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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!

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.

Lolification and where to draw the line

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

This is something a lot of lolita blogs, communities and lolitas themselves debate over. The general conciseness is that there is a time, place and a limit to what you can lolify but when you get right down to it you will usually do as you choose and hopefully not as the group dictates you should.

Lolitas aren’t the only ones who try and put lolita in everything. For example, Metalocalypse stars Dethklok endevour to make everything METAL, Blacker than the blackest black times infinity- and often the results are brutal in a bad way.

 

DIE FOR DETHKLOK

DIE FOR DETHKLOK - or attempt to lolify them

 

Of course Murderface would be ita as all hell. (Excuse my terrible drawing skills, I’ve spent six years in art school progressively getting stupider somehow)

The division is usually over common sense things – a cute casual outfit for a short walk in a park vs forcing OTT decora elements into an outfit intended for a 10k hike, adding ruffles to a plain white work shirt for a casual day/work clothing vs deconstructing a whole starbucks uniform just so it can fit a petti under it.

Lolita is not the only subculture that has to tone it down for work, a lot of my goth, alternative friends leave the 6 inch creepers and corsets out of their office jobs but they’ll wear pentagram cuff links or simply keep their palate to blacks and whites. Office Goth was born out of a need to work to pay for endless gin and tonics, ridiculous shoes and capes – depending on your workplace the rules can be relaxed and you can rock up as OTT as you want to, the Goth in the Office for example is an inverview with the amazingly outfitted Jillian Vetters working at Microsoft.

Most Classic brands have dresses that work well without pettis and with non lolita shoes and accessories – the ultimate challenge is de-lolifying something inherently loli to fit the situation at hand.

Work outfits aside, other things like school work, cars, pets, toilets and what ever can stay still long enough for you to pin a bow on it on the other hand I personally go buy these guidelines.

1. Will this thing be used by anyone but me?
2. Will the loilfication process impede my using of the item?
3.  Will it void a warranty, cause damage or lower the resale value through its lolification?
4. Will it be safe to use after modification?
5. Do I have permission to modify it?

Generally an answer of:

1.  Yes
2.  No
3.  No
4. Yes
5. Yes

– means you can cram as many bows on a thing as it can handle.

Exquisite Corpses: Prize Update #2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by dollpart

Again, sorry about the delay but here’s the current prize jackpot!

 

Omg Goodies!

Omg Goodies!

 

In this update I’ve added a gorgeous black and white stripe tote handmade by yours truly, Dollpart!

 

Its in the bag baby!

Its in the bag baby!

 

For clearer images of the prizes click HERE and HERE

For FULL details of the competition click HERE

There have been such lovely entries coming in it will be hard to choose the winner so make it harder for me and SEND YOUR ENTRY IN! fappy.chan@gmail.com

In other news me and some of the other lolitas caught up at my favorite thing on earth – the Brisbane Suitcase Rummage! The idea is you haul out a couple of suitcases worth of your vintage, second hand, hand made and unique things and sell, trade, haggle for them, I know I always come away with tonnes of clothing, jewelery and stuff I never knew I wanted till I found it!

Here’s me and Xelyna

 

Elegent Bitches

Optical illusions make me look taller

 

My big dumb face

 

Too Herp to Derp

Too Herp to Derp

 

Yikes, my hair WAS in curls earlier that day but the humidity killed them

Outfit
Jsk: BTSSB
Blouse: Metamorphose
Bow: BTSSB

Delicious things

 

Dead Tasty

They were Pumpkin and Cinnamon!

 

Pretty things!

 

Hipsters gonna Hip

Your Granny's Nick Nacks are some Hipsters Treasure

 

Stuff to rummage through

 

Fabric of Time

Fabric of Time

 

The Brisbane Suitcase Rummage is on every 1st Sunday of the Month, King George Square, Brisbane and sometimes down in the Valley Laneway Markets.

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

A Very Loli Webcomic!

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

Introducing IRL (I R Lolita) – a very loli little webcomic

I R Lolita - LESSON #1 - Elegant Gothic LolitaLESSON #1 – Elegant Gothic Lolita
Click on the link to see it in its proper format!

I hope there is more of this wonderful little comic coming soon!

Speaking of more things I plan to now post at least ONCE a week (Saturday or Monday) as opposed to hardly ever. University and real life matters are a bitch but upcoming a review on Qutieland, Rose Melody, Tao Bao Spree and Dear Celine amongst other things so stay tuned!

Micro Post: Quiteland Order

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

I put in an order for a new JSK and Bonnet from Rose Melody through Quiteland and I eagerly await it! It’s been almost a year since I’ve been able to afford a new dress so I’m quite happy this is coming my way.

Of course I will review the dress and service, overall I’ve heard great things about Rose Melody as a brand.

*fingers crossed*