Angelic Pretty Bonbon Bunny

It’s going to be out THIS WEEK! It will be out Friday, August 11 at Noon (Japan Time) so approximately 11/10/9/8pm US timezones (pick your time zone).

The white, pink and red prints looks great for Valentine’s Day, and the red could maybe look nice for Christmas. Pink would probably be nice year round, really. I am 100% not impressed by the black colorway.  However, because I made all these holiday associations with this dress in my head, releasing it in AUGUST feels weird.

I don’t really like the bodice of the JSK. While I like that it is simple, but I don’t like the white mock bib (I guess it would look fine on the white colorway). Every time I look at it, I think it is a skirt with suspenders.

Honestly, right now AP Japan has a Sweet Bakery Special Set and a Baked Sweets Parade Special Set for sale and I would rather buy those instead of this. This is pretty cute, but I am not excited about it. Maybe in a few months when I have money to blow (hah) and this goes on sale (The yellow Ribbon Berry Bunny JSK is STILL for sale on AP USA, this dumb print is mocking me at this point ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), I might buy it. But I am not excited the way I was for Romantic Cat.

If you miss it this week, AP USA will probably have it in 2 or 3 weeks.

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.

Angelic Pretty Laforet Grand Bazaar MELTDOWN

Guess how many special sets are going to be released. FUCKING ALL OF THEM.

Am I exaggerating? ONLY A LITTLE.

Luminous Sanctuary OP Special Sets in new colors.

Re-release of Freshly Picked Strawberries from 2013. CRAP I really like this. Will this come to US or the Japanese online store??? The Tiered JSK (upper right) and Normal Waist JSK (bottom left) are super damn cute and I want them both. This is the kind of strawberry print I have been looking for. ;_; I want pink and white.

Hallowee Treats Special OP is up. HEY I did not think red would be a color. They only previewed white, purple and black thus far. However, sack dress so I don’t care. But still, this print hasn’t been released yet.

LOOK AT ALL THESE DAMN SPECIAL SETS. On 7/27, we have Salon de Rose, Sweet Cream Princess and Chocolate Rosette. 7/28 will have Sweet Bakery. 7/29 will have and Milky Pony Carnival and Fancy Hospital (oh, Fancy Hospital is being re-released also but I don’t care). 7/30 has Cream Cookie Parade (THAT WAS RELEASED LAST WEEK DAMN AP). Finally, 7/31 ill have those Eternal Carnival Special sets again, Baked Sweets Parade and Creamy Cherry (but in RED so you can barely see the cherries ahaha what).

And NOW my FURY.

Rose Museum Lavender and True Rose Story Mint Special Sets, for HELLA CHEAP. Because they were UNPOPULAR. FUCK. I WANT THEM. I would have paid full Special Set price for them.

18 Special sets. EIGHTEEN. AP what the hell. And it is all In-Store only, and I am 1000% sure that Tenshi is going to be FLOODED so there is no hope. Not unless the Unpopular sets remain unpopular and things go online on their shop. In the case, I will spend money on things. ;__;

What should we call this fashion?

I am not entirely sure why lolita fashion is called lolita. This article from the F Yeah Lolita blog kind of explains the origins. In short, in the 1970s, there was a trend towards clothes nostalgic of Victorian era and earlier (think 1860s on the prairie) referred to as ‘natural kei’.  In the early 90s, this branched off into various styles, such as what we call ‘otome’ and the style we currently call ‘lolita’.  ‘Otome’ just means ‘maiden’ so that name is pretty obvious (even though the style that the west considers to be ‘otome’ is different from what the east considers to be ‘otome’).  In the 90s, mainstream culture seemed to romanticize the book and movies Lolita, and found parallels within Alice in Wonderland, specifically Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell (whom the story was based on).  Japanese lolitas ended up accepting the label by spelling it ‘ロリィタ’ (ro-ri-i-ta) instead of ‘ロリータ’ (ro-ri-ta with a long i), but online shops ended up using the second spelling anyway. So it was people outside of the fashion who named it, and it stuck.

Personally, I hate the connection between Nabakov’s book and the fashion.  I don’t want to be associated with it.  I don’t want to have to explain to curious people that no, we aren’t a bunch of perverts and it’s unrelated to the book but cannot quite put into words why it is called such, and then have them figure I am lying and we are all gross.  The blog post I cited says “If they cared that much about what sort of misconceptions strangers might have about them, they probably would have never ventured into the fashion in the first place. ”  To some extent, yes, I don’t care what strangers think of me when I am dressed up, but having to actually interact with them when they are asking questions and (silently?) judging me to my face is another story.  I just want to wear cute dresses and be left alone while shopping or hanging out with my friends.

Occasionally people will suggest alternative names, but it does not seem like any of them stick.  Some of the names are better than others.

Some people try to distinguish the fashion by calling it ‘Rorita’, which is just literally translating it from katakana.  Not a fan of this because it brings to mind people mocking the L/R pronunciation in Japanese language. Calling it ‘Gosu Rori’ and ‘Ama Rori” (literally Goth Loli and Sweet Loli) has the same issue.

