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Hi and welcome! This is Black Saliva, a style focused blog written by Viivi Vanessa R.

I'm a 24 year old girl from Helsinki, Finland and this blog is my own little space on the internet where I can share my thoughts, outfits and write a bit about my life and stuff that I do.

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2015/09/28

Adventures in Kōenji

Since I got told I should check out Kōenji (高円寺) while I'm here (thank you anon in the last post!!), that's where me and Paris headed yesterday.

Used/vintage clothing stores, small bars and restaurants, the birthplace of punk in Tokyo, alternative styles and what not. That's what Kōenji is all about. With these on our minds, we hopped on the train and rode all the way to Kōenji. The original plan was to check out Nakano broadway as well (since it's the next stop from Kōenji), but we stayed in Kōenji a bit too long so the stores in Nakano were already closing down when we got there. Maybe another day then!

Anyway, some pictures from yesterday:

overall spinns second hand top jóuetie cap fig&viper shoes fig&viper socks fig&viper
belt somewhere in tallinn necklaces somewhere in harajuku

Woooppp have an outfit shot for once! I've never really been into buying used clothing, because I hate the idea of not knowing who's worn it, and in Finland all the second hand stores I've been to have been suuuper messy and full of crap, so I haven't found anything. And to me, the smell of old clothes is off-putting as itself as well lol.

But some days ago, I visited Spinns in Harajuku and noticed they were selling some pretty neat used clothing side-to-side with new items and they we're displayed really nicely in the store, so it didn't feel like buying something used at all (infact, I didn't even notice they were used at first!). So, as I didn't feel like I was digging through somebody's garbage, I actually found this cute denim overall and bought it!

I was also pretty impressed that I was able to find something that fit me here and is not stretchy material! Maybe I have done something right lately and shouldn't totally cross out the option about buying bottoms here in Japan...



Little streets in Kōenji.



While me and Paris were taking some pictures in front of this cute little store, a japanese lady came to us and asked if she could interview us for some TV program for a moment. After we said yes, a whole camera crew appeared out of nowhere lol.

They just asked us the basic questions like where are we from, what do we think about Japan/Kōenji, are we musicians or fashion designers (this is weird because we hear it almost everyday hahah, why can't I dress like this and be a nobody) and so on.

Then we went into the store above and they filmed us while we were checking out the clothes and took us to another store next to it. The other store was on the second floor and it would've never crossed my mind to go there if the TV staff wouldn't have told us to. Because the stairs were super scary and rotten like, and then you arrived to a little balcony and found a small door to the actual store. It beats me how do people find these places if you don't know where you're going??

I don't know where the footage will end up to, but I got a t-shirt that says "I ♥ 高円寺" on it as a present from them hahah.



Some really unique items in the small Kōenji boutiques. The red things on top right are actually heels. I wonder how you're supposed to walk in them.



After the filming, we decided to check some more stores on our own, and this one especially was super cute! Used clothing and toys galore!



They had a room like this inside the store and I just couldn't resist to snap a couple photos there. It would be a perfect set-up for some pastel themed photoshoot!



Paris checking out dem clothes.



More pastel goodness. They look so nice like this but I don't think I could pull off wearing something like that.

After we were done with Kōenji, we met up with our friend Laka in Nakano and continued the night at Shinjuku Nichome and Kabuki-cho. I have no plans for today yet, but I think I'm gonna go ask Paris to go grab some food with me now. So, laters!

2015/09/25

the first week in tokyo

Hellooo! It's been a week since me and Paris arrived to Tokyo, and because it has been raining since last evening, we decided to take today off and just relax at our guesthouse. If you've been following me and/or Paris on Snapchat (me: @kisumaikuchuuru paris: @pariseffect) you might already know what we've been up to, but if not (I'm highly gonna recommend you to do so!) here's some pictures I've managed to take so far.

This is my third visit to Tokyo and for some reason it doesn't feel like I'm on a holiday at all, but more like I just came home. Ok, the fact that I'm staying at the same guesthouse in Toritsu-daigaku (and the exact same room too!) as last summer, might have something to do with it.

