(Believe me, it took me a while to finally make the purchase.)
Sample reveal from lizlisa.com -
Rima wearing the contents -
Like I said, I really wasn't planning on purchasing fukubukuro this year. I purposefully didn't wake up for the 12/11 pre-order release on TKL because I didn't want to get caught up in the hype and just order something because I felt like since I woke up at 2am and interrupted my sleep, I should just get something to make it worth it. I was determined to wait until the sample reveals because I after reviewing past fuku purchases, I realized that, most of the time, the contents just aren't all that right for me and I only want to be shoveling money towards something I think will be worth it (because of the hefty shipping price).
Later in the day on 12/11, I came really close to ordering not just the My Melody bag but also the sweet tote and the sweet 3-way bag because I hadn't been shopping much from Liz Lisa recently (bc winter stock) and I liked all the bag designs! I especially liked the rose print on the 15000yen tote fuku. And I was thinking that the MM tote would be a really good replacement for my big travel tote (Liz Lisa 2013 fukubukuro tote) which is getting kind of worn out. And even though I didn't really need any more 3-way bags, the fuku one is practical and has the best deal (price per items).
While I was hemming and hawing and putting things in and out of my cart, the My Melody tote sold out lol wtf. Tbh, I really wasn't expecting that since it took a long time for last year's fuku to sell out and even then, they did restock later in the month before Jan 1! That's not what happened this year lol. I think it's mostly in part to the different (price/bag) options and the lack of in-store exclusive bags. Or maybe Liz Lisa has decided not to follow any sort of pattern. I have no idea.
In any case, as soon as it sold out, I decided I probably wanted it wtf. You know, the old "you only want what you can have" adage. Yeah that's me. But since I couldn't get all three, I decided to just cool it until sample reveals and not purchase any at that point. And then I thought about it more and I told myself that if the MM tote restocked, I would just get it. No hesitation because it was clearly in demand! That feeling only amplified after the content reveal when I realized that of all the items in the bags, the MM contents appealed the most to me personally and I checked TKL often to see if it would restock. But when it was late December and that didn't happen, I resigned myself to just not getting one this year. No big deal because I wasn't dying for anything and I patted myself on the back for practicing restraint since fukubukuro tend to be one of the most frivolous purchases I make all year considering I know the items won't be worn in Hawaii.
But then the MM tote did restock (as "pre-order") - but after Jan 1 on Jan 5, and after I had completely given up and let myself indulge in some winter sales wtf. This was definitely not something I expected tbh and by this time, I wasn't sure if it was worth it because I had such a long time to think about it. I considered my January budget, Christmas money, shipping cost, the current USD JPY exchange rate. I thought about the contents that I liked in the bag and how useful the tote would be now knowing that I love using this size of bag as a carry on for travel. I checked Yahoo Auctions and other secondhand sites for people reselling items at a price I could live with (and saw none wtf because I'm so cheap). I monitored the listing constantly, multiple times a day, until Jan 9 when I saw that there were only two left in stock. I took about twenty minutes to think about it and then I just submitted the order. Less than an hour later, the listing was sold out and I felt like I made the right decision lol wtf. [The listing later restocked on 1/13 though :|]
This ended up being my first Liz Lisa purchase of 2016! (Although not the first blogged about in 2016, just to clarify. I had like three orders I made in Dec 2015 that I didn't get to blog about until later because of shipping + time etc.) Since the second listing was still "preorder" even after Jan 1, I wasn't exactly sure when the item would ship but I was pleasantly surprised to receive a shipment email on 1/11! Just two days after I submitted my order. I don't know if they were just waiting for all the stock to sell out or if this was the plan all along because they didn't have a date listed in the description. But it works for me! [Since mine ended up shipping quite quickly and they ended up restocking the "pre-order" listing and never listed a ship date estimate, I'm actually now not sure if the pre-order/予約 text in the listing name was truly accurate or if it was just left over from the first iteration. If you also ordered one of these in the second or third restock, let me know if it shipped within a few days or if you had to wait!]
I purchased the item through pre-order on 1/9 and it shipped to Tenso on 1/11. It arrived and processed at Tenso on 1/13, and I paid for it the same day. It shipped from Tenso on 1/14 and I chose EMS because it was just a little more expensive than SAL, so I figured "might as well get in 4 days for just $6 more". This package took so long to arrive compared to other EMS packages and was definitely more around the shipping time I'm used to for SAL. It was delivered to my house on 1/22. There was a federal holiday in the middle but it didn't move for about 4 days after arriving in Hawaii wtf.
♡ My Melody gingham ribbon frill tote
Initially, based on the first photos of the tote with Yui Kanno, I thought that this tote seemed a bit smaller than the "big totes" of years past. I was really looking for a tote that was similar in size to the one I received in 2013 because that one was getting a little worn out. Then I saw the photos of the tote with Rima and I thought maybe it's not as small as I thought? In actuality, it is quite obviously smaller in terms of what it can hold. This is not a bad thing for people who want to use the tote more casually. But for me, who really only wants something for trips, I prefer to have a larger tote because that means I can fit more things in it lol.
