Coming Soon From Angelic Pretty: Dreamy Planetarium

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It’s getting warm again in the northern hemisphere, and AP is gearing up for summer. The last few years have brought us a chiffon sky print pretty much every summer, and this summer looks to be the same. Slated for late June, Dreamy Planetarium combines the galaxy print look that has been trending the past few seasons and overlays it with lines that look vaguely like constellation maps and faint glowing animals that are reminiscent of traditional illustrations of constellations. The print appears to have a ram, bird, unicorn, tanuki, shooting star, drippy planet Saturn and possibly a cat of some sort.

It will come in 4 colors; Sax, Lavender, Galaxy,  and Navy Blue.

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Coordinate Rundown:

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Coordinate Rundown:

 Dreamy Planetarium OP

Dreamy Planetarium ワンピース (Dreamy Planetarium Onepiece) – 25,800 yen

 Dreamy Planetarium

Dreamy Planetarium セーラージャンパースカート (Dreamy Planetarium Sailor Jumperskirt) – 24,800 yen

 Dreamy Planetarium

Dreamy Planetarium ジャンパースカート (Dreamy Planetarium Jumperskirt) – 23,800 yen

 Dreamy Planetarium

Dreamy Planetarium スカート (Dreamy Planetarium skirt) – 18,800 yen

 

Dreamy Planetarium Tights Angelic Pretty   Dreamy Planetarium オーバーニー (Dream Planetarium OTKs)

 Dreamy Planetarium オーバーニー (Dream Planetarium OTKs)

Dreamy Planetarium オーバーニー (Dream Planetarium OTKs) – 2,500 yen

 Dreamy Planetarium

Dreamy Planetarium リボンクリップ (Dreamy Planetarium Ribbon Clip) – 2,800 yen
Dreamy Planetarium シュシュ (Dreamy Planetarium Scrunchy) – 2,200 yen

Print Closeups:

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Update 6/1:
Photos from AP Tokyo blog

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Shop Review: Miss A

Miss A is an online discount shop for jewelry that apparently was started in 2007, but I only just heard about them on FB when someone asked if they could use accessories from that shop with lolita. Their selling point is that everything they sell is just $1, and shipping is a flat $3.95.

So I picked up a few things. First things first, more than half of what I wanted was sold out. Either entirely, or in the colors I wanted. Some of the things I bought came in many more colors that I liked, but were all sold out. Some things came in a dozen colors and were sold out in every. single. one.

Here is what I did buy:

3 Piece Pearl With Bow Bracelet Set

3 Piece Pearl With Bow Bracelet Set (Green x 2)

3 Piece Pearl With Bow Bracelet Set

3 Piece Pearl With Bow Bracelet Set (Red x 2)

Pearl Bracelet Set With Mesh Bow

Pearl Bracelet Set With Mesh Bow (Blue x 2)

Rose & Bead Bracelet Set (3 Piece)

Rose & Bead Bracelet Set (3 Piece) (Lavender x 2)

Duplicates of everything because, well, it’s a dollar a set and there is nothing more frustrating in my opinion than going to put on a lolita coord and only having one or two bracelets that match when you want a good solid half-dozen.

Shipping was $3.95 + 8 items at $1/ea, and we have a grad total of $11.95, for which I’m getting 28 individual bracelets.

I have a lot of stretch bead bracelets like this in more normal colors already. I can tell you that I spent $4-$12 a set at places like Khol’s, Claire’s are Paris Kids. So at $1 a set, my expectations were low, but it was worth a risk.

I do have to say, looking through the site, there were a lot of items where it was clear that you would get what you paid for. Pretty much all of the metal jewelry looked very low quality. Chains were thin, charms were stamped out of thin metal. I didn’t even bother checking the metal categories in all of the sub sections and went straight to the pearl and bead options after glancing over the necklaces. Rings and earrings I totally ignored as well (green fingers and ears are not cute).

In the hair accessories, I saw flowers that are sold at Claire’s for $1.50 that I know are meh, and bows that are very poor quality ribbon or are tiny and are hot glued and come apart (I bulk ordered some a few years ago). I skipped those too.

The package arrived on May 19th (The order was placed on May 14th), so it got to me quite quickly.

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It was sent in a plastic mailing envelope, which probably helps them cut down on mailing costs.

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Inside the plastic envelope was a bubble wrapped packet and a shipping slip (Mia, my kitten decided to help by walking on the paper). Inside the bubble wrap was a tissue paper wrapped packet with a MissA sticker.

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Inside the bubble wrap was some foam, and then finally I got down the the bracelet sets which were each wrapped in clear plastic.

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Once the plastic was removed, each set was clearly tagged for peg display at a retail shop. Manufacturers varied (so MissA isn’t making these things, they are sourcing them from a manufacturer like most retail stores do).

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The actual hang tags were a bit beat up, but that could come from storage in bins, which would be more typical for an online shop warehouse. most of the bracelet sets were tied with cheap sheer ribbon. You can wear the bracelets with the ribbons, and some people do, but I personally like the look of them more when they are lose. Some of the ribbon was fraying already as the ends hadn’t been finished off.

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All in all, the bracelets were fairly color accurate, and they had a good weight to them. The lavender ones are plastic, and the roses were all well formed. The tiny blue green ones seem to be plastic as well. The rest were glass.

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There were a few minor issues. On this red bracelet, some of the painting wasn’t done perfectly; the end bead had a ring of raised paint and a void, and some bits of red paint were flaking off the ends of some beads.

