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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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

The price of the pin is ยฃ8, 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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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

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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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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MOD Pizza Coventry – Review*

A couple of weeks ago I was invited alongside loads of the Coventry Bloggers to another new restaurant addition to the Cathedral Lanes in Coventry, this being the new MOD Pizza!

I felt so lucky to be invited to the press night, especially with some of my favourite blogger gals. I’d had a pretty shit day at work prior to this event and actually felt really down in the dumps, so much so I almost cancelled going to this event. I’m so glad I didn’t however, as I had such an amazing time and I discovered a great new place to eat in Coventry!

*Of course due to the fact I was invited to the press night, all my food and drink was gifted to me for reviewing purposes. This being said 100% of what I’m writing about are entirely my own opinions.

MOD Pizza is actually an American company that has started to gradually make it’s way over to the UK.

I didn’t quite know what to expect though for the evening at MOD Pizza and for some reason in my head I thought we were having a masterclass on making our own pizzas, but how wrong I was. It wasn’t as messy as I originally thought it was going to be and in some aspect we were going to be making our own pizzas…

If there is one thing I loved about MOD Pizza the most it’s just how creative you can get with your pizza, without the price of your pizza making your bank account cry.

The concept of MOD Pizza is that you can create your own pizza for a set price and have as many (or as little) options on your pizza as possible, which I think is amazing. This being said you don’t have to make your own pizza. You can of course choose from the menu of pizzas they have on offer. Personally though none of them took my fancy so I went for the create your own option.

I obviously can’t speak for if you pick a pizza from the menu (as I didn’t do this) but if you create your own you make your way around the counter at all the different sections and add as many or as little to your pizza! When you approach the counter to order the staff will take your name to add to a brown baking parchment, which they use as to log your order down on as they make it.

Before you really get your creative thoughts going for which pizza you would like to order and create, you’re asked if you would like any starters, sides etc. Kayleigh (Hazelnut Musings) was telling me how she wasn’t sure which side to order so I suggested she order one thing and I order the other and we could share.ย  Me and Dane do this all the time when we go out for food so that we can try as much as we can! So I went for the MOD crinkle wedges and Kayleigh went for the cheesy garlic strips.

There are so many options available for starters, sides and even desserts!

First of all you pick your base which come in three different options – MINI (ยฃ4.97), MOD (ยฃ7.97) and MEGA (ยฃ9.79). I went for MEGA as I eyed up Amy’s (Writing into the Ether) pizza base and it looks really good! That and I’m not a fan of thin pizza bases, go big or go home… You know what I mean? ๐Ÿ˜› In regards to bases you can of course go for a gluten free option but let me just warn you this does cost an extra ยฃ2.

The next stage is to add your sauces and cheese. Like the base you can of course choose to have vegan options with their dairy free cheese.

There’s loads of options for both the sauces and cheese but I was boring and went for the normal red sauce (tomato) and mozzarella. For sauces you can choose – red, BBQ, garlic rub, pesto and white. Cheese you get the options of – mozzarella, asiago, blue, feta, Parmesan and dairy free.

The girl who was looking after us at the dairy section was so lovely and fun as she made the cheese “rain” for us! I regret not doing a boomerang video of it over on my Instagram stories (you can find my Instagram account here) but I took photos which is just as good!

After you’ve seen your cheese rain (hahaha cheesey joke :P) you go onto adding your meats if you want them. I didn’t feel like there were any Quorn style meats that vegetarians and vegans could add, but I tell you what, there was so much choice! The fact you could have them all if you wanted really blew my mind. I didn’t do this however and ended up opting for chicken, bacon, ham and chorizo.

The meat selection is really good and there are even a couple ofย halal options on there – bacon,ย grilled chicken,ย ground beef, ham, mild sausage, pepperoni, salami, spicy sausage, anchovies, chorizo and spicy beef.

Then finally you have the last sections of the counter where you can choose any greens, veggies, herbs and more. I didn’t really bother much with this section (being the unhealthy person that I am!) and just opted for some roasted sweetcorn on my pizza. I feel like people who like this choice on pizza get judged for it… Is it just me? I bloody love sweetcorn on pizza haha!

The options here are huge though and range from all sorts including – rocket, romaine, spinach, artichokes, black olives, chickpeas, green peppers, jalapeรฑos, mushrooms, pineapple, red onion, roasted red peppers, roasted sweetcorn, spicy red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, tomatoes, chilli flakes, chopped basil, coriander, garlic and rosemary.

