The Showroom ft. Creepy Yeha NYC, Low Low NYC, Gauche HTX

Mar 28, 2018

The Showroom was a pop-up boutique held on March 15-17, 2018 in a private location in central Houston featuring 3 indie brands: CREEPYYEHA, LOWLOW NYC, and GAUCHE. Initially, I wasn't able to attend that weekend, but they opened up an extra day on Sunday which I was available to go. The promotional image showed a lot of red, so I decided to wear the few red pieces I own to match the theme.

GAUCHE, formerly known as Shopnonhuman, is designed by Michele Yue, a local resident of Houston. The former was an jewelry brand, but now rebranded to include clothing.

LOWLOW NYC is designed by Vivan Loh. Vivian came all the way from New York City. Her t-shirts and pants looked extremely comfortable.
CREEPYYEHA is designed by Yeha Leung who is also from New York City. My first encounter with the CREEPYYEHA brand was during my Tumblr days, so I was happy to finally able to buy some of her pieces. Now that I've seen it in person, I can vouch the craftsmanship is extremely great quality!
With the three talented ladies! They are super chill, too. Thank you for letting me snap a few pictures!
Shout out to Ginger the very good dog.
I ended up buying a skirt and belt from CREEPYYEHA and a ring from GAUCHE. When my eyes landed on this skirt, I just knew I had to have it since it has pleats and is asymmetric. I think I was actually eyeing a similar asymmetric pleats skirt from Elements,H, but this one's nicer and I was able to try it on; it fit! The skirt was designed by her partner Alejandro Lafontant. I walked out wearing it out of the shop since it matched my outfit so well. The belt is extremely comfortable, too!

I took a quick snap of the skirt after I got home. It pairs well with my Na+H leg warmers and boots that I never get to wear out. I've had these leg warmers for years, but this was the first time I actually wore them out and the pleather is flaking, so RIP leg warmers. Looking forward to wearing my new  accessories out soon!

GAUCHE: OHP | Facebook | Instagram
Michele Yue: Instagram
LOWLOW NYC: OHP | Facebook | Instagram
Vivan Loh: OHP | Instagram
Yeha Leung: Instagram

How to Identify Lolita Clothing

Mar 15, 2018

Have you ever see a dress you fell in love at first site with, but you don't know where it's from or where to begin looking for it? Fortunately, lolita fashion enthusiasts are really dedicated in preserving the fashion's history. This guide was written for the What is That Dress? (Lolita Fashion) group, but it can be used for all types of clothing and styles other than lolita. Other fashion styles may not be as well documented though. Follow these steps to start your search!

How to Find The Dress

  1. Search Lolibrary.
    Lolibrary is able to item names in their native languages. For example, if the time is from a Japanese brand, then the Japanese name can usually be searched.
  2. Use Google's reverse image search.
    Taobao has its own reverse image search: [GUIDE] Using Image Search on Taobao.
  3. Google Translate the item listing.
  4. Ask the owner/seller/person wearing the item if possible.
  5. If you know the brand, check their blogs and social media. Wayback Machine can be used to view old instances of websites.
    • On Google, you can use "site: keywords" to narrow down results.
    • Japanese brands will list the blogs on their main site. They usually have a blog for each separate physical shop. Blogs are usually on Ameblo, FC2, or Yaplog.
    • Chinese brands use Weibo.
    • Western brands usually use Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.
  6. Check printed publications if possible.
    It's a little easier if you have the physical copies, but if you don't various scans can be found at Lolita History and other magazine scanning sites. The most comprehensive books would be the Gothic & Lolita Bible and the specific brand's catalogues. KERA and other magazines are also helpful, but will require more searching. 
  7. If you have the name, but no stock image, other sites to check are Flickr, Photobucket, and Polyvore.

Requesting Help

If you still can't find the item, here are some tips for requesting help in the group.
  • Upload front and back pictures if possible.
  • Provide as much information as possible. The more specific you are, the more helpful it is.
    • When did you buy it?
    • Did you buy it secondhand?
    • What material is it?
    • Does it have any distinguishing features not apparent in photos?
    • Can you describe the elements in the print?
  • Link to the listing if possible.
  • If the item still has tags, snap a picture. Japanese brand tags usually include a product number on them.
  • Innocent World and Moi Meme Moitie items have item numbers printed on their care tags. 
  • Angelic Pretty tags used several different tags over time and they can be used to identify the general time period the item was released. Check out RaineDragon's Brand Tags post for specifics. 

If you've successfully identified the item, congratulations! Please consider adding it to Lolibrary yourself or you can provide the information to a Lolibrarian to add it for you. Lolibrary a non-profit organization that is always recruiting volunteer contributors. If you'd like to help with preserving lolita fashion history, please consider making a donation!

More Reasons to Hate Anime Matsuri and Shop in Wonderland Part 1

Mar 2, 2018

Continuing from the post I made in 2015, here are more reasons why you should not support Anime Matsuri. In case, you needed a refresher course: Anime Matsuri is an anime convention in Houston, TX owned and operated by President Deneice Phan Leigh and Director John Leigh. Running Anime Matsuri is Deneice and John’s full-time job and main source of income. The entirety of Anime Matsuri is built solely around them as individuals. Every business decision is ultimately made by John and Deneice. It is physically impossible to remove them from their positions since they are the sole owners. Staff members of Anime Matsuri have no say in the convention’s financial decisions since every department is micromanaged by John and Deneice. Since everything is micromanaged by John and Deneice, staff members are virtually useless and replaceable at any moment once they decide they have no use for you. Deneice and John will just find another thirsty weeaboo off the street to work for them. Deneice and John are liars, thieves, scammers, and manipulators to industry guests and even their own fans and “friends.” On top of that, there’s the sexual harassment, too, but I’m sure you’ve heard of that.

Shortly after I published my initial post and Chokelate had written her account, John retaliated with a blog post called “A Man in a Woman’s World Pt. 1” hosted on John did not own a blog, so he went out of his way to make one just to write his non-apology. I want to emphasize that I was only an attendee of the con and Chokelate was an official guest of the con and that neither of our accounts should be forgotten. John wrote that he considered me a friend, but if he was really my friend, he would not have manipulated my other friends (at the time) to kick me out of my own community because I disagreed with the community turning into an AM adspace. I was backstabbed by people I trusted. Then he had the gall to try bribing me into silence by offering me a staff position. The nerve of some people. I wish someone had warned me back then, so that’s why I’m warning others now.