How are you all doing today?
It has become a ritual in my life (and I'm sure many other girl's lives too) to buy every issue of Koakuma Ageha that graces the magazine rack of the combini every two months.
I have been a fan of this magazine since I first fell in love with Gyaru and Japanese fashion at around 16 years old.
I also buy Ane Ageha often too when I flick through and feel like it has enough content inside that interests me. As for Koakuma, it never fails regarding content, and is a must have!
For me, this magazine is the perfect read as it includes everything I need to know about my favourite brands Datura, Emiria Wiz and more..
As of now, this magazine is one of a kind regarding all things Agejo, Kyabajo and Onee Gyaru as a fashion subculture, and goes in depth giving us insight in to the latest topics & issues, fashion trends & releases, make-up & hairstyle inspiration, parties & events coming up, model's lifestyles and much much more!
I also love reading Ageha to find out about any new stores that may be available for me to shop at, gain modelling inspiration and see if there are any new hair or make-up styles I would like to try!
So let's go ahead and take a look at the things that caught my attention in this issue!
I love that there is always a double-spread or more of Datura's newest items that we can expect to hit the shops soon enough. It's exciting deciding which items I will add to my already lovely collection of floral pieces.
I love Datura for the floral patterns as they are rather unique compared with other brands, and the flowers usually consist of Roses. (my favourite!)
I must say compared with Western fashion magazines, I love how the photoshoots are designed with such beautiful backdrops and props to give a really girly and princess-like atmosphere.
One thing that I must admit I'm not too sure about (so please tell me your thoughts), is the reason why Japanese magazines feels the need to measure model's body parts such as leg length, arm length, head size (?!) and even in a previous issue I saw; the diameter of a model's eye opening and her iris'.
Um.. What? Haha..
Especially since one of the main issues discussed in this issue is about negative body image and having a complex about wanting to be more thin..
By taking a model; an already waaay above average looking girl with almost perfect body proportions, then measuring her best assets and ranking them, isn't this itself a probable cause of girl's feeling negative about their body image and having low self-esteem? All because they may not have 82cm legs with a thigh circumference of 43cm, or a fore-head as wide as 12cm.. (lol really?)
It just seems strange that such importance is put on such an unnecessary thing. Body size of individual parts is something that varies from person to person and it cannot be changed. So personally I don't feel like it is something that should be ranked and idealised or even seem as admirable. (What if one's legs are only 78cm? What does this mean?! > < )
(Body image is a very broad, serious and deep topic which I may discuss at another time in another blog post.
I don't intend to offend anyone with this blog post, so feel free to tell me your thoughts about this!)
Anyway, back to the fun stuff, make-up, hair and fashion!
This look really grabbed my attention as not only are pink and lilac my favourite colours, they really complement each other in a make-up look!
I use more natural tones in my eyeshadows like smokey browns, blacks and golds as I wear a lot of pink and lilac. However I want to experiment more with coloured eyeshadow looks to create something really cute and feminine!
I absolutely adore the hairstyle pages! Gyaru hairstyles have to be the most intricate, detailed and beautiful arrangements in the world.. Just by looking at the pictures its quite difficult to work out how they can create such stunning artwork on their head, especially if it requires doing things around the back where it is difficult to see and coordinate, but I am always blown away by how gorgeous some looks are.
I especially liked the pink 'トップふんわりヘア' in the above more 'evening' style examples.
However, below are some more soft and casual looking styles which are super cute for a nice day out or if you just feel like looking a little more glamorous than just lazy hair days.
I thought the pages of 'Rainy Day Outfits' was so lovely as well.
I love to see what people wear on rainy days, especially regarding shoes as the rain can easily ruin a coordinate due to not being practical or not wanting to get particular items of your wardrobe completely soaked etc. But Himena's outfit on this page was so adorable..! ..ღ..
Everyones umbrella ties well in to their coordinate too which is really nice that they care about details like that!
My favourite part! Datura and Emiria Wiz co-ordinates!
Emiri and Sakurina always look so gorgeous and elegant!
This next image is absolutely stunning!
The dresses are gorgeous, the girls are looking so glamorous and the colours are incredible!
I see pages like this every time in Ageha, these girl's lives look like a ball! Literally!
I am longing for the day I can attend a party in which I am able to dress up in elegant dresses like these! One day..
It seems a lot of girls who work in hostessing here in Japan can wear these style dresses every day, they must feel like princesses!
✧ Do you read Ageha?
✧ What do you like to see in the magazine?
✧ Do you have a favourite brand or style?
I'd love to hear from fellow Ageha fans so please let me know your thoughts in a comment down below!