Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Lolita 52: The item in my wardrobe that was the hardest to get

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really have dream dresses, though I do have a wishlist, so I’ve never actively hunted down particular items for lolita. Therefore I don’t really have an item that was the hardest to get in the conventional lolita sense.

The closest thing I can think of was going through two Angelic Pretty bloodbaths for Loyal Rosette and then for the Twinkle Doll set which was a bit stressful! But those items aren’t in my wardrobe any more so they don’t really count.

I braved the crashing of the AP website for this...

This has been another really brief Lolita 52 post, brought to you by the fact that though I really love lolita I don’t fall passionately in love with pieces and hunt them down through the years. I buy what’s available at a reasonable price and that’s a little bit odd in this subculture!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Storm in a teacup; Wonder Party outfits

You know me, I can't buy a new main piece and not do some flat-lays so here are some outfits with my super adorable new Wonder Party OP!

I just love this print. Black with pink, adorable food and tea set print,'s so many things I love. I keep finding beautiful details every time I look at it, and am super exited to wear it out.

First up I wanted to pair it with my new Baby, the Stars Shine Bright bolero that I got in the same auctions haul. I also wanted to wear my white shoes (which I appropriated out of our model wardrobe) so I felt I needed to wear black socks and then the AP headbow also seemed like a good match. I really like this outfit, even if the colour balance is not what I normally do...when is the last time I ran with pale shoes and dark legwear?

This outfit also made me realise how much more brand I have in my wardrobe these days. I'm never going to be brand-only, because I buy what I like regardless of source, so I find it kind of amusing that I can do almost solid brand outfits sometimes.

My second outfit was very simple, and would have pink ankle socks included. It's the first time I've used the offbrand biscuit hairclips in an outfit, and that's about all I have of note to say about this outfit ^__^

For the last outfit I wanted to really run with lots of pink! Once again I kind of don't have much to say, except that I like this outfit and also would enjoy wearing it.

Despite my lack of rambling about the latter outfits, I am super happy to have coordinated Wonder Party! This print just makes me happy and it was a lot of fun to work with ^__^

Monday, 14 August 2017

Draw me like one of your fawn girls...

Something pretty darn epic happened recently. I posted my coordinate from the recent picnic meetup into a CGL draw thread, because I thought it was cute and figured why not. And I was super pleasantly surprised to receive not one, but five really awesome drawings! So I wanted to share them here because they made me super happy ^__^

First up one anon (who has no social media for their artwork) did this gorgeous sketch. I really love their art style, it's super delicate and flowing and detailed and lovely.

And then I got a second drawing which is just soft and wonderful. How cool is this colouring a watercolour! This anon didn't share any details of where to credit them, so I'll update this if I ever find out.

Then the third drawing made me laugh, a lot. You see, when I posted up my coord I was a bit self-conscious about the size of the beret on my head, so I pointed out that I knew it made me look like a I got drawn as a kawaii mushroom! So freaking hilarious - I showed James and he literally lolled, which was pretty epic.

This is watermarked as being by The Drunk Daily Prince, but I couldn't find any social media sites under that name.

I then got a drawing from jeilieenart (click their name, it goes to their gorgeous Instagram) which is also super delightful, so mori-girl looking!

At this point, I didn't expect anyone else to draw little old me but another anon did as well! Seriously, getting yet another really lovely drawing was a big ego boost, lol. This anon drew so many people from the thread and every drawing was super here for their tumblr!

I have to say, much as CGL has a bad rep with is sometimes quite well deserved, there is a lot of good community on the site as well. Now I've got to go and re-learn how to draw tolerably well so I can contribute to the good community aspects!

PS If you are the artist of any of these and want me to add/change credit or remove them, please let me know, and thank you again for the amazing art!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

July Auctions Haul

Last Friday while I was at work (so technically July even though I'm posting this in August) a big box of goodies got picked up from the post office by my lovely boyfriend James. As usual I ordered using Buyee and was happy with their service, so there’s no need for any preamble, let’s just show off what I bought!

I don’t quite remember what order I bid on things in, but I do know what started this whole order…

I saw Wonder Party up on auction and my heart skipped a beat. This is a print I loved when I first started lolita and that I have eyed off on occasion in both the black and brown colourways since, but I’d never seen it at a price I liked…until now! Admittedly, it still cost more than I usually spend on a main piece, but I love it and James thought it was really cute as well so how could I not? This is the Mini Sleeve JSK cut and I think it’s is super adorable.

I also love that I now have another print in the same vein as Patisserie Dream – though I love variety I also like having multiple pieces in similar themes and colours and though this particular one (black x pink tea party theme) was not something I intended to really build up in my wardrobe I’m glad that I have! This dress doesn't quite fit me yet (no zipper, and I can't get the waist over my boobs), but it is beautiful and I am super excited to wear it a lot when I drop a dress size.

I wish there was an emoji for how damn excited I was when I saw this bag! At 1000 yen! With no bids! Guess what I did next? Hehehe I adore this bag! It’s is utterly ridiculous and that’s what’s great about it. I really need to stop buying bags, but I had to make an exception for this. But seriously, my bag drawer is full. Guess I need to switch to a bigger storage area. That’s obviously the only solution!

