29 Films You Need To Watch In 2019

I am officially 29 years old and whilst some people joke and say, “That means I’m a level 29 so I win!” I am sadly not of that mind set.

I’m 29 and have been for over a week now. Before I know it I will be 30 and that terrifies me. I don’t look 29 and I certainly don’t act 29 and due to that I’m even more scared. We’ll save the whole aging thing for another post. 😛

Every year I always try to write a post to coincide with the age I have just become. I usually write facts about myself, things I wish I’d told my younger self, etc. However this time I wanted to write about something I’m somewhat passionate about. Films.

I LOVE films. I always choose watching a film whilst I do blog writing and housework over listening to music. I feel like this is due to years of acting in plays at school and even studying it at university. I love how you can lose yourself somewhat whilst watching a film, whatever genre it may be.

A while ago now I wrote a guest post for Scarlett over at Scarlettssribbles (which you can read here) about films you need to watch and why and I thought it would be cool for me to recommend 29 films you all should watch this year!

I really hope you like this post today. I just wanted to try and do something different and as I love recommending films for people to watch, I thought this would be perfect for some Monday morning reading. 😛

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1. Get Carter (1971) Directed by Mike Hodges.

This is another film that my dad introduced me to when I was younger and I’m so grateful! This is the oldest film on this list and is seen as a classic. It’s a British crime film about Jack, a London gangster who has to travel back to his hometown after discovering his brother has died. However, his death doesn’t seem to be accidental and he starts to unveil the truth about his brother, whilst we find out Jack’s past. It’s a great film and I recommend everyone to watch it.

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2. Clerks (1994) Directed by Kevin Smith.

This is a film I first watched when I met Dane after he stuck it on for us to watch one evening. I don’t quite know how I got on without Kevin Smith films in my life. This is actually Kevin Smith’s first film (as in major!) which is really nice to know, considering how awesome it is. I’ve worked in retail and hospitality on and off since the age of 14 so when I watched this film I couldn’t relate more to the characters in the film and how pissed off they were at life, as well as at their jobs. One of my favourite quotes from the film is, “This job would be great if it wasn’t for the fucking customers.” Honestly this film was like a holy grail to me at one point in my life when I really hated my last job. It was just such a great film to watch whenever I felt crap after a day at work and needed something to cheer me up. Clerks II is good too in its own way, but Clerks is the one that started it all.

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3. Léon: The Professional (1994) Directed by Luc Besson.

I remember watching this film back in 2000 when my dad bought our first DVD player and I fell in love with the film. The style of it, the story, the actors, just everything about it. I know the story is a bit bizarre but that’s what I loved about it the most. I loved the characters especially Mathilda (Natalie Portman) and Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman). It’s about Leon, a hitman living in New York. He doesn’t have any family, friends, partner, associates, no one. The only person he talks to is the guy who gives him jobs. Mathilda lives a few doors down from him, who finds Leon interesting and different. She lives in a dysfunctional home and one day after something happens, Leon takes her on and looks after her, but due to Mathilda wanting revenge for her brother being killed, Leon’s world soon turns around. I feel like this film did well in the cinema but I hardly see it spoken about. I feel it’s more of a cult classic and it’s most definitely one that everyone needs to watch once!

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4. Nil by Mouth (1997) Directed by Gary Oldman.

This is one of my favourite films. It’s dark, set in the UK and directed by one of my favourite actors. OH and it includes loads of my favourite actors too. I mean what’s not to love, eh? This film was Gary Oldman’s first and only film where he’s been credited as both a director and a writer. The film is about Ray and the people who he has in his life, including his family and friends. His wife is pregnant with their second child, his brother in law is a heroin addict and he’s a violent alcoholic and occasional drug user himself. It’s a dark film in all honesty, but it’s raw and real all at the same time. It’s based off of events that happened to Gary Oldman growing up and I honestly love films like this. Watch it, but obviously be prepared for lots of violence, as well as swearing.

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5. American Beauty (1999) Directed by Sam Mendes.

I love this film and always have since I watched it as a teenager. It was based off of what was supposed to be a screenplay but alas came to the big screen instead! It’s about a man who isn’t particularly happy with his life, purely because he’s bored and constantly wonders, “What if?” like most of us tend to do. He begins to lust after his daughters best friend, quits his office job and instead decides to work in a fast food restaurant and well, basically turns his life around. The film however starts with him dying and you see how that moment came to be. American Beauty just covers so many topics and it’s worth watching if you love cinema.

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6. Love, Honour and Obey (2000) Directed by Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis.

This is a film my brother introduced both me and my dad to when I was growing up and it’s also one I quickly fell in love with! I really like how all the actors real first names are used for their characters, it’s just something different and it works quite well. The film is about Jonny, a guy who is fed up of his job and wishes for the “gangster lifestyle” his best friend Jude has. However, after Jonny joins the gang things start to turn sour between his gang and another gang. It’s quite relaxed though at the same time and I class it as a comedy. I definitely recommend watching it, if like me you like films based in the UK.

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7. Sexy Beast (2000) Directed by Jonathan Glazer.

Another Ray Winstone film added to this list! He’s such a fabulous actor and definitely one of my favourites out there. This was a film my dad showed to me as I was growing up. He’d been lent it by someone he knew and watched it on his own, only to tell me to come watch too! It’s about a ex London gangster who has now moved to Spain to live his life to the fullest. He’s happy, with his wife and their friends, until the past comes back to haunt him and it won’t go away. I honestly love Sexy Beast, as there’s just something about it that isn’t like anything else out there.

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8. Spirited Away (2001) Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Not only is this up there as one of my favourite films, but this was the first Studio Ghibli film I ever watched. From watching Spirited Away it really got me into wanting to watch more anime, especially more by Studio Ghibli. The plot is like Alice in Wonderland where a girl enters a different place/world and needs to find a way back out. It’s such an amazing film for all the family and not only is the story amazing, but so is the art style. If you’ve never watched a Studio Ghibli film but not this one, then I highly recommend that you check this one out.

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9. Amélie (2001) Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Amélie is definitely one of my favourite films and it’s one where for years I’d seen the trailer for it on a video but always wondered what happened at the end of the film! Finally one evening when I was waiting to start college it came on Film4 and I FINALLY got to watch it! I fell in love with the style of the film, as well as the plot and characters. I don’t really know how to explain the film other than Amélie is a girl in her 20’s and although content with her life, she’s missing something from it and seems bored with her mundane everyday life. One evening she discovers something in her flat that has been hidden there for years and is determined to find the owner of the items. It’s a lovely film, with a well known soundtrack. It’s one of those films you can watch with friends with a bowl of popcorn and snacks. 😛

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10. One Hour Photo (2002) Directed by Mark Romanek.

I wasn’t sure whether to add this to the list as I wondered if it was a popular film or not. I am trying not to mention big films on this list, if you hadn’t already noticed! I remember watching this film late at night years ago when I was in college and fell in love with it. Robin Williams (who plays the main character) is always known for acting in comedy films. This is not a comedy whatsoever and if anything is a dark thriller. His character seems normal on the outside, but deep down he has a dark secret. He’s a stalker. The story really keeps you on the edge of your seat and it’s definitely one to watch.

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11. Secretary (2002) Directed by Steven Shainberg.

I remember when Fifty Shades of Grey came out and this film came to mind! This was the first film I found and watched that was about the relationship between a lawyer and his secretary, which in turn is a dom/sub relationship. The film doesn’t just tackle that, but also things such as mental health, self harm as well as love. It’s actually classed as a romance and comedy film! Whether you love or hate Fifty Shades of Grey I think you’ll definitely like this film.

