9.12.2017

Small Goals {September 2017}


Welcome to September and another set of small goals. I'm actually really proud of myself for continuing these small goals. I may not complete them but that I will keep creating and working on them at any given time even if it's no longer the corresponding month, is something. September has been off to great start and it will keep being great. August was pretty cherry too so I'm not complaining at all.

And with that lets see how August went for me!

August Goals:
1. Create /Sell a mystery box - I created a couple but I never got it up on ebay yet. I'm debating between ebay or Mercari. I'm trying to avoid ebay because of all those fees.
2. Clean up 4 more blog posts - I only cleaned up one!
3. Update my ABOUT ME page - I updated and added more photos and included more stuff about me. I like where I end up with.
4. Prep for my Disney Cruise- I think I'm prepped. I'll probbably realized I forgot something but I got our tickets, transportation to the port, paperwork filled out.

September showed up fast. Like I mentioned, August was cherry but than all of sudden it was September. My weeks are getting shorter. Time is moving faster.  I'm glad because of my vacation but at the same time it's a reminder that we are getting to the end of 2017 and I'm not sure I'm ready yet.

I wasn't ready enough to get my September goals figured out and written up early enough.  I flew to Seattle at the end of August, came home a few days later, catching up and here we are. The second week of September. 

There have been moments where I want to take a break for the month but I want to be held accountable.

September Goals:
1. Pay off one credit card in full - I've been doing well paying them all off but that pesky Paypal credit is taunting me. I mean, its all pay off balances in six months but I really need to stop doing that. My mission is to knock it all out this month.
2. Purge the accessories/jewelry - I have too many items and I have realized I don't really wear jewelry /accessories as much anymore. If I do it's mainly Star Wars or simple dainty necklaces. I was also into making my own nerdy jewelry at one time and I have so many supplies.
3. Complete one vlog - I'm trying really hard to get the hang of this whole vlogging thing! I have clips from Corgi Con, Disneyland, Funko HQ, things I did this summer and I want to share them if they are only for me.
4. Enjoy my cruise - I have plans to do nothing but lounge around. When Jaime and I vacation, we vacation hard. We're always running around, getting up early and just go go go! I'm going to relax and soak it all in. 

So wish me luck on completing these goals and of course getting that mystery box up and sold. I'll be writing a post about my experience for sure. Hope it will be later this month. 

Good luck with your goals!!

9.08.2017

Unearthed from my Closet : Magic and Unicorns


It's the only way to describe this skirt. It is made of Magic and Unicorns.

I found out about Elhoffer Design from a friend and I've been a customer ever since. My first piece was the vintage Black Widow inspired cardigan and it's gone down? up? hill from there. I've mainly been buying up her Star Wars inspired pieces but when she added maxi skirts to her store, I had to grab one.

Maxi skirts with pockets! It was a dream come true.


I'm not the type of person to wear bright, pretty colors. I stay with my blacks, blues, greys, - the darker colors. I don't think I can pull off anything bright so when the maxi skirts went up, I was going to buy the black one because black is safe and goes with everything.

I ended up buying this one instead.

I felt so pretty in this skirt. I even went with a white top and tried the whole knot style. I felt and looked adorable. I had a comment on my IG from a friend questioning it because it was pink and blue. I don't know y'all but I had confidence. I do battle with self doubt in how l look in clothes and just in general. I do climb out of that feeling and doing these outfit photos is one way of making me feel good about myself. Some of my favorite clothing companies as much as I love their items make me hate my body at times. The sizing is all over the map and I'm like there is no way an XXL is too tight and why is it showing my tummy like I'm pregnant?



I haven't had that with anything from Elhoffer Designs. Everything fits like its meant to and her dresses & skirt have that extra stretch in the waist area so I'm never stuck  having to decide to size up because of my tummy or size down because of my chest. This can mess with you!!

At least me anyways.

This skirt is so comfortable, flowly, and again it has POCKETS. The fabric is thick but not heavy at all. I wore it to a friends wedding reception in LA and I was absolutely comfy the entire time. All her items are locally made and the craftsmanship is the best. You know the saying "you get what you paid for," this skirt was defintly worth it.


Top: Forever21
Skirt: Elhoffer Designs
Shoes: Ross


I was a magical fairy this day.

8.28.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: Slytherin Pride


On June 26th, 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released.
On June 26th, 2017 Harry Potter celebrated its 20th Anniversary. 

That week we went to Universal Studios Hollywood to take the mini geek to Wizarding World of Harry Potter. She's never been and I'm always down for a adventure. Luck would have it that we schedule that trip that weekend. 



But I got a geeky confession for you. I haven't finished the series - in both book and film forms. 

