The Nostalgic “Ita” aesthetic ❤️

Hi everyone!

You might have noticed me using the phrase “ita aesthetic” sometimes on this blog. A blogpost about the ita aesthetic in the 2000s was a long time coming for me, so here it finally is! When I say “nostalgic ita” I mean what was seen as ita when I started in 2007, more or less a span from 2004-2010. After that, people start to buy from experimental brands or started mixing styles and suddenly that was called ita too. Today, many clothes from Taobao are suddenly called ita.

This is not a post about what is ita and policing this, because honestly, I think the term is outdated and condescending, but I wil save that for another time. Today is purely focus on what was considered ita back in the day, how I love this aesthetic and how you can achieve it without shopping at Milanoo.

First question of course is, what do I mean when I say ita? Ita is a less-than-nice term for someone trying to dress in lolita fashion, but doesn’t quite get it right. Ita (痛ロリ) refers to “painful” coordinates that either don’t follow the proper anatomy or are of poor quality.
Basically, a bad fashion sense.

In the early 2000s there were a few things that were considered ita staples, things that were just in bad taste. When I started out in 2007, I got lots of rules and advice from seasoned lolitas to absolutely avoid. Here is a short list of what was considered ita when I started out.

* Black x white

* Lace monster dresses

* Raschel lace

* Mini hats

* Arm warmers + leg warmers

* Wa lolita and ero lolita in general

* Fishnet tights

* Heavy gothic boots (think New Rocks)

* Satin

This satin monster was imprinted in my brain as a DON’T

Okay, but Josine, aren’t you wearing most of these things these days? Absolutely. I avoided these things like the plague when I started as I was so scared to be seen as painful and bad. However, after so many years in the fashion, I started to realize that many things I loved and I started to incorporate them now that I had experience and a better eye for it.

But back in the 2000s there were already great street snaps of lolitas wearing these things! They didn’t seem to care for the list I got starting out and while I was still scared to try some raschel lace, they were inspiring me🖤 They didn’t look ita or painful at all, just so cool! Here are some examples!

Gothic boots, lots of raschel lace, looking incredible!
Black x white with a mini hat, so cool!
Pleather and ero?? LOVE.
Black and white raschel lace monster dress, so cute!!

Okay, so this aesthetic is all so nice and even when they wear things that were considered a don’t, they make it look good! How can we wear this nostalgic ita aesthetic but don’t look painful?

First of all, don’t ever buy your lacemonster dresses from Milanoo. Step one of wearing this aesthetic is making sure the garment you are wearing is decent quality. Milanoo will never be that. I mean, look at this:

Weird lace overlay, wonky bow, bodice and sleeves are weirdly cut?? Just AVOID.

Okay, but I do like things with lots of raschel lace and want to wear things like those street snaps. Any brand recommendations? Absolutely. Look no further than Marble, a Japanese brand that has been using all the raschel lace for the past 20 years. Other brands include some older Metamorphose and now defunct brand Visible. Here are some examples of some “nostalgic ita” pieces with an actual nice fit and quality:

Marble
Metamorphose Temps de Fille
Metamorphose Temps de Fille
Visible
Good Luck, honestly a bit more on the painful side as this is a costume brand, but the quality is actually decent 😂🙏

My advice for wearing these pieces is to keep everything else simple, I personally adore wearing some nostalgic ita pieces with a simple lacy headdress or bonnet and a nice simple sock (but love to sneak in some fishnets too). Just let the piece stand out! Also if you love mini hats like me, style your hair with some pigtails to give a bit more volume and they work perfectly! Everything in my dreaded ita list can work for you and don’t be afraid to experiment a little bit🖤

Here are some of my coords with a nostalgic ita aesthetic and some thoughts I had styling. Disclaimer, this is not me saying I nailed this aesthetic or am perfect at it. I choose to show my own looks because I can tell the thoughts behind it!

Here I am wearing a nostalgic ita coord with my Good Luck set. I also sneaked in some matching red fishnets, because I love them. The most stand out feature of this set are the ruffles of lace, so instead of using many colors or accessories, I decided to put it with some white lace pieces too, like my lace bonnet, lace bunny bag and these ruffly bloomers. I also decided on some simple shoes that would blend in with this coord. I would also absolutely wear this with a tartan mini hat now I think of it. Just keep it in the same theme and let a feature stand out was my general thought, so it all matches and looks cohesive in the end!

With this nostalgic ita look, I wore the Trumpet Sleeve OP showed before and tried again to let the white raschel lace stand out, so again with my bunny and lace bonnet. However, I realised my Marble capelet also had very similar raschel lace so combined that for a bit of whimsy and to bring in another pattern in this very simple black x white coordinate! Still a simple look overall. You could spice this up with fishnets as well, or some more gothic boots or a simple black x white mini hat.. Simple black x white raschel lace looks have many possibilities!

