2017 In Review & Plans For 2018

Hi everyone!

My apologies for taking so long to upload this. January has not been kind to me. I’ve been extremely ill twice, and two of my pets have passed away so I have been very depressed. I’ve finally had the time and energy to finish this post. This is just going to be a quick summary of my 2017, and my plans for 2018.

January

January was pretty slow – I just worked, and wrote my last exam for my degree.

February

I went to Red Room with Juan, and teased my hair really big. I really loved this look!

I also got this incredible drawing of myself from Trevor Schuster. Here’s a side by side comparison of the drawing and the photo he used!

I did a shoot with Wasabi Foto that is very different from my usual style, but I love the result!

March

I handed in my leather bound research report on the 3rd!

I won an award for Trevor at Ink & Iron for best half back colour tattoo! Excuse the sunburn! Here’s my tattoo as well, for those of you who haven’t seen it.

I went to a cosplay picnic in my Little Sister cosplay from Bioshock! I had some awesome photos taken there. This one is my favourite.

My husband and I got engaged! We waited to announce it when we got the ring though, as we decided to have a ring custom made.

I also convinced my non-Goth friends to go to Attrition! Look at how gorgeous they looked!

April

I had a stall at Fantasy Fayre and made this skirt so that I could wear a viking inspired outfit!

I went to visit my beautiful friend Neko in Clarens for the weekend and had so much fun! I wish she didn’t live so far.

I had a photoshoot with Taikutsuna Majo, where two of my beloved pets modeled with me. Sadly they are both no longer with us.

At Pagan Freedom Day I shot with a bow for the first time in years!

May

I graduated my Honours Degree in Strategic Brand Communication!

Unfortunately just a few days after my graduation, my dog, Layla, had to be put down. I was heartbroken and it took me months to recover.

I got new synthetic dreads that I put in for a week. I loved this look I did for Geekfest! I had a stall there and it went really well!

I had a lovely day out with my friend Krisne where we went vintage shopping and drank lots of tea! We even stopped by a charity shop that is also a cat sanctuary and I made a new friend!

June

I was very busy with my jewellery business this month! I had 3 stalls and worked very hard to create stock.

I went to ICON to support my fellow stallholders, and got to fight a knight! Look at how ridiculous I look in the armour! It was lots of fun though!

July

I started working at the company I work at!

I also attended the last ever Dark Noise party with Juan. I’m so sad that I don’t have any more Dark Noise parties to look forward to. They were always so much fun.

August

I was very busy with stalls again this month.

We finally had our engagement photos taken! Thank you to Derek Whitton Photography for the beautiful photos.

My grandfather passed away and we went to his funeral.

September

I visited Neko in Clarens for a week to de-stress and have time to make jewellery stock for my biggest market for the year.

I had a stall at a Harry Potter festival and it was extremely busy! Luckily towards the end of the day I managed to take photos with Simone at the photobooth!

It was my birthday and my mother and I went to watch the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra perform Disney songs. It was such a fantastic show!

October

It was my biggest market for the year – rAge. I was extremely over-worked but it was worth it. I wore my Little Sister cosplay again and even found a splicer!

November

I had a stall at Discworld Day! I dressed up as Adora Belle Dearheart from Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal. Unfortunately it was extremely hot and I was unable to manage my stall for the majority of the day. Luckily some kind stallholders looked after me and even drove home with me to make sure that I was safe.

It was my kitchen tea and we went to the botanical gardens. I just love the look on my face in this photo. It was the exact moment that I realised that the lingerie I had just opened was from my mother!

We got married! The day did not go according to plan because it was pouring with rain the whole day, but it was still perfect! Thank you to Swallow-Tail Photography for our amazing photos and my beautiful makeup.

The next day we left on honeymoon, which was absolutely incredible. We went to Paris, Venice and Rome! I’ll write a post all about the wedding and honeymoon! I don’t want to spoil too much, but my absolute favourite place we went to was the Paris Catacombs. Here’s my favourite photo I took there:

December

We got back from honeymoon on the 7th December and I was back at work the next day.

I had 2 amazing photoshoots to end off the year. One with Dark Arts Society:

And one with Shyne Photo:

I worked until the 22nd of December and didn’t do much in my time off. Hardly any of the plans I made worked out unfortunately. But I did have a Harry Potter marathon with Bree!

