Escapades Into Realities of a Virtual Nature: Part One of Who Knows

Wassup! The boy/man-child is here! Nat is allowing me to have free reign over a few posts… She doesn’t know that yet. As far as she knows it is only one, but I am planning to nerd out on you guys a lot so be warned. I will take you on a journey inside the mind of a late 20-something gamer going through what could only be called a mid-life crisis. Well soon-to-be-30 crisis.

As the title says this post will be about Virtual Reality, why I think it’s awesome and why you should care… Not about me, you don’t give a damn about me. Just bear with me whilst I ramble on… I’ll get there eventually.

Ever since I was a wee little ginge I have always had a major interest in gaming. I remember the days of asking papa-ginge to load up the original Worms via MS-Dos because my tiny little noggin couldn’t handle typing in the instructions to load it. We have come a long way from blowing up tiny worm shaped pixels; to grand sagas inside gigantic worlds put together with complex physics engines. Granted not many games encompass all three of those features but the sentiment stays the same: gaming technology is far away from what it was.

Some may say it has gone too far.

I have seen a shift in my own attitudes towards gaming in recent years, my enthusiasm and childlike wonder was beginning to wane. Every year I watch the different gaming exhibitions and the upcoming gaming releases and my reaction is, “meh, how are they going to fuck this awesome concept up?” I was putting it down to getting older and the onset of becoming my parents (apologies mum and dad, you’re awesome in your own way but… You know… Not).

Way back in younger and studiously drunk Dane days, I wouldn’t have thought twice about shelling out £500 on an Xbox One X, thank fuck for student loans, but now I’m not fussed. Yeah, I want one but I don’t want to do that when the original Xbox One achieves the same. When I consider the depressing state of the gaming industry *cough* EA *cough*, loot boxes, carbon copy games and the lack of innovation in the major developers, I realise I’m not the problem it’s the gaming world that is the problem. I am still a gamer and I still love games.

For quite some time now I have wanted to move away from console gaming and become one of the PC master race. It had been a while since I properly gamed on a PC and boy things have changed since then. No longer is 512mb enough for RAM and AMD (one of the big two processor producers) were once again in the shitter but it’s good to know that Counterstrike is still one of the most played games on PC.

Linus Sebastian is my messiah.

I then began researching into PC’s. It took me a while to catch up and start putting together parts lists for my dream PC. It was all coming together and I was thinking, “fuck it, I am getting this!” Unfortunately this was around the time, or just after the time that me and Nat were saving for and buying the house, so my dream was crushed by my responsibilities as an adult. For the past two years that dream has been on hold whilst we adult… I understand I just used a noun as a verb… DILLIGAF. I can’t believe I quoted Kevin bloody Wilson… Sigh.

Getting a gaming PC was all I could think about and it tore me apart knowing I could not get one just yet, I even annoyed Nat to the point where the slightest mention of a gaming PC would cause conflict. During those two years all sorts of stuff happened with gaming. The gaming industry continued its general downward spiral into battle royale hell (I actually like PUBG btw, one of the more well-known battle royale games for the uninitiated), except for one aspect that to me was a light at the end of a dark tunnel. I bought an outdated PC from a colleague to get myself a foot in the door. I could feel the fire inside burning once again, I needed MORE!

I’m not going to bore you with a history of VR as I don’t know it THAT well, but I will try my best at a general overview. I remember hearing about the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in their development stages, at the time I brushed it off as a silly concept that I would never be close to owning. I thought the technology was at a point where it was only remotely useable, let alone fun and was way off from what they were promising. As development continued I started to see that VR was becoming a genuine thing that could become a reality…. Excuse the pun. Oculus was bought by Facebook and the developer Valve (creators of the Half-Life series and the Steam store) was heavily pushing and advertising the Vive, made by HTC. I also started seeing more and more people (YouTubers in particular) owning and showcasing the functionality and games on offer. The same colleague I bought the PC from bought the Rift and told me all about it. I could feel myself beginning to get excited again and the PC I bought was starting to look feeble. It does its job but the majority of games I want to play either struggle or won’t play, I needed more power. This fire inside me was becoming a barbeque, I could grill a steak with that fire.

I needed to satiate this burning desire in me to see for myself how good VR actually is. I had no idea how I could do that, so I did some research. The only reasonable computer shops I know that allow you to walk in are based up north around Manchester (Scan) or down London area. We seem to be very limited in The Midlands. That was until I found Box.co.uk, a small-ish shop based around Castle Vale in Birmingham. Prices there can be reasonable and the staff are pretty cool. In the shop you will find the normal computer bits that are a PC gamer’s wet dream, but over the far side of the shop they have a couple of computer rigs set up for different purposes, one of them a serious driving simulator, another for flying and then a few other not so impressive rigs. All pretty cool but the majority of the area is allocated for their HTC Vive set up and that was our main purpose for going there. You can literally just go and ask to have a go to try it out (unfortunately, I have been there recently and the VR set up is no longer around – sadface).

