Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Outfit Snap: Knit and Frill

Over the weekend I attended Vogue Knitting Live! Chicago 2014~ I first attended in 2012, as I was lucky enough to win an attendance package for marketplace access and a single lecture. I purchased an additional lecture, but I couldn't quite afford to take a class. I hoped to be able to do so last year, but that was not possible either. This year, I was prepared--I registered bright and early, convinced a friend to join with me, and was able to take a few classes. ♥

I wanted to put my frilliest foot forward, but I also wanted to highlight knit pieces. I realized that I don't knit very many things for myself, which made coordinating a bit more complicated than I originally anticipated. For a bit I couldn't quite put my finger on why I had all of these ideas of things I'd like to make for myself and so few of them have been projects I've worked on. During the event I suddenly understood why. My clothing is primarily a very specific shade of pink. The yarn that I see and buy is typically a clashing shade of pink. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for "the right pink."

Friday VK Live! Outfit
This mirror and I became close friends for outfit pictures over the weekend, haha~

On the first day I opted to wear a yellow hat featuring my favourite hat pattern. It is pale yellow, so I pulled out a pink skirt with yellow accents. (I did not wear a petticoat on any of the days in attendance, because the classrooms and marketplace can be very crowded. To take up extra space felt rude.) This skirt has always difficult for me to coordinate; it contains a number of pinks that are unique from most of my socks/cardigans/etc. I really like it with this turtleneck in autumn, though.

I also wore a crocheted scarf. A friend and fellow lolita made this for me many years ago as a gift. It's a nice touch when the weather is on the chillier side. I love the giant rose blossoms on either end~ ♥

Saturday VK Live! Outfit
I'm really not the best at taking pictures of myself, so it took a lot of tries to not get something so blurry it wasn't useable.

On Saturday I really wanted to wear this large cabled hooded pull-over cape. I've been eagerly waiting for the temperature to drop a bit so that I could wear it~ (Actually, it was much warmer on Saturday than I anticipated it being, but thankfully the air conditioning in the hotel was intense enough that I didn't regret putting this layer on.)

It has a very "idyllic forest" feeling to it (honestly everything designed by Tiny Owl Knits does!), so I felt the tiny forest animals on the border of this Innocent World one-piece would set this off well. Additionally, there are hints of the same pale green and a slightly darker green in this dress's print. It helped avoid the green colour standing out in a way that seemed ungrounded elsewhere.

It Has a Hood
I love this hood! Especially the tassel on the end~

I pulled my hair up in braids to avoid larger hair accessories. I thought I might want to pull the hood up, not that the weather was really making that necessary, and I didn't want a larger bow to get caught in the hood. The small bow clip was just enough to set it off.

Sunday VK Live! Outfit
I kept thinking I would find a different spot to take pictures, but again and again this was most convenient.

Sunday was the last day, and that's when I realized I was running out of knit things to wear. I have a few pullover sweaters, but the weather is not cold enough yet and they are enormous "snuggle up in this and never come out" sweaters that would look very silly with lolita attire. I have a few shawls in colour choices that match nothing. I fell back on this cardigan. I knit it to a longer length that I prefer to wear with jeans, so it hits my skirt at a strange length, but I was determined to wear it.

I opted for a high-necked blouse to avoid a collar overlapping the scoop neckline of the cardigan. I had to wear the tartan skirt because I took a class on knitting a fabric that resembles woven tartan! (I wanted to stay "in theme," haha~) The gray tights are not my favourite in this picture, but they seemed significantly paler and a closer match for the cardigan's silver tone in better lighting.

Swatch Matchin'
Swatches from our instructor were passed around during the plaid technique class, and I matched this one pretty well!

My non-standard attire made it really easy for my friend to spot me in a crowd, always handy at a busy event! A few people approached me over the weekend stating that they met me in 2012 and remembered me from then! One such person was the lovely lady who taught me to crochet at the "beginner's lounge" two years ago~ I definitely owe her a lot; I'm not crochet-savvy but I can do enough to get around for what I want. I'm really looking forward to next year's Vogue Knitting Live!

(A more knitter-focused recap of my experience at Vogue Knitting Live! Chicago 2014 here~)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Outfit Snap: Summer Polka-Dots

The weather has been pretty intense lately, not just for my area but for all sorts of areas of the United States. In the Midwest, we've suffered through a few heat waves. I don't have air conditioning, and when the heat is so high and there's no coolness at home, I really don't want to do much of anything--especially dress up. I really love all of my beautiful frilly clothing, but I can't feel happy and pretty and fluffy if I'm hot and sticky and sweaty. It's gross!

