3/1/15

new treasures & a product review


Last month, I decided to treat myself to a couple of items on ASOS, and last week, I returned them. I usually have pretty good luck with my ASOS orders (since some of my favorite items in my wardrobe are from ASOS), but unfortunately, this order was kind of a bust.


I purchased the Daisy Mono Print Sweetheart Dress (by Nishe) and the Mini Body-Conscious Skirt With All Over Bat Print (by Your Eyes Lie), which were both on sale and available in my sizes (I got the dress in a size 8 and the skirt in a medium). Since my subtotal was a little over $50, standard shipping was free and relatively prompt per usual - I placed my order on January 31st, and I received my order on February 7th. Since I was in New York when my order arrived, I didn't get to open and try on my new clothes until later that week. I was really excited to incorporate these new items into my wardrobe, but alas, it just wasn't meant to be this time.


The daisy dress was cute in person, but the material was totally different from what I was expecting - although the print and button-detailing were beautiful, but the polyester woven fabric was much thinner and sheerer than it looked online. The fit was also a bit awkward; the sleeves clung uncomfortably on my upper arms and the dress just looked frumpy on me. I think the dress could've had some potential if I ordered a larger size for a looser, smock-like silhouette, but I was really hoping for a more flattering fit-and-flare silhouette.


I also ordered this bat-printed bodycon mini skirt, which I had been eying for a couple of months before it went on sale. Although the skirt did fit, the material was also kind of weird; the cotton-poly blend felt like athletic nylon material, and the screenprinted bats seemed like they were prone to cracking and wearing off of the fabric. This skirt just looked and felt cheaper in quality than my printed bodycon skirts from Forever 21.

Despite this fluke of a purchase, I was able to send back my order (for free and with tracking) and get a full refund without any hassle. I still enjoy shopping on ASOS, but I'm really grateful for their easy breezy return policy.



On a more positive note, here are some recent stylish acquisitions that I'm pretty happy about:

vintage bat-ring

souvenirs from themyscira


a valentine's day present from my prince

purse charms

I found this Native Youth jacket for Jordan on super-sale at the UO bargain basement

new tote bag, by The Disaster Life for Stay Home Club

vintage gumball ring

new tartan scarf because somerville is a winter wasteland~~~

"strawberry suede" (revlon) & "chili pepper" (snoe)

grey peter pan collar cape, from OASAP

2/10/15

life is grand

hi Lauren hiiii~

After suffering from a slight case of cabin fever due to the weekly snowstorms in Somerville, I trekked down to New York for a weekend getaway in a slightly less snowy environment. Between holidays and just being busy, I hadn't had a chance to go to NYC since New York Comic Con last October, so it was nice to get a chance to do a little shopping and catch up with some of my friends even if it was a rather last-minute trip. On Saturday, we hit up Kinokuniya (where I dropped a pretty penny on kewpies, pens, and Japanese fashion magazines), St. Mark's for dinner at Oh! Taisho, and the Sidewalk Cafe to check out Giovanni's band, Duckspeak. Since I had to catch an early bus back to Boston due to the blizzard warnings (no no no nooo), Lauren, Caitie and I grabbed a quick brunch at Sugar and Plumm, and I stopped by La Maison Du Macaron to pick up some macarons for Jordan before racing over to Canal Street. Anyway, now I'm back home and I've been snowed in from work for two days and Boston is gonna be a winter wasteland forever and I can't wait to go back to New York.

On a side note, I'm starting to realize that my NYC trips are harder to plan nowadays, while trying to fit all the things I want to do and all the people I want to see within the span of 1.5 days, but I'm really hoping to travel to the big city more often this year (preferably when it's at least 20 degrees warmer). Regardless, I can't wait for more NY adventures this year~~~

Batgirls of Burnside

gimme dat d

spotted at kinokuniya: kewpie display *o*

v into this logo for ribon mascot comics


gimme

Nick & his main man

o hi :3

hi Giovanni hiiiii

hi friends hiiiii
[Lauren, Andrew, Kristin, Giovanni]

spiked iced coffee @ sugar and plumm

chicken & waffles @ sugar and plumm

macarons from la maison du macaron

japanese fashion magazines featuring some of my favorite things: valentine's day & 1D

new tsum tsums :3

new sonny angel kewpies [from kinokuniya)

kewpies dressed up as kamen rider & luke perry [from space kiddets]

Also, Lauren & I got friendship-Crows.

