Christmas Presents!

Merry Christmas one and all! Even if it is a tad too late to say now… Everyone is saying, “Happy New Year!” at the moment, aren’t they?

ANYWAY! Christmas has come and gone once again, and as you can tell from my absence the past couple of days, I’ve had a really good one this year. I spent the morning over at my boyfriend’s house with his family, which was lovely. We hadn’t done this yet, so it really did make a nice change. Then in the evening we came over to my house, which was super chilled out. Perfect Christmas!

I worked Boxing Day, which sucked but it was a laugh with my colleagues and we all talked about our Christmas Day’s, and what we got for Christmas.

Tonight I’ll be sharing what goodies I received for Christmas! As I’ve stated the past couple of years when writing these sorts of posts, I am in no way bragging, or showing off about what I received for Christmas. I love reading posts like this (because I’m a nosey cow!) so I always imagine people would enjoy reading mine too… Especially anyone who loves foxes, and anime/manga related goodies, as that’s what the majority was which I received.

I also want to apologise for crappy pictures. These were taken late at night, I was shattered after a busy day, and I knew if I didn’t get something taken, I would have nothing to write about now as I’ve literally not had any time.

So, here are my presents!

As you can see I received a lot of gifts, and this isn’t even all of it! Nope, there is more…

As I mentioned in my holiday haul post here my dad bought me this gorgeous Michael Kors Riley handbag! It has been my go to bag ever since the holiday, and I can see it being used pretty much forever now… I love using it for work as it’s so light to carry and it fits the right amount of items in.

One of the best presents I received for Christmas was nightwear. I haven’t received any for quite some time, so when my boyfriends parents bought me this fox slipper socks, and my boyfriend bought me these woodland animal pajamas, I was thrilled! The pajamas he bought me are so damn comfortable as well! I wore them from Christmas Day to this morning, and I wish I could be wearing them now. I love long-sleeved pajama tops!

My boyfriends family were really generous and lovely this year with their presents to me. My boyfriends brother and his girlfriend bought me Lush, and although my boyfriend states that they didn’t know which gift set I was after, they bought me the exact one! I’d eyed this set up only a week ago in Lush, due to it coming with Twilight Shower Gel, which is a limited edition product, and only comes out in the Lush Kitchen. I haven’t used it yet, but I can’t wait to.

My boyfriends parents bought me various little bits and pieces, from the fox slippers mentioned earlier, a cute little candle with squirrels on it, and this beautiful fox pillow. I snuggled it all morning after opening it, and it now sits lovely on my bed… I’m leaning against it right now, and it’s so fluffy and comfortable! They also bought me some Pandora, but I’m saving that until last.

My families gifts were lovely, and to the point. Alongside all these my mom also bought me a navy dressing gown, but I never got a picture of it, sorry. One of the nicest presents she bought me was this gorgeous fox mug! I had told her I wanted it from Avon for a while, and she offered to pick it up for me. Alas she told me it had sold out, and had secretly hidden it for Christmas. She also bought me a cute little fox purse. I’m unsure what I’ll use it for at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll soon find a use for it. The hair towels were a complete surprise, and I was keen on getting some new ones, so these pink ones will do just the job! I love using these towels to dry my long hair, they really do the trick. As my mom did last year, she has done it again and bought me a new face powder, only this time on by Laura Geller. So far since getting it a few days ago I’ve been using it and it’s lovely, I cannot complain.

My brother is great when it comes to presents, he always gets good ones, and usually he’ll get perfume. He never knows what perfume I’m after (because I don’t really talk to him about that sort of thing) but he always seems to get me something that I think, “Ooo that’s nice… Meh too much money…” and it makes me smile. This year he has bought me the latest scent by Marc Jacobs, Decadence. I can’t even describe the scent for this. It’s pretty unique, and reminds me of something that Thierry Mugler would come out with. The bottle for this does astonish me too, with its little handbag design. This came in a gift set with a shower gel, which I used on Boxing Day. I intend to wear this on my birthday.

