12/30/2012

Published 12/30/2012 by

Winter outfits ~

Some of you have been missing my Asian street fashion posts and it's true that my last outfit dump has been more than half a year ago... so here are some of the daily outfits I've been wearing in October, November and December. Many outfits look similar because I'm using the same style over and over again - let's unmask these fashion schemes:

1) shoes: I've been wearing either my thick UGG boots, long brown Innocent World boots or short brown offbrand boots.
2) tights: I love wearing tights in winter! Mostly black or dark brown ones, matching the boots.
3) knee-length skirt/dress/pants or black jeggings (but I prefer tights + skirt - it's warmer!)
3) some warm cardigan/pullover over a simple top/dress, sometimes
4) coat: my favourite brown Innocent World Jacket or Yumetenbo rose coat (a super eye-catcher!) or some random (mostly red) Azona A02 Jacket.
5) mostly wearing a pale pink H&M scarf (my absolute favorite this winter!  )
6) black earmuffs or white fur beret (sometimes other berets in black or red)

Ah... and I've started to love the braided pigtails + beret look as you can see below, it's the easiest way to style my hair when I'm lazy. (;´ρ`)  and I also think it's a cute look.

In the first 3 collages you can see the white beret/pale pink H&M scarf + braided pigtails in action - all photos look similar despite being completely different outfits and days. 
⬇⬇ I specially love the petticoat from American Apparel, I wear it as a skirt. ~ 

⬇⬇ To the right you can see my favorite long "rose" coat from Yumetenbo. It's warm and cute, I love it!  ♥ But since it's quite an eye-catcher I don't wear it as often as I'd like to, getting catcalls isn't fun. -.- 

⬇⬇ "It looks like a prostitute's jacket" - thank you for that compliment, laogong. (_ ̄■ ̄_)  I know, Leopard Jackets have a shady reputation despite being in fashion right now. I think this light version is cute enough and doesn't give any "sexy" message at all but yeah, I feel stared at so I don't wear out it often.

⬇⬇ When I feel flashy I wear bright red stuff, this is actually the whole outfit with jacket and cardigan and both are from Azona A02 (the cat brand). 

⬇⬇ One of my favorite winter solutions is to wear a summer dress with a pullover overhead. It makes every dress look casual and comfy-warm. =3 The red coat is slightly older and I don't wear it that much anymore. I still think that it's elegant and gorgeous but I it's not warm enough for winter. ^^'  
⬇⬇ Birthday outfit! Yes, I own the petticoat from American Apparel in both beige and black and I specially love wearing the black one! ♥ The red cardigan and bunny top are also favourites of mine! ♥ 
 
⬇⬇ This outfit has a sad story - it was the last shot I took with Coco before she left (on that same day). I had tried a completely different look with matching scarf/beanie but don't feel like wearing it lately. 
>.< The other outfit is the only Lolita outfit I've featured here and I wore it for International Lolita Day.
 
⬇⬇ Other random coords. I like them all XD'' but I specially love the butterfly tunic dress from Yumi. I really need to make an extra article to feature my beloved Yumi clothes! 
⬇⬇ Get ready for some face shots XD'' I just put them together because they were between my outfit shots and you can see how often I used the earmuffs. Don't mind the photo I took while taking a bath XD''
 
⬇⬇ Wow, you've made it through all photos! Congrats XD I guess you've seen my face enough this year - haha. The last two photos were taken on the same day, I was trying to see how much my hair style influences the "look". I was told that the bottom left photo looks more "mature" than the bottom right one. I'll still keep my bangs though!  Gotta love being mistaken for a 18 years old =P

Did you discover any "fashion scheme" (like favorite pieces but also combinations) you wear often?
What are your fashion schemes?
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12/28/2012

Published 12/28/2012 by

Laurita's Secret Letters ~

Have you ever felt like it's hard to establish a relationship with your favourite blogger, no matter how open they are in their blog? Their world seems to be far away. You spent hours reading through their articles and feel like you kinda know them but you can't seem to take part in their current activities or let yourself be noticed by them? It's tiring visiting their blog every few days or checking their FB page just to see if they've posted something new? 
Wish to receive personal news directly in your morning mail? Or maybe you're completely happy with the blog as it is but would love to receive more stories/articles?