1/26/15

f/w 2014/2015



heyyy, I finally got around to editing a bunch of photos from fall/winter 2014-2015 thus far.

some highlights:
  • We made flower crowns and went to King Richard's Faire.
  • I finally went to MICE for the first time.
  • Katie Skelly and I collaborated on a style post inspired by Operation Margarine.
  • Jordan moved in~~~
  • Jordan and I dressed up as Kiki and Tombo and went on a day trip to Salem.
  • Jordan and I celebrated our first anniversary
  • We celebrated Halloween at the Comicazi Halloween party and at Ming's spooky birthday party.
  • I showed up in Batgirl and Squirrel Girl!
  • I cleaned out a lot of my belongings.
  • We went to Kaiju Big Battel's 20th anniversary show.
  • I couldn't decide whether I should go to my high school reunion or Shake Shack. So I did both.
  • I met Chris Evans.
  • We went to the Hub Comics Batman show
  • We went to the Yule Ball.
  • We rang in the new year by throwing a karaoke party
  • I wore a lot of qt outfits.


1/2/15

new yeah


After closing out 2014 with karaoke with some of my best friends and opening the new year with 12+ hours of sleep, I'm pretty pumped about 2015. 2014 was fun and all, but I definitely procrastinated on a lot of things - I didn't really motivate myself to make some major changes until the later half of the year. I'm determined to make the most of this year and myself, so here are some things I hope to accomplish this year.