I never got through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I keep getting stuck in the same spot, bored and I just stop reading. Jaime has even given me the book on audio and I"ll listen to a good chunk and stop. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite book and I didn't like how the third film went so I didn't bother with the rest of the series. I was shown Goblet of Fire not too long ago and well, I spent the entire time rolling my eyes and hating Ron. Was that just me? Does anyone else hate film Ron? Does he get better?



But it happens in geekdom! No one is going to like everything and there are people out there who like certain parts of a fandom. That's totally okay! Thankfully the jokes about not finishing Potter have been small and mainly from my friends. I do want to finish the books because I heard they get a LOT better but I want to finish Goblet. 

But either way, I do like Harry Potter and I'm all about House of Slytherin. My friends will tell me things about the world of Potter and they all agree I belong in that house. 

And with that note, I totally rocked a Slytherin theme outfit to Universal that day.



Top: Amazon
Skirt: 1138Clothing
Shoes: Random store
Wand : Universal Studios Orlando



I'll finish the books one day.

8.18.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: In the Name of the Moon


Sailor Moon has always been a part of my life. It was my gateway to Anime and it was my "being part of a fandom" before knowing fandom communities were a thing. I use to spend my days after school at the computer lab reading through everything and anything that could be found about Sailor Moon.

At that time it was tough because everything was in Japanese and not much English information was out there. I would navigate Japanese sites and print things out try to make heads or tails of it all. This is how I found out it was originally a series that was 5 seasons long with 3 movies and a bunch of shorts. I had photos, trading cards, stickers, and slowly discovered what fan fic was.



Sailor Moon also opened up the world of Anime to me and I started discovering fan subbers. I would send off blank VHS and they would send me episodes of whatever series they were fan subbing.

(Did I date myself?)

It took me years to collect all 5 seasons and three movies. The first two season were hard to find because even though they were heavily edited, no fan subber would touch them because they were available officially licensed. I found them all and even though they finally released them on DVD (not Sailor Moon Stars) I still have my VHS.

Sailor Moon is what started it all.

While Lilli was in town we took to a small Anime festival that was happening in Japantown and as she was showing off her love for Haikyu, I had to show my love of Sailor Moon.

Getting anything Sailor Moon even to this day is hard and expensive . While I was Japan, I got lucky when GU (sister store to Uniqlo) released a collection of Sailor Moon clothing. I had to visit three - four different stores until I found something. The Luna purse was one of them.

The jacket I found on Wish. It's probably not official (can't find any info) but I had to have it.


Sailor Moon jacket : WISH
White Shirt: Forever21
Jeans: Old Navy
Luna Purse: GU Japan

I fall in and out of love with different fandoms. It happens but Sailor Moon will always be a part of my life.

8.15.2017

Seven Tips for Selling on Mercari

Image Credit: Mercari

As a geek and collector of all things, I have amassed a huge collection of stuff in a tiny apartment.

It happens.

And as all things go, sometimes I end up growing out of that collection. I was very into the whole Vinylmation club. Now, I'm done collecting them and at times I just stare at them wanting to get rid of them.

Clothes is another can of worms. I love clothes. I have so many shirts. SO MANY. And as life happens, I start to not fit them. I keep them in my closet because I'm either going to lost the weight or gain it back. (Depends on the item) And who can really live like that?

This is where Mercari comes in. I discovered them around the time Poshmark came into my life. Poshmark was all about clothes and nothing more at the time. I had clothing items to sell but I had collectibles as well. I also learned that Poshmark was all about labels and the shirts I got at conventions weren't selling. I was told Mercari had more categories and a few people had luck selling their Funko's so I gave it a shot.

Two years later, it's my to go place to sell. I've made money from selling my items and even after the beta had ended and they charge 10% of your selling price, I continue to have great luck! I actually earned enough to help fund a good chunk of my Japan trip earlier this year and it helped me bring down some of my credit card balances. It does take a lot of work to sell but it's so much easier than on Ebay (all those fees) and you're not losing out money by taking the clothes to places as Crossroads Trading.

So with that,  here are my tips to selling on Mercari!!


1. Quality Photos - Mercari allows you to post up to four photos of the items you are selling. Take full advantage of this and take good photos.

I'm not going to lie, I'll take photos of items in bad yellow hallway lighting in front of my bathroom door just to get them listed. About 7% of the time those listings will sell. I'll get the likes which means folks are following the photo. When I go back and take better, clearer, good quality photos, they end up selling. It is a lot of work but the app makes it easy. You do it right from your phone.

When it comes to collectibles, take photos from all angels. Even take top and bottoms. Trust me.

2. List all the Information - List it all in the item description box.

Even if it's something you think shouldn't matter. Folks will still probably ask questions about the item but listing the actual color, sizing, measurements, condition, flaws, new - not new, I even list about how many times it has been washed to give the buyer an idea of wearing time left. Oh and please, please list  if you have animals. No one wants to open a package and have cat hair fly at them when they are deadly allergic. If it's relevant to the item add it! This will save you time from answering questions. I also noticed the more information I add, the faster it sells.

