Makeover Time! Plus- what have i been up to?

In the advent of my return to WordPress (it’s good to be back), I decided to give my blog a little makeover!

I’ve already started with my new banner (which I went to great lengths to make for free, using a photo editing thing called muzy, polyvore, tumblr and pinterest!) and a new background and theme. I’m so glad to be back with all my followers (yep, all 20 of ’em!), sorry I ever left you guys😦
Soooo… What have I been up to while I was gone? Well, I made a tumblr, which was probably one of the best desicions in my life. Now I can get kawaii photos like every 2 minutes and gain more followers! If you have tumblr and would like to join my unicorn followers, my blog’s called milky unicorns. I have 54 so far (I think!).
I also hit 100 on my Fashionlista, and I’m heading up to 150 followers! If you have fashionlista and would like to help me along my follower quest, and get all the latest kawaii clothes, then I go by the name of Milky Unicorns, and if you haven’t got Fashionlista, get it, its worth it!
Also got a new Polyvore, and on there I go by the name of… *you guessed it* Milky Unicorns!
That’s all from the world of social networking, let’s see what else maddie-chan has been doing in her life!
I received my first Lolita dress! I’m wearing it to the Scotland MCM, so if anyone’s going, tell me in the comments.
I’ve also done a lot of busking over the summer holidays and I was wondering is there really good shops where I can get kawaii stuff? I have a lot of money now >.<
Done a few more DIYs, watched some more Kawaii International, looked at the latest trends and did my cuter take one them, discovered the absolute wonders of Dan Brown books, kawaiified my room, got back into vintage fashion again, read NEO magazine, attempted to make deco cream for free (ha, what a fail!), pined for Animal Crossing New Leaf, is currently saving for an ipod, downloaded a giant kawaii photospam, the list goes on!

So I’ll see you all when I publish my next post, probably before the makeover is done because I’m on holiday just now. If you wanna get in touch, tell me about something, ask about something, or want me to write a post on something, just ask in the comments or email me at: madhatter.lennon@gmail.com , I’d love to hear from you guys!

Loves, hugs, rainbows and sparkles, Until next time, unicorns! Xxxxx

Coming Back?

Hey guys, it’s been a while. I know I said i was leaving wordpress, and I adore blogger, but the blog isn’t really kicking off as much as this one did. I think it might be time to come ‘home’! I know that barely anyone follows this blog, but for those of you that do a quick like on this post would seriously be appreciated, just so I could see if it’s worth coming back. In the mean time, I’ll start copying some of my posts onto here!

Thanks, and it’s good to be back :3 xxx

moving!

*serious serious post face activate*

the time has come. I think we knew it would. I’m going to move to blogger. I really will miss wordpress (it’s so practical and easy to use), so I think that for a while I will use both platforms, then use whichever one is easier. Blogger lets me have more creative freedom with the look of the blog, which is the main reason I’m moving. please continue to follow me, as I will still follow you on my wordpress account! and if you can’t be bothered, I’m going to copy all of my posts so that they get onto both platforms.

Follow me at:

whattheunicornswear.blogspot.com

thanks guys! You’re all awesome followers!

   
So I decided to do another meme. But I thought this would be good for like an about page or something? I cut out all the ones that didnt apply to me.
Name and/or nickname:
Piki
Location:
Scotalnd
Do you plan on lying in this survey in order to make you look more loli?
No, I’m not very loli anyway…How long have you been into lolita?

Not long, about a year ago?
How did you find out about lolita?
Well I’ve been into manga and anime for a long time and then i started getting into hello kitty, then kawaii, and that led me to lolita!What’s your favorite style?

Classic and sweet
 
What do you like most about lolita?
The way you can be so cute and childlike and girly without anyone judging you. It’s all part of the job.
What do you dislike most about lolita?
How mean it can get! Hate sites, etc.

What’s the most difficult thing about being lolita?
The price. And the fact that it’s hard to get hold of things.

