Le Premier Meeting Lolita à Paris

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DSCN9995 Cet évènement, qui s’appelle “Meeting avec Li-Li (et 39 ans de la vieille Mimi),” était génial ! // This event, which was for my first time attending a Parisian lolita meetup as well as celebrating Mimi’s birthday, was awesome!

Mon amie Camille a dit sur la page pour l’évènement : “Elle parle très bien français et m’a dit avoir envie d’un petit meeting Lolita et de manger des crêpes et des macarons !” …Mais, selon moi, mon français n’est pas au niveau de “très bien.” Mais tout le monde était très sympa et je pouvais parler en français sans être mal à l’aise. MERCI, TOUT LE MONDE. <3 C’était un plaisir de vous rencontrer, j’espère que je peux vous revoir un jour !

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C’est moi et Camille! (Photo credit: Ercylla)

I wanted to make this post bilingual, but I’m rather stressed out with financial aid applications and academic work… so I’m going to write in English from here on out. If you want to see the above paragraph translated into English, just let me know and I will be glad to edit in the translation at a later time. ^_^ DSCN9975 The lolita meetup was a tea party at the Hyatt Paris Madeleine on Saturday, April 4. There were four types of green tea: matcha, sencha, genmaicha, and houjicha. And of course, there were some adorable little pastries to eat! Here was the menu:

• Deux tranches de moelleux roll cakes

• Petits sablés

• Toads : petites tartelettes façon crumble à la vanille, au yuzu ou au chocolat

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Don’t they look adorable? They were so tasty too… If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the vanilla toad!

Now, let’s talk about the general experience I had that afternoon. First off, everyone looked so gorgeous at the tea party! I loved seeing all the coordinates… And I realized how much I really missed lolita. It was amazing to finally see gorgeous dresses and coordinates in person. We had a good mix of different styles: gothic to classic to sweet. And we also had a variety of brands! From Bodyline to Moi Même Moitié to BTSSB … and even a 100% handmade lolita coordinate! I was impressed by everyone’s outfits.

The lolitas were also all very friendly, and I did not feel left out or awkward even though the only person I knew beforehand was Camille. I was so shocked by the compliments I received; quite a few people said I spoke French well. I really love the French language but feel like I struggle with it a lot… so hearing this meant a lot to me! I plan to declare French as my second major this fall. :)

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Photo Credit: Opaline 

This was also my first time print-twinning in Lolita! Camille’s ultimate dream dress is Midsummer Night’s Dream, so she owns several pieces from the collection. I wore the ivory set, and she wore the black set. ^_^ It was so nice of her to let me wear her dream dress for the tea party! (I also absolutely love bonnets… I need to buy a bonnet of my own at some point. This bonnet was so much fun to wear! It was comfortable too.)

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After the tea party, a few of us went to Princess Crêpe, a crêperie owned by Baby the Stars Shine Bright Paris.

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I had a matcha green tea ice cream crêpe! If you’ve been here, let me know what your favorite crêpe was. I loved it so much that I went back on Wednesday. xD On Wednesday, I had a caramel ice cream cheesecake crêpe.

If I have time, I will write some more posts about Spring Break and possibly other aspects of travel! I made a new category for my blog, “Travel,” and I added my previous Paris lolita blog post to the category (from two years ago… my first time studying in Paris!). To be honest, I also have some old drafts of posts I haven’t finished… So I might work on those and post them (even if they will be belated posts). But better late than never, right? I’ll try to post them for a “Throwback Thursday” or something so they don’t seem completely out of the blue. Thanks for reading!

(Et MERCI BEAUCOUP à Camille pour m’a prêtée sa belle tenue de Midsummer Night’s Dream !)

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Captain Miaow: Hair Accessories

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You may recognize the name “Captain Miaow.” You’re not imagining it! Previously, I did a review of this Etsy shop’s animal ears, tails, and paws. Captain Miaow not only makes adorable animal accessories… They also make elegant hair accessories and jewelry items. They sent me a hair accessory set to review, and I am pleased to say that I am impressed by the product.

The package I received was a USPS padded mailer. The product was declared as “Handmade” and I had no problems with customs.

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Inside the mailer, I discovered a neat little cardboard box. This box ensured safe shipment of the hair accessories, and when I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised by cute gift-wrap! The items were wrapped in tissue paper and the presentation included an adorable ribbon.

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The packaging could not compare the accessories themselves though… Take a look:

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The accessories look identical. Each one has two fan-shaped decor pieces connected by two braided strings. The strings are embellished with dangling faux pearls, and the fan-shaped pieces are also embellished with pearls and gems (and of course, lace!). The backs of the fan-shaped pieces have alligator clips.

