Saturday, 16 January 2016

egl Wardrobe Post 2016

Original post HERE.

Since my closet is still wildly out of hand, I figured I'd stick to the same format as last year and just post my additions for the year!

It's not been an overly frilly year for me this year as I've been focusing more on building up my Black Milk wardrobe. But I'm still not ready to leave lolita entirely, despite selling my favourite dress last year (Romantic Rose Letter OP...some day you shall be mine again!).

Linking to old posts even though a few of them seem to have lost their images:


Angelic Pretty's Mercator's Antique Shop JSK - I initially wanted the black version but missed out. I'm not sure about this colour on me, but it's too lovely to give up on just yet as the print is so detailed.

Angelic Pretty's Royal Unicorn JSK - have been having a nightmare finding anything in my wardrobe to match this, but the fabrics are so luxurious.

Angelic Pretty's Milky Cross OP - The wings sold it for me, and didn't own any cat pieces somehow (unless BTSSB's Lovely Sweet Room counts!).

Angelic Pretty's Milky Cross Skirt - I actually wanted the JSK the most but ended up with everything but even though it turns out it's shiny & scratchy...

Angelic Pretty's Belle Epoque Rose JSK - again with those fabrics ♥

Angelic Pretty's Celestial JSK - I adore this more gothic piece, although the darned pearls fell off when I tried it on & I'm nervous about sewing them back on.

Angelic Pretty's Celestial Skirt - Been meaning to sell this one as the waist is too big, but I think we can assume that I suck at selling things by now!

Alice and the Pirates' Horoscope JSK - Impulse buy as I'm digging navy a lot at the moment.

So I stuck to last year's resolution to pad out my darker pieces! I didn't realise I had so many new pieces until listing them like this, as my most recent purchase was way back in June. This year I will try harder to resist the temptations of Angelic Pretty!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Spirithoods Galaxy Wolf

Finally, the long awaited Galaxy Wolf 2.0! Despite telling us they wouldn't be making any more of them, a smaller number of hoods were made with new fur, new cut, and higher-contrast liner (due to many complaints from people who got very dark placements in the OG). I vastly prefer the original version, but I wasn't going to miss out on a chance at my grail hood (the originals were going for $500 even if the placements were ta).

At $139 + $30 P&P + the dreaded customs, it's a big risk when you don't know what placement you're going to get! Despite a few hundred hoods being put up for sale, they sold out very quickly and the drop was rather stressful. I got delayed in leaving shop floor (the release was at the time I finished work), and when I tried to get one on my phone in the staffroom it said they were sold out and I cried a little. But I tried the men's link and for some reason it worked even though they should be taken from the same stock. Result!

Since it was a preorder on the 28th of December and they weren't shipped until the 8th of January, mine didn't arrive until the 12th. A long wait!

Uh oh...

Considering this is supposed to be the galaxy purple print which heavily features pink, I don't think my hood really captures the beauty of the print well. It's super disappointing. Why so much red? Again?! And while I wanted a galaxy blue hood, I meant a new one, not a dud purple haha.

The pink ear is kind of cute, but the other one blends in with the fur a bit too well. Pictured on top of jacket for comparison.

Having said that, it doesn't clash too badly with other galaxy purple pieces (L-R: slouchy, toasties, leggings, skater skirt). I don't dislike the hood, and I'm sure it'll grow on me. It was just not what I was hoping for. At least this time I was prepared for this eventuality (I mean, it doesn't look too dissimilar from the stock photo), unlike the surprise red "rainbow" on the last hood. But there are definitely plenty of more attractive ones!

I did find this rather long thread dangling from ear, but there don't appear to be any structural problems. I'll never be a fan of this new cut though as it's too big which makes the sleeves dangle strangely and swamps me. This fabric seems a tad stiffer than the fox so it digs into my neck a little instead of slipping forward and stabbing fur into my eyes! Haha.

I'm still very happy to have been able to get one of these hoods as I didn't think I'd ever get one. I'm kind of hoping the influx of new galaxy wolves might drive the OG prices down though, as really the OG galaxy wolf is still my grail and probably always will be!

Friday, 8 January 2016

BMC: New Year Bling & Museum Sale

For the first time in ages, I have no more Black Milk orders on the way to me! Although that will change next week when the next release drops, but at least I have a 20% off voucher from December to use this month!

The new year release, New Year Bling, had a few nice basics I didn't want to miss out on. I think the fabric of the Burned Velvet Elf 3/4 Sleeve Crop was a mistake when they were trying to make green, but I really love the dark blue-green shade! Favourite velvet colour so far (I wish I had the legs for the matching Split Skirt, but it sold out immediately anyway). The Suspender Leggings are also much more subtle in person, which means they're a great staple piece! Although I should probably cool it with the wet look leggings as I have loads now!

I also got Bootleg Fishnet Hosiery as a replacement for my Bootleg Net Leggings which broke when I tried them on (stupid big thighs and stupid crappy fishnet!). They're a tad long, but I guess that's to be expected from OSFA hosiery!

