Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 2

Day 2: 10 things you love in lolita.
I kind of smooshed some of my loves in my Day 1 post but I will try to add some new things since there are well over 10 things I love about lolita! ☆彡

1. Getting to dress in a way that makes me happy. There is something about getting to wear the things and colors I love that really brightens up my day, makes me feel more in tune with myself, and overall makes me feel happy and excited about being alive.

2. Angelic Pretty. I also adore Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Mary Magdalene, Emily Temple Cute, and Bodyline, but Angelic Pretty was the first brand that really made me fall hardcore into the fashion. I love so many of their dresses, accessories, and novelty items. ♥ I also really love their Brand Concept: 
3. Pastels. I really, really love pastel dresses. Something about them just makes me feel happy! Even if one day I stop having pastels as the main focus of my wardrobe, I will always love and appreciate them.

4. Earth tones. I also love Mori Girl/Mori Kei fashion a lot, so a lot of earth toned dresses appeal to me as well! I am pretty content with my vibrant, pastel portion of my wardrobe, so now I am looking to add some more earth toned lolita and otome dresses.

5. Prints. There are some dresses without prints I adore, but generally prints are what I fall in love with. ♥ I don't know why wearing prints of things I love makes me so happy, it just really does! My favorites are food prints, animal prints, prints with silhouettes of girls, and most of all... fantasy prints! (Hi Milky Planet, I am kind of obsessed with you.)

6. Cute shaped bags. I often use them with regular clothing too and it really brightens up by day toting around crazy shaped bags with me!

7. Having something to look forward too. It gives me warm fuzzy feelings when something is on the way to me in the mail or when teaser photos of a new release come out! Although sometimes it is very hard to wait!

8. Lolita-inspired art and photography. I admired Kira Imai nearly as long as I loved the fashion! But I also love all works of art involving lolita fashion. There are so many wonderful artists who draw either existing dresses or even create their own and it is really inspiring seeing such beautiful works of art! Also, seeing pictures of how other lolitas put together their outfits, in magazines and online, gives me tons of inspiration. I mainly see pictures on Tumblr and Instagram~

9. Going out all dressed up and taking outfit snaps. I don't typically wear really busy outfits when by myself but I love wearing more detailed clothing when I am going out with my friends and my boyfriend! It makes going out and about feel extra special, plus I feel I appreciate all the little slow moments more when I am happy with what I am wearing. I also really enjoy taking outfit snaps because I like looking back and seeing how much effort I put into my outfits for motivation!

10. Last but most importantly, meeting and befriending lolitas! I have a small but treasured group of friends who love lolita and since moving to a new area I have been meeting more and more! Forming friendships with people who are also passionate about the fashion is a lot of fun, especially when so many new things are happening all the time! It's a lot of fun to chat about everything encompassing the fashion as well as being supportive of one another, not to mention watching our styles evolve!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 1

Day 1 : 10 things about your lolita bubble.
(I assume this means "world" so hopefully my answers work with this!)

1. This first one is going to be a bit long, because it is about how I got into the fashion! I can't remember the first time I saw lolita fashion but I think I was about 15 - 16 years old. I came across a picture of a dollfie wearing a Baby the Stars Shine Bright dress and then later on I realized the brand was actually for people, not dolls! It didn't appeal to me right away but I thought it was really amazing seeing such lovely clothing aimed for grown ups.

When I was a teenager I was a huge TOMBOY. I refused to wear skirts/dresses, had short hair in a boy-cut, and refused to associate with cute things... despite the fact that I loved all cute and girly things secretly. I basically wore black, red, and white! I think I first became interested in the fashion when I was 18 - 19 years old. One of my friends at the time was kind enough to let me try on one of her dresses, but I looked incredibly out of place in it (and I felt that way too because it was so girly, eep!) But I did like the fashion and once I started reading KERA and meeting more friends who liked the fashion, it started to peak my interest.

I started browsing around a little on Yahoo!Japan and came across an old school Angelic Pretty dress for ridiculously cheap, I think 60,00yen? So I wound up purchasing it! It was so pink and girly, but I really liked it. I only wore it a few times though, as a regular dress, and didn't get into the fashion otherwise. (I did try a few times to fit the lolita aesthetic though, and my choices were... questionable.)

Fast forward... 4 years?

When I was around 22 - 23 I saw a picture of this Mary Magdalene Claudette OP floating around on tumblr and completely fell in love with it. I wound up finding it in Pink not long after for a really good price! I wound up having two pink dresses by this point (that were two very different styles haha) and while I didn't really wear the first one much, I loved the Claudette OP. I had begun experimenting with more girly styles over the past few years too, such as cute t-shirts, growing out my hear, and wearing colors/accessories. I was finally starting to embrace cute and girly things! But I still didn't really get into the fashion, mainly because the price tag warded me away. I did have a few dresses that I had seen pictures of which I really, really loved (Milky Planet, Dream Sky, Sugary Carnival, and Wonder Cookie... can you tell which style I liked?) but I only admired them from afar.

