Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers

Last Friday I went to a show! A concert! I saw Hank Green, Harry and the Potters and Driftless Pony Club. Probably the nerdiest show I’ve ever been to. Seriously.

For those of you who do not know, Hank Green is one half of the vlogbrothers. He writes a lot of songs about Harry Potter and science. It’s all horribly nerdy. And then there is Harry and the Potters, the original Wizard Rock band and Driftless Pony Club, headed by Youtuber Wheezy Waiter. It was just one giant nerdfest.

The show was at the Black Cat, pretty much an indie rock institution in Washington DC. The only other time I’ve been to this venue was in college when I saw The Aquabats. Even though I’ve only ever been there once, I love this venue. it’s small and the stage is low so you feel closer the the band. It’s dingy and grimy, just the way a punk rock venue should be.

This show was full of underage kids. It was really a different experience because of that. I also felt a little old when Hank Green asked how many people were under 21 and more than half the venue raised their hands. I’m not saying it was a bad thing, but it did stop me from pushing closer to the front.

The music was really great and I had a fantastic time jumping around and dancing. Not a lot of people around me were dancing, which is really their loss. Their lack of outward enthusiasm didn’t stop me from having a great time. I told myself that I would dance and have a good time no matter what the surroundings were.

This was my first time seeing Harry and the Potters after being familiar with them for years. It was both the silliest and the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. No joke. They do short songs all about Harry Potter and it’s just…so good. During their last song “Save Ginny Weasley” they threw a giant stuffed snake (the Basilisk we were saving Ginny from) into the crowd, which was such a fun idea.

Driftless Pony Club was cool too. I sort of lost my momentum during their set. There were two openers before HatP (Andrew Huang and Rob Scalion), and I have never listened to DPC. I saved my energy and lightly danced. They were really good though!

Hank Green was the final act to go on and it was really fun! “Accio Deathly Hallows” was one of my favorite parts. He also did a cover of Taylor Swifts “Shake it off” which was ridiculous. For the encore he sang The Ghostbusters Theme song. No joke. Members of Driftless Pony club came out as a ghost and Ghostbusters. And then Hank sang the songified version of his and his brother’s argument about Batman which was amazing.

After the show I hung around to get my poster signed by everyone! I actually managed to get everyone! When I met Hank he asked me what was on my shirt. It was my Gunarolla “YouTube’s Greatest Tragedy” shirt which he thought was hilarious. And then Andrew Huang (Gunnarolla’s best friend) walked buy and Hank pointed out my shirt. Andrew and I took a picture together for him to send to Gunnarolla! That was a great moment!

Also, as a bonus I ran into youtuber Lesliefoundhergrail, which was awesome. She does this really great series called “One Time Stories.” It was great talking to her!

This was a super fun show! I really recommend seeing any of these bands if you can!

And now: Pictures!

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10 Movies a Month – March

I love watching movies and I try to see as many as possible. I’ve started doing this challenge where I watch 10 movies a month. They don’t necessarily have to be brand new movies, just movies I’ve never seen before. My success rate differs every month, but I “win” more often than I “fail.” Fair warning, Most of the movies I watched this month I didn’t like.

So here are the 10 movies I watched in March

1. Anna Karenina

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This movie lost me very early on. I love period films, but this one just didn’t hold up. This is based on a famous Russian novel of the same name and stars Keira Knightly (one of my favorite actresses). It is about a woman who has an affair and the excitement of that. In the beginning it has a very distinctive style. It moves very quickly and feels like a play with lots of set changes. It loses this style half way through, but picks it back up at the end. Maybe this is to mirror Anna’s relationship: in the beginning starting an affair is very exciting and new and things happen so fast. But then trouble starts, and the “other man” gets bored of her and it slows down. It could be that, but the film overall didn’t keep my attention.

 

2. Belle

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Another period film. The film is inspired by the painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Belle is an illegitimate mixed-race girl who is taken by her upper class, white father to her uncle’s home. There she grows up and struggles with her status: better than the slaves, yet not as good at the white people. In the film Belle helps contribute to the start of abolishing slavery in England. It seems like it should be interesting, and the trailers made it look very good, but this movie falls flat too. None of the characters are very compelling and it moves very slowly.

