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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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 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!

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!

 

 

Angelic Pretty – Cream Cookie Parade Review

Hello hello~ A few months ago, I placed an order with the US branch of Angelic Pretty and finally got around to making a post about it! I ordered pieces from Angelic Pretty’s Cream Cookie Parade line.

The announcement of Cream Cookie Parade hit me hard. Because of my desire to be a circus-themed lolita, I rarely look at prints outside of this theme. In fact, the only dress I own so far that doesn’t fit this aesthetic (diamonds, carousels, cards, stripes, carnivals, tuxedos, etc) is my Angelic Pretty’s Horror Garden JSK.

There’s been a lot of opposing opinions this year about Angelic Pretty’s newer releases. A lot of the criticism has been about the cuts, prints, and designs; some people even going as far to describe them as “boring.” I personally don’t get it! I’m perfectly okay with a design-oriented company trying new things and experimenting with style. Whatever Angelic Pretty made in the past already exists so what’s the point of making new stuff that looks like the old stuff? It reminds me of arguments whenever a band makes a new album. “The old stuff was better! They really sold out!” I never really thought I’d see that in Lolita fashion but I guess you experience new things every day!

I don’t consider myself to be a “Sweet” Lolita and especially not an OTT Sweet Lolita so I’m definitely liking the more mature approach Angelic Pretty has taken with their more recent cuts & prints this year. I have a few others I’ve got my eye on before the end of this year including Milky Pony Carnival, Dreamy Parfait, and Toy Circus (stock photos not yet released).

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As mentioned in a previous post, biscuits & cookies are a guilty pleasure theme I have in contrast with Circus. My secondary wishlist items have been SWIMMER’s biscuit bags (two which I’ve acquired along with two FLAPPER biscuit bags) and Angelic Pretty’s Melty Chocolate shoes. So when I saw Cream Cookie Parade, I instantly knew I had to have it.

I ordered on July 21 the same time at the US release of the print. I wanted to get the Ivory OTKs as well but someone beat me to them. On top of that, the US branch did not stock any of the blouses. Since then, they’ve restocked those and I’m hoping to get them sometime before the end of the year! ^_^ In the meantime, I opted for the skirt, head-bow, and biscuit hair-clips. The package was marked shipped on July 24th and arrived July 28th!

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Packaging with a cute note!

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The bow sort of resembles rabbit ears and matches the print of the skirt. It’s so cute and fluffy to wear!

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Biscuit Hairclips!

 

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The bow has a waffle texture!

 

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Print details

I love how delicious everything looks in the print. The ice cream, the biscuits, the tea, and cookie sandwiches! I feel like there was a lot of effort made into each food design.

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Print details

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Even the lacing has cute spoons, forks, and knives in it!

 

Final Thoughts

I love everythinggg about this skirt! Honestly, it’s making me wonder if I should get the JSK or OP in pink as well! >_< I haven’t gotten the opportunity to wear it yet but I’m really looking forward to it!

Thanks for reading!

 

Edit: 11/19/17

I got the opportunity to wear it finally! c:

 

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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!

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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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!

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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!

Takoyaki Co Review!

Happy Sunday!
Today I will be posting at review about Takoyaki Co!

Takoyaki Co is an online store located in Japan that specializes in selling new and used lolita dresses. Part of what compelled me to order with them was their stock and very appealing payment plan method!
The most interesting part to me is that you don’t have to go through the website to purchase or initiate a payment plan. They operate actively through Facebook as well and it was through Facebook where I was able to reserve my dress and begin the plan!

The lovely lovely dress in question!
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Angelic Pretty’s Horror Garden JSK in White
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I first contacted them on March 15th with my reservation and payment plan. I wanted to pay for the dress over the course of a month, until April 15 and they gladly accepted! Starting a payment plan requires a 15% down payment and I paid that through Paypal.

So during my wait, I noticed that they starting selling items from the Sailor Moon x GU collaboration, which is absolutely to die for.

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Source: https://www.gu-japan.com/feature/collabosm/women/

Because Takoyaki Co also doubles as a shopping service, I asked if they could check stores for me for the special collaboration pants. Because I was already starting a plan with them and they were already selling GU’s items, they did not charge me to check the stores, which would normally cost 2000 yen on top of the cost of the item. The pants unfortunately weren’t in stock but I absolutely appreciated the extra accommodation! 🙂 I instead asked if I could reserve the Artemis Bag they had in stock along with my dress and along with that, a two week extension. To do this, they required an additional down payment and I was more than happy to oblige!

Shortly after my last payment, they contacted me on 4/28 to let me know that shipping may be delayed due to it being Golden Week but I didn’t take issue with this. Because of this, I was still waiting for a shipping confirmation when my package arrived on 5/6! It was a super pleasant surprise!

My package was wrapped up very securely and I’m way more than satisfied.

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Artemis Bag Closeup

The Artemis Purse is even cuter in person! I love how it feels and I think it’ll be a great addition to my regular wardrobe!

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Dress & Bag

I LOVE this dress!!! It’s so cute and fits like a glove! The amount of details on this dress are unbelievable. It’s in excellent condition, can’t find a single flaw! The material is very soft and the buttons are very shiny & lovely.

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Button Close-up

For every first time customer, Takoyaki Co also gives a freebie with whatever you purchase! They sent me this very large button of a character from Show by Rock!!, which was definitely very surprising. Considering the nature of Takoyaki Co, I anticipated the freebie being some sort of lolita accessory (not necessarily related to what I ordered) so this took me a bit off guard. I don’t know much about this game/anime but I think it’s kind of cute!

Overall, this was an extremely pleasant experience. Communication was open & informative, the expectations were very clear from the beginning of the transaction. Prices were fair in my opinion. And honestly, no one can beat the convenience of a payment plan, especially when it comes to a dream dress. I would definitely order from Takoyaki Co again and possibly try out their shipping service in the future!

I hope you enjoyed this review! ‘Til next time!