52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge : Purses That I love

Today’s post from the 52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge is 27. Purses That I Love. I’m not really sure if this is just supposed to be ones I own, or if it can be any purses, so I’m going to start with my favorites from my own personal collection.

My favorite bag of all right now, is Innocent World’s Antique Book Bag. I own two, a brown one and a wine one. They hold a ton, they are cute, and they are pretty well made.

  Innocent World Antique Book Bag Innocent World Antique Book Bag

My next favorite is my Baby the Stars Shine Bright Chandelier Bag, which I have in black. It’s absolutely gorgeous and it’s pretty big… but, then handle doesn’t seem very strong. It’s also quite a few years old, so I worry a lot about putting anything heavy in it. Also, the side ribbons love to get caught outside the bag instead of inside.

Baby the Stars Shine Bright Chandelier BagAnd last of the bags I own, but not least, two recent purchases, my two new circus bags! On the left is Alice and the Pirate’s Tent Bag in Blue x Gold, and to the right Innocent World’s Merry-go-round Bag in Wine x Cream.

      Alice and the Pirates Tent Bag  Innocent World Merry Go Round Bag

As far as bags I like that I don’t own go… Angelic Pretty’s Twinkle Star Bag ranks pretty high, as does Innocent World’s Royal Crown Bag (Which I’m looking to buy right now if anyone is selling one in gold.)

      Twinkle Star Bag   Royal Crown Bag

However, at the tippy top of my favorites-I-don’t-own list is excentrique with their Victorian Doctor Bag and their Original Print Doctor Bag. Unfortunately, while the Twinkle Star Bag would was under $100 new, and the Royal Crown was just over $100, the bag here on the left is around $290, and the one on the right is about $340; so while they were available to purchase (and the Original Print one still is), I just can’t justify the price tag.

Excentrique Victorian Doctor Bag Excentrique Original Print Bag

52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge : Plan For a Trip! A Week’s Worth of Lolita Outfits I Can Fit in a Small Suitcase

Today’s post from the 52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge is 21. Plan for a trip! A week’s worth of Lolita outfits I can fit in a small suitcase. Wait, this is a joke right? No one actually expects me to be able to do this right? Right? No? You do?

Ok, so in all seriousness, I probably would never actually succeed at this in real life. When I went to AWA, I was over the weight limit on my (large) case and took a carry on that was 11lbs of deco jewelry. When I went to Otakon and wasn’t restricted by what you can take on a plane my luggage looked like this

In my defense, one pink tote has food and another has items I was giving away at my panels.

In my defense, one pink tote has food and another has items I was giving away at my panels. Another just has a box with large headpiece in it.

First rule of packing a weeks worth in one case: you aren’t wearing decololi every day (probably not any day). Rule number two, pick one or two main colors, and one pair of shoes and one bag that works with everything. Rule number three, if it has a built in petticoat it’s probably not the best dress / skirt to pick.

That said, I actually can’t make my wardrobe work with only one pair of shoes. So I picked a pair of pretty compact shoes that I have in two colors, and I am going have them in brown, and my purse (cream) be part of the coord I wear while traveling. I’d probably also have some pearl bracelets on which would go with all of these coords.

Coord for Travel

I’m taking a week to mean 7 full coords, and I assuming, with the exception of the bolero that is worn on the trip there and the last day, that tights and blouses can’t be re-worn. I left out bloomers, but you can just mentally add in bloomers. A single petticoat would be used for all outfits and it would be worn for traveling.

1 week of coordsFairly boring coordinates, but they all use very light weight dresses that don’t have built in petticoats, so they all can be compacted pretty small. Tights roll up smaller than socks, especially cheap plan ones, so here we have one pair of brown, two pairs of dusty pink and three pairs of cream, but they could just as easily be three pairs total if one would care to wash them in the sink while on the trip (which I have done before; tights dry pretty quick, just pack a tiny bit of woolite in a bottle, or if you really don’t care about the tights, you can just use shower gel in a pinch. It will clean them, and they won’t smell like feet, but I don’t know how long they will last if you do that to them regularly! Do plan to give them 48h to dry to be safe though). The blouses are all floaty, wrinkle resistant fabrics, so they can be folded up in a pretty tight space and still be ok.

