This is a little rushed because I'm on my lunch break & I'm a bit stressed with things in life atm, but I figured blogging about happy things would take the edge off a little so HERE GOES!!
After reading about Taobao on the gorgeous Steph's blog & hearing about it over on the ryuukou_style community over on LiveJournal, I decided to try it out for myself. Taobao is basically like mbok or eBay from China~ they have both auctions & buy it now listings for all kinds of things. They have quite a bit of Japanese style clothing & some of the listings claim to be popular 109 brands, but I think they're probably more just inspired by the brands rather than actually from them びゃははは (≧ω≦)ｂ
ALTHOUGH~ I have heard that a couple of shops DO have Chinese stores, like COCOLULU, so it's possible that there are some authentic items on there!
Anyway, in order to buy things from Taobao you have to have an agent aka a shopping service. I found a website called Taobao Field Guide which directed me to a service called Obook. Let me just say now that they are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ♥ Ordering from them was as easy as sending an email with the links to the items I wanted, sending payment through PayPal, & then waiting to get the package!
They're incredibly nice & answer all their emails within 24 hours usually. The only thing that took a while was the actual shipping since it's best to use Air Mail instead of EMS for Taobao, but even that went well~!
So here are my first Taobao spoils~
I've been obsessed with this one*spo dress that Natsumi Saito wears like every week, so...
... naturally I had to snag this cute copy~!
Almost exact, no??
The belt is unattached which is why it looks smaller（＾凹＾）
It's basically the same exact dress though~ the only thing that gives it away is this~
I'm amused that they used a moussy fake tag since the dress is a one*spo copy, haha~
I also picked up another copy of this fabulous one*spo cardi~
Cell phone snap from a Japanese one*spo shop
& here's my Taobao fake~
The quality of both of these items is actually surprisingly good too~! The belt on the dress is pretty cheaply made & the buttons need to be sewn on a little tighter, but other than that the material is decent & seems like it will hold up in the wash. The cardi is very good quality too, though I just wouldn't put it through the dryer, haha ☆ﾐヾ(#`Д´)
Overall I am very pleased with my first 'Taobao spree' though ＼（○＾ω＾○）／
I got both of these items from the YAOYAO Shop, in case anyone is curious~ they have a lot of other cute items, including shoes & fake lashes too!
So, would any of you buy from Taobao? ♥
Or, if you have already bought from them, what did you think?
& before I go... Please check out this amazing giveaway going on at Pearly & Kelly's super-cute blog~! So many nice things up ♥
☆⌒(*^-ﾟ)ﾉ~♪see you again♪~ヾ(ﾟ-^*)⌒☆