Monday, November 13, 2017

Taobao Haul #7: Leomistu, Elegant Cat, HengJi Shop, Haruhi Clover, and Fluffy Lolita

Winter International Lolita Day is coming soon and I need some stuff! I placed another Taobao group order with my friends in preparation for all the events I have coming up this holiday season. In addition to hosting the Statewide ILD for the Texas comms, I'm attending a frilly friend's wedding in December, and then in January, we'll be having our comm's annual New Year's meet! Since my calendar is already jam-packed, I felt like it was best to place an order sooner rather than later. As per usual, I bought everything through SpreeNow. It's just been so easy to order through them and their shipping feels a lot more reasonable than other places. Check out my affiliate link here.

Leomistu

Stock Photo, I do not own!
I've ordered from Leomistu before, so I wasn't worried at all about their quality. I'll admit that I'm not much of a headbow person, but I thought this bow would look really good as an accent color to some of my dresses. I'm a little disappointed that the headbow came on a headband, instead of a clip like I thought, but it's still really cute!

It's pulling a little pink, but I promise it's red!
Hopefully, it looks redder in other pictures, because for some reason my camera is turning it hot pink, X_X Anyway, I love Leomistu and this bow is pretty well made. I've reviewed them before so all I can say is that even if the bow isn't a true red, it's made pretty well.

You can check out Leomistu's storefront with this link.

Elegant Cat

Stock photo, I do not own!
I've reviewed Elegant Cat before too! I actually love this shop, though I wish they had more of a selection. They make super cute accessories, especially for Sweet Lolitas. Feel free to check them out here.

My wristcuffs!
I'll let y'all in on a little secret: I'm actually not a fan of wrist cuffs. It has nothing to do with this pair in particular, and everything to do with wrist cuffs in general. I think they look great, but not on me. I bought this pair because lately, I've felt like my coords are missing something. I'm hoping that with these adorable cuffs my opinion will change, but we'll see. I will say that I love the lace detail on these! It's so pretttyyyyy~! I was, however, a little disappointed at the shade of navy used for these cuffs. They're really dark, even in person. We'll see if I can deal with that, lol.

HengJi Shop

Stock photo, I do not own!
In my last Taobao haul review (read that here), I ordered a wig from this very shop, but apparently, I translated the name incorrectly. According to the images from the shop, this particular wig shop is named HengJi Shop, not HumHang Shop. Anyways, I have feelings about their wigs. Bare with me, y'all.

My new wig!
For starters, I LOVE this wig. I'm so pleased with the color and pleasantly surprised by it. In person, the wig is much more of a flax and gray mix, but in pictures, it looks gray. The flax+gray mix is extremely flattering on my skin tone (if I do say so myself), as opposed to the last gray wig I ordered, which was pulling green on me. The wig is soft and lightweight, and oh so comfortable on my head. I especially like the fact that the bangs are on a separate weft, as opposed to part of the main wig.

But that's where the pros end. This wig sheds like nobodies business, y'all. As soon as I took it out of the bag and ran my fingers through it, a handful of loose fibers came along for the ride. I'm not concerned that the wig will shed itself bald, but it's definitely a concern for the future.

Another issue I have with this wig (and possibly this shop) is that the wig isn't styled like the picture. I can tell that it actually is the wig in the image, but because the styling is different, I actually I had to double check my order with Spreenow to make sure this was the wig I ordered. This is the second time I've been bamboozled by this shop because the last wig I ordered from them was also not styled.

It's a minor issue because they're definitely sending me the right wigs, but I specifically bought this one for the spiral curled ends. I could probably style it myself, but I didn't see anything in the listing that said I needed to. It would be nice to either: get wigs in the style that's pictured or pay extra for a styled wig. Perhaps this is a translation issue, but it doesn't change the fact that this is the second wig I've ordered from HengJi Shop that came to me unstyled.

So now I have a dilemma -- I'd be lying if I said I disliked this wig. I absolutely love it; it's beautiful and it's the first gray wig I've found that actually looks gray and doesn't make me look casket ready. But is it worth getting an unstyled wig that sheds a lot? Price wise, the wig was only $11, and with that in mind, I can't complain too much. 

