Thursday, July 19, 2018

365 LLC Days 198 - 200: Of Letters To Brand, Favorite Book Scene Doodles, & Daydream Indulgences

July 17, 2018




I almost wrote out a very short letter to Metamorphose that read only "Dear Meta, please rerelease Secret Laboratory so I can buy the red colorway. Love Maddy" but two things, Meta isn't my favorite brand and I thought that may be a bit too silly for what I meant to share. 

It's short and succinct and I mean it to this particular brand and I hope everyone feels that way about their favorite brand.

July 18, 2018



While I was cueing up the prompt photo for this the night before I honestly could not figure out what my favorite book was. I started to draw out a few things this morning and scrapped it because I wasn't sure if it was my favorite. Then when it got down to the wire on time (because I have none until Friday) I panicked and drew out this from The Woman in Black. It's not even my favorite book but it's one of my favorite parts of it, when the main character is strolling through the property before he even thinks there are ghosts and sees some woman in the cemetery and when he goes to follow her she's disappeared and there is only a small cliff that she couldn't have gone down. It's way to difficult to pick one book for me....I should have tried to prep myself for this prompt a week ago. So please excuse my indecisive scribbles....

July 19, 2018


I honestly day dream quite a bit and sometimes get too distracted when I should be making good on plans for the day, it's difficult not to indulge a bit. Usually my daydreams are ones about how I think a storyline should go (I am not writing enough of that story but writing out a lot of ideas of how it should go), how I want to design my newest piece, or about plans for events I want to do or go to. 

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These past few days I have been starting the prompts either waaaaaaaaayyy to early in the morning or extremely late at night, I have family visiting but I didn't want to forget about doing them. I'm excited that I've reached DAY 200 and have been able to consistently do so and keep up. 




Monday, July 16, 2018

365 LLC Days 195 - 197: Of Reminders Of Love, Lolita Valentines, & Handwritten Names

July 14, 2018



I think when it comes down to why I fell in love with this fashion in the first place it comes down to how it looked like a cross between older styles of clothing throughout history - one could look really elegant and delicate in these clothes - and can have things that feel like dreams printed on them. It was very difficult to pick one dress today, truly I just wanted to roll around in all of them, take a pic, and call it a day because choosing one was that tough but I settled on something simple and that felt like it stuck out in the moment (if this were a different day I'm sure it would be something else).

Regardless, it's easy for me to love a piece for any little reason that makes up that pretty little piece and it reminds me of why I love this fashion. 

July 15, 2018


I have secrets valentines for cute friends...hopefully they will go up soon....

July 16, 2018



And here we have my terrible handwriting, enjoy! (and those flowers are from a few posts ago where I picked flowers and pressed them)

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There are so many things I have enjoyed since starting this challenge, it motivates me to enjoy every little moment a little more and makes me think things through a bit. I hope you've also been enjoying these little bits as well. I think it's time to get back to refill my teapot and get back to work for this project. Cheers! XOXO





Friday, July 13, 2018

365 LLC Days 192 - 194: Of Old Castles, Coords Based On Flowers, & Treats

July 11, 2018




I know I've touched on Dracula's castle in one other post but today I had the urge to see it again, through video. It's actually quite a beautiful structure and I think more people should appreciate it. Maybe one day I'll get to go visit.

July 12, 2018



It was a tricky decision to make with all of those flower prints that I have but I finally came to a decision, I stayed in the rose family. The print on the fabric is already rife with roses woven all throughout so I played that into the Triple Fortune tights that are equally as rose laden. To emulate the many layers or petals I decided to pull out this new underskirt I procured from a friend, it's Chess Story, and topped it off with a cute flowery hat that I thought would work well and played into the creams. I did add one of my rosettes to the mix in the end, what kind of flowery coord would it be without one, and yoyo-ed between a chocker necklace and this one with the aurora borealis beads. I think it came out okay, the color appears off but the pinks do match it's not a case of the odd 'all my pinks don't match" issue, I swear.

July 13, 2018



Happy Friday the 13th everyone!!!


I feel as though it is treat enough already, having bought a sterling silver ring just the day before for a total steal of $4(the scarab ring pictured above).  I'm going to treat myself to this wickedly wonderful fortune telling paragon signs and omens tea cup from my local antique store, I saw it just yesterday but was a bit short on funds to procure it. I called ahead to ensure I wouldn't run out of luck and go and learn it was sold already, they fly fast especially when they are priced so low, and instead I flew my frilly butt down the way to pick it up. I think it was a nice little treat today and I dressed to match the vibe in my Aatp's The Destiny Arcana and the Stars will Lead You, Fortune Teller jsk I.


