Palace of Princes Nightfall Video Coverage

Nov 15, 2015

Nightfall took place on April 2, 2015 at The Crystal Ballroom in Houston, TX. It was my first time participating in the organization of a large-scale Japanese fashion event! My phone was being used for some important matters, so I don't have any media of my own, but fortunately, you can see how it turned out in these videos:

First, we have the official videos from the wonderful Deerstalker Pictures from Australia. This was their first time in America and it was very interesting to see them at work!

Second, the lovely sponsor Lolita Snaps Magazine from Mexico also covered the event.

Lastly, some footage from our attendees: KawaiiLIFE and Twootie.

In the Media: Monster Musume ft. Boz

Sep 28, 2015

Monster Musume, other known as Everyday Life with Monster Girls, is a mature harem genre anime and manga series. Basically, the protagonist ends up hosting a bunch of half human, half animal/mystical creature ladies in his house in a NSFW manner.

One of the characters is Mero the mermaid. Mero wears "gothic lolita." Clearly this isn't lolita, but the inspiration is there as you can see with the headdress and the stereotypical anime black and white combo.
I ended watching all 12 episodes of the tv anime looking for this scene, but a friend pointed out that it's actually in one of the animated short specials. In Monster Musume Almost Daily Life Special Issue 5, Mero is seen shopping for clothes on her tablet.
Those two pieces are actually real Atelier Boz dresses! The first one is Boz's Zeno Dean Jacket OP and the second one is Ralfe OP
It's one of the last places I'd ever expect to find Boz, but it's a pleasant surprise. The show is alright though and the mermaid girl did end up being my favorite. There's nothing else lolita-related in the show, so I wouldn't recommend Monster Musume if you're looking for a lolita anime.

Coordinate 01: Anime Fest 2015

Sep 22, 2015

Normally, I don't get to travel out of town, but with fortunate circumstances I attended Anime Fest in Dallas for a day. It was very relaxing since I didn't have any responsibilities to worry about and I met up with some friends. It was also very cold.

This outfit's theme was "Final Fantasy goth." I took some inspiration from the Na+H shop staff and Paine from FFX-2 with the help of grimy13 and here's what we came up with:

Outfit Rundown
Blouse: Na+H
Pants: Na+H Warrior shorts (cotton-poly version)
Socks: Angelic Pretty Moon Night Theater OTKs
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood x Melissa Temptation
Accessories: ShojoMonsta frame clips, Na+H Warrior long gloves, Aetherlund Bat Cuff, Automatic Honey Royal Heart necklace, Listen Flavor ShinganCrimsonZ button, forever21 belt

Now for some troubles with this coord. Unfortunately, I discovered the shoes were too small for comfort with socks, so I'm going to sell them on lacemarket eventually. I had packed up my makeup brushes and they were ready to go in my bag, but I still forgot them at home. The button on my pants doesn't match anything, but I forgot to take it off for photos (must wear that anime merch at an anime con!). Despite all the troubles, it was a very cool coord to wear! It's still way too hot for ouji here, so I've been very lazy to dress nicely.

P.S. I am trying a numbering system for my coords, so I can keep track of them easier, so don't mind my title starting at 1.

Putumayo 2015 Summer Lucky Pack Opening

Jul 14, 2015

While writing up the summer sales post, I was browsing KERA Shop and saw they listed a announced a few summer lucky packs. Normally, I avoid random-type lucky packs because I usually have bad luck, but I've liked a majority of items Putumayo had released in the last year. KERA Shop does not ship internationally, so I used my usual shopping service. The retail price of the lucky pack is ¥10,800 (tax included) with the option of a girlish or boyish pack. The advertised retail value of the contents is at least ¥30,000. 

FromJapan had already put everything in clear bags, so I didn't get to experience the entire surprise factor. I received five items (six if you count the bag): 3 cutsews, 1 bolero, and 1 pair of pants. 

The bag is made of a cheap plastic that crinkles, but I wasn't expecting much from an inexpensive lucky pack. It will go nicely in my giant pile of brand shopping bags.
Item 1: Alice in Wonderland themed tank top (33320081)
This was the only item I will sell since I don't like the color. Other than that, there's not much to say; it's a tank top.

