Lolita 52 Challenge – 1

January 11, 2013 at 8:56 am (Lolita Fashion) (, , , )

The first topic in the Lolita 52 Challenge is: 5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style

two gothlolitas

Two Gothic Lolitas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a great one to start with and I think different people will have different choices for this. Here are mine:

1. A good petticoat.

For sweet Lolitas this would be cupcake shaped and for classic or gothic this would be a-line.  Either way, you need at least one good petticoat that has enough poof to make sure your skirts give the right Lolita silhouette.

2. A white Lolita blouse

This should be one that could be worn either under a JSK or with a skirt.  I picked white because I think that white will work with any style, even gothic, whereas a black blouse is another important staple of the Lolita wardrobe it doesn’t have as much versatility.

3. Socks and tights in a variety of colors

At minimum a pair of white kneehighs and black kneehighs are really useful, but since what you wear on your legs can help change a look or help coordinate a look perfectly I think having a variety to choose from is really important.  I tend to wear more classic or gothic, so I prefer tights or ankle socks to kneehighs.  If you have a variety it really helps coordinate with different prints and colors of dresses.

4. A pair of comfy Lolita shoes that fit with the dominant colors of your wardrobe

Some Lolita shoes are not comfy.  Be sure to have a pair that is comfortable that is the right color to wear with the majority of your wardrobe.

5. A selection of head accessories

They don’t have to be big or expensive, but you need to have stuff to wear on your head to pull the outfit together.  Having a variety that fit with the main colors in your wardrobe, along with a variety of socks and tights, allows you to transform your outfit by changing just a few pieces and will give your wardrobe more versatility.


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Lolita 52 Challenge List

January 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Lolita Fashion) (, , , , , )

Since I don’t post enough in this blog, this year I am going to take part in F Yeah Lolita’s Lolita 52 Challenge, which will hopefully keep me motivated and get me to post more.  Since I renewed my love of Lolita in the past two years I think this is the perfect time!  While you can do the challenge in any order, I’ll probably try to do it starting with number 1 and working my way through.


Harajuku Moments © Kalandrakas

Harajuku Moments © Kalandrakas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the list:

  1.  5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style
  2.  5 movies for Lolitas
  3.  What my own Lolita lifestyle is like
  4.  Favorite thing to put on my head
  5.  My wardrobe turnover
  6.  My favorite Lolita brand
  7.  Why I wear Lolita?
  8.  Why don’t I wear Lolita more often?
  9.  5 keywords that describe my personal Lolita style
  10.  How I first found out about Lolita
  11.  3 trends I wish would come back
  12.  Combining other fashions with Lolita
  13.  Lolitas I have met in real life
  14.  Lolitas I would love to meet
  15.  3 things I wish I was told when I was a new Lolita
  16.  10 facts about my Lolita wardrobe
  17.  My first meetup
  18.  Trends I thought I would never get into, but I now love
  19.  Trends I thought I loved, but now I’m not too keen on
  20.  How satisfied I am with my current wardrobe
  21.  Plan for a trip! A week’s worth of Lolita outfits I can fit in a small suitcase
  22.  How I accessorize
  23.  What influences my Lolita style
  24.  What’s in my makeup bag
  25.  Best places to wear Lolita
  26.  How I get out of a wardrobe slump
  27.  Purses that I love
  28.  Bloomers or no bloomers?
  29.  Lolitafying things in my everyday life
  30.  How long it took me to build a complete wardrobe
  31.  Impulse buys that were totally worth it
  32.  My best deal
  33.  Something that I made
  34.  Wardrobe blunders! Things I bought that I ended up regretting!
  35.  What I thought when I got my first real piece of Lolita
  36.  Nails to match my favorite looks
  37.  Something that’s not my style, but I love anyways
  38.  Favorite hair style
  39.  Most versatile Lolita item I own
  40.  5 inspirational fictional characters
  41.  Fondest meetup memory
  42.  The ways in which I fit the cliche
  43.  The ways in which I do not fit the cliche
  44.  How strangers react to my clothes, and how I react to their reactions
  45.  Something that was a gift
  46.  Parasols: Vital or frivolous?
  47.  The item in my wardrobe that was the hardest to get
  48.  My “signature” outfit
  49.  My favorite Lolita print
  50.  What’s in my closet, but I haven’t worn yet!
  51.  Predict the next Lolita trend!
  52.  How Lolita has changed me

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Cool2Day Wig from Amazon Review

December 27, 2012 at 10:12 am (Lolita Fashion) (, , , , , )

I bought this wig last week from For about $10 the price was right so I thought I’d give it a try since it had good reviews. The wig is made of 100% Japanese Kanekalon fibers. Let’s take a look at the wig.

