maandag 31 oktober 2016

Coord Catch Up

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, I guess it's kind of hard to do lots of stuff, I got a bit ill and also had to finish things for work and finish a video. But nonetheless I wanted to show you the latest coords I've been wearing at some really lovely events/meets. It was quite a busy month social-wise and honestly even when I really love being with friends, it's also very nice to have some peaceful time to rest and have time for yourself, but it's nice to look back at it. So here the outfits I wore!

Lavender Autumn

Coord Rundown:
Skirt: handmade
Blouse: handmade
Shoes: An Tai Na
Brooch: Risu Rose
Rest: offbrand

On the 12th I met up with Charlotte, a friend I met about 1,5 years ago. She's also a lolita and originally comes from France. It was nice to get to know each other a bit better. At big meets talking for a longer time isn't that easy so it's great to meet up with friends just to chat and share some tea or food ♥!

A month back or so I bought the fabric for this skirt at a market and I finished sewing it for this day because I felt it was quite autumn-like with the leaf-fairies in lavender, beige and brownish shades. And ofcourse that is best worn in autumn! The lace I bought on Etsy, originally for a Risu Rose commission but there was plenty left for more garments.

I don't often wear skirts but I think it's great for casual occasions, matched with a cardigan or bolero. The cardigan I bought last year at the Lidl and the roses in my hair come from a cheap shop called So Low. Haha when it comes to normal clothes and accessories they don't have to be expensive per se right ^_~.

Frilly Dreamland

Coord Rundown:
JSK+bow: Risu Rose
Blouse & OTKs: Angelic Pretty
Small Fluffy Star clip: from a shop at Japan Expo
Big Star Ring: Chocomint
Heart bubble ring: Pylones
Bag: Loris
Star bracelets: handmade / Primark

Next up is my first coord with my Lucky Star Dreamland jumperskirt. I know it's a bit on the safe side, but I definitely think this frilly blouse looks so sweet with the lavender color. I do want to try it on with my pink or yellow blouse too though. Since there are moon and stars on the print I wore them as accessories too.

The photo was taken by a new friend that I finally got to meet in real life which was super nice! I did wear this outfit to the swap/sell-meet which was held at Summer Tales Boutique (so besides my moon-bag I carried a not-matching big-ass trolley-bag full with stuff all the way from my home, haha).

At the meet I got a lot of things for free (shocking right o_o ?!) which was sooo super-sweet. I made a video about it:

Hope you liked watching it ^_^!

Pastel Fluffy Carnival

Coord Rundown:
JSK: handmade by me with Econeco fabric
Fluffy star clip: from Japan Expo (prob. same as the Chocomint ones)
Blouse: vintage from Summer Tales Boutique
Headbow/band: Baby The Stars Shine Bright
Boots: Bodyline
Unicorn ring: Risu Rose
Cotton Candy Prop & necklace: made by Eveline

Two cute fellow sweet lolita friends invited me to their birthday party! I was really looking forward to this and honestly thought of several things for a fitting coord, because I wanted to match the theme of the party, which was "Dreamy Carnival". As you might know there are lots of 'carnival' prints from Angelic Pretty which is actually usually with some sort of caroussel with ponies/horses on the print, so I definitely had to wear something with horses of some kind.

I have to be honest, I am (or was) not a horse/pony kind of girl per se. Yes I like My Little Pony and yes I do love pegasi with their majestic wings and unicorns with their fairytale-like style. But for a long time I really didn't want anything with a pony/horses on a dress, I just love the more smaller and fluffier animals like bunnies and bears I guess.
BUT the ponies definitely grew on me, especially seeing the fluffy bags and plushies in real life I thought they were really cute and cuddly and sort of elegant at the same time. They are defnitely well-made too, so it's just not like any other plushie you know. And as for sugary carnival, or well, lots of others of those AP prints, they are full of pastels. And pastels are gooood for my soul, so yeah I can't say no to that. That Angelic Pretty Pony on the photo was not part of the coord and is not mine but it was too cute no to put on picture!

Anyway, my Econeco jsk was the closest thing to a carnival theme with its animal parade and that unicorn on the bodice so I had to wear that! I had hoped to create an overskirt for it too, but alas I got sick the week before so I didn't have time anymore to finish it :(. At least I could wear some new stuff from the swap meet. The party was a lot of fun too ♡ besides a lot of nice chatting with friends, we even made and ate real cotton candy, how awesome is that huh !?

♫ Picture with the supercute birthday girls ♫

Happy late birthday to them!


