Thursday, 13 September 2012

Sweet and Gothic Lolita Featured in My M Magazine.




Recently I was lucky enough to apply for a modelling shoot with photographer Saoirse Clohessy; I have actually been photographed by her at Hyper Japan last year for a tea party we had with Japanese Cello/Vocalist Kanon Wakeshima. I was in awe of her fantastic photography skills since then so I was esctatic to get a shoot with her. I decided to take on the role of Gothic Lolita for the shoot whilst my friend "Jessica Jelly" did the opposite - Sweet Lolita to show the contrast and variety in styles.
Jess took a cheeky snap of me being photographed. -


 
 
I wore two outfits, one being the one pictured above; Alice and the Pirates Vampire Forest in Navy and an oldschool BlackxWhite Baby the Stars Shine Bright JSK. Both worn with a "princess" style blouse from Tao Bao brand "Chess Story". During the shoot we were also interviewed to give tips to newbie Lolitas or anyone interested in the style, whilst also laying down a little background information about the fashion.
 
 
The pictures came out beautifully and really depicted the differences between the two styles, I actually think I look quite vampire-like and frightening in some of them! Whilst I was posing I tried to think about Mana and how he poses during photoshoots so I tried to become intentionally stiff and dead looking. The interview printed in the magazine was pretty accurate and informative, I only hope it helps to get people interested in the style to branch out and experiment!~
 
 





Saturday, 8 September 2012

Paralympics!




The Paralympics ended up being one of the most memorable experiences of my life, particulary because I rarely attend sporting events, but also because the athletes determination and gratefulness nearly brought me to tears so many times. One Brazilian athlete looked incredibly happy when he recieved his medal; he actually started dancing and then kissing the woman who presented it to him!
When MP Theresa May emerged to present a medal, the stadium erupted with a rhapsody of booing, it was hilarious. The atmosphere was electric, the entire crowd participated in mexican waves, shouted, jumped and even cried together. We bought some sushi from the Japan Centre at Westfields and ate it during the event but there was hot food served just outside the stadium. Oh and beer!
As we were watching the Athetics we got to see many track events, discus and long jump and we even saw GB take a gold in the 1500 metres!

The stadium itself was gigantic and well illuminated, the park was vast and filled with various stalls and food vendors. One of my highlights were the Olympic workers, who ran around shouting inspiring things like "keep smiling" and getting people to hi-five them. A lot of people also commented on my outfit, which I thought was very sweet and the general atmosphere in the park was one of hope and excitement. I also met a lot of funky people along the way:


Overall it was a great experience, seeing so many inspirational people work hard for their country and being in such a gigantic arena. At the end of the day I was very tired though and fell asleep on the train home, but I would gladly do it again.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

First gif!



I took a piece of video I made from the Arigatou event and made my first .gif. Enjoy!~

Loli-POP Friday Late at the V&A





Frills and Frolics hosted an event at the Victoria and Albert; the Loli-POP friday late. This event was a decadent evening filled with Japanese fashion and music, with DJ Tom Smith (Japan Underground), an Alice in Wonderland inspired ballet show, a wig, nail and lips bar and a jewellery making workshop. I actually ended up getting to the event very late so I missed a few key parts of the event, but I just enjoyed seeing all the outfits! they looked spectacular in the V&A courtyard as the evening drew in with all the tiny twinkling lights.


 
 


Many of the little booths and bars were inside and as the museum is so gigantic, I never got to see and do everything. I think it would have been better if everything was in the courtyard, but overall the event was fantastic. I ended up working at the wig stall as they had a rush of people wanting to try on the Gothic Lolita wigs, that somehow ended up being super fun as I have never put a wig on anyone else before and seeing the peoples fances light up when they saw themselves change so dramatically was great.

 
 
The highlights of the evening for me, were meeting all the lovely people such as Nuella and Rosemonde, who I met at Hyper Japan! (above) and all the gorgeous outfits. The DJ set was really atmospheric playing catchy J-pop such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and that made it even more magical.
 
 
 
The day as a whole was brilliant, but extremely tiring! especially after we got free drinks at the Drunke Monkey Dim sum restaurant in Shoreditch, my body isn't used to containing so much alcohol! it was a perfect start to the evening though. Afterwards we headed to Taro, a Japanese restaurant in Soho and finished the evening with some ramen. I never got my bubble milk tea though T__T Maybe next time!
 
 






Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Now that my bow has arrived I have all the pieces for my outfit for the V&A meet on Friday! It starts from 6pm onwards and I believe there are going to be a lot of stalls, a wig bar and free champagne ;D

Saturday, 25 August 2012

App Spotlight: Snapeee



Snapeee

I come across this app whilst looking for more photo filter apps, I have tried about every "Purikura" style app so far and they have all been pretty lame, BUT this one looks as though it has potential.

It appears to be the Japanese version of Instagram:

 
You have a Username and can add followers, much like Instagram, I didn't come across a tag system but you have to select a catagory for your photo. There is a "Gourmet" catagory and also a section which shows events such as competitions to take the most delicious-looking picture.
 
