Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Time!

Hey everyone! Things have been surprisingly hectic since my last post, but I really wanted to make sure I got in at least one more before the New Year.

Christmas was surprisingly positive this year. Last weekend I met up with my friends for a pre-Christmas get together which consisted of eating a lot of unhealthy food and being silly whilst watching various funny videos on Youtube! At one point, we did a present swap which I'll come back to later! We all went for simple cosy outfits, perfect for lounging about.
Luna looked lovely in what is actually a Primark dress! It works so well for a casual classic outfit! Sammi looked darling in her Angelic Pretty OP. I love the Coat of Arms print, and am tempted to try finding it myself!

Following on from Saturday, I was in a mad rush to finish my Christmas shopping in time. I always leave it until the last minute because I never know what to buy for my family (and they really don't help with their constant refrain of "um... I dunno"!) Still, motivate myself I did, and I got things sorted out in the end, with everything safely under the tree by Christmas Eve. This was the day I got the new Gothic & Lolita Bible in the post, and guess what? I'm in it!
Typically, they got our names the wrong way round, but oh well! We had been fretting over whether or not they would use our photo as we remembered feeling very squashed up and inelegant as it was being taken at Revelry in September. I'm so pleased they decided to use it in the end! This was my first time buying the Japanese GLB and I'm glad I did. I got some major inspiration from the street snaps and I might do a review on the issue in case anyone's interested!

Christmas Day turned out to be sunny and pleasant, and I decided to wear Meta's Sweet Cherry.

I'm wearing the OTKs that came with my Princess Wardrobe Dress Set. I needed to wear a suspender belt to hold them up! Do brand socks stay up on anyone?! If they do, I suspect these people are a lot shorter than me!

My favourite gift was a Husqvarna Huskylock S15 Overlocker, courtesy of my parents! I am so excited to finally be able to overlock/serge seams properly (I lead a thrilling life...) and this machine does just what I need it to do, whilst being very easy to use. Such a wonderful gift! I also got some lolita friendly items.

I ended up with so much legwear! Love it! My collection was always rather lacking as I generally stick to plain (read: boring) tights because I have a bit of a fear of OTK socks. They never stay up on me! I've just ordered a new suspender belt which will hopefully have long enough straps to sort this situation out once and for all! I was majorly impressed by the scarf, which was made by my friend Sammi. I'm going to keep pestering her until she opens a shop with all her fabulous creations!

I spent Boxing Day chilling out as it was one of those rare occasions when I had the house to myself all day. I also got to grips with my overlocker after an hour of trial and error. 

Today, I went out to buy some fabric for the bloomers I plan on stocking in my shop, and spent the evening doing some sewing. A productive day! Here's a preview of the type of bloomers I'm working on.
Simple and comfy! What more can you ask for?! I made that pair for myself and they are now my favourite bloomers to wear. If I like them that much, hopefully there will be other people out there who will, too! Fingers crossed! 

So, that was my Christmas! I suppose the next important event will be New Year, but I never celebrate that as such. I might make some resolutions, though.

I hope you enjoyed this post, even though it probably seemed rather fragmented and random! What did you all get up to over this past week or so? I'd love to hear about it! 

See you next time  

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

How I Spent My Winter International Lolita Day 2014

For winter International Lolita Day 2014, I wore a lolita coordinate without even thinking about the significance of the date. To me, Saturday 6th December meant the day of my final university exam-- nothing more, nothing less.

After the three hours of frantic essay-scribbling were up, I rushed outside along with everyone else and whooped for joy. It was bitterly cold, but the sun was shining, and everything seemed somehow light and airy. The prospect of never being weighed down by another piece of coursework, painful lectures and tutorials, excruciating French oral exams, or any sort of test whatsoever made me feel the most bizarre combination of excitement, relief, and uncertainty. I would not miss my university experience in the slightest, but I now faced the prospect of saying goodbye to the maisonette I had called home for the past 18 months, and moving back in with my parents'-- basically starting from scratch again. Where could I go from here?

I didn't take any outfit photos on this day so this is the best I've got! I wore a simple coordinate featuring a Bodyline jumperskirt, vintage cardigan, and G.L.P. coat. 

After the exam, I went straight home where my dad was waiting for me with the car. I packed up the last couple of years of my life in a couple of hours and we set off for our hometown. When we got there, I was so relieved to throw off my dress and hop into the shower! It had been an exhausting day, both physically and mentally.

A week and a half later, things have sunk in more. I feel happy about having finally finished  hell education, but also anxious for the future. I need a job to tide me over until my business becomes successful (let me dream!) I need to plan to move out. I basically need to organise my life in a way I never had the chance to before, and while it is stressful, it is also kind of exhilarating.

Overall, this year's International Lolita Day marked a massive transition in my life, and acted as a day of reflection. I already feel all set to make some targets for the New Year, and face up to whatever the next stage of my life will be with positivity.

What did you get up to for the 2014 Winter ILD? (hopefully something a bit more kawaii than my experience!) I'd love to hear about it in the comments, as well as anything else you want to chat about!