Crimson Reflections

Because sometimes the world is too complex for black and white


Before you go any farther than this, I’d like to make it perfectly clear; I’m well aware that there are more blogs out there than any sane number of people could possibly manage to consume within the confines of normal space and time. I do not expect fantastic levels of readership. I do not expect people to flock here in hoards and wagon loads, or flocks, or however else people might travel, to read it. In all, pure, and totally honesty… I expect to be talking to nearly no one. I’m ok with that, to be honest. I have a lot of spare thoughts rattling about in my head that likely no one particularly cares about… but alas, they insist on sticking in there and making a general nuisance of themselves, so I thought I might write them down and see how they deal with that.

I should probably tell you a little about myself, though, there isn’t much to tell. I overuse a lot of transitional phrases, I’m a web developer, I like crazy Japanese fashion. I like cute things; pink, red, sky blue, polka dots, red pandas… I like to read; I like real books. I like to dream, to think.. I like the way light can make things magical. I like to take macro photography of things outside, or inside, or anything that is more interesting up close. Someday I’ll write a whole book, publish it under a different name because I’m afraid of people not understanding, and then no one will read it. I think I’m ok with that.

The currently layout is a work in progress and the current banner image is probably still a photoshopped couple of photos of a dress I bought from Angelic Pretty featuring their Toy March print. The print 100% belongs to AP, and I’m only displaying it because it is one of my favorite pieces in my closet at the moment, and I purposefully picked an image that could not be used for reprinting the design onto other fabric.

What is Lolita?

153701-m-01-dlLolita fashion is a Japanese street fashion that takes influence from European Victorian, Rococo and Retro fashion styles and remixes it with modern gothic, punk and Japanese “kawaii” (cute) aesthetics. It’s a highly creative and very modest fashion. Primarily worn by young women, typically the shoulders and knees are both covered and long socks or stockings cover the legs. Skirts are full and puffed out with petticoats, and blouses or cardigans are worn with dresses. The fashion, on it’s surface, is in direct rebellion against the idea that a young woman must dress herself in tight or short clothing, and that she must give up the idea of “cute things” past a certain age. Lolita fashion is not meant to be “hot” or “sexy”, and instead celebrates the idea that a woman can dress in clothing that makes her happy and makes her feel pretty without tailoring how she dresses to the male gaze.

Lolita Fashion, Like Gothic Fashion has the curse of an asynchronous name. Lolita Fashion is not related to the book Lolita, just as Gothic Fashion is not related to the Visigoths.


6 comments on “About

    1. Oh gosh, I’m so sorry. I didn’t realize people could find that link.

      I started it, but haven’t had time to work on it much. It’s not available because it’s not done.

      I needed to ask someone a question, so I put a password on it and published it so they could see it.

      I will share it with everyone when it is complete. ^_^

      Right now it has very little info and some things are in the wrong place. I’ve only been working on it for a short time; I put a fake publish date on it to hide it at the back of my blog.

      I’m sorry for the disappointment. I will try my best to complete it.

  1. Hi, I heard that you have a backup of hellolace (at least I hope it’s you?). If you have the time, I’d be interested in acquiring a copy if possible!
    I also love your blog, you have a number of excellent posts.

    1. I spidered the site using a crawler much like google or a search engine might at two different points in time. It’s not a legitimate backup from the person who owned the site; it’s basically like a print out of the pages. It’s not complete and it doesn’t work. One copy is significantly less functional and smaller than the other. I can zip it up and send you a link to download it, but I want to be 100% clear on two things:

      1. It’s huge. My server will timeout if I don’t babysit the upload, which means I will have to set aside a whole day just to do this.

      2. It doesn’t actually work. If you want it because you want to extract the item data or something like that, that’s fine, but please understand that it’s not a functioning copy of the site. You can’t just load it onto your PC and then use it like you would use HelloLace. It captured pages as static pages. In other words, you can’t use the top drop downs to narrow down what you are seeing. In most cases you really only can open a file (which you have to find in the file structure first; the navigation is all dead) and view a random page of items from a brand in no order, of every item type. To view the next set, you then close that file, and open the next file. And so on.

      1. Thank you for the reply! That is exactly what I would like to do (extract the item data). I will credit you as a source for the backup. I completely understand this is a huge undertaking and I really appreciate any help and effort you put in. Do you possibly have a preferred method of contact? I’d rather not leave my email sitting in a comment on your blog, but I can try to get it to you if necessary.

  2. Hi,

    I come from a website that specializes in Lolita products and would like to ask if we can have a long-term cooperation.

    We can provide:

    Or your way
    Looking forward to your reply


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