Another option for coords is using some elements from my dreaded list in a coordinate. This coordinate features arm warmers and some stompy gothic boots in an unconventional color. But the rest of it is actually very conventional lolita, okay bare shoulders but otherwise.., without tacky elements (or I think so). So it works to have some “spicy ita” pieces here.

I hope this blogpost has helped you appreciate some nostalgic ita pieces and encouraged to experiment a little🥰🖤And I hope you liked reading my thoughts on it. Until next time!

Lolita Wardrobe 2022: My favorite items in my collection 🖤

Hi everyone!

As it is traditional in January to share your wardrobes, I really wanted to make a post again this year too! Last year I did my Moitie wardrobe, 2019 I photographed my oldschool items and I was thinking a bit about what to do this year. In the end, I really wanted to highlight my favorite items in my wardrobe as a reminder for myself how much I love this fashion and how happy it makes me.

I decided on 22 favorite items, because 2022, and they are in no particular order, just all of them are my favorite in one way or another. In the end I realised 22 wasn’t gonna cut it as I have so many more items that I love, but hey, that is a good realisation to have! Hope you enjoy seeing my favorites too❤️

1. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Rose Pattern Print OP with Cape (2001)

This dress is just one of the cutest old Baby designs with so so many details. I absolutely love the different laces, the detachable sleeves, the cute capelet and the subdued and elegant flowers. This dress had been one of my dream pieces for years in the cream colourway but when I found it in pink, I didn’t hesitate and I actually really learned to love this very soft pink, it looks very flattering on me and I am pretty sure this will not leave my wardrobe ever🥰

2. Metamorphose Temps de Fille Lace Up Trumpet Sleeve OP (2000)

Ohh this dress.. 🖤 I absolutely love this cut and it has been such a search to find it! I was so grateful when a friend sold it to me and I have been admiring it ever since. It has the button back, which I really like, and so much raschel lace! It also look very flattering when worn and matches well with so many items! It definitely is a favorite in my wardrobe!

3. Raspberry Mazohyst custom choker (2021)

I absolutely love Raspberry Mazohyst and its designer, so it was a dream to discuss a custom design. I was very set on black with Moitie blue and the designer suggested great things like glittery Jesus and amazing flowers. This piece is honestly something so special, it makes any outfit 1000% cooler and I definitely feel like I am wearing art every single time I put this on. I can only wholeheartedly recommend Raspberry Mazohyst if you ever want an amazing statement choker!

4. Good Luck blouse+ skirt set (est. 2002-2008)

This is probably simultaneously the most horrible and most fun set in my wardrobe. It has many layers of scratchy raschel lace, the widest sleeves, weird extra collar, the skirt is S H O R T. And of course, a tartan pattern. This set is just so nostalgic, it reminds me of old street snaps with horrible lace monsters, but very happy wearers! It just has a classic ita aesthetic I think is so nice and it brings so much joy by being so ridiculous when worn haha.

5. Metamorphose Temps de Fille Camouflage heart apron + skirt (2001)

This is another set that just instantly sparks joy! It is fun, campy, bright and just happy! I also love this heart apron from Meta a lot, I own it in white too and I hope to find it in black too. Camouflage fabric is also something I truly love in lolita, it is so fun and a bit of a punky juxtaposition of the cuter look.

6. Minory’s Artwork Hannibal choker (2018)

My god, this choker.. My friend Anna always knows the best small brands and folloes lots of artists. One day she coorded a similar choker from this artist but with a mirror on it as well and I fell in love. Over that weekend, I ordered this one with the spine and rose as it gave me all the Hannibal vibes. It was such a delight to find out the designer was inspired by the show too! ❤️ We chatted a bit on Instagram about it and it was so fun! Also this choker instantly elevates any coord and I couldn’t love it more.

7. Victorian Maiden Rose Gobelins double skirt + Victorian Maiden Gobelins & Shantung Cape with Corsage (both 2001)

I was able to buy this as a set from a dear friend and I wore it so many times at this point. This capelet matches pretty much everything and the skirt is so incredibly flattering. I think gobelin in lolita fashion is so good, I want to be a couch every day haha. I truly hope to one day find the gobelin rectangle headdress Victorian Maiden made to match this set too. Who knows ❤️

8. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright x Novala Takemoto God Save the Lolita Print Skirt (2003)
Print close-up

Novala Takemoto and his writings were a huge part of my journey when starting thid fashion. Not to mention how much Kamikaze Girls had an impact on me. So I wished that one day, I had that Kamikaze Girls wardrobe and a Novala collab piece. Well, my dream came true, I was able to buy this skirt and have a Novala piece in my wardrobe, with a cute punk slogan: God save the lolita! This skirt is just iconic to me.

9. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Rose Ribbon Embroidery JSK (2004)

Speaking of Kamikaze Girls.. This dress was a dream come true to find and it never leaves my hands, ever.

10. Metamorphose Temps de Fille Heart Leopard skirt (2008)

This skirt was a long time dream coming true in 2021, when my dear friend Andie sold it to me. It originally has a huge satin ribbon, I replaced it with a smaller grosgrain ribbon for a little more elegance haha. This skirt is comfortable as no other, short and just loud and fun! I actually love wearing this to work, it instantly brightens the day haha!

11. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Embroidery Usakumya Rucksack (2007)
Close-up of the Paris embroidery.

I absolutely love usakumyas and the Baby Paris store was the first brand store I ever visited. So the Paris Usakumya, that was available when the store opened on 2007, was an absolute must for me. I actually bought it on Fril and was thrilled to take it to Paris with me in 2021, my only trip from this past year. The store is long gone, but it felt great to bring a remnant from that place with me in Paris. Also his name is Közi, of course named after the Malice Mizer icon.

12. Moi Meme Moitie Beads JSK (2003)

You didn’t think I would make a favorites wardrobe post without this dress right? I feel so lucky it is still in a very good state. This dress is my ever favorite and will never leave my hands.

12. Metamorphose Temps de Fille Bouquet Print Trumpet Sleeve Tiered OP (2004)

I am very fond of this trumpet sleeve cut, like I wrote earlier. Combine it with my favorite Metamorphose print, Bouquet, and I am in love. My biggest goal this year is finding the matching headdress and/or bonnet .

13. Metamorphose Temps de Fille Strawberry Print Skirt (1998)

Ahh this skirt.. I already did a closeup post on this blog where I fangirled the entire time and it hasn’t changed haha, still cannot believe I own this. It is featured in some late 90s street snaps I really love and cannot wait to wear it all the time when the weather improves here.

14. Neant Glass floral coffin necklaces (2019-2020)

These necklaces are just everything to me. I love how beautiful, meaningful, mournful and poetic these pieces are. They also somehow match everything I own. Neant Glass is another brand I want to support more and more in the next years, I have a Vitrail necklace with roses on my way from them and cannot wait to wear that countless times too.

15. Metamorphose Temps de Fille Trumpet Sleeve Babydoll OP (2000)

The dress from my favorite street snap, the dress that I lovingly refer to as garbage dress, the dress I love so much I also own it in the white colourway. The dress I also got all the matching accessories for.. Of course this baby is in my favorites list. I absolutely love it to death and don’t think thst will ever change.

16. Metamorphose Temps de Fille Teddy Bear Backpack (2002)

This is my son, my child, my baby. His name is Black Philip and he is the best boi. When I bought him, he was missing the rose brooch. Later I found a manifestange rose brooch from Metamorphose on mercaro and bought it so he would still be dapper. I love him so much.

17. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Floral 3 Tier OP (2003)

This floral OP from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright was a long time dream that also came true in 2021. I absolutely love the lace, detailing and florals on this dress. And the fit is incredibly comfy and just so great. I wear this dress so much, I sometimes need to stop myself from picking it haha!

18. Moi Meme Moitie Pleats OP (2003)

This dress was a dream when I bought it off Yahoo! Auctions years ago and it still is. In current market, buying Moitie became harder for me, so I treasure my buys from before the popularity boom so much! This dress is incredibly well made and speaks for early Moitie’s incredible quality.

19. Vivienne Westwood Rocking Horse shoes in black (2021)

2021 was the year I traveled to Paris to finally make my lolita dream come true and buy RHS at the Vivienne Westwood store. It was pure destiny, I messaged the store beforehand to inquire and they told me they didn’t have my size anymore. So was contemplating buying a necklace at the store when I started talking to the staff and they told me they had one last pair that might fit me! And it did😭 This is an absolutely treasured item in my collection.

20.Victorian Maiden Noble Queen JSK (2010)

This dress was a dream to find on egl_comm_sales back in the day, when I was still active on Livejournal. I remember obsessively stalking the tracking and running in pyjamas to the mailman when he delivered it haha. This dress and I have been through a lot. Most notably, when I lost my father 8 years ago, this is the dress I wore to his funeral. I still wear it every year on the date he passed on. But also learned to just wear it for fun, to not only have heavy emotions and memories attached to it. This dress however will never leave me.

