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Exquisite Corpses Competition Winner

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

And the first Doll Part Exquisite Corpses Competition Winner is…

Milky Honey of Montreal Canada :D

Winner!

Horaaay!

Her beautiful images have won Doll Part’s first competition prize! So lets have a look. Click on them to see a larger version.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

You will be contacted by now and an update will be made on EGL so please check your email if you haven’t already so I can get your details for your Prize!

Lovely!

Tre Seasonal!

Thank you so much to all the wonderful girls who entered Exquisite Corpses! It will be back hopefully next Halloween and there may be a New Years competition coming soon! This was so much fun to run and to look for prizes for!!!

And in other news the Brisbane Lolitas appear in an article in the Melbourne Age – they interview a few of my  favorite girls and there is an image gallery too. Check it out!

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Exquisite Corpses Update/Delay

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2010 by dollpart

Oh my goodness! So many beautiful entries it’s gonna be HELL choosing them – and not to mention I’m starting a new job, finishing over 5 years worth of studying and moving home in a few weeks time. I’ve not had access to a camera for the final prize update (Courtesy of Kanzashi Hime’s beautiful Kansashi style silk flower hairpieces).

So to keep you all on the edge of your seat the prize wont me drawn until the 4th of November. This means the deadline has been pushed ahead a few more days!!! Thank you so much for your patience and lovely entries!

This year’s Halloween has been a bit of a disappointment, traditionally I spend it partying till I have to re-learn how to tie my shoe laces again. But a mixture of cashlessness, stomach upsets and work in the morning have me home and watching this;

Several times over and over again. Nothing goes as perfectly together as Restoration Shenanigans and Rap, well maybe the Soft-Rock Vikings but overall the Horrible Histories series songs are all amazing.

Lolita in Secret challenged me; Lolita Pet Peeves!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by dollpart

Fellow lolita blogger Lolita in Secret asked her fellow bloggers what is their top five pet peeves. Lolitas have plenty to be pissed off about and these are my pet peeves.

1. Black x White Co-ordinates = Instant Ita! Ha, hell no – Black and White co-ordinates were once a classic bench mark of the gothic lolita style and when done right can be elegant, sweet and classic. Just because a few beginners or cosplayers loose a thing or two in translation doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get better than that.

Blanco y Negro

An oldie but a goodie, I miss my short cute hair

2. All Lolitas Love Anime, Japanese Music and Manga. No we don’t, though I’ve read, listened and watched a few good ones it doesn’t hold my interest as much as Batman and the DC Universe does. I’m a huge Watchmen fan and I sometimes wear my Blood Drop Comedian pin with my Lolita dresses, I’m crazy about Metalocalypse which ties into my love of Metal and Goth Rock. Lolita is a loose affiliation with an aesthetic more than it is about mutual interest outside of your opinion on Angelic Pretty. Lolitas can be Otaku but we’re also Goths, Punks, Stoners, Hipsters and sick sad people who like Country and Western.

3. Petticoat Deflation. According to my dear friend Disa an all organza petticoat made of about a zillion yards worth of fabric will hold its poof indefinably  and is also machine washable. She’s made herself a prototype and I’m mad jelly, I’ve been making do with four deflated pettis Frankensteined into one plus another skirt under my dresses.

Drink Drink Drink

All this tom-foolery may be the cause, or cure?

4. Mini Top hats and in fact 99% of mini hats. This is mainly because 99% of them are not worn in a flattering way, from the wonky ita ones to the high end millinery ones. Its usually because people don’t know how to style their hair so it sits properly on their heads.

5. Unsolicited photographs. Especially if you’re a semi-pro photographer or might use our image for commercial gain – this is not on. Would you do the same to a stranger who you saw holding a bag you think is pretty? No and ninja phone photos are also not cool. Please respect the privacy concerns of others.

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!

Location Shoot Ideas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by dollpart

Okay haha maybe not! A quick THANK YOU for all the amazing submissions I’ve been getting for the Exquisite Corpses competition, sorry about the lack of updates as real life has been getting in the way – come NEXT Monday there will be another prize update!

When considering a photoshoot as in real estate it’s always a question of location, location, location here’s a list and guide to some cool places to take a photo

Abandoned houses and Ghost Towns

Historians were Baffeled by their choice of Window treatments

Historians were Baffeled by their choice of Window treatments

Nothing gives people the hard core willies quite like places of Human occupation without the human in it. Towns become empty for a number of reasons like economic upheaval and mass outbreaks of disease, there are whole towns around the USA, Australia and Europe that the residents simply walked away from. Houses full of furniture, stores, business places, churches, farms left to the abrasive hand of the elements and nature to gently erase away. Sometimes this occurs when the farm land is too poor, when gold or mineral rushes dry out or when sheer isolation cut people from the outside world, they either leave or die there with no one left behind to manage it. When venturing into this type of Urbex situation always do so safely, watch for nails in the ground, don’t go into places that look like a hard cough could topple them over and beware of nature (Bears, Dogs, Dingoes, Ghosts and The Yetti) because it’s taken permanent residence there. If there has been a chemical/toxic/nuclear spill or meltdown in the area do not go there – unless your with a guide and you happen to be in Chernobyl

The Geiger meter reads "FUN"

The Geiger meter reads "FUN"

These places are fantastic locations for photo shoots because they have a fantastic, otherworldly ambiance just be careful when entering them.

