Fantastical Friday: A Little Rant

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I don’t normally do rants here, in fact I haven’t done one at all. It’s high time I got around to this one though, as it is a most unfantastical situation & very fashion backward if you ask me. I am absolutely certain that I do not represent a minority when I speak of this terrible problem as well. What is it that has my dander up so much? Well, I’m going to tell you.

SHOES!!!

I don’t think my feet are all that big, I wear a women’s size 8, but I do not & have never conformed to society’s idea that  women have super slim feet. There is only one brand that can comfortably fit me & that is New Balance, as my size 8 are also 4E. So apparently I have paddle boats. NB does not make cute shoes outside of the tennies, they don’t even make a cute sandal. Of course I wear NB at work, because I’m constantly on my feet there & have previously faced the debilitating pain (so bad I was physically ill even) of wearing other shoes. This means I’m cursed to wear shoes that are too long & still too narrow on my off days. I absolutely hate that it takes about 2 seasons to break them in enough that I no longer have to worry about half my foot going numb every time I walk.

Many of the places I affiliate with offer little to no options for shoes that come in a wide. Why is it so hard? Why are we made to suffer like this? These are questions I won’t likely ever have answers to. I do have to question if this idiocy has anything to do with the enlarging waistline generally seen throughout my country, as it isn’t easy to make yourself get out there & do things (do you dance? because I don’t) when your feet are pretty much instantly in pain. I’m so tired of living with this bs that has haunted me for nearly the whole of my life. Do you have a similar struggle?

This blog contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Fantastical Friday: OMG Zombies!!!

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Still suffering from TWD withdrawal & anxiously awaiting the start of season 8. At least the spin-off Fear The Walking Dead will (hopefully) turn up in a few months, though the exact date has yet to be announced. Luckily there are always movies, both silly & serious, that can help fill the zombie-less void. In the meantime there’s also varied zombie related paraphernalia to entertain even the most avid people munching monster lover & with that being the case I have compiled a little wishlist from Amazon for you perusing pleasure. 😉 I’ve also included a link to a ridiculous short movie, titled OMG!! Zombies, (I might have shared this before, can’t remember & I’m not going to dig through my posts to be sure, LOL) that I made in SmallWorlds several years back. Keep in mind that there is no verbal chat in SW, so reading chat bubbles is the norm & I didn’t change the style, so it’s technically a silent film (beware headphones/earbud users, some of the sound effects have moments of loud). You can clearly see the heavy influence from Night of the Living Dead, lol.

OMG Zombies1) Zombie Temporary Tattoos ($3.89)
2) Super Heroes Hair Bows ($7.95)
3) X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets | Set Of 2| Flint Fire Starter, Whistle, Compass & Scraper/Knife ($8.99)
4) Bio Hazard Necklace Zombie Apocalypse ($9.55)
5) Don’t Open Dead Inside Walking Dead Earrings ($9.95)
6) Zombie Outbreak Response Team White Distressed ($9.99)
7) United States Zombie Hunting License Permit ($9.99)
8) Zombie Parts Mirror Danglers Chains Race Accessory Dead Walking($17.95)
9) Design Toscano Zombie Skull Cauldron Box ($20.60)

This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Fantastical Friday: Thoughts on Easter

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While Easter may not be one of the my holidays, I do celebrate with family, it does have a multitude of similarities with one I do observe religiously. Aside from all of that, who doesn’t love a chocolate holiday?  I know I do, pretty much every holiday associated in any way with chocolate, LOL. This time I was wandering about on Amazon & started to look around for spring themed goodies. Some of the items I found are, doubtless, best for party type situations & others are just feel good fun. 😀

Easter1) Sassy Scarves Easter Egg Printed Elegant and Classy Satin Scarf ($5.99)
2) Candygirl Party Decoration Plush Bunny Ears Hairbands- Pack of 6 ($11.99)
3) Womens Fascinator Hat with Headband ($11.99)
4) ACCESSORIESFOREVER Spring Easter Jewelry Crystal Rhinestone Cute Bunny Rabbit Charm Earrings ($12.50)
5) CowCow Womens Easter Eggs Pattern Leggings ($14.99)
6) Three Decorated Easter Eggs, Multi-Color Long Dangle Style ($14.99)
7) White Rabbit Ears Top Hat ($15.71)
8) Aphratti Women’s Holiday Gifts Print Causal Flare Swing Dress ($21.99)
9) Easter Basket Pin Fashion Brooch Pin ($21.99)

This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Fantastical Friday: Spring is Here!

