Monday, 20 February 2017

Heart Marguerite by Baby the Stars Shine Bright

Today I am looking at Heart Marguerite by Baby the Stars Shine Bright. This series includes 3 dresses (one non-print), a skirt, a blouse, a bag, socks, 5 hair accessories and a bracelet.

First up is JSK I. The bodice seems quite well fitted and the shape is lovely. I am a bit unsure about the straps though. Although they look very supportive, I think they are maybe a bit too wide, which makes them look a bit bulky. These straps are neatly lined with thin lace, which thankfully does not add much to their width and also keeps them from looking too bare. There is a waist bow, which I think looks a pretty decent size. I am not that fond of the waist bow shape, but it sits well on the dress. I do like that this bow has also been lined with thin lines of lace. The waist bow is detachable and I think the dress looks a lot better with it removed. There is a lot of detail on the bodice, so detaching the waist bow makes that area look a lot less crowded. The bottom half of the bodice features a ribbon corset, which makes a sheer yoke on the chest area. I think the ribbon for the ribbon corset has been well spaced out and I am pleased that a non-shiny ribbon has been chosen. The sides of the ribbon corset are lined with lace, which sits well on the dress and keeps the area looking tidy. I think the yoke is a cute size and shape. Maybe a slightly more interesting lace choice could have been used to line the yoke, but the lace used is at least of a good quality. The bases of the straps features some ribbon bows. I think these bows are cutely shaped, but are maybe lightly too big. This may have something to do with them being teamed with wide straps, and if the straps had been narrower, perhaps these bows would have looked more in proportion. The back offers a panel of shirring, which is topped neatly with a ribbon corset. The stock photos show that the skirt has plenty of volume and it flares outwards a lot. I really love the skirt shape created in the stock photos. The skirt is kept simple in design, so the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with a ruffle of polka dot tulle, which looks pretty, although I wish it had been under-stitched instead of over-stitched. I also feel a line of daisy shaped lace could have looked amazing going along the bottom.

Here we have JSK II. The bodice looks well fitted, but I feel the bodice shape is far too basic looking for lolita. It looks more like a casual sun dress than a lolita dress. I also wonder how bust-friendly that scoop neckline will be and the straps are quite flimsy looking. The straps and neckline are both lined with lace. I think the neckline lace is really pretty and a lovely choice, but overall the lace doesn't do much to liven up the look of the bodice. It still feels as though something is missing. The waist area is topped with a ribbon belt, which helps to define the waist area brilliantly. I especially like that non-shiny ribbon has been used but also, the belt is topped with a really sweet line of daisy shaped lace! Although the daisies appear on the neckline, I think it is a shame that this daisy themed lace is not used more as a feature in this series. The belt is then finished off with a bow. I think the bow is a good size and shape, plus the choice of material means the bow is quite firm, with no signs of drooping. The back is fully shirred, so there is plenty of size flexibility but it also means the unattractive shirring has nothing covering it. The stock photos show that the skirt is generous in volume and flares outwards well. I am really impressed with the skirts on both dresses. The skirt is again kept simple, so the print is displayed perfectly. The bottom hem is then finished off neatly with a line of good quality, but slightly boring looking lace. Once again I feel that the daisy themed lace could have been used here.

Finally, here is one part of the print...

... and another. This series comes in ivory, pink. lavender and red. I think the colour choices are really cute and suit the print. I am maybe not as keen on the red as the other 3 colours, but that is just my personal preference. As for the print itself, it is very reminiscent of Baby prints from around the 2010 era, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It is sweet and dreamy looking. I also think it is a perfect print for Spring. The daisy wreaths are well shaped. I especially like how the middles of the daisies are heart shaped. That is a nice finishing touch. The pansies mixed in with the daisies offer a bit of variety and extra colour. The gingham and polka dots fit in well with the print and look really cute. I am not usually a fan of gingham, but I feel it works well here. The trails of ribbon help to break up the non-border part of the print too.

So overall I am quite impressed with the print and I feel it has that typical 'Baby' look to it. I think this style of sweet is what they do best. There are maybe a few missed opportunities with the dress designs, but overall they are quite solid looking pieces. Would I buy this series? Possibly, but at the same time I can't say I have really fallen in love with it. I think it is pretty, but not wishlist material. Despite slating the simple bodice style, I think I would go for JSK II and just spruce it up with some fancy details. My top colour choice is the lavender.


  1. I think the best part of series is accesory, hairties, straw hats and baskets... And the button is same as the flora series, which make wonder why did not just one release.

    1. I really like the accessories too. They seem perfect for Spring.


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