Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Year In Review 2016

TWO POSTS IN ONE MONTH?!?! OH MAH GOSH, Y'ALL LOOK AT ME!! A wonderful member of my comm posted a yearly questionnaire and since I had some time, I decided to make a post about it. It'll be interesting to compare my responses from last year to this year.

1. Favorite look of 2016

I couldn't decide on one look vs. the other, so I choose three! I wore the first coord (Meta's Blooming Garden) at A-Kon 2016, the second coord (Fanplusfriend JSK) in March and the right coord (King's Key JSK) in October. I love how my style has changed from what it was just a year ago. I'm proud of these looks.

2. Least favorite look of 2016

This was actually a hard question. I had two coords that I felt pretty meh about, but this coord in particular was probably the worst I've made since my "ita" days. I believe it was a combination of poor make-up choices/too much white. 

I was super disappointed in this coord.
I was actually happy with the skirt + blouse combo, but another wig and better make-up are definitely needed to fix this. I'd change the shoes too. Things like this keep me humble though!

3. Favorite purchase
MoMo Victorian shoes, stock photo! I do not own!
These shoes are my favorite purchase of 2016. I'm not quite sure when I got them, buuuttttt I'm pretty sure it was at the beginning of the year. They're quite comfortable and pretty versatile. I've worn them at least five times since I bought them.

4. Least favorite purchase

Stock photo, I do not own!
My least favorite purchase was this Berry Mori dress in sax. I was so in love with the pictures, but I hated how it looked on me. I also hated the fact that the sax dress and the mint dress looked basically the same, -__-

I wore it once and sold it immediately afterwards.

5. An item you wished you purchase but didn’t.

Magical Etoile JSK in Sax
This dress has been on auction FOR MONTHS. Seriously, I think the first time I saw it was in March and the crazy thing is that it's STILL on auction, last I checked. I just haven't had any spare cash to get it, honestly. Hopefully, I can grab it next month!

6. Trends you liked and didn’t like from 2016

The use of more star and constellation motifs was my favorite trend of 2016. 

I don't like the new trend of wearing underskirts with everything. In my opinion, the only people that should wear underskirts are the people that actually need them. I see so many girls that are my height (5'2") trying to work them into literally every coord they own. It makes us short folks look even more stubby.

7. Favorite release of 2016

Antique Chocolaterie, I do not own!
Normally, I don't really care about new releases from Angelic Pretty, but Antique Chocolaterie makes me weak in the knees. I want to buy this dress in the navy colorway because I NEED DIS.

8. What were your fashion goals of 2016? Did you achieve them?

My fashion goal for 2016 was to get more wigs and hats. Check and check, y'all! I've completed my goals!

~New Year 2017 questions

9. Predict the new trends for 2017

I see the return of toned down Sweet and a lot more Wa and Qi-Lolita prints. I also think we'll have an emergence of more Indie/Taobao brands.

10. 2017 releases you are excited for

Stock Photo, I do not own!

Once again, I've got to give this to Angelic Pretty. Wonder Fortune is like a hybrid dress of Wonder Queen and Wonder Story AND I NEED IT ON MY BODY RITE NAO. Lawwwdd, this dress is freaking beautiful and it comes in sax. *heavy breathing*

11. Fashion goals for 2017

I want 2017 to be the year of dream/wishlist dress. Even though these purchases will be a lot more expensive (and painful for my wallet), I want to start buying the prints that I've really kept an eye on over the past four years. With this in mind, I can start saving up for these major purchases, which in turn will cause me to buy a lot less at once time. I'm doing pretty well accessory wise and once I get a few more blouses, I'll be fine on that category as well.

What are your goals and plans for 2017?? Tell me all about them in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, stay true.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Night Parade (Hyakki) skirt Review

My updating habits are absolutely terrible. Every time I think "Oh! I should totally make a blog post about this," I don't and then the window of relevance slams shut. Maybe I just need to pick one day of every month to update... I'm not sure, but I want to work something out.

I reserved a skirt a lonnnnnggg time ago (we're talking early March or so) and I finally got it in. For those that follow me on Facebook, I dropped a preview of this skirt a while back. I really wanted to finally showcase more in-depth photos of the skirt. The print is called Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (or Hyakki) and was made by the Taobao shop, Excalibur Lolita. I just read on Lolibrary that the skirt is actually made from bamboo fabric! That's totally cool. 

Check out the detailed skirt information here.

Stock photo, I do not own!
I got the skirt in the navy colorway, size L-XL. It fits like a dream and looks great with a petticoat. I can't wait to put together a Japanese inspired coord featuring cherry blossoms or a yokai coord, featuring one of the demons in the print.

The print reminds me of a night at a Japanese festival. It also reminds me of the anime Nura: Rise of the Yokai. If you've never heard of that anime/manga, here's a Wiki page that explains a bit about it. I have yet to read the manga, but the show was on Netflix.

Anywho~! On to the review!

My packaged skirt!
Upon opening the package, I was mostly in awe at how well the print stood out against the rich navy fabric. The package came with my skirt, a detachable bow, ribbon ties for the corset lacing at the back of the skirt, as well as a tiny bag to hold... The ribbon? I'm actually not sure.

           Close up of the bag + corset lacing/ribbon.
Waistband of the skirt.
As I said before, the waistband of the skirt has room for corset lacing. I'm not sure if I'd actually want to lace it up, but we'll see. Let's take a look at more pictures. This print is really vivid and gorgeous! 

A handful of the 100 demons.

OMG, so cuttee!

2 spooky 4 me.

An umbrella demon???
Helllloooo nurse, <3
So lovely!
If you take a look at the stock photo, you'll see the use of white lace. Once the piece was released, however, all the lace was changed to a matching color. Customers weren't told about this decision until AFTER the initial deposit was due for the reservation and I won't say it didn't leave a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Honestly, I was a worried the new lace choice would look awful. Looking at it now, though, I think they made a good decision. The matching lace makes the overall piece look more cohesive. Plus, they used good lace! It's not that tacky, scratchy crap.

Matching lace.
My biggest issue with this skirt is the detachable bow. I have no idea what to use it for because it's ugly as heck and pretty useless. I guess I could use the bow instead of lacing the back, but fareal, yall, this thing looks bad.

Extra bow.
Those ruffles are the thing that gets me the most. I'm just going to put it in a dark corner of my closet now...

Overall, I'm pleased with this piece. I'm a bit concerned that I'll be stuck in a particular niche while trying to coord it, but I can't say I mind the challenge. I'm trying to figure out where and when I'll wear it, so it'll be a while before I can wear it out anywhere.

My skirt!
I give this skirt and this shop a 5 out of 8. I think it's extremely ambitious to make a skirt out of bamboo fabric, but that ugly bow has go to go. I plan to keep an eye out for more releases from Excalibur before I form my full opinion on them. Unlike Das Lied der Elfen or Grove Deer, Excalibur didn't leave much of an impression on me.

Are there any Taobao shops out that there you're head over heels in love with? Sound off in the comment box below!

Stay beautiful, stay true.