Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Btssb children's book

Hello dears, I recently bought the new children's book from Btssb and I want to make a little review about it.



When I saw the release announcement on the website of Btssb, I directly thought I neeeed that book, because it is full of drawings with Usakumya and Kumakumya, and you probably already know how much I love them! Plus the book comes with a little Usakumya plush, so I can get another one for my family *o*

However when I recived the book, I was a little disappointed. The problem is I didn't thought of it as an actual children's book, but more as an artbook with pages full of detailed master pieces of my favorite characters. However the drawings are just normal drawings, of course very cute, but still more dedicated for children.

However the drawings are not bad or anything, and also not worse than the cover. Actually they are exactly like the cover, so again, I don't know how I could develope such wrong expectations haha.

Sooo for the actual content, the book has 22 pages and the story looks very cute (something about visiting a princess castle and dressing up in Lolita clothes, what else would you expect haha). The paper and the print have high-quality.

However the Usakumya plush has not such high quality, which added to my disappointment. It is definitely not like the normal Usakumyas which you can buy at the Btssb store. The fur is different, the satin on the hands and feet feels very cheap, and the eyes are sewed on too far from each other which makes my Usakumya looks a little creepy haha.

 Of course I know that the quality of such mooks has to be overall cheaper than the real deal, because first the price is lower (2800yen for the mook, while a Usakumya alone costs ~4700yen in the store [not related but I just wanna mention here that Btssb rises the price with every release, it used to be ~3500yen haha]), second the price also includes the book and packaging of the mook next to the plush, and third the price also includes winning margin for both Btssb and the publishing company. So there had to be some cutbacks to make this mook still profitable.

I'm just mentioning it here, so in case you are thinking "let's get the mook so I can get a Usakumya for a cheaper price", don't buy the mook. However the mook is not a complete waste of money, if you are a collector like me, or you are a Lolita mom who can read hiragana, then go get it!


You can still buy the mook here at CDJapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-2025028

I hope this review was a little helpful, and if you have more questions about the mook then just ask in the comments :)

Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Another small meet-up

Hello dears!

Last weekend we had a small meet-up again. It wasn't an official meet-up because my friend just wanted to visit a certain café to order a cake, but then more people came haha.

The certain café should have been the cupcake café which we already visited numerous times, however the owner kinda forgot that she has closed that day for a private party, so we were walking through the cold, rainy and windy weather to find a place for 7 people on a saturday in a super crowded city center >_<. One person suggested a fancy café where we still had to wait around 30mins to get a table, and me and a friend were already on our way out to try our luck with another café, when finally got a table. And now I'm happy that the cupcake café was closed, because otherwise I would have never found out about the super delicious cakes the fancy café has!

I know many fancy cafés with a huge amount of cakes and tartes in the display, looking very tasty, having a high price tag, and then just taste meeeh. But this one not! Ah I want to visit it again! (It was Café Reichard at cologne central station if you want to know xD)

I ordered a citron baiser tarte (on the left):

More or less good group picture haha:

And my outfit for the day (I chose a super simple one because it was just too cold. I was even wearing black leggins, not tights xD):

Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Small Meet-up

After a looong time, I organized a meet-up again! Well it wasn't that much of a long time, I actually organized one in summer and one in December with one of my friends! BUT this is the first one I'm blogging about haha!

Last weekend was the "Cologne Kyoto Festival", which at first sounds really great. Kyoto is a partner-city of Cologne, so the Japanese Culture Institute celebrated it with a festival. But a better word would be "small get-together for the eldery". Haha I don't mean it in a negative way, but the organizers didn't really made any kind of advertisement, so of course who else would visit such an event. Also the program wasn't that much, but then again, with such a few visitors, not many exhibitors would want to come anyway. There was a very small (and a little bit ankward) selection of exhibitors - a technology company, a knife seller, and a travel agency. Well now that I think about it, if you can speak japanese, this festival would be perfect for practising your skills. But the event wasn't a complete fail, at least I now know that the Institute has a small libary which looks interesting, so I might visit it some day.

