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Lifestyle Lolita Finds: IKEA

Hello, readers,

The house renovations are going so slowly that I needed a motivational pick-me-up. Therefore, I went to IKEA and picked up some pretty and functional furniture to put in my still-very-unpretty house. It’s hard for me to find things I like at IKEA, since lots of their products are minimalist with clean lines, and I want everything in my life to be covered in decadent swirls. Still, I found some things that I think will work nicely in the house, and I also saw plenty of little things that would be great for any lifestyle lolita looking for home-wares.

First things, first, let’s start with what I think is the single most popular IKEA item for goths and lolitas: the glorious UNG DRILL mirror/frame. Jayne Jezebel already did a post on The Dark Victorian (from 2010!) about how popular this mirror/frame was. She even included several lolita brand ads that feature the frame, which is just neat to see. A little over six years later, and this frame is still the best and most reliable source for cheap Baroque/Rococo goodness. (Talk about an oxymoron…)

The mirror only comes in black, and the picture frame only comes in off-white. To me, that’s not really a big deal as both versions look better spray painted. The frames are both made of plastic, so they give off a (somewhat plasticky) satin sheen if left alone. It doesn’t look bad, but my two frames looked so much better after I spray painted them a matte black. You could even spray paint them both gold to look more period appropriate if that’s your style.

I also found two other frames at my local IKEA I haven’t see people talking about before, the KVILL frames.

They’re fairly big frames for how small an image they’ll display (5 x 7″). You can mount these on the wall, and they also have a little kick-out foot so you can stand them up on a desk or table. These only come in the same off-white color that the UNG DRILL frame comes in, which is not my style at all. Even if you like the color, I would recommend spray painting these. I’m not really sure if it’s the mold or the scale, but these frames definitely look much more plasticky than the larger UNG DRILL frames, despite being made of the same material. I think the round version is my favorite, but I may end up picking up the rectangular version as well.

The last frame on my little list is actually a segway into an entire line, the SKURAR.

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This lacy frame is also a 5 x 7″, and it also has a little stand/foot so you can set it on a table. The color is a nice off-white that isn’t beige-y at all, unlike the other two styles of frame I talked about above. The really cool thing about this frame and the whole SKURAR line is that it’s made of steel.

Metal lace! I think that is just so fantastic. The rest of the line has some really neat things, too, which is great since the UNG DRILL and KVILL lines are just frames.

SKURAR has a magnetic notice board with hooks, hanging planters, plant pots, a picture ledge (i.e., lacy shelf), a clock, and various “candle holders” and “candle dishes.”

I really adore this series. My impulse is normally to paint most everything black, but I actually love how these look in white. I got the large lantern/candle holder, but I’m using it to hold all my large/cooking utensils in my kitchen.

SKURAR

Just imagine that my cooking utensils are any color other than this hideous yellow-green…

I’m really tempted to get the whole set. I know I’m going to get the smaller lantern to hold my makeup brushes.

Most of the items in this line seem so easy to re-purpose, too. Various people on the internet have done cool things with SKURAR. This person on IKEA Hackers made a tiered cake stand out of the two candle dishes, which I think looks fantastic.

This other person made a regular cake stand out of one of the candle dishes and an IKEA candlestick holder and wrote a little tutorial on her blog.

I think these would make nice little serving trays without any modification needed.

Speaking of serving trays, I’ll just end this post by mentioning a couple of dinnerware options IKEA has.

The pink set of these dishes isn’t for me, but I thought I would mention it as I don’t know how hard/easy it is to find pastel dinnerware. The black dishes, however, look so cool to me. I wish that the DINERA line was glossy instead of a satin sheen, but that’s only so they would coordinate better with my existing all-white dishes.

I don’t need to buy more dishes, but these are black… and I want them… and they’re black.

Readers, did I miss anything from IKEA that looks lifestyle-appropriate? How many copies of the UNG DRILL frame or mirror do you own? I have one of each, but I want so many more.

Stay lacy,

Raven

Beautiful Makeup Products

Hello, readers,

As I try to get more into makeup and try to find a couple of looks that work for me, I’ve come across some makeup products that are just either incredibly adorable or super pretty. I decided to write this post just to have an excuse to keep looking for beautifully packaged products that I may never purchase or use myself.