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Finally, spring has sprung, though it may still take a month or so for the weather to stop having random bursts of wintry temper tantrums. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited by the wheel’s return to warmer times & I thought it was time to celebrate with a sweet jewelry wishlist. All items in today’s list were found at Target & while I selected one piece based on color alone, all of the others have something else spring-ish going for them, lol. I hope you are all enjoying the seasonal shift & this themed selection of lovelies you can order at any time, though 1 or 2 of them are limited release so “anytime” is probably not that accurate, LOL.

Spring is Here1) Women’s Silver Plated Rose Quartz Genuine Stone Stationed Necklace ($14.99)
2) Silver Plated Flower Freshwater Pearl and Crystal Pendant ($16.99)
3) Silver Plated Cubic Zirconia Dragonfly Pendant Necklace ($16.99)
4) Silver Plated Butterfly Pendant Necklace ($16.99)
5) Women’s Journee Collection Dainty Butterfly Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver ($17.99)
6) Women’s Journee Collection Bird Polished Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver ($18.99)
7) Women’s Journee Collection Three Leaf Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver ($19.99)
8) Sterling Silver Flower Pendant ($19.99)
9) Footnotes Sterling Silver Sandal Station Necklace ($19.99)

This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Fantastical Friday: Sweet Review

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It’s well known that I love jewelry & the way the pieces look is often more important to me than the quality of materials used in its production. This leads to several problems, such as quick wearing away of the beautiful outer layer or the terrible color changing effects of skin to item contact. If I had metal sensitivities that would also be a problem & I’m certain that some of my readers do have this issue. I’ve tried various techniques & paint jobs in attempt to protect the treasures I am most fond of, which for a long time lead only to failure. Not one to give up on the things I love, I kept searching for a solution to the problem. Finally, I stumbled on a company that looked to totally understand where I was coming from & it’s called Everbrite, Inc (I am not affiliated with them, so I earn nothing if you follow my links, but if you love your faux pieces as much as I love mine, or want to keep your metals beautiful, you should check them out). They have an amazing product called ProtectaClear, which I ordered a small quantity  of for initial testing & it probably won’t be long before I order a larger amount (there is a wide selection of sizing).

I must note that I have not tried this product on necklaces or any other pieces with moving parts, so I cannot attest to it’s effectiveness under those circumstances (or whether or not it would fuse pieces that are meant to enjoy a certain amount of freedom). However, I have used it on a ring. Let me set the stage, I had purchased a ring, I knew it was not of the highest quality, but it sure was beautiful & captured my heart. Within a week the darker color of the metal began to rub off & within 2 weeks, despite having a coppery look, it began to blacken my finger (would’ve turned green if it were in fact copper), which was a super embarrassing situation. I tried a variety of solutions & found, it was very difficult to find a clear coating so I used clear nail polish (worked very well actually) but the effect was temporary, then looking for something better I considered metal paints, unable to find anything clear I went with black (as the original color of the ring was gunmetal dark), which could not protect the gemstone & started pealing off after a couple of weeks. I started to lose hope, nothing worked for very long & even the gemstone was losing luster. After many, many searches of my favorite sites & Googling of various phrasings relating to what I was looking for I finally found ProtectaClear, given that the product is by it’s very nature clear, I acquired a new copy of the ring, in attempt to preserve it in pristine quality.

ff01ProtectaClear 1 Oz. Can ($12.95)

