RuffleCon 2017 Part 2

Hello! Today is Part 2 of my RuffleCon 2017 series! A week later and I’m still tired from such a great weekend!

On Saturday, I went to the fashion shows of Ikemen Mode and The Bloody Tea Party. It was great seeing such amazing outfits! The witch bonnet is definitely a unique piece!

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Ikemen Mode has easily jumped up my personal list of favorite EGL Brands. I was deeply impressed by the outfits I saw in the fashion show. They had a booth in the Marketplace so I made sure to stop buy and got to meet the designer Sheri! Ikemen Mode features Ouji and Aristocrat fashion pieces in a wide arrangement of sizes, highly desired considering that Japanese sizes tend to run smaller than European sizes. Additionally, ouji fashion made by major Japanese brands tend to be catered more towards women so the sizes often also reflect that.

Later in the day, I also ended up going to the Metamorphose temps de fille fashion show! The line was very long!

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I was really amazed by the amount of detail in some of the new dresses!

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That night, there was a dance with a DJ! I had a blast and took a lot of photos!

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Sunday went by very quickly. I went to a very interesting parlor magic panel in the morning and then spent the rest of the day in the Marketplace for some last minute purchases.

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Overall, I got a lot of stuff from the Marketplace and the Consignment shop. It was great seeing the Ikemen Mode booth up close. I didn’t have enough money at the time but I will definitely be buying some of their blouses and accessories in the future! I also got to buy a necklace from Tokimekiteikoku. I’ve loved and admired her jewelry from afar so it was great to get to buy something in person. Other things include a crown from Voodooodolly, a rosette from Miss Danger Shop, and other miscellaneous accessories.

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I got the opportunity to wear more circus coordinates throughout the weekend! I tried picking two coordinates that would be easy to use similar accessories for to minimize packing. I like how they turned out~ More pictures will be on my coordinate page!

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Saturday Coordinate

OP : Alice and the Pirates Twilight Circus

OTKs: Chantilly

Shoes: Alice and the Pirates

Bag: Alice and the Pirates Marching Drum Bag

Accessories : Fanplusfriend (gloves)

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Sunday Coordinate

OP : Angelic Pretty Fantasy Theater

Tights: Angelic Pretty

Shoes: Bodyline

Bag: Alice and the Pirates Marching Drum Bag

 

This weekend was just so much fun! I’m really thankful for the opportunity to meet so many cool new people.

That’s it for this week! 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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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!*

Spooky Saturday Hangout

Happy Monday! This past weekend, I did a little shopping and grabbed sushi with my friend, Cristina! We decided to dress up and it was a great opportunity for me to break in these cool bat shoes I got recently in a trade!

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Spooky!

Cristina & I regularly go and get bubble tea & sushi together but this time we went to a different sushi place because our other friend, Tempest, was having a sale at her shop. Tempest sells lots of cute j-fashion clothing & accessories, as well as her own handmade stuff! I ended up buying quite a few things including new eyelashes, large pom-pom clips (that I think will be great for circus coords), an eyelash holder, bat tights, and one of Tempest’s handmade deco boxes!

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Tempest took a pic of me & Cristina before we left for food!

Tempest’s shop and the sushi place are located in this indoor shopping plaza. It seems on this exact day, there was a handmade craft fair going on at the same time. We kept getting compliments as we walked through as well as a lot of “nice costumes” ….. xD We stopped at a few various shops including this antique toy shop! I bought matching Care Bear cups for me & Cristina ^^ And then finally sushi!

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I’ve eaten here once before so I order a type of sushi roll with soft shell crab. It’s so good, Cristina kept swapping pieces with me xD

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After sushi, we went to a cupcake shop also located in the plaza! I got a raspberry lemonade cupcake for myself an a caramel apple one for Bobby back home! ^_^

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It was such a fun day! I really enjoyed going to different shops dressed in Lolita. I don’t really shop at major retailers so whenever I go to the mall, I don’t really buy anything outside of Hot Topic. Because of this, wearing Lolita at a mall isn’t really as much fun. It was nice to actually wear Lolita and look for nice interesting things from a variety of unique shops rather than franchises. I hope I can do something like this again soon!

That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading!

 

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!

 

 

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.

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
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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Beige

 

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!

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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.

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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!