When I was 24, I met an incredibly awesome friend who was really into lolita fashion. She had a few dresses that I got to see in person and after seeing how she made the fashion her own and had so much fun with it, she completely inspired me and I fell in love with it too. I started keeping an eye out on the comm sales and auctions again, and after some time I found an adorable Sugary Carnival Special Set JSK in black for an amazing price! I purchased it and it was love at first sight. I felt so good wearing it, I loved adding fun accessories to my outfit, and it made me really happy! Soon after I found another dress that I fell in love with, Macaron Tartan Riders JSK (also thanks to tumblr... stop showing me such cute outfits!), and after a small layaway I purchased that one as well which is still one of my favorite dresses. And then the snowball began rolling...

Honestly, I never thought I would get into this fashion as much as I have, but it really means a lot to me now. At first I was embarrassed, especially when a lot of my friends put the fashion down because of how expensive it was, but it's really only as expensive as you want to make it! Buying second hand is really reasonable, and there are some amazing sales that pop up where prices drop ridiculously low. In time I started embracing the fashion more and became less shy about sharing my love for it, because cute clothing and cute... everything, has really become an important part of my life!

While lolita fashion wasn't the sole source of me discovering my feminine side, it definitely helped me embrace it and it also helped me become more content and happy with how I wanted to look. I have also made some incredible friends because of this fashion and overall it had an amazingly positive impact on my life!

2. My lolita bubble mainly consists of cute things, especially in the pastel department. Pastel dresses catch my eye the most, especially motifs with desserts, cute animals, and anything space-themed. However I recently have been starting to love more black dresses with pastel prints, as well as ivory and light/medium/dark brown dessert dresses, especially if they have donuts, cookies, or chocolate! I started specifically Sweet but I think I want a mix of Classic Sweet in my wardrobe as well.

3. One thing I really love is lolita jewelry, particularly necklaces and rings. There is something so satisfying about the big chunky pendants and rings with sparkles and cute motifs, I can't get enough of them!

4. I have to decorate my living space with cuteness. I suppose this goes hand in hand with liking this fashion (a lot of lolitas have cute rooms!) but I was definitely inspired by lolita/fairy kei with how I decorated nearly every living space I ever had. I enjoy white/pink furniture and have cute things everywhere, from lots of pastel vintage toys to adorable cutesy everyday things I often pick up from Daiso. It really relaxes me and makes me happy having a cute-ified living space!

5. Despite the fact that I started out with 2 pink dresses which have both been sold, I don't own a single pink dress now! I do have a Promenade de Paris Skirt in Pink x Brown though as well as a blouse, cutsew, and shoes in pink, but my wardrobe is significantly lacking in the pink department. For a time I had a Dreaming of Macarons JSK in pink but I traded it for black, eep! Perhaps one day I will go for a Melty Ribbon Chocolate Collar JSK~ It is so gorgeous.

6. I presently don't own any OPs. I did try an Angelic Pretty OP on once but something about the proportions looked very odd on me. There are some dresses I adore as OPs though!

7. I love tea! The cliché is strong with this one but I am an avid tea lover! I love green teas the most, but I adore black teas and floral teas as well. I have an entire little tea shelf that is always stuffed with boxes and tins! I think I drink 5-8 cups a day, I love it so much.

8. I am also guilty of loving desserts. I have an insatiable sweet tooth! Ice cream, cookies, and crepes are my favorites. I enjoy baking too but can only make a few things (sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin bread/muffins are my usual staples). I really want to take some cake decorating classes though!

9. Snazzy makeup was something that didn't really appeal to me before I got into the fashion. I wore basic stuff but experimenting with more color and variety didn't happen until my wardrobe began expanding with more girly clothing! Sugar Pill, Dolly Wink, and Canmake are three of my favorite brands. Watching youtube makeup tutorials has become something I really enjoy as well!

10. I actually... went to Angelic Pretty, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Victorian Maiden, Mary Magdalene, and Closet Child... BEFORE I WAS INTO LOLITA! (Crying forever!) I went to Japan thanks to a very sweet friend who had a host family she visited now and then and we stayed with them for three weeks! But I wasn't into fashion as much when I went, so while I really enjoyed and loved seeing/going to all the shops... I bought nothing, except a puffy star clip and some presents for my friends. I did purchase a dress for a lolita friend who asked me to do it in advance and it was a lot of fun talking to the Angelic Pretty sales girl! She was so cute and sweet, and walking around the store was so dream-like! Next time I go to Japan, I am probably definitely going to go nuts and buy more than I should. Of course I did have an amazing experience there and I am so grateful I was able to go, see such amazing places, and eat all the yummy foods, but I am excited to go again really indulge in my love of fashion!

Okay I definitely rambled enough. Thank you for reading! I look forward to Day 2!

30 Day Lolita Challenge!

Hello poor neglected blog! It has been a while! I am going to try to rekindle my blog with a day challenge~ (Of course, with my history of blogging I am not planning on doing it in 30 consecutive days, but I am going to try my best to finish!) It is the...

