Jordandene – Geeky Handmade Goods

I am here today to bring you guys a post I have been super excited to write! I’m always excited to write for you guys (as well as for myself of course!) but I have been pretty stoked about the goodies I’ll be talking about today.

Not long ago Kosi from Jordandene contacted me to ask if I would like to work with them and suggested a variety of different ways we could do this, including being sent some products to review. I decided to go for that one, as I thought it would be lovely to show you guys the awesome merchandise that they sell on their store.

Before I show you guys what goodies I was sent, I thought I’d talk about The Sartorial Geek and Jordandene and what their brand stands for.

Jordandené started as a fun way to put a nerdy twist on traditional handmade goods. Our first product, the geek chic apron, makes all mundane household tasks a little more tolerable. Even the worst chores (dishes!) get better when you do them as Batman or R2D2, right?

Not wanting to be confined to the kitchen, we now make all kinds of subtly geeky products that stay true to our deepest nerdy selves, yet aren’t too extreme for everyday life. We focus on combining a few of our favorite things with good design and quality materials. No cheap plastic, comic sans, or boxy graphic tees here.

We’d be lying if we said settling in Brooklyn didn’t affect the way we do business. We try to keep our process as eco-friendly as possible— from the inks we choose to the way we package our products. And we’ve also adapted the strong community aspect of city living; we love working with other local businesses and strive to always take care of our partners and our customers.

All of our products are sweatshop-free and screen printed by us in Brooklyn. Our designs are hand-lettered with a traditional brush and ink. The aprons and crayon bandoliers are sewn by real people across the East Coast.

As well as the website and store, Jordandene also have a podcast called The Sartorial Geek, which you can check out here.

The podcast is for the geeky girls in all of us and they focus on pop culture, girl power and cool stories told by cool people, of course all told by the team of Jordandene. The podcast currently has 34 episodes and has been running since 16th March 2018.

Alongside the podcast, they also have a blog which they write on regularly. It’s a pretty good read and I recommend you checking it out if you like the sound of the podcast. You can read it here.

Finally, onto the goodies I was sent! They asked me to pick some items and I ended up picking three. One of the items I picked was sadly out of stock, but I hadn’t realised at the time so was sent an alternative, which was lovely.

Of course, as I always do with gifted items, I pop a little * next to the items I’ve been gifted. 🙂

Without further ado, let’s talk about the items!

  • Be a Dragon Enamel Pin* – $10.00 (link)

Although I’m talking about this item first, it’s actually one of the last items I decided on that I wanted to be gifted to review. As regular readers will have noticed, I have become a MASSIVE pin badge fan in a very short space of time. I’ll always have a nose at pin badges now if I ever see any designs in store or online, so of course I couldn’t not check out the selection of pins that Jordandene sell. They have quiet a few different designs to choose from, 10 in total. The one that shouted out to me the most was this Be a Dragon pin and there are a couple of reasons why. I love the colour scheme which is white and red, but most of all I like to think that dragons are pretty badass and something you don’t want to mess with. This is a pin I’d rock when I’m planning on having a day that involves facing things I don’t want to. I may have to wear this pin next week when I’m going to a gig, as I’m so anxious to meet certain people afterwards who I’m going to see. 😛 This pin has a secure back to it too, which is always a good thing.

  • I Have Journeyed Farther Journal* – $15.00 (link)

This is the item I mentioned that they sent me to replace the out of stock item (which is here if you’re interested) which was lovely of them! I’m always happy to add a new journal to my collection, especially when it comes to jotting down blog ideas! This is a gorgeous journal to be honest and is perfect for notes. It has a hard cover, a elastic band to keep the book closed, a bookmark so you can keep your place and even a pocket in the back of the book for you to keep any bits and pieces you may need in there. It seems like the perfect book for a bullet journal to be honest with you but as I’m not into doing bullet journals myself, this will be used for blog writing.

  • I Rebel Scoop Neck Tee* – $35.00 (link)

I don’t know what it was that I liked about this t-shirt the most, but I really did love the colour! The colour really stood out to me the most as the t-shirt is a gorgeous red colour, with multi coloured flecks throughout. Jordandene screen print all their own t-shirts, so the I Rebel on this t-shirt has been done in house, by them which I think is really cool! It makes each piece feel more personal. The t-shirt itself has a scoop neck so that means it’s quite wide and low down. I never usually opt for this style of t-shirt to be perfectly honest with you, but I can see this really working for lazy weekends and days around the house with a pair of jeans or black leggings. I can’t wait to wear it during my week off work next week!

