Monday, April 25, 2016

Tokyo Kawaii Life order 34 - Liz Lisa Margaret cherry OP, Lace fit & flare flower fade OP, 3D flower pumps, Flocking print cardigan & Outlet accessories

I haven't been making a ton of Liz Lisa orders lately, but it's not because I don't like this season's Spring 2016 releases. In fact, my issue was that I wanted too many items, but I couldn't reasonably afford all of them at full price, so I had to figure out which to prioritize and watch the stock count closely. I came really close to making so many different combinations of orders, but I finally ended up with this one after noticing that one or two of the items on my wishlist were down to 3 or less stock remaining! (And while I was at it, I figured I might as well add a few Outlet accessories to it as well since they recently restocked.)

Margaret cherry OP in white (161-6011-0)
I really wasn't overly keen on this dress when I first saw it because this bandana border style of print isn't something I get giddy over even in floral, but the more I saw it, the more I liked it - especially the design of the back! What really tipped me towards it was Rebby getting hers in the mail and seeing how amazing it looked on her! I was okay with any color for this OP at first, but seeing non-stock photos of it from Rebby and chatting with her a bit about it convinced me that white was my first choice. The stock photos make the dress seem more ivory, but I'd say it's a lot more "white" IRL.
with Liz Lisa heart suede pumps (and cherry gingham bow earrings from @rebikkuma) -

with Flag J sandals, Liz Lisa pork pie hat and Ank Rouge heart quilted handbag -

with Liz Lisa flocking print cardigan (see below), Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals, Liz Lisa x Yui Kanno collab rose barrette and Samantha Thavasa handbag -
Had to bring out the red pumps again because of the cherry theming lol. Their color does photograph very strongly compared to the print, but I do love a pop of red. I was nervous about the flutter sleeves at first which have the potential to look obnoxious but I think it helps create a small waist silhouette which is something I really value. There is shirring in the back of the waist which helps when putting the dress on, but I don't personally really need it once it's in place. It's neither too tight (where it would leave an impression from the shirring on my skin or really bother me throughout the day), nor especially loose, and overall, I really like it. I may need to iron the pleats a little bit better, but I like this a lot more in person & after wearing it myself than I did from just the pictures online.

Lace fit and flare flower fade OP in white (161-6013-0)

Apparently some people really hate this OP but I've loved it since I first saw it! "Classic Liz Lisa" style or not (who defines this, I have no idea but OK), I love the silhouette, I love the lace and I love the way the flower print showers down from the top down to the full "garden" at the hem of the skirt. I was really hoping this OP would make it to a sale because although the design was a winner in my eyes, I wasn't confident with the fit (and I am reluctant to pay full price for things I'm 100% about). It seemed like it would be really boxy if it didn't hit and hug my waist just right. However, when I saw the stock dwindling, I knew I didn't want to miss out on it and adjusted my monthly budget so that the purchase wouldn't tip me over for the month.
with Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps and GAP cardigan with Liz Lisa Many flower earrings (see below) -

with Liz Lisa x Yui Kanno collab rose drop cardigan, Liz Lisa flower wedge sandals, Liz Lisa flower applique beret and Liz Lisa fur pom pom earrings (see below) -

with Liz Lisa flocking print cardigan (see below), Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals and Liz Lisa rose quilted purse -
Unfortunately, it is as I feared - the dress is too big in the part where I desperately need for it to be fitted in order for me to love it. (I pinched the extra fabric at the waist in the first coordinate above.) Such is the failure of free size, but it's just reality. I'm disappointed but not extremely surprised. If only I was more skilled in sewing, I might attempt to fix it. Looking at how it's put together though, I think it would be kind of a risk I might not want to take since I'm really not all that confident in myself. I also considered just finding a large 4" safety pin to gather it a bit more in the back but that seems obnoxious lol. I think I'll probably just try to live with it as is. I do still absurdly love the design and the dress in general, but I just don't love it on my body. However, it seems to photograph OK and the more I look at it this way, the more it seems acceptable to me lol.

3D flower pumps in yellow (161-9605-0)
I absolutely fell in love with these pumps when I first saw them. It's a classic style with the secureness of crisscross and ankle straps (which really helps keep my foot in place and aids in walking long distances), PLUS a super cute 3D flower applique near the heel which isn't too boisterous but still a great accent. I already have a bright yellow wedge sandal which I love to use for a nice pop of color, but this slightly more subdued yellow is going to be great to have, and I really enjoy how it fits in with my wardrobe but is still different (in a good way) from the shoes I already own so it's not too redundant.
with Liz Lisa margaret cherry OP (see above) -

with Liz Lisa flocking print cardigan (see below), Charlotte Russe tulle skirt and Liz Lisa fur collar (cardigan) -

with Liz Lisa flower collared OP, Liz Lisa lace peek cardigan, Liz Lisa flower pearl barrette and Liz Lisa 3-piece cup Team C purse's pouch with shoulder strap -
It's a really nice light yellow IRL that is a very reasonable neutral color without making it too boring. The fit is just as expected. I purchased size L as I usually do and it feels great on my foot, and I don't have any issues with it seeming too big or too small. I truly have no complaints about this and I'm really glad I was able to get these. I didn't immediately know what I was going to wear them with but they match so well with the cardigan, and I really look forward to creating more coordinates.

