Monday, April 25, 2016

003. Summer Gyaru Inspo

Yesterday was the first 80°F day in Chicago and it really got me into a summery mood!

I started thinking about what I want to do in terms of evolving my current style (which in my opinion is super basic) and growing as a gyaru.

It got me thinking about how, a while back a friend of mine called me 姉貴/あねき (which is an informal way of saying sister, basically it's "sis"). It's stuck with me since she called me that for a couple of reasons, mainly being that I care for her a lot (like a little sister, honestly) and it really made me smile to think she thought of me like that, even though we haven't known each other long. The other reason it stuck with me is because, as of late Ane Gyaru and Ora Ora have been very appealing to me, style wise. Those styles are mature and stylish, but still has that edge that I think is so important to the type of gyaru I aspire to be

I've pretty much decided that this year will be when I truly go head long into gyaru and become the gal I always dreamed about being.

So, this summer I'm looking to my three favorite Japanese gyaru for inspiration, because they really embody the Ane/Ora Ora style that I want to achive! Yun, Mipochi and Manya!

I am getting a hair cut very soon and Yun's bob is exactly what I want! I would love to have that color but I really love having dark hair so who knows.. Yun's "mature cool" vibe is what I'll be going for whenever I have a night out with my friends!
I really like Mipochi's current dark hair, it makes me feel better about keeping my own dark hair in my gyaru looks. Her laid back style is what I'll be trying to achieve in my everyday outfits and makeup.

Manya is just all around cool and I REALLY love her Ash Blonde hair color. If I do end up coloring my hair, there's a 90% chance it will be like hers.

I think I'm well on my way to achieving this goal already, but I know I have a long way to go. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 15, 2016

002. Champagne Pop Gyaru-sa ☆

Recently my gyaru-sa has changed it's name from NEON to Champagne Pop (like the illuminator!) 

The name change came from wanting something that fit a broader range of styles since we have many different substyles within the same group. Along with our name change, we picked up two new members! I think it's really great that everyone in our circle is comfortable with one another, because it really fosters our interpersonal relationships. No one is afraid to ask for help, and everyone is ready to help when asked!

We had a meet at Round 1 in Bloomingdale and took purikura and did karaoke, which was really fun then went back to my apartment to crash. Hopefully we have another meet really soon!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

001. Fresh Start ☆

I've been away from most social media for a while but I've decided to have a bit of a fresh start here on my blog and start from scratch again since it looks like my life is getting a fresh start!

☆I'm getting married!☆

Words can't describe how happy I am to be the future Mrs. Odden(Ko) and I'm really looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Robbie ☆

We've chosen January 17th, 2017 as our wedding date, but it seems so far away! Sometimes I just want to throw everything to the wind and go get married right away, but I know I'll regret it if I don't have the big wedding I always dreamed about. As I've learned very quickly, getting married here in Chicago is SUPER expensive, with the average cost of a wedding being $61,000! While we're definitely not looking to spend that much, I've found it's hard keep things inexpensive, so pray for me while we search for suitable vendors!

I've been procrastinating about planning the wedding because there is so much to do and so much money to spend and it just gets really overwhelming to think about.. With about 8 or so months left to plan, I really have to kick it into high gear and start getting serious. I've attended a couple of bridal shows and I have some gown appointments set up, but that's only the beginning of a very long "to do" list. Hopefully we can choose a venue before the end of the month is up so that everything else can begin to fall into place.

I'll be diligent about updating the blog often with wedding planning updates, so stay tuned! ☆