Winter International Lolita Day 2017

Winter International Lolita Day 2017 took place on Saturday, December 2 this year. I figured I would write a post about this before 2017 ends since it was a fantastic day! It was my first time truly twinning too… I’ve never twinned with a print before!

 

The night before the meetup, I was last-minute coord-ing (at past midnight). You can see my full planning photos on Tumblr.

Me and Victoria of ParfaitDoll twinned in Powder Rose: same colorway, but different dresses. I love this Angelic Pretty print, and was really happy when I was able to purchase it secondhand from a friend!

There were a bunch of different meetups happening in NYC for International Lolita Day, but I attended the meet that was at Sweet Time Dessert Cafe in West Village. It was such a cute location for International Lolita Day! Powder Rose fit right in at home.

Everyone there adored the rose wall. The desserts all looked so cute too! I had the mousse dessert shaped like a heart (and we called it the “butt” because it also looks like a peach… or a butt). The bubble tea was delicious too! I actually had two bubble teas: a jasmine green tea with peach bubbles one, and a Thai tea one with brown sugar bubbles.

If I had more money, I would have bought more desserts for myself. I wanted to try all the desserts there… Even though I only got one dessert, Victoria and I took bites of each other’s treats too! Her roll dessert was really cute!

It was really cold outside (in my opinion), so I regret not wearing my trusty old L.L. Bean winter jacket like I always wear in the wintertime. The reason I opted out of that jacket is because it’s solid black (and not loliable at all), so I wanted to wear a sweet style coat. The coat I chose to wear was this short coat from Liz Lisa.

It’s really cute, and I love the bows on it! It’s not very warm though… And I was wearing so many layers that day to make up for it. Thermal shirt, thermal tights, regular tights, knee-high fleece socks, a long-sleeved blouse, my huge multi-layer Classical Puppets petticoat… And my wig counts as an additional layer, right?

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Photo from Tara: group photo!

Luckily, it was nice and cozy inside the dessert cafe. The giant bear by the window at the cafe was the most popular…! Everyone wanted photos with him.

Check out this funny video me and Victoria made!

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Photo from Tara

Even people who came to the cafe outside our meetup wanted photos with the bear and against the rose wall!

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Photo from Christina

Below, you’ll see a cute photo collage Christina made of me and Victoria and our adventures at the meetup. The last panel is my favorite one! Victoria was complaining about terrible customer service at a nail salon she had tried. Her face is perfection.

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Photo Collage from Christina

It was super fun to twin, and I hope I can find someone to twin with again! This meetup was super fun, although it ended in pain and tragedy: both soles of my Bodyline boots came off. First, the right side. And then later on, the left side. It was really difficult to walk, but I was able to make it back home somehow. I’ll probably try to glue the soles back on and then minimize wearing them. (Maybe just wear them for shoots?) I’ve had similar negative experiences with Bodyline shoes so I’m hesitant to buy them again.

In any case, here’s my coord rundown:

❀ JSK & Canotier: Angelic Pretty’s Powder Rose

❀ Hairbows: Offbrand

❀ Earrings: Orisian

❀ Blouse: BTSSB

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Necklace: Claire’s

❀ Tights: Offbrand

❀ Shoes: Bodyline

❀ Coat: Liz Lisa

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[Review] FashionKawaii: Floral Chiffon Dress

Here is my review for the Sweet Floral Chiffon Dress from FashionKawaii! This dress first appeared in my blog post FashionKawaii: Bunny Princess, where I styled this dress with a cute bunny-eared jacket. If you’re interested in purchasing something from FashionKawaii, use the coupon code “pearlpeony” for 10% off!

When I received the dress in the mail, here is how it was packaged:

It came neatly folded in a plastic bag with a Ziploc-style closure. The dress was in perfect condition!

The dress looks lovely from both the front and the back! I love the all-over floral print and the lace details. The sleeves have a subtle flare, and I love their half-sleeve length. They are slightly shorter than three-quarter sleeves, but they are still very  flattering. The lace feels soft and not too flimsy.

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The dress has no shirring, so make sure you read the size chart and choose the appropriate size before purchasing. There is a zipper on the side of the dress to make wearing the dress an easier process. It was very easy for me to put on the dress, but taking it off was difficult. I had to shimmy out of it awkwardly since the sleeves were a tight fit and I didn’t want to rip the dress… But it worked out! I didn’t get stuck– thank goodness! The sizing of this dress was accurate to the size chart provided on the FashionKawaii website. The sleeves run narrow, so if you have larger arms, this dress may not fit you.

