Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's Prom Time: Adelaide's AVCon hosts a high school themed event!

When the AVCon 2013 Committee announced there would be a high school themed formal event to compliment the convention, heaps of people were excited to go! Many hadn't had the opportunity to go to one in high school for various reasons, and those of us who did wanted another, similar event to dress up and dance the night away. I was pretty lucky in that I went to two in Bangkok and two in Melbourne, but it was such a long time ago!
Held at The German Club, we had the opportunity to order German fare, any type of beverage, catch up with friends and make new ones and shimmy on down on the dancefloor.
I went with Christine and Tamara and had a pretty good time! How did I prepare myself...?
Well, I went and got my nails done (in a hurry so no pics) but then went to Anton's at Adelaide Arcade and had my hair and makeup done! They are located at Shop 43 on the Ground Floor and are awesome as always. Thank you Lidija ;_;
From bottom left: getting combed out, then hot curlers, then building the crest, and finishing the back.
Makeup, eyelashes onnnnn my dead fish eyes
and an extra spray of lacquer to keep the fringe at bay.
Time to get dressed! The dress in question is La Robe Vert Clair OP, designed and modelled by Midori Fukusawa. Lidija is taking care of me, making my sash goes in the right spot <3 And yes, I am not wearing any shoes yet.
I did end up wearing BABY's Antique Ribbon Shoes in offwhite.
So... what do I look like with makeup, hair and outfit all together?! 
Tadaa~~ including sceptre.
And in the picturesque Adelaide Arcade
And... off we go! Phong from Unscripted Productions took the following photos. Thank you for allowing me to use them here!
I met skateboard lolita Jenita! (Bodyline model contest winner 2009)
And Tallara from Melbourne (he's currently in the UK, come back soon ;_;)
And one with Christine (left) and Tamara (right)!
It was a lovely evening, and these shoes certainly did a lot of dancing x

Maybe join us next year in Adelaide! 

 If you want to see Christine's take on the event, please check out her blog entry here!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lolita Outfits of 2012

I don't post to daily_lolita anymore. I should, though, as it's taking part in community activities and contributing to the world of lolita fashion. Because some of these outfits are so old, I decided to do a roundup of the outfits I did manage to photograph.

Reshoot Day, February 2012
I had to retake some footage for the 2011 One Day in Paradise tea party video, so after doing that, I thought I might have some fun outside the shop in Fitzroy, which has now moved location to inside Kanga Kanga in the Melbourne CBD.
OP, socks and headband:  Magical Etoile by Angelic Pretty
Shoes and Bag: Angelic Pretty
Bunny Hood: Ergi

Librarian's Expo, February 2012
I was asked by work to attend a librarian's expo. Many people wonder what lolita and otome is good for office wear, and I can only say I received many compliments from attendees.
Day 1
JSK and headbow: Antique Library by Innocent World
Blouse: Anna House
Shoes: Emily Temple Cute
Ring: Jane Marple
Necklace: Clockwork Butterfly

Day 2
Top: Review
Skirt: Heart Leopard Print by Metamorphose
Shoes: Salvatore Feragamo
Belt: Cherry Morris

Day 3

OP: Jane Marple
Blouse: Dear Celine
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo 

Rococo Meet, March 2012
I'm a classic fiend, and I have a soft spot for Mary Magdalene. This was taken after I'd been rained on and my hairstyle had been ruined.
OP: Bertille OP by  Mary Magdalene
Tights: Forever New
Shoes and Hairband: Innocent World
Jewellery: Clockwork Butterfly

Supanova Melbourne and Supanova Gold Coast, April 2012
This was the first convention I did with One Day in Paradise representing BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT and Alice and the Pirates.

JSK & Bonnet: Fragrant Rose Memories in Sepia by BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT
OTKs: Alice and the Pirates
Shoes: One Day in Paradise
Blouse: Innocent World

Supanova Melbourne and Supanova Gold Coast, April 2012
I love my Unico in Bloomland set... it's a dream set of mine. It is also the JSK I wore after people bought the newest releases off my back 8D
 JSK, socks and headbow: BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT
Shoes: Anna House
Bag: Angelic Pretty

Antoinette Meet, July 2012
This meet was dedicated to those in Melbourne who purchased the Antoinette Fleur OP in the year's reserves.
 OP: Antoinette Fleur by Mary Magdalene
Tights: Forever New
Shoes: Innocent World
Collar: vysanthe
Necklace: Clockwork Butterfly
Headband: Innocent World 
(yes, I like wearing the same headband and shoes all the time; they are my favourites) 

One Day in Paradise store opening, Adelaide, October 2012
Thank you to Candice for this lovely photo. This is one of the few I am actually looking remotely relaxed in from this set. It is near impossible to take a decent photo of me under stress as I tend to look like a sleep deprived hag before, during and after events, but Candice captured me nicely.