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12. Oldboy (2003) Directed by Park Chan-wook.

I can’t remember how I came to know if this film… I have a feeling my ex actually introduced it to me but at the same time I feel like I watched it on Film4 one evening. I honestly can’t remember. Either way, this is one of my favourite pieces of cinema from South Korea and one I definitely recommend everyone to go and watch! I had to watch this a good couple of times to 100% know what was going on. I feel like it’s really fast paced and if you take your attention away from it for even a short period of time, you’ll have to start again! There has actually been a remake of this film with Josh Brolin as the main character. I watched it and although it was okay, it wasn’t as good as the original. It’s about a man who is captured and locked away in a room for 15 years, he doesn’t know why. He’s one day let out and given 5 days to find out why he was imprisoned and why.

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13. Thirteen (2003) Directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

This is a film I wasn’t sure whether to mention on this list or not due to what it’s about, but it’s a film that I watched during my time at college and it really was one I watched time and time again. Thirteen is about a teenage girl who changes to adapt to the new best friend she gains at school and goes from getting good grades at school to being a rebellious teenager who steals, takes drugs, drinks alcohol and has sex underage and is spiralling out of control. This film does include scenes of self-harm and it’s definitely something to be wary of if you wish to watch the film but get triggered by this sort of thing. It’s definitely worth a watch though, but I do warn you again to be wary of the self-harm scenes.

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14. It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004) Directed by Michael Dowse.

This isn’t the best film in the world, it’s not ever going to be like the Marvel films, or Star Wars but to me it does the job and I love it. It stars Paul Kaye, another one of my favourite actors who plays a DJ who becomes deaf. It’s a mockumentary but due to the fact the film featured real DJ’s throughout, a few people wondered if it was a genuine film or not. I just love how this film is, it’s not real but I guess it can tackle some serious issues about how loud music can affect your hearing. Alongside all this I LOVE the soundtrack for this film! I actually ordered it recently from CEX, but the order was cancelled as they couldn’t find the CD. 😦

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15. Waiting… (2005) Directed by Rob McKittrick.

I think this is the first Ryan Reynolds film on this list and it certainly won’t be the last! I remember when I first discovered Ryan Reynolds and I kind of went a bit crazy for his films. This was one of the ones I picked up in HMV back in the day in one of those 2 for £10 deals. I remember taking it home and sticking it on to watch and not only did I love it for him, but I could relate to it so much too at the time of watching it! My first job was in 2004, I was 14 and worked in the kitchen washing up. I witnessed everything with both the kitchen staff as well as the waiters/waitresses and this film just took me straight back to that time! It gave me nostalgic feels and at the time it had probably only been about 4 years since I’d done that job. 😛 Not only that but the film is hilarious.

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16. This Is England (2006) Directed by Shane Meadows.

Let’s kick start this post by talking about one of my favourite films. I’m pretty sure most people have watched this by now, but if you haven’t I honestly can’t recommend it enough! There are so many things I love about this film, most of all the cast and the fact it’s a UK film. This Is England is about skinheads in the 80’s and is somewhat based on true events that happened to Shane Meadows the writer/director. There are many racist themes throughout this film and whilst that isn’t what makes the film, what does make it is the character progression throughout with all the characters, especially Shaun and Combo who are clearly both searching for something and are alike due to that. The film went on to become a TV series on Channel 4, which did really well! I actually think I love the TV series more than the film because you get to find out more about the characters, especially LOL and Woody, who are my favourites. Again, if you haven’t seen This Is England I honestly recommend you do and if you like the film, go and watch the TV series too. The TV series is in three parts, This Is England ’86, This Is England ’88 and This Is England ’90.

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17. London to Brighton (2006) Directed by Paul Andrew Williams.

This is such a small indie film from the UK and is so old now, even if it just the same age as This Is England! I remember seeing this in WHSmith whilst out with my dad back in 2006/2007 and liked how it sounded so bought it for myself. I have no regrets! It’s about a prostitute who is asked by her pimp to get one of his customers a young girl and although she’s reluctant, does it anyway. Something happens and we see the two running away from what has happened as well as away from her pimp and the customers son. They decided to travel from London to Brighton, hence the name of the film. It sounds horrible but honestly it’s such an amazing film all the same. I’m a huge fan of drama style films, especially if they’re set in the UK and this one had me hooked when I read the back of the DVD in WHSmith all them years ago! I am so glad I bought it.

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18. Kidulthood (2006) Directed by Menhaj Huda.

This is a film I’ve added to the list because I feel it deserves a watch at least once! Although this film came out over 10 years ago now and was tackling loads of different issues that were happening at the time, I feel those issues are relevant still to this day, which is why it’s on this list. It tackles loads of different issues such as mental health, suicide, teenage pregnancy, gangs, bullying, underage sex and more! It isn’t too overcrowded though either with all those issues, which I think makes it so great.

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19. Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007) Directed by David Attwood.

This was actually a TV film, but meh it’s being added to this list, because you still need to watch it! 😛 My best friend Gabriella showed me this film years ago when we were in our Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy highs. So when she told me she’d found a film with them both in together, WE HAD TO WATCH IT! I have never felt my heart break so hard over a film and since watching it the first time I’ve watched it a handful of times since and every single time I have cried and felt sad afterwards. It’s based on a true story of when these two men met up, Stuart being a homeless man with a heroin addiction, the other who decides to write about the Stuart’s life, but backwards. You find out about how Stuart came to be where he was when they met and it’s incredibly depressing to find out what happened to Stuart, but the fact it is all true really breaks your heart. Tom Hardy plays the role of Stuart so damn well! He’s such an amazing actor and this film truly does show that.

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20. Fish Tank (2009) Directed by Andrea Arnold.

I was in two minds whether to add this to this list as after a couple of watches it kind of makes me cringe in places. It’s a great film and I’ll always recommend people watch it once but after that you’ll live. It’s about Mia a rebellious teenager with a love and passion for dancing. She lives with her single mother and younger sister, who both often get on her nerves. One day Mia discovers her mother has a new boyfriend and Mia’s life sort of gets more interesting. I discovered this film because Michael Fassbender is in it, who at one point was an actor I was really into so I searched for loads of British films he was in, this included. Again, watch it once at least! I doubt very much so you’ll need to watch it again. 😛

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21. Precious (2009) Directed by Lee Daniels.

This film is based off a novel of the same name and it is by far one of my favourite films. I remember it came out in whilst I was studying at university and I wanted to go and watch it in the cinema, but I had no one who wanted to go. So, I was naughty and watched it illegally online instead! Not long after I had to buy it on DVD as I NEEDED to watch this film properly and in decent quality. I remember watching it three times the day it arrived, and I fell in love. It’s such a strong and powerful film that requires tissues. It’s set in the 80’s and is about Precious, a young girl who has dealt with a life time of abuse and poverty. One of the last scenes of this films really sends shivers down my spine due to how powerful it is. It’s also incredibly depressing but it’s got a positive vibe at the end.

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22. The Unloved (2009) Directed by Samantha Morton.

Although this is a TV film, it’s one of my favourites. I remember the hype coming up towards it’s release and I fell in love with it. It’s a drama based in the UK about children in the care system and he dark side of it. A girl is taken away from her father due to his violence towards her, but it turns out being in care doesn’t mean escaping anything bad. You see the inside of care, with teenagers abusing alcohol and drugs, as well as being sexually abused by care workers. It’s a harsh reality check about the care system, which is done from the prospective of the main character. You definitely need to watch this if you haven’t as it really opens your eyes!

