[Photoshoot] Royal Lolita

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This was my first fashion shoot with Samuel Lim, and it was a pleasure working with him! We wanted to do a royal-themed fashion shoot with studio lighting. I also wanted to try something new with makeup: adding gems to my face! I rarely stick things to my face, so I was a bit nervous about this. Luckily, nothing fell off my face during the shoot!

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I really love the concept photos like the one above. Who needs my face when you can stare at the gorgeous details on this Voodooodolly crown, Innocent World JSK, and BTSSB princess-sleeved blouse?! I’d rather look at these pretty pieces than my face any day.

I truly love the red lighting in the background…! Especially since the wine red edges match the color of the JSK… (And red is my favorite color, so any shade of red delights me!) What do you think of the background color in these photos?

Samuel asked me to bring some props too, so I brought this Angelic Pretty Mook with me as a prop. I love looking at the photos inside the Mook! I don’t own anything displayed in this catalog, but maybe someday… Do you have any favorite Mooks? (In case you don’t know what a Mook is: it’s a cross between a magazine and book! Brand Mooks promote a brand’s products, and usually show off the latest releases and styles from that particular brand.)

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Coordinate Snap

Coord Rundown:

❀ JSK: Innocent World

❀ Blouse: BTSSB

❀ Cameo Necklace: Vintage

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Crown: Voodooodolly

❀ Bows: Twylite Fashion

❀ Stockings and socks: Offbrand

❀ Shoes: Offbrand

To see more photos from this photoshoot, click here!

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[TinyUnicorn] Split Wig Review

 

Today, I get to share my first review of a TinyUnicorn product! TinyUnicorn is a store on Amazon.com that sells wigs and miscellaneous items. I’ve seen clothing and home goods pop up in their Amazon shop too!

This particular item is a split wig the owner of the TinyUnicorn shop sent me. The colors are a silvery gray and a dusty muted purple.

The wig arrived packaged as expected. The bubble mailer it came in was big enough so I could cut the top to open the package without cutting into the plastic bag that held the wig. The wig also came with a free wig cap!

The split colors are beautiful! One half of the wig is a silvery gray color, and the other half is a dusty reddish-purple. It reminds me of taro in some lighting, but it has more red tones than a true taro purple color.

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Below, you can see the hooks and the style of the netting on the inside of the wig.

 

The size of the cap fits me well, but I wouldn’t recommend this wig if you have a larger head circumference than me. I remember when I had long hair, I had trouble fitting all my hair under a wig with a wig cap size like this one. I used the hooks on the outermost notches when I wore this wig.

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Now let’s talk about the texture of this wig. When I first took it out from the package, I was surprised by how smooth and silky the wig fibers felt. I’m glad it is so smooth, and yet, does not look too shiny in photos (definitely a plus). I wore it all day, and the wig didn’t show signs of tangles afterwards! There was a bit of frizz, but I was able to smooth it out with a wig comb and my fingers. I also like that the wig has long bangs, that way you can wear it like I did (brushed to the side), or you can trim the bangs to your liking. I might trim the bangs later; for this review, I didn’t do any styling other than using a bobby pin to pin the bangs to the side so they wouldn’t go all over my face.

 

You can find this 28″ split wig here. Do you ever wear split wigs, or have you ever dyed your hair in a split style? I’d love to hear about your experiences with split wigs and hair styles too!

The last time I reviewed a split wig was this cute Miss Tea Wig from PennyDreads, back in 2015. Wow, time really flies…

Before closing out this post, I’d also like to shoutout my friend Tara, who let me wear the cute beanies and macaron hair pin for these photos. She also took the photos of me wearing the wig, using my iPhone. Tara has so many cute things! ❤

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The Kawaii Society: Soft Launch

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Have you heard of The Kawaii Society? It’s an adorable organization recently founded in the United States! The Soft Launch took place at Radio Star Karaoke in New York City on Sunday, April 2. I was invited to the Soft Launch as a press blogger, and I’m excited to introduce you all to The Kawaii Society.