 

3. About Time

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This movie surprised me. I had seem trailers for it while it was in theaters and it seemed good, but I didn’t hear much about it. I really liked this movie! It’s a time travel movie and probably filled with paradoxes, but if you take it as it is and don’t think about the time travel that much then it’s super enjoyable. This movie is all about making the most out of each day. It’s about family and love and how every moment is important. It’s a really beautiful movie and I recommend everyone go watch it!

 

4. Tristan and Isolde

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I have zero to say about this movie, really. It was a star-crossed lovers type of story and incredibly boring.

 

5. Jupiter Ascending

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I wanted to like this movie so much. It looked promising. An original scifi movie with lots of great world building and an interesting premise. They just tried to put too much into it. This would have benefitted from being a trilogy. There were so many ideas and so many things and plots in this movie that it went by way too fast. If you want something that is fun and packs a lot in then go for it, I just wished they had taken their time with it.

 

6. The Book Thief

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I really don’t have much to say about this one either. I’ve probably just read and seen too many stories about World War II. I have not read the book that this movie is based on either. The one thing this movie had going for it was the different perspective. Most of the stories I’ve seen about World War II are from the perspective of the Jewish population. The Book Thief is about a girl growing up in Germany (I think her mother was Russian though).  So it was interesting to see a story from that side of the war; the brainwashing, destroying of books etc.

 

7. Cinderella

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This is Disney’s new live action Cinderella movie. I talked about the movie a lot in a previous post so I’ll just link to that so you can read all my thoughts on it. I really liked it!

 

8. Frequencies

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THIS MOVIE. I loved this movie. I randomly picked this on Netflix to watch and I’m so happy I did! It’s a sort of alternate universe type thing, where people have frequencies attached to them, basically as a marker of their intelligence. It’s all about fate and destiny and over coming obstacles. Just go watch it. It’s amazing.

 

9. Parallels

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This movie tricked me. It’s about a building that travels between alternate universes and versions of Earth. There is a brother sister pair who go to save their dad who has some connection to the building. After an hour and a half of boring stuff what looked like the main plot was coming and then it just ends. Turns out it’s just the beginning to a netflix series. So if the movie does well and people want more they will make more episodes. Boooo.

 

10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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Again. Nothing to say really. It was bad. So bad. The plot was weak and the acting was bad. Percy Jackson should have stayed books.

Cinderella

Two weeks ago Disney released it’s new live action Cinderella movie. My friends and I decided to go see it together because who doesn’t love a good princess movie? We went the Sunday after it premiered, so it was definitely crowded. The AMC theater we saw it at recently started doing assigned seating, which was a life saver. A few members of our group were a little late, so the assigned seating was a life saver! This is a new concept in my area, and it is a good one. No more sitting in the theater for 45 minutes to get a good seat! I hope more theaters adopt this concept.

Also, since one of my friends is part of the AMC theaters loyalty program she purchased my ticket (I paid her back obviously), so I could get the collectable pin! It’s really cute!

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But enough of the theater talk, what really matters is the movie!

I’m a good enough Disney fan, but the thing that drew me to this movie was the costumes! As a cosplayer and someone who just adores costumes in general, this movie was a must see. Just seeing Cinderella’s ball dress in the trailers was enough for me to want to see the movie.

Disney really pulled out all the stops on this one. Kenneth Branagh always makes gorgeous films, and Cinderella was no exception. The cinematography was brilliant and the colors were fantastic. It really gave off a “fairy tale” feel.

Cinderella is full of actors I recognized right off the bat and some who made me go “Oh that’s who that was!” Lily James, who I recognized right away as Rose from Downton Abbey,  does an excellent job as the film’s title character. She is elegant, sweet and feels just like the original version! Another actor who I recognized the second she opened her mouth was Sophie McShera (Daisy on Downton Abbey) who was the “ugly step-sister” Drisella. I’m used to her sweet and kind character on Downton Abbey so it was really refreshing to see her play someone with a complete opposite personality!

