Starbucks Night at Broadgate Coventry – Review*

Ever since I’ve been a student back in 2008 I have LOVED Starbucks. I would spend days off in Birmingham town centre stores (that are sadly no longer there) with books reading, and on my phone talking to friends. I loved it and I wish I could go back to that time where I had time to waste!

If I had told my 18-21 year old self that in 10 years time I would be attending a blog event at Starbucks, she would tell me to piss off. 😛

I was recently invited along by Cov Bloggers to attend Starbucks night at the Broadgate store in Coventry – the one near the Godiva statue.

This was a gifted event for promotional and reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are entirely my own.

The evening event was lovely and just what I needed after a busy day at work. On arrival we grabbed ourselves a drink and sat down to kick start our evening. I opted for an iced matcha latte, which I wasn’t keen on. I’m used to matcha latte from Starbucks being sweet, which this wasn’t. It was good, don’t get me wrong but I would have liked it a smidgen sweeter.

Clare the store manager of the up and coming Binley Woods drive thru store was there to talk to us about the different types of coffee that Starbucks brew to put in our drinks, as well as sell to customers. We got to try all three of these, which was really yummy! I love coffee so this part of the evening was definitely my favourite.

Blonde Espresso Roast – Incredibly smooth and subtly sweet, with a creamy mouthfeel.

Ethiopia – Soft and velvety with notes of dark chocolate, peppery spice and sweet…

The Story of Ethiopia Single-Origin:

On the ancient slopes flanking Africa’s Great Rift Valley, coffee trees first emerged from the rich, volcanic soil. From these ninth-century highlands, arabica coffee beans began their long journey from Ethiopia to the rest of the world. Today our master roasters have created an entirely new way to experience these treasured beans. An exquisite blend with a reverence for the ritual of coffee, honoring Ethiopia’s bountiful legacy. With a velvety soft texture and floral, peppery spice notes, this is our tribute to the birthplace of coffee.

Caffè Verona:

Caffè Verona is a seductive blend of beans from Latin America and Indonesia, with a gentle touch of Italian Roast lending depth, soul and sweetness.

Because this delectable combination pairs so very well with chocolate, it has become a Valentine’s Day favourite – and the coffee we most associate with romance. Bella, Bella!

P.S.: Literature lovers out there will recognise Verona as the city where Shakespeare set Romeo and Juliet. Although the play ends in tragedy, we’d like you to know that every cup of this coffee has a happy ending.

It was great to be able to taste all the different coffees that Starbucks have on offer, because to be honest with you I didn’t quite realise how many there were!

Alongside tasting the coffee, we were able to taste some food that compliment the flavours of the coffee too! For example with Blonde Espresso Roast the Starbucks caramel shortbread was recommended, whilst with the Ethiopia roast Starbucks recommend their lemon cake.

I’d have to say my favourite was definitely the Ethiopia coffee, as it was just a happy medium for me, but overall I loved them all!

After we tried the coffees our food came out. We were allowed to select something from the Starbucks lunch menu. I opted for the BBQ Chicken & Bacon Toastie (Starbucks® signature cheese topped sourdough filled with chicken breast, mature cheddar, mozzarella, cheese & Dijon Mustard sauce and hickory smoked bacon with a Texas BBQ sauce.).

It was so bloody yummy and I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed it! I will definitely be picking one up when I next visit Starbucks in the future. It shocked me that it had Dijon Mustard sauce on it, I didn’t notice but I wonder if I did… I’m not a HUGE mustard fan, but I do rather enjoy it with ham.

One of the items on the lunch menu that I know a fair few Cov Bloggers were talking about (and tasting) is the Vegan Mac (Macaroni with vegan butternut squash sauce, spinach and parsley crumb.). I LOVE macaroni cheese but I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this or not, so I left it. I don’t regret what I had but when I tried some of the vegan mac… A part of me wished I’d picked this instead.

When I tried it I couldn’t quite believe how this was made to make it vegan, considering it is made with butternut squash sauce and spinach, two foods I HATE. I’ll definitely pick it up to try in the future with Dane, who I can definitely see loving this.

After food we were given some latte art demonstrations by Matt, one of the supervisors at the Broadgate store. I’m going to be honest here, bless Matt he clearly had a bit of show nerves and I get that. I used to be a barista at Costa and I LOVED doing flat white art when I made people’s coffees. I wasn’t amazing but I could do the odd heart and fern. Matt was great, he made some lovely patterns, but the whole section of the evening was messy. It made me cringe every time he poured milk on the table. It was unnecessary to put it bluntly and it was a shame. Due to this, I just didn’t enjoy this part of the evening and sadly I deleted any photos or videos I took during the latte art being made and stopped taking photos. I did of course take some photos after of the gorgeous artwork he made! This being said the latte art that Matt did is so pretty, as you will see from the image above.

After this Hardy, another of the supervisors at the Broadgate store rounded up the evening by talking to us all about the Starbucks Rewards card and how it works. It’s basically a “rewards” card where you need to load money onto it to gain any reward… To be honest that sounds more like a “top up card” rather than  rewards card, to me.

I own a Starbucks Reward card… But I don’t like it and rarely use it because to me it’s “useless”. You have to put money onto it in order to reap any reward. So, you could load £10 onto it and then use say £3 of it and then never pick it up again. You don’t get that money back and if it expires (I don’t know if it does!) you lose that £7 on the card. Who wins? We certainly don’t as the customer.

