Wednesday, December 31, 2014

F Yeah Lolita Level Up Quiz 2.0 (Form Version)

The wonderful Caro-chan of F Yeah Lolita has provided a wonderful update of the lolita quiz. The original version required manually adding up points, so I decided to take a bit of time to allow checkboxes so you don't have to manually keep up with your score. The rest of the below text is taken from her entry. I only scored a 70 so I hope to level up some more in time. 

The rules are simple, you get a point for every one of these things that you can say you've done, add the points up at the end, and you have your score! For the purpose of this quiz the term "brand" is open to your own consideration. If you consider Bodyline as a brand, or don't consider anything that wasn't designed by Mana himself as brand, that's up to you.

1-15: Curious Onlooker

1-15 points means you're familiar with the fashion and have taken an interest in all things frilly and Lolita. You've probably attended a few open events, maybe own a few pieces of Lolita, lurk the online communities, and you definitely are on your way to knowing your stuff! Your next step is probably buying the final piece for your first full outfit and finally headed to your first meetup!

16-40: Just Starting Out

16-40 points means you're just starting out in the world of Lolita. You may have been interested in the fashion for a few years but are just now getting involved in wearing the fashion on a regular basis and joining local communities. You probably have a couple full outfits but are still working on building a larger wardrobe. Alternatively, you have a larger wardrobe and definitely know your stuff, but you aren't very active in local or online Lolita communities and are perhaps more of a lone Lolita. Your next step is probably either finishing up adding a few more pieces to your wardrobe or to starting getting to know some other Lolitas.

41-60: Well-Rounded Lolita

41-60 points means you're probably a very well-rounded Lolita. You have a fair sized wardrobe that allows a variety of outfits and some style experimentation, you have a few Lolita friends, and you've attended your fair share of meetups and even fashion shows. You probably have a few volumes of the Gothic & Lolita Bible hanging around your bookshelf and you've definitely taken an interest in Lolita hobbies. Your next step is probably to step out of your comfort bubble, try a new style you've always wanted to try, host your own meetups, or perhaps finally apply to be a model for a local Lolita fashion show.

61-80: Experienced Lolita

61-80 points is the realm of an experienced Lolita! You've probably been active in the fashion for a number of years, have a fairly large and diverse wardrobe, and have attended (and hosted!) your fair share of Lolita events. You're most likely well-known within your local, and online, communities. You're probably practically an expert on the fashion and have probably introduced, or at least guided, a few friends along the right path in the fashion. Your next step is most likely to do a closet cleaning or some wardrobe organization because you probably have a few years of accumulated clothes.

81-100: Top of Your Game

81-100 points is at the top of the Lolita game. You've definitely been active in the fashion for a number of years, or possibly you've had a very intense first few years. You've gone out there and had the chance to do some pretty cool things that you always dreamed of doing back when you first got started as a Lolita. There's a good chance you're a leader in both your local Lolita communities and the online Lolita-sphere. Your next step is probably to kick a few more things off your Lolita bucket list!

101+: Lolita Royality

101 points is within the ream of Lolita royalty. You probably have enough clothes to dress your own personal rufflebutt army, which you could very well easily raise with a wave of your very expensive burando scepter! You're well known by Lolitas both near and far, who are most likely green with envy at what you have in your closet, who you've met, and what you've had the chance to do. There are probably still a few items left on your Lolita bucket list that have been haunting you for a while now because you thought they've always been out of your reach for one reason or another (perhaps it's that long-distance shopping vacation, to complete your dream dress list, or to finally host the tea party of your dreams), but look how far you've come yet! Whatever it is you want to do, you can probably achieve it easily, or at the very least, you definitely have the patience within the fashion to stick with it for a while and work on getting it done.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How Strangers React To My Clothes and How I React To Their Reactions

How do I deal with the people asking what I'm wearing? 

I find that the above is one of the most common questions that new lolitas have especially those who start out wearing sweet. Dealing with the reactions of others to the fashion especially with OTT substyles can be weird at times, but I developed a set a different reactions for the different ways I'm approached.
  • Are you in a play? 
    Why is this the one I always seem to get at my local mall which is decently far from the places in town that would even be hosting a play? Though I've felt like some people try to say this in a condescending manner, most just seem to be genuinely trying to fit what they're seeing into the closest reference they have. My general reaction is to just smile and nod especially since the question tends to get asked when I'm in the middle of a meetup. 
  • Halloween is over! 
    I've actually only heard the above once or twice. I just tend to ignore heckling remarks and keep on struttin'.  
  • Wow, what are you wearing?! That's so cool!
    I get the excited reaction the most from younger people who are somewhere from mid teens to late twenties. I often times take extra time to talk with people that respond in a manner that suggests they genuinely love the fashion and to have a general small chat about Japanese fashion in general. 
  • Are you a princess? 
    That's my favorite reply from little girls, and I always feel really proud of capturing the lovely essence of the fashion. Making little kids smile with an outfit and giving them a sense of wonderment at the world to see a 'real' princess walking around is always a great feeling. 
That's it for the main reactions that other people have to me and I have to other people. I've mostly experienced positive reactions while wearing lolita in public. Please let me know what experiences you've had in lolita and what ways you deal with the public attention.

