Saturday, 29 August 2015

August 2015

General Life Stuff

The end of summer is upon me. As much as I love fall, I adore summer and the thought of it ending kind of pisses me off. I've spent the whole month working and it's been a very difficult and sad time for me. Last we talked, I had mentioned the new job that was soul sucking and destroying my self esteem. Not much has changed. I somehow still work there, even though about a week ago we had a productivity review where I was told I'm too slow. I explained to my boss that I'm trying my hardest but my hands won't go faster, I can't figure out how to go faster without destroying my cookies and making a mess. I said if I'm really that bad, then from a business perspective there would be no point in keeping me. We're early enough into the season and the contract that she could successfully train and replace me with someone else, although I'd rather her not so I can keep making good money. But honestly, at this point I could give a fuck. I'm always so exhausted there, my hands are crippled every night I come home, my back destroyed, and all I have time to do anymore is eat and sleep. I lead a very crappy life at the moment. And it got crappier...

I was fired from my other job. I wasn't expecting this at all. It hit me out of nowhere. I was sick on Wednesday, preparing to go to my other job, when I received a termination notice in my email. I just bawled and freaked out, for a lot of reasons. For one, it was never explained to me why I was fired, so I kept getting paranoid that I did something wrong. I was scared I may have unknowingly injured someone's pet (this comes up frequently in grooming where asshole owners will see an injury - sometimes a day or more afterward - and instantly blame the groomer even if it happened to the dog while at home). I was worried I used the wrong cleaning solvent to clean the kennels, or someone had started gossip in the office and accused me of something I didn't do. The other concerns were no longer seeing my groomer. I love hanging out with her on the weekends, it was always just talking and washing dogs. I'm disappointed that we'll no longer see each other, and I didn't get to say goodbye. :( I'm also freaked out because I'm possibly losing the other job and my assistant groomer position was my back up. Now if I'm fired from the cookie job I'm totally unemployed. I don't qualify for EI because I haven't worked enough hours, so I'm just fucked. Our job market is really bad, as I had mentioned before, so I'm fighting tooth and nail to keep this stupid cookie job. If I lose it, it is what it is, but we'll be back to square one. My fiancé has pointed out that I've made enough money at the cookie job to make up for months at the grooming job, but this doesn't change the fact that I haven't banked more money, like what we need for a downpayment, our wedding, and my medical expenses. So it really is true, when it rains it fucking pours.

Health & Wellness

I still experience pains in my abdomen and have been putting off visiting the physiotherapist due to a busy schedule and my fears of the costs. I'm supposed to see my ENT next month to discuss my septoplasty/rhinoplasty, and how I can barely afford it. I may have to borrow money from people, and lord knows I hate that.

Hobbies & Leisure

For the short period of feeling financially secure, I bought a wig (recently reviewed on here) a prom dress for $24, two pretty dresses (for my anniversary) and some sewing patterns. I also got some home decor items, a beautiful shadowbox for our cats, a glossy pearl coloured pumpkin lamp, a fall table runner, black table cloth and pumpkin spice candle. We visited Michaels Arts & Crafts expecting to find some cool decor items but I kept being disappointed. There were three or four things I strongly considered getting, until I saw their defects. Each item I picked up was either scratched, stained, cracked, rusted, or flaking; you name it, if it was sold there it was damaged! In the end we purchased a small plush bat and left for Home Sense where we found much better quality stuff for pretty much the same cost. I know it isn't fall yet but I'm more than ready to break out my fall decor. I love it! :) Our anniversary is today and we're supposed to go out for dinner. I have a beautiful sea green lace dress I'll be wearing and a matching bracelet that we made. We took a glass bead making workshop earlier this week. Sounds kind of weird but it was an awesome date, I encourage you to give it a try!

