Friday, 28 March 2014

I don't know who you are, but I am going to find you...

and HIGH FIVE YOU!! Yeah I'm talking about Bornprettystore, which I have been talking about forever. To be honest I didn't quite know about them until my dear friend Keit introduced them to me. It's also my first to get something from a non-Japanese site, which was an awesome experience thanks to Officer Jenny (unrelated to Pokémon). She's always helpful and sweet!

One thing about the store, INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING IS FREE!!! You don't have to pay for DHL/UPS/EMS/whatevs cos our friends at Bornpretty's got everything nicely covered. They send via trackable international post, you can find out roughly which day it arrives, just no idea at exactly what time the postman would show up. I know they are fucking ninjas who will only come when I leave for my ice cream break that's why I decided to wait for the whole afternoon. The samurai postman came five-ish finally...dinner time. ARIGATOU, DUDE, NO MORE ICE CREAM.
Here are the stuff that I styled and will feature over two posts and their links here:
Chain choker (USD$11.99) + 9-piece rings ($1.99) coming up in a bit and skeleton necklace ($2.99) in a separate post. Amazing prices right?  Remember to enter my exclusive coupon code (life-time validity) "LEET10" when you check out for an extra 10% OFF ANYTHING (now my ex-CEO will probably commit a train suicide because bornpretty's offer is just too incredible!)

Today's post will be about a "NEOGAL" style. If you already know about Neogal styles, you would have noticed I featured at least two styles - the Nightmare Catcher and Tokyomuse on the blog. For those who's not very sure of  the "Neogal" concept, a Neogal is one who combines and balances POP stuff from Harajuku and Gal (gyaru) items from Shibuya + 80/90s vibes. She dresses to express, not to impress nor dresses to please/appeal to guys. I am not very sure about the typical gyaru, but gyaru magazines often feature pages on how to dress to seek attention of guys. The typical gyaru-s have blonde hair, while neogals have either jet black hair or rainbow colour hair. A popular neogal icon would be Alisa Ueno, creative director of Japanese clothing brand FIG&VIPER.

Enough of explanation here's my latest look! All the talk about jet black and rainbow colour hair, mine's dark brown. HAHAHA and SORRY! Doesn't look so bad right? In fact I had jet black hair , just that the dye didn't last for too long. I'll do it again in April!
Neogal-ish top and bottom from GYDA, which has their main shop on the 7th floor of Shibuya's iconic 109. The man at my house was recommending me to get a turtleneck top because he thought it suits me and I got one from GYDA's A/W2013 "Avantgarde Hipster" collection at their sale. I'm digging lots of high-waist stuff these two seasons and got some more from GYDA's S/S2014  "Milk Me" collection. The one thing about the pants though, its pockets ARE MERE DESIGNS. I am a Doraemon thus need real pockets for my stuff.

The suspenders were an usual find at Emoda, another Neogal brand. Their S/S2014 concept is Pin-up Girl, don't know how they are going to put a harness type suspenders into their season looks. Shoulder straps are removable so you can just use only the belt if you like. Most neogals have one harness-related item in their outfits. Could be in a form of accessories like suspenders, or a top or skirt that come attached with harness stuff.

Decorated garter belts are also another must have in neogal styles. I finally got one from FIG&VIPER at Shinjuku on Monday. It's decorated in golden threads and really cute jewels. Everything looks handmade, which could be why F&V's garters are never on sale and cost quite a bit for an accessory (around $39!) Putting on the garter belt requires some skill. The first time, I strapped it too tight and my charsiew (Cantonese roasted pork) was spilling everywhere. And then just before taking this photo I loosen it a bit too much it is like...hanging. OOPS!

Shoes are from Uniqlo's sister brand GU! Looking a bit like Dr. Martens eh?

Accessories that further compliment the neogal look are from Bornpretty store. Here are the links again so be sure to get them if you are interested! Chain choker-necklace (USD$11.99) + 9-piece rings ($1.99) + further 10% OFF with coupon code LEET10! Yaaaay!

I'm grateful to Bornpretty for making these rings adjustable because I have the skinniest fingers. The choker necklace is awesome too because there are many slots at the back for adjusting. If you tighten it becomes a choker with chains. Loosen up a bit and it becomes more of a chain necklace, which is what I did this time as I was wearing a turtleneck top.

Before I end and forget, Bornpretty will be sending out stuff to the giveaway participants soon! Watch your mailboxes! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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