Summer sales and closet child haul

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Finally I am getting down to business and posting haul pics! I went a little nuts this summer, mostly because I wanted to play the Jane Marple Atelier Sale RPG. The way you play is just buy a shitton of JM until you get invited to their atelier sale and then spend more! What a great game!

I didn’t think I’d end up buying much because spring/summer isn’t my favorite season – I’m a fall/winter person, but I got all wrapped up in the fun and ended up buying a lot.

I apologize for the photo quality – I wanted to take pics with a real camera to make the stuff look nice but I just took some phone pics quickly, so some of the colors are off.

The first level of this haul started at LaForet’s semiannual “Grand Bazar” sale. It usually happens around the last weekend in July for summer sales, and every day there are new deals and/or LPs. I went after work on Thursday, the first day of the sales.

I bought these navy blue wintery tights at Jane Marple with a gold glittery design.

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I also got some Metamorphose sailor socks and wacky pantaloons made with Secret Library fabric. Sadly, when I tried them on at home, the pants barely fit my waist and are way too tight in the calves so I’ll have to alter them somehow.

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Then that Saturday, I went back to LaForet for JM’s sample sale! Sample sales are fun because you never know what will pop up! Could be stuff from other seasons or things that have long sold out. You have to get there early because everyone starts lining up and you don’t want to be at the end of the line because all the rare stuff will be gone.

I had a goal in mind for that day – I wanted one of their white summer OPs. I had been looking for one in 2nd hand lolita/otome shops and in auctions but they don’t pop up much. I think those kinds of dresses are so cute and fresh, and also remind me of the movie Pollyanna.

So when I rushed into the sale, I zeroed in on the white dresses I saw and found two different styles! The sale is so crazy that you just grab whatever catches your eye and stuff it in your shopping bag and then look through it carefully later and dump what you don’t want. I was worried that the dresses wouldn’t fit (you can’t try anything on), so I bought both of them… plus some other stuff x_x

I decided I will keep this one:

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And sell this one:

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I also got this teacup print chiffon blouse from the Minton series! So happy with this!

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And I also picked up some stripy socks to go with the white OP – when I took them out of the package I found a cute detail surprise on the back!

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Then I thought I was done, but no, I was tempted to get these marine themed hair clips at the Innocent World sale. They were really cheap.

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Because I bought so much at the sample sale, I got an invite to the atelier sale. This is serious business. You have to go line up at their atelier, which is a random office building and sit on the steps outside the door, FOREVER. Everyone gets there early so if you aren’t hardcore, you just gettin scraps. The deals are awesome and waiting was worth it, even if I’m pretty sure some girls got heatstroke. They sell all kinds of fun stuff like display props, leftover fabric, sample shoes and bags, hatboxes, and of course tons of clothing.

Again, when the sale starts everyone rushes in and makes a mad grab for whatever they can find, but it wasn’t in a super aggressive way, and most people were smiling. I didn’t really see anything in the clothing zone that I wanted really badly so I went to the fabric and accessory area and looked around. Then I spent the next couple of hours creeping and stalking and trying to grab interesting stuff as other girls dumped it. It was really fun!

I ended up getting a package of fabric – they come in pre-packed sets. I can’t sew and I don’t have a sewing machine in Japan so I have no idea why I did that but now I can make a kawaii JM toga! The one on the right is cutsew fabric from the Royal Order series, and the rest is crappppp.

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The other big item I got was a dress from JM’s Dans Le Salon line, which is aimed at older girls/women and is a little bigger in size. It’s not that cute on the floor but it looks nice on, like a nice retro summery dress.

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The rest of my purchases were jewelry – everything was so cheap!

I already owned this necklace so I had to get the matching bracelet.
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Queen Elizabeth ring and fancy medallion with violin bridge dongle.

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Chess themed necklace and ring.

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That’s it from the JM sale! Here’s the last bit of stuff I picked up here and there.

Pale yellow cardi you can’t really see from a muggle store.

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Navy taobao looking shirt.

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I had a fully used up point card for Closet Child so I got a nice discount on these – they are Alice and the Pirates. They look useful for fall!

