Saturday, February 25, 2017

LBC: 1 Main Piece 2 Drastically Different Looks

One thing that seems very particular to lolita fashion, with our high prized and priced garments, is that we tend to have a sort of tunnel vision with major pieces. Carefully and concisely planning out each aspect of our coords as we all tend to plan our expenses carefully around purchases because they can be a slightly large, unnecessary, expenditure. This is okay really, it doesn't matter if you repeat a coord to the last cross ring and rosette pinned to your pinafore jsk as long as you love it, but it's nice to get creative and change it up.

With this week's prompt we plan to do just that, taking one major garment and creating two drastically different looks with them. It allows an individual to not only be creative but to also make their garment more versatile with what they have. I liked this prompt because I wear my garments daily and don't tend to like to have very casual looks but then also change it up from time to time and even make a completely new look for events. This challenge is not simply about sweet vs classic vs gothic, etc, looks or casual vs OTT, this can be making a coordinate for one style as long as it's different.

♠️Look 1♠️
Jsk: The Bloody Tea Party caged butterfly jsk
Blouse: offbrand
Jacket: offbrand
Hat: vintage
Headbow: The Bloody Tea Party
Rosette: The Bloody Tea Party (cameo: antique)
Pins: vintage
Rosette chain: the Bloody Tea Party
Gloves: vintage

This jsk is more of a classic daily wear look I've adopted. This was one of the jumperskirts I made for the label design contest at Rufflecon 2016 which I plan to have another version in my shop soon. It was originally paired with my orginal design the winged bolero (as you'll see in my next picture) it's a fairly easy print to work with with a lot of rich colors and busy butterflies amongst cages. The rouched front of the bodice gives it the look of a butterflies body, which I thought would be a cool touch. Clearly this piece can easily be over the top and creating this particular coord shows that it can be more of a comfy classic.

♠️Look 2♠️
Jsk: The Bloody Tea Party caged butterfly jsk
Winged Bolero: the Bloody Tea Party matching caged butterfly bolero wings
Blouse: The Bloody Tea Party
Necktie: Alice and the Pirates
Rosette chain: The Bloody Tea Party
Headdress: The Bloody Tea Party

For this particular coord I used an accessory again but was still able to create a completely different look. This time instead of a comfy look I went more of the regal and elegant look. Bell sleeves totally grab my attention and I love wearing them often. I had initially thought of doing a bonnet but found I had preferred the flowery headdress. Without the blouse and adding a necklace this was basically the look for one of my models for the contest. I didn't place but I really do enjoy the winged bolero look.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

LBC: Frillies You Find Inspirational

This week in the Lolita Blog Carnival we wanted to take a look at the people in the fashion, whether well known or local, whom we find inspirational. Over the years of being in the fashion, attending cons, tea parties, small meets, and even trekking the land of livejournal and Facebook I have learned to connect and be inspired by a great deal of different individuals. Some on my list I have been fortunate enough to have meet and hang out with at events or tea parties, which I am greatful to have the chance too.

❤️Sheri Branson ❤️

In all honesty every time I see her I'm just inspired and feel so happy. She is a wonderful creative individual and such a treat to talk to. Sheri always has such creative coords and a great mix of brand and handmade (one of the times I had gotten to see her again she had made bear head frames for her glasses, for her tea party coord,  because she is all about that's kumya kumya-chan!). She is definitely someone I look up to who is sweet and a sweet lolita and just makes some of the most neat things. (Honestly, she is such a nice person!)


This girl always amazes me with her coords! Since the day I first saw her she has wowed me me with her coords and another sweety. Her style is more gothic from what I usually see her in and I just really enjoy her style.


This kid has epic written all over her! Her style is always too notch and spans both her lolita and ouji styles. The attention to detail in everything she coords in great and she just slays in every look! Her style preference ranges from gothic to classic but I've seen her sweet lolita styles as well, and just everything really looks good on her. And I'm not going to lie, every time I run into this kid she is hilarious and just such a fun person to be around.

♣️ Victorian Rabbit♣️

Every coord that this lady wears amazes me. She's lovely and I truly enjoy looking at her coordinates.  Victorian Rabbit tends to wear more of a delicate classic style with just a hint of sweet to it, giving her a very fairy tale look.


