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Lifestyle Lolita Finds: IKEA

Hello, readers,

The house renovations are going so slowly that I needed a motivational pick-me-up. Therefore, I went to IKEA and picked up some pretty and functional furniture to put in my still-very-unpretty house. It’s hard for me to find things I like at IKEA, since lots of their products are minimalist with clean lines, and I want everything in my life to be covered in decadent swirls. Still, I found some things that I think will work nicely in the house, and I also saw plenty of little things that would be great for any lifestyle lolita looking for home-wares.

First things, first, let’s start with what I think is the single most popular IKEA item for goths and lolitas: the glorious UNG DRILL mirror/frame. Jayne Jezebel already did a post on The Dark Victorian (from 2010!) about how popular this mirror/frame was. She even included several lolita brand ads that feature the frame, which is just neat to see. A little over six years later, and this frame is still the best and most reliable source for cheap Baroque/Rococo goodness. (Talk about an oxymoron…)

The mirror only comes in black, and the picture frame only comes in off-white. To me, that’s not really a big deal as both versions look better spray painted. The frames are both made of plastic, so they give off a (somewhat plasticky) satin sheen if left alone. It doesn’t look bad, but my two frames looked so much better after I spray painted them a matte black. You could even spray paint them both gold to look more period appropriate if that’s your style.

I also found two other frames at my local IKEA I haven’t see people talking about before, the KVILL frames.

They’re fairly big frames for how small an image they’ll display (5 x 7″). You can mount these on the wall, and they also have a little kick-out foot so you can stand them up on a desk or table. These only come in the same off-white color that the UNG DRILL frame comes in, which is not my style at all. Even if you like the color, I would recommend spray painting these. I’m not really sure if it’s the mold or the scale, but these frames definitely look much more plasticky than the larger UNG DRILL frames, despite being made of the same material. I think the round version is my favorite, but I may end up picking up the rectangular version as well.

The last frame on my little list is actually a segway into an entire line, the SKURAR.


This lacy frame is also a 5 x 7″, and it also has a little stand/foot so you can set it on a table. The color is a nice off-white that isn’t beige-y at all, unlike the other two styles of frame I talked about above. The really cool thing about this frame and the whole SKURAR line is that it’s made of steel.

Metal lace! I think that is just so fantastic. The rest of the line has some really neat things, too, which is great since the UNG DRILL and KVILL lines are just frames.

SKURAR has a magnetic notice board with hooks, hanging planters, plant pots, a picture ledge (i.e., lacy shelf), a clock, and various “candle holders” and “candle dishes.”

I really adore this series. My impulse is normally to paint most everything black, but I actually love how these look in white. I got the large lantern/candle holder, but I’m using it to hold all my large/cooking utensils in my kitchen.


Just imagine that my cooking utensils are any color other than this hideous yellow-green…

I’m really tempted to get the whole set. I know I’m going to get the smaller lantern to hold my makeup brushes.

Most of the items in this line seem so easy to re-purpose, too. Various people on the internet have done cool things with SKURAR. This person on IKEA Hackers made a tiered cake stand out of the two candle dishes, which I think looks fantastic.

This other person made a regular cake stand out of one of the candle dishes and an IKEA candlestick holder and wrote a little tutorial on her blog.

I think these would make nice little serving trays without any modification needed.

Speaking of serving trays, I’ll just end this post by mentioning a couple of dinnerware options IKEA has.

The pink set of these dishes isn’t for me, but I thought I would mention it as I don’t know how hard/easy it is to find pastel dinnerware. The black dishes, however, look so cool to me. I wish that the DINERA line was glossy instead of a satin sheen, but that’s only so they would coordinate better with my existing all-white dishes.

I don’t need to buy more dishes, but these are black… and I want them… and they’re black.

Readers, did I miss anything from IKEA that looks lifestyle-appropriate? How many copies of the UNG DRILL frame or mirror do you own? I have one of each, but I want so many more.

