A Colourful Heart : Kageki Shimoda

Today while checking out my twitter follower suggestions, 
a rather colourful avatar caught my eye. 
It was an elderly Japanese man with very colourful hair 
and right away my interest was peaked! 

Further research led me to find out it was a 
children's picture book author by the name of Kageki Shimoda.

Pictures from his Twitter feed shows a photograph with a group of children he has made happy with his storytelling!
  His regular dress has often been called eccentric but it's wonderful 
to see someone who has lived out their art dream fully and continues to do so.

“When you have a multicolored head, you have a multicolored heart. It’s fun.”

73-year-old Kageki Shimoda is a children’s picture book author and storyteller. The energy of his picture books are reflected in his daily fashion. He does readings at children’s schools in addition to painting and authoring picture books.

"Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1940. Had more than 20 jobs, such as a magazine writer, since graduating from Faculty of Law, Chuo University. Debuted as an author by winning the Shosetsu Gendai Prize for New Writers in 1976 for Yattoko Tantei (The Plier Detective). Won the Naoki Prize in 1980 with Kiiroi Kiba (Yellow Fang). Since then he has gained popularity for a diverse range of works in every genre. Active as a TV celebrity since the 1990’s, he has taken the world by storm for his character and outrageous fashion. In 1999 he formed the Storytelling Team for Good Kids. Since then he spends most his time on storytelling tours, with more than 1400 performances to date. His interests are walking and extreme (Kageki) fashion. He is also Tourism Ambassador for his home prefecture of Shizuoka. His latest works are Date Masamune Saigo no Yabo (Munemasa Date – The Final Ambition) (Kodansha), and Kita Chosen Daihokai!! Jo / Gekan (The Collapse of North Korea!! Volumes 1&2) (Cosmic Publishing).

An excerpt from an article on Chuo Online about the wonderful Kageki Shimoda :

" His life is overwhelmingly energetic and positive, but everyday isn’t this lively for Shimoda. There are also times when he feels lost, times when he has no enthusiasm, and times when he is afraid of dying. In those times, Shimoda looks up towards the toilet ceiling. Stuck to the ceiling are the words of his deceased father, gently reminding Shimoda of what he must do.

“Hey. Take it easy.”

He guides children’s hearts on a generous and relaxed path. In this life work that requires immediate action without rushing for results, Shimoda has probably turned to those words numerous times.
Finally, there is a secret to Shimoda, who could even be called “Grandpa”, being so energetic. Although born in 1940, Shimoda is actually a new 11 year old. “On March 25, 2000, in normal terms I reached 60 years of age, but at that time I was reborn as a new 0 year old,” he reveals.

This experienced new 11 year old with the flexible heart is 
currently growing even more free and extreme. "

Wow! He is such an inspiration! Any time you feel like you want to give up, any time you feel your heart grow heavy, remember how you have placed yourself gently on this earth. Remember you have dreams and aspirations and no matter what anyone does, you can live a wonderful life with a colourful heart. He is just one of the many people now which will continue to enrich and inspire my daily life. Keep on doing what you're doing Shimoda!

To read more about Kageki Shimoda please check at the full article about him on Chuo Online.
You can also visit his storytelling theatre website and follow him on twitter.


Dreamy ♡♡♡ Shop Mascot by Saaki of Pyrop ♫

Very recently, I began a dialogue with artist Saaki of Pyrop in regards to doing illustrations for Starlight Deco Dream. What I had in mind was the store's mascot "Dreamy" in mahou kei and my series "Romance Angel." I wanted to use it for free promotional goods (buttons, stickers, mini post-cards, etc)

artwork by Guillotined
Moe style Dreamy by Oceanchan
For the artwork itself, I knew I wanted to feature Dreamy with her afro-swirl, bouncy yellow ribbon, characteristically large glasses, starry eyes, and my new series. It was not a solid plan by Saaki was very kind to go through my reference images. I left her in charge of making some new lovely artwork and she succeeded! ♡
Here are some other illustrations of Dreamy (Kyandi) by other artists friends. If you've been keeping up with my shop and facebook page, you may have seen these. There's even a Speedpaint by Oceanchan on Youtube to some cute Kyary tunes.
Thank you to saaki for doing new artwork of Starlight Deco Dream's mascot "Dreamy" ♡♡♡ featuring the Romance Angel series. This artwork (and many others) will be featured on new promo goods
As special thanks to lovely Saaki, please check her page as well! 
Commissions Page /// Her main page at Pyrop
Be sure to say hello and make her feel welcome.
Her artwork is in the style of cute, pastel goth, and fairy kei. 
Promise you will love it! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) ♫・*:.。. .。.:*・
Again, I want to say to you Saaki
☆*:.。. \(@ ̄∇ ̄@)/ .。.:*☆
I'm so happy !! Thank you so much for the illustration.