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And lastly, Emily Temple Cute jam jar stuff from Closet Child! First I found the necklace and then noticed the halter top, both for very cheap, so I thought I should keep them together even if my opportunities to wear a halter top are very few.

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And that concludes my decadent summer fun! I don’t think I will be buying anything major for a while. Thanks for reading!

Classical Mermaid

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Sometimes being a classic lolita can get a little repetitive. Most classic brands haven’t really changed their designs much over the years, and it can be a little sad seeing fun trends pop up and go by without getting to participate. Mermaid and underwater motifs are really trendy this year, both in regular Japanese fashion and in lolita, but it always seems like you need to buy a print dress to be able to wear them.

Recently Victorian Maiden actually tried to make a classic mermaid dress but uhh it’s pretty hideous T_T

I do supplement my classic wardrobe with some quirkier items like patterned tights and old school lolita, just so I can have a little more fun when I get bored with standard classic.

I decided to do a classic + mermaid outfit actually because I was thinking of selling the dress – it’s Victorian Maiden’s Fairy Check Doll JSK in Peacock.

I also had an off-white bolero from VM that reminded me of frilly undersea creatures so I thought I might be able to wear them together.

Summer ILD was coming up so I thought it would be fun to go all out and hand make some items. Also June seemed like a pretty good month for mermaids!

I really wanted to find some undersea or mermaidy tights I could wear with it, but I just couldn’t find the right combination of colors and motifs so I went with plain-ish striped white tights.

I was able to get a relatively cheap seashell pochette in Harajuku so I picked that up. My phone barely even fits in it but it is kawaii.

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I went to the craft store to pick out some kelp-like ribbon to make a headdress with, and I also got some shells from the 100 yen store. Unfortunately I didn’t have the dress with me at the time, only the stock photo, so the ribbon I chose is not quite the right color, but I think it blended in ok in the end.

I took the main kelp-ribbon and wrapped it around my hand, then tied it, and fanned it out. I think it looks like an undersea creature carapace type thing! Or the weird creatures from Nausicaa? I added different types of kelpy ribbons dangling down, then I sewed on the shell and an alligator clip thing in the back so I could clip it on my hair.

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The next thing I worked on was my necklace. I like making my own jewelry sometimes but I’m really slow at it and by the time I buy all the parts I want it ends up being really expensive. But this time I was able to do it really cheaply! I went to Paris Kids first – its a 300 yen accessories shop in Harajuku – and found a starfish necklace and shell earrings that I could use as pieces for the necklace. I got the gold jump rings and wire rods from Daiso, and I was super excited to stumble upon a huge and cheap jewelry making store in LaForet where I bought the chain, pearls, little white shells and everything else for just around 1000 yen. I’m so going back there, it was amazing!

For me, this is a rather simple necklace because I really like them crazy and ornate, but I was working on it the night before the meet and had to wrap up. I also wore some vintage earrings (from a friend), a seashell clip (from Spinns on sale) and a vintage pearl bracelet.

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After! (click for better quality)

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Mermaids always make me think of the 80s, so I went with a side ponytail! It’s a little stark looking for lolita so maybe next time I should incorporate bangs or more hair in general.

I don’t usually take or post selfies since I can’t seem to make them look nice and my makeup skills aren’t very good, but this one actually came out ok~

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And here is the final outfit! I wore some aqua Emily Temple Cute heels I recently got at Closet Child hopefully to tie in the headdress and make it look more mermaidy than the tan shoes I was considering. I realize the shades of blue are different, but I think it’s ok in like a ~fanciful mermaid~ kind of way.

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The meetup itself was very fun! I had a really nice ILD with everyone ❤

Thank you for reading!

Marie Antoinette Sweets Buffet!

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I was very busy this past Saturday! Here’s what I did!

In the morning I met Sapphira and Saoirse from Saoirse Clohessy Photography to do a little photoshoot in Jiyugaoka!

