Monday, April 6, 2015

Marriage Celebration Tea Party

It's been a while since I wrote my last post..! I've been waiting on the professional photos from our marriage celebration - and I just received them today!



We held the party at a beautiful bed and breakfast called Castle Marne in Denver.












There were several courses to our tea party - a soup, an entree plate with a quiche, fruit, and mini sandwiches, a scone, and then little dessert pastries and chocolates.





We took some photos together before the guests arrived.



My two little nephews behaved themselves quite well!


The girls


The guys






We don't take ourselves too seriously ;)







And some shots of my coordinate!

Rundown:
Headdress ♡ Sweet Mildred
Blouse ♡ Angelic Pretty
Jumperskirt ♡ Angelic Pretty
Socks ♡ Angelic Pretty
Bag ♡ Angelic Pretty
Jewelry ♡ Angelic Pretty
Shoes ♡ Baby the Stars Shine Bright


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Twin Meetup + Sweet Mildred Review

Last weekend, the Portland/Oregon Tea & Cake Society held a twin meetup! Everyone was encouraged to dress up with a "twin" (or triplet) in the same print/dress.

My friend Holly and I twinned in Angelic Pretty's Petit Patisserie print!



Photos by Tom Good

One of my favorite photos of the night was taken while our photographer, Tom, was testing the lighting - the best photos are usually the unplanned ones, since that's when you feel more comfortable in front of the camera!


I wore my new Lockshop Sweetheart wig for this meetup for the first time. I really like it, but it's not as nice as my other Lockshop wig (Sylph), to be honest. It's still one of my nicest wigs, though!


Coordinate Rundown:
Beret - handmade by my friend Paige
Barrette - Angelic Pretty
Other hair accessories - KOKOkim
Cutsew - DreamV
Jumperskirt - Angelic Pretty
Socks - Tutuanna
Shoes - Secret Shop
Bag - SWIMMER


Sweet Mildred Review

Next weekend, my husband and I are flying to Colorado for a party to celebrate our marriage. We didn't want a full-blown wedding, so we decided on this party instead!
I've been collecting pieces for my coordinate for this party and decided to order a custom headdress from Sweet Mildred to go along with it.

Timeline
November 29th - First contacted Millie about a custom order
December 4th - Millie first responds - we go back and forth for a few days about details
December 10th - I purchase the listing
February 5th - I contact her, as I have heard nothing regarding my order
February 11th - She responds, says she will send photos on Tuesday
February 26th - I contact her again, noting my concern about timing
February 28th - She finally sends WIP photos
March 4th - Order is completed
March 10th - Order is shipped
March 12th - I receive the order

As you can see, I had a lot of trouble with communication and timeliness. Regardless of the final product (which I will review in a moment), 3 months between ordering and shipment is not acceptable, particularly without any communication at all for two months.
I was very, very disappointed in this lack of professionalism. It put a lot of pressure on me to automatically ok the WIP photos, as I was quickly running out of time, regardless of whether I liked what I saw or not.
Had Millie contacted me and let me know if she was having issues, I could have searched for an alternative just in case (I had no idea if the final product would actually work until I received it, after all). However, I only received my order a mere 8 days before my flight - not even close to enough time to find a replacement if necessary.

The Product

Here is the end result.
Despite the headache with timing, I'm overall pleased with what I received. It is well-made and fits the specifications I provided and will match my coordinate well.


However, I'm not a huge fan of the fronds - I didn't like them much on the WIP photos either, but again, was reluctant to suggest any changes due to how long it took to even receive those photos in the first place.
I may cut them off myself - I haven't decided yet.


It's difficult to see in photos, but they're covered in a large grain silver glitter, which comes across as rather cheap, in my opinion.


The underside of the headband.


Millie also included a free gift of a headbow, which I appreciated.

Conclusion
While the product was absolutely worth what I paid and beautifully made, I don't think I can recommend Sweet Mildred (or at least custom orders), simply for the lack of communication and timeliness. Planning a wedding reception is a lot of work and very stressful - I shouldn't have needed to stress so much about one tiny aspect of my outfit.
Up until recently, I had only heard positive things about this shop, so it was quite a disappointment for me to experience. In the end, I was very lucky that it did end up matching well, as you can never know with a long-distance commission if it will.


With that being said, stay tuned for photos from our party!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Birthday Weekend

Monday was my birthday, so this past weekend was very eventful!

On Friday, I had friends over for curry, cupcakes, and Cards Against Humanity. I wore my new Angelic Pretty Sweet Girl Room onepiece for the occasion.


Everything from Angelic Pretty except jewelry and shoes (Secret Shop).

I was able to find the matching socks from LolitaDesu, and Angelic Pretty USA still had the headbow in stock, so in the end, I could complete the full set! I spent a little more than I would have liked to, since I was buying little things from so many places, but I think it was worth it.



Then, on Saturday, the Portland/Oregon Tea & Cake Society held a belated Valentine's Day meetup.
For this event, I wore my new Innocent World jumperskirt.


Jumperskirt - Innocent World "Chiffon Stripe Rose"
Blouse - Angelic Pretty
Headbow - Liz Lisa
Tights - offbrand (a gift)
Shoes - offbrand (eBay)


My circle lenses had little hearts in them! Even though they didn't completely match my coordinate, I thought they were too appropriate for the event that I couldn't resist wearing them.
I also wore my new Lockshop wig - it's the Sylph style in Royal Brown. I was so pleased with this wig that I recently ordered a new one - I'll review it once it comes in!


This cake was really good, but had soo much icing!


I had a delicious drink called "Barbie Girl" - my friend got this cute hanging kitty while in Japan.


Finally, on Monday (my actual birthday), I went to a local patisserie called Pix Patisserie with my good friend Katie. This place is walking distance from my office, so on bad days I like to go get macarons on my break haha.




We haven't been able to see each other in a while due to our conflicting work schedules, so it was really good to be able to catch up over macarons and tea!



I didn't get a photo of my full outfit that day, but I wore the items I had just received from Dreamv:



I ordered a suspender skirt with a cute tea pot screen print and a collared cutsew.




As you can see, my weekend was really busy - and next weekend will be too, as it's Katie and another friend's birthday on Sunday!