Birthday Arcade

Happy Monday! My birthday was this past Friday and I spent it with my favorite things: games, friends, and frills! Friends from my lovely comm were nice enough to escort me to a local restaurant/arcade to celebrate my 24th birthday!

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I didn’t realize I shared a birthday with the Olympics so we spent most of dinner watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony! I’ve never really watched the Olympics before so it was cool to see how much effort was put into the opening presentations. Afterwards, we spent a lot of time playing in the arcade. I played a lot of Guitar Hero! (ง’̀-‘́)ง

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The weather was awful because it was snowing all day, and people were rude to us for being dressed up multiple times during the night but I wore this crown all night because it was my day to celebrate!

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Coordinate

Dress: Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night

Crown: Voodooodolly

Blouse: Excentrique Lace Collar Crown Blouse

Striped Bolero: Offbrand

Tights: Littleroseplanet Mysterious Circus Tour Performance Night Black

Shoes: Offbrand

 

 I had one of the best birthdays I’ve had in a very very long time. It was nice to just spend it having fun with people willing to brave a heavy snowfall night for me :’) And I never would have met any of them without this fashion I love so much! Happy Birthday to me! Here’s to another good year!

 

Thanks for reading! That’s it for this week! Next week, I should finally be uploading my wardrobe post so please look forward to it! ^_^

 

 

‘Til next week!

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Clown Weekend

Hello! Happy Monday!

This weekend was a double of coordinates, fun times, and lots and lots of clowns!

On Saturday, Bobby and I went on a date to Rochester’s Artisan Works, a local museum located in a refurbished factory that hosts hundreds upon hundreds of unique and unconventional artwork.

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I got to see lots of artwork by Ramón Santiago, who is famous for his beautiful portraits and drawings of women, clowns, and creatures. I found out that he’s actually a Rochester native and that there’s a local studio dedicated to just his art nearby! I read up that there’s presently some controversy over the ownership rights to his art so I wonder if I’ll be able to visit the studio one day. When I look at his art, I’m so moved by an aesthetic I deeply wish to emulate with my coordinates. I hope I can look that dreamy one day. ^^

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For this coordinate, I went a little silly, lots of clashing patterns. I got this blouse thrifting during the winter holiday and noticed it matched my AP OTKs, I just had to pair them since they both have matching triangles! Next time, I will probably try to incorporate more yellow around the neck and waist. I went for dark makeup to contrast with the bright colors.

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Coordinate:

Bow: Pastel Skies

Clown Hat: Local Shop (Archimage)

Blouse: Thrifted

Bow: Angelic Pretty British Bowtie Blouse

Skirt: Angelic Pretty Queen Trump Skirt

OTKs: Angelic Pretty Circus Neon OTKs

Bag: Target

Shoes: Bodyline

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Artisan Works Clowns!

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On Sunday, I joined the neighboring Buffalo Lolita Comm for a tea party at the White Linen Tea House and later antique shopping! The food was fantastic, we all participated in a brunch buffet where you can eat all the pancakes, eggs benedict, and fruit for a flat rate.

I keep running into faces like this!

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I saw so many cool things while in the antique store! I ended up leaving with this fan shaped pin with dangling tassels for only $8!

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I really love this JSk and originally got it to match my Jester hat but was pleasantly surprised by how well it paired with my Vierge Vampur bonnet! I got the bonnet in one of my Lolita Desu orders and I’m happy I get to wear it while creating a second coordinate for this JSK! I went for more dramatic makeup and a dot to match the cutsew and dress. ^^

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 Coordinate:

Bonnet: Vierge Vampur

JSK: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Sorcerer’s Horoscope JSK

Cutsew: Angelic Pretty Decoration Dot Tulle Cutsew

Mask Brooch: Local Shop (Archimage)

Bag: Putumayo Rabbit Pochette

Shoes: Lolita Lola

 

Antique Clowns!

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Overall, it was a very fun and silly weekend! It was strange going back to reality and preparing for the work week once more. That’s it for this week’s entry! ‘Til next time! 🙂

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MAGfest 2018

Happy Monday! I’m still a bit tired from the long drives but two weekends ago, I was in National Harbor, MD for MAGfest! Super MAGfest is an annual Music and Gaming-based convention. I had vaguely heard about it but didn’t really consider going until my friend invited me! So Bobby and made the 9-our drive to Maryland from Rochester! This post is photo heavy!

