Monday, July 26, 2010

Whimsical Straw Bags

Morigirl, natural kei, and dolly kei sometimes use basket bags or totes made of straw because they have a very natural, vintage feel. What does carrying a basket as a purse say about you? Maybe, "I could be carrying embroidery or flowers or fresh strawberries or... muffins." And that's never a bad thing.

There are winter basket bags that use fur trim:
Summer bags decorated with lace and flowers:
And straw bags of every kind-- the decorating possibilities are endless!
I tried my hand at one yesterday using a plain straw tote and some vintage doilies and lace remnants:
back view:
and the detail at the front (gathered knit ribbon and dangling fur pom-poms with lace bows attached at the top for extra whimsy):
I think I'll take it with me this weekend ♥

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Out of the Woods" panel at Otakon

This year at Otakon, I decided to present a panel about my current favorite Japanese fashions: morigirl, dolly kei, and natural kei. There will be a slideshow with photos to illustrate the history and influences behind each style, as well as cute models walking around the room dressed in whichever fashion we're talking about at the moment. Finally, there will be a raffle with prizes including the following...

I made a morigirl-style antique lace bib necklace. It looks fantastic with dresses or even plain t-shirts! Here's a closeup:

And here's the grand prize: a complete outfit! It comes with a floral tunic dress, a long ruffled sweater vest, a pompom & lace scarf, and a straw hat. I decorated the hat, but everything else comes from Forever21 and :D

This can be worn alone with sandals or layered over a longer skirt or jeans for cooler days.
My friend Miakoda (you may know her from her blog keynotecraze) will be joining me as co-panelist! She's also bringing some delightful handmade prizes for the raffle.

Come see us on Friday at 2 pm in Panel Room 4 of the Baltimore Convention Center! I hope it will be a successful panel, seeing as Otakon hasn't had one like this for as long as I've attended the convention. I'll bring back a lot of photos!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Independence Day and Pink House

Happy belated 4th of July! I celebrated Independence Day at a barbeque with some friends and fireworks:
Also sparklers, which made me really happy :3
Since it was almost 100 degrees, I decided to keep cool by wearing one of my vintage Pink House dresses. Pink House clothing is meant to be worn loose, so it's perfect for warm weather as long as you don't layer too much. Here's the dress I wore:
Notice the pintucks, covered buttons, and delicate lace-- all staples of Pink House design.
Generally, the skirts of these dresses are left unbuttoned to highlight a decorative underskirt. I chose a beige-colored skirt to match the beige hats in the print.
I'll show more of my Pink House collection in future posts, but for now take a look at the Pink House website!