I purchased a “Small Accessory Luckpack” from sweet mildred on Etsy as part of her Small Business Saturday Sale. Each pack contained a zipper pouch, and some accessories, and hey were super affordable at only $20 each. You could opt to get one with or without pierced earrings. I selected the “With earrings” option, and here is what I got.
The necklace is silver tone with pearls, and features a key and some beautiful flowers. The motifs are common and universal, so this will be something I can pair with a lot of different options. It’s well constructed, the clasp and charms have some weight to them, and the beads are nice. All in all it’s a solid piece that is worth the price I paid all on it’s own.
Next we have a wooden pin of a playing card with a really fancy lady on it, who I think might be Marie Antoinette, but I’m really bad at this sort of thing so… it’s at least that time period? It’s got great colors and I love the detailing in the image. It has a pin back and seems quite sturdy.
Next we have a pair of earrings with an Alice in Wonderland motif; they feature a rabbit in card suit heraldry blowing on a trumpet. They are brass tone, and on hooks with a little pearl bead on each. Again, they have a nice weight to them and seem to use good quality materials.
Next, we have a little ring with a glittering pink strawberry on a white filigree base. I love when people use these painted ring bases because I have a lot of metal allergies, and they don’t bother me. The earrings I’ll just paint with nail polish; I do that with even some of the gold or silver ones I buy depending on the makeup.
Lastly, we have the pouch. Mine is a black fabric with cats on it on the outside and it’s lined in black x white polka dots. I’ve turned the corner over so you can see it here. There is a black zipper as well. It’s well made and sturdy with a good thickness to it. It would make a great travel pouch for accessories.
Value-wise, it’s an exceptional deal. The necklace retails at $25, from what I remember, similar rings to this sell for $5, earrings are $10, pins are at least $5. So even before we add in the pouch, we have at least $45 worth of accessories. All in all, I’m really happy with what I got, and would definitely recommend similar lucky packs from Sweet Mildred in the future.
Peppermint Fox is an Otome brand based out of Australia which makes clothing and absolutely darling little pins. I ordered a couple pins from them a while back, and bought another at the Palace of Princes Nightfall event, and have really enjoyed them.
So when they said they were re-releasing their tiny companions series (which is the series the pins I have are from), I jumped at the chance to pick up some more of their darling little animals. The older pins have a layer of clear resin on the top of the image, however, due to a health concern over the artists handling the resin, they switched to a clear sealant instead. Both the older and newer pins are wooden with a nice thickness to them.
I ordered six of the tiny companions from the last hurrah re-release, and later I put in a separate order for the Beloved Bookshelf from their library series.
The pins came in a small bubble mailer, which arrived in great shape, given that it came from Australia to the US!
The pins came separated into pairs in little celo bags, with an extra pin back button tucked in with Thompson and Klaus, and a little mini print.
And here are all six of these cuties out of the packaging! The surface of their older pins was a glass-like smoothness that was raised off of the image a bit because of the resin coat. These have a more textured brush-stroke or faint wood-grain like surface, which I actually really like because it seems to fit really well with the sketch-like aesthetic of the art. The coating is less dimensional as well, so it feels like the art is right there on the surface instead of a layer down.
Here are the backs, you can see how dimensional the pins are, and the rich dark color of the wood on the back ad sides. This gives the pins a nice sense of an outline when you look at them in person.
Here is the cute little mini print of the Crown Fox and the button. (The crown fox is one of the older pins I have and one of my favorites so I’m super happy to have him!)
The Beloved Bookshelf pin actually came two days before the tiny companions, and since it was ordered alone it shipped separately (I didn’t even try to contact them about combining shipping as I was unsure when they would all ship). It was packed in small bubble envelope, which contained the pin in a little celo bag, and a postcard.
Here is the front of the cute post card, and the pin all packaged up.
The pin is a little bit darker than the stock photo, but it doesn’t really bother me. I assume it has to do with the printing and sealing processes.
All in all, the quality is very high, the packaging was well done. Everything arrived in great shape; no nicks, scratches, dents, cracks, or anything else on the product. The freebies are a little bent from the pins, but they were freebies and frankly, I feel like that just goes to show how durable the pins are. Out of the seven I ordered, six have remarkably accurate colors compared to the stock photos, and the one which is a little off, actually matches more things in my closet with it being a little darker, so I’m quite happy with it.
p.s. If you get anything in this type of mailer, tear the mailer, don’t try to pull the glued part open. And if you do pull the glued part open, absolutely don’t let your cat rub it’s head on it. It will stick making your cat a derpy unicorn and you will have to use cat shampoo to remove it from your sad cat.
For many people, lolita is more than just a fashion. It’s a community of people. People who are a little quirky, and a little kooky, who you fit in with. For some people, it’s the first group they have ever felt like they belonged in. For other’s, it’s just one of many. And for some it’s a group they feel they don’t fit into, sadly.
Whenever you have a group like that, you end up with a certain group dynamic; everyone wants to belong, to fit in. So, as humans, we modify our behavior to fit the expectations of the group. We wait in line when we check out at the grocery store. We wear our petticoats under our skirts instead of over them. We don’t walk around hitting random people with fish.
Sometimes, however, people do things that don’t fit inside of what the group, or we as individuals feel is acceptable. We then have a few options, we can ignore the behavior, we can shun the person, or we can challenge the behavior.
In most cases, it is easiest to ignore the behavior, especially when ignoring it can result in something beneficial to ourselves. For example, if someone makes a racist comment, but is going to give away $100 to every friend they have the next day, some people would ignore the comment in favor of getting the $100. It would be a personal sacrifice for someone to challenge that behavior.
Almost everyday in lolita fashion communities there areas where people have these moral choices. Be it negative comments about someone being made on sites like Behind the Bows and /cgl/, or inappropriate comments on rufflechat or EGL, or things going on in local communities.
The hardest cases are when someone who is in a position of power, who commands a certain amount of respect because of their position does things which doesn’t align with one’s personal moral beliefs.
Two days ago, Anime Matsuri announced their guest line up.
I like a lot of those brands, and it would be wonderful to see them all in one place. However, I think back to girlyhoot’s post that mentions that one of Angelic Pretty’s designers was crying backstage last year. I think about the fact that multiple people I respect have had rude, lewd comments made to them. I think about the fact that the JLA has become a marketing machine for Anime Matsuri, that they have taken control of the USA’s JLA Ambassador selection process and turned them into figure heads that they can puppet about and control. They have taken a position designed to unite the lolita communities around the world and corrupted it thoroughly.
I can not in good conscience support any group or organization that has so little regard for the lolita community. It is an insult of the highest order that Anime Matsuri not only believes that they can appropriate our fashion’s ambassador group, but that they can do it while mistreating members of our community. That they believes that having John complete a 2 hour, $45 course that basically goes over “how to report sexual harassment to your manager when you work in retail” makes amends for not just sexually harassing multiple women he was supposed to have a business relationship with, but writing blatant, slut-shaming lies about them in retaliation. John and Denice Leigh are everything that JLA Ambassadors should not be.