Thursday, April 30, 2015

Anime Matsuri Day 0: Rehearsals and first Kawaii Ambassadors meet-up!



Becky, Aaron and I first thought we had to be at Anime Matsuri convention center pretty early in the morning, but finally we were glad to know that we were only expected around 12:00 for the fashion show's rehearsal. This means: we could actually get a decent amount of sleep! I think we wake up around 8:00 or 9:00, just enough time to get dressed, finish packing and have a ride to Hobby Lobby~ As you can see, my outfit was inspired by... my love for lavender and it's called "50 shades of Lavender by Angelic Pretty".

A quick outfit shot and selfie with Becky  

But what is actually Hobby Lobby? Don't laugh you American reader! We actually don't have any Hobby Lobby in Europe... And this is making me really sad. Hobby Lobby is some kind of giant crafting and decoration store with literally e.ve.ry.thing you could ask for. On a scale from 0 to 10, my lolita crafting would be 25 times easier with that kind of store in Paris. Becky had to buy some Easter themed deco to finish her scepters and I really needed some more glue and stars to fix my constellations bonnet that.... didn't entirely make it through the flight inside my luggages. I also found out that Hobby Lobby was a really Christian store, well... Seeing all those kind of crosses and religious-themed deco it's not really that hard to guess. Here are some of my favorites from Hobby Lobby — I'm still quite sad with myself not buying these Jesus fans, I'm sure my friends would have cherish this gift forever.



Right after our Hobby Lobby expedition, we went straight to the Hilton, hoping we could get our room a little earlier than we were supposed to. Hobby Lobby's Jesus spirit surely were with us because we have been able to check-in as soon as we arrived. I was really so excited to be able to sleep at the Hilton, I don't think I could have afford it all alone so I was really glad to share the room with Becky, Aaron and Jessamyn~ I was actually expecting a smaller room but it was perfect: enough room to make a mess out of our 4 luggages all over the place in less than 24 hours.

Becky had to go to the rehearsing room right after we checked-in but I had first to meet the other Kawaii Ambassadors for the first time! Isn't it exciting? You might know them already, but let me introduce them anyway: Cadney and Nadine from Canada, Daniela from Mexico and Ruby from Hong Kong. Kitsune, the Taiwanese Kawaii Ambassador was also invited to Anime Matsuri but couldn't make it until later today. I was really glad to get to meet them and know them better, they are all, each in their own way, amazing and hard-working girls!

Nadine was very whimsical and elegant in her pink (under)dress
Cadney being as cute as usual in Angelic Pretty
Daniela was super elegant in Lief
Ruby wore beautifully this new Angelic Pretty dress

I am wearing: hair accessories, dress, socks and shoes: Angelic Pretty — Earrings: Bubbles

After sharing a cup of coffee we all went to the first rehearsal~ This first one was a choreography and walk rehearsal and the second one (later on the day) was more a allover and dress rehearsal. There were actually a lot of girls in the rehearsing rooms! Nearly all models for Angelic Pretty and Metamorphose were here, as long as with some models from Putumayo and Atelier Boz. Actually since most of Putumayo and Atelier Boz's models were local people, their part was more of a choreography than a walk? Which was pretty cool! Angelic Pretty and Metamorphose's parts were definitely more usual fashion shows. The fashion show team did a great job handling everyone and learn them the walks, it was actually faster than I thought it would be. The atmosphere was also super nice and friendly!


Xiaoyu and I just chillin' around Angelic Pretty fashion show's boxes
Brookelle was being an absolute babe in her Marine Kingdom dress 
IDOL POSING 
Look how cute and perfect Kammie was! I love her ability to make cute yet surprising outfits~

I was glad to get to meet new people each! Xiaoyu and Renée were both so nice to me during the whole week-end~ I had seen a lot of their coordinations on Tumblr and sometimes on Closet of Frills but I actually never talked to them before Anime Matsuri, so I was really happy to find out they were both as amazing as their coordinations are! I also saw again the one and only Kammie~ I've met her for the first time few months ago in Paris (and I still didn't blog about it... shame on me), I was dying to get to see her again!! Like, except over excited, how am I supposed to feel when I get to meet two times in a year the girl that really got me into lolita fashion?? 

