Poppy Noir ♥ Kathleen

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vrijdag 10 maart 2017

Cosy and Comfy lolita coords

Can lolita be cozy and comfy at the same time? Yes it can!
At least in my world it can completely fit into the lolita world and I'm going to give you some tips and tricks to make your own lolita coord that can be both cosy and comfy. 

For me a comfy coord consist out of breathable fabrics, room to move and most of all flat shoes that don't hurt your feet. I'm on the larger side of the lolita spectrum when it comes to sizing so I specially made this list for what is comfortable for me as a bigger lolita. For reference I'm a size US 10, EU 42 on top and I fit comfortably in most of the dresses with shirring. 

Most brands offer different varieties of cutsew tops. These tops are made of a stretchy cotton t-shirt like fabric and have simple lace details or little bows on the collar or sleeves. Some have short sleeves which are perfect for summer and in winter you have the ones with longer sleeves. I know that the sizing can be quite scary since it goes up to a bust of 88 most of the time so having a larger size can scare you off a bit. But I can proudly say that these cutsew tops are suitable if you are over these measurements. The only thing I would take into consideration is the width of the sleeves, yes they do stretch along with the rest of the shirt but it can look a bit odd if it needs to stretch to it's max to fit. But this is personal preference! 

My other go to blouses are the ones I find in clothing stores like H&M or a Primark, they have a large variety of sizing and cute blouses that go with lolita very well. When shopping in these stores you need to look for cute collars and sleeves cause most blouse will be covered up with a dress anyway. If not you need to look out for a nice overall shape too. Most blouses I find in these stores are the ones with a necktie or blouses with cute lace or embroidery. The plus side of buying a blouse in a normal fashion store is that you can choose the right size for your body type. No worries of buttons that don't close up completely or that they don't really fit as comfortably as they should be. 

Brands like Axes Fame are also amazing when it comes to finding blouses for lolita. A lot of my friends buy blouses from this store. Though a lot of their clothes are in either one size or M size which is to small for me. From time to time they will have some blouses in size L and those fit nicely! At the end of this month (March 2017) they will open their international webshop. So let the shopping begin!

Shirring is the best invention within the lolita world I must say, this way the clothes fit a variety of people and are comfy at the same time. But not every dress with shirring is the same. There is a little catch! When it comes to comfort I prefer with hands down the dresses with full back shirring.  These are my go to dresses for every day wear too. Or even full shirring dresses too. All though these don't look great on most people, but if you dress it up with a nice vest it can be really cute! 
But shirring in dresses gives you room to move and lounge around!

I'm the proud owner of a collection flat shoes that go really well with lolita fashion. When I shop for flat shoes I tend to look out for the right color and model. Mostly I go for typical grandma shoes as my mother calls them. But they go really well with my classic wardrobe as well the lighter colors that I own with some of my lolita pieces as well. Most of my flat shoes I find in regular shoe stores and I want to try out B.A.I.T shoes for a while now. They have a cute line of flat shoes that I like so hopefully I can buy them one day. 

Besides my granny shoes I have a small collection of pastel sneakers in mint, sax and pink for my sweet lolita coords. These shoes are definitely my comfy go to shoes when I want comfort and cuteness at the same time. 

Tea parties are also in my flat shoe family but believe me they are not that comfortable at all unless I put a blister band aid on my heel to prevent for any blisters when walking. That is the only thing I dislike about them, they give me blisters in the first 10 minutes of wearing.
Lately I found out that if I remove the ankle strap that it improves the comfort of my tea parties a lot. No more blisters for me this way, though it takes away the overall sweet look of it too. But if needed I can wear the tea parties this way too without any pain. 

To be honest I tend to wear flat shoes most of the time when wearing lolita and I always bring of flat shoes with me to a meet up for when I'm wearing a small heal (aprox 3-6 cm max) because of some joint issues. I prefer comfort over looks, so having an extra pair of flat shoes to switch is a great solution for me. 

Let's be honest, wigs are hot and you get greasy hair afterwards. In winter it is a nice add to beat the cold but overall you don't want to be sweating all day when you are already going for a comfy and cozy lolita coord. 

I tend to save my wigs for bigger events of special meetings but not for everyday coords or for the days where I want to be comfy. Those days I go for a hairstyle with my natural hair. On my youtube channel I have a couple of hairstyles that I made with my own hair and are suitable for lolita as well. Please go and take a look if you want some inspiration. More hairstyle videos will follow in the future! 

