MILK ✦ CIRCUS 2018 Wardrobe Post

Hello! It’s a tradition in the online EGL community to post a yearly wardrobe post showcasing the prints and pieces we’ve collected so far. This post is super late but it’s finally finished! C:

I started wearing Lolita Fashion “officially” in March 2017, the same month I restarted this blog. I had a few things here & there but I wasn’t focused on actually understanding the fashion, wardrobe building, or even getting involved with the community. I bought one of the dresses pictured here in October 2016 to attend a local teaparty a coworker of mine invited me to while I was in another city. (I’m going to write a longer more in-depth “Lolita Journey” post when my anniversary comes up) Beyond that one dress, my wardrobe is from the past 12 months, mostly secondhand, found or acquired through sales, payment plans, luck, and most importantly (as well as fortunately), a stable support structure in my life. I don’t really have any other financially dependent hobbies or personal things to take care of and additionally, “circus” as a theme seems to be trending out of popularity at the moment so that also helped a lot in finding competitive pieces for great prices! As noted, I almost exclusively collect circus themed pieces, so I have a lot of circus prints, stripes, clowns, diamonds, tassels, card suits, and other related themes. I hope you’ll enjoy looking through my Circus Lolita wardrobe!

I already keep a record of everything I own through saving the stock photos whenever I make a purchase, so I was a little hesitant about making this post due to how time-consuming the photo process would be. But seeing other Lolita bloggers I follow post their wardrobes inspired me to give it a try anyway!

For this wardrobe post, I’m including pictures of the dress as well as the stock photo (if it exists) and close up details! The names of some of the items will appear if you hover over them but if you want to know what something is, feel free to ask C: Photo heavy post incoming. This will probably be the most photo heavy post I ever make for this blog. For future wardrobe posts, I will only post new dresses, accessories, & other additions rather than recapping everything once more. Alright, here we go! ^_^



Angelic Pretty


Magic Show Girl JSK in Navy




Royal Tailor JSK in Pink



Royal Cards Magician JSK in White



Carnival JSK in Pink x Red (2017 Re-release)



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Fantasy Theater OP in Ivory


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Magical Etoile Apron Skirt in Navy



Geometric OP in Black



Harlequinade JSK & Hairbow in Sax x Gold



Astro Regimen Special Set in Lavender



Baby, the Stars Shine Bright & Alice and the Pirates


Bear Carol JSK



Eternal Dream Starlight Parade OP & Bonnet in Green



Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night JSK  II in Black



Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night JSK I & Bonnet in Ivory



Starlit Sky Tent and the Secret Circus Troupe OP & Bonnet in Red



Sleepless Masquerade in the Twilight JSK II in Navy


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Twilight Circus OP in Black



Sorcerer’s Horoscope JSK in Black x White



Doll Coppelia JSK


Innocent World



Stripe Martingale JSK in Milk Tea



Midnight Merry-Go-Round JSK in Gold x Navy




Unicorn Tears Hannya JSK



Maofish Goodbye, Alice OP


Surface Spell Freak Circus Show JSK 4-400x400

Surfacespell Freakshow


Little Rose Planet Mysterious Circus Tour Circus magician JSK

Littleroseplanet Mysterious Circus Tour Magician JSK




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Carnival Applique Skirt & Headbow in Lavender




Queen Trump Skirt in Red (Missing Waist Ties)



Marionette Girl Skirt in Pink




Bodyline l543-2 in Black x White




Angelic Pretty

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright/Alice and the Pirates











Rosettes & Bows & Clips






Buttons & Pins










Currently Waiting (Will upload post upon arrival):


Angelic Pretty Toy Circus JSK in Black

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Angelic Pretty Carnival Applique JSK & Headbow in Red

Final Word:

That’s everything for now! As you can see, I’ve acquired a lot of things in a year but I’m very happy with my wardrobe, I think it’s cohesive to exactly what I like while giving me options to try different combinations with the things I already have. There are a few things that don’t fit me in the way that I’d like, such as the Geometric OP & Carnival Applique Skirt, but I’ve been using them as motivation for becoming more physically fit!

