As Complex as the Contents

December 19, 2009 at 5:27 am | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy | 8 Comments
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A woman’s mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is ALWAYS something to surprise you!

-Billy Connolly

Recently I had the joy of purchasing my first brand purse. To me, the Brand Purse was always some kind of status symbol – sure, you need the dress, you need the socks, you need the ________, but the purse has always seemed to a flippant little something extra that a lolita doesn’t actually require. A plain or non-loli purse will always be fine, as well as a brand tote, and I’m somehow exceptionally hard on… well, everything, but especially purses. They’re right up there with brand shoes – they’re going to get scuffed up and dirtied and knocked around, but dammit, they’re just so cute.

ooooh boy!!!!

Oh boy you guys...

So that’s why I bought this new purse from Innocent World. Isn’t it lovely (Come on now, I’m not hearing a resounding chorus of ooh’s and aah’s!)? I was slightly worried about the size – it’s definitely a pochette, and I’m used to lugging half my worldly possessions around in my purse – but I was please to know that, as is often the case with small purses, there is some form of black hole inside its main compartment that houses not only THREE POCKETS (I know!), but a multitude of other goodies. The fun part is, since it’s a rectangle, you have to sort of jigsaw your things in it like a puzzle – yeah, that’s the fun part for me. Hello, Gemini ascendant, is that you?!

The innards, splayed across a table -- eww...

So here’s everything that I fit in my purse with a bit of room to spare:

  1. Camera, in a Mother Garden case (technically, this is just the case, as I was using said camera. Clearly, as there is… a picture. Um, yeah.)
  2. BIG sunglasses
  3. Iiiii have no wallettt, I have no wallet, I keep my cards together with… well, a hair tie, actually. They conveniently fit perfectly in one of the inside pockets.
  4. Blistex. Shut up, it’s damn cold here!
  5. Lipgloss. Yes, I carry two lip coverings with me at all time. It used to be three. They serve very different purposes. Now stop laughing.
  6. Keys, with a plush elephant PEZ dispenser keychain. Gift from my boss – he also got Victoria Suzanne a hippo. It’s… a long, complicated story.
  7. Cell phone! No, it’s not very pretty. It goes through various stages of pretty- this is not its best look. Note, if you will, the thin line of pink along the back – that is duct tape holding in its battery. Yes, seriously.
  8. A pen. For jotting down URLs of interesting websites I happen upon and the numbers of cute suitors I meet while flitting about town.
  9. My new Tarot deck, modeled unknowingly by my darling Victoria Suzanne!

Also, this picture was conveniently shot at a Starbucks on our most recent date. Note the soy peppermint mocha and the soy caramel brulee latte – usually we prefer chai lattes, but it was too cold out not to be festive! As the picture states, they were indeed very yummy.

So, ladies, what’s in your purse?

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Daily Outfit 11/17/09

November 18, 2009 at 2:47 am | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy | 2 Comments
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11/17/09 - Full outfit

This Sunday, Victoria Suzanne &I headed on down to NYC for to film with the New York lolitas for Japanese television company Fuji TV. I don’t know many details about the finished product, but I assume they’re doing a piece on Japanese fashion outside of Japan – maybe lolita specifically, maybe not. DUH! Sorry, I don’t know anything else – I just went &did what I was told, which mostly ended up being shopping, ice skating, &interviews. Simple enough, but so much fun!

UNNECESSARILY EXCITED

Kelsey &I being UNNECESSARILY EXCITED

Rundown:

  • Dress: BABY, the Stars Shine Bright
  • Hat: Vintage find from my aunt!
  • Tote: Hello Kitty
  • Everything else: Offbrand

My aunt sent me a small package of vintage goodness this week – three hats! The one pictured, a navy wool one with pheasant-like feathers (will be great for the winter!), and a cream silk circlet of some sort, with ruffles &a huge rhinestone. I don’t really know what it is or how to wear it, but hey, it’s pretty!

Make-up shot

You can’t really tell, but I’m wearing bright turquoise eyeshadow as well as my PEARLED FAKE LASHES! Sorry, give me a minute – I still cannot get over these! Okay, I’m back. Because I went for the dramatic eye, I decided to opt for a nude lip with a little gold glitter lipgloss, and some blush to even out the look. Also, do note the Hello Kitty rhinestoned earbud. J’adore!!

