Neverland Soufflesong Strawberry Rabbit Pt2: OPs

Earlier this year, Rose’s Valley and Neverland/Soufflesong collaborated to make the print Strawberry Rabbit, and released 2 JSKs and a skirt.  They are all sold out now, which is sad because I loved it. It was cute. It had bunnies, and strawberries, was not awfully expensive and looked cute. But I did not buy either because I though I had more time, and I thought that it could wait until after I get a job.

I WAS MISTAKEN.

But behold, the print is back, in OP and salopette form.

Not a huge fan of salopettes, since they require full blouses and I still don’t have many of those.

This is the long sleeve OP. It is cute, and I though it was another JSK cute. If it was a JSK, I would have no worries. However, the worry with OPs is shoulder width. They don’t even have one listed ;___;

Short sleeve OPs are a bit easier even with the shoulder width issue. It looks flexible. It looks cute. It would fit.

It’s so pink and perfect.

But ultimately, I still liked the JSKs better, and I should have bought them. Actually, I should have gotten 1 JSK in pink, 1 in apricot/cream/ivory, and then I could get this short sleeve OP in mint. And then my life would be complete, in regards to this print. And then I could buy a ton of the cherry deer dresses.

But no, I am saving money right now, so this entire post is just me moping over how I cannot buy any of these prints. ;___;

Neverland/Soufflesong Thin Chiffon Trumpet Sleeve Blouse

I bought these from Taobao and not the international site, because Taobao was cheaper. Either way, it will literally take them 2 months to make these blouses. Or anything else. I think in the future, if I get anything from this brand, I will make sure it is something that only they do (like one of their dresses or prints) so that 2 month wait will be worth it. Considering I still like Strawberry Rabbit and now Sweet Cherry Deer, I think my graduation present/new job/new life gift to myself will be those dresses…if I can afford them (◡‿◡✿);;;;. (Oh nevermind Strawberry Rabbit is GONE from Taobao and the international site…damnit)

Got it in black, white and navy.  I am sure you can imagine how the black and white blouses look. It also comes in apricot, which is just their version of a cream blouse.  I considered getting it, except I couldn’t really differentiate between the white and apricot colors in their pictures, so I played it safe and just got white.

I consider these to be princess sleeves, sounds cuter than trumpet sleeves.  Tried it on, and the upper sleeves feel slightly tight. I don’t think it will be a problem. It was hot the day I tried it on, so I was glad to get this blouse off. I think this will be great for cooler weather.

The sleeves are so pretty, however I know that once I wear these out and about, I am going to constantly be worried about them falling in tea/food or getting stuck somehow. That is just part of the fun of princess style sleeves.

Taobao shop is called Neverland, tags say Soufflesong. I do like the tags here too, and the engrish. You belong to that kind, mature, lady or simple and natural, or pure, or movement, a fact that can all be fashionable.

Many Strawberries

On ILD this year, there is a local strawberry festival. BOTH local coms are having meetups at this event. That is going to be an adventure all on it’s own, but most importantly, I do not own any strawberry prints yet. Which is ridiculous, considering there are TONS out there.

Of course, AP’s Ribbon Berry Bunny, and Btssb’s Strawberry Drops and Strawberry’s Heart Drops (yes they released two, one is non-print) would not fit me, and are expensive anyway. I am so sad that Ribbon Berry Bunny is just out of reach.

So my plan for the Strawberry festival is to just wear my blue chiffon lover’s JSK, and dress it up with Strawberry accessories. I will make a tote with some cute strawberry fabric, and make some little felt strawberries to make into pins and hair clips. I’m actually pretty excited to craft things, and while I will probably look awful compared to other people who go all out (but on the other hand, it is the weekend following Paradiso so maybe people will be tired and more casual? It *is* going to be an outdoor festival), but

While waiting to get my supplies, I will wax over some current Strawberry non-brand prints.

Dear Celine Starberry Bunny was on preorder last month and has since closed. It’s cute, but damn are those berries HUGE. On one hand, it’s cute and I love how it is STARberry and not strawberry, when those are very obviously strawberries. On the other hand…so huge.

