Jesters of the Moon Clown Hat Review

As mentioned in my post Lolita Wishlist, I talked about the Jesters of the Moon Clown Hat by Alice and the Pirates. As a lolita committed to the circus & carnival aesthetic, I absolutely had to have this hat. At first, I put off ordering it because it was still directly available for purchase online but when I checked online one day, it marked the hat as Sold Out. I immediately panicked, thinking I missed my chance, and posted about it in sales groups hoping someone would sell it to me secondhand. There, I got a tip that the BABY store in Sendai still had some on display. With that in mind, I first tried a shopping service to no success and then looked through BABY’s website for any information on how I might still order the hat.

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Source: BABYSSB Facebook

The interesting part about BABYSSB Overseas is that even when an object is “Sold Out” online, it’s entirely possible that stock might exist somewhere in a physical store location so they have a form set up where people can email them with a product order inquiry and they’ll check for the object. If it’s in stock, they’ll immediately fulfill the order. They don’t just check the stock, this inquiry can only be made with the intent to buy the item so people don’t just email them to constantly check.

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Order Guide in Japanese

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Order Guide Google Translated

I sent them an email on June 10. They responded back on June 12 to confirm my order! I was so excited that I was just a few days away from owning it! I made payment on the 12th. They confirmed they received my payment on the 14th. My hat was shipped on June 16th! A delivery attempt was made on June 20 and I officially picked it up from the post office on June 21.

Consensus?

 

This is the best thing I’ve ever bought!!! XD

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It’s so cute and fluffy and large~ All of the worries & concerns I had of it instantly vanished as soon as I put it on! I’m so glad I didn’t miss my opportunity to buy it!

They also sent me a very cute shopping bag with a pirate-themed illustration on it!

Because I’m new to lolita, there’s a lot of things that I’m unaware about, but apparently the hat had a lot of controversy when it was first announced due to the design being on the borderline of “costume,” as well as the price. But for me, I think it’s the perfect for an Over The Top lolita coordinate. I absolutely adore it and can’t wait to wear it out in a coordinate!

Thanks for reading!

 

Wunderwelt Review & Haul

Happy Sunday! Today, I will be doing a review of the website Wunderwelt!

Wunderwelt is a Japanese company that specializes in selling/buying secondhand lolita items, as well as being an official seller for various official and indie lolita brands. There was a few items I had been eyeing on the site more recently so I decided to go through with the order and see!

I ordered 5 items (technically 8 but some were sets):

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Alice and the Pirates Wooden Sole Shoes

 ¥4,990

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Alice and the Pirates Eternal Dream Starlight Parade OP & Bonnet in Green
¥31,488
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Prince Kokoro Gymnasium Ribbon Charms I, II, & III
¥8,890
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Innocent World Midnight Merry-Go-Round JSk in Navy & Gold
¥14,389
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Enchantlic Enchantilly Dolled up Ring – Crown (Queen)
¥1,800

Total: ¥61,057 + ¥900 shipping

Why I chose some of these items:

The Prince Kokoro ribbons had sold out during their reservation period this year and were priced 3400-3700 yen each respectively so seeing them all in a bundle like this at a reasonable price was hard to pass up.

With the wooden shoes, I’ve wanted to test out my foot sizing with Aatp more recently so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to add a nice staple to my wardrobe, while also seeing if I should resume ordering LL or L sizes in the future.

Eternal Dream Starlight Parade has been on my wishlist for a while but I was mostly into the Navy & Red colorway of it until I saw pictures of it being worn. Seeing the worn pictures, I wasn’t sure about the color anymore but still being in love with the cut, decided to try for green with this order. The best part is that the wunderwelt listed also included the matching bonnet for a completed set.

Midnight Merry-Go-Round was also on my wishlist but on the back-burner. With it being sold out on Innocent World’s website, I thought now would be the perfect time.

This ring is actually the only auction I’ve ever lost on lacemarket so far. So when I saw it was selling new on Wunderwelt’s Fleur website for a comparable price to the one in the auction, I had to add it to my shopping cart.

After ordering:

Wunderwelt has this cool promotion for international buyers. 5000 yen off all overs over 50000 which can be a lot, but in my particular instance, buying two dresses and a pair of shoes, it came as a lifesavers. What would have been 5900 yen in shipping costs, was reduced to a mere 900 yen.

Order placed on: 06/10/16

Shipping estimate received on: 06/12/16

Order shipped by EMS on: 06/14/16

Order received: 06/17/16

Overall I’m very impressed with how fast everything went! Around a full week turnaround in regards to ordering, getting the confirmation, and then actually having my items in hand.

