Independent Artists I Love! #1 Cosmicolor

This is a mini series I have been meaning to write for as long as I can remember but I’ve just never really got around to it, until now! I love independent artists thanks to conventions and shops like Etsy and Tictail!

For my first post in this little series I wanted to talk about Roo who owns and designs for their store Cosmicolor. I discovered them through Twitter funnily enough and fell in love with their Persona 5 designs straight away! I waited patiently for them to be released in the store and as soon as they did I had to order some!

NOW this post would have gone up on my blog on Thursday instead of the ranting post BUT this post actually contains one of my best friends birthday presents. I only saw her yesterday to give it to her so I wanted to make sure it was kept as a secret.

I ordered 2 charms, even though a part of me wanted to buy all of them! I bought myself Akira/Joker/The Protagonist and I ordered Ysuske/Fox for Gabriella. They’re both our favourites in Persona 5!

It took about 2 weeks for my parcel to arrive, which was fine as it travelled all the way from Canada. The price of the charms was reasonable in my mind, as well as the postage! They cost $12 each, Morgana costing $10. Altogether it came to about £20 for the charms AND the postage from memory. Either way it was well worth the money for these cute charms.

When you ordered any Persona 5 charms you also got a cute little card with them too, which of course I got. I wish I had asked for two now to be honest seeing as one of the charms is a gift for Gabriella. Oh well, coulda, woulda, shoulda.

The charms themselves have a clasp style chain so they’re easy to attach and detach. They also have black or red stars on, mine has the black star and Gabriella’s has the red one. The charm designs are also double sided with one side being happy and the other being serious.

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If you’re a Persona 5 player you may have noticed that Akira and Yusuke are wearing their personas costumes, so they’re little cosplayers! All the members of the Phantom Thieves are dressed in their personas costumes, which I love! I haven’t seen anyone else do this and it really does add something new and different to the characters.

So, down to the charms themselves!

As I mentioned above I picked up Akira for myself as he’s my favourite character for various different reasons. He’s so damn cute in Arsene’s (his main/first persona’s name) outfit and I especially love that all the characters also have happy and serious fighting style faces. It really adds to the characters more. You can tell that all of these were really well thought into in so many ways. I mean look at all the detailing! Even so much as adding the cards for all of the characters that you get throughout the game. I love it so much! He’s going to go onto my Loungefly Pokemon bag (which you can read about here).

As I mentioned this charm is for my friend Gabriella so I’ve had to try and keep it a surprise on social media, as well as on my blog! Yusuke is the same as Akira and the other characters in his personas costume, as well as having a happy and serious face. I’ve obviously left him in the packaging due to him being a gift. I want him to get to her safe and sound! I hope she likes it. 🙂

This is the card that Roo sent out with the Persona 5 goodies and it is so damn cute! I love how Roo sent these out attached to a bit of card so that they wouldn’t get bent in places and ruined. I don’t yet know what I’ll do with the card but I think it’ll probably end up in a frame somewhere, especially if I create a Persona 5 themed picture for the office.

The designs on both of the cards are amazing and I would LOVE a proper print of the Leblanc design for my kitchen. I am just in love with all the little touches on the Leblanc image. If you don’t know what Leblanc is it’s the coffee and curry restaurant that Akira the main character stays in throughout the game. As you can see from the picture there’s a cappuccino/latte with a cat face in the milk froth, the phone can be seen peeping in the corner and finally Morgana and Akira are both staring at a plate of curry. SO DAMN CUTE! It actually makes me happy to look at. I didn’t really capture it in the picture but this side of the card is holographic, WHICH IS AMAZING! The other side is simpler as it’s meant to be like a playing card with Joker (Akira’s nickname) and both Akira and Morgana dressed  up in the middle. Morgana in a dress is so damn cute and this also makes me happy! FYI Morgana is a boy. 😛

I wish I could have ordered more goodies from Roo when I originally ordered these goodies, but I wanted to watch my money at the time. I was going to make another order last week for a couple more charms, but left it due to needing my cash for holiday goodies. I’ll probably wait until October now when I’m back from holiday to get myself some more charms. I want to own all of them!

Images taken from cosmicolor.tictail.com

My current mini wish list of items I want to buy next from Roo is the Ryuji and Morgana charms. I’m thinking ordering 2 each time will be a nice treat every other month.

Image taken from cosmicolor.tictail.com

As well as wanting to own all of those charms I also really want some of the mice charms too. I was going to just select a couple BUT I can’t decide which ones I really want. I want them all! If I had to choose three I’d pick Akira, Ryuji and Akechi. I’d want them all to link them together, which is what Roo will do if you ask! I’d hang them up somewhere in the office, or maybe the living room.

