Poppy Noir ♥ Kathleen

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vrijdag 15 december 2017

My top 3 regrets and how to prevent them

So when it comes to lolita fashion we all have our fair share in things we wish we could have done better. That's why I'm joining in this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival topic which is,

5 Regrets: Items you regret not buying when you had the chance!

When I think about my biggest regrets of items that I wasn't able to buy even when I had the chance makes me really sad to be honest. There was always something holding me back or faith just walked true and decided it was not the time of getting this item. 

Let me tell you some stories about my regrets.

Welcome to the Sweets Hexenhaus 
by Baby, the stars shine Bright

The release of this dress was in 2013, at that time I wasn't able to fit in a lot of brand dresses so this dress landed on my never ending wishlist. Cause I wasn't sure it would fit me. Hoping that I would fit in a Btssb dress one day and this would be the one. After loosing a lot of weight over the years this dress could be one of my own so the hunt could start. I searched multiple times on Closet child for this specific cut and colorway but I was always to late. This isn't a dress that you see a lot of the time on the sales pages so my heart always skipped a beat when I would do a search on the different sites. I even browsed through the Japanese auction sites to find this dress. Time passed by and one of my friends found a listing on a Japanse sales site and I needed to have this dress no matter what. I asked my shopping service to buy this dress and everything went smoothly, there was great contact until I saw that the listing was gone but I didn't received the email that I was hoping for. 
There went something wrong when making the payment from my shopping service to the seller and in the end I lost the dress. The listing was gone and all the contact with the seller was over as well. Even though they agreed on the price and everything. This was definitely not the happiest day of my life when I read that email. 

So I'm still regretting that I wasn't able to buy the dress when it first came out or hunting down this dress a bit more in the past years. To this day I'm still hunting on this dress so if you ever see this dress popping up somewhere in this color and cut please let me know! 

Vintage Cameo
by Metamorphose temps the Fille

This dress is on my wishlist just like the Sweets Hexenhaus from the day it was released. Due to the financial situation I was in I wasn't able to afford it. And I'm still bumped about it. 
Though buying something when you don't really have the extra money for it isn't the best thing to do. This dress pops up on the sales quite often though I haven't bought it cause I often find it to highly priced or it's the wrong version. Did you knew that the first release was printed upside down? That is definitely not something I want on my dress. 
I had the chance of buying this dress second hand but somehow I didn't do it and when the re-release came around I missed out on the colorway that I wanted. 
This dress is highly on my wishlist, on the second place to be exactly! I think that's why I don't want to spend a lot of money on this one before I find the Sweets Hexenhaus. 

Christmas Gift 
by L' Esprit De La Noblesse

The stunning Christmas dress by L' Esprit De La Noblesse needs to be in this list too. This dress was released in December 2016 and I fell in love with the print and design of the dress. It reminded me so much of the Nutcracker that I needed to have it. I followed the updates on this dress every single day until it was time for the sales. Their Etsy store only had one or two listings online and where always sold out. But somehow new listings popped up now and then and you where able to buy it. I messaged the owner of the store to ask if they would be still available after a few days and she was 100% sure about it cause there was enough fabric left to make plenty of dresses. Though when I wanted to place my order a couple of days later she told me that it wasn't able anymore. 
I truly regret not getting this dress the first time around but I keep wishing for a re-release of this print. Later this year I messaged the store again with a little wish, if they would consider a re-release for this dress. And guess what they did!!! I stalked the site again for updates and when it was the day of the re-release I stalked and refreshed the webpage for over 3 hours just to be sure I wouldn't miss out again. All of my stalking and wishful thinking paid off in the end, cause I ordered the re-release of the Christmas Gift dress and I can not wait to wear it!

Other than these three dresses I regret a lot of small things like not buying sweet jewellery and accessories from Moon Bunny when they where at the Urban Fairytale event in Hamburg. You can watch my vlog from Urban Fairytale here. I was on the hunt for classic items and not so much sweet items. But now that I look back at it my sweet jewellery is seriously on a short hand and I wear the same things over and over again. Which is bothering me big time! I planned on an order from Moon Bunny but the high shipping combined with all the items that I want isn't something I'm up for at this point. My order was over the 150 euro without shipping so maybe I need to save up some money first.

