Free Shit Friday || UK Tights

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I’m not sure how to tell you, but, well, umm, I’ve made it. I’m officially famous. We probably can’t be friends anymore.

Sorry about that.

How did I make it? Well, I reached that holy mecca of blogging. I got free shit. That’s right. Free shit. Not real shit – that would be weird – but a real company, sent me actual goods to blog about. And I didn’t even have to sell my soul. Win.

Let’s talk about the free stuff – with opinions that are all my own and free for you to read.

Just over a month ago I was contacted by Marta from UK Tights, an online company selling tights and a bunch of other hosiery items, if you hadn’t guessed.

I was asked if I would like to choose a few pairs of tights to try and I did like the sound of that. I’d come across UK Tights a few times before but never bought anything because I just don’t like online shopping that much. But I ignored my dislike of online shopping for the good of hosiery.

I was going to comment on the delivery but really, it’s not so much how long does it take for the company to send the package but rather how long does it take me to go to the post office to get said package. So I can’t really comment, only to say that it arrived and as always, I was at work.

The free shit

Tights mean outfit posts – or trying to replicate the poses that tight models use – I deemed outfit posts to be softer on the eyes.

Outfit #1 :: Pamela Mann Paint Drip Tights

life as unusuals UK tights review

Details || Size :: One size (8-14). Price :: €12.14

I wasn’t going to get these at first, they were my 4th pair of the “chose 3 to 4 pairs”. I was sure I wouldn’t be able to pull these off but then I wondered “does free clothing look better, like the way free food always tastes better?”. I think so.

I also had the idea of pairing them with another pair of tights. The original drip tights are black and looked kind of weird on their own so I decided to pop coloured tights underneath and quite liked the look.

It took me a while to find a skirt to wear with the tights that still showed the drip details. Short leg problems and all that. Luckily I have one inappropriately short skirt which worked out quite nicely.

Verdict :: Me likey when combined with some colour.

Outfit #2 :: Tiffany Quinn Up Arrows Suspender Tights

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Details || Size :: Small. Price :: €9.44

I picked out these tights because I think the knee-high sock/fake suspender thing is cute and I’ve wanted to add some more to my collection. Also, arrows are pretty cool.

I really like these tights, although they are too long in the leg. I’m a tall-petite person, I’m 5’2” and there was quite a bit of extra leg. I could fix it by pulling the tights up more but that got rid of the “suspender part” so I just bunched the material around my ankles and put on some boots. Problem solved.

Another plus, I didn’t rip a hole into the suspender part – like I’ve done to other tights I own – which surprised me because I pull and stretch the tights around trying to get the perfect straight line and usually end up ripping something.

Verdict :: Me likey but can only really wear them with boots, leg extensions are quite pricy.

Outfit #3 :: Pamela Mann All Over Cat Faces Tights

life as unusuals UK tights review

Details || Size :: One size (8-14). Price :: €12.14

These were a no-brainer to get. I mean, cat print, what’s there not to enjoy about these. They would only be better if the print was an actual cat and not a cat face. What else can I say? Oh, maybe that watching the cats faces deform around my thighs is somewhat amusing. But really, they’re just a regular pair of patterned tights.

Verdict :: Me likey.

Outfit #4 :: Gipsy Dotty Seam & Heel Tights

life as unusuals UK tights review

Details || Size :: One size. Price :: €10.79

Tights with seams make me feel fancy. Tights with yellow dotty seams make me feel fancy and cool. That’s why I chose these, because I like to be fancy and cool. The thing about tights like this is trying to getting the damn seam straight. There’s not a lot that I’m particular about, but that seam better be dead straight before I’m going anywhere. This is where Kris comes in, he’s my official seam straightener – all the fancy people have seam straighteners, don’t ya know – he’s quite good, he’s even stopped accidentally pinching me in the back of the leg as much.
Again, just a regular pair of tights.

Verdict :: Me likey. Me feel fancy and cool.

Anything else?

It’s not often that I buy things labelled as “one size”, since I’ve always been more of a size 6 (UK) and I’ve always assumed one sizes were going to be designed for the average size. But since pizza, I’m a comfortable size 8 (UK) so I figured I’d risk it. Two of the pairs stated sizes 8-14 (UK) and just generally on the website they state that One Size is “up to size 16 (UK)”. Now, I don’t think you’d get into these if you were bigger than a 10 (UK), maybe a 12 (UK) at a literal squeeze.

