Banquet Celeste and Fairy Rose Princess is kill

Here I am, calling this print The Sky Banquet all this time, when apparently Angelic Pretty has decided to translate it as Banquet Celeste.

I mean, AP Paris has it listed as Banquet Celeste, but that is approximately French for Sky Banquet, so…why? I like The Sky Banquet better as a name.

ANYWAY it goes up for sale TODAY at 12pm PST, 2pm CST. And I still have no money.

But more importantly, when you go to AP USA’s site and click on the links for Fairy Rose Princess, as well as some of the sale links, they all send you to a “you are not authorized to view this page” message, so I think Fairy Rose is finally going on sale today. ;__; The Special Set is already on sale for $210 now, which is a much better price than $300. But I am pretty sure that if there is any Fairy Rose Princess stuff left, it will go up for sale today.

( ̄^ ̄)ゞ

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Donut Meetup and shenanigans

On Sunday, there was a donut meetup I went to.

Proper coord was AP Aquarium Carnival Special Set OP, a white flower lace cardigan from Target, Sosic Shop shoes, white tights, and an underskirt from Fanplusfriend.  I like the idea of underskirts, but they always end up looking oddly uneven. I have also found that the poofier I try, the shorter the skirt ends up being (this makes perfect sense if you think about it), so I am going to need to acquire MANY more underskirts.  Right now, I have this blue one, a pink one and a white one.  But looking back at this, I don’t think the silhouette looks the way I want.

I save all my coords by year using the collection function on Instagram, and noticed that when I wore this OP last (Nakakon 2017), I also coorded it with this damn cardigan.  It’s for the best, since the sleeves feel a little tight.

None of my selfies looked any good either. I tried the headbow, and I think I may be defeated as far as headbows go. I ended up putting my hair into little bear-ear buns and clipping in a ton of bow clips. Another thing to add to my next taobao order.

Sunday mornings are traditionally the day I take my Mom to go buy her groceries.  I did not have time to wear normal clothes, come home, and then get ready for the meet up, so I dressed down my OP to go grocery shopping! I would have worn a proper coord if I was shopping alone, but Mom wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t want the extra stress of my outfit PLUS dealing with her. So this is without the petticoat or underskirt, and fewer hair clips. I also buttoned up the cardigan to cover the front bow.  Is this that soft lolita variant that Misako Aoki talks about sometimes?? (⌒▽⌒);;

Parking sucked at the Donut Meet, but I knew this going in due to the part of town we were in, and also noon on a Sunday is prime brunch time.  We went to a specialized donut shop/bar where they have a variety of different donut flavors, and also many that are vegan or gluten free.  This is actually the same shop I went to for a donut meetup last year, but it was with a different group of people.  I got a very basic long donut with sparkly sprinkles on it…the same one I got last time (I just checked my post from last July).  Ha, I usually like to try new things but I guess I am easily drawn in by the appeal of sparkly donuts.  There was a listing for a Boston Cream Pie donut, but they were sold out.

There was a great turn out for the meetup, which was great! However, the donut shop is very small and doesn’t have much seating (plus they were already busy), so the tables were cramped and I felt pretty anxious.  It’s also difficult to hear all the conversations when sitting in a row.  One of my friends then texted me about some plans we had made for that afternoon, so I decided to leave a little early. We got our group pictures taken (had to get it from someone’s Instagram though…) and then I went home.

I was planning on wearing my super toned down version to go see my other friends (a first! They haven’t seen me wear lolita in person yet!) but then I noticed my leg was all bloody. ಠ▃ಠ Okay it wasn’t too bad, but I had to wash the tights immediately to get the stain out.  Somewhere I hit my knee and it actually bled…I’m glad I didn’t get it on my dress.

So I changed into jeans and went to see my other friends, and thus concludes the donut meetup report. I guess everyone else went to the local art musuem and took more pictures.  From their pictures, it looks like they had a great time.

Here is a bonus picture of my cat, trying to cuddle with my shoes. This is even before I wore them out. She is so strange.

Angelic Pretty The Sky Banquet Release

AP IS RELEASING 4 SPECIAL SETS I WANT AND ALSO SKY BANQUET WHICH I ALSO WANT, ALL THIS WEEKEND/NEXT FEW DAYS. Why is AP trying to BREAK MY HEART INTO 5 MILLION PIECES.