30 Day Lolita Challenge!
Day 3 : 10 things you hate in lolita.
Day 4 : 10 different kinds of food you like.
Day 5 : 10 items from your wishlist
Day 6 : 10 things you can’t live without in lolita.
Day 7 : 10 people who inspire your lolita style.
Day 8 : 10 songs that inspire you for lolita.
Day 9 : 10 things you will never do in lolita.
Day 10 : What’s in your bag?
Day 11 : One day in your lolita life in pictures.
Day 12 : A picture of yourself before lolita came in to your life.
Day 13 : A picture of your favorite sweets.
Day 14 : A picture of your dream item.
Day 15 : A picture of your last lolita purchase.
Day 16 : Your outfit for the day.
Day 17 : What do you want more then anything right now?
Day 18 : A picture of your favorite lolita style.
Day 19 : What’s in your make-up bag?
Day 20 : A picture of a lolita friend.
Day 21 : Your favorite fictional lolita.
Day 22 : A picture of your room.
Day 23 : A picture of your handwriting.
Day 24 : A picture of you from a meet.
Day 25 : Your favorite lolita themed artwork.
Day 26 : Your Facebook profile picture.
Day 27 : One song that fits your favorite lolita style.
Day 28 : A picture of the perfect lolita location.
Day 29 : A picture of a lolita you would love to meet for real.
Day 30 : A photo of yourself taken today and 3 good things that’s happened over the last 30 days.

I will start the first post in a separate entry and each one will be linked back here. ☆彡 I am really looking forward to it!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy New Year and Then Some!

Ahhh my poor neglected blog! I am so sorry I haven't been keeping up with you!

This is just a short post to say that since school and work have become pretty demanding, it is hard for me to put together posts here I'm afraid. I am more active on Instagram and Tumblr since they are easy to update, but I will eventually return to making posts here again!

In the meantime, I created a new new Youtube! (I was having some troubles with my old gmail account, so it was easier to make a new one altogether.) I have 2 more videos in the works right now, but I am open to any ideas for videos or blog posts if anyone has any requests!

Sorry again for the brief post and I look forward to when I will have the time to make posts again!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This is Halloween, Everybody Make a Scene!

Good morning! I have some time before work and I am so excited to share photos from Fairytale Boutique's Halloween Party that I want to write up an entry right away! I snapped some photos around the shop which was decorated so cutely and spookily.

There were a ton of yummy desserts, like sugar cookies, black + white cookies, and rice crispies treats, along with lots of fun activities like Automatic Honey being there, a witch-inspired lolita costume contest, and many raffles~! (We won one! The packet had lolita button, some candy, a witch ring, and pink hair bows inside. ♥)

Anyway, on to the photos!

Here is my outfit for the night:

Dream Sky!  
 It was so much fun wearing this outfit, but so different dressing in darker tones! Also, my new wig is from the lovely SoLolita~!

And lastly, a friend of my friend's was passing out adorable Halloween Cards! Thank you Aerial!!

Until next time~!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ManiaQ Review!

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well! Temperatures have dropped so quickly and now it is nice and chilly outside! ♥ Have you been doing anything fun for October, or in the spirit of Halloween? So far I have been watching a lot of scary movies (and The Nightmare Before Christmas many times!), having lots of warm drinks, bundling up, and getting ready to make pumpkin bread and roasted pumpkin seeds!

Today I would like to share a short review~ For my birthday, I was able to place an order with a shop that is now one of my favorite stores: ManiaQ! This is my second time ordering from this shop and just like the first time it was an absolutely wonderful experience. They offer international shipping for a very reasonable price, are quick to respond to emails, and very friendly! Plus they make the cutest stuff!!

Here is everything I purchased! ManiaQ was very sweet and gave me little bags for all the individual items, all inside one big bag.

This was quite a surprise! I had seen the bunny cardigan on Tumblr (in lavender) some time ago and fell in love with it but there was no information about it, such as who made it or where it could be purchased. Little did I know that the day I randomly looked at ManiaQ it would be sitting on their site in pink! This is my first cardigan I have ever owned and I am absolutely in love with it. Plus it is very soft and gives just the right amount of warmth!

I have been dreaming of owning these tights for what feels like forever. Ever since I saw photos of them being worn online, I wished for the day I would be able to have a pair of my own. They are just as perfect as they look! The material is very durable, and the colors are solid and vibrant.

I also got a bow to match the skirt I bought from them the first time and it is so cute. Plus it suits my lavender Milky Planet dress perfectly (which did not come with the headbow), so I am very excited to wear them together!

Friday, September 27, 2013

New YouTube

Hello hello! I have some news today~
I finally made a new YouTube account for some video plans I have! I only have a few ideas for now that have been in the back of my mind for ages, but I am very excited to start working on them~

Here is my new account:
The reason I use the name Waddle Dee is because it's one of my nicknames. (My real first name starts with a D!) Do you know what Waddledees are?

They are from Kirby games!
All images in this entry are from here!
  "Waddle Dees are notable for not having any real form of attacking and for their peaceful nature, mostly staying out of Kirby's way, walking around aimlessly, occasionally leaping into the air, or just relaxing and enjoying themselves."-kirby.wikia
Aren't they cute? Such simple and happy little creatures!
Anyway, to start I have a desk tour I made one the other day. Please enjoy!

That's all for now. I can't believe it is almost October already! This year flew by~
Take care!