Like that wasn’t enough you can finally add some sauces and/or salad dressings to your pizza too. I wish I’d don’t this now but at the same time I’m glad I didn’t.

You can choose from –ย balsamic fig glaze, bbq swirl, hot buffalo sauce, pesto drizzle, ranch (garlic dip), red sauce dollops, sri-rancha, pesto sri-rancha, pesto ranch, hot honey,ย balsamic, caesar, honey mustard, italian, olive oil & vinegar and ranch.

Finally your pizza is created and is put into the oven to cook whilst you order a drink and take a seat. I opted for a milkshake and went for the Biscoff shake, which was amazing! I don’t want to compare this flavoured shake to anywhere else but bloody hell it was good. It was really thick and I actually had to stop myself from drinking it before my food arrived. This being said, I think from having this milkshake it stopped me from eating most of my pizza… Not that that was a massive issue. ๐Ÿ˜›

You’re given a buzzer which vibrates when your food is ready! I liked having a bit of time to chat with my girls, as well as take in all the gorgeous decor of the MOD Pizza in Coventry.

From what I’ve seen/read online all the MOD Pizza restaurants have a different and unique theme, with Coventry having the “You Be You” theme and style, which I loved so much! They had some postcard with this on, which I took home with me, alongside some MOD stickers. ๐Ÿ˜›

One by one everyone’s pizzas slowly started turning up, including my own. This is by far one of the best, if not THE best pizza I’ve ever had and I loved it so much.

The pizza itself was just so fresh tasting, with all of the toppings I picked for it working together to create a perfect pizza for me. The best bit about this pizza for me however was how dry the base was, no grease in sight! Something that I absolutely hate about takeaway pizza or having pizza out. I feel like if you want a good pizza you usually have some greasy around but nope, none of that here! The base was also really crispy and the crust was just perfect for me. It didn’t seem burnt just that perfect crunch as you bite into it.

As I mentioned before I ordered wedges as my side, whilst Kayleigh ordered the garlic bread. The wedges were seasoned so lovely and were so moreish to eat. The garlic bread was really good and had fresh garlic on it, which was surprisingly nice! I’ve eaten raw garlic in the past and I hated it, so was pleasantly surprised by this. I feel like it was Emily (The Emily Chapters) who had loads of wedges left over and donated them to our table. I was loving life! ๐Ÿ˜›

One thing that did annoy me though was how one of the girls was waiting ages for her pizza to arrive. Even though staff were quick to amend this issue when it was raised, the amount of times they came over to the table to ask how we were etc – you think they would have noticed one of us didn’t have side, let alone her pizza! When I worked in both a coffee shop and a bar if I noticed one person didn’t have food out of the group or at least an empty plate I always sensed something was up.

I understand they were busy though and I liked that they were honest about what had happened with her pizza, along with getting her a new one out quickly so fair play to MOD Pizza for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

As I mentioned somewhere, I couldn’t actually finish my pizza and only managed to eat under half of it, so when Dane picked me up from the train station near our house, he decided to have a cheeky slice and commented how lovely it was. He agreed with myself in regards to how it was none greasy and fresh in comparison to some takeaway pizza places out there.

Overall, I LOVED MOD Pizza and I’m already craving to go again soon either on a date night with Dane, a double date night or even just a good place to go for lunch whist shopping with my friend Sophie.

This is such a great addition for Coventry, especially as student life seems to be growing there lately. I feel for students this is an affordable place to go after a heavy night of drinking on a budget friendly hangover cure.

I know I’m talking about the Coventry MOD Pizza but I also wanted to share where else MOD Pizza is at throughout the UK:

Borehamwood – WD6 1AE

Coventry – CV1 1LL

Gateshead Metrocentre – NE11 9XG

Leeds Cardigan Fields – LS4 2DG

Leeds City Centre – LS1 5BQ

Leicester High Cross – LE1 4SA

London Leicester Square – WC2H 7AT

Nottingham Market Square – NG1 2DR

Romford – RM1 1AU

Waford High Street – WD17 2DJ

I really hope you enjoyed my review of MOD Pizza in Coventry and if you liked the sound of it I also hope there’s one nearby you so you can go and try it out for yourselves!

What do you think about MOD Pizza? Let me know in the comments down below.