Stay lacy,


Beautiful Makeup Products

Hello, readers,

As I try to get more into makeup and try to find a couple of looks that work for me, I’ve come across some makeup products that are just either incredibly adorable or super pretty. I decided to write this post just to have an excuse to keep looking for beautifully packaged products that I may never purchase or use myself.

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All the links I include are to the brand’s websites. That may or may not be the best place to buy any of these products (if you decide you want them), depending on where you live.

(Blush) Face Color Rose du Ladree – Les Merveilleuses De Laduree

Ugh, this is such a beautiful concept. There are little paper rose petals that are covered in blush pigments, so you’re supposed to dip your brush into the petals. I really love the idea. The glaringly obvious negative is that this blush is really expensive. The pretty pots are also made of plastic, so this isn’t actually super luxurious and elegant. This is by a Japanese brand, and all their products are really beautifully designed. I feel like any of them, but this one especially, would be fantastic for any classic lolita’s vanity.

(Eyeshadow) Chocolate Palettes – Makeup Revolution

This thumbnail comes from this video: https://youtu.be/EViemjTnwa4. The video has a quick run-through of these three palettes, if you want to see the insides.

Makeup Revolution also has a “Salted Caramel” chocolate bar palette that looks more like a light milk chocolate, and a “Pink Fizz” bar that’s strawberry pink. The “Chocolate Vice” palette has black packaging. These are supposed to be duplicates for the more expensive Chocolate Bar Palettes from Too Faced, but I think that the Makeup Revolution packaging is a lot cooler. Also, they have more palette color options. I don’t keep up with the trends in sweet lolita, but I think these would be such a neat item for a sweet-lolita-with-a-chocolate-print-collection’s vanity.

(Lip Balm) Lip Balm Locket Ring – TheParlorApothecary on Etsy

I’m really enamored with this idea. I really wanted to put a lip gloss/balm ring from Anna Sui on this list, but they seem to be far too hard to find. This one from Etsy comes fairly close to the look of those ones, and it’s in stock. Forget leaving this on your vanity, I think that these sorts of rings would look delightful with any gothic lolita coord. Of course, you could try to find ones that would match a sweet or classic coord, but I like that these remind me of poison rings. It seems more inherently gothic to me. Since the lip balm is housed in a little pot, you could keep refilling it as it runs out.

(I know I have a metal allergy, so I thought I would include this little extra note. If you want to make one of these yourself, make sure you use a plastic pot/ring! You don’t want to accidentally get a bad reaction on your lips or ingest something you’re allergic to.)

(Blush) Love Flush – Too Faced

The packaging of these blush compacts makes me really happy. They’re cute little hearts with a heart-shaped mirror and embossed bunnies! I think that these blushes are just darling to look at. There is a big part of me that just wants to be silly and buy all of them because they’re so cute, but I won’t be doing that as they’re $26 each. I still want to, though. I think these would fit so well on a sweet-classic lolita vanity.

(Eyeshadow) Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows – Urban Decay

This is just such a pretty eyeshadow palette. Urban Decay released this to coincide with the release of the first Tim Burton Alice movie, so this is no longer available for purchase. I just had to include it in this list because I think that this palette is so pretty, and Alice in Wonderland has a special place in my heart. I love that this palette has pop-up illustrations, and some of the names of these eyeshadows (the blue shadow is called Alice and the black one is called Jaberwocky) make me quite happy. The brand did come out with a collection for Through the Looking Glass, but I don’t think that the packaging is pretty at all. It also does not remind me of Wonderland, either in the packaging or in the actual colors of the makeup products. (If you’re curious about it though, you can check it out on Urban Decay’s website.)

(Blush) Rose Powder Blush – Milani

This thumbnail is from this video: https://youtu.be/dvu8t5OXe2M.

I actually own two of the blushes from this line: Romantic Rose and Tea Rose. These blushes may be a bit simpler than the other two blushes in this makeup product roundup, but I still think that the 3D embossed rose is super pretty. I think that the roses are actually pretty style-neutral when it comes to lolita substyles, but the gold packaging would probably look best on a sweet-classic or classic lolita vanity.