I hope you enjoyed looking through my wardrobe, I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of 2018 brings! One of my New Years Resolutions was to try to focus on finding more circus themed casual pieces so I can slowly transition my daily wardrobe more towards the things I like and really try to capture that “streetwear” vibe on a weekly basis. I have a taste for OTT styles but understanding that it’s just not practical on the day-to-day, especially if I just want to go about my business and not have anyone approach me or comment on what I wear. Now that I have a strong foundation, I think I’ll be able to aim towards where I want to be! Thanks for reading!



Birthday Arcade

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

Grape Slushie with Gummy Worms

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



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



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

Crown: Voodooodolly

Blouse: Excentrique Lace Collar Crown Blouse

Striped Bolero: Offbrand

Tights: Littleroseplanet Mysterious Circus Tour Performance Night Black

Shoes: Offbrand


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


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



‘Til next week!

Art Gallery Meet Up

Hello! Sorry for the late post~ Things have been hectic lately! I’m planning on doing my 2018 Wardrobe Post soon, just waiting on a few things stuck in the mail~ This week, I want to talk about an amazing art gallery I went to two weekends ago in Buffalo with my friends! We went to see Takashi Murakami’s “The Deep End of the Universe” exhibit before it left the Albright Knox museum. His art is known for its bright colors and rebellious images of creatures and when I saw the promotion, I knew I just had to visit.



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His art is so cool!!! It would be an understatement to say I felt inspired. He has such beautiful art, I felt inspired entire time! I’m an artist myself and I wish I could make such beautiful things. Upon leaving art school, I found myself losing direction and struggling to remember why I liked to draw. I love visiting art galleries because being able to see what others create motivates me to be better! I hope in 2018, be it art or Lolita fashion, I can find new ways to express myself! These bright, poppy, colorful, and punk feelings are part of why I love alternative fashion! I even got one of his pins as a souvenir!


The museum also had another exhibit going on “Out of Sight: Art of the Senses,” an exhibition devoted to showcasing pieces that touch upon simulating the 5 senses! There were exhibits that made sounds, some you could touch, even some you could taste! There was also some very interesting pieces in the permanent collection as well.


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 I wore my Magical Etolie skirt with the apron for the first time! I loveeeee pink, I wish I could wear it more often ;v; Somehow I ended up owning a lot of red dresses first! xD




Just your local resident black Barbie girl~ (Really though, I felt like a Barbie with this makeup!) For it, I tried pink, yellow, and blue eyeshadow, combined with pink and yellow nailpolish to match Magical Etolie!





Apron Skirt: Angelic Pretty Magical Etolie

Cutsew: Angelic Pretty

Parka: Angelic Pretty

Diamond OTKs: Mufish

Pink Slouch Socks: Sock Dreams

Shoes: Angelic Pretty

Accessories: Angelic Pretty and Nile Perch



That’s it for this week! As always, thanks for tuning in! ‘Til next time!


What Are Your Lolita New Years Resolutions

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! It’s the last Monday of 2017, thank you for an amazing year! As part of Lolita Blog Carnival, this week I will be writing about my Lolita New Years Resolutions. While it’s been less than a year since I decided to fully immerse myself in Lolita fashion and begin wardrobe building, I’ve already accumulated my wishlist items shockingly enough! I’ve had to update my Lolita Wishlist and The One That Got Away posts to reflect things I actually ended up getting! So exciting! I’ve already began planning a new round of wishlist items and I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for me. Onto the resolutions!


Wear Lolita more often

Right now, I try to plan at least one meet-up a month for my local comm but I’d really like to get into the habit of wearing the fashion more frequently and outside of meet ups. Ideally, I’d wear it at least once a week. I’ve been thinking about ways I might be able to incorporate more casual outfits into my work schedule and seeing if that helps with my creativity. It’s definitely hard to balance because while some people are attracted to the more everyday wear-ability of the fashion, the layered and complex coordinate street snaps were the sources of my fashion inspiration!

