Fanplusfriend Neo-Ludwig Mitologia Egypt Series

Mitologia is just spanish for Mythology.〜( ̄▽ ̄〜)

The long awaited Bastet print from F+F is up for preorder! There are two dresses in several sizes!

First is the Ancient Egypt Goddess Bastet Dress with a Hooded Blouse. It has an open skirt front and is a sleeveless dress. However, this comes with a tulle blouse, as the model is wearing.

A view with the detachable hood of the blouse on.

There are three colors: white/gold (for daytime), green/gold (for life) and black/gold (for mystery). I really like all three of them.

The other cut is the Ancient Egypt Goddess Bastet Gauze Cape Sleeveless Dress. It includes a detachable mini capelet that buttons on the shoulders to create the little sleeves. I am a little worried about that neckline though.

I like it styled like this much, MUCH better. A blouse underneath and the bow from the other dress? I like it.

Same colors as above, except here, the dark green is paired with black, while above, it is paired with light green/gold.

I really want these dresses. ;__; I know the Lady 90 size will fit perfectly (if maybe a little big). I like the second dress in green for sure, and the first dress in black. That way, the bow from the first dress could be used with the second dress.  The black colorway makes me think of the black colorway for my LE&SE Kingdom of Faeries dress too, which is kind of a good thing.  I already have some black blouses (both long and short sleeve) that I could pair with both, and without a blouse, both of these could probably work as classy normal dresses too.

Right now they are on sale, and there is an addition 12% coupon code on top of that. With the coupon, shipping is pretty much free.

ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ I want them!

I also need to buy jeans and other more daily normal clothes though. I guess jeans are on sale right now too…

But I want these dresses. They have CATS on them. The GODDESS OF CATS BASTET.

ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ Man, why do I have to be the responsible person in my family.

Angelic Pretty Bonbon Bunny

It’s going to be out THIS WEEK! It will be out Friday, August 11 at Noon (Japan Time) so approximately 11/10/9/8pm US timezones (pick your time zone).

The white, pink and red prints looks great for Valentine’s Day, and the red could maybe look nice for Christmas. Pink would probably be nice year round, really. I am 100% not impressed by the black colorway.  However, because I made all these holiday associations with this dress in my head, releasing it in AUGUST feels weird.

I don’t really like the bodice of the JSK. While I like that it is simple, but I don’t like the white mock bib (I guess it would look fine on the white colorway). Every time I look at it, I think it is a skirt with suspenders.

Honestly, right now AP Japan has a Sweet Bakery Special Set and a Baked Sweets Parade Special Set for sale and I would rather buy those instead of this. This is pretty cute, but I am not excited about it. Maybe in a few months when I have money to blow (hah) and this goes on sale (The yellow Ribbon Berry Bunny JSK is STILL for sale on AP USA, this dumb print is mocking me at this point ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), I might buy it. But I am not excited the way I was for Romantic Cat.

If you miss it this week, AP USA will probably have it in 2 or 3 weeks.

Running Errands

The weather has been nice and cool all week, so I planned on wearing a very simple coord today. But it rained. I didn’t let it stop me though.

I’m wearing F+F Enchanted Forest JSK and Diamond Honey Chiffon Blouse. Just using one of my old, less poofy petticoats. Going to try and lose some weight before trying to wear the Aurora and Ariel pettis out. No extra jewelry or wristcuffs because I’m just grocery shopping, and I was worried that the wristcuffs would just get wet.

I know I have a few dresses that I still need to wear before doubling back on older dresses, but I really like F+F dresses. They always fit well and are comfy and I don’t completely panic at the though of them getting rained on or anything.


First time wearing the new pair of Sosic Shop shoes. They have an ankle strap, but I didn’t like how they felt with these socks, so I just removed it. Like the other shoes, these are super comfy and easy to drive in.

Tried wearing the Red Maria head bow, but head bows feel over the top for casual looks. Luckily, the bow slides off the headband, so I attached a hair clip and wore it that way. HAH this is pretty awesome.

I tried a new hairstyle too.  Most of my hair is back in a ponytail, but left some hair back so I could loop it back and pin it there. I got the idea from Victorian era hair styles.  I guess it isn’t very visible in this picture.

Luckily, it didn’t rain the entire time I as running errands.

Now to be at home, drink tea and be lazy.  I’m nearly to the end of the first week of dieting by counting calories and restricting what I eat/smaller portions, so I am hungry all the time. It will be worth it to fit into cute clothes.

Angelic Pretty Laforet Grand Bazaar MELTDOWN

Guess how many special sets are going to be released. FUCKING ALL OF THEM.

