[LBC] Dream Dress Coord

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One of my dream prints is Day Dream Carnival, and I was lucky enough to acquire this print in my preferred colorway last year! My dream dress was the JSK in sax blue, but I couldn’t find one that I could afford. I first acquired the headbow in sax. And then eventually, I found the salopette and tights at a great deal. I had never worn a salopette before, so I was worried, but I’m so happy I got it! I would still like to own the JSK someday (maybe I could try to trade the salopette for the JSK?), but for now, I’m pleased that I have this salopette.

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Coordinate run-down:

☆Headbow: AP

☆Star clip: Offbrand

☆Necklace and bracelet: Un-Re Designs

☆Cutsew: BTSSB

☆Salopette: AP

☆Tights: AP

☆Rings: Offbrand

☆Shoes: Offbrand

☆Umbrella: Offbrand

But what about a coordinate featuring the JSK in sax blue?

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I would coordinate this with the following items:

I don’t own any of the above items, but I think they’re all absolutely gorgeous and would go perfectly with my dream dress! I chose lots of pink to offset the dominant sax blue color of the JSK, and I picked gold shoes (and some gold-tone jewelry) to bring out the gold details of the JSK. And of course, I need to include pony motifs in the jewelry!~

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LBC: Favorite Taobao Shops & Pieces

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Piece in my Wardrobe

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

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

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

A Lolita Staple

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

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

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

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

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LBC: Winter Lolita Look

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This week’s theme is a Winter Lolita Look! I wish I had more time to wear lolita, but I’ve been super busy with academics. I will share my look for my very first International Lolita Day Meetup! The winter ILD meetup in Boston was a lot of fun. ^_^ I went with a friend from my local community who was kind enough to give me a ride there.

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It was super cold, but I was wearing an underskirt, my favorite multi-layered petticoat, tights, knee socks, and fleece bloomers. While traveling, I also wore my poofy (non-lolita, and I think it’s ugly, but it is super warm and New England-friendly) jacket and leg warmers. I also wore my winter boots because the weather was terrible, and I changed into my nice shoes when we arrived in Boston.

Here is the coordinate rundown:

[Crown] Crowns of the Kingdom

[Wig and Lashes] Gothic Lolita Wigs / Dolluxe

[Blouse] Dear Celine

[JSK] Innocent World

[Necklace] Vintage

[Gloves] Vintage (from a flea market in Paris! :D)

[Socks] Offbrand

[Shoes] Offbrand

Shout-out to my friend Lisa who made the fleece bloomers for me as a lovely present last year! ❤

For my winter looks, I love wearing wigs because they actually do keep my head very warm. It’s like wearing a winter hat, but better! I also love layering up things, so it’s great that I can wear warm tights under my socks.

As for winter lolita looks in the future, I would love to wear a warm and fancy fur cape! And maybe a winter hat that works for lolita? I did do this look with a warm winter hat before:

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I love this winter hat! It’s a vintage item I found in a thrift shop. I pinned a matching navy flower to it! (And I’m wearing a wig under the hat for extra warmth. That’s the same exact wig I wore for ILD, in fact… What a coincidence!)

How do you stay warm in the winter while wearing lolita? Are there any cute accessories you love to wear with your winter coordinates?

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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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Top 3 Wishlist Items

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This week’s prompt is: Top 3 Wishlist Items.

It’s hard to choose just three specific items, but I will try my best! I will post 2 dream dresses as part of my Wishlist, and 1 item that I really want to own as the third Wishlist Item.

Item 1: La Bibliothèque OP – Juliette et Justine

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I fell in love with this dress when I first glimpsed it online a few months ago. As an avid reader and lover of books, I adore the book print! It looks so unique and beautiful! In addition to the amazing print, I love the way this dress is cut. The fluttery sleeves look so elegant and sophisticated, and the entire dress looks very figure-flattering. The dress seems very versatile and easy to coordinate as well.

There are two colorways: Antique Black and Antique Orange. I love both of these colorways, but if I had to choose specifically one colorway, I would go with the Antique Black dress. I would be thrilled to have either of these dresses though! I would also be extremely happy if someone let me try it on if they own this OP. ❤ I would also be delighted to see this dress in person! I’ve only seen this dress online, so I’ve never seen it in real life. It would be amazing to see this dress and touch the fabric. I’m sure it looks even more stunning in person!

Item 2: Vampire Requiem Corset JSK in Red – Alice and the Pirates

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I adore the print on this JSK. I stare at this dress a lot; I’m not going to lie. I’m always happy to see photos online of this dress, and I love seeing how people coordinate this dress into their Lolita outfits.

