I recently explored a new vintage store not far from downtown- La France! A friend of mine had bought prom dresses there in the past, and I had received little trinkets from there as gifts before, but I usually avoid that part of town (mostly late-night entertainment)
Beyond parking issues, I had a blast!! The store was wall-to-wall clothes, in every decade and pricepoint. They had gowns from 200, right down to sundresses and cocktail dresses under 30.
I needed a prom dress, and luckily, they were running a promotion of 20% any dress if intended for prom usage. I rummaged through at least half the racks haha until I found 4 possibilities. Two were lacy, off-the-shoulder pale prints. I nixed those for length and color issues. I found the perfect floor-length dress that needs only minor alterations. Now, to buy shoes and a necklace! (And maybe opera gloves)
One of the employees even sat there and talked Japanese fashion mags with me! Everyone was very helpful.
Beyond the prom dress, I always walked out with an authentic 70s Gunne Sax dress!
Have you heard of Lace Market yet?
It’s a brand new site that is a mix between ebay and EGL comm sales. Users can put Lolita items up for auction or just a normal sale. The website itself is just a shiny, pretty way to facilitate payment via paypal, however, so there’s not much difference from Livejournal save the shopping cart and auction options.
I checked it out super casually, just to see what everyone was talking about, only to find a gorgeous OP listed for only $35. I scrolled down to the shipping information and went “waaaait what that’s a zip code from the next town over….” Turns out, the dress belonged to a Lolita from my local comm! I facebook messaged her with some color questions and decided I needed it in my life.
Thank goodness I knew her already and could contact her! When I created my Lace Market account, I typo’d my email address, so I was able to quickly tell her the correct one. She drives over near my school regularly, so we worked out a set date for us to meetup to hand off the dress, thus eliminating any shipping charge.
She seemed happy after I paid the invoice, as this was her first sale on the new website, so she also now can start building up feedback.
Here’s the breakdown:
1/5: Talked with seller, paid invoice, discussed meetup date
1/26: Had intended to meet up with seller downtown to receive dress (delay because our two schedules are very very different)
Now, her schedule shifted, so she promptly texted me like yeaaah I wont be there, would you like me to ship it instead. No charge(!)
Bloo is always so kind and nice <3 I am extremely grateful to her.
The dress in question: Old School Barbie JSK~ Sax
(Her posted photo)
She said it was handmade (not by her), and despite the more lavender-looking picture, it was a nice baby blue irl. What I didn’t realize was how much is truly required a bell-shaped petticoat….I only have A-line. Whoops.
This is very poofy, fluffy, and complicated. Lots of layers and ruffles that need to all be laying in the right direction to look right. It’s very princess and intricate. My only issue is the bows (shown above) and teal vs. the baby blue dress…and stand out quite a lot. Otherwise, I am extremely satisfied with the purchase, given its price and good value.
It’s been a long time since I’ve organized my various coords and selfies haha
Starting with: My Effie Trinket costume from New Year’s Ever
Next: My dolly kei coord. It was supposed to be more dolly but it came out all cpk with some black accents. Bleh. Was too warm for my blood-red sweater or forest green shawl. Tights are a nice deep floral mix. (this was well after my lipstick came off and most of my blush had faded. I usually do smoky brown on the lids and pink rimming underneath my eyes plus intense blush for a dolly look)
Then, one day I wore cute black and white polka dots with red tights! I also had lots of red hairbows. When it’s cold out, I layer my tights. That day I was wearing white underneath the red. I also put on a nice black blazer over my cardi!
And finally, my casual favorite. I was channeling my fav 90s anime characters with teased bangs, and a layered boyfriend cardi over black jeggings.
Those earrings are soooo heavy. (clip-ons >.<) I only wear them for pictures haha.
Last weekend I went to a small independent movie theater to see a showing of Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0 You Can (not) Redo. Naturally, I arrived in cosplay.
