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Monday Free For All 
12th-May-2014 08:06 pm
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Welcome to the EGL Free for All! Yay!

Please take this as an opportunity to get to know your fellow EGL members outside of lolita You can post WHATEVER you fancy!

Do bear the following rules in mind:
1) ALL rules of EGL still apply! Be courteous and polite. No flamming/spamming/trolling, etc.
2) Keep it P-G. Remember that there are minors here!
3) Max of 5 images per post, please. And please keep them to a reasonable size!
4) If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reply to the first comment in this post.

And a couple of reminders:
-The EGL Free for All will be every Monday and Friday. Twice a week, twice the fun!
-Monday's FFAs are for lolitas outside of the USA, thus the posting time for Monday's FFA is different from Friday's FFA
-The EGL Friending Meme is the first Friday of every month!

Current FFA volunteers:
rainedragon (USA)
deleciel (USA)
stupsy (Germany)
roozumari (UK)
Feel free to PM us with questions!

12th-May-2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Comments Concerns Complaints
12th-May-2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Any bizarre thrift shop finds this week? I found an black and white ita cosplay blouse/top/thing with a sailor collar in the charity shop I volunteer in.
12th-May-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
I remembered finding a pair of black stripper shoes with (I kid you not) 9" heels at a local Goodwill. When one of the women tried to organize the shoes, the pair fell over and hit her on the head! She was fine, but we joked that they may as well be lethal weapons!
12th-May-2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
What do you guys think of the idea of buying a crummy quality Bodyline garment, taking it apart and using the pieces as patterns for handmade Lolita garments?
12th-May-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
If you can get a damaged/stained one second hand, that seems like a pretty good deal to me. You could always sell your creations as well.
12th-May-2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
I've considered doing this with a bodyline piece I never wear, but all that unpicking :/
12th-May-2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know how to feel about purposely buying a crummy quality Bodyline for the sole intent of disassembling it but I do buy Bodyline with the intent to alter it into something much more Lolita-y and personalized.
13th-May-2014 02:13 am (UTC)
I do this a lot actually with other clothes. It's mostly when they stop fitting with weight loss or weight gain so I can still have the cuteness of the outfit and having it for perfectly!!!
13th-May-2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I think it would be easier and less expensive to buy an Otome no Sewing or other lolita sewing mook.
12th-May-2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
After a long 8 month deployment, I purchased a bunch of frilly goodness that I can't wait to wear! Just waiting for a few more orders to come in to put together a full coordinate.

Anyone from Oahu, Hawaii here? Would love to meet some local lolitas.
13th-May-2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
The Hawaii lolita community is actually quite active. We have meet ups usually every month and the members are always very welcoming. The LJ community page is now dead but there is a facebook page. The local Anime convention has been a godsend for us, bringing many brands such as Angelic Pretty and h.NAOTO. We have also been visited by the designers of Mint Neko and Atelier Pierrot, as well as the model Aoki Misako.
12th-May-2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
I was wondering, is there any teacher Lolita on here?

I'm not sure which level I'll be teaching yet, but I'm considering either French in secondary school or French litterature in college and I think I'll be able to wear casual Classic, but I wanted to know if some of you had done it before.
12th-May-2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
If you teach French, you can wear berets xD
(Just kidding, also I'm French and I think it's great that you'll be teaching my language! ^^)
12th-May-2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
does anyone know of any thrift/vintage shops in toronto that have nice loliable items for classic lolita?
12th-May-2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
I would love to know how the Usakumya bags gained their must-have item status amongst the Lolita community, if anyone has any sound facts or research into this product!
I too am guilty of seeking the black ones, so the craze for these items is very interesting to me from an economical standpoint...
12th-May-2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
Personally I find the allure of Usakumya is that it really "marks" you unmistakably as a Lolita and not something else. Whenever I wear mine out I feel like I'm carrying a friendly beacon of "Yes! I am a Lolita!" and it helps people who might have felt unsure feel more confident in approaching me and asking if I am one.
13th-May-2014 02:20 am (UTC)
Wait, so whats with the black ones? Are they really rare or something? I like both colours but I think I would prefer black if I ever got to choose between two.
13th-May-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
I guess it's because Usakumya is one of the oldest mascots of Btssb, if not THE oldest one, and Btssb releases every year several items with Usakumya, so it has a huge recognition value. Every Lolita knows this cute fellow, so it became a typical Lolita item and must-have.
13th-May-2014 02:13 am (UTC)
Yesterday I wore lolita for the first time to go to classes >.< I used to think I would never do it but a girl complimented me so it gave me a lot more confidence. :)
13th-May-2014 03:53 am (UTC)
That's nice! I wear (Casual) Sweet to college every once in a while. :) It's really nice to attend classes in your favourite clothing, for me it's mostly the confidence it gives that makes it so nice. (Wow, such a lack of English vocabulary here.)
13th-May-2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh lucky you, that's great! :) I love it when girls (and even boys, of course) dress original for a normal day, and it always brings me a smile when I see someone in lolita who is not dressed just for some meetup.
I used to wear lolita almost daily to my school (especially in winter), but in the end I've realised that it's not for me. I don't feel good in casual outfits (ugh, when I wear knee lenght skirt with not really big petti, it seems gross), but just now I've been considering wear a little bit otome clothing, but I'm stuck with where should I buy any XD (I really like ETC, Jane Marple and other otome brands, but I couldn't afford to have all of my clothes from those brands, just some main pieces...) I have NO IDEA where I should start XD
13th-May-2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
After looking at Mr. Yan's adventures around the world and his answers to desires of BL fans, such as planning golden shoes and dresses for pregnant women, I wonder if BL can have a better future. What is going to happen with bodyline in, say, 5 years?