JSK: Cherish my Juicy Cherry by BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT
Headband: Chess Story
Cutsew and bolero: BABY
Picnic Meet, Adelaide, October 2012
The day after One Day in Paradise opened in Adelaide, the girls held a lovely welcome picnic.
Socks: Torchon OTKs, BABY
Shoes: One Day in Paradise
Bag: Innocent World
Cutsew: BABY
Bolero: BABY
Headband: Chess Story

Milky Planet shoot for the Angelic Pretty Mook, November 2012
Wonder what happened to that mook...? But here is my submission.
JSK, socks and headband: Milky Planet by Angelic Pretty
Blouse: Anna House
Shoes: Angelic Pretty
Bag: Shooting Star by Angelic Pretty
Cuffs: Angelic Pretty
DOKI DOKI 6% and Chocomint jewellery and miscellaneous items 
in my hair, on my fingers and around my neck

Melty Meet, November 2012
For our Sydney guests Sharon and Alanah we held a 
Melty Meet in Adelaide where the theme was chocolate! Full of beans here.
JSK: Chess Chocolate Military JSK by Angelic Pretty
Blouse: White Moon
Shoes: One Day in Paradise
Tights: Leg Avenue
Hair and arm accessories: Colette
Hat: Royal Chocolate by Angelic Pretty

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Natural Hair Roundup 2012

In 2012, I made a conscious effort to use my own hair as opposed to a wig. Now, lolitas use wigs for many reasons, such as their haircut not being suitable for lolita, or their hair too fine, too thick, unhealthy, or simply just wanting an easy, polished do in any colour under the sun without too much effort - it takes enough effort to just dress, so wearing a wig may as well make the process a little easier.

I wear both sweet and classic, and both styles encourage the use of natural hair, or at least, natural looking hair. And I thought to myself that my hair is pretty healthy (virgin hair says my current hair stylist Lidija at Anton's) and a nice basic lolita style and colour, so why not incorporate that instead of hiding it?

I admit, I am pretty time poor, and particularly when I am running ODIP with a full time job I don't have much time for extras. I find it hard to schedule in a haircut most weeks, which was pretty important in my hairstyle to maintain as my fringe grows at the rate of knots. So when I had a meet on, I went to get my hair styled at the hairdresser's, thereby killing two birds with one stone. Let's take a look at some of the styles I tried in 2012.

Librarian's Expo, February 2012 & Supanova Melbourne 2012

Dead straight and librarian-like. Pretty easy, and how I usually wore my hair for conventions in 2012. No muss, no fuss and the emphasis is on the cut.  

Rococo Picnic, March 2012

I wore Mary Magdalene's Bertille Rose OP for this picnic, and since it was a large classic meet, I wanted a nice style to go with it. I picked a braided style, much like the Vm models. Unfortunately we were rained out that day,and the only photos I have of it are me looking drowned rat-like. My apologies, but you can get the gist of it below. The smart version can be found on Instagram as I have already uploaded it there.

Seeing my parents at my grandmother's house, June 2012

My parents live 4 hours out of Melbourne. I don't get to see them much, and they very rarely see me in lolita because of it so I thought I'd wear my Mary Magdalene Antoinette Fleur OP to see them. I tried a double bun style; what do you think of it? Too sweet? An interesting take on classic? I decided not to use it again for the upcoming Antoinette meet.

 Antoinette Meet, July 2012

This meet was dedicated to those who bought the Mary Magdalene Antoinette Fleur OP in the year's reserves. I thought an extravagant OP warranted an extravagant do... and so with two stylists armed with curling wands and 90 minutes later, my hair was a mass of ringlets. Cue attendees patting my head gently at Polly's and wondering if my hair is a wig. The talented Samantha Ee of took the first and third photos as well as originally arranging this collage.

The first two styles done by Nyssa from Xiang QV; the last style by another stylist at Xiang.

Milky Planet Photoshoot, Supanova Adelaide and the Melty Meet, November 2012

Buns again. Milky Planet was at Anton's and then my friend Christine kindly offered to do my buns for Supanova Adelaide and the Melty Meet. She has many talents!

