Monday, December 27, 2010

LVF Update: Winner of LVF 1st Anniversary Contest and An LVF Christmas


How was everyone's Holiday? I hope it was fabulous! Mine was all kinds of fun to the core, I got an early birthday present (since my Birthday is on January, the 23rd) and some amazing Lolita and non-Loli related things!

But first, let's get something fantastic out of the way! I know this is posted a bit later then I thought it would be, but here is indeed the winner of LVF's 1st Anniversary Contest....
And the winner is.... focusing the lens with her choice of frilliest movie Gigi! Here is her entry:

"My favorite frilly movie is actually probably Gigi. I love the music and the story, and I really like Gigi's character. She's precocious and cheerful, and her development into a woman is far from graceful and rather uncomfortable, but it has a happy ending, which I think a lot of lolitas can really relate to."

Thanks focusing the lens for a fantastic write up! Gigi is one of my favorite movies, frilly or not too, and I completely agree with your description behind it.
You'll be winning a copy of A Muppet Christmas Carol and The Polar Bear King! Email me at drowell90@yahoo.com so I can get your address! Thanks to everyone that posted a write up on their favorite frilly movie, it was extremely hard to chose and I loved reading about everyone's taste in movies. Look out for the next contest and see if you'll have a chance to win something pretty and sweet to the core!

So, curious what I got for Christmas? I can't discuss everything but here are a few of my favorites!

Christmas 2010: Brand/Fashion
I got some really fun clothes that will all work in my frilly wardrobe, including a huge selection of mega cute cardigans. My favorite (shown) is this sparkly bow piece from Charlotte Russe. If you like, the black version is on sale now for $10 on the website (I'm tempted to get it myself!) I also got one of my first Innocent World pieces, a very professionally made and great quality tote bag from their Night Teddy collection in Black. I also got a Putumayo (my new favorite brand) skirt I wanted. Check out the detail - it has glitter and yummy goodies!
Next up, I was lucky enough to receive a bunch of movies I wanted!
Christ
I got Little Women, Newsies, Cronos, Waking Sleeping Beauty and Back to the Future on DVD/BluRay for my ever growing movie collection!
and last but not least....
Christmas 2010: Tarina
I got a ton of Tarina Tarantino Jewelry! You all know how much I love her stuff and how it perfectly fits lolita fashion. I can tell you I've already come up with coordinates for all of these!

I'm so lucky to have a family who is so amazing and giving on Christmas, I wasn't expecting any of these things so it was pretty incredible.
But I really want to know, what did you all get for Christmas or whatever Holiday you celebrate? Show pictures and let me know!

Also, a little update: Next months theme will actually be very personal ~I'll be turning 21 and will be talking about all my favorite movies and things all month long! I'm excited to share with all of you some of my most favorite things and I hope I can hear about yours too!

Go and check out some of the new pages on LVF above the usual posts while you're looking around! I also want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, I can't wait to see what 2011 brings me.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Print and a Movie: The Nutcracker (1995)


Angelic Pretty sometimes really surprises me and so does Macaulay Culkin! What do those two surprises combined to give us? Well finally, a new Print and a Movie post! Though I have all ready expressed my love for a version of The Nutcracker in the post prior, I think it's important to note how much I love the original ballet as well. Maybe it's because I have a thing for tutus or because I was almost a ballerina myself, but Ballet is something I really appreciate! But what I appreciate even more is a good representation of ballet on film.

Though there have been many before this or after (Oh Black Swan, how you look so good!), I find this 90's simply filmed ballet version of the classic Nutcracker to be fantastic! Why? Because it's just ballet on film. Nothing too special, it has some very nice sequences of editing and the talent on screen is lovely to see. But again, the surprise? Macaulay Culkin (90's kid style) is dancing ballet! Not many kid actors would have the guts to do such a thing, let alone the kid that known for screaming so adorable in giant close ups on camera. So even if he's not the best dancer in the world, for what it is I give him big props.

What about Angelic Pretty though? Well I mean come on, did you expect them to come out with the print Holy Night Story? I didn't! Usually this is something with a flair similar to Baby or Innocent World, yet has it's own Angelic Pretty style in a more sophisticated way. I especially love the details of The Mouse King and the very pretty Rocking Horse! They even went with doing two styles of the jsk, one that resembles the Nutcracker and one that is more their classic jsk style (which I chose to show, in the red colorway!)

So, go and check out this simple and cute version of The Nutcracker ballet along with this surprise of a print from Angelic Pretty. You'll be able to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy dance with even more Christmas cheer!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Special Movie Review/Dress Up Time: The Nutcracker Prince


Christmas is inching more and more closer, and with that its always good to have some movies to get you in the spirit. But what about the frilly spirit? Here at LVF, we want to give you the best of the best for you to enjoy my favorite holiday, and maybe it's yours too!

One of those movies that I'm sure you'd want to add to your list is The Nutcracker Prince (1990), a small little animated film in the style of then inspirational Disney The Little Mermaid. The style, though not made my Disney, definitely has the feel and look to it that it could have been made by them. The animation isn't exactly perfect, but it's cute and take some of its own creative freedoms that have such made it one of my favorite Christmas movies to watch, even when it isn't Christmas!
In case you don't know anything about the general Nutcracker story, here's the lowdown: Clara is the middle child of a wealthy family, who has only wish for this Christmas - to get a new doll. But what does her favorite (not related) Uncle give her? A Nutcracker. But he isn't just any normal Nutcracker, he once was a normal boy who was proclaimed a prince before being transformed into a doll. Clara is now casted into a magical journey to help the Nutcracker defeat his enemy The Rat King, and release him from his curse!

The music is of course based on that from the iconic ballet of the same name, but has some musical numbers inspired by the music of the ballet itself. The best parts of this movie are any of the moments with Clara and The Nutcracker themselves. They have an adorable and innocent relationship that, though not very deep, is just what is needed for a cute and romantic film that children won't want to widdle and leave the living room for.

This movie in general is simplicity at it's best, which is both it's strong point and weak point. No, it definitely isn't Disney. But it definitely fits in with other holiday classics and non-Disney movies like the later Don Bluth's and some of the Rankin & Bass productions. I highly recommend it as one of the top frilly Christmas movies to check out and enjoy this Holiday season. But what about dressing up as Clara?


