Sunday, October 27, 2013

LBC: Your Perfect Themed Halloween Party

A little late, but I've been dealing with accident after accident these past few days, like slipping and falling down a full flight of stairs, but that is simply life for me. (I even did some falling at this particular party this meet up was for, I'm accident prone like that)

Anywho, on the 20th my bestie and I had our 3rd annual Lolita Halloween themed meet up and t was an absolute blast! We had games, contests with prizes, decorations, and tons of food, with a little music thrown in.

Everyone was dressed so lovely for the event, each coordinate was themed, whether obvious or subtle, and we started off by introducing everyone and what their theme was.

After the guests arrived and introduced, we popped out the punch with a little extra surprise of floating eyeballs and served out the dishes, and desserts like our two tiered, home~made, cake we worked on creating with the theme print this year. 

Everyone enjoyed the food and conversation as we parked ourselves outside with the decorated backyard, filled with spiderwebs, Halloween hello kitty, and a game space for our big game that we would soon play.

This year, we didn't have enough space to indulge in a game of man~hunt in our Victorian park so we changed it up with a game we created that's sort of like a toss game, however, there are certainly more rules and zombies...

It was a Zombie Lolita toss game to be exact! 

We had to rotate each game because we only made 3 Lolita zombie, but we had volunteers hold up our girls and others do the tossing.

The object of the game is to hit your lolita zombie with a little ping pong eyeball and if you hit your zombie moved away, if you missed it got closer to you. You could hit your opponents and try to get them out too but how fast your game ended really relied on your skill and the luck of the draw. (If you'd like to get the whole "How to Play" info, I'll be more than happy to message them to you, just leave a comment or message me.)

After we all had our turns we held our two prize contests that we award little prizes for two different prizes for. 

Our first was for the best coordinate, where the guests all vote for whoever they think had the best coordinate either based on their coordinate theme. This year was really difficult! We had an elegant mermaid, a cute deer, even satan! (Or sateen as she preferred it pronounced.^_^) Everyone looked so awesome and cute in all there coords, it was really hard for guests to choose.

The second contest was to guess the weight of our returning mascot Pumpkinchan, the bride of Yanenstein! Every year, SweetOkashi and I always deck out a pumpkin with the most ridiculous of wigs and Ita her up a bit to make her the perfect Yanenstein bride. This year we decked her out with the prizes for our contest winners and a Halloween striped headbow, as you can see here.



After that we took a group picture and had intended to decorate masks for a group craft, however, we hunkered down in my living room and told a ghost story that stirred laughter and awe, then things winded down a bit and we saw a few of our guests off.



All in all, it was such a lovely day. If I were to think of adding or changing anything I would probably add a little more time to the party agenda, smaller prizes for the lolita zombie game winners, do up even crazier decorations, and more food or a wider variety to choose from, but I thoroughly enjoyed the day.

 

For those who want to read more about different Halloween Themed meet ups look up these lovely loli's involved in the Lolita Blog Carnival!


Hello Batty

Thanks for reading, now pull up a chair and enjoy the tea party!




Saturday, October 12, 2013

LBC: My Favorite Print Theme In Lolita

Looking through Lolibrary, Hello Lace, and every brand website I just can't stop myself from tagging favorite pieces, whether for the intricate and well thought out cut of a piece or simply the print itself, I'm almost always checking out something new in lolita.

So, as it is for many, you can understand my conundrum of picking out one favorite print, so here's my most favorite of prints.

NEVERLAND

In lolita there tends to be a wide variety of prints and each theme tends to be favored by someone. Most brands, whether Japanese or indie, tend to love our beloved Alice in Wnderland, of course what's not to love? However, there is hardly enough out there for Peter Pan, I believe I can only think of two dress prints that are anything inspired by J.M.Barrie's tale of a boy who never aged and lived on the back of the wind. 

Now, i'm fairly certain if you've read any of my first posts in my blog, you'll know just how much i love this particular print. Night Fairy Fantasia was and will always be my number 1 dream print, there is definitely sentimental value for me, tucked away in every detail.

Never has a print so captivated me as much as this one has. The story of Peter Pan and Neverland has always been a favorite story of mine and to see it so well depicted on a dress has me quite smitten that I feel like I could stand to acquire all color ways split across either jumper skirt styles.



I recently received the black color way in the version pictured aboveor quite a reasonable price, I was ecstatic when I saw it went for my initial bid.


The print itself floats with different iconic images from the story, Neverland, Big Ben, and the Jolly Roger, they're all there. I do love this print so much and have been on a hunt for more pieces from the series and Neverland themed prints and designs.



Recently, Baby and Alice released a special dress series and put out several different designs and pieces and one happened to be a Tinkerbell theme dress design.


A gorgeous set that after seeing it in the show made me hope for something else Neverland~ish to come our way from Baby or Alice. I feel they may come through with more prints soon enough, fingers crossed.

