YY Kawaii Sakura Itabag – Review*

My Japan trip is fast approaching and if there is something I want for my trip it’s an ita bag, so I can show off all my gorgeous enamel pins! I want one in general to be fair, but I feel like in Japan I can really show off all of my loves in one place.

YY Kawaii was lovely enough to gift me her Sakura Itabag recently and I’ve been so excited to share it with you guys! I wanted to make sure all the photos were perfect, as well as all the different pins I popped inside the bag too.

I wanted to make sure I got enough photos so I can do a full review for you guys! Ita bags are becoming more and more popular these days, especially unique designs. I feel like the sakura one by YY Kawaii is one of those unique designs out there right now, for a decent price.

I honestly love this bag and not only have I really enjoyed using it over the weekends, but I have also loved all the compliments, comments and questions it has received too!

Without further ado, let’s get on with the review, as well as allllllll the photos! 😀

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

The first thing I noticed when I opened this bag from the packing is the beautiful pastel pink colour, as well as the sakura cut out shape on the front of the bag. To me ita bags are kawaii and cute, so the pink colour was the perfect choice for YY Kawaii’s ita bag design.

The bag has gold hardware on both of the zips, as well as the loops for the shoulder straps and the clasps and buckle on the strap itself. Although I’m more of a fan of silver hardware, the gold definitely compliments the pink more.

The one thing I love about this ita bag the most is that you have the choice between wearing it as either a shoulder bag, or a bumbag, which is so handy if you want this bag for travelling with!

To wear it as a bumbag there is a strap you feed through the back of the bag, which is really good! It feels comfortable when you wear the bag on your hip. To do up the bumbag strap you use the buckle, which is really quick and easy to do and undo! You can also adjust the strap for the bumbag to your fitting, It’s really easy to adjust and doesn’t take long.

Personally my only issue with this being worn as a bumbag is the size of it, it’s a little on the larger side for me and I’m unsure if I would feel comfortable using it due to this. Maybe on a night out with friends I could get away with it, but whilst I’m in Japan I don’t think I’ll use it this way.

However, I will definitely use the strap to make it a shoulder bag! If you want to wear this as a shoulder bag you just need to simply clip the strap onto both sides of the bag, via the loops and you have your bag ready to wear! I really love the way it sits and feels on my side and it’s perfect for quickly grabbing anything out of, as it sits at the right height for me. You can of course change the length of the strap, which is handy and I like that it’s with a buckle.

The thing I like the most about he strap being a buckle is how (if you wanted to) you could put some pins in the holes where the strap hasn’t been adjusted to. I’m tempted to do this and use my lock backs so that I don’t have to worry about losing any of my enamel pins whilst travelling around.

As I’ve mentioned at the start of this post, I actually plan to take this bag with me to Japan so having both of these options will be great depending what we plan to do each day!

There are two compartments on the bag, one is for you to keep all your goodies in and one is where you keep your pins. I’ll talk about the latter first.

The front compartment of the bag is a flap where you keep all your pins for your ita bag. Inside this compartment is a round padded “pin cushion” which you stick all your pins onto. The cushion is REALLY padded, which I like! Due to how thick it is the pins will never poke out of the back. This also means that it’s really quick to change enamel pins around as all you need to do is push them onto the padding and you’re done!

With this it means if you’re travelling and want to show off more and different enamel pins in your ita bag on different days, you can! Say if you were going on holiday like myself, or travelling to a convention for a weekend, you could take plenty of enamel pins, charms, key chains, etc and always be able to customise your ita bag quickly! This is definitely my favourite thing about the Sakura Ita bag by YY Kawaii.

The back compartment of the bag is really roomy for the size and I really do like this. It’s big enough to keep your essential items in like your phone, small wallet or purse, keys, Passport is travelling etc. There is also a little pocket for you to keep some items in, such as cards, money, etc. It sadly isn’t big enough for a phone, which would have come in handy but I’m never all that fussed about phone pockets in bags anyway.

