[LBC] 5 Surprise Finds That You Didn’t Realize You Would Enjoy So Much

This week’s prompt is “5 Surprise Finds That You Didn’t Realize You Would Enjoy So Much!”

I’m sure everyone has encountered surprise finds, whether it was an impulse buy, a gift from a friend, or something you saw and unexpectedly felt a pull toward it, even though you normally wouldn’t gravitate toward something like that.

AATP Starlit Sky Tent and the Secret Circus Troupe JSK I

1) This JSK was truly a surprise for me, because I got it from a lucky pack and had no idea what I was going to get (other than it being from the Alice and the Pirates brand). The name of the JSK is Starlit Sky Tent and the Secret Circus Troupe JSK I, in the blue colorway. I was hoping for something in red or bordeaux, so at first, I was disappointed when I saw the color. But I grew to love it’s unique print and beautiful design, and I’ve worn this dress often!

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Red Mary Janes from Wolky

2) These Wolky red Mary Jane shoes were a surprise find in a small locally-owned shoe store near my college campus. They were on clearance sale, so I got a good deal on them, and at first, I wasn’t sure if they’d truly be comfortable since they have heels. But I’ve worn these walking, dancing, etc. and they’re really comfortable and well-made shoes! I love Lolita tea party shoes, but unfortunately, they’re not really made for walking and aren’t comfortable. As someone with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and flat feet, I also need arch supports. And these shoes have built-in arch supports! Even without my custom orthotics, they are comfortable. Sneakers are more comfortable though, but I rarely wear sneakers with Lolita fashion. I’ve worn these Wolky shoes with almost all of my red colorway coords.

Bodyline Black Wristcuffs

3) These black Bodyline wristcuffs were a surprise find, and honestly I wasn’t expecting much… but they’re so cute and I’ve worn them for so many coords! They’re really versatile and work well for both gothic and sweet (bittersweet) coordinates. They’ve also held up well; the elastic hasn’t become over-stretched.

Vintage Gloves (Photo by Ameily)

4) These vintage French crochet gloves were totally a surprise find from a Parisian flea market. They were damaged though and I’m scared to wear them much because they’re quite fragile. But I enjoy them so much, even if it’s just gazing at them. I store them in a clear ziploc bag, and they are stored in a container in a very visible place in my room, so even though I’ve had them for years, I still like to look at them. Occasionally, I’ll wear them out with coords!

F21 Goldtone Ring with Ivory Rose

5) This goldtone ring with an ivory rose was something I found years ago in Forever21. When I first got it, I wasn’t too into it, but as I built my Lolita fashion wardrobe, I found myself wearing it more and more often. It’s very easy to match with various colors, and it fits comfortably on my middle finger. It’s a versatile ring that will look great with non-Lolita coordinates too. And it’s sturdy! Many of my rings have broken if I drop them, or they get scratched and discolored, but this ring still loks practically new.

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Cupcakes and Unicorns // Roli’s Ramblings // The Bloody Tea Party

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[LBC] Pros & Cons: Keeping To One Style VS Multiple Styles

This week’s prompt is “Pros & Cons: Keeping To One Style VS Multiple Styles” … and this prompt really speaks to me.

I’ve pondered this question many times, even before I started building my Lolita fashion wardrobe. I’m sure other Lolitas have pondered this as well. I currently have multiple styles and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ll share my personal Lolita wardrobe story first, and then I’ll share a list of Pros and Cons.

Before I even started in the fashion, circa 2008 to 2011, I really wanted to start off in a single style: Gothic Lolita. When I was growing up, I hated the color pink and didn’t really like Sweet Lolita for all its pastels. I loved the Classic Lolita style since I’ve always been a fan of historic clothing, but the prices always seemed much too high. The first piece I ever acquired was a black Bodyline jumperskirt (although it was more punk than gothic). Before that, I only had offbrand things I found at thrift stores, or skirts that my mom and I worked on sewing together.

What I wore to my first Lolita meetup

In 2012, when I started building my Lolita wardrobe, I took a surprising turn: Sweet Lolita! The reason was simple: budget. At the time, I stalked EGL Comm Sales on Livejournal religiously, on the hunt for secondhand deals. For some reason, and I’m not sure why, there were no affordable options for gothic styles that appealed to me. However, I did find a lot of cute Sweet Lolita items that were cheap. As an adult, the color pink didn’t bother me so much anymore. Part of it was probably due to my time reading the Gothic Lolita Bibles and KERA magazines, and starting to like pastel colors as well.

As you can see from my coord to my first-ever lolita meetup in January 2013, I am wearing (gasp!) some pink! I can’t recall the name of the skirt, but it’s from BTSSB. The blouse is just a basic white button-down shirt, and the bolero was a vintage item from a hospice shop. The large bow was hand-sewn, and the two smaller bows were from Forever 21 (and I still use those little bows all the time for coords!).

So, I went down the route of primarily Sweet Lolita, which was a total surprise! The goal was never to stick to one style forever though. I wanted to wear multiple styles. This is a desire I have not just for Lolita fashion, but for my wardrobe outside of Lolita too. I love fashion and being creative with outfits, but I also have different preferences for what to wear during certain times.