So after a short time, we visited a local café and had very delicious cake! I have so many small and interesting looking cafés around my home, I want to make many meet-ups and visit them all!

My outfit:

A group picture which was taken from the Japanese Institute (not our complete group though!):

Aaand the food:

Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3

Saturday, December 24, 2016

My Lolita Year 2016

It's that time of the year for a review! Here is the last year's one for comparision.

Questions:
1. Favorite look
2. Favorite purchase
3. Least favorite purchase
4. An item you wished you purchased but didn’t
5. Favorite release
6. Trends you liked and didn’t like from 2016
7. Favorite event
8. Favorite picture
9. Achieved Lolita-milestones
10. Fashion goals from 2016 and did you achieved them
11. Fashion goals for 2017

1. Favorite look
I love my outfit from the AP Tea Party, I'm especially proud of my hair haha.

2. Favorite purchase
Hmm tough decision this year as I bought many awesome items, but I choose my Strawberry Whip OP because I aaaalways wanted to have such an OTT dress and I feel so beautiful in it \(*o*)/

3. Least favorite purchase
I would say both of my Innocent World dresses, because I didn't paid enough attention to the fitting when I bought them in Japan. But in the cramped Closed Child dressing rooms you don't want to spend any extra minute deciding on the fitting xD

4. An item you wished you purchased but didn’t
I really wanted to have the Kumya-chan head dress from Btssb. But for some reason I totally forgot to reserve it, and it was sold-out after the reservation period ;__; Btssb just released another similar head dress which I directly reserved, however the new version is not that fluffy and also doesn't come in pink, only white.

5. Favorite release
Kumya chan's Love Love Valentine!!! I mean how can you NOT love this cuteness full of... love?! Seriously this is the most pefect print for me because it shows how much I love Usakumya and Kumakumya \(*o*)/<3

6. Trends you liked and didn’t like from 2016
I don't like the trend of ridiculous expensive dresses the brands are putting out (or let's say Btssb and AP, who just released 4000$ dresses...), which basically just look like a huge pile of fabric and lace randomly sewed together. I wonder if they have a secret competition about who can get the most expensive and craziest dress.
I also don't like that the quality goes down more and more while the prices go up... on the other side it is very possible that they have to do it for economic reasons, like they have to decide between lowering the quality or rising the prices a lot more...

Like last year I don't think there was a real fashion trend this year?


7. Favorite event
If my Japan trip counts as an event, then it was this xD Haha but like last year, I value every event, doesn't matter if small or big. But I really had a great time at Under the Sea in Amsterdam, I liked that I could have so much interaction with the special guests, which I didn't had at other events this year.

8. Favorite picture
I love this one in front of the Angelic Pretty store in Paris. I like that it's not just an outfit shot, but has a little "action" in there (well at least for me xD)

9. Achieved Lolita-milestones
- Trip to Japan! \(*o*)/
- bought my first Angelic Pretty doll (but sold my other Pullip haha)
- started to sew my first accessories with a sewing machine
- bought my first Gosu Rori
- met many designers, models etc. in Amsterdam (too many names to list now *_*), attended my first Putumayo TP, attended another Btssb event

10. Fashion goals from 2016 and did you achieved them
- buy more blouses => Yes, but the ones I bought only fit 1-2 dresses each, so I need moar!
- buy a big Lolita bag => Yes, but same problem like above xD
- don't buy anything that doesn't fit you 100% => Well yes, I made a little mistake with the Innocent World dresses, but I couldn't really realize it when purchasing, so overall I made good purchasing decisions
- don't buy random things just because they are cheap => Yes
- don't buy crafting supplies / an item if you don't have a specific project / outfit in mind => Yes

