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Top 10 Casual Kawaii Items for Every Day

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I love getting all dressed up in miles of chiffon ruffles and lace when I go out to tea and special events with my friends – hence this blog – but sadly I just can’t handle being decked out like this every time that I need to hit up the drugstore or a simple lunch out. But I still enjoy being cute, so I try to make my every day casual style a mix of my favorite lolita and princess fashion elements while not forgoing comfort. I’ve rounded ten of my top cute-and-comfy items up for you – enough to put together a week’s worth of casual kawaii outfits.

For this collection, I went with a theme of light fabrics, soft textures and pastels to give an airy angelic or mermaid concept. All of these pieces can be mixed-and-matched with each other for various layered outfits, or incorporated into more concrete lolita coordinates for a dash of whimsy. The soft  silver-brown wig is perfect for when you want a simple, sweet style instead of a heavy and complicated wig with added extensions.

You can find all of these items and more casual kawaii style at Himi Store. Get 5% off your total order when you use the code “parfaitdoll”!

 

Lolita Blog Carnival: $100 Coordinate Challenge

The challenge: one lolita coordinate, totally purchasable, one-hundred-per-cent for sale, any style of your choice – but your total must come to $100 or less! For lolita fashion lovers, it’s a pretty tight budget. These opulent dresses, hairstyles, and handbags on a shoestring? Is that even possible? With a little innovation and creativity, it definitely is.

Buy: Infanta Dolly House OP | Buy: Sheer Dot Tights | Buy: Pink Bow Heels

 The dress. Because I wanted to get the most bang for my buck, I chose a oncepiece – this way you don’t need to purchase a blouse. Qutieland has the dress, an original print from Chinese dressmaker Infanta, for $95+ – but buying it direct from the website saves you $30 in price hikes. I love this dress, which is available as a onepiece or jumperskirt, in buttercream yellow, pistachio mint, or pink cherry. It’s very much a take-off of Angelic Pretty’s Dreamy Dollhouse without being an exact replica.

The tights. I wanted something more versatile and delicate than patterned socks, so I chose these sheer white dot tights. Not only do they look great with anything, they only cost $3 on eBay. Where is the god of your $40 socks now?!

The shoes. I still wanted to go with a more delicate lolita coordinate, and I didn’t want to shell out $60 for Bodyline shoes, the usual cheapest option for lolita footwear. Surfing yesstyle.com, an Asian fashion website (yes, they ship overseas!) found these pretty little pink bow-adorned wedge heels for only $33.

This coordinate is completely read for a meetup, your first time out in lolita, or a day at a convention. There’s no rule that says you have to drop a lot of cash to drop a lot of jaws – with amazement, of course! ;)

 

Okay, but let’s say you’ve got a teensy bit more money to burn. Girl, upgrade! For only $50 more, you can add some finishing touches to your look, like…

Infanta Dolly House Half Bonnet: $8 | Candy Star & Ribbon Bracelet: $3.50 | GLW Blonde and pink blended bob wig: $35

The best part of this coordinate article is that – all of these items are for sale. Right now. No out-of-stock, no coupons, no auction-sniping – just good deals. Click on the links to buy! (And no, I’m not being compensated for these links… I just know how frustrating it is to love a piece shown on a blog, only to see you can’t buy it yourself!)

So, what does ‘Lolita Blog Carnival’ mean?

Lolita Blog Carnival is a blogging network and community started by Caro-chan of FYeahLolita and me, along with Christina of Ramble Rori as our third moderator. Lolita bloggers join up to participate in article challenges, to meet friends, and share links. Every Friday we’ll have a new article prompt, or challenge, for you to read! By the end of Friday, check back to see links to all the other blogs that participated in the same prompt that week! This week, for example, you can read other bloggers’ response to the $100 coordinate challenge!

Click on the carnival tent in the sidebar to access the Facebook page information. If you’re a lolita blogger, we’d love it if you sent in an application and applied for an invite! (The group is only closed so there’ll be some surprise with every week’s topic. No peeking!) We also have a Twitter and Tumblr in the works, so you can see all of your favorite blogs weigh in on a topic in one place!

