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Happy New Year 2016 from San Diego!

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone’s year has been good so far. I stayed home and played a lot of StarCraft, then went out yesterday for a little shopping, so I’d say it’s been pretty good for me.

Well, I got busy and neglected my blog again.  I feel like I’m making a similar post to last year’s.  I moved again!  Packing up a four bedroom house and moving out of state is a lot of work!  Now my husband and I are crammed into a studio apartment with a mountain of boxes until we can find a new home, which unfortunately may not be until late this year, or even next year.  This means I will have limited space to create new costumes this year.  Maybe it’ll give me a chance to catch up on stuff like editing photos, working on my website…. and posting on my blog.  Hah.  I did a little better last year than the previous year in terms of keeping up with my blog, and I hope to do even better this year.  I’m slowly figuring out what kind of stuff I want to post here.  I hope you guys find it interesting!

So I’m back in California, but this time in the San Diego area.  Aside from Comic Con, I’ve never been to San Diego, so everything outside the downtown area is new to me.  I didn’t realize San Diego was so hilly!  My husband and I were exploring the area around Balboa Park, driving along when we suddenly came to a very steep downward slope!  It was terrifying!  My husband’s car actually bottomed out while we were going over the top.  And then we came to another drop!  I don’t think even the streets in San Francisco are that steep.  I can’t imagine living on those slopes and having to park there.  Phoenix is very flat, and the streets form a neat grid. The streets here don’t make any sense!  I have to say though, when you’re driving up a hill and you suddenly come to the top and can see the whole city, it feels like you’re on top of the world for a moment.  I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that view… at least, I haven’t yet.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying the food here!  There’s are so many great Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese markets here (and the milk tea is cheaper)!  There’s a huge variety of Asian restaurants, too.  I must’ve spent an entire day on Google looking up restaurants to try.  I even found a Hawaiian shave ice place close to my husband’s work, so I’m looking forward to trying that once the weather warms up.  Of course, I had to look up tea houses too, for Lolita tea party purposes!  It turns out there’s one just a few miles down the street from where I currently live!  Lucky!  My husband and I tried it, and it was lovely.  Next time we’ll have to dress up.

Of course, there are also plenty of shops for anime and comic fans in the San Diego area.  There are so many comic book stores (I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since San Diego is the home of Comic-Con International)!  There’s Tokyo Central & Main, which is part of Marukai and has toys, anime goods, snacks, cosmetics, home goods, and more.  There’s also Book-Off, a Japanese used book store that not only sells books and magazines, but CDs, DVDs, video games, anime figures, and other things as well.  There’s a toy shop in Zion Korean Market that sells K-pop CDs, DVDs, and other K-pop goods in addition to plushes and anime toys.  There’s a toy shop inside Mitsuwa Japanese Market too.  On a related note, there are also two Daisos, the popular Japanese dollar-fifty stores (the second, bigger store just opened).   My only disappointment is that there’s no Japanese bookstore, so I can buy Japanese fashion magazines.  Book-Off has a few new magazines, but the selection isn’t reliable.  At least I live on the north side of San Diego, so Orange County (where there’s a Kinokuniya) is only a little over an hour away.

So far San Diego seems like a great city, and I’m really happy my husband’s job gave us the opportunity to move here.  I have a lot of exploring to do, as well as house-hunting.  I can’t wait to check out the gardens and beaches once the weather warms up!  We’re also only a few hours from LA, making a day trip to the Fashion District or an event in LA possible.  I think I’m going to like it here.

2016 is going to be another busy year!  Stay healthy, everyone!

Arizona Renaissance Festival and Twig the Fairy

Last Saturday I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival for the first time.  When it comes to Ren Fest, I’m pretty spoiled because the first one I ever went to was the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, which is one of the largest and oldest.  I’ve also been to the one in Irwindale in Southern California, which is apparently the oldest Renaissance festival in the US.  However, I was delighted to find that Arizona also has a large Renaissance festival.  There was a lot going on, and I recognized a number of the vendors.  I was a little surprised, because it’s so hot here, but it makes sense that they can hold a big event here early in the year when it is too cold and wet in other parts of the country.  One thing I noticed pretty quickly was that not so many people dressed up, and a lot of people were carrying parasols.  It was about 90°F, which wasn’t so terrible in the shade, but the sun was so intense that it just hurt.  It was the last weekend of the festival, so next year I will definitely try to go earlier.

My favorite part of Renaissance festivals is all the fairy and fantasy themed stuff.  I like to go as a fairy myself when I dress up (or as an elf when I feel like wings are too much trouble).  During one of my early trips to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, I took a picture of Twig the Fairy.  Later I saw her again with more spectacular wings plus her own booth and merchandise!  The images she creates are just beautiful, and as a huge fairy fan I was really inspired by her work.  She is super cute in person and also plays delightful music on her flute.  I love watching her interact with the kids.

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I was really excited when I saw the advertisement for the AZ Ren Fest because there was a picture of Twig!  It turns out AZ is one of the Ren fests she comes to!  I was lucky and ran into her almost immediately upon entering the festival.  I got even luckier that she was at her booth when I got there!  They had a discount for buying three books, so I picked up the three I didn’t have, and now I have all five of her books.  I also got them all signed!

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I told her I had all of her books, and she made a cute gesture and then wrote a note in the last book (Twig the Fairy does not speak, she communicates through gestures and music).

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Then of course I had to take a photo with Twig!  I am suuuuper happy at how well this photo turned out!  She is so pretty!

