Monday, December 21, 2015

5 Pieces That Every Lolita Wardrobe Should Have, Regardless Of Style

There are so many things that wind their way into a Lolita wardrobe that makes one wonder what is actually necessary. Like do you need that headdress that you paid top dollar for or is it important to have different color petticoats? It seems it is a difficult fashion to streamline what is important and what is grabby hands need but there are staples that everyone shouldn't go without.

1) Petticoats.


I think this is super important for anyone in the fashion to have. I would also note that depending on your style you should have more than one style and color of petti, for instance if you have A-line skirts and dresses but have a few cupcake shapes it be good to have the different style petticoats to work with it. If you only wear one color through your wardrobe, like all pinks and creams for instance, it's best to stay within that color pallet. It would be difficult to wear light colors with a dark petticoat or if you have only black in your wardrobe it would be easy to see if it shows below your skirts by accident.

2. One Main Hair Accessory For Every Different Color Pallet.


This one is a must in my mind. It doesn't matter if it's a headbow, hat, or bonnet. I think that for every set color you have in your wardrobe, I mean like if you have a lot of mint and creams in your wardrobe having a particular head piece that works with each color respectively.

3. The Right Shoes.


Shoes are just as important in Lolita fashion as it is in any fashion and it can definitely add to a look by being the right shade that matches all of your sweet or the most killer skull heeled pumps any gothic Lolita would dream of.

4. A Blouse In Every Style And Several Colors.




This is something I am working on even still and I think it's a very important piece to have access to in a wardrobe. Having a diverse wardrobe can be a bit of a killer pain when it comes to things like this. I like being able to have a great variety of blouses to cover bases and I think everyone should as well. Short sleeves and long are also important factors and having the right color blouse goes a long way in a wardrobe. You wouldn't have only a white blouse if you had a lot of creams and browns. you would probably find it best to have creams and tans and have them in several styles so that you aren't wearing the same blouse under every main piece.

5. An Assortment Of Socks Or Stockings.


To me, even starting off in Lolita, socks were one of my main issues. Finding good quality, long wearing, socks that would work with several coords was and still is important to me. I think it is important to the look and can make a very nice outfit look more polished with cute socks or stockings.

Week one is completed!!! I tried to be concise as there are so many things I think are important for a frilly to have and choosing just five was difficult. And I know that these may be my top five but you or others may have another thought on the matter (feel free to list your top five in the comments!).

This is all for tonight, I am about to pour myself a hot cup of yummy chamomile tea to relax with and grab a good horror novel to curl up with my cats with. I hope your evening is just as pleasant, good night!




Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lolita 52 Challenge: A Topic A Week

A few days ago I stumbled on this really cool post from F! Yeah Lolita and figured it would be fun to do. It's been a while since I've done something like this aside from Lolita Blog Carnival topics and also think it will be neat to add it into the mix.

Here are the topics that I will start doing starting next week:

  1. 5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style
  2.  5 movies for Lolitas
  3.  What my own Lolita lifestyle is like 
  4.  Favorite thing to put on my head
  5.  My wardrobe turnover
  6.  My favorite Lolita brand
  7.  Why I wear Lolita?
  8.  Why don't I wear Lolita more often?
  9.  5 keywords that describe my personal Lolita style
  10.  How I first found out about Lolita
  11.  3 trends I wish would come back
  12.  Combining other fashions with Lolita
  13.  Lolitas I have met in real life
  14.  Lolitas I would love to meet
  15.  3 things I wish I was told when I was a new Lolita
  16.  10 facts about my Lolita wardrobe
  17.  My first meetup
  18.  Trends I thought I would never get into, but I now love
  19.  Trends I thought I loved, but now I'm not too keen on
  20.  How satisfied I am with my current wardrobe
  21.  Plan for a trip! A week's worth of Lolita outfits I can fit in a small suitcase
  22.  How I accessorize
  23.  What influences my Lolita style
  24.  What's in my makeup bag
  25.  Best places to wear Lolita
  26.  How I get out of a wardrobe slump
  27.  Purses that I love
  28.  Bloomers or no bloomers?
  29.  Lolitafying things in my everyday life
  30.  How long it took me to build a complete wardrobe
  31.  Impulse buys that were totally worth it
  32.  My best deal
  33.  Something that I made
  34.  Wardrobe blunders! Things I bought that I ended up regretting!
  35.  What I thought when I got my first real piece of Lolita
  36.  Nails to match my favorite looks
  37.  Something that's not my style, but I love anyways
  38.  Favorite hair style
  39.  Most versatile Lolita item I own
  40.  5 inspirational fictional characters
  41.  Fondest meetup memory
  42.  The ways in which I fit the cliche
  43.  The ways in which I do not fit the cliche
  44.  How strangers react to my clothes, and how I react to their reactions
  45.  Something that was a gift
  46.  Parasols: Vital or frivolous?
  47.  The item in my wardrobe that was the hardest to get
  48.  My "signature" outfit
  49.  My favorite Lolita print
  50.  What's in my closet, but I haven't worn yet!
  51.  Predict the next Lolita trend!
  52.  How Lolita has changed me
I'm really excited to tackle these posts, I'm already mulling over what I would choose for the first one. Hope you stay tuned and check it out when I get going, for now just grab a cup to go and enjoy the rest of the day!


