Poppy Noir ♥ Kathleen

Pastel raindrops on a sunny day

vrijdag 24 februari 2017

1 main piece and 2 different looks ⎜Coord Challenge

I have had my fair share in coord challenges, they give people the opportunity to think outside of the box. And since I'm in need of some new ideas with my own wardrobe I thought that it would be a cool idea to give this weeks carnival topic a go.

We are challenged to create 2 dramatically different coords with one main piece. And I think I have the perfect dress for this challenge. My partner in crime for this week is a new piece in my wardrobe. I received it in my lucky pack from Innocent World and it is the French Poodle Just Waist JSK in yellow.

The reason I picked this dress is mostly for the yellow color and the little details on the dress. It is fairly simple both in design and print so it would work really well with different items from my wardrobe. Even though I don't have many classic items I wanted to give it a try.

So let's start with the first coord! 

This coord is my Innocent World meets Angelic Pretty coord. I was happily surprised by the fun match of the socks with this dress. It is definitely not your everyday coord that you see with an IW dress but I do like the outcome with this one.  The combination gives me a fresh look on how I can wear this dress in a pastel sweet lolita way without using to much pastels or get an OTT feel.

Dress: Innocent World
Blouse: Bodyline
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Bracelet: Innocent World
Necklace: Innocent World
Brooch: Vanillas Traumfabrik
Flowers + Bow: Clairs / Bijou Brigitte

For my second coord I went with a theme, in case you are bad at guessing it is Circus. The poodles reminded me of little circus dogs which works great with my limited amount of circus themed items that I own. I'm not the biggest fan of the circus but I do like a fun themed coord. And to be honest this dress was screaming for a themed coord within my wardrobe. 

Dress: Innocent World
Blouse: Alice and the Pirates
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Wristcuffs: Angelic Pretty
Headbow: Innocent World
Necklace: Violet Fane
Brooch: Alice and the Pirates
Flower: H&M

Overall I'm super pleased with my two coords and my love for this dress is growing every time I try to make a coord with it. I can't wait to see what I create next time with this dress! 

Interested in more inspirational coords? Check out these blogs! 

vrijdag 3 februari 2017

Inspirational frillies

Two years ago I made this exact same blogpost about some lolita girls that I found inspirational. And I'm happy to say that I still love the list I've made back then which you can find here but for this post I wanted to choose some other girls that I really look up to.
It wasn't as easy as I thought but I'm pretty happy with my list of inspirational persons.

Her overall style is very delicate and has a kind feeling to it, even something magical and fairy like.
It is mostly because of the type of dresses that she use to create her coords. They have lot of delicate colours, lace details and are very delicate. And that is what I love the most about her style.

This wonderful person is just an angel, not only her style is stunning but the fact that I can call her one of my best friends is absolutely unbelievable. I'm always impressed by her simple style, her natural hair and her kindness which shows off in every picture that you see of her. She is all about elegance and simplicity with small details that make her coord pop up from the rest. 

One of my other best friends within this fashion is Ashlyn aka Vanilla Bear. Her lolita style is so simple yet elegant and still very unique. She makes stunning coords with dusty pinks, greys and uses a lot of non printed dresses but with gorgeous details like ruffles or pleats. She doesn't need any prints to make a coord work I find that so inspirational! 

Connie is one of those persons that are incredibly talented when it comes to making coords. She has gorgeous items in her wardrobe and combines them in unique ways, like layering a blouse on top of a dress and over that a vest to change the whole look of the dress. She looks amazing in every singe coord that I've seen so far so she needed to be in my list of inspirational frillies. 

What are your inspirational frillies? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to read them. 

This post is in collaboration with The LBC community

vrijdag 20 januari 2017

A lesson in history⎜Berlin Travels

While summer is already over and we are in 2017 I still wanted to share my stories about Berlin. I didn't know what happend with my life after I came back but for some sort of reason I didn't got any time to sit down and write about it.

But let's make a come back and take the final sprint in my Berlin Travels series!

It was Monday morning and I hadn't planned much for the upcoming days. There where some things on my list that I wanted to see and do but not in a particular order. Since we wanted to visit the Jewish Museum I thought it would be nice to have a walk through the Jewish neighbourhood of Berlin. I had a map in my travel guide of a walk that would lead us around.

So that was our plan of the day, have a stroll around the Jewish neighbourhood and enjoy the time we had in Berlin. We left our hotel around 10 a clock and took the tram to the next station where we would start with our tour.
Like a propper tourist I had my camera around my neck and my travel guide in my hand to read all about the things we would see.
I love it so much when you have a good travel guide with a detailed map, I'm not so much of a digital person when it comes to vacations and finding my way in a city.

One of the stops we had on our strip was the "Neue Synagoge" I had high expectations of this place. I though that everything was covered in gold, gorgeous details and a beautiful golden dome. After we got through the security and metal detectors we went inside. It was impressive non the less but very dark inside. You where able to see some pieces of the Jewish history, school work and buildings as well. Very interesting to see if your are into learning about different cultures. We also got tickets to visit the golden dome, which would be the highlight of the whole thing. But to be honest I was really disappointed about this one. The way towards the dome was amazing until we arrived at a small door with a concreet stair behind it. It was super small and not glamorous at all in comparison to the rest of the building we had seen. But non the less we entered the small stairway to visit the golden dome. I didn't know what to say when I entered, but I do think you could see the disappointment on my face. 