I think we finished the first rehearsal around 3:00PM? Lunch time! I went to grab some fast food with Kammie and we came back to the Hilton's lobby to eat with Cadney, Daniela, Renée and Ruby. It was actually the perfect location to take some pictures and selfie together (look at that nice light) before going back to the rehearsing room.


Renée and I share a deep love for Angelic Pretty. I think she is as obsessed with mint as I am with Lavender!

I have to be honest the second rehearsal was a bit more boring since it was pretty much an overall rehearsing, but it was more focused on Putumayo and Atelier Boz's parts since the Japanese models also had to learn their choreography. Angelic Pretty and Metamorphose models' weren't needed that much but it was still cool to hang around each other and watch the other brands' rehearsals. I honestly wish the head organizer of the fashion show or someone from the staff would have explained to us all the concept and the story behind the fashion show. It might seem like a little detail but actually I think it would have helped us in getting the feeling of the fashion show and knowing how to act during our time on stage? I might have understood that Angelic Pretty's models were supposed to be some kind of fairies with magic powers, but I wasn't really sure (and I'm still not sure, haha).


Kammie, Ariyana, Ruby and Kistune 
Keeping ourselves busy with selfies during stage rehearsal~

As the evening was coming we learnt that we might not have time to do the dress rehearsal for Angelic Pretty, and let me tell you we were dying to know which dress we had to wear, haha. Actually, all dresses were on racks but we just didn't know yet which one was for which model. But actually at the very very end the day, the models still remaining (some had to go to Nightfall, a lolita event organized by Palace of Princes) had the chance to try on their dresses! I'm not a big fan of the new Angelic Pretty collection but I was SUPER excited by the dress I was wearing. Can you guess which one it is? I don't know if it was fashion show organization or Maki and Asuka that picked that outfit for me, but I was really glad someone thought it would somehow fit me. It's not something I would have turned to in the first place, but damn, I really wanted to keep that whole outfit for myself, haha.

By the time we took off our fashion show's outfits it was already like?... Super late? Haha. All Kawaii Ambassadors were starving but we had to get Japan Lolita Association booth ready for the day after. I was really glad to see that Anime Matsuri set up several props for us: beautiful armchairs and a couch in order to have a perfect photoshoot location! Adding two tables, two mannequins and a great background, we were officially ready for the first opening day of Anime Matsuri~


You'll be as sad as I was to learn that those lions weren't for Japan Lolita Association booth :'(

I have to be honest I was actually really sad not to be able to attend Nightfall: so many great people were going there and the event seemed really amazing, so I wish I could have gone so badly. Sit here with me and watch that amazing Nightfall video by Deerstalker Pictures so you can be sad with me because you didn't go (or you can make me jealous while you tell me "But I did go!").




You thought that was the end of the day, didn't you? You thought I would be so tired I would go sleeping after that day or rehearsals? Well, I could have but don't underestimate my capacity of staying up an indecent amount of time when I want to! Nadine, Cadney and I went to meet some friends at our first amazing room parties rallye. I met so many great people and eat so many great pizza that this night is still a bit blur in my mind, haha. No seriously, I think I was so tired that I had problems processing what I actually did during that night (not having any pictures of that night isn't helping). I just remember the taste of delicious ananas-pizza and the kindness of all people in the room, thank you y'all ♡ I went back to my hotel's room a little to late (or a little too early?) but it was totally worth it!


Thank you for reading and see you soon for the Anime Matsuri report, third part~
featuring amazing outfits, more backstages and fashion show!(^▽^)



♡ Anime Matsuri, Day 1 (coming soon...) 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Kawaii International Episode #35 ★ KAWAII LEADERS ★


During weeks I had to keep secret... the most amazing announcement ever! Trust me, it was really hard not to be able to talk about it. But here it is, I can officially share with you this amazing announcement! Kawaii International offered me the opportunity to experience Kawaii lifestyle in Japan and work with my favourite magazine KERA~ ★

Don't miss Kawaii.i new episode『 Kawaii Leader TOKYO Extravaganza 』!

