The Perfect Daily Journal – Mal Paper Daily Goal Setter*

If there is one weakness I have, besides Nendoroid figures and salmon nigiri, it’s stationary. I love a good notebook and/or journal and I’m always a sucker if I see a really good one in store or online. I’ve had to simmer down with buying them lately after having a HUGE clear out at home and discovered 20 unused notebooks in our office… Oops! 😛

Although I don’t need another notebook/journal in my life, I had recently started to think, “Should I get one for my trip to Japan?” because then instead of keeping anything I need to know on my phone, or on an email online somewhere, a notebook would be handy. It would mean I can carry it around with me, take it to Japan, make notes in as and when, etc.

I know a lot of people like to use their phones and online devices for planning now, but I’m still happy to use pen and paper. I feel I get more done and jotted down if I use a notebook. I don’t end up getting sidetracked by Instagram and games (especially Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp).

Recently Mal Paper contacted me asking if I would like to be gifted one of their Daily Goal Setter‘s to review on my blog. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time in the run up to my Japan holiday and I as soon as the daily goal setter arrived, I knew it would be perfect for this, as well as other things!

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

First of all I want to talk a little bit about Mal Paper (bio about Mal Paper taken from the Our Story section of their website).

The word Mål, pronounced ‘mo-l’, means goal in Swedish.

We also take inspiration from the Scandinavian clean and clutter-free way of living. As a result, Mål Paper designs and produces stylish, simplistic and effective stationery that helps us to be more productive by focusing our minds on the most important tasks.

Our range of products is the result of seeking a solution to solve the common problem of jumping from one task to the next, without prioritising them or even completing the previous task. We were tired of having countless ‘to-do’ lists on notepads, notebooks and journals that did nothing more than complicate our goals and tasks further, to the point of feeling overwhelmed and uninspired to hold ourselves accountable.

Our mission is simple. Focus on creating products that give the user clarity on what they want to achieve with a clear path on how to get there, all while promoting a positive mindset to carry over on to their daily activities.

Earlier this year Mal Paper decided to start a Kickstarter campaign for the daily goal setter, which did really well! It would seem after the campaign ended and people had been sent and received their daily goal setters, that Mal Paper opened their online store.

Let’s talk about the daily goal setter, I honestly cannot wait any longer to show you this gorgeous bit of stationary.

This is a sturdy hardback journal that comes in three different colours, black, grey and pink. As you see, I opted for the latter colour. I’m a girl, how could I say no to pink? 😛

The first thing I noticed with this journal is how soft the PU faux leather is that makes the journal – it definitely makes it comfortable to hold and feels very fancy! It’s good size too for an A5 journal and contains 244 pages – which is 6 months worth of planning right there!

The pink colour is gorgeous and goes with my laptop really nicely, with the text on the outside being in gold. The spine even has Daily Goal Setter and Mal Paper on so this can be popped into a book shelf if you wanted to which I really love.

A few other things the journal includes are 2 divider ribbons and a document folder at the back of the book. I love when notebooks come with document folders as it’s a place I usually keep things that aren’t super important but good to have with a specific notebook to reference. For example if I have a flyer or leaflet from a blog event that I need to refer to, notebooks are the best place to keep these! The 2 divider ribbons will come in handy too, especially as they’re both different colours too. I like how they’re grey! It compliments the pink so well.

Enough of the outside of the journal, lets get into it!

The journal has a contents page – which I’ve never seen before but for some reason it reminds me of a bullet journal.

The contents include:

The daily goal setter, cheat sheet, goal setting, mourning routine (gratitude, affirmations and daily tasks), evening routine, weekly routine, monthly routine, example pages, long-term goals and medium term goals.

So there is PLENTY to do with the daily goal setter!

As you flick through the pages you begin to understand why that contents page is necessary at the start! Mal Paper have made sure to pack loads of good information in here to get people started with their daily goal setting, which is handy. Personally I wouldn’t have a clue where to start.

They go through how you can set goals and how to set effective goals at that. I like how it goes into detail to be honest with you, I mean it’s okay to wing it but sometimes people need a bit of guidance with these things, I know I do!

You can tell a lot of thought and love went into the daily goal setter when it was being made and I really love seeing this through the guidance. I’ll definitely be taking all of the tips through the journal for goal setting with me to work to be honest as these will come in handy whenever I have projects coming up and how I want to plan for them. I feel like everyone needs a goal setter like this on their desk because it’s perfect for people who have busy jobs which involve thinking about loads of different things.

AND if you thought the written guide(s) weren’t enough, they even throw in an example of how your weekly and daily reviews should look. Could it get any better? Well…

You get your lists of long-term goals to create (which I am so excited to get written down!), as well as medium-term and short-term goals.

There are some monthly calendar templates in there you can play with for any particular months you want to plan around, for example if you’re having a busy blogging month due to events and gifted items that you’ll review as a blogger, this would be ideal to keep on top of all of those.

Personally for my holiday this will be perfect to plan what me and Dane would like to do whilst we’re in Japan.

Something I rather like about the daily goal setter is how they have inspirational quotes throughout, whether it be a page or on the bottom of the certain pages.

Before you get to the majority of the journal which is the daily tasks, you come to the weekly tasks – which will be really handy for if I’m having a busy blog week and need to keep on top of things to do with that, as well as for the 2 weeks me and Dane will be in Japan. This would especially help with planning to go do things and plan around whereabouts in Japan we’ll be with where we could go shopping and go to eat.

The majority of the daily goal setter is daily tasks, which I really like as it means I have more room to think things I want to jot down and fulfil over the day.

