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Italy modeling, New York fashion week & Dancing for Japan. La Carmina travel blog: 2012 year in review, part 1.

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Merry Christmas, pirates! It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of 2012. Let’s usher in 2013 with my annual “year in review,” beginning with reminisces and outtake photos from the first six months.

I spent January in Italy with Seby. We stayed with his family in northern Italy, and then ventured to Florence for Luisaviaroma’s Firenze4Ever (the event that flies in the world’s top fashion bloggers for photoshoots and fun). One of the many highlights was modelling designer fashion with the Duomo as my backdrop. You see more images from this shoot here.

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I did quite a few TV hosting and fixing gigs this year, with my First Mate Naomi. It’s a pleasure to work with her, and team up with some of my favorite shows including National Geographic Taboo, Discovery TV Oddities, Fashion TV, and more. More TV hosting clips to come in 2013.

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In February, Yukiro and I attended New York Fashion Week, and even sat front row at Lincoln Center shows. We also checked out NYC’s Goth Punk shops and nightlife, such as this romantic Dances of Vice party in a church.

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For the one year anniversary of the Japan Earthquake, I teamed up with Industrial dancers tank9 and Mary Nine. We made a dance video in Seattle, as part of Ridley Scott’s Japan in a Day collaborative film (watch it here.)

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As you know, I host a regular travel video series published in Huffington Post. My film crew and I got the chance to shoot in gorgeous Maui, Hawaii. We explored the local fashion and over-indulged in Japanese food (check out my Hawaiian travel guide).

I’m always looking to stretch my creative wings, and do something new… and one of my favorite projects was the release of DNR’s Rock Princess music video. Do you like my red hair and Vivienne Westwood disco dress?

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Don’t worry: between all the adventures, I put in plenty of Basil-snuggling time! In the next post, we’ll take a look at what happened in the second half of 2012.

Did you travel anywhere this year? Try something new, or achieve a goal? What were your favorite memories? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

DOWNTOWN SEATTLE BOUTIQUE HOTEL: KIMPTON VINTAGE PARK, WINE HOTELS. GOTH CLUB SCENE, NOC NOC INDUSTRIAL MUSIC.


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Thanks for supporting our GPKISM dance video on the anniversary of the earthquake! Mary Nine and tank9 are an amazing duo. We hope the video encourages people to take action for Japan.

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The charity project wouldn’t have been possible without Seattle’s Kimpton Hotel Vintage Park. (Remember the time we stayed at this boutique wine hotel?)

As a seasoned traveler, I can vouch: Kimpton’s customer service is through the roof. The charming concierge Louis greeted us with hugs, and sent this hand-written note to our room — along with chocolates, a DVD, and a bottle of Syrah!

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The rooms are lushly decorated, each with individual artwork. No beige here.

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The hotel upgraded us to a double suite. We love the leopard print bathrobes.

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Local producers hold afternoon wine tastings, which let the guests mingle. This time, we tried rose and syrah by Washington’s Adamant Cellars.

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The beds were comfortable, and had a good bounce! (No, we don’t encourage such naughty behavior…)

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Guess who brought these bear bags.

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When you travel to Seattle, keep Hotel Vintage Park in mind. You can’t find a warmer hotel (and it’s pet-friendly too).

For more tips about why boutique hotels rock, watch my Huff Post video.

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Closeup on my DIY crown, scarves and nails. The sheer sleeves are gifted by Sleevey Wonders.

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My dashing eyelashes are a gift by Sugarpill by Shrinkle. Basil Farrow loves the packaging.

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Sugarpill’s eyelashes are well-made: no sharp edges, and lightweight. They went on easily and kept their shape, so I can wear them multiple times. Paws up.

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Rose also rocked spider lashes.

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Lolita-Punk fashion, and leopard half-shaved hair.

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That evening, we went to the Industrial night (Resurrection) at Club Noc Noc.

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Hugs for everyone who came and supported our project.

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PS: I’m posting daily photos with the Instagram app, including cute Scottish Fold cat snaps. Let’s be friends? My Instagram name is lacarmina.

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What’s your favorite hotel, and why? Did you enjoy our Seattle Goth adventures? Take a moment to watch my industrial dance video with tank9, Mary Nine, and jumping kigurumi.

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ANNIVERSARY OF JAPAN EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI: FUKUSHIMA ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS HELPING ABANDONED CATS & DOGS.


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Thank you, everyone, for thinking of Japan on the March 11th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami. Yesterday’s charity dance video shoot went brilliantly. We’re excited to share it with you.

Let’s not forget Japan’s animals, who went through hell after the disaster, and still are in great need. Thousands are stuck in the exclusion zone, where rescue groups are not allowed in.

I wrote a Huffington Post article about Fukushima’s pets. I hope you’ll read & share. They need our help.

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I urge you to donate, or raise funds for well-vetted charities. Last year, Seba and I took part in a variety of fundraising, including art auctions, writing articles…

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… and collaborating on a charity fashion and jewelry line to benefit Japan, which you can find here.

All of these activities are covered in my Japan Earthquake section.

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Interviewing Japan animal rescue groups makes me realize — Basil Farrow is one lucky fellow.

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More photos of my kawaii kitty on my Tumblr and Instagram (lacarmina).

What are your thoughts on the animal rescue efforts, and the Japanese government’s lack of response? Leave a comment in my Huff Post article.

BEST OF 2011, PART 1: LA NEW YEARS, JAPAN FUNDRAISING, HONG KONG GOTH STORES, FASHION MODELING IN ITALY.


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What a wild year! As New Year’s Eve approaches, let’s take a moment to reminisce. Do you remember my travels and adventures, from last January to June?

I rang in 2011 in Los Angeles, at a Hollywood alt party with Seba and friends. We had a crazy time in LA, with gigs that included modeling for Lip Service.

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In March, I was about to go to Japan for two TV hosting jobs (German and Belgian travel shows), and help bring the NOH8 Campaign (a photo-protest against inequality) worldwide. The earthquake struck the week before my flight – and needless to say, everything got cancelled.

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First and foremost, I made sure my friends were safe. Seba flew to LA, and we threw ourselves into charity projects for Japan. I also interviewed Black Veil Brides about their experiences during the quake.

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Seba and I released a benefit t-shirt with Like Atmosphere, and a panda bear necklace with Soho Hearts. All funds go to helping Japan; you can learn more about the designs here.

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Since the disaster shifted my work away from Japan, I broadened my focus to dark culture and travel worldwide. First stop: Hong Kong (where we stayed in a Roomorama apartment) and Macau (for the Galaxy resort opening!)

Favorite memories include visiting the Charlie Brown theme cafe, and baking cute panda bread at my cousin’s cooking school.

Read all my HK and Macau articles, including Gothic Lolita shop recommendations.

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This year, my TV hosting work blew up. The Norway host club documentary aired, and won the equivalent of a Grammy award. (Catch up on my video clips.)

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I wasn’t able to make it to Wave Gotik Treffen, due to a conflict with a fashion event in Florence. In the next post, I’ll share photos from the second half of 2011: Italy, Tokyo, Wisconsin, Mexico and beyond!

Bonus photo: my extreme makeup for a 1980s Italo Disco party in Milan. The heart sweater is from Mongkok in Hong Kong. Radical.

Did you know I’ve been running this blog since September 2007? You can see the Archives using the drop-down menu on my right sidebar.

What did you accomplish in 2011? Do you feel you grew, or challenged yourself this year? How so?

Song of the Day: Duran Duran – Girl Panic!

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