And one other this that I regret not buying and still don't buy for some unknown reason are cut-sews from Angelic Pretty. Currently I own one and I really love to wear it. I find the new price way to high and buying second hand from closet child isn't going to happen soon either. I tend to spend my money on dresses rather then on smaller items like blouses or accessories. So this is always a regret that comes back at me and yet I don't learn from it. Maybe I can take some of my following advice for not having these regrets next year. 

How to prevent your regrets,

Or keep the damage to the minimum at least. 

  • Make a goals list for next year

List the items you want to buy no matter what, write them down and hang the list up on your wall or somewhere you will see it every single day. This is what helped me in 2016 to keep on track with the things I wanted to buy that year. I was able to cross everything off which felt amazing. 

  • Make a piggybank for your must have items
When you save a small amount of money every single week or month you are able to make a little splurge now and then when you see your ultimate dream dress or jump on a new release that you need to have cause it fits your style and taste so well. 
This is something that I really need to do myself, not having a separate lolita piggybank keeps me most of the times from getting dream items or new releases that suit my style. 

  • If you want an item and you have the funds for it, GO FOR IT!
This is by far the most importend one in this little list. I regret so many things for not buying when I had the funds for it due to my constant doubting if it would be the right thing to do cause it involves a lot of money especially when we are talking about dresses. But in the end most of the times I do regret it not getting it in the first place and being doomed to hunt it down on auction sites. Or pay an even bigger price for it as well. So I would say if you have the money for the item that you want to buy and you really love it, go for it and buy the item. Enjoy your purchase to the fullest instead of regretting it for not buying it when you had the chance.

This post is in collaboration with Lolita Blog Carnival.
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woensdag 13 december 2017

Dream Masquerade Carnival, my summer highlight // Part 1

As the year is coming to an end I realised I never posted anything about the amazing event I went to this summer in London, England. Maybe it was due to the fact that my health wasn't all that great back then or just the lack of motivation to sit down and write about this event. Though I'm still going to tell you about this amazing trip before it is really to late. 

On Friday morning me and my husband traveled to Eindhoven in the Nethelands to meet up with our travel buddy Liv. It was really early that morning but this didn't stop me from being overly excited for this trip and seeing all the airplanes at the airport. There is something magical about them and they always make me smile when I see them at the airport. We would meet her at 6 a clock in the morning so we left the house around 4:30 just to be on time and luckily we did so, cause we had some troubles along the way when we went to the airport. 

Quickly we found her waiting in front of the check-in desks, I did all the paperwork for this trip and was prepared like a pro. Alright maybe a bit to prepared and organised but at least I had everything with me and double checked everything once again. Bags where checked in so we headed over to customs and the security check. Which we passed smoothly, yay our trip could finally begin! 

Our plane would leave around 8 a clock and one hour later we would arrive in England at one minute past 8 local time. We where real time travellers that time, this was such a funny feeling. But being in England at such an early time could only mean one thing, we have plenty of time to explore the city!!! It was my first time in England so I didn't know what to expect from it. 

When we landed we needed to take a bus to the city center, this was also a first one. I guess this trip was based around experiencing things for the first time. Like figuring out how public transport works, finding our way to our hostel and being in a country where I needed to adjust to their funny accent before I could understand them properly. Not that I don't understand English at all but when they where talking in some kind of dialect I couldn't follow it that well. 

Our first stop of the day when we arrived at the big King's Cross station in London was visiting the Harry Potter store. I'm not a huge fan of Harry Potter as in I don't collect all the items, or have read the whole book series but I do love all the merchandise, movies and the story in general! So I would say I'm an enthousiast? I had my eye on one thing and if I would find it in the store I would buy it. It was a little pin from Hufflepuff, cause I'm a proud Hufflepuff member. Sadly they didn't had it in store anymore so I was a bit bumped about it. Though being there in the store was truly magical. And it made me want to watch the movies again or read the series one day. Not sure that will happend though. I love collecting books and visiting bookstores but I hardly read them. 

After our first stop we found our hostel quit quickly and checked our bags in before checking out our room cause we where sharing the room with 2 other friends and the mom from one of them. So instead of checking in we went outside again to explore the area a bit and found a food court with amazing food stalls and even some vegan ones! Nothing beats a food court with vegan food options, we had the perfect location to stay over that weekend. 

