Saturday, October 31, 2009

4 O’clock on All Hallows' Eve

I give you, the whimsical plague rat.

The look was inspired by Emilie Autumn; in particular EA’s outfit in her performance of 4 O’clock. Of course, I ended up looking nothing like her! But I adore the outfit all the same.

These were made by Mel, my fellow folklore major. I love them. I want to wear them everyday. After seeing the polka dots on the headband, I tried to work more into the outfit...

...hence the white dots on my nails.

It was a rather relaxing night, watched Tower of Terror and gave out candy to the kids that came; there must have been maybe twenty of them. But Tower of Terror was a walk down memory lane. For many years, it was a tradition that at my birthday-sleepover, this movie would be watched. I had not seen it in years. But thanks to Crystal, I was able to watch it again.

And now it is November and I must say good bye. I shall see you all in a month. Why, you ask? Here is your answer.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Frilly Rebirth; or How I discovered Lolita

During our last chat I went about the business of explaining, to the best of my ability, what lolita is. I do hope I have enlightened you on the subject. Was it your first time hearing about the fashion? If not, how did you learn about it? I’d like to know! Please leave me a message in the comments section. In the meantime, I would like to share how I discovered lolita.

It was during my first year (fall of 2007) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). A friend of mine introduced me to the band Malice Mizer, saying that I might like them. I did indeed. Visiting YouTube on my own time, viewing videos of the band, I was delighted by their outfits and costumes. In particular, what Mana wore (pictured below). Safe to say he is a topic all his own. Yes, that's right, I said him not her. But that is another story for another time. (Photo from Avant Gauche)

But if you are so intrigued, here are some links:
Wikipedia: Mana (musician)

Through some Google searches, I learned that the clothing he wore was called Gothic Lolita. Further searches lead me to the very links that I provided in my last post.

At first I was so excited to learn that this was not just some over the top coustume, but that it was a real fashion, worn by everyday people. But then I got “sticker shock”, when I visited the brand name clothing sites and looked at the prices. I then thought that wearing the fashion was out of the question. It was only when I discovered such sites as In the Starlight and Candy Violet that I felt hope. Perhaps this fashion was not so far out of my reach.

I also have to confess that for a long time, the Wonderland skirt by ITS was my dream skirt. It is a dream skirt no longer. It turned out to be my first purchase.

Now I feel like I’m in lolita for the American brands, not to mention the seamstress of egl. It is there clothing I am excited to wear, not brand. It will be a long while before I can even considering buying the brand name clothing from Japan. What with tuition to pay, being jobless and all that ;) Until then, I shall continue to admire it.

Hope you found some entertainment in my little ramble. And now, my question to you, how did you discover Lolita fashion?

Kindest personal regards,