Fanplusfriend Neo-Ludwig Mitologia Egypt Series

Mitologia is just spanish for Mythology.〜( ̄▽ ̄〜)

The long awaited Bastet print from F+F is up for preorder! There are two dresses in several sizes!

First is the Ancient Egypt Goddess Bastet Dress with a Hooded Blouse. It has an open skirt front and is a sleeveless dress. However, this comes with a tulle blouse, as the model is wearing.

A view with the detachable hood of the blouse on.

There are three colors: white/gold (for daytime), green/gold (for life) and black/gold (for mystery). I really like all three of them.

The other cut is the Ancient Egypt Goddess Bastet Gauze Cape Sleeveless Dress. It includes a detachable mini capelet that buttons on the shoulders to create the little sleeves. I am a little worried about that neckline though.

I like it styled like this much, MUCH better. A blouse underneath and the bow from the other dress? I like it.

Same colors as above, except here, the dark green is paired with black, while above, it is paired with light green/gold.

I really want these dresses. ;__; I know the Lady 90 size will fit perfectly (if maybe a little big). I like the second dress in green for sure, and the first dress in black. That way, the bow from the first dress could be used with the second dress.  The black colorway makes me think of the black colorway for my LE&SE Kingdom of Faeries dress too, which is kind of a good thing.  I already have some black blouses (both long and short sleeve) that I could pair with both, and without a blouse, both of these could probably work as classy normal dresses too.

Right now they are on sale, and there is an addition 12% coupon code on top of that. With the coupon, shipping is pretty much free.

ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ I want them!

I also need to buy jeans and other more daily normal clothes though. I guess jeans are on sale right now too…

But I want these dresses. They have CATS on them. The GODDESS OF CATS BASTET.

ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ Man, why do I have to be the responsible person in my family.

Running Errands

The weather has been nice and cool all week, so I planned on wearing a very simple coord today. But it rained. I didn’t let it stop me though.

I’m wearing F+F Enchanted Forest JSK and Diamond Honey Chiffon Blouse. Just using one of my old, less poofy petticoats. Going to try and lose some weight before trying to wear the Aurora and Ariel pettis out. No extra jewelry or wristcuffs because I’m just grocery shopping, and I was worried that the wristcuffs would just get wet.

I know I have a few dresses that I still need to wear before doubling back on older dresses, but I really like F+F dresses. They always fit well and are comfy and I don’t completely panic at the though of them getting rained on or anything.

First time wearing the new pair of Sosic Shop shoes. They have an ankle strap, but I didn’t like how they felt with these socks, so I just removed it. Like the other shoes, these are super comfy and easy to drive in.

Tried wearing the Red Maria head bow, but head bows feel over the top for casual looks. Luckily, the bow slides off the headband, so I attached a hair clip and wore it that way. HAH this is pretty awesome.

I tried a new hairstyle too.  Most of my hair is back in a ponytail, but left some hair back so I could loop it back and pin it there. I got the idea from Victorian era hair styles.  I guess it isn’t very visible in this picture.

Luckily, it didn’t rain the entire time I as running errands.

Now to be at home, drink tea and be lazy.  I’m nearly to the end of the first week of dieting by counting calories and restricting what I eat/smaller portions, so I am hungry all the time. It will be worth it to fit into cute clothes.

Second laziest month

During July and August, I want to do nothing but sit in front of the AC and internet. Instead, one of the coms is planning a meet for every weekend and I should probably try to go meet these people and be social, but I just want to stay home. >_>

In short, there is a crepe meet, a donut meet, a arboretum meet, another meet in Lawrence and a picnic meet. These are all things I want to do (eat crepes, eat donuts, look at trees, I guess Lawrence is pretty cool and I could spend even MORE money at that tea shop ha ha, picnics involve food and I like to eat) but also, I am lazy and boring and tired. And all of these would involve planning outfits, so I guess perhaps a good excuse to wear some dresses I have not worn in a long time.

So pretty much, a bunch of F+F dresses! Left to right: Puck’s Prank OP, both Chiffon Lover JSKs, and Enchanted Forest JSK. Grabbed some blouses that would look fine with these. From left to right: Chiffon Lover Blouse, Little Dipper in pink and cream, and the one chiffon dotted blouse with no brand.

I could either wear basic tights, or I ordered some socks and I figure they won’t get here in time for some of the meets, but I could wear them later. I got a bunch of colors, and they were super cheap. So legwear is solved except that I will have to suffer wearing tights in JULY due to poor planning.

I still do not have the right color of shoes. Next on my list of shoes is to get light blue shoes (to match 3 of these dresses) and lavender shoes (for that last dress and a few other things I own). I can wear pink shoes for now with the lavender dress because of the pink blouse (hah), but for the other dresses….ha ha whoops. Even ordering blue shoes TODAY would mean it would take a good 3 weeks to get them from Sosic Shop. Plus the meets at the Arboretum and Lawrence mean walking, which mean no heels because I am not a masochist.

I should go ahead and buy these blue shoes anyway. They are gonna be comfy and easy to walk in and will match all the blue dresses I buy because I forget that I am building my wardrobe about pink.

Sosic shop SHOWS they can make lavender (periwinkle?) shoes but apparently it is a deal where you have to contact them. In the future, I will deal with that. But here is proof they DO make lavender/periwinkle colored shoes, and I will buy them some time. I mean, Antaina definitely has lavender shoes, and the Antaina shoes I have are comfy enough (haven’t worn them out yet, just around the house) but I am just so in love with this one shop that I want to support them.

So what’s left is…hair accessories. Which I do not own in light blue. What the heck, how did this happen. I have some clips that kind of work with the lavender dress, but for the blue dresses…what the heck did I do before???  o___o

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.