This is how it was packaged, inside a plastic bag:

Wig in Package

Laid out on the bed.  As you can see it’s pretty long:


This is what it looks like worn:



From the back:


Now to examine the construction of the wig.  This is the top.  As you can see there is a skin top:


From the inside:


There are adjustable straps at the bottom back:

Inside 2

This shows how far apart the weave is, I would say less than an inch:

Width of Weave

Next to two other wigs, in order of shininess.  From left: Gothic Lolita Wigs, Cool2Day, Minty Mix

Gothic Lolita Wigs, Cool2Day Wig, Minty Mix Wig

The wig is very soft and feels almost like real hair.  It is a little shiny, especially in bright light, but it looks pretty good in natural light.  I’ll probably use some baby powder to cut down on the shine.  The wig cap was a bit big for my head, but I have a tiny head so I often have that problem.  I think for people with normal sized heads, or a lot of hair to stuff underneath this wig would work fine.  All in all, a pretty good wig for $10 and I would buy from the company again.  It was also eligible for free shipping using Amazon Prime, so I didn’t pay any shipping costs.

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Ever Wondered About Lolita Fashion?

August 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm (Modern Fashion) (, , , , )

This short documentary about Lolitas in Australia is a great look into what it’s like to be a Lolita and where the fashion came from.

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Betsey Johnson New Affordable Line

August 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm (Fashion in the Media/News) (, , , )

Fashion designer Betsey Johnson in the 2007 Re...

Fashion designer Betsey Johnson in the 2007 Red Dress Collection for The Heart Truth campaign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always been a huge fan of Betsey Johnson.  If  you’re like me, you will have been seriously disappointed with the news of Betsey Johnson’s bankruptcy.  While it did mean that I was able to pick up a bunch of great pieces for super cheap, I was saddened by the thought of not being able to go into her stores any more and browse the sales racks.

Fortunately, she’s just announced that she will begin offering a new, affordable clothing line and I’m really excited.  This line will be focused only on dresses, at least for the moment.  It’s unclear where she will be distributing it, but she is partnering with the Levy Group on it.

I think this is a good move on her part.  While I’ve always loved her pieces, they were pretty out there – and out of my price range.  I  snapped up her items off the sale rack and from the outlet stores, but I could rarely afford a full price piece.  I think her concept was too extreme for the price point and I hope she has more success with her new line and the continuing Bestyville line that I believe she is still selling at department stores.

Read Vintagevandalizm’s thoughts on the Bestey Johnson bankruptcy here: My Thoughts on Betsey Johnson Bankruptcy

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Advanced Style

July 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm (Uncategorized)

I respect women who are not afraid to wear what they want and the Advanced Style blog is full of them.  This blog spotlights seniors with amazing style.  These woman should be an inspiration to women of all ages.  In a world where there is pressure to confirm, these woman don’t understand why you’d want to be just live everyone else, with amazing results.

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Men are Jealous of the Jason Wu for Target Collection

January 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion) (, , )

Tom and Lorenzo can’t help it – they are jealous of this fresh, cool, and affordable collection for Target by Jason Wu.

Why are we jealous of the ladies? Contrary to some opinions, we do not want to wear dresses, but we sure would love a diffusion line for men as affordable and yet stylishly well made as this one. There are some GREAT pieces here; perfect for a young gal with a new job or even a newly single gal who feels the need to add some pretty to her wardrobe. But we’ll be honest: it’s that kitty bag. We squee’d when we saw it, but try as we might to imagine such a scenario, there’s no where and no way for us to ever get away with sporting it. You lucky bitches. What an adorable line this is.

via Jason Wu for Target Collection | Tom & Lorenzo.

Here are some tantalizing images of this cool line.  More at Tom & Lorenzo’s blog post.

Images via Tom & Lorenzo via

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Japonista Sole – Ninja Jika Tabi

October 20, 2011 at 8:03 am (Links, Modern Fashion)

I just saw these Japonista Sole brand ninja jika tabi shoes with an accent pattern on La Carmina’s blog.  What do you think of these?  Would you wear them?  Theses shoes are in a more classic Japanese style, though certain types of workmen in Japan commonly wear them.