The other girls would arrive in the early afternoon so we stayed in the area waiting for them. The first one to arrive was Petra, she was already staying on Londen for a couple of days together with her boyfriend but wanted to stay with us for the weekend. Ayumi and her mom arrived shortly after Petra and our group was complete! Our first day together as a lolita crew could begin. 

Both Petra and I had a store on our list we wanted to visit on the first day so after we checked in and where a bit settled in our room we went out again. On our mission to find both stores. I really wanted to visit the Sew Over It store in Clapham, I'm a big sewing fanatic and they had some patterns I really wanted to buy. But I told myself I could only buy one pattern cause it would go from my event spending budget. I ended up with one pattern and the biggest smile on my face. I couldn't believe it that I actually visited the store. It is one of my favourite sewing pattern brands so being there was magical, and I'm so glad that everyone joined me. 

As for Petra, she wanted to visit the cutest store in London I think. It was a kawaii, fairy kei store with the cutest items from Japan. This store was so adorable and they had so many items I wanted to buy. They had items from Listen Flavour which is an amazing casual brand with adorable illustrations on their clothes and of course big plushies, cute stationary and other cute things. If this wasn't the day before the event I would have definitely bought something but I wanted to safe as much money as I could. 

On the way we spotted a cupcake shop with vegan cupcakes, how is this even possible? Here in Belgium you are lucky to find one restaurant in your own town that can make something for you or when you live in a bigger city like Antwerp or Ghent you have a couple of options but a special cupcake store that sells vegan cupcakes in whole London is like heaven to me. Everyone ended up buying one or more cupcakes to try out. I bought 3 in total to share with my husband. We planned on having them as dessert when we went out for dinner but we ate to much at the restaurant that we saved the cupcakes for breakfast on Saturday. Nothing is more appropriate than having sugary sweet cupcakes first thing in the morning while getting ready for a big lolita event. 

My first day in London was a blast and I couldn't wait for the days of the event. I was amazed by the beautiful buildings, the food and overal politeness from the people we met at the stores and restaurants. It was nice to be in a country where you understand the language and I enjoyed every single moment of it. One day is really short to really explore the city and see all the things that London has to offer so London is definitely a city I would love to visit again one day but next time around Christmas. This has been a dream of mine for many years, to go Christmas shopping in London and enjoy all the fairy lights as well as the Christmas displays from the stores. So maybe one day this dream will become a reality. 
Our day ended way sooner that we all hoped for but since it would the an early start the next day we tried to go to bed pretty early. Though I think it was around midnight when we where finished with talking, looking at all the pretty dresses and planning out our schedule for Saturday morning.

But more about that in my next post!

donderdag 17 augustus 2017

Let's go shopping at Dream Masquerade Carnival! - Vendor overview

In just one week I will be on my way to London to attend this years Tea Party Club event. This is the first time that I attend a TPC event as well my first time in London. So I'm already pumped about my first time in London! Any tips for me on what to see on Friday and Monday?

Since the event of the Tea Party Club has so many vendors I thought it would be nice to prepare myself a bit with a handy dandy overview. So why not share this list with you too?! In total there are 25 vendors! Isn't this insane?! And I even didn't count the remote vendors in this list. Adding those to my total it would be 39, 39 vendors!! Like OMG can you imagine how many money you will need to buy something from all those vendors? If you have a pot of gold or a money tree please let me know, hihi. 

I've divided the vendors based on actual vendor and remote vendors. The guests are also included in this list. Hopefully this list will help you with planning out your shopping day on the first day of the event. I know it will help me a lot with not being super overwhelmed by all the amazing things I will find at the event!

Special Guests
First up is main guest Angelic Pretty, both Maki and Asuka will join us at the main event on Saturday and at the tea party on Sunday. Some of the lucky attendees who where able to buy a Gold ticket will be rewarded with early acces where they can meet both designers. As well enter the games to win a ride with the special guests in a gorgeous carriage through London. 

I'm really excited to meet both of the designers and to shop at their booth! As most of you know Angelic Pretty is known for their sugary sweet collections and is also one of my favourite brands. 

