Life Lately – 2020 So Far

Guys I have not written a life lately post since June 2019 – how crazy is that?! I’ve clearly been living too busy a life to even update you guys with anything, haha!

However, for February I thought one was necessary on my blog because for pretty much all of January (and hence 2020 so far) I’ve been pretty quiet, which many of you will know the reasons for.

I was in Japan! I didn’t state exactly when I was going, but from the 12th January until the 26th January I was in Tokyo, Japan for a very much overdue trip with Dane.

Since we got together in 2013 we have dreamed of going to Japan and finally that dream became a reality. I don’t want to talkΒ too much about that here as I would like to talk about it over various posts on my blog. I will go into some minor details here though.

It was amazing and although we watch anime/read manga and know quite a bit about Japanese culture, we definitely weren’t prepared for what a culture shock we were in for. We LOVED Japan and we honestly cannot wait to plan our next trip there (probably 2022 now…).

We travelled to various places around Tokyo including Shinjuku (which is where we stayed), Shibuya, Harajuku, Hakone (which is an hour outside of Shinjuku), Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Chiyoda City, Toshima City, Nakano City and more!

My favourite place to go to was a mixture of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Akihabara for various reasons.

Akihabara was FULL of otaku, kawaii, geeky goods – which were right up our street. We loved it so much there that we went again for a second trip!

Shinjuku (as I mentioned) was where we stayed for our trip and it was definitely the best place to pick! Just a short 5-10 minute walk away was everything you could want and more, including places to eat, shop, play games and even catch trains from that went everywhere we wanted to go. It was perfect and I’ll definitely stay there again in the future.

Shibuya was the best for shopping, as well as walking around. It’s home to the famous Shibuya crossing, as well as the Hachi statue that sits right by the train station. Shopping there was incredible and I regret not going back for a second visit.

One place in particular was good, but also disappointing at the same time, which was Harajuku. I imagined it to be this lively, colourful eating and shopping haven that I would lap up! Sadly at the start of the day in Harajuku I was really poorly and ended up being sick. I quickly recovered and me and Dane were able to get on with what we set out to do for the day, which was mostly visiting animal cafes! Harajuku (to me anyway) wasn’t full of the lively and colourful places I’d imagined. Eating there was amazing and I regret not being able to eat more, but shopping was a bit of a let down. It seemed to be a mixture of copy and paste of Wego and (what seemed like) colourful fashion you could buy on eBay.

The only reason I would venture there again is to go back to the Pompompurin Cafe, which was one of my favourite places to eat at during our time in Japan! I’ll be talking about this on a separate blog post, so keep eyes peeled for that! πŸ˜€

The food in Japan was amazing and I miss it already. 7-eleven was so convenient for food, especially breakfast and the range of choice was incredible! The hot food was probably the best for me and I wish I’d eaten a lot more of it.

As a savoury eater, I ate so much sweet stuff because it was EVERYWHERE and it was amazing. I miss it so badly… I just wish we could at least have crepes here that are as good as the ones in Japan.

Enough of Japan for now – I’ll save all the in depth information for the blog post(s) about it.

I wanted to touch base on some other things here, including my blog and personal life.

Some news I want to share, which I am SUPER EXCITED FOR is that I am going to see My Chemical Romance in June!!! πŸ˜€ Booking tickets to go and see them was a nightmare and I haven’t felt so anxious about buying something since we booked our holiday to Japan.

I tried to book both the Saturday and Sunday show whilst out in Japan and due to the crap pocket WiFi we had, this just wasn’t doable. I sat in a cafe for an hour trying to book the Saturday show with zero luck. Then as we were walking around Tokyo I attempted to book the Sunday show, with less luck than before. I was gutted. Absolutely gutted. I got over it however by the time we got back to the UK.

THEN my friend Claire (Claire Likes To Doodle – who you can read about here) told me about a third show they had announced for Thursday. I knew I had to get on that as soon as I could. I saved the booking section on Ticketmaster on my phone and made sure to be ready to book. The morning came and a stressful 30 minutes later, tickets were booked and paid for and I WAS IN! YES, YES, YESSSSS!

I am beyond excited to see My Chemical Romance again after almost 10 years (I last saw them in 2011) and I already know loads of memories will come back to that show and the previous show I saw them at (Black Parade UK tour back in 2007).

I’ll be going with my boyfriend, who isn’t actually a massive My Chemical Romance fan, but is coming with so I’m not going alone. I don’t have any friends who can come in the week, or at all (due to also not being fans), so he’s doing me a favour. πŸ™‚ I’m paying for his ticket, which is fine with me… Because he’ll be buying our dinner haha!

So yes, I am will be listening to loads of My Chemical Romance in the run up to the show in June and maybe bringing back my emo self from back in the day… πŸ˜›

At the start of January and just before my holiday I turned 30… Yes I am old and I don’t care! I had a lovely day with Dane, who took me out to an animal park and in the evening we went out for a meal with my parents. Japan was the biggest celebration in a way. πŸ˜›

Dane bought me my blue Pandora ring for my 30th, which I love so much!

I didn’t do my yearly “what I got for my birthday” post and the reason for this is because I didn’t really want to… I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m more than happy to share what I received on this post but other than that… I just didn’t want to.

This leads onto my next point about life lately for me, which includes a massive thing about There Might Be Coffee. I know I posted a while ago how I wanted to just stick to posting on my blog once a week. Sometimes it might be more, especially if I’ve been inspired to write and want to get something out there. However, I have recently felt like my blog isn’t as “big a deal” to me as it used to be years before and it’s Dane who has made me think why.

When I started my blog I was out of work and bored. I loved my blog as a place to talk and be myself. Then I got my job and since then until 2017 I was unhappy in work. I used my blog as a place to escape and talk about things I love and share these things with people. These days I’m pretty content in my life. I’ve got a job I love, Dane, my lovely home, I’ve just been to Japan and my mental health is the best it has ever been in 20 years! Life is pretty good right now and to be able to type that is amazing. If someone had of told me 4 years ago that I would be in this position now, I wouldn’t believe them.

Don’t worry guys. This isn’t the end of my blog – far from it! It’s just the beginning of me being able to realise what I want to do and how I want to do it. I want to venture more and more into topics I am mad about, especially Japan and now I’ve been I can talk about it more than ever before.

I also want to talk about more things I know and love and I STILL want to bring you guys enamel pin posts, as well as Nendoroid figures collecting and geeky home decor.

I would also love to venture into IGTV over on my blog Instagram account (theremightbecoffeeblog) as I have always wanted to do YouTube, but I don’t want to deal with editing and arsehole trolls. IGTV I feel would be a little bit more manageable.

So, my blog will be going through some “changes” but nothing too drastic. Just less posts a week, more Japan/kawaii/otaku content and less gifted content.

I noticed last year that at one point my blog was COVERED in gifted *** posts and although I loved it at the time (because companies wanted to work with me) I look back and shake my head. That isn’t me. It especially wasn’t me to work with so many different people.

This has taught me a few things. I LOVE working with food companies. I love food and I love talking and sharing good food places, so when I get to work with places I want to shout about, it makes me happy. What I don’t love however is working with loads of people and constantly having gifted posts, instead of posts I want to get up about geeky stuff.

