Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Review #48: Me Likes Tea

At the end of January I saw a beautiful thing pop up on Instagram – Me Likes Tea’s limited edition golden anniversary petticoats. I wanted to get a new a-line petti anyway, and these were so pretty that I figured why not just do it now and tick that item off my goal list? So that’s exactly what I did! Then, because I wouldn’t be me if I bought just one item, I also ordered a pair of bloomers and a set of hairclips.

The petticoat was made and ready to ship, though the other items had to be custom made. Shipping was a bit of a bitch, price-wise, so I went with Airmail rather than my preferred EMS. All in all I placed the order on January 30th and received it on March 13th, which is faster than I was expecting! I had the wrong email linked to my PayPal account so I didn't get any updates, but I didn't mind. Tai (the owner) was quite responsive to emails so I'm sure I could have asked for an update if I'd cared to.

 Within the shipping satchel was this pretty package.
Within the pretty package each item was separately bagged and labelled.

As far as reviews go, let’s start with the star of the show, the petticoat. I’ve been saying I want a better a-line petticoat for a while now, since my current one is from Leg Avenue and is not particularly noteworthy. However, since my existing one has done the job for so long this never seemed like a pressing concern…until I realised that it’s also actually too short for Berry Stripe! And if it don’t work for one of my current favourite dresses then it don’t work for me! So I was actually planning to be proactive on getting a new petti this year and it just so happened to happen earlier than expected!

And oh my goodness, this petticoat is just wow. Like, I almost have no words for it. It is gorgeous. I was amazed. James was amazed! It has a waist ribbon and the lace on the hem is gorgeous and beaded. Can I say a petticoat is a work of art? Because if so, it is! Seriously, this thing is beautiful and I am probably going to get some good use out of it as a skirt for creative photoshoots on its own!

On a slightly more actual serious review kind of note, the petticoat also seems to be a great product - I see why a lot of people swear by their Me Likes Tea pettis! It's very well made and has a lot of poof. It's exactly what I needed. The only downside, and this is an inevitability rather than a flaw, is that the metallic lace is scratchy. But like I say, that's just what you get with metallic lace.

The bloomers (pintuck long style) were not quite an impulse purchase, but certainly not something I truly badly needed. However, they are handy to have and I didn’t have a longer white (ivory, whatever) pair so these were a sensible buy. A sensible buy that turned out to be pretty amazing!

All that gushing over the petti? Let's just repeat that with the details changed. These bloomers are severely nice. Probably the best bloomers I own, and I do own one Innocent World pair! The only downside is that now I have a good pair that properly fit I have no excuse to go around bloomer-less...which I have been doing...ooops...

Last of all, the hair clips (Carola's Tea Ties) actually fill a wardrobe gap as I didn’t own anything small and black and white, so I’m really happy to have them. Not much to say about them really except that, like everything else, they are well made and accurate to the stock pictures!

All in all I am very impressed with the items I received; they are accurate to the stock images, well made, and overall very nice. A random note that I'll mention now is that everything smelled good! Normally new items smell a bit harsh and new...but these smelled like they'd been nicely laundered. So nice.

In conclusion I am really pleased to have bought from another indie brand, and strongly suspect that if/when I need another new petticoat (which may be soon, the lining has started to rip on my Classical Puppets bell petti...) I'll be a returning customer to Me Likes Tea.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Lolita Blog Carnival: What Has Become A Staple Piece In Your Wardrobe And Why?

As soon as I saw this LBC prompt I knew what my answer would be – my two Jillian cutsews from the Black Ribbon.

Basically, ever since I bought these cutsews I have worn them, and worn them hard. I have worn lolita 21 times since receiving these, and have worn one of them for 6 of those outfits. A full quarter! That's a lot! And a very good testament to how good these have been for me.

Some of my outfits with them...I'm wearing skirts so much more since they came into my life!

What I really like about these tops is that they are made for lolita but are very toned down. No weird details, no clashing colours, just simple niceness. And given that I tend to wear fairly simple coordinates that makes them perfect for me. I know for a fact that without these I would not be wearing lolita to work anywhere near as much as I have been, and probably not as much lolita in general. So they are definitely my most noteworthy current staple!

Love the subtle details ^__^

Of course, other items are staples as well; my handmade cherry skirt gets worn a lot, as does Berry Stripe and Bodyline L417. I practically live in beret and lace topped ankle socks. I don’t know where I’d be without all my little hairbows. Nearly every time I wear black I wear by Bodyline flats and often when I wear brown I pull out my handmade brown bolero. I definitely have a number of pieces I reach for more readily than others that are true staples of my wardrobe and it was fun to have a bit of a think about what they are.

But yes, these cutsews are my current number one staple ^__^

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Monday, 12 March 2018

AYWI30C #2: Something casual

I almost tripped myself over with this theme, because nearly everything I do is casual! So it stumped me for a moment to try and come up with soomething that was new and casual, without lookng like jsut another flatlay like I usually do.

What I ended up doing was coming up with something that is causal in the sense of comfort and ease of wear, but that still is rather detailed due to the pieces used. That's something I really love about lolita; because of the details inherent to basically ever item you use in a coordinate you can wear very easy pieces and still look really well dressed!