And then there was the Prince. The entire movie I couldn’t place where I knew him from. He was so handsome and completely charming and I just knew I had seen him some where else. Turns out the Prince is played by Richard Madden, the same actor who played my favorite Game of Thrones character, Robb Stark! I was kicking myself when I realized!

The story doesn’t deviate from the classic Disney animated film much at all. There are even mice friends and an angry cat! I’ve read a lot of people that are unhappy with how Cinderella is characterized. They say she is passive and doesn’t go and take anything for herself. I don’t think I agree with this sentiment. Ella has lost everyone she loves and now has to endure the abuse by her step mother but even though she has been living in this horrible environment, she still manages to find it in her hart to be a good person. A lot of the complaints I have seen are because she really doesn’t go after the prince; she kind of just sits there passively when the guards show up with the shoe and the mice make sure she is noticed. But Ella is perfectly fine with this. She had her magical night of fun and that’s all that really mattered to her. Getting the prince is just a bonus, really.

Overall, it’s a really fun movie. It’s beautiful to watch and would be a good movie to go out and see with your female friends! Definitely go see it if you can!

And of course my outfit for the day! I had Cinderella in my mind when picking out this outfit, so I picked a lot of blues!

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Room Tour!

Today on youtube I released a video showcasing my bedroom! I’ve been working really hard on it for the past year to make it a space that reflects my personality. My sister moved out a year ago, so I took the opportunity to take over her room (it’s bigger than my old one). I cleared out a lot of my stuff, picked paint, got a new bed, and made a space that is uniquely me!

Below is the video that shows the whole room, but this post is going to detail a few things in my room!

 

1.Pennants  

File Apr 02, 12 21 11 PMMy favorite Disney movie is Tangled. It’s just so beautiful! One of my favorite pieces of imagery was the sun pennants that hung around the town on Rapunzel’s birthday. I’ve always wanted something like that in my room, so why not make my own? I made these myself. I swed up some triangles and found a template for the sun online. I just used acrylic paint on them and strung them up on some ribbon. It was a really fun and quick project to do!

 

2. Unicorno

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I am obsessed with TokiDoki’s Unicorno blind boxes! They are all super cute vinyl figures that I can’t get enough of! I’ve had some good luck and some bad luck with them (I’ve gotten three of the pink ones before), but I just can’t stop collecting them. They are slowly taking over one of my “toy shelves”

 

3. Troubleman

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This poster is super special to me. The poster is from a screening of a Japanese show called “Troubleman” that happened in NYC a few years ago. I went to the screening because the show stars my favorite Japanese celebrity, Kato Shigeaki. I met up with a bunch of friends in NYC and we went together. One of my friends and I asked some of the people running the event if we could have the posters after it was over. When the lady found out that I came all the way from Virginia to see the screening, she took my picture with the poster and sent it to the show producer! There is a very high chance that Shigeaki saw my picture! So this poster represents a lot to me, especially a super fun weekend with friends!

5. Bedspread

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I am in love wit this bedspread! It’s got bright colors and a sort of galaxy them too it, and I can’t get enough of galaxy themed things! I got it from Urban Outfitters, but it is from Deny. It’s a queen size and super comfortable. I think the only downside is that it gets a little dirty sometimes. It probably just looks like that because it is a light color.

6. TV

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This TV is different than the one in the video, because it’s new! It’s 32 inch 4K tv and super nice! It sits at the end of my bed so I can watch netflix in bed! Also on the shelf it sits on is my Fennekin plush and my wand from the Harry Potter theme park. I put two small posters of my favorite Japanese boy band, NEWS, to cover up the ugly back of my shelf. (The band has lost a few members over the years. I swear its the same group of boys).

 

Meeting Famous People – BEDD 2

I missed one day, but that’s okay. We’re not going to take this challenge TOO seriously.