Overall I really love the goodies I was gifted by Jordandene as they’re all so perfect, unique and all have a lovely touch of geek! They’re not in my your face geek either, which I rather like. I’m full on when it comes to that and sometimes it does need toning down a little. Rocking up to places wearing a Pokemon or Persona 5 themed piece of clothing is amazing, but sometimes you just need to remember you’re approaching 30… 😛

I’ll pop their website and social media links down below!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

What do you think of Jordandene and their awesome geeky items? Which item(s) do you like the most? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far.

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5 Things Me & My Cousins Did During The Summer Holidays!

This is a spontaneous topic today and do you want to know why? Well it’s Sunday and I have spent ALL DAY at my cousins Christening. My cousin M (won’t use full names in case they don’t want them used) christened her baby E today and oh my it was lovely. I’ve only been to one Christening and it was my cousin N’s when she was a baby and I was about 6.

M asked me and Dane to take some pictures of the day, as I have my fancy Nikon digital SLR (which I haven’t used FOREVER!) and she wanted some special pictures for the day. It was a pleasure to be honest and we took so many pictures…. 2,225 to be exact. This evening we’ll be popping them onto our computer to view and begin editing throughout the week.

However, this isn’t what I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about some of the things that me and my two cousins M and N used to get up to during the summer holidays.

From as long as I could remember, most days after school, any school holidays and especially the summer holidays me and my two cousins used to hang out all day, every day and whilst we had some arguments, tantrums and fall outs, we always hung out every year until we were old enough to disperse out with our friends and do our own thing.

I thought with the summer holidays starting to the kids tomorrow, it would be nice to write a reminiscent post about what we used to get up to and how different it was back then for kids, to how it is now.

I really hope you enjoy reading this post, as I know I am going to LOVE writing it! 😀

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  • Sitting indoors playing games.

The majority of the time we would play various games on N’s dodgy PlayStation and the one I remember us playing the most was Spyro 2. We would play it from the beginning and each of us would have a world to complete, as well as a boss too. I remember N would beat the first boss, M the second and I’d always get Ripto to beat. We would go through the various challenges in levels and each of us would have a go if the previous one couldn’t crack it. There were some funny moments in that game and we would stress like mad having to hear the characters saying the same phrase over and over again! The track ones were the worst, but also the best! Each of us were good at doing certain challenges. Whilst we played games we’d binge eat various Pot Noodles, vanilla ice cream sandwiches, as well as various other things. It was glorious and whilst we probably should have been outside in the garden, staying in and playing Spyro was pretty bad ass instead.

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  • Riding our bikes up and down the road.

I say the road, we always rode them on the pathway. We would ride our bikes up and down our grans road and oh man they were some awesome times! You’d ride the bike all the way up the road to come back down REALLY fast. I think we probably pissed off some of our grans older neighbours, so we tried to be good most of the time. My cousin M was the one who taught me how to ride a bike and I remember how I used to always ride my white and pink bike with the stabilisers attached when I was about 9 or 10. The local kids would take the piss and I got pretty embarrassed by it. So M being M she showed me how to ride without them and before I knew it, I was a pro! My parents soon bought me a bigger bike after that.

Randy Marsh GIF by South Park

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  • Film funny videos.

I can’t for the life of me remember how old we were, but one year my cousin M had her video camera and we filmed some pretty funny videos on it. I’m pretty sure she still has them somewhere, in black and white of us pretending to be old women. I think it was called, “Independent Women” and it was fucking hilarious! We just took the piss out of older women who like to stay at home, eat junk food and every now and again go and play bingo. Legit what my life is like now. 😛

  • Listened to Clubland and NOW CD’s.

If we weren’t sat in the garden listening to it, we were sitting in the house listening to it. Whilst I listened to pop music growing up, I did love my rock music from an early age, but I also loved club music too! My cousin M would always get the newest NOW CD so we’d have the best summer tunes in the garden. I remember the first NOW CD I bought was NOW 45 (legit put it on to listen to now…) and I loved listening to it so much over the summer holidays.

