Friday, February 21, 2014

Om Nom Nom: Earl Grey

Tea is one of those romantic, nostalgic, victorian things I've always wanted to take part in.

So it's such a shame that I've never liked the stuff.

Until recently, that is!

My birthday is this Sunday (February 23rd), so I decided to throw a tea party and invite all my friends in frills!
I'll be preparing lots of teas and treats, and was inspired to share a little with you.

My love of tea started with Earl Grey lattes, so I thought I'd share a quick recipe!

For 1 small and delicate cup of Earl Grey:

Boil 1 cup of water

Add 2 Earl Grey teabags to a mug, and pour the boiling water over.

Steep for 4 minutes.

A few tablespoons of heavy cream
OR 1/4 cup of steamed milk (can be heated in the microwave)
OR a few tablespoons of sweetened coffee creamer in vanilla

Sweeten with honey or sugar to taste

These get me through cold winter nights, and the hint of bergamot citrus is Earl Grey is so deep and lovely.
I've even bought decaf so I can have some before bed.

Some other ideas!
Green, black, or herbal teas are all lovely when sweetened with fruit jams or preserves!
Gives a fruity sweetness that is a bit summery.
Lemon is also wonderful, if you like tartness.
Different honeys imbue drastically different flavors!
Try acacia honey, chestnut honey, clover honey, or blackberry honey to have a range of flavors added to your teas. (Acacia is my favorite. Very light and floral)
Certain candies can also be added to sweeten your tea. Crushed peppermint candy goes well with black tea, and chopped up caramels are lovely in black or oolong!

Maybe someday I'll have to ask Tom to show me how to pour latte art. ;u;

Love, Bunnie

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Long overdue outfit post!

Hello lovelies!

I'm realizing how long it's been since I've done an outfit post, and I am embarassed. ;A;
So time to get caught up! 
There's so many outfits I haven't posted. 

I'll start chronologically, because that will let me upload the pics and get them off my computer. XD

We're starting all the way back at the beginning of last year. 
Remember when I lived in Cap Hill?

Next to my wall of cute. 

Fairy Rabbit

I customized the ribbons myself!

Pardon Bird's mess. 

Luckily his space was always kind of spartan.

But I'm not a fan of bare drywall. 
You can see the mint fading from my hair, but it was fun to coordinate while it lasted.

Curly and lacy.

The last of the mint was washing out of my hair at this point.

Fairy Kei
My bathroom had the worst lighting! 
But I loved my place anyway.

The bow I stole off a Wonder Cookie skirt.
And the romper and wig are bodyline!

I was wearing lashes every day for months.

Leopard tights! 
They didn't last very long... u vu

I decided I was a cat this day. ;3

Lavender pants and mint slippers!

Aaaaa, my old lighting was sooo bad. >.<

That's enough for now, but I have a lot of catching up to do! 
Look forward to it! n_n


Friday, February 14, 2014

Why you should be watching Jellyfish Princess!

One of my favorite anime to date, and an ongoing manga I keep up with, is Jellyfish Princess (Kuragehime)!

Everything about it was sweet and bubbly, but not in an over-the-top shojou kind of way.

Plus, the plot revolves around a shy girl obsessed with jellyfish and her cross-dressing friend, and they try to save her apartment from demolition by selling beautiful 'jellyfish dresses'.

The fashion aspect gets me all dewy-eyed and inspired.

I'd really encourage you to give it a look. It's funny, tongue in cheek, but still has emotional depth. It's hard not to get involved.

And now I want a jellyfish!

There's one caveat. The anime just cuts off in the middle of the series, so you have to read the manga to get the whole story.

Which is where I am now.

Also worth note: Baby the Stars Shine Bright did a collaboration with them when the manga came out! You can see the dresses here and here.

With wiggly wet kisses,

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to Overnight at Your Significant Other's like a Grown-Up

Let's be honest: part of relationship building involves loads of overnighters. Sometimes they're at your place, and sometimes you're at theirs. But regardless of whose pillows you're drooling on, life goes on! You still have to get up for work, and so does he.

