Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Life update, and on gyaru.

It's been a while!

I have vowed to start blogging more regularly again. I know I say this every time I blog but now university is out of the way I finally have time to focus on MEEE.

I don't really know what I should talk about. I turned 23. I started a new job as an editor for a new fashion site and app. 

It's been an odd few months. I've been suspended in a bit of an limbo where I feel like I'm supposed to be living an adult life but instead I'm bumbling around being confused most of the time with various blocks in my way stopping me from going where I want to.

There's a lot of conflicting things I want to do. I'm so torn between moving to Japan to teach or pursuing a fashion career in the UK. I want to escape the British mind-set for a bit and lose myself somewhere. Then re-find the self I was before university DESTROYED ME.
 I'll get there eventually. I have big dreams.

Here's some piczz from the last month or so.

Top left to botttom right- Birthday, last Gal meet, my Iphone's 6's hideous new case, some buffet
WORK OUTFITS. Man this app ruins the quality of my pictures (Moldiv btw)
Note my gradual decent into basic-ness. It's cold in the UK now, fashion < warmth.

I kind of wanted to talk about the decline of gyaru because gyaru was the reason that I started blogging in the first place. I'll talk about that more in a future post.

Blogging within the international gal community has seriously declined in the last couple of years, which makes me sad because nowdays it's really hard to find out about gal because there are so few outlets where Gal is discussed or covered.  I don't even know how people who are new to gal even discover it!

Anyway, with that in mind, I want to keep blogging with the galness. Even though my style has changed a lot, Gal makeup and styling are still 2 of the biggest influences on my style and I don't think that will change any time soon!

Now I have some time for me, I have created a new Gal resource blog, The Gal Bible (<<click) which will cover anything gal related; makeup, fashion, news, inspiration, everything. Have a looksie~ 



It's a WIP. There's loads more than needs to be done.
If there's anyone who would be interested in contributing, please let me know because I really want the international gal community to be as thriving as it used to be!

This weather is making me dopey so I'm going to have a nap. 

Speak soon! x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My latest nail salon adventure~

Hello all!!

Just a short and sweet post about mine and Marie's adventure to get our nails done a couple of months ago.

We'd both been going on about how much we wanted our nails done pretty so we did some research and found a salon that was pretty local to us that did the sorts of nails that we wanted.

We found this place in Croydon called White Sands ~

I really wish I took a picture of the salon because it was so pretty! As it was a beauty salon rather than just a nail salon all the decor was really relaxing and it has a white/blue theme.

There were some of the example designs that they has at the salon that included nails with 3D bits, and illustrations

Marie was the first to go up. We both wanted Gyaru inspired nails so we got ours all blinged out.

I was really impressed with how clean the salon was.

The few experiences that I have had at the cheapy nail salons is that the condition which the tools are kept is is pretty meh and they didn't clean the tools well and they'd reused files which you shouldn't do. Also they'd use an electronic file to file your nails with which shouldn't be done as the electronic filers are only supposed to be used on acrylic, not natural nails. 

But White Sands was super clean. All the tools the technician needed were sterile and were sitting in pots of disinfectant on the table while she was using them. She was gentle with filing so my nails weren't buffed down too thinly when she was priming my natural nails for the acrylics.

The theme I wanted for my nails was 'girly as fuck' and 'something that will match my clothes' so I opted for these gradient acrylics with embedded heart glitter and some diamante and heart cabochon detail. In total I think my nails took about 1.5 hours


Marie's were a lot more elegant than mine and she got acrylics with pink, black and silver and black and silver diamante designs as well as a crown cabochon on the thumb.


I bloody loved my nails. They got quite a lot of attention especially as work with customers wondering how I could do anything with them.

I could do pretty much everything with them except typing and pressing things which happen to be the two functions that are vital for my jobs so I loved my nails, I found them incredibly frustrating to wear. The nails lasted me for about 2 1/2 weeks before I eventually removed them out of frustration. I was really upset to see them go but they were just too impractical for me to wear!

I have no idea how girls like gyaru Harutamu can do anything with nails as long as she has when with I felt like I was inflicting a disability on myself with having such long nails.