You can watch Kawaii.i episode #35 through live streaming on http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/
(You just have to click on the "NOW ON AIR" box, on top right)

Be careful! You can only watch the live streaming at the following times:
Saturday, April 25 at 5:10, 12:10, 17:10 and 23:10 (UTC+1, London time)


This episode will be more than exciting~ Follow me through the KERA office all week and get to know more about the famous magazine! From an assistant to a journalist to a model, I've tried so many things and trust me: they were all super exciting ♡ But KERA office isn't the only placed I visited: get ready for a journey in the most kawaii places of Tokyo: Angelic Pretty, Laforet, Q-pot Café, ...

If I didn't yet convinced you to watch this episode, then you might want to know that Kimura U, Haruka Kurebayashi and Akira might appear too! I've been working with them a whole day in order to make the most exciting interview ever~ You surely don't want to miss that ☆~(ゝ。∂)

The episode won't only feature myself but also two other lovely Kawaii Leaders: Tricia from the Philippines and Katy from Myanmar. Our trips weren't planed at the same time but I've heard a lot about them, so I can't wait to check their parts too!ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)

Thank you for reading this, I hope you will be able to check Kawaii International Episode #35! 

I will also soon post about my trip: so many details and adventures won't be featured in 
the Kawaii.i episode, so you surely don't want to miss my report ☆~(ゝ。∂)





J'ai dû garder le secret pendant des semaines, alors laissez-moi vous annoncer... la plus excitante des nouvelles ! Croyez-moi, ce fut dur de ne pas pouvoir vous en parler, je suis plus qu'heureuse de pouvoir enfin partager cela avec vous: Kawaii International m'a donné l'opportunité de passer une semaine au Japon pour découvrir les lieux les plus mignons de Tokyo mais aussi, et surtout, travailler avec mon magazine préféré KERA~ ★

Ne manquez pas le nouveau épisode de Kawaii.i『 Kawaii Leader TOKYO Extravaganza 』!

Vous pouvez regarder l'épisode #35 en streaming sur http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/
(Il suffit de cliquer sur  la partie "NOW ON AIR" en haut à droite)

Attention! Vous ne pourrez regarder l'épisode en streaming qu'à ces horaires-ci:
Samedi 25 Avril à 6:10, 13:10, 18:10 (UTC+2, heure parisienne)
Dimanche 26 Avril à 00:10 (UTC+2, heure parisienne)


Cet épisode sera plus qu'excitant~ Suivez-moi pendant une semaine à travers les bureaux du KERA et apprenez en plus sur le célèbre magazine! D'assistante à journaliste en passant par model (et même éditrice !), ce séjour m'a donné l'opportunité de découvrir toutes les facettes des coulisses du magazine ♡ Mais les bureaux de KERA ne sont pas les seuls lieux que j'ai eu l'occasion de visiter: tenez-vous prêt pour un voyage dans les lieux les plus kawaii de Tokyo: Angelic Pretty, Laforet, Q-pot Café, ...

Et si jamais je ne vous ai pas encore convaincu, sachez que Kimura U, Haruka Kurebayashi et Akira devraient également apparaitre à l'écran ! J'ai travaillé avec elles toute une journée afin de pouvoir écrire la plus excitante des interviews ! Vous ne pouvez manquer ça sous aucun prétexte ☆~(ゝ。∂)

Cet épisode ne comprendra pas uniquement mon séjour mais aussi celui de deux autres adorables Kawaii Leaders : Tricia des Philippines et Katy du Myanmar. Nos voyages étant prévus à différentes dates, nous ne nous sommes pas croisées, mais je n'ai entendu que du bien sur elles et j'ai déjà hâte dans savoir plus sur leurs aventuresヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)

Merci d'avoir lu et j'espère que vous pourrez regarder l'épisode #35 de Kawaii International!