So I think I will spend a lot of money at this booth, though I'm not planning on going home with a dress. I try to keep my shopping spree to accessories only this time. But we will see..

I was a bit sad when Kira Imai was announced as a guest/vendor for Street Fashion Europe - Omnia Vanitas earlier this year. Since I wasn't going to Omnia Vanitas I wasn't able to meet this icon within the lolita art scene. Kira Imai is mostly known for her collaborations with Angelic Pretty and draws the most amazing illustrations for this brand. When I heard that Kira Imai was joining us at Dream Masquerade Carnival I was so excited. As an artist postcard collector this is a dream that comes true, I'm able to buy some of her postcards and let them sign by the artist itself. I do hope that she will bring enough stock with her to survive the first rush of gold ticket holders.

Tripple fortune is a brand that you see at many events but I'm super happy so see that they will be in London too. I really love their bonnets a lot and I kinda like their clothes too. But I'm a bit in doubt if it fits my style and body type. Their designs for dresses are rather long and I think that it will look funky on me. I was initially planning on getting a new bonnet but I canceled this plan so save some money for other things. Getting a new bonnet is a big investment and I don't get much use out of them as I was hoping for. But this doesn't mean I won't take a look at those gorgeous bonnets and dresses and I do need to shop at their booth anyway for a friend. I'm hoping to buy some tights from Tripple Fortune this year so wish me luck.

Both Babi and Kaie will join the event on both days.

While Tripple Fortune is a well know face at European events so is Rose Marie Seoir. I first saw this brand in Paris at La Vie en Rose, ever since she was a guest at all the following Street Fashion Europe events and now at this Tea Party Club event. Every time I want to buy something from Rose Marie Seoir but I end up buying nothing and regretting everything a couple of days after the event has passed. So this year I want to buy something for real, I'm specifically looking for some accessories to go with my new homemade strawberry dress so I hope she has something for me. 

Rose Marie Seoir is a brand that is great for everyday looks, it is cute and has a unique style. It fits more into Larme kei instead of lolita but their designs are so adorable so it doesn't matter for me. 

The last guest in this line up is Kunika, she is a sweets Artists. She was a guest at Enchanted in London a couple of years ago and you where able to buy some of her cookies as well some of her imitation cakes. Personally I'm not super excited to meet Kunika in person but I am looking forward to see her cookie and cake decoration skills in person. It is not completely clear to me if we will be able to buy some of her merchandise but I will definitely take a look at her booth! 

Besides all the shops from the guests these amazing brands are represented too! I'm not going into detail for every brand since there are just to many of them but I will tell what my highlights are.

In this list of vendors I'm mostly looking forward to Fidel David, he is a designer with such an unique style. It reminds me a bit of lolita fashion with historical influences as well some distressing at some points. He works with lots of lace and small details, he doesn't have an actual shop where you can buy his designs but you can always contact him for commissions. I'm mostly looking forward to see his designs on the runway as well to look at them at his booth. 

Peackalorum is also a brand that I want to see, I saw on their webshop a gorgeous feather brooch as well as a tricorn hat. This brand has mostly smaller items like wristcuffs and hair accessories.

Both Shinkurose *top left and Narcissique Coutoure *bottom right are new to me. They both sell clothes as well some accesories. Shinkurose offers clothes in different sizes and have some cute accesories too. If you are a fan of Gothic I would suggest you check out Narcissique Coutoure, they have some amazing things in their online store so be sure to check them out! 

Where to start with this amazing line up of vendors. If I'm completely honest I love them all but I do need to say that I have my eyes on something from Fantastic Grim which is a UK based accessory shop. I already own some things from them but I'm hoping to add one of the book necklaces to my collection. Also TokiMeki is on my shopping list both for myself as well for a friend. I'm not sure if I end up buying something for myself though it need to fit my style cause everything he makes is so adorable. 

Mossbadger and Summer Tales Boutique are shops that I will take a look at and see if I find something that catches my eye. Summer Tales Boutique has released a new blouse that I'm really interested in so I'm looking forward to see this in real life. I'm also hoping to see some new designs on the runway from both brands.

