Neo-Ludwig Alchemy Spell: Cure JSK

What do I even call this, since Alchemy Spell Cure has a ton of dresses and the prints are all kind of different.

Doesn’t matter, since I can’t buy this dress, even if it is super on sale and then a coupon on top, because I am practically unemployed at this point (funding runs out in two months and I am panicking).  But it is free to whine and appreciate dresses on the internet.

So pretty! Not the biggest fan of the sparkly ruffle at the bottom, but the bow with the moon charm is precious. There is something very elegant about this print and cut too.

You can do bustle nonsense in the back, if you have proper underskirts! One bustle or two bustles? So many options. Also, see the two colorways here: blue and gold/ivory, and green and silver/black. I like them both. ;__; And they are both on sale right now. This is the Egypt dress all over again, and that SOLD OUT.

Details of the Moon Bow pin, and of the print. It looks like a tree from mythology or something mystical like that.

I like seeing the promo art for prints and dresses. Certainly an interesting way to coordinate this dress…

Ugh it is so cute. >_> I am so disappointed in myself that I can’t get this. Or anything, anymore.

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2017 Japan Fest

Another October, so another Japan Festival.  This year, I brought my flat comfy shoes in my bag so I would not die in heels. Unfortunately, I died in heels anyway. ;__;

I still had fun, and am still exhausted.

Finally wore my Long Ears and Sharp Ears The Kingdom of Faeries OP. It is comfy and wonderful, even thought there were a few adjustments I had to make to it. I still need to find a long petticoat that will work a bit better also, but I think this looked pretty good.

Still have no idea how to attach this damn bow to the back of the dress, so I sewed a pin on. After having it pinned all day, it drooped, so I think I am going to have to attach more pins to it.

The veil has places for it to be buttoned to something, but the headband did not have any buttons. So I added my own damn buttons. This was actually trickier than I expected, but it seemed pretty secure, and my hair didn’t get tangled up in the buttons either, which is nice.

Something new this year were ikebana flower arrangements near the food court. They were really pretty.

I especially like the pink one on the right.

These are especially beautiful.

Last year, I ran into the problem of waiting in line for a long time and then finding out that food booth only took cash when I had no cash. ;__; It was awful. So this year, I made sure to bring plenty of cash, and went to the food court immediately. This worked out in my favor.

I got some takoyaki, and honey ribs with rice.  I have been craving takoyaki lately and didn’t think there would be any, but behold, there was! However, it tastes like the frozen takoyaki I tried once (and it was kind of gross). I wish the local restaurant that used to serve takoyaki still did. That stuff was amazing. I guess the craving for takoyaki is somewhat fulfilled.

Another display the Japan Festival has every year is bonsai tree. Bonsai trees are pretty neat.

However, this is a bonsai orchid! Look at how cute and tiny it is! °˖✧∩(◎ヮ◎∩)✧˖° I love it so much!

I ran into people from both local coms and was waiting for meet ups to happen. Eventually found a group and followed them around for awhile, and then we left to go get sushi.  The group that I hung out with forgot that I had donuts with them a few months ago, but to be fair, I wore a drastically different outfit for the festival than I did a few months ago. :p They eventually remembered me.

This was a place I had never been to before, but damn, their lunch special is fabulous. $8 for 1 roll, $13 for 3 rolls, and that includes soup or salad, and some of the best crab rangoon I have ever eaten in my entire life. Sadly, this sushi place is far from where I live, but it is near where one of my friends lives. Or it may be worth going out to anyway. Ugh, this now makes me want to go out to eat sushi again, even at the Japanese restaurant by my house. ;__;

As with all festivals and events, there were goodies to buy.

There was a Japanese bakery at the Tea Festival last month, and I got some sesame and herb cookies from them. They were so good. They also had a booth at the Japan Fest, so got more sesame cookies, and chocolate chip matcha cookies. (。ノω\。)゚ I think they are pretty simple cookies, but sesame cookies are really tasty.

Mom lost the lid to my favorite bento box awhile ago ;__; so I had looked online for a new one (and I actually found some super cute ones on Rakuten but too lazy/cheap to buy due to shipping). I found this black 2-layer at the fair for $5! That is a great price! I did have to make an elastic band for it myself, but no big deal. The cat lunch bag was $3. I think it is cuter than the lunch bag I made.

Most events, I buy a big plushie. I did not buy a big plushie even though there were some cute sloth plushies. Instead, I got two little anime figurines, and two pens with pretty designs on them.

What a happy keychain.

It was a fun day, and then I had to go home and nap so I would be alive for a work-related party afterwords (it went okay).

Little Dipper Camouflage Alice Series

It is called “伪装爱丽丝系列” on the site, and Google Translate says “伪装” is camouflage, or disguise. Maybe it is just a plain ol’ Alice style dress. Maybe it is supposed to be Hidden Alice. I have no idea.

Which it really kind of is. It hits all the points of looking like Alice.

I like the flower lace, but am not so much a fan of the ribbon lacing on the front and sleeves. But according to their site, the shoulders go up to 42cm. That is my new concern- my shoulders cannot fit into anything.

I would get pink, not light blue. Pink is superior.

And then there is red and I do want a Christmas-y type dress still. The flower lace must be dyed to match the fabric, but it IS there still. Maybe only the pastel colorways have white lace.


This is what it looks like without the apron. Also, black colorway! With black lace flowers! Also, not shown here but on the Taobao page, the little collar is removable too.

It appears there is a long version and a short version, but these pics are all of the short version and I am not exactly sure how the order page distinguishes between them.  Usually I can pick out characters, but I am having trouble today.

There are also matching headbows.

