Lolita Black Friday Sales

I am torn between buying anime merchandise (NENDOROIDS), random cosmetic and skincare items, or clothes for Black Friday.  Last year, I bought parasols and blouses.  I am still undecided and a little bit preoccupied, but here are some of the Black Friday sales I have seen posted so far.

Not really expecting brands to do anything, since Black Friday is an American thing.

The Black Ribbon will have free shipping until 11/29/17 with coupon code THANKFUL17, but nothing ships until after the 30th.

Soufflesong has a weekly sale on some dresses that would be nice for Christmas, except I don’t like the ones on sale. Don’t Eat Bunny or Sweet Deer go on sale when?

Anna House is having a sale from 11/20 to 1/19 where you get a 40% discount if you spend over $200 using code likesevent, and free gifts if you spend over $300, $400 and $500, or one of their dresses.

Lady Sloth is having a sale where it is 20% off blouses, underskirts and casual dresses. That is pretty sweet! I’ve been wanting to buy some things from this shop in the past so maybe this is a good chance.

Lolita Collective is doing a pop-up shop next month, but no mention of a Black Friday sale yet. Last year, they really hyped it up.

UPDATES 11/22/17:

Cotton Candy Feet has a deal where if you buy 3 pairs of shoes, you get a bag for free! A nice bag!

Baby the Stars Shine Bright SF is having a sale also! 15% for 2 items or 20% off for 3 items in store, or 15% off online items. Some restrictions apply (as always). Also, there are some limited sets but no lucky packs.

Puvithel is having a variety of lucky packs also.

UPDATE 11/23/17:

Yo Lolita Collective is having a Black Friday sale after all! 25% off stuff! Announced only 2 hours before it starts 😀

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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.

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.

Soufflesong Weekly Sale – Wishing Star Series

There have been several sales in the past few weeks, but I have ignored them because I didn’t care for those prints. But this week, from today until October 2nd, the Wishing Star series is for sale!


JSK has corset lacing in the front.


JSK2 is kind of tiered.

This is one of those somewhat generic sparkly starry print dresses that other brands like V-Castle and Shimotsuki Sakuya have very similar versions of.

I love these. I want one in navy and one in black and I think I once saw a version in red.

Depending on many things (paying off bills and saving a little extra and how I feel), I may buy one of these dresses. I kind of like the second one better, so I would get it in navy.  I already have lots of navy accessories. Second choice would be black. This dress also comes in white, but it seems too…wedding-y.  I don’t think I could ever do shiro style because of that. ~(=^‥^)/

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.

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.