Churches

Show us your Bones

Show us your Bones

Always ask the caretakers of any religious space if it’s okay to take photographs and always be respectful of the place (Nun’s aren’t down with BDSM themed shoots in their Abbey – as Z Grade horror films from the 70s had tried to tell me otherwise) you are using and as a rule, stay away from graveyards and necropolises. It is believed that sometimes ghosts can appear in photographs as blurs, bubbles and lights and nothing can ruin a decent shot like a photobombing dead guy. The photo above is of aspects of the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic, back in plague days they had a lot of dead people and not much else to do and one mad achitect put one and one together to decorate this church with about a zillion bones, skulls, ribs, pelvises and every little piece of the human frame is used to create massive chandeliers and as ornament throughout the building in a horrifying yet elegant pattern in tribute death and eternity. This guy was a mad genius and unfortunatly bleached chicken bones sellotaped to the ceiling is not going to cut it so if your ever in this part of Europe do check it out.

Grand Gardens with a Folly

Ooohh!

Ooohh!

A Folly is a small, faked piece of architecture placed in a large garden in tribute to a different time to evoke a sense of wonder and surprise. They were placed in areas where one would feel like they are stumbling on a Roman ruin or a tumbled down Gothic Cathedral – there are many such gardens around the world that are open to the public and make for elegant locations for gothic, classic and even sweet themed shoots.

The first Church of Garden Landscaping

The first Church of Garden Landscaping

Hope that inspires you! Keep submitting your entries!!!!

Exquisite Corpses Update #1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by dollpart

Thanks for all your questions about the competition!

Some of you have asked if you can participate despite not being Australian and the good news is that it’s open internationally to anyone interested! So send in your entries!

Every week the prize INCREASES in goodies and this week’s update to the Exquisite Corpses haul:

OMG MORE!

Click for larger and clearer image!

Velvet Pencils from Smiggle – These are utterly plush and decedent for a pencil!

Black Rose Romantic – Pendant handmade by yours truly!

Little Black Book – Perfect for notes and sketches, the book is from Typo but I’ve decorated with violet sparkle and chandelier appliques and satin ribbon!

For the full Details on this Competition click HERE

If your looking for some inspiration here’s a few cool music video clips that are a true visual feast!

Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins

Loverman – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails

Atmosphere – Joy Division

Have fun!

Review: Tao Bao Spree and Dear Celine

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

Tao Bao Spree Service Review
Firstly Tao Bao Spree (http://www.taobaospree.com) is a Tao Bao agent – there are a lot of these services around the net the days.  These became necessary as Tao Bao does not ship outside of China, it takes es me back to the bad old days of Japanese brands not shipping internationally (let alone having an English sister site) and having to go through shopping services.

Chinese Lolita brands are sought after because they are cheaper than Japanese Brand, most stores do custom sizing and while a lot of them do replica dresses (shoes and bags) there are lots of intresting original designs avialable.

Tao Bao Spree acknowledge that the Lolita market wants their particular service – they have a handy list of Lolita style Brands and Shops which is easier than navigating the quagmire of Tao Bao. Their website is easy to navigate and their English language is a little flawed but otherwize 98% perfect. I had no problems understanding their emails or with site navigation. The order form process is simple – post the url of the item you want, the size or custom measurments, quantity, color and they handle the ordering. As with most shopping services they charge a 10% fee which is the standard charge and offer 50% off EMS

Their replys to my emails were quick and efficient and my order timeline goes as followed:

August 10: (about 1pm) Send Order Form
August 10: (about two hours later) Order had been double checked, and payment method established (paypal) and order with DEAR CELINE had been placed by Spree
August 19: Order arrives at Spree and I am contacted with shipping quote (they double check my shipping details) and paypal invoice
August 22: Package shipped and EMS tracking number provided (obsessively tracks that baby for about 4 days)
August 26: Package arrives!

The whole process took less than two weeks which is amazingly speedy.

Overall Tao Bao Spree review
Website: 10/10 – easy to navigate. Lolita friendly.
Service: 9/10 – Quick, friendly, good English skills though rather informal.
Cost: 8/10 – If you’re ordering from different stores from Tao Bao they consolidate the shipping in China. Group orders would be best from here rather than one or two items at a time.
Shipping: 10/10 – Came in a tough bubble wrapped package. No damage or tears.

Overall: 9/10
– I’m pretty off buying Japanese Brand these days, as lovely as it is I cannot afford or fit into a lot of it and Chinese Lolita brands are now a mainstay of my wardrobe. I will use Spree again because it’s fast, friendly and simple to use.

Dear Celine Product Review
I had ordered this dress from Dear Celine – an established Chinese Lolita brand that does sweet and Classic Lolita. The conversion rate from Yuan to USD clocks up to about $55 USD depending on the exchange.  There were only 2 loose threads I could see which are easily remedied. The dress is lined and very well constructed.

Dear Celine

Photo taken with flash

I don’t know about you but I love this print, its playful enough to be sweet but not super sweet.

Fabric

The stars have glitter on them!

I love black and Pink and I didn’t realize till I got it that the stars have a glitter on them!

Bow

Detachable Bow

The ends are not finished but that is easily remedied by a cigarette lighter in two seconds.

Lace

Lace Detail

The edge lace is very high quality and the tulle is attached to the slip/lining and is very soft and delicate.

Strap

Detail of Strap

The strap is satin ribbon lined underneath with the same printed fabric which is a nice touch and keeps the strap from being flimsy.

Back

View of the Back

Its pulled in quite tightly because the dress overall is a smidge too big but nothing that can’t be fixed by adding waist ties (Dress doesn’t have waist ties? Sew a couple of buttons on the side and use a waist tie from a nother dress – problem solved.). Overall the construction is amazing – the only thing I might do to this dress is shorten in by removing the tulle layer and taking the hem up about an inch. Otherwise it’s cute at the length it is – especially without petticoats – its a great summer dress.

Construction: 10/10
Fit: 7/10
Overall: 8.5/10