Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mevrouw Paraplu

I am the umbrella lady
Black in frills and transparent

I'm salted, rusted, calcified
From being at the beach with friends

I am the umbrella lady
Ribbon twirls and clasps my flaps

Even if I ripped my leather handle
I'll never stop my dance


Monday, December 26, 2016

Je Te Veux

Si tu as compris ma détresse:
Arrêtez, chère aimée.
Si tu as compris mon désarroi:
S'il vous plaît, cesse-ça.

Don't get my hopes up in dismay,
with constant praise that makes me ripple.
Don't put my heart in disarray,
with sweet words you think so simple.

Don't speak to me with that pure voice
that you speak with to everyone else,
because my heart grows wings and bats,
and I'll be a rat left to the cats.

I cannot brush it off
and playfully flirt or laugh,
When you call me beautiful
and your silence renders me pitiful.

I cannot calmly deal
how nervous you make me feel.
I know now that all was lies:
My heart is the home of butterflies.

Do you call someone else so charming?
Or are your compliments only mine?
I find your manner quite disarming,
and want to hear it all the time.

Je te veux.

Leur Lapine

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

From Eden, Spanish Translation

Now, dearest darlings, I am aware that there must be many lyric translations of this song out there (as is the case with most songs nowadays). However, I thoroughly enjoy the lyrics and wanted to make a translation of my own. This will not be accurate nor completely faithful, since I wanted to rewrite it with the feelings that it gives me. If you are amused as well, then I shall be even more merry. The original song in Hozier's From Eden. I normally do not like to write in Spanish, since it is my native language and I feel as if I'll bare my feelings too much, which is something I do not like. Nevertheless, I felt an impulse to do this, and I quite love the song.

Desde el Edén

Hay algo trágico de ti,
algo de ti que me es tan mágico,
¿no te parece?

Hay en ti algo tan solitario,
algo tan completo y puro.
Acércate a mi.

Sin suspiros de fastidio, sin ojos en blanco, sin ironías.
Sin decir "¿a quién le importa?", sin echarme miradas vacías,
sin tener tiempo para mí.

Amor, me eres tan familiar, como mi espejo hace años lo fue.
El idealismo sentado en prisión, 
la caballerosidad que en su espada calló.
La inocencia murió a gritos, amor.
Pregúntame, yo debería saberlo.
Me deslicé hasta aquí desde el Edén,
solo para acercarme a tu puerta.

Me deslicé desde el Edén, solo para esconderme en tu portico.


Leur Lapine

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Prepositions

For you
My sky is torn with roses.
For me
I've tied it in velvet ribbon.

Of you
My illusions should be evaded.
Of me
I think I might be evil.

To you
I sometimes wonder:
To me
do you even have feelings?

With you
I've thrice spoken,
With me
Who speaks so little.

By you
I'm torn in closeness,
By me
My heart's belittle.

– - Lapinon, non. - –

Cutlery Waltz

I want you to fill up my heart
I want to be a teacup, to the brim
Camomille, rooibos, chai
Two sugars or a spoon of honey

I want you to fill up my heart
So I am no longer missing out
Sunshine strides, how man times
have I called you Apollo, love pretending?

I want to fill up my heart
I want to fill my heart with you
But when I think of the blinding light
The scorching tea, I fear you

I want to fill up my heart
But I just burn my tongue and throat
My premonition, perchance
That what I feel shall only hinder?

I want you to fill up my heart
I want to fill my heart with you
But when I think of our hands
I feel so sick I miss the view

I want you to fill up my heart
But I'm no cup, I am a saucer
And if I were t to be filled up
I shall spill and stain the duster

I want you to fill up my heart
Camomille, rooibos, chocolate
Why is it so scary, so dizzying, so ill
Like the gag that just won't muster

I'll take a nap and breathe, one, two.
And then I'll just forget about it.
Even in my head, whenever I think you
I feel like I want to run away from it.

