Friday, September 15, 2017

LBC: Create A Coord Based On A Tea Cup

This week's topic is definitely a favorite of mine because, I'm going to be honest, I love tea cups!

That's right, your's truly, loves tea cups and tea pots and all things related to tea Time. It's definitely part of why I choose the name for this blog, my brand, and have sought after several particular tea time inspired prints. Funny enough, I have acquired two of those very particular pieces I have had my googly eyes on and oddly enough both in two of my preferred color ways, mint green.



Innocent World Tea Time underbust jsk and Alice and the Pirates Tea Time Nostalgia jsk II for those curious

And again, oddly enough, I will not be using either in my post today with the exception of mentioning that I've magically gathered them. It's simply not the right manner of happenstance because I had, without realizing it, managed to coordinate my last outfit to one of my tea cups for a friend's birthday tea (yes, I went to an afternoon tea birthday with my tea cup in toe, and yes I try to coordinate my tea cups to my coord, I've been bringing tea cups with me for years).

So, without further ado, here it is:



❤️Rundown❤️
Jsk/underskirt/blouse: Alice and the Pirates
Bonnet: Triple Fortune
Socks: Innocent World
Rings/Cameo: antique
Headdress/rosette chain: The Bloody Tea Party
Shoes: Offbrand
Tea cup: Aynsley 

Prior to moving here I had to give up a few of my pieces and came down with only about 6 tea cups, the first my mother ever gave me and a few other pretty ones. And when I settled a bit I found a wonderful lady who tends to know my preferences. Sometimes I pick up cute pieces that are a little newer like this one and sometimes I'll manage to snag a glorious Victorian piece or two, it's a wonderful mixed bag, and my collection is turning out to be as colorful as my wardrobe. 

Do you have a tea cup collection? 

That's it for this week's edition of the Lolita Blog Carnival! I have to say it was very refreshing for me and made it a bit easier for me to get out what I wanted to say. 



If you want to see other fabulous coords for this week's topic you can find them in the links below:


Friday, August 25, 2017

LBC: Create An Unconventional Meet And It's Itinerary

I'm back!

It's been a bit of a wild few months, I've been running amok trying to fill witch bonnet orders, work on one of my many prints (I am learning photoshop because I am an idiot and not an artist but I wouldn't be able to sit still while someone works on this particular print), expanding my tea cup collection, and of course going to and fro to meets.

And speaking of meets, I just vended at my first event for my local comm's J Fashion Mega Meet. I meant to blog about it before but I goofed and was night and day crafting and sewing for it. It was quite splendid!

Anywho, back to the topic in question, which also involves meets, unconventional meets at that, I have one or two that I'm quite willing to do but for now I will write about this one:

Exhibition Meet

In truth, I've already got all the info squared away on this particular meet as I have been planning to host it for a while but it has come down to scheduling and pricing.

The idea behind this is for members of the local frilly community to be able to demonstrate their skills and talents. Everyone from musicians, performers, designers, and artists would be able to showcase their abilities, this sort of event would give the proper platform for it.

This sort of event is simple and small enough to do on a small scale and can be done in a variety of places. The main necessity is enough space for seating and space for instruments. The way I initially planned it out was to host it in a location that already has ample seating and a working, tuned, piano, if there is even a sort of stage area that makes things run even better, though not necessary. There simply needs to be space to separate artists and performers from those seated with comfort. It's never good to scrunch.

One of my dreams for this type of event was to host it in a style very similar to Victorian exhibitions so I've hoped to hold it somewhere with a sort of similar decoration, great for pictures. Another great aspect in many of the locations I've looked into actually host afternoon tea services as well, which I think also adds to the experience as well as feeds guests.

However, the most important part of the event would, of course, be the entertainment which would be carefully be prepared by the guests themselves. Each piece would require approval up until 2 weeks prior to the meet but at least 2 months to submit beforehand. The next part would be to order all of the exhibitionists into a comprehensive schedule, allowing sets that require more break down time towards the end or seamless model transitions to have the time they need.

All of the performances would occur while the tea service - in my version of this meet there would be a tea service- was being done, that way people could enjoy delicious sweets while they watched. This also keeps the event from being bogged down or making people eat and then watch performance after performance. It also allows everyone a segment of time (approximately 6 minutes each) to present something special without having to be restricted in a total production set up. It is a much more relaxed atmosphere to enjoy.

And as for what is considered for a set it really can be anything. There of course would be musicians and vocalists, actors and dancers, and artists too, but there could be a ventriloquist, magician, or poets, designers would be able to have segments for 2-4 models to walk, and all that would be required is taking the venues space into consideration - usually a place with good lighting and semi-decent acoustics - and people would have to submit previous works to be approved for a time slot.