Am I exaggerating? ONLY A LITTLE.

Luminous Sanctuary OP Special Sets in new colors.

Re-release of Freshly Picked Strawberries from 2013. CRAP I really like this. Will this come to US or the Japanese online store??? The Tiered JSK (upper right) and Normal Waist JSK (bottom left) are super damn cute and I want them both. This is the kind of strawberry print I have been looking for. ;_; I want pink and white.

Hallowee Treats Special OP is up. HEY I did not think red would be a color. They only previewed white, purple and black thus far. However, sack dress so I don’t care. But still, this print hasn’t been released yet.

LOOK AT ALL THESE DAMN SPECIAL SETS. On 7/27, we have Salon de Rose, Sweet Cream Princess and Chocolate Rosette. 7/28 will have Sweet Bakery. 7/29 will have and Milky Pony Carnival and Fancy Hospital (oh, Fancy Hospital is being re-released also but I don’t care). 7/30 has Cream Cookie Parade (THAT WAS RELEASED LAST WEEK DAMN AP). Finally, 7/31 ill have those Eternal Carnival Special sets again, Baked Sweets Parade and Creamy Cherry (but in RED so you can barely see the cherries ahaha what).

And NOW my FURY.

Rose Museum Lavender and True Rose Story Mint Special Sets, for HELLA CHEAP. Because they were UNPOPULAR. FUCK. I WANT THEM. I would have paid full Special Set price for them.

18 Special sets. EIGHTEEN. AP what the hell. And it is all In-Store only, and I am 1000% sure that Tenshi is going to be FLOODED so there is no hope. Not unless the Unpopular sets remain unpopular and things go online on their shop. In the case, I will spend money on things. ;__;

What should we call this fashion?

I am not entirely sure why lolita fashion is called lolita. This article from the F Yeah Lolita blog kind of explains the origins. In short, in the 1970s, there was a trend towards clothes nostalgic of Victorian era and earlier (think 1860s on the prairie) referred to as ‘natural kei’.  In the early 90s, this branched off into various styles, such as what we call ‘otome’ and the style we currently call ‘lolita’.  ‘Otome’ just means ‘maiden’ so that name is pretty obvious (even though the style that the west considers to be ‘otome’ is different from what the east considers to be ‘otome’).  In the 90s, mainstream culture seemed to romanticize the book and movies Lolita, and found parallels within Alice in Wonderland, specifically Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell (whom the story was based on).  Japanese lolitas ended up accepting the label by spelling it ‘ロリィタ’ (ro-ri-i-ta) instead of ‘ロリータ’ (ro-ri-ta with a long i), but online shops ended up using the second spelling anyway. So it was people outside of the fashion who named it, and it stuck.

Personally, I hate the connection between Nabakov’s book and the fashion.  I don’t want to be associated with it.  I don’t want to have to explain to curious people that no, we aren’t a bunch of perverts and it’s unrelated to the book but cannot quite put into words why it is called such, and then have them figure I am lying and we are all gross.  The blog post I cited says “If they cared that much about what sort of misconceptions strangers might have about them, they probably would have never ventured into the fashion in the first place. ”  To some extent, yes, I don’t care what strangers think of me when I am dressed up, but having to actually interact with them when they are asking questions and (silently?) judging me to my face is another story.  I just want to wear cute dresses and be left alone while shopping or hanging out with my friends.

Occasionally people will suggest alternative names, but it does not seem like any of them stick.  Some of the names are better than others.

Some people try to distinguish the fashion by calling it ‘Rorita’, which is just literally translating it from katakana.  Not a fan of this because it brings to mind people mocking the L/R pronunciation in Japanese language. Calling it ‘Gosu Rori’ and ‘Ama Rori” (literally Goth Loli and Sweet Loli) has the same issue.

‘EGL’ stands for “Elegant Gothic Lolita”, and was coined by Mana. When telling curious people the acronym, they probably won’t ask more questions. However, since it specifically refers to gothic (and some may even say it only would refer to Mana’s brand, Moi-Meme-Moite), I probably shouldn’t use it to describe sweet or classic styles.

A ‘Quaintrelle’  is a refined person who leads a life of passion, expressed through hobbies, personal style and charming past times.  Quaintrelle fashion seems to encompass various historical fashions, from Victorian inspired to 1920s flapper to pin-up style.  I suppose lolita fashion could fall under that umbrella, but all the vintage styles that also fall under the umbrella should not

‘Alice Kei’, or Alice Style, could work, except a lot of dresses are not specifically Alice in Wonderland inspired.  When I think of this term, I immediately think of old school style in pastel colors.

