Saturday, January 28, 2017

Why Don't I Cosplay More?

Hello everyone! Today I decided to do a twist on one of the Lolita 52 Challenge topics I did: Why don't I wear Lolita more? Instead of Lolita, I'll be talking about why I don't cosplay more since that was supposed to be one of the main points for my Facebook page. So let's go!

#1: Time and money
 In case you haven't already noticed, time and money are big limiting factors in my life. I work full time which gives me a steady paycheck, but then by the time I get home from work I have chores and errands to run as well as procrastination to do which takes up a fairly large portion of my time. And then between bills and miscellaneous expenses *cough*impulse buys and thrift store raids*cough* I don't have a lot of extra money to put towards buying pre-made cosplays or materials for handmade ones.

#2: Procrastinaaaatioooooon!
 I procrastinate a lot when it comes to starting or working on sewing projects, even simple ones, because I hate cleaning up my floor, ironing fabric, and laying out and cutting the pattern pieces. I don't mind the sewing that much, but y'know, my machine's kinda buried and oh hey distraction.

#3: Venues
 I don't get the opportunity to go to conventions or meetups very often, so I don't really have a ton of places to wear my cosplays to outside of the grocery store or Target and let's face it: I get asked what my costume's for when I'm in J-fashion enough as it is. I'm not really confident enough to have professional pictures taken of most of my cosplays since they're rather simple or unfinished, so I don't have opportunities to wear them outside of cons either.

#4: Number of cosplays
 To be perfectly honest, I only really have a handful of cosplays. And I don't have all of the pieces for some of them such as wigs or base pieces. And some are still just piles of fabric and patterns sitting in my room waiting to be turned into a cosplay. So I really only have two cosplays I can wear, and those still have some work to be done on them.

Do you guys cosplay? What stops you from cosplaying more or at all if you want to, but don't? Let me know in the comments below!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lolita 52 Challenge: Trends I Love and Hate

Hey everyone! Today I'll be talking about two Lolita 52 challenge topics at once: Trends I thought I would never get into, but I now love and trends I thought I loved, but now I'm not too keen on.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really followed a lot of trends in Lolita as I generally to avoid spending too much time in online groups due to drama. Because of this, I'm combining both of these topics together so they're longer than one sentence each...

So for a trend I never thought I would get into but I now love, I have to say prints. While I'm still not a huge fan of prints and miss the simplicity and elegance of dresses relying on details in design rather than a different print on the same basic dress, I definitely appreciate and wear prints a lot more than when I first got into Lolita. I used to absolutely loathe the whole idea of prints, but secretly I've kinda always liked them, as evidenced by my first brand made dream dress being Angelic Pretty's Jewelry Jelly. As for a trend I used to love but now hate, the only thing that really comes to mind is super chunky or blocky shoes. I'm not saying rocking horse shoes or shoes with thick heels, I'm talking Demonia platform boots or shoes with platforms that are bulkier than the shoe itself combined with Lolita. I used to love this look in my ita days as I didn't know better and since it was more "in" back then, but now I feel it just looks ridiculous having super bulky shoes with an elegant outfit.

Are there any trends you used to like that you now hate or vice versa? Lolita or otherwise, let me know in the comments below!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lolita 52 Challenge: My First Meetup

Hello everyone! Today I'm going to be talking about my first meetup. I thought I'd already written a post on this, but I must have lost inspiration and never finished it... So without any further ado, here's my experience from my first Lolita meetup!

