Pirate Lolita Outfit

Here is what I wore to the pirate themed meet:

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Mini Tricorn Hat – handmade by me
Wig – random ebay shop
Blouse – Bodyline
Waistcoat – GLP (Gothic Lolita Punk)
Skirt – Bodyline
Tights – Can’t remember
Shoes – Wynsors

Accessories:
Locket Necklace – Claire’s
Skeleton Ring – No idea, had it years
Sparkly Skull Ring – Primark
Skull & Crossbones Ring – No idea, had it years
Large Skull Ring – New Look (I think)

Pirating About in Sheffield

The 19th of September was international talk like a pirate day so for the Sheffield lolita meet on the 21st the theme pirate/sailor was chosen. The girls hosting the meet put in a lot of thought and effort and they even bought prizes to give out to winners of various games. The day started by meeting at the train station and being put in to groups of 3 as the Leeds lolita group had travelled across to join us it meant we had a decent number of people. The first task was to design our own team flag, as we were team three our flag had a large 3 on it and was surrounded by smaller threes and pirate related imagery. The other side had a large treasure chest on it. There was also a treasure map (printed out map of Sheffield that a grid had been drawn on) and you wrote your name in a square, at the end of the day all the squares with a name on were put in a hat and the one drawn out won the buried treasure. The buried treasure was a bracelet.

The first game was to race your pirate ship through the stormy seas (water feature wall) team one and two went first then three and four. I think it was team 2 and 4 that won so they then battled against each other. The winning team won a bottle of blowing bubbles each.

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 It was then on the tropical climates (tropical plant indoor gardens) to capture a parrot as all good pirates have one. The parrots where in 4 colours, each team had a different colour and you needed to collect 4 of them. They were clipped to the small wire fence thing that runs around the edge of the plants. Unfortunately we got a bit confused and didn’t realise we were supposed to get one parrot and then go back to tag another team member who would go look for the next so it sort of got messed up. Anyway the team who had tried to do it correctly and so turned up with a parrot first won and they got some bubbles too.

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The city had a food festival going on the same weekend so the third task was to go on to foreign lands and see what unusual foods and offerings they had. The food festival had different types of world cuisine so we had to select 5 different countries by taking a picture of the stall. If you had selected the same country as another team though then you lost a point. It was also chance for us to have a look around and buy anything we fancied. One stall was selling some large chilli chocolate brownies so I tried one of those. It was really rich and chocolatey and more moist than a lot of brownies but didn’t taste a lot different. I also bought a bottle of water as it was a really nice sunny warm day which isn’t quite what was originally forecast (it was supposed to be overcast and cool).

My team won no games 😦 The prize for the winning team of the food task was a small book of stickers. We then headed up to another part of Sheffield to take photos and to play the final game. The final game involved tying a cannon ball (balloon) around your ankle with string and you had to try and burst everyone else’s balloon while protecting yours. If your balloon burst you were out. Most of us were out pretty quick which left two girls to battle it out for the prize, which was a massive lolly. We then went for some food in a bar that had sea themed type imagery on the walls and then went home. We all were given a pirate party bag too. The whole day was really fun and silly, I loved how much effort and imagination the girls throwing the meet put in and how simple but effective it was.

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Claire’s Fairy Kei Sale Haul

I went in my local Claire’s today as I noticed they had a sale on. They had reduced all their pretty mint, pink and lilac stuff that’s perfect for fairy kei. I bought 2 tutus, a pair of lilac leg warmers, pink & mint bowties (which I’m going to turn in to hairbows) ribbon shoe laces and normal shoe laces. I
saved loads of money too. I’m so glad I didn’t buy any of it beforehand. If you were wanting any of these items I would check your local store or their website asap. They had also reduced the cute backpacks with wings and the ones with eyes too, these can be found on their website.

They have some cute sale items on their website too including a lovely unicorn tote bag, bunny and raccoon rings, all sorts of stuff!

http://www.claires.co.uk/all-all/onsale/fcp-category/list?resetFilters=true

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The tutus were £8 each instead of £14 so I saved £12 on them.
The other items were 5 for £5 so I saved a massive £19.50 on those.

Reminder for Kawaii International

The next episode of Kawaii International airs next weekend. The theme is “New Generation Gyaru!”.

(I think I forgot to advertise the last show but if you miss any or just want to rewatch them you can find them here: http://bestofnhk.tv/)

The show is viewable worldwide. You can watch the show here in the UK on the NHK World channel online, on BSkyB channel 507, Freesat channel 209 or DTH Frequency 11137.41MHz

It first airs at 16:10 on Saturday 28th Sept and is then repeated roughly every 4 hours (check the TV schedule page) until the last showing which will be some point on Sunday 29th Sept.

http://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii-i/

https://www.facebook.com/KawaiiiOfficial?ref=ts&fref=ts

NHK World has lots of really interesting programmes, its well worth checking out what else they have on offer too 🙂

 

Frock On! – a bit more

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Here are some better photos of the VIP items, there are lots of postcards, a small round mirror, a kitKat, a small lolita pin brooch and a bow with a pin brooch in the middle – my bow had a cat brooch, Yay, but its come off, Boo! So I need to glue him back on.

The only main thing I bought at Frock On was this petticoat which is massive. They only had tiny bags too so it didn’t fit or stay in the bag so I ended up having to wear it with my other one. My dress was massive! The petticoat was from One Day in Paradise and I will do a review soon.