I love how detailed the print is and how it’s like you are wearing a story on your dress! I love how the bodice of the JSK has a detachable bow on the front so you can wear the bow on the chest (as pictured), or on the waist, or adjust it to be lying crooked on the bodice for a more asymmetrical look… And you might be able to turn the bow into a headbow as well, or some other sort of hair accessory… the possibilities go on and on! I would love this dress in any colorway, but my favorite colorway is the Red one.

(I may be biased though… since red is my favorite color… But in any case, I do think the red colorway looks the best with the print. And the Red colorway is the one I want the most.)

Item 3: Rococo Umbrella – Alice and the Pirates

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I have always wanted a parasol or umbrella that fit into the Lolita aesthetic. Out of all of the umbrellas I looked at so far, this is my favorite! I love the triple frills and the large rounded shape. It looks like it would be very practical as well as beautiful in a coord!

Although to be honest, I don’t think I would be too picky about an umbrella. If I see an umbrella (or a parasol) that is similar but not exactly the same, and if it is within my budget, I will probably purchase it in a heartbeat. I prefer the deep and rounded shape of this umbrella, but these umbrellas would be wonderful to own too!

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Friday’s Coord

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

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

Possible Lolita Coords!

I am thinking about possible Lolita Coords with the wardrobe I have right now (mostly offbrand).

I will try to dress up in Lolita fashion tomorrow, and I will definitely dress up in Lolita fashion on Sunday for a tea party! 🙂

Possibility 1:

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Possibility 3:

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I can’t decide what I want to wear to the tea party… xD;; 

Well, at least I have choices. 🙂 I’m so excited right now because I think my wardrobe is growing quite nicely. Maybe next year I can wear Lolita on a near-daily basis. >w<

Classical Puppets A-Line Petticoat Review!

And here comes the review. 🙂

I purchased this petticoat from the Taobao store Classical Puppets in the color white. When I opened up my Taobao package and saw the Classical Puppets petticoat squished into a plastic bag about 6 inches long, I thought to myself, Oh no… this can’t be good. It looks so… tiny. 

But I was in for a pleasant surprise! When I tore open the plastic packaging and took out the petticoat, the whole thing floofed out immediately. It was definitely a huge poofy fluff monster upon opening the package. I was rather intimidated to be honest, but also relieved that it wasn’t as tiny as it looked in the plastic bag.

Since it is an A-line petticoat, I assume it will look awkward with skirts meant for cupcake-shaped petticoats. However, I think the A-line petticoat is pretty versatile. (And if I need a cupcake petticoat, I think I’ll stick to layering the two cheap petticoats I already have. This method seemed to work for my past coord attempts. I don’t think I’ll be investing in another petticoat for a while.)

Last weekend, I had a friend snap some photos of me with and without the Classical Puppets petticoat to show the before and after effects. I apologize up front for the awkward and hasty coords (I didn’t have much time but knew I would have even less time as the month trudged on, so I quickly threw on clothes for the purpose of this review). I did not wear any makeup and I didn’t style my hair, oops.

Here is an example of a skirt (light fabric; I think it’s chiffon with lining) without a petticoat:

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And here I am with the Classical Puppets A-Line petticoat:

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I also tried on a heavy JSK to see if the petticoat would still provide a nice poof for the silhouette.

Here is a picture of me wearing a heavy velvet JSK without a petticoat:

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And here is the JSK with the Classical Puppets petticoat:

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I really love the look! The petticoat still poofs out nicely in an A-line shape despite the heavy velvet fabric. I think this petticoat will be a nice versatile one. 🙂 I might experiment with layering in the future to see if I can use this petticoat with a light shorter one on top to simulate a cupcake shape. For now though, I’m really happy with this petticoat all on its own. It’s really poofy, and I am currently storing it stuffed into a bag. But I take it out to check on it sometimes, and it poofs out again naturally. I don’t know why it does that, but I’m not going to complain. ^-^

OVERALL REVIEW: 5/5 – Comfy elastic waistband, many layers of fluff, soft fabric, great poof, retains shape very well, great construction

All in all, I’m really happy with this new petticoat! If anyone has any questions about this petticoat, my Taobao experience, or my Lolita coords, feel free to ask me!

I really hope I can build up my Lolita wardrobe to the point where I can wear it often. (My dream is to be able to wear Lolita fashion every day. ❤ I love it so much!) At the moment, my goal is to dress in Lolita fashion at least once a month, even if it is just a casual coord. It’s difficult at the moment though, due to long classes and Kpop dance rehearsals. But I’ll find a way, at least once a month! (Once a month is not often at all either… So I’m sure I can do this.)

Thank you for reading. ❤