Long Ears and Sharp Ears Kingdom of Faeries 2018 Release

Wow, they are releasing a TON of stuff here.

First, some tights! But you can only buy them if you are buying a dress with this release. Their page makes it sound like you may be allowed to buy them if you bought a dress from the previous release, but it is not clear.

But they are pretty! And I would never be able to fit my fat ass into them.

Now onto the dress cuts, since that is what I really care about. There is one OP, two JSKs and a skirt.  I am not going to post about the skirt because I would not even consider it.

First is Embroidery JSK I.


The five colors are light turquoise (first image, left), navy (first image, right), black red (second image, left), icy blue (second image, right), and emerald (shown below in middle of JSKII picture).  Also, this release is made of Kokka cotton, while the last release was polyester (although printed at Kokka, whatever that means).  Emerald and Black Red are repeats from the last release, so the light turquoise, icy blue and navy are new variants. I really like the navy. The embroidery on the bodice is a really nice touch.  This cut feels less like a fairy themed dress and more like European royalty, possibly due to the embroidery.

The measurements for this JSK are as follows:

Size 1:
Bust 80-88cm, High waist 68-76cm, Dress length 88cm, Length from shoulder to waist 31cm.
Size 2:
Bust 88-96cm, High waist 76-84cm, Dress length 90cm, Length from shoulder to waist 33cm.


The second JSK is this High Waist JSK II, and I really like it.  It is LONG. It has a POCKET (actually JSK I has a pocket too). I really like the little overlay effect. This dress has a cute fairy feeling to it.

Size 1: Bust 80-88cm, Underbust 70-76cm, Dress length 95cm, Length from shoulder to waist 28cm,
Size 2: Bust 88-96cm, Underbust 76-82cm, Dress length 97cm, Length from shoulder to waist 30cm,

Unfortunately,this cut is not more forgiving than the other JSK cut, also the whole trying to save money business.

The OP comes in three sizes, but there is no mention of pockets. But it is pretty and is also very long.  I have been wanting longer dresses lately so this would be perfect.

Size 1: Bust 84cm, Waist 66cm, Dress length 105cm, Shoulders width 34cm, Length from shoulder to waist 34cm, Sleeve length 63cm

Size 2: Bust 90cm, Waist 72cm, Dress length 106cm, Shoulders width 35cm, Length from shoulder to waist 35cm, Sleeve length 64cm

Size 3:
Bust 96cm, Waist 78cm, Dress length 107cm, Shoulders width 36cm, Length from shoulder to waist 36cm, Sleeve length 65cm

There is also a blouse they are releasing that has the same style of sleeves as the OP, which is a nice touch. But also, there are a TON of different accessories being released with the dresses.

This nice little lace bolero. It only comes in white, which is kind of a bummer but life goes on.

For headdresses, there is a crown, a bonnet, a round headdress, a flat type “Butterfly Veil” headdress, a pearl chain headdress, some ugly wristcuffs and a necklace. And something new is that these headpieces can be purchased without a dress order.


The crown. It can be purchased in a set with a veil and the chain headdress.

The chain headdress which comes with a veil but it’s not pictured here. Go figure.

The bonnet, which is reversible? How do bonnets even work.

The Butterfly Veil headdress, which I love.

The round headdress, which I also love. Except what the fuck are those fabric butterflies attached to the veil itself. That will be awkward as heck and I would remove it. Also, is this a headband or a clip? It looks like a clip and that would be really heavy…

Since this is the preorder phase, custom sizing IS available, for a fee of $12 or $22 depending on how much bigger you need to go. That is actually very reasonable for custom sizing fees, which seem to be going up all the time.

If I had money to burn, I would get the OP and the High Waist JSK, likely with one in navy and the other in emerald (since I didn’t get emerald last time).  The navy feels like a blue version of the Black Red, which I have and really like.  I would have to size up because their Size 2 for both are just slightly too small (I would be more comfortable with 98cm bust and 84cm high waist/underbust to be safe according to the +4cm rule, and maybe they can make the OP shoulders a little bit wider???). I love how long those cuts are though. I would also want the cute lace bolero, and the Butterfly Veil headdress and round headdress.

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More Angelic Pretty Special Sets from the Anniversary Tea Party

There was a tea party hosted by APUSA today, which I didn’t go to for many reasons, but there were a ton of special releases today!  Some happy packs which I did not really have any feelings about, but also some special sets and starting MTO orders for Cream Cookie Collection. I swear that print is fairly recent and I didn’t think it was that popular, but once again I am proven wrong.  There were also some nice exclusive items, which is kind of funny since isn’t everything from Angelic Pretty somewhat exclusive?

