Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
Saturday, October 17th, 2015
The Dark Parables series is an incredibly beautiful fantasy adventure game series!! The painted backgrounds and illustrated characters are freaking gooorgeous to look at while enjoying the game. They are point-and-click adventure games involving solving puzzles and cleverly using items to advance, which is a relaxing genre to play while remaining engaging!
But what’s cool about Dark Parables in particular is that each of the games’ settings are wonderful, magical fairy tale stories!! There are very cool interpretations of Red Riding Hood (where the “Red Riding Hood Sisters” are a band of rangers in the woods), Cinderella (where “Cinderella” is a title given to legendary girls that exhibit traits such as strength, kindness, diligence, etc.), and others (keep reading and I’ll describe each of them!). The protagonist is an adventurous detective who investigates the strange and mysterious happenings around the world, wherever these fairy tale-like circumstances pop up.
Some of these are very suspenseful in nature, and watching the cool cinematics (where the art work is animated very awesomely) can get pretty intense!
As with the Awakening series, I had a really hard time navigating my way through the series to play them in order, so I made this list! There are small continuities and nods between the games, but you are absolutely allowed to play them in whatever order you wish without any real context penalties if you decide to skip around.
The first in the Dark Parables storyline explores Sleeping Beauty.
It takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland!
1000 years ago, Sleeping Beauty was kissed by a prince,
which removed a terrible curse from the kingdom.
The rampant briars were held at bay, but the poor princess was left in her slumber…
The story of the Frog Prince, set in the Black Forest in Germany.
Many centuries ago, a princess kissed a frog
and transformed him into a handsome prince. Unlike the fable, they never ended
happily ever after. It is rumored that the Frog Prince
is still alive and now roams the deserted path in the Black Forest,
capturing unsuspecting visitors. When the chancellor’s daughter goes missing,
you are sent to investigate her disappearance.
A combination of The Snow Queen and Snow White.
Takes place in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland.
From the ashes of the snow, the legendary Snow Queen
rises and terrorizes nearby villages with her supernatural powers.
Rescue the missing children and stop the fabled Snow Queen
before her sorrow brings upon the destruction of the world…
An adventurous interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood
in the Vosges Mountains of France.
Centuries ago, the first Red Riding Hood defeated the wolf
and established the Order of Red Riding Hood Sisters. Recently,
the nefarious Wolf Queen entrapped the sisters and planned
to unleash legions of ravaging wolves onto our world…
A variable mix of tales including Cinderella and Pinoccio as well as
elements from Donkeyskin and Kongji and Patzzi, taking place
in the Matese Mountains of Italy.
For decades, a mysterious witch, known as the evil Godmother,
has been hunting maidens in search of the legendary “Cinderella.”
Rescue the Final Cinderella from the evil Godmother’s clutches,
and stop her evil plans to conquer the world!
Um… is it just me, or is Jack REALLY handsome…?
Jack and the Beanstalk, Robin Hood, and Rumpelstiltskin combine
for this game set in Alblasserwaard, South Holland.
The legendary Sky Kingdom suddenly appears
and a destructive barrage is unleashed upon an unsuspecting town.
Embark on an investigation to rescue the townspeople.
In this quest, you will meet Jack –
an infamous treasure hunter who shares a secret past with the Kingdom –
and discover the tragic history behind the chaos.
An especially pastel, floral-centric take on Rapunzel,
set on Mount Sněžka in the Czech Republic.
You’ve been called to the kingdom of Floralia to track down the source
of a mysterious pollen spreading throughout the world.
Rumor has it that Princess Rapunzel is somehow involved –
the haunting melody she sings appears to summon the pollen…
But how did the once-loved princess come to control such a deadly force?
And who is the mysterious, shadowy figure always by her side?
The secrets you uncover may be darker than you imagined.
The coloration and setting of this game in particular are strikingly beautiful
with all of that blue and purple!! This story is clearly the Little Mermaid,
and it takes place on the Greek island of Crete.
Follow the clues as they take you to an underwater kingdom!
You’ve been called to investigate a strange purple tide.
And that’s when the mermaid shows up…
This setting draws from the mythical figure of the Sandman
and also borrows a bit from Beauty & the Beast.
It takes place in Provence, France.
Townspeople are disappearing in the provincial city of Montafleur
as its streets are overrun by nightmarish creatures that vanish into a purple mist.
