Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Spirithoods Grey Wolf

A few months ago I bought a Grey Wolf from Ebay, but ended up getting refunded as the seller was in hospital and their other half posted it but it rather conveniently got lost in the post (all sounds like bull to me), but I managed to get tempted by another one.

The hood! The seller accidentally send me their sticky tape too, which I find endlessly amusing. There is also a label of their name sewn onto the inside! But other than that, aside from not being quite as soft as my other hoods, it appears to be in great condition.

I'm a little saddened by how much brown there is in it, as I'd prefer it to just be grey as it would match with things a lot better.

I feel so stupid wearing these things, but they're so comfortable! Still gutted I got HB3 in my Aurora Kitty as the headphone parts are kind of painful on my ear piercings.

On a hood ban now, only BM collaborations for me in future! I think a Galaxy Fox will be out soon, which I look forward to!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

InMe & London Chills

A while ago InMe announced their Overgrown Butterfly tour where they would be playing their first two albums in full. Both my boyfriend and I are fans, so we decided we just had to go even though it would mean a pricey trip to London!

After checking into our hotel in Islington (Central Station Hotel), we went to Oxford Street purely for Disney Store for Tsum Tsums. I also wanted to go to Drop Dead, but the shop looked so tiny so I was an idiot and was too self-conscious to go inside! But it was down this pretty alley.

Then to Islington O2! We ran out of time to go eat because we didn't want to miss Dorje, who turned out to be really good! I don't think Rob liked the vocals, but I liked them anyway.

We may have spent too much money on crappy Somersby...

InMe! Sadly I couldn't see well at all and was too sensible to try to enter the pit this time because I'm just too small. Boo! But it was a really great show, one of the best I've ever been to, I think. I just love both albums so much because I've been listening to them for 10 years now!

We were bad and grabbed drunken McDonald's on the way back to the hotel instead of eating anything nice.

After eating complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we headed out to explore London. Leicester Square was our first stop, with a look around all the cute things in Chinatown and a bubble tea stop.

Next we had chill time in Jubilee Gardens for a while to enjoy the unexpected good weather! I could have sat there all day.

We then wandered over to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey for a look about.

And apparently Japan Matsuri was going on in Trafalgar Square, but it looked way too busy so we avoided it and went to Forbidden Planet instead. Where I spent too much money but could have easily spent tons more...and then had a sit down at Embankment Place.

We wanted to go to a Korean restaurant for dinner but it didn't open until 6, so went for a pint in The Green Man before heading to Paddington for a burrito! Had a really good day, but we were both exhausted and achy by the time we got the train!

My haul! The InMe shirt ended up being too small despite being a mens medium -_-Plus the price jumped from £5 on entry to £10 when I went to buy it! But the CD was free, I guess. Clow key and Koro Koron Hamster are from The Kawaii Kollective in Chinatown, Tsums and Pop vinyl from Disney Store, Sailor Moon card holder, Pinkie Pie, and Catbug are from Forbidden Planet. It's a good job I'm not closer to London as there are too many cute things and yummy foods everywhere!

Writing this post is making me miss London already, and we only got back on Saturday. I wish we'd gotten around to going to Covent Garden for gelato...

Monday, 21 September 2015

Reading Festival Overview

Been a little while since the festival since it was the end of August bank holiday weekend, but somehow I'm only just getting around to writing as I've barely recovered still! And to be honest I'm way too lazy to go in-depth this time. I blog more for me than anything else, so it's just to remember who I saw. Pretty much every band I saw was really good!

I arrived around midday on Thursday & met Marie at the station. We have fairly similar taste in music so we ended up spending a lot of time together. On Thursday evening we ended up going on a big fail pub crawl, for some reason.

Friday morning didn't start as early as I had planned, but I caught the last half of Andrew O'Neill's History Of Heavy Metal since I missed it at Download. It wasn't as funny as I'd have hoped, by good nonetheless. Neck Deep were next on my list, followed by tagging along with Marie for a bit of a chill outside Lock Up for the of Vant followed by God Damn and The Bots. I then went solo to Main Stage for Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, and Bastille, before meeting up again at Lock Up for Modern Life Is War and The Bronx.

Highlight of the day for me had to be Limp Bizkit at NME. I even managed to persuade Marie and Greg to join me somehow! Although I did bribe them with the 2 Jager shots I'd smuggled in. I didn't get any photos though since we stood outside the tent for bar and toilet access!