Everyone dreams of meeting their favorite celebrity. Just a picture and little bit of chit chat is fine but for some people they have bigger dreams of becoming BFFs. I think I’m fine with a picture and some chit chat.

I haven’t met too many “famous people” before. I bought VIP tickets to a Big Time Rush concert once and got to take a photo with them. I’ve also gotten a book signed by John Green. And then a few youtubers of varying degrees of popularity. But I think that’s as far as my “famous people” list goes. Well until last week. Two days in a row I got to meet “celebrities.”

The first day Nathan Kress (who you may know as Freddie from iCarly) was signing autographs at my mall for some reason. Even though I’m out of the show’s “target audience” I still watched the show and enjoyed it a lot. I couldn’t give up an opportunity to meet Freddie, now could I??? I got an autograph and talked to him a bit about music (Bastille especially) and then snapped a picture. It came out super cute!

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The next day was a big deal to me. One of my favorite authors is Rainbow Rowell. She wrote Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Both books which I adore. She has two other books but I haven’t finished them yet. Eleanor & Park is beautiful, but it’s Fangirl that gets me. I’ve never felt more connected to a book than Fangirl. No not even Harry Potter. I feel like this book is part of me.

That’s why the day I met Rainbow Rowell was such a big deal to me. She was participating in an event at a bookstore in DC (Politics & Prose) with a few other YA authors. I was lucky enough to have the night off of work so I spent forever getting there on public transportation when I probably could have just driven. I couldn’t miss this.

The discussion that took place was very funny and interesting. I know that sounds super…general, but that’s what it was. Each of the authors read from their newest books and answered questions from the audience. It was a really intimate setting, everyone crammed into the children’s section in the basement of a bookstore.

Then we got to have our books signed. I was a freakin mess. I was by myself so I had no one to really vent to. I was scared I was going to cry all over Rainbow and…I did. I don’t know why I was crying, but I was. I told her that Fangirl was such an important book to me and that I loved it. All while crying. I’ve never had that kind of reaction to meeting anyone before. She was very sweet and we got a picture together too.

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Meeting people who are “famous” is a weird thing. Sometimes I think about why I want to meet these people. I mean meeting Rainbow Rowell was something that was special to me. I wanted to tell her that I loved her book and how much it meant to me. That makes sense. But why meet Nathan Kress? I enjoyed the show he was on, but it didn’t move me or change my life at all.

Maybe it comes from strange desire to be noticed. Like needing people who are noticed by many to notice me, even if it’s for a few seconds. Or maybe bragging rights? So I can write a blog post about how I met that dude from iCarly.

I’m not really sure, but both of these instances, while very different, were very much fun!

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Have you ever met anyone famous?

A Kawaii Halloween – BEDD 1

Alright. No question about it, I’m horrible at blogging. So let’s bring a Challenge into this little blog of mine! Introducing BEDD (Blog Every Day in December). That’s right, I’m going to be posting every day in the month of December.

To start this month of blogging out, let’s go all the way back to October and Halloween.

October is one of my favorite months. Maybe it’s because the leaves start to change colors, or that the weather starts to get cooler, or maybe it’s the air of spookiness the month has because of Halloween. It’s probably the spookiness.

I love Halloween. As a cosplayer, it’s like a dream come true. A holiday where it’s “acceptable” to dress up? Give it to me. I probably take it way too seriously. I don’t always take out the the big guns on Halloween, but I always put in a lot of effort to my halloween costume.

This year’s Halloween comes to you in three parts.

Part 1 – Kawaii witch at work

I work in retail and we were encouraged to dress up for Halloween. Thankfully, I worked during the day so my night was free. I decided to wear a witch costume I made a few years ago in college. I wasn’t a spooky witch, but a cute one.

I made most of this outfit except for the hat. The skirt is made out of different types of tulle and mesh fabrics. There is a long layer of black and purple sparkly fabric that is a little hard to see in the picture, but it’s really cute! The shirt is just a knit shirt I threw together in my dorm room. It’s off the shoulder with half sleeves. I cut some spikes into the sleeves to make it more “witchy.” To amp up the cuteness I added my purple pastel wig and my Hello Kitty creepers from TUK Footwear. My accessories are from various places but mostly from Magical Tea Time and Non Dairy Confectionary.

