Having just celebrated International Lolita Day in Laduree Soho and with New Year’s meets around the corner, I began to wonder about how other people celebrate International Lolita Day as well. There are so many different ways to celebrate Lolita Day, be it dressing up alone at home and making yourself a delicious dessert, or attending an afternoon tea. These celebrations are always quite different from one another, and in some parts of the world, they’ve even begun introducing a classic game that’s slowly been making a comeback: bingo. Nothing like a rousing ice breaker to wake up an ordinary tea party, right? More print and trivia bingo in the lolita world – I’m thinking yes!
It actually seems rather strange that lolita culture would be quick to adopt the game, seeing as how bingo became popular in the US in the 50s and 60s, and lolita culture wouldn’t gain recognition until the 90s. Recently, however, both have been gaining ground, with lolita culture now being celebrated all over the world, and bingo also reaching a wider audience. In fact, just recently, Gala Bingo saw a majority of its bingo clubs sold for £241m ($366m), according to reports by the Telegraph. Perhaps it’s the game’s versatility, or the fact that it’s so easy to play, but bingo has been showing up in various lolita celebrations. Add some prizes to the mix and lolita bingo can get real, real quick. Check out Lovelylor’s instagram snap of some intense bingo matches.
This year’s RuffleCon actually held its own Lolita Print Bingo game, in which people were invited to “Come play a delightfully silly game of bingo… for some cute prizes,” testing their lolita print knowledge. Pacific Media Expo (PMX) also hosted a bingo game in their 2013 Lolita Tea, with the fashion guest of honor, Mari Nakamura of Juliette et Justine, giving out a dress to the winner. The whole bingo game can be watched in Richie Edquid’s video below:
Of course, even outside of large events, bingo and lolita culture have also intertwined. Some of the community has talked about creating a Reactions to Lolita bingo card, where you check off the reactions you get from people on the street when you’re in your latest lolita outfit. While this is a game that you could play in small teas and gatherings, it also reveals a bit about how others see lolita fashion.
Would you ever play bingo, or do you have any ideas for lolita-themed bingo games? I’m thinking writing your own bingo or lolita trivia game could be just what your next meetup needs!
Tumblr is like an IV drip of photos, quotes and gifs, an IV that drip can be customized, just like a sparkly pink strawberry frappucino, to give you the highest dose of cute fashion content, glitter and Sanrio love your brain can physically stand. If you haven’t yet joined the ranks of heart-ers and rebloggers around the world, you are definitely missing out! Think of all the pink and kawaii photos you could be devouring right this minute!
But… what if you’re not kawaii enough to fit it? Oh no! What if the other kawaii bloggers reblog about you and say mean things? Never fear, my pastel darlings, I have the ultimate guide (in five easy steps) right here to having not just a cute tumblr – no, a super kawaii tumblr.
1. Generate a super kawaii username.
Using the words from a few lolita prints will usually do the trick. Here’s some buzzwords you can easily mix up into a cute username: star, princess, candy, milk, pony, magic, parade, strawberry, candy, sugar, music, honey, rabbit. Go crazy.
2. Find a super kawaii tumblr theme. Install it.
This is self-explanatory (psst… try cute-backgrounds on tumblr. You’re welcome). For computer experts: cover all your info with blinking gifs of unicorns and cake with faces.
Not a photo of you of course! You want a photo of some typically kawaii girl, even if it’s someone else’s! Girls with colored hair, lolitas with blush Microsoft Paint-ed onto their faces, or Asian models are all excellent choice. For bonus points, don’t mention your real name. Change it to something sugary cute, or make your real name sound Japanese. Tip: try combining basic syllables from your own name to make a Japanese name. Emily can be Emi, Marissa could be Mari or Risa… Endless options! Be creative!
Finding original pictures? You don’t need that kind of hardwork! Just reblog any cute photo you see of lolitas, Rilakkuma, Starbucks, big eyelashes, or cute anime girls. Foolproof: search tumblr for the word ‘kawaii’; reblog everything. Required: Intersperse with the odd hentai (anime porn) picture or adorably printed foul language, to let everyone see how edgy you are even if you are kawaii. Bonus: pink cats with inverted crucifixes.
