Monday, March 31, 2014

My Wardrobe Turnover

Since I've gotten into lolita, I've sold a very small amount of the items that I acquired. All of them have been pieces which did not fit me properly in the slightest, though I still have a couple of pieces I'd like to get rid of lurking in my closet.
The parka contained in the Candy Sprinkle salopette set was definitely too small for my bust, so I sold it recently. 
This BtSSB shirring cutsew claimed to fit an 80 to 110 cm bust and a 60-104 cm waist. I guess if by 'fit' you mean, 'look like a strange lolita crop top', then yes, the fit was excellent.  
I sold this skirt recently as, even though I technically fit into the piece, the item was much larger than my measurements and tended to hang much more on my hips than serving well as a high waisted skirt. 
I also had a pair of shoes which were my first lolita shoes from Bodyline that were a size 26.0. I mis-measured myself completely as I now know that I'm a 24.5 in Japanese shoes. 

As far as my more 'normal' clothing is concerned, I have a tendency to over buy cheap video game t-shirts which then end up being seldom worn since I tend to dress in lolita or fairy kei style clothes on the weekend while wearing other clothing for work. I'm actually in the process right now of donating a large amount of clothes that I no longer get any wear out of to Goodwill so that I can make room for new more work appropriate and cute clothes.

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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Plus Size Fashion in Japan: More Dreamv Plumprimo Releases

I know I only just recently published an article talking about the premier of the plumprimo line at DreamV, but I have to share more of the items that have gone live on the site already since the launch! I'm just loving the collection so far, so I'd like to share some more items that I've seen crop up so far.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lolitas I Have Met In Real Life

Well, considering I've gone to a number of lolita meetups and the lolita convention Frill last year, I have met few lolitas! To highlight, I've been graced to meet a few of the more prominent figures in the community.

Shin Haenuli of Haenuli
I was happy to get to meet the designer of one of my favorite indie lolita brand at a meetup at my local mall this past December which I already discussed in a past post. She was really lovey and fun to talk with, and I dream of owning her Royal Kitten and Enchanted Fawn print one day. 
I actually got to meet her at the same meet that I got to meet with Haenuli! Sadly, I didn't get a lot of time to talk with her, but I am happy to at least own a piece of her brand, the Nostalgia series tights. 

Andrea of Atlanta Lolita Comm
Andrea is a giant sweet heart that I've gotten the chance to meet at Frill last year along with meeting at the museum of art meetup that my comm hosted recently. I hope to go to at least one meetup in Atlanta during the coming year, so I'm looking forward to seeing her again. <3 

Christina of Sweet Clover Tea
Christina is another lolita that I met up with at Frill last year whose blog I have been following for a long while. She was dressed so beautifully in her classic Innocent World dress that I kind of felt like a giant dork in Dream of Macaron next to her, hah. 

What lolitas have you had the chance to meet up with? Feel free to link to blog posts with meetups of interest. ^_^

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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Plus Size Fashion In Japan: DreamV x La Farfa Plumprimo Line

On March 20th, the Japanese brand dreamv (international site link) premiered a new line of clothing going up through size 6L in a new line called plumprimo! While my Japanese isn't the best, I've managed to surmise that the recently rising plus size Japanese magazine La Farfa is likely helping with the spread of more plus sized Japanese clothing options. I'd like to explore some coordinates that are already live on the dreamv website.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lolita Blog Carnival: A Casual Coordinate For A Quite Day

When I saw the idea of a casual outfit for a Lolita Blog Carnival theme, I was all over the idea. I've been researching into otome kei recently which really inspired me, and I actually own or have all the items below coming in the mail right now. I'm really excited to tie together the cat elements in the outfit together with the rosette, the tote and the cat ear bowler.  <3
Hat: ebay, violet.fantasy
Rosette: mossbadger
Jsk, blouse: Bodyline L445 , L327
Tights: Target
Boots: Rack Room Shoes
Tote: Forever 21
I don't have much else to say on the topic for the week. Be sure to check out other Lolita Blog Carnival posts linked to below!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wardrobe Blunders! Things I Bought That I Ended Up Regretting!

I've had a number of items that I haven't been completely pleased with like my Fanplusfriend blouse or my Bodyline wig which I ended up later selling. However, the number one item that I end up regretting purchasing? That would be my very first lolita purchases, Bodyline l231 along with a headdress I grabbed in the same order, gothic645.
Edgy desu.~
Yep, I had the brilliant idea of buying a wa lolita piece for my first lolita purchase. Don't get me wrong. I think wa lolita can be a lovely substyle. However, wa lolita is definitely not for beginners with the dearth of dresses available outside of Bodyline. The wide distracting sleeves can easily make a coordinate look overly costumey as they're hard to balance out. And for around $70, the dress definitely wasn't worth the price for which I could have bought dresses that I would have liked better and had a better resale value. However, the purchase wasn't entirely bad. I have managed to make use of the red skirt in more punk or gothic style looks. The headdress... well, um, the piece has a lot of sentimental value so that counts for something, right? 

