Shelfies ♥ 5 Rad Garments Review

You may remember my review I did for Shelfies a while back. Link here

I loved working with them so much, and wearing their clothes! I think their items are super cool but also so comfortable!

They really liked my previous blogpost, and I'm now an official Shelfies Ambassador! ♥ That means that every month, I'll receive some items that I'll share with you as much as I can! 

Click through to read the rest of my Q&A!

Click through to read the rest of my Q&A!

This post will also give you the chance to win your own Shelfies! So keep reading! But first...

① The Bubbles Sweater 

http://shelfies.com/products/bubbles

This is one of Shelfies' gorgeous sweaters! They specialise in prints, rather than cuts. So every Shelfies tee, sweater, or tank will have the same garment shape, as it's the exciting print that you're buying! 

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As you can see, the sweater is much more vibrant in real life compared to the stock photo, which is something I love!

Outfit Rundown🍃

  • Rei Ayanami Style \\ Wig
  • Primark \\ Flower Crown
  • Tattoo Choker \\ eBay
  • Shelfies \\ Sweater
  • New Look \\ Jeans
  • Sole Affair \\ Boots

And the cat is mine 🐾 he's Ralph!

② The Cereal Sweater

http://shelfies.com/products/cereal-sweater

Next up is another sweater! This time, it's this fruity loop design :) I got the Bubbles Sweater in a size Small, but I actually got the Cereal Sweater in size XS! I was interested to see the difference in how they fit! 

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You can really see the size difference! On me, the S is great for a slouchy, statement look. The XS is good for layering and blending into a coordinate. 

 

Outfit Rundown🍃

  • Paris KIDS (Harajuku) \\ Usamimi
  • Lockshop \\ Wig
  • Shelfies \\ Sweater
  • Offbrand \\ Harem Pants
  • Offbrand \\ Night Litas

③ Relaxed Florals Tee

http://shelfies.com/collections/tshirts/products/relaxed-florals-tee

Now, here's a T-Shirt! Shelfies have a really fun range of T-Shirts, including these pretty designs. They don't just do pop-culture related clothing! 

As you can see, I have rolled up my T-Shirt to make it look cropped! I have a constant battle with styling regular-cut T-shirts. So I think that this is a really cute way to wear them!

 

 

Outfit Rundown🍃

  • Spreepicky \\ Wig
  • Shelfies \\ Tee
  • Offbrand \\ Skirt
  • LIZ LISA \\ Shoes

④ Floral Clouds Tee

http://shelfies.com/collections/tshirts/products/floral-clouds-tee

And now, the Floral Clouds tee! This again is a really beautiful design, with nothing overt to it, just a really bright basic garment :)

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Again, I wore this tee rolled up to a crop! I think it looked super cute over a dress too, and I think the transparency of the sleeves really adds to the coordinate as a whole.

 

 

Outfit Rundown🍃

  • Thrift Store \\ Hat
  • Shelfies \\ T-Shirt
  • Choies \\ Dress
  • SoleAffair \\ Shoes

⑤ Early Morning Earrings

http://shelfies.com/collections/jewellery/products/early-morning-earrings

Something I haven't tried before, Shelfies jewellery! These are the early morning earrings, perfect for those who need something to get the day started and get out of bed! They're really cute and the asymmetrical design is very fun and unique.

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⑤ Strawberry Poptart Necklace

This necklace is super cute! I actually had never eaten a Poptart until I went to America in June! But they're such a cultural icon that it's hard to believe! They're yummy, and this necklace means that you can bring one with you wherever you go!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost ♥ I had fun coordinating all of the outfits! Do check out Shelfies for more really cool apparel, and keep posted for more fashion posts!

GIVEAWAY ❀ Relaxed Florals Tee

Shelfies accidentally sent me one extra T-Shirt of the same design! So I have one brand new Relaxed Florals Tee going spare, and I thought what better than to hold a giveaway! 

You are entering for 1 x Size Small Relaxed Florals Tee. I will ship to you free of charge to anywhere in the world. Ends 20/08/2014.

Diary: Trip to the USA | Part 3

So, after Idol Matsuri had finished, we had one more free day before leaving the state. We took this opportunity to visit Seattle, as we had not seen it at all on the trip so far!

On our dessert-date with Ally and Sally, we learned that they also were going to head into Seattle in the morning, so we shared a lift with them, and arrived at the Kitsap Ferry Port, bright and early!

 

Because Washington is a pretty aquatic state, it's actually much more convenient for the residents to travel by sea! 

The Ferry from Bremerton (near Silverdale) to Seattle is free on the outbound trip, which is also really cool! You can board with a car or just as a foot passenger. The crossing is about 1 hour long, and it was a very pleasant method to travel by!

Seattle has such a beautiful skyline! I don't think we would have seen it if we hadn't taken the ferry! It was really nice to get excited while seeing the Needle creep closer and closer. 

Ally and Sally knew we had no plans for our day-trip, so they recommended us to see Uwajimaya at some point, but that when we get off the ferry we should take a left and keep walking until we get to Pike Place Market, so we had a small starting point!