5. Now you’re super kawaii!
How do you stay super kawaii? You’ve gotta keep practicing! Keep your kawaii quota up by…
- posting GPOY (gratuitous pictures of yourself, preferably the ones where you wear big glasses and pouty lips with a V-sign)
- reblogging non-stop from morning ’til night
- remind everyone when you’re going to sleep
- post pictures whenever you buy anything remotely cute, or
- whenever you eat anything at Starbucks, a Japanese restaurant, or a French pastry shop
- start a blog pretending to be your toy dog, cat, pet bunny, or hamster
And don’t forget to thank you followers! After all, they’re all kawaii bad-asses too!
Hey… in case anyone didn’t realize… this is just for laughs! After all, I’m a stereotypical kawaii tumblr too ;) Comment with a link to your tumblr if you love kawaii microblogging too!
Picture it: you’re at a crowded club/convention/subway/student center/concert/boutique. You see a girl in quite the lacy dress and big sparkly nails and – oh wow, such luscious and curly hair! And that bow – be still your heart! You walk towards your object of sudden affection and open with…
I bet I know what your favorite color is!
Hey Alice in Wonderland, check out my rabbit hole!
You look about eight. That’s hot.
You look like an anime character!
Damn, girl, you workin’ that pink!
Enjoying your costume? (eyebrow wiggles ensue)
I’ll be your Candyman!
Do you ever… share guys? (for lolitas in groups of two or more)
Can I eat that off of you? (for girls in sweets patterned dresses)
Do you do bachelor parties?
(note: most of these are REAL pick-up lines my friends and I have experienced in lolita!)
Dos (Or, How to Talk To A Lolita)
Recently a male friend of mine asked how he should talk to a lolita, particularly if he was looking for one with the intent to date her. The lolitas around him (yes, we have quite a few!) all looked back and forth at each other. “Like a normal girl,” said one, and then she stopped herself. “Well, that’s not entirely true. Be polite. Don’t treat her like she’s doing anything different. Don’t be snide. Don’t call it a costume.” Those are good guidelines, but here’s an expansion: how do you chat up a lolita? Are there any ways to get her attention in a sea of people who bother her? How do you stand out?
Pay Attention to Detail!
Don’t: “I like your dress.”
Do: “I love the rose pattern, it’s very sophisticated.”
What’s wrong with simply the ice-breaking compliment of ‘I like your dress’? Well, it’s just too bland. Everyone, from the postal worker to your grandma, has said they like her dress. Show her you’re paying attention. By pointing out something smaller like the roses in the print or a specific accessory, you are showing your interest is more than surface-level. Then say what you like about it! Does it sparkle? Is it classy? It shows that you’re genuine. (This will also mean that you’re avoding the ‘Nice shoes…’ line. Ideally.)
It’s Okay to Be a Little ‘Stupid’
Don’t: “Why are you dressed like that?”
Do: “Your style is unusual, I really like it. Can you explain it to me?”
She doesn’t expect you to know everything about lolita, and it’s best not to pretend you do. If you ask her about it, she’s usually more than willing to tell you – after all, it’s one of her favorite things to talk about! And approach with a sense of humility – lots of people ask her ‘what’s up with that outfit’ and it’s easy for her to end up being defensive. If you give her a ‘soft ball’ question that wants to know more without implying prejudice, she’s more likely to talk to you.
Avoid the Obvious
Don’t: You like pink?
Do: (see section I)
She knows she likes pink. She is wearing a lot of pink, with pink nails, pink bag, pink hair, pink socks, and pink phone. Stating the obvious will not gain you any points. Head back to section I, Pay Attention to Detail. It may seem like an innocuous ice breaker, but it makes you look less than swift. Instead, ask her about the book in her lap, what music she is listening to, or how she got all those cookies and rhinestones on her phone. Showing an interest in not only her clothes but also any visible hobbies will get a conversation going much faster than asking about her favorite color.
Really want bonus points? Pretend you see girls like this all the time and bring up something that has nothing to do with her hair, crazy eyelashes, clothes, or blinged out phone. Ask about the weather, if that’s all you can muster, but keep the topic off of how unusual she is. She’ll be impressed that you’re interested in her for something besides the way she’s dressed!
Note: I wanted to include some good pick-up lines for lolitas. And then I realized there aren’t any. Boys: pick-up lines are never a good idea. Try to be original, please.
