Tao Bao Spree Service Review
Firstly Tao Bao Spree (http://www.taobaospree.com) is a Tao Bao agent – there are a lot of these services around the net the days. These became necessary as Tao Bao does not ship outside of China, it takes es me back to the bad old days of Japanese brands not shipping internationally (let alone having an English sister site) and having to go through shopping services.
Chinese Lolita brands are sought after because they are cheaper than Japanese Brand, most stores do custom sizing and while a lot of them do replica dresses (shoes and bags) there are lots of intresting original designs avialable.
Tao Bao Spree acknowledge that the Lolita market wants their particular service – they have a handy list of Lolita style Brands and Shops which is easier than navigating the quagmire of Tao Bao. Their website is easy to navigate and their English language is a little flawed but otherwize 98% perfect. I had no problems understanding their emails or with site navigation. The order form process is simple – post the url of the item you want, the size or custom measurments, quantity, color and they handle the ordering. As with most shopping services they charge a 10% fee which is the standard charge and offer 50% off EMS
Their replys to my emails were quick and efficient and my order timeline goes as followed:
August 10: (about 1pm) Send Order Form
August 10: (about two hours later) Order had been double checked, and payment method established (paypal) and order with DEAR CELINE had been placed by Spree
August 19: Order arrives at Spree and I am contacted with shipping quote (they double check my shipping details) and paypal invoice
August 22: Package shipped and EMS tracking number provided (obsessively tracks that baby for about 4 days)
August 26: Package arrives!
The whole process took less than two weeks which is amazingly speedy.
Overall Tao Bao Spree review
Website: 10/10 – easy to navigate. Lolita friendly.
Service: 9/10 – Quick, friendly, good English skills though rather informal.
Cost: 8/10 – If you’re ordering from different stores from Tao Bao they consolidate the shipping in China. Group orders would be best from here rather than one or two items at a time.
Shipping: 10/10 – Came in a tough bubble wrapped package. No damage or tears.
Overall: 9/10 – I’m pretty off buying Japanese Brand these days, as lovely as it is I cannot afford or fit into a lot of it and Chinese Lolita brands are now a mainstay of my wardrobe. I will use Spree again because it’s fast, friendly and simple to use.
Dear Celine Product Review
I had ordered this dress from Dear Celine – an established Chinese Lolita brand that does sweet and Classic Lolita. The conversion rate from Yuan to USD clocks up to about $55 USD depending on the exchange. There were only 2 loose threads I could see which are easily remedied. The dress is lined and very well constructed.
Photo taken with flash
I don’t know about you but I love this print, its playful enough to be sweet but not super sweet.
The stars have glitter on them!
I love black and Pink and I didn’t realize till I got it that the stars have a glitter on them!
The ends are not finished but that is easily remedied by a cigarette lighter in two seconds.
The edge lace is very high quality and the tulle is attached to the slip/lining and is very soft and delicate.
Detail of Strap
The strap is satin ribbon lined underneath with the same printed fabric which is a nice touch and keeps the strap from being flimsy.
View of the Back
Its pulled in quite tightly because the dress overall is a smidge too big but nothing that can’t be fixed by adding waist ties (Dress doesn’t have waist ties? Sew a couple of buttons on the side and use a waist tie from a nother dress – problem solved.). Overall the construction is amazing – the only thing I might do to this dress is shorten in by removing the tulle layer and taking the hem up about an inch. Otherwise it’s cute at the length it is – especially without petticoats – its a great summer dress.