Thursday, 6 October 2016

BMC: State of the Art

Finally caught up! State of the Art as a collection did exactly what it says on the tin, really. There were a lot of gorgeous prints, but sadly literally everything was on cuts that don't work on me, so I kept it small (the exchange rate and BM's steadily increasing prices didn't help either).

My first order just had to be this - the Times of the Day Pocket Midi Dress. Mucha's art is so pretty, and while I was put off by the length, the release was midnight after my gran's birthday and I just KNOW she'd have loved this one. So I had to! And pockets are always a winner.

Unfortunately that means I missed my usual size in the Almond Blossom vs Starry Night Cap Sleeve Inside Out Dress. I was really worried about my shoulders fitting into the smaller size, and I must say I can't really lift my arms as it's tight across the back and the arms. However there's less wrinkling in the middle so I guess I should have been getting XS IODs all along, and I'm definitely glad I couldn't get S for this one as it's already so low cut! I'm not a fan of this cut at all! But I do like this side a lot more in person. The side pictured below I'm less of a fan of since the print makes it look like it's stained oddly when it's just paint texture haha.

I do regret passing up on the Winterscape Pocket Midi Skirt as it's stunning and perfect for Winter, but I just don't trust myself with white (especially since I live in the muddy countryside and it rains a lot here!). However I may be tempted by it again if it crops up in a future museum sale.

Halloween release will be the next to arrive, and I really can't wait as it was such a good release. And Halloween is always the best!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

LDC: Yu-Gi-Oh!

I have a handful of Living Dead Clothing pieces already, but I've never been convinced by them and didn't intend on ordering again. However, I do love me a bit of Yu-Gi-Oh!, so I broke my promise to myself and ended up ordering both items as I couldn't choose between them!

I wasn't sure which size to go for in the Yugi Cosplay Tee as I don't like things to be snug on my hips. I went for the S as didn't see how I'd need the smallest size they make when I can't get my XS swim from there past my knees. However, it is pretty massive and I'd have fit in XS with room to spare! It's fine though as I do like things baggy and I can wear it as a dress easily. Bonus Coco assistance.

The Yugi Cosplay Skater is much more flattering than I had expected as the cape part of the print falls just right. The skirt part is more voluminous than BM does them which is great for swishing! The bust feels a bit odd though, and I think I need a better bra to stop the dress from making my chest disappear altogether. That said, I think it's good that it covers a bit more than BM's dresses do as in those I'm forever pulling the front up!

After this, I am tempted to go back for the Amethyst Cosplay Tee I almost got instead of the Yugi one, but I really need to save my money for Halloween things and all the gigs I have lined up! Hoping it sticks around for a while, although I'm not too sure how LDC's releases work yet. It's a shame there aren't Amethyst cosplay leggings to go with it, as I'd be all over those star knees!

BMC: Unicornia, Funtimes Friday, & Intergalactic

Another super belated post of July & August orders! I didn't have access to a mirror for a while as mum decided to move all of my things into the spare room where I usually take photos.

Today I'm covering Unicornia, a pastel explosion that didn't quite live up to my expecations. Also I finally made a Funtimes Friday purchase at last - this is when a piece is brought back or a sample is released, just for 48 hours. And finally, a small boost to my galaxy blue collection in gym release Intergalactic.

First up, Ride and Seek vs Hide and Seek Inside Out Dress and the Sporty Stripes Pink Hosiery. I'm not convinced about the hosiery as they're a bit bright for me, but since I missed the burgundy ones I jumped on them anyway! They were also available in indigo in this release. Still not sure why they make them in such small quantities when a lot of people would want them!

I absolutely adore the hide side as the colours and details are amazing. I'm less keen on the ride side as it's bit bright for me, but I love prints like this as you find something you didn't notice before every time you look!

Next up, Galaxy Rainbow Pocket Skater Skirt. Can't get enough of pockets! Plus since dropping a lot of money on the Rainbow Galaxy Spirithood, I keep buying this print to wear with it. Even though my hood turned out to be red and so it doesn't match anyway...but this one is really flattering and really boosts the hips!