That being said, I'm honestly not sure if I would order from HengJi Shop again. Their wigs are beautiful and they have a good selection, but given my experience with other Taobao wig shops, I'd rather go with the ones I know that will give me good, consistent quality.

I give this wig and HengJi/"Humhang Shop" a 5 out of 8, with the note that I probably won't order from them again. But that doesn't mean you can't! Check out HengJi Shop's large wig selection with this link.

Haruhi Clover

Stock photo, I do not own!
I've ordered from Haruhi Clover before and all their accessories are so cute! I bought two strawberry clips to wear with a Taobao dress that I pre-ordered. Unfortunately, the dress has been delayed so I bought these prematurely, X_X

Anyway, they're super cute! I love that I can clip them on to just about anything!

My strawberries! <3
You can take a look at Haruhi Clover's storefront here.

Fluffy Lolita

Stock photo, I do not own!
Gather round, dear readers, and I'll tell you a Lolita horror story of epic proportions. 

During my comm's most recent Lolita Book Club meetup, I was chatting with a friend while attempting to put my gloves back on, when suddenly-! My finger nail stabbed a hole right through the ring finger of my black lace gloves! THE HORROR! 

Let us pray to the Almighty Mana-sama for my pitiful, poor gloves.

Thus, my biggest priority for this Taobao order was actually to replace my gloves. Since I have absolutely no intention whatsoever of cutting my nails down, I thought long and hard about a solution to what I knew would be a repeat problem. Now, earlier I mentioned that I'm also not a fan of wrist cuffs, so I wanted to avoid getting regular wrist cuffs if I could. As I poured through my repertoire of Taobao accessory shops, these beautiful babies appeared, like a gift from the Taobao gods. 

This was my first time ordering from "Fluffy Lolita hand made" (Google translate strikes again), but I had seen some of their accessories while hunting through other shops. These gloves? Wristcuffs? Half-gloves? Fingerless gloves (haha) keep me from stabbing holes through things since they're completely open at the ends, with the exception of a tiny elastic ring that fits around my middle finger. They cost me a whopping $3. I wish the white pair had actual white bows and not ivory ones, >_< I would have bought both pairs if they had.

My new fingerless gloves
Y'all! These are cute! They're classy! I loveeee them! I want more gloves like this because they're like wristcuff-glove hybrids and I can *also* show off my beautiful nails! It's a win-win for me! Now I just need a shop on Taobao to make these in every color imaginable, pleaseandthankyou. 

I love my new gloves and I'm really pleased with the quality of the item for the price I paid! I'm giving Fluffy Lolita a 7 out of 8. Take a look at all their accessories with this link.

In addition to my full order, I got some free accessories! I love placing large orders because the shops usually toss a few freebies in there. These are pretty good, so don't be surprised if you see them in some of my future coords. I have no idea where they came from, sadly, T_T

Random accessories
I have a few things coming in the mail, so more reviews are on the way! I bought a petticoat and pre-ordered two dresses, so once those make it to my mailbox, I'll be back to share my feedback on each item.

How's your holiday season looking? Do you have lots of plans or none at all? Let me know in the comment box below! Thanks for reading, my lovely readers. Until next time!

Stay beautiful, stay true,

~J

Monday, October 30, 2017

Five Favorite Types of Accessories in my Wardrobe: Lolita Blog Carnival *Late* Post!

Recently, I joined the Lolita Blog Carnival group on FB. I'm doing a terrible job as a member because I still haven't updated my blog like I'm supposed to, #RIP

Still, the prompts are super inspirational and helpful, so I want to use them! So today's blog post will feature an old prompt from the LBC, "Five Favorite Types of Accessories in your Wardrobe". Keep in mind that these items are in order from favorite to most favorite!

5. "Maxipad" Headdress/Headband

Soufflesong Perfume Hydrangea Hair Band stock photo, I do not own!
If someone asked me for the real name of these soft headbands, I'd tell them that I honestly don't know what they're actually called. I read somewhere that the proper name for these headpieces are "rectangle headdresses" but I think most Lolitas refer to them as "maxi-pad headbands".

Stock photo of headdress from The Nightly Thing, I do not own!

When I first joined the fashion, I thought this style of head wear looked really weird, but after I bought a few for myself, I realized that I actually like them a lot! I think they look pretty good with my face shape. Since then, I've found that they compliment coords pretty well, and I have to say that they just look extremely Lolita-esque to me, if that makes sense.

