Saturday, 29 August 2015

August Coordinates

Like I mentioned in another post, I didn't actually get a full coordinate together until July, but somehow between then and now I managed to get a sizeable collection of pieces (R.I.P. wallet). Now I can actually wear lolita or aristocrat reasonably often! I'm so excited. I'm looking forward to wearing it at least 2-3 times a week.

That said, I was not excited about it being August. As a goth, I'm already used to the suffering that is a Toronto summer, but not while wearing layers of frills. Granted, it hasn't been too unbearable this year, but still...

Anyway, onto the coordinates!

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JSK: Moi-même-Moitié (Frame Cross Lace-Up JSK II)
Blouse: Ista Mori
Socks: Metamorphose
Bag: Offbrand
Shoes: Antaina
Beret, Hairband, and Jewellery: Offbrand

This is my first-ever coordinate! I still feel like it could use some work, but for the most part I'm pretty happy with it even though I could use some more gold accessories on top - maybe I'll wear gold hairpins or something.

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Jacket: Atelier Boz
JSK: Sheglit (Gracious Flare Underbust JSK)
Blouse: Ista Mori 
Socks: Moi-même-Moitié
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié
Shoes: Antaina
Jewellery: Offbrand
Just a simple, comfy outfit for walking around town. It was strangely cold even though it was the middle of August, hence the jacket. I feel like the jacket works best with long layers, but I like how it looks with a shorter skirt.

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Skirt: Moi-même-Moitié  (Gothic Arch)
Blouse: Offbrand
Socks: Moi-même-Moitié
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié
Shoes: Bodyline 
Jabot: Marble
Fascinator and Jewellery: Offbrand

I had a lot of errands to do that day, so I put together a simple, comfy coordinate. Skirt coords are so underrated - a lot of people hate coordinating skirts because it's a little trickier than coordinating a JSK or OP, but they're also more versatile.Way more comfortable in summer, too. It was pretty hot out so I couldn't stand wearing a JSK.

Side note, I love it when my hair matches my outfit! As a sign of devotion to our lord and savior Mana, I've dyed it Moitié blue. Mostly because it was purple before and it kept clashing with my outfits.

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Bolero: BPN
OP: Moi-même-Moitié (Royal Gate)
Tights: Offbrand
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié
Shoes: Antaina
Hairband and Jewellery: Offbrand

Had an awesome meetup with my comm that day! We rented a photo studio and practiced posing and taking photos. I've never been very photogenic so while I definitely improved, I'll still never photograph well. Who knew it was so hard to pose? Jojo poses, while awesome, are not exactly the most elegant/humanly possible (or comfortable in 4 inch platforms).

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Thank you for reading~ and of course any constructive criticism is welcome! I'm still new to lolita. It's one thing to lurk comms and look at outfit photos, but putting together a coordinate on your own is something new entirely and I'm still not that good at it yet.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

On (im)patience, or why I have two bat bags and two identical coats.

Lolita is a waiting game, but sometimes I don’t want to wait. The secondhand markets for my two favourite brands (Atelier-Pierrot and Moi-même-Moitié) are really, really slow. So when I see something uncommon, I get way too excited. 

A few months ago I posted about the untimely death of my leather bat bag and losing out on an auction to someone who doubled my max bid. Naturally, when I saw a reasonably priced auction on Y!Japan, I jumped on it. I asked my SS to put in a fairly low bid, only to see 6 other bidders immediately join in. Welp. I just went to bed at that point, fully expecting to have my max bid tripled by the next morning.

The next morning, I happened to find a super cheap one posted by a small-time seller. For some reason it wasn’t tagged with the brand name or anything, which would have made it less likely to be found.  Two bat bags listed in less than 24 hours?!  So I did what any idiot would do: I bid on that one too.

Long story short, I am now the proud owner of two identical bat bags. Now you’d think I’d have learned my lesson then, but a pattern is emerging here.

I saw a gorgeous Atelier-Pierrot winter coat was kicking around on Maiden Clothing for a while. I mulled it over for a few days before sending in an email order – the cheap price eventually won me over. After a day or two there was no confirmation email, and when I checked the item page it said sold out. Noooo! I was convinced I’d never see that coat again.

Strangely enough, that very same day someone on mbok put up a listing for the same coat in mint condition! Clearly, I was meant to have that coat. Providence in action…

…Maybe a little too much providence.  I got an apologetic email a few days later from Maiden Clothing saying that they couldn’t find it at first, but they’d finally located it in another store and had arranged to have it sent to me. They’d clearly gone through a lot of trouble trying to find the damn thing and had already sent it, so I couldn’t really say no at that point.

...Anyone want an Atelier-Pierrot winter coat?