What’s your favorite brand(s)?

Angelic Pretty and Baby the Star Shine Bright.

What’s your favorite accessory?
Pearly cat ears. Love ’em. Or any other type of ears!

What magazines do you read?

Neo.

What music do you listen to?

Jazz, rock, traditional English music and really old ’50’s stuff.

Can you sew?
Well… kinda… not really… working on it!

Do you like anime?
Love it! It was what got me into Lolita and kawaii and Japan!

Do you have a favorite artist? (as in painter, animator etc.)
I like the work of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited away, Howl’s moving castle)!

Name every un-loli aspect of yours.
I’m a total geek. Studio Ghibli, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Hunger Games are my favourite fandoms. I’m also really into traditional Scottish and English music, I play guitar, tin whistle, and fiddle (and some clarsach) as my traditional instruments, I also play classical instruments, so you could say I’m into my music! I love celtic art, and elves. I also have a compl Basically fandoms, art, anime and manga, and music are my main un-loli interests.
Name all your lolita aspects.
I have cute stuff and plushies everywhere. when i’m in kawaii mode, i like cute stuff. I love Japan! and Kawaii! I love to take high tea, and vintage stuff is awesome.
 

30 Day Lolita Challenge- day, er, just read the post!

ok, your probably never going to forgive me for this. I’m going to have to miss a few days on the whole 30 Day Lolita Challenge thing. Partly because I can’t think of anything I can possibly put for them, as I’m new to lolita, and partly so I can pick up and and carry on (you may have noticed that i haven’t been posting about it in a while)! I hope you don’t mind, and if and when I finish the 3dlc (30 day lolita challenge), I will come back and do them as I’ll probably have more experience. Sorry! So, I’m going to pick back up at day 10, What’s In Your Bag?

Day 10- What’s In Your Bag?

There’s not much in my bag that could be of much use.  I usually take a cute mirror Vaseline, lip gloss , tissues, a brush kirby grips etc for the cosmetic department.  Maybe not all of that at once, but usually a few things out of that list. Then I’ll take a kawaii purse ( in fact i dont think i own any that arent kawaii!), and a sketch book and pencil. People are always like ‘why do you carry a sketchbook?’ I think it’s in case I get any sudden ideas. It makes me feel more artistic, anyway.  Of course I take my phone, with a kawaii case on it, and maybe a book? Depends what I’m into. rightnow I’m reading Lord of the Rings! It’s quite a lot to cram into one bag, and usually I take an over-the-should bag because they’re easier to carry.

In other news, i decided to join another lolita thing again. It doesnt really have a name, and it’s basically how to ‘level up’ in lolita. Ever met that perfect lolita, who is, well, perfect? Well this is how to level up and get to her standard.

Each criteria is a level. Add up your total and then put yourself into a category. Repost this to your own blog, website, or journal, bolding the ones that apply to you, and then show your score/level at the bottom. The only rule is that you must add one lolita ‘level’ to the list!

~please remember this is all just silly fun, do not get worked up about it! Plus, if your feeling low about your score, just take a look at mine!~

LOLITA LEVEL START!