– - Lapinon, non. - –

Thursday, October 27, 2016

You Know, Today

You know, today
it was my name you called.
I believed you'd forgot it,
but instead you recalled!

You know, today
I heard your name.
The name that once
had no surname.

You know, today
I wish I had spoken more.
I wish I had seized the chance
to hear the voice that I adore.

You know, today...
No, I'm sure you don't.
That I am shy even
when it seems I am not.

You know, today
I wish you'd known
that I want to take in any
detail of how you shone.

You know, today
you looked so cool.
I felt so embarrassed.
I felt like a fool.

Today, I know
I am your heliotrope.
I'm always looking for you,
like a foolish girlhood trope.

– -Leur Lapine- –

God of the Rising Sun: Apollon

My cherishing your face
gives me nothing but malaise!
The charming crinkle in your eye...
My heart feels like it may die!

The taste of my love is alkaline,
for I have never held your hand.
Even if my condition is Pygmaline,
my mirage-like statue turned to sand!

You're bright and fresh: unpolished,
my Apollo of sunshine strides.
The way you have me, astonished,
found the way to stir my prides.

Once to look at my reflection
was my source of reverie.
But now the in-me grown adoration,
hopes that you will look at me.

How is is that by mere sunshine,
the once proud Narcissus has become
a meek, shy, observant Helianthus,
charmed by you to the bone.

– - Leur Lapine- –



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tearaway

Oh how I've felt myself fading. It is sometimes quite gradual, sometimes it comes crashing like tropical rains and is gone after a nap, a day, a month. I look to the winter months with open arms in search for maidenly shelter, as the weather and the situation have taken my frills away from me.

Buds have taken root upon my face, and when they blossom they leave in their wake no bloom but scabs and stains. Trees have taken root upon my hands, and as they grow they grow black and stray and heavy. The sap envelops my fingers and keeps my swiftness at bay, gracefulness is also gone and receding, leaving my fabrications dull like smoke. A mole has made its home upon my mouth, teaching my voice blindness and feasting upon my teeth.

My solace came only once as I closed my eyes and let my jaw fall away. It let my voice out in handsome cries, my feet took root in the Scarborough Fair. Upon the dew and pacing the grass, my drab soul of roots set free, I sang it once clear and darling, sending chills throughout me.

My voice is struggling now, as unfounded confidence tries to consume me. Inside it I taste salt and charcoal, my throat enclosing in. I look upon the winter hopeful, that the cold will wash away the me. The me that now feels like it never, ever, ever, never once has felt dainty.

I look upon you snowy soldier, to be my weathered nurse. To strip my heaving mass of its current skin, and let me prance in clean, pristine. I, for now, shall turn the mirror. Turn it so I cannot face me, for if I am ever to catch a glimpse of this ugliness, my claws will tear away my skin.

I hope for your answer nursery winter, come soon and remember me. Come the coldest you have ever, and do not disappoint me.

– - Leur Lapine - –

Friday, September 30, 2016

Childhood's Despair, Girlhood's Rondo

Have I not been gone for too long? I have indeed. I have been quite taken by school (and not in the entranced, beautiful way!). As part of an assignment, we had to write a short, at most two-page-long story. I feel that what I've made has a charm that would suit this blog just fine, and maybe you –mes chers lecteurs– would enjoy. It is somewhat of an extension of my previous story/poem "Alice Under The Lantern", and I feel that it reflects what I wanted to achieve initially more successfully. Please do enjoy!
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Alice stands under a lantern. The big clock in the sky is talking to her in ticks, maybe it’s morse, she doesn’t know. She doesn't like it very much but she keeps waiting. She knows Mr.Rabbit will come for her if she's patient. She keeps waiting.

Alice sits under a lantern. The night is cold and the floor is damp and the moths are swirling. Swirling around the moon, also called "the lightbulb overhead". She forgot to wear her coat again, and she thinks she should have brought it with her tonight. She thinks of Mr.Rabbit’s coat while she waits, looking at the moths overhead. They kiss the moon and then fall dead.

