Monday, November 29, 2010

75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking

I just came across this article in Sunday's Style Section of the New York Times. “75 Years of DC Comics” is a visual feast of comic book covers, movie posters, film stills, original comic book art, various collectibles and newspaper strips. The book is available at Amazon.com.

"In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published New Fun No. 1, the first comic book with all-new, original material—at a time when comic books were mere repositories for the castoffs of the newspaper strips. What was initially considered to be disposable media for children was well on its way to becoming the mythology of our time—the 20th century’s answer to Atlas or Zorro. More than 40,000 comic books later, in honor of the publisher’s 75th anniversary, TASCHEN has produced the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics, in an XL edition even Superman might have trouble lifting. More than 2,000 images—covers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and collectibles—are reproduced using the latest technology to bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life as they’ve never been seen before. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 38-year DC veteran Paul Levitz, whose in-depth essays trace the company’s history, from its pulp origins through to the future of digital publishing."




Andrea Nicole Baker

Pretty Pop Designs

Lindsay and Jennifer have opened up the cutest girly girl online store! You absolutely must check out the delicious fashions and jewelry! They are also on facebook.

Also visit their Deviant Art
page for a comprehensive photo portfolio and journal updates. Sooo cute! So I must give you ladies some examples of what I love about the fashion and jewelry!

I'm such a pushover for anything pink and girly! I adore this skirt. It will look gorgeous with a medium stiff petticoat! BTW - Did I tell you that I have already ordered this skirt? LOL. Need to start looking for just the right belt.


Another of my favorites. I adore the Sweet Candy pattern, the lovely lace and the style and shape of this skirt! Just imagining which top I would wear with this (and also which accessories and shoes!)


I fell in love with this outfit the first time I saw it (this morning). I adore the Disney Princesses. The pink frilly sweater jacker over a frilly cream blouse would make an amazing outfit! Don't you just love the way the skirt is completed with the yellow lace and fabric? It mimics Belle's formal gown. I love how this picks up the image of Belle in the skirt. How Sweet! A gorgeous affect and design. I wonder if they have any more of this fabric left?



Last, but not least, is a pearly rose pink and yellow cupcake necklace. Its the perfect accessory to go with the the Disney Princess outfit above!


Happy shopping girls!
Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Miscy's Etsy Shop

My lovely and sweet girlfriend, Halley designed and made me this gorgeous new dress. I wore it for the first time at my Birthday Party in October. We had fun searching for just the right fabric and print for the dress. It's not a surprise to anyone that I love the combination of black and pink. It just looks so good on me.

We are now working on a formal Rococo dress for the Atlanta Lolita's High tea meetup in January. Much more about that in a future blog post. I have had the pleasure to see a few of the gorgeous outfits Halley had made for others. Especially an exquisite Rococo wedding dress. Gorgeous and stunning. Her skirts, dresses and accessories all have a special flare. Check out her ETSY Shop. A couple of recent items that I especially adore:


Sweet Cherry Skirt - Funky cute loli skirt with a flocked cherry applique that has been hand embroidered around for extra contrast. Also has a small rhinestone heart for extra sugar. It is soooooooo cute and adorable. I'm imagining a cute red top to go with it (or maybe black).



Burgundy Velvet Rose Clip - To be worn in your hair or as a brooch. Lovely velvet flower hand made by me ^^! Has glass beads in the center and a little acrylic gem accent. Comes with both pin and clip backing. This is adorable!


I promise to post about the Formal Rococo Gown soon!
Andrea Nicole Baker

Thursday, November 25, 2010

@ Thanksgiving - Thanks for Girlfriends!

All I need to know about life I learned from my girlfriends!

Good times are even better when they're shared.
A good long talk can cure almost anything.
Everyone needs someone with whom to share their secrets.
Listening is just as important as talking.

An understanding friend is better than a therapist; and cheaper too!
Laughter makes the world a happier place.

Friends are like wine; they get better with age.
Sometimes you just need a shoulder to cry on.

Great minds think alike, especially when they are female!
When it comes to "bonding," females do it better.

