LBC: How I’ve Changed In Lolita Over The Last Year

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How have I changed in lolita during 2014…? I’m not quite sure at the moment, but let’s take a look at my style throughout the year.

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On New Year’s Eve (technically 2013, I suppose), I wore a sweet lolita coordinate with a pastel wig. At the beginning of 2014, it seemed like I was really into sweet lolita. I even incorporated sweet lolita into my cosplays! In mid-January, I cosplayed as Jade Harley (Homestuck) in a sweet lolita coordinate.

But, also in January, I tried out a gothic coordinate:

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I wore this coordinate to a local swap meet! The lolita inspiration for cosplay came back again later in January, also for a Homestuck cosplay… I cosplayed as Aradia Megido in a gothic lolita-inspired coordinate. At the beginning of 2014, I was so obsessed with lolita that it snuck into my cosplays!

In February, I also tried the gothic look again:

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Now, let’s fast-forward to summertime (or at least warmer weather)!

For my friend Ashley’s graduation, I wore lots of lolita!

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Looking at these photos, you can see one gothic coord, but the other two lean more toward sweet lolita. If you look at what I wore during the summer, it looks like sweet was more common than other styles.

I wore sweet lolita as my chosen coordinate for my first Anime Expo, AX 2014. Lots of pink and red! When my friend Terry and I went to Little Tokyo, I wore a red sweet lolita bodyline JSK (Cinderella Bunny):

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(This is a bit random, but I just realized I should write a blog post about that California trip that Terry and I took… It was my first time in California!)

When I went to the Tokyo Rebel/BTSSB grand opening in New York City, I also chose to wear sweet lolita.

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I honestly did not even realize how much I wore sweet until I took a look through my photos in order… Wow.

In the fall though, gothic (and maybe even hints of classic?) became more common! At the first local meetup of the fall semester, a fun little picnic, I wore one of my favorite JSKs.

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At RuffleCon, I wore mostly dark-colored things. On Day 1, I wore my Chantilly OP. On Day 2, I wore an AATP JSK and Elpress-L bonnet, borrowed from Erica. (I wish I owned that bonnet, but alas…) And of course, I wore my comfy mary-janes the whole weekend.

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For my birthday, I attempted shiro lolita for the first time!

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When I visited my friend Ashley in NYC, I wore dark colors again. We went to meet Akira at Tokyo Rebel, and that was an amazing experience! Here’s a photo of us:

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As you can see,our coordinates are almost opposites! I had a lot of fun pulling together this outfit. (Red and black is my favorite color combo… and I love gold accents!) I love that Angelic Pretty skirt I snagged from Mbok!~ (Check out my guide to Mbok if you haven’t seen it yet.)

Before leaving NYC, I wanted to wear one more lolita coordinate! So, I decided to try my hand at a hime-inspired coordinate.

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My last coordinate of 2014 was from International Lolita Day. I went to Boston for a lovely tea party, and I felt like a princess in my outfit!

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It’s my only Innocent World JSK, and I absolutely adore it! I’m really happy with how this coordinate turned out. But now that I’m thinking about it… Did I change much over the past year? I think my style has become more mature, but I’m not exactly sure. I still like sweet lolita a lot, so even though I haven’t worn it out as much as I did at the beginning of the year, that does not mean I am leaving sweet lolita. To be honest, I do feel less confident in sweet lolita than I do in other styles. When I wore sweet lolita in the fall, it was for sponsorship photos. After taking the photos, I changed out of the coordinate and into casual clothes. Although, I remember I had lots of dance rehearsals at that time, and I cannot wear lolita to dance. Maybe that’s why there were slight changes in the fall and winter.

As for changes in my wardrobe, I think I’ve acquired more brand this year! I used to only have Bodyline and handmade/offbrand pieces. And then I got some Taobao things… And over the past year, I’ve added more Japanese brand pieces to my collection!

What do you think? Can you see any changes in my style from the beginning of 2014 to the end of 2014?