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All the links I include are to the brand’s websites. That may or may not be the best place to buy any of these products (if you decide you want them), depending on where you live.

(Blush) Face Color Rose du Ladree – Les Merveilleuses De Laduree

Ugh, this is such a beautiful concept. There are little paper rose petals that are covered in blush pigments, so you’re supposed to dip your brush into the petals. I really love the idea. The glaringly obvious negative is that this blush is really expensive. The pretty pots are also made of plastic, so this isn’t actually super luxurious and elegant. This is by a Japanese brand, and all their products are really beautifully designed. I feel like any of them, but this one especially, would be fantastic for any classic lolita’s vanity.

(Eyeshadow) Chocolate Palettes – Makeup Revolution

This thumbnail comes from this video: https://youtu.be/EViemjTnwa4. The video has a quick run-through of these three palettes, if you want to see the insides.

Makeup Revolution also has a “Salted Caramel” chocolate bar palette that looks more like a light milk chocolate, and a “Pink Fizz” bar that’s strawberry pink. The “Chocolate Vice” palette has black packaging. These are supposed to be duplicates for the more expensive Chocolate Bar Palettes from Too Faced, but I think that the Makeup Revolution packaging is a lot cooler. Also, they have more palette color options. I don’t keep up with the trends in sweet lolita, but I think these would be such a neat item for a sweet-lolita-with-a-chocolate-print-collection’s vanity.

(Lip Balm) Lip Balm Locket Ring – TheParlorApothecary on Etsy

I’m really enamored with this idea. I really wanted to put a lip gloss/balm ring from Anna Sui on this list, but they seem to be far too hard to find. This one from Etsy comes fairly close to the look of those ones, and it’s in stock. Forget leaving this on your vanity, I think that these sorts of rings would look delightful with any gothic lolita coord. Of course, you could try to find ones that would match a sweet or classic coord, but I like that these remind me of poison rings. It seems more inherently gothic to me. Since the lip balm is housed in a little pot, you could keep refilling it as it runs out.

(I know I have a metal allergy, so I thought I would include this little extra note. If you want to make one of these yourself, make sure you use a plastic pot/ring! You don’t want to accidentally get a bad reaction on your lips or ingest something you’re allergic to.)

(Blush) Love Flush – Too Faced

The packaging of these blush compacts makes me really happy. They’re cute little hearts with a heart-shaped mirror and embossed bunnies! I think that these blushes are just darling to look at. There is a big part of me that just wants to be silly and buy all of them because they’re so cute, but I won’t be doing that as they’re $26 each. I still want to, though. I think these would fit so well on a sweet-classic lolita vanity.

(Eyeshadow) Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows – Urban Decay

This is just such a pretty eyeshadow palette. Urban Decay released this to coincide with the release of the first Tim Burton Alice movie, so this is no longer available for purchase. I just had to include it in this list because I think that this palette is so pretty, and Alice in Wonderland has a special place in my heart. I love that this palette has pop-up illustrations, and some of the names of these eyeshadows (the blue shadow is called Alice and the black one is called Jaberwocky) make me quite happy. The brand did come out with a collection for Through the Looking Glass, but I don’t think that the packaging is pretty at all. It also does not remind me of Wonderland, either in the packaging or in the actual colors of the makeup products. (If you’re curious about it though, you can check it out on Urban Decay’s website.)

(Blush) Rose Powder Blush – Milani

This thumbnail is from this video: https://youtu.be/dvu8t5OXe2M.

I actually own two of the blushes from this line: Romantic Rose and Tea Rose. These blushes may be a bit simpler than the other two blushes in this makeup product roundup, but I still think that the 3D embossed rose is super pretty. I think that the roses are actually pretty style-neutral when it comes to lolita substyles, but the gold packaging would probably look best on a sweet-classic or classic lolita vanity.

(Setting Powder) Mystifying Mattifying Pressed Powder – LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs

Honestly, it was hard for me to decide which product from LunatiCK Cosmetics Labs to put on this list. The contour palette is what they’re famous for, I think, but I prefer the packaging on their other products. Their lipsticks are shaped like black bullets, and their eyeshadow palettes are coffin-shaped, covered with fortune telling images, with bat-shaped mirrors inside. Still, I think that their mattifying pressed powder has my favorite packaging. Normally, I wouldn’t like that it looks messy, but I really like that it looks like a Ouija planchette. This would be very cool on a gothic lolita’s vanity.

