Wednesday, 31 August 2011

キラキラ quality clothes - only not really.

Hello there, everyone~
Have you been looking through the summer sales lately? (Or like me, switching between looking for new clothes and the new gazette single to be leaking through? And for certain guys to reply to your mails? Haha.) Or in general, did you buy a lot of clothes?

As for me, of course I bought some stuff in Japan, but after having been there three times now, I also gathered my old stuff which I am still wearing and took a look at it. To be honst, when I came to the 109 for the first time, I thought the quality of the fabrics is rather bad. By now I'm not sure if it's just the washing machine, but some of my stuff looks nothing like before and I'm kind of sad about it ; ;
Anyway, let's take a look at a few of my clothes gathered over the last year.


top row from left: ma*rs (jacket), ma*rs (top), skinny lip (striped dress), spiga (cardigan), d.i.a. (pinestripe cami), barak (long cami), strip cabaret (shirt)
bottom row: taboo (hot pants), sneep dip (cami)

This is less than half of my clothes, especially since I bought new ones, but apart from the skinny lip dress, all clothes are almost one year old and I came to realize which brands offer good quality and which don't ;<
So I thought it would be good to have a little rating and share experiences with you all. How did your 109 clothes become over the months/years? Do you handwash everything or throw it mostly in the washing machine like me? I'm curious! So let's go.

MA*RS - ★★★☆
quality of the fabric ★★★☆ 
deformation of clothes ★★★★
defects
feels like good quality clothing but tends to slightly wear out after a while, though not as bad as other brands. as for the jacket - only about 6 months later a button fell off that could not be fixed at all. very unhappy about that one! i hope that was an exceptional case.

SKINNY LIP - ★★★☆
quality of the fabric ★★★☆
deformation of clothes ★★★☆
defects ★★★☆
what shall i say? very similar to d.i.a. - has a lot of bling and a lot of danger for it to fall off or cause the clothes to deform. a belt i bought only a week ago already lost a rhinestone. not uncomfortable, but most likely to be worn out quickly.

SPIGA - ★★★☆
quality of the fabric ★★★★
deformation of clothes ★★★★
defects ★★☆☆
quality is very nice, doesn't give off fluff, yet feels very soft and light-weight, but still warm. i wore this item way too much - yet no reason for it to lose a button and half of the pocket to fall off because of loose threads (*_*);;

D.I.A. - ★★☆☆
quality of the fabric ★★★★
deformation of clothes ★★☆☆
defects ★★☆☆
as for quality of the fabric, my mind is not very set. they tend to use fabric that doesn't give off fluff. which doesn't mean it's really good fabric. but it feels nice on the skin for the most part. in contrast to that, the clothes get worn out easily... for example i cannot properly adjust the straps of the pinestripe cami anymore. and a belt i owned had a chain and a leather band slipping out of where they used to be fixed...

BARAK - ★★★★
quality of the fabric ★★★★
deformation of clothes ★★★★
defects ★★★★
a little expensive, but very high quality clothing! things are not cheaply printed on but the colour is literally painted on/inside of it! no washing machine can destroy this. it's magic! thumbs up.

STRIP CABARET - ★☆☆☆
quality of the fabric ★☆☆☆
deformation of clothes ★★☆☆
defects ★★★☆
depends on what you get, but my shirt is - in terrible condition. i can't even think of selling it, the lace has holes, it's deformed and the fabric doesn't feel so nice anymore. only still has a nice back view. cheap.

TABOO - ★★☆☆
quality of the fabric ★★☆☆
deformation of clothes ★★★☆
defects ★★★☆
i overall got several pairs of pants and a shirt from there. it's not really comfortable and gets a weird fit after a while but maybe that is just my body. quality is okay, but nothing you could call great.

SNEEP DIP - ★★★★
quality of the fabric ★★★★
deformation of clothes ★★★☆
defects ★★★★
the deformation of clothes is not so extreme, but the bust-cups tended to slip and give you an uncomfortable feeling sometimes! though if you fix them properly after washing it's mostly fine. apart from that i was surprised - afforable and quite good quality clothing!

That's all so far :D I almost lost this post because my firefox shut down - luckily blogger saved it - so I better stop here, haha.
I might add some brands later after wearing the things I bought for a bit longer - for now I'm off to genuinely enjoy REMEMBER THE URGE ♪♪

Monday, 29 August 2011

3, 2, 1 and back in germany.