Other lolita bloggers show off their $100 coordinates!

F Yeah Lolita

Darkly Darling

Puppenschloss

Ramblerori

Sweet & Simple

Magic A La Mode

A Lace Jail

Starry Dreams

Her Lumpiness

Note: Items on Taobao will require a shopping service like Taobaospree. For the purposes of this article, fees and shipping are not included as they may vary according to your region.

What Not To Wear For Lolitas: The Petticoat Police

Stacy and Clinton better look out – their days of ragging on lolita coordinates are over when Petticoat Police is on the patrol. If you’re on a budget and want to make sure you don’t end up looking like an ‘ita’ (the Japanese term lolitas use to mean, essentially, fashion roadkill), don’t worry, the Petticoat Police has your back. This tumblr blog features dresses you should steer clear from – and why – with charges like bad lace, gratuitous butt-bows, and shoddy construction. (And the tongue-in-cheek police jargon makes this feel like a pretty wacky installment of Beverly Hills Cop, which I love.)

It also showcases inexpensive but lovely dresses from shops such as Taobao and Bodyline they do make great lolita dresses. If you’ve got your heart set on a dress with less-than-stellar reputation, or you’ve already mistakenly bought one, fear not – the Petticoat Police has easy fixes to clean up a perpetrating print or felonious frock. Here’s a few examples of the way Petticoat Police lays down the law back at the precinct.

Law #1: Don’t buy from Milanoo and its subsidiaries – and here’s why.

For a cause near and dear to my heart, Petticoat Police wants to spread the word that popular – or seemingly popular – Chinese replica website Milanoo and all its fake names is a scam.  Any dress you find from them is by default a fashion don’t – since the photos are stolen, you don’t know what you could end up with. Many girls who have ordered from them have ended up with weird garments sent with the pins still in and hem hot-glued together. Don’t let this be you!

Law #2: It doesn’t have to be brand to look good.

If you know what to look for, you can afford a lolita dress for around $40 – $60 USD. I promise! If you’re not sure how to choose  good option, Petticoat Police routinely posts cute dresses that are both affordable and free from chemical lace. Bodyline, Anna House and Taobao dresses all make an appearance to round out your budget-friendly wardrobe.

Law #3: Sometimes a seam-ripper is your best friend.

If you’ve bought a dress only to find that it’s gotten charged with some crimes on Petticoat Police, don’t worry – it doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of bad taste. A lot of lolita dresses just need a little TLC to get cleaned up. In this case, removing the awkward extra pocket, replacing the lace with something soft (yes, even the cluny lace from Joann Fabrics beats out the scratchy chemical stuff), and remove the extra bows.

See? Even some of the worst fashion disasters can be rehabilitated. Petticoat Police is a great resource for girls on a budget and girls just starting out, or even just for a laugh once in a while if you’ve already got your lolita fashion style down pat. After all, who doesn’t want to see a lace monster finally brought to justice? I rest my case.

 

Recessionlita: Saving on Style

I started reading the gal-oriented blog Universal Doll recently, and in one post she tallies up ‘the cost of being gal’ – hair, nails, tanning, and everything besides actual wardrobe and actual makeup. Granted they’re much more zealous than we are, but it brought up an interesting point – what’s the cost of lolita, and in this penny-pincher world, can you save money on it (while still looking like a million bucks)?

Hair. Let’s talk about hair. A lot of lolitas color their hair, and have them cut, or worse yet, have bangs. Bangs need to be trimmed and color needs to be touched up.

Bangs. Trim your own or get someone do them for you. I’ve quit going to the hair dresser ever other week trying to maintain my hime cut or blunt cut bangs, simply by trimming my own. Use a fine-tooth comb and go slowly – it’s easier to cut off more than stick it back. And err on the side of caution, because if they’re too long a week later you can still trim them. Too-short bangs also reveal your eyebrows, which can be a different color than your real hair. Roots. I don’t do my own roots, but if you can manage it, you’ll save yourself a few months’ worth of touchups. Or make peace with some regrowth. Sarah Jessica Parker had regrowth to death half the time on Sex and the City, and it didn’t detract from her fashionableness. Wigs. If you don’t have money to get your hair done the way you’d like, or the time, invest in at least one go-to wig. A good wig should run somewhere between $50 – $100, but as multi-use it quickly makes sense over the salon option. Shampoo. Well you already know my answer to this, stop using it and switch to baking soda. It’s only 80 cents a box, compared to the up to $20 you can spend on a bottle, and it’s better for your hair and color.

