Tuesday, June 28, 2011

bipolar weather.

Currently listening to "Wedding Dress" by Taeyang

I found these photos in a folder from earlier this month. Somehow they never got posted.
Swacket from Harputs Union, zebra shirt from supermarket in Taiwan, J Daheck skirt, Doc Martens

Somehow, it was still cold in early June. Now it's real summer weather. I'm sweaty from just sitting around in the house. Short post.

Love, Kai

Friday, June 24, 2011

hide and seek.

currently listening to "Awake" by Satsuki
Same outfit as yesterday's post. It's been a while since I dressed up. I woke up yesterday morning and wanted to do makeup because I had been reading magazines the day before and wanted to try it out. But then I thought it would be a waste if I did makeup and didn't have an outfit to go with it.

When I try to take a picture of the makeup, though, the picture looks a lot more toned down than it does in real life. I would make a terrible beauty blogger. I'm not good enough at makeup for that anyway. When I tried putting eyelashes in my right eye, I accidentally put it too close to my eye so every time I blink it pokes my eyeball.
I found this vertical stripe skirt in a pile of clothes that I never wear. Surprisingly, I was able to squeeze into it. It doesn't usually fit because it has no stretch in it and it's not my size. I think that's why I never wear it.
Closeup. It's a medium length skirt, a short skirt, and a bunch of gauze I found in the art classroom.
Wearing four necklaces of different lengths. Yay layering.
When I stopped taking photos, I hadn't taken enough that I liked yet. But it was so hot outside with the number of layers I was wearing, I thought I'd get heat stroke if I were out any longer. This is going to take up half of the laundry basket. Fun. I don't like to do laundry so it often ends up like this.

Oh, one more thing. I had a tumblr before, but it's mostly just for sketches and my art stuff. I made a blog tumblr so that there would be updates even on the days that I don't post on this blog.

Love, Kai

Thursday, June 23, 2011

pick your poison.

currently listening to "Rain Drop" by Satsuki

blazer from thrift, top from Forever 21, stripe skirt from thrift, black skirt from GLP, belt from GLP, tights from Ross, Buster Brown kids boots, headdress from Forever 21, necklaces from Sex Pot Revenge, Forever 21, DIY, and gift.

Today's outfit. I took over a hundred pictures today, but I don't like how they look altogether, so I'm splitting it into a couple of posts.

Love, Kaia

Monday, June 20, 2011

this post is three days worth of posts.

currently listening to "Pray for the Sun" by 砂月(Satsuki)

On Friday, I left to go visit the state capital, Sacramento. I hadn't been there or taken Amtrak, in maybe a decade now. I went to go to Kintoki-con, a new convention that was starting their first annual event just a couple days ago. I signed up to be an artist in the artist alley about a half a year ago, before anything was really announced. I wasn't sure what to expect.
I grabbed a couple friends to go with me. Being with them made the trip really enjoyable for me. Them listening to Radwimps.

May (left) and Yoko (right)

Day one was for hotel check in. We didn't have much to do so we visited Old Sacramento.
I really wanted to go to the candy stores. For some reason, I remember the stores with saltwater taffy from my childhood as clear as day, but I couldn't recall much else about Sacramento. Maybe because candy was the only thing that interested me.

This time around, I saw these feather hats. They were too tall for me to see the price tags, except the white one on the left bottom. That was $85.
There was also a costume shop that sold these decorated masquerade style masks that were really pretty. I would have liked one, but I wasn't in a spendy mood on Friday.

We left after going around a couple times, and went to the mall. I didn't buy anything, but I had to get a picture of these spiky heels. So edgy. I wonder if it hurts if you run into someone while wearing those.
That was pretty much day one.

Day two and three were blurred together a little bit. It's more like one long 48-hour day. At the beginning of the day, my friends and I woke up early for artist alley table setup.
I forgot to bring some of my display items, and it's not like Fanime where I could just ask someone to go to my house and pick it up for me. Business was pretty slow for the most part. There were occasional crowds, but not often. It's now that I realize how big of a convention Fanime is. When I was waiting to get my pass for Fanime, I waited in the pre-reg line for 3 hours. I must have waited less than 3 minutes to get my pass at Kintoki.

But small conventions have their advantage. It's a lot more of an intimate setting, so more one-on-one time with guests. My friends and I were going back to our hotel room, and we were on the same elevator as some band members. It didn't take long for me to recognize them as the members from Moon Stream (minus Satsuki, who wasn't there). It would have been weird to ask for a photo while in the elevator, so we waited for a different opportunity. I saw Tomo the guitarist twice again that day and then asked for a picture.

The concert was late Saturday; I think it started around 10:30. We started waiting in line at 8:30. I met the ever so gorgeous RiA. I wish I could just be half as photogenic as her! She's always so pretty and I'm kind of just bleh in every photo.

We finally went in after about two hours. The crowd was really small, but Moon Stream still gave it their all and delivered. They deserved a bigger crowd and a nicer stage. I wish they could have been at the auditorium across the street from Fanime, with a full stadium. Satsuki, the vocalist, has this incredible vocal range. And the voice of an angel.
There were some jerks at the concert, who were pushing each other, rough housing, talking loudly during the quiet parts of the songs, even booing. Them being a couple heads taller than me, I was squished and hit a few times in the process. I wanted to give them a piece of my mind. I wanted security to come and kick them out. But it never happened.

