Poppy Noir ♥ Kathleen

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vrijdag 16 maart 2018

Why is Angelic Pretty one my favourite brands? // 10 day Lolita Challenge

On day one there was a lolita brand that caught my eye. Yes as some of you might already know deep inside Victorian Maiden is my treasure and got me into the fashion with their classic designs and rococo feeling. But is was Angelic Pretty that truly pushed me into the style that I love the most, sweet lolita. Angelic Pretty is a dream brand for every sweet lolita lover out there. But also if you have a classic style, Angelic Pretty can still be your thing.  

I still remember the day I received my first Angelic Pretty set in 2012 I believe, it was a second hand Memorial Cake OP set with the matching headbow and socks. I've lost enough weight to finally fit into shirred Angelic Pretty pieces and this was such a magical feeling to me. Since I was dreaming of that day since the very start of my lolita journey back in 2006. 

Until this day Angelic Pretty is the brand I own the most items from, follow every single release and get butterflies from it every time I wear my dresses from this amazing brand. Though I must say they do tend to re-use their design ideas a lot like the generic cherry release every single year but I still think they have unique designs and cater to a lot of different themes within their fashion brand. 
Going from sea themed pieces to royal crown, to pastries and back to religious themes or just a plain sky print. And not to forget to mention their solid color items, they are to dye for! Have you seen their latest piece with the long tule overskirt that has a larme feel to it, it is called Otome no Tutu Doll It is such a stunning piece. 

Angelic Pretty be as amazing as you are! I keep falling in love with your designs over and over again. Just like I did with your last release, Sugar Candy Shop! Too bad I don't have any room to spend my money on a new release this year. So maybe one day I'll get my hands on a sax or white JSK with the matching accessories! 

vrijdag 16 februari 2018

Solid or Prints, what is my favourite?

When you first start out with lolita fashion you need to make the most important choice of the day. Are you going to go for the non printed dress with lots of detail or are you more of a novelty themed person and go for the fun and bright prints with berries, cakes, castles or other cute items on your dress.

It all depends on the fact what your purpose is going to be for that specific piece and of course what style you want to wear in the future. Most lolita girls like to use non printed simple dresses for work like the ones Innocent World offers. They have a minimal amount of ribbons but still look really put together. While if you are more of an event person you can choose to go for the printed dresses that fit the theme for example. 

As I look at my wardrobe the majority are printed dresses, which I also use as casual dresses since my own solid dresses are no wear near suitable for every day coords. 
When I first started out with lolita I bought a pink non printed gingham dress with minimal details on it while my second dress was going to be Memorial Cake by Angelic Pretty which futures cakes and flowers. I was super happy with my first dress but my second dress was the one that got me the most. All those details in the print and there was so much to see. 

That is why I love printed pieces so much, you have so much details in the print and discover something new every single time you look at it. Cause you don't remember every single thing that is on there. I've made a video from one of my newest dresses "Welcome to the Sweets Hexenhaus" to show all the lovely details in the print. If you have time please check it out. 

With solid pieces you have the amazing ruffles, bows and other details that make the dress pop but to be honest I like the princess type of solid dresses over the clean and simple solid pieces especially for events and meetings. 

In the end it is a question of preference and what you are going for. As an OTT sweet lolita I absolutely adore the versatility of a good printed dress where I can use different pieces and colors from the print into my coord. While when I make coords with my solid pieces I tend to stick with the same simple coords over and over again.
Though there are some amazing girls out there who do magical things with solid pieces but it just doesn't fit my own style that well or maybe I should look into that style a bit more... Who knows what happens in 2018!

This post is in collaboration with the lolita blog carnival
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vrijdag 9 februari 2018

How to make the perfect wardrobe post // 5 easy steps

Wardrobe posts, you either love making them or hate the fact that you want to make one but don't feel like putting up with the effort that goes into making one. As for myself I'm definitely on the last group!

But unlike every other year I've made the effort into making a wardrobe post this year. My first wardrobe post was one that I am not proud of at all when I look back at it. It is lacking in quality, details and especially it doesn't represent me. It feels empty and plain. Nothing wrong with plain wardrobe posts don't get me wrong here but pairing that with the other missing factors it isn't something that I'm proud of.

Now I don't going to tell you to buy the newest camera on the market or to invest in something that makes your wardrobe post stand out a bit more. But I am going to share 5 tips on how you can make your own version of a perfect wardrobe.

Daylight is your best light source

We all know that you need some light in order to make a photo. All light sources have different colors going from a more blue tone to a more yellow tone. This shade will reflect on your actual photo. With daylight you sit right in between the blue and yellow tones which gives you the perfect representation of your actual dress without the need of adjusting your photo's through a photo editing app. 
Also this light source is free and available all day, the only thing you need is a window in front of your photo spot. 

