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Jan 17, 2017

My outfits from mid-2016. Summer seemed to last forever this year, so I didn't get to dress up much. If you follow me on Instagram, these will look familiar to you already.

#6

I went to view the Doukyuusei movie when it was in theaters in May. The movie was based on a manga written and illustrated by Nakamura Asumiko whose illustrations are often featured in the Gothic & Lolita Bible. It was a very beautifully made animation adaptation. For this outfit, I focused on bringing asymmetric layers together. I wanted to wear something comfortable for sitting in a movie theater.  This is my favorite draping combination I've put together.
Cutsew: Moi Meme Moitie Belt Cutsew
Vest: H.Naoto Seven Dragon Vest
Buttcape: Moi Meme Moitie Random Overskirt
Pants: Alice and the Pirates Wide Pants
Gloves: offbrand

#7

I wore this to volunteer at a local art festival. It was outdoors in the middle of summer: a terrible idea.

The Lock in Pandora's Memories one piece made it to my wishlist because I was rewatching an old BABY/PIRATES fashion show and loved they way it swayed while walking. I am a a big fan of high-low cuts though I'm not really much of a print person and could live without it. So AatP if you want to release a solid version of this dress...hello, I am here. Originally, I wanted the black x white version of this OP, but I settled for the black x black since it showed up on Lacemarket and realistically I would wear black x black more. Here I have it worn without the lower sleeves.
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Liar Silk Hat
OP: Alice and the Pirates Lock in Pandora's Memories OP
Socks: Alice and the Pirates Lace Up Rose OTKs
Shoes: Yosuke USA

#8

I had some friends come into town from Louisiana to watch the Kizumonogatari movie in theaters. I am unfamiliar with the Monogatari series, so I didn't go, but I did take them to a good ol' barbecue and ice cream dinner.

OP: Atelier Boz Luka Crosszeria OP
Vest: h.Naoto SEVEN Dragon Vest
Shoes: Alice and the Pirates Lilie Long Boots in enamel

#9

This was a casual outfit for Halloween. I finally got my hands on the Opera Millefuille OP! I remember when the first few years of me getting into lolita that everyone and their mom got this in a lucky pack and a lot of people were trying to get rid of it for $80-130, but that was too much for me at the time. Then all of these OPs disappeared for a few years and resurfaced recently for higher than I wanted to pay. I waited patiently enough and got both the white and black ones for good prices. The black one was in a Yahoo! auction as a set with arm warmers which I had only seen only once before. I don't remember ever seeing the arm warmers ever in stock photos, but I'll have to see once I reach that era of AatP for Lolibrary. I am more than ecstatic to have the arm warmers, but they don't stay up very well since you have to tie them on.
OP: Alice and the Pirates Opera Millefuille OP
Socks: Ozone Socks
Shoes: offbrand

#10

I reached my final form of black blob.
OP: Sheglit Empress OP
Pants: offbrand
Shoes: offbrand

#11

After a long while, an ouji coord appears. I was avoiding ouji for awhile because I actually just hate wearing blouses it turns out. Some of the older AatP pieces stopped fitting well on me, so I have to start letting go of some.
Vest: Alice and the Pirates Tourinot Vest
Blouse: Atelier Boz Basilisk Short Sleeve Blouse
Pants: Alice and the Pirates Rudolf Shorts
Socks: offbrand
Shoes: Bodyline

#12

And here is the final outfit for today.
Vest: BLACK PEACE NOW
Blouse: Atelier Boz Andrew Over Blouse
Skirt: Sheglit Chiffon Asymmetrical Skirt
Socks: offbrand
Shoes: offbrand

Apparently, in this time period was a phase of looking away from the camera. During this period, you can clearly see my style moving away from strictly lolita and ouji towards just gothic style in general. Asymmetric layers have really taken a place in my closet and I just want more. I still have more outfits from last year to go through, so stay tuned.

2017 Goals

Jan 8, 2017

A new year is here! I spent 2016 transitioning things in real life and online, so I wasn't as active as I wanted to be in the general online community. I lost direction of where I wanted to take this blog, so I've been doing some thinking. These are things I would like to push myself to do this year.
  • Finish the Ouji Overview
    I know, I've been saying this for years. To be honest, I'm very bored with ouji style now, but so many people have told me my incomplete guide helped them so much. I will start what I finished!
  • Reorganize the blog
    For awhile, I tried out Wordpress, but I'll be sticking with blogger for now. WP did have some cool features such as a picture gallery, but their image hosting limit is what made me sway away from it. Right now, I have most of my old posts reverted to drafts, so I can see which ones I want to keep and which to delete.
  • Take more pictures
    I need to level up my photography! I get nostalgic looking at old LJ posts because there were a lot more reports and picture sharing. Nowadays event reports and candid pictures are seldom shared, so I want to start contributing more content. I didn't take very many coordinate pictures of myself this year since I hit a brick wall in posing and styling. Part of the reason is no time, so my day is always rushed, but hopefully I get better at time management. 
  • Utilize social media
    Ever since EGL died (R.I.P. I still check LJ everyday), the lolita community became very decentralized. It's kind of a pain honestly. Between tons of facebook groups, tumblr blogs, and instagram, it can be difficult to keep up with current events. I'm going to try to get better at crossposting across platforms. I did start a facebook page and youtube channel last month, but I'm not sure what I want to do with either lol.
  • More personal
    I think I've been feeling disconnected with my blog because originally I wanted it to just be an informational blog. I think I want to post some more personal content on here, so I won't get bored.
I don't have any wardrobe goals in specific this time around because I've reached a pretty good size and nothing is catching my interest lately. If anything, I need to sell some things I don't fit anymore.

