Although Yorkshire seems to have decided that a week of summer was too tiring and gone back to cooler temperatures, I see plenty of Lolitas post on Closet of Frills things like „Sorry for no blouse, it’s too hot” or „It’s too hot to wear Lolita, so here’s an old coord”. Also, Lolita Blog Carnival is back again, so as part of this let me share some of my ideas on beating the heat in frills. Not that I’m the most reliable source, considering how my heat tolerance threshold is comparatively low, but maybe you’ll pick up something from this that you didn’t think of before.
26 Jul 2016
24 Jul 2016
If you’ve been reading this blog, then you’ll know that one of my Lolita life goals was to do an unboxing video. And then I thought: would it really end up with just one?
Yesterday I took the first step towards fulfilling that goal and my YouTube channel (which so far was limited to a lurking presence, obsessing over other people’s videos) has gone live with its first introductory video. It’s a work in progress, I’m learning a lot as I’m doing it – but from now on all reviews, unboxings, hauls etc. will be going there, with a link on this blog as well. I hope you enjoy it! (“⌒∇⌒”)
18 Jul 2016
Can you believe that it’s been four months since I last attended a meet with my comm? It feels like forever. :O But it’s been great to attend again, and even the weather has finally turned into something actually summery (about time, it’s past mid-July already!).
|| JSK and shoes: Bodyline | OTKs: AP | |
hat: Taobao | bracelet and earrings: handmade |
ring: Etsy | bolero and necklace: offbrand |
Although the meet was biscuit themed, I realised that my macaron JSK would be more on theme once it was a bit too late and I had this cherry and whipped cream thing all ready. Almost until the last minute I wasn’t sure whether to go with a blouse or not, as I was waiting for more accurate weather forecasts, but in the end I’m glad I opted for that bolero instead (which I only bought in a charity shops on Tuesday before the meet!). Although it’s knitted, it’s very lightweight and has kept me decently covered, but also cool enough that I could survive the sudden heat.
The meet started at the Manchester Art Gallery, where we viewed the still new Vogue100: A Century of Style exhibition. It was the only one where we couldn’t take photos, so if you have a chance to go or if it’ll end up somewhere near you I encourage you to go. It’s a very interesting and visually pleasing history of fashion through Vogue magazine – they even had some of the early issues where it was mainly illustrations and articles on things like hats or The Fun of Dressing Up. And even though it’s very fashion-centred, through those photographs you get a fantastic insight into other things, from photography all the way to the social history of the times, either through the people who were featured or through the changes that have taken place.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a biscuit meet without the appropriate food! Everyone brought a packet (or three) and we ended up with quite an impressive collection. I brought the Polish Delicje, which are essentially Jaffa Cakes but with a variety of flavours available, of which I brought cherry (because I’m so on theme) and blueberry. For anyone interested, look for them in your local Polish shops, they shoud have them (the bigger the shop the better your chances). As the meet was organised in aide of a Loli-guest from Canada we even had maple syrup flavoured ones (oh sweet baby biscuit, they smelled divine, I want a body spray or a scented candle smelling like that!).
|Our collection of biscuits!|
I must say, I’ve only ever been to Manchester a few times, but that was the first time I saw its cool side. Maybe it’s the weather that brought out all the nice bits about it (and it really was lovely) or maybe it’s thanks to people who knew it a bit better, but that day out made me want to explore Manchester a bit more. After recovering from the biscuit binge and taking our outfit shots we ventured out, exploring such cool places like Afflecks, a multi-storey emporium of indie and alternative shops, and having collected various Pokemon and some cool murals (mainly Prince and David Bowie), we ended up in Ziferblat. I’m in love with the idea of Ziferblat, although it is very hippie and hipster, but I want them to open a branch in Leeds – it simply works great for meets!
Hopefully it won’t be that long before my next meet – now that I’ve just come back from one I remembered why I like them so much and need to satisfy that need soon. Although with Wicked and Whimsy happening next month, I may have to wait until then. Oh well, still, this was a fabulous start to my summer holidays (yay for term-time only workers who cheated the system) and I plan on filling it up with all kinds of frilly things, a lot of which will most likely end up on this blog sooner or later, so stay tuned! :)
13 Jul 2016
Not sure about you, but since I got into Lolita it feels as if there have been years of feast and years of famine, to use a biblical metaphor. Up until about last year almost every new release that the big Japanese brands were bringing out made me gasp, drool and immediately want everything in that release (and subsequently cry that I can’t afford all this frilly goodness). However, what the brands have brought out since then, for the most part, I acknowledged, then shrugged my shoulders and moved on. Maybe it’s because now I have a clearer idea as to what my style is within Lolita, or maybe it’s to do with trends and what’s popular, I’m not going to analyse that. Yet in amidst all of this there have been a few releases so far this year which piqued my interest and which would be nice to obtain – and those are the ones which I will talk about here.
6 Jul 2016
Not that long ago I said that with what I’ve collected up until this point means that I could probably get something different from my usual style and still make it work. So I thought it’d be good to put my opinion to the test – by using former and current dresses that have captured my heart, but which don’t fit the usual pattern of my Lolidrobe – and see if I could make three outfits with each of them using only the things I own at the moment.