Friday, March 29, 2013

Lolita Closet: IW Henriette Vest

I have not blogged about Innocent World at all in my series of Lolita Closet posts. I recently just made a small order from the company, so I'll share my experience with their ordering system and what I bought from them (*o*@)!

Innocent World is one of the few lolita brands that ships world wide and their english website is very easy to navigate and understand. Their shopping cart system is a bit odd, as there isn't one! Every clothing item has a listing on the side of the quantity in stock in their respective colourways. You have to submit an order form with their special item codes and wait for the company to either reply to you, or be invoiced by paypal for your purchase. My normal e-mail and my paypal e-mail are not the same, so I did not notice I got invoiced until almost a week after! (>_<;) Oops..! 

Innocent World order
Those who know me, have known of my long outstanding quest to find a nice vest to go with my everyday clothing and for lolita. I could not find anything when I was shopping at the mall and a lot of the regular priced vests that I like from Alice and the Pirates are just too hefty on my wallet! Fortunately, IW was having a sale and I saw this vest...and decided to buy it. It was still expensive in retrospect, but I don't regret getting it!
Keiko was over one day, so I asked her for her opinion about the vest and she told me to buy it if I liked it because she knew how frustrated I was about finding a vest. While she was looking at their site, I asked her if anything caught her interest and I'd get it for her birthday (^_^;)

The smaller package is hers, while the bigger one is mine. I asked Innocent World to gift wrap her item and they wrapped them both! Haha..! The packages came with a hand written note thanking me and hoping I would like the goods. I rather like how simplistic it is and makes it feel more personal, and the stationary is beautiful!

Small details for gift wrapping
 They definitely don't go overboard, like how BtSSB or AatP gift wraps their items, but I still appreciate it. I think I'm picking too much of my mom's taste lately, because I really like the floral print of the wrapping paper they used to 'blind package' the items!
Henriette Vest
This vest came in three colourways; navy, brown, and black. I chose black because it coordinates well with a lot of items in my wardrobe. (I apologize if the lighting in the picture is off, when I uploaded them on flickr, it just made all the images darker! Bah! Plus the lighting is all over the place >_<;;) The vest is very simple, there are three non-removable bows in the front and is a round neck vest. Initially I was not sure where the closures were, but their is a zipper on the side seam. Putting it on is a bit odd because you have to pull it over your head and then zip it closed. Not the conventional way to put on a vest...but it does not bother me too much. 

They used a simple rose lace along the collar and princess seams. I wish they placed the top bow a bit lower because it's covered by the lace. If I feel like it, maybe I'll move the bows one day.
Removable ruffle
 The back is very simple, not too many details to talk about. The tail ruffle is removable, and I bought it because I thought it was cute and would look nice with a skirt. There is no shirring on this vest, however the measurements on Innocent World's site are quite accurate and it fits me very well. I find it rather flattering and hopefully I'll get a chance to wear it this weekend!

Little Birds Cameo Ribbon Clip
My experience with Innocent World was a positive one. Their customer service is great and they do respond to you quite quickly if you send them inquiries. I e-mailed them back informing that I had received the package and thanking them, they were sweet enough to say that in the future if I needed anything gift wrapped again, to give them the names of the recipients so they could include personalized notes in their packages. (*o*)! How sweet is that...! ♥

If any of you are wondering what I ordered for Keiko, I got her this barette.
I obviously don't have pictures of it since it was her birthday gift and it would not make sense for me to open her package! I did see it when she opened it and it is very beautiful...and she can wear it anytime too!

So, until next time!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lolita Closet: Metamorphose Fancy Egg

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lolita Closet: AP Wonder Story Round JSK

It's been awhile since my last post! I must apologize for that since I began a transition between jobs and what not. I also didn't feel like blogging too much since some posts take awhile to type up. I digress and today we'll look at Angelic Pretty's Wonder Story Dress! The 'Round' version of the jumper skirt!

AP Wonder Story Round JSK
This dress isn't part of my own personal collection, rather it is a gift that I purchased for one of my closest friends as a belated birthday present. (My sister chipped in too!) We're both pretty hard to shop I gave her an IOU when her birthday passed because I had not come to any kind of decision to what to get her. While we were in Japan last year in May, I saw this for sale and my eyes bugged out from their sockets. I just knew it was hers! 

Bodice Details
The fabric has a heavy weight to it and is quite soft. I was quite surprised of the print, because it is really crisp despite being printed on gabardine fabric. There are many details on this dress and I regret not spending more time to stare at it more closely! I love how they took the time to have the "A" centered on the waist bow and the lace used on this dress is gorgeous. It's dyed perfectly to match the saxon blue. 

Custom Lace!
I especially loved the lace on the hem of this dress! The teacups with the AP design is just too much for my lolita heart to comprehend. I thought it was so amazing!

Wonder Story print
I apologize for the odd quality of the photo (>_<;). My camera isn't that great and the twill lines on the gabardine messed up the overall quality of the photo...but you get an idea of the print! I love the Alice in Wonderland theme (which is quite prevalent in a lot of lolita designs) and all the cute details really make the design cohesive. The text on the pages of the book were almost legible, and from what I recall, it was an excerpt of Alice in Wonderland in French. 
I secretly love the falling's reminds me of AP's Dreaming Macaron print...

Wonder Story details
I love how the print has many hidden gems in it. The blue and pink book are titled "Angelic Pretty" and "White Rabbit", respectively. The spines of the other books read, Wonder Party, Wonder Cookie, and Crown Trump, which are other print designs by Angelic Pretty! 

Back of Wonder Story
The back features a full shirred panel and adjustable shoulder straps. The waist ties are removeable. The dress has some tulle built into the skirt to add some volume and it is lined on the inside.

And one of the most interesting surprises I found when I was taking photos of the dress before I gave it to my friend, was that . . . 

This dress has pockets!!!

This is the first dress that I've ever known personally to have side seam pockets! None of my other dresses have them and I'm rather disappointed that they don't! 
 My friend loved the dress and she really likes to wear it...which reminds me that we should get together soon for some high tea! 

And that concludes this post about this dress! 
Please look forward to my next Lolita Closet posts!