Fanplusfriend what the heck

Lately, F+F has had some really wonky, very much not-lolita releases.  However, as of late, there are a few releases that look pretty nice.

This is really nice. Of course, wear a blouse with it. It could be a nice classical or gothic lolita dress. Without a blouse, I guess one could style it as plain goth and not gothic lolita. But the irregular skirt and some of the fabric is a bit sparkly, so I really like it. I would consider buying this, except for the whole “not-buying-more-stuff” kick.

Oh look, a more Rococo-styled dress, so possibly good for hime (princess) style. The pink and white is nice, but not sure how I feel about the purple and grey. It looks kind of comfortable too.

It’s pretty. However, not really enough that I would want to buy it. Not unless there was a HUGE sale.

Another Rococo/hime-style dress, but with a stained glass print. One caveat is the ruffley part of the skirt is a separate skirt. So this could be kind of flexible, or it could be weird.  Personally, not a fan of stained glass prints,or the alternating lace fabric with plain fabric.

The grey-black colorway seems kind of awkward.  I think a darker grey would look nicer. Also, the ruffles at the elbows are just gross.

What the fresh hell is this. Same stained glass fabric, but there is a shiny, terrible overlay layer over pretty much the entire dress. Why. WHY. You know the lace fabric that was used in the cut above? Make the overlay out of that, and even then, this would be weird and awkward. I don’t understand what was going on with this dress at all.

Last but not least, there is this black empire style dress that is absolutely not lolita at all. Maybe EGA, but more importantly, I think this looks cute and also comfortably. I would buy this dress just to lounge around in and be comfy, but it is kind of pricey for some casual clothes. ヽ(´ー`)┌

Unfortunately, F+F no longer gives any normal names to the dresses (“Vintage Rococo Lolita Retro Midi Dress Wedding Dress Ladies Summer Prom Dress Pink Lilac”, perfect for search terms but a crap way to name a dress).

Spring Flower Meet

I love flower prints. Almost all of my dresses have flowers on them. But for some reason, I threw together today’s outfit at the last minute.  Dissertation writing and family stuff has been fairly distracting.  Also, I decided to stay up late last night working on the bag for the strawberry meet in a few weeks.

The lace is handsewn on, and is also rescued from the LE+SE bloomers I got last year that do not fit at all.

So this morning, I rolled out of bed and got my dress out and then went to redo my nails…and then this:

Behold, cat does not care.

Not even a little bit. She was all ready to eat my wristcuffs.

Today’s outfit! F+F Puck’s Prank JSK, which I feel like it has been forever since I wore it, but it was Halloween. Same damn chiffon half blouse that I always wear (and wash), same damn tights (I hear Mu Fish is a good place for tights, but someday after all my Taobao orders come in and I get that post-PhD job, I will work on this, I swear), shoes from Amazon. Yup, this was not an exciting outfit.

One thing I did try was the underskirt. It is just one of the F+F Chiffon Lover underskirts, and last time I wore this dress, I used a white one. I used the light blue one today. I was thinking it would go with the blue in the dress.  I think it worked out okay.

Hair did not want to cooperate at all. I like putting up a side bun, but if I use two hair ties, it looks super. I finally tried to secure it with a ton of bobby pins, and that worked better. I have a ton of floral headdresses, but did not want to wear them. Instead, little blue bows (to go with the underskirt ha ha) and a flower hairclip. I really wish that the storenvy store I got it from was still active.

So I dropped into lab to check an experiment and then went to the garden for the meet up.

This local garden is actually one of my favorite places, and I’ve gone there dozens of times, but never for a meet and never dressed in lolita. I should have gone earlier this year to see the trees blooming, but did not get around to it.  I will definitely have to go back later this year before moving (in the event I do end up going to a new city).

There are lots of flowers, so I took lots of flower pictures. Unfortunately, the garden is not a very large place, and there was some event occurring in the area, so it was fairly busy.  There were several people who asked for pictures or what we were dressed up for. ¬_¬ I mean, I don’t mind answering questions, but I feel a bit more weird about getting my picture taken. It’s usually grandparents who want to show it to their grandchildren though.

No one asks me questions about what I am wearing or why unless I am at a meet, or in a group with other lolitas. It’s still kind of annoying, but I can understand people being curious.