For this outfit, blue and white are the main colors (but you could use Mint instead of blue as well). Clara is only but a girl of 13 or 14, so like the film, go simple with the items used. I chose the Dessert OP from Baby as the OP/Jsk in this outfit! Next, I went straight for a pair of Baby tights (inspired by their recent Ballerina print!) in a white x pink color palette. I also chose a pair of simple white shoes, also from Baby, but any flats in white with bows will do.

The extra special things to remember are the hair, necklace and bag! Clara always has her hair in a pony tail with bow attached. Go with a blue or cream for this! I chose a pair of Baby bows as well. The necklace is of a tiny monkey dressed as the Nutcracker, designed by Betsey Johnson. Finally, I picked The Swan Lake print bag from Metamorphose as the choice to go with this coordinate, since Clara and her Nutcracker, fly on Swans with golden necklaces!

So, hopefully this gets you in a fun Christmas mood! LVF recommends this tiny little cute thing of a movie for your holiday viewings. Look out for more posts for inspiration, and don't forget to sign up for the 1st Anniversary Contest!

LVF Score: 4 headbows out of 5

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dress Up Time #8: Princess of Winterland from The Polar Bear King


Though she isn't given much of a name, The Princess in The Polar Bear King is the definition of winter. Her hair is a soft European blonde, covered in small bits of snowflakes, and her face is that of a red blush that only can be produced in the most frigged of temperatures. She has a very familiar face and atmosphere of most princesses, but only the most kind. This is why she is the subject of today's Dress Up Time!

In case you haven't noticed, The Polar Bear King is one of the movies given as a prize in our 1st Anniversary Contest, so you might want to check this one out!

It tells the story of the Princess, who is loved by a Polar Bear who claims he is a king. In her fantasy life, she dreams of going to such a place that The Polar Bear describes, and he takes her to his kingdom called Summerland. There we see that he is indeed a king who was once human, but The Princess has many tasks to go through before they are given a happily ever after.

But what should you do if you want to be given the chance to befriend and love a Polar Bear King and go on a glorious adventure to Summerland? Here is how!

First, I'd go with a very simple cream or white jumperskirt. Nothing too royal or over the top, especially since this Princess cares more about her Kingdom then what her Kingdom thinks of her style! You also need to pick a thick and comfortable blouse, and jacket to go with it! The blouse is from Baby and the jacket is from Yesstyle.com!

Don't forget the little things, like a pair of brown boots to walk in the snow with. Also don't forget to add items like polar bear and snowflake themed accessories, I chose a necklace and hairpiece this time! You also might want to go for grey faux fur gloves or scarf items too.

Now, go forth and have fun in your own Winterland!

Monday, December 6, 2010

LVF 1st Anniversary Contest!

As some of you already know, LVF is having a contest to celebrate it's first birthday! In celebration we will be having another fabulous contest that will be ending on December 24th!

The contest? Submit a one sentence answer of what you believe to be your favorite frilliest movie and why. For each season I have a new favorite, so right now it's the Polar Bear King - which will be a subject in an up coming Dress Up Time entry!

Some people have already entered the contest, you can either comment on this post or the one linked here. You have till December 24th (Christmas Eve) to enter! But what about prizes? You'll be getting The Polar Bear King and The Muppet Christmas Carol on DVD along with a yummy Christmas themed movie snack. There is also one other prize, but that's actually a surprise! There will only be one winner this time, so please make sure to enter (US residence only, sorry!)

Can't wait to see the entries! Also, you might have noticed a bit of a Christmas/Holiday theme around LVF. We have Christmas music playing, decorations and lots of beautiful things to check out. Watch Misako Aoki go to Putumayo (my new favorite brand) in Frilly Video of the Month. Also, VanillaBlitz is featured in this months coordinate of the month! She wore this to celebrate her birthday, cute right? If you would like to have your coordinate featured in January, send your favorite coordinate to me at drowell90@yahoo.com!

Are you getting excited about the Holidays? This (next to January, due to my birthday) are my two favorite months of the whole year! Look out for more Holiday themed posts this Decemeber throughout!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Movie Review #14: LoliGirls


It's refreshing to once in a while review something that's exactly about the subculture this blog is speaking to and the reasons why we love it. No, I am not talking about anything from Japan, but instead America. Welcome to the world of Victoria, Aly and Julia, or as the film is titled, the Loligirls. This independent short film is exactly what all Lolita's should see as an introductory piece.

Though the styles have morphed and changed slightly from what these famous members wear now, it's refreshing to a positive look at the subculture as apposed to one filled to the brink with drama and negative reactions.
This tiny little film follows that of famous bloggers Victoria of Lolita Charm, Aly of Miss Lumpy, and Julia, designer of Good Night Miss Princess (A frilly sleepwear brand). As the documentary proclaims, the girls dress for themselves and not anyone else! The documentary follows the girls on their everyday adventures and to the final production of their fashion show for anime convention ConnetiCon.

This film is absolutely adorable! Filled with so many lovely shots and moments of pure joy, as a feel lolita fashion fan, I completely was enveloped in the lives of these girls. Seeing their unique takes on the fashion and how they have absolutely no reservations of doubting themselves is again, as already mentioned: refreshing.

Though I did find that to be unfortunately at times, the films flaw. There unfortunately negative aspects to this fashion and to make a well rounded documentary, I feel the need for both sides of the topic are needed to get a truly follow view of what is being discussed. But at the same time, this is only a very small and minor aspect to a film that really makes you have a great feel for the fashion and even if you aren't a huge fan of frills and poof as I might be or the girls are, you want to be friends or become a Loligirl yourself.


Regardless of my slight difference in viewpoints, this film is really fantastic and frilly to an extent that no other documentary or feature film has really captured (Yes, even Kamikaze Girls!). I'm really proud to say that this is a staple in Lolita's journey into the film genre. This makes me incredibly excited to see the new full-length documentary by the filmmakers of Kato Films!


If you would like to see Loligirls for yourself, you can click the link here. For more information of the Kato Film's fashion film series, check out the official Loligirls site. Write down your reactions to the documentary in the comments below! All lolitas should see this, so please speak up!

Score:
5 headbows out of 5

Sunday, November 28, 2010

International Lolita Day 2010: Winter Edition


My favorite Holiday has come back this year in ILD, and even better it's the winter edition! I can honestly say I really love wearing Lolita during the winter time more then the summer. Why? Because of the acceptance of layers and my favorite colors of red, pink, and soft whites (and sometimes blacks). As a Winter baby myself, this is my favorite time of the year and it just happens to make ILD even better then usual.

