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Lolita Blog Carnival: Your Style Outside Lolita

College Class Outfit
I’m so happy! This week the topic is one I suggested! Awesome. Anyway… How do I dress outside Lolita?
I’m a college freshman. I basically roll out of bed at about 10am every morning and throw on something comfy to wear to class. What does that entail? I like to have interesting graphic patterns and such on all my clothes. So I like to wear colorful/patterned jeans, cuddly jackets, eye-catching shirts, soft flats, and carry around a graphic tote with ipad and planner. (Fun fact- I actually have literally all the clothes pictured here! And the tote! I just had to find similar jewelry to my usual deal.)
How do you dress outside lolita? I’m generally pretty lazy compared to the rest of you lovely ladies. :)

A Little Bit of Halloween Inspiration…

Everyone loves Halloween, and as members of a fashion that loves OTT and themed outfits, Halloween is a time of year I’m sure pretty much every lolita looks forward to. (And who doesn’t love a lolita Halloween costume!?) Anywho, here’s some fun links to get you excited for the season of spookiness.

1. DIY Drippy Nails. I’ve definitely seen this style used for OTT Sweet chocolate/candy outfits, but it looks super creepy as red over plain nails. I can definitely imagine these for a Gothic coord or a great costume detail. And it looks so amazingly easy! Definitely going to be trying this in the upcoming weeks.

2. Take Back Halloween. I mentioned this really quick in my Carnival post, but Take Back Halloween is a website filled with fun historical costume ideas for the girl who doesn’t want to run around dressed as a sexy tootsie roll. Keep it classy and impress people with your DIY and historical knowledge.

3. All Hallows Eve. Tumblr user? Just looking for a quick fix of Halloween goodness? They’re reblogging adorable holiday stuff all season long. (And great recipes!)

4. Halloween Cake Pops. Really fun to create, and they make an adorable gift or party favor. Or you could just hoard them all to yourself. If I had a kitchen in this blasted dorm that’s what I’d do!

5. Pumpkin Decorating Ideas. Carving is fun but the crafter in me wants to put glitter and paint all over everything. I especially love the pumpkins decorated with lace, but the lantern and city pumpkins are adorable!

I hope everyone is having a great October! What’s your favorite part of Halloween?

Lolita Blog Carnival: Three Prints I Would Like to See

My first post for the Lolita Blog Carnival is 3 prints I would love to see. Now personally, I’m not a big print person. There’s the occasional print that I absolutely adore, but I’ve never been one to study the Angelic Pretty print timelines or anything like that. Let me know what you think of my ideas, and tell me what prints you’d love to see in the comments! Enjoy.

1. Etching-Style Fantastical Animals
I don’t understand why this hasn’t been done!  It could include all sorts of olden creatures of fantasy, not just dragons. Mermaids, hippogryffs, fairies, unicorns… A border-print with all of them would be so fabulous. They could even be embroidered.

2. H. R. Giger 
For those of you who are not familiar with him, Giger is a Swiss surrealist artist most famous for his work designing the monsters in the Alien franchise. His work is very dark, elegant, mechanical, and often erotic. I’ve never seen a truly horror-themed gothic print, and this would take the cake. A lot of his work is not really what I would consider lolita-appropriate, but there are definitely elements that recall true gothic elegance.

3. Cabinet of Curiosities 
A Renaissance/Victorian phenomenon, Cabinets of Curiosities were a prolific household item, and often considered a necessity for a true worldly gentleman. They contained archaeological artifacts, taxidermy animals and insects, geological specimens, and fantastical art. They were not simply limited to cabinets; there are several records of whole rooms dedicated to these collections.

(On a quick side-note, Halloween is coming up! If you’re like me and not a fan of the increasingly skimpy female costumes, have a look at Take Back Halloween, its a great inspiration site!)

(I will add other Carnival Posts as they go live!)