Alice is only so many years old. To some she's a youngster, to some she's getting old. She's had a long life compared to others, short life compared to more. The clock doesn’t care, he’s on his merry way. Time doesn’t matter to him, does it to her? Alice waits.

Alice swings her feet next to the lantern. She can't see her reflection lost inside the black-backwater mirror. She should have worn glasses, like Mr.Rabbit does. But then her eyes, would they not be lost? She thinks of Mr.Rabbit’s rabbit coat. And here I thought wolves wore sheepskin, not angora fur.

Hi, Miss. Alice. What do you look at with those glass-like eyes of yours?” It's already past midnight. Passed even, is Cinderella's time for bed. The clock has stricken, and won’t for another long, long time. I raise my voice to her cold ears, but Alice would rather hear a step… Of two drunkards along their way. I can't sing to her anymore, my voice has grown tired. “Still you do not answer” I once was all she desired.
The days I spent with you have been broken and thrown by someone else. What ever-river-black fantasy lies inside those blue pearls? Ever inside here, ever asinine, ever childish heart. “Hi, Miss. Alice.” Isn’t he such a dream? Ever late, ever fickle and forgetful, and Alice doesn’t seem to care. Inside her blue starlit threads, the current time’s darkness is at a loss of words.

The light is morose and morbid, but nobody knows that anymore. The only words from said darkness come out screeching and coarse. “Who is that annoying person?” she wonders. And the voice is not mine. But in the light she can’t really see, the cat that’s speaking over me.

She stands under a lantern. The big cat in the sky is talking to her in clicks of his tongue, maybe it’s morse, she doesn’t know. She doesn't like it very much but she keeps waiting. She knows Mr.Rabbit will come for her if she's patient. She has been waiting.

Hi Miss. Alice. What are you trying to hide in those honeysuckle locks of yours?” The cat doesn’t sing but he speaks. He speaks louder and clearer than me, and Alice listens... “Have they never told you you should talk to strangers? You may learn something new.” And here I thought that lions had no stripes.

“I know my favourite stranger.” And he’s the only one she sees. She knows Mr.Rabbit has come for her, that choking smell is his. She likes it very much. She has finished her waiting, now the rabbit is close.

Alice and her pet run along three pages. From white to black and blue. The rabbit and his pet run along three streets, the lights from blue to red. They run and run and run until the fine rabbit becomes a hare, and the fine Alice becomes a hag. Mr.Rabbit  is only so many years old. To some he's a youngster, to some he's getting old. To Alice…

Ever-deep inside her fruitsome heart, she’ll do the rabbit’s dance. What ever-river-black sentence lies inside those cage-like teeth? Ever inside her, ever asinine, once-upon childish metamorphose. The blue roses I gave to you are slowly turning dark red.

Toujours,
Leur Lapine

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lifestyle 365: Gorgeous Gardens!

Let us all rejoice among the flowers!

A you may have read on my previous post, I have begun taking certain prompts from Lace à la Mode's 365 Lolita Challenge, as an opportunity of sorts to get used to blogging. For today's selection, I'll be elaborating on prompts no. 180, which is to share my favourite gardens. Now, I shall restrict this to gardens that I have personally visited, because otherwise I would be doomed to indecision and longing.

My favourite gardens are some that I have visited whilst in Belgium. I have been in quite a number of beautiful gardens in my family's summer travels, like those of Schönbrunn, Charlottenburg, and Versailles. Regardless of their fame, I feel a stronger connection to these gardens and their beauty. To me, they are a real memory of my daily life, and my once-reality.

To start it off, my favourite garden would be that of the Breivelde castle. This castle is now a brasserie, and its gardens are now a public park. It is located in the town in which I used to live back in Belgium, and I would cross it on my way back home on school days whenever I felt I needed to relax and get away from the everydayness. I would sit inside of a pine tree, hidden by the needles, and just listen to music, the wind, and the footsteps.

