Look what’s available!
Yes! It’s one of my dream items, referred to in my previous post, now available on DreamyBows.com!
Dreamy Bows is a UK based online shop that sells lolita and kawaii fashion items. This is great news for lolitas living outside Japan, as they can purchase some items from popular and desirable Japanese stores with ease and cheaper postage! Most exciting is the stock from Angelic Pretty, the famous lolita brand. They add new items practically every week, with more and more Angelic Pretty items becoming available! Some of my dream items have recently been added to their stock, so I put together two dream outfits featuring these items:
Outfit 1: CHOCOMINTBISCUIT
The main feature to this outfit would be the Sweet Cream House collared JSK in Chocolate Mint
It would be coordinated with rich brown colours, such as these Royal Melty Chocolate Tights in ‘bitter’/dark brown.
I actually love these tights SO. MUCH.
and adding some mint green, these Creamy Doughnut Cutlery Wrist Cuffs in mint.
Today I’ll be talking about the Sweet Lolita pieces I’ve been been drooling over on Bodyline!
I’m not usually a ‘sweet’ or ‘girly’ person, but there’s a lot of pretty stuff to choose from, so these are the few pieces that grabbed me and I’ve seen positive feedback for.
A popular and well recommended blouse from this store, and in lots of colours! I’d like white, black and maybe pink and purple too 😛
The only skirt from my selection, because this is just damn adorable. I’m usually a fan of darker colour combinations, but I’m keen on the spotty black pattern, so I think I’d go for the mint!
Either the dark coloured one, or the mint one.
This is my favourite 😀 Whilst, again, I’m fond of the mint (And having a colour scheme is nice!), I LOVE the black and pink stripes. I’ve been inspired especially by this post on ‘bittersweet’ lolita, and this jumperskirt fits that perfectly!
I like the polka dot a whole lot more on these pieces, and macaroons (macarons?) are hella adorbs yo.
And they have matching socks!
Some more adorable socks:
And last but not least: Shoes!
Lolita boots with little bows! In black, which will go with everthing, sweet or gothic!
And some adorable wedges. I like the little different coloured lace-effect edges, most likely the black with white.
I’m not too adventurous when it comes to shoes, some people get shoes to match each of their dresses, but I’d rather have things that are cute and go with as much as possible!
I actually already have a pair of heels similar to these in black, but maybe I’d like a brown pair. Love a good pair of oxfords!
Phew! That’s everything! Next, I’ll be thinking about my ideal ‘wardrobe’, and different outfits co-ordinations, before branching outside the safe inexpensive Bodyline website, to the luxurious world of brand Lolita!
Somewhere in my Kawaii travels I came across a fashion style that I knew very little about, but immediately grabbed my attention.
It started when I found F Yeah Lolita, a blog about Lolita fashion. I knew that it was a Japanese fashion, focusing on being cute and sweet, with yes, some kawaii elements – but something about the cross between fun outlandish get-ups, and the genuine elegance and femininity about the culture (yes, culture!) of Lolita became very attractive to me. I wanted to find out more.
This post on building a Lolita wardrobe is especially useful and inspiring, and I went away immediately scouring Bodyline – an online clothes costume shop that stocks low price alternatives to the expensive designer Lolita brands. Below is an inspiration board I made a while ago of products I liked from the site, with gothic lolita in mind as my main style, with some elements of sweet lolita.
Gothic has always been a fashion interest of mine, especially when dressing feminine. To be honest, I pretty much never dress feminine, and have never had much of an interest in it, but big black dresses with lace and corsets have always been hugely attractive to me.
When I was about sixteen I found a dress of this description in a T K Maxx for £50 and my mum got it for me, probably just happy that I was enthusiastic about a dress for once. It had a corset top, with a big skirt that came half way down my shins, with lots of netting underneath. I got a lot of use out of it over the years! Eventually, I felt it had run its course and edited it for a ‘Kinky’ party in my first year of Uni. I hitched up the skirts so that it was more poofy, came to knee length, and showed off some of the netting. Starting to sound more familiar? It definitely has Lolita potential still, I feel!
Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit me so well these days, so I’m gonna work on editing it a bit into a skirt, maybe use the top part as a separate corset to wear over shirts… All depending of course on what from the dress is salvageable, and my sewing skills. I have been working on some sewing projects, which will be featured in another post – It’s coming along quite slowly though as I don’t have a sewing machine and am doing the whole thing by hand, whoop!
