This Week’s Music: Magical Girl!

Sometimes you need a little more magic in your life. These are some songs I listen to when I want to feel ready to transform and take on the baddies!

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MIRACULOUS LADYBUG THEME! [] Rock Cover

Star vs. the Forces of Evil – The Ballad of Star Butterfly (Song)

Sailor Moon Crystal OST – Moon Prism Power, Make Up!

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Little Witch Academia OP Full – Shiny Ray

X and Y Champion Diantha Remix

Star Vs the Forces of Evil Soundtrack Yard Battle

Steven Universe Soundtrack ♫ – Mirror Match

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Have any suggestions of music or music themes? Leave a comment for me! ❤

 

How To Thrift

Q: When is thrifting the answer?

A: Thrifting is always the answer.

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Hi nice to meet you, I’m Maia, but you can just consider me your online thrifting expert. I was raised in thrift stores, for real, my mom dressed me in thrifted baby clothes before I could even talk. And from there, thrift stores were always a part of my life, and I’ve been shopping in them ever since I can remember.

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Thrift stores might be kind of intimidating for someone unfamiliar with them, though. There are thousands of random items, loosely organized (if organized at all), and there so SO many weird things (like, super weird). But believe me when I say that you actually can find some cute clothes from thrift stores, you just have to know how to look for them! I’d estimate that around 70% of all my clothing is thrifted:

Every clothing piece (except the shoes in the color photos) of these is thrifted! My most recent YouTube video was even on a big thrift haul where I picked out some new work clothes along with some geeky casual shirts!

So, needless to say, you can find some awesome things at thrift stores. But like I said, there are ways to effectively comb through all the wreckage to find the treasure. And here are my hacks on how to do it!

1. Give Yourself a Plan

This is just a good idea to do when shopping in general. But with thrifting, it’s pretty essential for someone walking into the chaos of a thrift store for the first time to have a plan of action. Even veteran thrifters like myself benefit from knowing the goal of what to buy.

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sneak peak of my spring 2018 board!

 

Recently, I decided to make a Pinterest board for what spring clothes I wanted to get this year and I was amazed at how handy this was when I went thrift store shopping later. I simply downloaded the app on my phone, and when I found a piece I liked, I’d pull up my board to see if the piece went with what I wanted. I was surprised at how many times I used my board as reference for what I wanted, and in the end I was incredibly happy I took the time to make it!

Giving yourself a game plan will help you to stay on track amidst the disarray and will hopefully keep you from impulse buys (which can be very easy when everything is so inexpensive)!

2. Don’t Settle

A mistake I made in my early years of thrifting was settling for clothes that almost fit, that may have had just a little stain or two, or might have had just a bit of torn lace on the side. My advice to you on this is DON’T SETTLE! Thrift stores have literally thousands of articles of clothing, shoes, and handbags, and there’s no reason for you to settle for something that isn’t nice, even if that price tag is ever so tempting. Let me tell you why.

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You’re standing in front of your closet looking at that shirt with that little hole on the side that you bought at the thrift store the other day because it was cheap. “No big deal,” you had told yourself at the time, “I can just cover that up by layering a jacket over it or something. And I can just, like, sew it up later.” But now, that jacket is in the wash. And you don’t have time for a repair job (you didn’t yesterday or the day before that, either). And why pick the shirt with that hole in the side when the one right next to it is hole-less?

Your article of clothing should not depend on her partner for support. She is a strong, independent woman.

I promise you that you’ll find a piece that is in perfectly good condition that you’ll like far better who doesn’t need fixing. Save that fixing time for your hair, honey.

3. You’ve Gotta LOVE It

This sort of goes along with the last point, but honestly, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s free. And why spend money on something you don’t love? When you open your closet, it should be full of things you’re EXCITED to wear – ideally, your closet should be full of “favorites.”

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Even if that sweater is in perfect condition, fits nicely, and the color is fine, but you don’t feel amazing in it, it’s not the one for you, boo. Back to the scenario from earlier, why would you pick something out of your closet that’s just “meh” when a way cuter piece is right next to it? And even if all your cuter things are in the wash, why would you want to leave yourself with a piece you’re just not that into? It’s just not worth it, not even if it’s just $2.00. :/

4. Look Outside Your “Zone”

As I’ve mentioned, thrift stores contain a vast amalgamation of clothes from all different brands. You might already know that a size 4 in one brand could be a size 6 in another and a size 2 in another. So when in a thrift store, if you’re a size 12, go ahead and look outside your size because odds are you’ll find a lot more options for yourself than you think.

