Wednesday, December 11, 2019

GC Day#28: What Do You Think Will Happen to Gyaru in the Future?

Hello Cuties~

     Let's not talk about how long I've been stretching this Gyaru Challenge.  („ಡ_ಡ„)  I really wish I wrote this one months ago because I'd love to see how my predictions and reality differ.  Had you asked me my thoughts on the future of Gyaru in 2018, I would've said obsolete.  In my head I thought it wouldn't be soon before Gyaru would be considered old fashion, out of date, or forgotten.  I figured Gyaru would only live as long as the few Gals I knew continued showing their content online.

     If we're being completely honest here, you could have asked me this question just at the beginning of this year and my answer would have been the same.  I wanted to believe people still loved the style, but I noticed the community growing quiet.  More social groups seemed to disappear.  Well at least that's what I thought.  Never did I imagine Gyaru receiving such a revival, not only within the gaijin community, but in Japan as well!

     -From 2000 / Black Diamond 2.0  are probably the best things that ever happened to Gyaru.  That may be a loaded comment but I really believe they did a lot for Gyaru.  Now we're talking about the Gyaru revival, keep that in mind.  But I will say, the o.g. unit Black Diamond paved the way!  (I keep thinking of those "bts paved the way memes and now I can't stop laughing)
。゚( ゚^∀^゚)゚。

     I remember when the Gyaru circle Black Diamond made their bold debut in 2012 (jeez has it really been that long).  It was huge to me, and the news caused quite the buzz and excitement within Japanese fashion.  In my opinion that was the first huge spike in the Gyaru resurgence.

     So if you ask me now:  What do you think will happen to Gyaru in the future?  I say it's only up from here.  Within these past eight months I've seen so much change.  I'm sure we've sparked the interest of people outside of the gal community.  I'm seeing new gals again.  And oddly enough that's encouraging to me.  For a long time I thought no one cared anymore and I feared I'd lose interest like many others have before.  

     It sounds so cheesy to say but, the Gal community has worked so hard this year.  I mean think about it.  A new gaijin Gyaru magazine?  Spreading Gyaru to other platforms beyond our personal blogs?  -From2000 shouting us out on YouTube and anticipating the debut of Papillon magazine??  These are major accomplishments!  And social media has played such a large part in our success.

     Japanese Gyaru showcased their lifestyles mostly through personal blogs.  Soon came twitter, and YouTube.  Some gals did use Instagram, but it wasn't a big percentage in the beginning.  I think the first game changer was Vine (r.i.p ;__; ).  I recall the Black Diamond Unit posting videos there and since it was the newest trend in social media, Gyaru probably got a lot of exposure.  After vine died I was so sad because I didn't see many updates on Black Diamond or Gyaru in general.

     It took a long time, a few major magazine and brand discontinuations in between, before the new BD Gals and -from 2000 popped on the scene.  They seemed to show up at just the right time.  The world seemed hooked on the idea of bringing the 90's back, so a lot of old trends were resurfacing.  Egg was giving the magazine scene another try.  And another social platform had been gaining popularity all at the same time, Tiktok.  I swear it all just fell into place for them!

     Do y'all remember this strange short movie??  I remember watching in confusion without subtitles until I got the vibe of "old gyaru returning".  It literally sent a jolt of excitement through me.

     I won't lie, when I saw the first images of the new Egg models, I didn't think the hype would build or last very long.  I thought I was excited all by myself.  However I'm so happy to have been proved wrong!  Believe me, I wanted it to gain all the hype in the world!  But I didn't know if they would receive the attention.  Now Egg magazine looks a lot like it used to.  Now they're re-releasing the very sought-after Alba Rosa coats.  Who knows what's next!

~ Love you! x Amiman ~

Friday, December 6, 2019

Our Playdate ♥ | The French Market

Hello Cuties~

     Are you surprised?  Coming to you with yet another post!  I want to get back on track with my writing schedule, so let's keep the productivity going, yes?