Here is The Kawaii Society’s mission statement from their Facebook page: “Kawaii Society is an organization that aims to share Japanese pop culture world wide. We are passionate visual artists, fashionistas, gamers, otaku, entrepreneurs, bloggers, musicians and so much more! Join us in discussion, collaboration, events, and celebration of all things kawaii!”

The Soft Launch was definitely full of amazing artists and designers, kawaii fashion, and more. Before I go over my experience at the Soft Launch, I want to share my interview with the founder of The Kawaii Society, Miss Candyholic.

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1) How were you introduced to Kawaii culture?

“I was introduced to kawaii culture as a child thanks to my older cousin. She was like a big sister to me and loved anime and cosplay which inspired me to research more about Japanese pop culture. I soon fell in love with harajuku fashion and became an avid reader of Fruits and Gothic & Lolita Bible magazines.”

2) What inspired you to create The Kawaii Society?

“I have been deeply involved in the otaku and J-fashion community since middle school from every aspect- convention attendee, cosplayer, Lolita, maid cafe, J-pop performer, Twitch streamer, artist alley, etc. My goal is to bring all the experiences and connections I’ve made throughout the community together under one brand. I have made so many friends who are bloggers, musicians, fashion icons, and more, and that is something to be celebrated. We often have to rely on meetups to share our love for kawaii culture with others, but I want to create something much more than that where everyone’s talents are utilized.”

3) What’s your favorite fashion style and why?

“I don’t think I can pick one specific fashion style because my favorite fashion styles are those that don’t follow the rules. However, I will say that my favorite aesthetic is pastel and magical girl inspired. Anything baby pink and dream-like gives me life. I also love gothic styles but there is no inbetween – either all pastels or all black.”

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Magical Girl inspired wands by Miss Candyholic

4) How did you start your brand Candyholic?

“Entrepreneurship has been in my nature since high school. I used to make and sell animal hats, bonnets, and jewelry to kids at school and people online in the EGL community on Livejournal. Miss Candyholic was just a username I always had since I love sweets and sweet motifs, but I didn’t turn it into a serious business until after college when I had more time to create and market myself on social media. I was invited to sell at my first con, Chibi-Con, a couple years ago and then things just took off from there.”

5) Where do you find your inspiration for your designs?

“Magical girls are a huge inspiration for me. I like to think of myself as a designer for the modern day magical girl. I also like to ask myself questions like “If Cinderella went to college, what would she wear?” Other than fictional characters, I find a lot of inspiration from my kawaii friends and J-fashion groups thanks to social media.”

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Miss Candyholic’s designs are definitely fit for the modern-day magical girl! She also made the maid dresses for the adorable maids of the Candyholic Café. You can check out her Facebook page here.

Now, onto the Soft Launch! When I arrived to Radio Star Karaoke, there was already a line forming outside the venue. So many different alternative fashion styles were represented! I saw people in line wearing fairy kei, sweet lolita, gothic lolita, and other forms of street fashion.

There was a great turnout at the Soft Launch! There were a lot of people, but it wasn’t too crowded. It was still easy to find your way around, and seating was accessible too. There were a bunch of vendors at the event too, and I was impressed by all the cute items for sale. I bought a necklace, a bunch of rings, and secondhand boots (my very first pair of Demonia Shoes)! My favorite find were definitely those secondhand boots. They look so cool, and I’ve always wanted Demonia shoes. Besides shopping, food and drinks were for sale at the event too.

Check out these cool cocktails:

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I had the Pink Sugar Heart Attack drink, which is composed of vodka, peach, lime, and lychee. It was delicious!

Since The Kawaii Society Soft Launch took place at a karaoke bar, there was lots of karaoke-ing! It was really fun watching different people sing their favorite songs on the karaoke stage. For this stage, many people in the audience sung along too! “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey is definitely a karaoke staple.

Me and Bubbles (our table’s maid for the evening

One of my best memories of the Soft Launch is definitely the Candyholic Café! This was my first time at a maid café, and it did not disapppoint. All of the maids were adorable! I was so happy that Bubbles was assigned to our table. It was a long time since I’ve seen her, and she looked like she was having so much fun working at the café too!

