Thursday, June 23, 2011
I didn't have time today to get the vintage pattern post together today, but I hope you might like this instead.
I want to tell you about this great nail polish I found!
I've had difficultly in the past finding nail polish that did not chip on the second day. I finally found this brand in Rite Aid that just happened to have the shade of mint I was looking for. It was only $3, so I thought I'd try it. the brand is called CQ. It's amazing! The color looks fabulous and it hardly chips! I've had it on for about 4 days now and there's only very slight chipping on my right hand (since I use it more). I highly recommend CQ nail polish!
And now, here is a fairy kei tutorial.
I'm sure you've seen the 'remake' tees and hoodies from Spank and Nile Perch. Like these:
(both by Nile Perch)
They are adorable, but a little pricey, right? Especially with shopping service fees! Well, they are just as easy to make as they look! :)
There are two ways to go about it. This first way will look closest to the real Nile Perch stuff.
This is my remake shirt.
1. Get a plain shirt. I actually prefer thrifting them than getting one from the craft stores. The fit, cotton quality, colors, and price usually suit my tastes better. Plus, the money goes to charity!
2. Get something with a cute picture to cut up! The shirts at Nile Perch are made from cutting up character sheets, but you can use kids' tees too. For my Bambi shirt, I used a toddler nightgown!
3. Buy a product called 'Heat and Bond' (I don't know what it's called in other countries or if there are other brands) from the fabric store. It basically turns any fabric into an iron-on patch. Follow the directions on the package 100%! My mom and I made a huge mess on the iron by not paying attention ;_;
4. Iron your new patch on the shirt.
5. Decorate! Go crazy! Fabric paint, bows, buttons, lace! Everything you can find! lol Don't forget, in fairy kei, it's more typical to use cheaper lace, unlike in lolita :)
6. Wear it and feel totally outrageous.
Note: I found the Heat and Bond backing made the patch impossible to sew through. You will have to glue on the embellishments. You will probably want fabric glue.
Here is the other way to make one. This way is good if you can't find something cute to cut up for whatever reason.
That's my art work :)
1. Repeat step one from above, but make sure the tee is a light color!
2. Buy printable transfer paper from the craft OR office store. The only brand that I've found works is Avery. It's worth the extra cost, because it does not crack off in the wash! It also gives the best quality and is easiest to work with.
3. Choose an image from the internet from your favorite 80s series OR use you own art work!
4. Follow all directions on the package iron that sucker on!
5. Decorate as suggested above.
Note: The transfers are easy to sew through!
Have fun! I'd love if you show me what you make!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This post applies to my feeling for all styles, not just lolita. Unfortunately, lolita has the most rules, though.
I watch 'lolita tips' on Tumblr, but some times the advice bothers me. I know it;s probably targeted at new lolitas to push the in the right direction, but I think some advice can be misleading.
I believe that people get into alternative fashion because they don't want to listen to what anyone says, because they want to be themselves, so why let people on the internet tell you want to do? One of the tips I saw was about not wearing animal ears. But what if you really like animal ears? What if they make you feel you cute? Isn't the point of lolita to make you feel cute and for you to be happy in your outfit? If you want to wear animal ears, please do!
Another thing that bothered me is 'bad lace'. Yes, cheaper lace does not usually look good on a full dress (though a touch around the skirt bottom is fine by me), but I can't see how on small accessories it should be a problem, especially if it has a pretty design. I hate when people say that you shouldn't use cheaper lace just because it 'looks itchy'. Not everyone has the same skin and it doesn't itch me at all for example.
