Thursday, 28 April 2016

BMC: Offbeat

I wasn't too sure what to expect from April's 90's theme release, but turned out there were a few gems. Most notably, the first IOD in a while! Also there seems to have been a resurgence in the customs fairy, with both of my orders sneaking through unscathed.


The Galaxy Supernova vs Tartan Punk Inside Out Dress seemed like it would be a big hit. People have been wanting the tartan on one since a rejected sample sneak did the rounds, and the galaxy side is the much anticipated reworking of the wildly poplar black hole print. However, it proved controversial since the site photos showed the print the opposite way around (with the neck seam being tartan rather than galaxy). While I'd have preferred it to be the other way around and I'm undecided on the brightness of the galaxy or the mirroring on that side, I do really love this one! Unfortunately my photo is really washed out, the colours are actually very bold.


I'd hoped for a Mint Pastel PVC Skater Skirt since the Fly With Me Panel Dress came out in the Wonderlust Collection. I did consider the mauve one since I love lilac, but figured mint would suit me better and I already have a lot of lilac items to pair with it. There was also a blush colourway. Turns out I really love this skirt, although I'm not too sure how to coord it casually!


The In Your Dreams Cap Sleeve Skater Dress was a risk for me since I've cleared out a lot of my pastel clothes, but with only 48 hours to decide and lots of unicorns I gave it a go. I'm pretty sure I'll end up selling it though as there's an upcoming Unicornia release and I'm pretty sure this will end up on an IOD, but I really like it! So glad I didn't size down for it as it fits a little tighter than regular skater dresses (I do seem to struggle with my shoulders and back with pieces with shoulders even though I'm quite petite). This print was also released on toasties.


While undecided on the stiff fabric of the Caught Oversized Sweater, I just can't resist fishnet! Hoping summer is warm enough to get some use out of it. However I wouldn't recommend it for smaller girls. This is the smallest size they make and it's really big! It's even baggy over my hips, which by the model photos and the fact that this is supposed to be for XXS-XS girls I really wasn't expecting.


And since I couldn't decide which I liked most, I also ordered the Mesh Up Raglan Sweater from the Future Classics release. I feel like maybe I should have sized down for this one as it's a bit longer than I had hoped, but I think I'll keep it anyway.

There was also a Game Of Thrones release this month, but I didn't partake. Hopefully next month will be kinder to my bank balance!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Spirithoods: Mother Meow

I told myself I'd only buy collabo hoods, but with a $59 price tag & kitty goodness, the Mother Meow couldn't be passed up.


Sold as a women's hood, I thought I'd finally get something cute that wouldn't be miles too big. Also I already wear my H&M cat ear beanie a lot, so it seemed like a good investment.


I also added a Midnight Phoenix Bracelet, although the vest I've been wanting for ages was sadly out of stock (not worth the customs buying just the vest when it was in stock, grr!).


Unfortunately it's still massive. I think a gust of wind would take it straight off my head, and it fits Rob's huge head much better despite it being sold as a women's hood. Which is disappointing. Also the fur of the Mother Bear looks a lot cuter as this fur is too shiny and straight. It's still pretty cute though, I guess! Hoping that customs doesn't burn me too hard.

There are a few upcoming releases like a Red Fox Vest which look adorable, but I'm forcing myself to resist. There are also rumours that the next galaxy items won't be collaborations with Black Milk, so I don't think I will be buying those either. It's a shame the grey wolf half hood never materialised as I'd have worn the heck out of one. I think my next purchase may be a grey wolf crop jacket when they finally get released, but to be honest I'm not too sure about that either since the jacket sizing was so huge! Although I guess they will be for women rather than unisex, but judging by this release that doesn't necessarily say anything about the sizing.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

BABYMETAL

On the 2nd of April, Babymetal's much anticipated Wembley Arena show happened! I was in two minds about making the trip to London for it, but I have no regrets now!

After checking into my hostel, I headed to Camden for the afternoon to meet some sharkies for a wander around before heading to Wembley. Queueing there was a nightmare, I ended up in the wrong queue twice before getting into the arena. Then I was in the wrong queue for picking up my preordered shirt. Then I queued there to be told my reference had to be printed so I had to queue to print it out and then queue AGAIN to pick it up.

