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A Guide to All Those Kawaii Brands You See on Ebay, Storenvy, and Aliexpress

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

When you’re browsing for cute clothes in the style of Lolita, gyaru, mori girl, fairy-kei, and others, you may find in your searches through Ebay, Storenvy, Aliexpress and others that you begin to recognize certain pieces listed!  Maybe you’ll recognize the model wearing the fashions, or something about the photography will look familiar to similar listings you’ve found.  You have the vague idea that they’re probably TaoBao brands, but what are their names, and where do these listings originate from?

The thing about these marketplaces is that they very rarely actually list these items by name!  Knowing the originator of these pieces can help you shop around for them and get them at a fair price.  Plus, it’s just good to know where the things you’re buying come from.

Here is my quick guide to my favorite brands that I’ve encountered across these marketplaces!  It’s certainly not a comprehensive list, but maybe it can help you find some direction with your own browsing. :3

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Candy Rain

This is my favorite of all of the TaoBao brands available –
everything is lacy and ruffly, with light floral patterns and soft pastels!
Candy Rain models are usually posed around rich-looking rooms
set with flowers, tea or cakes, or outdoors in a garden setting.

Sellers:
Candy Rain’s YesStyle Brand Page
LoliLoli Shop for Lolita Princess 
– an Aliexpress seller
BOBON21 – another Aliexpress seller that stocks Candy Rain
Candy Rain’s TaoBao Page

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GOGO Girl

I hope I have the name of this brand correctly;
I only have their YesStyle page to go from.
It doesn’t refer to this brand by name on its TaoBao shop as far as I see. nn;

GOGO Girl is a very widespread brand on marketplaces
that features this model who is doll-like in cuteness!
She is posed against a wall in a cutesy interior room.
Again is the recurring theme of pastel colors and soft fabrics,
like sheer chiffon overlays.

Sellers:
GOGO Girl’s YesStyle Brand Page
PRO-G DEAL
 – Aliexpress seller that features GOGO Girl heavily
MONGPING finery – another Aliexpress seller
GOGO Girl’s TaoBao Page
Another TaoBao Page for this seller because who knows??

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BoBon21

That’s BO-bon, not BON-bon, like a certain bunny-related URL you might know of.
This brand surfaced as a cheaper alternative to Liz Lisa.
Many of their pieces are similar to Liz Lisa stylistically.
They are not listed on YesStyle.
Their usual model has the light strawberry-blonde hair pictured above.
She is usually posed against a blank wall, but as with all of these guidelines,
there are variations sometimes.

Sellers:
LoliLoli Shop for Lolita Princess – again!  Such a reliable seller for cute clothes.
BOBON21 – A seller that shares the name, but may not be officially connected.
BoBon21’s TaoBao Page

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Pink Doll

Pink Doll is also Dabuwawa, and it features mature and elegant clothing!
Their models look older and more mature than the previous featured
kawaii brands, to match the look of their clothing line.
There are also often non-Asian models featured sometimes,
such as the blonde woman in the center above.
They are usually posed in interior spaces against curtains or similar.

Sellers:
Dabuwawa’s YesStyle Brand Page
VV Elegant Fashion Co. Ltd. – Aliexpress seller mainly selling Pink Doll
Pink Doll’s TaoBao Page

List of the Awakening series of games IN ORDER!!

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Okay, this list is going to be for my own use as much as anyone else’s, LOL!

The Awakening series of adventure games is beautiful – the art is fantastically gorgeous, like looking through a vintage fairy tale book, and the storyline is exciting and adventurous!  It is softer and sweeter on the side of fairy tales, compared to a game like Otherworld, which is grim and haunting.  Sometimes, you just want to play something nicer!

Well, I encountered a problem when I looked for more Awakening games to play – I had no idea what order they went in!  So, after reading a bit, here’s a neat, handy list so that both you and I can check them out chronologically and enjoy the story from beginning to end.

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Awakening: The Dreamless Castle

The first in Sophia’s storyline, The Dreamless Castle details her awakening
in the abandoned palace, alone, to set off on her adventure
to find what happened to everyone else!

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Awakening: Moonfell Wood

Sophia travels to these woods after braving the lonely castle.

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Awakening: The Goblin Kingdom

The mountains of the Goblin Kingdom are Sofia’s third destination on her adventure.
This is the highest rated of the Awakening series!

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Awakening: The Skyward Castle

This was the first in the series that I played, when I picked one at random;;;
I thought the title was cool, it reminded me of Skyward Sword!

Much like Skyloft, Sophia’s adventure leads her to these islands in the sky.

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Awakening: The Sunhook Spire

Sophia’s adventure is reaching a climax, it won’t be much longer after this
before she understands the mysteries that have followed her this far.
She needs the help from an enchantress of the Sunhook Spire to undo
the curse that she discovered in the previous game.