My second favourite garden is once again, a public park. This is called the Petit Sablon or Kleine Zavel. We went through the park in a field trip for our history class, and out teacher told us something about the statue of Egmont and Horne, but I cannot remember what it was. However, a fun fact is that the Count of Egmont had his castle in the same town that the first park is located in! It is now a library in the city centre, surrounded by another lovely park that hold concerts on thursdays.

Sometimes I wonder if my admiration of foreign parks seems strange to people where it is normal to have well taken careof public areas. In my state it it very uncommon to find a well-maintained public park. If they are not tended to by those who live nearby (which in itself is quite unusual) they will be dried and dirty, and occasionally foul-smelling. Thus far I have found one park in a more touristic area that is pleasant to stroll around. It is quite small and does not have much flair or fancy, but even in its simplicity, I find it quite enjoyable. This park, sadly and much due to some ill-mannered visitors, does not make it into the list.

Now then, I hope that you may have found a way to enjoy my ramblings and reminiscences. If you ever find yourself in East Flanders (or Belgium for that matter, as it is quite small), do make a short trip to any of these parks on a day of nice weather. In case that you visit in spring, you must go to the blooming fruit trees of Hasselt!


Encore et toujours,
Lapine.




Sunday, August 14, 2016

First Lifestyle 365: Citric Designs!

Hello, my sumer flowers!



Whilst wading through a stream of Facebook posts, I came across a page that I followed quite bait of time ago: Lace a la Mode's 365 Lifestyle Lolita Challenge! Her challenge's purpose is to prompt Lolitas to take part in certain ladylike and lolitalike activities, to add a boost of lifestyle to our lives. It is a given that this suits my taste like a tailored glove, so I've decided to select whichever prompts I feel I'd enjoy and work on them! I think this may really help me as a start-up of sorts. 

Today I am tasked with #211,and my drink of choice is the Citrus Cooler, but it is not the usual Citrus Cooler cocktail that you receive from a google search (especially not the Gatorade)! It has the same name, but is a non-alcoholic drink from a local restaurant I enjoy very much. Inside it is ginger, lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, sugar, mint, and sparkling water! It has a gradient ginger-yellow to orange colour, and is perfectly sweet, sour, and refreshing.

I wanted the coord to have a fresh, summery, and whimsical vibe, and chose a muslin peach-gradient Chemise á la Reine. The dress can be easily replaced by something like Atelier Pierrot's Cantata or Trianon OP's, but I chose not to go with either of them because chiffon does not breathe as well as muslin or gauze, and I felt like that took away from the summer freshness and ease of movement.

The accessories are very cute and fruity, with heart-shaped sunglasses that resemble the drink's colour, and citric hair clips (I am glad to have found all the fruits inside the drink in a hair clip form!). I could not find mint leaves, so regular green sprout hair clips add a light-hearted feel to the look. All in all, I really enjoyed this prompt, and will definitely be doing this more times. 
What do you guys think about it? I'd be delighted to hear your opinions!



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Purpose and Plumeria (Or, Re-introductions)

You may have noticed a change in the decoration when you came in, or a difference in the address...

I have lately felt myself growing fickle and distracted, or in more promising words, whimsical. Last summer I, on a whim of youth and boredom, made my LiveJournal account, joined EGL, and created my very first Lolita blog. Needless to say, it was short lived. I was –and still am– a greenhorn when it comes to proper blogging, especially Lolita blogging. My only experience being a Tumblr account that is no longer existent, I thought I could follow the example of other Lolita bloggers to aid myself in reaching my goal. 

Like many other girls, I felt an impulse to imitation of those I admired, failing to realise that I have no flower-clad misty castles to explore, nor a photographer to portray the magic of my adventures in the most flattering light. There is no rose garden in my backyard for me to have fanciful tea parties in, yet I hope to convey these feelings and maidenly desires in whichever way to me is possible.