Eventually, I started acquiring Gothic Lolita pieces, and my wardrobe was split between the two styles. Below, you can see some of my coords from 2013 and 2014.

From 2015 to 2016, I acquired more Japanese brand pieces (and shifted from primarily shopping on LiveJournal to shopping on Facebook and MBOK for secondhand items). I also collected more basics like blouses, socks/tights, and accessories, and I started collecting a few classic pieces.

In today’s wardrobe, I have a wide variety of styles, and it can be overwhelming sometimes… but I have no regrets. I am not a lifestyle Lolita, but I do see myself as a collector Lolita. I love collecting different pieces! I don’t have much space, so it’s a struggle in a small apartment, but I make it work (even if it means stuffing clothing into vacuum seal bags or stuffing them into plastic bins and duffle bags…). Someday, I hope to have a proper closet where I can store my Lolita collection in one place. In my last LBC post, I shared my top tips for managing a wardrobe.

Now, for the PROS and CONS of Multiple Styles~!

PROS:

  • Variety of styles to choose from
    • Do you want to go goth today? Or channel your inner Victorian lady? Or are you feeling sickeningly sweet and want to be all ice cream sundaes and whipped cream?
  • Unleash your creative side
    • When you have multiple styles, you can also mix some styles together! Do you want to be gothic but lean into classic and look like a Victorian lady in mourning? How about combining some Decora with your Sweet Lolita? Or let’s create some fun Punk / Gothic vibes?

CONS:

If you prefer keeping to one style, I’d love to hear the pros and cons in your experience in the comments.

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The Bloody Tea Party // Cupcakes and Unicorns // Rose Sanctuary

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Favorite Lolita Coords of 2016

Here are some of my favorite lolita coords of 2016! This post will be very photo-heavy.

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This coord was from the local Valentine’s Day Meet in February 2016. I went for a red x white color scheme! I absolutely adore that heart cookie necklace from Sweet Mildred.

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Here is one of my dream dresses! It was a lucky find on Mbok as part of a set of random Metamorphose items. I wasn’t sure which cut it was (it was hard to see in the photos), but I’m so glad I took the risk! I also got some other cute Meta items in that secondhand set too.

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Terry, who I refer to as my Lolita big sis, dragged me along to Japan Festival Boston 2016! I was skeptical about going since I was in a lot of pain. I spent most of my spring time on and off with using a cane and sometimes being wheelchair-bound. Lots of bad spoonie flare-ups during this season. I fight Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome daily, and it’s not fun, but I am glad I can still do things that I enjoy. I’m in pain all the time, but that’s out of my control.

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My classmate Alex and I did an independent study on the visual storytelling of Alice in Wonderland and this work’s influence on Lolita fashion. This is what we wore to our presentation at the Celebrating Collaborations conference.

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PC: Astro Zombie Photography

I was really glad to have the chance to shoot this with Kel! I had shot with him in cosplay before, but this was the first time we got to shoot fashion. I hope we’ll have the chance to work together again! This is one of my favorite dresses, and I analyzed the print for one of my essays in my Victorian Mourning course. That is definitely one of my favorite essays that I wrote during college!

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I’m pretty sure this was my first (and only) time attending a summer International Lolita Day meetup. This OP is very dear to me since I bought it during an Angelic Pretty summer sale when I studied abroad in Paris. I got to meet Maki and Asuka during my time in Paris! I also love how big and roomy this Evil Live bag is.

 

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PC: Rick Joseph

This was a summer shoot I did for a wig sponsorship, but this marks a big day in my time with Lolita fashion since it was my first time wearing Lolita in my hometown. I was always too scared to wear it because my town is conservative, and my family always warned me against “standing out.” But I got the courage to wear this outfit, walk from home to the local library, and shoot outside. Of course, lots of people stared and there were some unwanted comments, but one lady I met was excited and complimented my unique sense of style. It felt great to wear what I love and feel confident! It was extremely hot that day though and I ended up ditching my petticoat and wig after the shoot.

 

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PC: Xin Lolita Photography

Here’s my coordinate for day 1 of RuffleCon 2016! It was my first year going as an attendee. I was really nervous about my coordinates at first since I had just moved and wasn’t able to bring my full wardrobe with me. I can’t afford an apartment yet and I obviously can’t afford a house, so I’m just renting a small room at the moment. (The only furniture I bought was a bed, table, chair, and mirror… still living out of my suitcases and re-using cardboard boxes and bags to stay organized.) I was scrambling to figure out what to wear, to be honest. At first, when I packed this, I wasn’t sure how it would look together (and it was also my first time wearing this dress). I love how this dress fits though, and I can’t wait to wear it again and again! I did have a scare with the hair comb falling out and getting lost… but I found it at the front desk later that day. Thank you, anonymous person who returned my lost headpiece. ❤

And here’s my outfit for Sunday of RuffleCon! Saturday was mostly casual since I was in the fashion show. But on Sunday, I was excited to wear this gorgeous Les Mis-inspired AATP JSK paired with a brand new Triple Fortune bonnet! My friend who had a VIP pass got me the bonnet. I’m so happy to finally own a Triple Fortune item! I should probably invest in a hat box at some point though… Currently storing it in a bag but I’m so paranoid about accidentally stepping on it or something.

