Saturday, April 25, 2020

Virtual Meet-up!

Hi friends! <3

Just a quick post this time. The semi local comm had a virtual meet-up. We chatted a bit and then played an online version of Cards Against Humanity (lolita edition)...


It was interesting and quite different, but fun. Hopefully we'll do another one soon.

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Wore a casual coord in navy x black x ivory.

Headdress~ Metamorphose "Tulle Lace Princess"
Earrings~ Metamorphose "Crown Cross"
Cutsew~ Metamorphose unknown/lucky pack
Necklace~ Metamorphose unknown/lucky pack
Otks~Metamorphose "Snow Party Logo"
Skirt~ handmade/gift from a friend
Cardigan, three rings, (slippers)~offbrand
Fourth ring~ vintage


Makeup and details...

Friday, April 24, 2020

Top Tips for Managing Your Wardrobe...

Hi friends! <3




One of the most difficult things when starting out in lolita, is building up a wardrobe. It generally takes years of saving, searching, and much trial and error. Along the way, you learn and grow. But what do you do once you have a fairly decent wardrobe established? That's where the maintenance part comes in.

Maintenance is important. It should be done periodically and to different degrees. Depending on ones wardrobe, it may take a few minutes to an hour or more. Here are some tips.
Cleaning


It shouldn't have to be said, but please wash your clothes. This can be done either by machine or by hand. I recommend checking the inner tag for specific directions. There are places online that can translate the little symbols. Test cleaners on an unnoticeable area of the garment to see if colors run or prints bleed. Use a gentle detergent. Small items can be hand washed in a sink, while dresses can go in the tub or a large bucket. Lay heavy items like dresses flat to dry (on towels) to prevent placing extra strain/pulling on the straps. I like to place my otks and blouses in little netted bags in the wash machine on low delicate cycle with cold water, then remove promptly and hang to air dry. 


Repair


Sometimes accidents can happen, or just after repeated wearings your items become damaged and need some extra attention. Lace may tear, buttons may fall off, necklaces may break, etc. Take out your repair/sewing kit and find a cozy seat with good lighting. I got a blouse from a thrift store that had a button pop off while trying it on. Luckily I found the button and can stitch it right back on.


Organized


It's great to have a wardrobe, but it's not good to have to hunt for an item when coording. Everything should have a proper place and be relatively easy to find. Clothes hung up in the closet, shoes lined up on a rack, and accessories sorted neatly into little containers. And once you're done with something, it should be put back. I like to use these boxes with the dividers to keep my necklaces from tangling up.


Review


Small wardrobes grow into larger wardrobes that can get out of hand or be overwhelming. This is especially true for those who have been in the fashion for a long time. You tend to acquire a lot. But you don't always need to keep everything. Look closer at what you have. Items that don't fit, have unflattering cuts or colors,  regretful impulse buys, things that don't match anything, are unworn or rarely worn should be set aside. Consider putting them up for sale. It may be difficult, but your wardrobe (and you) will be better off in the long run. Doing this can also help you realize areas where you may be lacking. Funds earned from sales can be put towards a much needed item or even a dream dress.


I hope these tips were helpful :-)
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Friday, April 17, 2020

Create a Coord That Sparks Joy...

Hi friends! <3






I decided to use my favorite piece from the last post, and make a fairly simple sweet coord in pink x lavender with some old-school elements. I would also include a pair of small gold hoop earrings and a pearl bracelet or wristcuffs. 

This coord sparks joy for me because it reminds me of when I was starting out in lolita. Coords were simpler and didn't requiring a lot of effort and extra things. I think a lot of people have forgotten that. You don't need to have a giant wig, large prop, and a million accessories to make a decent coord. Others must feel the same as I've noticed a mild return to old-school looks as well. What do you think?

BTSSB: Spin Doll Headdress
Vintage/thrifted: Blouse
Angelic Pretty: Dream Fantasy Jsk
Offbrand: Unicorn Necklace
Angelic Pretty: Unknown Otks
Bodyline: Shoes515
Angelic Pretty: Happy Lovely Heart Bag
Angelic Pretty: Candy Ribbon Ring



Check out what coords others created at:



Friday, April 10, 2020

Share a Bit About Your Favorite Piece & How You Acquired It...

Hi friends! <3

Will all the craziness going on in the world, the Lolita Blog Carnival group has been revived! That means fun new posts for all you lovely readers to enjoy :-) Let's get right into things shall we?




