Lazy times

This Saturday is Summer International Lolita Day, a holiday made up to dress up for fun.  Both local coms have planned to attend a Strawberry Festival in Independence (not sure if they both know….) and I was planning on attending.  That is why I went through all the trouble of making a strawberry fabric bag and cute little accessories.

However now, I am so exhausted from Paradiso and seeing friends and traveling the weekend before…I need a weekend where I can just be at home and get chores done. Pretty much, if I leave my house for long periods of time for two weekends in a row, I get too tired and want to hide from everyone, even my Mom. Also does not help that I have been sick for the last 10 days. (︶︹︺)

So right now, my options are either stay home and grocery shop and maybe go to the cute bakery that I love, or man up (woman up?) and just go anyway, and try to go at a time where I can see people from both groups. I haven’t decided yet. Right now, I am leaning towards the anti-social route but maybe on Friday, I will feel a lot better and want to do more.

Also, I have to go do family things in the middle of nowhere on Sunday.

AND pictures from Paradiso were posted online, including one of me, where I look like a slouchy potato-face.  I am not used to people wanting my picture so I have no idea how to pose. I was also trying to hide the bandages and red marks covering my arms. (。ノω\。)゚ Ugh I look awful.

Angelic Page Views

I have been blogging a long time. I had a Blogger for 5 years, deleted it, then had another one for a few years, deleted that. Had a beauty and makeup blog for a few years concurrent with the other ones. Also deleted. Have a 5 year old Tumblr account and several side blogs. The point is that for the most point, I don’t get many views or follows or anything. I probably just am boring, or do not tag things properly. ヽ(´ー`)┌ okay

I am pretty okay with that. I mean, not to say I wouldn’t welcome more views and followers, but also I am not in it for the e-fame. I just like to blog and post random thoughts on the internet. Maybe it will provide insight to future generations about how the 2010s were (I hope most of my internet usage from the 2000s is wiped…)

So I have/had a side tumblr blog where the idea was to post one picture a day. I have gotten lazy at this. But there was one post that was really damn popular.

Just scans of freaking Romantic Cat back when we only knew about the teal (actually mint) and periwinkle (actually lavender) colorways. I got over 200 likes! Woah!

On tumblr, it’s not difficult to get over 100k likes/reblogs though. But I am impressed with my 200. Hah.

And then I notice on this blog, I don’t get too many views (I do appreciate the ones I get), but when I do get them….ANGELIC PRETTY.

So clearly, to get more views on the internet, I need to talk about Angelic Pretty. Unfortunately the newest print, Fancy Hospital, is terribad. Well, okay, it is cute and not hideous and the cuts look like they could be comfy clothes but not worth paying THAT much money for, and I am not into menhara. So I don’t feel like talking about it.

Spring Lolita Update of the Week

No point in weekly updates if I am only ever inspired at random intervals.

Haenuli announced a the Royal Kitten in black, blue and green, and the Royal Puppy in black only. This is apparently a re-release of the Royal Kitten print from 2013, which had red, purple and grey colorways. That is from way before I was paying attention to any of this, so I thought this was a new print. Ha ha whoops.

Royal Puppers and Nyans. On one hand, not sure how I feel about it being so photo-realistic. I mean, everything is photo-realistic here. The cats, the crowns, the puppy, the frames, the flowers and random rabbits and deer. Not a huge fan of the colors either. I suppose I am more into pastels in general.

The pupper though. He’s so cute. Even with all the qualms I have about this print, and Haenuli dresses so far (the more recent releases are usually around $270 USD so a little less than Japanese brand but a lot more than Taobao brand, and also I have yet to see a cut I really love), I want the black puppy and the black kitty prints. ヽ(ー_ー )ノ  I really liked the print for The Story You Don’t Know, but I wasn’t a fan of either JSK cut (JSK I was too plain for the cost, and JSK2 had the pentagram halter straps that I am not a fan of, at least not for lolita fashion). I think I would be more excited for a nice lavender and/or pink colorway…We will just have to see what the dresses look like, and if they are different from the OP, JSK and skirt from 2013.

Metamorphose temps de fille (or just Meta) is a brand I have mostly ignored, because they only list one bust/waist measurement, so I have been paranoid that nothing would fit. I asked around, and apparently it is actually one of the most forgiving brands in terms of stretch. So just to wait for a release that I think is super cute…

Oh shit look at this. This is what I picture in my mind when I think of stereotypical sweet lolita (as opposed to the stuff I end up actually buying). I think I will eventually look for Bakery Cafe second hand.