Unless it’s the fall from heaven line. I always go for that one! ;)
Ever met another lolita who seems to know it all? Fabulous hair, mincing steps, and some sort of savoir-faire that you’re missing? Ever wanted to know how to ‘level up’? You’re not the only one. How do you jump from ita to lolita extraordinare? Well, you use this handy level-counter of course!
Each criteria is a level. Add up your total and then put yourself into a category. Repost this to your own blog, website, or journal, bolding the ones that apply to you, and then show your score/level at the bottom. The only rule is that you must add one lolita ‘level’ to the list!
*please note that this post is tagged as humor. satire only, dolls!
LOLITA LEVEL START!
You’ve been to egl.
You’ve posted on egl, without an onslaught of ‘USE THE MEMORIES’ and likewise.
You’ve bought a lolita mook.
You’ve picked a favorite brand.
You’ve ordered your first item.
You’ve worn a full outfit.
You’ve worn a full outfit out in public.
You’ve worn a full outfit and posted photos of it on the Internet.
You know what JSK, OP, and cutsew all mean.
You’ve bought your first brand piece.
You know your measurements.
You know you shoe size – in American, European, and Japanese.
You know who Mr. Yan is.
You know who Mana is. (+1 points if you know his band. +2 points if you know his brand. +3 points if you know why he’s featured in every GLB. +4 if you have a shrine to him in your closet.)
You know who Maki and Asuka are. (+2 if you’ve met Maki and Asuka).
You’ve watched Kamikaze Girls. (+1 if you know the real name of this movie. +2 if you know who wrote the book this was based on. +3 if you’ve also read the manga or novel. +4 if you love the author despite his criminal record).
You own a wig. (+1 if you own more than 2.)
You own a pair of falls.
You can identify lace on the spot.
You can identify an item’s brand on the spot.
You can identify the year a dress was made by a specific brand on the spot.
You can name several different dresses or prints.
You answer stock photo requests.
You mod a lolita community.
You decorate your nails. (+1 if you wear fake nails. +2 if you make fake nails.)
You own a pair of a rocking horse shoes. (+1 if you know their abbreviation.)
You’ve made your own rose corsage.
You’ve made anything out of your brand dress’s waist ties.
You’ve made anything out of a matching eco tote. (+3 if you were the first one to do it, you think).
You know how to apply false eyelashes.
You know how to pronounce shirring.
You know how to pronounce Moi-meme-moitie, or Metamorphose tempes de fille.
You know a reliable shopping service.
You bid on Yahoo!Japan or Mbok.
You’ve been to a meetup.
You’ve planned a meetup.
You’ve planned a meetup with catering or more than 20 attendees.
You’ve met up with lolitas while on vacation to foreign or faraway locales.
You’ve seen a lolita fashion show.
You’ve seen a brand fashion show.
You’ve modeled in a lolita fashion show.
You’ve modeled in a brand lolita fashion show.
You wear bloomers.
You know how to make bloomers.
You tell other people to wear bloomers.
You draw lolita art, write a lolita blog, or provide the community with some sort of creative services.
You’ve taken purikura in lolita.
You’ve decorated your room/house/apartment in lolita style.
You’ve listened to lolita music.
You’ve learned kana.
You’ve learned enough Japanese to read a magazine.
You wear or own circle lenses.
You’ve been called a princess by a young child.
You’ve dressed up a friend.
You’ve convert a friend.
You’ve been in media (television, newspaper, magazine). (+2 points if it’s Japanese media.)
You’ve learned a handicraft, like jewelry making, embroidery, or sewing.
You’ve become a lolita mentor.
You’ve attended lolita events at an anime or multi-genre convention.
You’ve organized or presented lolita events at a convention.
You’ve visited a brand shop.
Trip to Japan!
You’ve dressed up and gone out alone.
You’re prepared for inclement or colder weather in lolita (coat, parasol, boots, gloves, other climate-specific items.)
You’ve learned face contouring.
You’ve made a lolita valentine.
You’ve got a lolita pen pal or online lolita friends.
You have local lolita friends.
You know how to modify clothes that don’t fit you.
You know how to dress for your body type.
You’ve been in a street snap.
You’ve been to multiple world locations of the same brand store (BABY Paris, BABY Tokyo, BABY San Francisco, etc.)
You’ve created a makeup/hair/sewing tutorial.
You’ve sold hand-created lolita goods.
You have your own lolita fashion line.
You’ve gotten a lolita haircut, style, or color.