Going back to the gold hardware on the bag, the two zips for the compartments on the bag both have gold hearts hanging from the zip area, which I think is a really cute addition to the bag. It also makes it a little easier to open and close the bag as you have the chunky heart to grab onto.

For me the bag is a good size if you don’t want to carry too much. I’m terrible if I have a massive bag, as I feel I need to fill it in order to benefit from the space available. It’s perfect if you want to take it out for a night out with friends or a date, if you just want to carry light for a trip out for the day and especially great to grab if you’re popping out to run some errands. I love using this bag whenever I’m going out with friends up town as I ALWAYS get complimented on it, especially when I go into geeky shops! I am always asked where it’s from, as well as where the enamel pins are from inside the bag.

Being able to show off some of my favourite enamel pins makes me so happy and it’s something I have wanted to do since I started collecting enamel pins last year. Personally this bag is perfect for a first ita bag for me due to the size, the colour and the fact it can be both a shoulder bag, as well as a bumbag.

I thought I would show off some of the enamel pins I have put inside my bag on the days I have worn it out. The three times I’ve used it so far, I’ve changed the pins! When I was taking the photos of me wearing the bag, I was actually about to pop to the shops to grab some bits and pieces for a games evening later that day! 😀

I’m so excited to take it with me to Japan and I can’t wait for all the photo opportunities I can take with it too, especially with all the different pins I can add inside.

You pay a 50% deposit of £24.50 for the bag but overall the price for the bag costs £49 and can be ordered from the website here.

I’ll pop YY Kawaii’s links below:

Website

Instagram – @yykawaii and @yykawaiimerch

Facebook

Twitter

What do you think of the Sakura Itabag by YY Kawaii? I honestly love it so much! It makes a real change for me to wear pink. 🙂 Let me know what you think of the bag in the comments down below.

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

JenniFairy Illustration – Review*

2019 is the year where I really got to work with some amazing people and companies on my blog, but 2019 is also the year where I have been privileged to work with one of my favourite independent artists, JenniFairy.

As readers will know, since 2018 I have discovered a new hobby, which is enamel pin collecting. I just love them so much! They’re affordable, can be pinned anywhere and best of all a great way to show off some of your favourite artists, game series and more.

If there is one independent artist I really do love and adore, it’s JenniFairy! I love her Pokemon pins, as well a her food pins too. We’ve been talking together for a while now through Instagram and I’ve discovered what a lovely person she is to talk to! We spoke about Japan, what she hopes to do with her store in the future and more. She’s one of my favourite artists to talk to, purely for how approachable and honest she is.

So, when we decided to work together, I was so excited! Whilst I have worked with loads of big companies and people this year, I have also learnt that I actually get more joy out of working with smaller/newer companies and independent artists, especially ones I have loved and bought from for many years.

JenniFairy is definitely one of those people! I’ve spoken about Jenn and her store on my blog before. Once back in 2017 when I first discovered her and mentioned her on my old independent artists series and literally this time last year when Jenn worked with Sour Attitude Club to create two gorgeous Pikachu enamel pins in their Pika Sweets Cafe range!

I remember wearing these pin badges to Birmingham Comic Con in March on my Persona 5 varsity jacket and EVERYONE asked me about them. Who they were by, how much, etc. I felt so happy to share JenniFairy and her store with everyone at the con. 😀

I am so excited to share with you guys not only the pins that Jenn sent me to talk about on my blog but I’m also going to show you some I have bought myself! As always, I will share links, prices and of course which pins were gifted to me, as well as which ones I bought. 🙂

Some of the items mentioned in this post have been gifted for promotional and reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are entirely my own. Items that have been gifted will have a * next to them.

I have a few different pin designs (and a sticker!) from a couple of different “series” that JenniFairy has released recently, as well as throughout the rest of 2019. 🙂

The first series I will talk about is the most recent one, which is called Spoopy Cuties. I remember when Jenn was sketching the ideas up for these cute pin designs and I honestly fell in love with all the dressed up ghosts! I knew I had to pick up one of these when they came out.

