Hard Candy House: First Batch (1)

Hard Candy House sponsored me for the first time! I love their products, so I was flattered when they decided to sponsor me. They make so many super cute accessories that fit a variety of styles. Check out their Etsy store too!

Even the packaging was cute: Check out the cute heart tape! I was really excited to see this package!

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Everything was safely packaged; there were no damages to the items. I was very pleased with the care Hard Candy House took in their packaging.

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When I opened up the mailer, I found a package wrapped in polka-dot tissue paper! Upon opening this inner package, I found more packaging. Each item was wrapped in its own tissue paper and plastic bag.

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As you can see above, Hard Candy House provided a coupon code: you can use “XIAO150603” to get 15% off! This is an amazing deal!! (NOTE: in the above image, the coupon code is incorrect. To get 15% off, you must use the code “XIAO150603″ — Let me know if you have any issues.)

Now, let’s go through each item in the batch! I noticed that the items seemed to be in one of two categories: an exclusive set of pink items from the Good Girl collection, and a set of cherry-themed items from the Cherry Tart collection. All items from these collections are one-of-a-kind! First, let’s take a look at the Good Girl collection!

Below, you’ll see two photos of a necklace taken in natural lighting.

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When I first unwrapped this necklace, I thought it was a hairbow! The jumbo bow pendant is super cute. I love the details such as the heart charm and the string of faux pearls. The print on the bow is cute and versatile as well! I think this bow could work for sweet lolita, classic lolita, and even hime gyaru fashion! This necklace would be a great statement piece with a simple outfit as well.

Here is a photo of the necklace taken in indoor lighting:

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The construction is sturdy, so don’t be afraid to wear this outside!

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The next item in this pink collection is a flower accessory that can double as a hairclip and a brooch!

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I love how some of the petals use the same fabric as the bow on the necklace. This little detail really brings the set together. The string of pearls and the color scheme also add consistency; if you wear this hair accessory with the necklace, it truly is a perfect match. If you wear them separately, they would still be super cute!

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I’m glad that the backing has a French clip as an option! This is one of my favorite types of clip because it’s sturdy and works well with thick hair. You can use clip this flower into your hair or your wig, or you can pin it to your top, skirt, dress, purse… you name it!

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The next accessory is absolutely adorable: a bow with generously dangling charms that you can clip onto your backpack or purse! Now, you can bling out your bag to match your outfit and other pink accessories. This bow looks almost the same as the one on the necklace, and it uses the same fabric. The charms include faux crystals, faux pearls, a flower bead, and a cute fuzzy teddy bear (and more!)!

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Despite the huge amount of charms, it doesn’t feel too heavy. I don’t think the charms will rip the bow. The clip on the top is easy to use!

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Hard Candy House also sent me the following pair of earrings from the Good Girl collection. They’re super cute and I love how the tiny bows use the same fabric as all the other accessories in the collection. The construction is sturdy and the design is lovely!

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Unfortunately, I have extremely sensitive ears, so I cannot wear these earrings. (I can only wear sterling silver or gold earrings.) But if you don’t have sensitive ears, be sure to check out Hard Candy House‘s earrings! They have so many pretty designs. DSCN0614

I was lucky enough to schedule a photoshoot with Studio du Petit Oiseau to feature the items from the Good Girl collection! Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot:

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And here’s a great shot of my full outfit that the photographer captured:

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What do you think? I love how the Good Girl hair accessory and necklace bring out the pastel colors in my t-shirt. Check out more photos from the photoshoot in this album on my Facebook page.

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Hard Candy House also sent me some items from the Cherry Tart collection, but I will review those in a separate post. You can see the flower accessory from the Good Girl collection and two items from the Cherry Tart collection in this gifset I posted on my Tumblr. You can also check out this album for clear photos of the products themselves.
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Here are some great items you can check out from the Cherry Tart collection in the meantime:

Look forward to Part 2 of my review for Hard Candy House! Let me know what you think of the accessories you’ve seen so far.