I had intended to see the end of Mumford & Sons since I do like their singles, but ater one song I knew and half of the next song which sounded exactly the same, we bailed and went to see New Found Glory instead. Because Lock Up is easily the best stage, haha!

I guess it doesn't mean a lot when the line-up this year was awfully poor, but Saturday was always the stand-out day and I'd probably have just done the one day had that been feasible. And mostly Main Stage!

Babymetal were first up, and I went all-out with my outfit (a red tutu, a black tutu, pleather peplum top, megitsune mask, red lippy...the whole shebang). And they really rocked! I've always loved J-pop, and while it took me a little while to warm to their music (Buono! will always be my favourite...), I really got into them recently. I already picked up a ticket to the Wembley show next year because I want to see them again. And hopefully with friends because I felt awkward being one of only a handful of people who knew more than "Gimme Chocolate!".

After changing into shorts and my Babymetal vest back at camp, it was back to Main Stage for Marmozets. They supported Muse on that surprise tour they did, which is why I was extra-specially annoyed that my dad went without me even though he'd have missed the announcement had I not told him! But hey, I got to see them eventually, and they lived up to expectations. Afterwards I saw Modestep for the third time this year, and it was probably the set I enjoyed most all weekend because their music is just so fun.

It must have been around this point that it started raining. I'm not a fan of Pierce The Veil at all, but I was sat in my poncho and I had a nice dry bit of ground under my butt, so I wasn't going to move. Alexisonfire rocked, and was much better than the time I saw them when I was 15 because I didn't get a split lip this time. I had intended to see Pvris at The Pit, but the stage was running madly behind so I had to skip them in favour of Royal Blood, whose set I had missed last time they played Reading.

The Pit running behind wasn't all bad though, as it meant I could sneak down there to catch Atreyu. I was delighted that they played "You Give Love A Bad Name", even if they did play it compeletely out of tune.

Bring Me The Horizon were another of my highlights. They sound really good live, I loved their last album and the singles from their new one. Even if I hate to admit it! I was glad of the rain and my poncho though as Oli Sykes was wearing a Babymetal shirt cut into a vest and a red checked shirt, the same as I was! I had to make a hasty exit during their last song however, as the on-screen graphics were awfully migraine-inducing.

I have obviously gone off of Twin Atlantic as I didn't enjoy their set at NME much. This probably wasn't helped by only vaguely knowing older songs, and the crowd being all children who only knew the new crap. Afterwards I caught the rest of Metallica's set. Objectively they were very good, but it was a little boring as all the songs go on forever and it was cold and too wet to sit down. And naturally they played "Enter Sandman" last, and it was the one song everyone was waiting for. I didn't have the nerve to dance the Macarena to it by myself though...shame on me!

We had breakfast in town in the morning which was expensive and disappointing and made me miss Milton Jones. Boo.

So my day ended up starting quite late with Against Me!, and it was nice to see a decent punk band on Main Stage. The Gaslight Anthem followed there, before The Pit brought us Turbowolf, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and Beartooth. After a wander around the clothing stalls, we stopped by Festival Republic for the end of We Are The Ocean before Manchester Orchestra (who are in fact, not an orchestra at all). A short jaunt to The Pit for Cancer Bats and a search for food filled our time before the headliner of our night.

Who was of course, Frank Turner. To be honest I was pretty disappointed. I really enojoyed his solo set at Bristol, but solo sets just don't work in such a bit place. You can't really dance around to acoustic music, and at once point The Libertines were drowning him out from the Main Stage. I also had a woman behind me with a baby strapped to her front, and she kept jabbing me with her baby. I mean, seriously? I ended up joining Marie outside after a while as I got too hot and the crowd were so ignorant about any of his older songs which annoyed me a bit! But I guess a bit of an acoustic old favourite was really the perfect wind down at the end of the weekend.

Overall... I didn't enjoy the festival much. I always knew the line-up would be weak, but I just couldn't afford enough alcohol to get any more enjoyment out of it! And I ended up sitting through most of the sets to preserve energy that I then didn't need for Frank Turner. The weekend needed more drinking and dancing!

But I did have a good time, I enjoyed getting to know old camp-mates better, and I wish I could see them all more than once a year. It's just the expense that makes me cry. But at least my train back home wasn't affected by the strikes, I guess, as that would have put a huge dampener on things!

Monday, 7 September 2015

BMC: August

This month's haul is still too big, but rather more sensible. Had to pass up some beautiful pieces (such as a pair of killer leggings that carried a whopping £100 price tag), but all the black is never a bad thing.

