Saturday, 11 June 2016

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 9

Day 57- submit a Lolita valentine for someone in your community

My comm knows I'm doing this challenge, so I think they'd know it was me who sent the valentine, which defeats the purpose of the anonymity and I think it would seem insincere to create one because of this challenge, so I complimented my comm members' most recent coords instead.


Day 58- Learn the basics of calligraphy

I held off on this one because Japan Fair is held in early June and you get to try out traditional Japanese calligraphy. Below are my rather terrible contributions. The brush and ink are actually quite difficult to use gracefully. I’d love to take a proper class in calligraphy now. Hopefully I can find something affordable during the summer.

My name in Kanji
The Beauty of Nature


Day 59- Solve a Lolita-themed puzzle

I just did the little puzzles on the Lace a la Mode Facebook page.


Day 60- Create a collage or mood board for your Lolita style

I made a pinterest board full of stained glass, churches, gothic art and flowers which can be found here


Day 61- Compliment a coord from someone you have never met

I do this quite frequently. I love looking at people’s CoF posts, and when I see a coord that I love, I like to leave a little comment about it. There aren't that many people in my comm, most of the CoF posts are from people that I've never met!


Day 62- Share a new release that you’re excited about

Angelic Pretty’s Holy Lantern MTO! I ordered the lavender OP in October and it’s due to be shipped next month! I am super excited because the print and the op design is so pretty. It also means that the value should depreciate in the second hand market, so I’ll be able to pick up jsk 1 in black and jsk 2 white for a reasonable price at a later date.


Day 63- Learn silhouettes of dresses throughout the ages

This is my favourite little infographic which gives the jist of different fashions throughout the centuries. I've also read a lot of books on historical fashion. If anyone is interested in learning more, I'd suggest reading the following: 17th & 18th Century Fashion Detail19th Century Fashion in DetailUnderwear Fashion in Detail and A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Second Edition: From Catwalk to Sidewalk



365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge- Week 8

Day 50- Take the “Are you a pure Lolita” Quiz from GLB

I scored 28. Apparently I’m not pure haha! Most of those questions were very strange. I do not wish to become a doll (I like being a living creature), Roses aren’t my favourite flower or scent, caste systems are wrong and I’m a zoologist so a natural paradise sounds more appealing to me than a concrete jungle. I also don’t know what Harry Potter or Twilight have to do with being a ‘pure’ Lolita. It was a bit of fun though!


Day 51- Share your first Lolita dress and why you chose it

I already shared my first Lolita dress on day which asked to photograph your oldest piece. I chose it because it was a simple, solid gothic piece. It looked pretty and was pretty cheap so I could see how I felt about it.


Day 52- Learn how to spot a constellation

I live in a city so unfortunately there is a lot of light pollution and you're lucky if you see one or two stars in the sky. But when I went to the Isle of Eigg, the sky was alive with stars! I spent a good few magical nights with other volunteers looking up at the sky and chatting away under a blanket or twenty. I also love all the myths surrounding the constellations.

You need to orientate yourself and a star map north. In order to face north, you need to find Polaris (the North Star), or use a compass. If you don't have a physical compass, there are plenty of compass apps for phones. If you manage to find Polaris, it makes aligning the star map with the stars much easier, as polaris is the brightest star in the Ursa Minor (Little Dipper) constellation. Although you can align the star map with any constellation, not all constellations are visible all year round. Those that are visible all year in the Northern Hemisphere are Auriga, Camelopardalis, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco, Lynx, Perseus, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor.

Windows2Universe is a fantastic website that is split into beginner, intermediate and advanced information on the sky, space and stargazing: http://www.windows2universe.org/the_universe/Constellations/circumpolar.html


Day 53- Design a coordinate based on a painting

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson is one of my favourite poems and I love this painting by John William Waterhouse on the lady. I love the Pre-Raphaelite style. There are lots of stunning little details in the painting, but one of my favourite tdetails is the lady's expression; I think it perfectly captures her sorrow and confusion.

Her look is more simple than I would have imagined from the poem, the main detail seems to be the long sleeves which are submerged in the water.


