AliExpress is the New Crack

So I’ve never been a huge online shopper. Apart from books, I rarely considered ordering anything online mainly because everything seemed so damn expensive. (And most of it still is.) I’m sure this has something to do with me working at a thrift store AND benefiting from the 50% off employee discount. Aka, I am not spending more than seven dollars on a t-shirt, no matter how cute it is.

 

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This isn’t EVEN a cute t-shirt; and damn, then there is shipping as well. I rest my case.

 

There are many websites I love to browse such as Etsy and Storenvy. But unfortunately Etsy can be quite expensive because most of the items on that website ARE handmade, so the pricing is justified (most of the time.) Although, the shipping can get quite extreme. I saw a really cool zombie girdle the other day and the shipping ALONE was over 40 dollars.

And then out of nowhere, the solution to all my online shopping problems were resolved. It was the day AliExpress entered my life.

 

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The first AliExpress wig I bought

 

Now, to be fair, if I stumbled across AliExpress with no prior knowledge, I would’ve easily assumed it was a scam website. Why? Because the website carries everything. And I mean, everything. Not only that, the prices are super low and almost everything comes with free shipping. Even though there is so much to choose from, the website offers tons of filters such as if the item is in your price range, the colour you are looking for, the material, style, if it comes with free shipping or not and more! Fortunately, one of my friends had purchased a few items from the site and was quite pleased with what they received, so I decided to give it a shot.

 

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An American Horror Story t-shirt for five dollars

 

AliExpress is basically my worst nightmare at the same time. Because so much on that website is cheap and the shipping is free, I tend to spend WAY too much too fast. When you buy 9 things that are each five dollars you are still spending 45 dollars, even though it doesn’t feel like it at the time!

I’ve mostly been getting into their wigs. The selection is massive, and the wigs can run super low. (I got one for five dollars with free shipping, naturally.)

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^This is the one^

Of course, like anything when you shop online, you have to be smart. Check the ratings and reviews for the item. I never order something off the website that doesn’t a decent amount of positive ratings/reviews. I also like to check how long the “shop” has been open on the website.

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I got this meter long wig for eleven dollars and the black lipstick for one dollar

 

The downside to this website? You pay with your time. You can be waiting up to a couple of months for your items to come, and at least none of my items have come with a tracking number. However, some of my items have come in just a couple of weeks, so the shipping time will vary. If you don’t mind waiting the extra weeks to save money, then AliExpress is for you!

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My favourtie wig so far

Girdle Review from Coco’sRetroCloset!

I’ve been pining for a girdle for a while now, and after months of image binging on gorgeous vintage lingerie I can now say I own one.

I had the initial fear that the girdle I would receive in the mail would not be the same one that I saw on the screen, but I am pleased to report that the two looked exactly the same.

 

It’s comfy, cute and gets its job done by making my butt look perky and wonderful. It can be worn as the everyday underwear garment or a whole new spin wearing it as a sexy miniskirt.

I highly recommend Coco’sRetroCloset, and will purchase again from them without a doubt. (Maybe the matching bra this time?)

For now, I am quite positive that retro lingerie is going to be adding onto my never-ending lingerie collection :p

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CocosRetroCloset?ref=l2-shopheader-name

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/256075602/black-or-white-obg-pull-on-light-control?ref=shop_home_active_4

By BlackBird Designs

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Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers!

I spent my Canada Day this year walking an overly excited dog while browsing a street festival.

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“What is that? I want to pee on it. I really want to pee on it.”

Most of the booths lined up right beside each other carried the same styles and the same merchandise, mostly costume jewellery, maxi skirts and beaded bracelets. My eyes were drawn from the same designs and patterns to a line of pocket watches. At this very moment I discovered By BlackBird Designs and it really was love at first sight. I’m not much of a jewellery person, but the artistry was so unique and cool that I couldn’t pass by.

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The creator and sole designer of the fabulous steampunk collections, Angela, was the friendliest and sweetest person, assuring you were allowed to try on her creations. By BlackBird Designs carries necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, cuffs, hats, belt buckles and so much more. Since each piece was handmade and built from old vintage jewels and trinket pieces, I was expecting the price tags to be way out of my reach. To my pleasant surprise though, each creation was affordable and well made. (The bracelet at the top of this post is the one I purchased just for 27 dollars.)

Gorgeous, different, good quality, handmade and at an affordable price, how can you go wrong with that?

If by any chance you have no clue what steampunk is, I think this image sums it up pretty well:

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Be sure to check out By BlackBird Designs at www.byblackbirddesigns.com

♡ Hair Flairs ♡

hairflairSince I have sworn to never cut, curl, straighten or dye my hair to keep it at its maximum length, it can be tricky for me to find new ways of changing up my hair. Stumbling across these strands of glitter and beauty has been a call from the heavens. Hair Flairs are exactly what they are advertised as: tinsel for your hair. Now, the sound of tinsel in your hair may sound a bit tacky and cheap, and honestly that was my first impression in the beginning. The truth is, they are very glittery, awesome and tasteful. The only way they can make you look ridiculous is if you overdo it, just like anything else.

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What you don’t want to do

Now lets just talk about the price. You get a hundred strands for 15 dollars. The average number of strands you will tie in your hair will be about 3 to 5 based on your preference, so the deal is pretty damn good. Not to mention, these strands can last up to six weeks or longer.

