LBC: Favorite Taobao Shops & Pieces

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Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done Lolita Blog Carnival, but I’m back and I hope to participate more often. ❤

This week, the prompt is Favorite Taobao Shops & Pieces. First, I’ll share my Taobao dream dress! I hope I can own this print someday…

Dream Dress

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This is the Jardin de Versailles series from Chess Story. Chess Story is one of my favorite Taobao shops! I love this print in all of the colorways, but my favorite one is definitely in the red colorway. I love the look of the shiny gold on red!

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I love every item in this series, but my favorite is a tie between the OP and the JSK. I can’t decide which one I like better… I hope I can find at least one of them at some point, at a reasonable price. I only want to buy the red colorway, since it’s my favorite one, but if I find the black or the white at a great price, I may purchase it (since I would rather have one from this series if I have the chance, rather than none at all).

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This OP is so elegant and beautiful! I could stare at the photos all day. I really hope I can find this dress someday and add it to my wardrobe… Preferably in the red colorway!

Favorite Piece in my Wardrobe

But now, I should talk about my favorite Taobao piece that I own! And guess what? It’s a JSK from Chess Story!

tumblr_nd5uxhBZrN1sv3vjto4_500This is the Name of Rose JSK! I adore the vertical stripes and the printed red roses on this JSK. The cut is also very flattering! I think this JSK is the one that’s most flattering on me. The length is also perfect! It is comfortable to wear, and it is easy to coordinate.

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There is also a colorway with blue roses, but I prefer this red rose one because red is my favorite color! (I know, I’m biased toward red all the time…) I’ve worn this JSK both in lolita coordinates and as a casual dress (without the petticoat). It’s a really versatile piece!

A Lolita Staple

Besides Taobao lolita dresses, I have to mention another favorite Taobao piece, and this one is a staple: petticoats! My favorite petticoats are from the Taobao brand Classical Puppets. To be honest, before I purchased my first Classical Puppets petticoat, the only petticoats I owned were lame Halloween ones (and I had one square dancing petticoat, but it’s not very full). I own two Classical Puppets petticoat: one A-line and one bell-shaped. The first one I purchased was the A-Line one, and you can read my review for it here! (Wow that review was from over 2 years ago. I didn’t realize I had been blogging for that long.)

These are both photos of the poof produced by the A-Line petticoat:

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As you can see, it gives a really nice shape to the skirts, even to the heavy velvet fabric (top photo).

Do you have a favorite Taobao shop? A favorite Taobao piece? I would love to hear about your favorites!

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

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MapleLens: Princess Mimi Apple Green Circle Lenses

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MapleLens sponsored me this lovely pair of contact lenses. It came in my prescription, which is great, since I am very near-sighted. With these lenses, I could see clearly!

Here is how MapleLens packaged the circle lenses:

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They shipped it out in a FedEx bubble mailer. The package was not ripped or damaged from the shipping process. Inside the mailer, MapleLens packaged the lenses and free lens case inside an additional bubble wrap for added protection. The lenses were also nestled inside a white box. They took many precautions to ensure the safe delivery of their product. The lens case is super cute too!

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Checking the vials for the circle lenses, I confirmed that these are authentic circle lenses. They are not bootlegs! So these are definitely safe to use. MapleLens also included instructions for their circle lenses, which not many circle lens providers do. I think all circle lens providers should ship out instructions with their lenses to remind users of safety precautions!

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Remember that you should always see an eye doctor before deciding whether or not contact lenses are right for you! I used to only wear glasses until I saw an eye doctor for a contact lens fitting. Also, when you use circle lenses, you need to take good care of them to ensure safety for your eyes. Make sure you clean your lenses well and use an appropriate contact lens solution. And this is very important: make sure your hands are clean when you handle your contact lenses!

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For this sponsored review, I wore these lenses twice. Each time, I wore the lenses for a full day so I can accurately review the comfort of the lenses. The first time I wore these circle lenses was for my lolita coordinate. You may recognize this coord from my last review for TeaCupCastle. These green circle lenses give wonderful enlargement and vibrant color without it looking too fake. The green is not a neon green but a rich deep forest green. The lenses have different colored tones, such as a bit of yellow at the inner ring, which adds lovely depth to the eyes. In my opinion, the lenses’ design is very aesthetically pleasing! I love the solid black edge with the scalloped inner edge. The clear opening in the center of the lenses is large enough so I cannot see the lenses’ colored parts at all when I look around, even if I glance to my extreme right or extreme left. My vision always remains crisp and clear!

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The second time I wore these circle lenses was for a local Homestuck cosplay meetup. I cosplayed the genderbent version of Jake English, which I haven’t cosplayed in years! I am so happy to revamp this cosplay and bring it back.

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Photo Credit: Reign Ave Photography

Last time I cosplayed Jake, I used my real hair… but since I chopped my hair short and dyed it over the summer, I can’t use my real hair for Jake (or for Jade either) anymore. I hastily trimmed and styled a plain black wig for this cosplay, and I like how it turned out! I might use this wig for Jade Harley in the future too. I know I’ll definitely use these lovely Apple Green circle lenses for Jade as well as for Jake!

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Photo Credit: Reign Ave Photography

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆☆ Love the design of these lenses! They’re so pretty.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆☆ Fantastic enlargement! Perfect for a dolly look.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ Love the green color~!

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are super comfy! I can wear them all day without using eyedrops. And I have sensitive eyes!

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

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I am very pleased with these lenses from MapleLens! You should definitely check them out. They respond to emails promptly as well, and I never had a problem communicating with them. Remember, you can use the coupon code “MapleLens” for 10% off your order! Feel free to ask me if you have any questions. If you want to ask a question anonymously, I have an Ask.FM account.tumblr_inline_nacqk49jsi1qcxhi7Use the coupon code “MapleLens” for 10% off your order!

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Friday’s Coord

Friday's Coord

Sorry about the really bad photo… but I don’t have any proper photos of this coord (yet). One of my friends did a photoshoot for me in this coord, but she hasn’t developed the pictures yet. So here’s the horrid photo I took in the mirror. XD

Today I did another Lolita coord (Wow, two coords in one weekend!) and I’ll upload some pics when I have time. ❤ I'm currently still wearing the coord and working on papers. Being in Lolita fashion makes the tremendous amount of homework a bit more bearable. XD