Thursday, April 28, 2016

The end of luxury is nigh....

By the end of this weekend, I will officially be a nomad, living in a mobile dwelling consisting of a mid-size pickup truck with a camper shell.


This is the outside of our setup. And to be honest, we haven't gotten very far on it. The camper shell is at least bolted onto the pickup bed, but it's still full of holes so it's nowhere near water-tight and since it's been raining almost non-stop we've hardly been able to work on the damn thing. We also need to get our sleeping platform built....we have a twin mattress to set on top of it, but the damn thing is too long and needs to be trimmed shorter. Plus we need to put legs on it so we can store our stuff underneath.

Unfortunately, we have little in the way of raw materials and easy access to power tools, so it's been rough. And the clock is ticking - we have to have our shit built, our stuff packed, and be out of our current home at the end of THIS weekend.

There's not much any of you can do to help with that, but well-wishing is always appreciated. What you CAN do however, is visit my Storenvy and purchase something or pass the link around to other people who might be interested in the sorts of things I'm currently selling. I have two GIANT boxes full of clothing that's up for sale and I don't know how much of it I can comfortably fit in the back of the truck once we get all our essentials and living equipment in it. So I'd love to start moving my product as quickly as possible. Not only does this clear up more space in our living compartment, it also frees me up to seek out different items to sell - I'm hoping to be able to incorporate more sizes and styles as I expand my inventory. 

I'm also thinking of doing giveaways for some of the items, in exchange very simply, for reviews and word-of-mouth. Would anyone be interested in that?







Sunday, April 24, 2016

Some More New Items!


First up, a ton of new items added to my storenvy and quite a few more to come, so please stay tuned for that. I took the liberty of modeling some of these items so they can be seen worn instead of on just a hanger. I really hope that helps sales and views on my shop - I need all the money I can get at this point, we're running low and we'll be homeless at the end of this week. That's right...this week.



For those who like the darker and edgier styles - I've got some great items that would work well in a Goth, Punk, or even Strega/Dark Mori wardrobe. Check 'em out! http://castlebyth3sea.storenvy.com/




Plenty of lighter and airier pieces for the Mori Kei, Natural Kei, and Umi Kei enthusiasts. Perfect for a stroll through the forest or a walk along the beach - a lot of these items are light in color and made of soft and breathable fabrics, which is always good for the summer months.  http://castlebyth3sea.storenvy.com/



Some of the original garments are still for sale, these have been up since I opened my store and are longing for a good home and someone to appreciate them. Please have a look and see if anything strikes your fancy!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Beige and Cream for Spring/Summer? I've got it here!



So I've added some really nice new pieces in a LOT of cream, off-white, and beige hues, which are perfect for layering pieces in your standard Mori Kei and Hama Kei coordinates. Everything on my site is currently under $20 too, so it's quite a steal to nab something right now.

Even my brand name pieces are on sale.


http://castlebyth3sea.storenvy.com/
http://www.storenvy.com/stores/831690-castle-by-the-sea

Friday, April 8, 2016

April Showers bring May....road trips?!

Trigger Warning: self harm, suicide

Welp...

I think you all are due for an update, especially since my posts are probably gonna get even weirder or even more sporadic in the next few months than they are now. And this is why.

For the past several months, some of you know that I'd been living with my partner's family in their home. Back in October, they put the house up on the market and even though it didn't sell at the time, pretty much everyone hightailed it out of here - leaving me with only my partner and his dad. These two do not get along at all - they scream at each other, they've almost come to blows a few times, and he's constantly calling the cops on us (for mere arguing) and threatening to get restraining orders/kick us out. It's been tense, it's been depressing, and I actually starting seriously contemplating suicide again. I think I might have done myself in too, if I hadn't resorted to simple self-mutilation - I have more scars these days than I'm proud of.

At the end of March, we all finally came to an agreement. The house is on the market again and we have constant showings - which means for at least a few hours everyday we have to clear out so a realtor can take people into snoop around and decide if they like the place or not. This was cramping everyone's style and so my partner and I began looking for different places to stay. Unfortunately, no one we know has any space to offer even temporarily, the shelters cost too much money, and all subsidized housing is backed up until September.

Still, my partner's dad offered to let him own the truck we've been using in exchange for vacating the premises. Basically, he would transfer the title of the pickup to my partner and then we'd have 30 days to find different lodging. There was a lot of emotional turmoil over that one, because where were we supposed to go? - but in the end we agreed.

And recently we came up with a plan, of sorts. We'd get a camper shell for the truck - ☑, build a platform in the back for the sleeping, store our stuff underneath, and live out of the vehicle for the next few months. See, we're going to the Seattle/Olympia area this August to get set up for university out that way, but it was the meantime that concerned us. So instead of trying to find overnight parking spots where the cops won't harass us at night in this uppity little suburb, we're just gonna start driving. Do an extended road trip thing. Make it an adventure.

Will we have enough money to fully support this venture? Maybe. Will we have all the creature comforts we're used to having? Definitely not. Do I have to pare down my belongings and get rid of so many treasured items? Unfortunately yes.

This decision hasn't been an easy one. The trip itself won't be easy. But I can only take comfort in knowing that it'll be temporary and that homelessness doesn't have to be part of that slippery slope.