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  • Watching films.

We always watched films whenever the weather was crap, or if the mood took us to watch Bridget Jones for the 20th time, or Disney films and sing along with the characters… Although that bit did make me cringe a little. I did used to love watching funny films however and some I loved watched with M and N were Shrek, 10 Things I Hate About You and as I mentioned earlier, Bridget Jones. I remember one summer my cousin M rented the second one for us to all watched and we didn’t pay attention AT ALL! I wish we had though as it was bloody hilarious.

Those are just 5 things me, N an M used to do together during the summer holidays. We used to all love hanging out together, although the older I got I started to just want to stay at home on my computer, talking to friends on MSN and MySpace. I definitely turned into a recluse. I do miss being a kid sometimes, but at the same time I really don’t. Being a kid sucked and although you had nothing to worry about, you did all the same.

But that aside, today has really shown me how much I did used to love hanging out with my cousins as kids, and the memories I’ve got and will always have from it.

What are some of your favourite summer holiday memories as a kid? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

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

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10 Things You Can Do When Your Friends Are Your Neighbours

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This is sort of a random blog post to write and have up on my blog this evening, BUT yesterday sparked some inspiration for me and I thought it would end up being an awesome post to do.

Two of our friends may be moving by me and Dane in the future and when we saw them yesterday it was just so exciting talking about all the things we could do if we become neighbours. I thought it would be interesting to talk about all the things we came up with here! I mean, it’s not everyday you get the chance to get new neighbours who are also some of your closest and best friends. 😛

1. You will always have someone close by who you know and trust, which is always a lovely feeling. I mean if I run out of milk or eggs I know where I can go to “borrow” some. 😛

2. If you want to go to each others homes for drinks and games evenings you won’t have to worry about being the designated driver, staying over until a certain time or sleeping over. You could just head over whenever and stumble back home as and when you’re ready!

3. You can go for runs together in the local park! Or even go on Pokemon GO gaming days together, especially with spring and summer coming.

4. If you want to go on holiday but worry about leaving the house, you’ll have your lovely friends nearby to keep their eye on the house for you. You could even leave a spare key with them in case you’re halfway through the holiday and realise you’ve left the heating on and it needs to come off to save some monies.

5. You can have cinema nights together at home, cook dinner for one another or even a takeaway.

6. This year we all said how we wanted to start having game evenings once a month, but living near one another we could even do a games evening once a week, maybe once a fortnight. It would be so much fun and like I said before, if you wanted to have some drinks you wouldn’t have to worry about driving home. You’d only have to walk back to your own bed. 😛

7. Evenings in the local are always an option, especially as the summer is upon us and all you need to do is drop a text saying, “Hey wanna walk to the pub later?”

8. Like the holiday one, if you have any pets and want to go on holiday you won’t have to worry about putting it into a pet board or having family look after your pets. Your friends may even be more than happy to look after your pet(s) for a while! I know me and Dane would if our friends owned a dog. 😛

9. In the summer if the weather is gorgeous and you want a BBQ, you can always ask your friends if they want one too and one of you could host a BBQ and games evening, or maybe a film or new TV show you both want to binge watch.

10. Last point being, your friends live right by you and it’s awesome quite frankly! You have so much stuff you could do and yeahhhh you won’t want to hang out with them constantly, but to chill out with them and just have the pleasure of knowing they’re not far away is awesome. I hope it happens quite honestly!

I know this was a really random post and it’s probably crap too, but as I said I had a spur of inspiration to write it and thought if I didn’t I’d regret it!

Would you love to have your friends as neighbours? If so what would you do together? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

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

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Fan fiction: real or not real?

Hi everyone! I’m Kanra, taking over for Nat today since she’s on a vacation (and can’t answer the phone right now). I’m one of those odd bloggers who don’t really have a particular niche I stick to. Some days I’m posting about school (I’m a medical student), some days I’m posting about art (I really like painting) and some days I’m posting about random things that take up my interest. Today’s random topic of the day is fan fiction.

