Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Elitists in the Goth Community

This week's video is my take on some of the 'types' of elitists that you'll probably come across in the goth community.  

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

My "Ungoth" Confessions

I feel like this is a right of passage for goth vloggers and bloggers! So here are some of my 'ungoth' confessions, because we can't be spooky and mysterious all of the time! I'm wearing a wig in this video, I haven't dyed my hair.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Coming out of the Coffin: Vampire Vlogs

This week I have a rather fun vampire vlog spoof!

My dear companion, Gravelvet, has recently made some videos outing themselves as a vampire. They keep insisting that we need to integrate with the humans; so I have rather reluctantly agreed to create this 'get to know me' video. If you have any further questions, let me know in the comments and I will perhaps answer them if you humans refrain from trying to kill me.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Spooky Box Club Haul

I recently made an unboxing video of all the items I bought from Spooky Box Club; a monthly subscription to a box of spooky gothic goodies (they also sell items individually). You can watch the video below, and this blog post will provide close up photos and details on use taste and so on.

Firstly, the items arrive in this adorable black box with lilac bats and stars. I love the fact that the bats are different shapes, and black and purple is my favourite colour combination!

Inside, I was first greeted by a host of purple paper noodles. The items are all neatly arranged inside.

The first thing I found was a cute flyer with their logo on it and a little thank you card, with "enjoy the free gifts" written on the back! I must have made such a large order that the kind lady who makes the boxes decided to give me some freebies. <3

The freebies were two gourmet lolly pops, a beautiful purple compact mirror with a rose print, an "Our Darling" funerary pin, two spooky love stickers, some Halloween themed wasabi tape and a cute little bank valentines card. The two lolly pop flavours were strawberry and champagne and raspberry swirl. They were both very tasty and I now understand how some lollies are gourmet and others are not! My favourite was definitely the strawberry one. The wasabi tape is great for wrapping presents and the compact is the perfect size. The pin is beautifully detailed and I love the story behind it- in the 17th century, people would put such plates on the coffins of departed loved ones, particularly children. They then started taking the plates home with them as mementos, or putting them on flower mounts or tomb stones from the late 18th century.

I got a selection of ghost themed items as ghosts are my favorite horror film creatures. The little sleeping spectre necklace is made from a light plastic and the chain is very long, although you can remove the pendant and place it on another chain if you want to. Below is a photo of the necklace worn so you can get an idea of length and size.

The little ghost bow is adorable! I love that it says "boo" on it and it's the perfect size. It comes on an alligator clip so you can put it in your hair or attach it to a waistcoat, blouse, etc.

This cute little lilac lunch bag has stars, bats and adorable chibi ghosts printed on it. It's made from a pretty durable cotton and it's a decent size. I can fit in a 500ml water bottle, a mini smoothie carton, a small yoghurt pot and spoon, a piece of fruit, my reusable travel mug, tea bags, sweets and a pasta lunch package inside it. I carry it around all day with me and it holds up well. I had it up against a paper Dominoes pizza bag whilst it was raining and some of the blue ink has bled onto the lunch bag. A quick go in the washing machine at 30 degrees C fixed that though.

I adore the print on this "Home Sweet Haunted Home" sign. It's very clear and boldly printed. The material feels like cotton.

The spooky Christmas tree decorations are beautifully designed and come in a variety of colours. The glitter is embedded into the plastic rather than glued on top so it won't shed which is brilliant. They are quite small, so they may get lost among larger ornaments on a large Christmas tree. However, I think they would look super cute and spooky popping out of more traditional baubles.

The bat plushie cushions are so soft and fluffy! I love the shape of them and they're quite small, so they would nestle beautifully in front of, or flanking a larger pillow. Here is a photo of them on my double bed so that you can get an idea of their size.

The memo pegs are tiny, much smaller than I thought they would be. They have cute little black hearts on the top. I was originally going to use them to hang up small items of washing such as tights and socks, but they're not strong enough for that. Never mind! They can still be used for their intended purpose!

The saltwater siren sarong print is stunning. The sarong itself is huge, I can easily wear it as a dress (I'm 5'0" though). The material is very soft too and I'm tempted to wear it as a scarf during Autumn.

