Thursday, December 31, 2015

°˖✧✝ New Demonia Boots ✝✧˖°

There are may hurtles and shortcomings that stop me from obtaining the right kind of platforms in this day of age, but life decided to cut me a break this one time and presented me with a pair too beautiful for words...

In a desperate attempt to find a new pair of cute shoes, I went on Ebay a few weeks ago searching any sales post incorporating the words  like "black platform heel" or "chunky heel mary jane shoe." But after finding nothing that fit my tastes, I remembered a certain Demonia boot I've always wanted and decided to find them in any reasonably priced sells post. Sure, I was looking for shoes at first, but I soon realized how close winter was, and thought boots would be for the best. Or maybe I was just looking for an excuse to buy new shoes either way. I'm pretty sure it was both.  

Now, I would like to go on the record saying that the majority of Demonia boots aren't really made in a way to complement Lolita fashion, part of the reason being is that they are designed with a more modern take on Western Gothic fashion. Also, many of Demonia's designs cater more to Cyber Goth and the club-goer aspect of the Gothic sub-culture, which isn't really something that  our fashion emulates. But, depending on the design, a few of them are workable. 

What I was looking for.

Keeping this in mind, I decided to look for a plainer lace up boot that would make an impact in my outfits, but wouldn't over shadow them. During my search, I not only found out the product number of this boot, which is MEGA 602, but I also found a post selling different pairs of Demonia boots. The best thing about this occurrence, though, was that the seller also listed the other boots' product number, which made my new search even easier! 

What I found.

At first glance, none of these boots show much promise, but take a closer look at the first boot. It's the plainest one, and yet the one with the most potential! Do they remind you of anything in our fashion?

How about now?
I know, they aren't exactly the same, but similar.

Moi meme Moitie's Men's Stretch Long Boots (2002) 

You're probably thinking "Hey, but what happened to the first pair of boots you wanted, the MEGA ones?" Well, to be honest, they were a bit expensive (around $90+ everywhere they were listed, not including shipping), and compared to the cheaper price of the other ones (which were around $60), I decided I could wait a bit longer to get them. However, the listing didn't have my size.

So with the product number of the new pair of boots I found, which is CHOPPER 100, I went about looking for another sale's listing with a pair in my size. My search lead me to Amazon in this listing here. They had my size and free shipping! I ended up only paying $58.95 for everything!! Be warned though, the sizes are in men's and there aren't a wide range of sizes, maybe about four random ones. I was really lucky to have found mine.

But let's get to the fun part- the boots!! When I opened the door and saw that package the mail carrier was struggling to hold, I thought there was a mistake. "No way I had ordered something that big," I thought. But my name was on it, so it had to be mine.

The package was huge!
I couldn't even put it all in the picture.

The package was also heavy. After opening the package, I was glad to see that the boots weren't actually as big as the box it came in. I was also very happy to see that the boots came in their own shoe box. I've heard of people receiving shoes in shoe boxes when they order online, but that never happened to me until now. So yes, I got really excited over a shoe box. 

But could you blame me? I mean. look at it.
Have you ever seen a shoe box this pretty?

And yeah, shoe box was smaller than the box it was
shipped in, but only slightly. It's still huge!

The boots were individually wrapped in plastic bags and were covered with a sheet of really cute wrapping paper with the Demonia logo printed in a horizontal pattern on it in silver. Everything that came with the boots was so pretty! I want to keep the box, but it takes up so much space. And I already made the mistake of ripping the wrapping paper. That made me so sad. 

These are the tallest shoes I own now,
but of course I want ones that are taller.

Heel Height: 5 1/2 inches
Platform Height: 3 1/2 inches

I haven't gotten any pictures of me wearing the boots yet, but I've tried them on and worn them out twice. I'll admit, the first time I put them on was a bit strange- everything was a lot lower. But after walking around in them the second time, the height didn't bother me. However, the one problem I still have from time to time is walking up stairs. Sometimes, I don't lift my foot up high enough for the bottom of the boot to reach the next stair and I end up hitting the front of the boot on the stair instead of stepping up on it. But that's understandable since I have to take in account of the boot's platform and raise my foot 3 1/2 inches higher than I normally do. Other than that, I'm completely happy with them! I'm just trying my best not to bend or scuff them up too much like my other shoes. I guess that shoe box will come in handy after all!