I am a girl of 17, who wishes to combine her reality and merry into an Internet Maiden. I am a beginner and no fool, just an idealist, with a wish to live my fantasy through pen –or keyboard– and paintbrush. I draw sweet things and write imperfect poems, and hope you will continue to enjoy this dreamer's manifesto, wherever it may be lead to.

Á mes souhaits, 
Toujours votre Lapine.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Today, it is my birthday.

7:30 PM

I'm going to be seventeen in thirty minutes.
Or will I have just completed my seventeenth year?

In twenty nine I hear the ticking,
but I can't hear the minuet.

At twenty five I feel my feet,
they tap as I begin to hum.

In twenty minutes I'll be older,
and the orchestra directs the time.

In his hand the baton is ticking,
and now the tenth minute arrives.

Dressed in black tie, the busybody.
The crescendo begins to rise!

I took to long to look at him,
and as I write the man yells "five!".

In 60 seconds the piece is ending,
but the next concert shall begin.

"Eighteen's too soon!" says the third second,
The second one has not yet arrived,
the first second tells me now to focus,
and the bell shall quiet all my grime!

Happy birthday.

Leur Lapine


8:01 PM

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tenshi Auction Service Review

It has been quite some time, but for you I bring this interlude post. I am an avid online-buyer, being a Lolita, of course. However, I have never had the experience to review any of the stores I have bought from. This is due to me being both shy and not very relevant in any online community, as well as having bought from stores that have previously been reviewed, and thus it seemed unnecessary.
The description I have just given will probably make you think, "¿Then why are you reviewing Tenshi, who has been immensely reviewed?". Well, firstly I am very, very excited about what I have gotten, and wish to share it with whomever I may. Secondly, I wanted to. Thirdly, I already did it.

Now, without further ado, the review. (Mind yourselves, it is filled with lots of text.)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Designs 14 and 15 (End!) – 15 Lolita Designs in April Challenge

Somewhere in the world, it is still April 30th!

And that means it is... ehm...  time to post the very last two designs! 

For the last designs I wanted to make a king and a queen. But I wasn't quite enjoying the queen's look, so I archived her for later, and in her stead are a pair of shoes. (Poor queen!)

The layout for this is somewhat catalogue-ish, which I am very much enjoying. The Robe du Roy JSK has a faux ermine collar and trim, along with golden tassels for a belt. The King's Blouse is not too elaborate, with three tiers of sheer lace on the sleeves, and four-button cuffs.

The Crown & Käfig shoes have golden gothic buttresses at the heel, as well as a sheer, shimmery golden ribbon. The front is shaped like a bird cage, with a door-lock buckle.

I can't believe the challenge has come to an end! I have made more completed (albeit simple) drawings this month than any other. I also developed an addiction to cotton lace (and drawing it). I'm very glad I took part in it, and hope to take part in other possible future challenges as well! Thank you very much for keeping (or putting) up with me this month!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Design 13 – Lolita 15 Designs in April Challenge

Wake up and smell the...!

Smell the procrastination. Today has been a slow day, especially considering the fact that my brain keeps believing it is Saturday, instead of Friday. It does not help that I had no classes today. The month's last Friday is always a slow day. But no matter how slow a day, it is still a day until midnight hits! What does that mean? It means I am not late! So, without further ado...

Today's design is inspired by Tikki, of Miraculous Ladybug. 

Taking into account that she is a floating, red chibi insect, I had quite a large amount of creative space. I wanted to do a subtle ladybug representation on her dress. My first draft for this design involved an embroidered "Miraculeuse" with a heart ladybug appliqué. Needless to say, it was a little too straightforward, and I could not figure out where to place it. So, instead, I used the waist ties to mimic her strange tail, and made the shape of the collar and skirt opening to be like a ladybug's wings. The spots on her head became black bow clips, and her tights have red and black circles with "LB" drawn in them, in white. 