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KLensPop: New Bio Julia in Black

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I am really excited to review these awesome circle lenses from KLensPop: New Bio Julia lenses in Black. Here is the info from the website:

Brand: NEW BIO
Diameter: 14.0mm
Graphic Diameter: 13.6mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 year (Max)
Country of origin: South Korea
Price Includes: 1 PAIR (2 pcs) + BONUS CASE

The lenses were shipped to me promptly, and I have no complaints about the time it took to arrive here:

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KLensPop mailed the package via Korea Post, and the cardboard box was very secure. Inside the cardboard box, everything was wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap.

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Inside the bubble wrap was this adorable little box! I love KLensPop’s packaging. There was even illustrated instructions for the care of contact lenses on the back of the box.

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Above, you can see what was inside the box. Everything was packaged neatly inside a ziploc bag. The circle lenses come with a contact lens case (color-coded for left and right), and a pair of contact lens tweezers. I don’t use tweezers since I use my fingers, but if you want to use a tool like this, the option is available.

DSC_0007This is my first time trying circle lenses from the Korean brand New Bio, by the way! Now, onto the review for these lenses from KLensPop. ^_^

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These black circle lenses do enlarge my eyes, but the enlargement is very natural. I don’t think people will stare at my eyes skeptically; if I wore these lenses at home, I honestly don’t think my grandparents will freak out like they normally do when I wear circle lenses. Since the enlargement is natural, these circle lenses look great with toned-down makeup. I did not wear any false lashes for this makeup look! I only used eyeshadow, black liquid eyeliner, white pencil eyeliner, and mascara for the eye makeup.

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These are in my prescription too, which is wonderful! You should check their website; they probably have your prescription as well.

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Now, for my circle lens ratings!

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆ This design is simple but definitely fits in the natural aesthetic. It looks lovely! I like how it gives my eyes a gray tinge in certain lighting and eye positions, due to the sheer-colored black parts on the inner section of the lenses.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆ These give slight enlargement, but they are not too noticeable. If you compare these photos to photos of me without circle lenses, you’ll see that my real eye are, in fact, smaller. These lenses would be perfect for a natural look! If you are interested in wearing circle lenses, but are scared to try them because they are so large, you should start off with these lenses! They would be a great pair of circle lenses for someone to start out with.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ It’s definitely a black color! The outside is black, but it is more sheer toward the inside. I have dark-colored eyes, but I’m sure it will darken light eyes too. Since the black ring is only on the outside and fades toward the inside, they would look really cool if you have light colored eyes~!

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are extremely comfortable! I wore these lenses to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and they never bothered me, even when watching the movie in 3D. I never had to use eyedrops. I am definitely interested in trying other circle lenses from this brand!

(☆ = 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 encourage you to check out KLensPop! They are a great circle lens retailer. If you’re interested in buying the above lenses, you can find them here: New Bio Julia lenses in Black. ❀❀❀ Use coupon code “WDK6RW1D” for 10% off your order! (Use code by May 31, 2015) ❀❀❀

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I hope you enjoyed reading my review! Feel free to ask me any questions. ❧

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LBC: Personal Lolita Goals For 2015

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Personal Lolita Goals For 2015

  1. Join the Lolita Blog Carnival more often! I feel like I did not write that many posts this year because I’ve been so busy with academics.
  2. And this point relates to the previous one: Blog more on WordPress in general. I feel like my posts lately have only been either review posts or Lolita Blog Carnival posts. I hope I can blog more, without the need for prompts. Maybe I can write more about my personal thoughts or blog about events I attend! I also want to expand my reviews. Maybe I’ll review makeup products! If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
  3. Take more photos of casual coordinates! I rarely take photos of my casual lolita coords. I want to show that I do wear lolita casually sometimes, and in these cases, I don’t wear makeup (or I just wear minimal makeup) and I don’t wear wigs. I don’t really style my hair, and honestly, I never did even when I had long hair. I have to admit: I’m lazy when it comes to my real hair! I usually wear a hair accessory when I wear casual lolita, even if it’s just a small bow or a cute barrette.
  4. Take some lolita fashion risks. I really want to try punk lolita, for example. I am scared to try, but I want to go ahead and do it at some point! I also want to take more lolita risks in styles I already wear. Maybe wear a winter scarf and winter gloves with a coordinate. Or layer on different sweaters for a Mori-inspired lolita look.
  5. Make videos for YouTube. I have a YouTube channel, but there are only two videos on there at the moment. And they are both a year old. …So I should really try to upload new videos. Maybe I can make a wardrobe video post? Or show off details from some favorite lolita pieces? We’ll see.

