Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Tragic Tale of My Un-Lucky Bag

    I don't often buy "Lucky Bags" (a sale tactic quite popular in Asian countries by which sellers put a number of random items into a bag and invite consumers to try their luck -- the bag could be worth well over its sale price, or it could be really seriously underwhelming) , partly because I was never quick enough to snag one, and also because my luck at such things are, at best, grossly mediocre. Yet here I was, challenging fate by grabbing at first chance one of Daxi Apparel's Summer Lucky Bags (who, by the way, does not have a good record in regards to such bags in the past). Boy, I really shouldn't have, and as photos about what others got in their bags started to trickle in in the review section of the seller site, my eager anticipation turned to utmost dread (though I could console myself at least it's cheap at RMB169 lol). 

    我其實很少買福袋,一半是因為手慢通常搶不到,一半則是因為其實我福袋運一直普普甚至不太好。但是這次大喜自製推出了三件RMB169(因為有跟到一波折扣所以實際上付的是RMB157)的夏季福袋,想著反正便宜,大喜的風格又是我的菜,雖然她去年的冬季福袋好像評價不太好,我還是準時待機下標了,畢竟我想惹眾怒後應該這次會改進了吧!嗚嗚我錯了。我簡直不應該挑戰命運,更不應該無視前車之鑑 (T_T)   總之一邊等著集運集完其他訂單一起出貨的同時,福袋賣場評價欄裡默默出現了其他人福袋內容物的照片。然後我心就涼了XDD

    Although the site described their Lucky Bag as a random selection of in-house items, from what I gather through the reviews basically there were only two variations. One is what I got, and the other consisted of a romper in a loud orange floral print, a long-sleeved shirt with vertical stripes and a deep fuchsia skirt. To be honest I consider my bag the less tragic of the two, because that orange floral romper is really something that would make you go "WTF??" haha (I know this is a bit akin to the pot calling the kettle black, but hey we all need to make lemonade sometimes ; ) )  Anyway, the contents of both variations look nothing like what Daxi Apparel is selling now or has sold in the last 3 years at least : (   Let's take a look at what I had in my bag of, erm, disasters ↓↓↓

    說是內容物隨機,其實大家拿的福袋基本上都只分為兩款。一款是我這袋,另一款是橘紅大花短版連身褲+紅色直條紋長袖襯衫+桃紅(?)短裙。說真的我覺得兩款當中我這款相對來說已經算比較不雷的了,橘紅大花那一袋真的是超一言難盡的啊哈哈哈哈(對,五十步笑百步說的就是我 () 但無論哪一袋都根本不像是大喜家這兩三年賣過的款式好嗎?來看看拿到什麼吧 ↓↓↓

    Each bag has 3 items, and basically both variations contain a one-piece (dress or romper), a top (blouse or shirt) and a skirt of some sort.


Item 1 -- Off-shoulder Crop Top in Blue Floral Chiffon

    This piece has a high-low hemline and a layered design on the shorter side, technically it's a pretty wearable top. But why oh why did they choose to go with this indescribably cheap-looking print?  On the brighter side, at least this top is a true S size and fits well on a hobbit like me, despite my many misgivings re: unbecoming print.

Item 1 -- 藍花一字領雪紡上衣 

    這件的設計是前短後長,前面有做雙層設計,理論上來說是蠻實穿的一件,但是啊為何這花色有種難以言諭的廉價感(T__T) 唯一可以安慰自己的是大喜家的S size版型是真的小,撇開花色問題這件一字領哈比人如我穿起來剛剛好(最近市面很多短版一字領上衣我穿起來都長度尷尬 囧>) 

Item 2 -- Taupe Pencil Skirt

    When I first saw this greyish pile of mess I thought that was the most oldish-looking thing I've come across in quite some time. It looked the most disappointing among the three, but much to my surprise it's quite a versatile item that at least adheres to Daxi's own outfit style (as opposed to the other two, I really don't know where they came from -- bargain basements, most probably : (  )

Item 2 -- 灰褐色窄版短裙


Item 3 -- Graffiti Print Long-sleeved Dress

Just look at that print, I'm totally at a loss for words LOL. And it's suffering from a case of conflicting seasonal identities too, what with the thin chiffon, the floral print and the long sleeves. This dress has a round collar in front and a V-neck with strings at the back, so I suppose you can wear it both ways. Too bad the V-neck looks weird on me for some reason, so I'm solely using the round neck version. There are also strings on the waist which you can adjust to suit your figure.  