Last but not least I want to talk about the accessories that you use with your lolita coords. You can use as much as you want but for my own preference I tend to go with minimal items. I have some go to items like a brooch and a necklace that goes with the theme of the print or dress. But that is it, no bracelets unless I don't wear a vest and I'm always wearing my wedding ring and our 5year anniversary ring. As well as my ballet shoes necklace. 

For hair accessories I mostly grab a small bow, headbow or flower clip. Nothing special in this part cause the rest of the coord is already minimal and comfy. Sometimes I like to add a nice hat or barrette to my coord to change the look a bit. 

Handbag wise you can use whatever you prefer and what fits your style of the day. Or you can go for a small backpack if you want that can look really cute too! 

Overall you need to see what works for you and within your own style. I tend to go for full back shirring dresses and blouses of off brand stores and flat shoes. But if you fit very comfortably in a beautiful OP and can wear heals 24/7 go for it. I hear that a lot of girls who are a smaller size do like to wear OP dresses a lot because they are so comfy. 

It is all about dressing to your own size and comfort levels. 
Have lots of fun when making your own comfy and cosy coords within this fashion! 

See you next time! 
Poppy xox 

Want more inspiration or tips for a cosy and comfy lolita coord? 
Check out these blogs!

vrijdag 24 februari 2017

1 main piece and 2 different looks ⎜Coord Challenge

I have had my fair share in coord challenges, they give people the opportunity to think outside of the box. And since I'm in need of some new ideas with my own wardrobe I thought that it would be a cool idea to give this weeks carnival topic a go.

We are challenged to create 2 dramatically different coords with one main piece. And I think I have the perfect dress for this challenge. My partner in crime for this week is a new piece in my wardrobe. I received it in my lucky pack from Innocent World and it is the French Poodle Just Waist JSK in yellow.

The reason I picked this dress is mostly for the yellow color and the little details on the dress. It is fairly simple both in design and print so it would work really well with different items from my wardrobe. Even though I don't have many classic items I wanted to give it a try.

So let's start with the first coord! 

This coord is my Innocent World meets Angelic Pretty coord. I was happily surprised by the fun match of the socks with this dress. It is definitely not your everyday coord that you see with an IW dress but I do like the outcome with this one.  The combination gives me a fresh look on how I can wear this dress in a pastel sweet lolita way without using to much pastels or get an OTT feel.

Dress: Innocent World
Blouse: Bodyline
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Bracelet: Innocent World
Necklace: Innocent World
Brooch: Vanillas Traumfabrik
Flowers + Bow: Clairs / Bijou Brigitte

For my second coord I went with a theme, in case you are bad at guessing it is Circus. The poodles reminded me of little circus dogs which works great with my limited amount of circus themed items that I own. I'm not the biggest fan of the circus but I do like a fun themed coord. And to be honest this dress was screaming for a themed coord within my wardrobe. 

Dress: Innocent World
Blouse: Alice and the Pirates
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Wristcuffs: Angelic Pretty
Headbow: Innocent World
Necklace: Violet Fane
Brooch: Alice and the Pirates
Flower: H&M

Overall I'm super pleased with my two coords and my love for this dress is growing every time I try to make a coord with it. I can't wait to see what I create next time with this dress! 

Interested in more inspirational coords? Check out these blogs! 

vrijdag 3 februari 2017

Inspirational frillies

Two years ago I made this exact same blogpost about some lolita girls that I found inspirational. And I'm happy to say that I still love the list I've made back then which you can find here but for this post I wanted to choose some other girls that I really look up to.
It wasn't as easy as I thought but I'm pretty happy with my list of inspirational persons.

Her overall style is very delicate and has a kind feeling to it, even something magical and fairy like.
It is mostly because of the type of dresses that she use to create her coords. They have lot of delicate colours, lace details and are very delicate. And that is what I love the most about her style.

This wonderful person is just an angel, not only her style is stunning but the fact that I can call her one of my best friends is absolutely unbelievable. I'm always impressed by her simple style, her natural hair and her kindness which shows off in every picture that you see of her. She is all about elegance and simplicity with small details that make her coord pop up from the rest. 

One of my other best friends within this fashion is Ashlyn aka Vanilla Bear. Her lolita style is so simple yet elegant and still very unique. She makes stunning coords with dusty pinks, greys and uses a lot of non printed dresses but with gorgeous details like ruffles or pleats. She doesn't need any prints to make a coord work I find that so inspirational! 

