SteampunkWEAR: Mourning Veil

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SteampunkWEAR sponsored this lovely Mourning Veil. I love this piece: it is elegant, dramatic, and versatile. When you look at it, it’s simply a square piece of sheer cloth trimmed with soft lace all around. However, it is a great piece to add to an outfit! You can wear it many ways; above, I have it secured on my head with a headband. You can also secure it with barrettes or bobby pins, or you can put it under or over a hat. You can even position the veil to cover your face if you would prefer!

Here is the package I received from SteampunkWEAR:

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The padded mailer arrived safely, and the veil was neatly folded inside, wrapped in paper. The shop owners even included a cute thank you card! Check out the photos in the slideshow below for the first time I laid my eyes on the veil!

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This veil is perfect for Gothic Lolita coordinates: the simple design makes it easy to work into different outfits.

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I love how easy it is to put the veil on my head and secure it with a headband. No pins or barrettes needed for this look!

I did the same thing for the following outfit:

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Photographer: Vannak Photography

This veil would work well for gothic looks outside Lolita fashion too! I think it can be coordinated with punk looks, and you can even use this veil as a scarf around your neck if you want. It adds a touch of elegance and can give a sombre air to an outfit. I would love to see this veil used in a Victorian mourning-inspired outfit someday!

Besides fashion looks, this veil would also work well for cosplay! I used this veil to add a dramatic touch to my Hatsune Miku (Black Vow/Alluring Secret) cosplay.

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Photographer: Astro Zombie Photography

It’s long, sheer, and trimmed with lace: it definitely compliments the black dress and adds to the overall Black Vow aesthetic! Below, you can see how the veil looks from the back. It falls straight down, and the sheer fabric allows the shape of the dress and my styling of my Miku wig to be seen through its single layer.

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Photographer: Astro Zombie Photography

If I ever cosplay Black Vow Miku again, I definitely want to use this veil again! After wearing this veil a few times, I can tell it’s high-quality. There’s no fraying or snags in the fabric and lace! What do you think of this veil? Have you ever worn a veil before?

If you would like to purchase something from SteampunkWEAR, you can use the discount code “ALICE” for 10% off!

Feel free to take a look at this mourning veil in the following photo albums:

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Photographer: Astro Zombie Photography

Thanks so much for reading! Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions.

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Amethyst Ways Fairies: Vampire Blood Necklace

Amethyst Ways Fairies is a wonderful shop with many lovely handmade items! Amethyst blesses all the items under a full moon and infuses them with Positive Magick. She sent me a cute necklace to review: the Vile of Vampire Blood necklace. If you’re interested in buying something from Amethyst Ways Fairies, be sure to use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more.

She mailed it out in a 3M mailer:

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Inside the mailer, I found a cute wrapped present with a sticker on it that read “UNIQUELY HANDMADE.” The tissue paper was easy to open.

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The necklace itself came in an adorable black box with this vampire icon on it! You can tell right away that the item inside is somehow vampire related… Mmm, vampire blood.

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And now, without further ado, the box opening:

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Nestled inside this tissue-paper-lined box was the necklace! The pendant is a vial of (fake) vampire blood, and it comes with a nice black cord with a clasp. The bottom of the box has an image of a vial. How cute!

DSC_0009No complaints here! Shipping was prompt and the product was undamaged. As you can see above, the pendant is very detailed. There’s even a sticker on the surface with a bar code and text noting that the blood sample is A positive. The vial is filled with red liquid (and glitter!). I really love Amethyst Ways Fairies‘s work.

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Here is Amethyst’s brand story:

“Welcome to Amethyst Way Fairies, where everything is magical and just about everything has Fairy Dust on it. All my items are handmade with the utmost care, positive energy, and love. I give my all to every piece I make.

All jewelry has FREE shipping!

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I’m a third generation witch, Witchcraft is a very sacred art to me. I see the Divine Spark in all things. I’m a Child Of Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Justice and Protection.
I’m also a Intuitive Empath, and Master Reiki Teacher and light worker. I help where and when I can. Through Etsy I hope to share my positive energy with you through my uniquely handmade items. All my items are Blessed and Consecrated under a Full Moon. The Divine Mother is in all my work.