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Next time I’ll dress up as a fairy for sure! :)

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I can’t believe it’s 2015 already.  2014 was a busy and life-changing year for me.  In addition to the usual convention and dancing shenanigans, and unfortunately getting really sick in the spring, I was busy preparing for my wedding and my big move out of state, to Phoenix, Arizona!  Unfortunately my poor blog got abandoned in the process.  Actually, a lot of things got abandoned.  BUT–! After a few months settling into my new home, I think I am finally getting close to having everything organized!  The most exciting part about my new house is that I finally have my own sewing and craft room!  I can’t wait to finish getting it organized and get back to work making all kinds of fun things!

I won’t be able to go to many conventions in 2015, but I will at least try to go to all the local Phoenix area events and a few California conventions.  My first convention for 2015 will actually be Anime LA (Jan 9-11), and then the weekend after that is Taiyou Con in Mesa, Arizona.  In 2014 I didn’t have much time to sew or make new costumes, but as I was packing and moving my things, I realized I have waaaay too much fabric, so this year I’d really like to focus on sewing as much as I can and clearing out my stash.  I’m also hoping to finally catch up with my photo backlog, finish coding my site, and start posting my costumes!  Hopefully this year I can stay on top of posting photos when they’re new.  I’ve got a lot to work on, and I hope 2015 will be a year of great progress!  Let’s do this!!

HI EVERYONE!! \(>w<)/

Hi! Welcome to Pretty Kitty Princess, the fashion, hobby, and lifestyle blog of Kie (pronounced like “Key”), a super girly geek girl from California, USA.

For years I hesitated in starting this blog because I wasn’t quite sure how to categorize it and what the main focus was going to be.  My good friend Rey, a well-known basketball blogger, kept telling me not to worry about it — just start writing!  I was still afraid that if I talked about too many things, it would confuse people.  After going through many dozens of Japanese fashion magazines though, I realized that my blog would be kind of like a multi-genre Japanese fashion magazine.  So what can you expect to see on here?

Fashion: I was never a trendy girl growing up (my mom sewed a lot of dresses for me when I was little), but I’ve always loved clothes and dressing up.  I especially love Japanese fashion, so you will see many Japanese fashion-inspired things on here. Japan is great at making things cute, and I love cute things.   I enjoy sewing and crafting, and recently went back to school to earn a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, so you will see some of my own designs on here as well.  I am into Lolita fashion (Sweet and Classic), nail art (although I can only do the basic stuff), and deco art (rhinestones on everything? YES PLEASE).  Beauty often goes hand in hand with fashion, so I will also sometimes post about makeup, hair products and styling, and skin care.

Cosplay: I have been cosplaying since 1999, and while I haven’t been able to cosplay as much as I would like lately, it will always be one of my big hobbies.  I love recreating my favorite characters and meeting with other fans at conventions.  I am also the leader of Angel Hearts, a cosplay dance group that has been performing at events around California since 2003.

Music and Idols: One of my great passions.  I am OBSESSED with idols and listen to a lot of J-pop.  This is the reason I started Angel Hearts, so I could play idol too by making their outfits and learning their songs and dances.  Right now I’m really into Korean groups that release songs in Japanese — I prefer the Japanese aesthetic (it’s typically cuter and softer), but I can’t deny how hardworking and skilled Korean groups are.  They also have awesome dance choreography.  Idols are often plastered all over Japanese fashion magazines, and they can certainly be style inspiration too, so don’t be surprised if I occasionally gush about how much I love a certain song/video/group/idol.

Video Games and Anime: My dad was one of the early computer nerds, so I grew up on computers and video games. Even as a toddler, I played games on PC, Atari 2600, and Commodore 64.  I’m a huge Nintendo fan.  I also really love Starcraft (sorry it’s not cute) and Ragnarok Online.  Although I haven’t had as much time to play games lately, being a gamer is something that is ingrained in me and will never change.  I discovered anime as a teen and started watching it because it looked like “video game art”.  I probably won’t be posting so much about the games and anime themselves, but it’s obviously closely related to my interests, so it will inevitably creep in here and there.

Artwork: I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil.  When I was young I wanted to become a comic artist and drew some of my own comics.  I actually first became involved in the anime and convention community through the fan art community.  Watching other amazing artists struggle to make it in the comic industry made me rethink it as a career though.  Also as it turns out, I am terrible at backgrounds.  Even now I am only trained in fashion illustration, but artists like Sakizou give me hope.  I still love drawing and would love to do some art books someday.  I unfortunately don’t draw much at all these days, but I hope to get back into it and post some of my art here.

Cats!  …Well ok, I don’t actually talk about cats, but I really like cats.  Like, a lot (if that weren’t obvious by the site name).  So if I suddenly start talking about cats out of the blue, don’t be surprised. =^.~=  I’ve been known as a kitty girl ever since I was little.  I have a little black furball named Nightshade who’s gotten to be quite elderly (she’s 17). Also my first online screen name was “Baby Snow Leopard”, so if you notice that I have a special affinity for snow leopards and snow leopard themes, that is why.

AND OTHER THINGS!  Ok, I’m warning you now.  Sometimes I just get distracted, and talk about really random things.  Like roses.  Milk tea.  Hello Kitty.  Dishware.  This blog is really just about a shy geek girl who aspires to be cute in all aspects of life and wants to share the things she loves with everyone.  LET US GO FORTH AND BE CUTE!

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Thank you for reading, and I hope there will be many fun times ahead! ♥