Wednesday, May 25, 2011

When you see this....

photo by me: Nagatacho Station, circa 2007

I'll be in the air, somewhere above the Pacific Ocean, on my way to Tokyo. I'll make up for this awful filler post as soon as I can with fashion shots around Tokyo, tips for planning your own trip, and a little travel diary of what I'm getting up to in the Glorious Land of Nihon.

See you all soon! ♥

Thursday, May 19, 2011

50 Tidbits of Advice for Lolitas

Miss Lumpy's Rules for Life

  1. Eat lots of fruit and drink plenty of water
  2. Create an amazing facial care regime of exfoliater, cleanser, toner, and moisturizer with SPF
  3. Observe nature and the universe
  4. Read The Secret Garden
  5. Pick flowers and thank the universe for their loveliness
  6. Love someone today
  7. Experiment with everything and anything that makes you happy
  8. Wear lipgloss- or don't, because nobody's really looking closely enough to care
  9. Eat a lot of things that make you feel amazing
  10. Listen to beautiful music created by talented men and woman
  11. Carry a camera and take pictures of the things around you
  12. Go for a stroll today
  13. Sit in the sunlight for at least fifteen minutes a day
  14. Plant a garden
  15. Make hot chocolate
  16. Bake
  17. Create
  18. Every time you get any amount of money, put 10% of it into a savings account. Don't touch it.
  19. Learn self-defense, because the world isn't always as beautiful as you are
  20. Wear red lipstick
  21. Smile at other beautiful girls, and occasionally at beautiful boys (maybe!)
  22. Learn a new skill this year, and keep at it until you perfect it
  23. Kiss your friends
  24. Free yourself from someone who has hurt you
  25. Kiss and tell
  26. Turn your cellphone off for a whole week- better yet, turn off your computer, too.
  27. Ask someone who inspires you who they are inspired by
  28. Make new friends
  29. Buy a few perfumes and wear them on special occasions- or whenever you feel like it
  30. Eat spinach
  31. Take vitamins
  32. Learn to ice skate
  33. Read Poe. Read Thoreau. Read Whitman or anyone else who urges you to observe the world around you.
  34. In fact, read anything on Project Gutenberg
  35. Memorize your favorite poems so you can recite them on command
  36. Why bother being negative? It'll only make you sadder and drain your energy. Instead, replace every other negative thought with a positive one (because replacing EVERY thought is a bit of a jump!)
  37. Forgive often, but never forget
  38. Live for yourself, because in the grand scheme of things, no one else REALLY matters
  39. Get a tattoo
  40. Drink good wine
  41. Once in a while, pick someone in your life and show them how much they mean to you
  42. Wish upon a star
  43. Do a research paper, even if no one will ever grade it
  44. Stay up to watch the sun rise at least once a year
  45. Go to sleep to birdsong
  46. Keep a potted plant and talk to it when you're lonely
  47. Sing along really, really loudly to wildly inappropriate songs
  48. Do your nails if you feel like it; match them to your coordinate so you feel like a princess even after you've taken it off.
  49. Find something to fight for
  50. Remember that, no matter what, you are beautiful, strong, and capable of handling everything the universe gives you.

    [this entirely-for-fun post partially inspired by these articles at F Yeah Lolita]

    [also- today is my birthday! Happy 22nd to me!!]

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: Escapist Fashion Screenprinted Tee

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming.
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted---nevermore!

If you don't already know that I'm a huge literature nerd, this must be your first time here. So a few months ago, when I first saw Escapist Fashion's Nevermore Raven Cameo tee, I knew I had to have one. The design is just so classy, so elegant, and so pretty that it perfectly suits the evocative poem by Edgar Allen Poe that serves as its inspiration. I messaged Megan and she was sweet enough to send me one to review for all of you!

The package was shipped a few days after our conversation, and I received it in perfect condition a few days after that. The shirt was packed in a plastic shopping bag, and then in a bubble mailer which was then duct taped closed.