The Red Riding Hood Sisters were called in to investigate,
but they’ve got their hands full chasing a ferocious beast
last seen along the outskirts of town. Explore the lush French countryside
as you team up with Ruth and Brianne to uncover the dark secrets
behind Montafleur’s world-famous perfumes. Unmask the true villain,
before their nightmares spread to the entire world.
A brand new game – I had to update this post to add it!
The fairy tales involved this time are Goldilocks & The Three Bears
with flavorings of King Midas.
The Kingdom of Barsia has been invaded by mechanical beasts
that are attacking its citizens. You’ve been called in
to investigate these attacks and discover the origins of a mysterious artifact.
Can this artifact save the kingdom… or will lead them down an even darker path?
Only you can help Queen Valla discover the answers.
Sunday, July 19th, 2015
When you’re browsing for cute clothes in the style of Lolita, gyaru, mori girl, fairy-kei, and others, you may find in your searches through Ebay, Storenvy, Aliexpress and others that you begin to recognize certain pieces listed! Maybe you’ll recognize the model wearing the fashions, or something about the photography will look familiar to similar listings you’ve found. You have the vague idea that they’re probably TaoBao brands, but what are their names, and where do these listings originate from?
The thing about these marketplaces is that they very rarely actually list these items by name! Knowing the originator of these pieces can help you shop around for them and get them at a fair price. Plus, it’s just good to know where the things you’re buying come from.
Here is my quick guide to my favorite brands that I’ve encountered across these marketplaces! It’s certainly not a comprehensive list, but maybe it can help you find some direction with your own browsing. :3
This is my favorite of all of the TaoBao brands available –
everything is lacy and ruffly, with light floral patterns and soft pastels!
Candy Rain models are usually posed around rich-looking rooms
set with flowers, tea or cakes, or outdoors in a garden setting.
I hope I have the name of this brand correctly;
I only have their YesStyle page to go from.
It doesn’t refer to this brand by name on its TaoBao shop as far as I see. nn;
GOGO Girl is a very widespread brand on marketplaces
that features this model who is doll-like in cuteness!
She is posed against a wall in a cutesy interior room.
Again is the recurring theme of pastel colors and soft fabrics,
like sheer chiffon overlays.
GOGO Girl’s YesStyle Brand Page
PRO-G DEAL – Aliexpress seller that features GOGO Girl heavily
MONGPING finery – another Aliexpress seller
GOGO Girl’s TaoBao Page
Another TaoBao Page for this seller because who knows??
That’s BO-bon, not BON-bon, like a certain bunny-related URL you might know of.
This brand surfaced as a cheaper alternative to Liz Lisa.
Many of their pieces are similar to Liz Lisa stylistically.
They are not listed on YesStyle.
Their usual model has the light strawberry-blonde hair pictured above.
She is usually posed against a blank wall, but as with all of these guidelines,
there are variations sometimes.
Pink Doll is also Dabuwawa, and it features mature and elegant clothing!
Their models look older and more mature than the previous featured
kawaii brands, to match the look of their clothing line.
There are also often non-Asian models featured sometimes,
such as the blonde woman in the center above.
They are usually posed in interior spaces against curtains or similar.
Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Okay, this list is going to be for my own use as much as anyone else’s, LOL!
The Awakening series of adventure games is beautiful – the art is fantastically gorgeous, like looking through a vintage fairy tale book, and the storyline is exciting and adventurous! It is softer and sweeter on the side of fairy tales, compared to a game like Otherworld, which is grim and haunting. Sometimes, you just want to play something nicer!
Well, I encountered a problem when I looked for more Awakening games to play – I had no idea what order they went in! So, after reading a bit, here’s a neat, handy list so that both you and I can check them out chronologically and enjoy the story from beginning to end.
The first in Sophia’s storyline, The Dreamless Castle details her awakening
in the abandoned palace, alone, to set off on her adventure
to find what happened to everyone else!
Sophia travels to these woods after braving the lonely castle.
The mountains of the Goblin Kingdom are Sofia’s third destination on her adventure.
This is the highest rated of the Awakening series!
This was the first in the series that I played, when I picked one at random;;;
I thought the title was cool, it reminded me of Skyward Sword!
Much like Skyloft, Sophia’s adventure leads her to these islands in the sky.
