Monday, September 11, 2017

Lolita Outfit timeline ~ Part 2

Hello everyone!

More than two years ago I posted My Lolita Journey! Since then I got some more coords and I want to show them to you!

February 2016

One of my favorite photo shootings. Especially the right picture turned out super awesome! Thanks to the talented 

Dress: Powder Rose (Angelic Pretty)
Blouse: Bodyline
OTKs: Metamorphose
Shoes: Bodyline
Wig: Lockshopwigs Cascade Faerie
Headdress: Taobao

February 2016

My first Gothic Lolita coord was almost entirely from Taobao! Awesome! ♥
Once again, the left photo is by 

Dress: Constellation (Sakuya Lolita - Taobao)
Blouse: Taobao
Tights: Taobao
Headdress: Taobao
Wig: Taobao
Shoes: Offbrand

July 2016

In July 2016 I modeled for Baby, the Stars shine bright ♥

Dress: Ribbon C'est Bon Belle Journée (Baby, the Stars shine bright)
Blouse: Baby, the Stars shine bright
OTKs: Baby, the Stars shine bright
Shoes: Baby, the Stars shine bright
Headbow: Ribbon C'est Bon Belle Journée (Baby, the Stars shine bright)
Bag: Usakumiya by Baby the Stars Shine bright
Wig: Lockshop Starlet Vanille

October 2016

On my last full day in Harajuku I was wearing this rather toned down coord. I got the dress from Closet Child and it was a real bargain!

Dress & Headbow: Country of Sweets (Angelic Pretty)
Blouse: Offbrand
OTKs: Offbrand
Shoes: Bodyline

November 2016

Sadly I only have one photo of this coord! I really need to take more! Another dress I got from Closet Child!

Dress: Chocolate Fascinate Carnival (Baby, the Stars shine bright)
Blouse: Angelic Pretty
OTKs: Baby, the Stars shine bright
Shoes: Axes Femme
Headdress: Angelic Pretty

December 2016

This dress was also from Closet Child and I fell in love with it! 
Left photo by Aiko Kaeru Photography, right one by Robin Schuchardt Photography.

Dress: Musee du Chocolat (Angelic Pretty)
Headbow: Angelic Pretty
Blouse: Angelic Pretty
OTKs: Wonder Rocket
Shoes: Axes Femme
Necklace: Vanillas Traumfabrik

March 2017

Dolly Cat is such an adorable and lovely dress and I just can't get enough of it. It's another piece from Closet Child!

My favorite Coord! 

Dress: Dolly Cat (Angelic Pretty)
Bouse: Metamorphose
OTKs: Dolly Cat (Angelic Pretty)
Shoes: Bodyline
Beret: Romantic Standard
Wig: Lockshopwigs Starlet Vanille
Necklace: Vanillas Traumfabrik
Bow: Claire's

For the rest of this year, I didn't buy any new dresses. I saved all of my money for my upcoming trips and more shopping in Japan. Currently I have one new dress on its way to me! It will arrive this week but I won't coord it soon because there's no meet-up this month. ;;

Do you think my style became better? What's your favorite outfit? ♥

Here's a comparison for you:

2013                                                            2017

Thank you for reading! ♥


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

10 reasons why I enjoyed visiting Bangladesh

Hey everyone!

I uploaded another video about my Bangladesh trip!
It's the last one and I'm happy that I could finally finish the series!

Most people wondered why I travelled to Bangaldesh and wondered even more why I liked it so much (that I wanna go back)!

Here's the answer:

Reason 1:
It's totally different from Germany and that's so exciting!

Reason 2:
Since there's no mass tourism, it's really authentic.

Reason 3:
It's a country of contrast. Rich people next to beggars, huge shopping centers next to old houses.

Reason 4:
It's safe! Yes, it really was for me!

Reason 5:
There were friendly people everywhere who were interested in where I'm from.

Reason 6:
Everyone showed me great respect and while taking selfies with me, especially men never touched me.

Reason 7:
I didn't experience any aggressive flirting.

Reason 8:
Shopping was nice because of the low prices.

Reason 9:
I loved the food there!

Reason 10:
It reminded me on what really counts in life and that I'm richer than I think.

For full information, watch the video!

Thanks for reading and watching!! ♥

Kanon. ♥

Saturday, July 29, 2017

8 cultural differences - Bangladesh & Germany

Hey everyone! 

Today I want to present you 8 cultural differences I noticed while being in Bangladesh.

Here's the video about the topic:

1. Meal times: In Bangladesh I had breakfast at around 9 am (similar to Germany), lunch at 2 pm (almost like in Germany, we eat at around 12pm to 1 pm) and dinner at 9 pm! Super late for my German ass! We have dinner at 6 pm to 7 pm!

2. Eating with hands: Bangladeshi eat everything with their hands... meat, rice, sauce... everything!

3. Noisy eating: In Germany it's considered rude and disgusting but in Bangladesh it's totally normall to chew loudly and to make noises while eating.

4. They like to share food: Everyone will offer you food, will ask you whether you're hungry etc. 

5. Maids and boys: Every rich family has at least one maid who's responsible for cooking, cleaning and the rest of the household. My host family even had two drivers and two boys who took care of the plants, opened the front gate etc.

6. High context: They will never tell you directly what's on their mind and you have to talk about a special thing more than once, because they might say yes even if they won't do it.

7. Small talk: Especially as a foreigner people will talk to you about everything and nothing. Get used to it!

8. New Year: I talked about this in my last blogpost. While Germans celebrate New Year's Eve, Bangladeshi will celebrate the morning of the New Year. Not with fireworks but with food, music and singing.


Watch the video for more information! ♥

Thanks for watching and reading! 

Yours, Kanon ♥

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My trip to Bangladesh + photos

Hello everyone and welcome to another travel related post!

