Wine and Chocolate Pairing Meetup

Jun 27, 2017

Good evening, today's post is a meetup recap; it's been a really long time since I had attended a meetup outside of a convention! Nowadays I'm swamped with work, however I am always down for a food-centric meetup. K decided to host a wine and chocolate pairing one night back in March, so I decided to show up! I've had wine a few times, but it was never quite enjoyable for me as is most alcohol, but I am always wanting to expand the horizons of my palate since I want to enjoy all kinds of foods.

The meetup was held at Araya Artisan Chocolate, a local Houston family-owned business. I've never had their chocolate, but I had seen their name pop up a few times while browsing Yelp. The tasting is held after the store was closed, so we had the shop to ourselves and the presenters. I realized I quite like smaller meets these days since everyone can talk to each other without branching off into groups.
snacks, chocolates, and cacao bean
I was actually late because I went to the wrong location, but I caught up quickly. We were given 6 different types of wine, 6 different flavors of chocolates, snacks, and a sheet of paper for notes. I was a bad student and didn't really take any notes. A cacao bean was passed around to hold; it was heavier than I thought it would be!
Actually, I only got to taste 5 chocolates. I had gone to the restroom and when I came back to my seat I had one missing? What a sad night for me.
Cheers!
In conclusion, I am still not an avid wine fanatic, but I definitely enjoyed the experience. There was a mini lecture and slideshow explaining the process of making chocolates and wines. Though I drank a little too fast, so I don't remember much of it.
Originally, I did want to wear a chocolate theme, but not in the typical Angelic Pretty style. I failed to come up with something in time, so the coordinate I ended up wearing features the Gathered Chiffon JSK in wine x gold x black to match with the wine theme. I've been wanting to pair this colorway of Gathered Chiffon with the Chat Noire Hat for a long time; it just took awhile because I never had the appropriate time to wear a giant pirate hat outside. Therefore, my theme was wine pirate lolita. Not 100% percent satisfied with wearing this coordinate since it looked better in my head, but can't be perfect all every time!
Some detail shots of other people:
Metamorphose Crown Label Teddy Chocolatier print
Alice and the Pirates gloves and Elizabeth Bride of Death
Angelic Pretty Musee du Chocolat
Blazers and button up are always nice, too!
In finale, a group shot and the traditional shoe shot:
I had fun catching up with old friends and meeting new people. It was probably the chillest meetup I had ever attended (alcohol may have helped). I probably won't see anyone until autumn, so until next time!

#21

Call me crazy, though I've always been a fan of piling layers on myself, I keep wanting to stack dresses on top of each other after I received an overwhelming amount of good feedback on coord #13. Just another way for me to suffer in the Houston humidity. Good news though, I finally found these shoes in my correct size! The ones I wore in coord #1 were too small after learning that the hard way.

Really, I need to learn my lesson and remember to take an outfit shot before the meet not after it. I somehow managed to get this picture in at midnight as I rolled into my house. Things are disheveled, but I suppose it adds to the drunken pirate theme!
Outfit Rundown
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Chat Noire Silk Hat
OP: Alice and the Pirates x Hizaki Collaboration One Piece
JSK: Alice and the Pirates Gathered Chiffon Jumperskirt - Shinjuku Limited Colorway
Collar: Alice and the Pirates Captain Grace's Frill Blouse
Necklace: Voodooodolly The Knight's Repose Necklace - Sword
Socks: Alice and the Pirates Diamond Lame OTKs
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania x Melissa Temptation Pumps

The World's First Doll Model Lulu Hashimoto

Jun 25, 2017

"I'm the first living doll fashion model."

Lulu Hashimoto at Dangerous Nude
Lulu Hashimoto/橋本ルル brings a fresh face to the Harajuku-kei scene. Lulu made her modeling debut in July 2016 and she continues to grow in popularity. Her birth was brought forth by a collaboration of three creative individuals: producer and fashion designer millna, mask maker Nukopan, and stocking designer Ueno Koh(tableau).


Kigurumi is an art form where the performer wears a face mask and body suit. The exact origin of kigurumi is unknown, but the wearers of anime-style masks, also known as dollers, became a niche population in the Japanese cosplay scene. Lulu is the first of her kind to be a fashion model. She looks exactly like a ball-jointed doll, but she's alive!

Located in Harajuku, Lulu can be seen sporting a variety of girlish styles including such as classical styles to more modern styles seen in KERA and Larme. She's made appearances at several brand shop events including Hakuchum Tokyo, Pays des Fees, Dangerous Nude, and Ozz On.


