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9th-May-2014 05:01 pm
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9th-May-2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
Questions, complains, etc here please
9th-May-2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Has anyone ever inherited something very rare / expensive / precious and then realized; "I can use this for Lolita!"
9th-May-2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
Not really an inheritance per say, but my Grandmother recently gave me a few of her pearls. They are so darling.♥
9th-May-2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
My meta Diavolo coat came today and I'm trying to figure a co-ord with it. Any ideas? I'm open for any suggestions.
diavolo copy
(Picture for reference.)

Edited at 2014-05-09 10:57 pm (UTC)
9th-May-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
I love Meta's military collections~perhaps with these maybe jodhpurs and knee high boots?
10th-May-2014 07:49 am (UTC)
They seem really fun to coordinate. I would go for a black A-line, pleated, asymmetrical skirts, ouji shorts that end on the shorter side or past knee length. The equestrian pants suggested looks pretty do able. Maybe it can be worked in with every day black denim for a more casual look. I would also probably stick with more heavier materials (though a chiffon blouse under the top jacket might be an exception) and avoid an abundance of lace and ruffles and lean towards ditching them.

If you want to add more, time to go cape hunting.
10th-May-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
How are everyone's jobs? ^^ I'm asking because I myself got a job this past week.
10th-May-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
Lol, not too good. The time clock at my job has been going offline around 11:45pm at my job and I usually have to go around at 2am so I haven't been able to clock in and had to sign the login sheet. My AA screwed up my hours and shorted my 25.5 hours. I was able to get her to fix it but I have to wait another week to get paid the difference. I'm happy yo have a job, but it's still frustrating that this keeps happening.
Have you started it yet? How do you like it? :)
10th-May-2014 12:49 am (UTC)
This might be a really dumb question, but has anyone worn a waist training corset under one of Bodyline's Atelier Pierrot replica corset skirts? Or does it just end up too bulky?

Also, is it comfortable (and safe) to drive in rocking horse shoes?
11th-May-2014 07:19 am (UTC)
I actually tried my corset beneath my skirt today though it's the floral skirt rather than that particular one. It doesn't really cause a large amount of bulk but I lace mine down to 5" smaller than my natural waistline (so squishy!).

You'll need to bear in mind that you have to tighten the lacing on the skirt itself as well otherwise it'll just fall off.

I haven't tried driving in my RHS, not sure I want to - I can't even drive in heels!
10th-May-2014 01:39 am (UTC)
What did everyone get in the mail this week? I just got Promenade de Paris in pink and brown and a lovely little AP skirt. Both unfortunately came with minor damages that were undisclosed but nothing that can't be fixed!
10th-May-2014 02:53 am (UTC)
I got my haul of transparent socks from Taobao + two blouses from Magic-Tea-Party. I'm selling the blouses, I don't like them much in the end.
10th-May-2014 03:07 am (UTC)
I got a Moi meme Moitie rose choker. It's so pretty and I'm so excited to coord it with the Moitie dress I bought it for (Harpsichord trio long sleeve OP!)
10th-May-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
Ugh got food poisoning last night :( I tried to work today but at lunch I felt horrid(Drank Gatorade and whole body was in pain) and went home. I hope I don't get into trouble but I couldn't last 4 more hours.. it would have killed me I could not muster anymore energy.

in other news.. still waiting for my wigs I ordered almost 3 weeks ago to leave the post office in Japan.. (been in post office for 2 weeks)
10th-May-2014 03:16 am (UTC)
Oh dear, I hope you get better!
10th-May-2014 07:26 am (UTC)
Awww :(

Stock up on sports drinks and bananas in my experience bananas will stay down when nothing else will.

Feel better soon
11th-May-2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon~! I've only had food poisoning once, but it's really awful :( Hope someone is taking care of you!
10th-May-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Any have any exciting taobao orders come in this week? I just had a couple nice things arrive! A Kidsyoyo blouse, a Elpress princess sleeve bolero, and the Loris moon/cloud purse. I've been a lolita for over 4 years and it is honestly the first order I've ever done! I wish I would have started years ago XD
10th-May-2014 02:55 am (UTC)
Like I said above I got a bunch of transparent socks (13 pairs to be exact lol) and two blouses from Magic-Tea-Party, but I changed my mind when I got them and decided to sell them (the blouses).

