LolliShops will be sporting a trend in accessories known as “Lolita”.

It appeals to me because of all the pink, ruffles, fluff, froufrou and sugary sweet dessert-inspired jewelry.
You can click on the mosaic for vendor information and photo credits.
Wikipedia defines this trend like this…

Lolita is a fashion subculture in Japan that is primarily influenced by Victorian children’s clothing as well as costumes from the Rococo period. Lolita has made this into a unique fashion by adding gothic and original design elements to the look. From this, Lolita fashion has evolved into several different sub styles and has created a devoted subculture in Japan. The Lolita look consists primarily of a knee length skirt or dress, headdress, blouse, petticoat, knee length socks or stockings and rocking horse or high heel/platform shoes. Teddy bears and dolls such as Super Dollfies are often carried to emphasize the childlike look.

Now, while I can’t imagine grown women going to the grocery store in platform heels and a Baby Doll, I do think we can add in some sweet accessories to our wardrobe. A set of LolliPop Earrings or a Mini Birthday cake on your finger is a fun way to play with the Lolita look without committing to the whole costume.
(If you do want to entertain the full Lolita look, I love the fashions at Anna House)
Vendors who create jewelry & accessories with this trend in mind will be using the tag “Lolita” in their listings so don’t forget to keyword that tag when LolliShops goes live! Lolita Creation will fit into the category, “Elegant Whimsy”.

LolliShops is expecting to be in its Beta Testing phase on November 15th
and will have an official launch on November 28th!
~Sadie Lou


Elegant Whimsy

By Laura Bray

Did you ever notice that whenever you come up with an idea that it suddenly appears everywhere? I believe it’s a sure sign that I’m in the creative “flow”. This very thing happened to me recently. I got my invitation to join LolliShops and, when I was filling out my application and saw that one of the categories was Elegant Whimsy, I nearly fell off my chair. I blogged about a new concept I thought I had invented called Elegant Whimsy in mid-July! (You can read about it here: Elegant Whimsy) As my mom says there’s nothing new in the world! When I told Sadie Lou about this coincidence, she kindly invited me to be a guest blogger to discuss Elegant Whimsy with you.

So today, I thought I would give you my take on the Elegant Whimsy lifestyle. I often come across people who say they like my artwork a lot, but are afraid it’s “too childlike or whimsical” for their décor. Then I explain that you can include whimsical in the most austere of rooms. The only rule? You have to be brave enough to do it. Haven’t you ever walked into a person’s house, saw something that seemed out of place, but it ended up being the thing you liked most about their house? Wasn’t that object what you remembered years later? That’s Elegant Whimsy. It’s sparkle and whimsy on the least expected item. It’s using old teacups as curtain tie backs and salt & pepper shakers as tassels. It’s having peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on your wedding china. Even the picture of me on this blog post, is an Elegant Whimsy story. I was at an upscale restaurant and after dinner they brought a bowl of cotton candy with the check. I’ll always remember that restaurant because of that whimsical touch.

So here’s my challenge for you. I want you to blog about living the Elegant Whimsy lifestyle. It can be something in your house, it can be something you do, just make it elegant and make it whimsical. I can’t wait to see all the great ideas! Be sure to post a comment so we can all come and visit.

To further celebrate Elegant Whimsy, I’m giving away a set of my Elegant Whimsy note cards. Simply leave a comment with a link to your Elegant Whimsy tip and we’ll draw a name on September 10th. These note cards will be in my LolliShop once the candy store opens!

If you want to read more about me and my creative journey, visit my website at Katydid Designs

With Elegance & Whimsy,

Laura Bray

katydid designs

Thanks Laura!
So just to clarify, after you read this post–you can leave a comment just to talk about what Laura said here, and you can also come back and leave a comment when your post is ready in order to be entered into the contest and so we can visit your blog. Only comments with links will be entered.
~Sadie Lou

I decided that every weekend, we will spend some time with a LolliShops vendor. Our very first weekend will be spent with Toni of Sugar Cookie Dolls.
I found Toni’s creations on Etsy quite some time ago. I hearted her shop. When I came up with the idea for a froufrou friendly marketplace, I instantly looked up Toni and contacted her. Toni’s creations are exactly the kind of sweet creations I think of when I think of “Elegant Whimsy”.
Glittery:: Delicious:: Frilly:: Foofy:: Sugary:: Desserts:: Pink:: Feminine:: Sweet!!
Here is a darling photo of Toni in her studio…
Doesn’t that look like an inspiring place to create?

