Long Ears and Sharp Ears Blood Moonlight Waltz

Whelp, I am not getting this print after all.

There is a dress set (extra fancy OP with a bonnet and choker included), a long sleeve OP, two JSKs and a skirt. The colorways are wine, navy, black/brown and black/purple.

JSK2 in blue on the top left, then the OP in black/purple on top right. JSK1 in wine on the bottom left, and the dress set in black/brown on the bottom right. As usual, I don’t care about the skirt cut, but it appears to be a high waist skirt.

Not a huge fan of any of the cuts. JSK1’s neckline bothers me, and JSK2 all together is just meh. I don’t like the vest-style bodice and I don’t like the faux open underskirt style of skirt (that is more acceptible if it is a back bustle, but as a front bustle, I am not a fan). I would combine the bodice style of the dress set with the skirt of JSK1, with a bustle in the back. Maybe a more simple bodice than dress set, but combine with the waist ribbon from JSK2.  I would probably be the most okay with the Dress Set cut if it was a JSK.

On top of disliking the cuts, the bust for all of these only go up to 96cm. >__> Custom sizing IS available, for $10 for <100cm and $20 for >100cm, however the cuts do not make it worth it for me.

It’s better that I am not preordering more dresses right now, but I had hopes for this. Oh well.  Now also worrying that Camelot Market will be disappointing too, but that’s okay because it just frees up money for other things, right? Ugh, but I really love this brand so far. Maybe I just want sweeter things right now.

Right now, it is up for preorder on Taobao and Clobba, and the Storenvy will likely start taking orders soon. On Clobba, they are asking for 50% of the full price, and indicate the dresses will ship in March.

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Waiting for Releases

I am presently waiting for 3 prints to be released, and whenever I see updates or previews, I get so excited.

First, Arcadian Deer Four Elements Fire, which I already blogged about the other day.

But also, Long Ears and Sharp Ears Camelot Market and Moonlight Waltz. Girlism (a Chinese fashion magazine) had a fashion show recently, where there were previews of these prints!

Moonlight Waltz in black. I am indecided on which colorway I would want, or even which ones are available, but I like the cut of this dress. No weird bustles in the front, and it almost looks like the top may be similar to the top of the Kingdom of Faeries OP. Not entirely sure if this is an OP or just a JSK with a fabulous blouse.

Here is Camelot Market, and again, I like this style of skirt, aka plain. That trim is kind of interesting too- doesn’t look like regular lace. Not a hufe fan of this emerald color, and not sure how I feel about those sleeves either. Will there be a shorter sleeve version? I hope so.

I am just anxiously awaiting the release of these prints.

2017 Japan Fest

Another October, so another Japan Festival.  This year, I brought my flat comfy shoes in my bag so I would not die in heels. Unfortunately, I died in heels anyway. ;__;

I still had fun, and am still exhausted.

Finally wore my Long Ears and Sharp Ears The Kingdom of Faeries OP. It is comfy and wonderful, even thought there were a few adjustments I had to make to it. I still need to find a long petticoat that will work a bit better also, but I think this looked pretty good.

Still have no idea how to attach this damn bow to the back of the dress, so I sewed a pin on. After having it pinned all day, it drooped, so I think I am going to have to attach more pins to it.

The veil has places for it to be buttoned to something, but the headband did not have any buttons. So I added my own damn buttons. This was actually trickier than I expected, but it seemed pretty secure, and my hair didn’t get tangled up in the buttons either, which is nice.

Something new this year were ikebana flower arrangements near the food court. They were really pretty.

I especially like the pink one on the right.

These are especially beautiful.

Last year, I ran into the problem of waiting in line for a long time and then finding out that food booth only took cash when I had no cash. ;__; It was awful. So this year, I made sure to bring plenty of cash, and went to the food court immediately. This worked out in my favor.

I got some takoyaki, and honey ribs with rice.  I have been craving takoyaki lately and didn’t think there would be any, but behold, there was! However, it tastes like the frozen takoyaki I tried once (and it was kind of gross). I wish the local restaurant that used to serve takoyaki still did. That stuff was amazing. I guess the craving for takoyaki is somewhat fulfilled.

Another display the Japan Festival has every year is bonsai tree. Bonsai trees are pretty neat.

However, this is a bonsai orchid! Look at how cute and tiny it is! °˖✧∩(◎ヮ◎∩)✧˖° I love it so much!

I ran into people from both local coms and was waiting for meet ups to happen. Eventually found a group and followed them around for awhile, and then we left to go get sushi.  The group that I hung out with forgot that I had donuts with them a few months ago, but to be fair, I wore a drastically different outfit for the festival than I did a few months ago. :p They eventually remembered me.