Hardy was clearly really nervous to tell us about the card and in all fairness she did a good job to tell us all about it and engage with us. Sadly, the Rewards card just isn’t for me. 🙂

Then the evening was over! We were given our goody bags, another free drink for our journey home and of course a group photo!

I LOVE the goody bag! It was full of so many awesome things including a Starbucks takeaway cup (which I have been wanting for ages!), mini caramel waffles, VIA ready brew coffee, a gold coin, vouchers, tea and even a teddy bear gingerbread dressed as a Starbucks barista!

For my drink home I opted for a soya hot chocolate with peppermint. It was glorious and very much enjoyed on my train journey home.

Overall I really enjoyed this event! It was perfect for early in the week after work and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great learning about the coffee, as well as getting to try some of the food and drinks that I hadn’t tried before.

As always, it was lovely to see some old and new faces at the event too and everyone was lovely, as always who I spoke to. 🙂

A massive thank you to both Starbucks Broadgate, as well as Emily over at Cov Bloggers for inviting me to the event! I hope I can attend any future events at Starbucks Broadgate in the future too.

Make sure to check out the Starbucks Broadgate store over at their Instagram page here.

Do you like a cheeky Starbucks? If so what do you usually order? Both during the warmer summer and colder winter months? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

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

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Petty Bones Club – New Poke Pins AND a New Petty Babe*

The beaut that is Lauren over at Petty Bones Club has done it again. She has created yet MORE gorgeous Pokemon pins and I’m going to show them all off to you!

I’m also going to talk a little about the new Petty Babe that recently joined the team, as well as Claire Likes To Doodle, who is also a Petty Babe.

Petty Bones Club recently held a search for a new Petty Babe and she settled on Catherine (peachy.pink.cat on Instagram) to be our new recruit! Her feed is gorgeous and I love it so much. She’ll be perfect for promoting Petty Bones Club and I cannot wait to work alongside her.

I’ve spoken about Claire Likes To Doodle on my blog before, who is also a Petty Babe! She’s amazing at artist and all around honest and lovely person. 🙂

Make sure to go and check them both out on Instagram and show them some extra love for me.

Now it’s time to show you all some of the new designs that have hit Petty Bones Club recently. Honestly, I’m so excited to share them with you all!

I feel when Lauren designed this Pokemon drop, she was going for chunky girls and boys… I’ve never seen a cuter Charizard pin, I tell you!

I actually purchased the Charizard pin myself as I just loved it so much! I’ve been wearing it on my new Persona 5 Ann hoodie from Insert Coin clothing (well, when it hasn’t been too warm anyway!) and have received loads of comments on it.

Flame Chonk is the Charizard pin I purchased which comes in both the normal colour, as well as the Shiny Flame Chonk. A part of me wishes I have purchased the latter, but either way I do love my chubby boi. It’s so damn cute, which Charizard really isn’t! This pin has certainly had many comments, especially on the fact Petty Bones Club has made Charizard look so gentle and not as frightening as it appears in the anime (and sometimes the games). This is something I really do love about Lauren. She can make anything look kawaii and pastel, even the shiny variant!

The last Pokemon pin drop that Petty Bones Club did, an Ampharos was released, which I still LOVE as I feel you don’t get many Ampharos pins and this one was so chubby and cute (you can read and see that pin here)! So what has Petty Bones Club released now? Mareep, the Electric Sheep* Pokemon. I have fond memories of Pokemon Silver, purely as it’s the one Pokemon game that I dedicated all my time to. I played that game for around 5 years until the cartridge broke and I lost EVERYTHING. I was gutted and I still am to be fair. Mareep was a Pokemon I remember seeing on the promos everywhere and I KNEW I had to have it in my party. Which is why Ampharos is also one of my favourite Pokemon. This pin is adorable and looks so squishy and cuddly and of course has an adorable little face too. I honestly love it!

I don’t think anything will top Charizard the Flame Chonk as my favourite pin in this drop, but the Dragonair Dragon Elegance* pin is pretty damn close! Another of my favourite Pokemon’s is Dragonite and always has been since the first Pokemon Movie where we saw Dragonite delivering Ash and the gang some post and then flying off. I couldn’t wait to get one into my party in Pokemon Red and Yellow (they were the games I opted for) so when I played Pokemon Silver and Lance walks around for a split second with a Dragonite, I was in love and also done at the same time. 😛 This pin is all around cute. I love how Dragonair is all wrapped up in it’s tail, it looks lovely and seems to be the perfect pin to wear in winter due to the colour scheme. I really do love it and I cannot wait to wear it soon!

Next we have the last pin from this Pokemon release, which is Swablu the Fluffy Blue Birb*. I’ve mentioned a lot here how a lot of Pokemon in this months drop remind me of my favourite Pokemon and game(s), however I never played the original 3rd gen games and I’m still gutted about that to this day. All Swablu reminds me of is Pokemon Go and even then it semi annoys me due to all the sods I had to catch in order to evolve it! I kid, this is a hella cute pin and if anything makes the original Pokemon design look so much cuter… In my opinion anyway! The shiny variant of this is so cute and it would be cool if possibly in the future Petty Bones Club released this.

Finally we have the Pokemon Ash* pin which is super cute and tiny in comparison to the other pins. This isn’t a part of the latest drop and I actually feel it’s from a couple of pin drops previously! Ash just reminds me of my childhood. Waking up at 9am in preparation to watch SMTV: Live with the first show being Pokemon. I loved it and although Ash is an annoying little shit, he’s adorable at the same time.

