Now that winter has settled firmly into place for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the world is awash with fluffy white snow and delicate icicles. But its so cold outside, how on earth are we supposed to enjoy ourselves? I'm glad you asked!
1. It begins with tracking down a lovely coat or cloak and matching accessories. If you don't already have these items, now is a great time to shop for them since every brand and off-brand Lolita shop is fully stocked up. Alternatively, if you don't have the money on hand for a proper Lolita coat, check out your local department store for a nice trenchcoat that can accomodate your petticoats. Peacoats are also nice, provided they aren't too long since you don't want them squishing your skirts down too much.
2. Learn a new craft, like knitting or crochet. These are activities that can be done from the comfort of your own home and on a budget, as yarn can be extremely cheap. Watch some online tutorials and play with different stitches and then make yourself or a loved one a nice scarf or hat. You could even embellish it with lace or bows afterward.
3. Make hot chocolate! AmberLee at Giverslog has a very awesome recipe for hot chocolate sticks here - but if you don't feel up to coaxing chocolate to melt properly you can always buy the premade packages. They work just as well. For an extra festive feel, add a candy cane or cinnamon stick!
4. Go ice skating! You might as well enjoy the pretty outdoors a little bit and ice skating is a lovely and fun way to do so without getting your nice Lolita clothing full of snow! So grab some friends and a pair of ice skate, and off you go.
5. If you prefer to brave the snow a bit more, make a Lolita snowman. Add a bow-tie to his neck or a bow headband for her and perhaps even stick in some decorative lace. You can be as creative as you want.
6. If you in Canada or on the East Coast, why not venture up to Quebec to see the Quebec Ice Hotel. Just outside of Quebec City this cathedral styled hotel is carved completely out of ice. Not only can you spend the night, but it'd be a great place for photoshoots!
7. Brush up on your baking skills. There's nothing more homey than a warm and wonderful smelling kitchen. If you're new to this or uncertain buy a box mix of brownies and give it a go. For the more experienced baker, aim higher and try to create one of those darling Japanese Christmas cakes.
8. Take a drive or walk through your town or city's winter lights display. Most towns usually decorate a portion of the city and it's a great idea for a date or even a group of friends. Make sure to dress warmly in your best Winter Lolita.
9. Settle in with a good book and a cup of your favorite tea. Winter is a great time to get a lot of reading done. So dig into your newest Victorian romance and prepare to be whisked away on a grand Lolita adventure.
10. Visit the local community theater. Often there is a holiday related play going on that you can get into cheaply. Go with your significant other or a group of friends!