Feb 022015

My order from Sweet & Tiny Shop‘s sale came in much earlier than expected! Sweet & Tiny is a UK-based jewelry maker specializing in very detailed recreations of cute pastries. Deco pastry jewelry and accessories are pretty commonplace in this fashion, but Sweet & Tiny’s classical styling and attention to detail and presentation really make them stand out.

My order was shipped the day after I paid, and took exactly a week to reach me. Everything was packed neatly in a bubble mailer, with each item in its own cute patterned cellophane bag. I also appreciated the postcard that was included- another postcard for my collection!

I ordered the Raspberry Religieuse Ring and the pink & green Eclair Necklace.

What immediately stood out was how large these pieces are! Both pastries are a little over an inch tall. I prefer smaller pendants and rings, but at this scale the textural detail and subtle coloring are more noticeable, which is a nice compromise.

Both pieces are also coated with a clear glaze to help preserve the colors and material, which is pretty glossy in some lights, but not so much as to be distracting.

The religieuse is sturdily and neatly mounted to its ring base with a strong epoxy, and all of the signature details of the dessert were recreated faithfully. The only (dubious) flaw is that the pink “icing” seems creased or wrinkled in places, as if it was mishandled or shifted before it finished drying- but it trips me out because it looks so similar to the cracks and creases that form in real icing on full-sized desserts. So I’m not too bothered by that, and it’s not noticeable unless you’re inspecting it closely.

The eclair adds a nice pop of color without being overwhelming- I really like the pale mint tone, and the trio of pinks complementing it. The miniature Eiffel Tower charm is such a cute detail! The findings and chain on the necklace are all pretty good quality and don’t seem likely to break or discolor, based on jewelry I own made from similar findings. My only quibble here is that the pearl set into the icing (same as with the pearl topping the religieuse) is a bead, rather than a flat-backed pearl, and so the hole running through it is completely visible. Again, not a huge flaw, but flat-backed pearls would give a more polished finish.

Overall, though, I’m thrilled with my new jewelry and with how smoothly this order went! Sweet & Tiny won’t be restocking for a while thanks to their appearance at the upcoming La Vie En Rose event, but when they do, I’ll definitely be ordering again.

Jan 272015

Finally! I gave in and bought some Bodyline shoes because of the weak yen and the free shipping campaign. They came in yesterday, and they lived up to all expectations.

Shoes 158 (“Light Blue”) on the left, Shoes 155 (“Enamel Red”) on the right.
I know a lot of people have had issues with Bodyline shoes rattling around in the shoeboxes and scuffing themselves up in transit. These weren’t packed with any kind of protective padding or wrapping, but since they fit so snugly in the boxes, they don’t have any damage. There are some extremely light smudges in spots where the pleather/PVC was pressed up against the cardboard, but it’s not noticeable in most lighting.
They also have that factory-fresh chemical smell, so I’m letting them air out. It’s already dissipated quite a bit.

Shoes 158 are a perfect match for Salon de thé Minette in Mint!

Bodyline calls this color blue, but most of the other people who’ve ordered them have said it’s more of an aqua tone, and they were right. If you’re looking for the true mint tone that these shoes have in their stock photos, avoid them! They wouldn’t match most of the conventional mints or sax blues you see in lolita clothing.

Shoes 155 are a pretty decent match for Baby’s Café Candy in red, but a slightly warmer shade. The stock photos make them look much darker and more muted than they really are.

I’m a sucker for shiny shoes, and I think the enamel fits with the poppy, kind of retro aesthetic I always have in mind when coordinating this dress. Just gotta be careful not to scuff them!

I ordered from Bodyline using the “yen trick” (changing the site currency to yen, which lowers the price by about $10 on all items) and with the free airmail shipping, which brought the price for these shoes down to $17 per pair. I think it’s a very fair price to pay for Bodyline’s quality- I don’t think I’d order from them at their normal retail prices even with the yen trick, but being able to get shoes that fit the lolita aesthetic, match well with two of the trickier dresses in my wardrobe, ship for free, and are durable and comfortable enough for occasional use was all too good to pass up.

I placed my order on January 7, and got a confirmation the next day. Bodyline sent me tracking info on the 9th (each pair of shoes was shipped separately, but at the same time, to save on shipping). The tracking showed that the packages were actually mailed on the 10th in Japan, but overall the handling time was pretty quick. They arrived in my country on the 18th, but sat in customs for a week before they were finally delivered to me yesterday, January 26. For airmail, it was pretty fast- customs was the big issue with the delay, so I won’t hold it against them. And for free shipping, I really can’t complain!

To figure out the size for the shoes, I just measured my feet in centimeters from the end of my heel to the tip of my big toe. It turned out to be 24.5cm, so I ordered both pairs in size 245, and they fit perfectly with socks on.
The heel on this style of shoe is a little higher than most of Bodyline’s other offerings, but they’re comfortable and don’t seem like they’ll be an issue during long meetups or events that involve a lot of walking.

In short, perfect for the price! I’m glad to add these to my wardrobe, and I’m excited to coordinate them!

Jan 252015

I caught the rosette bug late, and ended up making a bunch of these last night from all the odds and ends in my crafting stash.

It’s funny- the more pastels and muted colors keep trending, the more I just want to wear bold tones. The weather’s getting warmer already and I want it to be spring!