I’ve spent the last couple of months lurking around lolita sites – Bodyline and FYeahLolita of course, but more importantly community sites like the ELG (Elegant Gothic & Lolita) Livejournal. It’s already taught be a lot about how Lolita works as a fashion, the different styles and brands, what’s acceptable and what’s iffy! I feel I should get more into this is other posts, so for now I’ll start at the beginning with some Bodyline items that I like and hope to purchase one day!
I’ll be focusing on Gothic Lolita for now… some Sweet influences to be featured to a later post!
I really love this shirt! It’s very versatile as well, as the bow and the sleeves are detachable. From what I’m learning about coordinating, this wouldn’t look so good with the skirt above, the solid chucks white and black would clash too much, but would look better with a jumperskirt, like these:
That shirt is also available in black, so I kind of want it in both colours!
Pictures from lolita-fashion.tumblr.com
A.K.A: Further Adventures In Kawaii : Etsy Edition
[Jumper above: Not on my list but can be found here]
Searching ‘Kawaii’ into Etsy and scrolling through all the crazy shit that comes up, is one of my favourite hobbies. But sometimes, some reasonable, cute items come up. SOMETIMES.
Cute AND mildly offensive. Nice. Find it here.
Cute Mermaids! from em&sprout
My favourite find was this adorable store, with cool designs including anime/manga inspired prints:
And don’t forget about my long-wanted shirt from TopatoCo:
The award for the worst item I found on Etsy while searching for ‘kawaii’ tops:
Imagine this paired with my leggings. IMAGINE. (Can be found along side the Candy Hearts Sweater above)
I am currently sitting in a cafe, stealing their wi-fi and not ordering anything, because I don’t currently have internet at my house, other than my painfully slow Mobile 3G. ITS BEEN HELL. But in between downloading the latest Land of Fans and Music album onto my god-awfully slow laptop, and halfheartedly looking for job vacancies, I’m eager to update this blog with just what I’ve been doing the last couple of months.
Well, knowing full well I wasn’t gonna change a damn thing about my lazy approach to life anytime soon, I made my new year’s resolution a more realistic target:
I’ll admit I wasn’t sure where to start.
There was always Etsy, as explored in a previous post of mine, but I wanted to enter this new age in my life with at least an attempt at an inch of class.
But to my luck, my new found aim in life was realised at exact time that the genuises at L’Oreal decided to release this gem.
It was a sign from God. This was meant to happen.
I got it in fucking purple.
Was not instantly kawaii upon application. Would not recommend.
Not long afterwards I found the most hideous piece of clothing ever created. (Found where all the other most hideous pieces of clothing on Earth are sold: Primark)
Just LOOK. It’s just so fucking awful. I want 10 of these. I want my wedding dress to made out of this material.
There was only one pair left and they were in my size.
It’s another sign, I tell ya. God WANTS me to live the Kawaii Life. It is the path chosen for me, to walk in hideous clusterfuck leggings.
Other Items I Have Come Across:
These adorable Kitty tights are all over teh internets. I totally want my legs to be cats.
Ok, I’m ignoring my no-Etsy rule for a second, because this Etsy item is an old friend of mine. We have a sort of love/hate relationship. Maybe one day I will be Kawaii~ enough to wear this necklace with pride.
More adventures to come soon! I promise this time, because I’ve already started writing them.
[none of the pictures used in this post belong to me]
It’s not hard to be *K a w a i i * when you know how!
Step 1: O b n o x i o u s l y G i a n t i c B o w s !
As many bows as you can fit on your head! The bigger and OMGZcuter the better!
But they don’t stop there!
Step 2: P i x e l B o w s !
Step 3: C a t E a r s !
The more bows the better!
Step 4: S o – C u t e – Y o u – C o u l d – D i e A c c e s s o r i e s !
I mean, don’t you just wanna projectile vomit from the cuteness?
Step 5: A n y t h i n g w i t h a f a c e i s K a w a i i !
Even bodily functions!
Step 6: M y L i t t l e P o n y I s T h e B e s t O M G Z Z Z Z Z
Step 7: G i a n t R i n gs W i t h F o o d O n T h e m !
The-bigger-the-better rule applies here also!
Step 8: M o r e P i x e l s t u f f !
OMGZ, bleach is so kawaii! As is gigantic obnoxious necklaces!
Step 9: . . . M O R E B O W S !
So what are you waiting for!? Go buy things off Etsy and become ~K a w a i i~ ❤ !!1