FoxLeap – Lady and Tramp Enamel Pin

Enamel pin collecting really became a thing for me in 2018 and although my collecting has calmed down LOADS this year, I still order pins that are unique or designs I don’t already own. This enamel pin from FoxLeap is one of those!

I’m not the biggest Disney fan in the world and I much prefer Studio Ghibli and other anime style films. However, I can’t deny that I do love to watch Disney films when the mood takes me and I own a handful of my favourites on DVD. These include, Dumbo, Oliver & Company, 101 Dalmatians, Pocahontas and of course Lady and the Tramp, which is my favourite Disney film.

Since 2018 when my enamel pin collecting began, I was always keeping my eyes peeled for a gorgeous design of Lady and the Tramp together, or even separately. Of course, Disney have their own enamel pins of them but I’m more for supporting independent artists with unique designs. Let’s face it, Disney just use images from promotional items and various stock photos.

From memory, I think I had been following FoxLeap on Instagram as I can’t remember how I stumbled across the Animals of Animation: Enamel Pin Set Kickstarter she set up to sell a bunch of gorgeous Disney style enamel pins.

I waited for Lady and the Tramp to be fully funded before I backed the campaign but I then had a while to wait for the enamel pin I ordered to be produced, as well as a free Lady pin and some stickers to make their way to FoxLeap before I could receive my goodies!

Finally nearly a couple of months ago I received my goodies, which I knew I had to share with you on my blog post today. Every time I look at my Lady and the Tramp and Lady pins they make me so happy!

In my package I received my Lady and the Tramp enamel pin, a limited edition Lady pin that was only available for people who backed the Kickstarter, two sticker sheets and even a cute thank you card from Sophie, the owner of FoxLeap.

Through backing on the Kickstarter we all had 15 designs to choose from:

Image taken from Kickstarter

Image taken from Kickstarter

I love that there were a couple of non Disney related films in there – such as All Dogs Go To Heaven, which in turn is a film my mom introduced me to during the Christmas holidays as a kid. I fell in love with it and she made sure I had it on video to watch. I do love the Charlie pin style!

As I’ve mentioned, I backed the Kickstarter for the Lady and the Tramp pin, so when it arrived I was so damn excited! I love when I back Kickstarter enamel pin campaigns and seeing the owners of the campaigns sharing the pins on their social media platforms, especially Instagram.

This pin made me so happy when I saw it in the package and the first thing I thought of was how adorable the dog couple looked. They’re sitting next to one another, giving each other a loving look – which is confirmed by the cute little red heart above their heads.

The special Lady pin that was designed purely for people who backed the Kickstarter and it’s such a cute little pin, it’s perfect to me! It’s just of Lady’s head with a little speech bubble coming from her mouth, that contains a heart.

Both pins are rose gold plated, which I love! I’m not a fan of gold in general, so when pins are plated on that I’m not 100% keen. The rose gold compliments them both really well! Alongside this the enamel pins themselves are so soft to the touch, which feels really nice. Not all pins I own feel nice when I hold them in my hand. Even Dane said how nice these feel when  being held. They also both come with two pins on the back with black rubber clasps. I like that Fox Leap decided to do this with the Lady pin, because even though it’s tired, you know you have more “security” I suppose when pinning this to clothing, bags, etc.

The one thing I really admire with these pins is that all 15 designs that came out of the Kickstarter (and the limited edition Lady pin) had their own special backing card designed. This was such a lovely touch and to this day I haven’t seen any other enamel pin artists/sellers do this.

For the Lady and the Tramp pin the backing card is at night, with a full moon at the top and “Bella Notte” above their heads and for the Lady pin it has a thank you message from Sophie, which I thought was a lovely touch!

As I mentioned, alongside these pins I also received some stickers! I’m pretty sure as a backer of the Kickstarter I was only supposed to receive one, but I actually received two! I got a sticker set I really wanted, alongside the one that everyone received.

The sticker sheet that everyone received contains some of the Disney dogs, including Angel and Scamp (Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure) Lady and Tramp (Lady and the Tramp) and Georgette and Dodger (Oliver & Company).

