The Pokemon Tag

As regular readers will know, I LOVE Pokemon! I have done since I discovered the show aged 6 and then the game aged 9. I’ve just been hooked since then and really do love playing both the games still to this day, as well as collecting Pokemon items from the Pokemon Centre in Japan.

I wasn’t at all surprised when I read that Sarah over at Raiin Monkey had taken part in this tag, as I know she loves Pokemon just as much as I do! 😀 She mentioned at the end of the post how she’s happy for anyone to take part in this tag, so whilst I’m poorly in bed I’m giving it a go myself! 😀

I really hope you enjoy my answers to this tag post, I know I’m excited to give it a go.

1. Favourite Pokemon? Definitely Mew, Dragonite and all the Eeveelutions! 😀 I love Cubone and Ampharos too.

2. Least favourite Pokemon? I can’t say as I have a least favourite Pokemon in all fairness… If anything maybe some of the latest generation Pokemon as they’re just lame and weird made up stuff to get the numbers up.

3. Favourite starter Pokemon? Cyndaquil! I love that Pokemon so much.

4. Favourite Eeveelution? Ooo this is a tough one to be honest you!

5. Favourite legendary Pokemon? Definitely Mew as well as all the dog legendary Pokemon from the second generation, Raikou, Entei and Suicune.

6. Most terrifying Pokemon? Mmm this is a tough one as I don’t find any really terrify me as such… If anything MissingNo used to creep me out growing up! I remember catching one in Pokemon Red and it glitched my game, nearly to the point of me losing everything! That’s the most terrified a Pokemon has ever gotten me. 😛

7. Most adorable Pokemon? Aww this is a tough one as there’s so many! 😛 The baby Pokemon evolutions are definitely adorable and I loved them all in generation 2! Of course Mew and the Eeveelutions are up there with the cute Pokemon. One of my favourites has to be Cubone though. 🙂

8. Most amusing Pokemon? Misty’s Psyduck. 😛

9. Favourite Pokemon type? Dragon and fairy.

10. Least favourite Pokemon type? I’d definitely say bug. It’s so shite it’s a joke. 😛

11. Favourite new Pokemon from X and Y? Fennekin and Sylveon! 😀

12. Favourite Pokemon attack or move? Dragon rage is a pretty good one, alongside some of the moves Eevee can learn from it’s Eeveelutions in the new Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee.

13. Favourite trainer type? Trainer type?! Erm… I don’t know really… I guess the ones that carry cute Pokemon is always good and of course the easy trainers. 😛

14. Your gym leader speciality? I don’t fully get this question… If you mean if I was a gym leader I think my speciality would be fire Pokemon as I seem to sway towards them quite a lot. 😛 In my team I’d have Fennekin, Cyndaquil, Vulpix, Flareon, Arcanine and Rapidash.

15. Favourite region? Kanto and Johto. I love them both too much to pick just the one.

16. Favourite location? Definitely a toss up between Lavender Town from Kanto and Mt Moon from Johto when you get to watch Clefairy and Clefable dance on a Monday.

17. Most relatable Pokemon? I legit went to Buzzfeed and did a quiz because I honestly couldn’t come up with an answer for this! I got Mewtwo and it said, “You’re a rare one, that’s for sure. At times you may let your anger get the best of you, but we all know that you’re a sensitive and thoughtful spirit at heart. This world needs you, but just doesn’t know it yet.” Good enough. 😛

18. Favourite gym leader? Definitely Blue Oak/Gary Oak. I can’t really pick a favourite gym leader as I can’t say that I have one, but I love Gary’s character. He definitely needed to become a gym leader in the future.

19. Favourite elite 4 member/champion? I rather like Lance from gen 1 as he comes back for Silver and Gold to help you out for a “mission”.

20. Favourite Professor? Professor Oak for sure, the original professor! 😀

21. Favourite Pokemon bad guy? Team Rocket is always a good choice, but I really liked N too from the Black and White games.