Item 2: Make Your Only Warren!! Tee (43240041)
It features one of Putumayo's mascots Warren. It's very wide and long and that's my favorite shade of blue.

Item 3: AMNESIA collaboration Badge Pattern Tee (34240121)
I was very surprised to get this! Collaboration items are some of my favorite items and I actually watched AMNESIA because of Putumayo. This shade of blue is also one of my favorites.

Item 4: Insignia Short Jacket (43240062)
Boleros are my favorite kind of items from Putumayo, so I am excited I received this as well. Their boleros are super comfortable and I can wear them casually or fancily. 

Item 5: Carousel 2-Way Pants (43240034)
I've been on a secret khaki quest lately and I've been looking for the right khaki pants for a few weeks. The border print can be exposed if the cuff is unfolded which is pretty neat.

Total retail value: ¥38,490

Overall, I am pleased with what I received! Having the option between girly style and boyish style eliminated the chance of items I didn't want. I definitely want to buy another lucky pack next season. If you're feeling lucky, both styles are still in stock.

International Lolita Day Summer 2015 - A Walk in the Garden

Jul 2, 2015

June 13, 2015
A Walk in the Garden - drawn by Skullita
This year's International Lolita Day for the summer season was technically on June 6, but I celebrated on June 13. My family decided to take a week-long impromptu trip to Los Angeles. Luckily enough, the LA Lolitas' meetup was one week later which happened to coincide with my vacation plans and I was fortunately able to buy a ticket last minute. This was the first time I visited a different lolita community!

The event's name was A Walk in the Garden and it was held Tea Rose Garden in Old Pasadena. The area was gorgeous, but sadly I didn't have enough time to walk around and take pictures. Nonetheless the entrance to Tea Rose Garden was easy to find since there was a stand with the official art waiting right outside. I arrived on time for once, so I wandered inside to avoid the bright sun. It was a beautiful tea room filled with floral fragrances.

At the entrance was a relaxing lounge with elegant chairs and a wide variety of teas. When the party was officially starting, attendees went outside for the check-in process to begin. As everyone walked back inside, the organizers kindly greeted and checked names of the attendees at the front table. At the same table, there were indie brand business cards including Moss Märchen, Linda Tea, Voodooodolly, Better Off Dead Designs, Taxidermy Her Bones, Cute Can Kill, Sweet Mildred, and a few others (I wasn't able to catch all of them) along with numbered handmade paper flowers. Every attendee was asked to choose and wear their flower during the event since the numbers were to be used for the raffle and coordinate contest. Since I was wearing black and gold, I chose #10 a  goldenrod colored flower.

The raffle prize table
The first course of the afternoon was a mixed greens salad with a few petals. Both iced and hot tea were offered. I went for the Buckingham hot tea. One of the reasons I was excited for this event was unlimited tea sandwiches. Yes, unlimited. Four types of sandwiches were served and there were scones and an assortment of fruit for dessert.

There were two rounds of raffle drawing. I didn't win anything, but that's okay! The best dressed contest was determined by voting. I had an extremely hard time deciding who to choose since everyone looked spectacular! According to the vote tally, everybody had received a vote!

I had time to walk around and take a few coordinate snaps. Sadly a lot of them turned out blurry, so I can't post as many as I wanted, but it was amazing to meet so many people I admired online for a long time! I even saw a few familiar faces from Nightfall!

 This Usakumya was done.
Everybody received a postcard and button by Skullita and a lolita coordinate checklist by Miss Angela! They are extremely cute and I'll definitely be using the notepad!
The weather in California was so much cooler than Texas, but wearing a large coat was still a bad idea, haha. When I got back to my rental car, I immediately threw the layers off.

