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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.

Brown Pass Case

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.

ACDC RAG Lucky Pag / Soucre: Tokyo Otaku Mode

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!

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!

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!

Circus Date

Happy Sunday!

This past Saturday, I went on a date with my boyfriend to a travelling circus!

It was amazinggg! At the beginning, all of the performers came out for a nice introduction.

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I really wish I had gotten better pictures of the clowns but their performances were really good! They barely communicated with words and relied a lot on their physicality to convey certain jokes.img_5923

The acrobats were easily the most amazing part. At one point, one of the acrobats was hanging by her neck from a hoop strung from the ceiling! The jugglers stood on top of each other and threw pins at each other!

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And seriously, another acrobat shot a bow & arrow with her foot and popped a balloon!

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But possibly one of the coolest parts of the circus was the motorcyclists who drove around in a metal globe.

I dressed in a lolita coordinate for the occasion. I wore Magial Etolie since it fit well with the circus theme and also matched my camera strap!

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Skirt: Magical Etolie by Angelic Pretty

Parka: Angelic Pretty

Socks: Angelic Pretty

Sandals: Offbrand

‘Til next time!

Carousel! Angelic Pretty for $5?

Heyo! Happy Sunday!

Before my blog restart, I had written two haul posts about recent purchases that I either thrifted or found on sale. In the spirit of reorganizing, I’ve decided to name these posts: Carousel! Shopping often and affordably can always feel like a merry-go-round so I thought it was an appropriate title!

All posts marked with this will talk about recent cool finds (and deals) I’ve purchased recently be it online or in a store and how much I spent on each item.

Swimmer 3DS XL Case$13

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Source: SWIMMER

I play my 3DS pretty often and have been dying to upgrade to a New 3DS XL for a while and this case might finally be the thing that pushes me to do so ❤

Angelic Pretty sugar fairy cake bowl mint$15

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Source: kittycarousel on egl circcly

Almost all of the dishware I own is thrifted/vintage so what I really like is collecting unique pieces of dishware. This bowl is an absolute joy to have and it matches several of the cups I already own.

Set of 3 Vintage mime clown woman circus pinbacks. 3″ & 2.5″ pin buttons. $13

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Source: LiveToLiveVintage on etsy

As soon as I saw these, I had to buy them! I think they would look perfect as an accessory for some circus-themed lolita coordinates. I personally already have a mid-sized pin collection and these make a nice addition to my button collection.

Angelic Pretty Love Decoration Heels – Size L$5

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Source: buttcape on egl circcly

Now this has to be one of the proudest purchases I’ve ever made! Angelic Pretty shoes that I can easily repair? Absolutely!

Lolita accessories set with headbows, bow and Metamorphose collar$10

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Source: Sunburndoll on egl circcly

This was a really good set and I was particularly eyeing the the Metamorphose collar. I even made a nice outfit with it already~

Final Round

Ultimately there was a lot of lacemarket stalking & etsy browsing done to find these but I’m super glad about all of them. The collar set and Angelic Pretty shoes were found thanks to the price organizer on lacemarket by allowing me to arrange listings in order from lowest price and just browse through.
The catch of the Angelic Pretty shoes being $5 resulted in the damages to the shoes. There are some scratches here and there and the heels are pulling out of the cork and as a result, the price reflects this. It’s important to be wary about damages regarding anything bought and ensuring that the price always reflects this. To me, whether or not I could repair them does not remove the value from them still being wearable as-is and that was something I definitely took into consideration.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this Carousel tidbit! ‘Til next week!