The additional sticker sheet I received is one that has loads of cute foxes on! As I’ve said many a time, foxes are my favourite animal (alongside dogs) so I was so pleased to receive this set! There is one Disney dog on this sticker sheet though… But I can understand why. 😛

The Disney foxes sticker set includes Vixie, Todd and Copper (Fox and the Hound), Nick (Zootopia) and Robin Hood and Marian (Robin Hood). Honestly, Robin Hood is by far my favourite! He’s so damn cute and I would love if Fox Leap brought out a charm like this!

Finally we have the cute little thank you postcard that was also in my package. It has Todd and Conner from Fox and the Hound running through a field and it’s just adorable! I plan to hang it up on my notice board in the office. 🙂 It has a little thank you message on the back too, which is always lovely to receive.

So those are the goodies I backed from the Kickstarter, as well as any extra bits I received in my parcel!

I loved this Kickstarter so much and so excited for it to arrive.

I’m going to pop any social media and store links down below for Fox Leap. Although I’ve linked it throughout the post, it’s always good to have stuff together too.

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What do you guys think of Fox Leap? They sell some really cute enamel pins, as well as t-shirts, stickers, notebooks and keyrings. They don’t just design Disney either! They also design Pokemon and have recently held another Kickstarter campaign for some Pokemon “pups” designs!

I’ll definitely purchase from Fox Leap again, as their designs are adorable! I’d love to see a Meeko and Flit design from Pocahontas as well as Dumbo.

What pin(s) would you pick up from Fox Leap if you could? 😀 Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

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

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Flight Club Brunch Social – Why It’s Perfect For Couples*

If there is one thing I love it’s planning a weekend with Dane, full of fun activities and things to do, whether that be at home or out and about. He’s my favourite person in the world and there is nothing better than just me and him together, doing things we love, as well as doing new things too.

A couple of weekend ago, Flight Club in Birmingham were kind enough to gift me 2 tickets for their Brunch Social, which happens every Saturday and Sunday between 12pm-2pm and then 2.30pm-4.30pm. As regular readers will know, I went to the Flight Club in July for the press evening for the new Birmingham venue. It was amazing! Although very busy and due to that me and my best friend (who I took as my plus one) didn’t get to try any of the food. If you want to read all about that evening, make sure to go and check out the post here!

The Brunch Social was a great time to try all the yummy food that Flight Club has on offer and I honestly couldn’t wait to take Dane. Although I knew he would love it and have a good time, deep down I worried it might not be his cup of tea. I can’t say I’ve ever heard (nor seen for that matter) him talk about darts…

Whereas for me growing up, darts was a fun activity me and my Dad used to do together, whether we were out at a pub, or even at home. We had an old dartboard that we hung up on the shed door that we would use and play on over the summer holidays and weekends in the garden. I loved it! This being said, you would never catch me watching Bullseye as a kid though. The only appealing part about that to me as a kid was the animated bull, haha!

This blogger girl won some serious boyfriend points though. We had an amazing weekend together and almost two weeks later, we’re still talking about it amongst ourselves, as well as with friends!

Make sure to continue reading to find out why we loved it so much! 😀

This was a gifted event for promotional and reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are entirely my own. I did however pay for some food and drink myself during the event, which I will disclose as and when.

The Flight Club is located right in the middle of town and just a short walk from Birmingham New Street/Grand Central, so if you’re planning on drinking and hop on the train, you won’t have far to stumble back to.

On our trip to the Flight Club it was pretty quiet, which I loved because it meant we could get around easier (pop to the bar, loo, etc), it was quieter so we didn’t have to shout but it meant if we needed help, it wasn’t hard to grab someone for assistance.

We were a little early for our 12pm slot so we were given a buzzer and headed to the bar to take a look at the drinks menu. I vaguely remembered what drinks were on offer, but as I wasn’t drinking (I drove us to the train station earlier that day) I wanted to take a nose at what non-alcoholic cocktails were available. Dane also wanted to take a look at the drinks that were on offer. It’s very rare that I drive us places, so not very often does Dane get the chance to have a drink. He definitely wanted to enjoy himself that afternoon. Just as we were about to order some drinks, our buzzer went off and we were shown to our booth.

