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Aug 15, 2011

postheadericon Fishing for ideas and Day 10!

Now I'm finally back in my dorm. The friday was spent to drive here and the saturday was spent to clean and tidy my dorm room to beyond recognition. I might have had many bad thoughts about this room, but now that it's finally completely clean again I can see the potential of a perfectly me-i-fied room. So do look out for som home décor DIY over the coming months!

But that's not what I was going to talk about right now. While we cleaned up I got a better look of what's stuffed in my left-over-fabric box, and truth be told... There is a LOT there. But so far I have only found two pieces I would really like to make something of, but I have no idea WHAT. So therefor I am asking my dear readers... Do you have any good ideas for what I can make out of 200cm x 60cm tartan fabric and 300cm x 150cm plain white cotton fabric?


The tartan fabric I bought right after I got my sewing machine a couple of years ago, to start practicing sowing skirts and the likes. I think I bought some extra when I made a skirt for my friend too, so it might be from that batch. But anyway! I've already made 2 or 3 skirts out of this fabric, so I thought of perhaps making some bloomers or a bag. But none of these ideas really hit me as inspirational, so I would love to get some other suggestions.

As for the white fabric I originally bought a year ago to make a shirt out of. But feeling it now and looking at it, I would never wear a shirt with that thick fabric. Once again I thought of bloomers, or perhaps a PJ set with black lace to contrast, but I'm not sure if I have enough... Suggestions?

I'll soon also make a post on everything I plan to do with my room as soon as I get the funds for it. Only a week left until I get my first student loan of the year!

What's in your bag?

This is best described with a picture.

The bag I use now is my Innocent World spade bag. This is the first brand item I bought, so it's very very dear to me. And just to make it a little more special I put a keyring with card suit charms on the zipper. As for the contents... Mobile, used cinema tickets to the last Harry Potter movie (pure epicness of a movie), some ear rings, necklace, a marble and some gum. Yupp. That's my bag at the moment.

And just to round it all up, here's a picture of my room at the moment. Just to keep as a reminder to myself of how tidy it can be if I just work for it! ... Ah... So much potential... I can't wait to DIY this place to heaven and back!

Toodles!
Aug 10, 2011

postheadericon Day 9!

10 things you will never do in lolita.

Getting back to the meme too! I surely have a lot to catch up on, but don't worry, I won't spam you. I'll just take these as I feel like it. As for this post I'll make it simple.

  1. Attend a funeral
    Wedding, sure, but a funeral... No. I would never wear lolita to a funeral. I find it a little disrespectful and the others attending might see it as mockery despite it being gothic lolita.
  2. Physical training
    It says itself doesn't it?
  3. Puddle splashing
    You know when you get your rainboots on and go jump in rain puddles? Yes, I still find that fun, but I don't want to make my dresses wet and dirty because of that.
  4. Go to a tivoli
    The poof skirt would only get in the way through all of the rides! I could go in kodona (pants <3), but not in lolita.
  5. Gardening
    I'm not a gardener, I hardly do any gardening at all, but I still wouldn't do it in lolita if I ever were to do it.
  6. Take art classes
    All the clay and paint and woodwork... Painting I'd might do but I would be extra careful not to spill the paint.
And... Now I honestly can't think of more. Of course there is a lot I wouldn't do in general, but when it comes to somewhat daily things I would do, but not in lolita, I can't think of more. I guess I will update this if I think of more.

Toodles!

postheadericon Getting back into it

Summer vacation is coming to an end. And to think I thought I would get more time to blogging during that then I would during the school year! What a humongous lie...

Well... Truth is, I haven't been very inspired to blog at all. Simply because I had to leave all my lolita clothes and sewing machine back in my dorm, thanks to some complications on getting home. But good news people (assuming you who read this enjoy my blog)! Over the last week I've slowly been getting back into the routine checks of sew_loli, EGL and blogs. In other words, I thought it was about bloody time to do something about this absence of mine.

As I decided to do this on a whim I don't have that much to say. But as I did some window shopping on Etsy earlier, I thought I would share with you two absolutely wonderful shops I found. So let's get on with this as I keep enjoying The Empire Strikes Back on TV.

The first one I would like to share is RTBU (Refuse To Be Usual). This is for all of you who enjoy visual kei style and gothic accesories. I have to admit that a lot I have seen here is very unique, and for me who love to have a lot of charms dangling around (and also lack jewelry and accesories like this), this shop is right down my alley.



I will definatly order some pieces from this shop when I have money, and when I do I will do a small review.

The second shop is for all of you top hat enthusiasts. Personally I have an almost unhealthy fascination with top hats (we need more top hats in lolita!). So when I stumbled over Gypsy Lady Hats I thought I saw a little piece of Heaven before me. Here you can get top hats (and mini top hats!) custom made to your own size and some even in your preferred colours and styles. And best of all... In reasonable prices! ... Yes. I do, in fact, think 140$ for a full sized, custom, handmade tophat with such details is a reasonable price. I mean... Just look at these beauties!


I think about ALL of their hats has made it to my wishlist by now! So take a look if you feel like it, and I'll be getting back to you all soon! ... Perhaps I'll even be able to continue on the 30 day meme? Hmhmhm. One day at the time I think.

Oh and one last thing... Where did all the new followers come from? A great, big, happy "Hi and welcome!" to all of you who just stumbled over my little corner of the web, and I hope you all will keep on reading despite my long absense.

Toodles!
May 30, 2011

postheadericon Appologies and hiatus

Now, this won't be a very long post as I really have so much to do I don't have time to sit around moping as I'm doing at the moment. First of all, I appologize about my unannounced absense. Once again I headed back home to my hometown for a week and to celebrate the national day that was the 17th of May.

