Princess Dreaming: Fashion Glasses

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Princess Dreaming sent me a cute pair of pastel glasses to review!

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I did not know what kind of glasses I would receive, so it was a pleasant surprise. The package was not a normal bubble mailer: it was an adorable pastel polka dot mailer! What an adorable way to ship out a product~! Inside, there was a red envelope with Princess Dreaming Postcards. The glasses were wrapped in bubble wrap and placed inside pink bag.

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The glasses do not have lenses, so they are perfect to wear as a fun accessory for photos! No lenses = no glare in photos. These glasses have a pink frame, faux pearl detailing, and mini mint green decoden bows.

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These glasses would be so cute with any pastel outfit~! Fairy kei, pop kei, or sweet lolita would be great fits for this accessory. The decorations on these glasses are very sturdy; they don’t look like they will fall off easily. I wouldn’t recommend throwing them out the window, but I believe they can withstand daily wear.

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Since these glasses have thin frames with wide openings, they are great for showing off your eye makeup! For this look, I am wearing circle lenses, heavy eyeliner, and both top and bottom false lashes, so my eyes look much bigger. These glasses frame my eyes nicely, with enough space for my over-the-top Dolluxe lashes.

I also love the color combo of pink and mint… It is too cute~! It reminds me of macarons…

Princess Dreaming is on hiatus right now, but they will open up again in April 2015! Be sure to check them out because many new designs after their hiatus.

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Once the reviews for the other items are up, I’ll add the links to this post! I hope you enjoyed reading my review. I have a plethora of reviews coming soon, so keep checking back. ^_^

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A Coordinate for California

Wow, it has been a month since my last post… Sorry about the brief hiatus! I thought I was going to participate in Lolita Blog Carnival this month, but time flew by and suddenly June is almost over.

But now that it is almost July… I have something to share! In a few days, I will be going to the airport… and flying to the West Coast for the first time! I am so excited. I will be attending Anime Expo in California, and staying in CA for a week with my friend Terry. I’ve never been to California before, so I’m looking forward to it!

I have to pack light, but I will be bringing some lolita clothes (and of course, my petticoat). I also will bring some gyaru stuff with me. I really want to get into the gyaru style as well!

On Day 3 (Saturday) of Anime Expo, I plan to wear a sweet lolita coordinate. I decided to plan out my coord beforehand so I wouldn’t have to struggle to coordinate an outfit in a jet-lagged state.

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The coordinate is mostly pink and red! The cutsew is from Angelic Pretty and the skirt is from Bodyline (but it’s a replica of Angelic Pretty’s Fruits Parlor).

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The headband and the necklace are made by Sweet Mildred, and the fuzzy star and the small bow are both offbrand. The wristcuffs are from Classical Puppets on Taobao, and they were a present from my friend Terry. Of course, I have to bring these wristcuffs with me! The socks are offbrand and the shoes are from Bodyline (with my orthotics inside ❤ luckily, they fit!).

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I may pack some cute rings with me to wear too! We’ll see… I also plan to use a wig for this coordinate, probably my short milk tea wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs.

I can’t wait to wear this coord at AnimeExpo! (And hopefully, I’ll wear J-fashion throughout the week after the con!)

 

Review: Bodyline Order!

So this review is rather belated, but better late than never~! Bodyline had a free shipping promotion, and I could not resist placing an order. I did not order any lolita clothing, but I did order two pairs of shoes (a pair of white shoes and a pair of pink wedge boots) and a pair of wrist cuffs. I also ordered a cosplay costume since it was so cheap from Bodyline. Shipping was COMPLETELY FREE! No hidden fees.

Here is what the checkout looks like on the Bodyline website (in English):

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They split my order into two packages, but they never notified me about this… so when I received the first package, I was concerned that they completely forgot about my boots. I emailed them, and they responded the same day, telling me that the boots were mailed separately.

Timeline:

March 29, 2014 – Placed order with Bodyline, paid via PayPal, and received receipt from PayPal.

March 31, 2014 – Received an email saying that my package has been shipped, and the email provided a tracking number.

April 19, 2014 – Received first package. Reviewed contents and emailed Bodyline asking why the pink boots were missing from the package. A few hours later, I received a response from Bodyline. Here is what they said: “In another bag” … not the most professional response (no greeting, no closing, no punctuation…) but at least it was a fast response.

April 22, 2014 – Received second package (the pink boots).

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The first package, pictured above, contained everything but the pink boots. I was worried when I saw that they mailed everything in a thin package; the package already had a few rips and tears! The white mary-jane shoes were packed in a box, within the overall package, but the box was damaged in the shipping process. The shoes were not damaged, but there was a small scuff. It isn’t too noticeable though. The cosplay came in a protective plastic wrap, and the wristcuffs were squished between the box and the cosplay, but everything was undamaged.