So, I have decided to distance myself away from that. I just don’t want it anymore. I want to work with more independent artists whose work I love and want to shout out about! If I can work with the artists, amazing. If I can’t then whatever – I’ll still shout about their work! An example of this will be an independent company I’ll be reviewing this month called Quirkory. I discovered them back in August last year and since then I have been hooked on them and their designs… Make sure to keep eyes peeled for that post!

I’m also toying with what to do with my newsletter now we’re into 2020. I had 3 newsletters out (September-November) and I honestly feel like it was a massive flop. Hardly anyone subscribed to it and hence hardly anyone read it. Which is actually saddening. I’d decided to have the newsletter talk about what was due to come to my blog throughout the month, as well as a general chit chatter that I don’t really bring to my blog as much.

I’m thinking of doing something four times a year on the first day of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. I’d possibly look to trying to work with companies to bring competitions too but even so… I don’t know if my heart is in it for my newsletter anymore. Any thoughts on this would be great. I know some of the readers/subscribers of my newsletter have been so lovely! But if your heart isn’t in it… You know?

Other than that, I can’t think of anything else to share really! 2020 is the year that I start to live my life and do things I wouldn’t have thought to before. I already have the itch to go back to Japan and plan to get our 2021/22 trip planned this year.

I also want to go to Amsterdam for mine and Dane’s 7 year anniversary. Only for a weekend, but it’s a place I have always wanted to go. As soon as I feel comfortable and ready, I’m going to book it for us both! Maybe as a surprise trip for Dane? πŸ˜› We shall see.

Do you guys have anything to share from your lives lately? If so please let me know in the comments below! πŸ˜€ I love hearing about how things are going for people, good and bad. I’m always happy to listen if any of my readers who needs help and support. You can always reach out to me via a DM on Twitter (maybeecoffee) or Instagram (theremightbecoffeeblog).

Until next time guys, I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far and enjoyed my ranty blog post. πŸ˜›

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February Wish List ’20

It’s that time of month again where I share with you guys what items I have on my wish list for the month!

Well… After an amazing 2 weeks in Japan last month, I REALLY did struggle to add stuff to my wish list for this month. It wasn’t easy and I had to have a big think about what items I would love to pick up for myself this month… Maybe… If I can afford it after Japan. I also booked my tickets for My Chemical Romance in June, so I am very much skint until payday at the end of the month. πŸ˜›

So please bear in mind, this list may be bland and boring… Or it might be exciting, we shall see!

  • Pandora Disney Lady and the Tramp Heart Dangle Charm (link)

There are no two ways about it, I NEED this charm for my Pandora! It’s funny that Dane bought me the Lady and Tramp charms from Chamilia for Christmas and then BAM, Pandora realise their own charm… Ha. Either way this dangle charm is really cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day, which is only a couple of weeks away now. I’ll definitely be treating myself to this charm, but probably not until payday towards the end of the month. I really hope to see more of my favourite Disney characters from Pandora in the future! A cute little Lucky dalmatian, anyone?

  • Persona 5 Manga Volume 1 (link)

I have been so bloody excited for this manga series to finally hit the UK and it did in January! I did pre-order this through Amazon but again (this isn’t the first time…) they failed to deliver my manga on time, even though other stores have this in stock. So instead I ordered from Wordery… I’m just going to go back to Wordery in regards to ordering my manga. They’re just so much more reliable. ANYWAY! I’m excited for this to arrive now so I can read it. I know I’ll be waiting ages for the volumes to hit the UK, but I don’t care – it’ll be worth it!

  • Mango Mom Slim Jeans (link)

I bought these jeans just before I went on holiday to Japan and oh my… They have really changed my life! πŸ˜› I know that sounds dramatic, but honestly I do love these jeans. I bought them a size bigger too after trying them on as I wanted some jeans that were mom style, but baggy and comfortable. These are clearly too big for me, so much so I need to wear a belt to keep them from falling down haha. This being said, I still love these and I already know I want to pick up another pair. I need to venture to town soon so I intend on picking up another pair of these then with some birthday money I still have in my purse.

  • FoxLeap Lady and the Tramp Lady Pups and Scamp and Angel Enamel Pins (link) and (link)

I’ve already pre-ordered these to be honest with you… I just had to. I love FoxLeap’s enamel pins and I especially loved the Lady and The Tramp one that I backed in their Kickstarter campaign last year (which you can see and read about here). The quality of the pin is amazing, let alone how gorgeous the design is. Lady and The Tramp is my favourite Disney movie, so I just had to order the Lady Pups and Scamp and Angel pins too… It would be rude not to! πŸ˜€ If you would like to see a review of these once they arrive, please let me know!

  • Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Limited Edition Console (link)

Literally this morning as I write up this blog post (31st January), Nintendo FINALLY announced a Switch console to coincide with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Fuck. I always said if Nintendo dropped an Animal Crossing Switch, I would buy… Of course I really want to buy this but Dane has a Switch and I have a Switch Lite… So it’s tricky. I keep thinking in my head how I could have it for at home in our bedroom to play games on – but the problem there is that you can have multiple saves across multiple consoles, which in itself sucks! I’m so badly torn as to whether to pick up this Switch or not. I love my Switch Lite and I definitely wouldn’t replace it. It’s light weight, easy to travel with and it’s cute! BUT I AM ALSO SO DAMN TORN! 😦

I know this isn’t a long wish list this month, but honestly this is all I could think of! As I mentioned at the start of the post, due to just getting back from Japan I now own a LOT of stuff and I’m feeling the pinch a little due to it. However, there are still things I would love to buy come payday. πŸ˜›

What items do you have on your wish lists this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’re having a great week so far. πŸ™‚

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January Favourites ’20

Guys we are officially into 2020 now and I can’t believe it’s already February! January flew by for me due to being in Japan for 2 weeks but even so, still can’t believe how quick the month went by!

I know for a lot of people however January was very slow… πŸ˜›

January’s favourites are going to be a bit odd due to being away in Japan, but at the same time they’re going to be good, I know they are! I’m not changing how I write my favourites at all. I’ll still be sharing 5 beauty related products I have been loving as well as my favourite TV show(s), movie(s), book(s), music and game(s). πŸ™‚

I hope the start of 2020 has been great for you guys, my readers and I hope it hasn’t been rough at all.

On with the favourites!

  • Japanese Character Bath Bombs.

WhilstΒ I was in Japan I used quite a few of the character bath bombs they had for sale in the shops. They didn’t cost much (Between Β£2-Β£4 depending on the character and store) and were really nice to have handy in the hotel room if we’d had a long day of walking and needed a soak. Dane actually used and had more baths than me, which was a massive shock! We’ve brought loads of these back to the UK with us, as we loved them so much. They often come with the characters inside that is on the cover. For example I picked up a shiba dog bath bomb and hence got a little white shiba dog inside, so cute! These weren’t bad for the price and one bath bomb was definitely enough to feel pampered. I felt soft and smooth after using one of these in the bath. I honestly recommend them if you’re in Japan! I feel like they’re better than Lush to be honest with you… πŸ˜‰

  • Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint in shade RD302 Dracula Red.

