July 16th, 2012

Lolitas, you're my only hope:)

 I don't know if this is appropriate to ask on the community, but I'm sure a ton of you have input and the comm was the first place I thought to go. I am taking a trip to San Francisco next month, and I'm going to visit Angelic Pretty and Baby. So, I came here to ask opinions on a couple of things. What hotels do you recommend? I am looking for one fairly close to Angelic Pretty that is a decent price per night. If any of you have ever stayed in a cute little hotel close to AP and you have transportation advice, my ears are open. :)  How far is Baby from AP and what in your opinion is the easiest way to get there? What were your experiences with the SF lolita shops? And last but not least, what are your other suggestions on what to do in the city? They don't have to be lolita related at all, but if you know of any cool shops/festivals/restaurants or places to go/things to do I would love to hear. :)  Thank you so much ladies! I'm looking forward to hear what you have to say.

Warning to Members Considering Purchasing from Oo Jia

While the user Oo Jia is currently banned from our sister sales community due to a failure to follow our posting requirements, we are aware that many members of EGL still purchase from her via Facebook and other social media sites.

Although she is not a member of our community, in light of a couple of recent situations, we'd like to issue a formal warning to those contemplating purchasing from her. Recently, she sold a member of our community an "authentic" Angelic Pretty item. When the item arrived, it was revealed that she had sold the member a higher-quality "factory replica" that was not an authentic product. You can read more about factory replicas here, and more about this situation here. While the buyer was eventually refunded, we advise you to proceed with extreme caution when purchasing from this seller. You should not buy any item labelled as authentic from her unless you have clear, undeniable proof that the item is, in fact, authentic.

In general, we urge you to exercise caution when buying brand-name items from any source other than a brands' official site, an authorized retailer (e.g. Harajuku Hearts, Tokyo Rebel), or an established consignment store (e.g. Trample Clothing, Closet Child). Especially when it comes to printed items, brands typically use unique tags, custom lace, and difficult-to-replicate details like special beads and charms. Before making a purchase, we urge you to examine resources like HelloLace and Lolibrary, to familiarize yourself with the details of the original pieces, and request photos of these details from sellers. By doing this, you protect yourself against counterfeit products sold as the real deal. You should be wary of any seller who cannot or will not provide these details, or who claim their pieces are missing tags, unique charms, and so on. Sellers, before posting your brand-name items for sale, we advise you take photos of identifying details of your pieces- tags, logo-stamped charms, and custom lace are good places to start. Showing these details will reassure your buyers that they are buying genuine products.

If you are selling a replica product, as always, we require you correctly label it as such. You may not use brand-specific tags and you may not sell it as a brand-name good. These requirements are in place for the protection of buyers- it simply is not fair to mislead them into buying an item.

If you have erroneously bought an inauthentic product, we suggest you file a PayPal dispute immediately. PayPal's terms of service unambiguously restrict the sale of counterfeit goods (you can read more about the policy here), and if you have received a counterfeit item you may file a claim with PayPal to receive a full refund.

As always, we wish you the best of luck buying or selling lolita :) Please let us know if you have any issues or concerns relating to this announcement or any other purchase!

BTSSB Paris question

Hello,

I've recently mail ordered an item from the BTSSB Paris shop, and I was wondering if there are reviews of mail ordering from BTSSB Paris? I can only find instore reviews and most are from a few years back. how long did it take for the package to arive etc.?

Thank you! 
Shiro Loli

Bittersweet / Early Halloween Co-ord Help

So I know it's an unusual "brand", but I just bought the Lollipop Parade JSK below in the black colorway from Elegy, because I saw it in person at Frill and fell in love (well, I liked it before, but I love it now), but it was in the wrong size at the Boutique, so I just ordered it with my birthday money.

LOLLIPOP PARADE JSK

I plan to wear a black blouse with this, and black tights, and black shoes.But if you think something else would look better...

The BIG problem is, I have no idea what wig to wear this, because I am SO not using my own drab hair and because I plan to wear this out casually, and also for Halloween, so I need a wig that can be casual enough for everyday use, but standout/unique enough for a Halloween costume. Quite a challenge.... Any suggestions?

I also need jewelry, but this is my first time dressing in anything remotely sweet, albeit black, so if you have an good links to shops, please send them my way! (I prefer to buy off Etsy and the like, to support independent artists/designers/crafters like Miss Chubi of Elegy, but I'll buy from a big store too.) I've found a few on Etsy myself, I just don't know who to trust, y'know?
dance

Opposite of angry lace

I went on angry lace just now, and it made me angry!! Especially when family, friends or partners upset lolitas. Family and friends are there for love and support, right? So I was thinking of the opposite...who in your life doesn't necessarily love your loli but supports you anyway? Or do you have someone who likes your individuality and creativity, and encourages it?

My husband really strongly dislikes my sweet stuff, but actually he does like a lot of my more toned down and classic stuff. For my birthday he paid for me to buy an innocent world Jsk. My step daughter really cheered me up once...hubby was complaining about my sweet stuff and then my step daughter was like 'oh I was telling my friends about your clock skirt and jewellery skirt and they thought it was cool' she proceeded to take photos of loads of my prints to show her school friends back home. She's a bit of a tomboy, and she's nearly 16 now...she would never wear Lolita, but it was very sweet of her to be so supportive when my hubby was being annoying!!

Who in your life supports your fashion choices, and what do you love most about them?