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Well, readers, what makeup products do you think have the prettiest packaging? Have you ever bought a makeup product or perfume just because you thought it looked darling? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay rosy,

Raven

Offbrand Lolita Finds: Loliable Blouses (Forever21 and H&M)

Hello, readers,

Here is another installment of Lolita Finds. This time, I’m focusing on offbrand, ready-made blouses.

I have scoured the depths of several mainstream clothing stores looking for loliable blouses, and the only ones I saw that wouldn’t need any modification come from Forever 21 and H&M.

Before getting on to the pictures and links, I feel like I have to speak my mind. I’ve seen a lot of coords using Forever 21 blouses, and I really don’t like most of them. I honestly think that the Forever 21 “Peter Pan” collars are much too small, and they’re not round enough to work with sweet lolita, which is how I see them used a lot. Also, the general aesthetic of Forever 21 and such stores seems to be really boxy. The ideal they seem to be going for is a skinny, flat-chested girl with a very long torso whose clothing just ever-so-magically billows around her. That really doesn’t overlap much with lolita at all. As such, the shape of most Forever 21 et cetera blouses doesn’t work well with lolita.

I think the best way to wear these blouses with lolita is to wear them exclusively under JSKs or tucked into high-waisted skirts. They look really baggy and weird when worn with a regular lolita skirt.

Anyway, now that you know my thoughts and have read my warnings, here are the blouses I found.

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Forever 21 – Embroidered Chiffon Top

$22.90

$22.90

I think that this one would be wonderful for classic. It’s got such an old vibe to it, and looks pretty late-Victorian/Edwardian to me. The neck details on this one are surprisingly nice, and the cuffs are also have a little ruffle. I appreciate that there isn’t some weird skin window in the back like in a lot of Forever 21 blouses, because I find that sort of thing really distracting in a lolita coord. I think that this blouse would work under both JSKs and high-waisted skirts because that lace overlay goes down the front of the whole blouse. This only comes in one color (peach??), so you’d have to make sure it would work with your wardrobe before buying it.

Forever 21 - Classic Ruffled Top

Forever 21 – Classic Ruffled Top

$24.90

$24.90

I think that this is a really nice and fairly style-neutral blouse. The neckline is really plain, but the ruffles and the pintucks make up for that. It’s a shame that the cuffs are also plain, but I still think that this would be a great blouse to wear under JSKs. The ruffles and pintucks end at a weird spot that might look really weird with a high-waisted skirt, depending on if that “stopping point” is visible or not. This blouse only comes in white and, while I think that it leans more towards sweet and classic, I think that this could even be used in gothic lolita.

Forever 21 - Sheer Ruffled Shirt

Forever 21 – Sheer Ruffled Shirt

$22.80

$22.80

This one is also pretty style-neutral. Since this one is sheer, it’s important to make sure you either wear something under it, in the case of a high-waisted skirt, or only wear it under JSKs. Visible bras don’t really go that well with lolita. Anyway, the collar and cuffs on this one are pretty plain, but the ruffle down the front is nice, and the sheer fabric gives a delicate touch that I think looks really nice with lolita. This blouse only comes in black, so I can see it working into more classic and gothic coords, but it could probably work with black colorways of sweet lolita.

H&M - Lace Blouse

H&M – Lace Blouse

$29.95

$29.95

This one has something weird going on with the waist, so I’d still try and only wear this blouse under things, despite it being the least boxy blouse on this list. The neckline and front of the shirt are fairly plain, despite all that lace, but the sleeves are puffed and the fabric actually looks like it’s nicely textured. You really don’t find very many textured offbrand blouses, so I think that’s pretty nice. This blouse only comes in white, and I think that this would work best with sweet lolita.

H&M - Long-sleeved Blouse

H&M – Long-sleeved Blouse

$17.95

$17.95

This last blouse is one that I think would work well with otome or retro-inspired lolita. The cuffs and collar are both really plain, and so is the front. For me, this blouse is really just riding on the big, polka dot print. (Actually, this blouse comes in other colors and another print, but I think that this version is the only one that could work with lolita.) I think that this blouse should only be worn under a JSK because I think that this would just be too much visual information on top if just worn with a high-waisted skirt.