You’ve been to egl.
You’ve posted on egl, without an onslaught of ‘USE THE MEMORIES’ and likewise.
You’ve bought a lolita mook.
You’ve picked a favorite brand.
You’ve ordered your first item.
You’ve worn a full outfit.
You’ve worn a full outfit out in public.
You’ve worn a full outfit and posted photos of it on the Internet.
You know what JSK, OP, and cutsew all mean.
You’ve bought your first brand piece.
You know your measurements.
You know you shoe size – in American, European, and Japanese.
You know who Mr. Yan is.
You know who Mana is. (+1 points if you know his band. +2 points if you know his brand. +3 points if you know why he’s featured in every GLB. +4 if you have a shrine to him in your closet.)
You know who Maki and Asuka are. (+2 if you’ve met Maki and Asuka).
You’ve watched Kamikaze Girls. (+1 if you know the real name of this movie. +2 if you know who wrote the book this was based on. +3 if you’ve also read the manga or novel. +4 if you love the author despite his criminal record).
You own a wig. (+1 if you own more than 2.)
You own a pair of falls.
You can identify lace on the spot.
You can identify an item’s brand on the spot.
You can identify the year a dress was made by a specific brand on the spot.
You can name several different dresses or prints.
You answer stock photo requests.
You mod a lolita community.
You decorate your nails. (+1 if you wear fake nails. +2 if you make fake nails.)
You own a pair of a rocking horse shoes. (+1 if you know their abbreviation.)
You’ve made your own rose corsage.
You’ve made anything out of your brand dress’s waist ties.
You’ve made anything out of a matching eco tote. (+3 if you were the first one to do it, you think).
You know how to apply false eyelashes.
You know how to pronounce shirring.
You know how to pronounce Moi-meme-moitie, or Metamorphose tempes de fille.
You know a reliable shopping service.
You bid on Yahoo!Japan or Mbok.
You’ve been to a meetup.
You’ve planned a meetup.
You’ve planned a meetup with catering or more than 20 attendees.
You’ve met up with lolitas while on vacation to foreign or faraway locales.
You’ve seen a lolita fashion show.
You’ve seen a brand fashion show.
You’ve modeled in a lolita fashion show.
You’ve modeled in a brand lolita fashion show.
You wear bloomers.
You know how to make bloomers.
You tell other people to wear bloomers.
You draw lolita art, write a lolita blog, or provide the community with some sort of creative services.
You’ve taken purikura in lolita.
You’ve decorated your room/house/apartment in lolita style.
You’ve listened to lolita music.
You’ve learned kana.
You’ve learned enough Japanese to read a magazine.
You wear or own circle lenses.
You’ve been called a princess by a young child.
You’ve dressed up a friend.
You’ve convert a friend.
You’ve been in media (television, newspaper, magazine). (+2 points if it’s Japanese media.)
You’ve learned a handicraft, like jewelry making, embroidery, or sewing.
You’ve become a lolita mentor.
You’ve attended lolita events at an anime or multi-genre convention.
You’ve organized or presented lolita events at a convention.
You’ve visited a brand shop.
Trip to Japan!
You’ve dressed up and gone out alone.
You’re prepared for inclement or colder weather in lolita (coat, parasol, boots, gloves, other climate-specific items.)
You’ve learned face contouring.
You’ve made a lolita valentine.
You’ve got a lolita pen pal or online lolita friends.
You have local lolita friends.
You know how to modify clothes that don’t fit you.
You know how to dress for your body type.
You’ve been in a street snap.
You’ve been to multiple world locations of the same brand store (BABY Paris, BABY Tokyo, BABY San Francisco, etc.)
You’ve created a makeup/hair/sewing tutorial.
You’ve sold hand-created lolita goods.
You have your own lolita fashion line.
You’ve gotten a lolita haircut, style, or color.
You’ve mixed other street fashions with lolita.
You’ve thrown a lolita party/had a lolita wedding.
You’ve dressed your child/small children in lolita or kodona style.
You’ve successfully cross-dressed in lolita style at least once (boystyle for girls and girls’ clothing for guys).
You’ve lolified or made sure all the contents of your purse are cute (wallet, lipgloss, keyring, etc.)
You have a lolita pet (small dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic birds, fancy fish) or have dressed/accessorized your pet (bows or pet clothes).
You’ve dressed your significant other or dated someone who dresses in J-fashion/alternative fashion.
You’ve read Alice in Wonderland. (+1 if you’ve seen the animated movie or other variations, +2 if you’ve seen more than one variation, +3 if you own more than one variation)
You’ve dressed as Alice or another Wonderland character in lolita style, or own Alice themed items.
You’ve made something from a Japanese pattern.
You’ve found, bought, or made lolita underwear (bras and panties).
You wear lolita daily, or have gone 7 days straight wearing only lolita.
You have lolita calling cards or business cards.
You play a lolita instrument (i.e., piano, violin, harp, French horn… well any instrument really.)
You can translate yen to your country’s currency in your head. (+1 if you can convert other currencies you shop with as well. +2 if you read the news to know how the yen is doing.)
You’ve sold lolita clothing online (secondhand, egl_comm_sales).
Your article or entry has been put into the egl memories.
You take photos of your outfits/daily outfit photos.
You’ve posted to daily_lolita.
You own a petticoat. (+1 if you own more than one. +2 if you wear three or more at a time).
You’ve bought a lucky pack.