The moment I first put the headset on I was genuinely back to being a little kid being excited at this technology, it takes me back to when I first booted up the Original Xbox and seeing the green blob pulsating as the console loaded. As the screens of the Vive came into focus it felt like I was peering into another world. To me, using the Vive controllers really felt like an extension of your arms, something I think only the Rift’s touch controllers could improve that sensation. I was genuinely immersed.

The first game I played was the VR Lab and I just spent my whole time messing around inside the different mini-games, I don’t remember playing anything else. I was in heaven. Of course Nat had her go and she had fun exploring the mountains and lab with the robotic companion dog thing. I think the dogbot had sold her on the idea.

Unfortunately, shit does indeed happen. These things we call adult responsibilities creep up, get in the way and fuck up your plans so you have to spend the money you are saving. The PC had to be put on the shelf for the time being.

In early April I was wondering what I could do for my birthday. I had noticed in the Bullring/Grand Central in Birmingham that there was a VR arcade, so we popped in to ask for prices and, me being the geek I am, I started to geek out over their PCs. That gave me the idea to go have a VR experience at an arcade, so we looked around to see if there was anything that seemed reasonably priced and local to Brum. A few places looked dodgy and I even spoke to one guy that did not sound too legitimate, but we ended up at a place called The VR Hub.

This little outfit is based out of the Zellig building by the Custard Factory in Digbeth. I cannot recommend this place enough. As you walk through the building you can clearly see the location as there is a shit ton of bright green. That is actually used for green screening the player and using a camera with an attached controller to impose you into the game (here is an example). They have four set ups in total, two in the small room (also their “reception area”) and two in the bigger green screen room (a bit more private and leads to their workshop). The store itself has glass windows all around, so sadly you will be watched by passers-by, but that didn’t bother me all that much when I was caving someone’s head in on Gorn. The guys running the place were incredibly friendly, extremely knowledgeable which made the whole experience that much greater. They understood that VR is still a bit buggy and allowed you to stay on a little longer if there were any issues and let me tell you, they were super generous with that. I genuinely wish we had taken more photos to show you guys but we were too focused on having fun, which we definitely had our fill. We booked four rigs for one hour and two rigs for another hour straight after, I needed that extra hour to have my VR fill. We were actually there for 3 hours in total with the time added.

For the first hour, me and Nat were placed in the smaller room and got ourselves used to the environment with a quick introduction to the system. I was already familiar so I got started with Arizona Sunshine, a zombie survival game with really cool gun mechanics and linear story. It was so fun to shoot zombies and see them get dismembered. I actually really sucked at the game, not because of the game itself (I am a pretty good shot if I do say so myself) but I would be too busy staring at things up close, having fun with the mechanics and accidentally ignore the zombies that were trying to kill me. Nat started with… something. She doesn’t remember what the game was called but it was a horror game on a rail cart and she didn’t last long because she is a pansy. She wanted to play Job Simulator but it wasn’t available on the PC she was on at first so she played a few games including that horror game and the VR Lab whilst the guys downloaded it for her, which was also very nice of them. She also joined me on Arizona Sunshine which was so much fun to play together. I also tried a game called Bullets and More (BAM), I had wanted to try Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (H3VR) but that wasn’t available. BAM is very similar to H3VR in that it tries to accurately recreate guns. I am a simple man, it was incredibly satisfying to shoot guns, and many times I would accidentally drop a clip or forget to chamber a round. It was a cool experience for someone who had never shot a gun (outside of clay pigeon shooting) before, using scopes on the guns could do with bit of refinement but generally the game was awesome. The time flew by for us both, I thought I had sold Nat on VR before but once she got on Job simulator that strengthened our stance with getting our own VR ready PC.

After the first hour was up we were then given the opportunity to move into the big room and play a game I was really looking forward to, GORN.

Nat had never heard of this game until that day. The owner had limited access to this game to the bigger room due to how crazy people get when they play the game, someone broke one of their monitors. It’s a gory gladiator combat game that takes it to the next level, it’s silly, simple and yet incredibly in depth. You get to pick a weapon (or two) at the start of a match, which range from swords, a bow, hammers, maces, giant swords, a spear, a rock and more. Then all you have to do is kill all of your opponents who are these hench mofos that are pretty much just cannon fodder to begin with. You can chop them up, even slicing off the slightest section, eyes get popped out if you hit their head a certain way and they even limp around limbless. It’s gloriously gory fun. Once again I found myself sucking at this game because I was too busy picking up the dead bodies and looking at the deformation I was creating. Nat on the other hand was an absolute beast, tearing through her enemies like they were butter. Don’t fuck with Nat, she’ll smush your head with a mace.

All in all this made the gaming nerd inside me go crazy and since then I have not stopped looking at computer parts and VR pricing because it is always on my mind. I want it as soon as I possibly can. I cannot recommend VR enough and to those people who are dubious about it: just give it a go, it may change your mind and I guarantee, you won’t be let down.

Having said all this, I still don’t own VR or even a PC powerful enough to play it. That will change though, it has to for my mental well-being.

