OOTD Post: The Love Child of Beetlejuice and Mary Poppins

Outfits Specs:
~JSK - Bodyline~
~Super Tea Hat of Doom - Ren-Fest shop called Enchanted Hat~
~Wrist Cuffs - Baby~
Everything else - Offbrand

A couple of days ago I got in my head to play around with mixing prints and this stripes vs polka dots ensemble popped out. I added some Halloween skeleton tights for creepy-cute flair and my epic hat of epic to top it all off, harr harr.


Gothic Lolita Christmas Guide

If you're a Christmas/Winter holiday celebrating Lolita, chances are you've considered decorating your space for the holidays but how on earth do you incorporate your favorite style into that?

Emily over at Bookish Beauty put together a fantastic post about decorating based around Victorian themes and that good, classic Dicken's style that everyone's familiar with. Give it a go. It was her article that actually inspired this one!

1. Pick a Theme!

Whether nodding to Moitie in your decor or going for something a little different, be sure to pick a theme or color scheme to work your decorations around.

Purple and black is an elegant combo, but of course you can always stick with the traditional colors. Just incorporate darker shades of them - forest greens, burgundies, rich golds, and plenty of black. Personally, I'm partial to this grey and white Winter Forest theme.

2. Keep that Halloween decor handy!

If you bought any spooky candle holders during the after-Halloween super sales, now is the perfect time to use them. Stick a couple of dark red candles in and then wrap the whole thing with fake evergreen boughs. Top off with a black ribbon bow.

If you have a nice jewelry rack or tree, consider adding some baubles, like lacy bulbs and crystal drop pendants on a shiny ribbon.

3. Traditional Goth Motifs

This is what's going to really give it a Gothic twist.

Consider a damask or elegant tree skirt in a color that matches your theme. I think this one would be pretty universal.

Wouldn't it be fun to use something other than standard gift wrap or rectangular boxes? Why not buy or make some cute coffin boxes for gifts. They'd look fantastic resting on that tree skirt, no?

Plenty of Etsy shops make Gothic themed Christmas stockings as well, but you could easily make your own if you're talented with a needle and thread.

4. Pagan Mythologies

Whether or not you're actually Pagan (like me) utilizing some of the symbols from pagan solstice festivals can add some eerie-ness to your decor. Take for example the Scandinavian creature often touted as the evil version of Santa Claus - Krampus!

Why not have his face poking out of your standard evergreen holiday wreath?

5. Keep it all pretty dark.

We're talking black or white Christmas tree, lots of candles, and maybe some glittery skulls. You'll want to probably avoid softer shades like cream or ivory, and really, do you think pastel pink ornaments are going to work?

Overall just keep in mind your theme and how it relates to your very frilly and spooky wardrobe.

Happy Holidays!


Belated Lolita Day

I know somewhere in the back of my mind that every first Saturday of June and December is International Lolita Day, but that doesn't stop me from completely forgetting about it until after the face. Namely because suddenly all these cute photos of Lolitas in their Saturday best start cropping up on the internet and then I go "Oh crap, that was yesterday!?"

So I decided I'd do it a day late, which is ironic because it's also Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day....there's a lot of stuff concerning Japan going on recently, no?

Fresh out of the shower and clad only in a blouse...ooh la la. (Shut up, you creepers!)

Hurry up and dry hair, so I can do something with you! I recently cut it again and I swear it looks so stupid when it's still wet and just sitting on my head.

Maximize the poof! Both petticoats were busted out for this. I'm wearing a skirt that was a gift from a friend and I absolutely want to do the damned thing justice because it's SOOO CUTE!

Best not forget footwear while we're at it. Here are my least favorite socks - a pair of lacy OTKs that refuse to stay above my knees.

Bought this blouse at Wise Penny thrift store - it came with the jabot. ^_^

My hair is still wet. What IS this nonsense!?

Maybe I'll throw a hat on top of it. On second though.....where DID those hair clips go?

Simple makeup...gotta keep it classy since I'm somewhere between Gothic and Classic Lolita today.

Is it nap-time yet? This dressing up business can be a lot of work!

I really wished this skirt from offbrand Pyon Pyon photographed better, but I can maybe blame a lack of good natural light on that. I went kind of old-school with RHS too. The socks are from Bodyline, and the hair clips you can't see are from Target way back in the day.

......Maybe I should have kept the hat.


Ao Haru Ride - Anime Review

It's been a while since I sat down and watched an entire anime series that I really enjoyed, but recently I finished Ao Haru Ride - a romantic high school slice of life story about Yoshioka Futaba and her middle school beau Tanaka Kou - who haven't seen each other for three years and finally meet up again in high school.

It's actually a bit more touching than I expected it to be. Futaba has completely changed her personality in order to fit in and play at having friends. It's popular in Japanese schools to ostracize girls who are considered "cute" because they attract the attention of boys and make the other girls jealous. This happened to Futaba, so she styled herself as someone completely unfeminine to survive.

Enter Kou, who she hasn't seen since middle school because he suddenly moved away. It's like he's become a different person - cold, aloof, and constantly insulting her in that bored way of his.

And even though he drives her nuts and makes her angry, his insults really drive home and so Futaba sets out to reinvent herself in a truer sense. In doing so, she loses friends, gains a few more that are worthy, and eventually get Kou to come around and reveal why he's so different.

The anime itself is only 12 episodes long and I just KNEW it was a promo for a manga series. Low and behold - I was right. Fortunately, there are plenty of sites online to read manga for free so I'll include links to that as well.