Summer Kawaii Box Giveaway & Review

Hi everyone! Thank you to all who entered my first Kawaii Box giveaway, and congratulations to the winner. It was really fun to open up my first Kawaii Box, and I’m super excited to share my second Kawaii Box with you all!

Check out my July 2020 Kawaii Box opening on Youtube!

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Good luck, everyone! Read on to see my review of this box.

There were soooo many cute stuff in July’s box! As usual, even the box itself is super cute. I love the neon pink print!

The box was lined with its cute signature tissue paper, and it was full of kawaii goodies.

The July 2020 Box’s theme is Sanrio Summer Splash. I love Sanrio characters, and I got lucky with this little haul. I adore the Little Twin Stars socks; I think these socks are my favorite surprise in this box! I haven’t tried the Gudetama or Hello Kitty treats yet but I will soon. I love trying new snacks and candies, and I’m pleased that there were two treats in this box. In my last box, I got one treat – and those soda chocolates were so delicious! I ate them all too quickly and want some more.

I also got 4 stationery items in this box – a roll of washi tape, a hamster pen, sticky notes, and a mini letterhead/envelope set! And last but not least, a cute Pompompurin mini plush zip pouch. I really loved this Sanrio-themed box, and would recommend Kawaii Box to all fans of kawaii culture. Even if you’re not too familiar with kawaii culture, you’d love this box if you enjoy cute and fun surprises. This box would also make a great gift for a friend or family member!

Which are your favorites from the box I got? If you got your own Kawaii Box, please share what you got too! I love seeing the variety of items in everyone’s boxes. And remember – click this link to enter and get chances to win your own free Kawaii Box!

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Kawaii Box Giveaway & Review

Have you ever heard of Kawaii Box? It’s a monthly subscription box that is full of curated kawaii goodies from Japan. They offer free shipping worldwide, and you can check out their past boxes on their website. Kawaii Box was kind enough to sponsor a box for me to review, and they are also sponsoring a giveaway! You can enter the giveaway here. ^_^

I haven’t made a YouTube video in a very long time, but I made one for this box opening! Check out a live video of the box opening here.

Read on for a written version of my box opening, including photos…

Even the box that Kawaii Box ships out is adorable! I love the adorable pink print.

Upon opening the box, I was pleased to find another adorable print on the interior, and everything is wrapped in cute tissue paper and comes with a little pamphlet explaining all the items in the box.

Soooo many cute pastel things! I love everything in this box.

The pamphlet with Kawaii Birthday Home Party has a list of all items included in the box and explains each one. I love this touch, especially because without the pamphlet, I wouldn’t have known what the box of soda candy was or that the purple candy-shaped thing wasn’t candy but was actually a highlighter.

I almost missed the pen, but found it at the bottom edge of the box and took another photo of the pen with the sakura washi tape! These are two of the kawaii stationery items included in the box (along with the highlighter and pencil sharpener/eraser set). I really love collecting stationery, so I’m excited to use these.

Have you ever tried the Kawaii Box? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments. ^_^

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LBC: Plan Your Ideal Holiday Trip To Tokyo For Frills

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This week’s prompt is to plan your ideal holiday trip to Tokyo for frills! For this dream vacation, let’s just pretend I’m rich and can afford to go on a shopping spree (and buy ALL THE THINGS)… because I’m going to make a huge list of place I want to shop! Realistically, it would mostly be window shopping. But I definitely want to see these stores in person at least. For my ideal holiday trip, I would love to go with family and friends, but I think a big group would be difficult to manage (unless we split up into smaller groups upon arrival). Maybe groups of 2 or 3 people would be ideal? I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t want to go around alone (especially since I have absolutely no sense of direction). I will focus mostly on frills-related shops, but I will also branch out into my other interests. If I’m planning a dream trip to Tokyo, I might as well include everything I’m interested in, right?

Shopping Spree Time: Harajuku

FIRST, I’m going to list places in Harajuku that I want to shop at, and then move on to other stores I want to visit, other places I want to go, etc. (And I would love to hang out in Harajuku multiple times!)

  • Laforet (Harajuku)  …So many stores I want to see in here!
    • Atelier Pierrot
    • Alice and the Pirates
    • Angelic Pretty
    • h.Naoto
    • Jane Marple
    • Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE
    • MINTNeKO
    • Metamorphose
    • Putumayo
    • Swimmer
    • Super Lovers
  • Daiso … for cheap but cute things! (I heard there’s a really big one in Harajuku :D)
  • Check out stores along Takeshita St.

