Presents

This morning I was delivered two pleasant surprises! Two of my penpals had sent me books.

The first is Princess Alyss in Wonderland by Beddor. My first penpal and I have been talking about Beddor's Alyss series for awhile now. I had mentioned that I just bought the second book Seeing Redd. I did not know Beddor had made this interactive book. This is set up in the same way as those Wizardology or Pirateology books that are currently popular. I really like all the additional information placed in here. Plus I especially love the actual card decks in the very back of the book.

The next book is Kamikaze Girls by Novala. My second penpal was appalled that I have yet to read this book. I have seen the movie, and found it cute and an interesting watch. She said I must read this book and rushed to find a copy for me. I was slightly embarrassed because I would have bought my own copy eventually, but she wrote a small note saying to think of this as an early Christmas gift.

Speaking of Christmas gifts, I need to start shopping! I have no idea what I am going to get everyone this year! I think I will just give small money orders to my penpals and they can decide on their own gifts. As for my family I will have to con them into giving me their gift wishes.

I have a simple Christmas list this year.
1. A violin
2. Money (Then can order from Yahoo!Japan auctions or from the webshops. hehe)

Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!

Halloween is the one day a year I adamantly try to avoid wearing my lolita clothing. I will not have my wardrobe being referred to as a costume. So all day and when I passed out candy I wore plain jeans and a long sleeve T-shirt. However, being unable to resist wearing something cute I wore one of my cupcake necklaces.

While passing out candies one of the boys from my neighbor commented on my lack of "frilly stuffs". He was so~ cute!

Him: "You're not dressed in frilly stuffs! Does this mean you dressed up for Halloween too?"
Me: "You could say that..." *laugh*
Him: "Then here!" *hands me one of his candies* "Happy Halloween!"

After this he happy trotted down my front lawn and to the next house across the street.



Another child in a stroller, I believe this was his first Halloween, tried to grab my necklace when I was trying to give him a lollipop. He did not even look at the candy. He just kept saying "Want...want!" while making grabby motions toward my necklace. His mother kept telling him no, so I eventually just gave the lollipop to her. I felt so bad when she rolled him down the driveway and he just wailed.

October's Princess Challenge

~October's Princess Challenge~


October's Princess Challenge was to mention or face a fear.

My phobias are definitely the fear of needles, Belonephobia, and the fear of pain, Algophobia. Ever since I was little I have always feared getting needles and the pain involved of having a foreign metal object underneath my skin. As of my fear of pain, I have no threshold for pain. A sprained ankle for me always ends up with me needing an ace bandage soft cast.

No matter what I do I do not see me facing my fears. It may seem funny because I have six piercing in each of my ears. I have two piercings in my ear's upper cartilage and four on my lower lobes. I seem not the flinch when I cannot see the needle. But no matter what I try I cannot get a needle without someone having to hold my hand and sit on me. Pain on the other hand, I try to avoid as much as possible.


Right ear, left ear has the same set up.

Shopping

Like many lolitas, and females in general, I love to shop. It was especially nice today. Not too chilly and not too windy. So I decided to go for a longer walk than usual this afternoon.

Turning down a street I hadn't explored yet, I found a quaint little shop that sells antique and antique looking items. Taking a peak inside I saw this cute notepad and wind-up clock. I then stopped by staples on the return home to buy a pack of matching envelopes. ...I could not resist using the paper to write to a few of my penpals before I took the picture.

The alarm clock is just so cute.♥ The areas around the numbers and the hands of the clock glow in the dark. The alarm is just the standard bell ringing noise. I feared that since the bells were internal they would have to be small and would not be loud. However, this tiny clock as the same noise level as any other wind up clock!

Experimentation

Today was extra nippy and my Angelic Pretty lunch box arrived yesterday so I decided to stay indoors and experiment with a few new recipes today. I should finally buy a recipe book. I have been searching around for a little while and found this one pictured for this entry on a website fredflare.com.


~First, I attempted a sugarfree kinpira. It was salty and sweet and delicious with rice. No condiments were needed beyond the soy sauce listed in the recipe.


* 2 medium carrots
* 1 Tbs. sesame oil
* a pinch of pepper
* 1 Tbs. soy sauce
* 1 tsp. sesame seeds
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Cut carrots into matchstick size. Heat up frying pan with 1 Tbs. sesame oil. Add the carrots and toss until crispy-tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the pepper flakes and toss some more. Add soy sauce, toss toss. Add the sesame seeds near the end.




~Next, I tried a French Madeleine recipe a friend pointed out to me. I have always wanted to make madeleines. I sadly did not have a madeleine mold, however; I did have a fancy cookie pan. My only complaint was the madeleine cookies had too many air bubbles.

* 1 cup sugar
* 5 eggs
* 1/2 cup butter (melted)
* 1 1/2 cups cake flour (sifted)
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 zest of lemon or zest of orange
* confectioners' sugar (dusting)
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Beat eggs until light yellow in color; add sugar, butter, vanilla, zest and continue mixing. Sift flour and baking powder and add to wet ingredients and mix well. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a tablespoon of batter into each well-greased, madeline mold. Bake for 8- 12 minutes or until light golden in color. Turn out madelines and cool. Dust with confectionery sugar.

