Trying to not shop

I want the Soufflesong dress and the Pink Up dress, and then this morning I was looking over old coordinate pictures, and guess what? I REALLY LOVE PASTELS. Why do I want these very much not pastel dresses? (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ What am I thinking?

After further inspection, I would have to get the Bat Collar JSK, even though I like the other JSK a little better. The Bat Collar JSK would fit better.  And then I would get the 2nd Wishing Stars JSK, the one with the tiered skirt, since I like it better.

And then I also want to buy sheet mass from Etude House (they’re on sale! But I don’t need more! But there are also freebies!) and also merchandise for a phone game.

Maybe instead, I should just get the Strawberry and Cherry dresses from Soufflesong.

I wanna shop OTL



I keep getting hits because I posted about AP’s Halloween Treats what seemed like a decade ago. It has been released by AP Japan and now USA (right after they let go of the problematic person so I could have even posted about that), and there is a NEW extra Halloweeny orange colorway which I have pretty much done zero research on.


I need to post more cute things. Today, I made (yet another) tote bag and hemmed the rest of the fabric I got from Aliexpress a few months ago so I can make a ton of huge handkerchiefs. The small ones I was making myself are just not as useful as a larger handkerchief. I also wanted to use up craft supplies before I buy anymore to make petticoats or anything else.

Tomorrow (well, Sunday after I wake up), I want to go through the rest of my craft supplies and decide what I can get rid of. Scraps I will never use and the like.


Miss Grumpy Head

Every time I go look at the Little Dipper Taobao and see their Tasman dress , I just get so cranky. I want it so much! It’s exactly the kind of dress I want for wearing on a normal day to the store.

I would get the red and the pink in the long version, and I could coord it in many ways. For Christmas, the red dress with a white blouse, and a red headband. I have red shoes to go with it too. It would be super simple, but nice. And then for Valentine’s Day, I could wear the red dress with a pink blouse, and the pink flower hairpin. I could go with pink shoes or red shoes for that. And then the pink dress could be worn whenever because I love pink. I could wear the red dress whenever also, but I was just kind of excited for how nice this dress could work for a holiday. Simple enough where I could even wear it around my family (they already think I am strange anyway).

But no. I won’t be buying these dresses after all.  I need to save and wait for Arcadian Deer’s Fire Dress, and surely Little Dipper will still be making dresses next year after I have a job and already own a toaster.  Fire dress is more important.

There are other expenses coming up anyway. I need to get my car tags renewed, and my friends want to take a trip but I am unsure if I should go now. I shouldn’t complain so much. Anyway, I got some things in the mail recently, so I shouldn’t whine like I have been soooo totally responsible anyway. (Even if that stuff was all preorders I paid for months ago ヽ(´ー`)┌)

I get stressed out by life (family issues, experiments not working, coworker issues, having to be transportation for people, being asked about graduation all the time) and when I get stressed, I have two responses: (1) eat, and (2) shop. I am trying to do less of both.  But it is making me cranky.  I wish I could celebrate this week’s achievements: I applied for graduation and I submitted one of my dissertation chapters for editing.   I need to try to reward myself in other ways that are not food or shopping.

I will work on this tomorrow, along with more chapters. But tonight I will be grumpy.

So many ideas, so little time

First, cat update. Charlie the Cat’s owners were found, he has a sister, and his name is actually Sydney. I took him home the other day and that is that. I hope he comes to visit again someday~

I have so many things I want to make right now.  The Black Ribbon is an indie shop that makes petticoats, and they are in stock.  I checked their measurements and it looks like they would fit over my thighs, but I am still nervous. So again, do I make a petticoat or do I buy one?

I also now want to make bloomers. Making bloomers is supposed to be super easy. I’ve watched the Youtube videos. I would need more fabric and elastic though.

On top of all of that, I want to make some simple fleece cloaks. I am too cheap/lazy/?? something to buy a proper lolita coat. I have yet to find one that would fit over other clothes. A cheat around this is to buy a short cape. I’ve seen those sold too, but again, there are lots of simple tutorials for those too. I could make a light one that is just a single layer of fleece, and a heavier one that has a sherpa lining. The tutorials talk about hoods though, and that seems like it may be confusing. I should try to make a simple cape first.

(*≧▽≦) So many fun projects I want to do, but I need to finish my writing first.

I would go scout out local prices for supplies (at the least I know it is easiest to get elastic locally), but instead I am going to the Tea Festival! I still have a crazy amount of tea stashed away, so my goal is to buy more tea accessories (like tea bags) and less actual tea. But we will see how things work out in reality.

Many Cats

From my Cat page, I had one old cat who passed away last year and a neighbor cat who moved away, leaving me with just my darling Devil Kitty.

My brother has moved in, and brought his kitten, Jack.  And then there was a stray cat, Charles, who wandered into my yard, which my brother and Mom decided needs to be in the house until the owners contact me. The vet gave me his microchip information and I have posted in a neighborhood forum about him, but it is day 3 of hearing nothing. My Little Devil is not amused, but at this exact moment, all three of the cats are sitting in my room with me.

I need to take Charlie the Cat back to the vet to get him checked out anyway. I am also fairly certain that now everyone has fleas, so any money I was hoping to use for dresses this month is definitely going to flea medication instead. I will still look lovingly upon those Little Dipper dresses though.

On top of all that, I did get my Soufflesong dress in the mail today! Not 30-60 days after all! I should wear it to the Tea Festival this weekend.

Lulls and Floofs

I still want the Little Dipper dresses I wrote about recently, but I don’t think I will order them.  Soufflesong/Neverland Weekly Sale this week is Song of Skylark, which I like, but I am cautious about the print quality. My Kitty Courtyard dress HAS shipped already though, so that is good to know.

I also want to buy a copious amount of eye shadow that I probably won’t wear, and the fabric needed to make a petticoat.  In a totally selfish and petty way, I am worried world politics will make it so I can’t buy these things anymore, but also I should wait to buy myself things until at least October.  I really just some want eyeshadows that are pink and red.

After some careful thinking and close examination, I am never going to be able to wear the Aurora and Ariel petticoats the way I would like, which is being able to pull it up over my hips. My hips are too wide. A few weekends ago, I tore one of them up and altered the top part to have a drawstring waist. I haven’t had an opportunity to wear it out yet, but this weekend is the Tea Festival so I will try it then.

More importantly, looking at these proper petticoats has given me a better idea of how to make one.  I have made simple skirts in the past, and my current fluffiest petticoat is a skirt I sewed a bunch of tulle onto (it worked somehow). But it is comfortable, and I think that is one of the most important things for a petticoat.  So at this point, my options are to either buy one from MelikesTea and probably email her to make sure I pick the correct waist size (I do not want to pull a damn petticoat over my head; I want to pull it up over my hips), or to make one myself.  MalcoModes is another brand I hear good things about for A-line petticoats, and they have a sale right now…with everything sold out. o__o;;

Alternatively, I could just buy really crappy cheap ones and layer them. But that is what I have done so far and I don’t want to do that anymore.

Musings and such

Life is stressful now, and that doesn’t even take into account the terrible events going on in the world. (Nazis?! Really?!?!).

Had a blog post all ready for the Angelic Pretty USA debacle, but I don’t feel like publishing it after all. To be succinct, I am boycotting until the problematic staff member is fired.  This can be an opportunity to explore Japanese brands beyond AP, like Atelier Pierrot, Metamorphose, Baby and Innocent World.

Every time I look back on my instagram and see posts where I dressed up nice or ate something tasty, it makes me want to dress up nice and go eat pastries or dim sum (I did this over the weekend with my friend!) or ramen.