Coordinate rundown
Jacket: Atelier Boz Gilford Swallowtail Jacket
Blouse: Alice and the Pirates Moonlight Temptation from the Monochrome Guide of the Dark Blouse
Pants: Alice and the Pirates Destinee de la Rose Pants
Buttcape: Atelier Boz Gefion Overskirt
Shoes: Bodyline shoes278
Accessories: Automatic Honey Sacred Heart necklace and ring, Linda Tea JoJo gogogo clip, Aetherlund bat wing cuffs

Shout outs to my sister for helping me with my hair and Sarah for putting together 90% of the coord since I couldn't decide what to wear.

Thank you to the L.A. community for holding this event and making me feel very welcomed! I'm glad I was able to attend and hope to meet again!

#onlyatAM Behind the Scenes: The Tale of Buttcape

Jun 19, 2015

The "E" of LACE: Exploitation. While LACE is a whole different can of worms, the formation of the acronym reminded me of unfortunate events that happened over 6 months ago. I call it John Trauma. Like seriously, sometimes he shows up in my nightmares. Every time I see a bald head in the distance, I get shivers down my spine. I've been planning on posting this for months, but every time I looked at it, it made me mad, so I never finished it. But certain events popped up and motivated me to complete it, so here we go.

Anime Matsuri (AM) is an anime and Japanese culture convention based in Houston, TX that attracts a lot of lolita attention because of the amount of high profile guests they invite. I had a pretty okay experience with Anime Matsuri until they did some stupid things to me. I am writing out my experience in order to put the truth out there. I am not looking for pity or sympathy, but warning whoever decides to become involved with them. I stayed silent for various reasons, but now I can finally move on.

AatP's Swan's Feathers Series

May 30, 2015

Swan's Feathers is an upcoming release from Alice and the Pirates. It's a non-print release which has gotten very popular! In fact, the initial reservation sold out on the first day. AatP designer Tomomi Nakamura is a big fan of ballet, so it's no surprise that this series is based off of the Swan Lake story.

First, we have the lolita side of the release. Odette and Odile are often played by the same ballerina in two opposite outfits, so each piece comes in two colorways: offwhite for Odette and black for Odile.
The eye-catcher of this series is the Swan's Feather Clip which is a unique combination of a collar and feather epaulettes. Extra details are brought forth with the combination of different textures of chiffon, jacquard, lace, and feathers. I'd love to see a pair of lolitas twinning both colors together.

Next, not one, but two boystyle sets were also announced! The first is the Siegfried ouji set. Prince Siegfried is the protagonist of Swan Lake and falls in love Odette.
The cut of this vest is a more opulent re-do of the Pharis Vest. The white lace gives a nice impression of swan feathers without using actual feathers. The pants have the same cut as the El Dorando Pants, but the lace is shorter, so it will be easier to pull off.  The separate pieces aren't really versatile, but they do look amazing paired together. I partly wish that it was a salopette instead of two pieces. The only complaint I have about this set is the hat is a very awkward size; it's too small to be worn as a full-sized hat, but too big to be a mini hat. I do like the detachable veil (it's a buttcape for hats), but with the lack of gold details, I don't like this hat with the vest and pants. 

Lastly, there is the Rothbart aristocrat set. The antagonistic sorcerer Von Rothbart gets khaki green and black colorways. Khaki is a popular color for brands this S/S 2015. Brands are slowly catching onto the demand for boystyle in more colors, so I predict we'll see more colors in the near future.
The Rothbart Vest is a leveled up version of the Granny Smith Vest. The cut is extremely flattering and can be used in both youthful and mature coordinates. The pants have a 2-way zipper which is a small detail that AatP doesn't include very often, but it adds a nice 2-way feature for the hem.The blouse also comes in three different colors. Its tiered jabot and sleeves add a uniform detail to any vest or sleeveless jacket. I wouldn't think of a sorcerer when I look at the entirety, but it's nice nonetheless.

Overall, I call this series best release of 2015 for Pirates so far. The lolita set is gorgeous and the boystyle sets look good as well. Alice and the Pirates has been re-releasing older cuts from its early days lately, but seeing this release utilize more modern cuts and looking good is refreshing. What are your thoughts? Is Alice and the Pirates finally starting to get out of the slump?