Aside from the rain, the weather has been good and quite similar to Finnish summer I'd say. Except the air is more humid, but not nearly as bad as during the summers I've spent here.

And now off with the pictures! So far we've managed to...


...feel at home in Toritsu-daigaku.

...take pics while waiting for the train.

...explore Ikebukuro.

...take some purikura.

...visit Line Friends Store in Harajuku and take pics with the huge Brown plushie!

...get lost in Ikebukuro.

...visit Pokémon center.

...eat at Pikachu café!

...explore Akihabara! It was my first visit since 2009 hahah.

...find One Piece goods! I love One piece so much, but I haven't managed to find any USEFUL goods like phone cases or something. Figures are nice to look at but I don't wanna buy them for myself.

...try to pose like a cool person haha.

...enjoy our time here.

...try takoyaki! It has been on my list of things to try since forever, but I finally gathered the courage to do it! The flavour wasn't bad, but the texture was a bit weird and they smelled way fishier than they tasted like. Takoyaki is octopus balls btw.

...make new friends during a nightly adventure in Shibuya.


That's it for now, I'll try to update something from here every week, so I won't have a shitload of pics to go through when I come home. Bye for now!

2015/09/02

Buy my clothes!


Whoops. July passed by without zero posts and well, this isn't a proper post yet either, but I thought I'd let you know that I have finally updated my store with some clothes I don't use anymore and I'd be really happy if you'd take a look!

It works the same way as before, just add the item(s) you like to the cart and pay at the checkout. No bidding needed! I'm leaving to Japan in two weeks, so I have time to ship/deliver the orders until 16.9. so keep that in mind.

I'll probably get back to actual blogging from my trip, because I have a lot of stuff that needs to be done before it and I just don't have the time at the moment. So... see you again a bit later! x


2015/07/25

vault sandals


Some sharp-eyed readers might have noticed the new shoes in the previous post, but it's okay even if you didn't, because here's some better pictures of them!

I ordered these Vault platform sandals from Unif some time ago and finally got them after agonizing 3 and half weeks long wait. Ugh, their shipping used to take maximum 5 days so I was okay with paying $20 for it. Now they have two shipping options. The cheaper one (which I used) is $18 and the express shipping is quite salty $35. Turns out the pricey express shipping is the same they had before for $20 and the cheaper one takes waayy longer than the promised 1-2 weeks. Boohoo, Unif, why are you doing this to me.

Anyway, the shoes are made of leather, they look pretty rad and.... they're giving me 3 blisters on BOTH feet. I'm currently trying to break them in by wearing band-aids over the spots where I can feel the blisters are most likely to form and walk short distances with them. The leather should give in, but I have no idea how long it will take before they'll be comfy to wear.... If you have any tips, they're more than welcome!

Also, they jingle quite a lot when walking, so sneaking around is pretty much impossible lol.

Damn my bare legs look ugly in these close-ups.

2015/07/21

CORM=萌え?

bomber corm top joyrich shoes fig&viper socks fig&viper shades wildfox couture

dress corm shorts unif shoes unif choker corm

Ahoy! Seems like another cool online store has opened it's interactive doors in Finland recently. Corm.moe's clothing are inspired by Harajuku, future and the internet which is a pretty cool combo, don't you think? And it's definitely something Finland hasn't had before.

I got to pick some of my favourite items from their store and these are the two outfits I put together using those items! Which one do you prefer? I love mesh things so I went wild and picked both, their mesh bomber and the mesh dress haha. I love them. The bomber especially is super cool.

But you know what's even better? Corm actually has a pop-up store in Helsinki at the moment! I went to check it out last week and it was nice to see all the clothes in person and meet the lovely staff who run the store. So if you have time, do check it out! The store can be found at Unioninkatu 25 until the next Sunday.

Here's some pics I took when I visited the store ↓↓↓


Cute, right?! But even if you can't make it to the store this week, no worries! I actually have a discount code for you to make your shopping a bit easier. They currently ship to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France and the UK besides Finland.

