Monday, September 16, 2019

LBC: Create A Coord Based On A Book

If there is one thing I love just as much as frills and tea is books and stories. I can easily forget the world and delve into any, for hours if I'm not careful. Lately, I've been having this issue of losing myself but in writing the pages of my own story. It's not something I ever thought I would be doing but here I am. For this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival we're creating coords inspired by books and so I am very excited for it. It's always so difficult for me to choose when it comes to these types of topics so I went with my gut instinct. The last time I did this I did a coord based on the book The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde, one of my all time favorites.

I decided to go with basing it on The Butterfly Garden, by Dot Hutchison, something I stumbled on by accident a few years ago. It's a very good thriller that sort of starts off at the end, finding one of the "butterflies" that had been abducted to the garden, by the Gardner, being questioned by police. They have her go over how she ended up there, what it was like, and who the Gardner was and what he would do to them. The people who are turned into butterflies are tattooed with these intricately detailed tattoos and given a new namesake.

<3 Coord Rundown <3

<3 Jsk/Headdress/Butterfly Necklace (Worn on shoulders, in back): The Bloody Tea Party
<3 Underskirt: Triple Fortune
<3 Blouse/Shoes/Necklace: Offbrand
<3 Rings: Vintage, Offbrand
<3 OTKs: American Duchess

The story is well written and very dark as the main character talks of her time in the garden. She doesn't gloss over how they were kept in a big domed "paradise" of a lush garden, had everything about their new life maintained to keep up this one image of beauty. It's spin~chilling and upsetting and intense and can be difficult to handle for a laundry list of reasons. The moment a butterfly reached a certain age, couldn't fit in, whether through a disobedient behavior or get her own body to meet the demands of the Gardner, or couldn't dissociate themselves from their reality enough to put on the airs of living "a wonderful life" the Gardner would murder them and encapsulate them in the glass corridor. 

Despite how intense this book may be, for all the horrible reasons, I do suggest picking it up. The main character, Maya, is a very intriguing person that takes the reader through how she and the others with her pushed through. It had a very realistic monster, a man who thought he was their caregiver and some sort of savior, not seeing himself for what he truly was.

Everything in this coordinate is about butterflies, with the print, necklace, and headdress and I tried to add wing~like imagery anywhere I could. I used one of my indie brand's newest Butterfly jsks paired with a lightweight black top, giving it a little bit of a gossamer look. Since I do need more ruffles to this jsk I used a Triple Fortune skirt with just enough ruffles for the bottom. The other little detail I added was pinning a butterfly necklace to the back of the dress to add another butterfly but also give another dimension.

Since the butterflies were tattooed with very large wings I thought this particular piece would be appropriate for this book. It also reminds me a bit of a scene in the book where Maya convinces their abductor to let them put on a play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. She said it was to boost morale and help the newest abductee fit in but it had other purposes for the story that I wont spoil, you will have to read the book to find out more.

If you are curious about what other bloggers have written on this weeks topic feel free to check them out in the links below! 

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