This past Saturday was the February Meet-Up for the Milwaukee Lolita Society, and this month, we went for sushi! I had been craving sushi for a few weeks, so I was really looking forward to it.
During the afternoon, I was down in the middle of nowhere in Illinois for a photo shoot. It went from 10-5, and the Meet-Up was at 7pm. The two locations were about 2.5 hours from each other though, so I ended up arriving at the restaurant about 30 minutes late. I had been dressed up as Harley for the shoot, and the make-up I use for Harley is alcohol based, so despite my scrubbing, you can still see a white hue to my face (especially around the eyes). If I had not been wearing a wig, I had tons of white in my hair, so I looked like an old lady.
When I arrived, everyone had just ordered. I had looked at the menu online in advance, so I quickly placed my order when the waiter came by, so my food arrived with all of the rest. There were a lot of new people at this meet-up, because one of our Mods had had a panel about our group at Anime Milwaukee (a convention), the previous weekend. It was also my friends first Lolita Meet-Up. She was supposed to go to some earlier in the month, but they had been cancelled due to weather and availability.
Skirt: Dream of Lolita replica of Alice and the Pirates “Melty Mermaid.”
Blouse: ICK by IndustrialKitty
The flower is from a local girl as well, I received it at the Mega Meet last year.
Everything else is off-brand.
A note on the skirt, this was the second time I attempted to order something from Dream of Lolita, the first item having been cancelled when it took too long. This skirt took a long time too, and I am done trying to buy things from Dream of Lolita. The skirt itself is not bad though. The fabric is pretty thick, though maybe a little rough. And I feel like it is a little small at the hem, but otherwise I really like it. I would like to one day acquire the actual AatP version, but until I have some more freedom with my funds, this will do.
When we were standing around talking afterwards, Janette pulled a box out and was handing out items, I forgot that I was waiting on a blouse from a group order, so I received a new blouse this week too. I was worried about the neckline, but I really like the blouse, and I cannot wait to wear it.
First: I do not have a very large wardrobe yet. I still have to strategize what I am going to wear to each meet-up so that I do not repeat something too soon. Perhaps as my wardrobe grows, I will wear Lolita more often.
Second: Lolita is not always appropriate. If I am running off to circus or dance, Lolita is definitely not going to work. Right now, I do not have a job, but whatever job I find may not be accepting of alternative fashions, and while I sit at home jobless, I general dress in dance/workout clothing, to encourage me to get off my but and workout.
Third: I am interested in SO many different aspects of fashion, and I do not want to pin myself down to just one. One day, I may feel like wearing Lolita. The next day, I may feel like dressing in a 50’s style fashion. The next day, I may be feeling gothic. I dress to my interests, to my activities, and to my moods.
This is sort of difficult to answer, because really, why do any of us do anything we do? I hope the typical answer is because we enjoy it (jobs aside). I really enjoy fashion in general, and I have a lot of experience with history, so a fashion that draws on periods of historical fashion, yet lends its own twist, is very appealing to me. Wearing Lolita is an excuse for me to dress nice, well, nicer than I usually do (which is actually pretty nice). There are not enough reasons to dress up in this world, so I love creating reasons.
It is also somewhat of an artistic expression for me. The way I wear my clothes is sort of a visual way to display my personality, and in Lolita, you have so many prints and designs at your disposal.
On a side note, I apologize for missing my 52 Week Challenge last week, it was a super busy weekend and I spent all night (literally….5:30pm to 7am) on set for Chicago PD. I will have two posts tomorrow to make up for it.
This one is ridiculously easy, and I have covered it before. I absolutely adore Mary Magdalene.
Runners up….Victorian Maiden, Innocent World, Juliette et Justine, Metamorphose, and I am developing a love for Angelic Pretty….at least their penchant towards chocolate prints. 😀
Today is a holiday for me (Imbolc), and the traditional colors for Imbolc are Pink, White, and Red. So, as I did with the Chinese New Year, I wanted to choose an excerpt that honored the holiday. I had three pages that I was debating between, but I felt this one most represented the three colors in an overall winter theme.