Infanta Miss Strawberry JSK and OP have been for sale on Clobba for what feels like forever. It comes in pink, black (for all your bittersweet needs, hah), yellow and blue. It’s cute, but not run out of your house and throw money at things cute. The felt strawberry rosettes I am planning on making are somewhat inspired by the ones from this set.



Rose’s Valley/Neverland/Soufflesong’s Strawberry Rabbit is one I have pondered buying many times. I really like it! I really like the other JSK also (it has a little apron!). If I wasn’t saving up and knew it would get here before ILD (it wouldn’t, even if I ordered it today. Neverland is serious about their 60 day making time), this would be my strawberry dress. I would get these color ways and accessories and it would be so cute. I may yet order these, but sadly, they seem to only be on the (pricier) worldwide site now. Still, these are cheaper than F+F prints. Also, I really need to be watching my budget. I should have ordered this print when it first came out and was on sale, and it probably would have gotten here in time. ;_; Oh well.

Last but not least is Neverland/Soufflesong’s Strawberry Sweetheart print, which is super simple. I think I WILL get this and to hell with it getting here in time. However, make no mistake, this is very much more otome than sweet lolita. Maybe it could fly with casual lolita. Heck, I could probably wear this as normie clothes. Considering this will be $50 (including shipping!), I really have no excuse. However, I first am going to wait to make sure the school reimbursts me for costs from going to the conference I just got back from.

There will be watermelon and lemon/orange variants of this Sweetheart dress also.

Paradiso 2016 – Friday

I survived Paradiso! It was a fun event, however very stressful for me since I didn’t know anyone going in.

Here are coordinate pictures from the first day, minus my face. It was hot so I just had my hair up with some hairclips, so not very cute or lolita-ish.

Enchanted Forest JSK1Enchanted Forest JSK2

I received plenty of complements, which is so nice, but there were seriously SO many better coordinates present. They were so beautiful. It makes me want to work harder and make better coordinates myself.

I arrived early on the first day to ensure I got good parking. The facebook page said to find street parking in the area, but those are all 2 hour only and meters. For a ~6 hour event. There was a pay lot nearby, so I used that. Not too bad though.  Check-in was super easy, but it was an hour between check-in began and when VIPs were let in. I guess that is to better accommodate people who aren’t paranoid about getting there super early (like me). We had a decent place to sit in the shade, and it was a good opportunity to meet people.

Like mentioned, VIPs were allowed in at noon, and general admission at 12:30pm. I was a VIP because I was tempted by that sweet sweet goodie bag, so at noon, I got to go in and start shopping. The market was actually very small, with 10 vendors. Actually, that’s not awful considering there were around 60 attendees. Lolita Collective was there, and Soufflesong (!!), as well as a consignment shop. I got to see Krad Lanrete’s Lost at Sea print in person and that makes me super happy. I didn’t bother seeing if I could fit it (I can’t) or what the price was (too much for what I was prepared to spend today, I’m sure). I bought some stuff from the Lolita Collective and also Maiden Loliland, which is a new store.

Veil and Wristcuffs

A veil headdress and lace wristcuffs from Maiden Loliland. Also, the eyelashes from the goodie bag!

Blouses

Two mini blouses from the Lolita Collective (they were $12 each so a great deal! Also I noticed a ton of people bought them also. On Saturday it was a bit of a running joke that so many people had the same blouse) and a gold sparkly wand from the goodie bag. One of the girls at my tablet suggested we all make coordinates based on it for next year.

Not pictured are the Pocky I bought.

There was a fashion show for Soufflesong and also Archangel Dollhaus, which is a Kansas City area shop that is supposed to open this fall. After the fashion show, tea was served. Actually, the food had been set out since noon, and the water for the tea at this point was lukewarm. The microbiologist in my head was also concerned about food safety, but it was all fresh fruits and veggies, some desserts, and tomato and cheese sandwiches that are probably safe at room temperature. As far as I know, no one got sick.

Food

Tiny sandwiches and veggies.

Desserts

Tiny brownie and Mille-feuille/Napoleon and fruits.