Here's a selfie with the custom headband I ordered from The Nightly Thing. You can see my initial, negative review on this headband here

I had to attack the headband with some scissors but it looks a lot better now!
Since writing that review, I was able to save the headband with a few tweaks and I like it a lot more now, <3

4. Chokers

Choker from Pinktutu stock photo, I do not own!
Chokers aren't exactly a new or Lolita-specific accessory, but I recently re-discovered them and they look so great with Gothic Lolita and mostly any other style. Most of my chokers are black so I've only worn them with Goth. This one in particular has been getting a lot of use lately. 

Selfie featuring my fabulous choker!
I want to buy a lot of chokers in the future! I hope my next one will be something a little more versatile though, since the two I own are black.

3. Berets

Fanplusfriend beret stock photo, I do not own!
I love berets! They're so simple and easy, plus they come in every color imaginable annndddd! They're! *Cheap*!

I can grab a beret for $1 on Ebay in just about any color I need, for a quick and easy headpiece. Of course, the more complex/fancy berets look great too!

Amnesic Forest beret stock photo, I do not own!
I have five or six berets in total, and I definitely want to buy more. There's really no reason not to.

2. Glasses

In My Name stock photo, I do not own!
When I was younger, my Mom took me to an eye appointment and the doctor told us both that I had perfect 20/20 vision. My Mom cheered and I burst into tears, haha.

I've always loved glasses, even at a young age. I'm not sure why I adore them so much, but if I had to guess maybe it's because most of the people I love (my dad, my big sis, my grandparents) have worn them for as long as I can remember. Regardless, I found out a long time ago that I just really love the look of glasses as an accessory. Since I don't actually need them to see, I have a stylistic appreciation for them. Actual glasses-wearers, please don't give me too much side eye, XP.

Flower glasses!
In total, I have 4 pairs of glasses that I use for coords. They're all non-prescription since as I stated earlier, I don't need these to correct my vision. Not all of them are as dramatic as my flower glasses. but I find they are definitely a great tool to add that extra bit of oomph! to my coords.

Here's a pair I snagged on Amazon.

French Cafe + red glasses!
I haven't worn my other two pairs in a while, so I'll definitely have to change that soon! Orrrrrr I can just buy more... I'll probably do both, haha.

1. "Flat Hats"/Fascinator

Stock photo, I do not own!
I am *obsessed* with fascinators, or what I like to call "flat hats"! They've surged in popularity recently and I just can't look away from them! I love these hats so much because they're so classy and give my coords a romantic, vintage vibe. They come in a variety of colors, with awesome flower arrangements.

Leomistu stock photo, I do not own!
I only own two of these wonderful hats, but I want to grab another one in all white because I haven't been wearing my white x sax one at all. My black hat, on the other hand, has been getting lots of use lately.

Recent coord pic with my black hat!
Most of my coords feature one of these five types of accessories, though I have yet to create a coord that pairs them all together! Though, thinking on it, I'd totally look silly with a fascinator, a beret AND a headband on my head, all at the same time, >_<

What are you favorite accessories in your wardrobe? Do you tend to pick the same style or type of accessories to accent your main pieces or are your tastes all over the place? Tell me all about it in the comment box below!

Until next time, lovely readers!

Stay beautiful, stay true,

~J

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Potpourri of Silk: Tea and Lunch Meetup!

I haven't written about a meet-up on my blog in a long time! This past weekend, I hosted a meet for my comm at Potpourri of Silk, an absolutely darling tea room tucked away in Oak Cliff. I absolutely loved the food and tea there. This was my first visit, but I'm already planning to go back! I regret not taking more pictures during the meet-up though.

So elegant! I do not own this image!
Potpourri of Silk has a simplistic menu featuring an array of sandwiches and light dishes, like toast with jam. They also offer a selection of unique teas, which can be ordered by the cup or by the pot. Their prices are extremely reasonable, and I love that everything is served on actual plates and china.

