LBC: 3 Favorite Brands and Why

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This week’s prompt is 3 Favorite Brands and Why (Japanese, Taobao, and Indie). It’s really hard for me to pick clear favorites since I always have multiple favorites… but I’ll name the first favorite that pops into my mind from each category!

Favorite Japanese Brand

My favorite Japanese brand is hard to choose, but the first thing that pops into my head is Baby, the stars shine bright! There are so many different designs from BTSSB, and they fit a variety of styles.

Here is my favorite dress from BTSSB in my wardrobe:

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Photographer: Xin Lolita Photography

I love its simplicity and elegance. The embroidered polka dots are adorable, and the puffed sleeves are perfect. I love the flattering cut of the dress and the double ruffles at the hem. The bow details are lovely too!

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Photographer: Xin Lolita Photography

Below, you’ll see my favorite BTSSB printed item in my wardrobe:

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I just adore the little macarons and cute frosting details. This dress also has a very flattering cut! And, it’s easy to coordinate. I hope I can add more BTSSB items to my wardrobe…

Favorite Taobao Brand

My favorite Taobao brand is probably Chess Story. I only own one item from them, but it’s one of my favorite dresses in my wardrobe. I will NEVER sell this dress (unless something terrible happens and I desperately need money). But I would never willingly sell this beautiful JSK.

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The cut is flattering, the color combination is perfect, and the rose print is so crisp! The stripes are an amazing touch as well. This JSK is so wonderfully balanced and looks lovely for both casual wear and OTT coordinates.

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I just love wearing this dress! I hope I can get another Chess Story dress at some point in the future…

Favorite Indie Brand

My favorite Indie brand is Lady Sloth! I only ever owned one item from this brand, but I absolutely loved that JSK! Sadly, I sold that JSK already (because I was trying to attain one of my dream dresses). However, if I have the chance, I would love to buy something from Lady Sloth! The designs are so beautiful and elegant. I especially love their gothic-style prints and their art prints!

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The photo above depicts the lovely Lady Sloth JSK I once owned. It was made from a soft, comfy jersey-like material. It was stretchy and partially shirred, and the print was detailed and vibrant. I loved the lace on the hem too! I miss this JSK a lot… Maybe someday I can get a similar JSK from Lady Sloth!

How about you? Do you have favorite lolita fashion brands?

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Hard Candy House: First Batch (2)

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Here’s Part 2 of my review for Hard Candy House! If you want to read Part 1 (about the Good Girl collection), check it out here. Now, let’s look at items from the Cherry Tart collection.

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This is the adorable bracelet that they sent me! I love the chunky chain style of the bracelet, and the large charms are too cute. The fuzzy heart is my favorite charm! Everything on this bracelet goes together so nicely.

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The clasp is really easy to use, and I was pleased with the fit. It was not too big for my wrists, which is an issue I’ve encountered before with bracelets. The construction is sturdy and there was no fraying on the ribbon.

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The choker necklace is equally adorable! I love the bit of lace trim along the edges. The dangling cherry charm is the perfect touch!

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The clasp is adjustable, so this choker will fit a variety of sizes. It’s comfortable to wear since the fabric is soft.

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Below, you will see adorable cherry earrings that match the other accessories I got from the Cherry Tart collection. Unfortunately, I have sensitive ears, so I can’t wear these earrings. However, I’m happy that Hard Candy House chose to use fish hook style earrings for this design since I find fish hook earrings to be the most comfortable to wear! If you like these earrings and don’t have sensitive ears, you should definitely try them.

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When I first received the package from Hard Candy House, I filmed a video featuring some of their items:

In conclusion, I love both the items from the Cherry Tart collection and the items from the Good Girl collection that Hard Candy House sent me. If I had to choose a collection I prefer, I would choose the Cherry Tart collection (because red x black is my favorite color combo!). Which collection do you prefer?
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If you want to buy something from Hard Candy House, be sure to use the 15% off coupon code “XIAO150603” ~! They also take commissions, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you want a custom-made item.

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If you like these accessories, check out these other items from the Cherry Tart collection:

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Use the coupon code “XIAO150603” to get 15% off at Hard Candy House!

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Hard Candy House: First Batch (1)

Hard Candy House sponsored me for the first time! I love their products, so I was flattered when they decided to sponsor me. They make so many super cute accessories that fit a variety of styles. Check out their Etsy store too!

Even the packaging was cute: Check out the cute heart tape! I was really excited to see this package!