So of course the question is, what are you doing to celebrate? Me myself, I will be going to the NYC Opera Meet Up and seeing La Boheme with my favorite girls and then going to the Russian Tea Room for a delicious after opera meal. This will be my first Opera and I am so excited, especially since it'll be at the world famous MET. Oh, New York is just the best when it comes to theater.

Fun Fact: You see the dress Misako is wearing in that picture? I'll be wearing that same exact outfit on Lolita Day! Another fun thing, I'll be celebrating the day twice with another group of friends too! I'm just too excited, I couldn't just celebrate it once.

I'm so excited to know what you are doing for the Holiday! Post down in the comments and let me know!

Monday, November 22, 2010

LVF Update: Coordinate Of The Month and New Contest!


So December is coming fast! The lovely snows, Christmas carols, and warm winter fires will be starting. But what about LVF? Want to make this blog space a little prettier? Then submit a coordinate to be featured for December's Coordinate of the Month spot! The theme for this month should be something related to the holidays and winter - so have as much fun and be as elegant as possible!

Next on the list is the next Contest that will be coming up in celebration of the 1 Year Anniversary of La Vida Frills! This contest will rely more on the movie side of things. The question, what to you is your frilliest favorite movie of all time? And no, it can't be Kamikaze Girls! Give a quick one sentence answer,and the winner will be announced on December 24th, just before Christmas! What will be the prizes? You'll have to wait and see - Let's just say, you'll really enjoy it. Unfortunately, all previous winners can't win this contest (Sorry!) and it's US residences only!

So, post away and have fun - You never know, you might win!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert Screening


It's sad to think we live in a world where people don't know about the beginnings of popular music - also known as musicals. I know some people tend to think they are cheesy or over the top - but then when you look deep into your favorite genre's music, they all are connected by one singular thing, musicals. Musicals started everything when it comes to the music everyone else chooses to listen to. We wouldn't be anywhere today without the Broadway musical, especially when it comes to the mature subject matter that music can bring us. This is why I bring to your attention a musical only a wee bit older then myself, that has remained a favorite of mine and I hope could become or is already something you whistle or sing on occasion.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a special 1 day only screening of Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, recorded back in October at the O2 Arena. This show and location is both infamous in size and beauty - which is why this was something I couldn't miss. Les Mis has been a favorite mine since I was little, being raised on Cameron Macintosh and Andrew Llyodd Webber shows - this was one of the staples even in it's recent creation in the 90's.

Ever since I can never seem to escape the story or the entire world of Victor Hugo's masterpiece.
First off, if you don't know the story of Les Miserables, I recommend reading the official website, in it's most epic of layouts and designs.

The story can easily be described as that of the essential human struggle of good and evil in all of us. No character is really pure, they all have a duel side to them that you can argue to be one to defend or go against. But overall I can never seen to properly express how perfect this musical is - but let me dive into the details of this specific performance.

This features what I believe to be on the coolest casts that the show has had. Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean gives some real Opera cred to the role, along with key members Matt Lucas (Little Britain) and Nick Jonas (If I have to tell you who he is, I think that's a big problem.) Not all of these members exactly carry the talent to represent this show perfectly (cough - Jonas), but the majority of them filled their roles to perfection - especially Boe and Lucas, new comers to the production. To find out more about the members, check out the official concert website.


The highlight performances for me this time around were Matt Lucas's Master of the House, Anytime Boe got to sing (also basically his entire performance), On my Own, and also the entire performance of a new love of mine Ramin Kamiloo. You might know of Ramin from his new role of Eric, The Phantom in Love Never Dies (Which he also played the original Phantom.)

But what was the one flaw of this production? You guessed it, Jonas. I apologize for those who are Jonas fans reading this - but as a true fan of this musical, hearing the role of Marius played by a little boy instead of a man was truly disappointing. Granted, he's probably the only one to play Marius who was actually the characters age, but still when one new singer is over taken by the original singer who is almost 50 - we have a problem.


Overall? I was so pleased with this production. It meant a lot to me, especially when my mom and me were convinced we'd somehow see this exact production live 15 years ago. Sadly, we didn't get to see it actually live - but this was just as good and close as we could. Frilly Musical? Go for it period/historical story telling lovers! Les Miserables The 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 is not something you should miss! You can pre-order your copy on DVD and Blu-Ray here. (US version should be available soon as well!)

LVF Grade: 4 headbows out of 5

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Frilly News: Red Riding Hood Pictures


In 2010, we got a frilly horror film in The Wolfman - and in 2011, we will get an even more girl powered frilly horror film in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. This is expected to be one of those films that will be instantly become a cult hit and all over obsession with those into subculture fashion and music. Though many reflect on Hardwicke's work based on Twilight, I truly love her other films and feel she doesn't get any respect as a real filmmaker (Thirteen being my favorite.) I'm also a huge Amanda Seyfried fan, who plays a new dangerous version of the title character. Did I mention Gary Oldman is in this too? Get ready. (Link for my info)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dress Up Time: Polly from The Scarecrow


Now granted, This movie is ridiculously hard to find and it's probably more geared towards Halloween - yet I think Thanksgiving works for it too! So here is a little Dress Up Time treat - I picked for this week Polly from The Scarecrow. A cute cheesy little animated gem by Richard Rich, creator of the Swan Princess.

This movie tells the story of The Scarecrow, who by the magic of a fairy godmothe
r, comes to life in human form to help his love - Polly. An orphan girl who is attempting to be enchanted by the evil rich Grisham. Scarecrow (Or Feather Top, as he is later called) must save Polly and the other orphan children, but without anyone knowing his true identity. It's cute - nothing extremely special but I do think it's one of those fun movies you can watch to get that youthful feeling about the holiday's and fall in you.

In terms of an outfit, I decided to go with my own interpretation of Polly, rather then a literal outfit from her color scheme. Polly seems to be a dark red head, so I chose this neat brown outfit to compliment her almost brunette tones. First I chose a recently added Baby jumperskirt, along with a long Forever 21 sweater that seems really comfortable! Polly tends to only have a few articles of clothing, so you need to keep yourself warm.

Then I chose a cute slightly off color tartan scarf. It compliments the strips on the dress and makes it look a bit mix/matchy, as Polly looks usually.
I picked a nice comfy pair of boots, along with a big brown bag to help Polly carry her shoes for the other Orphan kids! The final touches are that of a feather necklace, paying tribute to Feather Top (since Feather's are a key object in the story) and a cute little black (or brown works) bow to place in her hair.

