Coffeeshop Meetup

On Saturday, I attended a met up at a coffee shop. Honestly, I was feeling kind of down about going to meets in general after the donut meet in January, but I was pleasantly surprised!

I wore my lavender Mushroom Forest JSK by Long Ears and Sharp Ears.  I wore a taobao blouse underneath, and an H&M cardigan because it was COLD. Fleece white tights from Target (I need more of these, by the way), a white F+F underskirt, and shoes from Amazon. The pink of my cardigan, shoes, and dress did not match.  I probably could have switched out the shoes for a different pair of pink shoes, but I didn’t really care that much.

I didn’t really plan out this coord ahead of time, and like I kind of mentioned, the last meetup (even though it was a different group) really left me feeling down for various reasons (which I didn’t really talk about before. I think I can best describe it as feeling like I didn’t belong?)  So when getting ready for this, I mentally decided that I would probably not go to more meets for awhile, because maybe a break would be what I need to become more excited about things again.

Devil Kitty was interested in my shoes and kept getting in the way while I was trying to take coord pictures.  So here is your cat picture!

The coffeeshop we went to is actually very close to where I take my Mom to the doctor, so it was nice to discover this place.  The shop itself is very chic and full of hip young people.  It doesn’t have a huge selection of items, but there were pastries and tea.

I ordered some Earl Grey, and while it did take forever to get my tea, it was some of the best tea I have ever had. I mean, most Earl Grey teas taste the same to me, but this tea was prepared just right for my tastes. Not too hot, not over steeped. Most coffee shops I go to will give you boiling hot water with the tea bag still in it, and if it is non-herbal tea, then it will usually taste oversteeped and the only way to resolve that is to dump in a ton of sugar. And then you usually can’t drink it for another 10+ minutes! But at this coffee shop, I could drink my tea right away. I was so happy.

I got a lemon-ish scone, and it was very good.  Their pastry selection was not huge, but this was a pretty quality scone.  I had no idea what flavor it was until I ate some of it, so I am glad that gamble ended well.

So I mentioned that I was feeling kind of down about going out, but I am a staunch believer that if you mark on the event page that you are going, you either go to the event or you let them know (either via text or changing your status or whatever) that you can’t make it. Half of the people who responded as going ended up not showing up, and a few people did message the host, but others just ghosted the whole event.  So I was kind of glad I did show up, because I imagine it feels crappy to try and put together an event and have no one show up.

But more importantly, I had FUN. We chatted about the fashion (which is kind of why I go to these things) and other topics where I felt like I could contribute to the conversations.  I feel inspired again to go to more meetups so I can chat more.  So I am really thankful for this meetup, and glad that I dragged myself out of the house.

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2017 Wardrobe Post

I know technically, the Wardrobe post is supposed to be your entire wardrobe. But I am lazy and don’t want to unpack half of my wardrobe. Instead, I will just post old pictures of the dresses I got in 2017.

In 2017, I got 8 new dresses, 3 of them being Angelic Pretty. The other brands were Krad Lanrete (2), Long Ears and Sharp Ears, Arcadian Deer and Soufflesong.

My very brief forey into darker, more gothic dresses. Left is my LE&SE Kingdom of Faeries, which I wore to the Japan Fest. Right is Krad Lanrete Transilvania Moonlight, which I wore to the Halloween Tea in October. I really do like black dresses, but it seems difficult to find ones that I really, really love.  I wish I was able to get Krad Lanrete’s Dullahan, but it didn’t work out. Maybe next time.

So many sweet pink and lavender dresses ♡ AP True Rose Story Special Set (and the amount I like this set is part of why I wanted Cameo Window this year…maybe I will have better luck with AP USA), which I wore to the Sailormoon R Movie last January. Then the pink Rose Museum JSK, which I wore to a spring tea last year. I love Rose Museum so much.

I wore Krad Lanrete Beauty and the Beast in pink, and AP Romantic Cat in pink to Paradiso last year. The Romantic Cat picture I have here is from Summer ILD, because I love this dress.  I really wish I hadn’t have been sick during Paradiso last year, especially since I can’t go this year. >_< Rest assured, I will complain more about that in the future.  It was so fun, and it sounds like this next year will be awesome too.

Finally, my Arcadian Deer Four Elements of Astrology Air dress in lavender, and Soufflesong Kitty Courtyard in lavender.  I haven’t worn the Air dress out to a meet yet, but I did wear it to grocery shop one day.  I think I put on wristcuffs JUST for the picture. I am extremely excited for the Fire dress in this series to be released. Any day now~. And then Kitty Courtyard went on a flash sale, so I grabbed it. I had been wanting it for awhile, and it is extremely comfortable to wear. I wore it to the Tea Festival with my friend, which was the first time I wore lolita around a friend from college. It was awesome, because we both ended up wearing purple cat dresses!

In 2017, unlike 2016 and 2015, I did not buy a damn thing from Fanplusfriend. There were times I almost did, but it just did not come to be.  I also acquired a good amount of shoes and half blouses this year, as well as small accessories.

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.

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.