Thursday, 28 August 2014

Magnifibres False Lashes

I hate false lashes. Despite multiple attempts, I never really got used to those annoying fiddly strips and waiting for the glue to get to that desired level of tackiness. So any product that promises to mimic false lashes without the hassle is worth giving a try.

This is where Magnifibres comes in. It is a brush on product with false lash fibres in it. Products such as this one have been available on the market for a while now, so I decided it was finally time to see what the fuss is about. Magnifibres is about £20, so one of the cheaper options on the market. It is worth looking up some reviews to see which product you feel is the best for you. You can get black coloured fibres, natural fibres and all sorts. What appealed about Magnifibres to me is that you can use it with any mascara and the instructions are very straight-forward. The only thing I would say (which isn't mentioned on the packaging but is recommended on the Magnifibres website) is that for the best results, it is best to use a new mascara, as mascaras tend to dry out once they have been open a while. The site also mentions looking down when you apply the fibres, so they don't get inside your eye.

And so, on to the product! I would just like to warn you all that the photos didn't come out very well in this post. It proved very difficult to get close up shots of my lashes, even with the special function on my camera! But I definitely feel the end results were a lot more obvious in person than they appear in the photos.

So this is my naked eye.

And this is my lashes coated in just mascara (apologies for the different angle). Now it is time to brush the lash fibres on whilst my mascara is still wet.

And here is the end result. It doesn't look a great deal different from my mascara only photo, but it did look a bit more dramatic in person. The product says you can lengthen your lashes by up to 5mm. I can't say that I noticed a massive amount of difference with the length, but my natural lashes are quite long anyway. There was definitely some extra length there though and I really noticed a difference in the volume of my lashes. My lashes looked thicker and fuller.You have to be a bit careful, as the lashes can end up clumping together, so it might be worth having a lash brush handy to separate them. 

So does this product mimic the effects of false lashes? To some extent it did. My eyes were definitely more defined and my lashes looked a lot bolder. Length-wise, maybe false lashes would be better. But I do feel that it did look like I was wearing more subtle false lashes. I don't like really big, obvious false lashes anyway so Magnifibres may be my ideal product. You can also go back and repeat the fibre application for a more dramatic effect.

So now I have discussed the end results, I suppose I should make some comments on how the product felt. The fibres did feel a little strange going on! It felt as though I was coating my lashes with fluff. Magnifibres felt a lot lighter than false lash strips and glue does. It did tickle a little bit too but I made sure to be very careful applying the fibres. However, I would not recommend this product to anybody who has sensitive eyes, as you may find the odd fibre might stray away from your lashes if you are not careful. I ended up leaving my fibres on for about 4 hours and the effect did last well during that time and I am confident it would have lasted a lot longer. When I went to remove the lashes, I used make up remover like I usually would with my normal eye make up. I have to admit, I did have to scrub a bit more than usual! But my make up did eventually come off. When I woke up the following morning I only had one or two very tiny fibres left on my face, which I think was a good result.

So if you are a pro with false lashes, maybe this product isn't worth ditching your strips for. But if you are falsies-phobic like I am then it could be a good option. This product would not be suitable for very sensitive eyes, but I personally found Magnifibres to be fairly comfortable to wear. I think with a bit more practice I could see me using this product more frequently. Maybe next time I will try an extra layer of fibres for extra depth and definition to see how that turns out. Would I recommend this product? Possibly. I think the results will vary from person to person. I quite enjoyed giving this product a go.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Loyal Rosette by Angelic Pretty

Today I will be taking a look at Loyal Rosette by Angelic Pretty. This series includes 2 dresses, a skirt, a salopette, 2 hair accessories, socks, a hoody, 2 cutsews, a necklace and a brooch.

