April 2014 Challenge du Mois: Revisiting Old Plans

Exciting news! I've decided to start something new on the blog in the form of monthly challenges. This is mostly to prompt me to get over the boulder of overwhelming tasks I set for myself and experience new things, but anyone is welcome to participate!

The theme I've set for this month is: Revisiting old plans

I surely can't be the only one who has dozens of unfinished projects lying around. I'm notorious for jumping into something full force only to lose interest and drop it a week later, and I say no more! This month I am focused on seeing everything within my power to term and getting back on track with old plans I gradually separated from.

If you would like to take part in this challenge as well, I highly encourage you to do so! Carve out a space in the comments section for your updates, or link me to your own blog post detailing your experience with the challenge.

At the end of the month I will place a new prompt along with my progress and links to your posts. If you started taking horse riding lessons but stopped and you can't remember why or have an unfinished scarf hiding in a bin there is no better time than now to get back on track!

I hope to hear your stories! Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!


Angelic Pretty DIY Mini Party

My first brand event of the new year! Angelic Pretty held an intimate in-store party for their customers where we snacked on cute treats and deco'd with tinier ones!


Blog Update: Excuse The Dust!

What do you think, is it about time for a little contest?

I will be implementing my new layout soon and I'm perfectly delighted with how it's turned out ! My current layout has felt too saccharine for a while, and it will be nice to blog again in a space that is more to my taste.

But this also means that while things get adjusted there may be minor layout problems and some things may break To compensate I've decided to hold a small contest once I've finished straightening things up. I hope it will be fun for you guys!

It won't be anything enduring and the prize will consist of modest goodies but I know I'm looking forward to it. Be sure to check back or subscribe so you know when it happens !

Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!


How to Wear Lolita in Other Fashions

Lolita coordinates have been taking elements from other jfashions for quite some time, but what about taking elements of lolita to other jfashions? Chances are you have a main piece or two in your wardrobe that can be used in a completely new way.

This is something I was thinking about while going through mori girl and dolly kei photos on my pinterest. There are so many ways the aesthetics work together it got me wondering if I could use any of my lolita pieces to pull it off, so I took my curiosity to Polyvore.

Dolly Kei

Here we have my recently acquired Juliette et Justine Plume d'une Princesse et l'ange OP. I completely ignored the fact it was lolita and dressed it up in a Russian-inspired dolly kei look. You'd hardly know what fashion the dress was meant for!

But that got me thinking, what other jfashions can I do this with?

Roma Gyaru

It turns out lolita skirts can look really cute for gyaru! I wanted to see if more than one piece from a series could be used in a way that would still work for another fashion, and I must conclude it can. With just a different blouse and pair of shoes (plus hair and makeup styling) this set takes on an entirely new direction.

At this point I was sure lolita would work for other romantic styles, but what about cute pop looks?

Aomoji Kei

Turns out it does! I tested an unusually bright colored skirt from AP with the all-around general cute aomoji kei and here is the result. So now that we know it's possible, how do we know what pieces can be used?

Lose the Rules

Get out of the mindset that this is lolita and think of it as general clothing! There's a whole lot more you can do with what you own if you know where to look. Really push the look you're going for or else you'll end up with a lolita coord that uses the elements of another style instead of a different style altogether.

Define the Fashion

Get to know what makes the look what it is. I knew dolly kei put emphasis on texture and antique aesthetic, so I chose an elaborate classic dress with ruffles and pintucks and dusty colors. I partly chose Angelic Pretty for the other two because of their tendency to produce shorter skirts!

Change the Focus

Often in lolita, the main pieces are the focus of the coordinate. When I was making these outfits I focused more on the accessories and how lolita would tie in without standing out. Skip the petticoat and make something else the focus, like a large fur hat with a matching brooch or a bold character tote.

Will you try on a new look with your lolita wardrobe? I have two of the pieces on this list and now I'm itching to wear them this way! Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!


Exploring with Usakumya-chan

Yesterday me and my bear buddy Usakumya-chan went poking around the neighborhood and discovered new places. Funny how you can live somewhere for a long time and still find new things!


5 Main Pieces For Every Lolita Wardrobe

For the serious Lolita a well-rounded wardrobe is a must- and I'm not just talking about the basics! There is a dress for every occasion, and this list has it covered.

#1 The versatile piece

This is the piece that can work in any season and for multiple styles! They can typically be found in a neutral color with an indistinct cut, but an experienced lolita may be able to make a versatile piece from style-ambiguous colors such as reds, greens, or blues. A versatile piece is great for trying out a new style without splurging on a new dress, or for themed meets that may not match your wardrobe.

My versatile piece is Fan Plus Friend's Empire Waist Frilly JSK. It came in handy when our comm did an apple picking meet and I needed a quick Country coord! With the right coord it would work great for sweet, classic, or gothic.

