Happy Spooktober! Make-up Inspiration.

Hello Everyone, hope you are all well!
I don’t know about you but I LOVE Halloween so I thought as it’s October and Halloween is getting closer I would share some cute and creepy make-up tutorials that I’ve found online.

This first one is by PrincessMei on youtube. She has created an awesome creepy gothic doll makeup tutorial. This look would also work well in general with gothic lolita though may need to be toned down a bit. It’s so pretty. It forms part of her Monster Girl series so you should totally check out her other videos for more Halloween makeup inspiration.

This video from Kawaii Pateen featuring Mai Aisaki shows how to do makeup that is half creepy and half cute. It’s great for if you don’t want to be too creepy or scary. Keep an eye on Kawaii Pateen’s videos as apparently they have lots more Halloween ideas still to come.

This tutorial from Bebexo shows you how to transform in to a cute bear or cat using your hair as ears and simple minimal make up. Great for if you don’t have the time or money for an elborate costume.

This makeup tutorial by FreshBlush shows you how to be a pretty glittery zombie but with added scare factor. I really like this one, it’s so pretty and yet creepy. Some of these techniques can easily be applied to create a bride of frakenstein look too.

Lingywashere shows you how to transform in to a beautiful shimmering mermaid in this tutorial video. This could easily be adapted to work for an alien look too.

I hope these tutorials have helped to inspire you with your Halloween costumes and outfits. Have a spooky fun time!

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Summer is coming…Part Two

The high street shops are getting in lots of colourful and pretty pastel items ready for spring and summer, perfect for Fairy Kei and other cute Japanese street styles. Here is the second part of my post highlighting some.

Jeans from Peacocks.co.uk in pretty pastel shades (images belong to Peacocks):

Pale lilac purple jeans:
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Pale pink jeans:
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Pale yellow jeans:

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Mint jeans:
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Mint denim shorts:
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Items from Matalan.co.uk (images belong to Matalan):
Pale jeans, available in mint, lilac, white:
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Lemon slice clutch bag:
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Other notable items – plenty of plain pastel coloured tops and a few ballet shoes.

Items from TopShop.com (images belong to Topshop):
Fluffy purple bag:
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Fluffy blue bag:
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Mini yellow satchel bag:
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Pale blue satchel bag:
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Pompom hairband:
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Other items of interest: lots of cute socks, unicorn cookie cutters, pastel ballet shoes and fancy flower crowns.

Items from H&M (images belong to H&M):
H&M have had all sorts of super cute items in, sadly some have already sold out. It was all from the Divided section, may be worth checking your local store to see what’s there.

Little twin stars t-shirt:
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Anime print top:
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Anime print leggings:
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‘Kawaii Cutie’ Jumper:
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Animal face jumper:
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Minnie Mouse jumper:
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Negative Love Heart print jumper:
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‘Tokyo Love’ print jumper:
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Other items from H&M: checkout the kids section in your local H&M for cute bows and accessories in pretty colours as well as mini crowns.

Summer is coming… Part One

Hello Everyone, hope you are well.
So spring is on the way…. well it should be, though it’s hard to tell from the weather currently. The high street shops are getting in lots of colourful and pretty pastel items though all ready for when the weather does eventually pick up. This means lots of lovely items suitable for Fairy Kei, Decora and other cute Japanese street styles so I thought I would do a post highlighting some of these items.

Items from Boohoo.com (all images belong to boohoo.com)

Short mesh tutu skirt, mint, pink:

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Box pleat skater skirt, mint:

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Pleated skirt, lilac, mint:

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Woven pleated mini skirt, lilac, mint, yellow:

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Skinny jeans, mint:

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Polka dot skinny jeans, blush pink, mint:

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Heart print leggings in red and black:

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Heart shaped bag, pink, red, cream:

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Heart bag, yellow:

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Other notable Boohoo items: they also have quite a few jumpers, plain tops and longer mid-calf length skirts in pastel shades too, just search lilac, mint, baby pink or blush to see the full selection of items.

Items from Primark:
Primark has a few pretty pastel items in like shoes, plain tops and sunglasses. You can see a few of the items available here in this youtube video by Rachel Pinku. Obviously things vary store to store and unfortunately you can’t buy from them online.

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S-Con Talk Overview – Lolita Fashion

Hey Everyone, sorry for the delay in posting this. I said that I would do a rough overview of the talk I did at S-Con which mostly covered key points and basics so that anyone who missed the talk or who forgot certain things can find the information they need. My talk was about 30mins long so obviously I’m not going to include everything in here, just the important bits 🙂

What is Lolita Fashion?
Lolita is a type of street fashion that originated in Japan around the late 1980’s. Influences for the style originally came from the Victorian and Rococo period but nowadays it is heavily influenced by European fashion, fantasy and fairytales too. Lolita as a fashion is very feminine, elegant and cute. It is characterised by its historical influences, frills, lace and a full poofy skirt.

