Saturday, 1 May 2021

Coordinates from April 2021

I'll admit - the fact that April is already over is...disconcerting, to say the least. But I suppose that's just the passage of time for you!

I had the first week of April off work, and was really happy because James said "there's this cool yellow bush in flower, want to shoot?" and when I ran some concepts by him he wanted to go with the lolita option! In the end this coord was super way off where we started, inspiration-wise (it was going to be a classic floral wa lolita thing!) but still super cute. And by taking all his feedback on board it's also a bit different from what I'd normally do, mostly in terms of the wig. But I like it!

OP, Headbow & Necklace: Lady Sloth Verrrry Berry Picnic
Shoes & Wig: Bodyline
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao/Handmade

Full photoshoot will be on my Facebook page (this is just an unedited shot to show off the outfit) and you can also see a second look that we shot in the pretty bush on there too.

At the end of that week on the Saturday we ran some errands and hung out with some friends to roll up characters for a new D&D round robin thing we're doing. I'm a total noob to tabletop gaming (two one shots and a few sessions of an abandoned campaign so far) but I'm pretty keen to be doing this. But anyway, I decided that super-casual lolita was more comfy than jeans, so that's what I wore.

Skirt: Handmade
Vest: W <3 C
Star Clip: Yokai Candy
Everything else: Offbrand

I mean, technically you could argue that this isn't even lolita, and I wouldn't argue back. But I approached it as a lolita coord, so I'm counting it, even if I didn't wear a petticoat or cover my upper arms and I chose my colours entirely to match my sneakers. 

I also got a really nice compliment from the girl at the checkout at the pet shop, she said she liked my whole aesthetic. I liked it too, TBH! It felt very me.

And then...I didn't wear lolita for the rest of the month. We were very busy with photoshoots, and I went from doing an 8-day to a 9-day fortnight at work and let me tell you, not getting a long weekend every weekend after a whole year of it is a bit of a shock to the system! But I'm happy with these outfits and even though I'm busy, life is good ^__^

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Around Your Wardrobe in 30 Coordinates - A Retrospective

It is the end of an era - I have completed all the AYWI30C flatlays! To stave off my sadness, I thought it would be nice to take a bit of a retrospective look at the challenge and share a few thoughts. 

I first posted the list of prompts in February 2018, a little over three years ago. I've been working my way through them ever since, not keeping to any particular schedule. Since I started I've moved house, gotten married, adopted a second cat, and gone through some many personal ups and downs that it's kind of dizzying to think of. And through it all...I was going around my wardrobe in a series of flatlays.

First up in this retrospective, I wanted to share the coords that I absolutely love. These are the ones that I want to wear! Not included are ones that I loved, but have already worn a variation of ^__^

It's so out of my comfort zone, and that's why I've come to love it.

Matching set? Bonnet? Yes please!

I have a burning need for OTT classic and lately I'm really into lighter coords too.

But I still love black-based sweet, and this "traditional" coord is #goals.

Black and white with a pop of colour, I have a mighty need.

And since this did take me so long to complete, let us take off our hats to coords made with main pieces that I no longer own.

I wanted the funds more than I wanted to hang on to this dress until I fit it.

I realised that while I adore this print I don't love the cut on my body.

Again, the lure of money now vs. being able to wear this eventually won out.

A combo of "too small" and "soo short" and "I don't think I'll wear it much" led to goodbye. 

I also used two skirts that are currently in my "to sell" pile, but things migrate back and forth from there so I'm not including them ^__^

I'm so happy to have come up with this challenge, and to have completed it. I could talk even more about everything, but I think I probably did that enough throughout the series. To see every post in this series, click here, and for now, let's close this chapter of my blog...and go onward to new blogging adventures!

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

AYWI30C #30: To suit a certain make-up look

 And here we are, the last flatlay of this series. I hope you enjoyed these posts as much as I did.

This last look is designed to match a certain make-up look, and this look of mine form a few years ago is what I had in mind:

Photo by The Enthusiast

I tried to make this look very doll-like, and took it as an opportunity to use my Innocent World bonnet. With flowers of course, because is it really me if there's no flowers?

In keeping with the doll-like theming, I decided to use the matching OTKS for the dress, and my simplest black shoes. I enjoyed this sort of old-school styling (chunky platforms and a bonnet) combined with a distinctly modern dress.

I kept the rest of the styling mostly simple,. with just a ribbon choker for a necklace and my pink heart bag...once again, this coord highlights my lack of a black handbag!

But something I really enjoyed with this look is that other than said handbag, I steered clear of coordinating with pink (or at least, not much pink)...which is not common for me! It's pretty difficult actually, but I really enjoyed the result.

Overall, I just loved this look.  It's dressy without being OTT, interesting without being overwhelming. And, like with many other outfits as part of this series - I wouldn't have gotten to this place without this prompt.

And with that,  I am done! I will be posting a retrospective of this series in a little while but for now let me just say - I hope you enjoyed it, because I certainly did!

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Coordinates from March 2021

So March was just...hectic. Work was stressful, there were like three bits of family drama going on, I got my tubes tied and took like a week and a half to feel normal after that and all in all, I was super close to burnout all month. 

But in the end I did still wear some of the clothes that bring me joy ^__^

My state was hit by severe rain and flooding towards the end of the month, and I worked from home for two days because of it. So I got back on the "wear lolita to WFH" trend again (though, complete honesty, first WFH day I stayed in my PJs).