I’m not an avid reader of fan fiction and certainly not a writer either. In fact, I don’t think I would have been overly concerned about this topic at all if it hadn’t cropped up in a chat room I frequent. It was a writing group, where people who were either in the process of writing or editing would congregate to share their work and request for constructive criticism. It was a pretty nice group, until someone posted a fan fiction and asked if it could be reviewed.

Admittedly, it was a poorly written piece of work. I guessed the writer was maybe around 14-15 years old, merely writing out a rough draft of a fantasy or day dream they had. The writing was disjointed, meaningless details about the main character, unrealistic bullying and resultant save by ignoring the situation and focusing on the power of friendship or something along those lines. If someone asked me to constructively criticize that piece of work, I would have probably declined because there’s just so much wrong with it that needs to be fixed.

The moderator then decided to throw out the question: should fan fiction be banned from the group entirely?

I recently took an MBTI test which classed me as an INTJ, given the title of “The Architect” or “The Mastermind”. There are other characteristics of this personality type which include things like “avoiding eye contact while talking”. To be honest, I didn’t even realize I had some the characteristics I have until I read up on it, like arguing as soon as a person of power suggests something. So of course when the discussions started shifting towards a “yes, ban fan fiction”, I couldn’t help but argue against it. It’s like my inner rebel teenager came out.

The history of fan fiction is something long and messy, something we will not discuss at the moment (it involves lawsuits and copy rights). The only thing you need to know is that fan fiction is a gray domain. What fan fiction basically does is create a new story from an already published piece of work. There is almost nothing that you, as a fan fiction writer, can claim for yourself. Everything you build on, from the setting to the characters, is not yours. You can’t monetize your writing. I guess that’s why it explains why most fan fictions are poorly written wish fulfillment pieces.

Yes, I’m not going to lie. More often than not, fan fiction has disappointed me. The majority of these pieces of writing are poorly written, self insert fantasies. The occasional rare gem does show up and I couldn’t let a brash decision of “ban fan fiction” stamp these out. Not to mention the fact that most writers started out using fan fiction as a way to improve their writing before creating original content.

It’s okay to write bad fan fiction! You have to start somewhere and practicing it out with preexisting characters, universes and laws is better for hammering out the fluency of your words and polishing the entire process of writing before putting in effort to bring to life an original creation.

It’s really sad that there are amateur writers out there, who write as a hobby, dismiss fan fiction as legitimate literature. In my opinion, fan fiction involves just as much effort and skill as original content. It doesn’t matter what your idea is or how novel your plot is, if you don’t have the ability to convey ideas properly through good pacing, than what’s the point? It’s much more important for writers to focus on presentation and delivery rather than whether it’s original or not. To be very honest, the kind of attitude I see about fan fiction really makes me wonder why people focus on the wrong things. It’s just a harmless exercise that helps young writers develope their skills. If it’s not good fan fiction, then just leave it?

Personally, I like the idea of fan fiction. I watched Dexter a few months ago and in one of the seasons, Dexter is set up to almost turn himself in to the police, but of course, it doesn’t happen. When I finished that season, I wanted to know so bad what would have happened if Dexter had turned himself in. What would the other characters think? How would they react? I needed to know and I really wanted a fan fiction to answer these questions for me. Imagine how many other “could’ve been” scenarios there are out there that can be elaborated and explored through fan fiction! Isn’t that exciting? Of course, finding such literature is truly a challenge.

I normally don’t read fan fiction regularly, but there are some popular fan fictions that I’ve checked out and was blown away by and if you have zero exposure to fan fiction, then you should check it out! My absolute top favorite fan fiction ever is “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality”. This is a full fledged Harry Potter book and it’s amazing, it condenses the plot of all seven books and years just into this fan fiction Harry’s first year at Hogwarts. It’s amazing and I can’t stress enough about how great this is. The writing style is great, the concept is great, it’s just amazing and deserves more attention!

The other fan fiction is something I came across while seeing art on Pinterest. This might sound really childish but it’s a PowerPuff Girls fan fiction called “More than Human”. Revolving around a high school (instead of preschool) where the PPGs go, it turns out the RowdyRuff Boys are there too. I actually haven’t read all of it (to be honest I kept getting the boys’ names mixed up) but it was really nice nevertheless (very slice of life, high school drama sort of thing) and there’s a lot of artwork out these from fans who loved the fan fiction, so hey! Check it out, might be your cup of tea!

