Friday, December 11, 2015

Bodytalk: What does healthy and happy even mean?

Hi guys,

I guess some of you might be tired of reading how I rant about my body, but... well, I just wanted to wrap up some things that happened in the past weeks, if not months, and talk about health issues - mental and physical.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

TTH: Apocalpytica Shadowmaker Tour with meet & greet

 Hey people!

I've decided to start a category on my blog titled "Things that happened" or in other words, remotely interesting stuff that happened a while ago but I never got a chance to write about. So today I wanna start with a really cool event that took place on 17th October this year. My boyfriend and me got tickets for the Apocalyptica concert in town, but not just any tickets - I bought the VIP package back in March before the release of the new album Shadowmaker, which included two signed copies of the CD (I gave one to my mum because she also likes their music) and a VIP ticket to the concert, meaning we actually got to meet the band!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween meet up 2015 /// Trick or Treat, ye Landlubbers!

What it is this, two entries within such a short time of each other?
Is it a miracle?
No! It's the magic of the night of nights, All Hallow's Eve!

Okay, enough cheesy blabla. It would probably be more appropriate if I got my pirate speak on, because THIS IS HALLOWEEN *sing* and this year, I dressed up as a pirate! :D We went to a Halloween meet up organized by Lea - we, that is, my boyfriend and me! Yes, you read that right! I finally convinced my boyfriend to tag along to such an event ! He had already met a few people from the community earlier this year at Lea's birthday party, and also, since it's Halloween, it was not very hard to get him to dress up and wear "fancy" clothes in public :3 

I love this photo! So much awesomeness, so many great costumes ♥
Image credit: Rob Detoyato

Monday, October 26, 2015

Metamorphose Tea Party 2015 - The princess and the witch

Hello, long time no see!

I wanted to post this much, much sooner but I am super busy - graduate school has started, we have homework, I have three projects that I need to finish before December and my thesis is still nor written and defended (meaning I'm still BSc and not MSc. Fortunately it does not matter for grad school, but still, I'd like to get this done before the end of the year!).

So, all lame excuses aside, of course I'm very excited and happy to write a blog post about the Metamorphose Tea Party in Vienna, which took place on the 17th October.
The first big surprise came for me a few weeks before the event, when I found out that I was chosen to be a model for the fashion show! I had only modeled once before and when I sent my application in summer, I wasn't really expecting much. To be so lucky twice in a row? I was really surprised, and very, very happy.

It was also kinda ironic, because I had waited to get a dress for my own outfit for a long time, because I thought if I get picked as a model, I will plan a more simple outfit to make the outfit changes easier. Sure enough, after I had bought a dress on lacemarket in September, I found out I would get to be a model shortly afterwards, haha! But everything turned out fine in the end.


 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Picture my Day #19

Picture my Day #19 took place this week on Sep 1st, and as usual I almost forgot about it until I saw someone else post a picture with the familiar #pmdd19, haha!

So better late than never, here's a short visual summary of my day... I didn't do anything special, because I'm on vacation this week. It was supposed to be some time for relaxing and mentally preparing for my upcoming PhD, but it didn't really work out as expected because every day, there was something else already planned... Tuesday was the only day where I didn't "have" to do anything in particular, so I was quite lazy in the end ^^

What would a #pmdd be without the obligatory first post-midnight photo?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sponsored review: Dressgal.com

Hey guys, long time no "see"!

As in... it's been a while since I showed my face i.e. outfits or make up here. It's mainly because I have so little occasions to dress up. And then, there was this horrible heat wave that came over Austria - we had almost 40°C for days and minimum 25°C at night, so it was super hot even inside my apartment D:

Anyways - a while ago I was approached by dressgal.com and asked to introduce their shop to my readers! So I picked some clothers that immediately caught my eye! It took me a while till I could get the review done, though, because of the heat x_x And also, because of work... but I'm on vacation this week, so I had time to dress up for fun a bit :3



I'm so in love with this outfit, I can't wait for autumn to wear it somewhere! This time, I only dressed up inside to take some photos because 35°C are way too warm for fake lather leggings v_v but it's supposed to get colder soon, yay!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

"Atheist Lolita"...?

Okay, so this entry might ruffle some petticoats and as a disclaimer, I'd first of all like to point out that I do not mean to offend anyone or their religious feelings here. I just though about this topic for a while now, so I thought I'd write a few words about my opinion!
If you have very strong feelings about your religion/belief you might not want to read this, but if you are feeling open for a discussion I'd be happy if you leave me a comment with your opinion!

