Posts Tagged ‘review’

let me just start by saying that gibbous is my favourite shop ever. it has such a world of its own, which is reflected in the website layout, pictures, descriptions, packaging, even communication with the owner.
& with my renewed interest in recycled/patchworky/’shabby chic’ clothes (& money, yay!), i decided that It Was Time for another gibbous purchase. i obsessively checked their site day after day until they uploaded that product i could not resist. it became this amazing little witchy cape.

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as soon as i bought it, the lovely selene gibbous e-mailed me to confirm my purchase & let me know how soon it could be shipped. when it was shipped, she e-mailed me again to let me know when i could expect it. what service!

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all in all i received it in a timely fashion. unfortunately i wasn’t home when it arrived & somehow my little brother confused it for something he ordered (he probably wasn’t wearing his glasses) & denied me the pleasure of opening it myself. anyway.
as usual, it looks so much better than in the pictures. it was very well-represented on their website though. & is so soft! & textured! & black! i love it!

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it came wrapped in this cute vintage pattern instruction.

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such a little work of art, so well constructed. & fits me perfectly. or as perfectly as a cape can fit. i can’t wait to wear this everywhere! what i love the very most about this is how versatile it is.

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i know many of you are probably put off by their prices, but trust me, they’re worth it. good service too. both times i’ve bought from gibbous i had a very pleasant overall shopping experience. the only squabble i have is that, if you’re from outside the u.s., you can’t directly buy, but have to e-mail for a shipping quote first. then again, it’s understandable if you don’t have a lot of international customers.

here’s the link to their shop again. go buy things! you’ll love them, i promise.
i’ll probably be heading back there myself entirely too soon. lately they also do clothing make-overs! sounds amazing to me.

a couple of weeks ago i bought this fabulous rosary necklace from sophine giam. i had been looking for a good rosary necklace for days & in her shop i found the perfect one! i didn’t hesitate for a second to buy it. the seller was so lovely & efficient, she shipped my package the very next day.

i was unusually excited about it since it was the first time i bought anything outside of europe/the u.s. on etsy. or, ever, online, now that i think about it…

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isn’t that adorable?

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i saved these stamps. that’s how excited i was about getting mail from singapore.

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then came the unwrapping of my highly anticipated package. my necklace was packaged with such care & eye for detail, it was amazing. i’ve bought quite a lot of handmade the past years & it’s not often that they’re packaged so magnificently.

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there’s nothing like a magnificent product with magnificent packaging.

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even the little cushion underneath the necklace was wrapped! amazing. as for the necklace itself, excellent quality. i adore it. it’s the perfect necklace. i especially love that it’s made with vintage beads. i’ve worn it almost every time i’ve been out since i got it.

short story even shorter: if you’re looking for good jewelry & good service, go to sophine giam. i give my highest recommendation.

here are some of her wonderful creations for you to consider:

i love having money. i’ve been lusting after fringe‘s stuff for so long. dennice, the owner, makes such lovely, unique, whimsical wearable art. i bought the capulet collar & urban mermaid necklace set last week. it was love at first sight.

upon ordering, dennice sent me the loveliest thank you/confirmation e-mail. she is such a delight to deal with. she said she would ship them the next day & then did. i think i looked in the mailbox every day the second half of the week it took to arrive. in the end it was my mom who brought it in. right in the middle of me working on a certain dress, frustrated out of my mind. then for a little while it was like christmas, when i still believed in that commercial hypocritical fairytale.

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look at that packaging! amazing. those bags were handmade too, if you can believe that.

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see what i mean about her being a delight?

& then came the unwrapping:

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i might have squeed out loud.

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AMAZING. both the craftsmanship & designs. i love them, so much. more so because you can wear these with so many different clothes. & the necklace set is super extra versatile.

just in case you missed it in all my fanciful babbling: ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED SHOP. if you see something of hers you like, don’t even hesitate, just buy. you’ll be glad you did. here are some more examples of her exceptional work:

i already want more…

ever since i saw confessions of a teenage drama queen (what a terrible movie) & heard lindsay lohan say “in my family i feel like a flamingo in a flock of pigeons”, i’ve had a little obsession with flamingos. so when i was in a necklace shopping frenzy & saw this flamingo cameo necklace by fellow attackofthecraft etsy street team member dame named redd designs, i had to have it.

