This Sunday, in conjunction with the Lifestyle Lolita Challenge of the day, I have some freebies for you to enjoy. Solve these over a cup of tea, or print them out for your next meet!
February 28th, 2016
December 31st, 2015
The new year is almost here and my week has been abuzz with reflections and resolutions. I’ll get to my reflections in another post but for my resolution this year, I wanted to try something a little different. I’d always wanted to try a daily challenge but couldn’t find one that spoke to me so naturally I had to make my own. And thus, the 365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge was born!
The list is filled with simple skills to learn, small adventures, little home improvements, and many other challenges designed to make every day a treat. My goals were to create daily challenges that one would look forward to, could be readily accomplished in 5 minutes or less, practical enough to carry out on any given day, and, of course, would fit in with a lolita lifestyle. But I’m sure you must be thinking…
How does one define a lolita lifestyle? Some define a “lifestyle lolita” as one who dresses in lolita daily. I prefer the original interpretation- one who lives their life inspired by the aesthetic of the fashion. At the very least most agree that a lifestyle lolita requires a lolita wardrobe. Among the values I’ve interpreted while writing the challenges are a love of nostalgia, a desire to better one’s self, and an appetite for a charming little adventure.
What will you need for this challenge? The items needed for this challenge consist of what you should already own, but to give you an idea:
- Somewhere to write a few prompts- whether it’s a diary, a social media post, or in the sand.
- Something to photograph with.
- Access to reading materials.
How can I follow along? If you’d like to participate, head over to Lace a la Mode’s Facebook page! The challenge of the day will always post there and I encourage you to share your experience with it. To ensure you don’t miss a beat, go into the notification settings for the page and turn on new statuses or photos.
If you’d rather watch from the sidelines there will be a monthly roundup post where I share my own experiences as well as a few stand-outs from others (with permission of course). Be sure to use the tags #365LifestyleLolitaChallenge or #365LLC if you’d like to share, I’ll be watching them!
December 1st, 2014
I hope this season has been good to you so far, dear readers. I’ve noticed that meetups tend to slow down this time of year due to the weather and the holidays, but I find that such a shame when there are such cool things to do around now! With 25 days until Christmas I thought I’d share a list of 25 cute activities to plan with your lolita community this Winter.
- Go ice skating. The #1 cold weather activity, extra cute in frills.
- Visit a chocolatier. Drink freshly made hot chocolate for a Wintery substitution to tea rooms.
- Browse museums. Shake off the cold while viewing the wonders of art, history, and science.
- Have a crafting day. Get together with your crafting projects for a relaxing hour or two.
- Throw a holiday themed party. Any excuse to break out the Christmas prints and velvets!
- Go Christmas caroling. Pick a song that everyone knows and sing door to door.
- Build snowmen. Bonus points for sculpting frilly dresses!
- Watch movies. Supply snacks and turn on a heart-warming flick in your living room.
- Try new desserts. Get everyone to bring their favorite traditional holiday dessert to share.
- Have a game night. Keep warm indoors with some board, card, and video games.
- Host a Secret Santa/ White Elephant. Exchange gifts with your community.
- Hold a card/ ornament making party. Load up on craft supplies and personalize gifts.
- View Christmas lights. Put on your warmest coats and take a walk to view the displays.
- Take in some culture. Nutcracker, anyone? See what seasonal shows are scheduled at the theater.
- Attend holiday festivals. Check for a local parade or festival to welcome the season.
- Go ballroom dancing. Brush up on your waltz and keep active by dancing the night away.
- Have a Winter picnic. Very bold! Be sure to pack a warm drink.
- Throw a drinking night in. Try out some hot buttered rum, eggnog, and spiced mead!
- Go window shopping. Check out this year’s store displays and buy a gift or two.
- Start a swap meet. A great way to find gifts and get some quick cash for the holidays.
- Play Victorian parlour games. They really knew how to keep occupied indoors!
- Plan a Winter photo shoot. Get your comm together for some photos in the snow.
- Eat by the fire. Make reservations at a restaurant with a working fireplace.
- Go on a nature walk. Plot an easy route in the park with lots of scenic views.
- Take a sleigh ride. Enjoy the scenery from a sleigh pulling through sheets of white.
