Monday, March 26, 2018

Laundry and Dryclean instructions for lolita a PSA Please wash your clothing!


Every couple of weeks this topic is brought up through different groups of people I know. How do I wash my lolita? Should I dry clean everything? and the most frustrating response among anxiety and fearful of ruining their lolita is " Lolita shouldnt be washed or drycleaned because it will ruin it".

Your clothing should not be some sort of small ecosystem that houses weird body odors and stains and a micro-biological organism habitat.


I am here to tell you that I wash and dry clean all my lolita. Most all of the modern lolita can be washed in a washer or dry cleaned. Inside all of the lolita dresses there is a care tag. I have listed the most New 2017 popular symbols that you will find in this diagram below.


If your garments is from 2016-2011 Japan used these symbols for laundry care.






We've all seen the horror stories of color running and posts of new dresses ruined. To prevent this use the material swatch if the dress comes with one or a inside of a pocket(AP dresses have the print material in the pocket) or the material inside the dress that is lined a bit with(mostly aatp and baby has this). If you have none of these then use a small portion of a waist tie and test for color fastness.

I wash a little over 97% of my wardrobe in the washing machine. Yes you read it correctly. Let me tell you how.
1) Place garment in a laundry bag or tied up pillow case on the delicate cycle(when I had my cheap top loading college washer which was my parents washer in the 90s) and now on the hand wash cycle on my front loading washer. 
2)Using Woolite as detergent I wash the dresses one at time. 
3) Just simply hang to dry or lay flat if it has cotton lace if cotton lace is curling put a clean heavy flat surface object on top. Do not ever dry in the dryer!!
Note: You can use old towels on top of garment to use books, other flat heavy objects that aren't water proof to help lace not to curl.

If you are uncomfortable with machine washing because you use commercial washers which are more rough with clothing ------then hand washing is for you. While I rarely hand wash things it's requirements are fairly minimal and they are as follows: a bucket/tubs/sink, Woolite, water and your hands washing your garment. 

1)You simply fill the bucket/tub/sink with water. 
2)Then you add the Woolite to the water in the right ratio. 
3)Insert your garment into the body of water and then agitate the garment with your hand in the water. 
4)Once you are satisfied it is clean then drain the water and refill with clean water or rinse the garment until there is no Woolite left in the garment. 
5)Then hang to dry or lay flat.

If the material is a silk like fabric then  I would suggest
 1) read the care label to see if it is machine washable
2) take it to a dry cleaners if it isn't machine washable and because some of them need specific dry cleaning solutions. Again please read the care label it will tell you what type of dry cleaning solution is needed.

If you have a wool garment or velvet garment these must be dry cleaned!! 

If you have gold foil on the velvet (such as Puppet Circus) you must make sure that the dry cleaner knows which solution will not tarnish/damage/ peel off the gold foil. It is usually listed on the care label. Garment can be dry cleaned but must be turned inside out. 

How to get out common stains?


So what if a spill, stain , or the garment is general dingy ----is there anyway you can save it? Yes so I've even bought dresses with tea and curry stains on them and made them as good as new. I am not an expert with stains so I usually go to the google and I've also used the Cleaning institutes website to gather further information. They have been spot on when getting spots off.


I have copied and pasted their list below for your convenience.

