Q-pot Cafe Halloween Version!

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Last Sunday I went to check out the Halloween special items at the Q-pot cafe!

Everything is best at Halloween! Q-pot is a themed cafe, and as a general rule I avoid themed cafes because they are only good for atmosphere the first time but the food is usually terrible. Q-pot food is ok, but it’s pretty expensive for what you get. However, I saw some cute pics online and I was sucked in again!

Q-pot is pretty busy during October, especially weekends, so if you go, go early because they can run out of themed cute stuff as the day goes by.

Here’s the cafe from the outside.

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The menu! GET HYPE

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I decided to order the two main Halloween items – Poison Spider Soda and Halloween set plate with “Coffin Cake”.

The poison soda had a floating chocolate spider! He was the best part.

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The flavor of the soda itself was green apple and mint. While it made a nice bright green color, those two flavors combined were kind of medicinal and gross imo. Maybe that’s the point?

Onto the dessert plate! My favorite thing was the berry sherbet in the cup with the bat cookie. The macaron was pumpkin flavored and pretty good. The coffin cake had some “cheesecake” flavored mousse inside. That’s in quotes because it’s Japanese cheesecake which means yogurt flavored. It was meh for me.

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It was still very fun! Would eat again!

After that we went over to where a GLB snap was being held! I was not dressed lolita at all so I’m pretty sure I won’t get in, but it was quite pleasant because it was held at Jardin de Luseine, a nice restaurant with air conditioning.

It was hot that day so I wore something summery. Goodbye summer, you won’t be missed! I forgot to get a pic that day so here is a really bad photo of everything 😡 I call it country otome!

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I have many more exciting Halloween events coming this month! I hope I can keep up with blogging! Thank you for reading! ❤

One Yukata Two Ways

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Hello! This summer was super gross and brutal, I hardly wore lolita at all! But I did dress up in wafuku a couple of times!

There is a vendor that goes to the corner of Harajuku where LaForet is and sells cheap kimono and wafuku on weekends. His stock is pretty bad quality, stains and moth holes and stuff, but it’s very cheap so if you don’t mind that. I got most of my main pieces from there, and also some smaller items at Chicago, a used clothing store with a couple of locations in Harajuku.

The yukata I bought is an all over print of very tiny tsubaki (camelia). I liked the darker colors and the retro feel and it was only 1000 yen ❤ More modern yukata are typically black, pink, purple, and blue-type cooler and pastel shades so I went for something a bit different!

The first outing was a Taisho-era themed day with friends! We went to the Yayoi and Takehisa Yumeji Museums and then for cafe snacks afterwards! You can read more about the museum and what we saw here at my friend’s blog!

I really think mixing Western style clothing and accessories with vintage wafuku is a super cute look! I’ve always wanted to wear hakama – this was my first time and I loved it! They make walking around so much more comfortable and less restrictive than a yukata tube.

The final look I settled on reminds me a lot of if Anne of Green Gables came to Japan for a visit.

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We had a lot of fun making goofy poses together!

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The next time I tried wearing the yukata traditionally, but with a lots of different textures and a cat theme!

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Wearing wafuku was very fun but I still sweated a ton! I think I’ll try it again when it gets a bit cooler.

Thank you for reading!

I’M WHALE

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I don’t buy very much these days, always trying to save cash for my bills. Plus the weak yen is making it more and more expensive to pay off my student loans in dollars back home ;_; What I mostly buy are work clothes which are really boring and usually gotten from Uniqlo.

But recently I bought a small amount of fun stuff I’d like to share!

First up are the lolita/otome related buys!

I bought this Jane Marple necklace because I have the matching dress. I think. More details below.

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I like the jewelry in this series because they remind me of “bottle keeps“, Japanglish for a bottle tag for a bottle kept in your name in a local bar. I just learned now this is not a real phrase in English…

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And I also have to matching bracelet… or is it??

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When I put them together on the dress, the necklace seems to match but it’s a darker navy blue, but the color of the bracelet is much lighter. So what series goes with what? I don’t mind the color difference but it’s just puzzling.

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Next up was a very cheap (1800 yen) no brand bonnet from Closet Child. It seemed like a good base that I could spruce up with more roses or something so I bought it.

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It’s totally black inside but my camera likes working hard and making fake colors appear.

Next are the normal clothes! I bought everything here in Harajuku on or near Takeshita Street.

Shitty shirt for 1000 yen. It fits a bit weird but it’s ok.

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Summery set from Ehka Sopo. They’re kind of a morigirl brand that evolved a bit to stay relevant. I really love this outfit and want to wear it all summer! It was on sale but still a little pricey for the two pieces. I’m not really a gingham person but it was just the right type I like.

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Next up is a sweater! It’s so dumb to buy a sweater in June but I admired this silly thing in winter and now it was reduced to 1900 yen so I had to get it. That whale is the best.

