You guys asked for a personal post about style and such and I decided to do one and it’ll be one and done. I’m so much happier discussing gal style as a whole, it’s the reason I started this blog!
Because who doesn’t love a chart?
Moving to Japan mid August.
When I first moved to Japan my previous knowledge of gal fit in a thimble. My style was not really influenced by much. I didn’t have much confidence in myself because of various reasons, so I didn’t try to search out much style. When I moved to Japan I gradually started looking at LaForet and various shops around Harajuku. I just bought what I thought was cute and that was about it.
I told friends I had made at school I liked going to LaForet and they told me to try out 109. I hadn’t heard about it before I went to Japan. So when I actually went inside it was such a shock! 109 is just different than any other shopping mall. Needless to say I was hooked.
Esthetically… I think I was learning so slowly! My hair had the right length for Tsubasa without hair extensions so I tried to make it as fluffy as I saw in a Popteen. When I look at it now I am so disappointed with myself. Also, the blonde I had wasn’t flattering to my skintone. My make-up was non-existent and I had no clue how to conceal flaws.
When I came back to Japan for summer of 2008 it was clear I was obsessed with Gilfy.
It was also still the leftover season of engineer boot love (the Fall craze of 2007) and the summer of gladiators.
Esthetically… I got a straight perm. It was the absolute worst hair mistake I think I’ve ever made. I was hoping it would stop making my hair frizz at the club, and it did. It just made it flat and lifeless as well and I had to chop off so much. :worry:
I did get my first hair extensions which made me feel a bit more gal at the time even if with the extra hair my hair was still flat. At my extension salon it was the first place outside of a club that I felt comfortable talking with everyday gals. That place really helped me.
I still knew nothing about make-up. :worry:
I think it was the year I grew in gal the most. I started loving One*Spo and Lip Service and by extension: agejo. I think loving Agejo casual style really really helped me in hair and make-up because agejo really requires more work. I learned about novelties and met my first girl who would become my long-time shop staff at One*Spo, Kie. She taught me to be more open and outgoing with shop staff.
I also went to Fukuoka and Osaka twice which really made me curious about gal outside of Tokyo. Which is now really an obsession :worries:
Esthetically… I started going to Carry for my nails. I got extensions religiously. Inspired by Detsu Korohi I did my first two-tone. I also got cornrows in the shape of a heart. I spent a lot of money on such things, the yen was much weaker to the dollar then.
My make-up was still crap. But I was improving. I got eyelash extensions, I tried bottom lashes, I went to MAC.
My style was all over the place. But it was mostly w♥c. I don’t exactly know why I think it was such a dramatic reaction from Agejo. I was tired with the upkeep and extremes of agejo. Honestly though I think many of my style choices of that year backfired. I still like some, but I’m left shaking my head with a lot of them.
Esthetically… I wore no extensions for the whole year. My hair was either two-tone or bright orange or magenta. I never played it safe, but I wish I chose one thing. It was like my style. I didn’t need 1 hair color, I needed 3! :cry:
On a positive note I think I really improved my make-up finally! I’m still very insecure about it, but I see definite improvement from my pictures of 2009 to 2010.
2011 and on…
I feel 2011 I did mellow more. I don’t know when or how, but I relaxed. I think liking Murua and Liz Lisa helped me with that. They are both based on a print per look. Also they had such soft pinks and whispery colors for Spring that suited me better. Lately I really like beige and wine colors and Laguna Moon’s casual adult style as well as the sleek styles of Murua.
Esthetically... My hair couldn’t take the damage of dying anymore so I wigged out for most of the Winter/Spring. It was the best hair choice I had made in a while.
Currently I’m sporting my natural haircolor and no bangs. It’s time to relax. I’m also looking at Rienda lately. I’ll make a brand post or a series of posts on them soon-ish.
Looking back through pictures in order to make this post I had so many negative thoughts like “OMG that was horrible” or “WTF where you thinking” but then I realized it’s kind of like going back in time and the current you arguing with yourself as a child (i.e. a completely useless endeavor). LOL Live and learn