Saturday, March 31, 2012

Results of the 4th Photo-Shooting

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

wednesday evenings I received all photos of my in total 4th professional photo-shooting of last sunday. This time I shooted with Dirk A. Schmitz in Aachen-Walheim. Of course, Don acommpanied me again.
We did a few photos indoor in his homestudio, but due to a few technical problems of his camera and because we had awesome weather, we decided to do some outdoor photos as well. Dirk suggests that we could shoot at an old abandoned railway and later on we shooted in the nearby nature preserve area. Here we'd an audience - a group of children watched us during the shooting. =D

Dirk is a quite calm and professional photographer. I really enjoyed the shooting with him and Im really happy with the results, so here they are:

It was quite hard for me to decide which photos I should show on my Blog because I really like a loooot of the photo-shooting with Dirk. I guess we both had a pretty good day! You can visit Dirk's Sedcard here: Dirk A. Schmitz .

Thanks to Dirk for the great shooting and Don for accompany me again although he still had to handle with his sprained feet (poor one!).

Although I really enjoyed all of my photo shootings til yet, I decided to have a break, so I can more focus on my planned Cosplays, my japanese-skills and more... <3 But if someone should make a great offer I guess I will take then the oppurtinity and do a photo shooting again.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Cosplays - 3rd - Charmander (Pokemon)

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

Here comes the 3rd part of the “My Cosplays”-series.
This time I show you my Charmander Cosplay.

Charmander Cosplay – Profile:
Cosplay No.: 3
Created in: 2009/2010 (my mom assisted me)
Costs: about 35€
Hours to make: 6-8h
Weared at: 5. Harajuku-Day Cologne, Pokémon Days 2010 Aachen
Japanese name: Hitokage
German name: Glumanda

Why do I wanted to Cosplay Charmander?
Charmander is my absolute favourite Pokémon. I wanted to cosplay Charmander since Im 6 years old. In Pokemon Red I always choosed Charmander as my starter and in all other Pokemon-Games I traded it as soon as I could. A Pokemon-Team without Charmander isn’t MY Pokémon-Team. It just don’t works without lovely Charmander. Its nowhere near to be perfect but this Cosplay is pure LOVE.

Any unforgettable experiences ?
5. Harajuku-Day Cologne: I didnt expect that so many people would like/love this Cosplay. I get a lot of awesome feedback - maybe because this Cosplay isnt perfect.
Pokémon Days 2010 Aachen: The perfect chance to wear the Cosplay again. I improved it for the Poke-Days and my sister drawed for me charmanders on the skirt - mega KAWAII <3

Thursday, March 22, 2012

HiPP & Balea

Hello my mauw-mauws,

Sometimes those little things provide us with the greatest pleasure, don't you think?
Today I want to show you some products of two of my favourite brands: HiPP and Balea.

HiPP is mainly well known for their products for babies, but they have also a quite huge range of non-baby-products.

HiPP - Cereals

I know what you’re thinking….
The target audience should be children – but I love it still. My mom bought it as I was a child/teen and a few weeks ago I rediscovered those Cereals and felt in love again. Now I especially always went to another supermarket only to buy these Cereals. HiPP sells three different sorts:
  • Crispy Croco (Chocolate-Vanilla Elephants, Lions and Crocodiles)
  • Honey Moby (Honey Whales and Hearts)
  • Chocolumbus (Chocolate Bears)
I do not have a favourite out of them. You should really taste those cereals, really~ aww, when Im writing about it I get appetite <333.

HiPP - Bodylotion

Did I mentioned that Im a HiPP-Fan?! ^__^
This HiPP-Milk-Bodylotion is absorbed quite quickly and its one of the few bodylotions my skin tolerates. The HiPP-Bodylotion contains none of possible allergic reaction fragrances.


And another HiPP-Product!
My "after-shave" balsam. Like the Bodylotion it contains none of possible allergic reaction fragrances, too. My skin is quite dry after shaving and its itching - but with the use of the HiPP Pflege-Oel I can prevent this AND I can care my skin! <3

Balea is a dm-market brand and sells a wide range of shampoo, bodylotions and so on. Its kinda difficult to find companies in this area who DON'T test their beauty-products on animals. And because I strictly want to avoid animal-testing-companies I decided to use Balea or Alverde (completely VEGAN) products.

Balea Shower Gel

Im an absolute fan of the Balea "Zuckerschnute" shower gel.You can buy it at the dm-market. When Im using it, I do not want to quit the shower, this smell of vanilla-citrone-creme-cinnamon is like heaven for me. Unfortunately it's only "limited edition" =( - I guess I should stock up with it!

