Saturday, March 26, 2016

365 LLC: Day 85: Memorize A Poem

There are so many beautiful poems in the world and understanding the meaning behind the words is something we try to learn in school. I do particularly enjoy learning them so I picked a poem I liked from an author I enjoy.

A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

What would you choose?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

365 LLC: Day 54 and 55: Photographs & Read The Princess Code

Right now, the only pic I can really take a picture of things closed up but that hatbox, drawer, and the mirror contain all my pretty accessories.

The original can be found on The Princess Portal and I suggest a look around even though it was last active in 2008.

The Princess Code 

A Princess inspires others to follow their hopes and dreams through pursuing her own.

A Princess greets everyone with a welcoming smile, melting the hearts of friends and disarming her enemies.

A Princess has dignity, which protects her from the opinions and spite of ignorant people.

A Princess always looks beautiful, even when she is asleep.

A Princess aims for perfection in every step.

A Princess should be given fresh flowers everyday, even if she has to give them to herself.

A Princess grows in recognition and stature in proportion to how much she treats others as royalty.

A Princess reflects her inner beauty in her aesthetic choices.

A Princess goes to war against the violence of incivility with the weapons of etiquette and prodigal generosity.

A Princess lives each day from the heart, expressing herself freely and treasuring every moment.

A Princess has the right to spend her funds on beautiful things she does not need because beauty in itself is priceless.

A Princess should follow her heart and believe in her dreams, even if the whole world seems to be against her.

A Princess respects her environment and nurtures the beauty of nature.

A Princess is never too busy to give a kind word or smile where it is needed.

A Princess’s most precious jewel is Hope, which lights her darkest days and shows her the beauty in every soul she meets.

In all honesty, most of these are things that should be gone after daily, whether by Princess, Prince, or warrior, a lot of this applies to how one should go about life.

Monday, February 22, 2016

365 LLC: Day 53: Design A Coordinate Based On A Painting

Today I scored the internet for portraits I really like and would like to coord around and I happened upon these two pieces that I feel like I may be able to do. The first one I stumbled on while browsing John Singer Sargent and Isabella Stuart Gardner and now that I can't seem to find the name, even while reverse googling and all that, I can't find the artist's name (if you know please feel free to drop a line because I'm pretty sure it's not a Sargent, it would be greatly appreciated!). I do have a perfect op for it though and would like to coord it different to what I'm used to and give it a similar look.

The second is a portrait done by Sargent and is of Isabella Stuart Gardner and it is really lovely in person. I have an Alice and the Pirates jsk that would be fun to style this way. It's totally my kind of style and I love doing my hair in similar ways, I don't have long enough pearls but I'll figure out something.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

365 LLC: Day 52: Learn How To Spot A Constellation

I miss looking up and being able to look at the stars since moving here. Where I lived before in RI wasn't the best for stargazing, not really, but at my parents house it was decent enough to see a sky full of stars. I could identify a few easily enough because I would look up at them enough growing up, having enough fascination with them to even learn their names. Here it's totally different and twice as difficult and it's kind of sad.

There is at least one relief from that, thankfully, the air and space museum! I feel like I rely heavily on the Smithsonian since I've moved, going there every other week. One of the recent meets was actually to the that same museum and we saw one of their shows about space and dark matter and it was just so cool to sit in that huge room and stare up and see all those stars again. The meet was really fun and the people who came were fun to be with too. 

This particular post involves learning how to spot a constellation and honestly the easiest trick to it, and you will hear it often when learning to spot constellations (at least I did anyway), is to find the North Star, or the Little Dipper.

The night sky revolves around this little guy, not at the handle tip but at the bottom corner of the ladle looking part that is further from the handle, that is the brightest star in the night sky. For centuries, people of many different cultures all around the world have identified it as so but have called it by many names and have used it for guidance. I find it the best guidance navigating the stars.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

365 LLC: Day 51: Share Your First Lolita Dress And Why You Chose It

I actually had similar prompts before and am just going to reuse the pics, maybe one day I'll take cuter pictures of them. These are my first two pieces:

IW Trump Alice JSK

Baby Tartan Check JSK 

I still have them, I still love them, when I bought them I actually really really loved the tartan jsk because it was cute and because it was baby and I was over the moon about finding it and the IW jsk I loved Alice in Wonderland and just really wanted something from Lolita fashion desperately. I did think they were both cute and I was so excited to find that they both fit as I wasn't well acquainted with Japanese sizing and was certain my bust would make it a bust. I still really love both but I have over the years learned to embrace the IW piece every time I wear it.


Friday, February 19, 2016

365 LLC: Day 50: Take The "Are You A Pure Lolita" Quiz From The GLB

I read through the posts that have the translated quizzes from the Japanese GLB's and I'm laughing so hard!

There are a few questions about manners, some of which I find ridiculous and others sensible, like "If possible, you'd love to be a person who exists eating only rose petals?" just a tad extreme, though I do love eating things with rose petals in them (like those cookies!) or "You never cross your legs on the train" which isn't funny or anything like that, just sad because there is no leg space for comfort. The questions that got me were about what I thought of other Lolita's and their habits. The truth really is is simply I don't care, everyone is entitled to do their own thing and feel however they want whether they are head~to~toe in Angelic Pretty or Moitie.

All around, it was just silly things and silly questions, though I wouldn't mind a castle to be quite honest.

365 LLC: Day 49: Keep Your Posture In Check

Posture to me is very important as I am a slightly busty lady and I really don't want to end up with a hunched back. My back does hurt constantly and I find that if I'm slouching or hunched over in a chair it's bound to be the cause of my problems. Every day I try to remember to stand tall and yet still feel relaxed, it's tough but that's life, it's something that I've have been drilling in my head since I was little.

Posture is also important in taking good pictures. I'm not really good at taking pics but I try and when I do my first thought, after not making too derpy of a face, is to make sure I'm not slouching or hunched. This pic is a bit extreme but I feel it demonstrates well enough that if I stand straight and try to square my shoulders just a bit then I feel like I have slightly better posture and I don't look too weird. Here's hoping it all works out, I'm going to stop here and make a separate post for the GLB quiz section for today.