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
DixMacabre Sewing Chronicle
Fashion Fairytales and Sewing Secrets
Good Morning Lovely
La Petite Princess
Rainbow Star Candy
Sweet Lolita Doll
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
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.
(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.