Check out the close-up details here:

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Aren’t they beautiful?

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This accessory was easy to clip into my hair. Due to the alligator clips’ teeth, the accessory did not slip down from where I positioned it. I highly recommend these hair accessories!

I wore one from the set of two for a photoshoot (mon premier shooting à Genève!) in a local park, Parc des Bastions. The photographer was Studio du petit oiseau, and it was a lovely experience.

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My favorite photo from the shoot!

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I love how the photographer captured this photo! The accessory truly stands out against my hair.

And of course, I should share my full coordinate:

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To see more photos from the shoot, click here! I will add more photos to this album over time.

I also did a quick video review of the Captain Miaow hair accessory set:

Be sure to check out my Facebook album dedicated to Captain Miaow for more photos!

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PinkyParadise: Media Diva Review

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For the PinkyParadise Media Diva Review, I would like to share a review of the Geo Princess Mimi Chocolate Brown circle lenses. These lenses are super comfy and cute! If you buy anything from PinkyParadise, you can use the code “xiaorawr” to get free gifts and cute lens cases~!

Here is some relevant information from their website:

Diameter: 14.8mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.8mm
Life Span: 1 year disposal

You’ll get one pair of lenses and one macaron lens case if you purchase this product!

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As usual, I’ll share my circle lens ratings:

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆☆ The circle lens design is beautiful! There’s a thick black limbal ring along with a variety of shades of brown on the inner portions of the lenses. The lens design looks slightly like a flower (petals opening up around the pupil).

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆☆ Amazing enlargement! The thick limbal ring definitely helps to delineate your eyes as much bigger than they actually are. The diameter is perfect for that big-eyed dolly look! I love how big my eyes look when I wear these lenses.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ The limbal ring is a bold solid black. There’s flecks of pale brown as well as a slightly orange-tinted brown (a nice golden hue). The colors are rich, just like chocolate!

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are super comfortable lenses! I can wear them all day without a problem. They don’t dry out my eyes; I don’t even need to use eye drops. If you want comfy lenses, I would highly recommend the Geo Princess Mimi Chocolate Brown circle lenses!

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

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I absolutely adore these circle lenses! I’ve tried another lens pair from the Geo Princess Mimi series, and those lenses are also really comfortable and cute. If you want a different lens from the Geo Princess Mimi series, go for it! I’m sure you’ll be satisfied.

How do you make your eyes so big?

This is a question I have received on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. Many people who use circle lenses to achieve the big-eye look, since circle lenses literally enlarge your eyes (or at least give the illusion of bigger pupils and/or bigger irises). I love circle lenses for this same reason! But in addition to circle lenses, I use other techniques to make my eyes look bigger. Here are my top 3 tips for dolly eyes, in addition to circle lenses:

  1. False eyelashes. If you use false lashes, they can really open up your eyes and make them look bigger! Exaggerated lashes give the illusion of bigger eyes. Using just top lashes makes your eyes bigger, but if you use both top and bottom lashes, your eyes will appear to be even more exaggerated in size. When I apply my bottom lashes, I don’t put them at the waterline. By applying them below the waterline, it creates the illusion of larger eyes.
  2. Black eyeliner. Thick black eyeliner can also make your eyes look bigger since they draw attention to the outline of your eye. This is similar to how a dark and solid limbal ring on circle lenses gives the illusion of bigger eyes as well. You can apply black eyeliner with or without false lashes for an enlarging effect. Even when I don’t wear false lashes, I find that simple eyeliner can make my eyes look bigger. 
  3. White eyeliner and/or light-colored/luminescent eyeshadow. This is one of my favorite tricks! In the look I used for this blog post featuring the Geo Princess Mimi Chocolate Brown circle lenses, I used a silver eyeshadow. Normally, at home, I use white eyeliner to line the bottom of my eyes, but since I’m studying abroad, I had to pack light and the only eyeliner I brought with me was my black one. Since I didn’t have any white eyeliner, I decided to try using silver eyeshadow… and it works the same way! It also gives a cute sparkle to your eyes. If you use a light-colored/luminescent eyeshadow, carefully apply it to the bottoms of your eyes in a line. Do not blend the shadow. This should make your eyes pop!  

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I hope these tips will help you! Feel free to ask me any questions.

You may have seen me wear these lenses before… (And it’s true!) Here are some of my previous looks featuring these circle lenses:

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Above, you can see that I am not wearing any false lashes. I used black eyeliner on the top and white eyeliner on the bottom, as well as neutral eyeshadows.