11. Fashion goals for 2017
- buy more cutsews (instead of blouses), especially with long arms
- buy more head accessories which are comfortable to wear
- be even more carefully with my purchasing decisions regarding fitting to my body and fitting to my wardrobe in general
- be more carefully again with my spending habits to save up for my next trip to Japan
- work on my outfits I already have instead of buying new big items

Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wardrobe Tag

On Amino App this wardrobe tag was really popular the last 2 weeks, so I thought why not making it too, but on my blog, because doing it on the phone is such a hassle when you want to add many pictures >_<

1. Do you still own the first Lolita item you bought?
It depends on what I count as my first item. When I found out about Lolita and started to read in a local Lolita message board, someone posted that you can buy some overknee socks at a local store which are Lolita. So I directly went to the store and bought them, and I still have those socks.
But if I count my first real Lolita item, a strawberry skirt from Angelic Pretty, then I don't own it anymore (however I sold it to another beginner Lolita and it was her first item as well ^_^)

2. What is the oldest Lolita piece in your wardrobe?
This headdress from Beth, from 2006. I won it at a raffle a few years ago but have never worn it yet, but I just can't give it away because it's such a historical piece haha.

3. What is the newest Lolita piece in your wardrobe?
Shadow Dream Carnival Special Set from Angelic Pretty, it's from 2016 and I bought it this summer in the Paris store.

4. What is the cheapest main piece in your wardrobe?
My Bubble Bath skirt from Metamorphose, I found it in Closed Child Osaka for around 20€ !!

5. What is the most expensive main piece in your wardrobe?
My Castle Mirage dress from Angelic Pretty, it cost 333€, but it was only so expensive because I bought it in the Paris store last year >_< Usually I don't spend so much money for my dresses, but I saved up money to buy something nice for me.

6. Which of your Lolita items is your favorite?
I would say that I love all my items, but my currently favorite item is the Bubble Bath skirt because it's just so cute and hilarious at the same time haha.

7. Which item do you wear the least?
This is a hard question because I have many items I don't wear often >_< I will just generally say I don't wear my Lolita bags often because they are sooo small, and also some of my jewellery, because I have fear to brake them (pretty stupid I know xD)

8. Which item do you wear the most?
I would say my berets, because I'm often too lazy to do something with my hair, and also I get headache from wearing headbows or hairclips, so they are my most used items.

9. Is there anything in your Lolita wardrobe that you haven't worn yet?
Yes, this Salopette from Maxicimam which I bought this summer in Japan, and this bag from Btssb which I bought over a year ago, but it is so small and also really hard to carry and just inconvenient. But too beautiful to sell >_<

10. What is missing from your Lolita wardrobe?
I miss a lot of head accessories which are comfortable for me and which I can wear with simple hair styling (my hair is so thin and flat that it is really difficult to wear something more fancy with simple hair styling). Also I need a lot of blouses and cardigans.

11. When will your Lolita wardrobe be complete?
My wardrobe will be complete when I can create all my outfits with perfectly matching items, and when I don't have to wear some items just because I didn't found better ones. I don't want to focus on a high number of dresses, but instead of a small number of complete outfits.

12. What was the last Lolita item you sold or threw away?
I sold my Alice in Wonderland JSK from Btssb, it was beautiful but unfortunately too small ;__;

13./14./15. How many OPs/JSKs/skirts do you have?
7 / 5 / 3

16. How many petticoats do you have?
1 (I feel like I'm the only Lolita on the planet who only owns one xD)

17. What do you plan to buy next?
I plan to buy a full set of Wonder Party from Angelic Pretty, because I want to wear the same outfit like my doll. I also plan to buy a Sweet Lolita OTT outfit.

18. When you first started wearing Lolita, what did you want your wardrobe to be like?
I wanted to have a wardrobe full of Country Lolita, because it was cute, but I thought it was simple enough to not get too much attention from strangers on the street. But after my first Lolita meet up I realised that I still got a lot of attention, and I quickly changed to a mix of Sweet and Country Lolita.