Dear beloved reader
I have great plans with you in 2013.
...
Let's become friends! 
Let's exchange letters ~

I'll send you monthly Secret Letters with personal tips & stories, sharing discoveries in Asian culture/entertainment and engage you with questions/activities ~

The 3rd of every month will be our Secret Letters Day. Please look forward to this date!
Sign up & get your first Secret Letter on January 3rd 2013.




Secret Letters include:

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❥ extra diary entries

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❥ Asian entertainment (movies/dramas/music)

 Stuff that will make you happy, trust me ♡\(・∀・*)



I'll slowly give up RSS readers for subscription (of course you can still follow Laurita there) and building a Mail subscription seems to be the most personal and exciting method to keep in touch with you, my beloved reader. So I hope you'll join me in this project! p(*^-^*)q

If you still aren't sure about subscribing (and giving me your name + email), let me assure you that I'll never send you any spam or blatant self promotion and will keep the Secret Letters interesting for you to read! ~

If you're not interested in the giveaway (^^?) you can just subscribe to 'Secret Letters' without commenting - in that case you won't be entered.

As a last incentive I'm running my yearly Agenda giveaway for my newly subscribed Secret Letters friends, to be eligible just:

1) Sign up before January 3rd (in time for the first letter)
2) Comment below with a suggestion/idea on what you'd like to read in Laurita's Secret Letters.

 1 lucky winner will receive:

...

❤ 2 winners will receive:
 

TL;DR
 yearly Agenda giveaway rules:

1) Sign up before January 3rd
2) Comment below with a suggestion/idea on what you'd like to read in Laurita's Secret Letters.

Good luck and... I'm excited! ~
゛♪(o´・ω・)人(・ω・`o)♪゛ 
The 3 winners will be announced in your first Secret Letter!
 

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12/11/2012

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It's snowing ~

It's been snowing for more than a week and the snowy streets give a beautiful winter/christmas-y vibe. Why can't all Decembers be like this? The downside is that it's super slippery and I've already fallen... ouch. But watching the people walking like penguins, afraid of slipping and falling is quite amusing. 

I still can't believe these are the last 2 weeks before Christmas! And then New Year! I have great expectations for next year and if I'm lucky I will be able to travel to at least 2 if not all 3 countries that are featured in my blog and finally graduate from university!
Unfortunately the last 2 weeks before Christmas are also the "exam weeks" and I'm totally stressed out taking one exam after another, preparing for a presentation and working on my term papers. The term papers have to be turned in in January, so I will most likely stay busy until the last day before I leave for Osaka... T.T ...but I'm really looking forward to it! ~

To celebrate winter/Christmas season I changed the colors of the layout - hope you like it. (*≧▽≦) The header is a photo I took of snowy Zurich (isn't it pretty?) while passing the ETH Zurich. The Chinese sign in the background is the old seal script of 樂, which can be loosely translated as Happiness.


How are you spending pre-Christmas season? 
Do you also have exams or are you more busy getting presents for everyone or what else are you doing? ☆ミ(o*・ω・)
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12/04/2012

Published 12/04/2012 by

The joy of studying Japanology ~

As I'm writing this entry I'm eating a Maki Sushi and watching a J-Dorama. Since the video (I'm watching it on Tudou with Chinese subtitles and it keeps stopping and buffering every 10 minutes) is progressing slowly I take breaks and practice some parts of the J-Dorama we have to learn by heart for the next exam (you know, writing from dictation and stuff). I'm also trying to learn the Japanese "melody" by repeating the dialogues. I feel kinda Wapanese but I truly like it.