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Sparkling girl, Classical dollDiary of a Gothic Lolita, Lolita Glamour,

Geisha Baby, Oh Tralala

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PinkyParadise: Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown

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PinkyParadise sent me these cute prescription circle lenses: Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown. Here is the information about these lenses from their website:

Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 year disposal

If you buy something from PinkyParadise, use the coupon code “xiaorawr” to get free mystery gifts and cute lens cases! PinkyParadise shipped out these lenses with no problem at all. They marked the package as “Gift,” so there were no problems with customs.

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DSC_0009_Fotor_CollageThey had my prescription in stock, which is wonderful! Some lenses don’t have the same increments in prescriptions, but my prescription is a bit odd. My left eye is -3.75 but my right eye is -3.50 right now. If you check out Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown‘s available prescriptions, you’ll see that they have a huge range!

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PinkyParadise always gives out cute contact lens cases with lens purchases. For these lenses, I got a cute purple fish lens case! I love how adorable these look. I soaked the lenses in my multipurpose lens solution overnight before wearing them for the first time. If anyone is curious, the lens solution I use is the Walgreens Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution. It’s affordable and works really well; I’ve been using it ever since I wore my first contact lenses.

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Now, for my circle lens ratings!

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆ This design is really pretty! The space for your pupils is also large, so your pupils will look bigger.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆ Great enlargement! They definitely enlarge your eyes, but they don’t make your eyes look as huge as some other circle lenses. There is no black limbal ring. I think these lenses would look lovely with casual makeup looks (without any false lashes or dramatic eyeliner) because they are fairly realistic.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ Love the rich brown on the outside and yellow on the inside. It’s very cute! The brown looks orange in some lightings.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are very comfortable! I can wear them all day without using eyedrops; they do not dry my eyes out. Of course, you should only wear the lenses for the recommended amount of time. I usually try to wear my lenses for less than 6 hours.

(☆ = 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 think I will use these lenses next time I cosplay Hinata from Haikyuu!! … >w<

I hope you enjoyed reading my review! If you’re interested in buying these lenses, find them here: Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown. If you make a purchase from PinkyParadise, use the coupon code “xiaorawr” to get free mystery gifts and cute lens cases! They have cute animal lens cases as well as macaron lens cases.

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Silly Sweet Shop: Jewelry

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Silly Sweet Shop sent me an awesome package of sweet treats! 😀 Sweet wearable treats, I mean!~

They mailed it in a bubble mailer like this:

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Inside, they left a sweet note on cute stationery, and they also included their business card! I love their business card design; it definitely shows off their style.

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All their products were safely tucked away in the bubble wrap. When I ripped off the tape securing the bubble wrap and unfolded the package, I was pleasantly surprised to find adorable packaging! The two necklaces were in a drawstring pouch, and the bow and ring were in a cute plastic baggie that said “Handmade for you.” I’m saving this bag; it’s so cute!

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In this package, I got a pink macaron necklace, a waffle bowl ice cream necklace, a pink drippy chocolate-and-sprinkles bow, and a bear drippy chocolate-and-sprinkles cookie ring. All of these items are super cute and have lovely detail! Both necklaces have a lobster clasp, which is my favorite type of clasp. I find it much easier to use than the spring ring clasp, and I always appreciate artisans who use the lobster clasp for their jewelry pieces.

Here are some individual shots of the items:

itemsI truly love ALL of these jewelry pieces! It is difficult to choose a favorite, but if I really had to choose, I would pick the waffle bowl ice cream necklace as my favorite piece. The detail in this sweets pendant is impeccable.

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The waffle bowl looks realistic, the fudge looks perfectly chocolatey, and the cherry on top is an adorable touch. Red is my all-time favorite color, so I love seeing red cherries! The red really pops against the brown chocolate fudge.