‘EGL’ stands for “Elegant Gothic Lolita”, and was coined by Mana. When telling curious people the acronym, they probably won’t ask more questions. However, since it specifically refers to gothic (and some may even say it only would refer to Mana’s brand, Moi-Meme-Moite), I probably shouldn’t use it to describe sweet or classic styles.

A ‘Quaintrelle’  is a refined person who leads a life of passion, expressed through hobbies, personal style and charming past times.  Quaintrelle fashion seems to encompass various historical fashions, from Victorian inspired to 1920s flapper to pin-up style.  I suppose lolita fashion could fall under that umbrella, but all the vintage styles that also fall under the umbrella should not

‘Alice Kei’, or Alice Style, could work, except a lot of dresses are not specifically Alice in Wonderland inspired.  When I think of this term, I immediately think of old school style in pastel colors.

‘Alice Deco’ has the same issue of not necessarily being AiW themed, but this name makes me think of the extra cute sweet, pastel styles.

‘Otona Alice’ translates to “Grown-Up Alice”, and the (hopefully not dead) fashion magazine Eternita defines it as “women that always have an Alice living in their heart, or women that never want to forget their pure maiden heart.” I can envision this to be used for describing classic and mature-sweet styles.  This is not to be confused with ‘Otona’ fashion, which is the grown up mature variant of gyaru. I’ve read that they are using this term in Japan also, so maybe this will catch on…or not. But I like this one the most out of the different ones listed.

‘Otome Kei’ (in the west) is a toned down, less matchy and more casual variety of lolita fashion, but still not considered to be ‘casual Lolita’ (which is still matchy). It is more quirky and unlike lolita, it does not have set rules, and is more 50s and 60s inspired (but not as sexy as rockabilly or pinup).  However, in the East, they also have a fashion they call ‘Soft Lolita’ (thanks Misako, you are not helping with getting away from the word ‘lolita’) which is a vague approach to lolita, so it can incorporate otome kei and even larme. Misako claims that soft lolita is what you wear when you can’t wear full on lolita but still want to wear something to feel cute. So, even though there are claims that otome is dead (it’s not), there are still too many distinctions between it and standard lolita to be able to steal the name.

In summary, if I was in charge of renaming things:

  • Alice Kei – Old school Sweet Lolita
  • Alice Deco – Pastel Vomit Sweet Lolita
  • Otona Alice – Classic Lolita and Mature-Classic Lolita
  • EGL – what we currently call Gothic Lolita

I have no unique suggestions for old school Gothic Lolita or old school Classic Lolita (maybe that is just Natural Kei? But that might be a style of it’s own now…). And none of these names solve the problem of people assuming you are dressing up as Alice in Wonderland. ヽ(´ー`)┌ I guess I will go update tags now.

Angelic Pretty Mid-July Releases

tl;dr: Nothing I feel like spending money on but want to comment on anyway.

AP USA is releasing Cream Cookie Parade tomorrow. Actually, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Especially the pink colorway. Who am I kidding, I really only like the pink colorway. However, not enough to actually spend money on it.  It also seems like this print is something that would fit in otome fashion also. I think my favorite part of this print is the tea cups. I think I would buy a pastel print with tea cups and stuff on it.

AP Japan will release Milky Pony Carnival at noon, 7/21/17 Japan time, so actually just about an hour from now.  I like the JSK cut.  I like how it seems to be a throwback to older prints (which I missed out on because it was before I started seriously paying attention to lolita fashion), however others seem to think it’s AP making crappier versions of their old prints. ヽ(´ー`)┌ I don’t particularly like the print, but I don’t like any toys/carnival/etc theme anyway.  But more cuts like this with a print I do like would be worth spending money on.

I am always amused when AP USA and AP Japan have new releases on the same day (technically). It seems so exciting, even if I am not buying any of it.

 

Donut Meetup

Today was the Donut meetup with the other local group! I was nervous, since I am generally nervous around new people, even though I have sort of encountered a lot of the people in this group in passing.

I wore the second outfit I put together, the Cat’s Broom high waist JSK. This is almost the exact outfit I wore to the Japan Fest last year. Did double up on crappy petticoats to be poofier compared to yesterday.

I wanted to try doing braided loops for my hair. As you can see, I accomplished it, with the help of nearly 20 bobby pins and lots of hair spray. My hair is pretty thick (thus, heavy) so I wanted to make sure my loops would randomly fall out.

We just sat at the donut shop and ate donuts (or other breakfast food) and chatted. It was really nice, and a totally different atmosphere from meets with the other group.  Also, some of them did recognize me from various events, so that’s nice that I wasn’t a complete and total stranger (even though I kind of am….). Eventually, we did group pictures and then the group kind of split up.  I went to have ice tea with some of them and we talked about video games and anime a little bit.  It was actually really good to nerd out a little bit.

At the donut shop, I ate this donut (the “Scooter” ???) and some jasmine green tea that took forever to cool down enough for me to drink. Also, the teacups don’t have handles, so ended up using the saucer to lift the cup to be able to drink (the cup itself was too hot).

I had a lot of fun today. I am so tired now, and it is HOT outside. This next week is supposed to be hot too. July is suffering.

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.