This sort of meet does take a TON of work, do not get me wrong, but I really think it would be wonderful to host this sometime soon. It's certainly in my books for the future. I'm sorry if I rambled a bit in this post, I haven't written in a while and I figured to just put something out.

This post was brought to you by the Lolita Blog Carnival and this weeks topic! If you want to read someone else's unconventional meet ideas check them out in the links below!





Friday, April 21, 2017

LBC: What Would You Like To See For The Future Of Lolita Fashion

There has been quite a few changes within the fashion over the last few years, some good while others heartbreaking. The world is changing in lolita fashion, like many others, growing and augmenting itself with trends and elements of personal preference, that one may not know where it's going next. There are a few things though that I would like to happen within our fashion.

❤️More Lolita Fashion Centered Cons❤️

Over the last few years we have had wonderful opportunities such as the likes of Rufflecon and Street Fashion Europe, I would love to see more of these sorts of cons. Even though there are a ton of little details and steps that go into them, and they are seriously time consuming, to me they are worth every bit of it. They bring together a bunch of frillies in one place for what should feel like a magical weekend with gorgeous and superbly thought-out coords, great venders, and wonderful guests. Not only all the super OTT fab feels but it also gets people a stronger sense of community. Who doesn't want to have more opportunities for a fairy tale weekend centered around a fashion they love?

❤️Stronger Media Output❤️

Recently, many have learned about the loss of our beloved Fruits, GLB, and how Kera is moving to online publishing, leaving us all without the ability to find many of our favorite brands released in one cute little package. It's a really sad time for many of us but I think there are some things we can do to ease that. It wouldn't be totally the same, of course, but having groups or blogs that are easier to access for the community with a great deal of content from all over the world would be great. Posts like tutorials, brand updates and shoots, con info would be easy staples that most bloggers can provide but getting groups of people to do it would help create excellent content. (I know a few of my favorite bloggers and vloggers have been upping their posts lately and I think it's great! I should endeavor to do the same and write a bit more...)

❤️Better Representation In The Media❤️

This is one thing that I think is super important going forward. We do not fall in with the status quo and wear those stupid little polos and tshirts a lot of people seem to be handed at birth, and the media tend to craft us into these detached oddities that can't handle reality because of it. This sort of "reporting" on our community happens often. Even with groups lumping us in with fetish enthusiasts and not listening to a single thing the person being interviewed has said. We do have some people who actually do their job and even dare to go so far as to walk in our shoes by experiencing the frills for an afternoon. There should absolutely be more pieces like that.

All in all, I would like to see our fashion and community grow stronger as a whole. We have social media outlets that connect thousands of strangers with the same interest across continents and I truly wish to keep this wonderful thing we have going. 


If you're looking to check out more on this topic, feel free to check out the posts from other lolita fashion bloggers below.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

LBC: What Do You Believe Is Important To Make A Cohesive Coordinate

Lolita fashion is an ever evolving style with different substyles and trends with enough rules to make a headmistress blush. Okay, so it's not actually that harsh but there are quite a few basic rules within the fashion that actually aides to create unique and cohesive coordinates without that much fuss. Aside from adhering to the rules, I believe there are simple things that make an excellent coord without having to buy the entire set. (Not saying this is bad, there is just more then that.)

♠️Attention And Focus On Details♠️

There are so many intricate details within a garment with Lolita Fashion that you don't want to just focus on one. It's very easy to take features of a printed jsk or op and incorporate it into the rest of the outfit and with solids possibilities abound. Sometimes it's the little things people will focus on that I find I really enjoy in a coord, like the choices of fabrics the use, sometimes choosing to use certain types of cottons with silks or crepes. 

❤️Hair And Make~Up❤️

This is another thing I've found super important is hair and make~up. There is the usual bangs and curls or mermaid waves that is very prevalent within the fashion but there are many other hair styles that I find can really pull an outfit together. And make~up, when going out or to a meet,  just polishes off the look and can be equally fun to do. Experimenting with both can really change up the feel of a coord and deriving inspiration from different things, like history, can really bring together a look.

♣️Accessories♣️

These kind of go hand in hand with paying attention to detail but there is a something I feel needs a bit of attention on it's own. Planning accessories needs a balance. Most times you need more and not very often in this fashion do you need less and sometimes it's got to be said that that small adorable spider ring just doesn't fit in with the skulls and bones when it's not even in the print even if you are wearing a creepy themed coord. 

