Saturday, November 26, 2016

Lolita 52 Challenge: 3 Trends I Wish Would Come Back

Hello everyone! Here again with another Lolita 52 Challenge topic. This week's topic is 3 trends I wish would come back.


#1: Rocking horse shoes
 Back when I first got into Lolita, rocking horse shoes were all the rage. Anymore you rarely see rocking horse shoes outside of Old School Lolita coordinates. I really love the dreamy, floating look they can give coordinates as well as the fact that the shoes are technically flat, just with platforms, so they aren't as hard on your feet as heels can be.


#2: Black and white pieces
 Again, in the olden days of Lolita when I joined, white eyelet lace on an otherwise entirely black dress was trendy. I've always loved the look and my love for Gothic Lolita is centered on that style. Unfortunately due to poor quality lace and fabric, white on black looks have become labeled as Ita, or just plain terrible. Because of this, many newer Lolitas avoid the look entirely for fear of being looked down on in the community.


#3: Non-print based designs
 Prints have been extremely popular for the last several years of Lolita fashion and frankly, I'm kinda tired of them. While I don't completely hate prints like I used to, I miss seeing new designs that focus more on the cut and detailing of the dress rather than using the same general design with a different print each release. While the silhouette of Lolita generally tends to be the same, there's plenty of different skirt and bodice designs to be explored. I miss seeing dresses with tiered skirts, or sweetheart necklines, or bustle style overskirts.


Do you miss any of these trends in Lolita? Are there any you'd like to see come back that I didn't mention? Let me know in the comments!


Go like and follow me on Facebook: facebook.com/CelesteChoCho
Subscribe to me on Youtube: WatashiWaChoCho
See my shameless spamming: @ChoChoButterfly
 Peruse my wares: animelolitacouture.storenvy.com

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lolita 52 Challenge: How I First Found out About Lolita

Hello everyone! Today I'm doing another Lolita 52 Challenge: How I first found out about Lolita. This is a fun little story for me, so I hope you enjoy it!




 So back when I was around 12 years old, my sister made a new friend who introduced us to the magical world of anime. In addition to anime, she introduced us to this interesting style from Japan called Lolita. She had some Lolita clothes and very quickly my sister and I got interested in the style and wanted to know where to get it. In those days, buying Lolita clothing online from Japan still wasn't much of an option due to prices and finding quality Lolita clothing was very difficult. Indie brands and makers were few and far between and the Gothic & Lolita Bible was just wrapping up its English version run. Our friend introduced us to one of the few Indie Lolita brands in the area, Miss Carlyfornia as well as the now defunct site Sweet Rococo. Miss Carlyfornia made lovely pieces and Sweet Rococo had a wide variety of fabric and notion choices available as well as plenty of different bodice and skirt options, but with no jobs, neither of us could afford to buy Lolita clothing. All we could really do was longingly look through Google image searches and the G&LBs our friend lent us. So with lots of creativity and a bit of help from our parents, my sister and I began to each make our own Lolita outfit. (You heard me right: singular outfit. A full wardrobe was something we never could have afforded back then.) I went for Gothic and my sister went for Sweet (which coincidentally is the opposite of our styles now) and we both ended up with pretty decent outfits considering the fact we were generally broke and spent all our money on Magic: The Gathering cards. Our parents were pretty supportive of our style choice, so they helped us buy pieces or fabric too, which allowed us both to have better outfits than we would have raiding the thrift store. (As an example, chunky shoes were in for Lolita style at the time and I got some really horrible Frankenstein-esque platforms that were way too big for me and did not suit my outfit in the slightest from the thrift store. Thanks to my parents, I got some really cute black Mary Jane style wedge heels with white contrast stitching that worked really well until I grew out of them.)


How were you introduced to Lolita? Do you wear it at all currently, or is a Lolita wardrobe still in your future? Let me know in the comments!


Go like and follow me on Facebook: facebook.com/CelesteChoCho
Subscribe to me on Youtube: WatashiWaChoCho
See my shameless spamming: @ChoChoButterfly
 Peruse my wares: animelolitacouture.storenvy.com

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lolita 52 Challenge: 5 Keywords that Describe my Lolita style

Hello everyone! Here we are again with another Lolita 52 challenge topic: 5 keywords that describe my personal Lolita style. Let's go!