Flocking print cardigan in yellow (161-3003-0)
Again, thanks Rebby. I had been thinking about this cardigan for a while because I feel like this style pairs well with many Liz Lisa items, but it wasn't until Rebby shared her purchase of it that I really felt compelled to have it - especially to pair with the Margaret cherry OP in white. I don't already have a yellow cardigan but I love the use of the color for Spring 2016. I already had a few coordinates in mind when I bought it!
with Liz Lisa faux 2-piece OP and Liz Lisa glitter pumps -

with Liz Lisa lace sleeveless top, Liz Lisa floral panel skirt, Liz Lisa heart suede pumps, Liz Lisa fur headband (see below) and Liz Lisa x My Melody 9th collab tote -
It's so hard to tell in the stock photos, so I was (pleasantly) surprised to find that part of the print includes script text "Pique-nique sue l'herbe", the theme for Liz Lisa Spring 2016. Even though I'm not overly fond of having text on clothes in a language that I don't understand, I don't mind it as much in this case because it helps directly relate the item to the season which I like. The material is reasonably light (definitely not insufferably thick). The yellow is a bit more pale/pastel IRL as compared to the stock photos and matches well with the pumps. It reminds me so much of spring! I was really happy with this item as it pairs well with pretty much everything else in the order ♡

Many flower earrings in yellow (151-9003-0)
Well, when buying yellow shoes and a yellow cardigan, might as well get the yellow earrings to match right? Especially because the blue tone in the earrings seemed like they would match well with the blue accent in the flower applique for the pumps! These were the last ones in stock and I couldn't resist having them with the rest of my yellow items :)
Even though they're from last year, these earrings pair so well with the 3D flower pumps from this spring! And I just love matching things like this lmao. The earrings are a bit smaller than I expected but I really like that because they're also not as heavy and not as obnoxious lol. I think these will be great to add just a little pop of color to an outfit even though I don't often wear earrings because my hair hides them 9 times out of 10 lol.

Fur pom pom earrings in white (142-9004-0)

I was extremely surprised to find these restocked in white! The other color option was an electric blue color and when I saw it stocked in the Outlet, I was almost certain that only blue would be remaining. Imagine my surprise when I find that there's only 1 stock left in white instead! I was immediately sold. I missed out when these were trending heavily about a year and a half ago but I'm finally hopping on the train and need a pair in white in addition to my pair from One Spo in pink.
If I'm honest, I didn't even realize there was a music note charm on these until I opened the package lol. They don't bother me though except I guess I might feel a bit like a phony since I'm not a music person, but otherwise they're just a cute gold accent charm on the earrings. These are a bit nicer than my One Spo pair because they're made with "fur" have a really nice puffy effect. I also really like the pearl stud. I'm so glad this was restocked in the outlet and I was able to grab them!

Fur hairband in pink (152-9205-0)
I had seen this appear in stores near the end of my trip to Japan in Summer 2015 when the autumn stock was just starting to roll out and I really liked how the shop staff were wearing it! The bow design is cute but subtle. Even though I don't wear a lot of "fur"-type material items at home, I've been meaning to gather a few things just for A/W season coordinates and I was happy to see this restocked in the outlet. I had a hard time choosing between pink and beige because one is more cutesy and one is a good neutral, but in the end, pink won.
IRL, the color is a lot more like the deep pink that reminds me a lot of Liz Lisa Autumn 2013. It's pretty close to brown and makes the item a lot more "neutral" than super cutesy IMO which ended up being a great balance lmao. In these photos, I'm not wearing it tucked under my hair because the wig is just too bulky (see photos with the flocking print cardigan above), but I do plan on wearing it IRL in the more traditional way. I don't usually like to wear my hair so that my ears are sticking out but for some reason, I don't mind it with this headband lol. I feel like my bangs have to be styled just right though. I almost took this out of my cart several times, but I have no regrets about going through with the purchase.

Rose scarf hand towel in beige (152-9909-0)
I have one I purchased during a trip in Japan and the My Melody 6th collab one which I can't bring myself to use. The first one I bought is getting a little old, so I figured it was time for a new one! I really only use them on trips but they can definitely be useful in a multitude of occasions and it's hard to go wrong with a small towel with a cute floral print lol. No particular surprises here - it's the same hand towel I'm used to from Liz Lisa.

