Misako Question

So guys, I'll be going to a tea party on Sunday and Misako will be there. Since she is always bored of answering the same dull questions, what kind of crazy, exciting question should I ask her if I get the chance?

Also for my outfit, should I go for weird and quirky (cats/mushrooms/??) or safe and classic?

Peace and quiet

My in-laws are gone! Now I can do the everyday silly activities I miss like eating at home, sitting around the house partially clothed, watching movies and listening to music :D Including the Cambodia trip, it's been a full month since I've been at peace and cozy in my apartment. I slept basically all day today, it was nice.

I stayed up late making a sales post: http://egl-comm-sales.livejournal.com/21018877.html
I had wanted to make this post for many weeks but I just didn't have enough time. There are a few more things I might sell but I haven't decided what yet.

Now I have to concentrate and get down to organizing my life for my move back home. We are still working on a date but it looks like mid-to-late May now. I have so many things I still want to do!

Poor sad Lolita 52 Challenge

I will revive you!

Anyway, last week I went on a trip to Cambodia with Izzy and Sarah. Overall I'm super pleased with the experience although there were some tense moments, mostly revolving around tummy issues and trying not to shit myself at Angkor Wat lol/cry

We got back to Japan on March 21 and then my in-laws arrived for a 3 week stay the next day so I haven't really had a chance to chill and absorb my vacation :P At least they're Izzy's parents and not mine so I can choose to bow out of the day's activities and spend the day alone occasionally.

On Sunday we had a Tokyo lolita meet to see a scary doll exhibit and hang out with liemzie, whom I really love but lives in Osaka now so I don't get to see much. I sooo love scary dolls but I really have no interest in owning a BJD. Maybe not creepy enough? After the dolls we took pics with the sakura in weeaboo bliss <3

The sakura are in full bloom now which is incredibly early since they usually don't even start blooming until April 1. Thanks global warming :/

Since the parents are here for so long, we're thinking we will extend our time in Japan to mid-May so we can have enough time alone to do all the last Tokyo touristy things we want to do (we were originally shooting for the end of April). I was searching for places in Tokyo to get afternoon tea and I kind of ruined my future wallet haha! This website was pretty good.

Tomorrow I'm going to a meetup with my Japanese lolita circle/group. I always feel so much more tense before meetups with Japanese girls since it's a bit out of my comfort zone, but it's also more exciting. I hope we dish the DDC dirt!

Abilletage Halloween Party

omg I'm still updating from October gahhh

There was a Halloween masquerade party run by the corset and accessories shop Abilletage. It was probably the party with the best dressed people I've ever seen! Some people wore lolita but most wore some kind of decadent romantic style gown with corsets. There are lots of pics so I'm not going to add a lot of commentary. The location is the Trump Room in Shibuya, a popular place for all the cool Tokyo kids to hang.
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Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 7 + 8

7. Why I wear Lolita?
When I first saw pictures of lolita fashion (or gothloli as everyone used to call it) it was late 2001 and I still was burning with weeaboo passion. I really adored the spooky doll aesthetic at the time but I only admired it as one of the many cool Japanese fashions you hear about when you first start learning about Japan, but don't imagine you'll ever wear yourself.
I visited Japan for the first time in 2002, then studied abroad in 2003-04 and just creepily lurked lolita fashion, shops, and cute lolita girls in Harajuku, bought GLBs and creeped some more... then finally in 2005 I met a friend in Miami who wore it and that gave me courage to buy a dress for myself. It was so amazing to (in 2006) finally get my first brand items and really feel like after all my years of longing I finally realized my weeaboo dream.

So why did I stay with lolita? Because despite all the flak it receives, I've met so many awesome people through online lolita comms. I moved around a lot in the past 10 years but everywhere I go around the world has a great group of people who will willingly and instantly accept me into their in-group, which is something I don't think happens as much with other fashions or fandoms. We have these silly clothes and we need excuses to wear them so we don't even mind meeting up with strangers to do it. It's ridiculous but awesome.

8. Why don't I wear Lolita more often?
I don't find lolita to be very comfortable and I have lots of other clothes and styles I like (retro, dolly-kei, morigirl, cute mainstream j-fashion) so I only really wear lolita to meetups or to go shopping at lolita stores. Every time I go out shopping in Tokyo though I inevitably end up spending on stuff so I don't go to all the lolita meetups or else I would be totally broke.

This weekend should be a fun one! etsplanations is coming over to Tokyo to visit :D Saturday is a casual meetup in Ikebukuro and Sunday is the Princess Dream indie market! My wallet is already quivering in fear. Since I get burando overstimulation, I really like finding unique indie brand stuff, plus buying it makes me feel happy to support a tiny brand and I know the things at indie markets will never show up second hand so I feel even more pressure to buy them! gahh Most of the things for sale are accessories so sometimes it's good for stealing ideas inspiration for future craft projects.

Annnd I have a cool old school outfit in the works for Sunday! I got this really cheap MAM black dress and I'm going to nun it up woooo~

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 4 & 5

 4. Favorite thing to put on my head

Flowers! And hats! Both at the same time if possible. I don't like headbows very much because they start to annoy me and give me a headache after a while, plus I'm not much of a huge headbow person. I like hats but only full size ones since mini-hats are usually awkward. I've been wanting some vintage hats but that will have to wait until I get back to the US since vintage anything here is overpriced. I like to make my own flower corsages and floral headdresses when possible but that takes time and money for materials.

5. My wardrobe turnover

For my first 3-4 years of lolita I kept everything I bought and never sold anything, but then I moved to Japan and it was a lot easier to find things I liked better. I changed my style quite a bit so I finally got over my selling phobia and started getting rid of things that didn't suit me. I find that when I sell things I don't really miss them that much, so since then my wardrobe has been cycling through a lot quicker. I'm very picky about fit and I'm tired of lolita being too tight so I'm trying to sell things that aren't comfortable.

Plus, I may be going to visit Cambodia next month! My friend lives there so this is a great chance to go with someone who knows the country. It seems like we'll be leaving Japan for good in mid to late April. Too much to do!