Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dolls and dresses

Just a quick update concerning the subject of my recent "BAAAWWWW" post. Apparently Rose Melody fucked up and sent me the wrong dress. The one I have the bust measures only 17 inches, and it if was made to my measurements it would be around 20. So they are sending me another dress, and allowing me to do whatever I want with the other one.

I keep forgetting that I actually mentioned writing about Pullips on this blog. So here we go. Groove Inc(Jun Planning was the previous maker of Pullips) have finally been releasing dolls that I have an interest in. Last years dolls were hit or miss. They hit the nail on the head with Mir, Angelic Pretty(I hate them at first, but I got one for christmas and fell in love), and Neo Noir. But I felt they dropped the ball with Clarity(who I was looking foward to because she looked like a Ayumi Hamasaki/Nicole Kidman hybrid) and the Peter Pan dolls(c'mon really...peter pan with a bowl/mushroom haircut!?!). But this year they're impressing the hell out of me with the new vampire dolls, demon dolls(which mir is part of), and the hellcatspunk collaboration.
All pictures are from valleyofthedolls.com
2009
the good
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the meh
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2010
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

shoe porn

For the past few days, I have been searching the internet for Lolita appropriate pink shoes. I’ve been putting it off for so long, but there’s only so many times I can throw on a pair of black booties. I feel like I should have a pair of pink shoes because it match everything I have in my wardrobe. Sure it’s easy to order a pair off of Bodyline or a secret shop pair, but I’m looking for something that I can also wear outside my ruffle days. The natural Lolita thing seems to be just to buy a pair of tea party shoes, but I want something a little different.

WARNING! SHOE PORN AHEAD!

From Funtasma.
I love these because:
a)they’re booties
b)they can be either dressed up or dressed down
c)they have a bit of a heel to them
d)they come in gold. I’m a tacky lady so this screams “BUY ME PLZ!”

:O
THESE ARE SO BAD ASS BUT I WOULD NEVER EVER WEAR THEM!


Like anything else with Lolita, when buying shoes I consider the following:
-does it match clothing you already have
-can you see yourself wearing them for hours at a time
-can you see yourself walking/standing in them for a long period of time
-are you really going to wear them?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

iamamiwhoami?



For the past month, a mystery source has been posting wildly unsettling nature themed videos on youtube and sending them to various online alternative/indie music websites. The source behind these three videos, named Iamamiwhoami. The videos include what looks like a human adult fetus swimming in amniotic fluid with an umbilical chord, limbs hanging out of trees swaying, and a provocative video of a blonde mud covered woman licking a tree. The video’s soundtrack are atmospheric electronic music. Many websites are speculating to who it could be, by ways of adding up the numbers assigned to the videos, looking at the figures in the video, and by throwing out who has an album coming out this year. The videos have people stumped and intrigued, even mtv picked up the story.

The suspects

Christina Aguilera
Seems like a weird choice. But she does have an album coming out this year, and she has worked with Ladytron and Goldfrapp on this album.

Why it can be her:
-She said her album is inspired by the birth of her son. And birth is one of the themes for the videos.
-The blonde in the video kinda looks like her, but it could also be a model and not the singer herself.
-Her reps deny it left and right, why deny something that could be her?
-If you add up the letters in the video they read
699130082.451322 = ch.ag - ch ag CHristina AGuilera
9.1.13.669321018 = i.a.m.i. - i am i
9.20.19.13.5.723378 = i.t.s.m.e.c = it's me c
But that could be just a coincidence
-she’s no strangers to making strange artistic videos, such as her video for Fighter(even though that might be more of director floria Sigismondi’s doing). So she’s open to the idea of doing something out of the box.
-The biggest piece of evidence pointing towards her, the image above. It was uploaded by the German Sony BMG website under "Christina Aguilera Promo."
-The owl in one of the video's is from another video called "Birds Of Prey", the title of a Christina song off her upcoming album.

Why it can’t be her
-These videos are a little weird to be coming from a platinum selling pop star. This could be billboard poison for her.
-If she were doing this, she’s not fully investing herself in the image. She’s shown up to the Golden Globes and the Haiti telethon looking as normal as ever.
-The first single off her new album is called Glam, and these videos are anything but.
-why would she be sending viral videos to indie music blogs? Unless she wants to reach a new audience.

The Knife
I love the Knife, I really do, but this is just weird enough to be them.