Stain

Treatment

Adhesive tape, chewing gum,
rubber cement
  1. Apply ice or cold water to harden surface; scrape with a dull knife.
  2. Saturate with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid.
  3. Rinse, then launder.
Baby formula
  1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains
  3. Launder.
Baked BeansWorking from the back of the stain, flush it with cold water. Next, pretreat it with a liquid laundry detergent, using an up-and-down motion with a soft brush to break up the stain. Rinse well. Then sponge with white vinegar and rinse again. Repeat, treating the stain with liquid detergent, then with white vinegar until you’ve removed as much stain as possible. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover and launder with bleach that’s safe for the fabric.
Barbeque SauceTreat the same as for baked beans. If the stain remains after laundering with bleach, rub in liquid laundry detergent and soak in warm water for up to 30 minutes. Launder again.
Beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks,
wine, alcoholic beverages)
  1. Sponge or soak stain in cool water.
  2. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of powder laundry product and water.
  3. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
NOTE: Older stains may respond to pretreating or soaking in a product containing enzymes, then laundering.
BloodFresh Stains
Soak in cold water (do not use hot water as it will set blood stains). Launder.
Dried Stains
Pretreat or soak in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Launder.
NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.
Lulu NOTE: Peroxide is also a good blood stain remover.
Bodily fluids
  1. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
  2. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach(OXY-CLEAN).
Brown or yellow discoloration from
iron, rust, manganese
Use a rust remover recommended for fabrics; launder.
NOTE: Do not use a sodium hypochlorite bleach to remove rust stains because it may intensify discoloration
ButterPretreat with a prewash stain remover and launder, using the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric.
Candle wax
  1. Scrape off surface wax with a dull knife.
  2. Place stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more wax and to avoid transferring stains.
  3. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Sponge remaining stain with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid; blot with paper towels. Let dry.
  4. Launder.
NOTE: If any color remains, rewash using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
ChocolateWhen the stain strikes, gently scrape off any excess chocolate. Once you get the item home, soak it in cool water. Then pretreat with a prewash stain remover and launder in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric.
NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.
Collar, cuff soil
  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or paste of powder detergent and water.
  2. Launder.

Cosmetics
  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, paste of powder detergent or laundry additive and water. Or, rub with bar soap.
  2. Launder.
CrayonFor a Few Spots:
  1. Treat the same as candle wax or dampen the stain and rub with bar soap,
  2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
For a Whole Load of Clothes:
  1. Wash with hot water using a laundry soap and 1 cup (212 g) baking soda.
NOTE: If color remains, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. Otherwise, pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes or an oxygen bleach using hottest water safe for fabric, then launder.
Dairy products
  1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
  3. Launder.
Deodorants, antiperspirantsLight Stains:
  1. Pretreat with liquid laundry detergent. Launder.
Heavy Stains:
  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Launder using an oxygen bleach.
Dye transfer
  1. Attempt restoration of white fabrics(with NO PRINTS) that have picked up color from other fabrics by using a packaged color remover, following label directions.
  2. Launder.
Printed fabrics white dress with red print:
1. Also you can use a Color catcher in the laundry

NOTE: If dye remains, launder again using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. For non-colorfast fabrics, soak in oxygen bleach, then launder.
NOTE: This type of stain may be prevented if proper sorting and laundering procedures are followed.
Egg
  1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
  3. Launder.
Fabric softener
  1. Dampen the stain and rub with bar soap.
  2. Rinse out, then launder.
Fruit, juicesWash with bleach safe for fabric.

GrassPretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
NOTE: If stain persists, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
Grease, oilLight Stains:
  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or liquid detergent booster.
  2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
Heavy Stains:
  1. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply cleaning fluid to back of stain.
  2. Replace paper towels under stain frequently.
  3. Let dry, rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
Ice CreamPretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes. Soak for at least 30 minutes – longer if the stains are old. Launder, using the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric.
InkNOTE: Some inks in each of the following categories _ ballpoint, felt tip, liquid- may be impossible to remove, Laundering may set some types of ink. Try pretreating using one of the following methods:
Prewash Stain Remover:
  1. Pretreat using a prewash stain remover. Launder.
Denatured Alcohol or Cleaning Fluid:
  1. Sponge the area around the stain with the alcohol or cleaning fluid before applying it directly on the stain.
  2. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply alcohol or cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
  3. Rinse thoroughly. Launder.
Alternate Method for Denatured Alcohol or Cleaning Fluid:
  1. Place stain over mouth of a jar or glass; hold fabric taut.
  2. Drip the alcohol or cleaning fluid through the stain so ink will drop into the container as it is being removed.
  3. Rinse thoroughly. Launder.
Ketchup
Note: Avoid dabbing at it as this can spread the stain. 
  1. Remove any excess ketchup with a spoon or knife, but be careful not to rub it into the fabric.
  2. If the garment is washable, remove the garment as soon as possible and run cold water through the stain from the backside to force the stain out of the clothing.
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup or corn syrup stains should be removed as soon as possible.
  1. Begin by using a blunt kitchen knife to remove any excess syrup still on the fabric.
  2. For washable fabrics, flush with cool to warm water from the back of the stain.
  3. Pretreat with a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent and let sit for several minutes. Rinse well.
  4. Wash as recommended according to the garment label.
  5. Don’t put in the dryer until the stain is gone!
MayonnaisePretreat with a prewash stain remover and then launder, using the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric.
MildewNOTE: Badly mildewed fabrics may be damaged beyond repair.
1. Launder stained items using a bleach safe for fabric and hottest water recommended for fabric.
MilkSee dairy products.
Mud1. When dry, brush off as much mud as possible.
Light Stains:
2. Pretreat with a paste of powder detergent and water, liquid laundry detergent or a liquid detergent booster. Launder.
Heavy Stains:
1. Pretreat or presoak with a laundry detergent or a product containing enzymes. Launder.
MustardFlush under cold water to loosen the stain, and then pretreat with a prewash stain remover. Launder, using the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric. Add bleach to the wash also – preferably chlorine bleach. (Check the care label to see if it is safe for the fabric.)
Nail polishNOTE: Nail polish may be impossible to remove.
1. Try nail polish remover but do not use on acetate or triacetate fabrics.
2. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply nail polish remover to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
3. Repeat until stain disappears, if it does.
4. Rinse and launder.
PaintWater-based Paint:
1. Rinse fabric in warm water while stains are still wet.
2. Launder.
NOTE: Once paint is dry, it cannot be removed.
Oil-based Paint and Varnish:
1. Use the same solvent the label on the can advises for a thinner.
2. If not available, use turpentine.
3. Rinse.
4. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, bar soap or laundry detergent.
5. Rinse and launder.

Perfume1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent.
2. Launder.
Perspiration1.Use a prewash stain remover or rub with bar soap.
NOTE: If perspiration has changed the color of the fabric, apply ammonia to fresh stains or white vinegar to old stains; rinse.
2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
NOTE: Stubborn stains may respond to washing in a product containing enzymes or oxygen bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.
Pine resin1. Sponge the stained area with a dry-cleaning solvent; let it air-dry.
2. Soak the stain in a solution of one cup of liquid laundry detergent and a few drops of ammonia (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous) for at least 30 minutes.
3. Launder using liquid laundry detergent.
ScorchNOTE: Badly scorched fabrics may be damaged beyond repair.
1. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. Or, soak in oxygen bleach and hot water, then launder.
Shoe polishLiquid Shoe Polish:
1. Pretreat with a paste of powder detergent and water.
2. Launder.
Paste Shoe Polish:
1. Scrape residue from fabric with a dull knife.
2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid; rinse.
3. Rub detergent into dampened area.
4. Launder using a bleach safe for fabric.
Soft DrinksSponge the stain with cool water or soak it in cool water for about 30 minutes. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover. Launder; if safe for the fabric, add chlorine bleach to the wash.
Tar1. Scrape residue from fabric.
2. Place stain facedown on paper towels. Sponge with cleaning fluid. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more tar and to avoid transferring stains.
3. Launder in hottest water safe for fabric.
Tobacco1. Dampen stain and rub with bar soap; rinse.
2. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
3. Launder.
NOTE: If stain remains, launder again using a bleach safe for fabric.
Typewriter correction fluid1. Let stain dry thoroughly, then gently brush excess off with a clothes brush.
2. Send to professional drycleaner and mention the type of stain.
WatermellonThese stains fall into that mysterious category of "invisible stains." The drips dry up and the stain seems to disappear. But if left over time, the stains will oxidize into pale yellow or brown stains. To keep this from happening, launder the item in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric.
WineSponge the stain with cool water or soak it in cool water for about 30 minutes. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover. Launder; if safe for the fabric, add chlorine bleach to the wash. (See video)
Wood Stain
Water-Based Wood Stain
1. Lay down a thick layer of white paper towels. Place the stained clothing on top of the paper towels, with the stain face down on the paper towels.
2. Pour a capful of acetone onto the stain. Dip a clean, white rag into the acetone.
3. Blot the stain with the acetone-soaked rag. Press the stain into the paper towels. Move the stained fabric around the surface of the paper towels to clean areas after each blotting. Rub the stain beginning at the outer edges and working your way toward the center. Continue to blot and rub the clothing until the stain disappears.
 
