Angelic Pretty – Cream Cookie Parade Review

Hello hello~ A few months ago, I placed an order with the US branch of Angelic Pretty and finally got around to making a post about it! I ordered pieces from Angelic Pretty’s Cream Cookie Parade line.

The announcement of Cream Cookie Parade hit me hard. Because of my desire to be a circus-themed lolita, I rarely look at prints outside of this theme. In fact, the only dress I own so far that doesn’t fit this aesthetic (diamonds, carousels, cards, stripes, carnivals, tuxedos, etc) is my Angelic Pretty’s Horror Garden JSK.

There’s been a lot of opposing opinions this year about Angelic Pretty’s newer releases. A lot of the criticism has been about the cuts, prints, and designs; some people even going as far to describe them as “boring.” I personally don’t get it! I’m perfectly okay with a design-oriented company trying new things and experimenting with style. Whatever Angelic Pretty made in the past already exists so what’s the point of making new stuff that looks like the old stuff? It reminds me of arguments whenever a band makes a new album. “The old stuff was better! They really sold out!” I never really thought I’d see that in Lolita fashion but I guess you experience new things every day!

I don’t consider myself to be a “Sweet” Lolita and especially not an OTT Sweet Lolita so I’m definitely liking the more mature approach Angelic Pretty has taken with their more recent cuts & prints this year. I have a few others I’ve got my eye on before the end of this year including Milky Pony Carnival, Dreamy Parfait, and Toy Circus (stock photos not yet released).

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As mentioned in a previous post, biscuits & cookies are a guilty pleasure theme I have in contrast with Circus. My secondary wishlist items have been SWIMMER’s biscuit bags (two which I’ve acquired along with two FLAPPER biscuit bags) and Angelic Pretty’s Melty Chocolate shoes. So when I saw Cream Cookie Parade, I instantly knew I had to have it.

I ordered on July 21 the same time at the US release of the print. I wanted to get the Ivory OTKs as well but someone beat me to them. On top of that, the US branch did not stock any of the blouses. Since then, they’ve restocked those and I’m hoping to get them sometime before the end of the year! ^_^ In the meantime, I opted for the skirt, head-bow, and biscuit hair-clips. The package was marked shipped on July 24th and arrived July 28th!

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Packaging with a cute note!

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The bow sort of resembles rabbit ears and matches the print of the skirt. It’s so cute and fluffy to wear!

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Biscuit Hairclips!

 

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The bow has a waffle texture!

 

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Print details

I love how delicious everything looks in the print. The ice cream, the biscuits, the tea, and cookie sandwiches! I feel like there was a lot of effort made into each food design.

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Print details

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Even the lacing has cute spoons, forks, and knives in it!

 

Final Thoughts

I love everythinggg about this skirt! Honestly, it’s making me wonder if I should get the JSK or OP in pink as well! >_< I haven’t gotten the opportunity to wear it yet but I’m really looking forward to it!

Thanks for reading!

 

Edit: 11/19/17

I got the opportunity to wear it finally! c:

 

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SWIMMER vs FLAPPER: Biscuit Bag Battle

Happy Monday! Thank you for joining me this week! This week I will be comparing & contrasting Biscuit bags by SWIMMER & FLAPPER.

For some more context, SWIMMER is a popular affordable accessories brand in Japan. They actually announced this year that they would be closing their business due to their production costs increasing beyond what they’re able to handle. This has made a lot of people very distressed including members of the lolita community as SWIMMER is known as a great affordable brand for well-made lolita purses & bags. In fact, in comparison to most brands such as Angelic Pretty, whose bags are often $100+ for typical quality, SWIMMER’s bags are anywhere from $10-$45+ with often durable designs & materials.The SWIMMER biscuit bag has been a lolita favorite ever since its release due to it cute design, space, accessories, and pairing with some popular chocolate, cookie, or tea based lolita dresses. Because tea & cookies are a staple in lifestyle lolita, it’s no surprise why this bag is still popular & often hard to find for a reasonable price & without damages.