The downsides? None that I have found! You can wash and brush your hair with them just as you normally would. Apart from being a bit careful when brushing the roots of your hair, you hardly notice they are there.

Tying the strands into your hair do not require a hair stylist’s skills, but they can be tricky in the beginning. You tie the hair flairs to three strands of your hair, so keeping the strands all together can be a challenge, but you get the hang of it.

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Pardon the dark rings under my eyes.

Hair Flairs are fabulous, easy and come at a good price. Best of all, they do not damage your hair at all! What more could you ask for?

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The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns

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My Rating: 3/5

Author: Carley Roney

I was never one of those little girls who dreamt about my perfect wedding day. If anything, when I was seven years old I was more preoccupied with my dream travelling destinations. I would watch the odd episode of Say Yes to the Dress when I was a teenager, but apart from that I never had much interest in wedding gowns. Because of this, my knowledge on wedding gowns were slim to none before I picked up this book.

As a beginner to all of this, I found Book of Wedding Gowns to be very informative when it came to basics of the anatomy of a wedding dress. I did not know there were so many parts of the dress to consider, and how many styles there are for each part of the gown. Silhouette, bodice, neckline, waistline, sleeves, skirt, train, fabric, lace, embellishment, colour, dress portraits…the list goes on.

Book of Wedding Gowns is filled with very beautiful and detailed photographs, so there is not a ton of information and reading involved. As a beginner, I found this quite helpful, most likely because I am more of a visual learner.

There is a brief history on wedding gowns from the 1500’s to now included in this book, but the summaries are very brief and hardly detailed.

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Sorry to interrupt but I just had to add that I absolutely love wedding gowns with a hint of blue.

All in all, Book of Wedding Gowns was an interesting read with all the basic information you need to know on the dress. While I personally would have liked to see more historical content then what was provided, it is easily understandable that this book is more for women who are trying to figure out what their dream wedding dress will be, not the whole history on wedding gowns.

You can find the beautiful blue wedding dress at etsy here: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173108860/a-line-baby-blue-lace-wedding-gown

Wardrobe Necessities

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Apparently there is some rule about a list of clothing that every woman is expected to have: nice jeans, little black dress, work skirt/pants, button down crisp shirt, classy looking heels, nice fitted blazer….ugh. For the record, I only have 2/6 of those items, and I rarely wear jeans anymore.

The whole wardrobe necessity thing is something I just don’t believe in. I don’t even think something like bras should be considered “necessities,” anymore. I believe we should try to stretch our minds a bit further and look at why there even are “necessities” or “essentials,” when it comes to fashion. Is it a quick and easy way to put together outfits, or is it just another way to try to conform us to societal standards?

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Not saying I’d wear something with a tacky font like this, but sociology seriously does rock.

Of course, there are clothes you are expected to wear at any given office/work setting, but really apart from that, nobody has the right to tell you what articles of clothing you “should” or “should not” have. It’s up to you to figure out what your fashion needs are. For me, my necessities change based on what style I am into. Only recently up until now I had not worn a dress in nine years. Now, I have a couple of dresses that I consider to be my go-to fashion pieces.

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I recently bought these pants at Forever 21 and they are now without a doubt part of my necessities. They are comfy, cute and casual; my main fashion themes.

Really, fashion is a form of self expression. It is bad enough some of us have to wear shitty uniforms or business-casual styled outfits for work; now we’re supposed to have a bunch of “wardrobe necessities?” Fuck that. You should be the one to control your fashion necessities, as everybody is unique and feels different in different styles of clothing.

You don’t feel comfortable in button down shirts? That is totally fine, I don’t either! Or if you feel more confident and comfortable in a dressy floral gown, than rock that! The idea that every single woman should all like to wear six specific fashion pieces is just not realistic.

Own your outfits, your style and what you feel most comfortable in. Try new styles if you are interested in expanding your horizons.

And ultimately, never let the beauty or fashion industry make you feel like your form of fashion/self expression to be strange, at the end of the day, they want you to buy and consume more of their clothing and material. They want you to have the desire to be part of their fictional fantasy world of commercials and catwalks.

Of course, all of that is fake. The only thing that is real is you, so be you, nobody else.

You can find the pants I mentioned here:

http://www.forever21.com/shop/ca/en/p/life-in-progress-mineral-wash-denim-joggers-2000078882–1001

First image credit to: http://www.girlinbetsey.com

Easy Heat-Free Curls

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, I avoid curlers and straighteners at all costs, as they tend to damage my hair. I’m always looking for new hairstyles that work around heating products.

This is a simple, heat-free guide to make two long curls. You will need:

– Garnier’s Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Straightener Balm OR Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth leave-In Conditioner.

(The Blow Dry Perfector is firmer and stronger than the Intensely Smooth leave-In Conditioner, but I tend to pick based on what I just have at the time, both work well.)

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– A hairbrush.

1.) First, separate your hair into two sections as even has you can.

2.) Apply your Sleek & Shine of choice and thoroughly work the balm into your hair. Brush out your hair.

3.) When you have enough Sleek & Shine to tame your hair, twist the two sections of your hair around your fingers tightly as seen below:

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5.) When you hair has dried, release your curls. You are all done! It’s very simple and quick, and no heating products are needed! Perfection!

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