Freitag, 30. Dezember 2011

uhm... what?

A friend of mine and I decided to order at Angelic Pretty Paris, so I wrote them an e-mail, told them what we wanted and that I have a full "coupon card" which is worth 25€.

They answered quite quickly and said, they need the card in Paris (kind of "in person") and I should send it to them. They gave me two opions: 1. Buy the things now for the full price and as soon as the coupon arrives, I get my money back or 2. they reserve the stuff until the coupon arrives and then they send me the invoice for the order.

Well, I got their mail on the 28th,  and since then I was unable to send them an answer because their inbox is full! HOW THE HELL CAN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPEN?! I mean, yeah, they get a lot of mails and they have to keep it for a while because of legal shit and stuff but it's been almost 2 days now and apparently they still haven't noticed it. I still can't answer them.

In the letter I wrote them I tried to explain what is going on. I really hope it doesn't sound rude but it is really driving me up the walls. It gives me rashes ^^ Seriously, the fact, that I can't reach them, stresses me so much, that I got a stress-related nettle rash this morning (as I tried to send them an answer... again...) Don't do that to me :(

It's been a while since I got a full on nettle rash because of stress. What are you doing to me Angelic Pretty? Seriously?

Donnerstag, 29. Dezember 2011

Tea Time

Today I went out to have some tea ^^

Dress: Metamorphose
Cardigan: Swimmer
Scarf: Secret Santa gift (handmade :D)

Point of fashion: looking good and feeling comfy for a casual tea-date

It really bothers me that the light in my room is so bad. I have only one window and it goes to the north. It's an skylight, so it's not straight but in an angle and even fewer light comes in. I will try to turn on the lights next time.

Sonntag, 25. Dezember 2011

Funny Cravings!

If you know the TV series "How I met your Mother", you know what I mean when I'm talking about "pregnancy brain". Don't worry, I'm not pregnant but I'm craving pickles with chocolate on potato chips, in form of a dress! I'm having badass style-mood-swings!

I don't know what but something happened to me because after my "Honey Cake OP"-craving, I now want this...

It's Angelic Prettys "Whipped Magic OP" in pink. Again the colour combination is not the best and you really need some time to get used to it (if you ever do so) but in my opinion that's the dresses charm.

I really hope the crazy cravings and the style-mood-swings stop soon. It's driving me nuts! :D

Freitag, 23. Dezember 2011

I am indeed the master of Christmas presents

Whenever I call myself "master of Christmas presents", I'm obviously joking. It's simply to please my ego. I need that from time to time. Who doesn't? But still, I'm pretty damn good at making presents!

This headdress was for Nana. We saw something like this in Paris and since I had this plastic ivy lying around at home, I decided to make her something similar to what we saw in Paris. (Also, thank you for the nail polish! It's so pretty!)

This is the bonnet I showed you some days ago. I made the brim smaller and finished it in time to send it to my friend Tabsi in Germany. She loves it ^^ which makes me incredible happy.

A jabot I threw together last minute. I had the cameo (well, the piece on the inside with the dead lady on it) for ages and didn't know what to do with it. That's a very good use for it, don't you think? ^^

I also made a unicorn brooch and a "Frilly-Pussy" brooch (remind me to tell you the story about the frilly pussy aka "Rüschenmuschi" at some point) but I forgot to take pictures of them :/ I didn't take a picture of the blouse I've sewn either... but my friend was nice enough to send me the poupee link.

Until now I didn't recieve my secret Santa gift from the animexx Lolita circle (and since I didn't get anything last year, this makes me kind of nervous) but my regulars table secret Santa gift was PERFECT!

How many of you don't know what that is? XD It's a tape maker ("Schrägbandformer"). You need it iron bias binding in shape. It's sooo awesome! I had a sewstressgasm (is that inappropriate to say? ^^) as I unwrapped it and nobody at the regulars table was able to understand my excitement! This tool is like an ipod station in your car: You don't necessary need it but it can be very helpful. It's especially helpful if you want to sew cutsews and I want to sew quite a lot of those in the next months :D
I never thought my secret Santa would get me something like this. It was incredible thoughtful of her.

How was your advent season so far? Tell me in the comments.