When we arrived at our booth the girl who had escorted us (sadly I didn’t catch her name!) explained to us how the game(s) work, how you can order both food and drink to your booth (I did not know this the first time around!) and especially how the Brunch Social works.

When you go to a Flight Club Brunch Social you can expect 2 hours of fun darts games to play, but on top of that you will also get bottomless pizza (with vegan and vegetarian options available), a bottle of Prosecco EACH and some amazing music.

Yes you read that bit right, we were given a bottle of Prosecco EACH! I didn’t quite realise this, I thought it was one to share. Sadly as I wasn’t drinking I couldn’t enjoy mine, but I did take it home as staff told me I could. Of course when we were at the booth both bottle were in an ice bucket, alongside some glasses, a massive jug of iced water and some orange juice. Both the water and orange juice were bottomless too, so if we needed/wanted more all we had to do was ask.

Dane drank the orange juice with the Prosecco and made himself some bucks fizz. He didn’t realise that’s what bucks fizz was, until I told him! Also, Dane drank most of his bottle of Prosecco to himself! Fair play to Dane. 😛

Sadly if you don’t drink, you cannot choose an alternative to your free Prosecco, which is a shame but at the same time, is it? You can just give your Prosecco to someone else, or take it home like I did! There are of course non alcoholic drinks available, which I talk about soon!

I don’t quite remember the music being so good on the press night, as it was the afternoon we went. We both really enjoyed it and it’s the sort of music I want to hear when I’m out for an evening with friends (unless we head to a rock bar… Then I just want pure rock and metal tunes! :P).

We were told as there was only two of us that we would be able to order whatever pizzas we wanted, usually otherwise staff come around with pizza and you can pick off whichever slices you want.

In total we ordered two pizzas:

Chargrilled chicken breast pizza on a creamy pesto base with crispy bacon and smoked Mozzarella

Coppa salami pizza with rocket and Parmesan

We were also offered a third pizza, which shocked me! I thought we were only going to get one pizza, so when we were offered more, we couldn’t really turn it down! Especially with us being pizza lovers. The service in regards to bottomless pizza was amazing and I was honestly so shocked at how much pizza they were willing to give us.

That pizza was bloody delicious too and I can’t say I’ve had anything like it before, but boy am I craving it again! My favourite out of the two pizzas we ordered was definitely the first one – the Chargrilled chicken breast pizza on a creamy pesto base with crispy bacon and smoked Mozzarella. It was so yummy and right up my street. I can’t say I’ve ever tried a pizza with a pesto base before, but it definitely worked well with the chicken and bacon. I’d love to try and make this myself at home to be honest with you!

The pizzas alone are £15.95 each, which I think is a tad expensive if you aren’t going for the Brunch Social. At the same time however, if you wanted to go somewhere nice for a mini date night for drinks and food, without the darts then I think this would be a fair price between two people. 🙂

We had a look at the rest of the menu to see what else was on offer at the Flight Club. We opted for some curly fries, which we paid for ourselves. These are perfect for sharing between 2-3 people and cost £6.95. They were so good, perfect snacks to have in between playing your round of darts. They didn’t last very long though… They were just too yummy. 😛

When we ordered our curly fries, I also ordered myself a non-alcoholic cocktail too. Yes, I couldn’t have a drink but I wanted something fancy apart from fruity water. 😛

I went for the Strawberry and Cream Soda (Strawberry, pineapple juice, vanilla, lemon juice and soda) which again, I paid for myself. This was so damn yummy and due to that it didn’t last as long as I wanted it to! I’ve never been a massive fan of strawberry flavoured things, but this was so damn good. It was really refreshing and reminded me of summer holidays as a kid with my strawberry split ice cream and lemonade in the garden. Dane tried a little and loved it.

This wasn’t cheap at £5.00, considering for £4-£5 more you can have an alcoholic cocktail, but all the same – it wasn’t too bad considering! It was lovely and I regret not trying more of the non-alcoholic cocktails, especially the Peach Iced Tea (Peach, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and jasmine tea).

Enough of the food and drink anyway, let’s talk about the darts!