Sapphira and I both wore similar outfits, kind of summery historical/natural-kei with lolita pieces and straw hats. Jiyugaoka has a lot of picturesque little shops so I hope it’ll turn out nice. It was very warm though, about 30C, so I was getting really sweaty by the end ^_^;;

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Outfit rundown

Blouse & gloves: Axes Femme
Hat: decorated by me
Vest: Excentrique
JSK: Metamorphose
Bag: Wonder Rocket
Parasol: vintage

When we were done, I kind of herded everyone over to the Lupicia tea cafe ❤ Lupicia is a brand of tea that's popular in Japan and they only have one cafe location which is in Jiyugaoka. They take their tea a little seriously and so do I so I like going there. It also has air conditioning 😀

I got one of their seasonal specials, Nilgiri lemonade!

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It was so refreshing and gooood!! I didn’t order any food since I was about to head to a buffet, but I did get to sit down and chat with Sapphira and Saoirse for a bit which was very nice.

But then I had to run off to Shinjuku for the second part of my day – Love Marie Antoinette Sweets Buffet at the Hilton Tokyo!! I believe it’s all reserved out on weekends now until it ends at the end of July but weekdays may still be available.

A friend organized a big outing of lolitas to go so I luckily got to tag along! The buffet runs from 2:30-5:30 and you can stay the whole time. The drinks were pretty limited – just hot/cold tea or coffee or oolong tea. I’m just going to post pics now.

Double choco fountains!

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Waffle bar!

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Fruit-y salad?

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Ice cream bar where you could get stuff mixed in a la Coldstone. Didn’t even make it this far ;_;

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They had a little real food too, thank god. Finger sandwiches, soup, and pretty good pasta too.

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First round. I don’t have any pics of further rounds since I was too busy pigging out. I made sure to get one of every goopy thing in glasses because I love that stuff.

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I usually like to accompany my foodie experiences with a critical review so here goes.

The good:
The presentation was awesome. They also kept the crowds managed very well. They made everyone wait about 5 minutes at the start of the buffet just for photo taking time, which was a great idea so we could all get nice clear photos before the feeding frenzy began. There was plenty of food at all times. None of the “good stuff” got taken before you could get to it, etc. The logistics were pretty flawless. I appreciated the savory food and it was tasty. We also saw some other lolitas/otome(s) there too! Marie Antoinette is a lolita magnet!

The bad:
The drinks were kind of lame. But that’s ok, it’s about the desserts anyway. Also they tried experimenting with weird herbs and flavors of the desserts, which I normally really love, but it wasn’t really executed well and made a lot of things taste like cleaning fluid and/or toothpaste. Also there was a sad lack of chocolate besides the chocolate fountain but hey, it is Marie Antoinette’s party and her image is more pink and macaron-y. They also say technically that the buffet is open until 5:30 but they started putting stuff away much earlier.

The price:
4200 yen per person, everything included, which is just about right, I thought. I’m used to paying about that for afternoon tea so I couldn’t help comparing it to that. The overall quality of the food was much lower than typical hotel afternoon tea but you can eat a fuckton of it so I can’t complain at all.

I have a problem at dessert buffets – there is pretty much nothing with sugar in it that I won’t eat. I will eat them all. But this means I can never try everything because I love everything and I have finite stomach space. So much angst. I avoided a lot of the cakes since they were cut in too-big pieces and I didn’t really want to commit. I mostly ate a TON of fruit dipped in chocolate because all-you-can-eat fruit in Japan is my dream! I also ate my fair share of mysterious goops and macarons. The macarons were pretty good.

All in all I had a very good time – I liked the OTT ridiculousness and atmosphere and sharing it with other lolita buds. Purely evaluating the food, I would say I liked about 60% of the desserts, was ok with 20% and found the last 20% offensive with those skunky herbs. It wasn’t exactly to my taste but I still enjoyed it and thought it was worth the money.

Afterwards we went to Closet Child of course, and then to take purikura. And then a crazy earthquake happened and the trains stopped but let’s not go into that part 😛 Enjoy the pics!

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Toodles! Until next time I gorge myself ❤

 

Double Rose Garden Fantasy~

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I haven’t posted in a long time because I’ve been trying really hard to work on job applications and staying away from other activities. Still no job luck yet, though 😦

Back in May I went to two rose gardens! I love rose everything – rose flavored food, drinks, perfume, gardens – I’ll take it all! Rose gardens are also one of those temperate climate things that don’t exist in Florida so I really enjoy them.

