Coffeeshop Meetup

On Saturday, I attended a met up at a coffee shop. Honestly, I was feeling kind of down about going to meets in general after the donut meet in January, but I was pleasantly surprised!

I wore my lavender Mushroom Forest JSK by Long Ears and Sharp Ears.  I wore a taobao blouse underneath, and an H&M cardigan because it was COLD. Fleece white tights from Target (I need more of these, by the way), a white F+F underskirt, and shoes from Amazon. The pink of my cardigan, shoes, and dress did not match.  I probably could have switched out the shoes for a different pair of pink shoes, but I didn’t really care that much.

I didn’t really plan out this coord ahead of time, and like I kind of mentioned, the last meetup (even though it was a different group) really left me feeling down for various reasons (which I didn’t really talk about before. I think I can best describe it as feeling like I didn’t belong?)  So when getting ready for this, I mentally decided that I would probably not go to more meets for awhile, because maybe a break would be what I need to become more excited about things again.

Devil Kitty was interested in my shoes and kept getting in the way while I was trying to take coord pictures.  So here is your cat picture!

The coffeeshop we went to is actually very close to where I take my Mom to the doctor, so it was nice to discover this place.  The shop itself is very chic and full of hip young people.  It doesn’t have a huge selection of items, but there were pastries and tea.

I ordered some Earl Grey, and while it did take forever to get my tea, it was some of the best tea I have ever had. I mean, most Earl Grey teas taste the same to me, but this tea was prepared just right for my tastes. Not too hot, not over steeped. Most coffee shops I go to will give you boiling hot water with the tea bag still in it, and if it is non-herbal tea, then it will usually taste oversteeped and the only way to resolve that is to dump in a ton of sugar. And then you usually can’t drink it for another 10+ minutes! But at this coffee shop, I could drink my tea right away. I was so happy.

I got a lemon-ish scone, and it was very good.  Their pastry selection was not huge, but this was a pretty quality scone.  I had no idea what flavor it was until I ate some of it, so I am glad that gamble ended well.

So I mentioned that I was feeling kind of down about going out, but I am a staunch believer that if you mark on the event page that you are going, you either go to the event or you let them know (either via text or changing your status or whatever) that you can’t make it. Half of the people who responded as going ended up not showing up, and a few people did message the host, but others just ghosted the whole event.  So I was kind of glad I did show up, because I imagine it feels crappy to try and put together an event and have no one show up.

But more importantly, I had FUN. We chatted about the fashion (which is kind of why I go to these things) and other topics where I felt like I could contribute to the conversations.  I feel inspired again to go to more meetups so I can chat more.  So I am really thankful for this meetup, and glad that I dragged myself out of the house.

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Banquet Celeste and Fairy Rose Princess is kill

Here I am, calling this print The Sky Banquet all this time, when apparently Angelic Pretty has decided to translate it as Banquet Celeste.

I mean, AP Paris has it listed as Banquet Celeste, but that is approximately French for Sky Banquet, so…why? I like The Sky Banquet better as a name.

ANYWAY it goes up for sale TODAY at 12pm PST, 2pm CST. And I still have no money.

But more importantly, when you go to AP USA’s site and click on the links for Fairy Rose Princess, as well as some of the sale links, they all send you to a “you are not authorized to view this page” message, so I think Fairy Rose is finally going on sale today. ;__; The Special Set is already on sale for $210 now, which is a much better price than $300. But I am pretty sure that if there is any Fairy Rose Princess stuff left, it will go up for sale today.

( ̄^ ̄)ゞ

Donut Meetup and shenanigans

On Sunday, there was a donut meetup I went to.

Proper coord was AP Aquarium Carnival Special Set OP, a white flower lace cardigan from Target, Sosic Shop shoes, white tights, and an underskirt from Fanplusfriend.  I like the idea of underskirts, but they always end up looking oddly uneven. I have also found that the poofier I try, the shorter the skirt ends up being (this makes perfect sense if you think about it), so I am going to need to acquire MANY more underskirts.  Right now, I have this blue one, a pink one and a white one.  But looking back at this, I don’t think the silhouette looks the way I want.

