Friday, April 24, 2015

Coordinates + New Purchases

My friend's birthday was last week, and to celebrate, we had a potluck tea party!

I wore my Innocent World Pearl Beads jumperskirt, which I had only worn once very briefly, and in a coordinate I wasn't at all happy with.

I definitely liked this coordinate a lot better than my last!
Headbow ♡ Liz Lisa
Blouse ♡ Amavel
Cardigan ♡ Honeys
Jumperskirt ♡ Innocent World
Tights ♡ offbrand (gift)
Socks ♡ Angelic Pretty
Shoes ♡ offbrand (eBay)

Recently, I was able to obtain a huge wishlist item of mine - Innocent World's Antique Cutlery! I'd been wanting it since it came out, but (ironically) was saving to shop at PMX, but of course the version I wanted was sold out by then and wasn't brought to the IW boutique.

The color is a bit of an odd shade, which makes coordinating's a kind of lighter navy? But other than that, I'm totally in love!!

Here are some quick coordinates with it:
Hair accessories ♡ Taobao, Claire's
Blouse ♡ Amavel
Necklace ♡ Fantastic Grim
Socks ♡ Tutuanna
Shoes ♡ offbrand (bought in Osaka)

Hat ♡ Claire's
Blouse ♡ Forever21
Tights ♡ Tutuanna
Shoes ♡ offbrand (from high school!!)

I really wanted a cutlery themed necklace to wear with this jsk, and my friend's shop, Fantastic Grim, happened to have a perfect one in stock!
Raven, the owner, currently lives in the UK, but some of the shop's stock is with the Lolita Collective in the United States. The necklace I purchased was luckily one of the latter, so shipping took no time at all.

I'm so in love with it!!

The only thing I'm disappointed about is that the chain length isn't adjustable. I can still make-do easily enough, but I think that would have been a nice touch!

Since Raven couldn't make it to my wedding party being all the way in England, she also included a couple of other beautiful necklaces from her collection!

So happy to have such a talented friend ♥
I can't wait to wear these beautiful necklaces!

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!

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

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.

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.

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!!