Saturday, 22 June 2013

Bodyline Costume Order Review: NEGATIVE

This is another post I started a month ago, but only just had a chance to take photos as the items got packed up pretty much as soon as they arrived!

I hadn't ordered from Bodyline for over a year since I never wear their pieces anymore (brand is so much better quality that I can't bring myself to), so I was a little unsure of what to expect this time. I'd ordered a seifuku previously but it had ended up being too small, so I finally reordered it and also a costume for expo.

Firstly...the prices have gone up so much. There was a lolita dress I loved and plenty of blouses, but I could buy brand for the same price. In fact, I bought a pink Dreamy Horoscope skirt for only £5 more than the dress would have cost a few weeks ago. I also couldn't afford to buy a maid outfit on top of these ones due to the prices, despite really wanting one.

Shipping was SLOW. I was expecting it to take 2 weeks max as in the past everything has come really quickly, but it took almost a month to reach me. Thus it didn't arrive in time for Expo, so I didn't even bother going. Tracking was a few days behind as well, and due to no longer allowing mark-downs I got hit by customs. Luckily this was handled through Royal Mail so the handling charge was £8 instead of twice that for Parcelforce, but that was still ridiculous on a £50 order. That said, I saved almost £12 by doing the yen trick, so customs almost paid for itself.

It was packaged badly. I didn't take a photo as I was too eager to check for damage. The outer packet was just a grey mailing bag which was completely torn open, and one of the inner bags was torn open as well which I'm not happy about (although I guess it's possible that customs did this and they just don't like to own up to sneaking a peek at your stuff).

The items...let's just say I probably won't be buying from Bodyline again. I already had to buy a size L as their sizes seem to have shrunk, but the Homura costume is waaaaaay too tight across the shoulders. Rob says I have wide shoulders for my size, but it isn't something I've really had issues with before? It's just irritating. The rest is pretty tight too even though I checked the measurements before ordering. I'd never think of buying a 2L as in the lolita dresses those are for people who are actually on the fatter side, right? Or so I thought. The fabric is the same as all Bodyline costumes it seems, non-stretchy, too heavy, see-through, and kind of scratchy. The colour isn't true to stock photos.

Next issues, the pleats on both of the skirts are stitched, which they weren't before. Not a nice, easily torn thread in a tacking stitch like Angelic Pretty does, but sewn straight across with the machine in regular stitching. It's going to take ages to unpick, will look messy, and may unravel. Not only that, but the stitching is really wobbly in the first place! I don't really know what to do about this...maybe I won't risk trying and just flog it all.

The seifuku top...I was hoping it'd be longer in a bigger size, but it still shows a section of flabby stomach and the skirt is still too short and too tight to wear lower on the waist. This annoys me as I see many girls online who look lovely in theirs, but I just look like a fat weeb ho in mine Dx Also annoying is that the short sleeved version (the one I wanted) came back in stock a few days after I made my order. I don't think I can even use this stiff-armed top from this set, so I'll have to reorder AGAIN if I want something I can actually get use out of, and hell no. Also when getting the stock pic for this post, I see they've slashed the price. FML!

So essentially I wasted £60 on useless junk. I am so done with Bodyline!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Belated May Day & ILD Meet Post

On May Day we had a nice little picnic at the Royal Crescent!

Maria made the most delicious little cheesecakes!

The weather was very warm so I put together the coolest outfit I could.

Excuse horrible lighting and face, this was taken in the pub after I'd been melted by the sun! Got lots of compliments on my skirt, and I do love this skirt. I had forgotten just how short it is though! It's from Angelic Pretty, and the rest is offbrand. I also had a Hello Kitty serviette strapped to my ankle as my shoes rubbed and I didn't want blood on my clothes D=


I also picked up this cat bag from Monika. So much loooooove ♥

Haven't had many chances to wear lolita recently. On International Lolita Day I met up with Bexy & Amy, but we didn't wear lolita once again! Was nice to have a catch-up and a shop, along with some Bubble Tea, lolified cups, and a few pints though, as always!

It was actually the same day as Summer Ball, but I decided to sell my ticket and use the money for chilling out with friends instead which was a great decision.

My lolita future is looking shaky due to the need to clear out things, no job, no money, and really poor transport links (I can get to Bristol only unless I take the train on from there, but the bus to the station is £7 by itself!), but I'm hoping that I can attend a few meets in the Summer even if not many. I have many items that I want to wear to a meet before I can part with them! I *do* have a ticket for Frock On, but most of my friends have dropped out and it's so much money and will probably be boring, but hmmmm I don't know whether to go or not haha.

Pink Purchases!

I started writing this post a whole month ago, but was too lazy to add the photos until now so it's out of date. Sorry!

Since I just turned in my last essay and finished my degree on the 22nd of May, I treated myself to some new things! They arrived before I finished, but that doesn't matter ;P

I'd been wanting a 3DS for a while as the next Pokémon game won't be playable on the DS. I kinda feel like I'm cheating on my DS though...I've had it since Pokémon Diamond and Pearl came out!

I searched specifically for a pink one this time! I ended up getting this one secondhand for £56 with a game card with 20 games and a DS game case. Unfortunately it has a scratch on the touch screen even though the seller said they'd replaced the screen, and the stylus is missing (they sent a new one but it took almost a month and is visibly chewed). The parental lock was also on when I received it and it would have been a pain to contact Nintendo to crack it, but thankfully I guess the pin really quickly as I figured the previous owner's kid's birth year was a good place to start!

My only games at this point are Super Pokémon Rumble and the new Mystery Dungeon! I'd played the Wii trial version of Rumble before and while it's easy and probably not a very long game, it is really cute. The Dungeon one is somehow even slower than the old ones, but thankfully with fewer flashbacks. Rob bought it for me as a congrats on finishing present. I want more games, but not really sure what. I am tempted by Animal Crossing as everyone keeps going on about it, but it's expensive and honestly I think it look boring...

This is my case for it at the moment, from ArtsCow for $0.99. It was supposed to be for my make-up, but I'd rather use it for this now...*swoon*

Lastly, my Dreamy Horoscope skirt! It cost £60 secondhand, and while I felt that was quite a lot for an unpopular print/colourway combo I didn't want it to slip away. I love this shiny kind of material even if it may be looked down on by many lolitas. Of course, it's also super short! I can't wait to wear it, although that will be difficult now that I'm back home. Going to try to be brave enough to wear it at the weekend though (my mum HATES lolita and calls it ugly and children's clothes and generally bullies me about addition to my being fat and useless, of course).

So I finally made a post! A lot has happened since I last posted. I have moved back home which is hell, having difficulty finding any jobs that I'm qualitfied enough for, etc. It does look like I'm on track for a 2:1 grade in my degree though, which is great as it was looking shaky at one point!