Friday, August 21, 2015

LBC: Create A Coord Based On Your Favorite Song

To pick my favorite song...that is what was asked for this weeks LBC topic...we were meant to choose our favorite and then make a coord for it. This led me to going through all of my playlists and trying to figure what my favorite of favorites was. This did not work so well. So, instead of putzing around trying to choose one of my favorites I decided to choose one of my go to songs that I often like to listen to.

So I chose The Mad Hatter from Wonderland the musical.

Here are a few pieces I'd love to smoosh together to create a fabulous Mad Hatter themed coord using Aatp's Trick Hat, Pricked Heart corset jsk in red as a main piece.

Something A Bit Mad

Now the only things I want to change is the color of the boots to black but Polyvore is difficult for me. I also wanted kind of wild hair because, well, it's a mad hatter inspired coord after all. The fun little skirt paired with the Atelier Boz coat, unfortunately, needs to be ignored in this case but other than that, it's all good. The mini top hat was a must as I'm certain I don't need to explain they why but I would definitely change the ribbon to the hat to match the red in the jsk and add a little bow to the blouse to match as well with the watch dangling from that. And if I could find a tea cup bag that'd be EPIC if it also matched.

I hope you've enjoyed this little snippet of this weeks LBC, I'll try to get next weeks done soon with a few more updates on TBTP indie brand as well (I think I only leave my sewing table for tea breaks and pee breaks). 
Well that's all for now, check back soon, and while you wait why don't you enjoy a spot of tea!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The World Is A Blur This Weekend

I didn't think this weekend would feel so eventful or productive but I feel I have to put a bit of it out there that I did so much in such a short span of time. Of course, I have been endeavoring to boost productivity throughout the week by beginning my day at 6 when my husband leaves for work, but weekends aren't usually an up-and-atom time for us. This is something I hope continues and that I can at least keep up with myself.

First things first, I nearly finished all the bloomers I've been meaning to finish to put in my shop. I had cut, serged, and sewn together 15 pairs of bloomers prior to moving and left them undone to be picked up again after settling. With 3 dress projects and necklace project popping up for a special tea party the bloomers were left in their semi~finished state, unfortunately. However this week/weekend changed that. During the week all casings were sewn in and left to elasticize this weekend when I generally don't get much chance to sew. I quickly finished that part of the project while watching tv and set them all aside to be sewn together then shut starting Monday. Not that big a deal really, of course.

Of course bloomers are the only things going in my shop I had worked and drafted out a special bonnet and managed to cut out 4 all together during the early hours of Saturday. I really hope that people enjoy them when I reveal exactly what they are as one is a secret design that I think needs to be in Lolita fashion and the others are just pretty color combos that would do well for many cords. Keep a look out for all the new things guys!

Next thing that had of course to be done was general life habits to, you know, live. Weekend routine and all that handled just like any other ritual adding something unusual to the mix by seeing a show. We saw one of my all time favorite stories as done by the ThreeSixty Theatre down in Tysons Corner in Virginia. I have wanted to see this show since a year ago when I discovered they were up in Boston, Massachusetts, near where I used to live. I never got to go though and it wasn't until my husband spotted a sign on the metro that he even told me about it.

The show was amazing as I had believed it would be and I got to go decked out in my Night Fairy Fantasia with a jabot blouse and my Baby clock bag to match. I was too happy to get a chance to see this show and I suggest that if you're nearby and are curious that you take a chance. The show is done in theatre in the round but that's not what makes it so different or even that special. What does make it so, though, is the fact that all around you they project the scenery surroundings so that you can see the Jolly Roger in the distance as they arrive in NeverLand or that you can see the starry sky or jungles. It is really cool too when the cast fly of course and every cast member is strong and don't get forgotten (the pirates do a lot of double duty and even preform songs before the show!).

Mystified as I was, I didn't call it a day when I got home and continued working on things for myself and the shop. I cut out ANOTHER pair of bloomers, this time for a super secret coord for RC2015 and I laid out and drafted a blouse which I discovered I had enough fabric for more than one and possibly a bolero (fingers crossed for two).