From this little lot I have my eyes on some items from Ma Petit Chouchou, especially their own designed tights. Also their necklaces are gorgeous as well so I will take a look at them too. Ma Petit Chouchou sells their own accessories as well some items from Souffle Song and Cutie Honey so I'm looking forward to see what they will bring. Cherie Cerise is a brand I discovered last year at Under the Sea, I bought a cutsew from them and I really love it. I hope I can buy one of their necklaces that I've seen on their website they are gorgeous!

Both Lady Sloth and Antique Frills are less interesting for me, Lady Sloth has some cute casual dress right now up for sale and I hope I can see them at the event in the runway. While Antique Frills is a totally new brand for me I can't tell you much about it, but what I can tell you is that they will bring lots of clothes and accessories for sale and will participate in the fashion show too.

We are almost at the end of the official vendors that will have a booth at the event. This time I would like to highlight Moss Märchen and Heaven's Atrium. Both are brands that are highly on my shopping list this event. Especially Moss Märchen, this brand makes stunning ribbon embroidery necklaces and I want to add one to my collection. The only downside of this brand is that they rarely have items up on their webshop which makes it really hard to get your hand on these items. Currently Moss Märchen is pre-selling the items that she will bring to the event so the chances are really small that I will be able to buy something from her stall at the event itself. The pre-selling is both a blessing as well as a curse in my eyes, you have a chance of getting your desired item but if you aren't quick enough to claim the item on instagram and pay in the next 30 minutes when you receive the payment details you lost your item. I'm not interested in buying something in a bloodbath on instagram right before the event. If it was ment to be I will be able to grab something from Moss Märchen at the stall. 

The other brand that I'm really excited about is Heaven's Atrium, they are a fairly new brand only one year old and I recently discovered their shop with a giveaway. The reason I am excited for this brand is because they make dresses according to your preferences. You can pick different styles of skirt lengths as well different bodice types for your dress. They will bring all the different types of skirt lengths to the event so we can take a look at it. I'm really looking forward to see their new print which features butterflies! 

After Midnight and My Sweet Sakura are both accessory brands, I'm not particularly interested in both of them but I think they are worth to take a look at at the event and see what they have to offer. The reason why I'm not super interested in them is because it doesn't fit my style that well. 

Last but not least are Dream Holic which is a Taobao wigshop. Currently I own 2 Dream Holic wigs and I'm impressed with the quality, color options and their overall style of wigs. I'm really looking forward to see what they will bring to the event cause if I read it right they will bring items from their new clothing and accessory line which is made in co-operation with Krad Lanrette and other Chinese brands. This is really exciting news! 
Violet Fane is also a shop that I want to visit at the event, not something particular that I want to buy from them but it's always nice to see their items. Maybe I'll grab one of their lovely brooches, I've been eying on them for a while now so maybe it is time to get one. 

I totally forgot about Long Ears and Sharp ears as a vendor, how could I've missed this brand in this list? But how excited is it to see them at the event too? They have such great designs for their dresses and it looks so good in real life. I've seen their designs on the runway before in Berlin at Urban Fairytale. I wasn't planning on getting a dress but maybe I'll end up with one from this lovely brand. They also mentioned that there is going to be a collaboration item for the gold and silver ticket holders so I'm looking forward to see what it's going to be.

The last brand in the vendor list is Sugar Trampoline, this brand is new to me but from what I've seen they sell some lovely accessories and adorable bloomers and aprons. Really suitable for sweet lolita. 

Remote Vendors
The end is near! Only 14 more remote vendors to go. 
Please be aware that if you want to purchase something from the remote vendors you need to pay with paypal. It is not possible to pay with cash! 

The first remote vendors are all Asian brands, Wunderwelt is a secondhand webshop for Lolita fashion. They also have a separate store with the name Wunderwelt Fleur where they sell new items as well. It's definitely worth checking their site out! And I'm sure I will bring this remote vendor a visit cause you never know what dress you might find for a good deal. 

Juliette et Justine and Atelier Pierrot are both brands that I look up to and want to add to my collection as well but it fits in the same corner as Tripple Fortune when it comes to their clothes. First up Juliette et Justine, I love their dresses a lot but they are just to small for me. While Atelier Pierrot fits me fine I'm hesitated about the style. Maybe I just have to take a look at their accessories. 

Baroque is a brand that I only know from the gold glitter shoes and bag that I own but when I looked at their webshop I saw some gorgeous dresses. I hope they will participate in the fashion show!