Earlier on in this post I mentioned how I’ve never heard Dane talk about darts and to be fair, I don’t know if I ever have to Dane either. It’s just not something we’ve discussed.

So when I invited him to be my plus one I thought he was going to say no… Purely because of it being a darts themed bar, but alas he was up for it! I was so excited to spend the afternoon together, playing the themed games on the dartboard and eating yummy food.

It was a definite hit with Dane and he loved the two hours we spent together in the Flight Club.

As I mentioned on my previous post about the Flight Club, there are 5 different games to choose from including my favourite which is Snakes and Ladders! All the games are different and you can either work in pairs or against one another. As there was only me and Dane playing, we of course played against one another.

When I visited Flight Club for their press night me and my plus one (one of my besties) were playing with a couple we didn’t know. It was fun, don’t get me wrong but I don’t feel like I got to enjoy myself as much due to playing against strangers. So, I was glad it was just me and Dane playing this time around.

We really let go and played both silly and seriously throughout the 2 hours. The thing I love the most is that you can create random videos and photos, that you will be sent afterwards on the email the booking was made under. These are called Flight Club Stories! Me and Dane created so many, but at the time of writing this post, I can’t actually get access to them online. As and when I get them, I’ll try and share them on this post! 😀

When our 2 hours were up, we grabbed out belongings, paid for the food and drink we purchased and headed home. We had an amazing afternoon together at the Flight Club and it’s definitely one we haven’t forgotten.

So far throughout 2019, I feel like me and Dane don’t get as many date days and evenings out together, so when we do, we really do appreciate it afterwards. This is one of those that we thoroughly enjoyed and have since spoken to everyone about and have even spoken about going at Christmas with friends and family.

Honestly I feel like the Brunch Social at Flight Club is perfect for couples to go and spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon together playing some games of darts and enjoying yummy food and drink! It would also be perfect for a first date, or even double dating. However, if you are put onto a sharing booth with a strangers who you don’t know, that privacy you may want as a couple isn’t really there. I guess it depends on the couple/you.

Of course I would also recommend this for friends to go and play games, as well as groups, whether it be for a special event (birthday, stag do, etc) and even for work places to take staff for some fun!

Every quarter the Flight Club also run a Brunch Social special! Which involves a twist on the classic Brunch Social but with drinks partnerships, themes, glitter painter and still that amazing music that you get usually at the Brunch Social!

So, down to what the prices are, how to book and all the information you want in regards to that.

Tickets start at £25 and can be purchased here!

In the UK you can find Flight Club venues in Birmingham, Manchester and London.

I know this doesn’t sound cheap at £25, but you have to think for 2 hours you’re getting your darts games, unlimited pizza AND a bottle of Prosecco ALL TO YOURSELF! I think this is well worth the money! The Flight Club is quite up there in terms of standards, so that £25 is great value for money.

There are a few things to think about before you book, including:

If there’s any information our team should know – dietary requirements, birthdays or a group that bought tickets separately. Make sure to pop a note in the comments section of your booking to let them know any of this information.

If you’re in a group of less than 6 people, you’ll be paired up with other brunchers for your Social Darts slot. Thankfully me and Dane were lucky and didn’t have to do this, but I have a feeling this is due to the Flight Club not being fully booked when we went.

Overall I LOVED that Saturday evening at the Flight Club on mine and Dane’s little date afternoon. It honestly was so much fun and it made me so happy. I felt a real buzz throughout the 2 hours we played and even on the way home.

What do you think about the Flight Club? If there is one in your area, do you think you’ll be paying them a visit soon? If so will you have a look into the Brunch Social? Make sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’ve had a great week so far. 🙂

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Ohayou! Clothing – Animal Crossing Enamel Pins

If there are three things I love it’s Animal Crossing, enamel pins and of course the lovely Ohayou! Clothing. So when all three of these come together, you can only imagine how excited I am to get a piece of that in my life.

Recently Chrissy over at Ohayou! Clothing released a Kickstarter called Good Boys & Girls. At first I wasn’t all that interested, which isn’t a bad thing! There were Fruits Basket designs there (I LOVE FRUITS BASKET!) but again, I wasn’t all that fussed. Then when she announced there would be some Animal Crossing designs, I knew I had to pledge!

