Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fairytale Wedding Dresses Featuring OKDress

Hi everyone,

I have a special sponsor post today with OKDress.


Okdress sells some beautiful dresses for special events such as weddings, prom, and other formal events. They have a wide selection of dresses and gowns to fit any occasion. Here are a few choices that I found lovely and magical. :)

Okdress.uk had a really great collection of different kinds of wedding dresses that I decided to share for this post as many of my friends are tying the knot this year! The wedding dresses that I will feature are also very well priced and all under $200.

I went with a effervescent and fairy-tale theme for this post.

This princess dress has such a lovely lace top and simple silhouette. The sheer neckline is very delicate and classy but also quite functional in keeping the dress up as well! If you are looking for nice long evening dresses, there is a huge variety and many categories to choose from such as mermaid dresses. :)

Here is a beaded tulle wedding dress that has these really unique tree like sequins along the bodice and back. The v neck is lovely and elegant while the beaded back gives the dress a little old fashion meets modern take with this tree branch fairytale-like design.  

This sweep train wedding dress looks like its straight out of a story book! The delicate floating lace details along the shoulders caught my eye immediately while it trickles down into this princess gown adorned in more lace! It's really pretty! 

I realize I focused on wedding dresses this post but OKDress also has a lot of beautiful formal wear and little black dresses as well. Feel free to browse the links I provided if you are interested or in need of a new outfit for an upcoming event!

Thank you OKDress for sponsoring this lovely post and I hope you all enjoyed it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Japan Day 2: Studio Ghibli and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Oh Studio Ghibli... how inspiring you are!

We had to book tickets for Studio Ghibli a good month in advance and let me tell you... it was worth it! The tickets were only 1000 yen and the museum was beautiful inside and out. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures inside but here is the outside!

I ran around like a weird tourist picking up leaves and taking pictures of them...

This iron giant was on the rooftop. The stairwells leading up to it were lovely.

This museum is really special... not just because of all the totoros everywhere but also because of the design. After the museum tour, I felt that I got to see the inside of Miyazaki's brain-- how he researched, traveled, and created his beautiful artwork. I didn't realize how much research went into his work and I admire his art even more than I did before!

The leaves were such a beautiful color... all the reds and yellow were lovely to look at during our walk around here! Goodbye Studio Ghibli!

After Studio Ghibli, we went to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to see more lovely colors. It was 200 yen to get in. The park is very big... and I can't imagine how beautiful it must be during the cherry blossom time in spring.

We found a cute little tea place and took lots of pretty pictures of the cups before drinking it!

I hope that I can visit Japan someday during the spring to see the cherry blossoms. Until then... I had a great dose of autumn while I was there. :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Japan Day 1: Arriving to Akihabara

Hi everyone,

I've been meaning to do this for a while now but didn't get to from all of the holiday travels/time spent catching up with family.

But I'm here and ready to start sharing about my trip to Japan as many of you have asked me about it.

For my first night in Japan, my friends and I got our JR pass and took the train to Akihabara, where we stayed.

Side note: The Japan Rail Pass (JR) was awesome. We got around almost everywhere with it for a flat week fee of close to $300. But based on all the places we traveled between the Tokyo and Kyoto area, it was well worth the investment. Any rails/buses that we could not access with the JR were additional costs but all under $3 (300 yen) a ride.

Akihabara was lit up like New York City, but their bright tall billboards and ads were covered with anime characters! Along every block or 20-30 feet would be a women (sometimes a man) dressed up in a cute anime costume handing out flyers for us to go check out their maid cafe. Needless to say, but we never ended up making it to one. They are full of claw machine shops too!

As we were tired from our night, we went to check in our bags and look for dinner.

The unfortunate thing about my trip was that I could not read anything... so most of the restaurants I went to will remain nameless.

Way down the street, going away the river and train station was a hidden little ramen shop.

There, I had the hottest, most savory bowl of ramen I have ever tasted.

It was amazing.

A few logistics/tips worth sharing for future travelers:

I spent $400 (including some Christmas gifts and souvenirs) during my 7 day trip to Japan. Most of my travel was covered by the JR pass and this does not include airfare/hotel. Food in Japan is fairly cheap ($5-10 a meal - 500-1000 yen) and no tip is required.

Make sure to bring a small water bottle with you to stay hydrated. I didn't come across many water fountains and didn't want to constantly spend money buying water bottles. The water bottle came in handy.

Friday, December 2, 2016

This is Scrump

I recently painted a mini piece of Scrump from Lilo and Stitch for a friend who has always loved this movie. I really like Scrump and Lilo's story of resilience, love, and friendship. So here she is. 

"This is Scrump. I made her. But her head is too big, so I pretended that a bug laid eggs in her ear" 
- Lilo

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