Other than having daylight in your room is the placement of your photo corner also an important factor to keep in your mind. The best placement of your camera is going to be in between the window and the things you want to make photo's off. This gives the best overall lightning and no harsh shadows. 

Left = facing my window
Middle = window on the side
Right = window behind me

As you can see the lighting differs in all the three photo's and they where made in the same moment with my phone.  

Don't rush your photo making progress

This one is so easily to forget but please take your time when making the photo's. Make sure your dresses lay correctly, no weird folds or ribbons left untied. All these small details pay for themselves in the end. When you take your time to properly display your pieces in every photo you will enjoy working your way through it when making the actual wardrobe post. You find yourself in awe over your dresses and see all the little details just like the stock photo's of brands like Angelic Pretty or Baby, the stars shine bright. 

With my own wardrobe post this year I started rushing through things when I was getting tired after multiple hours of shooting my items. And it really shows, at least I see the flaws in the photo's. Blouses that where a bit wonky, dresses not hanging straight on my dressing doll or even weird pleats in the skirts where the lining of my dress was all scrunched up underneath.  I needed to redo some of these photo and still some slipped through! 

It was better for me to spread the process over multiple days instead of one evening. But I wanted to finish it that night before I wanted to go to bed. This was the worst idea ever and it shows in my eyes. 

Small items are even smaller on photo

Dresses show up really when on photo cause they are big and you can fill up the frame really well without skipping out on the details of a print. When it comes to smaller items like jewellery you need to take a different approach. The moment you put all your necklaces in one shot you loose a lot of detail. In my first wardrobe post I places all the same type of items in the same shot, so all headbows together, same for socks and necklaces for example. This ended in one giant mess and a wow effect on how much stuff I had instead of showing off the details of the items. For my wardrobe post this year I took the time to place for example my necklaces in pairs of 4 together for a close up shot. Same for my headbows, placed by brand or color palet with a max of 5 if I'm correct. This was aesthetically pleasing and a lot easier on the eye. 

Top: Old wardrobe post on LJ
Bottom: New wardrobe post on my blog

You don't need to post in Januari

Back in the day when the lolita community was mostly active on Livejournal Januari was the month where you could post your wardrobe. This was the theme of the month! Though times changed and we aren't active on Livejournal that much, people post their wardrobes on Facebook, personal blogs, instagram or make youtube videos about their wardrobe. Some still use livejournal to show off their wardrobe but the amount is a lot less than it used to be. 
With this change comes the time frame when people post their wardrobes. I wanted to add this point after seeing a video on youtube where a girl talked about the fact that she wasn't going to make a wardrobe video yet. She explained that she used the wardrobe posts to look back on the past year and to reflect on how her wardrobe has evolved over the year and what dresses she is going to let go. But this was something she does at the end of the year instead the beginning of a new one. 

This made me think about the whole wardrobe month and the deadline we all put on ourselves. You don't need to finish all your photo's in January, you can start in the middle of the year if you want. You also don't need to post your wardrobe in January, there is still February of even December like the girl in the video so you can look back on the past year. Don't focus on just one month, if you can't finish it in time no one gets killed for it. Yes it is nice to expect all the wardrobe posts of your friends or the people you follow online in Januari but I also think it would be way better to have one wardrobe post in a year instead of none.

Not everything needs to go on the photo

A wardrobe post is a representation of your wardrobe but this doesn't mean that you need to put everything on the photo for the sake of making a wardrobe post. This is a rookie mistake I think and definitely something I learned along the way. Sure you can make photo's of every single item you own but do you want to show off those simple cardigans you wear on a daily base or all the non printed tights you wear with your dresses? I know I don't want to show that to other people. When I look at myself, I love looking at wardrobe posts where there are pretty items on display. Dresses, Brand socks, unique cardigans, jewellery or even special shoe designs. I'm not really interested to see a collection of forever21 blouses or plain white tights with dirty spots at the soles. I made this mistake myself with my first wardrobe post as I thought that I needed to make photo's of everything that I owned or used while wearing lolita. Going from plain tights to thrift store blouse that I didn't wear or older items that looked pretty dead in the picture. If an items doesn't look good on the photo rethink for a second if it adds something to your post or not. 

This year I picked only my dresses and combined them with the blouses I wear the most, accessories, headpieces, brand socks and handbags. This selection filled up both my time as well as my wardrobe post pretty well. And I feel that I'm not missing anything this time. I look back at my photo's with a smile on my face and see how well everything is showing without showing off some older items or items that I don't really use in coords like tote bags or hats. 