Friday, December 18, 2015

LBC: Create A Coord Under $100

These are always a little hard for me as I want to use what I own and try to make it look decent for a post. Instead, this time I used as many stock pics as I could find and the only one I couldn't find an exact pic of is the shoes. I'll probably add a pick later and do a little more work on this post but I wanted to try to get it done. Here's what I came up with for a coord for under $100.00 usd and all things I have in my wardrobe.



Got this beautiful IW piece for $45.00 on LM

About $2.50 for these
Bloody Tea Party Necklace $25.00
Closest pick I can find of shoes I was gifted. They are all cream and shorter with no lift. $0.00

The overcoat was a wedding gift from a friend
Handmade by me (The Bloody Tea Party) $25.00

Well, that's all she wrote for the evening frillies. I'm about to hit the hay after a nice calming cup of tea. If you want to see what other frillies came up with for this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival topic check them out below.






Friday, December 11, 2015

LBC: What Changes Will You Make For Your Wardrobe In The New Year

THREE WEEKS AND THE NEW YEAR SHALL BE HERE!

Alright, all funny business aside (not really) I am getting back down to the blogging and I shall start with a Lolita Blog Carnival topic. This weeks was a good one about change in ones wardrobe and I thought it'd be a good way to attempt to organize things. It will be a crazy year, I can already for-see that.

There are a few things I would really like to change about my wardrobe that have come to my attention after I've moved from RI and started working on my little indie brand. Putting these ideas into words in a post can, hopefully, help me articulate what I'd like to do and serve as a reminder.

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🎀 I would like to have far more hand-made in my closet. I have a ton of pieces already and I'm not really looking to part with then and I'm not looking to stop buying brand pieces but I'm looking to wear more of my own. I've already been amassing a good deal since the move, all fully lined with a few exception, but I'm thinking maybe every other week have a new piece to add to my wardrobe, whether blouse, jsk, op, etc, all the while having a new item for the shop as well.

🎀 Get/make new blouses and boleros. I have been needing new ones and in many colors.

🎀 I also need to get a wider variety of socks and tights, both printed - which I am in desperate need of more printed socks - and plain. I have been experimenting with painting some. 

🎀 The next thing I have been planning on doing is actually focus on only getting specific wishlist items. I have been starting this and have hunted down and bought one of my top DREAM DRESS status pieces already and have decided that as I'm planning to make more of my pieces that real wishlist items should be my only other buying priority as opposed to really good deals.

🎀 The only other thing that I have serious plans for within the next year is to better organize my closets and drawers. I pretty much wear the fashion daily and so it does get moved around a lot so I think it may be best to figure out easier ways to organize it.

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Well, that is it! I haven't written this much and successfully done a blog in quite some time...I think since Rufflecon f^_^; but fear not, fair maidens! I shall return to my keyboards and write a little more then the nothing I have been.

If you want to check out what others have written up for their LBC topics please check them out in their links below.


🎀Gray Velvet🎀
🎀It’s Witchcraft🎀
🎀Vanilla Bear🎀
 ðŸŽ€Gosu Rori🎀
🎀Alice In Lolitaland🎀


Saturday, October 10, 2015

LBC: Create A Halloween Coord

So I'm very late about posting this and this will be a very short and clean post as I will make a post about Rufflecon 2015!