Overall, I honestly love this Pokemon pin drop and to be honest with you? It’s by far my favourite to date and I crave more kawaii, chubby and pastel Pokemon pins from Petty Bones Club now! 😀

All pins mentioned here cost £8 each. expect the Ash pin which costs £4, however if you use my discount code COFFEE10 you will snag yourself a cheeky 10% off of your order! If you worry you’ve read this post and then a few days later you want to snag yourself something, but can’t remember the code, don’t panic! The code is ALWAYS on the right hand side of my blog! I’m looking after you all, don’t worry. 😛

As always, a massive thank you to Petty Bones Club Lauren for making me a Petty Babe. It’s the first time I was given the chance to be a brand ambassador and for that, I am truly thankful for that opportunity.

You can read my previous posts about all of the pins that both Ayloulou Apparel here and Petty Bones Club have released herehere and here.

I’ll also pop the website as well as social media pages down below!

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Do you love Petty Bones Club pin badges? If so which do you own and which are you lusting after? If you’ve never bought from Petty Bones Club before, do you plan to in the future and if so which pin(s) do you plan to pick up? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’re all ready for an amazing weekend ahead! I for one am most excited. 😛

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Flight Club Social Darts Birmingham*

Back at the start of June this year I visited Manchester and I still can’t believe how many themed bars they have there. Fast forward a month later and one of the bars I looked into going to in Manchester is now here and I was so chuffed to have been invited to the press evening a few weeks ago the day before it officially opened!

I got to take a plus one with me to the press event so I decided to take my gorgeous friend Jacqui with me! The same beaut I took with me to the Cosy Club cocktail masterclass (which you can read about here).

This was a gifted event for promotional and reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are entirely my own.

We both met up after a long day at work and headed to the event. I was so damn excited as I didn’t quite know what to expect. I first noticed Flight Club in town funnily enough as I was on my way home from the Cosy Club event, so as we stood outside and waited to go in, I was taken back. I’d only ever been to one press event before and that was for MOD Pizza in Coventry back in March this year (which you can read about here).

When we got inside I was pretty blown about by the decor. Personally I wasn’t sure what to expect as I never ventured into the Manchester Flight Club, but this reminded me of a Victorian funfair or carnival and I really loved it! 😀 Everywhere I looked I was just reminded of the old fashioned funfair at the Black Country Museum.

I especially loved the porcelain dogs that were scattered around the venue! 😛

The bar is located on the left as you walk in and this was just as gorgeous as the rest of the decor. It definitely greets you as you walk in and it’s definitely a pleasant sight.

When we entered the venue we were greeted with lovely staff and a free glass of prosecco each. To be honest the amount of free alcohol at the event was crazy and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much.

We were advised to head to the desk to book a booth, which I’m glad we did straight away as it wasn’t long before we were booked in and taken over to our darts booth.

When we arrived to our booth the one table had a MASSIVE bucket full of ice and various bottles of alcohol, mainly beer and cider. There was also a glass of white wine on the other table.

At one point during the evening the staff also came around with some cocktails, which both looked and tasted amazing! This is called Sweet Success – Ciroc French Vanilla vodka, Koko Kanu rum, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon and grenadine. The cocktails aren’t cheap at £9.95 each, I’m not going to lie! From what I can see they don’t do 2 for 1 offers or anything like that either… So price wise this is a definite deal break for me… No matter how yummy or pretty the drink is.

We were also brought some nibbles to our booth too, which were really yummy, but I didn’t feel like I got a big enough taste for what they have on the menu. This isn’t a bad thing however, as after viewing the menu I really want to go again for a date night with my boyfriend for food and drinks.

In our booth we shared it with a couple who were playing games with us for the hour slot we were given. We weren’t actually told how long we would be in the booth for and personally whilst that hour didn’t fly by, it also didn’t last as long as I thought it would either. I’ll go more into this later though.

For the time being I want to talk about what you do when you go to Flight Club!

Flight Club is a social darts bar, where you and a group of friends can play loads of different games on the board, as well as through an interactive board. It reminded me of  bowling a little bit.

The booth itself was so well thought out and I really did feel comfortable there! There’s some hooks so you can hang up your jackets/coats and under the tables there are bag holders, which I LOVED! It made me feel a lot more secure.

You get a screen at the end of each table where you can pop in your name and even take a photo to add to your name, so everyone knows whose playing next.

There are 5 different games to choose from including my favourite which was Snakes and Ladders! All the games are different and you can either work in pairs or against one another. I’m not very good at darts and neither is my bestie, so we didn’t do amazingly well against our competitors. This didn’t matter though, we were having loads of fun the whole night! It’s just a shame it didn’t last as long as we had hoped.

The dartboards are all electronic, so they connect to the games to keep track of what points you’re getting on the board. There are also cameras on the dart board, so amazing shots film everyone in front of the board and reply reactions in slow motion! A very cool touch and one I didn’t notice at first as it was so subtle.

When our hour was over we were advised that we could hang around the bar and sign up for more darts, grab a drink and have some more nibbles. At this point me and my bestie were starving and we couldn’t live on nibbles alone, so we headed off into the sunny evening, went for a meal together and then headed home.

The one issue I have with Flight Club is the prices. I don’t feel you get what you pay for.