Then, in my browsing something wonderful caught my eye…Meta’s Berry Stripe Short Sleeve OP in black! One of my wishlist items! Berry print (with both strawberries and cherries), OP, and in black.

And it’s Metamorphose and fully shirred, which are both extra wins for me. I also liked that it was a more realistic print, and quite retro in a way, so it seemed like something I could get a lot of wear out of. The only thing is, I'm no 100% sure how much the fully-shirred and high-waisted combo works one me, but we'll find out!

I’ll admit, this is something I primarily bought because it was cheap. I mean, it will be handy, but I’m just a sucker for cheap basics that I don’t already own, and I didn’t have a regular white short sleeved bolero. It certainly fills a wardrobe gap, just one that didn’t necessarily need filling.

However, it is super freaking gorgeous! It's one of those patterned knits and it is just a really lovely piece. The fit is a little off on me, but hopefully that will improve as I lose weight. BTSSB pieces always amaze me, I have to say. The quality is just amazeballs.

Another item from my wishlist was a plain black skirt. I bid on this one because it was an interesting design, with the pleased trim, and was full shirred.'s Victorian Maiden, so I was not expecting it to actually it properly, so imagine my surprise when it is completely perfect and comfortable and wonderful! So excited! I think it's technically an underskirt, but I think it can work as both and I really, really love it.

This outfit was 100% an impulse buy, but damn was it a good one. It was quite cheap and though I’ve long admired this kind of sailor uniform I’ve never owned one so I thought why the hell not. It is, as I expected, too small for me, but that just means it's a goal ^__^

I mean, come on, how much cuter (and punkier) can you get? It even came with a single garter that buttons to the skirt waist and straps around the thigh!

These Innocent World bloomers were another impulse buy. I have been vaguely intending to add more bloomers to my wardrobe but don’t really need more with any level of urgency. But I saw these and liked them so I bought them! And then kind of regretted it because of the aforementioned “don’t really need them” and they weren’t all that cheap. But still, not a bad thing to buy by any stretch of the imagination, just possibly the least exciting item of this haul.

I bought this bonnet entirely for a photoshoot. I have something creepy and oldschool in mind, and the only thing I was lacking was headwear. This cost a bit more than I like, but I figured I could spend a bit more and buy something perfect for the shoot (and any future oldschool things in black and white) or I could get something cheaper but not as good, so I went for quality. This was even NWT and perfectly gorgeous.

My order literally arrived two days before the shoot, but would you believe it, I didn't end up getting to do the shoot! It was another group shoot day where I had hoped to model two looks as well as do photography, but in the end I only modelled one look. I'll definitely do and epic oldschool shoot some other time though ^__^

Overall, I’m super happy with everything I got here! It feels weird to have gotten so many new big pieces in one haul since lately I've more been pulling in accessories but it's a great kind of weird!

This haul was meant to also include a pair of OTKS, but domestic shipping took ages for them so I had to consolidate and ship out before they arrived in order to try and get this order to me in time for the photoshoot. So, to my shame and as a failure of a budget lolita, I will have another (smaller!) haul post next month as well…

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Newcastle Lolitas Picnic Meetup

I am kind of ideally situated, in that I live halfway between our state's capital city (Sydney) and another large regional city (Newcastle), both of which have a lolita community. However, the Newcastle community is a. quite small and b. had been inactive for years. Until just recently when another member attempted to revive it by hosting a picnic meet.

When the event first got posted I was super excited. I’m not the most social person so going to a smaller meetup in a smaller city appealed to me a lot, so I hit “going” on facebook. After a reschedule due to sickness, the last weekend of July rolled around. On Saturday I made a bunch of sandwiches and tried on my outfit (which I had previously tested as a flat-lay but ended up changing) and on Sunday I was on my way. I was a bit nervy, because socialising and also because I had to catch a train then a bus to get there, and I hadn’t caught a bus since high school! However, I made it fine.

My outfit for the day!

I met up with Rosie, the girl who organised the meet, a little later than the meet was meant to start. However, I was the early one as Kate, the third confirmed attendee (and in the end the only other lolita who joined us), had parking troubles and showed up quite a while later. But it was all good and the three of us had an enjoyable picnic lunch together.

It was a great meet up. Mostly we just talked; the standard introductory stuff (what do you do and what are you into), discussion about lolita itself (of course!), and even a fascinating segue into how imprisoning people for drug usage doesn’t rectify the problem and in fact only makes it worse. We also spent a good bit of time taking photos – Rosie was even good enough to run after some passers-by to get a group shot taken of the three of us, and Kate let me play with her camera, which had a tilt shift setting. And I got to try taking one of the stereotypical “shoe shots”, which made me pretty happy.

Both girls were lovely (Rosie even caught the same bus with me to get me back to the station okay!) and I really enjoyed getting to go to a small, relaxed meetup. We are all keen for getting the Newcastle community a bit more active, and to be honest I’m more likely to attend those meets than the Sydney community ones, especially because who knows, I may even take a hand in organising a little bit!

