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.

 

 

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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.

post-poning Summer ILD

Woke up crabby this morning.  I have been sick the past week (just like last year…) and last year I managed to wear AP Romantic Cat to go buy pastries and half-assed my coord. This morning, I was crabby and started to put together a similar coord- again Romantic Cat and a pink blouse, and was going to do pink shoes and socks.  But Romantic Cat is really short- it may be the shortest dress I own.  It just did not look right with a petticoat and an underskirt. None of the pinks matched, which usually doesn’t bother me, but it did.

I took it all off and just put on normal clothes instead to run my weekly errands.

A lot of things are frustrating me right now. Our apartment feels too cramped. I’m in debt from the move which stresses me out.  I miss my cats back home.   Traffic here is stressful too and it makes me not want to drive anywhere, and there aren’t any nice places within walking distance, AND I am not confident enough to wear my nice clothes on public transport yet.

I will try again tomorrow, since technically Japan celebrates ILD on a Sunday (it just happens to be Saturday here because of how time zones work out).  I want to do more than just sit in my apartment in a dress though, and I don’t really foresee that working out since I can’t afford to go do anything fun.

Tiny bits of hope for brand and late Spring AP releases

Checked AP USA and AP-Japan online shops, and behold, Banquet Celeste and Sweet Lacy Basket JSKs are still for sale! And they have not gone ON sale yet because there are still some around.  So there is still hope for me to actually buy them, althought maybe not in my first choice colorways, but I can live with that.

I have mostly ignored the other releases recently, but let’s go through them anyway. It also appears that AP USA is releasing things the same weekend as in Japan, so there is not a nice buffer period anymore.

I last talked about Space Lollipop, so the releases since then have been  Wonder Patisserie, Doll’s Tea Party, Vintage Marine, Unicorn Mermaid and now Toy Doll Box. I will comment on if things sold out also, because that is a measure of how popular it actually was.

I swear there was a cake dress last year, and it was not very popular. Wonder Patisserie was released 4/21 and only one of the JSKs is sold out online.  I see themes of Alice in Wonderland and cake. It must go in with Wonder Queen and the other Alice-themed print with Wonder in the name from the past 2 years.  Also, I hate the bodice of the JSK.

Doll’s Tea Party was released 4/28.  Kira Imai prints are usually popular as heck, and this one is not an exception. This one features these ugly face bears, and sold out except in Black in Japan.  A few of the other colorways are available as OPs on APUSA, but this was fairly popular. They would have sold out 100% if that black colorway was pastel blue. The lavender colorway looks grey here, but they swear it is lavender.  It’s an all over print, which seems to be kind of popular this year.  The JSK cut is simple and really nice, and I would have bought this JSK if I liked the print.

Unicorn Mermaid features actual unicorns and under the sea themes, but no actual mermaids.  Plus, more crosses that AP is so fond of shoehorning into prints for no damn reason.  But I love the name, and the JSK cut is super cute. If Doll’s Tea Party feels otome to me, this this feels larme to me.  This was released 5/19, and only the navy blue JSK colorway sold out, so not super popular. But I like it, which continues the trend of me liking things that other people hate.

Toy Doll Box was released yesterday! And I hate it because it is the sugar vomit type of AP that people love and I am just not a fan of. But plenty of people like this print, as it sold out the JSK and salopette in both Japan and the US! The JSK cut is actually quite nice, and the scalloped hem at the bottom is also cute. The OP did not completely sell out anywhere, which is interesting.  I bet there will be a Special Set or an MTO of this print.

Not gonna comment on Vintage Marine, because marine prints are so boring to me, but it exists.  A quick look on APUSA indicates that the print wasn’t too popular as everything is still available. There was also a non-print variant of this released at the same time, Tradition Marine, with different cuts but the same theme of “marine”, and it did better.

I think AP is getting to the end of the prints previewed at the beginning of this year, so there will probably be a fashion show to show off more prints! We have not seen a cat print yet, or the yearly fall rose print, so I expect that at least.

May Adventures

This is my third weekend in Portland. First two weekends, I was still moving stuff in and being drop-dead exhausted and trying to find grocery stores that I liked.