I am going to end this post here as you may have had enough already. I hope Nat will let me continue on with another post where I will talk about a games wish list for VR, or may be my recommendations for PCs, I may even write something up for those looking into getting VR and give them a few pointers and basic information. We will have to wait and see!

What do you guys think of VR? Have you tried it before, or want to give it a go? Let me know in the comments or over on Nat’s Twitter account @maybeecoffee

Well, until next time I write on There Might Be Coffee, have an awesome weekend and see you soon!

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FYI need to use Nat’s sign off as I don’t have my own… Yet. 😛

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Wish List Wednesday – Joanie Clothing

Oh man, I don’t feel like I’ve done a wish list Wednesday post for the longest time… *looks* Nope I haven’t done one since towards the end of November (which you can read here if you want to) which is probably due to have zero money… Not that I have free spending money now. 😛

Ages ago through a blogger I discovered Joanie Clothing and recently I’ve been looking into the brand again to buy myself some nice dresses for work. Over the weekend I ordered myself a couple and I AM EXCITED to get them! I’m just hoping they fit well for how much they cost to be honest. I’m kind of fed up of buying dresses off of the high street and not lasting very long.

I decided it would be a good time to do a with list Wednesday post and why not do it about Joanie Clothing?!

As with all my wish list Wednesday posts, I’ll talk about each item in enough detail as I’m happy with.

So, on with the wish list! 😀

  • Martha Cat Print Dress (link)

I actually saw this dress second hand on eBay, which I wanted to pick up but sadly I didn’t get to it in time and missed out. Due to this I was going to pop it into my basket when I made my order as it’s currently on sale, but left it due to it being on eBay. This is a gorgeous blue dress with kitty faces all over. I especially love the collar, I’m always a sucker for stuff like this. This would for sure be lovely to wear for work, as well as in general for weekends out with Dane in the sunshine with a chunky cardigan over the top. My main worry with the dress is sizing on the bust area, I’ve seen some fellow bloggers review and post about this dress online and I’ve seen gaping across the bust area… BIG NO NO!

  • Zooey Swan Collar Dress – Pink (link)

I’ve ordered one of the Zooey style dresses in the sale and honestly I am in love with the style of this dress! They have quite a few different colours, but I really love this peachy pink shade the most. It’s just very spring/summer looking and is definitely the sort of colour I need for my wardrobe! In all honestly though, I also love the blue version (which you can see here) and I think deep down I would feel more comfortable wearing this one. But who knows, we shall see! 😛

  • Edith Scallop Stripe Tee – Yellow (link)

I’m always after some short sleeves t-shirts when it comes to work to wear with both skirts and trousers. This tee is so adorable and would go with my hounds tooth and checked trousers so well, especially throughout the spring, summer and autumn months. The only thing I don’t like about this tee is the price. It’s pretty expensive for what it is and in all honesty I could grab something similar if not the same for a much cheaper price on the high street.

  • Martie Navy Stripe Shirt Dress – (link)

I’m partial to a nice striped dress and t-shirt every now and again and this dress would be great as an all year one to wear on weekends off and at work. I love the colours of it but I mostly like how the stripes are horizontal across the top part and vertical at the bottom. It makes a nice change from stripes just being in one direction… If that makes sense? 😛

  • Clara Polka Dot Dress – (link)

Alongside stripes, I also love spotty dresses! This navy dress with white spots and peter pan collar is adorable and one that can be worn anytime of year! It also has pockets, which is what I like to hear when it comes to dresses! I’m a massive fan of peter pan style dresses, especially skater dresses too, which is what this is. It’d look adorable with a black or burgundy cardigan and some brown brogues in the summer.

  • Gogo Blue Floral Dress – (link)

This is the last item on this wish list and one I’ve ummed and ahhed about for a while as to whether to add to this list or not. I just had to thought. It’s such a 70’s inspired dress and I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about that time that I love and wish I could go back in time to enjoy. I especially love the fashion styles and prints from then and this dress just shouts 70’s summers in the UK and discotheques! This dress seems to nice to wear in general, but I’d totally rock it whenever possible. The print just looks so cheerful and uplifting. The perfect dress for a Monday morning when you need a pick me up, or a Friday shift before the weekend strikes!

So that was my wish list Wednesday about Joanie Clothing! As I write this I am incredibly gutted that I missed my parcel with my Joanie Clothing goodies in. I’ll now have to wait until tomorrow morning to pick said parcel up on my way to work and try them on when I get home. MEH!

I’m hoping the two dresses I bought are okay… I plan to write a post about what I bought, as well as a review of the company themselves!

Do you like Joanie Clothing? If so which piece(s) do you own? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having an amazing week so far!

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Old English Company

Eee I’ve been so excited to write this post the past week! It’s Sunday morning (rain isn’t falling, it’s actually SUNNY! If you didn’t get the joke, it’s the first line of the Maroon 5 song of the same name… Sorry, not sorry!) and I have a lovely review to write today.