I decided to go for this ensemble pictured bellow. I though Cross and Roses long op in white would be fitting since she is wearing a long white dress in the painting, and the cross is a nod to the crucifix in her boat. The white arm cover with the princess sleeve bolero would reflect the sleeves of the lady's dress. The black chiffon belt and gold pearls would reflect the belt and beads that the lady is wearing. I opted for a gold circlet and gold shoes to balance out the top and bottom, and black crystal hair spirals for the same reason.


This challenge was more difficult than I thought it would be! It reminded me of how the obsession with colour balancing in lolita fashion doesn't really apply to other fashions. In the painting the lady's circlet is silver, her necklace is gold and her belt is black. That would be a big no-no in a lolita coord! I tried my best to balance the colours in this coord, although I'm still not sure if it would actually work when it's all put together on a person. Oh well, it was a fun challenge!



Day 54- Photograph where you store your accessories

I don't have any exciting storage, I'm afraid! I just store my jewellery in the top drawer and my hair accessories in the bottom drawer of my beside table.




Day 55- Read the princess code

The Princess Code is a poem by Princess Skye which was on her blog Princess Portal. But the website has been closed, so I read it on parfaitdoll.com as she references the original author and site very clearly. I think the poem is really cute and it always makes me smile!


Day 56- browse through the daily lolita livejournal posts from when you started in lolita

Aw man, the nostalgia is strong today! Although I've never had a livejournal account (I just stick to Facebook groups), it's so nice to have a nosy round the livejournal archives to see parts of the online comm captured in time.   

365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge- Week 7

Day 43- Doodle and Label the Top 5 Destinations You Would Like to Visit

I'd love to explore more of Scotland, particularly the islands. I have visited The Isle of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides. So to keep it to 5 (which was still very difficult!), here are some doodles of 5 other islands in the Inner Hebrides that I would love to visit:





1) Iona: This would be a pilgrimage for me, as it is known as the "Cradle of Christianity in Scotland" as it is where St Colombus first landed. I would love to visit the historical sites such as the bay, abbey, nunnery, well of eternal youth, Sìthean Mòr and Reilig Òdhrain. I'd also like to take little day trips from Iona to the Staffa Archipelagoand the Treshnish Isles to see the beautiful rock formations, Fingal's Cave and the wildlife, particularly puffins!



2) Mull for pony trekking, beautiful beaches and landscapes, and to see the six castles, the standing stones and the myriad of wildlife. I could also arrange for a day trip to Eileach an Naoimh to visit the monastery ruins which are the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in Scotland; and to Ulva to see Livingston's Croft and Cave, and to possibly catch a glimpse of the rare slender scotch burnet moth and many other beautiful fauna and flora.









3) Tiree for stargazing, wildlife, hill walking, and to see An Turas, Vaul Broch, the fort at Happy Valley, the rural centre and old mill, Temple Patrick, Kirkapol Chapels, Kilkenneth Chapel and the Ringing Stone and I could have a day-trip to Skerryvore to see the lighthouse.




4) Islay to visit the distilleries, the museum of Islay Life, the Bowmore Round Church, the RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve, the American Monument on the Oa, Kilnave Chapel & Cross, Kilchoman Churh and Military Graveyard, Finlaggan, Kildalton High Cross and old parish Church, The Natural History Centre, see the wildlife, attend an Alexander Technique class, to go horse riding and sea kayaking.











5) Eilean Shona for their arts and crafts workshops, paddle boarding and swimming in their clean waters, wildlife (particularly red squirrels!), stargazing and hill walking.










Day 44- Check out your Local Library’s Calendar of Events

My local library only does events for children and the elderly, so I looked at the nearby Glasgow Women’s Library in Bridgeton. One event for the month really caught my eye: Palestinian Embroidery; Empowering Women and Strengthening Communities (Workshops) and Women Making History in West Dunbartonshire. It focuses on the historical and cultural richness of Palestinian embroidery and teaching people traditional Palestinian embroidery techniques. I really wanted to attend, but I was in uni when it was running. Hopefully the workshop will return to the library later on.


Day 45- Share a Lolita Love Story

It was yet another dreary Scottish winter's day. I had been up since 6am and only got out of university at 5pm. I couldn't think when I last saw daylight. It had been a long day of classes and pre-lab work and lab work and post-lab work. The bus back into town was cramped, and then the bus home was late and also crammed with people. It took two hours for me to get home because of the traffic. I walked my weary bones through the front door, eager for some paracetamol-induced relief from my pounding headache.

