27 Jul 2013

REVIEW: Lisbeth Dahl 4 Flounce Parasol/Umbrella in Cream

In the UK, you should probably prepare yourself for a bit of abuse for carrying around an umbrella or parasol if it's not raining. Heaven forfend you don't want to burn or boil in the sun or get a tan.
Getting a parasol in England is relatively simple, if you don't want to use eBay or Amazon then visit your local bridal shop as Lisabeth Dahl is usually in stock there.
Lisbeth Dahl is a Danish designer of home goods and other accessories. The brand mostly stocks bridal shops in the UK, or at least that's only where I've seen them.

  • Large enough to cover a good amount of your body from rain or sun.
  • The colour is extremely versatile with any co-ord and also reflects the sun much better than a darker colour keeping you cooler.
  • Automatic opening with a sturdy metal frame. Decent in windy environments.

  • While blocking out the sun reasonably well I feel it would be better if the material was a bit thicker.
  • Questionable craftsmanship, dark almost burnt area was uncovered once the ribbon had detached. It's nothing glue can't fix but this is something to look for.
While bigger than the normal parasol (probably because it's an umbrella...) it still only fits one person under it. 
The size itself is very useful and this looks far nicer than the average umbrella you see, if you even see one at all in the summer.

It's a decently made umbrella and cheap for what it really is. The only issues I had was the burn marks on the protective plastic on the handle. Being a relatively cheap item and having a minor issue that's easily fixed, I'm happy with what I got and I'm enjoying not looking like a lobster!

The fine details are what kind of makes it for me, like the LD logo on the clasp.

And the cute label it came with.

Overall I'm giving this a solid
Because I thoroughly enjoy using it and it's more than served it's purpose while looking amazing.
Roll on rainy season!

22 Jul 2013

Angelic Pretty Finally Has A UK Stockist!

It was announced today on EGL that the UK has officially got a stockist for Angelic Pretty.
At 1.10pm today, Dreamy Bows announced they will be the one and only stockist of AP and will be shipping all of our EU orders!

This is the first Lolita brand to have officially set up in the UK, marking a massive milestone for Lolita's all around the UK.
It's believed the e-shop for Dreamy Bows will be opening later in August, however this has not yet been confirmed. As of yet, there is no official store.

However, there will be a pretty impressive amount of stock at this weekend's Hyper Japan.

The announcement is available to read HERE.

18 Jul 2013

Rabbitry Update: New July Pictures!

I had a picture day a few days ago with the bunnies, but I also took a load of pictures today, so I'll do this in a two parter :)

Autumn's babies. Both girls, one is a bit bigger built than the other and they have quite different personalities. I love them both but I know I can't keep them :(

This is the chubby one :)

Then Mittens' litter. 

15 Jul 2013

HD Reptiles Shop Opening Event: Day 2

I made it to day 2 with no issues, but I woke up super early so by the time I got to the station I was so tired, bleh.
It was the warmest day of the year, I think topping 29 Celsius. So I wore my only dress ^^ I never normally wear it because it's so scratchy.

I went again on day 2 because I wanted to meet a Tanuki (Racoon Dog) in real life. I've been contemplating getting one for a long time and boyfriend has been wanting a Silver Fox so this was our chance to meet both (the Fox was Red but it's the same species, Vulpes Vulpes).
Staffordshire Exotics were there and brought quite a few different animals, including (obivously) Jasmine the 9 week old Tanuki, Rafferty a Red Fox, a Giant Rabbit, Pygmy Hedgehogs, a super cute Himilayan top eared rat and a tiny mouse. They also brought a Barn Owl and couple of reptiles.

I got loads of pictures of Jasmine so I wont upload them all, just the best ones.
DISCLAIMER: This cage isn't the pup's permanent residence! She was held in here to stop her from being stepped on and just generally out of the way of customers as the store was completely packed.

Boyfriend and Jasmine
Then Rafferty, he was a bit worried as there were lots of people but they were only around for a few minutes.
DISCLAIMER: Again, cage isn't permanent residence, he's kept in a big house like a dog and only kept in this cage for his own safety.

I got to hold the cute snake from day 1! He got himself comfortable in a pretzel shape and then fell asleep. His little :3 face is so cute I just wanted to take him home.

Giant bunny! He is a Flemish crossed with a Continental with the biggest squishy bunny face ever.
It's much more fun to dig up the carrier.

It took him literally 20 minutes to come out of his carrier, mostly because he was just sleeping instead.
The single most adorable rat I've ever met. He just sat there and let me and boyfriend stroke him. All of the other rats I know just squirm or run away and aren't interested in humans.

Grumpy hoggies! They didn't want to be touched or woken up so they just sat there hissing until the hide went back on. I didn't touch them because I know how spikey they can get when they're pissed off.

The Caiman wanted his picture taken!

Once mostly everyone had gone, Jasmine was allowed out to play! Seeing her interact with the dog and how she was with her owners out of the cage really made up my mind on whether I wanted one for myself, well, I'm starting to save up!

I didn't get any pictures of the reptiles since my camera doesn't cope well with the lighting in the vivs. So I apologise for that.
But here's a picture of a baby Tanuki doing a derp :3