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 :). )