Friday, February 23, 2018

365LBC Days 52 - 54: Of Constellations, Paintings, & Accessory Storage

February 21, 2018

As a child I was sort of obsessed with constellations for various reasons. I learned of their significance throughout history for different civilizations and sailors, alike, and what impact they had on traveling parties while lost in the wilderness. The most important thing to be able to do is to find the little dipper - commonly known as Ursa Minor or the little bear, with the north star being known as Polaris - so as to best navigate the night sky. 

If you have a star chart it will make it far easier to search for the constellation you wish to find among the rest. This does lead into another important factor when searching and that's to figure out what constellations will be easier to see in your part of the sky during the present season. 

It's still a bit difficult for me to pick out constellations here with all of the city lights on at night. Of course, there is still the Air & Space Museum, I suppose it would be nice to trek down there sometime soon to look up at the stars.

February 22, 2018

For this challenge I had initially wanted to go with a Singer Sargent painting, his art style is so striking to me, the first piece I saw of his in person captivated me and I had to learn more. However, I quickly realized that I had very little to coordinate to match his pieces at this moment and without rehashing too many pieces from recent posts. So I went with this picture of two Rococo era ladies which I have scored the internet to try and find info on. It was taken from a book cover that Buzzfeed did an article on. If anyone knows more I would immensely appreciate it!

But in regards to the coord, I think I did okay with it and got the Rococo cut, emulating the yellow dress with color and a little of the flower detail in the fabric, and emulated the collar and sleeves with the blouse. I also tried to put more emphasis on the flowers by adding a floral pin I made a few years ago to it. I tried to go with a Rococo style shoe as this was also the closest I have that would look okay with the dress as well. The hat is one I made only last summer that would be fitting to the time frame. The last few things I did were to get a necklace that would sit above the neckline of the piece and something to focus on the first ribbon like the woman in the painting does. I used one of my newest cameo pieces I've received a few weeks ago. And as for socks I went with some Aatp otks with a ruffle that could fit in with the style as well. Like I said, I think I did okay though I do think I would need to find a different shoe to wear this coord.

February 23, 2018

I have quite a bit of accessories for my frills, I did not include my jewelry box because I can't seem to get a good picture of it to my liking, here is everything but my wig storage though (that is actually in another pretty box but I would have to take it out of the closet).

Most of my bows, ribbons, neckties, gloves, cravats and jabots, and floral headdresses all get stored in the drawer above my blouses and socks. I think I should organize it again as it does get a little disorganized as I'm pulling things out to wear daily. Perhaps I should look into a better way to store them in the future though.

Most of my hats and bonnets are within these hat boxes on these shelves, my bigger ones are in the closet because they definitely would never fit and I don't want my cats to eat the feathers off them. As some are antique and vintage, so would be the feathers and I don't know if that would do any worse for kitty tummies but I sure as heck won't test that out.

In the small box I actually store most of my dresses detachable bows, I don't like to hang them with them as I fear they may pull when I'm trying to go through my wardrobe when picking something out for the day. I would hate for them to tear off and make bigger holes on the garments so they get stored in there. 

How do you store your accessories? 

I think I need to duck out for the evening and tuck myself in, it's been a long day and I have quite a bit to do tomorrow. I hope everyone is well and gets a good night cap before they head off.

Cheers! XOXO

LBC: Create A Coord With Your Favorite Main Piece As Your Focus

My brain has been reeling for a week for this topic, it was admittedly difficult to choose out of my top favorites for this post. I went back and forth between Night Fairy Fantasia, Fragrent Rose Memories, Tea Time Nostalgia, and Black Cat, Witch, and the Apple Tree, they are all such lovely pieces and I feel I simply can not compare when looking through my wardrobe at my other dresses (which I still find immensely gorgeous as well). In the end I did choose a favorite I hadn’t initially thought of, Garden Fairy from Triple Fortune. 

