Well actually, I was planning on purchasing during an earlier time sale but during the last day, TKL took all the Liz Lisa items out wtf. About a week later, they were put back, and I knew that I shouldn't miss my chance twice haha.
Liz Lisa off shoulder floral OP in white
Berri knows too well lol) but wasn't willing to pay full price, and even at 40% off I was kind of like ehhhhh idk. In the end, I'm glad I waited until it finally included in the time sale! This white color option looks so different (imo) from the one that is the default for the listing in navy, and I'm really glad I clicked on it to check it out to find this color which is much better suited to my personal taste! The day after I finally bought it, I noticed there were only a few left and now white is sold out, so I think I made the right decision about when to purchase :)
Liz Lisa ribbon lace sailor top in navy
early autumn back when it was first released but recently I decided that I shouldn't be buying/wearing set ups anymore (especially set ups with sailor collars) because I feel too old or something. But I wasn't going to buy the sukapan to go with it, and I couldn't resist the top in the color that I really wanted so...I just got it lol. I'm not sure if I'm going to have buyer's remorse with this or not. It's a super cute top for sure, particularly because of the details, but where am I going to wear it?? It is sold out now though, so I don't feel too weird about buying it.
Juge Etta halter party dress in pink
Tralala stripe off shoulder OP in white
Tralala bi-color hair clip in black
It seems like everything I bought sold out less than a week after I purchased (at the same price)! Based on that, I really feel like I made a good decision now lol. Whenever I second guess paying a certain price for something, I always check back to see if anyone else was tempted at that same price and whether I was the only person or one of many who thought it was worth it to purchase at a certain price lol. It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one who went for these items.
Also, I'm wearing my new Flag J shoes with most of these outfits! I just bought from the Flag J Hawaii store a few weeks ago at 50% off :)
Tenso shipping note!
This was my first order after Tenso changed their shipping options (on/around November 14)! They now have adjusted service fees and more shipping company choices than just EMS. I noticed that compared to the service fee I would have paid prior to the change, I was paying 20yen more (1000yen versus 980yen). However, I had the opportunity to choose between EMS, AIR Small Package, SAL Small Package or Surface Mail with decreasing pricing. Surface Mail is typically cheapest but has a 60 day estimated shipping period. I decided to go with SAL Small Package because it was only 40yen more than Surface Mail but expected to arrive in around 14 days instead.
I paid for Tenso on Nov 20, and my package was received at the post office in Tokyo on Nov 21. It left Tokyo on Nov 25. It arrived in Hawaii on Nov 25 (because of the time difference), and I received it on Nov 28 (note that Nov 27 was a federal holiday).
Overall, I paid about $16 less than I would have with the old system (taking the service fee into account). I was expecting the package to take closer to 14 days to get to me, but actually it only took about 8 days (because of the time difference) from the time it arrived at the post office in Japan. And actually, the transit time between Japan and Hawaii was the same amount of time as for EMS so I guess it gets transported the same way. What took longer, which you can probably tell from the dates, is the amount of time it took to leave Japan - like 4 days! I guess since it's not a priority, they just let it sit for a bit and prioritize other packages or something? Since I'm rarely in a rush to get things, I would rather save $16 and wait a little longer (but not as long as 60 days), but I do miss receiving my EMS packages within a week from ordering from TKL lol. Truthfully, 3 or 4 more days (if this 8 days delivery time is something standard I can expect to Hawaii for SAL) is not that bad, but I just get really antsy and was so used to EMS delivery. I will obviously just adjust if it means saving money, but it felt like a really long 8 days tbh.
After exploring the new shipping fee calculator a bit, I realized that as long as your package can be classed as a "small package" for either AIR or SAL, you'll most likely have a cheaper option than EMS. However, for heavier packages, and likely for most fukubukuro, those are no longer options and you'd have to go with their AIR or SAL international package (instead of their small package option). For a 7200g package (the approximate weight of past years' trunk fukubukuro),
EMS + service fee would cost 14630yen,
AIR + service fee would be 16730yen,
SAL + service fee would cost 13280yen, and
Surface Mail + service fee would be 8480yen.
There's a huge difference between the EMS pricing and the Surface Mail pricing, but of course also a huge difference in when you'd receive your items (4 days versus 60 days). I'm sure that some people would rather save that $60 though than receive their items right away. I think I would probably be tempted to go with SAL again and hope that 14 days is actually accurate for such a large parcel. I get really antsy when waiting for fukubukuro to arrive lol. If anyone decides to try and ship anything via Surface Mail to the US/North America (or anywhere really), I'd be really interested to know exactly how long it tastes/how accurate the 60 day estimated time is.
As a small reminder (and I'm sure those of you who actually read my posts are tired of reading these blurbs, but I am constantly getting blamed for not warning people of this, so here I go again) - I am extremely uncomfortable with my personal photos being used for the profit of others especially without a simple source link. In general, I would prefer for my photos not to be reposted without my permission at all, but if you feel the extreme need to do so, I simply ask that you just include a simple link back to my original post. Regardless of whether I watermark every single photo, I do still own the copyright to these pictures and you finding them on Google Image does not mean I do not own them anymore?? (There has been some confusion on that front apparently. And to be clear, Google does even warn you when you click on a photo that the image may be subject to copyright, and Google does not sever the photos from their original pages, so it's easy to find their source if you choose.) I do not blog and post these photos so that others can sell their products that are not associated with me in the slightest. And the response I get when I just ask for my photos to be sourced really discourages me from sharing and continuing to blog. I mean this in the least aggressive way possible, but I'm not just going to throw 80 smiley emojis in this to "soften the tone" because I am serious, and I honestly feel like you should be able to read a paragraph like this without emoticons and not be offended by its message.