It wasn't gold at all, everything was covered with concreet and very empty in general. We weren't allowed to make any pictures upstairs but now I see why. Unless you want a 360 view of Berlin it is not worth the money I think. I had a great time in the dome searching for all the buildings that they mentioned on the information boards and there was still something to learn about the Jewish culture and buildings. But it wasn't as pretty as it looks on the outside. 

We continued our walk after the tour in the Synagoge and explored this part of Berlin a bit further. One of the stops we made was at a small Japanese tea house. We weren't planning on going inside but the sign Matcha Soy Latte and Mochi where so appealing to me that I needed to try it. It was the first time I tried a Matcha Latte and it will definitely not be the last. I loved the decoration that they used, the wall was covered with tea pots and everything was so peaceful. It felt like a dream to drink some tea here. This little tea house was located in one of the buildings that used to be a classroom of the Jewish community. I found it such a magical place, since it was surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants growing onto the buildings.

This was the best place of the day if I needed to choose my favourite spot that time. In the middle of the big city but feeling like you where in a magical world. So perfect! 
Our day wasn't very busy to be honest, we walked a bit further but I was getting pretty tired so after a couple of hours walking we decided to go back to the hotel and grab something to eat. While we where on our way to the station we passed the most amazing building I've ever seen. It was a huge building covered with leaves from the plants and huge trees in the front garden. This building was a clinic, very pretty I must say. I love it when old buildings are covered with plants. It gives it so much character and a romantic feeling at the same time! This was a great way to end our day.

vrijdag 30 december 2016

10 Things 1 life ⎜2016 Edition

Last year I made the same blog post so this is going to be my yearly round up of my life, this time from 2016. I think I can safely say that this was a very unstable life for me, nothing went like I planned and I even had to cancel some things because of my health.
But besides the downsides of 2016 there was also room for some amazing things. So lets take a look.

In May of 2016 SFE managed to create an amazing event again. It was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands which is only a two hour drive from my place. Though I tend to go to most bigger events you might ask why this one was so special compared to the others. Well let me tell you, the whole experience was super. I shared a hostel room with 5 other lovely people, we laughed from the moment we woke up till we went to bed. Talked for many hours about the event and things we like but also shared tips and tricks. I did the hairstyles of two of my dear friends and it was loved by the special guests. It was so nice to do other peoples hair for ones instead of my own hair every single time hihi. But besides the awesome experience of the hostel I also got picked by Kimura U as best dressed at the Tea Party. I still can't believe it even though it is almost a year ago, I felt so honoured!
This event created a special bond between me and my friends and I'm really grateful for that.

April of 2016 was the month where we went to Disneyland Paris with the whole family. It was the first time for my husband but the third time for me and it was exactly how I remembered it from 12 years ago if not longer.. Man, I'm getting old! But being there with the whole family sure is the best thing in the world. I had such a wonderful time. We are planning to make a second family trip in 2018 for the communion of my niece so I'm already looking forward to it. 

Besides traveling we also worked a bit inside our house in our free time. One of the bedrooms is going to be a lolita dressing/guest room. It is still a work in progress as I'm typing this post but I do think it will be finished in no time! Only one more cabinet that needs to be painted and then it is time for decorating! New filming background for 2017 and big room for my lolita closet check! 

In june I managed to graduate from school! I am now officially a Nursing assistant at an Elderly home in my town. Though I'm still going to school to get an official degree instead of a certificate but things are going real smoothly. If everything goes like planned I will be finished with great results in Februari 2017! I'm already looking forward to it.

This might be an ugly duck in the pond but I do wanted to include this part for my round up too. Since it effected my life in every way possible. On the 3th of march 2016 it was our 10th anniversary being a couple and instead of going to Ireland to celebrate it we had to celebrate our anniversary in a hospital room where I was recovering from an emergency operation. To be honest I'm still really sad that we needed to cancel just a couple of days before we would actually leave to Ireland but on the other side I don't know what I would do if things went wrong in Ireland. At the 1st of march I got diagnosed with a chronical illness. I went from doctor to doctor and I'm currently seeing a Professor for the second surgery.  At this moment I'm home from work till I got my second surgery in Februari because of the side effects of my medication and the illness. But besides the huge change in our life I managed to make a video about it as well to share my side of this story. This is not a happy moment but it is super important for me.

It wouldn't be me if it waren't for the dream dresses that I managed to find in the past 12 months. This years addition consists out of the Melty Cream Doughnut and the Träumerei of bright stars. They are both so gorgeous and I can't believe that they are in my closet. Besides adding these two beauties to my closet I also managed to complete my goals list of 2016 which consisted out of adding 1 coat, make a taobao order, add cut-sews and add an Innocent World dress. I'm so happy to say that I did all these things and much more. My style is growing from only sweet to a mix of sweet and classic with some darker dresses here and there too. Looking forward how this wil evolve in 2017.