Flight Club don’t charge per person, they charge by the hour which can cost between £15 to £120! The prices are cheaper during OFF-PEAK times (Monday – Friday until 4pm and all day on Sunday) and can be as little as £15 for an hour for 2-5 people or £30 for two hours for 12-15 people.

This doesn’t seem TOO bad but I feel like for the £30 offer people wouldn’t get a fair go. The £15 for 2-5 people seems a much better deal. This is the sort of deal I’d go for on a Sunday with Dane.

I don’t know though, if you could be bothered and had some paper and a pen handy, you could make up these sorts of games in your local pub, without needing to pay to hire the board and the alcohol would probably be cheaper too.

Flight Club is gimmicky, but something Birmingham needs right now! This place will be perfect for date nights an evenings out with the girls for cocktails, but this won’t be a place I visit regular due to the prices.

Overall I REALLY love Flight Club and it’s definitely a fun place to go with family, friends and even potentially with people at work for events and team building. Go and check it out one of the evenings after work with your friends or other half and have a go for yourself! 😀

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Will you be checking out the new Flight Club in Birmingham? Or maybe you’ve ventured to the ones nearer to you (London and Manchester)? Make sure to let me know what you think in the comments! 😀

Cosy Club Cocktail Making Masterclass*

If there is one thing I love doing after a day of work and over the weekend, it’s to have a nice cold drink and I don’t mean just your average glass of coke.

I love cocktails and always have since I was a student! I love learning how to make them and I especially love drinking them. I remember in my third year of university discovering Tipsy Bartender on YouTube and spending days and evenings watching all of his videos for tips and ideas on how to make cocktails. I loved it and I learnt so much from it.

Fast forward almost ten years later and I still make cocktails for myself and Dane and friends when they come over. My specialities are pina colada and amaretto sours. These are my two favourite cocktails to make, as well as drink.

As readers may remember, I attended the Cosy Club at Christmas time last year to review their Christmas menu and I loved it so much! Not only did I discover another one of my favourite cocktails but it was also an amazing event and the staff made me and Dane (who was my plus one) feel very much loved. 🙂

Fast forward almost ten months later and I was invited to the Cosy Club again to attend a cocktail making masterclass at their Birmingham store. Let me tell you, it was the perfect event for a hot day after work. I even got to take a plus one, so I took one of my best friends with me (hey Jacqui!).

This was a gifted item for promotional and reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are entirely my own.

I arrived at the event a little bit early and pooped from a lot of walking so I decided to have a sit down as I waited. The staff were all so friendly and made me a complimentary drink whilst I waited for the event to start. It was nice to just sit for a few minutes and sip on my drink of choice.

Cherry Bakewell £8.50/£23.95 pitcher
Take cherry juice and amaretto almond liqueur, gently mix with Mount Gay rum, add a drop of caramel syrup to sweeten and bake (or rather shake) then garnish with a cherry.

I mentioned it earlier, my favourite drink from the Cosy Club – Cherry Bakewell. I love that this comes in pitchers to be honest! I would drink the whole thing happily on my own and behave like a rabid animal if anyone went near it… 😛 It’s a sweet drink and tastes just like cherry bakewell cake. It contains amaretto, which is my favourite spirit, so how could I NOT love this cocktail?

When the event was due to start we all went upstairs to the Board Room, which is used for private events, such as the cocktail making masterclass which we were attending.

There wasn’t a huge group of us, eight in total which was really nice. It meant we all managed to have a go at making cocktails which is always good.

On arrival to the Board Room/the event we were greeted with an Aperol Spritz, which is one of the Cosy Club’s sparkling cocktails.

Aperol Spritz £7.75
The civilised aperitif, loved by the Italians, embraced by the British. Aperol and orange bitters topped with fizz and a dash of soda. A delightful livener to start proceedings.

The Aperol Spritz was refreshing and a drink you could serve to people at a BBQ or during a garden party, it’s especially perfect for older ladies. I’d be lying if I said I loved this one… It really wasn’t my cup of tea due to the fact it contains soda. I can’t stand soda. It was good though nonetheless. The flavours all worked together really well to create this drink. My best friend loved this and I have a feeling she’s been craving them since… 😛

We all mingled and had chatter amongst ourselves and when the time was right we were given the agenda for the evening. We would be creating two cocktails each ourselves, EXCITING!

We were going to be having a go at making the Rhubarb & Elderflower Spritz, which is another one of the sparkling cocktails and Blow a Raspberry at Collin, which is a long cocktail.

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

As we sat down and slowly finished our Aperol Spritz drinks, we were brought out some mojito shots. These were amazing, but I think we were all a bit shocked by the salt that lined the rim of the glass… A slugs worst nightmare! 😛

The first drink we were creating was the Rhubabrd & Elderflower Spritz!

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

Rhubarb & Elderflower Spritz £7.95
A shimmery goddess of a drink with Warner’s rhubarb gin, elderflower, fizz and a touch of sparkle.
Created by Sally Latham from Cosy Club Cheltenham

I already want to put this out there that not all of the images of this drink do it justice for just how GORGEOUS it is! It has edible shimmer in so it’s like the stuff that unicorns are made of. 😛

Both myself and my best friend had a go at making these, which was so much fun! But before we were able to get our grubby mitts on the cocktail shaker, we were all given a demo of how the cocktail is made, just so we were ready for when it was our turn to step behind the bar.