There are blank notes pages at the back of the book, as well as a 2019 and 2020 calendar so this would definitely be ideal if you’re a student planning to study in September this year – or even in s secondary school student preparing for your GCSE’s.

Mal Paper also have a guide on the website for how to use the daily goal setter – which is really handy for people looking into buying one for themselves and what to expect.

The daily goal setter will be perfect for so many people but personally I feel like this will be great for people who work in an office environment and have lots of different tasks and objectives to keep on top of over the course of a day, week and/or over various months. Due to this, this would also be perfect for a student too, whether they’re in secondary school, college or university.

The daily goal setter of course is perfect for bloggers like myself, especially those of us who do this for a living and need to keep on top of blog posts, social media, blog events and more!

Personally I really do want to us this for the months leading up to my Japan holiday as I can write so many ideas of places me and Dane plan to go, where we want to shop, eat and more. Even stuff about the trip there and home.

Alongside that I would also love to use it for blog related matters, so I can write down weekly reviews and tasks I set myself for posts I want to try and get written and scheduled, as well as social media posts I would like to plan to go up on places such as Instagram and Twitter.

If you think that the daily goal setter might be for you, but you aren’t sure – Mal Paper actually offer a free download of the daily goal setter and it’s really easy to do. All you have to do is follow this link and subscribe to their newsletter. Simple! You’ll receive a PDF in your inbox and you can try before you buy.

The Daily Goal Setter costs £20.95, which isn’t the cheapest journal in the world, but personally I feel this is well worth the money as it’s of a high quality and you feel like you’re getting what you’ve paid for with that. All of the cheap notebooks from Poundland will never make up for something as high quality as this. Plus Mal Paper are a UK company and I especially love to support companies created in my country. 🙂

Overall I absolutely adore Mal Paper’s Daily Goal Setter and I honestly cannot wait to spend a relaxed evening sat down with it, writing down my goals for the rest of the year, as well as my ideas and plans for both my blog, as well as my holiday to Japan!

What do you think of the Daily Goal Setter? If so which colour would you opt for and what would you use it for? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

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

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July Wish List ’19

Where did June go? I felt like it was only yesterday that I was preparing for a nice week off with Dane and then BAM HELLO IT’S JULY! Honestly though, how shite was June weather wise? It was well and truly awful to be fair and I’m glad we’re getting some nice sunshine right now. 🙂

I’m currently sat at my dining table with a gorgeous cup of Ed’s Coffee House caramel coffee and I’m planning on writing as much as I can before I need to head out later for a D&D session! This months wish list was pretty hard to be honest with you as I’m trying to be good right now due to Japan coming up, (I know it’s 5/6 months away but it will be here before we know it!) which is boring but meh.

Anyhoo – I hope your enjoy this months haul! I feel like there’s so much Japanese inspired stuff there. 😛

  • Vans x Lazy Oaf Old Skool Platform (No longer available)

I know these are limited edition and no longer available (unless you pay an absolute fucking fortune!) but I still want them. I regret not buying them so damn much when they came out last year. Like stupidly regret it. Recently I noticed someone was selling my size on eBay at a decent price. They looked legit and when the seller offered to knock £10 off – I bought them straight away. Over a week later I was chasing the seller for my shoes and ended up getting a refund. I was so pissed off… I really wanted the shoes, especially for such a bargain. I’m still on the hunt for these and if you happen to find any in a size 7 for a decent price (no more than £60 with postage!) please let me know! 🙂

  • Elfen Lied Omnibus Volume 1 (link)

I cannot tell you how happy I was when I recently discovered that this manga was coming out in English. Honestly my younger 16 year old self would have been over the moon with this coming out. Basically this manga has been running in Japan since 2002 – which is nearly 20 years ago now since it first came out. This was the first manga I read, as well as the first anime I watched. Elfen Lied is pretty much what got me into the things I am today, which is amazing to be honest with you so it really does mean the world to me to finally see the manga in English.

Now you’re probably wondering, “Okay hang on Nat! You said you’ve read the manga… But it’s only just come out in English? How did you read it then?” The magic of translation my friends! 😛 Someone translated it years ago online so I remember when I bought my first laptop 10 years ago (FUCK I FEEL OLD!) I found the manga on a PDF reader and basically flicked back and forth over the pages, reading it. 😛

It looks like there will be four omnibus volumes overall, which the second one due out in October. I would love to see the anime redone – just like they’ve done with Fruits Basket recently. I’d still love to see Elfen Lied Nendoroid’s released too. 😛

  • Pokemon Holiday Night Collection Ichican Kuji (link)

This is a kuji I’ve decided to do! I’ve never done one before to be perfectly honest with you so this will be a first! It just looks too good to resist having a go on. I’ve regretted not taking part in some of the Animal Crossing kujis in the past and that in itself annoys me. I’ve got this through YY Kawaii on her Instagram merch page (link and link) and the prizes are adorable! There’s a couple of plushies, some holiday travelling essentials, pots and towels. It makes a change seeing some “useful” items in a kuji as opposed to the usual charms, towels and random figures. I really hope I get some good pulls from this!

  • Insert Coin Clothing Persona 4 Teddie Pocket Tee (link)

I’ve already pre-ordered this tee, but I just had to mention it here today as it’s too good not to! 😀 I LOVE Persona 5, as my readers all know and I have had a go at Persona 4 Golden (which I am currently stuck on!) which I also really love. I’m reading the Persona 4 manga too, which I actually enjoy more than the game… But this may be due to the fact I’m stuck on it… 😛 Either way I saw the cute Teddie pocket tee and just knew I had to have it! I recently bought myself an amazing black pair of mom jeans from New Look and I intend to wear them together loads throughout the summer, as well as the rest of the year. 😛 Of course I would be a fool not to wear this to Japan too.

