“What are you thankful for this past year?”

X-posted from Flickr, where I got tagged!

TAG Rules:
The end of the year is a time when many people take a moment to reflect on the past year. In your “doll life” what are five things you are thankful for?
If you would like to play this tag game, please take a photo of one of your favourite dolls, list five doll-related things you are thankful for, and also tag the person who tagged you along with at least five additional people :)


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1. Volks Michele! I’ve wanted one for years but the price tag always stopped me. I’ve lost count of how many auctions I’ve watched and/or lost -___-;; Last month, though, I finally managed to win her for a slightly more reasonable price! It’s a bit of a pity that I’ll be wiping the faceup (I always feel bad wiping default faceups…) but she really needs one that suits her better.

2. Getting suitable eyes for Tsuyoshi, Kazama and Hibiki. I’m so picky about their eye color, so I’m glad the ED eyes I ordered for the first two worked out so well. @_@ Must really thank all the owners who shared so many pictures of the eyes they ordered, because they were really useful reference when I was deciding which color to get. I also managed to get some suitable clothes and wigs for Rie this year, so I’m super pleased about that. ^_____^

3. Singapore Doll Carnival 2013. After The Doll Affair died/on indefinite hiatus???, there hasn’t been anymore local doll conventions. I was still very new to dolls during TDA times so I didn’t get to really enjoy it as a doll owner. However, going to HKDP the past couple of years have made me really enjoy the atmosphere of a doll convention! It’s great looking at everyone’s beautiful dolls that I wouldn’t have an opportunity to see otherwise.

More importantly, it let me have an opportunity to finally try having a booth, i.e. the birth of anemone, my small little brand for handmade dolly stuff. I also got to meet a few other local doll owners in person, so that was really great. :)

4. More doll friends! I think having people around you interested in the same thing helps a lot to keep the interest alive. It’s also more fun and less lonely when there are people who understand what you’re saying and don’t think you’re weird to be into dolls to share your joy with. That’s why looking at everyone’s pictures on Flickr and Instagram makes me very happy.

5. No doll drama in my life. I’ve had enough of drama from past hobbies (well, just that one, actually), so I’m glad there’s no such rubbish happening within my time in this hobby!

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I know I haven’t updated for half a year XD;; I have a few big things that I should be writing about, hopefully I’ll update with those soon. 8D;;;

Belle

When I saw the first sneak preview of Volks’ HTDP7 limited SDs, I knew I was doomed. I mean, look at that face!!

Volks HTDP7 SDGr Belle
Volks HTDP7 SDGr Belle

She’s sooooo gorgeous. ;__; Something that sets her apart from the rest of the usual Volks girl sculpts is that her eyes are on the smaller end. It’s a little less anime-ish and in my opinion, lends an air of realism to the sculpt. I’m usually not that fond of teeth on my dolls too but it looks really cute on Belle!

Volks SDGr Belle

I think the part that captured my heart in an instant is how Belle looks like such a gentle lady, all refined and elegant and yet still retains the spirit and liveliness of a young girl. (Okay, I’m waxing lyrical here, I know, lol) As Belle is part of the Dream Nights series, the sculpt design leans more towards the Caucasian look instead of prominent Asian features like the Echoes of a Beautiful Banquet SDs. This is probably part of the reason why I like Belle so much too; she looks like a halfie! I do think that a lot of my dolls look like halfies. XD

As she wasn’t part of my doll plans and my finances were tight due to the fact that I’ve gone back to school and do not have a source of income anymore, I was hesitant about bringing her back home. In the end, I caved and I’m glad I did, because she’s even more stunning in person!

This is her temporary look because I haven’t decided on her personality and style yet. I’m not even sure what her position in the family is, LOL. She may end up being Minato’s girlfriend but it’s all still in the works! I’m glad this wig looks really good on her because it’s too big on Rie. XD; (idk why I bought 9-10″ when I know Rie is really a 8-9″…) I also changed her eyes to 18mm’s because I think it makes her look more doe-like. Normally, I’m not really impressed by Volks default faceups but I think Volks really outdid themselves this time round with Belle. Her faceup is beautiful! I’m happy to keep her faceup as it is for now until I’ve fleshed out her character enough to decide if it still suits her.