Look at these awesome remote vendors, My inspiration with their stunning embroidery necklaces, brooches and handbags. I hope I can add one of their necklaces to my collection this year. I've been looking at their designs at every event but I couldn't find the right one so I really hope I have some luck this year. Miss Danger is "famous" for their masquerade mask brooches. Those are truly magical  and if they would go with my style I would definitely buy one! Maybe I can buy one for my husband if he likes them, but he can take a look for himself at the event. 

Madillustration is my nr one brooch shop! Her designs are so adorable and I love the watercolors she uses in her illustrations. I've been following Madillustration for a while now and I love every single thing she makes. For the event she designed an exclusive brooch, I'm still in doubt if I want to try and buy one but it's not really my style so I will see what I will do when we get there. 

Lastly in this block we have Puvithel, this brand is also fairly new to me. Puvithel is an accessory brand,  to be honest I'm not sure if I like them or not. Their necklaces and accessories are looking amazing but are a bit to much for my personal taste. I'm more of a simpel, classy and elegant accessory type of person instead of the eye catching ones. But if you love bling be sure to check them out!

We are almost at the end of our never ending list of vendors but please hang in there. From this list I will bring Vanillas Traumfabrik definitively a visit. As I already know this brand for quite some time I know how much I love their rosettes and necklaces. I've been eyeing on some things from their shop so I hope I can add those to my shopping spree at the event. 
Alchimia is a brand that I discovered when following the announcements on the event page. They have some stunning headpieces on their facebook page so I'm really looking forward to see them in real life! The headpieces they make are fitted for an OTT coord so it's always a bit tricky to buy something without having a coord in mind. Well at least for me that is. 

While we are at the remote vendor booth I will also take a look at Mulberry Chronicles, they are a great brand for everyday coords and make adorable brooches. Their last collection was with cheese and wine, definitely an unique theme! So this brand is going onto my list too. 
The last one in this little list is Fluffy Tori, this brand is not specifically on my list of shops that I need to visit but I will take a look at their items to see if they have something new. This brand is definitely a must see for the sweet girls among us as well as the sporty types because they have some amazing sportswear! 

Both Cotton Candy Feet and Me likes Tea where highly on my list of shops that I wanted to try out in the future. Cotton Candy Feet makes the most amazing shoes in different colors and started to bring out their own bag line as well. While Me likes Tea on the other hand is a petticoat shop, where you can customise your petticoat as your heart desires. They both offered a pick-up service at the event and since I was in need of new shoes and a new petticoat I made some use out of it. So I will let you know what I think about these two shops in the future!

Since we are officially at the of this never ending vendor list of Dream Masquerade Carnival I would like to hear from you what your favourite shops are for this event. Any special guest you would love to meet or a special item you want to hunt down?  

By the way did you know there is going to be a bring and buy too? 
Even more things to choose from!

See you in London!

Lots of love, 
poppy x

vrijdag 21 juli 2017

What inspires me when building a coord

Finding inspiration for a coord is for some of us like a second nature. While if I look at myself I sometimes struggle with finding a concept for my coord. But I do have some tips and tricks for finding inspiration when you have a lolita-inspiration-block. As I don't really get all my inspiration from other lolita girls but also from looking at my dresses. From new items in my closet or movies that I watched.

Choose your main piece

This will be the first building block for your coord. With your dress you can sort out matching accessories that go well with the colors of your dress. Don't be afraid to make odd color combinations because as long as they are in the same color scheme it could work out in the end. Think about matching all dusty tones with each other, they have the same color tone so they work well with each other. This way you can find new coords with the items you already have. 

Giving your main pieces a closer look seems a bit weird but I tend to overlook details in print. After many years of owning a print I forgot about some small details. Like for example I found a unicorn in my Milky Planet JSK when I wore it the last time for the twin meet. I was completely in shock about this since I was 100% sure that there wasn't a unicorn in this print. Since I only remembered ice creams and bunnies. So this gave me a new boost to make a new coord with this print. 

Think about accessories

Accessories make a coord really pop out from the rest. I always pick my accessories according to the color theme of my base coord *main piece and blouse* 
This is where I get the most inspiration, playing with different bows, florals clips, hats, bonnets or even necklaces and bracelets. 
If I'm not working with a theme I go for what feels most like me and what makes me smile when I look at it. 