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Not Lolita:

Lolita fashion is not about being provocative, in fact it’s a very modest fashion. The word lolita here in the west has very negative connotations and I need to stress that it has nothing at all to do with that meaning or the book/movie of the same name. No-one is exactly sure where the name came from but I think when the fashion was developing in Japan it was probably a misinterpretation of what the word meant. It also is a FASHION and not a Cosplay, maid outfit, fancy dress or anything directly related to Anime and Manga. Just because an outfit is lacey and has a poofy skirt does not necessarily make it lolita.

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What makes an outfit lolita?

When researching the fashion you will encounter lots of rules and arguments about what is and isn’t lolita. This isn’t necessarily about elitism or even about putting limits on the style or person’s individuality or creative flair but more a case of being able to define it as a style. The general lolita silhouette is fitted in at the waist and has a full poofy skirt or dress which is knee length. Necklines are usually quite high and at least the top part of the arm is covered. There should also be some form of headwear (for example a headband, bow or fascinator) and the overall appearance will be neat and polished. It will look like a lot of care and effort has been put in to the overall look. Makeup generally is kept minimal looking as the aim is to look like you have fresh, young flawless skin – a bit like a porcelain doll. Co-ordination is a key part to lolita, balancing colours and accessories correctly is what makes a successful outfit. Lolita clothing is all about good quality fabric and lace, well constructed clothing and attention to detail.

Clothing Types:

There are 3 main clothing options within lolita, there’s a One Piece (usually referred to as an op) which is basically a dress that has some sort of sleeve. The sleeves can be either short or long or sometimes are a short sleeve with a detachable part so they can be worn as either long or short sleeves. The sleeve is the key characteristic of an op. The dress itself can come in all sorts of styles and cuts.

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A Jumper Skirt which is usually referred to as a JSK is a dress is that is worn with a blouse under it as it doesn’t have sleeves. Again they come in a range of styles and although most commonly they have two straps and fit more in the natural waist this doesn’t always apply. As you can see from these pictures the first has a much lower neckline and is designed to look more like a skirt and top. The second is more of a halter neck style and the third has broader straps.

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Your third option would be a skirt which would most commonly be worn with a blouse but can also be worn with a cutsew which is a bit like a fancy t-shirt. Like with dresses they come in a range of styles too. The most common is like the first two were you have a fitted waist band that would sit in your natural waist. You can also get some that have an elasticated waistband or part elasticated and then like the third some have a high waist band and starts more under the bust.

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Lolita Styles – Sweet Lolita:

Characterised by its cute prints, pale pastel colours and fancy accessories. Its very sugary sweet and a younger style. It often has a lot more frills, lace and bows than other styles. You can usually get the sweet prints in black too, its doesn’t have to be all pale colours, some people term this as ‘bitter sweet’ but its not a recognised term. Sweet lolita brands include: Angelic Pretty, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Emily Temple Cute.

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Classic Lolita:

Classic lolita is more of an elegant mature style. Its all about keeping things simple and is generally characterised by wearing darker and more natural colours, (red, brown, beige, cream, dusky pinks etc) not too much lace or bows, floral patterns. Hair and makeup is usually kept simple and minimal accessories are worn. Classic brands include: Innocent World, Victorian Maiden, Juliette et Justine, Mary Magdalene.

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Gothic Lolita:

As you would expect gothic lolita involves wearing a lot of black but also dark reds and blues are very popular. You can also wear shades of dark green and purple too. As a style it can be more mature and elegant or you can make it more cute. Gothic brands include: Alice and the Pirates, Atelier-Pierrot, Moi-même-Moitié.

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Lolita Fashion for the Boys.

Brolita:

Brolita is a western term (I don’t know if there is one in Japan) and basically means a male that wears lolita fashion. All the same fashion rules apply the only difference is that the wearer is male. There are not many Brolita’s around, I think this is partly because the super feminine style of the fashion is difficult to pull off but also getting clothing to fit correctly is hard. I feel the need to stress again here that lolita is all about fashion and not anything fetish, cosplay or fancy dress, unfortunately some so called Brolitas out there are not really a Brolita at all and they can ruin things for others by giving out the wrong impression and behaving inappropriately. Also to be honest if you have no interest in ladies fashion in general you will really struggle to pull this style off, if you want to pursue it then a lot of practise and studying makeup and style videos is a good idea. As is starting to build a wardrobe of simple things like tights, socks, accessories, handbags, shoes etc otherwise putting together more than one outfit will be a nightmare. The most famous male lolita is Mana who was originally a Visual Kei musician but also launched a Gothic Lolita fashion label.

