After a particularly stressful week last month I decided I wanted to get a couple of Blythe dresses; retail therapy strikes again! Seriously, my September was... woof.
When I was cruising around Etsy for Blythe dresses I was caught by this one, by Kuloft. At $25 (for the dress; the headband was $15), it was over my Blythe budget. I have only a couple of times paid more than $20 for a Blythe item. $20 is just kind of my personal limit, even though so many items cost well over that! I understand why, as the hats I charge $20 for are very time-consuming to make, but there's only so much I'm willing to spend in an already expensive hobby! But I splurged because I knew this would be a perfect Mallow dress. And because Kuloft's shop was having a promotion where you could get a flower dress + headband with free shipping for $39! (With shipping, it was more like $46-47!)
However, luck was not really on my side for this purchase. I couldn't find a coupon or promo code or anything despite searching around the shop and Kuloft's Instagram. I left a note to Kuloft with my Etsy purchase saying that I couldn't find a promo code but that I saw that there was free shipping for this promo. But I didn't get it applied to my purchase. I'm confused about that, but... hey. It's fine. It's ten dollars.
When I opened the package I was awestruck by how beautiful this dress is!!
Seriously, I love it so much! It's not my usual thing to get a "statement" outfit like this. Usually I like to buy little dresses that are really layerable and suit lots of my girls. I did layer a Minijijo tutu/petticoat/skirt underneath this dress for even more frill, but it's gorgeous all on its own. The tiny bells at the collar jingle oh so softly, little fairy tinkles. These colors are right up my alley. So I am really happy I got it!
This headband, though. It broke in two places before I even got it out of its plastic bag. I'm so bummed... it's a lovely headband, but also it's something I got just because there was a promotion. I wouldn't have bought it on its own or if there hadn't been a promotion. Which, of course, I didn't get the benefit of after all! So to have it shatter before I could even hold it in my hands or see it on my doll's head was vexing. I didn't handle it roughly or anything... it broke while I was opening up the bag it was sealed into. I should have carefully cut the bag open with scissors, but I opened it more like you would a bag of chips, just pulling the plastic apart, and that was enough to break in two places.
I hot-glued it back together. You can't really see it in pictures, but it doesn't sit on the head well now, and I expect it will fall apart over and over and I'll either be hot gluing it till the end of time or it will just never get worn. This is a travesty, man!
The fact that I broke this headband is certainly my own fault, as was the assumption that I would perhaps be refunded the shipping cost for the promotion. But alas, I spent waaay more than I normally would on a whole ensemble well outside my "norm," so I feel this broken headband keenly. I could cry. Why!! This was my splurge!! Oh, so upsetting.
Still, at least this dress is still the most beautiful thing ever...! I would certainly buy another one of these, although... not the headband.