Because she is a doll, her eyes, hair, and even height can be customized. Lulu is actually more than one person, hence the availability of height customization, but they are all Lulu as well. Booking information is available on her website, both in Japanese and English. She even welcomes modeling for brands outside of Japan.


When I first laid eyes on pictures of Lulu on the Dangerous Nude Twitter, I thought she was just a really fancy mannequin, but I was definitely wrong; she moves! I've seen anime face kigurumi before, but the BJD kigurumi is definitely more pleasing to look at. She definitely adds a new interpretation for the term "living doll. She may be the beginning of a wave of doll models. " How do you feel about Lulu? Creepy? Cute? You may be able to catch her next time you visit Tokyo if you're lucky.

To learn more about the creative process behind the creation of Lulu Hashimoto, read Moshi Moshi Nippon's interview with her producer millna: MOSHI MOSHI INTERVIEW: Chatting With the Producer of the Very First “Doll” Fashion Model, Lulu Hashimoto.

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A-Kon 28 Presents ATELIER PIERROT, Pentagon Japan, OxT, and More!

Jun 2, 2017

A-Kon 28 will take place on June 8-11, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX. A-Kon is the longest running and second largest anime convention in the US. This year A-Kon presents a stellar fashion and music lineup.

From Japan, first we have ATELIER PIERROT!
ATELIER PIERROT is a Gothic Lolita brand. Their flagship store was established in the famed Harajuku La Foret building when it first opened in 1978. ATELIER PIERROT creates and sells Classical Lolita and Elegant Gothic Lolita designs, with styles ranging from exquisite gothic tastes to elegant Rococo influence.
Designer Yuko Ashizawa and shop staff Mai will be attending the convention. ATELIER PIERROT will have a booth in the Dealer's Room and be in attendance of the fashion show and tea party.
I've been a long-time fan of Atelier Pierrot, so I'm very excited to finally be able to meet Yuko-san. Their clothing is gorgeous, sturdy, and plus size friendly! I have the honor of being able to model for Atelier Pierrot. I am nervous, but it will be a good show.

ATELIER PIERROT: OHP | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


The first featured musical guest is visual kei band Pentagon Japan!
Pentagon Japan is a charismatic Visual Kei band taking the scene by storm with their eye-catching visual style and alternative metal and rock sound. Founded by members of the popular session band “Call Me,” Pentagon Japan released a YouTube teaser video in late 2014. The video garnered thousands of views within days. The band officially began activities on January 12th, 2015, with a sold-out first solo performance and every CD release ranking in the Oricon top 50 charts. In September of 2016, before their 2nd anniversary, the band completed their first major tour which sold out venues and spanned all 47 prefectures of Japan. Pentagon Japan is number one among young Visual Kei bands in the scene today.
Vocals - chizuru
Guitar - Yutori
Guitar - Taku
Bass - minpha
Drums - Atsuki
This will be Pentagon Japan's overseas debut! Bassist minpha will also be making a modeling debut. He will be walking the runway for ATELIER PIERROT. Pentagon's bold visual and energetic music, look forward to their concert! Check out their music and comment video below.


Pentagon Japan: OHP | chizuru Twitter | Yutori Twitter | Taku Twitter | minpha Twitter | minpha Instagram | Atsuki Twitter | Atsuki Instagram


Last but not least, the second musical featured musical guest is OxT!
OxT is the digital rock unit comprised of Masayoshi Oishi and Tom-H@ck.
In 2013, the two released the tracks "Go EXCEED!!" and "Perfect HERO" for the anime Ace of Diamond as Tom-H@ck featuring Masayoshi Oishi. They created the unit OxT in 2015.

OxT has created theme songs for other popular anime including Prince of Stride: Alternative, and Hand Shakers. Their electrifying live performance is not to be missed.
In addition to OxT activities, Masayoshi Oishi will also have a solo concert.
Masayoshi Oishi began his career in 2001 as the vocalist and guitarist of the band Sound Schedule and made his solo debut in 2008.
Guitar slapping and slams are his specialty, and manipulating the acoustic guitar like a magician, Oishi delivers a masterpiece performance with finger picking using his own nail. His singing voice, lyrics, and melodies all contribute to a fun and highly entertaining performance.
Masayoshi Oishi composed several theme songs for anime series such as Ace of Diamond and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun. Recently, his work as a singer-songwriter has included composing the opening theme for the hit show Kemono Friends, as well as providing his composition to several popular artists.



I don't know if you know this already, but I love the anime Ace of Diamond, so when OxT was announced, it was definitely a selling point for me! See y'all in the front row.

OxT: OHP | Masayoshi Oishi OHP | Masayoshi Oishi Twitter | Tom-H@ck Twitter


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