Saturday, 27 April 2013

Outfit Snap: Lolita Meet-Up! Mori-Classic-Country Lolita Outfit

I finally had a chance to go to another lolita meet-up today!

I really wanted to wear a print, but for some reason my new scarf and blouse just kept floating about in my mind, and all other outfits I put together seemed to look awful during my outfit test-run. So I wore something plain-ish instead :D

Lolita Meet-Up! Mori-Classic-Country Lolita

The idea was to match the outfit to the scarf, and I just happened to have bought a new lacy green blouse that matched the leaves really well. Innocent World's Eleonore JSK also looked really good with the blouse, and the dark brown ribbon on the dress was to highlight the dark colours on the shawl. Since some of the birds have pink on them, I decided to accessorize with a hint of pink too.

I spent most of my time wrapped up in the shawl like the photo above, but here's a photo of the details under the shawl:

Lolita Meet-Up! Mori-Classic-Country Lolita

I had a facial earlier in the morning, so I packed all my things into this cute luggage that matches the outfit and theme! I think it looks really cute together!

The meet-up was really fun! JL couldn't make it in the end, but I got to see Aiko and Iris again :D I also met many new friends, and I can't wait to go out with them again in lolita! There weren't many of us in classic lolita (at the time when I left, there were four of us, out of a total of 16-17 girls!) but everyone looked gorgeous anyway ^_^

I did end up leaving one of the earliest (we had only played one game at that time!) but at least we managed to get group shots ^^;;; I forgot my camera at home and my phone's camera doesn't work half the time, so I'm afraid I don't have any photos... Will definitely have to pull a few from Facebook later! XD

Alright, heading out for dinner. Thanks for reading!

Blouse: Miss Selfridge
JSK: Innocent World - Eleonore
Hair combs (the green ribbons): Metamorphose
Scarf: Warehouse
Bag: Calvin Klein
Earrings, Jewellery, Beret, Pink Hair Bow, Luggage, Tights, Shoes: Offbrand

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Mannequin Snap: Black & Pearls Classic Lolita

I went shopping at a wholesaler’s mall today, and came home with loads of stuff! One of my purchases was a new mannequin, and I just had to dress her up right away!

Black & Pearls Classic Lolita

Black & Pearls Classic Lolita

Black & Pearls Classic Lolita

The cutsew is also new, purchased at the mall for RM15 (USD5). The pearls were just calling to me! I couldn’t help but come up with a pearl-themed outfit. And the cutsew matches the skirt so well!

I couldn't decide on a pair of socks for the outfit, so I went with one of my new pairs of tights, which has some pretty words printed on it. I think it'll probably be hidden by the skirt once I put the outfit on, but it still sounds like a nice romantic idea :)

I think my favourite part about this outfit is that it sticks to my favourite "three must-haves" in any outfit, yet still looks relatively subdued. Though, I suppose it still does look rather extravagant for a casual outfit hahaha. (In case you're wondering, the three must-haves are lace, roses and pearls ^_^)

Headbow, Skirt: Innocent World
Shoes: Clarks
Pearl Bag: Coast
Cutsew, Necklace, Ring, Tights: Offbrand
Cream lace shawl: Hand-crocheted by my sister

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Question #2

"5 movies for lolitas"

1. Kamikaze Girls
2. Alice in Wonderland, 2010
3. Princess Diaries
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. Harry Potter

Alice in Wonderland is in my list for the eye candy XD

Actually, the main reason why numbers 2 to 4 are ranked as they are is that the main message I take away from them is strength of character - most notably from the female leads, of course.

Pride and Prejudice is also a movie I find particularly meaningful, as it doesn't just deal with Lizzie's intelligence and wit, but also her flaws and how she comes to recognize those flaws by the end of the movie. Of course, Pride and Prejudice (book, movie and TV series) has always been my favourite, so maybe I'm just biased!

Um, Harry Potter is in there because I couldn't think of a suitable fifth movie ^^;;

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Question #1

"5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style"

"Complete Lolita Wardrobe" Challenge

1. Two good petticoats - one bell-shaped, one A-line
I'm a firm believer of layering petticoats rather than depending on just one. With one super poofy petticoat, you only ever have that one shape with the petticoat. On the other hand, with two types of petticoats, you can either wear only one petticoat for a more casual outfit or layer both for added poof.

Layering one over the other also helps with achieving different shapes, though a friend kindly pointed out (and I strongly agree!) that once it reaches the point of needing layered petticoats, the shape doesn't seem to matter much!

Innocent World Rose Stained Glass Skirt

2. A decent underskirt
This underskirt should probably match most of your wardrobe. In my case, I have a few (ivory, black, bordeaux, etc etc). This underskirt will come in handy for making short dresses of any style look longer. I also like using them to tie together my outfits, like in the photo above, even if the dress or skirt in question isn't actually too short.