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This wonderful artist designed some of the artwork for Frock On! she also had produced a wonderful drawing that was a present for a couple of girls at the rainbow meet. I really love her lolita art which is why I have asked her to design a chibi for me to use here on my blog. I won’t have it for a little while yet but I really want to work on getting my blog to look nicer and I thought that would be a good start.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Starsqueak-Art-by-Laura-Tattersfield/280414322085845

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Frock On!

At the end of August the biggest lolita event to happen here in the UK took place. This event of course was Frock On! which was put on by the Tea Party Club. I got up at 5:30am (too early!) in order to get ready and make it to the train station where I met my friend. The event itself took place at One Whitehall Place, London. It was such a fancy venue! Really posh and elegant and we had the whole of the top floor which worked really well. The library room is where all the lovely stall holders were based, the Meston Suite is where the models got changed etc in morning but was home to the photo booth in the afternoon, the reading and writing room had the main stage and seating and then lastly the River room was home to the bring and buy.

The bring and buy stall was a lot bigger and better than I imagined, I thought people wouldn’t bother bringing stuff due to the hassel of travelling and packing but actually they brought loads. There was a clothing rail of dresses, one for skirts and about 4 tables with wigs, accessories, bags, magazines etc on them – all full! I think there may have been extra stuff too that got put out as others sold. I had a good look through everything but only purchased a tote bag by Bodyline as it was only £3 and matched a skirt I had.

The main traders room had brands from Worldwide including Japan of course, a lot were UK or Europe based though. I had thought that the bring & buy would be the only place I could buy from due to how expensive things would be but actually Lady Sloth was selling her famous clock print skirt for only £22.50 and another brand had a couple of lovely skirts and they started at £45 which actually isn’t that bad. I really fancied buying a bonnet (they seemed to be a popular thing in the fashion show and lots of girls were also wearing one, it gave me bonnet envy!) but the cheapest was about £70 which was too much for me. I did however eventually purchase a ‘poof monster’ which is a petticoat by new brand One Day in Paradise who are based in Australia and are the main distributor for some of the main Japanese brands over there but are now taking on indie Australian designers to launch some new start up brands soon too.

The main event room was set out with a large screen, catwalk and seating. Now when tickets were released originally it said that Super VIP and VIP tickets got priority seating but actually they were the only ones that got seating. Super VIP were seated around the stage and catwalk and the VIP seats were set out behind those. People with a standard ticket had to stand. Now in some cases they actually got closer to the stage and had a better view by standing but considering the event lasted from 11am – 5pm that’s a long time to be on your feet. Unfortunately I totally failed at taking photos (too far away, not the best lighting and my camera shutter speed is too slow)but there are loads around online so I will link some pages at the bottom.

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The day kicked off with an opening/welcome speech and then there was the first fashion show of the day which my friend was taking part in, here’s a video of the whole first fashion show filmed by Lolita Fashion UK:

It featured a lot of different brands and styles, all the girls looked lovely and did a great job of modelling. My friend took part in this first show and she was so nervous beforehand and very stressed as I’m sure most of the girls were but they never showed it. I really liked just how many designers were showcased and how varied the pieces were.

This was followed by an hour’s break for lunch but my friend was a while getting sorted/changed so we didn’t get chance to go for lunch during this break. There was then another fashion show which was just as good and varied as the first one. I can’t find a full video for the second fashion show so instead I will share another Lolita Fashion UK video that has some highlights of Frock On in general.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-vWmaHQIb8

Sadly I missed the next hour of things as we went for lunch and then visited the photo booth when we came back so the next thing we saw was the bow tying demonstration. During this hour there were various tips, demonstrations, 101 lolita fashion type information and then the fashion fix (think Gok Wan brand vs off brand) which I’m really sad I missed but at least it was recorded by Lolita Fashion UK.

A designers panel then took place where the designers spoke about why they started their company, the aim of their brand, how long they have been going, how they got in to lolita etc. It was really interesting to hear what they had to say and also how different everyone’s explanation was.

The event was then finished off with the new video by Deer Stalker, an interview with Melody Doll, group photo (which wasn’t very successful) and a raffle. We were all also given these super cute pretty chocolates.

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Sum Up: The event was wonderful and very well organised. They had a mixture of fashion, shopping, helpful tips and information as well as more playful light hearted stuff. It’s also nice to get to go to such a large event where there are lolita’s from all over the UK and even from abroad attending. Just seeing everyone all dressed up was a lovely sight. The venue was perfect, everything worked really smoothly and it was a wonderful setting, really extravagant. I’m very happy I went though next time I would stay overnight as I was so tired halfway through the day and totally dead on my feet by the time I got home and will make an effort not to miss any of the actual stage events either. The only other comment is about the VIP ticket, its good you get in early, had a seat and get given a special VIP bag of goodies but I didn’t think the gifts were great. Standard entry was £25, VIP was £45 so a whole £20 more but mostly you just got postcards so I think next year I will probably just go for the standard ticket.

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Exciting News : They also made a special announcement that Shironuri artist Minori would be holding a special event in London next year April 2014. It’s a Japanese fashion event that will tour to different countries each year but is starting in London. That’s all the information that’s been given so far but its very exciting. I love Minori’s style so it would be lovely to meet her and hopefully she will have some lovely things to buy too of her art photos. The Tea Party Club will be holding their next annual