As I've mentioned, I've got a holiday to Japan coming up. As a matter of fact, since this is a schedule post, I'm already there. I didn't have a chance to schedule any posts (other than this) to go up while I'm gone, so this blog will be quiet again for a little while, but then I'll be back with lots of exciting travel and hopefully lolita haul posts!
Part of my last Tokyo lolita haul!
So just a very short post to let you all know where I am and I'll most likely see you again in March ^__^
Since I’m jetting off to Japan again soon, and want to be very careful about my spending there, I thought it was a good idea to really solidify my wishlist. As you know, I’m not much of a one for cultivating a dream dress list, and I don’t actively hunt things down nor spend much on them. So in a sense, this is more of a “remember not to buy things that aren’t on this list” list but whatever, it’s still fun to share ^__^
First off, I reviewed my last wishlist post from 2017 and I'm pleased to say that since then I've achieved several of the items set out there, and that’s without really trying. Berry Stripe for the black x berry category, Icing Cookie for the food print in brown (yes, yes, it's pink but it filled the niche I wanted filled), Rose Stripe Shirring for the spring green floral, and my Victorian Maiden underskirt for the black skirt.
But enough about the past and onto the future! Here's my updated comprehensive wishlist, complete with images! The images, however, are just examples - while I love those specific items I'd be happy with anything that ticks the box. Most importantly, I’m not going to buy anything that doesn’t fit me currently as I’m trying really hard not to hoard things that are currently not usable for me.
Main Pieces A white and pastel sweet JSK or OP
This is a desire that has grown since I missed out on buying Country of Sweets. I really want a sweet-sweet dress, but don’t want to be overly pink and I don’t look so great in a lot of other pastel colours. But I figure white and rainbow is pretty much perfect for me so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for something cute and colourful on a white base.
A sweet black berry print JSK
I’m very specific with what I want here. It has to be a noticeably different print than the other berry pieces I own, and it cannot be fully shirred. But other than that I’m open to pretty much anything. I know, I know, I just said that I’d achieved this goal from 2017 by getting Berry Stripe but I want even more berries dammit!
A long sleeved classic OP
I don’t own a long sleeved OPs at all, and I’d love to get my hands on something very Victorian in style. Probably a solid fabric, though I’m okay with an all over print or pattern as well. I’d like to get this in a dark colour, probably brown or wine, but not black.
What do I mean by an oddball? Well, I want something that’s different from the rest of my wardrobe. I love building up little capsules, but I also enjoy variety. Something in lavender or yellow would be good, I think, or maybe mint or dark green. Or a pattern like big polka dots or stripes or an unusual tartan or lovely, tacky gobelin. Just something that’s unusual compared to everything else I own. I’d like this to be a JSK or maybe an OP, but not a skirt.
Next up, the most numerous category, headwear! I'd love to get my mitts on the following colours of headbow, the substyle desired for each indicated in brackets.
Red or red x white (sweet)
Black x red (sweet)
Unsurprisingly, I don't really have many needs in terms of legwear. However, there are a few pairs of OTKS I'd love to find to match some of my newer pieces.
Mint or mint x white (sweet)
Dark green - can also have brown and ivory (classic)
Spring green - can also have offwhite and red (sweet/classic)
Chocolate pattern (sweet)
Black x pastel (sweet)
I only have a few things in my blouse wishlist, some things that I culled in my recent purge and would like to replace and a couple of others.
Long sleeved brown blouse or cutsew (sweet)
Long sleeved white blouse or cutsew (sweet)
Short sleeved lavender blouse or cutsew (sweet)
However, I’d also love to get a patterned blouse or two, possibly gingham in red, black or pink and also a floral blouse, something with a real 70s Little House on the Prairie vibe. Since those are a lot harder to come by I’m not really adding them to the list but if I spot one for a good price I’ll leap on it!
