S-Con 2014

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to do a quick plug for this upcoming event. The event is called S-Con and will held at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on the 6 April. I went to the event last year and it was good fun. Its a small local convention but they work really hard to make sure they have a range of different talks and events happening to appeal to a wider audience. I will be doing a talk at the event on Lolita Fashion, I intend touching on boystyle/kodona as well as Brolita’s to make sure there’s something in there for the boys too. You should check it out!

More info on the event will be out soon, check out these pages for more info:

http://tickets.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=23460

https://www.facebook.com/SConAnime

https://www.facebook.com/events/566639633420186/

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One Nine Six etsy shop – Review

http://www.etsy.com/shop/OneNineSix?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav

I came across this cute little etsy store totally randomly as my friend posted a link to it on facebook. No idea how she happened across it. Anyway I clicked to see what they were selling and really liked the look of their items but I just couldn’t decide what to buy. Luckily they do mystery bags which are £7 but include £20 worth of goodies. It sounded too good to be true but as I can’t resist a goodie bag, a bargain or cute jewellery I decided to risk it and see. You can specify not to get certain types of items too (as long as it’s for good reasons) which was great as I can’t wear earrings so they are of no use to me. I bought the item and added a little message saying no earrings please as I can’t wear then waited excitedly for my items to arrive. I bought it on Thursday 9th Jan really late on, the seller sent me a dispatch message through etsy on the 10th Jan and my items arrived Saturday 11th Jan. The padded envelope had a cute unicorn sticker on it and the writing was in pretty pink pen. The items inside were in a pretty paper bag.

The mystery bag was £7 and postage was an additional 75p so in total I paid £7.75. Contents of the bag:
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Silly Unicorn Necklace (£5 in etsy shop)
Pterodactyl Phone Charm (not sure on the value but the Pterodactyl necklace is £5)
Pair of Totoro heart hair slides (£2 in etsy shop)
Large glittery panda brooch
Small heart ring
Anime character cameo necklace
Anime character phone charm
Hatsune Miku phone pouch

It was all packed really nicely too and she included some other cute bits like stickers and Pokemon cards.

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Would make a great surprise gift for someone (or yourself) and is easily worth the £7 that I spent. She also shipped really fast and included a cute little note, super happy.

Wonder Box Lucky Pack – Review

Wonder Box is a fairly new online accessory shop that started up on facebook in July last year. The owner of the business makes some really stunning and elaborate hair pieces as well as more simple ones. She also takes commissions. Check out the photos section on the Wonder Box facebook page.

Shop Page: https://www.facebook.com/allthewonder

To celebrate the New Year she decided to put together some special Lucky Packs (it’s a tradition that a lot of clothing stores in Japan do). I decided to purchase one as it sounded fun and they were a good price. There were two types of lucky pack on offer small and large and they came in too style options.

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I opted for the Bright and Bouncy as I own loads of black hair accessories all ready. Placing my order was easy, I just sent a message on the Wonder Box, gave her my paypal address so she could send and invoice and then sent the payment. I paid for my lucky pack on the 26th December and she shipped them on the 6th January – she kept people updated by posting on the facebook page. My Lucky Pack arrived yesterday on the 8th of January. It came in a standard plastic packet, inside the contents were in plastic bags inside a patterned paper bag. She had also added a piece of thick card at one side to give extra protection and included a cute note

Here are the items

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There’s a pretty flower crown made with pink roses and some pearl beading, a small heart brooch and a double bow and pearl hair clip. All super cute and nicely made.

I paid £10 plus £3 postage for these items. I’m not quite sure how the pricing is worked out though as the items should apparently total to £25 according the advert she posted. I guess if you want anything making then contacting her for a price quote is the best option.

I’m super happy with my items and the overall shopping experience, will definitely order any large commission pieces that I need doing from her.

I’m not a Living Doll!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas/festive period. Unfortunately my first post of the year will not be a particularly positive one or even one of the many posts that I had planned. It’s instead to address this TV show that aired recently, I want to make some points very clear so there is no misunderstanding. Now, I know most of you who read this blog or know about lolita fashion will not need any of this explaining to you but to anyone who is unclear I just want to highlight some clear points.

This is the TV show in question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bL-o4JNNZc

(People already have some issues with Venus Angelic and her connection to lolita fashion anyway but I’m not going in to that here)

Now, the show is all about being a ‘living doll’ which is fine, people can be and do what they want. The issue is the connection between lolita fashion and this idea of being a doll. Embracing certain doll like elements in lolita is fine and the word doll and dolly does come up within the fashion. However the main point I want to stress is it’s not about being a ‘living doll’ or even trying to look like or emulate a doll. That takes it beyond a fashion in to an escape from reality and changes the perspective of what they are doing. To look doll like is one thing, to be a living doll is something else. The show also implies that Emily is using the fashion partly as an escape but also because she seems to hate the natural her, the comments are all about how she dresses that way as she doesn’t like herself and she even goes by a different name when she is a doll. Most lolitas dress in lolita because they like the clothes and the fashion itself. I feel more confident in lolita and I often wear a wig as part of my outfit but it’s like how most women feel happier about themselves when wearing makeup or getting a new hairdo. Everyone has insecurities and does things to their appearance that make them feel better about themselves and that’s all lolitas do too, its not an escape from life but a way of improving things and being happy. I look at loads of images of lolita (and other more alternative fashions) online as I like how it looks, the creativity and expression, the cuteness, how pretty or well put together an outfit or a clothing item is – the same as when other people look at mainstream fashion magazines.  Now obviously there are lots of lolitas out there so I can’t speak for all of them but the vast majority of us are not ‘living dolls’ nor do we consider it ‘dolly’ fashion. I am not a doll, I don’t aim to be perfect or look like I’m made from porcelain, personally I just want to look young and healthy, feel pretty, cute and happy and to enjoy life.

***Further Update***
There was actually a very different type of Living Doll covered recently on a show by Channel 4, this helps to highlight just how important it is not to label things incorrectly and to confuse terms. I am certainly not one of those types of dolls either. I’m all about lolita which is a fashion and as bad a name choice as lolita is (why did they have to pick that name) it is what it is, please stop trying to re-name it or brand it as something else or imply its a new thing (like cupcake fashion in the case of band EME15).