A Lace Jail
A Life In Disguise
Candy Coated Life
Commercially Alternative
Darkly Darling
DixMacabre Sewing Chronicle
Fashion Fairytales and Sewing Secrets
Good Morning Lovely
La Petite Princess
Lolita Poupee
Lemon Tree
Miss Lumpy
Parfait Doll
Pop Princess
Puppenschloss
Rainbow Star Candy
Secret Window
Sweet Lolita Doll

Jewel-Tone Inspiration: Sapphire

Jewel-Tone Inspiration: Sapphire
For Fall, I’m inspired by jewel-tones; they are so effortlessly elegant, they pair very well with neutrals, and they look positively divine in my favorite fall fabric, velvet.
My first entry in this series is Sapphire. Though darker blue is traditionally paired with black in lolita, it goes well with white and beige as well, and can be warmed up with gold-tone accents. Sapphire easily switches between extravagant elegance and edgy-romantic based on what its worn with. For a more romantic feel, pair your favorite sapphire-hued skirt with some lace tights, a peter-pan collar sweater, and some sweet velvety heels. For that Moi-Meme-Moitie-esque extravagance, go for the most sumptuous accessories you can find to match your favorite OP.

A Quick Update About What’s Coming Up!

I’m currently planning a lot of really exciting things for this blog (which I am also planning to post to more!) including:

1. A “Building My Wardrobe” series about creating my own lolita wardrobe. What works for me and what might for you too.
2. Actually keeping an updated “Closet” page for my reference and the curiosity of others.
3. More fashion/theme related posts, as well as shopping tips.
4. A give-a-way!

I’m really excited to actually give this blog a fighting chance and update it. I actually somehow have a bit more free time in college!

If you have any suggestions/questions/comments about any of this feel free to comment on this post or send me an email. (leatherlaceandarsenic@gmail.com)

My Very First Outfit Pic, Macarons Galore, and a Lady Sloth Commission

Well, here it goes!


Top: Offbrand (Forever 21)
Skirt: Innocent World Replica (Dream of Lolita on QutieLand)
Necklace: Disney Couture

I realize I look terribly awkward and its a weirdly-lit phone picture, but I’m really happy with my outfit! I felt gorgeous all day.  And I’m learning to embrace my lolita side instead of putting it on a shelf; I deserve to feel pretty and wear whatever the hell I want!

Here’s a pic of my (simple) makeup:

But on to more interesting things! I found a bakery in my area that makes macarons, so I bought a box to share with my boyfriend.


They’re gorgeous aren’t they? The green was pistachio, purple was lavender, orange was passion fruit, and the yellow was lemon. I have a thing about lavender flavoring and these were absolutely perfect and did not take on that “soapy” flavor at all. A++

Inspired by my rekindled love for macarons, I chanced upon a book at Anthropologie:


The recipes in this book are absolutely mouth-watering. Red velvet, lemon poppy seed, sesame, green tea, grapefruit, pumpkin… I want to bake them all before I head off to college!

And finally, some news that’s mostly exciting to me. I just commissioned a Lady Sloth Silk Cherubins JSK (which she is still taking commissions for on LJ!). I’m especially excited because its completely custom-sized, and she did not charge extra for a larger size/longer length. I’m getting the full-fabric version (pictured below) with added shirring, and I plan on doing a full review when I receive it. All I can say for now is that Lady Sloth was very kind and willing/quick to communicate, and I have no doubts that my JSK will be lovely.

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone is having a lovely end to their summer.

July Round Up

(I’ve decided to do a link/tutorial/info round-up monthly. Its a good way for me to justify my link hoarding and share with others, as well as motivate me to post! Anyway… )

I’m currently lusting after Baby’s “Fragrant Rose Memories” JSK in Noir. What an absolutely gorgeous print; 100% my style. I really ought to keep better track of brands so things like this don’t slip under my radar. Maybe I’ll treat myself after this next summer paycheck!

I’ve vowed to update my inspiration Tumblr more often, and include much more lolita than it has lately! Check it out.

If you’re a lolita seamstress, Shabby Fabrics is the place to go! Their Antique Flower collection is stunning for classic, gothic, and sweet alike, and I love some of the riskier fabric ideas for dresses. A simple JSK in this pretty black/purple combination would be lovely!

I have lately been more and more fascinated with puerh tea. It has a ton of benefits, a strong flavor, and quite easy to find online. My favorite puerh flavor is peach, and this one has the added benefit of being “Power Slimming.” There are also some good “fruit-enhanced” varieties (read – sweet without adding sweetener), like apple/strawberry/mint. Yum.

A sweet and simple bow tutorial. These are adorable, and very easy to add a pin/clip back to. A fun and quick craft for a lazy summer afternoon.

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