Friday, October 6, 2017

LBC: Odd Habits Of The Fashion

The EGL fashion has been a rather large part of my life. I've kind of molded into it over the last decade or so due to a plethora of reasons. It fits my personal aesthetic preferences, hobbies, and habits for the most part which is why I feel more attuned to a lifestyler than most would, I suppose. Though this may be the case for me, and has been so for many years, there are still things that are glaringly different than in most other fashions. This week we decided to discuss a few of them in this week's Lolita Blog Carnival topic.


People Catalogue And Documenting Their Closets




Personally, I love this habit. I do find it odd but I enjoy making lists and logs of colorways, year, style numbers, and names of the pieces I own and seeing everyone else do similar lists. Wardrobe posts every January are something I greatly look forward to, though I need to work on mine and really commit to trying to make a post.

Outfit Shots And Rundowns

Whether it's laying out, on a mannequin, or on a body with a blurred out face, I feel like this is a habit that's fairly unique to EGL fashion. I know that there isn't a frilly who doesn't enjoy seeing someone's meticulously planned coordinate laid out in a pic, with all the little detail shots, but I don't think there are many other fashion groups that do this (I could be wrong! I don't generally subscribe to other fashion groups.)

Large Scale Meets For No Particular Reason


You know you've been to one or two major meets with more then half your comm in attendance, sometimes planned out to have seating arrangements even. But the wonderful part about it is there may not even be a reason at all as to why there is a Meet in the first place and not a reason, either, for why it may be so big. 

Creative Stand-Out Pieces


This fashion strives for creativity, there are so many things that one can do as long as they stay within the guidelines of the fashion and keep that certain silhouette. I love a lot of the OTT looks and the sometimes intense headgear and accessory pieces people can produce. I know sometimes people can think it can get a little out of hand but I truly love it. 

People Taking Pictures With And Without Permission



No matter how many times I get asked or see this I will always find it weird and unsettling. This may be due to my upbringing, being taught to be a little weary of people taking pictures, but even still I could never wrap my head around why strangers want to take someone's picture they don't know. I feel like those who also dress goth or steampunk must get this a lot as well. 

All in all, the odd little habits of this fashion fascinate me. I think a lot of fun and interesting things do come out of the fashion that make it a bit more fun. I'm sure there are many more but these are the few I could come up with. Now I'm off to have a quick cup of soothing tea before bed and hope you have a goodnight too. (I highly recommend a Lavender chamomile blend!) 


If you want to read a little more about what others think of the fashion you can check it their pages in the links below.

Friday, September 22, 2017

LBC: Difficult Things To Deal With In The Fashion

There are so many things that I love about this fashion, it's intriguing, it has so many little facets that one could get wrapped up in the for hours. However, there are also little downfalls even amidst all the highs of the fashion. Some are trivial and some are functional issues, it also depends from person to person, which is what we are discussing for this week's Lolita Blog Carnival. These are some bits I've gleaned from others and some which I have experienced myself, my biggest being:

Not Enough Storage Space

This is one I find many a frilly has to deal with. My situation is from moving from a house with 1 closet, wall rack full of dresses, and several drawers to one closet rack (which is thankfully a walking closet) and a few drawers in an apartment. We do plan to move to a house again someday but right now we have very limited space. I try not to buy anything unless it's a super good deal or dream dress status pieces. It has made me think more about efficiency and what pieces are important enough to splurge on.

Not Having Enough Filler Pieces

With every new piece I look into I try to see how it fits in with my wardrobe and if I can coordinate it  well with different blouses, jewelry, and head pieces in my wardrobe. That being said, sometimes I feel as though I'm lacking in those sorts of pieces. 


Trying To Be An Active Member Of The Community

This is a very difficult one for me as I want to engage with others and enjoy the conversation but then I go to write or connect with someone on one of the different social media platforms we have and my mind goes blank. It's very much like getting tongue tied but it's my fingers that are in knots. This is not just with the international community but my own local ones, as well. I feel like maybe I second guess myself?...

Parting With Pieces

This is a recent development for me, with the loss of space it has become more and more obvious that I do need to downsize just a tad. I don't know how anyone else does it but it's difficult for me. I know they are really only pieces but I've worked hard to get them, they make me happy just being able to look at all the different little details that parting with them is a little difficult. It's also a tad bit difficult because I wear everything I have. I've lucked out that there have only ever been maybe 4-5 pieces that haven't fit my body though now a days I've been debating more and more what fits my preferences and style (lots of creams, flowers, witchy prints, and tea cups. These are my life!).

