Friday, December 15, 2017

LBC: 5 Regrets: List 5 Pieces You Regret Not Buying When You Had The Chance

This week's topic is one that hits close to home! There are so many pieces that I regret not buying when I had the chance! I'll list them in the order of most to least regretful :')

1. Alice and the Pirates - Little Prince ~My Tiny Horoscope~ Rosé JSK in pink
I chose to buy another print which was released around the same time (The Grace~Hymn of the Departure) because I only wanted to spend money for one release at the time... so many regrets omg, I still crai everytiem ;;

2. Angelic Pretty - Radiant Candlelight JSK in wine
This was just me not paying attention to the LM auction, and I forgot to be online when it was about to end. It went for a super great price and I haven't seen it for that low again in the wine colourway and this cut. 

3. Juliette et Justine - Travelogue De Die Sterntaler
I didn't know that it was being rereleased and only found out after people started getting their dresses in the mail. I didn't follow brand releases very closely in 2014, and have sort of dropped off this year as well!

4. Innocent World - Three Archangels Square Neck JSK in navy
I used to be an avid collector of stained glass prints, and still have most of collection, but this is the only IW stained glass print that I'm yet to obtain. I'm holding out for the square neck cut in navy, which I've only ever seen come up once on Y!J (could be others that I didn't see, but I regret not bidding on it that time). I was convinced it would come up again later for cheaper... nope!

5. Innocent World - A Maiden's Prayer on a Starry Sky High Waist JSK in navy
I passed on this because the seller on Y!J didn't accept bids from shopping services (they actively went and cancelled bids) and I had an open order with FJ at the time and didn't want to get another shopping service. I'm pretty sure the high waist cut would look terrible on me but I can't seem to get this dress out of my head, since that was also the only time I've seen it for sale  in this cut and colourway! It went for something ridiculously cheap, like 12k yen :')

These are my many regrets for things that I could've bought but didn't! There are many more smaller things, but I guess looking back at this list, none of these are things that I desperately need now.. so I guess it's fine! I ended up getting the Little Prince Tiny Horoscope dress in the other cut and think it sits nicer on me than what the Rose cut would (since the Rose has a higher waist). All in all, I'm really grateful that I've been able to buy what I wanted when I wanted it most of the time :)

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Friday, September 15, 2017

LBC: Create a Coord Based Around a Tea Cup

I love this week's theme!

I own this cherry tea set from Angelic Pretty's 2016 Brilliant Night Party, and it's the most adorable tea set that I've seen a brand come out with so far (I may be biased). I'm not sure that the print on the set is based off any one of AP's prints, they're just generic AP cherries haha!

Here is a picture of my tea set:

I don't own any of AP's cherry prints, though I've wanted Drained Cherry for quite a long time! I can't quite decide which colourway or cut I want, and have an internal battle with myself every time I see it come up for cheap xD

Today's coord is based around AP's Cherry Marguerite JSK in red, however all the accessories are from taobao!

Links for everything are provided if you click the first word!
JSK: Angelic Pretty Cherry Marguerite JSK in red
Blouse - I really like the lace on the sleeves and collar, which would suit most sweet JSKs
Tights - it's quite hard to find cherry tights on taobao, but you could go for plain ones too!
Bag - this is almost a replica of BtssB's Cherry Bag, but there are a few differences in the fixings and shape
Hat - I like how it has both strawberries and cherries on, so it matches with most summery prints (it also has daisies, added bonus for Cherry Marguerite)
Wrist cuffs - the gingham reminds me of picnics
Clip - you could clip these on the collar of your blouse, or in your hair if you do pigtails / braids!

A lot of the items are very versatile, and would go with many cherry or strawberry prints!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Make A Coord for Under $100 - Round 2

First post after 2 years of inactivity!

I was going through some of my things the other day and was reminded that I did the $100 coord challenge a few years back and how fun it was, so I really wanted to do another one

There are so many interesting lolita pieces to be acquired from Taobao now, and the value for money is always great. So I've dived into that once again

At the time of writing, $100usd is equal to approximately 660cny (Chinese yuan), so that will be our budget for this coord. We are not including shipping or service fees, so please keep those in mind when you're shopping (´・o・)

Clockwise from top right
(the items are linked, and ones from the same shop are highlighted in the same colours)
Open the image in a new tab to see more details!

