Lolita Fashion and Me – Part 3

This is the concluding part to my anniversary series and covers miscellaneous tips and advice based on what I discovered and learnt when starting out in the fashion.

 

Misc Handy Tips:

• Trail and error is part of learning. You will buy things that don’t fit, don’t suit you, aren’t as you expected they would be, that’s just how it goes. Don’t let it get you down just sell stuff on and use what you learnt to make a better purchase.

• Don’t buy anything too expensive to start with until you have a good idea about what suits you and what will actually fit.

• Don’t buy a dress that is literally the size of your max measurements, its unlikely to fit, plus if it’s a jsk you need extra room to get a blouse under it.

• Be prepared to buy secondhand, it will save you a fortune in shipping and customs fees.
If something doesn’t work or fit just sell it on and count it as a learning experience.

• Ignore negative comments. If family or friends seem confused about the fashion then show them lots of pretty images and answer any questions they have. If they don’t like certain aspects then there’s not much you can do as everyone has their own taste but try and find things you think they will like, it helps warm them to the idea and break the ice.

• Find local lolita’s and join online groups. You can get all sorts of advice from being able to ask others, plus its nice to be able to share in your interest with others. They are well connected through facebook groups so the best bet is to find your local group on there and start by introducing yourself and talking to the members online. It’s a great way to break the ice before turning up to a meet.

• If attending a local meet is scary then attend a larger convention first that you know other lolitas will be at. Try to get talking to individual lolitas attending, stall holders or sometimes a larger meet up is arranged so you could go to that. If it doesn’t go well you know that most of them won’t remember you and you can try again next time.

• Learning to put together a great co-ordinate takes practise, patience, correct clothing and time. As the name suggests its all about co-ordinating the whole outfit so it works well together. Colour balance is extremely important, getting the right balance can make even a simple outfit striking.

• Have Fun! Fashion should be fun and something that you enjoy so don’t over worry about anything. Yes lolita is quite complex and has a lot of rules but no-one expects you to get everything right on your first few goes.

• Reflecting back on past co-ords is always a good idea as you can see how much you have improved and learnt. Its great for a positive boost if you start to feel like you are getting nowhere or that you haven’t improved anything.

 

I’m still learning, and I personally feel I have a long way to go before I will put together a co-ordinate that I’m really happy with. The thing is that it takes a while to get the hang of things and everyone starts somewhere so don’t let outfit worries put you off getting out there and meeting people. As long as you make an effort and show you know your stuff about the basics of the fashion it will be fine. The more research you do the better. Lolita has really changed my life. I’ve met so many new people and made new friends purely due to the fashion. I’ve also been to some wonderful events and now go to conventions more regularly. It even inspired me to start this blog. I hope that you have enjoyed my blog over the last year and that you stay with me through this next one and beyond. I’m forever learning and my style develops, I’ve also gained more confidence which allows me to be more experimental than I ever would have been with fashion before. Even if lolita isn’t your thing, you should still find a style that you like and that you can express yourself through. I find it really rewarding and fun and wonder why I was ever so scared in the first place.

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Lolita Fashion and Me – Part 2

Here is the second part of my anniversary special. This section focuses more on purchase lessons and advice for beginners, hopefully by sharing this I can help new lolitas from making similar mistakes.

 

Purchase Lessons and Advice

A Lace Monster:
My very first lolita purchase was from one of the Japanese fashion units in Camden town, London. It was by the brand ‘Angel Pretty’ who were obviously trying to slightly rip off the name Angelic Pretty and at the time I had no idea just how un-lolita it really was. Looking at it with all the knowledge I have now it’s obvious how un-lolita it really was. The lace was quite scratchy, the fabric was thin and made noises when you moved it – sort of crunchy, not good quality, the bows were just hideous, the finish was simple and quite rough on seams etc. It was your standard black and white monster complete with satin ribbon and long floppy ribbon bows. Awful! My first attempted co-ord with that dress was very bad too. I didn’t add a blouse or any sort of shrug/bolero, I wore with chunky lace up school shoes, un-styled hair and I don’t think I put anything on my head at all. Luckily I didn’t actually ever wear it out like that, I was just excited and wanted to put together a co-ord at home. As I had nowhere to really wear it the dress just sat in my wardrobe until I eventually managed to sell it on ebay.

