Sailor Lolita

I know, it's a little late in the year to be oohing and aahing over the Sailor style, but I very recently picked up a sailor style top at the thrift store and couldn't help thinking to myself that I'd kind of like to try my hand at a Sailor coordinate.

So to inspire me (and maybe others) here are a few photos I pulled off Pinterest:


Dorm Decorating for the Lolita

With school fast approaching and many of us returning to university or planning to attend for the first time, you may be thinking about how to bring some of your frills into your room decor. Never fear, after completing a post on my other blog about standard decor and color schemes, I think I can handle this. Still, for some basics pop on over to that post and give it a read, eh?

In edition to color, you'll want to decide on a theme or motif and present it throughout. Appropriately "Lolita" themes could include floral patterns, gratuitous amounts of bows and ribbon, or in this case, the fleur de lys and other classically "French" images.

Bedskirts come in a variety of colors and can be either extremely ruffly or nicely pleated. Choose appropriately. You could always make your own - one made of a nice black lace would be lovely for a Gothic themed room.

Lots of throw pillows will make your bed look luxurious and with all the different types of pillows, you could really get carried away. Stick close to your color scheme though and if you have a soft and vintage kind of thing going on, try to avoid the glittery pink pillow. I know it's cute, but restrain yourself.

Find cute ways to display your jewelry. Thrift and antique shops often have old serving trays and jewelry boxes that can be DIY'ed to match your own unique style and an antique can always make for a nice focal (and conversation) piece!

For the Sweet Lolita or bow-lover - use your accessories as decor. There are a ton of fun ways to do this!

The Classic Lolita might enjoy displaying some of her prettier bags alongside some old books and a nice lacy lamp.

A black gauzy canopy might be perfect for the Gothic Lolita, especially when accompanied by some fairy lights and a Victorian themed bedding set. Hell, even black satin would be lovely.

For more ideas, here are some more images for your viewing pleasure:

A ruffled laundry bag. Could make in different colors!

Wall decals, since you can't paint the walls you might as well do the next best thing!

Closet curtains? Check. Cute table? Check. Lace doilies? Check. :)

Elegantly draped fabric on the wall. Muted shades.

Soft florals and pretty canopy.

Decorative chandelier - lovely!

And this is the perfect room to hang it in.

A very Rococo styled headboard. Really lovely.

Falls more on the country side of things. A timeless look.

Decorating with antiques. Get creative!

Create your own headboard.

A lot of Lolitas will keep their favorite dresses and such on display in their room at home, but I don't recommend this while away at uni. Not only are you going to have a hard time finding a safe way to hang it up, but you wouldn't want your roommate or any guests to accidentally damage it. Either keep it safely tucked in your closet or leave it at home if it's not practical to wear to classes and such.

If you're like me and you LOVE hats, why not buy a few hat boxes to store them in and stack them up as an impromptu nightstand?

Cute figurines and knickknacks can be picked up on the cheap at thrift stores for scattering around your desk, dresser, etc. 

Best of luck with your school endeavors. May your roommate be kind and your brand prints never fade or run. Adieu~ 


Questionnaire Silliness.

Seeing as I JUST got back from a vacation on the west coast and I STILL have a ton of photos and videos to slug through before any semblance of decent posts can resume, I thought I'd drop this little standard doozy on you all.

Your Lolita Lifestyle!

