2016: My New Year’s Resolutions

Every year I seem to make the same New Year’s resolutions. I want to get fitter, healthier, happier, and wealthier (not just in a monetary sense, but also in a wisdom sort of way? That and it rhymes with “healthier” so we’ll go with it 😉

Back in 2014, I started a pretty great fitness routine. It was only 15-30 minutes a day everyday (mostly) and I was watching what I ate (but still indulged!) I was happy and I was really proud of myself! My goal was to get fit because my LDR boyfriend was coming over for a visit and we were doing this workout challenge together. I was also working part-time at this point, and my schedule was pretty consistent so I was able to work everything in.

Fast forward a year and a half and I’ve gained back all the losses (plus a little extra, because Nana’s Christmas cookies are amazing!) and I’m back to working full-time with a schedule that changes every week. Needless to say, the exercise has taken a back burner! A um…back back burner. I want to exercise at least 15 minutes a day (to start) as well as use my pedometer to track my steps of at least 10,000 steps a day. My goal this coming year will be to get back on track, and with you guys as my witness I WILL reach that goal and keep it this time!

On a similar note, I’d like to make my body healthier. Not quite in the fitness sense, but I want my hair and skin to glow! Along with eating a better diet, I want to take vitamins (which may or may not work actually work.) A challenge I’d like to set for myself is to not dye my hair this year. In January of 2015 I tried a split dye job (blonde and purple, no I don’t have pics D:), and retouched my roots twice. The last time I dyed my hair was in June. My roots have now grown out and while I’m itching to get rid of these dark roots, I feel like it would be best just to keep going! As for my skin, I’ve been buying some more expensive products to nourish it now that fine lines have started gracing my face (poo.)

As for happier, I’ve had an idea to try something. I want to put inspirational quotes on my mirror so that every morning, I have a little something that can push me through my day. I’ll write them on Post-Its and at the end of the day when I switch them out, I’ll put the old one on the back of my mirror so that at the end of 2016, I’ll have a back mirror full of all the quotes that got me through tough days! On a side note, I want to try writing in my journal again, at least a few times a week.

And lastly, wealthy. While it’s nearly impossible to acquire tons and tons of money in my current career, I’d like to become wealthier in a different way: Through travel and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, not only with friends, but on my own as well. And I’ll be doing so by going to AniMoreCon all on my lonesome! Not only does this chicka need a vacay, I feel like the time alone will do me good.

And that pretty much covers it! What sorts of things do you have planned for the new year? I find even numbered years to be the luckiest 😉

 

Until Next Time,

Knoel

How I Got Into Lolita Fashion (And You Can, Too!)

I couldn’t tell you the first time I officially saw or heard of Lolita fashion. I remember a friend of mine parading in Lolita clothing confidently in high school (though now that I think about it, it was very toned down.) I can also clearly recalll that it was just before 2010 that I spied copies of the English version of the Gothic and Lolita Bibles in a Waldenbooks while on a date with my then boyfriend. We sat down at a restaurant to eat, as it was our anniversary at the time, and I remember flipping page after page of this mook (magazine/book) and being completely in awe.

The glamour and beauty of this fashion is what drew me to it. The femininity, the outlandishness of it, and yet these fine ladies (and gentleman!) looked so polished and confident…and I wanted in.

About a year or so later I moved in with the then boyfriend and we planned to go to Otakon 2011. It was there in the Dealer’s Room that I spotted my first up close and personal Lolita. She was wearing a pink and blue mixed wig and Angelic Pretty’s Milky Planet in Sax. I remember staring, fixated in her lavishness. I decided then and there, that I wanted to become more serious with this fashion.

Over the course of the next year, I worked on sewing my very own Lolita jumperskirt. As with most newer Lolitas, my first coord was a complete disaster and quite laughable! I wore it to a friend’s “Fancy Party” (yes, that’s what it was called) and then after I went to a local high school concert. However, I didn’t feel the need to hide my face! I just researched more and became better over time.

And that’s exactly what Lolita takes: LOTS AND LOTS OF RESEARCH. If you would like to research a bit yourself, stick around and read a few posts! I will talk about the essential pieces of a typical Lolita wardrobe. Trust me, taking it in one big chunk will leave you mind-boggled, confused, and exhausted!

Here’s the corresponding video to this post:

Stay Tuned!

Until Next Time,

Knoel

DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI!

Oh. My. Goodness. Can we just take a moment to bask in the awesomeness that is this new show?!?

I apologize, as I’m sure by now you’re used to the Lolita aesthetic on this blog, but I can’t help but gush at this nostalgia rush that is DAT.

I knew for the longest time that a “sequel” of sorts for the original Digimon series was going to make headway into Japanese theaters this November, however the thought had been put on the backburner of my mind. It wasn’t until  I was watching a YouTube video that happened to be sponsored by CrunchyRoll that I remembered it and immediately searched for it.

And am I ever glad.

I absolutely love that they remixed the old theme songs (Kouji Wada must have re-recorded this newer version of “Butter-fly” as it sounds more dream-like than its original counterpart) and the remix of “I Wish” by AiM is positively catchy!

I do plan on expanding more on my YouTube channel with a sort of series where I’ll talk about my favorite shows and things, but for now, I’m going back to gush over my childhood crush.

Joe ❤

Until Next Time,

Knoel

To the Beginner Lolita…

Dear Reader,

So you’ve stumbled upon the vast world of Lolita Fashion and I bet you’re itching to get started! It’s very easy for the Beginner Lolita to be overwhelmed with the limitless number of clothing choices, the brands, the styles…it’s enough to make one’s head explode.

Here’s where I come in.

I’ve read numerous Lolita blogs over the years attempting to cater to the Beginner on what their first purchase should include, where to buy, etc. However, I am going to make it incredibly simple. Each article I post will be about one specific aspect of the fashion. Instead of piling vast amounts of information on you at once, I will give you the chance to soak up the information and do your own research. You’ll find I recommend researching the style quite often, as research involves exploration and learning.

It’s not difficult to get whisked away in the whimsy of this fashion and I want to make sure you, the Beginner, are not stuck making the same mistakes I did as a newb!

Until Next Time,

Knoel