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!

 

Example woodshop

 

 

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!

 

 

Lolita Desu Accessory Haul

I recently placed two orders with Lolita Desu again, a favorite website of mine for secondhand lolita goods. (You can read two of my reviews here & here)

They recently announced an accessory sale on their website. Up to 25% off depending on the amount of accessories.

“5% for 2 accessories

10% for 3

15% for 4

20% for 5

25%  for 6″

I had quite a few accessories I had been debating buying for a while so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get them! I put enough in my cart to qualify for the free shipping.

I totaled 9 items:

1 × “Girl’s Orchestra Kanaria, Accordion” (Balloon Girl with Harmonica) Postcard from Imai Kira

1 × “Girl’s Orchestra Kanaria, Accordion” (Balloon Girl with Harmonica) Postcard from Imai Kira

1 × Circus Neon OTK Socks in White from Angelic Pretty
1 × [革命] (Revolution) 2-way pin in Pink from 6% DOKIDOKI
1 × Circus Neon (Star Night Theater) OTKs in Red from Angelic Pretty
1 × Masquerade Hatpin in Black from Enchantlic Enchantilly
1 × Chocolate Cookie Cream Ring in Brown from Pastel Skies
1 × Fake Sweets Bible 2 Collaboration BOOK/MOOK Shape/Mold Set from Kisen Erika x Angelic Pretty
1 × Party Clip Coffin Barrette in Black from SWIMMER (C)

Total: $152.50
Discount: -$32.13
Grand Total:$120.37

The Fake Sweets Bible is a magazine people have been talking about lately because it comes with a mold to make your own lolita jewelry complete with full tutorials!
Shortly after, they posted a bonnet by Vierge Vampur. VV is a brand I’ve recently found myself being deeply interested due to the brightly colored dark themed (often circus themed) dresses and accessories she makes, so seeing this come up, I had to immediately buy it. Lolita Desu has this point system called Fuwa Fuwa points, which gives you coupon points proportional to the money you spend on the site. I exchanged my Fuwa Fuwa points for a $35 off coupon and ordered the bonnet & brooch from SWIMMER. The accessories sale was still in effect as well!

1 × Crown Bonnet in Ivory from Vierge Vampur

1 × Alice Clock Brooch from SWIMMER

Subtotal:
$63.00
Discount:
-$3.15
Coupon Code:
-$35.00
Shipping:
$9.00
Grand Total: 33.85

The first package, I ordered on July 19th. It shipped July 22nd and I received it on July 31st. The second package, I ordered on the 25th, it shipped the 29th, and I received it today August 7th.

First Accessory package:

Instantly well packaged!

Came with another complimentary sticker!

Fake Sweets Bible

Back cover with box of craft molds

I’ve start collecting art for frames & inspiration for my room so I’m glad to finally have these postcards in my possession.

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Postcard 1

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Postcard 2

Enchantlic Enchantilly continues to be my favorite go-to for lolita accessories and so I had my eyes on this hat pin for a while. I love the mask design and the detail of the gem.

The Neon Circus OTKs have to be the most comfortable brand OTKs I’ve ever had. I have thick calves and these actually stretches all the way above my knees without scrunching or being too tight! Lolita Desu also was way too generous on describing the damages. I couldn’t find any of the issues or staining mentioned, it’s like they’re in new condition!

The SWIMMER brooch is as described. There is some fading that was mentioned in the damages in regard to it being “C” grade, but that doesn’t matter much to me. It’s barely noticeable. The ring goes nicely with my newly acquired Cream Cookie Parade Skirt from Angelic Pretty. I’ve been dying to own something from 6%DOKIDOKI, specifically this brooch! But every time I saw it, it was really expensive. Here it was not only affordable and on sale but in a color I really really like.

Beautiful color & glitter!

Free candy! 😀

Second package with VV bonnet:

Absolutely well-packaged again.

This SWIMMER brooch is really lovely. It’s emboried felt with beads!

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This is a very interesting bonnet! I really like the black & ivory striped bow on the back. It’s a lot flatter than I thought it would be but I think it helps the crown design show more.

Striped ribbon back

Lovely note, candy, and another sticker

Bonnet on!

Crown detail

What a great sale! Some of the items I got retail at much greater prices so I was more than happy to buy. The Fuwa Fuwa Points also ended up being extremely helpful and goes to show how much being a loyal customer to the site ends up paying off on future purchases. Without the Fuwa Fuwa points, I couldn’t have made the order and would have missed out of this beautiful unique bonnet.