My boyfriend bought me so much stuff! Like SO much stuff! But in return, I also bought him lots of things. The majority of what he seemed to pick up for me, they were fox themed. He’s never bought me this much fox related stuff before, which surprised me. He bought me a fox umbrella, and a fox car air freshener from a company called The Fox Project, a charity which helps foxes that have been hurt, and need urgent treatment. Along these he also bought me two pairs of fox socks from M&S, as well as a fox mug. Said mug now lives at his house, as I’m always pestering him for tea and coffee.

Alongside fox related items he had a habit for buying me lots of books this year (as I did for him too), and Umaru-Chan related goodies. He bought me two of these later items, one being a t-shirt, the other this adorable little notebook! I’ll be using that for work as a blog writing book. As I already mentioned, he bought me books, four in total. Three being books 10, 11, and 12 from the Nana manga, and one being the Pewdiepie book, This Book Loves You. I intend to go through it on my day off Wednesday.

As well as that he also picked up this cute little polar bear, as something I can snuggle when at his house, a Simon’s Cat calendar for next year, and a little Yankee Candle Christmas Eve votive candle.

He also bought me a special Pandora charm, but I’ll be going into more detail about that shortly.

These were two of the best presents I received from my boyfriend. I knew I was getting the Umaru-Chan Nendoroid, but the Baymax Pop! Vinyl was a complete surprise to me! I had told him I wanted it, but I didn’t know if he would buy him for me or not.

I am a massive fan of Big Hero 6, and Baymax really melted my heart. I can’t even remember how many times I cried when we went to watch Big Hero 6… It was a lot though! I’m not a huge Pop! Vinyl fan, I think the majority of the figures they release and sell look crap with how their paint work has been done. HOWEVER some of them do look amazing, and Baymax is one of these. He’s pearlescent in colour, and is bigger than normal Pop! Vinyl’s, which I actually really like.

As for Umaru-Chan she’s a gorgeous little figure, and one I fast fell in love with. I have spoken on my blog before about how much I love the anime that she originates from, and so when I got into the anime, my boyfriend knew he had to order the figure for me. I want to open her so badly, but she’s just too nice to open her. Instead I shall just gaze at her from afar and one day-dream of opening her.

Finally we have the two Pandora charms I was given this year. One from my boyfriend, and one from his parents. His parents gave me the little puppy charm (on the right) that is wearing a cute little red Father Christmas hat. It is such a little cute charm, and I wish I could have got some better pictures of it, but alas I couldn’t at the time. He’s sitting down, with his tongue sticking out. It’s a real cutie to add to my bracelet.

The charm my boyfriend bought for me is the fox (on the left) and it isn’t actually an official Pandora… But I don’t care about that! Pandora are taking too long to release a fox charm (you watch, they will now!) so when my boyfriend saw this one for sale on The Fox Project he snapped it up. It’s a cute little fox lying on a log, and I imagine trying to have a snooze. I love this charm so much because it really does stand out on the whole bracelet.

So that’s all… Wait… That isn’t ALL my presents? Is it?

My mom bought me a Kitchen Aid for Christmas. You know, like the ones they use on The Great British Bake Off? YES ONE OF THOSE! I was gobsmacked when I opened a massive present to not only see this, but a ceramic bowl, as well as a five piece kitchen/culinary set to use with the mixer as well. For weeks my mom has been lying about this massive box in the living room, saying it was something my brother had ordered… But it never budged. Until I came home for Christmas, and it had moved and was covered in wrapping paper. I am so excited to use it, even though I’m not 100% sure when I will yet. When I do, I’m sure I’ll have some sort of blog post about it.

Now, that IS all I received for Christmas. Although I did receive a wash set from my sister-in-law, and nephews, and I am yet to see what friends have bought me.

