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!

 

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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!

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!

Fashion Show!

Happy Easter!

This past week was a very very busy one but a fun one none the less!

I got to participate in a fashion show while in lolita!

My alma mater’s Asian Culture Society hosts a fashion show every year to showcase the different traditional & modern fashions of Asia. A lolita in my community asked if I could participate and I absolutely accepted!

I spent some time planning out my coordinate because I really wanted to both represent lolita well and finally push myself out of complete newbie territory. I really wanted to avoid mistakes like having mismatched colors, not wearing a petticoat, etc.

I had recently purchased Sleepless Masquerade in Navy by Alice and the Pirates so I thought it would the perfect opportunity.

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Sleepless Masquerade

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 Initially, I wanted to go in the direction of navy tights and white boots but after talking we my friend, decided to aim for ivory tights and gold heels. The lolita who invited me to participate let me borrow (and later buy ;u;) her navy wrist-cuffs! I also got a mask to continue the masquerade motif but ultimately did not end up wearing it.

I had to stay backstage for the fashion show but everyone was dressed so amazingly, I wish I had gotten pictures. My best friend took some pictures of me on-stage!

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Ultimately, it was incredibly fun and I’m very happy that my outfit ended up working out so well!

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My makeup and crown ring

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Detail of shoes & tights

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Coordinate breakdown:

OP: Sleepless Masquerade by Alice and the Pirates
Hairbow: Alice and the Pirates
Bag: Tent Bag by Alice and the Pirates
Tights: TejaJamilla on Etsy
Shoes: Lorie & Knight on Amazon
Wristcuffs: Offbrand
Crown Ring: AP Store in San Fran

I’m really looking forward to planning out my next full outfit! Thanks for tuning in! ‘Til next week!

 

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

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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!

 

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!