Friday, October 28, 2016

OOTD - September & October 2016

It's been a really decent two months for outfits IMO! I tried reaching for items that I haven't used in a while in addition to recent purchases and all time favorites to create both dressy and casual outfits. It's a pretty decent mix! Admittedly, I also lowered my standards a little with the photo quality for some of these, but the outfit can still be decently determined although the visual affect/the colors leave something to be desired. For most of these type of photos, I try to take them immediately after getting home from work. If I wait even 1/2 an hour sometimes, the sun moves too low in the sky to give me the lighting I need. And yet other days, it's a decent time of day but rainy or extremely overcast. I can't always retake a photo for an outfit (bc my hair or make up is a certain way), so I'm left with a aesthetically unpleasing image lol. Hope it's not too much of an eyesore!

Outfit 1 (that I almost wore for a taiko concert and then changed my mind, wtf) -
Liz Lisa plain browsing top, Liz Lisa flower organza jumper skirt, Liz Lisa corsage actress hat, Liz Lisa lace-up back wedge sandals, Liz Lisa thin ribbon boston bag

Outfit 2 (for work) -
Liz Lisa sleeveless blouse, Liz Lisa key skirt, Liz Lisa flower wedge sandals, Liz Lisa thin ribbon boston bag

Outfit 3 (for work) -
Liz Lisa bouquet OP, Liz Lisa scoop neck cardigan, Liz Lisa wedge pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 4 (for training at work) -
BCBG fitted dress, Flag J pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 5 (for work) -
Liz Lisa x My Melody 9th collab cherry OP, Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps, Samantha Thavasa purse (with Liz Lisa camisole chain)

Outfit 6 (for work) -
Liz Lisa lace fit & flare floral OP, Ank Rouge key embroidery cardigan, Liz Lisa multi-flower earrings, Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 7 (for work) -
Liz Lisa sailor ribbon blouse, Liz Lisa jumper skirt, Liz Lisa x Yui Kanno collab rose drop cardigan, Liz Lisa flower wedge cage sandals, Samantha Thavasa purse (with Liz Lisa camisole charm)

Outfit 8 (for work) -
Tralala 2-tone OP, Kate Spade New York bijou cardigan, Nine West wedge sandals, Kate Spade New York handbag

Outfit 9 (for work) -

Outfit 10 (for church) -
Liz Lisa no sleeve chiffon A-line blouse, Liz Lisa waffle x lace skirt, Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 11 (for shopping after church) -
Liz Lisa sunflower shirring OP, Liz Lisa paper can can hat, Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 12 (for work) -
Tralala blouse, Charlotte Russe jeans, Liz Lisa metallic combination sandals, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 13 (for work) -
Liz Lisa closet OP, Flag J pumps. Samantha Thavasa handbag

Outfit 14 (for work) -
Forever 21 floral dress, Spinns cardigan, Liz Lisa wedge sandals, Liz Lisa thin ribbon boston bag

Outfit 15 (for work) -
Michael Kors dress, Spinns cardigan, Flag J sandals, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 16 (for work) -
Juge Etta resort floral OP, Spinns cardigan, Liz Lisa clear pearl sandals, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 17 (for work) -
Liz Lisa pleats puff OP, Liz Lisa x Yui Kanno ribbon barrette, Liz Lisa glitter pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 18 (for work) -
Liz Lisa x My Melody x Little Twin Stars triple collab angel OP. Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals, Liz Lisa thin ribbon boston bag

Outfit 19 (for work) -
Liz Lisa check top, Charlotte Russe tulle skirt, Flag J pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 20 (for church and lunch with a friend) -
Liz Lisa lace sleeveless top, Liz Lisa floral sukapan, Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps, Samantha Thavasa purse

Outfit 21 (for dinner) -
Liz Lisa sleeping beauty OP, Liz Lisa wedge sandals, Kate Spade New York quilted purse

Outfit 22 (for work) -
Ank Rouge blouse, Ank Rouge skirt, Liz Lisa heart suede pumps (not shown: Kate Spade New York quilted purse)

Outfit 23 (for work) -
Liz Lisa cotton frill ribbed blouse, Liz Lisa flocked cardigan, Liz Lisa handkerchief skirt, Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals and Kate Spade quilted purse

Outfit 24 (for work) -
Banana Republic flare dress, Ank Rouge key embroidery cardigan, Liz Lisa ribbon belt, Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps, Michael Kors purse

Outfit 25 (for work) -
Ank Rouge marueri check flare OP, Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps, Samantha Thavasa purse

Outfit 26 (for work) -
Ank Rouge blouse, Tralala ribbon cardigan, Liz Lisa margaret cherry skirt, Liz Lisa wedge sandals, cherry earrings by Rebby, Liz Lisa x My Melody 9th collab tote

Outfit 27 (for work) -

So...can you tell I got a new purse in September, and I wanted to use it as much as possible? I really fell in love with this gold Michael Kors purse and it's so great for work and holding all of my things + I feel like it matches with so much of what I already own! Also, I know I got a little lazy recently with changing my purse to match exactly with each outfit so that contributed as well, but I think it's really nice to know that certain items can reasonably be used over and over again with all kinds of different styles. It's also starting to cool down just a little in Hawaii, and I'm looking forward to wearing more of my autumn items next month! There were a few days from the last few months where I didn't even bother with a cardigan because it was too humid, so I can't wait. ♡

Sunday, October 23, 2016

blanc Closet first order - Delyle Noir lace off shoulder top, DaTuRa pearl scalloped top, stripe rose skirt, side button shorts & soft touch rose bare OP

This is my first order from blanc Closet - the online retail venue for Delyle Noir and DaTuRa among a few other brands. The registration process was very simple and I had no issues signing up with my Tenso address and having the items sent to a forwarding service. The website is just as easy to use as any other average Japanese clothing website. I have browsed the website previously but have been able to resist ordering for a while. Now that I've broken the seal and had no major issues, I definitely would feel comfortable making more orders in the future!