It would have been more bug-like for her bustle/tail to be black, but I felt like I had used the red-black duo combination too much (for Antibug and Marinette). The dress is velvet, and the lace for this design is hand-drawn. Her necklace has a ladybug pattern.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Design 12 – Lolita 15 Designs in April Challenge

Buona notte!

These last challenge days feel like a drum's beat. You know that one, at the chorus or end of a song, the one that gives an exciting and rushing feeling! Like I'm posting a design with every beat.

One thing that this challenge has really given me, is the pleasure (and addiction) of hand-drawing lace. I used to only make that simple scallop eyelet lace that you see in most cartoons, because it was fast and easy. For this design, I really wanted to go all out.

Well, actually, I wasn't planning on going all out, but once I started I just thought "It needs more lace! More lace!" –and here we are. The proportions are a little awkward, since I made this with a hurried mind. The lace, though, I am proud of!

The overall design and layout for this one are actually very simple. It is a black overdress with a simple white cotton underskirt.With summer just around the corner, I have been seeing many coords that break quite a few of Lolita's staple rules (non-cutsew t-shirt, no socks, open shoes, no head accessories, etc.) So I wanted to hop on and draw a rule-breaker, better even a rule-bender.

It was originally to be a white underdress with a blue overskirt with sea/wave patterns, and it would be called Umika. Since the way I drew the lace made it look grey from far away, I went and matched with black. Now you can absorb both all the compliments, and all of the sun's rays!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Design 11 – 15 Lolita Designs in April Challenge

Bonjour, mes filles et fils!

Today's design is a mix of a quickly out together illustration, and just as quickly put together poem. The poem was actually drafted in French, since I was inspired during French class by the word baladeur. It was not quite beautiful, since my French is sort of childishly limited, so I took quite a lot of liberties when translating.

I will repeat myself: I am nor a writer, nor a poet (I, hopefully, am a "painter"). I still do hope you can enjoy this just as I do. Think of cornflower, rain, and Paris mornings.

Le Problème des Promeneurs

The problem of passerby's:
I know not,
I know you know.

Lie down the lies:
Foot on leg, tie a knot,
Brain burnout, in a row.

Hands, hearts, brains, 
won't last.

Pass-by the remains
of the past.

They walk too fast,
They think too strong,

Feet, brains, aghast.
When was it wrong?

To know, I wish not.
You know I know.

A wanderer's problem
To remain alone.




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Designs 9 and 10 - 15 Lolita Designs in April Challenge

I'm just fashionably late!

Well, as you may have noticed, I have not posted the designs I should have during the last week. That is due to...well... I actually have no excuse. 

So, to make up for this I bring to you...yet another set! It is a well known fact that I very much enjoy the Miraculous Ladybug cartoon. If you are not able to guess on your own, I will tell you: these designs are inspired by Antibug and Reflekta.

The designs are inspired by the villains and how I perceive them, not by the person who used to be the villain. In that case, Juleka would be the gothic one and Chloé would be the sweet Lolita.

I wanted Antibug's design to be opposite to the Ladybug design I made (Marinette Polkadot). Since Ladybug's was simple and sweet, Antibug's was to be ostentatious and impractical (much like her sword). I also gave it a touch of a Flamenco dancer, but that is really just incidental, and for aesthetics. She has a (sadly hard to see) venetian mask on her headdress). The wrist cuffs, choker and collar of the dress have black pearl details.

Reflekta's design is clownish and eye-catching. It's odd and cute and a little awkward looking. I wanted the hem ruffles to resemble the lifting of her plastic skirt. The pattern is made of chains of ellipse/eye shapes, and is a glitter print. Her shoes are those old-school gigantic Mana-like platforms (which are actually surprisingly easy to walk in). All the lace is cotton bobbin. Her purse's eyelashes are frays (I do not know the correct term...).