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

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mail Post: What I'm Waiting For Right Now, March 2014

As always, I'm eagerly waiting at my mailbox right now, so I'd like to share some of my current mail haul with you today!~
Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Rose Sugar Macaron
Etude House is an amazingly cute makeup brand from Korea that I've been obsessed with obtaining products from lately. I finally took the plunge and ordered one of the Sugar Cookie blush sets from Amazon this week, so I'm excited to see how much I enjoy the end product. If nothing else, the packaging and little puff that comes with the set is adorable so I can be content with that if nothing else. 

Bodyline l009 in Pink and Beige
I'll admit something: I don't feel like I have a proper lolita blouse. Yes, I have a number of blouses that I've sort of crammed under jsk's as obligatory pieces and I have several cutsews that I love, but I can't say that I have a single blouse that I just love the look of on its own with how it fits the lolita aesthetic and my body. With the purchase of the Bodyline 'bunny ears' blosue, I hope to change that and maybe finally have a blouse that fits my bust well and that I just love the general look of. 

Mossbadger music critic cat rosette
For a Lolita Blog Carnival post at the beginning of the year, I mentioned mossbadger as brand whose rosettes I'd been admiring. Well, last night, I happened to be in front of my computer at the right time: mossbadger restocked the store full of rosettes after a long time of sitting empty, and I pounced on my favorite rosette of the bunch with no reservation. I love that I'll be getting a unique adorable piece, and the mischievous little guy punching through the tambourine seems just like what my cats would do if exposed to a percussion instrument. 

BtSSB Strawberry Cake Pouchette Bag
I'm also currently waiting on a bag I bought secondhand off of the Facebook lolita sales group this week to ship out. I own surprisingly few BtSSB items at all, so I'd like to compliment my Kumakumya-chan blanket with another sweet little item. 

Kera! Magazine May 2014
Finally, I'm waiting for the May 2014 issue of Kera to be released on March 15th then ship out from cdjapan. Then I'll moan while SAL shipping crawls the item into my hands. Hopefully, I'll get the item in time to post some relevant scans on my blog, so keep an eye out for that. 

That's all that I'm waiting for at the immediate moment, but it's quite a bit for me! That doesn't even mention how I still have to wait for the Winter Isabelle Nendoroid and the Sailor Moon compacts to release their second set. ;A; Anyway, what items are you waiting for in the mail? 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Angelic Pretty Dreamy Girl Unboxing And Coordinate

While most of my week was a wild ride of work stress and antibiotics, I had the pleasure of ordering my first dress from Angelic Pretty's international site at launch: Dreamy Girl. I'm in love with the soft feel of the print, so I'd like to go into some detail about receiving the high waisted jsk along with some worn photos of my coordinate from a museum meetup this weekend. <3

Monday, March 10, 2014

3 Lolita Trends I Wish Would Come Back

Having been in lolita for a few years now, I've now had the experience of seeing some trends come and go along with having come too late to experience the peak of other trends. I'd like to share 3 trends that I'd like to see come back in full force.

Twin Tail Split Wigs
A couple of years ago, I saw wigs like the above being all the rage and paired with every OTT sweet lolita outfit. Now, I hardly see the split wig color trend nor the chunky twin tails. I really love the look of the wigs, having worn a twin tail wig as recently as Kamicon this year, so I'd love to see the heavy hair come and add weight quite literally to outfits. 

Rectangle Headdresses
By the time I entered the fashion, rectangle headdress (ie, 'maxi pad' headdress') had already had their heyday and gone out of style. I love the chunky doll like look of them. They seem to have resurfaced somewhat as noted by F Yeah Lolita, though I'm still not seeing many of their thinner cousins. 

Source: Paradise Rose on etsy
Rocking Horse Shoes
I still don't have a pair of these glorious shoes, but I plan to order one at some point during my lolita career. I love the contrast of the wooden sole along with just how unique and fun these shoes look. 

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lolita In The Workplace

The dress code of many workplaces can be very restrictive and not conducive to the over the top lolita lifestyle. However, you don’t have to leave all of the aspects of your lolita life behind as you enter the workforce. Here are some tips that I’ve found to work in my lolita wardrobe with my job as a web developer at a conservative Southern bank. While I’m not going to wear OTT sweet lolita anytime soon, I’ve found ways to add little motifs into my outfits that make me feel more like myself while being able to wear lolita to work. Depending on how strict your dress code is, not all of the following will work for you, but I hope you manage to glean some small way to edge your style into an integral aspect of your life.