Little Dipper JSK that is similar to an OP they released earlier.

Still waiting on my blouses from Little Dipper and Dear Celine (they were supposed to be shipped on the 12th to my shopping service but haven’t heard anything so far). However, whenever I look at the Little Dipper web shop, everything looks so comfy and soft. I would like to save up some money and get a bunch of basics from them, and that could be my theoretical daily lolita clothes.

Hunting Mushrooms Doll is a brand I have never heard of before, but they posted this release, Royal Irtysh Princess. Custom sized, but the big selling point is all those 3D hand sewn flowers.

This dress is crazy busy.

Is that lace supposed to connect there?

Moonlight Forest is BACK. Last April, these dresses were released and I decided to not buy them. Also, for some reason I though it was from Angel’s Heart. No, the actual name of this is Moonlight Forest (that is the brand) and the print is Fantasy Castle.

Ahhhh this was so damn cute, but the bust only goes up to 94cm which is why I didn’t get it. In addition to trying to be financially responsible. Ha. Although now, I wonder

Man, it was so pretty. It still is so pretty. I wanted the JSK in both colorways, but alas, didn’t happen. The print itself, the little star buttons, the overlays…

And now, as if I did not suffer enough last year, they are re-releasing the print! With new colorways! And new cuts!

AHHHH actually conflicted on this cut. Sure, it is only a drawing, but it looks longer and the overlay is longer too, which is nice. What I am less okay with are the bare shoulders and the v-line of lace.

AHHHH And also a Sailor style OP? I am not a huge fan of sailor style OPs for myself, but damnit this is cute.


The four colorways appear to be light blue, dark blue, lavender and dark purple. Last year, it was only light and dark blue. (ノ ̄д ̄)ノ But they’re all so damn cute. If I had bought the two JSKs last year, I’d still go buy more JSKs in the new colorways this year. But I won’t, because chances are, there is still a 94cm max bust and that just isn’t going to work for me.

Spring Picnic Event

My comm had a picnic today! Or rather, it was originally going to be a picnic, but ended up being a tea inside. The weather was originally supposed to be nice, then rainy, but ended up being nice after all.

Finally wearing my Cat’s Broom The Secret Garden Normal Waist JSK. I was worried it wouldn’t fit, and struggled with the zipper. But it fit. Also, I am trying out my new chiffon blouse from Taobao. It fits. It is super warm. Also part of my outfit are two petticoats (I need to stop buying dresses and invest in poofier ones), pink shoes and plain white tights. No wrist cuffs due to long sleeves. Wore my hair down with a flower veil headdress. It’s not shown here, but I though it worked out well.

Since I knew we would be outside, I took a parasol with me. Wasn’t sure if pink or white looked better. Technically, the pinks nor the whites match, but I ended up taking the white one today.

So the zipper was fine, but the shoulder straps of the dress kept slipping down. There are 3 button holes and I had it on the loosest one since I hoped it would help the dress fit better. This lead to the strap slipping, my arm reaching in a bad angle and popping off a button. What the hell?! This is the second time I’ve had to mend a Cat’s Broom dress. The button was originally sewn only into the lining. So while wearing the dress, I pretty much turned it around, sewed the button back on and reinforced the other button. Then tried to button up to the second hole.

The straps still kept falling down all day. What the heck/

There was a lot of food at the tea party.

It was pretty simple stuff, but super yummy.

A lot of people showed up, which was nice. Eventually we took a group picture, and I don’t look like complete trash so that is nice.  Talked a little about AP’s new prints and how people think the 2010-2012 era of Angelic Pretty was the best. ヽ(´ー`)┌ Also chiffon is not at all breathable.

Eventually, some of us went to the local shops. There is a British store there, which I have been to before and every time I go to this town, I buy tea there. Just Twinings, but I cannot find Earl Grey-Jasmine or Earl Grey-Lavender in stores in my city. Also, supporting small businesses, blah blah.

When we first got there, we lost everyone, since we drove to the shops in two groups. So my group was looking around for everyone else. A few random people helped up out by saying they saw similarly dressed people a block over (where we had started from, ha). That still makes me giggle a bit. We did eventually regroup and all was well.