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Now, personally, I do not like Forever 21 or H&M very much, and I do not fit into most of their tops (or I fit, but I look really bad in them). As such, I can’t speak to the quality or feel of any of these blouses. If you are fine with Forever 21 and H&M and don’t have a problem with their clothes, then one of these blouses might be a good addition to your wardrobe.

Readers, what do you think of these blouses? Do you think that they’re loliable? Are there other loliable blouses avaliable for sale in mainstream stores that I missed? Feel free to leave links and such in the comments!

Stay savvy,

Raven

 

Lifestyle Lessons: Movies for Lolitas

Hello, readers,

I made this list as a way to explore adding some lolita-esque things into daily life. Watching some of these movies together might be a fun meetup idea, depending on what your local comm is like. This isn’t very practical, but imagine having a themed meet where your comm rented out an old Hollywood-style screening room and everyone wore gothic lolita to watch an equally-themed movie. (Be wary of butter stains!) Of course, having a movie screening meet at someone’s house would also work.

Below are some of my movie suggestions specifically for the three big substyles, and I’ve also included a bonus category of movies for every lolita.

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Movies for Gothic Lolitas

 

Gothic and Lolita Psycho (2010 – Gô Ohara)

 

This is a Japanese horror/revenge/supernatural movie, and it’s as over the top and gory as you’d expect from a B Japanese horror film. The protagonist is a gothic lolita (more like ero lolita) who’s on a vengeful killing spree, and all her weapons are modified parasols. This is definitely not a movie for everyone, but it’s some fun if you’re a fan of parasol antics. If you’re watching this movie for coord inspiration, you probably won’t get very much, at least in terms of variety. Her coord doesn’t change noticeably at all during the movie, but this is as close to an alternative movie with a lolita character that I’ve found to Kamikaze Girls. For my part, I liked this movie well enough, but you have to be a fan of watching bad horror or new Japanese horror to enjoy it.

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Sleepy Hollow (1999 – Tim Burton)

For the purposes of fashion, pay no attention to the date given in the movie. Actually, try to ignore all references to history, customs and institutions in this movie, because it’s really very historically inaccurate. That said, I really enjoyed this movie. I watched it recently for the first time, and I loved the general atmosphere. For the purposes of this movie, I think they did the right thing in ignoring historical realities to get the movie to look “right.” The story is supposed to be taking place in 1799, but the dark blue uniform Ichabod Crane wears is from the 1850s, which is good because I think that men’s fashion in the 18th century was tragic and hideous. Other male characters wear the appropriate fashion for the time, but they’re all fairly ridiculous. The women should be wearing much simpler gowns than they are, and the fashion should be closer to Regency wear, but the dresses are more similar to those from the mid-1780s. Also, personally, I felt that the dresses (excluding the necklines) looked fairly Victorian, which is great for lolitas who are looking for inspiration. One of my favorite dresses in the movie features a wonderful gathered bustle. Really, how often do you get to see those? Compared with the other two “movies for gothic lolitas,” I think that this movie better captures the more refined end of gothic lolita and egl instead of the more straight gothic end of the spectrum. There’s blood, witchcraft, corpses, ghosts, a glorious pursuit of science, and several plots surrounding a large fortune. There are not a lot (or none?) of black-based coordinates, so this might be a good movie to watch if you want to try and develop gothic lolita coords that aren’t black-heavy.

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The Addams Family (1991 – Barry Sonnenfeld)

 

I personally love the Addams Family. I think that this movie is really fun on it’s own, but it’s even better if you are at all familiar with the tropes of older supernatural/horror movies. The plot is about a dastardly plot to swindle the Addams family out of their fortune by a crook and criminal pretending to be the long-lost crook and criminal Fester Addams. If you’ve never seen this movie, watch it. If you’ve seen it 30 times, watch it again. It’s so charming and funny. The aesthetics of the Addams’s world are much more goth than gothic lolita, but Wednesday Addams has a lot of almost-lolita traits (hello, again, Christina Ricci). She’s just missing the silhouette and a hair accessory. Regardless, Wednesday Addams has been a style icon for ages, and I think she’s also an appropriate inspiration for lolitas. Plus, she’s fabulous and this movie is great.

