Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Another Replica

So Dream of Lolita has a replica of Fantasic Dolly. I don't care what people say I'm happy. I do plan on buying the brand version but I would like to try the replica to see whether I would like to wear it. Also it may fit me better.

Here are the pictures. Though take note they plan on changing the lace for the actual one.

I really want to buy one now.

What do you think of it? I know the lace is awful but they will change it. And at only around 58 dollars you can't do wrong.


Aimee Absinthe


Question time

1. Please tell us your Hand Name (name that’s used ONLY in internet.) and hometown.
I use the name Aimee Absinthe a lot when I'm online. My hometown: Limerick, Ireland 
2. About how long is your history as a Lolita?
I became interested in the the fashion a while back. I'm not exactly how. I think it was when I discovered Street Fashion. And Lolita was the one that stuck with me.
3. What first motivated you to do Lolita fashion?
I went through many phases - emo, goth, skater, scene, etc But I with lolita that was something I felt could go beyond a phase. I just simply love most things about it.
4. After knowing Lolita fashion, have you had any time-gap or resistance till you actually started to be Lolita?
I went through many phases as listed above. Thankfully I don't have photos from those phases. I recently got my first lolita dress (JSK Angelic Pretty Replica Wonder Cookie)
5. Please define your Lolita style as much as possible. (eg. gothic Lolita, sweet Lolita, white Lolita…. Etc).
I'm really into Sweet, Classic, Punk, Hime and a bit of Country.
6. About how many Lolita friends do you have?
I haven't got many. Only one other girl in Clonmel wears Lolita and outside of that we try to go to meet ups in Dublin.
7. What is the best thing about doing Lolita?
I love the clothes and I tend to follow at bit of the lifestyle. Though I think that could be my love for tea getting out of hand.
8. Conversely, what's the worst thing?
For me it would be living in a small minded town but I guess that's how the whole world is too. Even Japan hasn't accepted Lolita (yes they don't like it either). And I can't imagine the day when people don't judge one another.
9. Which Lolita Brands do you like?
Baby the Stars Shine Bright (Alice and the Pirates), Angelic Pretty, Victorian Maiden, Innocent World, Metamorphose, Putumayo.
10. What was the first Lolita item that you’ve owned?
An Angelic Pretty Replica Wonder Cookie. I'm hoping to get more soon.
11. What is the “must have!” Lolita item?
I guess a good petticoat can change your outfit. You don't want a deflated one or it would look wrong.
12. Do you wear drawers?
Of course especially now it's hit winter.
13. Do you have any favorite Japanese music?
Miyavi, Dir en grey, Ayumi Hamasaki, Utada Hikaru, Nana Kitade, etc.
14. Where do you particularly visit as Lolita?
Shopping and on our meet-ups
15. About how many times per week do you dress as Lolita?
Not much as I only recently got my first piece and still need to invest in a petticoat.
16. Please tell us about one embarrassing episode from the time when you were just beginning Lolita.
Since I've only really started wearing Lolita I haven't really. But I do own a few pieces that I wore as a goth that if I wore as Lolita may be considered ita. 
17. What's hairstyle and color that you think Lolita would suit the most?
I quite like straight with bangs but the OTT Sweet wigs are really cute too. 
18. Have you ever thought of stopping Lolita? The reason?
Once when I kept focusing far too much on my size but not once since then.
19. Please tell us your heart's bible as a Lolita. (anything like a book, magazine, CD, idol...)
GLB. I own the first copy of the english version. Along with Kera and Popteen.
20. Do you own a doll? Tell us your feelings about her intensely!
Not yet. I do one day want to own a BJD. I think they are beautiful but very expensive.
21. What kind of make-up do you wear when you wear Lolita clothes?
I like simple make-up, sometimes fake eye-lashes. My lips are quite small so I tend to blot them with concealer.
22. Have you ever secretly changed clothes in a train station bathroom on Lolita day-out?
No. I go proud through public places. If I don’t want anyone to look, I can stay at home. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult in the small town where I live, though. But I mainly ignore the people there.
23. Are you composed when doing Lolita all by yourself?
24. How much do you spend in your Lolita clothes& accessory monthly?
I've only got into Lolita when it comes to buying the clothing recently so not much yet. I do own many accesories that are Lolita related. I'm planning on buying a petticoat and hopefully Milky Chan soon.
25. What is the most expensive Lolita thing you've bought so far? How much was it?
I am hoping to buy Milky Chna soon and that will probably be the most expensive...yet.
26. So far about how much has the expense been for Lolita goods?
So far I only own a replica but I'm hoping to buy some brand soon.
27. Lolita outfit really costs money. How do you raise money to cover the cost of Lolita?
I save it. I'm hoping to get a part time job soon.
28. Have you ever bought from an online store? If so, please tell us its good and bad points and some advice for the future. If not, please tell us why not.
Not yet. But I do plan to.
29. Even if you sort of want to keep it a secret, please clandestinely tell us about a private manufacturer that is the best.
I don't know any of yet.
30. Is there a brand and/or an item that you think, "I could never get it! But I unreasonably want it!"?
Baby’s Red Ridding Hood in red.
31. What do you think about people who only do Lolita at music-lives or cosplay?
It’s the same with punks who do it only for concerts: as long as they don’t criticize how I do it and wear the fashion correctly, I don’t mind.
32. From what age to what age is it acceptable to do Lolita? Do you think that there's a state in which someone must graduate from Lolita?
Well, I wouldn’t recommend Lolita to a 65-year-old granny XD But I actually guess, Lolita is ageless. You just have to choose the right style.
33. Is there a Lolita fashion or behavior that you think "I don't want Lolitas to do this!" about?
I guess I don't think many people care for this aspect. I do. I would prefer if Lolitas would at least refrain from being crash and rude o certain communites.
34. Is there something you think "Lolita has to be this way!" about?
Girly, I guess. If it’s not Kodona. Or Aristocrat.
35. While doing Lolita, has something changed from earlier than you did Lolita?
I’ve become more interested (and advanced! XD) in fashion! And I’ve improved tolerating others. I’ve also become more self-confident, so… yeah, a lot has changed XD
36. Do you go to school/work as Lolita?
No. Not yet. But hopefully when I get my pettocoat I'm going to try it once to see what it would be like.
37. Do you wear Lolita clothes as casual wear?
38. Do you have a boyfriend (or husband)? Do you understand each other?
No I don’t. But honestly, I don’t know if I could accept someone who doesn’t like my lifestyle. It’s not only about Lolita, it’s about fashion as a whole thing which defines my lifestyle.
39. What do the people around you think of your doing Lolita? Do they accept it?
My family haven't seen me in Lolita and untill I get some classic items they never will. I don't know how they'd react but then again they've seen me wear some crazy stuff. My freind Rebecca seems to really like it. So she's like my positve side, rooting me on.
40. What kind of Lolita is who has impressed you the most up until now?
Lolitas who have a difficult life (such as a child to raise or so) and have find the power, money, etc to wear it.
41. Have you ever made your own Lolita clothing or/and accessories? If so, what was the best item that you’ve made?
I want to get into sewing so I can make a few things.
42. If you have an ideal Lolita outfit or coordination, please tell us.
I have a cute pair of brown high heel brogues that would go so well with Milky Chan.
43. Is there a motif that you think “this is a simple of Lolita”?
44. Would you want to dress your children as Lolita?
If it suits them, why not? But I don’t want to force them X
45. What's your image of the ideal Lolita?
A girl who has fun wearing Lolita and doesn’t care about bitching & drama.