The Spoopy Cuties will be perfect all year around! I know loads of people who love Halloween and I feel like these designs will be perfect for showing off your love of the spooky month. 😛

In the collection there are 6 designs to choose from – Pumpkin Buddy (you can also grab a glitter variant too which is special edition!), Boolloons, Angel Ghost, Devil Ghost, Witch Bunny and Boonicorn. I was gifted and bought the last 2.

Witch Bunny Enamel Pin* – A Grade £8.00 and B Grade £6.00 (link)

I know loads of people who actually picked up the Witch Bunny enamel pin and I can honestly understand why. This is one of my favourite designs to come out in the Spoopy Cuties because it’s so cute with that bit of Halloween too! The purple hat works really well with the white bunny and I especially love the star detailing on the hat too. This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back. I do really love this bunny! It would be really cute to wear on a leather/fake leather jacket!

Boonicorn Enamel Pin – A Grade £8.00 and B Grade £6.00 (link)

This is the pin I knew I had to buy when it came out! I actually picked up a B Grade for a change and I have to be honest, this doesn’t look like a B Grade at all! If anything it looks like an A Grade, which makes me so happy. I can’t see any defects on it at all, which is good. The Boonicorn is so pastel, I love it! It has a pastel mane made of colours yellow, pink. blue and purple, as long as a sparkly white unicorn horn, which I found to be such a cute and magical unicorn touch! It’s face is so happy with it’s pink rosy cheeks and little arms. It’s just so damn cute! I love ghost themed things at Halloween so this pin is perfect for me! I already plan to wear it in my new itabag whilst I’m in Japan! This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

The next collection I want to talk about is actually from the first Kickstarter that JenniFairy released this year, which is Big Cat Cuties. The campaign came out in July, with pins being sent out to backers at the start of October. I backed one of the designs, but Jenn was kind enough to also send me one of the cats I regret not picking up!

The collection (as the name suggests) is inspired by big cats of the world, with the collection including 6 designs to choose from – Jaguar, Black Panther, Snow Leopard, Lion, Lynx and Tiger. Again, I was gifted and bought the last 2.

Big Cat Cuties Tiger Enamel Pin* – £9.00 and Seconds £7.00 (link)

I actually think this is my favourite design out of all the Big Cat Cuties! It looks so bright with the orange and adorable with it’s little happy face! As I mentioned before, I did regret not backing for 2 pins because I wanted this one so much! This will look adorable on a cream jumper or cardigan at work, or even on a coat throughout the winter months. I know cat fans are also massive on cat toe beans, which the Tiger has! It has little black pads, so cute! It’s the only Big Cat Cutie design to have this. This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

Big Cat Cuties Lynx Enamel Pin – £9.00 and Seconds £7.00 (link)

This is the Big Cat Cuties design I chose from backing the Kickstarter campaign and it’s so adorable! I’m not a massive “cat” fan, but I couldn’t resist this cute animal pin designs, especially as they were by JenniFairy. I love the grey colour of the Lynx design and especially the cute little pink nose. It adds such a perfect touch alongside the white and grey. This is an enamel pin I know I’ll wear loads, as I love the colour scheme so much. I love the fluffy detail on the ears, it’s so well done and really does bring out more detailing on the character. I would love to wear this both in my new itabag as well as on my red winter coat! This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

Big Cat Cuties Sticker Sheet – £4.00 (link)

I was gifted these with my Kickstarter campaign award (Lynx) and just wanted to show them to you guys! They’re so damn cute and I don’t have the heart to use them yet, as I’m not 100% sure HOW I want to use them! You get all of the Big Cat Cutie designs here and these would make a lovely little Christmas gift for someone who loves cats.

