Instead of making several small posts I decided to combine lots of little news items into one big post. Info about your favorite gal brand might be below :heartsmile:

Gyaru Mooks

3 gyaru brands are launching mooks for their Autumn/Winter collection: EMODA, w♥c, and Gilfy. These mooks do not encompass all fashion to come out by that brand that season, but show the majority of it. Also they usually have special model appearances. It’s a great way to see the brand’s outlook for the season. I’d so buy all three if I wasn’t saving some ¥¥¥ for heading back to Japan.

With the MOOK purchase you get Ena Matsumoto produced gel eyeliner in brown and an EMODA pouch that looks like their shopping bags. :stars:

Other than a catalog: Celeb guests, Ena style for 30 days, Ena’s face and hair tutorials (amazon.jp link)

W♥C is more of a straight up catalog with present of tiny beige x blue Kumatan ECO bag :kumatan: (amazon.jp link)

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I know from the previous post on Character Goods x Gal Brands that many of you were upset some of the items you liked were already sold out. Being sold out is a HUUUUGE problem in Japan. Some of the saddest words to wear from a staff-chan is “mou kanbai shita” (もう完売した)meaning it’s already sold out. :(

Gal brands make items in limited quantities in order to increase demand, but that leaves us with empty shopping bags :( But there’s an answer, especially for overseas gals, it’s auctions!

A bag by Cecil McBee, Hairbow by WC, Outfit by Duras, and Boots by Liz Lisa. All things you could buy at auction. :sparkle2:

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I will currently be a little slow updating since a friend’s vigorous hug has left me with a bruised rib and detached cartillage…ouch! Slowly more….^__^;;;

Typhoon…kinda

This week started off with what forecasters were calling a massive typhoon, but typhoon Melor only came with some rain and a little wind. Mainly pissing off everyone in Japan (including me) who was rearranging their schedules because of the incoming weather. -____-;;

Photoshoot
On my daily commute I was heading past Hachiko crossing and saw a Men’s Egg photoshoot. Honestly I was unsure if it was Umeshan or one of the newer models since they have all been fed a steady diet of Umeshan to the point of being clones.

Sakurina + Buffalo Bob’s Renewal
Saturday afternoon was Sakurina’s appearance at 109-2 Buffalo Bob’s renewal. She is part of the fall ad campaign for them, so that’s why she made a meet and greet. However it was wildly flawed. 10 staff for such a small store had them all spilling out and their hiring practices left much to be desired since Buffalo Bob’s only sells suits and host suit accessories, however the staff-tachi were all looking a little more Men’s Non-no than Host Knuckle. It was sadness :(

The current campaign
The new Buffalo Bob’s store complete with scrolling LED sign

All around the event was poorly planned and executed. Sakurina was sitting by the side and only did meet and greet for those who bought the set (which was 2 people while we were there, yeah awesome idea BB).

The set. Are those droopy drawers, BB?

The rest of the people watching were corralled by a grumpy security guard who used all his authority to police the crowd of 15 mostly made up of schoolgirls. Honestly at 2:00 in the afternoon on a Saturday most hosts, hostesses and party people are waking up from the night before not dressed to shop.

And this was the good secret pic I got to get off

I did however go in and was helped by the one staff who looked slightly host-kei and bought my man a tie. Buffalo Bobs isn’t really my style, but they did have some sexy accessories.

Sakurina herself looked absolutely adorable, and her hair was still short although it looked much more blonde than in pictures. She had a helper fixing her earrings or hair when needed. I must say her nails glittered from across the room. RED! They were fierce! A photographer was buzzing around taking pics of everything so I am sure they will show up on BB’s website and Knuckle soon.

Kentarou showed up and when he waved to a set of high school girls clad in Cocolulu they all squealed. He looked unhealthily skinny while amazingly enough Sakurina looked tiny, but not unhealthy.

My friend and I scoped the rest of 109-2 and he nabbed a vest from xfrm and a gorgeous golden champagne shirt with slight leopard print and diamond fasteninings from Wild Party. Yuiichi his staffkun at Wild Party was calling us “Beautiful Prince and Beautiful Princess” in broken English. He also said “I’m a crazy boy!” lol ohhh Japan <3

Lady 109 and the new stores

Crazy giant steaming udon bowl in front of 109

I had enough of boys stores (who sadly lack hot men working there most of the time), and we went over to 109 regular to grab some Milk Tea from SBY and scope out the new 8th floor that opened on Friday (as I tweeted about previously). Many of the stores looked very teen-oriented and Ame-kaji hinted. w<3c had one of the best stores with giant stuffed animals that had decoed sparkle eyes. The store was packed with teens.