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

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March Favourites ’19

We are already into the fourth month of the year and it’s so crazy how quickly the year is flowing by! As I mentioned recently in a post about March, the month was like a roller coaster in both my blogging and personal life. I did so much blog related work (events wise) throughout March and I even got myself a new job, which I started today!

So yeah March was a memorable month for 2019 and one I won’t forget for a very long time. Due to this my blog hasn’t had as many posts per week as it usually does due to the fact I’ve been so busy! I’m hoping to be a little quieter throughout April so more posts will be up on my blog.

I plan to try and catch up on gifted posts from March and then I have LOADS of post ideas to pop up on my blog, so make sure to keep your eyes on those.

Anyhoo, it’s time for me to share my favourites from March.

  • Imperial Leather Mermazing Bath Soak.

I picked up this bath soak on a random food shop at the start of March and throughout the month I loved using this after pole dance fitness classes! Sometimes there’s nothing better to do than come home and run a lovely hot bath to have a good soak in… To be fair I really want a bath right now as I’m freezing! This bath soak has Fijian water and lotus flower in which smells so refreshing but also reminds me of a manly scent my dad would have used in the bath whilst I was growing up. I just love this bath soak, I’m just sad that it’s limited edition.

  • MUA Pro Base Soothe & Cool Primer Stick.

I picked this up in March whilst shopping in Superdrug with my friend Sophie (hey you!) and although it’s up on my favourites this month, I do still have some mixed thoughts on it. I’ll review it in the future! ๐Ÿ˜› The reason it’s on this list this month however is due to the fact it works really well as a cooling stick and due to this it has done wonders to my under eye area. I can use this throughout the day whenever my eyes feel tired and sore and get an instant wake up with this cooling stick. It will be perfect for hotter days when your skin just needs to feel cooled and refreshed. Also it’s at the stupidly low price of ยฃ5.00 so you won’t break the bank if you head over to Milk Makeup and buy their version for ยฃ20 more… ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in shade Black Forest.

This was a very spontaneous purchase and I picked it up on a 3 for 2 so this was actually the free item, woohoo! I love the Barry M nail paints as I find they last ages for how much they cost and the price you pay for them is always good. I’ve not used the gelly nail paints for years and forgot how lovely they actually are. I love a good black nail polish so I knew I would love this one! I’ve worn it a few times throughout March and has really loved it! ๐Ÿ˜€ There’s nothing wrong with rocking black nail polish, especially if you were an emo/goth kid like I was! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • L’Oreal Paris Infallible Magic Essence Drops.

This are some magic essence drops I heard about throughout March from both YouTubers and bloggers, so I knew I had to give them a go myself. Like the cooling stick I currently have some mixed views on this product, but until the cooling stick, I’m not sure if I want to review this yet or not. These drops are a dark blue (as you’ll see!) which is said to be good for brightening the skin and making it look younger and more youthful. I’m unsure if they’re actually brightening my skin at the moment but they’re definitely making my skin feel lovely after use. I wish I could find some primer jobs that mattified but didn’t cost a bomb to buy.

  • Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser with Shea & Cocoa Butter.

So last month in my February favourites (which you can read here) I mentioned how I’d picked up the Aveeno daily moisture lotion to use on my hands as my eczema had gotten worse. This being said the Aveeno didn’t seem to work all that well after a while, which is something my hands tend to do. They get used to a product and then stop it working on my skin. This being said though, I don’t think I was ever going to have much luck with Aveeno and typical this happened after I spoke about it on my favourites post last month. I took to Twitter for help (my handle is @maybeecoffee) to see if I could get anymore suggestions from people and most were saying Childs Farm. Sooo I picked up a bottle and it has done wonders for my skin since! A little bit of this baby moisturiser goes such a long way and due to that it lasts agggggges! I use it every morning before I go out, as well as on and off around the house when I’m at home. It’s honestly perfect and I’m so glad I went with peoples suggestions on picking it up.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Image taken from Digital Spy

Favourite TV Show – 24 Hours in Police Custody.

It was kind of hard to pick a show this month and not because I haven’t watched any or anything like that, but because I’ve watched so many various different ones it was just so hard to choose! One that stood out the most isย 24 Hours in Police Custodyย purely because I love that show so damn much! Every time a new series starts I get so excited for each episode… Which in itself sounds a little fucked up considering it’s about crime… BUT of course I love when they get the bad guys in the end and they get sentenced. I’m pretty sure this week is episode 4 and I can’t believe we are already 4 weeks into the new series! If you’ve never watched this series before then you so should, it’s worth a watch.