2016 was definitely a year of traveling, not that we didn't travel much before but not that much traveling by plane. I mean two flight trips this year and a weekend in Amsterdam. That's insane! 2016 must have thought go big or go home. 
On my trip to Berlin I met up with my dearest friend from America Vanilla Bear. She extended her trip while I made our holiday a couple of days longer in order to meet each other. It sure was such a wonderful time, we spend 3 days together and I miss her a lot. As well al some of my other friends that I met around the world.
Berlin was such lovely experience, vegen foods everywhere, hearing German language everyday and seeing so many great people at the event which was at the end of our vacation.

Berlin and Urban Fairytale go hand in hand this year. Not only for a nice event but because I met some awesome people that weekend. Some of them have become really close friends and I'm so thankful for that. Though we live so far from each other it is like we where never apart when we see each other.
I also wanted to point out that I feel so welcome in different communities. Here in Belgium we don't have a community anymore cause we tend to hang out with our own crew instead of meeting each other on a regular basis. But I'm attending meetings in The Netherlands and Germany for quite some time now and I always feel so welcome when I'm there. It still feels weird to me not having a community that meets up every now and then but knowing that I have some amazing friends in different countries is just precious.

Last but not least is my trip to Olso, Norway to visit my best friend Kyra! We see each other every year either here in Belgium or in Norway but this year was special. I was able to celebrate my birthday with her! Even though I was super ill on the last two days it was a holiday to remember. We had delicious vegan meals thanks to the Vegan Vikings week, did some cultural things and it began to snow on the evening of my birthday dinner. Can this get any better? I didn't think so.

2016 was a year of ups and downs but it sure was a year to remember. 
See you in 2017 guys!! 

Lots of love, 
Poppy xx

vrijdag 23 december 2016

Lolita fashion in 2016

2016 is almost over so let us look back at the lolita fashion highlights of this year. This year was for most of the girls I know a though year, one where they felt either insecure whether the fashion is still for them in it's current state or they embraced the fashion in its full glorie.

I was somewhere in between and due to many different circumstances it felt like a complete different year which affected my style and opinion on the fashion as a whole. 
But let us take a look at what I think are the most recognisable fashion trends within the year 2016!

Major brands like Baby, AP and even Meta are embracing the animal prints and it seems like a big hit for many lolita lovers out there. Especially a cat motive was the way to go in 2016, bunnies and horses where also represented. Even smaller brands and Chinese brands hopped on the animal train with some lovely designs. 

Besides the animal hype there was also room for gorgeous cultural themed dresses. Think of the designs by Meta where they used China as an inspiration and Rusia too with the Babushka print which was really lovely in my opinion. Baby went also on a travel trip with their designs and used some inspiration from either European cultures or European places like The Wizarding Platform series which is based on the station of London and Harry Potter. 

There was also room for the religion parts every once in a while. And I must say Angelic Pretty was leading the party with sneaking in crosses in so many prints this year. While Baby kept it simple with thre cross releases as far that I know. 

In general we embraced the come back of Old School in a new way. The rectangle headdress is still a major no go but there was room for plain dresses with lace details and ruffles. Some of the brands went a bit crazy with the lace and ruffle to create multiple "wedding" dresses for insane prices. Though some people are more than happy to pay it. Those wedding dresses are on the edge of the famous lace monsters which refer to the older days and ita dresses of ebay. But these are from a whole different level if you ask me. 

Other than the old school comeback we where using less wigs in 2016, they aren't as populair anymore on a regular basis. Though they are still very common at events. But people tend to wear their own hairstyle more often with lolita in order to create a more casual look. Which brings us to our next trend of 2016, Otome Fashion. The line between otome and lolita is rather small and some even can't point a real difference between them other than the simplicity of otome. I will be making a post about otome fashion in the future to explain a bit more about this fashion. 

With the upcoming trend of otome comes also the fact that we love to spice things up with small details. Jewellery wise we kept it the same but there was a rise both in Lolita fashion as well as mainstream fashion. And that is the come back of enamel pins and specially in lolita fashion it's the novelty brooches. Think here about Peppermint Fox, which is a big name for brooch lovers as well as Mullberry Chronicles. Both of the brands are making dresses and brooches that are very loved by lolita girls but work really well in otome fashion too. 

This year was lacking in the sweet lolita department as people start to get older and getting lost of their love for the sweet prints. Or they are wearing the dresses in a toned down way. Major brands like AP released mature prints with a sweet hint instead of sugar coated prints. Where Baby was keeping true to their sweet lacy style this year and brought many prints with a very fair pastel color theme which was nice to see besides the plain colored dresses which where great for the old school lovers out there. 

I think 2016 was a calm year in comparison to 2015 where we went crazy over the OTT classic and gothic style, though there was still room for OTT when it came to events this year. People like to go all out on those events and use feathers, birds, crazy thights, lights or funky make up to fit the theme. I'm really looking forward what type of coords everyone will wear in 2017 at the major events like Omnia Vanitas in Barcelona by SFE. Did you see a different trend in 2016 that I didn't cover? Please let me know in the comments below!

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