November 6, 2018

AP's Fancy Box: camera comparison

I always keep striving to have nice photographs, as a memory and also to convey the beautiful details on lolita dresses. Often times, light conditions are pretty poor, and then it will matter what device I grabbed to take the photo.


Sometimes I wonder how much it really matters... so  I took my favorite Fancy Box JSK and went to try it with an extremely poor light, just a weak lightbulb at night.

The full scene, processed photo taken by Nikon D7200


I compare just the middle of the bodice
I didn't smooth or denoise the images
I took photos with three devices

  • Smartphone Samsung P9 Lite            
  • Digital camera Nikon COOLPIX P520
  • Reflex camera Nikon D7200               
Smartphone (f/2 1/17 sec. ISO 800)
Digital camera (f/3 1/8 sec. ISO 200)
Reflex camera (f/3.5 1/50 sec. ISO 1000)
The details on the image from smartphone are pretty much nonexistent. Both smartphone and the digital camera failed to capture the beautiful blue of the dress, it looks just like navy in their images. The reflex camera has the most details, and captured the blue well, but it suffers some from color noise.



The reflex camera is new for me so I still have to learn to use it well.. maybe I should have gone with lower ISO (the higher the ISO the higher the color noise), but this tiny noise does not seem to be a problem much in the overall photo of the dress as shown on top, as I reduce the dimensions of the image for web use. The reflex camera is going to be my new favorite!

Stock photo, the blue is true to reality

October 16, 2018

Teaparties are not all the same

Teaparties are favorite sweet lolita shoes. I love them the best and so far have them in three colors, more to come! However, there are slight differences in the look of them from different makers. The originals were made by Angelic Pretty.

First teaparties I could get were from An*Tai*Na. They are less round on the tip and the front bow is sort of flattened against the shoe.



Sosic also makes teaparties ( ClobbaOnline ). They look somewhat better, but they still have sad front bow flattered over the shoe, even if nicer one than Antaina shoes.. probably cute for more classic and less pastel outfits, but personally.. I don't like this kind of bow.



Secret Shop's teaparties I like the best, just look at the crispy front bow! The upper part of the bow is folded, so it's more perky. Another teaparties by Secret Shop I found have the front bow like the original Angelic Pretty's one, I guess they may have more than one design?



I just have no idea which shoes I would get if I bought them from ClobbaOnline? All these are listed as the same item.. first remind Ribbon Romantic Shoes, second are teaparties with flattened front bow, and third the tea parties I love. Don't they see the difference or they don't care? Do *you* mind the differences?

September 24, 2018

2018/06 Steampunk meetup in Prague

I haven't seen my friends since Christmas, finishing my doctorate from math, so I jumped at first opportunity and met my friends at an alternative clothing swap meet. We met in front of a running sushi restaurant Jiu Zhou and I finally got my first running sushi ^.^ It was awesome. After lunch, we moved to the steampunk bar for the swap meet. The outside of the club was breathtaking. 





Blouse: Angelic Pretty                          
Shoes: An*Tai*Na                                
Accessories: offbrand                          

 
Tairesia's Metamorphose print and my Fancy Box print


The inside was very dark, crammed with metallic sculptures and occasional neon lights.



Most of the clothing was goth-like and black, so hard to see in the dark. This was the only sweet island in the sea of black, with pastel ruffly skirts and petticoats. So-so managed to photoshop it out of the dark for you to see. 



After checking the goods, we decided to settle in our favourite Choco Café, a chocolaterie with own specialty chocolate factory.





I decided to try one of those macarons with icecream, chocolate with chocolate icecream, because double chocolate! Definetly worth it :)




And Yuki got her late birthday present. Just look at that smile! ^.^



The meetup from the point of view of Tairesia

September 3, 2018

Inspiration: Bonniviwii

Image Source
A sweet lolita with one of the cutest smiles ever, I first came across her outfits on her Tumblr. She also has an Instagram and a blog, in pretty pastel colors, with lots of cute photos like these photos of Milky Cross details :3


Bonni-jane is a design graduate from Melbourne and beside fashion and photography she also likes cosplay, dogs, udon noodles, and pokemon - also collects pokemon cards and stationery! She wears mostly sweet lolita (Wardrobe post 2016 , 2017 ) and loves pink and yellow. She is 154 cm tall, so the dresses look perfect lenght on her - I wish I was a bit shorter too :3
 
A bunch of her coords is listed in her 2017 post. Of course, being sweet lolita myself, my favourites are her Angelic Pretty's pastel coordinates, but she can also make wonderful coord from Bodyline dress!


Note: If you wonder why the tumblr opens only in side panel and you can't view the tumblr's Archive page, it is because the blog is set to be hidden from search engines ;]

August 4, 2018

Main piece wishlist

Over the last few years, I've hunted down the pieces I coveted the most.. now I don't have an absolute favorite to keep looking for, but I plan to get some of these sweet Angelic Pretty dresses eventually.. (excluding these I never expect to find at reasonable price: La Princesse Sucre dress and Wish Me Mell Tea Time dress.)



      Toy Parade OP (2012)             Sugary Carnival OP           Decoration Dream apron skirt


           Milky Planet OP                    Sugar Hearts OP             Fancy Paper Dolls tiered JSK

Misty Sky skirt (2012) or (2013) in sax

Right, I love the old era of sweet. What dresses are *you* looking for?