Now that this is out of the way, let's start with a proper introduction.
In the last few weeks I've come across several articles online which describe "Muslim Lolita" as a new fashion trend. Mostly shared by Lolita friends on facebook or twitter, I was surprised to see the media catch up on this topic now, after all to my knowledge these girls have been around for quite some time. First of all, I have to say that all of the images I have seen so far of Alyssa and Noor, the two girls who seem to have pioneered this "style", look really really great and I think the do a great job incorporating their hijab into their coords. However, it makes me wonder if the simple fact that these girls are muslim and wear a hijab to their coords is really sufficient to call this an entirely new "fashion trend", or even a substyle.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer depression or something

Hey there,

I was thinking about whether I should post this or not for a long time, but I feel like it will help me to get my thoughts "out there", so I decided to post it after all... If you don't wanna read my ranting please just ignore this post!

So yesterday was actually  really cool event in Vienna - the first ever J-fashion walk as part of the international Harajuku Fashion Day! It's been a really long time since the last J-fashion meet up, and there were so many people dressed in different styles, it was really cool! I got to know some new people and also saw some well-known faces again. After I couldn't go to any Lolita meet ups since March or so, it made me really happy to have an opportunity to dress up and wear some make up, too .... but this is not what I actually wanna talk about today, though I hope there will be some photos soon so I can show you some.


Instead, I wanna share my thoughts on a few things - I really thought a lot about my hobbies and especially Lolita lately, and it has become increasingly frustrating to live my life like this. Of course, a career in science is by default not exactly easy. There are no clear working hours, you might spend weeks doing the same assay that just won't work, you might spend months on something that ends up not working as intended or not at all. It is in itself a kind of job that requires you to have a high tolerance to frustration and so it takes, in my opinion, a lot of effort to stay motivated.
And I can somehow manage that - I do get up every morning, I go to work, I do what I have to do and more. My two major objectives in life at the moment are work - because I wanna finish my thesis as soon as possible - and getting at least 8h of sleep at night, because I can't concentrate if I don't sleep enough, which is fatal in the lab....

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

[Review] Furfur Pearl Prime Violet Circle Lenses

Hello,

Better late than never - I wanted to review these lenses from lensvillage for a looong time already, but there were several complications. First, one of the lenses I got had some kind of damage... when I tried to put it in it felt scratchy and weird. I thought it might just be because I have such dry eyes at the moment, but upon closer inspection I really found something that looked like a little plaque or maybe a cut in the lens' surface! So I asked for a replacement which arrived super fast, but... then the next problem started - I don't "officially" have any allergies diagnosed, but for weeks my eyes were teary and I would just cry away all my make up as soon as I put it on. I also suspected some of my make up products because some are quite old already... so I threw them away and waited till my eyes got better... aaaaand then I got an eye infection out of the blue. And finally, after it has healed, I can now show you some close up pictures of my newest lenses, phew.

But let this be a lesson to you guys too... don't wear lenses when your eyes are not healthy! And when you think something is wrong with your lens, don't just shrug it off and put it into your eye anyway!! If you got your lenses from lensvillage they will definitely exchange the broken lens for you - but really that's something any decent seller should do!
Nothing is worth the risk of ruining your eyes, always remember that! :3

So, now: on to the actual review!

 
Feat. lots of random shit in the background because I took these pics in the living room XD

Monday, June 29, 2015

There is only Darkness left here...

Hey, I'm not dead!
Just barely alive and trying to cope with all the work I have to do...

I am done finding excuses for myself for not updating my blog. These days I thought a lot about shutting it down entirely, but then I thought, there are still some pretty good memories here. Some people might stumble upon it because of some review or because they wanna find out about my studies. So I will let my blog remain active, I will just try not to be so worried because I don't have time to post....

To be honest, this will probably not change in the near future.
My life has made a 180° turn since I started working on my thesis project. 60h+ per week in the lab is the norm. I spend my week ends brain dead, doing nothing, or being soically obliged to meet someone, do something or another... in the end, there is usually no time to dress up, or even take photos of anything. So I don't really know what to talk about anymore.