Hopefully these goals will help me get back into blogging. I actually loathe writing, but it is a good outlet from the monotonous daily life. January is about 1/3 of the way over, and I still haven't started my annual wardrobe post, so I'm going to have to rush to finish it. I'll be posting it over on EGL and here this year, so wish me luck!

'Tis the Season to Evaluate Wardrobes: Organization Tips

Dec 4, 2016

Fa la la la la la la la la...

December has come and that means the annual EGL wardrobe post tradition will soon be here in January. I've learned the stubborn way that I should always start taking pictures in December, so I can have time to edit, but somehow I always end up procrastinating and can never get pictures of all 100% of my wardrobe. Well, hopefully this year I'll learn my lesson (haha, yeah right).

I'm a really messy person, so I end up using my wardrobe post as an inventory sheet. It's an easy way to see everything in one place since my room organization is scattered at the moment. It also let's me see what I actually like wearing and what I should sell. When I was first starting out, I bought anything that was a "good deal" and that led to me having a giant mismatch of all styles. Then as I wore lolita more and more, I started to develop my own style. The process is similar to developing an art style. Sweet and classic lolita are beautiful styles, but they weren't truly me. I learned to stick to my dark visual kei roots and focus on ouji, aristocrat, and gothic lolita.

Eight...nine...ten years? I lose track of when I actually fell down the lolita hole, but now I really have a closet I like. It's pretty to look at, is organized, and easy to make different coordinates. It was definitely a multi-year process, but I thought I would share things I've learned along the way, so maybe you don't have to take as long to reach a cohesive wardrobe! Of course, you don't have to have a cohesive wardrobe. If you like everything, then go for it. A cohesive wardrobe is best for those who want to maximize their clothing combinations and/or save money.

  1. Write down everything you don't like. This will be your lolita blacklist. There doesn't need to be a scientific explanation for everything, just write it down and stick to it. For example, here is my list that I could think of at the top of my head although I'm sure there's more:
    • velvet/velveteen: I live on the coast of Texas where there is winter is practically non-existent. Also, it's too much effort for me to properly take care of it. 
    • suede, corduroy, etc.: I don't like wearing the plush fabrics. This applies to velveteen, too. I'm ok with them on furniture, but I avoid it on clothing and shoes as much as possible for some reason.
    • empire waist dresses: This cut looks best on flatter busts which is something I don't have.
    • brand shoes at retail price: I learned not to buy synthetic leather shoes at full brand price. I'm a rough walker and they get damaged way too fast. 
    • men's size (for most things): Mainly that I can't fill in the shoulders and length.
    • multi-color stripes
    • peter pan collars: They accentuate my round facial features.
    • damaged items with the intention of fixing them: I never actually fix them.
    • AatP transparent socks 
    • tartans and plaids 
    • gingham
    • cherries: I hate cherry everything in all forms and sizes.
  2. Take inventory. You can do this with a stock photos or your own pictures. It just helps to know what you have. Also if you have anything from the blacklist, it's time to sell it. 
  3. Make wishlist. It will help streamline your purchases. 
  4. Keep it organized. 
  5. Know what you don't wear. I just take note mentally, but many recommend the backwards hanger trick. Excluding collector pieces, say goodbye to things you haven't touched for 2+ years. Your tastes may change at any point in time, so you may want to do this on a regular basis.
  6. Think about purchases overnight. If it's not on your wishlist, do you really want it? Waiting 24 hours before deciding to buy something really helps stop impulse purchases. 
  7. Get a second opinion. Ask a friend (or not). This is actually a double-edged sword. There's always that one guy that says yes to everything, but on the other hand there will be that guy who says no to everything. Ask multiple friends for safe assurance. 
  8. The KonMari Method. Written by Marie Kondo this book is "a comprehensive, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections." While I haven't personally tried the entirety of it myself, I have seen many people highly praise its effectiveness. I did start using her folding methods last month and it definitely optimized my storage area. Rather than sorting things by quantity, it focuses on sorting things by the happiness it gives you.
It could take months; it could take years. Everyone has their own method, so just take your time. Do you have any tips or tricks to reaching the perfect wardrobe?

You may have noticed I've taken down a lot of my past posts, but do not fret. I decided to really reorganize my blog just like I reorganized my closet.