Monday, September 28, 2015

Japanese Market and Japanese Streets in the Netherlands

Back in May I revisted the anual Japanese market in Leiden which is organised by the SieboldHuis museum about Japan every year. The SieboldHuis has one of the worlds largest Japan collections and right next door is the Leiden University which offers a Japan program.
The Japanese market came to be in 2000 when the Japanese emperor visited the SieboldHuis museum. Ever since then it became a very popular attraction. The market exists of many different stalls associated with Japan and its culture. From food, to traditional clothing, bonsai trees, martial arts, bento, kawaii and much more. They also offer an array of fun activities like music and dance performances and a cosplay photo-shoot.

After haven skipped the previous year I was very excited to go. My mum accompanied me this time round and we would meet my friend Deborah and her parents there.
We were ever so lucky to have great weather too. It was so warm and sunny. Which had a great impact on everyones mood.
Once we arrived at the market we decided to walk along the stalls first. There were so many different things to see, do and eat. It didnt take long untill we endulged in some tastey fresh sushi. It was delicious.
A day or so before, the J-fashion community was informed that the Japanese Streets photographer Kjeld from Tokyo would be attending the market too. He was hoping to take pictures of J-fashion lovers for his blog. The Japanese Streets website portrays an array of J-fashion styles in Tokyo, Japan. It is very well known and I swooned about the idea of possibly being a part of it.
Kjeld is basically a street fashion shot photographer. He walks the streets of Harajuku searching for unique fashion styles. I was very excited that he was interested in wanting to take pictures of us here in the Netherlands.
We were told to meet up at the bridge around 2 ish. Me and my mum arrived quite early so we took to exploring the rest of the market first. Along the way I met Deborah and a lot of my friends who were so daintily dressed in their best Lolita coords.
The SieboldHuis museum is right in the middle of the market and they had a lovely opening ceremony with balloons, welcoming everyone and hoping for another great year. Every year I want go into the Sieboldhuis museum and every time I forget to go. Its a big shame because this time round they had a wonderful kimono exposition which might not come back for a long time. So I definitely have to go next year and explore its wonders. Ive heard from many people that its wonderful inside.
Around two, after haven been up and down the market a few times, we headed towards the meeting point. It was quite a while before Kjeld finally arrived. Me and Deborah were so happy! Kjeld was such a nice guy and I loved the fact that he spoke Dutch, English and Japanese. Plus his name was originally of scandanavian decent. Very international. He even knew my friend Cat from Tokyo. I swear we live in a small world. She's a fashion photographer too and also works for Kawaii Pateen.
The photo-shoot was a lot of fun. The small group that showed up looked amazing. We were a nice mix of styles. Plus meeting Kjeld was fun too. I hope to meet him again one day. Hopefully in Tokyo. Thanks so much Kjeld for your time and the great photos. All the photos in this post are the property of Kjeld, Japanese Streets website. Take a look at the shots he took of me.
Outfit rundown:
JSK: Haenuli
Blouse: Metamorphose
Shoes: Bodyline
Bag: Innocent World
Wig: LockshopWigs
Check out Kjelds website and blog post about the Japanese market here!

Thanks for reading! Yours truely,

Friday, September 25, 2015

LBC: Make A Fall/Autumn Coord

Hello everyone!
Im back with another Lolita Blog Carnival post. Summer has come to an end and autumn is slowing creeping in. My favorite time of year. I love the weather, the smells, the vibes, the festivals, the food and the fact that I can bundle myself up in layers and layers of clothing. Not that I dont do that all year round already. To me autumn is that special time of year. That most spiritutal time of year. Its also a great time to wear Lolita more often and not feel as uncomfortable as in the summer. If it were up to me there would be a special international Lolita day in autumn too.
In this weeks post I got way too carried away with autumn themed coords and warmer clothing coordsin general. I made three different looks. One is a casual everyday look, the second one a outdoor coord and the third one is a special tea party occasion coord. I was inspired by Kawaii Peteens recent video with Misako Aoki talking about different coords for different occasions.So here are mine:

Casual Autumn coord

Casual cute coord

I chose Angelic Pretty's cream cookie OP because when I think of autumn I think about baking and flavors that warm one up. Thats why I added the cute brown coloured caplet coat to give the look a warm cozy look. I kept it very simple to make it more casual and comfortable. This would be a great coord to wear when on a cookie baking date.

Outside Autumn coord

Outside Autumn Lolita Coord
Autumn is going to be more chilly and windy, at least here in Europe, so it calls for a lovely wam coat. And to make it more autumn I kept to brown natural colours.

Special occasion/tea party  coord

Autumn outfit
The print on this dress is my absolute favorite. I have this one in black. Which would have been a great colour-way to use for this too. I basically spiced up the coord with lovely gold accents which match very well with the brown colours. It makes the look more special and not too casual. This would be a coord to wear to a tea party meet. A little out there but not too much.

If you are curious about what the other writers have created, take a look at the list below:

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Its time for?!: A collage of Coords

Its been quite some time since my last collage of coords post and I would like to make them a weekly or monthly thing on my blog. In these posts I basically pretend to be the richest Lolita ever,  own everything there is to own in Lolita/Kawaii fashion and make fun coord collages of clothing and accessory items. They are a lot of fun to do. Ive really gotten into using the Polyvore tool and I would love to share my collages with you from there. The cool thing about Polyvore is that it will also show you where the item is from and how much it costs. So if you happen to like an item on a Polyvore collage you can go right to the source. I think thats pretty awesome.

So here are my collages:

Dark Classic Lolita

Dark Classic Lolita
Merry Making in Ghost Town

A fashion look from August 2015 featuring felt hat en henley tops. Browse and shop related looks.

Icy Winter LandA fashion look from August 2015
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review Time: Commission by Yumenator

A few weeks ago, while I was browsing Facebook, two cute images popped up on my feed. Two of my friends had commissioned chibi illustrations . They looked adorable. My friend Sera had greatly promoted the artist so I checked out the Facebook page. The artist was Yumenator. She had recently opened commission slots for various different types of illustrations amoung which chibi's. I was very interested to get my own creation so I sent my friend Sera a private message to ask about her experience. She was very positive and encouraged me to contact the artist. So thats what I did.


Yumenator Quote A simple yet extraordinary art enthusiast who is always open for commissions! My main field is creating adorable and loveable character designs! "
As far as I know she can create any kind of comission if you discuss this with her. Commissions are still open at the moment but she will be starting uni soon so she may have less time. Just send her a message and she will let you know what the possibilities are.


It was a real pleasure working with Yumenator to create my chibi illustration. She replied to my emails very quickly and also let me know that she would be away for a few days and wont be able to work on my chibi. She was very friendly too. 
She first asked for a picture of what ever I wanted a chibi of or at least describe what I wanted. Because Im more into Gothic Lolita at the moment I sent her a Gothic Lolita picture of myself. Most of the colours were black. She said it was a bit of a challenge to do the black shading but I think she did a marvolous job. I made my payment by banktransfer which was everything but problematic.I paid 4 Euro for my commission. Thats a great price for what I got.


So this is the final product. I am very happy with it. I love its cute and darkness. Yumenator really did a wonderful job on my commission. I really recommend Yumenator and will definitely be keeping in contact with her for future commissions. I have something Halloweeny in mind.


Yumenators Facebook page
Yumenators Deviant Page

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