Daily Outfit 12/27/09

December 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy | 3 Comments
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Last Saturday, Victoria Suzanne &I met up with Crystal to traipse about the beautiful grounds of Wadsworth Manor in Middletown, CT and then warm up with lattes from Klekolo coffee shop.

The beginning of our journey!

At the entrance to the ground there was this adorable bridge, so we had to pause our expedition for a few photographs. We soon moved onwards, though, &after a bit of a hike through the woods, we came upon what must be a beautiful garden in the summertime, but at the moment was only a field of snow with a cute garden shed, with architecture mimicking the original structure’s.

the fairies' mansion

&I wore…

...this!

Rundown:

  • Dress: Angelic Pretty
  • Blouse &Purse: Innocent World
  • Socks &bow: BABY
  • Boots: Vintage

Some might say the boots don’t match. To this I say SHOVE IT! 😛 My feet were kept warm  &dry even after trudging through snowbanks, &besides, I think they’re pretty cute.

outside the manor

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Daily Outfit 12/5/09

December 23, 2009 at 12:38 am | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy | 2 Comments
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Lolita Day Winter 09Last Saturday was International Lolita Day 2009 v2.0, Winter Edition! Victoria Suzanne &I trekked to Queens to join the NYC lolitas at Rose House, a gorgeous English-style teahouse in Flushing. The princess-themed meetup had about 30+/- attendees, some of whom were already friends, while there were others I had never met.

principessa

Daily outfit 12/5/09

I wore:

  • Bolero: BABY, the Stars Shine Bright
  • Blouse: Forever21
  • JSK: Metamorphose
  • Bow brooch: mintymix on livejournal
  • Purse: Sanrio
  • Tiara: Claire’s
  • Tights: Offbrand
  • Socks: Angelic Pretty
  • Invisible shoes: Payless
  • Gloves (removed almost immediately): Vintage

It was so much fun, &I owe it all to my lovely darling cupcakeface Victoria Suzanne (also, my spellchecker isn’t correcting me on “cupcakeface” &I adore it) who bought my ticket for me as a Christmas present. I love you lumpsicle!!

Vix & Aly

Wish I could say this was posed!

I was sleepy from working all day so I took a nap on Victoria’s shoulder, only to open my eyes to cameras! Paparazzi 😛

Sleepy Aly

thus, I slept on a chair.

It was so amazing to see everyone again, and to meet all you wonderful ladies I hadn’t seen before! The food was excellent, the tea was exceptional, and the company was spectacular as always 🙂

Martha &I in the Rose Chairs

omake:

Hee!

twinning!

Victoria Suzanne &I Swan Lake twinning

Also, I tried BB Cream care of Victoria for these pictures – I totally agree with everything she says in this review 🙂 just throwing in my two cents!

(aaaaaand now back to my Philosophy paper I’ve been putting off all day… >.>)

(note: I typed this entry up two weeks ago but for some reason it was never posted! strange strange. Well, here it is now!)

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!

Surviving your first Dance of Vice

September 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy | 1 Comment
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DoV

Please consider:

It’s a Saturday. You’ve just gotten out of your boring desk job filing papers and entering computer data, followed by, as always, a frustrating stop-and-go commute home filled with loud music and louder yelling at passers-by. You throw your coat and purse on the floor, remove the dirt &grime &business casual attire from yourself, and slide into the finest of dresses, striped stockings, frosted-cake-like shoes. Your hair is curled. You buy balloons. Your makeup consist of neutral-pink lips, false lashes, (rhinestones optional) and sequin balloons stuck to your cheeks. After hours of painting on eye makeup and perfecting your cats-eye liner, you and a pink-haired acrobat in Victorian undergarments spend another two hours navigating the train to Grand Central and the subway to Brooklyn. You wander with the help of strangers to your destination, making turns and deflecting commentary. You navigate through the shoddy neighborhood somewhere past ten PM, and just when you think you’re really and truly lost with no help of salvation, you see it: down the block, a huge tempest of dry-ice fog pours from a glass doorway, threading through disturbingly syncopated music led mostly by what sounds like an accordion and drums. Coughing slightly, you enter – a young woman in stripes takes money from you, draws on your hands, and points you towards the bandstand of goths, lolitas, Neo-Victorians and retrofuturists. Corsets, bustle skirts, suspenders and frock coats are everywhere, and somewhere just out of sight, frolicking on the edge of your vision, is something glittery and intoxicating.

Welcome down the rabbit hole. Welcome to Dances of Vice.

Dances of Vice is, according to their website, “the art of nightlife revived.” Set somewhere vaguely in the Jazz Age but accepting the chronologically misplaced  from as far back as the Baroque period, each monthly party has its own theme, ranging from “Spring Awakening” to “Vintage Boudoir.” This month’s theme was Cursed Circus, and between the fairy lights and fire dancers, never could it have been better pulled off.