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SWIMMER Biscuit Bags in Strawberry, Bitter, and Plain / Source: SWIMMER

In contrast, FLAPPER is a brand I have yet to find out a lot of information on. What’s known about them is that they sell their bags & accessories through Tokyo Otaku Mode, a company whose mission is to share Japanese goods & pop culture on a global scale.
I pulled this description from Tokyo Otaku Mode’s website:

“FLAPPER is a Japanese fashion brand known for its unique accessories ranging from all kinds of bags and pouches through wallets, umbrellas, shoes, and functional pieces with unusual and super cute designs. They also have several character series, the most well-known being Buburin, the French bulldog, whose surprised expression can bring a smile to your face anytime, and there’s also Popo-chan, the owl, and the Mofu Neko series. Whether it is biscuits, ribbons, candies, cats, dogs, or other cute animals you are looking for, there’s a chance you will find it here!”

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FLAPPER Biscuit 2-Way Duffle Bags in Beige, Camel, & Brown / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

In my Tokyo Otaku Mode Haul post I talked about initially desiring the SWIMMER biscuit bag but having a hard time finding it secondhand. I found it in Strawberry (pink) and thus looking at the FLAPPER biscuit bag as a possible alternative for the “plain” (light brown) and “bitter” (darker brown) versions of the SWIMMER bag. Since the time of that post, I actually have found the SWIMMER biscuit bag in the “plain” color as well but for the sake of this review, decided to compare the pink SWIMMER biscuit bag and the beige FLAPPER biscuit bag.

Let’s begin!

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Front

At first glance, you can already see a lot of their similarities. My FLAPPER bag has a fold where the bag’s seams are unlike the SWIMMER bag. When I stuff the bag with items, the fold straightens itself out. The SWIMMER front of the bag is all one flat piece so this folding doesn’t happen. The FLAPPER bag also has a set of side hooks for an additional strap for over-the-shoulder looks.

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Back

The FLAPPER bag has a gold badge with FLAPPER’s name sewn onto the back of the bag.

Here’s the bottom view of both bags. The SWIMMER bag is both taller & wider than the FLAPPER bag.

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Here’s more size comparison side-by-side. The SWIMMER bag clearly wider & more spacious.

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The SWIMMER’s bag material is shinier, almost more of a thin pleather. The handles are very lightweight in comparison to the FLAPPER bag. The FLAPPER bag has much noticeably stronger & thicker handles.

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FLAPPER Close up

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SWIMMER Close up

The SWIMMER bag has the text & biscuit “holes” sewn into the bag. The FLAPPER bag has the text indented into it with actual biscuit “holes” thus giving the bag more depth.

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Biscuit “holes”

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Additional gem

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Spoon & Fork Accessory

THE SWIMMER bag also has the bonus of a super cute additional spoon & fork accessory attached to it. It really helps pull the bag together!

Final Thoughts:
Both bags have an internal pocket for carrying smaller things. For size & carrying capacity, the SWIMMER bag definitely is the winner here. But for durability & flexibility, the FLAPPER bag is very well stitched with a thick pleather with additional over-the-shoulder strap. In regards to cuteness, that’s a toss up! Both are solid awesome bags ^_^ So if you’re having a hard time finding the SWIMMER biscuit bag secondhand, I hand’s down think the FLAPPER biscuit bag is a great alternative while it’s still available through Tokyo Otaku Mode’s website. I haven’t been able to use the SWIMMER bag yet but I did wear the FLAPPER one to a causal movie meet-up recently!

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Bag folding not noticeable at all!

I hope you liked this comparison post! Of the two, which bag would you prefer? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

 

Edit: 11/19/17

I also got to wear the SWIMMER bag!

 

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Pastel Skies Review ✧

Hello! Happy Labor Day! Thanks for joining me this week!

This week I will be reviewing Pastel Skies, an independent brand presently selling exclusively through the website Lolita Desu. Lolita Desu is a favorite secondhand website of mine, I regularly speak highly of them on this blog and in my recent Accessory Haul I actually bought an item from Pastel Skies! Shortly after, Pastel Skies posted on its Facebook that it was looking for sponsored reviewers so I jumped at the opportunity to apply and got selected! ^^ For this review, I was sent two items so I’d like to review those items, as well as the initial item I bought in my previous Haul. I glossed over it in the previous haul post so I think a more in depth one is at hand.

First purchase:

In my haul, I had purchased the Chocolate Cookie Cream Ring in Brown. It was $10 before the discounts. I initially picked out this ring to match with my Angelic Pretty Cream Cookie Parade skirt.

