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.

I’m not popular so I guess I’ll go to a bunch of meets this weekend

Actually I just re-read Watamote and am reading Umaru now, so I am connecting with my inner gross weeb self. Actually, that is fairly unrelated to going to meets or lolita at all. That is just where I got the title from.

I threw together an outfit for tomorrow and Sunday and have decided to attend the crepe meet and the donut meet.

Outfit 1 is Long Ears and Sharp Ears Mushroom Kingdom in lavender! When was the last time I wore this? I don’t remember, but I wore the brown colorway at Nakakon.

Just wearing my Latasa Amazon shoes, and white tights because my socks are not here yet. If my socks somehow get here before tomorrow morning (they won’t), then I would switch.

Close up of wristcuffs from Haruhi Clover on Taobao. These are great and I really like them.

Wanted a necklace, but ideally I need a cat, rabbit or mushroom necklace. These are cats, so close enough, right?

Outfit 2 is pretty much exactly what I wore to the Japan Fest last fall, my Cat’s Broom The Secret Garden High Waist JSK. Wristcuffs and blouse are different, but still white. Because I am feeling lazy, I plan on wearing the same blouse with both outfits, but I will wash and let it dry before Sunday. If it’s still wet or I am too lazy to wash it, I’ll just grab a different white blouse. I do have tons of them now. (*≧▽≦)

Not sure what I want to do with my hair, but I don’t feel like a big headpiece. I figured, I could maybe do some low pigtails and wear barrettes. I also really think a cute necklace with a pink rose would work lovely with this outfit.  I am working on making a pearl chain necklace right now, so I will see if I have any rose charms around that would work.

Looked up addresses and have a plan for parking, and now I just need to get a purse together (still no lolita style purse so a pink purse will just have to do) and make sure I am rested and 100% ready to be social and eat sweets tomorrow.  I’m pretty excited for both crepes and donuts, and I hope I don’t look too bad or act too weird. I wonder how many donut dresses I will see on Sunday…(・ωー)~☆ ♡


Summer Dresses pt 1: Many Faeries edition

Moonlight Forest is gearing up to re-release “Poetry of the Fantasy City”.

Wait. Is THAT what it’s called??

Yea, I guess last time I thought it was called Fantasy Castle. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ It is so pretty and I want it, but am I really the type for overly dreamy pastel dresses? Will I ever figure out what the real name of this print is?? I really want it, but that is a theme for this entire blog really (tl;dr- look at this dress I want!). I wanted this dress when it was released last year!

Next, we have the non-print version of Long Ears and Sharp Ears Kingdom of Forest. This is the only picture I’ve seen so far, but I am liking the pink dress in the bottom left corner. Still need to wear my long OP (I’ve been busy…) but I am tempted to get a JSK from this series. Maybe clearer pictures or sizing will change my mind. The top left dress looks less like any of the cuts from the print series and more like one of the Cinderella/Duchess custom dresses LE&SE released recently.  Preorders start June 28 (Chinese time) and go until July 5, so about a week. ⊙︿⊙

Finally, the brand Secret Garden has a poll on Weibo (Chinese Facebook) for colorways for this print, Flower Fairy. Not sure what cuts or sizing will be, but this is so cute!

The mint and the ivory look very nice here.

I like the pink, and maybe the reddish color is nice too.

I like fairy themed things. Also, mermaids, as you will see in part 2!

Long Ears and Sharp Ears – The Kingdom of Fairies OP Preliminary Review

IT’S FINALLY HERE. No time to wear it right now, so this is just a broad overview and first impressions.

Cute postcards I got along with my package. Thanks Clobba Online! I know it’s more expensive than Taobao alone, but I think I will use them anyway, at least for preorders.

This dress is very long, but I wanted the long OP. The material is a soft satin-y type, and the back bustle is chiffon and lace. The back of the bodice is fully shirred. This dress feels kind of HEAVY. But the print is so lovely in person.

Some of the decorative pins that come with the dress. The rose and ribbon pins, and a weird frilly ribbon that I am unsure of how to attach it to the dress because it lacks a pin.  OKAY so looking back at the official pictures, the ribbon pin goes at the waist, the rose at the collar and the weird extra frilly bow is tied in with the waist ties. HUH okay.

