Time To Vent – Nightshade Corsets and Mac Cosmetics

Those that know me, know that I prefer to shop on eBay.  I find that the power of “feedback” works very well in assuring reasonable service.  I’m really not after any special “exceeded my expectations ” service.  But it’s quite difficult to get advice when buying on eBay so sometimes I leave the relatively safety of that world and venture into the world of internet vendors.

I’ve had some frustrations recently with that I’d like to share.

First off, I bought a “high quality” corset from Nightshade Corsets back in October with the intention of wearing it to the Fetish Ball in Las Vegas.  Based on the advice I got, I ended up with the wrong size (I know, I’m a tough fit).  Graciously, the store offered to exchange it.  I immediately (same day) returned the corset and paid for another one.  When my return was received I was immediately credited for it’s cost but a few critical days went by (with unanswered email expressing my willingness to pay extra for expedited shipping) and eventually I was told the replacement item was shipped.  Of course, the corset arrived after I left for Las Vegas.

Well now, after only a couple rather gentle wearings I’ve noticed that one of the steel bones is poking out of the bottom trim.  I’ll try to have it repaired but honestly, I’ve gotten better wear out of a relatively cheap $200 corset and this one was substantially more expensive.

My other frustrations is regarding MAC Cosmetics online.  For whatever reason, my emails to them keep going unanswered. Twice I’ve had to resend, only to get a “thanks for your patience” reply.  The delays have caused me to miss the big annual online sale, and I was planning to spend a ton of money.  I’ve been told that MAC is “friendly” to girls like me so I imagine the problems might just be procedural, but who knows.

I’m sticking with Dermablend.

Vent-mode off!

Another Year …

The new year is here, and really .. it’s doesn’t look or feel much different than last year.  But who knows what this year will bring.

I hope you all took the time to make a New Year’s resolution.  (Is this a North American custom only?)  Hopefully you haven’t already made and broken yours.  But if you haven’t made one yet, maybe I can help.  Try this … resolve to do something this year that you’ve never done before.  Maybe something you’ve only dreamed about, or fantasized about.  Give yourself permission!

Now I’m not suggesting you throw caution to the wind and do something that’s potentially life-altering.  Just something small but maybe something you never thought you’d have the courage to do.  And whether it goes well or not so well, the feeling of excitement will remind you that life is as exciting as you make it.

Me?  My resolution involves hard work.  I’m going to try to learn how to walk more gracefully in ballet heels!  I don’t expect to ever be able to wear them when I go to the shopping mall but being able to gracefully walk for short distances would be awesome.

Now .. I’m starting to get a little worried.  The US Inauguration Ball is just a couple weeks away and my invitation still hasn’t arrived.  New dress and new shoes are ready, and my frequent flyer points are burning a hole in my purse.  So someone .. help me out here!  I promise to be a perfect lady and someone you’d be happy to be seen with. 🙂

Ohhhh .. it’s not that I’m a fan of the guy who the big party is for … on the contrary, actually.  It just seems like it might be a good party for someone like me.

Let’s just see how liberal-minded those people really are!



PS .. and for those of you who are familiar with my circle of friends .. I recently got an email from my favorite Toronto girl who is now living in Argentina.  Micheala is doing just fine and she’s just as sweet as she always was.  I think I need to ask her for a new photo to see what changes the South American lifestyle has inspired.  It’s always a pleasure to hear from her.