In other news, the Lady Victoria Rose Jewelry dress from BTSSB is up for reservation until the 9th.  Upon closer inspection, there are some weird bits in the print that I don’t really like, such as photo realistic portraits of some lady who must be Lady Victoria. I’m more excited about this Alice knockoff dress and that Ista Mori meme dress than I am about real brand. Hah, I am so odd.

October Wishlist – Baby the Stars Shine Bright

Baby the Stars Shine Bright, also abbreviated as just Baby or BTSSB, is one of the famous Japanese lolita brands, but to this point, there hasn’t been a release that made me want to buy anything (that would fit, because things that don’t fit are immediately ignored).  This may now change, since I have done further research and found that there are some BTSSB cuts that WOULD fit. Hmm this really should have been more obvious to me, after not realizing for years that I could fit into AP depending on the cut. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

These are all early previews though. These are pictures from Facebook, and the magazine in question is Girlism.

Le Bouquet Eternal..it’s a flower print! I love flower prints!

Lady Victoria Rose Jewelry. So more flowers. But I love flowers. Almost every dress I own has some kind of flower on it, with a few exceptions.

Not the biggest fan of the skirt design where it is open and then you have a false skirt underneath (so both cuts for Lady Victoria and the left hand cut for Le Bouquet).

There are also 5 or 6 other releases posted as well, but these are the ones I care about. I want to see more colorways and more details of the prints. I want to see size information and prices so I can be sad. These are so pretty though. 〜( ̄▽ ̄〜)

 

October Wishlist – Taobao edition

HECK. Why do there have to be a ton of releases when I should not be buying things?

Ista Mori Nameless Poem is a meme dress, in that it was super popular, size friendly, and cheap, so the meme is that lots of people have the dress. I too want the dress, because it is going up for sale.

The original meme dress.

There is also a version without the cross embroidery, which I would get. Also, WINE COLORWAY.

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This will go up for order on October 5. I want it. ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ The winexwhite and the blackxwhite. There is also a whitexblack.

A few weeks back, there was an event called Dream Masquerade Carnival, where Long Ears & Sharp Ears/Pink Up participated in a fashion show with a bunch of upcoming prints. No Devil Emblem, but there are a TON of dresses that I want. These are all taken from Facebook.

Moonlight Waltz in black. This STRONGLY reminds me of Krad’s Beauty and the Beast print.  I love this kind of artwork on a print. Is that a vampire on there too? =^● ω ●^= Or just some elegant nobleman?

Camelot Market, again, a similar art style to Moonlight Waltz and some Krad prints. This blue colorway isn’t bad…

BUT THE IVORY COLORWAY, HOLY CRAP this is gorgeous.

Finally, there is this print, which I can’t find a name for yet.  I want to see more detail in this dress before deciding if I want it yet or not.

Other wise, I want Moonlight Waltz in some colorway and Camelot Market in ivory. Maybe AP will continue to be totally disappointing so I will have extra money for dresses.

OH WAIT, BTSSB released a bunch of stuff I want too…but it gets its own post.

Chocolate Meet Up

WOW I am exhausted, but not solely due to the meetup.

Anyway, here are coord pictures!

Long Ears and Sharp Ears Mushroom Forest JSK in brown, with the pink Diamond Honey half blouse. Literally the closest thing I have to a chocolate print. I just don’t like chocolate prints. I want to eat chocolate, not wear it. My frankensteined Aurora+Ariel petticoat is TOO fluffy to fit under the skirt, and also too long, so just using the really old petti I got from Amazon. It actually works really well and is super comfy, I just have to shorten it a little. Maybe my petticoat issues will be solved by simply buying 2 of these Amazon pettis, sewing them together and then making them shorter??

I could have worn socks today, but was too lazy to shave my legs so instead I wore the white tights I always wear. Ha ha ha. And then my Latasa Pink Shoes from Amazon. They are so broken in now that I can use the elastic by the buckle to carefully slip into them. It’s fantastic. I just wish these shoes were a bit more comfortable.

I had to go grocery shopping before the meet, so my hair was fairly simple, and I wore some bracelets instead of wristcuffs.

So went grocery shopping, then came home until it was time for the meet. We went to Andre’s, a cafe that sells specialized chocolate and pastries.  I think they may be famous for their chocolate, which is super tasty, but I’ve had their tea cookies before and THOSE are amazing. I believe my boss buys chocolate for his wife from this shop for all holidays where a wife should receive chocolate. (◡‿◡✿)

Anyway, there is a tea room where there is a new set menu everyday.  Today the choices were two kinds of quiche, some kind of roast beef, or something else.  I got the quiche Lorraine.

There were also pickled beets and carrot salad. The beets were actually very tasty. I think I would have liked the carrot salad if I was feeling a bit better.  And then there was some kind of apricot jam cookie crust thing for dessert. I actually wanted princess cake instead, but someone else got it and I didn’t want to bother the server any more by making her go get another one. ;_; It was still very good though, and not too sweet, which is nice.

The others ended up buying some sweets after lunch, but all I did was take some pictures. Topleft are some cute marzipan punpkins (for HALLOWEEN!). Top right are a bunch of little cakes and pastries that I would eat all of if my stomach wasn’t feeling weird. Bottom left are some fancy cakes. I want to get good enough to make fancy cakes like this. Bottom right are the little packs of tea cookies. Full price, they are $16, but when I got them before, they were only $8.

After we ate, we took some group pictures (with the sun RIGHT IN MY EYES GYAH) and then parted.  The original plan was to go to a park afterwards but I guess people had places to be. That’s fine, I forgot my parasol and wanted to just go home anyway.

The kitten Jack has discovered the joys of sitting on petticoats. What a good cat.

I had a good time today, but I am also completely and totally drained of energy now. Need more mana potions. Surprisingly, I ate zero chocolate at the chocolate meet as well. Huh.