I'd love for them to return in a year to perform again. Ideally somewhere like Fanime or Anime Expo (I'm just being biased because those are the two conventions that I'm most likely to be able to attend). I would be pretty bummed if I couldn't get front row, but I'd love to be able to see them again. Newly loyal fan.

During the concert, I tried really hard to take pictures of the backup instrumentalists because I wanted to cards for them, and I needed references. Unfortunately, flash wasn't allowed and point and shoots don't take the greatest photos in the dark. I think they came out alright though.
I drew one for Tomo (guitar), Satsuki (vocals), U-ya (drums), and Ena (bass). Tomo and Satsuki threw some roses at the end of the show, but they didn't go far enough so I didn't have a chance (I was in second row moshpit). U-ya threw his drumsticks, which I sprinted over to try to catch, but they were thrown in the area where the jerky roughhousers were, so I was afraid of getting injured by them and backed away.

I gave the pictures to them on Sunday during the autograph session, and we took a picture together after the photo session.
We took it after the photo session because my friends and I took pictures with them as a group, and we went back in line for individual pictures, and was kicked out.
My friends and asked if we could get two photos; a regular one and a posed one.
I really like how the posed one came out. Everyone in the band looks cool in the picture.

For the autograph session, I asked to get the poster I bought signed. Additionally, I bought One of Satsuki's singles and two Echostream CDs. There were two other Satsuki CDs that I was thinking of getting and ended up not buying. I regret not buying them already.

Jumping back to Saturday's events, I attended a panel with Teruki from An Cafe and Sakurai Takamasa. I had been manning my artist alley table when the panel was going on, but I wanted to go so we closed up shop for an hour to go to it.
I asked Yoko to ask them if we could do a Power Rangers pose.
Teruki has fantastic hair. I wish my hair were that nice. May and I liked his pants. We had a conversation about it being a bit difficult to bike in harem pants, and Teruki said he could bike in his. I need those skills.
Sakuraiさん and Teruki was there when we were waiting for the Moon Stream concert, so we chatted for a bit and gave them cards that we made for them.
Minus the three on the side; I drew those for my friends and me.

We had to leave the convention early because of time issues, but we were able to attend the Moon Stream Q&A panel for a good 15 minutes, and pick up a commission drawn by Ryu Moto
Yeah, I had a really good weekend. Now just tired to death.

Love, Kaiami

Thursday, June 16, 2011

buying new dresses just makes me feel like i need to try harder.

currently listening to the whole My Chemical Romance "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" album

I bought another dress recently. More florals, yeah. I noticed a trend while taking pictures, and it looks like I'm not very good at coordinating dresses. I pretty much just end up wearing the same things with all of my dresses. It's like, natural instinct or something.

Second hand floral dress, bolero from thrift, necklace from Angelic Pretty, bow from Taiwan
Maybe I'll challenge myself to a coordination...challenge. And find different ways to wear a dress. That sounds like a plan.
This floral phase of mine is still hanging strong. I've lost count of how many floral items I've bought in the past year. More than solids, it seems.
Though, galaxy is favorite print. If only it were easier for me to get my hands on some. I wonder what my next print phase will be.

Love, Kai

Monday, June 13, 2011

end of a chapter.

currently listening to "Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga

My graduation was last thursday. I'm finally out of high school. I didn't get a grad present, but my dad bought me this moleskine sketchbook, which coincidentally arrived on the doorstep the same day as graduation. So I drew in it as soon as I opened it.
Before graduation, I was asking the same question that I know a lot of other people were asking: what are we supposed to wear with out graduation gown. I figured since my graduation gown was white, I would wear white with it. I wore a frilly cream colored blouse and a cream colored dress, with brown wedges.
My older brother told my parents that grads like to get flowers, so my mom rushed to the party store and bought some leis to throw on me.
We were to get there pretty early, just to make sure that no one is late. I was washing my hair fifteen minutes before I was to get there, and rushed out of the house before it was dried. Turned out that after getting there at the assigned time, there was another hour and a half of just sitting around.
I wasn't actually there for the cap throwing. By the time I got my diploma, I wasn't in any mood to stick around. High school wasn't the best time of my life, and I didn't want to stay to wallow in it. I took a couple pictures with friends I ran into on my way out, and that was about it.

It's finally over.

Love, Kai

Sunday, June 12, 2011

june wishlist and some photos.

All of my wishlist items this month are splurge worthy items. I don't know if I'm going to end up getting anything off of it at all. I was going to throw some lolita dresses on this month's wishlist too, but they've been on my wishlist for ages now. Maybe I should have a garage sale or something.

I had a roll of film that was taken on my Minolta STR101 developed pretty recently by Snapfish. Half of the photos turned out unsuccessful. I'm not sure why that is. Also, none of the pictures in this roll had the pretty focus blur effect that the previous roll had.
I had them developed as 3.5 x 5, for nostalgia's sake. It's pretty uncommon nowadays, to find pictures in that size. Overall pretty unsuccessful roll. Already loaded the next one, so hopefully that one will turn out better.

Another thing, Asuka of My Meadows of Heaven gave me this award. Thank you so much!

I've been sleeping some weird schedules lately. It's a summer thing. I need more money to buy manga. And more DS games need to be released. I need new games.

Love, Kai