For my Halloween themed coord I finally created my dream coord for Btssb's Sweet Mate Kumya~Chan's Trick~Or~Treat and did the coord for the musical performance night for RC. I worked very hard on this outfit and one item in particular has become the hit I had hoped for and I will be doing commissions for it in my shop, The Bloody Tea Party.



Coord Rundown: 
Jsk: Baby The Stars Shine Bright Sweet Mate Kumya~Chan's Trick~Or~Treat
Shoes: An~Tai~Na
Blouse/Witch's Bonnet/Tights: All done by me (Blouse and Witch's bonnet is up for commission, tights are handpainted) (Cat mask constructed by me and detailed/painted by my awesome mother!)

Please excuse the derp! I had a lot of fun during the con and was so happy to wear it, especially the witch's bonnet, which I have received 3 commissions and have one floating around with the Lolita Collective. I will post more about the con later but if you would like to know more about "The Witch's Bonnet" you can check out my listing for it on my FB page, here. Please, like and share my page and if you have any questions about anything there, feel free to drop me a line and ask!



If you want to see other coord posts for this wonderfully spoopy topic, you can check them out below.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Prep For Rufflecon Involves Tea And This Survey!

If you have been wondering where I've dropped off to I've been prepping like mad to get ready for Rufflecon 2015!



I will be hosting a panel on afternoon tea in relation to alternative fashion and I've made up a short and silly survey for people to take to help me out. Please, let me know of your impressions, weigh in on the subject, have a cup of tea while your at it!



Check it out here:

KwikSurveys: Free online survey



I will make a update soon about my going ons and how life is in MD/DC area and about my shenanigans I've made happen but I will let you in on a little secret. There will be big things going down for my little indie brand The Bloody Tea Party at RC so keep a look out for it and I'll post of the big day. If you see me down there don't hesitate to drop by and say hi, I promise I don't bite! It just may mean you may become involved in some of my goofiness...BE PREPARED!

Friday, August 21, 2015

LBC: Create A Coord Based On Your Favorite Song



To pick my favorite song...that is what was asked for this weeks LBC topic...we were meant to choose our favorite and then make a coord for it. This led me to going through all of my playlists and trying to figure what my favorite of favorites was. This did not work so well. So, instead of putzing around trying to choose one of my favorites I decided to choose one of my go to songs that I often like to listen to.

So I chose The Mad Hatter from Wonderland the musical.

Here are a few pieces I'd love to smoosh together to create a fabulous Mad Hatter themed coord using Aatp's Trick Hat, Pricked Heart corset jsk in red as a main piece.



Something A Bit Mad

Now the only things I want to change is the color of the boots to black but Polyvore is difficult for me. I also wanted kind of wild hair because, well, it's a mad hatter inspired coord after all. The fun little skirt paired with the Atelier Boz coat, unfortunately, needs to be ignored in this case but other than that, it's all good. The mini top hat was a must as I'm certain I don't need to explain they why but I would definitely change the ribbon to the hat to match the red in the jsk and add a little bow to the blouse to match as well with the watch dangling from that. And if I could find a tea cup bag that'd be EPIC if it also matched.

I hope you've enjoyed this little snippet of this weeks LBC, I'll try to get next weeks done soon with a few more updates on TBTP indie brand as well (I think I only leave my sewing table for tea breaks and pee breaks). 
Well that's all for now, check back soon, and while you wait why don't you enjoy a spot of tea!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

The World Is A Blur This Weekend

I didn't think this weekend would feel so eventful or productive but I feel I have to put a bit of it out there that I did so much in such a short span of time. Of course, I have been endeavoring to boost productivity throughout the week by beginning my day at 6 when my husband leaves for work, but weekends aren't usually an up-and-atom time for us. This is something I hope continues and that I can at least keep up with myself.


First things first, I nearly finished all the bloomers I've been meaning to finish to put in my shop. I had cut, serged, and sewn together 15 pairs of bloomers prior to moving and left them undone to be picked up again after settling. With 3 dress projects and necklace project popping up for a special tea party the bloomers were left in their semi~finished state, unfortunately. However this week/weekend changed that. During the week all casings were sewn in and left to elasticize this weekend when I generally don't get much chance to sew. I quickly finished that part of the project while watching tv and set them all aside to be sewn together then shut starting Monday. Not that big a deal really, of course.