I save all my coords by year using the collection function on Instagram, and noticed that when I wore this OP last (Nakakon 2017), I also coorded it with this damn cardigan.  It’s for the best, since the sleeves feel a little tight.

None of my selfies looked any good either. I tried the headbow, and I think I may be defeated as far as headbows go. I ended up putting my hair into little bear-ear buns and clipping in a ton of bow clips. Another thing to add to my next taobao order.

Sunday mornings are traditionally the day I take my Mom to go buy her groceries.  I did not have time to wear normal clothes, come home, and then get ready for the meet up, so I dressed down my OP to go grocery shopping! I would have worn a proper coord if I was shopping alone, but Mom wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t want the extra stress of my outfit PLUS dealing with her. So this is without the petticoat or underskirt, and fewer hair clips. I also buttoned up the cardigan to cover the front bow.  Is this that soft lolita variant that Misako Aoki talks about sometimes?? (⌒▽⌒);;

Parking sucked at the Donut Meet, but I knew this going in due to the part of town we were in, and also noon on a Sunday is prime brunch time.  We went to a specialized donut shop/bar where they have a variety of different donut flavors, and also many that are vegan or gluten free.  This is actually the same shop I went to for a donut meetup last year, but it was with a different group of people.  I got a very basic long donut with sparkly sprinkles on it…the same one I got last time (I just checked my post from last July).  Ha, I usually like to try new things but I guess I am easily drawn in by the appeal of sparkly donuts.  There was a listing for a Boston Cream Pie donut, but they were sold out.

There was a great turn out for the meetup, which was great! However, the donut shop is very small and doesn’t have much seating (plus they were already busy), so the tables were cramped and I felt pretty anxious.  It’s also difficult to hear all the conversations when sitting in a row.  One of my friends then texted me about some plans we had made for that afternoon, so I decided to leave a little early. We got our group pictures taken (had to get it from someone’s Instagram though…) and then I went home.

I was planning on wearing my super toned down version to go see my other friends (a first! They haven’t seen me wear lolita in person yet!) but then I noticed my leg was all bloody. ಠ▃ಠ Okay it wasn’t too bad, but I had to wash the tights immediately to get the stain out.  Somewhere I hit my knee and it actually bled…I’m glad I didn’t get it on my dress.

So I changed into jeans and went to see my other friends, and thus concludes the donut meetup report. I guess everyone else went to the local art musuem and took more pictures.  From their pictures, it looks like they had a great time.

Here is a bonus picture of my cat, trying to cuddle with my shoes. This is even before I wore them out. She is so strange.

Innocent World White and Brown Rabbit Series

AHHH I LOVE IT. Special Members can order it starting Friday 1/19, and for everyone else, it starts next Friday, 1/26

High waist cut is 298000yen. L size has a of bust 89-102cm and waist 74-90cm, and is 87cm long.  The model here is definitely using an underskirt, which would be required for me with such a short dress.

Bustle cut (Bucky Skirt, as Google Translate is calling it), is 29800yen.  I think she is also using an underskirt. Why not just make the skirts longer in general? I wonder what underskirt the model is wearing. Chances are it would not fit me anyway though >_>;; I need a good underskirt.

L size has a bust of 89-102cm and waist of 68-85cm, 92cm long, so a little longer than the high waist cut. Still pretty short for someone who is 5’7”.

Finally, the Waist Ribbon JSK is 29000yen.  M and L both have a bust of 84-112cm and waist measurement of 64-100cm, but the L is for LONG and is 107cm instead of 92cm long! No underskirt required for the long version!

Here is the long version.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH. (╯°Д°)╯︵/(.□ . \) I want all 3 cut (all 3 cuts would fit me just fine!) and I want all 3 colors. I think I want the Ribbon Waist Long version in pink, then the bustle skirt cut in lavender, and the high waist cut in blue. And I think I would want to get them in that order. Mostly because I will need to get a nice underskirt for two of those cuts.

It’s just so cute and beautiful and I need to learn to order from Innocent World now.