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No Time for Creativity: Review

Despite the name of the shop, Kathryn (the shop-owner), has a lot of creativity! If she has no time for creativity, I have no idea how she does all this. She’s a talented crafter  who makes so many different things. Check out No Time for Creativity for animal ears, PeanutPalz, hats, headbands, bows, ornaments, and more! Feel free to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more. Keep in mind that this coupon expires on December 31, 2015. DSC_0071 Kathryn shipped out the lot of amazing products in a sturdy cardboard box to guarantee protection: DSC_0027_Fotor_Collage As you can see in the above collage, the inside of the box was filled with protective foam pieces. No items were damaged during the shipping process. DSC_0029 The hats were the only items unwrapped. All the other accessories were wrapped in cute tissue paper! I was very pleased with the packaging. Here is everything unwrapped: DSC_0036 Isn’t this an awesome batch of items? No Time for Creativity sent two mini tricorn hats, one jumbo hair bow (black and pink tartan), one heart-ear headband, one cat-ear headband, two sets of bows (green tartan and red tartan), one cute little PeanutPal, and one black gothic headdress with red rose accents. You can find more PeanutPalz on No Time for Creativity‘s shop; there are so many different characters available! They are also at affordable prices, so your wallet won’t hurt. All of the accessories are super cute and affordable as well! DSC_0065 Unfortunately, I did not have the time to model all of these items. I tried my best to show off a variety of the No Time for Creativity products though, and I hope you enjoy this review nevertheless. I plan to model all the products in the future, but I was short on time since I had to move abroad for the semester. During the summer or the fall, I will definitely try to post more photos, so I hope you will continue to follow my blog. peaceFirst, take a look at these adorable red cat ears! I love stylized accessories, and this cute headband looks like cat ears, but in a unique aesthetic. The ears are full of lace, and there’s a cute bow and dangling charm on one ear. In addition, beads decorate this headband. The headband is in red too… my all-time favorite color!

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I love how creative this headband is! I’ve never thought about using hearts as the ears of a headband. This headband would be so perfect for a Valentine’s Day coordinate! The hearts are filled with lace, just as the cat ears are. The blue and pink bow is a delightful touch~! I think this whimsical headband would work well for both OTT sweet lolita and fairy kei.

focal Cute jumbo bows are my life… Seriously, I developed a love for over-sized bows when I first got into lolita fashion. I think this bow is adorable and could be easily used for lolita coordinates or for gyaru coordinates (or even just for fun if you’re wearing anything cute and/or dressy)! As you can see in the above photo, the bow’s width is basically the same as my head! It’s huge, and stands out. DSC_0101 All eyes will be on you if you wear this gorgeous bow~! The bow has a French clip backing, which is one of my favorite types of clips! It is easy to clip into thick hair and wigs. The double strings of faux pearls are a lovely touch. BeautyPlus_20150217203544_saveAs some of you may know, one of my all-time favorite patterns is red tartan! I just love the way it looks. No Time for Creativity sent me a pair of adorable red tartan bows that I decided to use for a casual closet cosplay of Igiko (Nyotalia England from Hetalia). They were the perfect touch to the pigtails~! What do you think of this closet cosplay? bowWhen I received this package from No Time for Creativity, the first thing I tried on was this pair of blue/green plaid bows. These little bows were a surprising find, but it worked out well because I have a shirt that is blue/green plaid. (I actually picked up this shirt for free forever ago at a yard sale… xD) barrettes In any case, the bow and the shirt matched well and I am pleased with this casual-cute look. The dangling beads add to the whimsical cuteness of these bows! gothic My favorite piece of all is probably this beautiful headdress. Black x Red is my favorite color combination, and I love how the headdress looks with the elegant black veil and dramatic splash of red roses. The headdress has a clip on the back, so it attaches very easily. It stays put too; I never had a problem with this accessory shifting about. This gothic accessory is perfect for a gothic lolita coordinate (especially a black/red one)! You may recognize this headdress from my blog post about Penny Dreads’ Miss Tea wig and my blog post about the Amethyst Ways necklace. The coat I am wearing in this photo is from Putumayo, and it was a lucky find from Lacemarket.

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Here is a brief note from Kathryn: “I would also like to say that shipping is free to anyone in the US, and I absolutely love custom orders. Easily 1/3 of my items have come from custom orders. I have found that all of my customers have a fun, creative side, and I want to help them express it.”