This was a place I had never been to before, but damn, their lunch special is fabulous. $8 for 1 roll, $13 for 3 rolls, and that includes soup or salad, and some of the best crab rangoon I have ever eaten in my entire life. Sadly, this sushi place is far from where I live, but it is near where one of my friends lives. Or it may be worth going out to anyway. Ugh, this now makes me want to go out to eat sushi again, even at the Japanese restaurant by my house. ;__;

As with all festivals and events, there were goodies to buy.

There was a Japanese bakery at the Tea Festival last month, and I got some sesame and herb cookies from them. They were so good. They also had a booth at the Japan Fest, so got more sesame cookies, and chocolate chip matcha cookies. (。ノω\。)゚ I think they are pretty simple cookies, but sesame cookies are really tasty.

Mom lost the lid to my favorite bento box awhile ago ;__; so I had looked online for a new one (and I actually found some super cute ones on Rakuten but too lazy/cheap to buy due to shipping). I found this black 2-layer at the fair for $5! That is a great price! I did have to make an elastic band for it myself, but no big deal. The cat lunch bag was $3. I think it is cuter than the lunch bag I made.

Most events, I buy a big plushie. I did not buy a big plushie even though there were some cute sloth plushies. Instead, I got two little anime figurines, and two pens with pretty designs on them.

What a happy keychain.

It was a fun day, and then I had to go home and nap so I would be alive for a work-related party afterwords (it went okay).

October Wishlist – Taobao edition

HECK. Why do there have to be a ton of releases when I should not be buying things?

Ista Mori Nameless Poem is a meme dress, in that it was super popular, size friendly, and cheap, so the meme is that lots of people have the dress. I too want the dress, because it is going up for sale.

The original meme dress.

There is also a version without the cross embroidery, which I would get. Also, WINE COLORWAY.

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This will go up for order on October 5. I want it. ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ The winexwhite and the blackxwhite. There is also a whitexblack.

A few weeks back, there was an event called Dream Masquerade Carnival, where Long Ears & Sharp Ears/Pink Up participated in a fashion show with a bunch of upcoming prints. No Devil Emblem, but there are a TON of dresses that I want. These are all taken from Facebook.

Moonlight Waltz in black. This STRONGLY reminds me of Krad’s Beauty and the Beast print.  I love this kind of artwork on a print. Is that a vampire on there too? =^● ω ●^= Or just some elegant nobleman?

Camelot Market, again, a similar art style to Moonlight Waltz and some Krad prints. This blue colorway isn’t bad…

BUT THE IVORY COLORWAY, HOLY CRAP this is gorgeous.

Finally, there is this print, which I can’t find a name for yet.  I want to see more detail in this dress before deciding if I want it yet or not.

Other wise, I want Moonlight Waltz in some colorway and Camelot Market in ivory. Maybe AP will continue to be totally disappointing so I will have extra money for dresses.

OH WAIT, BTSSB released a bunch of stuff I want too…but it gets its own post.

Chocolate Meet Up

WOW I am exhausted, but not solely due to the meetup.

Anyway, here are coord pictures!

Long Ears and Sharp Ears Mushroom Forest JSK in brown, with the pink Diamond Honey half blouse. Literally the closest thing I have to a chocolate print. I just don’t like chocolate prints. I want to eat chocolate, not wear it. My frankensteined Aurora+Ariel petticoat is TOO fluffy to fit under the skirt, and also too long, so just using the really old petti I got from Amazon. It actually works really well and is super comfy, I just have to shorten it a little. Maybe my petticoat issues will be solved by simply buying 2 of these Amazon pettis, sewing them together and then making them shorter??

I could have worn socks today, but was too lazy to shave my legs so instead I wore the white tights I always wear. Ha ha ha. And then my Latasa Pink Shoes from Amazon. They are so broken in now that I can use the elastic by the buckle to carefully slip into them. It’s fantastic. I just wish these shoes were a bit more comfortable.

I had to go grocery shopping before the meet, so my hair was fairly simple, and I wore some bracelets instead of wristcuffs.

So went grocery shopping, then came home until it was time for the meet. We went to Andre’s, a cafe that sells specialized chocolate and pastries.  I think they may be famous for their chocolate, which is super tasty, but I’ve had their tea cookies before and THOSE are amazing. I believe my boss buys chocolate for his wife from this shop for all holidays where a wife should receive chocolate. (◡‿◡✿)

Anyway, there is a tea room where there is a new set menu everyday.  Today the choices were two kinds of quiche, some kind of roast beef, or something else.  I got the quiche Lorraine.

