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!*

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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!

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!

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!

 

 

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!

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!

Circus Date

Happy Sunday!

This past Saturday, I went on a date with my boyfriend to a travelling circus!

It was amazinggg! At the beginning, all of the performers came out for a nice introduction.

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I really wish I had gotten better pictures of the clowns but their performances were really good! They barely communicated with words and relied a lot on their physicality to convey certain jokes.img_5923

The acrobats were easily the most amazing part. At one point, one of the acrobats was hanging by her neck from a hoop strung from the ceiling! The jugglers stood on top of each other and threw pins at each other!

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And seriously, another acrobat shot a bow & arrow with her foot and popped a balloon!

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But possibly one of the coolest parts of the circus was the motorcyclists who drove around in a metal globe.

I dressed in a lolita coordinate for the occasion. I wore Magial Etolie since it fit well with the circus theme and also matched my camera strap!

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Skirt: Magical Etolie by Angelic Pretty

Parka: Angelic Pretty

Socks: Angelic Pretty

Sandals: Offbrand

‘Til next time!

Fashion Show!

Happy Easter!

This past week was a very very busy one but a fun one none the less!

I got to participate in a fashion show while in lolita!

My alma mater’s Asian Culture Society hosts a fashion show every year to showcase the different traditional & modern fashions of Asia. A lolita in my community asked if I could participate and I absolutely accepted!

I spent some time planning out my coordinate because I really wanted to both represent lolita well and finally push myself out of complete newbie territory. I really wanted to avoid mistakes like having mismatched colors, not wearing a petticoat, etc.

I had recently purchased Sleepless Masquerade in Navy by Alice and the Pirates so I thought it would the perfect opportunity.

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Sleepless Masquerade

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 Initially, I wanted to go in the direction of navy tights and white boots but after talking we my friend, decided to aim for ivory tights and gold heels. The lolita who invited me to participate let me borrow (and later buy ;u;) her navy wrist-cuffs! I also got a mask to continue the masquerade motif but ultimately did not end up wearing it.

I had to stay backstage for the fashion show but everyone was dressed so amazingly, I wish I had gotten pictures. My best friend took some pictures of me on-stage!

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Blurry lolitas!

Ultimately, it was incredibly fun and I’m very happy that my outfit ended up working out so well!

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My makeup and crown ring

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Detail of shoes & tights

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Coordinate breakdown:

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: Offbrand
Crown Ring: AP Store in San Fran

I’m really looking forward to planning out my next full outfit! Thanks for tuning in! ‘Til 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!