For the majority of the photos of the Rhubabrd & Elderflower Spritz being created are of my best friend Jacqui! 😀

First the Warner’s rhubarb gin

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

Then the elderflower cordial

Some lemon juice

Some raspberry puree

Finally the last thing before the drink is shaken! The edible golden shimmer! You only needed a tiny amount to create such a gorgeous drink.

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

Then it was time to SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

After shaking you can poor the drink into the glass, before adding the final stage of this drink – the prosecco.

When we finished making our drinks we were allowed to go off and enjoy them to our hearts content!

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

In all honestly I was surprised by how much I really liked this cocktail. I’m not the biggest fan of gin and if anything I find it to taste so wrong… Like it shouldn’t be drinkable. However, the rhubarb in the gin made it really sweet alongside the elderflower, lemon and raspberry and if anything it complimented the taste of gin so well! Not mention the unicorn sparkles throughout the drink, that EVERYONE was going mad over. 😛

I sadly didn’t manage to get any photos of it, but at one point during the evening we were made the Cosy Club’s Cosy Colada. It was vegan friendly as they use coconut cream instead. It was so damn good and I really enjoyed it! I didn’t know the Cosy Club served pina coladas so I know what I’ll be sipping when I go next! 😛

Cosy Colada £8.50
If you like Cosy Coladas… Avoid the rain with a Cosy umbrella and a spiced pineapple oomph for our take on this coconutty classic.

After having a go at making our own cocktails it was time to have a sit down, enjoy our drinks and have something to eat. I want to be honest and pop this here… I popped to the loo quick as from consuming all the alcohol, I NEEDED to go! When I came back most of the food had gone and people were going up for seconds. I hadn’t even sniffed the buffet and there was hardly anything left for me. I wonder if I’d have been in the toilet longer, would I have had anything to eat? It sucked to be honest and was very inconsiderate on the other bloggers to take so much food when they could see I wasn’t there…

Either way I managed to grab a little something to eat and the food was so good! I remember trying the Camembert at the Christmas event last year and not feeling it… This time however I LOVED it and was sad there wasn’t more. I think my reason for not enjoying it last time was due to it being served with sourdough bread, which I’m not the biggest fan of anyway.

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

After food it was time to get back to cocktail making! I was first up with my best friend, so sadly we didn’t get any photos of us making our cocktails. We made the Blow a Raspberry at Collin cocktail, another one with gin.

Photo taken by my plus one Jacqui

Blow a Raspberry at Collin £8.50/£23.95 pitcher
Pucker up for our Chase GB gin, raspberry shrub, fresh lemon juice and soda beauty, sealed with a kiss.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the Blow a Raspberry at Collin as again, I’m not a fan of gin at all! I wasn’t super over the moon with it, but it was drinkable and to be honest it was nice to try something different. I just think it didn’t help that it contained gin and soda water… Two things I’m not a huge fan of in the alcohol world. This is a drink I know my mom would enjoy and due to it being a long drink, it’s perfect to have if you want to have a mom and daughter night out for cocktails at the Cosy Club!

Overall the event was amazing! I had so much fun during it and it was especially fun to have my bestie Jacqui with me to create and taste cocktails with. The two members of staff who looked after us were lovely throughout and catered to so much more than they needed to! For example when I was taken to the room the event was held in, my Cherry Bakewell cocktail was carried up for me. They didn’t need to do that, but those little details are so lovely and perfect. I felt special, let’s put it that way! xD

The Cosy Club have some offers in relation to both cocktails as well as the cocktail masterclass that we attended.

First of all from Sunday to Thursday, 4pm-8pm it’s the Cosy Club’s Teatime Tipple so cocktails are any two for £9.95! Such a bargain and me and my best friend already intend to take advantage of this offer.

As I mentioned the Cosy Club do hold Cocktail Master Classes for their customers which have different packages you can choose from (taken from the website):

1. Cocktails – £29.95 per person
• Exclusive use of our private room either between 12-5pm or 6pm- late
• An ice-breaker shot to get your shake on
• 3 cocktails of your choice that our bartender will teach your party how to make
• The chance to get behind the bar and create our wonderful cocktails on your own
• Enjoying the fruits of your labour by sipping on those beautiful cocktails you’ve made

2. Cocktails and Tapas – £39.95 per person
• Everything included in package one above
• A selection of tapas for your party served in our private room

3. Cocktails and Dinner – £44.50 per person
• Everything included in package one above
• A 2 course meal from our party menu, served in our private room

4. The Whole Shebang – £47.95 per person
• Everything included in package one above
• A 3 course meal from our party menu, served in our private room

*Subject to availability. Minimum 6 people, maximum 20 people. The cocktail master class is roughly a 2 – 3 hour session excluding any food. Terms and conditions apply. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Please note that when booking for more then 15 people, a third cocktail is served on arrival instead of being made by the guests.

I would definitely love to go and do something like this with a group of friends over Christmas, as well as for my birthday and more! It was so much fun to do, so I know with more people it would be amazing.

Before I wrap up this post and sign off, I just wanted to address a few things from the event that have bugged me. It’s honesty hour time!

If there was one thing I didn’t like about this event it was just how inconsiderate some of the bloggers were who attended… Not all, but some. People seemed to forget it wasn’t just them taking photos of the cocktails being made and due to that hogged the drinks. It was frustrating and again, inconsiderate. I also found it rude that some people talked about their blogs and what they were about, but didn’t even ask me about mine. It was a bit shitty but meh. Then at the end of the night some people attending the event didn’t say goodbye to me and my plus one, but did to everyone else, which sucked.