I am also in need of a new bell shaped petticoat. My Classical Puppets petticoat, which I’ve had for years, finally gave up last year. I was legitimately sad. I’m probably going to just order from MeLikesTea again but am open to other (cheaper!) options as well so if you have any suggestions let me know.
And that’s really about it! I mean, there’s things I’d love to have, like a full rainbow of pretty boleros, but these are the dresses I really want and the supplementary pieces I “need”. The word is in quotes because honestly, even if I never bought anything else (even the petticoat!) I could still make so many unique outfits from my current wardrobe that I don’t desperately need anything. But I like having a well balanced collection so onto the wishlist these things go!
A little belated but nevertheless fun to write, here's some thoughts (and graphs, as usual) about my lolita outfits in 2019. It's a tradition now, dammit!
I actually had a few more coords in the year than I thought I did for a total of 12. Not great, but given how 2019 was as a year for me I'm okay with that. Two of the coords were worn in Tokyo, one was for a photoshoot, and the rest for various everyday occasions. I did not go to any lolita meets in 2019.
Despite the low total number, I still wanted to do my usual analysis of colours and styles. And I loved what I discovered, because 2019 was a colourful year!
Can you believe that I wore green main pieces just as much as I wore black ones? And there was no brown? I'm struggling to believe it and I have photographic evidence!
It made me so happy to realise that I achieved a lot of variety in the colours of my coords last year. Not that I haven't always had a decent range of colours in my wardrobe but still, this felt good.
In terms of substyles, I also found that I was definitely leaning more sweet this year, which I think suits how my lolita style is shifting in general. I still love classic, don't get me wrong, and I'd never want a wholly sweet wardrobe but sweet is just fun and cute and me.
In fact, out of my classic outfits I only consider the one below to be "properly" classic lolita, as the others are pretty casual. Still classic, if I had to pick a substyle, but not typically classic lolita.
Classic is the best for artsy photoshoots!
With a drastically decreased coord count from 2018, there's actually not much more for me to say about my 2019 outfits. I'm happy with them, and am glad to look back and realised that I did still average wearing lolita once a month over the year.
I'm not going to set any goals for 2020 as I'm still struggling a bit with lingering burnout but I'm getting excited about lolita again, and am keen to see where this year takes me in this awesome fashion.
So at the end of 2019 I basically just stopped everything, including wearing lolita. Therefore I never posted the last couple of outfits I wore. But better late than never, here they are!
I wore this outfit to run some errands with James sometime in September. I got overwhelmingly positive reactions while we were out. First the pharmacist (who's always sweet, I like her) was super complimentary about my hair accessories in particular, then the staff member at the petrol station was super nice (she didn't mention my outfit, but I got a vibe that it affected her level of extra niceness), and last of all the store lady at the op shop we went to engaged us in a massive conversation about alternative fashion (her own outfit was quite unique and she had cool coloured hair)! And then, to top it off, James whipped out the proper camera for my outfit photos and we did a whole proper mini photoshoot, which was fun.
Please note the brief appearance of a burgundy streak - my work instituted new grooming rules so no more pink hair for me. I'm still really bummed about it six months later, I loved my pink streak, it was so me.
And the last time I wore lolita in 2019 was so half-assed I didn't even get a photo...I'm just lucky I could steal this from the tattoo studio's Instagram! James got a new tattoo on Halloween since out tattoo place was doing a fundraiser for the RSPCA. I was not really happy with this outfit because it was so boring, but I was glad to wear lolita.
Then that's it for 2019! It was a very quiet lolita year, especially compared to the last two, but given how chaotic the year was in general I'm not going to feel bad about that. I'll be posting my customary review of the years outfits shortly, so stay tuned ^__^
As I mentioned in my coming out of hiatus post, I have done a very big clear out of my lolita wardrobe recently. Therefore I have lots of items in search of loving homes!
