Thursday, October 22, 2009


I have recently became aware of a new magazine tailored toward the hime-kei fashion. I love collecting various other lolita and gyaru fashion magazines, so when I found out about Hime☆Style I ordered it right away! I purchased the three issues available on at the time. Sadly the August issue went out of print while I was waiting for shipment and now all the past issues seem to have gone out of print as well.

I waited excitedly for my package to arrive. However, upon opening it I was a little discouraged at how thin the books were. The July/09 issue is 98pgs and Oct/09 issue is only 96pgs. But I know new magazines are not going to have tons of features during the first issues.

These are in essence a smaller version of the ageha magazines. The street snap section dominates the front of the books. There are tiny sections on the deco items and nail designs. Hime☆Style features a few pages of hair styling, brand modeling, quizzes, music recommendations and model recommendations. Images of the model's blogs, purikara, the model's free time activities, and picture outtakes are featured in both issues as well. And of course the typical ageha plastic surgery before and after ads dominate the final pages.

(I so plan on typing Kyumi's curly pigtails.)

The weirdest section I must say is the model recommendation for cosmetic beauty clinics along with the pictures of their false eyelash attachments, botox injections, tattoo removal, and art makeup (which by the look of the machine in the photo appears to be cosmetic tattooing).


The street snaps are a mixture of styles. I've seen himegyaru, hime casual, and plain casual clothes.


Hime☆Style is an okay magazine. I plan to buy the future issues, but it will in no way deter me from buying more ageha. I hope the future issues will have more brand modeling since these two issues have nearly none at all.

I am going to need to use an additional shelf soon.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Heart floor cushion

Some family members should be avoided at all cost. But that is not the focus of this entry so I will get to that in a moment.

For my first craft project I decided to post my heart floor cushion.

This project started out with a water main break in my house. Which led to a collapsed waterlogged ceiling destroying a majority of the furniture in my room including my computer desk. I went on a search for a new desk but could not find any I liked. Being thrifty I thought the old butler's table from the foyer would make a cute desk. It works well and does not overpower my room. The only problem was I had to sit on the floor.

This new problem sent me on another quest: a floor cushion. I knew what I wanted, a blue heart, but I couldn't find a store that made that shape or color combination. This is where my family member comes into the picture.

My aunt having discovered her new ecological conservationist roots bought me three cushions from her couch she was going to get rid of.

- "Recycling these will help the environment!", she told me.
- I pointed out to her that not throwing away her couch because she wanted a new one would also help the environment. She ignored my wonderful advice while throwing the cushions in my room and running off to the nearest furniture store. (I need to stop before I get on a tangent.)

Now left with these three disgraces to the environment and my own devices, I began my work.

1. I cut half of the cushions down the middle and toward the ends making sure not the cut through the folds I had created.

2. I basted the cushions together to keep them in place. Then I drew the outline of the heart I wanted.

3. I then cut the heart out. ❤

5. Measuring the heart, I cut out the fabric pattern. (The fabric is "Soft & Comfy" and is actually a light sky blue color.)

6. Then I sewed the fabric together, put it on the cushion form, and sewed the pillow closed.

Ta-da! Now I have a wonderful "environment-saving" floor cushion which is very comfortable.

The only problem now is my cats like to steal it while I'm not looking.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"The Road Not Taken"

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

            --Robert Frost

I have been wanting to include a poetry column for quite some time now, but have been unable to decide how to start it. After thinking about it I decided the poem "The Road Not Taken" fit well.

A traveler comes to a split in a path (of life). Though both paths are the equally the same he decides to take the path which appears to be less traveled thinking that one day he can come back and take the other path. But then acknowledges that he will never come back to that impasse again. The last stanza is for the reader to interpret for himself or herself. I interpret the last stanza as in the future the traveler will sigh and look back deciding if he made the correct decision. But he knows there is a difference in his life that would not have been if he took the other path.

The poem makes me look back to the time when I decided to be different from the individuals around me. I took the road less traveled and decided to dress in lolita. With a sigh, I look back at my decision and know it has definitely lead to a difference in my life than if I had chosen "the road not taken".

Thursday, October 8, 2009

To thine own self be true

Every etiquette book and princess training manual talks about the topic of hobbies. Being a lifestyle advocate I love the ideas of tea parties, badminton, and embroidery. However, changing your actions and past times for the sake of clothing is pointless.

I still enjoy and participate in the hobbies I was interested in before I discovered lolita, and I have no plan on changing. I will never eliminate Saturday morning video games or warm summer days playing volleyball with friends.

No matter how much you love a fashion or want to adopt it into your lifestyle you should not change who you are or what you like just to fit into some ideal image. Don't let someone you do not know dictate how you are going to act and who you are going to be. It is pointless to do so. You are not being true to yourself and will eventually grow tired for the charade. It is the 21st century there is no point in being restricted by a set of lady-like gender restrictive ideals from several centuries ago.

Developing new hobbies is always excellent. If you genuinely want to learn to play violin, do so. However, if you want to learn because it will make you more lolita you are not being true to yourself.

This weekend I will be attending the video game expo in Philadelphia. I am really excited, this is the first mass attendance event I have ever been to.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend as well.