Hope you got some ideas from my hairdresser adventures. Christine and I recently experimented using various implements and techniques to achieve different lolita hairstyles, so watch out for the next post on natural hair in lolita!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012: A Fantastic Year in Review

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had an awesome Christmas and an even more awesome New Year's Eve.

In 2011, One Day in Paradise launched its much-welcomed new look website and in its About section, wrote at the bottom...

'Have you ever wished upon a star, and had that wish come true?'

...and sure enough, it did!

One Day in Paradise has had an incredible 2012; by far the most interesting out of its 4 years! Let's take a look and see why.

January & February

There's something in the water... what was it? Oh...


BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT agrees to give One Day in Paradise a trial run at Supanova Melbourne and Supanova Gold Coast, providing that ODIP can snap enough lolitas wearing BABY or Alice and the Pirates at the booths. I said I was up to the challenge and put out the call (and you nearly broke the Facebook page with your excitement)!


The call is answered loud and clear, with One Day in Paradise exceeding BABY's expectations! BABY grants ODIP distributorship rights to its monthly collections. Are you in this collage? You rock! Thank you! (And special thanks to the girl who preplanned her cosplay ages in advance but still worked BABY socks into it.)

This is also the month that One Day in Paradise opens its new branch at Kanga Kanga in the Melbourne CBD. I have known Taka since I returned to Melbourne from Sydney in 2007, and we decided it would be a perfect launching spot for BABY items.


It's nose down and tail up, preparing for Supanova Sydney and Supanova Perth while simultaneously working full time.

It's time for Supanova Sydney and Supanova Perth! Again, I was snapping lolitas to give BABY an idea of who is wearing what in which location! Are you here? BABY also gives ODIP access to sale items and lucky packs.

 The massive crowd awaiting entry to the trader's hall. 

The team for One Day in Paradise Supanova Sydney -  Elle-May (Visage 'n' Vice), Sharon, me and Alanah!

 Take a carrrrrd!

Photo courtesy of Rachel.

Bird's eye view of the crowd inside the Dome on Saturday.
the team in Perth: Me, Steph, Elle-May (VnV), Stephy (VnV) 


Innocent World comes to the party, granting ODIP full distribution rights, including access to sale items and lucky packs and Australian lolitas take full advantage of this - its summer sale is a hit!

AVCon in Adelaide rolls around, and is the first convention at which new Innocent World has been sold in Australia.


Manifest's month! Melbourne's anime oriented convention. 
Left to right: Magdalen, Cming, and me. 
Wearing Unico in Bloomland again as if I have no other JSKs in my wardrobe.
Photo courtesy of Magdalen.


One Day in Paradise and the Visage n Vice Boutique announce its new Adelaide location inside Adelaide Arcade, taking over the old space previously leased by Tokyo Hardcore.


Renovations take 2 weeks, and we open our new store on the 13th October. Attendees all loved the new changing area at the back so much that they spent most of the day there. I relocated from Melbourne to Adelaide temporarily. The two black x white photos of this unforgettable day are by the lovely Candice, who came from Sydney for the opening.

Photo bottom left, courtesy of Jaana.


ODIP and the VNV head to Brisbane and then to Adelaide for the last two Supanovas of the year! And I decide to move to Adelaide permanently. 

Below left: me, Sharon and Veronica, courtesy of Goldie Soetianto and the booth looking pretty unkawaii as the crowds decimated the booth. Below right: me with Christine at Supanova Adelaide. In Unico in Bloomland again, because I sold my Baby the Stars Shine Bright Snow Queen set a day after I wore it in Brisbane.  

 Darth Vader is waiting for his girlfriend to come out of ODIP. Photo courtesy of Alanah.

 I met Elvira! She was so glamourous. 


One Day in Paradise bades farewell to its VNV Fitzroy location, making One Day in Paradise at Kanga Kanga in the CBD its only Melbourne base. 

ODIP also turned 4 on the 5th December, close to International Lolita Day! No annual party this year as things were a little too hectic. There is a 'Welcome to Kanga Kanga' one in the works!

I also signed up for an Instagram account in preparation for this blog. You're most welcome to follow me, and if you are of the lolita persuasion I will most likely follow you back. I'm just about to start uploading a lot of my lolita photos to it, so it's a work in progress.

In 2013, there's much more to come! Hopefully through this blog, you'll follow ODIP's journey to its 5th year in Australia.

What new things do you want to see ODIP do in 2013?