But yes, that is all my presents from Christmas ’15! What did you get for Christmas? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below, or even link me to your blog post about it if you’re a blogger.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a nice rest after Christmas. I would love one, that’s for sure. 😛

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December/Christmas Wish List

Yes it’s finally December, the month of Christmas and splurging on the ones you love! I’m currently not in the UK, instead I’m basking in some warmer weather on holiday. However that doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking about Christmas looming and what presents I wish to buy for my loved ones… Of course what gifts I would like to receive myself.

As I do every year, this is my December/Christmas wish list! It was pretty hard to do because there isn’t much I want that I haven’t already mentioned in previous wish lists.

  • Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel

If there is one thing I love about Lush Christmas, it’s when they bring back their old classic Snow Fairy. I’ve only ever owned one huge bottle of this stuff, which surprises me as I love it so much. It reminds me of the children’s medicine Calpol, in both the shade and scent. Now Lush have brought out their huge 1kg bottles, I want to get one for Christmas as a present is possible, or I’ll treat myself to some before Christmas. Either way, I’ll be getting some yummy Snow Fairy in my life this year!

  • Yankee Candle in Christmas Eve

Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love Yankee Candle’s. Lately I haven’t been burning them as much, but as soon as I’m back from my holiday I’ll be burning my Christmas scents in preparation for the big day. I have my eye on three of the Christmas scents, but this one is at the top of the list. I’ve smelt Christmas Eve year after year and always lusted after it. It smells fruity, yet warm. Not a sickly scent at all! It doesn’t particularly remind me of Christmas to be honest like some of Yankee Candle’s other scents, but even so it is still a lovely scent and one I would like to add to my collection.

  • Pokemon Center Chiku-Chiku Sewing Vulpix Plush

I love Pokemon, and due to how much I love it, I hate that I can’t live in Japan to be able to regularly visit the Pokemon Center stores. However, some lovely people over there as well as in the UK will buy products and sell them to desperate and sad people like myself. eBay is one of the places that is great for picking up Pokemon Center items, and it is there where I have seen this adorable Vulpix plush. I am such a huge nerd when it comes to Pokemon, so I’m even more so of one when it comes to plushies. My favourite part about this one is the tails, they just look so adorable and realistic. I just need this plushie in my life!

  • Pandora Christmas Puppy Charm

Every Christmas, birthday, and anniversary I ask for a Pandora charm, or at least hint as it which ones I like. It’s a good time of year for an extra special treat like this and this year Pandora have brought out some really nice Christmas charms, including this one. The majority of charms on my Pandora bracelet are all animal themed, this wasn’t done on purpose either. I love puppies, so this cute little Christmas puppy charm is a must have for me! With his cute little Father Christmas hat on too, what more can you ask for?

  • Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet EDT

At the time of writing this post (a week before it’s due to be published!) I should have bought this for myself either at duty-free before getting on the plane, or even whilst I’m on my holiday as a treat to myself. I don’t need anymore perfume to be fair, but I am a perfume collector, it has to be said. Plus I don’t intend to take any on holiday with me, so I shall be picking this up to keep me happy during my two weeks away. I used to really dislike EDT perfumes due to them not lasting that long, or having a strong scent, but these days I sometimes opt for them due to those reasons. I don’t know if it’s due to age, but strong perfumes sometimes give me headaches of late and it kind of sucks. So I often opt for something lighter. Some EDT perfumes tend to last just as long as EDP so I don’t see the issue myself. This will be lovely and light to wear throughout the day, and in the evening for when I don’t fancy anything heavy.

  • The Unloved DVD

I love this film! I would watch it online monthly without delay but these days I cannot seem to find it lately. I didn’t know it was available to buy on DVD until recently, and now it’s something I want to add to my collection. I contemplated picking this up myself but I may as well leave it for someone to buy for me, or even pick up myself if I get any Christmas money. It’s written and directed by Samantha Morton (most known role being Minority Report) and is based on her experience in the UK care system. It is true at times due to this, and is such a wonderful, and hard-hitting film. I recommend everyone to watch it if you haven’t done so already.