Nails. Nails might seem like a novelty but having chipped polish in full-on lolita is a big no – it looks like you forgot! And it detracts from your rings, which lolitas love to wear. If you want to have the fanciful nails of other lolitas, get a set of decorated false ones and apply them wit double-sided nail tape instead of glue. That way you can peel them off after meets and events and save them for next time. I’ve seen decorated nails on a scale of $20 – $55 a set, and would save you countless visits to the salon (which is roughly $20 – $45 a pop). A single pair can be a quick fix to chipping polish, though if you have the time a bottle of 99 cent polish and a package of rhinestones can go a long way to saving you some important do-re-mi.

Wardrobe rules. If you want something new for your wardrobe, something else must go. And not ‘my thirty dollar bloomers must go to buy a $300 dress’ but something equivalent. Lots of girls seem to have huge closets due to ‘turn over’ – selling one season to buy another. If keeps you fresh, and it keeps you roughly on budget. Especially know which pieces you’ll be able to get your money back on and which ones you’ll probably never find a buyer for, as they’re sort of… well, a face only a mother could love, which just translates into your love their quirkiness. Other pieces will be quickly bought up, and therefore make sense to resell.

There are other ways to know ‘what to buy’ as well, typically things you can’t reproduce yourself or buy offbrand. Jewelry, bloomers, petticoats, socks, hair accessories, and even some skirts and blouses make more sense to make or buy offbrand. Anything specific to a brand, or that you can’t replicate yourself, or that has a lot of lace, buy. Or if you really want it to weather. I’ve bought the Bodyline AP boston bag knock-off and I’ve seen the real one down at Tokyo Rebel. The difference is that mine is made out of poly-something plastic, and the real one is canvas. Oh, and that mine cost $30. It might not have as much standing power, but I saved my money and I feel that justifies it. It still seems to be a pretty hardy, and as a bonus, wipes down instead of spot-removes like the canvas would.

Craft talk. If you want to make some money, get a skill and fufill a niche, and make something for the lolita world. If you knit, deco, crochet, make jewelry, sew – odds are, somebody wants it. If you spot an idea or an area that needs filling, you can actually make some decent money in the lolita market. You just have to have the ability to turn out a product at a reasonable rate and cost of supply/man labor versus profit to you. I know that sounds like business mumbo-jumbo, but it’s not so bad. Watch other girls do it first – like Lolitas and Cream or Minty Mix.

Cheap meets! Host a cheap meet for lolitas in your area. An average day to the city for me with the New York lolitas can run me up in food, activities, and incidentals (like… magazines, cough), but there are also the options of cheaper meets, like meeting for pot-lucks or craft afternoons at someone’s home. Be on the lookout for free local events, as well. You’d be surprised what can crop up. Our CT Daffodil Festival was a free event last spring!

Hopefully you can use these tips to look fabulous and frugal. Got ideas? Suggestions? Leave comments!

*also, goodness, how did I have a typo is the title? ooh, slipping! edited now*

Turbo-Poof

There is nothing so trademark to the lolita as her bell-shaped skirt. That famous silhouette can be what stands between a lolita outfit and a non-lolita outfit. It’s like big hair or long eyelashes – girls want it; they’ll do anything to get it. They try dozens of different products. They poke and prod and shop around. Sometimes starching is recommended for your poof; sometimes hanging it upside is preferred. Or in worse case scenarios, one is told just not to sit down all day.

If you’re like me, you’ve had your trials and tribulations achieving the perfect poof. I’ve gone the cheap route, which was popular when I first started – an In the Starlight poof petticoat. And I’ve gone the expensive route, a $100 of my money sucked up for an Angelic Pretty petticoat. Neither of them really do the job. Sometimes I’ve even doubled them up if they’re particularly on strike.