I bought this lip tint whilst I was out in Japan and I honestly regret not buying more! It’s a gorgeous dark red shade I have had my eye on for years! It wasn’t expensive either, which was even better. Aside from my Laneige lip bar, this lip tint (review here) was my go to lip product the duration of my holiday! It’s really easy to apply and a little bit of this product goes a long way. I mostly like to use it to give a bitten look to my lips, which wasn’t easy to do with this lip tint at first, but the more I have done it, the easier it has gotten. I will be writing a review on this lip tint, as it’s too good not to share on my blog!

  • L’Occitane Zesty Lime Hand Cream.

I haven’t used this hand cream for quite some time, which is mostly down to using up other hand creams first! This is a gorgeous thick hand cream that smells of limes, yummy!Β  I remember stocking up on loads of these during my MA in 2015 so I have a lot to use up! I decided to take one with me to Japan to use during the day and it really was a treat to use in the mornings before we ventured out for the day, as well as whilst we were out and about. I’ve stopped using it since we got home, but this really did help my hands when they were feeling dry and sore. I was recently diagnosed with having a form of dermatitis on my hand, which kept flaring up during the trip. This hand cream really did help it on bad days, alongside my dermatitis creams.

  • Tepika Hand Sanitiser.

I know this is a strange one to add this month to my favourites but I just need to mention it for so many reasons! First of all look at the packaging… It has a cute little happy raccoon on it! Due to this me and Dane called this the “happy raccoon” whenever we wanted to use it. Aside from the cute raccoon on the front, this was also really good because it didn’t smell overly alcoholic, was gentle on my eczema skin and the packaging was handy for how you get the product out… I feel like that last part didn’t make sense! Either way this stuff is amazing and I honestly need to try and figure out a way to ship some over to the UK!!!

  • Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP.

This is a perfume I keep reaching for at the moment and it’s the one I took with me to Japan too. The scent is perfect for any time of year and any occasion. My brother bought it for me quite a while ago now and it was so funny how this perfume came to be my gift. Just before Christmas in 2015 I went to Fuerteventura with my dad for a few weeks. This perfume was quite new so I decided to give it a try and see what I thought of it. I loved it and was close to buying it… But instead me and my dad went to a bar for some drinks. Just as we sat down with drinks my brother called my dad and said, “I’ve given mom Nat’s Christmas present.” Fast forward to Christmas Day… My brother bought me Decadence… Which I had nearly bought! How crazy is that?! So yeah, this is one of my favourite perfumes and I always wear it when I fancy something unique and different. I also love the bottle is comes in, which is in the shape of a handbag, strap included… πŸ˜›

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

Favourite TV Show – Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer.

I actually watched this documentary towards the end of December but thought it was worth a mention as I really enjoyed watching it. What you think is a documentary about a cat killer, actually turns out to be a human murder. I remember Dane telling me about the murder not long after we got together, so when we discovered what the documentary was about, we were even more interested whilst watching it! This documentary is very triggering in various ways and upsetting due to that. I love watching stuff like this, so I really enjoyed it. Definitely go and watch on Netflix if you can!

Favourite Movie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

I watched this film on the flight home from Japan and it was really good! I don’t recall if me and Dane wanted to go and watch it in the cinema when it came out here, but either way we got to both watch it for free! It’s about an actor and his stuntman, as well as some other characters throughout. It’s all based around true events, as well as fictional characters. Whilst it’s a great film, I did start to wonder halfway through, “Where’s this going? What’s the point?”. This was quickly answered however, in such an amazing way! I honestly recommend you watch this film if you get the chance to! It’s not the best from Quentin Tarantino, but it’s still decent. πŸ™‚

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Favourite Book – …

I didn’t read anything as I was on holiday… This was not a holiday where I could lounge around and read… I swear I am going to start reading more now I’m back from Japan. I have so much manga to catch up on. I need to make a monthly list of which series/volumes I plan to read!!!

Favourite Album – My Chemical Romance – “Welcome to the Black Parade”.

With the announcement of My Chemical Romance coming to the UK for 3 dates in June, I have been listening to them loads both during my time in Japan as well as when I got back home. I tried to order tickets to the first 2 shows My Chemical Romance announced, but was unsuccessful, which sucked. I was definitely in a sulk about this… UNTIL my friend Claire brought it to my attention that they had announced a third show! I managed to get tickets which I was SO HAPPY ABOUT!!! That day I did nothing but listen to My Chemical Romance during my shift at work. It was bliss and I loved every moment of it. πŸ˜› I’m so excited for June now, I’ll be going with Dane too and it’ll also be the third time seeing them live… YAY!

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Favourite Game – PokΓ©mon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

I know this game is only a demo at the moment but I have been LOVING it so much! I played both of the original Mysery Dungeon games this one is based off of and I was beyond excited to give the demo at go. I played a little of it on my way to Japan on the plane, but I played more of it on my way home whilst we waited to board out flight, as well as on the plane. It looks amazing and plays really well. I’ve already pre ordered the game and cannot wait for it to arrive! I’m going to finally be kept busy on my Switch again in March and I am beyond excited for that!

So my first favourites post of 2020 is complete! I cannot believe it is already the start of February. Can you guys believe how quickly 2020 is going by already?!

How was the first month of 2020 for you guys? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below, as well as what your favourites were this month!

Until next time all, take care and have an amazing weekend. πŸ™‚

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30th Birthday Wish List

It is officially my birthday in 2 days time and I will be turning the the big three-O… Which semi depresses me and it sort of doesn’t at the same time. Ageing is going to happen and that’s just something I need to deal with now, as well as in the future.

I thought it would be worth sharing with you guys (as I always do) what I have on my wish list this month, which happens to include what I would like for my birthday… But if I don’t – I would probably just buy it myself. πŸ™‚

  • Pandora Blue Sparkling Crown Solitaire Ring (link)

A few Christmas/birthday’s ago my mom bought me a gorgeous Pandora ring – the one with the red heart (you can see it here) and I still love it to this day! I wear it pretty much all the time and it makes me think of my mom all the time. I have since spied a few other Pandora rings I like the look of, but never enough to take the plunge to ask for them as gifts or buy them myself… Until now! I saw this ring before Halloween whilst out shopping with a friends and I fell in love! It’s a gorgeous blue stone and it really stands out. I’m hoping to get to wear alongside my red heart ring, either above or below, whichever way looks best! I have a feeling Dane has bought me this… But we shall see! πŸ˜›

  • Nintendo Tokyo Animal Crossing Smart Phone Ring (no link)

When I first bought my iPhone XR I bought a PopSocket to use when holding the phone. For the short time that I used it, it really did benefit me but at the same time it taught me that I should be holding my phone better. Since then I have missed having something on the back of my phone to hold onto, especially if I’m out and about and have my hands full. I saw these kawaii smart phone rings for sale in the Nintendo Tokyo store and I just have to have them! I plan to pick up both when I visit the store in Japan (as well as so much more Animal Crossing merch!) so that I can use them both on different cases. I find the backing doesn’t stick very well with things like this, so I may need to get the superglue out…

  • Hell Bunny Ricci Dress in Black or Red (link)

I actually saw these dresses in EMP’s catalogue that I was given by Dane’s parents on Boxing Day to take home with me… They’ve clearly bought meΒ something from EMP for my birthday… ANYWAY! I love dresses of this style as they shout out to me so much and I especially love to wear them with a thick warm coat in the winter and my Dr Martens boots. In the summer, with a cardigan and my flats. I think I love the red one most as it’s one of my favourite colours to wear. I would have loved to pick this up for my birthday, but I think at this point (my birthday is in 2 days) it’s a little too late now, unless I find it in store somewhere before then.