Favourite Film – Captain Marvel.

Me and Dane went to watch this a couple of days after it was released and I actually loved it far more than I thought I was going to! Without revealing too much I’ll try and explain why I loved it so much. First of all the soundtrack, it’s amazing and I’d totally buy it! It’s heavily 90’s grunge music and to coincide with that so is some of the fashion shown throughout the movie too, as well as band posters scattered throughout locations in the film. I felt so nostalgic watching it and as a fan of both grunge fashion and music, it made me so happy!a As well as that the film was just so good, the only fault I had with it was the first 20 minutes seemed so drab and boring, but it really does pick up and I can understand why those first boring minutes were necessary for the film overall. If you haven’t watched it yet, please do! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Favourite Book – Erm…

Did I have time to read? Did I fuck. Now with my new job I’ll have a lot more time to read during my lunch breaks so I am actually so damn excited to be catching up on loads of manga that has been backlogged in my collection lately.

Favourite Music – “11 Minutes” by Yungblud and Halsey Feat. Travis Barker and “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco.

I spent a lot of my time listening to KERRANG! Radio in March and this song came on quite a lot and featured heavily as various presenters favourite track of the week and I can understand why. It’s such a sad song with it’s lyrics, but it’s such a lovely song all the same due to the catchy tune etc. The singing by Yungblud and Halsey work so well together, alongside Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker in the background. It’s such an amazing collaboration and it’s fast turned into my favourite song.

Alongside “11 Minutes” I’ve also featured “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco as although this song has been out since August 2018, it’s really grown on me lately and I also feel like it’s only really been played recently too. It played on the way to and from both of my interviews for my new job and it was the song I was listening to after I found out I’d been given the job. So whenever I hear it now it reminds me of that and thus has such a lovely memory tied to it! I used to love hearing it loads in my old job, so moving forward I’ll be downloading it soon so I can make sure I hear it to and from my drive to work.

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Image taken from IGN

Favourite Game – Yoshi’s Crafted World.

Granted this game only came out at the end of March but I don’t really feel like I played all that many games throughout March as I was just too busy! I played Pokemon GO and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp loads due to how much I travelled to and back from Coventry, but other than that… Nothing. Since I picked up this game a few days ago I have played it loads and really fallen in love with Yoshi all over again! I never played any of the Yoshi games growing up, but always wanted to. I played Yoshi’s New Island but I just couldn’t get into it. I tried the demo for Yoshi’s Crafted World and fell in love, so I knew I had to pick it up! Plus it’s a two player game, so Dane can play it with me!

So that’s all my favourites for March! As I’ve said various times on my blog lately, March was a crazy month and as much as I loved it, I’m really glad for a new month due to how crazy it was. April will hopefully be a bit more relaxed, but this being said it’s going to be just as mad.

Dane’s 30th is this month and I already have most weekends planned with stuff. OH and we mustn’t forget it’s Easter this month too. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyhoo, what were your favourites from March? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you didn’t get too many April Fools jokes made on you today. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Why Being Burnt Out In March Was Worth It

Well damn March was a crazy fucking month. Yes I am starting this post off with swearing because it is necessary for me describing March already. ๐Ÿ˜›

March was crazy and left me feeling burnt out, but damn has it been worth it. March has been the busiest time for my blog in possibly forever as well as in my personal life so with both of those being constantly changing and on the go, I’ve mentally drained myself and for two weeks during March I was actually poorly due to nerves… More about that as the post goes on!

First of all I want to say a HUGE thank you to my lovely followers who are still here! My posts have gone from 2-3 a week to just one at the moment and that bugs me. I like to make sure I have a nice amount of content a week to keep readers happy during that time. I’ve just been too busy to do this many posts in March, but I’m already hopeful that April won’t be this way. Posts will resume back to how they used to be ASAP!