But as I approached the living room, I saw something. A parcel? For me? It's here!

Handling the package as carefully as if it was an infant, I opened it slowly, battling my eagerness to tear it open. Savour the moment. Once opened, I slowly, slowly removed the contents.

Before my eyes was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen: Moi Meme Moitie's Stained Glass JSK in green. My dream dress was everything I had hoped for and more! The tiny details within the window panes were mesmerising, the colours were vivid and simplicity of the cut set it off perfectly. Tiredness forgotten, I rushed upstairs to try it on. It was a perfect fit! I spent the rest of the night coording the beauty. Two years later it is still my dream dress and I love it dearly.


Day 46- Learn a Parlour Game

I love parlour games; I used to play many as a child and even as an adult a lot of them are great ice breakers and add a little something special to a normal afternoon tea meet up. Oldfashionedliving.com is a great blog with lots of different parlour games. One that I have never played before is Forefits:

"One person is chosen to leave the room. All the other guests must "forfeit" a special item that belongs to them. All of these items are placed in the center of the room and then the "auctioneer" is brought back in. He/she picks up an item and tries to describe it as one would an item about to be sold. In order not to forfeit the item, the owner must "fess-up" and do something amusing/embarrassing to win back the item (sing, dance, do an imitation, recitation, tell a clean joke, etc.)"


Day 47- Browse through antiques

This is something that I do during the holidays with my parents. We’ll head off to an antique centre to browse and have a nice lunch in the little bistro. I collect tea wares, faeries and perfume bottles. My first ever purchase was an Edwardian glass carafe.



Day 48- Compliment a coordinate post without too many comments

I do this pretty regularly. If I see a coord on CoF that I really like, I'll leave a comment, regardless of how many likes or comments they already have.


Day 49- Keep your posture in check 

I’m used to doing this every day because I used to do Taekwon-do and we would always be told off for slouching; good posture when sitting or standing is very important in showing respect to your teacher and to sparring partners.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Dandy Style Transformation





New video out! My friend Gravelvet transformed me from a gothic lolita to a dandy!



Check out their blog at http://gravelvet.blogspot.co.uk/ and their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDxHOpdOXkctaJ1WBe-xIQ


365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge- Week 6

Day 36- Re-Read a Favourite Childhood Story

My parents read me The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien several times when I was really little and I first read it for myself when I was 7 years old. To this day it is still one of my favourite books. I even wrote my Standard Grade English free-choice essay on The Hobbit; analysing the theme of the impacts of greed and selfishness on individuals and relationships. My dad owns these stunning fully illustrated copies of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion.



Day 37- Doodle a Lolita Friend

I'm really not good at drawing people. My friend drew a beautiful picture of me for my birthday though which I just have to share. You can see it on her blog here

http://gravelvet.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/monday-morning-manga-with-gravelvetart.html


Day 38- Share the love with a few heart-felt lolita valentine’s

I’m unsure about how to submit one, so I left nice comments on some CoF posts instead.


Day 39- Browse through dresses that were released when you started in lolita

This task has caused a wave of nostalgia to wash over me. I discovered lolita fashion in 2011 and bought my first items in 2012. After looking through 210 pages on lolibrary of 2012 releases, I’ve shared some of my favourites below that got me to pluck up the courage to become actively involved in the fashion.

Stained Glass Prints by Moi Meme Moitie, BTSSB and Haenuli are what really made me want to plunge into the fashion. I instantly fell in love with them and they are still my dream dresses. I currently own the one in top left hand corner, but I’m still searching for the others.



Other Prints. 2012 was a killer year for the big brands! They had so many stunning releases and it was difficult to narrow it down to 6. Meta’s Dim Lights OP is one of my two non-stained glass dream dresses. I’m a religious person and I adore religious art, symbols and architecture and seeing so many dresses that fit my aesthetic perfectly inspired me to stop being an admirer and take my first steps to becoming a lolita.



Non-print dresses. I really liked the look of the more simple non-print dresses, particularly when testing my confidence in the fashion. Seeing these designs are what sent me to Bodyline to buy some solid pieces as my first items to test the waters.