The first garden I went to was Kyu Furukawa Gardens near Komagome station. I really love going there because there’s a picturesque Western style house and garden with roses and then a huge Japanese garden too so you get two gardens for the price of one!

The sign reads “the roses are in peak bloom”

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The rose garden there isn’t very large but it’s really neatly manicured and each rose bush has a placard telling you the variety and other info. The location is also fairly easily accessible.

They were selling rose ice cream of course, among other rosy things, so I had to buy some! I love this stuff!

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The next rose garden outing was a lolita outing to Jindai Botanical Garden in Western Tokyo. The location was a bit inconvenient since we had to take a train then a bus to get out there, but being outside of the city meant the park was very large and not as crowded as some others. The rose garden was really massive with hundreds of rose bushes!

We were all hungry so we decided to have our picnic first. It was nice in the shade but ants found us eventually like a typical picnic! I made a lolita version of Cards Against Humanity which we played with somewhat funny results but it needs some tweaking.

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We walked around for a while but eventually we all were feeling really hot and sweaty and all the roses started to look the same so we went towards the greenhouse. It was hot in there too but at least it was shady. There was a begonia area with a cute table for posing.

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Here was the day’s outfit! I’ve always liked this Victorian Maiden OP since it reminds me of rococo pajamas so when I saw it in Closet Child one day I had to pick it up! It has roses in the print but that’s hard to see. Everything else is offbrand.

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This next one could’ve been a really nice pic if I would’ve stepped out into the sunlight, blarg!

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Thank you for reading! I’ll try to post more often. How do you like rose viewing/eating?
 

Babooshka Cafe

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Hello again! A little while ago Sapphira and I went to go check out Babooshka Cafe in Shimokitazawa. It’s a Russian themed cafe, though mostly in decor, not on the menu. It’s run by the previous owner(?) of Sumire no Tenmado, a little bar and cafe for the music duo, Kokusyoku Sumire. It was sad to see Sumire no Tenmado close because there are so few lolita-friendly cafes, so I’m glad they made a new place!

The location is a little far off from Shimokitazawa station, unfortunately. We decided it would be a good idea to eat some lunch and then visit Babooshka for dessert. There’s a curry restaurant by the station called Tenmaya that sells curry-pan (a fried doughnut filled with curry, nom!) and we wanted to try their lunch items. They had a few different kinds of curries for lunch like butter chicken which I almost got, but I really liked the look of the “European style curry plate” so I got that. Oh so European! It also came with a salad and a mini samosa.

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It wasn’t amazingly great but a good value. I’d like to try that butter chicken next time! After that we shopped around and went to Grand Bazaar and some other local shops. We stopped in a pet store for a second and I saw this pitiful thing.

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BIRD SMALL FRIEND. LOVE SMALL FRIEND.

We started to feel ready for desserts so we made our way to Babooshka. It was super cute! Apparently it was a retro cafe for years beforehand and the new owner kept the same feel. She also added all kinds of cool antiques and Russian artifacts and loads of things to look at and buy. There were also some Showa Era Japanese antiques for extra flavor. I was too shy to ask if I could take pics inside… Here’s their little entrance sign.

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We were the only ones there so we sat at a big table. There were lots of cakes on the menu to choose from – I went with the dessert set which was a cake and a drink. I picked the pure honey cake and iced tea. It was delicious! It came with cute decorative cookies.

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Sapphira looks very cute in Russian style babooshkas but I unfortunately do not. I tried (-.-) I looked at Russian fairy tales for inspiration for my outfit, but maybe it came out a bit too pirate wenchy with the underbust vest. I wore a Russian painted brooch, presumably depicting a fairy tale? Or maybe it’s Saint Peter or something? I got the blouse from goodwill, vest is BPN, babooshka is a scarf which Sapphira kindly lent me, skirt, socks, bag and shoes are IW.

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We also took some purikura! The machine was really ridiculous with a “milk” theme that made everything creamy white which I thought was funny so I went with that theme.

