Friday, October 17, 2014

Introducing FrillMark

The past month has been a whirlwind for me between starting a new job at a different software development firm and going to Anime Weekend Atlanta at the end of the last month, I'm just now starting to settle in and get a bit more time to breathe. I also have an iPhone 6, so I'll be able to readily take pictures again for the blog, and I've already been much more active on my instagram.

Anyway, I've been playing around with code again more in my spare time, and I decided to release my first Google Chrome extension, FrillMark. The extension is super simple, just being a neat image based dropdown for four of the main Japanese lolita brands: Angelic Pretty, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Innocent World and Metamorphose Temps De Fille. If you find yourself visiting those sites often like me and would like an easy dropdown for them, you can check out the first version of FrillMark on the Chrome Webstore.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Favorite Lolita Print

Oftentimes, a print comes up so high in demand and desirable that you don't even bother to add it to your mental wishlist. Why get your hopes when the lolita desire of your dreams seems nearly impossible to get? That's the case with me and Angelic Pretty's Cat Tea Party. The piece very seldom comes up for listing, and even then the prices can push up $1,000 which is out of my price range for a single dress at the moment.
The cats radiate a regal air just sitting at the table. Two of them gossip behind a fan while another looks on with intense interest from a seat away. The royal at the table sticks her tongue out in a sassy manner, secure enough in her position to act with complete composure and dignity without worry of the gossip. 
The Imai Kira art for the piece is lovely with two girls staring forward carrying cakes that match the color of the other one's dress. 
The cut of the dress itself is also amazing, of course. If getting just one more piece could make my lolita wardrobe complete, then Cat's Tea Party would be that piece for me. 

The above post idea was originally from F Yeah Lolita's original list, Lolita 52 Challenge


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tea Party Season

The month of August has been a strange one for me in terms of blogging. My apartment complex has been undergoing construction which pretty much results in me losing internet for at least a few days when someone messes up and cuts a wire or leaves it unplugged. *sigh* My iPod Touch also decided to die early in the month with no way for me to revive the poor thing. So, until I finally sink down and get an iPhone, I'm stuck using my fiance's phone which, while having a great camera, is limited on cutesy apps as the Windows Phone marketplace is still underdeveloped. I will get back to a regular blogging schedule as soon as a I can, so bear with me while I make fewer original picture based posts and draft out some more text or research based ones.

Anyway, despite my deficient blogging habits, my comm has been busy during the month with meet ups. Early in the month, we visited a little local restaurant called The Chocolate Biscuit. The place has a down home, Southern feel and we managed to all comfortably pile into the further back dining room. The meal included chicken salad, a small spinach salad and 'strawberry fluff' along with options for good old Southern sweet tea. I ended up too full to buy the house's signature dessert which is, of course, a chocolate biscuit. We later went to a local outlet shopping mall for a bit of fun and ended out the meetup with eating at an Italian restaurant.

Before the summer season ended, I decided to wear my nautical Captain Mia jsk from Ista Mori which I did a short review on. I paired the jsk with my new custom blouse from The Floral Notebook, a cat bowler hat and a simple pair of black lace-up Oxford heels.
Jsk: Ista Mori
Blouse: The Floral Notebook
Earrings: Forever 21
Necklace: Rue 21
Shoes: Payless
Wig: l-email
An overhead shot that I really loved. 
My comm also had our typical yearly gathering at Townhouse Tea Shoppe. I love the cozy atmosphere at the shop, and, as my first meet up was actually at this place, the occasion marks about 3 years of me being in lolita now. ^^ We nibbled on pleasant pastries and sandwiches while sipping on tea with exciting names like Long Island Strawberry green tea and Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin. Earlier in the month, I managed to obtain one of my dream dresses: Angelic Pretty's Milky-chan the Fawn in brown! I had actually previously owned the necklace style jsk after finding it on mbok but was sad to discovery that the cut didn't fit my bust at all. Now, thanks to a friend, I own the ribbon jsk along with the headbow and the socks. I'm too overjoyed at getting to see the print in all of its finery and get to note the details like the piercing in Milky-chan's ear and the fawn shaped lace adorning the edges. I paired the set with the pink Bodyline bunny ear blouse and pink Bodyline rocking horse shoes.
Jsk, socks, headbow: Angelic Pretty Milky-chan the Fawn
Blouse, shoes: Bodyline l009, Bodyline SHOES262
Bracelets: Forever 21
Wig: l-email
Much more detailed shot of the socks and bottom of the print. 
Thank you for reading along with me today. I hope that your end of summer is going well too, and feel free to comment below and talk about end of summer meets your lolita comm has had.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Yukata Meetup

