Loungefly x Pokemon Duffle Bag

I’ve owned my Loungefly Pokemon bag for roughly a month now and I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It really does gain some attention whenever I’m out and about which is always nice. If I ever go out shopping it town or anywhere else

I thought I would show off the bag a little more than what I did on my recent geeky haul post (which you can read here) including inside the bag as well as what is in my bag, as I know people love those kind of posts!

This isn’t really a review, but more of a show off of my new bag really. I just love it so damn much that I can’t NOT share it with you guys!

Over the past 10 years I’ve owned various pieces by Loungefly but of course this is my favourite one to date. My first Loungefly bag was a Skelanimals one which sadly broke and I had to return it to the store I bought it from. It didn’t put me off however and a few years after that I bought a bag with Bambi, Thumper and Flower on. I still own this bag, even though I don’t use it much anymore, if at all! After that the only other two items I bought from them were wallets, both fox ones. Sadly one was stolen when I worked in Costa but I still own my current one.

I wasn’t exactly in need of a new handbag, especially considering that the one I was previously using was a Michael Kors one. Although I love that handbag, I wanted something that reflected my personality and a handbag covered in the Red, Blue and Yellow starters is definitely the way to go!

I know a lot of people are going to ask me where I got it from and for how much. Well, I didn’t get it directly from Loungefly due to them not shipping to the UK. I’m pretty sure places like Hot Topic stock it, BUT I’d decided to go down the eBay route to prevent spending a fortune on customs. It took a while to find one but eventually my bag went up for sale and at first it was £50.00 but the seller put it down to £45.00 which is what set me off to buy it. I haven’t regretted it or looked back! Technically this was an anniversary present from Dane as he bought himself a new part for the computer, which cost around the same price as my bag. Instead of us buying them for each other we just bought them for ourselves instead. 😛

After I bought my bag I noticed that Loungefly were coming out with more designs in the Pokemon series for the duffle bag style (which is what I have). They came out with 3 new designs which are the tropical starter, Pikachu/clouds and Gyarados Magikarp waves. They all retail at $70.00 each, same for my tattoo flash design as well.

When I converted this online (I used XE… This is not a promotional post! xD) it said that $70.00 in pounds is £53.30, which is obviously more than what I paid. That obviously wouldn’t include any import tax that may have been added on top! I can only imagine the person who sold  me the bag paid out nearly £80.00 for this. SHIT.

So now I’ll FINALLY get onto the bag, because I know you’re probably waiting for it. 😛

This is a duffle style bag which you can carry using either the handles on the bag, or the shoulder strap which can be taken on and off the bag as and when you wish to use it. I didn’t like the shoulder strap myself so I carry my bag on the crook of my arm, or just by the handle. It depends on where I am and how I’m feeling. You could JUST hook it around your shoulder but it isn’t comfortable for myself. This being said though the handle loop is huge, which I love!

As I mentioned the shoulder strap is removable. It removes and is attached via a clip, which is the same colour as the hardware on the bag itself. As I don’t opt to using it the loops on each side of the bag are left bare. Soon enough I’ll be adding a keyring I recently bought from Roo from their online store (http://cosmicolor.tictail.com) which is Joker/Akira from Persona 5. I intend to buy more from there in the future, but for now I’ll be attaching him to one of the loops when he arrives. I honestly can’t wait!

The size of the bag itself isn’t too small and it isn’t too big. I did worry that it was going to be smaller than the image on eBay showed but alas it wasn’t. It’s a perfect size for me and I love it! I does feel like a bit of a Mary Poppins bag and I often feel like certain items get lost at the bottom of it.

The print on the outside is amazing! It has that alternative pin up look with the tattoo flash print with the Red, Blue and Yellow starters on it, which of course are Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and everyone’s favourite Pikachu. You also have a Pokeball print too. Everyone compliments me on this bag due to the print and you can tell when you meet a die hard Pokemon fan (like myself) when they go crazy over that alone. 😛

My favourite Pokemon on the bag has to be Bulbasaur. He just looks so happy and I love the blue rose underneath him too. It just looks really good and works well. It’d be a very nice tattoo to actually get done on my thigh… Not that I will. xD

So as you can see the Loungefly/Pokemon logo isn’t on this side of the bag, making it the “back”. WHEN in actual fact this is the front of the bag when I carry it… I hope that  makes sense. 😛

On the “front” of the bag you have a metal badge that has the Loungefly logo on, as well as the Pokemon logo. I love this as it makes it feel more like a designer bag. The reason I used ” for the front description is because the logo doesn’t face at the “front” for me, but actually at the back. I like the zip to be near to me so I swap the bag “front” around. I’ll show in pictures what I mean.