  • Smoko Pearl Boba Tea Light (link)

Dane bought me the Little Bao Dumpling Light from Firebox/Smoko for Christmas and I LOVE it so much! For a battery operated light, it’s really bright and turns itself off after a certain amount of time. I love the Boba Tea Light as I’m a massive bubble tea drinker so would love to add this one to my collection as well. The thing I love about this the most is the fact when you move the light around, the boba in the bottom of the light move around. How cool is that? πŸ˜€

  • Nintendo Tokyo Animal Crossing Pencil Case (link)

I love Animal Crossing so damn much and when I saw this for sale on the Something Japanese website, I really wanted to order it! That being said, I know I can just wait until my trip to Japan to pick this up myself if I still want it. I don’t NEED a new pencil case as I still have the one I owned back when I was at school and it’s still doing it’s job today of keeping my pens safe.

So (as boring as they were…) that is my 30th birthday wish list post! Wow it’s crazy to think that in 2 days time I’ll be turning 30… I’ll now have to say I’m in my early thirties when talking to people and tick the 30-35 box when signing up for things. πŸ˜› If I still get ID’d though, I’ll be very happy!

Next week I plan to share with you guys what I received for my 30th birthday! I know I didn’t do this for Christmas 2019 but this was due to personal reasons. πŸ™‚

What do you guys have on your wish lists for this month? Make sure to let me know down in the comments!

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

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2019 Top 3 Favourites

It’s the first day of 2020 and I am spending it in the laziest way possible… Sat on my cuddle chair, in my pyjamas and wrapped in a blanket. I don’t think I can get any cosier to be perfectly honest with you. πŸ˜›

I decided to do an overall top favourites post for 2019, as December doesn’t have anything special on it that my January 2020 favourites won’t miss out on in a months time. I didn’t so a December 2018 favourites last year and no one missed it to be fair.

I really love writing my favourites post, I can reflect over the month on things I loved and I enjoy writing about them too and sharing with you all. However, 2019 wasn’t a good year for reading for me. I seem to have been too busy seeing friends or chilling on games, my phone or watching something on the TV… Which is a shame. 2020 is the year I will be trying to read a hell of a lot more! I do miss reading my favourite manga series as soon as the books come out in the UK, but at least 2020 means I will haveΒ more to read now… See, past Nat was doing future Nat a massive favour! πŸ˜›

Anyhoo, no more nattering, it’s time to show off my op 3 from 2019, as well as runner ups. πŸ™‚ I really hope you enjoy the first post of 2020!

Beauty Top 3

1. The Body Shop Drops of Youthβ„’ Youth Liquid Peel.

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

3. Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser with Shea & Cocoa Butter.

Runner Up – Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss in Cherry Bomb.

TV Shows Top 3

1. Inside No. 9.

2. Mr. Pickles.

3. Fruits Basket.

Runner Up –Β Stranger Things Season 3.

Movies Top 3

1. Detective Pikachu.

2. Spider-Man: Far From Home.

3.Β Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Runner Up – Avengers: End Game.

Books Top 3

1. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow.

3. Persona 4.

Music Top 3

1. PVRIS – “Fire” (this is the single that got me into the band this year – who I now LOVE TO BITS!).

2. Litany – “Bedroom”.

3. Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”.

Runner Up – Grimes – “We Appreciate Power”.

Games Top 3

1. Yoshi’s Crafted World.

2.Β Untitled Goose Game.

3. Borderlands 3.

Runner up – Pokemon Sword & Shield.

So that’s all of the my favourite items of 2019! I honestly can’t believe it’s 2020 now! I’ve spent most of the day relaxing, writing and talking to my mom on FaceTime. Can it really get any better than that? πŸ˜›

What were your favourite items from 2019? I’d love to hear!

Until next time all, Happy New Year! ^_^

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Christmas 2019 Wish List

Last Christmas I decided to do a wish list post about what I wanted as a teenager for Christmas in comparison to what I wanted now. I would love to do something like this now, but I honestly don’t think I can top what I did last year. That post was perfect and I loved it so much!

This year when I’ve been asked what I’d like for Christmas, it’s been kinda hard to decide… With our trip coming up soon I’m trying to save a lot of money for that and when it comes down to having anything for myself, I honestly can’t think of anything I want… So this year has been tough.

Not just for myself, but I’ve struggled to buy Dane’s Christmas presents this year! I wanted to make sure he had loads of exciting things to open, that he wouldn’t even think of buying himself, so I hope he loves what he’s been gifted with! πŸ˜€

Anyhoo, my list is very geeky and Japan heavy! πŸ˜›

  • Nintendo Switch Taiko no Tatsujin.

This is a game I have wanted for quite a while now and I’m pretty sure it’s one I have mentioned on my blog from time to time on wish list posts. I am putting it on here for Christmas as I STILL want it! This is a game I have tried the demo of and loved, it was fun and I could see myself playing it both on my Switch Lite as well as on Dane’s Switch console with the drum attachment. I’m not crazily after it, but it would be nice to have. Sadly, it isn’t cheap and whenever I found it cheap I just couldn’t justify it. 😦

  • Nintendo Switch Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy.

This is a game I discovered not long after I bought my Switch Lite back at the start of November and it’s one I am intrigued by. I do enjoy puzzles games and the Layton games are always a series that has intrigued me, but one I just never invested in… I have a feeling this is a gift I will be receiving for Christmas, which will be really nice! I always love getting games for Christmas as it’s sort of a tradition. My parents or brother(s) would always buy me a game for my console of choice at the time, so I always loved spending Christmas and Boxing Day playing them.

  • Juniper: The Happiest Fox 2020 Wall Calendar.

Dane always buys me a calendar for the year ahead, no ifs or buts. It’s definitely a tradition we have now and it’s one I love! For a while he always bought me a Simon’s Cat calendar, then for a time it was Pusheen and now we have settled onto Juniper! I love foxes and Juniper is a fox I especially love, alongside her brother Fig, who is in this calendar! I can’t wait to write loads of stuff on it already of everything we have coming up during 2020.

  • PlayStation 4 Persona 3 and 5 Endless Night Collection.

This isn’t a gift I’m SUPER psyched about having, but due to my love of the Persona series, it is a game I would enjoy having to play at home! It includes both the Persona 3 and Persona 5 dance games on the PS4, as well as a download code for the Persona 4 dance game for PS4 too! I actually already own this on the PS Vita, but having it on the PS4 would be so much better.

  • Nichijou Manga Volume 9 and 10.