Recently I was approached by Old English Company and they asked me if I’d like to review some of their products for them. As a small blogger, I rarely get opportunities like this, so when I do I feel so loved, especially when they’re amazing companies like this one!

I was asked to pick some items and they sent them out to me. They arrived last week and I have been LOVING them! I mostly picked office related items that I can use both at home as well as at work.

I have been so excited to write this post today to show you what goodies I got, as well as how amazing they are! You’ll definitely want to head to the website yourselves after you’ve read this post. 😛

Don’t forget that any items with * next to them have been sent/gifted for reviewing purposes. 🙂

First of all I’ll let you know a little bit about Old English Company.

We’re a stationery and homeware brand creating beautiful, hand lettered products. First established in London, our studios are now located in the beautiful town of Stamford. The art is in the simplicity of our designs. Following no particular calligraphy rules, all of our products are uniquely hand lettered to create stylish, uncomplicated designs with messages that resonate with people.♥

♥Quote taken from Old English Company website.

Old English Company have also sold their stock in Olivia Bonas, Waterstones, Urban Outfitters and Paperchase.

Now onto the products I was sent! I will be linking each item I talk about back to the website so if you like the look of it, you’re a simple click away from viewing it on the website.


  • You’re My Fox Enamel Pin* – £7.00 (link)

Recently I have really become a pin badge gal and it’s all since the start of the year. I wear cardigans now on a daily basis so I always pop one of my kawaii pin badges on them now. When I saw this cute little fox pin badge I KNEW I had to get it! It says “you’re my fox” on the foxes back, which I think is so adorable. I’ll definitely be wearing this for work. It’s a really good size if you aren’t into big garish pin badges and the black and gold colours work really well. As you can see the pin badge was sent to me really well packaged as it was covered in bubble wrap and pinned to a backing card.

  • You’re My fox Coaster* – Was £2.95 – Now – £1.03 (link)

This is one of the last items I saw on the website and knew I had to have it! As regular readers will know, I love foxes so knowing about the fox pin design I searched on the website for anymore fox goods. This coaster shares the same design as the enamel pin and it’s adorable. I don’t need anymore coasters at home, so this is going to become my coaster for my desk at work. My only issue with the coaster is on the website it looks more of a duck blue colour, when in actual fact it’s mint green. This isn’t an issue though in all honesty as I love either colour!

  • Enamel Pin Display Flag* £8.95 (link)

I wouldn’t have picked this up, but to be honest my pin badge collection has really grown lately and I need somewhere to keep them all! To be honest I’ll probably be buying another one of these in the future to home even MORE pins! I’ve already decided I want to hang this on my dressing table near my jewellery! It’s huge to be honest with you and depending how many pins you have and also how big they are, you could fit 10-20 different pins on this flag. My only issue with it is the price. For what it is, I find it could be a little cheaper. This is something you could make yourself in all fairness. BUT that being said, it is really good quality. It depends on your own personal preference. 🙂 As you can see, I’ve already popped my pins onto it!

  • Beauty In Simplicity A5 Wiro Notebook* £9.95 (link)

I love a good notebook to be honest with you and I ended up picking up two! This one is the first I chose and it’s so simplistic and gorgeous. It’s a white wire notebook that says, “there is beauty in simplicity” which is so true! It’s got a fabric band around it so you can keep the notebook closed and secure. The inside of the front and back cover have this very 90’s looking pattern on, which is what drew me to the notebook the most to be honest with you. The pages are lined and you can rip them out along a serrated edge so you don’t get the nasty part of the notebook when putting the page out. I hope that made sense! This would be a great notebook for school, college or university. I’m going to have it for blog ideas at home! It’s not a heavy notebook, which is even better. On the back of the notebook it has Old English Company’s logo.

  • Bring Me Coffee A5 Notebook* £5.95 (link)

This notebook is just me all over to be honest with you. I picked it up to have for writing notes down at work. It’s a 100 page notebook that has lines inside. It has the quote, “bring me coffee and I will love you forever” I LOVE coffee. 😛 I love the style of this notebook, I’ve owned ones similar to this in the past but they don’t feel as expensive and luxurious as this one does. I know what you’re thinking, “Nat, it’s just a notebook!” I KNOW BUT I LOVE STATIONARY! 😛 What I love the most about this book is it has a spine, which says “Notes” on it. You could use this as a mini scrapbook, a diary or even a bullet journal which eventually you could keep in a bookshelf. You may even have a mini bookshelf on your desk, which you could then keep there. This notebook is perfect for anyone who likes to write on the go, it’s so thin and lightweight that you could throw it in your bag. This would be a good notebook to use at school, college or university but I don’t think it would be as practical as the wire notebook due to pulling pages out. This also came in a little plastic sleeve to protect it, which I really loved. Overall, I LOVE this notebook and I want more. 😛

  • Black and Pearlescent A5 Planner* £11.95 (link)

