Hello! ...I have so many posts to do and so little time to do them in! This weekend was Anime Detour and my very first Artist Alley table. It went very well (despite the fact that I got violently ill Saturday night and was convinced I was going to die) and I had a ton of fun; I'm for sure going to do it again next year (though I'm going to be much more prepared and I also hopefully won't almost die again).
I have so much stuff building up around my desk that I really, really need to get posts up, so I'm trying to break them down into more manageable chunks (you know, instead of one gigantic haul that's way too long to read). For this post, I'm going to focus on my recent Lolita and J-Fashion purchases!
I'll start with my magazines. Generally, I like to get the Gothic & Lolita Bible, KERA, Zipper, and egg. I think they're the most interesting and informative. I also really like Nail MAX but I don't get it often since it drives up my shipping costs. That's kind of the big downside to getting Japanese magazines; they're really cheap, normally under $5, but shipping can be brutal. In my most recent order, my total is $50, but shipping cost $30. And that's not even GOOD shipping, that's for slow, may take over a month to get to you shipping. However, unless you actually live in Japan, purchasing magazines online and having them shipped overseas is the cheapest way to get them since you're only paying retail price and shipping. Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore that has locations in the U.S. is the second cheapest since they don't add on too much extra beyond retail and shipping. I've seen places charge upwards of $40-$50 for Japanese magazines and that's just ridiculous.
For this round of magazine, I picked up two GLB's, a KERA, a Zipper, and an egg!
Finally, I also got an issue of egg.
Along with my magazines, I ordered some super cute earmuffs from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright! These are more of a novelty item and are less expensive than actual BTSSB earmuffs you'd buy from their store. I was a little disappointed in the quality of them, but they were only about $20 and they're cute, so I'm pretty happy!
I also got some more lolita shoes! I have two pairs, but they're a little on the childish side, so I wanted to pick up some more versatile ones. I think the best way to describe my style is "classic-sweet"; I love the elegance of classic lolita but I also love the colors of sweet. Normally I'm not too big a fan of Bodyline (though they do have some cute, inexpensive things!), but I really like their shoes. They're cute and cheap and you can get them shipped for a flat fee of $10, which is awesome.
Unfortunately, one of the issues you come across when ordering from Bodyline is that your items don't always get to you in perfect condition. Both pairs of shoes shipped in boxes, and the pink pair were perfect, but the off-white pair suffered a little in shipping.
And that's that for this Lolita and J-fashion haul!
Thanks for reading! <3