Yesterday I met with some lovely lolitas studying at Kyoto University. I already knew Memz a little from the London lolita group but it was great to meet up and spend some time together.
First we went to the shops! Angelic Pretty, Near and then we got to Innocent World. Their samples for their anniversary dress were on display!
The Mont Blanc dessert just makes it for me! Casey decided to get the black jsk and I got the cream! Squee! It’s my first lolita in store reserve! As with the Liz Lisa LP I had to fill in a receipt with my name and telephone number, but also this time I had to pay in full. The dress should be ready around the 16th of June.
The dress was made in collaboration with their favorite tea room – Cafe Ann Doll. They have made the heart pastry for you to eat irl.
Sadly when we got there their IW tea set was sold out. It didn’t matter too much we ordered some other sandwiches and cakes off the menu.
The owner of the cafe was very sweet and came to talk to us, he gave us some face cream samples and lots of compliments! He helped me pick out my cake from the counter too. “This one. Delicious”. OK then!
He was right, it was delicious!
With the owner outside the cafe.
After saying goodbye we went to some more shops and took purikura.
Thank you for a lovely afternoon ladies!
I haven’t posted about lolita fashion recently, that isn’t to say I’m not still wearing it often! I met with Oh Tralala this weekend, a German lolita and we had a lovely day in Nara together.
I had a great time chatting about lolita, Oh Tralalas current art exhibit in Harajuku and getting to know each other. We fed the deer, walked around some shrines and ate some delicious katsu and wagashi.
Thank you for inviting me out! :) I hope we can meet again!
I didn’t get many pictures, as not sure they were allowed, so here is a terrible outfit mirror shot and head shot before I left. I got the hat from Emsexcite for ¥1995 but it needed more ribbon or flowers or something, so I stuck my Miho Matsuda bow on there.
I wore the hat, Rococo Bouquet long OP in green from Victorian Maiden and pink bow heels. I also twisted my hair and put it in a bun.
The event was to showcase and promote the uUeda College of Fashion (where you can take a gothic lolita course) alongside Kera. We arrived just in time for things to start, and got quickly ushered downstairs to take a Kera snap! Wow my first! It was over so quick I’m sure I looked like a startled deer! As we were late we didn’t have time to complete our forms properly and I had to leave the ‘point of style’ bit blank – I would have just written ‘Spring!’ anyway.
It started with introductions and the fashion show! We saw Metamorphose, Marple, Baby the Stars shine bright, Alice and the pirates and some of the students final pieces. Midori and Yu Kimura modeled for the event and at the end had an interview with the presenter and played a quiz game! Our table did terrible we only got 2 points! Apparenty Midori is going to be a teacher at the college from June (no idea what she will be teaching though!). A designer for Alice and the Pirates was also at the event, she spoke a little and presented a prize to one of the fashion contest winners.
After that it was over.
We walked down a floor to look at the Kera shop area, but it was really lacking. As we were stood talking one of the organizers told us to go back up. We didn’t know why but thought, why not?! When we went back into the event room a small circle of chairs had been set up and the female presenter and the Alice and the Pirates designer were there….we had a private audience with her! There were only 11 of us! We listened to her talk about her work and her fashion background and then we got to ask questions. Via Lona I asked her how long it took from having an idea to it being available to buy in the shop. I was expecting it to be 6-12months, but she said it usually only took a month! They work to a very tight schedule, one day for pattern cutting, one to send to the factory and get a sample etc… I was so surprised! The designer was really sweet and spoke to me in English a little afterwards, she’s taking English lessons at the moment as when she travels to other countries for conventions with Alice and the Pirates there is hardly ever an interpreter for her. Which is interesting as I know plenty of lolitas who speak Japanese well and would love to interpret for the lolita brands!
We were all pretty hungry by then (5pm!) as the tea party had only consisted of one glass of tea and a small handful of sweets on a plate! So we went to Umeda station for dinner and purikura before heading home.
You can still see some of the footage from the event here including the chat with Midori and Yu Kimura.
Edit: kera report here, my back made it! Lol.
On my way to the Kera tea party, I decided to wear a hat!
You can watch the party live here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kera-tea-party-13-大阪-上田康子服飾専門学校
Today I met Tomoko for lunch! We had a tasty panini and coffee.
Then went to some shops, I bought the new candy ring from AP – I love it! It’s slightly bigger than my plastic tokeimeki one and fits on my next finger!
And took purikura!
We twinned Toy Parade! <3
We both bought the new Angelic Pretty mook, it was cheap but I’m not impressed with the print quality of the bag. I laughed when I spotted a very old and small picture of myself in it!
I had a lovely day, thank you x
Today Lona and I met for a late Valentines meet, she gave me some valentines chocolates – so sweet!