JSK: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Shirring Princess
Kimono: Vintage
Socks: Handmade
Shoes: Bodyline
Everything else: Taobao/offbrand

It was so fun to do a wa lolita look again, and to do so in a more sweet than classic way. I also just love how this came out, I felt super pretty and was so happy that it worked out even better than it was in my head. Also, enjoy this closer picture where I am awkwardly showing off the kimono sleeves, because they are gorgeous.

Then I wore lolita to my counselling appointment and then to pick up out niece for a sleepover. Everyone liked my outfit, which is always flattering ^__^

OP & Necklace: Lady Sloth Verrry Berry Picnic
OTKS: Metamorphose temps de fille
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao/Handmade

And that was it for March. Again a fairly quiet month in lolita terms, but I don't mind at all. When I was at my counselling appointment, I was trying to tell my counsellor everything that had been going on since I'd last seen her and oh my goodness, the list just didn't stop! I got tired just talking about it! So two lolita outfits in a month that was very personally draining feels like quite an achievement, thank you!

Sunday, 21 March 2021

A pre-order?

I have achieved a new lolita milestone and pre-ordered a thing! I'm very excited by it, which is why I'm actually posting about it not rather than just when I get the dress in June or July.  Because just look at the prettiness!

I discovered that Meta had this series, Camellia ~cat hide and seek~, coming out for pre-order 
on Wednesday last week. And internally (since I was at work) I just went "oh no".

I'm trying really, really hard - and succeeding, might I add! - to not spend much on lolita for a good while. Brand-new burando was not in the plan at all.

But this dress...this dress!
  • It's in Meta's new plus size sizing, so it'll fit me great
  • It's a camellia print
  • It's a wa print without being in one of those not-very-versatile wa cuts
  • It has Meta's usual assortment of detachable bows
  • The dumbass cat in the print look super similar to my dumbass cat!

Seriously, everything about this dress was an instant love, and it's also something that works well with my wardrobe without being similar at all to anything I already have. So I went home, showed it to James, and he liked it too so it was decided!

Fortunately, this cut (apparently it has no lining, which I'm sure is a contributing factor to the low cost) is the cheapest I've ever seen a brand OP for - ¥23,000 excluding tax...and tax is excluded since I'm a foreign customer, yay! It worked out to just under $300AUD which is still kind of yikes, but I also feel that it's going to be well worth it. I have a dedicated lolita spending account, where I channel a tiny bit of every paycheck, and that covered almost half so I don't feel too guilty ^__^

It's pretty rare for me to fall this hard for a dress, so I'm really happy that I was in a position where I could just go for it and I can't wait to get it later this year ^__^

Monday, 15 March 2021

AYWI30C #29: To suit a particular hairstyle

Can I confess that it's really kind of terrifying to be so close to finish this prompt series? Only one more after then, then probably a retrospective and then... nothingness!

Okay, so that's a little melodramatic, but so is this coord! For this prompt (and the next one about make-up inspiration) I wanted to take inspiration from a hairstyle I've actually done in the past and I chose this Rococo style up-do. There's two balls of wool in there ^__^

To match this hair I tried to go kind of Rococo, and didn't really get there. But I think I came up with a very pretty and opulent classic look, and if I were to wear it with this hairstyle I think the hair would take it from just classic all the way to OTT.

One of my fave ways to spice up a classic coord is clipping flowers to the shoes. It lets you bring in a pop of colour and texture and also, well, more flowers are just good!

Speaking of flowers, once again my headwear choice for this coord is just....lots of flowers. Because it will just work! I can totally see in in my head ^__^

Choosing legwear for this coord also made me realise that I don't really have much that's colour yet classic.  I have lots and lots of brown-based patterned stuff, but in the end for this coord I could pick from only three pairs. I know, I know, that sounds like an incredibly first world problem, but I love this coord so much that I was kind of sad not to have more variety.

Because yes, I haven't mentioned it yet, but I love this coord! Will definitely wear it someday and who knows, may even wear it with the hair!

The only dark colour in this outfit is the bag, and I could have gone with a white or pink on if I'd really wanted to keep it super light. But for some reason this bag felt right, so there you have it.

As I said, I love this outfit, and it's also solidified something I was vaguely figuring out - I want to wear more lolita that isn't based on black or brown (or pink, to a lesser extent). I think I'm evolving a bit in my tastes, and this coord exemplifies that in a way I can't really explain. 

Monday, 1 March 2021

Coordinates from February 2021

February was another "quiet" month in lolita terms. Compared to 2020? Pffft it was nothing! Compared to my previous and likely future lolita habits? Perfectly normal ^__^

I first wore lolita to my counselling appointment. I enjoyed pairing this skirt with more white - usually I pick out pink from the print but I decided to keep it more neutral for once. 

Skirt & Shoes: Bodyline 
Cutsew, Headbow & Bracelet: Angelic Pretty
Everything else: Offbrand

I busted out lolita again on Valentine's Day...but not because it was Valentine's Day but because I was assisting James on a photoshoot and decided if I had to wear clothes I'd wear fun clothes! Super casual outfit, but I really liked it!

Skirt: Handmade
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Bag: Coquettish Tiara
Everything else: Offbrand

Also, enjoy this bonus shot of me reacting to a gust of wind while James was taking my picture ^__^

My last outfit for February was once again worn to counselling, with a bit of errand-running beforehand. This coord was kind of inspired by one I put together for AYWI30C, though it ended up pretty different the concept is the same.

JSK: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Shirring Princess
Cutsew & Headbow: Angelic Pretty
Socks: Metamorphose temps de fille
Shoes: Bodyline
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

You can't see it in the photo, but these socks have strawberries going up the back! Combined with the bustle back made me feel pretty was a party back there!

So that was my February in lolita fashion. Nothing groundbreaking but fun nevertheless ^__^