  • Olivia Burton Woodland Squirrel and Bunny Watches

Just to get things straight first of all, I don’t want both of these. I like them both yes, but I just can’t decide which I prefer, which is why both are featured in this post. In the blogging world Olivia Burton watches are big, and a must have item. I myself am not a huge fan of watches. I wear one yes, but I’m not obsessed with how it looks and such. I never really have been. As long as it looks lovely, doesn’t get in the way, and most importantly tells me the time… I’m happy! Everyone was obsessed with one of her watches that featured a bee (this one to be precise) and it is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong but it didn’t appeal to me. I recently had a look around the website just to be nosey, and see if she made a watch with a fox on… Although she doesn’t have one with the little orange, sly cutie on, she does infact have some woodland animal themed watches, two of them that I now have my eye on and will be talking about on this post. First of all we have the squirrel watch, a gorgeous dark brown and gold watch with an adorable squirrel on the face. This is a simple and classic watch, with a cute twist, and reminds me of the sort of thing I would wear in autumn due to the colour scheme. The second watch is a cute little bunny watch, a more girly watch than the first due to the rose-pink and silver colour scheme, and who can say no to the cute little bunny? This one is a must have for any girly girls out there, and bunny lovers alike. This is definitely a more spring and summer watch due to the colour scheme. I am swaying more towards the squirrel due to the colours, but I also then sway to the bunny as it just looks that little cuter to me. I guess I just wish that Olivia Burton would bring out a fox watch! Then I wouldn’t have this dilemma…

Either way, that is the end of my December/Christmas wish list! I could have probably put more on here, but alas I guess I don’t really want all that much.

So, what are you after for Christmas? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time all, take care and I’m off to soak some more rays!

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Little Cup Illustrations

Last week I tried for a competition held by Little Cup Illustrations and I was so happy when I found out I won! I never win things like this, and when I do I’m over the moon. Two days after winning I got home from my boyfriends to find my prizes waiting for me and I was so gobsmacked about how gorgeous my prizes were. I knew exactly what I was winning, but it’s always even better when they’re in the flesh, aren’t they?

I was awarded with three A4 sized pictures, a smaller postcard picture, two keyrings, and a brooch. I wasn’t asked to write about my winnings on my blog, but I felt the need to share with you guys what I won, as well as Little Cup Illustrations, and the artist and owner Gill, who has fast become a favourite illustrator of mine.

I discovered Little Cup Illustrations back around Valentines Day when I went into Tesco to buy my boyfriend a card, to discover what is probably the most adorable card I have ever seen in my life. It was of a couple, a dog and a cat, who were called Fred & Ginger. I took to Google to try and find out who this design belonged to and soon found Little Cup Illustrations. Since then I have been following Gill’s work and have fallen in love with all the new and upcoming designs she has come out with.

She was so damn generous with this giveaway though and I still can’t believe how beautiful the pieces are she sent to me. I’m definitely saving them for when I move out to place into rooms as a staple piece for a bare wall. They’re very delicate prints, which is what I love the most about her work.

So onto what I won!

  • Limited Edition Letterpress Print : Ampersand (Retails for £15.00)

This limited edition letterpress print has a print run of 100 with the main feature of the print being a large ampersand symbol with the background being made up of flowers and birds.

This is probably one of these nicest things I received in my prize due to it being limited edition, and for me to get number 3 out of 100 is pretty amazing! It’s a gorgeous ampersand print that is white/cream and a cotton blue shade. This would be gorgeous in a living room, or bedroom, hell maybe even a spare room. This is definitely a print I’m going to frame when I move out, I would be silly not to hang this on a wall somewhere.

  • Ballet Dancers Print (Retails for £12.00)

These beautiful ballet dancer prints show two dancers with glitter finishes on their skirts.

