Saturday, January 29, 2011

Baby's Chained Berry Memoir

Baby have a new series, Chained Berry Memoir, up for reservation!
The reservations begin on February 4th, 17:00.
I must say, Baby really aren't doing this series by halves. Apart from having five different colours for the series (Strawberry Milk, Soda Candy, Strawberry Jam, White Tea, and Opera), they've released two types of JSK, a skirt, a headbow, a bolero, a cutsew, two types of socks and a bag, all with a darling Chained Berry Memoir print or motif.

So, is anyone reserving it? Needless to say, I resent having no real income. xD

You can find the reservation page, with pictures of all items in the series here:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Be A Happy Lolita: Part 1

"What is Lolita all about?"

This is a question I am frequently asked, and it can be answered by saying "Frilly dresses, lace, elegance, tea parties, sewing, being part of a community..." and the list goes on. However, we often forget that Lolita is, or should be, largely about being happy.

Many people love wearing the fashion, but are unhappy for many reasons. Among them are lack of money for brand, sizing, feeling alone, being bothered for wearing it, or even some self-induced worried and stresses like reading secrets or being involved in online drama. I want to cover these topics, and I will start with the first on the list.

I just want to note that this isn't a post about how to expand your wardrobe, but how to be happy with the wardrobe you have. I plan to do a separate post for beginner Lolitas soon, however.

How To Be A Happy, Low-Income Lolita

Many people feel very self-conscious about the clothes they own, either because they're not brand, or that they don't own many pieces. This is especially true this month with the wardrobe posts on EGL.
It can be intimidating for a beginner Lolita, or someone who doesn't have a great deal of money for clothes, to see wardrobes stocked up with countless pieces from more expensive brands such as Juliette et Justine, Moi-Meme-Moitie, and rare Angelic Pretty prints. Keep in mind that many of these people have been collecting brand for many years, and if loli_secrets is anything to go by, some will go to great lengths to acquire the dresses they want. Lolita isn't all about having six nuns going blind embroidering delicate flowers on your clothes!

Wardrobe Pride

If you sew your own clothes, and feel unhappy about only owning handmade items, don't! Handmade clothing can be truly beautiful, and you can make it to your own size. When you make your own clothes, your wardrobe becomes much more personal, and that's nothing to be unhappy about! The same goes for pieces from Bodyline, the high street, and charity shops. So what if it's not €200? If it only set you back €17, but it looks nice, then it's not something you should be ashamed of! Brand doesn't equal good taste. Someone could be dressed head-to-toe in offbrand and look much nicer than someone in brand.
Also, don't think that everyone who owns a good few brand pieces are elitists. Many of them also own some Bodyline, selfmade and thrifted items.

Life Is Real, And That's Okay.
Life is very real, and it's not reasonable to constantly spend money on dresses. If you have bills to pay and food to buy, and decide to buy one or two €20 dresses instead of one costing €300, you're not being un-Lolita, you're being sensible and responsible, and you've got your priorities right, and that's something to be very proud of!
You should never take out loans to buy Lolita, because that simply gets you in debt, which can cause stress and unhappiness. In the words of William Shakespeare: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be."

All in all, this is the general idea behind this post.
Happiness is often overlooked in favour of money and various possessions, material items which may make us feel happy in the short term, but which only fuel a need for more. As Lolitas, fond of expensive dresses, many of us are guilty of this, but this does not mean that we are all superficially happy. We simply shouldn't base our level of happiness within Lolita on how much brand we own, or how expensive our clothes are.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Angelic Pretty's Kanariajanpasukato

...which is probably something along the lines of Canary Jumperskirt.

Anyway, I honestly don't know how I neglected to see this dress until now, and the main point is, it's a bird-cage style JSK, and it's one of the prettiest non-print AP dresses I've ever seen. (no lie.)
I've never seen a birdcage-style piece from AP before, but that could just be from not paying attention to anything.
I am, without a doubt, in love. I've always been a sucker for birdcage skirts. The JSK is also available in black, pink, and a beautiful wine colour, but I would do some serious backflips for the white one.

This isn't available on the English site yet, as far as I can see, but if there are enough people like me around, then it won't last long once it's up! Now, to get that job...

But seriously, what do you think of it?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Angelic Pretty in 2011

In recent times, Angelic Pretty have been known for super-sweet prints and pastels, and have been the fuel in the engine which keeps OTT sweet going.
So we've seen their crazy-kawaii-sweet stuff. We've seen the doll-clones. There's only so far over the top you can go before it all starts looking the exact same.
My questions is, where do they go from there?
This release, in particular, portrays the style I'd love to see Angelic Pretty come out with more often. Their ads in the latest issue of GLB would suggest that they were toning down sweet, and giving OTT a rest for a while, and perhaps going back to their roots...

...but here's the blurb from the February 2011 issue of KERA:

"Angelic Pretty
Designer: asüka

Come along with Angelic Pretty on a magical journey filled with new releases that POP brighter than ever and are sometimes even “Fantasic”* too. Never forgetting the spirit of dreaming, 2011 will again be a year filled with clothing and accessory releases designed for girls who always want to be kawaii."

-Translation by go_slow_ly on LJ

What can Asuka mean by saying that the new releases will 'Pop brighter than ever?'. Is it literal, meaning that there will be enough pastel cuteness to outshine a sweetshop? Or does the 'pop' refer to eye-catching pieces?

If French Cafe is anything to go by, then the latter could be true. Sure, it has the typical border print, but it's not as sugar-sweet as past pieces.
Admittedly, the pink colourway (as with most pink versions of pieces) is still urgently sweet, which many people like, and there's nothing wrong with that.
It's hard to describe. The piece isn't necessarily more mature, but the print itself is, I don't know, different in some way. Perhaps it's that they've, mostly, substituted x amount of confections for teacups, plates, eggcups and cutlery. It's odd, but in my eyes, it works. It still delivers all the cuteness you'd expect from Angelic Pretty, but it doesn't scream "I AM SHOWERED WITH CUPCAKES :D"
(not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Judging from this piece, it seems like Angelic Pretty really wants to change. Perhaps not completely, since OTT is their niche in the Lolita world, but with dresses like this, it's easy to see that they're trying to do something different.
Will they tone it down more often? Or are these just a few pieces for the darker season of the year? Only time will tell...