Oil-Based Wood Stain
1. Place a thick layer of white paper towels on a work surface. Lay the stained fabric facing down on the paper towels.
2. Dip a clean, white rag into mineral spirits.
3. Blot the stain, beginning at the outer edge of the stain. Push the stain into the paper towels to transfer the wood stain from the fabric onto the paper towels. Move the stained fabric from place to place on the paper towel surfaces. Continue to dip the rag into mineral spirits and blot the stain until it is removed.
Launder the garment
• Rinse the garment and launder as usual. Once the clothing is removed from the wash, inspect for any remaining stains. Repeat the stain removal process if necessary before placing the clothing in the dryer.

I hope this blog post assists you in keeping your wardrobe bright and clean. It will allow your garments to last longer and make you less fearful of wearing your clothing more often.

Please dont hesitate to ask me questions on this post and happy laundry days that are more economical.

Happy Laundry Days!!!


XOXO,
Lulu




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dressing for your Body Type in Lolita

Have you ever wondered why some cuts look better than others on you? It might be as simple as unlocking your body type to figure out which pieces you should invest in.

Most Lolitas body shapes fall into one of the following categories: triangle (larger at the bottom), circle (thick around the middle), hourglass (curvy but evenly proportioned), and rectangle (straight up and down). 


Learn which pieces work best for your unique body shape—and which won’t flatter you.


What to Look for If You’re a Pear or Triangle:

  1. Wide-legged kodona, dandy and ouji pants


  2. Boatneck shaped One pieces or square neckline jumper skirts

    The wide neckline broadens the shoulders to offset fuller hips.

  3. Tailored jacket.

    A structured jacket plays up the shoulders (which are narrower than the width of the hips on a triangle shape) to even out the lower body's proportions.

  4. A-line skirt.

    Its nonclinging design is a godsend for those who are bottom-heavy. Look for a tapered A-line to avoid appearing too triangular.

  5. Avoid clothes that work to emphasize a larger lower body:

    shapeless, oversize sweaters; skinny  kodona, dandy, or ouji pants; and skirts in a flimsy, curve-hugging fabric, like silk.


What to Look for If You’re a Circle or Apple:



  1. Sack dresses 

    A relaxed cut glides over the stomach, which is where those with a circle shape carry their weight. Look for styles with pleating or sleeves that are feminine which look modern.

  2. Slim-cut kodona, dandy, and ouji pants.

    Long and lean, these let trim legs take center stage. Pair them with a blousy top and open jacket.



  3. Flowly Sleeves 

    Sleeves that drape over the arms that go at least mid upper arm. Princess sleeves and chiffon three quarters sleeves.


  4. Empire waist or high waisted 

    A waistline that rests just below the bust will emphasize a narrow rib cage and camouflage the stomach.

  5. Avoid clothes that draw attention to the middle:

    high-rise pants, belts, and waist-cinching Dresses.

What to Look for If You’re an Hourglass:

  1. High-waisted kodona, dandy, or ouji pants.

    Since they hit at the natural waistline, pants with a high waist will draw the eye to a thin middle.

  2. V-neck bodices.

    A close-fitting blouse with an open neckline flatters curves without exaggerating them. These are often military cuts

  3. Dresses that have a belt, ribbon and that emphasizes your curves.

    Choose clothes that work and move with your natural curves, not against them: A belt creates a diagonal movement across the body that is really forgiving.