March was really busy for me with blogging events and opportunities and I’m so thankful for that! I love when I get asked to review items or experiences gifted to myself and it makes me so happy to see from that how my blog is growing. It’s also a massive thanks to Coventry Bloggers and the beautiful and hard working Emily who owns it (The Emily Chapters) for giving me the opportunities in the first place. She’s such a star and if you’re a Coventry (or Midlands blogger) then make sure to go and check the group out which I’ve linked. ๐Ÿ™‚

I went to so many events including Skinthetics to try out one of the facials they have to offer, Esquires Coffee to taste their new breakfast menu, Palms Bar to taste their new lunch menu, a SS19 fashion and beauty press day (which I’ll be talking about on my blog later this week!) and tomorrow I’ll be going to MOD in Coventry to check out this newly opening pizza restaurant! ๐Ÿ˜€

Most of the events were food related, which I’m always down with attending… I love food! ๐Ÿ˜›

As well as these events I was also invited to Bubbla Boba in FarGo Village for an event and sadly had to cancel due to how burnt out I was. I was also invited to another event at the start of April, but due to work I can’t attend this either. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But this is the reality of people who work full time and blog as a hobby. This isn’t my job, it’s just a hobby but it’s a hobby I really love and enjoy! I can’t always attend events, no matter how much I want to and if I can’t attend it means someone else can who I’m sure is just as excited as I am to attend. ๐Ÿ™‚

So yeah blogging has been slow due to having so many exciting things going on throughout March to do with my blog. Baffling, huh?! As I said before April will be different the reason for that is…

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I have a new job! ๐Ÿ˜€

As always, I never go into detail about where I work, etc and that certainly won’t be changing here. ๐Ÿ˜› All I’ll say is I will be staying in admin, which is a career I have loved doing in my current job so I know I want to continue with that in the future!

I start on 1st April and it’s such an amazing job and company I’ll be moving to! I had to have two interviews and the first one I was so damn nervous in the run up to it, but as soon as I sat down in that interview I was fine and just ploughed through out the best I could, which clearly was amazing as they asked me back for a second interview.

Mere hours after that second interview I was offered the job. I leave where I work on Friday and I am so sad to be saying bye to such an amazing team that I work with. They’re all such lovely people and I’m sad to say goodbye. This being said I know for a fact I’ll see them outside of work and due to that I’m not entirely sad. ๐Ÿ™‚

Again I won’t go into anymore detail about where I’m moving to and such but I’m so damn excited and I can’t wait for Monday 1st when I start! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m just so damn happy at the moment and I’d like to think it shows with friends and family at the moment.

That’s pretty much the majority of what I wanted to talk about on this catch up post today. I have so many ideas for posts on my blog, as well as collaborating with some gorgeous people too!

I already have posts in mind such as hauls, reviews, wish list Wednesday’s and many more so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.

Are there any posts you’d like to see on my blog soon? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

I hope all my readers are well and have had an amazing month! Easter will be here soon, which is so exciting… You know scoffing all the chocolate… ๐Ÿ˜›

Until next time, take care all and I hope your weeks are going well so far.

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Esquires Coffee Coventry – New Menu Review*

I do apologise for how quiet I have been the past week on my blog! I just feel like I have been so busy throughout March and time for myself just didn’t happen. So I stopped and allowed myself to have that time. ๐Ÿ˜›

Last week I was invited through Coventry Bloggers to attend Esquires Coffee in Coventry to test their new menu, which launched on the 1st March.

Myself alongside some new and old faces were invited along to trial a dish of our choice from the menu. I’ve been to Esquires Coffee in Coventry a couple of times now and I really love it! The baristas really know their coffee and as someone who used to be a barista, I love when someone is passionate about what their do and has plenty of knowledge behind it.

When I heard there was food on offer, I was in there! What can I say, I love food and especially good food, which I already knew Esquires Coffee would offer.

Myself and the other Coventry Bloggers got the chance to have a look at what the new menu had to offer before the evening at Esquires Coffee. We also got the chance to pre-order food that we wanted to eat and review on the evening too, which I thought was great!

I was so torn with what I wanted to eat, as the menu has loads of yummy dishes on offer! There’s a massive range of breakfast and brunch dishes, as well as deli. I finally settled on something from the breakfast and brunch menu, which was the Eggs royale* [GIFTED].

All the food and drinks I received at Esquires Coffee Coventry were gifted to myself in exchange for a review on my blog, so as always I’ve popped a * in the title of this post, as well as * next to items I was gifted ANNNNND of course [GIFTED] is in here too. ๐Ÿ™‚

I travelled straight from work to the event so was ready to fill myself with yummy breakfast foods and coffee! On arrival the staff asked us what we would like to drink. They’d recently released their cortado* [GIFTED] drinks into store, which I was rather excited by. For those of you who may not know a cortado is an espresso sized drink which I’ve always described as a flat white in espresso size. The coffee is strong and the milk is velvet and smooth. I loved drinking them every now and then when I worked at Costa Coffee but since leaving over 3 years ago I’ve not had one until last week at the event.