♡ Fur collar/cuff pom pom A-line coat with back ribbon
I've always loved the idea of a white coat even though others have warned me that they're not very practical because they are stained or dirtied so easily. This coat being included in the fukubukuro was just the excuse I needed to get one and I really like it! My favorite parts are the bow in the back and the big buttons. I also quite like the cut of it. However, this is pretty obviously a lucky pack item imo. Although the pom poms are removable, the fur collar and cuffs are not.
with Liz Lisa knee high pom pom boots + lucky pack tote -
with Liz Lisa 2-strap ribbon pumps (and minus pom poms at collar) -
with Liz Lisa ankle socks, Liz Lisa pom pom pumps & Kate Spade New York handbag -
♡ Off-shoulder ruffle neckline floral logo OP
I feel like this dress is definitely meant to be worn off the shoulder or at the very least, at the edge of your shoulders. It falls very easily to off shoulder and also stays put well (not a lot of adjustments necessarily). There is no side zipper but the bust/chest area is full shirring on front and back. It's a very subtle light blue IRL with blue and pink roses and "Liz Lisa" text in the print which seems to be somewhat common for dresses that have come from high tier price lucky packs. [Edit: I may, in fact, be the only one who thinks this dress is light blue lol. Apparently it's white FML.]
with Liz Lisa ribbon pumps + lucky pack coat & tote -
with Nine West faux fur trim ankle boots (I had to try my version of it since Rima styled it a similar way although my boots are not exactly the same) -
with Liz Lisa light denim jacket and Liz Lisa (pom pom) pumps for a more casual look -
♡ Plaid check top and sukapan set up
with Liz Lisa OTK boots + lucky pack coat & tote -
with Nine West faux fur trim ankle boots (yes, sorry I had to try it with this too lol) -
with Liz Lisa ankle boots + Liz Lisa faux leather riders jacket -
♡ Plaid check sailor collar docking top
The ribbon at the neckline is removable and has a pin back. There is no hidden side zipper in this top (which I had expected to find based on other Liz Lisa tops of similar docking style), but rather elastic. This allows a bit more size freedom I think, but the top "docking" part of the piece then becomes the limiting factor for max width. I almost wasn't able to get this on my mannequin because although the hidden elastic waist would allow it, the top "flap" was pretty much at its max extent with the width of the mannequin's shoulders.
with Liz Lisa shorts and Flag J pumps (ribbon from the top is used as a hair accessory)
♡ Plaid check sukapan
The back of the waist has some great shirring for this sukapan. This fits very snugly on my waist. The length is about average for Liz Lisa sukapan, if not just slightly longer. There is good volume in the skirt part and the lace that sticks out on the bottom is very pretty as well.
with Liz Lisa lace sleeveless ribbon tie blouse and Liz Lisa glitter pumps -
♡ Racer back fleece cami
The correct name for this kind of fabric/material is escaping me at the moment, but it's soft and fluffy and warm - kind of like a fleece blanket I think? It's a very light pink color that kind of shows up almost as an off white color if the lighting is off. There is a tiny pink bow on the front of the cami and the straps have lace detailing.
layered under the lucky pack OP with Liz Lisa OTK boots, Liz Lisa beret & Liz Lisa 3way bag -
with the lucky pack sukapan + Liz Lisa (flower) wedge pumps & Liz Lisa cardigan -
♡ My Melody ribbon gingham frill pouch
The print for the pouch matches the tote exactly (as advertised). It's on the small side, but seems to have slightly more structural integrity than the pouch I received in the 2014 MM fukubukuro and would be slightly more protective of its contents. I was luckily able to get quite a few full My Melody images on the various sides of the pouch (instead of like 1/2 of her body and 1/2 of her head here and there). I have a ton of pouches like this and nothing to put in them, so I personally don't find these particularly useful, but it's definitely cute, and I love how it matches with the tote.
Since I'm likely going to be using this tote for travel, I wanted to see how it paired with my Liz Lisa trunks from past fukubukuro.
(Liz Lisa 2013 Premium trunk on the left, Liz Lisa 2015 Web-limited rose ribbon embossed trunk on the right)
I also made a short "content reveal" and coordinate video for YouTube if you're interested -
Just some personal thoughts as I purposefully didn't include these in the "general" Liz Lisa 2016 fukubukuro posts since I try to keep those more generic and information/fact-based rather than my just spewing my opinion about everything which clogs up what's really pertinent.
Yes, Liz Lisa didn't do a trunk option this year. Yes, the prices have "gone up" in relation to how many items you receive. Yes, these are valid complaints and if you have these complaints I understand why you didn't buy one. If you have these complaints and you still bought one and are continuing to gripe about it, why?? Liz Lisa disclosed the number of items in each bag when the pre-order started so you should know from the start just generally what you are receiving. If 3 clothing items including a coat + a tote bag aren't worth 16200yen to you, do not buy it (and likewise for the other bags and content amounts). It's that simple. I don't think it makes very much sense to (generally) know what you will be receiving and then complain about it. I understand if maybe you don't like the specific design of the contents, but that's part of what fukubukuro is. You're getting a deal on "mystery contents". If you want to wait until the sample reveals, you may miss out on the bag that you want (because it has already sold out) or you'll have to go through other measures to get it (such as reserving an SS). I just don't understand people who complain about fukubukuro being what they are tbh. If you don't like the concept - do not buy one. We're already getting way less options than years past. Even though I almost didn't order one myself this year, I'd rather that Liz Lisa offer it and at least have the option to purchase one than to not have the option at all.
As always, please please please do not repost my photos, especially without my permission! I had a lot of fun taking photos and creating this post, but I don't like to see them on weheartit, pinterest, etc. Please, at the very least, ask me if you want to use my photos!
Oh and in case anyone is wondering (I doubt it but hey, you never know), this is Tokyo Kawaii Life order 31 even though I didn't label it that way, so my next TKL order post would be 32...even though it looks like a skipped a number. TKL order 30 was made prior to this but the blog post has yet to be published since I prioritized this one over chronological accuracy.