You have to deal with a big mess

So a little bonus tip from yours truly, be prepared for a giant mess if you are like me! 
I knew I had a lot of stuff but when I pulled everything out after making the photo's I realised how much stuff I actually gathered over the years. 
As I wasn't putting my items away after each photo I ended up standing in the middle of a giant pile of lolita items. Spreaded over my bed, into the corners of my room and everything was one big mess. Though putting everything away while making the photo's wasn't an option either cause it would mean that it would only take a lot longer. And if you remember I said that I was doing this in the evening a couple of hours before going to bed. Not so smart Poppy, not so smart! 
Luckily my dear friend Josine would come the day after and we decluttered my room together in the afternoon. Putting everything back in place and organising my closet again. While she enjoyed taking a closer look at all the pieces in my wardrobe I enjoyed the reorganisation of my wardrobe. It was a lovely afternoon! 

The battle zone of my 2018 wardrobe post

I hope to see you next time for a new post! 

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zondag 4 februari 2018

Taking a 10 day Challenge

My dear friend Rosalynn from the blog Lolita Wonderland started with this 10 day challenge. Rosie from the blog Star❤︎Dust already finished her challenge too and after reading her stories I got excited to try this one out as well. Most challenges I attacked in the past I failed with completing. It's hard to find the motivation to stay up with following these prompts every single day. That's why I'm planning to take this challenge and make it work for my own, posting a blogpost about the challenge every single week for the upcoming 11 weeks starting today!

This challenge is made to look back on your favourite things within the lolita fashion as well as your own lifestyle. The topics go from your favourite meetings to the memories you have from events or looking back at your first coord and your last. 

I'm really excited to write about these prompts and to look back at them one day even though I don't really read back my own blogposts that often. Are you planning on taking part in this challenge as well? 

These are the prompts I will use to accomplish this challenge: 

The secret that I want to share today is going to be the one of writing in advance. Since I'm home from work duo to medical reasons I have lots of free time but limited energy. I'm going to write a couple of prompts during the days I feel fit enough to blog a bit but really this is the biggest secret to running an active blog. Writing multiple posts on one day an schedule them on the days they need to go online. Hopefully this will help me with completing this whole challenge, I think this would be my first challenge I run on this blog that I will complete! 

Have you ever tried challenges like this or maybe other challenges?

Please keep an eye on my blog for the upcoming days as my DMC posts will be coming online as well later this week. Other than my blog I also run a youtube channel where I post videos on a weekly base, so if you aren't a blog fan you can always check out my youtube channel for fun and sometimes informative videos as well. 

See you soon! 

dinsdag 16 januari 2018

What is in my 2018 wardrobe?

Januari is such a memorable month within the Lolita community cause this month comes with a long lasting tradition of posting your own wardrobe on EGL, Livejournal. The oldest online community that is still used on to this day to post our lolita wardrobes on. This online treasure box if filled with so many informative topics about the fashion that it would be a really dark day if this community ever dies out completely and get's removed as well.

But onto a happier note, my first and immediately last wardrobe post was in 2015. I was so proud when I finished my little post on Livejournal and really loved the responses I got on my post that time. When I started with this years wardrobe I went back to Livejournal to look back on my wardrobe of 2015 and saw how much it has grown over time.

So let's see how much it actually did grow over the past 3 years!

Angelic Pretty
Whipped Gingham JSK - 2015 // Chess Emblem JSK - 2015
Angelic Pretty Candy Sprinkle blouse // Innocent World blouse

Milky Planet Special Set 2010 // Milky Planet OP 2010 // Milky Planet Halter JSK 2010
Angelic Pretty Dreamy Ribbon blouse // - // Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse  

Candy Sprinkle Lucky Pack JSK 2014 // Fancy Paper Doll Collar JSK 2013
Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse // Angelic Pretty Classical Arrangement Cutsew Cardigan

Merry Making Party JSK 2010 // Merry Making Party JSK 2010
Angelic Pretty Candy Sprinkle blouse // Innocent World blouse

Melty Cream Doughnut 2016 // Sugar Hearts OP 2011
Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse // -

Color Scheme Pearl Heart JSK 2009 // Memorial Cake OP 2009
Taobao Magic Tea Party blouse // - 

Toy Harmony Lucky Pack JSK 2017 // Wonder Cookie JSK 2010
Bodyline blouse // Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse

Wrapping Heart JSK 2015 // Decoration Dream Chest Switching JSK 2011
Primark blouse // Angelic Pretty Dreamy Ribbon Blouse

Baby, the stars shine Bright & Alice and the Pirates
Twinkle Lame Stripe Chiffon JSK 2014 // Sleeping Beauty Princess Rose JSK 2013
Dear Celine blouse // Wonder Rocket blouse 

Arietta JSK 2012 // Alice Bruges JSK 2012
Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse // Magic Tea Party blouse

Twinkle Girl JSK 2014 // Kira Kira Parfait JSK 2016
Dear Celine blouse // Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse

Marie's Sailor JSK 2013 // She is sleeping Shirring JSK 2006
Taobao Magic Tea Party blouse // Taobao Little Bear blouse