(Setting Powder) Mystifying Mattifying Pressed Powder – LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs

Honestly, it was hard for me to decide which product from LunatiCK Cosmetics Labs to put on this list. The contour palette is what they’re famous for, I think, but I prefer the packaging on their other products. Their lipsticks are shaped like black bullets, and their eyeshadow palettes are coffin-shaped, covered with fortune telling images, with bat-shaped mirrors inside. Still, I think that their mattifying pressed powder has my favorite packaging. Normally, I wouldn’t like that it looks messy, but I really like that it looks like a Ouija planchette. This would be very cool on a gothic lolita’s vanity.

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Well, readers, what makeup products do you think have the prettiest packaging? Have you ever bought a makeup product or perfume just because you thought it looked darling? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay rosy,


Photo Diary: A Day in the Life of a Lolita (Old Lolita Blog Carnival Post)

Hello, readers,

Welcome to my photo diary! I’ve wanted to do this sort of post for a while, but all I really do nowadays is stay in and do homework. Yesterday (November 21), though, I went to go see A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed at my university! Whoo!

08:20 – I tried to get up early, but the room was so cold and my bed was so warm…


Plus, there was a little kitty sleeping next to me that I didn’t want to disturb.

09:20 – I actually managed to get up. There was still a sleeping kitty next to me.


Precious sweetheart

I wanted to get a shower now so my hair could dry on time, but the roommates were busy in the bathroom getting ready for work. I’d been thwarted!


Mismatching sheets galore! Spoiler: I don’t ever make my bed today.

I decided to do some laundry while I waited for the shower. The pile on the left is dirty clothes that need to be washed, but the pile on the right is clean clothes that I didn’t get around to putting away last week. Whoops.

10:50 – I got out of the shower, two hours later than I had originally planned. At this point, I just was hoping my hair would dry on time.


I had a lovely (if not particularly pretty) breakfast of apple cider and some leftovers while I waited for the washing machine to finish its cycle.

11:20 – I switched over the laundry and started thinking of my coord for later.


I decided to be fairly casual, mainly because I really wanted to wear this skirt out. I redid the skirt over the summer, but I hadn’t gotten a chance to wear it out yet. Here’s how the skirt looked before:

Can you tell yet that I’m a fan of turtleneck sweaters? After this, I just poked around the internet for a while. I really didn’t want to squeeze in any homework.

12:00 – I started getting ready now. Clothes, makeup, and hair.


Obligatory bathroom shot

Most of my hair dried really frizzy from the start. Ah, well. There was nothing I could do.

13:00 – I left my house and started walking towards campus. The trip takes a little less than half an hour, and the play started at 14:00, but I met up with my boyfriend for his lunch break from work.


I swear, I’m quite happy! I’m not sure why I look so stern here, but this was the best shot of my outfit.

We were pretty cute together, and we just chatted for a bit as we took a walk together. He took this photo of me after we found a nice-looking spot.

13:45~14:00 – I was the first one of the group to arrive at the theatre, so I grabbed our tickets from the box office and waited for everyone to arrive.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Yay!

I really liked the performance. They did a couple of interesting character splices (having two actresses play Puck simultaneously, giving some of Oberon’s lines to his attendant), and all the actors did a good job. There were a lot of dance scenes in this production, and lots of live music on stage. The Mechanicals were wonderful, and Bottom/Pyramus over-theatrically died about six or seven times (including death by stabbing, death by poison, death by lobster pinches, and death by fork-in-toaster) before he finally collapsed.

16:30 – The play being done, our professor took us out to dinner across the street.


I had a pizza with fig jam, goat cheese, and arugula. (I forgot to take a picture, but it mostly looked like a boring salad on some pizza dough.)

17:30~18:00 – I had a normal, uneventful walk home.


When I got home, I went and finished folding and putting away all the laundry that I’d started earlier.


My boyfriend was a sweetheart and brought me up some warm apple cider. Oh, how I love fall!

