Lolita Blog Carnival: 5 New Lolita Holidays To Celebrate!

This weeks topic from the Lolita Blog Carnival is a humorous one; we were charged with inventing 5 new lolita holidays to celebrate. Considering that I have no sense of time, I figured that if you chose to celebrate these, you can just assign your own dates, right?

1. Put it on Your Head Day

Spend the whole day trying not to touch anything with your pinky fingers because you are fancy. If you mess up, whatever you have touched has to become part of an elaborate, growing headdress. This is a great day for sitting really still and holding your hands straight out in front of you.

2. Momoko Diet Day

Spend a whole day only eating cute things. Find some way to make health food cute. If you fail, start blinging up your barbell so you can work off that whole batch of cupcakes that jumped in to your mouth mysteriously.

3. Postal Worker Appreciation Day

Provide tea, scones and a lovely handmade hat for your favorite postal worker as a thank you for delivering all those packages from Japan.

4. Missing Pieces Remembrance Day

Somewhere, that missing detachable bow exists. That other sock? It might be in Narnia now, but you remember owning it. The laceup ribbon for that JSK that you took out to wash it? Yeah, it’s around here somewhere. This is a day where you can stop, take a moment, and remember those things that have gone missing. While you have a moment of silence for them, frantically rack your brain trying to remember the last place you saw them. They won’t be there any more, but it at least shows you care, right?

5. Mismatched Socks Day

Let’s be real here, you are never going to find that missing sock you were remembering on Missing Pieces Remembrance Day. Turn your misfortune into a fashion statement by closing your eyes, spinning around three times, and reaching into your sock drawer. Whatever you pull out is the pair to your lonesome sock for the day. Now come up with a coordinate that matches! You can match pink strawberries with green plaid cats, right?

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Bodyline Oddment Luckypack Review

After seeing this photo of 17 mismatched detachable sleeves that someone got as part of an oddment pack from bodyline, I basically laughed so hard that I decided it was worth $50 just to see what I’d get.

Bodyline Oddment Lucky PackHere is the description from the site:

Because of a lot of our customers ask us if we will continue our lucky bag we realised that if we continue Mr yan’s lucky bag(That is filled with normal products),customers will be all happy,but we will end up bankrupt.
But we do have defective products from 2014/1/12 which we can use to make Defective products lucky bag of each category. This lucky bag is different with Mr yan’s lucky bag. No one knows what is inside.Weight will be around 1.6-1.8kg.normally,our dresses weight is 400g per piece. It means around 4 dresses in the bag. It will be 1250 yen for per dress. Some products that are in the bag are our sample produts, some products can wear but have problems(button broken,little color changing,stain etc).You have to repair it by yourself,so it is super cheap.This lucky bag is very helpful for girls whom don’t have enough money but want to wear our dresses.You can buy 2 or more lucky bags,but you will not get same products.
you must understand the new lucky bags contents, so please understand the items will have defects before purchasing as we do not want any misunderstandings.No one will know the contents of these bags.

The actual description page for the item said very little, but it listed it as Dress*5, which I assumed means that there should be roughly the equivalent of 5 dresses in the largest. They listed sizes S, M, L, 2L (XL), 3L (XXL), 4L (3X), 5L (4X), 6L (5X), and 7L (6X), and all were sold out except for M and L. That’s actually really interesting to me, because I almost never see a bodyline item listed as size L. Usually they list things as M and 2L, where the M is between a Japanese S and a Japanese L, and the 2L is between a Japanese L and a 3L. However, this was fine with me, because I usually wear a Japanese L, so I figured if anything in the pack makes it into my actual wardrobe, it would fit.

I placed my order on 1/16, along with two pairs of shoes (I actually want these shoes to wear around the office at work) that I’d been waffling over for a while. I then chose air shipping because frankly, my LP and these shoes, were not worth $55 shipping (air was only $7.50). Air shipping takes 7-30 days according to the bodyline website, and the lucky pack got here February 18, 2014.

First, I got blouse L383 in beige. It’s missing the cameo neck ribbon, but otherwise isn’t damaged. It’s also not that bad of a blouse; the fabric is a little strange (but pretty wrinkle-free) and the neck is a little odd, but I don’t really have a blouse this color, and it’s not really bad, so I’m going to keep it. It’s listed at $40 / ¥2,999.

DSC_0285Next I got punk shirt P232 in white. The zipper is missing a tooth so it only goes up this far and it’s missing the tie. It’s normally $53 / ¥3,999. It’s a nice heavy white fabric with (probably faux) black suede lacing and black rickrack. The zipper seems sturdy, it’s just missing a tooth. So, this is from their punk section, and it’s not something I’d ever wear, so I’m just going to plunk it up on lace market for ~50% off if anyone wants it.

LP-yukataAnd now for the crown jewel! I got Yukata L148 in off-white/pink. This is missing the underskirt, and the headbow flower is a little smashed. This… is um.. it is… it just is. The fabric is silky. There is probably enough here to make three jumper skirts. There are satin ribbon bows everywhere. There is a fake obi with belt loops, and elastic and a zipper. And this… this tie for the obi and a fake bow.. it just, just. I am honestly speechless. It retails for $67 / ¥4,999. It’s also sold out in this color. I don’t know. Don’t ask me why/how. It just is.

And then there was a “bonus”. This is a counterfeit Angelic Pretty Fruits Parlor bag. Bodyline was selling these a few years ago, but apparently pulled them from their shelves (I assume because someone from AP was like “uhm… what?”). Instead of destroying them (which is what they should have done technically), they seem to have pulled them and held them. This retailed for something like $3-$7, if I remember correctly. This will be destroyed, not resold, which is generally what is done when such things are seized in customs/from counterfeiters in the US.

All in all it’s certainly not something I’d recommend buying if you actually want cheap lolita items… but it was certainly entertaining!