Also the Galaxy Rainbow Sweater Dress for the same reasons. I'm not sure I like the cut of this though as it feels too snug, and yet isn't flattering at all haha. It's baggy in the middle & at the bottom which makes it frumpy, but is skin tight on my butt so you can see my ass cheeks a bit too clearly. I think it's supposed to sit higher up, so I guess I'm just too short?

Next up, the Gamer Purple Dress from Funtimes Friday! I'm thinking I ought to have sized up for it since I gained weight since I last wore a bodycon...oops! But couldn't resist this one, especially since I have that Skinnydip bag to wear with it! I hope they bring back the other colours some day too.

Onto the gymwear! This release was gutting as there were so many galaxy blue pieces but everything was limited and I wasn't able to get everything. But I guess I have more things to quest for now...but so frustrating! I did manage to grab the Galaxy Blue Raglan Crop (the fit is odd as the bottom is so loose but the top isn't so it sticks out haha), Galaxy Blue GF Bomber (I need to trade this for size M, I forgot that I usually size up for GF fit which is gutting as this has been my dream piece for ages!), and Galaxy Blue Combat Spikes.

I missed out on 4 pieces which means I now have 5 galaxy blue pieces to hunt down, but at least I got a full gym outfit! And these gym legs...the most flattering thing!

Bit of a wait now for State of the Art to arrive, but both pieces are cuts that I haven't tried before so should be interesting! And the Halloween collection, The Devil Wears Nylon drops on Monday. I'm super excited but my bank account is already screaming and I will end up screaming too if I miss out on the IOD!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

BMC: Restocks & More

Yet another post I abandoned back in July, so here goes!

I finally caved and purchased the Sad Ice Cream Marilyn, and I absolutely love this one! I'm still not sure about the cut as I don't like exposing so much chest, but this print is so flattering. It does look kinda of pixelated up close which is a shame, but that doesn't detract from it too much.

I also repurchased the Disco Storm Tartan Marilyn in XS, and it fits so much better than the S but still feels a bit odd, so I guess it must be the fabric! Still need to sell the S one.

The Cold Shoulder Top was a last minute impulse buy as the fabric is so soft and lovely. Plus it will be handy for wearing with leggings in Autumn!

Was finally able to nab a Show Us Ya Tops Underbust Dress, and it's both cute and versatile! However the White Off The Shoulder Crop was a bit disappointing as I was expecting it to be matte fabric rather than the regular nylon kind. The shape of my bra shows through so badly too, aha!

I'm still undecided about the Matte Wood Chucks. They SUPER comfortable but it feels like you aren't wearing anything! Also fearing camel toe, but I'm sure to wear them a whole bunch with thick tights in winter.

Still haven't taken photos of newer purchases as I haven't had access to a mirror, but aiming to catch up as soon as possible!

SkinnyDip Sale

Back in July, SkinnyDip had a sale and I was a naughty girl...ahaha!

Small bags like the ones they sell are pretty much useless to me since there's no room for emergency food/drink/layers, but I figured I'd give them a try anyway.

The Nope Hannah Bag was only a tenner, and I liked the combination of black and pastels. However I am quite disappointed with this one as the pastel part is quite dull, and the clasp feels like it's abotu to break despite only opening it a couple of times! It's also tiny, but I was expecting that. I suppose it will be good for nights out, but I never go out!

Both the Cat-nut Case and the Bat Shit Cray Case were £4. The Micro Pet Key Charm wasn't in the sale and was expensive at £6, but it's so sparkly and adorable that I have no regrets!

The Petrol Satchel was £13, but I had expected it to be bigger. I will probably be selling this one. I liked the colour online but it doesn't go with anything I own and I have other small bags I prefer (I regret not just returning it!).

My favourite purchase by far is the Game Over Cross Body Bag which wasn't in the sale and was £28...but look at how adorable it is! I've even used this one already! The chain is even the perfect length which I was surprised by.

Overall I wouldn't be tempted by their sale in future, but if they release something else that I adore like that Gameboy bag then I would probably make another purchase!