Maybe in the future, bodyline will sell dresses for taller lolitas, larger shoes, dresses plus-size friendly. I just wonder if what he is doing can become more important than we think.
I believe that bodyline has the potential to become something bigger.

I can be wrong, I could be attaching too much importance to the current experiences of Mr. Yan's vacations. I don't really know why is Mr. Yan considered dangerous and "creeper", besides the Venus accident.

I read somewhere that Mr. Yan side of the story was Venus not being chosen for a second time as BL model, then she being annoyed at that and posting a video of bad experiences. I can't really know, I don't know who to believe, specially because that is the only piece of information I have. Do you know more about this? Who do you believe? Does it matter?

What do you think?

TL DR: Mr Yan is promising products based on his fans' requests. This could be good for BL, apart from Mr. Yan's bad fame.

- Is Mr. Yan genuine about doing what his "fans" want? or is it some kind of false clearance of his bad fame?
- What about the future of Bodyline?

13th-May-2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
I think this tour was good for everyone; for the company Bodyline, Mr. Yan and the fans. The worst part about rumors is they often form around isolated incidences and now that Mr. Yan has gone on tour a larger group of people have been given the opportunity to form their own personal opinion about him based on their own personal experiences with him.

Though I have never met him my own opinion stands that I do think he's a creeper but I think that his behavior will likely curve from here on out. When you work in certain industries, such as the cheesey cheap underwear world (where bodyline started), behaving like a creep is never confronted and people let it slide. I think Mr. Yan was still in the mindset of that business and though his product line had shifted to be way more about Cosplay and Lolita, he hadn't gone out and really learned who his current costumer base is. Now knowing who he's selling to, I think he'll realize that he needs to change his public image to be more in line with what his company produces.

In terms of what Bodyline might make in the future, I think the smartest thing they can do is run with the input. Bodyline makes it's money already from meeting the needs of people who don't buy brand; either due to pricing issues or sizing issues. It would be smart for them to continue to expand their size ranges and to internally decide on always making their price point a certain percentage less then the going rate for brand. They could really make a killing by going forward as "Lolita for Everyone" so to speak with a focus on becoming the good quality (and by 'good' I mean just that; not 'great' or 'fantastic', just good and reliable) jeans & t-shirt standard in the Lolita Fashion world.

13th-May-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
I've just made a new lolita blog and I don't know how should I get more followers. My first blog (that is written in my mother language) has 2 followers XD And on the tumblr there are 55 people following me. Do you have any advices what should I do to have more people following me? I know it can't happen in one day, but I would like to read you advices!

In case any of you were interested, my blog is here: (there are just few posts, but I have more on their way!) and my tumblr channel you can find here:
14th-May-2014 11:54 am (UTC)
On Tumblr, tag your content carefully so it'll show up for people who track tags (don't tag photos with tags that don't apply to them, but always tag for stuff like the substyle or the brand of your main piece), and follow/reblog from other lolita blogs that interest you and have a large following because some might follow back if they realise you have original coords and stuff.
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