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! 

Friday, June 14, 2019

LBC:Create A Coord To Best Fit The Season

The weather is certainly changing again and it's time to adjust our wardrobes and daily wear to best fit the season. And as it is such a huge factor in how we arrange ourselves for whatever the season brings we've decided, with the Lolita Blog Carnival, to create a coord that best worked for us. As the seasons are a bit different for everyone - some of us are experiencing something other than Summer - we went with seasons as a blanket term to be more inclusive.

Over in my neck of the woods I am definitely getting into the summer months. It's hot, thankfully it hasn't been muggy (yet), and I am desperately in need of lighter layers. I've prepared a coord that is light and airy and offers shade as well.

Jsk/Pin: The Bloody Tea Party
Hat/Necklace: Vintage
Socks/Shoes/Blouse: Offbrand
Floral Headdress: Sweet Mildred

I wanted flowers everywhere and the print of this fabric has lovely vibrant ones that I paired with a Sweet Mildred headdress, that I've attached to the hat. The dress is such a rich dark green that reminds me of the summer months where everything is vibrant and alive. For the shirt I actually paired it with this strange little blouse that I bought in an emergency while I was snowed in in NYC during Tokyo Rebel's closing party. I've worn it in a few coords (like my recent Paradiso Day 1 coord that I'll share in a post later) and I've found myself rather pleased with it. 

Everything about this coord is about short sleeves, lightweight ankle socks, and a hat to help keep the sun of. The other factor, as mentioned before, was flowers that I also utilized in the jewelry too. The necklace has a little leafy pattern and I added a music scroll floral piece. All in all I'd say this represents and fits the season really well.

If you are interested in what the other's who participated in this put together you can check them out here:

Sunday, June 9, 2019

LBC: What Makes You Excited About Lolita Fashion

For every lolita wearer there is something that gives them life! in a sense. This fashion is something that those of us who participate in it do truly enjoy, otherwise we would not wear it (though I know there are people who enjoy it without being able to for various reasons). We decided to take a look as a group to ask ourselves what made us excited about the fashion, personally for the Lolita Blog Carnival.

In actuality this fashion is a very personal experience for each of us and so the things that make us excited and enjoy wearing the fashion will be vastly different. These garments have amazing details, designs that call to us, and cuts that we like that can be a pretty wonderful package. When we see our favorite pieces put together by designers or on fellow frillies Instagram pages it can also add to the hype around it.

There are, naturally, other things that can spark that little light of joy that isn't the clothes at all but related through them. We've been able to gather and make personal friends from this, host lovely events to some we travel a ways for, and even the ability to meet the designers behind the pieces we hold dear. There are so many slivers to this fashion that can, and does, make one excited about it. For me there are several things that have definitely made me all the more excited about the fashion.

<3 Opening My Closet <3

To some this may seem like a strange thing to say but I get this little rush of joy seeing my closet space lined up with the amazing pieces I've collected over the years. Each piece holds a dear place in my heart and sometimes it takes me a moment to realize such things exist. Opening my closet is definitely something that makes me excited to start my day.

<3 Summer Releases <3

At around this time of year there is one thing that gets me excited in particular; Aatp and Btssb Halloween themed releases! I do enjoy what comes out of AP as well but time and time again I learn that the cuts are just not for me but I do enjoy seeing them. 

Pieces like Merry Making in the Ghost Town, Rosy's Night Masquerade, and Sweet Mate Kumya~chan's Trick Or Treat (Probably my sweetest piece I own in the wine colorway) all make my day with their Halloween themes. Aside from Halloween and Autumn, it's the most wonderful time of the year to me!

<3 Large Events <3

This fashion has really made something special out of large events that have people coming together from near and far. It amazes me how people will travel out of our shared love and also be able to meet friend's we've gained who happen to be from other countries.

I recently got to do this on my trip to Paradiso and see a few friends that I don't get to see often from all over the world. As this is currently the US's only jfashion event it means a lot to have our own space separate from other things like cosplay and comics and so many flocked to enjoy the weekend and enjoy our favorite clothes. 