Opening:

The box was reasonably sized and well packaged to keep everything from being damaged during transport.

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The shoes were discounted the way they were because of the various scuffs but my lolita secret is Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! I little water & buffing and I was able to remove all the scuffs like brand new. Absolutely worth it.

The ring is brand new and so lovely, it’s perfect. The bows are in wonderful condition, I especially like the detailing in the ribbon.

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The Midnight Merry-Go-Round also arrived in wonderful condition.

As for Eternal Starlight, this dress is absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t realize that the fabric had built in glitter & shine. I was really hesitant about the color because green is just not normally a color I wear but I love the silky emerald of this dress.

Overall, I can fully recommend Wunderwelt as a solid resource for lolita secondhand & new items. The prices are competitive, the item conditions are thoroughly described, and the turn around is very quick. At the time of this writing, I’m already looking forward to my next order!

Until next time!

 

Lolita Wishlist

Happy Sunday!
This weekend I’ve been caught up in all of the commotion about E3! E3 is an annual video game event in which major game companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo hold presentations to announce upcoming video game titles or changes to their consoles. I watch it every year and this year is no exception! Between presentations however, I’ve been actively on the hunt for my Lolita Wishlist!

Since Lolita is a collection based hobby in which everything that exists has a finite quantity, finding a specific print, dress cut, or item can be a massive challenge. There’s a few things I have my eye on and a few misses I’ve already experienced. Ultimately, these are absolutely the pieces I feel like I have to acquire to make my collection feel “complete” and although there are always new updates, the more times goes, the harder it is to find older prints & designs!

Wishlist Items

Wishlist Items

At the time of writing this, I actually acquired one of these dream items, which I’ll talk about more further along! My desired theme is still circus and my wishlist now strongly reflects that.

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Alice and the Pirates Marching Drum Bag in BLUE

My heart is broken over this Drum bag. It’s still listed on the Bsstb website in all of the colorways except this one ;_; My only chance of getting it now is getting it secondhand from someone else who hopefully won’t mind parting with it.

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Alice and the Pirates Starlit Sky Tent and the Secret Circus Troupe OP in BLACK

I have yet to see this cut of dress even sold in the past on lacemarket. I’ve only ever seen it being sold once and in a completely different colorway. It’s such a mystery to me why this cut is rarer as the JSK version is still available online with several people selling it on lacemarket as well. I’m hoping I’ll eventually get lucky but until then, I’ll see scoping out for it!

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Alice and the Pirates Memorial Ticket Necklace

You might remember this one from my The One That Got Away post! I’m still actively on the hunt for this wonderfully designed necklace and hope I can find it again online soon

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Alice and the Pirates Jesters of the Moon Clown Hat in BLACK

really blew it with this hat. It was available on the Bsstb website when I originally discovered it but I kept putting off buying it. When I was finally ready, to my dismay, it sold out. I’m trying not to lose hope on the chance that someone might find it too impractical or too large and will decide to part with it. ;_;

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Surface Spell Freak Show Bag in RED

The blue version of this purse is readily available online but the red version is nowhere to be seen! I’m very interested in the JSK of this print and would love to be able to match this purse with it!

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Enchantlic Enchantilly Joker Cat Rings in RED & BLUE

I presently have a few rings from Enchantlic Enchantilly and I have to say they’re among the best rings I’ve ever owned. I love the design, concept, and sturdiness of them. I’d love to have these rings in both colors! Right now I have a badge with the red one!

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Alice and the Pirates Eternal Dream Starlight Parade OP in GREEN  

Now I originally wanted this dream in the blue & red colorway but after seeing pictures of someone wearing it, I just fell out of love with it. But I just adore the OP of this print significantly more than the JSK and the all black one was too dark for my tastes. This is also the only item out of my Wishlist that I’ve managed to buy so far! I haven’t received it yet but I’m extremely excited. I don’t own a lot of green just in my general wardrobe so I’m excited to come up with good ways to coordinate this.

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Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus JSK in BLACK & RED

The color of this JSK continues to elude me. I’ve seen it in brown & green, white & blue, and red & brown! The one time I encountered it, someone else unfortunately beat me to it! I’m determined to own it! >:D

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Alice and the Pirates Circus Stripe OTKs in ALL COLORWAYS

The design of these OTKs are just so nice, I don’t mind whatever colorway I happen to find but I’d definitely love to own all of them. I think they’d make fantastic staples that could go with more coordinates outside of my Wishlist.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I’ll be sure to update it as I check more off of my collection! In collecting all of these, I will definitely call my collection “complete” and focus more on soft collections, such as finding more themes, finding dream dresses for special events, and of course, being on the alert for new circus-themed prints!
‘Til next week!