Why it can be them:
-They just did an opera based on Darwin, so it matches the theme of the videos.
-Expect the unexpected from The Knife.
-The music sounds like something they would put out.
-They haven’t put out an actual new album in some time
-This has Fever Ray written all over it

Why it can’t be them:
-The music doesn’t match the music that appears in the opera

-Karin just did the Fever Ray album

Röyksopp

Why it can be them
-new album coming out this year
-new album, Senior, is suppose to be much more mellower and darker than their previous album Junior. "Senior is a forthcoming album from Norwegian duo Röyksopp, set for release in 2010.[1] The album has been described as an introspective, withdrawn, atmospheric counterpart to energetic Junior."

Why it can’t be them
-They’re still promoting Junior, why start promotion on a new album when you’re not done with the prior
-Senior is slated to date later this year, so why start in January?

Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails

Why it can be him:
-Trent has hinted at a new project slated for 2010
-He’s no stranger to strange videos
-Also, no stranger to viral marketing

Why it can’t be him
-The videos seem to sexually charged to be Trent. He hasn’t really made a obviously sexually themed video since “Closer”

Unlikely suspects/long shots

Goldfrapp
Why it can be them:
-the usage of owl images is very Goldfrapp
-the music screams Goldfrapp
-Goldfrapp certainly isn’t shy when it comes to sexual images. This is the same band they their front woman regularly simulated sex with back up dancers and a theremin.
-New album is called "Head First", birth reference maybe?

Why it can’t be them:
-New album is very discoy, unless they’re releasing two albums this year.

Sigur Ros

Why it can be them:
-new album coming out supposedly coming out this year(I doubt it) that is described as “The music is also described as melodic but much less noisy and more "out there" than previous albums. The as yet untitled album is expected to be released sometime in 2010.”
-Their videos are indeed out there.

Why it can’t be them:
-Like previously quoted, their new album is less noisy. So this could lead them out.
-They tend to like to work mostly with instruments, not electronics.
-They’re not known for making THIS sexually charged type of videos. Yes they make some strange and beautiful videos, but the videos kind of throw off the Sigur Ros radar.
-They’re on hiatus while Jonsi promotes his solo album, Go. So a new Sigur Ros album may be some way away. Leaving them out of the equation for this viral bullshit.

Whoever it is, they have me stumped. But I do get a very Norwegian/Swedish/Danish vibe from the music in these videos. I do also think it’s impossible for this to be a new artist, unless it’s a new side project from an already established act, the production value on these videos are to high to be from someone just starting out.

Another band that I would probably put money down on is Aphex Twin. The weirdness of the videos and music scream Aphex Twin to be. They’re no strangers to weird videos:


And to end off this post, I leave you with the mystery videos in question







The videos seem to be posted every two weeks, so we have a few days before the next clue if the pattern keeps up.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

qcute/rose melody review

please excuse the shitty cell phone pics.

Around the 20th of december, I placed an order through Qcute for Rose Melody's angel of music jsk. Everything went great with Qcute communication wise. The price was a little steep considering the initial price that Qcute lists, a $75 jsk turns into a $140 jsk with tailor make and shipping jeez.

Well it's January 25th and I finall received my dress. This is what I got:

nice looking dress right?

nice soft materials, but feels a little cheap.
But wait

What the hell? I was expecting a shitty zipper, but it was half assed sewn on.

Also, I gave them my specific measurements. Guess what? It doesn't fit, the dress doesn't even zip up all the way.

Right now, I don't think I'll ever order from Taobao and definately not Rose melody. This experience is horribly discouraging when it comes to customized fitted garments.

Rating
Communication: 5/5
Price:4/5
Materials:3/5 nice and soft but cheap
Fit:1/5 seems like they completely ignored my measurements
Construction: 1/5 shitty zipper, shitty rating






Sunday, January 24, 2010

meta wtf are you doing to me!?!

Now Meta, I love you...I really do. But just as I start to build a more mature closet with more solids in it, you tempt me with your new cluster fuck print called Sweet Park. Not only does it have a theme park theme, BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT IT HAS BAKED GOODS RIDING THESE SAID RIDES. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME META, THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!



In the world of lolita fashion, this print totally makes perfect sense.
This might've been my reaction if I was more animated when on the internet:
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Friday, January 22, 2010

plans


(picture is REALLY unrelated, it just makes me go :D)

Lately I have been thinking about what exactly I want to do with this blog that I would look back at in time and go "Oh hey that was pretty cool." So I hope to do the following:
-Interview lolitas, most likely in video format(which means I have to make more loli friends ;__;). But I don't want to ask lolita questions, but stuff that really out of left field and funny...but lolita related. Stuff that would come up in everyday conversation.
-Feature more reviews. I have stuff coming in from dollcrops, rose melody, and kidsyoyo so they'll be the start or the review-a-thon.
-Put a little more humor in this bitch. There needs to be more humorous loli blogs.
-More video games posts. It's the major free time consumer of my life, why not write about it?