18:40 – After I finished with laundry, I settled down on the couch for an evening of doing nothing.


My boyfriend and I watched some Youtube together. Pictured here is a moment from a Pokemon battle on shadypenguinn’s channel.


That saggy sock drives me nuts!

A doll outfit I ordered came in the mail, so I tried it on one of my Pullip dolls. (I’ll put up a blog post about my two dolls once I customize them. Until then, here’s a sneak peak of Ruby.)


I read Two Noble Kinsmen, as if I hadn’t had enough Shakespeare for one day already.

22:30 – We ordered Chinese take-out for dinner as a house. The four of us don’t really hang out as a “family” very much anymore.

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I got some General Tso’s chicken and strawberry mochi ice cream. I obviously had to eat the mochi first since it was already a little melty from the delivery.


We also watched Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. This was my second time seeing it, and I still would recommend it to anyone who likes a spooky, “old-timey” aesthetic.

00:00 – And that was my day. I went to bed fairly shortly after the movie ended. I hope you enjoyed this little photo diary.


Stay dreaming,


Here are the blogs that responded to the original prompt in 2012. Definitely check them out.

Redtonic Melting Mind of LizJuiceDarkly Darling

Teh Pastel UnicornParasol ObsessionA Lace Jail

Sparkling GirlFashion Fairytales & Sewing Secrets

Handmade Lolita Finds: Unusual Colors, Piano “Trim,” and Border Prints

Hello, readers,

I’ve found more fabrics that I want to share with you. Contrary to what I said in the last installment of this series, these are all fabrics from Fabric.com. It’s unfortunate that you can’t really touch these before you order them, but it’s hard to beat the selection of online retailers. The fabric I’ve ordered off there before has turned out to be nice, but I can’t really say for sure that all my picks because I simply don’t know. The fabrics are all listed as being 100% cotton, so I think it’s safe to assume that they’ll have the texture of quilting cotton.

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Anyway, here’s a cheeky couple of fabrics to start with.

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Now, I’m not suggesting that you should take this fabric as-is and make an OP out of it. I really don’t think it would translate well like that. However, if you are willing to cut up this fabric and sew the ends of the keyboards together, you have the ability to add piano ruffles. I love piano motifs, and I think piano ruffles or trim give such a nice oldschool flair while still using printed fabric.

There are a lot of piano fabrics for sale, but I looked for ones that were the appropriate size for making ruffles or trim. The keyboard on the left fabric above is about 4 inches wide, and the one on the right is about 3 inches. Anything smaller than that, I don’t think would look nice.

The black keys on this OP are actually made from looped/folded satin ribbon, but that is a lot of work for a delicate feature that is at risk of snagging on everything.

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The next group of fabrics is one that I’m really excited to share with you all. This fabric is begging to be made into lolita dreses and skirts.









I rotated all the pictures so you could more easily see that the checkerboard is the bottom of the print (as traditionally used in lolita) and the chess pieces fill up the rest of the fabric.

Aren’t these great? Honestly, finding fabric in a loliable print is always exciting. I think that the best part of all these fabrics, though, is that they’re in unusual colors for lolita. That red is gorgeous, and it isn’t too bright; peach and teal are full of untapped potential for lolita; grey is under-utilized. Using these fabrics to make a dress would be such a great way to add some color variety to your wardrobe. Since the print only has three colors, it would probably work well with any black or offwhite/cream (it’s hard to tell) accessories you already have.

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Lastly, we have more border prints!


This fabric is absolutely adorable. It’s called “Gnomeville,” and I think that the illustration style works well with lolita. I don’t really know what substyle to categorize this as, (otome-lolita?) but it’s certainly fun and playful. My favorite part of this print are the mushroom houses, and I can see this working as part of a red and white mushroom themed coord, particularly with something like this beret from Sakura Fairy/Lily of the Valley on etsy.

Mushroom Beret – Sakura Fairy

There is also a winter holiday version of this print. I personally don’t like it as much, but maybe you do.
A coord made with this version of the print would certainly be sweet, especially if you went with the peppermint candies motif.

