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November 30th, 2007


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12:14 pm - $pending, $pending, $pending...
I wasn't going to spam my f-list with this, but dear lord I'm so happy and yet I want to bash my head against the desk at the same time.  F-locking this post since I don't want my mom to read this (yes, she knows my lj url and she does come to check sometimes XD).  She'll have my head if she finds out about this, at least right now.  I'll unlock this entry once a few years months have passed XDD

So, what happened you ask?  Well see, in this shopping mall near where I live, the Rideau Centre, there's this store called Trivium that sells clothes and accessories stereotypically labeled as "gothic" (I think there's only one store in existence and their in-store stock is 150% better than what they show on their website).  Their stuff lean on the expensive side, predictable since it's not mainstream fashion and so the stuff aren't mass produced, but because of this I tend to wander in once in awhile, 'ooh' and 'aah' at some stuff then leave empty handed as my budget as a student really doesn't allow me to splurge on shirts that are over $100 and gowns that are in the $200-$300 range (plus where am I going to wear Elizabethan-Vicorian era gowns anyway?  To class?? XDD).
A few months ago though, I had what I can only explain as a moment of insanity and bought 3 shirts from that store totaling somewhere near $400 x___X  (gorgeous shirts though, large cravats/frills down the front, poofy sleeves, I love them to bits).  Ok, well, so I ate cookies and drank milk as my main diet for the next few weeks, not too big a deal I guess.

Today, I made the mistake of wandering into that store again.  This time I came out with a receipt totaling in the 4-digits area (and the decimal was AFTER the 4th digit), that's right, 4 digits.  What happened?  Well, 1 shirt, 2 jackets, and 1 gown/robe is what happened =____=  The biggest culprit is one of the jackets, speech-impairingly gorgeous, which might explain the $625 price (click on thumbnail for full-sized pics):


Full-shot (taken on my bed, ignore the mess in the background)



Close-up of the design in the chest area.



Another close-up.



The collar, notice the gorgeous embroidered patterns, I believe my eyes did one of these *O*  when I first saw this coat.



Close-up of the sleeve.
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Actually, I had been eye-ing this jacket the last couple of times I had visited the store.  With Canadian winter being as cold as it gets (below -30 Celsius in the worst cases) I only have 1 coat that sufficiently fights off the chills and it's this white, feather-downed, knee-length thing that looks great when matched with "modern" day wear, but not so great paired with shirts like this, this, or this (which were the kind of shirts I had bought from Trivium that first time I had a mentally unstable moment).  I come out looking like a time-machine gone wrong XDD

I'm a bit troubled by my recent sporadic spendings, especially on clothing this semester it seems.  Part of it, I guess, is due to Takarazuka influence, hence my sudden fascination and boost of self-confidence to go out wearing clothing like this (having watched Elisabeth and Rose of Versailles as my first intro into 'Zuka world didn't help), partially due to the fact I've gone from 168lbs back in June to 137lbs when I weighed myself this morning.  Nothing makes me smile more than when I suddenly notice more stuff in the clothing stores fit me these days without my having to try and squeeze all of the air I can out of my lungs/stomach (well watching Takarazuka makes me smile more as does getting 'A+'s in school but you get the idea).  The problem is though I used to go on a major clothes-shopping-spree every...couple of years maybe?  But this semester alone I've done...3; first time in Trivium with the shirts, second time in the "mainstream" stores (Suzy Shier, le Chateau, etc.) buying blouses/dress shirts and vests, and this final time again in Trivium.  Each time I've spent a couple of hundred bucks with this last time being the ultimate in spendings.  I used to be one of those girls that poo-poo at the stereotype that girls look into their closets every morning and despite miles and miles of clothing they complain they have nothing to wear, but now I find myself actually doing that on some mornings (ok my closet doesn't go on for miles, but it's pretty damn packed).

I think I need to take a step back and just breathe a bit, stay away from the malls for the next little while (hard with X-mas coming up lol), and definitely stay away from clothes-shopping for the next...few years or so XD  Redeem the side of me that cringes at commercialism and over-comsumption...although I can squeeze in a tiny defense for my political conscience that stores like Trivium most likely doesn't operate using sweatshops in developing countries as seems to be the norm with the big retail chains.  Either way though, definitely going to try and force myself to just spend on necessities come the next semester/year.