 

Angelic Pretty 2018 Spring and Summer Previews (more!)

More previews of the new 2018 prints, from the Tea Party back in December.

Sky Banquet still looks SO nice. I want the JSK. That hat looks ridiculous though. I can’t remember what all the colorways are, but there are mint and lavender shown here, probably a pink, and I think red? I bet mint and lavender will be the popular colorways. I really like the lavender shown here.  Anyway, assuming the order here is somewhat similar to the actual release dates, Sky Banquet will be released later this month or sometime next month, which means there is no hope of me getting it. Maybe it will be unpopular like Fairy Rose and will go on sale. Though the AP Japan Winter Sale actually started on 1/13/18 (last night at 9pm for me…hehe I didn’t even notice) and Fairy Rose STILL isn’t on sale. ಠ_ಠ Well okay then.

The Wonder Patisserie JSK appears to have an odd bodice, but the OP is cute and I think a lot of people will like the little apron it has. Probably not included though. I am interested in that grey colorway, since grey doesn’t happen too often.

Sugar Candy Shop reminds me of older AP prints, and I think it will be popular with people who miss the good old days of AP. But what the heck is that melty apron on the JSK? Why? The skirt of both cuts is really nice though, and I almost want it because of that.

Doll’s Tea Party release will be insane, because Kira Imai. Fresh Cherry looks kind of cute, but I don’t really like the JSK that much. Maybe it’s just the black colorway, because it looks too sexy to me.

Dessert Berry looks adorable! I want the pink, and whatever cut the left image is. I think it is the OP because it has sleeves, but the right image looks way fancier so I wonder if both cuts will have some variety of sleeves? I don’t like the mini apron the right cut has. And once again, there is a red colorway, but I can see the berries a bit better compared to the red colorway of Ribbon Berry Bunny.

Honestly, I am not able to make out too much detail from any of these prints. Fantastic Horoscope and Space Lollipop both seem to have prints that appear somewhat subdued, but maybe because I am focusing on the ones with periwinkle/lavender colorways and the print seems to include very similar colors. However, I like both JSK cuts! They are cute, and I actually like the subdued nature of the prints! This is a surprise, because I was expecting super bright pastel something.

Unicorn Mermaid continues to baffle me. I see unicorns and crosses (AP loves cross motifs) but still no idea where the mermaid part fits in.

Finally, the one I am super excited for, Sweet Lacy Basket! That JSK cut is great! I hope that I am employed when it comes out this summer so I can buy it…in pink. I really like it. The little wicker basket is super cute too. I wonder if they are going to sell that.

And then here is a nice group picture of the models.

There are also the Exclusice Couture Dresses, which I don’t know if people actually buy these or what. They are ridiculously OTT.

Happy Bunny Party – I don’t even know what to say about this.

Wonder Patisserie Queen – I like the detail on the skirt that looks like frosting. Also, the cake on her head is a nice touch.

Space Lollipop Fantasy – The cut of this dress is actually nicer than the simpler cuts. The little star side-bustle thing is neat. I feel like people would actually buy this.

Brilliant Jewelry – Why those striped ribbons?

??? Holy Dress that RinRin is wearing – I am just confused by this.

Extra Fancy Holy Lacy Basket – The bodice is hidden here by the bouquet of flowers, but the skirt looks really good. Why NOT do a longer JSK/OP with a longer skirt as a third cut?

Flower Shower – It’s like someone sewed tulle poofs to it and called it a day. The more I look at it, the more I hate it. Are those ankle cuffs? Also made of tulle poof balls?

Melody Dress – WHAT THE FUCK ARE THOOOOOOSE?? Meaning the leg warmers. No one does leg warmers. Leg warmers never looked good. Is AP trolling? I think they are trolling.

 

Dramatic Princess – Is that a long sack dress? I can see this selling if it was a more standard lenght actually.

Victoria Dress – This is just slightly more OTT than some of their existing OPs, and is longer.

Something Starlight Angel Dress – clearly a wedding dress. Seems completely appropriate.

