TaobaoRing made shopping on the Chinese marketplace known as Taobao extremely easy! There are numerous items and shops on the Taobao that offer wonderful clothing and accessories for bjd and similar aesthetic dolls. I simply followed TaobaoRing's process to purchase the items that I desired.
When you shop on Taobao, you can select the link to each item and input this link into the TaobaoRing. This link allows the staff at TaobaoRing to purchase the exact item you wish to purchase. The link also allows you to state specifics of the item, such as the size and the desired color or style of the item you wish to buy. I submitted my requested items on March 1st, 2017.
Once you submit the items you would like to purchase from the Taobao marketplace, the TaobaoRing staff will confirm with the sellers of your items to make sure the items you selected are available for purchase. They also make sure the style, size, and color that you selected are available to be bought and sent to you. The staff confirmed the availability of the items by March 3rd, 2017. The staff also informed me that the Lolita winter coat is made-to-order and would take up to 10 to 20 days in order to complete.
Once the items in your order have been confirmed that they are available for you to purchase, TaobaoRing will send an invoice to your email address to pay for the cost of the items and the shipping cost from the seller to them. Any items that they were not able to buy on your behalf will not be included in your payment invoice. I was sent my 1st invoice on March 3rd, 2017 and I paid the requested amount immediately.
Once your invoice has been processed, the staff at TaobaoRing will purchase the items and await their arrival. As your items arrive, TaobaoRing will verify the item fits your specified parameters and they well set it aside for you. Once all of your items arrive, the staff will take a photo of your order for your approval. My photo verification and confirmation was sent to my email on March 31st, 2017.
Once the second payment invoice is paid, your items are shipped to your verified address! Taobao offers multiple services for your package which include: EMS, Airmail, Air, Surface, SAL and DHL for the USA. My invoice for the shipping payment was submitted on March 31st, 2017.
Your order is on its way! If you selected a tracking number for your order, you are able to track its progress. My order was shipped on April 1st, 2017. The tracking number confirmed the package on April 3rd, 2017 and my package arrived on April 15th, 2017.
This Lolita coat by MIYA on Taobao is too sweet for words! I have seen this piece on Taobao re-sellers and I was ecstatic to have finally found the shop of origin! On the third party websites, this Lolita coat had an asking price of $65, while the Taobao shop offered the same piece for $22-25 depending on size. The Taobao shop offered the coat in white, pink, red, ivory and gray. The coat is available for 1/4, 1/3 and SD16 sized dolls.
Since Hitomi is a 50cm Obitsu, she is right in-between the two standard doll sizes MSD and SD. For most clothing pieces, Hitomi is able to wear the 1/4 scale sized clothes save for pants or other leg accessories. Due to this, I ordered the 1/4 size. This is especially true when she wears the small bust made by Obitsu.
The winter coat and capelet were wrapped carefully in clear plastic. Even from inside the plastic you are able to see the wonderful and to scale details of the coat. The overall design of the coat is absolutely perfect for a Sweet Lolita! The piece reminds me of a design by Angelic Pretty or Baby, the Stars Shine Bright.
This coat is simply stunning! Not only is the entire piece impressive to look at, but the piece has been constructed of quality materials and expert seamstress skills. In addition to the aspects of the coat being beyond adorable, each detail is a perfect fit for the 1/4 scale, which is always a bonus!
The majority of the winter coat is constructed of a warm wool that is sturdy but is also pleasant in texture. The faux white fur trim is incredibly soft to the touch and has been attached to the sleeves and bottom of the coat and capelet securely. On close inspection of the lace, it is expertly attached and of a great quality. Lace is a particular item I pay attention to and I always want the intricate artistry to be of a decent characteristic. Not only are the materials of the best quality, but the inside of the coat and capelet are professionally lined with a silk fabric. The capelet features the same pink wool, faux white fur, and lace to match the coat. Since this capelet is entirely removable, you have the option to have some style diversity to your doll's overall look!
Featured on the front of the coat are three silver sculpted rose buttons. The buttons hide snaps that allow you to dress your doll with ease! The pink ribbons and pearl accents are just additional pieces that make this coat beyond impressive! The 1/4 size is absolutely perfect! If I had to state a flaw, it would be that the sleeves are a tiny bit short. This can easily be ignored with some long sleeve gloves or wristcuffs as pictured.
As you can see, the capelet is adorable and a great way to add an extra bit of sweetness to your doll's coordinate. The capelet has a simple sheer white ribbon which allows you to tie and add it to your doll easily.
10 / 10
This winter coat is beyond stunning! The overall design of the coat is completely wonderful, charming and it is perfect for the Sweet Lolita style. Each part of the coat is constructed with high-quality materials and the level of skill used to create the garment is of the utmost level available. I cannot believe this winter coat and capelet combination had an asking price of only $25 USD. This Lolita coat deserves nothing short of a perfect score!