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I was looking for cookie/biscuit inspired things for the coordinate so this one definitely stuck out to me! Here are some close-up photos:

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The craftsmanship is good with minor complaints, mostly that the cookie is a little crooked but still easily identifiable as a cream cookie sandwich. I wouldn’t say its imperfections are noticeable from a distance. For those more picky about their handmade items, their clay ones might not be what you’re looking for but honestly, since it’s very cute and large (and cheap!) it’s easy for me to overlook.

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And it matches my skirt really well!

 

Sponsored purchase:

For this review, I asked for two items:

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Kira Kira Resin Sea Shell Ring in White ($3.00)

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Velvet Square Ribbon Bow Mini Barrette in Wine ($8.00)

Reasons:

I picked the Velvet Bow because the red color goes well with some of the dresses & accessories I already have. I thought it could be a great addition to a circus coordinate. I have several items that are this shade of Wine and layering is definitely a lolita skill I want to be able to improve upon.

I picked the Sea Shell Ring because I recently pre-ordered Milky Way’s Jelllyfish bag.

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Since then, I’ve been trying to think about how I could make an aquatic circus themed coordinate. I thought this ring was a nice neutral color that could work very well.

When I received the package, it was packaged nicely as expected from ordering with Lolita Desu!

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I always love the free candy! *_* This time it was gummy sushi

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Well packaged with a note from Fox & Turtle

I opened the Velvet Bow first!

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Front

 

 

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Back

 

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Back

Thoughts:

I really like that the Velvet bow has the barrette stitches to it rather than glued. With handmade barrettes I’ve bought in the past, there have been breakage due to glue rather than stitching! It goes well with some of my other wine accessories. It’s pretty small, around the size of an average hair-clip but I think it adds enough necessary decoration.

As for the ring, I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would! In person, there’s a clear layer over a white glittery base that gives the shell ring a lot of depth. The ring base is standard and adjustable. It makes a great compliment to a seashell ring I found thrift shopping at some point. I think they go wonderfully together!

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Thanks for joining me this week and thanks to Pastel Skies for letting me write this review! I hope you enjoyed this review. What do you think of my items from Pastel Skies? Considering ordering from there? What would you buy? Let me know in the comments!

See you next week! ^_^

 

Alice and the Pirates Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night

Hello! This week, I’d like to talk about my favorite lolita print, Electric Circus in the Moonlight Night by Alice and the Pirates!

Keeping with the circus theme, it’s absolutely difficult to resist this print. There’s so many lovely details on them that I just had to add them to my wishlist. I think in the end, I’d like to own all the colorways but for now I’ll talk about my acquisition of two of the dresses.

I presently own JSK I in Ivory and JSK II in Black.

If I had to prefer a cut, I would definitely say I prefer the cut of JSK II. It has an elastic backing that makes it so easy to slip on and off without being too uncomfortable. The high empire waist gives my lower torso a lot of freedom and space. It’s full enough to require several petticoats to fill it out. With JSK I, it’s an exact fit. If I were any larger, it would be uncomfortable zipping up the dress by myself just by how the fabric pulls in at the waste. Despite having shirring in the back, there’s just not enough pull in regards to the comfort JSK II provides. Despite this, I like ivory in JSK I the most and prefer black for JSK II! It’s hard not to love JSK I due to it’s design. It’s got the design, buttons, & shape of a circus performer or ring leader while JSK II fits more of the standard lolita look.

So First try-ons!

I don’t have a blouse or tights yet to match the ivory dress, I think I’m leaning towards an ivory blouse and blue diamond OTKs.

 

Print comparison:

More print details:

Overall, I’m so happy to finally have these dresses in my collection!

For a bonus, I actually own the matching Electric Circus pillow! ^^

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What’s your favorite print? Let me know in the comments!

Until next week!

Lolita Desu Accessory Haul

I recently placed two orders with Lolita Desu again, a favorite website of mine for secondhand lolita goods. (You can read two of my reviews here & here)

They recently announced an accessory sale on their website. Up to 25% off depending on the amount of accessories.

“5% for 2 accessories

10% for 3

15% for 4

20% for 5

25%  for 6″

I had quite a few accessories I had been debating buying for a while so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get them! I put enough in my cart to qualify for the free shipping.