But now there is hope! I’ve found the perfect cure to what ails your dying poof. I call it… the Turbo-Poof.

All dramatization aside, this is one of the most useful items I have bought lately. It is a fairly short, pink dot tulle petticoat that I bought… from Hot Topic! Yes, I was surprised too! And not only that, it only cost me $18.99! It’s adorable and froofy, and will revive any deflated petticoat into the poof of your dreams.

But warning! This petticoat is not for beginners! But luckily, I have researched the best way to use it for you, my fantastic readers :)

Tips for Using Your Pink Dot Petticoat
  • This is a short petticoat, which makes it ideal for shorter skirts. I have three slightly shorter skirts – a black gingham from BABY the Stars Shine Bright, my self-made yellow and pink, and my new yellow unicorns (the last not very, but this petticoat fits better).
  • Use under a regular, longer petticoat for full-length (knee length) lolita skirts. The regular petticoat will avoid the ‘drop-off effect’ you can get from a shorter petticoat under a longer skirt. You can also use it with skirts that have a built-in layer of tulle.
  • If you do want to wear this alone under shorter skirts, you may want to avoid very lightweight fabrics. This petticoat has no top layer, only ruffles, so it may look slightly lumpy under lightweight pieces.
This petticoat works like a Bumpit for your other petticoats – it adds the necessary volume to a petticoat where it may have lost it. Specifically, in the area lolitas tend to rest their little bums, and subsequently get crushed tulle or netting. It doesn’t use tulle pleats or starching to keep its shape – it’s mostly pure volume. If you’re into fairy-kei, it can also double up in your wardrobe as a cutesy tutu with shimmery leggings and ballet flats.

Add in the fact that there is something utterly delightful about knowing that your undergarments are ruffles of pretty pink dots, and that makes this petticoat an excellent buy!

Let Them Eat Cake: Part II

Are these the real thing… or not?

In my last article in the Let Them Eat Cake series, I started discussing the recession and how it is (or isn’t) affecting the international Lolita community. This next piece is called ‘Evolution’.

Yes, some Lolitas are continuing with their usual ways, and still supporting the brand houses. But I think we are seeing a rising instance of something once considered the realm of the newbie and the ita: replicas.

Replicas are becoming more common – or perhaps, more accessible – to the international Lolita community. Previous replica experience was mostly limited to shoes, which has always been at the forefront. I myself have only ever owned replica shoes, and find them to be just as wearable and long-lasting as brand shoes – with only a third of the price.

This also began to shine through when Bodyline began producing their recently famous Angelic Pretty Fruits Parlor replica skirts and onepieces (and yes, I’ve caved – one of the pink Fruits Parlor skirts is on its way to me!) They went like hotcakes. As the economy dips, the mid-range Lolita – dedicated, but without the resources of the upper ring – replicas have been doing a bang-up business. New shopping services fresh from Hong Kong and Taiwan and China and even Japan are sprouting up. There are more options than ever for non-brand Lolita clothing.

In the earlier days of Lolita, the only way to buy any Lolita was through the few brands big enough to venture overseas. Lolitas in Japan have the added advantage of being able to wander into smaller shops, find offbrand items, and locate things that have trickled into other genres. The Lolita outside of Japan had a limited palette to work from, which consisted of only the largest and most couture brands (who could afford to expand past their small store fronts). I think this is what has inspired such brand loyalty among Western Lolitas that you don’t see to quite the same degree of in Japanese Lolitas.

Now, however, with the downturn in the economy, Lolitas are hunting for more affordable alternatives. If there is a choice between no longer dressing Lolita or swallowing one’s inner brandwhore and trying something a bit less known, then the realm of the offbrand and the replica is the way to go.

One wonders if this will signal an independence from brands – or at least, less clutched hands around their wares. The brands have been wonderful in developing the Lolita scene outside of Japan. They have given us a solid base to form around, a no-questions-needed key to coordination and the correct look. But has this been stifling the more creative side of Lolita fashion? When one can find five girls in a row wearing the same dress, or when a girl vigilantly copies every detail of the model in her magazine, has the support gone too far? Is it time for the brands to cut the apron strings, so to speak?