The next pin I want to talk about is a design that brought me to JenniFairy’s store in the first place, which is her adorable Eeveelution collection called Chubbilutions! I actually already own a couple of the Eeveelution pins already, which is both Eevee (a seconds pin) and Sylveon. The one I opted for this time is Vaporeon, which is one of my favourites out of the 9 cuties! Of course you can pick up Eevee, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon and Sylveon. I would LOVE to own all these in the future! 😀

Vaporeon Enamel Pin* – £8.00 (link)

I’m so glad I chose this design as it’s absolutely adorable, as well as really well detailed! I love that all of the Chubbilutions are munching on their tails, which is such a cute idea. I love how JenniFairy worked on this for each Eeveelution too. I do love the tail in Vaporeon’s mouth though, the cute little mermaid pupper that it is! I also love the detail on the scales of the Vaporeon too along its tail and as odd as it sounds, it feels really comforting on the fingers when you stroke it. This pin will be perfect to wear all the time and I especially can’t wait to put this pin and the Sylveon one together in my itabag! This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

As well as enamel pins, Jenn also sent me a sticker! I actually own the enamel pin design of the sticker that I was sent. I wanted this sticker to pop either into my Filofax diary, or even a notebook.

Pikachu Crepe Sticker* – £2.00 (link)

I love this design so much, it shouts Japan to me in every sense with both the Pikachu and the crepe. It’s so cute and really does remind me of when I went to Birmingham comic con in March and everyone adored this design, alongside the Pikachu ice cream design that I own both of the pins of.

Finally I’m going to be talking about my favourite item that Jenn sent me in my gifted package and it’s an item that is sadly no longer available as it was limited edtion. HOWEVER, Jenn will be bringing a special Christmas edition out of this little cutie, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for this!

Detective Pikachu Enamel Pin*

I love this pin so much and it’s one that Jenn was kind enough to put to one side for me before it sold out, as she knew how much I wanted one! As I mentioned before, this pin is now sold out but I just had to mention it here because I know JenniFairy will be bringing this back for Christmas… So make sure to keep eyes peeled for this limited edition cutie! The original design has his cute little deer stalker hat on and his takeaway cup of coffee! I love the pastel colour scheme for this too, it’s perfect and really does shout JenniFairy’s unique style to me! I loved Detective Pikachu so I’m so pleased to have a little pin badge to show this. This will definitely be going into my itabag and taken with me to Japan! This is on a gold finish and has one clutch fixes on the back.

So that is everything that both JenniFairy sent me, as well as the few bits I picked up myself. 🙂

I cannot thank Jenn enough for giving me the opportunity to work with her for this blog post today and it is by far one of my favourite collaborations of 2019! I’m so excited to put these pins in my itabag, as well as on cardigans, coats/jackets and more to show off to the world and especially when I go to Japan! 😀

I love talking about independent artists on my blog, especially when I love what they do! If it means I can talk about something I adore and help my readers discover new places to buy kawaii goods from at the same time, it’s real blessing.

Overall I honestly love Jenn’s designs and they’re so unique and whenever I see her work I instantly know it’s her. Her designs are cute, pastel and chubby, can you get anymore kawaii than that? I don’t think so. 😛

Not only does she design Pokemon themed goods, but she does also design food and Japanese food, as well as some other animal designs too. Make sure to go and check out her store for more, as well as go and bag yourself some goodies as well! 😀

I’ve posted JenniFairy’s links down below so you can check out her store, as well as all her social media platforms. 😀

Etsy

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Christmas is looming and I feel JenniFairy would be a great place to pick up a Secret Santa present, as well as gifts for friends or young teenagers who love Pokemon.

What would you like to pick up for yourself, or a friend? Make sure to let me know in the comments below!

Until next time all, I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. 🙂

Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition

You guys voted for today’s post over on my Twitter account, so I’m being a good blogger and bringing it to you today! 😀 I did also mention in my wish list for November that I had bought this too.. 😛

I decided recently that it would be a good idea to order my own Switch, whether it be the original or the Switch Lite due to Pokemon Sword and Shield coming out, as well as mine and Dane’s upcoming Japan holiday.

I settled on a Switch Lite, especially the limited edition Pokemon Zacian & Zamazenta one! If there is one thing I disliked about the Switch Lite’s when they were released in September is the three colours they came out with. Yellow, turquoise and grey. YUCK! Why not a purple, neon green or red, for example?