I totaled 9 items:

1 × “Girl’s Orchestra Kanaria, Accordion” (Balloon Girl with Harmonica) Postcard from Imai Kira

1 × “Girl’s Orchestra Kanaria, Accordion” (Balloon Girl with Harmonica) Postcard from Imai Kira

1 × Circus Neon OTK Socks in White from Angelic Pretty
1 × [革命] (Revolution) 2-way pin in Pink from 6% DOKIDOKI
1 × Circus Neon (Star Night Theater) OTKs in Red from Angelic Pretty
1 × Masquerade Hatpin in Black from Enchantlic Enchantilly
1 × Chocolate Cookie Cream Ring in Brown from Pastel Skies
1 × Fake Sweets Bible 2 Collaboration BOOK/MOOK Shape/Mold Set from Kisen Erika x Angelic Pretty
1 × Party Clip Coffin Barrette in Black from SWIMMER (C)

Total: $152.50
Discount: -$32.13
Grand Total:$120.37

The Fake Sweets Bible is a magazine people have been talking about lately because it comes with a mold to make your own lolita jewelry complete with full tutorials!
Shortly after, they posted a bonnet by Vierge Vampur. VV is a brand I’ve recently found myself being deeply interested due to the brightly colored dark themed (often circus themed) dresses and accessories she makes, so seeing this come up, I had to immediately buy it. Lolita Desu has this point system called Fuwa Fuwa points, which gives you coupon points proportional to the money you spend on the site. I exchanged my Fuwa Fuwa points for a $35 off coupon and ordered the bonnet & brooch from SWIMMER. The accessories sale was still in effect as well!

1 × Crown Bonnet in Ivory from Vierge Vampur

1 × Alice Clock Brooch from SWIMMER

Subtotal:
$63.00
Discount:
-$3.15
Coupon Code:
-$35.00
Shipping:
$9.00
Grand Total: 33.85

The first package, I ordered on July 19th. It shipped July 22nd and I received it on July 31st. The second package, I ordered on the 25th, it shipped the 29th, and I received it today August 7th.

First Accessory package:

Instantly well packaged!

Came with another complimentary sticker!

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Back cover with box of craft molds

I’ve start collecting art for frames & inspiration for my room so I’m glad to finally have these postcards in my possession.

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Postcard 1

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Postcard 2

Enchantlic Enchantilly continues to be my favorite go-to for lolita accessories and so I had my eyes on this hat pin for a while. I love the mask design and the detail of the gem.

The Neon Circus OTKs have to be the most comfortable brand OTKs I’ve ever had. I have thick calves and these actually stretches all the way above my knees without scrunching or being too tight! Lolita Desu also was way too generous on describing the damages. I couldn’t find any of the issues or staining mentioned, it’s like they’re in new condition!

The SWIMMER brooch is as described. There is some fading that was mentioned in the damages in regard to it being “C” grade, but that doesn’t matter much to me. It’s barely noticeable. The ring goes nicely with my newly acquired Cream Cookie Parade Skirt from Angelic Pretty. I’ve been dying to own something from 6%DOKIDOKI, specifically this brooch! But every time I saw it, it was really expensive. Here it was not only affordable and on sale but in a color I really really like.

Beautiful color & glitter!

Free candy! 😀

Second package with VV bonnet:

Absolutely well-packaged again.

This SWIMMER brooch is really lovely. It’s emboried felt with beads!

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This is a very interesting bonnet! I really like the black & ivory striped bow on the back. It’s a lot flatter than I thought it would be but I think it helps the crown design show more.

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Lovely note, candy, and another sticker

Bonnet on!

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What a great sale! Some of the items I got retail at much greater prices so I was more than happy to buy. The Fuwa Fuwa Points also ended up being extremely helpful and goes to show how much being a loyal customer to the site ends up paying off on future purchases. Without the Fuwa Fuwa points, I couldn’t have made the order and would have missed out of this beautiful unique bonnet.

Overall, Lolita Desu never disappoints me with their well-stocked store and variety. Their sales are so hard to resist, I had to order twice! ><

Thanks for reading! Til next time!