The cortado I was served at Esquires Coffee was delicious and perfect! I also loved the gorgeous little fern on the top of my drink. I was very happy with my choice of hot drink and after I finished it, I knew I’d be ordering another one before I headed home from the event. Random but I’m sure I ordered a cortado with vanilla syrup… But I cant remember if I did or not! ๐Ÿ˜› Either way it was delicious!

Through this event I got to meet some of the new Coventry Bloggers, as well as see some familiar faces! I got to meet some lovely girls, who were all so chatty and bubbly. It’s been nice seeing them again since this event too, as well as talking to them on social media.

After loads of chatting, taking photographs and drinking our coffees our food started to come out one by one to each person. Most people seemed to have the same thing and a pattern of the Esquires full vegan breakfast were starting to emerge. That was one thing I loved the most about this new breakfast menu, the vegan full breakfast being offered!

I know, I’m not vegan but I LOVE when I see places offering these options to people. It’s always good if you’re with someone who IS vegan and even if I’m not vegan now, what if I decide to be in the future? It’s always good to know what my options could be in the future!

The range of breakfast items on this new menu were amazing, which is why I found it so hard to choose something to eat. As I mentioned earlier, I ended up going with the Eggs royale. This includes two eggs, cured smoked salmon, baby spinach and hollandaise sauce on toasted English muffin. Right up my street, I’m a sucker for salmon! This costs ยฃ7.45 which I feel is such a reasonable price for how much you get.

By the way, the sausage isn’t included! Emily (The Emily Chapters) asked me if I wanted anything else with my food and for some reason I said, “Erm… A sausage would be good!” and I got one! I don’t know why I wanted a sausage… Maybe I just fancied one? It was yummy. ๐Ÿ˜›

I couldn’t wait to dig into my eggs royale though! I made sure to film some egg yolk porn over on my Instagram stories the night of the event. It was definitely fun to watch back. ๐Ÿ˜› The eggs were perfectly poached and the salmon was thicker than it looked. It was perfect all around and although this is a breakfast meal, I’d gladly eat it at any time of the day!

It was lovely talking to everyone about what food they’d chosen and were eating! Some people also had sandwiches, which looked AMAZING! Alongside people having hot food, there were also some pastries too, one of them being a raspberry/strawberry croissant* [GIFTED]. I can’t remember which it was, but I feel like it was raspberry. It was so pretty to look at (and of course take photos of! :P) but it was so yummy too. It had slight jam in the middle, which I’m never usually a fan of but it was so good! I regret not ordering a pastry to try from the menu to be fair, but I know in future I’ll happily venture to Coventry Bloggers for coffee and pastries in the future!

After the meal I decided to order myself another cortado but this time I had a mocha cortado with coconut milk* [GIFTED].

It was AMAZING and I was so glad I ordered it! Ages ago I tried a mocha with coconut mil and loved it so much. I am a massive soya hot chocolates as I find the soya milk can give them a really nice nutty flavour to the drink. The coconut milk works really well in this drink and if anything compliments both the coffee and chocolate flavours.

This was lovely drink to wrap up the meal and I was so glad I ordered it. I’d definitely order it again in the future from Esquires Coffee!

We had more of a natter at the end of the meal and then headed off home. I had a lovely journey back home and I especially felt great that I’d made some new blogger friends and got to have a catch up with some old faces.

This was one of my first blog events of 2019 and I loved it so much!

So, do you think you’ll venture to Esquires Coffee in Coventry soon to check out and try their new menu? If so what would you order yummy?

I also want to know what drinks you order when you go to coffee shops? I usually order a flat white with vanilla if I want coffee or a soya hot chocolate with marshmallows if I want a treat!

I loved this event so much and now I’m craving eggs royale. ๐Ÿ˜›

Until next time all, I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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March Wish List ’19

At the time of writing this post I’m in a pretty bad mood… I ordered a game through Amazon Prime Now so that me and Dane could spend our evening playing it whilst we had dinner. It turned up… But with no game in the box. I made a complaint and to add insult to injury I couldn’t order another copy on Dane’s account. I’ve ordered it on mine now but Amazon need to book their ideas up! I know you guys love catch up/ranting posts from myself so I’ll be talking about Amazon Prime and all the shit I’ve had to endure the past 6 months!

