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Outfit Roundup: November 2014

Hello, readers,

Happy International Lolita Day!

I’m personally not wearing lolita today because I have too much work to do before finals week, and I need to focus on that. However, I’ll celebrate by sharing my outfits from the past month now that I’ve finally started wearing lolita again. From the end of July to the beginning of November is far too long to go without wearing lolita, especially since I have nothing (like a job where a uniform is required) preventing me from getting fluffy.

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I wore this to see Avenue Q at my university. There was a goth vampire LARP going on outside the building, and I got a couple of knowing nods from people. Funnily enough, my boyfriend was mistaken for being a close friend of one of the people there, and he was just in jeans and a dorky T-shirt.

I’m not happy with this coord, but this is what I threw together at the last minute to go see the opera Otello. Last time I went to the opera, it was a chamber opera that was quasi-modern, and most of the cast members were hipsters. (Seriously, they were listed in the program as being hipsters!) It was a pretty slow, dreamlike sort of opera. Not so with Otello. This was such an awesome and mind-blowing show. There were so many people onstage singing for some of it. It was amazing. Of course, my boyfriend and I were sitting very far back, so it was very hard to distinguish between the male characters at first. Maybe this is the perfect excuse to get some opera glasses…

I’m quite proud of this coord, but I love every time I get to wear an oldschool look. Blackxwhite will never go out of style! I wore this to a meetup, and I had a pretty good time. I go to meetups really, really infrequently, so I’ve had a bit of a hard time getting to know very many of the girls in my comm. (This was my first meetup since January.) We all went to a restaurant, and I ended up sitting next to two girls I knew/had met before, so it was pretty nice.

Enough about the meetup, let me just indulge a moment in how awesome this bonnet is.

It’s so wonderful. I stayed away from bonnets for a very long time for a couple of reasons. The first one is that I think that they’re pretty extravagant, and I hardly have any extravagant clothes that would “match” a bonnet. The second is that I feared my face would look weird in a bonnet. Still, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity I had to get an amazing deal on this one, and now that I have my first bonnet, I think I might be hooked. We’ll see how things go.

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Stay celebrating,

Raven

The Picture that Made Me Fall in Love with Lolita (Old Lolita Blog Carnival Post)

Hello, readers,

I’m planning on doing a full-length blog post about how I got into lolita, but for now, here is the picture that started everything. I feel like it used to be the main picture on the lolita Wikipedia page…

Looking at all the other lolita bloggers who responded to this prompt, I’d say this picture was very influential to a lot of lolitas.

I thought (and still think) that this girl was so beautiful and perfectly put together, but what really stayed with me was how  sure of herself I thought she was and how solid she looked. For a little 15-year-old girl who was desperately trying to develop her own identity, that was huge. As soon as I saw this picture, I fell totally in love with lolita and knew I wanted to dress in it all the time. I had never been excited about mainstream clothes the way I was excited by everything she was wearing, and I’m happy to say that my love of the lolita aesthetic hasn’t diminished in six-and-a-half years.

Stay classy,

Raven

Here are the other lolitas that responded to this prompt earlier.

The Electric Carousel ⚜ Under the ParasolTea Garden Style

Lolita Glamour ⚜ Classical DollHelado de Cereza

A Heart’s SoundThe Bloody Tea Party

Lolita Themed Halloween Party (Old Lolita Blog Carnival Post)

Hello, readers.

This is an old prompt the Lolita Blog Carnival had last year, and here is my response to it. I’m not in the LBC (I don’t have enough posts to qualify yet), but they say that anyone’s free to respond to the prompts. So, here  goes!

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I am a huge, monster fan of black and white, so I would love to have a party where everything was black, white, and silver. I’m taking a ballroom dance class this semester, so of course there’d be a ball at my imaginary party. Picture a beautiful ballroom with black and white marble tile, glass chandeliers and gorgeous black damask curtains over all the windows. There would be musicians playing in the corner (with backup recorded music so they could have breaks). We’d all dance the foxtrot, waltz, minuet, polka, cotillion, the awkward-middle-school-I-don’t-know-how-to-move-right dance, and it’d be such a mishmash of tastes, music and dances from various centuries. The perimeter of the ballroom would be lined with plush, black velvet sofas and chairs for people to rest.

The decorations would be things like black rose bouquets, white pumpkins, black bats hanging from the chandeliers, white candles and candelabras, etc. Everyone would be given a little treat bag at the end of the night that would have either all black or all white accessories. Every gift bag would have a pair of lace wrist cuffs, a little hair clip and one pair of lace-topped socks — either ankle socks, knee socks or OTKs.

The food wouldn’t be black and white, of course. I think I’d keep it to small things that could be stacked on a little plate and/or eaten with toothpicks, since there wouldn’t be any tables except for the buffet ones. The drinks would be apple cider and pumpkin cider, and all of the desserts would be apple or pumpkin this-or-that because this delightful Halloween party would be taking place in fall.

I wouldn’t have this be a masquerade party, necessarily. Every girl in attendance would be in either kuro or shiro lolita (or ouji/aristocrat, if they wanted), but there’d be no other guidelines. People could come as costumed/themed as they liked, with masquerade coords, ghost coords, vampire coords, witch coords, undertaker coords, bunny coords, or come without a theme at all and just wear all-black or all-white lolita. Kuro and shiro everywhere! The guys could wear ouji (or lolita), but I think that kuro/shiro aristocrat would look the best. I just love seeing lolita and aristocrat pairs.

(I went with a cross motif in the undertaker coord because I’m only familiar with Christian burial rites, and I went with a dot/pearl motif for the bunny coord to try and evoke bunnies’ cute little tails without using pompoms.)

The dance would end at midnight, and then the murder mystery would begin. Everyone would randomly pick or be assigned a role, and whoever was “the victim” would be vanished by the time midnight came and the dance finished. A mysterious fog[machine] would fill the room in place of the music. Lightning would flash in the grand windows and owls would begin to hoot. There would be a mysterious scream from somewhere, and the game would begin, with everyone having to figure out who the murderer was. Suspicion! Intrigue! Deception! Bribery! The longer the game goes on, the more people mysteriously vanish. (This part, of course, would only really work if this party was happening in a fully stocked mansion, and not just a ballroom.)

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without something spooky.

I hope you all liked my lolita Halloween party.

Stay gothy,

Raven

Here are the blogs that responded to this prompt last year!

Her LumpinessThe Cute LifestyleF Yeah Lolita

Suns in Our Hands ⚜ Lace a la ModeElegant Poupee

Hello Batty