This is the OP. The bodice looks fairly well fitted. The bodice shape is quite pretty, although I feel the design makes the shoulder area look quite wide. The sleeves seem to be a good length, but overall I find them to be very boring and simple. The cuffs are finished neatly with the brand name part of the print and 2 pretty gold buttons, but it feels like the design is missing something here. Perhaps some thin lace would have livened the cuffs up a bit and softened the edges? The waist area has a band of brand name ribbon going around it. The ribbon helps to nip in the waist area. The ribbon design is very bold and matches up perfectly with the print. The waist ribbon is detachable, but I think it helps to tie everything in so I personally would use it. The bodice has 2 lines of very thin lace, which help to line the separate bodice panels and looks very tidy. This dress has a solid coloured collar which has a very pretty and interesting shape. It creates an interesting fake neckline, which I really like. The collar is lined with braid, which keeps the edges looking tidy. The collar itself has a nice folded design, although it looks like it may be a little uncomfortable to wear for long hours. The collar also features a row of gold buttons and further buttons on the folded over parts of the collar. Whilst the button design is pretty and the buttons have been lined up neatly, I feel there are far too many buttons used here. AP could have gotten away with just a few buttons, spaced out further apart. The collar also has a detachable ribbon bow. The bow is a good size and a pretty shape. The ribbon is the same used for the waist belt, and has a good design to it. I also think the bow sits quite nicely on the dress and adds a nice cute touch to the dress. The back has no shirring at all, so size flexibility is limited to just the waist ties. The solid coloured collar has a pretty design and shape on the back of the dress too, and although I doubt many would notice it, it is nice to keep things looking tidy. The stock photos show the skirt has a pretty bell shape to it. It flares outwards well, although I feel the skirt could do with a little more volume and length to it. The skirt design is kept simple and so the print is displayed beautifully. I feel the simpler details on this dress are well balanced, as the print is already very busy. The bottom hem is then finished off with a line of crown themed lace, which is a very good choice for the overall theme.

And here we have the JSK. The bodice looks well fitted. The overall bodice shape is a bit simple but with a print this bold, that may actually be for the best. The straps are a very good width and are lined neatly with thin gold lace. The straps are made up of the pretty AP logo ribbon. The one thing I dislike about the straps though, is the way the design continues all the way down the front of the bodice. I just feel it is a bit too OTT looking when the bodice is already full with lots of bold details. The waist area uses the AP ribbon again, but this time it doesn't appear to be detachable. It does emphasise the waist area brilliantly though. There is a waist bow topping the waist ribbon, but I don't think the shape is that appealing. It looks more like the ribbon has simply been folded over and there isn't really any defined bow shape to it. It also blends in to the waist ribbon a bit too much and I don't think I would have bothered putting a bow here at all. The bodice features a bold military themed design with solid coloured mini panels, topped with buttons. Everything has been spaced out well, although I still feel it would look better without the stripes of ribbon from the straps on either side. The button design is very pretty and the military theme is a good match for the print. The neckline is then lined with a line of thin, simple lace which stops it from looking too plain. The back is fully shirred, so it isn't concealed by anything. However, with the style of print the shirring sort of blends in and doesn't look as obvious anyway. The stock photos show the skirt is very full with a very pretty bell shape to it. It flares outwards really well and has plenty of volume. It still looks as though it may be a bit short in length though. The skirt design is kept simple and the print is again displayed very well. The bottom hem is then finished off with pretty crown lace.

And here we have the print close up. As we can see, the print comes in red, blue, green and brown. All 4 colours work very well with the print. I'm not surprised to see that the red and green are proving to be the most popular colours. I think the blue offers something a little bit different too. However, I am surprised that the brown doesn't seem to be selling as well. I thought AP's chocolate print fans would perhaps take a liking to it, even though the print itself doesn't feature chocolate. As for the print itself, I love the bold combination of rosettes, emblems and the tartan background. For the most part, everything in the print works well together. The only part I really dislike is the part right at the bottom which is made to look like the furry part you see on the bottom of some crowns. That part to me, really sticks out and I would have preferred it if the print just ended with the band of gold. The band of gold is very pretty and would have been a perfect way to end the bottom of the print. The rosettes are drawn beautifully and are a perfect match for the tartan. I love looking at all the different medals and the emblems have lots of pretty details to them. As for the tartan itself, it is a good option for the upcoming fall season.

So overall, I think this is a very strong series. I think there are a few tiny things I would tweak with the dress designs but apart from that they look like very good. The print is also very bold and striking. I am actually glad that the rosette trend hasn't died out yet. It is just a shame that the very bottom of the print doesn't match up with the rest of the print. Would I buy this series? Possibly, but to be honest I think I prefer AP's other rosette print, Chocolate Rosette over this series. If I did go for this series though, I think I would choose the OP in green. I think the simpler dress design of the OP is a good combination with the print. The only other thing I wish AP had done, would be to make actual rosette accessories using the designs in the prints!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Take a Theme- Carnival

Today's post is another Take a Theme, where I search for items that match the selected theme. Today I am doing one on carnival related items. Seeing these items really made me want to visit the circus!