Monday, April 18, 2016

Design No.8 - 15 Lolita Designs in April Challenge

For no.8 I decided to see if I could make something in the style that is currently popular: OTT Classic. Excessive lace and longer, bigger skirts with princess sleeves and some variation of Marie Antoinette on the title. I love to look at them, given that I would probably never wear them since they are terribly expensive and Lolita is relatively casual wear for me, so I'd have no occasion for such a pompous thing.

The underskirt would be crepe chiffon, with a Maline lace overlay and maybe Venice lace scalloped trim. For the blue part, I was thinking maybe faille, since I want something different than cotton, but I feel like it would look off in sheen and texture and be a very poor overall choice, so cotton would be better. The ribbons would be the same chiffon as the underskirt, and the other lace trims would all be Maline as well.

Since I sometimes mock the names of dresses like this in my head with things like "Sugary Marie Antoinette" and "Princess Carrousel Daydream",  I've decided to name it just that: Marie Sucrée.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Design 6 and 7 – 15 Designs in April Challenge

Hey, Hey!

Oh dear, this challenge is proving to be a little more demanding than I expected. Well, it actually is more like I have decided to make it more demanding than it could be. I guess that is just a part of me, I always do things like this. Life is easy, yet we ourselves make it hard. Is that not right? I'm not too sure myself, but it seems to make sense. Et alors, shall we go on...?

This design set was inspired by the words "Heavy Metal Angel" and a jacket by MARBLE that I'm currently in love with. Of course I did not use MARBLE's design –that would not be very in the spirit of the challenge– but I did use it as inspiration. The second design of the set was very much me just going with the flow after creating Heavy Metal Angel and just making something out of leftover inspiration. Her outfit would be called Morgenkreuz. She's wearing some sort of bastard form of those strange Alice and the Pirates shoes.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Design 5 - Lolita 15 Designs Challenge

Bonjour!

In an attempt to maintain my wavering schedule, here I am with one more design. I have been watching the Miraculous Ladybug lately, and needless to say I enjoy it very much. It reminds me of the way cartoons on air were when I was an elementary schooler. Extremely cheesy, filled with puns, teenage superheroes with glitzy transformations and girly crushes, simple and fun, and I just can't help but love them.

So this design is (rather obviously) inspired by Marinette DuPain's Ladybug suit. I did not want to use ladybug spots, so I used small polkadots and black scallops. I wanted something simple and close to the body, since a heroine has to fight and move around quite a bit. Also, her yoyo is now a purse. It's a very simple and quick design, overall. I hope you may find it as cute as I do, and have a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

15 Lolita Designs Challenge – Designs 3 and 4

Oh, the delay!

I have been more tired this first week of school than I would have expected. I wish my delay had not been so, however, I did not want my designs to be mere sketches in my cuadricule notebook. Thus, I have finally finished digitalising them. These two drawings come in a set, as well as the two to follow, which I will hopefully post on the 12th.

So, so, so... Let's get to it! My inspiration for this set were two songs: "Shotgun Lovers" and "My Baby Shot Me Down". Some difference, huh? 

For the first one, I wanted to take some vintage inspiration. I remembered once seeing someone post about "Gangster Lolita", sort of like a Lolita-fied Al Capone. It was very entertaining, and so I wanted to try doing it but keeping it cute and usual. For the second one, I actually wanted to make a Guro Lolita design, and she'd be carrying a red gun. After some tries, I scrapped the idea and went for shiro with red accents to keep the guro feeling. Maybe I'll try that other idea for another design? I didn't want to get too bloody today.

I wanted to make them sort of compliment each other, since the designs are so different. I thought that since one had no skin tone, eyes or eyebrows, and a fully coloured outfit, the other one would be the opposite.




And here is a very large picture of both designs connected.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Design 2 – 15 Designs Challenge

Hello, Hello!

Yesterday night I posted my very first design for this challenge. I actually hoped to do it on April 2nd, so that I could go 2-4-6-etc. and keep an even distribution, but I was very engrossed in watching Miraculous during the weekend and broke my schedule.