I adore this outfit, and even with all it's cheese, I love the movie too. Fun fact: Corey Feldman plays Max, the rat companion of The Scarecrow. It always makes me laugh when I see this movie, just on that alone. If you'd like to see The Scarecrow, it's been kindly uploaded to youtube here. So go on an adventure with your own Scarecrow!

Monday, November 1, 2010

LVF Updates: New Features on LVF!


It is now officially the fall, as November has just begun! LVF is going to be a bit spars for a little bit, as mentioned that I'll be filming my thesis in a week. But while you wait for more fun posts, I've added some cool features on the sides of the blog.

You'll notice on the right is a new section called Frilly Video of the Month! Here you can check out a super fun and lolita (or just frilly-loving) video to help you get excited for your day or month! This month's video is Misako Aoki, when she visited Hyper Japan in London. I love the way she talks with the audience and her lovely atmosphere!

Also posted on the right is My Favorite Coordinate of the Month! If you'd like to enter in for next month (I'm looking to go the blog with a Christmas theme, so the more winter-like, the better!)This month, I chose a coordinate from MintyMix (Kammie) in her Melty Chocolate JSK and brown boots! To submit a coordinate either comment on this post or email me at drowell90@yahoo.com!

If you haven't noticed, the layout changed as well. When Christmas rolls around, I hope to decorate the blog up for the holidays and the 1 year anniversary of LVF (I can't believe it...). Look for more cute graphics and fun little knick knacks all around the blog.

Have fun looking around and as always, look out for more reviews and Dress Up Time posts!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Results of "My Personal Dream Outfit" Contest


After almost 100 entries and so many fantastic outfits, I have come to a very hard and demanding decision.... the top 3 of La Vida Frill's "My Personal Dream Outfit Contest". Before we get started, I wanted to share with you all my favorite entries (since there was so many I wanted to win!) Here on my flickr account (click link).

And now, drum roll please......


In 3rd Place, we have Madison with her Pride and Prejudice inspired outfit:

Description: "This outfit really shows off the side of me that loves a classic, elegant look. I adore autumnal colors, especially dark reds, and I have always dreamed of owning a dress in such a shade. I included cream-colored socks and a cute cutsew to add a bit of sweetness to this otherwise mature look. There is also a feather hair fascinator present for a bit of vintage flair. However, my favorite piece in this ensemble has to be the ring shaped like a longhorn skull. It adds a slightly macabre element and subtly shows off the darker side of my personality. And of course, I just had to put in Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth (I'm a huge P & P fan)! This would be my ultimate dream outfit (and looking at those prices it will have to remain as such...)"

LVF Thoughts: This coordinate is classy in so many ways! With all the interesting elements of subdue colors, longhorn skull ring and, not to mention the fantastic movie inspiration - this outfit really has a lot going for it. Madison has her own unique take on style that is her own vision and truly shows! She takes risks in ways that turn out fierce and elegant.

In 2nd place, comes in Miss Lumpy's blue dream coordinate:Description:"Unsurprisingly, the main color in my coordinate is, as always, light blue. One of my favorite pairings is light blue with dark colors like black or navy; with autumn setting in, I've really been feeling brown lately because it reminds me of whipped hot chocolate and thick vegetable stew and all the other delicacies of autumn. The main reason this outfit embodies my personal style is because it's vintage-y classic lolita enhanced by quirky, eclectic accessories that still remain elegant. I've paired my favorite bonnet, a custom piece by Ophanim Gothique, with a beautiful JSK by Mary Magdalen and a flowy sheer blouse by Victorian Maiden for that classic, old-fashioned look. Because it's getting chilly here, I'd probably feel like jumping off a bridge if I had to cram my feet into uncomfortable, breezy heels; these boots are almost exactly like my personal cool-weather staple, a pair faux-fur-lined vintage leather boots from a thrift store on the Lower East Side, paired with a lovely pair of cream lace tights. These shoes are so comfortable I wear them as slippers on fall evenings! Though I'm usually a big proponent of bags you can live out of, these days I've been packing up a small pochette to tak to class with my bookbag, so I'm confident that maybe I'll be able to use a teeny-weeny clutch like this adorable piece by YSL. Speaking of practical, some of my classes absolutely forbid the use of electronics, so I've invested in a cute rhinestone watch - if only it were this beauty! I'm channeling my newfound love of mori-girl (a love for which I was in serious denial for a time but just can't escape anymore!) with a fur collar and a crazy stag-head ring, and of course, keeping it classy by piling on the pearls until they're practically dripping down my fingers."

LVF Thoughts: I'm such a sucker for blue, let's just face it - and with that in mind, Missy Lumpy has got me craving some more pastel ocean colors in my wardrobe. To the deer ring and my personal favorite touch, the letter shaped purse, this outfit has a great style and fun that I always crave for. You can tell this outfit has a lot of dreams and whimsy put into it!

And now.... the moment you've all been waiting for... the winner of The Dream Outfit contest is....

1st Place goes to Lolita Wonderland, and her mint and red outfit:
Description: "I simply adore the Milky Berry JSK in mint. I love the combination of mint and red and decided to use those colours in the accessories. I chose to keep the strawberries in, because they’re one of my favorite fruits. I wanted an umbrella and a bag and was lucky enough to find two adorable combinations of red and white.I adore white blouses with short sleeves, especially a couple from Baby, so I added that too. This was the last coord I made. I got a bit lazy, so I used full pictures instead of cutting them."

LVF Thoughts: When looking through all the entries this morning, I couldn't help but dive into the world of Lolita Wonderland. Now granted, looking simply at the coordinate and some of the basics, maybe this isn't what I would have originally chosen. But, something sparked my interest and that was the spirit behind the dreams and fantasy coming from this outfit. Wonderland seems to truly love and respect this fashion and it's magical, which is what I looked for in the entries overall! That sparkle and wonder when it comes to Lolita really showed in this, and I just adore it. She has the magic and twinkle many of you and I myself, had when starting in Lolita and this is something I was amazed by. To see more of Lolita Wonderland, go here.

