Friday, May 22, 2015

Day 3

Day 3: 10 things you hate in lolita.

1. The price: I'm sure this is a common gripe among almost everyone in the fashion, but the price can definitely be daunting. I see no harm in investing in beloved hobbies and interests, but it can be a bit painful adding up costs or hitting that "Buy" button at times since there are so many cute things everywhere all the time! It can really put your self control to the test.

2. Limited releases: This can dive me absolutely crazy, especially with AP releases. Since new release items are often in limited quantities, not only are many of them gone in a flash but often times they are flipped and scalped or so popular their value skyrockets! Releases are usually announced not long before they come out, so it can be really challenging to have enough money to get them when they come out.

3. The layers...sometimes: I LOVE wearing layers, but it is impossible for me to when it's hot outside. Ever since getting into this fashion I have only lived in warm climates, which really isn't forgiving when it comes to layers! In the summer I can't even wear anything lolita except skirts with blouses and salopettes because I get heat sickness very easily, which sucks a lot since I would love to wear JSKs whenever possible.

4. Buying shoes: I am generally between sizes when buying shoes in the US (often I have to try on at least 1-2 different sizes in the store) so it seems like it's always a guessing game when buying them online. It is even more difficult when a lot of shoes from lolita shops vary in size depending on the style of shoe, which means all the hard work you spent finally figuring out your size goes right out the window!

5. The fragility: I often get nervous wearing my wardrobe because I am afraid something is going to get snagged/stained, so I am really picky about when I wear it and only choose events where I won't be doing something too messy or with minimal risk about something getting damaged. Whenever I eat something in lolita I am particularly nervous because I am not the most graceful thing on the planet, so I am super paranoid while eating anything that could result in mess.

6. Matching tones: It seems to be a gamble at times when trying to match certain ivories, browns, lavenders, pinks, especially when purchasing online, and it is a big disappointment purchasing a piece to go with a specific dress only to find out the shade clashes horribly!

7. The attention: I am a really, really shy person and while I love wearing lolita I get incredibly uncomfortable about lots of people staring, asking about what I am wearing, or wanting to take a picture of/with me. I am only able to wear super casual/subtle lolita on my own, otherwise I have to be with my boyfriend or friends while wearing it because I get super nervous if I am drawing any kind of attention to myself. Luckily I haven't gotten too many rude comments, but even having strangers politely ask about what the fashion is can be a bit overwhelming for me sometimes.

8. The space it takes: This hobby can take up a ton of room! Until I have a permanent residence, it is sometimes incredibly difficult to fit all of my dresses, skirts, blouses, shoes, and bags comfortably in my living space while moving from apartment to apartment. I wound up buying a standing wardrobe from ikea specifically for just my lolita wardrobe, but it is large and inconvenient to move around with. Once I have a permanent place to live I am excited to begin making a custom wardrobe for it that will allow a place for everything, but until then I have to play tetris with my closet!

9. The time it can take: I love investing in my hobbies, but sometimes I feel I don't have enough time to invest in lolita fashion! There are always so many new things coming out, new information/updates to read, or places to look for inspiration/shopping while trying to track down specific pieces, it can get a little overwhelming if things get busy and I can't keep up as much as I would like! Of course, everyone can make as much or as little time for their hobbies as they like, but it can definitely take a lot of time to keep up with this fashion, particularly when scouring the internet trying to find a dream item!

10. The assumptions: I did not even know about the book Lolita until nearly a year after joining the hobby, nor some of the assumptions people have about lolita fashion until much later down the line. It is really disappointing to see a lot of people either fetishize people in a hobby who simply love cute clothes, think it is directly related to (a common misconception about) the book, or think it is about grown women wanting to dress like little girls. Perhaps it's because I started loving the fashion without the knowledge of these things happening, but it is really disappointing how these seem to be common reactions. I look forward to the day where lolita fashion is well known enough that it won't spark these kind of assumptions right off the bat with many people and will simply be known for what it is: super cute clothes!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Style Inspiration

Even though this is part of the tag later on, I had been wanting to do a Style Inspiration post for some time~☆ So without further adieu, here we go!

A big part of my love for colorful fashion comes from those who inspired me to finally begin wearing it myself. I was never really into fashion while growing up, but once I started connecting more online with sources that shared clothing styles I liked, I found many people who greatly impacted my passion for wearing what I loved. While there are even more fantastic people than I have listed here who inspired me over the years, I wanted to feature the following individuals continue to inspire me all the time by sharing their love of self expression!

I was addicted to Moco's clothing snaps since the first day I ran across her blog. Her style is essentially what I had been dreaming of since I was little as I was completely enamored by the Magical Girl genre while growing up. She has so many different looks, has gone through tons of different hair colors, and all of her snaps are too darling for words~! She is wonderful to follow if you are looking for magical girl inspiration and she also sells her own creations in her shop!

