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It’s been a very long time since I’ve made this type of post but I’ve been getting a lot of “I bought this dress on a whim and have no idea what to wear it with” questions lately and thought this would be good advice. I’m perfectly fine with giving you coordinate ideas if you need help, but you don’t want to end up with a dress that just sits in the back of your closet collecting dust because you never get around to buying anything to wear it with. Try to come up with at least one coord you could wear it with before buying something to make sure it’s something you will actually wear.And in the event that you do buy a dress on a whim with no idea what to wear it with, I am happy to help, but I want to know your ideas first! I don’t like just telling you how to wear things, I want to know your ideas and help you make adjustments if you think something is missing or just “off.”

It’s been a very long time since I’ve made this type of post but I’ve been getting a lot of “I bought this dress on a whim and have no idea what to wear it with” questions lately and thought this would be good advice. I’m perfectly fine with giving you coordinate ideas if you need help, but you don’t want to end up with a dress that just sits in the back of your closet collecting dust because you never get around to buying anything to wear it with. Try to come up with at least one coord you could wear it with before buying something to make sure it’s something you will actually wear.
And in the event that you do buy a dress on a whim with no idea what to wear it with, I am happy to help, but I want to know your ideas first! I don’t like just telling you how to wear things, I want to know your ideas and help you make adjustments if you think something is missing or just “off.”

A Guide to the Lolita Tips Mascots

Hello all! Recently there has been some talk concerning my mascots, particularly Celeste, not looking quite as they should when artists draw them. Of course some of it is up to artistic interpretation and the particular artist’s style, but there are some things that should stay the same. It’s a lot like Lolita itself. There are plenty of things you can do to play around with it, but there are certain parts of the look, the aesthetic, the shape and modesty, that should always be in place. So to help fix these issues, I thought it would be a good idea to put up a bit of a bio for each mascot to help artists portray them as they are intended.

Gwendolen- The Gothic Lolita

Gwendolen has a bit of a spicy personality. If she were to run this blog she might be known as the Gordon Ramsey of Lolitas. She tends to have a short fuse but she has a good heart and would do anything for her friends. Her ideal day would be spent buying out Moi Meme Moitie, going out to a fancy dinner with her friends, and then going home and sewing while she watches horror movies.
Gwendolen’s hair is a dark chocolate brown (like this) with side-swept bangs and dark brown eyes to match. Her skin is porcelain pale and her makeup varies depending on how elaborate her coord is.

Celeste- The Classic Lolita

Celeste has a very calm and warm personality. She is often the voice of reason among her friends and always knows how to brighten your day. Her ideal day would be spent with a walk in the park in the morning, tea with her friends in the afternoon, an evening of shopping Victorian Maiden’s webshop, and falling asleep with a good book. 
Celeste’s hair is very dark brown (darker than Gwendolen’s) and often looks black with no bangs and deep chocolate eyes. Her skin is dark with warm undertones. She prefers to wear makeup with a natural look including a little eyeliner, mascara, and nude lips.

Lettie- The Sweet Lolita

Lettie has a bright and cheerful personality. She loves to make her friends laugh but knows how to be serious when the time calls for it. Her ideal day would be spent at a Disney park with her friends, riding rides and eating sweets all day until the evening when she stays up much later than she should waiting for Angelic Pretty’s newest print to be released.
Lettie has naturally strawberry blonde hair but usually wears a wig of some sort to match her coord. Her wig collection is extensive with colors both natural and unnatural, one-tone wigs, split-tone wigs, and blended wigs, but they are almost always the same style with straight bangs and high twin tails. Her eyes are naturally green but she often wears circle lenses to compliment her hair color of the day. Her skin is quite fair, but not as pale as Gwendolen and her makeup varies depending on her coord but always includes big eyelashes.

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I have never had a tulle petticoat last more than two months without flattening out. My organza petticoats on the other hand have lasted a few years and are still going strong!

I have never had a tulle petticoat last more than two months without flattening out. My organza petticoats on the other hand have lasted a few years and are still going strong!

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This isn’t to say that you should just do everything you see other people doing, but if you’ve completely hit a dead-end there are plenty of talented people out there to draw inspiration from and learn from.

This isn’t to say that you should just do everything you see other people doing, but if you’ve completely hit a dead-end there are plenty of talented people out there to draw inspiration from and learn from.