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23. Buried (2010) Directed by Rodrigo Cortés.

Another Ryan Reynolds one and one I really love, it’s one of my favourites that he’s in. I actually went to the cinema to watch this and I’m so glad I did as it really did add to the tension that the film constantly has. It’s about an American truck driver who has been kidnapped, put into a wooden box and buried under the ground. Whilst watching the film you’re pretty much stuck in this box with him, all the while on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen. The only time he talks to anyone else is via a mobile phone. If you want something that will keep you on the edge and tense, give this a go.

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24. Submarine (2010) Directed by Richard Ayoade.

This is by far one of my favourite films! I remember one of my old friends lent it me to watch as not only did she think I would love the film due to the plot, but also because of directed it. Richard Ayoade is one of my favourite people, he’s hilarious and such a legend! He did Submarine so well and it’s truly a little masterpiece in it’s own right. The thing I love about this film the most is how it got me through some dark places when I was kind of in a limbo between late 2011 to when I met Dane in 2013. It really helped and kept my spirits up.

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25. Sightseers (2012) Directed by Ben Wheatley.

This film is so bizarre that you have to watch it for that alone! It’s set in the Midlands and is about a couple from Birmingham who haven’t long been together and decide to go on a driving trip in his motor home. Their cute and lovey dovey (yet cringe worthy and awkward) trip soon goes to a dark place and it doesn’t take long for the action of one to rub off onto the other. This film is a comedy thriller and you are constantly unsure of what is going to happen next and that is what I love about it the most. I especially love the thick as shit sounding Brummy accents, especially as I’m from Birmingham myself. I’d got more into the plot, but I don’t want to spoil anything so just go and watch it 😛

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26. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

This is another film that helped me get through some dark places between the same time that Submarine did. May I also just say, the book is amazing that the book is inspired by and in fact the director wrote the book so you know. 😛 The Perks of Being a Wallflower can be a pretty depressing film. It yo-yos as the film goes on from being good, to bad, to sad, to good again. It’s a great coming of age film though and if you loved the book but haven’t watched the film yet, then you really should!

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27. The Voices (2014) Directed by Marjane Satrapi.

Again, another Ryan Reynolds film and another film of his I love! His performance in this for a start is amazing and you can’t fault it at all! It’s a dark comedy/horror about a man with schizophrenia but refuses to take his medication, as he enjoys the hallucinations that follow. He lives with his dog and cat, who both talk to him (obviously effects of not taking his medication) who act like the angel and devil on your shoulders. Some bad things happen and Ryan Reynolds character needs to decide what is best to do. It’s such a funny but yet fucked up film, but I still love it! I’m actually tempted to buy it on DVD soon, as I really fancy watching it now. 😛

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28. Your Name. (2016) Directed by Makoto Shinkai.

Your Name. did so well when it came out in some selected cinemas throughout the UK, but it took the world by storm to be honest with you. Everyone was hyped for it and I feel like even people who weren’t massive anime fans before, soon became them after this film came out. It’s about two teenagers, one from the busy city of Tokyo and the other from the quieter countryside of Japan. They one day wake up to be in each others bodies and this happens for a while and eventually they do something about it. They keep diaries of each others days and give each other tips on what they should do, etc. One day though they wake up and the other person has disappeared. The story doesn’t end there however and goes into more than we thought it would! This is such a beautifully told love story, whilst looking gorgeous at the same time. Me and Dane went to watch this in the cinema and we had an amazing evening. Alongside this and A Silent Voice it really did inspire us to go and watch more anime films in the cinema. Your Name. will also always remind me of my 28th birthday when I was poorly and me and Dane got Japanese takeaway and cuddled up together watching this film.

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29. A Silent Voice (2016) Directed by Naoko Yamada.

Finally, if there is one anime film I knew I had to mention in this list, I KNEW this had to be in here somewhere! I remember hearing about this film randomly online after being recommended to buy the manga series of the same name. I looked into it and saw that they stated that it was being made into a film. Not long after I found that this bit of information out, I also found out it had one showing for it in town and I decided to go with Dane. It is such a depressing story but a somewhat realistic and hard hitting one. It’s about Shōya a cocky young boy who just wants to play with his friends and enjoy being a kid. One day a new girl joins his class at school, Shōko who also happens to be deaf. During her time at the school the two clash and Shōya’s attitude towards her comes off as bullying behaviour, due to this Shōko ends up leaving the school and Shōya is outcast from the rest of the kids in his class, including his best friends. He grows depressed as the years go on as he is constantly reminded what he did to Shōko. Years later during high school we see Shōya discovers where Shōko goes for school, can he apologise for what he did all those years before? I was actually gutted that Your Name won an award over A Silent Voice at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards, as whilst I LOVED Your Name too, A Silent Voice just had a much stronger message. Either way this film is one you need to watch. It has such an emotional story which ends positively.

So those are ALL 29 FILMS! This has actually taken me a few days to write due to the fact it was hard to think of 29 films I wanted to share with you guys, write about them and have a somewhat relaxed and yet busy weekend. 😛

I really hope you guys loved all the films I mentioned and maybe you’ve seen some of them already? If so, which one(s) have you watched? Did you love them, or hate them? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below! 😀

Of course let me know which films you think I NEED to watch too! I’m always happy to check out new films.

Until next time however, I hope you’re all well and had a lovely weekend!

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My New Phone – (Product) Red iPhone XR

It’s been about 2 weeks since I decided to bite the bullet and get myself an upgrade on my iPhone 6.

There wasn’t really anything wrong with my phone per say, but the battery life was pretty shocking and it was gradually getting worse. I love playing Pokemon GO daily and if I played that and did personal and blog related stuff on social media it was causing me to need to charge my phone max 5 times a day. Crazy, I know!

So I waited for the newest iPhone’s to be announced before deciding whether to change. I had eyed up the red iPhone 8 for a while as I noticed it was in the sale via John Lewis and Argos. But this just seemed silly considering there were plans for a newer phone to come out.

So when the iPhone XR was announced and in different colours, I got just a little bit excited.

I rang my network provider to see if I could strike a bargain with them, but that wasn’t happening! I did get given a semi decent offer at the time, but looking back it was actually pretty shit. I was pretty disappointed and pissed off but meh.

So I started wondering whether it was worth saving up or doing some sort of finance. The more I thought about it, the more I WANTED the new phone.

After doing some research I found out that Apple actually do their iPhone Upgrade Programme which means you can pay for one of the newest iPhone’s with no extra charges aka 0% interest. It’s all sorted by Barclays as well so you know it’s legit, if that makes sense. 😛

I popped into the store, had a chat with a member of staff and discussed all my options. If you decide to do the Upgrade Programme the monthly price you pay for your phone also includes Apple Care. You can do it without that which works out about £6.00 cheaper but I went for the Apple Care too, I mean why the hell not for such a small price?

I didn’t use it for a few days after I got it as I wanted to make sure I had a good and sturdy phone case for it. I finally got my phone case through and as I wasn’t very well that day I literally spent the whole day in bed sorting out my new phone playing with it. It was fun to be fair.

I am in LOVE with my iPhone XR and it has been such a game changer for me in so many ways.

I decided to get the red version as I have always loved the look of the red iPhones and I love that they donate some of the profits from the red coloured devices to their (RED) charity which has supported HIV/AIDS for the past 11 years. It’s amazing!

I decided to up my game and go from a 16GB to a MASSIVE 128GB! No more worrying about having too many photos on my phone, as well as deleting apps I haven’t used for a fortnight to make way for another one. It’s nice to be able to have apps for everything I would want and need, which is great. It’s what I’ve wanted and to be fair needed for God knows how long now.

The battery life is amazing and it lasts all day without a charge. I don’t think I’ve hot the red line on my battery yet, which I’m so chuffed with.

The phone is also a bit bigger than my iPhone 6 and at first this was so odd to get used to, but I’ve fast gotten used to this and I actually rather like having a bigger screen. Dane still has the iPhone 5s which is tiny, so whenever I go to use his phone for anything I feel alien to it, especially the screen.

The quality of the screen is superb and it’s definitely making the little things like playing games and watching YouTube videos perfect for me and I’m really loving it. It does take looking at Dane’s phone to realise what leaps and bounds Apple have gone to to make sure to bring us the best phone from them out.

Of course this phone has Animoji which is a lot of fun to use, but something I haven’t found myself using as much as I thought I would. I rather like using it to message Dane silly little things. There’s loads of things you can do with it, but as of yet I haven’t tried them. This is something I’ll have a play with on a lazy Sunday morning.

So I thought I would show you my new phone, as well as the phone cases I ordered, as well as my PopSocket I ordered for it too.

The original phone case I ordered isn’t anything special and was just something to keep me going until the case I arrived from Redbubble arrived.

I really liked it though and will definitely use it again in the future. I’ll probably pop some stickers on it and make it unique and my own.

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I also ordered myself a PopSocket when I ordered the case and it has seriously been a game changer for the way I hold my phone. I used to rest my little finger under the phone, which not only hurt but woud cause a ridge/dent in my little finger. Not good! It’s actually a thing now, so much so there are people who have badly bent fingers due to it. You can read about it in the photo source link above.

I decided to pick up the nebula PopSocket and I do really like it. I have my eye on another one I’d love to get, but we shall see. Even Dane has rather liked how good PopSockets are, so I may, MAY be getting him one for Christmas… We shall see. 😛

Finally the phone case I ordered from Redbubble for my phone arrived and I LOVED it so much! It’s a Spirited Away phone case which has a childlike looking drawing of Haku and Chihiro. I miss my old phone case so much for my iPhone 6 with the Mew asleep amongst the pink flowers, so I wanted to find a good replacement. I knew I wanted to get something with Haku on and this was the nicest one I found.

The quality of Redbubble tough cases are amazing and you would think they wouldn’t be, but honestly I never had an issue with my iPhone 6 case.

What do you think of the design?

I’m not a massive phone case collecter the older I’ve got. I hate the ones with the liquid glitter in and I especially hate obnoxious massive ones that case your phone to look stupidly awkward to hold… Oh and stupid! 😛

So yeah any phone cases I decide to get are usually from Redbubble or the Pokemon Center.

Overall I LOVE my new iPhone and I’m so glad I waited and got this one. It’s perfect for me to be honest and I don’t feel like I can complain about anything.

Are or do you have a new phone? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear which one you have and also which one(s) you’d love to get.

Until next time, take care all and have an amazing weekend! Last full weekend now until December.

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Elle’s Doodle Box*

I am so excited to write this post at the moment! I’m feeling a little under the weather right now but I’m sure by the end of this I’ll have perked up after looking at all the cute goodies Elle over at Elle’s Doodle Box sent me.

Recently I’ve gained some confidence in reaching out to companies myself to ask if I can work with them. Some have replied to me and some haven’t. Elle is one of the lovely companies who did and I was so excited to work with her.

I’ve known and brought items from Elle’s Doodle Box for quite a while now, whether that be at cons or via her Etsy. Her designs are so kawaii and I especially love all the characters she draws, especially Haku.

Elle’s Doodle Box store contains loads of different products ranging from greeting cards, prints, stickers, badges, charms, planner, sticker sheets and mystery boxes. Most of her work is based on fandoms, games characters, animals, and anime.

Me and Elle have been chatting since I reached out to her and she has fast become a friend and is such a lovely and sweet person. We plan to go on a coffee date very soon, hehe. 😛

ANYWAY you’re here to see what I was sent, so without further ado let me show you the box of kawaii magic she sent me! As I always do, an * will go next to any items I was gifted.

  • Totoro Clear 2″ Acrylic Charm* – (link)

This is the first item I saw in the box and already it’s my favourite! It’s an adorable little Totoro from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbour Totoro. He’s got such a lovely little face and I can’t quite tell if he’s super happy or smug. Either way I love it and I’m torn whether to hang him off of my car keys or my backpack… Either way I’m sure I’ll decide soon enough!

  • Eeveelution Espeon Button Badge* – (link)
  • Rockruff Badge* – (link)
  • Fox Badge*
  • Haku Spirited Away Pin Badge Button* – (link)

I love badges, even if I don’t use and wear them as much as I used to! These badged are all adorable, my favourite of the bunch has to be the Haku one. I especially love that it has holographic flecks throughout it too. You can never go wrong with something like that!

The Espeon badge is a bit bigger than the others and I feel if it had been smaller all the detail of the Pokemon would have been gone.

The Rockruff badge is adorable! Elle has clearly put so much into the design of this newer dog Pokemon and I really like it. I feel like she’s really given it a character.

Finally the fox badge is my second favourite! I love foxes, they’re one of my favourite animals so the fact she included this in my package was so thoughful and sweet. This bagde will definitely be popped on my cardigan!

  • Mystery Sticker Bag Stickers Only Mix* – (link)

These contain damaged and miscut stickers but personally I don’t see any difference in these and normal stickers. They all look good to me! I love the amount of variety you get in the bag and I also can’t believe how many you get for the money either! I’ll list below all the ones you get in the pack and if possible link back to them too!

Pokemon – Growlithe, Leafeon, Alolan Vulpix and Vulpix.

Food – 3 scoops, kitty kat, pink cupcake, pizza, doughnut, watermelon and ice lolly.

 

Studio Ghibli – Totoro with umbrella.

Undertale – Frisk and Alphys.

Animals – Whale shark, chubby dog  and unicorn.

Other – Groot, anxiety warrior and puppy with yellow hoodie.

  • Random Sticker Pack*

This is another random sticker pack that Elle sent me and out of the two I REALLY love this one! I feel like most of the stuff she popped in here was very personal as she did ask me what sort of stuff I was into. I love all the stickers in here! My favourite would have been the Haku sticker BUT I am loving the Baymax with Glaceon on his head. It’s so adorable.

Pokemon – Rockruff, Growlithe, Vaporeon, Leafeon, Gengar, Eevee and Haunter.

Studio Ghibli – No Face and Haku.

Other – Poison Ivy, Spyro, Baymax with Glaceon and Deadpool.

  • Vulpix Card* – 50p (link)

Whilst I was in London Elle announced these Vulpix cards on her Facebook group for the store (which I’ve linked here) and I knew I wanted to get a couple for friends SO when I opened my package and saw one was already in there, I was so chuffed! I’m going to send this to someone special (not spoiling here!) who I know will really love this. 🙂 I plan to order some more to give away to some of my friends as special cards. There are other designs out too including Eevee, Xmas Rat and Gingerbread Man. You can also order these in packs of 4 for £2.00.