The Cursed Child London

Near the end of June, me and Rob went for a short trip to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. I'd never seen a non-musical play before, so I wasn't sure what to expect! We saw the parts on separate evenings, and I'm glad we did as I got restless enough as it was.

I'm not going to lie, I found the first part quite dull and spent the second half counting down the minutes until we could go get McDonald's. The magic effects were amazing though, despite some of the illusions not being so good for us since we were so high up (right at the back)! Can't really complain about the view though when it only cost £40 for two of us to see both parts.

The next day we walked to Oxford Street for a bit of shopping since we weren't able to book the Harry Potter Studio Tour. So sad they didn't have a huge Pinkie Pie like these Rarity ones, they were reduced to £50 and I definitely would have bought one (even though it would have been a struggle to carry it all the way back!).

We ended up having a late lunch/early dinner in a pub we found the day before before dropping our stuff back at the hostel on The Strand.

Then a quick change, and off to part two! Which was miles better, although it did feel a bit like bad fanfiction. Obviously I don't want to spoil the plot, but it centred on Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy and included lots of much-loved characters from the original series (including the sorting hat!).

We got badges after both parts, and the programme was a fiver. There were also house lanyards, stuffed owls, and a few other things for sale in the lobby.

The next day we had to leave before breakfast as our car parking expired at 8am, so we really didn't get much time in London at all. Somehow it took up 4-5 hours to get home, although we did stop for breakfast in a service station (where they tried to give me mushrooms which made me almost lose my appetite)!

Somehow I forgot to post this back at the start of July as I intended to add more photos, but eh just post haha.

Friday, 1 July 2016

BMC: Hot Little Goths

I was waiting for the Hot Little Goths release with baited breath. Would they mess it up? Would I want everything? It turned out to be a mixed bag - how are pastel roses or daisies goth? - as well as being a complete disaster of a release.

People were able to check out up to 5 minutes early, which meant I missed out on my top 3 wants (one of which wasn't limited, but the other 2 I will never get my hands on) and all hosiery sold out before the official release time aside from Evil Eye Stay Ups which I did get. Until they decided they weren't up to scratch so I got refunded and ended up losing my 4th biggest want too. Epic fail. At least one of my two packages escaped customs charges, so not a total fail.

The one mega-want I managed to snag, the Ouija Board Black vs Mermaid Bones IOD. I was actually planning to have this print on my next custom piece, so I guess I have to think of something else now! Sadly they seem to keep making IODs that are unflattering on me at the moment, unless it's just that my body became that out of shape (entirely possible haha).

I suppose I went a bit ouija mad, but I just wanted them all! So here's the Ouija Board Black Cropped Raglan Sweater and Ouija Board Black MF Leggings. I'm still not sure about the fit of the sweater as I think smaller would be more flattering with skaters, but I don't mind it a little baggy (wanted to make sure my shoulders fit in!).

I was super worried about the fit of The Lace Festival Crop after the one from the last release was so tight around the bottom, but I sized down for this one and that part doesn't feel noticeably tighter but fits a lot better overall (it is a bit too small, but bigger was too big so there's no winning, at least this will be fine for free-boobing!).

Black Flouncy Shorts are the only piece from this lot that I'm not happy with. I bought the smallest size and they aren't flattering at all, plus the belt is far too long to be useful for anything. The material is also rougher, stiffer, and noisier than I had expected, so I'm not sure 'flouncy' is the right name for them. At least I bought the plain ones though, as they'd be good to wear with everything when on a future holiday.

As for the items I'll now be searching for forever (they're SO overpriced on the resale market at the moment because the quantities made were stupidly small and the demand was huge - they were too expensive direct from the site, to be honest!), there was the Black Magic Harness Crop and the Voodoo Galaxy Boss Shirt. If anybody spots either for a reasonable price...ahaha.

Since the whole referendum disaster, I'm hoping that Unicornia doesn't bring too many wants, although I am awfully partial to pastels and I know there will be an IOD. But the exchange rate is awful! However I did manage to catch some restocks and went back for more from this release, so I guess I'll cover those when they all arrive in a few weeks!