Commercially Alternative: October 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Lolita Blog Carnival: My Style Outside Lolita

The Blog Carnival continues! This week’s prompt is “my style outside Lolita.” Now, I don’t really have “style” outside of Lolita. Mostly my clothes are generally comfortable and affordable. I had plans to do a complete overhaul of my wardrobe after I got out of school. However, whenever I go into a store my soul aches with the sad state that the current fashion trend is in. I really can’t find anything that I like. Thank you, Lolita, for not allowing me to go absolutely crazy with fashion frustration.

Thus, for this week’s theme I’ve made up some sample collages of outfits I would wear for certain situations.

Work



This type of outfit is what I wear eight hours a day, five days a week. It’s my work outfit. I’m an engineer for a large company. Therefore, practicality is important. I need to be able work with dusty/dirty tools or machines and not worry about ruining an outfit. I also need to be able to sit at a desk all day comfortably. And no cutesy shoes for me. I need to be able to stay on my feet without pain and close-toed shoes are important for lab work. As a female engineer, I also need to be taken seriously. That means no skintight clothing and no cleavage hanging out. I need to show on first impression that I am smart and can do this job just as well as any male. However, that doesn’t mean I have to give up my bright girly colors! I like Aeropostale polos because they are really affordable, super long to fit my long torso, and slightly curvy instead the boxy polos of other brands.

Play



This part of my closet is left over from my college days when I needed to get ready fast when I slept in and run to the bus so I could make it to class on time. It’s mainly Aeropostale graphic t-shirts as they are long, affordable, and quite comfy or super nerdy/geeky t-shirts. I would really like things that are more fashionable for my days off. However, current trends seem to be against me. (Well, I’m against them, anyway. XP) I always try to pair it with a cute pair of flats, though.

Special Occasion



This is my favorite dress that I own. I bought it from Ann Taylor for an amazing deal. I had gone to their clearance rack and they had this dress in a size too big and a size too small. It was wonderfully constructed and fully lined. I wish all clothes were as well tailored and high quality as this. I was about to leave in despair, but I began talking to the sales woman and she suggested that we look and see if another store had it in my size. I didn’t have much hope since it was on a clearance rack to begin with. However, this wonderful woman found it in a store a whole state away and had them ship it to me! (I don’t even think they charged me for shipping, but I could be wrong) It fit like a dream, but, unfortunately, I haven’t had an occasion to wear it. Therefore, it sits in my closet, ready should the opportunity arise. 

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lifestyle Lolita Hobbies: Cross-stitch

I'd like to take the next few weeks to discuss some hobbies that con provide a little more lolita aesthetic to your life. There is no set list of hobbies that are "lolita" as it really depends on the individual. These are just hobbies that I participate in and have experience. I would love for all of you to share your hobbies, too! First up is cross-stitch.

Not mine: Source

Cross-stitch is a type of embroidery where one stitches X's on special cross-stitch fabric to form a picture. It's simple to do and very easy to learn. Just pick up a beginner's book, actually read through it, and you're on your way. My mom bought me this book, Teach Me to Stitch, back in elementary school. It has very clear instructions with helpful pictures and lots of cutesy little kid patterns to practice with.


Cross stitch is a fairly inexpensive hobby to pick up. The supplies list includes a pattern, fabric, hoop, floss (the technical term for embroidery thread), cross-stitch needle, masking tape, and scissors. Patterns come in books and the pattern will tell you what colors to buy and how large the finished product will be. You can even buy kits that include the pattern, fabric, and all the colors you need. I have never tried this method, so I cannot attest to its quality.

Fabric comes in many sizes and types. Here is a little article to give you an idea of cross-stitch fabric. Basically, if you are a beginner, buy Aida. It will be easiest to work with and count stitches and it will be cheaper. Though, the finished project won't look as refined as the holes are quite large. Never get linen unless it's evenweave. If your fabric does not say it's evenweave you will NOT be happy with your results as all the squares will not be the same size or they will be rectangles instead of squares. Blech.

Source

The only expensive part of cross-stitch is when you need to frame your work (unless it's a pillow, blanket, etc.) Make sure you get it on sale at Michaels and Joann's. 

Cross-stitch really requires minimum concentration. It's perfect for doing with a bunch of friends while gossiping or sitting at home and listening to music or watching TV. It's also the perfect hobby to do while wearing your frills as there is absolutely no mess. Just be careful with your scissors! I love sitting with my project, imagining I'm a princess in a castle wasting time between saving princes and fighting dragons. 

Here's my latest project. I think it will be the perfect way to loli-fy my room a bit more once it's washed and framed. They were made using one stand of floss for a more water color effect. 