Anyhoo, it’s a couple of days late but I’m here with my monthly wish list for March! The items on it seem so random, but when am I NEVER random, eh? ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Disturbia x Charles Peterson Kurt Long Sleeve T-Shirt (link)

I noticed this t-shirt for sale on my Facebook page through an advertisement and I KNEW I had to have it! Well, at least save it to my wish list for a rainy day. I’m a massive Nirvana fan so I’m a sucker for anything like this. I wear my Bershka sweater dress to death so I already know I’d wear this all the time with jeans or a skirt. It’s not cheap at over ยฃ30 but all the same, I may just treat myself to it soon. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Weishiart Ninetales Pin (link)

I discovered this pin through the gorgeous Sarah over at Raiin Monkey and saved it to my wish list straight away! I love pin badges so much but in 2019 I am trying to not buy as many as I used to, purely for the fact I feel like I don’t have enough space on clothing or even time to wear them. This being said I would like to make an ita bag where I would be able to show off all my pin badges on the go! This pin badge is adorable though and I already know I’ll be ordering it in the future as it’s just too cute not to pick up!

  • Nendoroid Green (link)

I actually have this pre-ordered already through YY Kawaii as she’s one of the few who are stocking it at the moment. She also has him at a bargain price too, so it would have been silly not to take up such an awesome offer. Apart from Ash and Pikachu I don’t actually own any Pokemon Nendoroid’s yet so I’m rather excited to start a new money draining thing. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Rogue & Wolf Midnight Mug (link)

Like the Kurt long sleeved t-shirt I discovered this mug through an advert on Facebook. I don’t remember if I’d ever visited the Rogue & Wolf website in the past or not but I’m so glad that I was shown this mug as it is GORGEOUS! I’d really love to buy it for myself for coffees at work, but it costs a lot… ยฃ20 to be exact which is stupidly overpriced in all fairness. I’ll keep my eyes peeled on it in the future however!

  • Killstar Dutchess Mourning Dress (link)

As regular readers of my blog will know I’m a massive Killstar fan and whilst I wanted to try and pick up more pieces from the brand throughout 2019, so far I haven’t just yet. I doubt I’ll pick anything up in March but I’ve seen this gorgeous dress that I would to own for when it’s spring and summer in the UK! I can only imagine I’ll pick this up in April as I’d love to wear this for Dane’s 30th birthday.

  • Yoshi’s Crafted World on Nintendo Switch (link)

This is something I’ve already pre-ordered and pretty damn excited for! If there’s one character game I love playing it’s always Yoshi. I’m not a massive Mario game fan when it comes to platform games I’ve just always preferred Yoshi and even Kirby. I gave the demo for Yoshi’s Crafted World a go and fell in love! It felt so relaxed to play but with some puzzles in there too! I don’t think I could ask for a better game to keep me engaged at the moment. So yeah I’ve pre-ordered it from Smyths which in turn has saved me ยฃ5.00 off of the game! Give the demo a go if you fancy picking up something new on the Switch. I’m so excited for this to come out at the end of the month.

So those are some of the items I am lusting after this month! Dane’s 30th is looming however, so I could do with starting to think about what I want to pick up for his birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have any interesting items on your wish lists this month? I’d love to hear about them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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February Favourites ’19

First of all I do apologise that my monthly favourites for February is a couple of days later than it usually is! I’ve been really busy at the moment so I haven’t been able to get this post written until today. Better late than never though eh?!

I can’t believe we’re 3 days into March already! The year is already flying by so quickly and I just want time to slow down a little. ๐Ÿ˜› I think that’s how I ran out of time for writing this post, considering there’s only 28 days in February. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyhoo, let’s get on with the post!

  • Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion.

My eczema has been so bad recently, so much so that I resembled a peeling snake at one point. I’ve heard nothing but good about Aveeno and decided to pick a bottle of it up to see for myself what good it can do. I’ve had some mixed thoughts about it, as I expected it to be thicker in consistency but to be fair it really has give my hands some much needed moisture after washing my hands. I’ve yet to try it on my body but for such a moisturising lotion it’s not thick at all!

  • Original Source Sweet Apple & Vanilla Shower Milk.