I had so much fun at the holiday market at Bryant Park, as well as ice skating with everyone!! My friends &I already have plans to go back after Thanksgiving. We also met a group of FIT photography students who ambushed us paparazzi-style. I gave two of the girls my name,&they’ve added me on facebook &promise to post the photos they took of us; a friend of mine is also interested in getting into photography &asked me to model for her portfolio, which I of course accepted, so look forward to both of those in the near future!

Urgent News Announcement!

May 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Life | 3 Comments
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Tri-State Lolitas!

I have an urgent message for you!

Mother Garden in the Palisades mall is closing at the end of the month.

Yes, yes, it is tragic. A sad day in New York for all. However, they are having “Going out of business” sales that were, at the beginning of the month, already at 30% off. Not saying it’s a good thing they’re closing… but when life gives you lemons…

I cannot say how utterly disappointed I am. I discovered the Palisades Mother Garden a few months after returning from Japan for what was probably the last time, and stopped at the mall while driving through the area to use the bathroom. Lo and behold! Near the directory there was a small sign: “Mother Garden, 3F” and  I swear my heart cried little beady tears of joy. Dragging my bewildered and mildly amused boyfriend up the escalators, I finally located the tiny pink store in a secluded corner of the third floor, just as the sign promised. Oh, glorious day! And here I thought such bliss could exist only in the far off lands of Nihon. During my time there I had always intended to stop at one of the unassuming pink chains, but the thrills of Kinkakuji and Harajuku slightly trumped Mother Garden. Now, upon returning to hopeless, cultureless, pinkless America, now I had been given a chance to right my wrongs! And even now, a good two years later, I still think of tiny Mother Garden as a portal to the Japan I (never) knew.

Ladies and gentlemen, that dream is fading. Grab hold of it now, while you have a chance!

…or just get some seriously marked-down, horrendously adorable strawberry and bunny-themed items. Your choice. Remember, this is closing at the end of MAY, so make sure you get there as soon as possible!

Edit:

As of May 31st, Mother Garden is officially closed. We’ll miss you!

Her…thrifty-ness?

April 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Posted in fashion, Lumpy | 1 Comment
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Thrift store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Thrift store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Thrift stores have long been praised by fashion mavens and broke college students alike, and our own little subculture has not been immune. For years, scrolling through outfits on both mainstream fashion blogs and daily_lolita alike, I wondered how they did it. A little bit of me died to see that the most amazing parts of an ensemble – a hairpiece here, a necklace there – being tagged, in rundowns, as “thrifted” or “vintage.”

“How?!” I would cry, sifting through aisle after aisle at Goodwill. “How did you find these treasures?!”

Well, after a few years of trolling my own thrift stores and vintage or consignment shops, I’m proud to say I’ve picked up the knack. It’s a simple combination of patience, creativity, and knowing where to look, which I’ll share with all of my darling readers now!

At least, as much as I can. Part of the aforementioned patience is developing said knack, which takes a bit of time. First of all, research. Research is ALWAYS the first step! A quick Google search will tell you the more popular thrift & consignment shops in your area, and always keep an out for the littler ones around town. More about finding stores will come in the “knowing where to look” section. Another form of very important patience is: always remember that what you’re looking for may not be there the first time. I’ve gone to some of my favorite thrift stores and seeing nothing but crap for weeks, to return and find the item of my dreams awaiting me! However, one time not to be patient is when you find said dream-item. Sometimes if it sits on the shelf for long enough, the management will lower its price or be more willing to haggle for it- but sometimes the next person to enter the store will be looking for the exact same thing! If you’re unsure, grab it and carry it around with you while you’re looking through the wares. Not only may you see its perfect accoutrement on your perusing, but it will give you time to think through your current wardrobe and decide if you have anything to wear it with, your likeliness of using it, etc.

Creativity is also key. Don’t just look at the piece itself, look at fabric, ribbon, lace, or appliques on it. Or, instead of looking at the shape or that oversized T-shirt with the sweet print – look at the cute cutsew it could become! What you find may not be lolita in and of itself, but always go in with an open mind – obviously, it’s also good to have a good knowledge & understanding of different styles, cuts, and trends within lolita you’re looking to replicate in your own wardrobe. I recommend taking a look at your favorite brand’s website before going, just to jog your imagination & stir your creativity. Don’t buy it if you don’t think you’ll use it, though- sure, the fabric may be gorgeous, but you can’t even thread a needle, how likely are you to turn it into the perfect ________?