There are actually quite a few other things I'd like to add but for this post I'd like to leave it off here. I think many of us could possibly write a book about cohesive coordinates and what makes them so and I'd love to hear what you think does too. (Feel free to leave it in the comments)

Check out the other frillies who weighed in on this weeks topic on the Lolita Blog Carnival in the links down below. If you would like to join in on the fun please check out the description in order to join on the FB page's link, here




Friday, March 31, 2017

LBC: What Was It Like When You Made Your First Lolita Purchase

With a lot that is happening within Lolita fashion and the international community as a whole - things like Kera moving to digital and our beloved GLB suspending - it has brought me to reflect on things like how I got into lolita. Things like becoming a part of the community, making my first purchases, and finding more to this wonderful frilly world then just the Frills. So I'm taking a glance back on not just my first purchases but what the community was like around that time.

Admittedly, I made my first purchases out on the fringe of the community from two separate sellers on eBay (I know cringe!) but this was back in something like 2007. I was already super paranoid about shopping online and buying from people I didn't know so i tried to uncover as much as I could about ratings and tags. We didn't really have the resources we have now with Lolibrary, nor the now far gone HelloLace, and without understanding LJ yet I had gone it alone, but in the end they were very good purchases. It wasn't until I had paid that I decided to jump into the livejournal community.



I tried to read as many rules as I could, group descriptions and the like, but there were more things to check out on LJ then. Every few hours someone would create new content and hide it away behind cuts (which I would fail at nearly every turn to work properly!). It was truly hoping on that particular platform and in my nervousness I stayed to the sidelines with maybe a comment here or there and joined as many relavent comma as possible, including the sales comm.


The only thing that was lacking in any way for me during that time was my tiny states home comm. It seemed at the time like I had missed out and I was too nervous to post to see if anyone was still around. Even though I was lucky enough to live near another states comm I had no real way of getting there as I had no car and really spent all my money on brand. So, as I had little options I simply kept watch on the sidelines as a not to rowdy peanut gallery until I mustered up the courage to  post on the old webpage and found a friend to be frilly with.



As for my first purchases, they were easy enough. Since they were both from eBay I knew vaguely how to work it and knew I could get some protection from it. I even made offers on both pieces, which were accepted, and I had super speedy delivery times for both. For some reason I knew more about checking authentication on brand pieces then navigating a community that I only discovered within weeks of each other. To be completely honest though, I would not have changed my experiences very much with the exception of discovering the lolita community earlier on LJ and getting the courage to post sooner.



So this is simply one of a few reactions to this week's topic, I feel good to have even gotten that much out on it and hope you enjoyed my little blurb. If you want to check out more you can see others who participated in the links below but that's it for this week's Lolita Blog Carnival!

~<@

Saturday, February 25, 2017

LBC: 1 Main Piece 2 Drastically Different Looks

One thing that seems very particular to lolita fashion, with our high prized and priced garments, is that we tend to have a sort of tunnel vision with major pieces. Carefully and concisely planning out each aspect of our coords as we all tend to plan our expenses carefully around purchases because they can be a slightly large, unnecessary, expenditure. This is okay really, it doesn't matter if you repeat a coord to the last cross ring and rosette pinned to your pinafore jsk as long as you love it, but it's nice to get creative and change it up.

With this week's prompt we plan to do just that, taking one major garment and creating two drastically different looks with them. It allows an individual to not only be creative but to also make their garment more versatile with what they have. I liked this prompt because I wear my garments daily and don't tend to like to have very casual looks but then also change it up from time to time and even make a completely new look for events. This challenge is not simply about sweet vs classic vs gothic, etc, looks or casual vs OTT, this can be making a coordinate for one style as long as it's different.


♠️Look 1♠️
Jsk: The Bloody Tea Party caged butterfly jsk
Blouse: offbrand
Jacket: offbrand
Hat: vintage
Headbow: The Bloody Tea Party
Rosette: The Bloody Tea Party (cameo: antique)
Pins: vintage
Rosette chain: the Bloody Tea Party
Gloves: vintage






This jsk is more of a classic daily wear look I've adopted. This was one of the jumperskirts I made for the label design contest at Rufflecon 2016 which I plan to have another version in my shop soon. It was originally paired with my orginal design the winged bolero (as you'll see in my next picture) it's a fairly easy print to work with with a lot of rich colors and busy butterflies amongst cages. The rouched front of the bodice gives it the look of a butterflies body, which I thought would be a cool touch. Clearly this piece can easily be over the top and creating this particular coord shows that it can be more of a comfy classic.


♠️Look 2♠️
Jsk: The Bloody Tea Party caged butterfly jsk
Winged Bolero: the Bloody Tea Party matching caged butterfly bolero wings
Blouse: The Bloody Tea Party
Necktie: Alice and the Pirates
Rosette chain: The Bloody Tea Party
Headdress: The Bloody Tea Party




For this particular coord I used an accessory again but was still able to create a completely different look. This time instead of a comfy look I went more of the regal and elegant look. Bell sleeves totally grab my attention and I love wearing them often. I had initially thought of doing a bonnet but found I had preferred the flowery headdress. Without the blouse and adding a necklace this was basically the look for one of my models for the contest. I didn't place but I really do enjoy the winged bolero look.










