Lolita Blog Carnival: Changes That I Will Make For My Wardrobe In The New Year

So, I’m actually a bit late on this one, but it’s a great Lolita Blog Carnival topic and so I thought I’d go back and write something even though I missed the deadline.

Pink HouseMy wardrobe has changed a bit over the past year, and I forsee it changing more over the next year. For starters, I’ve become more and more enchanted by Pink House, and I’ve started collecting some pieces from them. I’ve been collecting things that are red x white, and with bears or berries as the theme, as well as a little blue x red, and some florals. And one olive skirt that works with the greens in some of my pieces. It’s very light weight and comfortable, but I can still layer a lot up in the winter and not be cold. Pretty win-win.

I’m turning 30 this year, and while I still love lolita and don’t plan on leaving any time soon, I’ve found that I just don’t have the stamina for wearing it that I used to. Maybe it’s how OTT everything has gotten, or maybe it’s just that I’ve been attracted to heavier, more constricting pieces. Either way, I get tired, and I’m looking forward to wearing Pink House and more simple lolita pieces at events when lolita is just too much.

154802-s-03-dlAs for my lolita wardrobe, I’ve continued to sell off a lot of my pink and sax stuff, and I see myself continuing to do that over the next year. Also, I think I likely will let go of a lot of stuff that I don’t wear as frequently, and really start to pare things down to pieces I absolutely love. I’d also like to spend more money on “super basics”, and less on new pieces. “Super Basics”, to me, are basics that are very nice, and would take an outfit from “ok” to “really good”. They are those basics that cost a little more and often get overlooked because there is a cheaper option, that is almost as good. For example, I have a black x off white bolero I got from an IW lucky pack. Perfectly good, servicable bolero. But what I really need is a black x black lace fancy one. I have some offbrand navy heels, but I’d rather upgrade them to brand of VW. Little things like that. Blouses, brand underskirts, better shoes.

I also am going to continue to avoid buying lucky packs and oddment packs from IW and other “great deals”, because I tend to sell pretty much everything. It’s not a great deal when I have to do a lot of work.

Not so much a wardrobe goal, as a closet goal, but I’d like to get organized this next year. I have materials bought to make a giant frame to turn into a jewelry organizer and stuff to make paper-towel headbow organizers, and lots of decorative boxes. I want to get my closet into a tidy, organized state, so I can find thing easily.

I’d like to also get back into downsizing my closet. I want to get back to a point where I’m selling 2-3 things for each thing I buy. I simply don’t need to own as much as I do, especially as many things in my closet do not get worn frequently.

And of course, I want to finish my EGL Wardrobe post this year! Thankfully, I did most of my main pieces very nicely last year, and can re-use a lot of my photos, but I still have to take pictures of everything new this year… and all of my accessories and shoes and non main pieces that I left out last year! Yikes!

While it’s not a personal wardrobe goal, I would also like to get back into digitizing my collection of lolita publications and getting things entered into lolibrary.


545430_945698161629_573562109_nOther blogs participating in this theme:
Grey Velvet The Bloody Teaparty ♥ Alice in Lolita Land  ♥ Gosu-Rori
Pastel Jelly Beans ♥ Vanilla Bear ♥ Dollhouse Diaries ♥ It’s Witchcraft ♥

Asking for Lolita for the Holidays

Vintage09First of all, if you are a lolita, and the person buying for you isn’t a lolita, and hasn’t specifically expressed a wish to want to buy you lolita, and you can afford to buy lolita for yourself, I would caution you to perhaps ask for something else as a gift. It’s always easier to buy your own clothing when you have the option, in my opinion, because you already know what you like.

But, let’s assume that you don’t have the means; maybe you are in school still and this is a holiday gift from your parents. Maybe you are older and your significant other wants to buy you something you will really like and has asked. No matter what the reason, here are some tips for making sure you get something close to what you want this season.

First of all, if there is any way that you can ask for a gift card or money (if its not awkward to do so), that may be the better option. Gift cards for Etsy shops, Angelic Pretty USA, Harajuku Hearts, Tokyo Rebel are all safe bets, as are geVintage10neric Visa gift cards.

