Monday, 31 December 2018

Lolita Blogpost Roundup: December 2018

2018 was a whirl. For me I honestly felt like couldn't catch my breath since June right up until after I stopped working my old job in mid-December (and even after that I had dance rehearsal and a lolita meet and other social things). But the blogging world just keeps on going, and here are some of the lolita-focused posts I enjoyed reading this last month.

The Grand Embassy in Madrid from Cupcakes and Unicorns
Do I need to mention again that I love reading all about events that I could never go to? Because I do, so this was great (and also her outfit is fabulous!).

In which she is a sweet shop witch… from Make Lovely
I always really, really enjoy when people take a theme and twist it in an unexpected direction - who else thinks "Honeydukes" when going to a Harry Potter themed meet? I love the creativity and the super cute outfit!

ILD coordinate – Julian from Sanakanin
First things first. I have severe, severe, coat envy right now. I want a dozen please. And second things next - I really love how this post

Review: St. Peter's Cross Lace OTKs (Re-release Version) and M+CROIX Lace Hair Clip from Rose Sanctuary
I really love reading detailed reviews, even when they're about products I don't care for ^__^

Living green! from Miss Filigree
This was a very interesting read about whether or not lolita could be considered "green" in terms of fashion. I'll admit, environmental impact is not something I like to think about because it makes me depressed but I still enjoyed this post.

Angelic Pretty Paris' Christmas Tea Party 2018 with Maki & As√ľka and Mme Honda from Marinette in Wonderland
Another event report! I swear, every time I read something like this the more determined I am that I will eventually go to an official Angelic Pretty event. Some day!

So that's some of what I read this month and here's to more great lolita blogging in 2019!

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Or happy Tuesday, if you're not celebrating ^__^

I've had a great holiday season so far...doing nothing! I actually have spent a lot of today cleaning, playing games, and getting in some dance practise. Best way to spend Christmas, in my opinion.

But of course, James and I celebrated in our own way with a festive photoshoot! The entire shoot can be viewed on either his Facebook page or my Facebook page, but I wanted to share my absolute favourite shot here as well.

I hope you have a very happy Christmas day and generally an excellent holiday season ^__^

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Sydney Lolita Christmas Meet: Fairytales and Fantasy

On Sunday the 2nd of December, the Sydney Lolita Community held a Christmas meet with the theme “Fairytales and Fantasy”.

Event illustration by Yumiyumyum Illustration

The Sydney Community is actually in a weird place at the moment; we now have two Facebook groups (with a lot of overlap in members) and there’s a lot of controversy around the mods of the original community. This event was hosted by one of the mods of the new community. I don’t really know what went down and I’m not taking any sides, but I fully intend to stay part of both communities online (and attend the occasional meet organised by either) unless something happens to make me distance myself from one half.

But drama aside, basically as soon as this meet was announced I bought a ticket, because I totally wanted to go to another big meet after the RinRin High Tea earlier this year! The organisers kept announcing more and more good things – raffle prizes, comm members acting as photographers, activities, a vending corner, and finally the fact that the two designers of Peppermint Fox would be attending. And I thought I was excited when the meet was first announced!

My excitement peaked, however, when I was discussing my transport options with James, and mentioned somewhat offhandedly that one option was him coming with me and we stay at the hotel the event was at the night before. And he said he wanted to come! After making sure he was definitely sure I booked his ticket immediately and instantly became at least twice a excited for the whole thing.

As the meet came closer, outfit planning intensified. I decided to go with a Sugarplum Fairy theme with my wedding dress and my Fancy Fairy wings. I though it was a perfect idea, being both Christmas-y and literally a fairy so it fit right into the fairytale theme. In the end, after going through a few different ideas, James decided he wanted to go as my accompanying military bugle boy. He ended up wearing his wedding vest and matching shorts, with a new shirt from Lyris Design and a heavily modified hat. He also grew a beard! In the almost eight years we've been together, he'd never had facial hair and I was surprised how much I loved it. It has gone now, leaving the smooth, kissable face I'm used to, but still...I now know that I actually kinda like beards ^__^

Ahem. Enough rambling about my husband, on to the meet!

