Angelic Pretty Laforet Private Party

aka the Cherry theme event. There is a Creamy Cherry Special Set that I would care about if I liked the print better, and many cute cherry accessories. But that is not why we are here.


It’s a jumperskirt and probably not a hugely different cut from the other special set that I already have. BUT MINT. I don’t own any mint things yet. But that looks SO CUTE. Mint was not one of the original colorways (it was dark pink, red, black and blue). I didn’t think True Rose Story was even a hugely popular print, although I ended up liking it a lot more once I got it in person.

Since it is a Laforet Sale, this means it won’t be online at all so my only hope is maybe secondhand. Unless the mint is wildly unpopular and they do put it online eventually.

ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ But that is so cute. Times like this, I wish I lived in Japan so I could have even an inkling’s possibility of buying this dress.

Also, another(?) Chocolate Rosette Special Set, but no preview picture. Maybe one will pop up, but I’m not really interested in that print anyway.

UPDATE (6/2/2017): They released more pictures of things, but the only thing I care about is this:

I want it so badly. ;__;

Paradiso 2017 day 2 and final thoughts

Day 2 was the Tea Party, the Coordinate Contest and Q&A with Hello Batty.

First, here is my outfit.

Angelic Pretty Romantic Cat, which fit me about as well as expected. Didn’t realize there was a zipper until I got it on, but the zipper is required to take the dress off. Also needed an underskirt or else it would be way too short, but my pink F+F underskirt matches well enough. Wore it with one of my new Diamond Honey chiffon blouses, Cat’s Broom headpiece (which someone wanted a detail shot of?!?!?! That is…uh…okay?), tights and Sosic Shop shoes.

Lots of people recognized the print and were excited. That is what happens when you wear newly released AP, I suppose.

Holy hell, these are the best shoes in my entire life. They are even Kitty-approved. But seriously, when I put them on this morning, they were SO COMFORTABLE. My Amazon shoes pinch a little bit and are sore after a few hours, even the ones I wore yesterday. But these…oh my goodness, I could wear them all day. I could walk in them for long distances. I CAN DRIVE IN THEM. Probably cause the heel is so low, but OMG. Sosic Shop is going to get so many shoe orders from me once I am able to buy shoes again.

Face detail.

Tea was at the Webster House, a historical old home that has been converted to antique shop/restaurant. It is very pretty inside. As a restaurant, it is an upscale place. Not sure what their catering menu is, since their site says they custom design it to your event.

The shops are downstairs and the restaurant is upstairs.

There are even comfy places to rest in the bathroom. You want a fancy bathroom where the stalls are individual rooms without space for creeps to peek in? Webster House has it. It’s great.

So the first thing I noticed when we got to our tables was the tea.

Harney and Sons! That’s great tea! Still bagged tea, so not quite as fancy as Anna Marie’s loose leaf, but I will gladly take this, considering you have to account for the tastes of a wide variety of people. This is so much better than the Bigelow at the Nakakon Tea Party or last year’s Paradiso.

A tea party without enough hot water is awful. However, there were servers who regularly replaced the hot water for us, without us asking. They would come and check on the water. Also, if you got up and left your napkin in your seat, one would come over and fold it nicely for you. I couldn’t believe my eyes; that just seems so over-the-top fancy.  There were also sugar cubes, but didn’t see any lemon or milk. I imagine if someone really wanted some, they could have asked.

The food was delicious. When I first got up to the buffet, I was worried that the food was almost gone (I waited to get food after other people had), but then servers came back and refilled the buffet. SEVERAL TIMES. So the savory foods were bruschetta with basil and tomato, cucumber with herb cheese, toasted brioche with salmon, hollandaise and dill. The sweets were a dark chocolate strawberry, mini eclair, tiny lemon tart and mini cupcakes (strawberry chantilly, lemon raspberry and mocha).  And there was enough for seconds, or thirds.  IT WAS AMAZING. Didn’t like the mocha cupcake, but that’s just because I don’t like coffee.