Anyone who’s anyone in the Tri-State area (or, to be honest,  anywhere in the US, if they’re interested in the New Romantic movement) has heard of Dances of Vice, but not all of us have the pleasure of attending as often as we like. Interested in attending you first Dance of Vice? Parfait! However, do keep in mind:

  • If you’ve never been to the location before, get directions beforehand. Google Maps has a new public transit option, and I recommend it if you’re familiar with the subway station, however it confused country mouses Victoria Suzanne and I quite a bit! We ended up getting there almost entirely on the kindness of strangers, but this is NOT A GOOD IDEA unless you’re at least a bit familiar with the area, because some people do like to mess with the tourists – and trust me, if you’re wearing a huge frilly dress or a corset and bloomers, you’re considered fresh meat.
  • That being said, I’ve never found stereotypes to be less true than in New York City – When asking for directions I’ve never had anything but the most courteous of responses.
  • Dress nicely but appropriately. Victoria knew she wanted to wear a corset and bloomers to the party itself, but also that it may not be the best idea to walk around Brooklyn in that getup. Wear a light jersey dress over revealing outfits, or bring a skirt (as Victoria decided on) to throw on during transit.
  • Bring a bottle of water. Usually the bar has a pitcher and cups, but this time they ran out and we had to walk back to the subway dehydrated and hallucinating. Well, okay, not hallucinating.
  • Bring a camera, especially one with video option. You will want to record this, trust me.
  • Observe. Watch the acts Shien Lee has picked for you. Dissect people’s outfits, and take pictures of the most inspiring ones. Take a good look at the vendors’ tables (if there are any-  vendors seem to vary depending on the theme& facilities available). Be an open door! Allow inspiration and acceptance to pass through you freely! (that’s what she said?)
  • Speaking of acceptance, you’ll need lots of it. Between the glitter pasties, men in sequin hot pants, and vaguely homoerotic fire dancers (none of the above distastefully so, of course), this party took even me by surprise at times, and I’ve seen my fair share of shocking occurrences! However, everyone and everything I encountered there was incredibly beautiful, even the most shocking – open your mind, allow the shock to pass unnoticed, and just absorb all the creativity &freedom being contained in that one building.
  • Mingle! This is a huge group of like-minded individuals. Strike up a conversation with anyone you find interesting, and be willing to have conversations struck up with you.
  • Of course, as a disclaimer: be safe. Keep hydrated, stay with your friends, and if anyone or anything makes you uncomfortable it is totally okay to remove yourself from the situation. Remember, this is a party: you’re there to have fun, not to pass out or be made uncomfortable in any way.
  • Bring cash! There was a raffle there, as well as a few vendors with some really gorgeous wares.

Okay, so “anyone who’s anyone” was really not the wording to use above – Dances of Vice is really an underground movement spread really only by word of mouth through the alt-fashion scenes of the Tri-State area &some other parts of the country. It’s a really amazing atmosphere because of this – a sort of “The first rule of Dances of Vice is you do not talk about Dances of Vice” type thing. It’s a raucous revelry of glitter, flashing lights, and scantily-clad beauties of both genders – I really don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I’ve never experienced anything like it. If you get the chance to attend one of these events, I can’t recommend it more highly.

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Mini-post: Steamlita

August 3, 2009 at 6:56 am | Posted in fashion | 4 Comments
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Steamlita
Steamlita by evil_neko on Polyvore.com
I’ve been getting into steampunk lolita (“Steamlita,” as I’ve heard it called most), so I made a relatively quick polyvore of a steamlita outfit I’d love to have. Not sure who the cahracter is, but someone cutesier than most steam characters – a renegade princess, perhaps?

Daily Outfit: 4/19/09

April 21, 2009 at 12:17 am | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy | Leave a comment
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Apron shot c/o Victoria Suzanne

Apron shot c/o Victoria Suzanne

So Victoria Suzanne and I were discussing her gorgeous, epic plans for her bedroom redo the other day, and the steps in between now and the glory that will be the finished product. One of the most immediate hurdles was organizing a lifetime of packratting! Oh no! So I decided to come over and play Cinderella, and on Sunday we managed to tackle most of the surfaces in her room & organize it to hell and back! Go us!!

Of course, being lolitas AND bloggers, we couldn’t just wear sweats or something! So, of course, we had to doll ourselves up at least a LITTLE. And, if you didn’t already know from my thrifting post, I recently expanded my wardrobe & finally got the opportunity to show off – the above is a closeup shot of a vintage ring I’ve had for a few years already and an apron purchased at the store pictured in that post!

Rundown:

  • Skirt: AYA
  • Cutsew: BABY
  • Shoes, socks: offbrand
  • Hoodie, apron: Thrifted!
  • Rose comb: made by Victoria Suzanne
Full outfits

Full outfits

Clicking on either of the above pictures will bring you to Victoria Suzanne’s daily_lolita post, if you’re interested!

Also, our shared fans rejoice! I can’t say much now, but we’re working on a bunch of great surprises for you! Keep your eyes out 🙂

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?

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