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Part 2 – Korilakkuma Kigu

After work I went to go hang out with my boyfriend for the night. I didn’t feel like wearing the witch costume, so I just threw on my Korilakkuma Kigurumi. I kept all the accessories and shoes the same. It was ultra comfy and ultra cute. We went out to dinner and then kind of just, roamed around the mall for a while. Some lady tried to take my picture with out asking and I just kind of walked away. I find that kind of action to be super rude. Just ask me and I’ll give you a cute pose.

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Part 3 – Doctor! Doctor!

The sunday after Halloween my friend had a Halloween party. I knew the party would be full of nerds so I went as the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who! I love Doctor Who, and while 11 isn’t my favorite Doctor, he is the one that I had the most stuff for. My dad bought me a fez while he was in Jordan so I threw that on on a whim. I worked really hard to get my bangs to look like Matt Smith’s floppy bangs.

The party was really fun! I got to see friends that I don’t see often enough. we played Donkey Kong Jenga (which is way more stressful than it seems), ate some good food and played Mario Kart! Everyone loved my Doctor costume too! Nothing like a party full of nerds!

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I didn’t go out and have some wild Halloween party, but It was still a good time! Halloween sometimes is difficult as an adult. You want to do something, but trick or treating isn’t really an option and if you’re not into the bar scene then it’s a little difficult to find something to do. But as long as you’ve got a cute costume and good friends I think Halloween can be a blast!

The Fault in Our Stars – Movie Review

Last Friday The Fault in Our Stars movie came out and oh boy.

I think to articulate my feelings correctly we have to start from the beginning. January 2012 is when the book The Fault in Our Stars came out. I had been watching Vlogbrothers (John Green and his brother Hank’s youtube channel) sporadically for a little bit. I’d heard so much about the book I picked it up on a whim (Ironically the same day John and Hank would be in my area on the book tour. I was attending another youtube related event the same night about an hour away).

 

I read the book in two days as Young Adult novels really only take me a day or two to read. Needless to say I was in tears by the end of it. I’m a cryer. I cry at everything. Sometimes Visa commercials make me cry. But The Fault in Our Stars is a severely sad story. It pulled at all of my heartstrings for a love that should have lasted years to be cut short and for the pain that the characters had to go through everyday because of their cancer. I think this book is what made me a Nerdfighter.

 

I recommended it to everyone I knew and I let my mom read my copy when she was looking for something to read. I even lent it to my mom’s friend. Everyone should read this book. I wouldn’t call it my favorite book, but it’s an important book that I think everyone should read.

 

The movie version came out last Friday so my mom and I went to see it on Sunday. I skipped out on the preview night and first night showings because I knew there would be a lot of “fangirl noise” and I wanted to experience the movie quietly.

 

The movie was fantastic. Not only was it a ridiculously faithful adaption of the book (almost line by line really), but it was just a good movie. There were a lot of really fun things about it. I especially liked the way they depicted text messages. The movie is about teenagers and teenagers like to text. There is a lot of texting in the book and the movie. The way the filmmakers handled the texting aspect of the story was really fun and fresh.

 

There were some things cut out of the movie, but it didn’t detract from the story or the feel of the movie like some other book to film adaptions I’m looking at you Harry Potter. I’m not sure I’m completely sold on Shailene Woodly as an actress (I didn’t really care for her in Divergent), but she did a great job as Hazel. And Ansel Elgort played Augustus Waters beautifully, pretentious metaphors and all. Though I think my favorite was Nat Wolf as Isaac (I am ridiculously excited to see him as Q in Paper Towns).

 

 

The greatest thing about this movie (and the book) is how it shows people with chonic diseases and disabilities. It’s not wholly about Having Cancer. It’s about People who have cancer. Their lives and the struggles they go through to live and love and have a fulfilling life. It’s about love and leaving your mark, even if it’s just on a few people.