This is a manga series that now seems to have finished on volume 10. I only need 9 and 10 to finish my series for Nichijou, which is a manga (and anime series) that I love! This is a manga series that Dane has bought me since we got together and I do love receiving these from him each Christmas. I doubt very much I will get them this year, but even so in 2020 I will definitely pick these up for myself.

  • Nendoroid Figures:
  • Star Wars Han Solo
  • Star Wars Luke Skywalker
  • Star Wars Rey
  • Star Wars BB-8
  • Star Wars Princess Leia

I always ask for a Nendoroid figure (or two) during Christmas and my birthday, but this year I REALLY struggled! I’ve either pre-ordered or own the Persona 5 series and some I want are hard to find now. I do hope I get one, maybe even two of the Star Wars Nendoroid figures. Apparently I do have a Nendoroid figure for Christmas… But I can’t for the life of me think which one it could be!

I think that’s about it for my Christmas wish list this year! I feel like I’ve been rather boring, but to be honest I have been a bit stumped on what I would like for Christmas with my trip to Japan looming.

I’ve also struggled to buy for people this year for so many reasons! It’s really sucked to be honest. xD

What do you have on your Christmas lists this year? Jesty ideas are welcome too (aka new car, a pet etc).

Until next time, Merry Christmas all and I hope you have a lovely day whatever you do. πŸ™‚

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The End Of A Decade – 2010-2019

Me at Fargo Village Coventry at night

A lot has happened in a decade and quite honestly I cannot believe how quickly that time has gone by! I knew I wanted to talk about this topic on my blog, especially as throughout those years I had a lot of highs and lows and it’s also when my blog was created.

I’m going to be talking about things that happened each year of the decade that come up in my mind straight away. Some of the years will be quieter than others and some will be more lengthy and chatty. I’m also going to be attaching profile photos I used for the years mentioned below as well… Because, why not! πŸ˜€

I really hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing this. I’m not just writing this post for my readers, but for myself so I can reflect on what happened throughout the decade in one of the hardest points of my life, but also one of the best.

20 year old Natalee

21 year old Natalee on a night out… This was a good night!

2010-2011

A lot happened between this time. I finished university with a 2:1 in Drama and Creative Writing and ended a 3 year relationship with my ex boyfriend. I wasn’t particularly in a good place and my mental health wasn’t the best. I was also struggling to get work and instead tried to forget about how crap my life was by partying most days. I have zero regrets to be honest with you. I had loads of fun, did great at university and to be honest I left behind a toxic relationship.

22 year old Natalee – This used to be my old profile picture on my blog!

2012

2012 was the year that There Might Be Coffee was born! Which is probably my favourite thing from that year considering 7 years on my blog is still going strong and where I finally want it to be!

It’s also the year I got work and I hated that fucking job. I really did. It paid for things I wanted to do… Mostly going out and getting pissed to be fair… πŸ˜› Even so it did me good as I gained loads of confidence, had a laugh (sometimes) and earned monies.

23 year old Natalee with Dane – We’d been together 4 months at this point

2013

This was a mixture of one of the best but one of the worst years of my life. I was still miserable in my job but was numbing this by going out and having fun with my friends.

It was also the year my gran passed away. I was heartbroken and it was a big shock to the system, which at the same time wasn’t something I dealt with properly. Due to this it fucked me up in a big way and it was only when I quit my job that I finally had time to let that shock process and it caused my mental health to be at a really bad point. The worst part of it all was that I never said goodbye to my gran before she died. My job wouldn’t let me have time off to go and visit my gran, but this being said my parents didn’t wish for me to see her so poorly. Sadly, the day after she was told she could go home she passed away. I was crushed and I remember keeping a front for everyone but going home on my own and breaking down. The worst part of it was that I had no support from my friends at the time. I mentioned in passing how I was putting on a brave face but deep down I was hurting. They didn’t care.

2013 was also the year I decided I wasn’t going to be messed around and spoken to like shit anymore. I was fed up of people treating me like I was the bad person, when in reality they were the ones who were bad. It was good to get the toxicity out of my life. Looking back I realise how much better off I am without them.

The best thing about 2013 was meeting Dane. We met through online dating and I don’t regret setting up that dating profile at all. I do wonder how I would be in my life right now if it wasn’t for us meeting and getting together. We went on our first date in Birmingham and visited a few bars, spoke about our mutual interests and agreed to go on another date a few days later.

We had so many mini adventures together and I still have fond memories of them all, especially when Dane took me to Hoar Park which you can read about here and here. That’s probably the highest read post on my blog to date.

In September I was finally diagnosed with anxiety and depression and at the end of 2013 around Christmas I started CBT counselling for my mental health issues. I also got myself a new job not long after I met Dane too… But 2014 was going to be a tough year.

24 year old Natalee

2014

2014 was a tough year but looking back it was crazy and manageable. A lot happened with me continuing with my CBT counselling as well as counselling in general. My mental health improved dramatically and I finally seemed to deal with what happened throughout 2013.

I also befriended some people who I now call some of my closest friends, which is through Dane.

Me and Dane went to Bristol for our first anniversary and we loved it. It was perfect and I really did fall in love with the city. It will always remind me of our first year together.

After over 10 years without a holiday, me and Dane finally booked for us to go on holiday with my family for 2015 for my 25th birthday and my mom’s 60th. Very exciting!

Finally towards the end of 2014 I decided to go back to university and enrolled on an MA course for Critical and Creative Writing.

25 year old Natalee drawn as a manga character – from Hyper Japan

2015

At the start of 2015 we also went on holiday with my family for 2 weeks. It was lovely to get away from everything and I didn’t use my phone for the whole time. However, the weather wasn’t the best and due to that I was a little bit disappointed by it… Even so, we still had a lovely time.

2015 was amazing in the sense of me and Dane really did start to come out of our geeky otaku shells that we had been hiding inside of for God knows how many years. We’re both massive nerds and we knew it, but we never really ventured into the Japan and geeky routes much until 2015.

We went to Hyper Japan in London for our second anniversary and also went to watch The Book of Mormon too. We loved it and that weekend was amazing!

I couldn’t wait to finish my MA… I don’t regret studying it but I do at the same time. The university wasn’t “professional” at all in my opinion due to half of the members of staff who were teaching myself and it pissed me off big time that me and my family had paid all the money for me to leave feeling disheartened. I haven’t written properly since finishing that course and the same can be said for reading too. 😦

At the end of 2015 I went on holiday again straight after I graduated from my MA and me and my dad had a great 2 weeks together! Just us two went because we had stuff to do whilst we were away and I was the only one who could go away with him for the holiday.

Just before I went on holiday I also left my job to start a new job. I was so excited for a fresh start but the worst job of my life showed some pretty shitty early signs. I wasn’t prepared for what the next 2 years would bring.

26 year old Natalee

2016

This was another year where great things happened, especially life goals but also really bad things.

After saving up for ages me and Dane finally bought out first home together. We loved it so much and it was in the perfect location. We still live here and we love it to bits. It’s really gone from being a house to a home and I adore it so much. It’s my favourite place to be and it was definitely a long time coming.

Sadly around the time that we bought the house my mental health went back downhill again and although my depression wasn’t as bad as it was in 2013/2014 it was still really bad.