Item 3 -- 塗鴉風印花雪紡洋裝


    If truth be told, I wouldn't have looked at any of these items even if they were on sale in bargain basements. Well, luck (and Daxi and co.) has handed me lemons and it's up to me to squeeze out the pulps and salvage what I could to make the fashion equivalent of leftover lemonade I guess LOL.

    真心說一句,這三件放在大賣場特價我可能連看都不會看一眼XDD   但是誰叫我命途多舛(什麼鬼)既然賭輸了,大局已定只好看看能不能用穿搭救援一下

    As mentioned before, this top has a high-low hemline, and this look here features the shorter side. As it is short enough, when you pair it with short culottes it gives you instant longer legs ; )  Perfect for hobbits like me haha!

    之前有提到這件上衣是前段後長,這是用短的那面,因為夠短,再搭上短版褲裙可以把腿的比例拉長不少,適合哈比人騙人使用 XD

    Look 2, on the other hand, uses the longer side, and the longer length means it can be tucked into skirts or pants.

    Look 2則是用長的一面,因為比較長所以適合紮進裙子裡,當作普通長度的上衣使用

    I paired this with the chiffon top I got from Daxi Apparel not long ago, throw in a felt hat and suddenly it's much closer to the style propounded on Daxi's site, non

    直接搭了大喜的綁帶雪紡上衣,再搭個帽子就莫名的有點大喜風了有沒有?(都自己說 XD

    This taupe shade looked really old on the rack, but it's actually a most versatile colour. I love to pair it with browns especially, it gives understated chic to an outfit.


    It's a mammoth task to make lemonade out of this weird graffiti/floral print. I paired this dress with the sartorial panacea of a denim shirt, and attempted to lighten up the outfit by wearing a straw hat and sandals so that the print would fit the overall light-hearted mood of the outfit instead of looking childish and out of place.

    想要拯救這一言難盡的花色著實不易啊 XDD  只好搬出萬用救星 -- 牛仔襯衫,加上草帽、涼鞋跟隨性風的包包製造輕鬆隨性的氛圍,使得塗鴉花色不那麼突兀反而有點俏皮。

    Alternatively, the wild print is ripe for a western-flavoured theme, so I retrieved my suede vest and Western bootees from the deepest trenches of my closet. And my recently acquired rattan bag also comes in handy : )

    這個花色狂野(?)的畫風其實也蠻適合西部風穿搭的,於是我從衣櫥深處挖出了麂皮背心跟西部短靴 XDD  另外最近入手的藤編包也剛好派上了用場 : P

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    Well, I guess with a little bit of styling this "Un-Lucky Bag" turns out a little less unlucky LOL  But let's face it, I'm never buying another Daxi Apparel Lucky Bag again no matter how tempting the price or the copywriting might seem (cross heart, amen). And thus ends the sad tale of my Daxi bag of disasters, please excuse me while I go and sob a little ; ( 

    實際穿搭後覺得雷度稍微減一點點 (^_^;)  但是!我以輝發那拉氏的名義起誓(你誰)今後不管多麼誘人的價錢多麼動人的文宣我都不會再買大喜家的福袋了啦!!!(拉下去斬了!!你夠囉  總之,我悲傷的大喜雷袋的故事就到此為止,揮灑著淚水下台一鞠躬啦 ・゚・(ノД`)・゚・


Sunday, August 19, 2018

On A Summer Afternoon

Sittin' on the front porch on a summer afternoon,
In a straightback chair on two legs, leans against the wall.

-- Dolly Parton "My Tennessee Mountain Home"


    What do you do on a summer afternoon? It's been so hot lately I could hardly be bothered for anything other than a cold dip and an sundae cone. Still, my conscience smote me a little so I hauled myself off the chaise and did a little photoshoot in one of my recent acquisitions -- a pretty little chiffon shirt in a demure green and yellow floral print (one of my favourite finds really, despite being considered oldish by my mum LOL). Also, note to self : pears make nice photo props ; )

    炎炎夏日的午後大家都在做什麼呢?最近真是熱到我都不想動,只想泡個冷水澡、吃個聖代發呆 XD  不過最終我還是良心發現,結束在躺椅上的耍廢人生,起來拍一拍近期淘寶戰利品的穿搭。這件有點文青(?)風的印花襯衫真是這次淘寶包裹中的最愛之一,雖然被媽媽嫌棄花色略老氣 XDD  另外,梨真是拍照好道具啊~(所以照片特別多請見諒哈 : P

Shirt :  烏77家 (here
Skirt :  via
Heels :  Bata
Bag :  via

Bises! ♥♥

Monday, August 6, 2018

Cream and Chocolate

Parks full of motors, painted green,
Mouths full of chocolate-covered cream.