The second package contained the pink boots. The boots did not come with a shoebox.

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The boots were wrapped in bubble-wrap though, so there were no major damages. The packaging was dirty, and it also had a strange smell, but there were no major rips.

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I tried on the boots, and they are very true to size! I usually wear size 8.5 (American sizing), so I purchased these boots in size 24.5 (Japanese sizing). The length and width for my feet are fine, and the boots fit my calves as well. There are zippers on the boots too. There are some weird stains on the zippers, but these are not too big of a deal. You can see one of the stains in the bottom-center photo.

The construction for both pairs of shoes are sturdy, and I do not think these shoes will fall apart easily. The zippers on the boots are rather stiff, but this may be because they are brand new boots. The white mary-janes are also true to size.

This experience was not a completely positive one, but I would not hesitate to purchase from Bodyline again if there is another free shipping promotion. (I really love free shipping~!)

Here is my final review for my experience with Bodyline:

Overall: ☆☆☆☆ (Free shipping is one of my favorite things. International shipping is so pricey.)

Ordering Process and Shipping: ☆☆☆ (I am disappointed that Bodyline never told me the order would be split into two packages. )

Communication: ☆☆☆☆ (The response email was quick, even though it was an awkward 3-word email.)

Packaging: ☆☆ (The packaging was disappointing, but it was not terrible.)

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ (The colors were true to the stock photos! No complaints here.)

Style: ☆☆☆☆ (I don’t have any complaints! The cosplay could have been better, but for the price, it was a good deal.)

Construction: ☆☆☆☆ (I do not see any problems with the construction right now, but I have not worn them much yet. The only item I have worn since this purchase are the white mary-janes. I only tried on the other items.)

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

Feel free to ask me any questions!

LBC: Disney Coordinates

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This week was finals week for me, and I still have more academic work to complete today… But I could not resist participating in this week’s Lolita Blog Carnival! Unfortunately, I do not have much time since it is finals week, so I apologize for any misspellings or grammatical errors in this post. (I’m rushing to write this up in half an hour or less!)

Now onto the Disney coordinates!

As Alice in Lolitaland, I have to try an Alice coordinate right? Recently, I wore a coordinate inspired by Disney’s Alice in Wonderland when I went to the cinema to see the new Captain America movie. I used Bodyline’s Alice print JSK in the pink x blue color way. I paired this JSK with my Chocomint Tea Time hair clip and a handmade Alice bow. I was also wearing a Bodyline blouse and Bodyline shoes… (Lots of Bodyline in this coordinate!) My knee socks are offbrand. I did not wear any jewelry with this coordinate because I was in a rush and did not have time to pick any out. Unfortunately, I took off my wrist cuffs before leaving my dormitory because it was really cold out and I did not want to damage the wrist cuffs when I took my winter jacket on and off. My lolita big sister Terry gave me these wrist cuffs, so it would be a shame if they got damaged! Terry got the wrist cuffs from Classical Puppets (Taobao).

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Here are some close-up selfies (you can see the cute wrist cuff in the second pic!):

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For my makeup look, I used pressed powder foundation, a shimmery highlighter, neutral eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and lipstick. I did not bother wearing false lashes for this look, and I did not wear any blush either. I am happy with the way my makeup turned out though! It’s simple, but it was also very comfortable. I forgot I was wearing makeup!

The next Disney coordinate I will talk about is a tentative idea for a future coordinate, also featuring a Bodyline JSK! This coordinate uses another Disney-inspired Bodyline print: Cinderella Bunny! I am not sure if this is the proper name for the print, but that is what I call it. I have this dress in the red colorway. Red is my favorite color, so I hope to acquire lots of red pieces. ❤

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In addition to what is seen above, I would add pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet, white stockings, and red Bodyline tea party-style shoes. If I am chilly, I will wear my sax-colored Bodyline bunny sweatshirt (to go with the bunny Cinderella theme). I think this is one of my favorite Bodyline prints, and I’m really happy I was able to snag it from the community sales!

I apologize again for the disorganized and rushed blog post!

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~Be sure to read other blog posts on this topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival! 

A Heart’s Sound, Lolita Glamour, Simple as Vanilla Ice Cream, Northern Star, McDuff’s Auditorium, Fire ExtinguisherHello Kitty Loves Disney, A Little Bit Of This… A Little Bit Of That Too, Spoon and Fork 

 

 

LBC: Your First Lolita Item

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I talked about my first lolita item in a previous Lolita Blog Carnival post, back in September 2013.

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My first lolita item, ever, was a Bodyline JSK that my mother purchased for me as a belated birthday present when we were at an anime convention. This was back when I was in high school. I had been obsessing over lolita fashion, and my mother knew all about it. We are really close, and we share many of the same interests (anime, manga, horror movies, and martial arts, to name a few).