The replica, of course, is still the same design and style. One can’t really say, ‘I reject brand!’ if you’re wearing the latest knock-off. But it is rejecting the power of the brand houses – the name necessary to make the same skirt that was $65 into a $165 skirt. In the Lolita world, you’ll often be asked who made what – and you might as well own up to the replica, because someone is bound to notice. The name still holds a lot of sway – are they Angelic Pretty tea parties or Secret Shop? (Mine are Secret Shop! Or as Julia calls it, Fangelic Pretty ;) Maybe there will come a day when your outfit doesn’t need a ‘pedigree’ to get every drop of the love it deserves, without any bias. Nobody will even think to ask.

Could the economy drive us from the expensive safety of brand name? Is there a line between freedom and safety in the land of Lolita experimentation? There is nothing wrong with brand; there is nothing wrong with offbrand. Perhaps we may finally reach a happy medium between the two?

Stay tuned for Part III: Changes in Our Micro-economy

Let Them Eat Cake: Part 1

image by gossamercreations

Even before the recession hit the United States full-force, I was worried about one. I’ve read in my textbooks about the history flow that matches a recession: luxury goods go by the wayside. Art is lost in favor of food. Beauty is sacrificed to make way for its older stepsister, practicality. And what was Lolita if not the most in danger of a sudden drop-off in money? I apocalyptically daydreamed about days when no one would remember Lolita except its old princesses, who were now reduced among the cinders. On a slow day I would also tack a little backdrop of nuclear winter to the scene. What can I say, I’m a twisted sort of dreamer.

But now a recession has actually hit and the Lolitas seem to be weathering well so far. We can only hope that like the palm tree, the Lolita bends, rather than the stolid oak, which breaks.

There will probably be several articles around the recession + Lolita, as I see a lot of small effects branching throughout the culture and economic microcosm.

So, onwards to article #1!

I was reading my local paper today (The Waterbury Republican, if anyone in the area is curious!) when I stumbled across an article about recession meets fashion. The article slung around new buzz-words like ‘recessionista’, ‘wealth shame’ and ‘covert shopping’ – while they claimed that yes, the rich are still buying their toys, only sneakier. The ladies get their products in plain bags, instead of brand-blazoned ones that shout Louis Vuitton or Chanel. Or even more undercover-wise, they get their purchases shipped home, sometimes gift-wrapped, so that nobody knows they bought themselves a new ostrich-skin purse.

The rest of the article speaks of how the poor elite of our society have started flying commercial (*cough*firstclass), or renting jets instead of owning them. Other signs of the rich trying to rein in the spending include shopping without dressing to the nines, secretly taking Bahamas vacations instead of telling everyone they know, and getting rooms instead of suites at said Bahamas resorts.

How difficult for them.

Okay, so the chip on my shoulder is showing just a teensy bit, but let’s move on and get to the point.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly haven’t seen the Lolitas doing any of these things. The It Dress and the It Print (Sugary Carnival!) are still popular as ever and the usual caucus race for these items – stay in the game long enough and everybody wins! – continues. The seasons move in and out, and despite the way the media continues to trumpet their chant of Rome is Falling, girls are still willing to drop around $800 on this winter’s chandelier print.

But that’s not too unusual, right? Even the mainstream rich are still buying. The question is, what about the hype? Is the fox hunt still as beloved as it was, or do we see more of girls trying to be modest about their funds?

Again, I believe the answer is a resounding ‘nope’. The Lolita culture and denizens are being affected by the economy for sure, but the elite ring – those who hunt brand for sport, complete with hound-shaped purses – remain unaffected. Or if they are, they are steadfastly not letting it anywhere near their shining wardrobes.