°˖✧ 'Till next time

Sunday, December 27, 2015

°˖✧✝ Lolita Blog Carnival: Create a Coord that Reflects Your Style of 2015 + Goth Day in NYC ✝✧˖°

Wow, it's already at the end of the year and I haven't had much of an update on this blog in the last month or so. I have a lot of posts that I've started and topics that I want to talk about, so that's not the problem. I just don't get a chance to finish a post in the time that I want. But as long as I get to at least post once a month, I won't feel too badly about not posting often. So, my post for this month, but hopefully not last, will be a topic from Blog Carnival, creating a coord that reflects my style of 2015.

And in an attempt to make up for the lack of updates on this blog, I'm going to merge two post into one and use an outfit from a previous outing, along with showing what I did for that day. But first, my outfit!

OP: Cornet
Apron: Metamorphose temps de file
Headdress: Handmade

Not only has this look become one of my favorites this year, but it's also the look that I really want to focus on more next year. I'm really into the eccentric and zany pieces in Lolita fashion, but the look I wish I could do more of is along the lines of the Old School Gothic dolly look. I absolutely love huge peter pan collars, obnoxious bell sleeves and lace upon lace, upon lace, upon lace... oh, and heart aprons. Looking back at this picture makes me see all of the things that interested me in Lolita fashion long ago. And above all, it inspires me to aim for a closer connection to that pastime.

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I wore this outfit at the end of August for a "Goth Day" I had with a friend of mine. All of my other friends were at the Waku+Waku convention that day, but I really wanted to go to an oddities flea market instead. So my friend decided that we should have a jammed-packed day in New York City, going to all of the places we wanted to go to. But, she was really overzealous with the task! She had a long list of attractions and stops that went all around the city!! Thankfully, we got it down to a decent amount of stops, but we still didn't get to all of them. 

The first stop was to the Morbid Anatomy's Flea market. They had one earlier in the year, but I wasn't able to attend. When I told my friend about the upcoming one in August, she told me we had to go. So, we came early to assure we would be one of the first groups inside (and we had so much to do that we had to make time for everything).  

I'm not too keen on taxidermy, but look how cute this is!
Can't you see this being in a children's picture book?
(I think it's a weasel, maybe?)

Sister Weasel stands outside guiding the weasel children into the classroom.
Oh! What a busy day this will be!

The oddities flea market was basically what you would expect from an oddities event. There were a lot of bones, taxidermy and kitschy knickknacks. There were a fair share of dark accessories available for purchase too. I wanted quite a few religious items and some supernatural comic books, but I was on a tight budget for the day and couldn't get everything I wanted. I did end up getting something small, though.  

My bible and set of love fortune cards.

I picked theses cards from a huge sack that was separated by men and women.
Each one was different, and even though I wanted most of them,
I decided to get a pair that suited each other.  

But the coolest thing, was what I found inside of the bible I purchased!

Inside was a bookmark with an eerie cross stitched message, "Remember me," stitched in with purple thread.

There were also leaves placed in between various pages and a charted genealogy
of the Simpson family starting from the last page.

Unfortunately, by the end of the day, both of the front and back covers ripped off. I was really upset about want happened, but my friend tried cheering me up. She said I must have broken a curse or a seal that was on it. 

If you want to look at what was at the Morbid Anaomy Flea Market and some of its participants, you can go through pictures here at The Village Voice's website.

Even though the flea market was hosted by Morbid Anatomy, this August event was located at a different venue down the street from the museum to accommodate its size. So after we were done at the flea market, we thought our next stop should be at the museum to see what new exhibit they were showcasing. 

You're not allowed to take pictures upstairs in the exhibit,
so here's a picture of us in front of the bathrooms upstairs instead.  