So there are the winners! I'm so happy with the response to this contest and I hope you'll join in the next one (Coming this December!)If you were a winner of the contest, please email me your address at drowell90@yahoo.com, so prizes can be mailed to you as soon as possible. Keep on the frills ~ LVF.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Frilly Goals For November

I thought it might be fun to do something a bit more on the frilly side then the film side for a bit each month with some of my Frilly Goals! Maybe reading these will inspire you to do something similar things with yourself when in the poof and splendor!
  • My most important goal for November right now is finishing my Thesis film. It is my most important project I've ever worked on and means more to me then most people will ever know. It's called (working title) "La Fille de l'avenir" (The Daughter of the Future) and is the story of a 18th Century girl, about to be married and worried about the constrictions of marriage, thinking she'll lose her independent female self. She is given a magical key, that transports her to 2010 - But what she sees isn't exactly all she had dreamed of for the future. If that doesn't get you excited, Kelsey of I Do Declare will be the costume designer and the title song will be done by Candy Hearts! It's a collection of all the things that make me happy and I'm so proud to be making my dream film.
  • I'll be holding my first meet up since April, when I did it for Alice in Wonderland's movie fun! This time I'm running another meet up for a Disney movie - Tangled, the fun re-telling of Rapunzel. I'm dying to dress up in a Disney inspired coordinate again - this time I'm deciding between Bambi or Chip'n'Dale. Which do you think I should do? Gimmie ideas!
  • I'm really wanting to get more fall and winter colors into my wardrobe, including more browns and plaids! I've already accomplish more red plaid, but I'd love even more colors to chose from. I'm even debating on getting that Baby lucky pack dress with the ties on the side, just to feed this craving!
  • Another goal is to make the best present for the Lolita Day Christmas Exchange at the Opera meet up! I've already collected a few items, but I still need to find something really special.
  • Speaking of which, I really need to get my coordinate for that day together as well. My main piece, Lovely Sweet Room in Red arrived already. Now I must get a long sleeve white blouse, a cute pair of brown boots and a new red bag - possibly. I also want a new faux fur stole, along with tiny Christmas trinket hair pieces for my hair. Did I mention I really want to crimp my hair for this outfit?
  • I'm also wanting to get everything Deers and Teddy Bears this year. I know they have been and are in season right now and I've fallen for their charm. Bring me the prettiest fawns and little squishy Bears oh fashion world! I shall get everything I see!
So what are your goals for the month? I wanna know as well ~



Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dress Up Time Special: The Question - Who Will You Be For Halloween?


This year when it came to Halloween, I decided to be economical and not spend any money on anything new! By just making an outfit out of my own closest, so with the idea I chose to dress as one of my favorite characters of all time: Dorothy Gale!

Though this outfit isn't perfect, I think I easily got the general elements of the outfit correct and with that made a pretty cute version of the Kansas darling!

First thing I picked was the best of my blue jumperskirts to use. Though it isn't gingham, I chose my Love to be a Princess JSK from Angelic Pretty. It's probably my favorite dress in my closet and since I took off the extreme detachable bows, it works for a more cute and princess looking Dorothy.

I decided this would be more an interpretation of when Dorothy gets made up in the Emerald City, hence why it'll look so glamorous! This is also why I chose to use my red Tarina Dorothy necklace, and my cute and lovely Red Tea Party replicas for her ruby slippers! I'm not using any special Straw basket, but this one works.

My final touch I chose was my collection of Wizard of Oz dolls, that I'll put into the basket instead of Toto. I've had these since I was little and really want to put them to good use. My favorite is the Scarecrow, so he will be featured the most.

Yeah, it isn't exactly Dorothy as intended, but it's my version and I love it. But now I wanna know, what are you wearing on the costumed holiday? Lolita? Nothing related to frills? Tell me!

Monday, October 25, 2010

"My Personal Dream Contest" Ends This Sunday!!!


Just a fun and sparkly reminder - If you haven't already submitted, The Personal Dream Outfit contest ends this Sunday! The winners will be revealed on Nov.1st, along with a 2nd and 3rd place winners (who will get small prizes as well). If you'd still like to post an outfit, you can on this page and this page. When the clock strikes 12 on Oct.31st (Halloween to be exact), both pages will be locked - so no more comments can be posted.

The prizes are: One LVF's Favorite Movie Selections (DVD), One LVF's Favorite Movie Snacks, 1 Small Brand Accessory, A Mixture of off-brand accessories!

And just to get your interest more, the off brand accessories will be from, my favorite girl MintyMix! The brand accessory will be a secret until Nov. 1st, along with the movie selection!

Hope you are getting excited - as I am too! We have some really great submissions, so it's hard to chose. But I bet if you submit something it'll be even harder, as each selection keeps getting better and better!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dress Up Time Special Edition: Alice - THE RE:DUX

For all of those in Lolita Fashion, I think it's easy for us all to say that we have related to one specific character from literature when it comes to our fashion as a whole. Maybe it might be because you loved the original source material, the Disney movie, all the cool stuff that Japan makes because of their obsession, or because she is the somewhat iconic poster child for Lolita fashion. But it's pretty easy to assume that we've all felt something when it comes to this little girl from England.

Myself, I definitely have been an Alice fan
for years. Maybe it's the mixture of elegance and ridiculousness, or the relations of life and it's "Rabbit Hole" qualities, but Alice is definitely something that I've taken interest in and has grown more as I've dug into my Lolita roots.

But at the same time, I can't help but feel that is almost an overrated tone that Alice is getting. It might because I'm slowly becoming an old timer when it comes to this Fashion (been into it since 2004, just for clarification) But Alice truly is something that never changes, which I find it both the downfall and the fortunate quality to her fame.

This mostly comes from my reaction to peoples in take and understanding of how to represent Alice. Yes, of course, there is always the combination of blue and white and a hint of black. Sure blonde hair and maybe some sort of black bow is nice. But does it always have to be the same? Can't we break from this mold?


I think the best example I have of this is Alice and the Pirates, which takes Alice from just the girl we knew of the novels to that of a girl lost on a magical pirate-ship. But this is what I dream of the understanding and appreciation of Alice . She doesn't have the be one dimensional in her fashion recreations.

So if you're going to be Alice for Halloween this year, might I suggested this as a guide to maybe trying a new way of Alice. For go the slutty costume store version, or borrowing a white apron from your mother's closet. Here's my dream Alice outfit, to help inspire you in your Wonderland journey!


As you can see, all the appropriate elements are represented for the character. The knight cards, the blue x white x black, the white rabbit, even the Queen of Heart is included. But was changed?

First, I chose just a regular Jumperskirt and blouse then the added apron. Apron's I find to be one of the most costume like elements of Lolita and doesn't work, or need to be essential, in the world of Alice. Instead I chose for a new take, a super cute high-necked blouse with a bow attachment.

