Illustrator Jake Retsuko Enamel Pin – Review

If there is actually a spending ban I have given to myself this year it’s buying enamel pins. I bought FAR too many throughout 2018 and as gorgeous as they look on my pin flags in my bedroom, I can’t wear them all all the time (hence why I want/need an ita bag! :P) which in turn makes me sad.

So although I will buy the occasional enamel pin, I have cut down on buying them as much now. Even when I went to Comic Con in Birmingham last month I only bought one enamel pin, which is the one I’ll be talking about today!

I’ve been following Illustrator Jake for a while now and always loved his kawaii pastel designs. He came up with an adorable Retsuko enamel pin design but this was only available through a Kickstarter campaign nearly a year ago.

So when I was at Comic Con and saw Illustrator Jake had a stand I knew I had to go for a look. I didn’t plan to pick anything up in all honesty but when I saw he had the Retsuko pin for sale I KNEW I had to pick her up!

Since then I’ve worn her on my Persona 5 varsity jacket from Insert Coin Clothing and I don’t intend to swap her over for something else anytime soon…

I wanted to share this adorable enamel pin with you guys today, as I know a lot of you guys LOVE Retsuko and enamel pins, so it would be stupid not to talk about it really. 😛

This pin is really good quality and has a good feel and sturdiness to it. It’s gold enamel which I feel works with the colour scheme for Retsuko’s design. Silver just wouldn’t have worked but rose gold may have. Either way I love the gold.

The backs are standard with two backing posts which come with two black rubber clutches. I always love enamel pins with two backing posts as I feel these are more secure than just one. For example a few days after pinning this to my jacket one of the backs came off, which I found on the floor near me moments later. Imagine though if this just had one backing post and I hadn’t even realised a back was missing. I could have lost this pin and I tell you what, I would have been gutted!

As I mentioned previously the colour scheme for Illustrator Jake’s designs are very kawaii with a pastel theme, which I love. I feel like these pastel colours work with anything and aren’t too in your face with it. I especially love the relaxed colours with Retsuko and I feel like it gives a different feel for the character as a whole, considering she’s meant to be pissed off and sings metal because she hates her job. 😛

It just works really nicely together to bring a unique design for the character.

The price of the pin is £8, which I feel is a standard price really when it comes down to enamel pins. I was definitely more than happy to pay this price!

I never know fully what to write when it comes down to enamel pin reviews… I just love to show off amazing designers pieces and hopefully introduce you guys to a potential new enamel pin designer to check out in the future.

I highly recommend Illustrator Jake if you love anime and gaming and feel nostalgic at the likes of Kirby and Studio Ghibli movies.

I already have my eyes on his newest Retsuko Perfect Panda enamel pin as well as the Animal Crossing Isabelle Bumper Kart enamel pin.

The Studio Ghibli designs are gorgeous too, but I don’t think I need anymore in my collection. 😛

If you love the look of Illustrator Jake’s work then make sure to keep your eye on his Kickstarter as he has loads of awesome projects planned for that, including a sweater and then some Eeveelution enamel pins!

I’ll link Illustrator Jake’s store below, as well as his social media handles

Store

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Kickstarter

What do you think of Illustrator Jake’s work? Do you already own some of his pieces? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re ready for Easter weekend! I know I am. 😛

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April Wish List ’19

Is it really April already?! 2019 is already flying by and it’s pretty damn crazy. I’m glad to be fair as I rather like 2019 but all the same, I would like time to slow down a tad. 😛

I’m going to use April as the month to really get myself back on track, especially with my blog! I’ve only been posting once a week at the moment and that’s upsetting me to be honest as I don’t like not investing into my blog, but I’ve just been too busy or too tired to do so. April already has been good blog wise and I am finding more time to write. I plan to try and spend some of this weekend catching up on writing too.

For now however, it’s time for me to talk about all the goodies I have on my wish list for this month! I hope you enjoy them, I know a lot of people love the sort of items I share and that in itself makes me so happy.

  • Pandora Disney Dumbo Pendant Charm (link)

When Disney Find posted about this over on her Instagram page I KNEW I had to have it! I love Dumbo so much. It’s actually in my top 3 Disney films (alongside Lady and The Tramp and 101 Dalmatians). So when Pandora released this charm I knew I had to get it. I want to buy it this month to be honest but it’s currently sold out online, so if I have some spare cash towards the end of the month I might treat myself. I saw it in the Pandora store recently and it’s gorgeous and so detailed!

  • Nendoroid Persona 5 Joker (link)

I am so excited for this Nendoroid to come out! As many of my readers will know, I LOVE Persona 5 and since I’ve played it, I am kind of obsessed with it… 😛 so when Good Smile Company decided to release the characters as Nendoroid figures I was so happy, because of course I collect Nendoroid figures like crazy, especially this year. This figure will actually be gifted to me by the lovely guys who run and own Gamersheek! I’m hoping in the future I can do a massive post about this figure, as well as the other Phantom Thieves babies. 😛

  • Vans Checkerboard Classic Slip-On Shoes in Black and White Checker/White (link)

I’ve been toying with the idea of buying these on and off since the New Year and it really sucks… I remember venturing into Schuh and was about to buy them but I left it because I was in the mind of, “meh do I really need these?” So alas they weren’t bought. I was recently gifted a £25 Amazon voucher from the gorgeous bunch at my old job. I want to use it towards these Vans! 😀

  • Monsoon Bea Textured Fit & Flare Dress (link)

I really love this dress, it’s gorgeous and I would really like to have it for my new job due to that! 😛 I haven’t been able to find it in store due to the fact it’s on sale but online it’s still available in my size and in my mind, a decent price. I’m torn with it though but this being said I would still like to get it. I love wearing dresses for work to be fair and this cobalt blue one would be perfect for that. We shall see…

  • Pop Vinyl Figure Aggretsuko Retsuko (link)

I’m not a MASSIVE pop vinyl fan but I recently saw someone buy this Aggretsuko Retsuko one and it looks so adorable! I would rather like this cutie for my desk at work. I’m not sure though… even if I didn’t have her for my desk I think I’d like to have her regardless. 🙂

  • Alan Carr – Yap, Yap, Yap! DVD (link)

Finally I’m talking about this Alan Carr stand up DVD. He’s actually one of my favourite comedians and I own his previous two stand up DVD’s to this one and they are so funny! I rewatched them both recently and remember how hilarious they were! So yeah I would love to watch this one next. I plan to buy it soon as it’s less than £3! What a bargain, eh?!

So that is my wish list for this month! A lot of stuff I would really love to buy… but I may just have to be sensible due to monies. I’m trying to save money but last month that really didn’t happen… Dane’s 30th is next weekend and I’ve been trying to spoil him rotten so my bank account has really suffered due to that.

So with it though to be fair, he’s so lovely and deserves to be spoilt!

What do you guys have 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 have a lovely weekend.