I especially hate the term 'ita' because it's clearly being used as an insult, a dirty word almost. I think 'lolita cosplayer' is a nicer term. Why insult people just for having fun wearing a dress? How that does that help you? If you want to show them up, then dress better than them and go about your day. I believe some girls just do not want to be 'lolitas' in the same way that real lolitas do. Some girls just want to wear something fun, cute, and cheap to a con and that's fine. I have no problem at all with the cosplay lolitas mainly because they are my top customers when I sell at cons! haha I shamelessly make headdresses and other items targeted at them because it sells very well. I could buy the fancy lace and charge $20 a headdress if I wanted to and only sell to real lolitas, but there are other tables who fill that niche. It makes me feel really good to see girls wear my headdresses around cons :) They looks so cute! So in fact, I rather like cosplay lolitas. They are usually, nice, cute, and keep me in business. they don't hurt or bother real lolitas at all. So please be kind to them :) It's no different than being kind to a cosplayer of an anime character. You may not understand it, but let them have fun.
I don't see much drama in dolly and fairy styles, but the same words go. You still do not need to do what every one else does. For example, I enjoy wearing fairy kei, but don't like the tutus! I don't force myself to wear them just to fit in. Speaking of that, one of the things I like best about fairy style is that no ones yells at you if you use the cheap lace! heehee Do worry about what anyone tells you! If you are not breaking the law, go for it!
Disclaimer: I have been diligently studying lolita style since 2007, I do know what's what despite having an unpopular opinion.
Now for some happy Good Will finds :)
And my outfit for shopping:
I'm sorry I haven't posted anything dolly kei related recently! Summer just doesn't put me in the mood for that style. I think you dollies might like the vintage pattern post I'm working on.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
"With my bow and arrow, I killed Cock Robin."
"Who saw him die?" "I," said the Fly,
"With my little eye, I saw him die."
"Who caught his blood?" "I," said the Fish,
"With my little dish, I caught his blood."
"Who'll make the shroud?" "I," said the Beetle,
"With my thread and needle, I'll make the shroud."
"Who'll dig his grave?" "I," said the Owl,
"With my pick and shovel, I'll dig his grave."
"Who'll be the parson?" "I," said the Rook,
"With my little book, I'll be the parson."
"Who'll be the clerk?" "I," said the Lark,
"If it's not in the dark, I'll be the clerk."
"Who'll carry the link?" "I," said the Linnet,
"I'll fetch it in a minute, I'll carry the link."
"Who'll be chief mourner?" "I," said the Dove,
"I mourn for my love, I'll be chief mourner."
"Who'll carry the coffin?" "I," said the Kite,
"If it's not through the night, I'll carry the coffin."
"Who'll bear the pall? "We," said the Wren,
"Both the cock and the hen, we'll bear the pall."
"Who'll sing a psalm?" "I," said the Thrush,
"As she sat on a bush, I'll sing a psalm."
"Who'll toll the bell?" "I," said the bull,
"Because I can pull, I'll toll the bell."
All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin.
I'm not sure why this rhyme means so much to me, but I've loved it deeply for many years now.
Alot of lolita blogs ask readers what their dream print would be. I think something related to this rhyme would be mine. ...or a gummy bear print.
Anyway, as you can see, I have a ton of 70s patterns from my mom. They are adorable and so great for fairy OR dolly depending on fabric choice! Maybe I'll make a post showing off my 70s patterns.
I'm also going to make a new fairy kei friendly tutorial soon I think...
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Summer dolly kei outfit:
The pictures from the AN lolita tea were posted!
Here is mine with Kanon and Sakurai-san <3
Monday, June 13, 2011
Even though this is a fashion blog, I hope you won't mind if if I show my cosplay!
I'm Saint Tail! It's a 90s magical girl series. I like 90s anime best :)
And this is my outfit for the official lolita tea part on Saturday:
BTW, I know it looks like I don't smile in pics, but I honestly think I'm smiling when the pic is being taken. I'm trying hard to learn to force myself.