What do you think about people who write fan fictions? Have you ever dabbled in this art? What’s your favourite fan fiction? Have a nice day!

I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to Kanra for writing this post! As regular readers on my blog will know, I always love talking geeky on my blog whenever the chance arises! Although I’m not a fan fiction reader, Kanra’s post really opened up my eyes to it from both a reader and a writers point of view!

I hope you enjoyed reading her post just as much as I did! Until next time take care all and I hope you’re doing well!

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Back To Education Stationary Ideas!

I just want to start this post off by throwing it out there that the title and original idea for this post was for back to school, not education. Then I realised that it’s not just kids and teenagers who get to have fun buying funky stationary, older teenagers and young adults get to as well!

September is by far one of my favourite months of the year and I’ve explained on various different posts over the years why. It just feels like a fresh start to me. It’s when you started a new year at school, college and university. Hey! It’s even when many start their first years at these places and you want to always leave a good impression to the others in your year and classes.

I remember in August as a kid my mom taking me to the stationary shops to pick up some new bits for school. It was always an exciting time! New books, scented gel pens and a fluffy pencil case and I was ready!

Things haven’t changed either, with 90’s trends making a comeback in fashion AND stationary we now have so much funky stuff to feast our eyes upon again! There’s holographic, fluffy, unicorn and even Hello Kitty and Pokemon! Talk about bringing back some nostalgia!

Today I am very tired from a night of awesome drinking and talking with my friend Jacqui, her boyfriend Chris and of course Dane. I didn’t want to write anything at all today. I’m not hungover, but I’m very tired and lethargic. Urgh!

BUT I was scrolling through the internet and decided to do this post. The summer holidays are coming to a close and whether you’re returning or even starting a new year of education, here’s so funky stationary ideas for you to have a look at! 😛 P.S. Pray for me that I feel better by bed time. 😛

Oh by the way, this post won’t contain things you’ll need such as special equipment for maths, art, science, etc. This is just the bog standard necessities. 😛

  • Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Ruled Journal – £12.99 (link)

Now, although I am not a Harry Potter fan myself (sorry guys…) I know a lot of people who are, young and old! I find journals to be great not only for use as a notebook for classes, but also for personal too if you want to get any thoughts written down on paper. Although I’m not a Harry Potter fan this journal looks gorgeous and is definitely one that would get a conversation started for any Potter fan who would see it. It’s not cheap however, so this is a journal for something a little more special.

  • South Park Barrel Pencil Case – £3.99 (link)

This pencil case was mostly added for nostalgia. I remember when South Park came out and everyone and I mean EVERYONE went mad for it! Then WHSmith brought out some pencil cases for it and all the boys in my year had one at some point or another. I wanted one, but they were forever sold out in my local store. This is definitely more for guys but sod it, girls can pull this off just as much! I don’t think this is anything huge either which is always good if you have a small bag.

  • Hello Kitty Gel Pens – £6.00 (link)

Who doesn’t love gel pens eh? Especially scented ones! These aren’t scented but they’re Hello Kitty… What more do you want?! I always found different coloured gel pens to be great to use on certain projects and I’d like to say during revision too… I was one of these stupid kids who didn’t revise… How I would have been if I was as level headed then as I am now… 😛

  • Green Marble Notebook – £2.49 (link)

This is actually a notebook I really want to get for myself… But I won’t because I have WAYYYY TOO MANY! This is a notebook for the more older members of education who may read this post. It reminds me of the notebooks they have over the pond… You know the black and white ones that EVERY SINGLE high schooler owns and uses to write secrets in. ANYWAY! This is gorgeous and would be great to use as a notebook for a certain lecture or class.

  • Bramblewood Fox Notebook – £2.99 (link)

Yes, another notebook. BUT it has a fox on it and you know I love my foxes! I used to own a phone case with this same fox design on, which I adored! It’s just a bog standard notebook really, which you could use for classes or personal. I’d probably end up using it for classes. I find that when you have a really nice and funky notebook for classes, lectures or even at home for notes you just feel good opening it up to jot stuff down.

