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
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.
And with my new summer job I have a lot more money to burn! (Well some anyway…)
Unfortunately that lovely Innocent World OP has sold out in black. There’s a nice brown, but I’m not sure I want to spend $300+ on a dress that I’m going to constantly wish is a different color. Its probably just as well; it would probably end up looking too short on me somehow anyway. Oh well.
There’s a lot of stereotypical lolita things I don’t indulge myself in, and a lot I do. For example, I can’t remember ever wearing false lashes. I’ve just never had a reason to. But circumstances aligned and I’ve found myself with a pair. They’re not that exciting, just the Katy Perry ones from my local drug store. (I could honestly care less about Katy Perry but they had precious pastel boxes so I had to buy a pair.)
I got “Sweetie Pie” since they were the most natural looking set. I’ve always been a fan of more natural makeup. Anyway, I think I’m going to use this as an excuse to get all dolled up and post pics to this site, FINALLY. It will be nice to feel like a real lolita.
Oh, and back to that summer money thing. I’m going to make a post soon about my lolita college wishlist! :)
Hello again! I still am terrible at updating this. But oh well. At least I’m (sort of) trying?
I still haven’t gotten around to altering that lovely Innocent World JSK I recently bought. I’m thinking I may just sell it- its quite short on me anyway, and I think it would look silly with an underskirt. Oh well. But in light of that disappointment, I’m considering another foray into the trials and tribulations of buying brand as a plus size lolita. With this:
Innocent World’s new Germaine One Piece. The measurements are incredibly promising- they give quite a bit of wiggle room for someone with an 85cm waist and 100cm bust. I’m a lot less afraid that a similar effect will happen with this dress because of the way the shoulders are cut. And its also quite long. It seems like a perfect basic lolita piece as well. As someone who has been loving the fashion for so long I barely have what anyone would consider a lolita wardrobe. I guess I’ll see if I can pull together the money to get this dress. :)
Besides lusting after pretty rufflies? Life has been very uneventful. It is strange being a 4th quarter senior. It feels like nothing matters anymore. Just free time and time with the boyfriend. At least this gives me more time to (hopefully) post on this blog!
And my lazy family still hasn’t gotten it together enough to put up the tree. Seriously. How lame is that? This is one of the most dysfunctional family holidays I’ve been on yet. Oh well. On to more cheerful things.
I recently bought this skirt to wear for Christmas Eve. I realized this morning that I don’t really have a top to wear with it that will really make it lolita (or a petticoat for that matter), but if my outfit is cute enough I’ll post it anyway. Why not, right?
Two days ago my family took a day trip to another island (one with cellphone service and more than 2 restaurants), and my stepsister and I did a bit of shopping. One of the days after Christmas I’ll make a haul post.
I’ve been trying to do some baking up here, since I have all day to prep and such. Yesterday I made a pear gallete, and for tonight’s Christmas dinner I’m making a lemon-pinenut tart. For the Boxing Day open house that my mother has organized, I am making sticky toffee cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream. I hope those turn out as tasty as they sound! (I’m getting the above 2 recipes from a little book I snagged recently, Small Sweet Treats. Some of the recipes are not for me, but the ones that are really are!)
Anyway, I hope everyone reading this has a lovely Christmas Eve/Christmas, and I look forward to posting more soon!