22. Favourite rival? I’d say Gary Oak but I actually rather liked the rival from Silver, Gold and Crystal. He’s called Silver and from memory he’s actually Giovanni’s son!

23. A friend-relatable Pokemon? Oh God knows! Erm… Probably Snorlax. I love sleeping and if someone wakes me I get very angry. 😛

24. Most useful Pokemon? Every single Eeveelution to be honest with you. 😛 If you needed heat – Flareon. If you needed water – Vaporeon. If you needed electricity – Jolteon. You get the point. 😛

25. Favourite animal Pokemon? Definitely fox/dog.

26. Favourite coloured Pokemon? Purple and white and pink.

27. Favourite game? I’d have to say Pokemon Silver. As much as I loved the original three, Silver has a soft spot in my heart. It’s the Pokemon game I’ve played the most and almost came close to finishing. The reason I didn’t was due to my game becoming corrupted. 😦 I cried for days after it happened.

28. What did you nickname your rival? It was usually my cousin as we used to compete against one another when we played Pokemon. She always did better than I did though. 😛

29. Favourite Pokemon tune or song? There’s loads from Pokemon Silver, Gold and Crystal that I love such as “Violet City” and “Azalea Town”.

30. Most nostalgic element? I think when the Gold and Silver remakes came out and it meant I could replay the games again and gain myself some memories back to when I was a teenager. I spent hours on end, to all hours playing the original Silver game. I think I need to now go away and play Pokemon Silver as I’m just getting too many memories. 😛

Aww I really loved taking part in this Pokemon tag and if it wasn’t for Sarah giving it a go, I don’t know how long it would have taken me to find out about it! Make sure to go and read Sarah’s post to see what her answers were.

I tag everyone who reads this post and loves Pokemon to give the tag a go yourself! 😀

Do you love Pokemon just as much as I do? Let me know in the comments down below.

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

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Ohayou! Clothing Persona 5 Phantom Thieves Pins

This is a post I’ve been meaning to get around to writing for agggges now! It was thanks to a chat with Amy over at Writing into the Ether that encouraged me to write this post sooner rather than later. She loves pins just as much as I do! I picked up all of these pins back before Christmas through Ohayou! Clothing‘s Kickstarter, as well as their store online.

As many of my readers will know I LOVE Persona 5, just as much as I do with Pokemon so when Ohayou! (who in turn are my favourite designer) brought out the first two Phanton Thieves designs, I was hooked. So, I thought I would talk about these amazing pins on my blog today, because why not?! 😀

So far the collection has seven pins, which consist of Joker, Panther, Mona, Skull, Fox, Queen and Oracle.

There should really be nine, the missing two being Noir and Crow. I hope in the future that Ohayou! designs and releases these two eventually, as I’d love to own all of the Phantom Thieves, even the evil Crow! 😛

The pins themselves are all gold plated and come with two pins so you can feel a bit more secure when wearing these pins on bags, clothing, etc.

The first two designs that came out were Joker and Panther, which I bought the day they were released. I loved the designs but couldn’t stand the thought of wearing them in case they got lost, damaged or misplaced. So I decided to wait and see if Ohayou! would bring out anymore designs. Not long later she released her Kickstarter and slowly released the other five designs.

Eventually Ohayou! Clothing started posting out peoples Kickstarter awards and hence I received the rest of the Phantom Thieves pins!

I’ll be showing them all off on the photos down below.

Joker

Skull

Mona

Panther

Fox

Queen

Oracle

I don’t believe that there are many people out there making their own Persona 5 pins of the Phantom Thieves, or at least not ALL of them anyway! I have seen the odd Joker and Panther pins flying around but other than that it’s mostly just masks.

I just love the chibi design that Ohayou! Clothing has done with the Phantom Thieves, as well as adding cute little poses with them all too! I especially love that their eyes have hearts in, with each having their eye colours.

If I had to pick a favourite out of the bunch I really love Fox with his side smile, as well as Skull with his grin. They’re all gorgeous though in their own way. The design is just perfect for all of them! As a Persona 5 fan I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of pins.