I haven't actually worn the tights used here yet (which is why they actually look nice laid out like this) but now I'm very excited to. In fact, I'm keen to wear this exact outfit! Which makes me happy, because I struggle a little to get excited about this skirt I made.

I also really enjoy how well the Axes Femme boots and bag match. I mean, it's not surprising given that they're from the same brand and bought at the same time, but still. The gobelin bag is an especial favourite of mine because I love how it gives a mis-matchy vintage vibe to any outfit that it's used in.

And this cutsew is just love! The lace is so pretty and it's just so simple and lovely. I really enjoy cutsews, almost more than blouses I think. Have to resist the urge to buy more...

For this look I'd go super simple with accessories; the matching headbow and a flower clip for colour balance, and a few little bracelets. It's enough to keep things interesting without adding too much.

As I said at the start, I actually really love this outfit. It's casual but so pretty, and I hope to wear it later this year!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Coordinates from January - February 2018

What's that? March isn't over and I'm already posting a coordinate roundup? Well, the truth is that I've actually been wearing lolita even more regularly so far this year so I'm posting early to avoid this getting really, really long! So I guess I'll just do these posts whenever they're needed...which bugs my organised side, but oh well. It's a good thing that I have enough outfits to share already!

I started 2018 off well, by spontaneously wearing lolita to an unexpected household brunch on the third of January. As the whole things was very impromptu, I ran with something that works...and coincidentally is the same dress and bolero combo as my first outfit in 2017. What can I say? It's a good fallback!

JSK & Shoes: Bodyline
Bolero: Handmade
OTKS: Innocent World
Hair accessories: Taobao
Necklace: Kitten D'Amour

I also asked James to try and get a photo of me with Panda, but as usual the furbaby did not cooperate...

I next wore lolita on the first causal Friday once I returned to work because I got my new Angelic Pretty socks in and had no choice but to wear the red crew socks in one of my typical black x red casual berry outfits. No choice. Also they are the best. I didn’t realise how badly I needed them until I had them.

OP: Metamorphose Berry Stripe
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Hair accessories: Offbrand

I don’t have much else to say about this outfit – it was cute and comfortable and fast becoming one of my standard outfit variations. Though two of my colleagues (from the young, nerdy half of the office) both complimented me on my beret, which was nice. I also posted a selfie and shoe shot combo to Instagram, which was cute ^__^

The Sunday of that weekend, as you may have read about, was the RinRin Doll High Tea in Sydney. which was awesome! Of course, I have written a pretty exhaustive blog post about this already so I’m just going to drop a link then focus on the outfit. A big thank you to Sam for snapping this for me!

JSK: Bodyline (modified)
Blouse: Lady Sloth
Shoes: Taobao
Brooch: Kitten D'Amour
Stockings & flowers: Offbrand

Next I wore a casual lolita outfit to work on a Friday again at the very start of February. Not too much to say about this look, except that I liked it! I feel so much more me wearing lolita than I do usual work clothes so I’m glad I can do it. Though I may not be able too for long…my bosses are a wee bit bad at communication and we were recently reminded that on casual Friday’s we’ve still got to represent the company well and not look “grungy” so who knows what that means (because no-one wears anything actually grunge to work so it’s a bit baffling). But unless I’m specifically told not to come to work on casual days in a puffy skirt I’m going to keep doing it!

Skirt: Handmade
Shoes: Bodyline
Everything else: Offbrand

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I'm starting to posts more selfies and shoe shots...I actually really liked my shoes shot of this outfits so I'm sharing it.

A couple of weeks later I again wore one of my trademark black-and-berry outfits to work. I tried to do something a bit different with my hair, which I liked, and also wore a new necklace! I like how the pearls on the necklace match the pearls on the socks. I also like that the necklace was around three dollars on eBay… ^__^

Skirt: Handmade
Cutsew: The Floral Notebook
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Accessories: Taobao/offbrand

I also got James to snap an artsy photo for me to show off my hair accessories and necklace a bit better.

The next day James and I went engagement ring shopping! For him, that is ^__^ I wanted to wear lolita because why not, and I chose to wear Rose Birdcage because in light of discovering last year I've really only been wearing black and brown (and having done so this year up to this point) I wanted to make sure I got some variety in!

Skirt: Metamorphose Rose Birdcage
Cutsew: The Floral Notebook
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Taobao
Everything else: Taobao/offbrand

I snapped a quick selfie as well to show off my hair accessories a little better as I really liked what I did with them. I actually really liked this outfit overall, it was cute and comfy and it was really good to deliberate stretch myself by wearing something a little different to my default.

So those are the lolita outfits I wore in the first two months of 2018! All in all I'm pretty pleased with myself ^__^

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Good news, everyone!

I'm engaged ^__^

That's right, James and I are going to get hitched this year! As is our usual way of doing things, I don't have a fancy romantic engagement story. We talked about it (we don't even remember exactly when we decided to make this year the year) and then spent some time finding James the perfect engagement ring before announcing it today. I am using my mum's engagement ring, which I really like, both aesthetically and sentimentally.

We're planning a late August elopement (well, not exactly, since people know, but we're going overseas with our friends Nat and Luke and that's it) which I'll post about when the time comes ^__^