However, my most common use for underskirts is as a final layer over my petticoats under my dresses (like in the first photo!). The ruffle does not have to show at the bottom, because the underskirt is essentially there as a "silhouette shaper" - that is to say, the underskirt smoothes over any bumps in your petticoat and gives your dress a smoother, neater silhouette.

Fabric Roses

3. Flower corsages
I'm a great fan of flower corsages of any sort! I like single flowers, small bouquets, an entire bush.... And I love them as hairclips, brooches, pins, head dresses - anything! But the best ones are corsages that can double as a brooch or as a hairclip. I find alligator clips the best, because they're more secure in hair. I love them in all colours - add them into any outfit and they immediately add an air of opulence!

"Complete Lolita Wardrobe" Challenge

4. A basic pearl necklace
Pearls have always been my favourite gem. Even my everyday jewellery are simple pearl drop earrings and a lone pearl pendant. There's something about the weight of pearls around my neck or on my ear that's very comforting, and they complement my skintone so well.

As with the flowers, I find that adding pearls to any outfit adds a touch of elegance! They don't have to be white or ivory pearls either. I find black pearls have an incredibly lustrous sheen when worn with solid black gothic outfits, and my favourite gray pearls give pink lolita outfits a more sophisticated feel to them.

Of course, if you're planning on getting glass pearls, rather than real ones, I'd recommend ivory pearls, because they look more natural :) If you are purchasing real pearls, please be sure to choose your colour carefully! The best pearls I have change their colour everytime I put them on with a different outfit, and the right shade of ivory can really make your skin glow, even without any make-up!

I'd actually rank this first, but a proper silhouette is so much more important to lolita, and I feel roses are a more practical accessory for most lolita styles, as pearls can sometimes make an outfit look rather OTT.

5. Comfortable matches-everything lacy tights
No photo for this one, because I can't find a decent photo of tights in my photo album :/

I love wearing tights in lolita because they make my legs look longer and my outfit more mature and elegant. As you can probably tell from the roses and pearls entries, I rather like opulence and luxury. Lace is just another aspect of lavishness that I enjoy looking at :) Besides, don't "roses, pearls and lace" go so well together?

(Er - I'll be honest and admit that part of the reason why I love tights is that socks never stay in their proper place for me! ^^;)

Lolita 52 Challenge

It's been pretty stressful at work lately, so I decided I ought to schedule myself for some relaxing time with lolita stuff.

I was looking through a few blog posts, and was suddenly inspired to start the Lolita 52 Challenge! I probably wouldn't follow the once-a-week idea, and post as and when I feel like it, but I hope I'll finish all questions!

Putting the entire list of questions here for my own reference :)

  1. 5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style
  2. 5 movies for Lolitas
  3. What my own Lolita lifestyle is like
  4. Favorite thing to put on my head
  5. My wardrobe turnover
  6. My favorite Lolita brand
  7. Why I wear Lolita?
  8. Why don't I wear Lolita more often?
  9. 5 keywords that describe my personal Lolita style
  10. How I first found out about Lolita
  11. 3 trends I wish would come back
  12. Combining other fashions with Lolita
  13. Lolitas I have met in real life
  14. Lolitas I would love to meet
  15. 3 things I wish I was told when I was a new Lolita
  16. 10 facts about my Lolita wardrobe
  17. My first meetup
  18. Trends I thought I would never get into, but I now love
  19. Trends I thought I loved, but now I'm not too keen on
  20. How satisfied I am with my current wardrobe
  21. Plan for a trip! A week's worth of Lolita outfits I can fit in a small suitcase
  22. How I accessorize
  23. What influences my Lolita style
  24. What's in my makeup bag
  25. Best places to wear Lolita
  26. How I get out of a wardrobe slump
  27. Purses that I love
  28. Bloomers or no bloomers?
  29. Lolitafying things in my everyday life
  30. How long it took me to build a complete wardrobe
  31. Impulse buys that were totally worth it
  32. My best deal
  33. Something that I made
  34. Wardrobe blunders! Things I bought that I ended up regretting!
  35. What I thought when I got my first real piece of Lolita
  36. Nails to match my favorite looks
  37. Something that's not my style, but I love anyways
  38. Favorite hair style
  39. Most versatile Lolita item I own
  40. 5 inspirational fictional characters
  41. Fondest meetup memory
  42. The ways in which I fit the cliche
  43. The ways in which I do not fit the cliche
  44. How strangers react to my clothes, and how I react to their reactions
  45. Something that was a gift
  46. Parasols: Vital or frivolous?
  47. The item in my wardrobe that was the hardest to get
  48. My "signature" outfit
  49. My favorite Lolita print
  50. What's in my closet, but I haven't worn yet!
  51. Predict the next Lolita trend!
  52. How Lolita has changed me
First question should be up soon! :D