Friday, March 30, 2018

365 LLC Days 87 - 89: Of Napkin Folding, Virtual Tours, & Old City Photos

March 28, 2018

Saw this when I went searching and couldn’t help myself, I may try to remember to do this one the next time I have friends over for tea. It’s very simple and easy and just too cute!

March 29, 2018

I’m just going to leave the link here, it was really nifty to be able to tour a few of the exhibits of the British Museum.

March 30, 2018

I actually didn’t expect much, my city in Maryland is sort of part of another and I imagined it wouldn’t have had many pictures to find. But I did find something so it did work out in the end. Maybe lol discover a little bit more and look a little further into the history of the place.

Cheers! XOXO

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

365LLC Days 84 - 86: Of Wandering, Poetry, & Candles

March 25, 2018

I decided to look at a venue that boasted a historic mansion and a performance space, The Strathmore Mansion, while out on a trip for supplies. It turned into a pleasant little trip and I found that they do indeed host afternoon tea there and that the room in which they do it is by far the best in the house.

I did manage to take a pic of what I was wearing in one of the building’s mirrors so that was a surprise. The rest was all more modern art that someone had made into really neat kites. 

March 26, 2018


TINY queen,

Little eyes laugh out between
Dimpled fingers that were busy
But a weary moment since
Mischief-making -- for she is a
Match for Puck, the fairy prince!
She must ever be advancing
Some new prank; and laughing, dancing,
Disappearing at the door,
Like a sunbeam leaving shaded
All that was so bright before --
Like a sunbeam leaving faded
Flowers on the floor.
O, you joking, dear provoking,
Little laughing Lelloine!


Calm, serene,
Lying lily-like between
The blurred leaves of life and love
That our wet eyes bend above,
Lisp nor laughter on the lips:
Two white rose-leaves now eclipse
Such of glances as the chance
Dimple dances in advance.
Darling! Darling! tell us why
You do neither laugh nor cry;
Even though you moaned in pain,
We could be so glad again!
What unchanging smile is this
That we shudder so to kiss?
Hearts are leaning low to glean
All your meaning, Lelloine.

James Whitcomb Riley

I’m quite fond of this poem so I thought it would be nice to try to memorize this one

March 27, 2018

The apartment I live in doesn’t really allow candles or any kind of open flame, with two bombastic cats jumping around a lot I’m inclined to stick to the rule. However, I do have a few candles that smell delightful and are powerful enough to be noticed when the lids are removed, they smell of flowers of course.

So with that being said, it’s time to tuck in and get some sleep. 

Cheers! XOXO!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

365LLC Days 81 - 83: Of Handwriting Practice, Wearing A Gift, & Book Recommendations

March 22, 2018

What better way to work on handwriting than writing out a recipe? I am still playing around with the quill pen, even writing out the letter the other day with it, and so I took the time to enjoy using it to practice. My notebook is really a mess with all sorts of things in it, from little scribbles, short stories, poems, and to do lists, recipes that I'm fond of can also be found throughout it's pages. I think I'm starting to get back into the groove of writing with a quill, regardless I am enjoying the practice of it.

Do you like adding odds and ends like this into your journal?

March 23, 2018

I actually put this together for the Lolita Blog Carnival post for today and discovered it would work well for this post as well. I compared and dissected my newest and oldest in age pieces from my wardrobe and threw something together to display it in a pretty fashion, it turned out the blouse was a gift from a friend quite a few years ago. 

March 24, 2018

Not only will I recommend this book to my friend I will to anyone who will listen. I've actually also recommended this book in the lifestyle Lolita group I'm a part of, The Secret Garden, just a few weeks ago. I read this book back in middle school and still love to go back to it every now and then.

The story uses Newport, RI, as  a template as well as the history of the Gilded Age that comes along with it as the beautiful mansions were the summer homes of the Fortune 500, who would travel from New York to RI to enjoy a summer of leisure. It does put some notable characters of history in but mostly in name only, like the Vanderbilts, and renames all of the mansions and even the famous Rosecliff of which the story's crimes take place.

The Cliffwalk, known to RI as the Rosecliff for it's gorgeous flora that graces the walking path which is indeed on the cliff's edge, has become a dangerous place to tread for any lone maid. Usually used as a path between the houses for servants to travel if necessary, maids have been found strangled to death with a very particular rose laid out by their bodies to be found and baffling the police dept. When one of high society's own is found dressed as a maid and slain in the exact same fashion it becomes a far more entangling mystery. 

Why was she dressed as a maid and out on the Cliffwalk?

I wont go into it any further but I will say the book is a delightful little jaunt and the author details Newport, clothing of the time, and the mansions very well. I think if you have a chance to find this and read through you will enjoy it, a very quick and easy read.