Another big deal is knowing where to look. Like I mentioned earlier, a quick google search will show you the more popular stores in your area, but don’t stop there! Explore your town or city and the surrounding ones, and ask around- my favorite thrift stores were both recommended to me by my grandmother. You may also be surprised at where you find these stores! If you live in a Christian-dominated area, many churches have little thrift shops attached or associated with them, whether it’s an actual physical outbuilding or basement, or just a flea market in the summer months, so ask around. I also don’t think it’s weird to call some of the larger churches and ask – sometimes they will only be publicized or announced during services, and I’ve never been turned away for not being part of the parish! Note: I’ve never seen thrift stores at other religious organizations, but if you attend or live near a synagogue or mosque, I’m sure it wouldn’t be rude to enquire! Also, I’m not frowning upon stand-alone consignment or thrift stores, however, in my experience the best, least-expensive goods come from church stores. I’m also not discouraging Goodwill or other chain thrift shops, I totally recommend them! Especially those with a purpose like Goodwill, where the money goes to a good cause. A tip: Go to the ones in richer areas. It may sound mean, but by going a few towns over from my own, I’ve seen authentic Coach, Kate Spade, and other big mainstream names – so I’m just sayin’.

Some good items for lolita to look for:

  • HATS! I’ve had amazing luck with hats, mostly in vintage shops. Pillboxes, boaters, huge straw hats, I’ve seen some lovely ones and just this past holiday picked up some great ones myself, which will be probably be posted to my poupee account very soon!
  • Jewelry, especially if you’re nervous about germs (though I know most stores have all their good dry-cleaned before sale). Jewelry is good with lolita because too much vintage and it loses the lolita look, and a nice bracelet or necklace can add a bit of old-fashioned glamour to an otherwise overly sweet Angelic Pretty-style coordinate.
  • Purses and bags are always good – you can find some cute, whimsical ones that add aforementioned glamour to an outfit.
  • Skirts, tops, and dresses will usually need some help to be anything more than casual, but it’s definitely doable, so don’t let that stop you!

Thrift stores are treasure troves, to be certain, and they can lend the careful lolita’s wardrobe many a gem. Remember that succeeding in any thrift store romp is really a matter of practice, so keep these tips in mind, but remember, you have to rely on your own instincts and ideas too! Thrifting really is a skill that comes with practice – so go on, get started! I can’t wait to see the lovely vintage pieces you all come up with!

EDIT: New layout! I’ve been trying to find the right photo to make a custom header since before Miss Lumpy’s debut, but the opportunity finally presented itself while visiting family this weekend! What do you guys think?

Daily Outfit: 2/5/09

February 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Not my Valentine’s Day outfit (which will probably not be pink-and-fluffy at all as I’m going out to dinner and that would be silly – though definitely expect some loli!), but definitely fitting for this time of year!

2/5/09

2/5/09

Breakdown:

  • Cutsew and bolero: BABY the Stars Shine Bright
  • Skirt: AYA
  • Belt: F21
  • Glasses I don’t actually own (yet! Ironi-loli!): Charlotte Russe
  • Pink ice cream sweets ring & candy hairband: Lolitas N Cream
  • Tights, socks, and shoes: Tar-jay!
  • Bubble tea: Random mall stand

Color-coordinated drinks = the new it accessory. You heard it here first. And no, I didn’t buy that much stuff at Claire’s, I asked for a big bag so i could put my coat in it XD; I did buy a new hairbow though!

Modeling my new hairband! This is my third hairstyle of the day… or at least the third that got photographed. I have a habit of hair-ADD. Did I mention that last time? Anyway. Better shot of the cutsew, and mah new bow! Inspired by the wonderful pink on Victoria Suzanne got at her local Claire’s a few months ago.