19. What is your Lolita wardrobe currently like?
Sweet Lolita! I only bought 2 Classic Lolita dresses (of which I just sold one) because I wanted to own very simple dresses which I can wear when I don't feel like getting attention on the streets (even after all this years I still hate it).
Actually not my current closet at all, half of the stuff is from a friend as well xD

20. What would you like your wardrobe to be in the future?
I want to focus on OTT Sweet Lolita again, I really love the good old AP clone style and I'm working on some outfits. I also want to wear Maid Lolita and I'm
currently buying materials to sew my own accessories for it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bring & Buy event

Last weekend I visited a Bring & Buy event which was organized by some local Lolitas. Unfortunately I totally forgot to take any pictures during the event, but the reason is because I just had so much fun and was constantly talking to people or looking through the items! So the only picture you get is one of my purchases ^^'''

I just want to describe the event. There were around 30-40 people and we had sooo much stuff for sale. I felt like in Closed Child haha. If I didn't wanted to save up money for some Lolita events next year, I surely would have bought a lot. But at the end of the event there was still a lot of stuff available. I think more people came to sell rather than to buy. But for me it was a success, I could sell 2 dresses and 1 pair of pants which just didn't fit me well.

Besides shopping, we also had cupcakes, cakes, tea and coffee, and there were tables where you could sit down and have a good talk to people.

I liked that the event pulled many Lolitas who either don't go to meet-ups often or who live far away. So it was really nice for me too meet old friends or new girls from my own city.

Of course I have to show you my purchases now: a bunny headbow from AP, a Gosurori and a GLB Boudoir.


Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3

Saturday, November 19, 2016

GLISH - favorite pictures

Hello dears!
The last 1,5 weeks I participated in the game "GLISH" - Great Lolita International Scavenger Hunt. It's a game where you get around 50 challenges, and you have to take a picture for each one. For each completed challenge, you get some points, depending on how difficult the challenge was.

My group was "Team Cookie" and was composed of Lolitas from Canada, USA, England and Germany. We could complete all the challenges, however the winner group "Team Chocolate" donated more money and / or got more points for difficulty/creativity, so they won first place (GLISH is also dedicated to collect donations for charity). But each team did a really good job and the main purpose was to have fun!

I want to show you my favorite pictures of the game, but please also check out the Instragram-accounts of each team, I couldn't include all the awesome pictures because my blogpost will already be too long xD.
* Team Cookie * Team Chocolate * Team Cherry * Team Strawberry * Team Macaron * Team Cupcake * Team Scones *

First I will show you my pictures:
Lolita Sports
The four seasons
Create kawaii food art
Recreation of Mr. Yan's famous poses
Pose with a BJD in matching coord

Now my favorite challenges and pictures from all teams:

Challenge: Recreate a painting.
Team Cookie
Team Strawberry
Team Macaron

Challenge: Movie poster posing.
Team Cookie
Team Chocolate
Team Cherry
Team Strawberry

Challenge: Lolita on a horse.
Team Cookie

Challenge: Lolita haunting.
Team Cookie
Team Chocolate
Team Strawberry

Challenge: Draw the squad.
Team Cookie
Team Chocolate
Team Cherry
Team Macaron

Recreation of Mr. Yan's famous poses in pictures.
Team Chocolate

Challenge: Lolita in space.
Team Cherry

Challenge: Pose with your team's name item.
Team Strawberry
Team Cupcake

Challenge: Create kawaii food art.
Team Strawberry
Team Macaron

Challenge: Lolita sports.
Team Strawberry

Challenge: Pose with a BJD in matching coord.
Team Strawberry
Team Cupcake

Challenge: Optical illusion.
Team Macaron
Team Cupcake

Challenge: Lolita at work.
Team Macaron
Team Cupcake

Challenge: Lolita Turkey Trott.
Team Macaron

What is your favorite picture?
Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3
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