#2 The "ok to get dirty" piece

I'm a firm believer that you should have at least one piece in your wardrobe that's easy to clean and not-so heartbreaking to find difficult stains in. Typically it's a cheaper purchase that doesn't have a worrisome print. This piece is ideal for situations that may be a little messy such as petting zoos, bar meets, or the chance of rain.

My F+F JSK is also my "ok to get dirty" piece because its cheaper price and consistent color make it easy to wash. I came home with a few dirt stains after playing with a muddy dog in the orchard and they came right out!

#3 The sentimental piece

The moment you purchase your first dress you've already made a sentimental purchase because it's really hard to let that first dress go! A dream dress you've sought after for years, a gift from a close friend, or a print that resonates with your hobbies are all examples of special pieces that would be heart-breaking to part with.

I have quite a few sentimental pieces in my wardrobe, from my first dresses to the dresses my fiance has given me. Perhaps the most sentimental piece I own is the IW Puppy JSK I purchased from my Lolita idol who recently passed away to help with funeral costs.

#4 The comfy piece

A comfy piece is perfect for those days when you don't want to spend forever getting ready or don't have much planned. Cutsew OPs, otome brands, and skirts are a great choice for this. They're easier to get in and out of, and don't weigh you down as much. Soft material is a huge plus!

The majority of skirts I own are for the purpose of casual coordinates when I want some poof but not the whole deal. It's my go-to if I'm out and about not meeting anyone. I also own a super soft and light cutsew OP from Baby that I could fall sleep in!

#5 The statement piece

This is the piece you wear to meet your favorite designers, or to a fancy afternoon tea event. It comes in a highly sought after print or elaborate and highly detailed cut. While it's certainly how you dress it up that counts, having the decadent base to start from does wonders.

I consider most of my prints statement pieces with the right coord. My Angelic Pretty Secret Rose Princess (sentimental because it was the first dress my fiance gifted me!) is my favorite for this because of the beautiful floral jacquard and chiffon material it was made with.

Bonus! The holiday piece

I personally feel like the holidays should have their own category. This is similar to the statement piece, but it's a special kind of statement piece. Brands have put out quite an assortment of holiday prints and embroidered skirts over the years- or you if you'd like a dress you can wear more than once a year- rich jewel tones and luxurious fabric are the go-to.

This may not be at the top of everyone's list, but it had been my dream since I began wearing lolita to own a lush wine velvet dress perfect for cold weather festivities. No matter what you celebrate it compliments the season!

What kinds of dresses do you find essential? Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!


5 More of My Favorite Purikura Apps!

Since my last purikura app post I've found a few more deco apps I really enjoy, and I wanted to share them with you! I'll be using this photo to show what they can do:

kawaii baby the stars shine bright lolita selca

So in no particular order:

#1. Deco Puri

deco puri android purikura app
Available on Android

Unique Features:
  • Square Cropping
  • Skin Whitening/Smoothing
deco puri purikura kawaii android app lolita fashion

This app has some of my favorite frames! I really like their selection.

#2. DecoPetit

Available on Android

Unique Features:
  • None (◞‸◟ㆀ) it's pretty standard!
deco petit purikura kawaii android app lolita fashion

It may not have any extras, but their frames and stamps are really cute!!

#3. Picute

picute purikura kawaii android app lolita fashion
Available on Android and iPhone

Unique Features:
  • Facial detection for beauty enhancement
  • Store to buy more deco
picute purikura kawaii android app lolita fashion

I don't love how it adds white space to square photos, but it's certainly worth keeping around for the cute deco! I usually use this one a lot for their vintage stamps.

#4. Snapeee

snapeee purikura kawaii android iphone app lolita fashion
Available on Android and iPhone

Unique Features:
  • Social network! It's like a much cuter instagram
  • Follow your friends and like their purikura
  • Store to buy more deco
snapeee purikura kawaii android iphone app lolita fashion

I really wish I used this one more because of the social aspect! There are a ton of extras you can earn by using the app!

#5. Topic

topic purikura kawaii android iphone app lolita fashion
Available on Android

Unique Features:
  • Photo collage/grid
  • Square cropping
topic purikura kawaii android iphone app lolita fashion

At first I didn't think I'd like this app because the stamps and frames look blurry in the program, but they save just fine! They have some really interesting doodle stamps I like a lot.

BONUS! Finger Face

finger face purikura kawaii android iphone app
Available on Android and iPhone

Unique Features:
  • Little faces and hands to give things personality
finger face purikura kawaii android iphone app dessert

Although it doesn't have any frames or filters, I love its concentrated use for giving inanimate objects cuteness!

Don't forget to check out the apps in my original list!

Do you plan to give these a try? Is there a purikura app you think I should know about? Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!