 

Movies for Classic Lolitas

 

The Duchess (2008 – Saul Dibb)

 

This is a costume drama about the life of Georgiana Cavendish, neé Spencer, the fifth Duchess of Devonshire. In her life, she was a celebrated and admired socialite who was active in Whig politics and embroiled in tragic relationships, and she was the most fashionable woman of her time. She was the very definition of trendsetter. While this movie is set in pre-Victorian England, a lot of her dresses and fashion choices serve very well as inspiration for lolita.  She was a contemporary of Marie Antionette, and the two women became friends (something that isn’t in the movie) as they had a lot in common: the pressure to provide an heir, extravagant tastes, a love of gambling, unaffectionate husbands, and the constant presence/criticism of the public eye. They were the queens and empresses of fashion in the 18th century, and The Duchess is sure to provide plenty of inspiration for classic lolitas who are fans of Rococo fashion.

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Marie Antoinette (2006 – Sofia Coppola)

 

This is a very different sort of costume drama/biography than The Duchess or The Young Victoria. I’ve seen it called “an impressionistic portrait” of Marie Antionette’s life. Like I mentioned above, Marie Antionette and Georgiana Cavendish were very similar, so if you watch The Duchess and Marie Antionette soon after one another, you get a weird sort of déjà vu. At least, I did. Still, as you should be able to tell from the movie poster, this is a very colorful and vibrant movie, both in its actual use of colors and in its storytelling (expect a lot of hot pink). If you aren’t a fan of costume dramas, you might give this movie a try because it is very different than most. If you like more traditional costume dramas, I would still check this one out because it really does put a lot of emphasis on the clothing (and shoes). This movie has so many costume changes, and there is a lot here to inspire a more sweet-classic or sweet Rococo-inspired lolita, as well as straight classic and even gothic lolitas who like Rococo fashion.

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The Young Victoria (2009 – Jean-Marc Vallée)

Enough with the Rococo, bring on the Victorian! Well, mostly just pre-Victorian, 1830s fashion. This is a movie about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign and her romance with Prince Albert. I really enjoyed this movie and thought the costumes (and bonnets, especially) were beautiful. Even though I think lolita is inspired by the fashion of the 1860s, the 1830s still has plenty of beautiful inspiration-worthy dresses with full skirts, even if they all had off-the-shoulder necklines and weird, droopy sleeves. I thought that the mourning dresses in this movie were stunning, and I think they would be the perfect inspiration around which to base a black/kuro classic coord. If you’re watching all these suggestions for classic lolita movies, this one is probably the most different from the other two. Victoria’s life was far different from either Marie Antionette’s or Georgiana Cavendish’s. I have a great love of the Victorian era in general, so I thought this movie was fascinating. Hopefully you watch this one and like it, too!

Movies for Sweet Lolitas

The Secret Garden (1993 – Agnieszka Holland)

 

Published in 1911, The Secret Garden is technically Edwardian, but (luckily for us) children’s and men’s fashion didn’t change very much between the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods. For girls, the silhouette is more flat, but the general characteristics are the same. Anyway, this is a movie about redemption and the healing power of nature. Mary’s outfits before being redeemed are either kind of ugly, or they’re mourning clothes. After being redeemed, she’s pretty cute. If you have no idea what the plot is, basically a spoiled, neglected girl’s parents die in India and she is sent back to live with her tragic uncle (and secret, invalid cousin, who is also a garbage human being) in England. Mary starts befriending animals and a rustic youth named Dickon, and she falls in love with the secret garden that used to belong to her now-dead aunt. She is redeemed and becomes a decent person, and she helps to redeem her cousin in the same way, showing him that he can go outside and even walk, and she reunites him with his father. This is a classic children’s story, but it’s a little hard to watch at times. Firstly, it’s Romantic as anything (despite being written so long after the Romantic movement) and sometimes it’s a bit too overwhelming in its Romanticism. Also, I personally found it really uncomfortable to sit through all the aggressively classist, racist and imperialist moments, which dwindle down in the second half of the movie but don’t really disappear. Lastly, Mary and Colin are both so awful at the beginning that it’s so hard to sympathize with either of them, despite them both having tragic lives. However, this remains a super important/influential part of children’s literature, and the movie itself is beautiful. Maggie Smith is in it, too! The animals and flowers in the secret garden are just so cute and pretty and perfect, and the garden itself is a wonderful fantasy about what playing outside as a kid should be. If you don’t like flowers and woodland creatures in your sweet lolita, then you can just pay attention to Mary’s clothes. At one point, she’s even in a cute sailor outfit.