Trying To Calmly React/Explain

I swear that sometimes I have to try not to loose my eyes in the back of my head when someone asks "are you in a play?" Or "Are you little bo peep?" Or dealing with sneaky picture takers. With the paparazzi I usually easily enough dip my parasol so they will only get my legs, it usually does the trick. For the people who don't want to understand and try to get a rise out of me I will usually just say they are just clothes and try not to say innappriate things questioning their original thinking or their ability to think at all. This is, of course, if they're the more rude sort and not people genuinely curious.

Personally, I feel like I'm not the only one who feels this way about a lot of these issues. I try to be reasonable and not go overboard for my love of this fashion and take care of my pieces to the best of my ability. But if you'd like to read more on this topic you can definitely read what other frillies find difficult about this fashion, down below.




Friday, September 15, 2017

LBC: Create A Coord Based On A Tea Cup

This week's topic is definitely a favorite of mine because, I'm going to be honest, I love tea cups!

That's right, your's truly, loves tea cups and tea pots and all things related to tea Time. It's definitely part of why I choose the name for this blog, my brand, and have sought after several particular tea time inspired prints. Funny enough, I have acquired two of those very particular pieces I have had my googly eyes on and oddly enough both in two of my preferred color ways, mint green.



Innocent World Tea Time underbust jsk and Alice and the Pirates Tea Time Nostalgia jsk II for those curious

And again, oddly enough, I will not be using either in my post today with the exception of mentioning that I've magically gathered them. It's simply not the right manner of happenstance because I had, without realizing it, managed to coordinate my last outfit to one of my tea cups for a friend's birthday tea (yes, I went to an afternoon tea birthday with my tea cup in toe, and yes I try to coordinate my tea cups to my coord, I've been bringing tea cups with me for years).

So, without further ado, here it is:



❤️Rundown❤️
Jsk/underskirt/blouse: Alice and the Pirates
Bonnet: Triple Fortune
Socks: Innocent World
Rings/Cameo: antique
Headdress/rosette chain: The Bloody Tea Party
Shoes: Offbrand
Tea cup: Aynsley 

Prior to moving here I had to give up a few of my pieces and came down with only about 6 tea cups, the first my mother ever gave me and a few other pretty ones. And when I settled a bit I found a wonderful lady who tends to know my preferences. Sometimes I pick up cute pieces that are a little newer like this one and sometimes I'll manage to snag a glorious Victorian piece or two, it's a wonderful mixed bag, and my collection is turning out to be as colorful as my wardrobe. 

Do you have a tea cup collection? 

That's it for this week's edition of the Lolita Blog Carnival! I have to say it was very refreshing for me and made it a bit easier for me to get out what I wanted to say. 



If you want to see other fabulous coords for this week's topic you can find them in the links below:


Friday, August 25, 2017

LBC: Create An Unconventional Meet And It's Itinerary

I'm back!

It's been a bit of a wild few months, I've been running amok trying to fill witch bonnet orders, work on one of my many prints (I am learning photoshop because I am an idiot and not an artist but I wouldn't be able to sit still while someone works on this particular print), expanding my tea cup collection, and of course going to and fro to meets.

And speaking of meets, I just vended at my first event for my local comm's J Fashion Mega Meet. I meant to blog about it before but I goofed and was night and day crafting and sewing for it. It was quite splendid!

Anywho, back to the topic in question, which also involves meets, unconventional meets at that, I have one or two that I'm quite willing to do but for now I will write about this one:

Exhibition Meet

In truth, I've already got all the info squared away on this particular meet as I have been planning to host it for a while but it has come down to scheduling and pricing.

The idea behind this is for members of the local frilly community to be able to demonstrate their skills and talents. Everyone from musicians, performers, designers, and artists would be able to showcase their abilities, this sort of event would give the proper platform for it.

This sort of event is simple and small enough to do on a small scale and can be done in a variety of places. The main necessity is enough space for seating and space for instruments. The way I initially planned it out was to host it in a location that already has ample seating and a working, tuned, piano, if there is even a sort of stage area that makes things run even better, though not necessary. There simply needs to be space to separate artists and performers from those seated with comfort. It's never good to scrunch.

