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How To Be A Lolita For A Day!

Ahaha, me and Yuki in Lolita disguise!

Admit it – don’t you want to try it, just once? Well guess what? Now you can get your Lolita on for around a hundred bucks, with professional hair, makeup, and photos!

And that’s just what my friend Yuki and I did a few weeks ago! The stylistas at Maison de Julietta in the Harajuku Laforet let us choose from their closet full of the latest Lolita frocks (Angelic Pretty, Baby The Stars Shine Bright, Metamorphose temps defille), helped us accessorize with adorable socks, hair thingies and shoes, then whipped us into the dressing room for a Lolita-style makeover!

A few minutes later, this stranger with pale skin, rosy cheeks, swashes of black eyeliner and fake lashes looked at me from the mirror. Then the stylist expertly bundled my hair into an industrial-strength net (ew, glad there aren’t any photos of THAT) and let me choose from a selection of curly or straight wigs, in every shade from darkest black to platinum blonde. Voila! My friend Yuki was so transformed that her six-month-old baby didn’t recognize her!

Then it was into the photo studio for a session with the photographer, who posed us in all kinds of Lolita-like ways and snapped away. Ten days later, the array of photos was up on the website, and we used the passwords they gave us to choose the three we liked best.

This is my friend Yuki, and she was so transformed that her baby didn't recognize her! Poor Nana was in no mood to smile for the camera. (Here's a photo of how Yuki usually looks!)
This is my friend Yuki. As you can see, poor Nana was in no mood to smile for the camera. In real life, Yuki has short hair and works for a venerable financial institution, so you can imagine how Nana-chan might be confused!
The photographer poses you in dozens of ways on the cute Alice In Wonderland set, and you can order whichever ones you like, in either digital or printed-out form.
The photographer poses you in dozens of ways on the cute Alice In Wonderland set, and you can choose three you like, in either digital or (for a small additional fee) print-outs.

Sadly, since this post was written, Maison de Julietta has closed ( ; _ ; )

When not dressed in pink, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” Raven Crime Reads

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more



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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

6 thoughts on “How To Be A Lolita For A Day! Leave a comment

  1. You both look great! Fun! I’ll be in Japan next month, alas, I’m way too old to be a Lolita! Also, I love your books!

    • Ahaha, don’t tell, but I’m too old to be a Lolita too! It was fun to dress up for a day, but just shoot me if you see me start to swan around regularly in platform Mary Janes, OK? And thank you thank you thank you for telling me you enjoy the books. A friend once told me that getting published is like throwing a leaf into the Grand Canyon, and she was so right – hearing a friendly voice come back from the void is more cheering than you can imagine! I hope you have a fantastic trip, and I would love to meet you someday and hear all about it!

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