The area inside of the Gaylord hotel is amazing, it’s like a self-contained functioning village with rooms that overlook an area of mini shops and restaurants. The convention runs for 24 hours so there were always people around from day to night.

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I didn’t really go to any panels (one of the ones I wanted to go to actually got repeatedly cancelled). I instead spent most of my time talking and hanging out with new and old friends! I did get to see Rare Candy in concert again! Rare Candy is a game-themed metal band! The first time I saw Rare Candy was at Tora Con many years ago. I really liked them beccause of their music and fantastic onstage presence. I lived my Lolita dressed of being at a metal concert in a full coord!

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Rare Candy on stage

 

Outside of the convention, I ran into someone dressed entirely in fairy kei! So adorable, we took a photo together!

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When I first arrived at the Gaylord, I was waiting for Bobby to come back from the car and a Lolita named Jessica stopped me to inform me about a Lolita Meetup! We ended up meeting up both on Friday & Saturday! We went up to balcony to get great coordinate photos in the lighting. On Saturday, we hung out a bit at the arcade and took some Lolita gaming photos! So many lovely people!

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On Saturday, I decided to wear Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night with the matching bonnet since I had yet to wear it and cons are usually a great chance to go OTT. I tried doing something different with my makeup, combining red and blue eyeshadow and lots of blush to cover up the fact that i was sick. Bobby took a lot of generous and beautiful photos of me! Not a bad coordinate to start off the year! ^^ More photos can be seen on my Coordinate Photos 2018 page!

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Coordinate

JSK & Bonnet: Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night

Blouse: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Étoile Filante Chiffon Blouse

Tights: Violet Fane Tragicomico

Tassel: Offbrand

Rosette: Moss Märchen Carnival Brooch

Shoes: Bodyline

Bag: Alice and the Pirates Tent Bag

Friday night, I hung out with my friend for a bit in this cool club! The area near the seats lit up and changed colors!

 

Saturday was a pretty fun day filled with a lot of walking around, exploring booths, and getting merch from the Vendors Hall! I met up with one of my good friends who I haven’t seen since early last year and talked! He also introduced me to some of his friends who were playtesting their super fun game called Boiling Point, a game in which you, as a crab or lobster, try competing against other players to leave the chef’s pot before you’re cooked alive! A very surprising and fun competitive game! xD I won the first round and can’t wait to play the final product! I also got to see a lot of really cool cosplays!

 

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On Saturday, I went in a different coordinate direction and wore my new gold lipstick with red under eye shadow. I think I lived the dreams of teenage me! xD I felt very awesome and adorable!

 

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Coordinate

JSK: Surfacespell Freak Show

Blouse: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Étoile Filante Chiffon Blouse

Rosette: Miss Danger Shop

Tassel: Offbrand

OTKs: Alice and the Pirates Night Out Gymnasium OTKs

Shoes: Alice and the Pirates

Bag: Surfacespell Freak Show

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On Sunday, the convention was wrapping up. Bobby and I were preparing to head back to Rochester so I dressed more comfortably and wore decora for the first time in a long time! It was great to accessorize! Even though Lolita fashion is ultimately what I ended up liking the most, I’m always constantly inspired by decora and the people I’ve gotten to talk to through the style! I tried pink and blue eyeshadow and lotsss of hairclips!

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Overall, I had a fantastic time! Almost too good of a time, I was tired for days hahaha! I’d really like to go again next year!

Thanks for tuning in, ’til next week! 🙂

 

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Winter International Lolita Day 2017

Hello! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! This past weekend was International Lolita Day! I experienced my first ILD earlier this year when I hosted a swap meet for my comm. ILD is held every year, twice a year on the first Saturday of July and December, so people from all over the world can decide when and how to spend the day celebrating.

For this December’s ILD, I hosted a meet-up to Rochester’s Public Market. The Public Market has been renovated a lot recently and it had been a few months since I had last visited. Thus, I was looking forward to going for this event! The vendors sold many cute vintage Christmas accessories, fresh Christmas trees, decorations, winter clothing, and other interesting items!

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There was this cute carousel horse there! I wish I could have bought it!

We had a great turn-out! It was awesome seeing some people I haven’t seen since the recent tea party meet-up. My friend wore a sax dress to match with me! I thought everyone looked so adorable! We found a cute spot to take coordinate pictures, as well as the group picture.