Overall, Lolita Desu never disappoints me with their well-stocked store and variety. Their sales are so hard to resist, I had to order twice! ><

Thanks for reading! Til next time!

Tokyo Otaku Mode: Otaku Prize Spin Haul, ACDC Lucky Pack, & Review

Hi hi! Long post ahead! This week I talk about my recent haul with Tokyo Otaku Mode!
Tokyo Otaku Mode is a massive online seller of Japanese brand items, unique content creators, and anime merchandise & figures! I’ve ordered a lot in the past but thought I’d do a review of the website due to a recent promotion. Tokyo Otaku Mode has offered the “Otaku Prize Wheel.” Spinning this wheel allows you to enter an ongoing competition for a special prize, as well as qualify for a $3, $5, $10, $50, or $100 coupon that expires in 24 hours. After getting yet another $10 coupon, I took a gamble, shared the prize wheel on my twitter to get another chance at spinning, and actually won the $100 coupon!!!

With that special occasion in mind, I decided to place a large order. xD

Part of the reason I stopped ordering regularly from TOM was due to the changes they made on their shipping. Shipping is generally really expensive on the website so it’s really difficult to get more bang for your buck, especially when buying just one or two items. For $150 minimum, you can get free shipping but only under specific certain conditions otherwise you get a shipping discount and TOM points in return so I sprung for that option! With the $100 coupon, I had to put at least $250 worth of things in my cart. (Managed to hit it with just .97 cents over!)

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The haul! Complete with shipping discount & TOM Point return!

 

 

Tom also recently started a Membership system with an Early Bird Price of $4.99. If you continue, you get special discounts on certain objects & a credit of TOM Points. I figured it couldn’t hurt to at least give it a try.

The SWIMMER biscuit bag has been on my second-tier wishlist for a while now. But it’s incredibly difficult to find secondhand in good condition for a reasonable price. I had been eyeing these FLAPPER biscuit bags on TOM since they’re really similar in design and since I recently found a SWIMMER biscuit bag in Strawberry (pink) on Yahoo Japan auctions, I decided to get the FLAPPER bags in the two SWIMMER colors I wouldn’t have (beige & camel)

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SWIMMER Biscuit Bags in all colors / Source: SWIMMER

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FLAPPER Biscuit 2-Way Duffle Bags in all colors / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

I also opted for a smaller pass case in the Brown color to go with the pink SWIMMER biscuit bag as I’ve been planning a coordinate with the recently launched Cream Cookie Parade by Angelic Pretty!

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FLAPPER Biscuit Pass Case in Brown / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

 

 

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Angelic Pretty Cream Cookie Parade Skirt in Pink / Source: Angelic Pretty

 

 

Other choices include a cute Sentimental Circus tissue box cover and some Rilakkuma stationary & school supplies. I’ve started to enjoy writing letters so anything that’s stationary related is very appealing to me!

Lately, I’ve been purging my wardrobe so to speak, getting rid of everything I don’t absolutely love. As a result, I’ve made at least half a dozen trips to the local Goodwills and sent off many packages both for friends & buyers. With most of the excess gone, I’ve been looking to replenish my wardrobe with new things so I thought I’d get this Listen Flavor shirt I’ve been eyeing all summer (Listen Flavor is definitely my favorite everyday Japanese fashion brand) and to try out the ACDC RAG Lucky Pack since ACDC RAG seems to be getting more active on TOM’s website.

So this review will be broken up into two parts; The overall TOM haul and then specifically the ACDC RAG lucky pack! Let’s begin!

I placed my order on July 20th. It shipped on July 24th. I missed the original delivery on the 27th and got it delivered on the 28th.

Main TOM haul:

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Very large box!

Normally with every TOM order, you get a free file folder featuring the art of a special artist. This month’s artist has beautiful artowrk. Can’t take my eyes off it.

Free File Folder

The thing I decided to open first was the Sentimental Circus Tissue Box Holder! It’s so large and fluffy!

The stationary set was very well packaged in its own plastic container. I love the colors, very soft pastel purples, pinks, and blues.

 

The stationary set is something else. On the website, it’s marked that it includes:

Memo pad
Pencil board
12-pack of 2B pencils
Eraser
Caps
Glue
Soft pen case

The memo pad has no lines so I think it’ll be great for drawing or practicing my Japanese writing. The pencil case is soooo soft! It comes with two sides for storing pencils and an internal pencil sharpener.

 

I also got some nice Sentimental Circus washi tape, a new pair of scissors, and a file folder with matching print.

Already in love with these scissors. I have a habit of misplacing my scissors but I can’t even imagine misplacing this cute pastel pink pair!