The lolita meetup was postponed because of bad weather, so I'll have to wait with going to my first meetup too. But I still went to Oslo with my boyfriend and we had a FABULOUS day! Last monday our japanese group (we have a japanese class with a small group of friends where the teacher is a friend of ours) went to our teacher's home too and had a japanese evening and celebrating spring. We sat by the kotatsu and ate yakisoba and drank sake while we looked out at our teacher's japanese garden... It was so fun and a really great evening!

Other then that... I noticed the 30 Days of Lolita meme is being done everywhere! *laughs* In one way it's really funny how memes spread around the internet like that and at the same time I'm pretty honoured that so many want to do the meme even if they don't know who started it even. It's fun!

Anyway. This is just a small update to announce I will still be on hiatus for at least one more week. Tomorrow I'm starting on my trip to Stockholm (will take about 24 hours with bus and train so I'll be there on wednesday) and I will meet my oldest and closes friend again! On wednesday evening we're going to a video game music concert (can't wait!!) and then we're off to Uppsala and Uppcon for good times with cosplay and friends. Next monday I'm handing in my last exams and after THAT I'll try to become more active again.

Thank you all for being so patient with me.

See you guys!

Oh and as a little bonus I'll add a picture of myself in my bunad (national costume) from our national day. I LOVE this dress <3 Possibly more then I love lolita clothes.


Toodles!
May 10, 2011

postheadericon Day 8!

10 songs that inspire you for lolita.

Ah! I've been looking forward to this post! Simply because I love music and this post will include a lot of music that I connect to lolita. So this is simply my take on lolita fitting music (and personal preferences in the same go), and my view of the fashion (and which side I like of it), is pretty well portrayed throught the following songs. Well except for the first one... There will be a lot of YouTube clips here, so just bare with me. Here we go!

1: Gothic Lolita - Emilie Autumn


I know you all saw this coming so that's why I'm posting it first! The reason is pretty self explainatory, so I won't go deeper in on that. Except that despite the "message" it gives, I love it. And yes; I am an Emilie Autumn fan.

Haunted Carousel - Nox Arcana


Actually their whole album, Carnival of Souls, fits with my idea of a gothic, creepy, lolita doll. As heard from the music I absolutely love this side of the fashion so there will be more of  this kind. This is also very fit as inspiration for me as I really want to have a dark carnival style in my wardrobe. I just don't have the items for it yet!

3: Gingerbread Coffin - Rasputina


First time I heard this song I immediatly fell in love. I think the music and lyrics all fit my personal view of the fashion and the little world that surrounds it.

4: Victor's Piano Solo - Danny Elfman


Actually... Tim Burton's movies in general are very fit for all gothic aspects of anything. Hehe... I just find this melody absolutely beautiful, and elegant and it's very inspiring for a soft gothic and or aristocrat look.

5: Impartial (The Battle) - The Clockwork Dolls


This song is beautiful. Full of hope, loyalty and fighting will! I love this and it inspires me simply by building confidence to face the world as the one I am and stand up for it. Everyone needs a motivational song like this, and luckily for me... I've got tons.

6: Lullaby - El Laberinto del Fauno


Such a beautiful and sad melody. I don't really have more to say about this.

7: Lacrimosa - Kalafina


This is the song I literally wake up to every morning. It's my alarm signal! Kalafina in general is a group I really like and their aestethics and music really fit in with what my view of lolita is. This song is also the ending song on the first season of Kuroshitsuji, and really... Any lolita+anime lover would agree that that series has got it right when it comes to mood, scenery and outfits.

8: Prelude - Versailles


More beautiful music from Japanese artists. Versailles is my favorite Visual Kei band and their music and styles is a great inspiration. I can't wait to see them live again on the 3rd of June!

9: Engel - Scala and the Kolacny Brothers


Now who would think that a song originally by Rammstein would ever make it to this list? Sure, they're always on my regular music list. I love Rammstein. But on the fashion show on Uppcon last year, this started playing and I was shocked as soon as I realized it actually was Engel. So I seeked the fashion show host up later and got the artist's name from her.

10: Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 in C-sharp minor - Franz Liszt


A lolita music list is nothing without some classical music. And since about ALL classical music can be viewed as lolita music I simply chose one of the pieces I love the most! It starts oh so serious, but as the piece proceeds it turns very humourous and playful. This community may be scary at first, but it's full of friendly people with a good dose of humour and self irony. Hehe.

As a little extra (as we didn't have enough youtube films here already), I will add my favorite Tom and Jerry episode which is built around the piece by Liszt. I grew up with this cartoon and I hope you'll enjoy! I'll see you all tomorrow. Toodles!


May 9, 2011

postheadericon Day 7!

10 people who inspire your lolita style.

Oh my... This is honestly a hard one. I take my inspiration from everything. Not only people! But there are a few lolitas/models that I really admire and love the style of. I don't have enough to fill out all 10 spots, but I will list those I admire.
  1. Akira
    Yesh! Model for Baby the Stars Shine Bright/Alice and the Pirates (yes the header picture was chosen of her on purpose). This is also the only model I actually look up to. I'm not much of an "idol" person, but this woman... I think I might have a girlcrush on her. I always love her outfits in the GLB's and if I ever manage to pull the kodona/aristocrat look of just HALF as well as her, I will be one of the happiest people on this planet.
  2. Clefdemoname/Miinouche36
    Daily Lolita

    She has to be the most awesome gothic lolita ever. A beautiful woman with an absolutely beautiful gothic style! That and I love her video blog.
  3. Shelbycloud
    Daily Lolita

    She must be about the only sweet lolita I really admire. She's got a beautiful style and she's great at coordinating her outfits from everything to OTT sweet to very elegant classic.
  4. Theosakakoneko
    Daily Lolita

    Just because her style is awesome. Whenever she ever posts her massive blogposts on daily_lolita I almost squeal in glee! She's so creative with her coordinations and I just LOVE her new haircut!
These are the four lolitas I truly look up to! Of course there are a lot of awesome lolitas around and I love to look around and grab inspiration from all of them. Keep going girls (and guys)! You're all awesome!! <3

Toodles!

postheadericon Day 6!

