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Classic Haul + Pondering about Hong Kong ♡

I recently received these items!  Classic Haul + Pondering about Hong Kong ♡ blog

(I think in September, hahaha Classic Haul + Pondering about Hong Kong ♡ blog )

First is Victorian Maiden’s Stripe Rose JSK!

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And I bought Innocent World’s Original Ribbon Lace Millefeuille Bolero in 2 colors!  Classic Haul + Pondering about Hong Kong ♡ blog

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It’s a bit of a shame, but recently, I haven’t been feeling capable of making nice coordinates with my dresses.
That’s why I don’t post so many pictures recently.  Classic Haul + Pondering about Hong Kong ♡ blog

And after reflecting a bit more, I think I like classic style, but maybe I am more suited as an admirer?
I’m not sure.

Soon I will have a lot of sweet clothing coming soon!
What I mean is, I ordered a lot more clothes with chocolate theme.

I will post them soon!

I’m also getting older so I’m worried that a sweet style will only suit me so much longer..

There are so many things to think about!

Do you have a preference?
Do you prefer classic or sweet style?  Classic Haul + Pondering about Hong Kong ♡ blog

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There’s one more topic I’d like to talk about!

It’s a topic I don’t typically talk about, but please bear with me.

Hong Kong is a place I really love. It’s a unique plan where East meets West.
It’s also the place where people of my ethnicity are from.

My family came from Guangzhou in China. They were fortunate enough to escape to Hong Kong to have a better life.

Hong Kong is a small city. It was formerly a British colony, but was handed over to China with a special government with more freedom than China.
Under both British and Chinese rule, Hong Kong never had democracy.

My family ended up moving to the United States for fear of the future with China.
We are very fortunate though as we had connections in America.

Currently, there’s many students protesting there asking for the basic right of democracy.
There is a lot of internal conflict about this because many businesses rely on China for their income.
Also, Hong Kong is a very wealthy place and many don’t want to damage the reputation of the city and prefer stability.

But I think it’s important to have democracy. I think it’s important for people to choose what they want!
So I’m supporting the students with all I can!

Thank you and please think about Hong Kong!

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Almost Halloween! ♡

These days!

I have been so busy.
I’m not someone that handles pressure well at all.

Currently, I’ve been interviewing with a company.
There were 2 phone interviews..
And then I had a test they sent me! But you couldn’t find the answers online.
I had to write a convincing report with many graphs (I’m a data analyst after all!)

I passed that round!

Now I have to the chance to meet them in person.

But I’m so nervous.
And I still have my current responsibilities – my current job, class, etc.
I have to study really hard for this next interview!

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Looking back at my previous posts, I told myself there was a lot of things I wanted to improve on.
I’m happy to say some progress has been made so I should be very happy looking back!
I’ve forced myself to go out more to be less shy and I’ve heard people say I’ve already gotten so much better!

Because of all this self improvement, it’s been some time that I have worn lolita.

The things that keep me going are buying clothes (impulse purchases, hahaha)..
How about you?

It’s been awhile since I have shared pictures with you so here are a couple!

My most recent purchase!
Angelic Pretty’s Melty Ribbon Chocolate!
Yes, the pattern of the fabric is weaved to emulate the look of chocolate!

I think that I have an unhealthy obsession with food dresses, haha.

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And here’s a full view… So pretty!
You can kind of see it in this picture…
But depending how the light shines on the dress, it reflects a little differently!

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And something to suit Halloween more!Almost Halloween! ♡ blog

Everyone, please enjoy your Halloween!

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Note after (another) long absence ♡

Did everyone have a nice summer?
This summer I got to go London and Vienna!
So I was really happy about that! I hope everyone is doing well!

But anyways!
I want to post to apologize for my lack of posting again.

I think I have disappointed all of you too many times and I’m really sorry for that.

I suppose this time I at least have a better excuse?
Well, just to explain, I have been doing a lot of over time at work this summer.
In addition to that, I began to take courses outside of work as I would like to take my career in a new direction.

