Bodyline Accessories Review – Various Items

I bought more accessories from Bodyline, they came in a shoe box again like usual. I have included the approx prices in £s as well as the cost in yen as the conversion rates vary. Also paypal seems to have its own conversion rate, it’s worth bearing that in mind when ordering as it always costs more than what google states. I paid for the items in yen and paid the standard 750 Yen air fee but I haven’t added that on to the prices.

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Sheepy ACC1111– Sundries Hair Elastic Section
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They were too cute to resist and they remind me of Shaun the Sheep so I had to buy them. They are hair bobbles but I intend taking them off that and turning in to different types of hair accessories. I got them in off white, sax, dark pink and pale pink. They are quite a thin plastic though, the cheaper plastic that’s quite brittle, in fact one of the white sheep has a broken off leg 😦 so if they dropped off on to the floor I think they could easily break. They come in packs of 2 and I think are pretty good really for the price.

Price: 100 Yen, roughly 65p

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Other Sheep ACC1108 – Sundries Hair Elastic Section
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More sheep but in a different design and too cute so I had to buy them. Again they are hair bobbles and made from similar plastic to the others. These were more expensive for some reason, probably not as good in value as the others.

Price: 200 Yen, roughly £1.20
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Strawberry ACCESSORY699 – Sundries Hair Elastic Section
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Single dark pink plastic strawberry on an elastic, has a small pink bead on it too. Bought because I have prints with strawberries on plus they make me think of summer. Made from a thicker plastic than the sheep, easily worth the price.

Price: 50 Yen, roughly 35p
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Ice Creams ACC1110 – Sundries Hair Elastic Section
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I have sweet prints and with summer here too I thought ice cream hair bobbles seem like a good accessory choice. Again I intend altering most of them, I just don’t really wear hair bobbles. I bought them in yellow, sax and pink. The cone part is plastic with a foamy type ice cream top. I think the plastic feels a bit thicker than the sheep. The sax ones had come loose so they have a few marks on. Not bad for the price, though due to being quite short and fat it’s not super obvious what they are, especially at a distance.

Price: 100 Yen, roughly 65p
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Deer Necklace ACC995 – Sundries Necklace & Choker Section
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Again, I fell for how cute he is! I’m such a sucker for cute stuff. This necklace has a long chain, no idea what the metal is, the deer is fairly heavy and is fully 3D so is nicely finished on both sides. He has little sparkly stones in his eyes and a larger one on a chain around his neck. There is also a shape (sort of like a star) stamped on to the top of his back leg but just on one side. I love him!
Price: 300 Yen, roughly £1.80
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Carriage Necklace ACC1000 – Sundries Necklace & Choker Section
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The chain on this necklace is thinner than on the deer one and the carriage part is really light. The horse is set with pale gold/orange stones and there’s also a small one in the middle of the carriage wheel. There’s also a small fabric bow tied around the chain at one side. It’s a super cute necklace.

Price: 300 Yen, roughly £1.80
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Belt Buckle ACCESSORY884 – Sundries Buckle Section
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Totally off topic for cute fashions but great for goth/punk/visual kei. I had to buy this because it looks awesome, I don’t wear belt buckles so again I actually intend adding it (somehow) to something else probably as part of a gothic outfit. This is pretty heavy and really nicely made and worth so much more than they are charging.

Price: 100 Yen, roughly 65p

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Quick Sum Up:
So yeah overall I am happy with my purchases, it’s a shame my sheep is broken and to make it worse his leg is totally missing so I can’t even glue it on. Pretty sure this happened during the packing process at wherever Bodyline bought them from rather than Bodyline itself. The items aren’t of the best quality but then again they are really really cheap so its to be expected. You can bet if anyone here was to import the same stuff they would definitely charge much more for it so you can’t complain. In fact I see loads of necklaces made from the same stuff here on stalls priced at anything from £5 – £15 and I know they have only paid around £1-£2 for it. Personally I think Bodyline do a good a job of supplying things at a great price, I also think its really nice they send accessories in a box to protect them. It definitely leaves them out of pocket.