I'll probably figure out more, but this is it for now.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

oh you

Dear bodyline,

Thank you thank you thank you for making shoes that resemble the shoes Pee Wee Herman wears during the tequila dance. It warms my heart greatly that you just made a potential Halloween costume so much easier.
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VS


Love,
Allison

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

cardigans

When picking out a Lolita outfit, one of the things I consider outwear. One of the outwear staples for me is the cardigan. I love cardigans, I have many and I consider myself a cardigan whore. So it’s a no brainer that I am going to be wearing them with Lolita. But there are a few guidelines I follow when picking out a cardigan to wear with a Lolita outfit.

It’s a good candidate to wear with Lolita if:
-short, preferably to longer than waist length. Although longer cardigans look good with more A-line skirts and dresses. But nothing longer than your hips.
-Fitted. A fitted cardigan will look much neater when put in a Lolita outfit than a baggy one. I prefer my cardigans to conform to the outline of my outfit, and not just hang.
-Looks good opened and closed. I like to wear cardigans both opened and closed. I even wear then with one or two buttons closed on the top

It’s not a good candidate to wear with Lolita if:
-Unisex. Most times, if it’s unisex it won’t conform to the outline of the outfit underneath. A unisex garment isn’t made to hug a woman’s body(well dur hur hur)
-Long. A long cardigan usually means poof killer


Examples of good cardigans that can be worn with Lolita:

Why is this cardigan good?:
-Just short enough not to interfere with skirt poof
-Can be worn open, but with a top closure.
-It’s fitted, not baggy, so it’ll look neater when paired up with Lolita. As opposed to wearing a baggier sweater.

Why this this sweater good?
-Again, fitted.
-Not incredibly long
-Can be worn closed or open with one or two buttons closed


Bad examples of cardigans that shouldn’t be work with Lolita:

Why is this sweater a no no?
-It’s double breasted. It’s just my opinion, but double breasted sweaters don’t look good with lolita
-It’s long
-It’s unisex.

Why is this sweater a no no?

-It’s long, which means it’ll be a poof cock blocker

This entry is simply my opinion, you don’t have to agree with me. You can wear whatever you want. The last thing I want to do is sound preachy about sweaters.

Monday, January 18, 2010

new baby print(and on time!)

Baby uploaded a new print last night for reserve called "Very Berry Sweet Pie." When I first clicked the page I thought "Oh from far away, this looks just like Angelic Pretty's Magic Whip."

Then as I got up to the closer shots of the print, my face went from :/ to :(

wtf is this baby? Was some fabric store having a sale on table cloth fabric!?!

a proper gif reaction to the new print
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

lolita meme time(stolen from lolita charm)

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COLOURS

What colours can be found in your Lolita closet?
black, pink, mint, and blue

What is your favourite colour with Lolita?
black, pink, mint, and purple.

What is your least favourite colour in Lolita?
brown

Which uncommon colour do you want to try out?
a shade of purple that isn't lilac. More lighter, less pastel shades of pink.

DESIGN
Are you more a Onepiece, Jumperskirt or a Skirt person?
Jumper, but I buy more skirts :X

Which cut do you like the best?
Underbust

Print or no Print?
Both.

How does a dress/skirt have to look like that it will be a "must have" item for you?
If it's black with an interesting print, I'll love it.

STYLES
What is your favourite style in Lolita?
classic, sweet, and gothic

Which style do you wear regularly?
sometimes

Which style you want to try out?
gothic

Which style you never want to try out/wear again?
punk, it just doesn't fit me.

BRANDS

Brands yes or no and why?
Yes and no. I like brands because of their high quality. But I like offbrands and chinese sellers because they'll make a garment to your measurements, which is a god send for me as someone who has very broad shoulders and a large chest.

Which brand is your favourite?
baby and innocent world

Which is your least favourite brand?
Probably angelic pretty. I love their accessories, but their garments give me a a sugar rush. Although their powder rose line is growing on me.

Ever had a good/bad experience with brand?
as of right now, no. I hope to keep it that way ::knocks on wood::

Will this experience encourage/stop you from buying brand?
I don't know yet

OTHER
Did you ever get surprised by a piece of Lolita?
yes, my plain blue jsk from meta. I was suprised as to how comfortable it was and how well it fit me.

