In January, I was in Japan with my kimono friend Isla. We had a super fun kimono holiday spending 12 who days in Kimono!
Here are some pictures from our trip:
and I have bought a few things!
I have not written in a while as my work life has exploded. I need to work in order to subsidise my nail & kimono stuff habit!
Gel of the Month:
Currently I am having a gel-affair with Artistic Colour Gloss and it is lasting well!
Two weeks in:
My kimono buying has been very boring:
But I have done a bit of kimono-ing about!
This was me pre-obi 🙂
Later on in the year when I have the time I will get back into blogging, but I am just so busy working!
Obi and kimono for dressing and photoshoot projects in 2014.
Such pretty stuff to build up a business in kimono, rather than using the same items over and over again keeping the nicest stuff for my collection. I bought synthetic so it can be fixed/cleaned after events.
My next project is mans stuff. I am going to get some in the golden week sales on Rakuten!
My furisode and bits for dressing are arriving so I have been taking pictures of them in real life!
I have kinda gone a bit mad after not buying kimono things for AGES but I realized I have been using the same kimono in the dressing box for years!
The difference is these have been bought specifically FOR dressing. I managed to get great bargains at the end of the season.
My side biz is building up and tomorrow I am off to MCM to run a stall dressing for money 🙂
I have been using the same kimono for dressing for a while now so I thought a refresh would be good.
It is fairly clear that as soon as one gets dressed in Furisode thats all that happens! Yukata Shmukata! So I have invested in some pretty and quite patterned furisode which don’t match MY taste but EVERYONE wants a really patterned look!
Yukata has its place so I have invested in some more modern fashionable yukata for dressing and workshops.
New obi too as my gold/blue obi is getting quite worn out and it really matches my favourite furisode so I want to save it now 🙂
Added to the collection we have two ‘kimono ageha’ furisode:
Gah…ghastly pink! But pink was missing from my dressing collection!
I shall get more of the ageha style kimono if MCM makes money! For now the ageha kimono will be kept for smaller events, and I need to get accessories to make up outfits inc modern obi. I have fancy enough obiage and obijime now in the dressing box.
I don’t buy kimono for me anymore, only working kimono with which I have to expand my comfort zone. Not everyone likes plain furisode with a pretty hem like me! Hopefully these kimono will give a really good range for people and I can mix up the selection at events so I am not using the same kimono each time!
I have been so busy! Kimono dressing for 4 events, nail training and business 🙂
So lets start with nails….I am a fully trained Gelish and Shellac nail tech now. I shall be posting some of my kimono nail art designs to this blog soon.
I have been dressing a lot of people so I have to have stuff to dress them in!
These are my kimono for workshops and try on events. Some I don’t have photos of but you get the idea!
I found that the 4L yukata is REALLY useful during dressing. I have a black and pinky one, but the one in the gallery is a second one.
I have more 4 more yukata and obi than in this gallery but I did find at this years Japan Matsuri (at the try on yukata stall) that my yukata/obi were really popular.
There not expensive either. I normally buy dressing kimono around golden week, as you get the new seasons trends and they are normally on sale.
I found the thicker hanhaba obi much easier to get neat quickly, so I bought a snowy one and pretty black/white one.
You will see more kimono-ness soon as I am building up this side of my business.
Well, lets get the fun started. I always have kimono needs and gaps. 25cm tabi with kohaze are part of this and a friend spotted some so it was an INSTANT buy:
At $13 dollars a pair, it was a no brainer!
Second lot of news is that I am a trained natural manicurist now, and will be system training in Nail Harmony Gelish Monday.
Third lot of news is that I am running kimono dressing workshops at Alcon in Leicester this year!