As I clearly do not understand couture, these dresses just confuse me. I am aware that couture dresses for fashion shows don’t necessarily exist for people to actually wear them, but more as showing off art. It mostly just befuddles me though. This is what I get for not paying attention in art history classes, hah.

2017 Wardrobe Post

I know technically, the Wardrobe post is supposed to be your entire wardrobe. But I am lazy and don’t want to unpack half of my wardrobe. Instead, I will just post old pictures of the dresses I got in 2017.

In 2017, I got 8 new dresses, 3 of them being Angelic Pretty. The other brands were Krad Lanrete (2), Long Ears and Sharp Ears, Arcadian Deer and Soufflesong.

My very brief forey into darker, more gothic dresses. Left is my LE&SE Kingdom of Faeries, which I wore to the Japan Fest. Right is Krad Lanrete Transilvania Moonlight, which I wore to the Halloween Tea in October. I really do like black dresses, but it seems difficult to find ones that I really, really love.  I wish I was able to get Krad Lanrete’s Dullahan, but it didn’t work out. Maybe next time.

So many sweet pink and lavender dresses ♡ AP True Rose Story Special Set (and the amount I like this set is part of why I wanted Cameo Window this year…maybe I will have better luck with AP USA), which I wore to the Sailormoon R Movie last January. Then the pink Rose Museum JSK, which I wore to a spring tea last year. I love Rose Museum so much.

I wore Krad Lanrete Beauty and the Beast in pink, and AP Romantic Cat in pink to Paradiso last year. The Romantic Cat picture I have here is from Summer ILD, because I love this dress.  I really wish I hadn’t have been sick during Paradiso last year, especially since I can’t go this year. >_< Rest assured, I will complain more about that in the future.  It was so fun, and it sounds like this next year will be awesome too.

Finally, my Arcadian Deer Four Elements of Astrology Air dress in lavender, and Soufflesong Kitty Courtyard in lavender.  I haven’t worn the Air dress out to a meet yet, but I did wear it to grocery shop one day.  I think I put on wristcuffs JUST for the picture. I am extremely excited for the Fire dress in this series to be released. Any day now~. And then Kitty Courtyard went on a flash sale, so I grabbed it. I had been wanting it for awhile, and it is extremely comfortable to wear. I wore it to the Tea Festival with my friend, which was the first time I wore lolita around a friend from college. It was awesome, because we both ended up wearing purple cat dresses!

In 2017, unlike 2016 and 2015, I did not buy a damn thing from Fanplusfriend. There were times I almost did, but it just did not come to be.  I also acquired a good amount of shoes and half blouses this year, as well as small accessories.

Angelic Pretty 2018 Special Sets

YES this is the release I am waiting for!

RIBBON BUNNY BERRY. I mean, yes, Khronous Utopia and Jewelry Snow are up there, and those are going to sell out SUPER fast, just based on how popular they were during the normal release. Also, they are OPs, so I do not care.

BERRY BUNNY RIBBON THOUGH.

RIBBON BERRY BUNNY

It is cheap (relatively) and comes in pink and red. WHY the red? Maybe people will see this worst colorway and ignore this release so I can easily grab the pink. But I am SO EXCITED FOR THIS. Like I said in my post yesterday, the universe is telling me I need a bunny dress.

If pink sells out before I can grab this, then it’s no good. I hate the red colorway. The red gingham and the red berries blend in together and it is just awful.

Cameo Window is an older print, and it comes in ivory, pink (background), wine (shown) and brown. I actually really like this print. But BUNNY BERRY RIBBON. I bet this is cute in pink and brown too. If I can’t get pink Bunny bunny bunny, then I am gonna get this.

Lovely Snow Fantasy will be in mint and dark blue. I kind of like this, but I don’t think I would bother getting it. The bodice cut is very interesting though.

These babies go up for sale on January 4th at noon Japan time, so that is 10pm CST January 3rd for me. (〜 ̄△ ̄)〜

I’ve actually been psyched for BERRY BERRY BUNNY all day…but Cameo Window…⊙︿⊙;;;