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Max Brenner Chocolate Meet

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by dollpart

Tomorrow I will post the last delicious update of the prize pool for the Exquisite Corpses photo comp – keep those entries coming – I’ve received so many cute ones it’ll be hard to choose a winner!

A few days ago the Brisbane Lolitas and I went to Max Brenner which is a specialty chocolate cafe – so delicious!

This is what I wore

Tiara Rose

Too Herp to Derp (Click for bigger)

JSK: Angelic Pretty
Blouse: Bodyline
Socks: BTSSB
Shoes: Bodyline
Bow: Angelic Pretty

To see all the other girls click HERE to see the image gallery!

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Hats off to Mr. Jones

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by dollpart

For those in Brisbane or who have seen it internationally/around Australia I urge you to check out the Stephen Jones exhibition, “Hats: An Anthology”.

Portrait

Stephen Jones: Knows Hats!

This is a massive collection of amazing hats and headgear from master Milliner Stephen Jones as well as hats from history (a must see are the bonnets for all lolita bonnet fans, top hats, ladies hats and that Chandelier hat that would go perfect with that Chandelier print) and hats worn by famous people (Darth Vader helmet, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation Cap, a Top hat worn by Dita Von Tease).

Entry is free – there’s a fun kids section where you can make your own awesome hat and a great gift/souvenir selection of hats, jewelery and books on fashion. The show is running between the 27th of March – 27th of June 2010, Gallery 4 at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. For more information Click Here.

Moar hats!

Hats Hats Hats!

I enjoyed this show so much it inspired me to buy a bonnet (review of Rose Melody coming soon) – and am currently on the look out for other hats to add to my collection! Lolitas are quiet fond of hats, bowlers, Top Hats, Bonnets, berets, boaters, tricorns, corsages, facinators, straw hats, safety hats for construction lolitas (nb: This does not exist, please do not attempt to make this exist).

They can cover a bad hair day or just perfectly accentuate an outfit hats are a must have in any wardrobe and accessories collection. From Lolita brands you can get many different styles and each brand specializes in certain style such as Alice and the Pirate’s Tricorns and Metamorphose’s felt Boater.  Angelic Pretty offers over-the-top Bonnets where as Victorian Maiden, Innocent world and other classic brands stock more modest but beautifully detailed bonnets and other felt, straw and silk hats. For optimum hat care it’s important to keep them in a hatbox to keep them from being crushed in storage and in a cool dry place to keep mold at bay, especially for natural fibers and felts.

Bonnet by Stephen Jones

This is a personal favorite

One of the most bizarre hats in Lolita I believe is the Cake Hat both Angelic Pretty and Baby have done cake hats – whatever they were smoking –  I want in.

Angelic Pretty

What this Cake Hat NEEDS is an Eifel Tower.

In all honesty the more I look at this damn thing the more I hate it. I don’t know which one I hate more this one or AP’s ice cream cone headpiece… thing is the only way to describe it. It was a thing. An awful, awful thing.

Making your own hats is a fun hobby and is not limiting to any one particular skill set and if you’re like me and love to collect, salvage and re-make things it can also be done quiet cheaply. Look for your local reverse garbage/refuse recycle for interesting industrial materials, foam and sometimes high quality wedding dress silk off cuts. Ribbons and lace remainders from your local fabric store are often sold in mixed bundles for under $7 that are small enough amounts to experiment and play with. Online Etsy and Ebay have milliner’s supply stores as well as boutique and designer hats going for a song as well and there are many Hat blogs and DIY Hat making and hobby millinery sites.

Loliweekend Log and Stats!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by dollpart

Huzzah! 80 000 hits!

Frills and an urge to Kill

Alice is Dead. Long Live Lolita

That’s just a very rough drawing I did in a book and hopefully will paint as a proper oil painting miniature. I like the visual of lolitas doing active things even if those things are violent as opposed to the passive, sit there and look pretty thing seen in most lolita drawings/art.

The first day of the Loli weekend was the big day meet there was a good turn out. Filming was a little different but we’re all very much used to being photographed and looked at especially when in a group. We met at King George Square where we were all interviewed as a group about people’s reactions to seeing us as a group, there was a parasol fight (to the death, Star Trek battle theme plays in background) purikura and drinks at Fat Louies to celebrate Suze’s birthday.

ROCK THE HELL OUT!

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK. WE SALUTE YOU.

I’m the one in the middle looking like a true chumpette – Outfit by Bodyline, Metamorphose, Enchantress and whatever I could find rolling around my bedroom floor.

Drink, Smoke and be Lolita

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by dollpart

There is the pervasive myth on what the Western lolita “should” be – as in a code of behavior – which is prim, proper and passive. That Lolitas shouldn’t drink, smoke, swear or be jerks. I personally think that’s a load of bullshit because at the end of the day people in the lolita subculture are human. It’s a good thing usually to keep the profanities down to a minimum, keep your liver in tact so someone else could one day use it/eat it to gain your power and keep the tobacco smoke out of your expensive garments but fucked if I could be bothered really.