First black wristcuffs, and I though they would be more versatile to go with my upcoming Krad dress, but nah. However, I am trying to wear them in two ways here. Which way is correct? (I think the top way :p )

Finally, the headbow and veil! The bow on the headbow comes off (see the second picture) and I am unsure of how to attach the veil to the headbow. It has button holes, but there are no buttons on the headbow. Actually, the bow being adjustable isn’t the worst sin ever.  Am I to just use pins and pin the veil on my head? Damn, I’ll need to figure that out. I think I will be able to use the veil with my upcoming Krad dress, so that is being thrifty, right?

Anyway, it looks beautiful and also huge, so I don’t think I will have any fitting issues. I also kind of want to go ahead and buy the JSKI in Emerald Green, but on a no-buying-new-dresses-I-haven’t-already-preordered thing this month (and next month…and until I get a job…;__:). I am completely turned off of the lavender after seeing it worn badly in person. ヽ(ー_ー )ノ Oh well.

I am still waiting for the Krad Lanrete Vampire dress (it was supposed to be released Mid-to-Late May and here we are in June, so behold the curse of Krad Lanrete taking forever to do things), and the Arcadian Deer Astrology Air (June or July?) dress. I imagine that I will be a bit antsy once I know I don’t have anything else to wait for in the mail. I might just need to be distracted. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

UPDATE (7/1/2017) – tried it on, and it fits. The issue with the sleeves being too tight is apparently not even remotely an issue for me. The sleeves are super comfortable. The long OP is SUPER long though, and I am not sure if the petticoat I have will cause an awkward lampshade effect or not. It is comfy and fits, however the dress is still heavy and waaay too heavy to wear during summer in the Midwest.

Long Ears Sharp Ears – The Kingdom of Mishaps

This morning, got an email from Clobba that the LE&SE Kingdom of Fairies dresses are having some issues.

Custom OPs were made with too small busts and the sleeves were the same size as the one size, and JSK I dresses in size 1 were made with the shirring too tight. Clobba is returning these to LE&SE so the factory can fix the mistakes, but anything that has already been sent out may have problems.

I ordered the OP, but not a custom size because the one size should be fine.  It sounds like the problem is just with the Custom OPs and JSK I, so I won’t be affected. However, this is pretty concerning. But I guess this explains why it has been taking so long to hear about this dress. :p

Long Ears and Sharp Ears Cinderella and Princess of the Duke Made to Order Dresses

Out of nowhere, LE&SE has two made-to-order series up right now, and they are the most customization things ever.

Cinderella on the left, and Princess of the Duke on the right. They’re cute, but not anything I am particularly interested in. I mean, if I was independently wealthy, I would buy these, however I have to be more cautious in my spending. Also, Cinderella has cat ears (sharp ears) and Princess has bunny ears (long ears), but I swore I had to look at this image forever to see them. The bunny ears are hidden in her hair.

I am very impressed by all these options!

Cinderella comes in 53 different colors and 5 trim color options. That is a crap ton of options. Pretty much, every dress will be customized. How does one decide which one to get? The art is based on swatch 7 (so they say).

Princess has 4 bodice options and 8 skirt options. But that’s not all. According to their facebook, you could in theory use ANY of the 53 and 12 fabrics for either dress, although there are no patterned options for the Cinderella dress. The art above is based on light for the bodice and silver weave light yellow for the skirt.

Some mock-ups of the Cinderella dress. I like this dress the best out of the two designs. I think I’d go with swatch 4 or 9 (two shades of light pink), with white trim.

Some mock-ups of the Princess of the Duke dress. The ribbon on the skirt looks weird because there is an over skirt!

I can’t wait to see what variations people decide to get, and how they wear them.

Nakakon Day 3

It’s finally Tea Party day!

LE&SE Mushroom Forest (which I always confuse for Mushroom Kingdom…). I put little buns in my hair and used the hair clips and some other pink hair clips to try and balance it out a bit more, but it looked kinda messy. Used two petticoats, plus this JSK already has a petticoat built in…to make up for the lack of poof yesterday. I wore the lace wristcuffs for this picture, but then took them off because I think the elastic in them is dying. Also, I wore a pink cardigan (not shown here) because it is COLD. Same half blouse and tights and shoes as I’ve worn before. I wore the little kitty necklace that I planned on wearing, even though it doesn’t match very well.