Je posterai également bientôt sur la totalité de mon séjour : 
tout plein de détails et d'aventures ne seront pas diffusés dans l'épisode, 
alors n'oubliez pas de continuer à lire Deer Alice pour en savoir plus ☆~(ゝ。∂)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Anime Matsuri Day -1: Arrival, Sanrio and Galleria!




Anime Matsuri? Like... In Houston, Texas? How did I even end up getting there? To make a long story short, several Kawaii Ambassadors from all over the world were invited to the first Japan Lolita Association summit. I was one of the lucky girls having the chance to attend the Anime Matsuri x JLA first collaboration, along with Cadney (Canada), Daniela (Mexico), Kitsune (Taiwan), Nadine (Canada) and Ruby (Hong Kong). I wish all of the ambassadors and especially my French workmates could have been there, hanging around together, have some fun, meet so many new people~ It was overall a great experience, thanks to my dear friends, my fellow ambassadors and all those room parties, haha!

My flight to Houston was pretty long and boring (worst selection of movie ever) but I'm not too difficult and I can sleep anywhere, so I think I spent 80% of my time sleeping. I woke up just in time when we were flying over Canada: so many beautiful landscapes!!

Flying above Canadian lakes!

By chance, my flight landing was planned on Wednesday, a little after Kate's flight and a little before Cadney's one! That meant the wonderful Brookelle and Erinne could pick us up at Houston Intercontinental Airport~ I can't even tell you how glad I was not to be lost all alone — we learnt very late that Anime Matsuri's staff could pick us up so in the meantime Cadney already arranged Brookelle's pick up. YAY FOR BROOKELLE (and her car)! ♡

We arrived inside Houston by the beginning of the evening, so we quickly went to Galleria. What is Galleria? Well, it's basically the biggest shopping mall I've ever seen in my life! So many floors and stores, it felt like an endless walk to go from on side to the other. Some of us went to Sanrio Shop (where I bought the cutest pen ever), while some others went to buy some cosmetics. I wish I had time to do both! French Sephora are desperately empty of American products (Too Faced, I'm looking at you).


I wish we had Sanrio stores as well in Paris!

I was so tired that I unfortunately don't have a lot of picture from Wednesday. I preferred taking time to get to know better all the ladies that I was meeting for the first time~ I was so happy that Becky could join us for dinner! Few months ago, I was looking for roommates during my journey in Houston and she kindly proposed me not only her room during Anime Matsuri but also her house before and after Anime Matsuri (;w;) Since then, we've been talking on Facebook quite frequently~ I was really super excited to meet her! ♡

Kate, Cadney, Erinne, Brookelle and I waiting for our dinner's reservation.
Picture by Cadney

We went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner (I was glad to learn that no, they don't serve cheesecake only) and we ordered bunch of very healthy food like fried mac and cheese, fried cheese, burgers, ... Let me tell you I was already enjoying my Houston stay a little too much. My first meet with mac and cheese is something I will never forget.

After that delicious dinner, Cadney, Erinne and Kate went back with Brookelle at her house while Beck and I... got lost in Galleria. Galleria closes pretty early actually, but the restaurants stay open which mean it's kinda difficult to find a way out after diner... I think we walked inside Galleria for like 30 minutes until we finally find a way out to (not so) fresh air (;__;) Happily, Aaron (Becky's boyfriend) was here to pick us and go by car to Becky's house~

I felt like Becky, Aaron and myself were already tired by the week that was waiting for us, haha~ The despair of knowing how long it would be pack and un-pack, the nonexistant hours of sleep, the heat and humidity of Houston while working at a con, ... Do you feel how brave we are already? Haha~ Becky was kind enough to lend my her own room, thank you again dear! I really wasn't expecting so much ;w; We packed, we talked, we laughed, we packed again and finally went to bed at a not so decent hour. Few hours of sleep before going to the Hilton and Anime Matsuri convention center for Day 0 a.k.a rehearsal day!



Thank you for reading and see you soon for the Anime Matsuri report, second part~
Rehearsals, outfit shots and meeting a lot of American lolitas!(^▽^)
(and a lot more of pictures, I promise).


  
♡ Anime Matsuri, Day 0 (coming soon...)