Value Heaven – Ebay Longline Bra

Hi everyone,

I know longline bras are one of the pinup staples but it can be difficult to make an investment in something you aren’t sure will fit or flatter you. So I tried a cheap longline bra I bought from Ebay to see if it’s worth it! I puchased it from the store Value Heaven and I obviously bought black, but it is also available in white. Continue reading

National Velvet Dita Cardgian Review

Hi all,

I’m back with another Dita cardigan review! So I know it’s been quite a while since the Dita Von Teese Cardigan by Wheels and Dollbaby was released in the shade National Velvet, but as a few sizes are still available on the website I thought I’d share my thoughts and many pictures.

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I also recently wore it and fell in love with it again so I wanted to take some nice photos of it. This is my 5th cardigan from the collaboration, I also have the Emerald Green, Rouge Noir, Gold and Black on Black colourways.

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The popularity of these cardigans has waxed and waned since they were first released 10 years ago. At the moment the prices seem to be quite low on Ebay, so if you’ve been thinking of purchasing one this is probably an ideal time. I won an auction for an older colourway for only $140NZD including shipping, this is almost half retail price and practically unheard of! Some of the rarer ones have sold for up to $600 in the past.

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I just love the luxurious details on these. With the finely pleated satin ribbon on the sleeves and collar to the velvet bow and buttons, it’s so much. They are so easy to wear for special events to as they are so easy to dress up. With black embroidery a black pencil skirt works so well!

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I’m not one for lighter coloured clothes but I do love this. I often wear it with the Beasame American Beauty lipstick as the touch of pink matches the lilac well. Owning these cardigans has actually really helped me with tying nice bows! At first it could take me a good 5 minutes in a mirror trying to get something to look alright but now I feel like I’m a whizz!

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I’ve found that the National Velvet and Black colourways released this year are a little softer than previous releases. My previous ones were already very comfortable, I’m not sure if it’s the dye or what but it’s great! It isn’t something a lot of people might notice or care about but since I’m always handling fabrics I do like it.

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I do love that they are embroidered on the back. Sometimes it’s a bit disappointing when a great piece of clothing has detail on the front but is plain on the back. I found the embroidery on mine to be fine but I did see that a few people were having issues with thinner or patchy embroidery.

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I always wear mine tucked it but it’s a pretty good length to have un-tucked. I’ve seen some women wear them out over black capris and it’s such a gorgeous look! I never really considered it myself but I might after these photos.

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I wear the size 10 even though my bust measurement is between a 10 and 12. I very rarely wear it buttoned so it isn’t an issue for me. It’s also pretty stretchy

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It’s still available on the Wheels and Dollbaby website here, but only in a size 16. There are still a few online if you hunt around as well. I think although they are expensive they are worth it. They are a great thickness for transition seasons like Spring and Autumn, and as I’ve mentioned so easy to dress up or down. They are so timeless and a great staple!

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Neko Atsume Cape Review

This year for Christmas I received a Neko Atsume cape! I am a huge fan of this mobile game as it’s so cute and non-stressful. My significant other also bought me a plushie of the Tubbs character. Although it’s summer there have been a couple of days where I’ve needed a little warmth so I decided to try out my new cape!

This is not ethically made clothing, I am reviewing this because it’s something people might be interested in. It was purchased for me last year as a gift.

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With the cape I am wearing a Rock Steady t-shirt, skirt made by me and some What Katie Did Red/Champagne Seamed Stockings. I am a huge fan of short skirts and opaque stockings in winter.

Also excuse the lighting, for some reason it got super bright when I went to take photos.

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The main fabric is a black medium-weight felt like fleece and the lining and contrast is a basic flannel shirting in black/red gingham. The garment is 100% polyester. It’s still pretty soft just not super cuddly. It has a decent amount of thickness so you don’t get the wind coming through the fabric.

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This cape is available in both a black and white design, this one is based on the cat Pepper from Neko Atsume and the white is based on Mack.

I really like the hood detail with the face and cute little ears! Both the face and cat pocket are embroidered on so there’s no worry about it fading in the wash. The hood is also a nice large size, it doesn’t pull on your hair and gives a nice shape.

As well as the three front buttons it features one on each side of them hem to make it more like sleeves. I love the look this gives and it’s really handy so it doesn’t just billow around. This cape doesn’t give a full range of movement as it isn’t a full circle cut but this with the buttons makes it great for windier places.

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The back of the cape also features an appliqued tail in the lining fabric, It’s nice as it gives the cape some interest from the back if you have the hood up. Also the length of the cape means the tail is perfectly placed.

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I really like that this cape has so many wear-ability options. You can bundle yourself up with all buttons done up, or have it open with only the top button (this is great as it gives you all the movement) and also just have the front buttons done up.

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The front pocket is functional and I think it would be a great size and placement for an i-Pod. I walk a lot in town as I live in a central suburb and don’t own a car so I find myself walking for long stretches just listening to music. This would be super handy as I find it really annoying having to find and open up my bag just to change songs especially as I have a rubbery i-Pod case so it sticks to everything.

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This cape is super easy to find on Ebay if you just search ‘Neko Atsume Cape’. I’m not sure exactly which seller mine is from but the label is ‘Manchy’ and they are probably all made by the same factory anyway.

I like this and I think I’ll definitely get a lot of wear out of it in the cooler months.It’s not an expensive item and isn’t made ethically thus it has a few loose threads and the fabric isn’t amazing quality. This can definitely work with a lot of styles too, I can definitely see it with a Lolita or Goth look but with a tartan skirt this would be a perfect way to ‘cutesy’ up a vintagey outfit.

Thanks for reading!