 

I think my mother and I both enjoyed the movie a lot. I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would (but the tears were flowing), but it was a great way to spend the afternoon with my mother.

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The Aquabats!

One of my favorite bands since high school has been The Aquabats.

 

Wait, you don’t know who The Aquabats are? You’re missing out. They are a super fun band from Orange County, CA. The main thing about The Aquabats is that they are super heroes. Yep. They make really fun music (ranging from Ska to Synthpop to Rock), have choreographed fight scenes during their concerts, and even a TV show!

 

Last weekend The Aquabats finally came back to my area on their 20th Anniversary tour. This was the third time I’ve seen them, and quite possibly my favorite. I went to the show with my boyfriend. Normally I’d go with my brother and sister, but seeing as they both live in different parts of the country from me, that was a no go. But it was cool to see one of my favorite bands with my boyfriend (actually one of the few same interests we have…but that’s for another post).

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This show was a different experience than the rest. The Aquabats concerts normally have a rough crowd at them, surprisingly. Lots of mosh pits, crowd surfing, and general roughness. But since the band started their own TV show on a kids network (The HUB) there were quite a few kids around. Some of them up front, right near all of the pushing and jumping. There were a few issues, but mostly the kids seemed to have a good time.

 

The Aquabats are seriously one of the most fun bands around. They have silly songs like “Burger Rain” and “Magic Chicken” (which is about fried chicken, seriously). Their shows are so much fun and it’s a real treat when they come into town.

 

One really cool thing that happened was during a song called “Hey Homies!” There were pictures and videos of fans projected up onto the screen and the picture I had taken before the show was one of them! I kind of freaked out a little bit! I didn’t expect them to use a picture taken just an hour before the show! It was super awesome seeing that up there.

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I’m so glad I went to this show. There really isn’t anything like seeing one of your favorite bands live. Just letting loose, singing at the top of your lungs and dancing to your hearts content. I was sweaty , wet (The Bat Commander likes to throw water on the crowd which is nice because it gets hot in there), and exhausted but I was just so happy. That’s something I think a lot of people need. Just a night to let loose and enjoy themselves.

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My boyfriend and I with the matching shirts we bought. We’re disgusting.

Have you seen your favorite band live?

Modcloth Stylish Surprise!

I’ve spent who knows how long I’ve spent drooling over all of the stuff on Modcloth. There are just so many cute and interesting pieces on that site! Recently I bought a pair of shoes from there and ended up getting some store credit from that purchase (long story). I decided that I’d use that store credit to get the Stylish Surprise!

The Stylish Surprise, if you didn’t know, is a random item (Most likely from last season). Basically you pay $10 and you get a mystery item. I got all three types: Apparel, Shoes, and Accessories.

I made a video with all of the items I got, so check that out!

However, there were a few problems. The dress is super cute and makes good “business wear” but the zipper is broken. It won’t zip up anymore. I have no idea how I got it UNzipped. I’m going to have to get one of my friends who is better at sewing zippers to fix it for me. Other than that, it’s fantastic.

The necklace, isn’t really my style, but it’s kind of nice to have something different.

And the boots. Oh god, the boots. They are so cute but they sent me the wrong size. I’m working on possibly getting them replaced. Tall boots are something I really want to be able to wear, but I have really big calfs so a lot of the times if they don’t have a zipper I can’t wear them. I don’t know if I’m going to get the same style, or if I’m going to get a completely different pair (or no exchange at all), but even if I had these boots in my size I don’t think I could wear them. If nothing works out then I’ll probably find someone to trade shoes with.

 

Overall, my Stylish Surprise was an enjoyable experience. Even though there were problems, Modcloth has excellent customer service so they try to solve your problems if you have them. And I paid $10 for a dress with a broken zipper that probably started out $50+ It’s really no big deal.

 

I’d definitely purchase the Stylish Surprise again!

 

UPDATE: Modcloth got back to me, about the shoes. They are sending me a free pair and a 10% coupon for my next order! Modcloth’s clothes might be expensive, but their customer service is top notch!