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After the group photo, we walked through the area once more, with lots of people stopping us to ask us about our outfits. I generally mention our “fashion club” and it was interesting having so many admirers. Before the event, I was a bit nervous because I hadn’t worn something so brightly pastel before. The positive reception really eased my nerves. We stumbled across a vendor who sold these amazingly fluffy earmuffs! Almost everyone bought a pair (or several) and we took a group photo. xD

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Bobby and I did some very light shopping for vegetables from some of the farmers. I got some amazing sugar cookies and kettle corn! For accessories, I got a bow made entirely of metal, an interesting ring, and a pin with a sword. And of course, the earmuffs!

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For my coordinate, I wore Angelic Pretty’s Harlequinade for the first time. I really love the pastel colorways of it and recently acquired the sax version. I thought it was a great opportunity to wear my new rosette from Ikemen Mode as well as a few other accessories I haven’t gotten to wear yet.

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Makeup & accessories

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With my coat and earmuffs

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Coordinate

JSK: Angelic Pretty Harlequinade

Blouse: Excentrique Lace Collar Crown Blouse

OTKs: Alice and the Pirates Afternoon Nap Gymnasium OTKs

Shoes: Bodyline

Bag: Daiso

More coordinate photos can be seen on my Coordinate Photos 2017 page!

Overall, I’m very happy with out the meet-up turned out! It’s been 9 months since I’ve started actively building my Lolita wardrobe and I’m having such a great time. Being able to wear a fashion that fits my quirkiness, while also meeting so many awesome people has made the last few months so amazing. I can’t wait for the next ILD!

 

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Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time!

RuffleCon 2017 Part 2

Hello! Today is Part 2 of my RuffleCon 2017 series! A week later and I’m still tired from such a great weekend!

On Saturday, I went to the fashion shows of Ikemen Mode and The Bloody Tea Party. It was great seeing such amazing outfits! The witch bonnet is definitely a unique piece!

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Ikemen Mode has easily jumped up my personal list of favorite EGL Brands. I was deeply impressed by the outfits I saw in the fashion show. They had a booth in the Marketplace so I made sure to stop buy and got to meet the designer Sheri! Ikemen Mode features Ouji and Aristocrat fashion pieces in a wide arrangement of sizes, highly desired considering that Japanese sizes tend to run smaller than European sizes. Additionally, ouji fashion made by major Japanese brands tend to be catered more towards women so the sizes often also reflect that.

Later in the day, I also ended up going to the Metamorphose temps de fille fashion show! The line was very long!

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I was really amazed by the amount of detail in some of the new dresses!

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That night, there was a dance with a DJ! I had a blast and took a lot of photos!

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Sunday went by very quickly. I went to a very interesting parlor magic panel in the morning and then spent the rest of the day in the Marketplace for some last minute purchases.

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Overall, I got a lot of stuff from the Marketplace and the Consignment shop. It was great seeing the Ikemen Mode booth up close. I didn’t have enough money at the time but I will definitely be buying some of their blouses and accessories in the future! I also got to buy a necklace from Tokimekiteikoku. I’ve loved and admired her jewelry from afar so it was great to get to buy something in person. Other things include a crown from Voodooodolly, a rosette from Miss Danger Shop, and other miscellaneous accessories.

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I got the opportunity to wear more circus coordinates throughout the weekend! I tried picking two coordinates that would be easy to use similar accessories for to minimize packing. I like how they turned out~ More pictures will be on my coordinate page!

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Saturday Coordinate

OP : Alice and the Pirates Twilight Circus

OTKs: Chantilly

Shoes: Alice and the Pirates

Bag: Alice and the Pirates Marching Drum Bag

Accessories : Fanplusfriend (gloves)

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Sunday Coordinate

OP : Angelic Pretty Fantasy Theater

Tights: Angelic Pretty

Shoes: Bodyline

Bag: Alice and the Pirates Marching Drum Bag

 

This weekend was just so much fun! I’m really thankful for the opportunity to meet so many cool new people.

That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading!

 

*I’m a little backlogged on translating due to travelling! I hope to have those back up and regularly scheduled soon, thank you for your patience!*

RuffleCon 2017 Part 1

Hello! This past weekend, I was at RuffleCon!

I’ve decided to break this event up into two separate parts. Part 1 will be on Friday and Part 2 will be on Saturday and Sunday!