After the museum, we decided to go get lunch at Eight Turn Crepe. My friend was really excited to go since it was her first time, mine too, and couldn't decide with crepe to get, a sweet or savory one. Feeling adventurous, she ended up getting both! I didn't want to feel left out or bested, so I decided to do the same. I thought it would be cute if we got the same crepes too.

Second crepe of the day and the last room in my stomach.

This is the look of defeat.
My sanity is gone. There are only crepes left.

The crepes were delicious, but after stuffing the last bit of the second one down, I had soon regretted it. I was left feeling bloated and sleepy for the remainder of the day. But there was no time to sleep it off, because we were off to our next stop, Sebastian Masuda's Hello Kitty Time Capsule event. For those of you who frequently read my blog, you may remember that I went to this same event earlier in the year. You can read about it in this post here. But because I was already going to be in the city, I decided to go again. And I wanted to get a picture with Yuka, the gorgeous and influential shop staff from Sebastian's 6%DOKIDOKI store, since I was too shy to ask last time.

All aboard the kawaii bus!

Source: Sebastian Masuda Official FB page
While the last time capsule event was affiliated with the Japan Society, this on was backed by Waku+Waku. It was with the same Hello Kitty time capsule and located at the same place, though. I guess you can say that the only difference was the bus that was rented to bring the Waku+Waku attendees to the time capsule and back to the convention, which I think was the coolest!

I think it was great that fans got to to be this close to an icon like Sebastian. Not only that, but it just shows how down-to-earth Sebastian is with everyone. He isn't a person who puts on airs and he continues to show how he's committed to bringing people together, regardless of their differences. Whenever Sebastian comes to New York City I always try to support him.

I decided to put in my My Melody mini Pez candy dispenser this time.

I still wanted to soak up the atmosphere of the event and take some time to relax, so my friend and I decided to stay at the time capsule for a while. But as the Goths that we are, we shuffled over to a nice shady corner next to a fountain to catch a breeze (I forgot to mention that is was really hot that day too). After siting around watching the Waku+Waku attendees be interviewed by some people from the television show Kawaii International, we went off to our next stop, a bakery called Dominique Ansel. 

Dominique Ansel has a really small front area, but must stay full
with costumers throughout the day. Even though we showed up pretty late in
the day, there was still a long line reaching down the hall! 

Everything looked so tasty at the bakery and were reasonably priced.

One of their specials were their cookie shots, as seen on display in the first picture.
The "shot glass" is a chocolate chip cookie molded into a cup shape and the "shot" is milk!

I regret not getting anything at the bakery, but I was still so full from the crepes earlier and thought it would be a waste to buy something. So I just watched my friend try out their frozen s'more specialty in agony. It look so good! It was a wad of ice cream on a wooden stick, wrapped in marshmallow and lighted torched over a flame!! I wish I took a picture before she ate it. Next time, I want to try one of their Cronuts, a pastry mixed between a croissant and doughnut. But apparently, you'll have to come in earlier if you want to get one before they sellout for the day.

After the bakery, we finally reached the last stop of the day, Bassanova Ramen! My friend heard great things about the restaurant and insisted that we go. And with all of the accolades it received, like being one of New York Times' Top Ten Ramen Destinations in New York, I  wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. Waku+Waku was done for the day and another one of my friends came along too. It was really late about time we got to the restaurant, but I glad we went, because it was the best ramen I've ever had! But it was also the smallest ramen bowl I've ever had. I really wished there was more of it.

Lemon Black Pepper Tondaku Ramen:
Berkshire pork, tonkotsu soup, with lemon and black pepper. Topped with
portion chashu, kikurage mushroom, fried ginger onion, crushed sesame, nori and scallion.

Wow, that was a long post wasn't it? Now do you see why I don't update as often as I do? I like long post, but just don't like writing them. Maybe committing to completing more of my post can be one of my New Year's resolution, though. It may seem hard at first, but completely doable. I'm definitely going to work on doing even more blogging on here. I can't wait!

°˖✧ 'Till next time