Balea Deodorants

Zuckerschnute! I LOVE the Zuckerschnute-flavor! <3 No surprise that I also own the Zuckerschnute-Deodorant. Because I was so impressed of the Zuckerschnute-flavor I recently bought their new flavor "Mademoiselle Chic". It smells like chocolate and orange. Really tasty but I have to say that I like Zuckerschnute even more.

Balea Hairshampoo and Conditioner

And last but not least: My favourite hairshampoo and conditioner.
I mainly using the Repair+Care (because I dye my hair it is also a bit damaged and dry) and the Color-Protection (therewith my hair stays as long as they can pretty red) Shampoo and Conditioner.

What about you:
Do you take care of animal-testing free products/brands? Can you recommend any?

Thank you for reading, watching and commenting! <3

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Usai's Hello Kitty Collection - 1st - The Kitchen

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

As you already might have seen on my blog here, I have a lot of Hello Kitty-Stuff. Today I want to build up a new series, the third series on my blog: Usai's Hello Kitty Collection.
At first thought, I wanted to show you all my stuff in one photo like I did a few years ago, but I had to realize that I have now far too much stuff, too much, that I never would get them all in one photo again. But nevertheless, I show you the photo I took about 2 ½ years ago, as I still used to live at my parents flat: 

Pretty much, ne? ^__^
If you think I’m kinda crazy, you’re right. But I don’t care, I love Hello Kitty and so my Hello Kitty – Collection is daily growing and growing. It was pretty hard work to collect all my Hello Kitty Stuff for this photo - but nowadays its impossible!

Therefore, I show you now my actual Hello Kitty Stuff per room, use or kind. I like to start with the kitchen. Hello Kitty isn’t that much spread in my/our kitchen.

On this photo you can see Hello Kitty-
- cups (Don gave the small pink one to me, the other four cups I bought by myself)
- bake-house (do-it-yourself) (from my mom)
- dish (from Kuraude)
- pins
- wafer backers (a set of)
- bento-box ^__^ (from my mom)
- salt cellar and pepper pot (from a colleague)
- baking forms
- chop-sticks (from my future mother-in-law)
- several baking tools
- cake tin
- cookie box (from Kuraude)
- cookie cutter
.. and more

While I wrote this entry, I realised that something is missing in the photo above: My Hello Kitty Placemat. Kuraude gave it to me at my 21st Birthday.

From Kuraude I also got the left cookie cutter, the right one Ive got from three of my friends, I guess. They bought me the whole Hello Kitty Collection at McDonalds a few years ago. ^___^

Well, that was my Hello Kitty Collection in my Kitchen. Any suggestions bout what the next part should be about? Hello Kitty Candy? Hello Kitty Multimedia? Hello Kitty in my bathroom? 

Gosh~, last week moved so fast, I'm glad that I finally could write something new here in my Blog.
Thank you for reading, watching and commenting! <333

Sunday, March 11, 2012

52 Wochen / Weken / Semaines - Photo-Shooting

Hi my lovely mauw-mauws, <3

last Sunday I had a photo-shooting again:  It was the photo-shooting for the local exhibition “52 Wochen / Weken / Semaines”, which will be exhibited in October 2012 for the first time in Aachen. 
52 Wochen is a joint project of Marco Rose and Jutta Melchers. Their purpose of their project is to show the variety of the people, people who only have one thing in common – they are all living in the Euregio Maas-Rhein. In total they will attend 104 People, 104 photos and stories out of their lifes.
You can see their work done so far also at 52 Wochen. Under the heading "Das Blog" you can see even more photos and people of the project (my article is dated at the 4th March, you can switch the articles at the bottom of the page via the dropdown-menu).

Well, a few weeks ago, I received a message from Marco Rose, in which he asked me for a photo-shooting for the 52 Wochen project. I was really surprised - I never ever reckoned that someone would ask me to take part of a local exhibition. I didn't hesitated and confirmed my participation for this project. I instantly also knew which Lolita-Outfit I would where for this shooting: My new Angelic Pretty A La Carte Tea Time Going Out Set Pink. It was THE chance to get awesome photos of it! <3
Last sunday then the day of the photo-shooting finally came. We've met us at 11 o'clock at the almost famous Aachen-Münchener Freitreppe in Aachens midtown (of course, Don went along with me). We were really lucky with the weather during the photo-shooting, the sun was shining, in contrast to the rest of the day where it was cloudy and rainy. The shooting itself took only one hour, but I guess we were both really satisfied with the results.
Marco is a really enjoyable person and professionally and Im looking forward to do another photo-shooting with him.
Please have a look at his website:  Marco Rose
And now, here they are, a few photos of the shooting, I had to resize them a bit:

with my Lolita-suitable Coat

aww, I love this mirror imaging

in original-size this picture looks even more futuristic <3 and look at my legs - aww they're looking very long and slender ^__^

And again long and slender legs - I love it ^__^

THIS photo is simply typical for me. I guess, people who know my facial expressions would say it also.