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For my styling photos, you may recognize the coordinates from this previous review. Since I am a full-time college student (who also works two part-time jobs), I’m extremely busy. I do not have much time to dress up anymore, and I definitely don’t have time for many photoshoots alongside my studies. I tried to work different pieces together when I did these outfits. I think the different elements go well together, thank goodness!

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The detail on this bow is amazing! The chocolate actually does look drippy, and the entire bow is well-constructed.

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The chocolate and sprinkles are not loose. This is a very cute bow that can be worn for OTT coordinates as well as casual wear!

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macaronI also want to talk about this adorable macaron necklace! As you may already know, I loveloveLOVE macarons!

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I felt really cute when I wore this necklace! I want to start a macaron jewelry collection now… Macarons are delicious, but also look super cute as accessory motifs. ❤

And of course, I cannot leave out the adorable cookie ring:

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This ring is a great size: it’s big enough to be easily noticeable, but it’s not too bulky. It’s very comfortable to wear, and the ring band is adjustable!

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Here is a message from the owner of Silly Sweet Shop: “I have been a clay sculptor and crafter for six years now. I love JFashion very much, so much that I wanted to base my brand on Japanese pop culture fashion. I travel to many conventions selling my items, I love to bring joy and spread the word about how great JFashion can be.”

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I hope you enjoyed reading my review! Please check out Silly Sweet Shop; I am sure you’ll find items to fall in love with. Here are links to the items in this post: Chocolate Sprinkle Hair BowCoco Bear Cookie RingWaffle Bowl Sundae NecklaceStrawberry Macaron Necklace. Silly Sweet Shop now has an Etsy store as well, so check that out too!

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LBC: A Coord Inspired by Your Favorite Novel

This week on Lolita Blog Carnival, I will be sharing a coordinate inspired by my favorite novel! I love reading, so it’s very difficult for me to choose my favorite novel, but I will pick one. Hmm… I’ll pick something real horrorshow!~

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What first comes to mind is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess because I have read this novel numerous times, and it never ceases to entertain me. It is thought-provoking, clever, heart-wrenching, and beautifully written. Every time I read it, I notice something different. Perhaps this is because I am a different person each time I read it? The first time I read it, I was thirteen or fourteen. I read it several times after that, and I read it for class in my senior year of high school. I have fond memories of my final project for AP English; my research project was on Nadsat!

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I tried to emulate Alex’s manner of dress, using a white blouse and dress. I also chose more punk-looking shoes … hardcore shoes that look good for all the bezoomy fun that Alex and his droogs engage in. The cane with the skull head would be a stylish weapon that Alex could tolchock with! And of course, Alex’s signature bowler hat (sweetened up a bit with a pretty ribbon and bow). I also added a clockwork necklace and ring to the coordinate because I do think that the idea of a “clockwork orange” in the title is important in understanding the primary theme of the book. Even though Alex does not wear clockwork items, I wanted to add clockwork motifs into the coordinate as a window into the debate regarding human nature and human will.
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A Heart’s Sound //

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LemonyLemon: Rings

LemonyLemon, an Etsy store run by Emma Lehmann, was kind enough to sponsor a batch of adorable rings!

Emma mailed me a package via International AirMail. This bubble mailer kept all the rings safe during their international travel!

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Here is the bundle I found inside the mailer:

DSC_2167_Fotor_Collage As you can see, the bubble wrap and plastic bag keep all the rings in one place. Emma said you can use the coupon code “ALICE15” when you shop at LemonyLemon~! Don’t miss out on this great deal. Anyone is welcome to use this code.

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I was very pleased with the care Emma took to wrap her products. Each individual ring was wrapped in tissue paper. This is the first time I have seen someone do this! Nothing came damaged.

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These rings are so colorful and each piece is unique! The pastel rings would be perfect for sweet lolita and fairy kei, and the gold rose ring would be lovely for gothic lolita and classic lolita. I love the details on the cookie rings! These rings would also look super cute with casual wear.

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Now, onto how I styled these rings… I chose a few pastel rings to wear with a sweet lolita coordinate.

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The pastel rings, especially the sweets rings, match the OTT sweet lolita aesthetic so well~! I really love the rings’ combination of pastel colors and bold colors. The pink bow ring has a really cute purple detailed band that makes it stand out. I think that one is one of my favorite rings!

