Saturday, September 26, 2009

Andrea - Lolita Fashion

Here's the first photo of me in Lolita Fashion. I never expected it to happen quite this fast. I met a wonderful person (Heather) at the conference who specializes in Lolita Fashion and Anime. Isn't the outfit darling? I can't tell you how many people came up to me at dinner last night and told me I look gorgeous. So many people asked me if I was dressed as "Little Bo Peep". I explained to them about Lolita Fashion from Japan.

This is the link to Lady Heather's Fashions.
I'll be posting more photos of my new Lolita outfit soon.

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Why Pink?

I adore pink! Why? I really don't know. I just do. This is what I have posted on the home page of my web site:

Girly Girl: A slang term for a girl or woman who chooses to dress and behave in a traditionally feminine style, such as wearing pink or floral dresses, blouses and skirts, wearing make-up, talking about relationships and other activities which are associated with the traditional gender role of a girl. In addition to wearing feminine clothing and cosmetics, people may sometimes stereotype someone as a "girly girl" for decorating (whether it be their room or the clothing they wear) with a lot of pink.

Ok - so that means that Pink is for Girls (like blue is for boys). But that seems so trite and tied to today's society norms. All that tells me is that I buy into that norm because I love Pink.

So I went to Wikipedia to see if there is any historical reference. How about this!

"Pink in Gender" - In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s. From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary. Since the 1940s, the societal norm apparently inverted so that pink became appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century.

Isn't that incredible? I never knew that.

Other modern references include:

Though the color pink has sometimes been associated with gender stereotypes, some feminists have sought to reclaim it. For example, the Swedish radical feminist party Feminist Initiative and the American activist women's group Code Pink: Women for Peace use pink as their color.

The pink ribbon is the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink was chosen partially because it is so strongly associated with femininity.


It has been suggested that females prefer pink because of a preference for reddish things like ripe fruits and healthy faces

I also like these references:

Pink (Victoria's Secret) is a line of loungeware clothing.

Mary Kay in 1968, Mary Kay Ash, purchased the first Pink Cadillac, which eventually became the trademark of her company.

Mattel's Barbie line often displays pink prominently on packaging and other goods.


A pink lady is an alcoholic beverage made with gin and grenadine syrup and may include other ingredients. A pink squirrel is made of white creme de cacao, creme de noyaux and cream.

So why do I love pink so? After writing this I realize it is because I look so good and feel so pretty in pink! Besides, Pink is for girls!

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lolita Fashion

Lolita fashion is something I have been aware about for some time now but have not really paid any attention to.
Lolita is a Japanese street fashion inspired primarily by the clothing and general aesthetics of the Rococo and Victorian periods. This fashion movement started in Japan in the 1980's and has evolved greatly since. Nowadays Lolita Fashion has grown to be relatively popular all over the world. Relatively popular for an obscure Japanese street fashion, that is.


While it is true that most fashions are open to various interpretations, the term Lolita is used exclusively to describe a very specific (one could say narrow) look that is created by abiding by a number of strict guidelines and principles.The "rules" of Lolita fashion don't exist to limit the wearer but are rather qualifiers of what makes an outfit Lolita. Within these rules however there are a variety of styles.


This is a great site with lots of information about Lolita fashion.



A Lolita Outfit is composed of basic key elements. These can be broken down into: headwear, blouse, bell-shaped skirt, undergarment, legs, and footwear. Each element is essential in creating the proper lolita aesthetic, but as you will see, there is much room for variety within them. Although none of these can be called absolute necessities, remember that coordinating a lolita outfit is a bit like making a cake. You can take away or replace a couple of ingredients, but if you take away the butter, the sugar, and the milk, it just stops being cake.






I think my favorite style is Sweet Lolita. It is the most over-the-top style and includes aesthetics nearly exclusive to lolita. It is also the most child-like of the lolita styles, using many bows, ruffles and light colors to make up an outfit. The most common colors used in a Sweet Lolita outfit are pink, white, and powder blue, but an outfit can be made with nearly any pastel or plaid (or nearly any color at all as long as it is not neon).

Common motifs in Sweet Lolita are toys, strawberries, cherries, cakes and candies, hearts, polka dots and flowers. Prints inspired by fairy tales are also quite common.

Light, natural make-up complements this style. Teased out pigtails and bouncy curls are commonly worn by Sweet Lolitas.


This is definitely something that I am going to explore!
Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Retro Fashion

I found these lovely Retro fashion posters online recently. I love the colors and the designs. It looks to me that these were from a Fredericks of Hollywood Catalog sometime in the Fifties.



How about those hour-glass figures and the hair styles! The pastel colors definitely look like something out of a fashion magazine from the Fifties. The prices are worth a laugh. $20-30. But then $20 was worth a lot more then and salaries were a lot less.

All the dresses are very form-fitting and show lots of curves and cleavage. I would imagine very risque for the time period.
What do you think?

Andrea Nicole Baker




Sunday, September 6, 2009

My New Portfolio 2003-2009

Click on the book below to browse. The book contains over 300 pages of photo-shoots at a variety of locations. Evening wear, casual wear, lingerie and more. Browse and then purchase a copy of your own!

Andrea Nicole Baker


Portfolio 2003-09
By Andrea Nicole Baker

Polyvore

Have you heard about Polyvore? I have no idea what the word means, but the site is fantastic. It's basically a collage-building site where you can put together different "sets" of your favorite things. Shoes, lip gloss, puppies, models, clothes, etc. The collages above are a few examples of the thousands that exist. Each set has a list of items with links so you can buy something if you like it.

I built this collage of a cocktail dress, pumps, clutch bag, earrings and necklace. Quite an elegant ensemble, if I say so myself.
Polyvore is great if you are creative and love collages. It makes shopping fun and enjoyable.



This is one of the featured sets! Isn't is cute, girly and delightful?


Andrea Nicole Baker