So that's me. Why don't you give it it a go. And send me a link when you're done. I'd love to see how you would have answered the above questions.


Aimee Absinthe


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Brand: Angelic Pretty

Angelic Pretty!

The concept of Angelic Pretty is as follows

The brand was created back in 1979 and sells like BTSSB Sweet Lolita. Although it is at times regarded as more OTT than Baby and can often be foun being worn by:
  • Deco Lolita
  • Hime Lolita
  • Hime Gyaru
  • OTT Sweet Lolita
All of the Angelic Pretty stores are decorated mostly with pink which further shows the brand concept's connection to this colour and underlines the references to fairytale princesses.

Like Milky Planet has come alive!

Maki and Asuka are the designers of the brand.

The last two I found on livejournal (http://community.livejournal.com/egl/14527607.html)
Here are some of my favourite prints

Milky Chan of the Fawn OP

Awwwwwwwwww!! *coughcough*
I love this print soo much that it reduces me a pile of mush clearly unable to type properly. It's just perfect. My favourite of the colourways is the brownxpink. I also love the JSK version.

The second is the necklace version.

Wonder Cookie JSK

I love this print. It's just so cute. I myself own a replica version but hope one day to be able to own the brand version. I wasn't a big fan however of the OP though mainly down to the apron. But being positive I would use the apron separately when baking.

Milky Berry JSK

I do love AP's JSK's. Each of their prints are very cute. Though I fell in love with most of them I love what they did with Fantastic Dolly because it fel very much different from what they normally did. I will show my other 5 favourite prints in no particular order and we shall move on and see if I can find any I didn't.