★ So what really happened these past months? For those of you who are interested and don't wanna search the recent blog posts for the bits and pieces of personal information, here's a summary...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ready for summer I guess

A while ago I decided to try a different hair color for the warmer season. After being pretty much everything between magenta and almost blond for the past few months I wondered what kind of hair color I could go for that would hopefully still look good when washing out. I really liked the pastel pink I got after a few washes, but the last two times the color washed out so unevenly that it just looked really shabby...

So I decided to do another bleach wash to get rid of the pink (admittedly not my best diea considering my hair was already very dry to begin with...) and then my friend Mimi was so kind to dye my hair violet! The idea is that since violet is also used to "counter" the yellow-orange hue of bleached hair, when the color washes out it will gradually turn into a more pastel-lilac kind of shade (hopefully) and then ultimately a grayish blond. So if I decide not to dye my hair again in summer (my parents would probably not like me to dye their pool :'D) the color will still be wearable.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Nightfall

"I wake up at the dawning of your nightfall. You couldn't find your way back to the light."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What to wear to a wedding? [Dresslink.com app + wish list ♥ ]

So, a few weeks ago there was some big news among my friends from high school times. Two of the girls are getting married this year! Obviously I am very excited and looking forward to attending to weddings this year ♥ I love weddings, it makes me really happy to attend them.

 Being a perfectionist, of course I started to think about potential outfits already... I have plenty of ideas, as always, and luckily, the events won't be too formal. My boyfriend already sighed with relief that he won't have to wear a suit and tie, I, on the other hand, want to use this opportunity to dress up nicely for once, and of course... shop for some new clothes!

So roughly two years ago (wow, time flies!) I was in a similar situation, looking for something to wear to my brother's wedding. In the end, I ordered from Asian-based online store Dresslink.com. You might remember the detailed review I wrote about my order! Since I was really happy with the dresses I got from them, I decided to have a look if I find something interesting again for this occasion.

So, I started stalking the shop for a few days, browsing their insanely huge dresses section for something suitable, and perhaps also a blouse or two that would be suitable for Lolita in summer... and coincidentally at the same time, I was approached by someone from Dresslink.com and asked if I would like to introduce my readers to their new app in exchange for a sponsoring!

   

Unfortunately I can only introduce you to the concept, since I have a Samsung phone I could not try the app for myself, but the purpose of the app is clear: fast and easy online shopping! :( But (perhaps unless you are browsing their enormous dresses section, haha) it's an easy way to navigate their site! I do like to browse online shops via their mobile webpage, but some of them are buggy or take forever to load or just make my internet crash entirely. So I think it's cool that dresslink provides an app to avoid all those problems right away! Also, I think your first order with the app will receive a discount.

So... but what if you are like me and cannot try the app? Here are some other tipps for a bargain:

★ There is the possibility to get a coupon/discount called "cash coupon" upon checkout, don't forget to tick the box labelled as such during the chekout process, it will deduct a15% of the product value (excluding shipping and up to 50$) of your order. That's what I did :) It's the same kind of coupon you get when you register a new account.
★ When you order from their site and then write a review for the product, you can get DL points. 100 can be converted to 2$. Save them and use them on a purchase in the future! ★

Okay, so back to dresses for weddings...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Picture my Day #18: Eat all the things!

So, last Saturday was "Picture my Day" Day again!


In case you never heard of it, it's an online event where people take photos of whatever they do that day and then share it with others! I think it's pretty interesting to take a little peek at other people's daily life, and I participated a couple of times already.

This time, I had a day free of work and studying - yay! So my pictures don't actually really reflect what I currently do with my life, but nevertheless, here they are :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Video recommendation: Cassey Ho shows you The "perfect" Body

"What would you change?"
Imagine a world where with a swipe of your hand, as easy as operating a surface tablet, or a click of your mouse, as easy as liking a status on facebook, you could change anything about your body you wanted. So what would you do?


I guess many if not most of us have had those thoughts. When a workout routine just doesn't seem to pay off as much as you'd like, or simply when you don't find the time or energy to work out at all and look at yourself and just there was an "easy way", like some kind of real life photo shop. Or when somebody points out to you that you seem to have gained some weight lately. In Austrian German, there's the probably well intended expression "Gut schaust aus!" ("Looking good" but usually associated with a light pinching of a cheek or love handle and referring to something our post-WWII generation of grandmas consider "good looking" which usually euqals "well nourished"), that can potentially shatter your good mood at a happy family reunion moment where you're wearing your new dress within seconds.