GOALS & RESOLUTIONS
  1. Do more.
    • cook more: I want to get better at cooking and I want to stop ordering takeout every other night.
    • create more: I'm pushing myself to draw as often as I can, and I really want to do more creative writing. I also have a fun idea for a comic that I've been wanting to flesh out. I want to sew more and create a new dress and a new utility belt.
    • take more instax photos: I thought that I would've had more Instax photos by the end of 2014, so I would love to take at least 60 exposures this year.
    • more outfit photos: documenting my outfits at least a few times a week will push me to coordinate my clothes in new/different ways. I want to try to wear every item of clothing in my wardrobe at least once, and I think this will push me to utilize my entire wardrobe, instead of rotating through my ten favorite dresses.
    • move more: although I pretty much walk everywhere already, I want to try yoga, lifting weights, and more cardio. I canceled my gym membership last year because the monthly fees weren't worth it, but I think I may invest in a WiiU Fit.
    • save more: although I shop a lot, I'm pretty frugal with my purchases and I never spend beyond my means. Regardless, I'd love to reach my next savings goal. I want to spend less money on ordering takeout and put all of my ComicsAlliance paycheques into my savings.
    • blog more: I want to get in the habit of updating at least once a week. My goal is to have at least fifty-two entries by the end of 2015.
  2. Switch from shampoo & conditioner to a "no-poo" regimen Last year, I switched to sulfate-free shampoo and my hair definitely feels less damaged than it was earlier in the year, so I'm curious to see how my locks will look and feel with this new routine.
  3. Clean and declutter frequently
    I've been on a big cleaning binge since this past Fall, and I'm still itching to purge more of my wardrobe and belongings. Clutter tends to accumulate quickly in my room, and ever since Jordan moved in, I crave organized space for both of our stuff. I got rid of 9+ bags of clothing (most of which were adopted by friends, sold to Buffalo Exchange, and donated), and I still have a few bags of stuff to put up for sale on Storenvy and I still have a long way to go. I have boxes and boxes of craft supplies and fabric stocked up for a never-ending list of projects, so I'm going to push myself to actually turn my stuff into new treasures or destash my unused supplies. Likewise, I want to be more selective and mindful of clutter with every aspect in my life - I want to clear my social life, my social media feeds, and my mind of indulgent toxicity and mundane obligations. TAKING OUT THE TRASH 2015 LET'S DO THIS
  4. Learn how to read tarot cards and runes
    I got a beautiful set of tarot cards from AK and a set of runes a couple years ago in Salem, so I'm going to dabble in teen witch stuff and learn how to do readings with both sets.
  5. Be Wonder Woman
    Well, yeah.
PLANS / TRAVEL / CONVENTIONS
  1. Conventions: Anime Boston (April 3-5), TCAF (May 9-10), MeCAF (May 17), HeroesCon (June 19-21), Special Edition NYC, Boston Comic Con (July 31-Aug. 2), MICE, New York Comic Con (Oct 8-11), Super MegaFest (Nov. 21-22)
  2. Austin - I haven't gone to Austin since November 2013, but Jordan and I will probably go back within the next couple of months. I can't wait~!
  3. California trip (LA & San Francisco)
  4. more trips to New York
  5. Funspot
  6. Japan Summer Festival (Mitsuwa, New Jersey)
  7. Six Flags
  8. more karaoke nights
  9. beach trips
  10. Museums: planetarium, mapparium, cryptozoology museum, ica, mfa, moma, museum of natural history
2015 WISHLIST
After getting rid of a ton of stuff and learning to be Okay With Getting Rid Of Things That I Don't Need, I want to invest in higher quality items instead of cheaper items that won't get as much mileage. Here are some of the things that I want to invest in for 2015 - if any of you have any leads on any of these items, drop me a line~
  1. A durable pair of saddle shoes: I usually get my saddle shoes from payless, but they wear down so quickly whenever I wear them (they usually last me 3-4 months max?). I'd love to invest in a new pair that's more durable and higher quality.
  2. Yellow/mustard circle skirt: I recently got rid of my yellow pencil skirt from Forever 21 because it would easily wrinkle, so I want to replenish my wardrobe with a higher-quality medium weight mini circle skirt in yellow or mustard.
  3. Bras that actually fit: I read this guide to proper bra fit and measuring and I'm definitely wearing the wrong size right now. 2015 is the year for better undergarments~
  4. New computer: my macbook is about six years old now and I really need a new computer. I was thinking of getting a Macbook Air or a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - any insight would be welcomed.
  5. A new pair of glasses: I really love this pair from BonLook
  6. Lash extensions
  7. Batgirl cowl
  8. Leather moto jacket: I currently alternate between two faux leather jackets from Forever 21 and they're cute, but the synthetic material wears off quickly. I've been wanting a proper black leather punk jacket ever since I was a teen and maybe I can finally indulge before I turn 30. Edit: I'm trying to decide between these two Straight To Hell jackets: Commando vs. Defector
  9. New bed frame and a bed: because I'm still sleeping on a futon, y'all.
  10. At least one tattoo. It's time.

Anyway, here's a photo of me and Jordan after five hours of NYE karaoke

12/8/14

instax


Over the past year, I've been experimenting with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and I finally got a chance to scan all of my shots that I've taken thus far (thanks to Benn). Since I usually shoot with my Nikon Coolpix L120 and my iPhone, I have a tendency to take a lot of "safety shots", which ensures that I can get the best shot while quickly filling up my memory cards with at least a dozen unnecessary outtakes. Despite the luxury/burden of limitless digital shots, I've been pushing myself to be more selective and mindful with my photos and my Instax has definitely made me more conscious of this effort, especially with only ten exposures per film cartridge.

I'm still getting used to adjusting the aperture settings to account for better exposures, but I really love how user-friendly the Instax is. Even though I usually carry my Instax around with me in my purse and I've brought it to every convention, I only have twenty-four photos thus far, but I just stocked up on some more film and I look foward to taking more Instax photos in 2015.

Anyway, here's my humble gallery of Instax shots thus far~~~