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

Monday, August 30, 2010

K-Pop I currently love~

I've been in Korean music land recently.
In fact, I have almost lost all grasp as to what is popular right now in America. XD I have a preference for dance/pop songs, so there is a lot to offer in that genre on the Korean music scene! Here are a few videos of songs that I love right now.
Run Devil Run - Girl's Generation (also SNSD or 소녀시대)

Here We Go - Super Junior (슈퍼주니어)

Innisfree Day by 윤아 (Yoona)

Thank you for reading <3
(I am sorry, for the record, if me writing with emoticons annoys you. I can't seem to write for the internet without them. I spend wayy too much time using them to stop.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Daily Post Fifty-One: I'm going to be a high schooler. Tomorrow.

I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning, get on the bus, and go to the high school. Then I'm going to go to class there, eat lunch there, talk to my friends there, and go home. And this is going to continue for the next four years. This fact sorta kinda blows my mind. Despite this being mind-blowing, I'm really very excited for high school. I don't know quite what to expect, and all I've heard for certain is that it will be "different". So I'm setting my sights on making this year the most loli one :3 I've got all of my school supplies all decorated up (save for a few, but I'll have to get to them later) and I have my first day outfit all laid out.
And, duh, I have pictures.
My notecard box (this guy usually stays at home, though)
My planner, which I'm super lucky I found because it's my favorite color :3
 This is my accordian folder, and I swear to god it's acually purple. But for some reason it appears blue 0_o
A Hello Kitty binder I decorated <3 This by far my favorite thing.
My math binder~
Two notebooks that I laid a huge piece of lace over~
My math notebook~
And two notebooks that I don't even have to decorate~
And finally, here is my outfit to tomorrow:
Shirt: forever 21
Socks: Urban Outfitters
Bow & Skirt: Made by me
Shoes (not shown): either macy's or double decker
Thanks for reading <3

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Daily Post Fifty: Fall is Approaching!

I love love love fall.
The crisp cool morning air, the beautiful leaves swirling from the treetops, the wonderful apple cider and pumpkin pie.. And one thing I really love about fall is that it cools down enough to wear regular lolita! I get tired of having to omit a petticoat or not being able to wear a caplet I love just because it's hot outside.
I decided to make a list of things I love doing in the fall!
  • I love wearing sweaters and scarves. I tend to get really cold during the day, and it warms me right up! I have an amazing Gap scarf that I love, and I wear it all the time in the fall.
  • I love to drink lots of apple cider! It's healthier than apple juice, and it tastes better! The easiest place to find apple cider is at a farmer's market or "organic" stores like Whole Foods.
  • I love to go picking pumpkins! I know Halloween seems far away, but I still love going out and picking pumpkins~
  • I love curling up with a good book, especially a classic. This fall I plan to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 
  • I love to listen to some new music that reminds me of fall~
Thank you for reading <3

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Daily Post Fourty- Nine: Lolita Ideals Part I

This isn't going to be an article about feeling good about yourself. 
I've read plenty of magnificent articles on the subject by many magnificent lolita bloggers, but that is not what I am writing about today. Today, I'm writing about how the personal ideals for a lolita differ so greatly from your "average" girl. At camp recently, I have come in close experience with how normal girls want to be. I had a ton of time to talk about these kind of things with my friends there, and two very interesting ideals showed themselves clearly to me.
The first ideal that a normal girl has that a lolita does not is striving to have a perfect tan. I heard endless chatter about how much the girls had tanned, what their tan lines were like, and how they wanted to improve their tans. As a redhead, I find tanning rather useless normally, but I also do as a lolita. Myself, like many other lifestylers, try to dress more modestly, even outside of lolita. (By modestly, I generally mean wearing longer shorts and tops without a low cut) I find that when I dress in some sort of casual lolita every day, it doesn't matter if I have a great bathing suit tan, because I'm all covered! Even disregarding the dispute on whether or not lolitas need to be pale, I find that tanning is the least priority for a lolita, opposed to the highest priority for a normal girl.
-Part II tomorrow-
Thank you for reading <3

Friday, August 20, 2010

Daily Post Forty-Eight: Poupeegirl on Facebook!