Overall I am in love with Roo’s designs and I can see me going back for more, whatever they design! Not only does Roo draw Persona 5 pictures but they also do Love Live, Tales of Berseria, Nier, Kingsmen and many more!

If you like what Roo does, then please check out Cosmicolor as well as all the social media! I’ll leave all the links below.

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Twitter

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So that was the post to kick start this new series off! I for one am so damn excited to continue this series as I love discovering new independent artists. Posts will probably be once a fortnight if not once a month. I’ll see how I feel! 😛

Do you like the look of the amazing work Roo creates? If so make sure to go and let them know over on Twitter! The link is above.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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I someday hope to fill my own Adventure Book…

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Once again this isn’t a beauty or a fashion related post but more of a personal and travel one.

I’ve recently decided on places I wish to see before I die and I’d like to see them sooner rather than later.

The only place I have ever traveled to is Fuerteventura which is my second home and the place I would love to make my first home in the future.

I have wondered over the past two years about where I want to go in the world and why I want to go and explore these places. I have different reasons for each but to be perfectly honest, I think they all have food related reasons, as well as others of course.

I have five places I wish to see the most, these being:

Canada, Finland, New York, New Zealand and Japan… Not in that order though! I just popped them alphabetically.

New York

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When I was around the age of 10 I remember watching Home Alone 2 with my Dad and him telling me of all the places he had visited in New York when he went out there for work when he was younger. “I’ll take you to the Twin Towers when you’re older” he promised, but of course that was never meant to be and after 9/11 the idea of us going to New York faded away. I was devastated, for years I’d looked forward to the day when my Dad would come home and say we were going. When I started college in 2006 I began watching Sex & The City and it brought back the idea of going to New York and I grew obsessed with the idea! I know so many people who have been and come back telling me how amazing is it there for the sights, the shops and especially the food.

With New York I don’t want to go for the sights, I had that dream years ago when I was a kid and after 9/11 it faded away. I want to go and find the places that people don’t go and explore because they’re too busy looking at everything everyone is paying to see. I wouldn’t know where to start, but I reckon I’ll figure that out as and when I go there.

As I mentioned before, I want to go to New York for the shops and the food! I’ve watched many beauty gurus on YouTube vlog their adventures at The Great Apple and the places they go for food is amazing. Pancake houses, BBQ, cute pastry places, pizza the size of your head, ice creams of every flavour imaginable. You name it, New York probably has it and I want to see these bloody places!

I don’t know when I’ll go to New York but one day it WILL be a reality. I’ll make sure of that!

Canada

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CANADA home of poutine! If you don’t know what poutine is it’s pretty much chips/fries with chunks of mozzarella cheese and gravy. I’ve made this for myself many times but I want to try it the way Canadian’s make it.

But this isn’t the only reason I want to visit Canada of course! I can’t remember when I realised I wanted to visit Canada, but it’s up there in the top 3! A beauty guru from Canada I watch on YouTube used to take photography and she often vlogged her adventures of going into the countryside in Canada to take her pictures and it just looked so beautiful, especially in the Spring and Autumn months, which are both my favourite times of year.

People from Canada just seem so laid back, which is something I need a little more of in my life. I’d love to visit Canada in the Winter too when there’s thick snow everywhere to go and play in. Who cares if it’s cold, it’s fun!

Plus, am I the only one who thinks of South Park The Movie when it comes to Canada? I feel sorry for the Canadian’s in that movie, but at the same time I can see the funny side, and I’m not even American OR Canadian.

Some awesome people come from Canada too! One of my favourite You Tuber’s like MattG124, myeyeshadowisodd, FLuffeeTalks and JyuusanKaidan (although she currently lives in Japan…). As well as that Deadmau5, one of my favourite musicians comes from Canada.

I just want to be able to go there for about a month to explore so much of Canada, maybe during autumn season, they have an amazing theme park there called Wonderland and although I don’t like theme parks much, from images it looks absolutely beautiful.

I’d explore the majority  of Canada with my digital SLR!

Japan

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Since I was the age of 17, I’ve wanted to visit Japan. From a young age I have been interested in anime and manga but when I was 6 years old my brother started dating a Chinese woman who I loved to bits. She was so lovely, honest and down to Earth and was mixed race Chinese, her mother was Chinese whilst her father was English. She was from Hong Kong and visited her family a lot out there, even taking my brother with her on the odd occasion. One time she bought me back loads of cute goodies and I loved them all. I remember saying, “This stuff is all so cute and adorable!” and she responded with, “I know I’m Chinese but in Japanese they say ‘kawaii’ for something cute. You should try saying it sometime!” So I gave it a go and it’s stuck.