So when I saw that the Pokemon edition was grey, cyan and magenta I knew I had found the Switch I was after! I didn’t really want to go for a Switch as me and Dane already own one (it’s his!) which would be sort of pointless. So the Switch Lite was just a better option for me!

I am so excited for so many Switch game releases, including Pokemon Sword and Shield on Friday and Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March 2020.

I already plan to take my Switch Lite with me to Japan and (as sad as it sounds) to work some days for lunchtimes when I want to play Pokemon or Animal Crossing.

So, I’m going to show off what the Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition looks like! You may be thinking about picking this up yourself, or just want to know what a Switch Lite is like in comparison to the Switch.

I hope you enjoy this post today! It won’t be anything special, but I know you guys wanted me to write about it… So I am! 😀

First of all the box it comes in! It’s nothing special but shows on both the front and back what the Switch Lite will look like, both on the front and back. In the box you get your Switch Lite console, as well as a charger. The 3DS never came with a charger, so I’m really pleased that Nintendo learnt from their past mistakes and made sure to supply one with the Switch Lite.

Apart from this, there isn’t much to the box at all! However, the Switch Lite itself is gorgeous, in so many ways.

The Switch Lite is amazing! It’s gorgeous to look at, feels good in the hands (both weight and feel) and is a perfect handheld console.

It’s a light grey colour with accents of both white, cyan and magenta. The cyan and magenta were chosen after the names of the two new legendary Pokemon – Zacian (sword) and Zamazenta (shield). Cyan is blue, magenta is pink. I didn’t really think of this until the Switch Lite arrived on Friday. The cyan and magenta work really well with the light grey colour of the Switch Lite overall and if anything, makes it pop!

A D-Pad has now been added to the left hand side of the Switch Lite, which used to be 4 buttons previously on the Switch. This is the only noticeable thing in all honestly.

Something else I noticed is how much better the ZL and ZR buttons feel on the Switch Lite in comparison to the Switch. They just feel firmer and that little bit more satisfying to press… I hope this makes sense! 😛

Another thing, I don’t know if it’s because my Switch Lite is new, but I’m struggling at the moment to open both the game card slot at the top and the microSD slot at the bottom. This being said, Dane didn’t have an issue when I asked for some help! I think I’m just being too sensitive with my Switch Lite, which makes sense.

On the back of the Switch Lite is a gorgeous design of both the wolf legendary Pokemon, Zacian (sword) and Zamazenta (shield). The outline of both the wolf designs is in a darker grey which pop out of the back of the Switch Lite! It looks amazing and works well with the light grey and white which is on show around them.

My one issue with this however is the fact they could have added each legendary on the same side as their matching colour, instead of the opposite… I know this sounds fussy but in my head it makes sense…

So that’s all I can think to talk about with my Switch Lite! I really love it and have played a little but of Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee! but I have been on the lookout for a small game to play between now and the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Before I wrap up this post I thought I would show off some comparison images of both the Switch and Switch Lite alongside one another!

So! That is the Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition! 😀

To buy this it will set you back £199.99, however I picked mine up from the official Nintendo UK store for £179.99 and I bet yourself wondering how I got it so cheap?

When me and Dane visited the Pokemon Center London (which you can read about here!) we popped upstairs to demo Pokemon Sword and Shield and we were given a new guidebook about Nintendo Switch, which included a 10% discount code for the Nintendo UK store! You can get one of your own by following this link! Fill in your information and you’ll receive one in the post. 🙂

What do you guys think of the Switch Lite that I picked up? 🙂 Do you own a Switch or Switch Lite? What games are your favourite and which are you excited for? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

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

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Bubble Boba Halloween 2019*

If there is a time of year I love, it’s definitely autumn and in autumn all the cool stuff happens, including Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Halloween is just over a week away now and I’ve already made my plans to chill out at home, playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 with my boyfriend and relax. Not exactly the spookiest evening in the world, but it’ll be amazing nonetheless!

