Thursday, November 24, 2016

Japan Trip Day 11: Getting gel nails in Shizuoka ♡

We planned to visit Shizuoka since it was close to Hamamatsu and our JR passes were still valid. I did a bit of research to find out what were the cool places there and we got to visit pretty much all of the ones we had in mind.

First we went to Aloha Table for lunch. It's a Hawaiian-themed restaurant you can find at most big cities in Japan.

I ordered taco rice and watermelon juice and my boyfriend had some prawns with salad and rice. We drank a lot of lemonade from the drink bar and everything was delicious.

One of the best meals we had in Japan! After lunch we went shopping. I wasn't planning to go to Liz Lisa again but I'm glad I did because I found this super cute cardigan.

And then we stopped at Angelic Pretty for the millionth time. The shop girl didn't speak any English but I didn't take long.

Just grabbed a pair of OTKs to match my ivory Eternal Carnival and left. I've been wearing those OTKs a lot!

We then went to a 390 yen shop called THANKYOUMART where I finally found a case that would fit my Iphone 5c (those seem to be inexistent in Japan) and a Creamy Mami bracelet.

As I was taking a look at their 390 yen products I started to notice that the store employees were acting a bit weird, they kept staring at me and talking between nervous laughs. Until one of the girls came up to me and attempted some English to ask if she could take my picture to post on their Twitter account, she was very nervous but of course I said yes. I only thought it was weird because although I'm not Asian I looked pretty normalfag on that day and I was wearing boring clothes.

On our way to Aloha Table I spotted a nail salon that offered a good deal for gel manicure ,one of the things I really wanted to get done in Japan. The lady there said I could go back at 5:30 to get my nails done so I did. I paid about 5,000 yen to get a simple design. I only had gel nails done twice but it was solid color only. This was my first time getting gel nails with a design and I loved the experience!

I got pink french tips with silver glitter detailing and stones and pearls on my ring finger nail. I also really liked this design, hope I can get it done someday:

So pretty! The name of the salon was TFFA and I would get my nails done with them again if I could!

We ended up going to a different shopping mall later on that day where I noticed Gelato Pique for the first time. It's the cutest nightwear brand I've ever seen! I fell in love with their beautiful store.

I couldn't help but buying a little something from their brand so I chose one of their home sprays.

It came in a cute little box and even the shopping bag was adorable! Next time I'm in Japan I hope I can buy more of their products!

When it was already dark we visited Suzutora Café, we were so glad to find it still open but we only had time to grab some of their cookies to go.

By the way the lemon cookies were delicious! The matcha were a bit too strong for my taste but still pretty good.

Here are some flyers and things from the nail salon and the café! The nails lasted for over a month, can't wait to get something similar done again but I can't seem to find such service here in Brazil.

We had a good time in Shizuoka! By the way I know I'm a little behind with my Japan posts but hopefully I can get back on track soon, I just have a lot going in my life at the moment. Soon I'll post about my trip to Chile too!

Thank you for reading ♡

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Lolita Halloween ♡

Hello everyone! This year I couldn't attend any Halloween meet-ups as I've been working a lot on weekends. Last Sunday I went to my friends house so we could celebrate Halloween by cooking a spooky meal and wearing Lolita.

We spent the whole afternoon cooking, we made Jack O' Lantern peppers stuffed with taco rice, cucumber and cream cheese and egg salad sandwiches, apple pie and violet flavored Italian sodas. I was in charge of the decor as usual, so I brought all black/purple/orange party items I had.

I don't have many Halloween-y things in my collection, I love the celebration but I'm more into cutesy pastel themes, but I tried my best.

The decor was gore-free as I'm not a fan of fake blood or anything pass "elegantly spooky".

We couldn't do much more since it was only the two of us but we were happy with the results!

When we started eating, for our surprise, everything we prepared was delicious!

We specially loved the egg salad sandwiches and the taco rice "pumpkins", the apple pie, which we ate later on as we watched RuPaul's Drag Race was also delicious although it didn't end up looking as we expected.

I also prepared little candy bags for both of us containing chocolates, gummies, Japanese candy, etc.

It was a really fun day (and I did spend the whole day there @-@)

Outfit-wise my friend wore her Trick or Treat skirt from BTSSB and I had the hardest time picking an outfit since I'm really not into gothic/spooky/creepy/you-name-it themes. Naturally I had to wear my only black dress, Heart Party from BTSSB. I ended up wearing something that was neither Halloween-y or my style. I'm really unhappy with the outcome, it's safe to say that this was my least favorite outfit in 2016.

It would've looked more color-balanced had my gold shoes arrived so I could wear them, I really dislike those black shoes and I intend to replace them soon. I've never in my entire Lolita life worn so many accessories on my head at once, it was almost OTT by my standards! There was a black velvet headbow from Chocomint, a bat shaped hair-clip from Paris Kids, a side veil from Le Carrousel, a black and a gold glitter bow, a gold glitter star and a metallic gold star! I also worn my gold glitter star ring from Oh Candy! an off-brand star necklace and tights with a gold glitter constellations print! The star bag from Angelic Pretty and the Cosmic choux choux also from AP I borrowed from my friend and my blouse is Amavel!

That's it for this year's Halloween I hope you had an awesome time too! More Japan posts coming soon!

Thank you for reading ♡

Monday, October 17, 2016

Japan Trip Day 10: Exploring Nagoya ♡

On the 10th day we caught the shinkansen to Nagoya, we were just going to spend the day there and go back to Hamamatsu at night. We wanted to make the most of our JR passes and had a pretty good reason to visit Nagoya: Violet Blue, one of my favorite places to buy Lolita second-hand, I've bought from their website several times and now it was time to visit their physical store.