Also while I tried hard to resist the Museum Sale during Black Milk's 5 days of Christmas, I ended up making a small order. The Burned Velvet Regal Red 3/4 Sleeve Crop is much pinker in person than I had expected, and the background is a nude tone. It's definitely not as nice as the wine pieces, but still good for layering, and nice to see different burned velvet patterns! And I decided to give the Neo Victorian Midi Skirt a try despite my lack of height. I don't think I would buy another one as it's definitely too long on me and I feel strange in something so long, but it's a gorgeous piece nonetheless.

Next week is the Future Classics release, which has lots of nice staples. However they seem to have changed the cut of nana bottoms which is disappointing because now they leave nothing to the imagination at all and I think they look super trashy. Guess that means no more swimwear for me in future as they have changed all the cuts to high-leg with no ass cover. Oh well!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Spirithoods Galaxy Grey Wolf Coat

I'd considered a Spirithoods jacket previously as I've struggled to find any in other stores that I liked as most of them don't have hoods. I was always put off by the ridiculous price. But then a wild Black Milk collaboration appeared, and a Galaxy Grey Wolf Coat happened.

I regretted not buying the hood so much, that I bought this even though I can't see myself wearing it much because it's so ridiculous!

It released on the 10th, and I had it shipped from Hopshopgo on the 18th. It arrived on the 21st. So still quite speedy considering the distance and time of year.

The fur isn't as soft as the fox was, but it's still quite soft (and shedding everywhere!). It's a bit of a shame that the panels don't blend better, but I guess it would have been a mare to organise them so the pattern would line up! Could be brighter though, I guess?

Part of me is sad that my ears are dark and quite plain because they're the only part of the galaxy print that actually shows, but then again that means it'll go with other clothing a lot better. I wouldn't have liked odd bright pink/blue ears that I have seen on some.

I worried about the sizing as the chart made all the sizes sound absolutely huge. I opted for the smallest size and worried that my shoulders might be too big, but it fits okay. I'd have preferred it a bit bigger as it's a bit snug on my hips (I can wear the smaller set of buttons comfortably on my bust and waist but definitely not on my hips!). However I imagine I'll be more likely to wear it undone to avoid looking like a huge furry tube, so it's not a huge issue. They definitely aren't flattering when done up as they mask all curves.

There are two outer pockets and one small zipped one inside the lining. I think the hood is super cute, but I'm not sure about the body. Sadly you can't really keep your hands in the pockets like I would in a hoodie as they're too high up and due to the lack of looseness. Need to wear it a whole bunch of times to give it a proper test drive!

Somewhat irritatingly, a Galaxy Wolf 2.0 was announced the day this arrived. I wouldn't have bought the jacket if I had known it would be back! I managed to get one too, but customs is pain. So I might sell the coat after all...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Spirithoods Panda Bear

The problem with looking on Ebay for bargains is that you end up with bargains you didn't need. So they're actually a waste of money. But oh well, welcoming Panda Bear to my growing hood collection!

It does have a small splodge of nail varnish on one paw which is a pain, but it was only £25 and it's super cosy! I couldn't get any good photos in it though because I just don't suit hoods at all. But cosy cosy cosyyy. I do prefer the new version, but I prefer the price of this one.

Expecting another Spirithoods delivery tomorrow. Might be a bit excited, because it's a doozy!

BMC: Nylon & Chill + Black Friday Sale

Starting to think my new year's resolution should be to blog about things in a timely manner instead of weeks later...

This year's Christmas collection, Nylon & Chill, wasn't the Christmassiest one. It was also mostly swimwear, with a whole bunch of toastie pieces for US only. Understandably, a whole load of Europeans were annoyed about this as buying from the US is much more expensive!

There was also a Black Friday Sale which included some surprise super old pieces, which is always good! And I bought a few non-sale pieces for good measure.

First up is an old piece I had floating in my cart with the intention of matching with my hood...Galaxy Rainbow Long Sleeve Skater Dress. Obviously it turns out that they don't match at all, but I'm happy to try this cut finally! Annoyingly it does sit a little too high despite my lack of height, and the tight sleeves are miles too long for my arms. I do like it though, and it's comfy once you've struggled into it!

I kept being tempted to rebuy the pink version but decided against it, but I always said I'd love a black one. So even though I'm still not sure about the cut or the shininess, the Wallpaper Shiny Shiny Evil Zip Dress found its way into my wardrobe. I sized down for some reason even though the pink one was super tight, but the fabric for this is different and it's actually still a bit too big. I guess it still looks fine, but I'd prefer it tighter! But obviously I'd never have thought to order XXS because I'm nowhere near that small...

Despite it being winter, I'm planning ahead to my Spring holiday with the Hoot and Screech vs Awesome Inside Out Halter Top and Hoot and Screech vs Awesome Inside Out Bottom. Need to get my beach bod back before rocking it!

