Know, first, who you are;
And then adorn yourself accordingly.
~ Epictetus

Friday, May 25, 2012

Morimorimori : photo set

MORI KEI. THIS IS IT. THIS WAS WHAT I WANTED TO INCORPORATE INTO LOLITA! It was such a revelation when I finally discovered this style, lol--I'm learning something new everyday. A month ago I wanted to wear Lady Gaga's lace bunny headband with my shiro lolita and go for a very wispy forest girl look, but didn't have enough time. I think inklings of my desire for it began with the lace animal ears and the white faux fur fox tails.

I recently downloaded an issue of Papier though, and it seems like bright (pastel?) colors with super bold patterns is currently in style. I don't know how I really feel about it--I'm not against pastel, but there was something that was kind of lost from the mori spirit in the pursuit of the current trend.

Wanted to save this, because I like the color scheme and the cape reminds me of a Disney princess in wintertime.

Not really a fan of the silhouette, but I also wanted to save this for the color scheme!

I'd like to keep in mind how versatile lolita can be and experiment with different jackets.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dolly style


There is a style similar to lolita called "dolly style", which focuses more on vintage and less on brand. I've found that I'm not too big on a lot of lolita brand dresses, there will always be only one or two JSKs or OPs I'll like from only a couple of brands at a time. Thank god, actually, because I'd be in debt and I only need one "special" dress per season, anyway.

(Pardon my naivety, just some thoughts): What I love about the dolly style is that it focuses more on creativity than relying so heavily on brand. It's still pretty lolita, but more.. mature? Classy? Street-appropriate? (According to my own tastes, anyway). It adds more thrill to the hunt as well; there's nothing more exhilarating than finding something that matches perfectly in a place you wouldn't expect--a chance encounter! I would definitely revolve a coord around a luxurious accessory than the other way around. I've always enjoyed sweet-classic, and the picture about hits pretty close to my ideal style; I'm completely in love with the white and ivory coordinate on the left, and the beautiful brown colors on the right. I would LOVE to be able to always dress that sophisticatedly.

...Maybe a little less on the layers, though. I don't know what it is about Japanese fashion, but they are obsessed with long, robe-like layers and accents that sometimes look great and sometimes look shoddy. I've seen cleverly thrown coordinates. I've seen atrocious ones. Overall, it's just too difficult of a style for me to wrap my head around. It seems like you'd have to have a LOT of random apparel in your closet.

Anyways, as appealing this dolly style is, I think for now I would only wear it if it applied to the lolita guidelines.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


ChocolatxBlue coord wishlist

My first coord goal. I'm going to get all these by the end of the year even if it'll kill me. Trying to make this suitable for spring, summer and fall, depending on the accessories.

From what I read, the actual color
is more of a deep chocolate brown.
Undecided, I might even make my own bow.
But it doesn't hurt to have a matching one.

I actually can't decide if I want brown or white, but I'll probably get both ahaha.

If fashion and subculture aren’t terribly interesting to you...

...This probably isn’t going to be a very engaging OP. Also, keep in mind I’m speaking mostly for the American lolita fashion communities. Anyway, allow me to invite you into the fluffy little world known as lolita fashion.

Lolita fashion is an odd phenomenon from Japan gaining some niche popularity in other countries, including America. Anyone who has been to Tokyo or any given anime convention has probably seen a lolita or two whether or not they were aware of it. Lolita is a dramatic, Rococo-inspired, doll-like style marked by elegance, modesty, youthful elements and poofy-as-hell skirts.

The fashion is known by many as Gothic Lolita and Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL), though Gothic Lolita now refers to a subgenre, which will be gone over in detail later.

As for its origins, many attribute it to branching off from the Visual Kei movement of the mid-1980s. I’d love to tell you that’s the whole story, but it is an interesting journey as to how we came to dress like Rococo-obsessed nerds. For the creation of this subculture, we go to SA forums user hallo spacedog for the story:

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

First purchase on comm sales!

I'd been wanting a head-eating bow for the looongest time, omg. This is.. hmm, my second headdress for my starter wardrobe?  Haha. And my first BTSSB item, at that. Actually I was browsing their catalogue today and saw a headbow that would have gone amazingly well with my shiro steampunk coord. D:> Behold.

Alice's Clock Ribbon Head Bow, Ivory

 It was on the site earlier today, but now it is no more~ gone and sold out hahah ffffff. For future reference, this is its profile in the lolibrary. Looking closer at it, I actuallly kind of want to see if I can replicate it.

I was also thinking of turning this blog into a double and put beauty posts as well.. nnn, we shall see. If I ever do art commissions on lolita I'll probably post them all here, too. :D

Building a complete lolita wardrobe

I had already conjured something like this up in my head but it's still really great reference. Source is from F Yeah Lolita.

This one's for the baby book

Goo goo ga ga, bitch.