Not only can you buy these pins in their standard versions for £8.99 but you can also pick up the slightly imperfect versions for £7.99. This means they might have a slight discoloration, scuff etc. I’ve purchased both from Ohayou! Clothing in the past and both have been just as good as the other.

In the future I hope we get the two missing Phantom Thieves, who are Noir and Crow.

Do you love Persona 5 and pins just as much as I do? Make sure to go and check out her designs over on the store, the link is here for you! 🙂

If you love cute pin badge designs, make sure to go and check out Ohayou! Clothing’s other pin badges over on their store! They’re my favourite out there.

What are some of your favourite pin badges you own, as well as designers? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

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

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Life Lately -Urgh Can 2019 Slow Down?!

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I just want to address that I didn’t realise I hadn’t written a life lately post since August 2018!

I didn’t think it had been so long to be honest with you, but it’s obvious that from August until now things haven’t been too bad. Not that things are bad when I do a life lately post, but I usually tend to do them when I want to address some things with you guys – my readers.

I’ve got myself a cup of earl grey tea and I’m binge watching a TV show I’ve come to adore since my Christmas time off work. I think you should grab yourself a lovely drink and get settled down for this blog post. 🙂

To start off this post I’ll be blunt. January hasn’t been shit but it hasn’t been perfect. It’s been exhausting. My jokey wording for January is like a bad shag – yeah it’s good for the time but leaves you unsatisfied and you wonder why you bothered in the first place.

2019 is the year I want to try and have my blog better than ever and I know we’re only into the first month of the year but deep down I already feel like I’ve fucked up somehow.

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Without going into too much detail (because I’m private in some ways and all that) I got a promotion at work, a very good one at that. It was fab being offered it as finally after working on and off since the age of 14, I’ve finally been recognised and been shown I have some potential. It’s amazing and I love it. However, with responsibility comes the realisation of being an adult… Even though I experience that anyway, but you know what I mean!

Due to this new responsibility I’ve been busier than ever and my blog has been pushed away due to this. This sucks. I love my blog, it’s what I look forward to doing after days at work and over the weekend. I love writing my geeky content, reviews and especially working with companies to promote their amazing products.

I also love chatting to bloggers and followers on my Twitter and Instagram about all sorts and even that I feel like I’m pushed it to the side due to being tired and busy.

I just feel like since the start of the year my blog has taken a MASSIVE step back and this upsets me. It’s my hobby at the end of the day and my main one at that. It upsets me that something I am so passionate about and love is being shoved on a dusty shelf until I get around to looking at it again from afar. It really fucking sucks.

When I have been coming to looking at my blog and doing work on it I feel like the content I write and publish is shite, utter shite. Boring shite at that that no one cares about. I know this isn’t true though. My fabulous friends and followers are commenting on posts still and I love you all to the moon and back for sticking with me.

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There have been a few tough moments for my blog, the worst being back in 2013/2014 when my blog had really taken off, but so had my anxiety and depression. I used to come home from my job at the time and just lie in bed, with something playing in the background as I mindlessly thought about how shit my life was and whether or not I wanted to carry on.

Alas 5/6 years later I’m in a much better place than I was and I can’t believe how I am now. My younger self would never believe that I could ever be better. Granted I’m not 100%, but I’m in a much better place.

I know this post has been utter waffle, but I just wanted to get it out there that I know my blog content hasn’t been amazing this month and that I’ve been fairly quiet on social media, but it’ll get better.

Throughout February I’m going to try and post my usual sort of content from reviews, beauty, lifestyle, geeky stuff and maybe some fashion too.

Are there any posts you’d love to see on my blog throughout February? 🙂 Make sure to let me know in the comments!

I am rather excited for next month for coffee dates, seeing Sabrepulse play as well as many more things. What plans do you have for February? Make sure to let me know about that in the comments too.

