Sailor girl in beige

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coat, choker & shoes: RoseMarie seoir / bag: vintage / fihnets: tutuanna

After getting my RoseMarie seoir Happy Bag I was excited about trying to make a coordinate with some of the items I received. I came up with a simple outfit for spring featuring the beige sailor style coat, the velvet choker and the pom pom heels – my favourite things from the Happy Bag. Unfortunately it is still way too cold for clothes like these so I probably have to wait till April before I can actually wear this type of outfits outdoors. :’)

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To be realistic I doubt I´ll actually wear this coat together with the pom pom heels in real life since I feel the coat would look nicer paired up with some darker coloured shoes. Some other coloured clothes would probably flatter the heels better too!

I must admit that these pom pom heels are not the easiest to walk with, but then again I might be just clumsy hehe… The heels are super cute and I have been wanting shoes like them for a while but I have a feeling I might use them mostly for the outfit pictures and indoors to be practical. I am a little lazy with “difficult” shoes and besides I am often in a hurry: running while wearing these shoes isn´t probably the best idea heh!

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My attempt to coordinate the coat with something somehow made me like it even more and now I feel I might have more use for it than I first thought. I look forward wearing it especially with classical marine/sailor themed colors such as red and navy blue! Hopefully I’ll manage to feature an outfit like that here on my blog too when spring comes. : )

Thanks for taking your time reading this blog post!

Ps. I wish I didn`t had to include the dark blue rug into the pictures and ruin the colour scheme, but the heels kind of disappeared into the floor without it… ^__^;

photos by Johannes

RoseMarie seoir Happy Bag 2017 review

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RoseMarie seoir fukubukuro 2017 promo picture

In the end of 2016 I ended up preordering my second lucky bag (or Happy Bag) ever! In early 2016 ordered my first fukubukuro from Japanese brand Katie and luckily I was quite satisfied with the things I received.

Originally I thought I would skip all the lucky bags this year but then I saw RoseMarie seoir`s lucky bag: a 21 600 yen (175€) Happy Bag including items worth about 60 000 yen (488€)! I have adored RoseMarie seoir`s items once in a while for a few years but some of them might be a little too sweet and cute for my personal style so somehow I never purchased anything.

This year the RMS`s Happy Bag seemed very tempting though: the Happy Bag was promised to even include a pair of shoes (worth about 15 000 yen) and you were able to request the design and colour you would like to get! Especially the idea about receiving a pair of my preferred shoes made the deal seem very appealing and at last I gave up to temptation and just ordered the fukubukuro.

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A random and sneaky interior picture with the Happy Bag since it matches the rug I made recently hehe…

Because of the customs it took about three long weeks before I finally received my order and I was quite nervous. I knew that the bag should include a few pieces of clothing, some accessories or small goods and the requested shoes. Since everything by RoseMarie seoir is not 100% my style I was worried I´d receive something I didn`t like much or even worse: something a little too small for me (I am not too familiar with their sizing). I also got an impression that if the shoes you requested were out of stock they would replace them with the same design in different colour and I really hoped I could at least receive the shoes I liked – if everything else turned out to be a miss haha…

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A close-up of the Happy Bag

The RoseMarie seoir`s fukubukuro bag this year is super cute but the quality is not mind-blowing – apparently fukubukuro bags often tend to be made kind of cheaply. The bag looks nice in pictures and I like the design but the it is unlined and the material is some kind of synthetic fibre with toilet paper-like texture. The material seems quite strong though and the bag is relatively big.

My Happy Bag included:

 ♥ Sailor inspired trench style coat in beige

 ♥ 2 x Little Twin Stars & RoseMarie seoir collaboration plastic document holders

 ♥ Velvet choker with heart shaped “himitsu” charm in dark blue

 ♥ Sheer white tights with cat embroidery details

♥ “Bunny tail” choker in mint (the necklace with pom poms)

♥ Pair of pom pom heels in beige pink (the shoes I requested!)

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Sailor details on the back side of the coat.

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The coat`s silhouette is a-line with flared hem.