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Lolita Fashion for the Boys and None Girly Girls : Boystyle

That covers the lolita side of the fashion so I’m now going to look at the male counterpart. If lolita fashion is too frilly for you or you are a guy who wants to attend an event with your lolita girlfriend but don’t know what you can wear then these styles are probably more your thing. These male fashions loosely come under the heading of boystyle. Now these styles aren’t lolita but they share similar aesthetics and influences and are basically the male equivalent of lolita fashion.  They are actually worn more often by girls but I would really like to see more guys take up the fashion as I think it looks lovely on them! (I will do a more indepth post on this subject, this is just basic stuff I used in my talk so it could appeal to everyone at the convention)

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This is your younger cuter style. Ouji means prince in Japanese. I’m sure you are familiar with it as lots of Anime/Manga feature similar clothing style. The difference between these fashions and Cosplay would be that one you weren’t dressing/being a character and the second would be the quality. A few of the lolita Japanese brands like Baby the Stars Shine Bright/their sister brand Alice and the Pirates make clothing in this style too. Mini top hats, puffy shorts/short trousers and over the knee socks are common in this style. Usually paired with a fancy shirt and sometimes a waistcoat or nice jacket/coat.

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Aristocrat :

Aristocrat also known as gothic aristocrat is worn by males and females. Some lolitas choose to go to this style when they feel that knee length poofy skirts are no longer right for them. It’s a much more mature style but still incorporates the fine fancy details that is so important in lolita. It clearly also has historical fashion elements but given that fantasy modern twist that is also present in lolita.

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Where to start:

So, you’ve decided what fashion style you like and you want to start wearing it, where do you start.
Well firstly I would strongly suggest doing more research first. Finding websites that have more information about the fashion, look for reviews of clothing sites, tips on where to or not to buy. Try sourcing the magazine Gothic and Lolita bible but remember that really old versions of the lolita bibles wont represent the current style trends so look at brand images too on their websites. These will give you a better idea of how to co-ordinate an outfit and how the overall look should be. There are also various groups and pages on facebook that you can join to get more information and advice. Practice with hair, makeup and putting together outfits as that’s the best way to learn. In some groups you can post images of your outfit and ask for feedback or constructive criticism which will help you to improve. At the end of the day the fashion should be fun so wear what you enjoy and don’t let others get you down.

See my ‘Shopping – UK’ page for a list of places you can buy from here.
On my lolita fashion style introduction post I covered non-UK based places to buy from.

 

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.

Mori Girl – How to get the look

Colours include pale shades like white, ivory, cream, beige teamed up with earthy autumn tones like warm reds, orange, brown, dark blue or green, mustard yellow.

Fabrics/textures: tulle, lace, knits, embroidery, wool, linen. Natural fabrics, chunky knits and ethnic type embroidered items.

Items are generally layered and loose fitting.

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Headwear: There is no strict rule on headwear but things like earmuffs, lace headbands (vintage/handmade), fur or knit hats or a simple bow are fine.

Hair: soft waves, straight, loose low pigtails or bunches, just keep it simple or have your natural hair.

Face/Makeup: again keep it fairly plain and simple. Mori Girls quite like being their natural skin colour and being fairly pale. A popular choice is to have round rosy cheeks (think vintage dolls) but its a personal choice.

Outerwear: knitted ponchos, boleros, cardigans, shawls, shrugs.

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Tops: light floaty oversized blouses and shirts, waistcoats, long-sleeved jumpers, simple tops that can be worn under a dress or shirt

Dresses: anything that’s loose fitting or oversized. Can be in light floaty fabric or in more wintery wool/knitted type fabrics. Vintage styles, floral prints. Generally knee length or longer.

Skirts: Long full, flowy skirts. A-lines. Can layer skirts up or try and buy ones that look layered.

Legs: tights or leggings. Plain, knit effect or with floral/nature prints on.

Feet: flat shoes. Things like simple slip-ons, fur/wool lined or trimmed boots, think comfort and simple styles.
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Where to shop:

Vintage clothing stores and antique places – not only can you find clothing here but they will probably have vintage fabrics, lace and trims as well so you can make or alter stuff.

Charity shops sometimes get vintage stuff in too but you never know what you might find in a charity shop so they are always worth visiting. As are carboots/garage sales.

High street stores often get suitable clothing in as part of the Autumn Winter range so I would check there

Ebay, you can find everything and anything on ebay. They have a vintage clothing section but I’m sure there is loads of suitable stuff on there that you probably get hold of quite cheap.