To end this post, here’s a fabric I just found that would probably be great for otome.


I really love this illustration style as well, but the color scheme and use of white space make me think otome and not lolita. Honestly, I think this fabric is beautiful. I hope someone reading this loves it, too, and crafts it into a stunning and understated dress.

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I hope you liked looking through all these fabrics. Readers, have you found any particularly loliable fabrics lately? Do you have any experience with the fabrics I posted here? Let me know in the comments! As always, I’d be thrilled to see anything you create if you end up buying a fabric I shared here.

Stay playful,


Review: Bodyline (March 2015)

Hello, readers,

This is a super late review. I made this order in February, and I got it in March. I’ve been swamped since, so I’m only now just getting to post it. Whoops.

Anyway, I decided that I wanted to expand my lolita wardrobe in the beginning part of 2015, but I also needed to make it more versatile. This Bodyline order was about getting basics and accessories. I need more blouses, so I ordered L059 in black because it has detachable sleeves, which are fabulous. I need accessories, so I got a bonnet (HAT192 in blackxoffwhite ), a rectangle headdress (ACC064 in black ), a fascinator (ACC1371 in blue), some hair flowers (ACC1093 in cream ), and wristcuffs (ACC1040 in offwhite). I ordered three more pairs of shoes to help add diversity to my classic coords: SHOES255 in navy, SHOES152 in black, and SHOES272 in beige. I recently acquired an Innocent World skirt in “milk tea” and I wanted to make this color more prominent in my wardrobe, so I got Bodyline’s L380 skirt in cream with this order. Hopefully with two skirts in the same family of colors, I’ll be more inclined to invest in coordinating accessories and thus wear both skirts better and more often. I also really want to be able to do better sailor coords now that the weather is warm, so I got a seifuku from the cosplay section (COSTUME573 in navy – don’t worry, I’ll explain my reasoning for how I planned on using it for lolita). I also threw in some silly sunglasses (SUN206) for fun.

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Air Mail Shipping

Some of you probably know this already, but you should never order anything from overseas near Chinese New Year. I assumed that, since Bodyline ships from Japan, my order would be unaffected. I was wrong. I’ve never had air mail shipping take this long, and I know a lot of others had their Bodyline orders stuck in limbo, too. This time, I actually placed two orders: one on February 4, 2015 and another on February 14, 2015 (I may have gotten caught up in the Valentine’s Day sale.). My orders resulted in four packages. The February 14th package arrived first, on March 11, two of the February 4 packages arrived the next day, on March 12, and my last February 4 arrived much later, on March 27.

However, my packages were treated well, wherever they were kept. None of the packages suffered any damages. One shoe box was slightly squished, but the damage to the box was very minimal, and the shoes were fine.

Damage-free packaging! Whoo!

Damage-free packaging! Whoo!

For a review where I talk in detail about a normal order with air shipping, check out my other Bodyline review.

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Note: I look really sick in some of these pictures! Sorry! I also got a new camera in the middle of writing this post and dyed my hair, so there will be big differences between some of these images.


So, the accessories I got fell into a weird category split. If it’s from the lolita section, then it turned out to be made from Bodyline materials using normal Bodyline construction. If I got something from the specific accessories section, then I got things that look and feel very different from the standard Bodyline model. It makes sense, given that Bodyline probably doesn’t design most of its general accessories, but that does make it more of a gamble (in terms of construction) than normal.

HAT192 – blackxoffwhite

Huzzah for bonnets! This is a soft half-bonnet, but it actually holds its shape pretty well on my head. I like the addition of the comb, but I don’t know if it will do a good job keeping this bonnet in place since I haven’t worn it out on a windy day. I think this bonnet’s great, especially for the price. Also, since Bodyline uses the same materials for pretty much everything, this bonnet is a perfect match for my blackxwhite L348 JSK.

Bonnets, like the wristcuffs, are another item group that’s hidden from view on the regular “overseas” website. I like the design of this bonnet much more than the other bunny-eared bonnet Bodyline also sells.

