Lolita 52: My Signature Outfit

My next Lolita 52 prompt is my signature outfit. I’m not sure I have one but I definitely have a signature look, so I put something together that showcases that:

Coord rundown:
Cutsew and UTKs – Innocent World

Skirt – Bodyline

Hat – Fanplusfriend

Parasol – Alice and the Pirates

Purse – Loris

Jacket – Yolanda

Shoes and jewelry – Offbrand

I’d say that my signature style is a casual-ish Classic look, with lots of brown and pearl accessories. I had to include the ivory UTKs since I wear them frequently despite their being somewhat unpopular in contemporary Classic style. I also felt I should include the Loris bag. I have other Lolita purses but you’d never know it. This is definitely my favorite. Finally, my signature look absolutely had to use my real hair and understated makeup. I also incorporated some nature-inspired details, most notably by choosing a floral theme that runs throughout the coord and by adding this deer pin from LolitaPop:

It might be fun to revisit this prompt once in a while to see how my personal style changes. I’ll try to remember that in the future. In the meantime, keep an eye out for my week 7 post in the next few days. I’m trying to get caught up in a timely manner. See you soon!

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Nails to Match my Favorite Looks

Today I drew a topic for Lolita 52 week 5, Nails to match my favorite Lolita looks. Since the majority of my wardrobe is Classic and Sweet-Classic, and since I tend to shy away from OTT styles, I typically keep my nails short and understated for Lolita fashion. Most of the time I’ll have shellac French tips because they’re so versatile.

That’s pretty boring though, so I decided to take a look around the Internet and find some more interesting options.

Fawn Nails from Lucy’s Stash:

http://www.lucysstash.com/2016/06/paint-all-the-nails-presents-animal-print-fawn-print

These fawn nails would go perfectly with some of my favorite forest-themed dresses, like Little Squirrel or Lotta, especially if the nails were shorter. I’m pretty sad that I don’t have the skill to be able to do something like this, because to be honest I’m completely in love.

Lace Nail Art from Lulus:

http://blog.lulus.com/beauty/manicure-monday-lace-nails-with-syl-and-sam/

This does seem like a lot of work, but it also seems like it would require less skill than the fawn nails. I’m tempted to give it a try, and I think it’d be gorgeous with a more sophisticated Sweet coordinate.

Black and Gold Nails from Aya 1 Gou:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193544856/3d-nails-gothic-lolita-lolita-nails-egl

While it’s a little *more* than I’m likely to do, I absolutely love OTT Classic Juliette et Justine coordinates, and this set of false Nails brings that look immediately to mind. They would go well with this coord from Miss Caro Chan of F Yeah Lolita, for example:

So that’s that. I’m pretty likely to continue to stick to my shellac French tips, but I did have a lot of fun writing this post and looking for some new options. If I ever do branch out I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and write about how it all goes. Until next time!

Lolita 52: Whats in My Makeup Bag

It didn’t take me long to get off-track on the Lolita 52 challenge, did it? To be honest the reason I stopped was because I misplaced the slips with the prompts on them. I found them though, so I’ve decided to post more than one per week until I’m caught up. I believe I’m nine weeks behind as it stands. Whoops!

Anyway for the fourth prompt I drew “What’s in my makeup bag.” I’ve already done a version of this here, so I thought I’d change it up a bit and focus specifically on makeup that I like to wear to Lolita meets and what I use for my go-to look for most events.

The look I usually go for is somewhat understated and uses a lot of neutral colors, but I tend to go heavier on blush than I would for an everyday look. I also typically use different products on meet days than I do for my usual makeup, largely because it is essential that meet makeup photograph well.

The products I use (in the order I use them): 

Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream – I go through a full skincare routine when I get up in the morning, but I always moisturize again when I start to do my makeup. Egg Mellow Cream is probably too heavy for most people but my skin is very dry and I find that it works beautifully for me.