RuffleCon is an alternative fashion convention hosted in Stamford, CT. It’s run for a few years but as this is my first year officially in Lolita fashion, this was my first year attending the con. The trip was a joint trip between the Rochester and Buffalo Lolita communities. Lauren, Cristina, and I traveled down to Stamford from Rochester by car. It was around a 7 hour trip! We made a joint hotel stay with some of the people from the Buffalo Lolita comm. Our hotel room was pretty nice and my Weekend Plus ticket came with food at the hotel buffet!

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Lunch!

On Friday morning, we waited in line for registration and consignment intake. They have a consignment room, in which people bring in Lolita items to sell. RuffleCon takes a 20% cut of whatever sells and people can browse a large room filled with clothes!

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I made a few purchases in the consignment room! I bought a pretty blue headband. I also found Angelic Pretty’s Marionette Girl Skirt in the pink colorway! I have been looking at Marionette Girl sporadically over the last few months so it was exciting to find it here for only $30! Instant buy!

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Angelic Pretty Marionette Girl Skirt

Throughout the day, I went to a few interesting panels. I went to a panel about resin crafting and another one about pattern sewing!

At night, I entered the annual Coordinate Contest. For a few months, I spent a lot of time planning a coordinate to match perfectly with the Alice and the Pirates Jesters of the Moon Hat I purchased earlier this year.

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The coordinate went through many changes and iterations, including two main dress changes. Once I got the main part of the coordinate planned out, I made a handmade scepter as well to match the hat! The scepter is made out of wood, ribbon, and glue. I hope to make a tutorial post about how I planned and constructed it soon!

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Ultimately, I didn’t end up placing in the contest but the reception to my coordinate was so overwhelmingly positive! It really made me feel like my hard work paid off in some regard at least ;v;

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On stage!

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Coordinate

JSK : Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Sorcerer’s Horoscope JSK

Blouse: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Étoile Filante Chiffon Blouse

OTKs: Alice and the Pirates Circus Stripe OTKs and Diamond Lame OTKs

Shoes: John Fluevog

Bag: Putumayo

Accessories : Fanplusfriend (gloves)

 

After a long day of travelling, talking, and photo taking, my friends and I spent some time just hanging out and talking. We wrapped up the night with two more panels, including a hilarious improvised performance competition of reciting “Lolita Secrets,” and turned in for the night! It was definitely hard to want to take off my makeup, I liked it so much!

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That’s it for Part 1! Stay tuned next week for Part 2! Thanks for reading!

 

*I’m a little backlogged on translating due to travelling! I hope to have those back up and regularly scheduled soon, thank you for your patience!*

Halloween Shopping / ハロウィーンの買い物

Hello!  Starting now, I will begin translating my blog posts into Japanese. I’m planning on going back and translating my old posts from the beginning as well!

こんにちは!今日から、ブログを日本語に翻訳する。そして、最初の投稿からも日本語に翻訳するつもりだよ!

 

This past weekend, I went Halloween shopping with my friend Lauren! We’re hosting a Halloween potluck party for our local Rochester Lolita community!

先週の週末、友達ローレンさんとハロウィーンの買い物した!私達はロチェスターのロリータコミュニティーのためにパーティーをホストする。

 

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In the car! / 車で!

I got a bunch of craft ribbon because I want to teach everyone how to make rosettes with these rosette makers I bought recently. I’m still struggling to make them myself but I’ll get better with practice. Lauren and I spent a lot of time looking for just the right type of material!

ロゼットメーカーでロゼットを作るのが教えたいから、たくさんのリボンを買った。作るのは難しいから、練習して上手になるよ。かんぺきなリボンを探していたので、ローレンさんと長い間をかけたよ!

 

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Wonderland / ワンダーランド

While thrift shopping, I saw the cutest snow globe with a Pierrot clown! I wish I had space for it in my apartment, it was only $4! T_T

セカンドハンド買い物の時、かわいいピエロスノーグローブを見た!でも、アパートはスペースはない。それは$4だけだった!!

