As a lolita I feel there is a lot to love about Spring. The mild weather is perfect for layers without needing much extra, and the blooming flowers add that extra soft pinch of delicacy to photos. This is one of the perfect times of the year to explore with your community. Here are some of my favorite ideas for enjoying the season.
- Build birdhouses. Put them outside to welcome new feathered friends into their own small cottage.
- Catch fireflies. See how many you can capture in a jar before setting them free.
- View the cherry blossoms. Take part in a local Hanami or host your own.
- Pick wild flowers. String daisy chains, blow wishes through dandelions, or hunt for four leaf clovers.
- Watercolor a scenic area. Purchase portable watercolor sets and paint a favorite local spot.
- Host a lazy picnic. Lay down and look at the clouds, or perhaps the stars.
- Go strawberry picking. Then find delectable recipes to turn them into jams, cakes, or pastries!
- Run a wildlife scavenger hunt. Create a list of flora and fauna to take pictures of for a prize.
- Visit an amusement park. Enjoy the milder temperatures while beating the Summer crowd.
- Race boats down a creek. Create paper boats and watch them drift downstream to the finish line.
- Host an outdoor tea party. Invite friends over and show off your new tea set or budding garden.
- Decorate flower pots. Then use them to plant bee-friendly flowers, herbs, or aromatic delights.
- Volunteer at a senior center. Seeing so many frills will brighten their day!
- Visit public gardens. Find out beforehand if it’s alright to have a photoshoot there.
- Try birdwatching. Get out your binoculars and discover your local species.
- Rent row boats. Find a quiet lake and take turns meandering your boat through the water.
- Throw a nature themed masquerade. Decorate masks with large feathers and fake flowers.
- Read aloud in a park. Prepare your favorite poetry, passage, or fairytale to share- or just listen in!
- Play mini golf. Engage in some friendly competition or up the stakes with a 1st place prize.
- Have an outdoor movie night. Rent a projector and watch movies over the sounds of crickets.
- Stop by the zoo. You might even see a few baby animals as they are typically born in Spring!
- Visit a historical site. Take a tour of a castle or Victorian mansion. Some will even have tea service.
- Float in a hot air balloon. View your city from a very different perspective.
- Watch a play in the park. Local theaters will sometimes have productions outdoors.
- Fly kites. Pick a windy location and soar kites in the sky.
Big thank you to our rabbit Mochi for striking such a handsome pose for me. My Spring has been spent in Seattle where I’ve had the chance to enjoy the April showers I’d otherwise be missing out on in California. On my favorite occasion, I was walking back to our rental under an umbrella through the frames of foliage that dot the neighborhood and had the pleasant thrill of hearing thunder for the first time in ages. I can’t tell which I liked more: the walk or the hot shower afterward with the window open breathing in its melody.
What is your favorite part about Spring? Do you have a great idea for a meetup that you’d love to share? I’d love to hear it in the comments. Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!
With most of my favorite season behind me it’s disheartening to think that not a single post about it will appear on my blog this year. Not one to concede, I decided I must rehash a topic from last Spring and pick out a few products based on my recent floral fixation.
Lavender has robbed roses of being my favorite fragrance ever since Charles brought a bouquet of dried stalks home from the local flower shop to stock in our bedroom. As it turns out, the bay area has very hospitable conditions for growing the flower and just an hour north and south of us are numerous fields of the stuff.
With that in mind I thought it more charming to only list products from the fields and shops in my area, so any purchases you make from this list will bring a little bit of the bay to you!
For the Home
- Spray Mist
- Hanger Cover
- Soy Candle
- Aromatherapy Spa Collection
- Lavender Scent Diffuser
For the Flavor
- Cookie Mix
- Tisane (tea blend)
- Brownie Kit
And how can I list ingredients without a few delightful recipes to add?
For the Indulgence
- Lavender Eye Pillow
- Salt Scrub
- Lavender Bath Salts & Fleur-de-Lys Soaps
- Hand Creme
- Body Wash & Bubble Bath
I’m immensely looking forward to the annual lavender festival at the end of the month and I have money put aside for many of the items listed above! I think I may have a lot of baking in the near future. Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!
I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts this past month; I started a new job at the beginning and though I spend my commute writing on the train I never seem to get enough done! I still plan to hold that contest as soon as I polish my blog layout, it’s all down to finding the time in my busy schedule but I’m really looking forward to it!
Easter is a holiday I quietly look forward to. It’s a hallmark of my favorite season and there is never another occasion where rabbit themed goods dominate every store! This is owed to our beloved Victorian England which heavily popularized the images of rabbits on Easter scrap art and cards.
Rabbits are a shared motif between Easter and lolita and a great theme to incorporate into any coord for the holiday. Bunny ears are an obvious choice, but let’s not forget other long-eared options like one of Baby’s rabbit-shaped aprons or a plush bag.
|A large bow between two tall ears is an undeniably adorable way to style your hair!
And of course, how can I mention bunnies in lolita without dragging out some of my favorite prints? As much as I’m sure a lot of people would groan at yet another rabbit print, I will always enjoy their likeness on skirts.
|Own: FRILL Rabbit Pattern JSK, Cherry Berry Bunny, Wonder Story, Le Parfait du Lapin
Want: La Pièce du Petit Créature, Wonder Queen, Rabbit Letter, Le Cadre du Lapin
Chocolate is a second theme in lolita I can’t resist that is shared with Easter. Did you know that chocolate eggs are a product of the Victorian era as well? In 1875, John Cadbury’s process of separating the cocoa butter from the bean to create a chocolate easy to melt and mould would result in the the first chocolate Easter egg.
Pairing rich brown hues with frothy pastels is a great way to tie it all together.
Another theme that has undoubted connection with Easter and has been increasingly popular these past few years is Christianity. Although I wouldn’t personally feel comfortable wearing a cross on an adopted Christian holiday when I am not Christian myself, associated romantic imagery such as cherubs or painted biblical scenes or stained glass are classic and universal enough to recommend.
What I would really like to see more of that fits the Easter theme is fabergé. Also due to the Victorian era (but in Russia), notable goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge created the art when he was commissioned by the Russian Czar Alexander in 1883 to create a special Easter gift for his wife Empress Marie.
|Fancy Eggs – Metamorphose
Unfortunately this is the only print that comes to mind with the theme, but if you have a steady hand and some patience I am sure that fabergé-inspired nails would really set your coord apart just as this blogger has done!
I won’t be celebrating Easter until next weekend, but I hope you all are having a great one! In spirit of the holiday I took a few photos of my bunnies this morning.
Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!