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Everything was safely packaged; there were no damages to the items. I was very pleased with the care Hard Candy House took in their packaging.

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When I opened up the mailer, I found a package wrapped in polka-dot tissue paper! Upon opening this inner package, I found more packaging. Each item was wrapped in its own tissue paper and plastic bag.

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As you can see above, Hard Candy House provided a coupon code: you can use “XIAO150603” to get 15% off! This is an amazing deal!! (NOTE: in the above image, the coupon code is incorrect. To get 15% off, you must use the code “XIAO150603″ — Let me know if you have any issues.)

Now, let’s go through each item in the batch! I noticed that the items seemed to be in one of two categories: an exclusive set of pink items from the Good Girl collection, and a set of cherry-themed items from the Cherry Tart collection. All items from these collections are one-of-a-kind! First, let’s take a look at the Good Girl collection!

Below, you’ll see two photos of a necklace taken in natural lighting.

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When I first unwrapped this necklace, I thought it was a hairbow! The jumbo bow pendant is super cute. I love the details such as the heart charm and the string of faux pearls. The print on the bow is cute and versatile as well! I think this bow could work for sweet lolita, classic lolita, and even hime gyaru fashion! This necklace would be a great statement piece with a simple outfit as well.

Here is a photo of the necklace taken in indoor lighting:

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The construction is sturdy, so don’t be afraid to wear this outside!

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The next item in this pink collection is a flower accessory that can double as a hairclip and a brooch!

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I love how some of the petals use the same fabric as the bow on the necklace. This little detail really brings the set together. The string of pearls and the color scheme also add consistency; if you wear this hair accessory with the necklace, it truly is a perfect match. If you wear them separately, they would still be super cute!

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I’m glad that the backing has a French clip as an option! This is one of my favorite types of clip because it’s sturdy and works well with thick hair. You can use clip this flower into your hair or your wig, or you can pin it to your top, skirt, dress, purse… you name it!

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The next accessory is absolutely adorable: a bow with generously dangling charms that you can clip onto your backpack or purse! Now, you can bling out your bag to match your outfit and other pink accessories. This bow looks almost the same as the one on the necklace, and it uses the same fabric. The charms include faux crystals, faux pearls, a flower bead, and a cute fuzzy teddy bear (and more!)!

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Despite the huge amount of charms, it doesn’t feel too heavy. I don’t think the charms will rip the bow. The clip on the top is easy to use!

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Hard Candy House also sent me the following pair of earrings from the Good Girl collection. They’re super cute and I love how the tiny bows use the same fabric as all the other accessories in the collection. The construction is sturdy and the design is lovely!

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Unfortunately, I have extremely sensitive ears, so I cannot wear these earrings. (I can only wear sterling silver or gold earrings.) But if you don’t have sensitive ears, be sure to check out Hard Candy House‘s earrings! They have so many pretty designs. DSCN0614

I was lucky enough to schedule a photoshoot with Studio du Petit Oiseau to feature the items from the Good Girl collection! Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot:

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And here’s a great shot of my full outfit that the photographer captured:

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What do you think? I love how the Good Girl hair accessory and necklace bring out the pastel colors in my t-shirt. Check out more photos from the photoshoot in this album on my Facebook page.

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Hard Candy House also sent me some items from the Cherry Tart collection, but I will review those in a separate post. You can see the flower accessory from the Good Girl collection and two items from the Cherry Tart collection in this gifset I posted on my Tumblr. You can also check out this album for clear photos of the products themselves.
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Here are some great items you can check out from the Cherry Tart collection in the meantime:

Look forward to Part 2 of my review for Hard Candy House! Let me know what you think of the accessories you’ve seen so far.

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Captain Miaow: Hair Accessories

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You may recognize the name “Captain Miaow.” You’re not imagining it! Previously, I did a review of this Etsy shop’s animal ears, tails, and paws. Captain Miaow not only makes adorable animal accessories… They also make elegant hair accessories and jewelry items. They sent me a hair accessory set to review, and I am pleased to say that I am impressed by the product.

The package I received was a USPS padded mailer. The product was declared as “Handmade” and I had no problems with customs.

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Inside the mailer, I discovered a neat little cardboard box. This box ensured safe shipment of the hair accessories, and when I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised by cute gift-wrap! The items were wrapped in tissue paper and the presentation included an adorable ribbon.

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The packaging could not compare the accessories themselves though… Take a look:

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The accessories look identical. Each one has two fan-shaped decor pieces connected by two braided strings. The strings are embellished with dangling faux pearls, and the fan-shaped pieces are also embellished with pearls and gems (and of course, lace!). The backs of the fan-shaped pieces have alligator clips.

