Monday 1 January 2024

Coordinates from September - December 2023

Once again, this four-month period is a lie. I didn't wear lolita at all in September (I blame catching Covid) and only once at the end of October - on Halloween, to be exact!

Despite the date, this coord was not worn for Halloween. James was doing the last of the spooky shoots for this year on the day itself, so since I had to be respectable I decided I wanted to dress up because it had been so long. I also ran some errands after work and enjoyed being cute for all of it.

OP: Metamorphose temps de fille Camellia Cat
OTKS: Innocent World
Shoes: Bodyline
Headdress: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao
I decided to wear Camellia Cat since it had been a while and just built up something simple from there. I think this is actually the first time I've worn as rectangle headdress outside of a photoshoot, and I really like it with my current hairstyle...though as you can see I did add extra bows and flowers.

That weekend I finally got off my butt and filmed some YouTube content and thus wore a coord again ^__^

JSK: Metamorphose temps de fille Rose Stripe Shirring
Bolero: Maxicimam
OTKS: Innocent World
Shoes: Bodyline
Headbow: Metamorphose temps de fille 
Everything else: Offbrand

I loved this coord, it was very me - simple, cute and straddling the line between sweet and classic.

And it gets better! I specifically wanted to wear this JSK as it was the only main piece I had with me that I could try on my new Sleepyland cutsew with (I was filming an unboxing of it), so please enjoy coord version two.

I will admit, yellow is not my best colour, but I love this cutsew, it gives my wardrobe some great new options, and I don't think it looks bad on me, just not as good a some other colours lol.

I also took a selfie that I actually like ^__^

And (I'm sure you're not surprised) that was it for me in terms of lolita for the end of 2023. As a whole I feel very neutral about the year from a lolita perspective, but I do like the coords I wore ^__^

Friday 1 September 2023

Coordinates from July - August 2023

A bit of warmer weather at the start of July made me decide to wear lolita for a day when James had a model friend of ours over for a making day, I wanted to do grocery shopping, and was going to drive said friend home. If I had to change out of my comfy WFH PJs I figured I may as well be cute.

Skirt: Wonderpunk Jurassic Party
Blouse: Glittertale
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

And oh my goodness I don't know why but this coord made me feel super duper adorable! I was grinning as I got dressed, felt sassy at the supermarket, and it just made me super happy ^__^

As well a taking my full coord photo James snapped some portraits for me, so here's one of those as well.

And and and the cutest thing happened that day. While we were eating lunch outside a young magpie came close...and ate out of James's hand! In the end, we each got to feed it until it decided it was full and went away. Funnily enough, when I told my mum about it later she said it had been upstairs on the verandah where she had fed it once, but no more. On her refusal it had flown downstairs so apparently, like a cat, magpies have never been fed before if they want food!

Then at the end of the month I wore lolita for a failed attempt at filming a YouTube video. First I had technical difficulties, then I ran out of time, so in the end got nothing usable and will have to re-shoot. But at least I looked cute ^__^

The best thing about this coord is that I didn't choose it! It was picked for me by fellow YouTuber Majestick Dream, and I loved it. It's very much my style but I don't think I would have ended up picking this exact coord on my own - it's very me but just enough different that it was really enjoyable and felt exciting to wear.

JSK: Metamorphose temps de fille Rose Stripe Shirring
Blouse: Glitter Tale
OTKS: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Flower Crown: Lyris Design
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

If you, dear reader, feel like dressing me up you can see my current capsule wardrobe here ^__^ Just drop a comment or message me on Facebook or Instagram, I'd love to hear from you.

Aaaaand that's it for these two months. There were a few times when I planned to dress up, but it didn't happen for one reason or another. Oh well, tis what tis.

See you next roundup!

Tuesday 4 July 2023

Coordinates from May - June 2023

It sure is nice getting back into the swing of wearing lolita, I really missed it ^__^

First coordinate was worn in May to run some errands. It was simple, comfy coord that was really cute and there's not much more to say about it!

JSK: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Tartan Check
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

Though actually I think it's a good moment to mention that I am, thus far, really happy with my "capsule" wardrobe. I doubt I would have come up with this coord if I wasn't working within that limited frame and I honestly really like it!

Next, at the end of June it was photoshoot time again! We were cursed with strong winds and bad light, so I didn't get a full length shot of the coord so please enjoy this flatlay and the proper photos will be up on Facebook sometime ^__^

OP: Maxicimam
Capelet & Beret: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
OTKS: Innocent World
Shoes: Bodyline
Flowers: Offbrand
Antlers: Bedevilled

The shoot was done in part to showcase my awesome Bedevilled antlers, which I utterly adore!

And that was it for the first half of 2023! Honestly, it hasn't been the best year for me thus far and my mental health hasn't been the greatest. But I am taking steps to turn it around so as my headspace improves and as the weather starts to warm up hopefully I'll feel more enthused about wearing lolita.