Blog Stuff

It is difficult to say exactly what will take place on this blog for the following month. I plan on doing some home decor projects, so some DIY stuff might show up if I get the time. I probably will have no time to sew because I didn't this month. My work leaves me feeling so lethargic and achey that I don't have the motivation to sew anything. One of my workmates suffers the same problem. She's also an artist/crafter and has no desire to sew because her hands hurt too much. If I lose the job I am most definitely taking a day or two to sew, something, anything! I might post some photos of my fall decor this year, too.

Also, a special thanks goes to the lovely Ramona of JustKeepBrains for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger award! I'm happy to answer the questions in my monthly update. :)

If you were a flower or plant, what would you be and why, the scent, look or something else?

This is an interesting question because I have so many favorite flowers. I love morning glories but I don't know if I can relate to their need to open up in the early morning (I am not a morning person lol), and I adore dahlias and my climbing Joseph's coat rose, although neither produce a strong scent they last for the duration of the summer. So I suppose I'd love to be a brightly coloured flower that lasts from the spring to the fall, all of my favorite seasons. Either a dahlia or a rose.

Bats, Ravens or Spiders?

All of the above and in that exact order.

What would be a perfect event to attend? Any theme-party, festival that already exists or would you have to invent a new one?

Unfortunately my city rarely has any special events. I often envy my European readers/bloggers for their adventures at Gothic festivals and balls. I love to see them and wish we had some sort of equivalent here (I hear there's a fetish ball in Toronto but I severely dislike that city and see no point in ever returning to it lol). My best friend and I have often said it would be nice to have an elegant costume ball, a very formal and adult event, merely because I would love something whimsical, beautiful and classy to take place here. Most of our events are just pub crawls and they can be pretty sleazy. 

If a Vampire would ask you to come with them, would you agree?

Only if I'm on top. ;) Jokes, I prefer the bottom, lol.

Are you a person who likes to plan ahead or living in the moment?I'm a planner for sure. Change scares me and the unknown makes me nervous. I prefer to lead a comfortable, predictable life.

Is there any other ‘art’ you do besides blogging (let’s call the combination of words and pictures art in this question, ok?)?

Lots! I love to make felt crafts, sew, I'm back into making folk art/mixed media sculpture and I'd like to do a bit of painting again soon.

Do you prefer buying your clothes or DIY?

DIY mostly. If I had tons of money I would buy the highest quality Goth clothes (if such a thing existed, lately I question if that's true). Since I'm not rich, I sew a lot of my own stuff, I like the creative control it affords me.

If you could change your life by travelling back in time and doing some things different, would you do it?

There's a lot in my life that is kind of sad and traumatic. One day I might share those scars but for now you can assume there's plenty I wish I could have prevented or erased from my memory. The difficult thing is when we ponder time travel and its uses, there's always the issue that we may change history for the worse. I'm happily in love right now. I'm celebrating my 7th year with my fiancé, I have two wonderful cats in a home that, although could be in a better state, is clean and warm. If changing all the hurt and heartache would result in the loss of the life I have now, I would not do it.

Are there any other platforms your followers can find you? (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr,…)?

I've used Pinterest in the past, linked in my sidebar, but I haven't be on much lately. Likewise I've advertised both Etsy shops on my sister blog and on Bien Aimée. I don't do much else though. I find social media is failing and not as useful as it once was.

If you'd like to participate in this award, go for it! I nominate all my readers/bloggers with the same questions.

Kind regards,

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Lockshop Mermaid Wig Review

Reviewing Lockshop's Cornflower Mermaid Wig

Some of you may recall that I've been growing out my natural hair colour for the previous year. Many times I've been tempted to dye my hair again, but the upkeep and damage would bother me. I had fried my hair to a horrid muddy mess last I dyed it, and I have since sworn off doing anything unnatural to my silky (super fine) mane. That being said, I still dream of purple and blue hued hair. I've messed around with temp dyes with little success. Suddenly it dawned on me, why the hell don't I just get a wig? No mess, no fuss, you just wear it and maintain it. Right?

