I have ordered a few items from Taobao using Spreenow shopping service. I chose it, because I've read a good review about it and the site seemed very user friendly.
Navigating their site was very easy - you search for the item either by putting a name or a link and add everything to cart. Once finished, you send it to them to confirm items are available. Their service fee is 10% of the order's price.
I placed the order in the end of January. It was during Lunar New Year, so I knew I would have to wait. But they were working on Saturday and confirmed my items were available.
OP and a matching headbow
from Pumpkin Cat
from Pumpkin Pig
The items were available, so I paid for them. They contacted me a few days later (I believe it was 04.02 or something) and told me... that seller said the dress is sold out :(
I was so sad. It was probably nobody's fault. Someone must have bought it before me or maybe it was sold out earlier, but the shop didn't update it because of Lunar New Year.
Anyway I was devastated, because I really love the print and already thought of it as mine.
They ordered the rest of the items and refunded my money for the dress and a headbow. I decided to spend it on some other dress. Taobao is full of cute lolita items, so I was hoping to find something that I'd love to own. The struggle was real, because every dress I thought of buying was made to order and I didn't really want to wait 1-2 months for the bag and otks.
But I found it!
from Magic Tea Party
I love red and feel good in it and print seemed really interesting! I have also watched a positive review of some other Magic Tea Party's dress.
When all my items arrived to the shopping service, I paid for the shipping. I chose the cheapest option as I've read all their methods are tracked and this one was pretty fast too.
On 11.02 they said it was shipped and I received tracking number.
On 23.02 tracking said my package is waiting for me at the nearest post office. Well, I was at home during the time and the courier didn't appear. They even didn't leave any note, so they were nowhere near my apartment.
So today I went to post office all excited and finally received my package. All in all it took almost two weeks to reach me, which is rather fast.
As you can see they packed everything in a black plastic bag and a box. I'm happy nobody tried to open it in customs. And by the way I fortunately wasn't charged with any customs fee.
The bag! All items were packed seperately in plastic bags. It was well secured. And it's so cute! Pretty sturdy too.
It's pretty capacious for a lolita bag.
I am very happy with it. The "lace" is cut well and so are the hearts. The press stud doesn't open easily and keeps the bag closed well.
On to the over the knee socks!
I saved the best for the end.
The dress! I was so curious, but I decided to open it last.
It's made of some light chiffon like fabric. The color matches the dress and the lace is the same as the one used on the jsk.
Let's see the print closer.
I think the print is rather unique and I really love both the idea and all the details.
This part might have been better, but it's not that big deal for me.
I have to mention that the fabric of the printed layer could have been thicker.
The lace is very beautiful. I love the crosses!
As for the collar...
This kind of made me laugh. Fortunately it is not visible.
The back of the dress. Notice, that it has no shrring! So read measurements carefully. I have ordered size M and was worried a bit if it was going to fit. Luckily it fits perfectly.
I'm thinking of coordinating it with beige and black. I think it would make an interesting color combination. What would you coordinate it with?
Also! The Matryoshka Cat dress case is not lost. I saw they made another preorder of the jsk version of it on LolitaWardrobe.
I was kind of sad when I saw it, because preorder lasts only till 26.02 and I couldn't afford another dress this month. My boyfriend came to the rescue and bought it for my birthday! I have birthday in June, but the dress is going to be ready in May, so I guess I will get it right on time. I'm so lucky to have such generous boyfriend ♥
That's for it. I hope my review was helpful.