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector – This isn’t my usual everyday primer, but I really love it for meet days. Nothing moves or creases, and the matte, poreless-looking finish helps a lot with photos.

Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion – An eyeshadow primer is essential for event makeup.  I think that for Sweet and Classic styles, makeup should usually be understated and somewhat natural-looking, especially in photos. Using an eyeshadow primer helps prevent eyeshadow from creasing, and goes a long way in ensuring that it stays well-blended and perfect throughout the day.

e.l.f. Brow Pomade – This is from CVS and isn’t very good. I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone else, but I use it because my natural hair color has sort of a red tint and I have a tough time finding reddish brown pomade. That’s the only reason.

Tarte Tartelette Tease Pallette – I put Wink all over my lid, then use Whisper to hilight my brow bone and the inner corner of my eye. Afterwards, I’ll use First Kiss and Heartbreaker on my outer v and crease. The result is pretty light and subtle, but adds dimension.

Kat Von D Ink Liner – I line my upper lashes only, keeping close to the lashline, making the line thicker on the outer edge. I don’t do a wing or anything else that would draw too much attention most of the time. The idea is just to lift the eye and camouflage false eyelash application.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Dark Brown – I almost exclusively use drugstore mascara since it doesn’t last long. I prefer to stick to brown over black to avoid going too dark. Once I’ve curled my lashes and applied mascara, I put on false lashes. I use a variety, but typically stick to short, fine ones with criss-crossed lashes to achieve a natural-ish volume without overdoing it. The ones I used today are from Daiso, but I don’t think they make these particular ones anymore.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Pearl – I’m more likely to use BB cream on a daily basis, but for events where I’m likely to have my picture taken I will use this foundation. It offers a fair amount of coverage without being too cakey and it photographs really well. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in a light enough shade for me in the winter. Now that we’re going into spring though, it matches me perfectly. I pat it on with my fingers (I wash my hands well first!) and then blend it with a sponge.

Nars Radient Creamy Concealer in Cannelle – I love this concealer. It’s a new addition to my makeup collection and I can’t figure out how I got by without it. I just apply this under my eyes and blend with a sponge.

e.l.f Blush Palette in Light – Unlike the brow pomade, I actually love this blush palette. I typically use the top two shades. First, I blend the top left peachy shade from my temples to my cheeks, then I apply the pink shade on the apples of my cheeks and blend it out. The result is too heavy for normal wear, but perfect for Sweet-Classic Lolita.

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder – I love the matte finish this gives. It photographs well. I also find that it sets my concealer especially well, doesn’t accentuate any skin dryness, and minimizes the look of pores.

Mac Lipliner in Spice and Lipstick in Velvet Teddy – My lip color changes depending on the coord, but since I actually only did my makeup for this post and not for a meet today, I decided to go with Velvet Teddy because it’s just a bit darker than a nude lip and so is probably the color I use the most. Sometimes I’ll wear Kat Von D Double Dare or something a little more peachy or brown, but this color works with almost everything.

So there you have it! Not exactly what’s in my makeup bag, but I hope it’s fun to read through all the same. I’ll be back soon with my Week 5 post (only 8 weeks late)!

Lolita 52: Week 3

I wish I had a better story about my very first piece of Lolita, but in my case it was very anticlimactic. I first heard about Lolita around 2005, and while I didn’t fall immediately in love, I definitely appreciated the style. At the time though, it was much harder to get Lolita pieces than it is now. Brands didn’t ship overseas, and frankly I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t try to make any of it as my understanding of the fashion was hazy at best. Seriously, it would’ve been really really bad. But I learned the major brands and occasionally looked up new releases. I bought the English language G&LB when it was released by TokyoPop. My interest was casual, but definitely present.

About three years after I first learned about Lolita I found a secondhand Moitie op online. I’m not sure whether this is the exact one, but it’s very similar if not.