ACC064 – black

I don’t really know what to say about this headdress, other than that I like it a lot. I think it’s a well-executed headdress with a nice, simple design. The high-contrast colorways do look too busy, but I think that the black, white, or pastel colorways would be an excellent addition to any rectangle headdress collection.

ACC1371 – blue

This is very cheap. The “flocking” on the netting is actually bits of folded pipe cleaner. The clip inside the hat is hot glued in two places, but it already came unglued from one of them when I was just looking at it. The fake pearls look like cheap fake pearls, but that’s to be expected. The one thing that did surprise me is that the bow is made of a soft material while the hat base is a fairly standard “cheap costume hat” material that’s hard. The color matching is very impressive.

The other problem I have is that the hat base is flat, but the hat itself is just big enough to need to curvature to fit to your head without a noticeable gap. I wouldn’t get this little hat, even if it does come in nice colors.

ACC1093 – cream

The flowers are silly and floppy, but they get the job done and they look much better when worn. I’m not sure what the inside label is about, though.

ACC1040 – offwhite

These wristcuffs look cute, but they are so itchy! It’s a bit silly when you look at how these were made because they used transparent ladder lace, but the elastic isn’t noticeable when worn (if you can stand to have them on at all). The “offwhite” colors are all different, which annoys me now but may potentially prove useful in coordinating.

These are probably the best-looking wristcuffs that Bodyline sells, but just pass them up. They’re itchy and uncomfortable, and I don’t think they’re worth putting up with if you’re buying them.

SUN206 – black (no longer on website?)

It’s a bit embarrassing why I got these, but I really just wanted a pair of gothy sunglasses. The black ones looked like they might fit the bill, so I added them onto my order.

So, the black roses are grey. It’s also really weird, because they’re made of polymer clay. You can still see fingerprints in some of the rose petals, and then they all have a hole where they were skewered before being attached to the frames. I assumed that the roses and frames would all have been cast from the same material at the same time, so I was very surprised to see this.


My boyfriend told me that the roses looked like eyebrows, and I wasn’t able to unsee that. I ripped off the center roses and painted the remaining roses and rims with black nail polish.


The paint job might not be the best, but I like these sunglasses better now. There’s an actual chance I might wear them if I go out in the sun this summer.


SHOES255 (navy) and SHOES152 (black – no longer on website?)

These are the exact same shoe, even if the item numbers are different. I’ve wanted these shoes in black for years, but I always held off because I didn’t think I needed another pair of black shoes. That was true when I had a smaller wardrobe, but my wardrobe has grown a lot, and it’s mostly black, so I needed some more diversity. I only recently saw that this same shoe model came in navy, too. I have been fruitlessly hunting for navy shoes that don’t have a peep toe or some other hideous design feature for so very long that it felt like a sign when I saw this.

The central bow is removable, but the other two are not. The ankle strap is the only one with a hidden snap clasp.

I’ve seen some reviews of Bodyline’s navy shoes saying that there is a weird green-ish tinge to the navy. I think that’s a problem with the shiny “enamel” navy. While these shoes are lighter in real life than in Bodyline’s stock image, I’d still say that this is a navy shoe. I don’t notice any green undertones to it, either. Compared with the seifuku, the shoe color is a little brighter. I think the color of the shadowier parts of the shoes is actually really close to the skirt color, but I don’t know if you can tell that from the picture.


The shoes themselves run true to size. I ordered a 225 since that’s what I measured my foot to be, and they fit well. The area right by the toe-box bow did press in a little, but it was more of a pressure than a pain. If you’re not used to having your ankle restricted, then walking in these will be a little weird for a while.

Another very important note about the fit: I tried these on once when my feet were a little bit swollen at the end of a day, and I could barely get these on. The length of my foot fit fine, but I almost could not buckle the ankle strap. When I did manage to buckle it, it was very tight and totally pinching into my leg. Because of the short length of the middle straps and the hidden snap clasp on the ankle strap, punching new holes in the straps isn’t a viable option. If your feet are prone to swelling or if you just have fatter feet, you might have difficulties fitting in these shoes. I haven’t tested them out in winter weather yet, but I can put these on just fine on summer mornings only to feel them get too tight as the day goes by. It’s really a shame that a stupid thing like strap length makes these shoes hard for me to wear, since my foot still fits just fine in the actual shoe and I love how they look.

