Montag, 20. Juli 2015

Pas de Deux

Hi dolls,

two weeks ago, I released a small collection with a new print for my indiebrand Medusa Couture: Odette, featuring beautiful ballerinas:


I adore the aesthetics of ballet dancers (I even briefly danced ballet myself when I was a child), so I always wanted to do a ballerina print, since I think it goes very well with lolita fashion.
The print itself was drawn by the talented BenyiHS who I found on deviantart, you should totally check out her page, her art is amazing!

jsk in offwhite and bordeaux
 I got it printed in offwhite and bordeaux, because I'm currently obsessed with I like these colourways a lot (^.^)

back and details of the jsk

I made a dress and a skirt version and a matching tote bag. Both the dress and skirt have a bustle back, the dress has shirring and lacing in the back and lots of bows and ruffles.

skirt in offwhite and bordeaux

Since I get the printed fabric only per meter, I had a bit left over in the end, so I made bags out of it - I think a tote bag is something you can always use. Plus, lolita handbags are, although super cute, usually not very spacious, so an extra bag can come in handy.

tote bag in offwhite and bordeaux

As always, there are more detail photos on the etsy page (follow the link) or on Medusa Couture's facebook and tumblr!



Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2015

Heat Wave and Smile



Hi dear summer children,
how are you?
I'm really not fond of the hot weather we have here at the moment and I'm already dreaming of autumn (yes I'm a horrible person that way).
However, all the dreaming doesn't help to cool down, so I tried it with distraction in form of a lolita meet-up. Eta Carina organised it in her hometown Lucerne, where I haven't been for ages, so I was really looking forward to it. We went for an hour-long boat tour on a really cute little ship before visiting the Richard Wagner museum.

All lolitas on board!

I liked the museum a lot, although it's rather small, it's decorated lovely, and of course they were playing Wagner music in the background (^.^)



It was great to see my Lolita friends again, there were even some new faces (our community is so small, we are always happy about more people) and a few who hadn't attended a meet-up in a while, so we had a chance to catch up (^.^)

sunglasses because the sun was so blinding
Outfit rundown:
Hat: decorated by me
Jsk: Emily Temple Cute
Shoes: Mojo Moxy (from modcloth.com)


Because of the temperatures I didn't want to wear a full-on lolita outfit, so I skipped the blouse and the petticoat, and I was glad I did :D


The brooch is a gift from a friend and has a stag on it (it can be seen better here, but I'll show it more closely in an upcoming post). Not only do I love the fact that my love for anything deer-related seems to be noticed, but it also matches two of my dresses with deer-print perfectly! I must have good karma, or at least I'm in favour with the fashion gods (*.*)


Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2015

Book Challenge June

Hi cuties,

are you enjoying the summer? It's getting a bit too hot for my taste (I'm already longing for autumn - yes, I'm horrible, but I'm just so not a summer person!).
Nevertheless, I've got some reading done, yay!



I finished three books in June:


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Schlachthof 5 (German, 208 p.)

- A book with a number in the title
- A book you started but never finished

I started reading this book last year, but somehow didn't really get into it, so I gave up. I tried again for the challenge, and this time it was a bit easier since I knew what to expect, but it still confuses me (especially the science fiction parts...).Maybe it's the traduction, it might be better in the original version.


Haruki Murakami - Gefährliche Geliebte ( German, 286p.)

- A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
- A book that came out the year you were born 

It's called South of the border, west of the sun in English whitch is not only the accurate translation (I think...?), but also much more poetic. However, I already loved the German translation of Norwegian Wood, so I wanted to read this book in German too. I'm glad I did, it's a beautifully written story, and I really liked the ending - it's hard to have a good ending on a story, they're usually too cheesy or overdone for my taste. Seriously, it's always stressed how important the beginning is, but I think the ending is really significant too, it might destroy the whole feeling of the book.


Stephen King - Es (German, 1536 p.)

- A book that became a movie
- A mystery or thriller
- A book that scares you

Well, the book seemed to scare me in the beginning, as I had a nightmare about the clown, and I hardly ever get nightmares! But the longer the book went on, the less scary it got. I must admit, I think it's a really bad book, especially considering how popular the author is. It's easy to read (otherwise I wouldn't have gone through with it), but all the characters are loaded with clichées and the story gets weirder and weirder towards the ending. I had exected more from a book that has been sold so many times, but then again, I probably shouldn't be expecting too much from popular literature (whoa, that sounds so stuck-up - but I'm just so disappointed!). Anways, I'm glad I read it on my kindle and didn't buy a physical copy, and at least now I never have to read another Stephen King novel.

On the upside, I made some progress on the reading challenge:


By the way, I'd love to know what you are reading at the moment, or whether you know the books I'm reading and what you think about them - tell me in the comments! (^.^)


Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2015

Lazy Life

Hi dolls,

I'm really enjoying my summer break, dressing up and meeting friends to catch up (^.^)
If you follow my instagram, it probably looks like that's all I do, although I'm also sewing a lot (*.*)
But anyways, I have some outfits to share with you:

Cardigan: HellBunny
Dress: handmade by me
Shoes: Demonia

Hat: decorated by me
Necklace: Moon Bunny
Jsk: Innocent World
Underskirt: handmade by me
Shoes: Deichmann
I wore this outfit to meet Lea in Basel! I felt like a forest witch (^.^) I'm also growing fond of longer skirts in Lolita, commonly known as tea-length skirts. I just wear the petticoat and underskirt on my hips instead of on my waist to add the length, but I'm considering sewing longer skirts and also a new petticoat.

we had crèpes at a cute crèperie and cupcakes at Cupcake Affair


Jsk: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
no petticoat because it's really just too hot (for me)
Today, I met some Lolita friends, also in Basel. First, we went to the Landesmuseum in Liestal to see an exhibition about cherries and cherry blossoms, and afterwards to Yogurt Now for frozen yogurt (^.^) the café is soooo cute and the yogurt is amazing (although quite expensive).



Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015

Plaid, Pleats & a Pocket

Hi dolls,

between sewing things for my indielabel (I'm currently preparing for two Lolita-conventions I'll attend this summer), I felt like sewing a skirt for myself that has been on my to-sew-list for ages. Long time ago, I bought a residual piece of tartan fabric on sale, only 70cm long, which makes it perfect for a pleated mini-skirt (or so I thought).


It's constructet like a wrap-skirt, which works quite well since the fabric has a nice fall, but I realized when I wore it that I have to add an invisible button to secure the open skirt part, because it tends to fly open when it's windy (-.-)


I used jeans-buttons which can be riveted directly onto the fabric, which is very handy (^.^) I really like the look in combination with the plaid.
In the back, it has a bit of shirring, just because it's more comfortable, and of course it's lined, so I can wear it in winter with tights, too.
I even managed to put in a pocket on the side - only one, since the pleats are all folded in the same direction, so hiding the pocket under a pleat only works on one side. I should put pockets in my skirts amd dresses more often, usually I forget or I'm too lazy.


And of course I had to wear it right away the next day (^.^). I felt super comfortable in this outfit!

yay for the pocket!


Freitag, 12. Juni 2015

June Treats Me Well

Hi pretties,

on wednesday, Aya and I met in Basel to go shopping, walk along the Rhine and having a mini-picnic (^.^) I was super happy with my outfit, I think I've never felt more like mysef - and of course, I'm still jazzed about my hair!

Headbow: Innocent World
Necklace & dress: handmade by me
Shoes: thrifted
First, we went to the fleamarket. I had a vague plan of looking for a nice teapot, since the old ugly one we had before broke. I didn't really expect to find something since I'm sometimes very picky, but then I saw this one and fell in love:


Isn't it gorgeous? I think the best part is that it's got pansies on it (or at least some flowers that ressemble pansies, I'm no expert).
Later, we also went to H&M, where I found a beautiful lingerie set which was on sale and this amaaaaaazing sweater in mint with dinosaurs on it (mint! and dinosaurs! how awesome is that?)

shopping haul

I was amazed about how many cute compliments I got for my hair. We were both dresses in black and Aya has short purple hair, so apparently we made quite a dramatic appearance (^.^) we got all kinds of reactions from passers-by, ranging from deathly glances to a kid whispering "witch" to love declarations!



Donnerstag, 11. Juni 2015

Haarsträubend

Hi cuties,

I dyed my hair green-turquoise! 


It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but I was also a bit scared the bleaching might not agree with my already dry hair... but the prospect of flowing mermaid-hair was a stronger motivation (^.^) and if it would have gone horribly wrong, I could always have cut it off, I'm not that emotionally attached to my hair tbh.


I used Schwarzkopf Blonde L1++ to bleach my hair, I did some research beforehand and this seemed to have good reviews. I bleached three times in total - about two month ago I had dyed my hair with henna, and it seems that it's really hard to get the red dye out, my hair was still quite orange in places after the third bleach. Nevertheless, I then proceeded to apply Directions in Apple Green and Turquoise, and it seemed to cover quite well.

before - after the first bleaching - after the thrid bleaching - end result (a bit uneven, I know - I need to practice on that)

I'm very very impressed how my hair survived the process. As I mentioned, I tend to have dry hair, and I was also scared I might lose my natural waves. I bleached three times in three days and drenched my hair in between in coconut oil, hair masks and conditionner. Additionally, I cut my hair after the third bleaching about 8cm, I had split ends anyways, so it was time. Right now, it's still recovering, but I'm soooo in love with it (*.*)


Montag, 8. Juni 2015

Antique

Hi dolls,

some time ago, I added a piece to my wardrobe which had been on my wishlist for ages, so naturally I was very very excited when I finally found it second hand:
The Antique Pansy jsk by Innocent World in beige!




It's so dainty and gorgeous, I'm very fond of all the details, like the print, the bow on the top or how it's printed on jaquard fabric which spots a rose pattern!
I couldn't wait to wear it and had the chance to when I went to St.Gallen with a friend last week:

Blouse & jsk: Innocent World
Alice band & jewellery: handmade by me

We went shopping for laces at the outlet store of Bischoff Textil, visited the breathtaking Abbey Library and had some ice cream afterwards (^.^)

It's not allowed to take pictures inside, so here's a stock photo

It was the first time I was inside the famous library. I must admit, I thought it would be a bit larger (the room's actually quite small), but all the ancient books and the baroque ceiling paintings were amazing!


Freitag, 5. Juni 2015

Book Challenge April & May

Hi my dear readers,

you might have noticed that I didn't update on the reading challenge for April here. I was busy with school for the past two months, so I was mainly reading for classes and fewer books, so I thought I'd take these two months together.



Jakob M. R. Lenz - Der Hofmeister (German)

- A book written by someone under 30 (he was 23 years old when he wrote it)
- A play


Sam Byers - Idiopathy (English, 310p.)


Samuel Beckett -  Der Namenlose (German, 301 p.)

I coulnd't check off many points on the challenge, but as the semester has finished, I 'll (hopefully) have more time to read during the break (^.^)