Friday, September 18, 2015

cute, small,,, and cheap

Just wanted to post a picture of some cute/small things I bought recently, I thought about putting this with my "autumn wardrobe update" post but none of it's clothing, so it gets it's own post. Best part of this haul is, the most expensive thing, the phone case, only cost me $5!

Pictured: string lights, a metal candle holder (which I think I'll use as a toothbrush holder), a candle, some hand sanitizers, mechanical pencils, a metalic pink phone case, and a small bottle of perfume. The perfume I actually got for free at a fashion show I worked at back in June, but I thought it worked well with the color scheme of the rest of the photo. Plus I wanted to show you guys the cute writing on the inside of the box.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Autumn wardrobe update

I'm always super excited for the fall months, not just because I stop sweating so much and all the bugs go back to hell where they belong, but also because I like fall fashion much more than summer fashion. I'd rather wear sweaters and tights over shorts and bikinis any day!

First is the piece, de resistance of my fall/winter wardrobe, a new coat! I actually bought this in June because I found it at a thrift store in Philly right before I went back to DC for the summer and I was afraid it would be gone by the time I got back. In 2012 I bought a vintage winter coat and loved it, then for the past two years I bought new winter coats and I've been extremely dissapointed. So I'm going back to vintage! The 70s are in again, and a lot of my new clothes are 70s vintage, including this coat. It's actually a lot cheaper than buying trendy 70s inspired items.  This coat was only $30 and it's real leather (but fake fur).

Next, dresses! The left one is from Free People, it's actually from their summer collection, and I bought it in August, but I think the color scheme makes it really easy to transition into fall. The dress on the right is from Nasty Gal's latest sale. The black and white "Wednesday Addams" look is become sort of standard for me.

Here's a close up of the first dress. I'm currently falling in love with that muted lavender in the leaves

Next up is long sleeved tops. The sweater on the left is actually the same muted lavender as the leaves on my floral dress but the lighting in my room is really crappy. The top on the right is a sheer black button down. I bought it because it looks like something Cher Horowitz would wear  Both are from TJ Maxx.

Up next, crop tops! I've never been a huge fan of crop tops, and tbh I'm still not huge on showing my stomach, but I got a bunch anyway. The black blob towards the bottom is from Nasty Gal (and it's a shame you can't see it bc it's really pretty) and the other 3 were all my mom's in the 70s. I have no idea how/where to wear the one in the upper right with the collar, but it's so ridiculous I had to have it!

And some skirts. Both of these were hand me downs from my mom. If you can't tell, I'm trying to get more colors in my wardrobe than just black/white/pink which is why I picked out this burgundy skirt.

And accessories! The little bee is a pendant that I don't have a chain. Also I bought the hairband because I'm going to start trying to wear more roses to match my new tattoo. The jewelry is from free people and the hairband is from Forever 21.

Last but not least, Shoes! I bought some new rainboots because my old ones were falling apart, and these cool black shoes which you can't really see in the picture.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Shake it like a polaroid picture

Hey guys! I got an instax camera for christmas and I just wanted to make a quick post to show off some of my cute instax film.

So I bought a pack of three different styles of sanrio/sanX film. The first was Hello Kitty. And here are some pics of me and the squad going to a Hookah bar on new year's. Yes, I am smoking in that first pic, and yes, I am trying to quit.
 Next was the Rilakkuma film. I ended up giving a lot of the pictures I took on this film to friends, but I still have a few. So here's a picture of me and a friend at our other friend's wedding. It's technically bad etiquette to wear black or white to a wedding. But I'm just too rebellious.
 Lastly, we have my little twin stars film! This is the only picture I have on this film, and I took it back in June, but I can't wait to use it more. This is definitely my favorite picture of the entire collection, because the little twin stars film is my favorite, and also it's just too cute!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Weird Kid Movies: Trainwreck

So I'm here to kick off a new feature on this nearly dead blog: Movie reviews! I actually wanted to start a whole separate movie blog for these reviews which would be aptly named Weird Kid movies. I even started a whole bunch of reviews for the blog but soon enough, I gave up and left a bunch of half assed reviews to rot in my draft section. That is until I just now decided to get back to reviewing and post it all to this blog! What inspired this change of heart? Well my favorite forum site: myasianfashion.com is closing at the end of the month, and with it is a movie review thread which I devote more of my time to than I would like to admit. So I'm going to post more (even longer, more in depth) movie reviews on this blog! I'm even thinking about doing some posts that focus on the costuming and artistic direction of a movie rather than the plot, because I'm always a slut for some good costuming. Let me know if you have any opinions on the ideas. Anyway, without further ado I present my first review:
Trainwreck (2015) dir. Judd Apatow
Rating: 6/10
Watch if you enjoy: Amy Schumer in general