You’ve mixed other street fashions with lolita.
You’ve thrown a lolita party/had a lolita wedding.
You’ve dressed your child/small children in lolita or kodona style.
You’ve successfully cross-dressed in lolita style at least once (boystyle for girls and girls’ clothing for guys).
You’ve lolified or made sure all the contents of your purse are cute (wallet, lipgloss, keyring, etc.)
You have a lolita pet (small dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic birds, fancy fish) or have dressed/accessorized your pet (bows or pet clothes).
You’ve dressed your significant other or dated someone who dresses in J-fashion/alternative fashion.
You’ve read Alice in Wonderland. (+1 if you’ve seen the animated movie or other variations, +2 if you’ve seen more than one variation, +3 if you own more than one variation)
You’ve dressed as Alice or another Wonderland character in lolita style, or own Alice themed items.
You’ve made something from a Japanese pattern.
You’ve found, bought, or made lolita underwear (bras and panties).
You wear lolita daily, or have gone 7 days straight wearing only lolita.
You have lolita calling cards or business cards.
You play a lolita instrument (i.e., piano, violin, harp, French horn… well any instrument really.)
You can translate yen to your country’s currency in your head. (+1 if you can convert other currencies you shop with as well. +2 if you read the news to know how the yen is doing.)
You’ve sold lolita clothing online (secondhand, egl_comm_sales).
Your article or entry has been put into the egl memories.
You take photos of your outfits/daily outfit photos.
You’ve posted to daily_lolita.
You own a petticoat. (+1 if you own more than one. +2 if you wear three or more at a time).
You’ve bought a lucky pack.
You keep a style diary or look-book.
You can put together an outfit made entirely from offbrand.
You’ve bought offbrand or non-Japanese brand.
Adorable Admirer (lvls 1 – 20) You’ve started studying or liking lolita but haven’t taken that leap of faith yet. Good luck!
Resplendant Rufflebutt (lvls 21 – 40) At home within the land of the rufflebutts and spilling frills from every edge.
Victorian Maiden (lvls 41 – 60) A classy lolita of taste and experience, who knows her way around the lolita social set.
Starry Celebrity (lvls 61 – 80) On page six of the lolita world, you’ve risen to the ring of the upper crust.
Pretty Princess (lvls 81 – 100) Lolita royalty, truly versed in the ways of the lacey ones, the lolita princesses have achieved a special level of enlightenment.
Ultimate Lolita (Boss Fight!) (lvls 100+) Wow, you’ve gotten over 100 levels? You’re the ultimate lolita with unlimited hitpoints. That’s actually a little scary…
I’m a level 96 Pretty Princess… wow. Excuse me, I think I need to get some fresh air…
and maybe some other hobbies…
Warning! This is public service announcement for all in the San Francisco Bay area. Several signs of suspicious ongoings have been spotted by the locals and management of variation retails and restaurants. They fear the worst: an invasion of the creature known as lolita. Here are a few signs to know if you have the beginnings of an infestation!
- Flashes of frills have been seen pelting through traffic and crosswalks, narrowly being avoided by oncoming trucks;
- Cookie crumbs and used tea cups are scattered about, typically with wires or Internet hook-up;
- A girl is adjusting her knee-highs on a street corner and there is nothing sexual about it;
- A mating call of ‘look at the architecture!’ has gone up around the city, typically at sunset in the historical district;
- Local teahouses start taking reservations for afternoon tea due to high demand;
- The purikura machines are out of order due to lack of sticker paper;
- All of the dessert-shaped erasers at the stationary shop are sold out;
- Lost ribbons are appearing on the sidewalk, in mailboxes, and caught on trees;
- You fetch your morning paper in slippers and bathrobe only to find a gang of fluffy things snapping photos and posing on the front stoop of your Victorian rowhouse;
- The ghost tours swell in number with a array of darkly beautiful guests;
- And for some reason, there is a trail of glitter and lost rhinestones near circling around Peace Plaza.
How do I know all these things? I’ve landed in SF this morning and have been camped mere blocks away from the New People building at the comfy lodgings of the Queen Anne Hotel. Peppered with haunted history and the most beautiful Victorian reconstruction style, it’s a lovely place for lolitas to stay. You can read the full review on Miss Lumpy, if you’re interested in staying in San Francisco in future.
See you at the BABY the Stars Shine Bright opening on Saturday!