I ordered two teas- Witches Brew and Enchanted Berry. The Witches Brew contains sencha, rose buds, cranberries, raspberries and rose petals. This is a light and delicate tea that I like to brew for three minutes. The berries and roses compliment each other very well. The Enchanted Berry contains apple, orange, hibiscus,cornflowers, currants, elderberries and rose-hip. This is very fruity and refreshing, like a non-alcoholic punch. I brew this for 5 minutes for a bold flavour. I adore the tins, the artwork on the lids is so cute! I particularly love the little ghosts hovering over the tea cup on the Enchanted Berry lid <3

These three cobweb doilies are charmingly quaint. The crochet work is fantastic. The central patterns are slightly different, with one being a tighter weave, one looser and one with a star in the centre. They look dainty and delicate, but they are a good thickness. 

This tombstone dry eraser board comes with a pen and a magnetic button on the back so it can be put on the fridge. The "Don't Forget Me!" heading appeals to my dark sense of humour! The pen is topped with an eraser too which is handy.

Aaaaaand that is everything! The next box is Voodoo themed and I have no idea what could be in it! Half the fun of having a subscription is the surprise! Are you a Spooky Box Club subscriber? Do you like the look of any of these items? Check out the Spooky Box Club website if you want to bag yourself some gothy goodies!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Danse Macabre

Hello again! On Saturday night, I went out with my friends Gravelvet, Plasticskittles, LittleMarquis, Vampira Von Ghoulscout and Andrea to Danse Macabre which is a goth night that floats around different venues in Glasgow. First off here's a picture of what I wore:
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Deaths Head Hawk Moth hair clips and coffin necklace from Curiology
Bat clips & velvet bows from Pink Sailor on Taobao
Gloves & shoes from Bodyline
Tights from Amazon

Random selfie with Gravelvet and Vampira von Ghoulscout

This was my first time at Danse Macabre and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a little late opening, which was fine because it wasn't that cold outside. We had a great night drinking, blethering and dancing to goth, industrial, synth & 80's pop music ^_^ I attempted to vlog the evening, but it was very, very dark so not much could be seen inside the venue.

It closed at 3am and we somehow managed to get a taxi within 10 minutes of leaving, despite being on Sauchiehall Street (there are soooo many clubs, pubs & concert venues on that street)! We went back to Gravelvet's place to continue the party singing to random songs whilst trying to sober up with water & tea. Sadly I forgot to video that part! We eventually called it a night/morning at 6am.

We had intended to go to a Pokemon Go Safari the next day, and we were on time & everything! But after 40 minutes, everyone was just standing around, nobody was speaking to each other -with the brief exception of the event organiser introducing himself- and we were starving! So we wandered off to get some food & agreed to go home because we were all shattered.

Here is a list of songs played at Danse Macabre:
Almost Alone - Blue City
Flowers For Agatha - The Common Enemy
NU:N - Dance To The Sun
Aeon Sable - Garden of Light
Inkubus Sukkubus - Wytches
Nomotion - Two Ghosts
Soviet X-Ray Record Club - Shake
The Sisters of Mercy - 1969
Terminal Gods - Electric Eyes
March Violets - Walk into the Sun
Gang of Four - Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time
Japan - Adolescent Sex
Bauhaus - Kick In The Eye
The Mission UK - Garden Of Delight [extended]
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - The Only Living Boy In New Cross
Die Krupps - Fatherland [mix by Sisters Of Mercy]
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
Brian Ice - Tokyo (Swedish Remix 1985)
Duke Lake - Do You
Excuses - We Are Fuel
Berlin Black - The One That You Deserve
Ken Laszlo - Hey Hey Guy
Sex Beat - Sex Beat
Ghost Dance - Last Train
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
The Sisters of Mercy - You Could Be The One
Rocky Horror Picture Show OST - Wild and Untamed Thing
Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust
Adam & The Ants - Stand And Deliver
Danielle Dax - Cat-House
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Nik Kershaw - The Riddle
The Timelords - Doctorin' the Tardis 

Monday, 25 July 2016

365 Day Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 29

Day 198- Write a short letter to your favourite brand

My favourite brand is Moi Meme Moitie. I love the quality of the dresses and the general aesthetic fits my personality to a tee. I love the colour schemes, but for the love of goth, please sort out your lighting in photographs! Some blues look electric blue, others look really dark and others yet look purple.

Day 199- Doodle a scene from your favourite book

There are far too many amazing books to have just one favourite!

Day 200- Indulge in a daydream

I do this fairly regularly. I love daydreaming.