Kammie was one of the first lolitas I not only knew about but completely adored! I love her unique ideas when putting together coords, whether they have themes such as her My Melody outfit or if they simply have tons of adorable accessories. Also, as you can see from the picture above, her sense of decoration is so fun and colorful, her room looks like a dream~ She is very talented at making her own original cute accessories and wigs as well! I was so excited to accidentally bump into her at AX a few years ago where she gave me one of her Minty Mix postcards which is too cute for words and now lives in a frame on my vanity~!


Tavuchi is the owner of the glorious brand Spank! which has funky fun clothing and jewelry with serious POP. Her style is ever-changing as she is always creating new, unexpected looks that always have a bubbling energy about them. I always feel nostalgic and happy when I see her creations and outfits~!

Mio was one of the first bloggers I ever began following who seriously inspired me to start wearing bright colorful clothing. She always put together her outfits in such a lovely, whimsical style with just the right bursts of cute or colorful accents. She is a huge inspiration to me and caused me to fall in love with clothing pieces I never even knew about before she shared them in her adorable looks!

PastelBat and Princess Peachie

 PastelBat has undergone some of the biggest transformations I have ever seen in a blogger and I have to say that she is always surprising me with new, unexpected styles I never expected to fall in love with. She has such an incredible fashion sense and is always coming up with combinations that are seriously... just... WOW! I really admire her ability to put together the pieces that she does and come up with such inspiring looks.

Princess Peachie is essentially cuteness covered in sugar with fairy dust sprinkled on top. She puts together some of the sweetest coords with magical twists and has a major appreciation for ANYTHING cute (something I completely empathize with) which is one of the biggest reasons I adore her aside from her sugary yet hilarious personality. She was the first lolita youtuber I ever became addicted to as all of her videos are fun, whimsical, and informative. She also collects vintage 80's/90's toys which is a wonderful nostalgia kick!

RealisticSweet and PeachMilkyTea

 I swear, RealisticSweet can do no wrong. She is one of my absolutely favorite sweet lolitas and always puts together the most darling of coords. I love how she mixes and matches colors, prints, and pieces to create looks that are stylish and cohesive. She also creates some lovely pieces to wear on top of her dresses which fit the looks so well!

While I am a new fan of PeachMilkyTea's, I have to say her style really appeals to me and has been an inspiration for some looks I am currently looking to have in my wardrobe. On days I want to be comfier and more casual but still cute, I have been hunting for similar styles as she shares: snuggly sweaters, frilly skirts, airy dresses, and lots of light, peaceful colors like cream, beige, and faded pink. She is so elegant and puts together such lovely looks, plus her makeup skills are amazing!

Lila and Sugar Doll

The only way I can think to describe dear Lila is a goddess of cute. She is indescribably talented both in fashion and art, as her Cute Can Kill creations are absolutely addicting and positively magical in themselves. She wears such cute and sweet styles that are so perfect and darling, and even the outfits she designs in her drawings are adorable and dazzling! I swear, everything she does is the epitome of cute!

Sugar Doll always assembles her perfect looks with fairy kei, popkei, and 80's twists! I love the color schemes she chooses for her outfits and she makes me feel so inspired and nostalgic when seeing her style. She also does some of the most adorable hair styles with her outfits, plus she is extremely skilled with creating cute fashion items as well as artwork!

ProjectDoll and Haruka Kurebayashi

After stumbling across a video of ProjectDoll hooping, which I was just getting into at the time, I was overjoyed to see how much she loved fun fashion! She sports everything from cyberdog to morigirl lolita and always comes up with the most ingenious outfits that I can't help but adore. Her colorful and fun fashions just as entrancing as her hooping and I love how many of her outfits have such bold uses of color!

Hakura Kurebayashi is essentially a colorful chameleon who always has something new in store. She adds cuteness to literally everything she touches and has a vault of accessories that can leave anyone in awe! She also has been designing clothing and accessories as of late... uh oh, time to try to hide my wallet!

Jimni Cricket and GabberGobstopper 

Jimni Cricket not only has an amazingly adorable and versatile fashion sense with some of the cutest creatures you could ever dream of, but she makes some of the best music ever and funky cute artwork to boot! She captures both fun party looks and innovative lolita looks with incredible style and flair, plus she makes her own custom creations to compliment her outfits! I feel like with every outfit snap she shares, she captures an entirely new unique look with fresh exuberance~!

Gabbergobstopper has a vibrant eclectic glow that she brings to not just her wardrobe but also her incredible art skills! She often adds unexpected twists to her outfits that wind up complimenting the look perfectly, making for playful, adorable, and dynamic styles! Whether she is rocking old school raver gear, tons of frogs and swamp creatures, or more cute things with faces than you can count, she seriously is a creator of true magic!

And that's everyone for now! I hope this can help anyone reading to find inspiration in these incredible people just as I did!

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 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~!