I've got to be off for the day and get working on another particular project that I can't wait to share with everyone.

Cheers! XOXO

Friday, March 23, 2018

LBC: Dissect And Review Your Oldest Piece And Your Newest Piece Based On Actual Age

As luck would have it I have just the right pieces to compare for this post, one of my oldest pieces and my newest released piece both happen to be Metamorphose. Initially I was just going through my wardrobe for a previous post to see which of my oldest pieces would be best to photograph for a prompt for the 365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge, here, and I had three that fell into that category from 2006. When I was going back to those pieces and my newest I realized that there was a Meta piece in both, both also happen to be drastically different in style.

The pieces I have are Star Rose Ribbon jsk (2018) and Music Note Bustle Back jsk (2006) so there is a good twelve years between the two garments. The material that Meta has been using lately has deviated greatly from Lolita fashion’s origjnal “cotton is best” guideline that the Music Note jsk is made of, Star Rose is made of a polyester chiffon (gasp!).

FUN FACT: the music note motif in the jsk I am writing about has been reused in one of the newer prints, Band in the Forest. 

Based on the appearance alone they are drastically different but 

One of my favorite things about both jsks is the embellishments at the necklines of both garments. A delicate ruffle is sewn in to give the design a little extra something a detail Meta has done a lot throughout the years, usually in a material different than the main fabric. The cuts of the bodice does vary one with a front panel the other with a princess cut, something that is more a variation from garment to garment over the years and not a major cement change.

Meta has had a history of making pin back bows - Star Rose Ribbon has one for the back as well, which I’ll cover last - and this is another example that appears in both pieces, the difference though is the style. Star Rose Ribbon has this gorgeous, large, double layered bow that also has little charms at the bottoms.

Music note bustle jsk has a simple black waist and matching ribbon, the back is another pin back of course, breaking up the busy, but consistent, pattern. I’ve enjoyed this bow in more than just this piece, attaching it to collars to finish a look, its very versatile. The bow is just enough and plays well with the little bows at the neckline.

First, the waist tie on the music note jsk is not the original, I changed it up to all black because I thought it looked better and...I’m missing the waistlines. However, the are fairly similar in construction to the black and about the same length they are just matching the jsk fabric and are not solid.

Though I do not own any of Meta’s more recent pieces I can say from having modeled for them at Rufflecon 2017 almost all of their dresses waistties were done like music notes. I’ve also peaked at other new releases I covet (cough cough Magic Stone! Cough cough) and notice they have traditional waistties as well. Regardless, I am definitely in love with the style of the pin back huge bow, heavily interfaced to keep it’s crisp appearance, with pins in the center and the edges to attach it to the rouched band that attaches via buttons where a regular waistties would usually go. This, in my opinion, would be a lifesaver in trying to make a perfect bow on one’s person. 

The back bow of this piece also has moon and star charms at the bottoms. The music note bustle back jsk does not but has layers of pretty dote tulle, perhaps a little too light weight and the bottom layer has no solid white bottom tier, this makes it difficult to wear any other petticoat except a white one, as you can see. 

Everything from the fabric used to the design is drastically different though both are still good pieces. I do feel like Star Rose Ribbon is a far more elegant piece at first glance but both can be coordinated to be super elegant and OTT, as I am want to do, and still be worked to be more every day piece. 

If you wish to read more from other bloggers who’ve done this topic, please, check them out in the links below. 

Cheers! XOXO

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

365LLC Days 78 - 80: Of Small Meets, Quick Reads, & Written Letters

March 19, 2018

This is actually a perfect time to get the ball rolling for a meet I’ve been wanting to do. A few years ago I hosted an antiques meet up in my neck of the woods and have been wanting to do another. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was simple and relaxing to plan the first time, all that really is needed is to decide if it’s going to be a potluck style picnic at the end or just to make it easier and have everyone bring their own lunch.

I would like to make some of my favorite rose tea cookies to package in a way so everyone can have their own and bring it home. I can just give them out at the end when we walk down to the little park to enjoy our picnic, being mindful to bring blankets to sit on and remind people to wear good shoes to walk down the little antiques village. The walk isn’t really that long but we will be going through all the little shops all day.

Everything is already set in my little write up for the event page and I really am excited to host this again.

March 20, 2018

I’m actually an inconsistent reader, I can read either extremely quickly or it can take a bit for me to get through a chapter. Today I’m researching what fabrics will be best to use for making a vest I’m working on for a future coord. I’ve devored quite a few posts.