Not only is the print on the outside amazing, but the print inside is also pretty damn nice too. It’s a cream coloured fabric inside with black images of all the starter Pokemon, Pokeball and even a tudor rose. To fill a bit of empty space there is also some little stars and diamonds dotted around.

Inside the bag you get a zip pocket on the one side to keep things in and a phone pocket on the other side. Nothing really too special about the inside of the bag… Other than the awesome print. 😛 The pockets themselves are really deep, which is amazing as it means you can store loads of things inside of them. I always keep my phone in the phone pocket and in the zipped pocket I always keep my beauty related things, such as lipstick, lip balm, face powder, tablets, etc.

Both the zip of the bag itself and the zip for the pouch inside share the same zip. The hardware on the bag itself is like a rusty gold colour. I don’t like gold hardware on bags but this works really well and I love it! The zip has the Loungefly logo on and the zip is big and chunky so it’s easy to grab and use.

This of course is faux leather, although for $70 I would want it to be real! 😛 SOOOO this is a great company for vegans to buy from to be honest.

Overall I LOVE my Pokemon handbag and for years now I have always said how I’ve been after a bag that really does reflect me as a person. I know this sounds really weird, but if I’m going to be carrying around a bag all the time I want people to see me in the bag, as well as myself holding it. Pokemon is something I have been in love with since I was 5 or 6 years old and that love hasn’t died or calmed down.

I’m so damn excited to take this bag on holiday with me. I know it’ll turn quite a few heads.

Loungefly have LOADS of different designs and bags to choose from, not just Pokemon! They have Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Hello Kitty and more.

The official website doesn’t delivery to the UK, BUT there are a couple of stockists in the UK that you can buy certain Loungefly pieces from. The biggest one and one I’ve always gone to previously is Beadesaurus, a Birmingham based alternative fashion company. I remember when they used to have their own stall in the Oasis Market in town! Now they’re all online and as I said, stock Loungefly. They don’t stock Star Wars, Pokemon or Disney stuff though so you’ll have to probably track certain stuff down online.

EMP also stock Loungefly BUT they don’t state that it is Loungefly. If you’re after Star Wars stuff you’ll have to just search for Star Wars and narrow down what you’re after (e.g. accessories and wallet) same goes for anything else. They stock the Deadpool bag and wallet on there that I used to want. Not SOOOOO much now but I’d totally get the Deadpool bag for nights out! They also stock some Disney stuff, but again you’ll have to go and have a good search.

Amazon are said to stock SOME Loungefly stuff too but whether it’s legit or not, I don’t know. Same for some eBay sellers. When buying off of eBay make sure you can see a picture of the actual product. That’s what I looked for when buying my Pokemon bag.

ANYWAY do you like Loungefly? If so what piece(s) have you got your eye on? Have you ever owned any Loungefly stuff? If so let me know what!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you had an awesome weekend!

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February Wish List

Now I know I didn’t create a January Wish List last month, but my Birthday Wish List was a replacement of my usual monthly wish list post so… This is the first official wish list post of 2014!

I know I’m on a spending ban at the moment but that doesn’t stop me from wishing for items now, does it?

February Wish List

I know my wish list this month isn’t the longest, but there isn’t really anything I really want and three of the items on this list are things I need more than want.

My current bag, which is also my favourite is beginning to break and thus may see some of its last days so I know soon enough I will need another bag. I’ve decided that I want something nice but something that also won’t break the bank! As you can see on the above image I do have two bags to talk about, the one I shall be talking about after this one. Since venturing into Oasis Market in Birmingham for the first time back in 2005 I have since then loved going there and my favourite shop in there has always been Beadesaurus. It started off as a bead and jewellery shop but has fast grown into a shop for all sorts! They stock Loungefly bags, wallets and accessories and as a Loungefly fan I love to have a mooch at what new items they have to offer every couple of months or so. They of course have an online shop, as well as a few in Birmingham and whilst I spotted this bag online recently I have very much so fallen in love with it. Yes it isn’t cheap but it’s a Loungefly bag AND a Hello Kitty bag! For something that has Hello Kitty on it, it’s rather grown up, which I rather like! I think I would like to go and have a look at this bag in the flesh before ordering, just in case I wouldn’t like it. I shall have to see though.

  • Disaster Designs Paper Plane Satchel Bag – Various prices from eBay.