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right the day after i had bought it, i received an e-mail that it had been shipped. yay, fast shipping! lovely packaging too.

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& the necklace itself! i can’t believe it was only $15, the quality & detail are so good. or maybe these things are just easy to make, i don’t know :p either way, i love it! the length & size are also just perfect. i’ve already been wearing it a lot.
all that’s left to say is that i would buy more from there in a heartbeat (:

some more things from the shop:

be sure to check them out!

when one of my favourite necklaces broke, i spent way too long feverishly looking for a replacement. there were three i couldn’t choose from & ended up buying all of them. two of them were from bella lili. i LOVE her jewelry. her attention to detail is amazing. & the quality! i also really like how there’s a story behind every piece.

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i bought the rockstar & magdalene necklaces.

the shipping was so fast, i had them within a week of ordering. first class. united states to holland. & the packaging was beautiful, as you can see. it was like unwrapping presents! i love it when fancy jewelry has fancy packaging.

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communication was good too & the necklaces themselves… i love them <(^-^)> they look SO MUCH better in real life than in the pictures. i’ve already worn both quite a few times in the short time that i’ve had them. & will much more in the future! they go with basically all of my clothes (:

some other amazing pieces from her:

go buy! with that combination of quality & service i promise you will not regret it.

this is so overdue. i’ve had these since like november. but better late than never & all.

remember when i said how some craftsters have spoiled me? exhibit a right here.

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i love heather. not only is the quality of her clothes amazing, she also does extra little things. & she’s a lovely person in general. in the package there were the clothes, care sheets for both, a handwritten thank you note, business cards, a sticker (which is now on my school portfolio map) AND an adorable gift ring. i wish i could buy clothes from her more often.
the only thing was that shipping took a bit long, but i’ll assume there were special circumstances because i’ve ordered from her without incident before. & she gave me discount for a next order as compensation.

now the actual clothes.

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I LOVE THESE PANTS SO MUCH. i’ve been lusting after them for so long. they are so perfect. well, almost perfect. they don’t have pockets, which is kind of obnoxious, but pockets wouldn’t have looked good on them anyway. & damn, do they look good. they’re crazy comfortable too. like a second skin. they also have such awesome little details. belt loops, chunky zipper at the front, batwing shape at the back (which i probably should have taken my own picture of). LOVE THEM.
the tanktop i mostly bought because i was buying from her anyway & it had as i lay dying on it. i could always use more tanks. it’s pretty basic. good quality. not much else to say about that one.

the pants (custom size) are still available, by the way. so if you want them…

some more awesome things for sale:

trust me, you won’t regret buying anything from her. i absolutely recommend meow kiki clothing.

when i placed an order at angrygirl gear last month, i had already been lusting after some of her clothes (like the corset top featured here) for years. YEARS. but every time i had money to spend on clothes i was too impatient to wait up to four weeks for something custom. silly, i know.
& then it was my birthday last month & i had an excuse to ask for money & a desperate need to expand the darker side of my wardrobe, again, & i thought of cindy.

this is the top i bought:

the estimated waiting time was six weeks, but for once i was in luck & she managed to finish it much earlier. i received it yesterday :]

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i see now that these are not the best pants to wear with it :p next time a skirt. & my hooker boots.

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even if i had to wait for six weeks, it would well have been worth the wait. the quality is fucking amazing. it absolutely lives up to, if not outstrips, its price. & by now i’m used to pretty good quality & usually don’t even notice it anymore, unless it’s bad. seriously, fucking amazing.
other than that the communication was good, shipping prompt & inexpensive. unfortunately no clothing label/tag, nothing extra in the package (oh, how some other crafters have spoiled me), but honestly, who cares when the actual clothing is so very, very good?
absolutely recommended.

some other awesome things for sale:

that first shrug is the next thing i’m buying! somewhere in the future when i have money for these things again…