Sophia’s adventure is reaching a climax, it won’t be much longer after this
before she understands the mysteries that have followed her this far.
She needs the help from an enchantress of the Sunhook Spire to undo
the curse that she discovered in the previous game.
The final chapter in Sofia’s story, one where she must forge the Blade of Courage,
which will save everyone!!
Although this game was actually released between Sunhook Spire and
Redleaf Forest, for continuity’s sake I figured I would place it here in the list.
Kingdoms is a free-to-play game that came out where you play as
a steward of the castle, tasked with helping Sophia
restore the palace to its former glory!
There are a variety of minigames and adventure puzzles included within it.
Now that Sophia’s story is concluded, the Golden Age picks up as a prequel,
detailing the warring events between humans and monsters that occurred
long before the palace Sofia knew had met its curse.
Monday, March 9th, 2015
Oh my GOSH!! It has been AGES AND AGES since I posted! And I am so, so happy to be back!
Okay, anywhoozles, let’s roll right back into things~ Lately I have been OBSESSED with Aliexpress. It’s like Ebay, except exclusive to Asian sellers, most of which are setting up shop with their same merchandise from Taobao. And Taobao has SOME OF THE CUTEST, MOST PRINCESS-FUL CLOTHES EVER! The same products being on Aliexpress make it easier to get your hands on those Taobao brands (which you normally would need a shopping service for), and Aliexpress has the advantage of being able to cancel your order and get a full refund at any time if you feel the slightest hesitation about your order, which is the huge downfall of Ebay imo (where you have to open up Paypal disputes and possibly not even get your money back if your claim isn’t approved).
ANYWAY. Cutest stores I’ve found on Aliexpress for girly princess clothes, GO!
This is THE JACKPOT!! Perfectly princessy Lolita clothing –
dresses, shoes, gorgeous stockings –
my screenshot above cannot fully encompass how well-stocked this store is.
My top recommendation!
While this seller has the same name as a favorite TaoBao brand,
I’m not sure that they are officially affiliated.
However, they are among the only sellers of Candy Rain
and BoBon21, so they are another store worth browsing!!
Another great winner! This store doesn’t have strictly Lolita things,
but it has a wide variety of kawaii styles, and many pastel and anime/geek-themed products,
especially Sailor Moon items!
Looooook at how cuuuuute!! Pro-G Deal has manymanymany items
from the Taobao brand Bobon21,
which is for sure one of the cutest pastel brands out there!
And what’s more, Pro-G Deal recently expanded to include many
ACTUAL Lolita items, such as JSK’s and skirts!!
These two are being lumped together because they have very similar selections!
They are both Liz Lisa sellers! Figured I’d link to both since even though there’s bound to be
overlapping between products, there will surely be some items listed in one that aren’t in the other,
and it’s always a good idea to shop around~
This store carries gorgeous Mori girl items!!
And though they’re not pictured in the image,
they also stock Bobon21 items and other kawaii pastel styles as well!!
Three different suppliers for the lovely Taobao brand Pink Doll,
which provides some of the most elegant & mature clothing I have ever seen!
Another of the elegant & mature selections,
Artka’s clothing makes me think of something that stylish Earthy witches would wear.
The color palette is darker than the usual Larme-style Mori girl, but there is
something forest-like and enchanting about them anyway!
My last featured store for the day isn’t for clothes – it’s home decor!
Living and sleeping in a pretty space is essential for all princesses!
I loooooove the bedding that they have here,
and all of the furniture and homewares are so elegant as well~
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
If needed, turn on closed captioning to view the subtitles!
Harajuku girls’ DAILY MAKEUP & BEAUTY ROUTINE｜Ask Japanese
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Turn closed captions on if no subtitles show up~
Japanese Trend BUNNY MAKEUP TUTORIAL by Kawaii fashion model Yui Minakata
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Use the playlist below for help if you get stuck,
or just check it out if you want to preview the game!
For a full list of Dark Parables games (in order!),
check out this post!
Monday, March 14th, 2016
Do you think that this retro 80’s-inspired pastel pink pattern is totally radical?! I scribbled this recently and now you can get it on stationery (like journals, stickers, and cards), clothes (like leggings, skirts, and graphic tees), and all kinds of other accessories (like phone cases, bags, mugs, and throw pillows)!
These goodies and even more are available on Redbubble right now!! Check them out!
Thursday, March 10th, 2016