Here in San Francisco it doesn’t ever get cold enough to see snow, and I miss it dearly! Winter is fast becoming my favorite time of year for how cozy and festive it compels me to behave once the temperature drops. We’ve already had our tree up for a month and I’ve been reaching for the hot cocoa occasionally.
What plans do you have for Winter? Perhaps some travelling, or an anticipated quiet afternoon during the break with a warm blanket and a good book? Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!
August 21st, 2014
I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m dedicating this designer spotlight to Pottery Barn but I have to tell you guys, I am so enamored with this collection and I think you will be too. It’s inspired by vintage fashion and holds such a wondrous, adventurous sweet-classic vibe- I’m trying hard to not snatch everything up!
|The Emily + Meritt Parisian Petticoat Quilt + Sham|
|The Emily + Meritt Bloomer Pillow Covers|
|The Emily + Meritt Brass Bunny Table Lamp|
|The Emily + Meritt Parisian Heart Cloche Collection|
|The Emily + Meritt Wishbox Collection|
|The Emily + Meritt Hourglass|
|The Emily + Meritt Bunny Alarm Clocks|
I can’t help but delight in the fact that they named some items after ruffly undergarments, such as the ‘Parisian Petticoat Quilt’ and ‘Bloomer Pillow Covers’. How well do you think this collection would work in a lolita’s room? Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!
June 13th, 2014
Now that we’ve figured out how to painlessly improve the interior architecture of a rental, let’s talk about those items you fill it with. The colors, textures, sizes, and styles of what you bring in will greatly affect what your apartment looks like, so take some time to collect inspiration and figure out what you like before committing.
The Decor That Fills It
For my own world I am inspired by the interiors of French cottages. Their curvy furniture in milky whites and creams has an ethereal presence that I’d love to capture, and all the little details add a charm you could scarcely pick out unless you inspected the parts. But whatever suits your fancy, there is need for a cohesive look that can handle the workload of apartment life.
It must be said that smaller spaces require smaller furniture, but that doesn’t necessarily correlate to their physical size. For a romantic apartment, lighter looking furniture is a must. Curves and thin legs and carved out negative space give the illusion of a bigger room with their floating figures, whereas blocky furniture will weigh it down and is better left to one or two pieces.
As with all guides about furnishing small spaces I must mention the importance of multifunctional items. A bench with shoe storage or a bed skirt hiding pullout bins are a smart use of crucial space that would otherwise go unused. Items like the day beds from IKEA are perfect because as well as providing extra storage they serve the dual purpose of a couch and bed.
My favorite place to find furniture thus far has been my local Craigslist because of the quality to be found at affordable prices. Other places I peruse are antique fairs and shops or consignment and thrift stores. As of late IKEA has begun stocking furniture with more romantic details but for the price and quality I find that local listings still prevail.
There is also the option of freshening up your current furniture with a few embellishments. On a whim we bought a beautifully structured armoire with unfortunate stains and rusty hardware that could easily transform with a wash over of ivory, a few appliques, and new knobs.
Technology often appears unpleasantly modern or dull in the atmosphere of a romantic apartment, but there is no getting around how useful they are despite their appearance. The obvious solution would be to try and find them in a pleasing case, but those options are very limited and it may not conceivably be the end-all solution for every electronic.
One of the more reliable ways this can be remedied is simply by hiding the devices where applicable, such as enclosing an unsightly vacuum in the pantry or keeping gaming systems behind a media center door. Even draping pretty cloth over an old monitor when not in use can do wonders.
“Loose Items” is my catch-all for the many knick-knacks we lolitas seem to revel in collecting. From headbows to tea pots and stuffed alpacas, there is always some collection or pile of oddities finding their way to the top of a dresser.
I’ve spent the past month getting rid of a lot of these loose items, and I must say it’s hard to miss them when the result is a much more cohesive and up-to-date look at my interests. The remaining knick-knacks have been ceremoniously arranged in a hutch for that single purpose, and those items I cannot bear to re-home have taken residence in a storage box. The items you choose to display make an impact on your decor either as items of interest or a tangled mess- to stick to the former make sure they all have a home!
|(Lolita bedroom is fahrlight‘s)|
Adding loose items should be done sparingly, and only under circumstances where they will enhance the appeal of an area. Pillows are a great example, as couches and beds can always use that plush decorative touch.
Join me soon for Part 3 where I talk about how to freshen up the space!
How do you imagine your dream decor to be? I’d love to know in the comments! Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!