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So I went a little haywire and really treated myself this week, I actually may have sort of procured a Wishlist items....and found some good finds from the antiques department. And though I have been treating I have been working, one of my last bits I need to do for my newest blouse is to rouch the waist by a few lines, I just cut it out last night. Anywho, I think I don't have time to read my tea leaves but I do have to drain my cup and get to bed, early morning tomorrow. Cheers! XOXO!

LBC: How Does Your Family React To Your Frills & What Is Their Favorite Piece

Frills and family are an interesting combination, some absolutely abhor and don't understand the combination of ruffle and lace that we don and enjoy so much, others get a kick out of it or even love it just as much. For some it is difficult to get a chance to wear if you live with family who don't like and don't want anything to do with it, though sometimes family members have a style preference and even a favorite piece. This week on the Lolita Blog Carnival we delve into what our families reactions are and, if positively, which piece may be their favorite.

I feel particularly lucky in this situation as it seems, save for one of my brothers and a sister who thinks there is a time and place for it, everyone seem to like it or simply accept that I am the weird one of the family, and my niece just wants to raid my closet. Today, I just want to focus on the parental units as I find their reactions to be intriguing and a little funny as well.

My parents are a quirky pair indeed, they like fairly normal or more so conservative clothing but with the things I tell my friends and their reactions of them they are quite the opposite.


My father is kind of conservative in a lot of ways and hasn't altered his fashion choices in all the years I have been alive. He hates ties and yet will wear them to his favorite places, owns more button-downs then I own blouses, and has a fleet of turtlenecks; he also has this one type of hat that I swear he's going to find a way to be buried with along with one of his favorite canes (he actually needs it to walk but he likes them fancy and cool). When he first saw me wearing the fashion it was the funniest thing, he was both elated and confused wondering whether or not I was going to throw on my combat boots. At first I didn't think he had one particular favorite, he really likes them all I think, but he seems to think the neatest one is the homunculi print I did. At first I thought it was him being biased because I made it but when I was discussing it with my mom she told me that he actually talks about how neat he thinks that particular print is (I keep forgetting this is where I get my spookiness from). Other then that he says he likes the more "darker gothic looking ones, they're really something..." or the ones that are solid. This was a learning experience for me.

How can I not find a more recent pic of this?!

When asking my mom broke down all sorts of reasons why she liked my style, what particulars of my style she prefers and why, what brands she likes in the fashion and why...she broke it down and I didn't realize how much of the info she has assimilated from this fashion. My mom also likes the solid colors, isn't quite a fan of most sweet pieces, and "...LOVES! LOVES! LOVES! any of the pieces that either have a faux vest sewn into the jsk, or a coord worn with an actual vest." I found that part surprising since I only started making and wearing those, apparently she actually looks at meet posts. She said her favorite was my Alice jsk I made a few years ago, out of the things I've made, and for brand she thinks that this piece from Alice and the Pirates, her favorite brand as well, is her favorite dress. (Dear mom, NEITHER OF THESE ARE SOLID!!!) 


It was neat to hear what they actually like and discuss all the little details of the what and why with my parents, I hadn't realized how much my mom actually knew or how much they actually talked about it on their own. They both see it as some sort of elegant modern variation of old clothes that people do all sorts of neat things with. I truly feel lucky that my parents enjoy the weirdness that is me and actually love my frills, I truly hope others in my family and other peoples' family could all feel similarly.

If you wish to hear more from others who expounded upon the topic you can check them out in the links below. If you wish to join in on the fun with the Lolita Blog Carnival be sure to look up the description and join, here.




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

365 LLC Days 189 - 191: Of Victorian Flower Language, Cute Cafes, & Ideal Lolita Hangouts

July 8, 2018




Victorian flower language is one of my favorite things, it can speak volumes to those who are aware of the meaning behind each bloom. There are ones for love, hate, friendship, and despair and even ways to call someone out with either sweet or harsh ways. It's all a matter of what you want to say and to whom when it comes to Victorian flower language. One of my favorite pieces that I really hope to get some day is Triple Fortunes Victorian Violets jsk, it's just so lovely.



July 9, 2018




This is tough as I've been here for 3 years and the cutest café is definitely Paul in DC but if I have to go searching for one the closest to cute that comes up appears to be JennyCakes. I've been past it a few times during my antiquing trips but my vague memory of going into the venue appears to be off. I remember a little hole in the wall but when I google pictures it appears to be this cute little spot, and far bigger then I remember. I'm going to have to go check it out again when I go down into Kensington next, plans have been made to go there this week with a few friends anyway so I'll be sure to let you all know.

