Thursday, September 8, 2016

Finally! I've been putting off writing this post for over a month because I've been waiting on some photos, but I feel like if I wait any longer it's just going to end up being irrelevant so better late than never, right?

Avcon this year was a BIG weekend, the biggest convention weekend I've ever had. We stayed in the city for it because my competition was so big that there was no way I could travel from home to the convention centre on the day with it without losing my mind, and it gave us an excuse to have a mini holiday in our own lil town!

Saturday was spent taking part in the lolita content that Avcon had to offer. Every year the local community has a fashion showcase which explains the fashion and its different substyles, and members have the chance to walk the catwalk and show off their favourite coordinates. I wore my all time favourite dress, Angelic Pretty's Sweet Cream House in a cozy, biscuit themed outfit. I love this dress so much because not only is the print super cute, but it's really comfortable to wear. I'm so glad I finally snagged it!

I spent the afternoon helping out my friend TeiJay of Sassy Legs Photography shoot portraits of cosplayers on the convention floor which was lots of fun! I had the opportunity to meet lots of lovely people as well as to admire their costumes, which is something I don't get the chance to do when I'm in costume myself.

Sunday was where the real action was for me. I finally got to wear the Godoka costume I'd been working on for eight months in the cosplay competition! Godoka is a character that I really, really love. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of my favourite animes, and Madoka embodies everything that's good and kind, so why wouldn't I want to be the ultimate form of her? All of my construction notes/process pictures are on my cosplay Facebook page, so if you'd like to know any specific details feel free to check it out!

The competition was REALLY tough! There were some seriously good costumes in the mix, including a full scale male suit and one of the most intense props I've ever seen; it spun, lit up, made sounds, and weighed a ton. But the most exciting thing of all was that I placed as Best Amateur! I entered because I wanted to challenge myself and step my game up because this was a BIG project and I was stoked just to have finished it, so any kind of recognition was an amazing bonus!

I wish there were more photos of the prize giving, but it was confusingly organised and it wasn't announced so most people had left before it happened, including the photographers. But as someone who has never won anything in their life, it was a crazy surreal moment, I'm 23 years old and I finally won my very first medal! It was especially amazing to have won for something that I'd worked so hard on and felt so passionate about. Cosplay is an incredibly rewarding hobby and I'm so glad it's become such a big part of my life.

I promptly went back to the hotel and ate pizza in my dressing gown and my medal, a perfect end to a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

An Unexpected Break

Soufflé Song Dress // Wheels & Dollbaby Bolero // H&M Blouse // Handmade Crown // Taobao Handbag // eBay Shoes & Tights

I've been a little hopeless with posting this year, but I promise I've got a good reason and I thought I'd write a little post just to update anyone who might've been checking back looking for new posts. In recent months I've been feeling very tired and uninspired. I've struggled a lot with getting a handle on my mental health, and my issues with anxiety have spiralled into a complete mess of feelings that have impacted just about every area of my life. I've also been trying to get to the bottom of a physical illness that has had me off my feet for nearly a month now and is completely exhausting, it's really hard to get excited about life when you feel like garbage all the time. Thankfully I've finished the first semester unscathed, even though I think it was one of my most difficult yet, and I produced some work that I'm really quite proud of! 

Something that's helped me to stay somewhat positive during recent months has been lolita fashion. Over the last year I've become more involved with my local community and I look forward to meets so much! I love being able to channel my creativity and love of aesthetics into a fashion that is loved so passionately by so many people all over the world. I know that the general consensus on lolitas is that they're snobby and elitist but, for me anyway, I feel like it's much more of a sisterhood. There's nothing more fun than putting on a fancy dress and a big fluffy petticoat and having tea and cake with lovely people when you're feeling down or unwell. For me, lolita offers a form of escapism. It's something a little more beautiful and special than every day life, and that's a really wonderful thing.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bunnies & Berries

Lief Gardenberries Dress // Princess Highway Cardigan // Asos Blouse // Naturaliser Shoes // Taobao Bag // Handmade headband

This weekend my local lolita community had it's annual Easter meet up, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to wear Gardenberries in a toned down, autumn coordinate! I really love Gardenberries, it was on my wishlist for a long time and when I finally scored it for a reasonable price I was so stoked; it's a really comfortable dress to wear and I think it's quite simple to coordinate with as well. 

Anyway! The meet was at Movenpick and it was lovely. I'd wanted to go there for a while as I'd only walked past before and every time I've been by it's always busy with people eating delicious looking food and I'm a real sucker for dessert. I wish I'd taken more photos because almost all of the dishes everyone ordered looked amazing, but I was too hungry to focus on much more than my own plate! I had the berry waffles with a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of caramel ice creams. The waffles were freshly made, lovely and super crispy (my favourite!) the strawberry ice cream tasted a little bit like jam which I didn't love, but the caramel ice cream was really rich and fudgy and fancy. 