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I have considered selling the JSK before, but I do not want to let it go because I feel attached to it since it is my first lolita item, and it has sentimental value since it holds some memories that my mother and I shared.

Since I already talked about this dress before, how about I talk about some other Lolita “first’s?” My first Lolita brand item! My first Lolita brand-name item that I purchased was a BTSSB skirt from a local community member. It’s a pretty pink-and-brown skirt with a partially shirred waistband! Unfortunately, I sold this skirt when I was in need of some money, so I no longer own this item. The name for this skirt is “Chocolat à La Mode.”

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I miss this skirt though! I love the three layers of frills, and the cute bow on the side. ❤ So adorable! It’s also a very light fabric.

The first lolita brand dress that I purchased was also a BTSSB item! I bought the BTSSB Dreamy Pony high-waisted JSK and head bow set from the EGL Comm Sales, using a payment plan. The seller was very understanding and allowed me to pay in increments. I love the Dreamy Pony print! So sweet… I love all the pastel colors.

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Above is a photo of me and my friend wearing Sweet Lolita. This was the first time that I wore my first brand JSK! To be honest, I don’t think the high-waist style suits me very well, but I still love this JSK. I also wore this JSK and headbow again recently, for the ConBust 2014 Lolita Fashion 101 panel.

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Sorry about the terrible lighting!

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A group photo from ConBust

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Presentation time: At the panel!

Our Lolita Fashion 101 panel had a great turnout! I am really happy that I was able to run this panel again this year.

I find it very interesting that my first-first lolita item was a gothic (or possibly dark punk) item, and my other first lolita items are all sweet lolita items. What were your first lolita items? If you do not own any lolita items yet, are there first items you are looking forward to purchasing?

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~Be sure to read other blog posts on this topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival! 

Spoon and Fork, Sparkling Girl, ABC Lolita, Wonderland Gone MadVanillas Traumfabrik, Fire Extinguisher, The Life of a LolitaBreiðholt, The Beautiful and Damned 

Lolita Blog Carnival: 3 Prints in Your Favourite Colorway

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This week’s prompt seems rather ambiguous. Am I supposed to select a favorite colorway and show three prints in this colorway? Or am I supposed to choose three prints to examine and choose my favorite colorway for each of these prints? For this week, I decided to go with the first interpretation of the prompt. If this prompt ever comes up again, I will choose the latter interpretation.

My favorite colorway, in general, is red! (This makes sense, since my favorite color is red…) I will choose one skirt, one JSK, and one OP to talk about in this response. All of them will be in red colorways, but different shades of red! Here are three prints I love in the color red:

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☆ Bodyline’s Magical Cosmetics Skirt in Red

This print does not have a true red color, but a lovely rich wine color. I love the contrast of the ribbons and pearls in the print against the wine red backdrop. The sax blue, white, pink, and gold details in the print look aesthetically pleasing to me alongside the rich wine hue. Even though I dislike butterflies, I don’t mind the butterfly motif on this skirt’s print.

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☆ AATP’s Vampire Requiem Corset JSK in Red

One of my favorite color combinations is red x black, and this dream dress of mine has a lovely red color in the background of the print… along with lovely black details (like the lace trim and the black in the print)! I am so in love with this Gothic Lolita dress. I hope that I will be able to attain this beautiful JSK someday.

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☆ AP’s Candy Fun Fair OP in Red

Candy Fun Fair is such a fun print, but I think it looks most festive in its red colorway. The white bodice with the red bows is just too cute! I love the mini puffed sleeves of this OP, and the tiered skirt gives this dress a lovely shape. There is also cute candy-themed lace along the hem of this dress!

What is your favorite lolita colorway? Do you have a favorite print?

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~Be sure to read other blog posts on this topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival! 

Hello Batty, Sweet Indeed, The Bloody Tea Party, Lolita Glamour, Crimson Reflections, Northern Star, Fire Extinguisher, Lace TeapotBreiðholtElegant PoupéeVanillas Traumfabrik 

Full-out coordinates (So far, from 2013)

Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead!

If you would like to see some of my Casual Lolita coordinates, click here.

I really enjoy planning out Lolita coordinates. Sometimes, I find it difficult, but nevertheless, I always find it fun! I love figuring out which clothing articles to put together, and which accessories to add to the outfit. And then wearing the coordinate is a great feeling too! I used to feel awkward wearing Lolita in public, but now, I have built up more confidence. I can wear casual lolita in public by myself, and I’m fine with wearing over-the-top lolita as long as I have at least one friend with me. Maybe eventually, I’ll build up my confidence even more so I can wear over-the-top lolita on my own in public.