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Check out this Facebook album to see more photos of the dress; I may upload more images over time. If you want to buy this dress, be sure to use the coupon code “pearlpeony” for 10% off! Thank you for reading~! ^_^

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FashionKawaii: Bunny Princess

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Have you heard of the shop FashionKawaii? It’s an adorable Storenvy shop with a great selection of fashion items. If you’re interested in purchasing something, use the coupon code “pearlpeony” for 10% off!

Recently, I styled two items from this shop together in an outfit inspired by the idea of a Bunny Princess! Here are the two items featured in this outfit: Sweet Floral Chiffon Dress and Kawaii Rabbit Ears Coat.

I’m working on a review for the Chiffon Dress, which will be posted soon. In general, I am pleased with both of these items! They’re really cute both separately and together.

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The coat is not warm enough for the dreary New England winter, but it would be a great coat for springtime or autumn… (Or for an abnormally warm winter day. xD) The coat is lined, but the lining has a lot of loose threads. I was shivering in this outfit since I’m usually bundled in thick jeans, winter boots, a thick sweater, a cozy scarf, and my trusty old winter jacket in this type of weather.

But… this coat is so much cuter than my plain all-black winter jacket. My favorite part of the coat is the hood with the bunny ears!

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For this outfit, I tried something new: normally, I wouldn’t go for this kind of look with a floral dress. The Sweet Floral Chiffon Dress would be great for a hime gyaru or roma gyaru coordinate, but I didn’t feel confident in my wardrobe to be able to pull off one of these looks. I tried to think of something cute I could coordinate with this dress, and I wondered if it would work with the Rabbit Ears Coat. The coat definitely brings out a quirky and cute feel to the dress that the dress wouldn’t originally have! Along with pastel accessories such as the macaron necklace, floral bows, and boots, I think the outfit comes together nicely as something a Bunny Princess would wear on a casual day. I never thought I would throw these two items together in a coord, but I am glad I did! I hope I can have more fun with coordinates in the future. I’m not sure which substyle this look would fit into, but hey, who cares? Playing around with fashion is fun!

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What do you think? Do you prefer the Dress or the Coat? I would love to hear your opinions!

I would also like to take a moment to thank Grace from the local Lolita community for taking these photos for me. I appreciate it!

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Vannak Photography: Just a Dream Away

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Day Dream Carnival: Just a Dream Away…

As you know, Angelic Pretty’s Day Dream Carnival is one of my dream prints! One of my dream dresses is the Day Dream Carnival JSK in sax blue. Over a year ago, I found the headbow in sax blue on Mbok, and that was the first Day Dream Carnival item I owned. I coordinate it with some Bodyline things, but I wasn’t able to find the dream JSK I wanted. I still have yet to find it, but I did snatch up this salopette! I was worried about purchasing it since I’ve never worn a salopette before, but it was too tempting since it came with the tights and the seller was able to do a payment plan. It took me a while to pay for the set, but I am so glad I finally have this. Maybe someday I can find the JSK… But for now, I love this salopette! I wasn’t sure if I could pull off a salopette, but it’s comfy and cute.

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A Surreal Photoshoot with Vannak Photography

Vannak Photography traveled to my campus for this photoshoot. I truly appreciate his time and efforts! We took most of the photos in the Botanic Gardens, but we also shot by the dorms. I definitely enjoy shooting on campus since I’m familiar with the environment (and the gardens are absolutely beautiful, especially during the summer time).

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The photoshoot took a few hours, and I tried some new things I’ve never done before. The end result was a total of five beautifully edited photos! Each photo is absolutely stunning, which doesn’t surprise me since Vannak’s work is always impressive! You should definitely check out his website.

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I even brought macarons with me to eat during this photoshoot! It was a hot summer day and the cream in the macarons melted everywhere, but they still tasted delicious. The tree in the above photo (the one with the swing) is one of my favorite trees on campus.

Below, you’ll see my favorite photo from this photoshoot! Vannak Photography brought a stool, and I sat on the stool for the photo. Leaning back and sticking my legs out like that was actually quite a workout… I felt so out-of-shape. But it was worth it: the end result is so dream-like!

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Here’s my 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

If you want to check out the photos on Facebook, here’s the album! I hope you like the photos as much as I do. ^_^

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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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Red Sakura: Puffy Star Clip and Pink Bow

Red Sakura, a little shop with cute handmade accessories, sent me two items for review!

