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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CXXXVIII · DRKSHDW

I don't think I've ever made an "outfit only"-post before, so I guess now is a good time as ever. 
The first thing that struck me was that I don't really know what to write, since the pictures pretty much speak for themselves. 
But I've been experimenting a bit, like having my hair divided in the middle (which I've never done before) and I also got a little more interested in face contouring, which isn't really visible now except for the nose.

Today also happens to be the birthday of the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash, thank you for everything you've done.
And here's an all black outfit from me, I hope you like it!


I guess my major style influence comes from Toshiya of DIR EN GREY, been a fan of draped clothing for a few years and it really took off when I saw him perform in more asymmetrical and draped clothing in the late 2009. I want to get new boots though, my engineer boots are pretty low cut and I want to get a pair with a higher shaft.




But there has of course been other people/designers/brands that has inspired me as well, especially Rick Owens. 
But I've also come to really like JULIUS_7, Boris Bidjan Saberi and THE VIRIDI-ANNE.


I guess all posts need a face picture, so here's one, kinda hahaha.


I got the "idea" of a big hat after watching a PV of MEJIBRAY, and I've been really in a "hat mood" recently, hats are easy since you don't need to do your hair. 



Shoes: Rakuten | Bottom: Rakuten | Top: Deepstyle  | Scarf:  Deepstyle | Accessories: Spirit Store

What do you think of my outfit? Or any cool brands you think I should check out?
As I said I'm really into draped clothing, so I want to know what is your current "fashion obsession" is!
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section, take care!

ps. don't forget to like me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Thank you! ds.

Monday, February 18, 2013

CXXXVII ·【SPONSORED】review「brown」


PLEASE READ THIS FIRST

I got contacted by a new sponsor called Solution-lens.com who asked me if I wanted a pair of free lenses for review and I said yes. First off I want to clear that this is an honest review of my experience with this company and lenses, feel free to share your stories with other companies if you have any!


I got to pick two pair of lenses and they would send me one of these two, I requested a pair of blue and grey lenses. I was unsure at first since they told me that they don't have any prescription lenses, but I figured what the hell and said yes anyway. I got the lenses pretty fast, so nothing to complain about there but when I opened the package it was none of the lenses, the lenses was brown. (I ordered GEO XTRA SIZE NATURAL WMI-245 GREY) But I received the  GEO XTRA SIZE NATURAL WMI-244 BROWN instead.

But mistakes happen right? So before making a review I took pictures of the product I received and told them about it, since I'm going to be honest in my reviews it would give a bad impression of them. So I told them the story and what I got in reply was "Thank you for your message. Please review this product", so there was no "Sorry for the mistake, we will send you the right pair" or even a "sorry" for sending the wrong product which I think was a little bit rude to be honest.

So that's my experience with this company, have any of you had any problems with the same company?



GEO XTRA SIZE NATURAL WMI-244 BROWN


Pictures are taken with flash, and as you can see they enlarge very well.


I tried to take a close up picture but I got the focus on my eyebrows by mistake. But as you can see if you naturally have brown eyes these lenses gives a very natural (and enlarged) look. If you're a fan of brown lenses I would really recommend these!

Design · 4/5 | Enlargement · 5/5 | Comfort · 4/5 | Overall · 4/5

Design · A very natural looking brown lens, except from the black outlining. (I have brown eyes myself)
Enlargement · 15mm, so the enlargement of these are outstanding.
Comfort · Soft and very lean, comfortable to wear.


Friday, February 8, 2013

CXXXVI · 輪郭

Hello, I've been absent for a while due to a little winter holiday. But now I'm back again! And as you might have expected I planned to talk about DIR EN GREY's latest single 「輪郭」(RINKAKU, meaning "contours" or "outlines"). I picked AirMail but due to the Holidays it took extra time to receive it. It was released on the 19th of December 2012, but I didn't get my copy until the 2nd of January 2013. And it was a really long and hard wait, I decided not to listen to it until I got my own copy so I had to contain myself haha.


I got the deluxe limited edition of the single. it also included a poster but since I don't have ny more room for posters on my walls I have a few DIR EN GREY posters still in their original wrapping.


(Really bad picture)

But this what was featured in the deluxe limited edition of the single.
Booklet, sticker, postcard, DVD and a CD.


What you see when you open it, the booklet contained lyrics, some photos and a few words from each band member.


Inside.


Booklet, sticker and postcard.


DVD and CD.
The DVD features some behind the scens recording and thirteen songs form their symphonic live 
"TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Ratio ducat, non fortuna 2011.11.11 TOKYO DOME CITY HALL"



Inside the photobook.


My favorite photo from the photoshoot.


The artwork for 輪郭, when I first saw it I had some mixed feelings. I didn't get the professional feeling that they usually give me. But it was later reviled that the artwork is drawn by 京 himself. He usually don't like overseas tours so he usually spends his time in the tour bus whilst the others might be out doing other things on their time off. So 京 spend some time drawing, though this particulate image was drawn when he was back in Japan. 


A close-up of the sticker.


Since the PV doesn't feature the full length of the song I decided to add a video with a translation instead. This is probably my favorite DIR EN GREY single so far, not really sure but it's in the top (along with DIFFERENT SENSE, DOZING GREEN and 朔-saku-)

And I'll just try to write a few words about the song featured on the single, I'm not planning to do a proper review, but just a few words of my personal thoughts of it. 

I remember that I had to lay down and close my eyes when I played it, this song was a great surprise to me. it really shows how much DIR EN GREY has matured as a band, the title track 輪郭 is very eerie, atmospheric, compact and controlled song that opens up with a macabre yet beautiful piano. The song delivers it parts of heavy, melodic and progressive segments as well. 京's vocals are mostly in a the higher registrer with a falsetto styled singing which feels very fresh, and I might think it will appeal to a wider audience than their three latest albums does, but as well as for fans of their newer material. The atmosphere of the song is overall very layered and heavy, but 京's vocals brings a brilliant contrast that really ties it all together. 
(There's not even a single growl in the song!)

霧と繭 (Kiri to Mayu) is a remake of DIR EN GREY's first song by the same name featured on the 1997 EP "MISSA", this song had a complete make over, it's not as straight forward as the remakes of "OBSCURE" or "undecided", but a combination of "蜜と唾" and "DECAYED CROW", one of their heaviest songs yet that shows what a beast 京 really is when it comes to growl, if you missed the growls from 輪郭 this will leave you more than satisfied.

The final song of the single is "輪郭 Eternal Slumber Mix (Remixed by Akira Yamaoka)" and as the name reviles it's a remix by Akira Yamaoka. For you who does't know who that is he's a composer that has worked mainly with the video game company Konami, most notable the Silent Hill-series. And he also happens to be one of my favorite composers when it comes to video game music and by listening to his works (especially the soundtrack to Silent Hill 2) you know he's the right man for the job. He gave 輪郭 a slower but even more eerie and haunting sound that it already had, it's the "worst" song on the single but it's still a 5/5-song.

And for those who hasn't heard the song yet I would recommend purchasing it right away, and I think it will surprise any fan of Dir en grey, even those who "liked the old Dir en grey".  I realised it might take forever if I go on and start talking about the DVD, but I can say that it's one of my favorite lives I've seen or heard by Dir en grey, the symphonic versions of the songs are heart breaking.

And for you who has heard the single, what are your thought?