July 25, 2016

Moldavite exhibit in museum

Me and my friend Tairesia went to a museum exhibit! 

This is our South Bohemian Museum. Since the exhibit was about moldavites, I dressed into a space-themed Cosmic JSK in cream color. It's more toned-down and although still counts as sweet, its quite on the subdued side (and it has pockets!)

Moldavites are created upon asteroid impact. The asteroids are huge rocks flying around our Solar System, they can be as small as a boulder or as big as a mountain. Sometimes they hit the Earth and when the impact is stronger, they melt the ground they hit. The melted ground is trasformed by the heat and pressure of the impact into glass and the glass droplets are ejected into surrounding area. These droplets become the moldavites and can be found million years after the impact which created them!

These are moldavites. There were hundreds of them in the exhibit, from different places across the world.

We saw more moldavites that day than .. well, honestly, more than anyone would probably want. The sheer amount was overwhelming. One final photo in front of the wall panel you can see in the back of the exhibit room, and we were ready to go home and rest!

July 7, 2016

Strawberry roll cake

I've come across this step-by-step sponge roll with strawberries recipe, a sweet common in Japan, at least judging from the photos I see around the internet. I decided to give it a try!

Strawberry roll cake

4 egg yolk
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of flour
4 egg whites
1/2 cup of fresh cream
1/4 cup of corn oil
8 strawberries
sugar to taste
a few drops of vinegar

Put egg yolk into a bowl. Add oil, milk, sugar (I used 3 spoons of powdered sugar) into the bowl and mix until water and oil blend together (I used a blender to mix them very well, until the mixture started to take on pale yellow color and bubbles appeared). Next sift in flour (I used self-rising cake flour) (for czech readers: hladká mouka a kypřící prášek) and mix until there are no clumps.

In to another bowl, add egg white with vinegar and beat until stiff with peaks. Put one third of the beaten egg whites into the batter and mix evently. Put the rest of the beaten egg whites, fold gently.

Pour the batter into a parchment lined pan and spread it evenly across the pan. Gently knock the pan down a few times to get rid of bubbles in the batter. Put in 180 C preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Take the cake out and let it cool.

In the meanwhile, beat the cream and wash the strawberries. Then take the cooled cake and flip it over on the parchment paper (I flipped it into another paper I put on top, rather). Spread the cream, put the strawberries on one end. Roll the cake (it was surprisingly easy to roll it!), wrap it with the parchment paper, and put it into the fridge to cool for half an hour.

Here goes the result! It was delicious, I'll be making it regularly for sure.

July 3, 2016

Handmade wristcuffs

I made my first handmade lolita fashion item! It's a simple classic inspired wristcuffs in ivory color. After a lot of obsessiong about what best lace to use and how to sew it together, I bought a couple of lace of an ebay shop, but the shades turned out to be very different from each other in person!

I used the top lace, soft and wide with embroidery on both edges. I folded the lace in half, then adjusted it so both embroidery is visible. Then I gently sewed them together under and above the line where elastics would go. That created a tunnel for the elastics. After adjusting its lenght I sewed the end of the elastics together, then the end of the lace. Then I prepared bows for the wristcuffs using this simple method!

As a finishing touch, I sewed the ivory bows on top. The wristcuffs turned out better than I expected!

July 1, 2016

Lolita questionnaire

I found a questionnaire on Sleeping Doll Yuki's blog and decided to answer it ^.^

1. Name 5 things you hate about lolita

Wigs. I got one and I didnt like it. They may look fabulous, but the wig cap was constantly slipping when I tried to put it on, the whole fit was awkward, I couldn't even properly place a headbow on it, I was reaaaaly hot and feared to move to don't displace it on my head. I bet a lot of these would go away with more experience but for me.. never again.

The community. The hate and pressure and girl bitching behind each others backs. Probably happens in any niche hobby.. there are fabulous people but bitches too. In addition, since the community moved from livejournal to facebook a few years ago, I feel like it shattered into many small pieces. It just doesn't feel the same anymore.

Holes in expensive socks. It really sucks to hunt the OTKs in the exact print and colorway to match your brand dress for two years then get a toe hole first time you wear them out!

Hard to wash and iron. The maintenance takes time and effort. Even the clothing that can be washed is delicate so you better wash it in hands and many pieces can't be washed at all. And ironing all those ruffles one by one is an ordeal.. but eventually you'd find wrinkles to smooth out before every wear.

Being afraid about your clothes. The lolita clothing is expensive and delicate.. eventually you'll realize theres a threshold when you turn back not because of the lack of money, but you feel like the piece you love is too expensive to ever wear for fear of getting stains or snags on it and it'd be pity to buy it for it to just sit in your closet.. and even the more fancy pieces you do buy you avoid sitting on benches in park, eating meals which could stain it pernamently even if it would be your favorite strawberry ice-cream, and so on. One of my biggest regrets.

2. Name 5 things you love about lolita

The details. Be it lace, ruffles or just pretty buttons on waistties, they are part of the charm for me.

The layering. Im feeling notoriously cold even in summer. In lolita, I just add a few fancy layers to stay warm and it still looks summery. No more running around in coat during summer!

That its wearable! I can wear what I love and show it to everyone and maybe brighten their day a tiny bit. Where else do you get to wear the art you admire?

That it covers my bum :3 The wide skirts hide the part of my body I'm most conscious about so I feel more comfortable in skirts!

Opaque legwear. I wouldn't have to shave my legs if I didn't feel like it and noone would know, haha!

3. The most favorite brand?
Angelic Pretty!

4. Three most favorite prints including the color?
Dreamy Horoscope JSK in Navy
Misty Sky skirt in Sax
Fancy Box Shoulder Frill JSK in Blue

5. Your lolita inspiration?
Probably Cadney though theres a good dozen of lolitas I admire!

6. Favorite piece of lolita clothing?
Wristcuffs! Pure lace and bows, the best of lolita fashion.

7. Unpopular piece of lolita clothing?
Big decorated rings. Fingers of a sweet lolita outfit look empty without them but they just stand in my way.. I'm not used to wearing them.

8. Do you wear wigs?

9. How many petticoats do hold your skirt?
One. Either a daily white A-line petti or a megapoofy pink cupcake Bunny House petti.

10. Your favorite lolita meme

11. Do you follow any lolita blog or youtube?
Yes, a lot of them! Im a bit random though... mostly I read up all I can then move to next blog. Also following a lot of lolita tumblrs.

12. The most favorite substyle?
Sweet lolita =^.^=

13. The hated substyle?
Guro lolita. Eww.

14. Favorite lolita shoes?
Tea parties! They're the best :3

15. Do you wear circle lenses.
No, I couldn't stand anything in my eyes. I undergone a laser surgery to have the need for glasses removed, I don't want to risk my sight for circle lenses.