Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Comment Widget Added!

Hi! I just wanted to let everyone know that I've added a new comment system to the blog! I probably should've done this at the start, as it seems to have overwritten previous comments! But at least it's in place now.

I'm doing this so that I can reply directly to everyone's comments, and keep track of the blog activity more easily. It should also make it easier to share posts of interest through different sites, well, should.

So generally, it should make things easier, and all that jazz.

If you left any questions on a post that I haven't answered, please repost them if you can, as I will be more than happy to help! :)

*UPDATE* Old comments have been restored. Three cheers for Disqus support! :D

xo

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Innocent World x Gosick Collaboration *UPDATE*

Innocent World have released a picture of (what I'm assuming is) the finished piece! At the moment, they're only showing it in bordeaux:

Well, it doesn't disappoint! I'm glad they stayed true to the novels by releasing it in this colour, but I DO hope they release an all-black version. For some reason, I think a dark green one would be nice too, but that's just me.

There also seems to be plans for a bonnet and boots to match.

So what do you think? Is it living up to expectations so far? Or is it a bit same-ish?


Monday, December 27, 2010

Victorian Maiden, I Love You, But...

I was browsing through different brand sites, looking to see if there are any new releases and I saw that VM had released a new piece called the 'Dress-up Rose OP'. Here is the red colourway:

I think it's a really nice dress, however, I can't shake the feeling that I've seen the print somewhere before...
Aha! I'm sure many people are familiar with this Bodyline dress. I sort of like it myself, and would have bought it already if it wasn't for the halterneckness (is that a word? Well, it is now. You saw it here first!). The print is very similar, if not, exactly the same as the new release by VM. The difference?

Bodyline - €17
Victorian Maiden - 24,360 yen (about €224)

Okay, it's really obvious that they're completely different dresses in terms of construction, and it's likely that VM's fabric quality is of much higher quality. I know that a lot of brands just buy fabric instead of designing every square millimetre of their clothing. It makes me wonder though, do brands ever bother to check what their competition is stocking? Perhaps they did, and said "Hey! That's a nice print! Let's do it our way!" and to be fair, the VM one IS more appealing.

I'd love to see if the Bodyline dress could be reconstructed, and I'd try it if I could. Is there enough fabric? Hehey, there's one way to find out!

To an untrained eye the dresses COULD be mistaken for each other, and it would be sickening to have a €224 dress mistaken for something that cost less than a return ticket to the capital.

At the same time...

...the purple one is amazing.



(Hey! I forgot to wish you all a Merry Christmas! *headdesk*. Hope you all got nice things! I'll probably make a New Years post, if I'm not busy with general merriment.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Surviving The Ice Age

Cold weather really is upon us! I didn't think this post was necessary, since I thought the weather was going to improve, but now that it's snowing and absolutely freezing cold once again, it's time to buy everything you thought you could avoid! If you're like me, and you insist on wearing Lolita almost every day, hail, rain, or in this case, snow, then this post goes out to you! Sure, during the last cold snap, we could just all leave Lolita to the side in favour of "normal, practical" clothing, but if this weather is going to last until January, I don't think I'll hold out that long!
So what's a frozen Loli to do? Wrap up, that's what!
  • Bloomers: I don't actually own a pair, but I strongly advise that every single Loli going to brave the sub-zero temperatures should wear a pair! If you don't have a pair, they're easy enough to make! A very simple tutorial was posted here.
  • Tights: Okay, so the Lolita style usually calls for OTK or just to the knee socks, but seriously now, it's in minus figures! There's serious frost and snow out there! Get yourself a nice pair of thick cotton tights! Penney's sell lovely tights for about €3 a pair. If that's not warm enough, wear lycra tights under them. Nobody's going to see them, and you'll be snuggly and warm, and that's the most important part!
  • Hats: Okay okay, so you can't show off your hairbows when you're wearing a hat, but if you have a cute hat, you've nothing to worry about! Beret-style knit hats look really lovely with Lolita, and from what I've seen they're not expensive. Have a peek around the shops, it's easy to find them in many different colours to match your co-ords!
  • Gloves/Mittens: Wear them. Really, I don't know about you, but in cold weather, having cold hands is one of the worst things. Your hands seize up from the cold, and that's never fun! They're cheap, cheerful, and most of all, they're warm.
  • Scarves: You probably have one already, so if you do, for the love of frills, wear it! I've actually heard people say that scarves are 'so not rori'. Righto, you can go off and freeze, we'll be here with our scarves being cozy, have words with Baby about their scarves too, heh heh. But seriously, don't underestimate a scarf, it could be the difference between being healthy and catching a nasty cold.
Coats are also essential to winter Lolita attire. You don't have to fork out a fortune on a brand coat, as lovely as they are. If you trawl through the shops, you'll probably find something suitable. If not, Bodyline have some coats from last Winter going at a fairly reasonable price.
A coat is all great, but don't forget to wear layers! Several layers of thin clothes can be better than one or two bulky layers for insulation. Depending on how very cold it is, you could wear a camisole, then your blouse, JSK, cardigan, and coat, and of course, everything else!

