Easter Holiday, Victorian Ties, & Lolita Coord Ideas

4.20.2014

Easter is a holiday I quietly look forward to. It's a hallmark of my favorite season and there is never another occasion where rabbit themed goods dominate every store! This is owed to our beloved Victorian England which heavily popularized the images of rabbits on Easter scrap art and cards.



Rabbits are a shared motif between Easter and lolita and a great theme to incorporate into any coord for the holiday. Bunny ears are an obvious choice, but let's not forget other long-eared options like one of Baby's rabbit-shaped aprons or a plush bag.

A large bow between two tall ears is an undeniably adorable way to style your hair!
And of course, how can I mention bunnies in lolita without dragging out some of my favorite prints? As much as I'm sure a lot of people would groan at yet another rabbit print, I will always enjoy their likeness on skirts.

Own: FRILL Rabbit Pattern JSK, Cherry Berry Bunny, Wonder Story, Le Parfait du Lapin
Want: La Pièce du Petit Créature, Wonder Queen, Rabbit Letter, Le Cadre du Lapin


Chocolate is a second theme in lolita I can't resist that is shared with Easter. Did you know that chocolate eggs are a product of the Victorian era as well? In 1875, John Cadbury's process of separating the cocoa butter from the bean to create a chocolate easy to melt and mould would result in the the first chocolate Easter egg.


Pairing rich brown hues with frothy pastels is a great way to tie it all together.


Another theme that has undoubted connection with Easter and has been increasingly popular these past few years is Christianity. Although I wouldn't personally feel comfortable wearing a cross on an adopted Christian holiday when I am not Christian myself, associated romantic imagery such as cherubs or painted biblical scenes or stained glass are classic and universal enough to recommend.

(featuring a beautiful rosary necklace from Moss Märchen)


What I would really like to see more of that fits the Easter theme is fabergé. Also due to the Victorian era (but in Russia), notable goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge created the art when he was commissioned by the Russian Czar Alexander in 1883 to create a special Easter gift for his wife Empress Marie.

Fancy Eggs - Metamorphose
Unfortunately this is the only print that comes to mind with the theme, but if you have a steady hand and some patience I am sure that fabergé-inspired nails would really set your coord apart just as this blogger has done!


I won't be celebrating Easter until next weekend, but I hope you all are having a great one! In spirit of the holiday I took a few photos of my bunnies this morning.



Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!

April 2014 Challenge du Mois: Revisiting Old Plans

4.03.2014

Exciting news! I've decided to start something new on the blog in the form of monthly challenges. This is mostly to prompt me to get over the boulder of overwhelming tasks I set for myself and experience new things, but anyone is welcome to participate!

The theme I've set for this month is: Revisiting old plans



I surely can't be the only one who has dozens of unfinished projects lying around. I'm notorious for jumping into something full force only to lose interest and drop it a week later, and I say no more! This month I am focused on seeing everything within my power to term and getting back on track with old plans I gradually separated from.

If you would like to take part in this challenge as well, I highly encourage you to do so! Carve out a space in the comments section for your updates, or link me to your own blog post detailing your experience with the challenge.

At the end of the month I will place a new prompt along with my progress and links to your posts. If you started taking horse riding lessons but stopped and you can't remember why or have an unfinished scarf hiding in a bin there is no better time than now to get back on track!

I hope to hear your stories! Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!

Angelic Pretty DIY Mini Party

3.31.2014

My first brand event of the new year! Angelic Pretty held an intimate in-store party for their customers where we snacked on cute treats and deco'd with tinier ones!


Blog Update: Excuse The Dust!

3.29.2014

What do you think, is it about time for a little contest?



I will be implementing my new layout soon and I'm perfectly delighted with how it's turned out ! My current layout has felt too saccharine for a while, and it will be nice to blog again in a space that is more to my taste.

But this also means that while things get adjusted there may be minor layout problems and some things may break To compensate I've decided to hold a small contest once I've finished straightening things up. I hope it will be fun for you guys!

It won't be anything enduring and the prize will consist of modest goodies but I know I'm looking forward to it. Be sure to check back or subscribe so you know when it happens !

Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!

How to Wear Lolita in Other Fashions

3.24.2014

Lolita coordinates have been taking elements from other jfashions for quite some time, but what about taking elements of lolita to other jfashions? Chances are you have a main piece or two in your wardrobe that can be used in a completely new way.



This is something I was thinking about while going through mori girl and dolly kei photos on my pinterest. There are so many ways the aesthetics work together it got me wondering if I could use any of my lolita pieces to pull it off, so I took my curiosity to Polyvore.

Dolly Kei


Here we have my recently acquired Juliette et Justine Plume d'une Princesse et l'ange OP. I completely ignored the fact it was lolita and dressed it up in a Russian-inspired dolly kei look. You'd hardly know what fashion the dress was meant for!

But that got me thinking, what other jfashions can I do this with?