Potential sub-themes- Circus, tents, bunting, carnival food, ring master

Brand prints of note- Starry Night Theatre, Fantasy Theatre, Puppet Circus, Candy Funfair (Angelic Pretty), Twilight Circus (Alice and the Pirates), Golden playground (Infanta)

When it comes to carnival themed items, I think bold colours work best. It looks like I ended up using a lot of red! I adore the mini hat, but sadly it has in fact sold. However, I have included the link to the page anyway because maybe the Etsy store owner would take on commissions if you asked them. She also had quite a few interesting looking hats in her store as well. It proved very hard to find an adult sized ringmaster jacket which wasn't part of some cheap costume. I'm not sure the one I picked is the best out there, but for ages it was the only one I could find. I think my favourite item from this post is the tent ring though. It is such a shame it is unavailable any more. But there are lots of similar rings out there done by other stores, so do take the time to google tent rings and have a look.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Rose Funeral by Alice and the Pirates

Today I will be taking a look at Rose Funeral by Alice and the Pirates. This series includes 3 dresses, a skirt, 2 blouses, a vest, 2 pairs of pants, socks, 4 hair accessories, 2 corsets, a pair of gloves and a choker.

Here we have JSK I. The bodice looks well fitted, although the dropped waist design doesn't look too appealing to me. It makes everything look out of proportion. I think they should have done it more like their Midsummer Night's Dream JSK I design. The straps are a good width for the dress and look very supportive, although they are plain in design. The waist area has a ribbon belt design, which helps to emphasise the waist area. But with the dropped waist design, it does look weirdly positioned. The ribbon used is very pretty, which a slightly sheer design. It is not shiny and looks of a decent quality. The ribbon bow at the front is a good size and shape for the dress. Above the ribbon belt there is a gathered lacy panel. Something about this panel just doesn't appeal to me. I think it looks a bit too narrow or is possibly the wrong sort of shape. The lace used is pretty though. The back has a very wide looking panel of shirring, which is topped by a ribbon corset. Because of the dropped waist, I feel the overall skirt shape looks odd too. It looks too lumpy and doesn't create a smooth silhouette. But whilst the top doesn't look too full, the bottom of the skirt has plenty of volume and the print is displayed reasonably well considering the skirt construction. The bottom hem is then finished off neatly with pretty lace.

This is JSK II. The short bodice is well fitted and the bodice shape is interesting. At first I thought that maybe the neckline shape was a bit too cutesy for the print, but it has grown on me. The actual straps are quite thin, although they do suit the style of dress. Also, thicker straps wouldn't have worked with the material draped on top of the straps. The draped design on the straps falls down nicely. It gives the straps extra movement and depth too. The bodice material is nicely gathered. I like the use of wide lace that runs underneath the bust. It sits well on the dress and is an interesting shape. The lace used is pretty too. The middle part of the bodice has 2 lines of thin pearls, which just adds a tiny bit of extra detail and stops the dress looking too simple. The neckline lace is pretty and nicely shaped, although I feel it could do with being slightly narrower. The back is fully shirred, and therefore there is nothing there to conceal it. But because of how short the bodice is, a ribbon corset wouldn't have worked too well anyway. The lace from the underbust line carries on neatly along the back. For a skirt that starts at the bust line, I think the overall skirt shape is pretty good. I feel it could have flared outwards a bit more though, but hopefully it is just a bad stock photo and it has more volume than it appears to. The skirt design is quite simple and the print is displayed reasonably well. The bottom hem is then finished off with really pretty, good quality lace.

And this is the OP. The main part of the bodice seems a good shape. I'm really not fond of the sleeves though. I think the balance of printed material to white material is off. The white material looks like it needs to be a lot shorter, with more printed fabric instead. I also dislike the way the printed material and white material connects. It looks like the printed fabric needs to be slightly puffier and a bit more gathered. The buttons and lace covering the solid white parts is cute, but it does need to be a lot smaller. The main bodice is all about the collar, but I feel the waist line needs just a bit more definition. You can't really see where the waist line is and I wonder how this will look when worn. The bold collar is an interesting shape. It is not to my personal taste, but I can see others liking it and I appreciate the sharp, crisp lines. The lace overlay is pretty and gives a bit of extra texture to the collar. However, I do dislike the spiky looking trim used to decorate the collar and also the ribbon for the bow. Something about it just doesn't appeal to me. The ribbon used is also a bit shiny. The back doesn't have any back shirring. The collar is a bit of a weird looking shape at the back, with a very curved line. I am just not sure it is the most appealing shape AatP could have done. The stock photos show the skirt has a decent length to it. It appears to have a reasonable amount of volume to it but I think the shape could have been done a bit prettier. The skirt design is kept simple, so the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with good quality lace. I think the spiky, triangular shaped lace matches up well with the collar design.