Friday, October 19, 2012

Lolita Blog Carnival: Favorite Makeup Tips


Once again, I am writing for the Lolita Blog Carnival. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this project, it is a group of Lolita bloggers. We vote on a topic and then write about it on the same day. This will be my second week participating and I am really enjoying myself. There’s nothing like having a homework assignment with a hard due date to finally get me writing again! And it’s really amazing to see everyone’s creative and individual ideas on the same subject. Last week’s topic was 3 Prints I Would Like to See and everyone came up with such awesome ideas! It’s so wonderful to see people come up with things I would have never thought of myself.

This week’s theme is Favorite Makeup Tips. I really love watching tutorials and learning new skills about makeup. Therefore, I’m really looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say on the matter. As for myself, I’ve never been very creative with makeup. My mom took me to Estee Lauder when I turned 16 and they gave me a makeover and showed me an easy everyday look. I’ve pretty much stuck with that same look for my everyday wear all the way until now that I’m twenty-ish, varying color and/or intensity depending on the situation. 

However, I have learned one thing...

Lasting Eyes with Eye Primers

For quite a few years, I battled with my eye makeup. It just never lasted or looked good. Within a few hours, it would smudge, gather in the creases, or just disappear all together. My super oily skin didn’t help matters any either. Then I spoke with the Lancome sales woman at Macy’s and she had the answer, eye primer. It helps my eye shadow last for hours and I get very little creasing. The product takes forever to run out, too! I’ve been using my current pot everyday for well over a year now and there is still a ton left. It is well worth the money (especially if you purchase it during a special sale — see below) 

Remember: Use clean hands when using this product. Since the product lasts for so long, using dirty fingers will allow bacteria to enter. That’s not a good thing to have sitting around for months on end that you keep applying to your face. Ew!

To apply: put a little bit on your fingertips. The product is tacky so you should rub it between your fingertips to warm it and allow a smooth application. Put some on your eyelids and blend in all over where you are going to put your eye shadow. For best results, seal with a little powder. Alternatively, just start applying your eye shadow (like I do). 




Did you know…

Did you know that makeup brands have how-to videos on their websites? So if you ever want to learn a new technique, just google Lancome, Estee Lauder, MAC, Cover Girl, and more!





Favorite Video Tutorials

I absolutely adore Iiraliina's blog and youtube videos. She is so talented and lovely to boot!





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For more makeup tips, here's a list of the other blogs participating in this week's themes. Please, check them out! (Will be updated as more blogs post)

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Sweet and Simple

Friday, October 12, 2012

Lolita Blog Carnival: 3 Prints I Would Like to See


Hello, everyone! I'm so happy to be back. I really want to get into the habit of blogging and sewing on a regular basis. I don't have any sewing projects to share with you yet. However, I was fortunate enough to be able to join the Lolita Blog Carnival! I'm so excited to be able to participate in this amazing project. This is such a wonderful idea for lolita inspiration and to connect lolita blogs that might otherwise remain unfound and unread by many. 


This week's theme is 3 prints I would like to see. Now, I'm not really a fan of prints. (gaspeth!) I like them when I see them and I can remember many times thinking that I would love to have a certain print in my closet. However, when I go to clean out and organize the giant pile of lolita pictures stored on my computer, prints are usually the first to go. I just don't fall in love with them the way I do an exquisitely detailed and versatile solid or floral. So this theme proved to be quite a challenge for me. I hope you all enjoy my questionable tastes. ^_^



Dragons

By Zilleniose on Deviantart

Sweet isn't my style, but if Baby or Angelic Pretty put out a sugary sweet print covered in adorable chibi dragons? I would make it mine. This adorable Toothless was found on Deviantart by Zilleniose.


Twisted and Cute

By ~t-i-l-d on Deviantart

I love things that are slightly twisted and creepy yet very pretty. When I saw this picture on Deviantart by ~t-i-l-d, I knew it was the perfect example. So anything cute, twisted, and a little dark and I'm all on board.


Odin Sphere


Odin Sphere is a lovely 2D game for the PS2. You play through 5 different characters, hearing a different side of the story each time. I really enjoyed this one, however, I never finished as it was getting a little tedious to play and I was only borrowing the game. ^_^" The levels are an interesting setup as the worlds are complete circles. You can travel in one direction and soon wind up in the exact same spot you started at.

Now, can you imagine, a Juliette et Justine painting dress with these circular levels as the skirt? (Especially the forest and fairy levels) I sure can and they would instantly have my money if they did.


I've included a little video so you can see the different characters and a little gameplay of Odin Sphere.


video

Here's a list of the other blogs participating in this week's themes. Please, check them out! (Will be updated as more blogs post)

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