Who?

I have recently felt torn.

Some of you may have already noticed that I changed my online username from Princess Porcelain to Miss Lacy Belle.

I don’t feel that I am “Princess Porcelain” any more. This was actually a name given to me by a photographer. When I started wearing Lolita my style was very sweet. Everything was pastel and baby pink. After my first Sweet Lolita fashion shoot, the photographer sent through my pictures via email and the album was named “Princess Porcelain”. I adopted this name from there on.

Quickly my style changed. I gravitated to the more mature Victorian, Retro, Gothic and Rococo Lolita styles. But my pseudonym remained the same.

I now wear both Lolita and vintage Pin-up styles. I felt I needed a name that suit both sides of my personality, hence Miss Lacy Belle.

 

I must admit, I like things to be uniformed, lol. When I look at my Instagram and see the weird contrasting posts, it kinda bothers me. One picture will be of a beautiful set of tiny Victorian novels, the next will be a slightly more sexy pin-up post. They don’t look right together! I have tried splitting things but it means maintaining double the amount of social media accounts! If you follow me elsewhere, unfortunately you are going to have to put up with these posts that don’t seem to quite gel.

This seems such a silly blog post, but does anyone else feel this way? It might be because I’m going through changes in my career at the moment, I have also given away a lot of my old things, old toys, collectables, manga and clothing. I might just feel like starting a fresh… Who knows :)

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Pole Performance

This post is partially a review of The Watermelon Studio and a little bit about body confidence.

It took me just over a year to tell anyone outwith my closest friends and partner that I was doing Pole fitness. I feel a little silly about that now. I had nothing to be afraid of.

As a child I did gymnastics and then in my early twenties did a bit of acrobalance. I have always enjoyed throwing my body about and contorting myself into weird and wonderful shapes. Due to work commitments and shift patterns I soon found myself with no time left for these things. Time flew by, I’m now almost thirty and found all I did was work work work.

A few years ago a friend started teaching pole. She opened The Watermelon Studio. I had wanted to try pole for a while. To me it looked like gymnastics mixed with dance and a little bit of flying! But quite a few things held me back. Firstly, I was terrified of those skimpy outfits! I have never had any confidence in my body’s appearance. Not only would I feel a little vulnerable learning something new, I would also be doing it whilst half naked!

Weeks went by. Daily I would see pictures on my Facebook feed of students learning new moves and people posing on poles. My desire to join grew and grew. Finally a new shift pattern was introduced at work that meant I could start attending these classes. It would be infrequent but it would be a start! I had to push past this mental block and get my chubby cheeks into a pair of shorts. So I did.

I booked my place, bought a pair of small,high-cut shorts and a strappy top (I also spent about an hour in the bath that night removing every single hair follicle from my body!) I was ready to go.

I was one of the first students to arrive. It was a little unclear what I was supposed to do at first. I took a seat at the reception area. Another student arrived shortly after, she said hello and asked if I was new. When I said yes, she then led me to the changing rooms and explained after changing, then you sit in the waiting area.

The other girls emerged from the changing room one by one. We were all different sizes and shapes. One thing I quickly learned is that everyone has their hang ups! I was chatting away in no time and completely forgot about being self-conscious.

The atmosphere was probably the most surprising thing to me. During the class, not only was the instructor Gwen, extremely positive and encouraging, but so were each of the other students! I have never felt that kind of support whilst doing any other sport. Each class I have attended, regardless of level, has been filled with people offering advice and compliments. The Watermelon Studio are also big on people photographing and recording their personal progress, which I think is fantastic. Often these pics can show you where you are going wrong (something you might not be able to quite workout for yourself whilst hanging upside down from your knees!).

You share the pole on average with two or three other students. Each of you take it in turn to do a few moves on both your left and right side. As the class only lasts an hour, I used to think “I kinda wish it was just one person to a pole, I could get in much more practise”. Well one day I got my wish. A few people failed to turn up and I had the pole to myself. After twenty mins of continuous spinning and inverting, I felt absolutely exhausted and really quite motion sick. You need those few minutes inbetween moves, trust me!

After a few classes I started to feel far more comfortable with myself. I also learnt that I don’t have to remove every hair from my body the night before class. There are girls there who opt not to shave at all which I was happy to see. I tend to shave or wax anyway, however I don’t panic now if my legs are looking a little stubbly lol. I also realised that no one is looking at you, no one is judging you. Everyone is concentrating on their own moves, nobody cares how your stomach folds or how your ass wobbles, this isn’t high school.

People do these classes for many different reasons. Whether its to gain self-confidence, for fitness, flexibility, work or purely just for fun, whatever your reason I highly recommend The Watermelon Studio.

Photography by: Millie Robson

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Pretty Kitties!

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A Couple Of Smiles

I received this beautiful wee box the other day! Little hand made Pikachu earrings!

I was introduced to this store by a friend (o^-^o)

Please like their FB page and check out their Etsy store:

https://www.facebook.com/acoupleofsmiles/

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Long Time No Type

Hello!

It has been quite a while since I updated here. Things have changed so much over the past year for me.