July 10, 2018



Today has been a bit of a crazy day and I’m only realizing I didn’t draw the closet filled with clothes but this would be it. I think it’s cute and would love to hang out in this room.

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Alright, I have MAJOR things to share tomorrow and can’t wait! But for now I need to clean my tea pot and cup and call it a night, I am tuckered out and it probably didn’t help I was drinking chamomile to calm my nerves. Cheer! XOXO



Saturday, July 7, 2018

365 LLC Days 186 - 188: Of Favorite Hairstyles, Favorite Lotion, & Unwinding With A Book Before Bed

July 5, 2018



Personally, I really enjoy hairstyles similar to this and enjoy trying them out, it’s more classic in style and I feel that really works for me and my wardrobe style. For me and my baby fine hair, it is a bit difficult to build up and keep it for the day but I still enjoy trying to work it for my hair type. This is one of the styles that I've been playing around with recently in my own hair, though this picture is from the end of the day my curls stayed relatively intact from the new product I've been using.



July 6, 2018




Chances are if it's floral I will probably love it, this particular one was a gift from a frilly friend that knows me well. It’s a softer scent and it also absorbs quickly so it doesn’t have an oily residue which makes me a fan. With just a little bit on my hands and legs I hope to bring about sweet, ruffle filled, dreams. Night! XOXO

July 7, 2018




My favorite part of the evening is when I do get a chance to sit and relax and get in just a little bit of reading. I usually try to take a break from my phone and grab a bit of fiction, it’s difficult not to pop back into the land of Facebook if on the phone with my kindle app. I actually needed a new book to distract myself with, something I can go through quickly between now and finding something new.

I know everyone says they enjoy the book more and that the movie version is usually just okay, and I mean it's true of this, but I feel as though they are two totally different things! They are so different it may as well be considered loosely based or nearly separate. Also they make the main character so mopey and depressed whereas the book version is recounting his experience and his wife isn't dead in the beginning. I do suggest reading and watching both though, they are enjoyable on their own.

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Well that's all from me for these last 3 days (and mostly evenings) I'm going to tuck myself in and get enjoy my book, with my last drop of tea for the day. Cheers! XOXO

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

365 LLC Days 183 - 185: Of Wardrobe Changes, Things To Improve My Wardrobe, & EGL Meet UPS From A Different Country

July 2, 2018



These were actually trades from the mini~mega meet we had at the beginning of the year, I had gotten a pair of socks and a few other blouses too. Almost all traded and the only thing I think I didn’t trade for was one cheap blouse and a pair of socks. All good finds. 


These are another 3 of my scores and from around the last few months, I still can’t believe how low they were all going for and managed to act fast. The blouses are from the same seller and the jsk was local, and both were looking to move things out of their wardrobe.

        

These two are special to me for several reasons besides just really wanting them, the Star Ribbon jsk I bought on the last day Tokyo Rebel was open in the physical store. I had really wanted it and was hoping to get a chance to pick it up after the going away tea party. Funny enough the Sakura tea time jsk is also my last reservation I made with Bradbury NYC, we all know why I would want this piece I am sure, I just have to have my tea prints and this one is very lovely.


I FINALLY HAVE THEM!!! These two pieces have been apart of my hopes and dream dress wishes since I first laid eyes on them. I wish I had purchased them both when I first saw them but the mother goose jsk was one I had somehow let myself be talked out of for something I do kind of regret buying. If I could do it all over again I would stick to my guns (why was I so flip~floppy?!). But now I am so very happy that I did get it for a VERY reasonable price. Night Fairy Fantasia in Navy now completes my set of having all four colorways in (two in jsk I and two in jsk II). The only thing which I’m regretting about this...is that the listing never mentioned it was missing pieces and so the seller is not responsive there is nothing I can do to get them. We’ll see what to do about that in a little bit.


Another FINALLY I HAVE YOU moment is the a few Triple Fortune things I have had on my wishlist for a while. The Middle Earth skirt and corset, which came along with the navy blouse, was the very first Triple Fortune piece I ever got to wear. I wore it in the first fashion show for them at the very first Rufflecon and I wanted it from then. Both only that but in a trade I got the other Triple Fortune dress which my friend, from my home comm, had modeled in the same show. I feel quite a bit of nostalgia from these pieces and feel so lucky to have gotten them. And the last is simply the second most recent, right before the 3F skirt and corset, I got that from a friend as I needed a pink underskirt.

Moral of this story, Lolita fashion is life. I did get rid of a small amount of things which is something I’ve never done before, though I think after reviewing all of my lucky finds and trades it may be time to send off just a few more.  

