Wednesday, July 11, 2018

♡ London Day 1 | Arrival, Gardens, and Platform 9 3⁄4 ♡


Hello my lovelies!
I have finally returned from my vacation hiatus, and am now back and ready to blog about my small adventures!
I was in London for about 3.5 days, and I thought it would be fun to write about what I did through a series of blog posts~ It will help me both relive the experience, and will hopefully give you something interesting to read! ♡
There will be four posts to this series, since I did a lot of things and figured it would make sense to do a post for each day ^^"
And so we begin with day 1... arrival!


My flight was late Saturday evening, and I arrived Sunday afternoon to London! It was a fairly long flight but I luckily fell asleep for six hours of it, so it was much more bearable that way ^^" After getting through customs at the airport, we got onto the train and headed to the place we were staying! 
By the time we arrived and dropped our things off, it was already around 3 pm, and we were quite hungry and tired. I changed into something more presentable than my travel clothes, and we headed out in search of food and something fun to do!
The place we were staying was right across the street from Costa, so we popped into there for something to eat! Costa is a fairly large coffee/cafe chain, I saw them everywhere while in London~
They had a lot of yummy looking things, and my mum and I ended up choosing two sandwiches to split.


The top one was some sort of whole grain bread with goat cheese and red pepper chutney (it was really tasty), and the bottom one was a mushroom and cheese toastie (also really tasty!)
I also got a coconut flat white to go along with it-- flat whites are probably my favourite coffee beverage, and it was really yummy with the coconut milk!


With our stomachs full and bodies caffeinated, it was time to go do something interesting! However, we were all quite tired so we didn't want to do anything really big. I found a small garden about a twenty minute walk away, and saw that they had a smaller Japanese garden within it, so we chose that as our next destination!
On the way there I passed by so many pretty houses-- the streets in London all just look so magical, with the old buildings, the tall trees, and all the flowers! So many people had beautiful flowers blooming outside their houses, it was so whimsical looking and pretty ;v;

Loved these two pastel houses!

The park we went to was really beautiful! It wasn't very large (in comparison to some of the other parks I saw in London), but it was still so lovely ;v; In Florida there aren't very many tall trees (or really any diversity of plants...) so it was very welcoming seeing all the flowers and other plants.
~Photo Spam Time~
From the Japanese garden bit:
bonsai on a tree trunk! I thought this looked so magical ♡




They also had a really pretty rose garden-- it was quite small, but it had a beautiful variety of sweet-smelling blossoms! I got a chance to take a photo of my outfit while here~



A Tired But Happy Rose
Jumperskirt: Liz Lisa
Cardigan: Nile Perch
Cutsew: Ank Rouge
Shoes: Melissa
Earrings: Rose Pink Delights
Tights: AliExpress

After wandering around the garden for a little bit longer, we headed to our next destination: King's Cross!
My younger sister is a huge Harry Potter fan, so seeing Platform 9 3/4 was a must for her. I actually used to be really into HP when I was younger too, now not so much though... ^^" 
On the way to the station, we passed by many pretty buildings! All the architecture in London was so pretty, I was always looking around my surroundings because it was all so captivating ;v;


This was a library! (Behind it was some hotel, if I remember correctly..?)
The King's Cross station was very big, full of shops, places to eat, and of course, very many people. (The ceiling was also very pretty here *^* )


Platform 9 3/4 was actually a very small bit of the station, it was just a wall with a suitcase half-embedded in it, with a long line of people waiting to take photos ^^" We didn't wait in line for the photos, thankfully... There was also a little shop, selling lots of HP merch!


While my sister was looking around for something to buy, I also had a look around~ It was a very cute shop (though quite crowded), and they had a lot of really pretty looking character wands!



By the time we finished with King's Cross, it was already evening, and we were quite tired, so we slowly started making our way back to the area we were staying in. For dinner, we looked around a bit, and ultimately settled on Nando's! They're a chain of "peri-peri chicken" restaurants, and of course, their main focus was chicken. I wasn't really feeling like having meat, so I got some sort of spicy rice bowl with roasted veg on top ^^


It was quite tasty! We also got roasted sweet potato that came with some sort of dipping sauce, but it also had a small bowl of roasted pepitas/other seeds/nuts that you dipped it in after the dipping sauce, and that was really really good *^* I also tried a bit of the chicken, it was quite yummy! But I was content with my rice bowl hehe~
And that was pretty much the end of the first day! We didn't do very much, because we were quite tired from the traveling, but I'm glad I got to see the pretty gardens~ We went to bed early, in preparation for the whole day of adventures awaiting us the next day! 
I hope you enjoyed reading about my first day in London! 
Day 2 will feature my Natural History and V&A Design museum trips, more gardens, and more yummy food!
Bye-bye!