How does she wipe her ass? 
 I will definitely be going back to White Sands in the future but I will make sure to get shorter nails~

White Sands Nails & Beauty

60-62, London Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 2TB

  • Tel:  0203 005 183

If you quote my name Emmie Wheeler as a referer you should get a discount~
You also get 20% if its your first time there.

BAIIII x x 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Recent summer gets~

Ay yo it's summer!

I've been spending a lot of time working from my back garden in the skimpiest clothes I have and it is all FAB!
Ok except today there's clouds and everything.

Lots of my friends have been saying that they miss me blogging and I kind of do to but I don't really know what to write about anymore haha.
Please bear with me while I find the lead to my SLR camera so I can actually upload pictures that don't look like shite.

Once again i've been spending money on things that I really shouldn't. Last week my latest haul from taobao arrived and I'm super happy with it aah~

Brb going to a farm to milk some cows. 
I feel like my wardrobe is finally starting to take shape into something I'm really happy with. It's starting to change into a bit of a capsule wardrobe so everything matches with everything, which makes for easy styling!
 I've had a massive clearout of clothes (and wow it's been a lot) so I will be sticking those in a link in the near future once I've taken photos of everything.

It's amazing how you can have so many clothes but still have nothing to wear!

Anyway here's my latest stuff
A+ photoshop skills 
If you wanted to know where any of the stuff comes from, ask away in the comments and I'll let you know. it'l take me quite a while to re-find the links!


This haul ended up being quite expensive because of the weight of the shoes made the cost of the shipping go up quite high, but it matters not because I now have 2 amazing pairs of shoes to add to my collection!

I bought all that stuff because I've fallen in love with the aesthetic of a Japanese brand called Swan Kiss, particularly with how the staff girls style themselves. It's just too cute!

Even though the look is really cutesy, the silhouettes are a bit more mature than a lot of other pastel coloured brands out there. I'm not a big fan of over-sized clothing or fluffy skirts that have been popular with a lot of shibuya brands because fluffy skirts make me feel like a 12 year old girl in her 'rebellious punk princess' phase (or just Avril Lavigne) and baggy clothes make me feel like a 12 year old boy.
So basically Swan Kiss combines everything I love in regards to silhouettes and cute motifs.

I also really love their hair and makeup~ While gal trends have toned themselves down and the makeup has become a lot more natural, this brand (not even sure if it's even considered gal) still had dramatic makeup and cute My Little Pony-esque hair.

I don't think I could commit to having coloured streaks dyed into my hair as I only had my hair re dyed the other week but after seeing my bb Yami with hair chalks in her hair, I might pick some up next time I go shopping!

Does anyone have any recommendations of brands of hair chalk to buy? I feel super late picking up on the trends, I know its been around for ages now.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

I'M ALIVE! and a much required life-update

I actually have some time to breathe for once! I have finally finished university! After 3 years! I am so happy! I'm starting to feel like my true self again!

Guess who's back with the terrible webcam photos!
I haven't written anything about my life since August, well the start of my final year at uni because life has been pretty manic. Everything happened at once. Final year of university was mental by default and on top of that I had my 6 hour per day commute, and then I also got an actual paying job and then Style Honey had our prelaunch site so there's not much time that I have to dedicate to me. While I'm on the internet a lot its for job purposes.

I'll give you some life updates.
I'm working part time at River Island now. I got a temp job at Christmas and they decided to keep me on. It feels amazing to be financially independent again~ I can actually do things now and buy clothes I like! So the last few months have been filled with lots of shopping and free work uniform huehuhue.
Some of my uniform/stuff I've bought in the last 6 months.
Money means that I can finally buy brands that I really want and now that I have more than £20 in my bank at any one time, I bought some MA*RS and My Melody stuff~ 

Well Ma*rs and fake My Melody and taobao accessories shh shh
I feel like I'm too much of a grumpy shit to wear it some of the time as my default face is that of someone who wants to murder everyone, but looking at princess-style clothes just makes me unbelievably happy. SO MUCH PINK. 