So I’ve always liked cute things, I went to school with some Korean students and they were lovely, the one even brought us back some cute things from Korea when he went back for Christmas. To this day I’ve kept all the cute things he brought me back, it was so nice and thoughtful of him and he knew how much I loved that sort of stuff.

Before studying for my GCSE’s I learnt about Japan and their culture, which I thought was so beautiful and different to how we do things. In our house we don’t wear shoes inside or around the house due to dirt from the outside and I know when I move out, this rule will remain the same.

I want to visit Japan for their culture, their kawaii things and especially the fashion! Japanese fashion although weird at times, is amazing and is where most of the top designers get their ideas from. Since the Spice Girls started their short dresses and huge platform shoes, the Japanese have carried it on over the years, it only coming back into fashion recently because of them!

I know if and when I go on holiday in Japan I will want to take with me an empty suitcase and bring it back home full of clothes and goodies!

Japan has some awesome food too… Not sushi but ramen! I prefer Chinese food over Japanese to be perfectly honest, so I would go more for their culture, their beautiful countryside and to visit their fashion stores.

Japan is the next place I want to visit and I’ve recently been watching a few You Tuber’s who aren’t from Japan but currently live and study there. I would love to study in Japan for a year teaching English and is something my friend Gabriella and I discussed about a year ago.

I really want to learn Japanese too, but it seems extremely awkward, but I can see myself setting it as a goal for 2014, to learn Japanese by 2015… Or as least the bog standard parts anyway!

When my boyfriend and I first got together we discussed about saving up and going on holiday to Japan whilst watching Spirited Away. I’d still love to go with him, it’d be lovely.

Finland

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This is one of the newest discoveries of places I would like to go visit. After I quit my job and was in search of a new one, I watched a lot of The Dudesons and whilst they’re hilarious, do stupid things etc I soon discovered what a beautiful country it appears to be and what an amazing language they speak too.

I fast learnt their swear words and was being naughty and using them at work whenever something annoyed me or didn’t go right. Customers wouldn’t have a clue what I was saying and neither did the people I worked alongside, so it suited me well! I would love to learn Finnish as it really is a beautiful language and from what I’ve heard, not a very heard one to learn either!

I reckon it would be amazing to visit Finland in the winter time, especially around Christmas due to the holidays being celebrated, and also to go snowboarding too. But from researching it with my boyfriend before, it’s pretty expensive.

I’d want to go with my digital SLR, lots of warm layers and some Finnish words so that I could go exploring, as it really looks like a beautiful place to visit, even if it’s suicide rate is one of the highest in Europe (apparently!).

New Zealand

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Since Lord of The Rings came out, I’ve wanted to go visit New Zealand. It just looks like such a beautiful wide and vast country to visit and Kiwi’s seem so down to Earth people.

I really want to visit New Zealand to go and visit Hobbiton where The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings was filmed. I love The Hobbit and I’m counting down the days until 13th December when the second Hobbit film is out! The little Hobbit houses just look so quaint and cute and I would just love to go and have a look around them and take pictures.

This being said, I just love the look of New Zealand. It looks very countryside and like you could get lost exploring everywhere. As well as this they have their beautiful beaches and it’d be a fun place to have a go at surfboarding or even just going out on a boat for the day.

As for their food, I don’t know much about it, but I have a feeling it would be really yummy. I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t have really good Chinese food down there though… Just sayin’.

Their accents are amazing and one of my favourites, I could listen to it all day and I’m a little sad that I don’t have any Kiwi friends! I used to know someone who was from New Zealand and she moved here from there a good three or four years ago but we didn’t talk all that much, even though she lived a 20 minute drive from my house! She had the cutest accent ever, it was a high-pitched, quiet but strong New Zealand accent and I loved it!

This would be a place I would want to visit for quite a while as I would want enough time to explore everything there was to explore. New Zealand seems like a big place and with so much to explore, a week or two wouldn’t be enough for me.

So that’s all the places I want to visit in my life before I die. The first one on the list is Japan and I know for a fact after going there the once I’ll want to go there again and again and again!

Where do you want to go before you die?

Let me know in the comments below!

I hope everyone’s week is going well, mines been lovely so far as I’ve had the past two days and today off work.

Until next time, take care.

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