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Gothic Vintage Ruffle Corset Fishtail Skirt LARP Victorian Fantasy Sizes 8-28
Gothic Vintage Ruffle Corset Fishtail Skirt LARP Victorian Fantasy Sizes 8-28
Offered by DangerousfX
Price: £49.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It fits!, 2 Oct 2012
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At last. A skirt that fits. I have terrible trouble with skirts due to having large hips and thighs, a tiny waist and being tall, with the height chiefly being in the leg. I've always been attracted to gothic clothing because I am naturally that kind of shape. But nothing has fit like this skirt has. It is quite tight in the lower thigh to knee section, so be aware of this. Yes, you will need heels if you are petite as it is quite long (however this is great for people who are over 5ft 10ins). The lace design down the back and the little ruffles at the bottom give it a lovely late Victorian feel. It really highlights an hourglass shape and looks good with a brocade jacket, frilly shirt or matching black top for a real Morticia Addams feel. Quite good value for the money too and the delivery was prompt.


Lindy Bop 'Amie' Classy Red Polka Dot Vintage WW2 1940's 1950's Pinup Flared Retro Tea Dress
Lindy Bop 'Amie' Classy Red Polka Dot Vintage WW2 1940's 1950's Pinup Flared Retro Tea Dress
Offered by Lindy Bop
Price: £49.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tea dress-tastic!, 23 Aug 2012
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This dress is simple in design but stylish in true 40s practicality with a delicious understated land girl feel to it. Yes, I love all things retro and this hits the spot. It's extremely comfortable, washes well and the sizing is accurate. It's a nice length (mid calf) and its loose skirt means you can wear stockings, bullet bras and girdles underneath without any fear of VPL and to really experience the era. The red is a little darker than the picture indicates (more brick red than pillar box) but is lovely, and it's available in black with white polka dots also. Have matching lipstick and victory rolls at the ready! Shame GIs aren't available on here as well... x


Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes - Be Happy, Achieve Wealth, Heal Yourself [DVD]
Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes - Be Happy, Achieve Wealth, Heal Yourself [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maya Fiennes
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, wealthy and healthy!, 10 July 2012
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Maya Fiennes first 3 box set of kriyas and mantras are a true delight. The first, Ek Ong Kar, is a morning chant that brings about happiness and is best done between 4am and 7am as part of the morning chant (sadhana) but thankfully, can be done later too! This involves relaxing on the left side and holding the big toe to detoxify the liver alongside various other kriyas which build strength, stamina and flexibility.

The second DVD, Har, focuses on abundance and wishing yourself fulfilled. There is a quite challenging kriya in that you squat in crow pose with arms extended, which you certainly feel in your thighs, but the discomfort is dispelled by listening to a Kundalini variant of a Beatles classic! Kundalini Lotus also features, and again can be hard work to do initially in terms of balance, but you do get there if you persevere. The mantra focuses on having an intention and visualising its achievement whilst doing a circular hand movement and focusing on the tip of the nose through half closed eyes to strengthen the optic nerve. Honestly, this gets easier with practice!

The final DVD, Ram Das, is my favourite of the three. It focuses on healing (maybe because I am a nurse is why I like it so?). This one works on alleviating disease and has lots of breathing exercises via right and left nostrils (moon and sun energies respectively). This helps to boost immune system, prevent a cold coming on, keep body weight stable and boost energy levels. The more physical aspects of this practice include an excellent 3 minute hold of down dog to alleviate depression, plus the strangely comical "elephant walk", which had me banging my head into the door Buster Keaton style, so watch where you're treading!!! This walk prepares you for meditation and mantra, Ram Das, which I particularly enjoy because you can put your hands in prayer pose for balance or work with a mudra by touching the thumb (planet Earth) to the forefinger (planet Jupiter for knowledge), the middle finger (planet Saturn, for patience), the ring finger (the Sun, for energy) or the little finger (planet Mercury, for communication). Working with a few people who tend not to listen and be challenging, alongside keeping my own sanity, Mercury and Saturn play a special part in my mantra session, but you can work with what is pertinent in your life and build on it.

All 3 mantras take some getting used to as they are repeated for about 15-20 minutes. This is indeed a long time and concentration tends to wander at first, but over time you become more focused and feel the benefits of this repetition. You can also stop before they end if you find the full session difficult at first and build up the time.