Long time, no see! The end days of summer have been very busy for me as I'v been bolstering my exercise routine and working on some general self improvement. I may do another weight loss for lolita post, updating on the progress and maintenance practices since my last one
My lolita comm decided to host a small yukata meetup to wrap up the summer. We had a few months of planning and ordering our outfits, culminating in a pleasant visit to Emma's Tea Room. Rather than a hot tea, I went with getting a nice glass of iced oolong tea. I sadly can't remember the exact variety, but the flavor was pleasant and I wish my memory would let me remember so that I could add the tea to my collection at home. 
I chose to get the daily salad special which came with a small blueberry muffin and poppy seed dressing. The flavor was great, and the combination of plums and strawberries with the bed of mixed greens was so perfect. <3
Dessert consisted of a piece of lemon cake topped with mandarin oranges and whipped cream. The flavor was really nice, and I liked the arrangement of the components. 
What would a post about a yukata meetup be, though, without a photo of me actually in my yukata? I ordered an easy to wear rose yukata from DreamV which was a good idea since I've never owned or worn a yukata before. In keeping with the general taste of my wardrobe, I went with the dark colored version of the pattern. The shoes which came with the yukata itself were way too small for my American feet, though, and the site offered no option to size up for a bigger pair. I ended up finding a pair of simple heeled wooden shoes from the thrift store which actually matched the general feel of my coordinate. I even wonder if they were originally ordered from Japan since the size labeling read "24.5" rather than a US or European style sizing scheme. Overall, I was really happy with the way I looked in the yukata although it's not nearly as comfortable as lolita, and I can't see myself wanting to wear an outfit like this more than once a year for a special occasion. 
We were somewhat tired after the tea house, so we wound up just going to a local antique store before parting ways. This is the second time I've gone to a curated antique store with my comm, and I've had a great time on both occasions. I ended up buying the stuffed rabbit pictured above as I love his vintage feel, and he reminds me of the Mossbadger items I love so much. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Automatic Honey Unboxing

Glorious stock photo. 
I had the thrill recently of pursuing an item from the indie jewelry brand Automatic Honey. My first experience with the brand was seeing the Orion's Spell necklace at Frill 2013. Only a few of the necklaces were left by the time I entered the dealer's room, but I sadly couldn't afford the item then. Not knowing the rarity of the brand's items, I figured I would happen upon the necklace again one day for sale. Oh, the bliss of that ignorance. Tinged now with regret at not getting that adorable piece, I was determined to get the recent release of Moonlight Pegasus necklace. I had seen plenty of photos on instagram and the Automatic Honey Facebook page of girls at Fairytale Boutique getting the exquisite necklaces in person. I sat determinedly in front of my computer on the night of the release monitoring and refreshing for the necklaces. At the exact moment of release, I struck, going straight for the Moonlight Pegasus in navy. After a rush, my Paypal order successfully completed and I sat back in wonder that I had actually succeeded. To give an idea of the rush, within 10 minutes of release on the site, all of the pieces were gone for now, with the brand hinting at a potential re-release in the fall.
I spent random moments in the next week twitching around. I was nervous that I hadn't really won the item at all and that my order would turn out to be null and void due to some programming eccentricity. I was very relieved when a week after the order, the item arrived. I opened the bubble wrap envelope to find a small white box wrapped in a black ribbon. 
Within the box in bubble wrap, I started to see a faint glimpse of hooves and a shining brand label. 
On the back of the Automatic Honey tag, the details about the piece were listed out. I appreciated listing out some basic care instructions for the item so that I can safely keep the pegasus gleaming in the years to come. 
I was somewhat surprised to see that the brand's named even got molded onto the back of the pendant. I can appreciate the level of attention to the little details and even help with identification of the item many years down the line if my memory were to grow fuzzy.
And finally, a good picture of the necklace itself. I posed the item on top of my Day Dream Carnival tote which seemed appropriate continuing the horse theme. I like the hints of lavender throughout the horse's powder blue mane which flows onto silver glittering wings. The metal is very sturdy, and I'm not nearly as worried about the item breaking in the future as I am with acrylic pieces in a similar price range including many of the Angelic Pretty pieces that I see glued back together on lolita sales groups. I would love to be able to match the necklace with Crystal Dream Carnival, but I unfortunately didn't pick up that release and I don't see myself grabbing it any time in the near future. I do anticipate wearing the item to work often as a lovely accent piece to the abundance of dark colors in that part of my wardrobe and as a nice lolita token that can be incorporated in with normal clothes. <3