So, I came across this new video from Blogilates trainer Cassey Ho. If you've been following my blog or other social media for a while, you probably noticed that I'm one and off her training routines every once in a while. You might also know that I have some pretty serious issues with my appearance, and my self-image is not a very "healthy" one.

 Just...have a look at the video before I continue.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

About lab coats & lolita dresses

...or the question I have been asking myself a lot lately: "Why not both?" 



When I look at what I do and what I like, I guess I am a very lucky person. My job just so happens to be one where my performance is evaluated based on what I do, not what I look like. In contrast to many office or client based jobs, I don't have to wear a "suit and tie" to be taken seriously.

Nobody cares about my tattoos.
Nobody cares about my hair color.
Nobody cares about my clothes.
Or my gender.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"British Tea Time" Lolita meet up & Metamorphose Tea Party Announcement

Hello guys!

Yesterday was such an amazing day. After a really stressful week with lots of work and the PhD interviews (which went well by the way! I have a pretty good feeling...) I was very relieved to have a fun and relaxing week end ahead of me to enjoy!

On Saturday, Sylvia had organized a small Lolita meet up in a Viennese Café called "Little Britain". I was happy to get a spot, as the café is not very big we were only 14 people in total. I was also very lucky because the meet up was in a district where could easily find a parking spot for my car, so I didn't have take public transport, haha.

The café is really cute and so beautifully furnished! I guess all of us Lolitas felt at home right away :D The owner was super friendly and not only did she take a group photo for us, she also asked to be in one photo with us so she could hand it up on her photo wall ♥ We also used the beautiful ambiance to take outfit photos of everyone. In retrospect, I wish I had taken more photos and also brought a proper camera. But since I didn't I had to borrow some of the photos for this entry from others ^^"

I was planning my outfit for a while now - I wanted to wear my newest dress, Innocent World's Rococo Rose, again before it gets too warm for dark colors, so I went for a  rather classic outfit. I don't usually like to wear so many things on my head, but coincidentally the roses of the headband match the colors of the print perfectly, so I gave it a try :)
 
 Photo courtesy of Lisa, merci ♥ I just retouched the massive bags under my eyes a bit XD

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fancy pants (Outfit post)

Heyo my dear readers,

The recent lack of updates is easily explained. I am working my ass of for my Master thesis and still have to take a few exams in parallel to my more-than-full-time job in my research project. When I come home, I either have to study or I'm sod dead tired I collapse on the sofa and just stay there till my body feels equally tired than my mind and I drag myself to bed to sleep. I wish I could live a better life style but at the moment, I just don't have the energy to focus on anything than my current objective: graduate before September.

At the end of March I'll have a few interviews regarding the PhD program I applied for. With this, my future will  more or less be determined. Either I get into the program and have a job starting October - hopefully for the couple of next years - or I don't, and I pretty much don't know what I'd do if I don't. But I have a few alternatives in mind, and while I will probably be devastated if I am rejected, it won't be the end of the world, and just mean that I will follow some rather different plans for my future... but let's see how this will turn out!

In the meantime, here's some outfits I wore lately! The photos are really bad quality because whenever I do have time to wear something nice, I usually don't have the additional time to take nice photos as well... sorry!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: iFairy Venus Red Lenses /// I'm just fashionably late.

Hey guys!

I'm back with another review! This time it's a very special lens model in red! I got iFairy Venus Red from lensvillage.com. They have a diameter of 16.2mm and I think this makes them the largest lenses I ever wore!

Of course with that color and special design I wanted to make a special outfit too, and when I ordered them I already had something in mind - a White Rabbit costume!

(with a Shironuri-inspired make up)

Friday, February 13, 2015

DIY: Slaying the Lace Monster (Customizing Bodyline Part II)

Hello guys!

Today I wanna show you some pictures of a recent little DIY project of mine! Again, I chose to customize a Bodyline item, but compared to last time, the starting point was... well, let's have the pictures speak for themselves!


Left: original lace monster /// Right: toned down version of the dress I can actually see myself wearing again one day

So, let me tell you the backstory of this dress. In 2010, I got my first Lolita dress after liking the style for a few years already, but never really being overly invested in the fashion. I did not do any big research, and my "taste" was largely influenced by Old School Lolita styles, as I had first come in contact with the fashion a few years before. I liked cross lacing, and a cute, painfully maid-like style, so I chose this dress from Bodyline to be my first Lolita item....