Albert Street Goons

A Rare and Delicate Bloom

On Drinking
Chambord Liquer is pretty much the most lolita of all boozes, it’s even got a crown on it! Chambord is made from raspberries, blackberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac and tastes great in cocktails. My personal favorite being lime juice, Chambord and lemonade and if you’re feeling extra blasphemous try the Blood of Christ cocktail, Chambord, Triple Sec, Grand Mariner and grenadine.

Chambord

The Loliest of all Boozes

For the beer drinkers, branch out and try some local or international brews, for the homebrewers out there I put to you a challenge – create Lolibrau – a beer for lolitas, by lolitas and now with even MOAR BOWS.

On Smoking
The latest trend right now is eCigarettes – battery powered cigarettes that vaporize nicotine into vapour with no tar or smoke – you can smoke those bad boys anywhere and come in a variety of flavours. For the tradiontional smoker who wants to colour co-ordinate I’d recommend Fantasias, Sobranie Coctails and Black Russians.

Fantasias

Fantasias

Sobraine is one of the oldest cigarette companies in the world and also make a rainbow coloured ciagrette known as Sobraine Coctails as well as the distinctive Black Russians which have a black paper covering.

Sorbaine Cocktails

Sorbaine Cocktails - and you thought AP was way pastel

I like the occasional Clove for the taste, Black Devils too when Sobranies are not in the budget but for the most part I stick to Marlboro Reds and Benson and Hedges Classic.

We all have vices, at the very least you can get your vices to match your hand bag and never apologize for having flair or taste ladies.

Subculture Sides: Lolitas in Brisbane

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by dollpart

One of our favorite and talented photographer friends Faith Thiang‘s photographs of her local lolita group (Brisbane Represent *gang signs*) in a slide show event focusing on subcultures, Thursday on the 8th of April at the Australian Center for Photography in Sydney.

Click to see a larger image

Click to see a larger image

As far as the Brisbane Lolitas go, we’re a varied group as there ever was, sweets, gothic lolitas and classic styles, ages between 15 to late 30s, all walks of life, heights, weights, genders and ethnicity brought together initially by the fashion. Now were a huge friends circle, we like to drink, listen to all sorts of music (and sing bawdy songs about Star Trek while drinking), help each other out and have a good time.

We’re creative, interesting, beautiful people – who wouldn’t wanna be a part of something this awesome? I met my best friend in the whole world through lolita, I have been to some amazing parties and given input and participated in some fantastic art works and projects. Our meet culture is pretty relaxed and though we’re told were’ kinda intimidating we’re always welcoming fresh blood into the mix. There’s never a dull moment when the Brisbane lolitas assemble!

Lolita: Photos of Friends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by dollpart

I’m so happy how some of the photos I took that particular outing turned out. Especially this one of Xelyna who was going for an ‘Alice’ look and man does she nail it! These were taken at Southbank parklands and with Suze’s ghetto little point/click digital camera but I had the good fortune of nature’s own lighting filter (overcast weather) to help.

Xelyna

Xelyna in AP - Click for Large

Please tell me if the colours are too dark – my pc’s monitor is on it’s death bed so editing pictures is a bitch.

Brisbane Lolita All Stars

Gabbie, Xelyna and Caitlin and Suze in the background

Looking whimsical in gardens is what lolis do best! Gabbie wears BTSSB, Xelyna in Angelic Pretty and Caitlin in Innocent World (One of my old dresses actually – pic doesn’t do it justice – looks so much better on her than ever did on me!) and Suze in Putumayo.

Mariana: What she told me about being an Angelic Pretty model

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by dollpart

A long time ago – around 2004 – I had become friends with a young girl who’d recently moved from Japan to Australia to study. The interest that brought us together was Lolita and her experience of Japan and lolita in Japan was defiantly fascinating. I think she was Brazilian born but had grown up in Japan and her name was Mariana.

PUFFBALL AND FUZZY TRIM!
On the left – even she was quite ‘wtf’ about that hair. Click for Larger

Mariana is no longer a lolita and we do not see her very often but when we do it is always a treat because she’s a sweet and friendly girl. I remember talking to her about how she became a model for Angelic Pretty, the story goes that she was simply standing in the store shopping when she was approached to do a fashion show for them. It’s rather fanciful stuff but she did model for two or three event shows and she told me that they made her wear about five of their poofiest petticoats and that it was hard to move around in.

Mariana also appears in two full page advertisements in the Gothic and Lolita Bible:

Cuteness Redefined!
Early 2000s Advert for Angelic Pretty – Click for larger

I am not sure what the situation with models currently is at AP these days but she told me that these shoots took several hours and were not done for the pay but for the prestige. I think she said the pay was about $40 tops but hey bragging rights are priceless no? In the end she found she preferred the more mature Classic lolita look and the more subdued gothic style but after a while decided she liked other clothing better and that happens. People grow.

Old picture is old
Mariana and I – 2004

Can you dig that ancient ass old-school headpiece I’m rocking? I miss hanging around her, she was good kind of people, great seamstress too and hilarious when drunk. I hope I see her again soon.