Free shipping is awesome, so if you live in the USA, please take advantage of this great deal! Feel free to submit custom orders to No Time for Creativity.

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Make sure to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more! Check out my Facebook album for No Time for Creativity accessories, and my Facebook album for the red tartan bows used for my Igiko cosplay. More photos will be added to the albums over time, so please like both my Facebook pages so you can see future photos. ^_^ Thanks so much for reading!

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Captain Miaow: Animal Ears, Tails, and Paws

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Captain Miaow is a super cute shop that you should all check out! They sell hair accessories, animal ears and tails and paws, clothing, and more. If you want to buy something from them, use the code “Alice” to get 10% off! Here is what Captain Miaow sponsored me: DSC_0002 Isn’t that a huge loot? I was surprised by the amount of items! So many cute animal accessories to try on~! Captain Miaow shipped the package via USPS Priority Mail: DSC_0001

This bubble mailer kept everything well-protected! No complaints with the shipping method or packaging.

Now, let’s take a look at all the adorable items Captain Miaow sent:

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Captain Miaow gave me an adorable pair of offwhite cat ears! These fluffy ears have pink lining and can be attached to a black headband, or attached directly to your hair or wig since each ear has a barrette at the bottom. The paws and tail look like a set! They’re both white in color, and the paws have adorable peachy-pink pads. They slip on like gloves, and your fingers can fit into the different paw fingers. The tail can attach to your clothes with an included safety pin, and there’s also an adorable bow that you can pin to the tail. The tail has wiring, so it can be curled and posed.

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This set is too cute for me to handle! The black ears have pink lining, and these ears come permanently attached to an adorable lacy maid headband. The headband has black bows on the sides, but you can also attach additional bows to them for decoration. The bows included in this set are these adorable twin bows with rose and pearl ornaments. I love the polka-dot ribbon used in these bows!

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These fox ears are perfect! I love the vibrant orange color with the brown tips. The ears can be attached directly to your hair or wig, or to the black headband. Each set of detachable ears came with its own headband, by the way. All of the black headbands look and feel the same; they are flexible and wrapped, and they are comfortable to wear.

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These white ears with light gray tips are so cute! They would work for cat ears, wolf ears, dog ears, or even fox ears! Any animal that could have white pointy ears could have these ears. After checking all of these animal ear products, I can vouch for their quality. All of the ears have no loose threads, and everything is well-stitched. I’m truly impressed by the quality of these animal accessories from Captain Miaow. I’m sure these ears will look great even after wearing them many times!

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Here are some additional bows that Captain Miaow included in the sponsored package! The top two bows can be clipped onto the sides of the ears, your clothes, or the cat tail. Honestly, you can use these bows to decorate just about anything! The bow with the ribbon would be the perfect choker necklace, but you can also tie it in your hair or wig. These bows are definitely very versatile accessories!

For my first look, I pinned two of the bows to the black maid kitty ears (one on each side), I wore the choker, I pinned an additional bow to the black bow on the apron, and I pinned the white tail onto my petticoat. I also wore the white paws for some of the photos, but it was difficult for me to take photos (since I was using the self-timer on my camera), so I could not wear the paws for all the photos.

DSC_0050I love the adorable choker! It was easy to tie around my neck and felt comfortable. And check out the super cute tail:

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Seriously, I love this tail so much! It’s easily posable. The bow was easy to pin onto the tail, and the tail was also easy to wear. I pinned the tail to my petticoat~!

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And here’s a photo of me wearing the fluffy paws:

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I love red foxes, so I was excited to see that Captain Miaow included a pair of fox ears. I’m glad they have brown tips too; I think the ears look better this way! The style of the ears definitely looks fox-like and you’ll be able to use these ears to complete a fox girl or fox demon costume.

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I was also excited to find the pair of white ears with gray tips in the package… I used these ears for a casual Jade Harley cosplay:

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Aren’t these ears perfect? I think they suit Jade so well! They’re great ears for my favorite space doggie. I look forward to using these ears next time I cosplay Jade Harley too!