Monday, June 11, 2018

♡ My First Time Shopping With Tenso + Kira Imai Mini-Haul ♡


Hi everybunny!
Today I'll be sharing my experience shopping with Tenso, as well as a very small haul of the things I bought!
If you're familiar with buying things from Japan, you might have heard of Tenso. They're essentially a package forwarding service; most Japanese shops don't ship out of the country, so you can't directly order something to your house if you live in a different country. You would need to use either a shopping service, to buy the items for you and then ship to you (what I usually do when shopping)... or you can use a forwarding service!
The way a forwarding service works is:

1. Upon signing up, you are provided with an address in Japan. This address is what you use when ordering, and you have your package shipping there when you purchase from the store!
2. When your package arrives to the warehouse, you receive a notification. You can either then choose a shipping method and have it sent to you immediately, or do a bit more shopping and combine everything together in one larger package!
3. After the items are sent to you, you just wait a bit longer, and then receive it! 



I'm not going to go into a detailed 'how-to' guide for using Tenso, since their website is quite self-explanatory, and I'm sure there are many tutorials out there (that are likely more eloquently worded than mine would be anyway). I just wanted to share my experience shopping with Tenso, since it was something that really intimidated me before! It ended up not being very difficult at all, though, and it's definitely something I will do again in the future!

I decided to start out by ordering something small from Tenso, just to get the hang of it! I didn't want to mess up in how I ordered and then end up losing a lot of money because of silly mistakes >< So, I decided to order from an artist I have loved for years-- Kira Imai! Her art is just so dreamy and elegant..!
Before I get into what I purchased however, I'll just do a quick walk-through of what I did in order to get it!

1. When I first made my Tenso account, I received an address to which I could have things shipped. When ordering from the shop that sold Kira Imai's work, I simply input that address in the shipping information! 
2. I received a notification from the shop when my order had shipped, and then a few days later, a notification from Tenso that my package had arrived. Yay! This part was the scariest, because I was worried that I might have input the address incorrectly, or something silly like that ;v; Luckily it was all okay though!
3. Since I didn't order anything else, I immediately paid for shipping from Tenso to my house. There were a variety of shipping options; I chose Air/Registered Small Package, which was the second cheapest shipping option. This had an estimated shipping time of 5-8 days. There was also a handling fee of about $3 USD, which wasn't too bad ^^" I think this is just a flat-rate fee; it wasn't related to the value of what I purchased.
4. After paying, my package was shipped the next day! I received tracking information, which is always something I appreciate ^^
5. About 5 or 6 days later, I received a notice from my post office that I could pick up my package (no one was at home to sign for it, so I had to go the next day to pick it up ^^" )



And here it is!



I was a bit surprised to see such a big and sturdy box, given that I ordered really small and light items! But it's good to know that everything was safe. I ordered four postcards, two stickers, and a keychain. Everything was in pristine condition, and sustained no damage during shipping.



In one bag was the paper goods, and in the other, my keychain!



I fell in love with this "Sweet Pea" acrylic charm, and I just had to get it! Admittedly I have too many bag charms now... but this was just so pretty ;v;



Everything that was in the other bag! Each item was really safely packaged; in one bag which contained had the label sticker, and then in another plastic sleeve. I really appreciate all the protection!



Stickers! These are both so cute ;v; I don't know where I'm going to put them yet, but I adore the art on both of them!



Two starry/astronomical postcards~



A creepy mori-vibe postcard, and a rose girl postcard!


The backs of these postcards were really pretty too!

And just a quick look at everything I got all together 



On the whole, I'm really happy with my experience shopping with Tenso! It was easy to figure out and not nearly as scary as I thought it would be... I'll definitely be using their forwarding service in the future! I'm also so happy with all the Kira Imai items I got ♡ Her art is just so charming-- I can't wait to get proper picture frames for these, and hang them up in my room!



I hope this little post was maybe helpful to you! If forwarding services are still intimidating to you though, you can always just use a shopping service ♡ Buyee is the the one that is affiliated with Tenso, and they're quite good as well! (My personal favourite is DeJapan, though!)

Thank you for reading! I might be on a small break due to my upcoming traveling, but I will have lots of fun things to write about after that! So for now, bye-bye!



Which item was your favourite?

Saturday, June 2, 2018

♡ A Very Large Taobao Haul ♡

♡ Hello everybunny ♡
You might remember that a few weeks ago I wrote about some of my recent Taobao purchases that I was waiting for in the mail... and yesterday they arrived!
I originally wanted to do an unboxing video for this... but I was just so tired after work, I decided to simply take photos and make a blog post instead! ^^


If you read my last post, you might remember my mentioning that a lot of the items I ordered ended up being out of stock... so this haul turned out a bit smaller than I originally intended (a bit sad because some of the items I was waiting for I was quite excited about, but ah... oh well...)
Nonetheless, I'm really happy with everything that arrived, and thought I would quickly share it with you!