The show had to support, just some DJing by Daniel P Carter which wasn't so bad.


Then I met up with a sharkie and her friend for the show itself! We had matching Babymetal wristbands!


Babymetal! Haha my photos didn't come out to great, I had quite a bit of cider haha.


The lighting, set, and outfits were all awesome!


Ended up singing and dancing a lot! The setlist was a good mix of tracks from the new album and old goodies.


Really want to see them again! Hope they come back to the UK soon.


The next day I couldn't keep down my free breakfast, so I headed to the Spoons at Marble Arch for second breakfast before walking along Oxford Street and then going to Forbidden Planet before heading to my usual spot at Jubilee Gardens to chill out and read all afternoon.


Went for a sporty Black Milk outfit for the day. Ended up wishing I had worn something lighter as it was surprisingly hot! Especially since I did quite a lot of walking (I was lazy afterwards and got the tube back rather than walking for over an hour).


This was my haul from the weekend! A split top from F21, a shirt from Primark, Catbug keyring and manga from Forbidden Planet, and of course my Babymetal shirt! I wish I could have bought one of the other shirts too, but apparently they sold out super quickly!

Friday, 1 April 2016

BMC: Fear and Clothing In Las Vegas + Restocks

As seems to often be the case, Fear and Clothing in las Vegas wasn't a release that appealed to me. However, there were a few black pieces...


While I still haven't worn my Velvet Black Wood Chucks, A Real Cool Cat Woodchucks have cats on, so it had to happen. These are the toastie material, and they don't seem to go sheer on the butt! I'm glad I didn't size up in the end. They're actually a little loose on the waist, so I could have gotten away with sizing down. I think I'll probably wear them mostly with the straps down though as they look a little odd to me!


The Counterculture Leggings fit me a bit oddly due to my short legs, and they definitely don't look the same on me as they do on the model. But they are awesome. The zips open too! There are actually 3 different fabrics on them.


Route 66 Shorties appealed to me as they're a great basic. However due to the stiffness of the vinyl, they do sit a little oddly. I have too much fabric in the front middle, which makes me feel like maybe I should have sized down for them. Also despite the description referencing the desert, I feel these are more of a winter piece as the vinyl waistband would be sweaty and the liner is fleecy!

A long awaited restock occurred the week after this release, so I ended up getting a few more bits this month as well.


The Tartan Punk Ryder Dress has a tartan that was only previously released on pieces in the US (although it gets an IOD next month!). I wasn't sure which size to get as it's made of toastie fabric, but since the crop of the same cut was so tiny I didn't size down like I usually need to in bodycons. I think this was a wise move. I'm pleasantly surprised by the print and fabric...usually toastie leggings go quite white on my butt due to stretching, but this fabric is fine! Maybe they improved it, since the woodchucks were also good for this. It does bunch at the sides a bit on my hips, but hoping flattening the seams and wearing tights underneath will improve it.


I somehow missed The Mullet Crop previously, I have a feeling I thought it was a museum piece! I intended to use it with leggings but the front is maybe cut a bit too high to reveal too much stomach. The back is dropped, which maybe makes it look a bit odd with skirts though. But over bodycons and high-waisted shorts should be perfect! It's such a soft piece too.


Even though I haven't sold my XS yet, I got the Dark Moth Ryder Crop again in a bigger size. I think it's still too small to wear over dresses which is a shame, but I didn't want to go up to an M! It fits a lot better but is still a bit uncomfortable around the neck and tight across the bust, but any bigger would have been loose on the band as this one has a little bit of wriggle room as it is. Hopefully I can at least get some use out of this one!

I'm already super excited for the next release as it has the first IOD in it for a while. If I can't get my hands on it I'll be totally devastated though!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

BMC: 200+ Custom Piece!

So you may or may not know, but Black Milk Clothing has a kind of loyalty scheme where you get rewards when you hit certain milestones. For 50 pieces, you get a voucher. For 100 pieces, you either get another voucher, a shooter, or a Pop Art piece (this is the option I chose). But for 200, 300, 400, etc., you get a custom piece of your choice for free!