The adventure through Milford (*cringe!* I’ve encountered little of merit in Milford, except their awesome mall and rockin’ Jo-Ann Fabrics – we ate at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Nuff said) was hectic and crazy and we were asked if we were on American Idol (?! almost as weird as when we were asked if we were superheroes in Boston!), but I got some amazing fabric for a new JSK the talented Ms. Julia is helping me make, and some cute loli-trinkets from F21 (like the belt pictured!) and H&M (black heart pochette! Swoon!). All in all, I’d consider it a successful day!

Valentine’s Compendium 2: Gifts for Boys

February 3, 2009 at 1:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Ladies and gentlemen, do you know what today is? Yes! It’s Groundhog Day! For anyone outside the U.S., today a groundhog is woken up and accosted to see if it is afraid of its own shadow when it comes out of its burrow- if it is, it goes back into hibernation and we have a few more weeks of winter, but if it stays awake to find food or whatever groundhogs do for fun, we’ll have an early spring. But, most importantly, Groundhog Day means the beginning of February – thusly, the perfect time for buying Valentine’s Day gifts if you haven’t already! Huzzah!

So, today I’m going to help those of you in my situation: Buying for the boys. A section on buying for the girls (squeal!) will come later. Please note that this guide is designed for men of a more old-fashioned mindset – I wouldn’t recommend it for any Hollister-sporters or football-worshipers (/stereotype)

Cyberoptix tie lab

Cyberoptix tie lab

Cyberoptix tie lab is a really amazing. I can’t sing their praises highly enough. All their designs are gorgreous and funky – it’s hard to find one that I really dislike – their customer service phenominal, and the quality? Swoon, I swear. I ordered the Cut Throat and their Victorian Gears and they look even better in person than online. The colors and designs are true-to-life and came for ten dollars extra in a beautiful wooden box that was so lovely I couldn’t bear to wrap it, and even the tags show an amazing attention to detail. Beverly, the woman I corresponded with, was incredibly patient with all my badgering and stupid questions and always got back to me within a few hours. Out of five stars I’d  give them ten (million). No joke.

Circuit Board Straight Razor via gearfuse.com

Circuit Board Straight Razor via gearfuse.com

Straight Razor. If your aristocrat or dandy boyfriend doesn’t already use one, for shame! A shave with a straight razor is really without compare. It takes time and patience, as well as a steady hand, to perfect this dying art, but the rewards are truly reap-worthy – better skin, closer shave, a few minutes out of the rush-rush-rush are all benefits from shaving in this manner. Plus, if he enjoys it, you basically have all of the gift-giving holidays set, because you can alway have more accessories! Brushes of varying quality and materials, soaps and creams, hones and sharpening stones – so many possibilities! I recommend The Well-Honed Razor for razors as my boyfriend knows the owner and not only is he a great guy, he’s really dedicated to stocking only the best-quality materials – you can find some great ones on eBay as well, but do your research, as there are many sub-quality one sthere as well. As far as soap goes, Geo F Trumper is a fantastic and high-end company out of London – if you want something more affordable but still of tremendous quality with rave reviews, Mama Bear’s Soaps are what you’re looking for: handmade of the best all-natural materials and an incredible shave. She also carries aftershave, shampoo, and women’s products and is really cool and a total sweetheart.If your boy is queasy about such a huge razor, a Double-Edge or DE is a good choice too, and both are more environmentally friendly than diposables.

Playing card cufflinks by crimsonking on Etsy

Playing card cufflinks by crimsonking on Etsy

Etsy is always a great place to find beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts, like these cufflinks by crimsonking. A simple search of certain clothing articles brought up or led to a multitude of possibilities at all different price points. Some of my favorites are:

Of course, these are all just ideas, and they are also with my boyfriend and other men that I know in mind- your own man may or may not appreciate them, but if that’s so I hope you can at least gain some inspiration from these! And if you’re short on cash, remember that the best gifts are from the heart: bake him a cake; make him dinner; draw pictures on his bed in heart-shaped confetti (and then hop in with him!); get all gussied up and take HIM out to dinner with a big bunch of flowers, even if that means dandelions and McDonald’s due to budget restraints. Just remember that all he wants is to know you care. If you don’t have time for anything fancy, just write him a letter telling him why you love him.

This holiday is for showing people love – not spending lots of money on stupid thing they’ll never use again. Go out and show him, and he’ll appreciate it much more than if you bought him another card. His mom will do that. Don’t you do it too!

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