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Click here to check out more photos featuring these adorable products from Captain Miaow! I also made a special album for the Jade Harley photos. Check out both albums for lots of photos; I will add more photos as time goes on. I hope you enjoyed this review! Remember that you can use the coupon code “Alice” to get 10% off your purchase! Definitely check out Captain Miaow if you’re looking for accessories to complete a costume, or to wear just for fun!

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Review: Sweet Pink Dreams

Sweet Pink Dreams sent me a package of lovely items! You should check out their shop for cute items~! They sell kawaii handmade accessories as well as new and pre-owned Japanese stationery. They even sell awesome false lashes!

The package I received in the mail looked like simple brown packaging, but when I opened the outer layer, I found a Priority Mail bubble mailer. Even though the outside layer got dirty during transit, the Priority Mail mailer was a clean inner layer that protected the contents well.

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Inside the Priority Mail package was another layer of protection: a cute plastic bag with a spider print!

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Here are the contents of the bag:

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The package included two jumbo puffy hair bows, two sets of eyelashes, one bat necklace, two sweets rings, and one twin-star brooch.

Here are the two sets of false lashes:
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They are both really cute! I love the designs~! I usually prefer dramatic spiky lashes over the simple one-length lashes.

Here are the rings:

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They’re both covered in a glaze of glitter! So they’re sparkly and shiny. I think they’re both cute jumbo rings that would work well with sweet lolita or fairy kei (or just casually when you want to add some cuteness to your outfit!).

Check out these cute accessories:

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They both remind me of cookies! The twin-star brooch has rhinestone details and an adorable string of pastel faux pearls. The bat pendant is a vibrant lime green and the necklace chain has miniature stone beads accenting the area near the pendant. Both the brooch and the necklace pendant are covered in glitter! The glitter didn’t shed too much, which is great; I think the glitter will stay on even if you wear the accessories for long periods of time.

Here is a photo of the two bows with flash:

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And without flash:

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The bows are both very puffy, and they feel soft, not hard. The clips in the back are sturdy and attached securely to the bows. I love these bows!

SweetPinkDreamsIf I had to choose my favorite item out of this lot, it would be the bow I wore for the above look. Take a look at Sweet Pink Dreams; I’m sure you’ll find things you like! Check out my Facebook album for photos of these products.

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Resting Petals: Hair Accessories

Resting Petals is a shop that has cute accessories and trinkets inspired by vintage fashion and J-Fashion styles such as mori girl and natural kei. They sent me some cute accessories for review, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

The package I received from Resting Petals was a nice USPS mailer: DSC_0037 Nothing was damaged, and everything was in mint condition. No flaws or loose threads in sight. Here is a photo of the products without flash: DSC_0038 And with flash: DSC_0040 Resting Petals also included a business card for me! The two bows have alligator clips attached to the backs. The brooch can be worn as a brooch or a hair clip; there’s both a pin and an alligator clip on the back. Here’s a photo of me modeling the brooch: edited And you may recognize the set of two pastel bows… I wore it with a super pastel outfit the other day: DSC_0095 You can see the bows holding my wig hair at the bottom! I tied hair elastics onto the wig first, and then clipped the bows to the elastics. DSC_0098 Aren’t these bows so cute? I’m not sure if the bows will stay in my real hair, since I usually need bows with French clips or alligator clips with strong teeth (my hair is very straight and very thick), but these bows work just fine with wigs like this one. editDefinitely check out Resting Petals for more adorable hair accessories! If you love their work, like their Facebook page too. Click here to see my photo album dedicated to Resting Petals. I hope you enjoyed the review!

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Red Sakura: Puffy Star Clip and Pink Bow

Red Sakura, a little shop with cute handmade accessories, sent me two items for review!

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Here is the package I got from them:

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It’s a basic bubble mailer. There was a small tear in the packaging, but the bubble lining kept the contents safe! Nothing inside was damaged, so I have no complaints. The two accessories were also wrapped in hot pink tissue paper!

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An adorable note was included, and a piece of Flower Kiss candy was taped to the note. I love Flower Kiss candy! It’s a hard candy that has a nice flavor and does not taste too sweet. I haven’t had one in a long time, so it was great to see one again.

