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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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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Elizabeth Taylor’s Amazing Wardrobe

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

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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.

Visit Smarmy Clothes at

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Style Icon: Ayumi Hamasaki

July 4, 2010 at 11:03 pm (Style Icons) (, , , , , , , )

Ayumi Hamasaki

Anyone who has lived in Japan in the past 10 years knows Ayumi Hamasaki and has heard her music or seen her many music videos.  In the rest of Asia as well, Ayumi Hamasaki is a powerful force in music.  However, here in the USA, Ayumi is not well known at all.  As I was watching her videos a few days ago I was impressed with her ever changing looks and attention to visual detail.  I would go so far as to say that she is the Madonna of Japan, with her ever changing style and artistic control over her image, as well as her musical popularity.

Ayumi Hamasaki Magazine Cover

In the Time Asia cover story, we see a day in the life of Ayu (as her fans call her) and how involved she is in the artistic decisions surrounding her music and her look.  This creative control is what I believe makes the difference and sets her apart from stars of generic pop.

Ayumi Hamasaki from Cawaii magazine


Ayumi Hamasaki Rasta look


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Fashion in The Financial Times

January 28, 2010 at 11:38 am (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion) (, , , , )

When you think of the Financial Times you may not think of style or fashion, but the weekend edition of the Financial Times often features fashion related articles, while the full-color supplement How To Spend It provides soft focus models in veils and Chanel along with sharp photos of Rolexes on midnight black backdrops.  It perhaps shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a paper that talks about money would also talk about how to spend that money.  The couture featured in the Financial times may only be bought by a select few, but there is something dazzling about imagining that you could one day have the purchase power to own those beauties, and the How to Spend It supplement captures it as elegantly as any fashion magazine.

In last weekend’s Life & Arts section, the FT ran articles on the Milan’s masculine autumn/winter shows, the fashion industries’ capitalization on the rise of female gamers, a review of the perfume Un Petit Rien with a reference to The A to Z of Perfumes, and reviews of fashion apps for smartphones.  What caught my eye in the latest weekend edition was not fashion, however.  It was an article about how future anthropologists might view the artifacts of our times, including Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull, which was a fascinating read.

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