Commercially Alternative: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Readers! I hope it has been as good a year for all of you as it has been for me. 

So much has happened in 2012 I can scarce believe it. I graduated with my bachelor's degree back in early May and have been working since late May. God was so so so good to me to get me a wonderful job straight out of college.

Last year I made some New Year's Resolutions. Let's see which I accomplished and make some new ones!

  • Finish my black scoop neck blouse
    • That… was a big no. ^^" I didn't do any of it this year. I hadn't even realized how bad it's been.
  • Make a hair corsage
    • Bought the supplies, but never made it
  • Sew a hair bow
    • No again…
  • Sew a high waisted skirt
    • I realized I needed a little more knowledge and skill before I tackle this one.
  • Attend a lolita meetup
    • Yes! Yes I did! It was such a wonderful experience. All the attendees were darling and I saw such wonderful outfits.
  • Blog once a week
    • Not quite, but I have been getting better.
  • Get all A's
    • So close! Four A's and a B and I graduated Cum Laude. I'll take it!
  • Finish school
    • Woo hoo! Complete success!
  • Exercise once a day
    • Bwahahaha! *sniff* Haha! Did I say that?
  • Practice trumpet once a week
    • Complete! I even joined my local community college's night concert band. It's so wonderful to get back into music.
  • Exercise at least twice a week
    • Let's try to be a little more reasonable this year
  • Practice trumpet at least twice a week
    • Once a week was quite easy last year, so adding in an extra session shouldn't be too painful or difficult.
  • Get better at my job
    • I hate open ended resolutions like this. I prefer resolutions that you can say complete or not at the end. However, I'm still quite useless there and can't do much completely on my own.
  • Complete my Renaissance Festival outfit
    • I've completed the skirt. So look forward to a post on that in the new year. I'm going to use my old chemise. The next step is completing the bodice, which is on it's way as I've already created a mock up for fitting.
  • Finish my black scoop neck blouse
    • Let's see if I can get this one done by the end of the year.
  • Blog at least once every other week.
  • Complete at least one lolita related garment other than the blouse
    • TBD
Did any of you create New Year's resolutions last year? How did you do? What are you resolutions for this year?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. 

I am so thankful and so in awe to have a God that loves us so much. To come among us, live as a human and experience the trials and wonders of humanity, and then ultimately sacrifice himself to save us from our sins and bridge our separation from God. How amazing is that? 

Recently, our pastor challenged us to create some goals  to allow our relationship with God to grow and not remain stagnant in the coming year. They're like spiritual new year's resolutions. Here are the three I came up with.

1. Read the bible for understanding.

I don't believe in blindly following a religion. I think one should really know what it is you are believing. I think a religion should be able to stand up to study or questioning. I've read the bible on my own before. However, that's a lot to take in! ^^" Recently I've discovered There is a daily bible reading with explanation on what is happening and what the bible is saying. It has audio track for you to listen to as you follow along in the post for optimal learning. Now, I don't just want to listen to any ol' person explain the bible. Many religions have the bible, but believe vastly different things. So I've researched the paster who writes this and read his churches statement of faith and it seems that his beliefs align with my own. 

2. What does it mean to worship God? How can I worship God in my daily life?

When my pastor was challenging us with these goals, one of his own was about worshiping God somehow everyday. And it got me thinking, what does it mean to worship God? Is it going to church and singing his praises? Is it volunteering your time to help those in need? Or is it finding time at the end of the day to thank God for all your blessings? Something else or all of the above? So I hope to ponder that this following year and to find time each day to please God. Now, no matter how many good works you do, that is not the path to salvation. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). But because I'm saved, because I've accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I want to please Him.

3. Gain fellowship with other Christians.

Most of my friends are Agnostic, Atheist, Catholic, you name it, but like… two? believe somewhat what I believe. So… it would be nice to have some more Christian friends. Someone to talk with about spiritual things rather than debating alternative views (as much as I love a good debate). Just like lolitas gathering to share a common hobby, one needs friends of religious like mindedness too. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Lolita Blog Carnival: Underrated Colors

This week's Lolita Blog Carnival is underrated colors. What colors do you feel are rarely used in lolita and should be used more? Every style in lolita has a go-to color such as black for gothic, pink for sweet, and burgundy for classic. While I adore pretty much every burgundy dress, there is a color I would like to see more of… green.

I think green is a wonderful choice for classic. There are so many types of greens that can be used; bright emerald green, deep forest green, a light sage green, or anything in between. This color also compliments my skin tone the best and makes my own green eyes pop! 

Green does exist in the lolita world and brands release various pieces from time to time. However, I really just don't see it commonly worn in the community. Usually green shows up in the form of a mint colorway, a plaid, or a floral. Here are a few examples from Mary Magdalene, Victorian Maiden, and Innocent World. I felt these were interesting and demonstrated a good range of color possibilities.

For fun, I decided to photoshop a few dresses from four different brands and see how they would look in a green color way. Please excuse my amateur photo editing skills. ^_^" My favorite of the bunch is the Victorian Maiden dress.

What color would you like to see in lolita more? You can see what other lolitas have to say by clicking the links below.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Lolita Blog Carnival: My Favorite Dress

Finally back to blogging! Whew. It's been a little longer than planned. Fortunately, I have been sewing all this time. *gaspeth!* It hasn't been lolita related, but it's been wonderful to get back to it. Apparently, I really needed the practice because I had initially lost the ability to sew straight lines! Not good. But I'm now getting back into the swing of things and should have finished products to post soon.

This weeks prompt for the Lolita Blog Carnival is your favorite dress. I really wanted to participate in this one even though I'm pretty sick this week. So it will be short. 

I've talked about my favorite classic lolita dresses and skirts in this post here. Therefore, I decided to post my favorite gothic lolita dress by Moi Meme Moitie.

I have always loved this dress. Sadly, these are the only two pictures of this dress I have. So if anyone has stock photos of this dress… *nudge nudge* ^_^ (Or even the name of this dress would be really helpful!) 

I'm not sure why I love this dress. I'm usually a fan of well tailored dresses and not any sort of shirred number. However, this one just speaks to me. I love the old school white and black; especially the majority of the dress being white. I feel it can be worn so many ways. You can either stick with the white and black theme, or accent it with bright pops of color in your accessories. It can be more casual with a simple black bow headband in your hair or more opulent with a bonnet and loads of silver gothic themed jewelry. 

You can see what other bloggers in the Lolita Blog Carnival favorite dresses are by clicking the links below!