And of course, the garden cat was there. Garden Cat is darling.

For lunch, we went to a local ramen restaurant. No one else actually got ramen, which kind of confused me.  Not even the people who suggested we go there. ヽ(´ー`)┌ Uhm okay then.  I guess there were others things to order, but the restaurant is seriously 90% ramen.  There are seriously 26 different varieties of ramen. This one is the 2# Wakayama (it was delicious by the way). Last time I went to this particular location, I got the #1 Yokohama. Maybe I should just go down the list every time I go to this restaurant. Maybe I’ll eventually try all the flavors.  I did go to a branch of this restaurant in another city, but that was kind of awkward and I can’t remember what flavor I got.  Probably should not dress up to go eat ramen though, since it could get messy.

Overall, today was a lot of fun.  I’m glad this meet worked out.

Fanplusfriend Puck’s Prank – back with a vengeance!

Apparently Puck’s Prank is actually a re-release of F+F’s print Bridge of Bubbles.

I vaguely remember this, and recall I didn’t like it. Too vibrant. But the super faded version I have (two of…) is so pretty to me. So different from Bridge of Bubbles that I had no idea they were related until someone pointed it out to me.

But then a few weeks ago, they came out with ANOTHER version.

They named it “Fairy Floral Dress Lolita Fashion Midi Dress Unique Print blue/green Ball Dress”…uh…but it is in the Puck’s Prank series. So this is the 3rd release of this particular print.

Navy blue and dark green/black colorways. I love it, except there are little poofs of black or navy tulle on the skirt. The poofs make no damn sense. The poofs are the reason I did not immediately buy it, as well as the fact that I am spending money on a lot of other stuff. There will be time to get these later if I so desire.

And then, when you were least expecting it, a FOURTH iteration of this print!

If you look closely, it is very similar to the second version (which I own), except the colors are more vibrant and bright.

Left is the version from last year, right is the new version. They are both the pink variant, but the new pink variant is lighter and brighter. Also, the petals and shawl are a thinner looking material.

There is pink and hyacinth blue, which looks purple to me. I love these colors.

The reason I am not immediately buying this new cut is because the bodice has more dumb frill nonsense on it. What the hell are those frills on the straps? With the shawl, it looks like a neat little bolero, which would be AWESOME. But this looks kinda weird. How would one wear a blouse with this? It would probably have to be one of the little chiffon blouses.

Also, this dress, with the petals and the shawl, kind of fall into what I am calling “fairy lolita”, which pretty much only includes the Puck’s Prank print series of dresses so far. Wear the dress, you look like a magical elegant fairy.  Elegant fairy kei? But something I struggle with this dress and the JSK I already own is that it is very difficult to really include them in lolita fashion. The silhouette is alright (with a petticoat of course), but the extra fairy bits (the shawl and petal overskirt) seem a bit over the top. I did manage to wear a blouse with the other JSK, and I could work on it with this one too, but they are not very flexible pieces. Meanwhile, the OP from last fall (which is pretty boring compared to these) could probably work as a classical piece.

I may eventually buy the new dress and one of the dark colorways released last month (already you know I am going to get the navy because somehow that is my color…), but I am really more excited for Krad Lanrete’s vampire print, and someday Angelic Pretty will release Romantic Cat. But if I do get these dresses, I will likely remove the poof flowers from the navy dress and I am not sure if I would do anything with the ridiculous halter frills on this one. It looks like there is a regular strap under the frill, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to remove it.

Running Errands in the Rain

All week, I looked forward to dressing up and running errands, because my life is ridiculously boring like that.

Left is what I actually wore out. F+F Puck’s Prank One-piece dress, blouse (it’s under the sweater), hair braided and with a hair bow.