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This was my outfit for my very first fashion walk! It was the Harajuku Fashion Walk in NYC. It was a pretty chilly day, so I was wearing a coat for most of the walk (but I took off my coat for these photos). This JSK and headbow set are my only Magic Tea Party pieces, but I love looking at their designs online. I was glad I snagged this secondhand set from Lacemarket last year! I definitely want more nautical-themed items.

 

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Here’s my coord for my very first Broadway show! Andrea took me to see Aladdin and it was so amazing. Before we went to the show, we went to Alice’s Tea Cup (where this photo was taken) for a delightful tea. The scones were heavenly.

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PC: Brian Ngai

For my first day at DerpyCon, I wore this book-themed coord! My biggest memory wearing this outfit was not a fun one: an adventure changing in a cramped bathroom. I had to bring my suitcase into the bathroom with me and I somehow fit both myself and the suitcase in a stall. And had to open up my suitcase, dig through it to find items for my coord, and put everything on. I did my makeup by the sink, but staff came in to clean the bathroom while I was still getting ready. It was definitely an interesting experience (and I hope I never have to repeat that again).

For Sunday of WinterCon, I wore Drosselmeyer’s Wonderbox. This is one of my favorite pieces I purchased from Erica (and I’ve bought quite a few things from her; she has great taste). I love tartan prints, and I especially love this holiday toy border print.

And that’s all for my favorite coordinates of 2016! Do you have a favorite look that I did last year? Please do share! I would also love to see your favorite looks of 2016. I hope you all have a very happy 2017!

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[LBC] A Holiday Themed Coord

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Hi, everyone! It has been a long time since I participated in Lolita Blog Carnival. I’ve been really busy with the full-time job I started in September, so I haven’t had much time to blog. Hopefully I’ll find time to blog more in 2017! In any case, this week’s prompt is: Create A Holiday Themed Coord!

For WinterCon, a comic and sci-fi expo in NYC, I decided to wear a holiday-themed coordinate for Sunday at the con. Think: holiday toys and presents for children!

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The dress and the headbow are from Alice and the Pirates’ Drosselmeyer’s Wonderbox series. I love the unique colorway and the variety of toys that line the dress’s border. The cuffs and yoke are nice touches too! I felt like a whimsical toymaker princess, to be honest.

Of course, this was a very cold Sunday, and most of the time, I was completely bundled up. And most of the photos reflected this.

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Yes, I had a thick scarf on (which was technically a shawl that I used as a scarf), a long winter coat with a faux fur collar, and I had gloves with me (but I didn’t wear the gloves for the photos). As much as I love my Alice and the Pirates book purse, all my stuff didn’t fit into that small purse, so I used the tote bag I got from the Angelic Pretty Mook too. I also realize that I wear these rings with most of my coordinates. (Plus I’m wearing my college ring, which I never take off except for certain cosplays.)

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Coordinate run-down:

☆Headbow: AATP

☆Bow clips: Offbrand

☆Necklace: Offbrand

☆Rings: Offbrand

☆OP: AATP

☆Tights: Offbrand

☆Shoes: Offbrand

☆Purse: AATP

☆Tote bag: AP

☆Coat: Offbrand

☆Scarf/Shawl: Offbrand

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I actually left WinterCon early to explore Manhattan a bit, and Joe of Just Cosplay Photos and I checked out the Rockefeller Center. It was super crowded, but we did manage to get some shots!

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I felt like the colors from the tree matched my outfit quite well! (Except all the colors in my outfit were darker.)

After checking out the tree, we looked at some of the window displays for various stores. A random lady complimented my purse and asked me where I got it. I had the chance to explain EGL fashion to her, which was a pleasure!

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Last but not least, I adopted this precious bear from WinterCon… I named him Drosselmeyer after my dress! Isn’t he adorable? Drosselmeyer is too precious and he deserves so much love. I will probably make a blog post specifically about Drosselmeyer and me at WinterCon. I am excited to see the photos Brian captured of me and Drosselmeyer!

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Thank you so much for reading, and please share your own holiday adventures with me! Photography credits go to Brian Ngai (photos at WinterCon) and Just Cosplay Photos (photos in Manhattan).

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Possible Lolita Coords!

I am thinking about possible Lolita Coords with the wardrobe I have right now (mostly offbrand).

I will try to dress up in Lolita fashion tomorrow, and I will definitely dress up in Lolita fashion on Sunday for a tea party! 🙂

Possibility 1:

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I can’t decide what I want to wear to the tea party… xD;; 

Well, at least I have choices. 🙂 I’m so excited right now because I think my wardrobe is growing quite nicely. Maybe next year I can wear Lolita on a near-daily basis. >w<