“Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk”

Had this stuck in my head for a while and kinda’ dusting off some more of the post ideas I’ve had. So, little bit of the music I’ve been listening to while writing.

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I still am learning to style my hair

Hi there! I know I’ve been out a long time, as the spring and summer have geared up to be hectic time for my family and me.

One of the things I’ve been trying to work on is learning to style my hair for day to day beauty and lolita coordinates. I have a few wigs, but I’ll admit I’m not that fond of wearing them. They get a bit needlessly hot and I think when I put them on it makes it more of a costume.

Sooooo… I’m slowly learning how to do stuff like this

And applying makeup since I actually didn’t do that much with makeup when I was younger. I was a bit more absorbed in classes and learning to use things like this as a way to… Focus, pamper, and take care of myself is a bit new to me. This “beautifying my life” is a bit more than just my interest in lolita, but also part of my fight against depression.

This hair tutorial is by Cinthia Truong and she does a lot of really great hair tutorials! If you’re looking to use your real hair or avoid wigs due to the heat, her styles are awesome!

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Innocent World Classical Strawberry unboxing~!

I put in for reserve of Innocent World’s new Classical Strawberry JSK and their mook and parasol. These are my first brand pieces. They don’t fit me yet, as they’re kinda’ goals for my fitness quest. (I’ll be writing more about that later. My husband and I are making a bit of a RPG out of it.) I was too excited to keep this to myself, though.

First professionally made piece of my wardrobe and “quest loot”!

Here’s my moment of joy~
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Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake – The Kirov Ballet

Hihi! Today I figure I’ll share something neat I found looking up ballet stuff on Youtube and let you all watch something nice. Thanks to the Youtube Channel Warner Classics TV we can watch the Kirov Ballet’s rendition of Swan Lake with Yulia Makhalina as Odette and Igor Zelensky as dancing the part of Prince Siegfried. Enjoy!

(If you’d like to go directly to the video in the channel you can click here. From there you can check out their channel and see what they have available on DVD too.)

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Another unrelated giggle

Another unrelated giggle from Kenneth Williams thanks to Rob~! I can’t get this out of my head thanks to you!



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The Ill Lolita – Aurora and how the lifestyle has changed her life with depression

So as I have been wading my way into the lolita fashion scene locally, my friend Charmeine Etoile as made a blog post I shared about being a chronically ill lolita. That was really important to me since she did a lot to talk about what it’s like to be a part of most social groups when you live with an illness. Some of you reading this do know about the fact that I live with clinical depression and have been recovering from a rather… Strange set of circumstances growing up. (I know, strange way to put it, but I could write a book about even a few the things that encompasses, but I don’t really enjoy talking about the parts of that time that… Sucked.) So cognitive along with chemical depression on top of strange programming makes it a bit of a challenge to keep things normal at times.

Joining the local lolita community has actually done a lot to help with some of my worries about socializing and being able to meet new people. So far my wardrobe is primarily handmade items since that’s been one of my major outlets for creativity and relieving stress. I’ve found that being able to share my love of the fashion and art offers a common ground to start connections with that isn’t as stressful as other communities I’d been a part of.

I know many of you reading this who haven’t checked out for your local communities or forums may be reading this and concerned about the whole “catty lolita” caricature that seems to pop up so often. It was one of the things that scared me about talking to others about my interest for a long time, and in the group so far I’ve yet to have met anybody remotely like that. Of course, it was commented that I may have had so little problems was because I’ve not touched LiveJournal since about 2008. It’s okay to laugh at that. I’d heard a lot of drama tends to go on there and my first thought was “Is this 2003?” Then again, I don’t exactly read lolita secrets postings or things either, and I know some of my “secrets” may label me villainous for years to come. Especially relating to things like the subject of being a plus-sized lolita or a general weirdo in and out of lace. My thoughts on it tend to come from the been there and not interested in high-school anymore basis of… Feeling the need to tear down others who are braver than you shows a pitiful insecurity that, while I understand, I won’t acknowledge or participate in. My own insecurities keep me busy enough and day by day I’m working to improve myself, even if it’s hard. Having depression and anxiety about dealing with other people can sometimes feel crippling, but remember that you don’t need to do a thing for anybody else’s approval or pleasure. Your life is not for the amusement of nor a teachable moment for others.

Even now, I’ll admit it’s a bit odd to talk about how lolita subculture has been changing my life, but it gives a sense of beauty, wonder, elegance, and feminine touch back into my life that for a long time I tried to cast out because I felt it wasn’t “grown up” enough. I was so focused on living a life for education, and then money, that it made me forget who I was, and who I wanted to be. It’s given a place for me to be comfortable with who I am, what I am, and why I do what I do again. In a society where being “girly” or feminine is inferior or subversive, I’ve found my voice again. I don’t have to stop enjoying things to be an adult. I don’t have to stop being feminine to improve myself. I can use my passion for art to guide me back to my love for it and design and not worry about how I’m going to interact with colleagues and clients. Everything from the design gig I take over a weekend, to the food I eat, to the clothes I wear can and are part of my living canvas and search for meaningful beauty. Sharing this new outlook has become part of my recovery process and even though I’m still new, I’m glad to see that not only am I in good company, but there are others who have similar struggles and overcome even greater things themselves for this love.

So… As a lolita with an illness, that’s how the lolita lifestyle has affected me, and started to improve my life.

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Polyvore Coordinate Collage – The Little Prince

I love playing around on Polyvore and getting ideas for fashion and design stuff. I did two versions of a coord inspired by my favorite book. (The Little Prince) I did this a little while ago, but it’s fun enough to share.

This version uses Chess Story’s Starry Sky skirt.
 

Chess Story Starry Sky and Le Petit Prince Lolita Coord


 

This variation actually has the Haenuli Little Prince skirt as part of it.

Haneuli Little Prince Lolita Set


Hope you’re inspired by these as much as I am!

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Bargain Hunting for Tea Sets

Tea sets! I love to collect them, even if Jim, my fiance, is driven insane by my compulsive collecting of all things pretty, cute, or bafflingly archaic. One of the things I’ve come to introduce him to is my love of tea of several descriptions, and even use of some of my favorite tea sets in the drinking it! My twin and eternal partner-in-crime, Claris, is about as obsessed as myself (as is most of my family, come to think of it) when it comes to tea and its preparation, serving, and consumption. When together it’s an absolute must, and we each have tea for two sets that we’ve found and purchased for each other on occasions to share between us and our significant others.

There’s a loving nostalgia that goes beyond its being served iced and sweetened as the “house wine of the South.” My family would also enjoy it together as readily as and beside our morning coffee, with snacks upon getting home from school, and late nights together talking over every manner of family business as we’ve grown together. It is a constant in our lives that has always offered comfort and pleasure. Of course, having been raised on the stuff in many forms, it has been one of those things that’s been folded into my collecting and research.

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Polyvore Coordinate Collage – The Golden Violin

I am so in love with this Kidsyoyo dress, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get one since… Well, I’m poor. I made this coordinate collage with the idea of going to the symphony in mind. I may not have this dress, but a girl can dream!

Golden Violin


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Bib-Front Cutsew Tee

I found a very cute tutorial that would be really cute and helpful for cutsews. Over at That Darn Kat there’s an adorable tutorial for a bib-front t-shirt. It’s really great for day to day wear and casual lolita looks! <3 Check it out and I’ll post my own results doing thing too!

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