Of course bloomers are the only things going in my shop I had worked and drafted out a special bonnet and managed to cut out 4 all together during the early hours of Saturday. I really hope that people enjoy them when I reveal exactly what they are as one is a secret design that I think needs to be in Lolita fashion and the others are just pretty color combos that would do well for many cords. Keep a look out for all the new things guys!

Next thing that had of course to be done was general life habits to, you know, live. Weekend routine and all that handled just like any other ritual adding something unusual to the mix by seeing a show. We saw one of my all time favorite stories as done by the ThreeSixty Theatre down in Tysons Corner in Virginia. I have wanted to see this show since a year ago when I discovered they were up in Boston, Massachusetts, near where I used to live. I never got to go though and it wasn't until my husband spotted a sign on the metro that he even told me about it.


The show was amazing as I had believed it would be and I got to go decked out in my Night Fairy Fantasia with a jabot blouse and my Baby clock bag to match. I was too happy to get a chance to see this show and I suggest that if you're nearby and are curious that you take a chance. The show is done in theatre in the round but that's not what makes it so different or even that special. What does make it so, though, is the fact that all around you they project the scenery surroundings so that you can see the Jolly Roger in the distance as they arrive in NeverLand or that you can see the starry sky or jungles. It is really cool too when the cast fly of course and every cast member is strong and don't get forgotten (the pirates do a lot of double duty and even preform songs before the show!).


Mystified as I was, I didn't call it a day when I got home and continued working on things for myself and the shop. I cut out ANOTHER pair of bloomers, this time for a super secret coord for RC2015 and I laid out and drafted a blouse which I discovered I had enough fabric for more than one and possibly a bolero (fingers crossed for two).

With every little project being cut out and pinned and ironed I'm hoping my week runs smoothly and that I'll tons of new things to put in the shop by the end of next week. So keep an eye out for tons of bloomers, blouses, (hopefully) a bolero, and that jsk I've nearly completed. Check out my page on facebook and give us a like, here.

I'm going to go brew myself another pot of tea and collapse now, hope your weekend is as enjoyable and productive too!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

LBC: Plan Your Ideal Holiday Trip In Tokyo For Frills

 
 
Ah Japan...the land of the frills and the kawaii...many a Lolita venture to this beautiful land for many things. The sights, sounds, food, history, and fashion, I can really go on and on and on about the incredible things one can find or do in Japan. If we get down to just the frilly aspect of this continent, well, my bank account would probably go into the red but we're going to entertain that thought today anyway!

So to start of I've been researching places to go back to when I get back to Japan either this year but most likely next and my frilly obsession would probably require another empty bag but we shall see.

Locations I would plan to hit up and why strictly in the Tokyo Metropolitan area which includes Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Nipori (not strictly Lolita but you'll understand shortly).

This is actually in Harajuku but you can't miss the sign.
Firstly, I like to plan things out around my surroundings as it makes it easier to navigate and find my way if I get lost which is both easy to do and very hard at the same time. We stayed last time in Shinjuku and I'm pretending I'm staying somewhere around there again just for the easy access to Marui 0101 and Closet Child. Last time I stayed there, however well we planned and mapped, I was the idiot who happened to travel towards my left as opposed to my right and MISSED that CC Shinjuku was 5 minutes from our hotel. This will be the first location I will demolish of all that is frilly and ensure I snag every piece I have wished to get that you can only nab second hand.


 
Down the road and up a twisting stairway I will next hit Innocent World which has it's own location between Marui and CC. This is probably the hardest location to spot because though you may be looking around in tourist wonderment it's easy to miss it's vertical sign that is about 2nd or 3rd floor up. After plundering IW I will next go to Marui 0101(http://www.0101.co.jp/stores/guide/store060.html) and hit up each floor that you can see that there are a few brands to a floor with a showcased coord sits in the hall beckoning to get you in. (Dear Wallet, your life is over)

I'm sure I'll get out to Ikebukuro to the Butler café dressed to the 9s in frills

After all the days (this feat may take 2) plundering and freebies that may be had from spending so much I will retire to the Patisserie Swallowtail for tea that is also located in Marui 0101.