USE CODE "BLACKSALIVA" TO GET 15% OFF FROM YOUR ORDER!
the code expires on 26/07/2015 midnight


If you like their stuff, don't forget to follow Corm on Facebook and Instagram

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2015/07/17

new iphone + case


My old iPhone 4S had been having some problems for a long time now (freezing, running out of battery super fast, broken sleep/wake button), so I finally had had enough and went to get myself a new iPhone 6.

I picked the 16GB version in white x gold since that's my favourite color combo anyway and I probably won't need 64GB memory because I have an iPod for all my music. I had 32GB in my previous phone which would've been the best option, but seems like that isn't available in the newest model? I wonder why.

Anyway, getting a new phone means you have a permission to buy new pretty cases for it! I bought this super pretty Marc by Marc Jacobs case for my iPhone from SHOPBOP (here) and I must say their shipping was probably the fastest ever! It took only 3 days to arrive, so I was very happy about that.

I was first thinking about getting a case from Joyrich, but after I noticed their shipping would cost as much as the case itself, I decided to postpone my plans and wait till I can visit their store in Tokyo.

What's your favourite places to buy phone cases from?

2015/07/10

NEW NAILS: water marbling x2


Remember when I told you I had previously been traumatized by water marbling? I promised to give it a try during this year and seems like that happened sooner than I thought it would :D I also decided why not try more than one method while I'm at it? So I ended up using the regular water marbling technique as well as the water spotted technique.



Water marbling (the regular way) - I have no idea how you guys can get beautiful and symmertical shapes on the water, but i wasn't going for those this time, so these irregular shapes were more than ok! I used yellow, orange, pink and purple polishes for marbling, changing the color combo a bit for each nail to get a lively result.

I didn't use any base color before marbling, so they came out slightly transparent but I don't think it looks bad at all. After marbling I applied a coat of pink shimmery top coat to give it a little sparkle. The top coat smeared the marbling a little, but luckily that's only visible in pictures.



Water spotted - this marbling technique is a bit different and usually only uses one color. I guess you could do it with more than one color too, but I haven't seen anyone do that (yet). Anyway, after dropping a few drops of polish on the water surface, gently spray a little hair spray to it to get distorted shapes like this.

I didn't use this technique on the nails itself, but I figured it would be a great way to make pearls look like turquoise stones! I only had small ones and couldn't find any big ones in stores, so I had to make them myself.

It was a bit hard to dip the pearls in to the water, but I figured the best way to do that, was to apply two-sided tape on an ice cream stick and stick the pearl to it, paint it with turquoise nail polish and then dip it into the water.



Would you guess the bigger stone is actually a DIY one, when you see it next to the smaller factory made ones? I'd say I nailed it pretty well 8-)



Here's all the polishes I used! I don't think I've ever used this many polishes for one set of nails (I usually stick to 2-4 colors).

I also tried out the new Glisten & Glow latex barrier and I fell in love with it right away! It made the cleaning up after marbling sooo much easier!



What do you think about these nails? An okay result for a second first proper try? Feel free to share your thoughts!
Here's my inspiration for these nails btw
 
Kuva, jonka Ayaka Shinohara (@wiznail.brazilianwax) julkaisi

Here's a list of products that I used:
O.P.I: Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm? (purple polish)
Color Club: Kapow! (pink polish)
• Ciaté: Hopscotch (orange polish)
Color Club: Almost Famous (yellow polish)
Color Club: Pearl-spective (pink shimmer polish)
• Color Club: All In (turquoise polish)
• A England: Camelot (black polish)
Art Club Liner: Silver glitter
Glisten & Glow: Ctrl-Alt-Del (latex barrier)
• Big pearls from craft stores (these are from Hobby Point)
• Small turquoise stones
• Nail art studs
• Seashell shaped studs from Donki
Konad: Silver nail art deco chain
Swarovski crystals in different sizes

Btw, I joined Snapchat a while ago and post stuff almost daily! Feel free to follow me! Here's what I posted while making these nails: