October Favourites ’22

Happy Halloween guys! It’s tomorrow, one of my favourite times of year, and unfortunately, I’m not here for it. I bought decorations and never put them up, and I had a pumpkin to carve (thanks to my dad and his pumpkin patch!) but due to have a cold/flu this week, I haven’t even felt up to doing it. I’m gutted. Halloween this year has been a major flop for me for many reasons, which is a shame.

It’s not all doom and gloom in the run up to November though, as me and Dane are now on holiday from work for a week! We’ve been in need of some long time off of work so we’re both looking forward to it.

October really flew by and I can’t believe it’s November in just a few days. I love this time of year due to Halloween and Bonfire Night, but the weather is vile, which is such a shame. I hope during our week off the weather holds off a little, I don’t want to just have a wet week off work. 😦

I’m not going to waffle on anymore, let’s get on with the favourites!

Beauty – Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream.

This is a body cream I’ve been using for quite a while now, couple of months now maybe? Unfortunately I recently discovered that I’m allergic to The Body Shop’s strawberry body yogurt on my legs, so I’ve had to discontinue using that there, and instead I’ve been using the Neutrogena gel cream. I don’t just use this on my legs, sometimes I will use all over as it’s such a quick and easy body gel cream to use! It absorbs quickly, feels light and cooling and smells lovely and fresh too! This is one where a little bit goes a long way too, and I already know I’ll be repurchasing this, especially when it costs less than £5! I also have the spray version too, which I don’t use too often… I need to use it more!

Movie – Various horror including Rec and House of 1000 Corpses.

The past week we’ve spent many evenings watching horror movies through Shudder, a movie subscription service dedicated to horror! We have a seven day free trial and so far we’ve watched quite a few films on there, but the two that stand out to me are Rec and House of 1000 Corpses, the latter being a movie my boyfriend has wanted me to watch since we got together! Rec is always a film I’d heard of due to the remake, but I never actually knew what it was about. Alas I was surprised as I watched it and I thoroughly enjoyed! If you’ve never seen it, you should watch it too, not the remake, the original!

My boyfriend did pre-warn me about House of 1000 Corpses about how “amateur” it is due to it being done by Rob Zombie, who at the time was more known as a musician than director. This was the first film he directed and you can kind of tell, but that’s what is so charming about the film itself! The film is about a group of teenagers who are kidnapped by a family during Halloween. My favourite character (one I’m sure the film is best known for) is Captain Spaulding. He’s fucking hilarious and I can’t get enough of some of the stuff he says, hence the clip above.

TV Show – Chainsaw Man.

I haven’t read the manga, but I was so hyped about the anime for Chainsaw Man releasing a couple of weeks ago! I’ve always heard amazing things about the manga series from my friend Sammie, as well as from members of the Worlds Apart Discord community. We’re on three episodes so far and it’s constantly giving you action and things to get you to the edge of your seat. We follow Denji, a teenage human boy, who is orphaned, and has to hunts devils in order to pay off his families debt. With his pet devil Pochita by his side, he can do what he needs to. However, something bad happens, which changes Denji’s life. I won’t say anymore as I don’t wish to spoil but… I’m loving this series so far and I already can’t wait for the next episode on Tuesday. 😛

Music – PVRIS – “Anywhere But Here” and “Animal”.

Recently PVRIS released two new songs in the form of a short film, where both songs were featured. I really love both of these songs, more so “Anywhere But Here” as I love the lyrics and melody style vibe and sound behind it. I do really like “Animal” as well as it feels the complete opposite to “Anywhere But Here” with harder guitar riffs and more, with the lyrics being a little more edgy too and with a rebel attitude? I remember seeing around the end of October that PVRIS had something new to reveal to fans, so I was excited it would at least be a new song, but the fact we got treated to two?! I can’t remember if I mentioned on my blog previously, but at the start of August I finally bit the bullet and booked to see PVRIS live, and I’m so bloody excited for it! Since I discovered PVRIS in 2019 I’ve been dying to go and see them live. 🙂

Game – PlateUp!

This is a game one of our friends was talking about, which intrigued me. I watched the trailer above and I just knew I had to give it a go! As it’s a game Dane already owned, we opted to play it on the split screen play together with said friend and since then I’ve been itching to play it! This was only yesterday by the way. 😛 So, PlateUp! is about running a restaurant, including cooking in the kitchen, serving the customers, as well as cleaning after them. Pretty much Overcooked, BUT it isn’t as stressful, which is always nice. One thing I especially liked about this game is the fact it’s couch co-op, so you don’t need two copies for you and a someone else to play! It’s up to four players, so maybe even four of you could play at the same time!

Just a few of my favourite things…

A new cross stitch project!

At the start of October I started a new cross stitch project and it’s one I was so anxious about at first, so much so I left it untouched for about a week? Since then I’ve been picking it up every other night and a couple of weeks later it’s looking as it does above. If you can’t tell, this is a Studio Ghibli inspired piece from Spirited Away. It’s Chihiro’s little yellow shoes, surrounded by soot sprites. As we don’t like shoes on in the house, I decided to cross stitch this design for our home to hang up! I’m planning to have it completed before the new Pokemon games come out mid November. The design/pattern is by the same person who I bought my Eevee design/pattern off, which I’ll link here.

New smock dresses.

If there’s one style of dress I’m mad about right now, it’s smock dresses. I can’t get enough of them, honestly! I received a couple recently, one being a pre-order, the other being a bargain find on eBay! I’ll talk about them in the order shown about.

The ghost smock dress is by Lazy Girl Club, which I mentioned recently on my October wish list here. I pre-ordered this dress over a month ago and a few weeks ago, it arrived! I love ghosts, so I knew I couldn’t resist this dress for Halloween, as well as all year around! The only issue I have with it though is it’s far too big for me, which people have commented on. If I don’t wear a harness or belt around the middle, I look like I’m trying to hide a pregnancy, which personally isn’t a look I want. Due to this I’m looking for a harness I can wear with this a lot of the time. I do have a Black Milk Clothing corset style harness that I’m wearing in the above photo, which works so well with it! I’ll probably try and wear this at work one day and see how I get on! If you’d like to get one of your own ghost smock dresses by Lazy Girl Club, or any other of her pieces for that matter, get over to her store ASAP as she’s just reopened it for orders!

The eBay bargain I found is this Lazy Oaf sally dress! I’ve seen this dress pop up on eBay and Vinted on and off, but when someone popped one on eBay for under £40, I couldn’t resist! It was brand new with tags and a complete bargain. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive so I could wear it to work and more. I’ve worn it a few times and it’s definitely too big for me, but it’s fine with a belt around the middle! It’s very cosy and perfect for colder days with a cardigan layered over the top of it. When I wore it to work I got a lot of compliments, which was really nice!

Lumichee goodies.

Finally, my long awaited Lumichee goodies arrived that I ordered! I can’t remember if I mentioned on my blog, but I placed this order through a courier service as the costs I would have paid through Etsy were a joke! I have no regrets and since the hoodie arrived, I’ve pretty much lived in it. 😛 I went for the mousemoth hoodie, as well as a sakura inspired mousemoth plush. I’m already chomping at the bit to place a second order, but I must be good due to Christmas looming! I don’t want to talk too much about these as I plan to write a blog post about these at some point in November. 🙂

So, there we have it, my favourites for October! Did you find October flew by really quickly?

What were your favourites from October? Anything I’ve mentioned that you’re planning to check out? Also, what plans do you have for Halloween tomorrow and Bonfire Night next week? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and have an amazing (and safe) Halloween and Bonfire Night next week!

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October Wish List ’22

October is well and truly here and I’m getting hyped for Halloween! I know, it’s a good couple of weeks away (just under three!) yet but I do love Halloween, as regular and older readers will know. I really want to do something for it this year seeing as I’m not at work, but I don’t have a bloody clue what! I’m sure I’ll think of something… Any ideas, pop them in the comments!

I felt really stumped this month with my monthly wish list as I just didn’t have a clue what to add! I really do feel like at times I’ve had to stop myself buying things, some were harder than others but alas, here we are. Half of the items on my wish list this month are pre-orders, hence why they were mentioned… I was really stuck for what to add this month!

With Christmas looming, these wish lists may be easier to write as I need to stop buying goods so Dane and my family can have some ideas of what to get me. Plus with costs on the rise, I need to stop treating myself to things too.

So, on that note, on with the wish list!

  • Lazy Girl Club – Ghost Smock Dress – (link)

This isn’t a wished after item, but one I have pre-ordered and should be getting by the end of the month. I love ghosts, especially when they look cute, so I really couldn’t resist picking this up. Plus, it’s a smock style too, which is a style I’ve really fallen in love with the past year. On top of all that though, Lazy Girl Club is an independent and slow fashion brand and if there’s one thing I really do want to support these days, it’s just that. I’m excited to have this for Halloween, as well as mine and Dane’s short trip away as I really do want to style it up, and wear it as much as possible! I’m planning to wear it for both in and out of work. I already wear my Black Milk Clothing ghost dresses to work, so I’m up for wearing another one. 😛 This dress will be great for laying too and I’m already planning to try and get a nice black and white striped t-shirt to wear underneath. I’m planning on writing a blog post about this piece in November, so make sure to keep eyes peeled for that!

  • Komi Can’t Communicate Shoko Komi Nendoroid – (link)

This is a pre-order from back in March and I can’t wait for it to finally arrive at the end of the month! Both me and Dane love Komi Can’t Communicate, so when we saw Komi was getting a Nendoroid figure, we knew we had to get her! I love all the different poses and faces she comes with too. This will be one I’m sure me and Dane will assemble together so we both get faces and poses we love. As this was a pre-order item from so long ago.

  • Lore Olympus: Volume Three – (link)

At the time of starting this blog post I DID have this book pre-ordered, but due to wanting to be good with my money, I cancelled the pre-order. This is a book I’d love to pick up, as I’m really loving reading the series, but I can always ask for this for Christmas or birthday, as before we know it, they’ll be here! There’s a volume four coming out next year too, so I could always wait and pick them up together in 2023!

  • Monki Black Mock Neck Top With Heart Cut Out – (link)

This is an item that came to my attention recently as I saw it being advertised on Instagram! I’ve always wanted one of these tops from Monki where there is the heart cut out, but it’s always sold out, or no longer stocked. I have tried to find it second hand to buy but I’ve had no luck finding one. Maybe Monki was aware how popular this piece is as they’ve brought it back! I want this in a big size as it sounds like it runs on the tight side, and tight fitting clothing is not for me! Ideally I want this for work so I can wear it with trousers and skirts. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for my size to come in stock! 😀

  • Sanrio Cinnamoroll Omori Keychain – (link)

This is a keychain I would love to get eventually to keep on my car keys! I feel like they’re in need of something new to them, and this adorable Cinnamoroll ramen bowl full of yummy Japanese food is one I’d love! I’d worry it would make me hungry looking at it though… 😛

  • Kate Allan Rise Above 2023 Desk Calendar – (link)

Finally as the year 2022 is starting to come to an end, it’s time for some new calendars to slowly start making their way onto my wish lists. For the first time in 2022 I’ve bought a desk calendar, which is my Animal Crossing one. I’ve loved peeling off each day and having something new to look at, so I’d love to get another one. When I saw that Kate Allan is releasing one, I knew I had to get it! I haven’t bought this yet, but I’m planning to as soon as possible! Kate Allan’s work is amazing and each item she creates includes an adorable animal, as well as an important message for anyone who needs to see/hear it that day. I’d end up keeping each day to give to people who need them! I’d also look to sticking one or two on my desk at work for when I’m not having good days and need something to look at to perk me up a little.

So, there we have it! My wish list for this month! I’m not going to lie, I am incredibly excited for my Lazy Girl Club dress to arrive and I can’t wait to wear it for Halloween, as well as Bonfire Night!

What do you have on your wish list? Have you ordered some goodies you’re excited for? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and have an amazing weekend!

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Tallulah’s Threads – Love Bug Lilac Dress

I want to give a bit of context to today’s blog post before I start getting into it. Originally I was going to write about lots of various fashion pieces I’d bought in January/February, but after my Tallulah’s Threads dress arriving, I really want to focus on talking about this piece and the brand behind it. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do a fun photoshoot with Dane for this one. We’ve both been too tired/busy to take any photos together, so sadly photos of me in front of my bedroom mirror will have to suffice. 😦

Due to some of the ways I’ve decided to style this dress, I’ll be sharing some of the newer items I’ve picked up recently too.

All this being said, I don’t know if today’s blog post is going to be one that my regular readers will enjoy or not (although deep down I hope you do…), but it’s one I really wanted to write and share with you all today. This post is going to be my usual review style when talking about independent businesses but clothes, and cute ones at that!

For any newer readers of There Might Be Coffee, back in the day (10 years ago now!) when I first started my blog, I used to write this sort of content often. I was really into fashion in my late teens and early twenties and would try and dress as cute and fashionable as possible. I don’t know what happened but suddenly I just decided to start following all the trends at the time, which I put it down to watching Sex and the City and Ugly Betty, which of course circulate around fashion. I had also started to read Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic (The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic) series, which focussed a lot on fashion too. On top of that, I used to buy as many fashion magazines as I could just to take in all the latest trends and more! This was times before blogs really blew up, alongside Instagram and Pinterest. Who else remembers being like this about fashion?

Just to add here, I had a massive sort out of my wardrobe in autumn 2021 and have either donated or sold most of the items I sorted, which is amazing! However, I still have lots of stuff left at my mom’s to grab, which I’ve been doing gradually. How fashion conscious I used to be is something Dane has only recently discovered after I brought home loads of older pairs of shoes I used to own, including heels, wedges and more! These days I’m happy to live in Vans and occasionally Dr Martens. All about that comfort now. 😛

Covid has done a lot of things for me and unfortunately my mental health declining is one of them, which I know a lot of others have experienced too. Another thing it has done for a lot of people is cause us to dress more casual and comfortable in clothes such as joggers, hoodies, sweaters and even pyjamas! I was definitely guilty of this too, especially days when my mental health was really bad.

Due to this, Covid has actually made me think more about my style and how I’d like to change it up in the future! Before Covid I would mostly wear mom jeans with baggy t-shirts and hoodies and days of binge wearing my mom jeans aren’t as often as they once were, I do still like to throw them on every now and then. Now I want to wear more dresses, in colours that suit my skin tone (purple, red and blue) and with as many cute characters and animals as my heart desires! I also really want to show off the alternative style that I’ve always adored and I think 2022 is finally the year to do that.

We’re three months into 2022 already (how?!) and my wardrobe has definitely changed in a short period of time, which is always good! I have a couple of new dresses (Black Milk Clothing, Simple Be, and of course Tallulah’s Threads) as well as accessories. I do have my eye on getting more bits and pieces in the future, but for now I think I have a good starting place. All the items I’ve bought, including accessories, will be worn for both work and personal. I don’t want to keep reaching into my wardrobe the mornings I’m in the office to pick up the same stuff, which is usually black and consists of baggy trousers and jumpers. I want colourful pieces I can wear in the office and feel really nice in.

Not only will I be showing off the Tallulah’s Threads dress I’ve picked up, but also how I’m planning to style it, which includes newer accessories I’ve bought lately, as well as some older pieces I love!

Tallulah’s Threads Lilac Heart Dress – (link).

This dress has fast become one of my favourites that I own! It’s colourful, comfortable and really does show off my kawaii side, before and after accessories are added to it. Best of all though, it’s by an independent brand that handmake and customise all their pieces and all in the UK too. What more could you ask for?

I discovered Tallulah’s Threads in 2018 through someone on Instagram and fell in love with their pieces. However, at the time I wasn’t 100% into smock dresses, so whilst I admired from afar, I never placed an order. However, since around Halloween last year I have fallen in love with smock dresses thanks to one I own by Disturbia (it’s actually an oversized skater dress…) and since then I’ve bought quite a few to add to my growing collection, of course including this one from Tallulah’s Threads.

I don’t know why but in February I really fell in love with heart prints… Maybe because of Valentines Day and them being everywhere throughout that month? This being said I mostly fell in love with the lilac colour of the dress, which definitely gives me those pastel vibes I’ve been after for years. Plus, purple is my favourite colour. I’m really looking forward to Spring at the moment for lighter nights, adventure days out with Dane and of course, Easter. So, with spring coming up this dress is more than likely going to be worn to death, both for work and outside of work.

One thing I found when looking to buy this dress is, there’s no decent reviews out there of it. There’s a couple of Instagram posts and YouTube videos here and there, but that’s about it. I actually ended up seeking advise from someone on Depop, of all places! She was so helpful though and I’ll link her Instagram account here, as her content is so colourful, it would be a shame not to.

I ended up sizing down for the smock dress, as usually they are designed to be an oversized fit and whilst I love my oversized pieces, I don’t want them to swamp me so much that people query if I’ve lost weight. Due to the fact I like my clothes oversized I usually go for an L (maybe even an XL, depending) in dresses, but due to the advise I was given, I went for an M for my dress. This was definitely a good choice, but I could have probably gotten away with an S due to how oversized it still is. This being said, I’m still happy I went with the M.