Finally, here we have part of the print close up. This series is available in lavender, bordeaux, navy blue and black. Whilst I like the colour choices, I do feel that on the darker colour ways the print blends in to the background quite a lot. It makes it very difficult to spot all the detail in the print. So my favourite colour, by far, is the lightest colour option- the lavender. As for the print itself, I think it is a very interesting idea for a very gothic themed print. I think it is strange that funerals are not a bigger theme in gothic lolita. Perhaps it is seen as being too creepy for some? The funeral carriage and church are drawn beautifully. The church especially pops out and has lot of wonderful detail to it. Although the gate design is pretty and I like the little pops of colour from the roses, I feel this part of the print is a bit weaker. It looks a bit flat in comparison to the carriage and church. The trees in the background help to fill in the empty space and give the print a further creepy atmosphere. I like the background of swirls and roses. The roses add an interesting hint of colour. However, I do not like the way the background starts above the print, creating a stripy look. I feel there is a very obvious line where the background suddenly cuts out when it reaches the print.

So I feel this could potentially be a good offering from Alice and the Pirates. There are a few little tweaks I would make to the dress designs here and there. Using gates in a gothic print is maybe a theme that has been overdone, but I like that it has been teamed with a fresher idea. Would I buy this series? Possibly, I am still a bit undecided about it. If I did, I would choose JSK II in lavender.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Come Join the Tea Party Club 7th Anniversary Event in London!

Today I am blogging about an event which is sure to be a lot of fun. In September, on the weekend of the 20th-21st of September, the Tea party Club will be holding a special event to celebrate their 7th Anniversary. However, to continue to create amazing events for the UK lolitas and lolitas from around the world, they need your support!

Kyra and Michaela work so hard every year to make sure that they can bring over amazing guests, including Japanese designers from well-known brands. But this takes a lot of effort and money. I cannot stress how hard the Tea Party Club team work! So to make sure these amazing events can continue, please support the Tea Party Club in any way possible.

There are many different ways to support this year's event. Surely the best way is to buy a ticket and attend! Anybody who has attended in previous years will tell you that you get to meet lots of interesting lolitas from around the world. This is a brilliant chance to mingle and get to make some new friends. I was very lucky and even got the chance to model for Haenuli at last year's event Frock On. This year there is going to be a Lolita Collective and other vendors. I know some of the people who will be selling stuff and I can assure you that there will be plenty there to tempt you to part with your cash.

And... the head designer of Metamorphose will be in attendance! How many lolitas reading this post got their first brand piece from Meta? The brand has played such a big part in the history of lolita fashion. My very first dream dress was the Feathercross Embroidery OP from Metamorphose and I have loved the brand ever since. I bet that a lot of you have at least one Metamorphose piece in your wardrobe. So how about showing Metamorphose some love? With the editor of the Gothic Lolita Bible and Japanese model Ai also in attendance, there are plenty of exciting opportunities out there. Who knows, your picture might even be in the GLB!

But there are plenty of other ways you can support the Tea Party Club. Spread the news about this event, so we can reach an even wider audience. You can donate items to the raffle or art work to be made in to cute postcards. If you run a Japanese fashion related shop, perhaps you could donate some fliers to go in the goody bags or maybe even some discount vouchers?

If you are free and are able to attend, do consider attending this event. As a previous happy attendee I know that the September event will be a lot of fun. There have even been more VIP tickets put up.

Tickets can be purchased here-

Please also look up the Tea Party Club 7th Anniversary on Facebook too, as even if you don't think there is anything you can do, you may still be able to help in some way.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Secret Library by Metamorphose

Today I shall be taking a look at Secret Library by Metamorphose. This series includes 3 dresses, 3 skirts, pants, a cape, a vest, 5 hair accessories, detachable lace sleeves (Meta suggest pairing them with the OP), tights and socks.