  • Spirited Away Haku Dragon 7×5 Print* – £3.00 (link)

  • Pokemon Rockruff 7×5 Print* – £3.00 (link)

  • Pokemon Gardevoir 7×5 Print*

I love ALL the prints that Elle sent me! Sadly I have a feeling I already own the Haku print, so I’ll possibly be gifting this to someone for Christmas, as I know they’ll really appreciate it! 😀 But I do love the Haku print so damn much, as I say time and time again on my blog, Haku is one of my favourite things so any items with him on are always appreciated.

The other Pokemon prints are adorable, especially Rockruff which I think I’m going to keep in my office! 😀 The Gardevoir took me ages to try and remember the name of the Pokemon haha.

I love the size of these prints though, they’re perfect for popping into frames and hanging up near one another, say behind a sofa or a desk.

SO that is the amazing box of goodies that Elle sent me! I love everything she sent and I am so grateful to her for being more than happy to send me some goodies.

I just wanted to say what a lovely person Elle is! She’s really easy to talk to, friendly, always good to go to if you have any questions and finally an amazing and unique designer. I love her work so much and have loved buying from her in the past to gift people with her items.

Alongside the amazing items she sent, Elle also sent me a discount code for myself, as well as my readers to use.

I’ll have this code on the side of my blog after this post goes live, so don’t worry about needing to search through my posts to find this one, it’ll be on the right hand side. 😛

I’ll list below all of Elle’s Doodle Box’s website and social media pages.

Website

Etsy

Facebook

Facebook Group

Twitter

Instagram

What do you guys think of Elle’s Doodle Box? Make sure to let me know in the comments, as well as which item(s) you’d love to pick up!

Until next time, take care and have a fabulous weekend.

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Petty Bones Club – I’m A Brand Rep*

I have been so excited about writing this blog post with you guys the past couple of weeks now and it is safe to say that I can now FINALLY talk about it!

As you can see from the title today’s blog post is about Petty Bones Club, who were originally called Ayloulou Apparel and who I’ve spoken about in the past on my blog, which you can read here.

If you follow me on social media you will have seen that recently I announced that I had become a brand rep for Petty Bones Club! AHHHH!!! This is like a bloggers dream come true, well for me anyway.

Not only am I excited and happy to be a brand rep, but I am so happy to be a brand rep for Petty Bones Club, whose designs I have loved for nearly a year.

So on today’s blog post I will be talking about the goodies I was sent in my Petty care package, as well talking about what it means to be a brand rep for them.

First of all I’ll talk about what I was sent.

In my package I was sent three stickers and six pin badges. I feel incredibly spoilt, especially considering some of the badges are ones I’ve had my eye on buying for AGES!

The two badges I’ll talk about are the Pokemon messenger ones. There are four altogether in the collection and I was sent two of them. As you can see I got the Charmander* and Squirtle* pins. I love the designs so much as they’re adorable and show each Pokemon’s personality. I love how each of these pins have certain coloured metals to match the colour scheme of the Pokemon.

As you can see there’s gold for Charmander to match the orange, yellow and red theme and silver for Squirtle to match the blue theme. I also love that the backs for these also match the colour of the Pokemon, it’s those cute little touches that really make it for me. I’ve never seen that before and I love it so much.

I honestly cannot wait to use these pin badges and pop them on my cardigans for work, especially in autumn and winter. I recently bought myself another rainbow cardigan so I’ll definitely be rocking these cuties on it throughout the rest of the year!

Another Pokemon pin I was sent was the Sailor Scout Sylveon* which I’ve actually had my eye on for ages!

The PokeScout badges are a mixture of Pokemon and Sailor Moon, which is such a cute concept! I’ve never been anyone do this to date and it’s such a great and original idea! I know Petty Bones Club have a couple of different PokeScout designs out including Pikachu and Vulpix, as well as a Kickstarter which recently finished. I really want the Eevee PokeScout!

The pin badge itself is just perfect and is a gorgeous gold metal which really suits it. The Sylveon has a little crescent on their forehead too which really gives it a slight touch of Sailor Moon, which I like. As I said I’m not a massive Sailor Moon fan so this is perfect for someone like myself.

This next pin is for sure my favourite out of the bunch of goodies I was sent, for various reasons, which I will bore you with. 😛

It was thanks to the first two Studio Ghibli pins that Petty Bones Club that I not only discovered this brand when they were originally called Ayloulou Apparel, but it’s also what started me collection pin badges!

I just fell in love with the Haku pin badge that Petty Bones Club came out with and I had to have No Face too.

SO when I opened my Petty care package and found the Catbus* pin in there, I was so happy. Since then I’ve worn it a few times and had so many compliments on it!

I love how all the Studio Ghibli pins by Petty Bones Club have glitter on them and the glitter on the light in the Catbus windows works so well! It’s also got the gold metal, which again works really lovely with the colour scheme of Catbus.

This is a pin badge I am really excited to wear alongside my other two Studio Ghibli pins, as well as in the autumn months. I’m going to try and hint here (as well as other parts of social media…) for Petty Bones Club to make a Totoro and Soot Sprites!

The last 2 pins that Petty Bones Club sent me are the same ones and they’re the Machamp x Hercules pins, which are so quirky!

As you can see it’s a mash up of Disney and Pokemon which in turn have created this pin badge, which is pretty cool. But you know what the best bit of these are? I’ll be giving these away very soon so keep eyes peeled! 😀

Finally the other things I was sent in my Petty care package, were some adorable stickers! These are a cross over between Sonic and Mario! They’re all adorable and I especially love Tails as Princess Peach. These are going to be stuck into my 2018 journal.

Although you can’t buy the stickers of these on the store you can buy the pins, which I’ll link here… Sonic X Mario, Knuckles X Luigi and Tails X Princess Peach.

So those are all the lovely goodies I was sent from Petty Bones Club!

Now I just want to briefly write a little thank you to Lauren over at Petty Bones Club for picking me to be one of her brand reps. It is an honour to be perfectly honest with you and I really hope I make her proud!

If you love the look of Petty Bones Club pin badges then make sure to check out their store, which I’ll link below as well as go and visit them over on Instagram.

Petty Bones Club Etsy

Petty Bones Club Instagram

I now have an awesome discount code you can use on their store, which is COFFEE10. Don’t worry if you lose this post on my blog and cannot find the code to use, it will be on the side of my blog from today!

What do you guys think of the Petty Bones Club? Which pin(s) do you like? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below, as well as over on the Petty Bones Club Instagram page!

Until next time though guys, take care and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Ayloulou Apparel Studio Ghibli Enamel Pins

I’ve owned these pins for so bloody long now and it’s only now I’m actually writing about them! I sorted out my office yesterday and dug out so much stuff I had forgotten about or just put to one side for another time, these included. I had bought these in December last year to put on my coats and cardigans at work, but I just never got around to it as I wanted to write about them first. As many people will know, life gets in the way, especially at Christmas time!

SO I am FINALLY writing about these and after wearing the one at work today, I am so damn excited!

Lauren is the amazing designer behind Ayloulou Apparel and is in charge of creating cute and kawaii pieces, inspired by Sailor Moon, Disney, Pokemon, Nintendo and of course Studio Ghibli.

These pins are limited edition, or at least they were at the time so I made sure to pre order both Haku and No Face from Spirited Away. It’s my favourite Studio Ghibli film as well as one of my top 3 films.

When these arrived I was thrilled by what I was met with. I didn’t think the quality wouldn’t be good, but oh my they really did wow me!

They’re an amazing thick enamel and have two pins in the back which thick hard pink plastic pin holders. In the past I’ve collected and worn pins, which have nearly been lost due to dodgy backs. When wearing my No Face pin today at work, I felt like he wasn’t going to come undone and fall off of my cardigan.

Both Haku and No Face are of high quality, with the enamel on No Face being gold and Haku being silver. They also both have glitter on them with No Face having a pink glitter heart and Haku with his green mane being glittery too.

Since then Lauren has since released another Studio Ghibli inspired piece, this being Catbus! I’d love to pick him up next to wear on my yellow raincoat during the rainy spring and summer days to and from work, as well as on my weekends off.

At the time I paid £7.00 each for these pins and that was definitely worth the money! That was a special pre order price, as they’re not £8.00 each. I also received some matching stickers with my pins, which I’ve stuck into my 2018 journal.

You can still pick up No Face from her store here, but Haku doesn’t appear to be available anymore.

Again, I loved wearing my No Face pin today with my burgundy cardigan, but it’s my new Honey Punch rainbow cardigan (which you can read about here) that I cannot wait to pop Haku on and wear throughout the summer months!

If you’re after either of these pins, or maybe even Catbus or any other designs then check out all of Lauren’s links below!

www.ayloulouapparel.co.uk

Etsy Store

Instagram

Facebook

I’m sorry if these seems like such a short post today, but I just wanted to do a quick post to share my love of these pins, as well as Ayloulou Apparel!

Do you love things like this? If so what pins do you own and who by? I’d love to see what pins you own.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had an amazing weekend!

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What I Got For Christmas!

Christmas is nearly over and bloody hell it went by fast! I can’t believe we’ve had the three magical days fly by us and leave a coating of snow behind.

I hope all of my readers and blogger friends had an amazing Christmas and (although it isn’t important) I hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas! I know I did and more!

So, (as pretty much most bloggers do now!) I thought I would write about what lovely gifts I got from Dane, my family and friends this Christmas.

I want to disclose here that this is by any means me showing off what I got this year and I never feel like when I read fellow bloggers posts, or watch YouTube videos about it that people are meaning to show off. I love reading and seeing what my fellow bloggers received (as I’m a nosey bitch! :P) as it’s nice to see goodies they’ve wished for throughout the year as well as special meaning behind them! If you feel this is me showing off, click off of this post now because, ain’t nobody got time for that!

NOW! On with the post!

When writing this post I haven’t actually received all my gifts and one of my best friends still hasn’t been able to give me hers, but I’ll be seeing her around my birthday so I can definitely mention it then!

The first gift I want to talk about is the gorgeous little Sylveon print that Sarah over at Raiin Monkey sent me in the post! I wasn’t expecting it and it’s so sweet of her! I’m going to pop it up in the office somewhere so I can look at it whilst doing blog work. 🙂

My friend Jacqui was able give me hers from both her and her boyfriend Chris and it was such a thoughtful and beautiful gift! It may not look like much to many, but we’ve had quite a few cocktail evenings together and my cocktail shaker isn’t the best. It gets stuck and then you struggle to get the lid off. So they bought us this Smirnoff kit, with a gorgeous red and silver shaker in (it matches our kitchen!) as well as a glass and measure cup in! I couldn’t be any happier with it to be honest.

My friend Sophi sent me a little box of goodies and I love them all so much! She sent us some little Japanese sweeties (which sadly we ate before I took my pictures! :P), a Pusheen tote bag and some Pusheen socks, as well as a pair of fox socks. I can’t complain at getting socks and I’ll be wearing them to work to keep my feet toasty over the rest of the winter months! OH and she also put in a cute little Pusheen keychain too, which I’ll pop on my tote bag!

Speaking of Pusheen! Dane’s brother and his girlfriend bought me a gorgeous boxed Pusheen mug with socks! I love it so much and am currently drinking some lemon green tea from it. The socks that came with it are so adorable and have paw prints on the feet. As well as that they also gave me a cute Minnie Mouse face mask as well as a Winky Lux flower balm in green. When you apply it to your lips it works with the PH and turns into a gorgeous light pink! I can’t wait to use this and I’ve wanted one of these since they first came out!

My aunt and cousin both bought me and Dane this gorgeous dachshund pillow which I’m going to have for the chair in the office! As well as that they also picked me up a gold fox keyring which was popped into my Christmas card.

Dane’s gran bought me a little something for Christmas and that’s a Bailey’s gift set with a little glass and some Lindt Lindor chocolates, which I LOVE! This will be enjoyed New Years Eve or on my birthday for definite! 😀

My sister in law and  my nephews bought me a cute little lip butter set, and it’s so strange! They’re lovely and you get three flavours, coconut, cherry and peppermint.. I’ve never used a lip butter like this before but I’ll definitely be keeping these for work and around the house!

Dane’s parents bought me some lovely gifts and one that really did make me chuckle! The first gift I noticed they’d bought me and one they get me every year is a Lush Christmas gift set! This year they bought me The Snowman gift set. This one contains The Snowman bubbleroon, Butterbear bath bomb, Man In The Moon bubble bar and Snow Angel bath melt. I’m super excited to try Man In The Moon!

They picked me up three hot chocolates on sticks! I LOVE these and they actually bought these from one of our friends coffee stalls in Coventry! These are so amazing and work really well! They bought me a normal one, a mocca one and a peppermint one! I can’t wait to try the peppermint flavour and I’ll definitely make it in my new Pusheen mug. 😛

One of my favourite presents from Dane’s parents has to be the Your Name Blu-ray that they bought me! This isn’t just the ordinary Blu-ray either, but actually a collector’s edition so it comes with both Blu-ray, DVD and also a CD of the films soundtrack! It’s such a beautiful film and was one of my favourites I’d been to see in the cinema last year. I definitely recommend watching it if you get the chance, or if you have Amazon Prime as it’s on there to watch in both subbed and dubbed right now!

Finally the present that made me chuckle is this little pom pom… That is actually a panic alarm! You pull the keychain and it makes a very loud noise! I doubt I’ll pop this onto my handbag but I’ll definitely keep it inside of my bag for emergencies! You never know to be fair. I get why she picked this up for me though to be honest! In my old job I would get to the car park at 5.30am, I would be the only one, it was dark and at one point we had issues with people hiding in the dark on the level of the car park I was on. It did frighten me! So this gift whilst being strange, as very thoughtful all the same.

Now onto the gifts that Dane bought me, I’m going to save the present my mom bought me until last. Usually I would save Dane’s until then, but wait until you see what she bought for me!

Since moving into our house we have a tradition now of making stockings up for each other, which consist of cute little bits and pieces, as well as Japanese sweets! This was no acceptation this year and we both gifted each other Japanese gifts!

He picked me up an assortment of Japanese treats, which includes some Puccho sweets in ramune flavour (Japanese soda), some sour candy sweets which are also ramune flavoured, some Pokemon grape gummy sweeties and some green matcha flavoured Kit Kats which are MY FAVOURITE! Finally he bought me a Gudetama DIY kit where you get to make a pudding version of Gudetama to eat! I cannot wait to do this and I think I’ll be saving it for my birthday. ^_^

Also in my stocking I had a few other bits and pieces such as a new refill for my Filofax and what a cutie he is, he bought me on in pink! I need to use my Filofax more this year!

