November 13, 2012

村上春樹


I finally got to meet Murakami Haruki one on one! I knew he had a home here in Hawaii and recently discovered he had an office at my university as well. I had no idea it was in the building I frequent the most!

October 02, 2012

f(x) Amber's 피노키오 (Danger) MV makeup tutorial

Hey ya'll! I'm back with another video (damn I'm on a roll!)
This time it's my FIRST makeup tutorial! It's a quick one actually, inspired by one of my favorite idols in k-pop. Have you guessed it yet? It's Amber of f(x)! And since I still have my blonde hair, I figured I should give it a go. Just in time for Halloween too haha.


I absolutely adore her makeup in the Pinocchio (Danger) MV, it's definitely my kind of style. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video :) The only thing I'm upset about is that the most important part in the video, the eyeliner part, is missing because I wasn't aware my camera shut off! BOO. Well, I hope you enjoy anyway! And please, enjoy my no make-up face as well! hahaha~

p.s. I'm not really good at makeup, I just do whatever I feel like looks good to me lol.


September 25, 2012

Beyonce - I miss you (cover)




I spontaneously wanted to sing this song when I got home today. I really love this song because it's so simple but so heartfelt when sung. This is a really raw version with lots of pitchiness but I'm singing from the heart...to...someone. :3

Oh and just a warning, it gets (really) loud around 0:48 so, i suggest you turn the volume down a little~

September 17, 2012

If I were a boy. (pic heavy)

This past week has been a rather boyish one for me. Come to think of it, I was actually always comfortable with being and acting like a tomboy since I was little (thanks to growing up with my brother who I have always seen as a role model and the countless of anime and video games where I wished to be the male leads). Don't get me wrong, I love the girly style too and well, I am definitely a girl, but I do honestly feel that with my weird-ass personality, boyish fits in well with me.

I was always envious of the girls with slender arms and legs with feminine hands (*cough cough, like Monica*) and even though I'm short in height, I lack in slender features. T_____T

Well, I've been told I'd make a pretty boy. There was also one time in Japan when I wasn't even intentionally dressing up boyish, another Japanese male called me an ikemen. It's good to know I'd at least make an attractive boy. :3

August 29, 2012

pinklovesoxygen purikura summer 2012

Tomorrow is Janis' last day in Hawaii before going back to California! Gonna really miss her. She seriously is one of my closest friends that DEFINITELY understands me like no other. Out of the 3 months she was back, we finally got to take purikura together. A lot of the puri we take consist of many inside jokes. So, don't mind if you don't get what the hell we write on our puri. We don't make sense. :)

August 23, 2012

Suggestions, anyone?

Hey all! It certainly has been a while. I didn't realize how crazy August was going to be. A couple of weeks ago I was working 40 hours a week plus summer school so I pretty much had...no life. Then after that, I only had one week of "vacation" before I started fall semester this past Monday.

Along with being busy, I just had a bunch of things on my mind that need to get sorted out soon but I've been thinking about what to blog about for this upcoming weekend (a REAL post this time). I kind of have an idea of what I want to blog about, but I was wondering what you all would like to see?

Reviews? What kind? Photo posts? Fashion posts? Anything at all, let me know ;) Or even if you have any questions!

Looking forward to hearing from you all <3 p="p">

July 30, 2012

Lipstick Collection

I just wanted to share and do a review on the lipstick collection I currently own!


1. Maybelline Colorsensational in Sugared Almond
2. Maybelline Water Shiny Pure in #210 (bought in Japan)
3. Revlon Colorburst in Soft Nude
4. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple
5. KATE Nudist Designing Lip in BE-2 (bought in Japan)
6. Canmake Melty Nude Lip in #03 (bought in Japan)
7. Chanel in #139




July 19, 2012

JUVY&MONI 2NE1 cover of Lonely





Monica and I singing to 2NE1's japanese version of 'Lonely'.
We've been always singing this together since we were in Japan and whenever we're in my car, so we decided to record it for fun. It's not perfect, but that's what makes it special.



us just being us!


Our voices are enhanced a tiny bit just because we wish we sang in a better setting haha. Enjoy!

July 15, 2012

OOTD & Makkuro Makkuro pop-up shop

serious face~

IT WAS SO HOT IN HAWAII TODAY! It reached up to the 90's (Fahrenheit) which we're not too used to in Hawaii, it's usually just in the high 80's. Today Monica and I went to visit and support our friend who participated in a pop-up shop called Makkuro Makkuro. 

July 13, 2012

OOTD 7.12 (ft. pinksugarichigo)

Janis being cute and me with my 2NE1 pose bwa haha.

Decided to do a quick outfit of the day post featuring Janis! We were just running errands so our outfits are pretty casual (well, mine is anyway. Janis is always glamourous!) Did our outfit shots and then we switched clothes towards the end. It was... interesting. This post focuses mainly on my outfit (sorry, you're gonna have to ask Janis yourself if you're wondering where she got her stuff!). 

July 11, 2012

GROOVY JUVY RETURNS.


HEY ALL. So, some big news. I finally have a domain name, thanks to my bff, Janis! She bought it as my birthday gift. When it came down to thinking of a domain name, the obvious choice would've been OALIMAY, but I don't know... as much as I really liked that name because it was just a backwards spelling of my last name, something didn't sit right with me. I then thought of just making it my full name: www.juvyyamilao.com I actually felt a bit silly typing that, but I kind of just wanted to make my own name known rather than an alias. 

Then, Janis came up with a good point: to make something catchy and easy to remember. For those of you who knew me from way back when, I've been known as "Groovy Juvy". I'd say I was using that name since 2000 until 2007. I thought, why not? I felt comfortable with it and I think it's easy to remember. What do you think? Well, too late now, it's already set in stone. Haha. I'd love to hear opinions anyway!