     I always get pretty jealous whenever people post vlogs or blog posts about the cool places to visit in their hometown.  It took my a while to see it within my own little city, but here in New Orleans, we do have some worth wild attractions.  Prince and I had a playdate downtown and in the French Quarter!

     It's a history packed area in my city with countless gorgeous French and Spanish styled architecture.  It's the oldest part of New Orleans, and if you look hard enough you can almost see how things looked centuries ago.  I don't get to visit the French Quarter much, but whenever I do go it's a blast!  We strolled around the streets of performers, artists sketching and selling their artwork, and delicious smelling foods (and swarms of people . . . let's not forget about how freakin' packed it is down there).  You're probably wondering why not stop there, but we were on our way to the French Market!

     How does one explain what the French Market is?  My best description would be:  an outdoor hall / strip of great food, drinks, frozen treats, and a unique shopping experience all wrapped into one.  The area is always buzzing with the sound of people and music!

     Prince and I started our day rather early (well sort of) , we intended on going to Cafe Beignet for beignets and coffee for breakfast, but we were lazy and settled for waffle house since it was much closer.  Since we sat around for a bit, it gave me a little time to "gussy up".

     I did say just a little time, it wasn't enough to do false eyelashes. ( ̄ω ̄;) lol
     Despite being falsie-less, I felt pretty cute that day!  It was a magnificent day to be out and about.  I was ready to shop and window shop to my heart's content.  I was also eager to eat everything even though we had just eaten breakfast.
     One of my favorite things about the French Quarter is there's always music, and it's usually live performances.  I always perk up at the sound of instruments being played on the streets.  My favorites are the violinists who fill the narrow echoing streets. 
     One of our first stops was The Gazebo Cafe.  It was very sunny and with the distance we had walked, we yearned for something cool and sweet!  Looking at this, you probably couldn't tell it's alcoholic.  (;´∀`)

      And the treats don't stop there!  I was in for a surprise that day, I've always wanted to taste alligator but was too afraid in the past.

     I should have taken a picture of my first bite because I'm sure that was a funny sight to see!  I sad it took me so many years to give it a try because it was damn tasty.  If anyone comes here to try this alligator sausage, get the creole mustard to dip it too!

     I surprised myself by not buying anything to wear.  I saw this iridescent crop top / pant set, but it looked better on the mannequin.  I did pick up a few nick knacks though.  There are lots of vendors set up at countless tables selling just about anything under the rainbow!
     You can even snag a voodoo doll if you wanted to!  I thought this was hilarious.  The signs are what just made this display for me: "teacher" and "coworker" cracked me up!

     You can even get decorated coffins for your little voodoo dolls.  I'm telling you there's so much random stuff you can find here.

     I really like coming out to the French Market to get natural skincare products.  I snagged some shea butter and black soap!  You'd think I'd be done with shopping, but we moseyed on down to the Riverwalk to check out some more stores.  I didn't plan to buy any makeup but, they got me with the liquid glitter eyeshadow.
     This is actually my first Lime Crime purchase!  I got this from Nordstrom and they always have expensive or popular brands for cheap!  I got this for $8 I believe!!  Cannot wait to use this, it has shades of blue and purple and silver bits too.

     An unrelated purchase but, that day I also received my rakuten order of lenses!
     Decided to try blue contact lenses this time, Lil Moon's Water Water lens.  And pink lenses that were initially for a cosplay, Usagi Fatale's Pure Peach lens.  I haven't touched the pink contacts yet but I'm most definitely anxious to try them out.  Sigh . . . and just a few days later I made QUITE the makeup purchase.
     The Jackie Aina x ABH palette because I don't know how to control my impulse shopping urges!!  Its marvelous and I've only done two makeup looks with it.  But I can tell this is going to change my makeup game!

     Perhaps I got a bit carried away~  I love a great shopping experience, I can't help myself!  I hope to bring a friend who comes to visit to some of these places.  I think they'd enjoy it if they've never been to New Orleans.  You tend to lose sight of how beautiful your own hometown can be.  What are some notable or monumental places in your city?
~ Love you x Amiman ~