When this tee arrives – I’ll definitely be doing a post on why I love Insert Coin Clothing’s tees so much! I have this one, as well as their Persona 5 Morgana tee too.

I noticed this mug was going around my Twitter feed about a week or so ago and honestly I have fallen in love with it and I really need it in my life. I really don’t need anymore mugs, but if I didn’t pick this up I would honestly be a fool and regret it until I did. I LOVE Animal Crossing and as an ex barista I also love the coffee theme of the mug. It was always one of my favourite parts of Animal Crossing: New Leaf to daily go and work my shift at The Roost Cafe, as well as sit and drink some pigeon coffee. It looks like the mugs will go on sale on Sarah Dandh’s store on 10th July – so I’ll be making sure to pick one up. 😛

Finally we have one of my favourite independent artists out there, who has done it again with her recently Kickstarter campaign! 😀 As soon as I saw she was going to be adding Animal Crossing designs to the campaign, I put myself down for two pins and it will be both KK Slider and Isabelle who I opt for. I actually already have an Isabelle pin by Ohayou! but it won’t hurt to have another one, will it? I don’t have a KK Slider as of yet and look how damn cute this boi is! I honestly can’t wait to get these already as I’ll wear them together on my jacket(s) as well as potential ita bag in the future. This campaign has now finished, BUT Ohayou! is a good egg and will probably have them for sale in her store anyway. 😛

So that’s my wish list for July! Again, I honestly cannot believe we are over halfway through 2019 now. It’s scaring me as not only does it mean I’m getting closer to being 30 but it also means it’s closer to us going to Japan and I am SO nervous for that!

Which items do you have on your wish lists this month? Do you have your eye on any of the items I have too? Make sure to let me know in the comments below! 😀

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week, almost the weekend now, eh?

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UK Games Expo 2019 – Haul

I am very much skint after the UK Games Expo that was on a couple of weekends ago and I don’t know if I want to laugh or cry… So instead I thought I would write a blog post about it! 😛

This was the first time me and Dane went to the UK Games Expo and we loved it so much! Not going to lie, it’s definitely the busiest con we’ve attended to date and definitely one we’ll talk about for a while for various different reasons. I’ll be mentioning them here too of course.

So come and have a nose at what we bought, as well as read about what we thought of the convention. 🙂

Our initial thoughts on the convention was that it wouldn’t be as big as it actually was for a start and as we walked through the entrance and looked around, we were shocked and a think a tad nervous that we wouldn’t get around everywhere. Spoiler, we did! 😛

Something we noticed quite heavily as we walked around was just how fucking rude people attending were. If they weren’t shoving past to get to stands and stalls, they were not even using, “please” or “thank you” as and when necessary. It pissed me off something rotten and depending how rude people were, depended how rude I was back. This put me off immensely but this isn’t due to the people hosting the convention.

This being said we will definitely be attending again next year, maybe on the Friday as we heard from quite a few people how this day is the best out of the three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) as well as maybe Saturday so we can get two days in.

We wanted to play some games whilst we were there but due to how much is going on at the convention – we were far too tired for it, which was such a shame as there were loads of games we wanted to have a go at.

As this post shows from the photo, we bought a LOT of stuff, so I thought I would write a haul today so I could show you everything we picked up. I hope you enjoy this haul from us. Prepare for lots of geeky items! 😛

Also, as some of these (well maybe half actually!) items are Dane’s too, I’ll get him to write here when it comes to anything of his and why he decided to buy it! I’ll pop a “D:” when it comes to his sections so you know he’s talking instead of me. 🙂

The first thing we bought were D&D dice. Hey, you don’t go to a board game convention without buying some dice, am I right?! This was the first stand we really looked at properly as it wasn’t stupidly busy. They had the Chessex dice there and I had a specific pair and style in mind. These weren’t there, but the Borealis style I was after were! They had a couple of pairs (a pink and lighter blue pair) but I fell in love with these light green set and decided to pick them up!

Dane also bought himself a pair of dice too and opted for these blue and red ones. They’re so damn pretty and he doesn’t have anything like this so it’ll be cool for both him and me to try our new dice out at our D&D session on Sunday.

D: When we were walking around the convention the one stand that really caught my attention was the one for Barpig, a card game about pig adventurers in a bar. Even before I spoke to the people running the stand I was pretty much sold on buying the game anyway. They had a pretty good offer that both myself and my friend couldn’t resist after talking to the people running the stand, as well as being given a quick demo. I was sold and couldn’t walk away without buying the game. The day after the convention me and Nat played this game together only to discover it’s between 3-7 players, which is a shame as we were looking forward to an evening of playing it. This being said, we’re now especially excited to play it with friends!

For the convention they had a special price and goody bag for this game. For £19 you got everything in the photo including the game itself! This is what I was sold on the most and didn’t hesitate to pick it up.

They currently have the expansion pack BARPIG: After Hours up on Kickstarter until Monday 1st July. I’ll link it here so you can go and check it if you like the sound of the game.

