Commercially Alternative: March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Opinion of Lolita and Crosses

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I love this pastel cutesy holiday. It's a time of delicious food, get togethers with family, blooming flowers, and an excuse to buy a brand new dress. Nothing wrong with that! For Christians, it's also a time to remember. When I think of Easter, I think of a cross rather than a fluffy bunny. Thus, I decided to talk about why I don't use crosses in my Lolita. 

A cross is the go-to theme for a gothic lolita. You see them in prints, jewelry, lace, embroidery, or backgrounds for photo shoots. There are so many lovely pieces that invoke a dark gothic imagery by the use of crosses. Moi Meme Moitie have a plethora of garments to choose from with this theme. 

However, the cross means so much more to me. It serves as a reminder. It's a reminder of suffering, death, sacrifice, and love. 

God became flesh and lived as a man. The Jews rejected Him as the prophesied Savior (as David and Isaiah said they would) and had Him crucified on the cross. Three days later He conquered death and rose from the grave. This is what we celebrate at Easter, the resurrection. It was all part of God's greater plan. Jesus is God and God is perfect. Thus, Jesus became the perfect, ultimate sacrifice. He became the substitutionary atonement for our sins. God loved us so much that He would suffer and die for us. We only have to believe in Him to receive the free gift of salvation. With Jesus' death and resurrection we have the opportunity for eternal life and a life not separated from God. Wow. Fantastic baby. (thumbs up if you know what K-pop song I'm referring too XD )

I feel that including crosses in Lolita would make it a fashion statement. I don't want something so meaningful to me to turn into an accessory. I don't even really like to wear a cross necklace in my everyday wear. 

The cross has no power and is not something to be worshiped. It is merely a symbol to remember. (Though I'm not sure how pleased God is with us using a pagan holiday to remember him, but that's a subject for another day) I'm not angry or offended when I see crosses used in Lolita. I just hope that if one does use them, that they remember it MEANS something to others. 

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to comment below or email me in the Contact Me tab above!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Lolita Blog Carnival: Matching Lolita with Animals

This week I’m getting back to the Lolita Blog Carnival series. The theme was to pick an animal and then create a coordinate to match. Since I’m not very good at creating coordinates, I decided to take inspiration from an animal and find dresses to match instead.

The animal I chose was a white tiger. Tigers are my favorite animal. They are so strong and beautiful. However, I’m not a fan of the color orange in my own fashion, hence the white tiger. I set out to find Lolita dresses that were mostly white with black accents. It actually turned out to be a rather difficult scavenger hunt. I decided that stripes were too limiting, but polka dots were pushing it too far, and I didn’t want ita lace monsters. I also decided not to include Moi Meme Moitie’s white dresses with black prints. Although, it was what I was looking for, white with black accents, I felt things like black iron gates really didn’t fit with a tiger theme. (Or at least shouldn’t fit, as tigers don’t belong in cages) In the end, I didn't find much, but I felt the following dresses fit my theme and I would actually wear them.

The breeding of white tigers should never happen. The white color is actually a result of very rare recessive genes found in Bengal tigers. To get these recessive genes to show, tigers are bred with very close relatives (fathers and daughters, first cousins, etc). This inbreeding causes so many other mutations and genetic defects such as cleft palates, crossed eyes, kidney problems, shortened tendons, and clubbed feet to name a few. Please, do not support places that breed white tigers. 

Want to see more lolita outfits paired with animals? You can see what other lolitas have to say by clicking the links below.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Poll on Future Posts

Hello everyone! I’m sorry for a lack of activity. I haven’t even been keeping up with the Lolita Blog Carnival. That last macaron post has actually been sitting around for almost two weeks and I just now got it up. This is because my back has been hurt. I’ve been pretty out of it, going to doctors and physical therapy, and just trying to heal and actually go to work. Things are improving, but very slowly. As a result, sewing is going to be put on hold for some time.

This is quite unfortunate since I had actual Lolita related sewing plans now that my Renaissance Festival Costume is complete. I don’t want this blog to die as I feel it is a wonderful way for me to connect to the rest of the Lolita world. However, this is a sewing blog and I want to keep it that way.

Thus, I would like to post about untested sewing possibilities. The ultimate goal of this blog has always been to use commercial patterns to get Lolita looks. However, I’m not sure how to do this and would like your opinion!

Should I…
  • Find pictures of Lolita dresses I like from stores, blogs, Tumblr, etc and try to find patterns that have similar shapes and detailing to try to recreate the look. Alternatively,
  • Find a pattern that has some Lolita possibilities and discuss how I might go about Lolify-ing it

I’ve created a poll on the right hand side of this page. Please let me know what you think either with the poll or in the comments below.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My First Time Making Macarons

I’ve never given much thought to making macarons. I thought they were adorable and really enjoyed seeing pictures of their pastel cuteness on Tumblr. However, I never had an urge to eat one given that they were made with almonds. I’m not too much a fan of almonds. Not too long ago, my parents and I visited this little cafĂ© looking for a fun snack. My mom chose a large 3” chocolate espresso macaron, which rather surprised me as my mom dislikes nuts even more than I do! She offered me a bite. Let me tell you, it was amazing. It had such a unique chewy inside and crisp outside, but still melted in my mouth. I’m not even a big fan of coffee and I couldn’t get enough of the sweet/bitter flavor. I was hooked.

A little while ago, my good friend, Lady Lavender, decided to try macarons for the first time and blogged about it. I think they look lovely for her very first try! I was so impressed that she had such courage to try something new and difficult. So, even though I don’t really cook, I decided to give it a go myself.
I decided to try the recipe by Brave Tart. She's a pastry chef and wrote many detailed posts all about how to make a macaron. She really made it seem like I could do this too. I just followed her basic vanilla recipe so coloring and flavor wouldn't hinder my learning process. 
Unfortunately, it wasn't very successful. No feet formed, the tops cracked open, and they were hollow. However, I know exactly where I went wrong. 
My pile of crushed dinosaur eggs

One, I under-mixed the batter. I knew as soon as I started piping what I had done. The little ridges just didn't melt back into the batter, but remained distinctive lines.
Two, my oven is way too hot. You can tell the difference oven temperature can make below. The ones on the left are from the first batch. The ones on the right are the last batch where I lowered the oven temperature. They actually formed feet and had a smooth top. However, they were still hollow and some still cracked.

Despite the flaws, they tasted very good! Both my parents really loved them. However, they are incredibly sweet! I feel like they need something bitter like a chocolate ganache or espresso filling as an offset. I am very excited to try again. Even though it is incredibly expensive at $10 for a very small bag of almond flour!