I wanted to address this and be honest because that’s what I am on my blog. I will never bullshit my readers with fluff and fakery. It something isn’t right I address it and some of the bloggers at this event were downright impolite, whether it was intentional or not.

This is no way shape or form reflects on the Cosy Club. As always their event was fabulous and well organised. The two gorgeous staff members who looked after us during the event was so approachable, talkative and gave a lovely warm welcome. Cosy Club are always so generous when it comes down to their events and I still cannot believe they gifted me the Cherry Bakewell even before the event had begun. It was so thoughtful and was very much appreciated after a long day at work and an even longer walk to get the train to town.

Negatives aside, I really did love this event and if anything it has given me so many ideas for cocktails I would love to make for garden parties this year, as well as games evenings with friends!

A massive thank you to the Cosy Club for inviting me to another one of their events! I always have an amazing time there both as a blogger at events as well as a customer with friends and loved ones. 🙂

Do you love cocktails? If so, which is your favourite? Also do you love the Cosy Club too? 😀 Make sure to let me know in the comments!

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

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YY Kawaii – Boats and Capes for your Nendoroid figures*

This is officially my first post where I’m collaborating with YY Kawaii and let me tell you, I’m so damn excited to talk about the goodies she sent me to talk about on my blog. Especially considering they’re Nendoroid related!

I mentioned last month on a blog post how I had become a brand affiliate for YY Kawaii, who are one of my favourite shops to buy all my kawaii and Japanese goodies from.

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One of YY Kawaii’s many designs. This Yuri On Ice design is adorable!

I remember back in the day when I first discovered YY Kawaii how they used to be a decoden phone case store – where you could approach them to create customised decoden cases and I even bought one myself at one point.

Then when YY Kawaii started to branch into buying and selling goods from Japan I grew even more invested into her store and merchandise page on Instagram. I remember years ago being the person everyone approached whenever they wanted to know a store to buy Pokemon Centre goods from because I was always the person who had them. I always referred them to YY Kawaii without a second thought.

Decoden cases is something that YY Kawaii has now distanced themselves from and have since moved into more of buying and selling kawaii merchandise from Japan, and as a buyer I have always noticed they do the fairest prices around.

Both Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green from YY Kawaii

This includes Nendoroid’s too and is one of my favourite places to go and shop for them because not only do they do them at amazing prices, but they’re able to get so many specials in stock that you can’t get anywhere else in the UK. They also try and pick up discontinued Nendoroid’s too! I recently and finally managed to grab the Pokemon Red Nendoroid, which I have been after for years.

When YY Kawaii suggested for my first post on my blog be Nendoroid related, I jumped at the chance to do it! She sent me some cute little plushie boats and a cape that I can dress my Nendoroid figures in, so kawaii!

Anything that can make any of my Nendoroid figures look cuter in my cabinets is always something I’m happy to do.

Let’s put it this way, YY Kawaii is here to help your Nendoroid figures travel in style, if you know what I mean? 😉

Okay poor (sort of) puns away, lets get the Nendoroid figures I decided to dress up ready!

The items marked with * were gifted for reviewing purposes, so all views here are my own.

I decided to have a play with two of my favourite Nendoroid’s from two of my favourite gaming series. Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Futaba from Persona 5.

Overall YY Kawaii sent me three items to share with my readers today, which I’ll talk about in detail, as well as show how they look on Nendoroid figures too.

The first item I noticed out of the three was the White Cat Easter Cape* which I decided to show off on my Isabelle Nendoroid. These cost £5.50 each.

This cape is so adorable and definitely shouts Easter vibes, but not TOO heavily.

There are four designs to choose from including the White Cat, White Bunny, Blue Cat and Pink Bunny. They’re all as cute as each other and whilst I don’t associate cats with Easter, it’s still cute all the same.

The cape is really easy to fasten up around your Nendoroid figure(s) with a tiny bit of Velcro that easily sticks together and pulls apart.

The colour scheme of the White Cat cape is blue, yellow and white mostly – which I really liked. There are cute little cat ears, as well as a tail and one ear has a cute bunny hat design on it. Even if this didn’t shout Easter to you, the bunny bonnet definitely should!

When I popped this onto Isabelle I decided to remove her hair so that she could wear the hood. I know she’s not real but she looked SO snuggly in the cape and it reminded me of winter months when like to snuggle up warm. It was adorable to see.

I decided to see what it would be like to pop her hair back in place and have the hood down on the cape. It looked just as cute, purely for the fact it’s Isabelle with her little bells hanging from her hair, as well as the little bell hanging from the cape. KAWAII!

I couldn’t have picked a better Nendoroid to show the cape off on, it’s so cute! I may even have to use the pictures I took for a wallpaper on my laptop/gaming PC in the future.

The other two items that I was sent are both the Nendoroid White Bunny Boat* and Nendoroid Green Bunny Boat* which are so damn cute! I had loads of fun using my Futaba Nendoroid in these. These cost £5.50 each.

Overall there are five colours you can choose from, white and green, black and pink, light pink and dark pink, light green and dark green and light blue and dark blue.

The little boats are so cute with the little bunny ears at the front and the tiny tail at the back. The colour schemes for these are really nice too. They’re a really soft material too, so if you’re a collector who would like to pick these up for your Nendoroid collection (as well as any other figures) then you wouldn’t need to worry about them damaging your figures at all! They’re very gentle and won’t be abrasive.