Star Night Theater JSK (I loved the red and black versions too)

Milky Planet JSK (of course)
Wonder Party Bustier JSK

Fruits Parlor High Waist JSK

Fantastic Dolly JSK

And now on to 5 AP pieces that I repeat I did not like

Ribbon Doll Princess JSK

Now I just don't like it. The bow is quite cute but the way the skirt is done, it's just not my style. This is from 2009 just in case anyone thinks I'm staring at old pictures.

Princess in Love JSK

Okay 2009 again. I'm sorry but to me it looks like a unicorn puked bows onto what might have been an okay dress. It looks like they were place at random by a bow machine. If you got rid of the bows along the bottom of the the skirt section and from the chest it might have been okay.

Okay OP time

Block Check OP

I'm not a big fan of tartan in Lolita. Bu I just don't like this. Maybe it might have potential but I'm not seeing it. The bow is cute though. 2010 for this one.

Angelic Princess OP

God that Unicorn was busy puking up those bows. AP please calm down. I love bows so much but even this is too much for me. It might have had a chance if there were only one at the chest section and let that be it.
2007 for this one so I can breathe a sigh of relief.

Party Doll OP

I just found this to me soo boring. Also the bows... why AP can you get it soo right and get it soo wrong? I guess we all have our own faults. Ah 2010 for this one. :(

Anyway even with those faults I love AP soo much.

So what about you? What are your favourite AP JSK/OP/Skirts even?
What are your least favourites?
Let me know as I would love to hear some feeback. Do you agree or disagree with what I've chosen.

Till next time


Aimee Absinthe



For this post I thought I'd talk a bit about brand. A lot of people love brand but you don't have to buy it to be lolita. I've heard a lot of people complain over and over again that they can't afford brand or even worse they think everyone hates the cheaper brands like bodyline and try to sound like they found it first or it's so "kawaii desu" why does no one understand?!1.

I'm going to start with my favourite brand and the brand that first got me into Lolita.

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

The brand was first created back in 1988 by Akinori Isobe and his wife, Fumiyo. The brand focuses mostly on Sweet Lolita but also has Pirate Lolita themed items (Alice and the Pirates).

Here are some examples of my favourite BTSSB clothes.

Red Riding Hood (Red Ridding Hood)

I love this OP in all of the colours offered (red, black, cream and pink) but the red is so stunning. And it makes me feel like Red Riding Hood  by just just looking at it.

Alice's Portrait Ribbon JSK.

Again I choose red because it's just stood out the most to me. It's again beautiful and I love the print.

Cinderella Jewellery Print JSK 2

A newer print from BTSSB (released just his year 2010) is another beautiful print (though I do know Baby isn't completly perfect as I will explain after my favourite prints)
I chose one of the lighter colours because I felt it did the print justice. A beautiful moment is captured on this print

The OP  is beautiful too, and I can imagine a Hime Lolita wearing it to a ball.

And of course I have to mention Alice and the Pirates.

Sleeping Beauty Print JSK

I love this print so much. I must have a thing for fairy tale prints.

Now the bad points of BTSSB (in my opinion anyway)

I know that these are old but I...oh my. I'm sure they are good quality but when I look at them I don't think that. I think ugly ita.

And here are some examples from 2008

So much lace *faints with shock* Well the one positive I could think of is at least they have good quality lace unlike cheaper versions.

So what about you? What are your favourite BTSSB OP/JSK?  And what are your least (or even hates!)?

My next post will be on Angelic Pretty.


Aimee Absinthe


Into Post!

Hi! My name is Heather O' Gorman aka Aimee Absinthe. I'm 21 years old. At the moment I'm studying Creative Multimedia, mainly due to the fact I couldn't get in to art college. It's a hard course but I'm doing animation next semester!

My intrests include: fashion, music and reading.


I love fashion! I'm an avid collector of Vogue magazine (I collect the English and American versions but also own one of the following: Japanese, French and Chinese Vogue.)
I like mainstream fashion but I try to take it and put my own twist on it.

I love...

  • Lolita
  • Steampunk
  • Punk
  • Scene
  • Hime Gyaru
  • Boho
  • Dolly Kei
These are just a few of the looks that I love. And I will discuss any you want me to. I won't describe every detail as I'm sure many people are annoyed by blogs doing that but if you have any questions or want any advice I will try to answer to the best of my ability.

So that's just a introduction to me but if you have any questions about me feel free to ask.


Aimee Absinthe