21. Moi Meme Moitie Velveteen Rosenkreuz Print Skirt (65cm) + Velveteen Scallop Lace Capelets (2005)

Rosenkreuz is one of my favorite series Moitie ever did. I adore the embroidery and lace and am a sucker for velveteen always. So to be able to find the velveteen set and get the black capelet as well, which was a long time dream item, I have no words. Capelets are my major weakness, I learned I really love wearing them🙏🖤

22. Summer Tales Boutique Nostalgia Velveteen Lace Cross OP (2021)

The final favorite item for this post is this very special OP I modeled for Summer Tales Boutique, where I work as well for 1.5 years now. It has been such a joy to work for this small brand and make visions and sketches into real collections and photoshoots! The lace cross is something Summer Tales Boutique is known for doing and with their latest velveteen release, this was a limited item. I of course got it the moment I zipped it up to model. The fit is incredible, the skirt is short, sleeves are detachable, it has back shirring and on top of that, very plush cotton velveteen fabric. I absolutely love everything about it!! Will wear this all winter if I am not careful haha.

I hope you liked getting a peek into my wardrobe 🖤 I always love seeing wardrobes in January and feel happy to contribute a little bit!

Also ending with a few things I have in the mail right now, sure they will become favorites too!

Until next time!

Favorite coords of 2021!

Hello everyone,

Now the year is coming to an end and usually I try to write some kind of year in review. However because of lockdowns and general distress, there is not much to write about meetings, events, etc. However, I did dress up to visit friends a lot and have some nice food. So instead of a year in review, I wanted to show my personal favorite coords and tell a bit about the pieces!

The first coord is one I did back in July. In 2021, I was able to buy this amazing old Meta Nun OP and I just knew I wanted to do a tribute to Mana in Bara no Konrei, my favorite silent vampire movie and hugely nostalgic for me as Malice Mizer was a great part of my teenage years. I send a photo of me getting ready to my friend that morning and she brought me a rose to finish it all off beautifully. I feel so much joy looking at this photo, it had all the vibes I wanted. The nun headdress is from AatP btw and wrinkles like crazy, but is just so good when worn.

There is btw no chronological order, just things I have worn this year haha. This second coord I wore three weeks ago. It was cold enough for some velveteen and I recently bought this Meta dreamdress. I went out for bubble tea with a friend and the weather was so bad!! We took photos in front of a warehouse because it was sheltered and we wouldn’t get rained on amd then I realised it was just perfectly festive this way. And immediately felt in the festive spirit haha! This headdress I am wearing here is from Summer Tales Boutique and is a treasured gift!

This third coord made me really happy because I just got those shoes and felt so T A L L and confident haha, because of them. Also this Moitie dress is a really treasured piece for me, it is everything I love about the brand.

This antique doll inspired coord made me so happy this year. I was able to buy this super lacy floor length Meta OP and had to wear it. Also this wig didn’t get much wear in 2021, while I absolutely love ringlets. So it was fun to pull it out for this coord. You might also notice I use this bag quite a bit, it is a thrift find from over a decade ago and I still love it to bits!

I wore lots of black x white oldschool this past year but this was my favorite as it has all the oldschool elements that I love! I just wore this for grocery shopping, but blouse over skirt, huge plush bag, velveteen, platforms, capelets, striped socks, peeking bloomers.. This coord just had everything that makes me happy!

One of my resolutions for 2021 was to buy this blouse and so I finally did. This coord is one of my favorites because I saw friends that day that I really missed and just felt so so happy! The coord is very simple, with again my embroidered bag and my floral Neant Glass that are just staple pieces for me at this point. I currently have another Neant piece on its way to me and don’t see myself stopping. Also this is my happy face and this coord and photo just reminds me of a very happy day in 2021!

This year I was able to get another wonderful piece from Raspberry Mazohyst and I commissioned it in Moitie blue. So when it arrived, it was time to pull out my blues in my wardrobe. Fun fact, the buns were a last minute decision as my wig didn’t work out as I wanted and I got frustrated ajd just made buns. In hindsight, I really like the early cyber look it gives.

My last favorite coord of 2021 is definitely this one. This Cornet skirt is so flattering and perfect that I also bought it in burgundy this year. I love this old BPN cardi as well and this was super comfortable! I just got bubble tea wearing this, but did another variation of this for Christmas, but with my natural hair and some tweaks:

Pretty sure this coord will get many rewears in the new year too!

Hope you liked reading about my favorite coords of the year, I will be back soon with a small wardrobe post for January 🖤

Lolita Resolutions: 2022

Hi everyone!

It has been a while again since I updated, but that is life! However, December is always a month for me where I make resolutions for my wardrobe and style direction, so really wanted to share them with you here🖤

1. Support Marble and their classic ita aesthetic

This is 100% to blame on my friend Anna, who showed me lots of cute Marble coordinates and is their number 1 stan. I love oldschool, but had some doubts about Marble and their price/quality ratio. However, I got some pieces from them and Visible over the past year that all sparked so much joy, I want to support them more🖤 Just ordered this black x white set and made a small wishlist from them, so I can support them throughout the new year! They are a small brand after all, which is what I really love to support.