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Love that grumpy whale face!

Until next time!

Misako’s Book Signing

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Last month I picked up a copy of Misako’s Lolita Fashion Book. I heard that she would be doing a book signing in LaForet on April 20th from 3-5pm so I decided to try to get my copy signed.

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Now I know from experience that any event that is free and remotely interesting at LaForet will be packed with people so I expected to be there for a long time. I arrived “early” at 2:50 and there were already dozens of people there in two lines that snaked up the stairs! I didn’t know which line to stand in so I just picked one. After a while I found out that one line was for people with number tickets and one line was for those without. Apparently, Misako had posted on her blog that people could come and get numbers the day before to wait in line for the book signing. I missed this memo, wop wop. So I got to the end of the “people without numbers” line and waited there.

I was at the end of the line with one more person behind me until about 3:10 when one of the staff members announced that no more people could enter the line! I thought it would be open until 5 but I guess then Misako would be signing books until 7? Note to self – always get in line to wait much earlier than you expect.

Sooo we were standing in line forever because all the people who had numbers had to go through first (maybe 100 people?) and my legs were getting tired. Eventually at 4, some staff member had a brilliant idea to give all of us losers without numbers a new set of numbers so we could leave the line. She told us to come back at 5. So yay, but shit, I did not really want to devote over 2 hours just to getting this book signed, sigh. It was nice to finally be able to walk around though, so I wasted time by going to Closet Child and then grabbing a snack.

I got back to the line about 4:50, then waited maybe another 30 minutes to finally get my book signed. At the front of the line I learned  you could get your book signed for free, but if you wanted to take a picture with Misako, you had to buy something from Maison de Julietta (that lolita dress-up place). That made me really annoyed. Fuck you I’m not going to pay money to take a goddamn photo after waiting here for 2.5 hours! I looked at the shop anyway to see if there was anything I wanted but it was mostly sweets jewelry and nothing I could use. They had some overpriced classicy stuff but it looked like it was from Claire’s – stuff like elastic fake pearl bracelets with plastic cameos for 2000 yen. They also had a notebook that looked like the kind Japanese kids use in school and you can get at the 100 yen shop but with Misako’s face on it for 640 yen. I decided that 640 was too expensive for a photo and I always look like a gross beast when I’m next to Misako anyway.

I was a terrible foreigner and took a picture anyway. Misako did look very cute that day.

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So finally yay, I got my book signed! I don’t know what genius decided that Misako should use a red pen on a pink background, herp.

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The waiting was also not as bad as it could’ve been because the person behind me in line actually talked to me which is very unusual in Japan! She liked lolita fashion but didn’t want to wear it. She said it feels weird like a costume and that she thinks she’s too old for it, which I totally understand so we talked about that for a while. I was wearing otome which she liked and said I was cute ;3;

I was going for a mature or adult Alice in Wonderland kind of theme with accessories that reminded me of the story. The dress is Jane Marple (I wear it a lot!), cardigan is Innocent World, bag is from the Q-pot mook and the accessories are indie brand and JM again. I look super tired again because I forgot to take a photo until I got home.

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In the end it was nice to get my book signed but if I had known it would have taken 2.5 hours I probably wouldn’t have done it! Thank you for reading!

Nun Crepes!

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One of my lolita friends had a small birthday party at a French creperie in Harajuku! The place is called La Fee Delice and it’s on one of the back streets of Harajuku known as cat street – you may have heard of it, it’s where all the quirky specialty shops are. The restaurant itself was also quirky and cute. Here’s a link to their page in Japanese and a review in English. I thought since it was the day before Easter (and because I was dying to wear my recently acquired nun headdress) I should dress in nun lolita!

The restaurant was really cutely decorated.

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This is a pic of the interior (photo source).

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Izzy came along so we decided to get one savory crepe and one sweet and then share them. He got the lunch special which is a ham, egg and cheese crepe with a side salad and I got banana caramel. It was really good because the caramel was a bit salty and had a nice deep flavor, yum! I also got a lavender milk tea because I love lavender. It was really delicious but should’ve been called lavender milk because there was no tea in there that I could taste!

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And finally here is my outfit for the day! It was pretty hard to wear and very attention grabbing so I don’t think I’ll be able to wear it on normal days – just for special occasions and maybe just in Harajuku.

The dress and bag are Meta, headdress from Triple Fortune, socks IW, necklace is antique, and shoes are Bodyline. I really thought this outfit needed the old school punch that RHS give so luckily my friend who is the same shoe size let me borrow hers! It was also hard to pose in this outfit. I had to take a lot more pictures than normal to get a good one. My standard kawaii girl poses looked too silly and the best ones were serious and somewhat flat. It was a learning experience!

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Thanks for reading! The next day I went to get my Lolita Fashion Book signed by Misako so I’ll be posting about that next!

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!