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Here is the package I got from them:

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It’s a basic bubble mailer. There was a small tear in the packaging, but the bubble lining kept the contents safe! Nothing inside was damaged, so I have no complaints. The two accessories were also wrapped in hot pink tissue paper!

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An adorable note was included, and a piece of Flower Kiss candy was taped to the note. I love Flower Kiss candy! It’s a hard candy that has a nice flavor and does not taste too sweet. I haven’t had one in a long time, so it was great to see one again.

Below is a photo of the accessories taken without flash:

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And here they are with flash:

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I love the cute mini bow that’s on the pink bow, and the puffy star clip features not one, but three, of these little mini bows. The pink bow has a French clip on the back to attach it to a wig or hair, and the puffy star clip has both a pin and a French clip on the back so you can wear it as a brooch or a hair accessory.

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I wore these accessories with my Rhapsody wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs and an OTT Sweet Lolita outfit. They would also be adorable with a fairy kei outfit! The pink bow would go well with a pink gyaru outfit too. The French clip backing is a smart choice because it can easily clip into thick wig fibers. The French clips are very secure, so the accessories don’t feel like they are slipping out. (Sometimes, alligator clips can be more slippery.)

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I really love these two cute hair accessories! You can also see these accessories in my blog post for Princess Dreaming.

Check out Red Sakura for more puffy hair clips, hair bows, and even bloomers! ^_^ Check out her personal blog here.

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Review: Mashmallow Octopus Necklace

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Happy New Year, everyone! How is your 2015 going so far? I’m really sick right now, so I’m glad I took these photos before I got sick… In any case, I can still blog in my sickly condition, which is nice. I hope I feel better soon… (I think I just have a bad cold, but it might be something worse.)

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I got an octopus necklace from Mashmallow, and I absolutely love it! I decided to review this product for all of you since I already have some photos.

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Here is what I saw on my doorstep when the package came in:

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Here is how the necklace was packaged:

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There were no damages to this item, so I was very pleased with the product and product packaging! Instructions and warnings were included in the box. Keep this necklace away from extreme temperatures!

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The octopus pendant is a bright neon pink, and the octopus even has cute little black eyes. It’s a very well-crafted pendant, and the black cord is also high-quality!

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Isn’t the octopus adorable? I want to name her, but I haven’t thought of a name yet. Feel free to suggest names~!

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I wore this necklace with a mostly-black outfit. I love the stunning bright color~! It truly stands out against my black top. Both the pendant and the black cord are sturdy. The clasp is easy to use as well! The length of the necklace is perfect, and I plan to wear it with my casual outfits since it’s so easy to wear.

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Seriously, check out Mashmallow for all your adorable octopus needs!

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A Coordinate for California

Wow, it has been a month since my last post… Sorry about the brief hiatus! I thought I was going to participate in Lolita Blog Carnival this month, but time flew by and suddenly June is almost over.

But now that it is almost July… I have something to share! In a few days, I will be going to the airport… and flying to the West Coast for the first time! I am so excited. I will be attending Anime Expo in California, and staying in CA for a week with my friend Terry. I’ve never been to California before, so I’m looking forward to it!

I have to pack light, but I will be bringing some lolita clothes (and of course, my petticoat). I also will bring some gyaru stuff with me. I really want to get into the gyaru style as well!

On Day 3 (Saturday) of Anime Expo, I plan to wear a sweet lolita coordinate. I decided to plan out my coord beforehand so I wouldn’t have to struggle to coordinate an outfit in a jet-lagged state.

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The coordinate is mostly pink and red! The cutsew is from Angelic Pretty and the skirt is from Bodyline (but it’s a replica of Angelic Pretty’s Fruits Parlor).

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The headband and the necklace are made by Sweet Mildred, and the fuzzy star and the small bow are both offbrand. The wristcuffs are from Classical Puppets on Taobao, and they were a present from my friend Terry. Of course, I have to bring these wristcuffs with me! The socks are offbrand and the shoes are from Bodyline (with my orthotics inside ❤ luckily, they fit!).

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I may pack some cute rings with me to wear too! We’ll see… I also plan to use a wig for this coordinate, probably my short milk tea wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs.

I can’t wait to wear this coord at AnimeExpo! (And hopefully, I’ll wear J-fashion throughout the week after the con!)