I still wear Lolita however I now split my fashion style. I tend to wear either Lolita or 1940s/50s style clothing. I love how different I can look in them from one day to the next.

I am off work today. I am so fed up of this cold like flu thing! I guess it is the time of year for it :( In an attempt to cheer myself up I am currently constructing a chocolate Christmas cabin! More on how that turns out later… Maybe…

Here is a wee selfie update I took the other day. 18” chopped off my hair and I had it permed too. Still have extensions and a clip in fringe if I want my old style back too. But its so nice to have thick feeling hair for a change!

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Harajuku Girls at Edinburgh Festival 2015 ( STV )

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Well, I know Halloween was yesterday, but everyone is still celebrating and dressing up today as it’s a Saturday :D Thought I would share a picture of these little boxes I made up for some of my colleagues and friends. The bottle came from a wonderful little store called Hoxton Street Monster Supplies:

http://www.monstersupplies.org/

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There was a staff party funded by the company last night and it was so much fun. People made a lot of effort with their costumes.

I am so happy; I came 2nd place for my costume out of about 250 people! :D I went with a gory, defeated Chun Li from Street Fighter and my friend was BeetleJudy :

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It’s been a long day, so time to get some sleep. Goodnighty!

 

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Another Question Quiz!

1. Where have you been?!
I haven’t been online much at all for the past year. It sounds bad but I have just had no time or interest in the online world, lol. Real life had become so busy. I have moved house, moved job three times (all within the same company though), had friends going through rough times and I’ve also had a few wee health scares along the way! XD But I am back now!

2. How are you feeling right now?
Ill! I have caught a stupid cold from one of the other trainers at work! I have spent most of my Saturday in bed with a fever, so I am not amused! I have had a few nice PMs from friends though that have cheered me up ;)

3. Who are the most important people in your life?
My friends, they mean the world to me. I love love love them.

4. Would you sacrifice everything for love?
I’m a bit ‘Disney’ like that, so yes, I would XD

5. Are you afraid of dying?
Nope.
I remember being a kid lying in bed thinking about what it would be like to die. I lay there crying for a few minutes and then thought to myself, ah well it’s going to happen one day anyway! XD

6. Have you ever been in love?
I have. And love freaking hurts! XD

7. Are you happy with who you are?
For the most part I would say that I am. I have learnt a lot about myself over the past year that I’m not too keen on though. I compare myself to other people and I wish that I didn’t, lol.

8. Is there someone you can tell everything to without fear of judgment?
I have several very close friends I know I can say anything to.
Often if something tough comes up, I do keep it to myself for a while. That’s no reflection on my friends though. It’s purely because I want to get the answer/solution straight in my head first, with no outside influences. Or there is often information/news that I need to come to terms with, before I am even able to speak about it with anyone.

9. Is there something you would never do?
I am pretty open minded but I guess I would never eat some of the things you see on these reality TV shows. Things such as kangaroo penis and chick embryos *bolk*

10. Have you ever self-harmed?
Nope.

11. What can a person do to irritate you?
I hate being lied to. I would rather people were honest with me, even if it’s going to hurt me.
Being fake. Don’t be nice to my face then a di#k behind my back lol.
I hate people who just come up with excuses all the time. I believe in the saying “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse”.

12. Are you a very open or private person?
I find this one hard to answer. I would say that I am a pretty open person, but we all have our secrets, right? ;)

13. If money was no object, where would you move to?
I would stay here in Edinburgh, but I would buy a considerably larger home. Large three floor townhouse please! Or one of those cute cottages just a little further out of town.

14. Who was the last person to make you cry?
Not purposefully, but a woman at work, yesterday. She wanted me to read her favorite book. I started reading it at work and boy do I regret that! I started crying, lol! It’s a book called The Little Prince:

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15. Have you ever online dated?
Nope.

16. Do you play video games?
I used to, a lot! I’m still a Dreamcast and N64 girl!

17. What or whom do you miss right now?
I miss some of my friends! There are some people in my life I just don’t get to see as frequently as I would like to as they have other commitments, families etc. Some of my friends have also had to move back home to other countries; I miss them one hell of a lot!

18. What perfumes do you wear?
So hooked on Carmella by Benefit Make-up.
Vanilla by The Bodyshop
Black XS by Paco Rabanne
Baby Powder by The Library of Fragrance
Evelyn Rose by Crabtree & Ecelyn

19. Do you still wear Lolita dresses?
I do still wear Lolita clothing however I also wear other vintage fashions too. I used to wear Lolita every day. Lolita is still my favorite but I pick more dresses that are closer to the Victorian era. I like having a different look each day. Its funny when your colleagues start to stop recognising you!

20. Do you wear socks or slippers around your house?
Nope, I see myself as the Pocahontas of… my home. I would walk everywhere bare foot if I could, lol. Socks also prevent you from picking things up off the floor with your toes! ;)

21. What is currently bugging you?
My cold.

22. Do you sleep naked?
Sometimes.

23. What are you looking forward to?
HALLOWEEN & CHRISTMAS!

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White Moon Lolita Winner Announced!

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White Moon Classic Lolita Giveaway!

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