Every time this girl posts a coord it just makes me want to throw some cute things on my body! But then I realize I am now way as cute as this her. She always has such cute coords and I really enjoy what she puts into them, she just seems to have an ease to creating really cute coords.

All of these individuals are really fabulous and make me want to gear up and rush to my sewing machine and make something cute to throw on. And all of these people on this list are just a few of the frillies who inspire me, I believe I've done this type of post once or twice before, this just really expands on it a bit.

If you want to read about more inspirational frillies, I suggest you take a peek at the other bloggers who took part in this week's Lolita Blog Carnival in the links below.

                                                                     Vanilla Bear
                                                             Pépins de Pom & Co.
                                                                      Poppy Noir
                                                Cupcake Kamisama's Lolita World

Sunday, January 29, 2017

LBC: What Would You Change About Your Wardrobe

Hello all you fabulous frilly people out there! It's been quite a year so far...and I shall honestly dive deeper into this frilly world of fashion.

As of late, I've been pondering over my wardrobe. What things mesh well, what makes my day, and what has me questioning why I bought them. I also find when I evaluate my wardrobe it helps me better understand what is a want and what is a need and what I should really let go of.

So, if I were to take a quick look at my wardrobe and not get distracted by all the lovely frills within I find an array of colors and prints that I've picked up over the course of the last 10 or so years. I have plenty of colors to work with and over the last two years, thankfully, been focusing on the purchases involving blouses and, for once, brand socks. I usually prefer tights and stockings to coord with my wardrobe pieces but I'm finding the weather is better permitted to socks. But what is it that I should really focus on?

I'm finding that I need to go with maybe more solids and florals lately, not simply for my adoration of classic but it's simply how I've been feeling more lately. I have only a few eye~catching sweet pieces but they've always been of a more mixed style, like the wine colored Kumya~chan Trick~or~Treat jsk. Basically, if I'm heading into Sweets~ville, population: me, I should always endeavor for the darker hues or the colorways that can be dubbed that mixed style classic/sweet.

Another thing that I should focus on is perhaps skirts, different cut black and cream blouses, and vests. Recently, I have picked up a few Triple Fortune skirts and find I really enjoy the vested look. If I could make myself a few vests in different styles it would benefit my wardrobe, for sure.

If I were to think about taking out anything at all, which is very difficult for me as I've grown attached, would be to rid my wardrobe of any pale blues. I don't have a great deal of blues but I'm finding I'm not feeling it, sadly.

If you want to take a peak at the other wonderful frillies who took up this past week's topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival, you can catch them in the links below. And if you wish to learn more about the LBC in general, or care to join, be sure to look at the description listed in the groups facebook, here.

                                                        It's Witchcraft! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Another Frilly Survey!

I've seen this survey pop up a lot this past week so I've done one myself.

1) Do you still have your first Lolita piece?
Yes, Btssb Tarten Check jsk in blue and my Innocent World Alice jsk in dusty Rose. I still wear them a ton too!

2) What is the oldest piece in your wardrobe?
Right now it's actually the Btssb Tarten Check piece from 2003.

3) What is the newest piece in your wardrobe?
If we go with what is the latest thing I've purchased it would be the items of my Triple Fortune cream bonnet and a Triple Fortune happy pack that I got while at Rufflecon. It had 2 skirts, an op, wristcuffs, and a pair of tights. If we go by release date, I actually think the newest would be Rosy's Night Masquerade?

4) What is your cheapest main piece?
A Btssb jsk for $10.00

5) What is your most expensive main piece?
I've never bought anything more expensive then retail price and usually shop for bargains but I guess I would say Btssb's Sugar Rose Bouquet op when it went up for reserve?

6) What is your favorite item?
That is really really tough! I have quite a few favorite items, my Triple Fortune bonnets would all be on that list, so would my Fragrant Rose Memories, Night Fairy Fantasia, and Black Cat, Witch, and the Apple Tree.

7) Which item do you wear most?
I wear my items on a daily bases so that's hard, I try to switch them up and not wear the same thing to close.

8) Which item do you wear least?
Honestly, the newer ones that I'm just kind of waiting to wear to a meet up. There aren't that many though to be honest.

9) Anything you haven't worn yet?
Only a few things, mostly things I've just gotten.