I hit 200 pieces back in October, and I already had an idea of what I wanted. Mine ended up arriving on the 30th of March, so the turnover for mine was pretty quick. I know a lot of girls have had to wait much longer though! But my prints were pretty simple, with just one colour change. For bigger changes or completely new prints, I imagine the wait is much longer.


This was the preview I got sent at the beginning of March, to allow for any fixes before it was put into production. One of the first pieces I wanted but missed out was the Cotton Candy Corn Skater Skirt, so I knew that had to be one side. I had toyed with a galaxy for the other side, but at the end of the day tartan is kind of my jam. So I went for the Tartan Punk print, but in pink to match the unicorn side. And obviously, it had to be an IOD...I mean, I own all the other ones that have been released so far haha.


I was so excited when it turned up! It's so perfect!


I also got a cute note from loads of the staff members, complete with confetti and My Little Pony stickers! And a polaroid and BM stickers.


I think the Cotton Candy Corn side is my favourite, although it's less flattering. I was worried about it being a bit too girly for me, but I guess unicorns are pretty badass, even if they are pastel.


Tartan on the IOD cut is always so flattering, so I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of this side too.

I'm so so happy with it! The only downside is that it is slightly too big as I went with the S as usual, but I do that to allow for layering underneath in the colder months. Other than that, it's absolutely perfect! Now I'm being naughty and planning my 300 customs already...only 60 more pieces to go, which is pretty terrible! I need to save money for a house! Naughty me.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

BMC: Future Classics & WonderLust

Since I ended up taking a break from posting, I'm lumping my last 2 month's release hauls into one post.

WonderLust was a tad lacklustre with it's high-street worthy styles and unflattering cuts. Future Classics can be forgiven for being a little boring since it finally gave some more staples!

There was also a small Valentine's collection called Love Hurts, but nothing took my fancy.


I was really excited to try the new ryder cut as I really want the Tartan Punk Ryder Dress when it restocks, but this Dark Moth Ryder Crop is a disaster and it made me cry. I have a small bust and am below S measurements, so I got an XS. It's so tight that it's painful. It's completely useless to me and I think I'd need an M, which is ridiculous as I'm nowhere near that on the size chart! Sad Abbey is sad.


I was very put off by the new cut of the Budgie Smugglers Nana Suit Bottoms as they're far too revealing, but since I wanted the Budgie Smugglers Nana Suit Top due to my love of birds I figured I'd risk them. I forgot that I usually take S in tops so I got an XS, and while it's tight it's still fine and will probably feel more comfortable when I'm using it for swimming. The bottoms look odd from the front and show tons of cottage-cheese ass from the back, so I don't recommend them unless you are very happy with your butt (unlike me!).


Since the pieces I wanted this time around weren't too pricey, I also got The Awesome Cap Sleeve Crop to pair with my matching bottoms from a while back, and the Foxy HWMF Leggings that I've been eyeing for a while to wear with my Galaxy Fox. I thought the foxy print might be unflattering, but I actually think they look pretty good!


There was also a small surprise half off sale on the US site around this time. It just happened without warning when I was asleep, so I missed the mecha gym gear I've been lusting after. But I did finally get to try a Tartan Red Black Snapback. As expected, I feel a little silly as I do in my Enter Shikari one, although I think the style is growing on me a little now my style is heading back towards the boyish side. I also got these Reppin' It White Smackdowns with the intention of wearing them under dresses when I'm not wearing tights as they're long enough to prevent thigh-rubbing. Turns out they're so figure hugging that my thighs don't really even touch when I'm wearing them...magic!


Although I already own a few things in this print, the gothy pattern and cutesy scallops made the Bone Machine Playsuit just the perfect thing for my upcoming holiday! I'm a little disappointed with the Burned Velvet 3/4 Sleeve Crop as the velvet they used is nowhere near as soft as some of the older bv pieces, which is a real shame as I was hoping a black one of this pattern would be released. I do still love how it looks, but it definitely looks cheaper as well as feeling it.


