Friday, 1 July 2022

Coordinates from March - June 2022

So, uh, yeah...2022 is apparently a quiet year on the lolita front. But it's been a great year for me on so many others, so I'm trying to make peace with the fact that right now, lolita is a lower priority hobby for me. I'm not leaving lolita or anything like that, but at the moment, my hobby spoons are going towards other things.

Also, April in particular was just ~fucked~ so that didn't help lol.

So my first coord in this posts comes from early May. I dressed up as I needed to run errands in my lunchbreak (this was my last week of full time working from home) and I wanted for film a YouTube video after work. It's a pretty simple coord, but I liked it and it felt very "me".

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

Also, I was very happy because James was super complimentary about this coord. Always nice to get husband compliments! He also said I should buy this bolero in other colours...

My next coord came the following week, worn just to WFH. I did end up running errands at lunch as well, but it was nice to dress up with the intention to just stay home. I also busted out some fawn fur, so all in all this coord felt very nostalgic.

Skirt: Metamorphose temps de fille Flower Bottle
Blouse: Glitter Tale
Haori: Vintage
OTKS: Metamorphose temps de fille 
Shoes: Bodyline 
Beret: Peacockalorum
Flower clip: Sweet Dreamer
Wristcuffs: Angelic Pretty

Next I wore - you guessed it - another coord to WFH in. This was the week where I transitioned from full-time WFH to a hybrid, and I was shocked by now much better I felt getting back into the office routine. So that inspired me to try harder when WFH, hence the coord. But it was a cold day, so I did get changed into something more comfy and cozy - though still not PJs! - before lunch ^__^

Skirt & Headbow: Handmade
OTKS: Metamorphose temps de fille
Shoes: Bodyline
Everything else: Offbrand

Aaaaaand that's it for this time period lol. Both my personal life and day job got absolutely insane from mid-May onwards...and look to continue that way until at least the end of July. But oh well, tis what tis and I hope you liked seeing these three coords ^__^




Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Floral headdress tutorial video

I promise I'm not dead, I just haven't felt like blogging.

But I have been keeping up with YouTube, and even though my channel is not just about lolita, I thought this particular video was absolutely worth sharing here ^__^

If you enjoyed the video please give it a like, and let me know if you actually try following this tutorial. it's actually my first tutorial so I'd be curious to know if it was informative enough to use as a reference.

Monday, 14 March 2022

In Praise of Lolibrary

I picked up a lavender headbow from Closet Child when I was in Japan - quite literally on my first day ever in the country. It was perfect - a nice light lavender with a simple gold pattern and a pearl-and-star decoration. Detailed but still neutral enough for my tastes.

The headbow in my first ever IRL Closet Child haul.

Recently, I was wondering what print series it's actually from. So, as any good lolita would, I opened up Lolibrary and set the following filters.

Category: Hair Accessories
Brand: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Colourway: Lavender
Tags: Stars

This search brought up a single page of results and there it was. It is the Full Of Stars “Bright Starry Night” Ribbon Head Bow from 2014 and I found it, thanks to Lolibrary, in under a minute. After almost three whole years of owning it ^__^

Armed with this new information, I decided to look into the full series (by keyword searching the name) since it was a print I hadn't heard of. Or at least, has never paid much attention to.

And oh my goodness, aren't the JSKs from this series just gorgeous?

I mean, I know they aren't really something I'd wear much, but they are definitely on my "if I see it cheap" list now. I am aware that I probably won't ever get my mitts on them with how little I'd want to spend, but a girl can still admire, even if it's from a wistful distance.

There's not much point to this blog post, other than to remind you all that Lolibrary is fantastic. And that there are more wonderful lolita clothes out there than you probably realise ^__^

Monday, 7 March 2022

3 Looks: Teddy Chocolatier

I honestly don't know where the time has gone. If you asked me when I did the last post in this series I would have thought it was a few weeks ago...not a few months!

But oh well. The time did pass but I am here now with three fresh coords with Meta's Teddy Chocolatier.

Teddy Chocolatier has really cemented itself as a favourite piece of mine. It's sweet but not too saccharine, detailed but not overwhelming. It's comfortable to wear and has a lot of coording opportunities. In short - I love it.

For my first coord I wanted to really emphasise the lavender in the print, and came up with a sweet country coord that I absolutely adore. I can't wait to wear this (or something very like this) in the near future.

Cutsew: Metamorphose temps de fille
Socks: Offbrand
Mint bow clip & lavender bracelet: Closet Child
Hats, shoes, wristcuffs & brown/ivory bow: Taobao

In the second coord I wanted to run fully into the chocolate theme. It would be more chocolate-y if I owned chocolate theme socks (that aren't those ankle socks from the previous coord) but I think it's still very on-theme. I also love how it's a much more muted coord despite the theme, and it feels like it would be amazingly cosy for colder weather.

Cardigan: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
OTKS: Metamorphose temps de fille
Shoes: Bodyline
Bow clips: Taobao
Beret & bracelets: Offbrand

Finally, I wanted to run with a very mint coordinate, and it ended up being a very Angelic Pretty-heavy coord. And I'm not complaining about that! I think this coord is adorable, but I do feel like it's missing something...not sure what. Perhaps it's more of a styling thing, because in my head I can see this with a mid-2000s twintail hair style, and I think that would make all the difference. 

Bolero, headbow, OTKS & necklace: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Mint bow clip: Closet Child
Small bow clips: Offbrand

All in all, I love all three coords I came up with. They are all very distinct from each other and don't reflect how I've worn the JSK so far. I mean, I've worn it with the mint bolero before in a kind of similar way but still. I consider these different enough that I am very, very happy.

Also - I did film my process of putting these coords together, so if you think that sounds interesting please watch below (and you know, please like and subscribe and all that jazz). ^__^

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Coordinates from January - February 2022

I have one word for you - summer. Or perhaps two - ugh, summer.

I wanted to wear lolita over my Christmas break and when I started back at work (thanks to Omicron, still working from home) but the heat and humidity killed me. Fortunately, I got enough of a break in the weather to wear a coord at the end of my first work week back...a coord I'd had sitting out since the Monday, waiting to be worn but languishing due to the awful weather.

Skirt: Bodyline
Wristcuffs & Headbow: Angelic Pretty
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

I like that I started to year off with some sweet. This coord felt very cute, very me, and it made me happy to wear it.

And then it won't surprise anyone to hear that I didn't wear lolita for almost an entire month. In my defence, we had a lot of very hot and humid weather, and I was also quite sick (not the Rona, thank goodness) for about three weeks. So, you know.

So my next coord was for rather late in February, worn to work from home but primarily because we had tradies coming over to fix a broken step. People = wearing not-pyjamas so why not lolita?

JSK; Metamorphose temps de fille Teddy Chocolatier
Blouse: Glitter Tale
Headbow: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Necklace; Angelic pretty
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

However, it had a bonus side effect of actually making me really happy. Between the weather and the sick I'd been pretty down and feeling un-creative, and this coord really helped put me back into a better mindset.

PS How do you like my new hair? It probably won't be around for long because technically I can't have coloured hair for work, but while we're still WFH I figured why not just do it! I'll either cut it off or dye over it when I get back to the office.

Given how good that coord made me feel, I decided to continue it and wore lolita the next Monday. Nothing particularly exciting about this coord as it was honestly chosen for comfort and ease of wear, but nevertheless I enjoyed it. Shirring Princess is the best ^__^

JSK & Socks: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Wristcuffs: Handmade
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

The next day I defaulted to working in PJs, but on Wednesday I dressed up again. It really has been helping my mental state!

JSK: Metamorphose temps de fille Rose Stripe Shirring
Blouse: Glitter Tale
Socks & Headbow: Innocent World
Shoes: Bodyline
Wristcuffs: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Everything else: Offbrand/Taobao

This coord was entirely brought about because I wanted to wear classic, dammit. And it dawned on me, as I tried to put something together, that I don't actually have any properly classic main pieces that fit at the moment. Ever since I got rid of my handmade green skirt there's really only my Victorian Maiden skirt that's truly classic...and I don't really do classic in black! So this coord isn't as classic as it could be, but I still enjoyed it. And now I potentially have sewing plans...

And that was it for the first two months of 2022. As the weather gets more tolerable I do hope to wear lolita more frequently and I am getting a lot of joy out of it right now ^__^

Monday, 7 February 2022

Prints I would love to see

A topic that you see from time to time on lolita blogs is prints the writer would love to see done. It's something I rarely think about, but I'm feeling the urge to blog a bit more so why not give it a try myself? 

A camellia print that focuses on the flower, and that isn’t distinctly wa-lolita. I know Meta has included camellias in many of their wa-lolita series (including the one I own!) but honestly I would love to see Innocent World or BTSSB do this. My dad used to have beautiful Chinese watercolour style paintings of camellias in his house and I’d love to see something like that as a print. Not cartoony, simplified camellias but lovely delicate ones.

Sourced from the Victoria and Albert Museum website.

A watercolour style kitten print with relatively realistic kittens playing together. I love cats, but don’t tend to love to many cat prints – the cats often look cartoony or kind of uncanny, or it’s something that I like but wouldn’t wear. But something where the illustration is a bit Beatrix Potter is style would be gorgeous, perhaps in soft muted pastel colourways. This would totally be an Innocent World thing (I know they’ve done a print like this – Kitten Embroidery, I believe – but those kittens were a bit on the creepy side for me!) or I feel like it could be done really nicely by an indie brand.

Cute...but I want it less deranged looking.

