Circus Haul!

Hello, happy Monday! This week, I will be talking about recent themed purchases!

I am a lolita who deeply loves the circus/carousel/carnival theme and as such, most of my prints & accessories follow those themes! This particular haul post reflects a bundle of items I’ve gotten that I believe properly reflect these themes.

I got one of the last OTKs & dresses on my Wishlist, which was AATP’s Starlit Sky Tent and the Secret Circus Trope OP and Circus Tent Stripe OTKs!

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I bought them both from the same seller who also included the matching bonnet!

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Print detail

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Print detail

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Print detail

If anyone who reads this decides to get this OP, please know that the lolibrary measurements are not entirely accurate! If you’re tall with wide shoulders like I am the shirring won’t help in the way it’s supposed to! I actually wanted to get new bras so I got some minimizer bras and they helped me fit comfortably into the dress!

I also got a new blouse and vest. The blouse I got is from Excentrique and it’s called the Lace Collar Crown Blouse.

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Lace details

I really like that the collar resembles a ruff collar! It has a beautiful lace pattern and I really think it will pull a lot of my circus coordinates together.

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The striped vest is from PEACE NOW. I’m hoping to incorporate it in more gothic circus  coordinates. My biggest concern is that it’s like black & silver stripes rather than black & white but in pictures it doesn’t really seem noticeable! I’m hoping it’ll help balance out between skirts & blouses I have. Whenever I wear blouses & skirts, I always feel like my torso is empty so I believe this’ll help pull it together.

But the two winners of my recent stuff has to be the AATP Enamel Circus Shoes & this cool Jane Marple jacket I bought from Wunderwelt!

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The shoes are SO GOOD I can’t stop wearing them ahhh; I’ve tried them on with so many things I own. The bows in the back are detachable! Funny story, the person I bought the shoes from was someone I had purchased a dress from in the past. At the time, the dress was missing an item (I knew it was missing before buying it) but the seller found it since then and sent it with the shoes! ;w; Another funny story, I actually saw these shoes posted in the Amino by someone and felt so bummed that I wouldn’t be able to get them. Days later they show up in my size! XD

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Coordinate test

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Coordinate test

As for the JM jacket, it has a jester feel! The collar is wire so the sections are adjustable! I was really hoping it would match my IW Midnight Merry Go Round print and in real life they’re a perfect blue match 😱One of the buttons came off as part of the listed damaged but that’s such an easy fix, it wasn’t a deterrent to getting it! Soooooooo excited to wear it!

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Collar details


Anyway thanks for reading all of that! I’m looking forward to planning out some new coordinates! (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑

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Casual Bubble Tea Meet-Up

Hello! Thanks for joining me this week!

Two weekends ago, I hosted a casual meet-up and I wanted to share my pictures! I’ve been trying to host more casual meet-ups to encourage busy or inactive people in the community to participate. There’s a bubble tea place right down the street from my apartment so I thought it would be the perfect place to meet for one or two hours. The bubble tea place also specializes in a sushi bar with lots of delicious arrangements of sushi!

RSVPs for the event were very sporadic but a few people actually ended up showing up! It made me super happy! Because it was casual, I also opted for a more casual look, changing the outfit I wore to the circus slightly. It was definitely interesting walking down the street in lolita fashion, definitely not something I’m used to despite it being a street fashion. I hope I’ll eventually be able to get used to it and do it more often!

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The sushi I inhaled

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My boyfriend Bobby ^_^

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Silly selfie!

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Sushi & bubble tea looks

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Close-up of my Nile Perch necklace

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Outfit Shot!

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Outfit shot!

 

Skirt: Magical Etolie by Angelic Pretty

Necklace: Nile Perch

Parka: Angelic Pretty

Socks: Angelic Pretty

Sandals: Offbrand

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this little snippet! I hope over time I can host more casual meet-ups and that more people will get involved! Hosting events is definitely stressful, especially when it comes to making sure the guests, location, and activity are in order. However, by the end of it, I think it’s all worth it!

‘Til next week!

SWIMMER vs FLAPPER: Biscuit Bag Battle

Happy Monday! Thank you for joining me this week! This week I will be comparing & contrasting Biscuit bags by SWIMMER & FLAPPER.

