Suspended Elegance, 2013

It's been a while, hasn't it? I've been so busy!

Today I want to share with you all my latest photoshoot with LaPhotoNET!
This was our second third time shooting together, and the second time for the Suspended Elegance series! He needed an "emergency floating lolita" so I stepped up to the plate, and was really excited about it! (Seriously, like all week I was planning my outfit)
For this set, I wore my Angelic Pretty Rose Dress Up JSK. I'm so in love with this dress <3 I wanted to do a lot of flowers too, so I did up my Cyperous wig with lots of clip-in flowers and bows :)

Rob and I drove out to Griffith Park and met up with Nelson and his crew of helpers, and got right down to business. The shoot took about an hour, and Nelson said he got all the shots he wanted! I had a few tricks up my sleeve too! I knew I wanted to do it barefoot; it gave it a different feel that I really enjoyed. We got some really cool standing shots too that made me feel like Mary Poppins ^^;

Here are my favorites:

Pretty cool, huh? 
I seem to be really good at surprising myself! When the first photo appeared, I was like "0_0 that's me!?!?!" I was in total disbelief!
As much as I love the last set I did with him last year, I can see a big improvement in my style this time around. This definitely suits me a lot!
As always, Nelson is so much fun to work with! I hope we have an opportunity to shoot together again soon *poke poke*

Please check out the full series of Suspended Elegance from LaPhotoNet here!
Nelson wrote a little blog entry about the shoot here too ^^

Until Next Time
xoxo Sami ;)

Odd Tidbits About Me!

Every so often, a weird memory will pop up into my head, and I thought it'd be interesting to write them down! I'll write down weird things about me too.
I'll repost this blog now and then when I've added more to the list~

❤ In 6th grade I went on a field trip to a pirate ship. My teacher chose me as the captain, which meant I was in charge of my crew of other classmates. I remember trying to instruct them on what to do (with help from an instructor who worked there) and they had to wrap the ship's rope correctly or do it again.

❤ My grandma would never let me watch Power Rangers because it was too violent. I'd sneak watching it a bit when she was in the other room though!



So it's true! I'll be graduating this quarter! I can't believe that I've been here for 5 years, and it's finally coming to an end ;_; It's been a long journey, but I'm ready to start the next chapter...real adulthood! I've got to find myself a full time job much as I love working at Fairytale, I know that won't be a full time thing! Hopefully I can still help out though <3

My graduation ceremony will be June 14, and I've decided to make my own graduation announcements, because why not?! I've worked on Photoshop and Illustrator for at least 8 years now, so might as well use those skills :)
Check them out!

Sorry, can't share where!

What do you guys think? I really love the floral pattern! My grandma and I are going to do a few more tweaks, then I'm going to take them to get printed, and put them in pretty envelopes and send them out to everyone :)

Ready? Let's do this!
I'll be sure to post pics ;)

Until Next Time,

Lolita 52 Challenge: A Lolita Topic a Week!

I saw this posted on F Yea Lolita, and I thought it was super cute! It's a 52-week challenge, where you answer one question a week. I don't want to end up with 52 posts on my blog about this, so I'm gong to condense it to just one post! I might end up forgetting about this sometimes, so I'll do my best to do it once a week, but I may end up just completing it when I'm thinking about it! (Fully completed answers will have questions in bold, otherwise I'm still working on it)
Here we go~~~!

Coming to a close...

Hello Hello!

Whelp, this week concludes my internship at Fairytale Boutique…but not my time with them! Miki offered me a part time job <333 I’m so excited to be able to work there! Please come visit me on Fridays and Saturdays!

I was very fortunate to get this internship, and I definitely learned a lot. It taught me how to work in the retail environment since I haven't worked in retail before. I learned the inner workings of a store, and everything that it takes to run one, including marketing, visual merchandising, inventory, store layout, and the online store.
The online store was my biggest responsibility, since we really wanted to get that up and running. I learned everything about the admin side of it, and quickly found there are a lot of small details that need to be input for an item before it can be put on the floor, and even more for when it goes up online.
I was able to apply my knowledge from AMM, because it has taught me all I know about the fashion industry. I’ve learned about store layouts and floor plans, fabrics and sewing skills, and accounting and store management. In different ways, I was able to apply these skills and more to my internship, which made me a greater asset because I wasn’t coming into it with no knowledge of the industry.
I did learn a lot for the time I was there. I enjoyed that I already knew my boss, because it made the dynamic between us more relaxed and comfortable. I think if she didn’t know her intern, it wouldn’t have gone nearly as well. I am very thankful for the opportunity.

See you soon!

Dolly House Runway & Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

On March 3rd, I was part of Dolly House Runway, a fashion show presented by the SoCal Lolitas. I was very fortunate to be asked to be a model for Baby, the Stars Shine Bright! I had missed out on their PMX show, so I was happy that this opportunity arose. This was an incredible experience for me, since Baby & AatP are two of my favorite brands!

