The idea I had was to put together my own little "pseudo-bukuro" (a fake "fukubukuro") with sale items but constrain myself to the fuku set price and general content principles (outer + OP or other pieces and being able to make coordinates amongst with the items). In truth, I ended up going about 1000yen over the limit I set for myself but only because I didn't want to compromise what I was getting for the price and weird rules in comparison to just purchasing something I actually liked and thought I would wear. I guess you could also think of this as a DIY lucky pack! It's not really a surprise you're choosing all the items yourself, but you are getting a good deal on a variety of items compared to the retail price!
Quick note: ...SO APPARENTLY WHEN I TOOK THE COORDINATE PHOTOS FOR THIS POST, THE CAMERA WAS A LITTLE ZOOMED IN AND IT CUT THE TOP OF MY HEAD/MY FEET OFF IN MOST OF THE PHOTOS. UGH. I'm sorry but it took me so long to take all these photos and I didn't even realize it would be accidentally cropped like this because the camera was in the same place as it always is but apparently the lens was zoomed just a little bit. I just can't bring myself to take them again. I know the cropping is ugly and possibly distracting but it's definitely unintentional. This is really just too bad because I was SO looking forward to the coordinate photos for this post in particular and now they're a huge mess. Ugh, god, it's so irritating to look at considering how long it took me to take these photos tbh. Check the camera after the first few next time to make sure the framing is right, especially when you're going to take 529 photos FML. #lessonlearned
Riders jacket in pink
a somewhat similar beige one also from Liz Lisa that I just bought in March with slightly different details. HOWEVER, this one is pink! And it was initially sold out (in pink) when this listing was in the Christmas Sale but then somehow miraculously one was restocked in this color. Since I was trying to put together this pseudo-lucky pack, I gave myself permission to buy it because this was going to serve as the "outer" piece that's usually included in lieu of a coat since coats are not useful to me, but this kind of jacket is more likely to be worn. And if I'm going to be customizing my "lucky pack", I might as well pick things that work for me, plus how fortuitous is it that TKL restocks just one in pink just as I'm trying to put this all together!
IRL, the tone of this jacket is actually quite dark. I would still generally consider it "pink", especially in comparison to what the brown color option looked like, but the stock photo is definitely not the true color. My initial reaction was that the color was a bit more like "mauve" which has a bit more purple in it than pink. [After googling, I think the most accurate definition of the color might be "mauve taupe". Even my mannequin photos aren't picking the IRL color up the best so check out the link for a better color reference.] Considering that this is an autumn item, I'd say that the darker tone matches the season (versus a lighter pink that might be expected in spring). I'm not unhappy with it, but the color difference from the stock photo is notable imo. No real surprises except for the color. The fit and design is exactly as expected. The only thing is that the lace-up detail in the back is sewn such that it can't be adjusted to be tied tighter unless you seam rip out a set of stitches. This makes it seem a bit loose on me and on the mannequin so I may make some changes and re-tie it but it still functions fine as it is. It is indeed very similar to the spring 2015 version except for the color and a few details. I don't think it's a waste to have both though because I really do like that this one is pink. However, if I went on a trip, I would definitely only choose one to bring with me (whichever matched with whatever else I was bringing best).
No coordinate photos with the jacket here in this section, but you'll see it paired with all the other items from the "pseudo-bukuro" below!<
Opal floral print OP in white
Catherine pointed out to me that actually the listed length was longer than a number of dresses I already own which I failed to realize bc I was so focused on just comparing myself to the stock photo. Length no longer an inhibiting factor? Added to cart lol.
with Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals (summer coordinate) -
(Psuedo-bukuro coordinate 1) + Liz Lisa riders jacket with Liz Lisa OTK boots -
with Liz Lisa ankle boots & Liz Lisa cardigan (autumn coordinate) -
Boa bustier OP in white
Items like this are usually a hard pass for me because of the mokomoko material of the bustier, but it's removable and I thought the (under)dress was simple but therefore quite versatile and casual without it. I also I really liked it on Rima! The sale made this dress a very reasonable price so I just wanted to try it lol wtf.