Day 40- Wear a Fragrance

I wear a fragrance most days because I thoroughly enjoy perfume. I love how the scent slightly changes as you go through the day and how the same fragrance can smell slightly different on different people as it interacts with our skin and natural scents/pheromones. My favourite kinds of perfumes tend to have musky and spicy notes. However, my current favourite is from Lush which is called Death and Decay (be still, my gothic heart!). It smells like lilies; one of my favourite flowers. It lasts for ages too as it’s a proper perfume so you only need four drops maximum and I can decant it into my perfume bottles.




Day 41- Learn a New Word

I learned a new word at university this week! Biophilia: the innate affinity of human beings with the natural world. It is a theory put forward by biologist E. O. Wilson to explain why humans seek out nature, feel so passionately about protecting it, and why there are numerous physical and mental health benefits to humans when we are in contact with nature.


Day 42- Wear Something by your Favourite Brand

I was in uni today and I really didn't feel like wearing a dress, so I took my Moitie handkerchief with me as a cheat.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 5

Day 29- Write a letter to yourself 5 years from now

I’ve never been fond of that sort of thing as a concept. I’ve always thought it was a bit naff. But here we go!
Dear Me,
This is past me from 5 years ago. I/you/we will be 26 when you read this. You better have graduated from university with honours or I will be sorely disappointed! I hope we have some sort of conservation-based job in Scotland. I/we are currently single (which you know), so is that still the case in your time? Or do you/we/I have a loving boyfriend/husband? If so, was the wedding and honeymoon been everything we dreamed of? Are their children or talk of children yet? How much of the travel list have you gone through? What advances in conservation and technology have come to pass? Is Scotland finally a free, independent nation again? How is everyone in our family getting on? I hope they’re all doing well.
I’m not really sure what else to add, and I still feel like this is silly, so signing off now!
Best wishes,
21 year old you.


Day 30- Tidy your closet

I always like to keep my wardrobe tidy. However, my desk was getting a bit cluttered so I tidied that instead.


Day 31-Browse through the latest wardrobe posts on egl

It's great fun getting to see other lolita's wardrobes in their JWPs ^_^ I haven't had the chance do mine yet though because my dissertation was due in this month.


Day 32- Write About Your Perfect Valentine’s Day Lolita Meet

My perfect St. Valentine’s meet... There used to be a place called The Number One Chocolate Factory which I discovered did chocolate parties where you would learn some simple chocolatier techniques and have a chocolate tasting competition. I think that would be so much fun for a St. Valentine's lolita meet up, and I had organised a meet, but they closed in December to move to a new premises and said they would re-open in January... but it's now February and they haven't released any details about this new premises and they stopped responding to facebook messages and emails, so it had to be cancelled. I hope and pray that they will re-open eventually!


Day 33- Go Back in time to the first iterations of Lolita webstores

I have chosen Moi Meme Moitie! Webarchive's earliest record is in March 2010.




Day 34- Watch a Home-made Lolita video

I went through all the YouTube Videos by Gravelvet of my comm’s past meet ups. It was really nostalgic to remember the fun meet ups and get a glimpse of meets that I wasn’t able to attend for whatever reason. They can be found here if you fancy a nosy =P https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPc7y5FqfjUziDA9kstkvG2Bc40T88uMF 


Day 35- Photograph your oldest Lolita piece 

My oldest piece is the first lolita item that I ever bought in 2012! It’s the Katerina Black Corset OP (P044) in black from Bodyline. Sadly I don’t have many photos of me in it because I didn’t really start attending meets or taking coord pictures regularly until 2014. It is also my go-to dress for concerts & nights out, so the lace has gotten a bit ratty over the years. I adore it though and I’ll keep it until it falls apart since it is no longer sold on the Bodyline website.



365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge- Week 4

Day 22- Share a Favourite Book that other Lolitas May Like

I’m a goth, so this is going to be a gothic recommendation =P I thoroughly enjoyed reading Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the musical and/or gothic literature.


Day 23- Learn about a Renegade Princess

WARNING- SPOILERS IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE BASICS ABOUT BOUDICA

I have now started reading the second book,
Dreaming the Bull. The first Book is called
Dreaming the Eagle which I have in paperback 
I’m currently reading a series of books by Manda Scott called Boudica, about the life of the warrior queen of the Eceni (pronounced eye-see-nee) tribe who led the rebellion of Celtic Britania against the Roman Empire. She united many Celtic tribes and slaughtered tens of thousands of Roman invaders, leaving gruesome calling cards wherever they went. She even burned down Roman-built cities, including Londinium (early London). 