Some events even get to have the pleasure of hosting guest designers and our favorite brands. This is something special that I know I'm not the only one to get excited about as it's neat to be able to meet the wonderful people who work hard to make our favorite pieces. 

<3 The Content Made By Community Members <3

This may sound a bit like people who make their own indie brands but I'm talking about content like Last Week Lolita News and vlogs, lolita fashion blogs, webzines, and comics and books. This is the content that we can all take home and enjoy on our own, at our own pace.Publications like So Pretty/Very Rotten really hit home for me as someone who has been in the fashion for a long time. 

One project I'm excited to see produced is a lolita fashion magazine, Frills without Borders. It is content made for and by lolita wearers and the submissions can be anything from DIY tutorials, coord shots, meet up photos that can include candids, flatlays and whatever you can think of that you did while wearing the fashion. I've got a few things slated to submit and hope they get accepted.

<3 Being Able To Laz About However I Want In Frills <3

Everyone enjoys their days off or time down in their own way, I get excited to go about my free days in frills. I take the time to plate things all pretty and have tea, sew, my piano and just do it all dressed to the nines and go about my business. 

So these things definitely excite me when it comes to lolita fashion it's not all about the wardrobe pieces but they are a bit of a gateway to many wonderful things. I hope there is something that brings you the joy and excitement that this fashion brings me. And if you'd like to see what does for other people you can check out their posts about it in the links below!

Friday, May 10, 2019

LBC: The Importance Of Lolita Fashion Publications & Their Impact

When thinking about lolita fashion an image pops into ones head and it's unique to each individual. Sometimes a coveted dress or a meet up that we have attended that quickly come to mind. Another thing that pops in many a bow toped head, particularly in anyone who has been wearing this fashion before 2017, are lolita publications in magazine and mook form. Other forms that have held special importance to the lolita community would be things like brand blog posts with info on releases. And so, this week, we discuss publications for this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival.

Mooks and magazines, whether online or in print, are large influencers in the community. They give us a window into the fashion from the perspective of others that we enjoy or get a grasp on what is happening in the fashion world. And for many this has been the gateway into starting out, spying the lovely pieces worn by models and every day people. Things like the street snaps has inspired people to think outside the box of what designers are allowed to share from within their brand's pieces, allowing for creative minds to flourish while still grasping what is and isn't the fashion.

Now just to clarify, there is a slight difference between mooks and magazines that sometimes get muddled to those who don't get to see them in stores or buy them often. Though their formats are so closely done that someone may miss that, though both collectable, mooks have a longer shelf life while magazines are sold like other magazines. Mooks will come with small gifts or patterns with some even being pattern books with at least twice as many patterns as usual. Magazines on the other hand will be cheaper and usually be only the magazine. 

Magazines like Kera have lasted 19 years in hard copy publication, starting in 1998, and have shared street snaps and released layouts and release info. Just like the GLB they would share the vision of how the companies that would publish info with them could see their garments, allowing the imagination to run wild. This is only my opinion but I found that the coordinates released in Kera mag would be more flexible and striking but it wasn't strictly a lolita fashion magazine. It has since moved to online which has opened the floor to more authors from around the world. 

One of the things that I think leant a hand in the growth of many frilly individual was that the GLB's had patterns to try. It wouldn't be just sewing patterns but sometimes would hold knit and crochet pieces, ribbon art, and even resin based crafting instructions but encouraged many to try making their own pieces in their specific styles. It helped teach an understanding of cuts and patterning to many in very easy straight forward patterns that even non~Japanese readers could follow.

One of the things mooks will often have are a few pages of tutorials for makeup and hair, teaching styles that are found to go well with lolita. It was actually things like these that have helped me along the way while getting into the fashion, it certainly encouraged me with simple techniques. 

As mentioned before, not only did they share how designers envisioned their pieces but how those who bought and wore it for themselves. It did go beyond street snaps sharing the things different people would do, both big and small. Event snaps from around the world would allow readers to see how others' would piece together their coords and show that though this was a niche fashion with some pieces being very limited in release numbers that not everyone thought alike.