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All of the rings are adjustable, which is great. You can bend the bands to fit your fingers. My fibers are really skinny, so unfortunately, most of the rings were loose. They fit on my thumbs, but I don’t like wearing rings on my thumbs. Wearing them on my other fingers was fine; I just had to be careful. If I waved my hand too enthusiastically, the rings would fly off. But these rings are really sturdy! When the rings fell off and hit the ground, they didn’t break.

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I am really impressed by how well-crafted these rings are. I was really scared that they would break after smashing into the ground, but everything was in tact and the band was easy to bend back into a circle.

I used the gold rose ring as part of my Saturday coordinate for RuffleCon:

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I already had a black rose ring from Forever21, so the gold rose ring was a lovely addition to my coord. I love the cute band on this gold ring!~ It’s in the same style as the pink bow ring.

Today, I decided to wear the remaining three LemonyLemon rings that I had not used in a coordinate yet. Instead of lolita fashion, I decided to try something different! I wanted something fun and more casual, but still cute. I also tried something new with my makeup.

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Check out how cute this bunny ring is:

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If you love these rings, please check out LemonyLemon! They also have hair bows, fake nails, and more. Remember you can use the coupon code “ALICE15” for 15% off!

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I hope you found this post helpful!

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Here is some extra info that Emma would like me to share with you all:

“I can do custom orders for nails and some accessories (I’ve done a few custom orders, such as 3D nails, a hair ribbon in a different colour, and earrings in different colour combos), so requests are always welcome. There’s not really an interesting back-story unfortunately, I started off doing nails as a hobby and people really liked them so I started up an Etsy store, which then eventually led to making clay charms, hair accessories, and some deco-den type of items. Things are just a tad slow at the moment due to my personal life, but I’m hoping to get more time in the near future to make more items and refurbish my store (ie. New logo and such).”

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LBC: A Comfy Lolita Outfit

This week’s Lolita Blog Carnival theme is… A COMFY LOLITA OUTFIT! I haven’t had time to participate in LBC lately, so I am glad I’m finally joining in again!

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I will share some of my comfiest lolita coordinates with you. For me, things that are stretchy are more comfortable because it allows for more free movement. I especially love dresses and skirts with generous shirring because I can eat lots of food and not feel like I am going to rip my clothes. My stomach expands when I eat, and in the past, buttons have flown off my skirts from eating too much. It is always really embarrassing when that happens… I’ve also resorted to partially unzipping skirts or dresses before feasting, and covering the unzipped part with a cardigan or bolero. (What can I say; I am quite the glutton!)

saturday I wore the above coordinate on RuffleCon Day One. This Chantilly Phantom Merry-Go-Round dress is super comfy due to its generous shirring. It’s super stretchy, so I never felt restricted. It did not feel tight anywhere, and this outfit was comfy to sit down as well as to run around in. I always favor comfortable lolita shoes, like these wedge mary-janes!

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This coordinate was a nice casual one from this summer. No wig means less summer heat, and it also means less itchiness. The shoes are unfortunately cut off in the above photo… I asked my mom to take a photo, and I didn’t check my camera until the next day. I was wearing my black mary-jane flats with this outfit, which have built-in arch supports, so they are super comfortable! I usually have to put my orthotic inserts into my shoes because I have flat feet and suffer from a joint disease. Chronic pain still happens, but that’s something I can’t change. Besides the shoes, this Bodyline JSK is super comfortable. It has full shirring, all around the bodice of the dress. The blouse is from Forever21, and it’s really easy to wear and clean.

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This skirt has partial shirring, and even though I prefer full shirring, this skirt is still comfortable. It is not as tight as my other partially shirred skirts. The cotton cutsew is super stretchy, which is wonderful. I love this wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs too! It’s not itchy at all and it’s not too tight or too loose. This wig is one of the comfiest ones I own!

DSCN6137 Ah yes, another dress with generous shirring. I wore this coordinate on Christmas Eve 2013! This Putumayo OP is a wonderful dress to wear because it’s light and very comfortable. It still looks pretty formal even though it feels as comfortable as a casual dress. And I am wearing those super-comfy wedge mary-janes again. I wear these shoes a lot because they’re so comfortable and they also add some height.