3. Don't be afraid to delete and relist - Nothing wrong with re-adding the item.

Sometimes all it take is updating the photos but sometimes you just need to delete it and re add it. Mercari is constantly being updated with new items every second. That item that is sitting at the bottom won't get seen anymore when folks search because eventually you get sick of scrolling. Re adding it gets it back to the top and more of a chance of being sold. I've done it a bunch with great success. You do have to go back to re photographing the item and adding in all the details but it's a great feeling when that shirt that has been on your page for two months finally sells!

But also learn to finally let go. - If it hasn't sold in months, time to donate it.


4. Don't be afraid to price it higher and than lower - Start it at the highest price you're wanting to sell it.

But don't go to crazy. Check out the competition and try to not be the highest. This will help also give you wiggle room to negotiate because you will get messages about lowering the price. And keep in mind that Mercari takes 10% off your sale as a fee. There are times where I forget that and don't take it into account but also I'm in the mission to move things out. Also, if you just want the thing gone don't be scared to price it low but again, take that fee into account.

5. Offer free shipping - FREE SHIPPING is like a burning candle to a moth.

Buyers love free shipping and there is nothing wrong with making that your selling point. Unless it's something really heavy or takes up a lot of packaging (FUNKO POP) I offer free shipping. Mercari gives you two options - you offer free shipping and Mercari takes the cost out of your final price. They send you a label, you pack it, slap it on, drop it the mail. Shipping starts at $4. Or you can take care of it yourself. I have noticed that shirts with tracking will ship under $4.00 so I just take everything to the post office and than enter the tracking number. They require tracking number.

I will say, there are times where I end up making less than 3 bucks on a item  because it went over a pound and the PO forces you to ship priority mail. My 10 dollar item earned me 9 dollars but I had to shove it in a $7 flat rate... do the math. But hey, 3 dollars is better than it just sitting at home or in a landfill.

6. Tweet that link out - I know, spamming is annoying but get your link out there!

I'll usually tweet my Mercari link when I post new items or refresh some listings. Just posting and waking away doesn't always work. Get that link out there. I notice a surge in sales after updating / adding new items and tweeting my link out. I actually have it as a pinned tweet and with RTing yourself happening, I'll do that twice a day for a couple of days. Just don't be that guy.

And speaking about listing...

7. Don't put it all up at once - I know right, sounds counterproductive but give them bit by bit.

When I first started, I had a box of stuff and put all of it up. I mean all of it. I got a couple of sales, some questions but than nothing. I cleaned out my closet and added half those items with a next batch up the following week. It keeps your listing fresh and as I just mentioned above, folks will see your listings. Also, keep in mind when your posting things. I mean San Francisco does have cardigan weather in the summer but not the rest of the country. Add more summer items with the random sweater listing here and there.

Again Mercari isn't just about selling clothes. I've had major luck selling shoes, collectibles, brand new / unused make up items, planner accessories, CD/Vinyl, Video Games, and what not.

If you've been thinking about using Mercari to sell, go for it! It's great for getting your unwanted items out to new homes! Their customer services is great and I haven't had any issues yet with buyers or with the few sellers.

If you're going to sign up, please use my code UKGBZD at sign up! You'll get a $10 dollar credit towards your first purchase!

Disclaimer: This post is NOT in any way sponsored by Mercari. These are my own thoughts/tips. I've been using the app for about 2 years and I'm loving it.

8.10.2017

Small Goals {August 2017}


Ah, July... it was great knowing you. And August has started off amazingly. I got to see Hamilton on the last day of it's San Francisco run and it was so uniquely wonderful. Not that July wasn't great! There was so much happening that month but one of the highlights was getting to zipline across Fremont Street in Las Vegas. 
I'm terrified of heights and well, laying flat while zooming through the air sounded scary but once I got up there and it happened, I had so much fun. If you're ever in Las Vegas and get the chance, do it!!
And with that, lets check in with my July goals and see what I got done!
July Goals:

Blog:

1. Clean up seven posts - I deleted a lot of posts that just weren't irrelevant or you could totally tell I just did them to write it. 

2. Add photos to four posts - I fixed up about five posts and I even tweeted them out again. I'm actually bad when it comes to re sharing past posts I wrote. 

3. New blog layout -  It's up and running!! I really love this new layout. 

Personal:

1. Purge craft station - NOPE!!!

2. Clean out emails - I got it done!! That was a lot of emails and a lot of important missed ones!

3. Start training for the Super Heroes Half - I ran once. That is not any kind of training. 

I completely killed my blog small goals but not so much the personal ones. I didn't touch the craft station at all and one run isn't much of a training set up. Gotta get to it. I don't want to hurt myself during those two runs. 