TIPS: When looking for a dress you want the fabric to feel like its nice quality and preferably to be cotton. It should seem well made and everything should be finished off properly. Lace should be soft and not like the sort you would use on curtains. As for first co-ords, you will make mistakes, hopefully none as big as those that I did, I hadn’t done all my research – bad Cassy! An important part is not to try and rush things, you can’t put together a full outfit without all the parts so time, practise and patience are very important.

Bodyline:
My very first Bodyline purchases were second hand items from a bring and buy lolita stall at Hyper Japan. The quality was so much nicer than my first dress from Camden plus the skirt had a cute poodle print on it. Since then I have ordered a load of stuff from their online website. Unfortunately the first few items I bought didn’t fit, which is very disheartening, especially as you wait for it to arrive and are so excited. I learnt lots of valuable things though like I needed things to be longer, I needed to buy things that would easily fit my measurements, most of their size M would not work on me even if it fitted (to do with my height and build), under bust dresses do not work on me, the elastic in their skirts is nearly always too tight so I often need to adjust it. Some people can be negative about Bodyline but I think for the price you pay the items are lovely. Bear in mind too that most of their items are around the £20 – £50 price mark as supposed to the £180+ for brand.

 

TIPS: Measure yourself properly and write down the measurements in cm and inches, it makes buying online much easier. Don’t buy things that are right on your maximum size, always get things that are a good few cms bigger. If items have shirring and ribbon ties you can make it tighter if needed. Don’t buy their Cosplay items for lolita, they are unsuitable and the quality isn’t there. Also don’t buy from the separates section as the same applies. Pick items carefully, some of their designs are not flattering, attractive or really that lolita. Check out reviews of items/talk to other lolitas about the items you want before buying. Also don’t forget to take in to account customs fees. I like to think of Bodyline as like a lolita equivalent of Primark.

Ebay and Second Hand Sales:
One of my early lolita purchases off ebay was a Vampire Requiem replica print dress by Dol off a personal seller. It fitted just under the bust and then flared out. It didn’t seem to have any shape or room in it, was like wearing a tent. The fabric was also really weird. This didn’t help with my confidence either as it meant yet another dress that didn’t fit or look right. I started to feel like I was the issue and just clearly the wrong shape and size for lolita clothing. I bought something else off ebay too and that also didn’t fit right and I just felt like giving up but luckily I found some other items here and there and they did fit and I started to realise what would and won’t work for me.

 

TIPS: Buying online is difficult as you never know for sure what an item will be like or if it will fit. In terms of ebay you are at least protected and can go to people if you have any problems. With sales on facebook you don’t have quite the same protection so always pay through PayPal and never gift anyone money. Keep an eye on how long you have to open a claim in case things go wrong, some sellers use delay tactics on purpose in the hope you miss the claim date. Also be very careful as items can be fakes, people can get sizes wrong and items are not always in the condition you expect. I’ve found the best thing is to ask lots of questions, for more photos if necessary, always check their feedback and if things seem a bit off or too good to be true they probably are. Also there are a lot of scammer businesses on ebay selling lolita dresses from China, they often have names with lolita in like lolita1234. The picture is usually a stolen image and the dress you get is a cheap costume version. Stick to personal/private/individual sellers (a person that is selling their own items rather than being a business) as overall that should make it safer.

 

Interactions with friends, family and members of the public:
Lolita is, compared to most fashions, very fancy, elaborate and over the top which can attract quite a bit of attention. It’s also very different to your usual fashions here in the west so it can take people a bit of getting used to. My Mum used to give me weird looks when I would try on a co-ord or ask her opinion on certain dresses. Sometimes her comments could be slightly unflattering and would dent my confidence or make me feel silly and self conscious about what I was doing. I don’t think she intended hurting my feelings but it just wasn’t quite to her taste and she didn’t hide her true feelings very well. My Dad has no real opinion on it at all, it just has no impact he’s pretty much cool with whatever I decide to wear. I guess as its fashion/clothes related its totally outside of his interest and knowledge.

 
I’m not too sure what my friends make of the fashion. They tend to be in to Steampunk, arty, alternative, hippie type stuff and are very open minded about most things so I don’t think they really have much of an issue. I haven’t worn lolita around them but it’s all over my facebook so they are aware of it but they haven’t really commented so I honestly have no idea of their true opinion.