Everything was so tasty!
For my first visit, I ordered a beef panini pressed sandwich with roasted tomato, aioli, Swiss cheese, and arugula. All those ingredients made for a super delicious sandwich! On the side, I tried the Soup du Jour -- a roasted cauliflower puree with a hint of nutmeg. The soup was so smooth and creamy, you wouldn't believe it! I decided to try the Peach Champagne green tea and I'm definitely a fan! Like I said before, I really can't wait to go back.

Though the meet-up started at around 1 in the afternoon, we ended up staying just before closing time. I managed to gather everyone together in the "backyard" of the tea room to get a group shot. I took it with my new cell phone and remote controlled tripod that I got for my birthday! Look at my lovely comm members, <3

Thanks to everyone who attended!
Once everyone headed out, I decided to play around with my tripod and camera remote a bit more. I couldn't pass up on such a beautiful background! I'm super excited to be able to get coord shots on my own now. This will make reviews so much easier. You can't see it but I'm hiding the shutter remote with my hand, XP

A rare J in the wild. I wore my Pennyhouse OP for this meet.
All and all, it was a fun meet, if I do say so myself. I can't wait to go back and try more of the delicious dishes and teas on the menu at Potpourri of Silk. I highly recommend visiting the tea room if you're ever in the area!

Have you gone to any meet-ups lately? What'd you do? Tell me all about it and more in the comment box below!

I'm thinking about doing a post on my Lolita bag collection in the near future, but I'll be moving soon so I may be too lazy, XP We'll see, haha.

Until next time, dear readers!

Stay beautiful, stay true,

~J

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Expectation vs Reality: The Nightly Thing Headdress Review (Negative)

A couple months ago, I placed a huuuuggge Taobao group order with my comm. We ended up getting all of the items at once, except for two of them, which I had to pay to have shipped to me at a later date. Well, those last two items finally arrived, and I'm so disappointed that I figured I'd blog about it.

The Nightly Thing (translated name) is a one diamond Taobao shop that I stumbled upon by accident. Their shop pictures are fan-freaking-tastic and their items look incredibly beautiful, but there are little to no reviews on any of their items on the shop's page. I took a chance on them and ordered a headdress because I just couldn't be without it.

Stock photo of the headdress! I do not own!

All I can say is: BAD IDEA. I should have known better. I've been in the Taobao game far too long to make these type of rookie mistakes, smh. 

Pro-tip -- if a Taobao shop has a low rating and no reviews, don't risk it. Granted, I've ordered from a few four or five heart (see Taobao ratings explained here) rated shops and did okay, but those shops also had reviews from people with pictures of the purchased product. This shop, as I mentioned earlier, doesn't.

Alright, so rant aside: I will admit, maybe I made a mistake somewhere as well. When Spreenow (obligatory affiliate link here)  asked me about my specifications on this headpiece, I *thought* I was making good choices. 

I asked them for a black headdress ("Pure Black") with white pearls and gold chain accents. Sounds simple, right? So from going by the stock photo, the entire piece should be black with black lace, pearls, and gold metallic bits throughout.

That's not what I got, though. Take a look.

Oh, the horror!
One thing I noticed right away was the white lace. What?! Why is there white lace AT ALL? What part of "pure black" = white lace??? Am I being Punk'd? 

But let's go further, shall we? The flowers are new. I didn't order a headdress with flowers, did I? Nope, I didn't; comparing it to the stock photo there are no flowers at all in the picture. Also, why are the gold chains I requested on the headdress connected to the headpiece with silver chains? Why are there white bows and WHYYYYYYYY are there white bows and white lace on a *pure black* headpiece? Wut?


Well said, Jackie.

Don't get me started on the headchain either, ugh. What even?!?! Y'all, I'm incredibly salty over this.

Ugggggghhhhhhh, -_-

Needless to say, I was not a happy shopper. I'd send it back but since the entire thing was only about $6, it's not worth shipping it back to China. The construction of the piece was just okay... The lace wasn't bad but it isn't that great either. The pearls actually look nice, but there are several trails of hot glue just dangling from the headpiece.

Never again will y'all get my coins, Nightly Thing. I've learned my lesson.

The shop gets a 1 out of 8 from me, and I don't *care* if they have pretty pictures, I'll never order from them again. If you're curious, you can take a look at the shop here, but definitely beware. 

Beeeeeeeewaaaareeeeeeee.