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BtSSB San Francisco Online Mini Review

I won't deny the truth: up until now, I've had very limited interest in Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. While I've admired some of their releases in the past, no one in my local community regularly wears the brand for in person inspiration, and while I have the Kuma Kumya fleece blanket, I've just never been trapped in the mystique of the brand. With the announcement of Masumi Kano attending Anime Weekend Atlanta 2014 and the hosting of a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright tea party, however, I've been taking a much more in depth look at the brand and seeking to expands its presence in my wardrobe while also devouring any interview or video I can find to get a better idea about the brand.
The anticipation was real. 
Anyway, back to the main point of the post, I decided to order an Usakumya Mini-Mini Rucksack in pink to help with sweet look I'm putting together in anticipation of AWA. However, I've been intimidated by the layout of the Japanese website for a while now, so I was glad to discover that BtSSB has a great American based store front. I found the site really easy to navigate and figure out what I wanted to order, so I placed an order on the 4th of July in a fit of patriotism which oddly made me buy Japanese goods. The shipping was amazingly fast. By the 7th of July, I already had my item even with the initial order day being a Friday.
I may have a new favorite plush. Ssssh, don't tell my other plushies, though. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

3 Lolita Youtube Channels For A Lazy Afternoon

If you ever end up at home with some extra time to kill (or you're just deathly bored in class), I've rounded up some of my favorite lolita channels to check out while on your break.

KAWAII PATEEN

I've been completely engrossed with KAWAII PATEEN lately. The channel is updated regularly with interviews from people directly involved in the lolita fashion scene such as a lolita substyle primer with Misako Aoki: 

Or a video series featuring Yumi Fujiwara, the designer of Innocent World:

The film channel of the quality is great, and as a Western lolita I especially love hearing from the models and owners of lolita brands when they seem so distant. Videos like the above really illuminate personalities and help to keep me up to date with what's happening with kawaii fashion in Japan. 

Deerstalker Pictures

Deerstalker Pictures is a must watch for their series of quirky and fun videos showing the lives of lolitas in general such as with their "Shit Lolitas Say" series: 

Cooking with Arpakasso which can actually help with cooking while watching an adorable plush: 
Or their beautiful collaboration videos with the indie lolita brand Haenuli:

The channel doesn't have the most frequent of updates, but the films are creative and imaginative, and I truly hope to continue to see more fantastical films and quality content in the future. 

Princess Peachie

Finally, if you're looking for a personal Youtuber rather than a big channel, I can't go wrong to recommend checking out Princess Peachie. Especially for new lolitas, myself included, she's a positive inspiration with videos featuring herself in a primarily Bodyline based wardrobe while looking amazingly cute. I particularly love her older sweet lolita transformation video which gave me an idea as to what went on with assembling a full lolita coordinate. 

I was incredibly happy in one of her most recent videos to see her finally getting her dream dress and all the excitement she so willingly displays to the Youtube viewing community. 

Her enthusiasm is contagious, and I can't help be give a small smile whenever I see one of her new videos cropping up in my feed. 

Thank you for reading through some of my Youtube recommendations. Who would you recommend to check out on Youtube? I'm constantly looking for new lolita content to browse, and the lolita Youtube community is so small that I feel like each vlogger really brings something new into the fold.