Wednesday, March 21, 2018

365LLC Days 78 - 80: Of Small Meets, Quick Reads, & Written Letters

March 19, 2018

This is actually a perfect time to get the ball rolling for a meet I’ve been wanting to do. A few years ago I hosted an antiques meet up in my neck of the woods and have been wanting to do another. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was simple and relaxing to plan the first time, all that really is needed is to decide if it’s going to be a potluck style picnic at the end or just to make it easier and have everyone bring their own lunch.

I would like to make some of my favorite rose tea cookies to package in a way so everyone can have their own and bring it home. I can just give them out at the end when we walk down to the little park to enjoy our picnic, being mindful to bring blankets to sit on and remind people to wear good shoes to walk down the little antiques village. The walk isn’t really that long but we will be going through all the little shops all day.

Everything is already set in my little write up for the event page and I really am excited to host this again.

March 20, 2018

I’m actually an inconsistent reader, I can read either extremely quickly or it can take a bit for me to get through a chapter. Today I’m researching what fabrics will be best to use for making a vest I’m working on for a future coord. I’ve devored quite a few posts.

March 21, 2018

It’s snowing outside and with the way my schedule is I’m actually getting a chance to sit down and enjoy watching the snow fall, it’s my both my cats favorite thing to do so they’re in the window. Who will I write to while I write?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

365 LLC Days 75 - 77: Of 100 Year Old Skincare Tips, Photographing Longest Owned Pieces, & Collages Of Favorites

March 16, 2018

This was an interesting read as I quite enjoy skin care regimens from days past. I like looking into them to see how they differ from what we do now and seeing what is still healthy and safe to do today. A lot of skincare recipes tend to be easy things to find and get a hold of, some of these ingredients were not always safe, like lead, where others, like witch hazel, are still used today. 

March 17, 2018

Happy St. Gertrude’s day! If you love cats this day is for you!

I am absolutely using one of my older pictures for a full jsk shot because I forgot to take one when I was putting together this post. This, as I've mentioned several times before, and the Btssb tartan jsk in blue are not only my first pieces I bought for my wardrobe but they are the ones I've owned the longest. My wardrobe has only ever really seen expansions since I've begun my crazy adventures in frills and I prefer it that way.

I decided out of the two that I wanted to take pictures of this one and not both because truthfully I felt like it. I've owned them both for the same amount of time though I believe the Btssb one may have come in a few days earlier. I really love the detail work in it and all the little characters spread throughout the print. I still wear both pieces fairly often and this particular one more than I had originally thought I would.

March 18, 2018

At first I thought I wouldn't know what to collage this piece with but it sort of fell out of my head and my phone. The two garden shots are actually from my trip to the US Botanic Garden which was having an exhibit on orchids; they had taken over not only the building but my phone now as well. I think it was perfect timing.

So that's really all for today, I've been ramping up on making a few commissions and a few random pieces for my shop over the last few days. At some point I plan on making a Witch Bonnet to match this particular dress.

Cheers! XOXO

Saturday, March 17, 2018

LBC: What Has Become A Staple Piece In Your Wardrobe And Why

Everyone tends to have a certain go to garment the tend to lean towards when picking out their coordinate. If not a major garment it could be one particular head piece or accessory that makes its way into the look even if it's a small piece of jewelry or a over the top floral headdress. Some things simply becomes a sort of default piece for any particular individual for one reason or another. I tried to take a hard look at previous photos and pay attention to what I put on my person throughout the week to see what I may have been subconsciously doing.

While taking a look I did notice that one of my staple pieces for major events tended to be one of my bonnets, usually paired with a small chained pearl headdress. My Triple Fortune bonnets seem to really weave their way into a coord without much thought. I do find that I favor them as they are so pretty and I feel very put together when I top off an outfit when I secure one onto my head. I love that they make me feel more princess~like and elegant during meets where I feel one of my antique or vintage hats wont cut it.

That being said, another staple piece would most definitely be my vintage and antique hats I have in my wardrobe. I think since early on when I was first developing my style within the fashion I would turn to a hat that I could decorate with ribbons and flowers instead of a headbow or cannotier. I do have bows that come from certain series and sets but I don't often wear them unless I'm adding them to the hats to create a different look for the outfit. Hats in all shapes, sizes, and styles adorn my hat boxes, quite a few more recently are handmade, without a doubt they are indeed a staple piece for me.