These were some of my favourite items I picked up from the convention, just because they’re Japanese goodies and from some of my favourite things. I stumbled upon this stand about halfway through the day and spotted some Nendoroid figures, so knew I had to go for a nose. When I spotted two official Studio Ghibli puzzles on the table I KNEW Dane had to come and have a look around the stall too! I quickly snapped up the puzzle from the table and shouted for Dane to come over. As soon as he saw the puzzle he told me to get it, but not before I had a nose around the rest of the stall. It was amazing to be honest with you and was by far my favourite at the convention as they just sold so much stuff I love. I saw they had the Pokemon Centre Eeveelutions bell charms for sale too as a decent price so I decided to pick one up. I ideally want this for an ita bag I plan to put together sooner rather than later. It’s so cute, the perfect bag companion.

I honestly cannot wait for me and Dane to work on the My Neighbour Totoro puzzle together and hang up! I’m feeling like it can go up in our bedroom by my side of the bed. 🙂

Just when we thought we weren’t going to actually pick up more than one game, we found a stall where we fell in love with all the games on sale! We decided to pick up half of them and since then have played the one. The games are both by Jason Anarchy, who was a lovely guy to talk to as we looked through the games, asked questions in regards to them and even had a joke as we were paying and such.

I spotted Pretending To Grownup, a card game about doing adult things and scoring points through it. I spotted it through the artwork, which is by Megan McKay (Doodle For Food). She’s currently one of my favourite doodlers on the internet right now and I especially love her Dogs with Jobs sketches that she draws! Me and Dane have since played this game and it’s so much fun! It would definitely be more fun with friends to be honest with you, but considering just me and Dane played it, it was fab and I honestly can’t wait to play it more!

D: I was after a good party game, so as Nat had a look through the game she wanted I asked Jason what Drinking Quest was all about. He told me it was pretty much Dungeons & Dragons but with lots of drinking involved. This sounded like my sort of game so I knew I had to pick it up. I think I would have regretted it if I didn’t. Whilst I was paying for the games (it was £20 each or two for £35!) Jason wrote a little message and signed the lid of the game. As you can see he wrote, “It’s dangerous to go alone… Drink this” and drew a little drink as well as signed his name. Very cool! 😀

D: If there is one board game I really love it is definitely Zombies!!! I can’t remember where I bought this from but Nat has a feeling it was a spontaneous buy from Waterstones years ago. Since then I’ve wanted to buy the expansion packs and have added them to birthday, Christmas and anniversary gift ideas for years. It’s taken me going to the UK Games Expo to finally get at least 2 of them and from the actual creator of the game. He was lovely to chat to and even did us a cheap deal for these. Instead of £12 each he did them both for £20, bargain eh?! I regret not buying more in all fairness. Me and Nat played this game on our first evening together during our week off and we both forgot how hard this game can be, especially now we have more pieces and zombies to play with! We love this game however and cannot wait to play it with more people.

If there was a stand I really did enjoy shopping at during the convention it was at Oathsworn. I feel like this was the stand I spent the most time at as I was overwhelmed by how many miniatures there were, as well as how cute the little animals were. Everyone was looking at miniatures throughout the day, even though me and Dane struggled to find out D&D characters from one of our campaigns (I’m a Dragonborn bard and he’s a half goliath, half half-elf ranger) and had zero luck.

Instead I decided to pick up an animal miniature for any future campaigns me and Dane might go into or do in the future. NOW we’re working on some new characters for another campaign we’re doing with friends and my character for this will be a fennec fox rogue. I’m so excited to create my character for it already!

One of the stands I was rather excited to by from was TeeTurtle, a brand I’ve wanted t-shirts from for years! I actually have one t-shirt from them which is a Pokemon themed one with a Charmander sat in the a pocket on the chest. I picked this up on eBay years ago and still love it to this day.

We decided to take TeeTurtle up on their buy three t-shirts for £75 and get the fourth free. If you work this out you technically get all four t-shirts for less than £20 each. This may seem really expensive but TeeTurtle are an American brand and to ship to the UK costs a bomb! So we made sure to stock up at the convention whilst we had the chance. TeeTurtle were at the EGX convention in Birmingham September 2018 and I regret not grabbing any t-shirts there.

We decided to get two each and I regret not picking any t-shirts up earlier in the day. We picked these up a couple of hours before the convention was due to shut and the quantity of all sizes was very much small. Most of the sizes that me and Dane wanted had gone, which was such a shame. But this being said, we managed to grab some sizes in designs we wanted. The two on the left are Dane’s t-shirts and the two on the right are mine… Obviously the foxes are mine! 😛

Dane was actually going to buy me the Foxy Nerd design last year for Christmas but due to the prices for shipping etc he left it in the end.

The two designs on the bottom are both t-shirts we intend to wear during D&D session and we can’t wait to rock them this weekend! Honestly we could have bought so many t-shirts but due to most sizes being out of stock we didn’t get much choice of what we could buy. I hope to see them at another convention in the future so I can get the chance to pick up more designs.

This is a geeky beauty company that I am so happy to have discovered at the convention. Geeky Clean is a beauty company that sell bath bombs, soaps, bubble bars and more! I walked past the stand during the convention but didn’t think much at first. Dane went for a nose at a stand opposite so I decided to go and have a sniff of the goods at Geeky Clean. I fell in love with the bard scent, which is EXACTLY the same scent as Lush Snow Fairy. It’s a gorgeous bubblegum vanilla scent and I knew I had to pick some goods up with the scent. When I showed the soap to Dane he also really liked, so I made sure to pick it up. These weren’t expensive in my opinion (£4.00 or the soap and £4.50 for the bath bomb) and I’ll definitely be buying from the store again the future! When I’ve given these a go I will DEFINITELY be reviewing them on my blog.