Footwear Health & Safety
Ok, I know you're all decently sensible Lolis, but I just want to stress something.
DO NOT wear high shoes of any description. Please, I beg of you! Icy footpaths and impaired balance don't go well together. I know, you might look fabulous, but you won't look fabulous when you're smushed into the roadside slush! Wear shoes with flat soles, and tread carefully! If you wear Rocking Horse Shoes and go out into the winter tundra, you're sure to find yourself in a world of hurt.

Okay, now that I feel that I've contributed to what you probably know already, I'm going to figure a route to school without dying on the footpaths.

Have fun, and stay warm!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lolita Hobbies, Interests and Other Stories...2

Want more Loli-hobbies? You've got more Loli-hobbies! Here's part 2 of the Hobbies, Interests and Other Stories series...


Music

"Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside of us."
This an uncredited quote, but one that I think should be given plenty thought. Music, as part of the arts spectrum, is food for the soul. Music can evoke deep and powerful emotions, or even just make us crack a smile. We all have music in our souls, and it's up to us to let it out.

As a pastime, music can be an amazing thing, whether you sing or play an instrument. If you're thinking of learning an instrument, then don't hesitate! If funds restrict you, try to get an instrument second hand, or if the issue is lesson prices, have a go at teaching yourself! It might sound impossible, but it can be done! Countless guitarists are self-taught, and I even know a few violinists who have taught themselves.
If you currently play an instrument, but feel you're drifting away from playing it, don't! Embrace the ability you have, whether you play the cello or an electric guitar! Expand your repertoire with challenging new pieces, perform for people, and don't allow your interest to wane.


Baking

Not only is baking fun and easy, it's delicious too (especially with that tea...)! If you're hosting a meetup, baked goodies can be just the thing to put a smile on the attendees' faces, whether it be biscuits or cakes!
If you've never baked anything before, have a go at something cheap and simple like queen cakes. Odlums have a great recipe here.
If you already bake a lot, then good for you! How about baking a Loli-inspired cake? Who knows, maybe you'll be the one to out-do this amazing Moitie cake?




Lolita Postcards/Art


Many Lolitas make a hobby of collecting postcards, most commonly Imai Kira postcards like the one to the right. Brands often release promotional postcards too, and Imai Kira designs postcards for Angelic Pretty from time to time. So, what's the point of collecting them? Well, to be frank, there isn't a point, if you have them hidden away in a photo album or some form of storage. I'm tempted to start collecting them myself, and if I was to do so, I'd probably use them for decorative purposes.
If you feel your bedroom is lacking something, a few pictures of this sort in simple, or maybe more elaborate frames could be a really simple, yet beautiful touch.

Postcards aren't too difficult to come by. You'll see them pop up on the LJ sales comm now and then, and some places online sell them at anything from €5 upwards each. LolitaDesu sell Imai Kira postcards for about $8 each here






Stay tuned for part 3.... eventually.....

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Good Idea Bad Idea: LLL Edition 2

It's time for another Good Idea, Bad Idea.


Good Idea
Wearing A Head-Eating Bow


Bad Idea
Wearing a- what?


-THE END-

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Innocent World x Gosick Collaboration!

