A few photos from the Secret Rose Boudoir tea party I attended~ It was my first tea party and my first lolita coord. I had an amazing time!
Dress: Innocent World
Blouse: Krad Lanrete
Head Dress: Handmade
no offense taken! the mermaid community is a group of people across the world who dress up like mermaids and mermen and swim like real life merpeople in fully swimmable mermaid tails. Merfolk also advocate for ocean conservation and acceptance of all types of unique individuals. Many merfolk dress up and swim as mermaids and merman for many different reasons but here’s why I do it…
For me being a mermaid is fulfilling my childhood dream and expressing my individuality. My first and foremost reason for being a mermaid (I know I’m not a real mermaid just to get that straight) is to create magic for people. That magic often comes alive through photo shoots, birthday parties and other performances as well as the way I dress and act towards others and the environment in my every day life. I train myself to hold my breath for long periods of time so I can stay underwater for photo shoots and other swimming activities
Just think of being a professional mermaid as being sort of an actress. you have a character and you have to embody them on and off screen. Hope that helps!
THE BEGINNINGS OF KAWAII
No, no, you have no idea. It actually IS the beginning of the whole so-called “kawaii culture”. And it started because girls started using mechanical pencils, which provided fine handwriting. After being banished (more precisely, during the 80s), this kind of writing started being used in products like magazines and make-up. And, during this time, icons we usually associate with the whole kawaii industry (like the characters from Sanrio) came to life too.
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
So yep. Kawaii is important, and it all started with cute, simple handwritting a few hearts and cat faces in some girls’ school notebooks <3
NO OK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
This is also how the kawaii fashions started! Girls began dressing in cute and off beat styles for themsleves, they were criticized by adult figures telling them “you’ll never find a husband if you dress that way!” to which they began to reply “Good!”
All the japanese subcultures and fashions that evolved out of this became a rebellion to tradition and the starch gender roles and expectations the adults were forcing on the younger generations. As early as the 70s and still to this day you’ll see an emphasis on child-like fashion and themes in more kawaii styles and the dismissal of the male gaze with styles like lolita (a lot of western people assume lolita is somehow sexual due to the name of the fashion, but ask any japanese lolita and they will tell you that men hate the style and find it unattractive which is sometimes a large reason they gravitate towards the style - they can express their femininity and individuality while remaining independent and without the pressure to appeal to men)
Its so so so important to understand the hyper cute and ‘odd’ fashions of Japanese girls carry such a huge message of feminism and reclaiming of their own lives.
so are you telling me that Japan’s punk phase was really the kawaii phase
Angelic Pretty’s Strawberry Garden One Piece
rainy weather and thunder doesn’t make me gloomy at all it’s more like, fuck yeah this is my kingdom of darkness and i’m the queen
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