Day 201- Design a coordinate based on a tea flavour

I chose Earl Grey flavour tea as an excuse to share a photo of me after my friend gravelvet transformed me into ouiji style! I feel like Earl Grey would be a dandy gentleman!

Day 202- Turn off all the lights for a while and light some candles

I enjoy doing this from time to time, it's very atmospheric!

Day 203- Give some extra care to your feet

My mum and I had a little at-home spa day using Lush products. We had a foot soak, exfoliating foot mask and finished it off with some lovely cooling peppermint foot cream. We also used hair oil and a face mask and we finished off with a cup of tea and a biscuit. It was nice to just relax and chat with my mammy <3

365 Day Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 28

Day 190- Discover the cutest cafe nearby

I've been to most cafes in Glasgow with my comm by now haha! But Edinburgh has a cat cafe! I'd love to visit it at some point.

Day 191- Doodle your ideal lolita hangout

I don't really have an ideal hang-out!

Day 192- Watch a video of an old castle

Here's a video tour of Edinburgh Castle

Day 193- Design a Coord based on a flower

Here's a photo of one of my Putumayo dress coords because it has cute floral motifs.

Day 194- Give yourself a treat in advance

I ate some tasty chocolates in the morning as a treat for coming up to my 3rd month of working out regularly.

Day 195- Wear something that reminds you why you love lolita

I love this coord because it just makes me feel really cute! I adore the long hair bows and it's as close to sweet lolita as I'll ever go, haha!

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 27

Day 183- Show How Your Wardrobe has Changed in the Last Six Months

It hasn't really changed that much. I've added more accessories and a couple of new dresses and that's it.

Day 184- Write a List of 5 Things You Feel Would Improve Your Wardrobe

1) More shoes.
2) More Blouses
3) A lolita-appropriate bag
4) More cardigans/boleros
5) A decent quality coat

Day 185- Read a Meet Up Post From an EGL Community in a Different Country

I forgot to do this one xD

Day 186- Share Your Favourite Lolita Hairstyle

I really like just simple curls. I'm not very good at styling my hair because it's annoyingly fine, but a head of curls always looks very lolita.

Day 187- Wear Your Favourite Lotion Before Bed

I don't currently have any of my favourite lotion- Frangipani Monoi Oil from Elemis is solid at room temperature, but I you leave it in some hot water it turns into the most divine smelling oil which leaves your body feeling soft and warm. It's pretty expensive so I only get it as a birthday/ Christmas present. I'm currently using a lovely orchid scented body lotion :)

Day 188- Unwind before bed with some light reading

I do this every day!

Day 189- Learn the Victorian language of flowers

This website is super detailed!

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 26

Day 176- Listen to Classical Music During your Nighttime Routine

I do this just about every night!

Day 177- Press Flowers into a Diary or Card

I don't currently have any fresh flowers in the house to press, so here's a drawing instead. I drew these roses when I was 13/14 as a gift for my parents wedding anniversary.

Day 178- Wear Something Unloved

I love everything in my wardrobe!

Day 179- Photograph your Wardrobe Space

Ta da!

Day 180- Share Your Favourite Garden

My favourite garden is probably the botanic garden in Glasgow.

Day 181- Learn a New Breakfast Recipe

When I was volunteering in Costa Rica, we had gallo pinto just about every day. It's really tasty, and I miss having it, so I looked up a recipe for it.

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 24

Day 162- Photograph Your Favourite Headpiece

Bonnets are my favourite headwear <3 one of my favourites is this bonnet from SouffleSong because of the cross charms. It's so pretty and it was a great price! It also has alligator clips on it so it stays in place better ^^

Day 163- Design A Coordinate Based on a Book

I chose the book The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Laroux since I have Haenuli's Angel of Music OP :)

Day 164- Design A Coordinate Using Contrasting Colours

Day 165- Take a Virtual Tour of an Area of the Globe that you've Always Wanted to Visit

I used Google maps to have a nosey around Tokyo :)

Day 166- Do a Normal Task in a Luxurious Way

I hoovered the house with my face mask and hair mask on today.

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 23

Day 156- Listen to an Old Favourite Song

There are far too many excellent songs for me to ever really have favourites! But I spent the day listening to my "epic songs" playlist which i suppose could count as my favourites (it's over 500 songs long xD).