This is the OP. The bodice looks well fitted and the bodice shape looks lovely. I'm not really liking the sleeves though. I feel the point where they start to flare needs to be a bit lower down, as the shape looks a bit awkward as it is. The sleeves are also a bit of an awkward length. The bell part of the sleeves features criss-crossed ribbon and gold braid and lace details. The gold braid is a nice touch, as it brings out the golden tones in the print and matches quite well. I am not liking the ribbon on the sleeves though. I think the ribbon is a bit too shiny and I'm not really liking the criss-cross design on the sleeves like that. Also, I feel the sleeves could really do with some lace along the ends, as the ends look a bit too plain as they are. I appreciate that Meta did release separate lace sleeves, but I feel it is a bit of a rip-off to have to fork out extra for these. The OP comes with a large sailor collar. I think the design of the actual collar is quite cute, although I don't really like it teamed with this particular dress. The collar is also very wide and makes the shoulder area look a lot wider. So it is maybe not the most flattering of collars. As cute as it is, if I had this dress I wouldn't wear the collar with it. Underneath the collar, the dress has a simple neckline shape, but it is lined with gold lace on the inside which helps to stop it looking so plain. The waist area has a bow which is a good size and has a simple, but cute shape. It sits well on the dress too. But because it uses the same printed  fabric, it does blend in to the background a bit. The bodice features a ribbon corset style detail. The ribbon is spaced out well and never looks too clumped together. The ribbon is still quite shiny though. The gold lace from the neckline continues downwards to line the sides of the ribbon corset. It keeps the bodice looking neat. The back has a panel of shirring. Despite not being concealed by anything, the shirring sort of blends in with the print a bit anyway, so it doesn't look too bad. The stock photos show the skirt has a pretty full bell shape to it. It will hold plenty of petticoat, but I feel the skirt could have done with being longer in length. The skirt has a line of gold braid which runs horizontally a little bit below the waist. I'm not really sure I like this line of lace being here, as I don't like the execution and I feel it doesn't add much to the dress. Aside from this though, the skirt is kept very simple in design and the print is displayed well. The bottom hem is then finished neatly with a line of gold lace and a ruffle of the printed fabric. I think the bottom hem design is a good match for the rest of the dress.

Here we have the Bustle Pinafore JSK. The bodice shape is simple but looks well fitted. The straps are double layered and the solid coloured straps can be removed to reveal a printed pair of straps underneath. I personally feel the top pair of solid coloured straps look too bulky and I think the dress looks a lot better with them detached. If you do detach them, you are left with random buttons on the straps though. I feel the printed straps underneath are a more suitable width. The waistline is topped with a solid coloured ruffle. At first I was a little unsure about the ruffle, but I do think it sits quite well on the dress. I suppose it is better than having a plain looking waist area. The bodice features a military themed design with buttons and chains and lines of gold lace on the outside to keep things looking neat. I love the emblem design on the buttons, but Meta have used antique gold coloured buttons, which look a bit dull next to the more vibrant gold of the lace. The buttons are spaced out neatly though. The chains used between the buttons is simple in design, but I think this does work on this particular dress. The neckline has a detachable yoke. I personally feel the yoke is a bit messy looking compared to the rest of the dress, so I would detach it. But the scoop neckline underneath may not suit every wearer and might cut strangely across some wearer's busts. The back has a panel of shirring which is concealed by a ribbon corset. I wish they had used less shiny ribbon here though, as I feel it sticks out and looks cheap. The stock photos show the skirt has lots of volume and flares outwards a lot. I think too much petticoat has been used in the stock photos, but it is good to know you can create a dramatic shape if desired. The skirt has the same line of gold braid near the top of the skirt, just like the OP does. However, I feel it looks a bit better executed on this dress. The back of the skirt has a bustle. The bustle is a good shape and width. The layers tiers are spaced out well and layered neatly. They sit very nicely on top of each other. I'm not a huge fan of the material used for the bustle though, as it is a bit basic looking. On the front of the skirt the print is displayed well. I really hate the gold fringe used on the bottom hem. I don't feel it fits in with the rest of the dress and in my opinion it really sticks out.