I've never owned a real fashion wig before, just that junky Halloween stuff. I figured in a time of Cosplay and high fashion we'd have tons of wigs to choose from, but I was a little disappointed in colours and styles. At first I was aiming for a more Gothic style wig. I wanted something long and black but couldn't find anything that didn't actually look like a wig. Most of the black wigs are parted in a weird way with awkward bangs, and I just wanted something that looked natural, not like a helmet of long hair. I couldn't find anything in black but when I discovered Lockshop I was presented with an array of beautifully coloured pastel wigs. 

Almost all of the wigs I did like (the premium collection) were completely sold out. There was one wig that stuck with me though, the Mermaid wig in Cornflower. The Mermaid wig collection features a long wig with big curls/waves and medium length bangs. They come in a handful of colours ranging from naturals to pastels. I have a thing for anything periwinkle. Since I had been so disappointed with the fake look of black wigs, I figured why not go all out and get a crazy brightly coloured wig? So I took the plunge bought the wig, and hoorah! It's arrived.

I ended up paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 CAD total for the wig and the shipping. The shipping was very reasonable. I wish our dollar matched the EUR but the EUR is more like the USD and that sucks for Canadians right now. Strangely, this wig was still cheaper than to buy a Canadian made wig IN CANADA. No kidding. One Canadian site I looked at, a few hours drive from where I live, would've cost me around $80 CAD, and their wig colours looked dirty and muted. The shipping on this wig took very little time, seriously, ONE WEEK!! But their tracking is horrendous. Even though I've already received my wig it still says it's processing on my order status. If you ever buy from them totally disregard the tracking (and keep in touch if it doesn't show up in the 1-4 week range). 

Now onto the wig. I had read an announcement three days prior to my delivery, that this line of wigs was defective. Great way to start off your first wig purchase, isn't it? Apparently they had been having issues with wigs losing hair, being frizzy and not sitting properly. I'm sorry to say I've experienced all of the above. I definitely have had and still am encountering shedding. I expect a bit but I was pulling out small clumps of hair which is disappointing, I expected better than this. It's definitely frizzy and knotting. What sucks about this is that you have to use a special wig comb or detangler (I have neither) to comb out the wig. Instead I'm forced to finger through the knots and it is taking forever. There's also an odd kink that looks like the wig was sharply folded, even though it was delivered snuggly in a hair net in a bag with cardboard supports. I think that was also a factory defect. The good news is my wig is still completely wearable, it just might not have the lifespan of other wigs. I have contacted the owner and am awaiting assistance on this complaint but I imagine I'll be reimbursed slightly. They've put the Mermaid wigs on for 25% off. 

Overall it fits well, the wig cap that came with it is too tight but that's no problem I can just buy another here in town. The wig itself has small adjustable clips and I'm using them on the first (most loose) set at the moment. Fits alright. Feels like a wig lol. I've seen reviews with girls petting these wigs saying that they're the softest thing ever, but they aren't really. It's certainly softer than a Halloween wig but it does have a starchy scratchiness that synthetic hair has. Colour wise it's spot on. Naming it "Cornflower" was brilliant, because you can go out and find a cornflower and see for yourself that it is the same colour. The wig features blue, purple and pink hairs that create a slight dimension, although I find the wig still looks a little flat. It looks like a wig to me, I'm not sure if this is because the colour is so unnatural or that there's a slight gloss to the hair, but regardless it's a very cute wig. My biggest complaint about it though is that the bangs are way too long, they go below my nose. I'm going to have a professional cut them to above my eyebrows, for now I've pinned them up and under. 

If you're a ginger and you're interested in getting a pastel wig, I have to warn you that blues will make your eyebrows lunge out. This periwinkle colour makes my freckles really apparent under certain lighting. It's also difficult to cooridinate a wardrobe with a pastel colour so I feel that's another important thing to consider before you purchase a wig like this. They aren't great for hot days either, and I don't want to know how rank these things smell after sweating in them lol. 

Wearing a wig isn't the most comfortable experience. I can't see myself doing it for a whole day but perhaps an outing with friends. Maybe I might buy a black wig some day but we'll have to wait and see!
Visit Lockshop if you're interested in getting one for yourself.

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