 

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I finally got to wear a skirt I got recently, Angelic Pretty’s Queen Trump skirt. It has a few damages so I’m hoping to get another pair of it in better condition! It’s definitely a gem of a skirt. I bought a few of the same series rings in a bundle! I have a brooch from SWIMMER and matching pin and bag of Kuro from Sentimental Circus. Overall, I’m very proud of this coordinate! I think it’s solid for small shopping days or dates with Bobby. 🙂

私は最近の買ったAngelic Prettyクィーントランプスカートを遂に履いたね。きれいな~!それはちょっとダメージがあるので、いつかもっといいスカートが買いたいんだ。 そしてAngelic Prettyクィーントランプリングも買った。SWIMMERブローチとセンチメンタルサーカスクロピンもある。コーディネートが好き!買い物の日やボビーちゃんとデートのときに履くね。

 

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Queen Heart Ring & Queen Spade Ring / クィーンハートリングとクィーンスペードリング

 

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Kuro pin and SWIMMER brooch / クロピンとSWIMMERブローチ

 

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Kuro Bag / クロ鞄

 

 

 

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Coordinate / コーディネート

Skirt / スカート: Angelic Pretty

Blouse / ブラウス: Aurora and Ariel

Cardigan / カーディガン: Alice and the Pirates

Tights / タイツ: Offbrand

Slouch socks / ソックス: Sock Dreams

Shoes / シューズ: Putumayo

Accessories / アクセサリー: Sentimental Circus, SWIMMER, Offbrand

 

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Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time!

読んでくれてありがとう! またね!

 

 

Tea at the Red Bird

Happy Monday! October means a great month of beautiful fall weather & activities! This past weekend, I experienced my first legit tea party with my Lolita community! We planned & reserved out a tearoom in a nearby town and it was hands down, the best meet I’ve ever gone to thus far.

The name of the cafe is called The Red Bird so of course, what better occasion for wearing red? The event was also a good introduction back into ouji for my other half, Bobby, who first tested the waters during the Swap Meet earlier this year for International Lolita Day! I’m really thankful for his participation. A girl in my comm, Emily, made a headband for one of her dresses and it ended up matching Bobby perfectly! He got to borrow it for the rest of the day!

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I experimented a little with makeup! I wanted to go for something circus-inspired to match my dress so I tried out some white under eyeliner with red lipstick to imitate a clown smile!

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The food was so wonderful, lots of delicious sandwiches & baked goods. The trays had grapes, raspberries, and oranges as well for additional sweetness! At this cafe, you can pick your own tea cup and plate so I naturally selected a full pink set.

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After the tea & lunch, we decided to take lots of group & coordinate pictures while the lighting was still good. I shockingly got a lot of great coordinate pictures out of it! Usually I mess up a lot of my pictures by laughing or posing awkwardly but I’m extremely proud of how a lot of these came out (thanks to Bobby for his phone & photo skills!)

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We regularly got stopped by people who were interested in what we were wearing. Lots of photos were taken of us! It was definitely a pleasant contrast to a few weekends ago when I went to the movies & mall with Bobby. I guess because I was wearing lolita alone, it was easier for people to glare and be suspicious. In a group setting, where everyone is clearly having fun, people are laughing, and genuinely enjoying each others’ outfits, I guess for bystanders, the appearance is that we’re a “group” or doing it “for something” is enough to make the reaction more positive and welcoming. I’d like to test out the waters and contrast more public opinions received while in a group setting vs. sole lolita but that’s a different blog post for another day!

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My lovely friends!

After photos, we walked down the street to go to a bunch of different stores. We went to multiple antique shops, a comic book shop, and later a gift shop. At the gift shop, I actually managed to find something that I think would be great for my coordinates in the future! It’s a drama mask pin and the design matches the drama mask brass hair barrette I wore during the Swap Meet. I also made a clown friend!

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Overall, I can’t say enough positive things about this meet. Perfect weather, perfect food, perfect company! Days like that just really solidify why I love this fashion so much. Beyond just beautiful clothes, there’s a strong sense of community, togetherness, and expression. While I’m sure I would be a lone Lolita in the event I did not have an immediate surrounding community that I could help energize, there’s a lot to be said on how satisfying it is to be able to share your passion with other passionate people. I love being able to just sit and talk and express myself. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to me and I’m absolutely looking forward to our next big meet!

 

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Coordinate

Dress & OP: Alice and the Pirates Starlit Sky Tent and the Secret Circus Troupe
OTKs: Alice and the Pirates Circus Tent Stripe OTKs
Bag: Innocent World Carousel Bag
Shoes: Alice and the Pirates Enamel Circus Shoes
Wristcuffs: Bodyline
Rings & Accessories: Alice and the Pirates, Enchantilly Enchantilic, Offbrand

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll enjoy me again next week! Until then, please enjoy the funny picture slideshow below! Bye!

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Edit 10/15: My friend Cristina posted a vlog of the day!

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!

 

Edit: 11/19/17

I also got to wear the SWIMMER bag!

 

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