You own a Poupee Girl account.
You keep a style diary or look-book.
You can put together an outfit made entirely from offbrand.
You’ve bought offbrand or non-Japanese brand.

 

Adorable Admirer (lvls 1 – 20) You’ve started studying or liking lolita but haven’t taken that leap of faith yet. Good luck!

Resplendant Rufflebutt (lvls 21 – 40) At home within the land of the rufflebutts and spilling frills from every edge.

Victorian Maiden (lvls 41 – 60) A classy lolita of taste and experience, who knows her way around the lolita social set.

Starry Celebrity (lvls 61 – 80) On page six of the lolita world, you’ve risen to the ring of the upper crust.

Pretty Princess (lvls 81 – 100) Lolita royalty, truly versed in the ways of the lacey ones, the lolita princesses have achieved a special level of enlightenment.

Ultimate Lolita (Boss Fight!) (lvls 100+) Wow, you’ve gotten over 100 levels? You’re the ultimate lolita with unlimited hitpoints. That’s actually a little scary…

I think it’s quite cute! I got Adorable Admirer (16), but I’m quite happy with that! the really kicker was the Alice in Wonderland ones, because as you know, i have a bit of an obsession! The one I added was You own a Poupee Girl account. I think I will make this a to-do list for lolita, I’ll post about it when I’ve done one!

 

I’m going on a shopping trip on Monday (yay!), so maybe I’ll snap up some kawaii bargain then! I’ll be sure to tell you!

see you soon xxxx

Rainbowholic Interview!

Omg! Omg! Super excited! The day has finally come! I have had my interview answers back from Rainbowholic!!! So excited! Just to make this post extra long, here is a copy of her “narration” of how she got to Japan.

 

It all started with dreaming. Imagining myself dressed up in lacy lolita or colorful dresses.. strolling down the streets of Harajuku.. and of course, with a camera lugged around my neck. My older brother who shares the same passion as I have, had already established himself in the land of my dreams. Compared to what I have gone through before coming here, he had done so much more. If this note is a two-pager when printed, without any doubt.. his would be a five-pager. Or even more. I think people should know his story. : )

Okay… back to the point.

My two-pager started when I have decided to quit dreaming alone and to start working on it. Who reaches his/her dreams by waiting and just dreaming? If you are filthy rich, that would be easy. You can just buy an airplane ticket, secure your visa without worries, beg for some pocket money from your parents.. and after that, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms and sushi restaurants in Japan as easy as that! But for someone like me who has a big family that has an average (and sometimes insufficient) household income, the word “easy” is not even part of the dictionary. The plane ticket, the hellish visa requirements (++ sleepless nights that you get after passing your application), the first-world kind of standard of living… it’s like Japan was a dream country to me. Too different from my kind of reality before. But as they always say, not all things come easy and instant (this is a comforting fact, haha). Then… with a bit of financial aid from my brother, I enrolled myself with basic Japanese language course that I juggled every Saturday’s of my sophomore/junior year of my university life. For an advertising management student, that was some tough stuff to do. Though I must admit this fact, I was not exactly the best in our little Japanese language class (third to the worst student? hahaha). Nonetheless, knowing my basic Hiragana and Katakana plus plus bits of kanji was all good. I even tried out the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N4 that time! I did not pass but the experience was worth it. At least, I got to try it!