My husband and I have been trying to escape to places with air conditioning as much as we can when the weather gets too unbearable in our own home, but when I'm traveling and it's hot I don't want a heavy bag. I'm not all that willing to bring my lolita clothing with me if that means I have more things to carry and worry about bringing back with me when the weekend is over. As a result, I haven't done much of anything. I've regretted that I can't take part in something I really enjoy, but at the same time it just doesn't seem reasonable. Being uncomfortable just makes me grumpy, after all--I don't want to voluntarily make myself irritable~

This weekend was the "Mega Meet," one of the larger lolita fashion gatherings in my area. Lolita come into Chicago from suburbs and even other states. It's generally a lot of fun, and I get to see friends that I otherwise don't see. I was dreading the weather report, afraid that the temperature would spike again, but thankfully it was a pretty mild day! ♥ It was so nice to dress up again~!

Polka Dots
This was the only picture that I stood still for, really! There were just too many people that I hadn't seen in SUCH a long time!

I don't really plan my outfits too far in advance, for the most part, and this was no exception. I decided to wear the polka-dot dress because I thought it wouldn't be too heavy and I wouldn't need a blouse. I own several polka-dot accessories because I have another dress with the same polka-dot fabric, so I added the polka-dot choker that original came with the other dress. The dress has sewn-in straps that typically criss-cross in the front and tie behind the neck, but it was too much with the choker, so I tucked them down the front of the dress instead. X3

The socks were also polka dotted, and so is the parasol. I like the contrast of having the parasol and socks be white with pink polka dots, as opposed to the dress's pink with white polka dots, just so that the same pattern wasn't too overwhelming. If my dress and socks were the exact same colour and pattern I don't think I'd be satisfied.

This dress is actually very short, so I wore an underskirt with it to add some length. One of these days I intend to have a white ruffle added to the bottom of the dress itself, but until that happens this is the best solution I've come up with. I don't generally mind the shorter dresses, but this dress is very, very short--when I compare it to my other dresses, even though known for being less-than-lengthy, it's always at least a few inches shorter. I don't want to give it up just because of the length (or lack thereof), though~ I really like the design.

Untitled
I didn't have another picture of my outfit, but this picture is courtesy of "mylaar," borrowed with permission~ ♥ The sunglasses were basically a permanent part of my outfit.

I opted for a white side-positioned hairbow for a little bit of contrast. I tried to pin my pigtails up a bit around the hair elastics. I wanted to mimic the volume of clip-on pigtails, without having to actually wear clip-ons. It wasn't very successful, but it's something I'd like to try again sometime. I probably should have worn a style that kept my hair off my neck entirely--it wasn't blazing hot, but it wasn't cool either! Thank goodness there was a nice breeze when we were near the lake~

Overall, I was really happy to wear lolita again~ Whenever the weather cools down and stays that way, I know I'll be dressing up more frequently. It's just too much fun!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Meetup Report: Angelic Pretty at ACEN (Follow Up)

A few days ago, when I checked the mail, I saw a bright pink envelope tucked in among the bills~ At first I thought it was a birthday card from a relative, but when I looked at the addresses the return address was unfamiliar. I opened it to find this card:

What Could This Card Be?
Isn't it pretty? What a lovely pattern~

I still didn't really understand what it could be, unless it was from a friend I don't usually receive cards or letters from, but then I opened it up!

Inside the Card
There were two photos inside! I actually didn't realize there were two--for a few days I only noticed the first one, the large group photo!

It was the promised card from the Angelic Pretty tea party at ACEN~! ♥ I am so happy to have received it! Angelic Pretty is very busy of course, so I didn't even have a timeline of when I thought the attendees would be receiving the photos, but I remembered that they were taken and we were told we would receive copies. Having the photos arrive in a pretty pink envelope, in a lovely pink card with the design of "Little Bird's Symphonia," is so thrilling~ ♥

The card has signatures inside from Asuka, Maki, and RinRin~ I'm particularly happy about this because I didn't make it to any events during the convention where they were autographing anything, so I missed my chance to have anything else signed. (I also forgot to take a moment and have my picture taken with only the special guests--whoops! I get too distracted when there's so much going on.)

I love the pictures, and I definitely want to do something special with them~ I haven't yet decided on anything, but at the very least it would be nice to have them framed for display~ ♥

Tea Party Mementos
Perhaps I could frame the pictures with some of the other papers I've saved from the events, scrapbook-esque~

I had little bits and pieces of things from the events still in my purse even though the tea party was several months ago, so I took everything out for one picture~ (Although I realized in retrospect that I could have included two postcards and an illustrated file that I also received at ACEN for Angelic Pretty-related reasons, but I didn't think about it at the time.) I don't usually save many things, especially not paper, but the tickets were so lovely that I didn't want to throw it away!

I grouped together my badge--an exhibitor badge from my time volunteering at the Angelic Pretty booth (oooh, a specialty-type), my raffle ticket place card from the tea party, the small ring that I won at the tea party's raffle (I hadn't even opened it yet, haha~), the card, both photos, and my tea party ticket! ♥ Even though it was a while ago now, I still keep thinking about what a lovely time I had. ♥

Receiving the photos from the tea party was wonderful, and I'm so happy that Angelic Pretty was able to take the time to be guests at ACEN, and that they arranged so many special events for the fans in the area! I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of so many fun things! I'll definitely have to do something nice with these photos; they're images of such wonderful memories~ ♥