This was the first item I chose as it was the first thing I spotted on the websites homepage and I fell in love. It’s one of my favourite things to be honest with you. I’m such a magpie when it comes to holographic and shimmery things and seeing as the “planner” part of the front of the book is pearlescent, the magpie deep down inside of me jumped out. This is a 380 page planner and I’ve owned a planner similar to this in the past, but this one is so much more organised inside. I felt my old one was too messy and due to that I don’t use it. Like the coffee notebook, the spine also has writing on, which is “planner” BUT I was delighted to discover that it’s also pearlescent! That’s so good in my opinion, it just adds something to the planner and makes it stand out in a pile of books. It isn’t a hardback style book, which I like as it makes it easier to turn and use. Inside the book the pages feel so lightweight and gorgeous to turn. You have your bog standard planner style with “today’s tasks”, “date” and “notes”. I don’t have a clue what I’ll use this planner for to be honest… Probably blog related stuff, as well as to use if me and Dane go away on a trip to plan what we’re doing and when. Like the coffee notebook this comes in a plastic sleeve to protect it. Personally I think the planner would work best for people who need to keep tabs on stuff everyday as you could use it for every day of the year. There would be more than enough pages.

Overall, I am so happy with the package I received from Old English Company. I want to thank them so much for giving me the opportunity to work with them to bring you guys this review.

I feel their website and products are amazing for people who want to jazz up their home with some simplistic prints and homeware, or for stationary obsessed girls who want some new pieces for their office desk. I’d even say their products would make amazing gifts too! I’d definitely buy pieces from there for friends, especially the planner come Christmas time for the new year, pin badges and especially prints for people with new homes.

What do you guys think of Old English Company and their products? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below, as well as on my Twitter @maybeecoffee

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve all had a fabulous and sunny weekend!

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Loungefly x Star Wars Darth Vader Mini Backpack

Oh man I didn’t think I’d ever write about two Loungefly products so close to one another, if at all! It was only last July that I got my Pokemon Loungefly bag (which you can read about here).

If you don’t know from being a regular reader, then you won’t know that I am a MASSIVE Loungefly fan and have supported them over the past 10 years now whenever possible.

To give a little insider, Loungefly is an American brand that has been around for years, but is only recently making its way over the pond and to the UK through certain shops.

They generally work with geeky or cute franchises and brands to bring us unique and cute bags that will really show off what the wearer is into! Some of these frachises include Disney, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Marvel and even Pokemon.

As you may have read last year, my boyfriend Dane bought me a Pokemon duffle bag by Loungefly for our fourth anniversary together. To this day I use it constantly and love it so damn much! I always get complimented on it and it makes me so damn happy!

Like my Pokemon bag, I didn’t really need a new one and before anyone wonders, no this isn’t going to be replacing my Pokemon one! The Pokemon one will still be used ALL THE TIME! I got this backpack mainly for if I need to go and run a days errands where having my hands free is for the best. I also have it for if I want to walk to get the train to work and even for holidays and trips away.

I saw this bag in GAME recently when we were out for Dane’s birthday and on the day I regretted not grabbing it SO BLOODY MUCH! A few days later we went back up to town for a look around and erm… I ended up buying it. 😛

You know what though? It didn’t cost me much in hindsight because all I paid for it was just under £7.00. Yes you read that correctly.

The bag cost £49.99, which to be honest is a great price for a Loungefly bag in the UK! Usually you have to get them for high prices through eBay, or ship from websites and stores that sell them in America. PLUS you’d have to pay some heavy fees on top of that too!

The reason this bag worked out so cheap was because I had over £43 worth of GAME points, pretty awesome, huh!?

I do feel bad to be honest with the GAME points as they were mine and Dane’s to share, but I think he had used his fair share of points and if he hasn’t I’ve offered to put some money towards some of his future purchases, like the nice girlfriend I am. 😛

I just couldn’t say no to this bag in all honesty. It’s not the Loungefly mini backpack that I’ve always lusted after, but it is pretty rad!

I’d never seen one of the mini backpacks in the flesh before so I was pleasantly surprised by the size of it, as well as to how roomy it was inside. It was then that I just knew I wanted to get it.

Considering how chunky the backpack is it’s lighter in weight than I thought it was going to be, which I love. There’s the main pocket in the bag, as well as a little pocket at the front.

The design of the bag is actually something that Dane wasn’t a fan of when I went to buy the bag. He feels it’s too simplistic and could show off more of Darth Vader. Personally I like that it isn’t too in your face. You get the design of Darth Vader’s chest panel on both sides of the bag, as well as on the front. Where the design is on the sides of the bag you also have some little “hidden” pouches there that you can keep little things in such as a lip balm, mirror, or maybe even some old train tickets or receipts (obviously ones without card details on! :P).

The only thing I don’t like about inside the bag is that there isn’t a little zip pouch, or even a pouch for your phone. I’m so used to having bags with that so when I don’t have that option it’s odd. I’d live though, it’s not like it’s a huge bag where I could lose stuff inside of it.

The straps of the bag can of course be altered so you can have it is tight and high on your back or as loose and low on your bag as you like. I don’t know how I’ll have it just yet, we shall see. There is also a little hanging loop on the top of the bag so you can hang it up say on the back of a door, or on a coat hanger.