Even if we end the Tea Party here, then I would give this a 10/10. I can’t find how much the individual day tickets cost anymore.  Early bird price was $35 per day, or $60 for both days (which I did) and I think Day 1 individual was $40. VIP was $75 for both days early bird or $50 for Day 1 (no special VIP benefits for Day 2), and unsure how much it went up.  But if all you wanted to do was go to the Day 2 Tea Party, $35 is a STEAL. Anne Marie’s Tea was around $30 for me, and you get one platter of food and all the tea you could want, but better quality tea. For this event, you get so much food and tea and water.  All of the hiccups from Day 1 (loli basement, lack of chairs, terribad lighting for photography) were not issues on Day 2. The Day 1 event still needs some kinks to be worked out, but if Paradiso makes Day 2 the Tea Party at the Webster House a regular event, it would be pretty damn awesome.  And I imagine people who just want the Tea Party or though the Day 1 experience was lame would be willing to go for Day 2 in the future.

But the there was also a Q&A with Hello Batty, a lolita fashion blogger from Arizona and the Coordinate Contest. I missed the end of the Q&A and the entire contest (which ended up just being her declaring the coord she liked the best) because I had to go find an isolated place to cough a lung up.  After that, the organizers tried to take some group shots of us, so we all squeezed onto some stairs.  I went home shortly after that.

So to review the entire event, compared to last year.

Fashion Show – more designers present, but some things were very much not lolita. Also the photography that has been posted so far stinks because we were in a basement. Last year’s fashion show had fewer models, but the lighting was great. As for how good the coords were this year vs last year…I recall thinking some last year were kind of wonky but at least everyone had a petticoat.

Food – Day 1 food was pretty sad but I was not expecting much. Day 2 food was amazing. This was a huge improve.

Tea – 1000% better.

Location – both locations had close, although paid parking. Hotel Phillips is pretty, but we were in a basement.  WHY. WHY A BASEMENT.  They have other event spaces.  The Webster House is amazing and I hope the event can go back/I hope no one did anything to piss off management.

Vendors – Lolita Collective is always great. Papercute is great. Teal is great.  Didn’t care for anything from Wunderwelt but that’s not their fault. The other vendors didn’t interest me too much but nothing wrong with that.  One vendor never showed up, so nothing to comment on that. However, it was dark, and the racks for LC and Wunderwelt were shoved into corners because WE WERE IN A BASEMENT.

Ouji Pageant – this was hilarious. I don’t know much about what makes a good vs a bad ouji outfit, and one prince was definitely EGA and not ouji, but it was funny and I hope this occurs again.   Last year, the special event was going to an art museum (a FREE one, by the way), which was nice, but also not really special.

Event Guests – ヽ(´ー`)┌  There were 3 guests this year compared to 1 guest last year, but it seemed like they mostly stuck to the people they already knew.  Maybe I am just too anti-social and shy to go talk to them myself so I am biased. Guests aren’t really something that would draw me to an event, unless it was someone REALLY famous (and thus not gonna happen, most likely).

I think this year definitely improved compared to last year in all aspects, aside from location. I didn’t even like the location last year, but BASEMENT. If they were going to do something like a gothic lolita themed tea, it might work better. But for a general lolita event where people want to take pictures and browse through dress racks, you need a larger room and GOOD LIGHTING.  Also, it was nice that you could attend either of the days and not necessarily both. I hope they keep that model.

Overall, I had a good weekend, made new friends and didn’t die. Still no idea what was in the VIP goodie bags, but I think that if I attend next year (if I am in the area…), I would probably give VIP another shot. At least so I can have a damn chair.

Paradiso Outfit Planning

I might still look ita-as-heck, but I will at least look better than last year. I am also quite ill right now, so I am doing everything in my power to get better before this weekend.

Outfit 1 is Krad Lanrete Beauty and the Beast JSK with a blouse, tights, shoes and the headpiece.  Either will wear the cream Little Dipper blouse or the white Soufflesong blouse.  In this picture, it doesn’t look too different, however in person, the cream looks better with this dress. However, my boring basic white tights are still white, so that’s not great.

Shoes don’t match as well as I would like, but it appears that the “pink” of this dress is very cool, almost purple. But it’s pink, I swear to god. Considering the gold accents in the dress itself, maybe a pair of gold shoes would work better. Yet another dress I could wear gold shoes with…it must be a sign.

This is kind of gross, but I have a weird rash on one wrist (reminds me of poison ivy actually, but it can’t be cause otherwise I would have a worse reaction by now. Maybe a weird bug bite?) and cat scratches on the other (had a disagreement with a cat and lost), which is why I am considering the princess sleeve blouse at all. Maybe by this weekend, the scratches will fade enough. I just don’t want to be gross. (´ж`;)

Outfit 2 is Romantic Cat. I have it with a short sleeve blouse here, but may switch to a longer sleeve blouse depending on how I feel/scars/etc.  Also going to use the Cat’s Broom headpiece, and my new Sosic Shop shoes. Also, considering how short the dress is, I may wear a white underskirt. Or maybe the pink one. I guess I do have options. I have wristcuffs shown here, but also I think I will wear the pink and white bracelet I got at the Nakakon Tea Party, because it is cute and it might just work.