I’ve just finished the first book detailing her early life and there are another three books to go. However, much of the book is fantasy as we know very little about this legendary woman because the Celts didn’t write. They passed down their history and teachings through songs and stories, so when the Celts were wiped out of England by various invasions, their history and culture was lost.

The bulk of what historians know about the woman with the wildfire hair is from Roman writings, so we only really know about the outcomes of battles and the Roman opinion of this brave woman. We don't even know what her real names was. Boudica (Celtic for 'Bringer of Victory') became her title after her warriors chanting it after her first victorious battle against the Romans. The fact that she was even mentioned at all shows how important and feared she was at the time as Romans believed women to be inferior to men and that women were incapable of fighting in wars, never mind leading armies! Nobody knows how she died, but after her army’s eventual defeat, there is no record of her being captured by the Romans, which they surely would have bragged about. She may have escaped or been killed in the battle. The books have been thoroughly researched and it has been really interesting to learn about what historians know of the culture of the Celtic people.  


Day 24- Wear Something with Lace

I like to wear my Sunday best, so I wore my purple lace dress to church. It's beautiful and modest as it goes below my knees and covers my shoulders, back, chest and stomach.



Day 25- Spare Some Time for an Indulgent Wash

I always make sure that I have at least one day a week to myself to thoroughly pamper myself. It really helps to wind out any tensions or stresses from the week and having anxiety. Today I used this amazing chocolate-scented bubble bath by Treacle Moon. I’m currently using Rosy Cheeks face mask by Lush which is fantastic for sensitive & combination skin. My skin tends to get red and sore with the howling Scottish winter wind and rain and this mask is so soothing and nourishing.

I like to light a candle or two and play some soothing music. This evening I used Black Coconut from Yankee candle and I listened to some Tchaikovsky because I’m really looking forward to possibly seeing Swan Lake in April. To treat my hair, I used Marylin from Lush to keep my blonde hair bright through the winter and Lush’s Volcano foot mask and hot oil hand mask are god-sends during the winter. Finally, I exfoliated my skin with Ocean Salt, my favourite from Lush; and I got to use my Coconut Island body butter from Treacle Moon that I was given as a Christmas gift. It went so well with the candle, the whole floor and I smell like a Bounty! <3




Day 26- Photograph Your Newest Lolita Purchase

My newest lolita purchase is a haul of hair acessorries from taobao. Here's my video review of them if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfvsjtfFS38 


Day 27- Look up the Performance Schedule for your Local Orchestra

I’ve never been to see an orchestra performance before. I actually didn’t know that you could, I thought that you could only really hear orchestra performances at the theatre/opera/ballet. You learn something new every day! I’d love to go see a performance now.


Day 28- Learn How to Prepare a New Entrée

An entrée is a dish served at dinner between the principal courses, so between the starter and main course or between the main course and dessert. Of course if you’re having a very fancy meal there can be other courses such as salad and fish.

I made an entrée to transition the pallet from main course to dessert. It’s ridiculously simple to make: quarter some plums (remove the stone) and brush them with a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary and a dash of pepper. Grill for 3-5 minutes, turning half way through, and voila! A tasty half-way between savoury and sweet that will allow your taste buds to transition from main course to dessert. The best part is that it’s healthy! They are also a really tasty addition to a salad.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

365 Lolita Lifestyle Challenge- Week 3

Day 15- Spray Your Linens with a Fresh Fragrance Before You Go To Sleep

This is something that I have always done. I have social and general anxiety, so getting to sleep can be difficult. I’ve found that spraying my linens with a nice scent helps me to stay relaxed. My favourite is lavender.

Day 16- Plan a Special Meal

For my graduation, my parents, brother, grandparents and great aunty will be going to Amore for a three course meal. They have a special set menu for graduation and I will be going for the soup of the day, the lobster pasta and the tiramisu.