(I'm just going to use hetero pronouns for simplicity, ok? It keeps the pronouns separate. But I myself am pansexual, and have no issues with any configuration or genitals that you're into. So rock on, dirty diva, rock on.)

Anyway, I've found packing travel bags and having my shit together to be a severely underrated life skill. Nobody wants to carry a suitcase to their boyfriend's place, but nobody wants to wear the same clothing to work 3 days in a row either. Balance.

So here's a quick guide/checklist of things to think about before you run out the door.

  • How long are you staying? Any chances you might go back there straight after work/school?
  • What are you going to wear? Don't forget socks, undies, jewelry and outerwear. Try to grab a coat, scarf, and shoes that go with both outfits. 
  • Are you wearing anything today that can't be crunched up in your bag tomorrow? Is he worth destroying that hat over?
  • Toiletries: deodorant, toothbrush, contact case, comb, perfume, makeup remover, moisturizer.
  • Makeup. Pack a new kit every time based on tomorrow's look, or pack a 'base kit' that you're willing to live with indefinitely. I keep my foundation and eyeliner stuff in a perma-kit, and change out the lipsticks, eyelashes and eyeshadows. 
  • What electronics are you bringing? Do you need their chargers?
  • What meds will you need? If there's anything you could die without, throw some into a ziplock and just leave them there. I don't care how long you've been dating, he'll understand. 
  • Is there any paperwork that you need to bring tomorrow? Do you need your laptop? Books? 
  • Did you promise to do anything or bring anything to boyfrandu's house that you need to grab or pick up on the way?
  • Have you confirmed all your appointments? Do you need to check in with anyone? Does anything you're doing interfere with the outfits you picked out? 
  • Is there anything you're leaving unfinished at your place? Meka a little list of anything that's on your brain before you leave. You'll have better peace of mind and not worry about spacing things when you return. 
And that's it! 
You're ready to run off with your beau, and you're free to be all gooey and spacey for the next 24 hours, because you've got it all covered. Just don't oversleep your alarm! Good thing you remembered your cell phone charger, right? Right. You're welcome. 


Friday, February 7, 2014

Lolita 100 meme, 31-40

Hello pretty rabbits!

Time for the next installment of the Lolita 100! I'll get through them all eventually, for realsies.

(31) あなたのモットーは?(What is your motto?)
People are just people. End of story. I'm no better than other people, but no worse either. And there's no reason to be afraid of doing things or wearing things in front of people, because you're one of them. If anything, most people waste a LOT of time and effort being afraid of judgement that never comes, so don't be one of those.

(31) 将来の夢は?(Your dreams of the Future?)
Get a proper job so that I can move back to Seattle and start living as a grown-up, get started with my online boutique so I can move forward with my long term goals, and get better at being an awesome blogger babe! Maybe get married someday or get a tarantula and some cute cockroaches. n_n

(33) この人は絶対ロリィタ似合う! と思う有名人の方はいますか?("This person is so perfect for lolita!" - Do you ever think that about certain celebrities?)
Not celebrities. Sometimes people I know I want to dress up and take out with me.

(34) 一番思い出の詰まったお品とその思い出を教えて下さい。(Any products/items you have with a fond memory?)
Hmm... A few of my pieces of clothing remind me of the friends that gave them to me. And strawberry shortcake ice cream bars are really nostalgic. Oh, and my favorite choker is especially special because my friend Justine went through so much trouble to get it to me! She was my secret santa, and ended up getting sick before the party, so she mailed it to the hostess, who promptly forgot. The hostess gave it to me at a different meetup later on, but Justine really spoiled me!

(35) 一番最初に手に入れたお品は?(What was your first item?)
:o! Gosh, so hard to remember... I think it was the alice dress I made for myself for sakuracon! I made a pinafore apron, matching blue dress, and headband. I was actually using an american pattern for slutty halloween costumes, and lengthened the skirt...  My first brand item was a pair of Metamorphose socks i bought off EGL_Sales, but I resold them later.

