April 7th, 2010

Impulse

Bandwagon: Timeline

I love this theme. I have literally read through all of the timelines posted so far, and I will continue looking at them, because it's so great to see that all of us started somewhere, and even lolitas who seem flawless and whom I strive to be like may have started out a bit ita-ish. =^_^=;;; I don't feel so silly now, since we're all sharing our embarrassing photos as well as cute ones. Soooo without further ado...

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High Voltage

Katyusha/カチューシャ

          Does anyone know the etymology of the term "katyusha" (カチューシャ)? (This term is used for headbands/"Alice bows"/hairbows/etc.)

          I've tried searching egl, but without any results other than passing mentions of the term. Looking it up on the English version of Wikipedia gives me a song, a rocket launcher, and a cycling team. Searching the Japanese version of Wikipedia mentions two songs (one Russian; one Japanese), that the term is used for headbands, a film, a weapon, a unit, a cycling team, and an asteroid. My Google attempts have been less useful.

          I'm presuming that the use of the term for headbands is related to the fact that "Katyusha" is a tender diminutive of Ekaterina. It looks like there was a popular Taisho-era song called Katyusha; I used a translator to get some idea of what the Japanese page said, but if that page explained why katyusha is used to mean headband, I didn't see it.

          For some reason this was a term I've never really questioned before, but reading it on the Angelic Pretty shopping site today made me pause. Now I'm really curious! Does anyone have a theory?

UPDATE: thevisual_beast was kind enough to provide a translation of a Japanese Wikipedia explanation in this comment.

A QCute Brand Question...

Hello, lovely lolis! I was wondering if anyone has any information/reviews/etc about the brand Last Country carried by QutieLand? They seem to be a relatively new Taobao brand, and I can't find anything about their quality or sizing ): they do have a few very cute things, however!

Link to QutieLand

Any and all information you may have is very much appreciated! :D
(side note: first post! yeah!)

US based closet child?

I am really sorry to post this, but i am brand new to western lolita, and I've searching through memories and such, but i don't know the name of the shop so it's hard to find.
I heard there is a closet-child like website based in the US or something? Could someone please tell me about it? I left lolita since i left Japan, but if i can find casual sort, cheap, yay.
Sorry
ღ tv and movies // IWTV → furyyy

Arglebargle!

Is anyone else not receiving confirmation emails or inquiry replies from Baby? 
I sent them an email a while ago telling them I couldn't pay my order yet because my credit card is acting wonky on me, and it's been like two days since the date I was supposed to pay - and they've neither replied to my question of whether or not they could give me a couple days so I could pay, nor whined at me. I sent them an email when I had about seven days left to pay, with another little inquiry, and they didn't reply to it either. wtf?

And a little note to the mods, I was out of town for a few days due to medical reasons so I wasn't able to pay much attention to the community sales, but I'm getting back on track.
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So I decided to jump in on this month's theme! I haven't done any of the other ones, but what he hell. Sadly this isn't complete- I started wearing lolita in 2004/05 but I had a massive computer crash and lost all of my pictures that I hadn't yet uploaded to Photobucket, which included those early coordinates.
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