Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Summer heat and lolita

Even though summer is looong gone here in Finland, I filmed this video a while ago and talk about different tips and tricks on how to deal with heat :'D

- Less clothing, more light weight jewelry
- Hoop petticoats keep the heat from your legs (consider light / short bloomers though)
- Go with an OP ot blouse + skirt combo, it's less layers on your torso tan a blouse + JSK combo
- I you want to wear a JSK anyway: a) go with very light materials (like schiffon) and colors b) pair it with a bolero, cardigan or a shawl (less layers and easily removable, unlike a blouse under the dress)
- For blouses, again light fabric, short sleeves or lace sleeves (there are lots of pretty offbrand lace blouses)
- Skip wig if possible and wear your hair up, out of your neck and shoulders
- Opt for lots of light jewelry instead of wristcuffs, chokers and heavy hair accessories
- Big hats protect you from sun stroke (but also mess up your hair)
- Leave cotton OTK's at home, go with lace ankle socks or mesh-type tights, there are a ton of lavey and floral ones in "normal" clothing stores
- Ditch ankle boots and opt for sandal-type shoes. There are also lots of adorable ballerina style shoes in "normal" stores, they have lacey fabric too, which breaths a LOT better than pleather
- If you live somewhere it's really hot for a long time, consider getting parasols and fans. They help a ton, but here summer is really short and I avoid going outside in super hot days, so I save my money for winter items :D

If you're interested in real outfit examples, I recently made a summer lookbook, here's the blogpost and the video.

I'll be making a winter version soon!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Ouji lookbook

I wear ouji every now and again, but every Fall I really get into the style. I hadn't made a lookbook for my boystyle yet, but here is the first one!

You may have seen these in my videos or on my instagram, but in the video I have full lists of what brand / where each item is. Mostly offbrand or DIY ^^ I want AatP vests in my collection, but a 95cm bust really limits my options :( I hope I'll find one that fits soon...

In stead of listisg brands I want to talk about what I like and don't like about each outfit. Otherwise I'm just repeating myself from the video and that's no fun.

I love the blouse, but I'm not too happy about the overall coord - especially my turquoise hair is NOT matching the outfit. I was in a hurry and this is what you get :'D Also derp pose.

Black and white outfits like these were the reason I fell in love with ouji. The feel of old school elegance is something I like to re-visit every now and then. Also the vest is one of my favorites, I'll have to decorate it a bit to stand out more.

I really don't know how to smile for photos, do I? Also excuse the blurriness, the timed photos sometimes tourn out like this and you can't really see it from the tiny screen.

I really want to try more white / light color coords, and I love these pants I did a while ago. Though all the white details are lost in this photo ^^' I'll have to change something when taking timed photos. Also maybe learn to photoshop or edit photos.

My outfit to Tracon! I made these corduroy pants and fucking love them. And I wore lots of gray and a top hat, so it was A+. And super comfy. What a fun day and I really like this coord,

Red and black is still my favorite combo no matter what I wear, so narutally this is my favorite look of them all. Boots, bat bag, stripes, baggy pants, jabot, bright lipstick... All things I love. I need to make more black and red ouji looks.

These are mostly early fall looks, but I'll try to make another lookbook for winter frost with warm jackets and show how I look when I'm knee-deep in snow :D

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Wearing lolita for the first time!

Tracon happened a while ago, and I was supposed to make a group cosplay with my friends. We didn't have the time for the cosplay, so I suggested that I'd dress them with my lolita things :D And they agreed! Hilarity ensued. 

Like I said in my "What is lolita fashion" video, lolita is NOT  cosplay, but you can still try your friend's clothes on, just like with coctail dresses or other alternative fashions like gothic or punk. ^^ It was really fun to see Tiia, Heidi and Lussu in my dresses and suggest what would look good with other things. So much fun, such a mess to clean up after :'D

We made a quick video where I show all our coordinates and ask their opinion and experience of lolita fashion. It's quite short because it was drizzling outside and I didn't have my tripod with me, but it was still really fun, and I hope you enjoy our silliness! ^^

Since Tiia wanted to wear ouji, I though it would be fun if I wore it too, because then we had two lords and two ladies ~

Behind the scenes!

I'll make a separate post about Tracon later ~

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Bloomers / pants video

I'm making a photo + text tutorial for these as well, but here's the video form ^^ 

Also, I was trying to decide which shoes I liked the best, feminine simple pumps or chunkier Bodyline shoes. Different feelings to the outfit. I went with chunky for now :D

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

10 facts about my lolita wardrobe

I haven't done one of the Lolita 52 Challenge questions is a long while! Today's post is about 10 facts about my lolita wardrobe, I'll put them here shortly and open them more in the video. :)

1. My first ever non-hand-made but bought coordinate was all Bodyline and white, and I've sold everything you can see in the photo except the shoes :D

Trip down the memory lane! Spring 2013

2. I've gone more to a classic feel with my new big purchases. I did not plan this, just noticed it a while ago. Accidental classic?