Day 17- Make a Travel Wish List

The majority of my travel wishlist revolves around seeing different wildlife and/or sites of religious significance. Here are my current top 12:
Ireland
Japan
Lourdes, France
Vatican City
Rome
Malta
Camino de Santiago, Spain
Scandinavia
Islas Malvinas
The Galapagos Islands
Australia
New Zealand


Day 18- Learn How to Press Flowers

I got into pressing flowers after my first boyfriend bought me my first bunch of flowers. I thought it was so sweet and I wanted to keep a flower forever, so I looked up how to press flowers. It's still something that I enjoy doing. I put them in scrapbooks, frame them and make them into cards. 


Day 19- Photograph Your Handwriting

My Handwriting! This was me brainstorming lolita-style gift ideas

Day 20- Look up the performance schedule for your local ballet

I did this and found that Scottish Ballet would be doing a new modern re-writing of Swan Lake which will come to Glasgow in April. I will be going with my best friend if we manage to get tickets when they go on sale.

Day 21- Doodle your current dream print

Stained Glass by Moitie is way beyond my drawing skills, so here’s a picture of it instead.
from lolibrary.org

365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge- Week 2

Day 8- Share Your Favourite Local Lolita Haunts
Gosh, this could be a very long list. I’ve tried to keep it as short as possible!

Image from visitscotland.com/blog
Tea Room- The Willow Tea Rooms. They were desgined by Charles Rennie MacIntosh so they are beautiful places to sit. The waiters and waitresses wear old-fashioned uniforms and the food is lovely. They have always been really accommodating to the comm as well which is great. 






Image from glasgow.stv.tv

Bubble Tea Shop- Tempo. It’s very small, but it has a quirky interior, a wide variety of flavours and toppings and I personally think they are the most consistent with correctly cooking the tapioca pearls. It is also very close to two train stations, a taxi rank and several bus stops so it’s easy for everyone to get home afterwards. It is turning into a tradition that we end our meets with a trip to Tempo!





Glasgow University Library Blog 

Park- The Botanic Gardens. 
The flowers are stunning, there are plenty of benches to sit on and the indoor gardens are not far away should the unpredictable Scottish weather suddenly decide on rain. The indoor gardens are also beautiful. I adore the cacti!







Image from gla.ac.uk
Art Gallery- I love the Hunterian Art Gallery as it has a mixture of older and modern paintings and it houses a reproduction of Charles Rennie MacIntosh’s home, with a lot of the original furnishings (Art Nouveau is one of my favourite styles). I also adore the St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art. Although I haven’t been with my comm yet, I love religious art. 


Image from spt.com

Museum- There are far too many to choose from! I think specifically for lolita, I love the Riverside Museum as it has a little re-creation of a Victorian Highstreet and there are old-fashioned buses, trams, bicicyles, carraiges and steam trains which I think fit the lolita aesthetic perfectly. 





wudon-noodlebar.com
Japanese Restaurant- Wudon. They have a great selection of food and drinks and they are very accommodating to large groups. There is a friendly atmosphere and the décor is nice. It was a close call between here & Ichiban, but Wudon wins because they have a larger selection of cocktails, food and they have a dessert menu! 





Quirky Location- The Science Centre. I’m studying science at university, this had to get a mention!

There is a random room on it's side in the Science Centre. We spent a good chunk of the last meet up at the science centre coming up with different silly poses for it, and this was mine! :D

This task has made me realise that we need to take more photos of the comm just enjoying the meets as well as outfit & group shots!


Day 9- Design a Coordinate Based on a Faerie Tale

I wore this coord to my comm’s winter ILD meet and I based it off of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. The only thing I’d change about this coord is my makeup. I tried contouring and false eyelashes and it didn’t turn out too good. I’ve since given up on contouring because I think the effect is too harsh. However, I found little half false eyelashes which work a lot better for my eyes than full sizes.










Day 10- Use Google Maps to See the Storefronts of Lolita Shops you would like to visit

I both love and find it creepy that you can view pretty much the entire world from google maps. It didn't really work that well though since a lot of lolita shops are within shopping centres.






Day 11- Learn How Lace is made

I found this interesting video by the Lace Guild Museum showing the basics of how bobbin and needle lace is made by hand. It’s amazing how much time goes into making even simple pieces. You can watch the video here: https://www.laceguild.org/craft/technique.html

Day 12- Eat Your Meals on the Nicest Dishes you own

An Edwardian charger plate and soup bowl, and a vintage 1950's cruet set.
We don't have fancy cutlery or dinner plates.
My family have the rule that our nicest dishes only come out at celebrations like birthdays, Christmas, Hogmany and Easter. They say that keeps them looking good and makes using them special. And since they are not my dishes, I can’t use them without their permission. So instead I had a cup of 1886 Whittard of Chelsea blend tea out of my beautiful Buchan ware tea cup and used my lovely Buchan ware milk jug.   