I made the order on TKL on April 10. I shipped from Tenso via EMS due to weight on April 13 and received it in Hawaii on April 18.
In this order, there were 4 accessories from the outlet (past seasons) and 4 items from Spring 2016 and I'm happy with all of them, especially all the pale yellow! Tbh I'm pleasantly surprised with how much I was able to integrate the items in this order amongst one another. I probably could have done it a bit more but I wanted to show a little more variety lol. Although the fit of one of the OPs could be better, I'm still really in love with the overall style and look of it in general, and I don't regret purchasing it. I'm excited to have an opportunity to wear them and can't wait to get my hands on more spring (and summer) releases!


  1. I love love love the pumps and both pairs of earrings~ Fluffy earrings are my weakness, yet I haven't even gotten any. I think music note is a cute touch, because if you don't play an instrument, music is still a lovely thing ♥ I really also like the yellow cardigan! I'm not a fan of lighter shades of yellow (definitely a fall-type yellow girl), but LL has made me like something yet again lol


    1. Thanks! I don't own a lot of the paler yellow color myself (or a deeper yellow for that matter), but spring seemed like a good time to start and I'm glad I got a few things!

  2. I really love the lace fit and flare dress. It's just so pretty and it would go with so many colours. Super loved this haul though and all the co-ords too. ^^ Excellent work.

    1. I had to dig out that hot pink cardigan (I thought I lost it lmao) but I do like all the colors that play into it. Not a typical color scheme for Liz Lisa, but definitely not a bad thing!

  3. Oh, I really like the coordinates you put together! The Margaret cherry OP and the cardigan are my favourite items from this haul. Beautiful! The shoes and earrings are great choices as well.
    It's funny, but even though I admire the coordinates that style the lace fit and flare flower fade OP (including yours) I still wouldn't buy it because I don't think the print is something I would actually wear. Weird, I love looking at it, but do not feel the urge or wish to purchase it for myself. ^^

    1. You're not alone in that opinion. Apparently a lot of foreign girls went out of their way to say how much they hated it lol. I've liked it since they first released the preview images but (as I said probably 80 times lol) I was very apprehensive about the fit and apparently rightfully so. I'm going to try to wear it as is but I'll see if I give in and try to pay for alternations since I don't think I can alter it myself. I don't want to end up paying another $100 though haha.

    2. Interesting, I didn't realize people hated it so much! I actually don't hate it, it's just not so much 'me'. In my opinion, the print is less common with Liz Lisa lately and somehow feels like a fresh breeze if that makes sense? Or am I wrong? I think the past spring florals haven't been in this style... as I said, I could be mistaken. One advantage of this print is the different colors in the flowers that makes this OP pair nicely with a lot of different, stronger color schemes like yellow, blue, pink. Big variety of combinations depending on the color choice of the accessoires and cardigans etc.!

      Don't worry, though, one can't even see that much that your OP needs alterations judging from your pictures, you must have hidden that fact very well by pinching ^^ Hopefully you can find someone who can affordably alter it more to the fit you like, it would be a shame in your case not to wear it! Yeah, 100 bucks would be steep as the in seasons OPs are not that cheap to begin with! Fingers crossed for you!

    3. Thankfully the shape of the OP itself just helps give a decent-ish shape but it just feels really lose on me.
      I understand people have different tastes but I was just surprised some people were so vocal and public about their disgust haha. What's probably different is the color scheme and the lack of roses and that it doesn't scream KAWAII WEEABOO QUEEN but that doesn't bother me tbh.

  4. I love the dresses you bought, they look great on you. I absolutely love all the coordinates you put together. I also was in the same situation as you, I wanted so many items from this season. Unfortunately, the size and length are too big for me. :(
    Recently, my work place change its dress policy from business casual to everyday casual. LOL So I'm extremely interested in the skirts and blouses that released. I hope there's a sale soon.

    1. Yes, you are so petite! I personally don't mind the longer length for some things but I'm also more than a few inches taller than you >,<
      Definitely seems like there are some great separates that would do well in the workplace!

  5. The dresses look cute on you, I love reading your blog
    The flower lace dress is so cute. I wish it would go on sale.
    Would it be too long for me? I'm 150cms tall
    Thanks =) Yen

    1. Now that they've restocked it several times, I suppose it might! As for whether it might be "too long", it depends on what your comfort length is! If it helps at all, I'm around 162cm.

    2. I hope so, do you know around when usually LL has their summer/spring sale?
      Thanks, it may come below the knee for me, I'm fine with that.
      The dress is very pretty to pass. Hope you have a wonderful time in Japan, wish I could visit Kyoto again, I love it there.

    3. There are sales running right now and will continue throughout the next month or so, but the biggest sale is usually late July and early August.
      I just came back from my trip, but thank you!

    4. How often does Liz Lisa restock? The Lace fit and flare flower fade OP got sold out again =(((((

    5. Since it's already restocked more than once, it's hard to say. If it doesn't sell well in stores, maybe there will be more near the end of the season. There isn't a general rule that we've noticed that they follow for webstore restocking.