2. Wear more PVC and lingerie elements with lolita fashion

I have always loved PVC fabric, pleather and some fun lingerie, but never really paired it with lolita fashion, rather keeping it for regular goth looks for clubbing. However, I definitely feel the urge to use it more with my fashion, especially now I am wearing more oldschool goth. So my goal is to spice up my coords a bit this next year!

3. Try out animal prints!

In lolita, I have not been wearing lots of animal print, while I really like it in my regular clothing. So my goal is to make it happen with lolita too, especially leopard🖤 I recently acquired Meta’s Heart Leopard skirt and hope to find this bustier pictured here too! I think it would look so good with more oldschool coords!

4. More visual kei inspiration

This has been a resolution for 2021 too, but didn’t get to it the way I would have liked too. So here it is again, I really want to incorporate more visual kei, especially kote kei, inspiration in forms of hair and make-up.

5. Trying out more 70s inspired lolita

Violet Fane recently brought out this groovy floral skirt and it just inspired me so much to touch on the 70s era more combined with lolita. I always liked the aesthetic and always love a fresh take on this fashion, would love to give my own twist to this!

6. Keep having fun!

The last resolution is an important one. Sometimes it is easy to get discouraged by this fashion and its community and the darker aspects of it where you feel judged all the time. I am becoming more aware of how that is affecting me and how I can protect myself from it. I love this fashion and my friends with all my heart, but aside that I like to not be perceived as much. I want to protect my joy in this fashion and will do so as well in the upcoming year!

Well, that ended a bit more serious. What are your resolutions for the fashion this year?🖤 Let’s hope 2022 is a bit better than this past year.

Print details: 1998 Metamorphose Strawberry skirt🍓❤️

Hello everyone!

Long time no see, work started again in September and have been trying (and failing..) to balance my work and personal life ever since. But I missed blogging and a long term dream item arrived, so figured I would start again! ❤️

This print is all strawberries, so it might not be super exciting, but I am very in love and super excited, so had to share!!

Here she is in all her beauty! ❤️ This strawberry skirt is from 1998, but as you can see, in impeccable condition! The lace is not yellowed at all and everything is just so cute. The brand, of course, is Metamorphose.

Here is a close up of the lace on the skirt, very crocheted, seems cotton lace. The ribbon is sewn on the intersection where the laces meet and is made from polyester presumably.

The bottom lace gives me very “babby’s first sewing project” vibes, but that is also so very oldschool I feel? I mean, it feels authentic for the time period somehow. I remember looking at lolita sewing projects in 2006 with all the same kind of lace haha. I like it and it fits the skirt!

The band of the skirt is simple with a button closure.

And a close-up of the strawberries, look at how cute they are. Instantly craving strawberries. This print is just so so cute and crisp, the quality is just amazing.

I am in love and cannot wait to wear this soon and live all my Fruits dreams! 😭❤️

Also a little bonus…

Recently got strawberry Heart E shoes, so I can be a head to toe strawberry🍓🍓 Cannot wait for that!

My favorite buys from 2021 🖤

Hi everyone!!

For the Bibliotheca August theme, that was self care and Jfashion and celebrating Leo season, I wanted to do a one off blogpost where I show some buys that I treated myself to in 2021!

For me, sharing my buys is something I don’t do often, unless it is for review reasons. This is because I don’t want to contribute to haul culture to much and don’t want to give people the impression they need to buy lots to participate in this fashion or spend lots of money. This is of course completely personal, I don’t intend to shame anyone who does, for me this fashion is more about sharing my coordinates than just my buys! But for this theme, I decided to make an exception and share my favorite buys from 2021! I only photographed what has arrived yet, I have something cute in the mail, but will not include that. Hope you enjoy!

Also everything in this blog post is bought secondhand from either friends or Japanese websites like mercari / frill. I really prefer buying secondhand or from smaller brands!

Innocent World Trump Button Apron OP in pink!

First up is this gorgeous Innocent World Trump Button Apron OP in pink, that I bought from my lovely friend Alys. I love the apron detail and how heavy the fabric is, it is definitely a good heavy textured cotton. I wanted to do some more sweeter Alice looks, so when this dress came around, I knew it was perfect!

These buttons ahhh. I know one is upside down, only noticed after photographing haha.

I love the subtle details this has and cannot wait to wear it when the weather cools down! The dress is from 2005, which also makes it 16 years old today and cannot believe the good condition it is in!

Fun story, this was almost lost in public transport, Alys and I were so relieved the bus driver had the bag with him when we realised we forgot the bag and ran back to the bus.