After food, Cadney did a Q&A. Cadney is a Toronto-based Lolita who was a Kawaii Ambassador for a while (but no longer). Living under a rock as I have been, I hadn’t heard of her before, but she is super nice and I’m now following her instagram. °✧∩(◎ヮ◎∩)✧ There was a raffle, and my table was super lucky and won tons of stuff.

After the raffle, it was time to shop more and chat, until 4pm. 4pm was the official kick-out time, so I went home. However, other people participated in the First Friday’s Harajuku Walk afterwards, and then I think there was an after party. I’m probably not cool enough for an after party ヽ(´ー`)┌ and I was already exhausted when I left so I’d probably just be cranky.

Actually….I got lost on the way home, since I heard Main had a part shut down for construction so I was going to take Broadway but it was actually Broadway that was shut down….oops.

I had a really great time on Friday, and I made some friends so I was really excited for Saturday (which is the next post)

Weekly Lolita Dress Run Down

Wow, there are a ton of dresses up for order this week. Some I want, some I want to poke fun at, and some I want but not really but also cats. But seriously, Clobba Online’s Facebook is amazing at letting me know what dresses are available. Soufflesong has had some of these listed as well.

First, let’s start with ones I want and am under a time limit for.  Long Ears & Short Ears (they have a Storenvy, but also sold on Clobba) is re-releasing their Mushroom Forest print, and the JSK is cute and would fit me.

so prettylavender is always the bestomg mint

So cute. I really want to support LE&SE because they are an indie brand and I really like  these patterns. But once more, I am faced with the whole “don’t buy the same print/cut in different colors, you dummy!” thing. I probably have about a day to make up my mind on this because everyone is saying this fabric print is limited. ヽ(´ー`)┌ I’ll probably not order them, but I do want to share my love for them with the world.  I suppose I am waiting for them to release something like Stardust Jewel again, which I fell in love with but missed out on. Or for a Lucky Pack. They have amazingly affordable Lucky Packs.

But man, if I was super wealthy, I’d get this same JSK in all the colors. Sadly, the OP wouldn’t fit, and the Salopette is a bit awkward and requires a nice blouse, which I am still lacking).

Next up is Neverland Butterfly Graveyard JSK and OP.

Dark Blue JSKPurple High Waist OP

These are on Clobba AND Soufflesong for around the same price, and there is no deadline. NONE. So I might buy these after I get paid. Even if it breaks the “same print/different cut/different color” rule. I think these two dresses are different enough. Definitely getting one in purple, and the other in either dark blue or dark red. I am leaning towards blue.

When thinking about lolita fashion, since I am on a budget, I want to try and figure out the image I want to portray. Do I want to be a Sweet Lolita (more akin to the Mushroom Forest JSK above, and the dresses coming in June)? Do I want to be a Gothic Lolita (like these dresses)? What about Shiro/Kuro Lolita (akin to what F+F pieces I am most interested in, generally)? I can’t really afford to be all of the above, but then again, with careful planning, why not? It is something to think about when drooling over all these different dresses.

Next is kinda a fun one: Neverland Cat’s Courtyard.Cats OP
Cats Highwaist JSK

I am not a huge fan of the massive screen-print patterns on some dresses. I don’t like the screen-printing on these, but otherwise I like the top part of these dresses, and the layered lace at the bottom. Also, Soufflesong has had these up for weeks now, but Clobba is just now putting them up? (•‿•) Okay.

Finally, I have to show off the name of this one.

Classical Puppets Maiden's Breasts JSK
Classical Puppet’s Maiden’s Breasts. What. It’s nice pattern with macarons and there are 3 different cuts (the high waist JSK shown here, a high waist OP, and a dolly cut which has no waist but looks crazy short on the model). Very cute, but WHY that name? (。ノω\。)゚

Actually, after some careful googling of “少女的酥胸”, you get pictures of macarons (and an alternative name of “马卡龙”, and that is macaron. Thanks google!) So I must assume that this is all kind of a disconnect between what it means in Chinese and what it means in English. This print is all about super cute macarons and sweets and ya’ll need to get your minds out of the gutter. (´・ω・`) I do too, I guess.