Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tokyo Kawaii Life order 37 - Liz Lisa Sunflower parfait OP, sukapan, Chiffon bandana print maxi OP, Momonga cardigan, Fedora hat & Metallic combination sandals

This should be wrapping up my summer 2016 purchases for now unless a few other things restock online! The clothes are all late summer release or re-releases, and since this would seemingly be my last order, I threw in the hat and sandals that I just wanted to get for fun lol. Those two items easily made the shipping box bigger and heavier than it would have been otherwise, but I'm happy to have them and they really helped round out the order.

Sunflower parfait OP in white (161-6047-0)
I admit, I wasn't head over heels with this print or OP from the beginning. I thought it was interesting, but I didn't have an overwhelming need to have it. But FML I looked at too many shop staff photos and I got suckered in -__-. With the frill detail collar and shape and even the print a bit, this OP reminds me a lot of Ank Rouge's typical style (not in a bad way of course). Since I was also getting the sukapan in my priority color, I figured I should get the OP in different color, so white it was!
with Flag J sandals + Liz Lisa rose quilted purse -

with Liz Lisa glitter pumps + Liz Lisa momonga cardigan* -

with Liz Lisa paper can can hat and Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals + Liz Lisa flocked cardigan -
I was a bit nervous about the fit on the waist , but it looked so good on Rima and a few other shop staff that I just said EH I'LL RISK IT. Actually, the fit is fantastic although the length feels slightly on the shorter side. Thanks to the elastic is the back of the waist and the placement of it, this really is one of the better fitting free size OPs in this style that I own. The print is actually really quite sweet in real life which matches nicely with the cuteness of the collar, and I like it a lot better after seeing it in person. The color is bright white, especially the collar and sleeve ends and it matches nicely with pink, yellow, white and most neutrals. Note: there is a side zipper but don't let that distract you from undoing at least a couple of the buttons at the neckline to help you pull it over your head.

Sunflower parfait sukapan in pink (161-5026-0)
Initially, this was my only priority for the sunflower parfait series since it took me a while to be won over by the OP. I felt like I would be able to get the most use out of a sukapan for some reason. This really doesn't make a lot of sense considering that I've been trying to dial back on shorter (non-work appropriate) bottoms for over a year now, but I guess I didn't want to miss out on this print if I could help it. Pink was my first choice which surprised me because I wasn't overly fond of the pink version of the sunflower print last year, but I think it's the combination with the parfait that really makes the pink version super sweet.
with Liz Lisa plain browsing top, Liz Lisa corsage actress hat and Liz Lisa t-strap wedge sandals -

with Liz Lisa fur collar cardigan and Liz Lisa OTK boots + Samantha Thavasa 2-way handbag -

with Liz Lisa sailor collar blouse and Liz Lisa (pom pom) pumps -
The shape and design of this sukapan is very similar to those in the past like the floral chiffon sukapan from spring 2015 but the print and material bring a bit of new life to it for summer. It's exactly as expected and the pink color is very nice in person and not overly putrid. Even though I purposefully didn't purchase the matching top, I didn't have too much of a problem pairing this with a number of my existing blouses in typical himekaji-style coordinate.

Chiffon bandana print OP in pink (161-6046-0)
This is my first maxi dress! I know the trend is so old already and wtf was I waiting for, but I was just waiting to find one that I really liked. One of my biggest issues with maxis is that I feel like if the fit, pattern and style isn't right, it can easily look like pajamas instead of casual daywear. I realize that sometimes people want that look, but it's really not for me. My other issue was length. I just don't really have any longer skirts and have a hard time figuring out what is the best length for a full maxi dress and then what shoes to pair it with so that I don't seem stumpy. Well, apprehension aside, since I was making an order anyway, I decided to bite the bullet and just give it a shot with this one! Extra bonus points because the sleeves can be worn on and off shoulder!
with Liz Lisa clear pearl sandals and Liz Lisa flower chain camisole + Liz Lisa momonga cardigan* and Liz Lisa seashell pouchette -

with Liz Lisa riders jacket and Liz Lisa ankle boots -

with Liz Lisa wide brim fedora hat* and Liz Lisa metallic combination sandals* -
This is the "pink" color option but in many photos it's appears white. When I first opened the package, I actually thought I accidentally received the blue color option. I guess that means that the color of the dress isn't entirely obvious all the time and it depends on the lighting. Tbh, I don't think that pink really accurately describes the color of this dress but I don't have the blue version to directly compare the two. Regardless of that, I really liked the multi-color flower pattern even though that I feel like it kind of looks like a rainbow pastel cheetah print from far away. I also like the tiered bustier design which is fully shirred under the ruffles and very secure feeling. I am still a bit worried about the length and where exactly the hem is "supposed to" fall on my body so that it's not incredibly unflattering, but for a free size item, I feel like this is actually the best that I can ask for and I'm happy with it.