Connie is one of those persons that are incredibly talented when it comes to making coords. She has gorgeous items in her wardrobe and combines them in unique ways, like layering a blouse on top of a dress and over that a vest to change the whole look of the dress. She looks amazing in every singe coord that I've seen so far so she needed to be in my list of inspirational frillies. 

What are your inspirational frillies? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to read them. 

This post is in collaboration with The LBC community

vrijdag 20 januari 2017

A lesson in history⎜Berlin Travels

While summer is already over and we are in 2017 I still wanted to share my stories about Berlin. I didn't know what happend with my life after I came back but for some sort of reason I didn't got any time to sit down and write about it.

But let's make a come back and take the final sprint in my Berlin Travels series!

It was Monday morning and I hadn't planned much for the upcoming days. There where some things on my list that I wanted to see and do but not in a particular order. Since we wanted to visit the Jewish Museum I thought it would be nice to have a walk through the Jewish neighbourhood of Berlin. I had a map in my travel guide of a walk that would lead us around.

So that was our plan of the day, have a stroll around the Jewish neighbourhood and enjoy the time we had in Berlin. We left our hotel around 10 a clock and took the tram to the next station where we would start with our tour.
Like a propper tourist I had my camera around my neck and my travel guide in my hand to read all about the things we would see.
I love it so much when you have a good travel guide with a detailed map, I'm not so much of a digital person when it comes to vacations and finding my way in a city.

One of the stops we had on our strip was the "Neue Synagoge" I had high expectations of this place. I though that everything was covered in gold, gorgeous details and a beautiful golden dome. After we got through the security and metal detectors we went inside. It was impressive non the less but very dark inside. You where able to see some pieces of the Jewish history, school work and buildings as well. Very interesting to see if your are into learning about different cultures. We also got tickets to visit the golden dome, which would be the highlight of the whole thing. But to be honest I was really disappointed about this one. The way towards the dome was amazing until we arrived at a small door with a concreet stair behind it. It was super small and not glamorous at all in comparison to the rest of the building we had seen. But non the less we entered the small stairway to visit the golden dome. I didn't know what to say when I entered, but I do think you could see the disappointment on my face. 

It wasn't gold at all, everything was covered with concreet and very empty in general. We weren't allowed to make any pictures upstairs but now I see why. Unless you want a 360 view of Berlin it is not worth the money I think. I had a great time in the dome searching for all the buildings that they mentioned on the information boards and there was still something to learn about the Jewish culture and buildings. But it wasn't as pretty as it looks on the outside. 

We continued our walk after the tour in the Synagoge and explored this part of Berlin a bit further. One of the stops we made was at a small Japanese tea house. We weren't planning on going inside but the sign Matcha Soy Latte and Mochi where so appealing to me that I needed to try it. It was the first time I tried a Matcha Latte and it will definitely not be the last. I loved the decoration that they used, the wall was covered with tea pots and everything was so peaceful. It felt like a dream to drink some tea here. This little tea house was located in one of the buildings that used to be a classroom of the Jewish community. I found it such a magical place, since it was surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants growing onto the buildings.

This was the best place of the day if I needed to choose my favourite spot that time. In the middle of the big city but feeling like you where in a magical world. So perfect! 
Our day wasn't very busy to be honest, we walked a bit further but I was getting pretty tired so after a couple of hours walking we decided to go back to the hotel and grab something to eat. While we where on our way to the station we passed the most amazing building I've ever seen. It was a huge building covered with leaves from the plants and huge trees in the front garden. This building was a clinic, very pretty I must say. I love it when old buildings are covered with plants. It gives it so much character and a romantic feeling at the same time! This was a great way to end our day.

vrijdag 30 december 2016

10 Things 1 life ⎜2016 Edition

Last year I made the same blog post so this is going to be my yearly round up of my life, this time from 2016. I think I can safely say that this was a very unstable life for me, nothing went like I planned and I even had to cancel some things because of my health.
But besides the downsides of 2016 there was also room for some amazing things. So lets take a look.