Sadly one our rats, Dovahkiin passed away suddenly around Christmas, followed by my rabbit, Frodo and one of our other rats, Eddie, in the first week of January. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the year didn’t start off well for me, but I hope that it gets better.

 

Plans For 2018

This year is going to be a busy one for me.

As I’m now working full time, I have less time for Ayame Designs and for modeling. Because of this, my jewellery business will take preference over modeling. I am going to focus most of my free time on growing Ayame Designs, especially internationally. I have some very exciting new product ranges coming up this year that I will be working on whenever I can. I will no longer be doing smaller markets, as they are not worth my time. The only exception is when it’s an alternative market and it’s not too far to travel. I am also travelling to Cape Town to have a stall at FanCon! This is the first time that I am travelling outside of Pretoria and Johannesburg for a stall so it’s very exciting!

As for my modeling, I will only be taking on work that will result in something amazing and different. I am much more selective about who I work with, and will only be shooting interesting concepts. Unfortunately all the alternative and goth magazines I would like to be published in don’t have themes I would like to shoot, so I will probably only be submitting to open themed issues or magazines this year.

I have just become permanent at my job! This means that I will also be taking on new responsibilities and I am excited to grow in the company. I’ll also be working much harder than perviously, and therefore won’t have as much free time.

I want to commit to writing a blog post at least once every 2 weeks. I am working on a few new posts right now, and also have some ideas for future posts saved. Unfortunately I don’t have as much time as I’d like to film YouTube videos, so I will be focusing on blogging, as I can write little bits at a time when I can, but don’t often have multiple hours free to film and edit videos.

This year I have also decided to cut all negative things out of my life. Whether it’s people who drag me down or things I let happen. I am done letting people or circumstances affect my happiness. I will make more time for people and things that make me happy.

 

I know this is quite a long post! Congrats on making it to the end! PS – My post about my wedding will be up next week, followed by one on my honeymoon.

 

 

J

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OOTN: First Red Room Party For 2018

Hi everyone!

I want to start posting my outfits on here, as I often love to dress up when I go out! I’ll always link the brands or shops I got everything from when I can.

Last night I went to the first Red Room night for the year! Here’s what I looked like:

Makeup:
Foundation: Essence Camouflage 2 in 1 Make-up & Concealer
Under eye concealer: Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Liquid Concealer
Eye primer: Catrice Prime And Fine Eyeshadow Base
Setting powder: LA Girl Pro Powder

Eyebrows: Inglot eye shadow in black
Eye shadow: Mac in Gesso (white) and Inglot in black
Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen
Mascara: Rimmel ScandalEyes
Lipstick: Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in Black Cat

To achieve the hair look, all I did was tease my hair layer by layer, then bunch it up in the middle of my head to create the desired shape, and pin bobby pins and hair spray like crazy.

Outfit:
Contact lenses: Eye Voodoo
Hair clips: eBay
Collar: handmade by Christiaan Oberholzer
Dress: Black Pistol brand by Aderlass
Boots: New Rock (thrifted)

 

I hope you enjoyed this look!

 

 

J

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My Favourite Pictures and Memories from December

Hi everyone!

 

This post is part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month December swap on Swap-Bot. Sorry I skipped November, it was super busy because of the wedding and honeymoon. But don’t worry, I’ll be following up this post with one on my 2017 in review and plans for 2018. That post will be up in a few days.

 

In the beginning of December, we were still on honeymoon, and were in Venice first. I took this photo inside an absolutely incredible mask shop that we found.

 

After our time in Venice, we went to Rome, where we saw lots of amazing things. My absolute favourite thing was the Capuchin Monk Crypt. This photo shows one of the many beautiful patterns in the ceiling that are made out of human remains.

 

We also came across Victorian Monkey, a board game pub in Rome! I just had to try one of their signature potions. We had lots of fun there, playing Exploding Kittens, drinking potions and eating good food. We need places like this in South Africa!

 

When we came back home, I was very busy. I had a very fun photoshoot with Dark Arts Society. Here’s the sneak peek selfie I took after the shoot.

 

Lastly, I bought two things I had wanted for a while. I got this Alchemy Gothic necklace, as well as the gorgeous green lipstick from LA Splash.