Until next time all, I hope you’re well and have had a fab weekend. 🙂

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Petty Bones Club – New Pokemon Pins*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 😛

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2018 Top 3 Favourites

I thought I’d do an overall favourites post about 2018, because although I do it monthly and talk about my favourites, it’d just be good to have a summary of favourites from throughout the year.

Of course with talking about my favourite things from 2018, I’ll be mentioning my top 3 favourites from each category I talk about monthly on my favourites post, including beauty, TV, film, book, music and games.

I’m hoping for the New Year to try and include favourite clothing as well! I wanted to start doing this halfway through 2018, but instead I thought I’d wait until the New Year to start including it. You’ll see this coming into my monthly favourite posts starting in February, when I do my January favourites.

But for now, let’s start talking about my favourites from 2018!

Beauty Top 3

1. The Body Shop Banana Body Yogurt (review).

2. Australian Bodycare Skin Wash.

3. Lime Crime Plushies in shades Cherry Soda and Gumdrop (review).

TV Shows Top 3

1. How to Keep a Mummy.

2. American Horror Story: Cult.

3. Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental.

Movies Top 3

1. Deadpool 2.

2. Christopher Robin.

3. Bohemian Rhapsody.

Books Top 3

1. Snotgirl.

2. Himouto! Umaru-Chan.

3. A Polar Bear In Love.

Music Top 3

1. Arianna Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”.

2. Mahalia – “I Wish I Missed My Ex”.

3. Don Broco – “Stay Ignorant”.

Games Top 3

1. Detroit: Become Human.

2. Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

3. Pokemon Go/Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee!

So those are my top 3 favourites from 2018! I know this blog posts wasn’t lengthy as to why they were my favourites, but I’ve spoken about all of these mentioned here so many times on my blog before, multiple times too and even have some reviews around. 🙂

What were your favourites from 2018? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

I can’t believe we’re into the first week of 2019 now. Where is time going already?!

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

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TV TREV Photography*

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is now 2019 and what a year I think it’ll be. 😛

Before 2019 came to be I worked with Trevor, an amazing photographer based in the Midlands who has brought out an amazing concept for portrait photography. As it’s now a New Year, I thought it would be great to start my first 2019 post off with a bang and talk about his company, what he does and why YOU need to get yourself a portrait photo and why!

Trevor runs TV TREV Photography, where he provides the service of affordable portrait photography for students, graduates and young professionals. When he shoots his photos he offers a natural approach, which is he speciality.

He states on his website, “I’ve realised that we are increasingly judged by how we present ourselves. This is most true for students, graduates and young professionals who have to navigate the interconnecting paths of social media, dating and job hunting. This is where my style of natural, and authentic photos comes into play.

On Trevor’s website you can find out more about him, his social media handles, his blog, contact details but most importantly his previous work! This includes various photographs from his event, portrait and street work. There’s loads of photographs to browse through, so depending what you might want from your shoot with him, you can have a peek at what he’s already done. He has loads of variety on his website, which I loved seeing before working with him.

I loved the look and sound of what Trevor was doing with his portrait photography and it is something I really do feel like we’re missing from our social media platforms… A decent photo! We always do selfies, or use photographs from nights out with friends, or events with families. It always looks so much better and professional when you have a professional photo.

I was so excited to work with Trevor, as I wanted to share his amazing work with you guys and encourage you all that getting a portrait photograph taken should be on your goals for 2019, especially if you plan to try for a job, meet someone online or even just want to get something a bit better as your Instagram pic. 😛

Me and Trevor met up in Coventry town centre and headed to a lovely coffee shop near the train station. May I just add what a lovely, patient and funny guy Trevor is! I was running late due to a delay on my train to Birmingham and I felt so guilty. Bless Trevor, he waited for me in the train station and when I arrived we headed to the coffee shop. On the way there we chatted about what my blog and his company are about and Japan. It really relaxed me into the photo shoot, as I was feeling a tad on the nervous side. I’ve only ever had something like this once and that was almost 10 years ago!