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Find my Wishlist items (again)

As mentioned, I completed the wishlist I had set for myself in 2017 through a lot of digging and luck! I’ve created a new small list of new things I’m actively seeking and I’d love to get them by the end of 2018! The same themes generally apply and will hopefully add more staples to my wardrobe.


Top left: Angelic Pretty Universe Coat in BLACK, Bottom right: Angelic Pretty Magical Night Theater JSK in BLACK (tuxedo cut only), Bottom left: Angelic Pretty Milky Planet Salopette in NAVY, Upper right: Bodyline s506 Boots size 250


Find more subtle circus pieces

Part of what makes it so difficult for me to wear Lolita more often is the natural nature of the circus theme being a very loud, vibrant, and over the top one. Even outfits that I regarded as “Casual” would receive inquiries on whether or not it was a costume. I’d like to find more wardrobe pieces that have more natural or neutral colors that still fit the general aesthetic of what I like while still letting me enjoy the day more readily without being stopped for questions.

Right now one of my favorite “subtle” circus pieces is my Innocent World Stripe Martingale JSK. It’s a soft beige color yet still fits the playful theme. I’m hoping to find more dark colored prints with much less dramatic prints to add to my wardrobe.


Combine Lolita with art

Earlier this year, I made a scepter for one of my coordinates and it really made me remember how fun it is to create things. I’m an artist by occupation during the day but I’ve been struggling lately finding the inspiration to create at at the pace I previously was able to maintain before school and job obligations impacted my motivation. Sometimes, I’ll go months without drawing anything for myself. I’d love to stop this cycle by creating more craft projects for myself and maybe a tangible product for an artist alley. Earlier this year I mentioned that I did artist alley for Tora Con 2017 and made some handmade pins. I’d love to make more official accessories such as rosettes, rings, and pins! I’m especially interested in potentially having wood be the base for these if I ever create them.


My Jester Scepter at completion!


Practice Japanese through Lolita

Japanese was my minor in college and I even studied abroad but the lack of immediate influence on my life has made it so difficult to keep up what I know. One of my goals for 2018 would be to translate and read the Gothic Lolita Bible issues I’ve acquired, as well as purchase new Lolita fashion magazines to keep up with new releases. In addition, I’d like to fully be able to articulate this blog in both languages. I was successful with two of my blog posts (Halloween Shopping / ハロウィーンの買い物 &  Halloween Party 2017 / ハロウィーンのパーティー2017) but it was definitely more time-consuming than I had anticipated. Though I did minor in Japanese in college, as well as spent some time studying abroad in Tokyo, without active study, it’s been difficult retaining some of what I’ve learned. To accomplish this, it may require posting every other week rather than every week as my blog format presently has but I think it’d be worth it.

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That’s it for my Lolita New Years Resolutions for 2018! I’d like to do a full year in review once my annual anniversary of restarting this blog occurs. Until then, thanks for reading along with me exploring my self-identity in this fashion.

This post has been a part of Lolita Blog Carnival, a group devoted to sharing Lolita content through the medium of blogging! Check out some other blogs and what they wrote about their Lolita New Years Resolutions!


Poppy Noir

The Bloody Tea Party

Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time and Happy Holidays!


SWIMMER vs FLAPPER: Biscuit Bag Battle

Happy Monday! Thank you for joining me this week! This week I will be comparing & contrasting Biscuit bags by SWIMMER & FLAPPER.

For some more context, SWIMMER is a popular affordable accessories brand in Japan. They actually announced this year that they would be closing their business due to their production costs increasing beyond what they’re able to handle. This has made a lot of people very distressed including members of the lolita community as SWIMMER is known as a great affordable brand for well-made lolita purses & bags. In fact, in comparison to most brands such as Angelic Pretty, whose bags are often $100+ for typical quality, SWIMMER’s bags are anywhere from $10-$45+ with often durable designs & materials.The SWIMMER biscuit bag has been a lolita favorite ever since its release due to it cute design, space, accessories, and pairing with some popular chocolate, cookie, or tea based lolita dresses. Because tea & cookies are a staple in lifestyle lolita, it’s no surprise why this bag is still popular & often hard to find for a reasonable price & without damages.