-- Nina Simone "Everyone's Gone to the Moon"

    I strongly suspect I might have some sort of masochist inclination. Why else would I, after being dissatisfied with a previous purchase from Daxi Apparel and vowing to not put too much faith in social media darlings in the future, go ahead and buy again from the same seller (with another Summer Happy Bag on the way), all within a space of mere weeks? In my own defense, I loved the design of this chiffon shirt, and after my search for a worthy dupe turned out unfruitful, I decided to just risk it and ordered. Well, well, I was surprisingly happy with my purchase this time, though I must say the shirt is still a bit on the costly side, at least it practical enough and goes with everything : P 

    是的,我大概是個抖M,不久前才收到有點小不滿的大喜自製洋裝(可搜心得),一邊暗暗立志再不為網紅所動,另一邊卻口嫌體正直的又下標一件XDD(還有一個夏季福袋還在路上 orz) 主要是我喜歡這件的版型跟設計,搜尋「綁帶雪紡衫」並沒有找到類似的就只好再賭一次了。這次的成果我有比較滿意啦,雖然CP值還是不太高的樣子,至少它實穿 : P

    This shirt can be worn on both sides, one side with ties and the other more of a high-necked collar. I basically only use the side with ties because I like the more casual feel, the high-necked collar feel more dressy, perhaps it would be more appropriate for, say, a wedding paired with a fishtail skirt or something similar. The shirt also features full-blown bell sleeves, but you could always tie them up with the attached ribbons or simply elastic bands (which I used ; ) )  I think the chiffon is acceptable as it does not wrinkle easily, and the cami inside is also nice enough. The colour however is much deeper than portrayed on the seller site, it's basically a cream yellow, still a very versatile shade though!

    這件是可以兩面穿的,一邊是有綁帶的,另一邊有點宮廷風高領的感覺。不過基本上我目前都只用有綁帶那一邊,因為比較隨性的感覺,高領那邊有點太正式我覺得,喜酒什麼搭個窄裙或魚尾裙應該不錯。袖子是唱戲的水袖(喂),不過它有附綁帶可以綁起來,只是太麻煩了我都直接用綁頭髮的橡皮圈束起來 XD  材質方面我覺得還不錯啦,雪紡不容易皺,附的內搭質感也很好,不過有色差喔。大喜賣場的照片把顏色調太白了,基本上實品就是個暗米黃色,不過這個顏色也很好搭啦!

    I've prepared 7 outfits this time, and for the sake of colour coordination I used mainly warm browns, and inadvertently (more like inevitably) veered into fall outfit territory. By the way, these photos were taken at different times so don't mind if there're some differences in shot angles and lighting and such  : P

    這次穿搭搭了7套,因為想要顏色比較統一,所以主要搭的暖棕色系--於是一不小心就搭到秋冬去了 XDD  然後照片有些是不同天拍的,對焦情況跟光線情況跟拍攝角度都有差,大家就隨便看看啦別太介意 : P

Shirt :  大喜自製
Shorts :  YFS

Shirt :  大喜自製
Blazer :  洋芋妹
Pants :  Pazzo

Shirt :  大喜自製
Skirt :  no brand
Coat :  via Taobao

Shirt :  大喜自製
Blazer :  洋芋妹
Culottes :  FormenGirl

Shirt :  大喜自製
Skirt :  Becky B Wardrobe

Shirt :  大喜自製
Salopette :  EMODA

Shirt :  大喜自製
Blazer :  IT Girl
Skirt :  via Taobao

    These are the accessories used this time. As I was in a hurry I just grabbed the nearest pieces and repeated them in the outfits. Oh, and now I'm in a hurry (again) to go to work so please excuse the brevity and general lack of chatter in this post, do leave me a line if you've any questions, adieu!

    用的鞋包就這些。這次偷懶啦,因為趕時間匆匆拍的所以只用了手邊好拿的幾樣配件 XDD  然後我現在又要趕著出門去了嗚嗚沒時間多寫,大家有問題都可以留言問我啦~: )

Bises! ♥♥

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