Did you ever get disappointed by a piece of Lolita?
yes, my baby lovely sweet room jsk. I am under the max measurements and it's still a little tight on the bust.

Things that you like about Lolita?
The creativity that goes into the outfits.

Things that you dislike on Lolita?
Outfits that are head-to-toe one print/brand. Where's the creativity if you're just going to copy something out of a magazine.

Do you have a Lolita fashion idol, if 'yes' who is it?
These lovely ladies


Does Lolita affect your every day life?
Yes, it makes me more concerned about what I'm wearing.

Do you buy Lolita related things, like cute looking furniture?
no

Do you read/buy the Gothic Lolita Bible?
Yes, I read it whenever it shows up online.

How to you describe your fashion style to others that don´t know about Lolita?
My friends call my style as "cleaned up less skeevy and stupid looking hispter", so I'll go with that.

Is there something you want to say to your fellow Lolitas?
Wear what you like, no matter what anyone says.

lol lame generic answer, but it's true.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

*late* baby's new print

I'm team btssb all the way. Everyday I check their website for updates and new items added to the store. When BTSSB uploaded their new print "heart marble and sugar-coated chocolate" series(wow that's a long one), I was a little meh at first.
The pink, blue, and white colorways didn't impress me much.

in fact, I think it's really boring in the lighter colors. But this print really impresses me in the darker colorways, black and brown.

:O :O :O :O
DO WANT!
I love it love it love it in black....as always.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tumblrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Tumblr is one of the best time killing websites out there today. I consider it to be a addicting quick blogging website. Some use it as an inspiration page, where they post pictures that inspire their life and style. Some use it to post pictures that make them lol. And some sites are themed. Here are a list of my favorite tumblrs:

http://fuckyeahmiyazaki.tumblr.com/ (tumblr dedicated to miyazaki films)
http://sweetlolitas.tumblr.com/ (like the name says, tumblr dedicated to sweet lolitas)
http://whythefuckdoyouhaveakid.com/ (for excellent examples of parenting)
http://itsalwayssunny.tumblr.com/ (tumblr dedicated to the most amazing show on tv)
http://fuckyeahpokememe.tumblr.com/ (the best pokemon related site I've ever seen)
http://fuckyeahgothiclolita.tumblr.com/
http://fuckyeahclassiclolita.tumblr.com/ (a classic lolita tumblr)
http://fuckyeahamandapalmer.tumblr.com/ (for all of your amanda palmer needs)
http://fuckyeahgaiman.tumblr.com/ (for all of your neil gaiman needs)
http://prettyfoods.tumblr.com/ (food porn)
http://oldhollywood.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Video game nerd post ahead

One of my vices in life is video games. I love my ds to death, and have no problem flaunting the fact that I have a backwards compatible metal gear solid 80gb ps3. I'm very picky about what video games I play, I'd rather not waste the $59 on something I'm going to play for 3 seconds and then forget about. So here are some of the games coming out that I'm currently squeeing about.

Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver(street date 3/14)

Nothing warms my 20 year old life long pokemon playing heart like a remake of my favorite pokemon game.



Ace Attorney Miles Edgeworth Investigations(Feb)

When capcom announced that my favorite Ace Attorney character Miles Edgeworth was getting his own game, I squeed a little bit inside. I have spent many hours playing the ace attorney series. So having another one to play will mean many hours occupied on the bus and while waiting for class.

Heavy Rain(release date Feb)

(actual box art)
I've been following this game since early 2009, when my coworker lead me on to the first trailer and a tech trailer called the audition. Heavy Rain is more of a playable movie than a game. What I love about this game is that if one of the characters die, then they never show up in the game again. Quantic Dream is the developer, and also the developers who made another favorite of mine Indigo Prophecy.


The Last Guardian(holiday 2010....I hope)

The latest from Team ICO, the developers who made Shadow of the Colossus and ICO. When I saw this trailer at E3, my mouth was hanging open the whole time. If I had to describe this game in one word, it would be "Epic." From the trailer alone, I have a feeling that this game is going to break my heart.



Eye Pet(holiday 2010)


What's not to love about an interactive virtual fuzz ball. It seems that Eye Pet has been in development for a very long time. But I'm willing to wait for this perfect little gem of a game.

Monday, January 11, 2010

accessory making

Today I ventured into the wild world of accessory making. I was basically doing a test run of the accessories for Comic Con. Today's accessory is a chain brooch for outfit 3 from my NYCC prep entry. The brooch features a chandelier charm bought at michael's, along with a basic chain, clip, and navy blue rose.