Also in my stocking and presents overall was a couple of little Pokemon goodies, all of them are so cute! The first thing I opened was this Eevee pouch type bag, which is an official Pokemon Center item! I don’t know quite yet what I’ll use this for, but I can see it being for feminine products once a month and maybe some random handbag bits and pieces. This was a gift he’d asked me if I liked the look of when we were both having a nose online for gifts for one another. I wasn’t all that fussed at the time but all the same when I opened it Christmas Day I still loved it! It’s a little Eevee which you’re meant to rest over a glass, but I can see me sticking it to the PC monitor or even by the side of my bed. Another Pokemon gift he bought me was this blind box (although he knew which one he’d ordered) which contain desk buddies. Dane bought me this Pikachu one which holds your mobile phone for you. He bought me this to have for work but I want to have it for by my bed! It’s so cute and such a thoughtful gift all the same.

One of my favourite gifts from Dane just has to be this onigiri squishy keyring from Tofu Cute! I get anxious during long car journeys, as well as in other certain situations! This not only feels relaxing to squish over and over, but it’s also scented with (what I think anyway) strawberries! On the way to and from Coventry for Christmas Day I was squishing away at this, as well as whilst at Dane’s parents on the day! It’s going to end up living in my handbag for when I feel anxious or angry and need to relieve some tension.

One of the presents I had asked for for Christmas after discovering its existence are these Haku chopsticks. Haku is the dragon from Spirited Away and is my favourite Studio Ghibli character! I didn’t know if these chopsticks would be real or fake, but when I inspected the packet they are in fact real and Studio Ghibli approved!

The first main gift that I opened was this, The Manga Cookbook, which also came with a pack of chopsticks! I love cooking Japanese food, especially if I’m craving Japanese and I can’t and don’t want to go out and eat or buy any. This is a cute little gift and I can’t wait for me and Dane to cook recipes together from it.

The next gifts are these two little Pokemon Center plushies, which are like Beanie Babies! I’ve been collecting these for a few years now, thanks to Dane but they’re now so hard to get hold of! I found someone in the UK selling these 2 for a decent price and I didn’t know if Dane wou;d pick them up or not… Alas he did and they’re so adorable! We have a Flareon and a Raichu here and they’ll go so well with my other Eeveelutions, as well as with my Pikachu!

If you got back and take a look at the Christmas wish list I made on Christmas Eve (which you can read here) you’ll see that I wished for a lot of anime shows/films on Blu-ray and apart from one, all of the ones I asked for I got! Two of those being A Silent Voice and Your Lie In April part 2. Alongside Your Name, A Silent Voice was one of my favourite films from 2017 and I’m so stocked to have it on Blu-ray! The box itself is gorgeous and I cannot wait to binge watch it with Dane one of the evenings this week. This is the collector’s edition Blu-ray too, which also includes a DVD and a special booklet that tells you all about the film, as well as about the manga.

The second Blu-ray Dane bought for me is part 2 of Your Lie In April, which is the final part of the special collector’s edition! He bought me part 1 and the special box at the start of the year for my birthday, so now I’m so happy to finally have the box set completed! This is definitely the first thing I’ll be watching with Dane out of all of the Blu-rays I received as I want to binge watch all of this with him! I haven’t continued to watch anymore of it until I had all of the box set for us to binge watch!

Aside from my main presents this was probably one of my favourites to be honest! It’s The Art Of Persona 5 and I have been lusting after this book since they announced it way back in the summer! I’m so pleased Dane bought it for me to be honest as on Christmas Day after I opened it I had a good flick through the whole thing and I cannot wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and read the whole thing, cover to cover. This year I discovered Persona 5, as well as the Persona franchise! I haven’t fallen in love with a franchise this hard since Pokemon and I am so chuffed that back when it came out at the start of the year that I bought it.

Finally we have the main gifts from Dane and my favourites! These are the 2 Nendoroid’s that Dane bought for me this Christmas and I was so surprised to be honest with you! I mentioned on my Christmas wish list that I had a feeling Dane would have bought me Yuri but when I opened Viktor and THEN Yuri I was so happy! I couldn’t have asked for better Nendoroid’s to have received this Christmas and I feel like such a lucky girl. We have no room right now to put these up anywhere so sadly they’ll be staying in the boxes until we have room. But I love my 2 YURI!!! boys so much and I cannot wait to play with them and display them in the future! So many YURI!!! On Ice Nendoroid’s have been announced lately that we will definitely be getting in the future!

Dane really spoilt me this year and I am so grateful for everything I received! I know I have another present arriving that he ordered me, it’s nothing special but it’s the thought that counts! FYI it’s a Macaroon Treats Yankee Candle!

Now onto my final present and definitely the one that blew me away the most. I was so surprised when I opened it to discover my mom had bought me a Dyson hairdryer! I know these aren’t cheap to be honest and I’ve lusted after one since they were announced, so the fact that my mom bought me one makes me feel so loved and special. I still can’t believe she bought it for me and after trying it, I really do adore it. I wish she could read how thankful and grateful I am.

So those were all the goodies I got for Christmas and I am so, SO thankful to everyone who bought myself, as well as Dane gifts this year!

What did you get for Christmas? Big or small I would love to hear what you got from loved ones. You know where to tell me. 😉

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all resting after loads of Christmas and Boxing Day dinners!

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Christmas Wish List To Father Christmas – Now & Then

This is the post I mentioned at the start of the month that I was looking forward to doing! I decided that for this year I wouldn’t just do my normal Christmas wish list at the start of December and decided that I would do it on Christmas Eve as a sort of, “Father Christmas I’ve been good please bring me this and that and that!”

But I then changed my mind and had an even better idea! I decided as well as doing my Christmas wish list for this year, I would do one as I would have when I was 7 years old! The nostalgic feels will be all over the start of this post and I really hope you guys enjoy reading it, as much as I had putting it all together!

  • Happy Monday Store INU INU T-Shirt – £15.23 (link)

I discovered this brand through a girl on Instagram who is all Japanese themed. Basically into the shizzle I’m into! She got sent this t-shirt and I fell in love with it! It’s got a cute little shiba on it, but he’s getting his face squished and pulled and AHH SO DAMN CUTE! I’m really hoping that Dane has bought me this for Christmas, otherwise I’ll be ordering it after my birthday. 😛

  • Firebox My Neighbour Slippers – £29.99 (link)

I’m always down with anything that will help me feel all warm and snuggly in my own home! I live for putting my pajamas and slippers on as soon as I get home from work, and who can go wrong with wearing Totoro slippers?! These look so amazing and they’re not cheap, no but come on… They’re Studio Ghibli, they aren’t going to be! 😛

  • Good Smile Company Nendoroid Yuri!!! On Ice Yuri Katsuki – £44.95 (link)

I didn’t have a clue what Nendoroid to add to my Christmas wish list, but I thought Yuri Katsuki from Yuri!!! On Ice would be a good one to add for sure. This is a Nendoroid I really hope Dane has bought me for Christmas he’s gorgeous and I really want to get him and Viktor to put with our collection. Any other Nendoroid’s I want are probably really old and very rare ones. In all fairness though, I don’t care which Nendoroid(s) I get from Dane for Christmas, I’ll be happy with any!

  • Your Name Manga Vol. 2 – £7.98 (link)
  • Your Name Collector’s Edition Steelbook Blu-ray – £24.99 (link)

I LOVED Your Name so much when me and Dane went to watch it in the cinema so I would love to not only get the collector’s edition blu-ray for Christmas, but I really want volume 2 of the manga to read! I picked up volume 1 in the summer when it came out and it’s so good. If you loved the anime, then you will probably love the manga even more! I also really want the Your Name Nendoroid’s too! 😛

  • Pokemon Indigo League Season 1 Blu-ray – £49.99 (link)

As regular readers will know (or anyone to be fair…) I am a MASSIVE Pokemon fan and I remember back in the day waking up early to catch the weeks episode of Pokemon on SM:TV Live. Earlier this year I binge watched all of the episodes of Pokemon Indigo League on Netflix. When I saw that this was coming out, I was super excited and it was one of the first items added to my Christmas wish list! I really hope I get this so me and Dane can binge watch it whilst I’m off work over Christmas.

