Sunday, February 3, 2013

Shopping Service Review + Frills and New Panty Print Preview!

I've been meaning to wear lolita again for a long time, and I had to pass on quite a few lolita meets due to being really busy with Lockshop. A bit of a shame, but I'm not complaining that I got too much work! These past weeks I've been moving my store to an office that's in the same building as where I live. It's perfect for pictures and I've got a lot of space for my store!

The moving is almost finished, and I'm almost ready to use the picture part of the office. It's not a studio at all, but I don't need one at this point. Big windows for plenty of daylight and an empty wall (to mount colored plates on!) is enough for now :D So I took advantage of the situation and dressed up in some new things I recently got!

Which brings me to the first part of this post, I will review a Japan in-store and online (auction too!) shopping service! It's run by a girl called Lisa, also known as Rosaire, and you might have heard about her service already. There was a "bit" of drama in the online communities where her service (and herself!) was put into bad light by a few people, and she has been harassed by at least one person since. While I want to stay away from the drama and I'm not going to point fingers, I have only positive things to say about her service.

I've used her service for the first time for the winter sale on Baby the Stars Shine Bright,
because I was afraid I was going to miss out on ordering when everything would go up for sale,
I contacted Lisa through Facebook PM if she could purchase a few things for me. I knew it was going to be crazy, so I paid a deposit for 4 items (2 colors of 2 items) and she managed to snatch one color of each item for me! After that she quickly refunded me for the other 2 items she couldn't get.
She kept me up to date on the status of the order and shipped everything out in a timely manner.
When I received my order everything was packed securely and even included a little gift! :D

Since the first order, I've used her service again. Compared to services like Japonica or FromJapan, I find it a lot easier to place an order with her, and she can actually go in store to purchase something.
She's quick with communication, but if you want to use her service make sure to read her terms carefully to avoid surprises! Sometimes she can't ship packages out quickly, and she won't be able to
refund deposits if you back out, for example.

Overall I would give Lisa's Shopping Service two thumbs up and really recommend it!

On to the pictures! I'm wearing the dress and blouse that Lisa managed to get me:




 I'm absolutely in love with the blouse, I think it's very elegant
and the detachable ribbons that tie in the back of your neck is a beautiful
alternative if you still want to cover up, but don't like collars!

 
The dress is a beautiful staple piece, it doesn't
actually come with the red clip, it's completely black!
It has lots of frills, lace and bows and I think it's a very versatile
dress, so I'm super happy to have it!

As you can see, I'm also wearing new tights! These are sample pieces that I got from the latest print that I'm working on. It needs some adjustment, and will be printed on completely different material soon, because if it stretches it will get lighter due to the light material that it's printed on. 
I hope that that issue will be able to be resolved, becauseI cannot wait to properly wear them myself! 
I used different painting from Dutch masters during the Golden Era, between all the beautiful flowers and riches are the hanged bodies of the Brethren de Witt. It was one of the most gruesome mob lynches known to Dutch history and it's to illustrate the (ongoing) duality. The Golden Era was an era of abundance for my country, and has been glorified by many while the atrocities are often forgotten. I found this an interesting concept, especially when worn along with the beautiful lolita garments.
Hiding brutality in plain sight by placing it together with beauty.

I hope the last part made sense, it was difficult for me to translate the idea behind it. Maybe I will devote more words to it later :)

14 comments:

  1. Incredibly beautiful as always :)
    Those tights are really fantastic, and thanks for the review of Lisa's Shopping Service, I've been looking for a good one for a while.

    Lauren x
    teaforowls.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. You say those gorgeous tights are sample pieces from a print you're working on? How do you make them, is there a company you use? Were the lockshop doll joint tights made for lockshop? I've always been interested in making my own tights (personal or commercial), especially since tattoo tights hit the scene, but couldn't find much info on it to make them to a commercial standard.
    I'll probably go on a google spree now anyway but if you can help me with any links I'd really appreciate it.
    Thank you!

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  6. Hey I recognise you from tumblr, awesome blog.
    That outfit looks amazing, especially love the tights (:

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  7. As a new customer of Lockshop it's nice to "meet" the owner! I'm pleasantly surprised to find that you are a model-turned-businesswoman! I'm also impressed by the thought that goes into your designs viz. those floral tights. I'm sure your business is keeping you super-busy but keep it up because it looks like it's going to be a huge success
    x

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