Immediately when I opened the Happy bag I realized I had gotten a coat and unfortunately it was the only actual piece of clothings I received. I was relieved that the coat is cute though: the colour is classical beige and the sailor inspired details are nicely made and still kind of mature. The quality seems good to me although the material is 100% polyester. I am happy that the coat fits me and my style but the problem is that I was already planning to buy a classical beige trench coat this spring. This coat is close to one but still not exactly something I was thinking: would it feel silly to buy a similar coloured trench coat now?

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When I saw the plastic document holders I was a little disappointed because I would rather had received some accessories. Funnily enough I have already started using them anyway so maybe they were something I actually needed haha…

The cat embroidery tights I got are cute but left me feeling very neutral and I don`t particularly look forward wearing them. Since I always wear a skirt or a dress I will likely still have some use for them when it gets warmer.

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The necklaces I received are luckily nice and I especially like the velvet choker: I am often a little picky with any statements and texts written on clothes or accessories but luckily “himitsu” (meaning “secret” in Japanese haha) is still neutral enough for me.

The pom pom necklace named “bunny tail choker” is lovely too and I considered buying it in black or beige pink last summer. Unfortunately mint colour doesn`t match with my clothing too well but I could maybe imagine myself wearing the choker with black coordinates. Still I might consider selling or giving it to someone who likes to colour better. : )

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The shoebox is so cute!

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The pom pom heels are something I looked forward the most and I am really happy with them! They even came with extra heel caps which was a nice addition! However when I examined the shoes better I started to wonder how well they will last in use. The shoes have some nice details that are carefully made such as the golden “RoseMarie seoir” plates on the soles but as you can expect in the shoes like these many parts seem to be glued on. I am a little paranoid if the gluing will start coming off sooner or later but if so I hope that won`t happen too soon. (ㄒoㄒ)

The extra heel caps!

The extra heel caps!

There is also one other thing that worries me a little: the toe area in these heels is lined with the same satin-like material as the outer parts and I was already able to spot a light stain there. It looks like the shoe has gotten some water on it and this must have happened already before I received them. Luckily when you wear the shoes (or don`t observe them too carefully) the stain is hardly noticeable but I especially in new products I personally find even minor faults like this a little disappointing. I am also afraid that the satin lined area under the toes will get nasty looking and dirty quite easily but then again these type of delicate shoes are probably often worn indoors only.

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If you watch carefully you can see the light stain on the right.

In the end I have a little mixed feelings about this Happy Bag and the items I received. I didn`t hate anything but I must admit that I might had rather received for example a dress instead of the coat. The value of the coat is quite a lot, apparently around 34 000 yen so that is probably the reason why it was the only piece of clothing my Happy Bag included. I think that especially the accessories I received could had been nicer and I saw many girls getting a cute bag and even a wallet (besides other small goods/accessories) when they received a few a little cheaper pieces of clothing. Somehow it seems like the amount of the goods/accessories I received was quite small considering how modest they are, maybe the high value of the coat had an effect on that?

I tried my best to write this review pretty honestly and although I wasn`t 100% happy with the items I received I think the RoseMarie seoir Happy Bag deal was still pretty good this year for someone who likes their designs. Usually you have to pay about 20 000-27 000 yen for their onepiece only! I also spied the contents the others got on instagram and many seemed to receive very nice items like a onepiece besides a cute bag, some jewelry, a pair of frilly socks and the shoes they requested! ♥

It was exciting to try the RMS Happy Bag but next year I will probably consider carefully if I am willing to take the risk with the unknown contents again. ^__^ The sales after New Year are generally good anyway so it might be wiser to just buy the items you truly want or need.

What do you think: was this lucky bag a hit or miss? Did you try your luck with any fukubukuros this year? : )

Katie SS 2017 collection: “Rose & Daughters”

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“The Virgin Suicides” (1999)

I have been checking Katie`s website for about a month hoping they would release the SS 2017 lookbook and today it is finally online! The Spring and Summer collection this year is called “Rose & Daughters” and judging from the decorations of their SS 2017 exhibition one of the main inspirations for this collection must be the film “The Virgin Suicides” by Sofia Coppola. One of the collection´s dresses is even named “Rose Garden´s lux’s dress” after one of the film`s main characters!

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Lux wearing a floral dress in The Virgin Suicides.