 So, while I've been into Lolita fashion for quite a few years now, I didn't go to an official Lolita meetup until fairly recently. I was living in a different area from where I grew up and hadn't really met any Lolitas in 'the wild' or at cons. Fortunately I'd managed to find the local Lolita communities on Facebook, so I was able to find out when meetups were happening. After about a month, I finally found a meetup that I wasn't working during and that I could drive to. Since I was unfamiliar with the area, I didn't realize that the meetup was in the city and only had my GPS to rely on to get to the meetup. I was fortunate that even though I was kinda late to the meetup, I was easily able to find everyone else at the tea shop we were meeting at and was just in time to look through the menu and decide what I wanted to order. I'm not really a fan of tea, so I decided to try what the waitress recommended since I haven't really tried a lot of different varieties before. I kinda wish I had ordered something iced, because I ended up having a pot of tea I didn't really drink much of until it cooled down a bit. Everything else was wonderful though! We all got the same set that came with a few little deserts, some sandwiches, and a scone. Everyone was really nice too. I wasn't too talkative since I had just met everyone, but I still made friends and had a fun time. After tea, we all took coord pictures and then headed off to a paint your own pottery place. I accidentally went to the wrong one first, but the people there were able to direct me to the correct place and everyone else was already there, thankfully! I hadn't gotten anyone's number at that point and didn't have data on my phone, so I wouldn't have been able to contact anyone if I'd gotten lost. We all had fun choosing and painting our own pottery pieces, after which we all said goodbye and went our separate ways. I really had a lot of fun meeting everyone and keep in contact with them through Facebook as well as occasionally see them at events, so I'm really glad I decided to go!

Have you ever been to a Lolita meetup? Was it at a convention, or did a friend bring you along? What was your first experience meeting other Lolitas in an organized event? Let me know in the comments!

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lolita 52 Challenge: 10 Facts About my Lolita Wardrobe

Hello everyone! Today I'm back with another Lolita 52 Challenge: 10 facts about my Lolita wardrobe. It was pretty hard coming up with 10 things, TBH, but here they are nonetheless.

#1: It smol
 As I mention over and over again, I have a fairly small Lolita wardrobe with only a few main pieces and a few more basic pieces. I am still working on building my Lolita wardrobe and I have a finite amount of time to shop and plan as well as money to use on items, so it's not progressing as fast as I would like.

#2: Most of my pieces are L or 2L
 Due to size differences between Japanese people and American people, I generally find myself ordering a large or extra large size when buying from brands. I'm by no means obese or even especially fat (though I am a bit chubby), but due to my frame and build, I will never be able to wear a smaller size like what a Japanese girl might wear.

#3: Pastel e'rething
 I love bright, cheerful, pastel colors and as a result the majority of my Lolita wardrobe is pastel. Pastel jewelry, pastel shoes, pastel dresses, etc. I have a couple Gothic Lolita pieces, but I don't wear them as often.

#4: Serious lack of wristcuffs
 I love the look of wristcuffs and they are also very popular nowadays as an accessory and yet I have all of one set I made that's more suited to Fairy Kei or Decora coordinates than Lolita due to their simplicity.

#5: Do plushies count as clothes?
 I have a lot of plushies, especially plushies on keychains, that I use to accessorize my room and my bags. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to really use them in a coordinate, but I think it could be fun!

#6: I wear 2 out of 20 pairs of shoes I own
 I might be exaggerating just a bit, but I generally wear the same two pairs of teaparties with my coordinates as I only have one pair of pink and white ones and one black pair. I occasionally will wear my non-Lolita shoes with a coordinate, like my combat boots on a rainy day or my sandals on a warmer day, but for the most part I don't wear a lot of the shoes I have.

#7: There's a lot of cool tones
 On top of everything being pastel, most of my wardrobe's blue toned. Be it mint, light blue, or purple, I don't have a lot of pink or any yellow pieces in my wardrobe. As I mentioned in my Rosa Hermetica review, I did try to get a pink dress, but due to a miscommunication I ended up with the purple colorway instead.

#8: Not well suited for the cold
 When Winter first started blowing in this year, it hit me full force how unprepared for cold weather my wardrobe is. Especially since I got rid of some long sleeved tees I had gotten, which in hindsight wasn't the smartest idea. I have some cardigans and a coat, but with as frigid as the wind gets where I live, that's definitely not gonna be enough.

#9: All my blouses look the same
 I have three short sleeved, white/off-white blouses and despite them having different details, they all kinda look the same under a JSK. I'm thinking I might try dying the one I stained if I can get the stains out with bleach or a color remover so I can have a pink blouse or something.

#10: Contrary to popular belief, I didn't make it all.
 A lot of my friends and folks who know me know that I am capable of sewing, so a lot of people just assume I make everything I wear. In reality, only three clothing pieces in my Lolita wardrobe were handmade by me. And two of them are my petticoats. ^^;;

Well, that was a lot harder than I anticipated. What are some facts about your wardrobe, Lolita or otherwise? Let me know in the comments!

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