Montag, 19. Dezember 2011

Lolita - The Movie

I recently watched the movie "Lolita", the version with Jeremy Irons. I thought I should at least see it once.

Jeremy Irons is a great actor. I like him a lot. I even liked him in this stupid movie. The movie was... well, not my cup of tea. It's not a bad movie, it's really well done and the actors are great but if you want to slap the main character in the face, constantly, then there's something very wrong!

I guess I would have liked the movie if if wasn't for "Lolita". I don't understand Humberts fascination with her because I think she is plain ugly. The actress is not the type of woman I find attractive, not at all! I could have gotten over that but "Lolita" is so annoying and tiring. Why does Humbert tolerate this kind of behaviour? I have no idea... She behaves like my 9 year old brother when he is really really bored but she is supposed to be 14.
Humbert is a very smart man, he is some kind of literature professor and "Lolita" is the exact opposite. She comes across as a dumb spoilt brat and if there is something that I absolutely dislike it's dumb spoilt brats!

Well, over all, I'm glad I watched it because now I can say, I don't like it ^^
Have you seen any of the movies? Have you red the book? Tell me in the comments!

Sonntag, 18. Dezember 2011

Let's take a stroll around town!

Maybe you noticed that I didn't post any outfit-pics lately. It's not because I don't wear Lolita. I'm just incredible messy and I don't have the space in my room to take a picture ^^

But I made it! I cleaned up my room! It's amazing how much garbage I had lying around. It should be so easy to throw things out but sometimes it's not. Especially if you are like me and a tiny voice in the back of your head wispers "you may need this at some point at the future" every time you are sorting things out.

Now that my room is clean again I can take pictures! WHEEE!!

Well... I can take pictures, I just need to find a better angle. Yes, I look incredible fat in that picture because I wear uncountable layers of clothes to stay warm. The members of the "Dr. Who Regulars Table" decided to visit my very boring home town and I joined them :D It was nice and I really hope I made a good first impression, even though I doubt that because I'm awkward and weird XD True story!

What did you do on the weekend? Anything fun? Tell me in the comments below!

Donnerstag, 15. Dezember 2011

Work in progress

I'm sewing a bonnet and I think I need to make the brim a little bit smaller. Just a little bit...

Dienstag, 13. Dezember 2011

I love Christmas

I got my first Christmas present *yay*

I really love Christmas because I love giving presents to other people ^^ It sounds so strange but I greatly enjoy thinking about presents and making other people happy with them. But at the same time, I'm always late with my presents! Once again Tabsi (my dear friend, who gave me this lovely bag) I'm sorry that I'm ALWAYS late with them ;___;

This year I played secret Santa with the girls from the Lolita regulars table. I made the girl that I got a book-headdres. Yes, a book-headdress!

I will end up in literature hell because I murdered a real book for it (it got it at the library flee market, it still broke my heart...).

The gift for the animexx Lolita circle secret Santa was also a lot of fun to make (and a lot less stressful for me since I didn't have kill a book).

I crocheted the flowers for the headband myself ^^ The internet told me how to make them. Awesome! The deer is a pin made out of felt. I really hope she likes it. She wrote in the description that she likes deer but it could be too cute for her taste :/

What do you think about Christmas? Do you celebrate it? If so, do you like it? Tell me in the comments below!

Donnerstag, 8. Dezember 2011

New Room

I wanted to write a blog entry on every day in December but I cleaned my room all day and I don't know what to write about. I'm redecorating and my room is still a mess ^-^ otherwise I would show you my room.

But I was able to throw out a lot off shi... stuff that I no longer need. That's how it looks like now, unfinished and still messy:

Mittwoch, 7. Dezember 2011

Give Away Winners

Short and crispy

The winner for the gothic Luckypack:

The winner for the sweet Luckypack:

I will contact the winners and ship out the presents as soon as possible!

Thanks for participation in the give away. I'm sorry that there are only 2 winners :( If I could I would give presents to all of you ^^

oh and PS: I'm drunk/shitfaced because I had 3 cups of hot wine punch. Drink responsibly!

Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2011

All about tights and overknees

The H&M kids department broke my heart so many times... why the ef can't you produce all the cute stuff for grown ups too? Why?