I have wanted this bag FOR YEARS! Beadesaurus sold it for a while but when it sold out I was crushed and since then every year I will have a look for it on eBay. I’ve recently remembered its existence again and searched for it on eBay to find it at some decent prices, even for cheap prices for bidding! I’ve got my eye on it at the moment and I could really see me investing in this bag. I used to go to university with someone who owned this bag and it was absolutely gorgeous! I was rather envious of her and I think out of all the bags I have ever wanted, this has to be number one on the list but whenever I’ve gone to buy it I’ve never had the money. I have seen one on eBay I’m tempted to bid on, the bag itself is used and looks a tad on the dirty side, but with a good clean I’m sure it’d be good as new! Watch this space!

Since the Kingdom Hearts games came out probably 10 years ago now I’ve wanted them, but for some reason I never picked them up, which still to this day makes me feel a tad sad BUT it doesn’t matter as they’ve now brought out the games on one game for the PS3, which of course is my console of choice! GAME have it on offer for £20.00 at the moment and loads of times I’ve contemplated buying it, but as if yet I haven’t picked it up, in the worry I could find it elsewhere for less. I’m going to see if I have any cash spare during February, as I always like to have at least one PS3 game to play for when I don’t fancy blog writing, watching a film, reading a book, etc so that I can have something to do. Plus as my boyfriend is a gamer it would give us something to take in turns to play. Another plus is I like Disney, which is of course heavily based in this game!

My Dad and I recently discovered a Pandora stockist near to where we both live, so if we ever wish to buy any Pandora items in future, we don’t have to trek all the way to town or Merry Hill, which is nice! So as we had discovered this shop we decided to go in for a look at what charms they were selling. Whilst my Dad was having a look for something, I had a look myself and spotted this gorgeous ring that has been brought out for Valentine’s Day this year. It’s a gorgeous and delicate silver ring with a little red ruby looking heart on it. My hands aren’t the most delicate and girly looking in the world but this ring made them look lovely and girly and as the ring is delicate it felt really nice to wear, for any occasion. When the shop assistant informed me it was only £35.00 I was taken back and was there and then tempted to splash out on it, but of course I left it but I WILL be buying it in the near future as it’s just too gorgeous NOT to buy.

For my birthday at the start of January my boyfriend bought me a large Sweet Strawberry Yankee Candle and the night before my birthday (I opened my presents from him the day before my birthday as he couldn’t be with me for the actual day and wanted to see my reactions to my presents and such) after our meal out for my birthday we watched The Cat Returns and put the candle on to burn. However as I don’t own a large shade it started to well and I told him that I refused to burn it anymore until I picked up a shade. I nearly bought one from Clinton Cards but my Dad insisted it was too expensive (£15.99!) and he was right. I had a look online as soon as I got home and found that I could pick up a shade AND a tray for less than Clinton Cards were selling just for the shade alone! I was close to ordering it not long after finding but due to lack of funds at the time, I left it. I think whilst I don’t NEED a large shade just yet, it’s a waste just leaving the candle on the side to gather dust, as I want to burn it so much. It was one of my favourite presents for my birthday as my boyfriend knew that I wanted this candle for years!

Sometimes I will randomly search the word “fox” on clothing websites and sometimes some real gems will come up, this obviously being one of those. At the moment every other person who comes into work will be wearing a huge, fluffy parka and I just want one so damn much right now! This one is perfect and it just looks so snuggly and warm and as it’s over sized I know it would be comfortable too! The hood on it is huge and lined with the faux fox fur which is lined throughout the parka too, so I’d be snuggly and warm throughout the rest of the winter season! My Mom nearly bought me this bless her as she knew how much I wanted it, but I told her it was too much money and that I would try and find myself a cheaper version of said coat, if not another parka from Topshop that I have been lusting after. I’d wear this parka with skinny fit jeans, my Chelsea boots, all sorts of skirts and dresses too and hell, maybe even a pair of denim shorts! It’s just something you can dress up in and it’s very grunge if you ask me! A gorgeous parka, but bloody expensive!

I’ve been eying up the butter glosses by NYX for a while now and have been lusting especially after Peaches & Cream for quite a few months now. However, after finding a blog posts with all of the butter glosses swatched on said blog, I came to see that Cherry Pie was a gorgeous red shade and one that I have been longing for in a gloss form for quite a while! At £5.00 each you can’t really go wrong and I could see me using this for work as sometimes I just can’t be bothered most of the time to apply a lipstick and keep needing to reapply, but I love wearing my bright and dark lip products at work! I probably won’t buy this just yet, but I definitely will do after my spending ban!

So, those are the items on my wish list for February, what are you wishing after this month? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you all a good February.

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