I'll begin with the smaller items, and work my way up from there~


Accessories


I often wear ruffle socks, and I've been needing some new pairs-- so I picked up these tan and pink ruffly ones! I could have benefitted from getting a pair or two in white, but unfortunately they were out of stock ^^"
The Sanrio ones are replicas from a series from a little while ago-- I generally am not very supportive of replicas, but I think with small items like this it's not as bad ^^" These are adorable, and they came in a lot of other designs too! I might have to get some more the next time I order~


I also got these hairbows from the shop "Fox Cherry"-- they make a lot of really cute accessories, and they're quite cheap too! Each bow was only around $1 (and the pink gingham one was a freebie!)
The bordeaux ones with crowns are so luxurious feeling, and I love the way the tails of the bow on the pink one looks! These seem really nice quality, I'll definitely be buying from Fox Cherry in the future!


Lastly are two hair accessories! 
This dusty pink-coloured hairbow is so pretty, and made of such a lovely soft fabric! I like that the headband isn't very tight on this, since often headbands can give me headaches >< But this one is quite comfortable! I hope I'll be confident enough to wear such a big bow out ;v;
The flower crown looks so pretty and fairy-like, I really like it! I'm a bit worried about wearing this with wigs though, since I imagine all the metal bits on it would be quite tangling to the wig hairs... but I guess I'll see ^^"


Wigs

I ordered two wigs from the shop Dream Holic, which is probably my favourite wig retailer ever! Their wigs are such nice quality, and the colours and designs are just so beautiful and unique!
I ordered two 'natural' wigs, since for the most part I own really colourful wigs, and thought it would be nice to try something different for a change!

Their wigs always come in these really nice bags with the shop's logo on them~


My wigs!
I don't have any try-on photos, but here are the stock photos for the wigs!
"Miss Poppy" Wig in the Macchiatto Colour-way (Right)
"Miss Scarlett" Wig in the Cocoa Colour-way (Left)
I'm so excited to wear both of these! 
The "Miss Poppy" wig is a really pretty colour, a super light blonde with hints of baby baby pink at the ends!


I think it looks so sweet ;v; And the "Miss Scarlett" wig is essentially how I wished my hair would look right now, so I'm quite excited to wear it!
Look forward to seeing outfits featuring these two wigs soon ♡


Clothes

As I mentioned, many of the items I ordered were out of stock, and sadly most of those were clothing items, so I don't really have many clothes to share...


I got a new petticoat, finally! This is from the brand Chess Story, and it's quite a subtle amount of puff, which is perfect for me! I want to start wearing lolita more, but having a massive skirt can be a bit intimidating, so I think this is a good place to start ^^ It's really comfortable too, and not at all itchy!
I also got this simple tank top with lace detailing on the collar; I thought it would be nice to wear under other items~ The quality of it isn't great, but given that it was quite cheap, that doesn't surprise me ^^"

Next is the item I was looking forward to most in this haul... my mushroom dress!


This dress is from the brand "Crucis" (I think?) and ever since I saw it I fell in love... ;v;
It's a really lovely dress, and the print is quite pretty! I love the style the mushrooms are drawn in, they look a bit like vintage water-colours!


This dress came with two satin belts, which I didn't think I would need, but it's actually a bit baggy on the waist (and it sits a little higher than my natural waist) so they were quite necessary to make the dress look flattering on me ^^"


The dress itself is really nicely made-- the printed fabric is a sort of cotton blend and it doesn't feel cheap at all! Plus it's lined, which is quite nice~ It's very comfortable too!
I do wish that it had a slightly longer torso... but on the whole I'm very pleased with it!
~photo spam time~




I'm glad the belt was long enough to be able to tie it this way-- I think it looks really cute like this!
Also I'm wearing it with my new petticoat in all the photos ^^ 
It's a fairly subtle amount of puff, but honestly, that's perfect for me.
I'll be going to London soon, and I think I'll bring this dress on my trip with me! I really want to go to the Museum of Natural History, and I think this dress will be perfect for that~


Miscellaneous

Lastly, a few things I didn't really know how to categorize!


Stickers, because who can resist stickers! Two with Little Twin Stars theme, and one with a cat/chocolate cornet theme! One can never have too many stickers hihi~


Makeup organizers! The larger one is absolutely perfect-- I've been needing something like this, since I have too much makeup and not enough ways to organize it... ^^" I'm glad the size of this is perfect too! It looks really cute in my bathroom~
The smaller round one I haven't found a use for yet, I might keep jewelry-making supplies in it! 


Lastly is this cute little My Melody lollipop charm! Another Sanrio replica I'm sorry
I might hang her somewhere more 'proper' at some point, but for now she's hanging from my (nonfunctional) intercom system~ So cute!

And that's everything!
I'm really happy with all the items I got~ Overall Taobao can be a really nice and cheap place to shop, and I was able to get many cute things~ It ended up not being the cheapest of hauls, but that's due to the wigs and the mushroom dress (however I don't mind paying extra for high quality wigs and unique dress designs).
I'm very excited to use/wear everything!
I hope you liked seeing what I bought~ Thank you for reading!

♡ Which item was your favourite? ♡