A couple of weekends ago I was kindly invited by both Bubble Boba and Amy over at Writing into the Ether for an evening of Halloween antics and to try the two new limited edition Halloween drinks for 2019!

I’ve been to Bubble Boba for an event in May where we all got the chance to make our own bubble tea drinks, which was so much fun! I was so happy to be invited again for an event and couldn’t wait to try the Halloween drinks that Bubble Boba have brought out for Halloween this year!

I really do love Bubble Boba and whenever I’m in Fargo Village I always make sure to pop in to grab a drink… My two favourites are red velvet cheesecake and matcha milk tea with pudding.

Both myself and my boyfriend Dane were invited to the event, which was amazing! I do love going to food and drink related events with Dane as and when I can, as I love writing about it from a couples point of view. We both love bubble tea too and are always enjoying discovering new places wherever we go.

Alongside me and Dane, both Amy and Lizzie from over at Hello Lizzie Bee were at the event too! It was lovely to see Lizzie as I hadn’t seen her for a while. 🙂 If you love my content in regards to Japan, you’ll definitely love hers!

I was excited to give the Halloween drinks a go, but sadly I was unable to try the one drink due to allergies… However, Dane tried it for me and he loved it so much!

The food and drink gifted during the evening was for reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are my own.

As I mentioned, Bubble Boba have brought out two new drinks for Halloween:

Witches Brew Apple pie milkshake – A creamy Halloween treat with sweet apple pulp, shortbread ashes and cauldron slime.

Jack-O’-Lantern Milk Tea – A tricky tea that fuses pumpkin spice with all the things nice… Can you smell burning?

Witches Brew was a definite hit with everyone, especially Dane who loved it! This is the drink I wasn’t able to try due to allergies but I’m glad he was able to enjoy it. You need to give it a good shake before you drink so that all the sweet apple pulp and shortbread can mix together! Dane described it of being a drink-apble-pie* in a thick milkshake.

*See what we did there? 😛

I tried the Jack-O’-Lantern, which was such an autumnal drink for me! I’m not a massive fan of Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks (or any coffee place for that matter!) so I worried I wasn’t going to enjoy this one. I did really like it though. I personally couldn’t taste the pumpkin… But I don’t know if this is due to the fact I don’t each much pumpkin anyway? This is just such a warming drink though and the smells and flavours from it reminded me of Bonfire Night, standing around the fire to keep warm and watching the fireworks. It really did flood memories back of the first Bonfire Night me and Dane went to in 2017. I loved it and I can’t wait to go out for Bonfire Night this year with him.

You can have your drinks hot or cold, I decided to have the Jack-O’-Lantern warm, after it was recommended to me and with some whip cream on top. It was delicious and a real treat! However, I did find I was struggling to drink it after getting halfway through. It’s a very filling drink and due to how warming it is with the flavours, for me it was a little too much. This being said though, I enjoyed it from start to finish! You could maybe go for a smaller size if you’re similar to me and now a massive spice and pumpkin fan.

Alongside drinks, we were also given some yummy bubble waffles and given the option of adding whatever we wanted to each of them! Dane opted for bubblegum and raspberry sauce and ice cream, whilst I opted for chocolate sauce and matcha powder.

Can never say no to yummy bubble waffles! I couldn’t finish mine so I took it home with me to nibble the next day. 😛

For our time there during the event we were in awe of all the amazing Halloween decorations that Bubble Boba had put up around the store! They really went for it, all whilst leaving the adorable alpaca plushies across the cupboard in the store. I loved that the store went from spooky to cute in seconds. 😛

We were also given some Halloween hats and headpieces to wear too! This was a little bit of fun and I really enjoyed it.

The night came to an end and me and Dane hung around Fargo Village for a little to chill out before we headed home.

I had such an amazing evening and although I’m not going to do much for Halloween this year, it has definitely got me into the Halloween spirit! I’m going to decorate my house on Saturday ready for the spooky week ahead!

If you’re local to Coventry, make sure to go and check out the two Halloween drinks that Bubble Boba have on offer! Which one takes your fancy?