I'll let you know if this works XD

So to sum things up, publications assist in better understanding something, as with any focus, and encourage to try different things with looks or a piece we may own that is shown. There are definitely good informational pieces shared within the pages of publications that help us track down things we may see and want too. This helps us make our purchases and curate our styles that we enjoy wearing. There are so many important things that come from publications that  I can only brush over in a post.

If you would like to learn what others have written on this subject, be sure to share them in the links below. You can also go check out the Lolita Blog Carnival page for info on how to join in. All you need is to have a primarily lolita fashion blog, 9 posts on the topic, and have a blog over 3 years old. Check it out! Cheers! XOXO

Saturday, May 4, 2019

LBC: The Impact Of Chinese Brands On The Community

Over the last five to eight years within the lolita fashion community there has been a drastic shift from within. More individuals who wear lolita make larger purchases from Chinese brands, both listed on taobao shop sites and singular shops. The market has shifted due to several factors and has caused the community to react and spend in different ways from before. And that is what we will be discussing this week for the Lolita Blog Carnival.

While discussing new releases that have caught the eyes of friends often times it is of a piece that is being released by brands I would have been unfamiliar with years ago. Brands like Sweet Papiya or Penny House, which would not have been chanced earlier on, have released pieces that people have gone crazy over, myself included. 

Due to the newer and quicker ways to shop Chinese brands have become more accessible to the western communities there has been a drastic change in the way Chinese brands have been viewed. Years ago you needed all sorts of shopping service help and it was dicey, to say the least, when it came to how the garment would actually turn out. Brands like Fan+Friend, Souffle Song, Chess Story, and Classical Puppets have produced consistent products that please many, and quality improving even still. The growth of newer brands definitely expands the lolita fashion universe and adds to what it is at this time.

There are still some that believe there is a marginal difference between Chinese brands and Japanese but they are difficult to find. Some have said that the only real factor when purchasing from a Chinese brand is that solid pieces tend to be preferable and prints have been under high scrutiny. It does vary from person to person but I have heard this from many.

The newer generations of lolita wearers have grown into a place of easy access and wonderful options at much better prices. There are brands that do charge a higher quantity due to the uptick in tariffs and the like, depending on where it is being purchased from, but it is usually worth it depending on the brand. There are definitely some solid pieces to be found now.

However there is a small caveat in regards to an influx of so many wonderful things for prices like these. It has saturated the markets and made it harder for those looking to reclaim the price point of their beloved dresses that they look to sell. This means that things become harder to move and the value drops (with few exceptions) and means, for some, that lolita fashion is no longer an investment. It’s excellent if you are new and starting out as the struggle for great deals on beautiful pieces is only remotely present.

So for the impact Chinese brands have made on the lolita Community there is the great, good, and the not so good. In many ways it has helped with accessibility and made more viable (not bodyline) options for the community but on the other end of the spectrum it makes it harder for change to one’s wardrobe or regaining money spent. I think it helps along with the idea that people now take one second look (for some people!) before hitting that buy it now button and asks ‘do I really want this?’ helping the buyer. That’s just in my opinion though it’s different for everyone and you can check out what others have thought about it in the links to their posts below!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

LBC: Where Do You Like/Would Like To Go While In Lolita

The world holds many possibilities when it comes to finding secret (or not so secret) little locations to enjoy oneself in frills. People who wear the fashion sometimes even have favorite little places they enjoy going, sometimes a place that evokes the aesthetic they love. Though there are also some odd ducks in the mix that enjoy traipsing through places that have no relation to aesthetics and just make one happy. This past Lolita Blog Carnival topic asked where we like or would like to go while dressed in frills and I'm sure you'll find it interesting to learn where everyone would like to go. 

<3 Loves To Go <3

There are actually a great deal of places I love to go while dressed in lolita fashion, I have a sort of preference. Being a lifestyler I tend to go everywhere in lolita fashion but the places that really get me going are museums, museum houses, and antiquing!


