In which she shares a casual outfit for a quiet day…

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The Lolita Blog Carnival prompt for this week was “A Casual Outfit for a Quiet Day.” I really liked this one so I decided to shoot a little video of some of my everyday activities.

Here’s a quick outfit rundown for the curious:

  • JSK & Shoes: Bodyline
  • Cardigan & Tights: Target
  • Bow: Handmade

This is the sort of outfit I’d wear while running errands and such too, it’s comfortable (full back shirring, a loose cardigan, and flats) and all offbrand, so I won’t feel as bad if I get something on it.

Check out the other lovely blogs that have done this post:

Northern Star Beyond Kawaii ♥ Whimsical Adventures of Me ♥ Elegant Poupee

In which she shares an outfit and some con swag…

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Things have been crazy for me these past couple of weeks. I’m in the midst of switching to a new job right now so things have been pretty hectic. I had heard about a small con in my area, Triad Anime Con, and decided last weekend that it would be a nice day trip to see some friends and shop a little and enjoy the general con atmosphere.

Daily Outfit March 14, 2014:

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  • JSK: Handmade
  • Blouse: Meta
  • Bow: Baby
  • Shoes: Bodyline
  • Tights: Sock Dreams
  • Crown & Trunk: Hobby Lobby
  • Necklace: Charming Charlie

This was my outfit for the day! I was going for kind of a woodland princess look, I’m pretty happy with it! Plus, my outfit matched the hotel’s decor, so that’s a nice bonus.

triadswagI also picked up a few things! The beautiful brooch on the top left is from Victoria’s Clockwork Emporium! I have a few things from her now and they’re all lovely. I thought it would be perfect for a little embellishment on classic looks. The other two are from a shop I didn’t catch the name of! I couldn’t resist the little 1-up mushrooms, too cute! Also the ring glows in the dark! So cool.

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I also picked up two prints from Magical Tea Time! I love her creepy/cute artwork and I was pretty indecisive about which piece I liked best. I need to find some fancy frames to put these on my wall in!

It was a nice little con! I’ll probably go for a day trip again next year.

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In which she shares some recent outfits…

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It’s finally started to warm up around here, it’s been so cold this winter! I don’t have too many outfits from the past month or two because of all the cold D: I do have a few though so here they are!

Daily Outfit January 15, 2014:

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  • OP: ETC
  • Shoes: Bodyline
  • Blouse: Vintage
  • Flowers: H&M and Forever 21

I really need to do some experiments with lighting, I always end up taking outfit pictures at night. At any rate, just a quick comfy outfit in my fallback color scheme, pink and black.

Daily Outfit January 29, 2014:

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  • JSK: h.Naoto Frill
  • Tights: Forever 21
  • Blouse: Meta
  • Wristcuffs & Shoes: Bodyline

A fancy outfit in white with little bits of red for a snowy day! It was a little perilous to wear my rocking horse shoes in the leafy snow though, I don’t recommend it.

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And a bonus shot!

Daily Outfit February 2, 2014:

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  • Skirt: Handmade
  • Blouse, Shoes, & Socks: Bodyline
  • Bow & Bag: Baby

Rainbow skirt! I love how it matches pretty much everything. Wore it with some pink this day.

Daily Outfit February 16, 2014:

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  • JSK: Baby
  • Tights, Blouse, Flowers: Forever 21
  • Shoes, Bag, and Wristcuffs: Bodyline

Our annual Valentines meetup got cancelled for snow, so I went to tea with some friends instead! I got this dress just a few days before, I snatched it up for a steal! I coordinated it with some pink and green for a springtime feel :D …despite there being snow still on the ground.

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In which she shares some new tights…

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weheartcolors1Just a little review today! I got a couple new pairs of tights from We Love Colors recently! Their white stripes in lilac and light pink nylon/lycra solids. The solid tights are a little softer and stretchier than the white striped ones, but both seem nice and sturdy! I’ve got a pair of the white striped ones in sky blue that have lasted me years so hopefully these are the same!

weheartcolors2I threw together a couple of quick coords to show you how they matched typical lolita shades. The pink ones are a pretty good match for a standard lolita pastel pink. A little on the blue side, but definitely a close match. It’s such a hard color to find in tights too! I wanted these for when skirts are shorter or it’s colder outside and I don’t want to wear my pink knee socks.

weheartcolors3Here’s the lilac stripes! Another pretty good match, they’re a little bluer toned but definitely not far off!