But okay, it's not supposed to  happen, I guess. I can't force my very womanly body in one of the cardigans or dresses but I can cheat a little and wear the kids tights ^^

If you are on a budged or simply to young to earn enough money to buy stuff online (brand, Bodyline or Taobao, doesn't matter), the hardest nonbrand item to find is probably the socks and tights. Especially if you prefer sweet Lolita. You hardly find cute socks or tights in European shops. Well, you do find them. In the H&M kids department and you can't wear them because they are tiny -.-  But, like I said, you can cheat!

H&M has some really sweet and cute tights in the kids department. Off white, baby pink, brown with pink polka dots and a lot more. If you are thin and not very tall, you will probably fit into the 158/164 tights but if you are curvy, like I am, they won't fit you. I'm going to tell you my trick, how you can wear them anyway.

You get a pair of tights and cut off the "pants"-part. That way you have a pair of stockings or overknees. You can leave it like that. The edge will not unravel itself. But if you want, you can zig-zag-sew along the edge to secure it.

The stockings won't stay up, the will slip down your legs. You have to wear them with garters/suspenders. Now you might ask yourself, where do I get a suspender belt? Angelic Pretty has bloomers with detached garters if you want a brand item (they are insanely overpriced though ^^)

Funnily enough Amazon has a great variety of suspender belts or you look around in a sex shop. They are specialised in underwear. But don't visit a sex shop if you are under 18 and don't tell your parents I told you to look for suspenders in a sex shop XD Don't write me angry e-mails, parents ^^
Often underwear shops don't have suspender belts because they are out of fashion. Sex shops have them all year and the suspenders there are in most cases much cheaper than in normal underwear shops. I will now stop talking about sex shops... XD

I hope this was kind of helpful for you. I promise, I will not show off my underwear in another blog post ^^ What do you prefer, tights, overknees or knee high socks?

Montag, 5. Dezember 2011

How to stay warm in winter!

Obviously I don't know how to stay warm in winter since I have already been sick ^^ But theoretically I should know a little something about it.

- Put on as many layers as possible
I always wear an under shirt, sometimes even an long sleeved one. I put on tights, socks and another pair of socks. I prefer JSKs over OPs because a blouse under the JSK adds another layer but you could also put on a blouse under an OP. Just layer up ^^

- Never forget your scarf or gloves
You could switch the scarf to a fur collar, it doesn't matter as long as you have something to keep your neck warm.
I prefer leather gloves or knitted ones, only because I think they are warmer. They don't even have to be real leather. But this is just my personal preference.

- Get a pair of warm bloomers
I have a pair of bloomers made out of fleece and it's so super worm and comfy. You want to keep your feet and your bottom warm to prevent a cystitis (==> 3 pair of socks ^^).

- Keep your head warm
You lose most of your body heat over your head so you want to put on a hat or something. I have berets in all shapes and sizes. If you don't like that, maybe you like earmuffs?

- Include fashion items in your outfit that keep you warm
Like a cape over your coat would be another layer or a muff to put your hands in.

- Use "technology"
Have you ever heard of pocket hand warmers? You bend a metal part in a gel cushion and the cushion starts to get hot and hard (that sounds wrong XD). After it cooled down and it's completely hardened, you boil it and it's reusable! YAY!

- Choose thicker and warmer material
For example, a dress made out of velvet is much warmer than a dress made out of plain cotton (even though in most of the cases velvet is also made out of cotton... it's complicated ^^). Wool would also be warmer than cotton. There are some brand dresses made out of wool. Innocent world has some, also Metamorphose temps de fille.

WOW, that's quiet a long list. I never thought I could come up with so many. I hope this was helpful at all. If you have any other tips, let me know in the comments below!

Sonntag, 4. Dezember 2011

Engineer Boots

I always had trouble finding shoes. The two main reasons are: I have big feet, a Japanese 26 or a European 41, and I'm picky ^^

Since last year I'm trying to find the perfect boots for me. I wanted flat, black lace-up boots, not too military looking, more victorian-lady-like or cute looking and, hands down, I was not able to find shoes like that! They were either brown, not feminine enough or simply too expensive.