Have you ever had a poor experience with a Taobao shop before? Let's vent together in the comments below!

As always, my dear readers: stay beautiful, stay true,

~J


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Soufflesong/Neverland Lolita: Butterfly Cemetery, Perfume Hydrangea Skirt, Morning Star Idol Campus, and Sparkling Chiffon Short Blouse

Before I start with this review, I want to apologize to everyone reading this. I didn't order all of these items at once, but in three orders over a time period of about 6 months or so. Since I haven't written reviews on any of the items I ordered previously AND I recently received my latest Soufflesong order, I figured now would be as good a time as any to mention all the items I own from them.

Soufflesong's banner, I do not own!
Soufflesong is a Taobao shop that came across my radar because they were one of the few shops that offer custom sizing. Granted, their size range is such that I have yet to actually order custom sizing from them, but I like to support brands that help make Lolita more accessible to all. At one point, Soufflesong had gotten rid of their custom sizing option, but last I heard, it was back up! Plus size Lolitas rejoice!

The ordering process from Soufflesong is incredibly easy. They have an English website, as well as a Taobao shop, so anyone can log on to their English page and use the super simple ordering system. I find that shipping from the English site is actually cheaper than the Taobao shop, so I just go that route. They also offer a rewards program through their English website, where buyers can earn points for every order and use them on the next purchase. I've gotten major discounts with their rewards program so that's a wonderful perk.

The downside to Soufflesong is that sometimes their items are not that great. Given the low price, I tend to hold low expectations, but they remind me of early Fanplusfriend -- their prices are reasonable, but their items sometimes match the quality of that price point. One flaw I've noticed lately in their items is sizing, but I'll touch more on that later.

Another negative to Soufflesong is their shipping/making time: typically with Taobao, buyers wait at least 30 days for their items to be made, but for Soufflesong, it's 60 days and *occasionally* longer than that. Thankfully, Soufflesong lists the making time for each item on the item description page, but in one particularly large group order that I placed, we bought everything in March and didn't receive our goods until the very last week of May.

Suffice it to say, I don't recommend ordering from Soufflesong if you have a deadline to meet because they take two months minimum to complete most orders, especially if there's custom sizing involved. They're pretty good about communication via e-mail or Facebook though, so on the off chance that you do have to wait longer than two months, you can PM them to check on the status of your order quite often.

Butterfly Cemetery Skirt

Butterfly Cemetery stock photo, I do not own!

I lovveeeeeeeee this skirt. Love, love, love, this skirt. I bought it in my first GO from SouffleSong and I couldn't be more happy with it. The fabric is light enough to feel breezy, but heavy enough to hold my petticoat. I was worried when I first took it out of the package because it felt kinda thin, but it held up pretty well.

My skirt!
I love the high waisted factor of it and how it sits perfectly on my torso. I ordered the skirt in the black x blue colorway in a size L. The print is pretty vibrant and gorgeous. Just writing this review makes me want to wear it again. I. Love. This. Skirt. 

I can't speak for the rest of the line (the OP or JSK) but this skirt was definitely worth every penny, 8/8, would buy it in every colorway if I actually owned any purple or red, XP

Here's the coord I put together using this piece:

Coord from PAX South.
Perfume Hydrangea Skirt

Stock photo, I do not own!
I'll be totally honest: the jury is still out on this skirt. I realized as I was trying it on that I don't have the proper blouse for this skirt, so when I tried it on with most of my blouses, I didn't like the way it looked. The other thing to note is that the high waist on this skirt is significantly higher than the waist on Butterfly Cemetery.

Skirt in Sax.
High waists are a catch-22 for busty folks: they're either super flattering or not flattering at all; there's no in between. I'm worried that this will lean more towards the latter, but I blame my blouses more than anything else.

That being said: my Perfume Hydrangea skirt is beautiful. The lace looks good and it didn't have any weird edges or bizarre threads. The biggest issue with the Perfume Hydrangea skirt is the two bows on the front of the skirt. They look good in the stock photo, but in person, they're kinda weird. The larger waist bow is detachable (thank goodness) so while I didn't like it, it wasn't a big deal.