So, how's everyone else's X-mas shopping going??  Anyone gone insane yet besides me?  And thanks for all the encouragement in regards to my last post about the essay crisis with my roommate and friend, I really appreciate it (sorry I didn't respond individually to everyone's comments, I was going to but before I knew it the number of comments had grown to double digits >___<).  Hang in there those of you with exams coming up, the semester's almost done!

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From:ah_chung
Date:November 30th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
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I think I would have had a heart attack if I spent that much in one day ^^" Not to be a downer, but wouldn't it have cost you less if you'd gotten a tailor to re-make that jacket from scratch? It is really gorgeous ♥, but I wouldn't be able to justify spending over the cost of a uni course to buy a jacket.

Not that you need to do more shopping XD but I remembered you liked lolita stuff so you might like Baby's Pirate line:) http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/pirates/index.html

Specifically this: http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/pirates/103P327.html
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Ooh yeah, didn't think of it that way...although now that I compare it with what I spend for school it actually makes me feel better since I think I get more enjoyment out of this coat than any courses XDD (Well...maybe not all of my courses, I've had a few really awesome profs).

I didn't even think to see if I can get it tailor-made O____o You can do that??? Like...you mean commission someone from a comm or like...there's actually stores that tailor-make clothing for affordable prices? (Affordable meaning for us commoners that don't have the Hollywood superstar or Bill Gates bank accounts ^^;;). I would think the material alone would cost a few hundred to make it from scratch...

Ooh that pirates line looks gorgeous *O* And that jacket...holy...you've got good taste :DD~~!! Good thing they don't do over-seas shipping and I'm too lazy to deal with going through a third party (not to mention too broke now XD)...I'm so freaking thankful most of those Lolita places don't ship overseas, otherwise I'd have been out a few thousand (yes a FEW, not just one) long before now x____X
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From:ah_chung
Date:December 1st, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
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LOL XDD So true! I do get more enjoyment out of most things in comparison to courses I've taken. Sad to say, I've only had a few great profs as well ;_;

I'm pretty sure you can. There are many tailors/seamstresses in town... you'd probably have to do a bit of research or ask around to get some good recs. You probably wouldn't be able to get the *exact* same fabric, but could probably get something very similar, and the design and cut could be made the same as well. I know that some people who live in Asia or go there on vacations, the tailoring services there are so cheap compared to here, they can get an exact replica of a 300+ lolita dress for half the price or even less.

Thank you ^^ I love Btssb. It's my fav lolita brand but I'll probably never own any lolita clothes because I don't think I'll ever get enough wear out of them to justify the price. For better or for worse, I am really price conscious like that no matter how much I like something ^^;;

Personally from that line, I really love this jacket: http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/pirates/103P323.html and these shoes! I LOVE THESE SHOES. Why must they be 400$ T_T http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/pirates/101P919.html

Oh, and I think Baby has started to accept overseas orders. But I would image shipping to cost a lot since it's from Japan and then when it gets here they'll slap on some customs fees so it'll be mighty expensive...

However, I do commend you for being able to just eat cookies and milk... I'd never be able to do that, seriously!
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From:cavechan
Date:November 30th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
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First of all, congratulations on losing 30lbs!! That is a very good accomplishment for yourself. :D

When you go shopping try and stay away, faaar awaaaay from that store. xD Especially if you can't afford it. x_X How were you ever able to afford $1000+ in the first place?

My x-mas shopping is about non-existent as I have no money to my name whatsoever. =( (The money I get is from my parents and goes straight to groceries and such living expenses.) The only thing I can do is try and pull off some art for people. x_X (my schedule is packed too.)
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the congrats! Yes I think I need to barricade myself from that wing of the mall from now on XDD I think I need to barricade myself from malls period, just stick with the grocery stores XD

Yeah see...I was suppose to save a few thousand for next semester from my student loan from this semester...so uh...well looks like next semester I'll be doing a few more weeks months of cookies and milk ^^;;
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From:mesmerisz
Date:November 30th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
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But that's an gorgeous jacket though ♥____________♥ I'm sure it'll look absolutely wonderful on you! *envious envious* At least you have the money to spend...I'm totally poor U_U I spent over $100 with the X'mas card...^_^;
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Oh isn't it?? The first time I saw it I just stood there and gaped for like, 3 minutes. It's pretty long though since it's actually a guy's jacket (plus a lot of goths wear those super-high sprain-your-ankle elevated/platform boots and I think they made the coat with that in mind), so I need to get it hemmed or something or else it ends up dragging on the ground in the back.

