Monday, February 21, 2011

Something out of Nothing: Coordinating the Most Awful Jacket in the World

So I won't go into details about the origins of this jacket, but I aquired this awful aqua blue, squin covered jacket:

The best part, by far, is that it is made of stretchy, shiny dance costume type fabric.
So, what is the point? Well, the point is because I am a masochist and bored I decided to attempt to coordinate the most awful jacket I have ever owned.
I thought of two distinct ways of coordinating this: embracing it's crazyness and going along with it, or letting in stand alone by itself. I have three coordinates that follow a simple step process.
Coordinate 1: How to Dress like a member of SHINee 
 First, here is a picture of what sort of outfit I am referring to:

Step 1:  Brightly colored skinny jeans
Any color will do, and I happen to have pink ones on hand.
Step 2: Pastel Colored t-shirt
Next is to find a pastel colored shirt in the same basic color as your jeans. Mine, of course, is pink.
Step 3: Shoes and the jacket of doom
Finally, find yourself a pair of high tops in the corresponding color (I could not find mine at the time, so they aren't in the picture) And finally the jacket of doom.
The result should be something along the lines of a slightly colorblind toddler from the 90s.

Coordinate 2: Dressing like a "harajuku girl" 
For this one, I decided to imitate the look of spank! and Deco style. I'm not quite sure if I succeded, but it was a lot of fun.
Step 1: Basic Pastel Shirt, I used the same one I used for the last outfit.
Step 2: Skirts.
Yup, more than one, and possibly a petticoat. These should be in a color found acceptable to find in a 5 year old girl's room.
Mine are blue gingham and light purple, respectively.
Step 3: Socks; at least two pairs
and of course, we continue the general rule of only colors that barbies come in.
Step 4: Every accessory you own. Put them all on.
Self explanatory.
If the pile isn't at least this large, you're doing it wrong.
Step 4: Shoes & Jacket of Doom
similar to the last outfit, I chose my pink high-tops and then topped the whole thing off with the fated jacket.
I actually kind of really like this outfit. Despite the fact that it doesn't match much and isn't perfect, I think that it may fit the authentic "harajuku" style more.

Coordinate 3: How I'd Probably look if I were forced to wear this
Honestly, on most days, say if this was the only long sleeved thing that remained in my wardrobe, I would probably wear it something similar to this:
 Complete with miserable look. Why, do you ask, would I be so miserable and lazy while putting this into an outfit? Because no matter what you put around it it is still a dance costume, sequin covered monster of a jacket.
And this is how I decided to spend my Monday evening. 
Thank you for reading!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

An Excuse Post

I'm really sorry, mostly to myself, but I haven't been able to post because my personal computer has broken so it's very difficult for me to get a post done T_T It's going to be fixed soon, I hope!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Resolution: More Posts!

(I promise it'll be brief. I'm already tired of New Year's Resolution Posts, and you probably are too.)  So now I am announcing:
A Post Per Week Banner

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I've decided to post once a week for all of 2011! Of course, over weeks of vacation and camp, etc, it won't be possible, but I am going to try my hardest to post every day!
What to expect from me in 2011:
  • Sewing project posts and tutorials!
  • Mew Mint and Sailor Mercury cosplay progress!
  • Baking! Especailly crepe recipies!
  • Diary-style reflections on lolita, otaku and kpop fan culture
  • Outfit pictures!
  • Expirementing with fairy kei and gyaru!
  • Last minute picture posts with pictrues I like too :D
I'm hoping to build a good blog that people will enjoy reading and that I will enjoy writing! See you all very soon!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Make a wig stand out of stuff you already have!

I have one wig, and I just ordered another one (for cosplay, not lolita) And I have come the the realization that i really need to put it (soon to be them! *squee*) on wig stand(s). Of course, I am far too resourceful to just go and buy one (read: I'm too lazy and cheap to buy one) so I had a revelation last night as to how I could make one! It is made up of stuff I already had at home and that was quickly found, and it is surprisingly effective!
So, I figured I would show you how to make one!
First: Your materials! 

 You'll need (in case you are incapable of identifying objects in pictures) a garbage bag, newspaper, scissors, duct tape, and a paper bowl. You could probably use a piece of cardboard or a wide paper cup if you don't have one on hand.
Step One:
Open up the garbage bag end really wide. You want to work with one of the corners of the bag.
Step Two:
Crunch the newspaper really really tight. Then start to stuff it into the corner of the garbage bag.
Step Three:
Start shaping the newspaper balls inside of the bag into what seems to resemble a head. This is up to as little or as much interpretation as you like.
Step Four: 
Stuff and feneggle your newspaper so that is has enough tugor pressure tension to be pretty stable so you can poke/smoosh it gently and it won't effect the shape. The good thing about the newspaper is that even if you're unhappy with it when you're all finished, you can still reshape it.
Step Five (optional):
I didn't really like the corner being all pointy and ruining my head shape, so I cut it and put a piece of duct tape over it XD
Step Six:
Twist the long end of the garbage bag until it's pretty small. While you hold the twisty end, put pieces of duct tape around the perimeter of the end.
Step Seven:
Then just cut away the rest of the garbage bag and put another piece of duct tape over it!
Step Eight:
 Now it's time to construct the base! I cut around the edge of the bowl to get rid of the rim.
Just for a little visual, this is how you want to tape the stand to the newspaper ball (head? whatever you want to call it).
Step Nine:
 Tape the stand and head together a few times around and you're done, unless you're crazy like me:
And I covered the base in tape too because it's shiny (or something..)
Now you're done! Use your new wig stand to store/display!