Whooops! A little late, but I'll make both Day 6 and Day 7 today. Day 7 will be up tonight.

 10 things you can't live without in lolita.

Now this is an interesting topic. It might be a little hard to find 10 things I can't at all do without, but I'll try. Which is easier said then done as I've already stagnated at 5...
  1. Computer
    This is one of the main things I need. Hadn't it been for the computer and internet I would have never discovered this fashion. I would have never been able to buy the clothes I own, do my research or gotten to know other lolitas. Not one day goes by without me checking out lolita related sites on the web, and I wouldn't have it any other way either.
  2. Bloomers
    I absolutely hate wearing skirts without bloomers. I feel so naked and I'm always afraid people will see more then I want them to see. Therefor bloomers are a great invention that I won't leave the house without wearing. I even use them when wearing skirts and dresses that isn't lolita.
  3. Petticoat
    So, yeah, I love poof! And a lolita dress or skirt without a petticoat... No. I do have ONE exception and that's empire waist dresses. They do fine without the extra poof. But then again I only have one of these too.
  4. Tights
    For the same reason that I love bloomers. They cover me up and hide what I don't want to be shown. I do own some knee socks and OTK (actually a lot of them), but unless I wear a longer dress or skirt I always stick to tights.
  5. Hairstraightener
    I do have naturally straight hair, but it's thin and easily goes astray. But a hairstraightener does wonders to sort it out and make it look good. I love my tiny hairstraightener that can come with me anywhere!
  6. Makeup
    I wasn't a too big fan of makeup before, but lolita and cosplay has made me love it! I don't wear it everyday, but if I'm going out in lolita I always wear makeup.
  7. Friends
    Well, these I can't do without no matter what. But I really appreciate the one who holds out when I start rambling on about lolita, designs, dresses I want and so on. I don't think she's reading this blog, but if she did she'd know who she was! Also, the friends I've made over the web means a lot to me too!
  8. Boots
    Know those boots I wear all the time? The knee high lace-up boots? Those. Those I can't live without. Simple as that. I love them too much!
  9. Pen and paper
    Yes, you guessed right; For drawing pictures and designs. Drawing is one of my favorite hobbies (even though I've been pretty inactive lately..), so I don't go anywhere without bringing something to draw on with me.
  10. PSP/GBA SP
    Okayokayokay, not lolite related, but I ran out of things to write, as you perhaps noticed over the three last points. Hehe... I'm a game nerd, and I'm in love with these to hand consols. So there.
I'll be back in the evening with the post for Day 7.

Toodles!
May 7, 2011

postheadericon Day 5!

10 items from your wishlist.

Now THIS will be a picture heavy post (click them if you wanna see larger by the way), so you guys just brace yourself! I won't include my dream items in this post since I already have an own page in this blog for my dream items. Also, this is not my whole wishlist. I'm having a bloody hard time figuring what ten items I'm gonna put here. Want too much!! Anyway. Here we go!

1: Kidsyoyo VM Style Fairy Doll JSK 

This is dress is currently one of my most wanted items on my wishlist. I have wanted a white, casual looking JSK for ages now, and when my friend sendt me the link to this I was overjoyed! For me it's perfect! It's just casual enough to be worn everyday, and still pretty enough to be dressed up! The fabric looks so light and comfy too, and I imagine this as the perfect summer dress. I also love how you can bustle it both in the front and the back!


By the way, this is also the dress I wish to use for the Shiro Goth coordination I mentioned some few posts ago.




2: An*Tai*Na Classic Lolita Shoes

I want two pairs of these shoes. One pair in white and one pair in black so I can mix and match them! I don't really know why I fell for these to begin with, but I just simply did. I love the classic yet sweet and a little whimsical feel they have to them and I can imagine they would be awesome in a black and white circus inspired outfit.

I actually saw these up for sale in the egl_comm_sales just some weeks ago. Two pairs, one in white and one in black, in the right size even, for a cheap prize. But I was so bummed out to know I was completely broke at that moment.


3: The 69th Department Black and White Striped Blouse

Yes, I love black and white and TaoBao. Hehe...

Since I fell in love with both gothic styles and lolita I have also fallen in love with black and white striped garments. This blouse just screams to me and I can imagine wearing it with a black jsk or highwaisted skirt and in many different kodona outfits! Oh and also as part of the black/white circus outfit I mentioned up there. *points to shoes*







4: Alice and the Pirates Circus Print JSK

One of the few brand pieces on my wishlist and also one of the few pieces which isn't solely black and white. Hehe. When I saw this print I immideatly fell in love with it. I absolutely LOVE everything circus themed and this print manages to incorporate it without making it too much! The colours are muted and pretty and the cut of the JSK itself, with how the bodice looks more like a vest then a part of the JSK and with the small pull of fabric to show the ruffles underneath, is just beautiful.

Honestly this one is close to making it to the dream item list...





5: Fanplusfriend Pirate Lolita/Gothic Prince/Ouji High Collar Coat

What can I say? Awesome coat! I just hope that when I finally get around to order it, they won't mess up on meassurements and deliver a good product. I've only had one mishap with Fanplusfriend before, and it wasn't even a major one, so I hope it'll keep up like this. Simply because this coat is gooorgeous and I've wanted it for over two years now.