Wintry delights

As fall continues to march onward and North America starts to get its first blistery days, I sit next to my fireplace and have decided to write about different wintry delights.

I love winter, but the worst problem of this latter season is of course staying warm. With the multiple layers of the lolita ensemble it can be rather easy to keep one's upper body sufficiently heated. The problem for me is my legs always get cold.

Many brands have their own line of winter coats and jackets. They have also started making cute earmuffs and I saw last year that Angelic Pretty had mittens as well. Caplets and capes are other ways to stay warm, but are really only affective on cool days. Boleros are another convenient way to keep your arms warm during cooler days. More and more brands are curtailing to the pleas of cold climate lolita. Thank you!

~ Derrière dilemma:
I was taught that a lady never wears shorts under her skirts, not even in winter. This of course leaves your derrière to the blister cold. I love the modestly bloomers add to a lolita outfit on a normal basis and I tend to modify them for colder weather. I made a handmade pair of bloomers from a heavier study fabric. They are definitely warmer than Baby's and Meta's bloomers.

Underskirts and petticoats. While again not the warmest articles in your outfit they help with insulation. If it is an extra blistery day, I will add an underskirts to my outfit even if I do not need one. Plus I make sure to put on my fullest petticoat. The less air that can circulate around your legs the warmer you will be.

~ Cold feet:
Ever year I have seen handfuls of new lolitas ask the same questions. Are tights and socks ok? Yes! It is sometimes cute, perfectly acceptable, and definitely favorable in colder climates to wear tights with your knee high/over the knee socks. As long as the color of the tights matches with the socks and the outfit!!

~ These boots:
Brands during wintry months release some of the cutest footwear. I love boots! They are warm, cover more of your legs, and add extra insulation for your feet. I especially love Baby's boots from last year. I sadly wish I would have bought a pair then.



Winter being my favorite season, I love all the activities available. Ice skating has always been a popular activity in my area along with snowball fights. Going on a sledge ride or to an ice sculpture contest or exhibits are neat ideas as well. Around Christmas my family always drives around to enjoy the light displays.

And during fall, wagon rides and leaf pile jumping are other favorite past time. My family always takes a day trip and picnic to enjoy the changing of the leaves. But I will always most enjoy taking a long walk and then coming home to sit by the fireplace, read a book, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Actually, I think I will go do that now! Bye~~

Londonian Gothics

Lately I have been playing more Londonian Gothics to keep my mind off other obstacles such as school or work. However, know I am stuck on floor 13.

For those that do not know Londonian Gothics ~迷宮のロリィタ~ is a Nintendo DS Gothic Lolita RPG featuring a lolita named Alice as the main character.

Alice sets out to find her father after he gets kidnapped. You work your way through subterranean maze dungeons in search of him. As you work your way through the dungeon floors, you have to avoid monsters until you can touch some weird pulsing ball that gives you immunity time to stomp on them gaining items and patterns to make dresses which have different abilities that help you along the way.

I tend to always get cornered and killed by these monsters, but I managed to locate a complete, very well detailed guide. Londonian Gothics ~迷宮のロリィタ~ wiki

Hope that helps anyone else who wants to play this game. The graphics are not the best, but it is cute and fun.

Amateur poerty

Friday was absolutely boring before class so I sat down and made an amateur poem. It was a small joke and dare combined to make the day go a little faster.

Lifestyle lolita

We have given up convention
for lives filled with imagination.
We strive for the past
forming our own elite social cast.
While fashion dictated the exposure of skin
we shun from such provocative sins.
The muses inspire us with heart aflame,
with precious frills for us to gain.
The Stars Shine Bright in our Pretty World for all to stand aghast.
While Mary, Maiden, and Moitie bless our wardrobes with a refined blast.
We blessed mistresses for grandeur
erect our spirits with more than just posture,
To embrace the love of lolita fashion,
We don our lives and wardrobes with our extravagant passion.

Publications

As with most lolitas I tend to go on shopping sprees frequently. This recent splurge included the procurement of the last few issues of the Gothic & Lolita Bibles I was missing. Sadly the shop I use does not have volume 30 yet. I have been looking into buying the KERA! Maniax as well. There are only 11 issues which will make them so much easier to collect than the KERA! mooks.

I am an avid reader even during the school semesters. Just recently I finished The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Bram Stoker's Dracula. I enjoyed both novels greatly, except Dracula tended to drag on uninterestingly in the middle with Wilhelmina and Lucy's letters. Besides that I finished both novels within two days of the time I picked them up.

Edmund Leighton

Edmund Blair Leighton is a painter associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He lived from 1853 until 1922. His painting captured the romantic Regency and Medieval periods. One of his more famous paintings is the "The Accolade" painted in 1901. If you were to google his name this is the painting most frequently displayed along with "God Speed!".

I have grown up loving most things medieval and seeing this artist's paintings with the ladies and their knights has made me fall in love all over again. His Regency styled paintings are also exceptionally beautiful seeming as if some of the subjects could walk right out of their man made environments. I love his use of colors and the painstaking details of everything. This month Edmund Blair Leighton's art is my lolita inspiration.


Some of his wonderful works:


               "The Accolade"                                         "Courtship"