A new dress has been announced by Innocent World, which will be a collaboration with Gosick, an anime which will be aired from January 2011 onwards. This is the only design of the dress which has been released so far:
It really seems like a stunning piece, even just on paper! The dress is based on the clothing of one of the main characters of Gosick, Victoria:

Personally, I've never read the manga of this. The first light novel has been released in English by Tokyopop, and the next book is to be released soon, though I'm not sure when. It seems fairly interesting.
The dress looks truly beautiful, and if Victoria is anything to go by, it will live up to expectations! I've seen the character wearing the dress in other colourways in pictures, and on the covers of the light novels, so with any luck this will be released in more colours than just black! I can't wait for pictures of the actual dress, and I'll be sure to update with them as soon as I find them!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lolita Hobbies, Interests and Other Stories...1

Most Lolitas know that, to be a Lolita, you don't have to partake in the Lolita lifestyle in any shape or form. However, it can be lovely to have a hobby which overlaps with the fashion.
I didn't decide for this to have more than one part just for the fun of it! I'll occasionally post a few ideas, just to break it up a bit. If I tried to make it into one big post I'd never end up finishing it ^^'

Tea

Tea is very closely associated with Lolita, and is often a feature of many meet-ups. Many people dislike tea, but I have a (completely unproven) theory that there is a tea for everyone! If you drink "normal tea" such as Lyons or PG Tips, and dislike it, or if you're just adventurous, why not try a tea such as Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Lady Grey or Chai? Twinings have some delicious-sounding limited edition floral teas at the moment, Blossom Earl Grey and Rose Garden, both of which I have yet to try.
Tea is a great way to start or end the day, or just to have at some point. Oh who am I kidding? In the words of Mrs. Doyle, there's always time for a nice cup of tea.
As convenient as it is to make a mug of tea, I like to make a pot of tea at least once a week, and make use of my teacup. I find it oddly relaxing, and I hope you do too!

Tea-drinking mightn't seem like something which should be classed as a hobby, but how about collecting teapots or teacups?
You don't have to spend a lot of money on either. I have one teacup and saucer and five teapots. The only one of these I bought new was a red teapot, which I bought just yesterday at a meet-up in Dublin. All the rest are from boot sales and charity shops. Boot sales are often better as far as selection goes, especially for old teacups, and you can always try to haggle the price down a bit.
Remember, not all of your collected "teaphernalia" has to be functional! I've only used two of my teapots, the others are just on display. If you think a piece is too delicate to use, then don't take the risk!


Reading

Ah literature, where would we be without it? Whether you read light novels or hefty tomes of books, reading really is a wonderful interest, especially for Lolitas. I'll admit that I'm dangerous in a second-hand book shop, I just can't leave without buying something! Children, this is called bibliophilis and can drain you of a lot of money and space. Always purchase books responsibly. :P
There a few books I would recommend, both modern and classic:
  • The Luxe Series - Anna Godbersen (frilly dresses and scandal, sure why not?)
  • Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (But of course!)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
  • Dracula - Bram Stoker (For the Gothic Loli in you ;) )
  • Hans Christian Anderson - Pretty much all his tales are great little reads. It's usually easy enough to find one-book treasuries of his work.
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (most of the Bronte sisters works are worth reading!)
  • Anything by Charles Dickens. Seriously.
If you read manga, or if you're just not up to doing any heavy reading, you might be interested in series such as Rozen Maiden or Bizenghast.


Sewing & Embroidery

Basic sewing is something every Lolita should try to learn, even if it is just to replace buttons!
If you can sew, you can save yourself a lot of money by making your own Lolita clothing! Check if there are sewing classes in your area. Learning to sew can through lessons can be much easier than looking for online tutorials. If you don't have a sewing machine already, you might want to think about investing in one. If you don't intend to sew often, get yourself a nice basic model. I own a Singer Confidence, which is the model pictured to the left. If you want something which isn't too simple stitch-wise, but which is easy to use, I'd recommend this.