3. My most expensive dress is my Innocent World Blanche JSK, for which I payed 180€. Second hand, and that price includes shipping and tax since I had to pay them ^^'

First time wearing it, still love it <3

4. My first attained dream dress (and still my favourite dress is everything I own) is Juliette et Justine's Cartes du Lapin. It was $180, which I think was about 150€ or even 140€ since Euro was strong.

Couldn't easily find a good worn photo, here's this yellow one~

5. I have one organza petticoat, two tulle ones and two hoop petties.

6. I only have to OP's since my shoulders are s hard to fit in them...

7. I've only ever sold two dresses, two blouses, and one pair of shoes, which means that my "wardrobe turnover" (which is another question in the L52Ch) is quite small. :)

8. I don't have a single brand blouse!

9. I have a JSK with a broken zipper which will be a future tutorial

10. In my future purchases, I want to focus more on ouji. I feel that I have a nice range of dresses and skirt so I'll  try to avoid buying those, and instead get more printed vests <3

Speaking of wanting to wear more ouji, here's the coord of the video! It's a very classic ouji look, black and white gothic, and it's the sort of look that made me fall in love with boystyle. ^^

Excuse the blurryness of the left photo, timed photos don't always have the best focus... Damn

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Unplanned blog silence is over ~

Hi. If you read this blog more often you might have noticed a quieter time. No photos, just a link to the new video with a very short description. I'm here to tell you that I'll be putting more effort to my blog again, and writing more about not-video-related things as well, like I used to do ^^ End of announcement! Rest is pure rant :D

As for why I was quiet? I felt like repeating myself. Same reason why I stopped writing in Finnish... And if you'r new, I started this blog for myself and was (naturally) writing in Finnish. When I got more readers, I started to write in English as well (since no-one speak Finnish outside on Finland and we're just a tiny spec on the map). After a long while, I stopped writing in Finnish though. Why? Because my Finn demographic grew smaller and smaller in comparison, and it just felt like repeating myself.  Write in English, good, now say the exact same thing in Finnish. I just didn't want to.

And lately, after I filmed (and edited) a video, writing the same things down felt like repeating myself again. And because the view / comment ratio here in blogger is very different from Youtube, so it felt like no-one was reading these anyway - even though the analytics say very differently, the lack of comment made this feel it wasn't worth a lot of my time. It wasn't fun, and so I did it with least amount of effort, unfortunately. However I've got a lot of messages (ironically mostly on Youtube and tumblr, not here :'D) that they missed my long posts and silly non-lolita content, and were interested to know when my kinda-hiatus would end. That gave me inspiration to continue writing here, and I've gathered much writing energy during my silence :D 

Thanks for reading, here's a photo of our old (he's a bit over a year old now) cat Oliver and our new kitty, Hermanni!

They both love this tree <3

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sponsored dress from Lolita Wardrobe

Hello! This week's post is a new one (well, I've done unboxings before BUT), it is sponsored! 

(Btw here's the video version if you prefer videos over text)

The owner of Lolitawardrobe.com, Angela Cheung, sent me a message on Youtube. whether I would be interested in receiving a free dress in exchange for a review. I took a quick look at their site, and agreed! They carry over twenty indie brands from Taobao, and ship worldwide. Sites like these are a heaven sent for a person like me (you've seen me use re-sellers before) because I hate dealing with shopping services. Lolita Wardrobe is easy to use, and I recommend them based on my experience ^^ More on that below, here is the dress!

Magic Tea Party
Cross and Censer (fish bones corset JSK)

The dress is gorgeous <3 Fabric is nice thick cotton (with cotton lining, super warm winter dress) and the print is so pretty! Even the base fabric has intricate designs, and the hem print is really clear and crisp.

The lace is really beautiful and good quality, it's at the hem and neckline.

The bodice also had delicate rose lace at the seams.
So many details <3

The dress is fully lined, here you can see the tags. I chose XL even though I technically fit the L, because I'm a bit paranoid... You may have heard me complaining about gaining a bit of weight (which I'm otherwise cool with, BUT) thus crowing out of my couple non-shirred pieces... So I was worried that this might not fit if I get the large, and since it has a corset, I went ahead and got the bigger one. It's slightly roomy but perfect with the belt, so success!

The dress automatically comes with the corset belt, detachable rose bow and a lace collar. All are good quality, the corset has plastic bones so it's bendy but sturdy (and the fabric itself is pretty thick, so the belt is quite heavy duty). You can actually see me wear the choker / collar in my hair in the first photo :D I just tied at my neck and voilá! Small and cute.

Lolita Wardrobe was kind to also give me this accessory hat from the same line ^^ If you like the print, the dress comes in two colourways (purply pink and this blue) and the Cross and Censer series actually have three different JSK's, an OP and accompanying hat and blouse.