 
Members of the public will react to the fashion. Often old ladies come over and say you look nice or the clothes are pretty which always make me happy. Guys can wolf whistle and shout fairly unpleasant remarks but they tend to do that whatever the fashion. Teenagers as well tend to shout not very nice things but again that’s to be expected. Most commonly you get stares, people taking photos, asking what/why you are dressed up, sometimes you get jeers and groups of people making a point of obviously laughing at you to try and make you feel small.

 
TIPS: when it comes to family and friends the best thing is to try and engage with them about the fashion. Explain what it is, why you like it, show them lots of images and just be very positive and enthusiastic. You need to bear in mind that it won’t be everyone’s thing but hopefully they will at least be understanding and supportive of you. My Mum doesn’t like sweet lolita so I ignore trying to engage her with that. If your family seem really taken a back then probably wear more toned down casual co-ords around them or classic lolita. Nothing too out there and hopefully that will calm them and then over time you may be able to turn them around to the idea. As for members of the public that’s more difficult. I usually avoid the word lolita when explain the fashion, I tend to say it’s a street fashion from Japan or it’s an alternative fashion but it depends on who’s asking. I also tend to travel alone a lot so I usually take accessories and sometimes wigs etc with me to put on at the other end so I don’t get as much attention. Large coats can help hide your outfit too and make it less obvious. It all depends on the situation and how safe you feel.

Lolita Fashion and Me – Part One

As it’s the 1st year anniversary of my blog I decided to write about my starting point with lolita fashion and my early experiences (it’s very long, I’m sorry!). I think when you are first starting out, especially if you have no friends who are in to the fashion it can seem a bit lonely and daunting. It’s also hard to meet people at first as although you want to go to meets or attend events you worry if your outfit is right and if you know enough about the fashion or whether they will accept you or not. There’s also the added risk about how your friends, family and strangers in the street will respond to the fashion and treat you. I had all these worries at the beginning, as did my friends. What I learnt though is that in most cases you are worrying over nothing. The UK scene on a whole is very welcoming and supportive. I decided therefore to share some tips and advice based on what I have learnt and experienced in my first couple of years of wearing lolita. I’ve also done a more personal post about how and why I eventually got in to the fashion. It is long but it documents lots of common problems and feelings that people have when they first start out and valuable lessons that I hope by sharing I can stop others having to go through.

 

My Experience Starting out in lolita

Discovering the fashion:
I can’t remember where I first learnt of lolita fashion. I’ve been trying really hard to remember or guess where it could have been but I really have no idea. I know it must have been around 2004/2005 but exactly where I first saw it is a total mystery. I’m guessing it must have been on a TV show, in a magazine/book or perhaps on some site online.

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The early lolita fashion images I saw were like the ones found in the photo book ‘Gothic and Lolita’. The Japanese street fashions were just so different to the gothic and alternative fashion here, it was creepy, cute, flamboyant, inventive, creative and so individual. I just found it really inspiring. In terms of lolita I loved all the details and the full poofy dresses, it was so cute and pretty.
My first dress:
I’ve always been interested in alternative fashions and so enjoyed visiting Camden where there were loads of little stalls/units selling more Japanese street style clothing. Looking back it was mostly Visual Kei/gothic, though there were a few that sold what I now know to be badly designed and made ‘lolita’ type dresses. I loved the look of the styles and always admired the shop owner’s co-ordinates and any customers who were trying stuff on but I knew I just wouldn’t fit the majority of it so I didn’t even go in. I just felt too out of place. On one trip to Camden though I saw girls that were closer to my size and height trying things on and they fitted fine and looked so pretty so I decided eventually to venture in to the larger unit down by the docks and actually have a look around. I discovered that some of the dresses actually came in S, M, L and had shirring in the back so I tried a dress on that seemed like it might fit. It wasn’t one I really loved, all the things I loved just wouldn’t have fit me, but I wanted a lolita style dress because they are so girly and cute so I bought it anyway (see purchases post for more info). As soon as I purchased it I felt a slight regret though. It was a lot of money (£45 I think) for something that I didn’t love and that I actually wasn’t sure if I would ever wear as I had no idea where to wear it and thought I should maybe have picked something more fitting with my usual style.
After my mixed feelings about my first lolita dress and not really liking any of the loosely lolita based clothing that the alternative brands were making I pretty much just carried on with my interest in western alternative, punk and gothic brands. I was familiar with other street styles and briefly looked into lolita fashion as part of my University art course but it never occurred to me to wear it myself so I didn’t research any deeper. I think I felt it was a thing people in Japan do so it just never crossed my mind at the time to look in to it from an actual fashion point of view. I always liked looking at the photos from a creative, artistic and inspirational point of view because they just looked so pretty.