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Fairy 1 Day Princess (disposable) Circle Lenses (Lensvillage.com)

Hey guys! It's review time ♥

This time I'm reviewing a product that was entirely new to me - did you know that there are daily/disposable circle lenses?! I wasn't aware of that, but when I heard about it for the first time I was hooked right away!

The lenses I am wearing here are Fairy 1 Day Princess circle lenses in green. I got mine from Lensvillage.com and you can find these lenses right here ! They are also available in other colors. The brand is called Sincere Vision and on their homepage you can also find some other lenses that they produce.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

5 (Austrian) German words the English language really needs

At my workplace, everyone communicates in English. Even the few German speakers and those who understand German really well speak English with each other. Most of the blogs and other media I read are English too. And as you very likely have noticed, I also blog exclusively in English nowadays - mainly because I am just too lazy to translate everything, and since I spend most of my day "thinking" in English, when I want to write something down it usually comes to my mind in English first as well.

But once in a while I come across a situation where I would really like to say something, and I realize that I just can't express it. I appreciate the English language for its variety of beautiful and flowery words and how long and elaborate sentences sound much more fluid than in German. For example, I find romantic vocabulary in German horrendous, it sounds contrived at best and just corny at worst. In English however, I can even appreciate romantic poetry - which is also one of the reasons why I prefer music with English lyrics over German ones anytime, even if the song itself is something I could in principle like.

But some German words just have no proper equivalent in the English language. And Austrian German again is a little bit different from "German" German, so again, we have some more words that have no proper German equivalent at all!

I know that some of my readers don't know any German, so perhaps you will find this entertaining. I will leave out all the hilarious swearwords that we (especially in Austria) throw around for now, mainly because I don't use them so I don't miss them a lot, but perhaps I will do a separate entry where I will introduce you to the wonderful world of German swearing?
So, anyway, here is my list of five words that I would sometimes desperately need when communicating in English, therefore I pledge for their incorporation into the English language!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Why do you have such big eyes?"

Helloo~ readers.

You might have noticed that I do not really post very regularly anymore. Well, the thing is, I rarely have anything to write about since I am super busy with my work and exams. I really wish I had more time for fun things in my life at the moment, but usually when I get home I am totally drained and exhausted. Honestly, I didn't even have time or energy to keep this place clean and tidy and it feels like I would need an entire week simply to catch up on sleep and get this mess in order.... I guess if I do a PhD after my Master's degree, this will only get worse?

There was exactly one fun event I attended - pretty much since Christmas, or at least my last blog entry. A friend from the local Lolita community celebrated her birthday and fortunately, my boyfriend had a day off last week end so we could both go!


The party was actually a theme party - it's carnival season here right now, so the idea was to dress up as something Fantasy- or SciFi (or fairytile and such) related. At first I wanted to dress up as white rabbit and Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland together with my boyfriend, but the lenses I wanted to wear didn't arrive, so I came up with an alternative, and we went as Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf :D Unfortunately I don't have any photos of my outfit :< But it was a kind of Gothic version, I wore a black dress and fishnet stockings. The hood was part of an old costume I wore when I was 13 or so - back then I was also dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood so I just customized it a little bit. For my boyfriend, I made fluffy ears and a tail, unfortunately they ended up a bit too big so many people didn't recognize the costume to be a wolf unless they saw us next to each other and realized the connection XD

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Picture my Day #17: The most exciting PmdD you have ever seen!

Wheee! Yesterday was "Picture my Day"-Day once again, we're at #17 now, wow! 

(Here are the entries to my previous participations:16, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 and 7 )
This time it was organized by Karina and I almost forgot about it, if it hadn't been for a little reminder on facebook.... I didn't post any updates during the day and honestly, I was surprised that I even ended up taking so many pictures during the day to fill this entry...

Well, my day was absolutely and utterly unexciting. I had planned to got to work but I have a huge exam on Wednesday and since I wasn't sure if my boss would be there and have time for a quick trouble shooting (my experiments keep not working and it's starting to frustrate me quite a bit) I decided to take a day off to study instead. So, here is my PmdD #17!


 I was up waaaay past midnight because I didn't feel tired at all.... my sleeping pattern is messed up. So I thought I might as well help out my guild for the Highmaul raid and some achievements afterwards.....


Because I didn't wear anything nice on the actual PmdD here's my outfit from before I went to bed XD