We parted ways, and set off on our adventure!

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I saw this T-Shirt being advertised on the side of a building, it will take all your might to believe that this is not an ironically terrible design. Like sweet bro and hella jeff guest collaborated to create it.

 

We saw Pike Place Market briefly, but there wasn't really much there for us, so we headed more downtown. I had plans to meet with my friend Kristina in the afternoon, so we just decided to find our feet and stay central until then. We saw protesters chanting Peace For Iraq in the streets!

 

 

I visited Sephora! I had been to Sephora before in Murcia, Spain, however it wasn't as good as this one in Seattle. You can see what I got in my Seattle/Idol Matsuri Haul on my channel, but it was super fun shopping there, I wish there was one where I lived!

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We had a quick rest-stop at McDonalds. I had a milkshake, and I announced my meet-up! I decided that it would be a good idea to have a meet-up in Seattle. I had never done one before, so I was really excited to see everybody! 

We did some more exploring. We tried to find some Japanese Gardens that TripAdvisor said was nearby, however it lied and tried to take us inside a shopping mall, and it turned out that the gardens were 5km away, too far to walk and return in time to meet Kristina!

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I noticed the extremely high density of Starbucks in Seattle, and it's no surprise, because it's the hometown of the chain! We visited the first ever Starbucks, which had a queue going out of the door. It's the only one with this kind of design and the original logos. We didn't go in, because we had no time for the queue, and we could get the same coffee at the next Starbucks, 2 minutes away. 

It was time for lunch with Kristina and Eia, her friend! She took us to Johnny Rockets, a traditional American diner chain. They had a jukebox at the table, and really cool American decor! We had a good chat, we had only began talking a month or two ago, so it was really lucky that we could meet in Seattle so soon after! Eia and Kristina had been to the UK before, so we were able to talk about the cultural differences. 

 

I had the chicken nuggets with fries. The server made a face for my ketchup! ♥ The food was really delicious, and the presentation was so lovely, with the Johnny Rockets paper giving an authentic diner feel.

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After we had finished eating, we decided to drive out to Uwajimaya in their car. Uwajimaya is an Asian food and gift market, filled with all sorts of Japanese treats! I picked up a load of snacks, and some little trinkets, too. There was also a bookstore, but I couldn't find anything I really wanted! It was really nice to shop around there, and if you like Japanese things, it's definitely worth a look! 

We then headed back to Downtown to do our meetup. Only a few people came, as we had to change the time last-minute, but the people who did were absolutely lovely! One even asked Sparkles* to sign his guitar! It was a super lovely way to spend our last day in Washington.

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We decided it was time to head back to Silverdale and pack. We had to run to catch our ferry and buy tickets! Luckily we made it, with a few minutes to spare!

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The ride back was really relaxing after a full day on our feet. We weren't really sure how we were going to make it back to our hotel, so I texted the convention organiser, Bethany, to see if she was around and could pick us up! It was above and beyond, but she was really sweet and came to give us a lift back to the hotel! Before going back, we had ColdStone Ice Cream, which is a really cool shop where they mix and match your ice-cream flavour on an ice cold table. It was super delicious.

We stayed up packing pretty late, and got about 4 hours sleep before the next part of our journey began: to Los Angeles!

 

I have created a daily vlog from this day's footage too, so please check it out! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0nKULtogZc

Diary: Trip to the USA | Part 2

Good Morning! It was the 20th June, and the first day of Idol Matsuri!

The working day started and ended for me with the Opening Ceremony. 

The acts performing at Idol Matsuri were as follows:

Beri! New Day, SHEawase, Ally and Sally, Beckii Cruel, RYUTist, Aither, Halko Momoi

  • Beri! New Day are a local Washington trio of American girls! 
  • SHEawase are a three-piece set of performers from Oklahoma and Texas, though only two members could attend this event. 
  • Ally and Sally are two twin Canadian girls who have a love for Idols, Eroge, and Performance!
  • Beckii Cruel is ya girl, it me
  • RYUTist are an Idol act from Japan! They were flown in for this event. They are a 4-piece unit.
  • Aither are another Japanese Idol act flown in! They have 5 members, and their style is more "kakkoi" than RYUTist, who are more "kawaii".
  • Halko Momoi is a famous Seiyuu, who has performed at conventions such as this across the world! 

The Opening Ceremony (from what I can gather, I was in the service alleyway until I was called out) comprised of the co-founder, Bethany, introducing the event, and one-by-one, calling out the acts to introduce themselves on stage! We then lined up on the side of the room, and some more words were said, and then, Idol Matsuri was officially open!

I didn't have any more official work to do this day, so I decided that after looking around the event a few times, I would get changed and explore Silverdale once more!

We made a plan to watch The Fault In Our Stars, which was showing at 3:30PM at a cinema about a 10-minute walk from the hotel! So, in the meantime, we went out for breakfast with SHEawase!

Tara and Melissa were really sweet girls, and I am so glad I got to hang out with them as much as I did. This time to eat, we went to Taco Time, which apparently is a restaurant only found in the Northern states! So it was a new experience for SHEawase, too. Again, I had a cool Taco, which was lettuce + mince. It was really delicious! I also got confused by 'chips' for the first time- in the States, Chips means Crisps. And British Chips are Fries. 