It was so odd because I was enjoying my home but at the same time I was miserable as fuck. I had no support from my workplace at the time and I just hated it. I wanted out.

27 year old Natalee

2017

This like 2016 was a year of highs and lows, but mostly highs 2 years on.

My mental health was still really bad and there was nothing that could be done. I just needed to get out of my job at the time. I was trying for new jobs all the time and getting nowhere. To make matters worse I had an accident with my car and damaged one side of it. This was due to a shit shift at work, where I got no thanks from anyone from going out of my way. It was then that I realised I needed to get out. It wasn’t just affecting my mental health but my actions.

I had tried for ages and been unsuccessful and then finally I landed a job in the career I wanted – admin. I was so happy and it really did make all the crap I had been through previously worth it.

I can’t really talk about 2017 much because I can’t remember. I just know that everything was shit until October/November when I finally got my admin career moving. That Christmas was amazing too. It was lovely for me and Dane to have the time off together, as well as New Year.

28 year old Natalee – this was at EGX 2018

2018

2018 was a good but concerning year… Me and Dane were finally comfortable and happy and we definitely let our geeky sides go! We also started saving up for Japan which is pretty cool.

We decided towards the end of 2018 that we would either book and go to Japan in 2019 or book it for 2020. We didn’t book Japan in 2018, but we spoke about it a LOT.

I was also worried about my job. The summer hadn’t been great for the company as work was scarce and there was just many issues that I wasn’t 100% happy with. I decided towards the end of 2018 that I needed to get out of that job and get into a secure job that I would be happy doing. At the end of the day I wasn’t getting any younger and with a mortgage to pay for every month and more, I just had to make sure 2019 was to take care of myself.

One of the nicest things of 2018 was the fact that Dane became an uncle. We both love his nephew so damn much and every time we see him it really lights us up! It’s been lovely watching him grow up the past year and a half now. He’s such a little cutie.

29 year old Natalee – Photo taken by TV Trev

2019

2019 has definitely been my year this decade. It’s the year my mental health has finally been in a stable place, I got my dream job and both me and Dane finally booked our dream holiday to Japan!

In April both me and Dane started our new jobs and we’ve been so much happier since! We both love what we do and love the people we work with too. My job has really taught me how capable I am of so many things, as well as being rewarding too. Honestly never been happier and the best bit? I work for a Japanese company! How good is that?!

Around our anniversary in June we decided to book our holiday to Japan for the start of 2020! We have been so excited in the run up to this trip, but anxious too due to money, where we plan to travel within Tokyo and the rest of it. I know though that we’ll be okay and have the time of our lives! We already know that we want to go again the future and I’m pretty sure that as soon as we arrive home from our trip, we’ll be looking to book our next one. πŸ™‚

It’s nothing major but towards the end of this year I started to get my nails done with gel polish, which has really helped with my anxiety. I don’t know why but since I started my new job I’ve started to chew and nibble on my nails more. I think its more of a concentration thing during meetings and such. I cut my nails stupidly short due to this but I’ve decided to start letting them grow a little and leave them be. Currently I have my third set of gel polish on and it’s really helped with the chewing/nibbling.

Me and Amy at a Coventry Blogger event in April

One of my favourite things about 2019 is meeting my friend Amy (Writing into the Ether) through Coventry Bloggers. She’s a nerd just like me, as well as a blogger! We got chatting over both of those facts and have been great friends ever since! She’s usually the person I go to if I want to talk about geeky stuff, as well as blog related things.

I also worked with Coventry Bloggers and was given loads of gifted opportunities through my blog, which were all amazing! I’ve met some lovely people both bloggers, as well as companies and people who work there/own them.

2020…?

These 10 years have really flown by and it’s makes me feel so old looking back through the photos on this post. I can’t believe what happened in those 10 years too. A lot of good and bad happened but most of all, I met the love of my life – Dane. He is my favourite person in the whole wide world and he is my life. I think about him every moment of the day and talk about him as and when the time is appropriate. It’s from meeting Dane this decade that I finally came out of my shell with my geeky self and embraced things I’d not done so much of before, such as reading more manga and watching more anime.

I’m also thankful to him for helping me throughout the 6 years we’ve been together so far. My mental health has been awful and he was there for every moment I needed someone to talk to, a cry and especially a cuddle. He’s been my rock and such a great person and boyfriend. I don’t know how he does as much as he does, he’s my little superhero. πŸ™‚

Me at the Pokemon Center in London

So what does the next decade bring for me? Well 2020 will be the year I turn 30, as well as the year me and Dane have our trip to Japan!

I don’t know what else the next decade will bring but I can only imagine big things! Me and Dane might eventually look to move to a bigger home, I might buy a new car, we may try and look into getting a dog and the biggest one of all, we might eventually decide to start a family.

Me at a blog event at the Cosy Club Birmingham (read about it here)

So, here is to the next decade 2020-2029! I don’t quite know what the future will hold, but I hope it keeps going up from here.Β πŸ™‚

I would love to hear about your decades and how they went for you, whether it be good, bad or a bit of both like myself. I want to know. I also want to know the best thing that happened to you in the decade too.

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and are as excited for Christmas as I am. πŸ™‚

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December Wish List ’19

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How are we already halfway through the first week of December? Oh God, this week is going to quickly and I know it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon either!

I was kind of torn this year whether to just add my wish list into a “Christmas wish list” post for the whole month or to separate them… I’ve decided to go for the latter! I have loads of items on my wish list this month purely for my Japan trip and even just for myself to be honest.

I hope you enjoy the final wish list of the year! πŸ˜€

  • Superdry Gracie Cable Snood Womens Scarf (link)

I could really do with a new scarf not only for the winter ahead but also for my trip to Japan. When I was looking around for a new snood, I found this gorgeous Superdry one! I’m not a massive scarf fan… In terms of “normal” ones and I much prefer a snood. I can just shove it on without any faffing about of wrapping. I really like the look of this one because of the soft borg lining inside. I can only imagine how soft and fluffy it will be during the colder months! I also really like the dark pink colour too. This being said, I would like to see this scarf in person before buying in case I don’t like the colour THAT much. 😦

This is a Kickstarter I want to back so much… But I don’t know if I can justify it. 😦 It finishes in 4 days time and I know I have those days to decide if I want to back, but even so… Dispel Dice are a company I have lusted and looked at since getting into Dungeons & Dragons at the start of 2019. Now they have a Kickstarter out with “affordable” dice sets I would like to back… There are just a few factors that put me off… Price and delivery. You won’t receive the dice until August 2021, which sucks! I’ll see if I decide to back these at the last moment. πŸ™‚

  • River Island Blue Button Front Denim Mini Skirt (link)

If there is something I don’t own any of and would love to wear more, it’s skirts. I either wear jeans, leggings, joggers or dresses. I discovered this skirt last month through Helen Anderson in her “TESTING SIZE 14 HIGH STREET DENIM SKIRTS” YouTube video and I have fallen in love! I wanted to try and pick it up in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals but I never did. It’s something I’ll definitely take a look into picking up in the Christmas/January sales!

