Getting Lolita dream dresses from Xianyu in the midst of Covid-19

Has your mind ever gone on auto-pilot leading you to Google for things you never knew you needed until you saw them? For reasons unknown to me, I decided to spend one fine afternoon looking up Japanese Lolita clothing with cat prints. That led me down the rabbit hole and I eventually ended up narrowing the search to Juliette et Justine cat prints. I didn’t realise JeJ had so many pretty cat print dresses.

Stock image of Juliette et Justine’s Mimi Eden

The adorable tabby cat from Mimi Eden stared at me out of its ornate frame, and I was hooked. I’ve never been a JeJ fan, but I adored everything about the dress, from the flowers and birds in resplendent colours, to the elegant frames and lace, to the simple cut and lightweight fabric (100% polyester) which would make it perfect for the hot Singapore weather, and for traveling. Kitty wanted me to bring it home and I was determined to make it happen. But Google-fu informed me that I’d missed it’s re-release last year. So it’s Xianyu, China’s favourite second-hand market app, to the rescue!

I found a couple of listings in my preferred size and colour. Since it was just before Chinese New Year, I figured I’d wait till after the festive rush to purchase it. After all, I’d just purchased Robe de Chouchou La Marche off Xianyu in the same month and was in no hurry to add on to my credit card bills.

But of course, Covid-19 came along, and the whole of China shut down. Oh why didn’t I buy my dress before CNY? How long would I have to wait to ship it? What if the nation-wide mandatory leave gets extended beyond 9 Feb? What if the major cities get locked down too? Even if I could buy it, would I be able to ship it? I had all these burning questions but I didn’t want to bother any of the proxies I worked with. They were dealing with more pressing issues.

On 1st Feb, I couldn’t bear it longer. First, I touched base with my favourite warehouse and happily, they could receive mail, though they wouldn’t be able to process my package before 9 Feb. With my delivery destination secured, I asked my Xianyu proxy about ordering from one of those listings I’d shortlisted earlier. My first priority was based in Anhui, but the seller didn’t know when her city’s courier would resume work. Welp. The seller of my second priority hadn’t logged in in weeks. My third priority was slightly more expensive, but it was based in Shanghai, where Shunfeng Freight Collect was available as a mode of delivery.

Freight Collect meant that the recipient would pay for the postage when the package arrived. With no one at the warehouse until 9 Feb to handle that administrative procedure, I had to ask the seller to wait until 9 Feb to post it. I also paid a small fee for insurance as I was afraid my delivery would be messed up during this crunch time.

Thankfully, the Covid-19 situation had somewhat stabilised and there were no further extensions to the mandatory leave for workers in China. My package reached the warehouse on the same day it was mailed out. Processing the package took about a week. Then international shipping took another week, longer than the usual 3 days, due to the reduced number of flights from China to Singapore.

I’m thrilled. The dress looks much prettier in reality than in the stock image. The colours are so vibrant!

The print quality is interesting. Close-up, it is not really sharp. In fact, it looks kind of fuzzy. But from a normal distance, the pictures pop, almost giving it a 3D effect.

The listing came with a hair accessory which the seller made to go with the dress. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s really pretty and well-made.

It’s a brand new piece too. After insurance, shipping and service fees, I paid about 50 SGD more than priced.

Stock image of Juliette et Justine’s Robe de Chouchou de La Marche

On the other hand, Robe de Chouchou de La Marche, which I purchased from Xianyu a month ago, cost me about 100 SGD less, despite having a higher retail price than Mimi Eden. It’s not brand new, but it looks pristine, and that’s all that matters.

I was attracted by the cats, but it was the detachable shoulder cape that won me over. I found it quite unique and more importantly, it’ll hide my flabby arms without me having to wear a long-sleeved blouse X)

It’s both elegant and cute!

The art style is so adorable and charming!

It’s business as usual for courier services in most parts of China. While projected release dates for Chinese EGL brands have been postponed indefinitely, now is a good time to purchase 2nd-hands because they can be mailed out immediately (except for sellers in locked down cities and those who left their dresses in their school dormitories. Schools have not re-opened in China).

Found your dream dress on Xianyu? Follow the guidelines on this page to place your order!

Official Instagram @cdtaobao

My official instagram @cdtaobao is up! (I converted it from an old inactive gaming account). I’ll use it to post about cool things to buy, reviews of the items that I bought and items that I’m selling. I’m impartial to Lolita fashion, Anime & Gaming stuff, cute and pretty things and animals especially cats. I’ll also answer questions in comments and through the messenger!