SHOES272 – beige (no longer on website?)

I love Oxford heels. I already had a pair of these shoes in red in my size (225), and they’re too small. The material of these shoes is soft and pretty flexible compared to their normal shoe pleather that’s hard as rock. So, even though the red 225 shoes are too small, I can still wear them. This time, though, I did order a size up and got these shoes in beige in size 230. They fit a lot better, so I would definitely say that these shoes run small in all colors.

I bought the beige to help me expand my classic wardrobe, so here’s how the shoe color compares to some of my other beige/cream items.

The Bodyline blouse is a super strange color that I think is very orange-y but will not photograph correctly. The lace is actually fairly close to the color of the other clothes, but the fabric is too weird. I’m quite pleased with the color of these shoes. They are really close to being a perfect match for the two skirts.

I don’t really have much else to say about these shoes. I’ve never had issues with the red ones, and I think that they’re a great value. Unlike the other shoes I ordered, this is a fairly standard shoe you can probably find in a local store, but they were really cheap on Bodyline’s website. At the time of publishing this post, though, they’re sold out in every size/color on Bodyline’s website.

Blouse – L059

Huzzah for blouses! My wardrobe is mostly JSKs and skirts, which means that I have a hard time wearing lolita because I don’t have enough blouses. This one has detachable sleeves for maximum versatility.

Note: My camera struggles with black. This blouse is not tinged green; it’s a regular black.

So, I think this blouse is very nice as a whole, but the lace is really bad. Thankfully, it doesn’t touch my skin anywhere except the cuffs and the ends of the short sleeves, which I can deal with. The lace just looks bad, though, which is a shame since the lace is double-layered nicely in a lot of places. Since it’s mainly the vertical lace that looks horrid, this blouse is still fine for wearing under JSKs, and the jabot can help if you’re wearing a skirt.

I got this blouse in size 4L, which has measurements “Length 63cm / Bust 106cm / Waist 92cm / Shoulder length 38cm / Sleeve length 26/48cm.” My measurements are “Bust 114cm / Underbust 85cm / Waist 80cm.” I measured my sleeve length, and it is supposed to be 54cm. My “high hip,” where this blouse sits on me, is about 104cm.

This blouse looks really bad on me with jeans, but I thought that this would be the best way to show off the blouse. The gaping isn’t bad at all for how much my bust exceeds the measurements of this blouse. I must be measuring my sleeve length in a different way than Bodyline does, because the detachable sleeves are too long for me. It’s so hot out right now that I can’t imagine using them anyway. I’ll probably alter them once it starts to be cold again, but that won’t be for a while. Also, though my waist measurement is well under the maximum measurement for the blouse, I would not recommend getting this blouse if you have over an 85cm waist. While it doesn’t feel tight on, it looks it; this blouse is definitely not roomy on me.

IMPORTANT: This blouse bleeds black dye. Maybe I was foolish for wearing it out without washing it first, but I wore this blouse out on a hot day and then found that it stained my skin blue-ish in places. I was terrified that it also stained the lace on my Baby dress, but my dress was perfectly fine. No real damage was done. I would be really careful when washing this blouse for the first time in case it stains some lighter clothes.

Skirt -L380

I’ve always liked the look of this skirt, and I decided to give it a chance in cream now that it won’t be such an anomaly in my wardrobe. Plus, the black colorway was sold out.

Note: My old camera also had a really hard time with this skirt. I used a red background, so all the shadows are tinted green.

The general advice about this skirt that I see people give is to toss the detachable broach thing in the trash because it looks cheap. I thought it was fairly cute, so I just cut off the terrible pearl strand and plan to stick it in my hair.