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The dress was exactly like this one, found pic on google.

Attending my first lolita event:
It wasn’t until a trip to London in 2011 that my interest in lolita would be properly rekindled. I spotted an advert online for a small lolita themed event happening at the Resistance Gallery in London. It happened to fall at a time when I was actually in London doing some work experience. In fact I also went to my first Visual Kei live during that period too, it was a lucky 2weeks to have picked. I didn’t know anyone going and spotted it fairly last minute so I hadn’t had time to do much research about the event or try to talk to anyone on the page. It was called ‘Lolita in Wonderland II: Through the Looking Glass’.

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This was the first time that I discovered there were girls here in the UK actually wearing and buying the fashion. I had kept an eye on various things online, researched a bit more about the fashion and checked out egl every once in a while but never with any real conviction until after this event. The event itself wasn’t great, it didn’t attract many people, was badly organised and didn’t seem to actually be starting properly until hours after the doors opened so lots of us left again. I didn’t wear anything remotely lolita as I had to pack my case for 2 weeks work experience and had limited what to take. Anyway, the fact is that it let me know there were lolitas here in the UK and that made all the difference. I only bought some accessories at the event, I didn’t find any clothing for sale that I liked. I found some photos and things from the event online, they help show just how much the scene, fashion and lolita events have changed and grown since then:
http://www.eveproductions.com/Loli/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcX4M0WFXQ4

http://tokyotelephone.com/lolita-in-wonderland-through-the-looking-glass/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8432100@N05/sets/72157626619759819/show/
My second lolita event and 1st purchases:
On another trip to London I spotted a poster advertising an event called Hyper Japan. I thought it sounded really interesting and I had always had an interest in Japanese popular culture so I visited it just for the one day. It runs over a weekend and I think I maybe went on a Saturday but I really can’t remember. The year I went (which I think was Feb 2012) they had a bring and buy stall full of lolita items, clothing, accessories etc. I was so excited! I had a look through the items on the rail and the tables and picked out a £15 black op with pink polka dots (Bodyline), a £10 poodle print skirt (Bodyline) and a small poodle purse/bag £5 (off brand). I was so happy and excited, they were a whole world away from the poor quality dress I got in Camden and so much cheaper too. They looked like new even though I’m sure they must have been worn. I had a look at the brand dresses but I just hadn’t planned for buying anything in that kind of price range, I didn’t know beforehand there would even be a bring and buy. It was this experience mixed with me getting more in to Steampunk and gaining more confidence that led me to actively pursue my interest in wearing lolita and looking for other lolitas online. I also went to the Christmas Hyper Japan in 2012 where I wore a very simple (and not great put togther co-ord) but somehow made it on to Kawaii International’s feature anyway.

me on Kawaii International

Joining the community:
Through Steampunk I found out that there were all these local groups on facebook based around the country where people into Steampunk from various cities would meet up and do stuff together. I did a search to see if the same was true for lolita and discovered this whole social network of lolitas holding events and smaller meets. I did more in depth research about lolita, what to look for, brands, styles where to buy etc. Bodyline didn’t have their set price air fee at this point so I looked at their site but just couldn’t afford anything with the added shipping cost. I discovered all these second-hand sales on facebook though and knew what to search for now on ebay. The search term ‘Lolita’ brings up way too many wrong things on ebay and means never ending searches but now I knew more I could use set key words and then only 5 or so items would come up and were usually relevant. I also found lolitas really local to me too which came as a surprise as I live in the middle of nowhere. I remember when I first found the girls in Lincoln, I was so nervous about the first meet even though there would only be 3 or 4 of us. I tried checking their facebook to see what clothes they had, the lolita style they were in to, how well they co-ordinated and what else they were in to. I got up early after barely sleeping due to a mixture of nerves and anxiety, curled my hair, put on a Vampire Requiem replica high waist skirt with black blouse. I decided to go for a more Gothic co-ord as it was easier with what I had and seemed like an easier way to break the ice as it was my first time going out in lolita to a meet and in to town. I met with Gina and Charlotte, Ari couldn’t join us and we went for tea and cake and they were lovely! Since then I haven’t looked back and I now regularly meet with the Leeds lolitas and ones from Sheffield too.

