Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Geo Lenses, Friend or Foe?

Hello everyone, this is Minnie!~

One of the many staples of any alternative fashion style rather it'd be shironouri, GAL, or Ulzzang, contact lenses are considered a must! Even though I personally don't wear lenses for my makeup looks or styles, I still enjoy sometimes looking online at the many kawaii lenses that are out there.

Below, here are some of my favorite circle lense!^^

Grad Style 2014: Barbie

Hello everyone, this is Minnie!~

After constantly checking the grad style section of Girl's Market, today Barbie line finally released one of their uniforms for the class of 2014! Today in this post I'll reveal the finally long awaited uniform from Barbie!^^

Monday, February 24, 2014

Minnie's Kawaii Korner: Japanese School Uniforms

Hello Everyone, this is Minnie, and Welcome to my Kawaii Korner!~

This week, I'm going to cover one of the most popular fashion trends among teenage girls in Japan--- School Uniforms!

Hina Matsuri!

Hello Everyone!~

When I was little I loved playing with dolls, but who knew that there's a holiday dedicated to the kawaii plastic wonders!

March 3rd, 1997 was the day I was born,  but I had no idea that my birthday is a Japanese holiday. Hina Matsuri, also known as Doll's Festival or Girl's Day is celebrated throughout Japan (not national) on my birthday, March 3rd.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

109 Net Shop Vs. YES STYLE: MA*RS

Hello everyone, this is Minnie!^^

One of my favorite places to look (and one day hopefully shop), is Shibuya 109 net shop. For those whom are avid followers of Japanese GAL fashion, you may already know of the popular shopping complex in which many foreign GALs pilgrimage to when visiting Japan.

Shibuya 109 is what many GALs think of when visiting Shibuya since it's the shopping mecha for all things GAL. Brands such as Cecil McBee, GARULA, MA*RS, Liz Lisa, and Honey Bunch have shops within this mall, as well as items sold online at the 109 net shop.

Since I've never really done an article on Agejo fashion, I'm going to dedicate this article completely to the popular mega Agejo brand, MA*RS.

Just earlier last year, MA*RS became available to purchase through popular Asian fashion site YES STYLE, and prices are quite exspensive for US and Canadian GALS.  If possible, would it be better to purchase MA*RS products, from the American Asian company YES STYLE, or Shibuya 109 net shop through a shopping service.
Today, I'll compare the prices from American to Japanese to show you which company will give you a better deal for your money.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shibuya 109 89% Price Mark Down!~

Hey GALs!,

With only a few weeks of winter left, this is the best oppurtunity for you to start racking up on some notable GAL brands before the sale is gone!

Shibuya 109 is having a major sale with 89% Mark Downs, including stores such as Liz Lisa, Honey Bunch, Ank Rouge, and much more!^^

In this post, I'm going to show you what Shibuya 109 has in stores now on sale, as well as some of my favorite outfits.

So let's get started!^^

Visual Kei Band Fave of the Week: D


This is Minnie, and welcome to Favorite Visual Band of the week!^^

This week's favorite band is D.
Who exactly is D? Read on, and I'll tell you!~

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Minnie!

Hello everyone, this is Minako!^^

With Spring coming in, my blog has been gaining more and more views each and every day!
I would like to think both my friends/ followers in the United States, Malaysia, and Suomi for giving me the wonderful support thus far, and I hope that you all continue to support me in the future :)

During the Spring and Summer months, I will be covering even more exciting things, as well as more trends, and of course, my You Tube Channel will be launched!^^

The site as well has a brand new fresh and fun look, that I have come to love, and is more easier to read, as well as navigate. Instead of the original name, International Baby Doll, I've changed the name to "the Wonderful World of Minnie"!

Here is some of what to look forward to this Spring and Summer!

  • Anime Matsuri Insider- This year, I will be attending one of the United States largest Anime and Japanese culture conventions located in Houston, Tx on Friday, March 16th for the BTSSB x Alice and the Pirates, and Putumayo fashion show. There will be many special guests attending, including some of Japan's popular lolita and dansou models. I'll also be paying a visit to the convention's Maid Cafe and, (hopefully if they allow me to videotape) will try to interview one of the maids/ butlers. This will also be a follower/fan meet as well. For more information on the fan meet, comment below.
Anime Matsuri Guests (J-Fashion Show)

  • Sakurai Minako Channel- This will be my official You Tube channel, which I'll post product reviews, language lessons, make up tutorials, as well as vlogs/ hauls. If you represent a company and want me to review your clothes, cosmetics, wigs, etc. , please go to the contact me tab and follow the instructions. 
  • Liz Lisa Room Updates- This will take place in both blog and vlog format, and will basically show my Liz Lisa bedroom project from beginning to end!

  • Undercover GAL/ Ulzzang- After doing this last Spring and Summer, I will do it again! I'm going undercover once again to some common shops in the mall to find some American GAL worthy stores, and to help you find some reasonable deals this upcoming season!^^

That's just some of what I have in store for you. If you want to find out more, become a member or add me to your circles, so you can get updates, for what's to come!~

This is Sakurai Minako, and Welcome to my Wonderful World! <3

Minako "Minnie" Sakurai

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kawaii Room Inspiration

Hello Dollies, and welcome to Kawaii Korner!~

This week's Kawaii Korner is all about kawaii rooms!^^  
I love interior designing, especially bedrooms, and one of my favorite past times is searching online for inspiration. As for my room project, things are still underway, and I won't be recieving my new bedroom set until Early April-May (bedroom set shown below).  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Himekaji GAL Guide: How to Get the Look Without Paying the Hime Price

Hello Dollies!~

One of my favorite fashion styles is Himekaji. Himekaji is an offset of Hime Gal, and is less dramatic and out there compared to the other styles (excluding onee). I like Himekaji style mostly because of the soft and feminine colors and frilly, lace designs, and I also like that I can go out in public without getting stared at too much.

