[Review] Alicorn Dream: Kawaii Accessories

Alicorn Dream sponsored a package of kawaii hair goodies~! First, I’ll go over the packaging. Here is the box I received:

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I thought the little decorative touches were adorable! It was around Christmastime, so Ariella (owner of Alicorn Dream) added a red bow and a little note to the box.

Inside the box, everything was packed in a cute pouch, with a layer of bubble wrap on top.

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The pouch would be great as a reusable bag to store little trinkets!

Isn’t it so cute?

Most of the items arrived without any issues. I didn’t know what I was receiving, so the contents of the box were total surprises!

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Here is a list of the items I got:

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There is a string of faux pearls that fell off from something. I am not sure what it fell off from, but it’s not a big deal since I didn’t notice any of the pieces were broken.

These handmade items are all really cute, and I’m pleased with them. They’re pretty easy to style as well! I do have a suggestion for Alicorn Dream: in the future, double check your products before sending them out! I found some strings of glue on some of the items that I had to peel off. It would be great to remove any stray glue pieces before sending out your products to ensure a distraction-free reception.

Now, onto the product styling!

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My favorite item in this set was this hair corsage! (I’m biased though; red is my favorite color.)

I styled it in a lolita coordinate featuring my favorite Angelic Pretty OP, Candy Fun Fair!

You can check out the coordinate rundown here.

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I styled this headband with the dress I got from FashionKawaii. The flower (with the pink and green color accents) matches the dress perfectly! The headband is also comfortable to wear; it’s not too tight around my head (even with a wig on) like some headbands.

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Above, you can see this adorable hair accessory. It’s on a French clip, and it’s easy to clip into your wig or your real hair. I love the style of the faux rose; it almost looks like a mini crown, especially with the way it sits on the clip. Around the edges of the clip are little bows, hearts, and flowers. There’s a string of pearls on one side as well! This hair accessory is both elegant and whimsical.

I borrowed this pink cutsew from my friend Grace, so I didn’t want to pin the brooch to it since the cutsew does not belong to me. However, this brooch would be super cute with this pastel cutsew! It would also go well with a more muted or dark color scheme, such as beige and white or black and white. I believe that this brooch is really versatile!

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The above barrette is also a whimsical and versatile piece that has lots of cute tiny details. I love the little flowers and bow and the blue ribbon background for them. This barrette would go well with many outfits, both casual ones and over-the-top ones.

Thank you for reading! Check out this Facebook album for more photos of the pieces from Alicorn Dream. I may add more photos to this Facebook album soon, so stay tuned! If you have any questions about these accessories, do not hesitate to ask me or Alicorn Dream. The artist behind Alicorn Dream is super nice, and she also responds in a timely manner. I wish you all a great week!

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LBC: How Will I Change My Wardrobe?

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This week’s prompt for Lolita Blog Carnival is: What Changes Will You Make For Your Wardrobe In The New Year? 

Hmmm… Let’s think! In January, I would like to go through my wardrobe and sell pieces that I no longer like or I never wear. There are actually a few pieces I have never worn (or haven’t worn in a very long time), but I still want to hang onto because I know I would still like to wear them. I haven’t been able to wear lolita that much this year since I studied abroad in the spring (and couldn’t bring any lolita with me), and I had a busy summer with an internship, and this semester has been brutal. I should go through my wardrobe in January and seriously think about what I want to keep and what I would be better off selling.

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I am still debating whether or not I want to leave sweet lolita… I still really love sweet lolita, but I notice that I feel awkward if I wear it alone. If I am honest with myself, I would say that I only feel comfortable wearing OTT sweet lolita if I’m with other lolitas or if I’m at a convention. I still love sweet lolita though, so I’m not sure if I want to leave it, but I might try to sell some of them. I have the most sweet lolita accessories though… so I’m not sure what to do with those. Maybe I could sell them in lots? Or keep them to wear casually? (Although some of them are difficult to wear casually since they’re so over-the-top!) Now that I’m writing this now, I think I would like to hang onto sweet lolita a bit longer. Maybe I can leave sweet lolita in a year… or a few years? I’m always so indecisive since, to be honest, I love all the substyles of lolita!

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As for what to add to my wardrobe… I really want a stiff bonnet of my own! The only bonnet I own at the moment is a floppy small red-and-white gingham half-bonnet. I would really like a nice stiff bonnet with a big brim! I want one in black, so that’s my next goal for a wardrobe addition.

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LBC: Your First Impression Of Lolita Versus Now

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This week’s prompt for Lolita Blog Carnival is a fun one:
Your First Impression Of Lolita Versus Now!

To be honest, I can’t quite remember my first impression of lolita… It was a really long time ago. It was probably when I was 13 or 14 years old? I was definitely in middle school at the time.

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I stumbled upon a Gothic & Lolita Bible one day in a bookstore, and that’s how I discovered lolita fashion. I’m not exactly sure of my first thoughts about the fashion, but I think my initial impression was lolita as an over-the-top and absolutely beautiful aesthetic. I did not know the term “alternative fashion” at the time, so I am pretty sure that in my mind, I thought of lolita as – gasp – a costume. It was definitely outside the mainstream, and even though I loved the style, I couldn’t imagine people wearing it on a daily basis.

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In addition to this, I think my understanding of the fashion was simply in terms of “Gothic Lolita” versus “Sweet Lolita.” I knew about “Old School Lolita,” with its rectangular headdresses and eyelet lace and all, but I wasn’t quite sure about other styles that fit into lolita. I also had little to no knowledge of other J-fashions.

When I became interested in learning more about lolita fashion, I purchased my first Gothic & Lolita Bible! This is the one I got:

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It’s Volume 4 of the English language publication by TokyoPop. I still have this book on my shelf at home! After reading through this book, I was hungry for more, so I started to look for places on the Internet where I could see more examples of the fashion. At first, I had no idea where to start and was quite clueless. In high school, I discovered the EGL community on Livejournal, and that was really helpful! At first, I felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information (and especially: the rules!). Eventually, I felt more and more comfortable with the fashion style, but I still admired from afar since I wasn’t sure how I could afford anything lolita.

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Now, my impression of lolita is very different! I learned about other alternative fashion styles since my first encounter with lolita, and I now understand that lolita is not a costume. It’s a fashion style: with its trends, its “popular” brands, its indie brands, its sub-styles, and its quirks. There are people who wear lolita everyday, there are people who wear lolita every week, and there are people who wear lolita once in a while – and all of these are totally acceptable. Lolitas also don’t have a “type.” You don’t have to be “ladylike” to be a lolita. Your gender and gender presentation does not correlate with your ability to dress in lolita. There are lolitas of all personalities too! There’s a great deal of diversity within the lolita communities, both online and offline, and I think that’s one thing I’ve enjoyed most by learning more about lolita fashion.

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There’s one last discovery I would like to share about lolita: lolita fashion in its simplest form is clothing and accessories that people coordinate together to form cohesive outfits. But in the end, lolita clothing is just clothing. You don’t have to wear the clothing pieces as lolita. For example, it’s easy to wear a dress from a lolita brand without a petticoat and pull off otome style. The same goes for the reverse (I’ve used an otome dress for lolita before). If you have a lolita headdress, that doesn’t mean you have to use it exclusively for lolita. It could go well with another outfit too!

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