Sunday, November 30, 2014

Photo Parade!

Photo Parade
     I will be posting these every so often.  Just old photos I have taken in various outfits for inspiration purposes.  They are from the past few years.  I have the photos, so I may as well use them, right?

Advanced Style

Fashion Blog Alert!
     I am a total novice at fashion blogging.  I only started this recently because someone suggested it.  I know my style is lacking.  But I wanted to share an amazing fashion blog with you!  These ladies have style in their blood.  And they've had the time to really perfect their art.
     Advanced Style is a fashion blog about the mature ladies of New York City, USA.  I recently watched the documentary about the blog.  I also recommend that.  These ladies are inspiring and fabulous.  It's worth a look!

REVIEW: White Flower Pattern Blouse

Reviewing Product From "ben_fl" on eBay
     I love shopping for deals.  I almost never spend more than 10USD for a single item of clothing, usually.  There are a few exceptions.  Even most of my shoes cost 10USD or less.  This blouse was a good find for the right price.
     I was able to get this for 3.75USD plus 1USD for shipping.  That's less than 5USD total.
     I took some photos above so you can see the garment and details.  Below this post is the official product photo that I got off of the eBay seller's page.  The only issue I had with the product photos (There were several) is that the model always wore the sleeves short, as you can see in the below photo.  So I was under the assumption that it was designed with sleeves that were sewn that way.  It actually has regular long sleeves.  And they are rather loose on me, so they don't stay up like that.  Otherwise, it seems very much like the same product.
     It's a bit uncomfortable with the double layered front (To create the textured look) and single layered back.  But that's probably just a personal preference.  I'm sure I can get used to it.  The back has a single button closure on the top, behind the neck.  The sleeves each have 2 buttons to open and close the cuffs, as needed.
     I like the collar.  It has little beads, creating a cute pattern.  I also like the shape of the collar.
     The bottom right photo on the top of this post shows the under seam.  The stitching is a little ruff.  But I find that most products I purchase from sellers that ship from China have this issue.  It's not nearly as bad as the track suit.  It seems sturdy enough.  I have no real concerns with it.
     There is no brand tag.  Just a small M tag (Medium).  This is also not uncommon from sellers that ship from China.
     You will have to wear a camisole under this, if you purchase it.  As the fabric is quite thin and can be seen through.  Particularly if you wear a coloured brassiere.
     CONCLUSION: A good deal.  The product is wearable, fashionable and though it's not a high quality product, it's well worth the price paid.  I will be giving this seller a positive feedback.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Look of the Day

November 29th 2014
     Today's look has 2 versions.  I changed the blouse and switched the blue blazer to a blue cardigan.  The first look is above.  The second look (very similar) is at the bottom of this post.
     You're probably thinking "Wow, Kitty... Do you ever "not" wear your hair in a messy topknot?"  To which I reply "Hey!... Shut up..."  It's just easier than styling my hair.  I am lazy.  It takes less than 5 minutes.  The down side?  No hats... I love hats...  As it gets colder, topknots are going to have to go.  I have to keep my head warm!
     You are probably also thinking "What's with the cheesy poses?"  To which I reply "I'm still trying to get the hang of this..."  I don't really know how I'm supposed to be standing, so you'll have to deal with tacky poses until I get this all figured out.  Bear with me!
     Now to the clothing.  TOP: The boots and blue blazer are from Kmart.  The blouse is from eBay and I will be doing a review on it in an upcoming post.  So keep an eye out.  It has a white floral design over a white blouse.  The tights are from Claire's.  The short trousers are Forever 21.  The neckerchief is hand made.  I made it when I was a kid, in Summer camp.
     BOTTOM: The changes are the blouse which I switched out for a silver shimmer blouse from Kmart, and a blue cardigan which is also from Kmart.  It's slightly more comfy than the above version.  I need to accessorize more, don't you think?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Look of the Day