While ordering from various sites such as Taobao, after shipping and handling fees, pricing becomes more so exspensive, especially when shipping to the United States!

Since Hime Kaji style is more so easier to imitate compared to Hime, here are some trust worthy stores where you can find similar clothing to still give you that obvious princess style look.

The Power of Make-up :GALS Without Make-up

Hello Dollies!~

As you may know, there's no such thing as being natural, as well as being a GAL at the same time, and sometimes many of us wonder, "what exactly do our favorite GAL models look like without make-up?"

Would you be able to recognize your favorite Ageha/ Popteen models on the street? Take a look at some of these notable GALs transformations!

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Magazine for Mama: I Love Mama

Hello Dollies!~

One of the most popular alternative fashion styles in Japan is GAL fashion. At first, GAL fashion and lifestyle broke the norm as well as went against Japanese Society, their meaning of beauty as well as the role of a woman. This caused the Japanese to look down upon the style and was therefore described as a form of rebelling by many. Now in 2014, the style is beginning to take a drastic turn, and is becoming more main stream. The Gal Epidemic is now followed by a more wide spread audience and magazines are beginning to cater to the "NEO GAL," the new generation of GALs in both the Japanese and Foreign field.

There are many types of GAL substyles whom many follow, however when really is the cut off date? When really is the age to "give up" being a GAL?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sochi Opening Ceremony and Why I Love Russia!

 Здравствуйте тележки!
Hello Dollies!

Why am I greeting in Russian today?

The winter olympics in Sochi, Russia kicked off today with quite an interesting ceremony, and I was truly captivated for each and every minute of the program!^^

One of my favorite countries in the world is Russia, so I was very happy when finding out that they would host the Olympic Winter Games this year.
Russia has a really interesting and beautiful culture as well as history, so today I'm going to share some of the reasons why I <3 Russia <3

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ulzzang Winter Wonderland!^^

Hello Dollies, and Happy Friday!

Bundle Up! ;)

With the opening ceremony in Sochi, this marks the end of the sixth week! Only five more weeks of Winter to go, then Spring will finally come and flowers will bloom!

The snow outside just may be frightful, but by copying these popular trending styles in the Ulzzang fashion community, I'm sure you'll look quite delightful for the remaining snow days!

So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! These are some popular trends in the Ulzzang fashion world this year^^

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sakurai Minako's Officials


Hello Dollies!~

While searching myself on google out of sheer curiosity, I noticed that someone has been stealing my photos and has been pretending to be me. Please don't do this, it's really silly and immature and I don't think it's cute :(

For those who want to follow me, here are my OFFICIAL accounts^^

These are my ONLY social network accounts open to my followers, Plz do not be mistaken:)
I would like to thank all of whom gave me support thus far, and hope that you continue to follow me in the future^^

Thank you, 

Sakurai Minako <3


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Banana Chips

Hello Dollies,

Live your life in luxury everyday by wearing Banana Chips^^

Banachi is Japan's TOP JS Fashion (elementary school aged girls) brand and has been apart of the widely advertised Tokyo Top Kids Collection fashion show for over three years!

The brand concept of Banachi is to have one live a life of royalty and luxury just by simply wearing their clothes. In design, the outfits are quite mature compared to what you'd see in a western girls clothing brands like Justice, and is more similar to what would be sold in various Shibuya 109 stores (GAL Brands) or agejo.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

An AMBW/ BWAM Fairy Tale: Cinderella

Anyone who grew up on classic fairy tales, know the story of Cinderella. The common girl who's father passed away, who later falls in love with the handsome prince. This tale is well known and loved by many young ones til this day all around the world, but who knew that Cinderella was in an AMBW relationship. The 1990's adaption of the Robert and Hammerstein's Cinderella story did just that by casting the main role of Cinderella to singer Brandy, and Pinoy actor Paolo Montalban as Prince Christopher. With a very diverse cast, the 1997 World of Disney film was a huge success and gained many ratings (I still watch it every year!) 

What also made R&H unique was that they had an all Star cast. Whoppi Goldberg played the role of the queen and Whitney Houston played the role of the fairy godmother. Fairy tales are truly wonderful!
 If only more Fairy Tales were like this^^

Getting Ready 4 Spring: Ulzzang Style!

Hello Dollies!~

ulzzang (52) Animated Gif on Giphy

For the past few weeks, Houston has been quite unusually cold, even to the point of school cancellation, so mostly I've been cooped up in mi casa, and was glad to finally get out today to get some fresh air, (it was 70 degrees here today, YAY!)^^

After the truck load of tests I'd had to take today for Spanish and U.S Modern History, my mum and I decided to take a little retail therapy and go shopping today as well as explore our new town (since we've moved two weeks ago!)

Since I was too lazy to dress GAL today, I decided to go for a more Ulzzang look, as well as share with you dolls my day^^