One of my dreams for this type of event was to host it in a style very similar to Victorian exhibitions so I've hoped to hold it somewhere with a sort of similar decoration, great for pictures. Another great aspect in many of the locations I've looked into actually host afternoon tea services as well, which I think also adds to the experience as well as feeds guests.

However, the most important part of the event would, of course, be the entertainment which would be carefully be prepared by the guests themselves. Each piece would require approval up until 2 weeks prior to the meet but at least 2 months to submit beforehand. The next part would be to order all of the exhibitionists into a comprehensive schedule, allowing sets that require more break down time towards the end or seamless model transitions to have the time they need.

All of the performances would occur while the tea service - in my version of this meet there would be a tea service- was being done, that way people could enjoy delicious sweets while they watched. This also keeps the event from being bogged down or making people eat and then watch performance after performance. It also allows everyone a segment of time (approximately 6 minutes each) to present something special without having to be restricted in a total production set up. It is a much more relaxed atmosphere to enjoy.

And as for what is considered for a set it really can be anything. There of course would be musicians and vocalists, actors and dancers, and artists too, but there could be a ventriloquist, magician, or poets, designers would be able to have segments for 2-4 models to walk, and all that would be required is taking the venues space into consideration - usually a place with good lighting and semi-decent acoustics - and people would have to submit previous works to be approved for a time slot.

This sort of meet does take a TON of work, do not get me wrong, but I really think it would be wonderful to host this sometime soon. It's certainly in my books for the future. I'm sorry if I rambled a bit in this post, I haven't written in a while and I figured to just put something out.

This post was brought to you by the Lolita Blog Carnival and this weeks topic! If you want to read someone else's unconventional meet ideas check them out in the links below!





Friday, April 21, 2017

LBC: What Would You Like To See For The Future Of Lolita Fashion

There has been quite a few changes within the fashion over the last few years, some good while others heartbreaking. The world is changing in lolita fashion, like many others, growing and augmenting itself with trends and elements of personal preference, that one may not know where it's going next. There are a few things though that I would like to happen within our fashion.

❤️More Lolita Fashion Centered Cons❤️

Over the last few years we have had wonderful opportunities such as the likes of Rufflecon and Street Fashion Europe, I would love to see more of these sorts of cons. Even though there are a ton of little details and steps that go into them, and they are seriously time consuming, to me they are worth every bit of it. They bring together a bunch of frillies in one place for what should feel like a magical weekend with gorgeous and superbly thought-out coords, great venders, and wonderful guests. Not only all the super OTT fab feels but it also gets people a stronger sense of community. Who doesn't want to have more opportunities for a fairy tale weekend centered around a fashion they love?

❤️Stronger Media Output❤️

Recently, many have learned about the loss of our beloved Fruits, GLB, and how Kera is moving to online publishing, leaving us all without the ability to find many of our favorite brands released in one cute little package. It's a really sad time for many of us but I think there are some things we can do to ease that. It wouldn't be totally the same, of course, but having groups or blogs that are easier to access for the community with a great deal of content from all over the world would be great. Posts like tutorials, brand updates and shoots, con info would be easy staples that most bloggers can provide but getting groups of people to do it would help create excellent content. (I know a few of my favorite bloggers and vloggers have been upping their posts lately and I think it's great! I should endeavor to do the same and write a bit more...)

❤️Better Representation In The Media❤️

This is one thing that I think is super important going forward. We do not fall in with the status quo and wear those stupid little polos and tshirts a lot of people seem to be handed at birth, and the media tend to craft us into these detached oddities that can't handle reality because of it. This sort of "reporting" on our community happens often. Even with groups lumping us in with fetish enthusiasts and not listening to a single thing the person being interviewed has said. We do have some people who actually do their job and even dare to go so far as to walk in our shoes by experiencing the frills for an afternoon. There should absolutely be more pieces like that.

All in all, I would like to see our fashion and community grow stronger as a whole. We have social media outlets that connect thousands of strangers with the same interest across continents and I truly wish to keep this wonderful thing we have going. 