November 27th 2014 Happy American Thanksgiving!
     I hope that everyone celebrating Thanksgiving in the USA had a wonderful and filling holiday.  Above is a photo with detail shots of what I wore today!
     The red dress, cardigan and coat are from Forever 21.  The shoes are hot topic, the leggings are Claire's.  The Butterfly broach is from Kmart.  I don't recall where the necklace is from, sorry.  But it is one of my favourites.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shopping Trip: November 22 2014

     I went shopping today.  So here's what I bought!
     In the photo at the bottom to the left you can see what I purchased at Charlotte Russe.  It's what I wore in the bigger photo.  It's so comfortable!  The "Fancy Pants"  are workout bottoms.  I got them because I go to the gym nearly every day.  I can't keep wearing my Mickey bottoms all the time.  It's too much laundry.  So now I can alternate.  These were on clearance for 15USD.  The "London United Kingdom" top was 19.99USD.  It's a really interesting design.  It's short in the front and long in the back.  I love the cityscape across the top, with the London Eye.
     I also visited Claire's.  Which you can see in the second photo at the bottom.  I purchased two items here.  The owl necklace was about 12USD, I think.  The black tights with the cat face were the same price.  They had a store wide sale of Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off.  The tights are apparently part of a Katy Perry collection.  I'm not really a fan of her's, but I liked the tights.  Plus my current only pair of black tights has at least 5 rips in them.  They are pretty unusable at this point.

Look of the Day

November 22nd 2014
     Today's outfit for going out shopping.  A good example of using Summer clothes during cold weather by incorporating leggings.
     You can see the layers in the photo below.  And my silly face making in the photo above.  :o
     The coat is from Forever 21.  I love the owl print on the inside.  The scarf is from Kmart.  I wore it in an earlier post as well.  It's a furry infinity scarf.  I forget where the leggings came from, but you can get black leggings nearly anywhere.  The short trousers (Shorts) are from forever 21.  I bought them recently in the Clearance sale area.  The boots are from Kmart.  The small clip in feathers in my hair are from CVS Pharmacy.  The blouse is from Kmart.  The camisole underneath is Forever 21.  The owl purse is from Claire's.  It's currently being sold, so you can purchase it right now, if you want.  The owl necklace is only visible in the detail shot because I actually purchased it while out shopping.  So I didn't have it when I took the initial photos.  I thought it would go well with the other owl elements of my outfit.

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Sneak Peek!

Upcoming Reviews
     Here is a sneak peek at 3 purchases I have made recently off of eBay that I will be reviewing, as they arrive.  A headset, a blouse and a dress.  Please check back often for new updates!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

