December 25, 2016

Momoko's Wardrobe

The lolita movie Kamikaze girls / Shimotsuma Monogatari is very famous in the lolita fashion world.

The movie, released in 2004 in Japan, was adapted from a light novel of famous novelist Novala Takemoto issued in 2002. Its story centers on a lolita girl Momoko and her friend Ichigo from a motorcycle gang. Momoko's favorite brand is Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and she is dressed in various outfits through the movie.

In the movie, Momoko is shown in 20 outfits. These are mostlyBaby, the Stars Shine Bright , some Jane Marple and Metamorphose.In a mook FRiLL issued in 2004, Momoko's dresses were published on a neat sheet!

The outfits were also published in KERA magazine!



You can see Momoko's room in the movie

And the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright shop including the owner!


December 16, 2016

Lolitas on Amino

After the EGL Community on livejournal started to die out because of the rise of various lolita facebook groups, it seemed like the lolita community fractioned and disappeared, no longer having the worldwide feel it had before. There was an attempt to bring everyone together in lacebook, which has wonderfully looking skin, but it seems it didn't catch on. Lately, I heard about Lolita Amino, and it seems that is where a worldwide lolita community thrives nowadays!

Amino is a phone application for Android and iOs. It's a place to host communities easily. People create communities with common interests, then others join them. In every community separately, you have your profile page, you can write posts and #hashtag them, and there are also chats, users lists and lists of people you follow. Moderators purge the community of unrelated content.

The largest lolita communities on Amino are:

  • Lolita (5565 members) is the biggest and most active lolita community.
  • Ladies in Ruffles is intended for lifestyle lolitas. The Lolita community doesn't allow for non-fashion posts, while in this one you can discuss anything lifestyle like baking, knitting or other such interests. Lifestyle lolita was the predecessor of the community above, but the moderators became inactive and so people went and made the community anew as Ladies in Ruffles.
  • Adult EGL (117 members) is intended to keep just the core of lolita community using strict rules: no kids, newbies, or replicas. Three outfit photos are required to verify that only people actively participating in the fashion are in the community, so there should be no dubious lurkers or ita beginners. Personally, I think they could allow 15+ but I love the idea that they allow only true lolitas.

Amino is quite confusing the first time you open it, so let's fly through the basics to quickly orient beginners! When you enter the community, you can see Front Page. It contains featured posts, the posts the moderators flagged as interesting. On the top of Front page are pinned posts, make sure to read these!

Tap your icon and again your icon to get to your profile in the community. The main three parts of your profile are the Posts, which are your addition to the community, the Wall, which works like public Facebook posts, and the Bio, where you should put some basic info about yourself. Images uploaded into Bio will show in the header of your profile :) You can Follow other users, write on their Wall, and also send them personal messages (go to their profile, tap the three dots in the corner, tap Start a Chat).

Amino has also built in public chats. To see the chats, tap your icon and pick Public chats. Choose chats to join and don't Leave the chat until you lost interest in it. While you're taking part in the chat, you will be notified of new messages in said chat; regardless of whether you have the chat page open (notifications can be turned off in the settings). Your joined chats along with personal chats with other users (private messages, essentially) are later available as a speech bubble icon.

These are the most essential features of Amino, but theres so much more! Its basically a message board combined with Facebook and chat. Go and explore!

As Amino is a phone app, youd think you cant use it on your computer and are stuck writing long posts only on your phone, but thats not necessarily true! There are many computer programs to run Android virtually on your computer, so use one of these, install Amino on your virtual Android and you are set to go!

More reading: Amino Tutorial

December 2, 2016

Grey x Pink sweet appreciation!

Latedly I saw a beautiful Pink x Gray tartan from Angelic Pretty in auctions, which got me thinking.. how many sweet pieces in this colorway are even out there? Is it possible to build grey x pink wardrobe? I looked into lolibrary and was really surprised at the amount of grey pieces available!

It comes as no surprise that Innocent World and Victorian Maiden offer numerous classical grey pieces, either solid color or with stripes. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright also has an occasional grey tartan piece. The surprise: Angelic Pretty also makes great sweet lolita pieces in grey! Regarding the accesssories, there are a few and far between, but Jane Marple turned out to have a few nice pieces. Going through all the lolibrary's grey entries and picked my favorites to assemble a grey x pink wardrobe with! Pink pieces are numerous and therefore not shown. 

The first dress which comes to mind in pink x grey colorway is the expensive Cat's Tea Party. A special occasion dress for the wardrobe, however not the only one out there for our experimental wardrobe.

More pink x grey prints by Angelic Pretty, both very old, and also warm pieces.


Starting on nonprint dresses, an older tartan piece. And the salopette is absolutely adorable!


Angelic Pretty Nursery Tartan serie from 2012

Purely grey pieces, could be combined with pink items or in the case of the JSK on the right, could be layered on pink dress like an apron!

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright grey x pink pieces.

There was not a good pick in blouses, classical blouses back be used under otherwise sweet dress. White or pink blouses could also be easily used in our grey x pink wardrobe!

Cutsews. I love cutsews, they are so comfy and harder to wrinkle than cotton blouses. The AP onsleeved blouse is indeed grey, on the grey background. The BtSSB camisole is particulary cute.

A few grey accessories!

The tippet could be used to put on top of a blouse if you absolutely need to add grey to that area of your outfit, but it would probably turn the outfit too classical and I don't see a main piece on our list which would look good with it. But if you put under a shorter one the chiffon petticoat on the right, then the chiffon peeking out would balance the tippet!

A few appropriate grey legwear.

Cardigans! Because it's not always summer. Indie and Jane Marple, here they go. The pockets on the indie cardigan on the first image are incredibly cute :3

When it gets really cold, everyone's glad to have a coat!. I like the BtSSB coat the most, it looks very warm and has pink ribbons on it!

A lot of image spam later, I can conclude that it's perfectly possible to build a grey x pink wardrobe if one so wishes! Theres great many pieces and when the grey is lacking, pink and white will supplement it. Even grey can make sweet outfits, as you've seen! Have an greyt day! :D (pun intended)