Finally getting dressed up again has brought many things to my attention. For example, when I wear lolita and then have to go prepare food, I would wear my Pusheen apron. I left it back at my Mom’s house. Also, where the heck did I put all of my jewelry? I packed it, and I remember seeing it once here and unpacking. But did I pack it up again? Which box did I put it in?

Anyway, today I wore a Little Dipper half blouse, Cat’s Broom The Secret Garden High Waist JSK, lace socks, pink heels from Amazon, and two petticoats- one being The Black Ribbon petticoat I got last Christmas. The other was just a lame one from Amazon, however pictured above is JUST TBR petticoat. It is a somewhat incomplete outfit, since no jewelry or wrist accessories, and I am not happy with how my hair looked. I really should just wear it down, but we were grocery shopping today. I wore both petticoats out grocery shopping, then came home and removed one of them and then took coord pictures.  I also feel unsure about ankle socks every time I wear them, but I think this turned out okay.

However, I felt like I could fit into a JSK a bit better than before. Also, I seem to be attracted to this particular dress whenever I am about to do something new.   My boyfriend graciously took pictures of me today, which is why I have actual full coord pictures.  I am hopefully going to get a full length mirror soon so I don’t have to bug him to do this, but the pictures I ended up posting here and on my instagram looked really good. He caught a few natural looking poses, unlike the usual stiff and awkward ones that get taken when I ask people to take my picture. I am really grateful for him. ❤

I am starting to feel a cold coming on, which may be tradition for me now in late May. So I got some cup noodles because warm soup is good for colds. Chicken tortilla flavor, so it was supposed to be spicy but I am not buying it! Right now, I am already feeling better so maybe I am cured. Hah. Fluid and rest is the answer.

Today’s mission was to go investigate a stationary shop called Little Otsu, in the Richmond neighborhood. It wasn’t too hard to get to, but parking sucked. That is a theme of bigger cities, so not too surprising.  It has lots of notebooks that come in plain, lined, grid and dot grid. Dot grid is the hot new thing, and I really like it. They carry the MD Midori A5 grid notebooks, which are pretty sweet notebooks.  They also have the Stalogy 018 365 days notebook, which I have heard is like a poor man’s hobonichi.  For 2019, I want to do a one page a day scrapbook-type diary, which I have seen other bloggers do and it is really cute.  I can get them online, but it is always so nice to see things in person before buying it.

The other half of the mission was to go to a bakery!

We then went to St. Honoré Boulangerie, which is a French bakery with several locations.  This one was right down the street, and was very cute.  We just got a few pastries to go, which we ate once we got home. Shown above are a strawberry mille feuille, and a limited edition caramel chocolate St Honoré (it’s a pastry covered in chocolate mousse, caramel whip cream and tiny chocolate choux also filled with chocolate cream). It was delicious!

Next weekend is Summer ILD, so I will think of something fun to do and get dressed up for. Maybe go find another bakery to get treats from.

Life and such updates

Twas the night before Paradiso, and all through the house, not a single soul stirring, cause no one still in my house in Kansas City gives a shit and I am two time zones away.  I knew this was going to happen, so no point in being salty that I can’t go, but sometimes you can’t help but be jealous cause you wanna go tooo but caaaan’t.

So this weekend, I am going to dress up myself and explore Portland somewhat.  Even if it just means going to new shops and then eating pastries.  I haven’t worn any of my lolita clothes since the end of March, so I really need to get back into the swing of things. And then next weekend is Summer ILD, so I definitely need to do something fun for that.  I remember last year, I was so exhausted from Paradiso and getting over being sick that I really did not put much effort into my Summer ILD outfit.

Also, found out today that the earliest we would be moving again is November, and it is more likely to be January or February, which is good news! There is a tea festival here in July, and an anime festival in October.  I CAN GO TO THESE THINGS NOW.  Also, since we have more time here, there will be more time to save up for moving again and also for maybe buying things. (╯✧▽✧)╯ I am still waiting on two dresses though.  It is now officially 65 days since I ordered my Don’t Eat Bunny dress from Soufflesong (March 20th, 2018, for reference). The order I made after that has already arrived.

“This item is made to order. Usually, we will ship the goods within 60 working days after receiving clear payment. Your patience would be highly appreciated.”

o__o What’s the hold up? Do the 60 days not count weekends? It will probably ship soon, so I should be patient.

OH this also means I don’t have to worry at all about my Fire dress delivery either! Yay~