The show was hosted at UC Irvine. I carpooled with Stephanie, and it took us about 45 minutes to get there. We ended up being early, and arrived at 9am. We hung around for a bit until more people showed up, including the representatives for Baby, Joshia and Fabienne. While we were hanging out, we checked out Baby's booth; they had so much good stuff!

Photo from Peter Huynh
Fabienne showed us everything we would be wearing, and Fall in Love with the Sweet Magic Scent was chosen for me!
JSK in Sax BlueBlouse in ivory
SocksBABY Victoir shoes
Not to mention the 3 petticoats I was wearing and bloomers!
I also carried a little Usakumya coinpurse, and they were so smart and put the scrunchie from the series on him!

I was really happy with this outfit, and everyone was saying the color suited me so well! It felt like "over the top classic Baby style" and was super fun to wear!

We practiced on the runway first to assure we would know what we were doing, how we were posing, and how to walk. I look like a dork, but this pic came out pretty cute:
Photo from Peter Huynh

Although we had to wait around for a while before getting our hair and makeup, Tani coordinated all the looks she was aiming for, and I had my makeup done by Ali, and she did an absolutely beautiful job! My makeup matched my outfit perfectly :)
Backstage was pretty crazy, there were people running everywhere, everyone was trying to get makeup and hair done, lots of wigs and clothes everywhere too!

But! After a lot of nerves and anticipation, it was finally time to take the stage!! Baby showed a video first of the whole process of making their clothes. Since we were behind the stage, we only got to see bits and pieces of it, but I heard it was really lovely!

On to the pics!

Mah face
Photo from Zekie Cho
Me on stage!
Photo from Peter Huynh
Here's a picture of Misako wearing close to the same outfit!

All the other models look absolutely stunning in their outfits as well! Joshia and Fabienne did an amazing job at choosing outfits that would work best with us :)

Stephanie: Robe a la Francaise & Headdress Set
Stephanie looks so pretty in pink!
Photo from Peter Huynh

Ashley: Alice’s tear bottle ribbon tassel JSK
Ashley fell so in love with this dress!
Photo from Peter Huynh

Frances: Marie du ange & veil with mini hat
Frances looked absolutely stunning in this!
Photo from Peter Huynh

Ayami: Air Mail Vest & Skirt
She looks so perfect!
Photo from Peter Huynh

Leslie: Trump Alice OP
She looks like a perfect Alice doll!
Photo from Peter Huynh

Everyone did a fabulous job on the runway; I'm so proud of us!
Fabienne and Joshia did a wonderful job of guiding us as well, and making sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you girls so much for everything!
Joshia - BABY Manager
Photo from Ariane
Fabienne - BABY Rep
Photo from Ariane

Looking out at all the people that were there, I was excited that it was a full house! I really hope everyone enjoyed the show :D

Here's a video from ChillyWillyTube of the show!

After we finished our part, we changed back into our own clothes, and I put on AatP's Midsummer's. I had only worn it to school and work so far, so I wanted to wear it for an actual event! It was really hot so I made a really simple outfit without a blouse ^^;

Photo from Angela
Stephanie, Ayami, and I went to see what goodies Albertina (our lovely food coordinator) had made! I loaded up my plate with sweets, mini hot dogs, and other yummy things! I really like everything, but I think my favorite were the mini Oreo cupcakes!

Angela's Plate
Photo from Peter Huynh

After having our fill, we went to chat with all our friends that had come to the event! It was so nice seeing all the familiar faces, some I hadn't seen in a while either :) I was so happy to hear everyone thought I did a good job on the runway ^^ We all hung out and talked, and I tried to have a small chat with as many people as I could :)

I went over to Baby's table where Joshia was, and she gave me a giftbag for being a model! It was very sweet of her. I got an Alice's Letter Pad and a Rose Boudoir ring. I was actually eying that ring at the beginning of the event, so I was happy I was given it as a gift!

After a while, I found there was a small crowd out in the hallway, so I hung out there for a while...and ended up twerking with Lor....

We went back inside for the raffle. They had a lot of good prizes, including some from Maruq and Baby. Being a model, I was given one ticket for it. I was number 188456. My heart went pounding 3 times when they called 188458, 3, and 1! I was sad I didn't win anything, but was very happy for those who did :)

Since I had been up since 6am and it was about 8pm after the raffle, Stephanie and I decided to call it a night. It was definitely a long day!!
Overall, I think the event turned out pretty well, and there was a great turnout. I hope all goes well for next year, and maybe I'll be back in the fashion show!

There are a lot of albums of the show floating around, here's links to a few of them!
(when more surface, I'll add links)

Until Next Time,
:D Sami

Harlem Shake: SoCal Loli Style

Soooooo in my last post I mentioned we did some video filming at Fairytale Boutique last night...

It's the Harlem Shake!! Lor wanted to make one, so she rounded up a group of us to participate. This was so ridiculous, but way too much fun! I've had to watch this a few times now to see what everyone was doing :3 I'm happy this had a good turnout!