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SUMMER RECAP: Cosplayholic

Just like last year, I took a break from blogging for a few months – I mean, summer IS the prime season for social events and outdoor activities. But apart from that, it gave me the opportunity to dabble in a side job, reprioritize my life, set aside some much-needed time for myself, and improve some aspects of my lifestyle that I wasn’t satisfied with. But since I can’t recap my entire summer in a single post, I’ve decided to do a series of entries to get all my followers caught up. Enjoy! :)

Cosplayholic is an eBay shop (with an impressive positive feedback score) that I had been eyeing for months. Since I know many of my readers are comparison shoppers like myself, I wanted to share an honest and detailed narrative of my purchasing experience with this seller.

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My boyfriend and I decided to order the custom-tailored Tidus and Songstress Yuna outfits, since we had two events coming up – my annual trip to New Jersey for AnimeNext and a Final Fantasy themed rave in Brooklyn called Vinyl Fantasy IV. We sent Cosplayholic our measurements and paid the outrageous shipping costs, thinking it would be worth it. Unfortunately, my bank thought the order was fraudulent and activated a chargeback – which would take several weeks to process, even after I cancelled it.

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Since the convention was approaching soon, I made an agreement with the seller to pay the $220+ total again via PayPal while the chargeback was processing, and in the event that the money would get taken out of my bank account a second time, they would return it to me. Yes, I know that the terms of agreement on eBay specifically state that they are not held responsible for arrangements done independently of their site. So I took the risk, thinking the seller was trustworthy.

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When the costumes arrived in the mail several weeks later, we were pleased to find that both fit perfectly and looked just like the photos in the listing. (They even included a note in the package that asked us to leave them positive feedback, since they’re feeding their families in China with the money they make from their cosplay shop, and any store below a certain score is banned from making any more transactions.) It was a personal decision for me to wear a different skirt, since I thought the one included was too long. Nonetheless, we received many compliments at both events – so I’m not taking a jab at the quality of their products at all.

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Now fast forward a little over a month later, where the cancelled chargeback was finished processing and I am charged a second time for my order. Despite our agreement, Cosplayholic denies receiving the second payment. After many phone calls and messages between me, my bank, and PayPal – the consensus was that the seller did receive the money. After threatening to file a dispute with them through my bank, and giving them both PayPal transaction numbers as proof of my payments, they CONVENIENTLY only responded back to me once a week – promising they would return my money but never actually doing it until months later. Ultimately, it took them from April until September to return $220+ to me even though I was messaging them every week. I do not recommend them, the customer service is a nightmare.
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Reflections on Post-Grad Life (Thus Far)

It’s been four months since I graduated college. How am I holding up? To be honest, life isn’t as glamorous as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong – I’m incredibly grateful for everything I have right now. But there are still some things I struggle with every day that no amount of undergraduate education could have prepared me for.


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Early 21st Birthday Celebration!! :D

Hey, guys! I apologize for the hiatus – I’ve been busy with my last days of work, and squeezing in more time spent with friends. I leave for school tomorrow morning, and probably won’t get the chance to see them again until January. :< Anyway.. I just wanted to make a quick, photo-heavy post on how I celebrated my 21st birthday a week in advance with my family yesterday. : )


Of course, I had to get dolled up for the occasion. :P

We all had dinner at Century Super Buffet in Queens Village, which is conveniently close to where I live. I haven’t eaten there in years, but was not disappointed when I had my fill of COCONUT SHRIMP (<3) and other various Chinese dishes. The only thing that was lacking were their selection of sushi.


I was too busy stuffing my face to take a picture of my actual plate(s).

Afterwards, my friends took me out for a “special surprise”. The original plan was to go bowling, but instead we headed out to a coffee house in West Hempstead called The Witches Brew. The atmosphere and decor was amazing! We were seated in a dimly lit, semi-private area with swanky couches and other awesome furnishing. ; )

The whole coffee shop had a dark, gothic, and antique feel to it – definitely my type of place. My friends jokingly told me that this is where all the local hipsters hang out. :P The menus looked pretty cool, too, and had really creative names for many of their drinks and desserts.

I ended up ordering a peach smoothie, since I was still full from the buffet. SO GOOD. It was a heavenly blend of flavored syrup, vanilla ice cream, crushed ice, and whipped cream. <3 It completely convinced me to come back here again. ;D

I really had a great time last night. : ) There were too many photos taken to post onto here, though. But if you’re interested, click on this link to check out the Facebook album where I uploaded them all! :D

Bicycle > Car

I was planning to retake my road exam this summer, and hopefully earn myself a driver’s license, but I just don’t see the point. I live in New York City, where public transportation will save me more money in the long run than paying for gas ever will. I don’t even think I’ll be able to afford a car for a really long time.