The dessert came out first, but I didn’t mind at all! This pastel cheesecake was so sweet and yummy. Following dessert, I had crispy onion rings! While eating, me and my table-mates chatted about random things: from fashion to food to music to yaoi.

During the Candyholic Café, I really enjoyed the performances by KuroPOP! They even performed one of my favorite K-pop songs: “Excuse Me” by AOA. Another memorable performance by them was “Boombayah” by BLACKPINK.

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Candyholic Café, the Maid Café at the Soft Launch

If you were at The Kawaii Society Soft Launch, please share your experiences too! I hope everyone had tons of fun like I did. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay the entire time; I had to leave early to catch the subway back home (and of course, get ready for the work-week grind). Definitely check out The Kawaii Society if you are in the New York City area! April 30th will be their Unofficial Sakura Matsuri After Party. I am sad I won’t be able to make it to this party, but hopefully I’ll be able to attend other events in the future. If you go, take lots of photos! I’d love to see what the After Party is like.

To end my blog post, here’s a coordinate rundown of my outfit for the event:

  • Headbow and Skirt: Metamorphose
  • Small Bows: Offbrand
  • Blouse: Bodyline
  • Capelet: Offbrand
  • Wristcuffs: Classical Puppets
  • Tights: Offbrand
  • Boots: Bodyline
  • Purse: Offbrand
  • Rings: Offbrand

Note: Photos of Miss Candyholic’s designs and of the Candyholic Café are directly from Miss Candyholic and included in this blog post with her permission.

 

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Geo: Princess Mimi Almond Brown Lenses

The website www.geocolouredlenses.com sponsored the Geo Princess Mimi Almond Brown lenses for me to review. These are brown lenses that last up to a year with proper care. The diameter is 14.5 mm, the base curve is 8.7, and the water content is 40±2%. These lenses come in prescriptions 0.00 ∼ -8.00.

Here is the package I received:

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The contents of the package were neatly in one place, sealed in a plastic bag.

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The Geo lenses came in individual vials, with the prescriptions on top of the caps. The lenses also came with a complimentary lens case, marked with “L” and “R” for “Left” and “Right.” There was also a business card sized flyer with information about Geo Coloured Lenses’ social media, and a sheet with instructions for soft contact lens care.

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Below, you can see a set of three photos. The top one shows one eye with no lens or makeup, but the other eye has lenses and makeup. As you can see, The lenses and makeup make my eyes look a lot bigger! In the middle photo, both of my eyes have makeup on, but only one eye is wearing a circle lens. You can see the difference that the circle lens makes! The bottom photo is the complete look.

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Circle lenses are a great cosmetic accessory that can add a lot to your look! And since many of them come in prescriptions, you can use them instead of wearing glasses. Just be sure to take proper care of your lenses and remember to avoid keeping them in your eyes for too long. And never sleep in your lenses!

Check out my supplementary video for this review:

 

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Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Packaging: ☆☆☆☆☆ The packaging was great; I have no complaints.

Style: ☆☆☆☆☆ I love the design of these lenses: there is a black limbal ring that surrounds sheer light brown color! The lenses give dramatic enlargement but are in a natural color, so these lenses would work for a variety of makeup looks.

Color: ☆☆☆☆ I do wish the color was more opaque so the light brown shows better on my dark eyes, but the color still looks lighter than my natural eye color.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are very comfortable! I have only worn them once, but I definitely want to wear them more often. I could hardly feel them in my eyes when I wore them, and I kept them in for several hours.

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

Here are some facts about the Geo Coloured Lenses webstore:

1.    Geo Coloured Lenses sells circle lenses from GEO Medical, which is a safe Korean circle lens brand. It is the only brand of circle lenses currently approved by the U S Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and it has also gained approval from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Conformité Européenne (CE) certification.