One thing I do love the most about this bag is that it can stand up on its base. Usually I find with any backpack that it’ll just lie flat on the ground or have to be propped against something for it to “stand” on its own. This one is great for just plonking on the ground by your feet. If I ever take it to work it’ll be easy to just rest on the floor to be honest.

Overall I was really naughty getting this bag but meh I wanted it to be honest and I love it so much already! I was a bit sad about some stuff Sunday last week so it was nice to sort of cheer myself up with this. Retail therapy really does help you know.

I’m going to leave as many links as possible down below for where you guys can search and look at Loungefly bags yourselves. More places are starting to stock them in the UK now which is amazing! I cannot wait for them to start stocking more to be honest with you. All links will take you direct to Loungefly goods!

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Truffle Shuffle

These are the main three places that I can think of right now that are stocking some great Loungefly pieces. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on items you may want as they do go pretty damn quick! Loungefly has only really started to become available since the start of 2018 which is amazing! I just hope we start to get more and more merchandise our way from the brand.

What do you guys think of Loungefly bags and accessories? Do you love them, or hate them? Do you own any, if so make sure to let me know in the comments!

Anyhoo, until next time take care all and I hope you’re all having a lovely week so far.

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This Past Week… A Boring & Ranting Life Update

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Haha the title of this post really did make me chuckle when I was writing it out. I have the Wired YouTube video on when Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal read out the auto search Google things. I fucking love Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal is so adorable.

ANYWAY! I’ve been quiet for nearly a week now sadly and this is for a reason… A very good one at that! I’ve been pretty poorly on and off the past week and it was only with an upset phone call to my doctors yesterday that I finally got an answer.

I hadn’t felt great with going to the loo all of last weekend, which sucked but I thought it would pass. It seemed to but as soon as Monday had come and gone, I was extremely poorly Tuesday. Without going into too much detail, I nearly wet myself waiting for a train to work, as well as walking from the trains platform towards where I work. I’ll elaborate as to why I had gotten the train instead of driving later.

SO I had to rush to the toilet in the train station as walking was incredibly uncomfortable. Work is only a couple of minutes walk away too, so I must have been bad to think I wouldn’t make it there! That whole day bloody sucked. I was going to the toilet every hour during my shift and it wasn’t only the Tuesday that this happened on. It also happened all day Wednesday AND Thursday!

I decided Wednesday evening whilst at home that this wasn’t normal and I knew I would call the doctors on Thursday morning. That morning however I had some quick errands to run before going to work, which included getting rid of some cardboard one of my local recycling centres, as well as popping to the Post Office to grab a parcel I’d missed.

Sadly on the walk to the Post Office and then back to my car I felt the way I had Tuesday, like I was about to wet myself. I had to run into one of the local supermarkets to go to the loo and after I popped to the pharmacy and asked if they could help me at all. They couldn’t and recommended I head to the doctor straight away.

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From then until 9am I called my doctors surgery 10 times and it constantly went to caller busy. I finally got through and was told, “sorry nothing left.” I was fed up and felt like I could cry down the phone. This was now starting to impact my life.

Think about it, I’m trying to get on with my work and then my body is telling me I must go pee before I pee myself!

Thankfully the receptionist took all my symptoms down and said she would get a nurse to call me back to see if I could be helped over the phone or if I’d need to come in.

It turned out that I had a UTI and the nurse was lovely enough to sort out some medication for me to pick up near work! I was chuffed to be honest. It really cheered me up knowing that I was getting something to help me.

A day later and I’m definitely better, although still in pain. I was so scared it would be something a hell of a lot worse. Whenever I’ve had UTI issues in the past I’ve had short passings of urine, but this time it was normal passings, EVERY HOUR. I was worrying I could have diabetes, or (as my best friend calls it) a lazy bladder, or even incontinence.

I’m really hoping that I don’t need anymore medication like the nurse suggested, my doctors is crap and it’s so hard to get an appointment some days. I do just want to be better. On that Thursday morning I had had the toilet 3 times in the space of an hour, and as I said they were all normal wees!

ANYWAY no more talk about pee… You’re probably wondering why I had to get the train to work this week?

My car had some slight issues with it which happened whilst I was out with my dad to see some family. I’m glad he was with me to be honest but I was a nervous wreck driving him home and then driving myself home. I was fine though. I couldn’t get my car seen Monday but I could Tuesday. I dropped it off Tuesday morning and it was done in the evening! 😀 I was so chuffed! The garage I take my car to are absolute legends and do jobs at such wonderful prices. I’m just so pleased it was sorted in one day, and whilst I was at work!

I haven’t noticed any issues since it being fixed, which is amazing! I love my car so much and lately I’ve enjoyed driving it more than ever. I love driving me and Dane places if I can, but he always likes to drive. 😛

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Today was pretty good! Both me and Dane booked work off so we could spend the day together and we decided yesterday that we would go to watch Black Panther before it’s taken out of cinemas. Oh man I’m so glad we went to watch it to be honest with you as I loved it SO MUCH! My favourite character was for sure Killmonger (or leopard as I keep calling him… :P) for so many reasons! I feel like his character really did over shine Black Panther and he stole the limelight for both me and Dane.

