Sunday, 30 October 2016

October auctions haul

I've been pretty good about not spending much on lolita this year but recently... well, my hand slipped a few times on Yahoo Japan. I actually got outbid on a few items as well, most notably some socks lots and a BTSSB fawn fur beret which was a real bummer, but especially given how awful the exchange rate is for me right now it's probably for the best.

Anyway, I ended up with a JSK-apron-headpiece set, two red-and-white cutsews and a little something that will either be part of a giveaway, or a Secret Santa gift if I either sign up for the CGL one or actually woman up and go to my comm's Christmas meetup.

As usual I used Buyee, and have nothing to say about their service that I haven't covered before. So, onto the clothes!

I know it's bad photo, but anyway, this is the set! The JSK is BTSSB's Shirring Princess (or Princess Shirring, I don't even know) and the apron and maid-style headdress (which kept folding in on itself in the photo) are both from Marble, which is a brand I know nothing about. The Marble items are good pieces to have, though they will probably have more costume/photoshoot use from me than actual lolita wear, but that's fine.

I have to say that Shirring Princess is really beautiful, the laces in particular are lovely, and because this is such a classic, perennial lolita piece I really get a kick out of owning it. It is also my first dress with a bustle back! However, I am iffy about how I like full shirring on me so I'll have to try wearing it a few times before I can make the verdict of whether I will keep it or sell it in the long run. But for now, it really is making me happy to have this dress.

The place where my hand really did slip was with these two cutsews, from a brand called Mary Rose on the left and Angelic Pretty on the right. What happened is I saw the AP one, liked it, and immediately put a starting price only bid on it, thinking I'd get outbid and could then decide how badly I wanted it. Then I came across the Mary Rose one, which was cheaper and I thought was likely to fit me better, so I did the same with that. I did feel a bit silly, bidding on two such similar items, but I really did think someone would outbid me on one of them but no-one did! So I won both!

However, when I got the package I was really happy to see that in real life they are quite different in colour and style, and that they both work with my wardrobe in different ways! Neither of them fit perfectly, but I am working on losing weight so hopefully soon they will fit better.

So that's my October haul! Have you bought anything interesting lately, lolita or otherwise?

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Lolita 52: How long it took me to build a complete wardrobe

This is a bit of a hard one to answer, because to an extent I still don’t feel that my wardrobe is wholly complete. It’s definitely well-rounded, and I can coordinate everything in a variety of ways, so if that is the yardstick then it certainly is complete now and has been since about a year ago, so after I’d been in the fashion for around three years. However, I know there are still some gaps I want to fill that perhaps are not essential but would make my wardrobe that much more complete.

A glimpse into my wardrobe...I arrange things by colour.

This topic is an interesting one because it really raises the question of what you consider a complete lolita wardrobe to be. Caro-chan of FYeahLolita in her post “Building a Complete Lolita Wardrobe” defined it as one where you can wear a different outfit every day for a week, and I’ve used this as my definition in my $500 Wardrobe posts. However, when I’ve done my Wardrobe Challenge posts I’ve come to feel more that my definition of complete lies in how versatile and well wearing a wardrobe is, rather than a particular size. It is complete if everything works together well.

So, if I were to distil that down into a single sentence, it would be this: A complete lolita wardrobe is one that is cohesive, regardless of overall size, which has multiple coording options for each main piece and no impossible-to-wear pieces.

I can now say that now I have defined my own version of what “complete” means in regards to lolita wardrobes, I can safely say that mine certainly is complete.

As for how long it took me, as I said at the start of this post I think it took me approximately three years, really. And I’ve been continually improving it since then, and have even further to go.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The little brown dress; Lyris Design outfits

This JSK is, without question, one of my favourite lolita dresses. Possibly the favourite. I think, if I could only keep on JSK it would be this. I mean, I would be sad about ti an it would be a very very hard decision, but I really do love this one. It's exactly what I want, which is as it should be, since it was a custom commission.