Edited at 2014-05-10 02:55 am (UTC)
10th-May-2014 02:52 am (UTC)
read any good books lately?

I just finished Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
10th-May-2014 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm trying to finish An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, but I don't have much time because of finals. ^^;
10th-May-2014 05:26 am (UTC)
I finally placed an order from Grimoire for the first time! I've always wanted to buy socks from them, and when I saw they had a sale, I really couldn't resist..
I'm super excited~ I also got a few things for my mom as a mother's day/birthday gift. When she saw their tights she got so excited, haha!

Has anyone else bought from them recently?
11th-May-2014 10:38 am (UTC)
Yeah seems so. I hope yours will be better than these..

Edited at 2014-05-11 10:38 am (UTC)
11th-May-2014 10:09 am (UTC)
Hello! I'm here for advice on ordering new releases from AP, to Europe. I'm an astronomer so I'd really love to get the cosmic dress they are going to release but so far I bought all my brand only secondhand. Ive went through a number of articles to find out how to get it, in the last few days, but Im still a bit confused. As far as I found, the dresses are first released in store, then for Japan, then for the rest of the world, by which time they may be already sold out? And the new releases are usually sold out within minutes on the webpages, so when it comes its a rush to grab one. And people often reserve them through a SS (shopping service? shipping service?) to order new releases, but sometimes a SS turns out to be unreliable/scam/doesnt manage to grab what you wanted. How would you suggest I go about getting the dress, when I cant go to Japan but have PayPal available? Thank you.
13th-May-2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Here is how it works, as far as I know.

AP decides to make a new series. They manufacturer it and get all the pieces in. They then take their whole stock and split it up into groups.

So they ship a certain number of pieces to the Tokyo shop, some to the Harajuku shop, some go to the online shop, and some go to the international location. All of these places put the items in the back room and do not sell them.

AP Japan sets a time and a date for all the Japanese stores to release the series. So all the physical shops advertise that they will release the series at that time and date. If it is a popular series, girls will line up outside the shop right before the release. If there are lots of people lined up, then obviously some won't be able to buy the items they want. AP uses a lottery system to determine which of these girls gets to come into the shop first (to protect the girls so no one is lined up at night or something that isn't safe, or creating a traffic problem for the stores next to them by lining up very early.). This means that some shopping services might go to their local store and get a bad lottery number and not be able to get the item, yes. That said, your best bet is usually a reputable shopping service. I've used Chibi Tenshi and I've heard good things about Tokyo Pirates.

Now, AP Japan usually gives the online shop a release time as well, which may be off from the shop time by an hour or two. And yes, a popular series can easily sell out in minutes. (This will probably be a popular series.)

Now, there are still the items that were being sent to the USA shop (credit card only, no paypal). Those items aren't sent overnight to the USA shop or anything, and I think they consolidate shipments to save money. Which means the USA shop obviously has a delay before they have the items, so their sale date is different. Since poplar series do sell out fast, it's quite often the case that by the time the items get to the USA shop, they have sold out elsewhere.

Here are your options:

Try to order from the Japanese site using Tenso to forward the package (Cheapest, but it's hard to get through)

Try to order from the USA site (You need a credit card, it's a little more pricy, and it's still really hard to get through)

Order from a SS like Chibi Tenshi or Tokyo Pirates (fairly high chance of getting what you want. recommended)

Order from a scalper on Mbok after the release (EXTREMELY expensive, but probably a 90% chance of getting what you want. Not recommended)


SS is shopping service - They order and ship. Not to be confused with a Forwarding Service (Tenso) which just ships items you order. To use a forwarding service, you have to find a shop that permits you to pay online, yet doesn't ship overseas (which isn't really super common, TBH)

Edited at 2014-05-13 09:22 pm (UTC)
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