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


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!