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

My Little Gothic Bubble // A Heart’s Sound // Little Coffee Shop // Sweet Indeed // Breiðholt

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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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Sugar Pop Party Shop: Jewelry Review

Sugar Pop Party Shop gave me some jewelry to review. I chose two necklaces and a ring, but the shop also threw in two cute bracelets as freebies for me. Check them out on Etsy and Storenvy!

Now first things first: let’s talk about the package! 

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The package I received was a sturdy bubble mailer. There were no rips or tears, and the package was easy to open. Good choice in packaging, Sugar Pop Party Shop! 

DSC_2173Inside the package was a cute sheer drawstring bag… filled with goodies! You can see the two freebie bracelets right there on the outside, and then there’s also a pink box and a blue drawstring bag.

Here are the contents of the bag:

DSC_2175Jamie, the owner of Sugar Pop Party Shop, even included a sheet of Disney Princess stickers! There is one thing missing from this photo though: the glitter Kawaii necklace. Here is the story: Even though the necklace was packaged in the pink box, it somehow got damaged during shipping.

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The necklace’s pendant, the drippy “Kawaii” text, snapped in half. I emailed Jamie immediately to let her know that the necklace was damaged, and she responded quickly and said she would ship out a replacement. Jamie also assured me that she always replaces any item lost or damaged during shipping, so you can rest assured that Sugar Pop Party Shop will take care of any damaged items you receive.

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I received the replacement necklace in a timely manner and was very pleased! It was completely intact and I have no complaints. The necklace is super cute and easy to wear. 

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Photo taken with Flash

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For this sponsorship, I decided to model the jewelry in two pastel-themed coordinates. One of them is a sweet lolita outfit, and the other one is just a cute harajuku-style outfit (inspired by both gyaru and fairy kei). Both outfits include the bracelets and macaron ring as accessories. You can find all jewelry pieces in Sugar Pop Party Shop’s Etsy and Storenvy.

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Let’s start with the non-lolita outfit, featuring the Kawaii necklace! 

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 I love this Kawaii necklace! It’s very pink: there’s a pink chain, a hot pink bow charm, and the super sparkly “Kawaii” pendant! The pendant is very clean-cut and vibrant. The glitter does not rub off, which is great! The necklace secures at the back using a lobster clasp. It was a bit too long on me, but I was able to make the necklace shorter by clasping it on one of the chain links. It’s easy to adjust the length!

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In the above photo, you can see the mint macaron ring and the two beaded bracelets from Sugar Pop Party Shop. All these pieces of pastel jewelry are well-made and too cute~! I’m very pleased with the bracelets because usually bracelets are too large for my wrists and slide off constantly. These bracelets are small enough to fit my thin wrists, and they are also stretchy, so I can easy put them on and take them off without worrying about ripping the bracelets. The macaron ring is on an adjustable band, so it should fit a variety of sizes. The detail on the macaron ring is incredible! The texture of the cream in the center looks almost like real cream, and the color choices are superb. Pink, mint, and red are such a great color combination! 

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Now let’s talk about sweet lolita, featuring the chocolate bar necklace! 

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The chocolate bar necklace is adorable. I love the gold chain; I think gold suits this necklace best! The little heart and bow at the top of the chocolate bar pendant is a perfect addition too. The necklace works well as a statement piece, and I think it would go great with sweet lolita coordinates and otome coordinates. This can also be worked into classic lolita, and I can see it working for aomoji-kei. 

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I would highly recommend Sugar Pop Party Shop for anyone interested in J-Fashion or alternative fashion, or even sweets enthusiasts or people who love cute things! This shop has a wide variety of adorable products to suit different tastes. Check out what’s in stock at their Etsy and Storenvy! Even though this was a sponsored review, keep in mind that the opinions expressed in this review were thoughtful and honest. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me! 

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I love Sugar Pop Party Shop! 

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You can check out more photos of Sugar Pop Party Shop’s lovely items in this album on my Facebook page, Alice in Lolitaland.

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