This little bottle came with instructions, that they warned must be carefully followed for best results. Step 1: Polish the item. Okay, it was already polished & sparkly, it was brand new & obviously beautified for sale. Since that first step was optional & it wasn’t needed given the condition of the ring, I skipped it. Step 2: Clean with a solvent. This step is not optional & is in fact in original form quite wordy with a lot of blah blah blah warnings about things that might go wrong with the coats if you skip it. Luckily, I had some mineral spirits lying around from previous projects about the house, so I went outside (to spare the lungs of sensitive persons & the cats about the house) & set to work on cleaning my pretty, also using one of the sponges they had included in the box. Then I let it dry for several hours, solvents tend to dry quickly, but I was taking no chances & made sure my ring was bone dry before moving on to the next phase. Step 3: Paint, spray, or dip half of the item with the solution. I had planned ahead, the website had warned about the stuff coming into contact with plastic, so noted the small opening under the cap I had a small glass jar with a wide opening to pour the stuff into for dipping, as that was the strategy I had decided on. I also had a metal cup that I had purchased earlier with the idea of dangling the item to dry, so drips would not damage it. I then tore up a paperclip to use for dipping & dangling & proceeded with step 3. Step 4: Wait 2 hours to apply second coat, or wait 3 hours for the solution to be dry to the touch & apply to the other side. While I was letting the first coat dry I had to carefully remove attempts at drips, as I did not want permanent bubbles on my ring. Since I wanted to do both sides I waited 3 hours, it was not dry to the touch, so I gave it 3 more hours & it seemed to be in the right state at that point & I moved the paperclip & dipped the other end. I had to be even more careful while drying the second side as it was the side with the gemstone & metallic goings on, so I had to occasionally not only remove drips, but to also remove the areas where it tried to film over openings. So I waited 3 more hours, thinking I could do the second coat on the first side then…… Step 5: It takes 4 to 5 days for solution to fully cure, do not use the item before this time. The paperclip was stuck…. When I removed it, it had left a chink in the armor. So, what I did was apply the second coat to the top, again carefully making sure there were no drip patterns or films over openings, then I waited 5 days. After the top of the ring was fully cured I cleaned up the bottom of the ring & redid it’s coatings, with appropriate wait times between. I waited another 5 days for the bottom of my ring to cure & have been happily wearing it ever since (except at work, as my work is labor intensive & would damage it regardless). The dark color is still going strong with no sign of wear & tear (it’s been over a month of near continuous wear), it still sparkles just like it did when it came out of the box & my finger has zero hints of blackening.

I would recommend doing the coats on one side of the item(s), with appropriate intervals between, then waiting for that side to completely cure before moving on to the other side. This worked spectacularly well for me, whereas following their instructions about the other side did not work out at all, as the solution is only dry to the touch & not really dry at all until it cures. I am so very happy with my results, will totally use this product again & highly recommend it to others who have faced similar issues with their beloved costume jewelry. Hope this review was helpful & have a fantastical week! ❤

This blog contains affiliate links (to the right or below, depending on the device you’re viewing this with), should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. Not affiliated with Everbrite, Inc, except as a satisfied customer. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Fantastical Friday: Dark Valentine

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Today’s wishlist was brought to you from Amazon, because it’s my go to source for random & weird things I like, when other shops I frequent may only have 1 or 2 items that would fit the bill. I didn’t find a lot for the guys out there, though I admit I could have looked a bit harder, but I got distracted with things I want…. LOL.

I hope everyone has a wonderful V-day! Perhaps you’ll find this listing useful or perhaps your special someone will, especially if your tastes run to the dark side of bling. (totally random Star Wars-esk joke…. but I stand by it, LOL)

dark-valentine1) Valentines Earrings Goth Red Dagger Earrings Handmade ($8.99)
2) Black Heart Rose Thorns Pendant Punk Goth Metal Heavy Duty Necklace ($9.99)
3) Valentine Red Heart Axe Goth Pendant Punk Gothic Necklace Rave Dark ($9.99)
4) Valentine’s Day Earrings Aurora Borealis Glass Cut Heart Handmade Iridescent Purple Pink ($12.99)
5) Black Sacred Heart Wing Chain Stone Goth Pendant Valentine Gothic Necklace ($12.99)
6) Steampunk Tassel Lace Choker Necklace ($14.99)
7) DaisyJewel Bronze and Purple Heart Angel Wings of Love Pendant Necklace ($20.99)
8) Black Cat Necklace Red Valentine Heart Pendant Handmade Jewelry ($26)
9) Coeur Du Morteur Pendant by Alchemy Empire: Steampunk ($44.96)

This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Fantastical Friday: A Few Random LARP Accessories

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It’s been a while since I explored some of the LARP options available at Amazon, my usual site to explore for odds & ends I’m unlikely to find at any of my other favored shops. I do love my games & a little fantasy never hurt anyone, lol. 😉 You’ll find that most of these items are pretty practical & might even come in handy for a Renaissance Fair (not to mention various convention looks). I hope you get as much enjoyment out of an occasional break from the pressures of reality as I do, stay safe & stay sane. 😉

larp-accessories1) Deluxe Leather Cup Can Water Bottle Drink Holder Black ($9.99)
2) Renaissance Suede Leather Forest Evergreen Petite Medieval Belt Pouch ($12.99)
3) Angle Scabbard ($14.99)
4) Pardao Medieval Coin Purse ($21.99)
5) Atlantean Wristband ($24.99)
6) Kunai Scabbard ($33.99)
7) Armor Venue Leather Swordsman Vambraces ($35)
8) Leather Gourd ($37.99)
9) Studded Elven Bracers Pair Cordura ($39.99)

This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