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My first meet, sadly the weather was bad so my hair is more waves than curls

The Future:
I still have a long way to go as my wardrobe is not very coordinated and my co-ords still need improvement plus there’s always more I need to buy but I’m slowly getting there and I’m enjoying my journey! I aim to go to more meets and events, to try and wear lolita on a more regular basis as well as other Japanese street styles. I really want to embrace fashion and do things that are fun, expressive and creative as you only get one life. My confidence has grown loads too! I also have met so many lovely people and had so much fun at events, I still hate travelling alone wearing lolita and often try to finds way of toning my look down so it’s not as obvious (like taking wigs & accessories with me to put on after, wearing a long coat etc). I also have pretty much run out of room in my wardrobe but I’m learning so much about putting outfits together, it’s all really good fun. I even got to do a talk about lolita fashion which was something I never expected would happen when I started in the fashion and I’ve just been inspired in so many different ways. It has had a massive positive impact on my life and I hope that continues. I also hope I can wear it for a lot of years to come but I guess only time will answer that one. Lolita makes me happy and that’s all that is important!

So, its been a year…

Hello lovely blog readers,
Yesterday marked a year since I started my blog and I just wanted to thank all my followers and regular readers for being there. I hope you find what I write helpful and interesting. I still haven’t achieved most of the aims that I wanted to but I will continue to work towards that. I also still have loads of planned posts to actually get finished and put up – I’m so sorry for the delays. Life just gets in the way….

Here are just some of the things you can look forward to me posting about over the next year:

More clothing/shop/wig/accessories etc reviews
Event reviews and write ups (Enchanted, S-Con, Hyper Japan, the Asylum)
My S-Con talk
Meet ups
Outfit posts
More fashion introductions and tips on shopping and styling
Interesting finds online
A review of the Nightmare Rising JSK
Bodyline clothing reviews
Steampunk vs lolita
Petticoat help and advice

There is also my anniversary write up series about my personal experience of getting in to lolita fashion, mistakes, learning, helpful tips and support and about how it’s had an impact on my life.
I hope you continue to read it, also if there is ever anything you would like me to do a post about please get in touch!

Join the Revolution

http://lhouraiili.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/im-changing.html

My friend shared a link to this above blog post on facebook and after reading it I thought I would share it here too as it’s exactly the reason I decided to do my blog. I think its awful that people make each other feel this way especially over something so superficial and I’m glad she has decided to continue to be who she is and wear what she wants. I’m still not brave enough to do that and I never did a month of wearing more bold fashion like I said I would (this is my New Year’s resolution though) but I am doing and wearing things now that I would never have done even just a few years ago. I think it’s important that people get to be who they are and are allowed to express themselves, after all you only live once so this is your only opportunity to do it. Therefore I would like to encourage you all to join the ‘weirdo revolution’ too though I think ‘Unique Individuals’ is maybe a nicer term as I’m all for calling myself a weirdo but when others use it as a hate word then it’s not so nice… So, if you have ever wanted to wear something bold, try a different fashion, dye your hair a bright colour then I suggest you go for it, you don’t need to answer to anyone else as it’s not for them. If you aren’t brave enough to wear it out then keep it to the comfort of your room or wear a more toned version out but please be yourself, don’t let anyone take that away from you or make you miss out just because they have narrow views. I don’t want to get old and be filled with regrets or I wish I had done this or that when I was younger and I don’t want anyone else to feel that way either. Life goes by incredibly fast so grasp it now and I will aim to do the same.

On a similar note I would also like to make you aware of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation as they do really good work trying to promote the acceptance of others. Sophie was a young girl who was attacked and died simply because she was a Goth. This is totally unacceptable behaviour within our society which is why I value their work so much plus their motto S.O.P.H.I.E – Stamp out prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere, can be applied to so many other factors beyond fashion and appearance.

http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thesophielancasterfoundation

Stay strong, keep safe, be happy and live as you are!