I'm certain many of you have figured out that I enjoy finding a nice new(old) pair of gloves or a beautiful cameo piece, teacups line my shelves that I get from my favorite dealer. It's a bit of an addiction that I will not give up any time soon though I have had space issues with as many teacups and pots as I have, I could probably fill up two chests.

Another place I love to go is the woods on trails and such. It's not really a place but if there's a dense wood with a trail I will enjoy a stroll through it. There's just something magical about walking through the woods with friends, maybe with picnic baskets in hand and music playing on someone's phone. It's maybe the one place that you can easily feel like you are in a world of your own and relax.

The last, and obvious place I enjoy going is afternoon tea! I search out places to have afternoon tea and then there are some locations that I have a preference for. This was actually from Halloween last year, I decided to get as decked out as possible and have a day out on the town. It is always nice and soothing in my opinion.

<3 Would Love To Go <3

Photo not mine

A few posts back, during this post for the 365LLC, I shared one little blip about dreaming to go to Dracula's castle in Romania and this is still very true. I dream of roaming the halls in one of my most lovely pieces and bonnets or hats, maybe stay the night as you can now, and trek through the grounds.

Bach's Home photo not mine either

Another place would be to take a tour around Germany and visit the homes of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and the like. I would enjoy visiting any of the renowned composers homes just as much as trekking to Romania. This is a lofty dream as I have only left the country once and I don't see it happening any time soon.

I need to be here! But also not my photo

The last I can think that I really want is to take a tour of tea houses in England....I have a list and I'm not afraid to jump the pond to get to it!

All of these places are definitely at the top of my lists to go in lolita and I don't know what I would do if I were to ever accomplish that second half. Traveling in particular with frills can be daunting but so very worth it, in my opinion anyway. If you want to learn more about places others have enjoyed or would like to go, check their posts out in the links below.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

LBC: Why Do You Think Photoshoots Have Been So Big In Lolita Fashion

Throughout the history of this lolita there is one facet that has been prominent, without many people really thinking about it. It's a strange habit that doesn't usually appear in other fashion styles outside of zines, advertisement, and groups (at least from what I've witnessed).  It's more than just a simple fashion, even if you think it's just clothing to wear, as it has little social trends all through out. So for this week's Lolita Blog Carnival we are sharing why we think photoshoots have been such a large part of the fashion.

<3 Inspired From Mooks <3

Mooks and magazines, even photobooks, have impacted the fashion in many ways. They've shown us what other people like us have done as well as designers and stylists. Each little photo share things that someone thought neat or cute and gave ideas of things to try. Photos similar to street snaps are one style that some people try doing with their coord shots out. Location and studio type shots have pushed those who like to plan or want to have a different effect with their spread. Each style has it's own charm to different people in the fashion, it's not always about the actual garment the model/wearer was donning.

<3 The First Photoshoots On EGL Livejournal <3

This is actually from a meet last year....but you get the picture about impromptu (I actually just said "hey, everyone look at me." and this great pic happened)

Back in the days of EGL there were a smattering of little photoshoots that people would make out, occurring during meets. They were sometimes more candid or activity based, from what I had seen around when I lurked, with not much planning but looked fun. Later people started to step up their game, I feel like it was around when someone did a more coordinated Iron Gate photoshoot and there started to be more single shoots then ones of meet ups. 

<3 They Are Enjoyable <3

There is one thing that is simply true, doing photoshoots are fun for many. They can be small, like going into a craft supply store and posing in front of the fake flowers, or large, where you hire a photographer, but they all tend to be a lot of fun. It allows wearers of the fashion to be creative and put something together that they think would be pretty or interesting. I think that's a good enough reason and there is nothing wrong with any of that.It's true, they can be stressful at times or intense, if you are not accustomed to doing them or are uncertain of what you want and have little time.

In the end I think it's been really good to have going on in the community, they are nice to see. Sometimes you get to see someone be super creative with their surroundings and not just how they coord their clothing. Because of all of these things is why I think the trend of photoshoots have been so big and stuck. 

If you are looking to read about what others' have written on the subject check them out in the links below. You can also join in on the fun with the Lolita Blog Carnival, picking weekly topics or sharing ones you think would be enjoyable to do as a group.