It's important to make time to do "girlthings."
Calories don't count when you are having lunch (or any other food) with your girlfriends.

You can never have too many shoes.
Gems may be precious, but friendship is forever priceless!

Andrea Nicole Baker



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Angelic Pretty Fruits Parlor Heart JSK

It did not take long for one of my girlfriends to identify that gorgeous dress in the previous post. It is Angelic Pretty Fruits Parlor. I love the black and pink version. But the other colors are gorgeous also. I'd love to own and wear each and every one! If I ever come across this in my size I will most certainly do what I can to purchase it!
Here are the different colors in the JSK.














Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Friday, November 19, 2010

OMG! OTT Sweet and Cute!

I'm not sure where I saw this adorable photo! But I am in love with the outfit! Pink and Black are my favorite combination of colors (as you can probably tell). The print is so sweet and delicious. The pink shrug just makes the entire outfit. (A shrug is a cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted. Generally, a shrug covers less of the body than a vest would, but it is more tailored than a shawl. Shrugs are typically worn as the outermost layer of an outfit, with a full shirt or tank top beneath.) I love the ruffles and how it ties in front in a bow! Note her hand bag made of the same fabric! Nice Touch. The knee socks and shoes complete this gorgeous outfit!

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

"Joli Garcon danse avec la pluie"

Last Saturday, at our Marietta Square meetup, we had the opportunity to take a photo with "Joli Garcon danse avec la pluie" (Joli for short). His owner, Julie, was so enamored with us that she asked us to pose for a photo with Joli. Of course, Julie had lots of questions about our outfits and Gothic and Lolita. But it is always fun to share out interests in Japanese Street fashion. Hopefully we'll run into Julie and Joli again next time we have a meetup at Marietta Square.

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Innocent World Makes U.S. Convention Debut at Pacific Media Expo

Fans of Lolita fashion had a treat in store last weekend when Innocent World made it's first U.S. appearance at Pacific Media Expo Designer Yumi Fujiwara was on hand to show the label's latest offerings and meet fans.

I do adore these cute, sophisticated and wearable designs!









Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Bride

I noticed that there have been some recent purchases of my "Bride" photo book. Here is a link to the preview of the book where you can see the first 15 pages. The photos were taken at Centennial Olympic Park, Stone Mountain and in the studio. A local Bridal Shop commissioned this and uses a number of these photos in their ads.

This blog post is dedicated to a very special friend who is amused by my desire to walk down the aisle in this wedding gown someday.

By Andrea Nicole Baker


Some of the best photos:












Tuesday, November 16, 2010

White House and Black Market

I've always admired the fashions at White House / Black Market. Not quite enough to buy anything yet. But I walked into the store this past week and saw their holiday collection. Just absolutely stunning! Especially with the added shades or red to go with the classic black and white.

Here is the outfit I would put together for myself:

'50s-inspired tank dress rendered in our hand designed floral jacquard with a metallic shimmer. Classic hourglass silhouette reinvented with an asymmetric, pleated bodice and a fan-pleated skirt for extra twirl.



BEJEWELED-BOW VELVET CLUTCH - A crystal-encrusted bow highlights a soft velvet bag with drop-in chain. Demi-flap. Magnetic snap closure. Pair with our Velvet Heel with Jewel-Encrusted Bow. 5.5"x4.5"x2". Glass crystals.


BEJEWELED-BOW VELVET HEEL - Elegant velvet peeptoe pump glitters with a rhinestone-encrusted bow. 3.25" heel; .25" platform. Textile upper; synthetic sole.


JET/HEMATITE/CLEAR STONE NECKLACE


Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Decorating a bedroom Gothic Lolita Style

I'm looking for specific ideas as to how to decorate my new bedroom in Gothic Lolita style. I found this interesting post on EGL.
Eight Tips to decorating a Gothic Lolita Bedroom
So here they are and what I am doing about them:

Pick a theme! - Mine is Sweet Lolita.
Pick a color scheme - Pink and White
Browse decorating blogs - In Progress
Choose your furniture wisely - Furniture is what I currently have with the addition of a few new pieces (new vanity and full length mirror)
Money isn’t everything - Looking around for online deals, at thrift stores, etc
Don’t leave your walls bare - I have some lovely girly art prints and Lolita prints and photos
Textile is important - Rugs, curtains, and bedding these are all textiles. These should all fit your color scheme and them.
Accessorize! - All those little things that make a bedroom cozy and exciting!I have lots of ideas for this. But it will take time. No need to do everything all at once.