 

 

The file folder is really cute, it’s called Sweet Lolita by OTOE. I chose the blue version! I love her expression and can’t wait to find a good frame for it.

The file folder is partially see through and lovely.

Lookin’ coolllll

The stars of this order are definitely the Biscuit Bags though! Sturdy, well made, cute colors, cute shape! I’m glad I went with the decision to get Beige & Camel!

Camel

Beige

 

The Pass Case is very interesting in that it’s really firm & sturdy! I didn’t expect that at all, seems like it’d be great for holding pass or identification cards.

Brown Pass Case

And of course, the Listen Flavor shirt. This makes probably shirt number…10-ish of Listen Flavor shirts I have! I really dig the popcorn shark, it’s also apparently reversible!

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Full Shirt / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

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Print Detail / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

Overall a great haul! I love the collection of everything. All very well packaged, with strong quality over all the brands I explored. The FLAPPER bags were the first FLAPPER items I’ve ever bought and with how pleased I am with the quality, they’re definitely going to be a foundation I turn to for lolita bags, especially with SWIMMER’s recent announcement that they’re closing.

Now for the moment of truth! The Lucky Pack!

ACDC RAG Lucky Pack:

I actually got the lucky pack sampled on the website! Came with everything shown and I don’t mind that at all because I actually really like the sample pack! There’s only one shirt I don’t like so a turn around of two shirts, two bottoms, and a belt isn’t bad for the price.

ACDC RAG Lucky Pag / Soucre: Tokyo Otaku Mode

Very large plastic drawstring bag

This is the shirt of the pack I don’t like, not a fan of a print

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I’m completely in love with the skull print top! That and the unicorn skirt are great patterned- additions to my wardrobe!

 

The skirt is definitely a little short, I’d have to wear them with leggings or pants underneath because I’m just too tall. However, the waist has elastic so it’s very comfy to wear. Super bright and colorful with an adorable print! I’d love to wear it during the day-to-day or make a decora based coordinate with it.

 

But what I REALLY like the most are these pants! I love the heavy jogger style pants that have been getting more and more popular lately. I own a pair of black & white polka-dotted pants in a similar shape from listen Flavor and I’ve been itching to own another pair of these comfortable pants.

Dot detail

 

Stock Photo / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

 

That’s it for this week! Whew! I hope you enjoyed both reviews! Winning the $100 coupon was definitely a stroke of dumb luck but I’m thankful for the nice additions to my desk/stationary life, daily wardrobe, and lolita wardrobe. Let me know what item you liked the most in the comments! Until next time!

Fan World 2017 – Mystery Skulls & More!

Hi hi! This past weekend, I was at Niagara Falls for Fan World 2017!

Fan World is a relatively new convention, this is its 2nd year. There were reviews on its first year not being spectacular so I went in with relatively no expectations. It existed as a good opportunity to both participate in a lolita event & finally meet one of my good online friends in person and his boyfriend! On Friday, I was busy during the day preparing for the concert by packing my stuff. After work, my boyfriend & I headed up to catch Mystery Skulls in concert!

Local punk specializes in pink & frills, more at 7

Mystery Skulls was absolutely fantastic! He had a lot of good energy and excitement! After the concert, I managed to run up to him and get his autograph! He also gave me a hug, truly a great night ;v;

Mystery Skulls, my boyfriend Bobby, and me after the Saturday Q&A

On Saturday, we drove back up to meet up with our group and check into the hotel. I changed into Lolita after participating in the Mystery Skulls Q&A, prepped for the fashion show, and consumed lots of Tropical Orange flavored ice cream omg

Before the weekend, I had a lot of trouble coming up with a coordinate. Since I’m a new lolita, I don’t have anything too over the top gorgeous just yet so I tried piecing something together to fit the “classic” aesthetic, since that is what the fashion show coordinator expressed interest in.

The reception to my outfit was shockingly positive! I kept getting stopped in the convention for my picture to be taken >< It was actually really embarrassing because I wasn’t expecting it haha.

On Sunday, we relaxed more, ate breakfast from Starbucks and spent most of my time in the Artist Alley & in the Tabletop Game room instead of at panels. We also had a great lunch in the nearby casino before parting ways!

The squad!

For the con, there were some ups & downs. At one point, I lost my wallet on Friday and the staff members recovered it safe & sound! It’s definitely a small con so there weren’t a lot of people. The benefit of this is no lines and no waiting but of course, less activity. The con was supposed to have events on the Canada side but I’m glad it didn’t, I think that would have been a bad idea considering. I’m not sure if I’ll attend again next year but I definitely had fun this weekend!

