Friday, September 24, 2010

trashy vs. classy --- old generation vs. new

aside from blonde & weight loss , gals tend to ask me about how the scene has changed , probably because i'm an old granny , but mostly since i've been involved in the western [ particularly american ] gal community since about 2006 when i joined & co-led the 2nd ever ( online ) western circle ★ CALULU LOVELIES ★ . from then until now , i am an active observer . let me tell you , you think gyaru-secrets & everyday-gal are harsh ; back then it was CUT-THROAT .

nowadays tons of new girls flood into the communities everyday with a touch of white make-up & XXI dresses & get by . back then , everyone tumbled into the GANGURO communities in leis from Halloween stores , white paint , & "every man for themselves" attitudes . the community was TINY . everyone knew everyone who posted & dominated the communities , there was a healthy helping of bashing from elitists that the gal community hardly tolerates now , new people weren't really that welcome & were mocked as "cosplayers", & this because there was no mention of JELLY or AGEHA , but everyone knew KAA-TAN & found their way to GAL through ganguro & yamanba . see how many people can answer when you ask them who KAA-TAN was now .

GAL has really grown up from its ganguro & yamanba days , as much in America as in Japan . there is something remarkably more sophisticated about not just the clothes , but make-up techniques for particular contour & shape of your face ( for Japanese girls to look "western" , & for western girls to look GAL ) , & hair-treating techniques . open your old EGG magazines from only 2-3 years ago , & blonde hair was orange & yellow at best , make-up in bolder colours but still less dramatic of a lash & eye effect . the best of gyaru fashion was pretty much clubwear . the perfection of today was a dream back then , when hair that was bleached , coloured & teased to death was the norm for acceptance , as well as the faux-tan look to contrast the white & black raccoon look that painted your face . summarily , there is a refinement in taste , hair styling & make-up ; the girls in the ameri-gal community want to be beautiful GAL dolls instead of the wild "rebels" of before .

to overly-generalize , gal in japan is now massively produced everywhere ; finding coordinates in america is also much easier since the ameri-gal scene moved away from yamanba & started following the more "chic & fashionable" model of gal style today . but PUTTING coordinates together is an altogether different story from being able to find the pieces . as already mentioned , your basic mall shop like XXI carries tons & tons of easily gal pieces ; but when posted in everyday-gal , these outfits don't necessarily come alive . they are too safe , too average , lacking perhaps a true eye for accessories & coordinating or the total package of hair , make & nails that really define GAL apart from average western fashion & can make even the most "casual" outfits still scream GAL . many forget that their "casual" outfits are not "casual GAL" outfits , that even on a lazy day , there is something about the whole presentation that must fall into the space of what is GAL for it to be considered such .

i am merely pointing out what i believe to be "safe" fashion , the fashion that has drawn in hundreds+ of girls who believe "gal" & "kawaii" fashion is just merely looking cute ( & some not even knowing why people keep talking about japan in these communities ) believing that their XXI outfit & unstyled hair & "natural" make automatically renders them applause & acceptance into the GAL community , only to be disappointed by less than fanfare . but there are also gals who have seen what gal straight from shibuya looks like ( outside of the sweet Liz Lisa , Tralala , Cecil McBee variety ) : big perfectly curled wigs , long dazzling agejo hostess dresses , huge "tranny" thigh-high boots , layers & layers & layers & layers ..... & then even more layers of make-up , head-to-toe BRAND , garters & thigh-highs , booty shorts & microskirts . but for the girls who attempt to pull off those looks here , or who admire the looks of brands like MA*RS , or who choose to wear more make-up than the average , they're faced with the issue of being called hookers & drag queens : "TRASHY", is the word . think of how many ridiculous secrets have called ASHLEY a hooker or prostitute for getting GAL style down to a science . even my own circle has been called "trashy" for make-up & fishnets while out partying , as opposed to what we actually do & the kind of girls we are . instead of seeing more than popteen frills or the too-casual "mode" that flies under the radar , critics forget it's also these sexual & stunning girls that stand out the most , scream GAL , draw the attention & admiration for their supreme confidence , & reflect best the difference between being a western girl & being a western GAL .....

i've no resolution to this thought , really . it only occurred to me as i was preparing to post on the brand CHEER that I began to consider what an obvious GAL brand it was , though perhaps for american gals , too "trashy" .

