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Happy Sunday!
This weekend I’ve been caught up in all of the commotion about E3! E3 is an annual video game event in which major game companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo hold presentations to announce upcoming video game titles or changes to their consoles. I watch it every year and this year is no exception! Between presentations however, I’ve been actively on the hunt for my Lolita Wishlist!

Since Lolita is a collection based hobby in which everything that exists has a finite quantity, finding a specific print, dress cut, or item can be a massive challenge. There’s a few things I have my eye on and a few misses I’ve already experienced. Ultimately, these are absolutely the pieces I feel like I have to acquire to make my collection feel “complete” and although there are always new updates, the more times goes, the harder it is to find older prints & designs!

Wishlist Items

Wishlist Items

At the time of writing this, I actually acquired one of these dream items, which I’ll talk about more further along! My desired theme is still circus and my wishlist now strongly reflects that.

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Alice and the Pirates Marching Drum Bag in BLUE

My heart is broken over this Drum bag. It’s still listed on the Bsstb website in all of the colorways except this one ;_; My only chance of getting it now is getting it secondhand from someone else who hopefully won’t mind parting with it.

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Alice and the Pirates Starlit Sky Tent and the Secret Circus Troupe OP in BLACK

I have yet to see this cut of dress even sold in the past on lacemarket. I’ve only ever seen it being sold once and in a completely different colorway. It’s such a mystery to me why this cut is rarer as the JSK version is still available online with several people selling it on lacemarket as well. I’m hoping I’ll eventually get lucky but until then, I’ll see scoping out for it!

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Alice and the Pirates Memorial Ticket Necklace

You might remember this one from my The One That Got Away post! I’m still actively on the hunt for this wonderfully designed necklace and hope I can find it again online soon

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Alice and the Pirates Jesters of the Moon Clown Hat in BLACK

really blew it with this hat. It was available on the Bsstb website when I originally discovered it but I kept putting off buying it. When I was finally ready, to my dismay, it sold out. I’m trying not to lose hope on the chance that someone might find it too impractical or too large and will decide to part with it. ;_;

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Surface Spell Freak Show Bag in RED

The blue version of this purse is readily available online but the red version is nowhere to be seen! I’m very interested in the JSK of this print and would love to be able to match this purse with it!

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Enchantlic Enchantilly Joker Cat Rings in RED & BLUE

I presently have a few rings from Enchantlic Enchantilly and I have to say they’re among the best rings I’ve ever owned. I love the design, concept, and sturdiness of them. I’d love to have these rings in both colors! Right now I have a badge with the red one!

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Alice and the Pirates Eternal Dream Starlight Parade OP in GREEN  

Now I originally wanted this dream in the blue & red colorway but after seeing pictures of someone wearing it, I just fell out of love with it. But I just adore the OP of this print significantly more than the JSK and the all black one was too dark for my tastes. This is also the only item out of my Wishlist that I’ve managed to buy so far! I haven’t received it yet but I’m extremely excited. I don’t own a lot of green just in my general wardrobe so I’m excited to come up with good ways to coordinate this.

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Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus JSK in BLACK & RED

The color of this JSK continues to elude me. I’ve seen it in brown & green, white & blue, and red & brown! The one time I encountered it, someone else unfortunately beat me to it! I’m determined to own it! >:D

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Alice and the Pirates Circus Stripe OTKs in ALL COLORWAYS

The design of these OTKs are just so nice, I don’t mind whatever colorway I happen to find but I’d definitely love to own all of them. I think they’d make fantastic staples that could go with more coordinates outside of my Wishlist.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I’ll be sure to update it as I check more off of my collection! In collecting all of these, I will definitely call my collection “complete” and focus more on soft collections, such as finding more themes, finding dream dresses for special events, and of course, being on the alert for new circus-themed prints!
‘Til next week!

*Bonus: Former Wishlist Items I did acquire!*

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Angelic Pretty Magical Etolie Apron Skirt in NAVY

I originally saw this on depop and instantly fell in love but missed my chance to buy it. I was so happy when I managed to find it on closetchild for around $60!

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Angelic Pretty Fantasy Theater OP in IVORY

Instantly messaged the buyer when they posted it on lacemarket! They allowed me to do a payment plan and even threw in a free white mini top hat! ^_^

 

 

 

Coordinate Planning

Happy Sunday!

This past week I haven’t been up to much so I thought I would spend this week talking about coordinate planning!

Essentially when I plan out lolita coordinates, I make a rough picture of all the pieces involved so I can preview what my coordinates will look like before I make them. You can see previous examples of me doing this in the entry where I talk about the lolita fashion show I participated in.

Why is coordinate planning important?

In my opinion, coordinate planning is very important because ultimately in the end, it saves time and money. Lolita is easily an expensive luxury hobby and even with being thrifty, it’s near impossible to avoid spending a lot of money on a dress by one of the major brands. As new, the dresses are often $200-$400 and they mostly retain their value over time. For this reason, planning helps me avoid spending additional money on things that might match a dress versus spending money on items that will match.

