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! ❤

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!

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!

Goats and Dolls

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I had an interesting day last Friday! I went to a doll exhibit and then a goat cafe!

I really love creepy dolls, especially the uncanny valley, nearly full sized ball jointed type. One of the most famous artists making that type of doll is Koitsukihime (恋月姫). I’ve assumed it’s a woman, but I actually don’t know for sure! Here is her website and facebook page.

I first paid attention to Koitsukihime when BTSSB did a collaboration print with her in 2006 – the much loved Koitsukihime Stained Glass series. I had seen her dolls in the GLB before that (the GLB was much more of a mish-mash of all kinds of artsy and gothy stuff back then), but I really started to like her and buy her books after that.

I do have to say I prefer the first edition of this series because of the more muted color palette. Pic credit here.

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So when I heard there was going to be a Koitsukihime exhibit in Tokyo, I couldn’t wait to go! I went with two other friends and Izzy.

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The building itself was very interesting to look at.

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My friend took one pic but we found out they were not allowed, so we couldn’t take anymore. Creepy bed doll chans!

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Here are some more pics from Koitsukihime’s facebook page. I really liked the religious themes and stained glass, of course. A lot of the dolls were displayed in cool wooden pyramid stands as you can see in the pictures. The prices were listed and you could buy the dolls but they started at $10,000… maybe next time! There were quite a few creepy siamese doll twins, too.

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The basement was devoted to Koitsukihime, and the 2nd floor had some more things to see like the gift shop, some rooms with antique dolls and their clothes, plus a room about antique lace and other period items. There was a workshop where you could make crafts for your French style dolls, and there was a room for doll clothing artists to buy and sell their wares. The women selling were all interested in bisque dolls, particularly Jumeau dolls from the late 1800s. Their dolls were new, but they carefully crafted outfits made of authentic materials to replicate the original style. Some of the outfits were really impressive! One characteristic of the dolls is very heavy eyebrows which makes them look perma-mad in my opinion, haha.

After we were done with the exhibit, we went to Shibuya to find the goat cafe! It’s Sakuragaoka Cafe out of the South Exit of Shibuya station (official website, English review). I’ve been to cat and rabbit cafes, but goats are pretty unusual! Apparently, this cafe is popular with businessmen on weekdays but they wanted a way to attract customers on weekends so they decided goats were the way to go! There are two goats, a white one named Sakura and a brown one called Chocolat. They live outside in a pen so you can’t really interact with them while you eat. You can take them for walks on certain weekdays (I think Monday and Wednesday?) but unfortunately we couldn’t do that.

Waiting to see goat chans! I love rubbing up on other people’s dresses.

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I ordered the lunch set – chicken with honey mustard sauce – and a kinako kuromitsu milk (きなこ黒みつミルク). The chicken was pretty good but I really loved the drink. It came in a tea bowl and the kinako was nutty and yummy with the brown sugary kuromitsu flavor ❤

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We sat next to the window where we could watch the goats… eat everything in sight, including their wood enclosure.

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When we finished eating we went outside to play with the goats! You can’t interact with them too much because they’re behind a fence, but Sakura likes to stick her head out and get head scratches! I wore an otome type outfit that day because I knew I was going to wear lolita more that weekend and I find it tiring to wear lolita many days in a row. Everything is offbrand except for the dress (Jane Marple) and bag (Metamorphose). I was wearing a black velvet jacket and scarf on top for most of the day because it was still pretty cold.

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Come to me Sakura chan!

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I thought the food was good and reasonably priced + goats = win-win for everyone! Although I did feel kind of bad for the goats being outside because it was really cold and windy that day so maybe they’re the losing party in this equation. I hope they have a heat lamp or something for them at night.

Thanks for reading! ❤