Wednesday, 24 August 2016

I guess I do have dream dresses after all...

I really have been buying things left, right and centre lately so following on the heels of my taobao haul, here’s a quite review of a pair of purchase from Yahoo Japan and Mbok via Japonica Market.

To be honest, I really didn’t want to stray away from Buyee, but given that they sometimes restrict your purchasing based on someone’s feedback (which I think was the case here, though I really don’t remember now) I had to make a change when Metamorphose temps de fille’s Patisserie Dream skirt in black popped up with a starting bid of 2000 yen.

My precious...

I’ve said frequently that I don’t really have dream dresses as such because I tend to be unwilling to drop much money on things. But Patisserie Dream is one of those things that I’ve loved since it came out. I missed it once on Closet Child and was really bummed about it, so seeing it at this price made me go; “I have to bid on this”. But Buyee wouldn’t let me so I had to try a new shopping service.

Overall I found Japonica pretty good. The fees seemed about comparable with Buyee and their service was fine. I wasn’t a huge fan of the interface and how they email you updates – there’s nothing wrong with it at all but it’s a bit confusing at first and I do prefer the very modern and straightforward website of Buyee. But still, I have zero complaints about Japonica. They even contacted me to confirm that the second item in my order, a Milky Berry tote bag also in black from Mbok which I bid on on a whim, had some wear to it and to make sure I still wanted to bid. So all in all they’re a great service who I will use again if the need arises.

But anyway, enough with reviewing the service… onto showing off the items!

I’m going to start with the least exciting purchase, the Milky Berry tote. Milky Berry is a print I’m gradually falling in love with, and given that I already have two black-with-berry-pattern skirts in my wardrobe it seemed like a fun little purchase. I won it at 1000 yen, so quite cheaply, but in retrospect I kind of regret it because fees and shipping added up and our exchange rate is not so good against the yen right now so YOLO purchases are not the best idea. However, it is cute, it does go with a particular subset of my wardrobe and it’s in pretty good nick so it’s still nice to have.

And then, my newest and glorious skirt; Patisserie Dream! I am so, so happy to finally have this! It’s so tacky and adorable! I found after I sold off my Bodyline Alice print in black and pink that I really miss having a “bittersweet” print… black and pink has always been one of my favourite colour combos. And now I have something that’s black and pink with a whole host of other colours and a super cute print to boot. James likes it too, which was an unanticipated bonus! I really can’t emphasise how much I enjoy this print, it really makes me happy. 

And Meta just continues to cement itself as my favourite lolita brand... just look at the pattern matching on the seam! That is so close to being perfect, and on such a detailed print too. The skirt is fairly standard length and sizing for Meta's "mini skirt" style, and yeah, I'm just very happy to have this.

Have you ever found a dream item at a price almost too good to believe?


  1. I got once a old VM headdress for under 100dkr in a mixed brand lucky pack. Victorian maiden items aren't easy to find secondhand, especially so cheap.

    1. Nice! And you make a good point, I haven't seem much VM around, especially not smaller accessory items.

    2. Usually does wunderwelt have some(especially then they still allowed oversea shipping on headwear), but lacemarket, closet child is more hit or miss. Worse is Exentrique I only seen it once or twice.

  2. I've used Japonica Market a few times and I quite like them. I wish they were more lenient in terms of marking down the value of your parcels, so since I'm trying to avoid being hit with VAT, I try to only use them for small things, but they're still good. And I don't get that feedback thing with Buyee either - sometimes you look at the feedback of the "blocked" seller and it's like 600+ positive and 1 negative. I'm starting to suspect that sellers may have an option somewhere to not let Buyee users bid on their items, although if that was the case, surely Buyee shouldn't be able to display that listing. Anyways!
    I'm glad you got the print that you really wanted, and for such a great price too! Do you have any coord ideas for it yet? :)

    1. I'm lucky that we don't really have customs that affect me in Australia! Yes, Buyee is odd with their negative feedback, for a while thy block ClosetChild's Yahoo Japan store, which I felt was pretty weird.

      Thank you! I'm so chuffed with it ^__^ And yes I do, I have one of my regular "one piece, three outfits" posts scheduled to go up this week for it.