Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Bodyline Review: Pink Gingham JSK+Blouse Set

Bodyline was having a Christmas offer where you get free shipping if you make a purchase worth above $100. I was very curious about Bodyline, and needed some shoes, so I thought "heck, why not?". I ended up buying three pairs of shoes (brown, pink and white) and two pairs of knee-high socks (one black, one white) ^^;;

I received them 2 business days later, and they were perfect! The correct size, very comfortable, very cute, and exactly as they looked in the pictures. I was so happy! XD

Christmas Eve was the last day of the offer, so I decided to buy a couple more pairs of loli shoes on the 23rd. I needed to make up the purchase total to $100, so I scoured the site for something to buy.

I noticed that they had this pink gingham with bunny applique JSK and blouse set in my size, so I bought it impulsively.

It wasn't till after I'd paid for it that I got really nervous - I've heard some awful reviews about Bodyline about wrong sizes and poor quality etc etc. So I waited and prayed it would turn out alright.

The parcel got shipped out on the 24th, and I just received it yesterday! (2 business days later) The shoes I received (one blue pair, one red pair. I'm addicted to shoes) were perfect for what I needed!

The JSK set was just simply wonderful. It fit really well, and is of far better quality than I expected! Most of the sewing is done quite well, and very evenly, but there are some areas of the blouse where the thread is fraying a little. The JSK straps were a little too long, but it wasn't until after I took off the outfit that I realised that the strap was actually adjustable lol.

Best part was when I realised that the pink shoes I bought earlier matched the pink of the outfit. Yay!

All in all, this was an excellent experience for me, and I don't regret it at all! I think I'll be buying more from Bodyline in the future ^_^

JSK: Bodyline
Blouse: Bodyline
Socks: Bodyline
Shoes: Bodyline
Petticoat: iSocks (local off-brand)
Hairband: Offbrand

Bodyline Verdict:
Quality: 9/10
Fit: 9/10
Service: N/A (didn't contact anyone there)

Will I use them again? Definitely!! ^___^

Oh and btw, please don't mind how rumpled I look! It was late at night, I was very tired, and I'd only just opened the parcel, so nothing was ironed at all =^_^=""

I hope you liked the outfit!

Happy Christmas!

Written: 24th December 2009

Hi everyone! I just wanted to say..

May your dreams be merry and bright~

Happy holidays, too, everyone! ^_^

Just a small update, since I'm too excited over it to wait till later to post..:

Yesterday, I was hit with a sudden urge to buy wigs and what-not to achieve that incredibly cute head-of-curls look that the girls in the Gothic Lolita Bible have.

Today, I was wandering around a shopping mall during my lunch hour when I found a shop that sold clip on ponytail extensions! O_O I stopped by to have a look and bought a couple immediately, as it was quite a nice quality for a decent price (RM60!).

Once I got home, I had to try them on. I didn't put on any of my loli clothes, so please excuse the not-loli top ^^;;

The result:

Clip-On Ponytails

Clip-On Ponytails

Clip-On Ponytails

What do you think? I think I should tie the ponytails a little higher and hide the straight hair parts, but I'm still rather happy with the result!! XD XD

Btw I'm still sorting through my UK/Paris trip pics. I'll try to upload them as soon as I can! ^_^


Spending Money...

Written: 16th November 2009

For the first time in quite a long time, I bought something online.

This time, it isn't anything kimono-related. This time, I bought some loli clothes.

I bought them from this website called "In The Starlight". The sellers (very talented ladies!!) are from the US and tailor make the loli clothes to your measurements. So far, the pictures of their sewing looks very nice, and the quality of the lace looks good from what I can tell. I'm very much looking forward to having something that actually fits me without having to wear my kimono bra and body-shaper thing!

I ordered a short-sleeved blouse, matching long sleeves, a longer black skirt, and two headdresses. All of them were black because I rather like the idea of being a kuro loli for now. Well, that, and I'd just bought a pair of all-black loli shoes on Saturday :P

I requested that the skirt be made at a longer length so that it would look more mature. I'm hoping it'd go some way into making a good aristocrat outfit somehow ^^;;

The sellers said that it would take them about a week to finish the items and send them off, then it'll take another 2 weeks to get here. I'm hoping it wouldn't get lost amongst all that Christmas mail!! x_x I rather forgot about that when I ordered. Maybe I should email them again and ask if I can register for a tracking number?

Oooooh I can't wait for them to arrive!!!

First Lolita Attempt~

Written: 28th October 2009

I've always loved lolita fashion - in fact, it was a hobby-related love of mine before kimono or even cosplay! In London, I rarely went to Camden Town Market, but whenever I did, I almost always made a beeline for one of the lolita shops there. However, being rather stingy and unsure of how well it would suit me, I rarely ever bought anything.

Last week, I had received my first paycheck from my first official job. I decided to treat myself. Having recently found a few lolita shops around KL, I tentatively searched one out.