I pledged for both the Villager Day (Isabelle) and Night (K.K. Slider) designs. They’re so damn cute and although I love the K.K. Slider pin more, I don’t think I could have just chosen one of them.

These arrived recently and although it’s probably nothing special or major to my readers, I just had to show you all these gorgeous designs and why if you’re an Animal Crossing fan, you should get them too. 😛

First of all, I don’t know about you guys but I am SO EXCITED for Animal Crossing: New Horizons to come out in March!!! I’ve even booked the day off work so I can spend all day playing it. Sad, or what? 😛

I do already own an Isabelle pin by Ohayou! Clothing, but I honestly adore this design so much more. I think it’s because it goes with K.K. Slider really well and it means I can wear them together and they match, you know?

I’m not going to lie, until I went onto the website just now to find the link, prices etc for both of these pins, I didn’t realise the day and night theme behind them at all! I really like this aspect from playing the Animal Crossing games where Isabelle will be around in the day to help and K.K. Slider will be around at night to play his sweet music in Roost.

Both pins are on gold enamel, which I think works really well with both designs and on the back of each pin there is the Ohayou! Clothing logo. I love when pins have this touch, because sometimes you might buy a pin from a designer you don’t usually and you may forget what their company was called. Plus, it looks more designer… Move over Chanel and Dior! 😛

Both pins come with gummy backs, which I LOVE! I hate the old fashioned metal ones that you pinch.

Overall I love these two pin badges and have already worn my K.K. Slider one when I went out to town with Dane recently for a couples morning/afternoon. I wore it on my red tartan shirt. They’re both a great size and are instantly recognisable as being two of the famous Animal Crossing characters.

I would love if Chrissy designed some more of the Animal Crossing characters, such as Tom Nook. He would be cool to have as maybe a “dusk” character? I’d definitely snap him up. 😛

Thank you again to Ohayou! Clothing for once again causing me to spend my monies! 😛 These pins have now joined my pin flag! Look at all the gorgeous pins I have… 😛

I will pop Ohayou! Clothing’s website, as well as social media down below:

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Do you guys like the Animal Crossing cuties that I picked up from the Kickstarter? Do you have your eye on anything from Ohayou! Clothing? If so, what? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear which pins and other items you’re after.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a great weekend and start to the week so far!

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Wish List Friday – Killstar

Now I know I usually post my wish lists on a Wednesday and at the start of each month, but I decided to change it up for a change. Change is good. 😛

I was kind of stumped for what I wanted to write for today and was thinking over and over about what I wanted to get out there and then I thought, “Hey! Killstar have brought out loads of amazing stuff. I wonder if my readers would like to see what I want to buy?” and here we are. 😛

The last time I made an order with Killstar I ended up sending everything back because all the stuff I ordered was just shit. I mentioned on my March wish list here about one of the dresses I was after. For mine and Dane’s anniversary I decided to order the dress so I could wear it out for a meal and you know what? I was so disappointed. The sizing was awful, it was far too short and just shocking. I sent it back and was more annoyed that I had to pay nearly £5 to send the fucking thing back! I also ordered a belt, which was one size but that one size felt like a size 1!

I was gutted to say the least and have decided moving forward that I will either only order when there are sales or free shipping/returns from Killstar themselves, or order from someone else who always offers free shipping AND returns… Aka Kate’s Clothing.

I would like to grab some nice dresses to wear for my holiday to Japan, so I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on the gorgeous pieces I’ll be showing off on my post today!

I hope you like everything I mention on this list, it will mostly be dresses to be honest with you, but I don’t have a problem with that! 😛

All images taken from the Killstar website.

  • Moonscape Skater Dress (link)

I love a good skater dress and this one is simplistic and something I could wear for both personal, as well as at work. It’s a cute peter pan style with the white collar and has a gorgeous stars, moons and star signs pattern all around the bottom of the dress. This is a decent price too for Killstar. It’s a dress I would definitely love to rock with loafers for work and my Dr Martens boots for personal.