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Also, don’t be afraid to search outside your gendered section either. Every single geeky shirt I got (save the pizza one) in my thrift haul video I found via scouring the men’s T-shirt section (and there were plenty of anime shirts there that I didn’t get, specifically there were some Yuri On Ice ones that I spotted!). Employees aren’t perfect, and it can be hard to categorize so many random things, so you might find something out of place or even in its right place that just isn’t where you’d normally think to look!

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Hopefully you can use these tips as a map to point you towards the treasure buried in your local thrift store! No need to be afraid anymore, adventure awaits!

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Do you have any tips/hacks that you use when you go thrifting? Are you new to thrifting, or a seasoned veteran? What are some of your favorite items you’ve found? Be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below or tag me in a photo (@itsmaiaeden) on instagram or twitter!

Also, be sure to check out my thrift store video on my YouTube channel! See you next time! ❤

You Can Be An Anime Fashion Stylist If You Want

Okay, let’s start things off by jumping right into my latest addiction.

While fashion games usually aren’t my forte, with the hit app game Love Nikki in the back of my mind and the -4 degree weather outside in front, I decided to download the free demo of Style Savvy: Styling Star from the Nintendo eShop.

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http://the-motors.com/style-savvy-fashion-forward-guide.html

 

Seriously, while I like a fashion game or two from time to time, usually adventure/fantasy genres are more my thing, but right away this game had me hooked. I happened to be in dire need of a light, cutesy, fluffy distraction from the frigid Minnesota winter and this was just thing to quench my kawaii thirst. I plowed through the demo and soon found myself waiting for the full game download to finish. Now, after a solid week of playing and hours upon hours put into my digital boutique, I can say that I’m definitely a fan.

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http://blog.livedoor.jp/madoyuka/archives/4825852.html

Style Savvy: Styling Star is the latest release in the Style Savvy series (a series in which I have never played any games prior to this one) and follows the adventures of you, the main character, who arrives in a small town and inherits a fashion boutique from her uncle. It is then up to the player to run, stock, and manage the boutique while making recommendations to customers and over time, growing the whole town due to your success.

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http://the-motors.com/style-savvy-fashion-forward-guide.html

Without getting into all the technicalities of the game (for more in-depth reviews of this game, I’ve included some links at the bottom of this post), the game is pretty straight-forward: help customers by picking out items from your boutique to sell to them based on their requests, and when you run out of stock, you go pick out more. There is a sort of a story you can follow as well, as you follow the rising talents of young girls all trying to become singers and help them pick out outfits for various performances, shoots, etc.

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Perhaps that might sound boring, but it’s surprisingly not. There are literally hundreds of articles of clothing, and the game gives you nice shortcuts for where things might get a little tedious like when it comes to restocking clothing for your boutique. And if you get tired of all the clothes, you can step out for a bit and help out at the hair stylist’s or the beauty parlor.

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http://www.nintendo-difference.com/news39691-nintendo-presente–la-nouvelle-maison-du-style-3–looks-de-stars-annonce-sur-3ds.htm

The characters are incredibly endearing, and the game gives off some major “anime idol” vibes. More than getting into the technicalities of fashion, this game focuses much more on the feel-good aspect, with fashion being more of a way to improve people’s lives through positivity as opposed to about running an actual business. The bright colors, upbeat music, creativity, and shoujo anime-style characters make this game a super relaxing and fun play.

Overall, while not the most mind-blowing experience, for what it does, it does it really well. It’s a feel-good fashion game, and it delivers. And I had (and still have) a lot of fun playing it!

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This game is only available for digital download in the Nintendo eShop. It’s current price is $39.99 USD. If you have the money and the desire to be an anime idol’s fashion stylist, I definitely recommend it!

Here are some more in-depth reviews for those of you who are interested:

https://kotaku.com/style-savvy-styling-star-the-kotaku-review-1821752934

https://www.destructoid.com/review-style-savvy-styling-star-481202.phtml

http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/style-savvy-styling-star-review/