Monthly Archives: October 2013

Armageddon 2013

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This weekend I volunteered at Armageddon. Now, before I got there on Dragon AgeSaturday, I was already pretty excited. I knew I would get two free photos (with Ben Browder and Claudia Black, woo!) as thanks, and that I would also get Claudia Black to sign Tara’s copy of Dragon Age. That’s two awesome people I knew I was going to meet, so understandably I was pretty damn excited. I didn’t know what my specific job would be, but I hoped it would be somewhat interesting, or that we would at least bounce around positions throughout the weekend.

But then I actually got to Armageddon, and my job was boring as flip. I was on the front, but there were so many of us that we often didn’t have a great deal to do. For the first hour or so we were competing over who would succeed in giving out showbags. I actually thanked people for taking mine. Then a few of us got sent out the front to work the lines, and man, that was terrifying. I hate talking to people, but I just had to suck it up and direct people to the right lines, answer their questions, and tell them to get their IDs ready.

Ben BrowderAfter Evanna Lynch and Robbie Jarvis’ panel at 11, there wasn’t a great deal to do up the front, so we got to bum around or wander for a bit, so after checking out the floor, I returned to the staff area to have lunch. Well as it turned out, our staff area was between the photo booths and the greenroom. And as I was eating a rather messy Subway sandwich (with olives – gross), Ty Olsson walked past. So I said “hi!” and he flashed me a rather cheeky looking smile. It was brilliant. My day was made. But little did I know that that was the least of my day-making. Hayley (another front of house volunteer) and I were bumming around in the staff area, and one of the volunteers in the photo booth asked us to grab some napkins from the greenroom for the guests to wipe the sweat off their faces. We felt a bit awkward going in there, as we didn’t think anyone was supposed to, but we just kept walking and no-one stopped us. When we were grabbing the napkins, we saw Tony Amendola, Ben Browder, and Claudia Black (there were other guests in there, but I wasn’t paying attention) all sitting at different tables, playing with there phones. I was actually rather surprised, since I was hoping they’d be socialising with each other. But hey, as bClaudia Blackoring and antisocial as it seemed, at least I got to go in the greenroom. After lunch, I got Claudia Black to sign my sister’s copy of Dragon Age, and she said it was really nice of me to do so. What I didn’t tell her was that Tara had still given me money for the autograph token.

There still wasn’t much to do after then, so I hung out with Hayley some more. We found Ty wandering the floor, and asked if it would be possible to get a photo, but he apologised and said he wasn’t allowed to due to his contract. Towards the end of the day, when most of the autograph lines were empty, we just went up and chatted to the guests. We managed to chat to Catrin Stewart, Dan Starkey, Simon Fisher-Becker, Evanna Lynch, Robbie Jarvis, Norman Lovett, Rick Worthy, Jason Carter, and Billy Boyd. Rick Worthy thought Hayley and I were sisters, and when we told him we’d only met that day, he kept asking our ages and birthdays and trying to turn us into sisters anyway! We also talked a bit about Supernatural and a possible spin off. He’s such an amazingly cool guy, definitely the nicest one I met over the weekend. Oh, and Billy Boyd gave me chocolate.

Tony AmendolaWhen we had finished for the day, I called mum to tell her when I’d be home, and as we were talking about what to have for tea, I found the staff bus to the city and got on. When I hung up, I looked up and noticed that I was sitting next to Claudia Black. That was fair awesome/awkward (aweskward? awksome?). But she was already talking to her agent (well, maybe, I’m still not sure who the thin American diva was), and she looked exhausted, and she’d signed that contract, so I didn’t bother her. Well it turns out I was right about her being exhausted, because she fell asleep on the drive. And no, I did not draw on her face.

Rick WorthySo yes, Saturday was amazing. I wasn’t expecting Sunday to be as awesome, but I was still super-excited. On Saturday, one of the girls wore a dress under her staff t-shirt, which she took off for her photos, so I took a leaf out of her book and wore my new cupcakes and unicorns dress on Sunday. When I got there in the morning, things were a lot more organised, so people were actually getting proper shifts. Because my photo with Claudia Black was scheduled at 11.30, I was given the afternoon shift. I wandered the floors with Anastasia, who was also on the afternoon shift, and I bought a few badges. When I went to get my photo with Claudia, I discovered that the schedule had been changed, and it was actually at 3. When Anastasia and I returned for our shift, there wasn’t a great deal to do, so we were sent to replace the volunteers at the train station entrance. Since the trains only came every 30-40 minutes, we got to return to wander the floor for a while. After lunch, a mix-up with the train times, and somehow losing Anastasia, it was time for my photo with Ben Browder. God I felt so pale next to him. After that, some volunteers who were supposed to be working at the photo booth disappeared, so Sarah (another front of house volunteer) and I took over there for a while. I also finally got my photo with ClaudTy Olssonia Black! Later on, when we were nearly done for the day, I had a quick chat with Gigi Edgley, who I didn’t get to see on Saturday.