What's gonna happen now? A NEW LAYOUT of course!

This is all too exciting. Till then, remember and spread the word:  
www.groovyjuvy.com (Yes, you need to type in the 'www'! Thanks!)


July 06, 2012

pinklovesoxygen 2012 Summer Favorites


New vid from Pinklovesoxygen! pinksugarichigo and I were requested to do a summer favorites video, so here it is. A new MV in the works coming soon.

June 29, 2012

Blonde.

 Cut and first session of coloring done by monrabu <3

Final session of coloring and toning done by pinksugarichigo and myself!

monrabu also just posted about our little makeover session here!

April 09, 2012

Review: Stippling Brush (youtube review)


Finally! A new vid. I was a bit too excited about this brush. I'm amazed at how well my foundation looks when I used this wonderful gift from the heavens. Enjoy!

I'll probably be making a tutorial on how I use the stippling brush a little later on :)

April 08, 2012

Hello, Ethan.

I said I wanted to blog again because I'm currently out of a job and not going to school, but this little guy is the reason why I've become busy once again. Welcome to my nephew, Ethan Elijah! Born on April 1st to my brother and sister-in-law.

He's my first nephew so that makes me a first time auntie! I already fell in love with him right at the moment my sisinlaw told me she was pregnant. I came home right on time. <3 Auntie loves you so so so much Ethan!

March 28, 2012

outfit post (dec 2011 - march 2012)

Just a couple of random selects of what I wore taken off of my instagram.
Have instagram too? Look for me! oalimay <3


Relaxing at home!
Headwrap: present from my bff, Monica (monrabu)
Oversized tee: g.u.
Leggings: got as a present

Cardigan: g.u.
Green dress: g.u.
Boots: given as a present
Heart necklace: guess
Mint sweater: Honeys
Plaid shorts: g.u.

Headwrap: Momoko
Knit blouse: Retro Girl Emsexcite
Denim: Charlotte Russe
Boots: Clef Del Sol

March 23, 2012

Back in Hawaii!

mom snapped a pic right when i got out of the airport lol. 
ALOHA. It's been about 2 weeks since coming back to Hawaii from Japan. I have to say that I got back into the swing of things right away. It's like I never left. Then again, one year isn't THAT long when you think about it. I'm still trying to get adjusted to the time though. My sleeping patterns are way off.

My last day in Japan was a bittersweet one. It snowed the last day, which was surprising because the weather as of late at the time was mostly sunny and rainy. I felt like it was Kyoto's farewell gift to me.

The view from my bedroom window.
That day, I was dressed to properly adapt to Hawaii's warm weather once I landed (refer to first pic) So I really had to endure this last snowy day in Japan.

Saori, me, Sarah and Satoko

This was taken right before I went through security check at Kansai International Airport. Me with my my Japanese friend and my German friend. I really wasn't expecting anyone to come see me off so this was such a BIG surprise. They also gave me farewell presents. They also helped me out A LOT. I don't travel alone often so I'm not too familiar with airport procedures, rules and whatnot. I was expecting to pay the excess weight for my luggage but my Japanese friends were able to configure around my things where it JUST hit the borderline of the weight limit. I didn't have to pay anything!

JUST made it!
After going through security, I hopped on the escalator going down to enter our gates and as I was going down I could see my friends. Before I disappeared from sight we were all blowing kisses to each other and at the very end I flashed a "shaka". 

There more things that happened during my flight back to Hawaii but I won't bore you with details. I'll just leave off with saying that I'm glad I got to study abroad. It really opened my mind and heart to new things about the world, people and most of all myself. 

Looking down at Japan while our plane was flying away from it, I silently whispered "bye bye, Japan" to myself. Thank you for everything Japan, till we meet again <3

NOW that I'm back home though I plan on revamping up my blog and catching up on a lot of posts! I first need to buy a new external harddrive, there is absolutely no more space in my computer to do any editing of pictures or videos so I hope to buy that some time soon! Till then, thank you to my loyal followers ! 

February 08, 2012

one more month left!


HI EVERYONE! I'm so behind (as usual) with blogging but I've just been busy with preparing to move back to Hawaii! I have about a month left in Japan so things have gotten a bit crazy lately.


January 13, 2012

FEEL ENJOY in JAPAN day two


December 29, 2011

The day after their arrival to Kyoto, I decided to take these two on their first shopping adventure! Being that Kyoto isn't like the major cities such as Tokyo or Osaka, there are only 2 main shopping areas. I luckily live right in the middle within walking distance of these two areas.

I first brought them to Shijo and Sanjo where they had the major stores and malls like OPA, Loft, Round 1, among others.


January 11, 2012

FEEL ENJOY in JAPAN day one

FIRST OF ALL:  

H A P P Y    N E W   Y E A R ! ! ! 

Man, it's crazy how fast time can seriously fly. I hope everyone had a great start to 2012!

top pic: Janis and I back in 2006 during our "pinklovesoxygen" days
bottom pic: Lani and I back in early 2011 <3
DECEMBER 28, 2011

The day finally came! My two best friends (pinksugarichigo & eat juice) were coming to visit me in Japan! It's been 3 years since we last hung out and what better place to reunite in than Japan? We've been planning this little reunion ever since my arrival in Kyoto.

They flew in at around 4:30pm and I was on an express train headed to Kansai International Airport! I was 30 minutes late and also very nervous and excited at the same time. 

I arrived at the airport and I started on my search for those two gals. When I finally found them we all ran to each other and greeted each other with high pitched squeals and hugs. We even started tearing and almost started crying but we retained our composure! 

Next thing to do was: HEAD BACK TO KYOTO!