The shirt itself immediately became one of my favorites. It's so soft and comfortable and fits me perfectly. There's an Escapist Fashion tag sewn over the manufacturer's tag on the back of the shirt, but it's soft and doesn't feel prickly or itchy at all, as tags sometimes can. Megan also included an adorable playing hard hairbow as a surprise! So sweet~

As you can see, the print is a little smudged, and it makes the words a little hard to read. However, I don't think it takes away from the general appearance of the shirt or makes it any less striking. In fact, I think the fact that it takes a little more effort to read it adds to the shirt- at first you'd just think it's a cameo of a bird, but then, if you take the time to read the "Nevermore" you realize it's actually a reference to Poe's "The Raven." I also really like the stippled effect of the ink. I've had screenprinted shirts that had ink so thick it cracked on the first wear, so it seems like this one's more durable. Speaking of durability, I've also machine-washed and dried this once or twice already and had no problems with it, which is great with lolita clothing!

Another angle of the screenprint:


Shirt: Escapist fashion
Skirt and boots: Bodyline
Underskirt: Metamorphose
Brooch: Alice and the Pirates
Socks: Offbrand
Hair accessories: Various- BABY, H&M, and offbrand from Japan

I'd give this shirt a 4 out of 5. The screenprinting it a little blurry in some places, but for the most part, it's an excellent addition to my wardrobe. It's great for a casual gothic look or with a mini skirt or jeans to wear to class. I definitely recommend Escapist Fashion- Megan was wonderful to work with and the quality of her work is really quite lovely. I definitely recommend Escapist Fashion, and would definitely buy from her again! ♥

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sakura Matsuri 2011 at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens!

Also known as the pinkest post you're likely to ever see here at Her Lumpiness!

This year I was finally able to make it to the Sakura Matsuri lolita meetup at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens! It was so amazing, totally worth the trip and making myself ill with exhaustion- the flowers were all beautifully in bloom and gave life a rosier tint than usual, and it was lovely to see all the girls I hadn't seen in ages, as well as meeting a few new friends! Unfortunately, as mentioned, I did make myself very ill from the past week's school stress on top of a minimal (to put it lightly) sleep schedule, so the latter half of the day was not the most enjoyable experience. However, it included bubble tea, sushi, and my friends taking care of me on the train home, so I suppose there are worse ways to spend evenings ♥

I didn't get many pictures, but here are the few I did manage to snap:

Being goobers on the train: Bonnet mustaches! My ribbon was chafing my chin, so I scootched it up to under my lips.... and then it just went downhill from there.



Some much less goober-y ladies at the picnic:

Bianca- it was so nice to finally meet you!
 Andrea's fab IW socks, which all of us were lusting over
 Skirts (Nancy's and mine- I kind of had an obsession with detail shots that day...)

My bento! I made these for myself, Savannah, and Tina (though Tina's was sans meatballs). We had macaroni and cheese, chickpea salad, sweet barbecued tofu, green beans, edamame, and Asian turkey meatballs. I also made us onigiri for breakfast/snacking- we went pretty Asian in honor of the festival, haha!
A shot of the cherry blossoms

And now, to what I wore! Jeez, I look so dour in this photo...

  • Blouse: IW
  • Skirt: Lolita Nouveau
  • Bonnet: Handmade
  • Tights: Sock Dreams
  • Boots, sweater: Offbrand

Savannah and I were photographed for Mighty Harajuku! I was so proud- I've wanted to be since I heard about the project, so I'm so happy that I finally was! Stay genki Japan♥

Ugh, those bonnets... what a wreck! It was 2 AM the night before and I was still cooking when Savannah realized we hadn't even started them yet, so she started doing the cutting and gluing, and as soon as the bento food was done I finished mine up and helped her with hers. We finished everything around 4:15, and it was 5 before I was asleep, then up at 8:30 to start getting ready... that's why, as soon as we got home that night, I promptly went to sleep for 17 hours. I feel so much better! I should get a full week's sleep in one night more often! I've made a vow with myself to never subject myself to less than 6 hours of sleep again, which with finals breathing down my neck is probably wishful thinking...

It's officially spring! What are you doing to celebrate it?

Ooh, we have a "location" option on blogger now! Nifty! Wonder what it does... 


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