Saturday, January 4, 2014

WiP: January I

Hello there! Welcome to a new year and a some revitalized posts. One of my (many) resolutions for 2014 was take 2-3 photos every day. My reasoning behind this is that there are a lot of little moments in life that you simply forget, especially as time goes on. So this year, I'm going to start making an active effort to document some of those moments. To share those, I'm going to continue the Week in Pictures posts that I let slip before (whoops). So, without further ado, I present December 26-January 4. That's more than a week, I know, but I couldn't leave out the last few days of December!

Dec. 26


Dec. 27


Dec. 28


Dec.29


Dec. 30


Dec. 31


Jan. 1 Happy New Year's!


Jan. 2


Jan. 3


Jan. 4 




Dec. 26 was spent stomping around, sitting around, and playing around on the "A Beautiful Mess" app that I downloaded that day. It quickly became my favorite app. I love the borders and the "Milkshake" filter!
Dec. 27 was a lot like the 26th, except I finished it off with "47 Ronin" and "American Hustle" with Clark.
Dec. 28 was all over the place. From home, to Firehouse Subs, to Fioza Cafe, I tried to snapshot the little moments.
Dec. 29 was a chill day. Not much going out here.
Dec. 30 was another day spent indoors, surfing the web.
Dec. 31 was spent on chores. Feeding dogs and ducks, cleaning cars and trucks.
Jan. 1 was New Year's! I spent it sipping cider, eating Kubo's, and (reluctantly) watching football.
Jan. 2 was a travel day. Clark and I ventured out of town for a little while, caught sight of a beautiful sunset, and finished the night with grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Jan. 3 was a day on my own. I spent it staring down laundry, getting my hair all tugged and twisted, and sitting in Starbucks.
Jan. 4 was the day I realized how many lip products I had, had tea time, and hung out with my dad and little sister.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fashion Friday: Clannad

I did it. I watched "Clannad". Now, that probably doesn't sound particularly interesting or difficult to most people, so I'll explain why it took me as long as it did. I had heard that Clannad (especially "After Story") was a great, wonderful, sad, heartwrenching, uplifting show. All. Over. The internet. Still, I resisted any (i.e. all) urges to watch it because I was put off by the artwork. "Don't judge a book by its cover", they say. Well, they don't understand how distracting artwork can be when you're watching an animated series. The artwork in Clannad isn't bad, but I generally prefer less stylized anime. Secondly, I tend to watch one-shots. These shows generally last around 12 episodes, and the plot moves very quickly. For me, Clannad and After Story made for a very, very, very slow show. But hey, if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be posting about it, right? Clannad was as good as they say. So, as a result, here's a quick and easy "Fashion Friday", Clannad style.

This outfit has only four parts, and each of the elements are under $30. Jumper skirts aren't very popular in America, so I went with a skater skirt instead. The accented collar on the shirt helps mimic the sailor fuku style. Brown oxfords and a yellow blazer finish it off.

Links to each item and its price can me found here. I also included alternative outfit pieces below.

Links to each item and its price can be found here.

I hope these outfits will help you find your own bits of happiness floating around town!

XOXO, Laylie

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Vectors!

So during the school year, I spent a little time learning how to create vector portraits in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (or anything with a pen tool, really). This is really fun if, like me, you don't have access to a graphic tablet. So here are a few samples of the pieces I've made this way.

My first and my favorite, a portrait of C.

From the image in my "About Me" tab


Saeki Nanako from "Aku no Hana", the anime

Sawa Nakamura from "Aku no Hana". Tsumannai tsumannai tsumannai!

And lastly, a cute little k-pop Heimerdinger that came out looking like an angry hipster.

These are very fun and easy to make! I use a method that is very similar to block printing. In the end, you're just layering solid shapes upon each other. This could be considered a digital version of what I did when I made the below image from cut paper.
Aaaaaand... I couldn't figure out how to get rid of my own watermark. Gg.
As you can see, everything is made of very distinct shapes and layers, which is precisely what you want to do if you do this digitally. So with that, I wish you all good luck if you wish to try this on your own!

xoxo Laylie

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fashion Friday: Kagome from InuYasha

Hey there! The first anime I actually watched (and knew was anime) was "InuYasha". From there, I started reading the manga, and I was completely obsessed with it for about at year. I credit InuYasha with introducing me to eastern pop culture, an it remains my favorite shonen. So, without further ado, here's my guide to snatching up the heroine's style without going full-out sailor or fuku.