If I go to Harajuku, I would love to wear lolita coordinates while I shop! Maybe one day I could wear a sweet lolita coord, and another day I could wear a gothic lolita coord.

Stores / Shopping Places to find:

Now, here’s a huge list of various stores and shopping places I want to find. Some of these are lolita brands, some are gyaru, some are offbrand (or even just souvenir shops or discount shops).

  • Atelier Boz
  • Innocent World
  • Baby the Stars Shine Bright
  • Juliette et Justine
  • Miho Matsuda
  • Closet Child, of course! Maybe check out multiple Closet Child locations (if possible)
  • MILK
  • Emily Temple Cute
  • Liz Lisa
  • Jesus Diamante
  • Axes Femme
  • Amavel
  • Fi.n.t
  • ACDC Rag
  • Shibuya 109
    • Ma*rs
    • Ank Rouge
    • KOKOkim
    • Ghost of Harlem
    • GOLDS Infinity
    • Swankiss
    • Cecil McBee
    • d.i.a.
    • Liz Lisa
    • Lip Service
    • one spo
  • Kera Shop
  • Maiden Clothing (Pure Sound)
  • Prisila (to look at gorgeous wigs <3)
  • Paris Kids (cute and affordable accessories and jewelry please!)
  • Bodyline
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Studio Alta
  • Shinjuku Marui Annex
  • Thank You Mart (cheap stuff!)
  • Omotesando Hills (I really want to see the architecture of this building in person!)
  • Cat Street (Shibuya)

Other fun things to do:

  • Purikura~!
  • Play a game of Pachinko
  • Visit shrines and temples
  • Go to a cat café
  • Go to an Onsen
  • Gachapon! (Maybe at Shinjuku Yodobashi…)
  • Walk through parks and gardens
  • Go to a maid café (maybe in Akihabara!)

Shopping for my anime/manga fandom needs:

And here is where I can satisfy my otaku cravings… official anime merchandise, cosplay-related things, doujinshi, and more!

Bucket List of Specific Places:

These are places that are on my bucket list… I really want to see all of them if possible!

 …And I’m sure there are many more things I would love to do! I apologize for the messiness of this post; had to write this as quickly as possible since I want to post it on time for the Lolita Blog Carnival.

Are there any places you would like to go on your ideal trip to Tokyo that is not listed on here? Please let me know, and maybe I’ll add it to this list too! 😀

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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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Princess Dreaming: Fashion Glasses

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Princess Dreaming sent me a cute pair of pastel glasses to review!

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I did not know what kind of glasses I would receive, so it was a pleasant surprise. The package was not a normal bubble mailer: it was an adorable pastel polka dot mailer! What an adorable way to ship out a product~! Inside, there was a red envelope with Princess Dreaming Postcards. The glasses were wrapped in bubble wrap and placed inside pink bag.

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The glasses do not have lenses, so they are perfect to wear as a fun accessory for photos! No lenses = no glare in photos. These glasses have a pink frame, faux pearl detailing, and mini mint green decoden bows.

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These glasses would be so cute with any pastel outfit~! Fairy kei, pop kei, or sweet lolita would be great fits for this accessory. The decorations on these glasses are very sturdy; they don’t look like they will fall off easily. I wouldn’t recommend throwing them out the window, but I believe they can withstand daily wear.

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Since these glasses have thin frames with wide openings, they are great for showing off your eye makeup! For this look, I am wearing circle lenses, heavy eyeliner, and both top and bottom false lashes, so my eyes look much bigger. These glasses frame my eyes nicely, with enough space for my over-the-top Dolluxe lashes.

I also love the color combo of pink and mint… It is too cute~! It reminds me of macarons…

Princess Dreaming is on hiatus right now, but they will open up again in April 2015! Be sure to check them out because many new designs after their hiatus.

Links to Etsy Shops:

Once the reviews for the other items are up, I’ll add the links to this post! I hope you enjoyed reading my review. I have a plethora of reviews coming soon, so keep checking back. ^_^

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Check out Princess Dreaming’s Facebook page here, and click here to see more photos featuring these adorable glasses.

