Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tokyo fashion Tuesday .o1

So Welcome to Tokyo Fashion Tuesday, hopefully the first of many! This week's inspiration is...

!!COLOUR!!
Now let's throw up some lovely examples...


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Ok so saying 'use colour in lolita' isn't a GREAT and ORIGINAL statement, I mean just check out AP. What I'm getting at is using colour sparingly to create a statement. All the girls have taken an otherwise everyday outfit and added a splash of colour to create a cute, memorable look, my favourite being the white hoodie/rainbow combo <3 There's even an addition of indigo for our gothier cousins, electric blue could also work for mana fans but it'd be a bit steryotypical wouldn't it?

How to do it
Incorporating this into lolita isn't hard, but it's not something done often. A few brands have attempted it with once pieces, such as the marine with red and white combo, but not in the same way as pictured above. Honestly it's mostly just about choosing your base colour, complimenting colour and going from there with the accessories. One should be careful not to over do it though or you'll end up with decora loli. I think the additon of cute glasses such as in the second example would look adorable as well! Remember your makeup is just as much an accessory as your jewlerry and handbag too, rainbow eyes and lime lips might just be what you need to pull everything together ;D Generally try for a colour A, colour b, colour a, colour b type of combination with accents of colour c over both in the form of rings, socks, belts, bows, wristcuffs etc.

How not to do it
The latter two girls are better examples of how this style can go wrong. The first has made a good start but if you tried imitating this look into your lolita it'd look a smidge off balance. There's a lot of colour down the bottom because of the skirt and tights and then a lot of colour in her hair/from her makeup. This leave a large white bulk on her torso Her shirt under the jacket looks pinkish but white tights would have created a balance between legs and chest.

The second girl, while looking stunning, went for the wow factor in her headwear. Unfortunately it matches nothing else. Amateur tip; no matter how pretty it is and how much you like it if it doesn't match anything else in the outfit it probably shouldn't be there. If you wanted to do that you can build up colour and bulk to lead up to a show stopping hat, plain white dress with rainbow swim cap is not 'a cute memorable outfit' it's just memorable.

Please note, I'm not saying these girls look horrible or anything, in fact both look horrible cute in their own ways, just that for this theme they serve as good ideas of how this expiriment can go lopsided.



Yes I named the look I came up with. Haha. I'm really taken with the white x rainbow combo and I'd love to see it done with a shiro lolita outfit, in my mind there's also a white wig. I went for a more pastel rainbow because super bright rainbows are a little harder to pull together in a sweet way, bright rainbows are just edgy and cool haha!

There's two ideas for hair accessories, more than three of any item is overkill here. Couldn't find any, but a rainbow plastic star chain around the waist would bring some more colour to the center of the dress, or a sash/belt can do the same job. I didn't include a brightly coloured bag either but holding a purse with a similar scheme gives your hands soemthing to bring the colour down too! The fun thing with this idea is that it's easy to mix and match with other colours so you're not just stuck to the one look. This dress could be fitted with red accessories and look glamorous or green to look fresh and spring-like. There's also things like boleros or wigs to add a little extra colour to what you're wearing. Don't forget them kooky-cute glasses either!



Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Spotlight! Unico in Bloomland

So F*ck yeah lolita did this as well but I really don't care as I only just got told after I posted this...

Why love it?
Unico in Bloomland is probably the definition of what I think sweet lolita is at the moment. It's pink, it has unicorns, it has pearls, it has ruffles and ribbons and bows. It has roses and crowns and fountains and swirly text borders. Every fibre of my being is screaming LOVE THIS DRESS. It's like lolita my little pony, what isn't to love? The designs for both jsk are dreamy and unique, plus it will match all that unicorn themed jewlery you've been wanting to buy since you were six and not many other prints do that. Light colours could be used to create an almost hime lolita look, as seen in their advertising.

Why hate it?
Ok this print does look like it belongs on a nursery wall. This is the ultimate girly print so expect comments on that. My friends always describe my lolita dress as 'frilly unicorn princess sparkle magic fashion' and actually having pink unicorns on my dress won't help matters. The colour palette is...iffy. creamy white with baby pink, pale fuschia pink with baby pink, lighter violet and navy or black with magenta. It could be better and AP fans may find it hard to match the dusty pastel scheme with their wardrobe. The set itself has nothing lacking, although I'd like to see some matching coloured rings or necklaces and I think the bow would have been better on a smaller scale, we're already wearing unicorns so a less childish headpiece would have been a wiser choice. The blouse is generic but props for no peter pan collar. It's also a very large and distracting print over the skirt unlike most border prints.


Ok, getting more in depth. Unicorns are sadly a none too popular print in lolita so I love that baby did this. The jsk designs are both amazing. While both are essentially plain the addition of the waist bows breaks up the eveness, creating a waistline. The addition of the scalloping and chest bow in the second example balances out the busy feeling of the print below. Keeping up this idea the first one is  my favourite, a rose brooch with pearls keeps the balance but minus the scalloped edge it has a more mature feel, if you can achive that in a unicorn print dress haha! You can also swap in the brooch and pearls for whatever you want which I think trumps the previous one. You can swap out a bow with another bow but if it's a smaller brooch the whole thing can be thrown off. Swap a brooch with...a broch and well, same thing isn't it? I might suggest a bustier lolita go for the brooch option while a less endowed maiden might steer towards the bow just becase that's how fashion supposedly works when dressing for a body type.