Right is a mostly proper lolita coordinate. The flower veil headpiece is something I got at Paradiso last year and never wore, and now I know why. It looks stupid. It looks like something one would wear as a bride. Nope nope nope, but here I gave it a shot. Also, the wristcuffs which are stretched now. How did this happen?? Shoes are not appropriate, but if they were grey or that pale shade of blue, I think they would work better. ヽ(ー_ー )ノ

Something I have been mulling over is when to call an outfit “lolita”. I really enjoy wearing lolita clothes, however, I feel like I have made few improvements with shoes, and very minimal improvements with other accessories (and none with hair). So I generally err on the side of NOT calling something lolita. On my instagram, when I post images of outfits, I tag the brands and the print name, but do not mention lolita or lolita fashion at all. Partially because I don’t really want to have to explain everything to my non-J-Fashion-educated friends, but also because I am still not confident that any of my outfits are really good enough to call lolita. But on this blog, I feel a little more comfortable on tagging it because I am also explaining what I am going for. And also, pointing out the problems with (literally all of) my outfits, because I am working on it.

So back to today’s outfit. The outfit on the left is not lolita. Maybe lolita-inspired, or wearing-lolita-in-a-normal/casual way. The outfit on the right is more akin to something I would wear to a meet, except with better shoes.

Anyway, on to the stuff I did today, which was running errands and taking gratuitous pictures of my crab apple tree.

AHHH it’s so beautiful, I love it so much. And I am already feeling a bit sad that next spring, I will be elsewhere and unable to see this tree in person. The pictures do not do it justice.

But I love my crabapple tree.

This is actually from one of the apple trees in my backyard. It finally bloomed.

In tradition with the posts I did last fall where I would dress up and then eat something and write about it, this was my breakfast. Cinnamon toast and some green tea.

Lunch was a Crispy Chicken Puff and an Egg Tart from the bakery of one of the Asian Supermarkets I went to.  Looking back, since this is all I have really eaten thus far today, this would explain why I have a headache.

Also, why I bought a stupid amount of snacks and Easter candy today. (ノ ̄д ̄)ノ Whoops.

Also I bought a stupid amount of tea. Because clearly I needed more green tea and jasmine green tea, and hey let’s try lavender green tea too, and then there’s matcha green and matcha jasmine which are totally different and how about rose black tea since I love roses but that one rose green tea was awful so clearly this is a good idea. ¬_¬ So in short, being completely irresponsible. I did need more tea to bring to lab for my morning caffeine, so I will drag along some of these for sure.

Back to ita hell?

I want to get back into the habit of dressing up, but it has been difficult since this year started.

Gave that pink F+F skirt another shot. It’s comfy and cute and I love it, but I don’t feel like I can coordinate it properly anymore. Anyway, here is a normal blouse (I think I got it at HM or Forever 21), the F+F Chiffon Lover’s Skirt in pink, black tights and shoes. The HM cardigans I got don’t match so I don’t have a proper pink cardigan STILL. Damnit. Also, my petticoat is visible under this skirt.

So this is a super freaking ita outfit, but I wore it out today anyway. I’m not calling it lolita (check the tags if you don’t believe me) and I wasn’t going to see anyone I knew today anyway. But I felt pretty and if this is just some kind of twisted princess/gyaru/otasa no hime mess, then I guess that’s what it is.

I am waiting and watching for boleros and blouses that are cute, would fit, and I can afford. I really want some blouses I can just wear with a skirt. I think so far, the only blouses I have that really go with these skirts (cause I have this skirt in blue and white also) are the F+F Chiffon Lover blouses, and even those aren’t the greatest. I think my best bet for blouses that fit would be indie shops like Lady Sloth. But my current issue is that I have spent too much on anime merchandise, so it’s all my own fault.


Coord of the…next week

Originally, this weekend was my grocery shopping weekend. I planned to dress up and go grocery shopping. However, earlier this week, I learned there would likely be an ice storm this weekend, so I did my grocery shopping on Tuesday after lab. So no dressing up this weekend.

However next weekend, my Com is having their January Birthday meet where we all go see a movie (Sailor Moon!!!) and then go eat pastries. I decided to put together some potential outfits for the meet.

Outfit idea 1 is my long sleeve white blouse (with necktie), F+F chiffon lover pink skirt and brown cardigan. For shoes, I have the dusty pink platforms and I would wear solid white tights (not shown). I have a pink watch I think I would wear, even though it doesn’t work and I don’t even regularly wear watches but it would be a nice accessory. Not sure what I will do with my hair, but I have a pink hair bow I would wear. Considered using the pink flower headband that came with my Cats Broom dresses, but that might be too much for the rest of this outfit.

The blouse is pretty thin, so under it I would wear either a long sleeve white shirt or a cami (probably the shirt cause it is COLD).

