Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Aliexpress Harness & Garter Review

I've been wanting a fashion harness for ages but they are generally really expensive. So when I found out that Aliexpress sell many of them, I had to give them a go!

I ordered on July 5th, and they received today on the 22nd, so it didn't take too long, really! Shipping was free, and there were no customs charges.

I obviously didn't read the listings properly as 2 of the harnesses I ordered were apparently little wholesale lots! So I have a bunch of them to sell now, oops! It's also worth noting that these are replicas, and I have a feeling some sellers use images of the original rather than of their own product. The seller I used was dong lou.

This first one was £11.56 for 2.

As you can see, several of the straps need adjusting on me as they're too long. Otherwise, I think this is pretty accurate to the photo.

This second one was £5.48 for 1.

This is how I was expecting it to fit, and what I will try to alter it to be.

This is how it actually fits. A tad too big and long! Obviously the tags need to be removed, it was just easier to try on by leaving them in.

This third one was £4.65 for 3.

This one fits a little long too. It's odd, they all have adjustable back straps, but it's the length that's the issue for me!

I also thought I'd pick up some pentagram garters as I've always thought they looked cool. These were £7.45 for a pair.

As you can see, they're too long and the straps are much too thick. Also while one is stitched fine, the other is totally different and has lots of exposed edges, which kind of sucks.

They're also super duper unflattering and make me look like a ham or something. I know I have fat on my thighs, but they're as toned as they could be!! orz

Lastly, I also picked up some simpler garters for £2.67.

These are a softer, shinier material (all the others are kind of scratchy), and look thinner than the sale photo. They stay up better than I'd expected, but it's impossible to make them look straight! The clips seem pretty decent though.

While I will have to alter pretty much everything, I'm kind of glad I ordered as I was able to get all this stuff for around the price of one harness from somewhere else. I can also hopefully make back some money by selling the spares! I don't think I'd buy again though. I'll just save up for one decent harness if I get much use out of these ones.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Crystal Dream Carnival GET!

This morning Crystal Dream Carnival finally arrived! I say finally but the only hold up was the headbow production, as everything arrived quickly after dispatch and without customs (woohoo!).

I filmed myself opening the pack HERE, but I thought I'd do a blog version too as it'll look much nicer!

I immediately realised that I made the right choice of main piece, as this one shows the print perfectly without overcrowding it and it is very flattering in my opinion.

The reverse scallops look amazing, and the gold star buttons are the perfect accents to the print without being over the top. The slight sweetheart neckline is perfect. The material behind the buttons is actually chiffon, which I wasn't expecting!

There are even little stars on the waist ties, and lots of little crystal drops on the points! And the lace has ponies on, as you would expect.

And the print is gorgeous, of course! There are so many details I didn't notice before, like the gold bracelets and crowns the pegasus wear. I didn't notice the little unicorns in the background before either. Adorable!

The chiffon-type train on the headbow is a little odd in my opinion, and will be difficult to make work with my flat hair, but I love that the star button and crystal drop details have been carried onto it.

I am so so glad I was able to get my first choice colour, as the print really pops on the navy. I hadn't realised how much I would love this piece until I received it. I wish I could wear it all the time!

And a quick outfit thrown on as I wanted to try it. It fits so well (I didn't even have to adjust the back lacing), and flatters the figure. I like the length too, as I like to show a bit of leg! I think the side bow suits me better than a regular centre bow as it works better without bangs. Apologied for the YRU platforms...but I love them to pieces too, and somehow like them with lolita as they balance out the big skirt! My blouse in this outfit is from Anna House.

I'm definitely thinking that this release coinciding with Sailor Moon Crystal can't be an accident...but maybe I'm just reading too much into it!

I can't express how much I love this series really! I hope to own the OP one day too as that was the cut I liked the most, but this piece is definitely more versatile. I'm so happy with my purchase! Now I just need an excuse to wear it =3

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Royal Chocolate, Amazon, & Other

A bunch more stuff arrived in the mail today!

Sophie was selling her Royal Chocolate JSK, so I just had to buy it! I'd always hoped we'd both own it to twin, but I guess it wasn't to be. I totally fell in love with it after trying it on. Maybe I should sell some things and work on developing the chocolate theme in my closet?