After my JLPT N4 test, with the best of our (me and my family) efforts, I applied for a “visiting a relative” visa to Japan. Only God knows how much I’ve done to get all those required information… >_> And what I got in return? A blank passport without a Japanese visa. My heart was broken into multiple pieces! At least my first heart break was not because of a boy..! Huhu why Japan Embassy… and the saddest part about it was, I cannot apply again within 6 months. Ouch.

The trouble that came after this was I had already signed up for my leave of absence (LOA) from my university. I was going to have a 1 term break + summer vacation (which totaled 6 months!) without attending school. Up to this time, I consider this part of my life as one of my bravest acts! I was the type of student that would still attend class even if there was a typhoon just for the class attendance. I guess that this was one of the most confusing parts in my life. So for that period of time, I engrossed myself with Japan hallucinations (what) and helped my brother & father with whatever skills I have attained (webpage design, SEO). Thankfully, our online projects have gained fruits and money for the family during my 6-month break from school. There were days that I cried like a baby in my room because I really wanted to go to Japan and visit my brother. But then again, God decided to teach me how to be patient. I may be bitter about it at that time but right now, I am just more than thankful for that.. rite of passage-like period. It was a humbling experience.

THEN.. Fast forward, my brother then suggested to me to apply for the annual government scholarship that the Japan Embassy / Government would be sponsoring. I did my best with the requirements but.. I failed the test. It was so discouraging! Good thing I had a busy university life that I got over my depression about it. After that, I had no choice but to focus on my university first so that I would graduate on time with my batchmates and friends. In which I did! So blessed.

I can still remember that long phone call from my rented apartment room during my last two terms of college. My brother asked me seriously if I really wanted to go to Japan.  I said yes and after that, he spent almost all his days working hard for my expensive language school tuition fee. My Japan dream would have been still a dream (a “cloud” in my mind) if it weren’t for my brother Eric. I owe all of my “dream-come-true” Japan-related dreams to him. 

And so right after my last completion of requirements (a.k.a. OJT and thesis).. I was bound to study Nihongo in Japan. I can still remember the day when I got my passport with the Japanese visa, I cried so much! My number 1 dream from my Novena prayer book (God was a big part of all of these, He has all the credit) was crossed out on that day. It was such a happy day!

I may have missed the cherry blossom season upon my arrival but sakura can definitely wait! 

 

I am now in Japan!“, and that was the only thing in my mind.

Months later, I received a response from Tokyo Fashion (like an acceptance letter but funnier, haha) that they would want me to join their team. The next thing that flashed in my life was— I was having yakiniku dinner with them during our first meet! In addition to that, I now maintain a blog about my (mis)adventures here in Tokyo, produce videos for Tokyo Fashion, help out my brother with work and of course, can finally understand a few Doraemon episodes. I spend my Sundays in Harajuku while dressed in my best attire without a f.cking care in the world just like how the Japanese are “cool” with whatever crap you wear. Sometimes, everything is just too good to be true. Surreal would be the best adjective.

I apologize for the rather long narration. I just get this “story” request a lot and I thought that writing paragraphs about “how it all started” would inspire dreamers like me out there! And at last, I don’t have to repeat my story for the nth time because I will be copy-pasting this link now! Yay! Hehehe.. 

My Japanese language school graduation is another story. Hope this inspires someone as well! : )

P.S. Please don’t ask me visa-related questions, you can do that on your own by googling (yup, I even joined forums before to read about living in Japan stories) or visiting your country’s embassy website. ^^v

And lastly, here’s a big grin to the people who had thought I was being silly / beyond crazy about my Japanese dream. :-D 

And one more, with a wink! ;-D

Just kidding,

Silly カイラ

www.the.rainbowholic.me

“If you believe, you’re already halfway there.” – Anonymous

Oh by the way, 10 years ago..  I was 11 and an avid fan of Cardcaptor Sakura. Hehe😀

So, that was the story of Rainbowholic! She is now very successful, and recently won the Peoples Choice Award on ~Kawaii International! Well done Kalia!