Close-up of the print.
The fit of the Perfume Hydrangea skirt is kinda bizarre too. It looks great under a petticoat, but without more dramatic poof, it runs the risk of making the wearer look like a tube sock, -__- For those reasons, I definitely have to say that the Butterfly Cemetery skirt is better. I give this skirt a 6/8, because I can't get over those weird bows in the front.

Back of the skirt.
Morning Star Idol Campus Back Strap Jumperskirt

Stock photo, I do not own!
When I saw the photoshoot for this dress, I flipped my lid. I HAD to have it! I love Sailor Lolita and this was calling my name. Unfortunately,  this is where Soufflesong disappointed me the most.

I ordered this lovely JSK in a size XL, which has a listed bust of 108 cm. Welp, someone over at Soufflesong has a different measuring tape than I do because my bust is 102 cm and I baaareeeely fit in the bust. That's also the weird thing: I only have a bust issue, the rest of the JSK is fine. I'm not sure what happened, but something funky is going on with the top of this JSK. Busty friends, order this in custom size. Don't risk it, y'all.

This looks so weird on the hanger.
The JSK has criss-cross straps in the back and a sailor collar that *is not* detachable. I'm fine with that because I like how it looks, but I thought the collar was removable when I bought it, so it's just something to note. I love the rich navy color of the dress and it shows up that way in pictures, which is a plus. The buttons are kinda flimsy so I imagine I'll be replacing or reinforcing those soon, which isn't a big deal.

The fabric seems fine (I don't know much about fabrics, lol) and it held my petticoats pretty well. This JSK is decidedly A-Line though, so you can't try to use a cupcake petti with this: it looked bad when I tried it, haha. I give it a 5 out of 8 and I plan to take it to a seamstress to see if she can offer some assistance with the bust issue.

Check out my coord with this JSK!

Coord with my new JSK!
Sparkling Chiffon Short Blouse 

Stock photo, I do not own!

While I was mildly disappointed with my JSK, I was pleasantly surprised with this crop top blouse! I bought it in navy and it's so pretty! It's lightweight and it fits well; I can't wait to coord it. 

This is my second attempt at buying a crop top blouse, as they're currently trending within the Lolita community right now. The last one I tried (also from SouffleSong) was so uncomfortable, I tried it on once and sold it immediately. But this one was so much better! I love that the navy color is so deep and it sparkles, *__*

Crop blouse.
It was crazy affordable too, at a mere $18 so I would definitely buy this in other colors. I give this blouse an 8 out of 8 and with that, Soufflesong officially becomes a shop I would purchase from again, though with a bit of caution.

They recently released a line called Layered Ice Cream and the white x sax JSK is calling my name! I love the halter straps and the fullness of the skirt.

Layered Ice Cream stock photo
Have you ordered anything from Soufflesong before? If not, hopefully, this post was informative for you! I'll be back soon with a Taobao review and maybe a few other things. Don't forget to chat with me in the comment box below!

Stay beautiful, stay true,
~J

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Taobao Haul #6: Pennyhouse Pandora Crown OP, HumHang Shop, A01, Leomistu, Pinktutu, and Haruhi Clover

Now that A-Kon is over, I have time to review my latest Taobao haul! I placed a hugggee group order with my comm that weighed so much, we had to split the order into two boxes, O_O

I placed the entire order with the help of SpreeNow. They really came through for me with such a huge order. Sometimes things got a little complicated, but SpreeNow really made everything as painless as possible. My biggest take away from this order is that I need to stop ordering anything from A01, -__- I'll talk more about that later.

If you'd like to place your own Taobao order with SpreeNow, use my affiliate link here!

PennyHouse Pandora Crown OP
Pandora Crown stock photo, I do not own!
I love this OP but I noticed a few issues right after I tried it on. I'll start from the top: the OP has a velveteen bodice, chiffon sleeves, and pearl buttons on the bodice. The velvet portion feels incredibly solid, and surprisingly, it wasn't hot either.

Pandora Crown OP!
The skirt is pretty interesting too -- it's technically a white jacquard fabric with a black, sheer overlay that "turns" it gray. Up close, you'd never know that the skirt is actually white.

Skirt and pattern on the OP.

Underneath the sheer overlay.
Now, for the issues: Pandora Crown makes me look like a giant blob without the sash. There's just not enough of a difference between the bust measurement and waist to eliminate the blob effect.