Anyway, here are the worn pictures. I ordered size 2L, which is lists its measurements as “Length 63cm / Waist 72-82cm.” My own personal measurements at this time are “Underbust 85cm/ Waist 80cm.” Honestly, I was more confident about fitting in the 4L, but that size in the cream colorway has been sold out for ages.

Clearly, you can see that this thing is straining. Actually, the zipper split open as I was getting this skirt on just for these pictures. We were able to get the zipper back in working order, but now I’m super worried about wearing this skirt. I need to lose chub anyway, but I have a feeling I’ll always be a little paranoid about this thing popping open when I’m out and about. I don’t like that the plastic zipper is so close to the edge of all this shirring, and I feel like the zipper issue I had must be a common one.


Busted zipper, after I took the skirt off.

I really like this skirt. I think it’s lovely, actually. I really wish that I’d been able to order it in a 4L, though. Maybe then I wouldn’t have to worry about it giving out on me. If you’re looking to buy this skirt, I’d make sure that you’re well under the maximum measurements for whatever size you’re looking to get.

Seifuku – COSTUME573

If the link goes nowhere, try right-clicking and selecting “Open link in new tab.” This is currently hidden on Bodyline’s website, but they still have several sizes and colors in stock, as of publishing.

This was the first time I ordered a costume from Bodyline, and I was really surprised at how nicely everything was packaged. I’m used to lolita items being folded in their red bags, but this costume came on a hanger, wrapped in a garment bag. The skirt also has little loops to hang it with, which is a detail I haven’t found on any other Bodyline clothes, and the skirt pleats were even basted closed to maintain their integrity.

Here’s the seifuku being worn the way it was intended. I got the 4L, which has blouse measurements of “Length 47cm / Bust 110cm / Waist 104 cm / Shoulder length 41 cm / Sleeve length 41 cm” and skirt measurements of “Length 42cm / Waist 80-84cm.” Right now, my measurements are “Bust 114cm / Underbust 85cm / Waist 80cm / Hips 111cm.” We already establish with the blouse above that I can’t measure my sleeve length in a way that makes sense with the figures Bodyline provides. For reference, I’m 5’3″ (1.6m) tall.

I look very fat and frumpy in this costume (as I expected), and the blouse does weird things because there isn’t room for the curvature of my bust (as I also expected). I just look plain silly, which isn’t helped by the fact that this has a zipper in the front. (A really, really bad zipper, too. It’s a struggle to make this thing zip.)

If you want to buy this for cosplay, then make sure you’re okay with the zipper look. Also, buy the next size up if you’re close to the maximum bust measurements of a given size. I know my measurements are right at the maximum for the largest size, but I really think these tops look best if you have some extra room. I personally didn’t buy the 5L because then the blouse would be too long for what I want to use it for.

I didn’t buy this to actually wear it like a seifuku. I actually bought it because it has a silly zipper in the front so that I can use it as a light jacket for sailor lolita coords.

Well, what do you think? I think it has potential. At the very least, I look much better in this thing if it’s unzipped. I’m also going to see if I can work the skirt into my normal wardrobe, because I do love pleated skirts.

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Thanks for sticking with me through this review.

I spent $164.78, which is more than I spent last Bodyline order when I got two dresses, two blouses, a pair of shoes and some wristcuffs ($152.17). (There may have been some yen fluctuations, but I’m too lazy to check.)

I recommend staying out of the sundries section on Bodyline because the quality seems to vary a lot. However, I am surprised that the costume I ordered was as nice as it is; I was expecting it to be awful. I hope all their other costumes are also decent quality.

This will probably be my last big Bodyline haul, at least for a while. Despite buying some brand recently, I’ve still ended up with a closet full of Bodyline, and I think I have most of the basics I need from them. Going forward, I’d really like to incorporate a lot more handmade items and keep an eye on some indie brands.

Update: In addition to another Bodyline clothing review I did (here), I also reviewed a couple of Bodyline wigs here. Please check those posts out if you thought this one was helpful.

Stay nautical,