Group photo of some lolitas from my comm who also participated! 🙂

Coordinate run-down

JSK: Midnight Merry-Go-Round by Innocent World

Jabot: Alice and the Pirates

Wristcuffs: Bodyline

Blouse: Bodyline

Shoes: Offbrand (Lorie & Knight on Amazon)

OTKs: Sock Dreams

Rings: Offbrand & Enchantlic Enchantilly

Pins: Gaia Online & Galactic Castle

Purse: Mufish

 

Thanks for reading!

Toronto Weekend Adventures

This past weekend, I went to Canada for the first time ever!
I went to Toronto with my boyfriend and our friend!

Before we left, I Googled where I could find lolita clothes in Toronto and found an old forum thread from 2007. In it, someone mentioned Pacific Mall so I thought it sounded like the perfect stop! The mall is a culturally Asian style shopping centre with lots of small shops. There was a food court on the second floor and I helped myself to some delicious soup.

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One thing I didn’t realize until we were there, was that the mall has a noted history of counterfeits & fakes. I couldn’t take photos in a lot of the stores but I never thought I’d have to rely so deeply on my knowledge of anime fakes, especially in regards to figures. There were a few things I did end up buying though! Including some face wash, a mouse pad, and some accessories! I got a star headband & some bat wing hair clips that I’m hoping will go with my Horror Garden coordinate.


Later, we went to Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe! It’s a maid cafe located inside Canada. A maid cafe is a Japanese cafe where the servers all dress as maids and engage in a sort of “performance” of the space. It usually sells really nice sweets and baked goods.
I got a delicious set of waffles with strawberries & ice cream! My friend got the matcha latte and they drew a cute little bear in it!


On Sunday, we went to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada! It was very nice on the inside.
We saw lots of different types of fish, including sharks swimming above us.

 

I got my hands cleaned by shrimp and got to touch small sting rays!

 

Seeing the jellyfish was amazing. There were lights that made the jellyfish turn different colors, I didn’t want to leave that section at all.


Overall, Toronto is a beautiful city. I’m glad I got to experience going to Canada, even for a short time. The city has such beautiful modern glass buildings and lots of wonderful space for walking. Considering the weather in Toronto is comparable to Rochester, I wonder how it looks in the winter.


Thanks for reading!

Memorial Art Gallery Hangout

Hello hello~
This past Sunday I went to the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery with one of my friends from my comm!

We went to listen to the Italian Baroque Organ the museum has on constant display.
You can find out more information about the organ on the Memorial Art Gallery’s website! 🙂

The person playing the organ was just wonderful. She showed us the organ’s barrows and talked about the origin of the organ in regards to the museum. Apparently the organ was in pieces and being sold as furniture before it was saved, restored, and acquired by the museum! I found this very cool video by the University of Rochester, which features a time-lapse of the Organ being assembled in 2005!

There was also an interesting exhibit on the Female Gaze as well as permanent exhibits.We were so busy chatting, I completely forgot to take new pictures of any of the art! ^^;

We did however, take pictures in front of the organ 😀

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I wore the coordinate I wore during the fashion show I participated in earlier this year! 🙂

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OP: Sleepless Masquerade by Alice and the Pirates
Hairbow: Alice and the Pirates
Bag: Tent Bag by Alice and the Pirates
Tights: TejaJamilla on Etsy
Shoes: Lorie & Knight on Amazon
Wristcuffs: Belladonna
Rings: AP Store in San Fran, Enchantlic Enchantilly, Offbrand

Thanks for reading~

Movie Meet – My Neighbor Totoro

This past weekend, I went to see My Neighbor Totoro with some of my comm!
Being a former animation student, there’s no way to truly express the deep level of appreciation I have for Studio Ghibli films. Spirited Away was an important movie to me while I was growing up so I’m really looking forward to watching all the Ghibli movies as they screen again in theaters. For the meet, I decided to dress very casually. I got to wear my new Dreamholic wig and my Catbus pin that I bought two summers ago at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo!

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The film got off to a rough start due to the theater having technical issues. It skipped the beginning and played around 15 minutes of movie without any sound. But once they were alerted, they restarted the entire film and we got to watch without any issues!
After we got out of the film, a boy asked his father to take a picture of us with him. I thought that was really cool hahaha.

After the movie, we went to get bubble tea and then walk around the mall before it closed. I have to say, being in Hot Topic in Lolita is a very interesting feeling.

Afterwards, we took a cute picture together!


I’m looking forward to our next meetup! 🙂