This is the Pinafore JSK. The bodice shape is simple, but very smart looking. The bodice also seems to be quite well fitted. I think the straps are a suitable width, although they point outwards slightly, which I am not too keen on. It is good that the straps are solid coloured. I think it adds a nice pop of deep colour. The bases of the straps are topped with bows. I think these bows could do with being slightly smaller, but the bow shape and the way they sit on the dress is great. There is a waist bow, which is a suitable size for the dress. The bow shape is simple but well executed. It is nice to have another bit of the deep solid colour. The bodice has 2 lines of gold lace, which I think looks pretty and helps to make the gold a bit of a feature. The middle of the bodice features the same buttons that are on the JSK. The buttons are well spaced out well. The colour bothers me a little less with this JSK, perhaps because there is less buttons. I suppose the bodice on this dress is a bit simple, but I feel it gives off a lovely maturer vibe and is quite smart looking. The back is fully shirred, so the shirring isn't concealed. Again, I do feel the shirring doesn't look so bad with this particular print. The skirt has a really pretty bell shape to it. It flares out well and has plenty of volume to it. The skirt has a good length to it too. The skirt design is kept simple and the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with a solid coloured ruffle, which matches up nicely with the straps and waist bow. It may be the simplest design, but I also feel this dress is the most balanced design-wise.

And here we have the print close up. This series is available in black, green and violet. The colours are interesting choices and I do feel they work quite well with the print. I especially like the green colour way. However, the colours may be a little difficult to co-ordinate for beginner or less confident lolitas, as they are a bit unusual. As for the print itself, I really like the book case. Library themed dresses are not exactly new lolita territory, but I am a fan of Meta's take on the library print. I love the elaborate frames around the book case. The cat adds a cute touch too! The items scattered over the floor help to fill in the empty spaces. The diamond themed background is very bold and striking. I think it is a very brave combination, but it does work. 

Overall, I think this is an interesting series. There are some bits I would change about the OP and the Bustle Pinafore JSK, but it is still a very good effort. For me personally, the Pinafore JSK may be simpler, but I can barely find a single fault with the design. Would I buy this series? Possibly. I know for sure I would choose the Pinafore JSK. As for the colour, I am a little undecided, but the green is appealing. The print is lovely and I like how it has a sweet, classic feel to it rather than being an outright classic print. I am really interested to see what this series looks like in person, so fingers crossed Meta will bring it with them to the Tea Party Club event in September.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My Lolita Dress and Classical Puppets Review- Positive

Thursday's post is being published a day early because I wont be able to post tomorrow!

Today I will be reviewing an order I placed with My Lolita Dress who are a Taobao re-seller shop. Whilst I usually order Taobao items using a shopping service, this time I went with a re-seller because I wanted the item quickly. Whilst ordering through My Lolita Dress did cost me a lot more, they did already have the item I wanted in stock, so the process was a lot quicker and I didn't have to fuss around with shopping service ordering forms and fees. If you are not in a hurry, it is definitely worth learning how to use Taobao and saving yourself a bit of money, but My Lolita Dress is a good alternative if time is an issue.

Ordering process

In my opinion, the web page does look a bit cluttered. However, it was very easy to locate what I was after using the menus at the top. If My Lolita Dress already have an item in stock it should say so somewhere on the product page. This way I knew I was going to get my order quickly. It is worth noting though, that if you are plus-sized you will have to get custom sizing and it is probably better to use a Taobao shopping service instead, as I imagine it will take a similar amount of time. My Lolita Dress are very easy to order from. Their cart system was simple to use.


My Lolita Dress sent me an auto-mated email as soon as I placed my order. I also received a text message on the day my item was being delivered, so I knew when it was coming. I was quite impressed and reassured by their communication.


Because I was in a hurry, I chose the faster shipping service. It was a bit on the expensive side, but it shipped in the time stated on the website. I placed my order on a Tuesday and it arrived the following Monday. So that is 6 days from China to the UK and that includes a weekend. I think that is pretty fast. My Lolita Dress also marked down the value without me asking them, so I shouldn't get hit by customs. If you are not keen on items being marked down though, it might be worth getting in contact with My lolita Dress first. DHL usually send out custom charge letters afterwards. It has been about 1 and a half weeks now and I haven't received a custom charge yet.

I ordered a Classical Puppets petticoat, which arrived in this plastic DHL bag. The plastic was very strong and durable. It was also sealed very well. There was absolutely no spare room in the package. I was very confident that my petticoat was safe inside.

Inside the DHL bag, my petticoat was wrapped in another layer of plastic. However, because Classical Puppets petticoats have a reputation for being super puffy, the petticoat had actually partially broken out of the plastic! It is a good job the DHL packaging was so strong.

And here is the petticoat. I got the Classical Puppets petticoat in the bell shape. It certainly lives up to its reputation of delivering super puff! If anything, it might be a bit too puffy in certain circumstances, but I love the fact that I can wear just this one petticoat instead of layering several less puffy petticoats. The shape was exactly what I was expecting. 

