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!

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Halloween Party 2017 / ハロウィーンのパーティー2017

Hi there! Last weekend was so much fun! I got to host a Halloween Party for the Rochester Lolita community! As a potluck, guests brought a food item to share with everyone.

こんにちは!先週の週末は楽しかった!私はロチェスターのロリータコミュニティーのために ハロウィーンのパーティーをホストした。ポットラックで、皆さんは食べ物を持ってきました。

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I made pumpkin soup and deviled eggs!

私は南瓜のスープと デビルド卵を作った!

 

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We spent a lot of time playing card games. Others were making crafts with the supplies Lauren and I got last week.

私達は長い間カードゲームを遊んだ。余人はローレンさんと先週の買ったものを使ってクラフトを作った。

 

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Bobby dressed up with me again! He recently bought Alice and the Pirates’ Guilty Meltin’ Sweets Town Ouji Set.

ボビーちゃんと又着飾った! 最近、彼はALICE and the PIRATESのギルティメルティスイーツタウン柄王子セットを買った。

 

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I already bought Angelic Pretty’s Horror Garden JSK months ago in preparation for Halloween. So, I thought about how we could make a couples’ coordinate. Ultimately, I ended up adding a brown blouse and getting matching tights with Bobby! This is the first coordinate I’ve worn the pigtails of my Dream Holic wig. I think our picture came out really well!

ハロウィーンのために私はもうAngelic PrettyのHorror Gardenジャンパースカートを買った。カップルコーディネートの作り方について考えた。到頭、私は茶色ブラウスとコーデ タイツを決めたんだ。このコーディネートでDream Holic鬘のピグテールを初めてかぶった。写真はよかっただと思う!

 

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Bobby took a few pictures of me as well!

ボビーちゃんは写真を撮ってくれた!

 

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Coordinate / コーディネート

JSK / ジャンパースカート: Angelic Pretty

Blouse / ブラウス: Angelic Pretty

Tights / タイツ: Offbrand

Shoes / シューズ: Putumayo

Bag / 鞄: SWIMMER

Accessories / アクセサリー: Automatic Honey, Angelic Pretty, SWIMMER, Enchantlic Enchantilly

 

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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!

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!

 

 

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!

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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!

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! 🙂

International Lolita Day – Swap Meet & Picnic

Hello!
This past Sunday I hosted my very first lolita meetup!

To celebrate International Lolita Day, my community had a swap meet & picnic!

I was really nervous because it was my first time ever hosting a meetup and I hadn’t met most of my comm yet. On top of that, the weather forecast predicted thunderstorms for a few days.  I made sure to buy tarps to put up in the picnic shelter, but fortunately despite raining in the morning, it cleared up very quickly and was sunny for the rest of the day! (*´▽`*)



One lolita brought loose tea and it was definitely one of the most refreshing experiences I’ve had in a while. Drinking fresh hot tea on a cool rainy morning was such a pleasant feeling. Another lolita brought these very delicious ice cream cone s’mores!

 

Because lolita has become such a large part of my life, I’ve introduced my boyfriend, Bobby, to ouji fashion. He was thoughtful enough to consider trying it out for the picnic so I made sure we took a picture together even though we didn’t exact match. It’s my dream to color coordinate something wonderful with him!

 

Ultimately I ended up selling 3 blouses & a pair of wristcuffs! I swapped and got a blouse, a cutsew, bloomers, black otks, and a very lovely black Innocent World JSK!

Overall, it was a massive success and I’m very thankful I got to meet my comm on such a lovely day!

 

Coordinate:

OP – Goodbye Alice by Maofish

Brass Barrette – Local Shop

Stockings – Offbrand

Rocking Horse Shoes – Bodyline

See you next week!

Karaoke Lolita

Happy Sunday!

I’m really excited for this post because I got to go to my very first local lolita community meet-up! Which also means I got to wear my first lolita coord in a group!

We went to a local karaoke bar for our meet-up and it was fantastic!

The karaoke place is catered by a local Japanese restaurant and so I ordered a delicious bowl of pork bone ramen.

(not pictured: my tears TvT)

The first song I sang was “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet and that was so muh fun!

Cute comm picture!

My full coord!

Blouse: Bodyline

Skirt: Bodyline

Tights: Offband

Wristcuffs: Bodyline

Shoes: An*tai*na

Purse: Innocent World Carousel Bag

I’m really in love with this skirt & blouse. As mentioned, I’m really into circus & Alice in Wonderland themes so I really like the harlequin inspired skirt and the Alice detailing on the necktie.

I’m already so excited for my next opportunity to wear lolita!

Til next time!