These socks were also included as apology for sending it out late, so cute ♥

My Amazon Japan & UK orders both came in today too! 2 Keras, the new Kyary Pamyu Pamyu album, and InMe's most recent one.

Since I was shooting magazines anyway, here are the ones I bought from Antonia. I love getting my hands on English GLBs! She also threw in an Innocent World file, Meta catalogue, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu stickers!

So many haul posts recently, oops! Crystal Dream Carnival should arrive next week too, so look forward to the review!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Stuff, Stuff, & Things

Ugh sorry guys, been working like crazy and don't have the energy to finish a bunch of posts I have started (again). So for now a lazy 'stuff I got recently' post!

Firstly, better photos of stuff I got from Antonia! I didn't get photos of posters or stationery though.

I got this Baby, The Stars Shine Bright JSK for £45. I said I wanted a tartan JSK like this, so it was a great buy! Sadly it doesn't have waist ties, but it actually fits pretty well without any anyway.

This Innocent World blouse was a freebie as it's discoloured, but I'm hoping to scrub the worst of it out! Also missing waist ties, but I never understood why blouses needed them when they'll always be tucked into something anyway.

A suuuuuper adorable vintage Laura Ashley dress that was also a freebie. I love this! The fabric is actually subtly patterned, and it fits like a glove. I think I'll get it taken up though as it still drags on the floor several inches when I stand on tip-toes!

Last freebie, a lolita coat. It has a missing button, but also a cute ruffle-butt and I didn't actually have a lolita coat until now!

The rest of this stuff was a lot for £5, starting off with this amazing handmade mermaid tiara!

Red velvet will match so many of my things, and I was needing more sensible headbows.

Who doesn't love spikes?

I was talked into these chocolate socks since I was wearing a chocolate outfit at the time and well, they'd make my outfit suited to winter...

And BTSSB OTKs just because they needed to go and no one else wanted them. How could I say no?

Next, some little Ebay gets!

My old purse was really worn out, so I got a cat purse for 99p!

...and another as I couldn't decide =P they're actually super soft on the back and lined really nicely!

I also bought this Black Milk Amethyst vs Aurora Skye Inside Out Dress from Kath via Ebay. I paid a whopping £150, but I NEED all the IODs!

Next, the rest of my Battle of the Kings order finally! I got hit with customs this time, booo. Tartan Red Nana Suit Top, Tartan Red Nana Suit Bottom, Snake Pit Nana Suit Top, and Snake Pit Nana Suit Bottom. I literally only bought Snake Pit to wear to see Enter Shikari...

Lastly, I picked up these cute shorts from New Look for just under £20. The material is kinda thin and I'm kinda bummed about still maxing out a UK10 (my starting size) after a year of dieting and being hungry, but this cut is just so adorable!

I actually finally started hanging up and sorting out my Black Milk, so hopefully I can have a huge clear out soon and get things tidy enough to do a room tour! I dunno though as I don't have much time and my anxiety is crazy enough right now without trying to throw away most of my possessions...

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Limited & Museum Gets

If you are a follower of Black Milk you will know that recently a whole bunch of stuff was taken off the site, never to return! As such I got in one last limited order and picked up a few bits in the museum release too. I can't link pages this time as these items haven't been added to the museum yet!

This was my limited order! I finally took the plunge and got some shooters, although they look horrid on me as I'm too short and probably should have sized down. These are the Ravenclaw Shooter and Black Milk Shooter. I also finally bought the Party God BFT fromt the Adventure Time collection. I had to size down as my size was sold out (and I knew not to size up as my Gunter one was way too big!), and it fits but isn't as baggy as I'd have liked unfortunately! I might try to size swap it.

I got a Gunter drawing with my museum release order =P

And here are the items I scored! The Princess Bubblegum Scoop Skater I had to buy a size too big as I was too slow to snag my usual size. It's actually a lot more comfortable due to this, but not as flattering and a little big Dx On the other hand, my Highlighter Gym gear I bought in usual size and it's TINY. Which is annoying as it said to size down if you wanted it tight. Doesn't really encourage me to go out running when I'm too fat to wear it! Hopefully I can slim into it eventually though. I really preferred the plainer versions (the ones I got are too LOUD), but I thought a size up would be too big and so didn't go for it. DAMNIT haha.

