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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

♦❤♦ Huge Taobao Haul & Shopping Service Review (picture heavy)♦❤♦

I'm back! Sorry for the lack of posts, I wasn't planning to disappear completely for two weeks but school and work have been taking up a lot of my time. Today I was super happy to see my Taobao order arrived. I was surprised that it came so quickly since I made my final payment just last week! In this post I will be reviewing the shopping service I used and of course the items I got as well. Be warned that this is a photo intensive post.

I placed my Taobao order at the end of March (29th-31st) with Dolly Poddle. She has some math examples up on her facebook group page where you can calculate your total if you have a large order. I had a fairly big order but she was very kind and gave me an estimate anyways (cause my math sucks). Her communication was quick and she was extremely nice and polite. She laid out all the math for each item so I could see where I was getting charged.

Once I placed my order and paid for the items I waited about a week for all the items to get to her. She then messaged me again and I made my final payment on the 18th (for shipping from her to me) and the parcel came on the 23rd. She gave me tracking and everything of course, but damn that was some fast shipping!
Everything came packaged nicely in a box. The shoes are actually in their own box and all the clothes are in their own plastic wrap.
Now I'll show you pictures of the items I got and a brief description/impression of them. I'm not going to link them because some of them aren't available anymore and whatnot. If you want more information on a certain piece though, I'll be more than happy to help!

The first two things I pulled out were my long awaited MA*RS sets. They're absolutely gorgeous and although they're most likely replicas, the quality is really good! They don't feel cheap at all and I'm super happy about these two purchases alone. The seller even included a small shop bag and thank you note for me!
The next few items I ordered were Liz Lisa or similar styled. I was actually expecting replicas but it looks like a few of the items I got were authentic as they still had their shop price tag on them!
Simple lace-hood pull over for those lazy days. I really like it, the fabric is soft and not too bulky. Authentic.
These shorts are replicas but they fit like a dream. I like how versatile these are!
I originally wanted this pullover in white but they ran out of stock. I got it in pink instead and I'm in love. Authentic.
This skirt is absolutely adorable, I love it so much. It has shorts hidden on the inside and the color is really nice too. It goes well with a lot of the shirts I bought! Authentic.
A Liz Lisa inspired blouse with a detachable neck ribbon. I've been really into chiffon lately and this style of blouse is really versatile.
This bat-wing pullover is supposed to be Liz Lisa inspired room wear but it's really really thick! It's the heaviest item in my order and it's just too pretty to wear to sleep. I think I'll save this for the fall or winter time.
This replica Liz Lisa bag had to be the most disappointing part of my purchase. In the photos it looks white, even here in my photo it looks white but it's actually a sort of grey. It's not as nice as I want it to be but the quality is still pretty good. A little bit on the smaller size, but other than that it's still a nice bag. I just wish it was white instead of grey.
These next items are from the popular Taobao store, Bobon21. This has got to be one of the best webstores I've ever come across! Their items are perfect for people who enjoy Liz Lisa/roma-gyaru/himekaji styles.
This blazer is the perfect shade of pink, I just had to have it. I think it's part of a school uniform inspired set but I just wanted the blazer. I don't have a lot of nice outerwear for layering so this is a great addition to my wardrobe!
I got this polkadot chiffon blouse to go with the salopette in the next picture. It's actually quite a nice blouse! I think it'll go great with the Liz Lisa shorts I got.
The cutest salopette ever. I've always liked this style of dresses but I couldn't find any that would suit me. This one fits great and the suspenders are detachable so I can wear it like a skirt. One of my favorite items in this order!
I got this chiffon blouse with a detachable neck ribbon after I saw Catherine had a similar one. I really liked the way she wore it so I thought I would get one too. Again it's a nice, simple and versatile piece so it'll work with a lot of the skirts/shorts I already have.
Finally the last items are from random sellers. I got 2 pairs of lace socks and a pair of DreamV ballet flats.
Finally! The part of the post that matters most to you haha. Here's my review of Dolly's shopping service:

Communication ❤❤❤❤❤
Dolly's communication was excellent throughout my whole transaction. I was pretty annoying with my order because some items became unavailable and I had to replace them. I also kept adding items too before finalizing the order. However, despite all this she was patient and very kind to me. She didn't get annoyed or anything and was very eager to help me.

Price ❤❤❤❤❤
Her pricing was reasonable and she explained it all very clearly to me. She even let me know about special offers that sellers were having mid-way through my purchase. I think that if you ordered multiple items from the same seller she offered a discount on the shipping.