This is such a gorgeous print and one that I will keep with me a long time. I hope one day I’ll have a little girl and I can hang this in her bedroom from birth until she’s too old and “cool” with her band posters to have wall space for it anymore. Otherwise it would make a nice print to put in a bathroom or a spare room. The detail on the dancers is so perfect and beautiful.

  • Brush Pen & Watercolour Print – Brogues (Retails for £6.50)

This vintage inspired print shows a pair of brown brogues illustrated with brush pen and a watercolour finish.

I LOVE this print! I love brogues, and although I don’t really wear them anymore, they will always be a shoe that has a place in my heart (alongside Vans, Converse, and Dr Martens!) as they’re just a shoe I lived in whilst I was a uni student. This print will definitely go by my front door where all mine and my boyfriends shoes will be kept. It’s just very apt really and it’s such a gorgeous and bold picture that it’ll be sure to turn heads too.

  • Original Brush Pen Illustration – Baby Bear (Two similar retail for £15.00)

This baby bear illustration is an original piece of art in our latest brush pen series.

This is such a gorgeous little postcard image and one I have stuck up next to some of the pictures of me and my boyfriend as it’s too cute not to use yet. I can’t find this for sale on Gill’s Etsy, nor on the Facebook page… So I can  only assume this is a limited edition print or something. Once again, if I ever had a baby this would be perfect popped in a frame and hung on the wall.

  • Limited Edition Watercolour Print, Beetle Keyring (Print retails for £6.50)

This Beetle illustration was painted in watercolours and has been made into a limited edition print, with a print run of 50.

This print is gorgeous, yet grim at the same time… In a jokey way! I hate bugs, but this is rather vintage and quant. I’m going to pop this on my backpack as it’s just too nice not to use. On the front of the keyring you have the picture of the beetle, and then on the back you have various little pictures of the beetle as well. I like the variation of this! I couldn’t find these on her Etsy or Facebook page for sale, but I imagine they’re somewhere around. You can buy the print of this, which is limited edition and beautiful!

  • Butterfly/Floral Brooch (Can’t find for sale online)

This is a quaint little brooch and something I’ll possibly give to someone as a gift, as I don’t wear things like this myself and it would be an awful shame to let it go to waste and gather dust in my room. Either that or I’ll pop it on a bag as a cute little trinket of sorts. It’s a little butterfly shape, with a floral button in the middle. Very vintage looking, and something any girly girl would adore!

  • Puppy Collection – Dachshund (Print retails for £6.50)

As one of our puppy collection this dachshund print is a very cute illustration showing the puppy admiring a flying butterfly.

This is definitely my favourite thing in the whole package I received. Why? Because I love dogs! Especially dachshund’s! I’ve been eyeing up the puppy collection for a while and contemplated picking up some of the prints, but now I (somewhat) finally own one! The print is the same on both the front and back of the keyring, with a cute little puppy sniffing a butterfly. Cute, or what??? This is definitely going on my house keys!

So that was everything I won from the Little Cup Illustrations competition! What do you think of Gill’s artwork? I think it’s so simplistic, vintagesque, and beautiful.

Will you be checking out her work? If so I’ll link all her websites and such down below!

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Until next time all, take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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2015 Big Wish List

This is going to be a different wish list from normal. I have decided that this year I would like to own some things that I have wanted for years, but never had the money to buy them. It’s not as if I’m going to have the money to buy them this year, but I want this to be the year where I go up in the world somewhat, and even if I just end up owning one of the things on this list, I’d feel a little bit better about making my way up.

There are some expensive things on this list, but that’s why it’s called my big wish list. 😉

  • Vivienne Westwood Tartan Bag.