Day 157- Photograph the Dress that you have worn the Most

Again, that would be my oldest piece, because it's my oldest one and because I wear it on nights out and it's the only non-print dress that I own so can wear lolita more casually.

Day 158- Take a Different Path than you Usually Do

No. This is not a good idea for someone with anxiety.

Day 159- Come up with Three New Lolita Holidays

1) International Gothic Lolita Day
2) International Obscure Substyle Day
3) International Ouiji Day

Day 160- Share 5 Facts About Your Lolita Wardrobe

1) It is entirely gothic
2) I have 16 main pieces
3) I don't own a lolita bag
4) It is a mixture of brand, indie brands and offbrand
5) I am going to collect stained glass prints

Day 161- Draw A Sweet Print Based off a Generated Name

Ugh. There hasn't been enough goth love in these challenges! These specific design a coord/ draw a print type ones have mostly favoured the sweets!

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 22

Day 148- Carry something to take notes on and fill it with wonderful things about your day

This was actually really nice to do. I usually write in my diary at the end of a day, but it was nice to carry it about with me and note things that happened as they went.

Day 149- Learn how to blend tea

This is something that I do at home all of the time!

Day 150- Give your room a fresh scent

It has been roasting this week (24°C)! So I’ve had all the windows flung open. I really love the freshness of a room where the windows have been opened. I’m not really sure how to describe the scent other than pure freshness.

Day 151- Photograph your favourite Lolita purse

This is a little embarrassing… I don’t own a Lolita bag! I just find it very hard to get excited about Lolita bags as there doesn’t seem to be many gothic options. And the weird pleather material that many are made from makes them look cheap af. And I love my Kipling bags. They’re not Lolita in the slightest, but I like them and they never make it into photos of me that will go on CoF. I will find myself a Lolita-appropriate bag one day…

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 21

Day 142- Learn a new sewing technique

The zipper burst on my Bridge of Bubbles Fan + Friend JSK ages ago and I always meant to fix it, so I finally learned how to sew on a new zipper!

Day 143- Doodle your favourite childhood toy

My favourite childhood toys were My Little Pony's! I didn't have a specific favourite, I loved them all and I still have some of them :3

Day 144- Design a coordinate based on your oldest dress

Outfit Rundown:
Hat- Surface Spell
OP: Bodyline
Socks: Sock Dreams
Shoes: Hush Puppies

Day 145- Watch an old Lolita fashion show

I watched the Helsinki Convention AP Fashion Show

Day 146- Write about your ideal Lolita meet up

My ideal lolita meet. Hmmmmm... I don't know! There are so many fun meet up ideas that work well depending on weather, budget, etc. As long as the company is great, I will thoroughly enjoy myself! ^_^

Day 147- Accessories one of your meals with an ambiance

I decided to make an event of breakfast. I feel like it's the neglected meal that people are most likely to skip or you just go through the motions whilst getting ready for the day. I normally sit in the living room to watch the news with breakfast.

So today I made myself some porage and I added some fresh strawberries and honey from the Isle of Eigg. I also enjoyed a cup of berry tea.

To create an ambiance, I played Tchaikovsky's because it's relaxing, but also helps me focus so I thought it was the perfect thing to play in the morning. I ate by the French doors in the kitchen which I opened to make the most of the natural morning light and the fresh morning air. the singing birds complimented the music perfectly.

I really enjoyed making such an event of breakfast. It was very calming and I'd love to do it more often.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 20

Day 135- Share a Lolita trend you couldn’t get into

Nun Lolita. I’m a religious person and I don’t like nun lolita, because nuns take a vow of poverty and renouncing vanity, so basing a fashion which is all about vanity and looking expensive around their clothing doesn’t sit well with me.

Day 136- Write about your ideal Lolita interior

My dream is to buy an old disued church with stained glass windows and to restore and convert it into a home. I would have a grand spiral staircase leading up to the second floor, which I would probably have as a mezzanine so as to keep the number of windows 'cut in half' to a minimum. It would have stunning dark wooden floors and arched doorways. The interior design would be elegant gothic.

Day 137- Share your favourite historical era

I'm really interested in history and my favourite books are historical fictions that are based on real people/events. I don't have a favourite era though. 