Couple other helpful links:
Lolita Charm
LJ1
LJ2

This is my new bedding. This set showcases daisies, peonies and butterflies in lovely shades of pink and purple. The walls will be painted a deep shade of pink.

I'm considering this wallpaper border for the bedroom. I think it compliments the bedding and the wall color


Please let me know what ideas you have for me!
Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I enjoy Being a Girl

From an email received this week from an admirer. "Andrea, I love the graphic at the top of your home page. But what does it mean and where is it from?"

The theme of "I enjoy being a girl" is from a very famous musical "Flower Drum Song" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It is a gorgeous musical with great sets, music and costumes. One of the best musical numbers is "I enjoy Being a Girl".
Click here to see the video.

I'm a girl, and by me that's only great!
I am proud that my silhouette is curvy,
That I walk with a sweet and girlish gait
With my hips kind of swivelly and swervy.

I adore being dressed in something frilly
When my date comes to get me at my place.
Out I go with my Joe or John or Billy,
Like a filly who is ready for the race!

When I have a brand new hairdo
With my eyelashes all in curl,
I float as the clouds on air do,
I enjoy being a girl!

When men say I'm cute and funny
And my teeth aren't teeth, but pearl,
I just lap it up like honey
I enjoy being a girl!

I flip when a fellow sends me flowers,
I drool over dresses made of lace,
I talk on the telephone for hours
With a pound and a half of cream upon my face!

I'm strictly a female female
And my future I hope will be
In the home of a brave and free male
Who'll enjoy being a guy having a girl... like... me.

When men say I'm sweet as candy
As around in a dance we whirl,
It goes to my head like brandy,
I enjoy being a girl!

When someone with eyes that smoulder
Says he loves ev'ry silken curl
That falls on my iv'ry shoulder,
I enjoy being a girl!

When I hear the compliment'ry whistle
That greets my bikini by the sea,
I turn and I glower and I bristle,
But I happy to know the whistle's meant for me!

I'm strictly a female female
And my future I hope will be
In the home of a brave and free male
Who'll enjoy being a guy having a girl... like... me.


Andrea Nicole Baker

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Girly iPhone

I love my iphone. It has a cute pink and black cover with butterflies. I can use it to browse the internet, access my photos, play all my music and videos, and the best are all my girly apps that I love and use constantly. So I found this cartoon so amusing. I honestly admit that I view Android users as geeks and Blackberry users as dinosaurs. But each to his or her own. Enough room for all.

Did you see the Droid ads that says the iphone is girly? Verizon's Droid ads pit the new phone against the Apple iPhone - comparing their manly device to one they infer is girly. The ads portray the iphone as "Princess" which does not bother me one bit. LOL.

I do love the ad. Click here to see it. of course the entire premise is wrong but we can still have fun with this anyway.



In any case the review says it best:
If you are in need of testosterone, see your doctor. If you are looking for a fast device with a good screen, great network and real keyboard, I prescribe the Droid. If you are looking for the best mobile phone with the simplest interface, most software options, most accessory choices, integration with iTunes and the most productive experience with minimal set up difficulties, skip the gym and head to the Apple Store and pick up an iPhone.

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, November 7, 2010

An Artsy Birmingham Meetup

Christhea, Jessica, Florencia and I drove to Birmingham on Saturday to meetup with the Alabama Lolita Coterie. I had met some of the Alabama Lolitas before at the Dogwood Festival meetup that I organized last Spring. It was a pleasure to see them again along with meeting the other Alabama Lolitas!

We spent a couple hours at the Birmingham Art Museum and then to a lovely Thai Restaurant for dinner. A 3 hour trip back home listening to Jessica's music collection. Looking forward to the next opportunity to get together!