D: We’ve been eyeing up plenty of miniatures and need a way of painting them. These brushes are pretty fancy and excellent quality feeling. I was going to go for the more expensive ones but as it’s going to be our first time painting miniatures I thought best not to just yet. Just need some paint now! I’m actually rather excited to help Nat bring her fennec fox miniature to life with some colour.

D: I want to start being the Dungeon Master with a couple of our friends that are new to Dungeons and Dragons and been looking to try and find a nice easy way to lay out the map for everyone. I have seen plenty of grid paper, laminated maps, DIY solutions and expensive pre-made maps but these seem like a good option. Hopefully, our group will be able to try them out soon! They cost me £30 and are by a company called Role 4 Initiative. I didn’t think £30 was a bad price considering the brand is American and it would have cost me a hell of a lot more to import from there.

This is the final item I picked up on the Saturday and it was actually from Collectormania which we were allowed free access to after 1pm due to attended UK Games Expo. I thought this was pretty awesome! Looking back I don’t fully know why I bought these lanyards… I used to use one on my house keys last year so it was easier to get them out of my handbag but after I was made a key holder in my old job I used said lanyard on my work key, only to have someone break it a few days later. I was gutted as it was a Deadpool lanyard. Now I’ve kind of replaced it with either a My Neighbour Totoro or Eeveelutions! I’m sure I’ll find a use for these sooner rather than later. 🙂

We actually went back for an hour on the Sunday just to buy a gaming table from Moby Geek! We actually saw this table on the Saturday and enquired about it and was offered it for £230 if we took it away that weekend. We decided against it and said we would order it at home. We fast changed our minds Saturday night/Sunday morning and ended up contacting the company to see if we could attend the event late Sunday to just come in to pay for the table and then take it away. They were more than happy with this and come 4pm I went into the event to pay, get Dane in and take away.

Since then we have not only used the table to play games, but to also eat on! The lid comes off of the table so that you can play games inside of the table – which is amazing. We are yet to give it a go without the lid but we are excited to start being able to have proper game nights with people.

So that was our (very expensive!) haul from the UK Games Expo! We really did enjoy ourselves and had a blast! We were shattered that evening however and couldn’t wait to be back at home and tucked up in bed.

I’m especially excited now to rock our D&D t-shirts to our next session, as well as use our new dice.

Did you attend the UK Games Expo? If so what did you pick up? Are you interested in board games, D&D etc? If so let me know which games you love playing, what your D&D character is like etc in the comments. I’d love to hear all about it!

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

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June Wish List ’19

It’s June! The month of lots of spending due to mine and Dane’s anniversaries! However whilst this year won’t be completely different, it will be all the same. We won’t be spending as much money on one another as we usually do due to the fact we have booked Japan so we’re saving up to spend monies over there!

This means I would like to go on some spending bans as I would much prefer to have monies for when I go to Japan so I don’t feel like I can’t enjoy myself, you know?

Granted spending ban or not, I will always post my monthly wish list posts, as I love doing them so much! I can imagine this month being really hard to do as I can’t think of anything I actually want apart from maybe the odd item or two… We shall see anyway! 😛

  • Converse x Feng Chen Wang ERX 260 Mid (link)

I really want these high top trainers… Like really badly want them! I think if it wasn’t for booking Japan last week, I’d have probably ordered these by now. I would especially love to have these for Japan though as they look amazing! Maybe I’ll treat myself to them, or even hint to Dane for them as a partial anniversary present… 😛 I’m going to Manchester next week so I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for any stores that MIGHT be selling there – although they do just look to be an online exclusive with Converse…

  • Persona Q2 on Nintendo 3DS (link)

I am beyond excited for this game to come out! Not going to lie, I haven’t actually played Persona Q, the first in this game series. I don’t know if I really need to play that one to enable me to play Q2 but either way I don’t care. The Persona 5 gang are in this game and that in itself is enough for me. From what I’ve seen and read, this is a dungeon crawler based game where you can pick a team from any of the Persona games (3, 4 or 5) and play the game pretty much. This comes out today – which I’m really excited for!

  • Renegade Bubble Tea Board Game (link)

This was a game I discovered at UK Games Expo last weekend and one that I regret not picking up in all fairness with you. I regret not buying this so badly and even regret not sitting down to play the game. We wanted to make sure we looked everywhere before buying things, hence why I didn’t end up getting it in the end. I was shown how it played however and it looks like a great little party game for all ages! As a bubble tea fan this is such a novelty game too and I just feel like it would be a cute game to own. As soon as I can, I’ll be picking up this game to add to mine and Dane’s growing collection.

  • Persona 5 Morgana Pop! Vinyl Figure (link)

I know I’ve mentioned this Pop on my blog before within my monthly wish list, but I’m mentioning it again this month because it’s ACTUALLY meant to be coming out this month! I’ll be shocked if it actually does and will hold my breath until that day comes. I really want this figure though. It’s adorable and I know it’ll be gorgeous to have on my fireplace in the living room, or maybe even my manga bookshelf.

  • Ines Dreamer Shop D20 Pink Choker Necklace (link)

I’ve been after a new choker for a while now, as whilst I do love wearing my fox necklace that my friend Sophie bought me I do like something a little geeky instead sometimes. I love the 90’s tattoo chokers and have done since they came out back in the day. Since getting into D&D I’ve been after a choker style necklace with a D20 on it. I haven’t been able to find one for a while, but FINALLY I found one on Etsy recently and after I’ve written this post, I plan to order it. 😛 There’s one left so why not!