Check out the close-up details here:

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Aren’t they beautiful?

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This accessory was easy to clip into my hair. Due to the alligator clips’ teeth, the accessory did not slip down from where I positioned it. I highly recommend these hair accessories!

I wore one from the set of two for a photoshoot (mon premier shooting à Genève!) in a local park, Parc des Bastions. The photographer was Studio du petit oiseau, and it was a lovely experience.

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My favorite photo from the shoot!

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I love how the photographer captured this photo! The accessory truly stands out against my hair.

And of course, I should share my full coordinate:

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To see more photos from the shoot, click here! I will add more photos to this album over time.

I also did a quick video review of the Captain Miaow hair accessory set:

Be sure to check out my Facebook album dedicated to Captain Miaow for more photos!

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Amethyst Ways Fairies: Vampire Blood Necklace

Amethyst Ways Fairies is a wonderful shop with many lovely handmade items! Amethyst blesses all the items under a full moon and infuses them with Positive Magick. She sent me a cute necklace to review: the Vile of Vampire Blood necklace. If you’re interested in buying something from Amethyst Ways Fairies, be sure to use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more.

She mailed it out in a 3M mailer:

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Inside the mailer, I found a cute wrapped present with a sticker on it that read “UNIQUELY HANDMADE.” The tissue paper was easy to open.

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The necklace itself came in an adorable black box with this vampire icon on it! You can tell right away that the item inside is somehow vampire related… Mmm, vampire blood.

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And now, without further ado, the box opening:

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Nestled inside this tissue-paper-lined box was the necklace! The pendant is a vial of (fake) vampire blood, and it comes with a nice black cord with a clasp. The bottom of the box has an image of a vial. How cute!

DSC_0009No complaints here! Shipping was prompt and the product was undamaged. As you can see above, the pendant is very detailed. There’s even a sticker on the surface with a bar code and text noting that the blood sample is A positive. The vial is filled with red liquid (and glitter!). I really love Amethyst Ways Fairies‘s work.

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Here is Amethyst’s brand story:

“Welcome to Amethyst Way Fairies, where everything is magical and just about everything has Fairy Dust on it. All my items are handmade with the utmost care, positive energy, and love. I give my all to every piece I make.

All jewelry has FREE shipping!

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I’m a third generation witch, Witchcraft is a very sacred art to me. I see the Divine Spark in all things. I’m a Child Of Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Justice and Protection.
I’m also a Intuitive Empath, and Master Reiki Teacher and light worker. I help where and when I can. Through Etsy I hope to share my positive energy with you through my uniquely handmade items. All my items are Blessed and Consecrated under a Full Moon. The Divine Mother is in all my work.

My Soul Sister known as Queen Bee is my assistant, together we are known as the Amethyst Sisters. She is also a Child Of Hecate, helping me to bless all of the items we make.

Each item is unique and different. I make items for everybody in all walks of life, various cultures and beliefs.

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I custom make items. It would be my honor to make a custom piece for you. You do not have to be a Pagan or a Witch for me to make you an item, I can customize to fit your needs and style.

I look forward to sharing my magic with you. Love and light )0(”

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I think it’s great that all jewelry items have free shipping! Free shipping makes me so happy. Shipping fees can make something way more expensive… So with free shipping, you know exactly what you’ll pay! Feel free to contact Amethyst Ways Fairies to commission a custom piece. Amethyst is a very sweet lady, and she’ll be open to hearing your ideas and making your vision come to life.

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Remember that you can use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more at Amethyst Ways Fairies! Check out my Facebook album featuring this vampire blood necklace too. I hope you enjoyed this review! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions.

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LBC: A Comfy Lolita Outfit

This week’s Lolita Blog Carnival theme is… A COMFY LOLITA OUTFIT! I haven’t had time to participate in LBC lately, so I am glad I’m finally joining in again!

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I will share some of my comfiest lolita coordinates with you. For me, things that are stretchy are more comfortable because it allows for more free movement. I especially love dresses and skirts with generous shirring because I can eat lots of food and not feel like I am going to rip my clothes. My stomach expands when I eat, and in the past, buttons have flown off my skirts from eating too much. It is always really embarrassing when that happens… I’ve also resorted to partially unzipping skirts or dresses before feasting, and covering the unzipped part with a cardigan or bolero. (What can I say; I am quite the glutton!)

saturday I wore the above coordinate on RuffleCon Day One. This Chantilly Phantom Merry-Go-Round dress is super comfy due to its generous shirring. It’s super stretchy, so I never felt restricted. It did not feel tight anywhere, and this outfit was comfy to sit down as well as to run around in. I always favor comfortable lolita shoes, like these wedge mary-janes!