This precious Lolita style blouse from Tong is a steal at only $10! The blouse is perfect for Lolita fashion due to the overall style design and the intricate details the blouse possesses. The cotton material is soft to the touch and the level of construction is beyond stellar! I cannot get over how small the stitches and ruffles are! Just like the coat, this item is a perfect 1/4 scale from the tiny stitches to the charming flower buttons.
The blouse has expert pleats so that the blouse hangs naturally on your doll. The on this particular blouse is that of a sailor style, and the collar has an extra adorable row of intricate ruffles to add additional sweetness.
Happily, this blouse fits well underneath other Lolita garments. The blouse looks positively charming with the jumperskirt style dresses in Hitomi's wardrobe. This blouse can also be paired with a Lolita skirt as a complimentary companion piece easily, particularly with the larger row of ruffles at the bottom of the blouse. For this piece, it is intricate enough to be a piece of interest when coupled with a skirt or a great layered article underneath a Lolita jumperskirt. The versatility for this particular frilled shirt is nothing short of excellent!
Similarly, with the 1/4 scale winter coat, these blouse sleeves are a tad too short for the extra 10 cm to 5 cm overall difference of Hitomi's form. This is easily hidden with the handmade wristcuffs that I created. There is enough room in the tailored blouse that the medium bust option for the 50 cm Obitsu frame can still be used underneath, which is fantastic. This blouse would be absolutely perfect for a traditional MSD sized doll. The only minuscule flaw that I could find would be that the cotton of the blouse is slightly sheer rather than solid.
9 / 10
This blouse is absolutely precious. Each aspect of this blouse is intricate with sweetness and frills. The piece is a great classic staple to any doll's Lolita style wardrobe. The material used is of a great quality, and the precision of the stitching is fantastic. With an asking price of just $10, I would highly recommend this blouse!
These darling heart shaped purses were too cute not to add to my purchase! I was more than pleased that I was able to find purses that would match Hitomi's Sweet Lolita wardrobe. The heart shape reminds me of one of the classic Lolita purse designs created by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and I just had to purchase them!
The store carries the bags in a total of five colors and multiple sizes. You are able to choose from: pink, white, blue, red and black in 1/4 and 1/3 scale options. I purchased the 1/3 size for Hitomi so the bags would be larger, such as the heart shaped bags released by the brand Milk. It will also be easier for the purses to be interchangeable with my future SD dolls. Each purchase includes two purses of the same color for about $14.
Each purse is constructed of a quality synthetic leather. Unlike most imitation leather, the bags to not possess an undesirable scent to it. A few of the aspects of the bag are cemented together by a yellow glue that can be seen in a few spaces. I was able to clean the residue easily with a damp cloth and warm water. The purses feature an attachable clasp with adjustable straps. This allows for you to be able to adjust the length with ease and provides you with two styles in which to use the bag. You can easily have your doll hold the bag with the middle strap or make it a shoulder bag with the attachable strap. Both styles are lovely and the attachable strap can be easily removed and place inside of the structurally sound and secure purse if needed.
The stitching is completely even and impressive for such a small piece. The bag is padded underneath to offer some softness to the bag. Atop of the bag lays a charming and secure bow. A zipper at the side of the purse allows you to easily open the bag and place whatever you or your doll would like to keep handy.
The strap was easy to manipulate to get a shorter strap. Since Hitomi is about 10 cm shorter than a traditional SD sized doll, the ability to be able to shorten the strap is an appreciated one. I cannot believe how adorable Hitomi looks with this lovely heart shaped purse! I am thankful that I purchased the bags in various colors.
8 / 10
All three of these heart shaped bags are so sweet! I cannot get over how charming the three of them are in person. The material that the purses have been constructed of is of a great quality and does not have the undesired stench often associated with synthetic leather. The purse has been reinforced very well to maintain its shape and the strap is fantastically made to allow for ease of fit or removal. The vast majority of the construction for the bags are very well done. My only complaint would be the sloppiness of the glue that was use. Thankfully the excess glue is easy to remove. At $8 a piece, I do truly do not have any complaints!
10 / 10
While at first the ordering process appears to be a daunting one, the website is extremely easy to order from! The service fee at 8% was an extremely reasonable rate! I saved over $100 by ordering through Taobao than if I were to order the same products from a third party seller, such as Legend Doll or Alice Collections.
10 / 10
The TaobaoRing staff were extremely easy to communicate with. They were with me at every step and let me know if any problems arose with my order, such as items being out of stock or the need for creation time. I am not concerned in the slightest from using the TaobaoRing for future purchases, even the orders that require custom made Lolita pieces! I am extremely confident my items would be ordered to my specifications.
9 / 10
My package was expertly secure and my items arrived in fantastic condition! Since I purchased EMS shipping, my order arrived much faster than if I had selected Airmail or another shipping speed. I did find it odd that EMS took so long before it arrived in my country, which was a matter of a week and a half. Outside of that I can happy report that my item arrive safe and sound! I really appreciate that the staff confirmed with me by photo and email before my order was sent out in order to make sure the items that arrived were correct!
Overall I would highly recommend TaobaoRing as a shopping service for your Taobao marketplace needs!
This is the account of one young woman and her passion for Lolita Fashion.