This isn’t the first time I’ve used this shower milk and it certainly won’t be the last. With the gorgeous weather we had towards the end of February I wanted something in the shower that smelt fresh but also left me feeling clean and soft. The Original Source shower milks are perfect for this and don’t cost a fortune. I love the apple and vanilla scent as it’s so fresh and yet creamy smelling too.

  • Laneige Two Tone Matte Lip Bar in Red Velvet (review here).

This is by far my go to lipstick at the moment and I adore it so much! I reviewed it in February and it did really well. This is such a comfortable lipstick to wear throughout the day at work and it looks gorgeous. It’s perfect for all seasons too, from spring to winter it’ll wear fabulously. Go check out my review if you want to know more about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Liquid Care in Normal to Combination Skin (review here).

I’ve mentioned this product on my blog on and off and I think it’s obvious it’s now my go to moisturiser. I’ve been using this for nearly 2 years and I haven’t replaced it with anything else since. Well… Apart from the normal to dry skin version which was AWFUL! This is why this has come to be on my favourites this month. I opened a new bottle of the skin type that I prefer and it’s really improved my skin. It’s not dry in patches, I’m not breaking out as much and to be honest I just feel like it’s doing its job. If you want to know more about this product make sure to check out the review.

  • Baylis & Harding Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Cream Hand Wash.

This is a cream hand wash I’ve had my eye on for a while as you can buy a three pack for a cheap price from Amazon. I do really love Baylis & Harding hand washes as they’re always good for my skin, so when I read how this oatmeal, milk and honey one was good for eczema prone skin, I knew I had to order some! It’s really creamy when you’re washing your hands and smells amazing! I really do love these sorts of scents, so to have this on my bathroom sink is lovely.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV Show – Mr. Pickles.

Recently Adult Swim merged with All 4 to bring their shows to us through the app! One of the shows on there is Mr. Pickles and is one I’ve wanted to watch for ages after Dane told me about it ages ago. It’s about a demonic border collie who goes around the town killing (what I think anyway!) bad people to fulfil his demonic needs. He has a sort of dark dungeon in his kennel where he keeps a gimp named Steve, as well as a more. The only person who knows about what Mr Pickles is up to is the families grandfather, who constantly updates the family on what Mr Pickles has done in the town. It’s hilarious but very dark. To be honest I hate gore, but this doesn’t bother me in the show due to the fact it isn’t real. Give it a go and see what you think, I personally think it’s hilarious!

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Favourite Film – Erm…

I didn’t actually watch a film on February! I’ve mostly been watchingย Shameless andย Mr. Picklesย in all honesty and if I’ve not been watching TV shows I’ve been playing games. It sucks but meh, no films this month to mention I’m afraid.

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Favourite Book – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

I’ve not been great with keeping up with reading manga lately, purely because I’ve either been too busy or too tired. I’ve been trying to catch up this month however with my priorities being onย Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.ย Volume 7 focused on so many things that I loved reading about! Including Kanna travelling to New York and making a new friend. I do really love reading this series, as well as the spin off series about Kanna and the new one about Elma which I need to read soon.

Favourite Albums – Coldplay Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head.

If there’s a band that (in my mind) changed for the worst it was definitely Coldplay! I still love SOME of their newer singles, but overall I LOVED their first two albums. I grew up listening to both of these albums and they always remind me of the spring and summer when I’d listen to them the most. I started listening to them recently to and from work and they’re really helped me relax in the morning during the school traffic and on the way home during a long day and rush hour. I know a lot of people can’t stand Coldplay, but I honestly feel like those first two albums were amazing.

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Favourite Game – Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee.

I feel like I haven’t playedย Pokemon: Let’s Go Eeveeย for ages and that sucks in itself! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the game and still do but I just go too busy with stuff that I had to stop playing it. So I spent a couple of evenings in February cuddled up in bed and played loads of this! I’m on my way to the Elite Four now but I’m also trying to search everywhere for Pokemon I haven’t caught yet as well as legendary’s I need to catch. I’ve only caught Articuno so far but I’m sure I’ll get the other two bird Pokemon soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally those are all my favourites from February! The month didn’t stick around long enough to be fair and that’s not even including the fact it was short a few days… It kind of sucks lately as I feel like I’m “running out of time” to do stuff I want to, you know?

How was February for you guys and what were your favourite items? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, I’m off for a lovely relaxing bath and then some major gaming time! I hope your Sunday is as good as mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

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