The last thing I have to make note of would be my cameos. With jewelry pieces I almost always go vintage or antique as well and find they meld better with my more classic and gothic styles. I don't often wear newer pieces unless I make them myself and lately I've been filling my jewelry box with necklaces, head chains, and bracelets and rosette chains to better match my wardrobe pieces; however, one can almost always spot a cameo in one of my cords. Whether attached to a new beaded piece I've fashioned or fastened directly onto a garments bodice or a jabot, a cameo is very hard to miss in one of my cords and is indeed a staple piece for me.

These pieces are all things I find lovely and I just simply adore the look they achieve. There really is no other reason than that for why they've become such a large part of my wardrobe. Through the years I've searched and collected them and have found they simply mesh well with my style.

If you want to see what other bloggers have said is a staple piece for them check them out in the links below!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

365LLC Days 72 - 74: Of Eyesores, City Inspired Coords, & Embroidery

March 13, 2018

Easy enough, I sorted the electronics bin above my fabric drawers as it sometimes would have wires sticking out at odd ends. Now the bins look a little cleaner.

March 14, 2018

I decided to go with Providence, RI, for my city based coord. One of H.P. Lovecraft’s and Edgar Allan Poe’s favorite stomping grounds and the capitol of the a state with the most cases of vampirism in the US. I went with a dark a decrepted gothic look, trying to exude a slightly sinister feel. Bats adorn this dress and are used in some of the jewelry, as well as dragons, crosses, and other dark and dreary symbols. On a rainy day Providence can look so wonderfully bleak.

March 15, 2018

I’ve already whipped out my hoop for this one earlier in the morning but I’ve been besides myself with getting started. I’ve only ever done some meddling on my own with very small projects so I thought this was a good prompt for me to reel myself in.

I decided to look at stem stitches as it’s always one to catch my eye and a lot of the others are stitches i’ve Definitely worked with in sewing. Things like base stitching, back stitch, and French knots are all great for the basics but things I’ve surprisingly discovered I’ve learned for sewing.

Hopefully this will all pan out well, I think I’m going to find it quite soothing actually.

Well, I’ve downed my last cup and must away with me!

Cheers! XOXO

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tokyo Rebel Tea Party With Misako Aoki

So, another one has indeed bit the dust...

It has taken me a bit to write up this tea party event report but it should be done sooner rather than any later...

At the beginning of last month we were all informed that the New York store for both Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Tokyo Rebel were going to be closing it's storefront in early March, though keeping the online site for Tokyo Rebel open (Thank you!).

This left anyone who wished to make their pilgrimage to the store a little time to make it up and everyone who has enjoyed the store, either by going to the physical location or purchasing from their online sites, a hole in their hearts.

I have made treks up to the location several times in the past and it was my preferred crew to make my purchases from. I think their staff has always been great and well on top of things, answering questions in speedy time or helping out securing reservations. It was sad to see them close the shop when it had only been Tokyo Rebel when it was back by the ABC café, also closed (rip), to which I would also make a trip ever so often; it is doubly sad to have it happen again.

With this closing, however, the team made another tea party hosted at the wonderful Janam Tea with a special guest being Misako Aoki to give the store a proper send off.

I have never gotten a chance to meet Misako and I am telling you she is even more adorable in person than I had thought possible! She is super sweet and kind and each table got about 10 minutes with her to chat. I gave her a gift of a pink and gold rosette headdress from my brand and she seemed to be really happy about it. We got to take individual pictures with her and a group photo at the end.

This was the second time I had gotten a chance to have tea at Janam's and I adore it and the staff. The tea itself is delicious. The tea sandwiches and desserts have always been topnotch and the teas are very carefully picked out by the tea hostess, Amy, from her trips to India. The tea the serve is specific leaves from India and she does make yearly trips there to pick them. The scones are a British scone style and they do serve it with specialty jams and clotted cream, which I believe they make that in house that takes about a day to make.

During the tea I got to sit with new and old friends, though I got tried to sit with Sweet but we got separated by a table, but it was still lovely to be able to reconnect and make new connections. Our table MAY or may not have gotten a bit out of hand with our goofy antics...but I did have a blast.

After the tea party we headed to the store to make any final purchases from the Tokyo Rebel stock, of which I got the Star Rose Ribbon jsk in brown that I had wanted from Meta, and to get last minute
photos and signed books with Misako. Unfortunately while in line for the autographs I learned my bus back to MD was cancelled due to the atrocious storm and I had to try and make it back to the Port authority for a secondary bus I booked that ended in cancellation anyway. I was hilariously stranded in NY for the night with only the frills on my back and in my bag and to top it all off with that ridiculous cherry it of course all stopped by the time I left the port authority to check into the hotel I managed to get.