I went with a friend and like, the moment we arrived somebody already asked for a photo! My friend later admitted it would have been cooler if he had tried to cosplay Shinji to match with me. I saw two other Kaworus, two Reis, an Asuka, a handful of Shinjis, and one original series Misato.
The theater was pretty tiny- only two theaters in the cinema. It seated like 50?? All arranged in chairs around tables, since it was a dine-in and bar kind of setup. The movie itself was just the Bluray release disc lol
It was very plain for the $15 price (plus prices for food) but daaaang the experience of being there, watching people cosplay and play pokemon together while we waited, actually seeing the movie in a more formal setting…worth it.
I heard that a moviegoer in the Carolinas actually paid for one of these events only to arrive and realize the movie was being played via somebody’s Playstation. I gotta say, this supposed “nationwide screening day” was not as structured and formal as the website suggested. I think I was in the best theater around from what I’ve heard.
Either way, totally worth it. I was so confused at the end and I think I prefer the original series. The CGI was so crappy and underwhelming, it distracted from the plot. Buuuut I will continue to purchase the DVDs and support the series just because.
This once again reminds me why I hate formatting on EGL. Excuse the poopy photo resizing and hop on over to lj to see a partial tour of my Lolita wardrobe~
Today I will be reviewing these 6 black lipstick/lip products. These make up my entire black lippie collection thus far, ranging from my earliest Halloween costume makeup to cosplay to everyday lipstick.
I love a good black lip. It adds a pop of color when paired with light, pink eyeshadow or ties together a fiery red and black look. I wear it to school, on Halloween, to cons, to meetups. It’s pretty common for me these days. Unfortunately, as you know, finding a good lipstick with staying power and vibrancy is difficult.
To start out, let’s discuss the biggest no-no in black lipstick
Fantasy Makers (by Wet n Wild) Black
(Both shown above cost somewhere under $3)
This is what they sell at Publix and temporary Spirit Halloween stores for small children to smear on their faces. I bought this when I was ten. I wore it with my “Elphaba” costume and then later, in desperation, for Karkat.
At best, it was a fine grey along the bottom of my lips. It was never fully opaque and would rub off quickly, leaving a yucky line of black crud just outside my lip line. .5/10 do not buy
The other lipstick in the above picture was a random no-brand one I found on an end cap in Walgreens once but never again. It was slightly better but still sticky, ineffective, and not worth the money. 1/10
I’m going to jump over to the Sally Girl Lip Color in Witchy Woman now.
This thing is TIIIINY. It was 84 cents at Sally’s Beauty Supply so I said “Why not?” It stinks though. It flat out refuses to go on my lips. It’s a pale grey, with almost more the consistency of a cheap chapstick lipbalm. It’s nourishing, I’ll give it that, but it certainly is not a true black lipstick. For under one dollar, however, it was worth a shot. 0/10
When it comes to black lipsticks, you don’t necessarily need to drop big bucks, but if one is so cheap it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t going to work. I’ve found more success in the $2-$6 range.
Next! (Hot Topic) Blackheart Poison Kiss lipstick
When you think black, Hot Topic makes sense, right? So that’s where I tried next after Fantasy Makers wasn’t cutting it. This one is listed at $5 on their website.
I really wanted to like this one. The packaging was prettier than other lipsticks I owned. It seemed like a hit. At first, it applies relatively evenly but requires some serious coaxing to get it across my entire bottom lip. It looks fine for about 20 minutes before it fades and rubs off, leaving residue.
On its own, it’s several steps nicer that others, but still doesn’t have staying power. 5/10 (on its own)
However, it layers nicely with, say, black lipgloss! With a bit of gloss to cover the areas the lipstick just couldn’t cover, I was able to achieve a nice, shiny and long-lasting combination. 7/10 (combined with other products)
Now, luckily Rimmel came out with a Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Black Diva
I bought it at Walgreens for $5 (It seems that Target currently lists it for closer to $3. Many stores carry the Stay Glossy line but do not stock the black color. I find it interesting that they chose to include black, as it is an anomaly among the various pinks.)