  • Your Lie In April Part 2 Blu-ray – £41.09 (link)

This is an anime I fell in love with this time last year. Dane bought me part 1 on blu-ray for my birthday this year and back in April part 2 came out. it’s a limited edition set and of course I NEED part 2 to add to my collection. Again, I hope I get this so me and Dane can watch it all together. I haven’t actually finished watching this anime, but I’ve read all of the manga. It’s amazing but really quite sad.

  • A Silent Voice Blu-ray – £29.99 (link)

ANOTHER ANIME BLU-RAY! Oh man, I’m so sorry! 😛 I had so many blu-rays on my wish list, all anime related! This was my favourite film of this year and is one I was so stoked to go and see and I left the cinema feeling great. I bought the whole manga series after and read them all so quickly. Again, it’s by far one of my favourite manga series as well as anime films. Dane recently wanted to watch this again in dubbed, as we saw it subbed in the cinema. A part of me hopes I have the collectors edition of this for Christmas. I can see me binge watching this loads if I get it.

  • Pokemon Center Vulpix’s Crystal Season Purse/Wallet – £37.99 (link)

This is a wallet I regret not asking YY Kawaii to pick up from Japan for me back in October when she was out there! I got one thing from that collection, that being a notebook. This wallet is so damn cute and I could imagine it getting just as much attention as my Loungefly Pokemon handbag. I doubt very much that I’ll get this for Christmas and with that I doubt I’d be missing out. 😛

  • Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Haku Chopsticks – £10.78 (link)

I LOVE using chopsticks and whenever I get the chance to use them, I do. I have 2 pairs my friend Sophi (HEY! :D) gifted me over the past couple of years and they’re amazing! When Dane asked me to look for some little present ideas, I found these Haku chopsticks. Haku makes me happy, merch especially, as well as artwork so I would be so stoked to use chopsticks with him on too!

  • Studio Ghibli Spirited Away No Face Sweater – £24.99 (link)

Another Studio Ghibli item, but whatever! 😛 Truffle Shuffle are really on it right now with the Studio Ghibli merch and this and the Totoro sweater they’ve brought out are amazing. I would love this to snuggle up in with shorts and my Docs! I’d love them to bring out a Haku one but I doubt they will. If I got this I’d totally wear it for New Years Eve!

  • Lush The Man On The Moon Gift Set – £44.95 (link)

Finally we have my last Christmas wish list item on here and of course it has to be a bit of Lush! 😛 Dane asks me every year to find a gift set or two from Lush that I like the look of, one for him to possibly get and one for his parents to possibly get. I linked quite a few for him and sadly this isn’t one he would accept due to the price. BUT it’s the one I actually really, REALLY loved and wanted! First of all I love the re-usable tin, as well as all the night time themed products inside, which I’d love to use on pamper evenings and weekends. It also contains quite a lot of items I’ve never tried before either! If I don’t get this for Christmas I’ll try and get some in the Boxing Day sale.

Now that I’ve done my actual wish list for “Father Christmas” this year (Father Christmas being Dane pretty much! :P) it’s time to go back in time to what I would have asked for Christmas 20 years ago when I was seven years old. 🙂

Just a little disclaimer though, I don’t think all of these came out in 1997, some may be 1996 and later but meh I remember receiving these over Christmas… You get the idea! 😛

  • Loveable Bears.

These were cute little bear keyrings that came in different colours and scents! I can’t remember which I had to be honest, I have a feeling I had mint and strawberry. I know I had 2! They came with little bottles and if they cried you would feed them. They were like little Tamagotchi’s and were so adorable and fun to have on your backpack. Not so fun and adorable if they cried though!

  • Barbie & Ginger Doll.

This was one of my favourite Barbie’s, for so many reasons. First of all, look how cute and fluffy Barbie’s golden retriever Ginger looks! Second of all, it moves and third of all Barbie rides a skateboard, which Ginger helps her to achieve. As a kid this was just all kinds of wonderful to me and I remember playing with it all Christmas Day and onwards.

  • Doodle Bear Pets.

I remember getting a Doodle Bear when they first came out and I loved writing and drawing all over it, only for my mom to wash it so I could have myself a blank canvas all over again. I remember seeing the Doodle Bear Dog and I pleaded with Father Christmas to get it for me, which he obviously did! 😛 I never drew on it though to be honest, I loved it too much to be honest to, “ruin” it.

  • Pocahontas Braided Beauty Doll.

This was definitely one of my favourite dolls, EVER! The first film I saw in the cinema was Pocahontas and I was in love with that film, and it’s still one of my favourite Disney films to date, especially my favourite Disney Princess. I never even knew this doll existed until Father Christmas gave it to me. I was in love! Not only did it come with a Pocahontas doll, but of course it also came with a Meeko who would braid yours and her hair. What else could a girl ask for? 😛

  • Baby Born Doll.

This was one of the baby dolls that really opened up the market for the future of dolls like this. It would eat the “baby food” you gave it and poop it out, pee the “milk” you would feed it and even cry “real tears”! It was a hit with kids alike and I was so excited to open mine on Christmas Day! That doll really did last ages and I loved it so much. Due to it peeing and pooping so much you would constantly have to put nappies on it to catch all of that, or at least some washable type knickers. Mine broke after a couple of years and the water you could give it as “milk” would leak out of it’s arm and leg joints. I loved that doll though, so damn much!

  • Home Alone Talkboy.

Finally we have the one toy every kid wanted, as well as teenagers at the time I’m sure! I remember being gifted one of these after 1997 (I think anyway…) but I just had to mention it here! I remember watching Home Alone 2 and not really thinking, “oh man I want that recording thing he has!” but when I got one I loved it! I didn’t realise until researching the toys to add to this post that this was actually made because it was in Home Alone 2! It wasn’t a toy until after that movie, how cool is that?! It was just a prop and because loads of fans asked about it, they made it. What legends!

Oh man I have to be honest and say this is one of my favourite posts I’ve done in a long time, purely because of remembering some of my favourite toys from Christmases years ago. I can’t believe I was seven 20 years ago! That makes me feel hella old. 😛

Well it’s Christmas Eve, I hope you’re all ready for tomorrow to spend a lovely day with your loved ones. I hope if you have children they get everything they wanted and wished for from Father Christmas.

But I’ve said it many times over the years and I’ll say it again, don’t forget that Christmas isn’t a time that everyone is happy. It’s also one the worst days of the year for people with mental health. If you know someone who needs support this time of year, please support them if you can. If you’re someone who isn’t feeling their best Christmas Day, please seek support, whether it be from friends and family, or even Samaritans. I’ve been depressed over the Christmas period and it’s really crippling, especially when it’s that time of year when you’re meant to be “okay”.

I’ll leave all the links and numbers down below for anyone who needs to reach out and get support this Christmas. Also, if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m always willing to listen and support. You can find me over @maybeecoffee on Twitter.

Samaritans:

Call in UK and ROI for FREE from any phone, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. You don’t have to be suicidal to call – 116 123

If you don’t feel up to calling someone you can also email them at – jo@samaritans.org

 I want to hear what presents you have on your wish lists, as well as some of your favourite toys from Christmas when you were younger!

Until next time all, Merry Christmas!

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