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Risa and her Lux inspired styling at Rose & Daughters exhibition.

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Katie`s pink Night Fever top vs. the striped top Mary (second girl from the left) wears.

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Rose Garden lux´s dress (on the left) and Night Fever bare top worn together with Night Fever skirt and Katie Jeans boogie jacket.

After eyeing the lookbook for a while I spotted the words “Hanging Rock” in the names of several items and got curious: the name sounded a little random to me so I googled it. I found out that there is actually a film called “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (which suddenly started to sound awfully familiar…) directed by Peter Weir and after seeing the school girls in the film wearing white frilly dresses and straw hats I became convinced that some items of the collection are definitely inspired by this film as well!

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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Very “Picnic at Hanging Rock” inspired look featuring Hanging Rock puff dress and Daughters straw hat (on the left) and a more modern, casual look with a glimpse of the Apple Yard College t-shirt.

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Dreamy sceneries from the “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

Unfortunately I haven`t seen “Picnic at Hanging Rock” myself but I love its aesthetics and the plot seems fascinating so I really want to see it now! After doing some research about the film (while trying to not spoil myself) I also realised that the girls in the film are students at “Appleyard College” which probably explains the “Apple Yard Collage” text in one of the collection`s t-shirts! Wikipedia also taught me that even Sofia Coppola was fascinated by “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and the film had an influence on both “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette”.

It isn`t probably a coincidence that Katie also decided to combine the aesthetics of these two films in the same collection. After finding out about the references to “Picnic at Hanging Rock” I wouldn`t be surprised if there were more inspirations and other references that I totally missed haha…

Most of the coordinates for the S/S 2017 lookbook

Most of the coordinates featured in the SS 2017 lookbook.

Lastly some thoughts about the collection itself: the colour palette this Spring/Summer seems to be quite typical to Katie including white, pale pink, light blue and black. Red and bordeax also seem to be present like in the A/W 2016 collection which is great since I have grown to like these colours a lot! A few olive green/khaki pieces are also included.

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt (on the right)

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt.

I think these looks are very cute!

These two looks are so cute! The blue overall is lovely although I couldn`t probably pull it off myself.

Although this collection is mostly quite different from the SS 2016 collection I feel there are some similarities too. In the both collections there are some denim items (jeans and coats) and several simple, casual style clothes at least compared to other collections, for example A/W 2016. The overall feeling of the collection is quite mature and minimalistic and I must admit that I miss the more girly “Katie feeling”. I´d like to love this collection but I must admit that many of the items look a little too simple to my taste.

Some looks featuring the jeans of the collection. I hardly wear trousers so these are not really my style.

The new collection includes two types of high waisted jeans.

The two looks are among the most simply and mature ones of the collections

These two looks are probably among the most minimalistic and mature ones in the whole collection.

I think it is interesting to see Katie doing new things and seeing Elli-Rose modeling the lookbook was a nice surprise: I think she is a little different from the models they have used in the past (typical Katie model seems to be a cute girl with bangs).

I already briefly talked about this with Sara Mari and we both agreed it was interesting to see Katie using a little more mature style model like Elli-Rose which kind of shows that Katie is also for women in their 30s! That makes me happy because in a few years I will already be closer to 30 than 20 myself and I still hope to wear Katie as long as I like their stuff haha…

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan in appeals to me a little for some reason (on the left) and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan (on the left) appeals to me a little and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

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I really like the white + bordeaux combination on the left and the black Café Chic high waist skirt (on the right) is one of my all the time favourite Katie pieces.

I feel that many items from “Rose & Daughters” don`t really suit my personal style but I liked the inspirations behind the collection and the film references. My favourite items from the collection are the Café Chic high waist skirt that does a come back in black and the bordeaux red Rosemary skirt and camisole one-piece.

After seeing how different this collection is compared to their older collections I keep wondering if Katie has started to change their brand identity a little by little. I guess that the next collection might reveal if they take a few steps back to their signature items and girly look or continue to produce more minimalistic and mature pieces.

How do you feel about the new collection? What are your favourite pieces? ^__^ 

image sources: Katie related pictures, TheVirgin Suicides: 1&2, 3, Picnic at Hanging Rock: 1, 2, 3