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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?


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.

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.


Recipe: Milk Tea

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.)

 


Ingredients:
4 cups of water
4 tablespoons of black tealeaves (6 teabags cut open work just fine)
14oz of sweetened condensed milk

You will also need a pot,  a wooden spoon, and a tea strainer (or a coffee filter). Makes about 4 cups of tea.

 


Step 1: Add loose tea and water to pot, put on medium heat.


Step 2: Bring to a low boil.


Step 3: Bring heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.


Step 4: Spoon in condensed milk and stir. Bring back to medium heat, stirring to make sure the condensed milk dissolves properly.


Step 5: Bring to a low boil.


Step 6: Bring to low heat and simmer for 3 minutes again.


Step 7: Add tea strainer to your teacup.


Step 8: Pour in tea.


Step 9: Enjoy your milk tea! (With your favorite tea cookies!)


It’s the day of Christmas Eve….

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!