On December 1st we packed up our things and in the evening we drove to the Stamford Hotel Sydney Airport. We checked in to our room and rode the elevator to the 10th floor. On opening our door the first thing I said is "I didn't book this!" because we had been upgraded to a suite! We'd booked the cheapest room type and instead got a two room suite! Needless to say, we were pretty pleased about that ^__^

So we settled in, changing into the provided robes and immediately ordering room service. We also checked to see what movies were on and were way too amused about the "All Day Adult" offerings...

Once our room service arrived (and was promptly devoured) we were in full relax mode. James took a bath while I had a shower - simultaneously because the bathroom was massive and had them as two separate things - and then it was sleep time.

Unfortunately neither of us slept too well, so waking up in the morning was a bit of a slog. King beds are just really uncomfortably huge! But the siren call of the breakfast buffet was enough to get me going! If I've never mentioned it before, I will now - hotel breakfast buffets are literally one of my favourite things. And the one at the Stamford was really quite nice! I didn't have room to try their pancakes though #sad.

After breakfast we headed back up to our room to get ready. James had decided the night before that he wanted his nails done if possible, so I made some calls but there was no way we could book a manicure in that late. So we had a bit of time to relax before we had to get ready.

It was really fun getting ready together! I did my make-up while James ironed his outfit (I didn't bother with mine!), then I did his make-up as well. We got dressed and tried to take some selfies together, but the light in the room was pretty bad. I did, however, take this artsy shot of James's accessories!

Then we made sure we had everything packed and left our gorgeous suite behind. We went to the reception desk and checked out, and requested to store our luggage until the meet was over. While we were doing this several lolitas entered the lobby and went upstairs to the event room including Nikarra who I'd met at the RinRin meet and was able to introduce to James. Then it was time to go up and enjoy the meet!

Serra, the organiser, met us at the door and explained a bit of what was going to happen. Four tables had been set up, each with differently themed decorations, and as we knew from posts in the Facebook event there was going to be a range of activities in the day. We went to the least occupied table and claimed some seats. We barely had time to settle before someone (who after introductions later turned out to be Yumi, the wonderful illustrator of the event banner) bustled over to James and gave him a wooden "ask me for photos" badge, which I attached to his lapel.

The room filled up, we started talking to some people (including Ashy, who sat with us and it turns out she was the best-dressed from the RinRin meet!) and then the meet officially started. Our first activity was designed to encourage mingling and creativity - at each place setting there was an angel to colour in and add to the photo corner, but each table only had a few pencils so in order to finish everything you had to go and talk to people on other tables. I had a lot of fun with this, and was very impressed with James's angel - it's his first meet and he's already showing me up, lol!

Once the angels where complete you had to roll them up, staple on a ribbon bow, and add them to the photo corner.

The photo corner was quite cute, but unfortunately as with nearly all indoor locations the light was poor, and it was also a bit small. But still, it was so nice to have it set up and a lovely idea to decorate it with something all the attendees did. We could also take our angels home at the end but James and I didn't - we'd only throw them away but I wanted someone else to do that or I'd feel bad!

Photo by Mai or Yumi

After decorating time, it was the half hour for the coordinate photographers, Mai and Yumi, to do their thing. James and I took the opportunity to get a couple of photos together ^__^

Photo by Mai or Yumi

James was there in the capacity as "volunteer ad hoc photographer" so throughout the day he snapped shots here and there. He also took some coord photos for me...though in return I forgot to grab any of him until we got home! I'll share coord rundowns for both of us (so exciting to write that!) in my usual coordinate post at the end of the month. But I'm very glad the other girls were taking photos so we could easily get one together.

Also, since you've now seen them in a picture I wanted to mention that I was really chuffed because I got a lot of compliments on my wings ^__^ I hadn't actually worn them before and found they were really easy to wear just tucked into the back of my JSK, and despite the fact that I bumped into a lot of doorways with them they didn't take a bit of damage. Go wings!

With the photo time officially over (though of course cameras stayed in action all meet) it was time for the next activity - Divinity Treasureboxes. This was a typical Lolita Valentines kind of activity - we each got a jar containing two names. We made and added a name tag to our jars, and put them back on the display. Then we wrote notes for the two people whose names were in there - I thought this was a great twist on the typical Valentines idea as not only did it make sure no-one was left out, it was another opportunity to get to know people.