(36) 写真を撮る時の決めポーズはありますか?(Have you got a pose for photos?)
I often like to make creepy faces on purpose. @uX It's just fun.
But I'm also fond of the 'one foot in front' pose, with my head slightly tilted. Trying to look like a doll.

(37) アナタの心のバイブルを教えて下さい。(本・雑誌・CDなど何でも)(What is your heart's bible? [book/magazine/CD/etc])
Alice Deco~ They are so sweet! It feels like the dreamy sweetness that made me get into Lolita and other sweet J-fashions in the first place. Also, Alice in Wonderland, Sailor Moon, My Little Pony, and other books and shows aimed at kids remind me of how much I love my pastel sugar-coated aesthetic. :3

(38) 一番高い踵の靴は何cmありますか?(what is the best cm for heels?)
:o I don't know! I like my heels quite high these days. The more you wear them, the more you get comfortable in higher heels, so just keep at it! I think these days I'm probably at 3-5 inch heels on average.

(39) ティアラはつけたことがありますか?(Do you wear tiaras?)
Yes! I have several, and I adore them! My favorite is a swarovski one I picked up in Disneyland. At the time, $12 felt like a lot for a little mini tiara, but I don't regret it at all!

(40) たまには王子をやってみたいと思いますか? また、どんな王子? 暗黒系? 白馬系?(Do you think you want to try prince style? What kind of prince? Ankoku-kei [Gothic/dark prince]? Or "prince on a white horse" style?)
I've never tried many androgynous looks, but sometimes I wear an earth-toned boystyle with bloomers. I'd love to do more, and play prince for some of my friends. :D

That's it for now!
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Lolita 100 meme, 21-30

Hello porcelain dolls!

This week I just have another installment of the Lolita 100 for you. I hope you're enjoying getting to know me better. If you end up doing the Lolita 100 (or any other tags) yourself, please comment below with a link so I can see!

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(21) 趣味は何ですか?(What are your hobbies?)
I have a lot! :o
Sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, nail art (especially acrylic sculpture), hand-embroidery, machine embroidery, baking/cooking (especially Asian cooking), occasional crocheting, blogging, photography, miscellaneous crafting (like making rose combs and polymer clay pieces), doodling, diary-ing, pen-palling, and reading. :D Oh, and video games. Can't forget video games.

(22) 愛用の香水があれば、教えて下さい。(If you have any favourite perfumes, please tell us.)
I actually have a huge collection of perfumes!
My absolute favorites are In Bloom, Kenzo Amour, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Harajuku Lovers Love, and Chantilly.

(23) ロリィタする上での「コレだけは気をつけている」ということはありますか?(Is there anything you are careful of in lolita?)
I end up going sans petticoat a lot if we have to do too much driving in a day. They just get crushed being sat on too long, so I take them off and store them nearby Also, I'm very aware of the added petticoat radius. It's really easy to knock things over!

(24) 主によく出没する所は何処ですか?(Do you have any favourite haunts to go to in lolita?)
Whenever I go see my best friend Belladonna, I try to get especially dressed up. If we're going somewhere, we often coordinate our outfits! 
Also, any time I go out to the international district, I like to be especially cute. I just get the feeling that with the constant otaku flow there, a lot more people recognize and appreciate what they're seeing. :D
Oh, and can't forget clubbing! If I go out drinking to bars or clubs, I always get dolled up one way or another.

(25) 週に何回くらいロリィタですか?(how many times a week do you dress lolita?)
Sadly, not that much. I tend to integrate what I have into my outfits everyday, but I just don't have enough dresses to wear them every day. If anything, I tend to wear fairy kei, himekaji, and decora more often, because they have more forgiving silhouettes and aren't as high maintenance.