Träumerei of Bright Stars JSK 2013 // Drosselmeyer's Wonder Box Clara JSK 2011
Taobao Sweet Dreamer blouse // Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse

Metamorphose temps the Fille
Music Note Embroidery OP // Marine Border Shirring JSK 2008 // Tales of the Wood OP 2011

Innocent World
Happy London OP 2016 // London Bear JSK 2012
- // Wonder Rocket blouse

Tullip JSK 2015 // Tullip OP 2015
Wonder Rocket blouse // -

French Poodle JSK 2015 // Forest Animals Torchon Lace 2007 // Chemical lace Tired JSK 2016 
Taobao Little Bear blouse // Offbrand Blouse // Diamond Honey chiffon blouse

Emily Temple Cute & Victorian Maiden
Image Livre Print JSK 2013 // Rose Garden Blouse OP 2010
Wonder Rocket blouse // -

Princess Royal Alice & Bodyline 
Magical Girl Loves Cosmetics JSK 2015 // Love Nadia JSK 2009
Primark blouse // - 

L' Esprit de la Noblesse & Heaven's Atrium
Christmas Gift JSK 2017 release // Butterfly library 2017
- // Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse

Sweet Mildred & Fan Plus Friend 
Paris OP 2016 // Classic Pleated JSK 2008
- // Dear Celine blouse

Dear Celine & Fanzy Fantasy & Little Dipper
Winter Polka Dot JSK 2012 // The Wonderful Journey of the Walnut OP 2016 // Rose Lake JSK 2017
Alice and the Pirates blouse // - // Little Dipper blouse

Mulberry Chronicles & Peppermint Fox
Fox in the Woods JSK 2016 // Hidden Library JSK 2013
Wonder Rocket blouse // Wonder Rocket blouse

Handmade by me
Strawberry JSK 2017 // Omnia Vanitas OP 2017 // Floral JSK 2015
Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse // - // Taobao Diamond Honey chiffon blouse

Jewellery mixed brands

All from Angelic Pretty

All from Sweet 'n Tiny

All from Ma Petit Chouchou

Vanilla's traumfabric // Fantastic Grimm // Vanilla's Traumfabric

Tokimeki // Violet Fane // Moonbunny

Innocent World

Alice and the Pirates // Vintage // Offbrand // Veritas // Offbrand 

Vintage perfume bottles 

Left to right
Innocent World // Veritas // Angelic Pretty // Moonbunny // Moonbunny // Twinkle Kitty Boutique

All are Tokimeki

All are Moonbunny

Angelic Pretty // Chocomint // Misako Aoki 

All are Angelic Pretty 

Hair accessories

Angelic Pretty & Baby, the stars shine Bright

Chocomint & Moonbunny

Metamorphose temps de Fille

All are Innocent World

Baby, the stars shine bright // Alice and the Pirates

Metamorphose temps de Fille // Royal Princess Alice

All are Angelic Pretty

All are Angelic Pretty

All are Angelic Pretty

All are Angelic Pretty

Bonnets & Hats

Tripple Fortune // Belladonna // Tripple Fortune
Promise of Nostalgia

Brooches & Pins

Both are Innocent World

Both are Violet Fane

Taobao Sweet Dreamer // Handmade by me

All are Madillustration

All are Milkribbon

All are Peppermint Fox

All are Mullberry Chronicles

Mixed brands
Fluffy Tori // Imai Kira // Long Ears Sharp Ears // Angelic Pretty collab // Madam Chocolate

All are Vanillas Traumfabric

Summer Tales Boutique // unknown //Mossbadger 

Innocent World // Alice and the Pirates

Socks & Tights

Both are Tripple Fortune

Both are Royal Princess Alice

Innocent World // Grimoire

All are Angelic Pretty

All are Metamorphose

All are Innocent World


All are Innocent World

Mixed brands
Angelic Pretty // Swimmer // Baroque // baby the stars shine Bright

I didn't made photo's of my shoes and winter gear that is something that I might add in a next wardrobe post in a few years. Cause making a wardrobe post every single year is such a big task! But lots of fun to look back at. 
I'm glad that I made the effort to make this many photo's and play with the layout a bit ass well since it adds a bit of interest to this whole photo dump post. 

My wardrobe has grown a lot over the past years and I only sold one dress in my whole "lolita life" so I think my wardrobe will continue to grow even bigger over time. 
My dress count in 2015 was 19 for only my dresses and I'm starting the year with 52 if I counted correctly. This year I'm not going to add many items to my wardrobe and make the most of the items that I already own. The best case will be only 2 dresses and maybe some handmade ones as well but not more than that cause I'm saving my money for a trip to Japan. Which is way more important than a new dress hihi. 

See you next time! 
xox Poppy 

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