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23rd-Oct-2012 10:19 pm - A Beginning Lolita's Checklist
I've decided to do a bit of an intro post for lolita fashion for those who are looking into getting into the fashion, but don't really know what, exactly, is needed, or where to start. This entry is my opinion, personally. Some people may see it fine to deviate and swerve off the path I'm outlining as they see fit. Everyone determines their own style, so there's no absolutely "correct" way about going about building up a wardrobe! However, I find that this would be the best way to begin from the base on up!

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If there are any more questions, please feel free to ask!
20th-Aug-2012 01:17 am - Updated "Wish List"
Kind of an update on the items that I'm looking at in my "DO WANT" list... This includes only the items that I want, but have yet to purchase. I have a few of my wish list items on their way to me, or they are soon to be sent out. <3

Some of these items, I want the actual item--others, it's more of a "I want something like ____"... But in general, I guess this shows what I'm interested in? Haha.... Enough rambling... Onto the gorgeous pictures.

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23rd-Jun-2012 08:17 pm - Joyous occasion!

My brother sent me a text today telling me that my Oo Jia dress had come in. I rushed home to find that not one, but TWO of her lovely dresses were waiting for me! <3 So I am quite the happy girl at the moment, haha. <3

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19th-Jun-2012 11:30 pm - On Body Image in Lolita
Everyone knows about this topic. The lolita community is a community based on image, after all. It's a truth that some may be reluctant to admit, but a truth nonetheless. We may judge people more harshly or less so based on their experience, our own preferences, or how much we like the substyle they're representing; but image is still what we are essentially judging.

And Body Image is a large part of that.

There's a huge debate over the whole "Fatty-Chan" thing that I, personally, find ridiculous. So a girl who can't fit into a 38-inch-bust dress. Does that automatically make her fat? No. People come in all shapes and sizes. Some girls are a little bustier; others, such as myself, simply are built stockier than others. I know for a fact that my ribcage would not allow me to wear most brand dresses. Does that make me fat? Not necessarily.

It isn't unheard of for lolitas to go on diets in order to lose weight to fit into a dress. I find nothing wrong with this. It's your priority, if you want to lose 15 pounds to wear your dream dress. All the more power to you, and the best of luck. But somehow, the stress to be able to wear brand stretches into the ability to be thin--since that's about all that brand will fit. I don't mean to say that all girls who wear brand lolitas are stick figures--often, they aren't. But by many "Western" standards, the dresses simply ARE NOT BIG ENOUGH.

In my opinion, this lack of sizing leads to a few issues, including the loss of a potential market for the brands (I read a suggestion by someone on Facebook that actually intrigued me; if, when placing an order with a brand, custom-fit would be an option for those who pre-order; I doubt it will ever happen, but that's a brand's choice, and we're not the ones to judge the way they run their business), but most importantly, the pressure in the lolita community to be small enough to wear brand. As if there wasn't enough pressure in America to be super-skinny to be like the models in the magazines, we are now too large to fit into a dress because it was made for Japanese girls, who (no offense meant here) are substantially smaller than other girls (not to mention the fact that the brand dresses are often substantially shorter on Western girls, as well).

For me, Lolita is about feeling good about myself, and feeling comfortable in my own skin. I love the fashion. I love the dresses I own, the accessories I've made, the people I interact with on the community. But what I hate most is this added pressure to have a waist that I can never have, if I'm to be healthy. Lolita reflects a beauty that should be more than just physical. Lolita reflects someone who is special, and who has the audacity to be different in a world that may not always understand our frills and pettis. It's a place where everyone--regardless of size, race, or any other factor--should be welcome. When it comes to Lolita--the style should fit you. You shouldn't have to fit it. Be yourself before you're a lolita--even if it is a few centimeters more.
22nd-Apr-2012 02:00 pm - Newest "Project" -- My Room
Hello there, all.

Posting this kind of as a way to avoid doing homework for another fifteen minutes, but oh well, we all need a break every once in a while, right? Haha.

I've decided that I want to redecorate my room lately, and I've slowly been building up to taking the lunge and actually doing it. The last time I decorated was when I was about 13 or 14 years old, so my room is decided a little "young" for me. Currently, my room has an Asian flair to it, with lots of candleholders and the like for it. However, this... really isn't doing it for me anymore. I've recently been kicked out of my old room and imposed into my brother's (Mom wanted the brother in the basement, where it's cooler and his constantly-running technology isn't stinking up the house with its heat, apparently; teenage boy + hot room where he always closes the door = not a good mix.).

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One of the most irritating things out there, in my opinion, are people who spout off about things that they have no idea about. This isn't in reference to just lolita, either--it can be about anything. From people talking about the Health Care law when they only know the negative things that are pointed out in the news channels, as opposed to the good it can do; or people who talk about literary theory as if they're an expert when they couldn't tell Reader Response Theory from Structuralist Theory.