 

I don’t have a photo for this memory, but my friend Bree came over and we had a Harry Potter marathon! I always love watching the Harry Potter movies back to back but this was the first time watching them like this with a friend.

 

For New Years, we didn’t do anything. I played Elder Scrolls Online and my husband played GTA. We decided not to go out so that we could make sure that our animals are okay. Luckily there were hardly any fireworks this time.

 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my month! As I mentioned in the beginning, I’m working on a post on my 2017 in review and will be sharing it with you soon!

 

J

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Rosetic Haul & Review

Hi everyone.

 

I know it’s been AGES since I wrote a proper blog post – things have been really crazy with my wedding being less than 2 weeks away! I just have to share these awesome clothing items with you though!

 

A few months back, I stumbled upon Rosetic. I am often wary of buying clothing online, but they had amazing items, and very good reviews, so I decided to order a few goodies that caught my eye. Sadly one of the items I ordered were out of stock and was shipped two weeks later, so that piece has not arrived yet.

 

For each item I will show the listing image with the purchase link, followed by my review and own images. Please excuse the blurriness of some photos and my un-makeuped face. I did not stylise these items in any way so that I portray them in the most accurate way possible.

 

Purchase here

This top was the first item I pulled out of the envelope, and was actually the one I was most excited to receive.

So does it look like the picture? Well, not entirely. But I don’t hate it. I actually love it. The only thing that I really don’t like is how the fabric photographs on my phone, haha! The fabric is soft and breathable and the top is very comfortable due to the stretch. The only major issue I have with it is the cravat. It doesn’t look anything like the photo – it’s very one-dimensional, and it also only has one size setting which is too big. Luckily it is removable! I am sure that I can style it nicely though. The sizing issue is very easy to fix as well.

My favourite part of this top is the beautiful filigree pattern on the mesh:

I also love the button details on the sleeves. It also has a corset style lacing detail on the back, but I couldn’t take photos of that on my own.

Of course to style this top, I will tuck it in to a skirt and wear either a waist belt or an underbust corset with it.

This top will certainly see lots of wear in winter! And it will look gorgeous with the next item I’m going to show you!

 

Purchase here

I actually almost ended up not buying this skirt, but I am so glad I did!

As you can see, this skirt looks pretty much exactly like the image. I must admit though, the fabric isn’t what I thought it would be, but looking at the listing again, it is exactly what it says it is. The skirt is a cotton blend, and sits very comfortably. Because of the fabric, I can definitely wear this in summer as well as in winter. The buttons might be a nuisance to do up every time I put this skirt on though. I really love how figure hugging and comfortable it is though. This is also actually my first proper Victorian looking skirt!

 

Purchase here

This might sadly be the only item I am a little bit disappointed with.

I knew this dress was made of polyester, but the way it feels on the skin is not comfortable at all. I am hoping that once it’s been through the wash it will be feel a bit softer on the skin (and obviously much less crinkled, because that also made an impact on my thoughts on it). One thing that I am definitely not disappointed with though, is the size of the sleeves! I wanted a dress with MASSIVE bell sleeves and this is perfect. It is, however, a lot shorter than I anticipated, so I shall definitely be wearing this dress with opaque stockings rather than sheer.

 

Purchase here

I had some mixed feelings about this dress, but I realised why while I was writing this review.

This dress is the same sort of fabric as the previous dress and arrived super crinkled, which explains my instant dislike for it. It is a thinner fabric than the previous one, and definitely breathable and good for summer. For this listing, I didn’t read the material type and was expecting viscose or something similar but it turned out to be polyester. I do think that I can get wear out of this dress though once it’s been though the wash, and if styled correctly. I don’t like the belt that came with it, but I think one of my PVC or corset style waist belts can work really well.

 

Overall, I am very happy with my order. I’ll definitely be ordering from them again in the new year, but will double check the fabrics before ordering. I ordered all of these items in Medium and they fit true to size.

 

If you order from Rosetic or have ordered from them before, let me know what you think of their items!

 

 

J

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My Favourite Pictures and Memories from October

Hi everyone!

This post is part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month October swap on Swap-Bot.