Embroidery is another great skill to learn. I learned to embroider about a year and a half ago for my Junior Cert Home Ec project, and I picked it up fairly easily. This is one you might be able to teach yourself. There are some great videos on youtube which explain very clearly the methods involved in each stitch. This channel has some really great tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/user/makeitminemag


That's it for this post! :P

(I'm sorry I was away for so long! I've been really busy with school lately and haven't had much time for blogging D:. I hope to post more often from now on :). )

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An Old Lolita Meme!

I saw this on another blog a good while back, so I thought it'd be fun to do it! Especially since I've recently had a bit of writer's block regarding this blog!

1. Best lolita fashion advice you've ever received?
I haven't really received a great deal of advice, apart from the basics... although I was once told that I shouldn't put up a brick wall when it comes to trying lighter styles. I usually go for darker colours, even though I adore light blue and mint, and I'm often reluctant to just go all out and try it. It made me consider Wonder Cookie even more... :P
As well as that, I was told that a chiffon petticoat is the way to go. My petticoats deflate a LOT, and I often have to wear three at a time, so I am now considering a chiffon one instead.

2. Style Icons?
Mana-sama. of course. But everyone loves Mana-sama :P Apart from that, it's hard to pick out any Lolita style icons I have. I take inspiration from art, things I see, and things I feel.

3. Describe your personal style.
Generally, dark, but not quite dark enough to be blatant Gothic Lolita. I like a bit of darker sweet sometimes, and I can dabble with lighter colours from time to time. It's tough to sum up...

4. Favorite designers/brands?
I adore Baby The Stars Shine Bright, along with Alice and The Pirates. I also love Moi-Meme-Moitié, I would honestly do crazy things to own an Iron Gate jsk/op in black x blue. Goodness... I must say that I've recently found a soft spot for Angelic Pretty. There was a time when I wouldn't even bother looking at a sales post if it said it was all AP, but now I have just fallen in love with so many of their prints!

5. Most cherished items?
Right now, probably my Heart Buckles. I just love them to pieces ^-^

6. Most used items?
My black handbag. It's just a plain black handbag, and I love it to pieces!

7. I feel best wearing?
Jumperskirts. I love OPs too, but jumperskirts are good for winter because they're easy to layer with for extra warmth, or modesty, whichever!

8. The first thing I look for in another lolita's outfit...
Hair, skirt shape and style. All at once.

9. Lolita fashion rule you never break?
Probably modesty. I don't like showing too much skin, though I don't mind showing my arms a little now and then. I prefer over knee socks and tights, and I go crazy if a skirt is a little short... ^ ^"

10. Never caught wearing?
OTT sweet, as much as I'd love to try it, I don't think it'd do me any favours :P

11. Dress to impress who?
Myself, honestly. I live in an area where there are no other Lolitas (...yet anyway) and I don't post to daily_lolita. Nobody here would know the difference between an ebay ita wreck and Puppet Circus, so I don't worry about what others think.

12. Your next "must have" purchase?
I've had my eye on the Alice's Portrait JSK in black for a LONG time, and I think I may try to get it for this Christmas :)

13. Favorite type of head accessory?
Headbows. Sidebows, head-eating bows, as long as they're bows! Or maybe even flowers...

14. Favorite cut of clothing (shirring, high waist, princess seams, etc.)?
I'm a fan of shirring. Honestly. If there was a facebook page for shirring, I'd like it. I usually don't like high waist, because it just feels a bit awkward on me.

15. Current obsession?
Rocking Horse Shoes. I want a pair so much.

16. Best lolita fashion advice you can give to anyone:
Lolita is not a fashion you can customise once you jump into it! You should take the time to learn the guidelines, and do your research! Before purchasing anything, look for reviews! Also, lurk on daily_lolita. You'll be surprised how much you can learn by seeing other's coordinates!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How to Give and Take Criticism




Ita Lolita, we've all been there, or at least been near enough. The first time we saw Lolita we swooned and wanted to look as beautiful as those models asap. Newbies as we were, we jumped on the first thing that screamed 'I am black and white with lace and frills!!'
Oh if we had only known the error of our ways...

As if looking back at old photos and lace monsters wasn't enough punishment for our wrongdoings, many people also remember snappy comments from E-Lolis, and some now prefer not to post online, regardless of whether they have improved as Lolitas or not.