July 3, 2018

   

 <3 Bigger Wardrobe <3  

It’s clear that I have an addiction to frills and don’t often get rid of them, I’ve been taking measures more recently to  focus what I put in, I have kept my hands off the more Sweet pieces and been trying to kon mari the ones that I feel don’t suit me out. But one thing I definitely feel I need to improve my wardrobe space, first and foremost, is more space. That and could use more things to organize everything.


<3 More Legwear <3

Legwear from ankle socks, otks, and patterned tights, if I could just get a bit more or make more I could really help grow my wardrobe.


I'm really happy how this vest came out...now I need it in 5 more colors.

<3 Vests <3

Vests would be another great addition as I’ve been slowly building a skirt section to my wardrobe. It’s weird for me and I feel I need that extra later up top and rather enjoy the look of it. So more of those would be nice.

These are actually a design for my brand.

<3 Jewelry <3

It would be nice to make or find more pieces to fill up and be able to change up looks with. I do have a small collection of pieces but I feel I’m lacking, particularly in the bracelet department.

I really should make more for both me and some for the shop.

 <3 Headbows <3 

I need more headbows that are a bit more classically styled, I find I can’t get into the head eating now look but adore the delicate smaller ones that I don’t have to fight my hair too much to wear. I should just make a bunch in all the colors to better mix into daily wear. I usually wear hats when I go out but the instance I come home the hat comes off and I feel like I’m missing something, putting small bow clips in my hair just doesn’t suffice.

July 4, 2018


This was a bitter~sweet post for me, going back to Egl and trekking through the old meet up photos, it’s been a while looking at those in particular. When I first started navigating I was surprised to see that some people were actively posting, once girl has been consistant since the days of Egl yore even. A few of the Swiss comm meets have been posted over the years, a sort of annual event, and it seems lovely from all the pics I can see. Seeing other comms from the world over does still make me wonder what it would be like to visit, meet others with the same interest from another continent. I think it would be lovely actually.

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I’m sorry if this post is weird, I seem to have been experiencing technical difficulties with my Blogger. I don’t know what’s wrong exactly so I’m hoping it will sort itself out in the next post. Well, I need to be off anyway, I’m down to the dregs of my tea and should wash up the pot and get to bed. Cheers! XOXO!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

365 LLC Days 180 - 182: Of Favorite Gardens, Breakfast Recipes, & Coords Based On Emotions

June 29, 2018



I don’t really have one favorite garden in the world more like favorite style of garden. I like the lush, over~run, and in all sorts of colors. If your garden is small and yet still covered in more plant then grass I will probably want to live there. Once I get a house....

June 30, 2018


Image taken from here

I don’t often eat breakfast, or breakfast foods, but when I saw this I knew I had to try it. It’s similar to this grilled chocolate sandwich I had seen a few years ago that I’ve been meaning to find a recipe for so why not give it a go with Nutella?

The way they make this is actually more like Nutella stuffed French toast and it’s done the same way. The only addition is before you soak it in the whisked milk, egg, vanilla, and cinnamon you spread out the Nutella in the sandwiches, then cook in the skillet for 2 minutes on each side. It seems very simple, here are the ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 slices french bread (sliced about 3/4″ thick)
  • 6 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Optional: Powdered sugar and fresh fruit for toppings
  • Your favorite syrup

July 1, 2018


I am officially at the HALF YEAR MARK of the 365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge!!! Oh my word! I can’t believe I’ve made it this far and that I’ve kept consistent with my blog posts!!!


This last challenge had me combing all through my wardrobe for what would be easiest to put together, see if you can figure out what emotion I’m expressing through this coord. Everything is The Bloody Tea Party with exception of the offbrand shoes, vintage hat, and the Innocent World socks. The op is one of my Butterfly Winged one piece designs.

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And that my frilly inclined friends is the things I’ve been prattling on doing over the last 3 days for the 365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge. I’ve been quite busy and am quite amazed that I have had the chance to do these last few at all due to recent events going on, but I did them. Not only that but HUZZAH I AM HALFWAY THROUGH THE CHALLENGE!!! I still can’t believe it!!!

 Also I have a few new things to show you very soon! I’m very excited to share what I’ve been toiling away on but I am arguing with myself whether to share the end results now or in August, just a few days after my Birthday. Well, anywho, I have to run to the shop and pick up just a tenant bit more of fabric for this witch bonnet I am near finished with (somehow managed to short myself just a bit and don’t know how). I’m going to toss back the last of my tea and make my run now (maybe when I get back I’ll make a little celebration tea too). Cheers! XOXO