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This coordinate was a nice casual one from this summer. No wig means less summer heat, and it also means less itchiness. The shoes are unfortunately cut off in the above photo… I asked my mom to take a photo, and I didn’t check my camera until the next day. I was wearing my black mary-jane flats with this outfit, which have built-in arch supports, so they are super comfortable! I usually have to put my orthotic inserts into my shoes because I have flat feet and suffer from a joint disease. Chronic pain still happens, but that’s something I can’t change. Besides the shoes, this Bodyline JSK is super comfortable. It has full shirring, all around the bodice of the dress. The blouse is from Forever21, and it’s really easy to wear and clean.

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This skirt has partial shirring, and even though I prefer full shirring, this skirt is still comfortable. It is not as tight as my other partially shirred skirts. The cotton cutsew is super stretchy, which is wonderful. I love this wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs too! It’s not itchy at all and it’s not too tight or too loose. This wig is one of the comfiest ones I own!

DSCN6137 Ah yes, another dress with generous shirring. I wore this coordinate on Christmas Eve 2013! This Putumayo OP is a wonderful dress to wear because it’s light and very comfortable. It still looks pretty formal even though it feels as comfortable as a casual dress. And I am wearing those super-comfy wedge mary-janes again. I wear these shoes a lot because they’re so comfortable and they also add some height.

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My Little Gothic Bubble // A Heart’s Sound // Little Coffee Shop // Sweet Indeed // Breiðholt

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LBC: The Most Versatile Lolita Item I Own

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The most versatile lolita item I own would definitely be a blouse! Blouses can be worn under JSKS or with skirts, and blouses can also be used for ouji coordinates. I am not sure which blouse I have is the most versatile one, but after some minutes of thinking, I decided that my most versatile blouse is my black Fanplusfriend short-sleeved blouse.

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I believe that this blouse is the most versatile item I own because it can be used for a variety of different substyles: sweet lolita, classic lolita, gothic lolita, and even casual lolita. It has a simple design and the color is solid black (no other colors work their way into this blouse). The simplicity of this blouse makes it easy to match with different styles, as long as the color black works for the coordinate. Black is an easy color to match too! If the blouse was blue or red, for example, it would be harder to mix and match. In addition, the short sleeves make the blouse ideal for summer heat, and it can be layered with a bolero or cardigan for the autumn or spring, plus with a jacket or coat (plus a scarf and gloves) for winter!

Here are some previous coordinates using this blouse:

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Here are some detailed photos of my beloved blouse:

 

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So how about you? What is the most versatile lolita item that you own? And if you are not a lolita, what is the most versatile clothing item that you own?

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LBC: Disney Coordinates

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This week was finals week for me, and I still have more academic work to complete today… But I could not resist participating in this week’s Lolita Blog Carnival! Unfortunately, I do not have much time since it is finals week, so I apologize for any misspellings or grammatical errors in this post. (I’m rushing to write this up in half an hour or less!)

Now onto the Disney coordinates!

As Alice in Lolitaland, I have to try an Alice coordinate right? Recently, I wore a coordinate inspired by Disney’s Alice in Wonderland when I went to the cinema to see the new Captain America movie. I used Bodyline’s Alice print JSK in the pink x blue color way. I paired this JSK with my Chocomint Tea Time hair clip and a handmade Alice bow. I was also wearing a Bodyline blouse and Bodyline shoes… (Lots of Bodyline in this coordinate!) My knee socks are offbrand. I did not wear any jewelry with this coordinate because I was in a rush and did not have time to pick any out. Unfortunately, I took off my wrist cuffs before leaving my dormitory because it was really cold out and I did not want to damage the wrist cuffs when I took my winter jacket on and off. My lolita big sister Terry gave me these wrist cuffs, so it would be a shame if they got damaged! Terry got the wrist cuffs from Classical Puppets (Taobao).

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Here are some close-up selfies (you can see the cute wrist cuff in the second pic!):

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For my makeup look, I used pressed powder foundation, a shimmery highlighter, neutral eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and lipstick. I did not bother wearing false lashes for this look, and I did not wear any blush either. I am happy with the way my makeup turned out though! It’s simple, but it was also very comfortable. I forgot I was wearing makeup!

