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Toy Parade salopette & Okadaya flower haul

I thought I'd post a coord with the Toy Parade salopette I got ages ago. It is definitely one of my favourite prints, but I haven't been going out much at all lately, so I haven't had many chances to wear it 41242_d

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I decided to do some crafting and make a floral headdress and maybe a brooch or two for the Juliette et Justine event & Tea Party!
I have had trouble finding decent millinery flowers before. A lot of the ones from online shops look ok in pics but then look frayed and rubbish in real life, so I didn't wanna risk ordering from a shop I don't know well. Last time I was looking for flowers I went to a variety of craft shops and the only good ones I found in a shop in Soho were soooo expensive. Great quality, even though nothing amazing, but retailing around £25-40 per flower, so really not worth it when I need a lot of them.

So I made up my mind to order from Okadaya which stocks a lot of the amazing roses that loli brands use for their accessories. They are so cheap and the quality is definitely the best I have ever seen. Most flowers start at 90-100 yen which is around £1 and even some of the bigger and most expensive ones are around 500 yen (~£4). I think it was well worth paying for the shipping from Japan, since even that would barely buy me one decent flower in Soho, lol.

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Okadaya flowers 1

The classic velvet roses:

Okadaya flowers 2 
and some others:

Okadaya flowers 3

I'm really happy with all of them, they are all gorgeous. Only the gold ones are not as nice as I expected, but still better than a lot of gold flowers I have seen around I think!  

And some ribbons and pearls I got from Ebay 40742_d

Ribbons and pearls

Besides the flower crafts, I want to try and make a cage crinoline skirt to wear over my skirt at the JetJ event. Not sure how that will go, but if it ends well, I will post the pics. I guess if it ends really badly or hilariously, I will post the pics anyway just for laughs. Fingers crossed! 40691_d


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Aug. 24th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
You look fabulous as always.
Damn those are the flowers i want to buy to make crafts projects all the time but we don't have them here either. They all look stunning and i'm sure you'll make fantastic accessories with them.
Aug. 24th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jo! <3
I really recommend Okadaya, I think you could do amazing things with those flowers. I ordered using Fromjapan as a SS, and it was so easy and cheap. They only charge you a 5% which is meant to cover mostly paypal / credit card charges. You just add everything to your cart and it's all automated from there! You can even go and write what value you want written on your parcel and so on :)
Aug. 24th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to Okadaya, their flowers look so nice. Its so hard finding nice flowers in the UK and velvet ones tend to be really expensive, I'll definitley think about ordering some of these.

I'm sure you will look incredible at the JetJ event, I'm worried now I'll look under dressed compared to everyone else, haha.

Aug. 24th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
No prob! Yeah, I know what you mean, I have tried various shops online and offline and never found any decent flowers for a reasonable price for crafts. For single flower hair clips, Patisserie Pink (Kyra's brand) has some really good velvet ones which come with a two-way clip / pin at the back though!

Aw thanks, I don't know if my outfit is gonna work out though, if I screw it up, I will just show up in a plain dress! have you decided what you're gonna be wearing?

Aug. 24th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Τέλειο το coord Αλίκη! Δεν φαντάζεται πόσο χαίρομαι για τα λουλούδια που ποσταρες, φαίνονται τέλεια και έψαχνα καιρό κάτι τέτοιο για παρόμοια crafts. Ελπίζω να σου βγουν όμορφα και να μας δείξεις φωτογραφίες και από το coord σου για το JetJ event
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ευχαριστώ πολύ, Μάνια! Χαίρομαι που σου αρέσουν τα λουλούδια, το συνιστώ το μαγαζί, ειδικά τα βελούδινα τριαντάφυλλα, τα εχούν επίσεις σε πολλά άλλα χρώματα. Όσο για τα ταχυδρομικά έξοδα, αξίζει άμα κάνει κανείς Group Order! :)
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
ooooh rosary chain and pretty flowers :)
Your outfit is cute :)
Have a great time at the event, I bet it'll be a blast :)
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Hilde!
I am sooo looking forward to the event! :)
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think I told you already, but I really do love your style, it's cute but not the "usual cute" sweet lolita can get, it's cute and very unique in a way (which is quite an achievement when it comes to sweet lolita!).

The flowers you got look great and their price is more than decent. I'm looking forward to see what you'll do with them.

I can't wait for the J&J event!
Aug. 26th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you so much Julie! I'm glad you like it, to be honest, I have nooo idea what I am doing when I wear lolita, so it's good to hear it's not a trainwreck ha ha.
And yup, I'm so looking forward to the event too!
Aug. 24th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
You look so pretty and I love your hairstyle!
Ha how fun, I have been at H&M today and bought abot 10-12 flower clips. The ones they currently have in stock look pretty decent and they have many color options
Aug. 26th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Hoa! <3
Oh that sounds nice, I love H&M for accessories. I got some cute white flower clips from there some months ago, but right now my local H&M is only stocking fluorescent colours it seems!
Aug. 27th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh it seems the stock at H&M is different in different countries.
The floweres I bought don't compare to those you got though :)
The material from the Japanese shop is so much nicer!
Aug. 24th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
Aww lovely outfit! :)

I look forward to seeing your creation! Gah I haven't really had time to think about what I will be wearing for the JetJ event! :/
Aug. 26th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Ada!
Gosh I have never made anything like that so no idea how to even start ha ha. Well there is still a couple of weeks to go, so I am sure you will put something awesome together! You always say you pick things last minute and yet you always look so stylish!
Aug. 24th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
So cute! I like that your hair matches the outfit!

Flowers!! I am looking forward to see your creations!! *-*
Aug. 26th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you <3
I have no idea how to even start making anything, but I'l try XD
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
You look amazing (as usual!!) and those flowers look great quality. I always just buy from my local craft store but the quality is not amazing (foam ones, so they don't fray but they're not that good either).

Edited at 2012-08-25 03:26 pm (UTC)
Aug. 26th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you Antonia! <3
I have looked in so many craft stores and I never seem to find anything in the right colours, decent quality and for a reasonable price so I kinda gave up >_
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ahh you always look so fantastic in everything Aliki! You are truly one of the most stylish people I've ever met! In regards to J&J I have to thank you so much again to your generosity towards me, I've been thinking of a few co ordinations hehe!
Aug. 28th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
Aw thank you Cordelia, you are always so kind ;_;
Happy to hear that you have some coords in mind for the JetJ event! I have no idea what to wear, my plans are falling apart and I need to think of something soon :S
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