Shipping ❤❤❤❤❤
I seriously cannot get over how fast this came to me. It took less than a week and she gave me tracking for my package too. I expected it to be much longer because most orders I make from Asia take at least 2 weeks to get here.

Packaging ❤❤❤❤❤
Everything was packaged neatly in one box. I appreciated the fact that the shoes were in their own box and not just in a bag with the rest of my items. 

Overall I'm very happy with my purchase. The quality of the items I got were amazing and Dolly was very helpful and polite to me for the entire duration of my purchase. If you're looking to buy from Taobao or Anna House, please give Dolly a shout. This was my first time using a shopping service and I was blown away by how pleasant the entire experience was. I'll definitely be doing business with her again in the future!

You can find Dolly on facebook here or join her facebook group here.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this useful. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave me a comment! See you later~

Monday, April 8, 2013

First day of School ft. Koji picspam

Hey guys! I started art school today and it was... way more hectic than it should have been haha. My day started out with Koji crying for attention. He was barking late at night and woke us all up because he wanted to play >___<;; Too bad I woke up 15 minutes late and had no time to play with him before I left. He had thrown a fit and made a big mess with his droppings. I had to get my sister to clean it or I would miss my bus. I felt bad because he would be alone until she got home at 3 so I left the radio on for him.
I rushed out and just caught the bus, although unfortunately for me I missed the skytrain (d'oh!). I ate my breakfast (energy bar) while I waited for the skytrain and just barely made it on time for class. My first class was "Introduction to Computer Systems." We basically talked about technological history and how a computer works. I had a really hard time staying awake but my teacher was very nice and energetic so I was able to stay focused. We had a 25 minute break after the first hour or so and that was enough for me to have a drink and wake up a little. That class was pretty boring, but it's a very straightforward class. I don't think I'll have trouble with it. My classmates are very nice too, but they're mostly guys. I guess it's expected though. It doesn't bother me much because I can still have a good conversation with them.
After my first class I had a one hour break but I had to go to a seminar. My school set up 10 seminars/talks for all the new students and it's mandatory to go to 5 of them. I picked out my 5 and the first one I picked happened to be today. It was about how to be successful and achieve goals. Simple stuff. When that was over I made my way to my second class which was "The History of Video Games." My teacher didn't show up to class because he was sick or something, so the dean of the school actually came in to teach. We were doing self introductions and 20 minutes into the class we had a power outage! It took us all by surprise but in no time everyone had whipped out their phones to light up the room XD

When the power came back on we just had a discussion on games and everything related. It was really fun! I think I'll enjoy this class, however I did read through the course outline and the homework looks to be very time consuming.
That was my first day at school. It was really long but I'm glad I had so many breaks in between. I rushed home to see Koji and he had made a mess again. It was annoying to clean but I can't stay mad at him. Also we found out he's really good in front of a camera so we took a lot of photos of him already!
Thank you for reading! Also my sweet friend Catherine is having her first giveaway! You should go check her out~

Saturday, April 6, 2013

♛ My Little Prince: Koji ♛

Hey guys, today I have some exciting news for you. Sorry if this becomes too long, it's going to be a personal post so you can skip it if you're not interested in such topics.

After Cupcake passed away I was really sad and didn't really handle it too well for the first few weeks. Now that a little time has passed I feel like I can love a pet again. I know it seems a bit soon to some, but I have my reasons. I still love Cupcake and think about her every day, but I don't think she'd want me to be unhappy forever.
I walked around the mall with my mom on Friday after my orthodontist appointment. We had some time to kill because we had another appointment just after. We went to the pet store and looked at all the animals, and she jokingly encouraged me to ask for the prices of the puppies. Needless to say they were all very expensive (around the $3000 mark) and we were on our way.

My mom said that my cousin got her dog for around $800 from a breeder so I should look online to find a cheaper price. I took it as a fun challenge and looked up all the breeds of dog that I wanted. I've always loved Shiba Inus and American Eskimo dogs, especially when they're mixed together (called an Imo-Inu). However just like Cupcake, they are a rare/uncommon breed so finding them at a reasonable price was hard.

I don't know how it happened, but with a stroke of luck I came across a posting on kijiji that was put up a few hours before I got home. It was for the cutest Mini American Eskimo dog ever and he had everything I was looking for in a dog. I called up the owner and scheduled to see the dog, without really any intention of buying him. My mom took me downtown and when I saw him I instantly fell in love.