What's hilarious though is that I managed to pick a jar with my own name in I switched names with James! I ended up writing him a note anyway as well so yeah ^__^

After the official note writing time was over (though people kept going - including me! - for the rest of the meet) it was lunchtime! James and I were some of the last people to the buffet but there was still plenty of good food out there. I got a big plateful and when I was done eating I made James say "where's my wife?" by deciding not to go and try the desert buffet! In my defence, though things looked nice nothing appealed to me all that much so I preferred to stay seated rather than wrangling my wings through the room.

While people were finishing up eating, the raffle was drawn! Always possibly the most exciting part of a large meet. I won a gift card in the end, which was for a greater value than the money James and I had spent on tickets, but there were some really great prizes I would have loved to have won instead...oh well!

My gift card came with this cute illustration.

And then the second most exciting thing happened...the shopping hour! We had five sellers; Serra with The Decora Factory (of course) who was also remote vending for Japanese accessory brand Mystic. Yumi was debuting a new line of brooches with accompanying art prints and stickers, which James and I both loved. Of course, Peppermint Fox were there with their lovely brooches. The last vendor was Taiwanese brand Figlia, and she had so much cute stuff that I had to resist buying!

A shot of the Figlia corner, since I didn't buy anything from her...

Having James there was both good and bad. He stopped me from making purchases I probably would have regretted...but we did end up going to Yumi and saying "we want (nearly) one of everything!" First of all though, I barrelled straight to PepFox, because they had a brooch I wanted and they only had one of it. I even got James to take off my wings so I could manoeuvre better! But I got my brooch, and then bought both prints and all but one brooch from Yumi (some for James, some for me) and sat back down, satisfied.

The rest of the meet passed in the usual fashion; chatting, drifting, drinking tea. Serra also distributed gift baggies! It was nice. I feel like there was a pretty good balance between activities and free time. And it was so nice to have James with me! He's better at socialising than I am ^__^

Well, I drank tea. James on the other hand...
Photo by Mai or Yumi

Now, I'm not sure of when specifically in the meet we spoke with certain people but I just wanted to mention that we met some really lovely girls and guys this day. New friends include Ashy (who carried a, hell yeah!), Tiana (who was cute in sweet lolita and gave us Tokyo travel tips), Yumi (who reads my blog! Guys! Someone I admire reads my blog!) and her boyfriend Sam, Ashlee (who lives between me and Newcastle...whoo for semi-locals), and Veronica and Sam (who are a gorgeous couple from literally the next suburb over from us! Super locals!). It really was great for me to have James there as it made socialising a lot less terrifying, and it was so good to get to know some people in the community better or meet them for the first time.

Then, in what felt like just the right amount of time, the meet came to an end. I was driving us home, so I ducked into the ladies to change...and was shortly followed by a lot of other lolitas removing some or all of their outfits! Then it was downstairs to pick up our luggage, then into the car park. We got a bit lost getting out of the immediate area due to the hotel exit forcing us to go the wrong way, but resolved that pretty quickly. We grabbed some drinks and snack for the drive on the way and made it home in good time.

At home, I grabbed some cute photos of James in our backyard to show off his outfit then it was time for a well deserved shower and cup of tea. We sat on the couch and looked through our gift bags, purchases, and jarfuls of notes.

One lovely thing is that Serra customised the gift bags for people with dietary requirements, like James, so they included snacks they could eat. It was the usual assortment of postcards, business cards and vouchers, which is always nice.

But what was most lovely was getting to finish off the day by reading the notes we had been left! Funnily enough, we both ended up with seven notes each! Some people had obviously put in the effort to prepare a note for literally everyone, which was sweet, but we also both got some nice personalised notes - in particular James got one from Yumi addressed to both of us, and I got one from Ashy to both of us! It was really nice ^__^

So all in all this was a nice meet. My favourite part of it (in case it wasn't obvious) was that James was with me but it was also great to meet new people and get to know others better, and as always it's fun to frill up and go out!

As a final thing to finish on, here's a quick photo of our haul. Technically the prints and the brooches except for the lute and the PepFox one are James's, but hey, we're married! James also bought some perfect frames for the prints - we just need to decided where to put them!

Have you celebrated the holiday season in any lolita ways this year?