I told Toni to pick out her three favorite pictures of her creations…

Toni says…

Hello to you from the magical world of Sugar Cookie Dolls!
My name is Toni Kelly & I handcraft a variety of whimsical fairies, angels, elves, bunnies, etc. – depending on my mood. I love to make pumpkin fairies for October. I always attach a rhinestone pink ribbon charm to those b/c Oct. is breast cancer awareness month & I’m a breast cancer survivor. I make it my business to remind as many women as possible to get a mammogram.

I am proud to call Toni a friend, fellow artisan and LolliShops Vendor!
I look forward to seeing more delicious goodies from Sugar Cookie Dolls!
~Sadie Lou

Category: Elegant Whimsy

August 7, 2008

I get a few questions once in awhile concerning the Shop Category menu on the application. My idea with the shop categories is to give LolliShops a special way to search for shops & items.
When we set up our shops, we will choose a category that best describes what we sell (you can pick something other than what you chose on your application if you changed your mind). However, each item you list will have a category for you to choose also! So even if you chose Elegant Whimsy for your whole shop, you can still choose Romantic Inspirations for one of your creations.
Pretty nifty.
Here are some examples of creations that fall under the Elegant Whimsy category:

1. all work and no play, 2. simple collage – scarf, 3. 100_4163, 4. Pages 7 – 8, 5. Vintage Grace Collection, 6. Monogram Collage, 7. Little Garden Queen Bird, 8. I Shop Vintage, 9. The Sweet Shabby EyeCandy Ring, 10. Jody ( Med. stander) #1, 11. The dollhouse at Christmas, 12. More Pink Stuff, 13. DSCF1746c1, 14. Faux party cakes, 15. sisters atc, 16. Bunny-Love-Cake, 17. Miss-Bunny-Surprise, 18. 3 Little Bunnies, 19. “Dream” Mirror, 20. strawberry chocolate cupcake ornaments

Not everyone has a Flickr so not *ALL* the awesome talent will be represented in these mosaics but it sure gives a great visual of quality & magic and froufrou GOODNESS that will be present on LolliShops. All I can say is, we’re in Good Company!!
~Sadie Lou

Froufrou Meets Folk

August 1, 2008

One of my goals with LolliShops is to bridge gaps. On Monday I will discuss how LolliShops is bringing together the artists who sell on their own dot com websites and the artists who sell through a marketplace.
But today, we will discuss how LolliShops will close the gap between Folk & Froufrou.
To better illustrate the perfect blend of both styles, I have chosen the creations of Jenny Hernandez ~ The Polka Dot Pixie!

I asked Jenny to tell us what she loves about both styles and where she draws her inspiration from. Here is what she said (so sweetly)…

what I love about both folk/prim and froufrou:

I have always loved all things both nostalgic and feminine. Old fashioned violet talcum applied with a pink powder puff, ice cream eaten at a drug store counter with strawberry colored striped wallpaper in the background and Lena Horne on the jukebox, peach satin lining in a vintage suitcase… it’s that combination of the antique and the sweet that inspires me. There’s no better compliment than when a customer tells me that a piece that I have made brings back a good memory, or reminds them of someone they love. I think the naive simplicity of folk art allows artists to evoke sentimentally blended with that beautiful femininity seamlessly.

Besides being the perfect combination of both froufrou & folk, Jenny Hernandez really knows how to brand her business.
All the photographs she takes of her creations are consistent. When you see that faded, polka dotted paper,
you know who’s art you are looking at. This helps her on many levels–the most important one is people recognize it and if anyone else ever used her photos without permission or tried to pass them off as their own; people would know!
I also think it’s important when people are browsing through Jenny’s shop/ gallery. The viewer finds a mood or a feeling and then always associates that feeling with Jenny’s creations…

Just a side note here:
Not all folk is froufrou and froufrou reigns here at LolliShops–but there are artists out there that fit into both looks and I’m excited to be bring them on board!
~Sadie Lou
Find Jenny’s Creations (for now) (*wink*)
The Polka Dot Pixie