There were also pickled beets and carrot salad. The beets were actually very tasty. I think I would have liked the carrot salad if I was feeling a bit better.  And then there was some kind of apricot jam cookie crust thing for dessert. I actually wanted princess cake instead, but someone else got it and I didn’t want to bother the server any more by making her go get another one. ;_; It was still very good though, and not too sweet, which is nice.

The others ended up buying some sweets after lunch, but all I did was take some pictures. Topleft are some cute marzipan punpkins (for HALLOWEEN!). Top right are a bunch of little cakes and pastries that I would eat all of if my stomach wasn’t feeling weird. Bottom left are some fancy cakes. I want to get good enough to make fancy cakes like this. Bottom right are the little packs of tea cookies. Full price, they are $16, but when I got them before, they were only $8.

After we ate, we took some group pictures (with the sun RIGHT IN MY EYES GYAH) and then parted.  The original plan was to go to a park afterwards but I guess people had places to be. That’s fine, I forgot my parasol and wanted to just go home anyway.

The kitten Jack has discovered the joys of sitting on petticoats. What a good cat.

I had a good time today, but I am also completely and totally drained of energy now. Need more mana potions. Surprisingly, I ate zero chocolate at the chocolate meet as well. Huh.

Summer Birthday Meetup

Today was the meetup at the Crepe shop. I love crepes. They are basically super thin pancakes filled with sugary goodness, and topped with more sugary goodness. Savory crepes are also a thing, but if I want savory, I may as well get an omelet.

The first outfit from yesterday! I am wearing the Latasa shoes, but every picture I took with them looked awful. Oh well.  I am just wearing the pretty deflated F+F petticoat with this dress (LE&SE Mushroom Forest, not Kingdom, FOREST), which has a built in petticoat too. This needs more poof. I was the least poofy person at the meet.

I dunno, I think I was still pretty cute, even if there is a lot of forehead. (◡‿◡✿)

Drove out to the little crepe shop, where there are tons of different flavors and I kept forgetting which crepe I actually ordered. I would have eaten any of them, really. The one I ordered was actually filled with strawberries and lemon curd, with whip cream on top and raspberry sauce.

There were also macarons, a lemon one and a raspberry one, but they were the tiny ones and I did not get a good picture.  I want to try to make macarons someday.  It is probably more effort than it is really worth, but it seems like the ones I get from shops (or the frozen ones Trader Joe’s has) are never really that good.

Next we went to an antique mall to look at clothes. This store had the BEST selection of vintage clothes I have ever seen! There were legitimate petticoats there, as well as some cute cardigans and pretty flower skirts.  Apparently this place has several floors worth of stuff (just the one floor of clothes though).  We didn’t get through the entire shop.

Next, we went to a museum/mall/streetcar station area.  There was free parking at the mall, and we intended to take the streetcar to some cute shops. On the way to the station, we peeked into this tea shop I’ve been curious about. Actually, this particular shop had a booth at the Midwest Tea Festival last year, and I was able to try some tea but wasn’t able to buy any because the booth was too crowded.  Today, we were able to sample some teas, and then I bought some sample packs of tea.

So we rode the streetcar down to the farmer’s market and other shops. It’s July in the Midwest, so it is already kind of hot, but also, everyone and their mother also wanted to ride the streetcar so we were packed in like sardines.  But eventually we got to our stop and went to the cute Japanese snack-and-merchandise shop, Yoki.  I think the best way to describe it is a smaller, more expensive version of Daiso, but also with legitimate Hello Kitty and misc anime merchandise. INCLUDING A NESOBERI PLUSH OF MY BEST AQOURS GIRL.

I was looking for her at Nakakon this year only to learn she wasn’t released until after Nakakon, so I though for sure that I’d either have to go online and pay shipping or hope they might show up next year at Nakakon (if I am even able to go….). But no, she was right there, and now she is mine. I am glad I am comfortable enough with this group that I can be a bit of an anime dork in front of them.

After buying some goods, we went to a bubble tea place for drinks (I got cherry limeade actually) and be asked by strangers about what we were wearing. Shortly thereafter, we parted ways.

Here are the rest of the goodies I bought today: mini samples of tea (tangerine blossom red, pao blossom white, honeysuckle white and jasmine green) and some sheet masks (one of the other people wanted to split a buy-3-get-1-free deal).

Today was a lot of fun.  I’m really glad I ended up going after all.  After such a long day, I am pretty tired, but I am still planning on going to the donut meet tomorrow.  I hope that goes well too.