In May of 2016 SFE managed to create an amazing event again. It was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands which is only a two hour drive from my place. Though I tend to go to most bigger events you might ask why this one was so special compared to the others. Well let me tell you, the whole experience was super. I shared a hostel room with 5 other lovely people, we laughed from the moment we woke up till we went to bed. Talked for many hours about the event and things we like but also shared tips and tricks. I did the hairstyles of two of my dear friends and it was loved by the special guests. It was so nice to do other peoples hair for ones instead of my own hair every single time hihi. But besides the awesome experience of the hostel I also got picked by Kimura U as best dressed at the Tea Party. I still can't believe it even though it is almost a year ago, I felt so honoured!
This event created a special bond between me and my friends and I'm really grateful for that.

April of 2016 was the month where we went to Disneyland Paris with the whole family. It was the first time for my husband but the third time for me and it was exactly how I remembered it from 12 years ago if not longer.. Man, I'm getting old! But being there with the whole family sure is the best thing in the world. I had such a wonderful time. We are planning to make a second family trip in 2018 for the communion of my niece so I'm already looking forward to it. 

Besides traveling we also worked a bit inside our house in our free time. One of the bedrooms is going to be a lolita dressing/guest room. It is still a work in progress as I'm typing this post but I do think it will be finished in no time! Only one more cabinet that needs to be painted and then it is time for decorating! New filming background for 2017 and big room for my lolita closet check! 

In june I managed to graduate from school! I am now officially a Nursing assistant at an Elderly home in my town. Though I'm still going to school to get an official degree instead of a certificate but things are going real smoothly. If everything goes like planned I will be finished with great results in Februari 2017! I'm already looking forward to it.

This might be an ugly duck in the pond but I do wanted to include this part for my round up too. Since it effected my life in every way possible. On the 3th of march 2016 it was our 10th anniversary being a couple and instead of going to Ireland to celebrate it we had to celebrate our anniversary in a hospital room where I was recovering from an emergency operation. To be honest I'm still really sad that we needed to cancel just a couple of days before we would actually leave to Ireland but on the other side I don't know what I would do if things went wrong in Ireland. At the 1st of march I got diagnosed with a chronical illness. I went from doctor to doctor and I'm currently seeing a Professor for the second surgery.  At this moment I'm home from work till I got my second surgery in Februari because of the side effects of my medication and the illness. But besides the huge change in our life I managed to make a video about it as well to share my side of this story. This is not a happy moment but it is super important for me.

It wouldn't be me if it waren't for the dream dresses that I managed to find in the past 12 months. This years addition consists out of the Melty Cream Doughnut and the Träumerei of bright stars. They are both so gorgeous and I can't believe that they are in my closet. Besides adding these two beauties to my closet I also managed to complete my goals list of 2016 which consisted out of adding 1 coat, make a taobao order, add cut-sews and add an Innocent World dress. I'm so happy to say that I did all these things and much more. My style is growing from only sweet to a mix of sweet and classic with some darker dresses here and there too. Looking forward how this wil evolve in 2017.

2016 was definitely a year of traveling, not that we didn't travel much before but not that much traveling by plane. I mean two flight trips this year and a weekend in Amsterdam. That's insane! 2016 must have thought go big or go home. 
On my trip to Berlin I met up with my dearest friend from America Vanilla Bear. She extended her trip while I made our holiday a couple of days longer in order to meet each other. It sure was such a wonderful time, we spend 3 days together and I miss her a lot. As well al some of my other friends that I met around the world.
Berlin was such lovely experience, vegen foods everywhere, hearing German language everyday and seeing so many great people at the event which was at the end of our vacation.

Berlin and Urban Fairytale go hand in hand this year. Not only for a nice event but because I met some awesome people that weekend. Some of them have become really close friends and I'm so thankful for that. Though we live so far from each other it is like we where never apart when we see each other.
I also wanted to point out that I feel so welcome in different communities. Here in Belgium we don't have a community anymore cause we tend to hang out with our own crew instead of meeting each other on a regular basis. But I'm attending meetings in The Netherlands and Germany for quite some time now and I always feel so welcome when I'm there. It still feels weird to me not having a community that meets up every now and then but knowing that I have some amazing friends in different countries is just precious.

Last but not least is my trip to Olso, Norway to visit my best friend Kyra! We see each other every year either here in Belgium or in Norway but this year was special. I was able to celebrate my birthday with her! Even though I was super ill on the last two days it was a holiday to remember. We had delicious vegan meals thanks to the Vegan Vikings week, did some cultural things and it began to snow on the evening of my birthday dinner. Can this get any better? I didn't think so.

2016 was a year of ups and downs but it sure was a year to remember. 
See you in 2017 guys!! 

Lots of love, 
Poppy xx

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