Moitie Gobelin Ribbon JSK in burgundy

Another favorite buy from me this year is the Moitie Gobelin Ribbon JSK in burgundy. After seeing it worn on friends, I knew I needed it in my life, but in current market, Moitie for a reasonable price is hard to find. Lucky for me, a seller on Mercari listed it for an okay price and was able to buy it❤️ I looove the heavy velveteen and this gobelin bodice is just so beautiful. It is from 2003, so another oldschool item for me!

I mean, look at it..

I love Moitie designs like this one with all my heart, hope that someday I am able to find the matching capelet. Also expect coords with this soon, as autumn is approaching, I am feeling it more and more!

Metamorphose Velveteen Cross Lace JSK, capelet and headdress

I am still speechless over this purchase. Speechless I was able to find this. As a set, in a beautiful teal in very good condition. I cannot even begin to describe this beautiful embroidery, cross lace, how the fit is everything. I am in love!!

Close up on the cloak, top part is detachable too!
Hmmm that delicious cross lace

This entire set is heaven and why I love Metamorphose so much as a brand. This level of detail is something I truly love about their old designs. This set is a vintage by this point haha, all from 2001!

Moitie Dot Stripe skirt

This is another one of my favorite buys from this year! It is cute, comfortable, versatile and I really wanted a simple Moitie polkadot piece as I love how wearable they are. So when this one came around, I knew I had to grab it! It is perfect for hot summer days, very light!

This lace is also so good

This skirt is from 2007, a little on the more modern side of my wardrobe, but this still can be worn very oldschool!

Moitie Sleeping Garden in navy (2012)

Another more modern piece, but a favorite buy for me, is the Moitie Sleeping Garden JSK for me! This blue colourway is gorgeous and vibrant and I adore this cut. I wanted this print low key since it was released, but never commited to buy it somehow and then market exploded so it wasn’t worth it for me anymore. But a dear friend sold it to me and I am still very grateful I was able get it!

Story time for this as well, my friend washed it before sending it and it got all water stained and we both panicked and thought it was ruined forever. Luckily a good oxyclean bath and prayers to Mana got the stains out and it is in perfect condition again. Costed me a year of my life for sure haha.

This print though, the details are so good

Also can we talk about how this blue is so bright and so beautiful?? It matches so well with my blue cross necklace, I am very happy.

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Floral 3 tier OP

A 2003 beauty and long time dream dress of mine came home in 2021! I loove how comfortable it is, all the tiers of delicious lace and the floral textured pattern. The fit is beautiful and I adore all the details.

I mean, look at this beauty..

This dress is also light enough for summer weather and a good eating dress haha. I love it so much!!

A simple coord I wore with it the other day
Victorian Maiden Corset Apron

This buy is not a main piece, but a layering piece I have been wanting for a long time! It was a dream to finally acquire and the fit is perfect on my body, I am super happy to make many coords with it once it is colder!!

This older tag🖤

The corset apron has some lovely simple lace and a very flattering cut. I hope to layer it over my whole wardrobe at this point haha, very excited and happy about this item!

Angelic Pretty Removable Fur Collar Cape (2002)

This last favorite buy is aptly named removable fur collar cape, as I of course forgot to grab the removable fur collar for the photos. It is a 2002 item and featured in the third Gothic and Lolita Bible. It is huge, soft and perfect for winter. But my main reason for buying was that it is festured in one of my favorite ads!

From GLB #3

I mean, couldn’t believe my luck when I saw it ans bought it! It is in very good condition which makes me so happy! Definitely is about to become a favorite this winter!

Well this concludes my post with spoils from the past six months, I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse at my personal style and things I enjoy! Thanks Bibliotheca for encouraging to write another post. And until next time! ❤️

Lolita Day Out: Voices of Fashion exhibit👗

A major new fashion exhibition entitled Voices of Fashion. Black Couture, Beauty and Styles opened at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and my friends and I were really excited to go and visit! The show is the first ever staged by an art museum in the Netherlands to query the white gaze as the default vantage point from which to present, wear and collect fashion. Underpinning the exhibition are years of research by black, brown and white people that show that the fashion world and our relationship with it continue to be shaped by the legacies of European colonialism. Voices of Fashion takes you on a little told story of fashion.

I thought this expo was so important as you can clearly see the influence from Black culture all over the fashion world. They shape the fashion world and its trends. Which makes it extra bizarre that on international fashion weeks, only 1% of the fashion designers is Black. Time for change and this expo definitely made sure to celebrate Black culture and take steps to decolonize the fashion world!

When I walked in with my friends Katie and Anna, we saw 25 mannequins dressed in couture from Black designers, a mix from international designers and upcoming Dutch designers. All the mannequins were Black and had super diverse wigs and hairstyles, I thought this was so well done!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite looks from this first room, all so creative and colorful, I was in awe!