The material of the dress itself is soft, stretchy and isn’t too thin, nor too thick, which in turn makes it perfect for all seasons. It’s short sleeved and has pockets! The length of the dress is really nice too as it sits just above the knee on me (for reference I’m 5’7).

My only gripe with this dress is depending what bra you wear underneath, depends if it’s visible or not. The bra I tend to wear with this dress has lace, which when worn shows the outline of on the chest. This isn’t something I want showing when I wear this dress, especially at work. So, I opted to wear a vest underneath to smooth it out a little. Due to the dress being oversized it’s still comfortable to wear with layering and it’s something I plan to try again soon with a long sleeved black t-shirt underneath! This will probably be great during the colder months. Of course to get through this you could also wear a t-shirt bra that’s smooth with no visible outlines, but as I don’t own one, I can’t test this out.

Another thing I want to mention here that may be a gripe for some/most is the price. Tallulah’s Threads dresses aren’t the cheapest, but it’s for a variety of reasons, mostly due to them being handmade. Primark and other big stores are so cheap due to the quality of their pieces and how they’re made. I’d rather pay more money and not only have a longer lasting item, but also helping a small businesses to boot too. This dress is £65, but I snagged mine for £52 with a discount code. I don’t think I’d have bought the dress without some sort of discount due to the cost of it.

I’ve decided to style my dress with my heart belt that I bought second hand, plain black tights/black fishnet tights, my pastel rainbow cardigan and either black flat shoes, or my Lazy Oaf x Vans. I recently also bought a pair of Lazy Oaf x Dr Martens boots from eBay (worn to try on) so I’d love to style and wear with those too! I wore this whole outfit to a friends a couple of weeks ago and felt cute AF!

Heart Belt.

If there is one thing I really want to do in 2022 it’s try and buy second-hand a lot more. As someone who started to recently sell second-hand items online I just feel like it’s something we should all do to help the planet a little, whether we’re selling or buying. Personally it’s a mixture of doing my bit for the planet, as well as saving some money. I recently picked up a Disturbia skirt I’ve been after for as long as I can remember. It was stated to have only been worn once and was half the price of the skirt brand new. I’ve since worn it a handful of times and it’s in amazing condition. Just an example of why shopping second-hand can be great for various reasons. Anyhoo, back to the belt! I paid less than £2 for this and it’s in a style I’ve been after for as long as I can remember too, so glad I managed to snag it for a bargain! I think this belt is mainly created to be worn on the waist, which is exactly how I’ll be styling it. It works so well with the Tallulah’s Threads dress due to the heart pattern, as well as the black accents too which work with the dress as a whole! I’ve worn these two pieces together at work and received so many compliments.

Primark Fishnet Tights.

Not going to lie, there’s probably not a lot I can really talk about when it comes down to fishnet tights. I was debating buying a pair for a while to go with some of my outfits but left it. Finally, after picking up the Tallulah’s Threads dress and getting some major outfit inspiration off of Instagram here, I decided to get some. Again I turned to second hand sellers to try and snag some new in packaging for a bargain, which I did a lot easier than I thought I was going to! I picked these up from eBay, two pairs brand new in packaging for just £6! They’re from Primark originally and so far they’re been really comfortable, easy to wash and best of all long lasting. I watched a YouTube video on how there’s a knack for how to put on fishnet tights, but I didn’t face any issues.

Overall I really love my Love Bug Lilac Dress and I’m so pleased to have ordered one when I did, especially considering it sounds like this dress is on its way out. They appear to be limited edition, so when the fabric runs out that’s used to create them, that’s it. So, if you like the look of a piece from Tallulah’s Threads, get it as soon as you can!

I have my eye on the Frill Collar Space Dress, but not 100% sure when I’ll pick one up. I feel like I have enough dresses to keep me going, but this being said… Maybe I’ll get it on a rainy day?

What do you think of Tallulah’s Threads? Any pieces you love and would like to get your hands on? If you’re like me and would like to save money, you could always check out websites such as eBay, Depop and Vinted to see if you can snag a Tallulah’s Threads bargain. 🙂

Until next time guys, have an amazing weekend and see you next time!