  • Aquamarine Pencil Case – £5.59 (link)

If I had to have a favourite item on this list, I’d say this is it. As you all know I LOVE anything holographic, turquoise and mermaid themed. This just ticks all those boxes for me and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t at all want to buy it… 😛 It’s a gorgeous turquoise pencil case with a fish scale sort of texture to it. This definitely reminds me of something the “cool kids” at school would have used. Either that or a fluffy pencil case! WHSmith have loads of these sorts of pencil cases available, with quite a lot of them selling out. So if you like the look of these sort of cases, get on there (or even in store) pronto!

  • Pusheen A4 Ringbinder – £4.99 (link)

I LOVE Pusheen and I have a feeling that if I had been a kid when Pusheen first came out, I would have saved up my pocket money ready for when school shopping came around to buy EVERYTHING I could! I remember in my last years of secondary school I used an A4 pad of lined paper inside of a ringbinder for when I jotted notes down. I don’t know how I did it to be fair, as years later I attempted to do that again when studying my MA and I HATED IT. Folders are really handy to have, especially during GCSE’s, but it’s always better to have a cute one.

  • What Would A Mermaid Do Prediction Pen – £8.00 (link)

Holy shit. I randomly found this obviously whilst researching for this post and I hesitated adding it at first as I thought it seemed so daft. I just couldn’t resist though. It’s so dumb but also so funny! If you love mermaid related stuff this pen is for you and the younger you are, the more you can get away with having it. 😛 It’s not cheap at £8.00 however, but it’s just such a novelty! Definitely something to cheer you up when you’re feeling down.

  • Gemma Correll Unicorn Pencil Case – £12.95 (link)

I love Gemma Correll’s designs and in the past I’ve bought and used her stationary items! I still to this day own my ringbinder I bought and now use it to house adult documents in, because I’m now a motherfucking adult. 😛 I saw this pencil case and knew it needed a place on this list. I’ve got a couple of mermaid items, so a unicorn has to be part of the mix too! This isn’t cheap but it is a brand and it’s massive too! This would especially be good for an art student.

  • Getting Shit Done Sticky Notes – £3.50 (link)

I remember when I was at university in my final year I was organised as fuck. I bought some post it notes, expecting to use them seriously and in the end I used them as a way to piss about so that I didn’t have to do any work on  my dissertation… I got a 2:1 on it and overall so it’s not like they affected my mark. 😛 They were boring though, so whenever I see funny or funky post it notes I wish they had been around when I was studying. These made me laugh so much! I may have to buy them for the office and blog related work. 😛

  • Scented Pencil Pack – £4.50 (link)

Smiggle is notorious for their scented stationary, even their pencil cases! It’s cool but I do wonder if they’ve overstepped the mark just a tad… I always give stuff a smell on the rare occasions that I pop in however. I have looked at these scented pencils in the past and it just makes me wish I was at school again! I’d have definitely bought the banana ones.

  • Mini Cookie Eraser Pack – £4.50 (link)

Again another scented item from Smiggle and one I just couldn’t leave out of this list. I was always a sucker for cute little erasers as a kid and I still remember to this day my mom bought me some puppy ones for when I started year 1. I couldn’t bear to use the one as it was just too cute. I’m pretty sure it’s still in my room at home somewhere! These little erasers are just adorable and I especially love that they come in a little plastic tub so you can keep them nice and smelling strong before using them.

So those were my picks for what you could buy for going back to education with. This list was definitely aimed more at a younger audience, but if you’re an adult who loves anything cute and kawaii then this list is totally for you too!

What items would you suggest people to pick up? Please leave links down below! I’m forever on the hunt for cute stationary!

I said at the start of this post that I hope I feel better when it’s finished, and you know what? I actually do feel better! I’m off to spend the rest of my Sunday chilled on the sofa with Dane.

Until next time, take care all and have an awesome bank holiday Monday tomorrow!

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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.

Image taken from cosmicolor.tictail.com

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!

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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.

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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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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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Why I’m Not Getting “Baby Fever”

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This is the first time in probably ever where I can’t even come up with a title for it. Not that that’s anything important or different BUT FUCK. It’s like writing an essay for school and you can’t possibly start it until you have the witty as hell title to kick you off.

I can’t just wait though to come up with the witty title for this post. I need to just write it and get it over with and THEN I can come up with my witty and awesome as fuck title.