Get something new

My biggest inspiration comes from either combining things in an odd way or by getting new items. Those are my two main inspiration sources. Even if it is just as small as some floral clips, a new necklace or brooch. Having something new gives you the opportunity to work with your new item and see how it matches everything in your wardrobe. 
I love coording my dresses and accessories together on my free days to see how many combinations I can make.  If you don't have the money to buy something maybe you can try making your own things? It is definitely not always cheaper but that way inspiration might come to you even faster.

Still no inspiration?

If I'm really stuck with a coord I tend to visit online shops looking for items that cheer me up without buying them. Getting my mind of a coord helps a lot for me. In the past three weeks I was in a lolita-inspiration-block, feeling down about everything I put together nothing fitted like I wanted and it felt all the same. So I ended up getting my mind onto something else. 
In the end I found my inspiration back after talking to my friends about it and telling about the coords that I planned out.

Talking to friends about having no inspiration or sharing your coords with them when you feel stuck gives you a new view on things. For me this helps a lot! 
Currently I'm having so much inspiration that I need to write them down and draw things out for the future. 

So what inspires you when making a coord?
Please let me know! 

This post is in collaboration with Lolita Blog Carnival. 
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vrijdag 9 juni 2017

5 tips to beat the heat in Lolita

When wearing lolita we all know that when it starts to get warmer outside we get really inventive with our coords. We do anything to keep ourselves cool in summer but we still want to look stylish and fit all the boxes within the fashion. 

Here are some of my favourite tips to keep your coords as airy as possible. 

Choose for a loose fitting OP

OP's come in many different shapes and sizes, that way you can pick the perfect dress for your body type. In summer I prefer lose fitting OP's, these dresses don't cling onto your body when it's hot outside. When you wear an OP you don't need to think about adding an extra blouse underneath or a cardigan to cover up your shoulders. 

Ankle socks for the win

Little ankle socks are great for summer and add some cuteness to your coord without the heat of OTK socks or tights. They are many different types when it comes to socks, you can go for a retro look with sheer socks or socks with lace on top. 
Some say you can't wear ankle socks with lolita but if it works with your coord go for it! 

Bloomers to prevent thigh chafing

This isn't your standard tip but this is definitely my number one tip when it comes to high temperatures. I know there are some products on the market to help with this problem but through my own experience that those chafing sticks don't help that well for me. That's why I wear light cotton bloomers that cover my thighs. This way my legs are protected with a light fabric and I don't have any pain from chafing or that horrible feeling of rubbing thighs. I really hate that feeling! 

Want to wear a JSK? Add a short chiffon blouse 

This year I added some basics into my wardrobe and some of them are cropped chiffon tops. They sit just beneath my bust line which makes them very short but perfect for under a JSK. Because of the chiffon fabric and the losse short fit it is very airy and doesn't cling to your body. I love wearing these short blouses under my dresses in summer time and I wish I had them sooner! 

Natural hair all the way

Especially for those casual days or smaller meetings you can use your own hair to create a nice hairstyle. A wig is very easy but also very hot, you can compare it with a hat that you don't take off when going inside our outside. You are sweating like crazy with a wig because the heat can't escape from your head nor does the wind come to your head to cool you down. For events you can choose for a half wig or go die hard with a full wig. But I suggest to keep your wig off till the very last minute before leaving the house and take it off when it is starting to irritate or you feel over heated. 

Bonus tips!! Cause we all love a bonus tips
  • Bring your own water bottle with you with cold water. We lose much more water when it's hot outside so stay hydrated.
  • If you have a parasol, use it to provide some shade when walking and sitting in the sun. This will decrease the temperature a bit.
  • You don't need to wear a petticoat 24/7 when wearing lolita. At smaller events or meets you can easily remove your petticoat when sitting on the table or on the ground for a picknick. Just add your petticoat again to your coord when making photo's. 
  • If you are feeling unwell because of the heat say it to your friends. Find a place out of the sun or go outside for some fresh air, sit down and eat something to help your blood pressure rise again. If needed remove excess layers like petticoats and wigs to help you cool down again.

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