The way this jsk makes me feel when I put it on is beyond words. It fits me well and it does indeed make me feel like a fairy princess. It’s also very special to me for more then just it’s look. I choose a Triple Fortune bonnet and tights to accompany the look, it only seemed fitting at this point. The next thing I’ve added are my Alice and the Pirates double buckle shoes and a blouse and jabot I made a few years ago. I was going to pair an Alice and the Pirates blouse but it seems to be in the wash.

I wanted to add a bit of jewelry that would not be too costume~y for the piece and tried to go with antique and vintage pieces that would complement the coord. I have this amazing Czech piece that has fairies imbedded in the design that I fashioned into a pin, I thought it would look nice placed below one of the bows or in the center of the bust, but because of the lighting I was worried it wouldn’t be picked up. I also added a newer piece from Puvithel and I have to tell you, the flower rings are all made by hand, very delicate, I need them in every color she makes them in. These things are gorgeous and I have 4 and I have been wearing them with many of my coordinates. Check out her shop, you will not be disappointed with any of her items. 

I think I like the look of what I came out with for this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival post, I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I highly suggest checking out what everyone else put together for this coordination challenge, I know I did.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

365LLC Days 49 - 51: Of Perfect Posture, Lolita Quizes, & Why The First Dress

February 18, 2018

Posture is extremely important to me for so many reasons, lately I’ve been trying to be more careful about it and this was just good timing for a reminder. 

February 19, 2018

I did take the quiz, it was separated into to parts here and here, it was a trip down memory lane. So am I pure Lolita? It seems I scored fairly high on it and found some of the questions quite funny.

How did you fair? Are you a pure Lolita?

February 20, 2018

These are my two first dresses and I had not so specific reasons for purchasing them, really just minor ones. The instance I saw them I thought they were quite excited because they were both priced fairly well at the time and they both were different styles I wanted to try. I still enjoy these pieces and surpringly wear the IW Alice jsk more then the Baby tartan one when initially I had thought I would prefer the later.

What was your first dress?

Well now that’s done and after the Katsucrunch I’ve regathered myself after having my indie brand in the fabulously put together Katsucon J-fashion show I should be more in step with my usual 3 prompt posts.

I’ve just put the kettle on and I think it’s time to end the day with a nice relaxing spot of tea.

Cheers! XOXO

Saturday, February 17, 2018

365LLC Days 45 - 48 Of Love Stories, Parlor Games, Antiques, & Coord Compliments

February 14, 2018

There was a flutter of ruffles as she ran across the moonlit garden to meet the lord of the manor, dressed in their finest, with heavy brocades and furs of the hell beasts that had been slain for the winter. She hadn’t cared how dangerous they were, nor that the flora could ensnare her lest she were not vigilante, for she believed her heart and soul were already stolen from her, what good was a body without it’s most sacred pieces?

Draped in the finest of lace and ruffles that danced around her knees the way she had danced in the greenhouse with Lord Byleth, too many months past. She could never deny the sway they held over her. Not after they had bestowed her with a locket with their hair braided together. It had turned out to have a protection charm to veil her from danger unbeknownst to Lorelai. 

She wore the locket daily and the beads and chain would somehow shimmer and change to become the colors that matched her dress she wore. The little details in gifts from a demon...

On this night her dress sparkled like starlight, something that hardly graced this netherworld though the moon could almost always be counted on. Her petticoat only served to fluff out the fabric to fan about her frame, the ruffles of her skirt swished around her knees. The trim around her bodice only furthered the glow with the pale gold fibers woven into it. It was the same color as the bracelet Lord Byleth had placed about her wrist prior to leaving and it was bedecked with the tiniest pearls Lorelai had ever seen, and having it near her made her feel safe. It was meant to mark her as their’s to other’s of the demon realm. Though she was a human trapped there she was not prey for the taking.

Lorelai finally reached them, her hobnail shoes sunk into the fresh mud from the rainfall the night before as she stood before Lord Byleth. And though the sun was not bright it still obscured her sight. She could only lift her head which made her bonnet tilt backwards and nearly fall to the earth behind her had Lord Byleth not caught it. 