  • Elfen Lied Omnibus Volume 2 (link)

I love Elfen Lied, it’s definitely one of my favourite anime and manga series to date and was actually the first anime I watched and manga I read. So, to say it has some fond memories and a place in my heart is pretty accurate. I already own volume 1 of the omnibus and have even pre-ordered volume 3 ad volume 4. This is a series I plan to dig into and read on days off in the run up to Christmas, as well as during the Christmas holidays from work. πŸ™‚

  • Bravissimo Jessie Skater Dress (link)

This is a dress I REALLY want at the moment! I plan to try it on at some point this week as it’s something I would like to pick up whilst it’s on offer. It’s a gorgeous black dress, which will not only be perfect for work and the party season, but also great for my 30th birthday! I don’t have any “posh” dresses if you will and often gravitate towards the same one I’ve worn for 3 years now, which is a bit shit at the best of times… I just want something pretty I can wear for evenings out with Dane and friends. πŸ™‚ I’ve never bought clothing from Bravissmo but as I love their bras, I’m sure I’ll love this dress too!

  • Animal Crossing Isabelle Plush Pass Case (link)

With my trip to Japan getting closer and closer and mine and Dane’s Suica cards now in our possession, I would really like a nice pass case to use during my trip there! I’ve eyed up this plush Animal Crossing one which is in the shape of Isabelle’s head. It has a handy pull cord on it, so if you attach this to your bag, keys, etc you can easily pull it to wherever you need it to go. It’s not cheap however, but this is something I have asked for for Christmas from Dane too… It’s something I’ll keep my eyes peeled for whilst I’m in Japan too if I don’t manage to get one beforehand.

So that’s my wish list for December overall! I know his months is really boring, but I’m saving all the awesome wish list items for Christmas Eve’s post when I write about my Christmas wish list. πŸ™‚

I can’t believe we’re already into the 4th day of December and Christmas Day is 3 weeks today! How crazy is that, huh? 2019 has really flown by…

Aside from Christmas, what items do you have on your wish list? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below. πŸ™‚

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

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November Favourites ’19

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Guys, it is officially December and you know what that means? CHRISTMAS IS LOOMING! πŸ˜› This year has flew to be honest, especially the past 8 months since I started my new job. 2019 has been good and I’m feeling pretty confident that 2019 is going to finish with a bang! πŸ˜€

This is the last “official” monthly favourites of 2019 and I’m feeling a tad bit sad… Until the end of December when I do my 2019 favourites post… πŸ˜›

Anyhoo, I’m not going to dwindle too much with talking about the end of 2019… I haven’t even cracked open the first door of my advent calendar yet! πŸ˜›

  • Colgate Plax Gentle Care Extra Mild Mouthwash.

I’ve finally found a mouthwash I’m really enjoying using and if anything it feels like a treasure to use now instead of a chore. It’s not strong at all (hence it being called extra mild) which is really nice and it still leaves a lovely fresh feeling and scent behind. It’s not expensive either at less than Β£2 a bottle! I use this twice a day, after lunch and dinner. I wish they sold this in smaller bottles, just so I can keep a bottle in my bag, as well as at work. I do however, have a little mini travel Listerine bottle that I use instead, which is handy.

  • Gucci Envy Me EDT.

I forgot just got much I LOVE this perfume and it’s only from using it quite a bit throughout November that I rekindled my love for it. It’s a massive bottle so it’s handy just for taking in my backpack during the week when I’m going back and forth from work. It’s a light EDT which is handy if I don’t want anything heavy on. I have fond memories from my teenage years of this perfume, so it’s always nostalgic to wear. πŸ™‚

  • Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

Since I started to get my nails painted with gel by my nail technician I’ve been using my cuticle cream/oil religiously! I use my handy cuticle oil before I go out in the morning for work and before I go to bed. I keep my cuticle cream on me to use when I’m out and about as well as at work. I really love this cuticle cream as it’s thick, a little goes a long way and I really do feel like it’s working when I use it. It also has a gorgeous lemon scent to it!

  • Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Collection.

I recently decided to treat myself to something from Boots using my Advantage Card points and opted for something beauty related… Fenty to be exact! I’ve never given Fenty a go and I’ve always heard nothing but good, so I was really excited to give these lip glosses a go! So far I LOVE them and have really enjoyed wearing the different shades throughout the week at work. I especially love the pink shade Pretty Please and the clear holo shade Confetti. These will be perfect to wear during Christmas parties too, as well as Christmas and New Year… Not to mention during my trip in Japan! I might write a review on these soon, but PLEASE let me know in the comments if you would like to see this. πŸ™‚

  • Beauticology Pink Lemonade Shower CrΓ¨me.

I picked up this shower cream quite a while ago now but I’ve only just got the chance to use it. Beauticology is a really good brand and one I have bought on and off in the past. I’ve never tried their shower creams before so was excited to give this one a go! It’s very fresh scented and really does perk me up in the mornings when I use it. The scent isn’t sickly sweet and is really subtle, which I enjoy. This also foams up lovely and a little goes a long way! I’d definitely like to give the other fragrances a try/

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

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Favourite TV Show – His Dark Materials.

I’ve really enjoyed watching this show with Dane on a Sunday evening. We go upstairs about 7.45pm and get ready and into bed ready for 8pm when this starts! It’s not something we do every Sunday night, but it’s definitely something I look forward to over the weekend! I’ve not read the His Dark Materials books by Philip Pullman but Dane has, so he was really excited for this show to start on BBC One. I started to watch it with him and really have become engrossed in it! It’s got a massive all star cast in there too, which is fab! My favourite character by far is Pan. πŸ˜€

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Favourite Movie – The Irishman.

I know this only came out on Netflix towards the end of November, but it’s probably the only film I watched in November… It was definitely worth watching too! It’s over 3 hours long for fuck sake! If you love Goodfellas, then you will love this film. It’s by the same director (Martin Scorsese) and is based on a true story about a man who was an alleged hitman. Yes, it’s a long film but it is so well done that it’s definitely worth watching, whether it be on your own or with a couple of friends/family members. It’s very detailed so be prepared for that. If you take your eyes away for a moment, you may miss something important.

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Favourite Book… Podcast – My Dad Wrote A Porno.

This is a podcast I have fast found myself listening to again and this time, I don’t regret it… I got really bored of it in season 3 the first time I started listening to it earlier this year and to be honest I was pretty sad I jacked it in and stopped listening. I use Spotify to listen to music whilst I’m at work and discovered that podcasts is a thing you can listen to on there. SO when I found outΒ My Dad Wrote A PornoΒ was on there, I decided to start from the beginning and give it a listen! I’m not at the start of season 4 and I am loving it! The only problem is that I find myself chuckling away quietly at my desk… Oops! πŸ˜› I definitely recommend giving this a listen if you have a filthy sense of humour like I do and don’t get embarrassed easily.

Favourite Music – Persona 5 Remastered – Collosia.