Hyper Japan – A more personal account with outfits, food and shopping

Friday:

On the Friday morning I travelled down to London, checked in to my hotel, got changed and went straight out to Hyper Japan. I got to the venue and there was already a massive queue all the way around the building but as I’d arrived for the door opening time that’s to be expected. It was boiling hot and there isn’t much shade outside but luckily the queue moved fairly fast and within half an hour I was inside and in time to see the first performance of the day – Japan Media Arts Festival Animated Shorts. Some of the films were a bit weird so I decided instead to look around the stalls and come back to see rock band Vaniru later. Vaniru’s performance was very strange, the guitarist spent most of his time well away from the singer, bent over at a weird angle and hardly ever looked up (he was also clearly miming) and the singer swished his hair about a lot and did strange hand gestures. It was then time for Robotic Hand demonstration but I’d seen that at Christmas so went shopping instead and bought these cute rings and necklace (I’m sorry for the photos, my phone camera is rubbish):

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The lollipop and dog rings were from the loungefly stall, carousel horse ring I can’t remember and the necklace was from I love Kitsch stall. I then watched the Siro-A performance which was great fun, I love them and listened to the Geisha Talk afterwards which concluded the day’s events.

My outfit for Friday was a creepy cute/pastel goth type style in purple and black. Unfortunately I didn’t get any great photos as the place I was staying didn’t have a mirror in the bedroom and the bathroom mirror/lighting just wouldn’t work as it was too dark.

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Bat Hair Accessories – made by me and soon to be available to buy from my etsy
Wig – Dreamy Store
T-Shirt – men’s t-shirt that I found on ebay and then customised by undoing the side seems at the bottom and adding cute ribbon bows
Necklace – handmade by me and soon to be available to buy from my etsy
Skirt – found in a charity shop
Accessories – various high street stores, bat and purple stars bracelet from Mizz Kitty on etsy.

Saturday:

Saturday I again arrived fairly early at the venue and got straight in (I bought a weekend ticket so already had my wristband as I collected it Friday). It was much hotter than Friday so I’m glad I didn’t need to queue but the walk to the venue was awful. I saw a little bit of the Rakugo performance (Japanese story telling) but it wasn’t quite my thing so I went for another wonder around the stalls. It was then time for the fashion show and a performance by Yun*chi which I enjoyed. There was a lolita meet happening after this so I went to meet with some other lolita’s. This was a bit of a confusing thing as it seemed the organiser of the meet had wandered off so we were all left just standing about for a while not sure what exactly was happening. (The original plan was go as a group to get food, hang out and take some photos). Eventually people got bored and also started to wander off or go get food so I decided to go get some food too. I had Okonomiyaki which is a pancake of cheese and sweet corn with special brown sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and seaweed flakes. It was lovely (so yummy!) and although it was quite pricey (it cost £6) it tasted delicious and was quite filling so I think on balance it was good value for money.

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I then caught a tiny bit of the Cosplay happening on the main stage before I got a tap on the shoulder and was told the lolitas were meeting up to take some group photos so I went off to meet with the lolita girls again. It’s like being famous! As soon as we got together in a group everyone with a camera started taking photos all at the same time – it was crazy!
Here’s a photo I found on demotrix.com (its only a few of us, I’m still looking for the big group ones)

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I then bumped into a friend so we hung out for a while, watched a few things on the smaller stage including the Cosplay entries and saw Siro-A perform again. After that I decided to call it a day as I was really tired.

For Saturday I wore lolita. I’d had a nightmare of a time trying to get ready at the place I was staying with no decent mirrors. I hate to think what my waist tie bow looked like. Again I couldn’t get a decent photo myself but here I am with another lovely lolita who’s name I sadly cannot remember – photo credit goes to See Li at demotix.com.