Also, the ribbons on the straps of Romantic Cat match NOTHING ELSE on the dress. What the heck AP, I don’t need your help in being unable to match pinks.

At the moment, I am thinking I will wear B&TB on Saturday and Romantic Cat on Sunday, but I may change my mind.  Both of these outfits seem pretty plain to me, but I guess I am just a plain person.

Didn’t really save up to make any major purchases this year.  If I can find some white tights that are patterned a little (like lace tights or with a subtle pattern) or some lace ankle socks, then I think I will be happy. I still don’t have a bag that really goes with any coord, so I’ll look out for any second hand bags as well. There were some Evil Live bags last year, but they were expensive AND wouldn’t match anything (but they were cool looking).  Will also look for other accessories as well.

And now back to drinking as much tea as possible and hoping the cold meds that expired a year ago still work a little bit. 〜( ̄▽ ̄〜) I would rather not be eating throat lozenges the entire weekend.

Spring Tea Party Meet

Today was my group’s spring birthdays meet, which was at Anna Marie’s Tea House, which is associated with a tea shop of the same name. They have very good tea, and I first got to try it at the tea festival I went to last year.  They host tea parties regularly and also do private events.

I am still curious as to find out if anyone actually has a spring birthday. Oh well. Good excuse to dress up and drink tea in public regardless.

I feel like I am definitely getting better at this. I do need better tights, and am working on it (even if it means buying tights and having to convert them somehow). I was also thinking of how I ought to describe my style. I feel like it is sweet lolita, but not the over the top uguu-kawaii type, so maybe classic-sweet lolita?

So Rose Museum JSK is extra comfy. Fits well, even though I feel like the bodice is a little short. This might just be tall person problems.

Here is a selfie to give a slightly better example of hair and headbow styling.   My face is not always an alpaca, but it is here.

At the tea party, we had the CUTEST tea. The tea cups were cute, and we were served a sample of white champagne raspberry tea to go along with a mini fruit bowl. Then so many snacks. Cucumber sandwiches and a red pepper sandwich, many little pastries and scones and such.

Ta-da, the menu. This place really reminds me of a little tea house in the town I went to college in, except it closed down. T_T If it was still open, I bet I could have invited other people in my group to go have tea there.

Look at this cute food. The scone was my favorite, I think. Kind of makes me want to make scones sometime. But it’s best to eat them with cream (they had some at the tea party today) or lemon curd (you can buy this, but once I made it from scratch. It’s always better from scratch but man, it was a long afternoon).

The service at Anna Marie’s was really good, and there were lots of other people there for the tea (at different tables), but they thought we were all just so freaking cute.  It was a good experience, although maybe not the most cost efficient, but in the future, I would like to attend more of their tea parties.

After tea, we decided to go to a local antique shop. I really enjoy antique shops because they are filled with such weird, old items. However, I was careful to not buy anything because it would just have to be packed and moved later this year.

Top left, we have a cute cat statue that serves no purpose beyond being cute.

Top right, we have some “antique” crystal champagne glasses, wine glasses, tiny wine glasses and some other kind of glass. I put antique in parenthesis because these are the EXACT glasses we have at home. The exact ones Mom bought after Dad died…..7 years ago. I even picked some of them up to inspect them more closely. Yup. Same thing. And being sold for $7.50 each. Mom laughed when I told her this because she said she got hers for almost that much money for a pack of 6 glasses. Ha.

Bottom left is a large goose statue. Or swan. I don’t know why I felt like taking a picture of it.

Bottom right are some cute moon-shaped dishes that looked familiar to me. They are familiar because Mom has one. This is why I like antique stores- they remind me of Mom and all the antique stuff she likes.

There is supposed to be another meet next weekend (thankfully a lot closer to where I live), but there is also a Hello Kitty cafe truck coming into town, so I am unsure if this meet will be moved or cancelled. I, for one, am not particularly interested in going to a Hello Kitty cafe truck, but it is apparently something very popular thing.