Her lungs seized up with barely a touch and as one set of fingers righted the bonnet while another crept into her the locks of her hair, Lorelai was certain her entire being was frozen.

“It’s good to see there are some things that do not change...”

And with a smile from her lord the lost little mortal felt her world return again. 


And that’s it for my love story. 

February 15, 2018

There are so many fun things to do at meets that hosts carefully find or creates for all it's lovely attendees, it's always fun to learn and craft more. My previous post I had looked up "Are you there, Moriarty?" which I still haven't found or held a meet to play it but I would like to. This time around I've searched out one game that could be EASILY geared towards Lolita and be done without much to prepare except with a forewarning for guests to be prepared to remove an accessory and goof off (as if that's difficult for us to do!).

The game I picked out is called Forfeits, traditionally a Christmas game, and would best be played in the comfort of a private space so people don't have to worry about bumping into people, ridiculous physical behavior is encouraged. The way the game is played requires one person to be the auctioneer or judge and to send that person into another room, those left have to lend an article to the pool before inviting the auctioneer back in.

After they've been invited back in the auctioneer selects an item in the pool of things and has to describe it however they see fit - the sillier the better in this case - and then put the item up for "auction." In order to win ones garment back that person needs to out goof the others trying to "win" the item back, however there is a caveat to this. If the owner can not be correctly identified or does not perform the best the item is forfeited until the end of that game's round. 

In the Victorian era there was also a penalty inflicted on the owner, small funny ones that wouldn't harm anyone involved. Usually something would be to dance to music in an incorrect fashion or to make the article owner stand on a chair and be posed in whatever fashion the other participants put them in until the end of the next auction, silly things like that. Another punishment would be to flatter another participant in any manner but they aren't allowed to say words that have a certain letter in, like "L" for instance.

I think this game could be HILARIOUS in a group of frilly people, maybe needing at the least 4 people and the most 8 unless choosing more than 1 to be the auctioneer. I would definitely like to implement this game at a meet at some point in the future and think with all of the neat things in Lolita fashion it can produce many ridiculously funny descriptions, as well as incite "most embarrassing behavior."

 February 16, 2018

I am a glutton for punishment and totally want all the antique things!!! I did go antiquing not too long ago so here are pictures from that little romp through but today I will torture myself with online auctions for antique goodies. I could browse all day and only learn this is always a mistake because I want them all. Here are some of my finds:

I am a sucker for Limoges and nearly bid on that last one, the cameo wasn’t terribly priced either.

February 17, 2018

I see a cute one I can post on that’s well done and cute, so done and done!

This was a lot I apologize it’s been a hectic week with an assundry of things going on (come see my line walk today at Katsucon!!!! Weeeeee!!!) so I’m all over the place.

Cheers! XOXO

Friday, February 16, 2018

LBC: Preferences Of Solids Or Prints: What Draws Your Favor And Why

When it comes down to the difference between prints or solids, for me anyway, I would say each but for different reasons. This is only an opinion and it differs person to person for various reasons, and I certainly have my though they may strange. Here are the reasons why I've sided with neither in particular and, yet, why I choose both.

Prints....In Brand

This is something I tend to gravitate towards for brands, I just can't escape wanting prints and it's always the more classic prints with flowers and cameos and tea cups, I just can't get enough. If I'm buying a Japanese brand dress there is a 98% chance that it is a print and I'm probably going gaga over it. If it's a Japanese brand and a solid I just often feel like it needs to either be over the moon gorgeous with an interesting or elegant cut, with amazing lace, if I'm going to want to throw a good chunk of money at it.

If it's on sale for a decent price or on the second hand market for a good price I wouldn't mind going for it either, I'm not shaking my head at solids from brands but prints have always really caught my attention. I also feel like the quality of Japanese brands are very good but it's just for the price the little details in the prints are really what makes my heart sway. Especially now, after having made my first print and working on several other print projects, I find myself only further appreciating the work that goes into them.