Communication with Angela was really fast (I always got an answer within hours), very friendly and informative. They allowed me choose my own dress freely, and it was really easy since I have lots of Taobao dream dresses <3 I originally chose this Surfcase Spell OP that I've had my eye on for a while, but when they said it takes 45 work days to make (which is clearly stated in the site, I was just too exited to notice) and I chose something else. What can I say, I hate waiting for expensive items...

Then I took a different approach; what if I chose a dress I though looked really pretty but what I might not buy myself? Since this is a rare free dress, I decided to go ham. I had ten candidates and my partner helped me trim them down to three: 

 I e-mailed them with these three links (because I couldn't decide) and tada, I got the Cross and Censer JSK!

The communication was very fast, smooth and friendly, the site is easy to use and they have a lot of into and photos. I will  be buying from them myself (I want more ouji items and I've eyed this Infanta vest for a long time, it shall be mine~) so it's safe to say that I recommend them ^^

Thank you for reading! Now that I have time in my hands, you can expect tutorials in the near future~

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

What is lolita?

A question we get time and time again: what is lolita? I (finally) made a video talking about what lolita is, and also what it is not. Some rules bend but this is a very generalized video, as these tend to be. :) Short point list!

Lolita fashion is:
- A FASHION. Use the wrd when looking for info and items, it'll save you a ton of trouble an K18 links.
- Started in Japan, but has spread across the globe
- Has it's roots in Victorian fashion as well as rococo
- Most iconic is the silhouette: skirts sit at the natural waist and poof out with petticoat(s)
(- A cute oufit without a petticoat isn't lolita)
- All about modesty! Cover you shoulders, cleavage (seriously, you'll never see boobs in lolita), skirts are close to knee-length and you cover your legs with tights or socks

Three main substyles of lolita:
- Gothic, where it all started from. Morose, elegant (almost vampiric) feel, heavy fabrics, dark colours, gothic prints. Petti is usually A-line but a cupcake shape is not uncommon
- Sweet. Cheerful, cute, usually quite OTT (over the top = extravagant) feel, pastel or bright colours, cute prints and lots of lace. Fullest cupcake pettis in the lolita world
- Classic. This is the most mature, elegant and timeless. Subtle prints, muted colors, less accessories. Pettis are usually A-line and skirts can be tea length or mid-calf.
- Looots of substyles: pirate, Alice, military, sailor, punk, shiro, kuro, guro, hime etc etc. I could make an entire post about substyles.
- You don't have to choose just one substyle, mix and match however you want! My wardrobe is mostly gothic but I have been adding classic pieces to it, and some of my dresses are between gothic and classic. Try what looks nice, don't mind the labels. :)

Lolita fashion is not:
- About the fucking book  :'D or the movie. Just no.
- Sexy or a fetish. It is, like we just discussed, the exact opposite: modest.
- Cosplay. There are lolita characters you can cosplay, but it's a cosplay of that character, not the fashion. You can wear lolita to conventions (I have), but it doesn't make lolita any more cosplay than wearing jeans and a t-shirt to a con.
- Maids. Two completely separate things.

Lolita isn't strictly to just girls either! There is a sister fashion (or substyle, categorize how you want) called kodona and ouji. They wear the same blouses and accessories, but in stead of wearing a skirt, you wear pants! The aim is to look princely or cute, a fitting counterpart to lolita. This style is also worn by girls (me included).

Lolita can also be worn by males. The term "brolita" (bro + lolita) is ften used, but I think that everyone wearing lolita is just a lolita, but it does make searhing information and tips easier. Brolitas are very well accepted within lolita fashion, though they sadly face some confusion and maybe even harassment from others. I don't want to touch that too much.

So, all in all, that is a very brief summary :D I have a bunch of beginner videos linked on this video (and as playlists on my channel) so I won't link them all here, you can check them on Youtube if you're interested. ^^

I want to make more text posts again, sorry for the silence! <3

Friday, 12 August 2016

Summer lookbook

It's been a while since I've done a proper text post, and I'll talk about that later. For now, here are some outfit shots of my recent coords! I made a video lookbook, but here are quick photos. :)

hair accessory: CiCi works
blouse: Dear Celine
skirt: Bodyline
bag: thrifted
tights: h&m
shoes: thrifted

(aaand this is why I hate taking timed photos; I can't see if it's focused or not in the small screen. Oh well.)
hair accessories: DIY & offbrand
blouse: KappAhl
skirt: Knight's night
bag: H&M
tights: offbrand
shoes: ebay

Dress: Sleipnir JSK <3
blouse: offbrand
tights: offbrand
shoes: DinSko

ft. kitty

It was a super hot day -__-
hat: vintage+ DIY
dress: Chérie Cerise
blouse: Infanta
tights: taobao
shoes: ebay
dress: Meta Swan lake OP
I really loves this dress and ought to wear it more often <3

Monday, 20 June 2016

Hellocon video

Here's a compiled video I took at Hellocon, again I'll write a proper post about it but if you want to see what was going on, have a look. :)