The next Disney coordinate I will talk about is a tentative idea for a future coordinate, also featuring a Bodyline JSK! This coordinate uses another Disney-inspired Bodyline print: Cinderella Bunny! I am not sure if this is the proper name for the print, but that is what I call it. I have this dress in the red colorway. Red is my favorite color, so I hope to acquire lots of red pieces. ❤

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In addition to what is seen above, I would add pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet, white stockings, and red Bodyline tea party-style shoes. If I am chilly, I will wear my sax-colored Bodyline bunny sweatshirt (to go with the bunny Cinderella theme). I think this is one of my favorite Bodyline prints, and I’m really happy I was able to snag it from the community sales!

I apologize again for the disorganized and rushed blog post!

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LBC: Your First Lolita Item

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I talked about my first lolita item in a previous Lolita Blog Carnival post, back in September 2013.

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My first lolita item, ever, was a Bodyline JSK that my mother purchased for me as a belated birthday present when we were at an anime convention. This was back when I was in high school. I had been obsessing over lolita fashion, and my mother knew all about it. We are really close, and we share many of the same interests (anime, manga, horror movies, and martial arts, to name a few).

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I have considered selling the JSK before, but I do not want to let it go because I feel attached to it since it is my first lolita item, and it has sentimental value since it holds some memories that my mother and I shared.

Since I already talked about this dress before, how about I talk about some other Lolita “first’s?” My first Lolita brand item! My first Lolita brand-name item that I purchased was a BTSSB skirt from a local community member. It’s a pretty pink-and-brown skirt with a partially shirred waistband! Unfortunately, I sold this skirt when I was in need of some money, so I no longer own this item. The name for this skirt is “Chocolat à La Mode.”

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I miss this skirt though! I love the three layers of frills, and the cute bow on the side. ❤ So adorable! It’s also a very light fabric.

The first lolita brand dress that I purchased was also a BTSSB item! I bought the BTSSB Dreamy Pony high-waisted JSK and head bow set from the EGL Comm Sales, using a payment plan. The seller was very understanding and allowed me to pay in increments. I love the Dreamy Pony print! So sweet… I love all the pastel colors.

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Above is a photo of me and my friend wearing Sweet Lolita. This was the first time that I wore my first brand JSK! To be honest, I don’t think the high-waist style suits me very well, but I still love this JSK. I also wore this JSK and headbow again recently, for the ConBust 2014 Lolita Fashion 101 panel.

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Sorry about the terrible lighting!

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A group photo from ConBust

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Presentation time: At the panel!

Our Lolita Fashion 101 panel had a great turnout! I am really happy that I was able to run this panel again this year.

I find it very interesting that my first-first lolita item was a gothic (or possibly dark punk) item, and my other first lolita items are all sweet lolita items. What were your first lolita items? If you do not own any lolita items yet, are there first items you are looking forward to purchasing?

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The Most Challenging Substyles, And How To Pull Them Off

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I think the three most challenging lolita substyles are Punk Lolita, Ero Lolita, and Guro Lolita. These three substyles each have their own unique characteristics, but they still fall under the umbrella category of “lolita fashion.”

Punk Lolita

  • What is Punk Lolita? This lolita substyle is heavily influenced by punk fashion. Popular fabric patterns I noticed for Punk Lolita are tartan or plaid, stripes, diamonds, and checkerboards. Some popular motifs are chains, skulls, thorny roses, and card suits (trump). Platform boots and shoes, Hello Lace describes Punk Lolita as “REBELLIOUS WITHIN THE OWN FASHION” and “edgy and cute.”

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  • Good brands to look at? h.Naoto, Black Peace Now, Putumayo
  • Tips for achieving this style: I think a punky cutsew would be super cool in a Punk Lolita coordinate. A blouse would work well too, but I think this is one of the substyles that cutsews and other more casual tops (sweatshirts and cardigans) would work really well for. You can also experiment with legwear: leg warmers, unique printed tights, or mis-matching OTKs could look great with the right Punk Lolita coord! I think that an asymmetrical skirt would look great for Punk Lolita too. (And asymmetry in general is really fun… asymmetrical hems on a cutsew, for example. Or wearing a glove on only one hand.)
  • Great example of a Punk Lolita coord: I love GirlonSunday‘s style, and I found this old Punk Lolita coordinate of hers. I love her use of the pink and black jacket (with zipper details) and her platform creeper shoes. Her sheer tights add a sense of cute rebellious attitude. I love how the coordinate is edgy but also looks comfortable to wear.

