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Last night I had a belated birthday party at The Edison.
Mitch, Crisso and Derek had never been, and I hadn't been for a really long time. The evening turned out just absolutely lovely. It was nice to spend time with friends and wear pretty clothes in such a gorgeous location. I love my friends THIIIIIS MUCH.
I finally got to wear my Masquerade Theater JSK (which is inspired by Phantom of the Opera) and my new vintage fur stole I got at Coco.

Mitch got us a hotel downtown to make a mini-break out of it which was really fabulous. We haven't done something like that for a while. Then we spent this morning in Little Tokyo just goofing around. The weather has cooled down a bit this weekend and there's a delicious breeze. I even planted some irises yesterday morning because the weather was so nice. Anyway...
More photos later. <3 I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Reminder! Sweet Streets 2 is coming up at Gallery Nucleus!

September 11, 2010 - October 4, 2010! (Opening Night Event Sept 11th)
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

There will be tons of photographers and artists there as well as 6%dokidoki!

I'll have four pieces in the show. I'm doing ones based on lolita, spank!/6%dokidoki, mori-girl and dolly-kei (grimoire). This is my first one below.

For Sheyne

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Very belatedly for Sheyne's birthday!

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BABY is rereleasing the gingham check dress... the same one that's been their front page drawing forever (circa 2002)... the same one that I adore... and the same one that was the first BABY/VOLKS collaboration. (more pics: 1, 2, 3.) Those last two are Kyoko from Kamikaze Girls wearing the dress (with matching Kira BJD). The dress never showed up in Kamikaze Girls the film... but Novala does describe a gingham dress in the book. (""...a red gingham-checked dress with a shirred bodice and three tiers of lace on either side, the whole thing accented with red ribbons and extravagantly adorable corsage-type roses." ~ re: ~ egl)

The bust and waist measurements would fit me... but I'd worry about the arms... and how short-waisted (or short-skirted) it might be. Plus it really truly is a dress that I could easily make myself, pretty much. (I could even do the ribbon embroidery and rhinestones myself) And I really need to save money... So, I'll be good. But isn't this amazing? I wonder if anyone else gives a crap. haha.
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I'm back from Fanime and Fantaisies dans le Monde des Rêves!

I was mostly just there to shop, see friends and try to take it easy. I especially enjoyed seeing the fashion show and all the awesome stuff in the boutique and it was great to have dinners with lovely folks. I'm sorry that I missed some of you, though!

Hopefully I'll see some of you at the Zoolander WalkOff this weekend.

Just a quick pic for now, more details and photos later. <3
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I'm finally done (sortof) with storyboards for Futurama ep 616, so I took a break by going to Huntington Library again today! I wore my Innocent World Forest Harvest Festival skirt (hurhur.) I was really glad to get out. ALL THE ROSES are in full bloom right now, so if you are in the area, you really should do yourself a favor and go, like now. <3
Anyway... too tired to go through all the photos right now, but here's a couple. :)

Annie took this pic. :)
The big climbing rose behind me that I'm oh, so excited about is Madame Alfred Carriere (a 1879 noisette)... but more importantly, it's the same rose I have planted two of to grow up the front of my house. Grow, my pretties, grow!

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Here's one of my pieces for Sweet Streets 2 at Gallery Nucleus. (It'll be September 11 - October 4, 2010) You probably won't see more from me on this show for a couple months, but here's the first one! I plan to do several inspired by my favorite Japanese pop-fashion genres. This one is Sweet Lolita (amaloli). Hope you like it!

I was inspired mainly by Angelic Pretty's Memorial Cake and Dreaming Macaron. As usual, done in COPIC marker with Prismacolor white pencil and Colerase red pencil accents.
~~ Fave on DA
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I've been meaning to make this for an obscenely long time. Last night after I got home from work, I watched an episode of Doctor Who while hotgluing strawberries together.

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I just ordered this cute chocolate speaker for my ipod today. I can't resist Strapya. I figure it would be pretty great for when you need a tiny speaker, or even practicing skits. I liked this can badge speaker, too. I also bought this little button that lets you put celphone charms on your ipod.
... and this... this, my friends is so awesome. It's a "mask your restroom noise" hello kitty flower cel phone charm. Some of the fancy fancy Japanese toilets do this... like ones at Isetan. I can't believe they put this on a cel phone charm. (Actually, I can believe it.) will make charms of your own artwork! How cool! :D

Mysoti does shirts on demand... so I may do some tshirt designs for fun for you guys. Then you can buy if you want and I don't have to deal with the stock. That link there is the fabulous MissMonsterMel's shop.

What a neat shoe seller! They have some shoes that look like elf or fairy shoes! Unfortunately they only go up to US size 10 (even though they do bespoke...)

Zazzle and Keds allow you to do custom printed shoes now! Expect me to utilize this ridiculously at some point.

Also on the shoe front, Apparently Bodyline DOES carry a few shoes that fit size 11. I haven't tried any of them, but some people on the lists have said that their size 27 fits USA size 11.

Qutieland carries two styles of An*tai*na shoes that fit size 11 these cute teaparty-esque shoes and these non-clunky cute boots!. I had no idea! So many of their's don't run in that size that I hadn't checked all their links.


also from Qutieland, I thought Last Country Summer Shadow Blue OP and Last Country Late Night Roses Gothic JSK were lovely! Both look high quality and you can custom order the size.