Pepdog photobomb bonus round!

I didn't stay out for too long because I had homework to do and honestly I'm struggling a little bit with anxiety when it comes to being in public, but it was really nice to get dressed up and socialise for a couple of hours! I really love going out in lolita because even though I know that people are looking at me, I know that they're looking at me because I'm dressed differently and not because of whatever reason my overactive and anxious brain invents. And because my skirt is so big no one can sit next to me on the tram because I take up the whole seat which is a big plus!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Review Time! Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

I'm going back to uni tomorrow so I decided that tonight I would have a li'l night just for me. I had lots of empty black pots to trade in at Lush so what's a more perfect way to have a me night than to treat myself to one of Lush's new fresh face masks! I've used nearly every Lush mask (it just goes with the territory when you work there, haha!) and I've always used different masks for specific reasons, for example persistent hormonal breakouts call for Cosmetic Warrior, Love Lettuce works for a good scrub, Cupcake or Magnaminty for a refreshing clean etcetera, but I've never found a mask that worked for me as a great all-rounder. Well my friends, I think this blue wonder might be about to change that!

I have oily, blemish prone skin with a fair amount of acne scarring along my jawline, so I like my masks to give my face a good scrub without drying out my skin and exacerbating the appearance of my acne scars. Don't Look At Me is packed with kaolin and fresh lemon juice, both of which help to deeply penetrate the pores and pull out all of the crap that's inevitably hiding in there. There's also grounded white rice which gives the mask a bit of a grainy texture and helps to really clean away any and all of those impurities that are lurking on and in the skin; when you wash this mask of be sure you wet your finger tips with some warm water first and give your face a good massage to help those ingredients really work their magic!

The combination of kaolin and lemon juice probably have the ability to be quite drying on the skin, but thankfully there's lots of hydrating goodness in the form of silken tofu and murumuru butter to keep things feeling soft and supple! I could see a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin after washing this mask off, and I could feel a HUGE difference as well. I've been sick for the past week so my skin was looking really dull and awful and it felt really bumpy and gross, but after using this mask (and I've only used it once so far!) my face looked brighter and felt sooo much smoother, it even helped to reduce the appearance of my pores, which are honestly huge.

Gurl don't I know it

Texture wise, I'd say Don't Look At Me hits somewhere between Love Lettuce and Cupcake. It's not quite as abrasive as Love Lettuce but I think it still offers more in the way of exfoliation than Cupcake, actually the more I think about it the more I think that Don't Look At Me would work well as a Cupcake for more mature/adult skin.

Overall, I love Don't Look At Me and how well it's worked for my skin and also how goofy it made me feel because it's really impossible to take yourself seriously with a face full of blue goop. Followed by a cleanse with my boyfriends Kalamazoo, a spritze of Tea Tree Toner Water and a layer of Vanishing Cream and I'm feeling so fresh and fancy free! I wouldn't recommend it for skin that errs more on the dry or sensitive side because it might be a little too harsh, but for oily and bumpy skin types like myself it's perfect. You can get a 60g pot in store or online for $13.95, or save up 5 black pots and recycle them in store for a freebie!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Why I Love Vinyl

I know, I'm crazy late on the vinyl wagon, but better late than never right? I don't remember my parents ever having any records around when I was a kid (I think they gave their collection away before I was born in an effort to modernise, I know my mum still regrets it), we were definitely a CD family. I only got my first turntable this past Christmas so I feel like I have decades worth of listening to catch up on!

I think the thing that I love most about listening to music on vinyl is the ritual of it. It's not like iTunes where you just hit play and then leave it to run in the background. When you listen to a record you have to really listen to it, sure you can do something else while you're listening, but the actual process is so much more involved than the multi disk CD players and iPods that I used while growing up. I don't know if it's like this for anyone else or if I'm just scared of breaking things, but I'm really slow when it comes to playing records. I take my time making sure there's no dust or dog hair caught on the disc, and I'm always super careful not to hurt the needle when I put it down. It's been a long time since I stopped buying CD's so to physically hold the music I love so much in my hands feels really special, and I feel like I have to play it really lovingly.

I've decided that I want to try and collect all of the albums that I love and that have shaped my life because I feel like when I listen to an album that I know back to front on vinyl for the first time, it's like I'm hearing a whole new record. When I was finally able to listen to Prism when I got my turntable I was completely overwhelmed by how different and new it sounded - it was like hearing it for the first time all over again and all I could do was sit and listen, it was such a wonderful feeling, so why not keep it going?