A Celtic knotwork print, which I feel would be done best by Meta or Alice and the Pirates if it was done by one of the big brands because I wouldn’t want it done in a particularly gothic way (though if it was gothic, Atelier Pierrot might do a great job of it). Something classic, maybe with vines twining around the knotwork shapes, would be gorgeous, especially if it kept to earthier colourways and had a slight historical influence to the cuts as well. This could so easily be super tacky though, but I think if done well it would be stunning.

Doesn't have to be crosses, but I just liked this shot from Pixabay.

A Little House on the Prairie print is something else that I think would be really lovely. I would want this to be a print like how brands do classical painting prints – it wraps all the way around the skirt, or perhaps duplicated front and back. There would be the little wooden house in an endless field of grass and flowers, with three little girls playing nearby. The different colourways could be indicative of different times of day, kind of like BTSSB has done with some of their landscape style prints. I’d love to see Baby do this, actually, but only if they kept the cuts retrained and somewhat Victorian – the image would not suit an elegant frilly and lacy affair.

One of Garth Williams' gorgeous illustrations

A print of a landscape of autumn trees, particularly maple trees, or an all-over pattern of falling leaves. Totally a Meta thing, I think, but it would be gorgeous if Baby did this. I would so wear this, and love it forever. Autumn trees are just so gorgeous and the rich colours I think would really suit lolita quite well.

Okay, so you can't see it too well, but basically it's this kimono pattern that I want.

Overall, I think I’d just mostly love to see more plant, flower and landscape prints in a detailed and classic way. Even though I don’t garden much, I am a plant lover, and there’s just so much natural beauty all around that it would be great to see lolita brands branch out more in that direction.

Are there any particular things you’d like to see as a lolita print?

Monday, 31 January 2022

Not really a wardrobe post

Readers, I will be honest. I cannot be arsed doing a wardrobe post this year. In god news, that's mostly because there hasn't been much change - just a few arrivals and several departures. So I'm not missing out by not doing one ^__^

However, I thought it would be nice to do a little review of those changes in a wardrobe post of sorts.

New Arrivals

My most notable addition in 2021 was Meta's Camellia ~ at hide and seek~ which I absolutely adore. I've already worn it twice, and it's such a gorgeous piece that even my minimal-effort outfits look good.

I also posted a YouTube video unboxing this, so have a watch below if that's your thing ^__^

2021 also saw me finally acquire some blouses that fit from Glitter Tale, yay! I've worn the white one a lot, but the others...not so much. Oh well. It's still nice to have some comfortably fitting blouses even though I'm kind of "meh" on Glitter Tale.

Lastly, my black tea parties died and I bought a similar pair from Aliexpress. Not very exciting, but there you go.

Oh, and I nabbed a couple of classic-suitable necklaces from our model wardrobe. There are probably a few other bibs and bobs I'm forgetting but that's most of it! 

Fond Farewells

As I said at the start, last year saw a fair few departures. I did another wardrobe purge, and finally parted ways with things that don't feel "me" and things that will take a lot of weight loss to fit into. Again, I have a video on this on YouTube, embedded here for your viewing pleasure. Though be is long, rambly, and includes as much cosplay stuff as lolita stuff.

Another item I let go later on in the year was Bodyline L003 and a couple of pairs of socks. A friend James and I reconnected with expressed an interest in lolita and a lack of funds to get into it. We decided she and James would do a photoshoot where I dressed her in lolita.

When I was coming up with a coord for her, as she is significantly smaller than I am, I decided to just give her an Innocent World blouse and bolero from the aforementioned purge, as I'd listed them to Lacemarket and they weren't selling. Then I thought "those will goes very nicely with that Bodyline floral" and realised that the JSK would suit her colouring far better than mine, so she might as well have that to keep as well, since then she has the big parts of a coord. Eventually I'll learn not to buy beige or tan based things...

Then for that outfit I put her in some pretty Meta OTKS that I've never worn due to size, and when I saw that the pattern was a little stretched out even on her very slim legs I was like "fuck it, these are never going to work on me no matter now much weight I lose" (hearty Scandinavian types, you feel me?) so I gave her that pair, and the second pair of the same socks in a different colour that I own.

Though, to be fair, they look kind of wonky even on this mannequin leg!

And sadly, last year my gorgeous fawn fur handbag fell apart at the seams after years of near-constant use... genuinely, I was very sad about this, and still kind of am. It was a great conversation starter!

In Summary

Overall, more went out than came in to my lolita wardrobe, but those changes were all for the better. The make my wardrobe better more wearable for me... and I've freed up some space for more new additions ^__^

I mean, I'm actually really enjoying not buying very much in terms of lolita. Being more mindful, for lack of a better term, about my wardrobe has been good for me. I've also started sewing more again (I have a cutsew and a skirt in the works at the moment), and would love for my wardrobe to expand mostly with handmade or indie brand pieces. However, I'm not making any particular goals in that regard - I'll add what I like, when I like ^__^