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Hair Bows – Little Mizz Kitty on etsy
Wig – Gothic Lolita Wigs
Blouse – GLP (Gothic Lolita Punk)
JSK – Bodyline (its my carousel horse one that I did a review for before)
Accessories – Necklace came from Tokyo Royale but I altered it slightly, carousel horse cupcake ring I bought through the facebook sales and have no idea who made it originally, carousel horse ring I bought at Hyper Japan, the cupcake ring was from a local art gallery, multi coloured star bracelet was from Little Mizz Kitty on etsy and the pink and white bead bracelet was made by me.
Petticoat – Hell Bunny
Socks – I can’t remember
Shoes – please excuse my shoes, I wasn’t supposed to be wearing these ones but my feet were tired

Sunday

Sunday was the final day of Hyper Japan. There should have been a UK Visual Kei meet up so I had already packed that outfit to bring. However I found out on the Saturday that it had been cancelled so I altered what I wore slightly to make it more casual. It turned out better this way as it meant I could just go straight home in it without needing to get changed plus it was much cooler to wear (it was another hot day). I met with my Visual Kei friend and we watched Siro-A (I loved them so I was perfectly happy to watch their 3rd performance). This was followed by the fashion show and Yun*chi performing. The outfits and some of the styles were slightly different in today’s show. We then met up with the couple of other UK Visual Kei fans who were supposed to be part of the original meet up and chatted to them for a while before breaking off in to a three and just hanging out most of the day looking at stalls, watching performances and visiting the Hyper Japan photo booth. We also had some shaved ice from Nice Ice Shave-Ice which I hadn’t had before. I opted for the strawberry flavour. It was great for helping you cool down but I didn’t think it was very strong on flavour and considering how expensive it is I just don’t think it’s worth it.

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 We went as a group to watch the COSparade , I then had one last look around the stalls, said bye to my friends and headed off back to the hotel to get my stuff and go home.
Pic from the official Hyper Japan photo area:
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T-shirt – Sex Pot Revenge
Skirt – same one as Friday
Leggings – select (hearts with wings print)
Accessories – various high street stores

I really enjoy going to Hyper Japan but it is a very long day and you soon get tired out. It does have a great mix of things happening all the time though and if there’s nothing on the main stage you want to see you can check out the smaller stage, gaming section, eat food, attend a workshop, shop at the stalls or see what martial art is happening. Or you can just meet new people. It’s also nowhere near as crowded as MCM so it’s a much more pleasant experience as you move freely and actually get to see things. The only downside is not having enough seating at the main stage – you are on your feet most of the day so it’s really nice to get to sit down for some of it.

Stay strong and be kawaii

Hello Lovely Blog Readers,

This is a slightly off topic and unplanned post. I came across this particular article and just had to speak out about it. It will probably keep being re-tweaked but currently they paint a very negative picture of the ‘kawaii’ Japanese street fashions and make it seem more like a joke.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2386757/I-felt-like-Grayson-Perry-What-happened-normal-Home-Counties-girl-tried-wacky-Japanese-Kawaii-trend-day-.html

Like with all the other similar articles done recently on the Japanese street fashions it is terribly inaccurate. There are so many mistakes it would take ages to correct them all. My main concern though is over the negativity it puts out. The people doing the makeup at Hyper Japan are professional makeup artists but sadly no-one filled them in on how to do any of the makeup styles properly. I saw a few girls having their makeup done over the weekend and they were all plastered in it which is not the correct way. False lashes in lolita are usually un-naturally long but not to the extreme like some they were using. Also it’s a personal choice about how long you want your lashes and if you wish to stick gems on your face. Some girls do it, but more don’t (look at any of the sweet lolita brand photos for a reference). Also, nearly everyone I know who dresses in Lolita or other street styles are usually at least in their 20s. Done correctly you can look lovely in sweet lolita even in your 30s. I strongly believe that you should be able to wear what you want, you only live once so please don’t miss out on doing something you want to do. Hyper Japan is a great place to come to be yourself and express your love for the fashion in a safe environment, on the general street reactions can be very different so if you wish to avoid such confrontations then its safer to be careful when and where you wear it. It shouldn’t be that way but unfortunately people seem much quicker to want to judge and make people feel bad rather than say anything nice. I’m 28 myself and I don’t intend giving up wearing lolita anytime soon or until I wish to. I really hope that you are never knocked back by articles like this, if you want to give the fashion a go then you should and if its not quite you then at least you know. The transformation booth at Hyper Japan was a bit of a letdown to be honest and didn’t give a true idea of the fashion at all, it was more like playing dress up which was embarrassing. If I had known what it would be like I wouldn’t have promoted it on here beforehand. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure lots of people had fun and I’m sure some loved their makeup too, its just it wasn’t an accurate portrayal of the styles.

Stay strong and be as kawaii as you want, never let others put you down!