2.    All products from Geo Coloured Lenses are genuine. Each lens vial comes with a sticker with a unique serial code and you can verify the products’  authenticity on the GEO Anti-fake website.

3.    Most of the circle lenses from Geo Coloured Lenses are available with prescription.

4.    Geo Coloured Lenses offers FREE international shipping and a FREE lens case for each pair of circle contact lenses purchased.

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If you are interested, you can check out the official social media platforms for Geo Coloured Lenses:

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Thanks for reading my review! Feel free to ask me any questions.

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[LBC] What Do You Like Best About Your Wardrobe

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This is an easy question to answer! The thing I love best is the variety of substyles I can pull off with my wardrobe.

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Coord for my first lolita meetup!

At first, when I discovered lolita fashion, I fell in love with the gothic substyle. However, I had difficulty finding gothic lolita pieces that I could afford. I found cute secondhand sweet lolita at affordable prices (Bodyline, handmade, taobao, and eventually, affordable secondhand brand too)… And unexpectedly, I got into sweet lolita. It was too tempting to pass up the great deals (especially the adorable pieces I snagged from Mbok!). And I have always loved sweets… so sweets-themed things stole my heart. Over time, I was able to acquire some pieces that worked well for gothic lolita, and I did ponder leaving sweet. I thought about it…  If I sold off my sweet lolita pieces, then I would have more money to spend on gothic lolita, right? But… I didn’t want to let go of sweet. I might leave it eventually, but for now, I want to keep sweet lolita as part of my wardrobe. And honestly: is there any reason why I should choose one substyle over another? Nope!

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From Sweet…

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…to Gothic. (Photos by Vannak Photography)

My wardrobe is kind of all over the place, which can be annoying at times (like when I’m looking for a certain barrette or necklace but can’t find it because there’s too many all in the same box…). All in all though, I am happy to have the variety of styles in my wardrobe. I can wear different lolita styles and have fun dressing them up (OTT) or down (casual).

Feel free to check out the slideshow below for examples of my current wardrobe!

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What do you like best about your wardrobe, lolita or otherwise?

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Be sure to read other blog posts on this topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival!

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[Review] FashionKawaii: Floral Chiffon Dress

Here is my review for the Sweet Floral Chiffon Dress from FashionKawaii! This dress first appeared in my blog post FashionKawaii: Bunny Princess, where I styled this dress with a cute bunny-eared jacket. If you’re interested in purchasing something from FashionKawaii, use the coupon code “pearlpeony” for 10% off!

When I received the dress in the mail, here is how it was packaged:

It came neatly folded in a plastic bag with a Ziploc-style closure. The dress was in perfect condition!

The dress looks lovely from both the front and the back! I love the all-over floral print and the lace details. The sleeves have a subtle flare, and I love their half-sleeve length. They are slightly shorter than three-quarter sleeves, but they are still very  flattering. The lace feels soft and not too flimsy.

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The dress has no shirring, so make sure you read the size chart and choose the appropriate size before purchasing. There is a zipper on the side of the dress to make wearing the dress an easier process. It was very easy for me to put on the dress, but taking it off was difficult. I had to shimmy out of it awkwardly since the sleeves were a tight fit and I didn’t want to rip the dress… But it worked out! I didn’t get stuck– thank goodness! The sizing of this dress was accurate to the size chart provided on the FashionKawaii website. The sleeves run narrow, so if you have larger arms, this dress may not fit you.

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Check out this Facebook album to see more photos of the dress; I may upload more images over time. If you want to buy this dress, be sure to use the coupon code “pearlpeony” for 10% off! Thank you for reading~! ^_^

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[Review] Barbie Angel Grey Lenses

Check out these lovely Barbie Angel Grey lenses from UNIQSO! Use the coupon code “peony” for 10% off if you want to buy something.

I wore these lenses for a photoshoot with Studio du Petit Oiseau. They were comfortable to wear all day, regardless of location (in a car, up the mountain, in the grass…).

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Photographer: Studio du Petit Oiseau

Even from a distance, the gray color shows up on my eyes! My favorite part of these lenses is their comfort. I wore them for a recent K-Pop dance performance, and they did not irritate my eyes even when I was dancing and sweating.