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Introducing FrillSearch

I've been on a web development roll lately, and I'm happy to finally post about my extension FrillSearch! FrillSearch allows you to highlight text then click a menu item to directly search Lolibrary instead of having to first Google the keywords first then end up clicking through to Lolibrary anyway. I love the site so much, and I wanted to give back a little bit of cool functionality to somewhere that I love so much that will often be the only place to contain measurements or just interesting historical information about release years. Lolibrary was even so kind as to feature my extension on their Facebook page!
Just highlight the text, click the menu item...
...and voila!
Thank you for any downloads of the extension, and please comment below if you have feedback.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

How To Get Alerts From The Fashion Brands You Love On Facebook

I've consistently seen complaints about Facebook's practice of excluding items from your feed even from brands you love so that if your'e not on top of constantly monitoring their page and Facebook isn't kind enough to actually show the latest posts, you end up missing out on the latest small release. Today, I just wanted to post a quick 'how to' to better help get the pieces that you love.

Just type in the name of the page you want to go to at the top to visit the page. At the top, click on the "Follow" button, pointed to in the picture above with the bright blue arrow. After clicking the follow button, you will now get notifications every time that the owners of the page post to the page. While you may end up with a few less than interesting posts, you now have a better chance of being able to keep up with indie releases for smaller companies like Automatic Honey and Cute Can Kill.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Recap: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2014

After being sad to see the lolita convention Frill was discontinued, I was overjoyed to find out that Anime Weekend Atlanta would have a full fashion track with Baby, the Stars Shine Bright as special guests. I packed a number of full coordinates for the weekend primarily centered around sweet consisting of AP's Whipped Magic, AP's Dream of Macaron, and BtSSB's Mary's Sweet Sheep. I also packed my Bodyline Squirrels as an additional option, but I never found a good chance to wear the print. 
I started off the con to a bit of a rough start initially. I didn't end up going to the lolita social like I planned but instead spent a good part of Friday evening spazzing out after I lost my badge. Sadly, I ended up not being able to locate my badge, and the con seems to have a policy of not re-issuing badges and forcing you to buy a new one instead. I completely understand having a policy like that to prevent fraud, but I was still disappointed to have to fork over another $55 to attend the events for the rest of the weekend especially if I didn't want the ticket I had already purchased for the tea party on Sunday at $75 to go to waste. 

The rest of the weekend picked up and went considerably better. The fashion show itself was amazing. I loved the indie designers, and the Baby portion of the fashion show consisted of amazing graphics being displayed on the large screens in the background then flashing to show the models walking down the runway in detail for those of us not in the front row to be able to see them well. I felt like I was in a surreal witch's labyrinth like in Madoka. Please excuse my poor cell phone camera pictures as I show a few of my personal favorite pictures. 

Masumi and Rin on the stage at the end!
After the show was over, I took some time to hang out in the dealer's room and take some pictures with friends and people cosplaying some of my favorite characters. 
Tharja throwing a hex on me. 
Coordinate rundown:
OP - AP's Whipped Magic
Heart Purse - DreamV
Shoe - Bodyline
Purse charm and socks: BtSSB
On Sunday, the main lolita event of the weekend happened: the BtSSB tea party! I had been planning my coordinate for months, and I actually had to purchase my first Baby pieces for the event. I was overall happy with the subdued sweet coordinate I put together, and I liked adding in a bit of old school feel the with the Paradise Rose head dress. 
Getting ready. <3
Coordinate rundown:
Blouse - The Floral Notebook
Shoes, socks - Bodyline
Skirt - BtSSB
Head dress - Paradise Rose Shop
The actual tea party itself was so lovely, but the venue itself unfortunately had poor lighting though, limiting the amount of beautiful pictures that I would get. With the help of a bit of filtering, I do have a decent picture of myself with the guest of honor Masumi Kano and the Harajuku shop manager Rin! Rin in particular made me smile right before the photo. She noticed that my necklace was turned the wrong way then turned it herself so that the white portion would be facing forward. /melt

I went home with a few memorable pieces from the tea party and the con in general. At the end of the tea party, the event organizers gave out BtSSB key necklaces in either silver or gold to all of the participants. While at the Baby booth in the dealer's room, I also picked up a Kuma Kumya-chan pouchette which I'm simply in love with for its cute detailing yet practicality for being able to carry essential items. 

I had an overall good time at AWA even in spite of having to pay twice to get into the event, so I'll definitely plan to attend again next year. 

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