I’m really loving the fact that I have actually gotten off my butt and been more active in the lolita community this year! It’s really been stretching me socially as well as giving me more opportunities to actually wear lolita and that’s a good thing ^__^

As a final note, not only was the meet up itself nice we only had positive (or at least neutral) interactions with the public who were enquiring why we were dressed that way, which we willing answered. And the first thing that happened to me when James dropped me at the station to go to the meet was a random lady started a conversation by saying I looked nice! So that all definitely helped it be a good day.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Lolita Blogpost Roundup: July 2017

I have to say, July was really filled with lolita blog posts that wee exactly the kind of thing I like to read! And I hope my readers enjoy these as much as I did ^__^

One dress, many ways! from RuffleCloud's Adventures
I do "one dress, three looks" posts all the time...but this has me beat at "one dress, thirteen looks"! I really, really love seeing compilations of outfits with a single main piece ^__^

/cgl/ Roundup: “Lolita books, films and series” from Raven Snow
CGL can be a bit of a cesspit sometimes, but sometimes it's also really great. And this blog post is a round up of one of the times it was great, where users shared lolita-appropriate media.

Traveling To Japan For 10 Days - Packing Challenge from Cupcake Kamisama's Lolita World
Oh you know I love hypothetical wardrobe scenarios! And this one is fabulous and you get to see all the clothes together, not just in a collage like I tend to do. This really makes me want to take a lolita trip! Not that I ever would, but still!

My Past Angelic Pretty Tea Party Outfits from Lolita Wonderland
This is a really cute outfit collection from one of my favourite lolita bloggers - her outfits for five different Angelic Pretty tea parties. I love seeing how people's style changes over time!

Lovely Little Lolita #8444 from Andrea Schewe Design
I’m sharing this post as I found it a nice little behind the scenes look at the development of the new Simplicity 8444 JSK and blouse pattern. However, I must say – please do not take me sharing this as an opportunity to go slag on this pattern designer. This is not the pattern that appears to have used items purchased at Rufflecon as patterns; the only “sin” of this one is that the samples were made using a lolita-designed fabric from Spoonflower, which is a perfectly reasonable, legally, and morally white thing to do. Personally, I was chuffed to see that either Andrea or someone at Simplicity actually sourced an appropriate sweet lolita fabric for this! I do understand that the individual who designed the fabric was a bit unhappy to see it used this way, but it is part of the terms of Spoonflower that designs can be used commercially, and if it had been my design I would have seen this as great publicity! I’m actually contemplating buying this pattern as I suck at pattern drafting or modifications and the JSK seems quite nice.

2017 New Year's Resolutions - Half Way Progress from Pastel Peggy
Yes, yes...I tend to enjoy reading posts that are similar to things I myself post! I know...but this was a good read! And as a bonus it has some pretty pictures ^__^

Choosing a Meet Venue from Luna Rain
Not that I think I'll be planning lolita meetups any time soon, but this was still a handy read about things to consider when choosing where to hold a meetup.

How to Order from Antique beasT from Buttcape
I share more than pretty posts here...this one is very informative! Sometimes trying to order from Japanese sites is a bit of a pain, so I thought this was great. I know nothing about Antique beasT as a brand (other than that they make the bat headdress) but I figured this would still probably be of interest to my readers so here we are.

Hold the Whole World Accused from Libby Peaches
Super! Colourful! Pirate! Lolita! Wow, just wow. Such pirate, many colour, so wow. In case you can't tell, I am super into the outfit(s) shared in this post, you should totally check it out!

52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge : How I First Found Out About Lolita from Crimson Reflections
I love finding out how people go into this fashion, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and remember how excited I was (and still am!) about lolita.

So those were the highlights that crossed my reading list in July! As usual, if you think there's a blog out there I may not know of, please drop me a link because I am always keen to check out new lolita content.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Apricot roses; L174 outfits

I love Bodyline's L174 JSK. It's such a nice fabric, and the design is fairly simple, yet a bit elegant (especially since I added the ruffle to the hem).

I actually wore this dress out recently, and so when I came to putting these outfits together I deliberately avoided redoing a variation of that coordinate. So one of my favourite combos with this dress, salmon pink, was out, but it was good as that stretched me to try a few different things.

For he first outfit I wanted to try adding a dark, vibrant red as a complementary colour, and overall I feel it worked rather well! I'm not 100% sure if the socks were the best choice, but I think they would work nicely worn. And if not it's an easy change to make the outfit wearable.

Next I wanted to try something a bit more casual and sweet-ish. Black and indoor photography are not a good combination by any stretch of the imagination, but I actually really liked this outfit, even if this photo is a bit shoddy. I think I may even wear this when spring or summer roll around - it would also look good with pink ankle socks I think.

Then for the last look I ran with ivory. This isn't particularly groundbreaking, but damn do I like it! Especially the mass of flowers for the hair, there is no such things as too many flowers in my opinion!

I have to say, for a dress that is kind of limited as far as colour goes, I can still get some good variety in outfits with this JSK as well as the tried and true combinations, and that makes me rather pleased!