Sunday, 16 December 2018

A berry sweet capsule wardrobe

Hurr hurr I like puns ^__^

Anyhoo, enough on my terrible sense of humour. I've been slowly working on this capsule for month and only just now got around to finishing it. It took me so long, in fact, that the CGL thread where a pink/red/sax sweet wardrobe was recommended is long gone. Sorry random anon! I did put this together with you in mind!

I had a heap of fun with this wardrobe. I was trying to channel something circa 2010 - not oldschool and not OTT but just (to me) typically simple sweet lolita. I ran with a bit of a bunny berry theme, as you can see.

It was a really fun challenge to put together a three colour (plus neutral) capsule wardrobe. I think I manage it pretty well - I didn't feel like there were any items that didn't pull their weight, and I also didn't feel that anything was missing. Well, except for a few more pairs of shoes, but I know that I have a thing for wanting way more shoes than is necessary!

As usual, I put together some sample coordinate for this wardrobe...enjoy ^__^

Angelic Pretty's Cherry Berry Bunny was the cornerstone main piece to this wardrobe. Not only is it the most distinctive print, it features all three of the requested colours in a way that makes it super easy to coord.

Every other main piece in the wardrobe, like this cute BTSSB gingham-ish affair, will work easily with two of the colours and of course the neutral. Something I really enjoyed in these coordinates is how having the red cutsew and red bolero being slightly different shades of red gives quite a different vibe.

I had to include a Karami JSK for a 2010-ish wardrobe! And I enjoyed styling it in both somewhat typically oldschool-ish ways and a bot more modern as well, though it's not a dress that you can ever really pull away from older kinds of styling. I particularly love the two coords on the left, especially the all-sax one.

I only included one OP and one skirt in this capsule, but to make up for that I wanted to try coording the onepiece with each colour in the wardrobe. I think I did a pretty good job and I actually really love the coordinate with the blue ^__^

Last of all we have Meta's Cherry Gingham print, which I think is a really cute, retro kind of print - especially in this skirt cut! And no, I'm not biased towards that cutsew just because I happen to own, not at all...

I had a lot of fun with this wardrobe! Not really something I'd wear myself, but an aesthetic that I very much enjoyed playing around with. I will say though...I kind of want a big Usakumya now...

Friday, 7 December 2018

Lolita Blog Carnival: Create a lolita prompt challenge

In case it wasn’t obvious from this blog – I love lolita blogging challenges. I mean, it’s the reason why I participate in the LBC!

At the moment I’m working my way through a challenge I came up with, Around Your Wardrobe in 30 Coordinates, which was designed with the idea of exploring all the coordination options you may have in your wardrobe. Before that I completed the Lolita 52, which is about your experience with lolita more generally. Then there’s still more challenges I haven’t turned my blogging eye towards; the Lifestyle Lolita 365, the 10 Day Lolita Challenge, and I’m sure I’m missing some more. What I’m trying to say is that there are already a lot of different prompt challenges out there and I really wanted to try and come up with something that didn’t re-tread the same topics.

So, after a while of wracking my brain, I thought – let’s make this a coordinate challenge (because hey, I’m me and I’d rather play with clothes) that’s all about you. This is a smaller challenge, with only five prompts in total, all determined by you…and when you were born!

The Lolita Birthday Challenge

Create a coordinate inspired by your:
1. Birth stone
2. Birth flower
3. Western zodiac sign
4. Chinese zodiac year
5. Pantone colorstrology

I’m actually excited to do this challenge myself! And I will…once I finish off Around Your Wardrobe in 30 Coordinates. So, for future reference I need to create coords for:
1. Opal
2. Marigold
3. Libra
4. Horse
5. Cerulean

This is going to be…interesting! Being me, I’m most likely going to do flatlays from my own wardrobe rather than collages. So it’s going to be a very real challenge (Marigolds are yellow and orange! Cerulean is blue! I don’t have things in these colours!) but honestly that's what's going to make it so fun. I'm also keen to maybe try my hand at some of the challenges by fellow bloggers have come up with. I think I'm going to have a lot of inspiration for this blog very soon.

I am so excited that this prompt was chosen for LBC this week, and if you want to try this challenge of mine please drop me a comment here so I can check out your posts ^__^