For some more context, SWIMMER is a popular affordable accessories brand in Japan. They actually announced this year that they would be closing their business due to their production costs increasing beyond what they’re able to handle. This has made a lot of people very distressed including members of the lolita community as SWIMMER is known as a great affordable brand for well-made lolita purses & bags. In fact, in comparison to most brands such as Angelic Pretty, whose bags are often $100+ for typical quality, SWIMMER’s bags are anywhere from $10-$45+ with often durable designs & materials.The SWIMMER biscuit bag has been a lolita favorite ever since its release due to it cute design, space, accessories, and pairing with some popular chocolate, cookie, or tea based lolita dresses. Because tea & cookies are a staple in lifestyle lolita, it’s no surprise why this bag is still popular & often hard to find for a reasonable price & without damages.

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SWIMMER Biscuit Bags in Strawberry, Bitter, and Plain / Source: SWIMMER

In contrast, FLAPPER is a brand I have yet to find out a lot of information on. What’s known about them is that they sell their bags & accessories through Tokyo Otaku Mode, a company whose mission is to share Japanese goods & pop culture on a global scale.
I pulled this description from Tokyo Otaku Mode’s website:

“FLAPPER is a Japanese fashion brand known for its unique accessories ranging from all kinds of bags and pouches through wallets, umbrellas, shoes, and functional pieces with unusual and super cute designs. They also have several character series, the most well-known being Buburin, the French bulldog, whose surprised expression can bring a smile to your face anytime, and there’s also Popo-chan, the owl, and the Mofu Neko series. Whether it is biscuits, ribbons, candies, cats, dogs, or other cute animals you are looking for, there’s a chance you will find it here!”

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FLAPPER Biscuit 2-Way Duffle Bags in Beige, Camel, & Brown / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

In my Tokyo Otaku Mode Haul post I talked about initially desiring the SWIMMER biscuit bag but having a hard time finding it secondhand. I found it in Strawberry (pink) and thus looking at the FLAPPER biscuit bag as a possible alternative for the “plain” (light brown) and “bitter” (darker brown) versions of the SWIMMER bag. Since the time of that post, I actually have found the SWIMMER biscuit bag in the “plain” color as well but for the sake of this review, decided to compare the pink SWIMMER biscuit bag and the beige FLAPPER biscuit bag.

Let’s begin!

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Front

At first glance, you can already see a lot of their similarities. My FLAPPER bag has a fold where the bag’s seams are unlike the SWIMMER bag. When I stuff the bag with items, the fold straightens itself out. The SWIMMER front of the bag is all one flat piece so this folding doesn’t happen. The FLAPPER bag also has a set of side hooks for an additional strap for over-the-shoulder looks.

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Back

The FLAPPER bag has a gold badge with FLAPPER’s name sewn onto the back of the bag.

Here’s the bottom view of both bags. The SWIMMER bag is both taller & wider than the FLAPPER bag.

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Here’s more size comparison side-by-side. The SWIMMER bag clearly wider & more spacious.

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The SWIMMER’s bag material is shinier, almost more of a thin pleather. The handles are very lightweight in comparison to the FLAPPER bag. The FLAPPER bag has much noticeably stronger & thicker handles.

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FLAPPER Close up

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SWIMMER Close up

The SWIMMER bag has the text & biscuit “holes” sewn into the bag. The FLAPPER bag has the text indented into it with actual biscuit “holes” thus giving the bag more depth.

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Biscuit “holes”

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Additional gem

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Spoon & Fork Accessory

THE SWIMMER bag also has the bonus of a super cute additional spoon & fork accessory attached to it. It really helps pull the bag together!

Final Thoughts:
Both bags have an internal pocket for carrying smaller things. For size & carrying capacity, the SWIMMER bag definitely is the winner here. But for durability & flexibility, the FLAPPER bag is very well stitched with a thick pleather with additional over-the-shoulder strap. In regards to cuteness, that’s a toss up! Both are solid awesome bags ^_^ So if you’re having a hard time finding the SWIMMER biscuit bag secondhand, I hand’s down think the FLAPPER biscuit bag is a great alternative while it’s still available through Tokyo Otaku Mode’s website. I haven’t been able to use the SWIMMER bag yet but I did wear the FLAPPER one to a causal movie meet-up recently!

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Bag folding not noticeable at all!