Their shipping was super fast (2 days!) and their check out was easy. Plus they offer tights in literally every color you could ever want so it’s great if you’re having trouble matching things. I’ll definitely order from them again!

 

 

 

 

In which she shares a tea dying experiment…

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cardi1I ordered a cardigan super on sale from Forever 21 a while ago and didn’t realize that it was going to be quite this neon!

cardi2I had snatched it up for a bit of yellow in my wardrobe (such a cheery color!) and especially because I thought it would look so nice with the simple, laid-back ETC styling of my Pippi OP. But obviously that bright lemon wasn’t really meshing with the nice gold toes in the print.

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I looked around online but I couldn’t find too much about tea dying already colored fabrics. So I just took the plunge and figured it was a $10 cardigan and I wouldn’t be heartbroken if it didn’t work out.

cardi4But I’m pleased to say it did! It ended up the exact golden yellow that I wanted!

cardi5Here it is with Pippi again, looking all nice and matchy! I’m really pleased with the end result, I think I’ll get quite a bit of wear out of this both with lolita and casual clothes!

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In which she talks about prints you warm up to…

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Sometimes I see a print and I know it’s the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen and that I will one day hunt it down. Sometimes I warm up to a print over time after kind of a lukewarm attitude to it in the first place. But this time I made a blog post about how dumb this was, openly mocked it for months, and then developed a mysterious fondness because it’s just so weird and silly and somehow charming?

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This is a very roundabout way of telling you all that I now own Meta’s ridiculous Typewriting Squirrels.

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So stupid. And yet kind of charming? Maybe?

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  • Skirt: Meta
  • Cutsew, Shoes, & Wristcuffs: Bodyline
  • Socks: Sock Dreams

I even wore it out of the house! In the most toned-down coordinate I could manage. In truth though I really want to make a stupid fancy coord with it with like a lavender bonnet with little squirrels perched in it and some sort of super fancy blouse or something…maybe some tights with letters on them…punctuation themed jewelry…One day maybe!

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In which she shares a year’s worth of outfits…

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All together 2013 was a nice year for me! I traveled, spent time with friends, and settled in to my new place. It was occasionally stressful but the good definitely outweighed the bad. I put together an outfit video like I did last year and here it is!

It’s nice to see a whole year’s worth of coords all together, somehow it makes me feel accomplished! Here’s to a good year in 2014!

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In which she shares a lolita day outfit…

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Daily Outfit December 7, 2013:

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  • JSK: h.naoto Frill
  • Blouse: Thrifted
  • Bonnet: Angelic Pretty
  • Bow & Bag: Baby
  • Floral hair clips & Jewelry & Cape: Handmade
  • Tights: Hand dyed (pink) and Forever 21 (floral)
  • Shoes: Bodyline

I went with a prinessy pink and white coordinate for winter lolita day this year! I really wanted to wear my new bonnet, and I’m very happy with how everything came together! I used this method for my curls, and it worked marvelously!

loliday13wcapeI also made a cape! It was really cold out yesterday so I was happy to have it! I lined it in fleece so it’s extra cozy.

bonnetsideshotA bonus shot of my bonnet from the side, it’s just so pretty! I had a lovely time going to tea with my comm, what did you guys do for lolita day?

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In which she shares some outfits and a swap meet haul…

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I’ve been so busy lately! I feel like October is always one of the busiest months for me, partially because I’m a cosplayer and partially because fall seems to be busy in general! But I do have some outfits to post and a swap meet haul!

Daily Outfit October 9, 2013:

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  • JSK: Fan Plus Friend
  • Shoes: Bodyline
  • Blouse: Offbrand
  • Hair Clips: Claires & H&M
  • Necklace: Meta

I was watching Hellsing this day with my anime club and I thought I’d go with a very matchy-matchy coordinate. This is pretty much as gothy as I get I suppose!