1. What does Kawaii mean to you?
~ It's a word that means cute and has a particularly strong cultural emphasis in Japan, but doesn't mean that much to me.
2. How do you feel about icons such as “Hello Kitty”?
~ They're cute. I don't get super obsessed or anything. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a Hello Kitty rice cooker. >.>
3. Do you class yourself as a Lolita? If yes, what does being a Lolita mean to you?
~ Yes, but that's a small percentage of the total sum of my being. For me, it's a style that kind of fits with certain aspects of myself - the parts that enjoy baking, tea, reading old literature, and sewing pretty things with lace and ruffles.
4. When did you start wearing Lolita and who influenced you?
~ I probably started about five years ago, in earnest. I had never come across it until I found the first English edition of Gothic/Lolita Bible for sale at a con. It was all downhill from there.
5. Do you participate in any conventions/events/meet-ups for Lolita’s?
~ I used to volunteer at an anime convention. Never again. What goes on behind the scenes is nuts. I have attended a few local meetups but really they're not for me. Fashion preferences are not enough to base a real friendship on.
6. Where do you go when wearing Lolita, or where would you like to go?
~ Wherever I want, really. Sometimes I wear it sitting around the house (like today), sometimes I wear it over to the boy's, out to the grocery store, to the movies....wherever.
7. What are your hobbies?
~ I enjoy reading books, sewing, working on my novels, playing with my cat, taking photos, trying new and bizarre foods, and traveling. 
8. Who are your idols?
~ I don't really have any. There isn't a particular figure or celebrity that I look up to. I draw inspiration from lots of people, but nothing that stands out above the rest.
9. What are your favourite brands? E.g. Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Angelic Pretty…
~ I'm not really all that into brands. The way I see it, if it's a nice item and I like it - it's mine. I don't care where it comes from, but sometimes the price can be an issue. I have everything from Moitie to Bodyline to handmade and I love it all equally.
10. Do you dress this way for yourself or to receive attention?
~ In a perfect world, everyone would look fancy and wonderful all the time, so there'd be no reason for Lolita to draw attention. Because it would be normal. And to me, it is. So I guess I wear it mostly for myself and maybe a bit to inspire others to be more conscious of how they present themselves.
11. Do you ever attract unwanted attention? E.g. from older men…
~ I do, but not from older men. It seems young men and teenagers are the rudest of them all. But that goes for everything. I don't have to be wearing Lolita to get unwanted remarks from douchebags. :)
12. Do you feel that people create fantasies involving Lolita’s I.e. fetishise you?
~ Possibly. But that goes for everything, doesn't it? Different strokes for different folks.
13. Do you dress in Lolita clothing daily? Or is it your own fantasy that you live out only so often?
~ I wear it when I feel like dressing up and not being completely lazy. No other reason.
14. What image do you feel you portray? One of child-like innocence, or one of rebellion?
~ I feel like I'm portraying a part of myself - that sweetly dark, whimsical, and creepy side.
15. When not wearing Lolita what do you wear?
~ Long prairie dresses, Goth, Punk, hippie caftan dresses....I don't have just one style.
16. Do you socialise with any other subcultures? E.g. Goths, Gyaru…
~I socialize with people, period. Granted, I don't like most people because narrow-mindedness and stupidity get on my nerves but if you're a cool person I don't care WHAT subculture you subscribe to.

Ok guys, now it's your turn! ��


Viva Le RHS!

Over the past couple of years, I've noticed a significant decrease in the number of Lolitas who don rocking horse shoes. Maybe it's the natural evolution of the style, the number of different shoe varieties out there, the overall popularity with tea party flats, that's pushing these classic Lolita shoes out of the picture.

I still wear them. I'll wear them with pretty much every single Lolita coord I throw together. They're my go-to shoe because they're comfy, cute, and I just have an incredible love for all kinds of chunky shoes. The platform doesn't hurt either. ^_~

RHS are still really popular in Japan, among many different fashion tribes. Not many people outside of Lolita in the west wear them though, which is a shame because they look fabulous with a pair of jeans and a lacy top. Heck, I've worn them with a formal gown before. I find them super versatile.

I'm not saying Lolitas need to start wearing them again. Not at all, unless of course you like them as much as I do. But I do occasionally get flack from other Lolitas saying they're too old school or even "ita" (goodness I hate that word.) Too old school? Honey, we're wearing a fashion based on clothing styles from OVER a hundred years ago. How can old school possibly be a bad thing?

I adore seeing how Lolita fashion is changing and melding with new styles, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the older styles. I could never get into the super OTT fru-fru accessorizing, so I suppose that's why most of my coords look so casual. I suppose I like the elegance of simplicity - I don't know. But that's why old school speaks to my heart.

I don't need a cutesy print, a giant bonnet, shoes with bow buckles, and twelve plastic rings to feel like a gorgeous Lolita. I don't need a wig (love rocking the short hair!) or oodles of lace. I don't need the poofiest of the petticoats, a little fluff under my skirt is plenty.

This doesn't make me less of a Lolita.

Viva Le RHS!