(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.
I recently went on a trip to China with my father over spring break. Its impossible to take a trip there without going to a tea house, and I bought quite a bit of tea. (Unfortunately milk tea requires black tea, which I did not purchase at the time, but any old black tea you find at the grocery store should work just fine.) With all of that tea, I received a “Tea Preparation” pamphlet, which, although badly translated into English, had quite a bit of useful information on it. Included was a recipe for milk tea, which I’d like to share with all of you.
(Note before you begin: Unflavored black tea will work best, such as English or Irish Breakfast. The stronger the black tea the better. You can also use evaporated milk and then add sugar to taste at Step 8. If using condensed milk, the sweetness of the tea will vary based on the brand.)
You will also need a pot, a wooden spoon, and a tea strainer (or a coffee filter). Makes about 4 cups of tea.
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!