Saturday, February 4, 2017

LBC: Frillies You Find Inspirational

This week in the Lolita Blog Carnival we wanted to take a look at the people in the fashion, whether well known or local, whom we find inspirational. Over the years of being in the fashion, attending cons, tea parties, small meets, and even trekking the land of livejournal and Facebook I have learned to connect and be inspired by a great deal of different individuals. Some on my list I have been fortunate enough to have meet and hang out with at events or tea parties, which I am greatful to have the chance too.

❤️Sheri Branson ❤️

In all honesty every time I see her I'm just inspired and feel so happy. She is a wonderful creative individual and such a treat to talk to. Sheri always has such creative coords and a great mix of brand and handmade (one of the times I had gotten to see her again she had made bear head frames for her glasses, for her tea party coord,  because she is all about that's kumya kumya-chan!). She is definitely someone I look up to who is sweet and a sweet lolita and just makes some of the most neat things. (Honestly, she is such a nice person!)

♠️MyLittleDolly♠️

This girl always amazes me with her coords! Since the day I first saw her she has wowed me me with her coords and another sweety. Her style is more gothic from what I usually see her in and I just really enjoy her style.

♦️Frochan♦️

This kid has epic written all over her! Her style is always too notch and spans both her lolita and ouji styles. The attention to detail in everything she coords in great and she just slays in every look! Her style preference ranges from gothic to classic but I've seen her sweet lolita styles as well, and just everything really looks good on her. And I'm not going to lie, every time I run into this kid she is hilarious and just such a fun person to be around.

♣️ Victorian Rabbit♣️

Every coord that this lady wears amazes me. She's lovely and I truly enjoy looking at her coordinates.  Victorian Rabbit tends to wear more of a delicate classic style with just a hint of sweet to it, giving her a very fairy tale look.

❤️Kiki❤️

Every time this girl posts a coord it just makes me want to throw some cute things on my body! But then I realize I am now way as cute as this her. She always has such cute coords and I really enjoy what she puts into them, she just seems to have an ease to creating really cute coords.

All of these individuals are really fabulous and make me want to gear up and rush to my sewing machine and make something cute to throw on. And all of these people on this list are just a few of the frillies who inspire me, I believe I've done this type of post once or twice before, this just really expands on it a bit.

If you want to read about more inspirational frillies, I suggest you take a peek at the other bloggers who took part in this week's Lolita Blog Carnival in the links below.


                                                                     Vanilla Bear
                                                             Pépins de Pom & Co.
                                                                      Poppy Noir
                                                Cupcake Kamisama's Lolita World



Sunday, January 29, 2017

LBC: What Would You Change About Your Wardrobe

Hello all you fabulous frilly people out there! It's been quite a year so far...and I shall honestly dive deeper into this frilly world of fashion.

As of late, I've been pondering over my wardrobe. What things mesh well, what makes my day, and what has me questioning why I bought them. I also find when I evaluate my wardrobe it helps me better understand what is a want and what is a need and what I should really let go of.

So, if I were to take a quick look at my wardrobe and not get distracted by all the lovely frills within I find an array of colors and prints that I've picked up over the course of the last 10 or so years. I have plenty of colors to work with and over the last two years, thankfully, been focusing on the purchases involving blouses and, for once, brand socks. I usually prefer tights and stockings to coord with my wardrobe pieces but I'm finding the weather is better permitted to socks. But what is it that I should really focus on?

I'm finding that I need to go with maybe more solids and florals lately, not simply for my adoration of classic but it's simply how I've been feeling more lately. I have only a few eye~catching sweet pieces but they've always been of a more mixed style, like the wine colored Kumya~chan Trick~or~Treat jsk. Basically, if I'm heading into Sweets~ville, population: me, I should always endeavor for the darker hues or the colorways that can be dubbed that mixed style classic/sweet.

Another thing that I should focus on is perhaps skirts, different cut black and cream blouses, and vests. Recently, I have picked up a few Triple Fortune skirts and find I really enjoy the vested look. If I could make myself a few vests in different styles it would benefit my wardrobe, for sure.

If I were to think about taking out anything at all, which is very difficult for me as I've grown attached, would be to rid my wardrobe of any pale blues. I don't have a great deal of blues but I'm finding I'm not feeling it, sadly.


If you want to take a peak at the other wonderful frillies who took up this past week's topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival, you can catch them in the links below. And if you wish to learn more about the LBC in general, or care to join, be sure to look at the description listed in the groups facebook, here.



                                                        It's Witchcraft!