♡ matching socks and el bolillo bakery ♡


Today I found the cutest matching socks for me and Mannequin ♡♡♡

It's cool because the girl looks like that fab retro pixel art

I hope Mannequin will enjoy these!

Please check her blog as well. She posts fancy 80s toys / goods.

In addition to finding cute socks, I also stopped by a Mexican bakery I was recommended. 

It's called "El Bolillo" bakery and from what I saw it clean, well-stocked, busy, and smelled amazing. They had my favourite hot chocolate, Abuelita for purchase in boxes, milk, cheeses, queso fresco, chorizo, various cakes, luncheon meats in the back in a cooler, and all the sweet breads you can handle.

Lovely artwork of dancers on the wall! The whole place was so vibrant and pretty.

 Cream cake! Jello! Rice pudding! Flan! Choco covered strawberries! Shortcake! O A O!!!!

 There were some really fancy piping work on these and ...mango cake. So good!

Temptation in every corner haha! I normally stop by for crushed ice.
I know it's awful for my teeth but randomly I like eating it.

I really wanted to try some of the sweets there, but for today I just snapped photos, 
since I'm trying to cut down my sugar intake. 
I think I'll stop by next Sunday and get something small. 

See you soon! 


★ミ Songs I'm Jammin' To

This music forever drives my madness.
My musical tastes have a wide range,
yet now it's stuck on this crazy stuff.
I truly believe it's what drives me to do what I do everyday.

I think without music, I'd just die. I really would. I can't stand my own silence.

Dance on the Floor KOZM(R) Remix by LIL
Spring of Life by Perfume
The Music by Capsule
JUMPER by Capsule
Guillotine by Death Grips
Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
シャナナ☆  by MINMI
Boyz by M.I.A.
PonPonPon by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Hidamari Sketch VS Wiz Khalifa (Mashup)
Give Me Up by Michael Fortunati
At My Heels by Twin Shadow
IceCream Meltin’ Marin Mix2 by Pizzicato Five
Kemuri by DJ Krush
We Are Noodles From Sentimental (20th Anniversary Ver) by Noodles
Yellow Line from REDLINE OST
GAL男宣言 by Policeman

I also cannot get Gangnam Style and Sexy and I Know It out of my head...

I don't think anyone can.


Thanks for reading!



★ Mahou Kei Heroine Series Mini Sailor Moon R Inspired Locket

★ Mahou Kei Heroine Series
Mini Sailor Moon R Inspired Locket

Laser cut necklace for Starlight Deco Dream's Mahou Kei Heroine series based on Sailor Moon's locket. This version is 1/2 scale for a more discreet daily look ~ ♪。+。

I chose mirror gold and pink pearl acrylic because it looked really shimmery and regal. 
(The sparkles are generated with my computer, but it DOES shine!!) 

 You're right, Usagi! It IS so pretty.
I've only made a total of five of these. It's LIMITED!

It's 20 USD (a little pricier because of the pearl material)
The charm has a 1 1/2 inch diameter and the gold-tone chain measures 20 inches.

Thank you for viewing! I'm very busy this month preparing new designs to be cut and assembled. I've promised a lot more magical girl themed jewelry, so you bet your buns you'll see those soon.

For now, please check this necklace out on my webshop



☾✩ pastel assassin ✩☽

This past weekend, Tristan and I made a trip to Austin to try out the food truck scene there. Needless to say, it was quite tasty and a magical experience. Since I'm writing to you on the first of the New Year, I would like to say one of my big New Years Resolution is to blog on a weekly, if not daily basis.

 You might get a few photo snaps of items I'm making, photograph of my shoes, what I'm wearing, or just some general ideas. Today, I'm leaving you with photographs of my outfit from last Saturday.
 I don't think it was warm enough, because it got so chilly, yet I felt super pastel cute! 
Hair Bow : Spank!
Earrings, Tail, & Bone Clip : Starlight Deco Dream
Bag and Shoes : SWIMMER
Necklace and Ring : Angelic Pretty
Choker: Rowky Shop
Leggings : Hey Chickadee
Badges : Taobao

One of my favourite aspects of my outfit had to have been my "FML" pastel button pin.

  Sugar Mama's had a cute bench which proclaimed "Love Yourself...EAT CUPCAKES!" 
They were closed so and I couldn't eat there because it would go against our rule of 
"Only Eat at Food Trucks this weekend" regardless.

Lastly, I will leave you with the coolest photo of me and RUN DMC.

I'm so happy it's cool outside for another month or so.
I get to wear all of my cute pastel sweaters!