See La Carmina modeling these at the following link:


Buy the shoes at

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Amazing Wardrobe

September 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm (Fashion in the Media/News) (, )

Cropped screenshot of Elizabeth Taylor from th...

Image via Wikipedia

Elizabeth Taylor was an amazing woman and a style icon.  With the recent death of this Hollywood icon, it’s wonderful to look back and remember her for her style.

Check out this fantastic slide show of her outfits featured on


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Interview with Lex from Smarmy Clothes

February 19, 2011 at 10:43 am (Interviews) (, , , , , , )

I don’t know remember how I found Smarmy Clothes, but I know that I love the clothing!  Below is an interview with Lex, the brains (and hands) behind Smarmy Clothes.

1.  I see that you got your BA in nursing, but then began doing fashion full time.  Can you tell me a little bit about that journey?  How long have you been interested in fashion and when did you realize it was viable business option?

I initially wanted to go to school for music, but it wasn’t long before I realized that I would be miserable going to school for almost anything creative. I don’t like the attitude of most art/fashion/music schools that there’s a “right” way to do things. (Their way being the right way, of course.) So science was the next best thing for me, and I’ve always had an interest in medicine. There was a nursing shortage, and the super long waiting lists for nursing schools hadn’t happened yet, so it seemed like a good fit.

Being in such a practical program, I needed some sort of creative outlet, so I started sewing. If you asked me at the time how long I’d been interested in fashion, I might have said, “never”. But looking back, even in elementary school I loved experimenting by combining different pieces from my wardrobe. When I was in 5th grade, I once wore a black mini skirt with my favorite black and white polka dot bicycle shorts underneath. I had a black tank top on with a neon green paint splattered cropped t-shirt over that. My teacher asked if I got dressed in the dark. In middle school, my favorite clothing items were some vintage t-shirts I found in my mom’s closet. And in high school, my friends and I spent hours combing through thrift shops for cool stuff. So I guess I’ve been interested in fashion most of my life, just not in the mainstream sense.

The selling started because I got so hooked on sewing, I thought it would be a good way to make a little money back so I could buy more supplies. And once I sold a few things, I was hooked. I don’t know if I realized it was a viable business option so much as I became determined to make it one.

2.  I see that you do everything for your business, from pattern making to the website.  How did you become such a “Jill of all trades”?  

I’ve always been interested in how all the little parts of things work, so I approached designing that way. I don’t think I’d be satisfied designing the clothing and letting a company manufacture the actual garments for me. The actual construction process is just as fun as coming up with the idea itself. Or maybe I’m just a control freak. Ha!

3.  Where did you come up with the name for your line and why did you choose “smarmy”?

I actually started out as Tally-Ho Clothing, which was just sort of randomly chosen. When I realized that I wanted to take it more seriously, I felt like a name change was in order. My boyfriend and I came up with a list of words we liked and started from there. I was THIS CLOSE to being Snarky Clothes (which I now cringe at, haha), when my boyfriend said, “smarmy!” It hadn’t even been on the list, but I knew that was it when he said it. I liked the sound of it, but I also like those words that are the perfect description for something, and no other word means quite the same thing, and Smarmy is that way for me.

4.  Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?  Who are your biggest influences?  Are there any fashion designers that you respect?  Do you have any collaborators?

I get most of my inspiration from the materials themselves. Certain fabrics are just asking to be made into a particular design. I also watch a lot of movies and sometimes I see something that makes me jump up to grab a pencil and paper so I can draw a quick sketch.

I think my biggest influences are my grandmother and Betsey Johnson. My grandmother was an awesome seamstress and knitter. She also had a fondness for bright sequined sweaters, which had a big impression on me. When I was a kid, the old lady section of the store with the loud sequined sweaters was like a candy shop.

My favorite designers are Betsey Johnson and Vivienne Westwood. I love over-the-top. I love color. I love a sense of humor in design. Fashion to me should be fun. Rules, schmules. Those ladies are keeping it real.

I don’t have any hands-on collaborators, but I do have an awesome support group of sorts at It’s a forum made up of independent designers and lovers of handmade, and I get a lot of inspiration and encouragement from the people there.

5.  What is your Halloween costume this year?  🙂 

I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I’ve wanted to do a La Catrina costume, which is a Day of the Dead skeleton lady with a big fancy dress and a hat with lots of flowers.

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