If you're looking to check out more on this topic, feel free to check out the posts from other lolita fashion bloggers below.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

LBC: What Do You Believe Is Important To Make A Cohesive Coordinate

Lolita fashion is an ever evolving style with different substyles and trends with enough rules to make a headmistress blush. Okay, so it's not actually that harsh but there are quite a few basic rules within the fashion that actually aides to create unique and cohesive coordinates without that much fuss. Aside from adhering to the rules, I believe there are simple things that make an excellent coord without having to buy the entire set. (Not saying this is bad, there is just more then that.)

♠️Attention And Focus On Details♠️

There are so many intricate details within a garment with Lolita Fashion that you don't want to just focus on one. It's very easy to take features of a printed jsk or op and incorporate it into the rest of the outfit and with solids possibilities abound. Sometimes it's the little things people will focus on that I find I really enjoy in a coord, like the choices of fabrics the use, sometimes choosing to use certain types of cottons with silks or crepes. 

❤️Hair And Make~Up❤️

This is another thing I've found super important is hair and make~up. There is the usual bangs and curls or mermaid waves that is very prevalent within the fashion but there are many other hair styles that I find can really pull an outfit together. And make~up, when going out or to a meet,  just polishes off the look and can be equally fun to do. Experimenting with both can really change up the feel of a coord and deriving inspiration from different things, like history, can really bring together a look.

♣️Accessories♣️

These kind of go hand in hand with paying attention to detail but there is a something I feel needs a bit of attention on it's own. Planning accessories needs a balance. Most times you need more and not very often in this fashion do you need less and sometimes it's got to be said that that small adorable spider ring just doesn't fit in with the skulls and bones when it's not even in the print even if you are wearing a creepy themed coord. 

There are actually quite a few other things I'd like to add but for this post I'd like to leave it off here. I think many of us could possibly write a book about cohesive coordinates and what makes them so and I'd love to hear what you think does too. (Feel free to leave it in the comments)

Check out the other frillies who weighed in on this weeks topic on the Lolita Blog Carnival in the links down below. If you would like to join in on the fun please check out the description in order to join on the FB page's link, here




Friday, March 31, 2017

LBC: What Was It Like When You Made Your First Lolita Purchase

With a lot that is happening within Lolita fashion and the international community as a whole - things like Kera moving to digital and our beloved GLB suspending - it has brought me to reflect on things like how I got into lolita. Things like becoming a part of the community, making my first purchases, and finding more to this wonderful frilly world then just the Frills. So I'm taking a glance back on not just my first purchases but what the community was like around that time.

Admittedly, I made my first purchases out on the fringe of the community from two separate sellers on eBay (I know cringe!) but this was back in something like 2007. I was already super paranoid about shopping online and buying from people I didn't know so i tried to uncover as much as I could about ratings and tags. We didn't really have the resources we have now with Lolibrary, nor the now far gone HelloLace, and without understanding LJ yet I had gone it alone, but in the end they were very good purchases. It wasn't until I had paid that I decided to jump into the livejournal community.



I tried to read as many rules as I could, group descriptions and the like, but there were more things to check out on LJ then. Every few hours someone would create new content and hide it away behind cuts (which I would fail at nearly every turn to work properly!). It was truly hoping on that particular platform and in my nervousness I stayed to the sidelines with maybe a comment here or there and joined as many relavent comma as possible, including the sales comm.


The only thing that was lacking in any way for me during that time was my tiny states home comm. It seemed at the time like I had missed out and I was too nervous to post to see if anyone was still around. Even though I was lucky enough to live near another states comm I had no real way of getting there as I had no car and really spent all my money on brand. So, as I had little options I simply kept watch on the sidelines as a not to rowdy peanut gallery until I mustered up the courage to  post on the old webpage and found a friend to be frilly with.



As for my first purchases, they were easy enough. Since they were both from eBay I knew vaguely how to work it and knew I could get some protection from it. I even made offers on both pieces, which were accepted, and I had super speedy delivery times for both. For some reason I knew more about checking authentication on brand pieces then navigating a community that I only discovered within weeks of each other. To be completely honest though, I would not have changed my experiences very much with the exception of discovering the lolita community earlier on LJ and getting the courage to post sooner.



So this is simply one of a few reactions to this week's topic, I feel good to have even gotten that much out on it and hope you enjoyed my little blurb. If you want to check out more you can see others who participated in the links below but that's it for this week's Lolita Blog Carnival!

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