Trevor had come up with loads of ideas for photographs, which was amazing! Due to the fact my blog has coffee in the title he suggested the coffee shop and had already come up with loads of prop ideas for the shoot in there, including getting a cup of coffee to drink from and hold. I LOVED this idea! The mini consultation we had previous to the shoot was perfect and as stupid as it sounds, I don’t think I’d have even come up with the whole, “Hey coffee in the blog title? Let’s work with that!” 😛

We sat down at a bar section in the window and I grabbed a coffee. After a bit of thought about how to do the shoot there and getting the camera set up, we were ready.

The coffee shop is a photographers DREAM as in the window there are various lights hanging from above, which make for a gorgeous sight during the winter when the earlier nights are upon us. I’d never ventured to the coffee shop before but I loved it so much! It’s the kind of place I’d venture to for a coffee and to read a good book, or catch up on some blog work.

We took loads of photographs from various positions, including from outside, which was really fun to do but at times I felt unsure what to do with myself but this was just due to the nerves. It’s hard to try and look natural at first when you have a camera pointing at you. We’re all so used to smiling and pulling silly faces!

We used the coffee cup I had my flat white coffee in as a prop and I really love how the photographs turned out for these too! When Trevor originally suggested this idea to me in our consultation I was so excited to try it out. I was meant to take a prop with me, a takeaway coffee cup but I completely forgot it at home, which annoyed me. 😦 We worked with what we had however, which was great.

One of the props we used during the shoot was a pot with some poinsettias in. This is actually one of my favourite photos from the shoot due to that prop, as well as the pose I’m doing. It has now become my blog photograph for social media, as well as for my blog! I’m so thrilled with it. 🙂

As I mentioned earlier Trevor was so patient and very encouraging as to what could be done and how we could do it. I kept smiling and it didn’t look natural so he was great when it came to the sort of photos we could take to get a more natural feel.

After each mini shoot that we did in the coffee shop, Trevor would sit back down with me and show me the photographs, which I think is such a good thing to do! I mean, if you want a surprise of what the photos are like then fair enough, but it’s really nice to see the outcome of a shot! I know whenever I do my photography for people, I always love to show them the shot I’ve taken, especially if it’s a really good one!

I honestly love the outcome of all of the photos we took in the coffee shop as they have such a natural and relaxed feel, which is perfect! You can really get the feeling of me watching the world go by, with one coffee sip at a time. 😛

I absolutely adore this photograph that Trevor took of me and I’ve now started to use it on my personal social media pages, as well as printed it off for my parents as it’s such a gorgeous picture for them to both have.

The coffee shop was pretty busy and we felt we’d taken enough photographs there, so we left and headed for the town centre to try and get some more photos. I had taken my Elodie light up umbrella with me to try and get some photographs with it, but due to it still being light and not being able to find any super dark places to shoot, it wasn’t as successful as we’d hoped.

Instead we ventured into the new eateries in Cathedral Lanes, including Cosy Club and The Botanist. There were very relaxed and fun shoots to do! We did various different things, including posing with the Christmas tree inside Cosy Club, me playing on my phone and answering messages, to me watching the people of Coventry start their Christmas shopping!

The German Market was also on in Coventry town centre, which was really cute and if it had of been darker, we would have got some awesome shots there too.

Oh by the way, it was bloody freezing sitting on the metal chairs outside The Botanist! My bum was very, VERY cold! xD

After an hour and a half, me and Trevor decided we had taken enough photographs and it was time to end the photo shoot. I had such an amazing time throughout the shoot and was so excited for the finished photographs to be sent over to me from Trevor. They arrived during my work Christmas party and I was so excited to see them!

I’m so chuffed with all the photographs that Trevor took and the amazing job he did on them. He’s such a star and I honestly can’t thank him enough. He was such a friendly and approachable guy and if you’d like to do something like this, but feel anxious or nervous, honestly don’t! Trevor is so down to earth, a laugh and just a great photographer to work with.