As I wrote in my earlier post about status symbols in the Lolita community, Lolitas have a deep urge to show the others their items and prizes. To keep with our ladies’-hunting theme – the first half of the game is the hunt, but the second half is displaying its head on your wall and chuckling about it over cocktails at your next little dinner party. Let’s say you bought [insert horribly expensive dress here], but never tell anyone you own it. You can love it, wear it, and keep it like a secret love to your heart. But if you never give it its debut, then its light will be like a lamp under a basket, to get rather old-school. I think that urge will fuel the elite in their quest to keep the upper ring of Lolita society alive. To participate in ‘stealth wealth’ would be defeating the purpose – and could even spell death for the Lolita way of life. The tradition begun by Marie Antoinette must be continued, if only has a collection of art. When the people cry for bread, they will eat cake. The mainstreamers may gobble their cake covertly, furtively; the Lolitas will slowly savor it.

I agree with them, myself. If one is to eat cake, eat it – without shame. Lick the frosting from your lips; steal the rose off of the top tier. Are the Lolitas shameless? Do they fly in the face of convention?

Why of course.

The upper Lolita ring perseveres to preserve the aristocratic culture, but in the middle and lower rings of Lolita, a strange and beautiful evolution is beginning to take place.

Be ready for Let Them Eat Cake: Part 2 – The Evolution!

Holiday Swap!


photo by Julia Jones

Yesterday we had a small Lolita meetup in Connecticut – namely, the magic of a holiday swap! It’s a great way to have fun, celebrate the season without going broke, and make a huge mess of clothes!

Have your friends bring anything that doesn’t suit them or they haven’t worn in a while. You might be tired of it, it doesn’t fit, your style has changed, etc. Then everyone pulls out their pieces – either in a huge mound or just one by one, telling the story or reasoning of the piece.

This is the fun part! Everyone tries everything on! This will probably include ruffling of petticoats, getting rescued from insides of dresses, crazy coordinates, and people in one shoe. Or each other’s shoes. Add in some snacks and warm drinks and you have a fabulous time!

Then decide what works for whom. There is also the possibility of a ‘vacation swap’ which is where you lend a piece for a stay – like two or three months. This way you don’t have to feel horribly torn about giving away a favored dress or a very nice piece. Or if you have some pieces that seem older, consider that they could be altered or changed for a newer piece. My friend Aly acquired a dress with intentions of changing the neckline, taking in the sides and altering the straps.

This is also a great trick to figure out what you like to wear and what looks good on you. If you’ve never been quite sure if you could pull off a bonnet, or a huge pair of punky boots, now is the time to try – without dropping a ton of money. You may discover some new looks you love!

Here you can see me in one of my newly acquired coordinates – Lulu et Marion cutsew, Metamorphose Patisserie skirt, white headdress, and one of my friend Julia’s white boots!

My Little Pony + Lolita

Since there has recently been a rising interest in decololita, and this is related to that, I thought I would bring it up. McDonald’s is currently giving away miniature My Little Pony toys with their Happy Meals, as I serendipitously found out when munching my McNuggets on Saturday. I got a Minty, (bottom left corner) which will match my Bloom OP perfectly!

First, some ways to use your McDonald’s Ponies:

  • Screw a hook into the back or head, and then thread with a chain for a necklace or keychain.
  • Glue them to barrette backs for hair decorations.
  • Glue pin backs to them for brooches on sweater, bags, or dresses.
  • Use their accessories (little combs, tiny cakes) as rings, charms, or necklaces.

My Little Pony may seem like another Western Lolita tack-on, like the Disney Princesses or Rainbow Brite. Cute, but not originally Lolita? Not quite. Maki has confessed that all of her recent pony prints – the magical pony purse, the pony JSKs and coat, are all inspired by her childhood love of the franchise My Little Pony.

My Little Pony has a special place in my heart, too. As a child of the 80s, I grew up with the ponies – including the movies and the television show, and a giant box of the plastic equines. I was actually born in ’89, so I hit the end of the decade and had to buy mine second-hand. I hit the jackpot at a tag sale and brought home about 30 of them in one sitting once. And then I carved the box into their ‘mansion’.

So, what is the appeal behind My Little Pony that they have reached their 25th anniversary (the reason for the new McDonald’s release)? Well, they have adorable candy colors, flowing manes with tons of loopy curls. They live in a delightful magical land full of flowers and butterflies. Somebody decided that it is totally possible to dress them up like princesses.

