Stop waiting for inspiration

Hi, remember me?

So it’s been a month since I posted last and in that month I’ve had lots of inspiration and ideas for posts. I even had motivation (which was shocking). But senior year has swamped me and all of that inspiration went away with the wind.

Yesterday I was walking through the hall on my way to the library to work for the seventh day in a row (AP World History is killer) and I was thinking about this blog, where I wanted it to go, what I was going to do, etc.

I know what I want to do with this blog. I even know a new name now. The only problem is I wait for when inspiration hits and still, after three and a half years, I don’t have a proper schedule for when I write either. I need to find my inspiration for myself or I’ll never be successful anywhere.

Basically what I’ve learned from all of this is:

1. Find your perfect time to write and do it. Just do it. Believe me, you’ll thank yourself later.
2. Find sites that inspire you. Whether it is other blogs, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, Weheartit or even Facebook, find that thing and visit it often. It especially helps when you’re in a rut.
3. Write for you. Not for your readers, not for your friends, not even for your parents. Of course, keep readers in mind because you don’t want to alienate them, but at the end of the day, you need to find happiness with the product that you’re putting out. If you’re not happy, then why do it?

Even though I rarely keep my New Years Resolutions, this is my new, long-term resolution to hopefully get me through my current blogging endeavors.

Icons & Inspirations – Hanna Beth

normal_msg-135378511181_largeI’ve noticed a trend with a large amount of my posts – they all seem to go to seventh grade in some way. But I suppose junior high is a time when young teens begin to understand who they are and start going through hundreds of looks to weed through them and decide which ones work for you. When I was twelve, I wanted to be a scene queen. I finally got my own computer which meant I could search through images on google for hours on end. One day I discovered the scene trend and all of the scene queens. I desperately wanted to be one of them. Yes, I wanted to be a scene queen (please don’t judge me too much). I wanted the coontails and the crazy colors and the skinny jeans – I wanted it all.

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I still remember all of the times I stood in Hot Topic, staring at tutus just like this one.
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For the record, I have been contemplating whether or not I should get an undercut like the one Hanna has in the picture in this picture.

Luckily for me, I had two parents who really cared and would not let me dye my hair in the near atrocious ways I originally wanted to. Score one for good parenting!

Well, even though I was not able to dye my hair or get any of the piercings I wanted (score two because I was way too young back then), I still found a great deal of scene queens I idolized. And I still respect a few of them and and look up to them today. Hanna Beth and Audrey Kitching are still, to this day, two of my “idols”.

Hanna Beth, for me, represents self-expression. She looks stunning in every photograph she takes and I enjoy all of her Buzznet posts. She represents the confidence that I am slowly building up. That’s why she’s a fashion inspiration to me. Gorgeous clothes and gorgeous hair, but her confidence is the most gorgeous thing about her.

10 Fashion Icons and Inspirations

I have noticed something about my posts in the past week or two: they have slowly been less and less about my original goal of this blog – to share my fashion opinion. I feel that I am becoming less and less of a fashion blog as the days go on.

To jumpstart the New Year, this will be the opening to a series of posts that will be posted every Wednesday. I will take any one of the individuals on this list and make a post pertaining how they have been an inspiration to me personally.

(Note: This list is in no particular order.)

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Sweet. Adorable. Lolita.

Hello everyone! This week I come to you with an informative and slightly opinionated article about Lolita fashion. The Lolita fashion movement contains sixteen subgenres all being housed under one name. The most common used terms of these subgenres is Gothic Lolita, but the most commonly worn is Sweet Lolita. Being a Lolita can be extremely expensive. The most over-the-top style by far is Sweet Lolita, which is what the majority of people say.

The sixteen subgenres are:

Sweet Lolita:

Sweet Lolita is the most over-the-top style and includes aesthetics nearly exclusive to Lolita. It is also the most child-like of the Lolita styles, using many bows, ruffles and light colors to make up an outfit. The most common colors used in a Sweet Lolita outfit are pink, white, and powder blue, but an outfit can be made with nearly any pastel or plaid (or nearly any color at all as long as it is not neon).

Common motifs in Sweet Lolita are toys, strawberries, cherries, cakes and candies, hearts, polka dots and flowers. Prints inspired by fairy tales are also quite common.

Light, natural make-up complements this style. Teased out pigtails and bouncy curls are commonly worn by Sweet Lolitas. (via www.lolitafashion.org)

Gothic Lolita:

Gothic Lolita is the by far most well-known Lolita style, and used to be the term that would refer to Lolitas of all the styles. However, with Lolita fashion becoming increasingly popular in the west, this mislabel is now somewhat rarer. Another term that is associated with Gothic Lolita is EGL, or Elegant Gothic Lolita. Elegant Gothic Lolitas specifically wear items from the brand Moi-même-Moitié.

Despite its gothic label, Gothic Lolita is rather different from the western version of goth. As with all Lolita styles, it’s not very revealing, usually cute or elegant, and lacks the white powdered faces and black lipstick that may be found in western goth.
There are two types of Gothic Lolitas: the traditional one that has come to symbolize the style as whole, and the one with visible gothic influences.
The traditional Gothic Lolita wears plain black clothing with white lace; very much looking like a cute darker version of Ama Lolita.
The secondary type is less ‘cute’, and has more influences from western goth fashion. Motifs such as crosses, bats, coffins are common. The clothing also breaks out from purely black, revealing colors such as wine, royal blue, deep plum, white, silver and gold (the latter two are usually used to accent prementioned colors).

Overview:

  • The style is dark, cute or elegant.
  • Colors include black and white, wine, royal blue, emerald, deep plum, silver and gold.
  • Prints often contain gothic motifs, such as crosses, castles and bats.
  • Common materials are cotton, chiffon, polyester and velveteen.
  • Has less ribbons and lace than its sweet counterpart.
  • Headdresses include rose corsages, alice bows, bonnets and headbands (now unfashionable).
  • Skirt length is the standard knee-length or longer.
  • The lolita silhouette is kept by the use of panniers, but may be less poofy than Ama Lolita in some cases.
  • Over-knee socks and tights. May sometimes be of lace or fishnet.
  • Chunky platform or elegant high-heeled shoes are most common.
  • Accessories include lace chokers, cross, crown or pearl necklaces and lace gloves.
  • Bags are often adorned with gothic motifs, or may be shaped as crowns or bats.

Make-up & Hair:

  • Usually elegant hairstyles, straight with bangs or with curls.
  • Popular hair colors are black or dark red.
  • Mascara.
  • Dark eyeliner.
  • Dark-colored or black eyeshadow.
  • Red or pink blush.
  • Lipstick come in both lighter and darker shades, such as a soft nude pink or dark red.
  • If desired, fake eyelashes can be put on to achieve a doll look.
  • It is also common to use special contacts called circle lenses to achieve said above look. (via hellolace.net)

Aristocrat Lolita:

This style is a lot more mature than Lolita in general. It has a lot in common with the western ‘Romantic Gothic’. In general, there are no cutesy motifs (prints, lace, over-abundance of frills, bows, etc). Skirts are often worn long, although sometimes they can be shorter, especially in the hotter months. High corseted waists on skirts is common, so are actual corsets (all types). Fitted jackets with tail coats are popular, so are frilly shirts (and cravats), top hats, veils, etc.

An Aristocrat’s hair is usually done in a mature style. Buns and other lifted styles are common, however it is okay to wear your hair down, short and/or curly (try to avoid lolita-like barrel curls though). Extreme hairstyles are usually done in conjunction with extreme make-up, usually for things like fashion shows. Often times it’s much too troublesome to go to such lengths for daily wear.

Make-up is also usually mature and sometimes on the darker side. Extreme makeup is usually not done (except for special circumstances such as fashion shows and club events). Somewhat darkened eyes and dark red lipstick is common. Lighter colors can be used, but generally only on the lips.

This style can be worn by men and women easily, often this is a very good style for men to take up if they want to dress up too. (via lolitafashion.org)

Casual Lolita:

Casual Lolita is a more toned down version of the style, while still retaining the basic Lolita elements. It is very hard to put together a nice casual Lolita co-ordination unless you have years of experience or are a natural at it.

Most favoured in the Casual Lolita co-ordination is (in a way) simplicity, so a nice simple cut-sew perhaps with a motif of some sort paired with a Lolita skirt and hair accessory/headdress. (However the hair accessories are usually toned-down as well.)

Casual Lolita can best be described as what a Lolita would wear when not ‘dressing up.’ Still modest, and elegant but not as over the top as most other Lolita styles.

A great Casual Lolita can be compiled out of any colour, as long a you remember to match colours, prints, etc. etc. as you would with any other Lolita style. A simple caridgan over a jsk or skirt creates a nice casual look. (via lolitafashion.org)

  • The style is casual, and cute.
  • Your inspiration is Alice Deco à la Mode and Kera.
  • Casual adaptions will look different depending on which Lolita style it’s based on (Ama, Gothic, Classic, etc).
  • The color scheme range from neutral shades to pastels.
  • Small amounts of lace, frills and ribbons.
  • Non-Lolita brand clothing is very often coordinated into this style.
  • Headdresses include style-specific ones, but are kept simple.
  • Simple cardigans are worn, often decorated with ribbons or small amounts of lace.
  • Simple cutsews and t-shirts, sometimes with a Lolita-related print.
  • Items such as turtleneck sweaters can easily be incorporated for a classy feeling.
  • Skirts are simple with frills, or a specific print to make the outfit pop.
  • Skirt length is standard knee-length to shorter skirts.
  • The Lolita silhouette is normally kept by a pannier, but is not always a priority.
  • Knee/over-knee socks, or tights.
  • Simple Mary Janes or suitable non-Lolita shoes.
  • Accessories include style-specific ones, but are kept simple.
  • Bags are usually kept simple, often adorned with a ribbon.

Makeup & Hair

  • Usually simple hairstyles, normally no wigs.
  • Mascara.
  • Eyeliner if desired.
  • Eyeshadow if desired.
  • Red or pink blush.
  •  Lip gloss/lipstick in red and pink hues. (via hellolace.net)

There are many more from this that you can find at the two websites I have cited. Personally I think Lolita is a great style to check out even if you don’t plan on going down that path. Who knows, it might give you ideas for your own unique style!