March 21, 2018

It’s snowing outside and with the way my schedule is I’m actually getting a chance to sit down and enjoy watching the snow fall, it’s my both my cats favorite thing to do so they’re in the window. Who will I write to while I write?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

365 LLC Days 75 - 77: Of 100 Year Old Skincare Tips, Photographing Longest Owned Pieces, & Collages Of Favorites

March 16, 2018

This was an interesting read as I quite enjoy skin care regimens from days past. I like looking into them to see how they differ from what we do now and seeing what is still healthy and safe to do today. A lot of skincare recipes tend to be easy things to find and get a hold of, some of these ingredients were not always safe, like lead, where others, like witch hazel, are still used today. 

March 17, 2018

Happy St. Gertrude’s day! If you love cats this day is for you!

I am absolutely using one of my older pictures for a full jsk shot because I forgot to take one when I was putting together this post. This, as I've mentioned several times before, and the Btssb tartan jsk in blue are not only my first pieces I bought for my wardrobe but they are the ones I've owned the longest. My wardrobe has only ever really seen expansions since I've begun my crazy adventures in frills and I prefer it that way.

I decided out of the two that I wanted to take pictures of this one and not both because truthfully I felt like it. I've owned them both for the same amount of time though I believe the Btssb one may have come in a few days earlier. I really love the detail work in it and all the little characters spread throughout the print. I still wear both pieces fairly often and this particular one more than I had originally thought I would.

March 18, 2018

At first I thought I wouldn't know what to collage this piece with but it sort of fell out of my head and my phone. The two garden shots are actually from my trip to the US Botanic Garden which was having an exhibit on orchids; they had taken over not only the building but my phone now as well. I think it was perfect timing.

So that's really all for today, I've been ramping up on making a few commissions and a few random pieces for my shop over the last few days. At some point I plan on making a Witch Bonnet to match this particular dress.

Cheers! XOXO

LBC: What Has Become A Staple Piece In Your Wardrobe And Why

Everyone tends to have a certain go to garment the tend to lean towards when picking out their coordinate. If not a major garment it could be one particular head piece or accessory that makes its way into the look even if it's a small piece of jewelry or a over the top floral headdress. Some things simply becomes a sort of default piece for any particular individual for one reason or another. I tried to take a hard look at previous photos and pay attention to what I put on my person throughout the week to see what I may have been subconsciously doing.

While taking a look I did notice that one of my staple pieces for major events tended to be one of my bonnets, usually paired with a small chained pearl headdress. My Triple Fortune bonnets seem to really weave their way into a coord without much thought. I do find that I favor them as they are so pretty and I feel very put together when I top off an outfit when I secure one onto my head. I love that they make me feel more princess~like and elegant during meets where I feel one of my antique or vintage hats wont cut it.

That being said, another staple piece would most definitely be my vintage and antique hats I have in my wardrobe. I think since early on when I was first developing my style within the fashion I would turn to a hat that I could decorate with ribbons and flowers instead of a headbow or cannotier. I do have bows that come from certain series and sets but I don't often wear them unless I'm adding them to the hats to create a different look for the outfit. Hats in all shapes, sizes, and styles adorn my hat boxes, quite a few more recently are handmade, without a doubt they are indeed a staple piece for me.

The last thing I have to make note of would be my cameos. With jewelry pieces I almost always go vintage or antique as well and find they meld better with my more classic and gothic styles. I don't often wear newer pieces unless I make them myself and lately I've been filling my jewelry box with necklaces, head chains, and bracelets and rosette chains to better match my wardrobe pieces; however, one can almost always spot a cameo in one of my cords. Whether attached to a new beaded piece I've fashioned or fastened directly onto a garments bodice or a jabot, a cameo is very hard to miss in one of my cords and is indeed a staple piece for me.

These pieces are all things I find lovely and I just simply adore the look they achieve. There really is no other reason than that for why they've become such a large part of my wardrobe. Through the years I've searched and collected them and have found they simply mesh well with my style.

If you want to see what other bloggers have said is a staple piece for them check them out in the links below!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

365LLC Days 72 - 74: Of Eyesores, City Inspired Coords, & Embroidery

March 13, 2018

Easy enough, I sorted the electronics bin above my fabric drawers as it sometimes would have wires sticking out at odd ends. Now the bins look a little cleaner.

March 14, 2018

I decided to go with Providence, RI, for my city based coord. One of H.P. Lovecraft’s and Edgar Allan Poe’s favorite stomping grounds and the capitol of the a state with the most cases of vampirism in the US. I went with a dark a decrepted gothic look, trying to exude a slightly sinister feel. Bats adorn this dress and are used in some of the jewelry, as well as dragons, crosses, and other dark and dreary symbols. On a rainy day Providence can look so wonderfully bleak.

March 15, 2018

I’ve already whipped out my hoop for this one earlier in the morning but I’ve been besides myself with getting started. I’ve only ever done some meddling on my own with very small projects so I thought this was a good prompt for me to reel myself in.