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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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Blippo: Kawaii Items!

Blippo is a webstore full of super cute items! They sell adorable purses, kawaii accessories, cute Japanese stationery, candy, plushies, magazines, and more! Blippo sent me a mystery package to review, and the items inside the package were all pleasant surprises.

The package arrived in a sturdy cardboard box:

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Look at that cute kitty and heart that Blippo drew! ❤ The package never got stuck in customs, yay!

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The package had plenty of fillers inside to cushion and protect their products. Blippo sent me the following items:

1) Jewel Checkered Seal Phone Sticker

2) Kawaii Animals Ceramic Mug

3) Strawberry Hairpins

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These are all new, unused items. The ceramic mug was wrapped in bubble wrap within its original box, so there were no damages at all. The mug I got was a cute piglet one!

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I love how the ears are on the inside of the mug. It’s very unique and adorable, and of course, useful! Here are some more views of this kawaii mug:

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Here is a closer-up photo for the strawberry hairpins:

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The quality of all these items are great. I can’t wait to wear the cute Strawberry Hairpins and use the Mug for my tea on campus. You can see what the hairpins look like with flash and without flash in the comparison photo below:

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To use the Jewel Checkered Seal Phone Sticker, you just cut the sheet into sections that you want to use. Clean the surface you want to place the stickers on, let the surface dry, and then you can stick the jewels on! Here is what I did with the sheet of stickers:

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I kept most of the sticker sheet intact for the large chunk on the back of my phone case, and as for the sections I cut off, I placed two small squares on my phone and other small bits on my iPod case. The stickers also come in different colors (Clear, Blue, Pink, and Purple) on Blippo‘s website! They even have a huge Decoden section if you want to look for supplies to make cute decoden phone cases and other crafts.

I also have an upcoming surprise for you all… But I can’t tell you what it is yet. Maybe it will be revealed in my next blog post…? We’ll see! For now, please check out Blippo; they have so many cute things to offer!

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LBC: The Most Versatile Lolita Item I Own

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The most versatile lolita item I own would definitely be a blouse! Blouses can be worn under JSKS or with skirts, and blouses can also be used for ouji coordinates. I am not sure which blouse I have is the most versatile one, but after some minutes of thinking, I decided that my most versatile blouse is my black Fanplusfriend short-sleeved blouse.

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I believe that this blouse is the most versatile item I own because it can be used for a variety of different substyles: sweet lolita, classic lolita, gothic lolita, and even casual lolita. It has a simple design and the color is solid black (no other colors work their way into this blouse). The simplicity of this blouse makes it easy to match with different styles, as long as the color black works for the coordinate. Black is an easy color to match too! If the blouse was blue or red, for example, it would be harder to mix and match. In addition, the short sleeves make the blouse ideal for summer heat, and it can be layered with a bolero or cardigan for the autumn or spring, plus with a jacket or coat (plus a scarf and gloves) for winter!

Here are some previous coordinates using this blouse:

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943713_10100278562780239_608462281_nMy most recent coordinate with this blouse was for the Baby the Stars Shine Bright Grand Opening in New York City. It was a really hot summer day, and I did not want to deal with the high-collar design of this blouse, so I unbuttoned the top buttons. As you can see below, the blouse still looks decent even though I didn’t button it all the way to the top! It worked quite well for the heat.

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Here are some detailed photos of my beloved blouse:

 

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So how about you? What is the most versatile lolita item that you own? And if you are not a lolita, what is the most versatile clothing item that you own?

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LBC: Disney Coordinates

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This week was finals week for me, and I still have more academic work to complete today… But I could not resist participating in this week’s Lolita Blog Carnival! Unfortunately, I do not have much time since it is finals week, so I apologize for any misspellings or grammatical errors in this post. (I’m rushing to write this up in half an hour or less!)

Now onto the Disney coordinates!

As Alice in Lolitaland, I have to try an Alice coordinate right? Recently, I wore a coordinate inspired by Disney’s Alice in Wonderland when I went to the cinema to see the new Captain America movie. I used Bodyline’s Alice print JSK in the pink x blue color way. I paired this JSK with my Chocomint Tea Time hair clip and a handmade Alice bow. I was also wearing a Bodyline blouse and Bodyline shoes… (Lots of Bodyline in this coordinate!) My knee socks are offbrand. I did not wear any jewelry with this coordinate because I was in a rush and did not have time to pick any out. Unfortunately, I took off my wrist cuffs before leaving my dormitory because it was really cold out and I did not want to damage the wrist cuffs when I took my winter jacket on and off. My lolita big sister Terry gave me these wrist cuffs, so it would be a shame if they got damaged! Terry got the wrist cuffs from Classical Puppets (Taobao).

