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I was looking forward to the film Black Swan ever since I saw the poster of Natalie Portman in winged-eyed Gothic makeup. I went to the advance screening last night, and yes, the Oscar buzz is well deserved. Portman is terrifying as a perfectionist ballerina teetering towards insanity. Be prepared for to wince — nail cutting, scratching and peeling — as she falls to pieces. Darren Aronofsky (director of Pi) keeps it tense throughout, especially in the spiraling scenes where she dances to Swan Lake. Black Swan opens today… go see it. You may leave the theater perturbed, but you won’t be disappointed.

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Tis the season for Christmas shopping — how have you been faring? If only we could transport ourselves to the Shinsaibashi district of Osaka. There’s a one-shop stop for your favorite Japanese Goth Punk and Lolita clothing.

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The last time I visited, Sex Pot Revenge, Regulus and Busoh Sensen were on display. Can’t go wrong with neon electro graphic prints.

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Iron Fist shoes are big in Japan. Do you remember the Zombie and blood-dripping shoes that Iron Fist sent me? These stompers are also sold in Tokyo’s Nude and Rude store (here is a full post with photos).

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I rarely buy new clothes in Japan, but I love going into stores and examining the displays. I always come out with new ideas on how to coordinate outfits.

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Many of you liked my Listen Flavor cat punk sweater. This playful alternative brand is a gem.

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Listen Flavor’s cheeky characters and electric colors are a nice change from black-black-black.

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This Osaka basement store also carries Hypercore.

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Punk and New Wave are not dead. For Osaka shopping maps, photos and reports, please visit my Japan store guide.

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What’s everyone doing this weekend? Perhaps some DIX-mas shopping, and watching Black Swan?

PS: I’ve decided! I’m adding a new color to my hair. Hmm, what do you think it will be….

Japanese Word of the Day: Kotonaru = Different
Song of the Day: Janne Da Arc – Hysteric Moon (Old school Visual Kei, suggested by my lovely Lemon)

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  • http://www.RockingDollMuseum.blogspot.com Rocking Doll Museum

    I love the white skirt!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      So gorgeous!! <3

  • http://twitter.com/Parangnabi ☆ Parangnabi ☆

    wow it’s kida weird to read that you rarely buy clothes in Japan. If I’d have the possibility to go back there I think I’ll expend all my money buying things, but I guess that I have that idea in mind since I can’t find that kind of things here in Spain.
    btw I have a terrible crush on those shoes.
    Have a good day dear ^_^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I rarely buy *new* clothes in Japan, haha. About 70% of my wardrobe is secondhand clothing from Closet Child, which carries brands like h.NAOTO, Moi-meme-Moitie, Victorian Maiden and everything else on the right sidebar of my blog :)

      • http://twitter.com/Parangnabi ☆ Parangnabi ☆

        okok xD now I understand :) I know those brand I also have some H Naoto jackets anyway japanese brands doesn’t suit me at all since I’m not skinny and the only thing I can buy are shoes and jacktets/huddies. I’d love they sell stuff overseas that would make me really happy.

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          Can’t wait to show you our h.NAOTO collaboration! ^^

          • http://twitter.com/Parangnabi ☆ Parangnabi ☆

            http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h242/ch1b1kyo/IMAG0036.jpg this is one them(I only have 2 anyways xDD)
            I’ll try to take a pic of the other one tomorrow in the morning, now it’s 1.19 am and I thinkg it’s not the best time to take pics ^_^U

          • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

            Ohh that’s cute!! <3

  • Shadowpal2

    Wow look at all those clothes! Yea it would be damn fun to Christmas shopping if I was near a shopping district like that. But no…guess I’ll just go through the web and just do my shopping there.

    Punk and New Wave are certainly not dead – and SHALL NEVER DIE.

    As for Black Swan – I think I may just go see it with a film fanatic friend of mine. I gotta see how this one turns out. It certainly sounds mysterious – and I watched an interview of Kunis talking about how she didn’t understand the script until reading it for about 6 times or so. Of course…maybe that’s just her hahaha, or in general it really is “strange.”

    Some really good mysterious/strange movies I’ve seen are mainly anime. Quite notably: Perfect Blue by Satoshi Kon. Oh wow what a wonderful piece of work that was. Truly haunting.

    As for the new color…green. I don’t know why I think so – but that was the first color which popped in my head.

    In other news…I am quite frankly disturbed by all these wikileaks. – Not the fact that they were leaked…I think it’s awesome that a group of badass geniuses can hack into the government and exploit everything for the world and for the truth, but basically what’s inside the info and videos. Gosh sometimes I really wish could just shut myself off from the world and live in my own little world with friends, dreams, and movies – but it always pains me to see how FUCKED up this world can sometimes be. I mean we get a few people like Mother Teresa, and then others who just love the art of killing.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      The movie is certainly haunting… I was tense throughout! I’d love to see Perfect Blue.
      Sebastiano and I have a major new project in the works that taps into exactly that… we want to do something that helps out. Makes a difference. :)

  • Squsih

    gahh! you’re a pirate??? so am I :D

  • Kim

    VIOLET!!!=D

  • Hege

    I think some kind of blue or purple would look awesome on you =)

  • Sakura

    mmm I think you will look great in blue or green or purple :D

  • Juxica

    ooo~

  • Melissa

    I definitely want to see this.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      You must! It’s an incredible film.

      • Melissa

        Sweet. I’m going to check it out.

  • Dimitra

    A shade of blue… a dark one perhaps ?

  • http://www.youtube.com/takenoutofcontext Glitch

    Looking forward to Black Swan. Who knew such evil lay behind ballerinas? From the same director as one of my favorite movies,The Wrestler.(amazing how Aronofsky jumps to different genres in each movie)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Requiem for a Dream… magnificent!

  • Kat

    Janne Da Arc is so underappreciated by modern Visual fans! I’m so happy to see them as the song of the day! haha :3

  • Jennifer

    La Carmina, please come to Houston. We are one of the most fashionable cities in the US. Believe it or not.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Actually, I AM coming to Houston! For Anime Matsuri!

  • Rachel

    black swan still hasn’t come to my area *tears up* :(

  • Anne

    I honestly haven’t heard of it till your tweets. Just saw the trailer. Very intrigued!

  • Isa

    Pas vu. En France, on doit attendre le mois de mars…

  • Dachi

    OMG i wanna go to Japan!
    =(
    Its terrible how the ppl an the shops are stupid here in germany. And everything is so fucking expesive.
    I would sell my soul for a pair of Iron Fist Shoes!!!!
    I’m so poooooor =(

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I love Iron Fist :) They sell the shoes online, via their web store.