Illustrator Jake Retsuko Enamel Pin – Review

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

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

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

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

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

I wanted to share this adorable enamel pin with you guys today, as I know a lot of you guys LOVE Retsuko and enamel pins, so it would be stupid not to talk about it really. ๐Ÿ˜›

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

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

As I mentioned previously the colour scheme for Illustrator Jake’s designs are very kawaii with a pastel theme, which I love. I feel like these pastel colours work with anything and aren’t too in your face with it. I especially love the relaxed colours with Retsuko and I feel like it gives a different feel for the character as a whole, considering she’s meant to be pissed off and sings metal because she hates her job. ๐Ÿ˜›

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

The price of the pin is ยฃ8, which I feel is a standard price really when it comes down to enamel pins. I was definitely more than happy to pay this price!

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

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

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

The Studio Ghibli designs are gorgeous too, but I don’t think I need anymore in my collection. ๐Ÿ˜›

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

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

Store

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Kickstarter

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

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re ready for Easter weekend! I know I am. ๐Ÿ˜›

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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 Clubย (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. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Officer Growlithe enamel pin – ยฃ8.00 – (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! ๐Ÿ˜› 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* – ยฃ8.00 (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* – ยฃ8.00 (link) Everyoneโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜› 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 – ยฃ8.00 (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* – ยฃ8.00 (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* – ยฃ8.00 (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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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! ๐Ÿ˜›

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

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Petty Bones Club – I’m A Brand Rep*

I have been so excited about writing this blog post with you guys the past couple of weeks now and it is safe to say that I can now FINALLY talk about it!

As you can see from the title today’s blog post is about Petty Bones Club, who were originally called Ayloulou Apparel and who I’ve spoken about in the past on my blog, which you can read here.

If you follow me on social media you will have seen that recently I announced that I had become a brand rep for Petty Bones Club! AHHHH!!! This is like a bloggers dream come true, well for me anyway.

Not only am I excited and happy to be a brand rep, but I am so happy to be a brand rep for Petty Bones Club, whose designs I have loved for nearly a year.

So on today’s blog post I will be talking about the goodies I was sent in my Petty care package, as well talking about what it means to be a brand rep for them.

First of all I’ll talk about what I was sent.

In my package I was sent three stickers and six pin badges. I feel incredibly spoilt, especially considering some of the badges are ones I’ve had my eye on buying for AGES!

The two badges I’ll talk about are the Pokemon messenger ones. There are four altogether in the collection and I was sent two of them. As you can see I got the Charmander* and Squirtle* pins. I love the designs so much as they’re adorable and show each Pokemon’s personality. I love how each of these pins have certain coloured metals to match the colour scheme of the Pokemon.

As you can see there’s gold for Charmander to match the orange, yellow and red theme and silver for Squirtle to match the blue theme. I also love that the backs for these also match the colour of the Pokemon, it’s those cute little touches that really make it for me. I’ve never seen that before and I love it so much.

I honestly cannot wait to use these pin badges and pop them on my cardigans for work, especially in autumn and winter.ย I recently bought myself another rainbow cardigan so I’ll definitely be rocking these cuties on it throughout the rest of the year!

Another Pokemon pin I was sent was the Sailor Scout Sylveon* which I’ve actually had my eye on for ages!

The PokeScout badges are a mixture of Pokemon and Sailor Moon, which is such a cute concept! I’ve never been anyone do this to date and it’s such a great and original idea! I know Petty Bones Club have a couple of different PokeScout designs out including Pikachu and Vulpix, as well as a Kickstarter which recently finished. I really want the Eevee PokeScout!

The pin badge itself is just perfect and is a gorgeous gold metal which really suits it. The Sylveon has a little crescent on their forehead too which really gives it a slight touch of Sailor Moon, which I like. As I said I’m not a massive Sailor Moon fan so this is perfect for someone like myself.

This next pin is for sure my favourite out of the bunch of goodies I was sent, for various reasons, which I will bore you with. ๐Ÿ˜›

It was thanks to the first two Studio Ghibli pins that Petty Bones Club that I not only discovered this brand when they were originally called Ayloulou Apparel, but it’s also what started me collection pin badges!

I just fell in love with the Haku pin badge that Petty Bones Club came out with and I had to have No Face too.

SO when I opened my Petty care package and found the Catbus* pin in there, I was so happy. Since then I’ve worn it a few times and had so many compliments on it!

I love how all the Studio Ghibli pins by Petty Bones Club have glitter on them and the glitter on the light in the Catbus windows works so well! It’s also got the gold metal, which again works really lovely with the colour scheme of Catbus.