  • Illustrator Jake Eeveelutions Sweater from Kickstarter (link)

This item isn’t actually out to buy and was part of a Kickstarter recently held by Illustrator Jake, who I’ve mentioned on my blog before in a review of their Retsuko pin badge (which I’ll link here). I of course backed it and opted for the Eeveelutions sweater design. I’m actually really excited for the design to come out and be posted to me, especially if it’s this month! Sweater weather in the summer isn’t exactly a done thing here in the UK, but it bloody can be if it’s cool enough. 😛

So those are my wish list items for this month! In all honesty I spent quite a bit of money at the UK Games Expo over the weekend so I doubt very much I’ll buy much from this list this month.

In all honesty I do want to do my spending ban. Every time I go to buy an item I know I could get when in Japan, I’m going to just leave it etc.

What items do you guys 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’ve had a lovely week so far. 🙂

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Wish List Wednesday – Detective Pikachu

I decided today was a day for a wish list! I understand I’ve had two wish lists in a row now, technically with my monthly wish list being the post before this one BUT there is a reason for that! Detective Pikachu is out in just a couple of days and I cannot express enough how excited I am for this film. Remember my excitement for Deadpool and Deadpool 2? Yeah? I have that excitement ALL OVER AGAIN but now it’s with Detective Pikachu! I can’t express my excite right now. I booked the tickets for me and Dane for this film bloody weeks ago, so much so that I kept my eye on the “book now” button to show. I know that’s sad, but whatever. It’s the little things.

So due to this excitement of mine, I knew I had to do a wish list Wednesday post. I don’t feel like I’ve done one for quite sometime (checked, it’s been over 4 months now…) so meh why not. 😛

As I’m writing this I’ve just broken up from work for the bank holiday and I am hella excited! I don’t plan to do anything really for the next couple of days and I’m okay with that.

This post will include items you can buy in the UK, as well as from Japan. I’ll link to stores as well as sellers who can get you the goodies you may want to bag from Japan. I also want to put it out there that whilst this is a wish list post, I’m also going to write about items that I don’t wish for myself, but know other people will be interested in!

I really hope you guys enjoy this post and are as excited for Detective Pikachu as I am! 😀

  • Detective Pikachu Missing T-Shirt (link)

I’m naughty – this t-shirt hasn’t just featured on this wish list but it’s also on my monthly wish list for May too (which you can see here, alongside other goodies!) so yeah two items in a row… Sorry, not sorry. 😛 I’ve actually bought this now as I really love the design on the t-shirt itself. It’s so damn cute and I can already see myself wearing it with mom jeans and my 101 Dalmatians Vans on Friday when I go and watch the film. I bought this from EMP who have LOADS of Detective Pikachu designs available. I just happened to prefer this one to the others. They do both t-shirts for men and women so make sure to go and check them out.

  • Detective Pikachu Mug With Personalised Message (link)

I love this mug so much and if it wasn’t for the fact I have SO MANY mugs in my house I think I would have ordered this one by now. I assume the person selling it on Etsy designed the images of Detective Pikachu but I love the cute little poses he’s doing. I wish this was a takeaway mug as I think I would have bought it for work if that was the case. I’ll see how long I can withstand without this mug in my life. 😛

Of course as a massive Pokemon fan I HAD to order this! First of all I’ll let you know it wasn’t cheap, but after seeing photos of it I’m pretty damn glad I decided to order it. It’ll be arriving towards the end of May and I honestly can’t wait to share it with you! This is a Pokemon Centre exclusive and as the title reads, is a lifesize plush, so it’ll be pretty big when it arrives. I don’t honestly have a clue what I’m going to do with it yet… I’ll probably keep it in our bedroom with the massive Totoro plush Dane bought me for our second Christmas together.

  • Build A Bear Psyduck Bundle (link)

Although I love my Eevee and Vulpix Build A Bear plushies – I don’t intend to pick up anymore Pokemon Build A Bear’s in the future. This is due to the fact there just aren’t any I want, which in all honesty includes the two new ones they’ve brought out to coincide with Detective Pikachu. However, although I don’t want them I know quite a few people who will! I like how they’ve brought out Psyduck to be honest with you as I know quite a lot of people love this Pokemon from it being Misty’s back in the day on the original series. You can buy the bundle on the website and get loads of goodies for the Psyduck, or just the Psyduck alonge instore. They’ve also brought out the Snubbull plush from the movie.

  • Detective Pikachu on Nintendo 3DS (link)

I remember around this time last year the Nintendo 3DS game came out for Detective Pikachu only for the film to be announced not long after. I’ve put the game in here because if you plan to go and watch the film then I recommend you play the game before/after you’ve watched it. Especially if you LOVE the film! I’m glad I played the game beforehand but I do worry I’m going to make loads of comparisons between the two, but I’ll try not to. I really did love the game though and I’m sure you will too if you wanted to have a go!

Not going to lie, I actually regret not ordering these for Dane when I ordered my lifesize Detective Pikachu plushie. I might go and try to order these for him still as a little anniversary gift. They’re one size men’s boxers and they look bloody amazing! These aren’t the cheapest in the world (looking around £15 for these) for what they are BUT for what they are they’re cool to own at least. As I said, I might just get these for Dane as an anniversary present.

  • Detective Pikachu Movie Inspired Enamel Pins by Eat Your Pins (Kickstarter link)

The last item(s) I want to talk about on this post is actually a Kickstarter that came up just 4 days ago so I thought I would give them a mention here as their pins seem adorable. The Kickstarter campaign is available until 22nd May 2019 and there are loads of different pin designs to choose from and all of them are to do with the new Detective Pikachu movie. Go and check them out!