So, down to the pricing information and how it all works!

Pricing starts from £25 for 3 finished photographs after a consultation to find out what you would want out of the shoot and determining what location would work best for yourself. Of course there would also be a non refundable deposit, this you would of course discuss with Trevor.

If I had of paid for my shoot it would have cost me £25 with my 3 finished photographs*. There would be a £5 deposit and the price is based off the fact it was shot in Coventry.

As someone who has charged for their photography in the past, this is such an amazing price to be honest with you and is such a friendly and affordable price for students and graduates! I spoke with Trevor about getting a couples natural photo shoot done in the future for either mine and Dane’s anniversary or his birthday.

I know Trevor expressed how much he would love to do a shoot in the snow, SO if you’re based in the Midlands and it snows soon, get in touch with him! 😛

I’ll pop all of Trevor’s social media handles down below, and although I linked it at the start of this post I will also include his website again! You can also find his email and telephone number on his website. I won’t link them here due to privacy.

Website

LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

What do you think of the photoshoot I had with TV TREV Photography? Would you look into getting yourself some portrait photography done for the New Year? If so what would you want it for? Social media, personal? Let me know in the comments!

I hope everyone had a fabulous New Year’s Eve and I hope everyone the best year for 2019!

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Boxing Day Sale Haul 2018

I wasn’t actually going to do this post yet as I thought I might buy more in the sales, but alas I think I might be careful with money and actually stop spending. 😛

We are now in that confusing and dull lull between Christmas New Year and quite honestly, as much as I love the break from work, I want to be out of holiday mode now and be back to normal! I just want time for myself again, as since breaking up for Christmas I’ve only had Boxing Day for myself.

Just before Christmas, as well as after I ordered some goodies in the Boxing Day sales, because it would have been rude not to!

I didn’t buy loads in all fairness, but what I’ve picked up I’m chuffed with, especially the first items I plan on talking about. 😛

The first items I picked up in the sale were from Killstar and I was so excited for their sale to start as I’ve been eyeing up some of the items on my wish list for quite some time. I really love Killstar but they aren’t the cheapest in the world, but I get that. So whenever there’s a sale I’ll always try and pick something up for myself! At first they had 20% off of everything, but then after Christmas they had their well known buy one get one half price. So I decided to take up the 20% offer and bought myself a couple of dresses. FYI I am aware the pictures of the dresses aren’t the best… 😦

The first one I added to my basket is the Coven Cutie Skater Dress, which I’ve wanted since it came out around September time. There’s an Instagram account I follow and she wears this dress for work often and it looks lovely! I’ve never been 100% sure what my size is with Killstar so I ordered an L to be on the safe side and it’s perfect! It’s not too big, or too small, it’s just perfect and super comfortable. This dress is a black skater dress with a zip on the chest that has a crescent moon on it, as well as a pleather collar, which I really like. It really does add something more to a plain and boring black skater dress. This will be perfect for both work and in general! I plan to wear this for my birthday on Sunday. 😛 I plan to wear this with tights, flats, my Docs, rainbow cardigans and eventually I’ll be getting some new brothel creepers to wear this with too. 😛

The second dress I picked up is the Widows Skater Dress which is another skater dress I’ve had my eye on for a while now. This isn’t anything special BUT I love how this dress still has a smidgen of alternative in there, without it being in your face. So it’s a black skater dress, but on the back it’s open with a spiderweb pattern, which I really like! It’s in the perfect position on the back too so it won’t show off your bra straps or band of your bra. PERFECT! This again will be great for both work and in general and like the Coven Cutie dress I’ll wear this with all sorts of shoes and bright rainbow cardigans! It’ll also be perfect for the summer too as it’s not too thick.

Although I love everything I picked up, my Killstar buys are definitely my favourites as I’ve been craving some lovely new dresses for some time now. I already want to pick up some more, but I’m going to wait until the next sale me thinks.

Next item I picked up is this AMAZING AND SUPER CUTE plushie from Firebox.