I really liked this simple grey violin skirt at Innocent World. I've been meaning to make a simple grey skirt for a while... but this makes me want to embroider a violin on it. I also really like Forest Harvest Festival Skirt... which has a lovely 56 cm length and a L size which has 64~83cm waist! I think the print on it is just utterly charming.

BABY Alice and the Pirates is making a new storybook bag soon. I love this idea...! from the side and from the front. They have a Friend Usakumya yukata up for reservation! So cute! Of course, it's not actually "freesize" (translation: it would be too short for me). I also like the new Masquerade Theater OP and JSK. Makes me want to sing Phantom of the Opera songs. In fact, if you look closely, you can see the "Angel of Music's" letter... and the chandelier...! I like the red the best, it's so opulent. I'm trying very hard to resist it. I love Alice and the Pirate's trend lately of doing stories or movie based stuff.

I really wanted the Angelic Pretty Happy Garden skirt in blue... but,... somehow I was able to keep myself from buying it. Lots of people don't like it because it's very Easter-centric (the easter baskets and bunnies,etc...) But I think it's charming. But truly, what I really want is a skirt in blue with a grass field at the bottom with some cute stuff on it... and I really just love how they've been coordinating it. (Some more coordination examples: 1, 2 )
I have some similar fabrics that I STILL haven't made stuff with, so I'm going to suck it up and not buy it in a futile attempt to try and force myself to finally sew some things. Just so busy lately.

AP also made a ridiculous jello-mold hat. I approve of these shenanigans, but wonder what it's made out of! more pics here. I also like their jello-mold rings... but it's too close to something that would be fun to make myself with resin, so I'll pass.
Also love the transparent rainbow buttons and rhinestones on these AP blouses. Doesn't it make you want to get out your bedazzler?
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Crisso and I met up with some of our friends today that we haven't seen in a long time, in particular Angie! (Hi!) We went to school together (and actually... I know there are a lot of Avatar: the Last Airbender fans reading this, right...? She did a lot of the designs for the show.)
Anyway, it was nice to catch up a bit and eat yummy things!

Some random outfits from recently.
Left: Pearls a gift from Char <3, Shirt from Banana Republic, Belt from Anthropologie, Skirt from BTSSB, Flats from Ciao Bella. I wore this to tea today.
Middle: Shirt from Kmart(!), Vest from Forever21, Skirt from Angelic Pretty, Bunny Bag from BTSSB
Right: Shirt from Delias(?), Belt from H&M, Skirt from Metamorphose (I wore this to work!)

I've been getting braver and more comfortable lately in working froufrou items into my everyday wardrobe. A big help was getting some of my skirts altered at the tailor so that the waist was more comfortable. I debated about it for a long time... but now don't regret it at all. I feel like it frees me up to wear them more and enjoy them more.

Those of you who are "larger" fans of lolita, did you notice the recent two LL size JSKs? this one and this one. They're slightly larger than their normal LL size. Most of you already saw them, but I felt I would be remiss not to mention them. <3

Also, this cute ruffled blouse from Kmart has been making the rounds. It comes in white, lavendar and pink! and it's $4. I have both the pink and lavendar, it's pretty fabulous, actually.

Well, back to cleaning the house!
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Signed up for Burnley and Trowbridge's 18th century gown class (the 1st zone-front-ish one). That gown type was the next one on my historic list (besides Victorian) and it'll be great to make most of a gown in a weekend and have it draped to me instead of a bought pattern. I have 5 yards of this pink asian floral... hopefully I could use that. (not including petticoat.)

There's a lot of fun floral stuff out for spring! H&M has a new garden collection coming out sporadically until the end of the month. I particularly liked the dress in the picture above, but I think I'd have more fun making something similar myself out of my own fabric choices. (most H&M and F21 dresses are horrifically short on me.) Aren't the pockets FABULOUS? YOU CAN PUT THINGS IN THEM.

Forever 21 and Topshop have some fun spring florals, too! F21 is also having a pretty deep sale and some of the stuff on sale is military coats and vests! Stock up before it goes out of style. lol. (I'm going to be wearing military vests periodically until death, I'm sure.) I also really like all the big bows and fascinators they've had out lately like this big rosette. For $6, it's worth it more to buy it than for me to make one. Great for fancy outfits or for gothic lolita.

... on a side note, I think everyone who has long legs should write F21 and request longer skirts and dresses. I can't be the only person who doesn't want their butt hanging out.

Metamorphose is going to be putting up a Blooming Garden series soon, too. The yellow colorway is so cheerful...! And the black is lovely. Unfortunately, as per usual LATELY, Meta doesn't list the min-max sizes on their garments.

I need a spare pair of glasses. Not sure if I should get these glasses or not. What do you guys think? Normally I wear a less conspicuous mostly rimless pair of a similar shape.

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OMAKE: My first cherry blossom from my baby trees in my yard! This is a weeping white cherry. (snowfountain). And actually, there are some green buds on my double pink cherry, too... so looks like I'll get a couple blossoms this year at least! fun! :)


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