Ordering Sakizo Artbooks from AliceBooks Japan (from the Philippines)

Ordering Sakizo Artbooks from AliceBooks Japan (from the Philippines)

 photo alice_4.png_zpstlchdaov.jpegHELLO FINALLY TIME TO GET THIS BLOG UP AND RUNNING AGAIN! Today I’d like to blog about something that I’ve been frequently asked–how I order my Sakizo artbooks from Japan. It’s actually a pretty straightforward process that’s simply signing up and ordering, so this blog post will be ultra short and sweet! This process requires that you have a Paypal or credit card. If you don’t have either a Paypal or credit card, feel free to message me on Facebook if you’d like me to place an order for you for a small service charge.

 photo alice_1_zpsqismsabu.pngThe distributor of Sakizo’s works online is Alice Books Japan. Their site is in Japanese, but there’s a tab at the upper right corner that will translate the website to English for foreign buyers.

 photo alice_2_zps7xgcak1h.pngI recommend signing up for an account, which secures your details for you in case you’d like to purchase again in the future. Trust me, you’ll get hooked! Apart from Sakizo, who has quite the following among Lolita enthusiasts, I also recommend artists like Matsuo Hiromi and AZSA, especially for J-Fashion lovers~

 photo alice_3_zpsj0lemdmk.pngFrom then on it’s a simple matter of adding the artbooks you want to get to your cart, and then checking out and providing your details. Payment options are thru Paypal and credit cards. For the Philippines, I recommend getting the ordinary shipping, which costs about 800JPY (300PHP) for one book. I’ve used this twice now, and my books arrived to me in 7-10 days, with no tax. (These books pass as documents, and are never taxed whenever I order them, and are delivered to my doorstep.)

Take note that artbooks from popular artists like Sakizo run out fast, so if you want to get something you’ve had your eye on for a while, I recommend grabbing it as soon as you can! The Japanese Yen has low value right now as well, so it’s a great chance to grab the books for cheaper due to the conversion rate!

 photo alice_5.png_zpspof7058q.jpegI currently own three artbooks all from AliceBooks, and intend to get more when something interesting comes up again~

Happy shopping!

xoxo Xarin

Pink x Mint Macaron

Pink x Mint Macaron

 photo pinkxmint_3_zps78e80a06.jpgShameless OOTD / lolita coord time! These are actual photos I shot a month ago with my brother Joey, and the title says its all about pink matched with mint macarons! I actually wore the pink coord when I went to last June’s Toycon, but I got the idea to match it with Mint Macarons when the owner of Pandora’s Box told me that mint would really pop out if you like to wear pink! So I bought this mint macaron necklace from them and it so happened that my friend Eve sent me mint macaron earrings from Petiplat as well!

This coordinate is all about the accessories!

 photo pinkxmint_2_zpsda7d0f8c.jpgEarrings are from my friend Eve, ordered from PetiPlat.fr –I am a big fan of PetitPlat’s polymer clay creations, and always dreamed of owning one! Its very clean and well made.

 photo pinkxmint_4_zps75bd5890.jpgThe necklace has a cold porcelain mint macaron pendant, from Pandora’s Box & Co. It has a nice, wonderful scent! I always drop by Pandora’s Box’ booth during conventions to see what interesting accessories they’ve made that time of the year. Looking forward to getting more!

 photo pinkxmint_5_zpsadcc089b.jpgThe lace bracelet/cuff with a link to a ring is made by me, from fine imported lace blinged out with things like faux pearls and rhinestones. I need to get around to taking photos for the shop, as these will be available on Three Smitten Kittens in different colors soon.

 photo pinkxmint_6_zps491aa25f.jpgPink headpiece bought of the streets, lol

 photo pinkxmint_1_zps89077e87.jpgHere is a photo which shows the skirt, a piece that I just sewed in a day or two for Toycon. Also this photo shows the truth of what it really looks like when bro and I have a photosession ahahaha it was especially messy that day because while we were taking photos six cats were on the rampage in the room and playing around as well.

 photo pinkxmint_8_zps64f4050c.jpgMy brother takes all my photos! Thankies br0!

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Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

xoxo
Xarin

Tutorial Time: Thick Waistband Loli-able Skirt

Tutorial Time: Thick Waistband Loli-able Skirt

I will hereby call my Sewing posts as Instinctive Sewing because I have near-zero sewing background. I pretty much sew and draft patterns by instinct! Except for the patterns they taught in 5th grade TLE–basic shirt, skirt and shorts, all of which we never sewed anyway…just patternmaking, really boring tbh–I have no real formal lessons with sewing. It’s always been a long, hit-and-miss thing with me. I have been trying to sew since circa 2009. I’ve only recently gotten the hang of it. Almost five long years!

 photo skirtee_zpsab8c8b7b.jpgAnyway today I thought I’d share with you all how to make my recent loli-able skirt. It was a skirt I sewed mid-late-2013 and I’ve recently decided to ‘redux’ it. I haven’t taken enough proper photos as this wasn’t intended to be a how-to when I was  taking photos, just a chronicling, but I did try my best to illustrate the pattern and describe it all with my best! Read more for rough pattern and directions. ^^;;

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Dessert Time at The Vanilla Cupcake Bakery

Dessert Time at The Vanilla Cupcake Bakery

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Time for the off-topic non-craft cute stuff! <3 Today I’m sharing photos from The Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. Joey and I went to have desserts there after his first meet-up sale for his up-and-coming shop called “The Friendly Panda”. It’ll specialize on chibi magnets and other cute little items. I treated him to some cupcakes to celebrate the start of this new business! We passed by The Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and it looked too cute to resist!

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Taobao Tuesday: Cute Fabrics through DHS Taobao Service

Taobao Tuesday: Cute Fabrics through DHS Taobao Service

FOR ALL COSPLAYERS and Japanese fashion enthusiasts, we all know of Taobao, the Chinese marketplace that seems to have everything we want for sale. Cosplay wigs, otaku items, Lolita dresses–all dirt cheap. It can be a challenge to purchase from Taobao though, as you would need a Chinese Bank Account and even then, shipping costs can be frightening. And still, even then, there are Customs taxes to deal with. Enough to discourage me from wanting to try out purchasing!

But then one of my trusted shops, Dolly House Shoppe (DHS), opened a Taobao Shopping Service group. Hallelujah! A chance to try out Taobao Shopping. In this blog post I’m going to rate my experience with the DHS Taobao Service. And then of course rate the fabrics that I purchased from a certain Taobao shop. (Click here to see the shop!)

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Fabrics I bought through the DHS Taobao Service

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Ozine Fest 2013 Cosplay + Shopping Haul

Ozine Fest 2013 Cosplay + Shopping Haul

I WENT TO LAST Saturday’s Ozine Fest in Megamall mainly to meet-up with sweet clients of mine. I mostly go to conventions to check out the merchandise and stuff for sale and shop shop shop, but this time I held back, knowing I was there to pick up a Taobao haul I pre-purchased online though Dolly House Shop. Buut that also didn’t stop me from dropping by my friend Tsuza Art‘s booth to get some prints~ <3

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I bought the ultra-cute Vanellope print and Tsuza gave me the Serah bookmark for free! I chose these prints because once upon a time I wanted to cosplay these two but now that I’m old (guuhh) I probably won’t do a good job so I’ll leave it to the tweeners. Also is it a coincidence these two have accessories that are bestsellers in my own shop, Three Smitten Kittens? <3

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