The first thing I would love to get this year is a new handbag… Well I want a new handbag every other month, but this is different. I’ve always wanted a designer handbag, because if I have to carry something on my arm/shoulder day after day I want something that will get heads turning and make me feel good whilst wearing it too. The one designer handbag I have always been after is a Vivienne Westwood bag, and I still want one! I’ve found this gorgeous one in the sale and I wish I had the money to splurge on it! It’s a gorgeous blue tartan and just looks so professional and grown up, but with a touch of rock chick, definitely what I want! My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy for wanting a bag at so much money, but I don’t care. By the end of 2015, I will have a Vivienne Westwood bag.

  • Frozen Elsa Nendoroid.

For my birthday I received my first Nendoroid figure and I doubt it’ll be my last! I bought my boyfriend his first Nendoroid figure for Christmas and we’ve both decided that we wish to create a collection of the figures together. We’re already looking at some to place on our wish lists and this one is probably at the top of my wish list right now. It was announced before Christmas and won’t be out in the UK until May, which feels like forever but I know will be upon us soon enough. She’s absolutely stunning and even comes with a little Olaf figure, so cute! Whether I get Elsa or another Nendoroid figure, I’m unsure right now but I know I want to add another one or two of these figures to my collection.

  • iPhone 5s OR 6.

My phone contract comes to an end towards the end of the year and I already know I want to upgrade to an iPhone 6! They look and sound amazing… Apart from the whole bending in your pocket thing! I’d go for the gold shade as it just looks so classy and different. My iPhone is playing up at the moment which is annoying and I need to get that sorted as soon as I can. I just can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by and soon enough I can get an upgrade! If I don’t go for the iPhone 6, I’ll definitely go for the iPhone 5s as it looks and sounds just as good.

  • My own place, whether it be a flat or house.

This year me and my boyfriend have set our goal to try and have our own flat/house together by the end of 2015. We’re saving up the best we can and if we don’t have our own place by the end of the year, start of 2016 then so be it and we’ll keep on saving until we have enough money. We’re also trying to decided where we may want to move to, as it’ll either be between Birmingham and Coventry, or maybe even in Coventry as quite frankly apart from my family I don’t really have anything I’m particularly leaving behind in Birmingham. We shall see how it goes.

  • A puppy! Preferably a dachshund!

With our own place, we would eventually get a puppy and whilst I know for sure this won’t happen this year I want it to happen as soon as it can. It’s been seven years since my dog passed away and I finally feel like it’s time to have another one. We’re not 100% sure which breed we’ll be going with yet, but we’re going to make sure to look into all the breeds we’re interested in to see which one will be right for us. I can’t wait quite frankly but I want to make sure as a couple that we’re both stable financially and time wise as puppies need loads of time and care and as they get older they still need care, as they’re like babies. Still, can’t wait!

  • 2 week holiday to Japan.

I know I’ve only just come back from a holiday but I’m already starting to think about another and somewhere I really want to go is Japan. I’ve wanted to go for years and every year I try and save up enough money to go there, but it’s going to take a hell of a lot of savings to go to Japan. Returns flights alone are just over £600, let alone how much a hotel would cost for two weeks and spending money! I’d probably need to save up nearly £3,000! I’m still going to try and save up though and we shall see.

  • A new car! Either a Peugeot 107 or a 108.

This is the year I’m hoping to get myself a new car. I’ve looked into which make I want and it’s another Peugeot, which I drive at the moment. I may as well stick to what I currently drive and plus the two models I have in my mind are gorgeous! Plus they’re purple, which is the colour car I’ve wanted ever since I first passed my test. I’m undecided which car I want the most, or which one I’ll get but it’s a toss between the 107 and the 108. Either way they’re beautiful and man I just can’t wait! My car is great that I own at the moment, it gets me from A to B but it’s old and won’t last long on motorways and long distances, which is annoying as I need to travel far for university, to see my boyfriend, as well as go and see my friends. So I’m hoping to get myself a new car this year, this is the main item on here I’m hoping to gain.

So that’s my little list of things I want to get this year, and although I would love them all this year, one will do me… Maybe two.

What big things are on your wish lists? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and see you soon.

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