  • Lace short sleeve pullover - orig 155cny, discounted to 62cny
    This would be great with any JSK in summer, and I especially like wearing these tops as they're extra comfortable
  • Shoes - orig 299cny, discounted to 149cny
    I like how versatile these are, you can wear them in so many different ways
  • Printed tights - 39cny for 120 denier (costs up to 59cny if buying thicker material)
    I'd normally go with these wine ones for this coord, but you could very easily go for black x gold as well!
  • Printed JSK - 268cny
    The print looks vibrant, but also has lots of different motifs, perfect if you wear a variety of styles
  • Head bow - orig 78cny, discounted to 48cny
    Matching set with the JSK

The total of the above adds up to 596cny which is under budget, and you can add in the extra bits below if they're within your budget!

And that's it! Thanks for reading, I hope this was helpful or interesting!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BtssB: Key to the heaven~Holy church of the bless

I adore this newest print from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, mainly because of the religious theme of it! It does look slightly tacky, but still interesting enough for me to want to get it haha

The very idea of Heaven's Key, a key to unlock the gates of heaven is very intriguing, and though the main part of the print isn't particularly shown in detail, a little digging revealed that the designers from Baby drew inspiration from two chapels and a basilica: Cappella Palatina, the Sistine Chapel and Basilica of Santa Croce. All three buildings are located in Italy.

For some reason, the top part of the print in navy reminds me of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling and the Last Judgement:

Without seeing the print in detail though, I can't really say if the series' only nod to the three buildings is in the names of the dress cuts, or whether the designers have taken any elements from the art and architecture of them and put them into the print.

Monday, June 1, 2015

May Haul Part 2

Posted in the order that I received the packages, most things from this post are from individual sellers :3

Moi meme Moitie Holy Stained Glass JSK in navy x silver

I'm really glad I took the plunge to try out a new brand, because I'm in love with MmM now. The fabric is gorgeously soft and silky, construction is top notch and the lame screen print is fantastically crisp. My favourite thing about the whole dress is the fit though, boned bodice galore! 

Will most definitely purchase more pieces from Moitie in the future 

Angelic Pretty Sweet Jam Yukata Set in red

Ahhhh my first yukata, and a burando one at that haha. I always thought I'd first try one on on a trip to a shinto shrine or something, but this is just as sweet. With the yukata itself, fake obi, obi bow, barette and bag, it's a perfect set.

A super bright red and busy pattern, I think this will be perfect for warmer months, I'm especially looking forward to wearing the set to Riverfire in September or New Years' fireworks. I also jokingly told my friend this would make me a lot easier to spot in the crowd

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Koitsukihime Stained Glass Angel (Seraphim)

My ultimate dream print, I'm so happy I'm able to finally get my hands on the original 2006 print. I talked about the differences between this and the AatP rerelease here
It's so beautiful, and made me fall in love with religious motifs. The black and gold of the print is matched perfectly. Ahhhhh.

Next up is my FJ order, I bought 4 listings but one of them was a huge set of jewellery from schwarz schmetteling!

 I thought the ribbon on the 'very sweet chocolate' shirt would be detachable, but it's not so I'm listing it for sale on lacemarket. Really cute chocolate themed shirts from MILK, I bought them to go with my AP chocolate skirts
 It feels like ages since I last got something from AP, but it was only in February or March that I bought my Melty Royal Chocolate skirt haha. This is Angelic Pretty's Wonder Queen Bustier JSK in black, another dress I've wanted since I got into the fashion. I'm planning on wearing it to a tea party I'm hosting in July 
 My schwarz schmetterling set! It was a listing for 10 necklaces, 10 bracelets and 16 rings!
 I didn't take all of them out of their packages to photograph, because I was already tired after taking photos of 4 necklaces, they're just so detailed ☀ I'll probably just photograph them as I use them in coords haha

Details on one of the necklaces

schwarz schmetterling pieces are all highly detailed and hand made, and they're made from high quality materials. Most of their pieces have religious motifs, but that suits me just fine :) 

 The seller of the set also included a bonus tiara, which is really nice of them 

Friday, May 22, 2015

LBC: Make a Coord for Under $100

little dipper OP : $46 **

Total: $84
All prices are in USD and converted from the CNY prices listed on the item pages on taobao. They do not include shipping or any other fees.

** The Little Dipper OP seems to basically be out of stock now (I wrote this blog post on Monday), so another OP which would work with the above accessories is this OP from Pumpkin Cat which costs $53 if you reserve it now, brings the total up to $91 **

It's easy to get complete outfits for well under $100 on taobao, especially if you pick an OP since you can skip out on buying a blouse. All the accessories that I've picked above are versatile and can be paired with other dresses, both sweet and classic. There are also many colour options for most of them, so depending on the OP colour you pick, you would buy the corresponding colour of bow, shoes, etc.