Here is my review of the lolita tea party:
Even though the schedule said panel room 1, we were told to go to down a long hallway into a hotel room suite. Only lolis were allowed in. It was like some exclusive loli club. Inside, besides the lolis, were Sakurai-san (a man who writes books about lolita in Japan), his translator, and Kanon aka The Prince from the band An Cafe. Prince was soooooo precious!! He had on his little mini hat and shorts and was arranging the chairs for us! He was such a gentleman and so adorable. He made me feel like we were princesses. We were given free tea and cupcakes and left to talk amongst ourselves for a while. Then Sakurai-san asked us some questions through is translator. Such as, how often we wear lolita, if it's hard wearing lolita in NJ/NY, if we feel like princesses, etc. He was very surprised that there were so many lolitas in NJ! He thought there wasn't enough cakes for us all, but I think some girls didn't eat, because I was able to get 2 cakes and there were still left overs (the cakes were my whole lunch lol). Some of the lolis and I agreed that the plan must be to get our faces full of frosting, then get pictures of us looking silly, because picture time was after the cake lol We were told our photos may be going in a magazine or book in Japan. First, they got single pics of each of us. Then a group pic (I'm in the back *sob* If it's in a magazine, you'll never see me). During the group pic, Kera model Yu Kimura came in! We all clapped and cheered and she got in the pic too. She's soooo cute and tiny, just like a doll. And last, we got individual pics with The Prince and Sakurai. I wasn't done with my cupcake so I stuffed it in my unicorn purse lol Yup, there was half a cupcake in my unicorn.
It was such an amazing experience. It felt like a dream. Being in a hotel room with Japanese celebrities... It was very surreal. It was worth the price of my badge for that party alone! I'll keep you updated if I find anything out about the book/magazine.
I would've taken more pics, but I thought at first it was allowed (the atmosphere was so exclusive... heehee)
I also watched the h.Naoto Sixh fashion show. It was interesting, but the style wasn't for me. If you are into dubbed anime, you might find it funny that Vic Mingona was one of the models!
I did shop at the h.Naoto booth and got a cute lolita tank top!
My entire review and all picture from the con can be found here.
Hope you all had a good weekend too!
Monday, June 6, 2011
(some of my dolls sharing a secret<3)
Sometimes, I feel silly dressing up in a town were every else looks like a slob and no one will ever understand what I'm doing. But then I remind myself that I'm not doing this for those losers, I'm doing it to reflect how I feel the inside; to make my self confident and happy.
Something exciting has happened! I've bought my first brand lolita JSK! It'll be here in a few days X3 It'll be a surprise till then~
Anime Next is this weekend! I'm debating whether to go to the official lolita tea party or just cosplay...
I bough a Monster High skirt from Justice and just had to show it off ;0; I love it so much! It's got built in shorts so you don't flash anyone heehee I find that clever. As a tall girl, I have to worry about my short skirts some times. My only quibble is that the shorts feel sort of like a swimsuit. Even though Justice carries girl's sizes, I got the 18 and it's perfect (my wast is 71cm).
And now I would like to review the blouse I am wearing in the picture!
(On vacation this month.)
Payment method: Paypal (as always with Etsy)
Shipping: USPS from California (Purchased May 28, arrived June 06)
Website: 10/10 Etsy is great.
Shipping: 9/10 (felt a little slow, did not share tracking number)
The print is bold and clear and very professional. The sizing on the item page is so-so. I order medium but I think a large would've been better. It's tight on my shoulders. Over all, very cute. I plan it wear it with lolita skirts to make a casual punk outfit.
And I also have a review of We Love Colors tights!
One of the things I want to do in this blog is present things from the point of view of a taller girl, in order to other tall girls pick clothes that fit :)
Payment method: Credit only
Shipping: USPS from Florida (took a month to make and arrive)
First of all, I was a little disappointed with the making time. I ordered an out of stock pair and it took a month to make. I was starting to worry. Keep that in mind if you want an out of stock item. Once the item was shipped, it came very fast. If you only order one pair, I wouldn't recommended to upgrade to priority because standard was very fast. I ordered Pastel Mint and the color is very true. I am 5'7 (170cm) and I ordered the tall size. It's wonderful! I don't need to stretch the tights at all! Very true fit. Overall, these tights are perfect.