The way you say something, especially on the internet, can be taken in many ways, and yes, bad is one of them. Newbie Lolitas are fragile, and can easily be scared away from the style by people whose intentions are good, but whose concrit can be picked up as bitchfacery.


I was asked recently what I thought about when I saw someone wearing a co-ord or a piece that could be classified as ita. I found it to be a strange question, but also an interesting one, because of differences of opinions towards newbie Lolitas. So, what DO I think when I see an "Ita"?

First, I look to see what they got right, instead of chopping off heads over what's wrong.
Then I break down what's wrong about the outfit, perhaps with suggestions for improving. It's a simple task, but many people can't seem to get it quite right. Of course, there can be reasons for frustration in feedback, which I'll get onto later in this post.

Example:


"Hey, nice try. Maybe next time you should wear a dress instead of a black cloth covered in paper d'oily shreddings. That teddy looks like it's ready to give up too, this is just so awful... why would you do THIS and call it Lolita??"

"Hey there! It's hard to see, but I think you have the skirt shape right. As for the dress, I'd recommend something with much less lace and regular, straight sleeves. In fact, for a first piece, a jumperskirt may be a good option, and a blouse for underneath too. It may also be better to stay away from black with white lace, as it can be difficult to pull off. Also, if you want to make Gothic Lolita a little bit cute by adding a teddy bear, try to pick a teddy which compliments your outfit. Good luck with future co-ords, and remember, we're ALL still learning!"

Which would YOU prefer to say was your comment?

Of course, there is always another side to something like this...

Taking Critisicm 101

Some people simply cannot take criticism. They don't care if you sugar-coat it or throw every possible positive comment in with it, they just don't like being criticized. They're wearing something THEIR way and they don't give a hoot.

Ah. About that.

Part of being a Lolita is learning. If you are a new Lolita excitedly posting a picture of your first outfit somewhere, be prepared for criticism. If someone tells you that your skirt is too short, when it really is, then don't ignore it and carry on, do something about it! If someone suggest that you try a different colour or shoe type, then do if you can!
There's nothing quite as annoying as someone who posts over and over again, showing the same errors, or rather, 'slip-ups', in outfits when they've already been advised against it. It's even worse when they lash out, saying they're just 'being themselves' and 'expressing their individuality'. It's truly frustrating for people who spend time trying to help, and can be the reason behind many hurtful outbursts.
People do not spend time giving advice just to peeve you. If criticism upsets you, then don't post pictures, it's as simple as that.

Another thing, don't get upset when someone says something straight out. Of course, I did say earlier in this post that people should not tear strips off someone when giving critique, but that doesn't mean some people don't mince their words. If someone says that a skirt you have is awful, or that an item of clothing doesn't flatter you, don't get upset about it, but do give it a little bit of thought. There may be some truth in the comment.

Of course, there can be some people who simply want to tick others off. If someone tells you to stop wearing Lolita, then ignore them. There is a style for everyone, and a dress style for every shape girl (or boy ^-^).


All in all, it's a case of 'Treat others as you would like to be treated.' So remember your manners (yes, they matter online too!) and remember, don't take it too seriously!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Good Idea Bad Idea: LLL Edition

I'm sure everyone (or almost everyone!) remembers the satirical 'Good Idea, Bad Idea' clips from the show Animaniacs. If not, see a compilation of them here

I've decided to have a regular LoveLiveLolita edition of Good Idea Bad Idea, sometimes it will be serious, sometimes it will be entertaining, and at times it might even be downright silly.

So here we go, Good Idea Bad Idea 1, showing something I ALWAYS try to stress.


Good Idea
Taking Inspiration From Mana-sama

This coordinate, while simple, is very elegant, and has some Mana-esque elements in it.

Hair
This is a style that Mana sported a lot back in the day, and is often done horribly. However, this individual has avoided the mistakes by keeping a natural hair colour, thus muting it slightly, making it more suitable and very elegant.

