I know, it's been a super long time since I've blogged. Life keeps getting in the way of having time to sit down and write. I'd like to say I'm going to really do better in the new year, but already things are shaping up to be really busy for me. I'm definitely going to try though. ^_^
Today, I just wanted to share some photographs of my Liz Lisa fukubukuro. For those that are unfamiliar, fukubukuro means 'lucky bag' in Japanese. It's something that is really popular for New Year. Basically retailers put together a bag of random pieces of merchandise and price the bag at something less than retail price. Many times it is a super good deal and you'll find you pay 40, 50 or even 60% less than retail price on the individual items. That's the good part. The bad part is you have to be prepared to get an item or two you aren't really too keen on.
Anyway, I ordered the Liz Lisa small carry trunk/case. It was priced at ¥15,000, which is about $125.00 US with the current exchange rate. That alone made it a good deal, IMO.
This was what was supposed to be inside, when the LLGals posted the reveal on their blog.
I really liked the coat because it had a fur-trimmed hood and a hood is really something I need with winters around here. I also have been in need of a casual coat, because I only have a couple of very dressy ones. I liked the dress too, because I'm kinda into plaid right now. I was hoping it was a decently heavy material.
However as you'll see, what was pictured was not at all what I received.
When I got home, I was super excited to see this enormous box! I was actually getting a bit concerned it wasn't arriving. I ordered it at the beginning of December, and I knew it wasn't due to be shipped out until January 8. However, Tenso notified me that my box had shipped on January 7. It arrived on January 11. A little longer than usual. Anyway, felt kinda bad for my postman; this thing was insanely heavy. Although, with as many packages as I normally get from Japan, I pretty much regularly feel badly for my postman. He got a nice Christmas gift though. ^_^
The carry case exceeded my wildest expectations. The print is absolutely gorgeous and it is the perfect size!
Here's what I saw when I opened it.
At first, I was a little disappointed. The coat, while really pretty, didn't have a hood; so, that's probably not going to work out so well for me, and my first reaction to the skirt and top was....meh....not very exciting. However, after I put them on, I changed my mind.
The coord is super cute and perfect for me to wear for the office. I've really been into high-waisted skirts and pants these days; so the skirt actually made me pretty happy. The material is rather on the light side, but it's really flowy and seems to be relatively wrinkle-resistant (a very desirable quality for me, since I hate ironing).
The blouse is actually gorgeous. The lace and collar are so detailed.
So, overall, I'm pretty happy, actually. All my items were from 2014, which was a relief after I had read some posts from gals on Instagram about how they had received old items from 2011 and 2012! I am bit disappointed with the coat, but the case, blouse and skirt are great. I think I got my money's worth, and it was definitely worth doing once. I had a coupon for discounted shipping with Tenso, but shipping was still pretty expensive. I don't normally use Tenso, since when I order things for myself, I usually just have my store supplier in Tokyo send the items to me with my store inventory, but this was something that was so large it had to come by itself. I'm not sure if I'll order another fukubukuro in the future, but it was a fun experience.
Did any of you order fukubukuro? What did you get and how did you like the items you received? I'd love to hear - leave a comment below and let me know! ^_^