I decided to look at stem stitches as it’s always one to catch my eye and a lot of the others are stitches i’ve Definitely worked with in sewing. Things like base stitching, back stitch, and French knots are all great for the basics but things I’ve surprisingly discovered I’ve learned for sewing.

Hopefully this will all pan out well, I think I’m going to find it quite soothing actually.

Well, I’ve downed my last cup and must away with me!

Cheers! XOXO

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tokyo Rebel Tea Party With Misako Aoki

So, another one has indeed bit the dust...

It has taken me a bit to write up this tea party event report but it should be done sooner rather than any later...

At the beginning of last month we were all informed that the New York store for both Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Tokyo Rebel were going to be closing it's storefront in early March, though keeping the online site for Tokyo Rebel open (Thank you!).

This left anyone who wished to make their pilgrimage to the store a little time to make it up and everyone who has enjoyed the store, either by going to the physical location or purchasing from their online sites, a hole in their hearts.

I have made treks up to the location several times in the past and it was my preferred crew to make my purchases from. I think their staff has always been great and well on top of things, answering questions in speedy time or helping out securing reservations. It was sad to see them close the shop when it had only been Tokyo Rebel when it was back by the ABC café, also closed (rip), to which I would also make a trip ever so often; it is doubly sad to have it happen again.

With this closing, however, the team made another tea party hosted at the wonderful Janam Tea with a special guest being Misako Aoki to give the store a proper send off.

I have never gotten a chance to meet Misako and I am telling you she is even more adorable in person than I had thought possible! She is super sweet and kind and each table got about 10 minutes with her to chat. I gave her a gift of a pink and gold rosette headdress from my brand and she seemed to be really happy about it. We got to take individual pictures with her and a group photo at the end.

This was the second time I had gotten a chance to have tea at Janam's and I adore it and the staff. The tea itself is delicious. The tea sandwiches and desserts have always been topnotch and the teas are very carefully picked out by the tea hostess, Amy, from her trips to India. The tea the serve is specific leaves from India and she does make yearly trips there to pick them. The scones are a British scone style and they do serve it with specialty jams and clotted cream, which I believe they make that in house that takes about a day to make.

During the tea I got to sit with new and old friends, though I got tried to sit with Sweet but we got separated by a table, but it was still lovely to be able to reconnect and make new connections. Our table MAY or may not have gotten a bit out of hand with our goofy antics...but I did have a blast.

After the tea party we headed to the store to make any final purchases from the Tokyo Rebel stock, of which I got the Star Rose Ribbon jsk in brown that I had wanted from Meta, and to get last minute
photos and signed books with Misako. Unfortunately while in line for the autographs I learned my bus back to MD was cancelled due to the atrocious storm and I had to try and make it back to the Port authority for a secondary bus I booked that ended in cancellation anyway. I was hilariously stranded in NY for the night with only the frills on my back and in my bag and to top it all off with that ridiculous cherry it of course all stopped by the time I left the port authority to check into the hotel I managed to get.

So of course I had a night on the town!

I hope you enjoyed this post, the event made a good memory for me, I only wise I hadn't needed to run off and miss getting an autograph from Misako but it is what it is. I had fun, I will miss being able to go up to NY and visit and buy from my favorite store, but I will enjoy the memories.

Cheers! XOXO

Monday, March 12, 2018

365LLC Days 69 - 71: Of Poems, Lace, & Old Cards

March 10, 2018

Is there anything more woeful than the loss of beautiful Annabel Lee? Most likely not to Edgar Allan Poe though I can't seem to stop writing out his prose about his love. Truthfully I went with this piece to write out because I like it so much. I copied it in it's entirety but my handwriting is woeful in and of itself today. May as well get a bunch of practice in.

March 11, 2018

I was captivated by the lace trim on this piece while trouncing through the day so I simply decided to photograph it. I've always enjoyed the colors of this particular piece and love the frothiness of the ruffles and layers.

I actually wore this during the masquerade at the first Rufflecon because I had never been to any con nor it's masquerade and hadn't realized I would be bouncing around dancing so much in it. When doing so to the Brilliant Kingdom performance, I was jumping so much the gold crown emblem on the front of the dress pinged right off into the darkness of the room. I was only lucky enough that my friend Candace had somehow magically saw this and was able to retrieve it for me, though I never even realized it was gone! That's my level of excitement for Brilliant Kingdom I guess.

I have yet to remember to sew it back onto the dress...

March 12, 2018

For today's prompt I pulled out a card someone gave me for my birthday, I do enjoy cake headdresses, Marie Antoinette, and the little details of this card.

Well that's enough for today I need to brew up some tea and get to work on a new Witch Bonnet commission. Toss one back for me frillies! XOXO