Although unforeseen events kept delaying my trip to the shop last weekend, I finally managed to make it late on Sunday evening. The shop (i-Socks in Times Square, if you want to know) is rather complicated and bothersome to understand - there are 4 or 5 outlets on the same floor of the same mall, and all but one of them are open to the public. That last store is the VIP store, which of course sells the better stuff.

In order to get to the VIP store, you need to go to one of the public ones and make a purchase of RM20 or more (I've heard varying minimum prices, but this one seems the most common). The shopkeeper may then give you a slip that will allow you a single-time entry for up to 3 people into the VIP shop. There, you must spend a minimum of RM100 (or so I've heard. I definitely went waaaaay past that) to obtain a VIP card, with which you may enter the VIP outlet anytime.

Of course, all this research was done before I went to scope out the shop :P

So in we (my sister, her boyfriend and I) went into a few of the public shops. I found a few things that I liked in one outlet, and bought them. Along the way, I was discussing lolita fashion with the shopkeeper, and she suggested that rather than dresses (which I'd mentioned I liked, but was worried about how I'd look in) I ought to try a skirt + blouse + corset combo. I rather liked the idea, despite having never really tried it out before, and immediately thanked her for it.

Once I was in the VIP store, I asked one of the salesgirls there for her opinion on what would be nice, and what would fit me. I mentioned the combo that was recommended to me, and that I liked black and white the best. She began pulling out stuff and coordinated an outfit for me, complete with shoes and headdress.

I did browse around the whole shop, in the vain hope of finding something else that fits me, but didn't dare buy anything other than the outfit that we'd already picked out.

And so, I finally bought my first lolita outfit. The best part of it is that it was on sale, and I got 30% off everything! Yay! Also, I paid for it with my own money - so no one can complain about spending money on such things, because it is, after all, my own money. Yay!

When I got home, I was really excited about putting it on. However, I had to wait, because first, I had to cook and eat dinner, shower, dry my hair, etc etc. By the time I'd finished doing everything and had the time to dress up, it was already midnight, and everyone was in bed.

Buuuut... I was so excited over my first lolita outfit that I couldn't sleep, and ended up trying on the dress anyway! ^^;

Here are pictures!


First Lolita Outfit!


First Lolita Outfit!

The outfit still isn't complete yet - I haven't gotten a good pannier, or a proper bag, and I'm not entirely satisfied with the stockings and shoes. I rather think I'd prefer white stockings with a bow, and black shoes with white lace. The pannier I'm using is also an old tailor-made one that's really flat now, and I have absolutely no lolita bags whatsoever! Oh well. Back to the shop this weekend!! XD XD

I also kind of have a slight issue with the corset - while I really like this look, I've read that corsets and lolita just don't mix. Well, I'm not really sure if what I read really meant proper figure-shaping corsets, or "bodices" like mine. But either way, I've heard that it doesn't sit well with lolita except in a few styles (corsets feature quite often in the aristocrat style) or if it matches the outfit in general. I'm really worried about whether or not this outfit does conform to proper lolita guidelines :/

On the other hand, I think that maybe it might look better if I added white lace to the corset? Or maybe I could leave the corset as-is, and use it with a black blouse, long skirt and elegant hat to achieve the "aristocrat" look. All you lolitas out there, what do you think?

I did think for a while that since this outfit was recommended by the shop people, it should be proper lolita. But then, I've read some very mixed reviews of i-Socks, so I'm not 100% confident that I can trust that the corset is lolita.

Some people love the shop and proclaim themselves everlasting fans of the shop. Others look down on it with scorn and say that the store sells low quality stuff (quite true to an extent, but the things in the VIP shop seem to be of a nice quality. Then again, what do I know?) and that this store is to blame for giving the lolita look a very "lala" reputation in Malaysia. ("Lala" is a very difficult term to explain... ^^;)

I myself, as a very new person to this sort of fashion, can't really form an opinion until I've tried the branded items. Only one problem: SIZE! I've looked through the brand shops' online stores, but I come across things that fit me very rarely. :( So for me, I'll take what I can get, and so long as I can fit into the clothes, I'm not really bothered much about quality for now.

I've found a few other lolita shops in KL. I'm thinking of slowly going about to check them out ^^ I also stumbled across a forum post with a list of lolita shops in Singapore. I'm thinking of organising a weekend trip down to Singapore so I can shop away the whole weekend! Yay!

*coughs* Well, enough of all the rant. Please comment ^_^ Thanks for reading!


Hi all!

I decided to create this blog because I didn't want to mix my lolita posts and pictures with my kimono blog - easier to separate them, I think :)

Also, I wanted to try to keep this blog as a strictly lolita-only blog, without random personal posts about my ponderings of life and its meaning. My kimono blog will remain as it always was - kimono pictures, personal entries, and other random nonsense I felt like sharing with the world! ^___^

So good luck to me! I hope I'll be able to post regularly in this blog! ^_^