I want to be disturbed by what you’re wearing. I want to be shocked and undone and delighted by what you’re doing and how you’re living. And I don’t want anyone to be afraid to put on their look, their body, their clothes anymore. Resistance is what is sexy, it’s what looks good and is hard to look at and what sometimes requires explanation.
dean spade, Dress to Kill, Fight to Win, LTTR 1. (2002)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Clichés

Floral prints for spring is possibly the most un-original thing ever, but what can I say? I happen to love them. I *won't* be falling into any other clichés like "spring fever" and "new romances"- spring only reminds me that the temperatures will continue rising. I do get a hankering to go to the beach if the day happens to be bright with clear skies, but mostly, I'm not a huge fan of spring. This season only affords a few rainy and cool days that I can take advantage of- even if florals aren't many people's first choice for a rainy-day look.

Jacket: vintage
Top: Ralph Lauren
Bag: borrowed
Jewelry: Charlotte Russe, vintage, Forever 21
Skirt: second-hand
Tights: Leg Avenue
Shoes: La Defensa

I realized I put together a very versatile casual lolita look- it wouldn't look too out of place at school or in "business casual" environments. Nothing about it is so "cutesy" as to raise too much attention. It's bright, but still classy: the browns bring the girly floral print down to earth.

With floral prints in mind, I made a Polyvore set using two Modcloth tops that are in my "Must Buy" list. They would look perfect with my floral skirt. Both work well with lolita or other femenine styles. I really love the "Everything's Beautiful Top" because it's not often you see such a nice dark shade of red on a blouse.

Spring Clichés

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time is a tease

I can't wait till October- because I'm going to Ruffle Con! I snapped up my VIP tickets just when they were released, made my 1 night reservation at the hotel (I'm going to be staying longer, but with family), and I've got my plane and train tickets ready. It's still some months away, but excitement mounts as Ruffle Con starts anouncing which guests will be present. On February 15th, they divulged that Fumiko Kawamura, designer for "Enchantlic Enchantilly" (formerly known as Chantilly- tbh, I wish they'd stuck with a simple name) is going to be at the Tea Party! I really respect her for making dresses that can fit larger sizes a staple of her brand. I'm going to make sure I thank her for her wonderful work! She's also a bit on the big side of japanese measurements, so she's an inspiration on looking cute and pulling off lolita with a non-conventional body type. (She mentions in this Q&A that most clothes in the japanese market don't fit her.) Enchantlic Enchantilly will also be part of the fashion show, and the pieces will be sold in the marketplace- which is quite exciting, as I've never had the opportunity of seeing their clothes in person.

Fumiko Kawamura

Getting to go to a lolita tea party and a masquerade (!!!) for the first time ever has me all aflutter with ideas, I've already started thinking about what I'm going to wear. The magnitude of this event makes me feel like pulling out the pricier pieces. I will likely bring the two japanese brand dresses in my wardrobe: my tartan Metamorphose jumperskirt for the first day and my velveteen Innocent World jumperskirt for the masquerade. For the tea party, I was thinking of wearing the tapestry dress from Forever 21, modified. They actually pulled it from their website for a while because it got bad reviews. Girls complained it was "frumpy", it was too long, and problematic around the bust area. But when I tired it on in-store, I saw it had a lot of lolita potential... if only it didn't have an exposed zipper. The skirt was full enough for a petticoat and I'm not even concerned about the lenght- many popular classic lolita dresses have a longer skirt. The weight of the tapestry fabric and the rust colored floral print are also perfect for autumn. I hope to get the zipper replaced by a tailor, to avoid mistakes.

What I'm still fiddling with is the accesories and the hairstyles I'll boast for each day. To save some space in my suitcase, I've decided to bring one pair of comfortable heels and a matching bag for my lolita looks. That still leaves jewelry and hair accesories to choose! I'm not the best at styling my hair, so I'm having dificulty coming up with a fancy coiff for the masquerade. I'm also wondering if I should buy a plain mask and embelish it myself, or if I should get this pretty black 'lace' mask:

So many decisions! But that's half the fun of getting to go to such a wonderful event. Though I know I will enjoy everything thoroughly, and probably be filled with enough glee to give myself a heart attack, what I'm truly striving for with this trip is to meet new people. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Good Problems

Life has a way of balancing the good and the bad, sometimes. You can have a course filled with unenthusiastic students, but find one or two cute people that make it worthwhile. You can notice mean-spirited bitches talking shit about your sunglasses, but get compliments from friends later on in the same day. It's important to give more weight to the positive, and learn form the negative, if applicable. But mostly, this post is titled after Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes' song:

I always find myself thinking about this band's awesome retro sound when I'm wearing a rockabilly inspired outfit.