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I don’t wear these lenses for cosplay, but if you cosplay someone with gray-colored eyes, this would be a great fit for you! I wear these lenses for fashion and fun, and they have never caused any issues. Remember: If you use circle lenses, be sure to take proper care of them.

Here are some close-up photos of these lenses:

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Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Packaging: ☆☆☆☆☆ I’ve never had an issue with UNIQSO’s packaging before! Feel free to look at some of my previous UNIQSO reviews to see how they package their circle lenses. They have consistent packaging, and this time, it was no different.

Style: ☆☆☆☆☆ I love the design of these lenses! These lenses have amazing enlargement… The black limbal ring really helps define your eyes. The opening in the center of the lenses is large, so your vision won’t be obscured.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ The gray is just as I wanted it to be! It’s a deep gray that would be flattering for anyone.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are so comfy! I think these are my comfiest lenses of this diameter yet! Sometimes I forget I’m wearing lenses because I can hardly feel them.

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

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Do you like gray lenses? What do you think of the Barbie Angel Grey lenses? If you’re interested in purchasing lenses from UNIQSObe sure to use the coupon code “peony” for 10% off.

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FashionKawaii: Bunny Princess

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Have you heard of the shop FashionKawaii? It’s an adorable Storenvy shop with a great selection of fashion items. If you’re interested in purchasing something, use the coupon code “pearlpeony” for 10% off!

Recently, I styled two items from this shop together in an outfit inspired by the idea of a Bunny Princess! Here are the two items featured in this outfit: Sweet Floral Chiffon Dress and Kawaii Rabbit Ears Coat.

I’m working on a review for the Chiffon Dress, which will be posted soon. In general, I am pleased with both of these items! They’re really cute both separately and together.

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The coat is not warm enough for the dreary New England winter, but it would be a great coat for springtime or autumn… (Or for an abnormally warm winter day. xD) The coat is lined, but the lining has a lot of loose threads. I was shivering in this outfit since I’m usually bundled in thick jeans, winter boots, a thick sweater, a cozy scarf, and my trusty old winter jacket in this type of weather.

But… this coat is so much cuter than my plain all-black winter jacket. My favorite part of the coat is the hood with the bunny ears!

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For this outfit, I tried something new: normally, I wouldn’t go for this kind of look with a floral dress. The Sweet Floral Chiffon Dress would be great for a hime gyaru or roma gyaru coordinate, but I didn’t feel confident in my wardrobe to be able to pull off one of these looks. I tried to think of something cute I could coordinate with this dress, and I wondered if it would work with the Rabbit Ears Coat. The coat definitely brings out a quirky and cute feel to the dress that the dress wouldn’t originally have! Along with pastel accessories such as the macaron necklace, floral bows, and boots, I think the outfit comes together nicely as something a Bunny Princess would wear on a casual day. I never thought I would throw these two items together in a coord, but I am glad I did! I hope I can have more fun with coordinates in the future. I’m not sure which substyle this look would fit into, but hey, who cares? Playing around with fashion is fun!

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What do you think? Do you prefer the Dress or the Coat? I would love to hear your opinions!

I would also like to take a moment to thank Grace from the local Lolita community for taking these photos for me. I appreciate it!

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[Photoshoot] Snow Dot Chiffon

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Over the summer, I had my first New York City photoshoot! Xin Lolita Photography captured these lovely photos of my Snow Dot Chiffon coordinate. (Shoutout to my awesome friend Terry for letting me borrow her BTSSB parasol! <3)

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The coord was simple but quite comfortable. It was a really hot day, so I was happy to wear a onepiece dress.

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Although, to be honest, it was really hot out and I felt like I was constantly sweating. I was so sure I would sweat off all my makeup… Thank goodness for blotting sheets.

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Central Park was way larger than I thought it would be! I knew it would be huge… but I felt like I would get lost if I wasn’t following someone who was familiar with the location. I had no idea where I was this entire time. Am I still in Central Park? Yup.