Tokyo Otaku Mode: Otaku Prize Spin Haul, ACDC Lucky Pack, & Review

Hi hi! Long post ahead! This week I talk about my recent haul with Tokyo Otaku Mode!
Tokyo Otaku Mode is a massive online seller of Japanese brand items, unique content creators, and anime merchandise & figures! I’ve ordered a lot in the past but thought I’d do a review of the website due to a recent promotion. Tokyo Otaku Mode has offered the “Otaku Prize Wheel.” Spinning this wheel allows you to enter an ongoing competition for a special prize, as well as qualify for a $3, $5, $10, $50, or $100 coupon that expires in 24 hours. After getting yet another $10 coupon, I took a gamble, shared the prize wheel on my twitter to get another chance at spinning, and actually won the $100 coupon!!!

With that special occasion in mind, I decided to place a large order. xD

Part of the reason I stopped ordering regularly from TOM was due to the changes they made on their shipping. Shipping is generally really expensive on the website so it’s really difficult to get more bang for your buck, especially when buying just one or two items. For $150 minimum, you can get free shipping but only under specific certain conditions otherwise you get a shipping discount and TOM points in return so I sprung for that option! With the $100 coupon, I had to put at least $250 worth of things in my cart. (Managed to hit it with just .97 cents over!)

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The haul! Complete with shipping discount & TOM Point return!

 

 

Tom also recently started a Membership system with an Early Bird Price of $4.99. If you continue, you get special discounts on certain objects & a credit of TOM Points. I figured it couldn’t hurt to at least give it a try.

The SWIMMER biscuit bag has been on my second-tier wishlist for a while now. But it’s incredibly difficult to find secondhand in good condition for a reasonable price. I had been eyeing these FLAPPER biscuit bags on TOM since they’re really similar in design and since I recently found a SWIMMER biscuit bag in Strawberry (pink) on Yahoo Japan auctions, I decided to get the FLAPPER bags in the two SWIMMER colors I wouldn’t have (beige & camel)

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SWIMMER Biscuit Bags in all colors / Source: SWIMMER

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FLAPPER Biscuit 2-Way Duffle Bags in all colors / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

I also opted for a smaller pass case in the Brown color to go with the pink SWIMMER biscuit bag as I’ve been planning a coordinate with the recently launched Cream Cookie Parade by Angelic Pretty!

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FLAPPER Biscuit Pass Case in Brown / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

 

 

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Angelic Pretty Cream Cookie Parade Skirt in Pink / Source: Angelic Pretty

 

 

Other choices include a cute Sentimental Circus tissue box cover and some Rilakkuma stationary & school supplies. I’ve started to enjoy writing letters so anything that’s stationary related is very appealing to me!

Lately, I’ve been purging my wardrobe so to speak, getting rid of everything I don’t absolutely love. As a result, I’ve made at least half a dozen trips to the local Goodwills and sent off many packages both for friends & buyers. With most of the excess gone, I’ve been looking to replenish my wardrobe with new things so I thought I’d get this Listen Flavor shirt I’ve been eyeing all summer (Listen Flavor is definitely my favorite everyday Japanese fashion brand) and to try out the ACDC RAG Lucky Pack since ACDC RAG seems to be getting more active on TOM’s website.

So this review will be broken up into two parts; The overall TOM haul and then specifically the ACDC RAG lucky pack! Let’s begin!

I placed my order on July 20th. It shipped on July 24th. I missed the original delivery on the 27th and got it delivered on the 28th.

Main TOM haul:

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Very large box!

Normally with every TOM order, you get a free file folder featuring the art of a special artist. This month’s artist has beautiful artowrk. Can’t take my eyes off it.

Free File Folder

The thing I decided to open first was the Sentimental Circus Tissue Box Holder! It’s so large and fluffy!

The stationary set was very well packaged in its own plastic container. I love the colors, very soft pastel purples, pinks, and blues.

 

The stationary set is something else. On the website, it’s marked that it includes:

Memo pad
Pencil board
12-pack of 2B pencils
Eraser
Caps
Glue
Soft pen case

The memo pad has no lines so I think it’ll be great for drawing or practicing my Japanese writing. The pencil case is soooo soft! It comes with two sides for storing pencils and an internal pencil sharpener.

 

I also got some nice Sentimental Circus washi tape, a new pair of scissors, and a file folder with matching print.

Already in love with these scissors. I have a habit of misplacing my scissors but I can’t even imagine misplacing this cute pastel pink pair!

 

 

The file folder is really cute, it’s called Sweet Lolita by OTOE. I chose the blue version! I love her expression and can’t wait to find a good frame for it.

The file folder is partially see through and lovely.