Acsent Gem had the best new looks IMO. While it reminded me of Glad News and Gilfy, Acsent Gem had a style of its own. Great colors, fun prints, and loved the store front. I nabbed their sequined hotpants, that are reversible. Recession-friendly 2 way clothing is a big trend right now.

1 way
2 way

I also stopped by One*Spo and nabbed some items, along with Lip Service. They have a fabulous just new in dress that I had to nab, since apparently I seem to own every dress from their current season ^___^;; They have a new catalog out and it is not Hoshiaya but other Nuts girls filling in. Love the layout!

Love the slit sleeves
Sorry for these shots, they’re printed on shinier lesser quality paper than the previous catalog
My fave dress and piece of the catalog
New novelties! Even a blanket <3 I need to remember to shop on those days
Love the cardigan/leggings combination (bottom middle)
Puri!


My friend and I also took puri afterwards. Urgh hungover hair/face is hungover.

Him:
shirt: xfrm
jeans: Wild Party
Me:
hat: One*Spo
jacket: h&m (lip service cami under)
skirt: Chille by ANAP

Randomly we saw 5 different gal camera interviews in Shibuya that Saturday

Gal on camera



next up: fall/winter rules, trendspotting, shopping for your shape, host FAQ, men’s mag image drop, hostess image drop, shibuya 109 English guide lulz, and centaa-gai shopping

Momoeri on Youtube

While I don’t feel a big connection with Momoka Eri (Momoeri) because she is a single mother or runs a successful business, I do admire her toughness and beauty. I think she’s a role model for everyone, not just those who have been through her life circumstances, but she’s someone who perseveres and everyone needs to hear more positive stories like hers.

Below is her introducing her deco line of goods. Love the heart motif~

TV talk on Ageha and MomoEri (a bit older of a program, I wonder if the issues are still selling at that rate). Her eyelash exte rock it makes me want longer ones ^__^;; All is good until the dick announcer says she looks like a “newhalf” (aka tranny).


Superstar Momoeri is the main feature in a story about people who have triumphed over stressful situations in SCawaii’s October Issue. Momoeri looking fabulous as always discusses her marriage, divorce, single motherhood and life as a kyabakura girl (hostess).

Momoeri’s Life

MomoEri’s Life Chart

16 yrs old – She was a middle school student and worked at a conbini part-time.
18 yrs old – With her friends she got into a kyabura club job.
21 yrs old – She went to work at a nail salon (it doesnt say if she was a nailist)
22 yrs old – Marriage, childbirth
23 yrs old – Divorce and single motherhood begins
23 yrs old – Went back to work in kyabakura
24 yrs old – She debuted in Koakuma Ageha as a model
25 yrs old – She started the Moery company
26 yrs old – With her child going into school she “graduated” from kyabakura
27 yrs old – She “graduated” from modeling and went to work in her company

In a nice interview with her she discusses how after marriage (which can be inferred as a kekkon dekichatta or shot-gun marriage) she says the relationship as husband and wife changed with the birth of her son. The seperation became so great she asked for a divorce. After her divorce she deeply considered going back into hostessing because while on the positive she has her own pride and child to support, but negatively being a hostess is a tough job. She says once in her job she continued to put her energy into it for the sake of her son. While working as a hostess she was scouted by Ageha. As she became famous in Ageha, she decided to quit her life as a hostess. Especially since her son was becoming of school age.

Since middle school Momoeri has always thought of being a President and Designer. She desired to wear a dress she designed and put out. Even though there were stressful times, she kept the dream in her head and worked on pursuing it. She says being a single mother only added to her ability to do her job. She says mother to her is an important word that she uses to inspire herself.

Finally she says believing in herself and having faith that she could do it and never say quit was what got her through it all.

Kudos to Momo Eri. I enjoy reading her blog and the items she produces are usually adorable. Now if only she came back to Ageha to make a powerhouse duo with Sakurina.

Sakurina News

The beauty and current face of Ageha, changed her hair.

Outfit from Glad News. Love the boots.
Her current hair is red and black. I love the combo, and I somewhat wish I did this look. She’s in non-exte but she usually quickly goes back to it.
For those in Tokyo she will be doing an instore appearance at Buffalo Bobs in 109-2 on 10/10 with Men’s Knuckle king, Ryoma. Ryoma will also be there 10/11 with Men’s Knuckle new sensation, Kentarou. Me and my gyaruo-friend will be there 10/10 and possibly 10/11. I am kind of excited to meet Sakurina since she’s an Osaka gal and usually doesn’t get to Tokyo often.
Now if only she’d be bring the rest of the Ageha models for the instore as well :D