Today I want to talk to you about my trip to Bangladesh in April this year!

Why the hell did you go to Bangladesh?

Well, this trip didn't have the purpose of a 100% leisure trip. It was rather a research trip. Kind of. I will tell you more about that point later on. So around three years ago I met my friend Shahreen from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh on Facebook. At first we wanted to be snail mail penpals but since my letters never arrived at her home, we changed into being messenger friends, haha. We shared the same hobbies and she told me there were no lolitas in Bangladesh so I began to feel the wish to visit her. There are also anime conventions in Dhaka but sadly I couldn't visit one during my stay.

Me and Shahreen ♥

While thinking about visiting her and starting to research about the country, I had to think about a topic for my Bachelor thesis as well. Back than it was still over a year to go until I had to hand in my topic suggestion but I didn't want to decide that last minute. One thing lead to another and I finally decided on the topic "Tourism as a chance for third world countrys - Bangladesh as an example". I'm studying tourism management and this is a really interesting topic. From that point on I started planning my trip. Leisure and work in one! 
And I didn't get disappointed. Not at all!

At Gulshan Lake Park ♥

So, what did you plan?

I decided on the duration of the stay, decided on the arrival and departure date and after Shahreen told me that her mom agreed, I booked my flights. I've chosen Emirates because it was the least expensive airline and more over I'm a huge fan of them, so I knew everything would be okay. :D
I was going to Bangladesh from the 4th April (arrival on the 5th) until the 16th April (arrival at home on the 17th). I was lucky enough to stay at Shahreen's family's house and could use her room for the time of my stay. I'm so thankful for that because they also provided me a lot of delicious food!

I also researched about museums, monuments or other places of interest I want to visit in Dhaka. There were some helpful blogs online which gave important information. 
I also had to apply for a visa which cost me around 90€ in advance, but the stamp in my passport was worth it. :D

In the streets of Dhaka pt. 1

Food example :D

How was your stay? 

I had a lot of fun and I've seen so many interesting things! But the most awesome thing was the atmosphere and the friendly people. I will talk about that more in the next blog post!
We visited a lot of places of interest together, I also went to Shahreen's university twice including the nearby shopping center and I participated in a private tour when she was too busy at university.

In the streets of Dhaka pt. 2

The guide was the owner of Speed Holidays and we went to Sonargaon, the old capital of Bangladesh which is around 1 hr away by car. There was an interesting museum and a group of school kids who found me more interesting than the museum. :D For lunch we went back to Dhaka and had some food at a local restaurant in the old part of the city. There we also visited the Pink Palace Ashan Manzil and a Star Mosque (where I haven't had to cover my hair!)

A street in Old Dhaka

Food in Old Dhaka

Sadarghad, the bay area where the fishermen arrive

Lalbagh Fort

On my last weekend there, there was the Bangla New Year where I attended two parties which were totally different from Western New Year parties. Instead of celebrating midnight, the celebrated in the morning by playing music, singing and giving food to the guests. At one party I got a pretty henna tattoo but it disappeared after a week. :(

Bengali New Year with Shahreen's mom

My Bengali New Year Look ♥

But did you ever feel in danger or unsafe?

Not at all! There was police everywhere and people never got close to me. Everyone threaded me with respect and no one touched me without permission. Okay, the girls who took selfies with me touched or hugged me, but only the girls. No boy or man touched me at all! 
Of course people were interested and tried talking to me but always in a respectful way. 
The only dangerous thing was the traffic which is really really chaotic in Dhaka. So you have to be careful if you're crossing a street.

In the streets of Dhaka pt. 3

Would you go there again?

Yes. Yes. Yes! There's so much to see and I'm really considering going back for like 3 weeks to see all the other parts of this beautiful country. Maybe in 2019! Who knows?

Star Mosque

In front of the museum of Sonargaon

In front of Ashan Manzil

Back to your research, how did it go and what did they tell you?

I really hoped to get some information about the tourists there (nationality, how many etc.) but this was nearly impossible. There's a tourism board but the responsible guy I met at a Tourism Fair in Berlin didn't reply my e-mails about a scheduled meeting and also their website doesn't show any information on that topic. The figures are outdated so I couldn't use them for my Bachelor thesis. The UNWTO released some figures so I had to use them. First hand information would have been cooler nevertheless. What I noticed is, that there are rarely tourists. Maybe a few group tours every few months, some backpackers but that's it. Although Bangladesh is such a pretty country! But not well-known enough like Laos, India or Malaysia. People shouldn't be afraid to go there but still, the touristic infrastructure isn't that great. Which is also an advantage! There's a shop called Aarong which sells local handmade goods like bags, cloths, decoration or stationary. The products aren't mass produced but still cheap compared to Western standards. Tourists would love this shop! 
What I want to say is, that Bangladesh is really authentic. People don't "act traditional" just to please tourists. You get to know the real life with all its positive and negative features. 
I don't want to go into detail here since it's gonna be pretty complicated but tourism could help people there if it's done right. Support the locals by buying at their markets and small shops, by sleeping in their guesthouses and by simple supporting the locals. It's easier said than done, I know.

Would you visit Bangladesh?

My next post will be "10 reasons why I enjoyed visiting Bangladesh" where I'll go more into details about the places I've been to and the people I met!
I hope you're looking forward to it! ♥

I got upgraded into business class on my way home from Dhaka to Dubai!

Bye for now!
Kanon. ♥

An old mosque in Sonargaon

A small shop in Sonargaon

We visited a local family, on the right guide Messbaul

P.S.: I also went shopping! Cloths are pretty cheap at the local bazars, so I got some nice dresses. I also saw some cloths of brands which are actually sold in the Western world. Also "brand" cloths. Not everything which says brand, is produced fair!