zondag 27 november 2016

November coord catch-up & life update

Hiya! I am going to start about what coords I wore this month and then after that you can read a bit about my current life (or skip that if you don't care :P).

Chocolate-y Candy

Coord Rundown:
JSK: Baby The Stars Shine Bright
Blouse & Bag: Angelic Pretty
Boots: Bodyline
Ring: Enchantlic Enchantilly

The 11th of november there is a Dutch holiday/tradition called 'Sint Maarten', after Saint Martin of course. In several parts (mainly the north) of The Netherlands, children go around their neighbourhood doors with (usually handcrafted) lanterns to sing and then receive candy.
We used to live in flat apartments before and wouldn't be 'bothered' by this tradition, yet this year I also got a feeling of nostalgia and of preservation of that feeling of a good 'gezellige' neighbourhood. Probably because we got a 'real' house now, but also because it was the week after the USA elections and maybe, I thought, maybe let's not change everything into a modern thing and keep the tradition going on.

My husband and I also planned a dinner in the city and we had a party elsewhere afterwards. Because of all the occasions I felt like dressing up. Of course I had to wear something with candy! This time I coordinated it with my brown bolero and boots, makes it a little bit more casual. Lots of the kids looked kinda surprised by my outfit I guess, haha.

A cuddly sky

Coord rundown:
JSK & bolero: Risu Rose (by me)
Blouse: Angelic Pretty
Headband: Baby The Stars Shine Bright
Necklace: Risu Rose (by me)
Stars-clip gifted/offbrand
Shoes from Taobao

I was planning on making a video-tutorial about how to simply sew a lolita skirt, but I honestly don't know if I'm still going to edit/make it (sorry). Anyway, I wore the coord for shooting the video. There were plenty of grey cloudy days that week before and I really felt the need to see some blue sky and warm/fluffy hints to it. It was also a nice chance to try on my newly sewn bolero.
To be honest, I am a lot happier with this coord, than the last one with this dress. I suppose this was a bit what I had in mind with it when I designed it and drew the illustrations on the fabric. Although that was in summer in mind, this feels more like a winter sky :)!

Heart-berry Bear

Coord rundown:
Skirt: Risu Rose (by me, fabric from elsewhere)
Blouse: Angelic Pretty
Bolero & shoes : Bodyline
Bag: Diamond Honey
Little bear keychain: Harrods

Last wednesday I met up with some lolita friends in Utrecht again. It was great! At the station there was a temporary Harry Potter book store in honor of the new (Fantastic Beasts) movie. It was pretty small and what they sold wasn't really interesting to me but they did a great job with the interior & decorations. There were some great antique/classic looking cabinets that really gave it a nice atmosphere.
After that we went for a (vegan) lunch at Sla and took some photos at the small courtyard of the Dom tower. This cathedral is actually really a beautiful thing to see, somehow I never really took in the details, but it is pretty impressive so if you are in Utrecht, go take a look.

Well, I did not go for a HP or classic/church-related coord, because I really wanted to wear my new skirt and use my new bag! The bag I saw a while ago on the Lolita Updates facebook group, together with their cookie-bear bag and it was instant love <3! I haven't felt that feeling since a while. They weren't too expensive either, so I ordered them the same day.

As you can see the bag has a transparent side where you can put in things for decoration (just like those otaku ita-bags). I still don't have much to decorate it with yet, but the lollipop and Minnie Mouse pencil instantly came to mind (both also given by friends ^.^ makes it a bit special). Though I wasn't really sure about the coord (red is a bit hard of a color to work with) I felt it worked out even though it's rather in-your-face  :P.

Charlotte, Josine & me at the Dom
I am glad that I could just go travel a day during the week, but after this weekend it's not going to be possible for a while!
To be honest, last months were a bit rough. Life as a freelancer is definitely not easy and last year has been the worst year illustration-job-wise since I graduated (5 years ago). It got me a bit in a negative spiral, where after I finished working for a client, I did not feel the motivation to draw a lot -just for me- anymore. I still had so many ideas and lots of time, but I just felt like my work wasn't (or isn't) really wanted nor needed in this world...that thought just sucks up all of the motivation. Next to that: being only at home so much isn't really a great thing after a while.

Last week I decided: I am going to look for a (part-time) job again, it is just a lot healthier and better for life-perspective (is that even a word?) and I can maybe find the motivation again to work just for myself if I don't have to draw for clients and have a steady income otherwise.
Funny (and lucky!?) enough, some days after I decided that, I got offered a job again and it's something that I am even glad to do and interested in so I'm so happy :D! The idea hasn't really settled in my mind yet, but I have to start this week already so no time to think, just go work, yay!
So if I am a bit more silent social-media wise, then you know why.

Some decorations we bought at a christmas fair this week.
I hope you all have a great december, I love all the cozy holidays and we already ordered a new christmas tree, so I can't wait to get into the christmas mood coming weeks! Are you planning some special things or did you already buy some presents for your loved ones? Let me know in the comments :) and see you next time! Thanks for reading!

woensdag 9 november 2016

The lolita closet

Last April we moved to another house, a place with lots more space and thus I could think -from scratch- of how I would store my clothes. What kind of closet would work, in combination with my lolita clothes?