Tumblr user Girlonsunday’s punk lolita coordinate is so cute!

Ero Lolita

  • What is Ero Lolita? This lolita substyle is looks more mature and has a sexy feel to it. “Sexy” does not mean completely throwing away the modest cuts of lolita clothing though. Ero Lolita coordinates should still maintain the lolita silhouette. The skirts can be a shorter length, but it should never be a miniskirt. Dresses used for Ero Lolita may also have lower necklines, or they could even be strapless (bustier-style). Most Ero Lolita coordinates I have seen stick to black for the color scheme and have a gothic feel.

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  • Good brands to look at? Atelier Pierrot, Antique Beast, Moi Meme Moitie
  • Tips for achieving this style: A sexy accessory I would recommend for Ero Lolita is the corset! You could wear an over-bust corset or under-bust corset over your favorite velvet JSK or blouse-and-skirt pairing, and then accessorize with a velvet choker necklace, pretty hair bow, and high heeled shoes. If you don’t have a corset, a waist-cincher or other wide belt style could achieve a similar effect: drawing attention to your waistline, and therefore, your curves.
  • Great example of an Ero Lolita coord: Tamie de Rêve has coordinated some beautiful Ero Lolita outfits. She looks sexy yet elegant, and her coord style is still distinctly lolita.

Tamie’s Ero Lolita coordinate is spot-on!

Above, her skirt is shorter than standard lolita length, but it is still not a miniskirt. The skirt still floofs out in an A-line shape as well, so it’s safe to assume that she is wearing a petticoat. Her coordinate incorporates lace, a lush red wig, and dark dramatic makeup.

Here is another one of Tamie’s amazing coodrinates:

Here, she uses sheer stockings and heels to add to the sexiness of the outfit. She also wears a birdcage skirt, a great choice for Ero Lolita!

Guro Lolita

  • What is Guro Lolita? This lolita substyle focuses on the grotesque. Coordinates for this substyle tend to take on a theme: injury, blood, hospital, monster, broken doll, etc. Many Guro Lolita coordinates have a white dress splattered with blood. Many Guro Lolitas also use accessories like fake bandages, eyepatches, and ripped stuffed animals or broken dolls.
  • Good brands to look at? I can’t think of any brands that cater to Guro Lolita. Maybe h.Naoto or other brands that have ripped and/or distressed clothing styles may work for the creepy Guro aesthetic. But I think you should use your imagination and keep an open mind! Feel free to look at brands like Metamorphose and Alice and the Pirates. But at the same time, keep your eyes open at indie brand/off brand sources: search through thrift stores for loliable items that you wouldn’t mind bleaching, ripping, or staining with blood… keep an eye on online community sales like EGL-Comm-Sales or Facebook sales groups for people trying to get rid of damaged lolita pieces… and of course, you can look for cute dresses that can be incorporated into the Guro Lolita aesthetic without damaging them. I think that this substyle is about the creativity and the imagination!
  • Tips for achieving this style: I have always wanted to try Guro Lolita, but I do not have the heart to bloody-up or rip any of my dresses. If you really want to go for the bloody/ripped-up look, my advice would be to use a dress that is already damaged. That dress you spilled curry on and the stains just won’t come off? You could turn that dress into a wonderful Guro Lolita dress by adding fake blood and coordinating it with matching (blood-stained) accessories. Do you have a skirt that got snagged on something and ripped? You don’t have to try to fix it up; instead, you could use the rip to your advantage and accessorize with ripped tights or OTKs, fake bandages, and a medical eye patch… and you could go for the broken doll look this way. Even though most Guro Lolita coordinates use white dresses, you don’t have to stick to that colorway. You could use dark colors if you wanted to achieve a grotesque monster-like look; maybe you could use a print with a horror or creepy theme, and then do scary-looking makeup to make yourself look more creepy. If you want to actually look like a broken doll, you could try applying makeup in a way that makes your skin look like cracked porcelain. Be sure to seal your makeup when you are done so it does not smudge! Do you have a wig beyond saving? You could always tease the wig fibers and make it even messier to add to a creepy Guro look.
  • Great example of a Guro Lolita coord: On DeviantART, sassy strawberry has some lovely photos of her Guro Lolita outfit. She goes for the blood-splattered lolita look, with a white dress and white headdress and red accessories to accent the blood on her clothes. She even has a bandaged-up and bloody teddy bear as a prop!

I love how creative this look is!

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