We went super early in the afternoon too so it was nice to come out early, get some ingredients to bake Dane’s birthday cake and come home to do just that. Boy was Dane awkward with the birthday cake he wanted this year!

He asked for a pancake cake, which I thought would be a doddle… Alas it proved to be harder than I thought. I’m not showing any pictures of the cake I baked as it doesn’t look picture worthy. If anything I was really disappointed in myself that it didn’t turn out how it should, which in turn has put me in a slight bad mood for the rest of the day.

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BUT it’s Dane’s birthday tomorrow and I think I’m more excited for it than he is! 😛 I haven’t been able to buy him much this year as I really struggled with what to get, so I really hope he loves the presents I did buy him!

I’m also really excited for him to open one of his cards as it’s custom made for him. 😛

One thing that has really bugged me this week is something that means a lot to me. My favourite independent artist Ohayou! Clothing has had some issues lately with both her Kickstarter and some pin badges she had up for sale on her website. It’s really annoyed me to be honest! I won’t go into too much detail here you can go to her Instagram and have a look yourselves if you’re interested. I’m just meh about it all. I try to support her whenever I can and I love her Kickstarter so much (which of course I’ve backed!) as well as some cute doughnut Eeveelution pins she had designed and put up for sale on her website. I’d also pre ordered one of those.

I’m just sad that someone feels the need to shit all over what she is currently doing, as she’s such an amazing designer and I love her work so damn much. I hope stuff gets better for her soon, I really do. 😦

Urgh I’m sorry most of this post has been negative or miserable. Sadly it hasn’t exactly been the best week in the world.

I am excited for tomorrow though and I know not only will I have a great time, but Dane definitely will! We’re going with some friends who are just as geeky as we are, which I’m so excited for!

Anyway, how are my readers? I hope you’re all well!

OH and I recently got to 200 followers on my Bloglovin page, WHICH MAKES ME SO HAPPY! If this stays at 200 by the end of April, I might hold a giveaway for my awesome readers! 😀

It’s getting late now and it’s time to snuggle in bed with Dane to watch this weeks RuPaul episode! 😛

Until next time all, take care all and have an amazing weekend.

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Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Rosie – Review

I don’t feel like I’ve bought myself a new lip product in forever… Probably hasn’t been since I was abroad in Fuerteventura and that was 7 months ago now. WOW! This is has just been due to lack of monies as well as not really wearing lipsticks.

I love wearing lipstick but since starting my office job I find I love wearing lip creams and lip stains more often. On a recent Superdrug shop I picked up one of the Collection velvet kiss lip creams and I opted for the shade Rosie. I’ve used the Collection lip creams in the past but they used to be called Collection 2000 then and the lip creams were called cream puff (you can read the review here for one I used to own back in the day! :P). They also didn’t stock as many shades then as they do now!

These lip creams are exactly the same as they used to be back in the day, which made me so happy when using it for the first time. I guess I wish I’d picked up one of my oldie but goldie shades, Cotton Candy (which is now just called Cotton).

But for now, it’s time to talk about Rosie (which I also recently mentioned on my March favourites)!

This is a gorgeous blue red shade which is just a classy red lipstick colour and one anyone can wear, in my opinion.

This is a lip cream and oh man it really IS a cream! It’s so comfortable and easy to apply to the lips and feels lightweight and like you’re not wearing anything throughout the day. My only issue with applying however, is if you’re in a rush this won’t be straight forward to apply without a lip liner, but if you have some time it’ll be fine. I find using this with a lip liner causes it to last a hell of a lot longer than without one. I also found the colour is stronger with a lip liner underneath too.

With this being a lip cream it’s not glossy and it’s not matte either like a liquid lipstick. It’s the same consistency as a normal lipstick would be, it’s just more comfortable to wear for how long it lasts.

This is incredibly pigmented though and I find with just one dip into the tube you’ll get a good payoff on your lips. Maybe two if you want to ensure there’s an even application.

If I use a lip liner with this I’ll blot the lip liner before applying the lip cream itself, which I also blot too to try and help it last longer! I’m not had a problem to be honest with doing this. The only time I’d found it’s worn off quickly is when eating but I think that’s normal… It’s not a liquid lipstick. 😉

For the 5ml you get in the tube and from what I’ve learnt in the past from using these before, that 5ml lasts BLOODY AGES! Unless you use this everyday then you will get your moneys worth.

May I also add this has an amazing scent to it! It reminds me of the MAC lipsticks that have that yummy vanilla scent behind it. For people who don’t like their lip products scented, this isn’t strong in my opinion but you could always give the tester a smell in store and see for yourself if it would put you off.

These are also really easy to remove with a bit of make up remover and a cotton pad, or even a baby wipe.

I’ve gone back to my old review when these were first out in 2013 (God I feel old…) to compare things from then, to now.