The stress of the last 6 months has caused me to fall back into my obsession with manga and anime. 

My partner is fashion/fujoshi-ism Siqi had been going on about this BL visual novel called Dramatical Murder (DMMD) and I finally got round to playing it in December.
It looks really pretty and it is but some of the plot-lines are really ...brutal. I wasn't prepared for some of the themes in it ;_;. Massive trigger warning before you get any ideas about playing it. 

I feel really guilty about enjoying it so much, the poor protagonist Aoba goes through a lot. Poor bb.

Adding to my weebishness, I've gotten back into reading manga as well. My favourite genres at the moment are psychological, BL and horror~ Here's some of my faves that I've read over the last 6 months. I really recommend all of them for beautiful art and fun plotlines~
From top left to bottom right, Endless World (Jaryuu Dokuro), Oyasumi Punpun (Inio Asano), Adekan (Nao Tsukiji), Hoozuki no Reitetsu ( Natsumi Eguchi), Honto Yajuu (Kotetsuko Yamamoto) and Saint Oniisan (Hikaru Nakamura)

What else.

I had long hair for like a month. I missed having long hair and naturally being the poor lil shit I was at the time I bought some rank micro loop extensions from ebay. Ebay extensions feel good for like 2 washes, then they feel like what you'd imagine Satan's pubes to be like.

Me n my heart monitor. My heart's all good now I was just stressed out.
Wirey and horse-like. They were straggly as fuck too. I have really thick hair so I need to put in a lot of extensions for them just to look natural but I literally could not fit on any my loops on my scalp. So yeah. Bad times.

I have absolutely no clue where I'm going with this post. I just wanted to post saying 'I'm not dead, I'm still here and I still like the dumb shit I did before so I ain't going nowhere'.  Wasn't much of a life update it was just me talking about gay animu.

And and and if you haven't already yall need to stalk my bby Stylehoney.com that I helped co-found and write for because we launched the pre-launch version a few months ago and we're working really hard to make it magical and providing the best fashion bits from across the web! We're still in test phases and whatnot so please bear with us~ and stalk us here>>>>Twitter and here >>>Facebook.

And if you guys have any fab fashion blogs, YT accounts, fashion brands, tumblrs, get in touch because I'm always on the hunt for new sites and things to feature~

 Hopefully I'll will get around to posting more frequently because I no longer have university HUZZAH! So you guys should hear more about my adventures~
I'll post again soon. Toooooodllddddldllessss z z z x x x x


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Reason why Fashionable People are Sad

I have a question for you; Have you ever seen a fashionable person smile?
The answer is no.

But why is this? What is making these magnificent creatures troubled?
There are many reasons why fashionable people don't smile, I'll break some down for you.

Picture this:

You're walking past doing shit and you see a boy decked top to toe in black. He's wearing about 5 layers of what looks like bed linen pinned to his lank figure and he's wearing an expression that looks like he's contemplating murder. Why is he so miserable? What could have possibly happened to him that made him look so sour?

1. He's poor as shit



This guy couldn't even smile if he tried, he just spent £400 of a pair of Raf Simmons shoes, he's not going to be able to eat or pay rent for a good few months. I know I'd be sad if that happened to me.
Your priorities are in the wrong place my dear
2.You're hurting his eyes
 
Having to look at clothes that aren't from brands that demand 3 figures for t-shirts is exhausting, irritating and painful on the eyes. If only he could be surrounded by 50 other people wearing an outfit that costs as much as a deposit on a flat maybe a smile would crack across his jaded face.


It's a lonely fashion life. 


3. He's not the only sad one

If you happened to come across somebody in the street with a massive smile across their face, you'd probably wonder who they just murdered. These fashion people have chronic bitch-face syndrome just like you, but because of their flashing dressing, you're more likely to pay attention to them and notice their stroppy faces. He's happy on the inside. 

4. He's bored

There are 4 staff bundled together talking about yesterdays party and you feel like walking into their shop is intruding on their conversation.

How dare you interrupt you pleb!!