Friday 5 May 2023

Recent lolita YouTube videos (and a blogging update)

Dear readers, it is time for me to admit something - I think that I am, by and large, giving up on blogging regularly.

Don't get me wrong, this blog is not stopping entirely but I've realised that after a decade of doing it I'm just not too into writing blog posts any more. On the other hand, I am absolutely LOVING making YouTube videos.

Do I feel bad about this, given that my preferred mode of content consumption is reading over watching? Yes.

Is that going to change what I do? No.

So I wanted to a. let you know that and b. share some of my recent lolita-based youTube videos that I haven't shared here yet ^__^

I made a cutsew! In my last post you saw it worn a couple of times and here's the making-of. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and definitely feel more confident about sewing with knits in the future.

I bought things! If you've been a reader for a while you know I've always wanted a BTSSB fawn fur beret...and now I've got one! Very excited about that ^__^

Lastly, I enjoy sometimes documenting the how and why of putting together a coordinate, and for this one the starting point was a pretty scarf.

Like I said, I'm not stopping blogging entirely. I will certainly continue, if nothing else, to document my worn coords here. Beyond that...I'm not sure. But I'll see you all around, just less frequently, and I hope you'll join me over on YouTube

Monday 1 May 2023

Coordinates from January - April 2023

Would you look at that...nary a coord from December until April...

But oh well. I did wear lolita few times for YouTube videos, but I don't really count those as "worn outfits" so they never get included in these posts. And, of course, moving house is a big deal so I really don't care that I didn't wear lolita for months. However, once we got into April I started to feel the urge again so here we are ^__^

The urge, to be quite frank, was kickstarted when James did an Easter lolita photoshoot. Our models wore adorable, slightly OTT coords with Dramatic Rose and even though I was just assisting, I had to join in the lolita fun, so I put together a comfortable, practical coord.

Skirt: Wonderpunk Jurassic Party
Cutsew: Handmade
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

It honestly felt so good to wear lolita again, it made me super happy. And I was also chuffed to wear the cutsew I made and to have it look so good! If you're interested, I have a making-of video on my YouTube ^__^

I next wore lolita a week later when I hosted a writing day, which was a very good day - shots, cheese, and about 2k words written.

JSK: Metamorphose temps de fille Teddy Chocolatier
Cutsew: Handmade
Headbow: Angelic Pretty
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

My next coord was completely unplanned, because it was chosen for me by Paulina of Cupcake Kamisama for the Lolita Fashion Youtubers "Dress Me Up" collab! When I mentioned when I was planning to shoot the video, my lovely husband James suggested doing a proper photoshoot and we did, and it was so fun to do modelling again ^__^

This photo here is unedited to just show off the outfit, but stay tuned for the YouTube video and also the final edited photos on my Facebook.

Skirt: Wonderpunk Jurassic Party
Blouse: Glitter Tale
Haori: Vintage
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Bag: Axes Femme
Lace Headdress: Dangerous Nude
 Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

I honestly kind of love this outfit - it just works! But I don't see myself wearing Jurassic Party like this again, I think this styling was a bit too far out of my comfort zone...and that's why I'm super grateful to Paulina for picking it. It's good to get stretched every once in a while!

Overall, it was good to get back into lolita after such a long break. I'm starting to feel settled and functional, and I have a good feeling about the rest of the year, so we'll see what coords that results in ^__^

Wednesday 25 January 2023

2023 Capsule Wardrobe Post

As I'm sure you know by now, 2023 started with moving and downsizing. As a result, not only did I put all of my too-small lolita items into storage, I even went through those items that fit to make a capsule wardrobe of sorts. I say "of sorts" because it it by no means a perfect fact, maybe I shouldn't even call it a capsule, just a small wardrobe.

But whatever I call it, I'm surprisingly really happy with the reduced collection I'm keeping with me. I like the simplification and's still quite a lot of clothes! I thought I might feel limited, but in as weird way I actually find it a little overwhelming...not sure what to do with that feeling!

There will be a video of putting this wardrobe together on my YouTube channel in a little while and for that I wanted to take some pictures of the finished product. Then I realised...I should post those here as my 2023 wardrobe post! So here we are ^__^

I held onto five main pieces: BTSSB's Tartan Check, Meta's Camellia Cat, Meta's Teddy Chocolatier, our Wonderpunk print Jurassic Party and Meta's Rose Stripe Shirring. A bit of an eclectic collection! Realistically, I simply ended up keeping my comfy main pieces that weren't black...

For tops I have two Glittertale blouses (top row), an offbrand blouse and a handmade cutsew that I just finished (sewing video also coming to YouTube soon). Again, this was really a matter of keeping all the fitting non-black items. Ultimately, that's the theme of this wardrobe so I'm going to stop repeating myself ^__^

However, regardless of how it came about I like this variety of tops, I think it gives me lots of coording options.

For outerwear I have a vintage haori, two BTSSB capelets, a Peace Now cookie bolero and a Maxicimam Lovely bolero. I enjoy that this version of my wardrobe has proportionally a lot of capelets.