Meanwhile, I took a chance on the Written in the Stars Reversible Skater Dress as the photos from various places made it look any colour from black to purple to blue. Turns out it is a very dark purple, which I'm happy with as I don't really own anything purple! A few people were annoyed at the "BM" constellation...I think a shark would have been better, but why wouldn't a brand put their name on a piece? Nobody complains when it's shit like SuperDry.

I wish I could get the Fly With Me Panel Dress, but aside from clearly having nowhere to wear it and not really suiting pastels, I can't see that it would ever fit me properly. I do hope they make skater or cheerleader skirts in those pretty pastel PVCs in future, though!

Last night's release was called Fear and Clothing in Las Vegas, which is both a shitty name in general and not at all indicative of what the collection actually has in it, as far as I can tell. Naturally, there are a couple pieces I grabbed, but my favourite pieces of the collection would be hideously unflattering on me, which is a shame!

Friday, 4 March 2016

The Mindsweep Tour

Another somewhat belated post...and I have been neglecting my blog again. Oops! In my defence, I do actually have a reason this time - still recovering from last week!

The end of February saw Enter Shikari return to touring the UK for their album The Mindsweep that was released just over a year ago. The Bournemouth date was the day after my birthday, and the start of my awesome birthday week of awesomeness.


Rory shirt is a wardrobe staple haha. I stayed in a nice little hotel right near the BIC, and watched Rick & Morty whilst pre-drinking there haha.


Somehow managed to walk straight in and to the barrier in a great position! The first band were The King Blues, a mix of ska punk and folk punk. I liked them a lot!


The more generic The Wonder Years were up next, and while they were also good I wasn't really feeling it so much. Aside from the obvious Shikari hype I was feeling!


And then the Enter Shikari boys!


I was about as close to Rory C's mic stand as I could have hoped to be considering I didn't turn up early to queue. The happiest me! I love this photo so much ♥


I was up bright and early in order to fit in a walk along the seafront, since I haven't been to Bournemouth before. Decided to match Rory's guitar for this day, although it turned out I got brutally rejected in the evening when he started high-fiving people and stopped before me (not bitter AT ALL =P)


Somehow the sun was so strong that it was warm enough to take my coat AND hoodie off!


I half-wished I could have stayed there all day, but I had a Cardiff to get to and a Sophie to meet.


We lazed around at the hostel for a bit before getting some disappointing munch at Wagamamas.


Shikari things happened.


We were on the barrier but kind of on the corner, but that means behind-the-scenes goodness!


We did a spot of shopping the next day and got sushi before heading home. We were both too tired out to do much more.

Pretty much as soon as I got home, I started trying to resist buying a ticket for the London show. But, naturally (as I always knew I would, even back when buying the Bournemouth and Cardiff tickets), I caved.


There was a Tea Party Club meet near Hyde Park in the afternoon, with a raffle, tea, and cakes. I turned up a bit late due to my check-in time over in Hammersmith, but was still a nice afternoon!


A quick outfit shot before getting changed in the toilets...


I ended up a bit late to the Ally Pally due to the tea party and it being a long way out, but I think I only missed part of the first Arcane Roots song. The rest of the running order was the same as before, only this time I sat out The Wonder Years near the bar with a pint in each hand. Which, as it turns out, was a terrible idea.


I was so drunk for the rest of the evening that I don't remember much at all other than being escorted to the bus by a concerned member of staff and being judged on the tube for getting grated cheese and crumbs everywhere other than my mouth. And the crowd was INTENSE.


But the stuff on my camera made me laugh so much when I looked through it, and after a shower the next morning I just couldn't stop smiling. The happiness lasted for a couple of days. And I'm NEVER happy. So it was still worth it (although I'm super annoyed at myself for not staying sober enough to remember more of it!).


Obviously after 3 intense gigs in stupid platform boots, you get achy. So I decided to just chill in my favourite part of London for a little while (the grass out front of the London Eye). I had a good raid of the local Boots as well, so my tum was happy!

I headed home early again as I just had no energy to do anything else. I don't really mind too much as I'm back in London again soon anyway and I'd had far too much excitement and exertion for one week. I still wish I could do the whole thing again though! Best week ever!