Anyways. firstly i'll go over how it works.
 
Step 1: Upload photo/ Take Photo
Step 2: Add lighting effects or a filter.
Step 3: Add a Frame/Stickers/Writing/Stamps
This is where the app gets interesting, it is pretty much like a hand-held Purikura booth.
Step 4: Add a Category and comment then post the picture; your followers will see it and I think anyone who browses the category you posted the picture in.
 
There is a suprising range of stamps and you can actually download more! some of the packs are free but of course most of them you need to pay for (there was a free "sweet girl" pack with loli items such as macarons and bows). You can change the size and angle of the stamp and layer them, there's also an un-do button if you screw up. I think there is potential to make a lot of unique pictures!
 
 
 
As I was scrolling some of my suggested followers I came across no other than Misako Aoki! Although I should have guessed, seeing as this app is used as a Japanese social networking service. You can connect it with Facebook, Twitter and Mixi amongst others. I have only just downloaded this app so I will do a bit of stalking and see who else I can find!
 
 

 
It was unusual to see such casual pictures of Misako, a nice insight into the queen of kawaii! Aparently she likes cup noodles >__<
 
If anyone feels like downloading the app it's on the Iphone app store, you can download it on ipad too but full screen the resolution is a little pixelated. If anyone does make an account please add me! My user name is Alumnia.
I'm also interested to see the kind of pictures that you guys post! I think I will be addicted to taking pictures of tasty-looking food now...
 
 
 
Once you start posting pictures, people can "like" them, "cute" them and even "yummy" them x3 After I posted a couple of pictures I actually got a response!
 
 

 
Thankyou for reading!
I will explore this app a bit more and in a week or so update you on any new features I come across, if you are familiar with Instagram it should be pretty straight forward!
 
Happy snapping  ^_^
 
 

 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, 14 August 2012

App Spotlight: Alpaca farm



One of the many weird things I do in my spare time is trawl through the App store on my ipad to find "cute" games. Recently i've been asked to give people a lot of reccomendations so I thought i'd post them here instead.

Alpaca Farm


The premise is pretty simple; you are the proud owner of an alpaca farm and your task should you choose to accept is is to collect every colour of alpaca (and there's a lot). You can dress up your alpacas and shear their wool, but the main aspect of the game is the battle system. A lot of inspiration from this game is taken from pokemon, the battle system is turn-based, you can "capture" alpacas by using various forms of rope and there's even a "colourdex" which shows which colour alpacas you have collected. As a farmer you gain ranks and your alpacas also gain levels, a lot of time can be invested in levelling up all of your alpacas. What is really interesting is how they all have different stats too! this could have been improved upon if there were more than four attacks though, I found I didn't need to use the Magic Bullet attack at all.
Of course some colours of alpacas are rarer than others, which means their wool sells for more money. With money you can purchase buildings to go on your farm, upgrades and accessories for your alpacas. The farm itself is vary vast, albeit plain but just watching the alpacas totter around your farm is strangely soothing.

Overall I give this game a 4/5
It's a pretty high score as for a free game there is a lot of content and much time can be invested into it. From what I have seen so far there has not been a need to use real money to purchase things. The game loses points because although the environments are cute and quaint in an Animal Crossing kind of way, they can be kind of bland and the alpaca animations themselves sometimes look a little off ( I feel as though them being cel shaded was a way of the designer covering it up).
I will do an update post in a week or so showing how i've progressed in the game and what the end-game content is like. I thoroughly reccomend installing this app though, it's addictive for both adults and children alike!





Frills and Frolics on Youtube


Check the Frills and Frolics official Youtube channel. The UK's Lolita channel run by Lolitas, for Lolitas. Highlighting the day-to-day lives of Uk Lolitas and also covered major meet-ups and events.
Feel free to send us your Lolita videos and make-up tutorials!

New Blog!



 I'm moving my blog to here, as this is a more widely-used format. A lot of exciting things are coming up so I thought i'd document them!


Promoting at the Arigatou event in London -


 Early August:
I was lucky enough to be able to help promoted the "Arigato" event in London at the County hall. Set in the same place as the last London Matsuri I can't think of a better setting for an event in London. Right beneath the London Eye and across from Westminister Abby; this event was to say thankyou to all the countries that helped give aid during the time of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.
There were various things happening on stage during the course of the week such as raffles, a DJ and an amazing Kami-Kiri (paper cutting) show.
The other people working were great fun, such as the elegant yukata girls and the incredibly cute Sachiko (pictured above) who came to the event in Decora style. We had a great reaction from the public, such as children running up to us shouting
I love events like this and Matsuri that show the general public the intricate traditional side of Japan too, instead of just media elements such as anime and J-pop.

My Co-ord for the day was Alice and the Pirates Vampire Forest print, with my chess-story blouse. On the other day I worked there I wore a Bodyline JSK and princess-style blouse for a shiro-lolita co-ord. That day there was a lot of girls dressed in sweet lolita and pastel colours, I can't believe how cute they all look!