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Thank you for reading! The cafe was really nice and I would go again. The food was good but you really go there for the atmosphere in my opinion. I hope they do well! While we were eating some other customers came in so that’s a good sign. If you have the opportunity please go there and support them!

 

Party at Laduree

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I haven’t been able to post much because I’ve been very busy lately trying to get a job and also preparing for my friend who is visiting! I can’t wait to do fun Tokyo stuff with her!

For another friend’s birthday we went to Laduree in Ginza. Tokyo is lucky to have many Laduree shop locations, including two with restaurants. The Ginza location is in Mitsukoshi department store and is decorated in ornate, Rococo style ❤ Here is a link – the Ginza location is first on the page.

Everyone was dressed impeccably! I really loved everyone’s outfits that day. We were able to get a whole section of the restaurant to ourselves which was nice. The meal was a set and consisted of~

So elegant nuts!

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Cute rolls and butter!

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Sauteed pork! It was really salty and yummy! It kind of reminded me of ginger pork that’s really popular in Japan. The green stuff is mushy peas – I haven’t eaten that since I lived in England! It always seems weird to me to have pre-mashed peas but I guess you could say the same thing about mashed potatoes.

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Then for dessert you had a choice of tea and two macarons! They had like 30 teas so it was really hard to pick one! I eventually went with the Laduree blend since I liked the description. It was very nice! I chose a strawberry guimauve macaron – it had a different kind of crispy texture with sugar on the outside and tasted a little too strongly like American candy, but I still enjoyed it. The inside was marshmallow – I guess that’s the guimauve part. The other macaron was chocolate bergamot – the bergamot was super strong and citrusy – I loved it! None of us at the table were sure if bergamot was an herb or a fruit so we googled it. It’s a citrus fruit but it’s pretty inedible as a fruit so it’s just used as a flavoring.

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I don’t usually do selfies because I’m kind of shy about having a close up of my face, but I liked the way this came out and the wall behind. The Rococo lyf!!

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Now it’s bragging time – I was quite proud of the accessory I made for the birthday girl! She likes mermaids and has several undersea themed dresses so I made this to go with them.

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We then went outside to take some photos but Ginza isn’t all that cute, so we did outfit shots on the street. BIG MISTAKE. It was a feeding frenzy of tourists and locals snapping photos, yikes!

I really like the colors of this dress but I’m on the fence about keeping it since I don’t have much to match it. We’ll see. JSK is Victorian Maiden, bolero is Innocent World, and the accessories are from indie brand markets. The rest is from generic stores in Japan. I love the grapes so much!

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Thanks for reading! I felt so elegant having tea at Laduree that day, it was nice to relive it!

Guilty Gets

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I bought some stuff I shouldn’t have, now I will share it with you!

On Tuesday I went to the Closet Child in Harajuku because there was tons of Mary Magdalene uploaded to the blog and I like going to visit (and sometimes try on things) even if I don’t buy anything. I’m at the upper end of sizing for VM and MM so it’s always a good reference for me to try things on because their cuts are so often recycled.

There were about 6 or 7 MM dresses which is pretty rare! MM is fairly hard to find at Closet Child. I tried on 3 dresses – 2 fit terribly but one was just right! I had the shop girl hold it for a while and went up to the gothic floor where I found this:

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What is it? A Triple Fortune nun headdress! I couldn’t believe my luck! I am the proud owner of a Meta nun dress and was looking for something like this to top it off for a while. So in love ❤

I feel like a GoT character in this

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And stock photo

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It’s so ridiculous I don’t imagine I can wear it much but I had to buy it. It had a “stain” so the price was pretty reasonable. The internet says it’s from 2007.

Anddd so, I already broke the seal by buying that, so I thought I’d get the dress I wanted as well. Gotta sell something in its place now! It’s Mary Magdalene’s Irena Fleur Dress in Navy (looks black in some lighting).

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It came with the tags still on! And my favorite part – shirring! An MM dress that might actually be comfortable? I hope so!

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I’m looking forward to the weekend and meeting friends. I’ve been feeling a little down lately for a variety of reasons so maybe it will help to get out of the house and be around humans.

Thanks for reading!