Delyle Noir lace off shoulder top in white
This top seemed so simple but also just slightly sexy in the stock photos. I really liked the lace sleeve/neckline detailing and the bright white color. I knew this would be a great piece to pair with a statement skirt without pulling too much attention from it. The sleeves can be worn on or off shoulder.
with Delyle Noir floral flare skirt, Delyle Noir jewelry buckle belt, Liz Lisa paper can can hat and Liz Lisa (pom pom) pumps -

with Liz Lisa lace flare skirt, Liz Lisa scalloped ribbon shoulder bag and Liz Lisa glitter pumps -

with DaTuRa stripe rose skirt* and Flag J pumps + Liz Lisa thin ribbon boston bag -
I love the soft feel of this material! The lace is nice and stretchy and just is really nice. There are cups sewn into the bust of the top which works well for me (small chest) and just helps provide a little extra opaqueness in that area. I don't believe they can be removed, but I like them anyway. The bottom hem is finished nicely so it could be feasibly worn untucked if desired. This top is a great fit for me and it follows my body line well.

Pearl scalloped top in off white
This is another simple looking top that I thought would be a great basic to wear with a printed skirt/bottom. There's some simple beading at the scalloped neckline and the color is close to ivory / off-white as described. There isn't anything extremely special about this, but I know my wardrobe can only benefit from having pieces like this as options.
with Cecil McBee watercolor fitted skirt and Flag J sandals + Kate Spade New York quilted purse -

with Liz Lisa lace border flower skirt and Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals + Liz Lisa quilted rose purse -
Due to the design of the neckline, it's a little loose on me and I'd definitely say that this is an OK top for a bit larger bust. There isn't any shirring or elastic in the blouse but the material does have some stretch. It's great that this can work for oneegyaru style coordinates and himekaji or otona kawaii type coordinates as well! It's really versatile and I can see myself using it in a variety of situations.

DaTuRa stripe rose skirt in purple
(Skirt does not fit on my mannequin. Front and back look essentially the same.) I really wanted a fitted skirt from DaTuRa or Delyle Noir and I was happy to find this one still in stock in both pink and purple. I almost went for pink, but wanting to continue to expand my lavender wardrobe, I had to go with purple. The roses at the hem are essentially the same in either colorway but the stripes is what really differentiates them.
with Liz Lisa sheer shoulder dolman knit and Flag J sandals -

with Forever 21 blouse, Delyle Noir jewelry buckle belt and Flag J sandals -

 with Liz Lisa fur collar cardigan and Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps + Liz Lisa frill tote -
This skirt is a different material than I was expecting for some reason and it's a bit thicker and not as stretchy. Because of this, I have to be pretty careful when I'm trying to get this over my hips as there's no zipper to help and the waist can only stretch so much lol. And this definitely wouldn't fit on my mannequin so I didn't even bother trying. I would only suggest this for a size XS/S for both length and waist. The colors in the print are fantastic and reason enough for me to love this skirt.

DaTuRa side button shorts in pink
(Shorts do not fit on my mannequin.) I had tried on a pair of white shorts from DaTuRa during my last trip but didn't buy them because I thought it was a little unnecessary. I saw what I think is the same pair in the webstore and remembered how well they fit and decided to get them anyway but in pink lol. In the past, I've had a really hard time finding high waisted shorts from western fashion brands that are snug enough on the waist but roomy enough in the thighs (f my weird body) and in a style that I liked so I kind of just gave up lol. These are a great alternative for me.
with Swankiss heart argyle sleeveless top and Flag J pumps + Betseyville bow bag -

with Cecil McBee off shoulder bow blouse and Flag J sandals + Michael Kors purse -

with DaTuRa pearl scalloped top*, Liz Lisa wide brim fedora and Liz Lisa ankle boots + Liz Lisa riders jacket -
As expected, the fit in the waist is great and due to the style/cut of the shorts, my thighs aren't getting squeezed to death and my butt isn't being flattened into my body. The color irl is a very nice pink that isn't too offensively putrid or so innocuous that it could be beige. It doesn't exactly have pockets but the bijou buttons are just the right amount of detail. I really like the length and style of these but due the lightweight material, it does attract some wrinkles.

DaTuRa soft touch rose strapless OP in white
Threw this in the cart because I figured it couldn't hurt lol. The design isn't fussy and the pink and purple roses matched with the skirt so that was reason enough for me. Strapless tube dresses in this kind of simple cut can sometimes look like towels (after a shower) to me, but I wanted to try and stay away from that image by vamping up the accessories lmao. At least if it looks like a towel...hopefully it's after a classy AF bath.
with Flag J sandals + Michael Kors purse -

with Liz Lisa faux denim jacket, Liz Lisa fur headband and Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps -

with Liz Lisa long cardigan and off brand sandals + Samantha Thavasa purse -
The fit of this dress is really nice. It follows my body line without being too restricting or tight and the elastic at the top feels very secure. The length is actually perfect. I was expecting it to be shorter but I'm really glad it's not. I might even be able to wear this to work with the right cardigan! The flowers are nice and vibrant against the white and is easy to pair with colored shoes and accessories.

For a first order, I consider this quite a success! Although I was able to try on a few Delyle Noir and DaTuRa items during my last trip, I didn't buy quite as much as I would have liked. I'm both happy to have more confidence in ordering online and a bit worried of shopping too much now too. I've always been a fan of the florals from these two brands and I hope to get a few more pieces soon! ♡