So this post is just a brief promotion of my gigantic sales album on Facebook, which also contains a lot more than just lolita, just so you know. Contact me there if there’s anything you’re keen on buying and know that I’m happy to take offers ^__^
And because a blog post if boring without pictures, here’s a few of the pretty things I’m parting ways with…
Yes, I even reduced my OTK collection!
And Wonder Party deserves a new home where it'll be worn and loved ^__^
Oh! And we are also selling off the last of the Wonderpunk Jurassic Party fabric so if you loved the cute little dinosaurs but didn’t get one of our skirts, now’s your chance to make whatever you want with this adorable print!
Whew, that was a bit of a break. As usual when I return from a hiatus I just wanted to give a bit of an update, both a personal one and a lolita one.
On the personal note it’s pretty simple - 2019 burnt me out. I’m kind of appalled that I’m almost thirty, and can still manage to somehow spend an entire year chasing all the wrong things and running myself into the ground. On the one hand it was a great year and I did lots of amazing things. On the other...it just sucked and by the end I was just ready to give up on everything. I’m mostly back to normal now, but that took months. It was just a stupid year on a number of levels, but I learned from it and have started 2020 with a lot of self-reflection that will hopefully stand me in good stead.
The toughest thing is of being burnt out is that it made me stop loving some of the big things that I really do love in life, mostly lolita and modelling. I just stopped both and felt really uncomfortable with their absence in my life. But I knew that I couldn’t force myself back into either, or the temporary burnout might become a permanent quit. It sucked.
But now I’ve taken some time and am ready to come back swinging at this blog (and wearing lolita again...at least when it's not so damn hot!). There’s a few things that are going to change. I’m going to stop the monthly blog roundup posts - they’re no longer fun to do and I feel like I’m just featuring the same blogs most of the time. I may do a new blog alert when I discover a new lolita blogger but who knows, I’m not going to commit to anything. I may also post less frequently, as I am feeling that I’m just rehashing a lot nowadays. That could be lingering burnout talking or it could be a real feeling - either way I’m just going to take it easy for a bit.
I really missed blogging here (I’ve been sporadically active on Medium but it’s not the same) so I’m glad to be back. I missed lolita and I’m so happy to have started getting my mojo back.
On a kinda personal and somewhat lolita note - I’m going to Japan again! James and I along with two friends will spend two weeks in Japan in February, and it's gonna be amazing. I will totally be blogging about it! We are on a slimmer budget this time so I’m not planning on doing loads of shopping but I’m keen to ramble about everything that we do, see, eat, and yes, buy.
Lastly, on a very purely lolita note which I may end up blogging more about, I did a very big purge of my lolita wardrobe. At the end of it I’ve still got a very decently sized collection with 29 main pieces, but I did get rid of a lot of what you may consider more noteworthy items, like Dramatic Rose and my newly acquired Millefeuille bolero.
I really forced myself to be harsh this time around. If there was no love, it went, even if it was a staple piece my wardrobe needs, like a white blouse. I’ll get a better one later. If it was way too small, it went, because I may lose weight but I can’t guarantee I’ll ever get that tiny. This purge was prompted by a desire for more spending yen in Japan, but it had the great benefit of really making me fall back in love with my wardrobe. Sure, it's got some odd gaps now and I did say goodbye to some pieces that I think are gorgeous but it’s better for me now. Everything suits my style more, and even though I’ve kept some things that are smaller than I currently am, I haven’t kept things that aren’t a size I have been in the past. I’m so much happier with it, and really want to be super ultra selective with new wardrobe additions.
On a wardrobe note, I’m not going to do a wardrobe post again this January. However, I’m actually quite keen to do one when I get back from Japan. I probably won’t post to LiveJournal, just here. Even though it was a good choice for me not to do a post in 2019, I’ve really felt the absence of having that as a reference point, so I definitely do want to do one! I’m just not putting any time pressure on myself.
So that’s where I’ve been at the past few months! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years, and I’m looking forward to 2020 in lolita.