Monday, August 26, 2013

Shopping and Swimming is My Not-So-Exciting Life!

Hiya lovelies!

As you all know, I have been selling off my lolita to fund my tail making project! I can say with happiness: I have now paid for and ordered 90% of the materials I need to make it!! YAY! I'm literally waiting on the silicone, then all I have to do is pick up some products from local stores- which is great, because ordering online makes the wait SO MUCH LONGER.

Besides this, having a little extra cash has been helpful for my shopping itch. Haha! All in preparation for summer (only one week left of Winter! yay!) but I did grab some jumpers to help with the colder days!
Its been online shopping, so I'm still waiting on some things...

Here are the things that have arrived:

First off, I did an order with a store on eBay. The store was located in China; they had an average positive rating, but their clothes were cheep so I was willing to risk it!
(Pictures taken from their eBay listings!)

 This dress is super pretty- soft and stretchy- but it's rather thin. I'd only wear it with a slip underneath or over some bathers!
 I'm actually wearing this now. Haha!
Its super soft- like, mohair soft, so its very warm and cosy. I'd like it a little longer, but as it is, it ends on my hips.
 This one was very cheep, but when it arrived I was happy with it! Thin, so only good for wearing over bathers or on a hot day, but its an over-sized fit so comfortable!
 I got a bracelet, in the white (C), this is rather cute and for $3, cant complain!
 I've been wanting some floral denim jeans for agessss!!
These are really really nice. The material is thick but stretchy! Too bad my legs aren't as skinny as the models, though, haha!

 I wore this on the weekend- its oversized and really warm. It came with a wet acrylic smell, but I aired it out overnight and it went away.
And, I couldn't resist getting this bracelet. It was only $3, but its just as pictured :)

I also got two things from Lookbook Store on eBay!
 Bustier!! The black was sold out, but I liked the floral one better.
Picture of it worn (haha, excuse the fish-lips!)
I also got this beautiful star-fish bracelet!! Its super pretty! ...but I broke it about 2 minutes after taking this photo. Haha! Its not exactly strong... but I'll glue it back together, because I do love it! ^_^

I also visited the Gilles Street Markets last Sunday! Unfortunately it was raining really bad, so most of the vendors didn't set up their stalls. I did manage to find 4 things (which I have totally not taken a photo of yet, sorry about that!); a floral jumper-dress, a floral short sleeved dress, a striped knitted jumper and a lovely hand-made leather bracelet!
I'll be making it to the next one again for sure! Hopefully next time it wont rain!!

Things I am still waiting on:

I did an order from Romwe, an online store from China. I'd seen a few blog-post regarding them, and was excited to see they had some cheep but really cute clothes! Unfortunately, after ordering from them I found wayyyy more negative reviews of them then I had anticipated. So, I got a bit nervous.
It took about two weeks after ordering for them to tell me it had shipped out. Their communication was good, so I'm hopeful everything will get to me ok!

 A white bustier with blue edging!
 This beautiful black and gold bustier <3
 A cute thunder-cloud skirt!
And this simple blue skirt!

I also ordered these bathers:
But apparently they are not in stock yet (which is kinda strange they would even put it online for sale?!) so they are going to send them to me next week when they arrive. I'll keep you all updated on the progress! :)

So, HotTopic is a American store that, until recently, I didn't realised shipped overseas. When I discovered they had done a huge range of clothing and accessories The Little Mermaid themed, I was wayyyy too excited! haha! And just my luck, the day I looked on their site, they had 20% off everything.
This super cute singlet!
 I love the artwork of this top!
 This design had come in a t-shirt, but it had sold out! (darnit!) but luckily they had the iPhone5 covers still available! :) This is probably my favourite artwork of Ariel I've seen so far!
And I couldn't resist getting this adorable dress!! :D

As for the whole ordering experience, if you are a first time overseas customer, you will be asked to ring up their customer service line to validate that you are the owner of the credit card (they only accept credit cards!) which can be a bit annoying- especially if you are in Australia and the times of day are opposite to the US! haha! I'm also dreading seeing my phone bill... But the customer service people are really nice, and once you've validated your identity, you dont have to do it again for future purchases. I'd also like to add, because they only have one shipping option, the shipping is expensive- so next time I order, I might see if some friends want to join in to split the shipping costs!


 Finally, Modcloth had a 70% off sale.
Had to get this dress! For under $20~
 I'd had my eye on this necklace for a while too.
And finally, this simple but cute dress!! Again, under $20!

Modcloth is awesome. Their shipping is cheep, and I've experienced great customer service from them!

And now for something completely different...

I tried out the panorama photograph on my iPhone! haha!
This was the Sunday morning before the markets- I went to Iron Clad Academy with Mikey. I think their armour looks pretty awesome all lined up like that! We've got to save up and get some for Mikey soon so he can compete.

And, some photos from a recent swim I had with Mikey! He kindly took some photos and some footage so I could update my Facebook page! haha!

And here is the finished video if you'd like to see:

I'm really excited about making my own tail- swimming in my Merbella's tail feels so wonderful! I can only imagine what it must feel like to know that you've made it yourself!

Anyway, that is all! Haha!
Thank you for reading! <3

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