I’ll also link down to their social media pages too, just in case you want to go and check them out and follow them! I know they recently opened up new store in Cardiff University’s student union! If you’re also local to the Coventry or Cardiff stores you can also use Deliveroo or Uber Eats to get your Bubble Boba bubble fixes direct to your door!

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What are you planning to do for Halloween? 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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Sarah Dandh – The Roost Mug and Print

As regular readers will know I LOVE Animal Crossing, as well as supporting independent artists, and I’ll be talking about both in today’s blog post!

To every Animal Crossing fan I know, I have been banging on about the seller Sarah Dandh for almost 4 months now thanks to this tweet here where Sarah was showing off the gorgeous Animal Crossing design she had drawn of The Roost and stuck on a mug! 😀

I kept my eye on her Twitter account everyday for an update of when both the mug and the print of The Roost would be released in her store. In August the store was opened and the two Animal Crossing goodies I wanted were there and ready to buy. I made my ordered and waited for over a month for my goodies to be shipped out. I also decided to order a cute little Isabelle sticker too! I regret not ordering the charm to be honest with you, but meh… I’ll live. 😛

I was rather impatient about waiting, but I asked Sarah why and she was quick enough to let me know why, which was good. It was due to some stock issues and ordering, so I didn’t mind waiting. I understand it can be hard when you’re your boss and work on your own with sorting orders, etc. 🙂

Sarah was kind enough to ship my items out to me separately so that the mug didn’t damage the print. I didn’t have to pay separate shipping prices, which was good and I didn’t feel that the prices I paid for shipping with tracking were bad either. Sarah is based in Spain, which was good for me in the UK. Sometimes I find some gorgeous prints and designs out there from independent artists who are based in America and the shipping will cost more than the item you’re buying. It’s crazy and to be honest it sucks. So, I do love it when I find independent artists in Europe.

SarahDandh does also ship worldwide, so don’t worry if you aren’t from the UK that you won’t be able to buy any of her goods, because you WILL!

Before I talk about the mug and the print I ordered (as well as the sticker AND all the stickers Sarah gave to me!) I want to talk about The Roost design overall, because it really is something special… Well, at least to me.

The Roost design that SarahDandh has created is based off of The Roost in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’s a definite match and she’s done it in such a good way! Looking at the print brings back so many memories of when me and Dane bought the game at the same time and spent our weekends off work playing it together. Not just that, but it also bring back fond memories of when I was at uni and was gifted a Nintendo DS Lite and bought myself Animal Crossing: Wild World to play on it. I spent many days and evenings playing that game! 😀

So, let’s finally talk about the print! At the coffee bar you can see Brewster serving coffee to Blathers, with some tiny touches in the background, such as the gyroids, the coffee grinder, till and coffee pot.

You also have you, as the character with pink hair serving Isabelle a takeaway coffee. I love the flowers above her head, which in Animal Crossing are a sign of joy. In the game you would work in the coffee shop and serve villagers drinks. You’d need to remember their orders (which I always Googled :P) but if you did good, you would get special Brewster/The Roost furniture and even coins for helping.

Then we have K.K. Slider playing some music on his guitar (which is something I don’t recall him doing in New Leaf but did in Wild World). Like Isabelle he has emotions around him, but he has musical notes, which is obviously to show he’s playing his guitar and singing. Even still, I love that he’s in this design though! It wouldn’t be Animal Crossing without him.

Finally there’s Whitney and Fauna having a coffee and a giggle together, which is showing through the yellow lines around Whitney.

Anyhoo, now it’s time to talk about the goodies I ordered from SarahDandh with The Roost design on, as well as much more!

The Roost Mug – $15.00 – (link)

Now you can drink you daily Coffee in this mug like you did at Brewster’s café in Animal Crossing New Leaf!

The mug comes inside a shipping resistant box and includes an Isabelle sticker.