I hope you liked this comparison post! Of the two, which bag would you prefer? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Pastel Skies Review ✧

Hello! Happy Labor Day! Thanks for joining me this week!

This week I will be reviewing Pastel Skies, an independent brand presently selling exclusively through the website Lolita Desu. Lolita Desu is a favorite secondhand website of mine, I regularly speak highly of them on this blog and in my recent Accessory Haul I actually bought an item from Pastel Skies! Shortly after, Pastel Skies posted on its Facebook that it was looking for sponsored reviewers so I jumped at the opportunity to apply and got selected! ^^ For this review, I was sent two items so I’d like to review those items, as well as the initial item I bought in my previous Haul. I glossed over it in the previous haul post so I think a more in depth one is at hand.

First purchase:

In my haul, I had purchased the Chocolate Cookie Cream Ring in Brown. It was $10 before the discounts. I initially picked out this ring to match with my Angelic Pretty Cream Cookie Parade skirt.

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I was looking for cookie/biscuit inspired things for the coordinate so this one definitely stuck out to me! Here are some close-up photos:

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The craftsmanship is good with minor complaints, mostly that the cookie is a little crooked but still easily identifiable as a cream cookie sandwich. I wouldn’t say its imperfections are noticeable from a distance. For those more picky about their handmade items, their clay ones might not be what you’re looking for but honestly, since it’s very cute and large (and cheap!) it’s easy for me to overlook.

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And it matches my skirt really well!

 

Sponsored purchase:

For this review, I asked for two items:

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Kira Kira Resin Sea Shell Ring in White ($3.00)

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Velvet Square Ribbon Bow Mini Barrette in Wine ($8.00)

Reasons:

I picked the Velvet Bow because the red color goes well with some of the dresses & accessories I already have. I thought it could be a great addition to a circus coordinate. I have several items that are this shade of Wine and layering is definitely a lolita skill I want to be able to improve upon.

I picked the Sea Shell Ring because I recently pre-ordered Milky Way’s Jelllyfish bag.

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Since then, I’ve been trying to think about how I could make an aquatic circus themed coordinate. I thought this ring was a nice neutral color that could work very well.

When I received the package, it was packaged nicely as expected from ordering with Lolita Desu!

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I always love the free candy! *_* This time it was gummy sushi

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Well packaged with a note from Fox & Turtle

I opened the Velvet Bow first!

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Front

 

 

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Back

 

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Back

Thoughts:

I really like that the Velvet bow has the barrette stitches to it rather than glued. With handmade barrettes I’ve bought in the past, there have been breakage due to glue rather than stitching! It goes well with some of my other wine accessories. It’s pretty small, around the size of an average hair-clip but I think it adds enough necessary decoration.

As for the ring, I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would! In person, there’s a clear layer over a white glittery base that gives the shell ring a lot of depth. The ring base is standard and adjustable. It makes a great compliment to a seashell ring I found thrift shopping at some point. I think they go wonderfully together!

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Thanks for joining me this week and thanks to Pastel Skies for letting me write this review! I hope you enjoyed this review. What do you think of my items from Pastel Skies? Considering ordering from there? What would you buy? Let me know in the comments!

See you next week! ^_^

 

Carousel! Tights & OTKs for Days

Happy Monday! Time for another edition of Carousel!
In this edition of Carousel, I’ll talk about my most recent cheap or rare purchases!

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Alice and the Pirates Twilight Circus OTKs – $11

I had been watching this pair of OTKs for a short time on lacemarket but was on the fence about it. To my surprise, the seller lowered the price once more and I immediately had to get them. No staining and in overall good condition, I can’t wait to wear them!

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Afternoon Nap Gymnasium OTKs – $27

These tights are brand new! Generally retailing for around $30, it’s not a massive steal but considering this is a special pair of OTKs with guest artist Mitsukazu Mihara, it was very hard to pass up such a beautiful design for less than $30. The print is gorgeous in person!

 

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Source: wunderwelt on lacemarket

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Close-Up

Banana Fish Trump JSK – $20

Full velvet JSK! There’s a few loose threads here and there but it’s absolutely beautiful in person! Wunderwelt sometimes sells unpopular or heavily damaged items separately on Lacemarket, away from its main website. The items are usually severely discounted much like this JSK!