6: Suppurate System Rose Crown

I will admit it and I won't be ashamed of it either. Almost all of my accesories have black roses in them. It's because I automatically fall head over heals for accesories with black roses on them. This crown is no exception. I can imagine wearing this mini crown in a rose themed gothic hime coordinate together with my black Beauty and the Rose Promise JSK and tons of other black rose accesories. Really. If I can't get this crown into my life, I will at some point DIY it just to have it.



7: Double Decker White Wood Sole RHS

I'm not really a fan of rocking horse shoes at all. I don't even know why I want these. But I think it's simply because of my obsession with shoes and the fact that they would look awesome in the right coords. I've decided for myself that if I'm ever going to get a pair of RHS it will at least be with wood sole and these from Double Decker are the only ones I've found that have the right shape and sole for my tastes. *nod* Yupp. I do want these.



8: Surface Spell Night Wish Chiffon Blouse

Reasons I want this: Chiffon and lots of lace! 
This blouse I fell head first for when I first saw it. And when I get money (of course it's a "when" no fun with "if"s ;p) I will be on the safe side and get one black and one white in the same go. There are so many gothic coordinations this blouse would look just stunning in and I hope to one day be able to have and wear it.









9: Innocent World Tulle Lace 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

This is also a blouse I would just love to have one in black and one in white. This is how I usually work. If I find one spesific garment I absolutely love, I get them in all the colours I like. Especially when it comes to basic things such as blouses.

The sleeves on this blouse is the reason I fell for it in the first place. Usually, the short sleeved blouses in lolita feel too short on me as I'm not a fan of revealing my upper arms. But then again, long sleeved blouses gets too warm in the summer and I'm generally not a fan of long sleeves either. Therefor the sleevelength on this is perfect and I love the little lace details.




10: Demonia Slush - 249

Now, this isn't very lolita, is it? But I've fallen completely for these boots, and even though they are made for other alternative fashions then lolita, I am absolutely positive that if the right coord was found, these shoes would rock even more then they already do.

Another reason they're on my wishlist; They could go with almost any of my out-of-lolita styles and that's always a plus. I love versatility!








That was that! It was hard, but I managed to pick out 10 items from my waaay too long wishlist. But this gives the general idea of what's in it. Yes. You guessed right. Black and white. There aren't many dresses there though. Most of the dresses I want only exists in my head. Perhaps I'll sketch some of them out and post them next week or something.

I hope you enjoyed! Now it's barbeque time and I'll be back tomorrow.

Toodles!

postheadericon New haircut and Day 4!

Let's start with my new haircut and end with day 4 since nothing in this post is really... Directly... Lolita related... Oh well. It's good to have a little break once in a while isn't it? So anyway!

About 2 weeks ago I headed off to the hairdresser in my hometown to get a haircut. It was pretty early in the morning and I said to my hairdresser that I wanted something new, short and more rock/punked up then what I had. She told me she would get rid of all the frayed ends and then we could go from there and see how it turned out. She cut the tips of my hair, gave me a little bit of forebangs and then she said herself finished and hushed me off to pay. It was barely noticable I had cut my hair at all!

So. Today I headed to the hairdresser in the town I study in instead. This time I brought some reference images of the kind of style I wanted just to be on the safe side. The hairdresser was super friendly, easy to talk with and she had a blast cutting my hair and everyone walked out happy! Needless to say I'm über happy with the results. Let me show you!

I'm just so happy I finally got something done with that mess of a hairdo I had before! With this cut I got rid of everything called ruined hair, only the healthy is left. The hair in my neck is gone, which feels great since it's starting to get a little hot around here and I hate to feel warm in the neck thanks to too much hair. Also this is so much easier to style and make look good. I can't wait to see how it looks with a lolita outfit and accesories.

And with that said, let's head over to part 2 of this post.

10 different kinds of food you like.

I'm just going to make this as simple as possible as it's not really lolita related at all. I'm just a food wreck who loooves good food!
  1. Lasagna!
  2. Strawberries (I'm a strawberry addict)
  3. Pasta in home made cream and mozerella sauce with fried bacon
  4. Steak with potato gratin
  5. Wok/stirfry
  6. Garlic bread
  7. Homemade pizza
  8. Taco and tortillas
  9. Any kind of lamb
  10. Pitabread with chicken salad
And that was that. Tomorrow you will see ten items from my wishlist so that's something to look forward to! Oh, and what do you guys think of my new haircut? If anyone have any ideas for styling or what not, throw it at me! I'd be delighted to hear them.

Toodles!
May 5, 2011

postheadericon Day 3!

