Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! It’s the last Monday of 2017, thank you for an amazing year! As part of Lolita Blog Carnival, this week I will be writing about my Lolita New Years Resolutions. While it’s been less than a year since I decided to fully immerse myself in Lolita fashion and begin wardrobe building, I’ve already accumulated my wishlist items shockingly enough! I’ve had to update my Lolita Wishlist and The One That Got Away posts to reflect things I actually ended up getting! So exciting! I’ve already began planning a new round of wishlist items and I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for me. Onto the resolutions!
Wear Lolita more often
Right now, I try to plan at least one meet-up a month for my local comm but I’d really like to get into the habit of wearing the fashion more frequently and outside of meet ups. Ideally, I’d wear it at least once a week. I’ve been thinking about ways I might be able to incorporate more casual outfits into my work schedule and seeing if that helps with my creativity. It’s definitely hard to balance because while some people are attracted to the more everyday wear-ability of the fashion, the layered and complex coordinate street snaps were the sources of my fashion inspiration!
Find my Wishlist items (again)
As mentioned, I completed the wishlist I had set for myself in 2017 through a lot of digging and luck! I’ve created a new small list of new things I’m actively seeking and I’d love to get them by the end of 2018! The same themes generally apply and will hopefully add more staples to my wardrobe.
Find more subtle circus pieces
Part of what makes it so difficult for me to wear Lolita more often is the natural nature of the circus theme being a very loud, vibrant, and over the top one. Even outfits that I regarded as “Casual” would receive inquiries on whether or not it was a costume. I’d like to find more wardrobe pieces that have more natural or neutral colors that still fit the general aesthetic of what I like while still letting me enjoy the day more readily without being stopped for questions.
Right now one of my favorite “subtle” circus pieces is my Innocent World Stripe Martingale JSK. It’s a soft beige color yet still fits the playful theme. I’m hoping to find more dark colored prints with much less dramatic prints to add to my wardrobe.
Combine Lolita with art
Earlier this year, I made a scepter for one of my coordinates and it really made me remember how fun it is to create things. I’m an artist by occupation during the day but I’ve been struggling lately finding the inspiration to create at at the pace I previously was able to maintain before school and job obligations impacted my motivation. Sometimes, I’ll go months without drawing anything for myself. I’d love to stop this cycle by creating more craft projects for myself and maybe a tangible product for an artist alley. Earlier this year I mentioned that I did artist alley for Tora Con 2017 and made some handmade pins. I’d love to make more official accessories such as rosettes, rings, and pins! I’m especially interested in potentially having wood be the base for these if I ever create them.
Practice Japanese through Lolita
Japanese was my minor in college and I even studied abroad but the lack of immediate influence on my life has made it so difficult to keep up what I know. One of my goals for 2018 would be to translate and read the Gothic Lolita Bible issues I’ve acquired, as well as purchase new Lolita fashion magazines to keep up with new releases. In addition, I’d like to fully be able to articulate this blog in both languages. I was successful with two of my blog posts (Halloween Shopping / ハロウィーンの買い物 & Halloween Party 2017 / ハロウィーンのパーティー2017) but it was definitely more time-consuming than I had anticipated. Though I did minor in Japanese in college, as well as spent some time studying abroad in Tokyo, without active study, it’s been difficult retaining some of what I’ve learned. To accomplish this, it may require posting every other week rather than every week as my blog format presently has but I think it’d be worth it.
That’s it for my Lolita New Years Resolutions for 2018! I’d like to do a full year in review once my annual anniversary of restarting this blog occurs. Until then, thanks for reading along with me exploring my self-identity in this fashion.
This post has been a part of Lolita Blog Carnival, a group devoted to sharing Lolita content through the medium of blogging! Check out some other blogs and what they wrote about their Lolita New Years Resolutions!
Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time and Happy Holidays!