We also found out that some of the guests would be coming to our staff party afterwards – Jason Carter would definitely be going, and Ty told us that he would try to make it. I got a lift from one of the other volunteers, who seemed pleasantly surprised that I was into metal, and I realised later that we actually had a mutual friend. On the way to the pub, we were driving behind one of the vans. We overtook it to see who was inside, and saw Billy Boyd. I don’t know if anyone else thinks the same way about things like this, but we just thought it was awesome how Billy Boyd was in that van and people on the street just had no idea. Heaps of the volunteers came to the party, so the pub was pretty packed. And after a while, a few of the guests showed up. Since the actual convention was all over, I managed to get photos with Tony Amendola, Rick Worthy, and Ty Olsson, which I was very excited about. Now most people know I’m an enormous fangirl. I can’t help it. But thankfully I managed to hold it in in front of the guests themselves. So yes, I’ll definitely be applying for next year’s Armageddon as well. Not only did I get to enjoy the convention as a fan, but I also got a behind-the-scenes look at it. And of course, meeting the guests as actual people didn’t hurt!

Hell Bunny

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Earlier this year, I walked into Off Ya Tree, and they just happened to be having a sale on Hell Bunny. I tried on a few dresses, and unsurprisingly, I ended up being size XL. I say unsurprisingly because I’m a size 12E or 14DD bra, and I usually wear size 14, L or XL clothing. The dresses I tried on were the Ivana and the Little Boo. Both dresses fit, and I ended up buying the Ivana. It has slight padding in the breast area, rouched elastic at the back, a side zip, and thick shoulder straps which adjust with buttons, and it is a snug fit:

Ivana

Ivana – XL – snug

That was the beginning of my love affair with Hell Bunny. After that, I went crazy browsing their dresses online. I found some gorgeous ones, but I’m extremely cautious about buying clothes online, so I decided to contact Hell Bunny about their sizing. They told me that I should be the same size in Hell Bunny dresses that have the rouched elastic. So I thought to myself “brilliant! I can buy the Alaska and the Jena that I’ve had my eye on!”. And so I did. But then they arrived, and they were miles too big. So I returned to Off Ya Tree to try on similar dresses so that I could exchange them. They didn’t have the Jena, but they did have the Vonnie, which is the same dress but with a different pattern, so I tried it on and discovered that I’m a size M. I finally received my size M Jena in the mail during the week, and it fits perfectly. The belt is on the second-loosest notch:

Jena - M - tight belt

Jena – M – tight belt

Off Ya Tree also didn’t have the Alaska or anything like it, so I decided to try on a completely different dress that still had the rouched elastic and the zip in the same place. It was the Kirsty, and a size M provided quite a snug fit. So because of that, I ordered a M in the Alaska. At first when I put it on it felt a little loose, but that was just because the back falls slightly lower than the other dresses:

Alaska - M - low back

Alaska – M – low back

When I was there, I also decided to try on the Vera, to check my size for other dresses that don’t have the rouched elastic. The size L provided a snug fit, so I ordered the Bat dress in the same size. Well, apparently the online descriptions lie about the Bat dress, because it came with surprise rouching in the side panels. Thankfully the elastic is only above the waist, so the L still fits – it just has a slightly lower back, much like the Alaska. Both of which can be fixed by making sure to hitch them up when putting them on:

Bat - L - loose

Bat – L – loose

When I first went searching for Hell Bunny on the internet, I found the most beautiful dress in existence. Its name was the Vanity. But unfortunately, I could not find any size XLs anywhere, and apparently it had been discontinued. For a while, I lost hope. But then I bought the Jena and the Alaska, and I discovered that I was much smaller than I had originally thought. Today I received my beautiful Vanity in the mail. It has tie-up halter straps, a centre back zip, and rouched elastic at the back, and is a snug fit:

Vanity - M - snug

Vanity – M – snug

I know I said that I wouldn’t buy any more dresses for a while, but I couldn’t resist. A while back I spotted the Gingham dress somewhere, and assumed it was discontinued. But Beserk got it in the other day, and I just had to buy it! I got one for me and one for my sister, and a Siren dress for her as well. The Gingham dress is a bit thinner than the other dresses, so it would be good to wear on hotter days. It is the same style as the Bat dress minus the shirring elastic, and fits me pretty much perfectly:

Gingham - L - thin

Gingham – L – thin

The reason I am posting this is because I have had so much trouble with Hell Bunny sizing, even though I should apparently be the same size for a lot of these. Before I bought the Alaska, I tried so hard to find photos of people wearing Hell Bunny who had included their measurements, and while I did find a great site for that, none of the models were the same size as me. Therefore, I am including my own measurements, so that I might be able to help other people who are having the same problems:

Bust: 40 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Hips: 40 inches

So for everyone who’s after a Hell Bunny dress, good luck with your dress hunting! Hell Bunny is an absolutely amazing brand, and I can assure you, if you get the right size, you will not be disappointed. Here are a list of some Australian stores that stock Hell Bunny (and some foreign stores with reasonable shipping):

Atomic Cherry
Beserk – Bat, Gingham, Jena
Catfight Collections
Emerald Swamp – Vanity
Off Ya Tree – Ivana
Tragic Beautiful
Trash Monkey
Wild Kitty Clothing – Alaska