It's well worth your time to learn how to shop on taobao, whether you use a forwarding or shipping service! I personally use SpreeNow, because their service fees are reasonable and they always reply within 24 hours (excluding Sundays). Their cart system is also way easier to navigate than TaobaoSpree's excel sheet and email system, and it has a built in translation-service for taobao listings.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tumblr Tag: Angelic Pretty Questions

Saw this on tumblr and thought it would be really fun to do a few of the more interesting ones heh

Rose Toilette: Your signature perfume?  
Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Melty Chocolate: Favourite type of chocolate?
Milk chocolate, and sugared violet truffles are my favourite indulgence. At $2 a-piece though, I rarely have them
Sugar Dream Dome: What do you like most about Winter?
I can just pile on more clothes, have an excuse to drink lots of chocolate beverages and being able to sleep in
Milky Berry: What do you like most about Summer? 
Having fun at the pool and the beach, plus turning the aircon on and watching tv feels like a luxury haha
Happy Garden: What types of things would you plant in a garden?
I love cucumbers, tomatos and strawberries, they're already in my garden! I would also plant rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, nasturtiums and cosmos
Magical Étoile:  Favourite attraction at a carnival? 
The games alley, I could spend ages there just looking at prizes and other people playing 
Toy Parade: What toys did you play with as a child?
I used to love listening to read-along CDs, playing with barbies and this quirky computer game called 'The Busy World of Richard Scarry'. I also liked playing Korean yahoo games and surprisingly, Warcraft II because my father had it lying around haha
Holy Lantern: Describe the darker side to your personality. 
I can be very anti-social, and my mood changes quickly. If I don't like something, you'll be sure to know xD
Glass Bottle of Tears: What, without fail, makes you cry?
Cinema Doll: What makes a movie really enjoyable for you?
Smidges of the conventional, but with touches of unique. Also, action. Action scenes make everything better
Cotton Candy Shop: If you had your own shop, what things would you sell?
Tea and desserts for sure, in one half of the shop, and the only savoury dishes would be lasagne or steak heh. In the other half, brand and indie dresses, accessories and handpicked vintage items. ALSO, a photobooth would be fantastic
Dreamy Horoscope: What is your zodiac sign, and do you relate to it?
Pisces, and yes I do somewhat. I'm not very self-motivated and get off track easily, but I'm a pretty good leader provided the other members aren't too rowdy
Day Dream Carnival: What do you daydream about the most?  
Quite literally, being a potato. I wish I could be a potato for the rest of my life :'D
Royal Cards: Name a game you are really good at.
Party Scrabble. That game is the best
Cream Cookie: What kinds of snacks do you munch on?
Chocolate, chips, cakes, cheese, fruit, eggs, dried fruit, candy. Basically anything I can get my hands on

Drained Cherry: What emotionally exhausts you?
Being around people who question me a lot
Fancy Paper Dolls: What accessories would come with a doll version of you? 
A pair of plain glasses and high top gold shoes
Holy Night Story: Favourite thing to do when it’s night time?
Browse the internet or snuggle in bed with a good book
Candy Treat: Favourite type of candy?   
Gummies! Super delicious, and I love the texture
Drink Me: Favourite drink/beverage? 
Chocolate frappe with ice cream and whipped cream mmmmmm
Country of Sweets: What countries would you like to visit?
Italy for sure, the UK, Japan, the US and Korea 
Fruits Parlour: Favourite fruit? 
Can't choose just one D: Mangoes, pineapples, cherries and nectarines are my go-to fruits of choice
Dream Sky: Have you ever seen a shooting star?
Yes, a few times when I was younger. For some reason I'm not really able to see real stars in my city anymore
Soap Bubbles: How do you like to bathe/shower?
If I'm showering without washing my hair, I like to be really quick and under 2 minutes. If I'm washing my hair, usually I take 10 minutes and shampoo twice. When I want a bath, it'll take me at least 30 minutes because I love soaking
Jewelry Jelly: Name 3 of your favourite jewellery pieces.
My q-pot ice cream necklace, a handmade jewel cluster necklace from a great aunt and a gold zodiac necklace from my grandfather
Milky-chan the Fawn: Favourite forest animal?
Hedgehogs, they're adorable and apparently you can even keep them as pets, how cool is that?!

Dreamy Baby Room: The most childish part of your personality?
I'm super stubborn and wish everything would go my way haha
Wonder Story: What types of things do you like to read about?
Adventures and quests, but they can't be too predictable!
Twinkle Mermaid: Favourite type of fantasy creature?
Dragons. If only there was a dragon print!
Gloria: Name a very rare item that you would love to own.
I have most of the rarer dream dresses I want already, but I would empty my e-coffers for a BtssB Koitsukihime Stained Glass Angel / Seraphim JSK in black