REVIEW: Mickey Tracksuit from eBay

Reviewing Product from "jennyzhan2009" on eBay
     I recently purchased a Mickey Mouse track suit from a seller on eBay.  Here's some points on the quality of the product.  You can see above the images I took of the product.  Below is a photo of the product from the seller's listing.
    I got a size Large.  I usually fit pretty well in Asian sizing because I am petite.  It did not fit as well as this clearly Caucasian girl in the photo though.  The top fit, but not as loosely as I would like.  If I wear a T-shirt underneath, it's uncomfortable.  So I have to wear camisoles underneath.  My bum is also apparently bigger than expected from whomever made this.  It fits, but if I bend over my bum hangs out.  So I have to wear a longer shirt.  Not sure I'll be able to lose enough weight to make them fit as they do in the photo.  If you are any larger than me, do not purchase this item.  I am 5'3" and petite.  But let's move on from sizing.
     If you look at the photo above, you can see some panels have letter association.  I will cover what these photos show.
     [A] Lose stitches hanging out.  There were loose stitches all over the top and bottom, but the trouser side seams were the worst.  This photo is of one of the side seams on the trousers.  I ended up having to cut these stitches off before wearing the outfit.  They were incredibly obvious and shows a definite lack in quality of sewing for this product.
     [B] The back pocket has a cute Mickey head poking out.  I think this is cute.  Also, the fact that there are real pockets, not false pockets made me happy.  Though please note that the pockets in the track jacket are very small.  When I put my iPhone in the pocket it hangs out and I have trouble removing it.
     [C]  I have noticed that the zipper pull on the top looks different from the zipper pull in their photo (It's absolutely different from the zipper pull on the white version of this outfit, which has a close up of the zipper pull which is not a Mickey head).  However, I think this zipper pull is much cuter, so I have no issue with it.
     [D]  The Mickey face on the back of the top...  Now, if you look at the photo below, she does not appear to have any clothes on under her top.  Yet there are whites in Mickey's eyes on the back.  I received my jacket with one eye having whites... and one having a big hole.  The white that was present was half detached so I decided to just detach it and leave it with 2 holes for the whites.  This is fine if you wear a white top underneath that reaches the height of the eyes... if not... it looks bad.  My camisoles do not reach the level of the eyes, and thus my skin becomes the whites of Mickey's eyes.  It also makes me bloody cold if I go outside in this, during a windy day.
     ADDITIONAL POINTS:  I 'did' receive this very quickly.  About 2-3 weeks after my purchase date, it arrived.  That's pretty good for China Post.  It 'does' look similar to the design of the photo (despite being an apparent bootleg).  Bootleg, you say?  How?  It's not an actual Disney product.  Disney requires it's name to be on all products that use their characters.  Disney is nowhere on this garment.  The brand name listed on the tag is actually "wa wa yu".  This comes in black or white, in case you are interested in purchasing it.  Just know that it will be contributing to bootlegging.
     CONCLUSION:  Though there are a lot of flaws, it is a wearable garment.  It is cute.  If I were smaller, I am sure it would fit better. I do like it though.  I enjoy wearing it to the gym.  It makes me feel cute.  I am currently in talks with the seller to see if I can get a small refund due to the stitching issues and such (UPDATE: Seller refunded 5USD after a great deal of conversations that lasted about a week).  It would certainly make me feel a bit better about buying this, since I feel that the price (42USD) was a bit too high for the sloppy sewing quality.

Minnie Mouse at Toronto Fashion Week

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Look of the Day

November 12th 2014
     Yes, it's the same skirt I wore yesterday.  Don't worry, it's clean.
     Unfortunately my camera batteries died today, and to my surprise, I had no spare AAs.  So I don't have any detail photos for you.  I apologize for that.
     The coat is Forever 21.  The skirt, again, is from Bao98889.  The collar, shoes and hair bow are from Hot Topic.  You can't see the blouse underneath (I wasn't able to take the detail shot due to the battery issue), but it is a black short princess sleeve cotton blend with black ribbon lacing up the back and black lace in the front.  It was purchased from Body Line.

Look of the Day

November 11th 2014
     I know what you're thinking: "Kitty is looking a little frumpy dumpy, isn't she?"  What?  You don't think in words like that?  I have put on a little weight since I started going to the gym.  I am hoping it's a temporary gain.  I look like a balloon version of myself.  Anyway, onto the the clothing!
     A warm and cosy look for a brisk day.  The hat is fro Kmart, as is the furry infinity scarf.  The shoes are from Hot Topic.  The cardigan is also from Hot Topic.  The blouse is from Forever 21.  I got the coat from a second hand shoppe.  It's one of my favourites.  I love the cut.  The skirt was purchased from Bao98889 on eBay, for a very reasonable price.  I may go back and purchase this skirt in more colours.  I will do a review on it at a later time.
     So you can see all of the layers, I have added a layer image below for you to view.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Look of the Day

November 6th 2014
     This look is from today.  Cardigan from Forever 21.  Boots from Kmart and sea foam dress from Charlotte Russe.  I paired a brown belt with it.  I don't have a location for you to purchase the belt, sorry.  I forget where the key necklace came from as well.
     I apologize for how bleached the photo looks.  It's hard to get the lighting right when the sun is in your face.  I'll figure this out eventually!  Bare with me.

Look of the Day

November 5th 2014
     Sorry, I haven't been updating.  I've been incredibly busy.  Here is a snapshot from November 5th.  The skirt was purchased from Kmart, as were the shoes and hat.  The necklace is from Body Line, The Cardigan is from Forever 21.  I did a sloppy Gibson curl because I thought it worked well with the outfit.  If anyone is interested in a tutorial on the hairstyle, leave me a note in the comments!