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The next photo is my favorite one from the photoshoot:

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I’m so happy Xin was able to capture a jumping photo! I love seeing photos of people in the air, mid-jump. It’s amazing to see a photo of myself mid-jump as well. I’m also surprised I don’t look awkward… Since I felt like I was making weird faces of deep concentration every time I made a jump. xD;

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This photoshoot was a lovely experience despite the summer heat, and I would love to work with Xin again in the future. Now that it’s winter, I really miss summertime… I would prefer the blazing heat over the freezing cold any day! (It snowed today in my town, and now I’m upset at the weather. I was hoping for no snow this winter, but alas, it always snows in New England.) Do you have any favorite summer memories?

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Coord Rundown:

❀ OP: BTSSB

❀ Hairpiece and Necklace: Vintage

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Parasol: BTSSB

❀ Socks: Bodyline

❀ Shoes: Offbrand

~Thank you again to Xin Lolita Photography!~

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LBC: Your First Impression Of Lolita Versus Now

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This week’s prompt for Lolita Blog Carnival is a fun one:
Your First Impression Of Lolita Versus Now!

To be honest, I can’t quite remember my first impression of lolita… It was a really long time ago. It was probably when I was 13 or 14 years old? I was definitely in middle school at the time.

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Photo taken by my friend Camille

I stumbled upon a Gothic & Lolita Bible one day in a bookstore, and that’s how I discovered lolita fashion. I’m not exactly sure of my first thoughts about the fashion, but I think my initial impression was lolita as an over-the-top and absolutely beautiful aesthetic. I did not know the term “alternative fashion” at the time, so I am pretty sure that in my mind, I thought of lolita as – gasp – a costume. It was definitely outside the mainstream, and even though I loved the style, I couldn’t imagine people wearing it on a daily basis.

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In addition to this, I think my understanding of the fashion was simply in terms of “Gothic Lolita” versus “Sweet Lolita.” I knew about “Old School Lolita,” with its rectangular headdresses and eyelet lace and all, but I wasn’t quite sure about other styles that fit into lolita. I also had little to no knowledge of other J-fashions.

When I became interested in learning more about lolita fashion, I purchased my first Gothic & Lolita Bible! This is the one I got:

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It’s Volume 4 of the English language publication by TokyoPop. I still have this book on my shelf at home! After reading through this book, I was hungry for more, so I started to look for places on the Internet where I could see more examples of the fashion. At first, I had no idea where to start and was quite clueless. In high school, I discovered the EGL community on Livejournal, and that was really helpful! At first, I felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information (and especially: the rules!). Eventually, I felt more and more comfortable with the fashion style, but I still admired from afar since I wasn’t sure how I could afford anything lolita.

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Now, my impression of lolita is very different! I learned about other alternative fashion styles since my first encounter with lolita, and I now understand that lolita is not a costume. It’s a fashion style: with its trends, its “popular” brands, its indie brands, its sub-styles, and its quirks. There are people who wear lolita everyday, there are people who wear lolita every week, and there are people who wear lolita once in a while – and all of these are totally acceptable. Lolitas also don’t have a “type.” You don’t have to be “ladylike” to be a lolita. Your gender and gender presentation does not correlate with your ability to dress in lolita. There are lolitas of all personalities too! There’s a great deal of diversity within the lolita communities, both online and offline, and I think that’s one thing I’ve enjoyed most by learning more about lolita fashion.

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There’s one last discovery I would like to share about lolita: lolita fashion in its simplest form is clothing and accessories that people coordinate together to form cohesive outfits. But in the end, lolita clothing is just clothing. You don’t have to wear the clothing pieces as lolita. For example, it’s easy to wear a dress from a lolita brand without a petticoat and pull off otome style. The same goes for the reverse (I’ve used an otome dress for lolita before). If you have a lolita headdress, that doesn’t mean you have to use it exclusively for lolita. It could go well with another outfit too!

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~Be sure to read other blog posts on this topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival!

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