So,  now you know more about Rainbowholic, without further ado, on with the interview!

what started your love of Japan?
I started to love Japan because of the anime shows being shown locally in Philippines before. I’d say Cardcaptor Sakura is my biggest Japan Love influencer. When I was in that age, I wanted to be like Sakura too, just rollerblading under the cherry blossom trees while going to class… Haha!

how would you describe your style

– I would describe my style as fun & moody. Sometimes I want to be like a boy with all the hoodies and caps but there are times when I want to be really girly with bows and laces. Of course, there should be a touch of kawaii in my whole ensemble. ^^

describe your ideal day out in Harajuku:

My ideal day out in Harajuku would be a date with a friend. We’d take purikura first, then have a meal somewhere really nice (cute food is a must! usually I really make research before going to the themed cafe), have a great conversation over kawaii noms, go to La Foret / Takeshita Dori for some shopping / window shopping, take lots of photos, and just enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
you talk a lot about dreaming, do you have any personal dreams you hope to achieve soon?
– Haha! Omg yes, I really do talk a lot about my (crazy) dreams. In my opinion, I think that when you talk your dreams to somebody (or even just to yourself, through a personal diary or whatever), you’re already attracting the universe to conspire with you to actualize this dream/this set of dreams. When I was younger, I’d always tell my family and friends that someday, I will be in Japan. Up until now, I don’t know if these things happening in my life are real *___*. Crazy dreams do come true as long as you put your whole heart / 1000% efforts into it.
At the moment, my personal dream that I want to achieve soon is to create this dream job for myself. Slowly, I’m getting there.. I think!🙂
do you have any favourite blogs or websites that you visit regularly? 
For daily fashion inspiration, www.tokyofashion.com. Then I follow random blogs on tumblr ^^
what are your handbag essentials?
My train pass card, wallet, phone + earphones!, lipbalm, and money to survive life..? :))
what are your top 5 tips on being kawaii?
1. Surround yourself with kawaii stuff. When you wake up or when you arrive home, your mood automatically becomes positive when you see your kawaii corner/room . I believe that a ~kawaii~ environment really attracts positivity and all those good energies. Hehe😀
2. Don’t just focus on making your physical appearance as “kawaii”. Don’t be just a kawaii-looking girl whose attitude / personality isn’t as cute as her lacy dress. Be that kawaii girl whose sweetness also exudes from within. ^^v
3. Be creative when you need to be practical. When you want to wear something kawaii and you cannot afford to buy kawaii fashion, this is where creativity comes in. Doing DIY can save you lots of money and sometimes, the personal touch makes your whole outfit more interesting.😀
4. Get yourself a daily dose of kawaii. If you don’t have a tumblr, you need to make yourself one now. Haha!
5. Don’t try hard. I think “being kawaii” should just come out naturally from you. When you are in your most comfortable self, your own charm will show!
now for the quickfire questions:

what’s your favourite…
place to eat?

– any themed cafe!
Japanese sweet?
– Pocky!
accessory?
– caps/hats!
color?
– cottoncandy blue
animal?
– dog/toy poodle!!
manga/anime series?
– cardcaptor sakura
flavour of pocky?

– all the flavors in Rainbow Pocky box😀

How cute is that?! Shes one of my favourite bloggers! And, in her honour I made a hama bead rainbow necklace, and a very colourful outfit coordinate! But I will share that later. Waaaaaa! So excited about the interview! Ok, calm. Is calm. I was also wondering if theres any how-tos or anything that guys would like me to post? Please speak out!

Rainbowholic

Talk to you soon! xxxxxx