Which is why I’ve made the decision to invest in a new bicycle. I haven’t ridden my old mountain bike in over six years, and with good reason – the frame is rusted, the tires have holes, the leaning-forward position that it forces my body into is uncomfortable, and the handlebar brakes are difficult for my tiny hands to use. It’s been sitting in the garage for what seems like forever.

Last night, I spent hours researching online and came to the conclusion that a comfort or cruiser bicycle would fit my lifestyle the best. It’s not like I’m going to be riding this thing through the woods, dirt, or grass. :P After browsing many brands and models on the internet, I found the Huffy 24″ Burgundy Girls’ Cranbrook Cruiser Bike for only $89.97! :o At first, I was suspicious of the really cheap price tag, but the reviews on the website convinced me that this would be a great deal for its value. :DAlthough I don’t plan to purchase it until mid Summer, despite its free shipping and pick-up at my local Wal-Mart, I’m already way too excited. :P I can already imagine how useful it will be to me!

1) I won’t ever have to walk around campus next semester – bike racks are plentiful outside of every residential and academic building. All my classes will be at the hospital next year, too, which isn’t the most enjoyable or convenient walk from my dorm room. But biking there would be a breeze! :D

2) I would be able to travel between my building and Michael’s apartment in no time without walking through the sketchy path in the woods on a hill that students have dubbed “the rape trail”. >.<;

3) I’d have the coolest bicycle on campus, obviously. Or at least my entire quad. I love the old-fashioned, retro look of this bike. To be honest, I can’t imagine myself riding one that looked any sportier. XD It’s simple and single-geared, which I adore. And did I mention that red is one of my favorite colors? :o

4) Recreational rides around the town. Enough said. :D The fact that it’s a 24″ bicycle, not the standard adult-sized 26″, is also great! I’m only 4’11” tall, so getting a full-sized bike probably wouldn’t be the best idea. :P

Should I buy a basket to attach to the front? ; )

Itching to go summer shopping. :X

With a little more than two weeks until my summer vacation, I can’t wait to  buy more warm-weather clothing. I’m a little frustrated, though, since my school owes me $250+. Every time I drop by the university store, hoping to exchange the credits my school gave me for Visa gift cards, they’re always sold out. If I don’t redeem them by the end of the semester, I won’t get a check until graduation. :'(

On top of this, they’re making me go out of my way to get my birth certificate and other various documents in order to verify my citizenship, so that they can pay me for the work I did over Spring Break. I may just be unreasonably impatient, though. :P

On my list of things to buy are denim shorts, since all my current pairs are a size too large on me now. I’ve been eyeing more dresses, as well, especially the one pictured above from  Express. I love the lace! <3 I’m impressed with the Dr. Martens women’s shoe line, too. I’ve been dying for a pair of their boots for the longest time, and came across their more feminine styles on the website today!

On the left, we have the new Sanrio Canvas 7-eye Boot, which to me looks like a much cuter and sturdier Chuck Taylor Converse. :D On the right, is their Mimi 3-eye Elevated Shoe, which I can totally imagine wearing with my uniform if I get that waitressing job this summer. ; )

Here, we have their Mona Elevated Strappy Sandal and 8-eye Victorian Flowers Boot. Doc Martens are known for being constructed with the highest quality,and I can’t wait until I save up for one of their classic pairs. These more feminine alternatives are nice to look at, though! :P

I was browsing another website called Bluefly the other day, as well, and scoped out a ton of cute shoes. It was only until scrolling further down that I realized that they were made by Prada, and thus totally out of my price range. Prada shoes are definitely a sign of luxury, which I unfortunately don’t have at the  moment, but wouldn’t mind owning a pair or two of their heels and wedges. ; )

Prada Cherry Patent T-strap Bow  Detail  Sandals, $520?!

I heart recycling.

You know what irks me? When people don’t put recyclables into the appropriate bin when it’s right in front of them. Many of the residents in my building even leave them in the hallways! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been collecting soda cans and bottles. Yesterday, I cashed them in for $0.05 per piece at Walbaums in their recycling center. : )


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As a college student whose university prides itself on being a green campus, it feels great to know I’m doing my part while making some extra money on the side. My RHD even gave me and the other RAs a pile of these cute pins to hand out to students in order to promote recycling!

With a small fraction of the money I earned from recycling all those cans and bottles, I decided to buy a tube of Wet’n’Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Bare it All. It’s a lovely, nude, semi-matte shade that softens your look when you want to wear dramatic eyes. The formula looks creamy, but can be a little drying – that can be solved by wearing lip balm underneath, though. And because my lips aren’t very photogenic, here’s what the lipstick looks like on fellow blogger Jo from JoMakeMeBlush.

At first I was afraid it was going to be too light on my tan skin, but I make it work. :P I also like it because it has great value – only $2.99 at your local drugstore! The shade really tones down and neutralizes smokey eyes, making them wearable during the daytime. It’s perfect for Spring, too, since I want to experiment with more colorful and experimental looks. Can you believe that it’s almost March? I can’t wait for warmer weather. : ) Until next time! ^o^