an arielle review

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So, here’s a seller review for you.

DO NOT buy from angel-secret.

November 26, I ordered an Elsa cape +15 for express shipping from angel-secret on aliexpress. 10 day ‘processing time’ and 10-12 day shipping, I should have had it within 3 weeks. Two and a half weeks later, I get a tracking number. It saod it could take a few days for the info to appear so DECEMBER 21, I finally message them letting them know the tracking number doesn’t work. ” it will show up a little late the information! Don’t worry! ” January 5, tracking number still doesn’t work. Ask them for it again, or any other information before I file a dispute since buyer protection was running out. “I will extend 10 day to you and will resend if you agree ” I agreed. Buyer protection was extended. Reminded them I need the cape by the 20th. “Ok! I will send you tracking information tomorrow!” January 11 and I still have no tracking information and they closed the transaction. No more buyer protection, no more options for dispute. Then it got better, I lurked their Facebook in hopes of contacting them through there since they stopped replying on aliexpress and came across something interesting. Their new rapunzel fabric was mine.

Along with scamming me out of my Elsa cape, they stole my rapunzel fabric print file from…somewhere…and are using it in their skirts. I’m so disgusted… I put hours into it and making it unique and something special to me and they’ve taken it…

I drew it out with a mouse on photo shop. It has wavy curves and uneven petals and looks a bit amateurish but I could recognize it like my own handwriting. This was something I created over hours…and they’ve taken it…

Along with inquiring about my 2 month old elsa cape order that I’ve never gotten a tracking number for, I asked about where they got their print and they claimed they drew it themselves on digital software.

Pretty sure their bodice is aimee majors ( which she sells on spoonflower ) and the skirt is mine ( which I’ve never uploaded anywhere other than spoonflower, where I’ve kept it private ).

I’m just so disheartened to have put so much into this project and make it uniquely mine and now the part I was most proud of has been stolen and offered to the masses…

Along with stealing my money.

Angel-secret is super dishonest and theiving…Please don’t support them…support artist integrity…

Editing original post to keep everyone in the loop:

Update#1…after taking up the issue with aliexpress customer service who said they’d contact higher ups and open an investigation, posting on their Facebook page and making this post, I finally got a tracking number…and guess what. They used DHL for express … a shipping service that always has customs ( I’ve never been hit with customs via ems, which is what I paid the 15$ express shipping for ). So now, when I should have had it in 20 days, I’m paying an extra $30, on top of the original 15, to receive it at all 50 days after my original order.

Update #2. They’re continuing to claim that they drew it themselves. Here’s a comparison of my file ( on the left ) against ‘theirs’.

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They’ve also taken to fabricating stories about me. Please see my original order and our entire exchange vs their claims.

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If you continue to support them, that’s your own moral choice. No doubt their stuff is beautiful, but they are the ugliest company and people I have ever dealt with.

By the way, feel free to drop by their Facebook page and school a few people on their “disney owns it, they did nothing wrong, you shoulda watermarked it or expect it to be stolen” mindsets because frankly, I can’t seem to get the point across that wearing a short skirt is not an invitation for harassment.

Currently reading: Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1965)

I’ve found myself completely shocked at how much I have enjoyed and devoured this poetry collection. I always knew Plath was a good poet, having read Lady Lazarus and Daddy in literature classes I found her writing intriguing. However, I never thought that in reading this collection I would be so impressed as for some reason in my mind I didn’t imagine the talent and power Sylvia Plath possesses. I think I have found a new favourite poet (for now), her style is so different from anything I have read. Her words hurt you when you read them, these poems feel like a sharp bee sting to my heart. I have underlined and starred and annotated all over the pages, I look forward to finishing it.

Book review: The Cherry On Top by Arielle Hudson



Synopsis: Meet Kayla Sharp - whip smart with nerves of steel, she’s a no-nonsense New Yorker who’s built herself the (almost) perfect life. The only problem?  Kayla’s twenty-fifth birthday is on the horizon and she’s never had sex.  Never.  Not once.  Well…fantasies don’t count, right? Men love Kayla…as a friend. They love working with her and talking with her and hanging with her. But when she’s looking to get down and dirty, the guys are looking for introductions to Kayla’s cuter friends. 
A business trip to sinful Las Vegas presents her with the opportunity she’s been waiting for. With characteristic verve, Kayla orders herself a gorgeous male escort to get her over this little hump and on the track to her ideal life.  But when there’s a mix up and Fitz bangs on her door instead, Kayla realizes she might be getting way more than she bargained for… It doesn’t take more than a few moments with confident, compelling Kayla before Fitz starts spinning plans of his own.  Plans of an extremely sexual nature.  But when Kayla and Fitz get tangled up outside the sheets, what was meant to be a one-off night might become an affair to remember. [Goodreads]

Verdict: Like the cover, title and synopsis suggest The Cherry On Top is a sexy romance novel. Kayla is an ambitious business woman, yet inexperienced when it comes to the opposite sex. I personally love the fact that she has Afro-American roots. When I read it, I wondered, when have I ever read a book with a dark-skinned main character? Best friends are often exotic, but not the main character.

Kayla meets Fitz and there’s instant chemistry. How he eventually becomes a part of her life is too fun to reveal. The book is actually one big foreplay session. Fitz wants Kayla to gain some self confidence before she fully surrenders herself to him. One thing I missed was side characters. I would’ve liked to see the main characters interact with more persons other then each other.

The Cherry On Top is Arielle Hudson’s debut novel. It will be available from today, August 26th. You can find her on the following blogs: bookgeekconfessions, ariellewritesstuff.

Quote: “Her virginity didn’t cost kingdoms, large plots of land or a dukedom, just a hefty sum charged to her Amex.”