*Bonus: Former Wishlist Items I did acquire!*

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Angelic Pretty Magical Etolie Apron Skirt in NAVY

I originally saw this on depop and instantly fell in love but missed my chance to buy it. I was so happy when I managed to find it on closetchild for around $60!

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Angelic Pretty Fantasy Theater OP in IVORY

Instantly messaged the buyer when they posted it on lacemarket! They allowed me to do a payment plan and even threw in a free white mini top hat! ^_^

 

 

 

International Lolita Day – Swap Meet & Picnic

Hello!
This past Sunday I hosted my very first lolita meetup!

To celebrate International Lolita Day, my community had a swap meet & picnic!

I was really nervous because it was my first time ever hosting a meetup and I hadn’t met most of my comm yet. On top of that, the weather forecast predicted thunderstorms for a few days.  I made sure to buy tarps to put up in the picnic shelter, but fortunately despite raining in the morning, it cleared up very quickly and was sunny for the rest of the day! (*´▽`*)



One lolita brought loose tea and it was definitely one of the most refreshing experiences I’ve had in a while. Drinking fresh hot tea on a cool rainy morning was such a pleasant feeling. Another lolita brought these very delicious ice cream cone s’mores!

 

Because lolita has become such a large part of my life, I’ve introduced my boyfriend, Bobby, to ouji fashion. He was thoughtful enough to consider trying it out for the picnic so I made sure we took a picture together even though we didn’t exact match. It’s my dream to color coordinate something wonderful with him!

 

Ultimately I ended up selling 3 blouses & a pair of wristcuffs! I swapped and got a blouse, a cutsew, bloomers, black otks, and a very lovely black Innocent World JSK!

Overall, it was a massive success and I’m very thankful I got to meet my comm on such a lovely day!

 

Coordinate:

OP – Goodbye Alice by Maofish

Brass Barrette – Local Shop

Stockings – Offbrand

Rocking Horse Shoes – Bodyline

See you next week!

Coordinate Planning

Happy Sunday!

This past week I haven’t been up to much so I thought I would spend this week talking about coordinate planning!

Essentially when I plan out lolita coordinates, I make a rough picture of all the pieces involved so I can preview what my coordinates will look like before I make them. You can see previous examples of me doing this in the entry where I talk about the lolita fashion show I participated in.

Why is coordinate planning important?

In my opinion, coordinate planning is very important because ultimately in the end, it saves time and money. Lolita is easily an expensive luxury hobby and even with being thrifty, it’s near impossible to avoid spending a lot of money on a dress by one of the major brands. As new, the dresses are often $200-$400 and they mostly retain their value over time. For this reason, planning helps me avoid spending additional money on things that might match a dress versus spending money on items that will match.

Here are some coordinates I’m presently planning!

Coordinate 1: Alice and the Pirates Twilight Circus OP in Black

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Alice and the Pirates Twilight Circus is a dream print of mine and I was lucky enough to get this print in OP version in black. The diamonds stick out the most in the print to me and in the spirit of continuing to be a circus-themed lolita, I thought diamonds would be a good piece to continue throughout the outfit.

I have two bags I’m considering using and I’d really like to lean more towards the drum bag. The bag is the Marching Drum bag also from Alice and the Pirates but it’s presently sold out on their website. Until I can find it secondhand, I believe the Innocent World black Carousel bag will make a decent placeholder.

Coordinate 2: Surface Spell’s Freak Show JSK in Red

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I saw Surface Spell’s Freak Show JSK and immediately fell in love! I’m not sure if this is the exact bunny hat I will pursue but I think something similar would be good! Like in the brooch, this print has bunnies as it’s main symbol so I think the mini hat is very appropriate! The continuing theme of white & black stripes as well in the hat, stockings, and parasol I think provide unity to the white blouse with black jabot!

Coordinate 3: Angelic Pretty’s Horror Garden JSK in Ivory

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This one is definitely a challenge for me because I’m not completely convinced yet of the blouse or stockings. I think everything else is moving in the right direction. The bat cuffs & boots are really great as continuing the bat wings seen in the vest of the JSK. And I love this SWIMMER bag, I think it’ll go great with the coffin motifs of the print!

As for the bat on the vest, I had a badge custom made for me actually!

The glitter of the bat and the shiny gold thread look wonderful when paired with the dress and Enchantlic Enchantilly bat necklace!

Coordinate 4: Angelic Pretty’s Fantasy Theater OP in Ivory

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My favorite type of cake is funfetti and that’s exactly what this dress reminds me of!

This one I have the most amount of work to do on!