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Here are some close-up selfies (you can see the cute wrist cuff in the second pic!):

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For my makeup look, I used pressed powder foundation, a shimmery highlighter, neutral eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and lipstick. I did not bother wearing false lashes for this look, and I did not wear any blush either. I am happy with the way my makeup turned out though! It’s simple, but it was also very comfortable. I forgot I was wearing makeup!

The next Disney coordinate I will talk about is a tentative idea for a future coordinate, also featuring a Bodyline JSK! This coordinate uses another Disney-inspired Bodyline print: Cinderella Bunny! I am not sure if this is the proper name for the print, but that is what I call it. I have this dress in the red colorway. Red is my favorite color, so I hope to acquire lots of red pieces. ❤

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In addition to what is seen above, I would add pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet, white stockings, and red Bodyline tea party-style shoes. If I am chilly, I will wear my sax-colored Bodyline bunny sweatshirt (to go with the bunny Cinderella theme). I think this is one of my favorite Bodyline prints, and I’m really happy I was able to snag it from the community sales!

I apologize again for the disorganized and rushed blog post!

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

A Heart’s Sound, Lolita Glamour, Simple as Vanilla Ice Cream, Northern Star, McDuff’s Auditorium, Fire ExtinguisherHello Kitty Loves Disney, A Little Bit Of This… A Little Bit Of That Too, Spoon and Fork 

 

 

LBC: What’s Next On Your Lolita Wishlist?

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What’s next on my Lolita wishlist…? Well, this is a rather difficult question! My variety of interest is not just descriptive of the general plane; I also have a variety of Lolita styles that I am interested in. From sweet to gothic, I love them all! I have a list of Lolita dream dresses, but to be honest, I do not know if I will ever be able to claim them as my own. My dream dresses are “dream” dresses because they seem out-of-reach (and yes, I sometimes dream or day-dream about them). They seem unattainable due to their rarity or due to how expensive they are. (Sometimes, I find them for sale, but the sellers raise the prices… a lot. More than I can afford. And even if I could afford them, I would feel guilty paying that much money for one dress.)

In any case, I am not focusing my attention on one dream dress as my next target on my Lolita wishlist. I have a Lolita wishlist, but my dream dresses are not the only items on it. I also have what I call my “realistic” wishes: things that I want and can afford, and so, I add them to my wishlist. Some of these are not specific items, but desires for a type of item. Here are some examples of what I mean: a black loliable vest, a princess-sleeved blouse, a dress with a forest theme, a dress with a trump theme, a simple long-sleeved OP. As you can see, these items do not designate a brand, so I can fulfill my wishes for these items as long as I find something that fits the description, and  that discovered item also fits my budget and my tastes! So if I like the item, it’s a good deal, and it’s possible for me to purchase it, then I can check that thing off my list!

Now back to the Lolita Blog Carnival question: What’s Next On Your Lolita Wishlist? The next target on my lolita wish list is a trump-themed skirt. That has at least partial shirring (and that will hopefully fit me comfortably).

I have my eyes set on the Angelic Pretty Royal Cards skirt:

I spotted this skirt recently on Mbok, and so, I could not resist placing a bid on it. If I do not win the auction, I will still look for it. My favorite color way for AP’s Royal Cards Skirt is black, picture above. If I see a similar trump-themed skirt, even if it is not exactly the same, I will still be open to bidding on it or purchasing it (if it is within my budget). I just love the trump motif so much~! (And also, I really want a nice trump-themed skirt to wear with my trump-themed socks from the Metamorphose lucky pack!)

What is on your Lolita wishlist? Is there anything you are dying to purchase?

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

Toothless Tigers, Lolita Glamour, Buttcape, Northern StarA Little Bit of This… a Little Bit of That, Sweet and Simple, Mcduff’s Auditorium, Sidhe Banshee, Fire ExtinguisherArmure de Rose, Alpine Heidi