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DIY Flower Crown Headdress

Materials:

Hairband (with prong/teeth)
Hair Flowers
Glue-gun
Felt

 

I decided I wanted a large flower crown type headdress as part of my ILD co-ord as I had no large fancy bows or headwear, plus I wanted something with impact. They are pretty simple to make so I decided I would get some fake flowers and a hairband and do my own. Of course things happened and I was super buy so before I knew it I had very little time left to get it sorted. I had lots of issues trying to put together my co-ord for the ILD meet in general as the print on my JSK was a grey/beige type colour and I couldn’t find any flowers in a similar colour. In fact finding beige flowers in general that would work for a flower crown proved impossible. In the end I gave up as I couldn’t find what I wanted and decided to go with grey and black, it was just impossible to find anything in the right shade as the print. Could I find any black or grey fake flowers when I needed them, no of course I couldn’t (why does that happen), so in the end I bought hair flowers. Now the reason you usually buy the fake artificial flowers is because they are shaped and fairly sturdy. Hair flowers are flat so you can’t get them to stand up like you need, luckily my Mum had one of these hairbands though so I just bent the teeth upwards.

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I could then use the clips on the back of the flowers to hold them in place while deciding where to put them and get the balance right. Now if I had more time I may have tried to remove the clips and then glue-gunned the flowers in place. As it ended up being the night before the meet before I had chance to work on it I just left them clipped, and tried to glue-gun around everything to ensure I got glue in all the gaps and where everything met (I may have gone a bit overkill with the glue to be honest). I then added some felt to the back to try and make it look neater and clipped on the butterfly. I added a little bit of glue to a petal and the butterflies head just to give it a bit more support – I didn’t want him to fall off. I used PVA glue on the butterfly, his body is polystyrene so hot glue and in fact lots of other glue types would melt it, also I made sure not to get the PVA on the wire as it may rust. So that was it. It took maybe 10-15 mins to make and I think it looked ok considering how rushed and thrown together it all was.

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The black roses were from Poundland, £1 each:
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The grey flowers were from a market stall, £1 each :
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Hairband was my Mum’s but you can get them on ebay for around £1 or so, try searching for ‘hairband toothed’ or similar things to bring them up.

The pretty glitter butterfly was from this ebay shop: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171366041902
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Leeds ILD Meet June 2014

The 7th of June was International Lolita Day and the Leeds com decided to do something big to celebrate. The aim was to have 40 lolitas all descend on Leeds from the surrounding area and other local Yorkshire comms to have afternoon tea. To begin with sales were slow (you had to pay £15 to book a place) and I didn’t think more than 30 would come but sure enough as the event neared all the places were filled. Lolitas came from the local comms – Hull, Sheffield and York as well as from much further afield, I believe Cambridge was the furthest. The event itself was organised by Michaela and Vief who did all the planning, designed the quiz, ordered prizes etc.
The tearoom we went to is called Just Grand Vintage Tearooms and they weren’t actually available on the 7th which is why the event happened on the 8th.

Here is the Just Grand Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Grand-Vintage-Tearooms/440964066014872
We all just about fit in there but it was quite snug and with it being a hot day I was extremely glad I had taken my fan. The tearoom is really cute and the staff were really friendly. They had even designed a special lolita themed cocktail called a pomi-loli which I decided to order, it was lovely. We were handed the first part of the quiz when we got there, it was a picture round, things like naming the print or brand from a picture. They then served some sandwiches which were nice, followed by large pots of tea. Then came some bingo and I won a prize! This cool notebook:

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We then had the next parts of the quiz, which included things like ‘name the print’ but it was from a description, e.g. whispering lolitas, crying cats, etc, general loli trivia and one round was all to do with mythical creatures. During this some scones were brought round, they were yummy and we had photos taken by A Shot in the Dark. They also brought around some fruit cake but sadly I’m not a fan of it so didn’t have any, I’m sure it was nice. The whole day was really lovely and great fun. You could tell a lot of effort and work had been put in by Michaela and Vief as well as the tea room staff.

Also a girl called Beccy made these wonderful badges that she gave out to everyone, aren’t they cute!
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Lots of photos from the day can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.314700895363341.1073741887.125711050928994&type=1
They were taken by the awesome A Shot in the Dark!