If you're interested in reading my original review of this JSK, please click here.

First up, I paired Lyris Design with more Lyris Design! I think she used the same, or at least remarkable similar, fabrics for the JSK and the steampunk bodice, and they pair together really nicely. I feel like some more steampunky tights and maybe a gold hairpiece would make this pop, but as is I think it's a very cute steampunk lolita look.

Next I pulled out my trusty Axes Femme blouse to do a more casual classic look. I love this, I really do. It's simple but not boring and all the burgundies match really nicely!

Lastly, I tried a sweeter look with pink and hints of blue. I feel like a little blue ribbon tied in a bow under the blouse collar would complete this look perfectly, but even as it is I rather like it.

I know I probably sounds like a broken record, singing the praises of solid coloured main pieces on this blog all the time, but I think this post really shows that there's nothing boring about non-prints in lolita. If anything, they give you a great opportunity to showcase all the details that can sometimes be overwhelmed in a printed piece.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Lolita 52: Lolitafying things in my everyday life

This is going to be a very short post, because the simple answer is that I don’t really “lolify” things. It may seem a little unusual to be very into lolita and not have it spill over into any lifestyle aspects but my lifestyle and home is basically very practical, comfortable and has little or no focus on any style.

Honestly, the most “lolita” thing about my everyday life is the fact that my wall collage at work features several lolita images.

...and X-Wings, my cat, fantasy, video games, mermaids, Sailor Moon...

Does lolita spill over into your everyday life or is it just fashion for you?

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A wardrobe of flowers; L353 outfits

Would you look at that... it's a floral skirt! Sometimes I feel that for the sake of variety I should stray further away from floral pieces but I just love them so much!

This high-waited floral skirt from Bodyline is one of my favourites. It's easy to wear (and wash!) and is comfortable to boot. It goes with just about everything in my wardrobe and has just the right amount of detail that I like.

Though this skirt is obviously quite firmly in classic lolita territory, I wanted to put together an outfit that strayed a little closer to the sweet end of the spectrum. Not pictured are pink ankle socks to complete the casual summery vibe. I would wear this in a heartbeat, it's toned down but still very cute.

Next I pulled together another look I love that this time remains solidly in the typical classic lolita style. It may need a touch more red around the neckline to tie it all together perfectly; this is an instance where a necklace or brooch would really be the finishing touch.

On that note, I recently re-organised my jewellery and I am perhaps considering branching out a little more in that department. Though in all honesty, the model wardrobe collection is pretty expansive and I can borrow anything from there, so I may just end up getting a few more lolita-specific pieces and and calling it a day. Or, more likely, not making any changes in the jewellery direction at all.

For my third outfit I returned to this trusty blouse-and-shoe combo which goes so well with anything that has peach tones in the print. Quite a simple outfit and though it's nice it's probably my least favourite of the three here.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

It's my birthday...

...but no tears from me! Though I am at work right now (scheduled posting for the win) so that's a bit meh, but it was proceeded by a long weekend due to Labour Day which was awesome. So many computer games and binge-watching shows, mostly Luke Cage. Also donated blood yesterday, and re-dyed my tips on Sunday. So all in all a good pre-birthday long weekend.

I also got some very cool gifts! James bought me the boots of my teenaged dreams...

Yup, those ones ^__^ Also a pair of beige lolita heels that haven't arrived yet, and a copy of Garth Nix's new book Goldenhand. But I am still just over the moon about the boots!

My housemates Nat and Luke gifted me Sailor Moon merch! I never rally buy this kind of thing for myself, so this was pretty cool. There's also apparently something else in the mail, so all in all I'm pretty spoilt.

Also, Nat made me an experimental cake and James made me a batch of his cookies. I adore James's cookies, they are the best cookies.

So yeah, that's me right now. Not a lolita post (shock horror) but one I still wanted to share! How's life treating you right now, dear reader?