Thursday, March 29, 2012

Of Books, food, music and movies

I've been working on a few projects this past month and trying to fill in the down time at work because it's quite slow and I don't get as many shifts right now, so it actually works out well. On a break, I was at Costco a couple days ago with my parents and I always go to the book section to see what kind of new books there are. I picked up one called, The Song of Achilles.

It might be a total coincidence, but I've been re-reading Homer's Odyssey, and this book has ties to the Iliad. So, I picked it up and started reading the first few chapters. It's a complete re-telling of Achilles' life through the life of his companion, Patroclus, from how they met and up until their deaths in the last year of the Trojan war.

It was written so well and the descriptions are so vivid. I regret returning it after I bought it because I collect hard cover versions of books and the one I got at Costco was the paperback version. I'll have to remember to buy it again when I place a book order through Chapters or Amazon.

One of the projects I had this month was to make new aprons for the maids of Cafe Delish. Over the weekend, I went to meet up with the maid cafe crew to deliver Bosu the newly finished aprons for this year's cafe. All of the old one's all turned an odd shade of orange for some reason, so we had a sewing day a couple weeks ago to make them at my place. It was really fun to work with everyone and I finished them all up last week. 

We went out to watch a movie at the TIFF lightbox theater, a movie called Jiro, Dreams of Sushi. I almost want to go to his restaurant because Jiro is apparently the best sushi chef in the world but a 15 minute seating starts from 30,000 yen! That's more than $300 and would be the most expensive meal I would have ever ate. I guess I can dream though?
It was a bit of a bad movie choice in my opinion because I was hungry before we went to watch the movie and I was drooling the whole time watching it. Needless to say, I was very hungry after we left the theater.

Yuzu's Sashimi Regular
We went to Yuzu no Hana to have some sushi! Since I didn't have much to eat that whole day I got the Yuzu Bento with chicken teriyaki. Everyone a different type of dish and I couldn't get pictures of everyone's food since we were sitting along the sushi bar. It was interesting to watching the sushi chefs work after watching the sushi documentary though.
The food was very delicious but we only go to Yuzu once in awhile since it is a bit expensive. Unfortunately, before I even started eating I got attacked by a deep fried mushroom. I wasn't impressed since it got on my dress! >__<; But the stains came out so it's not too much of a deal.

This past week, Galileo shared with me a music video of a K-pop group called SHINee. She really loves Death Note and one of boys in the group, Taemin, looks like Mello. I couldn't believe my eyes! I've been a bit obsessed with SHINee for the last week because the dancing in on another level. It makes me wish I could dance like that, but I can't imagine popping or locking, so I'll stick to our maid cafe dance routines. I shall leave this post with the music to SHINee's Lucifer so you can see Taemin / Mello dance up a storm!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March Doll Meet

This month we returned to Cafe Princess again to have the meet, and I brought my two little girls to crash the Dollfie Dream meet! I was the only one who had resin dolls there and they were both the smallest too. This theme for this month was Spring, but we didn't have to follow the theme if we didn't want to. 
PlasticFantastic asked me dressed up one of my girls in the Volks Lamb outfit since she really likes it. So I dressed up Lareine as a lamb and Delilah was Hinaichigo :)

Photo credit: Archangeli
I didn't take a picture of all the dolls together since I was sitting farther away and everyone else was taking so many pictures!

Kai-Suteki's Tai

 I spent the time talking with Kai-Suteki and her custom doll she's been working on. It was very interesting because she's been trying to create a custom skin color for her dollfie dream. It's still a work in progress because she didn't let the paint set long enough so it's been chipping in some places and it had this odd sticky feeling to the painted surface. She did tell me that whatever paint remover she has will completely remove all the paint so she can start over again. I was surprised because I would have thought the paint would also stain the vinyl. 
She was nicknamed "Sticky" because of the odd texture/feeling of the paint that didn't set long enough. Kai also custom made the wig, but she's also having second thoughts about the blond color. I think owners are their worst critics because I think it looks fine! I wouldn't even attempt to custom make a wig for my dolls >_<;

Rina, Madeleine, Beato,
Lareine and Delilah

We also spent some time talking about resin dolls because she will be getting one soon. So I just brought my dolls over and started showing the stringing mechanisms and answering some questions she had about resin dolls.
After a couple people left and all the group pictures were done, some of the girls were moved and I went to go play around with them with my little girls.

Hinaichigo is probably one of my favourite outfits for Delilah since it suits her very well and she looks like her! Lareine got a bit washed out since she's white skin and she was in a white.
I was admiring Rina's stockings...and thinking, I wish I could have those in life-size... LOL I find a lot of doll clothes are really cute and sometimes you wish that you could own and wear them yourself!

Nut Waffle with ice cream
My classic lolita style
I didn't order anything too interesting at the meet, but Kai-Suteki's boyfriend got a Nut Waffle with ice cream and it looked really yummy! His only comment was that they drizzled some caramel syrup all over his cookies & cream ice cream so it tainted the flavor.

And this month's lolita coordinate I had for this meet was a bit more toned down since no one else was coming in lolita. Since Galileo and Whitefrosty say I don't post enough pictures of myself in lolita, this is for you! My dress is from Innocent World and bag is Vivienne Westwood.

Here's a link to my pictures and my sister's from this meet.

Until next month's meet!