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I also used these lenses for my Magnet Meiko (Vocaloid) costest! And of course, I’ve used these lenses upon other occasions as well. I hope you like them as much as I do!

Definitely check out Geo Princess Mimi Chocolate Brown circle lenses and let me know if you have tried any others in the series. If you purchase from PinkyParadise, be sure to use the code “xiaorawr” to get free mystery gifts and cute lens cases! 

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KLensPop: Magic Eye Heva

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KLensPop sent me these beautiful circle lenses: Magic Eye Heva circle lenses. ❀❀❀ You can use the coupon code “WDK6RW1D” for 10% off your order from KLensPop! (Use code by May 31, 2015) ❀❀❀ Here is the circle lens info from their website:

Brand: POLYTOUCH
Diameter: 14.5mm
Graphic Diameter: 14.2mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 year (Max)
Country of origin: South Korea
Price Includes: 1 PAIR (2 pcs) + BONUS CASE

If you want to see how these lenses are packaged, please check out my Bunny Color Brown reviewKLensPop sponsored me both sets of circle lenses at the same time, so they were shipped in the same box. I assure you: the shipping was reliable and no items were damaged. I was very pleased with the packaging as well!

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Above, you can see the front and back of the box that these lenses and the lens accessories came in.

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All lenses from KLensPop come with a lens case and a tweezer. I don’t use the tweezer because I prefer to use my fingers, but if you like using tweezers to handle your lenses, the option is available to you! These lenses are beautiful and I can’t decide if I like these lenses or the Bunny Color Brown lenses better… They’re both such great brown circle lenses! In comparison to the Bunny Color Brown ones, the Magic Eye Heva circle lenses are generally darker in color.

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And now, for my circle lens ratings!

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆ This circle lenses are absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to wear them again (probably this weekend ^_^)!

Style: ☆☆☆☆☆ The design is beautiful. The outer rim is a rich dark brown. It’s not a solid limbal ring since it fades nicely in the center to a yellow-toned golden brown. The clear space in the center doesn’t obstruct my vision at all, even when I roll my eyes.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆ The graphic diameter is 14.2 mm, so this does enlarge my eyes quite a bit. Since there is no black limbal ring, these lenses look fairly natural. If I wear them out in public, I don’t think people will stare at me.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ I love this rich brown color! The accents of golden-brown in the center look really nice too, and they look slightly different depending on how the light hits my eyes.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are so comfortable! They’re just as comfortable as the Bunny Color Brown lenses. I couldn’t even feel them in my eyes after applying them; the only eye-related discomfort I felt was from my false lashes… which has nothing to do with the circle lenses. If you want comfy lenses, I would highly recommend the Magic Eye Heva circle lenses.

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

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I also decided to try my hand at a video review (for the first time!). At the end of this review video, I talk about what I did for the makeup look featured in this WordPress post. Please comment with any suggestions you may have for videos in the future!

I hope you enjoyed reading this review! Feel free to check out my reviews for these other lenses from KLensPop:

Make sure to look at my Facebook album for more pictures! If you want to buy some lenses from KLensPop, use the coupon code “WDK6RW1D” for 10% off.

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My outfit!

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KLensPop: Bunny Color Brown

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DSCN9142 KLensPop sponsored me the lovely Bunny Color Brown circle lenses. This is the second pair of circle lenses they have sent me; if you would like to see my review for the first pair they sent, click here. ❀❀❀ You can use the coupon code “WDK6RW1D” for 10% off your order from KLensPop! (Use code by May 31, 2015) ❀❀❀ Here is the info from their website:

Brand: LENSPOP

Diameter: 14mm

Graphic Diameter: 13.8mm

Water Content: 38%

Base Curve: 8.6mm

Life Span: 1 year disposal

Country of origin: South Korea

Price Includes: 1 PAIR (2 pcs) + BONUS CASE

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The lens were shipped to me with no problems even though it was my first time receiving a package at my new address (I am studying abroad this semester).

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KLensPop has consistent shipping! I was pleased to see that everything was packaged the same way as before. My experience with them continues to be a completely positive one.

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Upon opening the box, I discovered two packages wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap. I will review each pair of lenses separately, so for this post, I am focusing on the Bunny Color Brown lenses. Be sure to check back to see the review for the second pair of lenses; they are both wonderful!

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The contents of the box were placed into a plastic bag for added protection. The lenses came in their unopened vials, along with tweezers and a contact lens case.