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This darker red one from one of the same red sets appears to have rubbed against something and the paint is coming off very easily.

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In these other ones, there were some beads which weren’t quite round; higher quality bead makers would consider some of these b-grade and not sell them. Lower quality (cheaper) bead makers aren’t as picky.

For comparison, here are some sets of similar things I picked up at my local dollar store.

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The lavender pair was like the pink and blue sets and had earrings with it.

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The dollar store bracelets have better quality beads (more uniformly round) and better paint jobs aside from one pink bead that was really messed up. However, each set came with less.

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So, in conclusion, the Miss A ones aren’t horrible, but they aren’t the best ever. I’d say they are reasonably on par with normal dollar-store items. I’d certainly buy similar items from the shop again, and the price seems pretty fair for what you get.

Lolita Blog Carnival : Design a Complete Coord for Under $100 USD

When I first looked at this week’s Lolita Blog Carnival topic, my very first thought was “the petticoat is going to either suck, need to be skipped, or take up half of the budget”.

That said, you can get some really cheap petticoats out there. People recommend Victorian Girl Dress on Ebay, but looking at the photos, it looks cheap and it looks like it’s probably not going to be the ideal smoothness and shape. There is also Maco Modes 582 (will run you about $50 USD), but that’s not perfect either. You can get a Classical Puppets A-line one from taobao for about $30USD (before SS fees and shipping), and that’s one of the ones I have an use a lot, but apparently, their quality dropped and a lot of people are seeing fraying / tears at the tiers in that one. If you need something quick in the US, the Black Ribbon sells some for $55 USD. Bunny House, another indie brand also makes petticoats that run around $48 USD before shipping.

Then I remembered that I had heard of an indie brand that made good petticoats really cheaply. That indie brand is MeLikesTea. MeLikesTea is based out of Brazil, so their prices are in Brazilian Reals. Like many non-english countries, they use a comma and not a period in their prices to denote the line between dollars and cents. So for PT10H – #10 made with Hard Tulle, which is listed at R$50,00, the price is only about $16.50 USD.

If you are trying out lolita for a convention, or don’t plan on wearing it much (2x a year), a hard tulle petticoat is probably ok, as long as you store it very carefully. If you want to wear the fashion in earnest, I’d suggest upgrading to the Organza material she offers. It costs more, but it lasts a lot longer. Hard Tulle petticoats are only stiff because the tulle is stiff, and very quickly deflate.

Writing this blog post pretty much confirmed for me that you would have a very hard time making a cohesive coordinate from scratch on only $100. I did not include shopping service fees or shipping, though I did try to source at least some things from local stores, or online shops with cheap or free shipping options.

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Coordinate 001 – Sweet Lolita Shiro Coordinate

Total: $99.55 USD

This isn’t an ideal hair accessory for this coordinate; I simply rand out of money and did the best I could. If you already have a petticoat, shoes and/or tights, splurge a little on a nicer headpiece. To wear the headpiece shown, you would have to do some sort of updo with your natural hair, and then pin in the hair comb.

Also, bodyline makes other shoes that are cheaper and I’d prefer, however, they are out of stock at the moment.

To upgrade this, add a pearl bead necklace and bracelets, and a nicer headpiece.

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Coordinate 002 – Berry Bitter Sweet Lolita with Second Hand Metamorphose

Total: $99.25 USD

This was a hard one because I really like using more accessories for something like this, but the budget doesn’t allow for it. The headbow shown is only a dollar and it looks it. A small black bow should be placed beside it if you have light hair. If you have dark hair, you can skip the black bows all together and put that extra dollar towards getting an oversized beaded bracelet in black. The other black bows and the red bows can be clipped on to the coord. Clip one red bow above the button on each sleeve of the blouse. Black bows can be clipped between the buttons of the blouse going down the front as embellishments.

If you have the money, upgrade to a nicer headbow that is lolita specific. Alternately, you can braid your natural hair and use hair ties with little strawberries on them, or red bows.

There was not a good necklace at the size I wanted in the price range, but this pendant from etsy can be put on a plain dark chain like the one shown. A red bow can be clipped on as well depending on the thickness of the pendant.

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AP Style Sweet Lolita

Total: $99.98 USD

Going with an OP over a skirt + blouse or JSK + blouse combo is cheaper for a single coordinate, but more expensive in the long run because you can’t mix and match as much. A larger head-eating bow could be paired with this as well and Sweet Mildred does sell some, but she only had samples in pink photographed that I saw.

The tights have a subtle diamond pattern in them to match the OP, which I thought was cool, but solid white or pink tights would work as well.

I started out with the thought that this would be easy and I’d just do a bunch; after all, I buy dresses second hand for under $100 USD all the time. However, when you have to buy everything (petticoat, socks/tights, accessories, shoes), it really does add up fast. Once you have a good petticoat, some tights and some shoes, new coordinates are a lot cheaper to make than if you have to pay for all of those things at the same time.

To make the whole coordinate come out to less than $100 USD, you have to get the blouse, dress/skirt and shoes under about $75. That means $25/each, or a $50 OP + $25 shoes. And then, you don’t have much left for everything else after you pay for the petticoat.

I would say that $100 really isn’t enough to create a cohesive lolita coordinate. I would suggest someone budget closer to $200 for their first coordinate (to get a good petticoat, and pay for shipping and shopping services). I realize that is a lot of money, but lolita isn’t a cheap hobby, even when you try to buy things on the cheap.


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