With every little project being cut out and pinned and ironed I'm hoping my week runs smoothly and that I'll tons of new things to put in the shop by the end of next week. So keep an eye out for tons of bloomers, blouses, (hopefully) a bolero, and that jsk I've nearly completed. Check out my page on facebook and give us a like, here.

I'm going to go brew myself another pot of tea and collapse now, hope your weekend is as enjoyable and productive too!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

LBC: Plan Your Ideal Holiday Trip In Tokyo For Frills

Ah Japan...the land of the frills and the kawaii...many a Lolita venture to this beautiful land for many things. The sights, sounds, food, history, and fashion, I can really go on and on and on about the incredible things one can find or do in Japan. If we get down to just the frilly aspect of this continent, well, my bank account would probably go into the red but we're going to entertain that thought today anyway!

So to start of I've been researching places to go back to when I get back to Japan either this year but most likely next and my frilly obsession would probably require another empty bag but we shall see.

Locations I would plan to hit up and why strictly in the Tokyo Metropolitan area which includes Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Nipori (not strictly Lolita but you'll understand shortly).

This is actually in Harajuku but you can't miss the sign.
Firstly, I like to plan things out around my surroundings as it makes it easier to navigate and find my way if I get lost which is both easy to do and very hard at the same time. We stayed last time in Shinjuku and I'm pretending I'm staying somewhere around there again just for the easy access to Marui 0101 and Closet Child. Last time I stayed there, however well we planned and mapped, I was the idiot who happened to travel towards my left as opposed to my right and MISSED that CC Shinjuku was 5 minutes from our hotel. This will be the first location I will demolish of all that is frilly and ensure I snag every piece I have wished to get that you can only nab second hand.

Down the road and up a twisting stairway I will next hit Innocent World which has it's own location between Marui and CC. This is probably the hardest location to spot because though you may be looking around in tourist wonderment it's easy to miss it's vertical sign that is about 2nd or 3rd floor up. After plundering IW I will next go to Marui 0101( and hit up each floor that you can see that there are a few brands to a floor with a showcased coord sits in the hall beckoning to get you in. (Dear Wallet, your life is over)

I'm sure I'll get out to Ikebukuro to the Butler café dressed to the 9s in frills

After all the days (this feat may take 2) plundering and freebies that may be had from spending so much I will retire to the Patisserie Swallowtail for tea that is also located in Marui 0101.

SO as you can easily see I have an obsession with frills and I could easily disappear in Shinjuku alone. Last time I visited Marui 0101 I had bee-lined all the way up to Alice and the Pirates and was secretly wishing to at least touch Night Fairy Fantasia which instead was at the door and caused severe tunnel vision. This, unfortunately, meant I forgot to really take a look into all of the fabulous surroundings Marui had to offer but I have my wits about me this time (unless, you, dear Aatp decide to come out with another mind numbing piece).

Shibuya is more of a fabric stop for me as there is a Marunan with 5 floors of fabric! The dresses I could make with this! I digress though, there are about 3 fabric stores but 2 that I would really want to go to and not really any Lolita places.

Nipori would be the next amazing fabric adventure to head off to. There is a street with all these fabric shops and my brain flat-lined there too, when we went. I bought this super cute pastry print at Tomato and would go again to get several other prints I would love to make use of for personal wardrobe and shop. (I will have more to update on that soon!)

Next stop and probably hardest would be to visit Harajuku. There isn't really a street you can walk down safely without wanting to throw your money at it for the frills. There is a CC in the middle of Takeshita Doori and down the end of that street and take a right past the starbucks you will find Laforet which houses nearly everything you could want. This however doesn't mean to ignore the side streets off of Takeshita. There are several stand alone shops and past Laforet there is also Baby's flagship store which has been a plan of mine to visit.

Harajuku has just too much to take in for shops and even food with a Q~Pot Café down the street off of Omotesando. This would be an extra cute place to stop and rejuvenate after loosing my mind and my wallet running away from me. So excuse me while I go and become a billionaire to support my frilly habit and I hope you've enjoyed the insanity of the damage I could do in Tokyo. I'm going to go calm my nerves with a pot of tea or 3 for the rest of the day.

In the meantime why don't you check out all of these other fabulously frilly writers and where they would go on a frilly holiday to Tokyo.