If you used my shopping service to purchase items and post about them on your instagram newfeed or in your stories, please feel free to tag me. Thank you!

Featured Product: Wuhan Masked Cat Figure

Remember this adorable masked cat that has been making its rounds on social media? Now you can not only own a tiny physical form of it on your shelf, you can also do a charitable deed as all proceeds are going to Wuhan charities to help the people of Wuhan in the fight against Covid-19!

We are all living under the cloud of fear of Covid-19, but this adorable figure is a precious testament to people uniting themselves against the virus. It is also a nod to the lovely souls who care for their pets through thick and thin.

This is an official collaboration between the sculptor meetissai and the Chinese distributor on Taobao Animal Planet, so rest-assured that it is legitimate.

I am taking orders for it!

Taobao Page:

Dimensions: 6cm (This is really tiny)

Full price: 25.90 SGD + domestic postage (usually no more than 5 SGD) & international shipping, which depends on where you are from and what shipping method you choose. Refer to this page or ask me for international shipping fee quote.

Please note that once payment is made, your order cannot be cancelled or refunded.

If you prefer to pay by split payment, it will be 15 SGD to secure the preorder, and the remainder of 12 SGD is to be paid when the product is ready for release. It’s a little more expensive than paying in full. 15 SGD preorder payment is non-refundable.

Preorder deadline: Until 28 February 2020 (Please submit your order before 28 Feb as additional time is required to process payment)

Projected release date: Early May 2020

Place your order via this page or just shoot me an email at

The distributor is also working with meetissai to sell his cute renditions of other adorable internet animal memes. Let me know if there’s any particular one that you’re interested in!

Don’t wait longer, bring it home!

Taobao/China: Business resumes + Delays due to Coronavirus

Business is back to normal for most Taobao sellers and local couriers. However, please note that because many cities have implemented workplace restrictions to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, productivity is set to drop for the manufacturing sector. Delays will be incurred for the manufacturing of products that are not currently in-stock (e.g. Cosplay, Lolita, BJDs, Doujin merch etc), and sellers are unable to commit to definite deadlines.

Due to huge backlog from Chinese New Year and mandatory vacation, please expect some delays in the processing of shipments and orders this couple of weeks as well.

With the reduction of number of flights from China to other countries, international shipment may see some delays as well.

As the situation concerning the Novel Coronavirus is still in development, please be prepared for further changes and do not place urgent orders.

Thank you for your understanding! I will continue to monitor the situation and share the necessary updates on my website!

Coronavirus: Extension of hiatus to 9 Feb for China/Taobao

In light of efforts to contain the Wuhan virus, China officially extended Chinese New Year Holidays to 2 Feb. Shanghai government has announced that companies are not allowed to start work before 9 Feb. At this point of time, there is no telling whether there will be a further extension.

For those who have shipments from Taobao/China, I’ll monitor the situation and have your packages shipped as soon as possible. For those who are planning to place orders, you may wish to wait for a bit, at least until after 9 Feb, and see if the situation stabilises before placing your orders. While most sellers seem to be “business as usual”, manufacturers, courier and postal services will be affected if the holiday is extended. Several Taobao sellers are estimating that they may only be able to resume posting of packages in mid-end Feb.

Chinese New Year holidays

Apologies for the downtime earlier! My webhost has started going offline again, so I’m switching webhosts and still trying to get the layout and pages in order. Please bear with me in the meantime.

We’re currently in the midst of the Chinese New Year holidays and most businesses and services in China and Taiwan will only reopen from 1 Feb. In the meantime, you may still send your orders to me!

Website Revamp Almost Complete

Thanks for your patience! Most of the important information is properly organised here, but there may be some missing links and I have not copied over some of the Taobao guides. I’m going away this weekend so unfortunately all this will have to wait till next week. But all the available information here should still be helpful for new customers placing their orders for the first time.

For my old/regular customers, pretty much none of the policies have changed. But I am no longer offering event pick-up services due to the problems and fewer people utilising them which makes them really expensive for each individual. I apologise for that! And if you need any recommendations for a Japanese event pick-up service, just email me and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. I have also streamlined the order process. The old way of placing orders is still accepted, but you may want to check out the new format in case that’s something you prefer.

I also simplified the website design and content, went on an FAQ plugin kick and made all my walls-of-texts collapsible. So I’ve got all my FAQs and Shipping-related information compacted into 1 page while retaining the same amount of detailed information, and I’m pretty proud of that! (I will do it for the shopping services page too when I’m back). I hope that improves readability and convenience in finding the relevant information.