#1: Pastel
 I generally prefer pastels and while I do have a few Gothic and slightly Classic pieces, my Lolita style is most definitely Sweet Lolita. Because of this, my wardrobe, including my Lolita, is most definitely pastel.


#2: Foodie
 No, I don't have gravy stains on all my Lolita dresses, nor am I morbidly overweight (I'm just a bit chubby :3 ). Though there is definitely a food theme to my Lolita style. Macaroon necklace, candy-like jewelry, heck, my dream dress (which I happily own) is Jewelry Jelly, a cute pastel print with lots of cute jelly treats on it. I definitely love cute food themed items and want to add more to my wardrobe in the future.


#3: Cutesy
 I definitely have a cute flair to my Lolita style, also evident in the fact that I mostly wear Sweet Lolita. Even with my Gothic Lolita pieces, I have cute oldschool styles and accessories.


#4: Simple
 While I enjoy OTT (Over the top) Lolita styles, due to time and money constraints my outfits are fairly simple in nature with one or two well place hair accessories, a main piece (or pieces if skirt or JSK), and some well placed jewelry. Also, I generally wear my natural hair with my Lolita coordinates as opposed to wigs.


#5: Mildly repetitive
 As mentioned before, I have money constraints, so my wardrobe is a bit lacking and I end up using the same pieces a fair amount. Because of this, my outfits can look a bit repetitive because, as an example, I'm always switching between the same two white-ish, short sleeved blouses and only really have one JSK and an OP.


So what about you? Can you come up with five keywords to describe your personal style, be it Lolita or some other fashion? I struggled a bit coming up with three key words, much less the five I ended up with.


Go like and follow me on Facebook: facebook.com/CelesteChoCho
Subscribe to me on Youtube: WatashiWaChoCho
See my shameless spamming: @ChoChoButterfly
 Peruse my wares: animelolitacouture.storenvy.com

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Lolita 52 Challenge: Why Don't I Wear Lolita More Often?

Hello everyone! Today I'm back with another Lolita 52 Challenge topic: Why don't I wear Lolita more often? Let's get started!


 So, the simple and boring answer to this question is, money. Technically work too. So I currently work a full time job where I'm required to dress a certain way and sadly Lolita does not fit into those requirements. Because of this, I can only really wear Lolita on weekends, the rare off days during the week I have, or after work. This is the main reason I really don't wear Lolita. Contributing reasons I don't wear Lolita too often are wardrobe size, budget, and energy levels. Generally when I get off work I'm pretty lazy and just want to change into some cute room wear (nightgowns, PJ style clothing, things I can't wear outside) and cuddle up on my couch to watch YouTube videos. Sometimes I manage to put some simple clothing on and go out and run errands after work, but usually I don't feel like putting together a full Lolita coord when I'm only going to wear it around the house or Target. On weekends I generally have more time to dress up and wear Lolita or other J-Fashions, so that's the main time I wear Lolita. Wardroe limitations are another problem I have with wearing Lolita regularly. For nicer Lolita pieces I currently have one OP, one JSK, a few skirts, and a few white blouses, so my choices are pretty limited. I also have some pieces I can use for a Lolita-esque look and a few pieces that are simpler pieces, but I'm pretty lacking in variety in accessories and non-main pieces like shoes and blouses, so I'm pretty much wearing the same looks all the time. The main reason I have a limited wardrobe is the first thing I mentioned: money. Between furniture, bills, and food, I don't have as much free money as I used to have. Due to this it's a bit difficult for me to get new items in and when I do I try to make sure it's something that works with what I already have. This means it's difficult to try new styles or colors without having to save up for a whole outfit (main piece, blouse, accessories, shoes, bag, legwear etc) which can be expensive, even when buying from Bodyline. I also have to budget my money between Lolita, other J-Fashions, and niceties and d├ęcor for my apartment, most of which can be less expensive and more easily found than Lolita, so I haven't been spending as much on Lolita recently. Lastly is just size and taste. It can be difficult for me to find pieces that suit my style and fit me well, so adding to my wardrobe takes a fair amount of research and general searching on the internet.


Do you wear Lolita or another J-Fashion? What are some of the reasons you don't wear it more often? Let me know in the comments!


Go like and follow me on Facebook: facebook.com/CelesteChoCho
Subscribe to me on Youtube: WatashiWaChoCho
See my shameless spamming: @ChoChoButterfly
 Peruse my wares: animelolitacouture.storenvy.com