I mean, this is everything
Mixing tartans!!
Just speechless at this beauty
Rolling up to the tea party like this 🖤

The second room was all about hiphop. There was a sound system blasting sounds reminiscent of house, techno and hiphop. They also showcased some old vinyls from Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim, artists that really represent hiphop. There were some mannequins in some iconic brands like Walker Wear and Cross Colours. There was also some work from Dapper Dan. Had to photograph and show some favorites again here!

Iconic
I loove the colorblocking that Cross Colours does.
👏👏
Love this

Then we went to the third room and in the hall were statement shirts with texts like ‘Black Lives Matter’, ‘Do You See Us Now?’ en ‘Beyond Classically Beautiful’. There was also the famous black bag that says “Black Models Matter” and it was so powerful to see these statements made.

In the third room there are photos and art celebrating strong Black women who led the way in the fashion and entertainment industry. I was very moved by a particular painting and the discussion around skin color that inspired it. The artist really moved me with this.

On the other side of the room, there were all kind of barbie dolls from Mattel and I screamed, loved seeing super diverse barbie dolls.

We were almost at the end at this point, we saw some installations and short films asking, where are we really from and where are we now. All installations and films made a clear statement, it is time for change. It was powerful.

I was blown away from this exhibition and can recommend if you are on Utrecht, it is in the Centraal Museum until the 15th of August.

Afterwards we had a few drinks in the museum garden and took some cute photos, we all wore oldschool incidentally and that was cute!

My coord for the day was simple oldschool with bigger hair.

Headbow: Summer Tales Boutique

Blouse, capelet, skirt: Metamorphose

Bustier: Heart E

Socks: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

Bloomers: Anna House

Bag: Bodyline

After a few drinks we went to a Japanese restaurant and I had an amazing miso eggplant don. And of course some nice gyoza.

I hope you liked reading about my day out and the exhibition I was so excited to visit. Until next time!

Lolita Day Out: High Tea at Round & Round 🍵🍰

Hi everyone!

Restaurants and cafes opened up here again, with proper precautions of course, and I was so excited to support one of my favorite places again! So me and my dear friend Anna went to have a proper afternoon tea again at Round and Round🌼

Round and Round is a cute little cafe, specialized in Japanese patisserie, desserts and pancakes. They have the most matcha dishes I have ever seen and many types of teas and cute drinks! Their afternoon teas are often themed, but since they just opened up, they had their standard selection. I am not complaining though, everything was perfect!

The afternoon tea included a lavender calpis soda as a starter. Then we got cake rolls, I chose an earl grey rose flavor, and a daily signature cake, for which I chose a strawberry cheesecake. The afternoon also included stewed apple tart with fruit topping, matcha pudding, sandwiches, passion fruit pound cake, dorayaki, matcha hojicha cookies and matcha nama chocolate. Next to all this food, we also got 2 hours of unlimited Japanese tea.

The lavender calpis!
Signature cake roll and cake 🍓
All the other good food❤️

I even made short video of all the afternoon goodness if you want to see it in motion🥰

Round and Round afternoon tea in motion❤️

Then we move on to my coordinate of the day. I really wanted to dress up for the occasion and had been watching the Malice Mizer silent movie Bara no Konrei just before. I recently was able to acquire a grey nun OP from Metamorphose that made all my nun dreams come true. I love old Meta so much😭❤️ I told Anna the night before I would be wearing a nun look inspired by the Malice Mizer movie and she brought me a rose as a surprise to finish the look, it was so sweet!

Coord rundown🖤

Nun headpiece: Alice and the Pirates

Dress: Metamorphose

Socks, necklace: Moi Meme Moitie

Shoes: Dream V

I felt so happy to wear this look out, it was very OTT haha, but I felt really comfortable and happy, it was worth it! I had a nice day and cannot wait to explore some more cute cafes again🥰

Review: Summer Tales Boutique “De Nachtwacht” skirt 🎨

Hi beautiful readers!

For some reason my blog is turning into a bit of a review blog, but trust me, I have other posts in my drafts! I just think reviews of smaller brands are super useful and I love talking about them. But I promise, will write something different soon haha!

This time however, a gorgeous package from Summer Tales Boutique arrived, containing a pre-order item I ordered back in September 2020, de Nachtwacht skirt, the latest installment in their Dutch Masters series. I feel like a Pokémon trainer with this series, gonna catch ’em all! So I had to get the latest one, also because I did the styling for their official photoshoot and afterwards I needed the item😅 (a problem that would occur more hahaha, also bought their latest apron after wearing it in their photoshoot)

Stock photo

Fun fact, we did the photoshoot only with the JSK version, so was very set on a long JSK. Then Katie, the owner of Summer Tales Boutique, previewed this skirt design and I immediately changed my mind. High waisted with velvet ribbon detailing? I NEED IT.