SO as you can easily see I have an obsession with frills and I could easily disappear in Shinjuku alone. Last time I visited Marui 0101 I had bee-lined all the way up to Alice and the Pirates and was secretly wishing to at least touch Night Fairy Fantasia which instead was at the door and caused severe tunnel vision. This, unfortunately, meant I forgot to really take a look into all of the fabulous surroundings Marui had to offer but I have my wits about me this time (unless, you, dear Aatp decide to come out with another mind numbing piece).

Shibuya is more of a fabric stop for me as there is a Marunan with 5 floors of fabric! The dresses I could make with this! I digress though, there are about 3 fabric stores but 2 that I would really want to go to and not really any Lolita places.

Nipori would be the next amazing fabric adventure to head off to. There is a street with all these fabric shops and my brain flat-lined there too, when we went. I bought this super cute pastry print at Tomato and would go again to get several other prints I would love to make use of for personal wardrobe and shop. (I will have more to update on that soon!)
 

Next stop and probably hardest would be to visit Harajuku. There isn't really a street you can walk down safely without wanting to throw your money at it for the frills. There is a CC in the middle of Takeshita Doori and down the end of that street and take a right past the starbucks you will find Laforet which houses nearly everything you could want. This however doesn't mean to ignore the side streets off of Takeshita. There are several stand alone shops and past Laforet there is also Baby's flagship store which has been a plan of mine to visit.

Harajuku has just too much to take in for shops and even food with a Q~Pot Café down the street off of Omotesando. This would be an extra cute place to stop and rejuvenate after loosing my mind and my wallet running away from me. So excuse me while I go and become a billionaire to support my frilly habit and I hope you've enjoyed the insanity of the damage I could do in Tokyo. I'm going to go calm my nerves with a pot of tea or 3 for the rest of the day.


In the meantime why don't you check out all of these other fabulously frilly writers and where they would go on a frilly holiday to Tokyo.

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Things That Happen At Tea Parties...

Life takes twists and turns and sometimes cul de sacs that make your head spin at any given notice and that's been my what's going on for the past month or so. Things have been changing so quickly but I believe that they will be winding down to a break-neck speed now.

In summary this is what I've accomplished within this short time: I've moved, I've moved shop, I've opened shop, and I partied hardy at the tea party this weekend with some fabulous frillies.

It has been an intense adventure this weekend in particular as my bestie Sweet visited me in my new Maryland home and we took to the town each day and visited museums, antique shops, and attended a splendid tea party that is hosted every year in Baltimore where both of our indie brands donated for the raffle. So, of course, since I was donating under The Bloody Tea Party I figured it was about time to open doors and get into gear. I also managed to sell a pair of bloomers which I was very excited to hear that they were very comfy.

During the tea party Sweet and I had been taken aback by the sheer amount of cute within the room. We mingled a bit with old friends to get our barrings and found our way to a table of all new faces that we sat and became very quickly comfortable with. 


Speaking of which, I met a girl who actually reads and enjoys my blog. I can't tell you how thrilled and excited to get to hear that they really liked it! She was so cool and smart and we got to talking about all sorts of neat and down-right brilliant.

This lovely lady right here was the winner of the Floral Chain necklace that we had donated to the party. She was very happy to win it and was very sweet. 


Our whole table was actually quite hilarious and fun and  was glad to get to talk to everyone their. There was just so much we talked about that one post wouldn't be enough to cover in just one post, but I guarantee everyone would have enjoyed it. It really made me happy to get to sit and talk to such smart and interesting ladies who were not afraid to be just as silly as me.

Photo courtesy of the Kabedon Prince G

Speaking of silly, I got silly with a few Ouji and instead of your typical kabedon scenario I kabedon'd myself an Ouji! It was certainly fantastic and I'm very glad that they were such good sports about it.


 
The food was yummy and perfect for an afternoon tea with it's little mini desserts and tea sandwiches and the scones were delightful with lemon curd or clotted cream. I definitely enjoyed the variety in the desserts and everything was just enough. The tables were also adorned with rose petals and pretty floral centerpieces that were made special for the event by the hostess and her team.


The hostess also had French macarons passed out in little packages for every attendee as a part of favors with the post card and stickers which all had the painting of Madame Bougeret, by Francios Boucher, which later Sweet and I had visited the museum which housed it. Everything was just super lovely and I would love to attend and donate a prize again next year.