One thing I noticed when we arrived in Nagoya was that we could occasionally hear Portuguese in the trains coming out of the speakers! That's because there's a large Brazilian community living there. Another thing is that every time we would enter a bookshop there was Brazilian music playing, but not only in Nagoya but all the cities we visited, sometimes it would play in restaurants and stores.

On our way to Violet Blue we stopped for a quick lunch at a random restaurant, We ordered tomato and egg sandwiches and then shared a matcha parfait.

Matcha parfaits are probably some of the best things we had in Japan, so yummy, I wish we had that here. After lunch we shopped at Coucou, a store you can find all over Japan, more or less, because Hamamatsu didn't have one. I bought two air freshers at Coucou and a few other things.

Cute zip-lock bags, band-aids featuring vintage toys and a box with the cutest tea bags ever, I already gave some of them to friends that's why the box looks empty, I haven't tried them myself yet.

When we got to the place Violet Blue was supposed to be we found out that the store moved locations. We asked about it to the girls working on the ice cream shop nearby and one of them was nice enough to walk us to the new store. She was so incredibly kind to do that I thanked her at least three times before she left.

Violet Blue had a few good things on stock but since they were still setting up and the changing room was not ready to use I had to try everything with all my clothes underneath. Maybe that's why their ivory Twinkle Sky OP didn't fit me. I've had Angelic Pretty dresses being short on me at almost all times but never tried on a dress that wouldn't fit me. Now I don't wanna risk the OP anymore and I'm hoping to grab the ivory JSK sometime in the future. I also tried on Innocent World's Cherry Jam Pleated Frill JSK in black and absolutely loved the dress and how it looked on me but decided to wait for the white version to pop up. I didn't leave the store empty-handed though. I found a Baby, The Stars Shine Bright skirt.

I never cared much about Le Lac des Cygnes but my friend recently got the JSK and I was with her when she picked it up and had the chance to see it in person. I must say I was impressed, it is a gorgeous print. So when I saw it there for a steal I couldn't help but buy it.

Of course the next stop had to be Angelic Pretty Nagoya.

By the end of this trip I had visited seven different Angelic Pretty stores and Nagoya's had by far the nicest staff, one of the girls even spoke pretty good English and I had such a great time there, the other girl (there were two at the occasion) didn't speak any English at all but did her best to help me.

I tried on Shadow Dream Carnival high waist JSK and it was huge on me, that dress has so much shirring that I think pretty much anyone can't fit in it. Ever since I tried on Eternal Carnival back in Hiroshima I had it in the back of my mind. I asked to try it on again. The regular JSK has a really flattering fit. The print is not what I usually go for but I thought it would be nice to have a dress that is different from the rest of my wardrobe.

But I wouldn't have this dress in any other colorway. The ivory balances out the Sweet print and the bodice and lace are gorgeous. The peplum version is longer and has the cute overskirt but the regular JSK's bodice has a nicer fit specially on the boob area.

I think I got this with 30% off, I just know I didn't pay full price. I plan to wear this dress pretty soon.

The shop-girls also gave me the Fall lookbook which is so beautiful, the pictures are way prettier and the coords way better than the ones in their most recent mook.

I had a really great experience shopping at Angelic Pretty Nagoya. On that day I wore my Cinnamoroll t-shirt, with my Amavel shell bag, Cinamoroll watch (which has little shells on the wristband) and my sailor skirt.

We walked around the beautiful city until we reached Nagoya City Science Museum.

The museum is actually in that huge silver ball! The planetarium being in the very top! We weren't quite sure whether we wanted to enter the museum. First we explored their souvenir shop.

They had astronaut food, World's map washi tape and so much cool stuff. I bought little presents for friends and family and got myself a pencil with a multicolored core. Visiting the shop was so exciting that we were convinced we had to check out the museum too!

Here are a few tips if you ever visit the museum: take your student ID with you, even if it's not in Japanese, any student ID will do, and then you can get a discounted ticket for the museum. You can buy the ticket to visit the museum only or the museum and planetarium. The attendant warned us that the planetarium was "Japanese only, no English" but I insisted I wanted to go to the planetarium too. That was a mistake because the planetarium ended up being very boring because we couldn't understand a thing and by the time the presentation was over the museum was closing and we had to leave. It was a waste of time and money because we got little time to explore the museum before our scheduled time for the planetarium presentation. I do recommend visiting the museum, but skip the planetarium if you don't speak Japanese and take your student ID with you! My boyfriend was able to get the discounted ticket with his Brazilian student ID and I didn't because I left mine here.

The museum closes at 5 PM on weekdays and since we didn't exactly plan to go there we were not able to check out all the floors but it was nice to visit anyways.

The rest of the afternoon we spent shopping. I grabbed all the cute Sanrio items from Seria.

There is a shopping bag, a file, wet tissues, blotting paper, gift bags, etc.

Loft was one of favorite stores in Japan, we would stop everything we came across one!

I bought a My Melody planner and more stationery and my boyfriend found this adorable Funassyi plushie and Sailor Moon tin (it comes with a tiny notepad).

I tend to go for the same motifs I like in Lolita when it comes to stationery. I don't have a bread dress yet but now I do have bread stickers!

Got pens and markers at Loft too! The pens are milk, peach, grape, coffee and matcha flavored!

Also bought this super kawaii limited edition Milky candy and chocolate bar at some kombini.

Before we left we had dinner at a okonomiyaki place, we added noodles to ours so it could be Hiroshima-style, it was so good, too bad I don't remember the name of the restaurant. When we were finally ready to leave it was almost 10 PM.

I said goodbye to Nagoya wishing I could go back someday. From all the seven Japanese cities we visited Nagoya was my favorite and that day was one of the best days I had in Japan.

Thank you for reading ♡