Thursday, 30 April 2015

Claire Pettibone

I'm not getting married anytime soon but I'd be lying if I said I haven't thought about a dress, especially now that I'm interning in the bridal industry. 

I always thought I'd want to get married in a very Princessy dress. You know the one, sweetheart neckline, in at the waist with a full tulle skirt!

princess wedding dress #wedding #dresses #fashion

When I interned for Lizzie Agnew my favour turned towards shorter dresses - ideally knee length, sweetheart neckline and embellished lace overlays.

Lizzie Agnew Bridal Dresses

Through Inspire Magazine I discovered Claire Pettibone and my dream dress!!

Claire Pettibone's Ceylon dress is so beautiful and simple! What a dramatic change eh? 
But I'm a short girl so taking the skirt up to the knee and puffing it out with a light A line petticoat is the dream! *__*

Monday, 20 April 2015

After Midnight

On 17th April I launched a Facebook page for my little business. Please follow the link to see the things I've made and works in progress. 

Where did this come from?
Since wearing Lolita fashion I've found myself making hair accessories to go finish off my outfits. First it was just little bow clips and then it moved onto headbands.


At the same time as developing my own collection utilizing things learnt from interning in the bridal industry, I enjoy taking commissions since I never know what the next thing will be and I love a challenge! At the moment my work is very Lolita orientated but I look forward to expanding and creating things to cater to anyone who wants a special handmade piece. Having worked in bridal, I would like to create some pieces that are a bit daintier for brides, bridesmaid and even flower girls.

What kinds of things do we make now?
Here are a few commissions. The possibilities are endless and and I will be happy to make you something as long as I have sufficient time and I can get the materials needed!


How much do you charge?
That varies depending on what it is you'd like. Flower or bow clips start from £3 - £5 each depending on size and if I already have them in stock. Bow headbands start from £10 and floral headbands start from £20 depending on the design and the types of flowers and embellishments used. 

Lastly, Why 'After Midnight'?
Because that is why I feel most lively and creative! Most nights you'll find me working away with an old anime on in the background for 'company' or doodling up design ideas! I also like to watch things late at night while I make petals since that can take a while even though I don't need to be too focused. Game of Thrones and sewing goes surprisingly well!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

My Lovely 2D World

I feel like I've been on an anime ball which is great! I loved it so much as a child and then went through a very, very slow phase so now I really am so happy to be a seasonal watcher, not a casual!

Now, as for things I picked up over the autumn!

Terra Formars ~ Dropped
I only watched one episode of this in the end. It just wasn't my thing and apparently not David's either so neither of us carried on with it.

 Danna ga Nani wo Itteriru ka Wakaranai Ken ~ Completed!
This gives an interesting insight in what life would be like if my other half were an otaku and I were to be 'normal'. A fun, fun anime with fun references but the episodes were a bit short for me, I prefer things with a bit more umph!

Madan no Ou to Vanadis ~ Completed!
So...nothing was super exciting about this anime even in the end but I enjoyed the whole thing, it's characters and the art.

Psycho-Pass 2 ~ Completed!
I really loved Psycho-Pass so was quite excited for psycho-Pass 2. However, I was sadly disappointed. It just didn't have the same 'umph' and charm that the first series had and it just wasn't the same without the characters I loved so much in the original series.

 Akatsuki no Yona ~ Completed!
I picked this up out of curiosity and I'm so glad I did because this was my favourite anime of the season! It has been a good ride watching Yona grow as a person as she learns to cope and strives to survive and protect those that are close to her. It has been good fun following her on her adventure and meeting those who come to join her, especially Jaeha - his scenes with Hak were very enjoyable to watch and Jaeha is best dragon!
I found myself really moved by the whole thing and that last scene that Yona and Hak shared was the most beautiful thing! There simply must be a second season!

Parasyte ~ Completed!
This was a VERY different anime! I haven't seen anything like Parasyte before. It was very interesting to watch Shinichi change long the way from the scared boy who first finds that a parasyte has taken over his right hand to the strong and logical character he becomes! Most enjoyable and I am intrigued about the live action movie!

Shirobako ~ Completed!
WELL! This was NOTHING like Mangaka-san to Assistant-san! It was great to get an insight into how the anime industry works - all the hypes and stresses and the people involved. It was interesting to watch the main characters grow and achieve their dreams and discover why they want to work in the anime industry. It also made me question what I want to do. Very inspiring! I especially loved the idea of wearing Lolita like armour! 

And some others:

AnoHana ~ Completed!
One off my hard drive and boy does this anime have a LONG title!!!
This was full of laughs and tears galore! The discovering of Menma's wish and the coming together of a loosened group of childhood friends was very heart warming! A lovely anime in both story, characters and art!

Durarara!! ~ Completed!
One that David brought over one weekend out of the blue! This also a very different watch with a LOT of characters! It was a fun ride and I grew to love a lot of the characters, especially Celty, Shinra, Shizuo, Izaya and Simon! I also have the greatest curiosity about Russian Sushi. Like is the rice infused with Vodka? I'd love to know!

So there we go! A nice juicy roundup of the things I'd been watching! What did you watch? I will share my winter watches very soon!