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

style.update--† STREET SWEETS + & 6%dokidoki fashion show !

saturday, 11 september, was the SWEET STREETS II art exhibition &
opening party, featuring a 6%DOKIDOKI fashion show, hosted by our friends BUBBLEPUNCH **
attended with a couple other *DIAMONDS* & a bunch of lolita, which,
of course, MIKI--robin's friend visiting from nihon--says you'd never see elsewhere x3

【09/11】 SWEET STREETS 2 Art Exhibition & Opening Party !!
Gallery Nucleus @ www.GALLERYNUCLEUS.com

the show itself is quite extraordinary & really pops off the walls;
i found this to be the most compelling piece

digital imaging , gold leaf , linestone , tiyogami


the show pushed the scene forward ; the director opted for 6 models--
YUKA & VANI, plus 4 contestants that won the spot--in 6 set outfits that
performed whimsical dance as opposed to a straight line walk; very popular
with the crowd & really won them over ☆

& now for some compromised quality for photos from my phone 8D (& other sources!)

so ! in light of my recent ☆ WC ☆ POST --->

・゚☆ . style point - POINT CHECK ! . ☆゚・
1. police/military hat (also inspired by SAKURINA)
2. frill corset
3. full layered skirt w/bow
6. stupid pose 8D

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

autumn trends ☆*☆* >> [ FUR x ANIMALIA* & bohème* ] ☆ WC

usually autumn trends leave me completely unprepared & disgruntled. tons of leftover denim, floral & plaid prints always make me see fall, not as a trending opportunity, but as unnecessarily prolonged transition from the end of summer style to the beginning of darker winter wear (love love love).

this autumn though, already loving what's out; there's a big dive into the bohemian & 'hippie' looks (some morigyaru also?); tons of soft browns ・・ draping tops & flowing patterned skirts ・・ beaded fringed vests & waist-cinchers ・・ over-sized long-sleeves in dreamy sheers & solids; & nothing gets more EARTHY this autumn than the FUR & ANIMAL trends X3 ☆☆

& one of my favourite lines producing the stuff

・゚☆ . WC ダブル シー . ☆゚・

pulled some highlights; & just some other stuff i'd want x3

X3 i don't have a kigu, so this would be my preferred substitute
here would be my favourite pieces to 2 coords;
don't even really like fur, but a single piece of it would really amplify a 'fit ~~

i'd probably skip the furry boots cause i already look like a fat stuffed animal (・ェ・) LOL

& other favourites LOL

these foxtails are also pretty big right now, splattered across a few magazines already. they can be either a cute or edgy touch to an outfit.

or a lucky one ;]


overall; already mentioned, don't really care much for a lot of fur, but a single piece, like the skirt, would be a really cute break away from summer style & be forward on the scene. & if you're like me & need something not-so-sweet, you can keep the soft, flowy flower-child looks EDGY by adding a hard touch like the military cap ♥♥ or accessories with a studded or zipper trim .

☆⌒(>。≪) jaa for now

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

long.time.no.post ♥ ♥ product review. ☆**.

I get more followers from NOT POSTING THAN POSTING, HAHA ♥
But instead of taking a hint!, I am going to continue my return with an update~
So much has been going on for me & for my gyarusa since Sisen-&-Moon.Kana.
So have some catching up to do.

Been getting a lot of questions/remarks mostly on my hair colour from lots of GALs ~
I've had my fair share of orange-bleached hair & really warm yellows.
Also got really tired of having the bright yellow hair that EVERYONE in LA has ...
Case in point :

So I finally bleached a final time a while ago & got the hair REALLY pale ♥

Obviously over time it started to yellow to a highlighter colour again.
Finally decided to go all the way & tone down to a grey-ash, inspired by
AINA TANAKA, who I always think of when considering silver-grey hair.

When first dyed, it was a pretty dark ash colour, like a big GREY wig....
expecting the colour would lighten/fade, which it did finally.
& plenty of GALs have super warm dyed hair, but since not that many rock the ASH
look, was dying to go for it ♥ ♥

SO, if you want to MAINTAIN YOUR ASH/BLONDE, & keep it from getting brassy,
my latest personal experiment has been :


Use this as a maintenance treatment than actual toner developer.
Blonde hair tends to oxidize over time, turning what may have been subtle hints of
yellow in your pale locks to a strikingly undesirable brassiness.
Purple shampoo leaves colour deposits on your hair that help to cancel out
the YELLOWNESS since purple is on the other side of the color spectrum as yellow.
Definitely softens the colour~ but the shampoo is only effective/noticeable on already paled blonde & silver hair--
I can personally confirm a bigger difference, obviously, on the lighter parts
of my hair than on the "dark blonde" shades. & THIS:

(compare to first photo).

Spent days reading review after review, but the most helpful were found on
Never be afraid to do a little bit of research (or a crack load ;D )
Majority reviewers concurred that after a lenthy toning treatment, the hair was
left harsh & less nourished/moisturized than desirable, but the colour was like
coming out of a fresh dye job. Some have experienced negative effects,
however, like super pale hair turning blue. So please try whichever maintenance
treatment is best for your blonde ☆ ☆ ☆

Think once my hair takes a break, I'll go back to the big grey wig look again XD

make-up preview from ALOHA!GAL-IFORNIA event.