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KLensPop sent me the correct prescription, and they also explained that on these vials, the dates are read like Year-Month-Date. So these circle lenses were manufactured on January 12, 2015 (15.01.12). These lenses were made very recently! You won’t get any expired lenses from KLensPop.

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As you can see in the above photo, the design of the lenses are comprised of different shades of brown. The design looks pixelated, but I assure you that the lenses look gorgeous when worn; the pixelation is not noticeable on your eyes.

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Here are my circle lens ratings for Bunny Color Brown:

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Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆ — I absolutely love these lenses! They’re so comfortable, and really pretty but are also natural enough for daily wear. If I wore these to my internship, I don’t think I would get stared at (as long as I skip the false lashes xD).

Style: ☆☆☆☆ — I love the different shades of brown used in these lenses! A golden brown hue is used for the central design, and it fades as it moves into the center. There is a nicely-sized dark brown limbal ring too. The design reminds me of crystals, but it does not look other-worldly.

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Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆ — You can see the difference in the above photo; one eye clearly looks larger than the other. The dark limbal ring adds great definition to the eyes, which makes the eyes look larger. The lenses themselves give reasonable enlargement, but not super huge enlargement. I think it’s a great size!

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ —  These are such a pretty brown color! The color changes slightly depending on the light. I like how the limbal ring is a solid dark brown; it gives great enlargement while also looking more natural than lenses that have a black limbal ring.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ — These lenses are so comfortable!! I could not even feel them in my eyes. It felt like my eyes were naked. It was lovely! It corrected my vision perfectly as well, and I have no complaints. If you want comfortable lenses, definitely try these. <3

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

Here is a shot of my outfit:

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Sorry, I don’t have any clear photos!

I felt pretty cute even though it was a casual outfit! I hope to take more outfit shots in the future, even though I didn’t bring any lolita with me abroad. (Casual outfits still count as outfits, right? :D)

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Check out this Facebook album for more photos of the Bunny Color Brown circle lenses. Remember you can use the coupon code “WDK6RW1D” for 10% off! Thanks so much for reading!

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Photoshoot Review: Murder by Cosplay

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At Another Anime Con 2014, I scheduled three photoshoots with Murder by Cosplay. It was my first time working with them, and I am so glad I did! Each day, I had one photoshoot. On Friday night, I had my Aoba Seragaki (DRAMAtical Murder) photoshoot. On Saturday, it was Mikasa Ackerman time (Attack on Titan)~! On the last day, Sunday, Murder by Cosplay shot my Maki Nishikino (Love Live!) cosplay. Be sure to check out their Tumblr and their Facebook!

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The people behind Murder by Cosplay are not just photographers… They are cosplayers too! They understand how to conduct photoshoots for cosplayers since they have experience being cosplayers themselves, and they are also very friendly and understanding. The photoshoots feel relaxed and stress-free; they asked me what I wanted to shoot and what sort of poses I wanted to do, so I never felt uncomfortable or awkward.

First, I’ll share each of my Murder by Cosplay photoshoot experiences.

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1. Aoba

I felt so bad when I got to the photoshoot because I was running late. :( The photoshoot took place after dinner, and the restaurant I was eating dinner at had really slow service… It took a while to get the bill and then an even longer wait to get the change, so I had to call Murder by Cosplay and ask if we could move the photoshoot to a later time. They were very accommodating and said that it was fine, so I called them again when I finished with the dinner issue and quickly went to the lobby to meet them. My first time meeting them was fine; they were very friendly and introduced themselves and explained that they are open to trying to capture whatever photos I would like. I really wanted to get a photo in the elevator… And it took us several tries (pushing the elevator button a lot), but we finally got lucky and found an empty elevator! Before we found this elevator though, we took other photos while we waited. Here’s that precious elevator picture:

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This photoshoot was a lot of fun, and I’m glad that they were willing to listen to my ideas for poses and help me out. They even let me borrow their iPhone (since it was blue and matched Aoba perfectly)! They even caught a silly picture that I absolutely love…

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I present to you: Aobutt!

This Friday night photoshoot was a fun success! I am a very indecisive person, so I usually have trouble with thinking of poses; I am grateful for their patience with me. The photoshoot did not take long, but they captured lots of fantastic photos.

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Attack on Photoshoot!