And here's my goals for this month!
August Goals:
1. Create/Sell a mystery box - I saw a video about this on Buzzfeed and I guess it's a thing. I have so many toys / collectibles that aren't worth selling on their own but I believe making a box might be something. I'm going to give it a go and put one up on eBay and see. 
2. Clean up 4 more blog posts - This will probably be an on-going small goal but gotta keep working on it! This will either be fixing the photos or deleting posts. 
3. Update my ABOUT ME page - I think I may have done this earlier or tried to but it feels the same. Wanna change it up.

4. Prep for my Disney Cruise - I am so excited!! This is  my very first cruise ever and I have no idea what I'm doing or need. Gotta get ready for it! I got a month left before the trip!!


Your turn!! What goals did you create for August? 

8.08.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: Rocking the Dots Minnie Mouse Style



Minnie Mouse has a special place in my heart. When I went to Disneyland for the very first time as a kid the one thing I was allowed to get was a plush and it was Minnie Mouse.

I still have it.



While I was in Japan earlier this year, Uniqlo released an entire Minnie Mouse collection. I wanted everything but thankfully the collection was also released in the States so I was able to wait till I got back. I ended up picking up this really cute top.


It was the perfect shirt to wear to Disneyland. I also wore my black polka dot skirt from Lularoe. These skirts are so comfortable especially running around all day.


Minnie Mouse has gotten so fashionable over the years and I may not be as cool as her but I'm definitely going to Rock The Dots!!


Minnie Mouse Top: Uniqlo
Black Polka dot Skirt: Lularoe
Mickey ears: Tokyo Disneyland
Mickey Mouse Backpack: Tokyo Disneyland


I had to get some photos over at Minnie's house in Toon Town!

7.25.2017

Scum and Villainy Cantina


“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

This Star Wars inspired pop up bar came across my radar last year and I of course I had to go. It was opening up in Los Angeles somewhere and I decide what the heck, I'm in San Francisco I can do this!

In case you are wondering, I don't drive. I don't have a diver's license. You don't need it in SF but it does make it difficult to do road trips.

You had to buy your tickets in advanced, like a year in advance I want to say. I don't really remember and it was 50 dollars a ticket. It included the cover and two drinks. I was going into it blind along with everyone else because there was no other information except the name, it was Galactic, and it would be in LA.


I've made other terrible adult choices when it comes to experiencing things, so I dove in! After getting the ticket for Jaime and I, we waited for the day when they would open up reservations which happened the beginning of this year. That was not fun at all. The site kept timing out. It wouldn't load everything. It would crash. People on facebook were freaking out because nothing was working. It couldn't handle the traffic. I finally got in after an hour of waiting and I was able to snag a spot for a Saturday in May. It was the first reservation of the day and it worked out.


Fast forward to May and we made our visit to Scum and Villainy Cantina. We got there around 230pm and the line to get in wasn't too bad. 3pm rolled around and they were still getting ready but as they were doing that, someone was outside getting our names and handing out the drink chips. By this time the line was getting longer and everyone was dressed up in one form or another!!

They finally let us in!! You make your way down the stairs in dim lighting while lasers were around you, smoke machines, and Sci-Fi music playing. The bar was small! I guess it was given due to it only being a pop up! There was 5 booths, a few hi tables and dozen or so stools at the bar. The reservations are set for two hours and only a small amount is let in. it was crowded but nothing terrible. Jaime and I claimed half a booth and while we did at one point had two folks join us, we pretty much had it to ourselves.


They had your basic bar food for purchase like nachos, quesadillas, and what not but that wasn't included in the reservation price. They had three main theme drinks and of course, your basic beers and stuff. We got to try all three theme drinks - Wretched Blue Milk, The Chosen One, and A Bad Feeling About This - and we both love Wretched Blue Milk. A Bad Feeling lived up to its name.

We both had fun hanging out, listening to some funky music, and enjoying the drinks. Once our time ended, we were given a pint glasses as we exited.



The 50 dollar reservation included entry, 2 drinks which for the ones we picked were at 12 bucks each, a pint glass, and a token to come back at another time which would of been awesome but we aren't local and I overheard that with token it would $10 bucks to get in.

50 bucks was a lot to drop for something we didn't really know about and in our case $100 for the two of us. I do have mix feeling about that... the drinks were 24 each since we go two and the glass would of been 20 if we bought it on it's own and that was already 44 but do I really need more glasses and in our case two?


But it was over all it was fun! I was with Jaime and we made it worth it the trip down with other events through out the day like visiting the Museum of Ice Cream earlier and after Scum and Villainy we had movie tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the El Captain theater.


And I have a video!! I'm still working out how I want to do this and what I officially want my channel to be about but here is a small video of us at the Scum and Villainy Cantina!!

Did any of you get the chance to visit? What were your thoughts and experience? Would you do it again?!



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