Also, for-go the Mary Janes and pick a cute pair of low heeled boots or heeled shoes with bows in a black tone. Also pick a fun Alice concept appropriate pair or tights or socks. Make sure they aren't too low - so they'll make your outfit tasteful. Then to add a final touch, go with a cute black bow or blue bow. Either works, and like the one shown, chose one with a hint of sparkle or rhinestones.

So at the end of the day, make Alice your own! Don't feel to fall under her usual pressures and cliches. Alice was always a character who wanted to follow her own unusual path and you can do. That way you won't fall prey to the Jabborwocky and you'll be the pretty heroine of the Lolita world.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quick News Flash: Meet Twenty Four Lies Per Second

As you may remember a while back, I had gotten the job as a co-writer for another film centered blog called Twenty Four Lies Per Second. Well, it seems the owner is off and heading on a fantastic journey of becoming a hardcore filmmaker, and in return has given me the "keys" (so to speak) for the blog.

Though it might not all be to your frilly liking, I hope you'll check it out and give it some love. I'm a big believer in the ability to learn about movies that might not be the big major releases you know about, but the little guys. This blog is all about that. Showcasing the best in film, whether they be films you know or ones you will soon know. The best is, all the film's that are spoken of are all a bit on the darker side of story telling. A little Del Toro or Tarantino fan? Well you might enjoy this place. Like a little Hitchcock in your film diet? Come on over!

Don't worry, nothing is changing about La Vida Frills, I'm just giving this blog some love too! So come and check out the place (link here), and you should give it some TLC too!

Monday, October 18, 2010

LVF Exclusive: Interview w/ Director of "The Secret of Kells" Tom Moore and Art Director Ross Stewart

So once in a blue moon, La Vida Frills gets really lucky to be granted special things. One of these was an interview with the Director of the Academy Award nominated film "The Secret of Kells". The interview was conducted at this years New York Comic Con and was my first interview ever! I was really pleased on how it turned out and I hope you enjoy reading some of the highlights from the conversation. I'd like to mention that I was also lucky enough to interview the Art Director Ross Stewart at the same time. For my first interview it was extremely relaxing and fun. The guys were the sweetest and most genuine people I've ever had the chance of meeting.

In case you have no knowledge of the film, here's a quick synopsis:

In medieval Ireland, a young boy named Brendan ordinary life is turned into extraordinary when a master Illuminator brings a mysterious book
with him. Brendan is given the task of restoring the book to it's full glory, and such must go on a journey through the misty Celtic forests of Ireland. Helping him on his quest is a fay named Aisiling, who has the ability to transform into a wolf. Together they beat the odds and go on a mission of wonder and delight.


Now you know the story... so, on with the fun!


LVF: So first, can you tell me what it feels like to have made an Oscar nominated film?

TM:
Well, we didn't expect it to be nominated, you know. So that was pretty exciting! It really was cool!

RS:
It was nothing that we ever imagined when we were making the film. It was the most pl
easant surprise that you could ever get.

LVF:
What do you think are the ingredients to making
an Oscar nominated film?

TM:
I don't know, if I did I'd set it in a bag that'd say "Here's the ingredients to making an Oscar nominated film."

RS:
I reckon the reason why we got nominated I'd say, because it was something a
little bit different. Something that [the academy] had never seen before and they thought it had some heart in the film.

LVF:
Do you feel the pressure on your next project to have it be nominat
ed for an Oscar or even win? Or do you feel you can just make a new film with a relaxed notion regardless?

TM:
Well, it's better not to think about awards or beating anyone out when you're working on a new project. So, I'm hoping to make the best film that I can and hope that people that liked the first one will like the second one even more! Because I think you'll be a better filmmaker if you think that
way, I at least say so.

RS:
Well the next one I say... has to win the Oscar!

LVF: What ar
e the next projects that you are involved in?


TM:
I'm developing a feature film called Song of the Sea. (To check out information on the film, which looks so cute I can't wait, click here)It's based on the legend of Selkies,
the legend of women that can turn into Seals. It's kind of the best of Irish and Scottish legends. So it's about the last one and she's a little girl in the city and she has to find her way back to the sea.

LVF: Do you feel that your film has a different sort of atmosphere then
an American animated film?

TM: Yeah, we purposely decided that we wanted to make a film that was showing a little bit of Irish culture, a little bit of Irish art and design. And it was a kind of response to the fact that there wasn't any real tradition of Irish animation, and we wanted to start something. We wanted to make films that had a sort of look and a sort of style going on. The Japanese have the same thing, and we wanted to do the same thing for Ireland.

LVF: What was
the main inspiration when it came to the art of the film?

RS:
We mostly looked at Ce
ltic art as the main inspiration for the film, along with other medieval arts and other Celtic designs. You can definitely see that influence in our film. That's probably why it looks so different from American and Japanese animated films, because we're taking so much from Irish and Celtic culture and art.

LVF: Do you relate to any of the characters in your piece? Especially the character of Brendan, who seems to want to be an independent creative spirit?

TM: I think a lot of the artists who worked on the film, as with myself, saw themselves in Brendan. He's an artist just like we are artists, and he has a father who doesn't really approve and wants him to do something more sensible. So I think a lot of the artists connected with that, had a sort of ki
nship with Brendan.

RS:
I had a kinship with Brother Aidan. Mostly because he's sort of a hippie and likes to spend time in the trees.


LVF:
It seems that one of the center
pieces of your film is a strong female driven character, which also seems to be the same with your next project as well. Do you feel that females don't get represented correctly enough in film or do you feel that you are representing them in a correct way?

TM: Well the problem originally with Kells were the first few drafts, it was like a submarine movie, there were too many men. But what I was interested in was there's definitely a sort of blend between the Pagan system, which is sort of goddess based and modern Christianity.I wanted in my film to show the new kind of Goddess, which is connected into the idea of the Virgin Mary. This to me is a natural response to the culture of the film.

Aisiling represents those kind of older beliefs in Ireland, which were more of a balance between male and female. She's kind of like the Irish idea of "the dreaming of Ireland", and having it appear as a beautiful woman. We definitely wanted a female element and for my next film, which almost was going to be girls dressed in bikini's on a spaceship, but in the end we chose Selkie's which is very female driven idea.

I think American films are more about boys and their fathers, which I think, when talking about Miyazaki's films, there is always a female protagonist. Which is what I really love about his films, they have a more gentler female side to it. This is something we wanted for our film as well.