On its own, the gloss is streaky and too wet to keep sticky. Application is messy and it does not coat the lip evenly. 4/10 (on its own)
But, of course, combined with a proper lipstick, it works pretty well. I rarely re-apply the black lipstick underneath and just refresh the look with more gloss. 7/10 (combined with other products)
Finally, my new favorite
Wet n Wild Fergie lipstick in Pagan Angel
I love these names. They bring out my almost-nonexistent babybat. I bought this one for under $4 at Walgreens. Now, for shades of pink and red I HIGHLY highly highly recommend the $1.99 Wet n Wild Megalast lipsticks. They are very drying but highly pigmented. The glossy shine wears off quickly but leaves a strong, matte color behind. They last a looong time but I need to hydrate a bunch in-between wears. I own several of them and use them every week just about.
So when I saw Wet n Wild had a new black lipstick, I was sold. (I see the hypocrisy here, as Fantasy Makers is by the same company, but there is a difference between the cheapo costume makeup and the proper lipstick lines meant for mainstream use)
The Fergie cosmetics are a little pricier than the basic lippies, but the quality continues to impress me. I’ll write more at length once I’ve used this one more, but the few hours I spent wearing this one, it felt and looked as consistent as my usual favorite pink lippies.
The packaging is understated but classy. I don’t like how large the surface area of the lipstick is as I tend to be messy at applying. (I usually go waaay outside my lips and then wipe it all off) But it doesn’t feel as drying as the Megalast but just as pigmented.
It takes a few layers, but even the first swipe was a darker, thicker black than the Blackheart lipstick.
9/10 (I don’t want to give it a solid 10 yet because it has yet to go through all the different tests- eating, drinking, a night at a party, etc…. but I expect great things from it based on my past positive Wet n Wild experiences.)
25. A picture of you a while ago/a picture of you now and your thoughts.
Ugh I am so lazy though
above: If I had to describe myself and my childhood in one photo, it might be this. Or maybe the one where dad put the dog on my head and my face was utter disgust and terror.
Above: This used to be my absolute favorite picture of myself. I loved it. I thought I looked so cool. Well, looking back, it’s not too bad but wow I have come a long way.
~Look how far I’ve come~
also, wow. 2 years ago I NEVER would have shown so many real pictures. Now, I do believe this was major stupid of me to indulge in this question, but I don’t see the harm?
26. 5 things you look for in a person/relationship
I don’t know, I never put in that much thought. It just happens. I do value having a solid friendship/companionship to back up the lovey-dovey phases though.
27. Tell us about your sexuality. Do you think it’s possible to be completely straight?
I’ve heard people half-joke that all people are secretly bi. I hate that. It completely erases lesbians and gay men, not to mention any other queer individuals that do not identify with the label “bi.” It is true that plenty of straight people have been forced to adopt the straight label by society and, given the chance, might explore into the realm of other sexualities and means of expression. Some people are truly only attracted to the opposite sex or gender (they are different) but some people just aren’t. People are what they are and labels are totally at their own discretion. The less we assume that everybody is straight, the better.
As for myself, I’d rather not get into it. It’s not terribly complicated but I don’t feel like broadcasting that to the world. That’s not your business to know.
28. The year of your life that you loved most and why.
Whatever my final answer is to this, within a short amount of time, it will surely change. 2011-2012 was horrible. 2012-2013 was me rebuilding and regaining and making up for lost time. 2013-2014, I’m on top of the world, partying it up my way, cautious for something to come along and knock me down. We will see how 2014 fares.
30. 3 things you love and 3 things you hate about Tumblr.
Love: the pretty pictures and style icons, the ability to make a name, a niche for yourself OR hide in the shadows, depending on your taste, and the nice people I have kept in touch with.
Hate: the crappy video player, the crappy inbox system, the anti-sj crowd.
So that concludes this 30 day challenge. Well, it was an interesting challenge in that I pretty much sat one day and answered every single question and then queued each post, rather than answer them on the corresponding days. Not that it really matters? But I haven’t really learned or addressed anything new? All for fun haha.