Category Archive for Scottish Fold Kawaii
Kawaii bento-making isn’t as popular as it was a few years ago, but cute decorated food is still all over Tokyo. What else is currently trending in Japan?
In this post, I re-visit Shinjuku Studio Alta, the gyaru-alternative shopping complex near the station’s East Exit. Keep reading for neon-haired Japanese shop girls!
Let’s start with cute cakes. These bunny, cat, puppy and teddy bear pastries are sold inside the Swimmer shop, in the basement of Alta. While Swimmer has a few locations, I believe this is the only one with kawaii baked goods. (Compare these images to the Swimmer Studio Alta photos I took in 2011.)
For those who enjoy cooking, these cherry and chocolate print aprons are a nice gift.
Swimmer is all about pastel, animal-faced pens and accessories for the home.
One of the biggest trends in Tokyo right now: patterned or tattoo tights. The prints are colorful and intricate; Disney even got into the action.
Pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is everywhere, and her color contact lenses are big sellers.
Liz Lisa remains a favorite brand for girly types. (More photos of this brand in my Yokohama Vivre store pics.)
Cats will never go out of style. Not while Hello Kitty’s in charge.
Scary meets cutesy in many of the accessories.
I always stop by Fernoppa. The shop girl is very friendly and her rock-Goth coordinates are impeccable. (See her outfit photo from 2011 here.)
Lady Gaga might go gaga at the studded bras, chokers, and giant leopard print bows.
Algonquins hasn’t changed much, but it’s not a bad thing. They’ve got their punky Gothic look down.
Quite a few stores sold large cross necklaces, and items with pentagram symbols.
Electro neon. The 1980s are alive.
One of the upper floors sells costumes and fabulous accessories. For some reason, the mannequins were dressed like LFMAO.
Impressive wigs. Wouldn’t it be nice to have hair like on the right?
For more photos of Shinjuku Studio Alta, take a look at my previous shopping trip. Address: 3-24-3 Shinjuku.
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Pirate Cat: custom iPhone case & laptop sleeve from Caseable! Designer cell phone cases, Scottish Fold in bow tie.
Ok, this is a ridiculously cute post featuring my Scottish Fold kitten in a bow tie…
My iPhone’s on/off button stopped working, so I recently upgraded to an iPhone 5. When Caseable invited me to design my own cellphone case, I took this opportunity to hoist my ship’s flag, designed by First Mate Naomi.
I also custom-designed a laptop sleeve, with Joanna’s winning design from my La Carmina Goth Travel contest.
It was fun and easy to make custom designs using Caseable’s website. I selected the iPhone 5 template, then uploaded the high-res images and moved them around until I was satisfied with the layout. There are also options to change the background color and add text.
You could save and share the designs before placing your order. If you’re not feeling creative, you can choose a pre-made design by a modern artist (see examples above).
And then the goods are delivered to your door. As you can see, the printing job was spot-on, with no color mismatches or blurriness. Everything’s hand-crafted in Brooklyn, from recycled materials. The materials and stitching are solid; I can tell they’ll last through my journeys.
I haven’t been doing many DIY or home decor projects recently, since I’m always on the road. Luckily, Basil Farrow’s grandma is picking up the slack — and made him this special bow tie for his birthday.
Aren’t the colors and style a perfect fit for this gentleman?
Basil doesn’t mind wearing costumes or hats, or even cat wigs.
The bow-tie had to be extra, extra large to accommodate his fat neck… I think it suits his personality perfectly.
As for home decoration, do you remember the pop printmaking lesson I had in Arizona? Artist David Manje sent me a few of the prints we made together. You can spot angry Basil in the mix.
I also arranged the stencils into a pattern, and pasted them on these boards. To see how we achieve these colors, watch my pochoir print-making video tutorial.
Have you done any crafts or sewing lately? How do you decorate your home and cell phone?
PS: I updated my press page with the latest clips, magazine covers and interviews. View it here.
Hong Kong street style fashion photography: Gothic Beauty article, South China Morning Post interview.
Modeling in the streets of Hong Kong was quite the adventure — and garnered quite a few stares from the locals! Here’s the rest of the photos, plus a press round-up (including my feature in the current Gothic Beauty Magazine). And soon, I’ll unveil a new fashion magazine cover… featuring photos shot in Tokyo.
Photographer: Ken Yuen
Assistant Photographer: Jacqueline Kwok (noircorner)
Male model: John Skeleton
Hair: Emma Woodall of Toni & Guy HK
Wardrobe: Spider by Natalie Lam, Hong Kong
Jacqueline’s photo, taken with a film camera, is also on the first page of the current Gothic Beauty Magazine.
I contributed photos from Japan and Germany, to this story about Goth culture/fashion around the world. Gothic Beauty previously interviewed me and published my sugar skull makeup shoot.
My outfit is entirely from the Spider store in Hong Kong.
Compare these raw images to the edited versions by Kanae Hamatsuka.
Mongkok streets in motion. Quite funny how we stood out, compared to the locals around us.
We wanted to capture the city’s energy, color, and excitement.
The small version of this image doesn’t do it justice — what an epic shot.
A random woman in this Women Street shot. (A great destination for kooky souvenirs.)
Love John’s deathrock makeup and Mohawk hair.
My crimped hair was like a hot air balloon.
Watch out, spooky kids…
… there’s a trolley stacked with bags, coming through!
Would you like to see more Hong Kong coverage on my blog? Which aspects of Chinese culture interest you?
PS: Thanks to Leyla of SassynPunk for sending Basil this “Careers For Your Cat” book! (I think he qualifies for “plus sized model.”) She has a wonderful selection of kittycat goods and other kawaii accessories in her store, check it out.
Thank you also to Anteela for interviewing me about the Goth travel lifestyle. To Tasnim for this lovely feature on her Wish Upon A Smile blog. And to Minaa for sketching and featuring me on her blog.
Funny enough, my earless cat’s Vine videos are featured in this Vice Magazine article about how cats are evil.
Have a happy day!
I know you’ve missed my cat-face… so here’s Basil Farrow, with our new mobile phone case from Luxy Loli!
UK-based Luxy Loli made this adorable custom design that represents my spooky-cute world.
Pirates, ghosts, pumpkins in the mix. Can you find Basil’s face?
The iPhone case snaps on easily, and isn’t too heavy. Whenever I take it out, people ask me “Where did you get that?”
The answer is: Luxy Loli! In addition to hand-decorated phone cases, she sells cute Japanese-style accessories on her Etsy shop. She also accepts all custom requests and inquiries by email: email@example.com (tell her I sent you!)
Luxy Loli also made my previous rainbow decora cell case. Which one do you like better?
For those of you in Tokyo: it’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and I have an event announcement for you! Designer Jeremy Scott created a smart forjeremy car that you can see on display (Mar 17-23, 10am-9pm daily at Hikarie, ２丁目 Shibuya). And you can win a meet & greet with Jeremy Scott on Mar 17, 5pm at Hikarie! Simply upload a picture to Instagram or Twitter, with the hashtag #smartforjeremy, showing something that electrifies you. smart will hold a raffle, and contact the winner.
Here are some of my Instagram snaps to get you inspired. Nothing electrifies me like studded Yosuke boots, Totoro pastries, and my Scottish Fold squishy.
Are you looking forward to Tokyo Fashion Week? What type of cell phone case do you have — and is it a cute one?