There’s a lot of things I’d like to improve myself on.

I’m a very quiet person. I’m quite the awkward person in social situations with groups.
I would really like change that as I noticed that it just drags down my confidence.
And when I don’t have confidence, I think I can’t do a lot of things.. And well, when I think I can’t do a lot of things, then I’m not living to my fullest.

I suppose what I am saying is well, I’m focusing a lot on my own self development at the moment.
I’m really sorry everyone.

I want to be someone that is confident and positive some day.
So I’m working hard on it.

Unfortunately, it leaves me with very little time for this blog.

I’m happy to keep posting, but I’m wondering if this blog will be so interesting still.

For example, I won’t be able to post tutorials so much anymore….
That’s not to say I won’t answer questions (if I can answer them!)

I admit that I love posts where I post about hauls, trips, etc.
So it is likely what I will continue (if there is interest).

I’m so sorry everyone again and I feel bad to be selfish.
I think of you all as my friends, but I suppose we all have to worry about ourselves first sometimes.

Take care everyone!

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Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡

Finally I am writing about my Oddment Pack!

What is an Oddment Pack?

It’s a pack of items you buy from a store in which you don’t know what’s inside!
It’s cheaper than buying the items individually.

This is what a Lucky Pack is. Many stores do this in Japan especially during the New Year’s.

The Oddment Pack is a little different though.
It contains defective items so you receive many more items than a normal Lucky Pack!
Generally the defects are very tiny and often times unnoticeable.
And sometimes there are no defects at all – they are just unpopular products they wanted to get rid of.

I got the Oddment Pack A from Innocent World! They are a famous lolita brand.
I really like their Oddment Packs as they include many items (I got 16 total in this one pack) and since I’m starting out lolita it’s really super helpful.

This is the package below!
It weighed 5.5kg (12lb)!!!

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And here’s the box open..
Look how much stuff is inside! Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

First, these are the dresses I got!

This dress is a plain piece, but it has a lot of details to make it interesting.
There is a layer that you can tie up and make the dress look more fluffy!
But I didn’t think this dress was suited for me, so I traded it with a friend. And it looks so good on her!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

This dress is a bit less interesting, but it looks so much better on me! And the color is much suited towards me.
I think I can wear this in the fall/winter.
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I was not a fan of this dress. It looks like a night gown to me, hahaha.
I was able to sell it!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

I was OK with this dress! It’s plain, but I don’t mind wearing it!
But it doesn’t fit me at all.. My bust is just way too tiny. I needed to tie the halter all the way high to my neck for it fit proper. But then it just looked really weird! This is then problem when you pretty much don’t have boobs! Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

There was actually significant damage on this dress as the dress was fraying really badly on one of the ruffles.
But I was able to sell it too!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

I really like this dress! It has such a nice dusty pink color and the tiers make it look so fluffy!
I kept this dress! Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

I am truly in love with this blouse.
It looks quite plain, but it’s the nicest chiffon I have ever felt.
Have you felt chiffon? While it is soft, somehow it has a texture of sandpaper still.. with a lot of little bumps.

This chiffon feels like silk, but it doesn’t have the shine that silk has.
I really am impressed with the quality of this blouse!
It’s called pear skin chiffon!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

This is a brown blouse made of the chiffon that’s like sand paper..
There’s not much special about this blouse, but it’s nice to have a brown one to be able to coordinate better, but the brown is almost black which doesn’t match anything in my wardrobe!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

Another lovely pear skin blouse. There’s so much nice details in this blouse!
There’s a defect in this blouse though.
It is supposed to tie around the waist, but the strings that hold the ties in place have been ripped off.
I don’t really mind not having those ties so it’s doesn’t bother me!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog
This is another favorite blouse I received!
It’s a really easy blouse to match things in my wardrobe so I’m super happy.Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