This is a pin badge I am really excited to wear alongside my other two Studio Ghibli pins, as well as in the autumn months. I’m going to try and hint here (as well as other parts of social media…) for Petty Bones Club to make a Totoro and Soot Sprites!

The last 2 pins that Petty Bones Club sent me are the same ones and they’re the Machamp x Hercules pins, which are so quirky!

As you can see it’s a mash up of Disney and Pokemon which in turn have created this pin badge, which is pretty cool. But you know what the best bit of these are? I’ll be giving these away very soon so keep eyes peeled! ๐Ÿ˜€

Finally the other things I was sent in my Petty care package, were some adorable stickers! These are a cross over between Sonic and Mario! They’re all adorable and I especially love Tails as Princess Peach. These are going to be stuck into my 2018 journal.

Although you can’t buy the stickers of these on the store you can buy the pins, which I’ll link here… Sonic X Mario, Knuckles X Luigi and Tails X Princess Peach.

So those are all the lovely goodies I was sent from Petty Bones Club!

Now I just want to briefly write a little thank you to Lauren over at Petty Bones Club for picking me to be one of her brand reps. It is an honour to be perfectly honest with you and I really hope I make her proud!

If you love the look of Petty Bones Club pin badges then make sure to check out their store, which I’ll link below as well as go and visit them over on Instagram.

Petty Bones Club Etsy

Petty Bones Club Instagram

I now have an awesome discount code you can use on their store, which is COFFEE10. Don’t worry if you lose this post on my blog and cannot find the code to use, it will be on the side of my blog from today!

What do you guys think of the Petty Bones Club? Which pin(s) do you like? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below, as well as over on the Petty Bones Club Instagram page!

Until next time though guys, take care and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Ohayou Clothing! Pin Badge Collection – Part 1

You know when I say, “This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to do for a while!” on some of my posts? Well I usually mean a couple of weeks… However this time I mean months. I’ve been meaning to write this post FOR MONTHS.

Now in this circumstance I have been meaning to talk about Ohayou Clothing! in general for YEARS now and I honestly mean that! It’s taken me so long to write about this brand and Chrissy the amazing owner because I’ve wanted to make sure what I write and post about her is exactly spot on and be perfect.

I have finally decided exactly how I want to talk about Ohayou Clothing! on my blog and I am so bloody excited to be honest with you! I’ve been working on this blog post mentally for months now, since the Eeveelution Kickstarter launched in March.

Instead of talking about any of the clothing I own by Ohayou Clothing!, I thought I would start on my ever growing pin badge collection and at the moment Ohayou Clothing! is dominating my pin flag… Soon enough I’ll have to get a separate pin flag purely for her marvellous pins.

ANYWAY enough chin wagging, it’s time to FINALLY get on with my first (of I’m sure many) Ohayou Clothing! post!

When Ohayou Clothing! announced her Sleeping Eeveelutions Kickstarer campaign I was so excited and made sure to back her campaign as soon as I could! She had a few issues with her Kickstarter due to copyright issues with Nintendo and Pokemon and it had to be frozen for a while. However, it was all sorted in the end and her Kickstarter continued and it did so well. I’m so proud of how much she made with the campaign! It’s definitely a Kickstarter I’ve had a pleasure being a part of.

When the campaign came to an end, it was time to decide which pin design you wanted and the one I settled on (after a bit of a struggle) was the sleeping Vaporeon pin. It’s so adorable and cute! I love how all of the sleeping Pokemon pins have themes based on their type. Of course Vaporeon being a water Pokemon it’s sleeping on a beach. It was tough to be honest having to pick just one pin as my reward (I only opted to back one as my pin obsession was pretty nonexistent then…) only allowed me to have one pin. I just love Vaporeon though and the beach scene reminds me of Fuerteventura, which is my second home.

After these pins were released and sent to their new owners, Chrissy opened up a secret shop on her store for people to come and buy brand new sleeping Pokemon pins, as well as seconds pins.

Seconds pins are pins that have been sent with issues, such as wrong colour, marks on various parts of the pin and basically just anything wrong with the pin that you can think of!

Although I had my heart set on the Vaporeon pin all along, I did fall in love with the Mew pin that was brought out as the first unlocked reward. So when Mew came out as a seconds pin, I knew I had to order! It recently arrived in the post and I have to say, I wouldn’t even think it was a seconds pin! It looks just as good in quality as the Vaporeon pin, as well as some other pins I own by Ohayou Clothing! The one thing I love about the Mew pin is that it’s surrounded by Japanese sakura (well it looks like that to me anyhoo! :P) and it’s just so cute! I can’t wait to wear it throughout winter to be honest with my cream jumper.