At some point I just gave up and stopped looking but when I went shoe shopping with my sister some weeks ago it came to me. Engineer boots are in this year and you get them in all shapes and sizes... I'm going to pimp a ordinary pair to make them look something like this:

And this is what I came up with:

I took of the studded ribbons and replaced them with faux fur cuffs. The cuffs are closed with a satin ribbon and I attached a pearl chain.

Actually I wanted to write a tutorial on how to makes those but I ended up making them the most complicated way possible ^^ Every time you make something for the first time, you have to figure out how to make it and how to improve your technique. I may write a tutorial at some point, if you really want it but at the moment I only know how you shouldn't make them.

What kind of boots/shoes do you prefer for the winter? Tell me in the comments below!

Samstag, 3. Dezember 2011

Happy International Winter Lolita Day

Happy International Winter Lolita Day!

Or international Lolita winter day or winter international Lolita day ^^ I'm not sure which is the right order :D

So, tell me. What are you doing today? Do you meet up with your Lolita friends? Do you even care about "international Lolita day?". I won't do anything at all, just cleaning my room because it really needs to be done ^^

And a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was talking to my friend in Canada and told her, how I was fed up with all the stuff I own and that I don't feel like wearing anything in my closet because it feels like I wore everything a thousand times and how I would love to own the Honey Cake OP in yellow. Also, we both agreed that spending a lot of money before Christmas makes us feels guilty.
But later that day I found another Lolita-channel on youtube and the girl was selling her Honey Cake OP in yellow. The video was a week old and I thought there was no chance that the dress is still available. But it was! And it was actually quiet cheap too. So, I bought it XD

Buying this dress sure rips a hole in my financial plan but I need a little change in my wardrobe. I really got upset yesterday. It felt like me not wanting to wear any of my dresses was blocking my chi or something. This sounds so silly and shallow. But I was upset and I don't like being upset. So I changed something and now I feel great! And I am allowed to buy a dress every half a year, don't you think?

Freitag, 2. Dezember 2011

Hair Tutorial: Side Buns

You asked for it, I'm at your service ^^

Side buns. It's so easy to do. It's the one hair style I do when I don't have enough time for something like curling my hair. It takes me under 10 minutes and it looks really cute!

You will need 2 hair ties, some bobby pins and a teasing comb.

This is a teasing comb. It's "spiky" at the bottom of the teeth. A teasing comb would be ideal but any comb with close teeth will do. You could even use a brush, it doesn't really matter.

You start off by making one pigtails on each side your head. Make sure they are even. Otherwise it will show up in the end and fixing it will drive you nuts. I "place" the pigtailis a litter above and behind my ears.
The next step will be the teasing. You hold one pigtail at the hair ends with one hand and with the other hand, that holds the teasing comb, you push the hair upwards. For example, in my left hand I hold the left pigtail (at the hair ends, as close to the bottom as possible) and in my right hand I hold the teasing comb. I then use the teasing comb to push the hair from the bottom upwards. You don't need much volume close to the hair tie, you need it in the middel.
After you teased both pigtails you should look something like on the right picture.

Before you can start with pinning the up the pigtails to side buns, you need to smooth out the surface. Make a loose fist around the pigtails, but don't close it. Run your hand down the pigtail from the hair tie to the hair ends. You don't want to lose too much of the volume you just created, you just want a smooth surface. It's easier to work with a smooth surface. For more "grip" use a little bit of hair spray .
Pinning up the buns is the trickiest part. I wrap the hair around the tie from the front to the back. I hold the hair closest to the hair tie down (left pigtail with my left hand, right pigtail with my right hand) and start wrapping with my other hand ( left with right, right with left). I keep it loose and tug the hair ends under the buns so they don't show. With the first bobby pin I pin down the hair ends otherwise the bun will instantly fall apart ^^
Put as many booby pins in as you feel you need. I mostly use 3-4 but sometimes they don't want to work out and I have like a dozen in one bun. Finish up with a good amount of hair spray and start decorating!

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below!

Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2011

Winter Give Away

It's Give Away Time! *yay*

From now on you have 7 days time to leave a comment below, saying: "I would like to win the sweet/gothic Luckypack".

I will pack 2 "Lucky Packs", one sweet, one gothic, both winter themed. Wednesday afternoon I will pick 2 winners and contact them about about their prices.

Good Luck to you!