As the name suggests, it's reversible. There were a bunch of double printed ones too. Unfortunately the crotch sticker didn't peel out well and left sticky residue so will need a vigorous washing before I can wear it again. Not that I'll need it for a few months.

I love tartan and pockets, so I'm happy that Tartan Old School Pocket Skater Skirt became a thing! I have a feeling this will get a lot more use than the lilac one because it's mostly black. The Sheer Spot Sweater was from the sale, but it's definitely too big. I think I'll hang onto it anyway since it's great for layering with dresses, but it looks a bit loose and long on me. Still cool though, right?

The Damsel Top was top of my sale hitlist even though I wasn't sure about the design or the price. I also realised after purchasing that the sizing is way smaller than usual. Thankfully I can get it on, but I'm still not sure about the shape! It's an old Sophia James piece, which I guess was a higher-end label than regular Black Milk. It came in its own little Sophia James bag and a bigger bag like suits come in! Very fancy. Worn here with a non-sale piece to match my hood, the Galaxy Rainbow Leggings.

The top is reversible! I'm torn because I like it a lot this way as I feel the tails should be at the back, but it seems odd having the collar at the back. I think this top will be used most under dresses, perhaps even in lolita. Sneaky Beetlejuice Suspenders cameo since I snagged them on Ebay recently.

The Galaxy Rainbow Reversible Skater Dress was also in the sale, so I couldn't resist the call of more galaxy to wear with my hood. I think this is the best colouring for a rainbow piece since it has a lot of dark patches on it! I'm definitely in need of a post-Christmas diet though as it feels tighter than I'm used to haha.

The Kitten Me Right Meow Playsuit was restocked in my size for the sale, so I finally caved. It turns out it's much more pink in person, and I'm still not sure about this cut. But it'll be perfect for summer! I need to go looking for a black belt for it. I have a feeling this might be coming on holiday with me too.

Ahh the pain in my bank account! There was also a release for new year AND a museum sale, so I no doubt have a bunch more customs slips due. Thankfully one of my sale packages snuck through, but customs are still bleeding me dry! It isn't the clothing that's expensive so much as the customs. But at least I can be shiny whilst being broke ✌

Monday, 7 December 2015

BMTH & London

A while back a friend posted about a small BMTH gig in Kingston, and since I couldn't get work off for the Cardiff show and missed tickets for Bristol, I decided to go. The tickets were really cheap, but obviously going all the way to London made it an expensive trip!

I was too tired when I arrived in London to do much, so I just chilled out at the hostel for a few hours before starting the long trip to the venue.

I decided to dress comfy & wore a Drop Dead shirt I got from Ebay recently. The venue (Hippodrome) turned out to be poorly suited to gigs. I can see that it would okay as a club, but I literally couldn't see the stage no matter where I stood.

Support came from Neck Deep. I wasn't too fussed about seeing them as I've seen them before, but they are good. I was just sad that Pvris weren't there too since I missed them at Reading.

I was worried I wouldn't enjoy Bring Me The Horizon since I ended up going alone and had only bought the ticket to socialise...but they were really good! I would see them again, although I don't think I'd travel so far again.

I got horrendously lost on the way back because my phone was suddenly giving me different directions and tube times than when I had checked before, so I used all my data trying to figure out how to get back to Edgware Road. I got on the wrong bus at first, but luckily I got off it and straight onto the bus I had arrived on, so I made it back okay! I was annoyed that the show finished so early (21:30), but it turned out to be for the best!

The next day I got up early for breakfast, and wore my Aurora Skye touchdown for the first time. I got funny looks all day because it looked like I wasn't wearing shorts! I went to read at Paddington Green for a bit but I managed to walk completely the wrong way so it took me 40 minutes to get there instead of 3...oops!

I headed to Oxford Street after swapping my book over back at the hostel since it was only a short walk away. Had some lunch at Marble Arch and watched the pigeons!

I then discovered a love for Forever 21! I ended up buying this dress in black too, even though I'm not sure how I can wear it casually since I'm not used to long things!

I didn't find anything I wanted to buy in Disney Store (the only reason I went!), but they did have this HUGE Tsum Tsum. It was up to my hip! I dread to think how much it must have cost. I did want the Christmas Tsum set, but it was £25 or so and I had spent too much money in Primark and F21.

There was a floating Yoda, and fake snow at one point which confused me.

After being disappointed by the Drop Dead store (there was only one womens top and it wasn't in my size), I wandered over to Covent Garden via Forbidden Planet (which also had nothing I could buy since I spent too much in F21).

Next I checked out the Christmas market by the London Eye and sat down with a nice mulled cider.

With a further 4 hours to wait until my train, I hopped on a tube to Camden just to have a look around. I had forgotten how crappy Camden is and didn't actually go into any shops! So I just went to Ice Wharf for a few drinks and some food to pass the time before heading back to The Green Man to pick up my bags and have another pint.

My train was delayed so I ended up getting on the direct one instead, which was really busy! I left Paddington at 19:30 but somehow didn't make it home until 22:30. Really need to live in a city so getting around is quicker!