Shoes are very simple - all Bodyline except for the lavender pair from Taobao (or Aliexpress, I don't remember). I am definitely going to need to replace the brown pair sometime this year, they are falling apart.

I feel a bit weird about my sock collection. Obviously...there are quite a few pairs! But at the same time I feel like my choices are quite limited. I'll be interested to see how it goes as I start dressing out of this capsule.

In the top row we have Meta, Innocent World x4, a handmade (or at least, laced) pair, then 3x Angelic Pretty. Bottom row all offbrand except the bright red AP pair.

Next up - large items of headwear. These are all offbrand or Taobao, and the fur hat is vintage. As always...I have a lot of berets ^__^

And, of course, headbows and the like! I definitely want to get a bit more colour variation in here. Brands are (going row by row) Taobao, Mia Dreaming, Angelic Pretty, Lyris Design then Taobao x3 and Tokyo Disney then offbrand and BTSSB x3.

Also, this seems like a good moment to mention that a. I am not picturing my small hair accessories or any jewellery items and b. I am actually keeping those collections intact and with me, since it's really not worth separating them. Plus, it will give me a few more options when coordinating.

I put the majority of my fawn fur collection into storage, just keeping one full matching set of accessories from Sweet Dreamer on Taobao. And two other offbrand collars, because of course I did. Might change out the ribbons on those two...

In terms of other "big" accessories I'm hanging onto an offbrand lace collar that I forgot I even owned and a bunch of wrsitcuffs. The first two pairs are AP, the third is BTSSB and all the others are from Taobao (and the little red bows were converted by James for me from some shoe clips). Like with headbows, narrowing things down into a capsule has made me actually realise how limited some of my collection is and that makes me want to get crafty!

Then lastly - handbags. Top row is my trusty BTSSB bag that is quite banged up if you look closely, and a Taobao bag that I practically never use. Bottom row is Innocent World (and oh boy, is it falling apart!), BTSSB and Axes Femme. This is an excessive amount of handbags for a small wardrobe, but they are all showing signs of age so I plan to use them until they become unusable rather than put them in storage where they'll still degrade but without the upside of being used.

So that's my wardrobe post for 2023! Absolutely not what I had thought I'd be posting...though to be honest I probably wasn't going to do a wardrobe post at all because there's been very little change in my collection overall.

I'm actually really excited by this capsule wardrobe. Everything fits comfortably, and while not everything matches per se I do have multiple options for each main piece. Reducing my wardrobe is also letting me see gaps and areas for improvement that I don't think I'd ever noticed before, so this is going to be a cool opportunity for wardrobe improvement as well.

In the future (especially if I do finally get onto the fitness bandwagon and fit more of my pieces) I am absolutely open to rotating the capsule and pulling different items out of storage so I don't really have any concerns about this capsule, just excitement ^__^

Saturday 7 January 2023

An old-school indie capsule wardrobe

Friends - it appears I am back on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon for a bit. I had a lot of fun with the bittersweet one, and also in using it on YouTube as a vehicle to talk about a. bittersweet and b. capsule wardrobe building, so I decided to keep it going. I also got a couple of requests on the bittersweet one which I'll be tackling next, and I am currently open to taking even more suggestions.

For this capsule, I repeated a personal challenge I'd previously tried - making a wardrobe using only items from Western indie brands. If you're interested in seeing the process, check out the video at the bottom of the post, but if you're just here for pretty pictures, read on!

For this capsule I thought it would be a good idea to try for an old-school inspired collection, since that's fairly popular at the moment and therefore easier to come by. I was...right and wrong about that but regardless I'm pretty pleased with the final wardrobe. Not perfect, given my source limitations, and not really my preferred style, but pretty good nevertheless.

The items in this capsule are from the following indie brands:
The Black Ribbon
Sweet Mildred
Chrysanthemum's Concerto
Fuwaya Lolita
Me Likes Tea
R R Memorandum
Summer Tale Boutique
Enchanted Dream Couture
Cotton Candy Feet

And of course, what's a digital capsule without example outfits?

I really love this Sweet Mildred OP. The low poof skirt, the metal zipper - it's got that edge that so many old-school looks had. Not necessarily something I'd wear myself, but certainly something I like!

This gingham Chrysanthemum's Concerto JSK, on the other hand, I could totally see myself in. I deliberately chose this piece as it can be worn in old-school styling, but it isn't actually old-school itself. Gives the wardrobe a not-definitely-old-school option if desired.
The second JSK of the wardrobe is also from Sweet Mildred, and really gives off BTSSB vibes to me. And, as a tartan main piece, it really is the most workable of the main pieces here.
Lastly, this skirt from The Black Ribbon is absolutely gorgeous! If it were more my style I would 100% buy it but alas, I know myself well enough that I know it wouldn't be a sensible purchase. So it was extra fun to play with it digitally!

To finish off this post, here's a link to the video ^__^