I've been really into the poupee girl website, and I was super excited to see it on facebook~
So, I'm just going to leave you with a link and I need to get to sleep, I'm sorry.
Thank you for reading <3

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Daily Post Forty-Seven: Meringue and Scott Pilgrim!

I invited a few friends over for a mini loli meetup.
We made lilac meringue and then went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (it was incredbily awesome and I suggest going to see it right away)!
All I have are pictures of making meringue, so here are a few!
Mixing, and mixing...
The finished prouduct! They don't look too purple on the outside,
But inside they were a really pretty lavender!
They were super delish and the movie was really epic, so it's needless to say that I had a great time today!
Thank you for reading <3

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Daily Post Forty- Six: Princess Meme!

I'm really tired, so I'm just going to fill out a meme today~
(the ones that are underlined are the ones that apply to me)

One of your parents is dead.
You are expected to do a lot of chores.
You love to dress up.You love animals.
You are waiting patiently for your Prince Charming. 
Your mom is really strict.
You have sisters who seem kind of jealous of you.
You’re afraid to speak your mind sometimes.
You have left your shoes at a friend’s house before.
You have blonde hair.

Total: 3


You’ve kissed someone your friends didn’t like.
You’ve been lost in the forest.
You love to read.
You are not shy at all, and not afraid to speak your mind.
One of your family members is a bit weird. 
You have done volunteer work.

You have a wild imagination.

You love to take care of people in need.
You’ve had guys like you only because they think you’re pretty.
You’ve rejected at least one person when they’ve asked you out.

Total: 4

Your dad is very rich/important.
You are very clever. (at least I like to think I am)
You’ve been with someone way different from you. 
You’re unique and different from everyone else.
You’d never marry someone just because they were rich.
You have set a lot of goals for yourself.
You don’t have a lot of friends.
You’re independent.
You are wealthy.
Your parents try to control your life.

Total:  3


Your parents expect a lot from you.
You really try to follow the rules, but it’s hard for you.
You’re a bit of a trouble maker.
You’re the youngest in your family or in the last two.
You have a lot of sisters (three or more).
You collect something.
You have/had long hair.
You have/had a pet fish.

You’re extremely curious.

You believe everything people tell you/you’re a bit gullible.
Total: 3

Snow White

You know that you’re beautiful.
Sometimes it seems like your mom is jealous of you.
You’ve almost been killed.
You have at least seven good friends.
You’ve had food poisoning.
You have/had short hair.
You get along with almost everyone.
All of your friends are different.

You love to have a good time.

You’re happier when you’re out of the house than in.
Total: 4


You can be a tomboy sometimes.
People wished you could be a bit more girly.
You’ve pretended to be someone you’re not.
You have/had considered running away from home.
Your parents try to plan your life out.
A lot of your friends are boys.
You sometimes find yourself in bad situations.
You love your family so much that you’d do anything to protect them.
Total:  2


You live/have lived with someone other than your parents.
You almost died at a very young age.
You are gentle, loving and/or thoughtful.(thoughtful)
You have a decent singing voice.
You like to sleep in late on the weekends.

You spend most of your time outside, or try to do so.
You’re adopted.
You’re very romantic.

Pink is one of your favorite colors.

Total: 4


You love to walk around and explore big cities.
You are more spiritual than religious.
You’ve been in an interracial relationship.
One of your family members is dead.
Your parents are very protective of you.
Someone you know knew has been in a war.
You love nature.
You have/had black hair.
You would love to move somewhere exotic and beautiful.
You’re very adventurous.

Total: 3
Result:  I'm either Belle, Snow White, or Aurora~ I have no idea which one I think I would personally be.
Thank you for reading <3

Monday, August 16, 2010

Daily Post Fourty- Five: Deco Things!

Along with making macarons the other day, we deco'd some things.
Katie has an amazing collection of rhinestones and charms and other things, so I was in sort of deco heaven :3 I just went crazy and put everything on everything!
My fan I got in Paris~
The tin I use to store kandi and silly bandz~
A freebie compact mirror that I got from a hair salon, which the goal was to make it look like the Barbie jewelry that I had as a child (I wish I hadn't thrown that stuff out...)
My mirrored aviator sunglasses that I love, and now I love them even more~
My wig hairbrush~
And lastly the mirror that I use to look at the back of my hair XD I made it in a circle to cover up the sticker glue that was stuck there >_<
Well, thanks for reading <3