  • Cathedral Skater Dress (link)

This dress is gorgeous and shouts Wednesday Addams vibes and more! I still want the Wednesday dress from Killstar, but the only problem with that is I’m not sure if it would suit me. However, I feel like the Cathedral dress would definitely be for me considering it’s a skater dress and these flatter me the most. The only problem I’m having with this dress is it looks really short on the model, as well as people who I’ve seen buy and try it on on YouTube.

  • Tartan Darklands Doll Dress (link)

I love a good bit of tartan in my life and I wear it weekly through my tartan trousers. This is a “doll dress” so whilst it looks similar to the skater dress style, I think it’s a bit different all the same. As of yet I’ve not tried one of Killstar’s doll dress styles so I’m worried how this would end up looking on me. Either way though this is cute and to jazz it up a bit I’d probably wear it with fishnet tights and loafer shoes! This would definitely look cute with my rainbow cardigan. 😛 I especially love the little moon on the left hand side. (FYI I actually ordered this dress before posting this up on my blog :P)

  • Darklands Doll Dress (link)

This is exactly the same as the tartan variant, but this is obviously black! The black dress has a PVC collar, whilst that tartan has a more fake leather collar. I have a dress similar to this one by Killstar already (Coven Cutie) so I feel like this would be a nicer variant that I could wear for work. The Coven Cutie dress has a zip on the chest with a crescent moon attached to the zip, which I LOVE but this dress isn’t appropriate for work sadly. I feel like this one would be. 🙂

  • Amaya Skater Dress (link)

I mentioned this dress on my wish list at the start of the month and I STILL want it so badly! I’m not going to go over old ground, so I’m just going to copy and paste what I said on my August wish list… I love a good skater dress, especially one from Killstar. This is from one of their new collections, which represents Japanese school style fashions and manga/anime designs too. This is something I’d love to be able to wear for work but due to the style of the dress (mostly the back with the hanging part) I doubt that would be doable… At least not during the warmer months when I don’t need to wear a cardigan, jumper or my work fleece. I’ll be keeping my eyes on it though, this is something I’ll definitely be picking up in the future.

  • Moonscape Long Sleeve Top (link)

The final item on this list is actually a top! I love everything about this top, the style, the material, the white collar on the neck and the wrists and even the moon design on the left hand side. It looks really comfortable too and this is something I would probably wear for work more than anything. I don’t think it’s something I would really wear for personal… I don’t think I have anything it would look good with. 😦

So that’s all the items I’m lusting after at the moment from Killstar. I would love to gradually pick up all of these pieces to add to my wardrobe, especially for work. I really do love wearing dresses for work as they’re comfortable and make me feel pretty!

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If you like the look of anything from the Killstar website then make sure to use my 5% code next time you shop! I’ve popped the code above in bold.

Do you like Killstar as a brand? If so do you own or have anything on your wish lists from them? Let me know all in the comments!

Anyhoo I hope you’re all having a lovely Friday afternoon. I honestly cannot wait for bank holiday to start. I plan to do sweet FA. 😛

Until next time, take care all!

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Starbucks Night at Broadgate Coventry – Review*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Story of Ethiopia Single-Origin:

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

Caffè Verona:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 Pokemon Collection Holiday Night Ichiban Kuji – YY Kawaii

I’m so excited to write this post today because I just want to show you guys how damn cute this collection is and was and why I’m so happy to have my hands on it!

I’ve wanted to take part in an ichiban kuji from Japan for the longest time, but I’ve always been so anxious to in case I paid loads for items and won the most basic of things. However, the Holiday Night collection from Pokemon was too damn cute to pass up and I have ZERO REGRETS!

I’ll not only be showing off items I bought/won but I’ll also be talking about what ichiban kujis are, how they work and even which ones YY Kawaii is selling at the moment, so if you fancy giving one a go yourself, you can!

I hope you enjoy this post today, I thought I would do something kawaii and cute, as I feel like I haven’t done that for ages. 🙂

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Image taken from sn.bpnavi.jp

I mean for a start, look how damn cute the promotional image is for the kuji!