We went to Brothers Pancakes in Namba as Lona had seen some good reviews, we didn’t realize how popular it was though and had to que a while outside before getting a table.
The menu. Lona chose the Strawberry pancakes and I chose matcha.
We had to wait a while for the pancakes to be made….but they finally arrived!
My pancake was delicious and it was so big I couldn’t finish it! It cost ¥990 and I would give it a 8/10!
On the 10th Feb Lona and I visited the Victorian Maiden Press Office, it’s situated in an obscure part of town in a non-descript apartment building.
We are in the right place!
You have to dial an intercom system to speak to the staff, who will buzz you in and meet you at the entrance to apartment 201.
The apartment was just like a shop inside, they had a small selection perhaps 30 clothing items in total, a handful of hands and bonnets, two parasols, some jewelry and hair accessories. I was really hoping to see the Rose Greeting series, but they had just sent the sample to the Tokyo Kera store. Without us knowing the shop girl (who is also a VM model) requested they send down the fabric samples for me to see from the upstairs office as Lona had told her I liked the series. We perused the goods a while, and I decided to buy a rose hairpiece. I mentioned I’d like pink ideally, so the shop assistant once again rang upstairs and requested a pink flower hairpiece be sent! It arrived promptly but in the end I decided to go with the white one.
Lona asked if I could take photos, we could, only of the sofa and as long as no stock was captured! And we could pose with the huge bunny! YAY!
It was a good experience to visit the shop, it is beautifully decorated, but the stock is a little sparse although it is the only place locally you can see VM goods irl, and the only VM shop in Japan. I’d like to go back in April when the Rose Greetings Series is released and see if I can buy it!
The lovely VM model/staff member we met <3
On the 27th the Osaka lolitas met again to have a late lunch at Christon Cafe, Osaka.
I wore BTSSB Annelise jsk in green, meta sheer blouse, iw headbow, axes femme tights, off brand necklace, hairclip and shoes.
The service at the cafe was a bit slow and I wasn’t blown away by the decor (although it was pretty), there was also no non-smoking area so when the table next to us started smoking we had nowhere to escape!
(Photo thanks to Karmen)
The menu wasn’t as themed as I would have liked but they did have a nice selection of fancy original cocktails. I ordered the lasagna and a mojito and later a chocolate orchestra drink.
(Photo thanks to Karmen)
The food was nice and not too overpriced, although there was a ¥300 table charge, even so I would go back again with J for a romantic dinner sometime.
Sunday was the Atelier Pierrot tea party, tickets cost ¥3250 and you could wear anything big or small from any of the brands they stock.
My outfit shot, I changed my bolero to a Victorian Maiden one of Karmens as my VM dress didn’t make it in time.
Big hair and eyelashes!
Karmen was late due to an eyelash glue disaster so we missed the fashion show and turned up during photo time!
My turn…not as cute!
Some of the shop staff.
We had a short walk to the cafe for the tea party part!
The cafe was anatomy themed, lots of surgery instruments, skeletons and drip bags around.
The delicious food!
My lovely table companions! We played a few games where the answer was either A or B and you had to hold up the one you thought was correct. It was really fun! The winners could choose from the new selection of Atelier Pierrot clothes.
All guests got to choose a gift from a small selection of AP jewelery, I chose a crown necklace, and we got gift bags with a AP tote bag too.
I had a really fun time even though my Japanese is practically nonexistent, and felt welcome, I’d definitely go again!
Thanks Atelier Pierrot!
Late Dec early Jan is 福袋 (fukubukuro) aka lucky pack season! Shops sell off their old stock in a hidden bag so you don’t know what you are buying except that it is a bargain. For example Swimmers ¥3000 LP contains ¥15000 of stock. Nowadays you can often choose the colour or size of the LP items or there will be an example picture of the contents. Shops like Angelic Pretty and Baby, the Stars Shrine Bright make special LPs with items made just for the LP.
Most LPs are available the first opening day after New Year, either the 1st or 2nd Jan. On NYE I saw some girls queuing at OPA and apparently the que got two blocks long by 8am. Though it wasn’t quite as epic as the girls I saw queuing all night at Shibuya 109, Tokyo in 2009. This years Harajuku LP craziness is here!
Sam and I decided to try for an Angelic Pretty lucky pack on the 2nd. We arrived later than planned, about 11am and que was still down the street!
It moved pretty quick and after 45mins we were at the door.
Our friend Lona told us all the Toy March had gone and the only salopette LP left was pink, she was getting the JSK set in black and me and Sam decided to do the same!
(This but black).
It took another hour in the que to pay but eventually our mission was complete! I had to rush to Liz Lisa to collect my reserved LP and then had plans with our friends in the aft. Sam and I parted in Umeda with a high five for luck!