  4. Lower waisted cuts.

    This classic silhouette works best on hourglass figures because it accentuates a narrow waist and skims over fuller hips.

  5. Avoid clothes that don’t play up your proportions:

    shapeless or boxy styles, like baby-doll dresses, tunics, and oversize cardigans.

What to Look for If You’re a Rectangle:

  1. Boot-cut kodona, dandy or ouji pants.


  2. Feminine top.

    Ruffles and wispy sleeves add volume to the bust and shoulders, making the waist—which has little definition with this shape—look smaller in comparison.

  3. Fitted jacket.

    A nipped-in blazer creates a waist and the appearance of fuller hips.

  4. Flared with all the lace, frills and details One piece(OP), jumper skirt(jsk) or skirt.

    A flouncy hem contrasted with a tapered waist gives the illusion of an hourglass. Extra frills, ruffles, and elegant details on your lolita piece as long as balanced will give an illusion of being more hourglassed shaped. Must be a structured waist at your natural waist making it a well defined area. 


  5. Avoid clothes that won’t create “curves”:

    dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist, like Empire-waist tops.


  6. I hope these suggestions help you in your Lolita shopping.

XOXO,
Lulu 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My 5 Must Haves for Spring 2018

The Spring Trends for 2018 are pouring in and these are my must haves for the Spring 2018.


1) Lavender

Yes, its a color and a color we frequent with in this fashion but lavender this year in Normal fashion has been trending and so I am doubling up on my Lavender shopping to get that Vogue flavor.

I recently picked up this little number that I felt fit my requirements. I love Hydrangeas ❤️❤️ 




2) Vintage themes and Old School Dreams

Solid colors and old school styling is making a come back this season with almost ever brand debuting some subdued styling. So make like Momoko and grab some old school things. I love wearing old school things casually. They also are like a breath of fresh air with the clean and polished look they can deliver with a modern styling.



Even prints that are featuring vintage themes such as Angelic Pretty Kira Imai print with vintage bears and tea sets. I really like these quirky vintage details in the new designs. Even the AP lucky pack featured this vintage bear. In addition the Bunny lucky pack and the recent bunny special set look and feel


3) Angelic/ethereal looks

Heavenly but not necessarily religious looks are in style. Looking like a Magically and Heavenly Sky seems to still be a theme this season for Angelic Pretty with two Horoscope and Star prints we are in store for some pretty heavenly looks.

We are seeing less Sleep masks in the spring collection from Angelic Pretty and more of a dreamy but awake styling.

4) Lemons, Cherries and Bold Gingham --- OH MY!

While there have been some lemons on prints before but Baby the Stars Shine Bright seems to struck a coord( all the puns are here for free folks-- haahaa) with alot of their fan base. The cute and whimisical details of the lemon jewelry definitely has one of my friend going crazy for it.





Could this be a resurgence of some more country themes. Maybe so another good indication is the Angelic Pretty debuting a very tastefully and more my kind of speed gingham cherry dress. While gingham has never gone out of style it has waned a little these last couple of seasons.





5) Florals Groundbreaking - Miranda Presly from Devil Wears Prada.

But we can expect that florals a mainstay to continue into this spring season.



Angelic Pretty has released Dramatic Rose and it sold out almost immediately so I don’t see this trend dying any time soon.




Whatever you choose to show your enthusiasm for spring I hope you have fun and share with me what things you think are trending this spring.

XOXO,
Lulu 






Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The 5 Events that you should Plan for Spring


Spring is right around the corner and it is already getting warm where I live. This influx of warm weather has got me pondering about what events/activities are on my must "to do list". These are my favorites for Spring.



1) Swap Meet 


Who doesn't need to Spring Clean and your wardrobe should no exception. Once a year at least you should be going through your closet and selling items that no longer suit you and donating what can be donated. As a local community it helps new members to acquire gently worn goods and the ability to try on the clothing. For older members it allows the option to trade and also get money for goods that no longer suit our style. This can be an invaluable service provided to the community and in my opinion.