No wonder Lolitas love them. Sound familiar? In the 80s there was a sudden explosion of cartoons for girls, the like of which we haven’t really seen again. Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Jem, The Stardreamerz (I think that’s the name, I had a coloring book with them), Care Bears, Popples, She-Ra – these were all oriented specifically for girls. (They then realized that boys will not watch girls’ cartoons, but girls will watch boys’ cartoons, so the genre was mostly cut). But it was an atmosphere and genre that really appealed to the things girls seemed to like – ponies, princesses, the bright colors, songs, friendship, etc. I think the fact that they finally gave it a genre and marketing plan (most of these things were extended commercials, really) was a brief moment when they actually began to cater to girls, to recognize them as a separate market.

Lolita started in the late 80s/early 90s and now seems to have taken up speed recently. Most of the current participants of Lolita were kids in that age range, and are now old enough to dress Lolita. Is that a coincidence? I think not. I think it’s just a reaction to remembering our childhoods and childhood influences, so why not add these things into Lolita?

So that’s my miniature philosophy about My Little Pony meets Lolita. Are cute things the new feminism? Instead of old feminism, which was about challenging men on their own turf (boxy women’s suits, short hair, bra-burnings), there could be cute feminism – women with what they like, for themselves – not part of men, or even built around men. Lolita is part of that, I think. Wear these sweet My Little Ponies as support for Cute Feminism!

And they’re giving these away FOR FREE* so how can you resist?

*with purchase of any Happy Meal or you can buy the damn things without ingesting unknown filth for probably a low cost of a few dollars. LC is not actually paid for by McDonald’s, more’s the pity.

Extra Gems!

How To Make A Pony Necklace

You will need: a jewelry pin with a premade loop on one end; a gold chain or ribbon; pliers; a gold jump-loop; a mini McDonald’s pony of your choice

Stick the jewelry pin with loop into the front hair follicle hole of the pony’s mane. If the hole is not big enough, widen it a little with a pen tip or needle. Surround the pin head loop with a little clear dry, strong hold glue. Let dry. Use pliers to open up and attach a jump loop through the pin head loop. Close jump loop. Thread gold chain and wear. Add decorations like charms, beads, or rhinestones if you like. I glued a few pink Swarovski crystals to my pony’s ‘cutie mark’.

Clove Orange Scents


photo by meg_nicol

I know that this year money is a little tight for everyone, and as always people love to make things, especially when the days get shorter and the nights get longer. This is also an easy and sweet traditional Victorian craft, so I thought you might all like to make clove oranges!

You will need:

-length of ribbon, 1/2 or wider, enough to wrap an orange present-style with a bow and a loop (about two feet)
-an orange
-whole cloves (see photo)
-pins, flat tacks, or brass brads
-hot glue (optional)
-skewer [metal, like a shish-kabob]
-small custard bowl

Use the custard bowl as a stand. It leaves your hands free, which is great. Start by wrapping the orange like a present – down the sides, cross over, and then up the other sides. The cross-over should be on the bottom and the bow on top. Use the tails for a loop (optional) if you want to hang it. The orange should be split into quarters. Try to tie the ribbon as tightly as possible. Fix a brad/tack/pin through the bottom crosspiece, and one each in the ribbon near the top. If you have a ton and they’re decorative, you can line each ribbon, up and down. If the ribbon is loose on top or you want it to be sturdier, you can use hot glue underneath the ribbon.

Use your skewer to poke a simple design in one of the segments of flesh. It should be about half and inch deep. I made little diamond shapes, but hearts, swirls, smiles, circles, or crosses could be pretty. Then poke the long part of the whole clove into the hole you made with the skewer.

The orange will dry and this ornament keeps its shape and scent for years. I hung mine near our woodstove, but you can hang it anywhere! You can also roll it in cinnammon or tie on cinnamon sticks for extra center.

Extra Gems!

Add glitter, sequins, rhinestones, or specially shaped brads to decorate your oranges; skip the ribbon and collect them in a bowl; tack lots of small bows onto the orange for a very Angelic Pretty look; tie bells, holly or false flowers to the top.


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