Daily Outfit October 16, 2013:mauve

  • JSK & Bows: Meta
  • Blouse: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Bodyline
  • Tights: Target
  • Belt: Charming Charlie
  • Bracelet: Claires

I found some mauve-y tights at Target and realized that they went perfectly with this belt!

Daily Outfit October 23, 2013:

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  • JSK: Handmade
  • Tights & Bag: Target
  • Boots: Forever 21
  • Blouse: Meta
  • Bow: Baby
  • Majestic Lion Necklace (aka Reginald): Charming Charlie

I like to call this outfit “FALL FALL FALL FALL” The temperature had just gotten chilly so I dressed as autumnal as possible.

Daily Outfit October 26, 2013:

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  • Skirt: Alice and the Pirates
  • Blouse & Shoes: Bodyline
  • Cardigan: Rugged Wearhouse
  • Brooch & Hat: Handmade
  • Socks: Sock Dreams

And a little witch coordinate for Halloween! I made myself a lavender witch hat and decorated it, it was quite a lot of fun to wear!

And now onto the haul! I did a little video of my witch outfit and what all I got from the meet.

Here’s some more detailed pictures:

circusCircus Tutu skirt in pink!

bonnetDay Dream Carnival bonnet!

strawberrybagAnd that adorable Bodyline Strawberry purse.

All together October was a very busy but enjoyable month! I hope everyone had a happy Halloween!

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In which she shares a 1 dress 5 outfit challenge…

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It’s no secret that I love these sorts of posts. I’ve done this challenge before, and a similar theme with the same dress for four seasons! But when the theme popped up again on the Lolita Blog Carnival again this week I couldn’t resist! Too much fun! So my choice for the challenge today is…

pkAngelic Pretty’s French Cafe! I’ve had this dress for a while, but it’s by far one of my hardest to coordinate items. Mostly because of the color, it’s not a pastel pink as shown in that stock photo, but instead a much brighter pink. Not quite hot pink, not quite baby pink, somewhere in between. But I persevered and managed to figure out 5 outfits!

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  • Underskirt: Old Navy
  • Bag: Baby
  • Socks: Target
  • Shoes: Bodyline
  • Bow: Handmade
  • Blouse: Offbrand
  • Ring: Meta

Why Is AP So Damn Short

I’m only about 5’5 and this dress is pretty short on me! So I added an underskirt, and went with a simple red and white color scheme.

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  • Cardigan: Offbrand
  • Collar: Kidsyoyo
  • Tights: Target
  • Shoes & Wristcuffs: Bodyline
  • Hairstuff: Claires & Hobby Lobby
  • Bag & Charm: Baby

Look At All These Matching Pinks

It’s like some sort of miracle that everything here matches. I went with something cozy for wintertime! I think I’d actually really love a beret to go with this. I might have to go buy some bright pink yarn!

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I Swear There’s Mint In This Print

  • Tights: Forever 21
  • Shoes, Cuffs, & Cutsew: Bodyline
  • Hairstuff: Claires & Hobby Lobby
  • Bag: Baby

It’s on the jam jar lids! Regardless though, pretty much everything looks good with mint to me. I probably would go with a bigger ribbon for around the neck to tie in the green a little more further up, but it was all I had around!

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I Can’t Not Coordinate French Cafe With a Beret

  • Tights: Target
  • Shoes: Bodyline
  • Blouse: Meta
  • Belt & Beret: Amazon
  • Flower Clip: Hobby Lobby
  • Necklace: Chocomint

I like this belt with the biscuits in the print! I would love one of those biscuit bags, too. Just something pretty simple this time, some red and tan accents. Oh and a beret, for good measure.

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The Black Sheep

  • Shoes: Bodyline
  • Bag: Charming Charlie
  • Ring: Minty Mix
  • Jacket: Kohls
  • Headband: Claires

There’s always one outfit I have to do something crazy with, which usually involves this jacket. French Cafe’s got a bit of a 50s look to it, so I went with something that reminded me of Grease.

I hope you guys like the coordinates! This is always a fun challenge, it really gets me thinking about mixing up my same-old outfits. Here’s the other blogs who’ve taken this challenge:

A Life in DisguiseLace A la Mode ♥ Hello BattyLemon Tree 11 ♥

Alice in Lolita Land ♥ Snow Rose

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