Well those were the coords I wore the last weeks. If you have any questions or tips/critique for my coords I'll be glad to hear them so let me know and leave a comment!
There aren't any meet-ups planned soon for me, but I probably will wear lolita anyway of course (you don't have to wear it only to meet-ups you know :3 ) and I have some other posts planned so thanks for reading and see you again soon!

woensdag 5 oktober 2016

Dreamdresses

Last week I acquired my last dreamdress, the 'Welcome To The Sweets Hexenhaus ribbon jumperskirt'. Honestly I still can't believe it, but this is my last dreamdress. All? Really?
Every time I tried on a new dreamdress 
it made me feel super special ★ 
but every one is different to me. 
I especially love the print and the
combo of pink 
& brown of this one.

For those who don't know: 'dreamdresses' is a term used by many lolita's for the dresses they would really really love to own and wear. Some people have just one or two (but those might also be called a 'holy grail') and some have a long list (but maybe that's more like a wishlist?).
Lolita dresses usually are released in limited quantities, which means that if you like a dress from, say 2012, you have to find and buy it secondhand somewhere.

Basically I started out with the ones I saw somewhere and really liked. Then later I learned that some of them are just way too high above my price-range and that some of them just wouldn't look great on me so I scrapped those of the 'list'. I really wanted a list that was achievable and useful, and I guess that worked!

So for me, as someone who can also design and sew her own prints and dresses..at the start it was something I sort of felt doubt about. Like...should I have 'brand' dreamdresses? Isn't a dreamdress something I would design myself? But in the end lots of prints and designs inspired me and I don't like to be a copycat so what can one do, I think cherishing the original designs is a good thing. After all, they are sort of like a piece of art.

I do still have designs in mind for future things to make myself, ideas don't just stop coming and not everything already exists either. It won't hurt the wallet too hard either at least. But nonetheless I'm really happy that I'm such a lucky girl that I could find and purchase all my dreamdresses, way too lucky than I might deserve(?), but I think the most important thing is to enjoy it as much as I can ❤!

Oh, almost forgot, I made a video about this last dreamdress to show you how it looks. I've been thinking about making unboxing video's before with former purchases but just couldn't find the energy or courage but since I started making videos more I felt this last one deserved at least a video.
Hope you like it!
And thanks for reading. Do you have dreamdresses yourself, do you plan on actually getting them all and if yes, then how? I'd love to know so leave a comment if you like ^_^ !



Ferret Friends

Yesterday was World Animal Day on October 4 and I thought why not make a blogpost about our ferrets!
Since summer of 2012 we adopted two ferrets, a male we named Hobbel and a female named Annie. They were both over 1 year old by then (at least the shelter estimated so) and that means they are now about five and a half years old and still doing great.

Ferrets become about 6 - 8 years old on average in The Netherlands as far as I know, which means they are getting older, but you never know..they might become ten years old as well. When ferrets get older, they tend to get more diseases, they sleep more, lose weight and lose some hair as well. I already see change in their hair color, where first it became darker in the summer, it now tends to stay light or even a little bit grey-ish.

Why ferrets?
I was always surrounded by pets when I grew up and when I became a student I did kind of miss it but it wasn't just very practical. When my husband and me started living together and settle down a bit more with a job and such, I thought: let's look for a fitting pet. Cats and dogs just didn't fit our (former) apartment though. I am not so into other pets like fish, and a bird wasn't an option too.After seeing a book about ferrets, I became interested more and more about these little sneaky but adorable creatutes!
Lots of video's and website-visits further, we decided to go look at a ferretry to see how they are in real life. Then after that we decided we wanted one...or maybe two? Later we stumbled upon a ferret shelter and association called "Frettig Gestoord" (which translates into something like "Ferrety Crazy"). They had several ferrets up for adoption, so we made an appointment. Our choice was quite easy after that.

Ferrets certainly have a 'manual' to them. They are a bit playful like kittens, and can be for almost all their life and because of this, you need to play with them too. Yes, everyday. They need to get that energy out (before wrecking other stuff or becoming depressed). It can take several hours a day actually. We used to do it all in the evening, then later we started letting them out of their cage twice per day, and now they aren't really active very long anymore so once a day in the morning is fine since they also have their own room by now.

Although they cost quite some energy and don't often come sitting on your lap like a cat, I just love our little 'carpet sharks'. They are SO playful and can do crazy stuff so they make me laugh, which is simply good for the soul. And when they sleep, they turn into adorable warm fuzz-balls that make you melt. They also have quite some personality too. I'm still very happy that Annie & Hobbel are our pets and hope that I can continue to give them a good home while they grow older, because they deserve it ♥.