The waist band is fully elasticated. I was expecting the elastic to pinch a lot, but actually it was super comfortable to wear. The elastic didn't dig in to me much at all and I could barely feel it. There is plenty of stretch too.

A quick shot of the lace at the bottom. Obviously I don't intend for my petticoat to be on display at all, but having lace at the bottom is a nice touch anyway.

And the inside has a cotton layer as well, which feels nice against the skin. The petticoat has plenty of layers to it and I can tell it is going to last me a very long time. I am so pleased that I finally own a Classical Puppets petticoat. It has been on my to-do list to get one for ages!

Hopefully by the time I publish this post I will have a worn picture to share (EDIT- See below for worn picture), but if I don't then do Google "classical puppets bell shape petticoat" as I found plenty of photographs people have taken. It was searching those photographs which helped me pick the final petticoat I wanted. For reference, this is the one I ordered-

Edit: Here is a worn photo of the petticoat. I felt this photo best showed off the level of puff it created. In fact, I found that the petticoat was almost too big for this Bodyline skirt. The petticoat was almost peeking out from underneath! I love the shape it created though. I now want to go and buy every other Classical Puppets petticoat in their Taobao store!

So I feel the service I got definitely deserves a positive review. Obviously if I had a bit more time I would have gotten Taobao Spree to order one direct from Classical Puppets, but as I didn't have the time, My Lolita Dress was the perfect alternative. Their service is fast and reliable. Yes, the petticoat did cost me a lot more by ordering this way, but that is the price of convenience I guess. As for Classical Puppets, I am very happy with my petticoat. I would strongly recommend their petticoats to a friend. I can't believe I waited so long to get one!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Cameo Window by Angelic Pretty

Today I shall be taking a look at Cameo Window by Angelic Pretty. This series includes 3 dresses, a skirt, tights and 2 hair accessories.

Here we have the OP. The bodice seems to fit well but the shape is a bit frumpy looking. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it is I dislike about the bodice shape though! I seem to dislike the way the sleeves attach to the dress, but I do like the bell shape at the bottom. I think the length of the sleeves is pretty, although I know some people out there will disagree with me. The bell part of the sleeves have a good amount of flare to them. They are very OTT in style, but the size of the bells suits the dress. The lace that makes up the bell sleeves is pretty and layered well. The sleeves also have a line of gold braid to finish them off, which really neatens things and also adds a nice added touch of luxury. The bell sleeves are topped with bows. The bow size suits the sleeves and I think the bow shape is good, but the ribbon used is very shiny. The waist line is in a V shape, which is very pretty, although the waist area is quite plain and boring. The bodice has many different lines of lace running up it. The lace is pretty and adds a bit of added texture. However, the lace maybe blends in a bit too much with the print and it doesn't really stand out. The neckline is a pretty shape. It is lined with gold braid and lace, which looks very pretty and matches up well with the sleeves. The lace here sits nicely too. The neckline is then topped with a large bow, with lace layered underneath it. The bow is very big, but it doesn't seem too out of place on the dress. However, the shape is very strange. It seems to be wonky and an unbalanced shape! At first I thought maybe it was just one of the stock photos, but it is wonky in every single picture. The material used still seems to have a slight sheen to it, but not as bad as the shiny bows. The bow is finished with a simple, but pretty pearl cameo in the middle. However, the weird shape really puts me off. The dress has a matching choker, which has a large shiny bow on the front. I personally am not a fan, as I think this style of choker looks stiff and uncomfortable.

The back doesn't have any shirring, so the size is very limited. The back does have these weird ribbon corsets on either side though. I don't feel these ribbon parts would really do anything to help adjust the size and they look a bit strange. In this photo we can also see that the back of the skirt has a bustle. I think the bustle panel could do with being a bit wider so it fills up a bit more of the back. The tiers of the bustles are layered well though, and the material looks very soft, so hopefully wont add too much bulk to the wearer's backside.

The stock photos show the skirt is very full and has more than enough volume. I guess with an OTT style dress like this, you probably want that extra volume and this dress should hold plenty of petticoat. It is a shame the skirt is not a bit longer in length though. The skirt has a line of gold braid which sits above the print. Because of where it is located, the gold braid fits in very well, without really obscuring the print. The gold braid is topped with more of those shiny bows. I personally would have liked them to be smaller and with less shiny fabric used. The skirt material is gathered a lot, so the print is maybe not displayed as well as it could have been. The bottom hem is then finished off with cute bow themed lace.

