The Princess Code

{via Sabatomic.com}

When I first started dressing in lolita, in 2005 or 2006, I can’t quite remember – there was really only one lolita blog available on the Internet. Mostly a collection of pretty photos with a few articles on etiquette, inspiration, and dressing well, the Princess Portal was a diary-style website many fell in love with. The author, an Australian lolita called Princess Skye, was one of my first lolita inspirations. I don’t think there has been anything quite like her site since she closed it several years ago*.

One of the most beloved pieces Princess Skye wrote was titled “The Princess Code”, meant to be an inspiring poem and guideline for the budding lifestyle lolita. Since she’s taken down her site, this manifesto has only continued to circulate through social media sites and copy-paste. When I ran across it again, I wanted to preserve it – so I decided to give it a place here on my blog, Parfait Doll. Although we’re very different people and websites, I still credit her with first inspiring me to try my hand at blogging – creating the then-named Lolita Charm.

Because the style of this work is very fairytale-inspired and flowery, it is not to be taken too literally. It feels to me like a more archaic view of the lolita lifestyle, but I felt it was too precious to lose to the flow of cyberspace.

 

The Princess Code

written by Princess Skye

A Princess inspires others to follow their hopes and dreams through pursuing her own.

A Princess greets everyone with a welcoming smile, melting the hearts of friends and disarming her enemies.

A Princess has dignity, which protects her from the opinions and spite of ignorant people.

A Princess always looks beautiful, even when she is asleep.

A Princess aims for perfection in every step.

A Princess should be given fresh flowers everyday, even if she has to give them to herself.

A Princess grows in recognition and stature in proportion to how much she treats others as royalty.

A Princess reflect’s her inner beauty in her aesthetic choices.

A Princess goes to war against the violence of incivility with the weapons of etiquette and prodigal generosity.

A Princess lives each day from the heart, expressing herself freely and treasuring every moment.

A Princess has the right to spend her funds on beautiful things she does not need because beauty in itself is priceless.

A Princess should follow her heart and believe in her dreams, even if the whole world seems to be against her.

A Princess respects her environment and nurtures the beauty of nature.

A Princess is never too busy to give a kind word or smile where it is needed.

A Princess’s most precious jewel is Hope, which lights her darkest days and shows her the beauty in every soul she meets.

 

*With the closure of the Princess Portal, Skye opened a new website called “The Lost Princess” which is a collection of photographs and stream-of-consciousness fairytale imaginings. She no longer posts photos or article related to lolita or fashion. I am not sure if this website is active.

  • PrincessVictoria

    I loved her blog! I’m so happy to see that someone remembers her wonderful work :3

    • http://www.parfaitdoll.com Victoria Suzanne Stella Alice

      I’m glad you enjoyed this little tribute!

  • Miuko

    You can still read the blog with the Waybackmachine. And it’s really strange, 3 month ago I found the Princess Portal blog and it was working (of course no updates but you could still found the site) and now I looked it up again after reading your post, and it is gone again X_X

    • http://www.parfaitdoll.com Victoria Suzanne Stella Alice

      I looked for any remains of the site, but it seems pretty gone to me :( It’s a shame, it was a beautiful compilation.

      • lchopalong

         http://web.archive.org/web/20071027063227/http://princessportal.com/archives/date/2006/12/

        That’s what she’s talking about. It looks like there’s access to blog from December 2006 to October 2007.

        • http://www.parfaitdoll.com Victoria Suzanne Stella Alice

          Wow, thank you! It’s amazing to read this, it seems like such a long time ago… And look how different ‘sweet lolita’ looked in 2006 – 2007! This was before wigs and OTT had really started to kick off…

  • Alexandra Camarena

    I remember her, she was my inspiration too, I feel sad because I don´t know why she left her lovely lolita diary.

    • http://www.parfaitdoll.com Victoria Suzanne Stella Alice

      I would hazard to guess personal reasons. Sometimes you just run out of steam. I miss her site too :(

  • http://www.purplesandpinks.blogspot.com/ Wanda

    I’ll be honest. I haven’t actually seen Princess Skye’s blog, but I am now kind of wishing that I have when she came up with a piece of work as beautiful as this. Is the work archaic and typical? Yes it is. Does it convey a strong message on what and how a princess should be? Yes it does! Good on you for preserving this before it dies off forever! 

    • http://www.parfaitdoll.com Victoria Suzanne Stella Alice

      Thanks you! I saw it on Tumblr and didn’t want to it to get forgotten to the cyber sands of time.

  • http://twitter.com/sabatomic Sab

    I think Skye would be very happy to know that her works have inspired others and continue to do so :)

  • tabarek mohammed

    that was amazing