2. Mikasa

At 10 am on Saturday, I met up with Murder by Cosplay for an Attack on Titan photoshoot! It was chilly outside, but my cosplay kept me warm (although the harness/straps were as annoying as ever). We found a nice area next to the convention center where there were lovely trees, so we took some photos there! We also found other locations outside the convention center, like a small wall in front of a grassy area, where we tried to capture some photos. I was happy that the photographers did not try to rush me. The Survey Corps straps are really annoying to deal with, and even though I modified them with velcro, they still slip around. I had to fix them in between photos, and I am glad that Murder by Cosplay did not mind.

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They also caught some cute candid photos! Here’s me fixing my straps:

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Ahh… those straps will be the death of me… (But at least I got some lovely photos! <3)

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Sunny days are the best days.

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On Sunday, I started off my last day of the con with a photoshoot with Murder by Cosplay! They were not familiar with Love Live!, so I quickly explained it to them and then we started picking locations for the photoshoot. I felt nervous because it was my first time cosplaying Maki and I was feeling stressed out over a variety of things, but Murder by Cosplay had a great positive energy and I was able to relax and come up with poses. They helped brainstorm for photoshoot locations and also helped with positioning some of my poses. It was easy to find nearby locations, and we made the photoshoot a fast one because my outfit was not very cold-weather-friendly (miniskirt problems…).

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It was a lovely sunny day on Sunday despite the cold, so we caught lots of colorful pictures. The autumn leaves were a beautiful touch in many of the photos. <3 I liked the variety of shots I got from Murder by Cosplay: some of them look more like portraits, while others are more artsy-looking.

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Finally, my iPod matches a cosplay!

They also caught some silly photos, like me holding my skirt down. (By the way, it was really windy this day, so the wind was blowing my skirt a lot. The wind was evil.)

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I hate you, wind. >_<

If you have any questions about the photoshoots, feel free to ask me or Murder by Cosplay. All of the photoshoots were really fun, and I hope you like the photos!

There are many things I love about Murder by Cosplay‘s photography policies. They have reasonable prices, they are open-minded, and they are honest and respectful. They allow you to repost their photos, as long as you credit them. Their watermarks are in convenient places; you can see the watermarks, but they are not obstructive or distracting. The watermarks look professional and do not detract from the photographs. They also allow you to edit their photos, which is really exciting! I enjoy photo-editing, so I’m always happy when photographers allow me to edit the photos after receiving them. When the lighting is too dark, I mess around with the brightness and contrast to give the illusion of better lighting. For example, the Aoba photoshoot was done at night, indoors, so the lighting was not very good. We had the indoor lighting to work with, so the lighting was a bit awkward. Below, you can see a comparison photo of before-and-after my editing:

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I also became addicted to filters last year… So I will usually apply filters to photos (they’re so easy to use!) as lazy editing.

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“Murder by Cosplay is a two-man studio co-founded by cosplayers Emile and Alex of the New England area.  Emile has been doing photography for the majority of his life, having studied the art of portraiture and site capture in college.  Alex’s field of study specializes in composition and design.  Together, both work to get the best images possible during photoshoots.”

I would definitely recommend Murder by Cosplay for anyone looking for affordable photoshoots. ^_^ Please check them out!

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Maki in her natural habitat.

If you’re a photographer and would like to meet with me for a photoshoot, don’t hesitate to ask! I love working with photographers. ^_^ Check out my Facebook page for cosplay photos by Murder by Cosplay and others!

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No Time for Creativity: Review

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Despite the name of the shop, Kathryn (the shop-owner), has a lot of creativity! If she has no time for creativity, I have no idea how she does all this. She’s a talented crafter  who makes so many different things. Check out No Time for Creativity for animal ears, PeanutPalz, hats, headbands, bows, ornaments, and more! Feel free to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more. Keep in mind that this coupon expires on December 31, 2015. DSC_0071 Kathryn shipped out the lot of amazing products in a sturdy cardboard box to guarantee protection: DSC_0027_Fotor_Collage As you can see in the above collage, the inside of the box was filled with protective foam pieces. No items were damaged during the shipping process. DSC_0029 The hats were the only items unwrapped. All the other accessories were wrapped in cute tissue paper! I was very pleased with the packaging. Here is everything unwrapped: DSC_0036 Isn’t this an awesome batch of items? No Time for Creativity sent two mini tricorn hats, one jumbo hair bow (black and pink tartan), one heart-ear headband, one cat-ear headband, two sets of bows (green tartan and red tartan), one cute little PeanutPal, and one black gothic headdress with red rose accents. You can find more PeanutPalz on No Time for Creativity‘s shop; there are so many different characters available! They are also at affordable prices, so your wallet won’t hurt. All of the accessories are super cute and affordable as well! DSC_0065 Unfortunately, I did not have the time to model all of these items. I tried my best to show off a variety of the No Time for Creativity products though, and I hope you enjoy this review nevertheless. I plan to model all the products in the future, but I was short on time since I had to move abroad for the semester. During the summer or the fall, I will definitely try to post more photos, so I hope you will continue to follow my blog. peaceFirst, take a look at these adorable red cat ears! I love stylized accessories, and this cute headband looks like cat ears, but in a unique aesthetic. The ears are full of lace, and there’s a cute bow and dangling charm on one ear. In addition, beads decorate this headband. The headband is in red too… my all-time favorite color!