In our former apartment there were built-in closets which was convenient for extra storage, next to the Ikea closet we already had. It was great for storing all my dresses in a save, closed space. But unfortunately there weren't shelves under it to store all the shoes and bags too in that same closet. So I kept my shoes and bags in another room. I always had to walk between the different rooms to get all the items to make my coordinations, which was not so convenient.

Luckily at Ikea (and probably some other stores) you can arrange/organise your own closet the way you like. In our new home we decided to have a separate room for our clothes ♥ hooray (what a luxury)! It was so nice that everything could be at the same place! So we bought a big closet to put in the room. Of course one part is for my husband (we have the same amount of closet-space by the way), but the other part is totally mine.

So what is a smart way to arrange your closet so everything can be in the same section?
I decided that the dresses and blouses would need to hang at eye level, and reachable (I'm not the longest person so some ready-made-closets have rails that are too high).
And below the dresses would be space for everything else. You can see on the photo left how it looks now.

As you can see I have a small space below the dresses and under that are 3 drawers. In the top drawer are my headbows, wristcuffs and some jewelry. Under that is the drawer with my bags. Last time I bought bags they didn't fit -all- in there anymore, so I moved some of the ones I don't use as much anymore to my other closet-part or upstairs.
Then the last drawer is full of shoes. I'm so glad that 4 x 2 pairs precisely fit in there.
I love these drawers, I don't have to worry about getting dust on anything and it's all neatly organised.

You might have noticed that my dresses and blouses are mixed. Sometimes I put a blouse on top of a dress on the same hanger, it takes up less space that way and it's also a way to put things that match together. I usually iron them anyway before I put on a garment so it's not much of a problem if they get a bit wrinkled (luckily it doesn't happen too much anyway).


 Another thing is that my socks are hanging between there as well!
For my socks I use an big accessory hanger with those big circles, the socks easily go through the circles and take up less space then they would in a drawer I think. It looks less neat though maybe.

Then where to keep the petticoats? Well next to the closet was a space where a small tall shoe-rack fitted, I use that rack to squish my petticoats in and on top are some of my boots. Before I kept my petticoats in a plastic box but it was always hard to close the box, haha. And this way they also get some fresh air ;).

I don't keep my skirts in here though, well..there isn't a lot of space left anyway and I don't wear my skirts that often so they just go in my other closet-part with the normal skirts.
As for smaller accessories, I keep them on a pin-board on the wall, so I can easily browse them and put things on while I stand in front of the mirror.

I'm pretty happy with how it works right now, even though this is not a super-cute or pretty closet, it's very practical, especially in combination with the room and the other closet-parts next to it. Let's just hope that I won't need any more than this, but I think if it won't fit anymore I might get rid of or move some items again if needed.
Some bags and things upstairs in my work-room, they look cute enough to use as decoration don't you think?
How is your closet arranged? Do you have a supercute space only for your lolita things or is everything just among your other clothes? Do you keep your accessories in drawers or is everything exposed on your walls? Let me know, I'm very curious!
Thanks for reading and see you again!

woensdag 2 november 2016

Bunny House Petticoat Review

Some months ago I ordered a new petticoat. My 'old' Classical Puppets petticoat wasn't just that poofy anymore and I decided to buy a new one. I saw some good things about the ones from Bunny House, which is a Vietnamese business. I decided to try that one out.

Ordering

Bunny House does not have their own website, they use their Facebook page for all their information. The description of the photos there describe how you can order it. They use a Google form for their orders.
It is custom made for you, so you can choose your own preferred size (within certain limits of course). Which is great, I could now choose to let it be made a tiny bit shorter ( because my waistline is a bit lower than most waists of my dresses).
I ordered their "super large white bell-shaped petticoat" on September 15, got a payment request the next day and got a mail that it was sent out (including tracking code) on October 6th, so that costed them only less than 3 weeks to make and send, which is super-reasonable especially seeing as I ordered it during a sale.

Petticoat

The petticoat itself is made from shiny organza fabric. It has about 4 layers on top that spread out in several more tiers of double layers.
First, I wasn't so sure if I should order large or super large size. If I think about 'super large' I think of the petti's Angelic Pretty use for their Japanese shows or something, but in fact this Bunny House petticoat isn't super-duper large. It's more like the right size, spreading out the fabric of my dresses nicely. But I don't feel like it's too much at all, so if you are a wearer of sweet lolita and need some cute happy poof then go for the Super Large size.
Something that didn't make me super-happy was that there isn't a layer of cotton (or any soft fabric) between the most inner layer and your legs. They did use a sort of opaque-polyester fabric, but it isn't very soft and I still felt the organza fabric around my legs when I walked around. That same polyester fabric is also used for the waistband, which I wonder how it will feel if it would be directly on your skin for a day. I usually tuck my blouse or top/shirt in it so to prevent that but yeah that can stretch out sometimes.

Let's hope it can survive more train-traveling and chair-sitting than the Classical Puppets one though. Honestly I did not expect it to be deflated as fast, I only have it for 1,5 years and I think maybe wear it for 1,5-2 days a month or so? Most of the meets I go to are about 2 hours travelling away though, so I also have an extra 'sit' on it besides the meets themselves. I would not recommend Classical Puppets for daily wear, but with that many layers I think the Bunny House one must live a bit longer.

I also made a short video about it so you can see some things upclose. I hope you find it useful if you every plan on buying a new petticoat! What kind of petti(s) do you wear and are you happy with it?


Thanks for reading, if you have questions or things to share or anything then please let me know in a comment below! See ya!