After breakfast, Sparkles* and I made our way over to the cinema to buy some tickets. We still had plenty of time to kill, so we went to a Froyo place! 

I'm certain mine was more delicious!! And these were the small cups, too, they're a large in the UK!

Next, we made our way over to the Toys R Us, because I had never been before! We had a really fun shopping trip, though we were totally too old for a lot of it, our inner children really went wild! 

I've cut together a little vlog of our clips from the Froyo, to us exploring Toys R Us, and watching TFIOS. Please watch it here in the embed, and then continue to read the rest! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9zVlMVhnGc

After returning from the movie, and the shopping trip, I got ready for the evening's event: Dinner with an Idol! As Idol Matsuri was an event partially crowd-funded, one of the perks was to have dinner with an Idol! At 8PM, we made our way to the Azteca restaurant, to have (even more) Mexican food!

The dinner was banquet-style, and I was sitting next to one of the attendees, and SHEawase. I tried lots of new Mexican foods, such as Chimichangas, Sopapillas, and even more that I can't remember! One of the attendees ordered a mocktail drink called a Mango Berry Burst, and she started a trend, because almost every one of the performers ordered one too! It was a really nice evening getting to know the attendees and it was a very relaxing experience.


Next day! By the way, my jetlag still was ever present, and I was waking up at 5AM every morning. I think it was good though, it's nice to have an early start when you're on a trip abroad!

This morning's work was the Western Guest Panel. This was attended by myself, Beri!, SHEawase, and Ally and Sally. 

Our panel was really great! We emceed it ourselves, and a good number of people attended. We were asked a multitude of questions, and it was a really relaxed atmosphere. It lasted for about 1 hour! 

After the panel, it was nearly time for Ally and Sally's performance, followed by SHEawase's! I was so excited to see them perform live, and all of their outfits were really beautiful! 

We took some selfies after the panel ♥

With SHEawase

With SHEawase

With Beri!

With Beri!

With AllySally

With AllySally

Ally and Sally were the first performers. Their set was filled with singing, dancing, and plenty of wota MIX and calls! This was the first concert I had watched at Idol Matsuri, and I was already very impressed by the enthusiasm of the audience. They really knew how to call for idols, and it was just like being at a C-ute or AKB48 gig in Japan.

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Ally and Sally were such professional performers. Ally was losing her voice, unfortunately, but I thought they still did a phenomenal job! 

Next up were SHEawase. 

Again, they were amazing performers! They crowd did an awesome job cheering for them too, even after being on their feet for a full hour beforehand for Ally and Sally. 

 

In the evening, Sparkles* and I went out to get some dinner. We decided we wanted to go to a steakhouse, so we scouted out the Fujiyama Habachi Japanese Steakhouse!

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The food was delicious! I had salmon, and Sparkles* had the steak. The habachi chef was really talented and funny, it was a really nice night out! 


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The final day of the convention rolled around! This day was my performance day. The morning held some press interviews for me, which was really fun! And straight after was the signing event. I set up my merch table and met lots of attendees! 

I also managed to take a photo with RYUTist, they're so cute! 

somebody commented 'attack on titan'! ( ´_ゝ`)

somebody commented 'attack on titan'! ( ´_ゝ`)

I also took a 2-shot with Halko Momoi ♥ She was so cute! It looks like she was wearing the Star's Rainbow Seifuku, I should have brought my purple one so we could twin!

I was given a really sweet scrapbook from the event attendees! There were postcards and letters in it, it was so heartwarming! 



In the afternoon, all the guests and attendees headed outside to create a special video, a tribute to BiS! We all learned and danced a section of Nerve by BiS, as they are disbanding soon and we wanted to show our support one last time. 

Can you see me? I'm in the centre behind RYUTist! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX7CKs8LDtc

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With all the guests and attendees!

With all the guests and attendees!

Groupshot of all the guests minus Aither!

Groupshot of all the guests minus Aither!

And then, it was time for me to perform! I was on after Beri! New Day, and my performance was the finale of the event! 

It was so fun! They had opened up the room by now so there was plenty of space for people to do wotagei if they chose! My performance ran about 40 minutes, and I thought it went perfectly. Thank you everybody who came to see me!

After my performance, the event had its closing ceremony. Our lanyards were raffled off, and we presented them to the winners personally! It was kinda emotional, this convention had such a personal and friendly atmosphere, and when Bethany spoke some words, we all felt just so grateful that we were there to share this event with her.

That evening, Sparkles* and I had Papa John's Pizza for dinner, and later on in the evening, we met with Ally and Sally for dessert. I was so happy that we could meet up and talk before they left; the event had been really hectic and we hadn't found an opportunity to talk more than 'hello' in the corridors until then!

We spoke about a lot of things, how much we enjoyed the event, and how nice it was to finally meet! I had a S'mores Pie, from Shari's! All in all, it was the perfect ending to the first ever Idol Matsuri.