While nothing fit how I'd have liked, I'm still reasonably happy with my purchases. I didn't want to miss out on owning something Ravenclaw from the Harry Potter collection, and I wanted gym gear specifically for running which I can still use despite hating how it looks on me! I should probably not buy anything else for a while though, especially since my second Battle Of The Kings package seems to be stuck in customs!

Volunteering at a Festival

I have a few festival-themed posts lined up, but between poor internet connection and lots of overtime it might take me a while to get them posted!

This is just a short post about my experience of volunteering at Glastonbury Festival this year.

I was working in the recycling centre for the charity Martha Care, which raises money to help families of sick children in the South West, especially Bristol. This is the shirt I got for helping out, which made it easier to find others from our crew and also spread word about the charity. I also got a wristband, but it must have gotten mixed up with my other ones when I unpacked!

We had our own field (Tom's Field) for camping which was much more spaced out than the other fields, and it was very close to the recycling centre and the pyramid stage. There was also a bar and café/restaurant tent, cleaner toilets, and a bunch of showers for us.

We got a meal ticket upon arrival when we collected our protective work gloves and crew shirts (saved me ruining my own clothes!), and 2 meal tickets upon completion of each shift. These could be exchanged for hot vegetarian meals or packed lunches. The food was GOOD and portions were HUGE. I had a few decent cooked breakfasts and really delicious stew and curry! We also had boiling water on tap and free tea and coffee. I drank sooooo much tea, and was glad I took biscuits with me to dunk.

There are several kinds of work, but it seems like the most common were litter picking and recycling centre. I was on the morning centre shifts at 6am-noon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That meant that I missed earlier acts, but was obviously much better than the afternoon shift would have been!

Work in the centre wasn't too physically demanding, but I was stood up and moving the whole time. I think it would be difficult if you were really unfit, and I struggled with my height (or lack thereof) a litte. We got a little tea break in the middle of our shift, which was generally much welcomed. The centre strongly stank like old cider, and the normal lines were fine to work on as you are just sorting cans and bottles and other recyclables into different bins (like one of those catching games, such as the berry one on the most recent Pokémon games).

However the compost line was DISGUSTING and stank like shit. You end up handling shitty baby nappies and used tampons and maggots. I was almost sick one day that I was on that line, but that was partly to do with the migraine that was trying to happen in my head. You get suit thingies to wear, but the filth & stench soaked through a bit so I was glad I took different clothes to wear for work!

Would I volunteer again? Probably. My ticket money will be refunded, so it means I got to go to the festival for free. It also means that Martha Care gets money from the festival too, which is great. However a lot of volunteers didn't bother turning up to their shifts or just slacked for all of them, which is infuriatingly unfair! Don't be a dick, guys!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Möngöl Hörde

On Sunday evening I went to see Möngöl Hörde at The Fleece. We got a McDonalds on the way, so I guess I'm not dieting anymore!

The first act was Oxygen Thief again, and they're always really good live. I need to listen to the CDs a whole bunch more before inevitably going to see them again.

We went outside for some air and bumped into Frank Turner! I'm so stoked about meeting him finally. He's super tall, and we have matching dimples!

I wasn't so keen on Palehorse as they were veeeeery shouty, but one of the vocalists was wearing an awesome cat vest.

This sign is like 12 feet in the air?

This was also a good opportunity to take dumb selfies.

And of course a bathroom outfit shot. Wore my Möngöl Hörde shirt (it's a size L as it was all they had left on the site way back when I bought it), wet look cheerleader skirt from Black Milk, and Buffalo boots. Along with Frank Turner and Xtra Mile wristbands, of course! And anti-blister socks coz I'm an old lady.

I also got a photo with Barry from Oxygen Thief when Rob was buying their new album. So awkward but I have to document this awesomeness somehow.

Möngöl Hörde!

I enjoyed myself a lot more this time around as I knew the songs a lot better.

Epic crowd surf. Frank even managed some kind of handstand again one of the venue's poles whilst crowd surfing.

Stillborn Unicorn is still my favourite song from the album. Can't wait to hear it live again at Reading!

Hope they'll release more music and tour more, but that's looking pretty unlikely. It just makes me extra thankful for having tickets to this show.