For this week’s Lolita Blog Carnival topic, participating bloggers were asked to create a plan to follow through with our New Year’s resolutions in 2018. However, I don’t exactly have resolutions, more like general goals that I’d like to work towards all the time. These are:
- Be more active online
- Attend more meets
- Continue building a “complete” wardrobe
My goals are addmittedly somewhat vague, so I decided to participate in this week’s prompt partially to give more thought to what I want and how to accomplish it. Because of this topic, I actually sat down and though about each item, and I think I’ve come up with an actionable plan that I can stick to in the new year!
1. Be More Active Online
I was awful about this in 2017! I actually lost my passwords for both this blog and the associated email and only recently got around to resetting them and getting back in. So I need to get back into the habit of updating regularly. I plan to redevelop that habit by *actually* completing the Lolita 52 challenge in 2018 and posting to my Instagram at least twice per week. Beyond that though, I want to use these platforms for their intended purpose: interacting with other users! So I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to comment on other users content. The last week I’ve been leaving a minimum of 5 comments per day spanning several social media platforms and it’s not as scary as I thought it’d be. When I see something especially nice I just leave a comment. Simple. I hope to continue this indefinitely.
2. Attend More Meets
I did manage to go to about 10-12 meets in 2017, which isn’t too bad. But it didn’t seem like enough (is it ever?). I gave it some thought and decided I’d aim to attend an average of 1.5 meets per month this year, so a minimum of 18. There are a few upcoming events in my comm that I’m looking forward to, and two that I’ve RSVPd “yes” to, so I’m off to a good start! Just hoping I can keep it up.
3. Continue Building a Complete Wardrobe
This is probably the least concrete item on my list, as I’m really not sure what will help me to feel that my wardrobe is complete. After considering it, I decided to start by being able to create at least 3 different coords for each main piece I own. If I’m not able to create 3, I’ll think about pieces I can add that might help with multiple coords and main pieces, or else consider selling the main (noooooo!!!). I’d also like to post the coords I make here, so keep an eye out for a new series of posts! Come to think, that’ll also tie into my first goal…
This week’s participants:
The Bloody Tea Party
Gota de Baunilha
My favorite chocolate bar is the Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar from Trader Joe’s. The bar itself is a pretty deep brown, and the packaging uses some very underused colors for Lolita fashion, so I was excited to participate in this week’s challenge.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t match the green/yellow color with pieces from my wardrobe, so I tried to just stick to the general palette instead. I felt those colors are best suited to Classic, as is the chocolate itself. It’s more bitter than sweet, and reminds me of more mature styles of Lolita.
Blouse- Victorian Maiden
Skirt – Metamorphose
Bolero, headband, bow, UTKs – Innocent World
Shoes – Random Item (eBay)
The coord I ended up with uses much more ivory than I would have liked, but that’s mainly because of the constraints of having a smallish wardrobe. Overall it still essentially captures the idea and feeling that I had in-mind.
This week’s participants:
Cupcake Kamisama’s Lolita World
I have a relatively small wardrobe and re-wear pieces frequently, so this week’s Lolita Blog Carnival topic is right up my alley. I chose to work with Innocent World’s Fairy Tale JSK. It’s one of my favorite pieces because of its versatility.
First, I put together a simple Sweet coord by pulling the red from the print and covering the more Classic-looking bodice. In retrospect, I should have also removed the brown waist tie.
I didn’t feel that this needed much in the way of accessories since it’s meant to be somewhat wearable, but a red or gold ring would really help to pull this look together.
KC – Angelic Pretty
Hoodie and tights – Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Shoes – Bodyline
The second coordinate is a slightly more elaborate Classic look. For this coord, I pulled the brown from the print and added some pearl accents.
I would also wear a set of fake pearl earrings and a ring, but left them out as they were difficult to make out in the photo. There are also small pearl beads on the headdress.
I wanted to maintain the whimsey of the fairytale print, which is why I chose the UTK socks instead of more Classic legwear. I feel that the visible lace balances the lace in the top half of the coord, and that the slight sweetness of these socks helps to keep the overall look from being too mature for the print.
Headdress, bolero, and UTKs – Innocent World
Shoes and accessories – off brand
Other participants in this week’s LBC:
Cupcakes and Unicorns
Queen and Commander
Bloody Tea Party