The sides have little circles on – which I actually think are wheels, making this a car instead of a boat. Either way it’s a cute form of transportation for your sitting Nendoroid figures.

I think the thing I love the most with the boats is the amount of detail put into the actual boat itself. As you’ll see from the above photos there isn’t only a little steering wheel inside but two foot pedals! I love how detailed these are for how small they are.

Prepare for plenty of cute… Futaba sitting down was the perfect Nendoroid for these boat photos! Morgana even got a few shots… 😉

I love how the photos came out, especially the second one where Morgana is in focus! The only difficulty I had with the green and white boat when taking the photos was the ears folding back and hence hitting Futaba in the face. I’m sure overtime the ears will soften up and become more pliable. The light and dark green boat was definitely easier to work with and hence out of all the photos, the photos of the green boat were by far my favourite!

Overall I REALLY love the cape and boats that YY Kawaii sent me! They’re perfect for people who love to take photos of their Nendoroid’s and other figures in realistic situations. The boats would be perfect placed on prop river with a couple of figures “floating” on top. The capes would also look great in a winter setting.

There’s so many possibilities for these and they won’t break the bank to buy either at £5.50 each! Especially considering I have a special discount code for my readers where you can get two for £8.00 instead of £11.00. All you have to do is use the code “YYNATALEE” when you checkout via the website. This quote won’t work on the Instagram page(s).

Also if you’re a massive Persona 5 fan like I am – YY Kawaii sells Nendoroid’s as I mentioned, so if you go to pre-order any Persona 5 Nendoroid figure(s) you pre-order if you mention “There Might Be Coffee” you’ll bag yourself an awesome Persona 5 gift! 😀

Don’t forget to check out YY Kawaii’s social media platforms as well as her online store:

Website

Instagram – @yykawaii and @yykawaiimerch

Facebook

Twitter

Do you plan to head to YY Kawaii for any Nendoroid goodies soon? Maybe some Pokemon related stuff? Make sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve ever shopped with YY Kawaii before and if so, what did you pick up?

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

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The Colourful Soap Company – Review*

I feel like I haven’t written a beauty review for the longest time and I really do miss it! Sometimes geeky stuff just gets in the way, so every once in a while when I get the chance to write a beauty review I love it so much.

Thanks to the beaut that is Emily (The Emily Chapters) who runs Coventry Bloggers I get the chance to work with some amazing companies, both big and small. This just happens to be one of the many companies I’ve worked with, a new and independent one at that.

The Colourful Soap Company are a fairly new independent soap company who have only been around since February. They specialise in making fully customise able soaps in all sorts of ways with prices starting as little as £2.

So when I was emailed by Emily to let me know I’d been successful in working with The Colourful Soap Company, I was pretty damn excited! I picked my shape, colour and scent a few weeks later I received my soap! I couldn’t wait to get home and give it a go.

This item was gifted to myself for reviewing purposes and all words are my own.

I opted for a purple and white unicorn with a cotton candy scent. The scent of this reminds me of something you would pick up from Lush and due to that I already loved it when I took it out of the packet for a sniff.

The first use I decided to use it on my body, which lathered up really nicely in my shower sponge and after use made me feel squeaky clean and smelling lovely. It also left my skin feeling silky soft which was really nice and took me by surprise to be honest with you! Personally however I didn’t use this on my body again as I didn’t feel it was for me… I’ve just never been a HUGE soap fan to be fair when it comes to washing with it.

I tried this on my hands too, which left them feeling really soft and moisturised but the thing I love using this soap on the most is for shaving.

Stay with me here because I know it sounds odd but when it comes down to shaving I do like to change it up from using shaving gels to hair conditioners and soaps as I find they last longer for the money and sometimes the leave my pins feeling so much softer too, which is exactly what this soap does.

I feel like this helps me get a smooth, quick and easy glide when shaving and it’s perfect! It leaves a lovely moisturised feeling behind on my legs too, which is perfect after shaving them.

These soaps by The Colourful Soap Company are perfect for gifts, treats for yourself and would even make great ideas for parties and events. For the price too these are so worth the money, especially with how customise able you can be.

I honestly love The Colourful Soap Company and would buy from them in the future! I would love for them to try and emulate some of the Lush scents, especially ones you can’t purchase anymore!

I’d also love to see them branch out to making wax tarts too. 😀

If you love the sound of The Colourful Soap Company then make sure to go and check out their social media pages below.

Facebook

Instagram

If you’re interested in grabbing yourself a soap or two make sure to drop them a message on their Facebook page and have a chat about what options you have for your soap!

What would your perfect soap be? Shape, colour and scent? Make sure to let me know in the comments! I think mine would have to be a fox shaped soap, orange and smells of Lush’s discontinued Christmas scent Yog Nog. It smells of caramel biscuits. It’s amazing! 😀

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

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Petty Bones Club – More New Pokemon Pin Designs*

Good afternoon all! I hope you’re all well and have had a lovely weekend so far. I can’t believe we’re almost into May already! 2019 is definitely whizzing by.

It’s been less than four months and already the talented and lovely Lauren over at Petty Bones Club got in touch with me recently to ask if I wanted to be sent her new pins to talk about on my blog! As regular readers will know I’m a brand rep for Petty Bones Club and have been since August 2018 – which makes it 8 months now! I can’t quite believe it’s been so long already. I love it so much though! I love being a brand rep for such an amazing designer and pin badge company, especially one that designs pin badges I love. In all honesty, I feel like it was down to Petty Bones that really got me into purchasing pin badges. Their Studio Ghibli pins under their old name Ayloulou Apparel were what kick started my love for enamel pin badges and collecting them, so I honestly cannot thank Lauren enough for that. 🙂

I’m so excited to share these new designs from Petty Bones Club today and I’ll even be showing off some old designs. This will make sense when it comes down to it.