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I love how creative this headband is! I’ve never thought about using hearts as the ears of a headband. This headband would be so perfect for a Valentine’s Day coordinate! The hearts are filled with lace, just as the cat ears are. The blue and pink bow is a delightful touch~! I think this whimsical headband would work well for both OTT sweet lolita and fairy kei.

focal Cute jumbo bows are my life… Seriously, I developed a love for over-sized bows when I first got into lolita fashion. I think this bow is adorable and could be easily used for lolita coordinates or for gyaru coordinates (or even just for fun if you’re wearing anything cute and/or dressy)! As you can see in the above photo, the bow’s width is basically the same as my head! It’s huge, and stands out. DSC_0101 All eyes will be on you if you wear this gorgeous bow~! The bow has a French clip backing, which is one of my favorite types of clips! It is easy to clip into thick hair and wigs. The double strings of faux pearls are a lovely touch. BeautyPlus_20150217203544_saveAs some of you may know, one of my all-time favorite patterns is red tartan! I just love the way it looks. No Time for Creativity sent me a pair of adorable red tartan bows that I decided to use for a casual closet cosplay of Igiko (Nyotalia England from Hetalia). They were the perfect touch to the pigtails~! What do you think of this closet cosplay? bowWhen I received this package from No Time for Creativity, the first thing I tried on was this pair of blue/green plaid bows. These little bows were a surprising find, but it worked out well because I have a shirt that is blue/green plaid. (I actually picked up this shirt for free forever ago at a yard sale… xD) barrettes In any case, the bow and the shirt matched well and I am pleased with this casual-cute look. The dangling beads add to the whimsical cuteness of these bows! gothic My favorite piece of all is probably this beautiful headdress. Black x Red is my favorite color combination, and I love how the headdress looks with the elegant black veil and dramatic splash of red roses. The headdress has a clip on the back, so it attaches very easily. It stays put too; I never had a problem with this accessory shifting about. This gothic accessory is perfect for a gothic lolita coordinate (especially a black/red one)! You may recognize this headdress from my blog post about Penny Dreads’ Miss Tea wig and my blog post about the Amethyst Ways necklace. The coat I am wearing in this photo is from Putumayo, and it was a lucky find from Lacemarket.

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Here is a brief note from Kathryn: “I would also like to say that shipping is free to anyone in the US, and I absolutely love custom orders. Easily 1/3 of my items have come from custom orders. I have found that all of my customers have a fun, creative side, and I want to help them express it.”

Free shipping is awesome, so if you live in the USA, please take advantage of this great deal! Feel free to submit custom orders to No Time for Creativity.

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Make sure to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more! Check out my Facebook album for No Time for Creativity accessories, and my Facebook album for the red tartan bows used for my Igiko cosplay. More photos will be added to the albums over time, so please like both my Facebook pages so you can see future photos. ^_^ Thanks so much for reading!

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Captain Miaow: Animal Ears, Tails, and Paws

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Captain Miaow is a super cute shop that you should all check out! They sell hair accessories, animal ears and tails and paws, clothing, and more. If you want to buy something from them, use the code “Alice” to get 10% off! Here is what Captain Miaow sponsored me: DSC_0002 Isn’t that a huge loot? I was surprised by the amount of items! So many cute animal accessories to try on~! Captain Miaow shipped the package via USPS Priority Mail: DSC_0001

This bubble mailer kept everything well-protected! No complaints with the shipping method or packaging.

Now, let’s take a look at all the adorable items Captain Miaow sent:

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Captain Miaow gave me an adorable pair of offwhite cat ears! These fluffy ears have pink lining and can be attached to a black headband, or attached directly to your hair or wig since each ear has a barrette at the bottom. The paws and tail look like a set! They’re both white in color, and the paws have adorable peachy-pink pads. They slip on like gloves, and your fingers can fit into the different paw fingers. The tail can attach to your clothes with an included safety pin, and there’s also an adorable bow that you can pin to the tail. The tail has wiring, so it can be curled and posed.

