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!