Hello! Hope you guys are doing well! I'm really blasting through my blogging backlog today; it's very exciting! I'm not sure why I'm so motivated, but I won't question it.
For this post, I'm going to show you guys my 2014 Lucky Pack (also called a Fukubukuro) from Angelic Pretty! I was lucky enough to get a Candy Sprinkle JSK Set in the color lavender from the San Francisco Angelic Pretty; I think this set in this colorway sold out in like 15-20 minutes! I was really sad last year when I missed out on the Dream Fantasy sets, which I think sold out in like six minutes...
Just some quick, basic info (I don't want to go too in-depth, otherwise this post will get long and boring) about Angelic Pretty and lucky packs: Angelic Pretty is a brand of clothing from Japan that specializes in a fashion called "Lolita". It's basically wearing frilly, elegant dresses. There are plenty of good resources of information about lolita fashion online, but I do want to make the disclaimer that it does not have anything to do with the novel "Lolita" (which is a very, very good book so read it). Lucky packs are something that a lot of Japanese companies do around the New Years (and some also do them at different times, like the Meta summer packs) to help clear out old stock and make room for the new! Lucky packs are a great way to save money since you get a lot more value (usually) than what you pay. The only catch is, you don't always know what's going to be in the bags so you might end up with stuff you don't want.
Some brands will release "lucky bags" where you know what everything inside is. These are somewhat less fun (surprises!) but since you know exactly what you're getting, there's not really any chance you'll be disappointed. This lucky pack from Angelic Pretty is this latter type; they revealed everything that was in it.
This pack ended up costing me around $220, which, while being a bit more expensive than if I had bought a pack from Japan (this set was about $160 in Japan and the San Francisco store sold them for $200 plus $22 for shipping. After adding EMS shipping and PayPal fees and what not, the prices are about even) was still totally worth it. Jumperskirts alone can sell for more than $200 new and in this set I was getting five things: an original, made-only-for-this-lucky-pack print JSK, a blouse, a headbow, matching socks, and a bag. There were three different colorways (pink, black, and lavender), as well as a more expensive set with a different style of JSK, a different style of blouse, a cardigan, a bonnet, a coat, a bag, and matching socks, a salopette set which included a salopette, cutsew (a hooded long-sleeved shirt), barrette (is that really how it's spelled? It looks weird), socks, and a smaller bag. There was also a non-print set which indluded a JSK, blouse, headbow, socks, and bag which would have been cute, but I didn't want to push my luck.
I want to start by saying that pictures don't do these items justice. I've heard that you can't really appreciate Angelic Pretty's dresses until you've seen them in person. And it is very true. To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure I even liked the Candy Sprinkle print when I first saw it. It was cute, but it didn't seem all that special. I did want to get a set since I don't really have anything from Angelic Pretty (I have a couple dresses from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, some Meta skirts and blouses, and a blouse and cardigan from Innocent World) and figured this would be the best (cheapest) way to get my hands on some. I am sooooo happy I bought this set; it's so gorgeous and detailed in person!
I'll start with the bag, for no reason really.
And that's a quick rundown of my Candy Sprinkle JSK Lucky Pack! I am just over the moon and ecstatic that I was able to snag one of these in the colorway I wanted! It was such a good deal and totally worth my $220. I plan on wearing this set to convention coming up, so I may get some pictures of it worn to show you guys.
Thanks for reading! <3