I got plenty of compliments today, which was nice. It seems like printed dresses earn compliments, when I think back to what I wore last year (Musical Palmer and Enchanted Forest got comments but Chiffon Lover did not) and this year. I wondered if maybe I would only get comments on my AP also, but I got a lot of comments at the Tea Party today.

I got a few pictures taken while I was at the con too, which I wouldn’t be worried about…except a picture someone took of me showed up on Facebook already (in the cosplay photo group), and my friend posted her pictures also, and she’s already been posted on other parts of the internet. ;__; They’re not being too mean about her yet, but I really hope that she doesn’t find out. I though she looked cute today ;_____; And if people were upset about her outfit today, then what I wore on Friday would certainly set people off. I’m still not great at hair, and my shoes Friday were NOT ideal. ヽ(ー_ー )ノ Maybe I will just stay away from that part of the internet for a few days.

First order of business with shopping was to buy Meowchis. FINALLY got the Mango and Lychee meowchis. Actually, they had some of the Halloween limited Meowchis from 2016, and while I prided myself as collecting all the Meowchi variants for awhile…I give up. I didn’t like the zombie and pumpkin. But mango and lychee are cute, and I look forward to the upcoming flavors.

I found a mini Hanayo nesoberi yeserday but it was the Happy Maker outfit, which is fine, but I got a mini Kotori last year with the Bokutachi no Hitotsu no Hikari/We are One Light outfit last year, and that is the BEST outfit. Internet friend found a Hanayo with the Bokutachi outfit yesterday, so I though for sure I’d be out of luck. NOPE. I happened across a booth with SEVEN of them, so of course I bought one.

Side note, I wish I would have been able to meet that Internet friend, but our paths never crossed. Bummer.

I didn’t spend all the money I saved for shopping this year. I think I will put it towards my next Nakakon (which may not be next year).

The Tea Party was in a different building compared to last year. This lead to many people getting lost, because I guess even some con staff didn’t know where it would be. There was a map in the guide book, but it would have helped if they labeled the streets on the map. >_> I did not have any problems finding the location though.

This year, everyone got a free gift! I got a bracelet. Good. This is the kind of stuff I need.

THE FOOD WAS 100X BETTER THIS YEAR. Last year, the food was awful but at least there was Tazo tea. This year, there were SO many sweets. So much. It was wonderful. Actually, the things were almost too sweet for me, so I ended up not eating everything on my plate The chocolate covered red velvet cake ball was too much so I only took one bite, and I had to pick at the red velvet cake whoopie pie to eat it. I think this is all on me though. Maybe the addition of some fresh fruit would be nice. I am not complaining about the food though. Good job organizers, this was fantastic.

However, for tea we just got Bigelow, so the cheap-one-step-up-from-plain-Lipton-tea. As a tea connoisseur…actually, I don’t care because we got individual tea bags so I could steep it myself. Last year was the same deal, but Tazo tea bags (so high end grocery store tea). The year before, there was actually loose leaf tea in the pots, so that was the highest quality of tea I’ve had at one of these tea parties.  I would have picked Twinings or Stash if I was planning the tea party, but this is really nothing to complain about.

There was a raffle again, and I won nothing, but that’s okay. The prizes were gloves (cute), a blouse (probably too small even if it has shirring because Atelier Pierrot), two parasols (which I already own) and two wigs (how do I wig?!??!). Chatted with a lot of people and it was fun. In years past, they would do group photo-shoots, but I decided ahead of time that I would skip it this year. This year, there was a location set up for individual photos, but I didn’t want to get my picture taken.

Overall, this was a fun weekend! I think that I dressed pretty well this time, except for the nitpicks I have with my Friday and Saturday outfits. I was talking to one kid that I met up with a few times over the weekend and she mentioned that she was embarrassed by her outfit last year, so I told her I was in the same boat but every year, we all get better and better at this (even though I think she is already better at lolita fashion than I am…) This time next year, I hope to have outfits that I don’t have any nitpicks about, so I can wear them to Nakakon or whatever con I end up going to in 2018. The panels were pretty lame this year, but the Final Fantasy concert was amazing and I feel like I had better social interactions this year, so that makes up for the panel complaint. One always hopes that next time will be better.