So those are my choices for this Detective Pikachu wish list today! I hope you enjoyed reading it and even spot some bits and pieces you like the look of. If you want to check out more of the exclusive Pokemon Centre merch then head over to YY Kawaii Merch Instagram page! That’s who I always order my Japan merchandise from.

Anyhoo I hope if you’re going to watch Detective Pikachu that you really enjoy the film and make sure to hit me up online to let me know what you think of it! I am beyond excited to go on Friday night. Me and Dane are planning a little date night for it, which I can’t wait for. 🙂

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

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Illustrator Jake Retsuko Enamel Pin – Review

If there is actually a spending ban I have given to myself this year it’s buying enamel pins. I bought FAR too many throughout 2018 and as gorgeous as they look on my pin flags in my bedroom, I can’t wear them all all the time (hence why I want/need an ita bag! :P) which in turn makes me sad.

So although I will buy the occasional enamel pin, I have cut down on buying them as much now. Even when I went to Comic Con in Birmingham last month I only bought one enamel pin, which is the one I’ll be talking about today!

I’ve been following Illustrator Jake for a while now and always loved his kawaii pastel designs. He came up with an adorable Retsuko enamel pin design but this was only available through a Kickstarter campaign nearly a year ago.

So when I was at Comic Con and saw Illustrator Jake had a stand I knew I had to go for a look. I didn’t plan to pick anything up in all honesty but when I saw he had the Retsuko pin for sale I KNEW I had to pick her up!

Since then I’ve worn her on my Persona 5 varsity jacket from Insert Coin Clothing and I don’t intend to swap her over for something else anytime soon…

I wanted to share this adorable enamel pin with you guys today, as I know a lot of you guys LOVE Retsuko and enamel pins, so it would be stupid not to talk about it really. 😛

This pin is really good quality and has a good feel and sturdiness to it. It’s gold enamel which I feel works with the colour scheme for Retsuko’s design. Silver just wouldn’t have worked but rose gold may have. Either way I love the gold.

The backs are standard with two backing posts which come with two black rubber clutches. I always love enamel pins with two backing posts as I feel these are more secure than just one. For example a few days after pinning this to my jacket one of the backs came off, which I found on the floor near me moments later. Imagine though if this just had one backing post and I hadn’t even realised a back was missing. I could have lost this pin and I tell you what, I would have been gutted!

As I mentioned previously the colour scheme for Illustrator Jake’s designs are very kawaii with a pastel theme, which I love. I feel like these pastel colours work with anything and aren’t too in your face with it. I especially love the relaxed colours with Retsuko and I feel like it gives a different feel for the character as a whole, considering she’s meant to be pissed off and sings metal because she hates her job. 😛

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

The price of the pin is £8, which I feel is a standard price really when it comes down to enamel pins. I was definitely more than happy to pay this price!

I never know fully what to write when it comes down to enamel pin reviews… I just love to show off amazing designers pieces and hopefully introduce you guys to a potential new enamel pin designer to check out in the future.

I highly recommend Illustrator Jake if you love anime and gaming and feel nostalgic at the likes of Kirby and Studio Ghibli movies.

I already have my eyes on his newest Retsuko Perfect Panda enamel pin as well as the Animal Crossing Isabelle Bumper Kart enamel pin.

The Studio Ghibli designs are gorgeous too, but I don’t think I need anymore in my collection. 😛

If you love the look of Illustrator Jake’s work then make sure to keep your eye on his Kickstarter as he has loads of awesome projects planned for that, including a sweater and then some Eeveelution enamel pins!

I’ll link Illustrator Jake’s store below, as well as his social media handles

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Twitter

Instagram

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What do you think of Illustrator Jake’s work? Do you already own some of his pieces? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re ready for Easter weekend! I know I am. 😛

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Petty Bones Club – New Pokemon Pins*

Good morning one and all! Can you believe we are over halfway through January and before we know it it’ll be February. Crazy, isn’t it?!

As many of my readers will know from throughout 2018, pin badges was something I came to love so much and buy monthly, as well as worth with some amazing companies to show off some gorgeous designs.

I can’t believe it’s been just over 5 months now that I became a brand rep for Petty Bones Club (which you can read all about here, as well as see the goodies I received in my first package!), which was one of my favourite things to come out of my blog in 2018. Their pin badge designs are gorgeous and I love how chubby and cute the designs are.

Back at the start of September Petty Bones Club released a new Kickstarter (you can see it here, even though you can’t pledge anymore), which campaigned to launch a mixture of different Pokemon pin badges. Of course I backed it and opted for the cute Growlithe pin!

About a week ago I reached out to Lauren over at Petty Bones Club to see if she would like me to talk about her new Pokemon pin badge designs on my blog, which she was more than happy to do! She sent me a handful of items to talk about, which I am so excited to share on here with you guys!

If you love Pokemon and pin badges, I’m sure you’ll be taken in by how cute and adorable these designs are that she sent me.

As well as the designs she sent me, I’ll be talking about the ones I received from backing the Kickstarter campaign.

I’ll be talking about all the new Pokemon pins that Petty Bones Club have out, which in total are 8 new designs and honestly each design is as cute as the next! I received 4 of the designs to talk about and I have 2 of them already, of course from the Kickstarter. Any that I was gifted by Petty Bones Club for this post will have an * next to them. You know the drill. 😛

  • Officer Growlithe enamel pin – £8.00 – (link) Officer Growlithe reporting for duty!