So, is we assume that one washes nothing, here is what is actually in the suitcase (I’d take a photo of it all in a suitcase, but that requires going up into the attic which is the sort that requires a ladder and it’s really a pain for just a photo).

Cary On a Week of Lolita FashionI’ll be honest, I probably wouldn’t pack these coords for a convention. Maybe, if I was going overseas or on a trip somewhere in the US just for fun, but really that’s about it. Personally, I’d usually rather pay for a checked bag or pack some non-lolita coords for some of the days. So, I guess, while I could probably pack a bag for a week like this, I just probably wouldn’t.

Another thing… I don’t think I could fit more than maybe four Angelic Pretty dresses or skirts in a small case. They take up so much space compared to Innocent World or Alice and the Pirates. With how much fabric is in the skirts, plus the built in petticoats, there is just a lot more there. It always makes me laugh when someone who only wears classic, or gothic sells me something and they are like “I’m sorry, I have to use this box/bag/whatever because it’s really big” when talking about an Alice and the Pirates or Innocent World dress, and I get the package and open it, and it’s just tiny compared to something from Angelic Pretty still. I filled a small case with two AP coords at Katsucon. It just takes up space. However, on the totally opposite side of the spectrum, I could easily do a week  of putumayo in one bag and have space left over. I just don’t actually own a week of putumayo, personally.

52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge : My “Signature” Outfit

Today’s post from the 52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge is 48. My “signature” outfit.  This is actually hard for me, because I actually haven’t been wearing what most of my friends consider my signature outfit very often lately, so I don’t have many good pictures of me actually wearing it! I think part of the issue as well is that I wear 2-3 different styles, so I sort of have a signature classic look and a signature sweet look, but they are very different (and it’s really funny to run into people who have only seen me at conventions where I almost always wear deco sweet, while I’m wearing classic and there is sort of this surprised “wait, you wear classic too?” or the opposite, which has happened too).

At frill 2012. My friend is grabbing me pretending she's like a monster, and I wasn't sure if she would want that face posted. XD

At frill 2012. My friend is grabbing me pretending she’s like a monster, and I wasn’t sure if she would want that face posted. XD

2013 for a zoo meet up. Another time I'm being shy, quite coincidentally.

2013 for a zoo meet up in DC.                   Another time I’m being shy, quite coincidentally. I had a red umbrella most of the day too, but it didn’t photograph well.

But I think I can safely say that my signature look is red x pink deco sweet (usually with brown twin tails). I actually was at a convention and I hadn’t told anyone I was going, I just showed up around noon-ish on Saturday and wandered until evening and that was all the longer I was there. So no one I know actually knows I went, I’m wearing this really puffy curly deep wine-ish brown wig, and I’m wearing Angelic Pretty’s Toy March JSK in wine x pink with navy and gold. I’m walking through a big room, and I hear, back over my shoulder somewhere at least 3/4 of the way across the room, someone calls my name. Now, they were behind me, I’m wearing a weird wig, and no one even knows I’m at this con. So I turn around and I’m like looking around behind me about to to just brush it off, because I have a really common name, and I just never got out of the habit of answering in public, even though it’s usually just parents calling their little kids, and there is a group with a couple lolita sitting on a sofa like, way across the room, and in that group is Cinabunnylol (this was way before we were dating; I think we had only met 2-3 times before this) who basically said she saw someone in red x pink and knew it had to be me because my wardrobe is all red x pink. Which is hilarious because it’s not totally red x pink, but that is what a bunch of people who know me well think.
Raine Dragon Wardrobe Colors

See? I totally own other colors.

For classic, I don’t have a signature look that really stands out or anything, but I do have a pretty standard casual classic look from outfit to outfit. Usually I wear wine, brown or black. Usually I wear a bolero and usually I have flowers in my hair which are usually off to the side. Usually I don’t take photos of these boring outfits, so here is one really blurry shot I took at the airport while waiting for a plane

Casual Classic

On a side note, I keep catching myself using the term “deco sweet”, which isn’t really a common term. It’s just my own personal short-hand for “Things that range from OTT Sweet Lolita to Deco Lolita that has more order to how the accessories are arranged”.