When I ordered my Mew pin I decided to order the Spyro pin that Ohayou Clothing! designed recently. I wasn’t going to to be honest as the smart adult in my brain was saying, “No Nat, you don’t need that!” whereas the nostalgic youngster in my knew she had to have it.

Spyro is a massive part of my gaming life as I used to play it when I was younger during the summer holidays with my cousins. We’d take it in turns to go around each world and attempt to complete them 100%. I loved it!

So I knew I needed the Spyro pin badge in my life! It’s so adorable and I cannot wait to wear it over the summer and winter months for work. The remastered Spyro games are out in September so I’ll be rocking this pin on jumpers throughout that month for sure.

The thing I love the most about this design is how much of a rebel Spyro STILL looks, whilst giving the pins design a cute kawaii feel. Also, look at that glitter, it’s so fabulous! ๐Ÿ˜€ I know not everyone knows what half of the Pokemon are anymore who are out, but everyone who was around in the 00’s will know who Spyro is.

Finally I’m going to talk about the Pin Dream pins I have from Ohayou Clothing! so far. NOW when I started writing this post towards the end of last week, it was before some sad news from Ohayou Clothing about her Pokemon designs and pins.

Like when the Kickstarter was around, Nintendo and Pokemon have got to Ohayou Clothing! again and told her she has to stop making and selling Pokemon designs. I am gutted to be perfectly honest with you. Due to this, the Vaporeon pin will be the last Pokemon pin for the Pin Dream pins. I was so excited for the rest of the Eeveelution doughnut designs to come out, but that aside I’m angry on behalf of Chrissy. There are plenty of other people out there who are inspired by Pokemon and their designs to create their own designs and images of certain ones. There are loads of Kickstater campaigns out there that are producing Pokemon inspired pins, as well as hundreds of Etsy stores and even Redbubble. So why is Ohayou Clothing! getting it and no one else appears to be? Well, yet anyway.

Either way I will continue to support Ohayou Clothing and Chrissy with her store, as well as with her future Pin Dream designs!

For now though, I will talk about the first two pins she came out with for her Pin Dream Patreon. They’re both Pokemon pins and I love them so damn much, as I said, I’m just gutted I won’t ever be able to own all 9 pins. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The first pin was an Eevee doughnut pin and I knew I wanted it so much! The design of it is adorable, from the sparkly brown doughnut, to the fluffy tail dangling down, and the adorable little tongue that Eevee is sticking out. There is nothing wrong with this pin and it definitely ticks all the KAWAII boxes.

Chrissy always packages all her parcels perfectly and with the Patreon Pin Dream’s you get a couple of little extras too as a thank you for supporting her. With the Eevee doughnut I got a sticker of Eevee sleeping as well as a Glaceon badge.

The second Pin Dream is the Vaporeon doughnut and sadly I haven’t had the chance to wear it and show it off yet. This only arrived recently but I’m sure I’ll wear it at some point soon for work or in general. This pin is just as gorgeous as the Eevee one with the blue glitter doughnut this time. Not going to lie the Eevee pin is definitely cuter than Vaporeon, but the blue makes up for that! ๐Ÿ˜€ This will be lovely to wear on my red coat during the winter season.

Like with the Eevee pin (as well as all of her packages to be honest…) the Parteon package for Vaporeon came with some lovely little extras again, including an Eevee and Vaporeon sticker, as well as some Japanese candy, which was really yummy. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, that’s my pin collection from Ohayou Clothing! so far.

I am gutted about the whole Pokemon palava with Chrissy, especially considering she had so many cute ideas coming up with Pokemon, including Cubone and Dragonite, which I was excited to get during her designing stages.

I really hope in the future that Nintendo and Pokemon chill out and allow Chrissy to continue being amazing. OR they could just offer her a job to designs some new merchandise for the Pokemon Centre in Japan. ๐Ÿ˜›

What do you guys think of Ohayou Clothing’s! cute pin badges? ๐Ÿ˜€ Which do you like the most? Maybe you already own some of her merchandise! She doesn’t just design pins, she designs clothing, as well as homeware. I live in my Eevee and Umbreon varsity jackets when it isn’t hot! ๐Ÿ˜€

Let me know in the comments what you think of Ohayou Clothing! AND if like me you don’t agree with how Nintendo and Pokemon are treating her, then join me in talking about it online on Twitter and Instagram.

Oh by the way, do you guys like my little Mii Kun that has recently come into my life? ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll be talking about him properly soon, but I love him so bloody much! He’s from the anime How To Keep A Mummy, which you should watch if you love cute anime series.

Here’s a little bonus picture I posted on my Twitter page…

He looks so realistic here. I love the plushie so fucking much and I really hope to feature him more when it comes to talking about anything kawaii and Japan related. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyhoo, until next time I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!

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