Day 138- Take out an unloved dress

I love all of my dresses! <3

Day 139- Find a new spot in your town for a Lolita meet-up

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To celebrate finishing my exams, my great aunty treated me to lunch at Cup and Saucer, a cute little café on Cresswell Lane that I had no idea existed! It’s rather small, but full of 1940’s-60’s décor, including an old tv, (working) radio, fireplace, heater, magazines, posters, tea wares and nick nacks. 

My great aunty discovered this place recently when the usual place that she’s go for lunch with gran was full up, so they had a wander around to find somewhere else. They both loved the place because all the décor reminded them of their childhood and the food was good. 

I love it too; I think it would be super cute for a meet up. It’s owned and run by one woman who styles her hair in 1940’s looks and she wears cute retro aprons. She’s really lovely and the food is delicious. I had lentil soup with crusty bread, and a slice of white chocolate and cranberry tiffin. There are also sandwiches, paninis, toasties and afternoon tea. There is a pretty good selection of loose leaf tea too! Everything is made by the lady. There is also a vintage shop right next door, so I think it’d be great to have a meet up at the café and then browse through the vintage shop.

Day 140- photograph a unique accessory you own

This is my circlet that I bought from Elvenstar Design. I wore it for the first time when I went to see Swan Lake at the Theatre Royal with my friend.

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 19

Day 127- Photograph your room

I don't really like how my room looks. It's bursting full of stuff and it hasn't changed much since I was a kid. My room would look vastly different if I had any say in changing how it looks. Hopefully I'll be able to move out next year and I'll have myself a beautifully goth room. So here's a picture of my wardrobe instead!

Day 128- Discover a beautiful spot for a daytrip in a near-by city

There are only 7 cities in Scotland- Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness. The closest to Glasgow is Edinburgh, and I’ve been nosying about the city’s attractions online since I might be doing a masters at one of the universities. A beautiful spot which I think would make for a great lolita day trip (excluding the obvious answer of the castle), is Palace of Holyrood House. The building looks beautiful and it's a museum about the history of Scottish royalty. 

Day 129- Write a short poem about how you feel wearing lolita

Pure fabby!

Day 130- share a painting you would love on a dress

I don’t really like paintings of people as prints. Jet J does that a lot and it tends to look weird to me. However, I like paintings with other subjects as dress prints. That taobao brand dress with Van Gough’s Starry Night painting as a print was really pretty. I’d love to see some vanitas still-life paintings on dresses. Like this one: 'Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life', 1640 (oil on oak panel) by Harmen Steenwyck. I wrote an essay on this painting for my Standard Grade Art and Design class at high school. I love the symbolism behind every item, the subtle use of light and shade and the rather macabre nature of the subject.

Day 131- Drink a nice cup of tea

I drink several cups of tea a day. I recently bought a new tea from Whittard of Chelsea called Goji Acai. It’s Sencha blended with goji and acai berries and hibiscus flowers.

Day 132- Learn a new makeup style from a GLB issue

I tried out that blush around the eyes make up style... and it looked horrendous.

Day 133- Pull things out of your wardrobe that don’t make you feel fabulous

Nothing in my wardrobe makes me feel unfabulous. I have a lot of non-glamorous clothes that are a necessity for a conservation zoologist and budding amateur wildlife photographer like myself. They make me feel ready to take on the world and save some animals! And I have plenty of comfy non-glamorous clothing that I like to just lounge in and feel casually cute. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 18

Day 120- Look up the performance schedule for your local theatre

I do this semi-regularly and I get a programme of events from The King’s, the Theatre Royal and the Citizen’s theatres. My friend and I will be going to see the American Idiot musical in June and I am ridiculously excited! Green Day are my favourite band and I missed the premier tour, so I’m well chuffed I’m able to go this time. I’m looking forward to seeing how my favourite album is brought to life on the stage!

Day 121- Find a beautiful place in the world you’ve never seen before

I watched a documentary on Cuban wildlife and wow it looks like a stunning country! So many different kinds of habitats and lots of rare wildlife, including the world's smallest humming bird! I'd love to visit one day.

Day 122- Learn the proper way to set a dinner table

Etiquette Scholar goes rather in depth on how to set a dinner table depending on the level of formality/number of courses. It was a very interesting read.

Day 123- Take an extra step in your facial care routine

I used one of the toner tabs today. You pop one into a bowl of hot water, lean over it and cover your head with a towel. The skin goodies dissolve into the water and the steam opens your pores so that they get cleaned out and your skin gets some nourishment. It was very relaxing and prepared my skin nicely for my face mask. 

