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Of Frocks and Accoutrements

Today was a fantabluous day. The thrift store gods smiled on me today for I bought a sackful of vintage clothes that had a lot of dolly kei potential. Paired with a few existing pieces that I already have and some accessories, I'd be able to achieve that perfect dolly kei look.
Frocks for frolic.

Aside from the clothes, I also spied a couple of purses and an angel printed scarf that would finish off a dolly kei outfit I'd come up in the future. I especially love that purse on the right that looks like some sort of picnic satchel.

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I also bought a couple of drapery ties from Tuesday Mornings and one that really made me squeal with delight is the painted one. I've never seen anything like it. It's very Victorian.
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So that's how my day went. My ever loving husband, always super supportive of whatever I get into, drove me all over God's green earth to get my fabulous score. I also aired out my gunnies (Gunne Sax dresses) today. Next weekend, I'll try to make some dolly kei accessories. I might try millinery as well.

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Hoodwinked

It's my dolly kei Friday! It is so cold outside and what a great excuse to unearth this vintage suede hooded coat from my closet! I bought that coat in Soho in New York ten years ago for--get ready... $2.00

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My favorite piece in this whole ensemble is the vintage carousel brooch that I got from a thrift store in New Orleans for $1.50 I hope everyone has a good weekend! I'm excited about mine for it shall be spent going to thrift stores and crafts stores to expand my dolly kei "trousseau".
HAGWeed! (Have A Good Weekend!)

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Introductions, Prefaces and Prologues

Greetings and Salutations. I'd like to make this brief because most people hate wordy entries and I do want someone to want to read this.

I am a magpie. I collect things that remind me of my childhood. I was schooled in fairy tales. I never stopped believing in them. In a way, they're my reality. I am an illustrator by profession. I love my job because the whole process of creating gives me a high and to be paid for it, is swell bonus. I collect Blythe dolls and have currently 23 of them. I make my own doll dresses and that is what lead me to discover the fantabuous world of "dolly kei".

Since I always have a penchant for the folkloric, when shopping for clothes, I gravitate to the ornate, the embroidered, the beaded, just anything that doesn't look commonplace and of course with fairy tale flare. In no time I was able to amass quite a collection. In a sense, I have been wearing "dolly kei" fashion (pardon the redundancy) but in a more toned down manner. Discovering this aesthetic has thrilled me beyond my imagination. I never thought there was someone out there, let alone a community who dressed like me! I am excited to meet these magical people.

I dress dolly-kei on Fridays at work, my way to welcoming the weekend. Here are the looks I've worn so far.



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The Mabinogeon

Not so bad for a first post. I tried my best not to get long winded. I tend to ramble. Here's where the story ends for now. :-) 

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