Posts Tagged: ‘nana osaki’

Tokyo Disney Adventures, Part 1

August 15, 2016 Posted by rissvandal

I know it’s cliche, but for me Disney is seriously the happiest place on Earth. Like, really. Then as the mecca of all things anime and fandom-related, Japan comes in close second. Since I’m currently in Asia, it only made sense for me to go to the one place that combined the two–Tokyo Disney. To give a simple and concise review, it was wonderful. But for someone living in the states who has access to both Disneyworld and Disneyland, is it really worth the long trip to another country to experience another facet of the Disney Kingdom? Well, take a look at my adventure and you be the judge.

1First, meet Juan, my travel companion during the trip. When I decided that nothing would make me happier than going to Disney dressed as Nana Osaki, Juan agreed to don my Hinata Shouyo Haikyu! uniform so I wouldn’t be alone in my dress up efforts. You may have heard that Disney has strict rules against adults entering the park in costume, but if you choose something subtle and unrelated to Disney or else opt for Disneybounding as opposed to straight up Disney cosplay, it’s no biggie.

DISNEY SEA

Tokyo Disney has two separate parks–Disneyland and DisneySea. DisneySea is the reason I absolutely had to make this trip. I’ve been to Orando’s Disney World more times than I can count so I jumped at the chance to see something entirely new. DisneySea is nautical exploration themed and while it does include some rides and sights you can find elsewhere, the overall experience is very exclusive to Japan.

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Gothic Lolita Teatime

September 21, 2015 Posted by rissvandal

 She had me at tea party.

If anyone ever mentions a tea party, I’m in. It doesn’t really matter what it’s celebrating or where it is, I all about anything related to dress up or pretty foods. In this case, however, my cousin asked me to help her plan and host a Lolita tea party for her sister’s birthday. Of course I accepted the offer, then proceeded to procrastinate so that I ended up having to make about 5 different dishes two hours before the party. All in all, things turned out pretty good, though. Take a look at the spread below.

photo 252You’d be surprised how versatile cream cheese is and how many different times you can cram it into one dinner menu without anyone really noticing, so long as you use a little food coloring and creativity. I made tea sandwiches, vegetable canapes, scones, and stuffed tomatoes, while my cousin supplied all the desserts (no damn way could I have made those petit fours). Note the wide-eyed and mega kawaii food pics contributing to the tablescape, courtesy of my brother. (more…)

4 Methods for Redirection, Renewal, and Reinvention

May 12, 2015 Posted by rissvandal

A few times a year, usually as a new season approaches, I feel an overwhelming desire for change. I start to explore new looks, new hobbies, and new methods of self-expression. One defining thing about me though, is that if I plan to make a change I want it to be big. Most times, however, in order to see big changes you need to make big commitments. A dramatic new haircut or closet spring cleaning is a suggestion I often see in regards to a change you can immediately make. Both of those seem like decent enough ideas, but what if the haircut sucks and you’re left mourning your lost tresses? Or maybe a month later you’ll begin to regret that heavy-handed closet purge. Here I have 4 methods to either reinvent your look or push your life in a new direction that I practice myself. Each one is painless, fairly immediate, and requires little commitment.

SEEK OUT A NEW, UNEXPECTED STYLE ICON

Despite the many times I’ve changed my look throughout life, the majority of my look have all been rooted in the same sources. Since my teen years, Siouxsie Sioux, Nana Osaki, and the deadly stylish characters of Tim Burton movies have reigned as my main inspirations. As I age, I’ve begun to crave duality. I’ll never totally abandon black, but in recent years I’ve been admiring sweet lolitahime lolita, and fairy kei looks from afar, though unwilling to actually give these looks a try myself.

blog10That is, until I stumbled across Saaya Hayashida’s Instagram account. Saaya is the creative force behind the sugary sweet Japanese brand, Swankiss. Her look that’s part adorable, part angelic, and part ethereal princess is one of the most striking ones I’ve seen in some time. And after style stalking her long enough on Instagram, it lead me to ponder if I could pull off pinks, pastels, and delicate hues.

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Photos via swankiss.net

I’m not abandoning my trademark style, but I’m opening up to the idea of letting more color in. Judging from the responses I received after pulling off this look (i.e. “I think Korea changed you“), colors can clearly be more shocking and subversive than I realized. My initial three style icons now need to make way for a fourth. And I challenge anyone to start exploring styles way out of your comfort zone–it could have some wonderfully dramatic and eye-opening results.

blog-3Flower crown: Claire’s / Hair extensions: Hair Plus Base / Bodysuit: thrift

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The Fashion Elite of Anime and Manga

September 18, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

My nerd interests are almost as big a part of my life as fashion is, so every once in a while I try to make the two worlds collide. I was perusing pics of characters from the manga Paradise Kiss–a series about young, aspiring fashion designers–when I got the idea that it might be fun to compile a list of the most stylish characters is anime and manga.

The idea was simple, but completing the task was somewhat more difficult than I expected. Keep in mind, this is not a list of the coolest looking characters, so no matter how badass a character’s appearance, if they live in the same uniform all series, they’re not in the running. And granted, this is a short list and far from complete, but hey, consider it a start. (more…)

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