My brunette wig is very happy now that it is not being stored on the corner of one of my butterfly chairs!
Up Next: Cosplay Wigs USA Review! 
As always, thank you for reading~!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A post to kind of update~

I haven't posted in such a long time!
I'd like to say I've been really busy with school or something, but honestly I've just been reallly lazy lately. Also, I've been lacking in things to post about. But I am planning on writing a post on some interesting/funny/heartbreaking reactions I've gotten to wearing loli to school lately.
Thanks for reading! <3

Monday, September 20, 2010

Very Detailed Bodyline Review!

My bodyline stuff came in on Monday! 
I got three items, and I took tons and tons of pictures.
Shipping/Packaging: I ordered on Thursday (The 9th) and it arrived Monday (the 13th) I didn't take pictures of the packaging because I was very excited to open it, but it came in a white cardboard box that was slightly damaged. Inside, there was my friend's tote bag on top, then the shoes, wrapped in tissue paper, and the clothes in red plastic Bodyline envelopes. I knew that the packaging is usually done this way, so no surprises.
Cardigan: Item ****** in off white- $19
 Full View of Cardigan. It is a very light flannel sort of fabric, and it's slightly see through, but not very much so. It's not terribly warm, about the weight of regular long sleeve shirt. It's very soft and comfortable. The sizing was very accurate: on the website it lists the measurements as 34.5 in, *******
The sleeve: As you can see, it's a puff sleeve with a straight sleeve attached and a ruffle with lace and a ribbon bow at the end.
Detail of the bodice: Scalloped edges and a flower lace.
The bow at the end of the sleeve: the ribbon, the same as the closure in the front, it is velvety on one side and sort of satiny on the other.
The flower lace seemed fine to me, it's not shiny or scratchy.
The only flaw is a light blue line on the inside seam, which I presume is chalk of some sort. I also assume that it will go away in the wash.
Finally, it worn:

Next, we have the Fairy From Forest Jumperskirt Item ******* In Sax - $31

 I don't have a full view of this, but the stock photo is almost exact to the item, so it is easy to see the full view there. First, we have the detial of the bodice:
(My computer is currently refusing to rotate this)
Here you can see detial of the top of the print, as well as the halter-style straps. It hooks in the back with to small hook-and-eye clasps that keep the lapels down neatly. The lapels themselves are made of a slightly satin-y fabric that is different than most of the dresses. It isn't overly shiny, which is really nice especially for such an inexpensive dress.
A closeup of the bodice lace and lacing. It matches the lace on the detachable bow, and the lacing is lined with flower lace that is the same as the type on the cardigan above.
 The lace isn't exactly amazing, but it isn't itchy or glaringly shiny.
Now, we move on to the border print~ It's three different scenes:
One scene of a girl sitting and holding balloons,
The same girl chasing her hat which was stolen by some birds! Oh no!
And the girl throwing flowers in the air!

Back view with the wait ties...
The end of the waist tie has lace and a ribbon at the end~
Here's the very bottom of the print and some detail of the lace.
And finally, some detail of the backs of the detachable bows. I will probably sew the small one to the front of the dress and make the large into a headbow, so the quality of the pins matters little to me. But I thought others would find it useful!
Part 2 coming sometime when I feel like it~

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Things On the Way!

I just hosted a group order from Bodyline!
Bodyline is currently on "sale", meaning that they cut their recently hiked-up prices for said sale. I figured that it would be a good time to buy, and I realized that the other lolitas in my very local lolita group would probably also want to order, so I asked them to give me their orders and have them pay me back in order to save money on shipping. It's difficult to resist cheap items with cheap shipping, so I got three items for myself!
First, the most boring thing, is a white cardigan that will be super duper helpful in cordination:
(It's way in the back- but it's there!) I don't have too high expectations for this, and my greatest hope that it will provide enough warmth for the freak air conditioning at school.
Second, I ordered a pair of white shoes!
These appear to be tea party shoe replicas, which I don't quite mind. I ordered them true to my American size(7and1/2-8 or 250mm) , so right now I'm praying that they're going to be the right size!
 And lastly, the most exciting, is the "Faeries from Forest" Jumperskirt in sax blue!
I think this JSK is a perfect balance between elegant and sweet: with the "Love Nadia" style scenery and the cute scallop lapels making it very elegant, but the Angelic Pretty-esque floating objects towards the top and polka dots at the bottom making it still really sweet! My only concern is that the bow in the back is not detachable, and I'll have to remove it myself so I can wear jackets and such over it.
So, expect a review of all of these coming soon! (Hopefully Saturday, but Monday if shipping is slow)
Thank you for reading <3