The first buy of the month had to be the Periodic Table Vs Mathematicool Inside Out Dress for my IOD collection. I'm willing to overlook the mathematical inaccuracies for the pretty black chemistry side!

This is my non-sensible buy of the month - the Seagull Blue Playsuit. Annoyingly a crop was released a week later which would have been more wearable, but I have been wanting to try the playsuit cut and I just neeeeded it for future holidays! I love seagulls! They're my spirit animal.

I was also unsure about the Cathedral Shooter as I own a few items in this print already and am not sure that the artistic and religious themes match with the sporty cut. However I do love my shooters as they're super comfortable. I had expected it to sell out quicker though, and the black materials are different to before and not quite as nice.

I also jumped at the chance to buy the Long Sleeve Drape Hoodie as I wear my sleeveless version all the time with leggings. Black and soft and drapey = super special awesome. However, I wish I had sized up as it's not baggy enough for my tastes.

To add to my basics, a Tie Front Top. I love this soft fabric a lot!

Had I realised how huge The Comfy Tee would be, I would have sized down. It looks so weird if I raise my arms due to the size of it, but it looks cool otherwise.

And since I love black and pockets...the Merman Pocket Scoop Skater Dress was a must!

Oh, did I say I didn't buy the ridiculously priced leggings? I lied. I couldn't not get them because I'm an idiot with more money than sense (but that's still no money...). The Lace Up Front Leggings 2.0. Behold their slutty glory. I'm reluctant to try them on though as they look like they'll be miles too small.

And since I keep buying PVC despite never wearing it, the Crossing Over Crop. This one should at least be more wearable than the zip up one, although it's annoying that they're all backless as my shape doesn't allow for free-boobing unless I want to look flat!

Of course, the Lace Up Bodysuit 2.0 was a must to go with the expense legs...I'm kidding myself that it's a birthday present for Rob since I know he'll like it haha.

And layering pieces like the Caught Cheerleader Skirt are always good, right?

And I tried to resist the Rockstar Crop Vest, but the limited status always panics me! Thank goodness this was the last weekly release! The material is horrible and thick though, which is disappointing. You can still see where the net of the Caught skirt was pressing onto it in transit!

I really need to sort out a way of taking good selfies so I can post those instead of dodgy flat-lays in these posts. I'll try to figure it out before next month, but I can't promise anything!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Harry Potter Studios

On Tuesday 1st of September, it was time to return to Hogwarts!

I ended up leaving a little later than I had planned as mum decided to give me chores just as I was leaving! After dropped my bag off at my hostel on Edgware Road, I headed to Watford Junction to meet some sharkies!

We headed to Tinseltown for lunch, and I had the BEST MILKSHAKE EVER. It was super expensive but chocolate brownies are sooo yummm. My burger wasn't great, but the fries and dips were!

We met more sharkies outside the Harry Potter Studios!

I took way too many photos in there, but everything was so awesome!

It's amazing how many oil paintings were made!

Umbridge's office was my favourite part. So much pink! And kittens! It was someone's job to film kittens playing to put on the plates!

Erf ter Hergwertz

I want a hippogriff!

Love all these technical sketches!

So huge!

We ended up spending about 4 hours at the studios in total, which was much longer than I was expecting. I'd love to again, hopefully when I have more money to spend in the shop as there were so many awesome things!

I just ended up getting these after trying to talk myself out of the scarf. I really shouldn't have bought it, it was almost £30...

The bottom bunk was really hard to get into when I got back, but I fell asleep pretty quickly!

Ended up leaving the hostel early as had to be out by 10 anyway. Sat in Hyde Park for barely 5 minutes before a guy started talking to me and sat by me and wouldn't go away. So I shared the spliff he offered me and then ran away afterwards and wigged out in Paddington Green for a bit before meeting the others at Marylebone haha oh god I cannot adult.

Erika with the giant camel in Hamley's!

Spent aaaages in the Disney Store! I wish I had more moneyyyy so many Tsum Tsums!

Group shot on the pumpkin carriage!

Instead of going to the museum for the bigger sharkie meet, I chose to stay out shopping. But soon left to spend a few hours back at The Green Man reading because I was too tired to do much else.

My little Disney haul! Can tell Halloween is coming.

Cute gifties from Katelyn!

So exhausted now, feel super ill. Had such a good time though! I think I may have to recover for a bit before I write up my posts about Reading as it seems a bit overwhelming right now.