Another quiet weekend

I forgot it was July because the weather has been nice, but then the hot weather has finally hit. There will be highs in the NINETIES oh no.  It will be this way all month, which means I will have to go outside early in the day if I want to go places.

This past weekend, we went to the hardware store and I got supplies to plant my basil and green onion

I’ve been growing them in water and the little pot from the store since I got them, but I would like to keep them alive even longer. Can never have too many green onions, and fresh basil smells really good.  I had a few weeks where it seemed like every other recipe required fresh basil so I figure it is good to keep on hand.  I looked for other fresh herbs at the store, but they were only selling seeds.

I also baked my first cake since moving.  Last weekend, I made some cookies that turned out nice, but cakes are prettier.

Just plain white cake with cream cheese frosting and some sprinkles (to make it look cute!) It’s not too bad, but I think next time I will slice the cake in half so I can add a layer of frosting in the middle.

Today, I was originally planning to go visit one of the parks, but it would be an hour by train AND it’s hot, AND I slept in super late.  I still ended up getting dressed up, but it was only to go shopping and sit around the apartment and blog about anime. Oh well.

Today’s outfit is my Angelic Pretty Aquarium Carnival Special Set, with socks and teaparty shoes from Sosic Shop, and a Black Ribbon petticoat.  The turtle necklace is one that my boyfriend and I bought together on a daytrip a few years ago. I only wore my hair down for the picture. I ended up braiding it and then wearing a sun hat to go out shopping.  I am thinking I want to find some simple headbands to wear casually since I feel so weird wearing a headbow out in public when it’s not a meetup (cause then there are a herd of lolitas with odd things on their heads so I don’t stick out).

Maybe next weekend, I can do something more exciting.

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End of June Update

Angelic Pretty’s online store in Japan is having it’s summer sale on July 2 (so tomorrow in the west) and I can feel it in my bones that Sky Banquet and Sweet Lacy Basket are going on sale. The print name disappeared from the webshop, which is usually a sign of things either being sold out, or about to go on sale.  Sky Banquet (oh my bad, Banquet Celeste) even restocked in Japan and at APUSA, and it is about to be gone.  Sweet Lacy Basket was pretty popular, but in colorways that weren’t my preferred colorway (always pink > lavender > the rest, cause I am basic), so I wasn’t too worried. But once it goes on sale, it’s going to be gone unless there is a rerelease or MTO or maybe some special sets later on.

The rest of this is just musings so if all you care about is knowing AP Japan is having a sale soon, you can move along.

I am pretty bummed about this, but on the other hand, it may be for the best.  I haven’t worn lolita much since moving. I think this is for a combination of reasons (no com or friends out here yet, still nervous about going places by car, still nervous about wearing lolita on public transportation, being super exhausted by the time the weekend shows up, and of course how frustrated I am with how badly I fit into Romantic Cat). Plus, I have received two Soufflesong dresses I have not even opened since moving here, and my Arcadian Deer Fire dress is in the mail (still in transit from China according to tracking, but was shipped 12 days ago by Clobba, so who knows). So I really do not need to spend money on more dresses right now.

I did dress up last Saturday to go grocery shopping. A very, very toned down coord of my lavender F+F Chiffon Lover JSK. I really should have bought all the colorways of that damn JSK when I had the chance.  It is the comfiest thing ever.  I really need to focus on solid dresses, and I think Atelier Pierrot would have cuts I like but not in the colors I want.

Then last Sunday, we went to the local Chinese Mall. Not just a grocery store, but an entire mall…which was mostly a grocery store but it was inside a large mall-type complex with other shops including a cosmetics store, bakery, bubble tea place and some other shops.  I was curious about the cosmetics store, but it was disappointing.  There wasn’t much stock on the shelves (is this for aesthetic purposes?), and sheet masks were overpriced compared to buying online.  The grocery store was pretty awesome, and the bakery was amazing! We bought some steamed BBQ pork buns and ate those for lunch.  I wish there was a Chinese bakery on my route home from work so I could go buy more easily.

Yesterday, I went to get sushi after work with my friend from college, who was in town for a family event. It was so nice being about to see her, and makes me want to explore town even more.  After dinner, we did walk around a little, and came across a tea and spice shop, the downtown location of the French Bakery I love, and also a really amazing bookstore.  I really want to dress up and drag my boyfriend downtown to see these places and make a day of it.

I am going to try to focus on exploring rather than moping over the sales I can’t participate it.  It’s better to wear what I have and work on fitting into brand better than to spend money I can’t afford on things I will put off wearing.

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.

 

 

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.

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~

Souffle Delivery

I ordered two dressed from Soufflesong earlier, Don’t Eat Bunny and Sweet Cherry Deer. Recently got a DHL notification, saying it was en route to my old house in the Midwest, so I changed the address and hoped for the best.

Behold, it arrived at my new address on Monday, safe and sound! But it was the second dress, Sweet Cherry Deer. I still have not opened it yet. I have been way too busy with my new job and unpacking. We got the rest of our stuff on Tuesday, so now the apartment is overflowing in my weeb stuff, and I probably need to buy even MORE hangers.

I am pretty curious as to where my other dress is.  But I am also too tired to worry about it. I hope that I will be able to go out for Summer ILD at the very least, but it is coming up soon and I am so freaking exhausting.