Well well, and here I am back, telling you about my last days in Japan and how much I miss it and want to go back soon. Saving money from now on. - Honestly? I am not even using foundation or anything most of the time, saving make-up money.


Thursday night my friend and I went out in Shinjuku, walked around 2-chome and Kabukicho, seeing my favourite guy and a friend of her and well well ( ; _ ; ) Saying good-bye to everyone, only not really because I am not really good at saying that so I left it out. It upsets people to say good-bye, right? And no one really even wants to say it, unless you're coming back really soon. I'm not sure but maybe Japanese people are a lot like that too.
However, here is what i wore that night. Sorry, I'm too lazy to photoshop the pics in this entry ;<

Shirt: Ma*rs
Hotpants (with skirt part in the front): Gilfy
Belt: Skinny Lip
(Shoes: German brand)

We went to Club Axxcis but only stayed for a few hours. The music was nice but it was really empty. So we decided to walk around Kabukicho, talk to random people, go to an Izakaya, and in the morning Karaoke ♫
I had so much fun walking around and looking at everyone, even though I fell in the afternoon because of slippy floor in the Izakaya and my leg hurted after that in the morning. But it was nice and warm and not raining, luckily. Also a kind of cute host named Kouki came up to and asked for my number, telling me that I promised to give him my number the next time I see him... whenever that was. We wrote each other mails and I gave him my hotmail address when I was about to go back but he didn't mail me again, haha. Guys!

Now I really miss all of Japan, even though I complain about Tokyo people a lot. I had no problems with cockroaches or any other bugs in my house and my budget was alright too. I miss my friends, even though I basically was only hanging out with two people.
Apart from that, I lost about 2,5kg during my trip (4 weeks)! I was really happy to see then when I came back and weighed myself. Now I'm really scared to gain it all back again. I'll just try to take a nice long walk every now and then and hope it doesn't come back~


Here's the nail tips I bought in Donki haha. Since I can't wear gel nails for a while, I'll be sticking with these.
And if you want to get gel nails for yourself, please let me know! I want to practise right now (and only take material expenses) :>

Monday, 22 August 2011

4 days left...

Hm. Kind of feeling strange now that I am actually leaving soon. Even though I thought I wouldn't meet many people, there is actually some I met. More than I thought. And I'm happy about it.
Even though I sometimes just want to restrain my life to 109 clothing and all that stuff, haha.



A tutuHA hoodie I bought and hotpants are from Sneep Dip (decided against the d.i.a hotpants).
There's still some thing I want to do before I leave. Or rather I have to.

Friday, 19 August 2011

life is like a box of chocolates.

 
Last days were busy, but so much fun. At least tuesday was, hell yes.
Anyway, starting with yesterday - thursday. A friend and I got hairset for 1,000yen each at a salon we found by chance while looking for another one. The purikura shown was taken that day :>
Walking through Kabukicho we got talked to a lot, it's kind of funny what a hairdo can do to you. Obviously I look better with my hair up(?) Then we went to an izakaya in Shibuya since I was kind of hungry.


There's me eating, like always~ Seeing that pic makes me wish they had put in more hairspray because the curls weren't really in my hair anymore the morning after. Even though all my other hairsets lasted two days most of the time. Here's a pic of today, for comparison.


But, anyways, we headed towards Atom, my (now ex-?)favourite club in Tokyo. As it seems though, they have only one floor open for quite a while now. When I asked why, they said because of the earthquake situation. Maybe it's reparations but by now I think it might be saving energy. Doesn't matter, I had no fun at all!! About the music, the DJ's were changing really fast and I mostly just liked one. I came for psychedelic music and for nothing else so it was a bit disappointing ; _ ; Also there was a lot of foreign girls... I don't remember Atom like that at all and I don't want to go there if it's like this. Don't get me wrong but Atom is not a club that should have crowds of foreigner. It feels so awkward. Last summer there was almost no one. But maybe I just came in the wrong month.
I was really kind of sad and annoyed, so my friend and I decided to go to New Lex we're we got VIP at least. Maybe I'm just not the club type of person anymore :< At least not at this season! But thanks to my friend I had fun by just walking around.


And here actually something I've seen for the first time that my friend pointed out. Someone who passed out INSIDE of the Roppongi Donki. I wonder how that even works? Haha.