Since we were a crowd of lolitas, there were comments from strangers. For the most part, people just said they liked out outfits. There was one group of hooligans who was saying something about “can we be princesses too?” but we all just walked by without responding.  After this, a few people were a little grumpy about how they’ll snap if one more person says something sassy. ⊙︿⊙ Did I miss all the other sassy remarks? The only other remotely sassy bit was some guy asked why we were dressed up, so I quickly responded with “For Easter”. It’s a good excuse, technically correct, and a few people (not me) had bunny themed outfits.  That shut them up, but I don’t think it was out of spite that they asked.

We went to a Japanese Garden to rest. It was pretty small, but a nice use of space in a mostly commercial area.

AND THERE WAS A BUNNY!~

Finally, we went and got drinks at a Boba Tea cafe. I just got regular tea, since I don’t like boba tea. After that, everyone went home.

Today’s meet was really fun, and I had a good time. I also feel like my outfit was pretty good too. I could probably do with some more accessories (a necklace, I think), and I just remembered that I was going to add some pink hair clips too but obviously forgot. Haha whoops. Didn’t have an appropriate bag today, but I’m not too beat up over it.

Still, home was an hour from where the meet was, so I was happy to get home and change back into normal, more breathable clothes. I just wanted to air things out, but the cat decided she needed to sleep on them instead. (ノ ̄д ̄)ノ So looks like I get to do more laundry tomorrow!

In the Midwest, weather ruins everything

Actually, not everything is ruined yet.

Tomorrow, we have a high of 71F, low of 32F. Friday (Nakakon day 1) will be a high of 48F and low of 29F…AND MAYBE SNOW. But not til late, so I’ll be home by then.

But Saturday? High of 41F, low of 29F and 70% chance of snow in the morning. The Final Fantasy concert starts at 11am so I plan on being there by 10am (last year, the lines were epic).

And then Sunday will be high of 47F and low of 34F, so not too awful.

I have been thinking about my shoe issue (before the weather issues popped up) and decided to switch the Saturday and Sunday outfits, so wear Rose Museum on Saturday and Mushroom Kingdom on Sunday to the Tea Party. There’s nothing on Saturday requiring a dress code (went to the Atelier Pierrot fashion show at Nakakon a few years ago, looked like a damn mess, and was let in anyway. That said, the show lasted a good 10 minutes after waiting forever and I was disappointed) so if I am wearing bow flats, whatever.

But now, knowing that the weather on Saturday will be crap, I don’t know what to do. I have a white cardigan I could use with Aquarium Carnival or Mushroom Kingdom in a pinch, but don’t really have any black or navy jackets that I could wear with the Blue Rose Museum long enough to get from car to inside. I suppose it doesn’t matter too much, since I plan on stuffing the jacket into my bag…

Alternatively, I am wondering if I should just say screw it and dress cute but non-lolita? But that isn’t any fun.

I’m going to continue checking the weather and hoping that the 70% chance of snow is actually just plain, boring rain. Meanwhile, there are SO MANY THINGS I want to buy.

Getting over my fear of Taobao was a mistake. (´・ω・`)

 

Conlitas and how to survive an Anime Con

Conlita: noun, someone who dresses up in lolita fashion only to go to anime conventions, comic book convention and/or Japanese culture festivals. Some claim this applies to people who only wear lolita to comm meetups, but that is contested.

This is what I started as, and unless I make an effort to dress in lolita fashion for other everyday, mundane events (like grocery shopping!), this is what I revert to being.

ヽ(´ー`)┌  I do aspire to be more than a conlita though.

Onto what I perceive to be the pros and cons of being a conlita.

Pro: Conlitas at a con blend in to the background of cosplay and other Japanese fashion enthusiasts, so less likely to stand out, which is a good thing for the timid.

Pro: Having a set deadline to get an outfit together means you will actively work to acquire good shoes/bags/blouses/accessories.

Con: The concentration of lolitas at a con (beyond specific lolita-themed events) is low so you may not give a crap about having the perfect (or even appropriate) shoes/bags/ blouses/accessories, so you get lazy in those aspects and it looks bad.

Pro: Save up all year for that dream dress!

Con: Is it really worth it to spend money on a dream dress to wear to just one con? You shouldn’t wear it to all the days in the con if you attend more than one day. Maybe it could be a challenge to coord it differently, but con funk is a real thing and your dress will smell weird on day 2…

Pro: You could probably get away with dressing as a lolita character and just call it cosplay if anyone calls you on it (but depending on the character, it might not actually be lolita so please just say you are cosplaying that character)

Con: People will ask what you are cosplaying as (as opposed to people on the streets asking what play you are in or if you are part of a cult…)

(눈‸눈) Writing it all out like this just makes me want to not be a conlita even more.