Roma Gyaru


It turns out lolita skirts can look really cute for gyaru! I wanted to see if more than one piece from a series could be used in a way that would still work for another fashion, and I must conclude it can. With just a different blouse and pair of shoes (plus hair and makeup styling) this set takes on an entirely new direction.

At this point I was sure lolita would work for other romantic styles, but what about cute pop looks?

Aomoji Kei


Turns out it does! I tested an unusually bright colored skirt from AP with the all-around general cute aomoji kei and here is the result. So now that we know it's possible, how do we know what pieces can be used?

Lose the Rules

Get out of the mindset that this is lolita and think of it as general clothing! There's a whole lot more you can do with what you own if you know where to look. Really push the look you're going for or else you'll end up with a lolita coord that uses the elements of another style instead of a different style altogether.

Define the Fashion

Get to know what makes the look what it is. I knew dolly kei put emphasis on texture and antique aesthetic, so I chose an elaborate classic dress with ruffles and pintucks and dusty colors. I partly chose Angelic Pretty for the other two because of their tendency to produce shorter skirts!

Change the Focus

Often in lolita, the main pieces are the focus of the coordinate. When I was making these outfits I focused more on the accessories and how lolita would tie in without standing out. Skip the petticoat and make something else the focus, like a large fur hat with a matching brooch or a bold character tote.

Will you try on a new look with your lolita wardrobe? I have two of the pieces on this list and now I'm itching to wear them this way! Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!

Exploring with Usakumya-chan

3.16.2014

Yesterday me and my bear buddy Usakumya-chan went poking around the neighborhood and discovered new places. Funny how you can live somewhere for a long time and still find new things!



5 Main Pieces For Every Lolita Wardrobe

3.06.2014

For the serious Lolita a well-rounded wardrobe is a must- and I'm not just talking about the basics! There is a dress for every occasion, and this list has it covered.

#1 The versatile piece


This is the piece that can work in any season and for multiple styles! They can typically be found in a neutral color with an indistinct cut, but an experienced lolita may be able to make a versatile piece from style-ambiguous colors such as reds, greens, or blues. A versatile piece is great for trying out a new style without splurging on a new dress, or for themed meets that may not match your wardrobe.

My versatile piece is Fan Plus Friend's Empire Waist Frilly JSK. It came in handy when our comm did an apple picking meet and I needed a quick Country coord! With the right coord it would work great for sweet, classic, or gothic.

#2 The "ok to get dirty" piece


I'm a firm believer that you should have at least one piece in your wardrobe that's easy to clean and not-so heartbreaking to find difficult stains in. Typically it's a cheaper purchase that doesn't have a worrisome print. This piece is ideal for situations that may be a little messy such as petting zoos, bar meets, or the chance of rain.

My F+F JSK is also my "ok to get dirty" piece because its cheaper price and consistent color make it easy to wash. I came home with a few dirt stains after playing with a muddy dog in the orchard and they came right out!

#3 The sentimental piece


The moment you purchase your first dress you've already made a sentimental purchase because it's really hard to let that first dress go! A dream dress you've sought after for years, a gift from a close friend, or a print that resonates with your hobbies are all examples of special pieces that would be heart-breaking to part with.

I have quite a few sentimental pieces in my wardrobe, from my first dresses to the dresses my fiance has given me. Perhaps the most sentimental piece I own is the IW Puppy JSK I purchased from my Lolita idol who recently passed away to help with funeral costs.

#4 The comfy piece


A comfy piece is perfect for those days when you don't want to spend forever getting ready or don't have much planned. Cutsew OPs, otome brands, and skirts are a great choice for this. They're easier to get in and out of, and don't weigh you down as much. Soft material is a huge plus!

The majority of skirts I own are for the purpose of casual coordinates when I want some poof but not the whole deal. It's my go-to if I'm out and about not meeting anyone. I also own a super soft and light cutsew OP from Baby that I could fall sleep in!

#5 The statement piece


This is the piece you wear to meet your favorite designers, or to a fancy afternoon tea event. It comes in a highly sought after print or elaborate and highly detailed cut. While it's certainly how you dress it up that counts, having the decadent base to start from does wonders.

I consider most of my prints statement pieces with the right coord. My Angelic Pretty Secret Rose Princess (sentimental because it was the first dress my fiance gifted me!) is my favorite for this because of the beautiful floral jacquard and chiffon material it was made with.

Bonus! The holiday piece


I personally feel like the holidays should have their own category. This is similar to the statement piece, but it's a special kind of statement piece. Brands have put out quite an assortment of holiday prints and embroidered skirts over the years- or you if you'd like a dress you can wear more than once a year- rich jewel tones and luxurious fabric are the go-to.

This may not be at the top of everyone's list, but it had been my dream since I began wearing lolita to own a lush wine velvet dress perfect for cold weather festivities. No matter what you celebrate it compliments the season!

What kinds of dresses do you find essential? Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!