Over the weekend of 6-8th October, I had a stall at my biggest event of the year – rAge Expo. For those not from South Africa, rAge is a gaming and geek expo! On the Saturday, I cosplayed a Little Sister from my favourite game series – Bioshock. Within the first hour of the day I managed to find a splicer (another character from the game) and we just had to take a photo together!

Next up, here are all the awesome goodies that I bought at rAge! Most of these were from fellow stallholders in the Artist Alley – we have so many talented crafters in South Africa and I love supporting them!

I got asked to model for a Tough Candy Makeup & FX‘s Halloween Countdown makeup series, and I got to be Frankenstein’s Bride! I really need to do a photoshoot with this look!!!

I also managed to accidentally dye my fringe blue (oops!), but at least it meant that I could finally wear one of my favourite skirts again! As those who know me will know, I only wear clothes to match my hair colours.

And lastly, here are some photos from Halloween! My makeup was done by the very talented Creative Chaos! I was a zombie Alice in Wonderland during the day, as I had a stall at an Alice in Wonderland themed market! Then at night I went out to Red Room with Juan and Tika, so I just threw on a more Goth outfit that I thought looked cool. Halloween was amazing! I danced so much at Red Room and caught up with so many people I hadn’t seen in ages.

This month I also sorted out lots of wedding arrangements, which I obviously can’t share photos of yet! I can’t believe my big day is only 18 days away!

 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my month!

 

 

J

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My Favourite Pictures And Memories From September

Hi everyone!

Yes, I know this is the first time I am posting since last month’s favourites post. I have been crazy busy preparing for rAge Expo, so now that it’s over my life will be less chaotic. This post is part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month September swap on Swap-Bot. This month was quite eventful, so it will be a long post!

At the beginning of the month, I had a stall at the Medieval Fayre, and here’s a selfie of me and my stall helper!

I went to visit my friend in Clarens for a week and really enjoyed the time away from home. I miss her so much and wish that she didn’t live so far away.

A few months ago I ordered a dress which was meant to only take 10 days for international delivery, but it finally arrived. I love it so much! Also, I dyed my fringe purple!

My cat, Rits, also seems to have embraced being a “blanket cat” and has often decided to cuddle under the blankets this month!

My best friend decided to surprise me with these amazing books as an early birthday present! I have never owned a physical copy of either of these so I was over the moon to finally own them, especially since these are the beautifully illustrated versions!

One of the best things I did this month was have a stall at a Harry Potter festival! There was a Harry Potter themed photobooth so my friend and I decided to try it! It was actually the first time in my life that I tried a photobooth and I had so much fun with it!

On the 26th, it was my birthday! My parents got me the Polaroid Snap Touch! Here’s the first photo I printed with it! I am having so much fun with the camera but am using the photo paper sparingly.

I also went to watch the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra perform Disney songs for my birthday, but sadly we weren’t allowed to take photos or videos inside the theatre.

 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my month!

 

J

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My Favourite Pictures and Memories from August

Hi everyone!

Can you believe it’s September already? This year is flying by!

This post is part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month August swap on Swap-Bot. I actually almost forgot about it because I have been away this entire week and only return home tomorrow.

August was quite a busy month for me! I had my jewellery stall almost every weekend. The first one was at Alt Market’s The Dance Of The Dragons. Check out these amazing things I bought there!

I am still working in corporate and on Women’s Day the office spoiled us! We got this awesome goodie bag.

There were a few days in August that were quite chilly and Rits decided that he’s become a blanket cat! He normally hates being under a blanket but he did this often during August.

Another market I did was the Smallville Comics Cosplay Contest’s market. It was very far to drive so I had to wake up early, but it was fun and I liked the way I dressed for the day.

I did a very short notice photoshoot the following day with one of my favourite photographers, Jes Hunter. Here’s my favourite photo from the shoot.

My fiancé and I also finally did our engagement shoot! The beautiful photos were taken by Derek Whitton Photography.

On 26th August I had my jewellery stall at the Pins & Needles alternative market. Tasha’s Cakes had these incredibly beautiful cupcakes for sale and I just had to buy one! It was very delicious.

That same evening it was my favourite Goth event, Attrition. I decided to dress up in a Cyber Goth look and I think I definitely need to experiment with Cyber Goth more often! I had lots of fun at the event – I saw some friends I hadn’t seen in a while and danced most of the night away!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my month!

J

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