3 white blouses in a row, oh my god.
I really want to sell some, but I can’t decide which.
The one I like the least design wise is made form pear skin chiffon, so it’s hard..Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

And 2 cotton blouses!
These were way too big for me so I sold them as well!
One of had a stain that was smaller than 1mm. That was the defect!
I honestly wouldn’t have noticed it had they not mentioned it!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

They always include some accessories in a pack so you can make a complete outfit.
I just got a plain old pair of black socks!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

And they also included a petticoat. It’s pretty small, but it will be nice for casual wear!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

And I also got this mini hat!
I’ve been trying to sell it.. as it doesn’t suit my style!Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

 What did you think of the Pack?
I paid 50,000 yen (roughly $500) for it.
It sounds very expensive, but the cost of them items individually would have been 250,000 yen ($2,500)!

Lucky packs are a good way to save money if you don’t mind to take a gamble!
The good thing is you can often sell what you don’t like!

Also, Innocent World staff were very nice to me. Oddment Packs from them are actually only for foreign purchasers.
However, I was in Japan around the time they were shipping them so they were kind enough to ship it to my hotel.
It saved me a lot of money from shipping and custom fees!
They don’t mark their packages as gifts and declare the real value so it’s likely I would have gotten custom fees if I were to receive it in Ireland.

Overall, I’m pretty happy as it helped me to build a foundation for my wardrobe!
I would have hoped to get at least one dress with a print and less blouses though. 9 blouses was an excessive amount leaving me confused as to which to sell..
But I think I will get the fall Oddment Pack too!

 Here are some pictures from yesterday! I went to a picnic with friends! Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog Innocent World Spring 2014 Oddment Pack A ♡ blog

 

Have a lovely day everyone!

 

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Recent Purchases, Makings, and International Lolita Day ♡

Just a short post…
With things on my mind lately!

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This is a hair clip I recently made!
I also made the chain.
I hope to use this technique to make a necklace soon.. but I’m sooooo lazy and impatient. Recent Purchases, Makings, and International Lolita Day ♡ blog

I recently bought these 2 purses below!
I purchased them both on mbok, which is a Japanese auction site.
You can find maaaaaany cute things there for inexpensive!

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Innocent World Book Bag in White!
This is the color way I wanted the most..   Recent Purchases, Makings, and International Lolita Day ♡ blog
I’m so happy because the condition is also like new!

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I also purchased this Axes Femme Book Bag.

Can you tell I have an obsession with book bags?
Hahaha..

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A recent selfie from International Lolita Day!
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I went to the Leprachaun Musuem with a couple of other lolitas and we had a picnic!   Recent Purchases, Makings, and International Lolita Day ♡ blog
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures!   Recent Purchases, Makings, and International Lolita Day ♡ blog

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a. recently purchased a lighting set so these are some test pictures from it!
Hahaha,  I think it’s still not bright enough, but I also used it for taking pictures of the purses. I think it’s very good for that!
We will have to buy some flashes.. to make me look better, haha.

Thanks for reading!

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♡ At the Botanic Gardens in Dublin

Because there was such lovely weather this weekend..

I went to the Botanic Gardens in Dublin!

The Botanic Gardens are located north of the city center.
It’s just a short ride so it’s very convenient!
But it’s also to have a nice break from the city life too.

As I have not done a photo shoot in a long time, I hope you enjoy! ♡ At the Botanic Gardens in Dublin blog

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Dress: Victorian Maiden’s Chiffon Frill JSK
Blouse: Innocent World
Bag, Tights: Taobao
Shoes: Rieker
Necklace: Handmade by friend

This Victorian Maiden dress is a dress I got from a trade with a friend.
I am totally in love with it!
I didn’t think too much of it when I first tried it on.. I just wanted to get rid of the dress I was trading, hahaha.

But in the end, I think it looks very good on me.
I’m so lucky as this dress was released last in 2006! So long ago..

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.
Today is a bank holiday in Ireland so I am resting at home! ♡ At the Botanic Gardens in Dublin blog

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