Final thoughts
While an adorable print lolitas who are uncomfortable in baby prints will undoubtedly steer clear. If you dislikes dollhouse, toy anything and other hot pastel messes unico in bloomland is not for you. The design should flatter most lolita shapes. Essentially I'll be waiting for reviews and pics before making up my mind but while I'll always admire the beautiful work put in, a childish print like that has no place in my wardrobe.

Blog weekly calendar

So to attempt to make this blog a little more interesting I'll be attempting to set up a mini calendar thing to make sure there's an annual post per week. Secondly I'll be trying more...lolita related challenges in my everyday life, fitting the loli in with the everday, gosh this might be hard!

I'd like to start with the reason I haven't updated much though. Blogs are...a lot of things and I wanted to stay away from posting things all about what *I* think is right, wrong, etc. etc. What I think you should do is, what I suggest is etc. etc. I wanted a general idea that everyone could relate to as a lot of blogs I find hard to digest, mostly because all I think is 'who are you? Why should I listen to you? Why does your opinion matter? And most of the time the answer is 'they're e-famous' or popular opinion is they're 'doing it right' which...seem like lousy reasons. As such I figured without these things it would be stupid for me to dictate to others how to do their own fashion. I'm not a perfect lolita, or outlandishly good looking with promise, nor am I awesome at cratfs etc. why would anyone care? Then I started reading other lolits blogs, but from people like me. Not e-famous and crazy with followers after five+ years of blogging (though they have their good points too; experiance and all!). Just newbies giving it a go and saying 'I this' and 'I that' and I got a lot of different opinions to help base my own. So I figured, maybe those are the reasons why we just talk about ourselves in blogs. Not because we dictate, but so when someone says 'why did they do this'? or 'would it be ok if I did...' they can look at other lolitas and understand where they're coming from and investigate with a semi-informed mind. So it's ok to be 'I,I,I, me, me, me' in a blog I suppose, just as long as it's not a constant reminder that everything you say should be taken like scripture.

Anyways, starting today, here are a couple of weekly items I'll be featuring in my blog!


Tokyo Fashion Tuesday: Every tuesday I'll be going through Tokyo Fashion and picking 3-5 pictures to highlight a trend, use of colour or unusual fashion quirk and try to apply it to the lolita fashion. Of course Tokyo fashion isn't all lolita so keep an eye out for cool mori, VK, fairy kei and other substyle elements used as inspiration.

Sunday Spotlight: Every sunday, yes there will be a post after this, will spotlight one thing or another. This could be a user, a blog, a dress design, a print, a book, a shop or even a craft/recipe, just know that it will be aimed towards you lolitas!

Bi-weekly Brand Breakdown: Yes everyday has alliteration damn it! D< Every two to three weeks I'll be looking over any new dresses brands have come out with. I've missed the wave of summer fashion, fantasia was amazing and toy fantasy was hit and miss imho, but no longer!

Anyways that's what I have so far! I'm hoping to add some tutorials and fun rants suggestions to add to the mix so here's hoping for activity!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL LOLITA DAY!

Turns out I missed it, haha, so for everyone who got in on it happy June loli day. I worked all day and then derped around at home fixing my wigs. o.o I did go out today though! ^^ I didn't get any pictures as well...I'm not very photogenic. Wore my meta Blooming Garden jsk and ran into a few other lolis at at city rummage sale, it was my sister's first time in lolita too, fun times!

On the note of happy, lovely polite lolitas I'd like to ask a question.

Why all the bodyline hate?

I know it's not 'real' brand and Mr. Yan is a creeper. I know in the past, I haven't heard of any recently, there were quality issues and of course the whole shop has an adult store vibe to it, but isn't it getting old now? They've come out with some ok prints recently and their clothing is also getting better. I think every lolita must have at least one bodyline item, be it socks, maybe a skirt or dress, a headband or a bag you can actually fit your phone and wallet and makeup into. So, why is everyone still acting ashamed when we're caught out with the bodyline merchandise?

I've met a lot of lolitas and they always look stunning but the thing that gets me is the ones who, on getting a compliment about the outfit, shyly turn away and say 'oh it's just bodyline.' So? You look fabulous, it looks good, why do you need to elaborate that 'it's just bodyline'? Am I meant to suddenly realise you're not in fact wearing the next big brand print? Are you saying you don't look good because 'it's just bodyline'? Is 'it's bodyline' some kind of excuse for looking bad in your loli? Actually, if you need to blame your clothing for your lack of fashion coordination maybe lolita isn't the place for you. xD It confuses me so @_@

 Isn't it kind of like getting a compliment on say...a meal and then saying 'oh it's just *insert generic second rate food brand*' Is it a kind of ego trip I'm missing that hints 'yeah, I'm in bodyline and I still look this good'? Just..how does it relate? I don't know, it kinda reminds me of when you're grooving to a song and someone asks what it is and you have to downplay your asnwer super casual like because it was the Disney soundtrack, powerpuff girl's theme song, My little pony sing-a-long, sailormoon ost, justin beiber, paris hilton, jonas brother, hannah montanna, etc. etc. insert all those songs nobody likes but has a really catchy tune. =P

People just need to chill. Bodlyine =/= ita anymore so just accept it's part of your outfit. We all buy into the expense and we all, hopefully, know that we can't always JUST buy the $200 blouse to match a $150 bolero. But we still need a blouse and a bolero to keep our shoulders warm and it still needs to match the dress. Bodyline is meant to fill that gap, don't shy away because it's not head to toe 'burando'.

Point being, if you look good don't worry what brand you're wearing and accept the compliment, because if they judge you on a brand name they're not worth your time. Also don't blame the clothing for bad fashion skills. xD

I think this dress is just adorable in pink btw T__T I wanna go on a BL spree