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The stars of this order are definitely the Biscuit Bags though! Sturdy, well made, cute colors, cute shape! I’m glad I went with the decision to get Beige & Camel!

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The Pass Case is very interesting in that it’s really firm & sturdy! I didn’t expect that at all, seems like it’d be great for holding pass or identification cards.

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And of course, the Listen Flavor shirt. This makes probably shirt number…10-ish of Listen Flavor shirts I have! I really dig the popcorn shark, it’s also apparently reversible!

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Full Shirt / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

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Print Detail / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

Overall a great haul! I love the collection of everything. All very well packaged, with strong quality over all the brands I explored. The FLAPPER bags were the first FLAPPER items I’ve ever bought and with how pleased I am with the quality, they’re definitely going to be a foundation I turn to for lolita bags, especially with SWIMMER’s recent announcement that they’re closing.

Now for the moment of truth! The Lucky Pack!

ACDC RAG Lucky Pack:

I actually got the lucky pack sampled on the website! Came with everything shown and I don’t mind that at all because I actually really like the sample pack! There’s only one shirt I don’t like so a turn around of two shirts, two bottoms, and a belt isn’t bad for the price.

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Very large plastic drawstring bag

This is the shirt of the pack I don’t like, not a fan of a print

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I’m completely in love with the skull print top! That and the unicorn skirt are great patterned- additions to my wardrobe!

 

The skirt is definitely a little short, I’d have to wear them with leggings or pants underneath because I’m just too tall. However, the waist has elastic so it’s very comfy to wear. Super bright and colorful with an adorable print! I’d love to wear it during the day-to-day or make a decora based coordinate with it.

 

But what I REALLY like the most are these pants! I love the heavy jogger style pants that have been getting more and more popular lately. I own a pair of black & white polka-dotted pants in a similar shape from listen Flavor and I’ve been itching to own another pair of these comfortable pants.

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Stock Photo / Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

 

That’s it for this week! Whew! I hope you enjoyed both reviews! Winning the $100 coupon was definitely a stroke of dumb luck but I’m thankful for the nice additions to my desk/stationary life, daily wardrobe, and lolita wardrobe. Let me know what item you liked the most in the comments! Until next time!

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 choice 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: 06/10/17

Shipping estimate received on: 06/12/17

Order shipped by EMS on: 06/14/17

Order received: 06/17/17

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!

 

Takoyaki Co Review!

Happy Sunday!
Today I will be posting at review about Takoyaki Co!

Takoyaki Co is an online store located in Japan that specializes in selling new and used lolita dresses. Part of what compelled me to order with them was their stock and very appealing payment plan method!
The most interesting part to me is that you don’t have to go through the website to purchase or initiate a payment plan. They operate actively through Facebook as well and it was through Facebook where I was able to reserve my dress and begin the plan!

The lovely lovely dress in question!
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Angelic Pretty’s Horror Garden JSK in White
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I first contacted them on March 15th with my reservation and payment plan. I wanted to pay for the dress over the course of a month, until April 15 and they gladly accepted! Starting a payment plan requires a 15% down payment and I paid that through Paypal.

So during my wait, I noticed that they starting selling items from the Sailor Moon x GU collaboration, which is absolutely to die for.

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Source: https://www.gu-japan.com/feature/collabosm/women/

Because Takoyaki Co also doubles as a shopping service, I asked if they could check stores for me for the special collaboration pants. Because I was already starting a plan with them and they were already selling GU’s items, they did not charge me to check the stores, which would normally cost 2000 yen on top of the cost of the item. The pants unfortunately weren’t in stock but I absolutely appreciated the extra accommodation! 🙂 I instead asked if I could reserve the Artemis Bag they had in stock along with my dress and along with that, a two week extension. To do this, they required an additional down payment and I was more than happy to oblige!

Shortly after my last payment, they contacted me on 4/28 to let me know that shipping may be delayed due to it being Golden Week but I didn’t take issue with this. Because of this, I was still waiting for a shipping confirmation when my package arrived on 5/6! It was a super pleasant surprise!

My package was wrapped up very securely and I’m way more than satisfied.

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Artemis Bag Closeup

The Artemis Purse is even cuter in person! I love how it feels and I think it’ll be a great addition to my regular wardrobe!

