Coordinates 02 & 03: Houston Tea Festival

Mar 29, 2016

A new festival was announced near where I live, so I decided to check it out. The first Houston Tea Festival was held on February 20-21. The theme was Alice in Wonderland, so coming up with outfits was no problem. The festival itself was very small and like most first year events, there are problems to fix, but overall it was alright.

On the first day, there was a costume contest, so I went over the top with a Mad Hatter coordinate. I managed to get second place in the contest and received a $25 restaurant gift card. Food is the best prize I could ask for.

Outfit Rundown
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Mad Hatter 3 Stage Hat
Jacket: Atelier Boz Gilford
Blouse: Atelier Boz Dion
Pants: Alice and the Pirates Crimson Jack
Brooch: Miss Danger Shop Masquerade Bunny
Boots: Queen Bee
The only tea I had was a hibiscus black tea topped with fruit. I don't like fruit, but I've been trying to eat more of it.
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On the second day, I was part of the fashion show organized by the Houston Lolita Society. To match the festival's theme, the fashion show was also Alice in Wonderland themed. I wasn't planning to walk in the show at first, but the organizer invited me to take part. My outfit was inspired by the King of Hearts. There were some hiccups with the organization of the show. Mostly because things were never finalized and a lot of last minute decisions had to be made, so it wasn't a 100% smooth operation.

Nice cape flipping leads to cape difficulties.
Outfit Rundown
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Moonlight Temptation from the Monochrome Guide of the Dark (borrowed, thanks Grimy)
Jacket: Alice and the Pirates Moonlight Temptation from the Monochrome Guide of the Dark
Capes: Atelier Boz and h.NAOTO SEVEN x Underscore Collaboration
Blouse: Alice and the Pirates Moonlight Temptation from the Monochrome Guide of the Dark
Pants: Alice and the Pirates Moonlight Temptation from the Monochrome Guide of the Dark
Necklace: Automatic Honey Royal Heart
Boots: Queen Bee
King of Hearts detail
Ultimately, I didn't like how my styling was and I would change several things next time I decide to wear this set. It has been months since I went to a public event, so it was nice catching up with old acquaintances and meeting new people! My life has changed a lot in the last few months, but I may be able to get outside more often now. I wasn't able to get that many pictures, but here are a few.


I still want this print. Maybe. Kind of. 

The next event I plan on attending is the Houston Japan Festival. I'm hoping to get more pictures to make a more interesting event post. If you see me, say hi!

An Ouji Overview: Part 3 Where to Buy (v2)

Mar 23, 2016



This list mainly includes clothing rather than accessories. Previous (and broken) version of this post can be seen here.

The spreadsheet is divided into 4 tabs: Brand, Indie Brands, Retailers, and Secondhand Shopping.

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Brand

Japanese brands are the main producers of ouji style clothing and is usually the most expensive option. Brand name clothing is not a requirement to dress like a prince! By default, brand is listed as lady's sizes unless otherwise noted. If you want to buy from a Japanese store that does not offer international shipping, you need to use a shopping service or mail forwarding service.

Indie Brands

There are also smaller independent brands out there that are cheaper than brand and still provide nice quality clothing. The quality of each indie brand varies, so check buyer reviews to ensure you are getting something you want. Taobao brands are included in this tab. If you want to buy from a taobao shop that does not offer international shipping, you need to use a taobao shopping service.

Retailers

These are official distributors for brands. Depending on your location, it can be cheaper to order from the distributor than directly from the brand.

Secondhand

Buying secondhand can be the least expensive route of shopping. The established secondhand shops on the list are reliable, however when it comes to selling communities of individual sellers, always check feedback.

Other Sources

Of course, buying online is not the only option. You can often find prince-like clothing in many Gothic or punk stores. Every once in awhile, militaristic designs pop up in mainstream shops. You may be able to find something in historical reenactment, vintage, or thrift shops. Handsewing your own clothes is also a way to show creativity and skill!


Beginner Tips

When shopping for your wardrobe, there are several factors to influence your decision. The main two are price and quality. Ask yourself what you prioritize.

Do you prefer quality over quantity or vice versa? How often will you be wearing these clothes? If quality, gravitate towards brand. If quantity, indie and secondhand are your friends. Are you inside or outside the "standard" size range? If you are outside, custom sizing and tailoring may be in your interest.

Make a wishlist and stick to it. Narrowing your goal can help prevent impulse purchases in order to reach wardrobe cohesion. Cohesive wardrobes are the most efficient since you can create more combinations without having to buy new items every time you make a new coordinate.

For shops that do not ship overseas, use a shopping service. I recommend FROM JAPAN for Japanese shops and auctions. It's especially handy because you can use it to bid in real time for Yahoo!Japan. I do not have a preferred taobao shopping service, but this Taobao Shopping Services Guide spreadsheet is very comprehensive.

Happy shopping!

Please comment with any additions to be made in the spreadsheet. I do not follow taobao brands closely, so I most likely missed some.