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It’s been a while since I’ve made any of these but they’ve been coming to mind more frequently so you may be seeing more of them!

It’s been a while since I’ve made any of these but they’ve been coming to mind more frequently so you may be seeing more of them!

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It’s been a while since I’ve made a post like this, but it’s something that needed to be said considering the number of people who ask me how they can “tone down” Sweet Lolita.
Background art by Imai Kira

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post like this, but it’s something that needed to be said considering the number of people who ask me how they can “tone down” Sweet Lolita.

Background art by Imai Kira

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It’s been a good while since I actually made one of my traditional tip posts but this just hit me and I can’t believe I never thought of it. I was looking for a blouse to go with a skirt that I just finished making and then I realized that the bodice of an OP I have is perfect!It definitely won’t work with every OP, but if you have a solid colored OP that doesn’t have a lot of detailing in the bottom (because it might create lumps in the skirt) and isn’t longer than the skirt, but has a pretty bodice it could be worth experimenting with.

It’s been a good while since I actually made one of my traditional tip posts but this just hit me and I can’t believe I never thought of it. I was looking for a blouse to go with a skirt that I just finished making and then I realized that the bodice of an OP I have is perfect!
It definitely won’t work with every OP, but if you have a solid colored OP that doesn’t have a lot of detailing in the bottom (because it might create lumps in the skirt) and isn’t longer than the skirt, but has a pretty bodice it could be worth experimenting with.

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Ringing in the New Year With a Sweet Mildred Giveaway Presented by Lolita Tips

I was recently contacted by Millie of Sweet Mildred on etsy about putting together a giveaway for some of the products. I was very excited to actually be contacted for something like this as I’ve always wanted to do a collaboration giveaway.

The theme of this giveaway is chocolate! There will be two winners, both selected by a random generator. The first name the generator chooses will be the first place winner and the second chosen will be the second place winner.

The first place winner will get their choice between the large pink bow or the large brown bow and the second place will get the one that isn’t chosen.The first place winner will also receive the blue star two way accessory.

The second place winner will get their choice between the small brown bow or the small ivory bow (sorry, the small pink bow is not available) and the first place winner will receive the one that wasn’t chosen.

Rules:

  • You don’t have to be following me but the more the merrier
  • It isn’t mandatory but you should really check out Sweet Mildred and add the shop to your etsy favorites (If you like the stuff enough to want to be part of the giveaway you like it enough to favorite it)
  • You must be 18+ or have your parents’ permission
  • One like and one reblog will count. It would be great if you reblogged it more than once just to get it around but tumblr will only show me one reblog per person.
  • The giveaway will end Monday, December 31, 2012 (New Year’s eve) at midnight EST. The winners will be announced on New Year’s day. 
  • Keep your ask box open! If you don’t have an ask box I certainly can’t tell you that you’ve won now can I?
  • No giveaway blogs!

Happy Holidays and good luck from Lolita Tips and Sweet Mildred!

Oh, and one more thing! On December 26th at midnight EST, Sweet Mildred will be holding their first lucky pack event! Lucky packs can be purchased for $25, $50, or $100 and there are options for Classic, Gothic, or Sweet.

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So many new Lolitas say things like “I can wear whatever I want!” and that’s true, you can, but not everything is Lolita. The so-called “rules” are not there to limit your creativity, they are just there to separate things that are Lolita from things that aren’t. If you want to wear a mini skirt with no petticoat and cheap lace, go for it if that’s what makes you happy, but there’s no reason to call it Lolita if it isn’t. That would be like wearing a shirt from Hollister (logo plastered across the front and all) and saying it’s Goth just because it’s black. Wear what you like! But if you want to be a Lolita, understand first what does and does not work for the fashion.

So many new Lolitas say things like “I can wear whatever I want!” and that’s true, you can, but not everything is Lolita. The so-called “rules” are not there to limit your creativity, they are just there to separate things that are Lolita from things that aren’t. If you want to wear a mini skirt with no petticoat and cheap lace, go for it if that’s what makes you happy, but there’s no reason to call it Lolita if it isn’t. That would be like wearing a shirt from Hollister (logo plastered across the front and all) and saying it’s Goth just because it’s black. Wear what you like! But if you want to be a Lolita, understand first what does and does not work for the fashion.

Do the mascots have names?

They do. The Gothic Lolita is Gwendolen, the Sweet Lolita is Lettie, and the Classic Lolita is Celeste.