Top: Vintage
Belt & Ring: Torrid
Jeans: Forever 21 +
Shoes: Payless
Sunglasses: Domino Dollhouse

These Forever 21 high waisted skinny jeans are my favorite pair of jeans, EVER. The fabric is really stretchy, so they're incredibly comfortable and they hug my curves just as they should. They've become my go-to for keeping it stylish on lazy days - I'd recommend them to any fat girl shopping for flattering jeans. I paired them with a vintage red and white shirt, reminiscent of picnics and pinups. With the proper hairstyle, I might be an extra for "Grease". I was sort of forced to wear these heels because they are the only plain white shoes in my closet, even if not the best choice for comfort. But they do come with a bonus: that power trip you get when you feel taller than some men... you know?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

ModCloth x Polyvore Contest: Prom

I was contacted by ModCloth to participate in their weekly polyvore contest. I probably popped up in their radar because I've started subitting some of my outfits to their Style Gallery. I figured "I've never done a contest like this before, so why not. Sounds like fun!" The theme was "Prom Night", since the end of the school year is coming. I probably wouldn't have picked this dress out of all the gorgeous frocks featured in their Prom Section because the color is so light. But I do love the cut! I wish I had the sense to pick something so versatile and classy when I was shopping for Prom dresses. This isn't the kind of dress you only wear once: it's appropiate for the Holidays, fancy dinners, or birthdays- any ocassion when you want to shine your brightest!
ModCloth x Polyvore Contest: Prom

The modest neckline and pleated skirt are totally up my alley. The fabric has gorgeous gold detailing and mauve spots. The one thing is, the base color is light pink. I usually wear pink only as an accent color, so I chose jewelry and accesories based on the gold tones of this dress. The clutch is a bit more saturated than the other gold tones, but I really liked the design and think it looks interesting: a pop of charteruse. Of course, pearls go with it perfectly. I chose some cute, sensible heels that wouldn't stop a girl like me from partying the night away.

I explored ModCloth's accesories section for the first time while putting toghether this look, and I was enchanted by all the cute treasures to be found! In fact, I was so enamoured with the tea pot pin I included in this outfit, that I bought it. I took advantage of the V-day discount and got quite a few adorable things. This is my first time purchasing something from ModCloth, since their clothes are usually out of my budget. But I'm going to keep an eye out for discounts or sales, in the future, since there are a few other accesories, tops and dresses that I would love to have in my closet.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jumping on the Trend-Wagon: Overall Dress

Overalls and overall dresses have started popping up pretty often in stores and in street style pictures, coming into popularity along with the rampant 90's nostalgia that's afecting the masses. I definetly like overall dresses better than plain overalls, but the ones released by plus-size retailers were often out of my budget. Many were either too plain or had awful prints. When I saw the Alice & You Leather Look Overall Dress on Asos Curve, I obsessed over how cool it looked. I obviously couldn't afford it, but a few months later I found a suitable substitute at Hot Topic. I hardly ever shop there since my teens, when I realized they charged way too much for clothes that were usually very low quality. But I was with some friends and they wanted to go in, so I browsed. I saw this overall dress, tired it on, and was sold when I noticed it was less than $30.

I've worn it a few times and I wanted to share my outfits. At first I wanted to do a "1 piece, __ ways" post with it, but I realized I have way more fun wearing it like this. I could wear a short & loose sweater on top, so it would look like I was wearing a leather skirt- but why hide the best thing about an overall dress? I really enjoy matching it up with different tops: crop tops, button up shirts, tank tops. Choosing cool legwear  is also fun (Bare legs? How boring!); though I do always end up choosing the same boots I bought from ebay years ago.

Outfit 1:
Shirt: stolen from my bro's closet
Tights: ebay (originally form Asos Curve)
Jewlery: Forever 21, Torrid, Claire's

Outfit 2:
Beret: Claire's
Top: vintage
Tights: Charlotte Russe
Jewelry: Claire's, Forever 21

Take note: plaid shirts and berets may not be what you'd usually think of when putting together an outfit with an overall dress, but they make your look pop.

Outfit 3:
Shades: Sunny Planet
Crop top: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Claire's

Outfit 4:
Bow: etsy
Top: Charlotte Russe
Jewelry: Claire's, Hot Topic, Forever 21
Socks: ebay (originally from Hot Topic)

Overalls let you experiment with crop tops if you're not completely comfortable with them yet. And, as always, I love using pieces with diferent textures and patterns. The black and white stripes and diamonds look a bit matchy-matchy but mostly curious. The top has diagonal stripes while the right sock has thick, vertical stripes. Bringing out contrast and repetition makes clothing all that more interesting.