10 things you hate in lolita.
  1. Care of clothes
    Now this seriously is one of the most annoying things in lolita. I usually just stuff all my clothes in the washing machine and let them be before you hang them up to dry, but with lolita pieces there's a whooole other story. Handwash, dryclean, mild wash, can't hang some things up to dry, can't wash at all, bleeding prints... Hell, where does it end?! Why can't they just make washproof clothing? Is it really that hard?
  2. The cost
    Yes, yes... I know. "Lolita is an expencive fashion, deal with it or GTFO." Sure. I'm dealing with it. It still doesn't mean I have to be happy about paying thousands of NOK for a dress and another thousand for getting it into the country. Even fabric cost money and not to talk about good quality lace when you need it in quantities.
  3. Bad lace
    Yes, talking about lace, I might as well take this point at once. There are few things I love more in lolita then soft pretty lace. BAD lace however... *shudders* I can't stand it when I see a perfectly good garment (whether it be lolita or goth or visual kei or whatever) covered in bad itchy, skratchy lace. They would have been perfect if the lace was of a better quality!
  4. Distance
    That I live so far away from any of my lolita interested friends or stores or any community at all. It gets lonely after a while to not have anyone to discuss lolita related things with face to face.
  5. Not an everyday fashion
    I know it's hard to do so, but let's face it. Lolita is not an everyday fashion. There are occations it's not at all appropriate to run around with petticoats, tons of accesories and long wigs and what not. Sure I'd love to wear these clothes every day, but it's really not possible! Which brings us to point number 6...
  6. Unpracticality
    This fashion is unpractical. I LOVE to wear it, but bus rides, going to stores, practical school work, work at all. No. Once again, it's very unpractical and just not fit for an everyday basis and a modern world. Even casual with a less poofier petticoat is still unpractical at times.
  7. No petticoats
    Now this is just a pet peeve of mine, but I feel it should be mentioned since some say it's just to not wear a petticoat if it gets in the way and it's still lolita. Hm... Well. Sure it may still be lolita, but it just looks weird. The skirts are made for petticoats, so therefor they look weird without them. ... But that's just me and my logic.
  8. Sizing
    Any "plus-size" lolita struggle with this and even some normal sized lolitas. Most of us want at least one dress from a brand, but it's easier said then done when one need to be tiny to fit into most of them. Especially when it comes to the classical and gothic brands.
  9. Fanatics
    Wow, I'm really starting to run out of things to hate... But yeah. Fanatics. This goes for everything really. The kind of fanatics who have their mind set on ONE thing and thinks everyone else is wrong and that their whole life revolves around one thing (lolita in this case). There are other things in life that are way more important then clothes, girls. Learn to appreciate them.
  10. Style fights
    I know this doesn't occur often, but I don't like it those times I see a hate message towards either gothic or sweet or any other style in the secrets or anywhere else. Actually it's pretty annoying with the hate between lolita and gyaru too... Or the goths or emos... Or anything else for that matter. We dress how we like and after who we are at the moment so the best is just to accept it and let people like what they like.
Hm. I feel this became a little of a rage post... But it was about hate so why not? Though I will add as a last note that I don't really hate any of these things. I dislike them a lot, yes, but hate... I don't like that word. It's too strong.

Anyway!

Toodles!
May 4, 2011

postheadericon Day 2!

10 things you love in lolita.
  1. Lace
    Really! What is there NOT to love about lace? I didn't particularly care about it at all when I first got into the fashion, but after I aquired some items full of frilly, lacy goodness, I have become addicted. It's beautiful, add a perfect decorative touch to any piece and it's soooo soft to touch and wear.
  2. Highwaisted skirts
    There are few clothing items that give a nice shape then a high waisted skirt. I might have mentioned before that I'm not a particularly big fan of the skirt+shirt combo for myself, but for highwaisted skirts I take it back.
  3. Induviduality
    Lolita is a fashion with a lot of rules of what's right and what's wrong and what not. Yet even within these lines, people manage to create an amazing individuality by making the fashion their own by making their own clothes and accesories, or simply mix and match brand and offbrand to create awesome styles and coords!
  4. Shoes
    I have to admit that over the last years I have become a shoe addict and lolita definatly haven't helped with this! I've got so many pairs of shoes on my wishlist it's not even healthy.
  5. Petticoats
    Oh the fluffy goodness... I haven't been seriously into lolita for that long, but I already have 4 petticoats and I love them so much. I love to wear them too! I really enjoy the layer upon layer of fabric that makes my skirts and dresses poof and wave back and forth as I walk.
  6. Roses
    Sure I love roses on a general basis too, but give me almost anything rose related, may it be rose lace, rose print, rose accesories etc, etc, I am almost sure to love it to death.
  7. Bags
    There really aren't many other fashions where you can get bags shaped as cardsuits, houses, books and coffins. This alone is one of the reasons I love lolita bags so much. Not only do they work to carry things around in, but they work as an accesorie alone and can really help to complete an outfit!
  8. Chiffon
    A beautiful fabric for a beautiful fashion. What else can I say? It feels like heaven to wear!
  9. Headpieces
    This is really something I need to get more of. I love almost all kinds of headpieces ranging from simple headbands and barrettes to elaborate flower corsages to hats. They come in all different shapes and sizes and without at least SOMETHING on the head, an outfit seems a little unfinished.
  10. JSKs
    My favorite kind of garment in lolita because they are so versatile and can be worn in so many different ways. They are also perfect for me who is a giant fan of layers in outfits.
That was my list of lolita awesomeness! And as promised, a shot of what I will wear at the meetup.
Added to this I will also wear lace tights, have my spade shaped bag and hopefull more rings and a little this and that I found around and dark make-up. But now I reeeeaally need to go to bed sooo...

Toodles!

postheadericon What to bring...

Another post about the meet up! Yes! I am excited about it.

Last night I figured out what I will wear and it will be straight out gothic for once. When I get home I will post a picture of the coord for you guys to see. But the reason I'm writing this isn't because of the outfit. But more because I'm stuck. This meet up will be a picnic meet. The one who arranges it will bring a big picnic blanket  and sandwiches and teacups for all, but if we wanted something other then that we would have to bring it ourself.

So I really wish to make something for the other girls attending. But I'm not sure of what. I really want to make cupcakes, but the meet is 1 and half hour busdrive away from home, and I don't wish to bring too much to carry around since it's a bit of a walk from the bus stop to the final location too. So what I'm asking is...

Should I bring cupcakes? Or should I make cookies? Or should I just make some small gift for the others attending? So far there are 6 other lolitas on the guest list. And if I do end up making cupcakes, what kind would be the safest to make?

I would appreciate any suggestion. Thank you!