RS:
I think Aisiling is a strong spirited little girl, she is a good female character. She's not weak, she's very strong. She presents the Pagan belief and she has a big weight on her shoulders, especially for a little girl.

LVF:
Do you have any big goals for the future of your careers?

TM:
Yeah, just making cartoons for as long as I can make them.

RS: I plan on continuing to paint, and if Cartoon Saloon wants me I'll continue to work with them.

LVF:
Finally, what is the message you would like people to learn about when they watch "The Secret of Kells"?

TM:
There are a lot of messages. I suppose perseverance is important, so the art is important in kind of difficult times. Which I think is still relevant today.

RS: To continue the support of Irish animated films!

And that's the end! I hope you enjoyed reading this little interview and hopefully there will be more in the future of LVF.

"Secret of Kells" is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD from New Video Group. To learn more about the film, check out the website here. To learn more about the studio, Cartoon Saloon, click here.

Thanks to Tom, Ross and New Video Group for letting me take a moment for a quick chat and some laughs.



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dress Up Time #6: Christine from The Phantom of the Opera


Though I have discussed the infamous Phantom of the Opera here on LVF before (click here to read my multi-review), I thought I'd take a minute to focus on Christine for another fun Halloween and Dress Up Time subject!

But why Christine? Well, she's treasured for being one of the most known and played characters in Musical theater and film history. Ph
antom has been remade constantly since 1925, and many have taken on the role of Christine. But does it make this Diva at all interesting? To be honest, not really.

Christine, in my opinion, has no human struggles on the interior to really concur - which leaves little to be desired in viewing just her and also leaves her to be a bit well, dull. But what makes her so interesting and so thought after? Her co-star and her journey to the end of the story. Every girl has had some fantasy of a romantic thrilling adventure involving two handsome suitors being so entangled with your beauty and strengths that they'll fight for you in a multitude of ways. It's also easy to say that many, including myself, had had many a little fantasy of a tall, dark and mysterious man come and take us to a magical underworld of music.


So in that, we all wish to be Christine. To have the voice and beauty of an angel and to attract such attention along with the Phantom himself, allowing us to enter his world. So, interested in stepping into the feet
of this future Opera star? Let's go to the masquerade in this outfit!

To start - rather than doing an outfit that's a literal translation of the usual attire of Christine, I chose to make it more "inspired by". This is due to the man versions of Christine and her many outfits through out the many adaptations. It was hard to pin point on one outfit, so I created a tribute to put best.

First, I couldn't ignore the greatest print by Alice and the Pirates (in my opinion), Masquerade Theater. Do you know what is the theme of the print? Phantom of the Opera, of course! So by default, I made sure this Christine is dressed in the jumperskirt version (in the cream colorway, to represent the innocence of the character.) The best thing to remember when creating this sort of look is to stick with creams and vintage browns, along with golds. Christine is suppose to be always representing a "bride yet to be wed" sort of look.

Next, I chose a nice white long sleeved cutsew to cover the shoulders. Christine must always appeared to be showing "selective skin." She always shows a respectable amount of shoulders and chest, especially for her time. For the feet, I chose a cream set of tights and a pair of brown short boots from Innocent World. Christine needs shows that can easily allow her to run away from The Phantom, but also to be elegant and girlie.

For some nice final touches, don't forget to add red roses anywhere you can for decoration! The Phantom is always giving Christine red roses, as they are his iconic prop. I recommend at least one rose in the hair with some tiny white flowers for a bit of extra beauty! Also remember to chose a cute gold or white bag to add a little bit of shimmer to the very calm outfit.

The last item I included is a charm bracelet, with tiny pictures from the 2004 musical version of Phantom, which can be found here on etsy. Nice little things like this and "mask" related decor make the outfit absolute perfection!

Hopefully you enjoyed this ensemble, and that you can enjoy partying at your own masquerade come Halloween. Just make sure to not let the Phantom capture you in his layer forever!

LVF Update: Please look out for an exclusive first time LVF interview with an Oscar nominated animation director (Done at NYCC). But who is it? You'll just have to wait till tomorrow.

Monday, October 11, 2010

LVF News and New York Comic Con Pre-Post


La Vida Frills is happy to announce that we have two great things to bring to a post of this quality. One, there will be tons of New York Comic Con coverage coming your way in a short while. But the best of these two announcements? Notice anything? La Vida Frills has hit 100 followers! I'd really like to thank all that have joined this wonderful community of people and wanted to share in the love of frills and films as they continue to be fabulous together in every way! Consider this recent contest the fun big one, but hopefully - when another milestone for the blog comes out in a few short months, we can have another contest. Again thank you all for joining and keep being frilly and film loving all the time!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dress Up Time #5: Ophelia from Pan's Labyrinth (2006)


Halloween is around the bend! So this month with Dress Up Time, we are going to focus on the more creepy girly characters you could dress as. This week we will start with Ophelia from the Oscar nominated Pan's Labyrinth (2006). Being directed by my hero Guillermo Del Toro, this film truly captures the lose of innocence and the experience of growing up at an age where fairy tales and dreams still run wild. The counter actions of the story with the tasks that Ophelia must do, interact in such a way that makes it very interesting to observe. Ophelia herself is a bit of a strange character. A girl lost in her own wonderland that to the viewer and herself can not be decided if it is real or in her head. Regardless, whether it be real or not, this world is truly fantastic and scary. But what should you wear to experience the Labyrinth with El Fauno? Let's take a look!

Ophelia, along with the entire color palette of the film, are all muted earth tones. This is great for those who are classic, gothic or country lolita's. It also works very well for those who love Mori Girl or Dolly Kei styles. First, chose a peter pan colored one-piece in either a green, grey, navy blue or black color.

Then go with a brown, grey or nude sweater. Make sure it's a very big and comfortable sweater, as Ophelia goes on long and tough journey's in her outfits.

Next, chose a nice brown or black leather messenger bag. Ophelia carries many objects with her on her travels, so you'll want something sturdy.
For your feet, go with a pair of white tick knee high socks. Bonus points if you find ones with a leave or tree pattern, but don't go with anything too over the top. Make sure not to forget a pair of black oxford shoes. Make sure they are comfortable, otherwise it'll be hard to get through The Pale Man's chambers.

To give a nice finishing touch, find a gothic styled fairy or dragon fly necklace. This represents the "Fairy" creatures in the story that help Ophelia on her quest. If you want to have a head piece (Though it's not required.), either go with a nice green headbow or a simple black hat. After all of this, you are ready to journey into the labyrinth!