Momonga batwing cardigan in white (161-3030-0)
Ebony actually helped turn me onto this cardigan lmao. She pointed it out while we were shopping in the Shinjuku Alta Liz Lisa store. This style of cardigan isn't something I typically gravitate towards, but as I saw it over and over again, I realized that it looks so cozy. I do already own one batwing knit cardigan and I don't wear it often but that's mostly because the material is really warm. I actually got that one from a happy bag and didn't even pick it out myself, so this is the first time I am purposefully buying one! I really fell in love with the ribbon detail on the back.
with Liz Lisa ribbon OP and Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps -

with Liz Lisa lace sleeveless blouse, Liz Lisa floral chiffon sukapan, Liz Lisa wide brim fedora hat* and Liz Lisa metallic combination sandals* -
[Also shown with sunflower parfait OP and chiffon bandana print OP coordinates above.]
The ribbon detail is truly the selling point for this knit. It's really sweet and a nice little detail in the back. The color is bright white all the way around and it's very easy to throw on and wear. I feel like this could easily fit a number of different people and situations.  

Wide brim fedora hat in white (161-9501-0)

I had half an eye on this hat during a sale and then Mitsu's current Japanese summer fashion trends post kind of pushed me over the edge into just purchasing it. I'm trying to get back into hats lately (I may have already mentioned that three times in other posts, sorry) and this one seemed reasonable despite the "fedora stereotype". I think I just need to be careful with how I style this so that it doesn't seem douchey although the wider brim might already be a good start. There was actually a photo of Minami wearing it that really turned me around but it was an in an abundance of LL Gals snaps in the month of February.

with Liz Lisa sleeping beauty OP and Liz Lisa metallic combination sandals* -

with Liz Lisa floral jumpsuit, Liz Lisa x My Melody 6th collab blouse and Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps -
[Also shown with chiffon bandana print OP and momonga cardigan coordinates above.]
The hat is actually shallower than I expected or maybe wider than I expected or both. It sits loosely on my head (with my natural hair) but not so much that I actually worry it will fall off unprompted. The color is pretty close to what it looks like in the stock photo and is more of a really light beige rather than a bright white. It actually somehow works with more things than I realized because it's a pretty basic and slightly season neutral hat (versus a sunhat which feel very "summer") and I had a hard time just not trying it on with everything just to see how it would look.

Metallic combination sandal in pink (161-9610-0)
I had half an eye on these ever since I saw them in one of the early SS promo photos. I figured these would be good for work or even just regular/casual going out. The design isn't particularly novel (and in fact I feel like it's fairly common esp in western fashion) and can sometimes even have a matronly feel, but I didn't need them to be overly special for the price. I think that white was the most popular color for this sandal based on shop staff photos, and I considered getting white versus pink for a while, but I think that this pink seemed more neutral and the metallic wasn't such a contrasting color for which is what I was looking for. I think I will probably wear this more with my non-Liz Lisa/non branded stuff for very casual outfits, but they can certainly just as easily be paired with himekaji-style coordinates when I'm being lazy lol.

with Liz Lisa opal floral collared OP -
[Also shown with chiffon bandana print OP, momonga cardigan and wide brim fedora hat coordinates above.]
The fit of the base of the shoe is the same as most Liz Lisa shoes for me but the straps are very slightly loose. This doesn't bother me and I think that if I got M instead of L, my heel or my toes might be hanging off of one of the ends just a bit. The heel height is extremely comfortable and it almost feels flat. The color is definitely more nudey beige than pink but this is what I expected and I anticipate this being a good shoe for what I want to wear it with.

I'm so happy with how these items worked out! I'm especially pleased with how I was able to use the cardigan, hat and sandals with other items' coordinates throughout the post and even all together. As this will probably be my last major summer order while the items are still "regular stock" (versus Outlet), I feel like I'm ending on a positive note. I'm very satisfied with all the spring/summer items I got this year - it turned out to be a really great season!


  1. I super love the styling for the maxi! Love it paired with the boots and jacket. Super nice and great for Autumn or early spring! The Sunflower x OP looks really cute too - The collar doesn't look so big when it's on either.

    1. I feel like the boots + maxi looks would be better if the maxi was a few inches longer but otherwise I actually kind of like it! (And I'm wearing the Sunflower OP right now. Pretty happy I got it <3)

  2. I am picky about maxi dresses as well and this LL one happened to meet all the criteria of what I want in a maxi dress, but that price though lol. I kept on waiting for it to be discounted even further before I can pull the trigger. However, after seeing you wearing it, I need it in my life asap LOL. I went to search TKL just a few moments ago, but it is now sold out. I waited too long sigh lol.

    1. I know that feeling all too well lol. The price discouraged me a bit as well but luckily, I was able to hit a time sale and didn't hesitate. Hopefully you'll find something else that's perfect for you soon!

  3. I love your coordinates with the items! And the hat and shoes are awesome, totally worth adding to the order. <3

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you think so :) I'm really happy with how everything turned out <3

  4. ooh I love your style! all frilly and girly <3

    1. Thank you but I can't take a lot of credit for it lol! It's just the brand :)