Below is a photo of the accessories taken without flash:

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And here they are with flash:

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I love the cute mini bow that’s on the pink bow, and the puffy star clip features not one, but three, of these little mini bows. The pink bow has a French clip on the back to attach it to a wig or hair, and the puffy star clip has both a pin and a French clip on the back so you can wear it as a brooch or a hair accessory.

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I wore these accessories with my Rhapsody wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs and an OTT Sweet Lolita outfit. They would also be adorable with a fairy kei outfit! The pink bow would go well with a pink gyaru outfit too. The French clip backing is a smart choice because it can easily clip into thick wig fibers. The French clips are very secure, so the accessories don’t feel like they are slipping out. (Sometimes, alligator clips can be more slippery.)

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I really love these two cute hair accessories! You can also see these accessories in my blog post for Princess Dreaming.

Check out Red Sakura for more puffy hair clips, hair bows, and even bloomers! ^_^ Check out her personal blog here.

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Enter My First Giveaway: Cute Blippo Items

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Enter my first giveaway!

Hi, everyone! I am co-hosting a giveaway with the awesome kawaii webstore Blippo. You can read my review of Blippo items here!

You can also enter my giveaway through my Facebook pages, Xiao Li-Li and Alice in Lolitaland. Just click on the “Giveaway” tab! You can earn multiple entries by liking Facebook pages and more!

Good luck, everyone. Feel free to ask me any questions!

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Classical Puppets A-Line Petticoat Review!

And here comes the review. 🙂

I purchased this petticoat from the Taobao store Classical Puppets in the color white. When I opened up my Taobao package and saw the Classical Puppets petticoat squished into a plastic bag about 6 inches long, I thought to myself, Oh no… this can’t be good. It looks so… tiny. 

But I was in for a pleasant surprise! When I tore open the plastic packaging and took out the petticoat, the whole thing floofed out immediately. It was definitely a huge poofy fluff monster upon opening the package. I was rather intimidated to be honest, but also relieved that it wasn’t as tiny as it looked in the plastic bag.

Since it is an A-line petticoat, I assume it will look awkward with skirts meant for cupcake-shaped petticoats. However, I think the A-line petticoat is pretty versatile. (And if I need a cupcake petticoat, I think I’ll stick to layering the two cheap petticoats I already have. This method seemed to work for my past coord attempts. I don’t think I’ll be investing in another petticoat for a while.)

Last weekend, I had a friend snap some photos of me with and without the Classical Puppets petticoat to show the before and after effects. I apologize up front for the awkward and hasty coords (I didn’t have much time but knew I would have even less time as the month trudged on, so I quickly threw on clothes for the purpose of this review). I did not wear any makeup and I didn’t style my hair, oops.

Here is an example of a skirt (light fabric; I think it’s chiffon with lining) without a petticoat:

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And here I am with the Classical Puppets A-Line petticoat:

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I also tried on a heavy JSK to see if the petticoat would still provide a nice poof for the silhouette.

Here is a picture of me wearing a heavy velvet JSK without a petticoat:

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And here is the JSK with the Classical Puppets petticoat:

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I really love the look! The petticoat still poofs out nicely in an A-line shape despite the heavy velvet fabric. I think this petticoat will be a nice versatile one. 🙂 I might experiment with layering in the future to see if I can use this petticoat with a light shorter one on top to simulate a cupcake shape. For now though, I’m really happy with this petticoat all on its own. It’s really poofy, and I am currently storing it stuffed into a bag. But I take it out to check on it sometimes, and it poofs out again naturally. I don’t know why it does that, but I’m not going to complain. ^-^

OVERALL REVIEW: 5/5 – Comfy elastic waistband, many layers of fluff, soft fabric, great poof, retains shape very well, great construction

All in all, I’m really happy with this new petticoat! If anyone has any questions about this petticoat, my Taobao experience, or my Lolita coords, feel free to ask me!

I really hope I can build up my Lolita wardrobe to the point where I can wear it often. (My dream is to be able to wear Lolita fashion every day. ❤ I love it so much!) At the moment, my goal is to dress in Lolita fashion at least once a month, even if it is just a casual coord. It’s difficult at the moment though, due to long classes and Kpop dance rehearsals. But I’ll find a way, at least once a month! (Once a month is not often at all either… So I’m sure I can do this.)

Thank you for reading. ❤