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You know what else is back? Sailor Moon Crystal!

I don’t want much anime or read much manga anymore, but this… This is a total throwback to my high school years. If there’s one series that I truly loved, it was Sailor Moon. To me, Sailor Moon is mahou shoujo all bottled up. It’s quintessential to the genre: it had a juicy storyline, an intricate past, and it was bundled up into a cute magical package that appealed to my inner tormented teen.

Sailor V aka Sailor Venus was and still is my faaaavorite. I loved the prequel that Naoko Takeuchi wrote, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Minako-chan, the silly, food-loving, loyal and bubbly blonde who is struggling to find a work and love balance. :)

Sailor Moon has always been a merchandise cow, but painfully enough, a lot of the goods are just a pain in the ass to get. The dedicated and obsessed fan base doesn’t make it easier. Unsurprisingly, the Peach John x Sailor Moon collaboration sold out within a blink of an eye. (And I quickly found out that scalpers were milking it for all that it’s worth.)

After seeing Lamb transform into her Sailor Moon set on Instagram, I did what any self-respecting girl would do: hit up eBay. I ended up purchasing a Sailor Venus set from this seller. I managed to snag one at auction price for $8.50 including shipping. (Some of these sets can go for next to nothing.)

Sizing on these sets is 100% restrictive. I saw that some other sellers had other sizes (S, M, L vs. the dreaded ONE SIZE FITS ALL), but truthfully, I wasn’t too comfortable on paying $25-30 for a set that wouldn’t fit me. I paid on June 22, and I received my item today.
Sailor Venus eBay Set

The lingerie set was packed in a little padded envelope, so unfortunately, the polyester satin got suuuuper wrinkled. I’ll press those out later. The quality is pretty decent for what I paid, but it’s honestly not the best; the materials do feel costumey. Manage your expectations! ;) I’m happy especially since I paid less than $10. The set also came with a little choker – again, not great quality, and the stone was glued on crookedly. (I wasn’t expecting the choker, and this part is the easiest thing to make anyway.)

Here’s a close up of the bra top. It’s pretty much a white poly stretch bra with a sailor bib sewn on to it. As you can see, okay quality – you can see the rolled hem done with a serger. There is puckering along the curves because this definitely wasn’t cut on the bias. (But again: <$10)
Sailor Venus Bra Top

Closeup: some loose/stray threads, but those are easily snipped off.
Sailor Venus Bra Closeup

Now, the big question: SIZING.

Miraculously, this actually fit me pretty well. My bust is about 36-37″ and underbust, 32-33″. I feel that the band is ridiculously stretchy; I could wear this on the tightest hook and still have enough room to fit a fist. That being said, I do wear it on the 2nd hook because any tighter, the wires would be the slightest bit too narrow.

The panties are, max, a medium; the material is soft and stretchy. If you’re a large or any bigger, they will not fit you. If you have large hips, they will not fit you. (My hips are about 37-38″ now.) They were cutting it reeeeally close to not fitting me! I did notice that the orange from the bib was not an exact match to the orange on the panties, but it’s all good – no big deal.

I’m not bragging to be a photographer, nor am I particularly stoked about posing or how my arms look (I’ve been lifting!!), but hey, I just got off of work, was a sweaty mess, but still busted out my camera, so I could at least attach a photo to this review. ;) Please also enjoy my horrible post-sunburned thighs (guess who forgot to put on sunblock underneath her shorts and decided to frolic on the beach?).

So ~*magical moon kingdom*~
Sailor Venus eBay Set - Worn

This set was purchased by me on eBay.

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Lingerie (where to buy)

Ultimately, this website serves as a personal archive of what I have acquired over the course of 5+ years. :)

When it comes to higher-end lingerie, cost is unarguably an issue. I primarily purchase my lingerie on sale due to my budget. I can always wait a season or two unless the piece tugs at my heart strings and will be extremely popular where it’ll sell out. I’m usually pretty distracted with work (full-time and part-time), taking care of my home, volunteering, and/or spending time with my family and my cat, so there’s rarely a rush on my end due to a lack of time.

Some people love purses, designer clothes, going out to party/drink, cars, boats, whatever. My interests lie with lingerie, thrift stores, and estate sales – and that’s where most of my disposable income goes – after squirreling some into savings, 401(k), and living expenses. I rarely buy new clothes, hardly go out to eat, and I’m way too old to enjoy the party/drinking scene. :P

I do most of my lingerie shopping online due to selection/price/brands. Believe it or not, I actually went to a super posh boutique in a wealthy part of town, and they didn’t even carry my bra size! And it’s not like my bra size is *that* hard to find: 32D, 34B, or 36A depending on how the bra is sized and made. Even though I purchase most of my lingerie online, I also do find some cute, fun pieces at Marshalls or Ross. :)

Here are the online retailers that I frequent/enjoy shopping with:

Journelle
Be still my heart. Journelle is THE queen bee retailer of luxury lingerie. They carry many wonderful brands that I adore (they consistently offer the lowest full-price on lingerie), and when they have a sale, it’s pretty mind-blowing: high-quality stuff and not just leftover crap. They offer free shipping and turn around your order quickly in 1-2 business days.

Glamuse
I have been extremely and pleasantly surprised with Glamuse. They carry so many luxurious brands, have a sale section comparable to Journelle’s, AND offer VAT-free shopping for non-EU residents. International orders are shipped via tracked express at for about $30, and I got my order in a few days – beautifully packed, too! Cost seems a bit high, but with the money I saved on VAT and the weight of my order, I thought it was fair. I found a handful of Bordelle pieces that were no longer available elsewhere and filled in a bunch of missing pieces. :) Note: the website is in French, but thanks to a couple of years of high school French, Google translate, and a bit of common sense, ordering online was a breeze.

Gilt
I’ve picked up a lot of Mimi Holliday from Gilt, but they carry other brands like Hanky Panky. Prices aren’t as low as the Outnet, but they carry a nice selection. I pay for the cheapest shipping, and it gets to me in about a week. Their customer support is amazing and a nice, welcomed surprise from a larger company: friendly, proactive, and overall, phenomenal.

eBay
Overall, my experiences with various sellers on eBay have been very positive. I like using it for filling gaps in my collection/purchasing missing pieces from sets that most retailers no longer carry. eBay is also a fave for picking up older collections, especially if the brand is new to me.

La Lilouche
I think Liya is the bees’ knees. Her style is distinctive, and her lingerie is made with topnotch materials. Her customer service is wonderful, and it’s always a pleasure to purchase from her! I think her lingerie is very well-priced given that everything is handmade with her own two hands and essentially, made-to-order AND made-to-measure if required. Liya also has sales on earlier collections.

Ell and Cee
Laura seriously knows how to work silk chiffon. There’s something so ethereal and dream-like about their lingerie and photoshoots. Ell and Cee also has sample sales (keep an eye out for their tweets!) as well as sales on previous collections. Although they do not offer tax-free (VAT-exclusive) shopping, shipping is reasonable for signed and expedited delivery from the UK. Not to many people carry Ell and Cee outside of the UK and/or with reasonable shipping, so if you’re going to get some, I’d recommend buying it directly from them.

All items in this post were purchased by me. I do not use affiliate links.