The mug is a decent size to be perfectly honest with you, nothing too big and nothing too small. I really like it due to that as sometimes a big mug on a weekday morning can be a little bit too much for my morning coffee… Not due to the caffeine but because I’m a lazy cow and I like to stay in bed as long as possible before I need to get ready for work. However, due to this I like to quickly eat my breakfast and drink my coffee without worrying about time. However, on a weekend a big mug of coffee is a must for a lazy morning! 😛

I love a mug with a good character, photo and more on it that I love. I like that if I have guests or friends over, this can become a conversation starter too! For example I have a Pusheen mug that Dane’s brother and his girlfriend bought me for Christmas (hey both if you’re reading! ^_^) and loads of people say what a cute mug it is, which is really is! I own a couple of fox mugs and as everyone knows who knows me, I LOVE foxes. I do have an Animal Crossing mug, but it’s not a patch on this one. This is perfect. It has The Roost on it! You honestly cannot get any better than that.

Not only does this mug have The Roost design on it, but inside the mug is green, which at first I thought was a strange colour choice… But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if this was green due to the colour of the leaf on the logo for Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Maybe not, maybe so?

I have to be honest, (because as my readers know, that’s what I’m all about!) I do have one issue with this mug… The design on the mug of The Roost doesn’t look like it is printed evenly around the mug when it you look at the mug from above… I’ll try and show this on the photos the best I can, but when you look at the handle of the mug you can see where the printing starts and finishes around the mug. You can see how wonky the print is. It doesn’t end in a similar place to where it started. Now, I don’t know if this is the case on all the mugs, or if I was unlucky. I didn’t bring it up with Sarah as I wasn’t that fussed, but I wanted to mention it here, because if you would be bothered by it, then maybe you should message Sarah in regards to this before ordering? Just thought I’d mention it…

Either way I really love this mug. It definitely brings a smile to my face whenever I use it and it’s up there in my cupboard as one of my go to mugs now for my morning coffee. 😛

The Roost Print (A6-A4 size) – $4.00-$5.00 – (link)

Ah, that Pigeon cafeteria from the Animal Crossing series.

Available in three sizes:
A6 (105 x 148 mm)
A5 (148 x 210 mm)
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

I’ve spoken about this print above but honestly I love this design so damn much! I honestly cannot wait to pop it in a frame and pop it up somewhere in the house. Dane has suggested the print be put up in the kitchen due to the theme, but we already have a pretty cool print in there (my Pokemon one!) so yeah, I’d like to keep it as it is.

The print just makes me so damn happy! I haven’t yet decided where I want it to go, but I am feeling in mine and Dane’s bedroom by my side of the bed. We shall see though. 😛

I picked up the A4 size, as I knew I wanted the biggest one they sold. The card it’s printed on is really thick and amazing quality! I’m really pleased with it.

Isabelle Holo Sticker – $2.00 – (link)

Can’t wait for the new Animal Crossing? This cute Isabelle sticker can decorate your Switch, 3DS, phone or whatever you want until the game is coming!

7 cm aprox with holographic foil coating.

Stickers I received for free:

“Gacha Addict” Holo Sticker – (link)

Shiba Pup Holo Sticker – (link)

Cute Little Animals Holo Sticker – (link)

I also received an Animal Crossing Stitches holo sticker too! But this doesn’t seem to be for sale on the store, so sadly I cannot link.

Overall, that was everything I bought and received in my order from SarahDandh! As soon as I saw this collection was going to be for sale, I knew I had to pick up at one point or another. I’m so glad to have this mug in my kitchen cupboard to use most mornings throughout the week and especially glad to have the print. Again, it just makes me so damn happy to look at and it’s the kind of thing that will bring a smile to my face everyday when I look at it.

I’ll make sure to pop SarahDandH’s website and social media links below:

Website

Twitter

Instagram

Do you like Animal Crossing? Are you excited for the new game New Horizons coming out on the Switch in March? I’m so bloody excited for it, so much so I’ll be writing a post in the future of how both me and you out there who are also Animal Crossing fans can get your fill of Animal Crossing for the time being.

Would you treat yourself to some Animal Crossing goods from SarahDandh? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

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

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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.

Store

Etsy Store

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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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