Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Purchases

And thus, the super sales shopping has completed! 
This year, life things were more important than all the deals. I did still get myself a few indulgences, as well as added to gifts already purchased for peoples on my "to get" list for Christmas. Here are the stores I perused, and the gets I got. 

Friday
Friday morning, I had to wake up and work pretty dang early. I decided I didn't want to do much shopping after leaving work half exhausted. I missed a great deal at Michael's, but we wont dwell on that. I shopped at my own store, World Market, and stopped at Walmart on the way home. The only items I picked up from Walmart were carrots for my piggies [not on sale of course], and a tubber ware set. I always end up purchasing new tubber ware on black Friday.
We had amazing deals going on, with buy on get one free on just about everything in store. 
Items along with their deals
- 4x Advent Calendars
bought two at 1.49ea, received two free
- Pashmina Scarf and Yoga Mat Bag
bought pashima scarf, received ymb free
- 3x baskets
3.99ea + 50% off
- Paw Print Ice Mold
4.99 + 40% off
- 6x Revolution Tea samplers, Twinnings Winter Spice Tea, Ambessa Safari Breakfast tea, and Large Infuser Scoop
all tea + tea accessories 50% off
- Honey sticks
no sale
-Various soaps
all personal care BOGO free
- Mini Wines
no sale
- discounted snacks [pretzels and chile con queso dip]
- Gift Card
I ended up spending about $70 in total, but the gift card was already a good chunk of that total. Luckily rewards members also received triple points during the weekend, so I acrued a good bit doing shopping for myself as well as my mom [her items unpicture/unmentioned]. Upon arriving home, I decided to start the gift wrapping process. More on that later, but I also visited one online retailer for an amazing deal.
Pop in a box was having a great sale. One I would have given into more if I had more pops I was passionate about owning. I ended up buying 4 Funko pops for $25 with free shipping included! I was the most excited of octomaidens when I checked out. I ended up getting two pops I was drooling over, as well as two pops for people on my "to-get" list. 
I can be less vague about the ones I ordered for myself, haha. I pre-ordered Eleven and Joyce funko pops from the Stranger Things collection.
I'm really hoping that I don't get the chase eleven figure...not all that interested in blonde wig version in figure form. 
Saturday
Yet, another grueling morning of holiday shoppers. Our deals had changed for the better in some areas and for the worst in many others. A few of those bogo deals were still going on, while some holiday themed snacks were put on sale. I picked up 2 packages of Lebkuchen, another mini bottle of wine for my fella's Gammy [Cavit Riesling], and two mini candles. The Lebkuchen were 20% off, and one was devoured as soon as I made it home. The candles were buy one get one free, so I'd chosen a Eucalyptus mint scented one, and a clementine and honey scent. If they weren't the last of their scent, I would have purchased a couple more. No photos for saturday, so full frontal imagination needed. 
Sunday
Welcome back to "Gruel Days". Yep, back to early morning work. So many deals taken away, none of the sales emails catching my eye. No money spent, and time to get some much needed shut eye. 
Monday
Monday, cyber monday. When all the online retailers are like, "hey, look at me!" I did have to face the most grueling of days this morning, but came home to some pretty decent deals. I still had to watch my spending, but ended up with some goodies nonetheless.
I began my voyage on Old Navy's website since they were offering 50% off everything as well as free shipping on orders over $50. 
 I didn't plan on spending $50, nor did I think I added that amount into my cart, but I still somehow ended up with free shipping. I think that it counts your cart's total before discounts are applied. Anyways, I picked up two long sleeve shirts, and a pair of jeans for my fella. I had a giftcard [$25] as well, so ended up paying $10 for the 3 items. I almost forgot! They were also offering a free pair of fuzzy socks with every order.
Cute puppies deserve to cuddle my tootsies!

I then made my way to Oyatsucafe to see what treats and possible sales they had to offer me and my tummy.
Again, not trying to spend too much. I added $10 worth of noms to my cart, and took advantage of the 10% off discount code. I found 5 items that looked apealing, and was happy to find they offered a snack that I enjoyed and had been discontinued on another site. I've never ordered with OC before, and hope this to be a lovely experience. You know I can't wait to get my snacks o.o. My tummy and tastebuds are already trying to decide which items they want to try first. 
Lastly, I found myself on Candysan. It made sense since I'd just made a purchase on Oyatsu cafe, and now had snacks on the brain. 