On to how I survive anime cons. Obviously not the end all and be all, since I regularly only attend one con, and I live in town so no need to bother with hotels. I also generally attend alone (tried to get the boyfriend to join me this year but he couldn’t afford it…he doesn’t even like anime though???)

Before the con, plan out what you will wear (if wearing lolita or any other jfashion), and make sure everything fits. Also make sure everything is clean and pressed. Have a budget for how much you plan on spending each day, and what you will do for food, whether you bring your own snacks or go out to a local restaurant or whatever. If the schedule comes out ahead of time, then pick out which events you want to attend, and buy tickets for ticketed event ahead of time. Print these out and be ready with them for the con.

During the con, make sure you stay hydrated! Ramune, soda and green tea from the snack stands are nice, but drink lots of water too. I usually bring a water bottle to refill at fountains.  Also, try to eat something healthy for lunch or dinner (or both if you can).   Don’t just eat pocky and bread all day. If the con is in a new location, then figure out where events will be held, so if there is a super popular autograph session, you can get in line early.  Bring a phone charger and a battery power pack (fully charged also!), or a spare battery. Also a good idea to bring a mini sewing kit just in case of a clothing emergency.

If there are large periods of time between events or panels, figure out what you will do- go eat or wander the vendor area? Can you meet up with people? Do you just want to find a quiet place to sit and relax for a moment? In the past, I’ve brought a journal and a coloring book so I can relax a little bit and plan on doing that again.

If it is a multi-day con, shower every night (or every morning, whatever) because you don’t want to add to the con funk. Don’t re-wear the same clothes everyday. If you only have one lolita outfit, save it for the lolita specific events or just whichever day you want. In regards to lolita, air out your petticoat at the end of the night if you have to wear it again the next day. If you are diligent, you can hand wash tights between wears and they should be dry by the next day, but it’s better to just have extras.

After the con, go home and eat something healthy. Relax and enjoy the new goodies you acquired and post pictures of things online if that is your kind of thing. 〜( ̄▽ ̄〜) Take a nap. Ponder if you want to go to the same con next year or not.

I’m pretty excited about the one I am going to this weekend, even though I looked at the schedule and there are maybe 4 things I am looking forward to at all. Seems like there just aren’t any anime-specific panels this year that I care about (unless they are during conflicting, more important things I want to do ha ha ha).

 

Life

This was going to go with the shopping post, but decided to separate it out instead.

The other day, my boss sat down with me for a good 10 minutes to try and discuss my future plans. T_T I wish I had been forewarned so I could bring more to the chat. First, if I am going to stay local, I could stay at school and teach for the fall (if someone else isn’t offered that job first) and then maybe one of the new incoming professors will want to hire me to help set up their labs. Actually, there are a few of them I would like to work for, so I would be open to that. Option 2 is get a postdoc at the local research institute. I have mixed feelings on this.

As far as I can remember, I have wanted to work at this institute, even as far as applying for undergrad summer positions, where I was rejected (and now, I see rightfully so cause I didn’t have any research experience). I tried to go to the grad school affiliated with them…and rejected. So I already expect to be rejected by this place, even though my boss says I should hold my head up high and be proud of my (very unpublished….) work, especially since I have hands-on experience with a model organism. u_u However, a professor from that place gave a talk here last year, and I am very interested in her work.

Actually, that professor and one of the potential professors here both study zebrafish, and use it in similar manners. I had lunch with them both also (even though they probably won’t remember me…), but from that experience, they seem like awesome mentors. That is exciting. Also, this place is super close and has a gym and is apparently a good place to work (but then again I have heard bad stories about particular labs there as well). There are a few other labs at the institute I might look into also, and also some other places in town too.  I am still keen on industry.

BUT. WHAT. IF. I. DO. WANT. TO. LEAVE??? I am exhausted taking care of my Mom, and if I stay in town, I just know that merely moving out will be a struggle because I will want to stay and take care of her. But I also need to move on with my life and live on my own (or rather, with my boyfriend). And I am also not confident that I will get a job in town either. Ha I need to try and remember my boss’s words about holding my head up high with my skills. ( ̄◇ ̄;)

There is a fly meeting coming up (ha ha I still need to make a poster too…please PCR gods stop jerking me around so I can finish the data I want to put on the poster!) so I need to go to my boss again and ask if he knows anyone who will be attending that he can introduce me to. And then on my own, poke around non-academia jobs as well. And get the damn CV done and start throwing it at people. ಠ◡ಠ