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This set is too cute for me to handle! The black ears have pink lining, and these ears come permanently attached to an adorable lacy maid headband. The headband has black bows on the sides, but you can also attach additional bows to them for decoration. The bows included in this set are these adorable twin bows with rose and pearl ornaments. I love the polka-dot ribbon used in these bows!

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These fox ears are perfect! I love the vibrant orange color with the brown tips. The ears can be attached directly to your hair or wig, or to the black headband. Each set of detachable ears came with its own headband, by the way. All of the black headbands look and feel the same; they are flexible and wrapped, and they are comfortable to wear.

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These white ears with light gray tips are so cute! They would work for cat ears, wolf ears, dog ears, or even fox ears! Any animal that could have white pointy ears could have these ears. After checking all of these animal ear products, I can vouch for their quality. All of the ears have no loose threads, and everything is well-stitched. I’m truly impressed by the quality of these animal accessories from Captain Miaow. I’m sure these ears will look great even after wearing them many times!

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Here are some additional bows that Captain Miaow included in the sponsored package! The top two bows can be clipped onto the sides of the ears, your clothes, or the cat tail. Honestly, you can use these bows to decorate just about anything! The bow with the ribbon would be the perfect choker necklace, but you can also tie it in your hair or wig. These bows are definitely very versatile accessories!

For my first look, I pinned two of the bows to the black maid kitty ears (one on each side), I wore the choker, I pinned an additional bow to the black bow on the apron, and I pinned the white tail onto my petticoat. I also wore the white paws for some of the photos, but it was difficult for me to take photos (since I was using the self-timer on my camera), so I could not wear the paws for all the photos.

DSC_0050I love the adorable choker! It was easy to tie around my neck and felt comfortable. And check out the super cute tail:

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Seriously, I love this tail so much! It’s easily posable. The bow was easy to pin onto the tail, and the tail was also easy to wear. I pinned the tail to my petticoat~!

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And here’s a photo of me wearing the fluffy paws:

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I love red foxes, so I was excited to see that Captain Miaow included a pair of fox ears. I’m glad they have brown tips too; I think the ears look better this way! The style of the ears definitely looks fox-like and you’ll be able to use these ears to complete a fox girl or fox demon costume.

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I was also excited to find the pair of white ears with gray tips in the package… I used these ears for a casual Jade Harley cosplay:

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Aren’t these ears perfect? I think they suit Jade so well! They’re great ears for my favorite space doggie. I look forward to using these ears next time I cosplay Jade Harley too!

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Click here to check out more photos featuring these adorable products from Captain Miaow! I also made a special album for the Jade Harley photos. Check out both albums for lots of photos; I will add more photos as time goes on. I hope you enjoyed this review! Remember that you can use the coupon code “Alice” to get 10% off your purchase! Definitely check out Captain Miaow if you’re looking for accessories to complete a costume, or to wear just for fun!

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Amethyst Ways Fairies: Vampire Blood Necklace

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Amethyst Ways Fairies is a wonderful shop with many lovely handmade items! Amethyst blesses all the items under a full moon and infuses them with Positive Magick. She sent me a cute necklace to review: the Vile of Vampire Blood necklace. If you’re interested in buying something from Amethyst Ways Fairies, be sure to use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more.

She mailed it out in a 3M mailer:

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Inside the mailer, I found a cute wrapped present with a sticker on it that read “UNIQUELY HANDMADE.” The tissue paper was easy to open.

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The necklace itself came in an adorable black box with this vampire icon on it! You can tell right away that the item inside is somehow vampire related… Mmm, vampire blood.

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And now, without further ado, the box opening:

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Nestled inside this tissue-paper-lined box was the necklace! The pendant is a vial of (fake) vampire blood, and it comes with a nice black cord with a clasp. The bottom of the box has an image of a vial. How cute!

DSC_0009No complaints here! Shipping was prompt and the product was undamaged. As you can see above, the pendant is very detailed. There’s even a sticker on the surface with a bar code and text noting that the blood sample is A positive. The vial is filled with red liquid (and glitter!). I really love Amethyst Ways Fairies‘s work.

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Here is Amethyst’s brand story:

“Welcome to Amethyst Way Fairies, where everything is magical and just about everything has Fairy Dust on it. All my items are handmade with the utmost care, positive energy, and love. I give my all to every piece I make.

All jewelry has FREE shipping!