Now time to cover the negatives that have been commented on time and time again by various different blogs. These products CAN be drying but I find that if I put more of the product on or some clear lip balm then there’s no issue to be had. I usually pop some Vaseline, Palmers lip balm or Chap Stick over the top and I have no problem. This being said, for all I know during the colder months my lips may dry more with these products, but I put that down to the weather, not the product itself.

I remember commenting how people had complained about them being drying. I’ve never had a problem with these being drying, but because these days I wear lip balm more than lip products I feel like I NEED to apply a lip balm all the time. That’s just me, it’s not due to a drying feeling.

These products are amazing, my own flaw and complaint with them is that they only have four shades to choose from, but the two shades that I own and like (Cotton Candy and Fairy Cake) are pretty damn good and will both work throughout any season.

I love that I wrote this because almost 5 years later they’ve FINALLY brought out some more bloody shades out! The 4 shades they originally had has now upped to 10 now! It’s crazy! I would love to pick up more of these shades, especially Cotton which is the pink shade I used to wear all the time when I was younger. They appear to have discontinued Fairy Cake which is really sad. I’d love to have that shade again, even if it’s changed names.

Of course as I always do with lip product reviews, I show off my face wearing them! 😛

So overall and almost 5 years later, what do I think of the newer versions of Collection’s lip creams? I think they’re still as good now as they were back in the day, if not better! We now have more shades to choose from and at the same great price as they used to be!

I definitely recommend these for anyone who wants to give lip creams a go, especially if you like either nude or darker shades.

Will you be picking up Rosie or any of the other shades? Do you already own one or a couple of these already? Make sure to let me know what you think of these in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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April Wish List ’18

Easter has come and gone and I hope you had an amazing Easter with your family and friends! Me and Dane had a lovely long weekend together, that was very much needed after he’s been away from work.

I cannot believe it’s now April and this month I’m hoping will FINALLY be the first time this year that we don’t have any bloody snow. I am officially ready for spring.

It’s also Dane’s birthday this month, so whilst I have my wish list post with plenty of goodies on, I need to pick up Dane’s birthday presents all the same.

Let’s not waste too much time, on with the wish list (which sadly isn’t anything special this month)!

  • Nintendo 3DS Style Boutique 3: Styling Star – (link)

I recently picked up a new 2DS for myself and oh man I love it! I can’t wait to talk about it on my blog soon to be honest with you. ANYWAY I noticed recently that Nintendo have brought out a new Style Boutique game and since the first one back in 2010, I’ve played all of them to date. I really want to get this one soon after recently playing the demo. They’re just so relaxing to play and not the hardest in the world either.

  •  Official Nintendo 3DS XL Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth Travel Case – (link)

As I just mentioned above, with buying myself a new 2DS I need a new case to keep it in. I’m loving this limited edition Persona Q one and I REALLY want it! It’s not cheap though sadly and that puts me off sadly. 😦 I’m going to see how I feel when I’m paid. I’ve had a search around for one similar if not the same one at a cheaper price, but sadly I’ve had no luck.

  • Pokemon Center Original OTEIRE Please Memo stand clip Pikachu mini figure – (link)

This is something I was hoping to pick up around my birthday, but left it. I still want it to be honest with you. Now I’m feeling settled at work I would love to have a little picture of me and Dane on my desk. Not a normal one, but one of our commissioned pieces of us, specifically the one we had drawn at Hyper Japan. It’s our favourite and to look at it on a daily basis during my shift would cheer me up, even more so on a cute Pikachu picture stand.

  • Nichijou Manga Volume 5 and Volume 6 – (link) and (link)

As I’ve said previously, I always like to order at least one manga to read in the month. I don’t know if I will order any this month as I want to catch up on manga I currently own. I also plan to order Dane loads of manga for his birthday so… ANYWAY! I started reading Nichijou at the start of 2017 as I received some of the volumes for Christmas 2016. I also received some for Christmas/my birthday just gone and it’s time for me to continue reading it. I can’t just keep waiting for Christmas and birthdays to read it. 😛 They’re not expensive really and there’s only 10 volumes at the moment so before I know it I’d have them all. We shall see though.

  • Nintendo 3DS Detective Pikachu – (link)

The final item on this months wish list is yet another 3DS game. I remember hearing about this coming out and was super excited, especially with recent news out about Ryan Reynolds voicing Detective Pikachu in the movie that is being made. SO when I heard the Pikachu’s voice in the trailer for the game… I was extremely disappointed and put off buying it. However, I keep seeing trailers on my Facebook as well as having a look at YouTube myself for videos of game play and I rather like the look of it… I can ignore the voice of Pikachu and how brash it sounds. I’ve wanted to play games like this for ages, so maybe this one can be a first insight into games like this, eh?

Well, those are all the items I have on my wish list. I couldn’t really think of what I wanted to add here this month as I need to be good to be honest. We shall see what happens, but I don’t think I’ll be buying myself lovely things, it’ll be Dane being spoilt in April!

What items are on your wish lists this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely time off for Easter!

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