As many readers (if not all!) of my blog will know, I LOVE Persona 5 and have done since 2017 when it came out in the UK. Since then I have met friends due to that mutual love and discovered a game series that I love just as much as Pokemon. Recently my friend Amy (Writing into the Ether) has started playingΒ Persona 5Β and that makes me so damn happy! When I got home after meeting up with her I found the artist Collosia over on Spotify and since then I’ve been listening to their remastered versions of the soundtrack, which are just so damn good! I can’t wait to listen to them when driving to and from work, as well as when I’m travelling to and from Japan! πŸ˜€ My favourite track from the original soundtrack/the game is “Beneath the Mask”, so I just had to share this one with you all above.

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Favourite Game – Pokemon Shield.

Of course I had to mention Pokemon on my favourites this month! I haven’t finished the game yet but I’ve played most of it and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far. I decided to opt for Pokemon Shield, whilst Dane went for Pokemon Sword. The game is so much fun to play and it’s great the way you can catch Pokemon out in the wild, however there isn’t all that much in terms of story, which is the biggest let down of them all. It just feels like you get a tiny bit of story about your rivals, the story behind the two legendary Pokemon and that’s it… Bit shit really when you look back at stuff like Team Rocket… As much as I love the game, I just want the old school games back like gen 1 and 2. 😦

So yes those are my favourites from November! They’re going up really late tonight due to just how busy I was this weekend. I was busy seeing and hanging out with friends, with some Christmas shopping in between too. I’ve also put up my Christmas tree at home and watched the odd Christmas film.

What were you guys loving throughout November? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below as well as what you’re excited for throughout this month! It doesn’t need to be Christmas related either. πŸ™‚

Until next time all, take care and I hope your day has been Christmassy already!

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YY Kawaii Sakura Itabag – Review*

My Japan trip is fast approaching and if there is something I want for my trip it’s an ita bag, so I can show off all my gorgeous enamel pins! I want one in general to be fair, but I feel like in Japan I can really show off all of my loves in one place.

YY Kawaii was lovely enough to gift me her Sakura Itabag recently and I’ve been so excited to share it with you guys! I wanted to make sure all the photos were perfect, as well as all the different pins I popped inside the bag too.

I wanted to make sure I got enough photos so I can do a full review for you guys! Ita bags are becoming more and more popular these days, especially unique designs. I feel like the sakura one by YY Kawaii is one of those unique designs out there right now, for a decent price.

I honestly love this bag and not only have I really enjoyed using it over the weekends, but I have also loved all the compliments, comments and questions it has received too!

Without further ado, let’s get on with the review, as well as allllllll the photos! πŸ˜€

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

The first thing I noticed when I opened this bag from the packing is the beautiful pastel pink colour, as well as the sakura cut out shape on the front of the bag. To me ita bags are kawaii and cute, so the pink colour was the perfect choice for YY Kawaii’s ita bag design.

The bag has gold hardware on both of the zips, as well as the loops for the shoulder straps and the clasps and buckle on the strap itself. Although I’m more of a fan of silver hardware, the gold definitely compliments the pink more.

The one thing I love about this ita bag the most is that you have the choice between wearing it as either a shoulder bag, or a bumbag, which is so handy if you want this bag for travelling with!

To wear it as a bumbag there is a strap you feed through the back of the bag, which is really good! It feels comfortable when you wear the bag on your hip. To do up the bumbag strap you use the buckle, which is really quick and easy to do and undo! You can also adjust the strap for the bumbag to your fitting, It’s really easy to adjust and doesn’t take long.

Personally my only issue with this being worn as a bumbag is the size of it, it’s a little on the larger side for me and I’m unsure if I would feel comfortable using it due to this. Maybe on a night out with friends I could get away with it, but whilst I’m in Japan I don’t think I’ll use it this way.

However, I will definitely use the strap to make it a shoulder bag! If you want to wear this as a shoulder bag you just need to simply clip the strap onto both sides of the bag, via the loops and you have your bag ready to wear! I really love the way it sits and feels on my side and it’s perfect for quickly grabbing anything out of, as it sits at the right height for me. You can of course change the length of the strap, which is handy and I like that it’s with a buckle.

The thing I like the most about he strap being a buckle is how (if you wanted to) you could put some pins in the holes where the strap hasn’t been adjusted to. I’m tempted to do this and use my lock backs so that I don’t have to worry about losing any of my enamel pins whilst travelling around.

As I’ve mentioned at the start of this post, I actually plan to take this bag with me to Japan so having both of these options will be great depending what we plan to do each day!

There are two compartments on the bag, one is for you to keep all your goodies in and one is where you keep your pins. I’ll talk about the latter first.

The front compartment of the bag is a flap where you keep all your pins for your ita bag. Inside this compartment is a round padded “pin cushion” which you stick all your pins onto. The cushion is REALLY padded, which I like! Due to how thick it is the pins will never poke out of the back. This also means that it’s really quick to change enamel pins around as all you need to do is push them onto the padding and you’re done!

With this it means if you’re travelling and want to show off more and different enamel pins in your ita bag on different days, you can! Say if you were going on holiday like myself, or travelling to a convention for a weekend, you could take plenty of enamel pins, charms, key chains, etc and always be able to customise your ita bag quickly! This is definitely my favourite thing about the Sakura Ita bag by YY Kawaii.

The back compartment of the bag is really roomy for the size and I really do like this. It’s big enough to keep your essential items in like your phone, small wallet or purse, keys, Passport is travelling etc. There is also a little pocket for you to keep some items in, such as cards, money, etc. It sadly isn’t big enough for a phone, which would have come in handy but I’m never all that fussed about phone pockets in bags anyway.

Going back to the gold hardware on the bag, the two zips for the compartments on the bag both have gold hearts hanging from the zip area, which I think is a really cute addition to the bag. It also makes it a little easier to open and close the bag as you have the chunky heart to grab onto.

For me the bag is a good size if you don’t want to carry too much. I’m terrible if I have a massive bag, as I feel I need to fill it in order to benefit from the space available. It’s perfect if you want to take it out for a night out with friends or a date, if you just want to carry light for a trip out for the day and especially great to grab if you’re popping out to run some errands. I love using this bag whenever I’m going out with friends up town as I ALWAYS get complimented on it, especially when I go into geeky shops! I am always asked where it’s from, as well as where the enamel pins are from inside the bag.

Being able to show off some of my favourite enamel pins makes me so happy and it’s something I have wanted to do since I started collecting enamel pins last year. Personally this bag is perfect for a first ita bag for me due to the size, the colour and the fact it can be both a shoulder bag, as well as a bumbag.

I thought I would show off some of the enamel pins I have put inside my bag on the days I have worn it out. The three times I’ve used it so far, I’ve changed the pins! When I was taking the photos of me wearing the bag, I was actually about to pop to the shops to grab some bits and pieces for a games evening later that day! πŸ˜€

I’m so excited to take it with me to Japan and I can’t wait for all the photo opportunities I can take with it too, especially with all the different pins I can add inside.

You pay a 50% deposit of Β£24.50 for the bag but overall the price for the bag costs Β£49 and can be ordered from the website here.

I’ll pop YY Kawaii’s links below:

Website

Instagram – @yykawaiiΒ and @yykawaiimerch

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What do you think of the Sakura Itabag by YY Kawaii? I honestly love it so much! It makes a real change for me to wear pink. πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think of the bag in the comments down below.

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