This is a Stuffed Water Bear and it’s meant to be a cuddly and cute version of a tardigrade, which is a water dwelling micro animal. Wow, what a mouthful! 😛 This is just adorable and I have wanted it for some time now. I know it’s nothing special and a little silly thing, but it’s so damn adorable and considering it was in the sale, I knew I had to get it. 😛 I also had a £5.00 voucher to use on Firebox, so I put it towards the Stuffed Water Bear. It’s so damn snuggly and cute and actually reminds me of like a puppy or a guinea pig. 😛

If you like anything in the Firebox sale, or even in their normal range you can get a fiver to spend on the store FOR FREE if you use my code! 😀 https://www.firebox.com/r/natalee-e9e09e

The final items I picked up in the sales was from The Body Shop. I actually had more items in my basket originally but I removed loads as it came to a really silly amount of money, which in reality I didn’t need to spend. I opted for grabbed a couple of items I wanted to try and restock in my bathroom.

First of all I ordered the HUGE 750ml bottle of Strawberry Shower Gel. Dane loves this shower gel, as do I. It reminds me of when I was little as my mom would always buy me a bottle of this as a kid, so whenever I use this it just makes me think of weekday mornings getting ready for school. 🙂 Dane uses this shower gel more than I do, but I still love using it in the shower. 🙂

The next items I ordered are from the Christmas collection! I fell in love with the peppermint candy cane scent and knew I had to have it in my life. Apart from the bath bomb (which I reviewed and you can check out here) I didn’t pick up any of this collection, until the sales. I just didn’t want to I guess, I wanted to wait and see what I was gifted at Christmas and alas I was gifted some of this for Christmas (you can read what I got for Christmas here)!

The two items I picked up were the Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel and the Peppermint Candy Cane Body Butter. I’d received these in the sack I was gifted for Christmas, which was lovely as it meant I got to give them a go before the sales started. The shower gel is AMAZING! I love minty shower gels but I always find they leave you feeling tingly and cold, OH and don’t even get me started on what they do to your bits! 😛 This shower gel is nothing like the others out there however. It does give you a slight tingle, but nothing major.

I’m really odd with the body butters and prefer to use them as hand butters. They really help my eczema and as I always carry a little pot in my handbag, if my body DOES feel dry at any point I can quickly use some of this. I love the scent of this body butter and as it isn’t too thick, it’d probably be rather nice to use on my body. That’s my only issue with the body butters from The Body Shop, they can be quite heavy and greasy which is something I really dislike.

I was hoping to have a few more items to add onto this list, but I’m trying so badly to be good with money! I was going to go and pick up some new Vans as I have some vouchers I need to use. I’ll probably end up getting this over the weekend around my birthday. I’m FINALLY going to replace my old black and red checker board Vans. I want the original black and white pair now. I do love wearing my Darth Vader and 101 Dalmatians Vans but I just fancy something new and that I can try and make work with everything.

Image taken from Depop

Although it isn’t a sale item, I did pick up something I’ve wanted for the longest time at a STEAL of a price, which I’m rather chuffed with. After months, YEARS of waiting I’ve FINALLY got my hands on a decent and brand new Lazy Oaf Rainbow Cardigan. It’s not 100% brand new, but it’s only been tried on by the previous owner and still has the tags on it. I’ve paid £55 for it including P&P which I think is pretty decent considering it sells for £75.00 on the Lazy Oaf website!

I don’t have it yet (it’s being posted the start of this week) I cannot wait to show it to you guys! I’ll be teaming this up with my new Killstar dresses for work, as well as in general.

So, what items did you pick up in the Boxing Day sales? 😀 I want to know!

Of course as we all know, it’s New Year’s Eve and I cannot believe how quickly the past week and a bit have flown by since I broke up from work. Not just that, but also with how fast the year has flown too! It’s bloody crazy. 😛

What plans do you have for New Year’s Eve too? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

So have a Happy New Year and I’ll see you in 2019! 😀

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