Toodles!
May 3, 2011

postheadericon Day 1!

Okay, so I didn't have time to start the day I said I would, but then I'll start today instead!

10 things about your lolita bubble.
  1. My lolita style is a dark style. It varies between gothic and dark classic and I absolutely love black and white coordinations. I just wish I could do more of them!
  2. When it comes to lolita I don't only love the fashion, but I love the aestethics and hobbies that follows with too. When I one day get a room of my own (completely for my own, not only a dorm), I will decorate this room in an elegant gothic style witch I love. I will have a shelf with framed pictures of my lolita idols and candles placed around the room.
  3. In my little bubble, all lolitas get along despite styles and experience. I am very happy that the lolitas I have chatted with so far have all been wonderful and friendly and I can't wait to include more of them in my little bubble!
  4. DIY is a very important part of my lolita bubble. Both when it comes to making clothes myself and modify them and to make my own decorations. I love that lolita is helping me so much with doing more myself instead of always buying things!
  5. My lolita bubble really needs a mascot... Hm. *thinks*
  6. Desiging clothes is one of my favorite past times, and I love to dream about and draw dress designs that I one day hope to be able to wear. At the moment I have the sketch of a full set (JSK, underskirt, shirt and hat) hung up on my wall and the day I am 99% positive I can do it right, I will make one set for me and 1 set for my best friend.
  7. To give and make things for others is something I really love. To see that my friends are happy is very important to me, and I also hope to someday be able to participate in a craft exchange for lolitas.
  8. My lolita bubble is important to me, because it's one of those things I can burry myself in. I can spend hours reading through tutorials and blogs, studying dresses and the history of brands and the fashion itself.
  9. Hopefully I will be able to expand my bubble sometime and be able to help other lolitas who are interested in this fashion to better understand it and become involved. Lolita is one of the few things I really wish to be able to teach others about. Even though I probably never will have the opportunity, I am making a presentation for beginners if the opportunity to have a panel ever should show up.
  10. Even though my bubble is quite small, I would still love to get to know other lolitas better. If anyone wish to get to know me better, just ask for my mail or MSN and I will be thrilled! One can never get enough friends!
That was ten random things about my little bubble! I hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for next day in this challenge.

Toodles!
May 1, 2011

postheadericon Confirmed and 30 days of lolita!

I am so incredibly excited! The lolita meet up I talked about now has a set date and it is the date I can go! So in two weeks, on May 14th, I will be going to my first meet up ever, and I might even be able to enjoy the company of one of my best friends who also wants to go. Life couldn't be better at the moment! ... No wait. It could. I could be done with everything called costumes for Uppcon and exams, but that's another story. Hehe.

Other then that, I have decided to do a challenge. I read through the blog of another dear friend of mine and she decided to do a 30 day challenge. I thought that sounded fun, but what would be even more fun (and fitting for that matter) would be to modify the 30 day challenge to have a lolita theme. So that's exactly what I did and I will start with this challenge today! Here's the rundown:

Day 1 – 10 things about your lolita bubble.
Day 2 – 10 things you love in lolita.
Day 3 – 10 things you hate in lolita.
Day 4 – 10 different kinds of food you like.
Day 5 – 10 items from your wishlist.
Day 6 – 10 things you can’t live without in lolita.
Day 7 – 10 people who inspire your lolita style.
Day 8 – 10 songs that inspire you for lolita.
Day 9 – 10 things you will never do in lolita.
Day 10 – What’s in your bag?
Day 11 – One day in your lolita life in pictures.
Day 12 – A picture of yourself before lolita came in to your life.
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite sweets.
Day 14 – A picture of your dream item.
Day 15 – A picture of your last lolita purchase.
Day 16 – Your outfit for the day.
Day 17 – What do you want more then anything right now?
Day 18 – A picture of your favorite lolita style.
Day 19 – What’s in your make-up bag?
Day 20 – A picture of a lolita friend.
Day 21 – Your favorite fictional lolita.
Day 22 – A picture of your room.
Day 23 – A picture of your handwriting.
Day 24 – A picture of you from a meet.
Day 25 – Your favorite lolita themed artwork.
Day 26 – Your Facebook profile picture.
Day 27 – One song that fits your favorite lolita style.
Day 28 – A picture of the perfect lolita location.
Day 29 – A picture of a lolita you would love to meet for real.
Day 30 – A photo of yourself taken today and 3 good things that’s happened over the last 30 days.

Hopefully I'll be able to keep this up for 30 days! Wish me luck!

Toodles!
Apr 29, 2011

postheadericon 7 Random Facts

So I kinda got nominated along with 14 other bloggers over at The Midnight Ballroom for a Versatile Blog... Thing. Anyway, the recipiant of this has to write 7 random facts about themselves, and that's what I'll do! Thanks for tagging me DuskRose!

1. I love BJDs. I could sit and stare at my babies for hours to end and make clothes for them without taking a break! They're so beautiful and their eyes are so full of life it's almost scary.

2. Cosplay is a very huge part of my life and one of the main reasons I socialize with others at all.

3. I'm afraid of the dark. I hate going home from school when it's dark outside and I don't like to open my eyes if I wake up in the middle of the night. Still I love it and find it very fascinating.

4. I tend to love things that scare me... *pokes thunderstorms, BJDs, good horror stories, monsters, clowns, the dark, mirrors (god the mirrors!! .. <3)*

5. I love too many clothing styles to keep with just one. My top favorites are lolita (of course), goth and steampunk and even if I love these I also love to mix and match looks and styles and experiment. Both for the better and for the worse.