I’m almost done with the payment plan for this dress and I couldn’t be more excited to receive it. Ivory is the only colorway I can see myself wearing of this print but it also seemed to be the least common, especially in OP form. I immediately had to get it as soon as I saw it posted on lacemarket!

I’m still working on figuring out a hat of some sort and possibly wrist cuffs and other neck accessories. For an unconventional lolita bag, I actually found a children’s bag from Target! It matches the circus tents in the dress perfectly and was only $9.99! ^^

What do you think of these coordinates? What do you think could be added or removed? Let me know!

Until next week!

The One That Got Away

Happy Sunday!

This past week has been incredibly busy for me. I just left a bad apartment situation and settled down into a brand new apartment! So this week, I’ll talk regretfully about the ones that got away!

When life happens (like moving for example) it can make it hard to focus on lolita, especially if funds are tied up on more important priorities. It especially can be devastating if a dream item happens to appear in the wrong place and at the wrong time.

There are several dream items I have as a list of things I would eventually like to collect. My overall goal as a lolita is not to be sweet, gothic, or classic but rather theme based. My desired theme is “Circus lolita” and whatever prints, accessories, or items may fall under that category. Sticking with this theme has helped me target my spending on prints & accessories I only truly want so I don’t end up growing my wardrobe into something that is unmanageable or filled with dresses I don’t actually want. With that being said, it’s a bit of a challenge because there is now a small category of items to pick from and within that, an even smaller collection of items I actually like.

So onto my first misses!

Alice and the Pirates Memorial Ticket Necklace

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I’m very devastated that I missed this one. I was awake late at night and saw when it was first posted but with my move, I was uncertain whether or not I could commit the funds. I debated and debated and by morning at work when I finally decided to just go through with it, it was gone to someone else. There’s no telling when I’ll ever come across it again. For a positive, it did motivate me to think about some personal ideas for accessories.

Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus JSK I

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For more expensive prints, I tend to do payment plans and when I saw this, I immediately asked for a payment plan. Unfortunately the down-payment was much larger than what I’m used to so I had to wait but by my next paycheck, it was deleted with no telling how much it actually sold for.

Angelic Pretty’s Melty Chocolate Shoes

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Definitely been eyeing these shoes in L for a while. Every time I’ve seen it pop up on Lacemarket, I can’t put down the money. And it still pops up occasionally but never in my size.

Innocent World Carousel Bag

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I eyed this one for days. I asked my friend to loan me the money until my next paycheck so I could purchase it and when she agreed, I was so ecstatic! That feeling suddenly turned to terror when I checked the listing only for it to immediately be purchased by someone else! Fortunately my friend mistook what I said and was the one who bought it! Definitely put me into a brief panic but it worked out in the end and I have this lovely staple in my wardrobe now. 🙂

Overall, it can be hard to determine the timing of when to buy something. Lolita is a collection based hobby and everything made within it is available at a finite quantity. There will always be debate over when is the “right” time to buy something and when something is “rare” it can be even harder to find good affordable deals. I try to find a nice balance between good prices and good timing but I still make mistakes over underestimating how much I truly like something or how unique it is. As I continue on my lolita path, I’m sure I’ll figure out how to get better at it! 🙂

Until next time!

Carousel! Japanese Geta

Hi everyone! Time for another edition of Carousel! This week I talk about some of my recent finds & deals!

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Sailor Moon Gachapan Compacts – $26

I’m definitely a Sailor Moon fan as it was one of the first anime I ever watched as a child! I love the compact designs and recently bought one of them but was surprised to see a full set of them going on the anime circlly! I had to take them up and I can’t wait to display them!

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Japanese Geta – $6

Now this has me completely put through a loop. While thrift shopping, I found a pair of authentic Japanese geta. The sticker on the bottom reads “Tokyo!” Finding this was such a shock, someone had to have purchased these in Japan (or ordered them from Japan) gotten tired of them and donated them at the Goodwill right next to my apartment. It’s so funny how items travel!

Lacemarket finds!

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Yidhra Alice Dream of the Key Tights / Daylight – $7

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Black crown headband – $4

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Photo credit: French_Navy on egl circlly

Korilakkuma and Sentimental Circus mini bags – $7

2 lolita staples and 2 fashion accessories for less than $20~ All a great addition to my wardrobe!

Thrifting doesn’t get talked about nearly enough in regards to how much of a good activity it can be, not just for lolita, but for fashion in general and even home stuff. I regularly make it a point to thrift at least once a month. It satisfies my desire to shop without breaking the bank and I find unique stuff I might not have otherwise!

I hope you enjoyed this Carousel entry!

‘Til next time!