Ooooooooooooookay. I've ordered so much stuff since I was gone, it's kinda ridiculous, but a lot of it was from the same store, so I'll start with the most recent.
Item: White Lace Split Halter Top (it's not pictured anymore since I assume that I got the last product, so here's the link to the similar Black Lace Split Halter Top
Estimated Shipping: -
Actually Shipping: About 3-4 days
I've glanced back and forth at their products, because they're all so enchanting and classy, but kinda pricey. Luckily, the White Lace Split Halter Top was on sale for $30 dropped from $60, so I seized the moment by asking my sis for this as my b-day present. I got it in the mail a few days ago but only opened it yesterday because it was my birthday.
Now, while I do like the product (it's very classy but also sultry with the slit in the bust region, and another reason why I wanted it was because I thought it would do nicely as part of an ensemble for an Asuka Kazama cosplay
) there were some things that made me go "hm." First, when I pulled it out of the package, there was no invoice or receipt for the product. I assume that Ms. Viktoria sent my sister an electronic invoice, but it would have been convenient if I were to receive one along with the package as well. Also, the product seemed very "aged." No, there weren't any stains or cigarette marks on it or what not, but there were some minor stains around the strap part of the shirt. Plus, it smelled more aged than looked it (smells like an outfit that your grandma or great-aunt would pull out of her attic wardrobe to show how she dressed when she was younger. In that case, I would have thought, "da-mn grandma! You dressed pretty fly!"). On a minor note, the presentation/packaging was unimpressive. It was just kind of thrown in the box. Not that the shirt was going to get hurt.
But she did send a thank you note with the package, so she was considerate. And it fits well, despite it being a one-size-fits-most article of clothing.
All in all, I'd expect a tad more class from a shop that has a lot of classy price tags.
Item: Authentic Busk Front Tight Lacing Premium Satin Underbust Corset in Jet Black
Estimated Shipping: Ships within 1-2 business days
Actual Shipping: About 3-4 days
Got my underbust corset exactly as pictured, along with a set of instructions.
I got a few items from Chicstar these few months.
Items: Black Triangle Collar Bowknot Jacket
, Black Gothic Victorian Punk Corset Satin Jacket
, Black Gothic Victorian Lace Long Skirt
I got the Black Gothic Lolita Ruffle Corset Top
and the Black Jacquard Long Coat
and loved them, so I definately made up my mind to order from them again. The absolute best thing about Chicstar is how you can get products for a significantly lower price by gaining store credit, but I think I already went over that...
The only thing I had go wrong with an order was the sizing. I should have gotten the skirt one size larger. It can fit
, but not around my waist. I have to wear the skirt higher toward my belly button. Other than that, good service, and I'm waiting for my other birthday present to get here.
This is a bit different, since they're an online store but they had a booth at the World Steam Expo this year (which I attended. Yay!).
Items: Steampunk Button Blouse
, Gothic Dolly Bustle Mini Skirt
If customer service for Retroscope Fashions is praised online, they're excellent in person. They allowed me to try on all of their products before I made my decision. The bustle skirt I got really lucky with, since I would normally wear a size "M", but they ran out and only had size "S" left - and it fit like a glove! That was the only item I meant to get at the convention, but I ended up splurging on the blouse the next day. I almost bought the Black Victorian Sleeveless Blouse
, but I opted for the former.... until the next day. Unfortunately, they were all out!
But luckily, another vending booth had the same blouse, but it was made by Fan Plus Friend
and was an extra $5. And that's how I blew all but $2 at the World Steam Expo (or at least, how I partially blew all of my money there >.> ). I would love to see them again at next years convention.
Item: Millicent's Madness
Estimated Shipping: 5-10 days
Actual Shipping: About a week and a half
Good customer service as usual. Ms. Liliith's (the store owner) only problem seems to be shipping out the package on time. She gets tied up in other duties (this time, she was training new interns), but the good thing is that she responds to all of her email, and when I mailed her asking if my order finished processing, she immediately got to packaging it and shipped it out. I got the product about three days later. That's why the actual shipping was about a week and a half. Other than that, good service.
And I love how I get confetti whenever she sends me a package.
I think that's all.... for now....
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