After more than 1 year of Japanese studies I've finally started to actually enjoy it. I've made friends and I'm surrounded by helpful people who let me copy their notes. I study regularly with one classmate and her Japanese friend and I have assignments with other classmates and hang out with them. Student life is nice. Cramming for exams with classmates is fun.
This is my final year and I'm really really busy but I'm happy that I've started to enjoy Uni life once again. It reminds me of my old Sinology days when I was looking forward to every morning to go to class. ^_^

Anyway, I've felt like a traitor for studying Japanology since I don't really have a passion for the language and am only slightly interested in Japan. I skipped way too many classes and didn't do home assignments and concentrated on my part-time job and always felt left out at class (obviously if you show up randomly and never hang out after class you don't really make friends). Not having classmates/friends to rely on is even harder if you miss many classes. In the end you don't even dare to show up in class again because you have no idea about the teaching subject. 
You also don't dare to approach classmates and ask them for help because you are not close enough and you convince yourself that you'll self-study at home but in the end it's 1-2 weeks before exams and though you have collected all subject material you have no idea where to start and you get exam anxiety. Ah, not to forget is the social anxiety that comes when you don't see your class for 1 week well knowing that they're all going to class and you're not. You feel bad. In the last 2 years I think I've really come to understand social anxiety and the Hikikomori phenomenon. 

For some people entering a class room full of people you see occasionally but don't really know (, feeling judged by them because you skip too often) and smilingly say 'hello' can be a tough job. Sometimes it seems super easy and I'm super sociable and friendly and sometimes I seem arrogant or secluded because I don't make eye-contact nor greet anyone. I don't know if it's just a 'mood' or if it's my 'social muscle' that needs more training.

Getting back to the topic: I felt like a traitor for studying Japanology because I remember when I was a teenager and the Visual Kei wave was super popular in Germany/Switzerland and all those kiddies in my community where dreaming of studying Japanese or going to Japan or marrying a Japanese dude or whatever and I thought wtf -.- but now I'm kinda living their dream but don't really make the most out of it since it used to be more like a "task".
I'm a lucky girl. Everything I get to study is my own choice.
Chinese has been my passion since I was small and Japan (specially Manga but also the aesthetics and culture) has influenced me in more ways than I could ever think and I'm rejoicing in my interest in Psychology that started around 5 years ago. Being able to 'study' your hobbies is a privilege.

The answer to my mediocre interest in Japanese has been answered: It's because I didn't give myself time to enjoy my studies. I was too busy with life and forgot that my main 'job' is to study well. My interest in Japanese has been growing since I started to deal with Japanese grammar and culture. Now I can finally stop feeling unworthy about studying Japanology, I enjoy it and I deserve studying it, even though I still suck at Japanese.
The J-Dorama I have to watch for Japanese class is about a plain Biology teacher dealing with life and death issues after finding out he only has 1 more year left to live (the title is: Boku no ikiru michi). The whole topic and his "awakening" and choosing to live a life without regrets and to his fullest is touching and encouraging. Other interesting subjects I'm studying includes Dôgen Studies, which means reading studies about Zen texts dealing with life, time and how to attain enlightenment (these texts are really insightful and I think they can be applied to our daily life) and the other subject is about cultural studies in Japan and I'm preparing a presentation about Zainichi (Korean-Japanese) and their national quest. I also have to write a seminar paper for these two topics and looking forward to it!) 
Each of these topics is exciting and interesting. My friend is taking a class about ethnonationalism and stuff and I'm even interested in that... why can't I take that class, too? T_T'' 
To sum it up: Life at my university is exciting! I'm eager to learn more and more! (*≧▽≦)♪
Ok, I blabla'ed for too long now I have something to announce!


I'm going to Osaka in January 2013!
Enough for today! Details are following in my next post! ~ ♡ 


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