I chose a simple long-sleeved crop top for this, as well as a red bow necklace to mimic Kagome's bow. As for the bottoms, I split into two paths. Both the green bow skirt and green bow shorts are adorable and right up Kagome's alley. Lastly, I included socks and brown boots.

Links to each item and its price can be found here. I've also included alternative outfit pieces below.
Links to each item and its price can be found here.

No matter what path you take, I hope you have fun. Good luck on your journeys down the well!

XOXO, Laylie

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fashion Friday: Ahri from League of Legends

Hey there! So I recently (very recently) made an account on Polyvore.com. This will allow me to continue making Fashion Friday posts. Unfortunately, I don't have the stylus to my Wacom tablet so I can't sketch out what the outfit would look like on a person. I hope to find a traditional alternative to this soon. In the meantime, check out my Polyvore sets (I've added a button to them on the right) and let me know if there's anything you want to see an outfit made from.

As I've stated often, I'm a fan of the very popular game, "League of Legends". I mostly play for fun, and I've graduated from my previous obsession with only playing the "pretty" champions. I still won't touch Urgot though... Anyways, Ahri, the Nine-Tailed Fox was my first 6300 champ. She's very playful and seductive (especially with that e), but is overall just very fun! For this outfit adaptation, I went with a red V-neck dress with white and gold accessories.

If you're really curious, links to all the items, their websites, and prices can be found on the original set, here.

Update: The above set is pretty pricey! Below are alternative to the core items (dress, shoes, bag, and bangles). No items cost over 50 dollars, with most of them being around 20 dollars. Prices and links to the below items can be found here.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: High School Anime

Long time no see, huh? Anyways, Laylie here. I'm going to talk about anime. I first got into anime (actually, it was manga, but for the sake of continuity...) when I was in the fifth grade. My older sister had watched "InuYasha", and proceeded to introduce me to it. From there, I moved onto "Ceres: Celestial Legend" and "Full Moon wo Sagashite". Throughout middle school, I really loved anime. I attended conventions, followed shows with my closest friends, and even learned a couple ED dances (Hare Hare Yukai, anyone?). As I moved into high school, I kind of left most of that behind me, but something I did do (and still do) is keep up with a few shows each season. If any of you out there are doing this, I assume you've noticed that... it's ridiculously easy to forget shows you've watched! So I decided I'd do this Top Ten spanning over all my high school years. Here we go!

Just kidding! Here's a disclaimer. There's a lot of good anime out there that I didn't watch (SAO for example), simply because those styles don't fit what I like to watch. What do I like? Romantic comedies that are one season (12-13 episodes). Furthermore, there's a certain art style that I like, and I don't typically stray very far from that. My list is by far not the best anime of these past years, but if you like things along the style of "Toradora!" and "Honey and Clover", these are some decent shows to check out.

10. Maria-Holic

This is the oldest show on the list. I'm typically not into this genre, but "Maria-Holic' was undeniably hilarious. It centers around Kanako, who is allergic to men and brakes out in hives when they touch her. For this reason, she prefers women and goes to an all-girls school. She's enraptured by Mariya, an ideal student, until she discovers her secret. I won't ruin what that secret is. You'll have to check it out for yourself.

9. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.


I wasn't going to watch this one (I don't particularly like the art), but I decided to give it a try since the rankings are so high. It's an adorable show with a pretty good ending. It has a lot of quirkiness, and, unlike most shows in the ecchi category, doesn't focus on boob and panty shots. That might be a result of the loli leading women, but still. Hentai Ouji follows the story of Yokodera Youka, a pervert who discovers a magical cat statue that can grant wishes. Yokodera's adventures continue as he meets others who have used the statue, and ends up in endless interesting situations.


8. Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi

This is the first (and only) anime I've ever gotten C to watch with me. It's a quirky mix of school life, romance, comedy, and fantasy. Ookami Ryouko, the Wolf, and her friends work to solve problems in their school. They fulfill requests of those in need, granted they can call on those people for help later on. The show parodies many classic fairy tales, such as "Little Red Riding Hood". It's a lighthearted comedy that will keep you entertained!

7. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.


Snafu, as it's called, is like a more slice-of-life version of "Ookami-san". Again, the trio work in a club at school to help solve problems and fulfill requests. The hilarious twist in Snafu is that unlike in most school life shows, the protagonist, Hachiman, is introverted, pessimistic, and perfectly okay with being alone. Hachiman always agrees to help others, but his methods tend to leave much to be desired.


6. Sakura-sō no Petto na Kanojo

At 24 episodes, this is the longest show on the list. I was probably kept captivated by the fact that it centers around students at a school for fine arts. The story is set in Sakuraso, a dorm for problem students. The main character, Sorata, is a seemingly normal guy surrounded by prodigies. When Shiina, a world-renowned painter, arrives, life becomes even more hectic, since she's incapable of taking care of herself! Sakuraso was pleasing to watch. A lot of school-life anime takes on the "ending but not ending" conclusion, but few do it as well as Sakuraso.

5. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun


There's not much shojo that still makes me go "Awwww" or announce that it's too cute to handle. As a matter of fact, this is the only show in the past few years that has made that happen. "Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun" is hilarious, adorable, and... frustrating! It's one of the best shoujo series I've seen in a very long time. Anyways, the story centers around Mizutani, a straight-laced hardworker, who becomes friends with Yoshida, a truant that's just looking for friendship. The two slowly grow closer, and even make some unusual friends along the way.


4. Kokoro Connect

In "Kokoro Connect", a fantasy twist is given to the generic school-life genre. Five students are forced to become closer when a mysterious character named "Heartseed" arrives. The series follows the different experiments Heartseed performs on the characters, such as forcing them to randomly switch bodies. Naturally, the students learn a lot about each other, but they also are forced to question themselves, their friends, and Heartseed's true purpose. The show is very engaging, as Heartseed's experiment changes every few episodes.

3. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Okay, I want to clear something up. I'm not generally a fan of harem. Many harem shows, however, make for brilliant comedies! OreShura is the most amusing show I've watched over the past few years. Not only did it make me laugh aloud uncontrollably, I ended up sending links to people who didn't even follow the show! And yes, they did find them amusing despite the utter lack of context. OreShura revolves around Eita, an "anti-love" person who enters a fake relationship with Masuzu, the most beautiful girl in school. When his childhood friend, chuunibyou ex-lover, and classmate enter the mix, the story becomes the mix of comedy and drama that makes OreShura.

2. Aku no Hana

We've already named the longest series, the oldest series, and the funniest series. Can you guess what "Aku no Hana" is? The lowest rated! Honestly though, with a mere 55% in the ratings on AnimeSeason, this show was one of the most despised series of 2013 (so far). A large amount of negative votes come from people who were fans of the manga, which is apparently radically different from the anime. If you haven't read the manga, and aren't looking for your generic school life show, I'd suddest "Aku no Hana". The style is notable on it's own -- the whole series is done with rotoscoping, which is where you animate over a filmed image (think A-Ha's "Take On Me" video). It centers around Kasuga-kun, a fan of classic literature who steals his "femme fatale's" gym clothing. When he's spotted by Nakamura, the weirdest girl in the school, she uses it to blackmail him into becoming the "deviant" she knows he's meant to be.

1. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai


So you've got your funny shows, your cute shows, and your weird evil flower shows. AnoHana is the only one on here that's a sad show. The show follows a group of children that grew apart as they grew older. The lead character is Jintan, who now lives as a shut-in. When Menma, who remains completely unchanged, appears, they work to reunite all their old friends. There's not really much I can say about this one. It's definitely a show you have to watch for yourself.

That conclude's this week's Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed this list. All images are from animeseason.com (and you can watch all these shows there).


XOXO,
Laylie

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Memoire III

A speedpaint made to go with a friend's piano improvisation. If you'd like to listen, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIt4mc35d2g

What does the song make you think of? What would you have painted?