This isn’t my usual sort of blog post but it’s a topic I’ve wanted to write about for ages now. I’m 27, going on 28 in less than 200 days (at the time of writing this post it was 173 days…) and I’m getting old. That isn’t the problem though. Getting old is inevitable and whilst that scares me, it’s going to happen and I need to just man up and accept that.

BUT and it’s a big one, I’m getting older and due to that it’s time to start thinking about the future. Mine and Dane’s future. It’s all well and good talking about when we’ll add a fluffy baby into our lives, but it’s scary thinking about when we’ll actually decide on having a baby together.

Due to my mental health right now I often say to myself that I don’t want children, but deep down I really do. I want my own little mixture of me and Dane depending on me for love and affection and looking hella cute whilst doing it. I want a little ginger girl who I can call a cute name and have everyone go mushy over.

But I don’t want that yet. I remember when I was 17 saying to everyone how I wanted a baby in 10 years from then. So my 17 year old self wanted me at this moment in time to be carrying and getting ready to pop out a mini me. Erm sorry 17 year old self but you can piss off. 😛

I want to start a family with Dane ideally when we’re 30/29 or 31/30. My brother started his family at this age and it always looked a good age to start to me. Me and Dane have both said we won’t start a family until we’ve visited Japan, this is both one of our biggest life goals alongside having children and buying our own home. That may not seem important to a  lot of people, but it really is to us. Japan is so much to us both.

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SOOOOO I’m sure you’re thinking right now, “Nat if you know you don’t want to have a baby yet then why are you stressing about it?”

Well the simple answer is because it seems to me that EVERYONE is having babies right now! Every other day I read how someone I know or know through the world of blogging is pregnant and it’s just making me think about my own future.

Will I ever be ready to have a baby? What if I’m not? Would I ending up becoming pregnant to make Dane happy and because it’s the “done” thing?

For years on and off I’ve either wanted to have a baby or I haven’t. For at least 3 years in my first relationship the thought of being pregnant made me feel physically sick and I never ever felt broody. Not even when looking at baby clothes in the Disney Store.

Now is different. It’s not a case that I don’t want a baby in the future because I can’t stand kids. It’s more I’m scared about all of the sacrifices the female body makes to carry that little baby. Your body is never the same again and neither is your life. I don’t mean to make it sound bad, because I know eventually it’s all worth it.

Due to my mental health though I worry that I would end up with post natal depression. I had that sort of feeling after buying the house for fuck sake, so how would I be after having a baby?!

I know I have at least 2-3 years to prepare myself for this big choice and decision in life but it’s scary. They say that after you have children nothing is the same again. I don’t want to worry that when me and Dane have children that “nothing will be the same” I want things to be exactly the same but just with an awesome new addition. That just makes having children sound so damn negative and it isn’t!

Going back to the broody stuff, I don’t get broody still. I never have really. I love seeing mine and Dane’s friends babies and toddlers, I love holding them and taking pictures of them for the new parents. BUT I don’t get broody!

The only thing I seem to get broody for is the next lot of Pokemon merchandise I can buy, or the newest Nendoroid.

I am officially broody over geeky and Japanese things. What the fuck?! 😛

Toddler Nat, look at them gnashers! 😛

Toddler Dane, look at that ginger hair! 😛

If I do get broody IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM it’ll be about cute baby pieces in the Disney Store or imagining how cute mine and Dane’s baby would look.

Another way I get broody is thinking about how I would tell everyone that I’m pregnant. I’d want to do something unique and different instead of the traditional scan picture and “OH MY GOD I’M PREGNANT!”

If there is any age of a baby that does make me broody though, it’s the toddler age where they’re starting to get chubby and cute.

Ha I just came up with the title for this post. Does that mean it’s over? Possibly.

I do apologise for such a different post from usual but it’s something I have wanted to write about for a while and get it off of my chest. It’s a topic that I think about a lot right now, at least twice a day. Does this mean I want a baby? I hope not… Not right now anyway! 😛

ALSO to clarify I have NOTHING against anyone I know who is pregnant and expecting right now. If anything I am excited for all of those people. Just it isn’t for me right now.

What are your thoughts on the future and having babies? Have or are you feeling the same as I am right now? Please let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all having a great week.

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