If you've never seen Pan's Labyrinth, I highly recommend it as a Halloween or Fall movie choice! It has a great creepy yet beautiful atmosphere and some of the most shocking imagery yet. It'll haunt and move you at the same time. If you want to check out another similar piece by Del Toro, go with Cronos (His first and my favorite of his works) Which tells the story of a grandfather who, by the bite of a haunted piece of clock work robotics, is turned into a vampire. Either way, you'll be sure to have fun!

Monday, September 27, 2010

A LVF Update Post: Contest Info and New York Comic Con



CONTEST IS CLOSED
So La Vida Frills has been extremely busy this month! Sadly, I didn't get a chance to write all the post I had hoped to. But we will try again next year. So what have I been up to then? Work has been extremely busy, getting lots of projects in like crazy. School only finished a short week ago and will be starting up again in yet another week. I'll be taking such classes as Advanced Film Theory at night and Directing A Short Film in the afternoon. Of course, both of these classes land on days that involve Lolita Fashion events in New York - which should be all kinds of interesting to get out of. So depending on the teachers and situations, my first class I might miss completely since it'll be one of the first big landmark events for NYC's Lolita community. The FIT Museum Tea Party. It'll feature guests from h.naoto along with Tokyo Rebel! Then later, on Friday comes New York Comic Con! Though I adore Otakon for it's nostalgia, NYCC is perhaps my favorite convention in the world. It has something that tingles all my senses of interest. Movies, Comics, Games and now... Lolita Fashion! For years the convention has had it's tibbles of featuring the sub-culture but now it's going full speed. The same h.naoto guests will be attending the convention and holding their own Fashion Shows and Panels. I'll be attending all of the events and giving my coverage of the event. I'm hoping for it to be video coverage this time, since I haven't gotten a chance to make an Otakon video yet (But it shall come eventually.) I'll also be doing coverage for the other blogs I write for, so I'll be posting about that as well.




Next on the plate is the My Personal Dream Contest. So far we've had three lovely submissions. But we need more to chose from, so come on! Just to review: Submit your dream coordinate (Using Polyvore or whatever image program you chose. You can even make a video on Youtube and post it!) that incorporates something about your interests or something personal! Reply to this or the previous post with a comment that includes the image (or video) and a description of why it represents you! The prize: a La Vida Frill's Gift Set. It includes: a La Vida Frills movie (DVD), a La Vida Frills approved Movie Snack, a small Brand Acessory Item and an assortment of off-brand accessories! Interested? The submission deadline is October 31st!




So keep spreading the word about La Vida Frills and the contest! Let's have some frilly fun ~




Posts to look out for: Halloween Themed Movie Reviews and Dress Up Time posts. Coverage on New York Comic Con (blog and video) and more awesome articles! If you have any suggestions of things you'd like to see on the blog, please comment and let me know!




Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Bit Of Time About Me ~ My Personal Dream Contest ~




I took into realizing, as I'm just waiting here for work to arrive, that I never really talk about myself much. This blog was never aimed at something really personal, since I don't think my life is truly that interesting (except for a view of my little sparkly moments) But I think it's about time I go and give you a little bit of info about myself. Heck, why not have a time to flaunt myself! I think everyone should once in a while. So here it goes...

To start off, let's go with the basics. Who am I? I'm a little Upstate New York girl who happens to be in the city most of time and spends most of it making movies or working on them. Yep, if you can't already tell my life is film and fashion. Some people might say not to say the F word, but I say my two favorite F words with pride everyday. I personally think Fashion and Film both go hand in hand. Almost like a tango, they can't truly be one without the other. Though now a days, Fashion's role in Film isn't as big, it's slowly climbing again. Even Lolita Fashion is making it's slow creeping into Cinema's eye. Hence my eternal obsession that never seems to end. Also hence the creation of this blog and why it continues to thrive in the first place.


But look? Again I'm not even speaking one word of myself. I'll get all the frills out of the way. I'm a proud and out there sweet lolita. Though I don't wear it everday, I pretty much wear it 90% of the time. Angelic Pretty is my absolute favorite, favorite, and I mean favorite brand. I plan on being buried in it (Along with Betsey Johnson and Tarina Tarantino drapped all over me)and wearing it till I die as well. Once I have a steady enough income, I also plan on buying all the prints and pieces that I can. My favorite print? It's a tie between Dreaming Macaron (already mine!) and Magical Etoile. My recent favorite though is Fantasic Dolly, which has the best color-way I've seen yet from the brand (including the shoes they made to go with it, I'm dying to get them in mint!)

If I had my way, I'd dress in Angelic Pretty everyday. Sadly, I don't have the funds to continue new outfits for it on a daily basis but I try my best. My usual clothes though is either a kick butt nostalgic movie shirt, jeans and a nice pair of converse (Something I collect outside of the frills) OR a great dress from Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters with a pair of boots. Nothing fancy but nothing boring either.

You probably are also wondering what my favorite movie is? Hands down, Back to the Future. Probably one of the most un-girly, nerd filled movies. The rest of my list though is pretty diverse including Sunset Boulevard, The Hunchback of Norte Dame (Disney), Jeykll and Hyde (1931) and The Fifth Element. I have a really crazy taste in film but I think it sets itself apart from most. My favorite director? Guillermo Del Toro for sure with Billy Wilder right behind him. Both are completely different but have a fantastic eye on knowing what they are good at and have made all of my favorite movies (others I've mentioned and not). Del Toro though is above else my weird male counterpart and hero but thats for another post for another time.

Ok, enough of the nerdy stuff. Let me return to the frills. Everyone
seems to like coordinate posts so let me show you a dream outfit of mine. I'm really a fan of things parisian and sweets this season! So with that in mind I wanted to come up with a French Party outfit. Something I would wear thats both a bit elegant, sweet and fun to wear walking around a tiny French village and grabbing tons of macarons and singing ala Gigi! Yes, I think about these things. It's almost entirely made of Angelic Pretty along with some off brand hair combs.

WAIT!? What was even the point of this post?! Well I actually have a challenge for all of my readers and fellow bloggers. Create yourself your dream coordinate and let it incorporate something about yourself. Whether it be frilly or just plain adorable, I want to see your dream personal outfit! Why? Well let's just say there might be a prize involved for the best one. I can't away the exact details yet but I promise when there is more you'll get some details.

Excited? I hope so!