Well, I must say – I’m quite happy today! Though on Tuesday I went to my first college class in eight years or so and was a half hour late, not to mention being totally intimidated by the curriculum and what’s expected of me . . . today, at least, was a good day.
Yes, I’m feeling the waters around Taos and dressing up the way I love – Lolita Style. I’m still learning about a lot of the nuances, but I just love ruffles. They make me feel pretty. Haven’t tried pink and other pastels yet, but I may get there.
As it turns out, there’s another Lolita in Taos! She has a blog too, and apparently dresses that way almost every day. I was told this by the owner of a store called Seconds (fabulous eco store where everything’s recycled something or other). The lady was so happy about my socks and gushed over them, and the fact that I was wearing lolita. Mostly I was just walkin’ around with my husband, feeling cute and enjoying the experience of parading. I didn’t expect anyone to know what I was wearing. But that lady did! And I got excited.
I want more dresses and skirts! I went into the local quilting store and found all kinds of cute printed broadcloth fabrics I could use to make casual outfits. But I’ve been studying the latest Gothic & Lolita Bibles voraciously (my husband teased me for carrying them around everywhere the past weeks since I got them). So many cute dresses I want to make. I think I’m getting braver about this, and realizing and accepting that there’s no shame in dressing funny. It’s not funny to me, because I love it. That’s all that should matter.
Milanoo.com has been a good source for inexpensive skirts and blouses, but I really want to branch out and make my own. I’m glad mom taught me sewing, and also FIDM, and maybe I’ll learn a new thing or two with this serger I just bought. Woot! Frills and ruffles galore!
Also, I’ve been learning about make-up and hairstyle techniques. Hair is hard for me, but I did end up spending about 20 minutes curling today. I’ve watched a couple YouTube tutorials on make-up. Also thinking about investing in a set of circle lenses, just to see what they’d look like.
About Circle Lenses: Yes, I read all the drama and warnings about them. I haven’t tried them on yet, but I used to wear contact lenses daily – prescription. I understand circle lenses are not prescriptions, are not recommended by doctors, and they even go so far as to say they’ll cause blindness (maybe true, but exceptionally rare). Putting anything in your eyes is a risk. As I understand it, a lot of girls wear circle lenses, which are no different from the American made cosmetic lenses (except I hear the Asian ones are more comfortable). Take care of the lenses, clean them with the right solution to kill unwanted proteins and bacteria (NOT in your eye but in the appropriate case for them), and don’t sleep with them. Use them in moderation. Also, eye drops help to keep your eye moisturized. I probably wouldn’t want to wear them for more than a few hours anyway.
Cosmetic lenses are used all the time, in cinema for special FX especially. They’ve been around before they started developing ones that are less harmful and more comfortable. This by no means is saying you have to have them. Just helping people be less afraid of the unknown, if I can. And of course, everyone’s allowed to disagree. I will personally be trying some on fairly soon.