So, let's get to it! For today's design, I chose Amulet Heart. After consuming twelve episodes of the Miraculous Ladybug, and discovering myself to be unable to find any more that were not in Korean, I chose to put my dormant Play-Station to use and undust my old DVD's. 

I found my old Shugo Chara! collection, and was having a hard time with which of Amu's guardians to use. I went for something soft and pink.

The drawing is a little awkward, since I made it a little absent-mindedly and am not very experienced with water colour. I still hope that you can enjoy it, even with its faults!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

15 Lolita Designs Challenge – Design 1

Bonjour, Bonjour!

For the first design, the theme I wanted to work with was bones! This design is worn by a girl who is actually the main character in my upcoming short story "The Space Between My Vertebrae". 

I was actually thinking of doing the dress she wears in the story as my first design, but it was very hard to consider that dress Lolita, so I took some elements from it and made it into something more acceptable! It is still a little strange, but I have been very into Mihara Mitsukazu, H.Naoto and MARBLE lately, so I wanted to try my hand at designing something that gave me a similar feeling to them.

Don't forget, you can click on images for better resolution!


*CHODEINN is my instagram and twitter account. I sign most of my drawings with that username.



Saturday, April 2, 2016

15 Lolita Designs in April

Bonjour, Bonjour!
I would really like to start this off with a more rhythmical "as many of you might know"... but that would be terribly delirious of me. So, I'll have to settle for the more slightly out of tune.

So! In case any of you, my dear page-viewers, are active members of the EGL Livejournal page, you may have already seen bodici22's 15 Lolita Designs in April Challenge

Work, work, work....
Why am I telling you this? Well, of course, because I'll be participating! Since I have just barely begun my blog, I feel like participating in different challenges will definitely help me bring more content!

Basically, what this challenge entails, is to create around fifteen Lolita fashion designs during the course of April. The criteria for a design is rather liberal, and I feel this might be so that a larger variety of people can participate. (There's always the "I'd like to participate but I can't draw!" excuse, so now there's no reason to be fret anymore!)

If anyone dear human reads my rather greenhorn blog has not yet seen the post, and wishes to participate, here is the link for the challenge's blog.


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NOTICE: Since I will be posting near-daily with the April Challenge, I have decided to move the review and short stories for until the end of the month. Otherwise, I feel like they would be drowned with all the designs I'll be posting. I also want to be able to work on the stories properly, so that they will be as beautiful as I imagine them. 

My planning follows as:
First week of May: WunderWelt Review (Monday) and Story "The Space Between my Vertebrae" (Saturday)
Second week: Story "Only I" (Saturday)
Third Week: Story "Wedding in a Water Bottle" (Saturday)

I hope that you will continue to support my blog. À bientôt!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Alice Going Underground

Lilac and Daffodil


My dear Alice stands under a lantern. 
Her hands fold upon lace and flowers fold upon her apron.


This alice does not chase Mr. Rabbit, she knows he'll come for her.
Loyal for the reward, she awaits the wonder land.
Hear the footsteps, "Close your eyes,"
the snow white rabbit whispers, for "this is a surprise."


Whisk her away, run off into the night.
With her trust buried deep, and her eyelids shut tight,
she does not –she cannot– see the wolf that lies inside.


She ran into the wolf's den, she slipped into his mouth.
And once she opened her eyes,
a scream escaped, uncouth.


Fin

Author's Comment: This is my very first time materialising one of my stories, usually all they can aspire to is to remain as sketches in my book or notes on my phone. I had a lot of trouble trying to settle on a pleasant style for the illustrations, that matched the feeling I wanted to give. I did not fully get there, but I am pleased with how it has turned out. I also had trouble with the image quality and sizing, as this is my very first time trying to do something like this. If out there is anyone who has taken the time to read this, I would very much appreciate any feedback! 

Leur Lapin