First of all an ichiban kuji is a Japanese lottery that to the British can be related to a tombola you would get at a fête in the summertime. You win a prize every time but the prize depends on which letter you get on the ticket! All prizes have a letter assigned to them with A, B, C and D being the rarer and harder to get prizes and letters E, F and G being easier to obtain. Most kujis will also come with a “last one” prize, which you can win if you get the “last one” ticket. These are extremely rare!

I thought I would pop YY Kawaii’s video above as she explains in full what ichiban kujis are in more detail than I do and considering that’s who I purchased my kuji from, why not! 😀 Go and give her some love and make sure to mention me. ^_^

So when YY Kawaii advertised that she would be selling this kuji, I KNEW I had to take part! Tickets were priced at £11 each or 2 for £20.50. I loved everything the kuji had on offer so what did I have to lose?

I’ll link here what the kuji had on offer, as I don’t want to use the promotional photos if I can help it! When viewing the prizes though I had a few things in mind that I wanted to win, including the B prize which is a vanity case and prize D which is the travel set. I loved the other prizes too, but those stood out to me the most.

The prizes overall included three plushies (including the last one), vanity case, travel set, illustrated towels, zipper bags and plastic containers.

I bought two tickets and won two amazing prizes, BUT I also purchased one of the items that YY Kawaii had for sale.

I remember watching the live Instagram video of YY Kawaii revealing who had won what and I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had won the A prize, which is a Pikachu plushie, as well an illustrated towel!

I couldn’t believe it and was so excited when my goodies arrived in the post a few days later.

The Pikachu plushie is quite big to be honest and very sturdy, yet squish-able for cuddles. I’ve been cuddling this whilst sat at my gaming table as I write this post which is super comfortable. If it was acceptable I would totally take this to work to rest against whilst doing work.

This has been sitting on our bed as I honestly don’t know where else to keep it right now! I might just keep it for downstairs to cuddle against whenever I’m playing games or doing blog work. I especially love the pastel colours as it’s really relaxed and nothing too “obnoxious”, especially for the bedroom.

The second item I won was an illustrated towel, which is one of the more popular items you can win. I’m happy with winning this (even though I know many get disappointed with these sort of wins) as I love using the towels as face cloths/flannels. I wish I could have bagged the purple design, as it has a super cute sleeping Dragonite design on. If I can buy this design in the future, I will!

Then I mentioned I picked up one of the items from YY Kawaii, as I didn’t win it. This is the travel set. I KNEW I needed this in my life and I especially wanted it for my holiday to Japan, as well as for travelling anywhere to be fair.

It comes in a really cute box (which I don’t want to throw away!) and is a clear purple bag with images from the promotional photos on. You can see where the Pokemon are having a sleepover with the sat around on a rug reading books, sleeping, cuddling cushions and more. It also comes with three travel bottles with the 1st gen starter Pokemon on them. These are a very generous size too so my 2 weeks of supply of goods I would need to take with me would last for ages in these.

So that’s all the goodies I won and bought from the Pokemon Collection Holiday Night kuji through YY Kawaii!

Do I have any regrets with getting this kuji? If anything, I regret not buying more tickets. 😛 I also wish I could get the vanity case cheaper than it’s selling for right now, as this would be perfect to house stuff in for travelling, as well as in general. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for it in the future.

If you like the sound of ichiban kujis and want to have a go yourself, then please make sure to go and check out YY Kawaii’s Instagram pages YY Kawaii and YY Kawaii Merch to see what she has on offer and if you don’t see a kuji you’re interested in BUT are aware of, you can always drop her a message to enquire about it. Make sure to let her know I sent you! 😀

YY Kawaii also has some of the prizes for sale from this kuji, so make sure to go and check out her Instagram pages for those too! Again, make sure to let her know I sent you! 😀

Have you ever divulged into ichiban kujis from Japan? If so which one(s) have you taken part in? If you’ve never had a go yourself, do you think you’ll try your luck at a kuji? Make sure to let me know in the comments below!

OH P.S. I took all the photos in this post on my new camera! What do you guys think? I know they aren’t the best, but I’m still getting used to it. 😛

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

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