Beyond that, it’s best to focus on things that are easy to buy. That means online shops which take credit cards, are in your native language (my examples are based on English, so you may need to adjust if the people buying for you do not speak English), and ship to your location. Again, indie brands on Etsy (I suggest brands like SweetMildred, PopPrincess) or Storenvy (I suggest Belladonna) are good options, as well as the lolita collective, bodyline, Metamorphose and US shops like AP USA, Baby NYC or SF, Tokyo Rebel and Harajuku Hearts.

I suggest making an Amazon.com wishlist. They have a great add-on for firefox, as well as a bookmarklet (basically you add it to the “bookmark” bar of your web browser and you can click it on a page to add the item on the page to your wishlist. Using either of these tools, you can build a wishlist of items from any website. Be sure to be very specific about size and color for items which have size and color options. Stick to things that will not sell out very quickly, and add a variety of price points. It may be tempting to add your $250 dream dress and nothing else, but if the person shopping for you feels that is not an appropriate price for a dress, or it’s outside of their budget, you are likely to not get it.  You might include notes about which thing is your favorite, or second favorite to help someone pick as well.

I would also recommend adding loliable things from local shops, and general “cute” things you might also want. Makeup, stationary, cute shoes that are loliable (be sure to include size and color!) , etc are all great ideas.The person buying for you may just not want to buy you lolita, and in that case, providing some alternative options helps to ensure that you still get something you will enjoy.

Share the link to your wishlist with your friend, family member or significant other as early as possible, to ensure that they have time to plan, and for things to ship to you. If you know approximate shipping times for things, it’s always good to make a note of that on your wishlist in the comments.

And remember, in the end, gifts are about showing you care about someone. If someone buys you something that isn’t lolita, or isn’t what you want, you should always accept it with grace and thanks. After all, it’s really the thought that counts.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you all!

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How to Buy Putumayo Outside of Japan!

Putumayo is a great wash and wear casual lolita and punk brand. Most of the clothing Putumayo makes can be washed on the gentle cycle in the washing machine on cold (Velveteen or other special fabrics might not be though; I’ve never tried washing anything they have made of velveteen). Because they sell both punk and lolita items, not everything they sell is suitable for lolita. Putumayo’s lolita items tend to be short; I would recommend their pieces for people under 5’4″ (163cm). If you are taller, pay close attention to the lengths of the skirts and dresses. Some of their dresses are longer, but most are pretty short!

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Buying Putumayo New

Harajuku Hearts – Ships worldwide and they can special order anything that is in stock from Japan as long as you meet the minimum order amount.

If you would like an item that is listed in the primary label’s Japan website but is not listed in our store, we can place a special order if the item if it is still available. The rules for special orders are the following:

* $150 Minimum merchandise purchase are required for all Special orders.
* Special order services does not only apply sales, and exclusive regional store items.
* 50% non-refundable deposit required (charged after stock is confirmed and reserved)
* No cancellation, so make sure you’re absolutely sure before you commit.
* Patience, due to the nature of special orders.

Tokyo Rebel – Ships worldwide, and can also special order anything that is in stock in Japan as long as you meet the minimum order rules.

Minimum order: $50 *per item* (unless ordering three or more of the same item)
Maximum order: $1,000

Accessories usually cannot be special ordered in quantities of less than three per item. Please note that we are not a shopping service. We accept special orders as an extra service for the benefit of our customers, but we are a retail store ordering wholesale from our brands, so we cannot easily order single small items.

Putumayo Japan – You can buy from Putumayo Japan directly now using Tenso (Just like with AP Japan!).  There are instructions on the Putumayo site.

Kera Shop – You can use a shopping service like FromJapan to buy Putumayo from Kera Shop online.

Buying Putumayo Used

Putumayo is really, really cheap second hand aside from certain popular pieces!

It’s cheapest to get Putumayo on Auction from Yahoo! Japan Auctions, Mbok or Rakuten Auctions. However, you can also get it pretty cheap from second hand shops.

Avoid:

  • Shop In Wonderland – It’s run by people who are well known as shady people in the lolita community.
  • Toabao – It’s probably fake; a few places make replica Putumayo clothing items that cost more than buying the same thing second hand and are waaaay worse quality.
  • Ebay – Again, it’s often fake, unless it’s second hand, and even then it’s better to stick to reputable second hand sales platforms like lacemarket or egl-comm-sales.