My Soul Sister known as Queen Bee is my assistant, together we are known as the Amethyst Sisters. She is also a Child Of Hecate, helping me to bless all of the items we make.

Each item is unique and different. I make items for everybody in all walks of life, various cultures and beliefs.

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I custom make items. It would be my honor to make a custom piece for you. You do not have to be a Pagan or a Witch for me to make you an item, I can customize to fit your needs and style.

I look forward to sharing my magic with you. Love and light )0(”

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I think it’s great that all jewelry items have free shipping! Free shipping makes me so happy. Shipping fees can make something way more expensive… So with free shipping, you know exactly what you’ll pay! Feel free to contact Amethyst Ways Fairies to commission a custom piece. Amethyst is a very sweet lady, and she’ll be open to hearing your ideas and making your vision come to life.

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Remember that you can use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more at Amethyst Ways Fairies! Check out my Facebook album featuring this vampire blood necklace too. I hope you enjoyed this review! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions.

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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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TeaCupCastle: Stormborn Claw Necklace

Today I am going to review a lovely necklace for you all: the Stormborn Claw Necklace from the Etsy shop TeaCupCastle. TeaCupCastle has a variety of handmade jewelry using vintage findings.

The Stormborn Claw Necklace is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen (one of my favorite characters from Game of Thrones!!). If you love Game of Thrones, you should check out TeaCupCastle’s other Game of Thrones-inspired jewelry, like the Night’s Watch Ring and the Lannister Lion Crest Pin.

Now, onto the review!

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TeaCupCastle mailed out the package in a bubble mailer. The mailer arrived completely in-tact, with no tears at all. Inside the mailer was a coupon, a business card, and a box sealed with cute tape. The necklace was safely nestled inside the box on a fluffy bed. The pendant was even tucked inside a small plastic bag for added protection!

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I love this necklace and hope to wear it many times in the future.

For this sponsored review, I incorporated the necklace into a lolita coordinate. I love how it looks with the gothic lolita aesthetic!

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Here is the coordinate rundown:

Necklace: Tea Cup Castle

Hair accessories: Offbrand

Blouse: Metamorphose

JSK: Chess Story

Socks and Boots: Offbrand

Rings: Offbrand

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The pendant orb of this necklace is a gorgeous deep purple that seems to change color slightly, depending on the lighting. Sometimes, it looks so dark that it is almost black, and other times, it looks like a vibrant shade of purple. Upon close observation, I noticed bits of green that slithers its way around the orb. The green is not too noticeable from a distance, but up close, it looks really cool. It reminds me of a mystical planet or (dare I say it…?) a dragon egg! I can just imagine the orb cracking along the green veins.

DSC_2157 Final verdict on this necklace: ☆☆☆☆☆ out of ☆☆☆☆☆ ! I have no complaints whatsoever. The necklace is easy to wear, everything is well-constructed and sturdy, and it’s truly beautiful. This necklace works wonderfully for lolita fashion, but it would also be easy to incorporate into other fashion styles and even casual wear. The necklace would really stand out against a plain t-shirt, for example!

You should all check out TeaCupCastle for awesome jewelry and more~! If you want to make a purchase, feel free to use the following coupon code for 15% off: “XOXO15”

Bonus picture:

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My friend Terry let me borrow her offbrand umbrella! I love how her umbrella has cute ruffled detailing along the edges.

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Find more photos of this lovely necklace in this album on my Facebook page, Alice in Lolitaland.

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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 

Today’s Lolita Coord – Lady Sloth JSK

I love today’s coord. <333 The JSK was longer than I expected (I bought it off the Comm Sales a while ago) but I think it still works out alright. It just reminds me of how short I am. 😦 Image

Coordinate:

JSK – Lady Sloth

Blouse – Innocent World

Tights – Sears

Boots – Thrifted

Pochette – Thrifted

Mini Top Hat – Purchased from an artist at a convention

Jewelry and Accessories – Handmade or Thrifted

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And here’s the coat that warded off the cold:

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I noticed upon returning to my dorm that the coat’s buttons are all really loose so I need to fix them more tightly later. For now though, I need to focus on my papers and my homework!

In any case, I love wearing Lolita while I work because at least I can feel sort of like a princess while stressing out over my workload. XD;;

To finish up my post, here are some make-up shots from my Tumblr: