Sunday, 22 October 2017

Descendants 2 Books!

Hi lovelies! A little while ago the lovely people at Parragon books contacted me to ask if I'd like to receive one of their Descendants 2 book boxes to review and of course I jumped at the chance! I am a huge fan of Disney's Descendants - I honestly think it's one of the best Disney Channel Original Movies (*sings Evil Like Me forever*) - so I was eagerly waiting the release of the sequel, Descendants 2! I finally managed to catch up with the new film tonight and I fell in love all over again but with all these beautiful goodies from Parragon, the magic doesn't need to end yet!

For the release of the new film Parragon have published a lovely range of books which should cater to every type of Disney fan. In the book box I was sent (which was beautiful in it's own right!) I received the Book of the Film, an activity book, a happy tin, and most exciting of all - Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz, which tells the story of Uma who is the new villain in Descendants 2!

Rise of the Isle of the Lost
I started reading this before I saw the film and although I haven't finished it yet I can already tell it's going to be one of my favourite Disney books. If you know anything about Descendants 2, you know that Uma is quite the scene-stealer so it's so interesting to find out a little more about her and how her pirate crew came to be! My only quibble is that the book seems to be written with a middle-grade audience in mind when I was hoping for it to be more young adult but it's a really enjoyable read and I'd definitely recommend it to every Descendants fan. It's basically like Descendants 1.5!

Book of the Film
Now that I've seen the second film I will definitely be reaching for this book to keep the magic from the film going! It features some beautiful colour photos in the middle of the book and each chapter starts with a little insight into Mal's thoughts which is a super cute touch! I can't wait to get to this after I've finished Rise of the Isle of the Lost.

Activity Book and Happy Tin
And finally these goodies are brilliant for getting your creative juices flowing! The activity book is filled with lots of activities from drawing your own magical spellbook cover to writing a page in Mal's diary which are all accompanied by lots of lovely photographs of all the characters. The beautiful happy tin also includes lots of bits to get creative with including over 50 stickers and personalisable pencil toppers! These would be the perfect Christmas gifts to keep any Descendants-loving kids quiet!

If you want to get your paws on any of these brilliant books yourselves, they're all available at WHSmiths and Amazon, and you can also find them through Parragon's Descendants 2 website!

Thanks so much again to Parragon for sending me these! Have you seen the new film yet? What did you think of it? I so hope a third film is in the works!


Thursday, 12 October 2017

What I Got For My Birthday - 2017

Hi lovelies! It was my birthday last month (I turned 26, eeek!) and I had the loveliest, chilled-out day with my family which involved lots of pizza, cake and shopping! I also received some absolutely lovely gifts from my family and boyfriend (including that beautiful Tangled birthday badge!) so I thought I'd share a few things that I thought you guys might like to see!

First up is this dang amazing bag that my boyfriend bought me from Typo! I'm not really familiar with Typo but when I saw the lovely Jord and Sophie tweeting about this bag, I had to have it in my life! It's similar to the Longchamp Le Pilage bag so it's very roomy inside and I'm obsessed with the beautiful Mickey Mouse Club design on the front. I love that it's not too in-your-face-Disney as well!

I was also thoroughly spoiled with a lot of Disney goodies from Cath Kidston! As the Peter Pan x Cath Kidston collection came out a few days before my birthday, my mum kindly bought me a Cath Kidston voucher so I could go wild! From the new collection I chose the Midnight mug, the pink Tinker Bell notepad and the lunchbox which I will definitely be using for my lunch at work! Oh don't mind me, I'm just a 26 year old with a Tinker Bell lunch box...

With the leftover credit from the gift card I also got a pencil case from the previous 101 Dalmatians collection to help organise all the junk in my bag and this ridiculously cute mouse purse. I haven't figured out a use for him yet but obviously I couldn't leave that little face behind! My sister also came to my rescue with this lovely Dalmatian and roses purse. Unfortunately my old purse broke a few months ago so I was in dire need of a replacement and I can't think of a better one!

And finally I was also lucky enough to receive not one, but two advent calendars... The benefits of having a birthday that falls on the approach to Christmas! My mum treated me to a Yankee Candle one which I've never tried before but I love the idea of and my boyfriend bought me the Beauty and the Beast bath and body calendar from Superdrug! I can't wait until December rolls around so I can start using these!


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Where To Get The Cutest Disney Planners From!

Hi lovelies! Asia always seems to make the cutest Disney merchandise (I will literally buy anything with Ufufys on...) but it was when I was in Hong Kong last year that I discovered Japanese Disney schedule books (planners/diaries) and I've been obsessed ever since.

Not only are they incredibly useful for keeping track of where you need to be (I use mine for keeping on top of my shifts at work and any other appointments and I honestly don't know how I coped without one now!) but their designs are ridiculously lovely. They have the most beautiful Disney art both on the cover and throughout the inside and I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Disney planner in the UK that comes close to how pretty they are. The detailing is next level! Just look how cute the Alice in Wonderland one that I picked up from Hong Kong is:

Ever since I've been determined to track down a new one for 2018 but I hadn't had any luck until recently when they started to appear online - I think they must be released in the summer months! I bought this beautiful Tangled/Disney heroines one from Etsy but they're also available on eBay too at the moment. If you type in "Disney schedule" to either site you should be able to find them. Unfortunately I can't recommend the seller I bought mine from as they mysteriously shut up shop after shipping out their orders but "acuteshop" on Etsy has lots of really cute ones in stock at the moment!

The only downside to these is that they usually work out at about £20 to £30 each which is definitely quite pricey (especially as you might end up being hit with customs charges on top of this...) but I honestly think these are worth every penny! One advantage is that these usually run for over a year so at least you'll definitely get a lot of use out of it!

If you are interested in getting your paws on one of these yourself then it would probably be best to buy one soon as I have feeling they'll sell out before long - hence why I couldn't find these for months at a time! I hope this helps anyone who is interested in these beautiful planners!


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Disney Nail Art Collab - Snow White

Hi lovelies! For September's Disney nail art collaboration with Sam from The Belle Jar the theme was Disney's original Princess, Snow White! I have to admit that while I haven't seen Snow White in a while, it was always one of my favourite Disney films as a child and even now it's still one of my most-loved Disney classics. It's even more magical when you consider how ground breaking it was at the time... I only recently found out that it was the first *ever* feature-length animated film (I am a bad, bad Disney fan)!

As it was my turn to do the Princess this month, my look is based around Snow White herself and I used elements from her costume to create this design. For the centre finger I did a cute lil' bow like the one she wears in her hair, for the nails next to it I tried to re-create the design of her sleeves and for the outer nails I thought I'd do some little polka dots. Simple, but hopefully it reminds you of Snow!

Remember to check out Sam's take on the film over on her blog and stay tuned for more Disney nail art designs coming soon!

"Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine."


Thursday, 7 September 2017

My August 2017 Disney Favourites

Hi lovelies! It's been quite a while since my last Disney favourites and as I've managed to add lots of lovely new things to my collection recently, I thought it was about time I did an updated post! Here are a few of my favourite Disney bits that I've collected over the past few months:

First up is probably the most exciting blogger mail that I will EVER receive! The lovely Toni at UMC sent me these Disney music goodies and I think I actually squealed when I opened these. The CD is Robin Hood soundtrack from the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection and it has got to be the most aesthetically-pleasing Disney CD I've ever come across. As well as the gorgeous cover, the inside booklet features original concept and the story behind the making of the film! Not that I'm not already collecting loads of Disney merchandise, but I'm honestly tempted to start collecting this range of CDs now too! The covers are just too pretty to resist.

And oh my days, THAT HERCULES VINYL! I'm a massive fan of Hercules and I'm so bloody pleased it's getting a bit of love as it usually gets left out of merchandise. I've been lusting over a Crosley vinly player for a while now so I think I'm going to have to use this as an excuse to buy one! But until then, I've actually got this on display on my Disney shelves as the artwork is so stunning and vibrant. If you're interested in buying either of these, the Hercules vinyl is available from here and the Robin Hood CD from here.

If you don't know Sophie Jo, you'll only need to take one look at her tweets to see how witty and clever her writing is, so when I heard she was putting a book together of her Disney poems I had to get my hands on a copy! There's so many brilliant poems inside ranging from a haiku by David from Lilo & Stitch (SO dang adorable!) to one about people judging Sophie for being a Disney fan as an adult (relatable AF). The fonts/design of this book are really aesthetically pleasing as well so it would also make a wonderful gift. If you'd like to nab your own copy, you can get them from Sophie's shop here.

Okay, how DANG adorable is this 3 Peas In A Pod mug that my friend bought me back from Barcelona? Apparently the writing on the back translates to "wake up with good vibes" - how lovely! When I need a coffee to get me going in the morning I'll definitely be reaching for this mug to start the day with a smile on my face!

...Aaaand I may have found something else Disney to start collecting as well, oops. I was helping my Mum at a car boot a few weeks ago when I spotted someone selling a big pile of Disney's Wonderful World of Reading books. Not only are they incredibly nostalgic for me as my Sister and I had loads of these as children but they also have different coloured spines so they line up as a rainbow on a shelf if you have enough of them! So of course my new mission in life is to fill a whole shelf with these haha.

And finally the lovely Chloe from Chloe and the Mouse Bows contacted me on Instagram to ask if I'd like to receive some of her handmade Disney-inspired fabric bows! She sent me a Princess and a Minnie Mouse bow and I am really pleased with them! They're both beautifully well made and they'd be perfect for Disney-inspired outfits so I'm already plotting outfits I could use them with.

See you next month when I'll inevitably have more new Disney finds to show you!


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Disney Nail Art Collab - Prince Naveen (The Princess and the Frog)

Hi lovelies! I ended up missing last month's Disney nail art collab as I was moving house/towns/jobs (phew!) but I'm catching up this month with my nail design for The Princess and the Frog - everyone's favourite cheeky Prince, Naveen!

I wasn't sure what design to use for Prince Naveen as he appears in a couple of different outfits in the film (and not to forget as a frog for the majority of it...) but in the end I chose the outfit that he appears in at the end of the film, as shown in the photo above. I mixed two green colours together to try to get a similar colour to his jacket (considering I have over 100 bottles of nail polish you'd think I'd have the right colour...!), used black from his trousers for the other nails and decorated the centre one with the detailing from his jacket. The other nails I then finished off with a little confetti polish. What do you think?

The nail colours I used for this look are:
Green nails - Rimmel's Lasting Finish in Green Grass & Ciate's Paint Pot in Tweed and Tails
Black nails - Revlon's Parfumerie in Espresso
Confetti tips - Loreal's Color Riche in Confettis
Detailing - Barry M's Nail Art Pen in Black

Make sure to check out Sam's Tiana to my Prince Naveen (her design is SO cute!) and her nail art look from last month - Lady from Lady and the Tramp!

See you next month when we take on the original Princess and her Prince!


Friday, 11 August 2017

My Unpopular Disney Opinions

Hi lovelies! There's been quite a few times where I've found myself very much in the minority with my Disney opinions so today I thought I'd share a few of my unpopular opinions in the hope I find someone who agrees with me, haha! Before I begin this though, I wanted to state that these are just my own (garbage) thoughts and I'm not here to bash anyone who has a different opinion to me!

1. I know most Disney fans are sick of Frozen but I still love it!
I'm not going to lie, the merchandise is definitely a bit OTT and I think everyone's heard Let It Go one too many times, but I still love the film so much. Bring on Frozen 2!

2. I don't understand why Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid are some of the most beloved Disney films
Of course I like them but in comparison to other Disney films, even from the same era, I'm not sure why they get the most love?! There are at least 20 Disney animated classics that I prefer in preference to them. Eeeek.

3. Every time Disney announces a new live action re-telling film I'm just like YYAAASSSS!
I think they're a great way for Disney to update their best-loved stories for a new generation I love that they add extra details to the story in doing so!

4. I think Zooptropolis did deserve to win the Oscar over Moana
Don't get me wrong, I love, love, LOVE Moana, but I think Zootropolis is a more well-rounded film and it's message is especially important with what is happening in the world right now (Donald Trump, I'm looking at you).

5. I don't really like Tinkerbell
I know this is like Disney fan sacrilege but I've just always found her a bit annoying! I love Peter Pan as a film though so of course I'll still be picking up some pieces from the upcoming Cath Kidston x Peter Pan collection, even if they are covered in Tinkerbell motifs!

6. The soundtrack from the second Lion King film is better than the first
He Lives In You is better than Circle of Life. Don't @ me.

Hahaha... Don't mind me I'll just be hiding in the corner forever now! Feel free to give me a tweet if you agree or disagree with any of these! *gulp*

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