Once again, Maya encourages patience and rests until ready to move on. I love this type of non-competitive work and certainly feel the benefits. I hope you all do too. xx


Advanced Style
Advanced Style
by Ari Seth Cohen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sass and the senior citizen, 10 Jun 2012
This review is from: Advanced Style (Hardcover)
Looking through this book, the word "refreshing" certainly springs to mind. Style blogger Ari Seth Cohen seeks inspiration in glamourous grandmothers and has scoured the streets of New York to photograph these doyennes of elegance with centuries of style between them. It is certainly a representation of challenging the often heard "I can't wear that because of my age". Models feature Ruth, who is 100 and enjoys pilates and weightlifting, writer and artist Beatrix, who resembles Vivienne Westwood with her dyed purple hair, accessories queen Mary, who believes in sunglasses over facelifts and Joyce, an 80 year old who wears fabulous gloves wherever she goes. This is truly delightful and empowering to women of all ages, in that it challenges the stereotypical views on age and ageing. I work with people who are over 65 and am constantly trying to lobby the establishment for its dated representations on what older adults want. With this book in my arsenal, they'll be no stopping me...


My Booky Wook
My Booky Wook
Price: £3.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid and honest comedic account, 15 Jan 2012
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This review is from: My Booky Wook (Kindle Edition)
This book is well written and indicates that for all Russell's bravado and liking to shock, there is an intelligent, well-read and insightful individual underneath. Starting and ending with rehab at a US clinic for Sex Addiction, Russell takes us through his disjointed and chaotic life with his great wit interspersed. I was left asking two questions - 1. How come you are still alive Russell? and 2. How did you keep getting the lucky breaks when all was (statistically) against you? We look at his over-indulgent and sickly mother, his part-time off-beat relationship with his father, his intense hatred of his mother's boyfriend, his mentors at drama school, his brushes with the law (quite a few!) and his addictive personality that frequently presses the self-destruct button. Yes, you could think what a vain, narcissistic, selfish and immature prick when the gut reaction is engaged. However, what seems to warm the reader is the fact that he has a tremendous self-awareness of these not so good qualities. Coupled with a certain style of charm that some people just have at their disposal (Chomsky would probably called it innate!), you just cannot help forgiving him his waywardness. Altogether an interesting if sometimes shocking read (but then, this is Russell Brand after all). Super wupa!


In A Glass Darkly (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
In A Glass Darkly (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
by Sheridan Le Fanu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understatedly scary!, 2 Jan 2012
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This is a collection of 5 short stories that are formulated into a casebook of Dr Martin Hesselius, a psychologist. The previous reviewers have done sterling synposes for each of these. The use of language in all 5 is haunting and beautiful. Indeed, it would be interesting, if it were possible, to travel back in time and read these through late Victorian eyes. Sadly, the downside of technology is that we are spoiled by special effects and all things visual. Le Fanu sets the scene subtly, whether it be a clergyman retaliating to an apparition of a monkey (Green Tea), persecuted Captain Barton from a late crew member (The Familiar) or a hanging judge getting his come uppance (Mr Justice Harbottle - alleged to be based loosely on Judge Jeffreys) to the naive Richard Beckett almost paying a hefty price via the femme fatale of a Countess (The Room in the Dragon Volant) and the classic and supposedly forerunner of Dracula (Carmilla)exploring the lure and danger of the vampire. All 5 have something to offer anyone who enjoys Gothic literature.

It was a refreshing read and change from more modern texts. In today's culture of blogging and tweeting (GR8 though these are!), it is a pleasure to indulge in the highly animated text of 2 centuries ago.


Shiva Rea - Creative Core Abs [DVD]
Shiva Rea - Creative Core Abs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shiva Rea
Price: £7.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ab fab yoga practice, 31 Dec 2011
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This is a good quick practice that focuses on abdominal area and is great for building stamina and strength. Yes, the music and setting is a little New Age-y, but this tends to be what floats Shiva's boat and is a key feature in her practice. Also, with most DVDs for yoga, you tend to watch it once to get the gist, then look up a couple of times for reassurance when you start doing the postures. After this, your focus is predominantly on what you are doing, so it doesn't matter if there's a man drumming or even an elephant cruising past!

The DVD is clear, the instruction is informative and the strength you build is phenomenal. I did this a while back when I saw it on Body in Balance channel, and it was tough. However, with regular practice this remains challenging and yet exhilarating at the same time. Modifications are given until you reach this stage, and please take them, it will be worth it.

Shiva is a wonderful yogini and all her DVDs have something special to offer. This is 37 minutes of good flow postures, including plank, crunches and abstract free-form flow. My only criticism is that there is no shivasana at the end, which was a surprise, but then you can do this yourself afterwards.