The next is a necklace that I only made because the pendant caught my eye. This was a pain in the ass to make. I used needle nosed pliers, and using them to seperate and reseperate chain links is a bitch.
Finished project

Materials



Sunday, January 10, 2010

New York Comic Con outfit prep

It's 10 months away, I know I'm early. New York Comic Con takes play starting October 8th. That gives me plenty of time to prep possible outfits for all three days. This will be my third year going all weekend, and probably the first that my 14 year old brother is going to come all three days. Last year I intended to wear lolita, but lack of time and procrastination canned that idea. So this weekend I started compiling ideas on what I could wear that weekend. Also factoring in a few points such as:
-comfort. the convention will be hot and crowded
-I will be traveling by public transportation for two out of the three days. So what garments will I feel most comfortable traveling on the ferry and subway in
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outfit 1

this outfit consists of
-Princutess op
-target cardigan
-pink flats(maybe not secret shop....but definately something of this style and color)
-white tights

I like this outfit because it's light, so it won't be a bother in the hot convention center.

outfit 2

-meta jsk
-kamrt blouse
-bodyline socks
-same pink flats(I'll probably wind up wearing the same shoes for 2 days lol)

I would wear this outfit for the fact that the jumperskirt is soooooo comfortable. If it was available in all colors still I would buy them.

outfit 3

-lolita lola rocking horse
-rose melody jsk
-kidsyoyo blouse
-foot traffic tights
-princutess bonnet

This outfit is a definate, and will be my pet project for the next few monts. I will be modifying the bonnet with royal blue roses to match the tights.

outfit 4

-btssb skirt
-anna house blouse
-secret shop socks
-pink flats
-bodyline bow


outfit 5



-bodyline skirt
-annahouse blouse
-pink flats
-secret shop socks

outfit 6


-pink flats
-kmart blouse
-bodyline cardigan
-btssb jsk
-secret shop socks
I already have most of this outfit, minus the cardigan. If I can't make something suitable hair wise, I'll probably just wear a beret with a pin.


At this point accessories are up in the air. For the next 10 months I'll probably be either making them or buying them piece by piece. Although I do have plans on making some accessories for outfit number three that include royal blue roses. It'll probably also be the outfit worn when I get a ride, because there is no chance in hell I'm wearing rocking horse shoes on the subway.

Outfit four and five are really going to be the battle of the sweet coordinates, I'll only wear one and not the other. I would love to wear ott-sweet for one day.

Currently, for these coordinates I need
-pink and black cardigans
-white tights
-black rocking horse shoes
-pink flats
-black headbow
-secret shop socks(if needed)
-jester tights
-pink blouse
-black long sleeve blouse
-bonnet
-bodyline socks

maybe?
-wig
-black and pink wristcuffs

When it comes closer to convention season, I'll probably write a survivors guide to conventions. With the same tips my veteran con going Dad passed down to my Sister and I.

XOXO

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2 recent outfits

Here are two of my most recent outfits. I blurred out because I can't seem to make a face in pictures that doesn't scream HUR HUR DUUUUUR.


NYC Princess and the frog meet

hat-h&m
cardigan-h&m
jsk-meta
socks-secret shop
boots-ebay
fur collar-ebay
blouse-in the starlight

Christmas eve outfit
(I decided to bust out of new lovely sweet room jumper)

hair band-forever 21(the same floral hair band posted earlier)
blouse-kmart
fur collar-ebay
jumper-baby
tights-foottraffic.com
shoes-payless

oh blog how I have neglected you

It's been a full 3 months since my last post. I hope it won't be that long when I update again.

I hope you had a good holiday and a good new year.

First post of the new year. So an appropriate start to a new year would probably be to share my new years resolutions.
-Buy more things I need. Such as blouses(long sleeve and short), shoes, and bags
-Buy a decent pink hair accessory that will go with anything. (Because it hurts my wallet to buy a $40 hair bow with a print on it that will only match that one skirt)
-Take photos of my outfits more
-Post those pictures to Daily_Lolita (I did it here http://community.livejournal.com/daily_lolita/2679341.html)
-Learn how to take less derpy pictures of my face
-Attend most meetups
-Be more active in the online community
-Write hair tutorials for those who have curly hair without bangs

I will probably making a few more updates in the next coming days about random things like video games, purchases, and outfit pictures. I'll also be updating with my comic con outfit preparing adventure.