Friday, July 17, 2015

LBC: Create A New Lolita Holiday In Detail


HAHA! Two in a row!

I shall get to real posts again, I promise, things have been switching gears lately so all should get back on track within the next few days.

For the topic of this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival we choose to create a new holiday for Lolita fashion and I actually came up with one that I think could be quite fun.

Dream Dress Appreciation Day

I thought this would be fun as it could allow a few different things to happen like games and themed food and of course wearing your dream dress! I know this may sound just like another ILD type of day however it more often then not involves that special dress for some people.

I don't need an excuse to bust out this baby but a special day would be great!
For games I thought it would be fun if everyone draws/prints/messages a host a dream dress that they wish for or have and then two different games can be had from it. Print games would be the easiest for a few rounds of "dream print charades" and guests team up to guess what print is on the card to the best of their ability. This, of course, can turn quickly into shenanigans and be fun for both new Lolitas and seasoned ones. The second would be a matching game where you have to match the dress name to the brand. This could be done with pictures or just by name and can be done teamed up or solo but the host would be the only one with the list. 
Playing with pics would be a little too easy even if you blurred watermarks but not everyone knows.

Of course, not everyone has their very special dream dress but a way to include everyone, whether the event is large or small, little name tags could be worn by attendees to also add a touch of cuteness. Dream dresses sometimes do change for some but for those who have a hold of their dream dress coordinating it as best as they dream is always fun.

The next part would be easiest if this event is held some place more personal - I tend to favor houses, or garden, or parks for events like this - to be able to manipulate the menu for the affair. Food is most often involved in a meet and can lend to some themes. If a host is good at decorating cakes or cupcakes with different print motifs could be lovely. And even if nothing else is able to relate to a print or dress being creative is part of the game and using similar names or using similar home~made decorations would definitely add a nice touch.


I may have gone a little out of control with this idea but I do think that it would be cute and fun for all. If you want to see what everyone else has dreamed up for a holiday check these posts out below!

Friday, July 10, 2015

LBC: What Would You Like To See In Future Prints

Hello again! It's been a bit of a stretch since I last posted but I'm back ladies and gents and I've got some new and interesting news.

I've moved.

There that's it. I've moved from my home planet-er-state to Maryland and life is going to be changing....drastically??? Perhaps not really but as for as often frilly adventures for me are concerned I will not be having as many with my bestie Sweet. (though we are going to a tea party in Baltimore later this month)

I have other news that I will elaborate in a later post though, so on with this one.


Coming back to the Lolita Blog Carnival we are blogging about what we'd like to see in future prints. Last time I wrote about this topic it was all about more Peter Pan prints and I still wish there were more when it comes to that but lately I've had another on my wishlist.

TEA PRINTS
 
You would think in a fashion that often has lavish tea parties and meet ups that happen to somehow end up with tea in it that there would be more tea cup prints. I'm not saying I've eyed every brand and found not a single tea print - Angelic Pretty released Royal Crown's Tea Package and Innocent World releasing Tea Time - but I would love more!
 
 

 
 
What is your favorite print? Do you wish there were more?
 
I just can't get enough of the cute little delicate tea cups and tea pots circling the hem of a skirt. I know there is a few cutlery prints out there but I just don't find them as cute as tea cups, I'd get my hands on all of them if I could!
 
At the moment for the tea party I was mentioning earlier, I am hoping to finish a new dress for it that has tea cups, pots, and plates, that is just so pretty. I got it as a gift from my mother and she said she had bought the last of it so I feel very lucky. I have cut out parts of it already but I'm thinking of changing the style which is nerve-wracking as I only have 17 days and I need to decide tomorrow so that I can pick out lace to match and start sewing.
 
 
All I can say is ALL the tea cups!!!
 
so that's it for this week's LBC if you want to check out more posts you can see what other frillies have written through here:
 


Friday, May 15, 2015

LBC: Create A Flower Themed Coordinate

I'm very happy with this particular post as it happened that I would wear a flower themed coord today!

I actually had plans to go out with my sister to take afternoon tea at one of my favorite haunts a few towns over, in Bristol, at the Blithewold mansion. Every year they do two different afternoon tea sittings and host a season of it. One is a lovely Christmas tea with the house all decorated lovely to celebrate and the other is during their Daffodil Days and you can easily walk the fields and paths of flowers and enjoy. Though it was Daffodil Day they certainly had many other flowers weaving through the wilder fields and the greenhouse was thriving with things like exotic flora and roses.