So of course I had a night on the town!

I hope you enjoyed this post, the event made a good memory for me, I only wise I hadn't needed to run off and miss getting an autograph from Misako but it is what it is. I had fun, I will miss being able to go up to NY and visit and buy from my favorite store, but I will enjoy the memories.

Cheers! XOXO

Monday, March 12, 2018

365LLC Days 69 - 71: Of Poems, Lace, & Old Cards

March 10, 2018

Is there anything more woeful than the loss of beautiful Annabel Lee? Most likely not to Edgar Allan Poe though I can't seem to stop writing out his prose about his love. Truthfully I went with this piece to write out because I like it so much. I copied it in it's entirety but my handwriting is woeful in and of itself today. May as well get a bunch of practice in.

March 11, 2018

I was captivated by the lace trim on this piece while trouncing through the day so I simply decided to photograph it. I've always enjoyed the colors of this particular piece and love the frothiness of the ruffles and layers.

I actually wore this during the masquerade at the first Rufflecon because I had never been to any con nor it's masquerade and hadn't realized I would be bouncing around dancing so much in it. When doing so to the Brilliant Kingdom performance, I was jumping so much the gold crown emblem on the front of the dress pinged right off into the darkness of the room. I was only lucky enough that my friend Candace had somehow magically saw this and was able to retrieve it for me, though I never even realized it was gone! That's my level of excitement for Brilliant Kingdom I guess.

I have yet to remember to sew it back onto the dress...

March 12, 2018

For today's prompt I pulled out a card someone gave me for my birthday, I do enjoy cake headdresses, Marie Antoinette, and the little details of this card.

Well that's enough for today I need to brew up some tea and get to work on a new Witch Bonnet commission. Toss one back for me frillies! XOXO

Friday, March 9, 2018

LBC: The Rise Of Taobao Brands: Discuss It's Effect On The Lolita Community

Lolita fashion has been an ever changing lace monster that devours the souls of young maidens the world over. One such part of the world where there seems to have been an uprising in Lolita fashion brands is China. With staple brands such as Yolanda and Soufflesong, to name a few, the country's interest in frills have, and bargain hunters outside of China, created a demand to be filled all through stores stocked on a selling site designated Taobao.

Taobao is not one store though you may believe otherwise with the way Lolita fashion enthusiasts seem to use the site name as a blanket title for anything that comes from the site. It is more of an equivalent to a sort of Amazon and also sells a great deal more then frills. If you are a member of the Lolita fashion page  Lolita Updates,on facebook, there has been a directory created listing well known and reliable brands on Taobao, listed A-J and K-Z, that can be found.

Over previous years it had been extremely difficult buy from these shops, though many would still flock to weibo and taobao pages to check out all of the lovely garments and only dream unless they knew how to jump through the hoops. Not only that but unless you went with a prominent brand you ran the risk of getting a terrible travesty in the mail. With the resources faithful frillies have compiled, and better pages to buy direct, lolitas have been able to avoid such things and buy gorgeous pieces for ridiculously reasonable prices.

The best things I have seen come out of taobao shops are, in truth, blouses. I have several friends that I am beginning to suspect are stock piling blouses from several taobao shops. Both extravagant and simple designs have graced their wardrobes and I admit I have inquired several times to acquire my own. This has begun over the last few years to occur frequently, some people slowly build an order over a few weeks even.

In a fashion where most who tend to stick with it for years tend to keep most of their garments around and look for several alternative pieces to mix and match between shops from Taobao make it easy to do. And though it is difficult to judge just how well an item will match, whether via color or style, the pricing is good and usually items can be traded or sold off.

The one negative effect that I've noticed that taobao can be seen partially responsible for would be the over-saturation of the second hand market. Garments used to be able to sell quickly and for a high price when if came to everything from hair accessories to sets, nowadays items have sat on the market for months at a time. This comes from having so much to choose from and then also the option of just looking through Taobao for a new piece of whatever for the price of second hand.

For frillies like me, taobao is usually golden, I can pick up items I need to circulate more looks through my wardrobe but it can be a small curse if I were ever thinking of selling any particular garment off. If you wish to learn what other's think on the subject feel free to check them out in the links below!