UNFORTUNATELY I didn't buy what should have been the first and foremost important purchase, which was the petticoat. I also didn't buy any headdresses, but hey, I had less than two weeks to arrange all of this and wasn't sure if it'd even arrive on time, haha. I actually ended up buying the miniature victorian hat through a vendor at the Dealer's Room and jesus christ it was such a satisfying purchase. My con partner saw my eyes lit up and everything just felt complete with the coord, haha. Except for the petticoat, obviously. Excuse the cheesy photos. I'm actually missing my lace gloves because they were really cheap and started to become a nuinsance to wear. I need replacements. :<

Some other things I was considering on buying to match/replace:

IW  Book Purse, Ivory x Black

Rose Melody gloves, ivory

 Ladies' Emporium Battenberg Lace Parasol, Ivory

Clockwork Couture's Classic Victorian Boot, Camel. Ideally I would have preferred it with ribbon laces but it is surprisingly difficult to find a boot like that with a victorian heel in a medium brown shade. 


     After hours and hours of poring through lolita, it looks like I'm into classic or classic/sweet style. I think I've pretty much deduced this through wearing shiro steampunk, only to realize that I'm really not into steampunk at all--and while shiro is nice, there is something that is way more incredibly attractive about brown and ivory with accents of other colors. Seriously, everything I've bookmarked thus far is brown-heavy.

Haha. "Brown-heavy". Gross.

Besides, classic is more street-wear appropriate than most lolita (I think, anyway). I guess it's kind of funny that I'm only starting to get into this hobby now. I've always liked the fashion, but I guess around highschool and early college I was more into cosplay and generally awesome costume craftsmanship--especially cinematic ones. LARP was something I had always thought about but know that it would only happen in a distant alternative universe. I'm just not dedicated (or RICH) enough to bother attempting it. Clothing that were out of the ordinary were just too embarrassing for me at the time, so I wandered off, forgetting about lolita.

I believe you are what you wear. The importance in clothing lies deeper than a materialistic obsession--it's a lifestyle. I started becoming interested in clothing inspired by designs from a fictional universe, like characters who have suddenly come to life. I tried adding elements of it to casual outfits--(my choices were pretty tacky at the time, though). Some years ago I bought a Snow White gown for halloween, and something just clicked while wearing it. I know most girls were into Alice, but Snow White was my idol. I used to stand still in my backyard as a child, in hopes that deer and other woodland creatures would come flocking to me. I wanted to be the fairest of them all. Dressing like Snow White felt classier than the other "costumes" my peers wore, and it satisfied my desire for whimsiness. But then I started wondering why I was dressing "like" Snow White when I could totally wear dresses with cute bows any time I wanted. Now here is where the obsession starts, haha.

There's something undoubtedly innocent and delightful about bows. I'm sure big bows in popular fashion have risen and fallen from time to time, but during the time when I started getting into it there were hardly any bows around. They were always HUGE in Japan, though. I'd talk with my friends about how hard it was to find accessories and apparel that would fit in my new-found fashion preferences. When I got a red bow from my Snow White costume, I actually made my entire wardrobe revolve around it. I bought a sewing machine in hopes of creating more bows and potentially skirts, but I just never got around to it aside from the one handmade yellow bow partially inspired by Lunch from Dragon Ball. Don't get me wrong, I still want to play around with sewing but there's just a backload of so many other things I want to spend my time on. Besides, that machine is jammed. Someday I'll... fix it. Haha.

A few years later, the bows I made and the bows I wish I could have made are now all over stores. Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Forever21--you name it. Back then I had wished for bows to be more available, but now it doesn't feel so.. special anymore. I'm a butt, I don't like trends nor do I like following them. Now I wanted more than just bows.

I wear it with black leather gloves and a fur white hat.
      I started turning to vintage clothing. Not vintage like cheesy Urban Outfitters clothing, but like.. Dear Creatures. I'm still so goddamn in love with their style. It encompassed everything I liked (bows, nautical, 1940s junior dresses, etc) into a really coherent fashion sense. I bought a Charlotte Wool coat and Mary Jane pumps to go with it--it's beauutiful. Honestly I wish I grew up around SF and LA, because a lot of the stores I love are are set locally around there.

This particular coat caught a friend's eye and asked if it was an import from Japan. It wasn't, but it kind of did follow the guidelines to lolita fashion. That was probably when it hit me; I had forgotten all about lolita, and it was quickly springing back to me. Anime Boston 2012 was coming up soon, so I thought it would have been a good chance to strut some quickly-thrown-together lolita outfit. I chose Fan plus Friend after considering Bodyline, since they were the cheapest off brands I knew. I got a friend to go with me as a twin! She went gothic while I went shiro. Both of us were steampunk style.I should honestly just buy the entire coord because it's really cute anyway, haha.

I'm going to say that Anime Boston 2012 was really fun, except that I ended up MISSING ALL OF THE LOLITA PANELS. It was really discouraging and I didn't think I'd be able to do anything lolita related for another whole year until I found about a local Gothic & Lolita Society. Joined it, and wow, now I see that there are actually a great number of events. Yeah, I don't know how I missed all these, either. I'm a hermit--an illustrator, remember? The group is incredibly supportive and kind, and I've gleaned quite a few tips from talking with them. I-I think I can safely say that I'm now obsessed. D:>