Kundalini Yoga Transformer All-In-One Workout ALL LEVELS [DVD]
Kundalini Yoga Transformer All-In-One Workout ALL LEVELS [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ana Brett & Ravi Singh
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.36

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformer - workout in disguise..., 24 Dec 2011
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Apologies for the title but just been watching Prime and Megatron with my son after doing this earlier on!

However, now on with the review. Ravi and Ana's DVDs are addictive and each one has something different to offer. Please, please, please do not obsess about the "workout" concept (as there is a considerable amount of meditation and breathing exercises in this edition). Nevertheless, the disguise concept of the workout is there, as the upper body gets tested to the limit with Born Free and Purify your Past segments.

Born Free is a kind of Kundalini Anger Management technique that works on focusing the mind and bringing anger to the surface, then dealing with it in a constructive and non-detrimental fashion. It is also good for lymphatic drainage under the armpits and builds upper body strength and endurance. I love the name too - as you resemble Elsa the Lion with your hands set in a claw type formation!

Purify your Past could be interchanged with Born Free or done in addition if you really want to go for it - again it's a challenge for the upper body and focuses on resolving issues from recent and distant past and moving on. One reviewer has said it beats psychotherapy! Well, there's certainly a feelgood factor here, I would agree.

The rest of the DVD has familiar warm ups for the spine and more traditional yoga movements and the Mantra - Beautiful Gobinday - is simply awesome. You'll be singing it round the house in no time!

Another thing to bear in mind with this DVD is that the breathing patterns are a little different in some parts. For example, Born Free involves breathing in through puckered lips and out through the nostrils, which was, I must admit, a little weird on first doing it, but becomes more rhythmical with practice. Breath of Fire is also done via the mouth as well as the nose, which again is unfamiliar but over time flows more steadily.

Well done Ana and Ravi once again. This is superb and well deserves 5 stars.


Playing the Game
Playing the Game
by Belle de Jour
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reading the books..., 12 Dec 2011
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I must agree with most of the other reviewers here. This is a comfortable read (read this on a train to London actually) but nothing particularly new from Belle. Her first book is by far the best and a recommended insight into the world of sex working. This is described as a "novel" but keeps with the diary tradition of its two predecessors with brief entries. The main issues Belle tackles in this instalment are dilemmas with dating (quite funny in parts), tackling a day job and cutting her cloth (or underwear budget) accordingly and dealing with difficult relationships (family members, a token girlfriend and an equally manipulative work rival). Often women who are only friends with men tend to bore me as they harp on about "how they don't connect with women" (probably because the attention is off them given competition!) but with Belle it feels as if you can be more forgiving and accepting given her dabbling in escort work and brutal honesty on this issue. All 3 books appear to illustrate how you need to develop a tough exterior and be hypervigilent. This seems evident in her words and actions. Her acerbic wit and no nonsense approach to her potential suitors is excellent, as is her scoring on potential for being a boyfriend, lover or client. If you have enjoyed Belle's books and blog, and don't mind straying from call girl to mainstream culture, then you will probably enjoy this also. As one previous reviewer astutely pointed out though, they are better to be read sequentially so you can follow the characters and events.


Kundalini Yoga The Body Electric All-In-One Workout with Ana Brett & Ravi Singh (ALL LEVELS) [DVD]
Kundalini Yoga The Body Electric All-In-One Workout with Ana Brett & Ravi Singh (ALL LEVELS) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ana Brett & Ravi Singh
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Warrior?, 27 Jun 2011
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This recent offering from RaviAna is well, really intense but undeniably a fulfilling practice. It works very hard on nerve strength, indeed, 2 segments are called "nerves of platinum" for that reason alone. This is a very good DVD if you want to work upper body strength. Honestly, I needed to go easy on other DVDs for the next few days after doing this. Variations on row boat warm up interspersed with wide legs, breath of fire with cannon breath (panting through pursed lips, very powerful once you stop drooling on your mat!) and it was great to see other kriyas that are familiar in hatha yoga in here too (e.g. side plank, boat pose). There is a short 3 minute meditation and a lovely mantra at the end. This is a tough one, granted, especially in the arms and core muscles but this will certainly build strength and grace over time. Well done once again Ravi and Ana. And one more thing (as Columbo would say!) - unlike some instructors who do lots of DVDS and run the risk of the practice becoming samey, Ana and Ravi never seem to fall into this trap. Each new DVD has something new to offer and this is a skill in itself. Hope you all enjoy it.


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