Actually, I knew this would be released about now, but the trauma of all those special sets slipping away and now this release.

Colorways I like: ALL OF THEM. But if we have to rank them, then it goes lavender > pink (predicting it will be the last colorway to sell out) > mint (I bet mint will be popular) > wine.  It’s so nice and springy and cute! Though I would probably buy the wine rather than mint, but the mint looks cute…just not on me.  I will probably end up with the pink if it turns out to be a bloodbath.

I love everything about this, except I am wary of how the white lace on the body cuts right across the chest.  Are boobs supposed to go above or below the white ruffle? Is that physiologically possible? It seems like every AP JSK I like falls in the realm of 97/98cm bust max and 80cm waist max, so I am quite sure that this JSK will be about the same.

I wish there was a floral headdress instead of a bonnet and a headbow. I don’t do bonnets, and I am starting to dislike headbows.  I am surprised they did not use a feather decoration or motif on either headpiece, or a little crown that looks like the birdcages. Not that I would wear a mini crown, those are pretty passé, but if AP was going to go with a wacky headpiece, this would be their chance.  When I eventually get this dress (someday…), I won’t bother with the headband at all.  I like floral headbands better.

A detail I missed before…BIRDS. That is where the SKY part of the print comes from. We have clouds and bird cages and birds and roses and suffering on my part. And the wings on the sides of the little birdcage images.

Unless I get an email back tomorrow saying that I have a post doc, I am not buying this dress. I can only hope that people don’t like it so I can grab it on sale later this year. Or I may have to wait for it to come up second hand, but that is a whole barrel of monkies I don’t really want to deal with.

(・ε・` ) That’s not too vicious of me, is it? Meanwhile, Fairy Rose Princess STILL isn’t on sale…ivory is sold out in Japan (or rather, they would need to check the in-store stocks) and wine is sold out on AP USA, and I feel it slipping away. I though they would be part of the winter sale, but I guess thinking back, Rose Museum was a 2016 fall/winter release and I didn’t buy it until the beginning of February, so maybe there is yet another Winter Sale to go.  If I had to pick, I think I like Sky Banquet better than Fairy Rose Princess, but I’ve seen pictures of Fairy Rose worn and I really want it. Partially so I can long distance twin with lolitas who are more stylish than me. (・ε・` ) ;;;;

Anyway, AP Japan is getting this on 1/27/2018, so US Central time, that is the night of 1/26. TOMORROW. Prepare yourselves!  AP USA will probably get this print in the next 2-3 weeks.

 

Innocent World White and Brown Rabbit Series

AHHH I LOVE IT. Special Members can order it starting Friday 1/19, and for everyone else, it starts next Friday, 1/26

High waist cut is 298000yen. L size has a of bust 89-102cm and waist 74-90cm, and is 87cm long.  The model here is definitely using an underskirt, which would be required for me with such a short dress.

Bustle cut (Bucky Skirt, as Google Translate is calling it), is 29800yen.  I think she is also using an underskirt. Why not just make the skirts longer in general? I wonder what underskirt the model is wearing. Chances are it would not fit me anyway though >_>;; I need a good underskirt.

L size has a bust of 89-102cm and waist of 68-85cm, 92cm long, so a little longer than the high waist cut. Still pretty short for someone who is 5’7”.

Finally, the Waist Ribbon JSK is 29000yen.  M and L both have a bust of 84-112cm and waist measurement of 64-100cm, but the L is for LONG and is 107cm instead of 92cm long! No underskirt required for the long version!

Here is the long version.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH. (╯°Д°)╯︵/(.□ . \) I want all 3 cut (all 3 cuts would fit me just fine!) and I want all 3 colors. I think I want the Ribbon Waist Long version in pink, then the bustle skirt cut in lavender, and the high waist cut in blue. And I think I would want to get them in that order. Mostly because I will need to get a nice underskirt for two of those cuts.

It’s just so cute and beautiful and I need to learn to order from Innocent World now.

 

Angelic Pretty 2018 Spring and Summer Previews (more!)