Sadly, candysan hadn't been doing any sales the whole weekend. They were, however, offering a "Discovery Pack" seemingly full of wonderful mystery.
It's set up to be surprise style, and they include 3 candies and a gashapon. I decided to order 4 since I had a couple discounts to use. It seems that with the mystery packs, they allow you to have free shipping on economy SAL. I can wait that 3 weeks...totally.

Thus concludes my Black Friday/Cyber Monday rundown. Like I stated earlier, I already started and finsihed most of my wrapping. I'm just semi-patiently waiting for the rest of my orders come in the mail, so I can be 100% wrapped up shawty. 

Thanks for reading
I love gift giving holidays!
Have you been caught up int he shopping?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

🌟 Blippo Kawaii |Experience & Review|🌟

Order Start: 10.24.16
Complete: 11.14.16

I'd made my first purchase with Blippo last month. Apparently, I signed up to receive their emails, and happened across a "SALE" email in my inbox. Since I have slacked all the way up on using my Kawaii items, I hadn't really been purchasing anything to add to my current collection. I have a plan/resolution for this coming year, so I decided to see what the sale had to offer. I did end up finding a couple different items I thought I'd enjoy.


🌟 Items Ordered🌟

My total came to a womping $5.16. Even though I felt that I ordered so little, Blippo was still kind enough to include a freebie with my package!

Funny thing is, I was checking these guys out while I was ordering. I decided not to get them, but ended up receiving them anyways. Anpanman, your destiny was to be devoured by an octomaid named Starfish!
Haha, ok teeny bit spooky. Back to the order...
I've yet to try any of the edible items, and yet to lace up some shoes with them polka'd beauties. I have tried out my adorably pom pom'd pen, though. Contrary to popular belief, it's black ink. Not that I assumed it was a light blue. I'm sure I read that it was black ink before deciding on it. It's fine tipped, and writes wonderfully.

Unboxing Video

So very pleased with my full purchase! You may be thinking, "but shipping took so long to get to you, how are you possibly pleased". Usually, you'd be completely fine thinking that way. In this situation, you are incorrect! I actually chose the 1-3 weeks Free shipping option when I finalized my order. I often don't mind waiting longer for things, when there's a "free shipping" option. Retailers get extra points from me for even having it available. It looks like it took exactly 3 weeks to get to me with free shipping. 

I appreciate how nicely my box turned up, as well as how the journey treated my goodies within. Nothing came damaged or out of place. Overall I had a wonderful experience, and am already contemplating what bits and bobs I'll be adding to my next order.

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That's right, a perfect 5 star rating! I'm not promising all orders will be as smooth as mine, nor that you will find items that you yourself can say you'd enjoy. I can promise that my personal experience with blippo has been a good one...if you couldn't already tell from reading, heh.

Thank you for reading!
Coupon Code [10%] - KAWAIILOVE

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Not ONE book??

How could I have almost gone a WHOLE year without reading one single book? How did it come to this?! How did it get this bad?!?

I happened to check out goodreads.com, since I hadn't been on there in so long. It's a glorious website for booklovers of all kinds. You can keep lists of books you'd like to read, are currently reading, and have read. Every year, they have this "Reading Challenge" in which you pick a number of books you want to have read by the end of the year. For this year, apparently, I picked 50. Thought I was giving myself a break...apparently not because it seems as though I have only finished one book this whole year.

Not to say I hadn't started reading books...I just never finish them. *Sigh*. This is so depressing. Only means I have to work harder for next year *determined face*. I wont give up entirely this year either, though. I have plenty of books to get through, and have purchased a couple interesting ones from Goodwill the other day! I also picked one up from Barnes and Noble on the way home, which is the ONE I've finished...all year.

Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito
Feeling Good by David D. Burns, M.D.
Eat Me by Linda Jaivin
Fragments of horror wasn't as spooky as some of Ito's other works, but it was still a pretty good read. There was a little bit of confusion with the twists and turns that the short stories portrayed, but all in all they were each eerie enough on their own. A couple had me at the edge of my seat. I recommend it if you enjoy reading disturbing psychological manga. I can't wait to start reading the other two! What a mix of literature.

Thanks for reading...while I get to reading.
What's on your to read list? 
Finished any good books this year?
https://www.goodreads.com/AJStarfish

Friday, November 18, 2016

Occult Day Outfit Rundown

Rose Ear Headband - Hottopic
Choker - selfmade
Sweater - Thrifted [Divided brand]
Suspender Skirt - Aliexpress
Stripped Leggings - eBay
Shoes - DSW
False lashes + Smokey eye + Star "confetti" + Liquid eyeliner [black] + Makeup Crayon [black for lip] + Clear Gloss

Bowler Hat: eBay
Wings: Michaels
Necklace: World Market
Skull Jumpsuit: PLNDR [Iron Fist brand]
Socks: Walmart
Shoes: PLNDR [Y.R.U. brand]


11.18.16 Occult Day

☽★☿Happy Occult Day☿★☾
Mysterious, secret, un-natural, obscure. These are all words that could be used to illustrate the world of the Occult. Alchemy, witch craft and astrology should come to mind. Occult day is a day surrounded in mystery and things outside of the natural world. Take a little time today to cultivate your spiritual self.
“When you start to notice the mystical, the mystical will start to notice you.”
― Dacha Avelin
Recommendations to fill your mystical day
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Needing ideas of the perfect offering for that special someone?

ASecretForest
Satisfy that enigma of a sweet tooth with one of the many delicious sounding confectionaries that A Secret Forest has to offer. Wether they prefer the blatant stance, or like to go for more of an herbal route, I am sure you can find the perfect sweet treat for your mystical partner here!
- Masquerade Moon
Bela's Blackberry Bat
Midnight Blooms Violet
Natural Chocolate and Orange
Cherry Blossom with Gold Leaf Flake

Or mosey on over to redbubble for some magically artsy notebooks for spell writing, or devising your next spooky stories. 
Horrific by Versiris
Witch Series: Cauldron by LordofMasks
Palmistry by Cat Coquillette

Support an artist and commission some art work, or purchase a handmade product for your art lover.

1. "Oni" Pin, 2. MASAYUME Japan sketchbook, 3. Hunted Print, 4. Wolf Child print

1. hippety hoppety, 2. wip, 3. bluh, 4. double bubble duchess
1. Palmistry necklace, 2. Space Necklace, 3. Space earrings, 4. Ouija Necklace 5. Cat pin brooch
Now that you've gotten your gift, pick a mystical outfit from your closet. 



With favorite cult classics in hand, 
make your way to meet up with your sweetie or friends to celebrate this Occult day!


Thanks for reading!
I am not in a cult, nor do I dabble in that of the "occult".
I do enjoy creepy, horror, spooky, macabre things.
How did you celebrate for this years Occult day? 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Mundane Psyche of a Cheerless Octomaid

I have come to a conclusion [theory] about one of my day-to-day stresses. 

I like to break down what it is I could be stressing over, and try to find a starting point. It makes it easier for me to cope with the negative feelings I may be feeling at the time. The fact that I have been on this earth for 24 years, and have taken in a lot of knowledge, has seemed hindered my mood. Not because I'm learning things, but because all knowledge isn't that of a positive nature. I get down a good bit. I start feeling like my days are just a repeat, and there's nothing new to experience. My mind is focused on the repeat bad things, and not much fixated on the positivity the world has to offer me. It leads me to that stationery couch potato state.
It's all a facade and I should know that! There are plenty of places I've yet to visit, meals I've yet to taste, things I've yet to do. I'm trying to work on that not being my mindset. There was a point in my teens where I was able to wipe the stresses down and off of me, and let the experiences in. It was easier with less financial responsibility, as well as having more "down time" in my life to give to things. As long as I stay adamant with my intention being to enjoy life [more], I should be able to get back to a more balanced state. Can't let the stress prevail.

Thank you for reading!

What are some ways that help you relieve you of your stresses?