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8th-Apr-2012 01:35 am - Wardrobe Post

At the request of a friend of mine, I decided that I would post my collected lolita items thus far. =3 I'm pretty excited to show off my items, even if they aren't really all that impressive, haha. Without further ado, onto the frills and lace~!

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...I hope I didn't bore everyone too much! I would love to see everyone else's wardrobe, so if you read this... Tag!
27th-Mar-2012 06:35 pm - 10 Reasons I am a (Gothic) Lolita
I thought I would do a quick post for fun--my personal top 10 reasons I chose to get into lolita fashion, particularly the gothic substyle.

This is in a tentative order..... Nothing explicitly "It has to be in this order" about it, but it sort of shows the general outline of why I like the fashion. 

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14th-Mar-2012 12:21 am - On Religious Motifs in Lolita
Before I go into this--I want to make one thing clear. I'm not in this to offend anyone. I'm not in this to argue with anyone. This is an opinion piece that I decided to write as a way to pass some time, and it seemed like an interesting topic for a ramble-post.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way~!

I love most lolita dresses that have crosses as a motif or design influence. They're usually very beautiful and lovely, and are almost always tasteful in design. I have yet to find anything, really, that sets off a red flag or a warning sign that the dresses are going "too far".

Saying that lolita shouldn't include crosses (or other religious imagery, for that matter--such as BTSSB's "Seraphim Stained Glass" OP) is like saying mainstream fashion shouldn't include crosses, either. Some people will accept a cross with roses and skulls on and around it on a T-shirt, but not for a lolita dress.... And that doens't make sense to me. Is it because the fashion is unusual? Because it's outside the norm, whereas the T-shirts have become the norm?

In my opinion, so long as religious imagery is treated with respect and dignity, it shouldn't be limited. Many of my favorite prints, such as Moi-Meme-Moitie's "Divine Cross", have religious symbols on them. And many of my brother's favorite T-shirts have crosses on them, as well. I don't think that limiting what can and can't be on a dress is a good thing... But I respect others who have different opinions. I just ask that, if you don't like crosses on skirts, dresses, etc. because of your beliefs, then please respect the right of the other individual to wear it. If you think that someone shouldn't be designing things that have crosses on them when they themselves are not Christians, it's a part of life. Life needs art. Religion highly influences art. To me, it's that simple....

Crosses can be a beautiful addition to your wardrobe---when treated with respect. Keep it clean and lovely, and there really shouldn't be any issues with what you do and do not put on your skirts.

There is a lot of talk in the lolita community about replicas. Love them or hate them, we've all seen the posts where people duke it out and argue over whether or not they're "right". I'm not looking to get into this argument. I don't want to be labeled as a "brandwhore" (a term I find rather deragatory), and I certainly don't want to be thought of as cheap and//or unsuportive of brands. Before I go on with this post, I want to make my own position clear--and explain why I've purchased one of the ever-hated-replicas.

Lolita is not made for larger girls. Or, rather, brand name clothes aren't. We don't all have 90-cm waists and busts. We aren't all made like that. I hail from solidly-built German and Irish roots. Even if I lost as much weight I could, I would still be unlikely to fit in most brand clothes because of how my bone structure is. It's a sad truth, but it's nevertheless a reality.

I've heard of girls buying two brand skirts and sewing them together in order to make a bigger brand skirt. I understand this--and if it's in their price range, all the more power to them. I encourage their ingenuity. But buying two $200 skirts, even at a discount on the EGL Comm Sales (which is problematic in itself--how often do you come across the same skirt? I would have to wait months for that second one).... It simply isn't in everyone's price range. Lolita is expensive, yes--but paying $400 so you can have the $200 skirt because you're five centimeters (a small measurement that makes all the difference) over the skirt's "max" seems rather extreme to me.

People say that replicas are evil, and that they're stealing artwork. Would I buy the originals, if I could fit into them? YES. The answer to that would always be yes. I would love to support my beloved brands and their beautiful clothes. As it is, I can only wear their accessories--such as my beloved Meta parasol. I've accepted this fact. But, as I can't fit into the originals, I will not BUY the originals. I'm not going to buy a dress just to stare at it (though I've done that plenty with the dresses I have that fit). I want to wear it! That is the entire point of buying a dress! I would rather have a replica dress that I can wear, even though I must admit that it is sadly a replica, than a "real deal" that just sits in my closet where no one, including myself, can really enjoy it. I will support brands in every way I can. But until they start catering to a larger size for lolitas, I simply cannot buy their dresses, as much as I want to.

That being said, I really don't want to recieve any messages or comments complaining about how I shouldn't buy Oo Jia. Oo Jia has given me the chance to buy a skirt that I would gladly buy from the producers--if they made it in my measurement range. As they don't, I went to an outside source.... supply and demand, people. There is a growing field of plus-size lolitas.... Particularly in the Western World. We'll just have to wait and see if brands will ever make bigger clothes. I'm looking at you, Moi-Meme-Moitie. Mocking me with your beautiful prints that I can never have....

Now---onto the real reason I'm sure you're here. My Oo Jia skirt--her Vampire Requiem!

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