The girl texted me afterwards, telling me she and her boyfriend felt we were the best people to have approached them. They wanted to give their dog away to a caring family and we were the ones who stood out the most to them. Since then I was determined to take him home with me.
After thinking every single problem and possibility through, I went ahead and approached my landlord & landlady about having a dog. We chatted for a bit and in the end, they told be they didn't have a problem with it at all! They understood the feeling of losing a pet (their cat died before Cupcake did) so they sympathized with me. The told me that having a dog was very rewarding for them, although there was a lot of hard work involved in taking care of it. I was thrilled.

I called up the girl to let her know the good news and I'm picking him up tonight!!! The funny thing is, this is the exact feeling of excitement and happiness I felt the night I took Cupcake home. Also just like in Cupcake's case, I had already picked out a name before even meeting him haha. I named him Koji because it's the first name that came to me. It seemed fitting, especially after I looked it up: KOJI (光司): Japanese name meaning “light/shining second (child).”
Anyways, here's a picture of my sweet little baby Koji (from the listing). He is a 10 week old Mini American Eskimo dog and I love him to bits already.
Thank you for reading! I'm sorry it was such a huge wall of text. I'm just really excited right now. I'll post more pictures later ^____^

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tutorial: How to Re-curl a Non-heat Resistant (Synthetic) Wig

Why hello! I bet you weren't expecting a post like this in your reading list today! I was really bored and had a whole day of free time so I decided to cut and re-curl one of my wigs, and even try my hand at some sujimori (pic spam at the end!). I only own two at the moment and I haven't worn them much because of how out of shape they are.

When I got them they were quite tangled, but I did manage to brush the tangles out... along with most of the curl FML. I tossed them aside and just forgot about them until I came across some videos/articles about re-curling them. Huzzah! My wigs are saved!

In this tutorial I'll explain to you the procedure I used. There will be lots of pictures to guide you along the way. This works with synthetic hair extensions as well!

Please note that I'm not responsible for any damage that may occur to your wigs if you choose to follow this tutorial incorrectly. ***I am not a wig expert. If you are nervous/unsure of yourself then I suggest you try smaller sections first until you get comfortable working with large sections. Use your best judgement.
Things you need:
  • A wig (obviously) or synthetic hair extentions
  • A brush/comb
  • Some clips and bobby pins/small clips
  • A curling iron in your diameter of choice (I believe mine is 1.5 inches; the bigger the iron the looser the curl)
  • A spray bottle filled with water
  • Hairspray (optional)
  • A lot of patience. I'm serious, this could feel like an eternity if you have a super long wig.
So first I'll show you what the wig looks like before I started. I had cut a few layers in this before but not a lot and they're not very short so you can't really tell.
Step 1:
Brush out your wig and part the hair into small sections (just like you would if you were curling your own hair). You want to make sure it's as tangle free as you can possibly get it before starting.

Step 2:
Take a small section of hair (about 1 inch or so) and spray it with water. You don't want it to be dripping wet, you just want it to be damp. Make sure you spray evenly and don't forget to spray the ends as well. You can also run your comb through after you've sprayed the hair to make sure it is tangle free.
My freakishly long section.
Feel free to take bigger or smaller sections, depending on what you're comfortable working with/look you're trying to achieve. Be aware that the curling time will change depending on your thickness of section.

*Step 3 (SUPER CRITICAL YOU READ AND FOLLOW THIS CORRECTLY):
It's time to curl the damp hair. Make sure you set your iron to the LOWEST possible setting. In my case, I set the heat level to "1". Curl the hair, but be quick; don't take too long trying curl the ends before rolling your iron all the way up the section. Hold the hair for about 15-30 seconds, depending on the thickness of your section. It is extremely important that you do not exceed 30 seconds on the iron as you may burn/melt the hair.

Step 4:
Slowly drop the curl out of your iron. Don't unwind it, try to keep it curled. Make sure the entire section is rolled up to the base and pin it like in the picture below:
Keep going until your whole wig is done up in pin curls like so (I left out the top section because I was going to cut it):
Step 5:
Let your pin curls sit for at least 15 minutes before undoing them. This should give them enough time to dry and set. You can spray them with hairspray at this point if you like, but I didn't.

Step 6:
It's time to unwrap and style your wig! Be gentle and try not to tug at the curls too hard as you may warp the shape. Now you can lightly brush out the curls so that they don't look so chunky and apply hairspray to set your new do!
Ta-daa!
Look at those bouncy curls!
Here's how my wig turned out after I cut the top layers for sujimori. It was my first try so it's not perfect, but I had a lot of fun doing it ^__^
The back~
That wraps up this tutorial! I hope you liked it and found it helpful. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. Let me know how your wigs turn out! Happy curling~
Strawberry On Top Of Cupcake