Kawaii Street: Sickly Sweet Marionette
Sickly Sweet Marionette
I love when I feel really swept by representation in style and in art, and I sincerely want to thank the creator of Eggliencreations for their Bipolar series. When it comes to mental health, I try to be honest about how I navigate my circumstances and deal with the stigma of Maniac Depression. This outfit means so much to me, as do these pieces in my wardrobe. Living my truths and my story in my style is what I strive for with storyteller kei! If you haven't seen the images of my coord, don't worry, this story will break down my look and its creative purpose. I'm excited that this lookbook is not only is honest to my feelings but also my life.
I first started tinkering around with the pieces at Quirkcon, which is where I did the sickly sweet puppet look. I felt inspired by how frequently I felt tethered to play acting sweetness in public spaces to hide the ups and downs of my moods. I mean playing pretend can only go on for so long. My partner and I really looked quite the pair at Quirkcon. For this makeup which is easier to start with, I'm inspired by living dolls a lot I just don't have the skill to execute it as well. A lot of the times, life can feel like a stage, and if you experience severe downs with depression, social anxiety, and more mundane tasks pull you along. Routines of school, work, and miming tranquility to family keep you barely afloat. It's why I felt that sharing this puppetry in how it feels to experience life was so important. I'm not a beauty guru and couldn't speak on the beauty industry for long, but in general, I go for yamikawaii looks to upset the cuteness of my face and represent the scary of how emotive my life is.
Now onto to styling the fears and vibrancy of my mind. I cannot stress it enough, but please check on your "strong" friends or those posting that positive energy to the interwebs all the time. What I love about this style series is that it came in vibrant colors. It just screamed look at the truth of mental health to me. It screamed mania is here, and I dived into the energetic colored set. I styled with donuts to symbolize the addictive sweetness that comes with enforced positivity but also to keep a tasty texture to my outfit. We swallow meds, as we frequent eating sweets. Usually, those things aren't associated with each other, so I thought, why not. Both induce chemical balances, right? My sweet twist to my outfit really brought back how I view the vibrancy of jfashion as a way of saving and sharing myself. I advocate for mental health and digital expression as a means to fight stigma and boost wellness for black femmes struggling under the strings of society.
Bipolar Series - Eggliencreations
Donut accessories - Un-Re Designs