Pennyhouse sash!
Since it's an OP, I'm not sure if I can get the waist taken in, but I know that's what's causing the minor sizing issue. Another concern I have about the OP is the front buttons, cause those babies are livin' on a prayer and a tiny bit of thread.

All and all, I love it! For the price I paid, and the fact that I managed to avoid the one to two month reservation period altogether, I'm content. I'd definitely buy from Pennyhouse again. I give this OP a 6 out of 8! Check out their shop full of beautiful pieces with this link.

HumHang Shop
Stock photo, I do not own!

Ooohhhhh, I was so sad about this wig. I tried it on and it didn't look good on me at all. Excuse the potato quality of this photo, but it was the one picture I took in the wig before I gave up on it completely. Something about the shade of gray made me turn green in person. It was suuupper weird, so I just gave up on it. Also, the wig wasn't styled in the way it was pictured on the website.

Such a pretty wig, but not on me, T_T
That being said, the wig was a great quality and felt nice! I would order from Humhang (translated name) again, I just have to figure out what shade of gray suits my face. You can check out all this awesome wig shop here! I'll give Humhang a 4 out of 8 with a note to try another wig from them later.

A01
Stock photo, I do not own!
During my second ever Taobao haul (see: Taobao Haul #2), I ordered a pair of OTKs from A01. They were tight on my calves and I wore them once before I sold them. WEEEEEELLLLLL, here we are again, and I should have known better, *siiiigghh*

These tights didn't fit so I didn't even bother taking a picture of them. I do not recommend this shop for anyone over a US Size 10 and if you're tall, just forgettaboutit! A01 is not plus-size friendly, tall person friendly, me-friendly, none of that. A01, we're not friends, you get a 3 out of 8. Their stuff is still cute though, so if you want to give their sizing a try, check them out here.

Leomistu
Stock photo, I do not own!
The first time I read this shop's name, I called it "Leomitsu". I didn't realize I had swapped the letters until I started writing this review, haha. Anywho, I've been crushing hard on "flat hats" lately. I'm not sure what it is about them that I love so much, but I just want to buy them all.

Hat + Pinktutu veil.
This hat took a little bit longer to make than I would have liked since our group order was definitely on a strict deadline. Still, everything got made in time and I got my gorgeous hat! YASSSSSSS, <3

I give Leomistu a 7/8 and will absolutely order from them again. Visit their storefront with this link.

Pinktutu
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Y'all. Pinktutu is dangerous to my wallet. Everything is cute as heck and it's all so cheap. They have pages and pages and pages of accessories, chokers, necklaces, headpieces, you name it! I was losing my mind just scrolling through each page. I ordered this face veil and a choker from them.

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Both items were perfect! 8 out of 8 and Pinktutu has been added to my Favorites! Go accessory-crazy on Pinktutu's page.

Here's a selfie from the A-Kon Tea Party with my lovely comm member, featuring Pinktutu items and my Leomitsu hat!

Selfie with my lovely comm member!
Haruhi Clover
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I've been wanting to order from Haruhi Clover for a really long time. I've admired the shop from afar for a while, this bag in particular. I debated back and forth on getting the all white straw bag or the sax version. I settled on the all white one, simply because I feel like it would be more versatile than the white x sax bag.

Basket bag!
First of all, this bag is HUGE. I knew it was sizable from the pictures, but the interior is pretty deep. Check it out! I can't wait to fill it up with stuff I don't need, XP

Interior of the bag.
I'm concerned about the flowers staying on for longer than a year, so I'll keep an eye out for that. I'm super impressed though! 7 out of 8 for Haruhi Clover, and it was already bookmarked on my Favorites, so I'll be buying from them again. Check out Haruhi Clover's storefront here.

I ordered one more item in this particular group order, but since we had to hurry, I was unable to ship it in time. I'll just order more stuff and add that piece later, no biggie! All in all, this was a fruitful order.

I'm eyeing a dress over at Lolita Wardrobe, so if I buy it, I'll have even more content for the blog! I also need to review a few items that I purchased from SouffleSong, so be on the lookout for that post in the next few weeks (hopefully).

Thanks for checking out my blog! Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below and I'll do my best to reply to them.

As always -- stay beautiful, stay true.

~J