2) The Cherry Blossom Festival


Almost every town in America has a Cherry Blossom Festival. I highly recommend that you go to the festival that is hosted close you. It has an ambiance and an aesthetic that can not be matched to get you into the Spring state of mind. I love wandering in the blossoms and taking photos with my significant other and just leisurely walking among the trees. If you happen to live close to DC or if you have a bit of extra money I highly recommend going to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It is a real treat.


3) A Picnic at the Park


Pack up those Picnic baskets with cucumber sandwiches, macarons, fruit and pastries. If you would like hot tea for your picnic brew before leaving and pack away in a large thermos. Select a park that you enjoy and grab an old quilt. Pro Tip: If you are worried about a quilt getting dirty purchase a plastic tarp and then lay it down before your quilt. I always select a spot with a water feature. Bonus if you can rent a small boat and some paddles to complete this enchanting Spring activity.


4) Visit a Garden


Whether a Botanical Garden or a Rose Garden get a truly relaxing time walking among flowers, butterflies and honey bees. If its still too chilly where you live then try and visit a Greenhouse and soak up the enchanting smells of the flowers waiting to get out and planted as the season goes on.


5) Attend a Art/Music/Play Festival


There is no better time of year to attend outdoor festivals. One of my favorite pastimes is attending the outdoor Shakespeare Festival in which the actors perform a Shakespeare play on the top of a mountain that over looks the city.

In addition to outdoor plays we have several Art festivals that you can walk outdoors and see all the local artists and their wonderful works of art. These art festival includes local musical artist as well. It usually held later in the season so its  one of the last Spring Events that I attend.



What are your favorite Spring events? I would really like to hear about them as I am always looking to add things to my list.

XOXO,
Lulu


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A love letter to Lolita

When I started dressing in lolita I didn’t think it would be a long torrid relationship that I’ve had with Lolita. I started out as something fun fashion wise to dabble in and be a little quirky a but cute and just something that would pick up my spirits in a rather turbulent time period. I would later pour myself into the style living my life without really paying much attention to how much time had passed. 

I’ve had some of my most memorable and sometimes heartbreaking moments in my life happen in lolita. That sounds a bit dramatic but I’ve spent Christmas, funerals, diagnosed with lupus, calls that I’d lost someone else in my life, found out I got that internship, found out I was moving Washington DC for a promotion and I also got married in lolita. I’ve lived my life in a giant puffy dress for about a decade and while I’ve had good times and bad it doesn’t change how the clothing makes me feel. I love lolita fashion. I love that it’s a bit crazy and fun. I love that it makes me feel cute and pretty and maybe sometimes a bit different. Not different in the sense of personality but different in the sense happy and courageous and bright and just alive! I mean lolita makes me  feel alive! 


Somehow no matter how much I go through one constant in my life has been playing with fashion. I’ve always been someone that has paid close attention to all the trends in vogue and harpers so I love and have been obsessed with fashion most of my life. My mother indoctrinated me with a love of fashion when I was young and always encouraged me to be daring and make my own decisions. My favorite thing about the fashions are all the little details on a dress that make it so special. You know all the details have been so carefully chosen for it and how those details remind me of times in my life. The dresses to me are truly works of wearable art. 


This fashion has made me get up and get dressed and live life after my father and my cousin passed away the dresses were the only joy I felt all day. The only joy was getting ready and looking forward to going out on a date with my husband. That is not to say that lolita cures depression I would never be so silly to think a fashion could do that but it and my husband gave me a reason to wake up and get dressed and go out and live. 

So this Valentine’s Day besides the letter I write to my hubby I wanted to write my love letter to Lolita. Thanks for the bright, cute and making me feel alive because my life would have been so dull without you. While in Philadelphia this past week I took a photo with the Amor sculpture and then treated myself to a macaron at bakery. 



How does Lolita make you feel? I hope you have a lovely frilly Valentine’s Day ❤️❤️ I hope you make a frilly date with your favorite dress and celebrate the day with love and happiness whether it’s friends, significant other or a pet. 

Xoxo,
Lulu