My favorite piece is Angelic Pretty's Dream Fantasy <3



I bought it in 2014 from a friend a couple years after I had moved. It was altered to be slightly bigger and came with the matching headbow. I tried it on and the fit was perfect. I was so happy! At the time, my wardrobe was mainly skirts and blouses with maybe a few dresses, so this was a great addition for me.

This jsk was originally from a 2013 lucky pack that included a jsk, headbow, otks, blouse, and small bag. Unknown to me, it was actually fairly new at the time I had bought it. Back then, I wasn't too knowledgeable about prints and releases. I have learned a lot since then though. I even ended up buying the bag from the blue version of that set from another person later on. What are the odds of that?




There are a few aspects that make this my favorite piece (aside from the larger sizing)...

Bodice- Fairly simple and cute. A little bib with tiny bows and star lace. The waist bow is a good size without being too large or obnoxious.



Print- Super cute animals (bunnies, bears, mice, unicorns), scoops of ice cream, rainbows, clouds, stars, castles, balloons, etc. It makes me think of a sweet dream land that I would love to visit. 
Colors- Soft pastels that appear faded, but are not. It really enhances the dream-like feeling of the print.


Lace- In addition to the star lace, there is special lace around the bottom hem that features bears holding balloons and more stars.


I love the attention Angelic Pretty gave  to details, even for just a lucky pack dress. I find it super easy to coord this piece. Here's some I've done over the years...


Feel free to check out what others had to say on their blogs at:

Roli's Ramblings

The Bloody Tea Party

Alice in Lolitaland

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Stained Glass Coffin Ring MTO Opening!

Hi friends! <3

I ordered a couple coffin rings from an etsy shop that had posted in the Lolita Updates group on fb. They are handmade in a stained glass style. I couldn't decide between black and blue so I got both.


Stock Pic

Neant Glass: Stained Glass Coffin Ring (black & blue)

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The package...


Opening it up...


Inside...


Ooh...


Front, side, and back views...






Close-up (black)...


Close-up (blue)...


Try-on pic...



Thoughts:

These rings are great! The glass is nice and thick. I like how the black color is solid, while the blue is somewhat see-through. Both have silver trim around the edges. I noticed one area on the side of the black ring where the edge could have been smoothed down more as it seems to end abruptly. It's not too noticeable and it may have just been overlooked. The ring band features a lovely swirled design, however it is kind of thin. I would be careful when adjusting/bending it to avoid any potential damage. 

Each ring was $16, with shipping being about $7, and another couple of dollars for tax. It came in a bubble envelope with little cardboard boxes and foam inserts. I think the quality, price, and packaging is very reasonable. These will go great with my gothic coords. The blue is very close to that infamous Moitie blue. I am considering ordering from them again next time orders open up. In addition to the coffin rings, they had coffin earrings, heart rings, and heart earrings in various colors. Maybe a heart ring in pink or that shimmery white color they called iridescent? Definitely go check them out on Etsy at Neant Glass.


Order Timeline

1/31 MTO announced in Lolita Updates fb group

2/14 MTO begins, order placed, paid, received confirmation of order

3/29 Notified that package was shipped, provided tracking number

4/4 Arrived

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March Sip Down Progress & April Goals!

Hi friends! <3

I think I've gotten the hang of this sip down thing. Yay!




















In March, I finished up Tradition: Matcha Latte & Lipton: Matcha Green. Drank through samples of Tea and Absinthe: White Cherry, Tealightful: Chocolate Chai, & DavidsTea: Cold 911. Also had four little bags of Empereur: White & one sachet of DavidsTea: Bed of Roses. Along with some various cups from a few other teas (DavidsTea: Movie Night, DavidsTea: Pomegrateful, Teavana: Golden Dragon, & DavidsTea: Fireside Mocha).


I bought a few teas; DavidsTea: Peanut Butter Cup &  Touch Organic: Jasmine Green. The DavidsTea: Grand Cru Matcha was free since I used a redemption. I also had my sister order a tea for me when she did her order, but I haven't gotten it yet due to being stuck at home. It was Bird & Blend: Bonfire Toffee. I'll include it in my next post hopefully.


I also bought this mug from a thrift store. I love the gray color and interesting texture it has. I think it would be great for lattes.


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For April, I am going to continue working on Movie Night, Pomegrateful, Bed of Roses, & White. Start on Matcha, Cookie Dough, Cardamom Macchiato, Cherry Almond, Belgian Chocolate, Silk Dragon Jasmine, & Pure Matcha.

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