I, too, went with the look of roses.

My coord for the day was my Rose Ribbon~Back JSK from Alice and the Pirates and I decked myself out with some antique rose jewelry and more rose toned make~up.


♥ Here is a simple rundown♥ 

♥ JSK: Alice And The Pirates♥ 
♥ Blouse: Fan~Plus~Friend♥ 
♥ Jewelry: Antique/Vintage♥ 
♥ Socks: Innocent World 
♥ Headdress: The Bloody Tea Party♥ 


And just a worn photo from my sisters phone because I didn't take one of myself.



If you want to check out other coords other lovely frillies have made check out there posts here on their blogs!
♥  Froufrous♥ 
♥ Pastel Peggy♥ 
♥ Sweet Expedition♥ 

Friday, May 8, 2015

LBC: Packing Tips For Lolita

One of my favorite things about Lolita fashion is learning new things like to how to pack everything properly. This is something I had that I've only done a few times and and only once was it an event within an event, other times were minor packs for one or two outfits so it was absolutely different. In the end I learned a lot about how to pack for a trip. These little tips are really more for con packing and some things I learned from last year.

Plan It Out

One of the most efficient things I've found when packing is to build a spreadsheet of everything I plan to wear, grouped by outfit. It really streamlines ideas and helps me work out what things can be doubled or outfits changed. I know it may seem excessive and silly to do this but it helps to look at what I plan to bring down on paper. It makes it easier when you think of how many shoes, bags, or parasols that you would require for your coords.

Folding

The one thing I found really useful for traveling with Lolita was to fold everything a specific way if I wasn't hanging it. Some garments have boning in them or have delicate fabric and rolling tends to wrinkle material or could very well damage things. Laying them flat and folding makes life easier and doesn't crush anything.  Hanging can be good and cause less worry until you have no where to hang.

Makeup Packing

Sealing makeup in zip~lock bags makes life so much easier! It keeps things organized without hassle and keeps things from spilling or powdering in your bags. It also makes it unnecessary to carry a makeup box and less to bring. After separating all makeup into different bags put it all into a bigger zip~lock bag to ensure a secondary safety.

Jewelry Packing

As for the case of jewelry, which is just as important as everything else but sometimes overlooked, it's best to get the nylon jewelry bags and put them in another slightly larger bag. I put major emphasis on this because it was my major fear to loose it at the last con. In case of rushing around having a specific eye~catching bag for jewelry can give you a peace of mind. 

For both of these you don't need a secondary bag but it can make it easier and you can pack another purse or so in there. Remember though that less is more.

The Dreaded Shoes

Think to pack your shoes flat at the bottom and laying sideways saves on space and don't take any extra shoes than you think you actually need. This was my biggest downfall last year at Rufflecon. It was my first con and first time in the fashion show and it was asked to bring all shoes that could work for the fashion show so I got nervous that I wouldn't have everything that would work...

Headbows & Other Headgear

Head accessories that are small can of course go into the jewelry bag if they are small enough but headbows should be put in the secondary zip pouch with socks. Awkwardly shaped headdresses should be stuck in spaces in between, they'll be fine and cushioned.

Bring Other Essentials

I know this may sound common sense but make sure to pack in one of the smaller pouches a pill case to have on hand at the con, there's no knowing if there is an emergency. Your general meds should be kept on hand of course but also keep in mind that aspirin and benadryl  are good to have as well.

The Petticoat Junction

The next and last thing put away in your bag should be the petticoat. Trying to bring one can be difficult especially if you have both lighter and darker coords or don't have just one with enough poof but if most of your coords are on the lighter side it's best to stick with one over the both. Putting this on the top half gives enough cushion to all of your smaller things in your suitcase lid.

Last Thoughts

Don't forget to bring a small mesh bag for dirty clothing of course. And else you bring will be your general after frills outfits of course and you deal with them the same as with Lolita but if it's just undergarments and such those are best in the other compartments of your bag or in the other crooks for more cushion. And don't forget that you may bring back more than when you went in with...

Check out the others who wrote about their own experience and tips with package for the Lolita Blog Carnival.