Day 124- Photograph your online handle hand-written

Day 125- Celebrate princess day

I’m in the middle of the exam period. I ‘celebrated’ princess day by studying and drinking too much coffee. But I played classical music all day, is that acceptably princess-like?

Day 126- Share a place you would love to visit in Lolita

Stirling Castle. I've never been there in or out of lolita. It looks beautiful, as does the surrounding scenery.

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 17

Day 113- Doodle your ideal Lolita storefront

My ideal lolita shop front would of course be a gothic shop with stained glass windows! I'd also love a big dark wooden arching door. The shop name would be in a pretty gothic font, but my drawing skills and amount of free time at the moment weren't really sufficient to do a proper drawing.

Day 114- turn off all media during dinner

We never have any media on during dinner. Dinner is family time where we eat around the table and chat with each other.

Day 115- Pick out a fresh nail design

I love nail polish, but I don't wear it often because my work doesn't allow it. I love these ideas from buzzfeed for easy nail designs that don't require much skill.

Day 116- Design a coordinate based on a dessert

This one was quite difficult, but I made a coord based on red velvet cake. I pretty much just focused on the colours of the cake and I've opted for a lot of velvet!

Day 117- Look through photographs from before your time

For a birthday present for my mum one year, the family made a photo album with a lot of photos from when she was little up to the year we gave it to her. It was really nice to see how fashion has changed and kinda spooky to see how much I look like her at every stage in life so far!

Day 118- Give yourself a small indulgence

I like the look of Lush’s rose toner tabs, but they’re quite expensive (£2.50 each). But I’ve worked damn hard this year and I still have a way to go, and I know the stress of the final exams is going to wreak havoc on my skin, so I bought myself some.

Day 119- Wear something in your favourite colour

My favourite colour is purple, so I wore a purple freshwater pearl necklace.

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 16

Day 106- write why you love your favourite brand

My favourite band has always been Green Day. I adore their music and their music videos. I love that they're punk at their core, but are unafraid to experiment with different genres. The emotion in the music and in Billie Joe's voice, whether that's anger, sorrow or joy is so powerful. I've seen them in concert and they have so much energy! The productions are always huge, with water guns to cool down those in the standing, cannons to shoot tshirst out to those in the seats, confetti, amazing lighting and videos and pyrotechnics. My favourite thing about their live perfomances is their audience interactions. The majority of bands and singers I've been to see just sing their set & leave. Sometimes they'll just shout "hello Glasgow!" a few times. But Billie Joe grabs people to bring on stage to sing with him, to stage dive & to be the 'sacrifice' in East Jesus Nowhere. He dances around as a drunk pink bunny whilst we're waiting for the transition between the support acts and them, he gets the crowd to sing along with him & scream "hey ho" and he blethers away to us, teases us with build ups to songs and demands that we jump and scream and dance as much as he does. The sheer energy through a 3 hour set is phenomenal.

Day 107- submit a Lolita valentine for someone in your country

Day 108- mend a clothing item

I sewed on a button that had popped off my AP Mallorca Cut-Sewn OP.

Day 109- Take a book with you

This is something that I have always done. I travel on the bus a lot, which isn’t particularly pleasant in Glasgow, particularly with anxiety, so engrossing myself in a book helps to distract myself.

Day 110- find something to enjoy in a task you hate

There aren’t really any household tasks that I hate doing. I quite like cleaning and tidying. It makes me feel like I’m being productive and I like my space to be clean and organised. It’s also a great excuse to sing and dance along to some music!

I do however hate public transport. I hate needing to get the bus to & from uni and the town almost every day. The buses do not stick to the timetables, they’re too cold in winter and too hot in summer, they’re uncomfortable and expensive, I get anxious if it gets busy or if it runs late and I’ve had many unpleasant experiences on the bus.

For example, I had my bus stopped by six policemen who searched the bus and hauled two passengers off to search them for stolen goods. In the same week, two raging alkies sat behind me and had a huge argument, which ended with the woman pouring her Buckfast over the guy; splashes ricocheting onto the back of my head and it created a pool of vile-smelling fortified wine around my feet. The bus and I stank and it was another 20 minutes before my stop.

Reading a book helps make bus journeys more bearable when there aren’t troublesome passengers.

