Monday, January 2, 2017

Lucky Packs 2017

New Year's - the biggest holiday in Japan! It's full of customs and traditions...including fukubukuro, literally translated as "lucky bag", also known in English as lucky packs.

What's a fukubukuro?
Traditionally, they're deeply discounted mystery grab bags filled with leftover stock from the year before. Because it's considered bad luck for a shop to keep old stock into the new year, they stuff these bags full to get rid of everything quick. Nowadays, many shops do what they call "happy bags", where they make special items specifically to sell at New Year's and the contents are not a mystery.

This was my second year going fukubukuro shopping in Osaka (the first was during a visit 4 years ago), and I purchased 3 for myself: An Another Angelus (F.i.n.t's sister brand), Swimmer, and Innocent World. I also purchased one for my friend as part of my shopping service from Leur Getter, and she so generously offered the opportunity for me to post photos of it as well!



In recent years, many shops have begun offering reservations for fukubukuro, to cut down on the craziness at opening on release day. If you're in Japan when they begin reservations, it's a really great option to cut down on stress and waiting time! I reserved both the An Another Angelus and Leur Getter bags beforehand and picked them up on January 2nd.

Now what you've been waiting for - the reveals!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Victorian maiden Christmas Tea Party

Happy International Lolita Day!
What did you do to celebrate this year..?

Victorian maiden, headquartered here in Osaka, held a Christmas tea party on December 3rd, which coincidentally happened to be International Lolita Day this year.

It was held at a small British-themed tea house called Three Chimneys. The tea house was decorated for the Christmas season and was so cute!














We had tea service with a big plate of food and unlimited tea.





Unfortunately, even though VM asked about food allergies, etc. beforehand, and I told them I can't eat pork or beef, the sandwiches all had ham in them...thankfully I only have a minor intolerance, so I could just remove the ham and still eat the sandwiches without getting sick, but it was still an annoyance.


VM made little name cards for each of us! I usually go by "Ellie" in these situations because my full name (Danielle) is really long and difficult for many Japanese people to pronounce (and they often mistake it for "Daniel"......)


I really loved this idea! They had these big dice with conversation starters on them - if there was a lull in conversation at your table, just toss the dice for something to talk about!


When we entered, we drew a "fortune card" - one lucky winner got a free dress from her fortune card! These also had topics to talk about - mine was "tell the person next to you about your coordinate point".


My friend MiA and I at our table! We sat with 5 other girls, who were all very nice!



We had mini catalogs at our place settings - the "Louise" series is new coming January/February!


I tried to take a photo indoors, but the lighting wasn't very good...


MiA and I outside Three Chimneys


My full coordinate!
Hat - WEGO
Bolero - Innocent World
Jumperskirt & gloves - Victorian maiden
Tights & blouse - offbrand
Shoes - axes femme

A lot of the guests had the same idea as me - wearing bordeaux for the Christmas theme. Probably 90% of people had bordeaux as at least an accent color lol.


Selfie beforehand~

After the tea party, the staff arranged for us to take taxis to the VM press room to have first access to their sample sale!


Cute display in the front entry to the press room


All the staff! Their theme was The Nutcracker! Toy soldier, doll, and the mouse king.


I got to take a photo with the infamous VM coffin!! If you're unaware, back in 2001, VM actually sold this coffin..! The one in the press room is used as a storage closet.


I wasn't planning on buying anything, but I foolishly tried this on and fell in love lol. Will have to cut back on my luckypack spending now haha.


Freebie novelties for tea party guests! A clear file and a 2017 planner with a reusable VM book cover.


Freebie postcards from the press room!

The tea party was such a great experience and I'm so glad I was able to go! I hope to be able to attend more events like this in the future~

To end, here are some purikura MiA and I took before the tea party!



Until next time!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

BB and B Deco Review

Earlier this month, I received a package from BB and B Deco with a super cute macaron necklace!!
All their pieces are handmade with care, using genuine swarovski crystals and pearls! I had seen their products at Sakuracon, with their parent company Bling Up, and was always really impressed with their work.


Because they're made with air clay, they're super light, which makes it really comfortable to wear~


I love the little spoon so much! I can't resist tiny cutlery lol


Maybe it's a strange thing to notice, but it also smells really good!!


The clasp on the back is a heart shape! I love the attention to details~


The little holly leaf makes it really cute for the upcoming holiday season!!

I ended up putting together a porcelain doll inspired coordinate with it!
Unfortunately, the pictures didn't turn out super great because it's so cloudy/dark today ;A;


Bonnet - Innocent World
Blouse - offbrand (Forever21)
Jumperskirt - Angelic Pretty
Apron - handmade by my friend
Tights - offbrand (gift)
Shoes - offbrand (unknown, I've had them 10 years!)


What's your favorite piece from BB and B? c:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Marie Antoinette Tea Party at 薔薇hime atelier

On September 1st, I stepped off the plane in my new home - Osaka, Japan!
Just a couple days later, I went to a big semi-annual lolita event called Romantic a la Mode. There, I purchased a handmade vintage-style hat from a brand called 薔薇hime (bara hime) and chatted with the designer.
This month, the designer invited me to join a tea party at her atelier in Kyoto! It's been difficult to meet people, so I was really happy she thought of me and extended the invitation.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

DevilInspired/Souffle Song Dress Photos

A little while ago, I received a dress from DevilInspired. I chose a cute pink jumperskirt from the Chinese indie brand Souffle Song/Neverland Lolita. Unfortunately, it's no longer up on DevilInspired's website, but it can still be bought from Souffle Song's Taobao shop.

Yesterday I met my friend Katie at my favorite park in Portland to take some photos!



My hat, bolero, bow clip (on the bolero), and bag are all from Innocent World. They're definitely my favorite brand right now! I think they really embody the feeling of lolita that first got me interested in the fashion so long ago.




The park we shot in is known for its beautiful rose gardens. Roses are my favorite flower, and it smelled so good there, even though the blooming season is ending!




I wish I had done more photoshoots here when the roses were in full bloom in April/May - oh well!



Afterward, we went back to my house, and I changed into a more casual outfit using the same dress. This dress is so perfect for summer and can easily be worn without a petticoat for a more casual, cool look!




I'm sorry for being creepy and posing in your front yards, neighbors. Lol.



I'm moving to Japan in only a month and a half now, so I'm trying to do as much with my friends while I'm still in Portland! I'm glad I had the opportunity to hang out with Katie for the afternoon to take these~