It's a hard life working in "Dat Boutique Wot Noone Has Herd Ov" (you know the place right? no of course you don't). His 5 day weeks with long hours on his feet and few customers make days slow and dull and his only solace are his co-workers. Yes they look like scary pack animals whose clothes cost more than 6 months worth of rent but the truth is they're just bloody bored of standing there. 

5. Not everyone appreciates his sense of style.

Some people just can't keep their opinions to themselves. Our poor little noodle-haired hero has a hard time from some of the shitty guys in his neighbourhood. 

It's hard being fabulous so give him a break. He can take solace in the fact that in 3 years time, those dumb shits will be wearing the exact same clothes as he is now and he can laugh at how sheep-minded and out of date they are. 

So there we have it, the mystery that is the scary fashion boy hopefully debunked for you.

I swear I only blogged like last week but I turn around and it's actually been like 6 months, I can't believe it!
I'm in a busy period of my life at the moment, it's my final year at university, I now have a job and the website I'm working for Stylehoney is about to be released so I don't have much time to sit down and blog for long periods of time so forgive me I am STILL ALIVE!

I am more active on other social media-y things particularly twitter and tumblr so please follow me there~

What are your experiences with "Fashion people"?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Why I hate "Streetwear"

This is going to be a ranty post about my least favourite trend of the last 2 years.

I wanted to like it. I tried so effing hard to like it but I just can't. I welcomed it with open arms but when it arrived I ran for the fucking hills. And I can't escape it. Nobody can escape it. What is it?

It's

That bandwagon that EVERY high street brand in every country has been jumping on.

So what is street wear exactly?

Street wear originally was a type of "urban uniform" worn by skaters and b-boys which was both fashionable and practical enough for both dossing around the streets and being physically active.

Recently [unfortunately] we have once again dragged another trend from the depths of the 90s and reworked it to our suit 21st century taste, while completely forgetting the origins and meaning on streetwear to begin with.




Want to look like a 14 year old English girl, well here we are! Let me talk you through possible outfit combinations
The left is a standard option, the right if for all you daring lot

Head: A beanie or snapback. Extra cool-points if the beanie is from a brand nobody has ever heard of. Snapback must be from Supreme.

Top: A tshirt varying from cropped to long. Can be worn in or out. Must be HUGE. Bonus points if the print is from your friends new streetwear brand on ASOS marketplace

Bottoms: Shorts cut like knickers. Don't like exposing your ass? Fuck you here have some leggings instead. Black leggings as pants are, like, so boring, hows about something in a hideous print from your childhood?

Legs: bare or socks of varying lengths

Shoes: BIG AND CLUNKY. The more they look like your school shoes when you were 5 the better.

Accessories: LOTS OF GOLD. Nothing says 'street' like a chain you bought from Primark. Want to feel authentic? Try one of those plastic neon tattoo necklaces and bracelets you had 50 of when you were 8. Feeling daring? Hows about some culturally appropriated bindis? Disrespecting other peoples culture for the sake of fashion is cute as hell

So why don't I like it? Let me tell you!

1. We spent the whole of the 2000s reflecting back on past fashion, why are we still doing it.

Philosopher George Santayana said this famous quite which I believes sums up my view on streetwear.

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Did you see the key point it was trying to make? DOOMED. George is basically saying that the past is there for a reason and the reason we aren't still contunieing with those aspects from the past are because they are HORRIBLE MISTAKES.

All that sunflower print and tiki beads from your childhood are mistakes, and if you try wearing them again, you will die.


2.  I thought we left garish text print tops in 2007

Remember that Nu-rave trend that was nothing to do with rave at all where everyone wore t-shirts with dumb slogans on them? I certainly do. I only just got over how awful they were. 

Henry Holland was my least favorite person back then
This time round, text on clothes comes in the form of brand names splashed across everything. I know the y-generation aren't the brightest crayons in the box but come on, I think we can remember the names of the brands of our clothing.


Streetwear; insulting your intelligence. Also fuck you, I don't want to be a walking advert..