This is the Tiered JSK. The bodice shape is simple but nice looking. However, the bodice material did look a bit baggy and loose in some of the stock photos. The straps are a decent width and suit the dress. They are lined with lace, which helps make them a bit less plain, although I'm not too keen on the lace used to line them. The waist area has a large solid coloured bow. The bow is a bit on the big side and again, the bow shape is a bit lop-sided. I really don't understand why the bow has been done like this. I also feel the bow is very basic looking and looks poorly made. The bodice has a small solid coloured yoke at the top, which matches up with the waist bow. I think the yoke is quite a nice shape, although maybe the scoop shape could have ended slightly lower. The yoke is topped with a shiny bow. The bow again looks quite basic and sloppy, although the cameo placed on top does help to conceal it a bit. The cameo is simple in design, but pretty. The cameo is detachable and for some reason, AP have stuck a random tassel underneath, which I don't think really contribute much to the dress. The neckline is lined with good quality lace, which looks fairly pretty. Underneath the yoke, there is a further 3 bows and 2 lines of lace filling up the rest of the bodice space. Again, the bow shape doesn't appeal to me. But the bows are at least spaced out well and the lace sits nicely on the dress. But when you put all of the bodice details together, I do feel the bodice looks a bit fussy and over-crowded.With a few small tweaks I think it could have looked a lot better. The back is fully shirred so there is nothing to conceal it. However, the shirring does blend in with the print a bit anyway. The stock photos show the skirt is very full and will hold a decent amount of petticoat. It flares out very well. As the name suggests, the skirt part is tiered. The tiers have been joined very neatly and the end result looks very smooth. The join has also been topped with a line of pretty lace and some small bows, which helps to conceal things nicely. The print is displayed very well too. The bottom hem is finished off with the cute bow lace again.

Here we have the Standard JSK. The bodice seems well fitted. The bodice shape is pretty, apart from the neckline, which I think could have been a bit more heart shaped to make it look softer. The straps are a bit thin, but suit the style of dress. AP could have maybe gotten away with making the straps a little thicker. The straps are lined well with pretty lace. I love the way the lace has been shaped on the straps too. It makes them appear very fluffy and cute. However, I do feel the bodice design is a bit disappointing. The bodice features a corset design which uses thick cord. I just don't think the cord looks very attractive and even looks a bit like shoe laces. Either side of the cord corset, there is a line of wide lace. The lace design is pretty and I like the slight gathering. It adds a bit of extra texture to the dress and I think it sits nicely on the dress. There are also some thin lines of lace on the far sides of the bodice. They do blend in to the design a bit but it does add a bit of extra texture and makes the dress look less flat. The neckline is lined with lace, but the more detailed side of the lace is facing downwards. It makes the edge of the neckline look too dull and plain. The neckline is topped with a cameo, although it looks a bit out of place with the bodice details. I don't think the cameo compliments the cord corset well and I wouldn't put the 2 together. I feel the bodice would be a great deal better if the cord was replaced with ribbon. The back has a panel of shirring which is concealed neatly by a ribbon corset. The stock photos show the skirt has a pretty, full shape to it. It flares outwards beautifully and has plenty of volume to it. The skirt design is kept simple, so the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with the cute bow lace.

And finally, here we can see the print close up. As we can see the print comes in ivory, pink, wine and brown. I think all 4 colours work very well with the print, but for me the stand-out colour is the wine. It looks so rich and vibrant and really compliments the gold in the print. I feel the ivory and brown colours are very mature looking too. As for the print itself, I do like the bottom border part. The cameo frames are decorated fancily with golden swirls and the tassels help to fill in the empty spaces between the frames. The pictures inside the frames show typical romantic scenes, with a French feel to them. I especially adore the castle picture. As for the non-border part of the print, I do think the lines of lace have been drawn well with a lot of detail to them. The smaller cameos amongst the lace is a cute idea. However, overall I find the non-border part of the print to be too overpowering. It is too busy. Perhaps if the lace lines were thinner and AP had chosen a less busy background, it may have been a bit better.

So I think this is a series which will definitely receive mixed reactions. Judging by the website sales, it looks as though the wine colour was the only fast seller. I myself am not overly amazed by this series. If I were to go for this series I would choose the standard JSK in wine, but the first thing I would do is take that awful cord off the bodice. I am put off the other 2 dresses because of their strange bows. But I will be giving this series a miss.

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