with Liz Lisa (pom pom) pumps (early autumn coordinate)-
(Psuedo-bukuro coordinate 2) + Liz Lisa riders jacket with Liz Lisa pom pom boots -
with Liz Lisa porkpie hat + Flag J sandals (casual summer coordinate) -
with Swankiss heart argyle top, Liz Lisa heart suede pumps and Liz Lisa ribbon ruffle bag (casual spring coordinate) -
Tralala cropped sleeveless blouse in white
with Liz Lisa fruits gingham skirt and Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals (summer coordinate) -
Floral sukapan in pink
(Psuedo-bukuro coordinate 3a for summer) + Tralala cropped sleeveless blouse with Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals -
(Psuedo-bukuro coordinate 3b for winter) + Liz Lisa riders jacket with Liz Lisa OTK boots -
with Liz Lisa flower lace shoulder knit and Liz Lisa flower wedge pumps (early autumn coordinate) -
another pink sukapan I have from summer 2013 but the print and color are different enough that I don't think having both is repetitive. It matches reasonably well with the Tralala top from this order. Tbh I was a bit nervous about the length of the top being too short to wear with this sukapan, but it worked out as well as I could hope, and I quite like the look with the top + sukapan + jacket! I'm glad I decided to get this sukapan in the end, and I'm happy with it.<
Transfer floral OP in navy
(If you can offer a better translation of this item name, please do!)
This OP wasn't high on my must buy list before the sale, but it was a price I couldn't resist, and I do love navy. The reason I wasn't immediately sold on this dress was because the neckline seemed too high for me. I thought it would just fit oddly on my body proportions which happens sometimes with certain freesize items depending on the cut. After looking at it on two different shop staff of different heights (I'm actually in between at around 162.5cm), I figured I could deal with the neckline because I liked the length and just added it to my cart because sale, so why not just try it?
with Flag J pumps (spring/summer coordinate) -
(Pseudo-bukuro coordinate 4ish) + Liz Lisa riders jacket with Liz Lisa ribbon pumps -
with Liz Lisa riders jacket (beige) and Liz Lisa ribbon pumps (autumn/winter coordinate)-
with Liz Lisa (pom pom) pumps & Liz Lisa x Yui Kanno collab rose drop cardigan (autumn coordinate) -
Here's a quick coordinate video if you want to see more detail on the items or how the items "move" when worn -
For my first time trying to put together something like this, I'm actually quite pleased although it's not like the concept is all that novel. It's just that sometimes when things go on extreme sale, you're left to pick from odds and ends so it's not always as easy to create coordinates with all the items in an order. I think I was able to do a pretty good job of balancing things I wanted to buy while still keeping my pre-set budget in mind despite the very light overage. I'm going to forgive that given how many items I ended up with compared to how many came with the actual lucky pack of the matching price. I was able to create 3 different coordinates with the items in this order with the jacket and really there are 4 "coordinates" that can stand as their own without the jacket as well if that makes sense since an OP is kind of a coordinate on its own. Despite this order being made of entirely AW15 clothes, the items in this order are easily suitable not only for the summer-like weather in Hawaii but their intended season as well (and I tried to include coordinates that show that)!
I spent a lot of time putting things in and taking things out of my cart trying to decide the best combination of things (this cami or that top? this skirt or that sukapan? should I get shoes instead of a third dress? etc), but I'm genuinely really happy with this order as is. I guess if you're being a stickler, this isn't a true fukubukuro/lucky pack replacement because the top is from Tralala and there isn't a bag/tote that goes with it. But to be honest, I didn't include a bag on purpose. Although there is no exact pattern that I've been able to suss out, I have noticed that when I do get customs fees assessed, it's usually when I have a bag in my package. And because of that, I've been trying to order less bags from overseas. I'm going to cheat a little bit and count the linen shopper as the fuku bag since it did come with the order and it is technically Liz Lisa and matches with everything? Lol. Yeah, I know I'm kind of stretching it, but give me a break lol. I got 3 OPs + a top and bottom + outer that work super well for me for a similar cost to a fukubukuro that only included a top and bottom + outer (+ tote), none of which were really usable for me in Hawaii weather except the bag. I'm going to call that a win :)
When I was trying to explain the "pseudo-bukuro" concept I had come up with to my bf to get an objective opinion, he told me "That's stupid. What you're doing is just shopping." And yes, ofc it is shopping wtf lol. I'm not saying that it's not. The point of this post and concept is more to show you that if you don't like the "mystery contents" idea from fukubukuro but you still enjoy getting a major deal on items especially around New Years, you can still employ the general concept but do it yourself and end up with items that you genuinely enjoy. Every year I see more and more complaints about customers not liking that you cannot choose what is in your lucky pack but insist on buying it anyway and then continue to complain. There's no need to complain! You can put together your own little bundle of items during a good sale and just buy what you want. I don't know if that's already clear or not, but I just wanted to try it out since this was supposed to replace a fukubukuro purchase for me this year. If no one but me likes the idea, I probably won't do it again but I wanted to give it a shot.