3. Cultural appropriation is gross.

Wearing bindis, Native American headdresses, hindu god prints, thawbs (traditional arabian clothing) etc because it makes you look "cute" or "edgy" is not cute or edgy. It's gross. It's rude and disrespectful to dilute someone elses' culture for the sake of your fashion choices. Don't promote it. Don't do it. I've seen so many street wear kids using those items and it makes me want to vom.

I know peace signs are appropriated, but still lol

4. It's become the new tracksuit

The chavs from late 90s to early 2000s were distinct for their pulled back hair and trackuits. The streetwear crowd is doing exactly the same thing except with tousled hair and mini-shorts that ride so high up your butt that you have booty-cleavage. It's become a uniform.


Don't let you ass 'do a Miley'. Poor booty.

5. YOU CAN'T ESCAPE IT

Every high street shop is doing their own variation of the look and unless you want to pay premium for clothes, you can expect to end up looking like a street wear clone for years to come.

Trends are born out of a change in the socio-cultural climate so there is a reason why streetwear has stuck around for so long. Whatever that socio-cultural change is, I want it to go away 5ever and present us with something new and magical.

The past 15 years of fashion have been a period of nostalgia for fashion from previous decades. When will we look to the future of fashion? When will we start to create a look which is signature to the current decade we're in? 

Let it end soon otherwise I will be opting to wear a bin bag for the rest of eternity.  




-back flips off cliff-

Monday, 26 August 2013

Pictures and shit from summer

Hi guyssss!

I say this all the time but I wish I would take more photographs when I'm out and about with friends. I never remember to take out my camera when the moment calls for it because I'm too busy enjoying the moment but when I look back on it I wish I took pictures!

I barely have any pictures as usual so here's just some random pictures of things I've been doing with words.

A few months ago me and my friends were invited to Alex Mattsson's S/S14 collaboration with Brooke Candy who I talked about in my last post.

Stole this from Joel. My friends are so precious <3 br="">
The flash on my camera broke while I was there so I didn't get any decent pictures of Alex's collection or Brooke's performance.

I have been looking boring recently. I know a lot of the people who follow me are Gals but I don't think I can call myself gal anymore because I look boring as hellllll. I'll get better!!


You'd be worried if my bedroom was tidy right?

I'm currently having a massive wardrobe overhaul because I released how bored I am of everything, so I'll be putting a sales page on here in the next few weeks. I want a lovely shiny new wardrobe so i can become a happy sparkly gal once more.

My friend Joel managed to get me and my friends invited to Katy Eary's s/s14 fashion show and after event a little while ago, which was AMAZING! A bonus was that we got to stand behind Mademoiselle Yulia who is even more gorgeous in person <3 p="">
Weeaboo
This is what I wore on the day.
I'm obsessed with this UNIF skirt the boning in the front it looks like you have a massive wang if you're sitting down
I have bought a few bought a few new things recently, including these amazing ebay sunglasses that had a glorious but short life
RIP glasses
I got dis bomber jacket for £1 recently
£1 bomber jacket WOOP WOOOOO
Recently I went to a Gal meeting which me and my bebe Marie hosted. I really want to get back into the gal scene because the times when I were hanging out with lots of gals were some of most treasured memories. There are so many new faces in the UK gal scene; a lot more than there used to be. Every was so so friendly and I've made some really amazing new friends so we hope to have lots more meets in the future. I just need to up my game with my style.

On to me being emo.
  I've been having some issues with my heart recently and I'm not too sure what brought it on. Over the last few months my heart has been beating abnormally fast when I'm active. I've been to the doctors and had tests and I've been told that yes it is fast but it's nothing to worry about. Sometimes it beats so quickly when I walk I'm surprised I'm still standing! I feel nothing though. It doesn't hurt. Well it doesn't occasionally on and off but I don't know if its my heart or my chest or my muscles aching because I sit like an idiot.
I don't know if its all in my head or anxiety but whatever it is, I want to get to the bottom of it before I start university again. It's funny how you get sick as soon as you have nothing to do. CRY. I'll be fine. I'll be FIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!

PS- is there anything in particular you'd like to see me post about?

I'm out have a song.