Let's come to the good day though! Tuesday this week.
Whenever you feel awkward and unsure about something new, it often seems to turn out well, doesn't it? So my friend (same as above) invited me to hang out with her korean guy and some of his friends in Shin-Okubo.
My friend immediately asked me if her guy's friend was my type and I said 'no' and everybody was laughing. I guess the whole first impression just didn't fit in my 'type'-system but the more I got to know the people, the more I liked them. I feel really weird now because after hanging out with that guy that I said was not my type, I don't even feel attracted to Japanese guys anymore. Isn't that strange? ;<
And I never realized that Korean and Japanese guys are so different. Somebody should have told me.

video

So, as you can see we went to karaoke after food/drinks~ And it was just great and so much fun. I had a wonderful night!
Now considering to go to Korea even though I always literally HATED the hype about it and I still don't like all that K-Pop stuff. But they're so much more natural than Japanese people!

Monday, 15 August 2011

エクステ!


Finally, finally got extensions. I was thinking about a wig/clip in extensions, but no wig ever can replace the feeling of extensions. They don't fall out and they don't look fake, unless you can see them. But even that is kind of pretty when they are braided in~ The only thing is, they are a pain in the ass to wash and maintain healthy ;<

I also made an appointment at the nail salon the same day to take my nails off and now I'm just going with simple ones, I put some glitter on top and that's all, haha. They really break easily now though ; ;' The nail artist also told me it would be better to leave them alone for a while. Also bought some stuff and still dieting to fit into the D.I.A hot pants!
How do Japanese girls just manage to be so skinny with all the yummy food here? I'm jealous!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

getting closer to the goal.

Just a very random entry because when I went to D.I.A last time, one of the shop staffs suggested me to try on one of their hot pants. I said they are too small for me ; ; She said I should simply try one on and see. They gave me one and it - surprisingly - went over my hips even though with a bit of force used, and one of the staff girls closed the button with a trick: she tied a thread around it and pulled it easily through the hole. AMAZING! :D
At least I was amazed to see zipped D.I.A pants on myself. So amazed that I had to take a picture hahaha.


As you can see though, it did look very tight and there's still some weight to lose. I hope that it will maybe fit better in a week or two? ; ; It would be great to buy them.
I also fitted into some more stretchy MA*RS pants, but their sizes are getting a little bigger, I think.

Apart from that! I went to a hair salon and got rid of more than 13,000yen for getting my colour more even.
I was told that they have hair salons for foreigners in Harajuku and Watanabe (with english speaking staff) wanted 10,500 to colour them darker. I refused and went to VIRGO (with only japanese speaking staff). I instantly liked it much better there because at Watanabe they didn't even say 'Hello' or 'Irashaimase' to me... they just stared at me until I came to the counter and didn't say anything at all until I explained my situation. I was kind of shocked x_x I'm shocked by people in Harajuku anyway, but... that was a special treatment.
The bleaching in Virgo cost 6000 extra, so I ended up spending a lot of money. My hair was really nice for that day at least and very straight. Now I just have to care about it a lot because it's damaged from bleaching ;<

Saturday, 6 August 2011

the 13 devils.


So I finally bought the tutuHA camisole I've been longing for since I first saw it ; ; I think I still want to buy 50% of what they have in their shop but I'm gonna just wait a little until some prices go down, hopefully.
Could it be that this top is meant to be worn without a bra though? I'm trying to figure this out.
Anyway, Isn't clothes shopping like one of the best brainless activities in the world? Especially in Gyaru-like shops. Even my friend who is not into Gyaru likes a lot of stuff from there because it's more 'interesting', haha.

I still didn't get my extensions! But, so far pretty much everything is really good. I am not too poor, the guesthouse is in perfect condition and  has no cockroaches or other insects and I can sleep at night without having to worry :D Only the way to the station is a little far and you have to walk up a little hill... but it's only 3 stations from Shinjuku, so really convenient apart from that.
That's it for now. I only wonder if I will still make it to Shibuya today. It seems like it will rain soon...

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

the super jet lag & the cheshire cat.



late update is late but! i am in tokyo now. last night it was much rather roppongi/azabu juban. and i am still suffering from the pains of a jet lag caused by travelling with air china economy class. (even business class doesn't look much different though).
if i am sober enough i will get myself some goodies tomorrow (maybe extensions, depending on the price) and blog again. besides, i coloured my hair slightly grey and am not sure yet if i want it more grey. right now it's like... grey-slightly reddish blonde-blonde. awkward or the newest fashion? (笑)