I felt a little squeezed in the thigh and waist department for one or two pairs and I think, even if you got your waist in, since the waists were quite stretchy, you’re going to have problems in getting your thighs in. At around €10 a pair, I’d say they are worth their money, they felt like good quality, they fit alright and the still fit alright after a wash – I just went to try them on to make sure of that!

€10 is around what I like to pay these days for tights. I feel like I get a good balance between the amount of times I can wear them before I put a hole in them.

I admit, I was a little nervous about putting this post together. I’ve never reviewed – I use that term loosely – anything before for giggles or for free stuff and spent quite a bit of time mulling the post over and over in my head. In the end, I went with my gut, I feel like I’ve stayed true to my style of writing and my blog and I’m happy with this post.

Oh, and if you are wondering, I did tell Marta that I would be titling this post “Free Shit Friday”, as a professional courtesy and all that.

I’d love to make this into a little series, but I need more free shit. Anyone? *wink wink, nudge nudge*

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Sweden || Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm

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I’d never been to an open air museum before Kris and I went to Stockholm, actually, I didn’t know open air museums were a type of museum before we went to Stockholm. I guess you learn something new every trip.

Skansen is the world’s oldest open air museum, founded in 1891, showcasing Swedish history from the 16th to the 20th century with the addition of a single 14th century Norwegian building too. In addition to the historical buildings, there is a selection of domestic and wild Nordic animals to see and some pretty great views over Stockholm itself.

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We visited Skansen on the fourth day of our trip. We arrived in the late afternoon thinking we’d only have a couple of hours to wander around before the museum closed. Turns out, that once you’ve entered, it doesn’t close as such, as the exit is a turnstile type exit, you just can’t enter the park after closing. We stayed until about an hour after the official closing time just wandering around, still not completely convinced we should be there, but since we weren’t the only people, we figured it was alright.

There were a few signs with some rules about camping and open fires dotted about, so we got the feeling that you could camp in the museum overnight if you wanted to. But I can’t confirm that information just yet.

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Since we’d gone in October, most of the buildings were no longer open or showing any demonstrations. Doubly, since we’d arrived in the late afternoon, all the buildings that were open and showing demonstrations had already closed for the day.

As always, we were organised and prepared.

Still, we enjoyed a nice walk around for a few hours, admiring the buildings and the animals, and eating more kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon buns).

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Have you been to an open air museum before?

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Life || Things You Might See At Groezrock Festival

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The other weekend, Kris and I went to Groezrock Festival, to hang out with the punk rockers, drink beer and bop our heads to heavy metal.

Or rather, to stand at the back of the stage, tap our feet gently to bands we’d never heard of and camp in a tent that’s slightly too small for us.

All in the name of fun. I do enjoy fun.

We had a nice time, despite only knowing one or two bands that were playing, the general genre of the festival was to our taste, so I got to find a bunch of new bands to listen to at home instead.

Music aside, we did see some sights and since I have some photos from the weekend, I thought you might like to hear about some of those things.

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So without further ado.

Things you might see at Groezrock Festival

  • Mohawks. Many Mohawks in many colours.
  • Tattoos. In every place, size and style.
  • Hundreds and hundreds of tents. Filled with thousands of people.
  • A man rocking out on his blow up guitar non-stop for the band’s entire half an hour show.
  • Litter. So much litter. I could hardly believe people could make so much litter, apparently people can.

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  • People dressed up as bananas. As Pikachu. As a dragon. As Charmander. Another banana. A penis. Seriously, a lot of bananas.
  • Speaking of penises, there also the man who bought a penis shaped water gun and is wearing in poking out of his trousers. Actually there were two of them.
  • Oh and the man with penis horns, who were dressed up like, uh, devil-penis.
  • And the man who flashed his real penis. I felt a bit spoilt for choice.

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  • A man crying in joy at seeing band.
  • Drunk people. Lots and lots of drunk people.
  • Other people’s poo. The joys of camping facilities. Don’t forget copious amount of men wee-ing up walls, trees, fences and probably other people’s tents.
  • A selection of signs expressing varying desire for weed.
  • Stage-divers, circle pits and clapping.

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And a whole host of other strange, sometimes offensive and harassing, things, but that’s all I can remember for now.

Have you ever seen anything weird at a festival? Are you going to any festivals or concerts this year?

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