‘Alice Deco’ has the same issue of not necessarily being AiW themed, but this name makes me think of the extra cute sweet, pastel styles.

‘Otona Alice’ translates to “Grown-Up Alice”, and the (hopefully not dead) fashion magazine Eternita defines it as “women that always have an Alice living in their heart, or women that never want to forget their pure maiden heart.” I can envision this to be used for describing classic and mature-sweet styles.  This is not to be confused with ‘Otona’ fashion, which is the grown up mature variant of gyaru. I’ve read that they are using this term in Japan also, so maybe this will catch on…or not. But I like this one the most out of the different ones listed.

‘Otome Kei’ (in the west) is a toned down, less matchy and more casual variety of lolita fashion, but still not considered to be ‘casual Lolita’ (which is still matchy). It is more quirky and unlike lolita, it does not have set rules, and is more 50s and 60s inspired (but not as sexy as rockabilly or pinup).  However, in the East, they also have a fashion they call ‘Soft Lolita’ (thanks Misako, you are not helping with getting away from the word ‘lolita’) which is a vague approach to lolita, so it can incorporate otome kei and even larme. Misako claims that soft lolita is what you wear when you can’t wear full on lolita but still want to wear something to feel cute. So, even though there are claims that otome is dead (it’s not), there are still too many distinctions between it and standard lolita to be able to steal the name.

In summary, if I was in charge of renaming things:

  • Alice Kei – Old school Sweet Lolita
  • Alice Deco – Pastel Vomit Sweet Lolita
  • Otona Alice – Classic Lolita and Mature-Classic Lolita
  • EGL – what we currently call Gothic Lolita

I have no unique suggestions for old school Gothic Lolita or old school Classic Lolita (maybe that is just Natural Kei? But that might be a style of it’s own now…). And none of these names solve the problem of people assuming you are dressing up as Alice in Wonderland. ヽ(´ー`)┌ I guess I will go update tags now.

Angelic Pretty Mid-July Releases

tl;dr: Nothing I feel like spending money on but want to comment on anyway.

AP USA is releasing Cream Cookie Parade tomorrow. Actually, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Especially the pink colorway. Who am I kidding, I really only like the pink colorway. However, not enough to actually spend money on it.  It also seems like this print is something that would fit in otome fashion also. I think my favorite part of this print is the tea cups. I think I would buy a pastel print with tea cups and stuff on it.

AP Japan will release Milky Pony Carnival at noon, 7/21/17 Japan time, so actually just about an hour from now.  I like the JSK cut.  I like how it seems to be a throwback to older prints (which I missed out on because it was before I started seriously paying attention to lolita fashion), however others seem to think it’s AP making crappier versions of their old prints. ヽ(´ー`)┌ I don’t particularly like the print, but I don’t like any toys/carnival/etc theme anyway.  But more cuts like this with a print I do like would be worth spending money on.

I am always amused when AP USA and AP Japan have new releases on the same day (technically). It seems so exciting, even if I am not buying any of it.

 

Angelic Pretty Halloween Treats Preview

I love halloween, even though no one around me seems to care for it.  But it’s fun and candy related and I love candy.  This is the other Angelic Pretty print from the new scans of Melt that I like. I wonder if I can find a copy without having to pay stupid amounts of shipping.  There is a third print, Suyasuya Toys/Peaceful Sleeping Toys, which is another all over print, but I do not like toy prints, so not going to post about it at all.

This print is called Halloween Treats. It’s got an all over print of halloween treats on it, like candy and ghost marshmallows and coffins. And CATS.

Heck, why is it so cute. The little ghost bag is cute too.  The Angelic Bat beret is apparently already super popular, and from what I hear, shopping services are already taking orders for it (and the dresses too actually). o___o Surely they won’t actually release this print until late September/early October, right?? It is JULY.

Also commenting on how Larme-ish the model looks. I know it’s popular and all, but meh.

We have a sack cut and a jumperskirt, and it appears the three colorways are black, purple and white. I want pink. A pink colorway with the cute little cookies and candies on it would be SO DARLING. I would have to go for a pink JSK, but as it stands…eh maybe? ヽ(´ー`)┌

STILL waiting for re-re-re-releases of the lavender and pink Holy Lantern special sets…someday. AP USA has preorders for the normal Holy Lantern JSK (the zipper JSK ugh) and OP up right now, but only lavender (and the other usual colorways I guess) and no pink.

Melt scans from Lolita Updates FB/Mint Kismet FB.