If you live in the US, Amy Schumer is one of those celebrities that's really hard to ignore right now.  I personally love her style of comedy but I can easily see why people aren't really into it. Her blunt style of humor can easily come off as vulgar and abrasive. However whether or not you're laughing at her jokes it's kind of hard to go without hearing them. First she was crusading to allow the word pussy to be said on live TV, then she got a show on comedy central and now this movie. This was one of the most heavily marketed movies of the year. I couldn't go on the internet, watch TV, or listen to the radio without having to hear about it. Usually intense marketing is a huge turn off for me but I went and saw it anyway. 1) because my friend told me to, 2)because I had a gift card to the cinema and  3) because Daniel Radcliffe makes a cameo. That cameo was worth the 12 dollar movie ticket, but I'm still going to go on and review the rest of the movie

I think this movie taught me something very important about myself, my sense of humor is fucking weird. I saw this movie in a crowded theatre with my mom and there were jokes the whole theatre laughed at and jokes the two of us laughed at, with little to no overlap. For example, that scene where Amy hooks up with Ezra Miller's character is hilarious but no one else was laughing until we found out he was 16.  But the good thing is, that there were just as many "Kattoo and Kattoo's mom" jokes as there were general public jokes, so there's something for everybody.

While Trainwreck is a genuinely funny movie, it's not very plot driven. The plot basically follows the standard romantic comedy format. Career woman meets a man and eventually finds work/life balance. This movie throws in the extra catch that Amy is not only a serious career woman, but she's also a hard partier and she has to give up binge drinking and smoking weed in addition to finding work/life balance. I've seen pieces critiquing  this aspect of the movie, not because the plot's predictable, but because they find it ironic for the feminist comedienne Amy Schumer to write a movie where a woman gives up her party habits and to some extent her career in favor of a monogamous relationship. Personally I'm not that bothered by it, I think this movie's point is to be funny  and the plot's predictability was due to genre convention and not for the purpose reenforcing sexist stereotypes. By following a generic plot the movie allows the characters and jokes to play a more dominant role. This a is successful idea for a comedy, but I doubt the movie will age well without a creative plot. It will probably only be 5 years until this movie gets to be extremely dated. My main problem with the movie was not the comedy, or even the plot, it was the narration. Some of the jokes in the narration were hilarious but in general I thought it was too much, and it got to the point where there was so much narration I started to question how stupid the Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow think the audience is. Show don't tell! It's the first thing you learn in film school jfc. I think this problem with over narration comes from having the writer play a part in the movie. When I was an intern at signature theatre we did a play in which the writer played a part. In the end the play was not that successful because the writer made it hard for the director and the rest of the production team to do their jobs. I wasn't on the set of Trainwreck, but I bet it had the same problem.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Why I'm Not a Lifestyle Lolita Anymore

So I was just re-reading some old posts on my favorite lolita blogs when I realized something. I'm not really all that interested in the goings-on of the lolita community. I've never really been involved in the lolita community, I had some loli friends and went to a few meetups but I was the happiest when I was just living my regular life in frills. I was a lifestyle lolita for about 5 years of my life (2008-2013). If you've been keeping up with this blog you would know that I don't really live my life in frills anymore. I still own them of course, but recently my friends have been surprised to find the "doll wardrobe" I'm hiding in my closet.

I've been doing some reflecting as to why that is, and I've come to the conclusion that I'm not a lifestyle lolita anymore because lolita doesn't fit in to my lifestyle now. The thing about lifestyle lolita is that it's really hard. The style will get you a lot of judgement and possibly harassment in public. The last time I wore full lolita in public I had this interaction.
Me: *Minding my own damn business reading a book in a metro station.*
Gross Man: Princess, can I take a picture with you?
Me: No *continues reading book*
Gross Man: *stands way to close to me and takes a picture anyway*
As a lifestyle lolita I had to deal with this shit on a daily basis. Even when I'm not wearing lolita I get cat called and harassed by men on the street but it's even worse when you wear such an obvious attention grabbing fashion. It's easy to deal with this once every couple weeks if you're wearing lolita to a meet but it but to wear it every day is a struggle. I always said that I put up with it because the confidence lolita gave me, and my own love of the style was worth more than the confidence street harassment took away from me. It was worth it because lolita was a major part of my identity. Now that it's not really a part of my identity. I still love the fashion and it has a special place in my heart, for being the main reason I got into fashion, but it's just not really me anymore. There's a couple more (career related) reasons why I'm not a lifestyle lolita anymore, but that's the main one and I kind of felt the need to put it up here on my old lolita blog.