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Bambi (1942 – Disney)

 

Since there aren’t any humans (except the hunter) in Bambi, there’s obviously no lolita fashion. Still, Bambi is full of woodland creatures that inspire lolita prints and even general lolita fashion trends. (Fawn-themed things, anyone?) The animation in this movie is beautiful, in any case, and the music is lovely. The plot of this movie is actually pretty serious, but the bit that focuses on Bambi’s childhood is as sweet as can be (except if there were a movie about macarons). The little sequence in this movie with the rain and the little quail family is one of my favorite sequences of any animated movie. Flower the skunk is absolutely precious, and Bambi’s father is so majestic it hurts. If you haven’t seen this since you were a kid (or if you’ve never seen it at all), I’d recommend watching it now.

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Miss Potter (2006 – Chris Noonan)

 

Beatrix Potter was a marvelous woman with enormous talent. She was a naturalist, a land conservationist, a mycologist (who developed a theory of how fungi spores reproduce), and a prize-winning Herdwick sheep breeder, but this movie mainly focuses on her early career publishing her children’s books (Peter Rabbit and the like) and her romance with her publisher Norman Warne. This is a very endearing movie, and you really feel the characters’ joy, heartbreak and passion, despite how small Beatrix’s world starts out being. There are a few, beautiful moments where Beatrix’s drawings are animated and brought to life, and it’s in these moments that I feel the movie gives off a sweet lolita sort of vibe. Beatrix is so passionate, tender and full of a delicate kindness, but it’s her love for her illustrations that stands out in this film, and those illustrations are of animals that are often on sweet lolita prints, like bunnies and ducks. (I’m sorry all my movie suggestions for sweet lolita are about woodland creatures, in some way. I couldn’t find a movie about pastries.) The movie’s general aesthetic may not be lolita at all (Edwardian era fashion), but Beatrix’s work is so appropriately sweet lolita that I think this movie’s worth the watch for any fans of sweet.

Movies for Every Lolita!

For a bit of fun, I made the final category a countdown. Without further ado, here are the top three movies for every and any lolita to watch.

3) The Importance of Being Ernest (2002 – Oliver Parker)

 

This movie is a very funny adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play. It’s set in Edwardian England, so the fashion/silhouette isn’t applicable to lolita, but the movie had so many moments that were similar to lolita mishaps. There’s a scene in a gentleman’s club where the dancers in knee-length, bell-shaped skirts scandalously reveal their bloomers, which is something I can’t help but also do when I’m wearing bloomers and just hanging out around the house. (I’m not the only one who does that, right?) I also thought all the tea scenes were reminiscent of the sort of exaggerated lolita dramas that happen at tea meets, like when someone eats all the cucumber sandwiches or when you’re served exactly what you didn’t want. There’s also something to be said of the double lives a lot of the characters lead being a parallel to the almost-double life some people experience as they go in and out of lolita. The humor is just so witty that it makes the movie very fun to watch. Ultimately, this is a story of double dealing and misunderstandings, so make sure to keep up!

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2) Alice in Wonderland (1951 – Disney)

A lot of lolitas tend to shy away from Alice-themed lolita because it has a huge potential to turn into a sad ita flop. Still, there is no little Victorian girl more famous than Alice, and the characters have all had a huge impact on the fashion we know and love. I have seen some absolutely breathtaking Alice-inspired and White Rabbit-inspired coords, so don’t write off the movie’s potential for coord inspiration. (I’ve never come across a nice Red Queen or Cheshire Cat coord, so please send me pictures/links if you’ve seen any!) Besides how influential the Alice in Wonderland tradition has been for lolita fashion, this movie does feature a lot of “proper Victorian” pastimes, which can be inspiration for lolita pastimes or meet up activities. There’s a tea party, of course, gardening, “botany,” croquet, etc. If you’ve never seen this before, let me warn you that the movie is really weird. It’s almost psychedelic and frantic at times, and most of the characters are impossible to relate to, but at other times this movie is solemn and quiet, and yet at other times it’s delightfully quirky.