Here are some coordinates I’m presently planning!

Coordinate 1: Alice and the Pirates Twilight Circus OP in Black

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Alice and the Pirates Twilight Circus is a dream print of mine and I was lucky enough to get this print in OP version in black. The diamonds stick out the most in the print to me and in the spirit of continuing to be a circus-themed lolita, I thought diamonds would be a good piece to continue throughout the outfit.

I have two bags I’m considering using and I’d really like to lean more towards the drum bag. The bag is the Marching Drum bag also from Alice and the Pirates but it’s presently sold out on their website. Until I can find it secondhand, I believe the Innocent World black Carousel bag will make a decent placeholder.

Coordinate 2: Surface Spell’s Freak Show JSK in Red

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I saw Surface Spell’s Freak Show JSK and immediately fell in love! I’m not sure if this is the exact bunny hat I will pursue but I think something similar would be good! Like in the brooch, this print has bunnies as it’s main symbol so I think the mini hat is very appropriate! The continuing theme of white & black stripes as well in the hat, stockings, and parasol I think provide unity to the white blouse with black jabot!

Coordinate 3: Angelic Pretty’s Horror Garden JSK in Ivory

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This one is definitely a challenge for me because I’m not completely convinced yet of the blouse or stockings. I think everything else is moving in the right direction. The bat cuffs & boots are really great as continuing the bat wings seen in the vest of the JSK. And I love this SWIMMER bag, I think it’ll go great with the coffin motifs of the print!

As for the bat on the vest, I had a badge custom made for me actually!

The glitter of the bat and the shiny gold thread look wonderful when paired with the dress and Enchantlic Enchantilly bat necklace!

Coordinate 4: Angelic Pretty’s Fantasy Theater OP in Ivory

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My favorite type of cake is funfetti and that’s exactly what this dress reminds me of!

This one I have the most amount of work to do on!

I’m almost done with the payment plan for this dress and I couldn’t be more excited to receive it. Ivory is the only colorway I can see myself wearing of this print but it also seemed to be the least common, especially in OP form. I immediately had to get it as soon as I saw it posted on lacemarket!

I’m still working on figuring out a hat of some sort and possibly wrist cuffs and other neck accessories. For an unconventional lolita bag, I actually found a children’s bag from Target! It matches the circus tents in the dress perfectly and was only $9.99! ^^

What do you think of these coordinates? What do you think could be added or removed? Let me know!

Until next week!

The One That Got Away

Happy Sunday!

This past week has been incredibly busy for me. I just left a bad apartment situation and settled down into a brand new apartment! So this week, I’ll talk regretfully about the ones that got away!

When life happens (like moving for example) it can make it hard to focus on lolita, especially if funds are tied up on more important priorities. It especially can be devastating if a dream item happens to appear in the wrong place and at the wrong time.

There are several dream items I have as a list of things I would eventually like to collect. My overall goal as a lolita is not to be sweet, gothic, or classic but rather theme based. My desired theme is “Circus lolita” and whatever prints, accessories, or items may fall under that category. Sticking with this theme has helped me target my spending on prints & accessories I only truly want so I don’t end up growing my wardrobe into something that is unmanageable or filled with dresses I don’t actually want. With that being said, it’s a bit of a challenge because there is now a small category of items to pick from and within that, an even smaller collection of items I actually like.

So onto my first misses!

Alice and the Pirates Memorial Ticket Necklace

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I’m very devastated that I missed this one. I was awake late at night and saw when it was first posted but with my move, I was uncertain whether or not I could commit the funds. I debated and debated and by morning at work when I finally decided to just go through with it, it was gone to someone else. There’s no telling when I’ll ever come across it again. For a positive, it did motivate me to think about some personal ideas for accessories.

Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus JSK I

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For more expensive prints, I tend to do payment plans and when I saw this, I immediately asked for a payment plan. Unfortunately the down-payment was much larger than what I’m used to so I had to wait but by my next paycheck, it was deleted with no telling how much it actually sold for.

Angelic Pretty’s Melty Chocolate Shoes

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Definitely been eyeing these shoes in L for a while. Every time I’ve seen it pop up on Lacemarket, I can’t put down the money. And it still pops up occasionally but never in my size.

Innocent World Carousel Bag

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I eyed this one for days. I asked my friend to loan me the money until my next paycheck so I could purchase it and when she agreed, I was so ecstatic! That feeling suddenly turned to terror when I checked the listing only for it to immediately be purchased by someone else! Fortunately my friend mistook what I said and was the one who bought it! Definitely put me into a brief panic but it worked out in the end and I have this lovely staple in my wardrobe now. 🙂

Overall, it can be hard to determine the timing of when to buy something. Lolita is a collection based hobby and everything made within it is available at a finite quantity. There will always be debate over when is the “right” time to buy something and when something is “rare” it can be even harder to find good affordable deals. I try to find a nice balance between good prices and good timing but I still make mistakes over underestimating how much I truly like something or how unique it is. As I continue on my lolita path, I’m sure I’ll figure out how to get better at it! 🙂

Until next time!