Day 111- Photograph an item that carries special memories

This photo album was hand-made in Costa Rica and contains a selection of photos from my month volunteering and traveling in the country three years ago. It was the first time I'd ever travelled outside of Europe and the first time I went abroad without my family (save for a high school trip to Paris, but we had lots of teachers with us). It was an amazing experience helping scientists to collect data on sea turtles and learning about the country's culture and history.

Day 112- Share a piece of Lolita advice

Don't neglect the basics! Build yourself a solid wardrobe of blouses, accessories, shoes and cardigans/boleros. You will get bored of only having a couple of different ways to wear each dress. I always get so excited over dresses that I neglected the rest of my wardrobe for the first three years. I realised I was coording all of my dresses in the same few ways and it was so boring that I never felt like taking photos and it got to the point where it wasn't that exciting to wear lolita any more, That all changed when I bought myself some new shoes, blouses and hair accessories! 

Friday, 15 July 2016

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 15

Day 99- Wear something with a bow

I wore this cute hair bow today

Day 100- Learn some photography basics

One of my hobbies is amateur wildlife photography. I learned a lot about natural history photography from The Wildlife Photography Workshop by Ross Hoddinott. I would strongly recommend it for anyone with a similar interest because it covers the jargon of the different digital camera functions and photoshop, the best lens types to use for each animal group, how to make the best of different weather conditions, compositions and more in a clear and concise manner.

Day 101- Photograph something you drew

I drew these calla lilies with chalk on black paper years ago for my standard grade art class. It was my favourite piece from the light and shade unit. Pretty much all of my 3rd year art work was different flowers because they are my favourite things to draw. <3

Day 102- Create a wishlist of flowers that you would plant in your garden

Bleeding Hearts
Black Hollyhock
Stargazer Lilies
Calla Lililes
Peacock Lilies
Sword Lilies
Water Lilies
Queen Anne's Lace
Double Ellens

Day 103- recommend a movie to a friend

I recommended Dr. Terror's House of Horror's to one of my friends who is a big fan of Christopher Lee and he hasn't seen it yet. It's periodically on the horror channel so he probably won't have long to wait until it's showing again.

Day 104- design a coordinate based on your newest dress

My Holy Lantern OP was dispatched a couple of days ago! My first coord with it will be this:

Day 105- share the dress you currently covet

I currently covet Haenuli’s Glass of St Giles OP with the chest motif. It’s gorgeous! I mean, just look at it!

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 14

Day 92- browse through the egl livejournal memories

I browsed through my comm's old egl page. It hasn't been updated since 2012 when the comm moved over to Facebook. It was really nice to see who are still members, people I recognise but are no longer in the comm for whatever reason, and to see the old meets.

Day 93- Learn a new drink recipe

I'm rather partial to a cocktail or two, so I decided to do my own spin on the classic White Russian. I present: The Green Russian! It's simply 1tsp matcha, 50ml vodka, 25ml Bailey's, a splash of Amoretto (optional) and topped off with whole milk since I don't have any cream at the moment xD It was rather tasty! And matcha has the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of normal green tea, so it totally cancels out the badness of the alcohol... ;)

Day 94- Share your favourite bakery

Deeserts does amazing crepes, waffles, cakes & cookie dough, as well as ice creams and milkshakes! I also love the look of the interior.

Day 95- Plan an indulgent princess day for May 5th

I’ll be very busy in May with my final exams; I won’t have time to take out an entire day to indulge myself.

Day 96- Write a short letter to a good friend

I wrote one, but I won't share it here because it contains some personal information.

Day 97- Have a meal in a different space from your usual

I normally eat my breakfast in the living room so that I can catch the morning news and we normally have dinner as a family at the dining table. I decided to have breakfast at the kitchen table instead today. It was rather nice to have a moment of quiet in the morning and to properly appreciate my breakfast. I still like to watch the morning news, but I think I’ll have breakfast at the table on weekends.

Day 98- Stop and smell any flowers you pass

This is not a good idea if you have hay fever, which I do. I didn’t fancy spending the rest of the day sneezing, so if there was no noticeable smell from a flower, I wouldn’t lean in to smell it better. Instead I would just take a moment to appreciate the beauty in the form, colours and arrangements of flowers.  At a busy and stressful time in my life (exam period), it was very relaxing to take a moment here and there to just quietly admire the beauty of nature.