6. When I eat I need to eat EVERYTHING on the plate. Down to the last drop of sauce. I constantly get comments on this from both family and friends, but if I don't scrape the plate I feel... weird afterwards. *thinks*

7. I hate open closets/cupboards/drawers. Not because I find it creepy, but because it looks terrible! They're supposed to be closed when you're not looking for anything in them!

Not very interesting facts, but facts at least! *chuckles* Anyway. I don't know who to nominate at all... But just to make it simple I will give it to my good friend Swofter! Have fun, hun!

Toodles!
Apr 28, 2011

postheadericon I'm back!

Oh, wow... Would you look at that. It seems I suddenly headed off on an unannounced hiatus! It's weird how that seems to happen every time I go back home for holidays. But that's simply because a lot happens when I'm home. This time I met up with a lot of my friends and I spent a lot of well earned time with my boyfriend. <3 Yes, he deserves a mention and heart since he holds out with me even if we didn't see each other for three and half months.

Anyway! While I was back home stuffing my face with candy and food (come on, it was easter. I was allowed!), I got an awesome note on Livejournal! In May there will be a lolita meetup in Oslo, Norway! If I am lucky and they choose the 14th of May as a date (it's either that or the 21st), I will finally be able to attend my very first lolita meetup! I am very excited about this and I have already started to figure out what to wear. Of course I want to look my best on such an occation.

Other then this I don't really have much more to say. I have a lot of blogs to read and some comments to reply to, so I will get to that tonight and I will try to make next post more interesting! I hope everyone else have had a great easter holiday.

Toodles!
Apr 4, 2011

postheadericon Sketching time!

So one of my favorite past times is simply to sketch out dream outfits or simply design outfits for fun. And since I drew two more today, I decided I wanna share some of them! Please ignore the bad quality of the pictures... This is what happens when a person forget her scanner at the other side of the country. *sighs*

 Shiro Goth
One style that has been fascinating me for very long is the white gothic look. Drop all the black and replace it with white instead! Sure, it's hard to pull off, but that makes me even more eager to try it! This outfit I drew out from my lolita wishlist of all excisting items I could find around the net. I so wish I actually had the money to put this all together!

Alice gone Punk
This outfit is designed around my patchwork skirt and it's inspired by a comment I got on it in the sew_loli community on liverjournal where a user said the cardsuits and clock patches reminded her of an Alice gone punk. So of COURSE I had to try to make something out of it! With a white short sleeved blouse, a punked up black apron and a good pair of Dr. Martens makes this truly a dream outfit of mine!

Classy Ero
Ero lolita is also a "substyle" I've been fairly interested in. It's not very often it's seen done well, so I wanted to sketch out an outfit that would work as ero lolita and be more classy then any kind of slutty. I hope I succeeded!

So what do you guys think? Any constructive critisism would be nice!

Toodles!
Mar 30, 2011

postheadericon Man tager hva man haver

Or; "You use what you have". It just have a better ring in sort-of-norwegian.

That was my idea for my exam assignment (since I really didn't have enough money (or time for that matter) to buy more fabric. But here is the result! And since it was a "do whatever the hell you want as long as you can wear it"-task, of course I decided to do something lolita related. Even more specified; A lolita skirt. I don't get why I keep making skirts all the time. I don't really like wearing them and never find a good way of wearing them either. But anyway, a skirt it became!

For this skirt I simply used leftovers of fabric I had lying around and cut apart an old F+F dress I had (this one in grey: Clicky!) and a former failed skirt I liked the fabric of. With this I made a patchwork skirt (inspired by another norwegian blogger with my own twist) and here's the result!
I didn't notice I've been wearing different socks all day until now...

It was kinda interesting to make, but I really need to learn how to gather properly so I don't have to bother more with using bloody needles to make ruffles instead... My poor fingers. All in all I really like this skirt, but next time I need to remind myself that I don't have a 100cm waistline anymore, so I really do not need 3 meters of fabriclength to make a full enough rectangle skirt... *coughs* Lesson learned for next time. This skirt is also my first fully lined skirt and with all the squares, the ruffles and the lining this makes for one hell-o'-a heavy skirt. Not that I mind, though. Since this means I can use my super poofy petticoat under it without loosing control over the poof! Have some flat-pics:


Flat and flashy.
 
 The lining! It's a bit loose.. That something I'll have to remember until next time too.

Anyway! What do you guys think? I still need to iron it a bit and get rid of some loose threads, but other then that I'm finished. If anyone have some constructive critique I would love to hear it!

Toodles!
Mar 23, 2011

postheadericon A Lolitas Feast

While I sit here, gobbling up my evening meal concisting of lasagna, I wonder for myself; is there more to lolitas and food then just sweets and pastry? This is actually a question and an idea that's been hanging around my head for a while (yes, ideas just tend to hang around in my head without me actually doing anything about them). Sure, I like sweets and cupcakes and chocolate just as much as any other person, but I feel that in lolita that is all they ever talk about when it comes to food. It might also be I've been hanging out at the wrong places on the web too, but...

Every time I read about a meet up, it's all about cupcakes, cookies, macarons, cakes and tea. Some meets at cafés and pikniks have featured some fruit tarts and sandwiches, but has anyone ever invited some lolitas to actually enjoy a proper evening feast or a fine dinner?

Now just imagine a bunch of lolitas sitting around a very well decorated table with candles burning and an assortment of food placed on the table and red wine (or anything non alcoholic for the younger ones) in their glasses. All enjoying a civilized meal with interesting and fun conversation, and perhaps even acting a little into their roles as elegant ladies or gentlemen.

Image from Google.
 
