Red Blossom

“In this world
love has no color
yet how deeply
my body
is stained by yours.”
— Izumi Shikibu, Lady from the Heian Court

Red Blossom

I have been steeping myself in wide-ranging East Asian culture lately—nothing specific or well-defined—just wide-ranging. I have been watching Korean dramas on and have recently picked up The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby, which is a novel about Mirasaki Shikibu, a lady in the royal courts of Heian Japan and the writer of The Tale of Genji. Ladies at that time wrote romantic poetry—it was part of their education and part of being wooed during court romances. The Tale of Genji was incredibly popular in its time and still is considered a classic. It’s no surprise I am taking on an East Asian look.

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It’s easily done with these coordinates from LeeZu Baxter, which she recently released. I love the sweetly ruffled, almost-Lolita top that turns into something more sexy at the midriff. But I have covered that midriff with LeeZu’s equally sexy Mia corset, an older piece that shows LeeZu’s ingenious styling and art. I pulled on stockings from the same set as the blouse, slipped on the gloves, and topped it all with the darling tassled hat.

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What really cemented the look is this new skin from Brendon Papp with its clear geisha influence (though I wonder if it would also suit a Prince Poppycock look). The freckles would normally bother me but in this case they are charming and contribute to the Lolita look. My hair is a cute ponytail from as001 Littlething, who also has a nice line of other hair.

Finally boots with sweet large bows, which give that final flavor of Lolita to this look. Cerberus Noel has deep influence from current Japanese style but always has the necessary touch of sophistication that transcends the cutesiness of a lot of it.

Red Blossom

“It seemed to me that people do a rather good job of creating levels of hell all by themselves, and this was something worth writing about.” ~ Liza Dalby, Tales of Murasaki

Hair: [kik]hair-Tsubaki II(black) by as001 Littlething for [kik]

Skin: !Imabee: Petal – Serene – Only Love Matters by Brendon Papp for !Imabee

Top: [LeeZu!] Miss Tre`s Blouse /red by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Corset: * [LeeZu!] Mia Corset Pants – Corset Dress /red by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Stockings: [LeeZu!] Miss Tre`s Tights by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Hat: [LeeZu!] Miss Tre`s Hat by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Gloves: [LeeZu!] Miss Tre`s Gloves by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Bag: Tee*fy My LunchBag (Red) TCP by Azure Electricteeth for Tee*fy

Boots: *GF* Short Ribbon Boots “Anna” -red- by Cerberus Noel for G Field