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Dress & Bag

I LOVE this dress!!! It’s so cute and fits like a glove! The amount of details on this dress are unbelievable. It’s in excellent condition, can’t find a single flaw! The material is very soft and the buttons are very shiny & lovely.

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Button Close-up

For every first time customer, Takoyaki Co also gives a freebie with whatever you purchase! They sent me this very large button of a character from Show by Rock!!, which was definitely very surprising. Considering the nature of Takoyaki Co, I anticipated the freebie being some sort of lolita accessory (not necessarily related to what I ordered) so this took me a bit off guard. I don’t know much about this game/anime but I think it’s kind of cute!

Overall, this was an extremely pleasant experience. Communication was open & informative, the expectations were very clear from the beginning of the transaction. Prices were fair in my opinion. And honestly, no one can beat the convenience of a payment plan, especially when it comes to a dream dress. I would definitely order from Takoyaki Co again and possibly try out their shipping service in the future!

I hope you enjoyed this review! ‘Til next time!

Lolita Desu Lucky Pack 2017!

For those who may be unaware, Lolita Desu is a secondhand (and sometimes new) lolita-based store located in Saitama, Japan. You can read my previous review of them here.

They released their new lucky packs for 2017 and I thought I’d try my luck with them again!

This time I ordered two lucky packs, the “Royally Sweet Like Alice” Lolita Lucky Pack & the “Cute Spring Home” Luck Pack.

Here are the basics of the product descriptions:

“Royally Sweet Like Alice” Lolita Lucky Pack (B~C Condition, 6 + 1 items):

Original print skirt from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright.
Blouse from Angelic Pretty.
Parka from Angelic Pretty.
Original print headbow from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright.
High Knee Socks from Angelic Pretty.
Necklace from SWIMMER
FREEBIE:
Ribbon Brooch Bow, most likely from Angelic Pretty, originally part of another garment.
“Cute Spring Home ” Lucky Pack (A~B Condition, 10 items):

1 note pad from Swimmer.
1 Toilet brush Chocoholic.
1 glue stick from Chocoholic.
1 pen from Chocoholic.
1 cake fork from Swimmer.
1 photo album from Chocoholic.
1 gift envelope set from Swimmer.
1 plate from Chocoholic.
1 cute interior sheet from Chocoholic)
1 kids alpacasso from Amuse.

Okay so I placed my order on 02/16/17.
It shipped on 02/20/2017 and I received it on 02/24/17.
My total came out to $160 for both packs.

Because I ordered over $150 worth, my order qualified for free shipping!



Arrival & Opening!

Let’s talk about the Cute Spring Home pack first since it has the most items.

Definitely a solid pack! I really liked that the entire pack seemed to fit the theme very well.
The plate presently sits nicely in my kitchen in case of cake-time.
The photo-album is great for storing instax mini photos I’ve taken of me and my friends.


I actually used the Chocoholic interior sheet to decorate my work desk where I make crafts!

So onto the clothes with the Royally Sweet Like Alice lucky pack.


I think it’s pretty amazing!
A very minor complaint is that while I knew the main color was going to be pink, I didn’t expect this much pink. I greatly would have preferred a smidge more variety among the basics like the blouse or parka.


Loving the Alice necklace and the socks!

The blouse unfortunately does not fit me. While my bust & waist measurements were correct to what was listed on the website, without the shoulder & arm measurements, I was unable to predict it being too tight on my body. However, I am in the process of becoming more physically fit so who knows, with time maybe it will!

But my favorite item out of the entire set is the skirt!

Okay this skirt, I ADORE this skirt. I’m actually surprised with myself regarding how much I like it.

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Alice and the Seven Keys Print Skirt

It’s crazy to think that this skirt is 11 years old. It’s from 2006 and has a nice bustle in the back. I adore the dark pink roses on the soft pink print.

It’s also been a challenge to find any images of a coordinate featuring this skirt so I’m motivated to pull together something nice highlighting it.


Besides the two lucky packs, I also ordered a SWIMMER watch.

I’ve wanted this watch for a while and was very happy to see it in stock!

They also gave me a nice surprise! Despite missing the deadline, they generously included me in their special Valentine’s special with a surprise Chocolate Towel! And of course, another sweet candy.

Overall, a great order again. Lolita Desu’s lucky packs are always a wonderfully pleasant surprise and I often end up getting nice pieces that I would not have considered on my own otherwise. I’m really looking forward to my next one!