This is actually the pin I picked up from my Kickstarter and as soon as the design was revealed by Petty Bones Club I KNEW I had to have it! Growlithe is such a cute Pokemon and I’m pretty much I don’t just speak for myself when I say how it reminds us of both Jesse and his Growlie, as well as the fact that the Officer Jenny’s have Growlithe’s. The latter is obviously where the pins design stemmed from, which I LOVE. The Growlithe is just so chubby and kawaii looking and with its little cap on we know for a fact it’s on duty and ready to go! 😛 It just puts so much joy to my day when I wear this design on my cardigans during my shifts at work, as well as weekends off on hoodies and jackets. If you didn’t guess by now, this is my favourite design out of the bunch.

  • Togepi enamel pin* – £8.00 (link) Everyone’s favourite little egg!

This is one of the pins that Petty Bones Club sent me and it’s so adorable! Like Growlithe, the first thing people think of when they see a Togepi is how it was Misty’s Pokemon in the anime series. This little Togepi pin badge is so adorable and clearly very lovable due to the hearts surrounding it. This little Togepi is so damn cuddly looking and happy that I can only imagine how much attention this pin would gain you whilst wearing it!

  • Haunter enamel pin* – £8.00 (link) Everyone’s favourite spooky boi

This is definitely one of my favourite pins from this collection for so many reasons! For a spooky boi Petty Bones Club has done such a good job at making him a cutie spooky boi. 😛 He’s a really generous size, which I really like as I feel if he was smaller all the detail that’s been put into him wouldn’t really look as good. He’s just so cute and that’s something I honestly love about this collection as a whole. Yeah Pokemon are cute, but Petty Bones Club just has a way of making all her designs look cuddly and adorable. I can’t wait to wear this pin badge out and about, as I already know it’s going to get a lot of attention.

  • Alolan Vulpix enamel pin – £8.00 (link) The prettiest white fox!

This Alolan Vulpix pin actually came with my Officer Growlithe pin when my Kickstarter order arrived! I can only assume this was a little extra from Lauren to thank me for my continued support. Either was it was a cute and lovely gesture! This is the only pin out of the Pokemon collection to be silver plated, which in turn works so well for the Alolan Vulpix design! If this had of been on a gold or even rose gold plating it wouldn’t have looked right. I remember when I received and reviewed some of the pin badges last time from Petty Bones Club, I loved how the colour of the metal used for each pin worked in part with the colours of the design. It’s such a small thing, but something that I always notice when ordering pin badges for myself.

  • Vulpix enamel pin* – £8.00 (link) Introducing Vulpix! The original fire fox

This is another one of my favourite pins, it’s so damn cute and I remember awing at it when I opened the little package that all the goodies Lauren sent me were in. Although I love foxes and Vulpix, I didn’t actually own a Vulpix pin badge until Lauren sent me this one! I’m so chuffed to have it in my collection now in all honesty as Vulpix’s little face is so damn cute! I love how both the Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix are completely different. It means they can be worn together but look different. Alolan faces right with a shut smiling mouth, whilst Vulpix faces left with an open smiling mouth. I love the differences between the two! I plan to wear them both at the same time on my Persona 5 jacket (which you can see and read about here) as I know these will attract loads of attention and questions from Pokemon fans, both old and new. I just love the little face on Vulpix, it looks so happy! Like the Alolan Vulpix, this is on a different coloured plating to the rest of the pins. This Vulpix is actually on a rose gold plated enamel, which I really love! It works so well for the colour scheme of the pins design and if anything really does add something a little more.

  • Alolan Raichu enamel pin* – £8.00 (link) If you thought Raichu was cute, think again! Alolan Raichu is not only super cute, he can also surf on that super cute tail of his!

This is the final pin I’ll be talking about in this collection and I’m pretty sure it was the first one that Lauren announced when these pins were being teased, ready for the Kickstarter to begin. I fell in love with the design as I feel like there hasn’t really been many Alolan Raichu pin designs out there! This one is so cute, even with the chubby electric shocks next to Raichu. I do really like Alolan Raichu, even more so than the original so this pin really stood out to me when it was initially announced back in August/September time. This pin badge will be especially fun to wear in the summer I feel! Don’t ask me why, I just do. 😛

So those are 6 out of 8 of the designs I bought and was sent by Lauren over at Petty Bones Club. All of the pin badges are amazing quality, in both design and enamel pins themselves. With all of Lauren’s work you can really see she’s put some time, thought, effort and especially love into all of the designs of the Pokemon and although I have some favourites, I do love them all!

Alongside all the cute pins she sent me, she also sent me some Pokemon stickers, as well as a charm of Misty with Psyduck! I received one of these with my Kickstarter order and I love the design so much! I’d love for Lauren to come out with Ash with Pikachu and Brock with Vulpix too.

To rank my top 3 they’d have to be – Officer Growlithe, Haunter and Vulpix. They’re so damn cute! I think I’m going to spend the rest of this week rocking the Haunter pin badge at work with my rainbow cardigan, because why not! 😛

I’ll pop Petty Bones Club’s website down below again, as well as all their social media pages!

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Facebook

Twitter

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What do you think of Petty Bones Club’s Pokemon Collection pins? Would you pick any up? If so which design(s) would you grab?

If you do want to pick up any pin badges from Petty Bones Club don’t forget I have my unique code that you can use to bag yourself a cheeky 10% off when you order! It’s always on the right hand side of my blog, but I’ve popped it above for you to look at too.

Until next time all, I hope you’re having a fab week so far! Only a few more days to go and it’ll be the weekend. 😛

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