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Awakening: The Redleaf Forest

The final chapter in Sofia’s story, one where she must forge the Blade of Courage,
which will save everyone!!

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Awakening Kingdoms

Although this game was actually released between Sunhook Spire and
Redleaf Forest, for continuity’s sake I figured I would place it here in the list.
Kingdoms is a free-to-play game that came out where you play as
a steward of the castle, tasked with helping Sophia
restore the palace to its former glory!
There are a variety of minigames and adventure puzzles included within it.

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Awakening: The Golden Age

Now that Sophia’s story is concluded, the Golden Age picks up as a prequel,
detailing the warring events between humans and monsters that occurred
long before the palace Sofia knew had met its curse.

Favorite Aliexpress Stores for Lolita, Gyaru, Fairy-Kei, Larme-Kei and Mori Girl!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Oh my GOSH!!  It has been AGES AND AGES since I posted!  And I am so, so happy to be back!

I can’t say that I actually went anywhere. n_n;  Just got a little burned out updating here all the time.  I’ve been super active on Tumblr instead though!  And drawing, of course!  Always drawing~

Okay, anywhoozles, let’s roll right back into things~  Lately I have been OBSESSED with Aliexpress.  It’s like Ebay, except exclusive to Asian sellers, most of which are setting up shop with their same merchandise from Taobao.  And Taobao has SOME OF THE CUTEST, MOST PRINCESS-FUL CLOTHES EVER!  The same products being on Aliexpress make it easier to get your hands on those Taobao brands (which you normally would need a shopping service for), and Aliexpress has the advantage of being able to cancel your order and get a full refund at any time if you feel the slightest hesitation about your order, which is the huge downfall of Ebay imo (where you have to open up Paypal disputes and possibly not even get your money back if your claim isn’t approved).

ANYWAY.  Cutest stores I’ve found on Aliexpress for girly princess clothes, GO!

Loliloli Shop for Lolita Princess

Loliloli Shop for Lolita Princess

This is THE JACKPOT!!  Perfectly princessy Lolita clothing –
dresses, shoes, gorgeous stockings –
my screenshot above cannot fully encompass how well-stocked this store is.
My top recommendation!

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BOBON21

While this seller has the same name as a favorite TaoBao brand,
I’m not sure that they are officially affiliated.
However, they are among the only sellers of Candy Rain
and BoBon21, so they are another store worth browsing!!

J-fashion Harajuku

J-fashion Harajuku

Another great winner!  This store doesn’t have strictly Lolita things,
but it has a wide variety of kawaii styles, and many pastel and anime/geek-themed products,
especially Sailor Moon items!

PRO-G DEAL

PRO-G DEAL

Looooook at how cuuuuute!!  Pro-G Deal has manymanymany items
from the Taobao brand Bobon21,
which is for sure one of the cutest pastel brands out there!
And what’s more, Pro-G Deal recently expanded to include many
ACTUAL Lolita items, such as JSK’s and skirts!!

Liz Lisa Sweet Girls

Liz Lisa Sweet Girls and Store No.734703 (lol)

These two are being lumped together because they have very similar selections!
They are both Liz Lisa sellers!  Figured I’d link to both since even though there’s bound to be
overlapping between products, there will surely be some items listed in one that aren’t in the other,
and it’s always a good idea to shop around~

MONGPING finery

MONGPING finery

This store carries gorgeous Mori girl items!!
And though they’re not pictured in the image,
they also stock Bobon21 items and other kawaii pastel styles as well!!

VV Elegant Fashion Co. Ltd.

VV Elegant Fashion Co. Ltd.

This Taobao brand is called Pink Doll,
and it is some of the most elegant & mature clothing I have ever seen!

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Artka

Another of the elegant & mature selections,
Artka’s clothing makes me think of something that stylish Earthy witches would wear.
The color palette is darker than the usual Larme-style Mori girl, but there is
something forest-like and enchanting about them anyway!

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Soul Vision

My last featured store for the day isn’t for clothes – it’s home decor!
Living and sleeping in a pretty space is essential for all princesses!
I loooooove the bedding that they have here,
and all of the furniture and homewares are so elegant as well~

9 Kawaii DIYS for Cute Bedrooms, Organization, Makeup & Beauty (Video)

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

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Interview with Lolita Idol Melo Shirayuki & Idol Group Meltia (Video)

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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How to Make an Espeon Lolita Cosplay DIY Sewing Tutorial (Video)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Beautiful Oni Makeup Tutorial (Video)

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Japanese “ONI” COSPLAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL by Kawaii fashion model YOU | 遊のオリジナル和風鬼コスプレメイク

Kawaii Pastel 3D Decoden Phone Case Tutorial (Video)

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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