Angelic Pretty Romantic Cat JSK

Actually, it got here last week, but life has been hectic. Of course, I took it out and lovingly examined it before putting it back in my closet.  This is the first AP dress I bought at it’s initial release. This is not happening again, not for a long time anyway.

It is so pink. The cats are so cute, but they distract from all the roses on this dress. YES of course there is another rose dress. I feel like this dress is slightly shorter than Rose Museum. This dress does have pockets, so that is always a good thing.

The bows have little pearls on them, and more lace with roses on it. The buttons (which are decorative only), are also roses.

The top bows are also covered in lace.

I kind of like the pattern on the waist ties, however they do not have lace on the ends. I think every other Angelic Pretty dress I own (I am now up to 5 dresses) has lace on the end of the waist ties. For some reason, this bothers me slightly that there is none on these waist ties.

Lace details are very important. Pink matching lace with little bows and ribbons! And you can kind of see “AP” stitched in as well.

I did not buy the cat ear headband that goes with it, because I didn’t like it. But then realized that I needed something to put on my head, so I got out my trusty Cat’s Broom flower headband, and ta-da! Close enough! Pinks match, and roses on both. Maybe not the same color of rose….but oh well. (*-`ω´- )人 In the future, I will look for a rose headband that has a pink rose as opposed to a white one.

I don’t have a full coord put together for this dress yet, but I am planning on wearing it to one of the days of Paradiso. For the other day of Paradiso, either the Krad Lanrete dress that has been shipped and is on it’s way here (eventually ;__;) or I will figure something else out. Maybe try blue Rose Museum again but with those shoes that arrived too late.

Coording Angelic Pretty Rose Museum

This weekend starts off several weekends where people want to hang out in lolita fashion. Which means I need to come up with outfits. So I am finally going to wear my first ever non-special set Angelic Pretty dress: Rose Museum JSK.

Ta da! Only thing missing here are tights. I am planning on wearing plain white ones, but I actually asked for advice (⊙︿⊙ that was brave of me….) and tights that are more sheer with some kind of pattern were recommended. I won’t be able to get them before this weekend, but I am going to look into it.

Little pearl necklace to go with the pearl accents.

Shoes, new wristcuffs and a diy rose ring. If you look carefully, the pink of these shoes and wristcuffs is a bit different from the dress. Maybe it won’t be super noticeable in person.

When I received this dress, I didn’t do a post looking at all the details of the dress, because I wanted to wait until I got to wear it.

Yes, yes, I know, “crappy clip-art art”, but there is something I like about it. Maybe I have bad taste. Maybe I am secretly a weird grandma.

Did they sneak a cream colored rose in here? They sure did. Oh man.

I will have to say that the fabric, a really thin, delicate-feeling material, is not my favorite. But I just love rose prints so much. It is a weakness.

Also, there are TWO lace layers at the bottom. The top is a more coral, light-feeling lace, and the bottom is the sort of custom lace I expect from AP. Why am I so worried about matching pinks when AP is mismatching pinks in the same dress? And neither match my shoes perfectly. Oh well.

Lace on the bodice has little roses in it.  So nice. Also, the metallic trim is definitely gold, as is the same trim on the blue Rose Museum JSK. In the future, I am going to acquire some gold shoes to pair with these dresses.

You may notice that I do not have a bag to match this outfit yet. I am going to blame that on me not looking for one or even trying to do more Taobao shopping until my current orders (still waiting on things….) arrive. ヽ(´ー`)┌ I was really hoping I would get that order of blouses before these events, but who knows now.

Much Romantic, Very Cat, and bonus Summer Previews

Tonight was the AP Romantic Cat release, and because I am weak, I went ahead and bought it.

The grey and mint colorways were very popular, as they sold out very quickly. Luckily, pink was the least desired colorway (by the masses) so I was able to get it.

So there were a few reasons I went ahead and bought it today. The school repaid me, and also there were some previews of upcoming AP prints.

Fancy Hospital, in case you want some Menhara with your lolita.

Uh, I don’t like this at all.

Dreamy Perfume, which I though they already announced before?

Mademoiselle de Paris, which is cute, but it doesn’t make my heart beat.  This would probably be a great dress to wear regularly, unlike the type of dresses that I tend to gravitate to.

So it is pretty unlikely that I will be buying anything from Angelic Pretty again until late summer or fall releases, and I will probably be too preoccupied to do anything. So this is my last chance to get a print that I have been excited about for months. But then again, there is at least a 50% chance I will prove myself a hypocrite.