Events

I am so happy to report I am planning on attending so many events this year.


May 2 Point-to-Point at Winterthur Gardens & Estate, Delaware

May 14-16 The World Steampunk Fair at Piscataway, New Jersey

July 30-August 1 Otakon at Baltimore, Maryland


I am so excited! Tickets have been purchase and outfits are being planned. If anyone is attending any of this events I would love to greet and thank you for following Princessly Living.

Otakon will be the first anime convention I've ever attended. I do not watch anime so I have no idea what to except, but I hope to have fun. If Otakon goes well I plan to attend PMX.

"Phenomenal woman"

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

            --Maya Angelou


I read this poem in one of my literature classes last year and felt it would be wonderful to share. Lolita and gyaru fashion participants, and woman in general, receive a plethora of negative criticism from those around them and from themselves. "I'm not pretty enough", "My waist/bust is too huge/small", "You've too big", and "That style would look better on a lighter skin toned person" are some examples I've seen/heard when girls ask for critiques.

I feel that every lady is beautiful. By lady, I mean those girls that truly try to represent a fashion to its fullest. Much like the second line, "I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size", as a 6 foot tall, curvy, caramel-toned woman I fit none of the typical or desired traits of a lolita or himegyaru. However, I try my best to portray and honor the fashions I love. I am phenomenal because I display confidence, love how I look, and who I am.

Everyone has something that makes them phenomenal. Have you found your's?

image from: whatismykarma

Ribbon Bangle

This is a new trial sections. I sat for a while and thought of something new I could incorporate into Princessly Living. Then I remember the plethora of feedback the To offbrand or not to offbrand column received.

In the mentioned article I said that the use of offbrand items adds an uniqueness to your outfit that cannot be achieved with using brand only items. However, this section will not be about the uniqueness offbrand items can provide it will be about how similar offbrand and magazine featured items can be. Similar to 'Must Have' articles in some magazines.

Magazine:




Item #1: Ribbon bangle
Ageha April 2009
¥ 2,904: $32.09 (+ shipping service)
one spo




Mine:



Ribbon bangle
$5.00
eBay





Ribbon bangle
$15.00
eBay






The first ribbon bangle has the wider bow like the featured bow in Ageha, however the second bangle has the similar arms. Of the two I prefer the s

The Scooter Store

I was going to avoid the topic of age since every lolita blog has discussed this at one time or another. That was until I checked my mail this morning and found a letter addressed to me announcing I was approved for a scooter for The Scooter Store.

I suppose in terms of lolita age ranges I'm near scooter store eligibility. But over the years that was been changing. The frequent age polls and 'Am I too old' topics show that the majority of our population is slightly older.

At nearly 25, I do not feel too old to be dressing as I do. I have no illusion that I will be dressing in lolita for eternity. However, I do not see in the near future any reason to stopping doing so either. While I avoid the rapid OTT sweet trend and animal bags I still consider myself a sweet lolita. I have noticed as I get older I am more influenced by classic lolita, himegyaru, himekaji, and vintage styles. My wardrobe tends of form a weird middle between those fashions.

I believe that as long as you're happy, wear whatever subculture you like. Of course the topic of beauty also plays a part. If your hair is graying and you have the wrinkles of a 70 year old woman you are naturally going to be shunned from wearing sweet lolita. So you should aim for age appropriate styles or toning down the sweet volume. Caro-chan, the author of F*** Yeah Lolita, wrote a good article on "Dressing more mature in lolita"




When you are feeling down about your age remember:
You're only as old as you let yourself feel. If you are in your 30s, but still have the looks and spunk of someone in their 20s there is no reason to stop dressing in the sweeter styles.

If you are enjoying yourself, dress as you like. This of course follows my thoughts of never telling anyone dictate what you wear or how you feel. Be yourself.

You only get to live once. Explore, do, wear all that you can. Have fun or you might regret it later!

Models have ages too. Ever sat down and thought about how old some of the models are? My favorite model, Aoki Misako, is 25. Here is a picture of her from Fruits September 2001. Listed as age 17. Thus making her 25 now.


top image from: Rescue Alert