My Buchan-Ware Tea Cup, Saucer, Milk Jug and Sugar Bowl.
I don't take sugar in my tea, but it came with the milk jug.


Day 13- Read an Essay by Novela Takemoto

I ended up reading several essays in the livejournal archives. One that I really enjoyed is his “Rules on the Lolita” essay (originally published in GLB 23, but there is an English translation here http://egl.livejournal.com/7084958.html) because the base message to me is to be yourself. Forget about trends and dress in what makes you happy.

He also suggests that whilst there are basic rules to the fashion, they are not meant to restrict your creativity. Rather, they are the framework which helps you to shape your creativity around the lolita aesthetic. This is something that I think the Western lolita community tends to forget. Many people refuse to ever consider that something not strictly within the rules might actually work sometimes (they should just look at 90% of meta’s releases!) Finally, he also emphasises the importance of the frame of mind of being a lolita, you shouldn’t feel ashamed about wanting to feel like a beautiful princess in your clothing. My favourite lines are the final three:

“Sew frills onto the hem of your heart!
Put a tiara on top of your soul!
Have pride.” 


Day 14- Determine Your Lolita Style in 5 Words

Basilica, Stained Glass, Dark faerie-tale (ok, I know using the hyphen is technically cheating!) 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Daily Lolita Lifestyle Challenge Week 1

I have been recording my responses to the Daily Lolita Lifestyle Challenge in my diary, so I thought it would be fun to put it on my blog. I hand-write in my diary so it may take a while to type everything up.

Day 1- Set a Goal for your Wardrobe
My goal for the year is to really expand on my Lolita basics- shoes, hosiery, blouses, bags, hair accessories and cardigans/boleros/shawls. I tend to get super excited about dresses and this has led to a real lack of basics in my wardrobe. I’m rather bored of only having three blouses and five head pieces to wear!

A Map of My City (from Google Maps)
Day 2- Look up a List of Museums in your Area

My local comm regularly go to museums as they are free in my city! However there are several that we haven’t yet attended as a comm: House for An Art Lover, The Police Museum, Provard’s Lordship, The Museum of Piping, St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, Holmwood House, Clydebank Museum, The National Museum of Rural Life, Low Park’s Museum, Scottish Football Museum, Chatelherault Country Park Estate & The David Livingston Centre (Ok, these are technically outside the city boundaries, but I live outside the city boundaries so I still count them. One day I will get my comm to venture out my way!)
Day 3- Memorize a Friend’s Wishlist
I kind of cheated on this one as my best friend and I have very similar wishlists!

Day 4- Learn a New Easy Hairstyle
I’m not very good at hairstyles; my hair is very fine and uncooperative and I’m self-conscious about having my hair away from my face. However, I’ve always wanted to learn how to do a French braid, so I looked up how to do it. By the end of the day, this was my best result. It’s not great, but it’s a start! I’ll practice some more to get it neater.


Day 5- Discover a New Book to Read
I received The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux as a Christmas gift. It’s a beautiful edition. It is my favourite musical so I’m very excited to read the novel!

Day 6- Change Your Alarm to Something Pleasant
I changed my alarm to an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. It is a lovely way to wake up in the morning as it is a stunning piece of music.




Day 7- Photograph Little Details from Your Favourite Dress

My favourite dress is Stained Glass JSK by Moi Meme Moitie in Green. The design of the dress itself is simple, but there are so many little details in the print so the simplicity of the rest of the dress makes the print stand out even more.


Small Details in some of the windows. Top Left: The little stars and clouds in the night sky. Top Centre: The little dog in the crowd. Top Right: The detail on the clothing. Bottom Left: The Madonna and Child. I love the deep blue robes and the little dove in the background. Bottom Centre: The angel. Bottom Right: The intricate detail of the top of each window frame.
Top Left: Intricate design above each of the window panes. Top Right: Stitching detail running down the corset lacing. Bottom: The deep green shade at the bottom of the dress with the words "Gothic Lolita" in a beautiful font