This collection was very versatile in picking options. I could choose between a long and short JSK, a long and short skirt, high or normal waist, options were plenty. But on top of that, you could choose which fabric you wanted! Summer Tales Boutique is doing great on their sustainability journey and the options were either bamboo or recycled PET bottles for fabric 😱 To be fair, I had a hard time choosing and had the luxury to stop by and see the fabrics (thank you Summer Tales Boutique!) The bamboo felt very similar to cotton and the print was a bit darker, the recycled PET bottles had a brownish tone and felt a bit softer. In the end, I went with bamboo as I loved the darker tone of the print a bit more personally.

Here it is! It is a bit wrinkled, should have steamed it for the photos haha. You can see the rich colors and the dark background, which is perfectly with the chiffon ruffle and the velveteen detailing on the high waist.

The print is super sharp, you can see all the details from the painting also clear on the skirt, like the texture of the clothes, shades in the face, highlights on their jewelry. I am very pleased with the print quality!

Here is the famous little girl in de Nachtwacht, looking luminous and angelic on the skirt as well, love how well it translates on this fabric!

Let’s talk about the high waist detailing that won me over on this skirt in the first place. It has lovely velvet ribbon woven through and it fits like a glove on my body. The front of the bodice stays very straight and in place when worn due to the shirring on the back, a very smart design choice! It gives a little military vibe that suits the painting very well.

Here a quick shot of the back shirring and the beautiful ribbon woven through.

The skirt is finished with a chiffon ruffle, which is quite long but nice. As the skirt is long as well, with the ruffle it hits my ankles. I can just wear it without stepping on it at 1.66 cm, something to keep in mind if you are shorter. However, Summer Tales Boutique does shorter cuts and custom sizing with no extra charge, so keep that in mind if you are interested in their painting print pieces as well!

Overall, I really love the skirt and how Summer Tales Boutique is making steps in sustainability. The cut is gorgeously, the fit is great and except that this needs to be steamed regularly, I love the fabric haha. The length is a tad long, but otherwise perfect and I cannot wait to wear it out!

Summer Tales Boutique does a painting print every year and am excited to see the next one👀❤️ I am sure if they keep up this level, they will come for my wallet haha.

Why lolita fashion has been a lasting love for me❤️

Hi everyone!

The June theme for the Bibliotheca blogger circle has been decided and it is all about graduation. Graduating (or not) from the fashion or what you would wear for graduation. I graduated years ago, so decided to forfeit the last option and write about how I am not graduating from this fashion (yet?) , because last month I celebrated 14 years in this fashion and community! So, why is it a lasting love? 🖤

One of my first coords, back in the day

I started wearing this fashion in 2007, I was 14 years old at the time. I was in love with goth culture and music and I stumbled upon a photo of Mana after looking for ways to wear victorian goth more practically in 2006. I already listened to some visual kei back then, but then got very into Malice Mizer and decided I wanted to wear lolita fashion like Mana. A year later I bought my first dress, from Moitie, within the Netherlands for a steal (I was 14 after all). Then it was on🖤

Starting out, I wore (attempts to) gothic lolita with my one dress haha, slowly collecting more pieces that were by Linda Friesen, Bodyline and thrifted items that I altered with lace. Later on I added more brands like Meta and Baby, the Stars Shine Bright.

Then 2011 rolled around and JetJ made their first painting print. I fell in love completely and started to wear classic too, also a lot more daily. Then in 2014 I added more otome brands and 2017 I went back to my first loves mostly, gothic and oldschool, the style that I fell in love with! 🖤 Now in 2021, I wear mostly these styles with some 90s Fruits inspiration and a hint of classic and wa.

So why haven’t I left yet? I think this is so complicated, but lolita has enough creative inspiration for me every time. I love to get creative and it always inspires me. On the other hand, it is also a daily fashion for me and I just want to feel comfy and pretty. This is something this fashion allows too❤️ But really, the reason why I love the fashion is deeper and more personal.

I cannot even put into words how this fashion has formed me and how it is so intertwined in my life, but I am gonna try. This year marks 14 years in the fashion for me. That is literally half my life. Coming from a very religious household, this fashion and goth music became my life savers🖤 I was able to creatively express myself and my looks became an extension of my (queer) personality, attitude and inner whirlwind. I feel uniquely myself when putting on these clothes in all forms. It is a shield from the world, yet a way to actually bond.

Speaking of that, I made many like-minded friends through this fashion and had experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise like modelling, organising international events, meeting designers I admire – I mean, meeting Mana was everything to me💙 It is so intertwined with me at this point, I don’t know what would have come of me without it. I am thankful for this fashion and community, they literally saved me many times.

So far my personal story and why this fashion keeps on being so important to me, hope you liked reading it, until next time💞