Friday, December 22, 2017

LBC: What Are Your Lolita New Years Resolutions

With each new year comes new promises to one's self, they are sometimes small goals like switches in a morning routine or they can be huge projects like changing up a wardrobe, organizing and overhauling. Most everyone makes these little plans and try to stick to them, hoping to better their lifestyle, which takes a lot of energy and determination. For this topic for the LBC we've chosen to go over what our personal goals are.

Focus On My Brand

The Bloody Tea Party has been an idea near and dear to me since shortly after involving myself in the fashion. I've worked on my style, paid attention to the rules, and worked on my sewing and crafting skills tirelessly to streamline my pieces. It has been a exciting journey and I've been finding it as something I have loved as much as I had hoped. I get thoroughly ecstatic every time someone buys a piece I've worked so hard to create.

My plan this year is to really focus on my product and better ways to present them, with better shots and lighting techniques, I've work really hard on making these things that I really love so I feel as though my photos are not doing them justice. I've finally finished my watermark to put in picture corners that don't detract from the image and still ensure you know the shops name, now I need to work on better pictures for it.

Have another Season of The Witch Bonnet reservation period. I enjoyed doing this so much and I feel like the first one this past year was a success, this coming year I'd like to better advertise it and maybe give a week more but with the same reserve spots.

Create more product. This year I had made a TON of beaded pieces for the shop for the events I had a table for, or shared tables for, so I want to keep up with that but also focus on garments and Witch Bonnets.

Reserves and New Prints

This past year I've also finished and put out my first original print. at some point in the beginning of next year a goal is to make it available for reservation. It took my a very long time to create it, from drawing it out (I'm not an artist), learn photoshop while I work on redrawing it out in the program, and get it uploaded to the printing company. It took me so long my goal is not only to make a reserve period for it in the new year but to also make out one of my next prints in a shorter time, now that I have learned a lot for the program. I have at least 3 prints that I've drawn out completely and I don't want to rush any of the lot, I want them to be even better then my Homunculi print.

Host More Meets

I didn't get to host many meet ups this year, I'd really wanted to do another Frills & Chills but it seemed this past year was a bust due to timing with working on my line for Rufflecon. The other meet I would like to try to do is to do my Exhibition du Fioritures, where everyone with a talent or fashion line can show off their skills. I do have all my previous notes, my schedule blocks to be filled planned out, the gift bags already planned, all that's needed is a venue with access to a piano and good food. 

Better Posing And Work On My Facial Features

Queen of derp! That pretty much sums up my face as I try hard to relax and make my face not look like I've pulled a muscle in my cheeks and open my eyes wider so that they don't look like I'm between blinks or falling asleep - the curse of family genes. I just want my features to be softer and more relaxed, is all. 

As for posing, I often find I stand weirdly causing my shoulders to hunch and sometimes my hands don't know what they're doing. I just think that I should maybe look at what other people do for posing and practice them a bit more, focusing on better posture for my own sake, in a mirror, so that my default pose doesn't obscure what I'm wearing so much or make me look as awkward. 

 Find Specific Items On My Wishlist

I have dreams and goals and they are for very specific wardrobe pieces! I really wish to focus on finding specific garments on my wishlist for a reasonable price. Things definitely like Secret Laboratory or Night of the Devil's Castle are on my radar, along with a few other pieces that haven't left my list since I first wanted them. We'll see how this year pans out.

Wardrobe Overhaul And Wardrobe Post

It's almost that time of year again where every frilly takes super cute pictures of their wardrobe, in cute and meticulously organized ways, and I need to get in on that. I only got through barely halfway last year and, due to time, had to put it on the back burner. I'm going to commit myself this year and find a way of doing it that suits me.

This will also, hopefully, show where I am in my collection and point me in the direction I want to go with it, not necessarily selling off what doesn't work for me. I can count only a handful of times I've actually sold of pieces I've bought and it had to involve fit every time, it's never been about whether I wear it as I wear daily and circulate through. Right now, however, there have been a few piece niggling away at my thoughts that I should get rid of. I'm hoping that the wardrobe posting process will also make me know if it's really time to let some pieces go.

Lolita Inspired Book

I've been wanting to do write a Lolita inspired book. Something similar in nature to the fairy tale like stories we'd often seen in GLB but obviously not drawn out. I have an idea and have been slowly plotting it out and trying to write a few snippets. Hopefully, many will find it entertaining and bewitching but the goal for now is to try to write it out and have a few personal friends read the first rendition of it. 

I do know a lot of goals will change over the year, though I think they will adapt however necessary instead of be lost in the back of my brain. I'll have to check back in a year and see if I held tight, please root for me!

If you're interesting in learning more about the Lolita Blog Carnival you can check them out in the link, here. And if you want to see what other people have up for their resolutions check them out in their links below!


  1. Ah, the annual wardrobe post. It gets so much harder (i.e. more time and energy consuming) with every year and although I would really, really love to do one this year, I'm not sure if I feel like putting in that time and energy commitment. Also, my photography/aesthetic standards have only gone up, while my means have remained mostly the same (the same poor lighting and very limited space - I'm ok for cameras), so it's also a choice between doing one I wouldn't be 100% with, but it would be the best I could do or not doing one at all. I'm still on the fence about it, but all the best of luck to you, I'd love to see your collection and like you said, it really helps you see where are your gaps and which are the pieces that you probably are better letting go of.

    Ooooh, that Lolita inspired book sounds wonderful! I would love to read that. Maybe try to time yourself so that you do it over November (National Novel Writing Month), April or July (National Novel Writing Month's Camps)? That's one way of keeping motivation up and the writing community is incredibly supportive.

    1. I can absolutely understand your reservations about the whole process, both when keeping with standards and having the means to do so, it's very daunting to do one and know that you feel it's not going to turn out the way you want. I'm really hoping that it will also help me with my photography woes as I am not very good at it. I'm also hoping if I push myself to learn from it, even just a little, it will help me take better stock photos for the shop of my own product.

      As for the book, I'm really trying to draft out small details of the characters and certain storyline ideas that I really would like to weave into the book. I've had this idea for a while and I feel if I keep putting it off it may never happen, so I'm trying to strike while the irons hot, as the saying goes, to at least start it up. I do think I'd like to take advantage of all of that though while I'm writing things out. I definitely appreciate the info, thank you!