1. Add In Small Lolita Accessories.

Do you have a delicate head bow with lace detailing and a simple print? Or how about a favorite necklace with cameos or deer accent? Even with sweet lolita, you can incorporate your more toned down basic accessories into an everyday professional outfit. You could use items from your favorite brands or opt to grab more “lolita-esque” off brand accessories from places that cater more to mainstream fashion. Purses that remind you of the lolita aesthetic while pairing with the level of formalness of your work also do well for integration into your work wardrobe.

2. Wear Simple Lolita Skirts

The cuts that op’s and jsk’s come in are seldom seen in general fashion, so I’ve found lolita skirts to be the easiest to blend in with the workplace. They’re generally made out of professional level material if you’re working at a place with a business casual dress code, and they’re easy to dress down by excluding the petticoat. Try to avoid over the top prints and instead opt for solids with lace detailing.

3. Victorian-esque Shoes Are Your Friends

Fortunately, shoes such as oxford heels are becoming increasingly common in mainstream fashion, making them great candidates for work wear that can perform double duty by also integrating in with your lolita wardrobe. Look for shoes in your wardrobe which have basic motifs such as Mary Jane straps, simple bows, or eyelet leather detailing.

4. Cardigans And Boleros FTW

I find cardigans and boleros to be some of the easiest items to integrate in with a workplace look. Pick up a simple black bolero with ruffled edges, and you’ll be able to pair the accessory with many outfits in most seasons. Lolita specific outerwear can be a bit more tricky, but the key is once again to stay simple with your choices and do your best to assess the explicit or implicit dress code at your workplace in picking what level of details will work for your situation.

5. Avoid Generally Considered ‘Abnormal’ Elements

While at work, you’re generally representing the interests and values of your employer. While I don’t feel like the lens of general society is particularly fair or impartial, you’ll want to stay away from some items especially if you’ll be interacting with the public often. I would include in the items:
  • Obviously false eyelashes and circle lenses
  • Wigs, especially ones of obviously unnatural color
  • Over the top prints in general
  • Any over the top style of makeup such as shironuri
I hope you’ve gained something from my above tips. Ultimately, be aware of the details of your particular work situation and the atmosphere of your office especially if your position involves directly interacting with customers or top level management. While the eye of scrutiny can feel unfair, you can likely still make your style work in some way in your work situation.

Monday, March 3, 2014

My Favorite Lolita Brand

Well, my favorite lolita brand likely won't come as a shock to anyone who's watched my blog for a bit. It's... *drumroll*... ANGELIC PRETTY, アンジェリック プリティ! The main lolita brand pieces that I currently have are all from them: Dreamy of Macarons, Whipped Magic, and Candy Sprinkle. I soon will likely be adding Dreamy Girl to that list. <3 Though I of course have a minuscule number of items compared to some wardrobes, I tend to love most of their releases as they release prints that vary between sugary sweet and femininely elegant. Since so many are out there, I'll go through the main prints of early 2014 and recap why I love them.

Angelic Pretty, Wonder Queen
Dignified royal rabbits play their trumpets, heralding the ruler of the fantasy style kingdom in front of the heart shaped window. Animals are a complete weakness for me, and I also love the refined Alice in Wonderland vibe that the dress gives off.

Angelic Pretty, Melty Royal Chocolate
Once I get done pursuing my macaron obsession further, I'd love to get my hands on one of the myriad of Angelic Pretty chocolate prints. I just love the chocolate bar motif, and I'm looking forward to what future spins AP may throw onto the theme.

Angelic Pretty, Romantic Rose Letter
I love the elegance and imagery of the print. I imagine a young woman at her vanity composing an eloquent letter to the love of her life, completing the note with a heart stamp and the words 'think of me' on the back of the letter. When her suitor eventually opens the letter, he inhales a scent that reminds him of her, a perfume reminiscent of a bed of roses. <3 Okay, maybe I'm a little overly romantic, but you get where I'm going with my appreciation for the print.

Angelic Pretty, Melody Toys
Once again, I'm a sucker for cute animals. After the music inspired coordinate Lolita Blog Carnival post of last week, I've been looking more into musical motifs. I love the idea of the little animals sweetly learning to play instruments particularly with the bear having the maestro's stick and the soft pony padding gently on a drum. I smiled at the thought even while typing the above.

Angelic Pretty, Dreamy Girl
I have a particular admiration for Dreamy Girl. Maybe my love is just a case of a release being in the right place at the right time with me exploring makeup more lately, but I can't help but imagine a sweet vanity or a magical girl transformation even though it's such a simple print. The print seems like a softer looking version of Fantastic Dolly, and I actually ordered the dress for my first direct purchase from the Angelic Pretty international site. The only thing that would make my love of the print more complete would have been a limited edition makeup collection from Angelic Pretty to go along with the collection.

I hope you've enjoyed walking through the reasoning of one person for loving Angelic Pretty so much and enjoyed eyeing recent releases again. Thank you for reading, and I'll write again soon.

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