Another brand that has done a Neverland/Peter Pan piece would be by Samantha Rei, formerly of Blasphamena's Closet, under the new label Samantha Rei. She designed this absolutely adorable dress in a green color way that reminds me of the murky waters of the pirate harbor. The print name is Shooting Star and the jsk is called Rose.


I really love Neverland and it's wonderful stories of adventure and truly hope for more to come in prints and designs in lolita. 

I'm not the only one who wrote about their favorite prints and designs in lolita, check out these other lovelies and what they think in this edition of the Lolita Blog Carnival. You can learn more about it on the Facebook page, here.


Friday, October 11, 2013

3 Secrets For Getting Into Lolita

There are a few things that I wish I had known going into Lolita so this topic got me thinking of a few tips and tricks that would be good for beginners.

FINDING STAPLE PIECES

A lot of the times on the comm sales someone will post, "good for beginner Lolita" and you may come to find it as a wonderful staple piece in your wardrobe.

But beware!

What you need to look for in a beginner piece isn't that tag line. Pay attention to the lace, that is one of the most important things when looking at a potential find. The second thing to really pay attention to is the silhouette of the item. It doesn't have to be brand to be a wonderful piece but keep in mind how it should fit. The material of the dress itself is also important, keep away from shiny materials. Lastly, make sure YOU enjoy the piece.

Also, doing bodyline for even a beginning piece is not always the greatest. Not all of their pieces are lolita even if listed in the lolita section and not all the prices are just right. You can find a good brand piece second hand for almost the same price.

Now you may hear that all the time, but these are tried and true factors in lolita.

SEWING AND CRAFTING

There are always things to be needed in lolita, things that do wonders for any wardrobe are the skills to sew and craft. When I was starting, I derped hard and did not even think about sewing or crafting. I mean I knew how to do it, but I wasn't really ready to put into action inklings I had in my head. Have confidence and try to really work through ideas and looking up other designs of legit brand is always a good motivator and help in the process.

There weren't many patterns out that were loli~able but there are now, and whether your skills are beginner or top notch, there is always something out there.

DO RESEARCH!!!

Nothing is more important than this! Well...besides having fun with it, but I believe the research is part of the fun. Learning what the proper silhouette is for the style in general and also learning all the different sub~styles. Yes, experimenting is a part of research, but part of the fun in making a coordinate is finding all the right pieces and knowing what looks good with what, and what is acceptable.

Not only is there research to do for the look but researching where to get that look. You can find out from resources where to find the best and most trustworthy brands, whether indie or straight out of Japan, and where great accessories can be found, or great deals on second hand. There is a plethora of info out there at your disposal all you need to do is look it up. Checking out egl on livejournal or lolita groups on fb like lolita mentoring are really fabulous assets that you should keep tabs on.



Here are the some other good secrets from this weeks blog carnival!


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Friday, October 4, 2013

LBC: 3 Trends I Could Never Get Into In Lolita

SIt took me a bit of time to think of three things I would never do in lolita, but these are things I just can't see myself doing. A few are simply because I find them silly or would look silly on me, one in particular is because I simply can't at the moment.

That being said, let's get to it.

Ankle Socks.



I find some of them so cute! I really like the frilly and delicate ones being put out lately. Brands have been putting out all sorts of really cute ones. So why is this on my lists of things I won't and don't, you ask?

Sadly and simply enough, I have scars all over my legs that look like bruises from a terrible allergic reaction to god knows what and they go up to just below my knees. However, the moment these bad boys fade away with the help of some vitamin E, and maybe some make up or thicker nude color tights I'm down.

Next on my lists of big no~nos:

Cat Ears/Rabbit Ears/Antlers.



You know the type I'm talking about. Cat ears are my worst pet peeve for sure. I don't even like Baby's Kitty Kitty Rhapsody print. I don't mind it with maid costumes and I don't mind if you want to just take them out for a stroll on the town, but they just really irk me. I don't mind the sweaters with the ears attached, but regular cat ears I just can't....

Bunny ears and antlers are in a similar area for me, but I have seen some really fantastic well done coords with them. I definitely don't think headband bunny ears are acceptable for some strange reason that eludes me (the ones where the headband part aren't seen look good though), but I've seen a lovely rabbit ear cap made and worn with an awesome coord. So all in all, I'm finding them in a grey area because I feel I would look silly but I would be willing to try them.

 I do also like the little usagi head bows but I don't really feel many look finished with anything but maybe casual lolita.

Aprons.



I am not a maid. I will not wear an apron unless I am hosting something for a meet up that I am required to handle food. I do like classic ones, but I really would prefer not using them. I find them more maid and not lolita and almost kind if pointless because I wouldn't want to dirty them if they were brand and even though historically aprons have held a strangely large part in women's fashion up until the Victorian era really, I'm just not feeling it. 

Well that's all she wrote for tonight folks!

Got through that easier than I thought I would, hope you enjoyed!

Later, next week, I'll do a Lolita Haul post. I just got a very large package from Japan.

Don't forget to check out these other frilly ladies as they blog about things they can't get into in this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival.



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