The most exciting part of this outfit are the Sailormoon necklaces! The necklace of Sailormoon is one I got from the Tasty Peach Studios booth at Nakakon some year. They did a charity event one year, and this was some leftovers. The other neckace is one of the Miniaturely Tablet cases on a chain. I wish I had a completely gold ball chain to put it on, but instead it is the chain it came with connected to another one from an old necklace. If I can get one from Amazon before then (please USPS don’t let me down ♡), I will switch it out.

Outfit 2 is the same white blouse, but with the F+F Chiffon Lover blue JSK. Same shoes, same tights, same hair clip. Instead of the brown cardigan, I would wear this white cardigan I got from Target. Also, to try and add more pink into the outfit, I would use the pink bow pin that is from the Puck’s Prank JSK set. Not sure where to pin it though, so there are a few options here. At the side  of the JSK (top left) or at the waist (top right) or on the outside of the cardigan (both bottom panels). I will likely decide at the last minute.

I looked around my house to see if I have a Sailormoon purse (many pouches and a strapless handbag, but no real purse), so I ordered one from Amazon.

And now potential problems and criticisms with this outfit!

  • The shades of white between the blouse, white cardigan and tights don’t match. This is why I chose the brown cardigan for the skirt outfit- the mismatch is less obvious. Also why the JSK option lacks the blouse’s necktie.
  • Potential shoehorning in of pink with the JSK option. I am aware of this and unsure of how to fix it. Perhaps a pink cardigan would correct it. Actually no, that would absolutely fix this, except I don’t have a damn pink cardigan. Not yet anyway.


Moving on…

  • I’ll have to see what the shirt-under-sheer-blouse looks like, because it might look awful. But I am predicting that I will wear the cardigan the entire time so it may not be noticeable.
  • Of the many light pink hairbows I have, this one matches the best. However, it still doesn’t match perfectly.
  • Speaking of hair, what to do with hair anyway? Last time I went out, I had it pulled back with a floofy hairclip and that seemed to work out well. But we are going to be in a movie theatre so big hair (which I can’t really do anyway) is a bad idea. Just down with a bow in the back? Bow on the side? A braid? Ponytail? (ノ ̄д ̄)ノ

I have a lot to think about before next weekend, and a lot of praying to the delivery gods.  But I don’t think anyone in my Com would give me shit about any of this. As far as they are concerned, I am still a giant newbie, so if I do something stupid, they will be nice about it. Or so I hope.

1 DAY until 2017 – F+F Chiffon Lover

Actually, it is already 2017 in some places. Happy New Year! But it is still 2016 here and I wore my final lolita coord of the year.

Here, I have the Fanplusfriend Chiffon Lover JSK in lavender with a Target Cardigan, plain white tights, very much-not lolita black shoes and a lavender scarf to help color balance things. In theory I am wearing a long sleeve lolita appropriate blouse, but no one would see it under the cardigan so who knooooows. I would not be this lazy if I was going to go out with other people wearing lolita fashion.

But it was cold and I needed more layers.

So on top of the cardigan, I wore a light purple jacket (this kind of matches??!?) and decided to switch out my lavender scarf for my new Pusheen scarf because to hell with 2016 and your rules and stuff. Also the Pusheen gloves, but then I got too hot and took them off. Lol.

I wore this outfit to go to Aldi and then all the Asian grocery stores I needed to hit up. I want to try making tempura with lotus root, but I could only find lotus root in packs of 2 or more. What the heck am I going to do with so much of it? Was able to find taro root and daikon radish (other recipes I want to try) and saw that they sell Japanese sweet potato at one of the stores, so need to remember that for other recipes I want to try. Had a hell of a time tracking down silken tofu and sweet white miso but eventually found em. I wanted plain, unfilled mochi, but accidentally bought some red bean mochi. I don’t even like mochi but there’s a soup recipe I want to try that includes it so I was gonna give it a chance and then I buy the wrong thing. And the store won’t let you return frozen food. I guess either tomorrow I go back and try again, or I get some sweet rice flour and try the old microwave mochi trick (which I did, and it worked, except I learned that I don’t really like mochi in this first place).

I did get to eat this delicious egg tart though. Egg tarts are wonderful. Happy 2017.