Anyhoo, let’s get on with the post! I can’t wait to share these gorgeous designs with you all. Of course all these pin badges were gifted to me for reviewing purposes. Any without * were purchased by myself.

Overall Lauren sent me 5 pin badges with one of the designs being an older design that has finally made it’s way back onto the store.

This pin is the Messenger Bulbasaur* who is one forth of the messenger Pokemon designs that were brought out last summer. The first gifted package I received from Lauren contained two of the other Pokemon designs, which I’ve spoken about on my blog before. Bulbasaur is gorgeous and he did very well sales wise when he first came out. I’m pleased he has returned to the store because he’s just such a cutie. I know so many who have stickers of him, but want pin badges. If you’re one of those people MAKE SURE TO GO AND ORDER HIM NOW before he sells out again!

I grabbed the other two messenger Pokemon designs so I could show them all off together and compare them all. They’re all holding their letters, each in a different way. Bulbasaur is holding his in his mouth, Charmander* in his hand and Squirtle* is happily clutching onto his. I love how happy Bulbasaur looks with his letter and I understand why everyone loves him so much out of the original starter Pokemon. He just looks so happy! The thing I love the most about these three designs together is how they’re all different coloured metals. Bulbasaur is gold, Charmander is rose gold and Squirtle is silver. It works really lovely together and these would work great on a bag or even your favourite jacket or coat.

The last one I need now is the Dragonite design! He’s so cute but sadly he isn’t available to buy anymore so unless he is remade – I won’t be adding him to my collection anytime soon.

The next pin badge is one that has been around for a while and I remember first seeing it on one of Petty Bones Club Kickstarter’s back in July 2018. I remember wanting to back this campaign but I wasn’t really much of a user of the website at the time so never did. This saddens me as I LOVED the Eevee PokeScout design. It did come back out for their other Kickstarter campaign but at the time I wanted the Officer Growlithe enamel pin more – so again I never got chance to pick Eevee up and I doubt I will now.

Part of that PokeScout collection was the Sailor Snorlax* enamel pin. I don’t own any Snorlax pin badges and whilst I don’t know if I’d ever pick one up, I do really love Petty Bones Club take on Snorlax, especially with making it a PokeScout! I don’t think it is something you would expect to see and due to that I love it so much! This is a gold metal too, which I think is the best for this design. Any other metal colour wouldn’t have worked as well.

The next design is the only one with a silver metal which is the Lapras* enamel pin. I feel like I’ve hardly seen any Lapras pins around and this one is adorable! The silver stands out to me straight away as it works so well with the design. The colour palette and Lapras’s face just reminds me of when I was younger and received my own Lapras in Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow. This pin badge will be one I wear throughout the summer for sure! Especially when attending barbecues and drinks with friends.

This is definitely my favourite pin out of the bunch Lauren sent me as it’s one of my favourite Pokemon. This pin is the Ampharos* enamel pin. I remember months ago on the Petty Bones Club Instagram page where she was coming up with ideas for the new Pokemon pins and this was one of them. I loved the concept back then and I LOVE it now it’s in pin form.

Finally we have the last pin of the five I was sent is the Arcanine* enamel pin, which I can only imagine is one of Lauren’s favourite designs seeing as this is her favourite Pokemon. I remember when she was designing it and showing it off via Instagram that she stated he’s her favourite! At least I hope my memory is correct here. 😛 The Arcanine pin is MASSIVE and due to this the price of it is a little more than the others at £10. I think this is fair though considering the size of the pin, I’ve tried to compare the size of it to her other pins as well, which I’m sure the pictures show off well. The metal is rose gold which is perfect for this pin badge. I love the size of it as I feel loads of detailing would have been missed out if this pin was smaller.

I put this pin alongside my Officer Growlithe enamel pin as I feel like they work so well together! I’d definitely wear them together for blog events and especially for comic cons.

All of the pins I was sent come with rubber clutches and two backing posts. Apart from the Arcanine pin these all cost £8 each.

Overall I LOVE all of these pin badge designs from Petty Bones Club and they’re so unique and different, which is what I always love about the store. I especially love how Lauren chooses the best metal colours to match the designs of the Pokemon.

I have to say my favourites out of the five are Bulbasaur and Ampharos. They’re just gorgeous and I honestly cannot wait to wear them around this summer. I plan to visit loads of conventions this year as well as do more geeky adventures so these pins will be perfect for that! 😀

You can read my previous posts about all of the pins that both Ayloulou Apparel here and Petty Bones Club have released here and here.

Don’t forget I have a discount code for Petty Bones Club with you can use to bag yourself off a nice 10% off of your order. The code is COFFEE10 which you can also always find on the sidebar of my blog so don’t worry if you ever loose the code, it’s always there. 🙂

I’ll also pop the website as well as social media pages down below!

Store

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

I want to thank Lauren again for being such a lovely person by sending me these pins and most of all making me a brand rep. I’m so proud as well as happy to be representing her company.

I know my readers as well as friends LOVE her pins! Are you going to be checking out the new designs to the store? Make sure to let me know in the comments, as well as which pin(s) you’d love to pick up.

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

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