Probably my fave one. <3

I'm so happy about receiving the photos from Marco that I had to upload them instantly here. ^__^ He just made my day!
Marco did a great job and I'm very thankful that I had to chance to work with him.

Now, that I had received the photos, Im looking forward to the exhibition in October. Marco told us, that they want to create a picture-book of the exhibition, Im excited how it will gonna look like. 

I really never ever imagined that I would make all those shootings and experiences like I did the past few months.  But that's how life is - full of surprises.

Thank you for reading and watching! <3

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Cosplays - 2nd - Chii (Black Bakery Maid Dress) of Chobits

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

and here comes the second part of my "My Cosplays"-series. This time I want to show you my last minute Cosplay of Chii. ^___^

Chi Cosplay – Profile:
Cosplay No.: 2
Created in: 2009 
Costs: about 25€
Hours to make: 1h (only the ears are handmade by my sister)
Weared at: Connichi 2009 (Saturday)

Why do I wanted to cosplay Chii ?
Chobits is one of my favourite Mangas ever and Chii is my fave character. I instantly fall in love with her big, brown eyes, her long bright hair and her behavour. Chii is so MEGAcute! <3 For me personally, Chobits is THE masterpiece of CLAMP.
I wanted to Cosplay Chii since Ive read the manga the first time, I guess I was probably bout 12 years old in those days. Finally, in 2009, 7 years later, I finally did it. But the Black-Maid-Dress Version of her is, to be honest, a last minute Cosplay, I simply wanted to have more than only one cosplay at the Connichi 2009. As I discovered a week before the Connichi the Maid-dress at a jumble market I'd bought it instantly. 
This year Im going to cosplay Chii again, this time it will probably her Nurse-Outfit and this time it will be not a last minute cosplay. ^___^6
I really like Chii, because she got this bright hair (I dont know why, but mostly I like characters with brighter hair the most) but has, unlike for example Princess Peach or the Black Magician Girl, BROWN eyes - just like me (you have to know, my eyes do not like contact lenses that much and my eyes are very dark brown so its quite difficult to find suitable lenses).

Any unforgettable experiences ?
Connichi 2009: I guess, I had the most relaxed Connichi Saturday ever. I was'nt a big attraction at all, but that was pretty fine, because my friends and I had a really nice day. <33

Monday, March 5, 2012

Aachener Lolita Meet-Up - The Reunion 2012

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

Last Saturday I took part of the local Lolita Meet-Up in Aachen. I really enjoyed the Meet-Up even though we were this time only six Lolitas (and most of the time only five). It was nice to have a Meet-Up in Aachen again.

First, we’d visited the Aachener Rathaus. <3
As we saw these five chairs in the corner we had to do a group photo (Sorry for the crap photo-quality, I tried my best to improve it).

Deadromance, I, Magdalena, Chibi and Prospera
In the next room (my favourite one), we continue taking photos of us. Luckily, we had enough space for making photos, I dont know why, but there weren't that many people inside the Aachener Rathaus.

I and Chibi

mautziges Usai <3

During the way up to the supposed main-attraction of the Rathaus we stopped for doing another group-photo and because we had no person for taking the picture of us we had to use the self-timer again. =D

Chibi, Prospera, Magdalena, Deadromance and I

As we finally arrived upstairs, we were quite disappointed about the main-hall of the Rathaus. The hall itself was huge but a bit clinical and with scaffolds. Quite uninviting.

After we'd left the Rathaus a few of us bought Bubble Tea and then we went to the Glaskubus to take a drink and have a snack. Meanwhile, Magdalena left our group but Sarah (while Im writing this entry I regognize that I do not have a photo which is showing Sarah =( ) joined us. =)
There we talked about to do those Meet-Ups more regulary and we decided to launch a Lolita Meet-Up series in Aachen and neighbourhood. We baptized the series "Aix La Chapelle Lolita Meet-Up". Im so happy that we launch a series now and Im really so excited bout the "Aix La Chapelle Lolita Meet-Up" - future. I really hope, that we will have many unforgettable Meet-Ups.

Deadromance, Sarah, Magdalena, Prospera and Chibi: Thank you for the lovely day!!! <3