Some rosettes and a $40 keychain! How exciting.  On to the Special Sets!

I posted about this Rose Museum Special Set a few months ago when it was released in Japan. This baby did not sell out today, because this print is over a year old and wasn’t even that popular to start with. But I love it. I wish I could drop the money to buy it in any color but pink (because I already have the pink colorway). I don’t care if this print has tacky clipart roses…this is my favorite print.

Space Lolipop is a stupid print, but I really like this cut, and again, if I just had $300 I could light on fire for no reason, I would get this.  There is only the white colorway available, which seems dumb to me. This one did sell out (I heard there were only a few available anyway), and since it IS a recent print, they could have made money if it was in various colorways.  But what do I know?

For some reason, I think this special set came out last year, which is false since this print didn’t come out til this year anyway. This cut is still ugly as heck to me. What the heck are those straps?  If the straps were less frilly, it could be more versatile. I vaguely recall the sax colorway being pretty popular, but instead they picked this new colorway.  If only they had picked yellow as a regular colorway instead of red.  The red cherries on a red background was a MISTAKE.

Wonder Patisserie was not super popular so why did they make a special set of this? Actually, this print on a wine colorway does not look that bad, but again, the cut is just awful.  It looks like a little girl’s pinafore.  Is that the point, since most of the Wonder (noun) prints are all related to Alice in Wonderland. Wonder Cookie, Wonder Queen, Wonder Memorie, Wonder Toy and so on…so it may make since for the cut to be something Alice herself would wear. But I hate it. (。◕‿◕。) But clearly it is a popular theme so someone out there loves it.

I am glad that none of these really call to me (not even Rose Museum…) since I really can’t drop any money on lolita or fun stuff at the moment. Still paying off moving expenses and then to save for moving again (to the Bay Area) early next year. At least they will pay for our actual moving expenses next year, but I still need to get together the money for down payments and all that noise. But maybe, if I am lucky, I will be able to attend an AP Tea Party myself in 2019.

 

Garnier SkinActives Soothing Line

Back in March, I splurged a little and bought some new skincare items that I didn’t really need, but bought anyway for three reasons:

(1) They are pink!

(2) They are rose scented/flavored!

(3) I have had really good luck with most Garnier skincare products that I have bought before so it’s a good chance that these would be good too.

It has now been a few months so I feel like I can give a decent review on how they actually work and if they are worth it.  Pictured above are (from left to right) the skin cream, the cleansing milk and the rose water facial spray.  The schtick Garnier is pushing with this line (as well as the Green Tea and Aloe variants, which also have a cream and a face wash of some variant, as well as something else if I remember correctly) is that they are naturally derived and free of GMOs and mineral oils, silicons and parabens, dyes and sulfates, and probably coal-free too. They are vegan as heck.  Neato.

The cleansing milk is excellent and does not leave my face dry after washing. This is something I have run into before with other face washes for sensitive skin.  It smells nice too, but is not a strong rose scent. I would buy this again.

The rose water is extra amazing and if I had to only buy one item from this line, it would be this.  I like to spray it into my hand with some Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid toner and then mix it up and put that on my face.  I have also used it on it’s own, but the sprayer nozzle is very focused so it feels awkward. However, this is very handy for when I try to spray it on my scalp to moisturize my head. This stuff is great and pretty affordable for a rose water toner.

Last and least is the face cream. I wanted to like it, but it is super thick.  It does not sink into my face unless I rub the heck out of it.  And then I don’t really feel very moisturized.  This cream works well as an occlusive to hold other moisture in, but alone it does not moisturize.  On the bright side, you do get a TON of product.

It is heavy and makes a decent hand cream though, so that is kind of nice. But I was really hoping to find a nice face cream to use at night.  It is also very faintly scented, but does not smell remotely like rose to me.  Nor is it pink, which is a surprise since the face wash and rose water are pink, but this is not. I guess beet juice can only go so far, but then I just checked and I have no idea what the ingredient used to dye them pink is.  Nothing is specified.  I do like how the labels say that “this denatured alcohol is from this plant”, to help push back against the whole “chemicals are BAD” bullshit that seems to float around these days.