(26) ロリィタ初心者時に仕出かした恥ずかしいエピソードを教えて下さい。(Please tell us an embarrassing story when you were a beginner in lolita.)
Let's see... At one point when I was starting out as a teenager, I tried to wear Lolita to Sakuracon, I was super excited to have a completely handmade Alice in Wonderland cosplay, complete with purse and props, as well as my first Fan+Friend Shiro one piece coordinated to wear the next day. After all that effort, I didn't really get many pictures taken, and was a bit disappointed.
Then Sunday, I show up in a hello kitty sweatshirt and a bunny ear hat/glove set, and suddenly people want pictures!! wtf?

(27) アナタの今の髪型と色は?(Your current hairstyle and colour.)
Right now I'm fading out the last of an accidental pink-to-platinum ombre. 
It was fun, but I'm really trying to work in a professional setting, so I think I'm stuck with my natural color!
However, I tend to keep my hair long, with either straight fringe or halo fringe, and hime side-bangs.

(28) ロリィタ歴はどのくらい?(What is your lolita history?)
I started getting into lolita when I saw it at Sakuracon in 2006. I don't remember when I got 'serious', and started finding all the resources online, but I know it was through Threadbanger. I was really into DIY at the time, and Threadbanger was a great web show all about making your own everything, in a quick and dirty fashion. People on the forums there were bubbling about how to make your own lolita clothes, and started passing around tutorials there.
After that, I found Craftster, EGL, and lots of other resources, and threw myself into the obsession.

(29) 専用の衣装収納場所がありますか?(Do you store your clothes in a special place?)
Petticoats: plastic bin
Dresses: closet
Jewelry: rose-painted jewelry box
Accessories: hanging closet shoe-racks

(30) 今までロリィタを止めようと思ったことはありますか? また、その理由は?(Did you ever think about stopping Lolita? What was the reason?)
Yes, for the expense, and because i was afraid to wear it out. I don't wear it often, and never really have, because of how impractical the petticoats feel, and how uncomfortable all the layers can be. But it will always be a part of my life, and it will always be my go-to 'formal' clothing. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Winter Crafting Wishlist!

Hello, diamond!

Life has sort of come to a standstill for me these days. After graduating in December and dealing with the whirlwind of the holidays, I had to come to terms with finding myself a real grown-up job. I find job hunting really difficult. I can't stand the rejection of never hearing back from people, and I hate using phones. It gives me anxiety and panic for reasons I can't explain. But I'm working through it, and I'm hoping I'll have a proper job by the end of the month.

So right now, I'm spending a lot of time at home in front of my laptop, when I'm not dating or being social. I'm trying not to slack off too much though. It's not easy being social when you're broke!

At least being stuck at home is giving me time to catch up on long-awaited crafting!

I like to make presents for friends for Christmas, so starting in Fall and continuing all through the Winter, I keep a running to-do list of all the crafts I see that I might want for others or myself. 

Maybe you'd like to try making something with me? 

I fell in love with the crescent moon design of this Brea bag. Follow the link for the free pattern. 
I'm making one for someone really beautiful, and charming, with blue hair and a super-cool name. She knows who she is. 

Real talk: I am unreasonably addicted to peppermint hot cocoa. You can buy a mix and make it as you want, or do it for realsies with a recipe like the link above. Pick your peppermint poison. 

On a similar note, I've been dying to have another go at making homemade marshmallows! It's really fun to do, and there are lots of flavor variations!

I've actually come up with my own pattern that I might publish if it works out, but I'm actually working on a knit muff with a hidden lined purse, which will be on a neck chain. Super easy to knit! And it's really fun to work on. 

When I finish the muffler, I'm planning to make myself some fluffy, cute cable scarves! I wear them so often that I just feel like I should have lots of options, you know? This pattern is awfully nice and simple, and there are lots like it, or I might just make up my own. But most of the scarves I've made have been very thick and dense, and I want to focus on making some lighter fluffier ones. Hopefully looking like the one below. 

I'd also like to make salted caramels, peppermint bark, and get some mending done, but we'll see how all that goes...


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