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1) Kamikaze Girls (2004 – Tetsuya Nakashima)

 

Was there really any other option for the top lolita movie? Unlike all the other movie suggestions, this is the only movie that makes it on this list because it actually features real lolita fashion instead of just featuring an atmosphere similar to lolita aesthetics. (Gothic and Lolita Psycho barely has a lolita…) Yes, Momoko is a sweet lolita, and yes, this movie is dripping in glorious oldschool goodness, but I think every lolita should see this, if you haven’t already. The movie is delightfully over the top and excessive, and even the most ordinary occurrences are super dramatic. Kamikaze Girls is just honestly funny and a good time, and it would be even if you had no interest at all in lolita fashion.

 

 

 

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Were these the movies you expected? Do you agree with my choices? Are there any movies I missed that you feel have lolita vibes? Please let me know in the comments! Together, we can make a fantastic and more complete list.

Stay frilly,

Raven

Handmade Lolita Finds: Oldschool Sweet and… Punk?

Hello there, readers. This is the first installment of a little series I have planned for this blog where I write about things I’ve come across and discuss how they might be made to work with lolita.

This week, I have some fabric finds to share with you. (Note: All of the fabrics I ever mention in this series will probably be from Jo-Ann because it’s the only widespread fabric store I know of, and I believe that, whenever possible, you should touch the fabric before buying it.)

 

(The cherries on all the fabrics are identical, and it’s only the backgrounds that change.) I think all of these fabrics would be perfect for making something oldschool sweet. At the same time, I really wouldn’t suggest straying from the oldschool aesthetic too much. Sure, feel free to modernize it a little if you decide to use any of these fabrics to make your own clothes, but the size of the prints really do not lend themselves to the modern sweet aesthetic. Also, all these are quilting cotton, but they’re perfectly fine for making a dress or a skirt.

Anyway, I’d make a skirt or short-sleeved, puff-sleeved OP with these fabrics and use multiple (two or three) horizontal rows of white lace, some beading lace with red ribbon and/or little ribbon bows. I’d try and make something like these below:

Images from Avant Gauche

Also, these fabrics are great for making hair accessories of all sorts. Even if you don’t want to make a dress or skirt with these fabrics, they are nice and simple enough to make some versatile hair accessories that can even work with more modern sweet lolita. You can make a head bow with the strawberry print fabric that can match the strawberry-themed items you might already have in your wardrobe, and same goes for the cherry fabric.

 

If you have trouble telling the scale of the prints of these fabrics from the pictures above, I’ll share a trick I use to find examples of Jo-Ann’s fabric being used: go to Etsy. Search for a really generic term, like “cherry fabric,” and you’ll probably find what you’re looking for. For example, this person made an apron with the gingham cherry print, and this person made a 12″ x 14.5″ bag with the black cherry fabric. It’s a super useful tip to find out what a fabric really looks like if you can’t go to a physical store.

 

And now comes punk?

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I know, I know. This is garish. Still, punk lolita is about embracing things that you probably wouldn’t think go together, and this reminds me a lot of a blue version of Meta’s Heart Leopard series. If you’re a brave soul and like punk lolita, this fabric might be an option for you. At the very least, you could make something that’s different from the majority of “tartan JSK + combat boots = punk lolita” coords out there.

The trick with punk lolita is to remember that it’s still lolita, and lolita is about balance. Since this is a really, really busy print (to give you a better sense of scale, this person made a coffee cozy with this fabric), I’d recommend trying to combine Meta’s Heart Leopard series with their retro, leopard poodle skirt. I’d try and add an appliqué right where the Meta leopard is on the poodle skirt to ground everything and also give your skirt or dress (or even lolita biker jacket) a theme for you to work with.

Also, since the print is so busy, I’d try and keep it simple in terms of design. If you want an accent fabric, use plain black. Try and keep any lace you use thick/wide so it breaks up the pattern instead of adding confusion. Of course, if you want to make something with this fabric with tiers and ruffles and contrasting colors, go ahead. Ultimately, you can make and wear whatever you want, but just make sure it fits into the lolita aesthetic if you’re going to call it lolita.

I hope you liked these finds, even if they weren’t really your style. Do you have a different suggestion for how to use these fabrics in lolita? Leave it in the comments below. Do you think that any of these fabrics have absolutely no place in lolita? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll give you a sketch of what I was thinking of when I wrote this post.

Stay sweet,

Raven