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I’m a third generation witch, Witchcraft is a very sacred art to me. I see the Divine Spark in all things. I’m a Child Of Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Justice and Protection.
I’m also a Intuitive Empath, and Master Reiki Teacher and light worker. I help where and when I can. Through Etsy I hope to share my positive energy with you through my uniquely handmade items. All my items are Blessed and Consecrated under a Full Moon. The Divine Mother is in all my work.

My Soul Sister known as Queen Bee is my assistant, together we are known as the Amethyst Sisters. She is also a Child Of Hecate, helping me to bless all of the items we make.

Each item is unique and different. I make items for everybody in all walks of life, various cultures and beliefs.

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I custom make items. It would be my honor to make a custom piece for you. You do not have to be a Pagan or a Witch for me to make you an item, I can customize to fit your needs and style.

I look forward to sharing my magic with you. Love and light )0(”

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I think it’s great that all jewelry items have free shipping! Free shipping makes me so happy. Shipping fees can make something way more expensive… So with free shipping, you know exactly what you’ll pay! Feel free to contact Amethyst Ways Fairies to commission a custom piece. Amethyst is a very sweet lady, and she’ll be open to hearing your ideas and making your vision come to life.

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Remember that you can use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more at Amethyst Ways Fairies! Check out my Facebook album featuring this vampire blood necklace too. I hope you enjoyed this review! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions.

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Penny Dreads: Miss Tea Wig

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Penny Dreads, my latest wig sponsor, sent me the Miss Tea wig in Black/Gold for review! This split wig is super cute and easy to manage! In addition to full wigs, Penny Dreads sells half wigs, dreads, and hair extensions. If you’re interested in buying something from Penny Dreads, be sure to use the coupon code “XIAORAWR” for 10% off! They mailed the wig to me via USPS Priority Mail: DSC_0103 This bubble mailer was sturdy and kept everything undamaged. Penny Dreads sent me really cute business cards along with the wig! The wig itself was perfectly packaged, inside a nice plastic bag with a Penny Dreads brand stick in the corner. DSC_0108 The wig came with scrunched up paper inside the wig to keep the head’s shape, and a hair net around the entire wig. This way, the curls stayed perfect, with no tangles in sight. Take a look at the photo below for with flash versus without flash views of the wig. DSC_0110_Fotor_Collage_Fotor As you can see, there isn’t a big difference in color depending on flash or no flash. Either way, the wig looks great! The golden blonde color is rich and I believe it will be flattering on many skin tones. Same goes for the black color! I love the split-wig design, especially since there is some blending of the fibers in the middle so it isn’t a stark change from one color to the next. You can brush and style the bangs in different ways to get different looks, and you can also brush out the curls for a more dramatic look if you would like! The wig fibers are thick and soft, so I am sure they will take well to styling.

Now, let’s take a look at what this wig looks like on me. DSC_0046 I think this wig is perfect for lolita fashion! The split-color trend is super cute. The black/gold combination of this Miss Tea wig makes it perfect for a variety of different styles. You can pair it with a gothic lolita look, as I did, but you could also pair it with a sweet lolita look! I can just imagine this wig paired with a cute tea time-themed lolita print. You can also wear this wig for other alternative styles. I think it would be really cool with a cyberpunk outfit! And this wig would also be really cute with a rokku gear coordinate. DSC_0095 You could also wear this wig casually, just for fun! This wig will make any outfit unique. You can pair it with your favorite graphic t-shirt, with a cute summer dress, or even with jeans and a comfy top. This wig is really easy to wear, and it fits my head perfectly: not too loose, not too tight. There are elastics and hooks in the back of the wig so you can adjust the head circumference if needed. Here is a back-view photo of the worn wig: DSC_0073

Be sure to check out my Facebook album featuring this beautiful Miss Tea wig in Black/Gold. I’ll add more photos to it over time, so like my page to see more photos! I also used this wig for other sponsored product styling, so you’ll see this wig pop up again in future reviews. I highly recommend Penny Dreads as a wig company! They have great customer service too; they respond promptly to all of my emails. Give their Facebook page a like, and check out their Instagram and Twitter.

Reminder: If you buy something from Penny Dreads, use the coupon code “XIAORAWR” for 10% off!

I hope you enjoyed reading my review of this lovely wig! I can’t wait to see what other wigs Penny Dreads will release. They are a very promising company. ^_^

If you would like to contact me about a sponsorship, my preferred method of contact is by email. Feel free to send an email to me at missxiaorawr@gmail.com. Please keep in mind that I am studying in Europe at the moment, so if you would like to mail me something, it will be to Europe.

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