Here are some of my favorite full-out coordinates from this year, so far:

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This is the outfit I wore when I twinned with my friend Megan! ❤ I miss her already. Hopefully we will be able to hang out in Lolita again this coming autumn! (And perhaps we can try to twin again…?) Megan and I also love dancing… and we were thinking of maybe doing Kpop dance covers… in Lolita. (Not sure when that will happen… but maybe sometime in the future if we have time to learn dances and such!)

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Here’s the Sweet Lolita coordinate I wore to a local mall meet-up, featuring a BTSSB cutsew and an AATP skirt. I love the pastel pink and white in this coord! Unfortunately, not all of the whites match… (I find whites really difficult to coordinate… If anyone has advice, please let me know. Thank you in advance!)

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This was my first attempt at a Country Lolita coordinate. I really love the red and white gingham print, and I’m really happy that everything matched up well. The cutsew is from Dear Celine (a Taobao brand), and the skirt is from Angelic Pretty (I snatched it off the comm sales a while ago). I really love the bonnet look, and I hope I pulled it off! There’s one thing that annoys me though… I have red and white wrist cuffs, but I completely forgot about them. They would have matched this coord so well! Next time, I’ll try to remember to wear the wrist cuffs. I can probably work the wrist cuffs into another coordinate as well…

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Above, you can see my friend Megan on the left! We are not twinning in this photo, but we were hanging out in Sweet Lolita coordinates together. I’m wearing a BTSSB babydoll JSK and headbow that I got from the comm sales (I believe the set was originall a lucky pack?). Fun fact: the knee-high socks I am wearing are socks that I’ve had since 5th grade. I’m so glad I’m a pack rat and never gave them away… xD I am not sure how well the blue cardigan matches with my coordinate, but it was chilly outside and I did not want to take off the cardigan. (And the cardigan matched better than my sweatshirts or winter jacket… xD)

The following two coords are quite different, but I used the same wig for both. I really love how this wig looks, and I love how both coords turned out.

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My favorite JSK: the Bertille Rose from Innocent World ❤

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This coat is really warm and I love the detachable fur collar! Maybe I can use the collar with another coat or jacket? Or maybe even a blouse?

In case anybody is curious, the wig I am wearing is the Empress Collection wig in Chocolate Brown from Gothic Lolita Wigs.

I really love the following coord… and I think it was the first coord I put together that I was proud of. I wore this outfit to my very-first Lolita meet-up! ❤

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I still love that bolero too… I found it at a thrift store at such a cheap price! The only annoying thing about it is… how it sheds off feathers. The fluff at the collar and the sleeves are feathers that just love flying everywhere. Those brown platform shoes broke (the soles came off)… but they are fixed now. I’m a bit scared to wear them again though! If I wear them again, I’ll probably only wear them for short periods of time, or bring spare shoes with me just in case something happens to them again.

And here is one of the Customer Coordinate showcases for Gothic Lolita Wigs that I was featured in:

I can’t believe I actually got accepted to the showcase again. >w< The above coordinate was what I wore to the Conbust Lolita Fashion 101 panel. I love the Alice in Wonderland theme of this Bodyline JSK!

I really hope I have made some progress as a Lolita since last year. ❤ I would love to receive feedback and advice from other Lolitas, so please don’t be shy! I appreciate constructive criticism.

My First Time Twinning

Before heading home from college, I had the opportunity to twin with one of my new Lolita friends! We dressed up in matching split-wigs and matching Fruits Parlor Replica OPs from Bodyline. We wore different socks, accessories, and shoes, but I hope we still look like Lolita twins! It was fun doing an OTT Sweet Lolita coord again.

Here is a photo of us twinning together:

ImageI really love my friend Megan’s cute fluffy hair accessories, barrettes, and mini-bows! We are wearing different hair accessories, but we have the same large headbow, and we both added a ton of hair things to decorate our wigs. Our wigs are not identical, but they are similar; they are both pink and blonde split wigs with ponytail falls. My wig is a few inches longer than Megan’s wig, and the curls’ shapes are slightly different. The tones of the pinks and blondes are also different, but they are close enough to show that we are twinning, I hope! I really wanted to wear wrist cuffs to match with Megan’s wrist cuffs, but unfortunately, I only have these brown x pink wrist cuffs. I hope the brown isn’t too noticeable… If I ever make or get plain pink wrist cuffs or pink x black wrist cuffs, I’ll be sure to coordinate this again, and try to coordinate everything better.

As for socks, Megan modded her socks and added cute cherry charms! My socks are really old socks I’ve had since early middle school… but the pastels work great for Sweet Lolita!

We are both wearing Bodyline shoes, but Megan is wearing white rocking horse shoes, and I’m wearing black platform heels. The shoes seem very opposite, but I think both shoes work well with these coordinates.

I really hope I can twin again in the future! Twinning is a lot of fun. ^_^

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I’ll be making posts soon compiling my favorite casual Lolita coordinates and my all-out Lolita coordinates from 2013 (so far)!