Solids...In Indie Brands

Taken from the IxDoxDeclare facebook page.

There is just something about a lot of indie brands that really make me so happy! In particular IxDoxDeclare, and similar brands that go for that historical style, I find that seeing them either on the screen or in person makes my heart clench and I find it very easy to get lost in the swaths of fabric. The details are there and the quality is great and I would gladly throw money at it if I had a ton of money to throw at several things at once because I am indecisive and have difficulties choosing one. 

Taken from the Mossbadger facebook page.

This is of course not saying I would not purchase prints from indie brands, there are plenty of original prints that definitely make me squeak, it's just that the style of the solid prints are so lovely that it catches my eyes quicker. Sometimes solids do have beaded details that really throw me through a loop and shock me in very good ways and so I can't ignore those details either, I still would consider it a solid piece though because it is a detail and not the fabric. 

This is simply the reasons I gravitate towards solids or prints, it takes a lot for a brand to do it but indie brands just catch me as if I've fallen from the proverbial princess tower. Even going back to when I first got into the fashion in 2007 with my first purchase it's always been about the print and when I discovered more indie brands I would easily want the solid. I suppose that may be a bit strange to some because I have seen that there is a bit of a divide between people as either a mostly prints or mostly solids individual but I really do have my reasons for liking both.

What are your feelings on the subject? Do you prefer solids to prints, or vis versa? Let me know in the comments below!

You can also check out what other bloggers feel about the subject by checking out what they wrote in the links below.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

365LLC Days 41-45: Of New Words, Favorite Brands, Favorite Destination Doodles, & Library Events

February 10, 2018

I decided to learn a word that I could relate to the fashion, simply because I can and that it just so happens that this one popped up on one of my favorite pages that usually delves into slightly archaic terms. I found the word "eesome" and feel that it definitely applies to Lolita fashion.

Even the image that was used for the photo I find appropriate.

February 11, 2018

I had to opt for comfort today so I went if a full back shirring and a simple coord (I threw on the hat for this picture simply because I thought it would look cute together. It didn’t hurt that it was on that shelf next to the mirror.

February 12, 2018

I did manage to doodle with my quill and now you know just how terrible my drawing skills are. 

The statue in the middle is the Peter Pan statue located in Kensington Gardens

February 13, 2018

It seems that the libraries around me have a lot of children oriented events, children readings and things like that. I did find out that they have a few French and Chinese book discussion days and a few other language conversation groups to improve on Spanish. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

365LLC Days 38 - 40: Of Valentines, The Beginning In Releases, & A Lovely Fragrance

February 7, 2018

This is just in time for my local comm’s Valentine’s compilation where we all make ones for our comm and send them to our mod and then they share it as a group post. It seems since the jump from LJ to FB there really isn’t an active page for sharing Lolita Valentine’s so I’m happy to still have something for it. I plan on doing as many as possible and have gotten quite a few done already.

February 8, 2018

This post kicked me right in the frilly feels!

When I first found out about the fashion I was in somewhere around 2003 but I only remembered and had the money to spend on it in 2007. As it would turn out, after browsing for this post, I had previously owned a great deal of pieces from this year. This is due to aquirement over the years of each piece, lately I have actually traded or sold off a good deal over the last year for more classic pieces, but it was insane to see how much it had influenced me and also recall how many pieces circulated the market.

Here are a few that I either recall seeing the release of, really want, or simply own that I spied through my browsing.

I would love to have that bolero jacket and I do own the short version of the IW Alice jsk in black, everything else, with exception of that ring I wouldn't mind having, I have seen quite often expecially back during the days of LJ.

February 9, 2018

Today was like being pulled in every direction at once but I went with a fragrance in lotion form that would also soothe instead of dry out.

And with that I'm done for the day, hope you all have pleasant dreams!