles into one. :)