 

It matches my Alice and the Pirates cardigans so perfectly! I’m really excited to plan a coordinate with them all!

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Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

Oyasumi Pooh-Chan Denim Bag – $15

Normally retails for around $32 on Tokyo Otaku Mode so this is essentially half off! My friend recently bought herself one of these bags in the pleather version and I’m very interested in twinning with her! Likewise, I’m planning a Lolita panel for Tora Con 2018 in the future where I’ll give out Lolita items during a giveaway and this might just make the cut. Either way, regardless of whether or not I keep it or give it away, the price was more than reasonable!

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Astro Regimen Tights – $15

Now this, I am absolutely proud of! Astro Regimen is a print that comes in and out of popularity but the tights are very hard to find. Most of them selling have re-sold for around $40-$45 so when I saw these brand new in the packaging for only$15, it was an instant buy. I have to say though that these are my absolute favorite pair of lolita tights now. I’m not too tall for them and the wine color with the navy print makes for a great silhouette. ;v;

That’s it for this week’s Carousel! entry. What do you think of the stuff I found? Do any of them not seem worth it? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Until next week!

 

Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night

Hello! This week, I’d like to talk about my favorite lolita print, Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night by Alice and the Pirates!

Keeping with the circus theme, it’s absolutely difficult to resist this print. There’s so many lovely details on them that I just had to add them to my wishlist. I think in the end, I’d like to own all the colorways but for now I’ll talk about my acquisition of two of the dresses.

I presently own JSK I in Ivory and JSK II in Black.

If I had to prefer a cut, I would definitely say I prefer the cut of JSK II. It has an elastic backing that makes it so easy to slip on and off without being too uncomfortable. The high empire waist gives my lower torso a lot of freedom and space. It’s full enough to require several petticoats to fill it out. With JSK I, it’s an exact fit. If I were any larger, it would be uncomfortable zipping up the dress by myself just by how the fabric pulls in at the waste. Despite having shirring in the back, there’s just not enough pull in regards to the comfort JSK II provides. Despite this, I like ivory in JSK I the most and prefer black for JSK II! It’s hard not to love JSK I due to it’s design. It’s got the design, buttons, & shape of a circus performer or ring leader while JSK II fits more of the standard lolita look.

So First try-ons!

I don’t have a blouse or tights yet to match the ivory dress, I think I’m leaning towards an ivory blouse and blue diamond OTKs.

 

Print comparison:

More print details:

Overall, I’m so happy to finally have these dresses in my collection!

For a bonus, I actually own the matching Electric Circus pillow! ^^

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What’s your favorite print? Let me know in the comments!

Until next week!

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum: Patches, Antiques, & More

 Hello hello! This past weekend I visited Buffalo & Lockport with my boyfriend. ^_^ The Buffalo Lolita community planned a meet-up for the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum and some Rochester lolitas decided to join in! I was debating going but my boyfriend, Bobby, expressed needing to go to Lockport to do an errand for his mother. With the errand & the meet, we decided to turn it into a full trip!

We rented a hotel room & spent some time going to the Buffalo Zoo and then shopping at Walden Galleria. At the mall, we went to a few places and I got some new patches, notepads, makeup, & a pop figure.

 

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casual outfit~

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spoils of the mall!

 

At the Carrousel Museum, we got to learn about the history of carousels and how this company made most of the carousels around the United States. It was interesting to see how they went from completely wooden horses to half-wood/half-metal horses, to fiberglass horses. I loved the designs of so many of them!

 

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At the end of the walkthrough. my friends and I got to ride the large carousel together! ^_^

 

everyone was super cute >_<

 

Before we went in, I managed to get some good selfies and Bobby took some wonderful outfit shots for me! This is my first time wearing this dress out so I was super excited. I bought them from my Wunderwelt Order recently. I had trouble with the bonnet but one the girls in my comm, Lauren (who I went with to the Memorial Art Gallery) helped me secure it! ^_^

 

 

OP & Bonnet – Alice and the Pirates
Tights – Sakizo
Shoes – Offbrand
Bag – Innocent World
Rings – Enchantlic Enchantilly, Voodooodolly

 

An elderly couple walked by us taking outfit shots and kept complimenting my outfit and making me laugh ;v;

 

Thanks for reading!