Belle is technically my third SD girl since Hermes is my second, but she is indefinitely out of commission because I’m still using her as a faceup experiment, LOL. So you can say that Belle is my only SD girl other than Rie, and compared to Rie, Belle’s head is a lot bigger!

Left: Volks SDGr Belle || Right: Volks SDGr Okita Souji II

I guess this means that they can’t always share wigs (kachink…) T____T But it also means that if one of them can’t wear a certain wig, at least someone else can put it to use, so it’s not a complete waste of money, hurhur.

I haven’t decided on her name yet (though I’m leaning towards Ayame), but for now, please meet my Belle! ♥

My lovely Belle

OOTD: 100513 || 100% KPP!

One of the Fridays last month was Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s stop in Singapore for her 100% KPP world tour! I attended the live with T and another friend, and this is what I wore. :D

Yellow x pink is such a cheery combination!

Skirt, headbow, socks, bag, wristlets: Angelic Pretty
Accessories: Closet Child, Paris Kids, NBC Stationery (alpacas)
Bunny ears: Daiso

T & I posing for Street Angels

Photo c/o Street Angels team

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.

Look, I had the same hair color as Natsumi! XD

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!

Rie.

I really thought I posted these already but apparently I didn’t. >__< ;;

These photos were taken back in March, when my Taobao order arrived. They were taken using a 85mm f/1.8 lens that I borrowed from a friend, and I really love the results! It’s so sharp and amazingly clear. I’d love to get one for myself when I have some extra monies to spare. ;_;

I really like this wig on her, out of all the wigs I’ve bought for Rie so far (and I do think I’ve purchased quite a few!), this looks and fits the best on her. It’s just that I think there’s a small manufacturing error so the side locks aren’t very even. Also, the side locks kinda gape a bit from her face so I think it’s meant for a larger head (like most of the female Volks SDs), but the wig cap itself fits just nice on Rie. -_-; Hence my conviction that there must be some manufacturing error here, lol. I wouldn’t mind purchasing another one except I don’t see this style being sold anymore. orz

I also arranged her hair into a cat ears-like style to match her dress! It seems like a pretty popular hairstyle since it has been featured in the Japanese fashion magazines a lot recently. ^^

My BJD Idol: AUC

You know how in every hobby, there are some people who are just so darn good at what they do and they garner lots and lots of fans? It’s the same in the BJD hobby; some people are just amazing at their doll styling, or painting face-ups, or sewing and crafting doll clothes and accessories, sometimes all of the above. If you ask who my BJD idols are, AUC is definitely one of them.

AUC aki unoa collection

Her dolls and creations are the very definition of ‘viewing pleasure’. The girls are so princess-y and dainty without being over the top, and the prop crafting is almost god-like. Her doll-sized vanity table and cosmetics make me want to weep in shame at my lack of talent. Her face-ups are also to die for. If I want a Unoa (which I do), it’s entirely because of her.

Recently, she was involved in a collaboration with Alchemic Labo where the default wigs of the Fairy skin Unoa Zeros were designed by her, and the sets also featured photographs of Unoa Zeros customized by her. I’d imagine it to be such a dream and honour to be able to work with a company that you’ve been a fan of for a long time! (I’m taking the liberty to assume that she is a fan, since she does own and make stuff for Unoas!)

Unoa Zero Fairy Skin Preorder Details in Dollybird 17
Unoa Zero Fairy Skin Preorder Details in Dollybird 17
(Image credit: gamekitty@Flickr)
AUC & Himekazura Wig Collaboration
AUC & Himekazura Wig Collaboration

In essence, she can paint gorgeous face-ups, craft detailed backgrounds and props, sew stunning clothes with matching accessories, and make beautiful doll wigs. So amazing, right? I’d like to become as good, or at least somewhere near, someday.