For me it sounds absolutely wonderful. It also sounds fun! The host could even make it more interesting by perhaps perfecting a special well tasting 3 course meal to serve her/his guests. Make it a meal not only to feast your stomachs on, but also your eyes! Another idea for an elegant and well tasting meet, would be a visit to a fine restaurant that perhaps was followed by a trip to the theatre. Expencive yes, but absolutely worth it. <3


As the food wreck I am this would be the perfect idea for a small meetup between friends and I hope some day I will be able to do something like this for fellow lolitas.

So what would you serve if you invited a few lolita friends over for a fine dinner? Or would you never dream of doing something like that?

Toodles!
Mar 15, 2011

postheadericon Tutorial; Piano Tote Bag

Warning; This is a looong post!

So I was kinda asked to make a tutorial on how to make this piano tote bag and I thought "why not?" and went ahead with it. Since I don't have the time to make another tote bag at the moment, I have drawn out illustrations that hopefully are quite easy to follow. If something is not clear about this, please comment and say so, so I can fix it! This is also a guide on how to make a normal totebag to be the base for any kind of decoration. This is a very easy project and can be done by anyone even if it is your first time touching a sewing machine. Believe me, I have seen proof of this with my own eyes.

So! On to the tutorial! Click the pictures to view them larger.

0. What you will need!

A.      A sewing machine.
B.      Fabric (and scissors to cut it with of course)
C.      Matching thread.
D.      Clothing iron (Optional, but I recommend it as it comes very in handy)
E.       Fabric, fabric paint, pearls, iron-ons or whatever you feel like decorating your tote with. (Optional)

1. Find your fabric and work out the design!
This is where we all need to start. Before you start making your bag and cut the fabric you will need to figure out how you want your tote to look like. Choose the fabric you want to use (it can be any kind of fabric, but for a long lasting tote, I do recommend something of good quality), find out how big you want the tote to be, if it should be lined or not and work out what kind of design you want on it. It's a good idea to sketch out the idea on a piece of paper so you have a visual of what you want.

2. Cut your fabric!
Below I have draw out the pieces you will need to make a tote bag. The meassurements here are my preffered meassurements, but you can change them as you like to make smaller or larger totes.

A.    This is the main body of your totebag. A simple rectangle. The meassurements of this should be the height of the tote x 2 times the width of the tote with a few cm added to each side for seam allowance.

B.      The lining. This will have the exact same meassurements as the main body. (Optional)

C.      The handles. This is the desired width of the handle x2, times the desired length plus seam allowance. You will have to cut two handle pieces.

D.      Decoration. The image shows the piece I cut out for the piano keys. A piece of white cotton measuring the same length as the main body and width being the desired width of the keyboard x2. (Optional)

3. Decoration!
This is the part where you decorate your lovely tote! You should do this BEFORE you assembly and sew your tote together. This makes it easier to add the decorations as you will have a flat surface to work on. When you place your decorations, it's a good idea to fold the fabric you place it on so you know where the front ends and back begins. This will help you place the decorations accuratly. Also keep the seam allowance in mind so you don't place the decorations where it won't be seen.

So how to do the piano keys? For this you will need white fabric, white and black thread and black fabric paint. You can make the black keys out of black fabric too, but it will take VERY much longer. Go ahead if you're up for it though!

First, take your white piece of fabric and fold it in two length wise. This is so the fabric of the main body won't show through when we sow the white fabric on. 

Iron it flat and pin it along the edge of the main body fabric piece and make sure to pin the raw edges of the white fabric to the edge of the main body. Sew along all edges (marked in green) with white thread. 

Pick out a ruler and a light pencil and start drawing out the white keys with even space between them. Don't care about the black keys yet as we will get to those later. Change the thread in your machine to black thread instead and sew along the lines you have drawn. This is time consuming, but do it slowly and carefully and it will look awesome.The black lines will divide the keys from each other and you will see that the keyboard is starting to come together.

Now find a brush or a thin rectangle stamp and black fabric paint and paint/stamp on the black keys. Use a reference picture of where they should be placed if you're not sure. I would reccomend doing this with a stamp as it will give a much more consistent look. Also make sure to have enough black fabric paint. I had just barely enough and because of that, some of the keys ended up a little faded...

Now let the paint dry and heat set the keys as instructed on the paint bottle. The keys are done!

4. Assembly!
Now comes the fun part! Keep up because we are soon done!

Handles: Fold the fabric you cut for the handle in half and sew along the green line as shown. Now turn the handle inside out and iron it flat.

Main body: Fold the fabric in half (with the decorations IN, VERY important!) and sew along the sides as the green line shows. 

Now grab the bottom corners and press them flat and sew a line dioganally over it. Do this on both corners to create the bottom of your tote. Turn the fabric inside out and you have a pretty, decorated, almost finished bag!

If you don’t want to have lining in it, all you need to do now is to sew a ziczac stitch along all the raw edges inside. Fold the top edges of your bag inwards twice and add the handles as illustrated (one handle on each side) and stitch along the edge. 

Sew a square and an X over the handles for extra strength and you’re done!

Lining: Now for the lining it is not much worse. Sew the lining fabric in the same way you did the main body, but do NOT turn it inside out. Place the lining inside your bag and EITHER do the top edges the same way you did without lining, or...

Fold the edges of the lining and the edges of the main body down between the two layers once, place the handles between these and sew it shut. Remember to sew the square and X over the handles here too.

5. Done!
And so your tote bag is now ready for use! Whether you're going to school, a meet, or just going to the store to buy groceries and don't want more annoying plastic bags floating around, you now have a perfect bag to carry your things in!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial (as it is my very first) and I tried to make it as fool proof and understandable as possible. Once again, if there are some things that aren't clear to you, comment and tell me and I will do what I can to fix it and/or answer your question! I would also be very happy to see your results if you should follow this and make one!

So until next time;
Toodles!

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