More previews of the new 2018 prints, from the Tea Party back in December.

Sky Banquet still looks SO nice. I want the JSK. That hat looks ridiculous though. I can’t remember what all the colorways are, but there are mint and lavender shown here, probably a pink, and I think red? I bet mint and lavender will be the popular colorways. I really like the lavender shown here.  Anyway, assuming the order here is somewhat similar to the actual release dates, Sky Banquet will be released later this month or sometime next month, which means there is no hope of me getting it. Maybe it will be unpopular like Fairy Rose and will go on sale. Though the AP Japan Winter Sale actually started on 1/13/18 (last night at 9pm for me…hehe I didn’t even notice) and Fairy Rose STILL isn’t on sale. ಠ_ಠ Well okay then.

The Wonder Patisserie JSK appears to have an odd bodice, but the OP is cute and I think a lot of people will like the little apron it has. Probably not included though. I am interested in that grey colorway, since grey doesn’t happen too often.

Sugar Candy Shop reminds me of older AP prints, and I think it will be popular with people who miss the good old days of AP. But what the heck is that melty apron on the JSK? Why? The skirt of both cuts is really nice though, and I almost want it because of that.

Doll’s Tea Party release will be insane, because Kira Imai. Fresh Cherry looks kind of cute, but I don’t really like the JSK that much. Maybe it’s just the black colorway, because it looks too sexy to me.

Dessert Berry looks adorable! I want the pink, and whatever cut the left image is. I think it is the OP because it has sleeves, but the right image looks way fancier so I wonder if both cuts will have some variety of sleeves? I don’t like the mini apron the right cut has. And once again, there is a red colorway, but I can see the berries a bit better compared to the red colorway of Ribbon Berry Bunny.

Honestly, I am not able to make out too much detail from any of these prints. Fantastic Horoscope and Space Lollipop both seem to have prints that appear somewhat subdued, but maybe because I am focusing on the ones with periwinkle/lavender colorways and the print seems to include very similar colors. However, I like both JSK cuts! They are cute, and I actually like the subdued nature of the prints! This is a surprise, because I was expecting super bright pastel something.

Unicorn Mermaid continues to baffle me. I see unicorns and crosses (AP loves cross motifs) but still no idea where the mermaid part fits in.

Finally, the one I am super excited for, Sweet Lacy Basket! That JSK cut is great! I hope that I am employed when it comes out this summer so I can buy it…in pink. I really like it. The little wicker basket is super cute too. I wonder if they are going to sell that.

And then here is a nice group picture of the models.

There are also the Exclusice Couture Dresses, which I don’t know if people actually buy these or what. They are ridiculously OTT.

Happy Bunny Party – I don’t even know what to say about this.

Wonder Patisserie Queen – I like the detail on the skirt that looks like frosting. Also, the cake on her head is a nice touch.

Space Lollipop Fantasy – The cut of this dress is actually nicer than the simpler cuts. The little star side-bustle thing is neat. I feel like people would actually buy this.

Brilliant Jewelry – Why those striped ribbons?

??? Holy Dress that RinRin is wearing – I am just confused by this.

Extra Fancy Holy Lacy Basket – The bodice is hidden here by the bouquet of flowers, but the skirt looks really good. Why NOT do a longer JSK/OP with a longer skirt as a third cut?

Flower Shower – It’s like someone sewed tulle poofs to it and called it a day. The more I look at it, the more I hate it. Are those ankle cuffs? Also made of tulle poof balls?

Melody Dress – WHAT THE FUCK ARE THOOOOOOSE?? Meaning the leg warmers. No one does leg warmers. Leg warmers never looked good. Is AP trolling? I think they are trolling.

 

Dramatic Princess – Is that a long sack dress? I can see this selling if it was a more standard lenght actually.

Victoria Dress – This is just slightly more OTT than some of their existing OPs, and is longer.

Something Starlight Angel Dress – clearly a wedding dress. Seems completely appropriate.

As I clearly do not understand couture, these dresses just confuse me. I am aware that couture dresses for fashion shows don’t necessarily exist for people to actually wear them, but more as showing off art. It mostly just befuddles me though. This is what I get for not paying attention in art history classes, hah.

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 😀

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.