I was awful with money, and I got so excited at the prospect of owning a real Lolita dress that I immediately bought it. Besides, Gothic reigned supreme at the time, so the fact that it was Moitie was enough for me. To be honest though, even though I was excited, I knew it wasn’t something I’d ever wear. By the time it arrived the novelty had already worn off. I liked the dress, but it wasn’t me. I wasn’t particularly impressed, even though the quality was nice. I held on to it for a while, but never did wear it (it wasn’t flattering on me anyway). Eventually I think I think I sold it at Buffalo Exchange or something, which is a shame. I really didn’t know what I was doing at the time.

My casual interest persisted, although it was definitely dimished, and about two or three years ago I discovered Lace Market. That was really the turning point for me. I hadn’t realized how much easier it had gotten to get brand in the US. So even though my first purchase was an absolute bust, I eventually did find pieces that fit me (both my body and my style). I’ve since built up a small but functional wardrobe, and I’m very happy that my first Lolita purchase didn’t deter me too much.

Lolita 52: Week 2

Hello again!

This week’s “Lolita 52 prompt is:

This should be fun! I absolutely love Lolita headwear. In fact, I’m honestly not sure where to start with this prompt. But I’ll give it a try!

My most-used headwear is probably hats, with Alice bows as a close second. But I don’t think I’d say that either is my favorite. In fact, I gave this some serious thought and couldn’t settle on a favorite type at all. But after looking through all of my accessories (and creating a huge mess in the process), I decided that my favorite thing to put on my head is…

Innocent World’s Versailles Rose Headdress

I bought this headdress in chocolate x cafe au lait on a whim a little over a year ago simply because I thought it might work in a coordinate I was planning at the time (it didn’t). I think I’ve only worn it twice. It’s too much to wear regularly, so it really doesn’t appeal to my practical side at all.

With that said, I absolutely love this piece, and I’m very glad I bought it. When I have had an occasion to wear it out, I’ve felt so gorgeous and done up that I caught myself smiling absentmindedly pretty frequently, and really, what more could you want from Lolita?

Lolita 52: Week 1

Hello all!

Welcome to my Lolita 52 series! I’ve written each of the prompts from F Yeah Lolita’s Lolita 52 challenge on a slip of paper, and I’ll be drawing one to post about each Sunday. Today, I drew “What’s in my Closet that I Haven’t Worn Yet?” The super boring answer is “not much,”  but there are a few pieces that fit the bill.

My most recent purchase was the show model of AatP’s The Tiking Clock. I had wanted this JSK in the black colorway, but this one was available new for too good a price for me to pass up. Besides, the ivory and rose accents mean that it honestly suits my wardrobe much better. I’ve had it for about a month now, but I haven’t worn it yet because I like to get all the wear I can out of Drosselmyer’s Wonder Box during the holiday season, and I love putting Christmas coords together. Now that the holidays are over, wearing this will probably be my first order of business.

I bought this cutsew from Bodyline for $6 a couple of months ago. I love the color and it’s super comfortable, but it doesn’t match my wardrobe as well as I had thought it would. The stock photos weren’t very true to color, unfortunately. I have worn it, but not in Lolita. I plan to keep it though. Maybe someday I’ll get a main piece that I can coord it with, and until then I’ll keep wearing it with jeans.

I bought this BTSSB Juicy BABY Love Love Berry skirt from a friend in early November. It does have the waist ties and detachable bow, they’re just put away with my accessories. I have a few coords planned for this that I can’t wait to wear, but they’re all more warm-weather coords so I’m holding off until it heats up a little. I’m very excited about this skirt in particular because, though it’s sweeter than most of my wardrobe, the burgundy and chocolate brown in the print make it easier to coord with a lot of my classic pieces, so it should add some versatility (as soon as it stops raining).
I did mention in an earlier post that I’ve been gravitating towards Sweet lately, right? I wasn’t kidding. Looking over these pieces, I can’t help thinking that 2017 might be the year of Sweet, for me at least.