SWIMMER Biscuit Bags in Strawberry, Bitter, and Plain / Source: SWIMMER

In contrast, FLAPPER is a brand I have yet to find out a lot of information on. What’s known about them is that they sell their bags & accessories through Tokyo Otaku Mode, a company whose mission is to share Japanese goods & pop culture on a global scale.
I pulled this description from Tokyo Otaku Mode’s website:

“FLAPPER is a Japanese fashion brand known for its unique accessories ranging from all kinds of bags and pouches through wallets, umbrellas, shoes, and functional pieces with unusual and super cute designs. They also have several character series, the most well-known being Buburin, the French bulldog, whose surprised expression can bring a smile to your face anytime, and there’s also Popo-chan, the owl, and the Mofu Neko series. Whether it is biscuits, ribbons, candies, cats, dogs, or other cute animals you are looking for, there’s a chance you will find it here!”


FLAPPER Biscuit 2-Way Duffle Bags in Beige, Camel, & Brown / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

In my Tokyo Otaku Mode Haul post I talked about initially desiring the SWIMMER biscuit bag but having a hard time finding it secondhand. I found it in Strawberry (pink) and thus looking at the FLAPPER biscuit bag as a possible alternative for the “plain” (light brown) and “bitter” (darker brown) versions of the SWIMMER bag. Since the time of that post, I actually have found the SWIMMER biscuit bag in the “plain” color as well but for the sake of this review, decided to compare the pink SWIMMER biscuit bag and the beige FLAPPER biscuit bag.

Let’s begin!



At first glance, you can already see a lot of their similarities. My FLAPPER bag has a fold where the bag’s seams are unlike the SWIMMER bag. When I stuff the bag with items, the fold straightens itself out. The SWIMMER front of the bag is all one flat piece so this folding doesn’t happen. The FLAPPER bag also has a set of side hooks for an additional strap for over-the-shoulder looks.



The FLAPPER bag has a gold badge with FLAPPER’s name sewn onto the back of the bag.

Here’s the bottom view of both bags. The SWIMMER bag is both taller & wider than the FLAPPER bag.


Here’s more size comparison side-by-side. The SWIMMER bag clearly wider & more spacious.


The SWIMMER’s bag material is shinier, almost more of a thin pleather. The handles are very lightweight in comparison to the FLAPPER bag. The FLAPPER bag has much noticeably stronger & thicker handles.


FLAPPER Close up


SWIMMER Close up

The SWIMMER bag has the text & biscuit “holes” sewn into the bag. The FLAPPER bag has the text indented into it with actual biscuit “holes” thus giving the bag more depth.


Biscuit “holes”


Additional gem


Spoon & Fork Accessory

THE SWIMMER bag also has the bonus of a super cute additional spoon & fork accessory attached to it. It really helps pull the bag together!

Final Thoughts:
Both bags have an internal pocket for carrying smaller things. For size & carrying capacity, the SWIMMER bag definitely is the winner here. But for durability & flexibility, the FLAPPER bag is very well stitched with a thick pleather with additional over-the-shoulder strap. In regards to cuteness, that’s a toss up! Both are solid awesome bags ^_^ So if you’re having a hard time finding the SWIMMER biscuit bag secondhand, I hand’s down think the FLAPPER biscuit bag is a great alternative while it’s still available through Tokyo Otaku Mode’s website. I haven’t been able to use the SWIMMER bag yet but I did wear the FLAPPER one to a causal movie meet-up recently!


Bag folding not noticeable at all!

I hope you liked this comparison post! Of the two, which bag would you prefer? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!


Edit: 11/19/17

I also got to wear the SWIMMER bag!


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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!)


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)


SWIMMER Biscuit Bags in all colors / Source: SWIMMER


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!


FLAPPER Biscuit Pass Case in Brown / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode




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:


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.

Free File Folder

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
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.

Lookin’ coolllll

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!




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.

Brown Pass Case

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!


Full Shirt / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode


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

Toothpaste Toothpaste Toothpaste

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.

Dot detail


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!