Saturday, December 24, 2011

Oh they tell me of an uncloudy day

Well hasn't it been a little while!

I've been very busy with work and life, but that doesn't mean I've forgotten you all! A lot of days I come home from work and change straight from my work uniform into my pajamas, which doesn't leave a lot of time for outfits and certainly not outfit photos.

Anywho, today being Christmas Eve and all left me with some time on my hands and I managed to squeeze in some photos before the sun disappeared completely! 

I feel a little dumpy in my cords, baggy shirt, and oversized coat/blazer. Not to mention these are slippers, not shoes. They are not shoes at all. So, I decided to put on a hat! 

What a sour face in this first picture... But it's the only full-body one I ended up with.

I found this amazing coat at a local thrift store. Of course it's four hundred sizes too big, but it works alright. 

Check out these earrings! I found them at Earthbound Trading Company, which just opened up in my mall this fall. They have a million different designs like this, it took me forever to choose. You'll see the others I got soon enough.

coat:thrifted --- pants:hot topic --- earrings:earthbound trading --- hat:urban outfitters --- slippers:lamo

Bye bye for now!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

the white rabbit's timekeeper

I recently won this Shabby Apple pocket-watch necklace in a giveaway on paper doll theory and I received it in the mail a few days ago. I must have given them the wrong shipping address, because the address on the package was one digit off from mine! But luckily the local post office figured out the mix-up and got it to the right mailbox. 

I realized the address had been mixed up when I got an order confirmation from Shabby Apple, and I'd like to say that their customer service was excellent. Because the package had already been shipped by the time I contacted them, they encouraged me to contact the post office and see if I could get it that way, but they also offered to send me another necklace as a replacement! How great is that? Ultimately it was delivered to the correct address so I didn't need a replacement, but their dedication to excellent customer service definitely made an impact.

So let's have a look at the thing!

The packaging was rather unimpressive (just a USPS cardboard envelope with the necklace wrapped in bubblewrap inside) but the item itself is very nice. It seems to be very sturdily constructed and without defect. There was this cute fabric tag attached to the necklace with the Shabby Apple logo on it!

The front cover springs opens when you push the button on top, which is very cool. Pulling up and turning this knob allows you to set the time, but here's the hugely disappointing part--it's not a functional clock. It's still a beautiful piece of jewelry, but if I had paid the retail price of $64 for it, I would be pretty upset. There's nothing on the product page to suggest it's not a functional watch. The fact that it has a second hand fooled me into thinking it was real. Oh well.

Another discrepancy with the product page is that the front cover is cut-out, not glass. They also said that the watch face is golden-brown colored glass, when it's actually clear plastic. These are minor variations which don't bother me much at all, and it's still a beautifully-crafted piece of jewelry. The detailing on the watch cover is lovely, as is the back of the watch.

Just look at that intricate engraving! This necklace definitely has that vintage feel that is so cool about a lot of Shabby Apple's merchandise. 

I have one last minor complaint--the chain is just barely big enough to get over my head. Now, I've come to realize over the years that my head circumference is slightly larger than average, but I still think it would have been a good idea to put a clasp on it!

Overall I'm still super thrilled to have won this amazing necklace! I haven't been sure exactly how to style it, which is why it hasn't shown up in any outfit posts recently. Any suggestions? I don't have a lot of vintage-y clothing that really suits a piece like this.