Aww~ But X-mas cards are for others, so you're spreading the joy...me I'm just hogging it all for myself XDD
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From:seraphim_12
Date:November 30th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
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This is why I stay away from Trivium, XD! But the atmosphere lures you in with seductivnessss . . . haha, XD! The jacket is gorgeous . . . I would have had an anurism if I had spent that much all in on go though, XD.

Spending $100 on clothes makes me feel so very guilty, XD. Congrats on the loosing weight! It makes you feel terrific doesn't it?
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
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It does!! The way they've got it decorated it actually feels like the store's drawing you in when you walk past it *O*

I just about keeled over when the cashier told me the total, I didn't actually look at the price tag for the coat when I told her I'll take it so I had assumed it was around $300 tops like a lot of the other full-body coats that were hanging there. It wasn't until after I looked at the receipt that I realized it was a bit more expensive than that XDD (I really need to fix this habit and actually start looking at price tags BEFORE getting to the cash register) But I guess I can understand, the fabric, the work, the details and all. I think objectively speaking the coat's worth that much but it's just for a student the blow to the wallet made the eyes go x____X
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From:seraphim_12
Date:December 1st, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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All the blackness is so seductive! I really like their simple black tees that have funky designs on them, but they are a wee bit out of my range.

Frankly I find most of their items outrageously priced and the quality isn't all that great . . . . but they are making one hell of a profit!

This habit you speak of is oddly familiar . . . I wonder why? XDXD!!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh and yeah, losing the weight feels great. I remember last semester (aka this past January-March) trying to sit through my classes and my pants were consistently digging into my waist and it was so uncomfortable because I couldn't catch my breath. Heck I had trouble just sitting down in the freaking chairs. Now if I don't wear a belt they slip right down my hips and god the feeling's just so awesome :D (as long as they don't actually fall down while I'm in public XD). I've never had clothing go loose on me, only tighter, so this is a first for me and I feel so accomplished (now if only I can achieve that same level of success academically I'd be all set XD).
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From:seraphim_12
Date:December 1st, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Now that's when you know you need to lose some weight . . . when a CHAIR is giving you attitude, LOL. I completely understand . . . and the pants falling in public not so fun but a common occurence . . . . just make sure your wearing some flashy panties, XD!
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From:woodburner
Date:November 30th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh god that jacket is gorgeous.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it?? *O* I love it so much, the colour, the design, everything. I can't wait to get it fixed up (aka hemmed at the bottom so it's not dragging on the floor) and wear it out :DD
From:_pseudonym
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Er, I'm not 100% sure if this is actually f-locked? I mean, I can see this and I'm not on your f-list. *scratches head* There is a little lock symbol. Perhaps I am missing something.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
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=^o^= You're on my f-list lol, but thanks for the heads up~
From:_pseudonym
Date:December 1st, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
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OMG... duh... I was looking for your name on your f-list? WTF. Sorry. Well, I am mentally challenged, so I shouldn't be surprised. I seriously sat here for a good minute or two trying to wrap my brain around it. ._.

Anyway, the coat looks gorgeous and... I haven't seen any posts lately about buying anime/manga/whatever... so you should be good? Haaa... oh God. *remembers AN05* And Takarazuka... you always pick such expensive fandoms. Yargh.

And, I need your new address because I have a freaking huge box of your stuff here that has your old address on it. It was to be mailed out *sworn by my mother* before I left for Japan. WTF. Or if you're going to see Hwen over break or something, I can leave it with her if our paths don't cross.
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From:purple_chan
Date:December 1st, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
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That's one gorgeous (and expensive) jacket! =O You should take some pictures while wearing it!
Maybe I should stop spending that much money on dolls and buy myself some clothes for winter too...*thinks*...>__>; Nah, who needs jackets in winter anyways? o__o;
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From:turquoise_khris
Date:December 1st, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
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oooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh .......

*WANTS*

The coat is GORGEOUS! <3 wahhhhh ... and so are the shirts! I wish I could own something like that here in Singapore and wear it out without either melting to death in the hot sun or getting strange looks all up and down Orchard Road (main shopping street)!!
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From:surealistic_des
Date:December 1st, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
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hahahaha

I remember going shopping with a friend who spent $800 just like that...it was O,O;

am...not insane yet xDDDDDDDD;;; sides buying things I don't need OTL
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From:misori
Date:December 4th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
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ZOMG, that's so expensive. O_O *in shock*

But it IS pretty. ^^;

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