Violet’s Big FAQ Update

It’s been quite a while since I updated my FAQ and while I was taking care of some maintenance I figured it would be a good idea to post it up here as well because I know a lot of people don’t make it to that page. If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I’ll add them here too!

About Violet…


Where do you live?

Melbourne Australia.


How old are you?

I was born in 1987.


Are you Hime Gyaru? Are you Lolita?

No. I no longer wear Lolita fashion. I do not consider myself to be exclusively Hime Gyaru either even though I love the style. I like a lot of styles (including 1920’s, 1940’s, Rococo and many many others) and I take bits and pieces from each to create a look that is my own. I enjoy specific fashions but I also enjoy having the freedom to wear what I feel like when I feel like it without conforming to arbitrary rules.


Can you make me a set of nails/deco something/draw me an avatar/whatever for *insert special reason here* I can’t pay you for your time or materials but could you do it anyway for free?

No. I occasionally take paid commissions but I don’t generally have time for things like that sorry!


Why don’t you sell your crafts?

Mostly because that would take the fun out of making them. Also the pay is terrible 😛 I have a short crafting attention span and so making the same thing over and over again sounds stressful. Honestly I’d rather just show you guys how to make things yourself 🙂 That said, if you want to support the site I sell Bergamot shirts in my Zazzle store here!



About my look…

Why do you wear these clothes and do your hair like this?

The same reason you wear your clothes and do your hair like that: I like it 🙂


How do you do your hair?

Currently I have blonde to pink  gradient because I like it 🙂 Here’s a video on how I dye it. I touch it up once every few weeks and bleach once a month. Here is a post on my hair history. Please see this post for a complete hair FAQ.


What brand of dye do you use?

Fudge Paint Box. I mix the pinks to my own shade. There’s a review of them here.


Do you get it done at a salon?

No. I cut and colour my own hair due to financial constraints.


Why do you have such dark circles under your eyes?

They are hereditary and I quite like them. No they won’t go away with more sleep or water. They are a physical shape on my face and the colour of my skin.


Where did you buy….

Craft supplies-

Generally at local junk/$2 stores, sometimes actual craft stores. I like to buy fabric from the stores on Sydney Rd in Brunswick as the prices are really reasonable.


Nail bases and supplies-

Ebay or in bulk from China. I don’t use a particular seller I just search “false nails” and see what looks good at the time. People restock and run out of them all the time so just have a look.


Deco Supplies-

The Sticker Monster is awesome. Also  Full Moon Deco is great. I usually buy things locally when I find them and sometimes bulk order things on ebay.



I buy at local shops, thrift stores, online and make a lot of my things. It can be hard to find things I like or that fit locally but the more you hunt the more likely you are to find something! My favourite local stores are Femme Connection/7Angels and Valley Girl. Online I usually just buy from import stores on ebay or Taobao


About my family…

Violet-LeBeaux-FAQWho is James? How long have you been together and where did you meet?

He is my extremely awesome boyfriend. We have been together since 2007. He’s a professional photographer and he’s pretty awesome. We are the same age but met while I was working at the reception of the college he was attending. It’s a much longer story than that though and maybe one day I’ll write it all down!


Who is Lottie? What kind of dog is she? Why is she so big?

She is my best friend, also known as my puppy. You can read a full post about how she came into our lives here and watch the videos. She is a Pomeranian. She was the biggest in her litter and honestly she’s not actually that big in real life. People ask about this a lot for some reason. Both James and I are quite small and I take photos of her from low angles so she ends up looking huge.





About Tales Of An Ingenue (… this blog)

What camera do you use?

Currently I am using a Panasonic GF6. Previously I used the GF3. I also sometimes use James’ Canon 5D Mark 3 but it’s so heavy that I avoid it if at all possible so that’s mostly for filming.


Can I use your photos/artwork/text on my website?

Not generally but I do make exceptions. If you want to use my photos please email for written permission first.


Can you make a tutorial on *BLANK*?

I am happy to take suggestions for tutorials to make! I love to help with stuff like this! You can email me any suggestions you have. Please be aware that my time is limited so I can’t do every request and as I already have a long list it can take me quite a while to finish things. If you have a time sensitive request (eg. Can you show me how to make a head piece to match my dress for prom in 2 days) I probably won’t be able to help sorry.


Why does it take you so long to reply to comments and why don’t you reply to Youtube comments anymore?

Generally it’s because I’m spending most of my time making new content for you guys to read. I haven’t been as organised as I would like to be lately but I hope to change that soon and be able to reply to your awesome comments on a weekly basis. I’m not able to reply on every form of social media because I don’t have time to check them all regularly. I reply to blogInstagram and Facebook comments so if you need to get a hold of me, that’s the best way to do it!


Why don’t you vlog every day all the time?

Honestly, my life just isn’t that interesting! Mostly though its because sometimes I don’t have time to edit vlogs every day. I really wish I did because I love making them but there are some days that I just don’t have time 🙁


Why does anyone read this crap? You’re ugly/your hair sucks etc…

Your guess is as good as mine.