Corset
Many people immediately disassociate corsets and Lolita, possibly because of the iffy reputation of corsets as BDSM items, and because it creates a look that is 'too mature' for Lolita. However, when done right, corsets and Lolita can be a match made in heaven. This is a perfect example of how it can be done. Corsets are not advisable for sweeter styles (at least not over your clothes!), but for Gothic Lolita, they can give an interesting touch and a beautiful Loli-esque silhouette. The key here is to go for simple corsets, anything more than a plain one with a little decoration can make your outfit border on all-out EGL. Underbust would be the most advisable, but if you're trying to acheive an ero look, an overbust can work too. Just make sure you're not showing too much!

Crosses/Crucifixes
If you like crosses, you can work them into a GL outfit easily enough. Whether you want to wear rosary beads, earrings, or something like the skirt above (I'm not actually sure whether the chain is coming from the skirt or the corset, either way it still looks nice)





Bad Idea
Taking A Wardrobe From Mana-sama

While this picture is most likely cosplay, many people have been, and possibly still are, Mana-sama extremists.
Just as a simple example, let's break down this outfit and say why it's not a good idea.

Hair.
The hair in the picture shown looks very like a wig, but many people have, in adoration of Mana and Moi-Meme-Moitié, and to match their outfits, dyed their hair blue. But hang on a sec, what if you have a change of mind and have a Sweet revelation? Have fun with wigs. Blue hair is NOT for everyone, in fact, I strongly discourage the dying of hair in general for Lolita. If you must have a different hair colour, it's better to get a wig. Even then, it can be hard to pull off the whole blue hair, or any other bizarre colour thing with Lolita, so it's often best to give it a miss.

Would You Like Some Dress With Your Lace?
Oh the lace monster. Back in the early days, something like this would have been vaguely normal and classed as ok. But looking back, it was not a good idea. Apart from looking like a distressed nun, there is lace everywhere. Remember kiddies, just because it's in the GLBible doesn't mean it's a good idea, espeically if you're reading back issues. Nowadays, something like this is simply cosplayish. Even if it soft lace and good quality fabric, it doesn't look good.


Here are some other ideas that aren't specific to either example, but should be covered anyway:
  • I Love That Moitié Blue: I don't know about you, but I adore the shade of blue used in Moitié. Blue can be incorporated into a Gothic outfit very easily, without being extreme. Something as simple as painting your nails, wearing a blue flower in your hair, a ring with a blue stone, perhaps a blue-bead rosary if you wear them. Please, please avoid the aforementioned blue hair, and the blue lips, which brings us to the next point.
  • Talcum-Power Face. Just because Mana wears extreme make-up doesn't mean you can too. A general Lolita guideline is to minimize make-up, that means no Halloween makeup. Blue lips are a no-no, as is blue eyeliner. A little dark eyeshadow can be applied, but it should be kept to a very small amount. If it looks like you're wearing a lot of make-up, you're probably doing it wrong.
  • Platform Shoes. What a subject. Many people associate platforms with itas, but others argue that they're ok because brands sell them. It's a difficult subject, but if you're confused here's a little heads up. Platform boots can be difficult to pull off, but platform shoes can go well with Lolita. Also, use your own sense. If they look too big, then leave them, because you don't want to look clueless OR smushed into the floor if you fall. That's never a good look.



Welcome to Love Live Lolita!

Welcome one and all to Love Live Lolita! I have a few specific aims for this blog, but the rest is just going to be fun and rants :D

Educating The Masses!
I'm not sure how often I'll be posting just yet, but when I do, I want to start off with some advice for beginner Lolitas, or perhaps just for curious people! I know, every Lolita blog/vlog starts off with them, but it's a nice 'base' for other posts, as I can expand on certain specific areas if people are interested :)

Where To Buy Accessories etc.
This is something I've wanted to share with people for a while, strange as it may sound. I am an Irish Lolita, and it's often hard to find nice accessories here which go with Lolita, so naturally I get excited when I find loliable, or more recently, EXTREMELY Lolita items in shops such as Penney's (aka Primark), New Look, Heatons, and perhaps other shops.

Apart from that, I'll probably be covering some general stuff, posting reviews, that sort of thing. Of course, it won't be any fun for anyone if you don't stick around. Be warned, I rant :)

So, let's see how it goes, eh?