10) What is missing from your wardrobe?
I had a problem coming up with something for this but it hit me early this morning when picking out a coord for the day, cream blouses in a wider variety of styles. I particularly need short and long sleeves in peter pan collars, high necks, and scoop cuts.

11) When will your wardrobe be complete? NEVAAAAAARRRRR!!!

12) What was the last Lolita item that you sold or threw away? It was the hardest thing to do but I got rid of my Btssb French Dot Café jsk in pink...I decided to part for several reasons...hopefully one day I can catch it again but maybe in red.

This next bit I had to go back and count but I wanted to be accurate just because I was getting curious of the actual numbers.

13) How many OPS do you have?
11 brand, 0 bodyline, 11 handmade. (22 in total)

14) How many JSKs do you have?
40 brand, 0 bodyline, 16 handmade. (so 56 in total)

15) How many skirts do you have?
5 brand, 3 bodyline, no handmade. (8 in total, I'm just not much into skirts I guess...)

16) How many petticoats do you have?
I actually just got rid of a few, so 4 now.

17) What do you plan to buy next?
Whatever floats my boat? But it wont be for a while...I have 2 items I'm thinking of looking for next and one is Nostalgia Tea Time and the other is a specific Triple Fortune lilac jsk.

18) When you first started wearing Lolita what did you want your wardrobe to be like?
When I started out I wanted it to be more gothic styled and instead I have become this mutated classic-ish creampuff.

19) What is your wardrobe currently like?
It is an amalgamation of almost every style, really. It's fairly versatile so I can wear whatever substyle I'm really feeling like wearing any particular day.

20) What would you like your wardrobe to be like in the future?
More rounded out. More classic pieces and maybe a bit more gothic, but really just cover me in flowers and your grandma's curtains already!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

365 LLC: Day 85: Memorize A Poem

There are so many beautiful poems in the world and understanding the meaning behind the words is something we try to learn in school. I do particularly enjoy learning them so I picked a poem I liked from an author I enjoy.

A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

What would you choose?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

365 LLC: Day 54 and 55: Photographs & Read The Princess Code

Right now, the only pic I can really take a picture of things closed up but that hatbox, drawer, and the mirror contain all my pretty accessories.

The original can be found on The Princess Portal and I suggest a look around even though it was last active in 2008.

The Princess Code 

A Princess inspires others to follow their hopes and dreams through pursuing her own.

A Princess greets everyone with a welcoming smile, melting the hearts of friends and disarming her enemies.

A Princess has dignity, which protects her from the opinions and spite of ignorant people.

A Princess always looks beautiful, even when she is asleep.

A Princess aims for perfection in every step.

A Princess should be given fresh flowers everyday, even if she has to give them to herself.

A Princess grows in recognition and stature in proportion to how much she treats others as royalty.

A Princess reflects her inner beauty in her aesthetic choices.

A Princess goes to war against the violence of incivility with the weapons of etiquette and prodigal generosity.

A Princess lives each day from the heart, expressing herself freely and treasuring every moment.

A Princess has the right to spend her funds on beautiful things she does not need because beauty in itself is priceless.

A Princess should follow her heart and believe in her dreams, even if the whole world seems to be against her.

A Princess respects her environment and nurtures the beauty of nature.

A Princess is never too busy to give a kind word or smile where it is needed.

A Princess’s most precious jewel is Hope, which lights her darkest days and shows her the beauty in every soul she meets.

In all honesty, most of these are things that should be gone after daily, whether by Princess, Prince, or warrior, a lot of this applies to how one should go about life.

Monday, February 22, 2016

365 LLC: Day 53: Design A Coordinate Based On A Painting

Today I scored the internet for portraits I really like and would like to coord around and I happened upon these two pieces that I feel like I may be able to do. The first one I stumbled on while browsing John Singer Sargent and Isabella Stuart Gardner and now that I can't seem to find the name, even while reverse googling and all that, I can't find the artist's name (if you know please feel free to drop a line because I'm pretty sure it's not a Sargent, it would be greatly appreciated!). I do have a perfect op for it though and would like to coord it different to what I'm used to and give it a similar look.

The second is a portrait done by Sargent and is of Isabella Stuart Gardner and it is really lovely in person. I have an Alice and the Pirates jsk that would be fun to style this way. It's totally my kind of style and I love doing my hair in similar ways, I don't have long enough pearls but I'll figure out something.

Stay tuned!