While I’m happy to accept constructive criticism and you are more than welcome to have that opinion please remember that the little “X” in the corner of your browser is there for a reason, if you don’t like my site or find it in some way offensive then perhaps you should use it 🙂


I want to learn about Hime Gyaru…

I am in no way an expert on Hime Gyaru fashion and it only wear it sometimes these days. Due to receiving a lot of questions on the subject I did a quick FAQ on the subject here. That post is extremely old and I have no plans to update it any time soon but hopefully that will give you a place to start.


I want to learn about false nails and nail art…

I am in no way an expert on nail art but I do have a passion for it. Due to receiving a lot of questions on the subject I did an FAQ here. It’s a very old post and really needs an update but hopefully that will give you a place to start 🙂


Do you accept sponsored content?

Yes, on a discretionary basis to counter the number of hours I spend working on the site. I try to keep everything interesting and on topic. For the full version or more information about why I take sponsorships on this blog, please refer to this page.


As always thanks so much for reading my blog and if you have any other questions please let me know!

Bergamot Bunny Shop Update!


Just a little note to let you guys know what’s going on with my shop!

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 2.43.01 pm#1 Bergamot bunny merchandise is available again through my Zazzle store. Take a look, there are shirts and other apparel with all of Bergamot’s friends as well as my monogram and the VLB logo!

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You can even customize you shirt by adding your name or a message! How cute is this??

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#2 My first series of paintings is now available for order in my Zazzle store as prints!


Get in quickly as I will be rotating designs in and out to keep things fresh! The next series of prints will be up the first of next month.

 #3 to address the Bergamot conundrum…

As I mentioned in vlogs and on the blog several times getting plush Bergamots made has been really difficult and I just don’t have the money to do a bulk order as companies require. So as this issue isn’t going to be resolved any time soon I’ve decided to put a very special downloadable pattern up for sale. This is going to be very different to my normal tutorials and be more of a master class on how to completely make Bergamot and several accessories. I’m finalising the details on the layout for this and the aim is it will be up at the end of next month. It’s progress at least!!

 #4 thank you for all of your support so far!

It makes me so happy to know that I’ve got such wonderful people behind me when put these things together!




Happy New Year, Long Time No See!


So I’ve been on a bit of an unplanned extended break. It was due to a combination of unexpected real life events, which meant I just couldn’t keep up with things online 🙁

But new year, new start and even though I don’t generally do resolutions I’ve been working really hard in the first two weeks of this year to make sure I have a whole lot of fun tutorials built up so that if something like this happens again it won’t matter so much. I think if I work extra hard now I’ll be able to have a bit more control over my life which would be awesome!

The schedule I’m working to this year is going to be a little different too, I’m still working to get videos filmed and edited but my aim is to have a weekly plan of:

Monday: Blog post tutorial
Tuesday: Video quick tip
Wednesday: Blog post tutorial
Thursday: Video tutorial
Friday: Blog post tutorial
Saturday: Blog post snapshots
Sunday: Run down of the week’s vlogs

The blog posts are starting again on this schedule starting today and my aim is to build up some videos to start posting them by the beginning of February.

So that’s about it, just wanted to say thank you so much for an amazing 2013, 2014 is going to totally kick it’s butt with awesomeness!!


See You In Switzerland!



So in case I haven’t mentioned it a billion times already, we’re going to Switzerland today for 10 days! YAY! I’m super excited as we’ll be spending time in both Zurich and across the border in the Black Forest in Germany. It’s going to be so much fun. This is the first time I’ve had a holiday where we’re actually going to relax and do holiday stuff (not just work) since like… 2007! So excited to eat cheese, chocolate and do very little other than take photos!

Business out of the way first, I won’t be replying to emails while I’m gone. In fact I probably won’t even be checking them so please don’t be mad if you don’t get a response from me.

I probably won’t be posting or uploading videos either so I’m not distracted on the trip. I will most likely be instagraming when I have internet access so…

Make sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date!

The third issue of The VLB is scheduled to come out early next week but as I’ll be away I’ll be sending it tomorrow morning! It’s travel themed so make sure you sign up below if you haven’t already to get it in your inbox!

Anyway, I’ve got to go get my last minute stuff together so I’ll see you all when we get back! Have a great time while we’re gone!


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Issue 2 of The VLB will be released next Tuesday and the theme is Lazy Inspirations!!

Last month a lot of people didn’t sign up in time and I had to email out a lot of extra copies manually so make sure you sign up using the form below as I might not be able to do that (at least not as quickly) this time.

This month’s theme of Lazy Inspiration is following along a theme I’ve been thinking about in my life lately. It’s going to be a great issue and I’m really proud of it so make sure to sign up below now.

If you’re wondering what you’ll get here’s some screenshots from last issue:

TheVLBPreviewIn each issue you’ll find:

  • Free exclusive downloadable craft tutorials
  • Articles and life 101 tips
  • Violet’s favourite craft links from around the web
  • Great new bloggers you should be following
  • Monthly round up of the best bits from
  • Q&A with Bergamot Bunny
  • Discounts and coupons for the store
  • Awesome inspiration
  • Sneak previews of upcoming projects
  • And heaps more!


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See you all in the next issue!

Sorry for the mini break!

If you keep up to date with my Facebook page or Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been extremely sick over the last week :/

I know not everyone follows on social networks though so I just wanted to post and let you guys know that I’m feeling a bit better this week and should be back to normal soon.

Thanks for all of the emails and well wishes, I will reply to them as soon as I can!

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