Do any of these products sooth my face?  The cleansing milk doesn’t dry it out, so it soothes by not messing it up. Not sure if the rose water is really all that soothing on it’s own, but it does help my dry head.  The face cream is not even remotely soothing, and I do not recommend it at all.  As for the face wash and rose water- I absolutely recommend them!

Long Ears and Sharp Ears Kingdom of Faeries RE-RELEASE

RIP my wallet.

Long Ears and Sharp Ears is re-releasing Kingdom of Faeries this Sunday! Four new colors and new cuts!

This is a new cut for sure, and I am thinking it may be an OP. Is that also high waisted? HMM.  This particular dress does not look like it would be plus-size friendly, based on those sleeves alone.

That light blue is really pretty too. I wonder what colors will be available. Last time, it was light green, emerald green, light lavender and black.  I also wonder if the old colorways will be available in addition to the new ones.  Making guesses with minimal evidence, I am going to guess that in addition to light blue, there will also be a light pink, a dark sapphire blue, and grey.

As for the other cuts …it is also a mystery! They don’t even have any of it up in their taobao shop.

I really want to get something from the rerelease, but I also found out today that my Fire Dress got in so it will be shipped to me soon.  I have that to look forward to.  But man, I really love this print. (・ε・` )

Souffle Shuffle – the finale

My dress was supposed to be delivered on Tuesday, but they were unable to get into my building. o__o So then I called DHL to reschedule delivery, and in the end, I was able to get it on Wednesday. Or rather, my boyfriend was able to get it for me.  But it was kind of a mess, so I think next time I order something using DHL, I will try to have it dropped off at a service point so I can go pick it up when I have a chance.

I really need to actually unpack my two new Soufflesong dresses and try them on and everything, but I feel so overwhelmed with life and such.  This weekend, I have to go in to lab on Saturday, and we may be taking a road trip on Sunday.  It may just be to see people, so I could probably wear a toned down coord if I felt like it.  I don’t think there will be any surprise hiking, but you never know.

 

 

Souffle Shuffle pt 2

My first Soufflesong order from this year finally shipped, yay. Only a month later than expected, but I was too distracted to care so they got off easy this time.

So far.

Because I got the shipping notice on Saturday, promptly changed my address with DHL, and then today got a text that they cannot deliver it. Oh, and it’s in Kansas City right now.

ಠಿ_ಠ

But is apparently in route to Portland once again? And will get here on Wednesday?? We shall see how this shakes out.  It worked well last time.  Here is hoping.

Summer ILD – half ass stay at home edition

This morning, I realized that this year is my third Summer ILD. Two years ago was when day 2 of Paradiso fell on ILD and there was a picnic at the art musuem, and last year was me half-assing a coord to go eat pastries alone because I was getting over being ill and also recovering from Paradiso.  This year, I recovered from getting sick again, and half assed it even further!

I also pretty much recreated the outfit I wore last year. Pink half blouse from Diamond Honey, Angelic Pretty Romantic Cat JSK, normie as hell socks, The Black Ribbon petticoat, and some pink shoes. Last year I wore normie socks that were pink with cats, and this was because at the time, I did not have the lace ankle socks yet. This year, it is because I am not even wearing my coord outside of my apartment.  I am not going anywhere or posting this to instagram, so not going to give any fucks.

This JSK is so damn disappointing.  I mean, the print is beautiful and I love it. It has pockets. But this dress short on me (86cm! Way too damn short!), and it just does not fit the way it should.  Looking at measurements again (bust being 90-97cm, waist being up to 79.5cm), it doesn’t fit because my waist is a bit too big (82cm).  But this dress is also high waisted, and I am thinking about my natural waist.  But even if I lost 10cm around my waist, the skirt would still only be 86cm long.

I did use this opportunity to try and find a good place to take pictures in my apartment as well. So far, leaning the mirror against the window gives the best lighting for the dress itself, but the rest of everything is lost in darkness.  Maybe I will have to recruit my honey to just take coord pictures every. damn. time.

The apartment is pretty good for selfies though.

Filters are magical, as are app stickers. I also didn’t decide to put on makeup until deciding I wanted to take selfies, so threw on eyeliner hastily.

And with Billy cat, because cat selfies are the best.

I think ever since my first summer ILD, I have spent it being lazy and ditching meetups, or this year, being a lonelita who doesn’t have a group to hang out with anyway.  This time next summer, we would have moved again, so I wonder what next year will be like.